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A note from Stu 


Joe Cocker was right

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends

Better said, “We” get by with a lot of help from our staff!

Lynette and Dianne with the able assistance from “unretired” Maggi Henrikson did great work to be sure.

So did everyone else.

Throw in the fact that Lynette was out of the country for the past eight issues and you’ll know what I mean.

She worked feverishly before leaving to prepare numerous articles and press releases to be used while she was away.

And Shaena wore the editor’s hat making final content and layout calls in addition to all of her other duties.

Of course, I was on the disabled list doing only light duty from my hospital bed.

I am happy to say that my recovery is sufficient for me to take on a role as Lynette’s “assistant” and contribute more to each issue starting today.

Thanks to all of our friends!


We Love Laguna and We Love What We Do!

And we’re having fun doing it thanks to you, our readers! •••

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Diane Armitage

Skyloft’s Mother’s Day Menu is chock full of love for Moms

When a chef truly adores his mother, you know his Mother’s Day menu is going to be an extraordinary treat. Such is definitely the case with Skyloft’s Mother’s Day Menu from Chef Arthur Ortiz.

Skyloft Mother’s Day

Skyloft, at 422 Pacific Coast Highway, opens on Mother’s Day Sunday at 9 a.m. with an all-day specialty menu created by Chef Arthur in honor of his own Mom. 

A variety of his best-selling breakfast items will be available until 2 p.m., while all sorts of salads, soups, sandwiches and entreés are available throughout the day and evening. 

Breakfast machaca

For breakfast, treat Mom (and the rest of the family) to items such as Loaded French Toast (with warm chocolate and caramel sauces on the side!), Machaca made with in house California smoked brisket, and Chef Arthur’s famed Loco Okimoto (you’ve got to see it to believe it).  

Or, dive into fresh offerings such as Corn Chowder, Spiced Chop Salad, the super-fresh Shrimp Sandy sandwich, or Chef Arthur’s “Best of O.C.” Cheeseburger. 

Larger entrées include a succulent Lobster Bake, new Mahi Fish & Chips, Seared Duck & Pears, fall-off-the-bone Ribs and more!

Shrimp Sandy

Although Skyloft’s Mother’s Day Menu will be available until close, Skyloft’s Late Night Happy Hour Menu will also roll into play, served 10 p.m. to close. Live music on Mother’s Day Sunday begins at 6:30 p.m. with regional favorite, Honey County. 

Reservations can be made by calling (949) 715-1550.

Conservancy will celebrate Lida Lenney’s legacy at May 1 meeting

-Barbara Diamond

The Laguna Canyon Conservancy will celebrate the legacy Lida Lenney at the May 1 meeting.

Lenney founded the conservancy to prevent the construction of hundreds of homes in Laguna Canyon. She was in the forefront of opposition to what she felt was desecration. 

She picketed the home of the powerful landowner, Donald Bren, to protest his Irvine Company’s plan to develop the property. She also was a leading participant of the memorable Walk in the Canyon, organized by Harry Huggins. 

Key figure in open space preservation

Lenney was on the City Council when Laguna’s voters were asked if they wanted open space or the construction of 3,500 homes, which she vigorously opposed, equating the construction with destruction of Laguna Canyon.  

More than 80 percent of the voters elected to tax themselves to buy Laguna Laurel as permanent open space.

Lenney was also active in the naming of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, insistent that Laguna be a prominent part of the name. 

Before running for council, Lenney taught at Top of the World Elementary School. 

Huggins will present her story at the dinner meeting to be held at Tivoli Too. 

A no-host bar will open a 6 p.m. Dinner service will begin at 6:35 p.m.

The program follows dinner. 

Required reservations may be made by emailing or by calling Max Brown at (949) 235-8277 or Sharon Larimer at (949) 306-0122.

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


May 6 Sat LCF Trail Stewardship – Stagecoach South 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Come prepared to work hard and get dirty! Work consists of digging, scraping and moving dirt, carrying rocks and other heavy objects, hiking up and down steep, rugged trails while carrying tools, cutting and moving brush and similar tasks. These events are open to the public! Minors under the age of 17 are welcome to participate with the accompaniment of a responsible adult who understand what the work entails and judges it appropriate for that minor. Minors over 17 require a parent or guardian signature on the LCF Volunteer Waiver. Please wear long pants, sturdy close-toed shoes and sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.). Please bring at least 2 liters of water (preferably in reusable containers) and work gloves (if you have them – we have some available for loan if not). Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Nix Nature Center.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park



Apr 29 Sat RATTLESNAKE! 1-4 p.m.

See and touch live, non-venomous snakes displayed by snake researcher Steve Bledsoe of Southwestern Field Herping Associates. Enjoy fun crafts. Learn to ID rattlesnakes and what to do if you encounter one. Come prepare to have the most interesting snake question answered.

May 4 Thu 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.


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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 Saturday, April 29 from 12-3pm at the Historic District Education Commons where Park Naturalist Alex will host a Beachside Chat. Park in the Los Trancos lot - PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.

Explore the huge variety of seaweeds on a guided Seaweeds & Sea Creatures of Crystal Cove Beach Walk on Saturday, April 29 at 9am. There are countless species of marine algae; green, red, and brown found on the beach. Learn about the biology, ecology, and even human uses of seaweeds and even if there is none to be found a walk on the beach is surely a lovely way to start a Saturday. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot -

PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.


Volume 9, Issue 34                                                                                 April 28, 2017

Do you agree with City Council’s ordinance banning marijuana everywhere in Laguna except in one’s residence?
Do you agree with City Council’s ordinance banning marijuana everywhere in Laguna except in one’s residence?
You must select at least one item to vote!

Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

Parking is Free!

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Hearing Screenings

2nd Thurs | 1:30-3:30pm | Free

Hearing screening and consultationwith audiologist Dr. Rose-Marie Davisincludes complimentary hearing aid cleaningand minor repairs. Call 949-464-6645to schedule an appointment.

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: 

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: 949-464-6645

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) 715-8104

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

Parking is Free!

Laguna Beach Seniors is on Facebook! Sign up to receive our newsletter:


*NEW* Living Well with Cancer Support Group

2nd & 4th Tue | 10-11:30am | Free

A caring support group open to individuals over 50 touched by any type of cancer. For more information, reach out to facilitator Sandra Weiss at 949-499-5293 or email her at 

*NEW* Ties That Bind Men’s Group

Fridays | 11am-12:30pm | Free

For men 50+, get support from the general stress of everyday living and any other issues affecting your well-being. Open group, drop-ins welcome. Contact facilitator Clint Christie, M.A. at 949-715-8104 for details.

Care Management

Mon – Fri | 9am- 5pm |

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 1:30-2:30pm

$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 949-464-6645 for an appointment.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

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, 949-715-8104. 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, and HIPAA authorizations 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 11:30am-2:30pm at the Susi Q. If interested, please contact Penny Joseph at

Tabletop Treasures

Every other Monday | 9am – Noon (check the front desk for schedule)

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.

Heart to Heart

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 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 1-3 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.


Thursday, April 27

Design Review Board

City Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee

Community & Susi Q Center – 6 p.m.


Friday, April 28

City Hall Closed


Saturday, April 29

Composting Workshop

Bluebird Park, 798 Bluebird Canyon Drive – 10 a.m.



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Allison Rael, Barbara Diamond, Diane Armitage, Dianne Russell, Laura Buckle, Maggi Henrikson, Marrie Stone, Samantha Washer and Suzie Harrison are staff writers.

Barbara Diamond, Dennis McTighe, Diane Armitage, Laura Buckle and Suzie Harrison are columnists.

Mary Hurlbut, Scott Brashier, and Aga Stuchlik are the staff photographers.

We all love Laguna and we love what we do.

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