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A note from Stu 

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Final week of the Festivals

These past couple-plus months of Festival Season have really flown by…of course; I work out of my home and don’t spend that much time out on our streets and highways.

Just about everyone I know and talk to tells me that going into this final week, attendance has been better than 2013.

That’s a good thing.

When I first came to Laguna Beach in 1966, there was no real traffic as I recall. Just a rush-minute now and then in the morning and evenings.

By the early 80s, Coast Hwy was a mess every morning and evening during rush hours and we learned why after the – dare I say it? After the Toll Road opened. There was an immediate and quite noticeable decrease in traffic on Coast Hwy. At the time, I was driving to Newport at least twice a week for business and I began leaving early since it didn’t take half the morning any longer.

Of course, as the years went by, the traffic on Coast Hwy has once more increased; yet not to those levels.

The canyon – well, that’s always been a driver’s burden. In some spots, it’s better than it was in the mid-80s thanks to the widening in Irvine. I was also driving to Tustin at least twice a week and if I missed my window coming back to town, I would be crawling home.

I might still be wandering these roadways if the new LCR Task Force and CalTrans do something in the next 11 years and if so, it will be something to see what they come up with to lessen the load. 

Of course, there has to be a ‘consensus’ before CalTrans will even look at anything according to Mayor Pro Tem Bob Whalen.

Based upon the speakers’ disparate opinions about how to approach Laguna Canyon Road, it may be 11 years just to gain a consensus… 

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The LBPD Citizen Academy – is now accepting applications

The Laguna Beach Police Department is accepting applications for the Citizen Academy. The academy starts Thursday September 4, 2014 and will meet from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for twelve consecutive weeks (the thirteenth week is graduation). Applications will be accepted until August 28.

The Citizen Academy is a twelve-week non-stress course designed to provide community members with a better understanding of the Laguna Beach Police Department and to help foster better communications between police personnel and citizens.  The Academy will include instruction in the following areas: history of the Laguna Beach Police Department, investigations, traffic enforcement, accident investigation, driving under the influence investigation, gangs, narcotics, neighborhood watch, crime prevention, crime scene investigation, police K-9 program and volunteer programs. There will also be a tour of the police facility as well as vehicles and equipment used by the department. Academy members will be given the chance to shoot at the police firing range and participate in mock scenarios. There is also a tour of the Orange County Jail. 

To obtain an application and announcement for the Citizen Academy, contact the Laguna Beach Police Department at (949) 497-0701. For questions regarding this program, contact Class Assistant Ross Fallah at rfallah@lagunabeachcity.net or Corporal Matt Meadow at mmeadows@lagunabeachcity.net or (949) 497-0758. For inquiries pertaining to this Press Release, contact Captain Darin Lenyi at (949) 497-0375 or dlenyi@lagunabeachcity.net.

Applications can be mailed, faxed or emailed to you.

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3

 

Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park

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Aug 28 Thur Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore 8:30-11 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. Not for beginners.  Hiking poles suggested. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Donation: $2/person.

Aug 30 Sat Sunset Hike 6-8 p.m. Hike with Ranger Adam Martinez as the sun sets over Laurel and Willow Canyons. Observe the changes as day turns to night.  Hear the last bird songs.  Light interpretation with questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven. Participants should bring water, a snack, a flashlight, and wear proper hiking shoes. Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area. Parking: $3.

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Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park

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Next even scheduled 

September 7

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Scroll down for events at Crystal Cove Park

Crystal Cove State Park

www.crystalcovestatepark.com

Crystal Cove Alliance is hosting Community Days in the Historic District’s Education Commons on & 8/27 from 10-4. Enjoy free art classes, historical games, sea glass wrapping, dance classes, and more!  Check out Cottage #13, the Film and Media Center, and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility.  Park in the Los Trancos lot. 

Come down to the new Environmental Study Loop trail at Crystal Cove State Park and be a Citizen Scientist for the day.  On Wednesday, August 27 from 1-2 p.m. learn how you can help researchers understand the relationship between the park’s insects and plants.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)  $15 day-use fee

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, August 30 from 12-3 p.m. at the Historic District Education Commons where Ranger Jenn will host a Beachside Chat. Park in the Los Trancos lot.

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, August 31 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. 

 

Volume 6, Issue 68                                                                              August 26, 2014

If that vase you bought Saturday at a garage sale had a genie that popped up offering you only one supernatural ability, which would you choose?
If that vase you bought Saturday at a garage sale had a genie that popped up offering you only one supernatural ability, which would you choose?
You must select at least one item to vote!

Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

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,
iPad
, 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 

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: aking@csusm.edu

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

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. 

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Tuesday, August 26

Environmental Sustainability

Community Center – 6 p.m. 

Enhanced Mobility and Complete Streets Plan

Community Outreach

Community Center – 6 p.m. 

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