Susi Q is the place to be this May: There’s the Bargain Bonanza and so much more

Susi Q’s popular annual Bargain Bonanza is set for Saturday, May 11 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Susi Q Center, 380 Third St. As always, there’ll be an amazing array of deals from which to choose. Donations will be accepted daily, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., now through May 10. Items accepted include jewelry, tableware, kitchenware, household items, collectibles, handbags and holiday decorations. However, no apparel, furniture, stemware and oversized items will be accepted, and because of space limitations, some items may not be accepted.

It’s all for a good cause – proceeds from donated items go towards the purchase of Bingo prizes and support the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Fund. Email Susana at for more information.

The Misconceptions of Palliative Care & Hospice Care

When someone chooses hospice, it is often falsely perceived as giving up hope.

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Rickie Redman, director of Aging in Place Services and End-of-Life practitioner

On Tuesday, May 14 from 3-4 p.m., join Rickie Redman, director of Aging in Place Services and End-of-Life practitioner, for a demystifying session. You’ll leave with a greater understanding of your care preferences. To register, go here.

Another free musical morning

On Wednesday, May 15 at 10 a.m., enjoy another unique free musical morning with award-winning violinist Tessa Lark and virtuoso composer/bassist Michael Thurber, who together create a duo unlike any other. By fusing their classical and American music influences – from Bach and bebop to bluegrass – they have created a wholly original sound.

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Award-winning violinist Tessa Lark and virtuoso composer/bassist Michael Thurber

In their respective careers, Tessa and Michael have had the privilege of collaborating with some of the world’s leading musicians in a wide variety of genres, among them are Mitsuko Uchida, Edgar Meyer, Itzhak Perlman and Mark O’Connor (Tessa), and Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, Vulfpeck, Jon Batiste and Cee Lo Green (Michael).

The concert will be followed by a Q&A session exploring the duo’s evocative mix of musical styles. Register online at, or call 949.715.8105.

Magical Machu Picchu

Armchair travelers will enjoy Wanda Matjas’ presentation on Mystic Machu Picchu, which takes place on Tuesday, May 21 from 1:30-3 p.m. in-person and on Zoom.

“Machu Picchu is a trek into history,” Matjas said. “Shrouded by mist and surrounded by lush vegetation and steep escarpments, the sprawling Inca citadel lives up to every expectation.” If you would like to attend, register here.

Visit to review the many ongoing programs that Susi Q offers, from ukulele lessons and standing yoga, to bridge and mahjong classes, not to mention support groups and clubs for special interest groups ranging from genealogy and current affairs to books and so much more. The Susi Q’s Care Management Department (now the Dorene Cares Office) provides free consultation, education and practical resources for vulnerable seniors, enabling them to stay safe, informed and independent.

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