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A note from Stu 


Community Pride Time

Our Festival of Arts has been nominated for Best Art Festival in USA TODAY 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards. An expert panel selected the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters as one of 20 contenders for the Best Art Festival category.

 Now – it’s up to us to vote!

We have four weeks to vote. Online voting is open now and runs through April 13. We can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Winners will be announced on April 15. To vote for the Festival of Arts, go to: www.10best.com/awards/

 As of late Wednesday, the FOA was in fourth place – we can bump it to First Place just by going online a few times between now and the 13th! 


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2015 Gate & Garden Tour set for May 1

The Laguna Beach Garden Club announced that tickets are now available for the 2015 Gate & Garden Tour of Woods Cove on Friday, May 1 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A self-guided walking tour on quiet streets near Bluebird Park offers not only a unique opportunity to stroll through private gardens but also views of heritage trees, quirky birdhouses and memorable homes. Woods Cove is one of the first neighborhoods settled and is still filled with quaint beach cottages, mature trees and small scale newer homes. 

Eight private gardens will be open to explore along a marked route on paved city streets. This is the shortest Garden Tour route ever and mostly downhill yet you will be transported to fragrant Tuscany, a mermaid’s watery lair, orderly vegetable gardens, gently controlled wild spaces and a tropical Paradise. 

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In celebration of Laguna’s heritage, plein air artists have been invited to paint in several of the gardens. There will also be an exotic plant sale at the end of the tour. Cheerful garden club volunteers will be available in gardens and along the route to answer questions.

The $45 advanced-sale ticket includes admittance to the gardens described in the tour brochure, which includes a map of the route and round trip shuttle bus transportation.  Registration will once again be at historic Arabella Laguna where there will also be delicious homemade refreshments and a raffle.

Purchase raffle tickets for the opportunity to win a spectacular prize provided by Dana Point Nursery. 

Gardens may have uneven steps and paths; there is no sidewalk.  Comfortable walking shoes are essential; broad brimmed hat advisable. Don’t forget your camera. 

A limited number of tickets will be available on tour day for $50. 

The garden tour is the major fundraiser for the Laguna Beach Garden Club. Proceeds provide financial support for the many environmental, educational and civic beautification projects of the club as well as scholarships for local high school and junior college students with an interest in horticulture. 

Tickets are available in Laguna Beach at Laguna Drug (239 Broadway), Tides Inn (460 N. Coast Hwy) and Laguna Nursery (1370 S. Coast Hwy) or in Dana Point at Dana Point Nursery, 34100 Pacific Coast Highway. 

For more information about Laguna Beach Garden Club, visit their website at: LagunaBeachGardenClub.org

Award-winning Jeanne Meyers speaks Thursday at Exchange Club luncheon

Jeanne Meyers, Director of the My Hero Project, will speak to theLaguna Beach Exchange ClubonThursday, April 2 at the White House Restaurant.

In 1995 television producer Jeanne Meyers established the MY HERO Project with philanthropist Karen Pritzker and documentary film producer Rita Stern. They began gathering stories about heroes from around the world. For 30 years since then, they have been inviting and developing videos that “celebrate the best of humanity and empower young people to realize their own potential to effect positive change.”

The Exchange Club meeting will be held at the White House Restaurant, 340 S. Coast Highway at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday. 

To reserve a place at the meeting call Jim Rue at 494-6684.

Cox Cable3 has one more broadcast of Patriots Day Parade 

Want to see what your entry looked like marching in our parade March 7? Well, you can as Cox3 was there with video coverage.

The remaining Cox3 broadcast schedule for the 49th Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade is Saturday, April 4, 9 - 11 p.m.  

It will also be on Cox on Demand, channel 2636, from April 5 to May 5.

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online:


949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


April 2 Thur Fitness Hike at Dilley 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 (900-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. 

April 4 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. Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist volunteers lead the hike. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Next event April 8


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Crystal Cove State Park


Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity Wednesdays (4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 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.)  

Love birds, but need help with identification?  Join Crystal Cove State Park birders on a guided spring bird walk on both the inland and coastal areas of the park on Saturday, April 4 at 8 a.m.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre. 

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturdays, April 4 & 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. 

Crystal Cove State Park docents will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, Full Moon 4-mile hike on Saturday, April 4 at 6 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. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water & a flashlight, and dress in layers

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 Sundays, April 5 or April 12 at 9 a.m.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre.


Volume 7, Issue 26                                                                               March 31, 2015

If you were offered free concert tickets to see one of the following current pop acts, which – if any – would you most like to see?
If you were offered free concert tickets to see one of the following current pop acts, which – if any – would you most like to see?
You must select at least one item to vote!

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: www.susiq.org

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

4/3 | Introduction & Quiz

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 – 643 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: www.susiq.org 

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 susiq.org.

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: www.susiq.org

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: aking@csusm.edu

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, March 31

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, April 1

Housing & Human Services

Community Center – 4 p.m.


Thursday, April 2

HIV Advisory Committee

Conference Room A – 4 p.m.



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