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A Note from Shaena

Imagine living in a beautiful seaside town where you had the choice of dozens of different concerts every week in the summer as well as hundreds of artists’ exhibits available for your viewing pleasure. 

Imagine that the sun shines there nearly every day and the ocean is warm enough to surf or swim without being chilled and the gelato is to die for.

Imagine having a wide choice of restaurants, some right on the beach with a view of the Pacific, and wilderness trails where sometimes you don’t see a soul, only rabbits and lizards and perhaps a soaring hawk.

Imagine gorgeous gardens with butterflies and a charming village ambience.

That’s us! We’re so lucky!

I’m not denying that the traffic in summer is challenging, to say the least, or that the crowds can make anyone crazy at times – but I have to say I feel proud to share our lovely town with visitors. 

Imagine the tourists when they go home – you know what many of them probably say? “Oh, I wish I lived in Laguna Beach. Those people there are so lucky.”

Despite all the challenges, we really are!

We Love Laguna and We Love What We Do!

And we’re having fun doing it thanks to you, our readers!


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Shaena & Lynette

Diane Armitage

August’s Giant Wine & Food Classic: Save $50 on Tickets for Limited Time

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Pacific Wine & Food Classic

The Pacific Wine & Food Classic is a newbie to Orange County, but it’s going to be a world-class classic! 

Set for August 19 and 20 at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort in Newport Beach, and featuring more than 100 food, wine and cocktail stations from the foodiest of foodie chefs at top restaurants in the OC, tickets are on sale and moving very quickly. 

Advice: Don’t wait another day -Sunset magazine is releasing a giant story on the event a week from now, and tickets will be long gone before the event commences. 

Get $50 off now

As a special for my Best of Laguna Beach column readers, the Pac Wine & Food Classic is offering a $50 discount on any ticket when you use the promo code: laguna

Just go to: for online ticket purchases now. 

Top Chefs Include Skyloft Laguna Beach

One top chef from Laguna Beach will be at the Pacific Wine & Food Classic – Chef Arthur Ortiz from Skyloft – and he’s joining nearly 70 chef peers. 

Enjoy bites from local top chefs and sip more than 100 wines and handcrafted premium cocktails.

Enjoy celebrity chef demonstrations, master sommelier discussions, and summer mixology demos, too. 

The two-day live culinary cooking stage will be hosted by Food Network Star Simon Majumdar. Learn fantastic culinary tips from the best chefs on the West Coast as they create dishes and cocktails reminiscent of their favorite summer memories. 

Representing Laguna Beach, Chef Arthur will be teaching the recipe for his best-selling Shrimp Shooters. Learn how to make these awesome babies at home and thrill your friends with the fun of summer. You can see the entire rundown of chefs and their cooking stage topics at my column, http://LagunaBeachBest.

Ticket pricing

Tickets are $150 for single day and $250 for two-day general admission. VIP tickets are $200 for single day and $350 for two-day admission. Use our special promo code – laguna – for that $50 savings!

Purchase of a VIP ticket grants one-hour early admission, access to the Grassy VIP lounge overlooking the bay, special bites and Patrón handcrafted cocktails, Patrón infused popsicles and Chunk’n Chip Patrón infused Ice Cream Sammiches. (Oh my.)

A perfect summer’s end

The Pacific Wine & Food Classic promises to be a fantastic gourmet experience on the balmy sands of Newport Beach, and a perfect way to close out your summer. I’ll see you there!

Diane Armitage is the best-selling author of the book, The Best of Laguna Beach, and offers a cornucopia of ideas and upcoming events at her blog,

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required

Sign-up online:

949-923-2235. Parking: $3 


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Fitness Hike at Dilley

Thur, Jul 20

8:30 a.m.- 11 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 (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.) Online reservations required:

For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.

Blacklighting for National Moth Week

Sat, Jul 22

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Celebrate National Moth Week and join us as we watch for insects visiting our blacklight station. We will begin the evening with a short, easy walk along Mary’s Trail (.25 miles), enjoy craft projects, and wait for insects to visit the blacklight throughout the evening. Ages 8 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Lguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, aproximately 3.5 miles south of i-5/405). For more questions, call 949-497-8324. Parking $3.

Bird Walk-

Nix to Barbara’s Lake

Sun, Jul 23

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Spot local native and summer resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 1.5 mile hike over primarily flat, but uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. No experience necessary! Ages 12 and up. (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars (limited binoculars available on loan). Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.

Parking: $3/vehicle.


Aliso and Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park 


No events during this time.


Crystal Cove State Park

Community Days in the Education Commons

Wed, Jul 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Step back in time as the Education Commons comes to life with fun, historical activities for thewhole family. Learn to sketch, make a one-of-a-kind sea glass creation, try your hand at a traditional craft, or explore the science of Crystal Cove State Park. Check out Cottage #13, the Film and Media Center, and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine ResearchFacility. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.) $15 day use fee

Beach Side Chat

Sat, Jul 22, Noon- 3 p.m.

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State with naturalist Alex in the Los Trancos lot (PCHinland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk through the
tunnel or take the shuttle.) Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

Bluff and Beach Sunset Walk

Sun, Jul 23, 4:30 p.m.

Learn about the unique cliff and marine environments and the
native plants and animals these support as well as some interesting geological facts and Crystal Cove lore. Bring camera and binoculars.  Dress in layers
and bring water and a snack and wear shoes appropriate for both paved and dirt paths on the bluffs as well as for walking on the beach. 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.) $15 day-use

Junior Ranger Program

Mon, July 24, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows visitors ages 7-12 to
earn a badge. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH
inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.) Come for the program, stay for the day. $15 day-use parking fee


Volume 9, Issue 58                                                                                   July 21, 2017

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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 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!

Summer Jazz Wednesdays series goes back to the garden…the Rose Garden 

Laguna Beach Live! Summer Jazz Wednesdays began their run on June 21 at the beautiful Rose Garden at Hotel Laguna. The Latin Jazz Syndicate, featuring Bijon Watson on trumpet, started the series.

Featuring a variety of top musicians, the series continues every two weeks: vocalist Samantha Sidley with Dan Reckard on piano (July 5); Eric Dries Group (July 19); internationally-acclaimed vocalist Leslie Lewis (August 2); “A Tribute to the Poll Winners: Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne, and Ray Brown,” featuring Graham Dechter on guitar, Ryan Shaw on drums, and Alex Frank on bass (August 16); and concludes on August 30 with the Laguna Beach Live! All Stars.

Tickets are $25 for table seating and $20 for side seating. Members of Laguna Beach Live! at the Associate level or higher may purchase tickets starting on May 1 before they go on sale to the public on May 15. 

Cindy Prewitt, President of Laguna Beach Live!, said, “We are delighted to return to the Garden. It is such a great space and it offers personal service with a menu of tempting food and beverages. 

“Space is limited, though, so we suggest people buy tickets early.”

To become a member or renew a membership, go to

Season tickets and single concerts may be purchased at or by phone 800-595-4849.

For further information, call 949-715-9713.

City Hall

Committee Meetings - Etc.

. . . 

Tues, Jul 18

Environmental Sustainability Committee

6 p.m. 

Community & Susi Q Center

Wed, Jul 19

Planning Commission Meeting 

6 p.m.

City Council Chamber 

Mon, Jul 24

Arts Commission 

5:30 p.m.

City Council Chambers 

Tues, Jul 25

City Council Meeting 

6 p.m. 

City Council Chambers 


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