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Festivals kick off 9th season: Time to get your 2017 Passport to the Arts

The Passport to the Arts team of Laguna Beach, comprised of Festival of Arts, Laguna Art-A-Fair and Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach and the City of Laguna Beach, offers the 2017 Passport to the Arts for only $24 (normally $60+).

This triple-value, unique season pass provides unlimited entry to the three premier art festivals in Laguna Beach throughout the summer festival season, which runs from June 30 to September 3. Anyone purchasing before May 31 will be entered to win an inclusive Laguna Beach Package consisting of attractions, tickets and complimentary meals.

The giveaway includes: two tickets to The Laguna Playhouse, two tickets to the Laguna Art Museum, Whale Watching for two with Dana Wharf Sport fishing & Whale Watching, a $50 gift certificate to Tommy Bahama Laguna Beach and a $100 gift certificate to Royal Hawaiian. 

Special discounts from selected retailers, merchants, hotels, attractions and restaurants throughout Laguna Beach are also available to Passport holders, as well as one-time free parking at Lot #16 (Act V) located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.

The 2017 Passport may be purchased online at Free shuttle service to the festival from various points in Laguna Beach and from the Lot #16 parking lot will be available throughout the summer. 

The Passport does not include admission to the Pageant of the Masters.

For more information about the 51st Sawdust Art Festival, visit

16 Laguna eateries participating in Taste for Charity this Wednesday

This Wednesday, you have a chance to chow down on favorite foods from your favorite Laguna restaurants before the summer crowds descend in force. And, you’ll be dining and supping for a great cause, too … in fact, multiple causes!

The 22nd Annual Taste for Charity, sponsored by the Laguna Board of Realtors, takes place at Tivoli Too! this Wednesday May 24 between 6 and 10 p.m. 

This is one of my favorite events in Laguna as it always promises great food, lively music and the opportunity to see fellow Laguna buddies before we all go to ground during the busy summer months. 

Fifteen popular Laguna restaurants will be participating this year, with Gelson’s also chiming in as a 16th food entrant. 

The restaurants include Carmelita’s, Ivory, K’ya, Laguna Brewery, Las Brisas, Mozambique, The Royal Hawaiian, Skyloft, Starfish, Taverna, Thai Brothers, and The Cliff. Tivoli, Too’s chefs are also participating, and Gelato Paradiso will be completing the evening with plenty of dessert options for everyone. 

Taste for Charity also assembles surprising live and silent auction packages, whose proceeds go toward a variety of Laguna -based non-profit charities that include Art Walk, the Laguna Food Pantry, our own association of Plein Air Painters, No Square Theatre and more. Your $70 ticket is included in those proceeds, too. 

Your attendance honors all these hard-working, Laguna roots entities, and that’s really what this party is all about. Show them some love by grabbing your ticket now at

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Fitness Hike at Ridge Park

Thurs, May 25, 8:30–11 a.m.

Moderate, fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike, 700-ft. elevation gain, over very steep, uneven terrain with LCF volunteers. Ages 15 and up. 

Not for beginners. Ridge Park Staging Area, (Newport Coast to Ridge Park Rd. east to end) meet at gate. LCWP, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging area/Nix Nature Center. Online reservations required, website above. Parking free.

Bird Walk

Sun, May 28, 8-11 a.m.

Spot local and migrating birds with LCF volunteer naturalists on 2-mile hike over uneven, sometimes steep terrain, 200-ft. elevation gain, through diverse plant community. For ages 12 and up, minors must be accompanied by an adult. Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring binoculars. Willow Canyon staging area (west side of LCR). Online reservations required at website above. Parking: $3


Aliso and Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Trail Stewardship at Lynx Trail

Sat, May 27, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Work hard and get dirty, digging, scraping and moving dirt, carrying rocks, hiking up and down steep, rugged trails while carrying tools, cutting and moving brush.  Minors under 17 are welcome with the accompaniment of an adult. Minors over 17 require a parent or guardian signature. Wear long pants, sturdy closed-toed shoes and sun protection. Bring 2 liters of water and work gloves if you have them. Light breakfast, lunch and snacks provided. Canyon View Staging area. Get specific directions at website above. Online reservations required at website.

Crystal Cove State Park

Freesea glass jewelry 

making activity each Wed (5/24, 5/31) from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 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. Day use fee.

Family Surf Fishing Clinic

Sat, May 27, 6 a.m.

Join professional angler Bill Varney. Meet at the Moro Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight school-state park) and bring a rod and reel (bait supplied). $15 a day use fee. Reservations required

Beachside Chat 

Sat, May 27, 12 – 3 p.m.

Learn about animals in Crystal Cove. Park Naturalist Alex hosts. Park in Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos), walk through tunnel or take shuttle. Day use fee.

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc.


Thursday, May 25

Design Review Board

6 p.m.

City Council Chambers

 Thursday, May 25

Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee

6 – 8 p.m.

Community and Susi Q Center



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Events, programs at Susi Q

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

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Hearing Screenings

2nd Thurs | 1:30-3:30pm | Free

Hearing screening and consultationwith audiologist Dr. Rose-Marie Davisincludes complimentary hearing aid cleaningand minor repairs. Call 949-464-6645to schedule an appointment.

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: 

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: 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!

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*NEW* Living Well with Cancer Support Group

2nd & 4th Tue | 10-11:30am | Free

A caring support group open to individuals over 50 touched by any type of cancer. For more information, reach out to facilitator Sandra Weiss at 949-499-5293 or email her at 

*NEW* Ties That Bind 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


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 1:30-2:30pm

$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.


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 & 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:


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:

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, 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

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

Join Laguna residents and facilitator Kay Wenger, LMFT, in a supportive atmosphere where concerns, coping skills, and helping tips are shared. This free ongoing group meets every Monday 10-11:30 a.m.

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 1 pm creating handmade items for local organizations. 

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiver Support Group

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

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!




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