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A Note from Shaena and Lynette

Why we love what we do so very much

This week, within eight hours of publishing our exclusive feature by Diane Armitage on Damon Wayans’ comedy series, launching at Skyloft in February, all 200 tickets were sold!

That made us feel very good about the reach of our publication – and proves that our readers enjoy a great sense of humor.

But the most heartwarming stories of all come from the nonprofits that we feature on our pages. 

Becky Martinez of Tony’s Treehouse sent us a letter thanking us for the coverage of the organization’s Adopt-A-Family program over Christmas.

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Sue Bottassi, Carmen Arguello and Diggety dog, volunteers for Tony’s Treehouse

“I did want to let you know that your previous articles promoting our Adopt program really touched a lot of residents,” Becky wrote. “I received several monetary donations via our website, along with emails of support…with those cash donations, the Treehouse was able to take on a couple of last minute families, and provide their holiday meals and gifts. You are really instrumental in helping us continue our work.” 

Rosalind Russell of R Star Foundation is one of the kindest people we know, and she’s always quick to send us thanks when we feature her great work in helping families in rural Nepal gain financial independence and education.

“We received another $1,000 in donations right after you featured the story about the jackets we were able to give kids living in freezing temperatures,” Rosalind told us. “Thank you!”

That’s the kind of news we thrive on – we love to know when we have helped make a positive difference in people’s lives – or simply helped them discover a new adventure, or class, or place to eat in lovely Laguna.

Keep those press releases coming!

We Love Laguna and We Love What We Do!

And we’re having fun doing it thanks to you, our readers! 

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Diane Armitage

Upcoming Concert at Mozambique is “Uncanny” Fleetwood Mac Stage Show

Just say the name, Fleetwood Mac, and anyone between the ages of 30 and 70 will have an immediate image or memory about this band. Fleetwood Mac rose to super stardom after releasing its album, Rumours, in 1977. That album, alone, has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, making it the eighth highest selling album of all time.

Now, there’s nothing closer to that image or memory than the globally acclaimed band, Rumours. This four-person troupe will be making a rare live appearance on Mozambique’s Main Stage on Saturday, May 26. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.

With the recent sell-out successes of headliners Jack Tempchin (Eagles songwriter) and English Beat, Mozambique’s Ivan Spiers says he’s committed to bringing more headline acts to Laguna Beach. While Rumours might be labeled a “tribute band,” the band has gathered rare global and critical acclaim for its extraordinary performance, selling out venues that seat thousands of fans.   

The Thing About Tribute Bands  

Now, when it comes to tribute bands, I figure they fall into two categories – barely anything like the musician or band they’re trying to replicate OR so much like the musician or band in look, dress, style and gestures that it’s almost unsettling. When they actually sing just like their famous counterparts, it’s truly extraordinary.

Rumours is that second kind of band. Even the highest-level music critics say that what Rumours does on stage is “uncanny.” 

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Photo credit: Rumours

Rumours Band

 

Even the Scarves are a Match

When the band first came together in 2012, they spent months working through fabrics, gestures, nuances in performances on stage, and tracking down the same guitars, drums, and tambourines used by their famous counterparts. It’s why so many critics refer to this group as a “troupe,” as their acting is as much a part of the show as their musicianship.

Rumours has meticulously put together a show that spares no detail. 

Recreating the band’s legendary persona, Rumours is made up of Jesika Miller as Stevie Nicks, Rebecca Fishman as Christine McVie, Ned Brower as Mick Fleetwood, Taylor Locke as Lindsey Buckingham and Nic Johns as John McVie.

Fleetwood Mac fans are still waiting to see if the band will be setting tour dates for 2018 beyond the single January 26 date advertised at Radio City Music Hall (with tickets starting at $356). While you wait, you can kick off your Memorial Weekend by seeing a most extraordinary performance here in Laguna Beach on Mozambique’s main stage for just $35! 

Click here for tickets.

This is a 21-and-over show. 

Diane Armitage is the best-selling author of the book,

The Best of Laguna Beach, and offers a cornucopia of ideas and upcoming events at her blog, LagunaBeachBest.com

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required

Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities

949-923-2235. Parking: $3 

 

Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park

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Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore

Thu, Jan 18

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Please be sure you can maintain a 17-minute mile pace. 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. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.  For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.

 

Keep It Wild Volunteer Day

Sat, Jan 20

8 a.m.- 11 a.m.

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks at one of our habitat restoration stewardship events in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park as we learn and work together to create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will assist with various stewardship activities, including removal of non-native plants, seed collection, and/or planting of native plants. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. Please wear long pants, close toed shoes, sun protection and bring water. Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy! Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). Youth ages 16 and 17 are eligible to volunteer with parent permission. A form is required to be signed by their parent or guardian prior to starting the volunteer activities.

Youth under the age of 16 are not eligible to volunteer unless accompanied by an adult or guardian. Forms are available on this page: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free for Keep It Wild volunteers!

 

Restoration Stewardship

Tues, Jan 23

9 a.m. - noon

Join OC Parks and Laguna Canyon Foundation at one of our habitat restoration stewardship events in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park as we learn and work together to create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will assist with various stewardship activities, including removal of non-native plants, seed collection, and/or planting of native plants. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided.  Please wear long pants, close toed shoes and sun protection and bring water. Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy! Big Bend Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 1 miles south of El Toro Rd.).  Youth ages 16 and 17 are eligible to volunteer with parent permission.  A form is required to be signed by their parent or guardian prior to starting the volunteer activities. Youth under the age of 16 are not eligible to volunteer unless accompanied by an adult or guardian. On line reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org activities. Forms available on this webpage as well.  For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free for Keep It Wild volunteers!

 

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Aliso and Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park

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Discovery Hike

Wed, Jan 17

8:30 - 11 a.m.

Explore beautiful Wood Canyon and discover its native flora and fauna with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this steep, uneven and rocky, five-mile hike (depending on trail choice, up to a 500 ft. elevation gain). While we will stop from time to time, spending moments to “discover,” this hike isn’t for beginners. Please wear close-toed hiking shoes, sun protection and bring plenty of water. Meet at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22144 region of Canyon Vistas). We will meet on the paved sidewalk easement leading toward Wood Canyon Trail. For questions call: 949-497-8324 M-F or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free.

 

Tot Walk

Fri, Jan 19

9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Join Ranger Zak along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and bring your young ones (infant to age three) to explore Aliso’s wild backyard. Take a leisurely stroll through the garden and to the creek. We will see bugs, plants, birds and explore! Ranger Zak may even host a game, play guitar or introduce a local resident to the children. Come join the fun!

Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot.) Online reservation required. For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.

 

Geology Hike

Sat, Jan 20

1:30 p.m.-  4:30 p.m.

Join LCF volunteer naturalists on this four-mile geology hike (600-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain. Hike through the oak-filled woodland of Wood Canyon and continue to the park’s highest peak. We will pass by rock formations that tell of ancient floods, landslides and the building of a great shell-filled limestone reef. This hike is not for beginners!

Bring water, hiking shoes (hiking poles suggested), snacks, the field guides of your choice, and a sense of adventure! Ages 15 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area: Begin at Wood Canyon Trail off Canyon Vistas in Aliso Viejo. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22100 region of Canyon Vistas).

For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.

 

Volume 10, Issue 6                                                                            January 19, 2018

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Neighborhood Church will bless Eagle Scout member’s benches

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The skimboard bench by Brantlee Griffith at NCC

Brantlee Griffith, a recent graduate of Dana Hills High School and a member of Neighborhood Congregational Church designed, crafted, and built three unique benches for the church courtyard for his Eagle Scout Service Project last January.  This Sunday, Neighborhood Congregational Church (NCC) will honor Brantlee’s important work as they bless the three benches during their 10 a.m. worship service, where Brantlee will also be performing as a solo violist. All are invited and welcome to attend.

Last winter, Neighborhood Church removed grass to install a low-water, sustainable garden on the corner of Glenneyre and St. Ann’s. Brantlee designed the benches to complement that effort and to mirror the unique, artistic community in Laguna. Each bench is different. 

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Griffith and his team at the Neighborhood Church

“I wanted the benches to reflect the community:  One uses skimboards for the back of the bench to recognize the surf culture, and another has a sunburst to show the beautiful sunsets we have in Laguna,” said Brantlee. He and his team of youth and adults put in over 250 volunteer hours designing and building the benches.

Earning Eagle Scout requires commitment over a period of years to learn outdoor skills, earn at least 21 merit badges in different areas of interest, do community service projects, and learn leadership by holding various troop positions. Brantlee surpassed the requirements, demonstrated he lives by the principals of the Scout Oath and Law, and proved he has the character of an Eagle Scout.  

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Carrie Pohlhammer & Vicky Wilson relax on another of Griffith’s unique designs

Griffith has been a member of Troop 772 in Laguna Niguel since seventh grade. He’s held the positions of Quartermaster, Leave No Trace Trainer, Patrol Leader, and Instructor. He’s also Vice President of Venturing Crew 772, a co-ed high adventure group for youth 14-21 years old. He’s done extensive backpacking in the Sierras, canoed the Colorado River, experienced Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, and climbed Mt. Whitney--twice. He’s an AP Scholar with Honors, Varsity Letterman on the Cross Country team, Varsity Hurdler on the Track team, Orchestra Viola Section Leader, and President of the Junior Achievement Club.

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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

Parking is Free!

Laguna Beach Seniors is on Facebook! Sign up to receive our newsletter: www.susiq.org

 

Hearing Screenings

2nd Thurs | 1:30-3:30pm | Free

Hearing screening and consultation with audiologist Dr. Rose-Marie Davis includes complimentary hearing aid cleaning and minor repairs. Call 949-464-6645 to schedule an appointment.

Club Q Laguna

1st and 3rd Fri | 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 Tue | 10am-12pm

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: algumb@earthlink.net

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

1st Mon | 12:30-3:30pm | Free

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.

Call to register: 949-464-6645

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) 715-8104

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

Parking is Free!

Laguna Beach Seniors is on Facebook! Sign up to receive our newsletter: www.susiq.org

 

Living Well with Chronic Illness Support Group

2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Tue | 10-11:30am | Free

A caring support group open to individuals over 50 touched by any chronic/serious health related issues. For more information, reach out to facilitator Sandra Weiss at 949-715-8104.

 

Laguna Beach Seniors Men’s Group

Fridays | 11am-12:30pm | Free

For men 50+, get support from the general stress of everyday living and any other issues affecting your well-being. Open group, drop-ins welcome. Contact facilitator Clint Christie, M.A. at 949-715-8104 for details.

Care Management

Mon – Fri | 9am-5pm

Saturday (apt. only) | 9am-1pm

Free

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

Exercise a la Susi Q: Mind | Body | Balance

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

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 | 1:30-2:30pm | $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!

Interpreting Current Events 

Tuesday and Friday | 9:30-11:30am

Join this discussion of newsworthy events, and topics of special interest.

Bingo 

Mon & Thu | 10:30-11:30am | Free

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.

Monday Movie and Popcorn

Free every Monday from 12:30-3pm. See movie schedule at www.susiq.org.

Intermediate Ballroom Dancing

Mon | 1:30- 2:30pm | 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 & 3rd Mon | 9am- Noon | Free

Providing 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 949-464-6645 for an appointment.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

Parking is Free!

Laguna Beach Seniors is on Facebook! Sign up to receive our newsletter: www.susiq.org

 

Free Legal Clinic

Seaside Legal Services

Providing professional legal assistance to seniors age 55+ who cannot afford counsel. Attorney’s Jane Fulton and Leslie Lindgren provide help and/or referrals for family law; health-related issues; consumer problems; conservatorships; housing; elder abuse; bankruptcy; wills and power of attorney. Must be an OC resident with proof of residency. Call first to make an appointment, 949-715-8104. No walk-ins.

Contemporary Short Story Seminar

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 2 – 4 pm

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 Thu | 12-2pm | Free

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, and HIPAA authorizations 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 11:30am-2:30pm at the Susi Q. If interested, please contact Penny Joseph at pennyjoseph62@gmail.com.

Tabletop Treasures

Every other Monday | 9am-Noon (check the front desk for schedule)

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.

Heart to Heart

Mondays | 10-11:30am | Free

Join Laguna residents and facilitator Kay Wenger, LMFT, in a supportive atmosphere where concerns, coping skills, and helping tips are shared.

Open Game Room

Wednesdays | 12:30-4:30pm

Game day fun including Scrabble, Mahjongg and other board games.

Needle Arts Guild 

The Susi Q Community Needle Arts Guild meets on the last Friday of every month at 1pm creating handmade items for local organizations.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiver Support Group

1st Wed | 1-3pm

Join us the first Wednesday of every month from 1-3 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

Mon & Wed | 12:30-2:30pm

Fridays | 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!

Crystal Cove State Park

crystalcovestatepark.org

If you love hiking, lace up those boots. The backcountry and wilderness areas offer you 18 miles of hiking trails through 2,400 acres of native wilderness, mostly the endangered coastal sage scrub plant community. For energetic backpackers, there are three environmental campgrounds, one in the canyon and two at the higher elevations. The higher trails offer beautiful vistas of the mountainous backcountry, geological formations and the Pacific Ocean. Exploring the lower trails offers hiking through riparian woodlands with oak and sycamore trees along the seasonal Moro Creek. Whether you trek the high or low trails or both, you will see native plants and animals that call this park home.

 

Sea Glass Jewelry

Wed, Jan 17, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn the art of wire-wrapping sea glass in the Education Commons in Crystal Cove State Park Historic District. Turn a found item into a beautiful
piece of jewelry. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.) $15 day use fee.

 

Beachside Chat

Sat, Jan 20, Noon - 3 p.m.

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park at the Historic District Education Commons where Park Naturalist Alex will host a Beachside Chat. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk through the tunnel or take the shuttle.) Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).

 

Family Hike

Sun, Jan 21, 9 a.m.

Winter is an exciting time to learn about our local nature. Join park naturalists on a family nature hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use.) $15 day-use fee.


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Cassins kingbird

 

Love birds? 

Bring a pair of binoculars and look for feathered friends who have adapted to Crystal Cove, as you hike the trails, which go from easy to strenuous. Among the birds you might spot: Anna’s Hummingbird, American Kestrel, Black-Bellied Plover, Black Phoebe, Brown Pelican and the Great Blue Heron. For a directory of birds, visit www.crystalcovestatepark.org/
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For a trail map, visit https://crystalcove.org/wp-content/
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12-acre Historic District

Sun, Jan 21, Noon- 2 p.m.

Former life-long resident Laura Davick will share stories about the colorful past of the Cove including the history, its rescue, and the plans for restoring the remaining 17 cottages. Park at Los Trancos parking lot then cross PCH at the signaled intersection and walk across the marked pathways and meet at the bluff top deck of the overnight rental check-in cottage. Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).

 

About Tidepool Etiquette: Crystal Cove State Park is a Marine Protected Area. Taking or possessing tidepool sea life is illegal. To help preserve the longevity of the tidepools: never remove animals, shells or rocks; never pick up animals, observe them where they are; walk gently, taking care not to step on plants.


City Hall

Committee Meetings - Etc.

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Sat, Jan 20

Arts Commission Study Session

10 a.m.- Noon

City Council Chambers 

 

Tue, Jan 23

City Council Meeting

6 p.m.

City Council Chambers 


Creative Placemaking Study Session

AEA Consultants will be undertaking a Study Session with the Arts Commission on Sat, Jan 20 at 10 a.m. in the City Council Chambers. 

A presentation will be made to the Commission along with an update. This meeting is open to the public and, if time allows public comments will be open at the end of the meeting.

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