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A note from Stu 


“Legally Blonde”

The Musical

The following press release arrived too late last night for us to find a spot. It is timely and sounds as if it will be a hoot.

Thurston Middle School students will be attending Harvard! Well, at least on stage...Plan to treat yourself to Mark Dressler’s Theatrical, Musical rendition of “Legally Blonde”. You’ll be transported from the Delta Nu Sorority House with Elle Woods to the Harvard Halls of Law School. 

Enjoy the vibrant characters of this fabulous cast as they come out singing songs such as “OMIGOD You Guys!” while Elle tells her Delta sisters that she anticipates her boyfriend, Warner’s engagement, only to find her guy has split for College and found himself a little Harvard Hottie! Elle sets out to prove she is deserving of her guy and the plot thickens. 

The cast, set design, and costume pageantry that Dressler has assembled as his 

farewell production before retirement, is remarkable! Dressler certainly has a gift for creating and casting amazingly talented kids. These Thurston kids will impress you with their comedic timing and incredibly crafted acting skills. You will be in awe of their vocals, coached by the infamous Roxanna Ward as they have you “Bending and Snapping” before you even knew you needed to! 

Tickets can be purchased at Thurston Middle School’s Black Box Theatre 

Show times and days are as follow: 4 p.m. - May 27, 28, 29, 30 and June 3, 4, 5, 6. 

7 p.m. - May 29, 30 & June 5, 6 

$10 Students; $15 Adults 

For More information call 497-7769 


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Food, Wine, Art, Music: 20th Annual “A Taste for Charity” on June 3

The Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates will be holding their 20th Annual “A Taste for Charity” event benefiting the Laguna Beach community. Last year the event raised over $120,000. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 3 from 6 – 10 p.m. at [seven-degrees], 891 Laguna Canyon Road.

This year’s event promises to be even more successful! Your admission includes the opportunity to taste some of the finest food from Laguna Beach. Some of the participating restaurants include The Cliff, K’ya, Laguna Coffee, GnarlyQ, Las Brisas, Thai Brothers, My Fit Foods, Big Fish Tavern, Tortilla Republic, Nirvana Grille, Mozambique, Whole Foods, Gelato Paradiso and Starfish.

The centerpiece of the event is the generous donations made by the local artists, galleries and merchants of Laguna Beach. Each year there are upwards of 75 original pieces of art from local artists to be bid on either by silent or live auction. In addition to the donated artwork, there will be exciting live auction packages.

Also, we are thrilled to announce that the Laguna Beach Concert Band will perform with an 18-piece orchestra on the balcony overlooking the entry to the media lounge at [seven-degrees] and a saxophonist will entertain on the back terrace.

This is truly shaping up to be a wonderful event of food, wine, music and art.

Beneficiaries of the event include: The Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, CSP Youth Shelter, First Thursday’s Art Walk, Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund, LB High School Scholarships, Laguna Concert Band, The Laguna Food Pantry, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and No Square Theatre.

To purchase tickets go to: www.lagunastasteforcharity.
or contact the Laguna Board of REALTORS® (939 Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651) at 949.497.2474. Tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door.

Artists Fund exhibit now at City Hall

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts is exhibiting a Board of Directors show at Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave., now through May 29. 

Exhibiting board members include Geraldine Cropser, Anne England, Roger Folk, Elizabeth McGhee, Liz Rubel, Shirley Rush, and Wendy Wirth. 

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Photo by Mike Tauber

Artists Fund board members Elizabeth McGhee (L) and Wendy Wirth at City Hall

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts, founded by local artist Anne England in 2000, provides financial aid to Festival artists suffering economic hardship due to medical necessity, disaster, or debilitating circumstances. Additional board members include Karen Alvarado, Cynthia Ayers, and Ashley Gregg. 

To contact The Artists Fund, email, call (949) 612-1949, or visit

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


May 23 Sat Geology Hike at Willow 1-4 p.m. 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.

May 24 Sun Birding Walk 8-11 a.m. Spot native and spring migrating birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 400-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve.  

May 27 Wed Beginning Fitness Hike 9-10:30 a.m. Now is a great time to start a new fitness routine beginning with an easy 2-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain to Barbara’s Lake and back (100-ft. elevation gain). Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer and registered dietitian to learn about fitness and nutrition during this 1.5-hour hike. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water. Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. 

May 28 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.  

May 31 Sun Meditating in Nature6-7:30 p.m.Relax in nature.  Enjoy a short walking meditation, breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket and a pillow.  No experience necessary. Ages 16 and up.  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center.   


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


No more events in May


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Summer employment with the City – positions open now

The City’s summer employment effort is underway. Job requirements and hours of work vary, some positions are open to those as young as 14. 

Most positions work mid-to-late June through early September.

Visit the City’s employment page at
for detailed information and the online application system. The City’s Personnel Division staff is available for questions and assistance at 497-0324. 

The City of Laguna Beach is an equal opportunity employer and promotes workforce diversity.

Crystal Cove State Park

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity Wednesdays (5/20 & 5/27) from 10-4 in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park (Park in the Los Trancos lot - then walk across the street or take the shuttle). Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation.

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, May 23 from 11-2 p.m. at the Historic District Education Commons where Ranger Jenn will host a Beachside Chat.  Park in the Los Trancos lot.

Spring 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, May 24 at 9 a.m.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre.  


Volume 7, Issue 41                                                                                  May 22, 2015

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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

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Scam Prevention Workshop

Thursday│ May 28 │ 2-3:30pm │ Free Protect yourself against elder abuse and financial scams! Topics include financial abuse, scams, durable powers of attorney for health care, Medi-Cal planning and asset preservation.

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

A social group for Laguna’s LGBT community and friends.

Drum Circle

Mon | 6/8, 7/6, 8/10 | 3-4pm $10/class

There’s more to it than just making noise. Group drumming reduces stress, increases creativity, boosts the immune system and improves overall mood.

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.

Ice Cream Social

Thur | 6/18 | 12:30-2 pm | Free

Come cool off and celebrate the summer!  Enjoy free ice cream and refreshments.  

Fall Prevention

Tue | 6/23-8/11 | 1:30-2:30pm  

$96 series

Thur  | 6/25-8/13 | 2-3pm  

$96 series

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

Summer Lawn Games

Wed & Thurs | 6/24, 6/25, 7/15, 7/16, 8/19, 8/20 | 12-1pm| Come play ladder ball, bean bag toss, lawn darts and lawn bowling on the grassy terrace area at The Susi Q. 

AARP Driver Safety

Refresher Course

Thur | 6/25 | 8:30-5pm | 1-day class

$15 AARP members - $20 non members

The Alexander Technique

$80 | Please call for dates | Discover healthy posture and spinal alignment for better balance. Facilitator: Sharon Jakubecy, M.AmSAT

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!

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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!

Play Along: Ukulele

Wed | 10:15-11:15am | FreeDrop-ins welcome!

Beginning Ukulele Players

Thur | 9-10am |

$50/series or $5 drop in – Drop-ins welcome! Instructor: Tom Joliet

Intermediate Ukulele

Wed | 9 -10am |

$50/series or $5 drop in – Drop-ins welcome! Instructor:  Jack Morse

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

Passport To Health

1 p.m. | Free | Reservation Required:


Presented by Mission Hospital

6/4 | Health, Fun & Relaxation

6/11 | Bone Health Basics

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 Thur | 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:


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.

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.

Tabletop 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. 


Tuesday, May 26

Environmental Sustainability 

Community Center – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, May 27

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Thursday, May 28

Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee

Community Center – 6 p.m.


Friday, May 29

Urban Planning 

Coordinating Committee

Community Center – 8 a.m.



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