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Run with a Cop and support Special Olympics

Come Run with a Cop! On Thursday, May 31, the Laguna Beach Police Department along with the Fire and Marine Safety Departments will be participating in the Special Olympics Torch Run to raise money for this great organization.

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How often do you get to run with a cop?

“We run from City Hall to Crystal Cove where we hand the torch off to Newport Beach PD. The run is approximately 5.4 miles and we all run as a group, about a 9 1/2 minute mile,” says Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator.

“The runners depart from Laguna Beach PD at 7:25 a.m. so if you are interested in joining us, please do so. If running isn’t your thing but you would like to donate to the Special Olympics you can do so with the link below. 

“To register to run with us – Step 1 – Click on this link: Step 2 – Click on “Join a Team”. Step 3 – Select Laguna Beach PD by hitting drop down menu in Important: Agency/Department. Then click Search for a Team, and the click Join. Any questions, send us a message!”

American Legion and VFW to conduct Memorial Day Ceremony at Heisler Park on Monday, May 28

On Monday, May 28, Laguna Beach American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct a Memorial Day ceremony in remembrance of all their comrades who died in all the wars and conflicts protecting our country.

The ceremony will take place at Monument Point in Heisler Park at 11 a.m. sharp. The keynote speaker will be George Ciampa, World War II veteran. Music, graciously provided by Jon Lundgren, will begin at 10:30.  

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Laying of a wreath, 2017

The public is invited to come early, as seating is limited.

For more information, please contact Richard Moore at (949) 376-6340 or Diane Connell at (949) 494-2065.

Many organizations place floral offerings on the Heisler Park Memorial Monument during the ceremony. If you send or bring floral arrangements, please make sure your organization’s name is attached. It is suggested that those having flowers delivered try to get them in place by 9:30.

If you intend to send or bring floral arrangements, please call Diane Connell at (949) 494-2065.

Dance the night away on the first day of summer to raise money for Glennwood House

The view of the sunset at the Cliff Restaurant is spectacular, the Missiles of October play fabulous dance music, and best of all, by attending the Splash into Summer event, guests will help raise money for a great cause, Glennwood House.

That’s quite a trifecta.

The event will take place on Thursday, June 21 from 5 - 10 p.m. 

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Resident Diana Neff on the patio at Glennwood – loving her independence

Signature drinks and appetizers will be sponsored by Nolets Gin & Ketel One Vodka – and, organizers say, there will be silent and live auction items that will thrill guests. Additional sponsorships are available.

Tickets are $75 online and at the door, but they are limited, so best to purchase ahead of time online.

Glennwood events assist in providing supportive living services to its 50 residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The nonprofit’s professional staff helps residents develop daily life skills that promote increased self-confidence and the ability to live, work, and play in a safe but independent environment.

The Cliff Restaurant is located at 577 S Coast Highway. Limited parking is available at The Cliff.  Special valet parking will be available at the Hotel Laguna parking lot for $10 – or use Uber or Lyft so that you can enjoy the libations.

Sunset Serenades continue tonight at Heisler Park

Sunset Serenades and World Music concerts at Heisler Park continue tonight, Friday, May 25, with Afro Cuban music by Maestro Lazaro Glarraga. 

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Music with a view: Last Friday’s was “the best yet” according to photographer Tom Berndt

The free concerts, including a variety of music genres, continue everyFriday evening through June 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. They are organized by the Arts Commission.

This year’s remaining schedule includes:

5/25: Maestro Lazaro Galarraga and Friends - Afro Cuban

6/1: Gamelan X with Mayang Sunda - Indonesian

6/8: L’Esprit D’ Afrique – African

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Laguna Playhouse’s Clybourne Park performances 

June 6 – 24 will benefit LOCA: plus discount pricing

LOCA Arts Education invites theater lovers to enjoy a play, save money, and support LOCA at the same time. Anyone purchasing tickets to Clybourne Park at Laguna Playhouse can simply enter code CPLOCA at checkout. A 20 percent discount will be applied, and $10 per ticket will benefit LOCA. Performances run June 6 through 24.

Clybourne Park, a spin-off of A Raisin in the Sun, is a satire examining race and real estate in a fictional Chicago neighborhood. Smart and funny, this Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play featured the evolution of a house, acting as the focus of reactions to the shifting racial landscape of a community. 

LOCA Arts education brings top-quality visual arts workshops to students at all LBUSD campuses, at after school programs, the local youth shelter, to special needs populations, and seniors in Laguna Beach. Adult, family, and visitor workshops are also offered throughout the town.

“LOCA’s activities are always free or low cost, so arts education is accessible to everyone regardless of their background,” stated President Carla Meberg. “We are grateful to Laguna Playhouse for this generosity, and hope everyone uses the LOCA code at checkout.”

Purchase tickets at

Enter code CPLOCA for the 20 percent discount and donation for LOCA.

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. For more information, call (949) 497-2787.

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required

Sign-up online:

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Bird Walk

Sun, May 27

8 - 11 a.m. 

Spot local native and spring resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 200-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. No experience necessary! Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right.) For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.


Fitness Hike at Willow

Thurs, May 31

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 (571-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Please wear hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. Ages 15 and up. Remember: This hike is stenuous and fast-paced. Please be sure you can maintain a 19-minute mile. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.



Aliso and Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park 


Trail Stewardship Day – Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Sat, May 26

8 a.m. – Noon

If you enjoy using the wilderness park and aren’t afraid of a little hard work, this is your opportunity to give back by improving the trails. You’ll also learn to see your favorite trails in a new way! Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for a morning of trail maintenance. Volunteers will be using tools such as loppers, picks, shovels and McLeods to clear brush out of trails, restore features that protect the trails and/or build new features to improve trail sustainability. Ages 17 and up (must have waiver signed by parent). Lunch and refreshments served. Trail to be determined closer to event and notification will be sent to those signed up (sign up required). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free.

Crystal Cove State Park

If you love hiking, lace up those boots. The backcountry and 

wilderness areas offer you 18 miles of hiking trails through 2,400 acres of native wilderness, mostly the endangered coastal sage scrub plant community. For energetic backpackers, there are three environmental campgrounds, one in the canyon and two at the higher elevations. The higher trails offer beautiful vistas of the mountainous backcountry, geological formations and the Pacific Ocean. Exploring the lower trails offers hiking through riparian woodlands with oak and sycamore trees along the seasonal Moro Creek. Whether you trek the high or low trails or both, you will see native plants and animals that call this park home.


Tidepool Walk to Pelican Point 

Sat, May 26

12:30 p.m.

Enjoy a 1.0 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point. Help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations. Be prepared to walk on uneven, rocky,
rough terrain. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking
lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot). Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).


Family Nature Hike

Sun, May 27

9 a.m.

Spring is an exciting time to learn about our local nature. Join a park naturalist on a family nature hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use). Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).


Memorial Day Nature Hike

Mon, May 28

9 a.m.

Take a guided interpretive hike

on the unofficial “first day of summer” into the backcountry at Crystal Cove State Park. A volunteer naturalist will share fun facts about the plants and animals that live in the park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use). Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).


Sea Glass Jewelry

Wed, May 30

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Learn the art of wire-wrapping sea glass in the Education Commons in Crystal Cove State Park Historic District. Turn a found item into a beautifulpiece of jewelry. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.) Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).

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Cassins kingbird


Love birds? 

Bring a pair of binoculars and look for feathered friends who have adapted to Crystal Cove, as you hike the trails, which go from easy to strenuous. Among the birds you might spot: Anna’s Hummingbird, American Kestrel, Black-Bellied Plover, Black Phoebe, Brown Pelican and the Great Blue Heron. For a directory of birds, visit
.  For a trail map, visit


About Tidepool Etiquette: Crystal Cove State Park is a Marine Protected Area. Taking or possessing tidepool sea life is illegal. To help preserve the longevity of the tidepools: never remove animals, shells or rocks; never pick up animals, observe them where they are; walk gently, taking care not to step on plants.

City Hall

Council, Boards, Commissions, Committees – Etc. 


Tues, May 29

Environmental Sustainability Committee Meeting

6 p.m.

Community & Susi Q Center 


Thurs, May 31

Historic Preservation Ordinance Task Force Meeting

6 – 8 p.m.

City Council Chambers


Mon, June 4

Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee

6 – 8 p.m.

Community & Susi Q Center 


View Restoration Committee



Wed, June 6

Planning Commission

6 p.m.

City Council Chambers


CLICK HERE for agendas, meeting minutes and more info


 Volume 10, Issue 42  |  May 25, 2018                                        

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Laguna Beach Pride kicks off on Friday, June 1: festivities continue all weekend long

It is official, the first Laguna Beach Pride in more than 20 years is back and bigger and better than ever as the fun continues for an entire week. Pride is more than just a party, and this party goes on for three days.

On Friday, June 1, party-goers are invited to start celebrating with the Kickoff Welcome Party at Main Street Bar & Cabaret, located at 1460 S Coast Hwy. This event goes from 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.  At 7 p.m., Cabaret Song and Dance with Tony and Endora gets into swing, and the Best Pride Costume Contest takes place at 10 p.m. Winners receive VIP tickets for the Pride event. Festivities include a DJ, dancing, and GoGo Dancers all night long.

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Tony and Endora perform at Main Street Bar & Cabaret on Friday, June 1

On Saturday, June 2, there will be an Aloha Brunch & Drag Bingo at The Royal Hawaiian located on 331 N Coast Hwy, from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. As one would expect, there will be fabulous drink specials and an event menu. 

Drag Queen Endora and Bingo Boys host this special event, and Endora calls her bingo numbers as nobody else can. At no additional cover, there will be a Pride Pavilion & Boom Party at Laguna Beach Pride Pavilion located at 1401 S Coast Hwy, from noon - 8 p.m., and at the Boom Boom Room from 2 p.m. - 2 a.m. 

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The Laguna Beach Pride Kickoff Party is at Main Street Bar & Cabaret on Friday, June 1

VIP tickets are $50 and General Admission is $12. After 8 p.m., there is a $5 cover at the Boom Boom Room. 

On Sunday, June 3, there will be a beach party at West Street aka Camel Point from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. with a DJ, dancing, beach competition, crazy fun, games and GoGo Dancers. There is no cover. There will also be a Boom Room Tea Dance at 1401 S Coast Hwy from 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. 

For more information on these upcoming events, visit

LPAPA hosts 4th Annual Dinner Party & Miniature Auction FUNdraiser at [seven-degrees] on June 14

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) resurrected a tradition to further its mission and support its Education and Invitational Programs and now will celebrate its fourth Annual Dinner Party & Miniature Auction FUNdraiser on Thursday, June 14 at [seven-degrees]. This special evening has become an annual art lover’s favorite.

Guests will enjoy a selection of wines with a sumptuous gourmet buffet specially prepared by the [seven-degrees] culinary experts.

LPAPA’s FUNdraiser celebrates the legacy that established Laguna Beach as an art colony. Famous early plein air artist – William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Frank Cuprien, Anna Hills and others – founded the first Laguna Beach Art Association, and opened the first Laguna art gallery, in 1918. 

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Artist David Marshall

To raise the money needed to open the gallery, the artists painted miniature paintings and hosted art parties for their patrons. LPAPA’s mission honors 100 years of plein air painting history and tradition in Laguna. 

Special guest, Mr. Jean Stern, Associate Director of The University of California, Irvine Institute and Museum for California Art, will indulge attendees with tidbits of Laguna’s artistic legacy and share the history of a special miniature masterpiece by Arthur Rozaire from the Stern’s private collection.

LPAPA will bring Laguna’s past into the present with an exciting live auction of miniature original paintings by some favorite Laguna Plein Air Invitational artists: Suzie Baker, Zufar Bikbov, Carl Bretzke, Rick J. Delanty, Jennifer Diehl, Aimee Erickson, Andy Evansen, Debra Joy Groesser, Joseph Gyurcsak, Stephanie Hartshorn, Jane Hunt, Charlie Hunter, Richard Lindenberg, Daniel Marshall, Jim McVicker, Clark Mitchell, Michael Obermeyer, Rita Pacheco, Jason Sacran, Michael Situ, J. Ken Spencer and Michele Usibelli.

This is a great opportunity for collectors to add a little gem of a miniature to the collection or to start a collection and help LPAPA write another chapter in preserving Laguna’s plein air painting heritage.

Tickets are $125 per person (members receive emailed discount code).

For event details and/or to purchase event tickets, visit

Events, programs at Susi Q

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

Parking is Free!

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Hearing Screenings

2nd Thurs | 1:30-3:30pm | Free

Hearing screening and consultation with audiologist Dr. Rose-Marie Davis includes complimentary hearing aid cleaning and minor repairs. Call 949-464-6645 to schedule an appointment.

Club Q Laguna

1st and 3rd Fri | 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 Tue | 10am-12pm

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

1st Mon | 12:30-3:30pm | Free

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.

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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Living Well with Chronic Illness Support Group

2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Tue | 10-11:30am | Free

A caring support group open to individuals over 50 touched by any chronic/serious health related issues. For more information, reach out to facilitator Sandra Weiss at 949-715-8104.


Laguna Beach Seniors 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.

Exercise a la Susi Q: Mind | Body | Balance

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

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 | 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.


Mon & Thu | 10:30-11:30am | Free

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.

Monday Movie and Popcorn

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

Intermediate Ballroom Dancing

Mon | 1:30- 2:30pm | 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!

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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 Thu | 12-2pm | Free

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

Mondays | 10-11:30am | Free

Join Laguna residents and facilitator Kay Wenger, LMFT, in a supportive atmosphere where concerns, coping skills, and helping tips are shared.

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 1pm creating handmade items for local organizations.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiver Support Group

1st Wed | 1-3pm

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

Mon & Wed | 12:30-2:30pm

Fridays | 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!

Summer Musical Theatre Camp for kids is offered by No Square Theatre

This summer, kids from ages 5 - 18 will have an opportunity for a fun-filled camp at No Square Theatre. The theatre education for kids, Square Roots, includes classes, rehearsals, camp activities, and goodie days while they prepare for the final culmination: a fully staged Broadway style performance on August 4 and 5.

The summer camp is for young people who love to sing, dance and act in a positive and nurturing environment, and is split by age group (ages 5 - 8, 9 - 13, and 14 - 18). Camp runs Monday - Friday, from July 23 - August 3. 

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Summer musical theatre camp at No Square,
July 23 – August 3

Directed by Ella Wyatt and with music directed by David Jayden Anthony, the summer program will be held at the No Square Theatre, located in historic Legion Hall.

Camp registration is open now at

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