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A note from Stu 


Red Cross Blood Drive at Laguna Presbyterian

There is still time to signup for Monday’s Red Cross Blood Drive from 12:15-6:30 p.m. in

Tankersley Hall at Laguna Presbyterian Church.

Donors need to bring a photo ID to the Blood Drive.

There are ways you can sign-up…

Online:  www.RedCrossBlood.org

Sponsor Code: lagunap

Email: laura.rudd@redcross.org or sandygrim@icloud.com


Sandy at 735-7930

All participants will receive a free gift and a Buy One Get one Free offer to a 2014 USC Trojans football game, two complimentary tickets to the Grammy museum, and will be eligible to win a $5000 Visa gift card.

Be a donor – it matters!


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Diane Armitage

Hollywood’s Nelson Coates talks art on sets this Sunday

Film lovers and artists who aspire to greater visibility have an early Halloween treat in store this Sunday, Oct. 26. 

Acclaimed Hollywood production designer Nelson Coates will be speaking and leading a Q-and-A forum with the topic being, “So You Want To Be in the Movies.” The event takes place from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club. 

A longtime Laguna Beach resident, Nelson Coates is one of those behind-the-scenes guys, even in Laguna. You’ll find his work dotting the city, beautifying the gorgeous Laguna Nursery, and showing up at all sorts of galas. He’s one truly fun person with an impressive résumé and knowledge base on all things interesting.  

For years, he’s been a primary “go-to” production designer on numerous TV shows and movies such as The Proposal, The Guilt Trip, Flight and his current project, Don’t Mess With Texas

On Sunday, Nelson will be talking about art as it appears in films, how art is used on sets, and how artists can submit their work. (Product placement, folks – it’s a beautiful thing!)

Admission to the afternoon event is free for LOCAArts.org members. If you’re not an artist, (like me) but still want to horn in on what is sure to be a fascinating foray into Hollywood’s back stories, it’s $20 at the door, and includes wine and taste treats. See you there!


Diane Armitage is the author of a recently published 175-page book – “Laguna Beach’s Best” – a travel guide for locals and visitors. She writes a subjective blog found at www.LagunaBeachBest.com She is a regular contributor to StuNews

League of Women Voters will present the ballot issues twice here

A goal of our Democracy is an informed, participating electorate. Ballot issues are often confusing. Pros and Cons on the Ballot Issues will be presented three times in Laguna Beach by a representative from the Laguna Beach branch of the Orange Coast League of Women Voters. 

This presentation will be hosted by the following: 12 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the UU Fellowship, 429 Cypress; at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29; 12 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Library.

All are welcome to attend.

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 25 Sat Long Distance Hike in the Back Country 8-11:30 a.m. Explore the beauty and diversity of two canyons, Little Sycamore and Laurel Canyon, in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 8.2-mile hike (770-ft. elevation gain) over rocky and uneven terrain. We will hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, riparian habitats, coastal sage scrub, and open grassland. Participants should be fit and able to hike long distances. For your safety and comfort bring 2-3 liters of water, a hat, a hearty snack and proper hiking shoes. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Donation: $2/person.

Oct 28 Tue Beginning Fitness Hike 9-10:30 a.m. Now is a great time to start a new fitness routine beginning with an easy 2-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain to Barbara’s Lake and back (100-ft. elevation gain). Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer and registered dietitian to learn about fitness and nutrition during this 1.5-hour hike. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water. Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. Donation: $2/person.

Oct 31 Fri Halloween Hike and Star Gazing 6-8:30 p.m. Join Laguna Coast Wilderness Park staff for a slow 3.8-mile Halloween Hike over sometimes steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain).  If the sky is clear, we will do some stargazing from the ridge. For those whooooo are not afraid of the dark…Ages 12 and up. Bring a flashlight, good walking shoes, water and dress in layers, as the canyon can get cold at night.  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Oct 26 Sunday Fitness Hike 8:30-11 a.m. Enjoy a fresh, coastal breeze as you get your workout in the park on this strenuous fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (1,100-ft elevation gain). Hike through lush Wood Canyon and up surrounding ridges with OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer. For ages 15 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area.

Oct 30 Thur Fitness Hike at Canyon View 8:30-11 a.m. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 6-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. Donation: $2/person.


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Crystal Cove State Park


Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity on Wednesday (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.  

Enjoy a low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, Oct 25 at 4 p.mA volunteer 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.

Autumn is a wonderful time to learn about our local nature.  Join a park naturalist on a family hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Sunday, Oct 26 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.

Living Montessori Day - 40 years of serving with open house Nov 5

Montessori School of Laguna Beach will host a community outreach program on Wednesday, Nov 5 from 9-11:30 a.m. Every year they invite parents and children ages 0-5 to come, experience a day in the Montessori School. 

This is a great opportunity for children to take part in cooking, dancing, gardening, music, painting, and many other activities that Montessori children experience regularly.

In addition, Parents will get a guided tour by Montessori parents and observe children in action in their classrooms.  If you are a parent considering a program for your child ages 2-6, this would be the perfect opportunity to visit the facility, and find out about their School by talking to parents and the director. 

Please e-mail lagunamontessori@gmail.com to reserve a spot or simply come by to take part in this unique event.

Montessori School of Laguna Beach is at 340 St. Ann’s Drive.

VFW Fundraiser – annual raffle event 

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 is holding its annual raffle fundraiser.  It will run until their monthly Post meeting on Thursday, Dec 4.  A multitude of fine prizes will be awarded to lucky ticket holders including $500 in cash, a one night, weekday stay in an ocean view guest room at the Montage Laguna Beach (estimated value: $700 – does not apply from May 21, 2015 to Sept 7, 2015) and gift cards from various fine restaurants and businesses in the area.


One (1) ticket…...$10

Three (3) tickets...$25


Tickets may be purchased by sending a check with your name, address and phone number to: VFW Post 5868, P.O. Box 629, Laguna Beach, CA 92652.  

For further information call Arnie Silverman at (949) 643-5534 or Commander Frank Daniel at (949) 939-6280.  

An independent, non-VFW member will conduct the raffle drawing.  With your help and generous support VFW expects to be able to meet its service requirements for the entire year.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 performs numerous services for all veterans and the communities.  Its members guide and assist veterans in obtaining VA benefits, provide when feasible transportation for immobile veterans, visit patients at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital and the Wounded Warriors Battalion at Camp Pendleton, support Boy and Girl Scout organizations, make themselves available for “we were there” sessions with students and many other services.  Several members are mentors at the renowned Orange County Combat Veterans Court in Santa Ana.  For the local communities they participate in parades, patriotic observances such as Memorial Day and many other services.

Active now for over 65 years, VFW has been dependent on various fundraisers such as an annual Octoberfest, and various veteran-honoring socials.  However, the limited income earned with these activities is insufficient to keep them going.  

Arnold Silverman wrote, “Also, frankly, our active membership is getting too old to run those kind of events.  

“We have become dependent, therefore, on donations to meet our overhead expenses.” 

Contributions will help the Post to attain a solid financial footing.


Volume 6, Issue 84                                                                            October 24, 2014

When was the last time you put on your Traveling Shoes and went abroad – for pleasure or business?
When was the last time you put on your Traveling Shoes and went abroad – for pleasure or business?
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!

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.

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

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.

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

Small Circle 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 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

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 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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

65 artists exhibiting in
“Art and Nature - The Inner Soul” at Gallery Q

Gallery Q at the Susi Q Center is pleased to announce the opening of “Art and Nature - The Inner Soul” as part of the community-wide Art & Nature festival and conference by Laguna Art Museum Nov. 6 to 9. Gallery Q is currently showing over 65 individual pieces of art from a wide range of mediums such as sculptures, paintings on silk and watercolors created on rice paper. 

Many are for sale with a percentage of each one sold going to support future exhibits at Gallery Q. 

Exhibiting artists are from Laguna Beach and the surrounding communities, The Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) and Irvine Valley College. 

The exhibition is open to the public now through Dec. 10 and can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional information, please contact Judy Baker, 497-2441 ext. 6 or email at judybaker@thesusiq.org

Gallery Q is located at the Laguna Beach Community and Senior Center 380 Third St. It is a public exhibition space dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the talent of emerging as well as professional artists of all ages in Orange County. Gallery Q, for five years now, has curated up to six shows per year and honors the artists with an opening reception. 

For more information about the Gallery Q or the Susi Q Center, visit www.thesusiq.org.

LBHS Winterfest Boutique is now taking vendor apps

The Laguna Beach High School Winterfest fundraiser will take place on Saturday, Dec 6. Formerly known as the Annual LBHS Holiday Boutique, Winterfest promises to be better than ever.

The community-wide event will have more vendors, live entertainment, delicious homemade food, and more shoppers! They are adding gift-wrapping services, a sit-down café and a craft area for kids while parents shop.

It will be held in Dugger Gym at the high school with vendor check-in from 8-9 a.m., and shopping will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All vendors are welcome to participate as long as their goods are appropriate for a school campus, and do not compete with food, drinks and desserts being sold by the PTA. There is a flat fee of $75 per vendor.

Applications (available as a PDF to be downloaded HERE) are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis since space is limited to the gym.  

A confirmation or wait list email will be sent to you within two days of receiving your payment, including detailed directions for the day. Once you receive your confirmation please help the organizers advertise the event so that it is a success for all.

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc. 


Monday, October 27

Arts Commission

Council Chambers – 5:30


Tuesday, October 28

Environmental Sustainability Committee Meeting

Community Center – 6 p.m.


Friday, October 31

Urban Planning Coordinating Committee

Community Center – 8 a.m.


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