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A note from Stu 


Now that turkey day has passed – all good Lagunans turn their attention to

Hospitality Night

I don’t think I’ll ever get the first Friday in December or the first Saturday in March out of my head.

March is, of course, The Patriots Day Parade and Dec 4 this year is Hospitality Night!

Santa will be at City Hall at 6 o’clock after tooling around town on a fire engine for the hour before that.

There will, as always, be live music including the tradition of Laguna Concert Band and other entertainment.

We’ll have more details on the whole evening on Tuesday! 


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La Playa Center is searching for a teacher

Would you like to feel rewarded for your volunteer work?

Do you enjoy teaching, but not know how to teach?

Would you like to help people learn English?

Most did not know how to teach English in the beginning, but they saw the enjoyment.

If so, call La Playa Center.

Located at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach. Call Sally Rapuano at (949) 306-9882.

They will be waiting for your call because you will love it.

At this time, one teacher is needed—call now.

“Nature’s Wonder” at the FOA Gallery at Wells Fargo Bank

The Festival of Arts is pleased to announce a new exhibit entitled Nature’s Wonder at the Festival of Arts 3rd Floor Gallery, at Wells Fargo Bank in Laguna Beach. The exhibit was inspired by the recent community-wide festival and conference, Art & Nature, presented by the Laguna Art Museum. 

The artwork of nearly fifteen Festival of Arts exhibitors is on display now through January 9, 2016. The public is welcome to join the artists for a free opening reception on Saturday, December 12, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank.

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 “Under the African Skies,” by Tom Swimm

The exhibit Nature’s Wonder focuses on Festival of Arts artists’ interpretation of nature, in media that include painting, mixed media, sculpture and photography. 

“It is a good example of how art and nature intersect,” said exhibit curator Pat Sparkuhl. “Exhibitors represented in this show all use some aspect of nature in their creative process to produce original and thought provoking works of art.”

The participating artists include Scott Albert, Roger Bennett, Sean Hunter Brown, Sherry Ford, Robin Hall, Tom Lamb, Geri Medway, Michael Obermeyer, Casey Parlette, Gerald Schwartz, Tom Swimm, Mike Tauber, Cliff Wassmann, and Dennis Zervas.

The exhibit is at the Festival of Arts 3rd Floor Gallery at Wells Fargo Bank located at 260 Ocean Avenue. It is part of an ongoing series of shows that the Festival of Arts will be holding at Wells Fargo. The building is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free. The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization whose proceeds support the arts in and about Laguna Beach.

For more information call (949) 494-1145 or go to www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Save the date to help save the pets, December 7 

Animal Crackers is having a benefit event and silent auction at Mozambique on Monday, December 7 at 6 p.m.

All money raised will benefit Animal Crackers’ mission to rescue, rehabilitate, vaccinate, and medically treat domestic animals and place them in forever loving homes.

There will be a raffle with prizes, and hors d’oeuvres will be served. No host bar available. The suggested donation is $50 collected at the door, or in advance at Animal Crackers retail shop. Call (949) 454-0800.

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Nov 27 Fri Thanksgiving Wobble Walk 9:30-11:30 a.m. Led by OC Parks in partnership with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.  Walk off your Thanksgiving dinner on this slow-paced, 2-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain with OC Parks Resource Specialist Laura Cohen and LCF volunteers. Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center.

Nov 28 Sat Let’s Go Hiking! 8-10:30 a.m. Do you want to take a hike with other nature enthusiasts? Enjoy a 3.8-mile, moderate (600-ft. elevation gain) hike through Laurel and Willow Canyons with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. You will experience a variety of plant communities, from Coastal Sage Scrub to Oak Woodland and enjoy a view of the ocean at the top. Minimal interpretation, but questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven. Participants should bring water, a hat, a snack, and wear proper hiking shoes. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area.  

Nov 29 Sun Meditating in Nature 3-4:30 p.m. Relax in nature with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.  Enjoy a short walking meditation (1/2 mile), breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket, pillow, and clothing in layers in case the evening is cool.  No experience necessary. Ages 16 and up.  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Dec 3 Thur Fitness Hike at Canyon View 8:30-11 a.m. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, moderately paced, 6-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. Parking: free.



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Crystal Cove State Park


Crystal Cove State Park docents will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, 4-mile full moon hike on Saturday, November 28 at 6:30pm.  Terrain will be uneven and steep with a 700-foot elevation gain/loss in some areas on this moderate night hike. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water & a flashlight, and dress in layers. Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre.

Autumn is a wonderful time to learn about our local nature.  Join a park naturalist on a family hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Sunday, November 29 at 9am. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. 

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, 11/29 from 11-2pm at the Historic District Education Commons where park naturalist Alex will host a Beachside Chat.  Park in the Los Trancos lot.


Volume 7, Issue 94                                                                         November 27, 2015

Now be honest … What do you really like the most on Thanksgiving?
Now be honest … What do you really like the most on Thanksgiving?
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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

Laguna Beach Seniors is on Facebook! Sign up to receive our newsletter: www.susiq.org


Bridge: Play to Learn

F | Thru -12/11 | 9-11:15am | $60/series; $10 book fee.

30-min lesson followed by playing time. Perfect for the advanced beginner or intermediate play. No partner needed.

Listen to Some Tales

 Tu | 12:30-2pm | Free |

Drop in or sign up at front desk

Being read to is a delight and often-times helpful. We hope you join us to listen! You can also sign up to read aloud. Reader: Lorna Shaw

The Ancestry Club

Wed | to -12/16 | 3-5 p.m. | $25

Discover your family tree during genealogy for beginners with facilitator Beth Sand.

Drum Circle

Mon | Dec 14 – Jan 11| 2:30-3:30pm

Free – Donations Appreciated

“Keep to the rhythm and you keep to life” – Lee Kix, drum leader.

Family Caregiver

Support Group

2nd & 4th Wed | 3- 4:30pm | Free

Sharing confidential, emotional support and resources among caregivers.

Club Q Laguna

1st and 3rd Friday | 3-5pm

Join Laguna’s LGBT seniors for seasonal potlucks, free movies and snacks, speakers, and outside group events. In good company, the club also enjoys working on community service projects.

*New* Ted Talks

1st & 3rd Tuesday | 10-12 p.m.

Limited Space

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, in the form of short, powerful talks. Contact Al Gumb if you’d like to join: (949) 627-7541

Computer Assistance

Thursdays Noon-3pm. Please call ahead. One-on-one help with your laptop, smart phone, or tablet, PC & Mac/Apple, Windows 7&8.

Benefits Enrollment Center

Council on Aging and Laguna Beach Seniors introduce the Benefits Enrollment Center at The Susi Q to assist seniors and persons with disabilities find and apply for benefit programs.

Enrollment Available every first Monday 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Free 

Call to register: 497-2441

Social Services Support

Feeling the Blues Counseling

One-on-one sessions for men and women.Schedule an appointment with a mental health professional. 10 free sessions. Call for more information (949) 497-2441

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

Laguna Beach Seniors is on Facebook! Sign up to receive our newsletter: www.susiq.org


Story Bound Art

1st Tu | 11/3, 12/1 | 1:30-4:30pm

$30/class. Collage, bookmaking, glazing, painting, stamping, stenciling, paper making and more.

Facilitator/Artist: Gretchen Shannon

Memoir Writing

Th | 11/5-12/17 | 10am-12pm | $65/series; $20/class.

Discover what it means to honestly write about your life! Facilitated by Susan Hecht. Pre-registration req’d.

Care Management

Mon – Thur | 9am- 3pm |

Friday | 9am – 5 pm


Providing linkage to resources that promote safety and quality of life. Call for appt.

Small Circle Standing Yoga

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-10am. $4 per class. The overall benefits will affect every aspect of your health and the quality of your daily life. Exercises can be performed while standing or while sitting in a chair. No floor or mat exercises are performed. Instructor: Wayne Lawrence

Adult Hula Lessons

Fridays from 1:30-2:30.

$3 suggested donation per class. Come and dance the hula with us! The gentle and graceful movements will make you forget your troubles and mentally transport you to the islands. 

Ukulele University

Strum your cares away!

Beginning Ukulele: Thurs | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 

$45/series or $5/class

Advanced Beginning Ukulele: Thur |9/3-12/10| 

9 – 10 a.m. | $45/series or $5/class

Intermediate Ukulele: Wed | 9/9 - 12/9 

9 - 10 a.m. | $55/series or $7/class

Free Play Along for all levels 

Wed | 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Take the bus to the Susi Q

The city’s blue buses now stop right in front of the Susi Q Monday – Saturday all day. 

Schedules will be posted at all bus stops, so getting here is easier than ever. You won’t have to deal with traffic or parking!

Current Events Discussion Group

Tuesday and Friday | 9:30- 11:30am

Join this discussion of newsworthy events, and topics of special interest.


Join us for Bingo every Monday and Thursday from 10:30-11:30am. Try your luck to win prizes and gift cards. National Charity League sponsors “Birthday Celebration Bingo” on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, from 10:30-11:30am. Free!

Monday Movie and Popcorn

Free every Monday from 12:30-3pm. See movie schedule at susiq.org.

Intermediate Ballroom Dancing

Mon | 2- 3pm | Intermediate | $7 per class – Drop-ins welcome! Waltz, Rumba, Swing, Watusi, ChaCha, Country two-step, Fox Trot. No partner required.  Instructor: Candis Davis

Health Insurance Counseling (HICAP)

1st and 3rd Mon | 9a.m.- Noon | Free

Provides assistance and objective information to help seniors and disabled persons make informed decisions about health care coverage, Medicare benefits and supplemental insurance plan options.  Sponsored by the Council on Aging.  Call for apt.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

Laguna Beach Seniors is on Facebook! Sign up to receive our newsletter: www.susiq.org


New Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre

Th thru 12-10 | 12-1:30pm | Free 

Explore “King Lear” with Julia Lupton from UCI’s Shakespeare Center.

Gallery Q: Art & Nature Show

On display through 12/15/15. In concert with Laguna Art Museum’s annual event!  Come see local artists’ translations of nature.

Contemporary Short Story Discussion Group

Second and fourth Tuesdays

2 – 4 p.m.

Members will take turns leading discussions of selected stories. Contact Alison King, Ph. D. for more information: (714) 608-1322 or email her at: aking@csusm.edu

Free Estate Planning Legal Advice

3rd Thursday of each month from 12-2 p.m. Local Attorney Leslie Daff is available to answer questions pertaining to estate planning, probate, and trust administration and to prepare and notarize financial powers of attorney, advanced health care directives, HIPAA authorizations, and trust amendments (to leave bequests to Laguna Beach Seniors, INC.) at no charge.

We have Bridge for all levels!

Call to find out about classes!


Bridge Group needs fourths

The Round Robin Bridge group is looking for new players and substitute players.  The group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10:30-3 at the Susi Q. If interested, please contact Kathy Oliver at (949) 497-7927 or (949) 231-9235.

Tabletop Treasures

Mondays | 9am – Noon.

Fabulous recycled and second time around treasures for sale at bargain prices. Small donated items are always appreciated for drop off from 9am-3pm. No clothing please. Proceeds benefit weekly Bingo and fund the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship from LBS.

Coffee Talk support group

Please join Laguna residents and facilitators including Kay Wenger, LMFT, in a supportive atmosphere where concerns, coping skills, and helping tips are shared. This free ongoing group meets every other Monday 10-11:30 a.m.

Mahjongg Wednesdays

If you are an experienced Mahjongg player, feel free to join us every Wednesday at 12:30 in the Game Room at the Susi Q.  

Tiles can be provided for you.

Needle Art Group 

The Susi Q Community Needle Art Group meets on the last Friday of every month at 1 p.m.  They create handmade items for local organizations. 

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Join us the first Wednesday of every month from 1:30-3 p.m. for an informational meeting and informal discussion.  Strategies will be shared for dealing with loved ones who are affected by the disease.

Table Tennis every week

Tabletop tennis, or ping pong as some might label it, is offered every Mon & Wed | 12:30 – 4pm

Friday | 12:30 – 2:30pm

Saturday times vary

There is a $25 annual fee. 

Bring your own paddle or borrow one of ours.  All we ask is that you wear non-skidding shoes. 

All levels of play are welcome!

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc. 

Wednesday, December 2

Housing & Human Services

Community Center – 4 p.m.


Thursday, December 3

HIV Advisory Committee

Conference Room A – 4 p.m.

Joint City Council

Planning Commission

Downtown Specific Plan Update

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee

Community Center – 6 p.m.



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