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A note from Stu 


Happy Birthday!

Shaena’s birthday is this coming Monday, May 30. I hope she eats some pancakes in Heisler to start the day!

At 31, she’s young enough to really get excited about her birthday and thus, I am too.

We are both Gemini and we have a lot of similarities – and a lot of differences as well. Still, we really love each other and can reflect this time of the year on how fortunate we have been by becoming business partners over five years ago.

We still have a lot to do and we are on the trail…day in and day out!

Happy Birthday, Partner! 


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Helen Lundeberg Retrospective at LAM ends May 30

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience Laguna Art Museum’s exhibit, Helen Lundeberg: A Retrospective. The last day to see the exhibit is May 30. 

Helen Lundeberg: A Retrospective surveys Lundeberg’s career systematically, beginning with her landmark Post-Surrealist paintings of the 1930s. With her teacher and later husband, Lorser Feitelson, she organized the Post-Surrealist group, the first of its kind in the country, and wrote its manifesto. Though exploring psychology and personal expression, the Post Surrealists aimed to bring a greater sense of order and control to European Surrealism and originally styled themselves New Classicists. 

By the late 1950s, Lundeberg was working on a larger scale. She simplified her style into broad, flat areas of color and, though never a pure abstractionist, played a key part in the “hard-edge” tendency in mid-century painting. Bringing de Chirico-like ambiguities of space to architectural and landscape compositions, she preserved the enigmatic mood of her earlier, surrealistic imagery.

Ilene Susan Fort, Gail and John Liebes Curator of American Art at LACMA is a guest-curator. A fully illustrated catalog with essays by Dr. Fort and art historian Michael Duncan, accompanies the exhibit.

Residents of Laguna Beach enter free through the end of this exhibition on Monday, May 30, in gratitude for the City of Laguna Beach’s recently approved Matching Grant Program. Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive. For more information, call 494-8971 or visit

Seat belt enforcement effort underway - Click It or Ticket citations 

From May 23 to June 5, local law enforcement personnel will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use. This education enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. 

According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while 88.5 percent of passenger vehicle occupants buckled up in 2015, almost 50 percent of occupants of fatal crashes nationwide are not restrained. In some states, the rate is as high as 70 percent unrestrained in fatal crashes. In California, more than a half million people travel our roadways at grave risk without proper restraints. These facts highlight the need for increased education, awareness, and enforcement of seat belt use. Law enforcement agencies statewide are joining the Click It or Ticket effort to emphasize the “Coast to Coast” seat belt safety awareness campaign in all 50 states. 

“Hundreds of thousands of citizens will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend, as well as throughout the summer vacation season. We want to make sure that people are buckling up to keep themselves and their families safe. It is the greatest defense in a vehicle crash,” said Rhonda Craft, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. 

For more info on the Click It or Ticket campaign, visit

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


May 29 Sun Laurel Loop Geology Hike 8:30 a.m. – Noon Enjoy an afternoon of unspoiled canyon views and learn about the geology of this area. The rocks and fossils reveal fascinating stories about the park’s ancient environments. This will be a 3.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain). Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area.

June 2 Thur Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore 8:30-10:30 a.m. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up.  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center.   


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park

Special Note on AWCWP Activities: the bridge entrance into the park from Alicia Parkway may be experiencing closures. Please make sure to watch our online event listings for any cancellations of events departing from the Park Ranger Headquarters!


May 28 Sat Trail Stewardship Day 8 a.m. – Noon If you enjoy using the park trails and aren’t afraid of a little hard work, this is your opportunity to give back by improving trails. You will also learn to see your favorite trails in a new way! Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for a morning of trail maintenance. We will be using tools such as loppers, picks, shovels, and McLeods to clear brush out of trails, restore features that protect the trail, and/or build new features to improve trail sustainability. Ages 17 and up. Lunch and refreshments served. For details, email 

May 29 Sun Car Wreck Fitness Hike 9 – 11:30 a.m. Long distance, high elevation hike that takes us inside Dripping Cave, up steep Mathis Canyon Trail, then by the old car wreck! Experienced hikers only. For ages 15 and up who are capable of an 8-mile, 900-ft. elevation gain hike on steep and rocky terrain. Be prepared for hot weather with at least two liters of water, snack, hiking footwear, sunscreen, hat/sunglasses, and necessary medications. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger HQ.

June 2 Thur Midweek Walk in Nature 9-11 a.m. Join us for a wonderful 4-mile hike in beautiful Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the coastal sage wildlife as we hike along Aliso Creek. Led by an LCF volunteer. Elevation gain 300 ft. on terrain that can be uneven and rocky. A hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, water and snack are recommended. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. Parking: Free. 



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Crystal Cove State Park

Enjoy a morning 0.3 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, May 28 at 9am.  A park naturalist will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk. 

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity on Wednesdays (6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, & 6/29) 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.

Summer Film Class at Susi Q begins on Tues. May 31

Irvine Valley College’s Emeritus Teacher of the Year, Kathryn Kramer, launches a new Film Genres session on Tuesday, May 31, with the touching Japanese film, Like Father, Like Son. Other selections include the late Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos starring Kate Winslet and Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts, who also stars in Rust and Bone (for which Marion Cotillard won ten awards as co-star) and the 2015 Far from the Madding Crowd

Kramer typically selects recent films which weren’t screened, or were barely screened in Orange County. At the IVC award presentation, she likened the class to a family reunion of “second cousins bound together in our love of global cinema.”

While the Emeritus courses aim at active seniors, anyone over 18 is welcome to join the classes. Those interested should call Irvine Valley College at 949-451-5555 or attend the first class session to register. The cost is $30 for twelve weeks. The community also hosts a low-cost lunch daily. Students may choose to attend both.

Film Genres begins at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays from May 31 on. Susi Q is located at 380 Third Street.


Volume 8, Issue 43                                                                                  May 27, 2016

The current fervor over the Forest Avenue parklet is huge. Despite how you may feel about it now, would you be open for something similar in the future?
The current fervor over the Forest Avenue parklet is huge. Despite how you may feel about it now, would you be open for something similar in the future?
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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

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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.

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:


Care Management

Mon – Fri | 9am- 3pm |

Saturday (apt. only) | 9am – 1pm


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. 

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!

Interpreting Current Events 

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 & 3rd Mon | 9am- Noon | Free

Providing 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:


Free Legal Clinic

Seaside Legal Services

Providing professional legal assistance to seniors age 55+ who cannot afford counsel. Attorney’s Jane Fulton and Leslie Lindgren provide help and/or referrals for family law; health-related issues; consumer problems; conservatorships; housing; elder abuse; bankruptcy; wills and power of attorney. Must be an OC resident with proof of residency. Call first to make an appointment, 949-497-2441. No walk-ins.

Contemporary Short Story Seminar

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 2 – 4 pm

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

Join Laguna residents and facilitator  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.

Open Game Room

Wednesdays | 12:30-4:30pm 

Game day fun including Scrabble, Mahjongg and other board games .

Needle Arts Guild 

The Susi Q Community Needle Arts Guild meets on the last Friday of every month at 1 pm creating handmade items for local organizations. 

Alzheimer’s & Dementia 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!

 Mando & Friends in Jazz, Latin and Soul music concert at Neighborhood Church 

Neighborhood Congregational Church will present Mando & Friends in concert on Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. offering a delightful combination of Jazz, Latin and Soul tunes. 

NCC combines piano, violin, organ and guitar along with guest soloists every Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship. In addition, they also have guests who join them with the didgeridoo, Tibetan flute, gongs, trumpet, and even the Hang. 

On occasion, the Enchanters of NCC’s Kirtan Circle offer chants in Sanskrit accompanied by the harmonium, an East Indian instrument. This is a testament to the eclectic blend of music offered at NCC. Supporting local musicians and sharing the talents of these artists enhances the spirit between community and God. 

Plan to join in at NCC for this special evening featuring Mando & Friends; donation is only $10. Refreshments and drinks will be available during the fundraiser. Visit for a complete list of events, or contact the NCC Office at 494-8061 for an event flyer. Parking is free in the NCC parking lot off Glenneyre Street, and the Church address is 340 St. Ann’s Drive.

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc.


Friday, May 27

City Hall Closed


Monday, May 30

City Hall Closed

Memorial Day


Thursday, June 2

HIV Advisory Committee

Conference Room A – 6 p.m.



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