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A note from Stu 


Final First Friday Flicks

at the ForumTheatre

This Friday, March 6, 2015, the final First Friday Flicks at the Forum series will end with the 2014 Sundance Film Festival award winning film “20,000 Days on Earth.”

The film combines drama and reality in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave. It is an intimate portrait of the artistic process, celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.

This film is not rated with a running time of 97 minutes. 

Residents Steve Chadima and Mark Porterfield provided the funding for the First Friday Flicks at the Forum series.


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LBFD proposing new fuel mod plan for Arch Beach Heights canyons

Community meeting March 3

The Laguna Beach Fire Department is proposing a fuel modification plan for the Nyes/ Oro Canyon area in the neighborhoods of Arch Beach Heights, Portofino, and Lower Nyes Canyon. The project site is generally located south of Del Mar Avenue, west of Quivera Street, north and west of Nyes Place, and east of Alta Vista Way.

The purpose of the fuel modification project is to provide a safe firebreak flanking Oro and Nyes Canyons.

As proposed, fuel modification would be conducted on 22 acres of a 44-acre study area that primarily contains undeveloped “paper-street” properties located within Nyes and Oro Canyons, and that is bordered by residential properties. 

Fuel modification would extend from the edge of existing residential landscaping approximately 100 feet into the undeveloped, steeply sloped canyon in order to create defensible space and improve residents’ ability to evacuate and survive a severe fire event.

A Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared for this project; the public review and comment period concerning this environmental document is now through March 19, 2015.

If the project is approved, it is anticipated that fuel modification would begin as early as May or June this year.

A community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the City Council Chambers from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. In addition, a public hearing is scheduled for the Design Review Board meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 6 p.m. The project file may be viewed at City Hall in the Community Development Department during normal business hours.

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


March 5 Thur Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore 8:30-10:30 a.m. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 4.8 mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Not for beginners.  Hiking poles suggested. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Donation: $2/person.

March 6 Fri Family Nature Explore – A Wild Story 9-11 a.m. Join Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteers and OC Parks staff to find stories in the park.  Climb into a real cave.  Walk through the trees.  Climb a hill. Enjoy a story, have a story snack, create your own story with puppets, and stamp a story to take home!  An easy half-mile walk.  Ages 3 and up.  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area. 

March 7 Sat Geology and Natural History Hike 9-11:30 a.m. Step back 25 million years in Orange County’s history to a time when the seas receded and the San Andreas Fault was just starting to form. With a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist, discover the geologic processes going on today and how they affect the natural landscape. This moderate 3-mile hike is over uneven, steep and sometimes rocky terrain with a 300-ft elevation gain. For ages 10 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. 

March 8 Sun Wilderness Walking Club 2-4:30 p.m.

Enjoy a wonderful, moderate 3-mile walk (535-ft. elevation gain) through Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Catch views of the canyons and mountain ranges from the ridge top and then walk down to Barbara’s Lake, a hidden jewel and the only natural lake in Orange County. Ages 12 and up. Hat, water and snack recommended for your comfort. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. 


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


March 5 Thur Full Moon Hike in Wood Canyon 5:30-7:30 p.m. Seeing Wood Canyon bathed in moonlight and shadows is an enchanting experience. Take advantage of this special occasion; the park normally closes at sunset. Senior Park Ranger Joanne Taylor will lead a relaxing and informative 2-mile (150 ft. elevation gain) hike to explore the canyon as it’s seldom seen. Ages 7 and up. Please bring a flashlight, warm clothes, sturdy shoes, and a snack. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area.

March 8 Sun Young Field Biologist Series: Animal Evidence 8:30-11 a.m. Assist the park’s Resource Specialist with fun field studies on Wood Creek Trail. We’ll check wildlife cameras to see who’s using the park at night, examine the woodrat nests for recent activity, and check for tracks on this highly productive animal trail. Bring your camera and a notepad to help document and compare your findings. This hike is 2 miles (150-ft. elevation gain) for ages 9 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area.


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Donita Lloyd teaches acrylic workshop for LOCA Thursday

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) is offering an acrylic painting workshop with Donita Lloyd Thursday March 5, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Laguna Nursery, 1370 S. Coast Highway. 


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Photo by Mike Tauber

Participants will learn to paint wildflowers. Lloyd will teach simple composition, color blocking and highlighting techniques. Everyone will take home a beautiful finished canvas. Cost is $30 or $125 for five classes. All classes in the 50 Shades of Green program include materials and free on-site parking. Beginners and all levels are invited. 

Advance registration is required, call 363-4700, or email

Crystal Cove State Park

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity on Wednesdays (3/4, 3/11, 3/18, & 3/25) 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.

Love birds, but need help with identification?  Join Crystal Cove State Park birders on a guided winter bird walk on both the inland and coastal areas of the park on Saturday, March 7 at 8 a.m.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre.

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturdays, March 7 & 28 from 11-2 p.m. at the Historic District Education Commons where Ranger Jenn will host a Beachside Chat.  Park in the Los Trancos lot. 

Crystal Cove State Park docents will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, Sunset Hike 4-mile hike on Saturday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m.  Terrain will be uneven and steep with a 700-foot elevation gain/loss in some areas on this moderate night hike. Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water & a flashlight, and dress in layers.

Winter 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, March 8 or Saturday, March 14 at 9 a.m.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre.


Volume 7, Issue 18                                                                                 March 3, 2015

If the world suddenly changed and you could no longer experience one of the following ‘arts’ for the rest of your life – which would you choose to lose?
If the world suddenly changed and you could no longer experience one of the following ‘arts’ for the rest of your life – which would you choose to lose?
You must select at least one item to vote!

Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

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Club Q Laguna

1st and 3rd Friday | 3-5pm

A social group for Laguna’s LGBT community and friends.

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.

The Alexander Technique

Mondays 1-2pm | $80. Discover healthy posture and spinal alignment for better balance. Facilitator: Sharon Jakubecy, M.AmSAT

Join Our Hike

3rd Thursdays | 8am | Free. Meet new hiking buddies, catch up with old friends and all while getting fit and enjoying nature! 

Photo Narratives

Wed 12-3pm |$120 for 8 sessions or $20 drop-in. Learn to tell stories through photographs.

The Ancestry Club

Wed 3-5pm | $25. 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 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

Case Management

Mon – Thur | 9am- 3pm |

Friday | 9am – 5 pm


Providing links to resources that promote safety and quality of life. Call for appt.

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

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

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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 |

$50/series or $5 drop in – Drop-ins welcome! Instructor: Tom Joliet

Intermediate Ukulele

Wed | 9 -10am |

$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!

Drum Circle Demo

Monday, March 2, 3-4pm

“There’s more to it than just making noise. Group drumming reduces stress, increases creativity, boosts the immune system and improves overall mood. The increased white blood cells means the body is rocking out.”  

- Lee Kix, trained health rhythms facilitator

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 Thur | 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.


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:

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:

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 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.

Tabletop 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!

Ayurveda practitioner will speak at Exchange Club luncheon Thurs 

Local practitioner of Ayurveda Fariba Zandpour will speak to theLaguna Beach Exchange Club onThursday at the White House Restaurant in Laguna Beach.

Zandpour has practiced Ayurveda since 2007.  Her practice at Natural Elements Healing focuses on balance and longevity. It includes a variety of holistic remedies including yoga, counseling, nutrition, herbal medicine and others. She also teaches Ayurveda and nutrition.

More about her practice:

The Exchange Club meeting will be held at the White House Restaurant, 340 S Coast Hwy at 12:15 p.m. 

To reserve a place at the meeting call Jim Rue at 494-6684.

Early reservations are encouraged.

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc. 


Wednesday, March 4

Housing & Human Services

Community Center – 4 p.m.


Thursday, March 5

HIV Advisory Committee

Conference Room A – 4 p.m.

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.



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