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A note from Stu 


Fire Stations holding open house Saturday

The Laguna Beach Fire Department will be hosting its annual Open House tomorrow, Saturday, Oct 10. The four city fire stations will be open during the day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come meet your local firefighters, tour the fire engines and stations, and ask questions on what you can do to keep yourself and your family fire safe this year.

Fire Station 1 is located at 501 Forest Avenue; Fire Station 2 is located at 285 Agate Street; Fire Station 3 is located at 2900 Alta Laguna Blvd.; Fire Station 4 is located at 31646 2nd Avenue.

Laguna Craft Guild on the Cobblestones at Main Beach Sunday

The Laguna Craft Guild art show returns this Sunday on the Cobblestones of Main Beach from 9 a.m. to sundown.  

There will be over 30 different artists exhibiting unique and handmade arts and crafts, including painters, glassblowers, textile artists, potters, jewelers, and lots of others. The Guild hopes to see you; bring your friends, family, and dogs. 

Free admission!


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October arrives with Oompah-Pah festivals this weekend

This weekend, Laguna Beach is surrounded in Octoberfest celebrations. Literally.

Significantly different in nature, you’ll see large crowds at either of these popular returning events:

Oktoberfest – Dana Point

To our south, Dana Point will be hosting its annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, noon to 7:00 p.m. at Sea Terrace Park. (Sea Terrace sits just oceanside of the St. Regis Hotel.)

The event is free to all ages (21 and over wear wristbands) and even dogs are allowed on leashes. 

Once inside, if you wish to drink and eat, you’ll be buying from the various vendors within the event. Your initial drink purchase is $20, which gets you a commemorative 17-ounce cup and one beer ticket. Refill your mug from that point forward for $8 per mug from a selection of 15 serious Octoberfest/Oktoberfest beers. 

For those of us who don’t drink beer (me), there’s plenty of wine, soda and water to be had, too. 

On the food side of Sea Terrace’s monster Oktoberfest, you’ll have more than 40 vendors to choose from, all area restaurants that will either be featuring their traditional menus (expect hamburgers, BBQ and more autumn-oriented foods) as well as German foods, from Bratwurst to Pretzels and Goulash. 

Entertainment is “interactive” with German bands hosting crowd-infused dance parties, sausage tosses, beer chugging contests, and even a saukerkraut-eating contest (wow, that makes my jaw cringe just thinking about it). If you’re a hearty soul looking to compete in any of these contests, just sign up at the stage and receive instructions from there.  

For a complete list of scheduled activities, see:

Festa dell’Automno – Pelican Hill Resort

Already begun on Thursday, Pelican Hill’s “visit to Italy by way of Newport Beach” is offering its 5th annual celebration with a number of fun events through the entire weekend. 

Let’s start with the great food first: 

On Friday and Saturday, Guest Chef Sebastiano Lombardi from the Michelin-starred Ristorante II Pelicano in Tuscany’s seaside town of Porto Ercole will be presenting a 3-course lunch ($80/person) and a 5-course dinner ($225/person). 

At the same time, an Italian Street “Festa” will take place from 2 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, a large harvest season celebration with Italian food and wine, live music, traditional art, bocce ball and flag performances. Admittance is $125 for adults and $55 for children under the age of 12. 

During the festival, an entire (and separate) Children’s carnival (Carnevale dei Bambini) will offer Venetian mask decorating, flag waving lessons, carnival procession participation, cooking classes and a screening of Pinocchio.

On Sunday, it’s time to relax with a jazz brunch that stretches from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., priced at $100 for adults and $45 for children under the age of 12. 

For a complete list of scheduled activities and special room packages, see:

It’s a perfectly forecast weekend for both events, so get out there and enjoy … and promise me you’ll take Uber home. 


A published writer and marketing agency owner for 30 years, Diane Armitage authors the popular blog, 

and the newly revised: The Best of Laguna Beach: The Travelers’ and Residents’ Guide. She is a regular contributor to StuNewsLaguna

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Oct 10 Sat California Native Plants & Wildflower Hike 8-11 a.m. Learn about the California native plants and wildflowers with a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist on this enjoyable, moderate paced 3.5-mile hike (600-ft. elevation gain). Terrain can be steep and rocky. For ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area.

Oct 13 Tue California Native Plants: Tools, Food, and Building Materials 9-11 a.m. Learn about the many fascinating uses of California native plants during the pre-mission period, on this 2-mile hike (490-ft elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain. This hike will focus on plants used historically for tools, food and building materials. For ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve.  

Oct 15 Thur Fitness Hike at Willow 8:30-10:30 a.m.Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and   uneven terrain (571-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up.  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Oct 9 Fri Introduction to Wild Goose Qigong 9-10:30 a.m. Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers on a relaxing path towards health and fitness. Practice gentle movements and meditation of the ancient art of Wild Goose Qigong under the Sycamore trees out in nature. Please bring a mat or small blanket for sitting. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway.

Oct 11 Sun Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave 8:30-10:30 a.m. Join a band of bike wielding young explorers on a ride to Aliso’s most intriguing attraction. We’ll learn the mysterious legends of this famed bandit hideout as well as about its previous inhabitants - the Acjachemen people. For those who comfortably ride 5 miles (150 ft. elevation gain), dirt trails with some sandy sections. (Children ages 8 and up - or younger if peddled by an adult.)  Bike, helmet, water, snack, and weather appropriate clothing/ shoes are required. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters.

Oct 14 Wed Yoga Hike 9-10:30 a.m. Stretch your mind and body on this 2.4-mile hike with a yoga twist over steep and uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain) led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 12 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area.


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Crystal Cove State Park

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Sundays, 10/11 & 10/25 from 11-2 p.m. at the Historic District Education Commons where park naturalist Alex will host a Beachside Chat.  Park in the Los Trancos lot. 

Enjoy a low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Sunday, Oct 11 at 2:30 p.m. A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot. 

Crystal Cove State Park is seeking new Trail Assistant Volunteers to help patrol the backcountry wilderness, provide route information, provide water, and serve as the eyes and ears assisting park staff.  The next orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30pm at the Los Trancos office.  For more info or to RSVP – email:

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity Wednesdays (10/14, 10/21, & 10/28) from 10-4 in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park (Park in the Los Trancos lot). Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation.

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 Oct 25 and Saturday, Oct 31 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.


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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

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Passport to Health: Free

Series from Mission Hospital

Everyday Fears and Anxiety: 

Tuesday 9/29 | 1-2 p.m. 

Dispelling Sunscreen Myths: 

Thursday 10/8 | 1-2 p.m. 

More to come!

“It’s your Estate”

Free Financial Series

F | Thru 11/6 | 1:30-3pm | Free

Estate planning basics, Living Trusts and more! Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Facilitated by Peter Kote.

Grief and Loss Support Group

You are not alone. Create meaning in life after the loss of a loved one.

Tue  | Sept 22 | 3-4:30pm

Thur | Oct 1 & 8 | 3-4:30pm

The Ancestry Club

Wed | 9/9-12/16 | 3-5 p.m. | $25

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


Community Education Series:

By Seniors Helping Seniors

1 – 3 p.m. Thursdays

Fraud & Identity Theft | 9/17

The Five Wishes | 9/24

Toolkit for Life | 10/1

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.

Intermediate Fall Prevention

Tue | 10/27-12/15 | 1:30-2:30pm  

$96 series

A seated and standing exercise class.  This class will improve your balance, strength, flexibility, coordination and posture.  Facilitator: Alisa Sanchez, MPT.

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:


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

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:


New Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre

2nd Th | 12-1:30pm | Sep-Nov | Free 

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

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:

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. 


Monday, October 12

Arts Commission

Council Chambers – 5:30

Recreation Committee

Community Center – 6 p.m.


Tuesday, October 13

Environmental Sustainability

Community Center – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, October 14

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Saturday, October 17

Aging-In-Place Home Modifications Workshop

Community Center – 1:30

Relay For Life – 2015

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Saturday – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

El Morro School


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