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A note from Stu 


Ernie Banks:

“Let’s Play Two”

Ernie Banks died Friday of a heart attack at age 83.

I’ll bet he was smiling.

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Ernie Banks always had a smile on his face – not an easy thing to do for a Cubs fan, let alone a man known as “Mr. Cub”.

No one who ever played the game professionally or otherwise loved baseball more than Ernie Banks. 

To say that I was always anything other than a big fan would be an understatement.

In July 1953, the Cubs paid the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League $10,000 for his contract. He was in his #14 Cubs uniform that September when the Monarchs season ended and never played a single minor league game.

The 6’1” – 180 pound man appeared thinner than that and played shortstop his first seven Major League seasons. 

He and fellow Hall of Famer Hank Aaron (who began in the Majors in 1954) were the first “pure wrist” hitters whose power came from generated bat speed more than from huge upper body strength. That made a lasting impression on a young boy who thought about baseball before anything else.

In his first seven full seasons in the Majors, Banks hit 40 or more homers five times and was twice the NL MVP while playing for the lowly Cubs.

His enthusiasm for the game was summed up when before a typical Cubs day game at Wrigley Field a reporter asked the aging Banks how he felt that afternoon.

“Let’s play two!”


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 Chief Paul Workman willlook back at Laguna’s police chiefs and the early days

Tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Laguna Beach Historical Society will have a presentation about the Laguna Beach Police Department: The Early Days.

The presentation will be by retiring chief Paul Workman of the Laguna Beach Police Department. 


Chief Paul Workman

The presentation will cover the police chiefs from the first Chief Abe Johnson up to the early 1950s, the Police Station, a “mystery officer” from the 1920s, a story about the second Chief Johnson, the shooting of Officer Gordon French, and a recent find in the department’s storage.

Chief Workman has been with the Laguna Beach Police Department since 1975. He has a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton and attended the Peace Officer Standards and Training Command College. He also attended the FBI National Academy class 211. Paul Workman has been the Chief of Police since May of 2009.

Net-Works invites all to a party for Laguna Exchange Jan 30

Laguna Exchange is Net-Work’s new store that will be a vehicle to help the less fortunate of Laguna Beach.

“People help the people” is not just a lyric to a great song by Birdy, it’s what Net-Works are all about. As Laguna Exchange opens its doors to give people “a unique shopping experience with a purpose,” many lives will be changed. 

Laguna Exchange will help and hire those in need and provide them with a new way. They will share their vision with all who shop, and invite them to help the people.

Come to the store to see the progress of renovations and meet some of the people who have been served thus far. You can help with start-up costs by giving a tax deductible gift. Please know your help is needed and greatly appreciated.

Come enjoy food, drinks and a special table performance on Friday, Jan. 30, 6 – 8 p.m. at 995 S. Coast Highway. Feel free to bring all who have a heart to help people.

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Jan 28 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 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. 

Jan 29 Thur Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore 8:30-10:30 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.  

Feb 1 Sun Explore California native plant life on the trail to Barbara’s Lake 9-11:30 a.m. Join us on a wonderful morning walk to Orange County’s only natural lake while learning about our native California plant life. This easy 2-mile leisurely hike will be led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.  Ages 8 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center.  


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


See you in February!


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Crystal Cove State Park

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity on Wednesday 1/28 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 Los Trancos lot.

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday Jan 31 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. 

 Enjoy a super -0.6 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, Jan 31 at 1 p.m.  A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2.

Enjoy a super -0.7 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Sunday, Feb 1 at 1 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.


Volume 7, Issue 8                                                                               January 27, 2014

Romance is in the air! It’s close to Valentine’s Day and we haven’t heard of a Cuddle Con here – so – will you be sending flowers to your heartthrob this year?
Romance is in the air! It’s close to Valentine’s Day and we haven’t heard of a Cuddle Con here – so – will you be sending flowers to your heartthrob this year?
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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

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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

Mondays 1-2pm | $80. Discover healthy posture and spinal alignment for better balance. Facilitator: Sharon Jakubecy, M.AmSAT

Join Our Hike

3rd Thursdays | 8am | Free. Meet new hiking buddies, catch up with old friends and all while getting fit and enjoying nature! 

Photo Narratives

Wed 12-3pm |$120 for 8 sessions or $20 drop-in. Learn to tell stories through photographs.

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

Case 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 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

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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Adult Hula Lessons

Fridays from 1:30-2:30. $3 suggestion 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!

Drum Circle Demo

Monday, March 2, 3-4pm

“There’s more to it than just making noise. Group drumming reduces stress, increases creativity, boosts the immune system and improves overall mood. The increased white blood cells means the body is rocking out.”  

- Lee Kix, trained health rhythms facilitator

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 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.


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:

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 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!

Primal Mates coming to the LB Library from 6-7 tonight

Friends of Laguna Beach Library will present “Primal Mates,” featuring “Music in Poetry, Poetry in Music,” with Colleen O’Brien – voice and cello and Chris Lee – vibes and percussion, tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 6 to 7 p.m. 

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Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien are “Primal Mates”

“Primal Mates” will offer a delightful meeting of music and poetry ranging from Shakespeare to Kerouac. In the tradition of the classical art song, where composers wrote music for the poetry to be sung, the chamber jazz duo Primal Mates combines a variety of writers and poets with the beautiful sound of voice, cello and vibraphone for a truly unique listening experience. 

“Primal Mates” will be held at the Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre St. For information, call 497-1733. Laguna Beach Library is part of Orange County Public Libraries,

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc. 


Tuesday, January 27

Environmental Sustainability Committee

Community Center – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, January 28

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Thursday, January 22

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.



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