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A note from Stu 


I miss Jean-Paul’s coffee

It has been almost two months since Jean-Paul LeGuy retired from his Jean-Paul Goodies in Boat Canyon.

I can’t be the only one in town who hasn’t gotten past the ‘withdrawals’ from his awesome coffee not to mention an almond croissant now and then.

I’d love to hear from anyone who is in the same boat but I’d really like to hear from anyone who has found a proper replacement coffee! 

I have been sworn to secrecy, but I know where Jean-Paul’s coffee machine is…it’ll be a while before it can see the light of its next café au lait – but, boys and girls, I can assure you it will happen again!


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Accomplished author Kira Peikoff will be at LB Books Oct 3

On Friday, Oct 3 at 6 p.m., Laguna Beach Books will welcome Kira Peikoff, author of No Time to Die,for atalk, Q&A and signing. 

Peikoff is a writer based in New York City. She graduated with high honors from New York University in 2007 with a degree in journalism, after four years of various reporting internships: covering street crime for The Daily News, writing about Capitol Hill for the Orange County Register in Washington, D.C., reporting on business and technology for Newsday, and researching feature stories for New York magazine.

To fulfill her longtime dream of writing a novel, she then spent a year exclusively working on Living Proof. The story was inspired by her experience reporting from the White House in the summer of 2006, as she watched President Bush announce the first veto of his presidency to deny federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Peikoff’s passionate feelings about what many people view as a controversy of morality vs. science-one with potentially life-or-death stakes-led to the central conflict in Living Proof.

No Time to Die, her second novel, has just been published by Kensington in paperback, ebook, and audio. These days, Peikoff is working on her third thriller, freelancing for a variety of major media outlets including the New York Times, and attending Columbia University’s Master of Science program in Bioethics. She lives in New York City with her husband and dog.

Laguna Beach Books is located at The Old Pottery Place at 1200 S. Coast Highway. 494-4779 www.lagunabeachbooks.com

“Men-Women (Mis)-Communication Exploration Group”

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct 1 from 6-7:30 p.m., the Laguna Beach Library will present an intimate group (intended primarily for female participation) workshop facilitated by Jean-Pierre Ruiz. It is limited to 10 participants.

This group explores how men and women communicate and mis-communicate in a safe, nurturing, and non-judgmental forum. This is a forum to come up with solutions as a group in a fun and light atmosphere. We are all teachers, and we are all together in this.

Each lesson will explore a different area of communication, starting with the power of some words or phrases such as “Love”, “Break-up”, “I love you”, “Let’s talk”, etc.

Contact the Laguna Beach Library at 497-1733 to reserve a spot. 

For more about Jean-Pierre Ruiz: www.OnBeingOne.wordpress.com

The Library is located at 363 Glenneyre St.

All are invited to Assistance League’s Friend Raiser Oct 5

The Assistance League will hold its 3rd annual Friend Raiser on Sunday, October 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This event will be hosted by Jon Madison and will be held at Madison Square and Garden Café. Jon will be serving hot and cold hors d’ oeuvres, desserts, wine and his famous martinis.

 A delightful fashion show featuring models from the volunteer organizations in Laguna Beach and music by Jim Roberts will be special attractions of this event.

The price of admission is one Treasure per person for Assistance League’s Thrift Shop on Glenneyre. If you forget to bring a treasure, $25 will get you in.

Everyone is invited so don’t miss this fun afternoon and at the same time support the Assistance League of Laguna Beach.

Girls Volleyball announces LBHS Alumni Game 2014 

Calling all LBHS women
alumni players!

The alumni volleyball game is back on Friday, Oct 10. Admission is free. JV/frosh/soph will be at 5 p.m., and varsity/alumni will be at 6:30. 

Enjoy an exciting opportunity drawing with prizes that include a full day golf and spa experience plus dinner for four courtesy of The Resort at Pelican Hill, or Angels baseball premier seats with a parking pass for four.

There will be a post-game gathering at the Lumberyard, which will be donating a percentage to LBHS Girls Volleyball. 

For more info, contact dianemdorn@yahoo.com or jill.paul@me.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


Oct 2 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.

Oct 3 Fri Explore the Plants on the Trail to Barbara’s Lake 9-11:30 a.m. Join us on a wonderful morning walk to Orange County’s only natural lake while learning about our native California plant life. This easy 2-mile leisurely hike will be led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.  Ages 8 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Donation: $2/person.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Oct 5 Sun Family Hike in the Canyon 8:30-11 a.m. Enjoy a hike with your family in the beautifully lush Wood Canyon, while exploring its wildlife with OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer. This is a moderate 2-mile hike (300-ft elevation gain) over uneven and rocky terrain. Ages 7 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area.


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Crystal Cove State Park


Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity each Wednesday (10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 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.  

Love birds, but need help with identification?  Join Crystal Cove State Park birders on a guided autumn bird walk on both the inland and coastal areas of the park on Saturday, Oct 4 at 8 a.m.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre.

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturdays, Oct 4 & 18 from 11-2 p.m. at the Historic District Education Commons where Ranger Jenn will host a Beachside Chat. Park in the Los Trancos lot.

Taste of Laguna & Business Expo Oct 1

The Taste of Laguna and Business Expo sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce is on the books for Wednesday, Oct 1 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Pricing: $60 in advance and $80 at the door, so buy today!

Call 494-1018

VIP pricing is also available for $80 in limited quantities. VIPs receive one hour early admission, VIP parking, and VIP only cocktail bar line.

All guests get to enjoy amuse-bouche (that’s French for “taste” ya’ll) from 30 of Laguna’s finest chefs and restaurants; activities, demonstrations, and discounts from more than 20 local businesses; and, back by popular demand, Grammy Award winner “Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band.”

Libations, dancing, friends, food, fun, and music under the stars in gorgeous Laguna Beach… What could be better? Taste of Laguna takes place at the Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road.


Volume 6, Issue 78                                                                        September 30, 2014

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Events, programs at 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: www.susiq.org

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

Parking is Free!

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

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!

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

Monday Movie and Popcorn

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

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: aking@csusm.edu

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!

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

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. 


Wednesday, October 1

Housing & Human Services

Community Center – 4 p.m.


Thursday, October 2

HIV Advisory Committee

Conference Room A – 4 p.m.



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