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A note from Stu 

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Sound Spectrum

Pandora is my companion on deadline days – Mondays and Thursdays.

As those of you who listen to Pandora know, you can choose just about any musician that’s ever recorded an album and create a “radio station” with that artist’s tunes and those chosen by Pandora as being of a compatible mode.

My stations are:

Vonda Shepard

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Three Dog Night

North Mississippi All Stars

Buddy Guy

Johnny A.

Creedence

The Susan Tedeschi Band

The Derek Trucks Band

Doug Sahm

Robert Randolph

Little Feat

and of course

Elvin Bishop 

This mix guarantees that over almost any two days, I am sure to hear retro tunes by every player I’ve ever liked – and that’s a whole lot!

Often, I get motivated enough to go buy a record to add to my road music collection.

That’s where Sound Spectrum comes in. I pick up the phone and either Jim or Wave will know exactly who and what I am talking about and in no more than two days, I can be riding down Coast Hwy with my new retro CD loud and clear.

We are fortunate to have an independent record store in town. Take advantage of it!

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday 10 – 2 p.m. 

Tomorrow, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be The DEA’s National Prescription Take Back Day held at the Laguna Beach School District Parking lot for residents to bring unused or expired medications for safe, free, and anonymous disposal.

The LBHS Laguna Prescription Drug Awareness group will be there to assist the DEA as well.  

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. 

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), twice as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined. That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends’ or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.


April is National Poetry Month

The Laguna Beach Library announced its 16th Annual Poetry Contest in honor of April’s National Poetry Month.

Poets from Kindergarten to adults may enter the contest sponsored by the Friends Of The Library. Winners will receive gift certificates ranging from $25 to $100. Winning Poems Will Be Published in the library’s annual Poetry Booklet and made available for free to all in the community.

Winners will also be invited to the Annual Poetry Event to read their winning poems to the public at the Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre Street. 497-1733

Entry forms are available at the library and schools in the Laguna Beach Unified School District. Entries can be made with a paper copy and dropped off a the Laguna Beach Library or email to lagunalibrarypoetry@yahoo.com

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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April 18 Fri A Morning Stroll to Barbara’s Lake 9-11:30 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. 

April 19 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 19 Sat Introduction to Mountain Bike Riding 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette on this 6.8-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (800-ft. elevation gain) while enjoying canyon views. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd east to end; meet at the gate). Donation: $2/person.

April 19 Sat Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,000-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. Be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons. This bike ride is not for beginners. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area. Donation: $2/person.

April 22 Tue Beginners’ Fitness Hike 9-10:30 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.

April 24 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. Donation: $2/person.

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Crystal Cove Park

Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park

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April 15 Tue Book Hike 9-11 a.m. Engage your brain along with your body on a 4-mile hike in beautiful Aliso & Wood Canyons while we share our favorite books. Come prepared to contribute a title or two and leave with the anticipation of some great new reads as well as a relaxed and exercised body. Led by a LCF volunteer naturalist & reader. Elevation gain of 300 ft. on terrain that can be uneven and rocky. A hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, water and snack are recommended.  Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. Donation: $2/person.

April 17 Thur Fitness Hike at Canyon View 8:30-11 a.m. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 6-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. Donation: $2/person.

April 18 Fri Tot Walk 9-11 a.m. Join Ranger Zak along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and bring your young ones (babies to 3 years old) 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, 28373 Alicia Parkway.

April 19 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 staff in an invigorating project of non-native plant removal. Help us make a healthier environment for native wildlife and for ourselves. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters. Parking: Free for Keep-It-Wild volunteers!

April 27 Sun A Walk in the Park 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Bring the family to view the landmark Aliso Creek restoration project and search for OC’s native wildlife on the Aliso Creek Trail East. This is a 2.5-mile, level terrain, leisurely hike (50-ft. elevation gain) through riparian (near water) and grassland habitats. Ages 7 and up. Led by OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters. 

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Crystal Cove State Park

www.crystalcovestatepark.com

Discover the new Environmental Study Loop at Crystal Cove State Park on Science Saturday, 4/19 from 12-3 p.m. 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. Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre 

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity Wednesdays(4/23, & 4/30) 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.

 

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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

Passport to Health

Health Topic Series: Reservation required. Presented free of charge by Mission Hospital and UCI.

Thursday | 4/24| 1pm| Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Thursday | 5/1   | 2pm| Anger and Aging

Thursday | 5/22| 2pm| TBA

Thursday | 5/29 | 1pm| Brain Health

Thursday | 6/5   | 2pm| Stem Cell Research & Macular Degeneration

Conscious Aging Workshop

Saturday, April 26 - 9:30-12:30.

Facilitators: Andrea Dearheart and Mary Franz

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.

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!

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.

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 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.

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 Tuesday 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 

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Monday, April 21

Heritage Committee

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 22

City Council

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

Downtown Specific Plan

Community Center – 6 p.m.

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 Wednesday, April 23

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

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Thursday, April 24

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

PTC Committee

Community Center – 6 p.m.

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Friday, April 25

City Manager’s

Urban Planning Coordinating Committee

Community Center – 9 a.m.


LB Parents Club’s annual EasterEggHunt today, 4-7 p.m.

The Laguna Beach Parents Club (LBPC) is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 18 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Alta Laguna Park. 

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It is one of the Club’s biggest (and cutest) events of the year. LBPC member families are welcome at the hunt.

The hunt will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m., but all are encouraged to come early and stay after for food, fun, DIY pictures with the Easter Bunny, and most importantly community camaraderie. 

If you are not already a member of the LBPC, becoming a member is easy and very cost effective. Visit www.lagunabeachparents.com

In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, the LBPC hosts an annual BBQ, a Halloween Walk on Forest Avenue, Parents’ Night Out, as well as, Club-organized playgroups often held at local Laguna parks.  They even host much needed Moms’ and Dads’ Nights Out throughout the year. Join them and have some fun!

 

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