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A note from Stu 


Local Politics

It’s May and we are expecting Laguna’s 2016 political scene to warm up just as the weather will warm up as well.

Beginning today, we will have, from time to time, a Political Notebook Laguna Beach where we will run any basic press releases that our readers as voters might need to be aware of…

We invite candidates to send us their releases – not ads – but announcements of interest.

We will do our best to publish them along the way.

On to November! 


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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!

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training 

The Laguna Beach Police Department announced registration for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Course. A Community Emergency Response Team is an organized and trained group of volunteers ready to assist in case of a disaster. The CERT program consists of 25 hours of classroom and hands on training. It concludes with an exercise drill to apply the skills and knowledge obtained during the classroom sessions. Training includes the following topics: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, CERT Organization, Disaster Psychology, CERT and Terrorism, and Traffic Control and Scene Management 

Training will begin on Wednesday, May 11. Classes will then meet weekly from 6 to 9 p.m., including two Saturday morning meetings. Mandatory attendance is required at all classes. To be considered for this training, you must be a resident of Laguna Beach or work within the city limits, be at least 18 years old and have no felony convictions. Applications must be submitted through the online recreation class sign-up here.

All individuals will receive a confirmation email if accepted into the program.

For questions regarding this press release contact Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator,, or 949-497-0389.

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


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).

May 7 Sat Introduction to Day-Hiking Skills 8-11 a.m. Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in a classroom and outdoor setting to learn about outdoor hiking skills. The class will be followed by an easy 2-mile hike on level terrain. We will cover boots, daypacks, poles, clothing and map reading. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. 

May 7 Sat Family Hike 3-5 p.m. Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve.

May 8 Sun Exploring Nature with a Camera 8-11 a.m. Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist on this 2.5-mile hike with no elevation gain, to explore nature through the lens of a camera. Bring your digital camera and a tripod to capture interesting and unique lighting situations, compositions, textures and colors in the fall season. Share your ideas with other landscape photographers! Please wear sturdy walking/hiking shoes as terrain can be uneven. For ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve.  


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 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 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. 

Join professional angler Bill Varney for a Family Surf Fishing Clinic on Saturday, May 7 at 7am at Crystal Cove State Park.  Reservations required; contact   Meet at Reef Point south parking lot and bring a rod and reel (bait supplied). Enjoy donuts and coffee while learning about rigging and hooking baits before heading down to the beach in search of barred surfperch, corbina, and yellowfin croaker. 

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturdays, May 7 & May 21 from 11-2pm at the Historic District Education Commons where Park Naturalist Alex will host a Beachside Chat.  Park in the Los Trancos lot. 

Looking for a great way to spend time with your Mom on her special day? Join a Crystal Cove State Park docent on a guided spring bird walk on both the inland and coastal areas of the park on Sunday, May 8 at 8am.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre.


Volume 8, Issue 36                                                                                    May 3, 2016

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.


Tuesday, May 3

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers – 5:30


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 Armitage,  Lynette Brasfield,  Michele Hall, Suzie Harrison, Allison Rael, Elizabeth Nutt, Niki Smart and Samantha Washer are staff writers.

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