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A note from Stu 



I’m going to enjoy eating my lunch at Okura today from Noon until 2 p.m.

Shaena and the rest of us will be hanging out to meet all who want to come by and say hello.

For me, that would be in between bits of sashimi and sushi too, I expect. All I know is that I have been excited ever since Shaena asked me if I was up for popping for a lunch at Okura…I said yes as soon as she said, “Okura!”

Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar is at 858 S. Coast Hwy.


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Ebell’s Derby Party – it’s about running for the roses all for good causes, May 7

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Ebell members, Cat Aires (L) and Fabiola Kinder are ready for derby fun! 

It’s almost time to Run for the Roses! Once again, Ebell Philanthropies is hosting a fabulous Derby party complete with live streaming of the race on May 7. 

There will be abundance of auction items, wonderful country club food, free parking, and, of course, the very popular hat contest! Come join other locals, enjoy a mint julep, and have a fun afternoon at the Aliso Viejo Country Club. 

All money raised at the derby party goes to local community assistance such as Girl Scouts, Little League, Friendship Shelter, Laguna Beach High School Scholarships and a host of other groups that provide valuable contributions to Laguna, but often need financial help. 

Ebell is proud of its record of giving approximately $20k annually back to Laguna Beach. Contact them for an “official” invitation:

Everyone is welcome!

Coastal whale watching cruises scheduled through end of June

The Ocean Institute offers whale watching cruises aboard its 65-foot R/V Sea Explorer. The cruises will give participants an opportunity to see whales, dolphins, fish, sea lions and other wildlife along the Southern California coastline.

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Upcoming cruises include:May 1, 7, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29; June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 25, 26.  Cruise times are 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Prices are $45 for adults (18-54), $35 for seniors (age 55 and up) and active duty military, and $25 for children (age 4 to 17).  There is a transaction processing fee for credit card, phone and Internet orders.  

Become an Ocean Institute member and receive a 10% discount.  Information may be obtained by calling the Ocean Institute at (949) 496-2274.  Register online at

24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point.

The Boys & Girls Club’s 16th annual Art of Giving Gala at Montage, May 7

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is proud to present their 16th annual Art of Giving Gala, called “Cheeseburger In Paradise” this year. It will be on Saturday, May 7, held at Montage Laguna Beach. This is an event you will not want to miss! 

The Club invites guests to participate with a paradise theme here in Laguna Beach on May 7th. Guests are encouraged to grab their Hawaiian shirt, summer dress, or tuxedo, and come nibbling on sponge cake, while watching the sun bake. No, it’s not a Jimmy Buffet concert, but close… Guests will get to indulge in the memories of the Jimmy Buffet era (that never ended) at Laguna Beach’s finest resort.

Guests will start the evening on the Montage lawn with tasty morsels, signature cocktails, and a couple of surprises. The evening will continue with an elegant dinner and rousing live auction followed by dancing with some paradise inspired tunes.

The events raises funds that will help the Club involve more young people, encouraging character building with integrity, compassion, and respect.  

Table sponsorships are available too!

For more information about the Gala please contact Michelle Ray at (949) 494-2535 ext. 103 or or visit the Club website at:

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


April 30 Sat Dr. Sue’s Insect and Arthropod Zoo 1-4 p.m. Drop in at the Nix Nature Center to meet Dr. Sue Van Vorhis Key, PhD and visit her zoo full of amazing live insects and arthropods. Look, listen, and learn! You can even touch an insect, if you like.  Try out our insect scavenger hunt, sorting arthropods, and making your own insect to take home!  Come anytime from 1 to 4 p.m. Be aware that parking is limited and the parking lot fills to capacity. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center.

May 5 Thur Fitness Hike at Ridge Park 8:30-11 a.m. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this moderate, fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike (700-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Not for beginners. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate). 


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park

Special Note on AWCWP Activities: the bridge entrance into the park from Alicia Parkway may be experiencing closures. Please make sure to watch our online event listings for any cancellations of events departing from the Park Ranger Headquarters!


May 1 Sunday Family Fun Hike 9-11 a.m. When was the last time you took the family out to hike for pure enjoyment? On this excursion, we’ll focus on fun facts, nature themed games, and wildlife habits while answering questions from your little ones. This is a 2-mile (150-ft. elevation gain) hike for ages 7 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. Parking: Free.

May 3 Tue Midweek Walk in Nature 9-11 a.m. Join us for a wonderful 4-mile hike in beautiful Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the coastal sage wildlife as we hike along Wood Creek. Led by an LCF volunteer. 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. Parking: Free.



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Crystal Cove State Park

Enjoy a low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Sunday, May 1 at 11am.  A park naturalist 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.

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity on Wednesdays (5/4, 5/11, 5/18, & 5/25) 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.


Volume 8, Issue 35                                                                                April 29, 2016

Another note from Stu re: our reader poll 


We use the same or similar software that the major daily papers use in their online surveys and we can tell when the voting is hacked in some manner – especially if it’s done by computer.

On Thursday, an inordinate number of votes were cast in favor of short-term rentals.

If individual readers came on and voted that many times in that period of time, using national standards, we would have a total readership greater than most national daily papers.

Of course, we are aware that the “no” side sent emails to people – some who had never visited our website before – compelling them to vote no.

But each of them voted just once – the poll would stop the same IP address from voting twice in a day.

Hacking, as was done with the “yes” vote Thursday, overrides the IP shutdown.

This is only the second time one of our polls has been hacked and oh, by the way, there still is no new traffic light at the entrance to a NoLag gated community…


Laguna Beach has a population of about 23,250 and some 4 million-plus visitors every year. Which agency listed below has the most control over our visitors?
Laguna Beach has a population of about 23,250 and some 4 million-plus visitors every year. Which agency listed below has the most control over our visitors?
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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Family Caregiver

Support Group

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

Sharing confidential, emotional support and resources among caregivers.

Club Q Laguna

1st and 3rd Friday | 3-5pm

Join Laguna’s LGBT seniors for seasonal potlucks, free movies and snacks, speakers, and outside group events. In good company, the club also enjoys working on community service projects.

Ted Talks

1st & 3rd Tuesday | 10-12 p.m.

Limited Space

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, in the form of short, powerful talks. Contact Al Gumb if you’d like to join: (949) 627-7541

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.

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 linkage 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. 

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!

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 Mon | 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:


Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre

2nd Thur Monthly | 12-1:30pm | Free

Explore with Julia Lupton from UCI’s Shakespeare Center.

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.

We have Bridge for all levels!

Call to find out about classes!


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.

Table 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.

Friday, April 29

City Hall Closed


Monday, May 2

Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee

Community Center – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, May 4

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Thursday, May 5

HIV Advisory Committee

Conference Room A – 4 p.m.



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Maggi Henrikson is our Associate Editor; Diane Ermitage,  Lynette Brasfield,  Michele Hall, Suzie Harrison, Allison Rael, Elizabeth Nutt, Niki Smart and Samantha Washer are staff writers.

Dennis McTighe, Diane Armitage, Anita Razin, Fonda Eaton and April Steinert are columnists.

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