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Hendrix brings a new dining experience to Laguna Niguel & Ocean Ranch in Feb 2017


Restaurant & Hospitality Group, the team behind Driftwood Kitchen and The Deck on Laguna Beach concepts, will introduce their newest restaurant in Orange County, Hendrix, at the Ocean Ranch Village in Laguna Niguel (32431 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel). Hendrix Restaurant will be the newest restaurant to join Shea Properties’ Ocean Ranch Village, the popular neighborhood center located at the corner of Avion and Golden Lantern.

This neighborhood restaurant will offer a style of cuisine that reflects the current “New American” trend, which assimilates flavors from the melting pot of traditional American cooking techniques. Menu items will include recognizable preparations and emphasize the main ingredient at its best. These will include popular cuts of fish, steaks and chops as well as rotisserie items with interesting and flavorful accompaniments and appetizers reflecting seasonal availability and quality.

“In bringing together simple and honest flavors, Hendrix will specialize in fresh seafood and fire-roasted meats,” commented Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz, Partner in Sentinel’s restaurants, along with John Nye and Colby Durnin. “Our goal is to be a neighborhood restaurant that highlights local and seasonal ingredients, and delivers an experience that is approachable and desired.”

Chef Rainer Schwarz

Some of the standout dishes from Hendrix’s new American menu include Fried Brussels Sprout Chips with marcona almonds and lemon confit; Smoked Salmon Latkes with apple sour cream; roti-spit Porcetta with roasted potatoes; and Pan-Seared Lemon Sole with fava bean ragu and olive relish.

Hendrix Restaurant will feature a full bar with a beverage program that will include a mix of signature drinks, a quality draft program reflecting the American craft movement, and an easy-to-navigate wine list full of favorites at recognizably good pricing. Wines will be on display in the restaurant so diners can shop for their desired bottle at near retail price.

“Our Beverage Program at Hendrix has something for every occasion – from an after-work cocktail, beer during the game, or great wine for that special celebration,” commented John Nye, Director of Operations, who also oversees the daily operations of both Driftwood Kitchen and its sister restaurant, The Deck on Laguna. “We want to serve simple, honest foods and beverages in an inviting, relaxed atmosphere.”

“We are excited to welcome Hendrix Restaurant to Ocean Ranch Village,” said Carol Trueman, vice president of asset management at Shea Properties. “The community has been eagerly awaiting this new addition and I know Hendrix is sure to be a neighborhood Favorite.” 


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

zpizza celebrates its 30th with a new pizza

Laguna Beach-born zpizza, as the first artisan-inspired pizza chain turns 30. In celebration of the anniversary, zpizza has partnered with Gaby Dalkin of acclaimed California cooking blog, “What’s Gaby Cooking,” to develop a limited-edition pizza to debut in zpizza restaurants this fall.

“For 30 years, we’ve been proud to offer our customers fresh, innovative dishes that celebrate better-for-you ingredients,” said Chris Bright, CEO, zpizza. “We are thrilled to continue our tradition of creativity and craftsmanship by partnering with Gaby to create a pizza that honors our 30 award-winning years in a delicious way.”

zpizza founder Sid Faranof leads food innovation for the brand and will work with Dalkin to create a new pizza that will be available at zpizza’s 73 restaurants across the country.

“Developing healthy, California-inspired recipes is my passion,” said Dalkin. “I grew up enjoying zpizza, so naturally I am excited to get in the kitchen with Sid and create something extraordinary for their milestone year.”

Since zpizza opened its doors in 1986, the brand has led the industry with many “firsts,” including being the first chain to offer organic tomato sauce, Veggie crumbles, gluten-free pizza and nitrate-free pepperoni.  In August 2015, zpizza debuted its first self-pour Tap Room in Los Angeles and has since expanded the concept to six U.S. markets. 

For more information on zpizza and store locations, visit

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


July 2 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.

July 2 Sat Family Hike 3-5 p.m.

Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve.

July 7 Thu Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore 8-10 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.



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Crystal Cove State Park

Love birds, but need help with identification? Join Crystal Cove State Park birders on a guided summer bird walk on both the inland and coastal area of the park on Saturday, July 2 at 8am. Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground).

Join a Park Ranger for a fun introduction to the ecology of Crystal Cove State Park in our weekly Junior Ranger programs. This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows visitors ages 7-12 to earn a badge. Junior Rangers meets on Tuesday morning 7/5 & 7/26 and on Friday mornings 7/8, 7/15, & 7/22 from 10-11am. Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground).

Crystal Cove Alliance is hosting Community Days in the Historic District’s Education Commons on Wednesdays July 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 10-4. Step back in time as the Education Commons comes to life with fun, historical activities for the whole family. Learn to water color, try your hand at a traditional craft, enjoy a historic radio show, or explore the science of Crystal Cove State Park. Check out Cottage #13, the Film and Media Center, and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle).


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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

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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!

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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!

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc.


Friday, July 1

City Hall Closed


Monday, July 4

City Hall Closed


Wednesday, July 6

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.



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