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A note from Stu 


No Square will do The World Goes ‘Round with tons of show tunes

No Square Theatre will be kicking up some good times in honor of “the fighting spirit that keeps us going”, April 24 – 26. 

With tunes from shows such as Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, New York, New York and more songs by Kander & Ebb, you’ll be swept up in the high spirits of The World Goes ‘Round

Performed by 14 cast members, and under the direction of Bree Burgess Rosen, and Diane King Vann (music), a good time is promised. The No Square Theatre offers dinner and drinks available pre-show and at intermission. 

Seating, as regular No Square fans know, is extremely limited; book your tickets early at

The World Goes ‘Round will be performed just three nights: Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door if available.

No Square Theatre: 384 Legion Street. For information call 949-715-0333.


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Nirvana Grille party on May 3 – it’s a 

must-go event!

Nirvana Grille, one of our only restaurants with a Laguna Beach-grown chef, is already celebrating its 7th anniversary. 

On Sunday, May 3, Nirvana is hosting an Anniversary “Gala” party that you definitely want to reserve tickets for now. From just 5 – 8 p.m., this is going to be some kind of party! 

Rather than just create a party about themselves, Co-Owners (and husband and wife team) Luis and Chef Lindsay Smith-Rosales decided to celebrate four of their favorite non-profit organizations, one of which is dearest to my heart, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Additionally, they’ve chosen to feature and give back to the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna, the Friendship Shelter and SchoolPower.

The party will take over the entire restaurant and Bliss Bar with Lindsay’s many phenomenal food creations circling, Ion Vodka featuring signature cocktails, and a fully stocked bar of unique wines, beers and other top-shelf cocktails included in the ticket price of $150. Ticket proceeds will be evenly divided between the four organizations. 

With representatives from each of the four non-profits there, and an undoubted number of avid supporters of these locally grown organizations, it’s sure to be a full house! Given that it’s pretty darned easy for me to spend $150 at a dinner out these days, you’d better believe I’ll be attending this event – with Lindsay’s great food and all for a great cause, you can’t beat it.

Ticketing will be available this coming week at


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

You and your dog: new LBPD crime prevention team

From a press release

The Laguna Beach Police Department is introducing a new crime prevention initiative called “Dog Walker Watch.”

Dog Walker Watch is a program designed to encourage recreational dog walkers to serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for the Laguna Beach Police Department. The premise is that dog walkers know their routes well and can easily note “what is normal” and “what is out of place.”

To learn how you can participate in preventing crime in our community, attend the Dog Walker Watch Meeting being held on May 2. This kick-off meeting and training session is open to all Laguna Beach recreational dog walkers and their pets. 

Come out and meet your fellow Laguna Dog Walkers!

Date and Time: Saturday May 2 at Noon (12-1p.m.)

Location: Alta Laguna Park

This will be one of many upcoming opportunities to attend informational training sessions with members of the LBPD. The goal is to train community members to heighten their senses in order to recognize suspicious behaviors when things look out of place. Tips on how, and when, to contact local law enforcement will also be provided.

Contact Community Services Officer Natasha Hernandez at 497-0382 or via email at for additional information.

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


April 18 Sat Keep It Wild Volunteer Day 8-11 a.m. Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! There’s no better way to start a Saturday morning than by joining Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks staff in an invigorating project of non-native plant removal and/or planting native plants. Help us make a healthier environment for the native wildlife and for ourselves. Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Parking: Free for Keep It Wild Volunteers!

April 22 Wed Beginning Fitness Hike 9-10:30 a.m. Now is a great time to start a new fitness routine beginning with an easy 2.5 mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain to Barbara’s Lake and back (45-ft. elevation gain). Join a 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. 

April 23 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 area.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


April 17 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.

April 18 Sat Keep It Wild Volunteer Day 8-11 a.m. Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! What better way to start a Saturday morning than to join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for an invigorating project of non-native plant removal and/or planting native plants. Help us create a healthier environment for the native wildlife and for ourselves. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters. Parking: Free for Keep-It-Wild volunteers!

April 19 Sun Young Field Biologist Series: Early Earth Day Hike 8:30-10 a.m. Celebrate the upcoming Earth Day by assisting the Park’s Resource Specialist with fun field studies at the Ranger Station and in Aliso Creek. For this installment, we’ll scoop water from the creek to survey aquatic insects, check our wildlife camera, and examine watershed environmental issues. Bring your camera and a notepad to document and compare your findings. Minimal hiking (1/2 mile, 50-ft. elevation gain) for ages 9 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters (newly renovated staging area!).


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Crystal Cove State Park

Help celebrate Earth Day at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, April 18 from 9-1.  Projects include:  painting curbs, sweeping ramps, power washing signs, planting cactus, removing concrete and other debris, weeding the hummingbird garden, and cleaning the beach.  Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #4, (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, left at kiosk to the end.) For more information contact 

Enjoy a 0.2 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m.  A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot.

Take a walk through the renovated 12-acre Historic Districtat Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, April 19, from 12-2 p.m.  Former life-long resident Laura Davick will share stories about the colorful past of the Cove including the history, its rescue, and the plans for restoring the remaining 17 cottages.  Park at Los Trancos parking lot then cross PCH at the signaled intersection and walk across the marked pathways and meet at the bluff top deck of the overnight rental check-in cottage.

Walk along the beautiful bluffs at Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. with a volunteer park naturalist through the Coastal Sage Scrub plant community, one of the rarest, and most threatened in the world.  Enjoy the bluff top trail and then the beach arriving back at the parking lot as the sun dips into the ocean. Wear sunscreen, a hat and shoes that will be comfortable both on pavement and sand.  Bring a light jacket, plenty of water, a snack, and don’t forget your camera!  Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot.

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity Wednesdays (4/22, & 4/29) from 10-4 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.) 

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, April 25 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.


Volume 7, Issue 31                                                                                 April 17, 2015

While at Tuesday’s Friendship Shelter event, the subject of homelessness obviously was discussed. An interesting question was raised - Do you know anyone who has been homeless?
While at Tuesday’s Friendship Shelter event, the subject of homelessness obviously was discussed. An interesting question was raised - Do you know anyone who has been homeless?
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Events, programs at 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:

Family Caregiver

Support Group

2nd & 4th Wed | 3- 4:30pm | Free

Sharing confidential, emotional support and resources among caregivers.

It’s Your Money

Fri | 4/3-5/22 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Free

Instructed by Peter Kote. Registration Required: 497-2441

4/10 | Annuities & Mutual Funds

4/17 | Financial Planning I

4/24 | Financial Planning II

5/1 | Long Term Care

5/8 | Fixed Income Investing

5/15 | Equity Investing

5/22 | The Big Take Away (contest)

Club Q Laguna

1st and 3rd Friday | 3-5pm

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

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.

The Alexander Technique

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

Photo Narratives

Wed 4/1 – 6/3 12-3pm |$150 for the series. Learn to tell stories through photographs.

I Think I Have a Book in Me

Thur 4/2 – 6/4 12-3pm |$150 for the series.

The Ancestry Club

Wed 3-5pm | $25. Discover your family tree.  Genealogy for beginners.  Facilitator: Beth Sand

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!

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

Care Management

Mon – Thur | 9am- 3pm |

Friday | 9am – 5 pm


Providing links 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!

Wellspring Health Fair

Friday, April 24, 9-11:30 a.m. Free

Join us to learn about stress relief techniques from wellness experts, featuring reflexology, essential oils, acupressure, and massage pain care. 

No pre-registration required.

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

4/16 | Arthritis & other Health Issues

4/23 | Health Issues after Surviving Cancer

4/28 | Does your Heart skip a beat?

5/7 | Do you Suffer from Headaches?

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!

Emergency Preparedness segments set for KX 93.5 

The Laguna Beach Police Department has teamed up KX 93.5, Laguna’s Only FM radio station, to broadcast an Emergency Preparedness segment. 

On the third Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m., tune in on 93.5 FM or to learn how you can be better prepared. At the end of each segment citizens are urged to call in to (949) 715-5936 for a question & answer portion. 

The segment schedule is as follows: 

Monday April 20th, 5:30 p.m. 

Monday May 18th, 5:30 p.m. 

Monday June 15th, 5:30 p.m.

Monday July 20th, 5:30 p.m. 

Monday Aug. 17th, 5:30 p.m. 

Founded in 2012, KX 93.5 is

Laguna’s only FM radio station. It’s a non-profit, non-commercial radio station, focused on the music, the listener, and the local community. The format is “Generational Alternative Rock” from the 1960s until now, featuring public affairs, surf reports, sports broadcasts and more. The station provides a voice and a creative outlet for the hundreds of Laguna Beach musicians and beyond.  

Holocaust Remembrance Day at Chabad April 23

An evening with Dr. Mark Biederman for Holocaust Remembrance Day will take place Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at Chabad Laguna Beach (30804 Coast Hwy).

The incredible story of how Mark’s quest to find out what happened to his family led to the unearthing of the family’s coin collection unseen since the Nazi invasion of Poland.

Biederman was born in Detroit, and is the son of Holocaust survivors from Poland. His father is also a Schindler Jew...the third name seen on Schindler’s famous list. Mark currently resides in Laguna Niguel, and is a renowned horse surgeon.

There is a $10 cover charge per person. The cost to be an event sponsor is $50. Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to mailto: or 499-0770.

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc. 


Saturday, April 18

City Council, Design Review and Planning Commission Joint Meeting

Community Center – 9 a.m.


Monday, April 20

Heritage Committee

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Tuesday, April 21

City Council

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, April 22

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Thursday, April 23

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee

Community Center – 6 p.m.


Friday, April 24

Urban Planning 

Coordinating Committee

Community Center – 8 a.m.



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