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A note from Stu 


Beat Down Human Trafficking

I’d wager that you had no idea that human exploitation and trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the nation, behind narcotics trafficking, netting around the tidy sum of $32 billion a year.

That’s billion – with a B

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA), the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), and Chapman University have launched their online fundraising campaign with the world’s most established crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo, for the 2nd Annual “Keep Calm and Beat H.E.A.T. Rocking & Rally” on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Chapman University.

The daylong event includes a free rock concert with Stan Frazier and Murphy Karges of Sugar Ray beginning at 5:30. 

Elected officials, law enforcement, non-profits, private law firms, businesses, and private citizens have all donated to this cause and support is growing. To make a donation of any amount and to join the cause, please visit

For more information, and to RSVP on Facebook, please visit


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VFW Fundraiser – annual raffle event 

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 is holding its annual raffle fundraiser.  It will run until their monthly Post meeting on Thursday, Dec 4.  A multitude of fine prizes will be awarded to lucky ticket holders including $500 in cash, a one night, weekday stay in an ocean view guest room at the Montage Laguna Beach (estimated value: $700 – does not apply from May 21, 2015 to Sept 7, 2015) and gift cards from various fine restaurants and businesses in the area.


One (1) ticket…...$10

Three (3) tickets...$25


Tickets may be purchased by sending a check with your name, address and phone number to: VFW Post 5868, P.O. Box 629, Laguna Beach, CA 92652.  

For further information call Arnie Silverman at (949) 643-5534 or Commander Frank Daniel at (949) 939-6280.  

An independent, non-VFW member will conduct the raffle drawing.  With your help and generous support VFW expects to be able to meet its service requirements for the entire year.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 performs numerous services for all veterans and the communities.  Its members guide and assist veterans in obtaining VA benefits, provide when feasible transportation for immobile veterans, visit patients at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital and the Wounded Warriors Battalion at Camp Pendleton, support Boy and Girl Scout organizations, make themselves available for “we were there” sessions with students and many other services.  Several members are mentors at the renowned Orange County Combat Veterans Court in Santa Ana.  For the local communities they participate in parades, patriotic observances such as Memorial Day and many other services.

Active now for over 65 years, VFW has been dependent on various fundraisers such as an annual Octoberfest, and various veteran-honoring socials.  However, the limited income earned with these activities is insufficient to keep them going.  

Arnold Silverman wrote, “Also, frankly, our active membership is getting too old to run those kind of events.  

“We have become dependent, therefore, on donations to meet our overhead expenses.” 

Contributions will help the Post to attain a solid financial footing.

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Oct 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 (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area. Donation: $2/person.

Oct 25 Sat Long Distance Hike in the Back Country 8-11:30 a.m. Explore the beauty and diversity of two canyons, Little Sycamore and Laurel Canyon, in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 8.2-mile hike (770-ft. elevation gain) over rocky and uneven terrain. We will hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, riparian habitats, coastal sage scrub, and open grassland. Participants should be fit and able to hike long distances. For your safety and comfort bring 2-3 liters of water, a hat, a hearty snack and proper hiking shoes. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Donation: $2/person.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Oct 21 Tue Book Hike 9-11 a.m. Engage your mind along with your body on a 4-mile hike in beautiful Aliso & Wood Canyon 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: 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.

Oct 26 Sunday Fitness Hike 8:30-11 a.m. Enjoy a fresh, coastal breeze as you get your workout in the park on this strenuous fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (1,100-ft elevation gain). Hike through lush Wood Canyon and up surrounding ridges with OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer. For ages 15 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area.


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65 artists exhibiting in “Art and Nature - The Inner Soul” at Gallery Q 

Gallery Q at the Susi Q Center is pleased to announce the opening of “Art and Nature - The Inner Soul” as part of the community-wide Art & Nature festival and conference by Laguna Art Museum Nov. 6 to 9. Gallery Q is currently showing over 65 individual pieces of art from a wide range of mediums such as sculptures, paintings on silk and watercolors created on rice paper. 

Many are for sale with a percentage of each one sold going to support future exhibits at Gallery Q. 

Exhibiting artists are from Laguna Beach and the surrounding communities, The Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) and Irvine Valley College. 

The exhibition is open to the public now through Dec. 10 and can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional information, please contact Judy Baker, 497-2441 ext. 6 or email at

Gallery Q is located at the Laguna Beach Community and Senior Center 380 Third St. It is a public exhibition space dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the talent of emerging as well as professional artists of all ages in Orange County. Gallery Q, for five years now, has curated up to six shows per year and honors the artists with an opening reception. 

For more information about the Gallery Q or the Susi Q Center, visit

Crystal Cove State Park

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity on Wednesday (10/22, & 10/29) from 10-4 in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park (Park in the Los Trancos lot - PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)  Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation.  

Enjoy a low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, Oct 25 at 4 p.mA 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.

Autumn 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, Oct 26 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.


Volume 6, Issue 83                                                                            October 21, 2014

When was the last time you put on your Traveling Shoes and went abroad – for pleasure or business?
When was the last time you put on your Traveling Shoes and went abroad – for pleasure or business?
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!

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Club Q Laguna

1st and 3rd Friday | 3-5pm

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

LGBT Support Group

Alternating Mondays | 3:30-5pm | 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24, 12/8

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender support group, ages 55+. Offering one another compassionate presence, practical tools and resources for living full lives. Explore, engage, expand, and energize your life.  Call Martha at 715-8104 for more information and to apply.

It’s Your Estate

Fri | until 10/31 | 1:30-3pm | Free. Facilitated by Peter Kote.  Providing the resources seniors need to make confident financial, estate, and charitable decisions.

Computer Assistance

Thursdays 9am-3pm. Drop in for one-on-one help with your laptop, smart phone, or tablet, PC & Mac/Apple, Windows 7&8.

The Alexander Technique

Mon | 9/29-10/27 | 1-2pm | $80. Discover healthy posture and spinal alignment for better balance. Facilitator: Sharon Jakubecy, M.

Join Our Hike

3rd Thurs | 10/16 & 11/20 | 8am | Free. Meet new hiking buddies, catch up with old friends and all while getting fit and enjoying nature! 

Photo Narratives

Wed |until 11/19 | 12-3pm |$150 pre-registration or $20 drop-in. Learn to tell stories through photographs.

Family History Workshop

Wed | until 11/19 | 3-5pm | Free. 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 third Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Call to register: 497-2441

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

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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, Wed & Fri | 8:30am- 5pm | Free

Providing links to resources that promote safety and quality of life. Call for appt.

Senior Standing Yoga

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-10am. $4 suggested donation 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 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 | until 11/20 | $50/series or $5 drop in – Drop-ins welcome! Instructor: Tom Joliet

Intermediate Ukulele

Wed | 9- 10am | until 11/19 | $50/series or $5 drop in – Drop-ins welcome! Instructor:  Jack Morse

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

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!

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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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

Feeling The Blues?

Free Counseling!

If you are age 55+ and struggle with the blues, schedule a low-cost private session with one of our licensed therapists. You don’t have to feel lost. Call for an appointment. Se habla español

Mental Gymnastics

Free cognitive workshops

Every Friday from 10-11 a.m. Facilitated by Dr. Doug Mayer. Learn and practice games and activities to help improve memory and cognition in a supportive and fun group setting. 

Health Insurance Counseling (HICAP)

2nd and 4th Thur | 9a.m.-1p.m. | 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:

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 11:30-3 at the Susi Q. If interested, please contact Kathy Oliver at (949) 497-7927 or (949) 231-9235.

Bridge: Intermediate

Fri | 12:30-2:30pm | 10/3 – 11/21

Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning Bridge #1 & 2.  Contact Ann at 949-495-4564 for more information.

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.

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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Mindful Music

Fri | 10:30am - Noon| Free Explore the power of music for brain health; raise joy and self-esteem, improve health through music and singing. Fun, interactive, singing, music with Kathy Williams. Provided through a generous grant from the Picerne Foundation.

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 & 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. 


Tuesday, October 21

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, October 22

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Thursday, October 23

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

Parking, Traffic and

Circulation Committee

Community Center – 6 p.m.


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