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A note from Stu 


Fun way to walk the Dog!

The Hortense Miller Garden is planning a fun way for visitors to tour the Garden in the company of a canine friend.

The special tour will take place on Saturday, Sept 28 at 9 a.m. Owners and their well-mannered dogs will meet at Riddle Field at Hillcrest and High Drive and then be guided up to the Garden. Light refreshments will be served. 

The event is limited to 20 persons and reservations are required. Call Marsha Bode at 949 244-2010 or email for more information.


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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music celebrated in a rare Friday performance

This evening (Friday, Sept 19), Laguna Nursery’s Ruben Flores is at it again with another Cabaret – and this one is a repeat of a sell-out performance!

Saif Eddin, surely one of the most entertaining piano players I’ve yet seen in person, is bringing a pack of friends to the Nursery to perform The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

Beginning at 6:30 with appetizers and drink concoctions (always geared to the theme), the show usually starts at about 7 and runs at least two full hours. (Don’t’ worry – they have a short intermission somewhere in the middle.) 

Probably the most recognizable of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s work is The Phantom of the Opera, but he’s also responsible for penning Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Love Never Dies and a host of other Broadway and worldwide musical smashes. 

Quite some time ago, Laguna Nursery’s Cabaret focused on Webber’s work and it was a sold out show with folks standing along the back walls, too. It was awesome fun! 

Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door if any seats remain. Call 494-5200 to book your seats now.   


Diane Armitage is the author of a recently published 175-page book – “Laguna Beach’s Best” – a travel guide for locals and visitors. She writes a subjective blog found at She is a regular contributor to StuNews

Join MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) weekly programs

The Laguna Presbyterian Church MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group is a special place where you meet other mothers also passing through this this unique stage of life. The weekly program offers a morning of food, fun, creative activities, and guest speakers on relevant topics. MOPPETS program is for babies and toddlers. 

MOPS meets from 9:15 – 11:30 a.m. in the Parlor of Laguna Presbyterian Church on Thursdays starting Sept 25 and going through April. Preregistration is required.

Contact Michelle Foley at or 293-3988 or register at

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Sept 19 Fri A Morning Stroll to Barbara’s Lake 8-10:30 a.m. Enjoy an outdoor stroll to Barbara’s Lake (Orange County’s only natural lake) on this leisurely paced, level, 2-mile hike with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. All ages welcome! Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Donation: $2/person. 

Sept 20 Sat Dilley Geology and Natural History Hike 8:30-11 a.m. Step back 25 million years in Orange County’s history to a time when the seas receded and the San Andreas Fault was just starting to form. With a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist, discover the geologic processes going on today and how they affect the natural landscape. This moderate 3-mile hike is over uneven, steep and sometimes rocky terrain with a 300-ft elevation gain. For ages 10 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. Donation: $2/person.  

Sept 20 Sat Family Hike 3-5 p.m.Join us on this very enjoyable, easy 3-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain). Families welcome.  You will hike in one of the most diverse areas of the park, through a canopy of oaks, past Barbara’s Lake and back.  Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley. Donation: $2/person.

Sept 23 Tue Beginners’ Fitness Hike 8:30-10 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.  Donation: $2/person.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Sept 19 Fri Tot Walk 9-11 a.m. Join Ranger Zak along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and bring your young ones (infant to age three) to explore Aliso’s wild backyard. We will see bugs, animal tracks, plants, birds and have all kinds of outdoor fun! Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters. This Walk is free of charge.

Sept 20 Sat Introduction to Mountain Bike Riding 8-10 a.m. Join LCF volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Assistants on this beautiful 8-mile bike ride (400-ft. elevation gain) on uneven terrain. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette while enjoying the canyon views. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Aliso & Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters. Donation: $2/person.

Sept 20 Sat Intermediate Mountain Bike Riding – 8-10 a.m. Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,600-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants. This is for intermediate riders with mountain biking experience. Appropriate mountain biking equipment required. Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Also, be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons. This bike ride is not for beginners. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters. Donation: $2/person.


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Crystal Cove State Park

Join Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, Sept 20 from 9a.m.-Noon as we celebrate California Coastal Cleanup Day Meet at Pelican Point lot #3 or Reef Point.  Volunteers are needed to clean the 3.5 miles of coastline of the park.  Parking fee waived for volunteers entering the park between 8:30-11:30. 

Crystal Cove State Park docents will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, 4-mile Night Hike on Saturday, Sept 20 at 7 p.m Terrain will be uneven and steep with a 700 foot elevation gain/loss in some areas on this moderate night hike.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park.) Wear sturdy shoes, bring water & a flashlight, and dress in layers.

Join a park volunteer on an Ancient Volcanoes Hike in the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park & explore several of the parks volcanic features on Sunday, Sept 21 from 1-3pm.  Learn about the land/seascape setting 10-11 million years ago and then head out to observe some volcanic sites in the park.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity each Wednesday 9/24 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park. Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation. (Park in the Los Trancos lot then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)

Discover the new Environmental Study Loop at Crystal Cove State Park on Citizen Science Saturday Sept 27 from 11-2 when a park interpreter will be available to talk and teach, about some of the different Citizen Science opportunities available at the eight science field stations.   Meets at the Berns Amphitheatre.

Summer 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, Sept 28 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

Most events are free - so is parking!

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 third Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Call to register: 497-2441

Social Services Support

Are you a spouse caring for your loved one, an individual caring for your significant other, a son or daughter trying to coordinate services for a parent?  If you fit one of these descriptions, you are a caregiver. 

Whether or not it is side-by-side or from a distance, caregiving can affect your physical, social, and emotional well being resulting in strained relationships, physical ailments, and leave you emotionally drained.  Sometimes speaking with a professional care manager can help you balance your physical, social, and emotional well being.  

Judy Denton and Martha Hernandez, MSW, are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30-5 in the Susi Q Outreach Office and can help you make sense of your situation and recommend resources and techniques to alleviate the stressors in your care giving life. 

Club Q Laguna

A new senior LGBT social club will start as a meet and greet and evolve as participants discuss the Club’s agenda.  Meets 3-5 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Fridays monthly.

LGBT Support Group

All new: the senior LBGT community is invited to come together the second and fourth Monday every month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to share tools and resources for living fuller lives. Facilitated by psychologist Dr. Michelle McCormick, PhD., the support group is an offshoot of our new Club Q Laguna and in collaboration with Shanti of Orange County. Please call for registration information.

Open Computer Labs

Free assistance with PCs, Internet, Windows, Facebook, smartphones, iPhone,
, or any Apple product. Offered everyday. Call for times.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

Adult Hula Lessons

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. 

Instructor is Marianne Ripley.

Fridays from 1:30-2:30. A suggested donation of $3.00 per class is recommended.

Learn how to “uke” it up!

Early Intermediate Ukulele and Beginning Ukulele classes.  Learn to play this incredible instrument.  Call the Susi Q for more details.  New classes begin monthly.

Senior Yoga Class

Every Monday & Friday from 9-10

This class involves gentle stretching, joint rotation exercises and some tai-chi.  Exercises can be performed while standing or sitting.  

A $4 donation is requested per class. Instructor Pierce Shannon

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 meets every Tuesday & Friday

The Current Events Discussion Group meets every Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  The group is interested in your opinion of what is going on in the world.

The group consists of about 20 or so people who bring in an article about some event that they consider newsworthy.  Normally, each participant edits their article of interest so that the most important points can be read aloud in less than five minutes, but while you don’t have to bring an article to read in order to participate in the discussion, most people do.  A group facilitator helps to guide the discussion.

The entire community is invited to participate in this activity.


Bingo is now being played every Monday and Thursday from 10:30 – 11:30. On the third Wednesday of the month, the National Charity League sponsors “Birthday Celebration Bingo” – free to all.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

Free Medicare Answers & Assistance

2nd & 4th Thursday, Monthly 10-2

The Susi Q has partnered with the Council on Aging to offer free Health Insurance Counseling. Call today for an appointment.

Contemporary Short Story Discussion Group

Second and fourth Tuesdays

2 – 4 p.m.

Members will take turns leading discussions of selected stories from “The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction”. Contact Alison King, Ph. D. for more information: (714) 608-1322 or email her at:

Intermediate Ballroom Dancing Available Monday afternoons

Join us every Monday afternoon for ballroom dancing. Intermediate lessons are from 2-3.  Each session costs $7. 

Couples and singles are welcome.  

Be sure to wear appropriate shoes.

Free Estate Planning Legal Advice

Local attorney Leslie Daff is available to assist individuals with questions pertaining to the following topics: elder law, estate administration, estate planning, MediCal, and conservatorships.

Leslie Daff is available on the fourth Thursday each month from 12 - 2 p.m.

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 11:30-3:00 at the Susi Q. If interested, please contact Kathy Oliver at (949) 497-7927 or (949) 231-9235.

Monday morning Table Top Treasures

The Susi Q accepts small household items such as knick-knacks, holiday decorations, costume jewelry and other miscellaneous items on a daily basis and then sells the items on Mondays from 9 - Noon at Table Top Treasures.  All funds received from this activity sponsor a scholarship for a LBHS senior and help to pay for bingo prizes for our seniors.  

If you have any miscellaneous items that you would like to donate, please drop by the Susi Q from 9 - 3.

More Susi Q events below

Girls Volleyball announces LBHS Alumni Game 2014 

Calling all LBHS women
alumni players!

The alumni volleyball game is back on Friday, Oct 10. Admission is free. JV/frosh/soph will be at 5 p.m., and varsity/alumni will be at 6:30. 

Enjoy an exciting opportunity drawing with prizes that include a full day golf and spa experience plus dinner for four courtesy of The Resort at Pelican Hill, or Angels baseball premier seats with a parking pass for four.

There will be a post-game gathering at the Lumberyard, which will be donating a percentage to LBHS Girls Volleyball. 

For more info, contact or

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

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. 

Monday Movie and Popcorn

12:30-3 p.m. in the Laguna Room.Free every Monday.  See the Front Desk for the current movie schedule

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 & Fri. 

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. 12:30-4 p.m. on Mon and Wed; 12:30 – 3 p.m. on Friday.

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc. 


Monday, September 22

Arts Commission

Council Chambers – 5:30 


Tuesday, September 23

Environmental Sustainability Committee

Community Center – 6 p.m. 


Wednesday, September 24

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Thursday, September 25

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

Parking, Traffic & Circulation Committee

Community Center – 7 p.m. 



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