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Non Toxic LB organization will participate in LBUSD meeting to raise awareness about toxic pesticides

Non Toxic Laguna Beach, otherwise known as NTLB, a local grassroots organization with more than 200 members, has announced that they’ll be attending an upcoming Laguna Beach Unified School District meeting to voice their concerns about the use of any toxic pesticides on school grounds. 

Taking place April 17 during Earth Month, kids and adults together will approach LBUSD and express support for the continuing transition to safer, organic methods of landscaping. 

Public comment during open session at the meeting begins at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the LBUSD office located at 550 Blumont Street.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that there is no safe level of pesticide exposure for children. Pesticides are toxic chemicals, poisons created to kill. They are dangerous for all living things, including adults and pregnant women, and are particularly dangerous to a child’s developing organ systems. Children are at a greater risk because they are developing very rapidly, and have special windows of vulnerability. The effects of exposure to these pesticides may have an impact on developing organs, on maturing systems and functions, and on the developmental process of growth.

There are proven, cost effective and safe options that are non-carcinogenic and non-endocrine disrupting. 

NTLB is partnering with Non Toxic Irvine which has worked with its school district and city council to avoid the use of toxic pesticides. The City of Irvine adopted an historic organics-first landscaping policy in February 2016. 

Non Toxic Laguna Beach was started by locals Christiane Engel and her five-year-old son, Austin. “Most parents do not want to expose children, teachers and school staff to harmful pesticides purely for cosmetic reasons (weed abatement),” said Christiane Engel. “We are here as a resource to help the school district make the full transition to a safe, organic option.” 

 LAGUNATOTS invade No Square Theatre again this weekend

This year’s pint-sized parody show takes a playful swipe at all things “kid,” including boba, homework, and the horrors of having an embarrassing mom. Laguna-specifics like the demise of our poor pepper tree and the new rolling chairs in the schools are cast favorites. 

The youngsters from grades one through eight will sing, dance, and entertain with comedic takes on timely topics set to familiar tunes. The show has a LAGUNATICS-like spirit, but it’s about kids, and every moment is perfect, fun-filled family entertainment.

Remaining performances are March 23-25. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m. and Sundays are at 2 p.m.

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Lagunatots “Slime tots” from the 2017 performance

LAGUNATOTS is directed by Ella Wyatt, music-directed by Susan Geiser, costumes by Brigitte Harper, and new parody lyrics by Ella Wyatt, with a number for the boys about “being a man” written by Laguna native Rufino Cabang, and a few special numbers written by cast members. 

The talented company includes kids from Thurston Middle School: Sydney Alderson, Chase Benson, Lula Buckle, Alfie Cant, Kamryn Crawford, Chloe Flaherty, Laird Garcia, Grace Gilchrist, Lila Goldstein, Darcy Hurley, Hannah Kaiser, Lauren Kimball, Olivia Lane, Joie Lucas, Sienna Mason, Brooke Shaw, Talia Stewart, Kate Storke, Berkley Thacker, Maya Trengove, MaryJeanne Walker; From El Morro Elementary: Marco Lapayese Calderon, Lila Tacklind, Leah Turner; From Top of the World Elementary: Kate Baker, Tatum Brennan, Will Briggs, Mason Bruderer, Story Bullington, Nicolas Camacho, Grace Gilchrist, Jonah Goldstein, Ava Guziak, Marco Lapayese Calderon, Maris Morgan, Allie Nottage, Douglas Nottage; Other schools: Anna Gabriel, Taite Morrison, Kemper Rodi.

Tickets are $15 for children, $25 for adults, and $35 for VIP seats. Dinner is available for $10 and is served an hour before the performance. It’s the best bargain in town. Arrive early and enjoy dinner and drinks al fresco before the show. 

No Square Theatre is located in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street.

For more information, visit

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

Thu, March 22

8:30 – 11 a.m.

Please note: This is a strenuous, fast-paced hike. Please be sure you can maintain a 17-minute mile pace. 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.) For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.


Bird Walk

Sun, March 25

8 – 11 a.m.

Spot local native and winter 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 & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.


Restoration Stewardship

Tues, March 27

9 a.m. – Noon

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks at one of our habitat restoration stewardship events in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park as we learn and work together to create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will assist with various stewardship activities, including removal of non-native plants, seed collection, and/or planting of native plants. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. Please wear long pants, close toed shoes, sun protection and bring water. Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy! Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). Online reservations required:

Youth ages 16 and 17 are eligible to volunteer with parent permission. A form is required to be signed by their parent or guardian prior to starting the volunteer activities. Youth under the age of 16 are not eligible to volunteer unless accompanied by an adult or guardian. Forms can be downloaded here. For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free for Keep It Wild volunteers!



Aliso and Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park 



Trail Stewardship Day – Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Sat, March 24

8:30 a.m. – Noon

If you enjoy using the park trails and aren’t afraid of a little hard work, this is your opportunity to give back by improving trails. You will also learn to see your favorite trails in a new way! Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for a morning of trail maintenance. We will be using tools such as loppers, picks, shovels, and McLeods to clear brush out of trails, restore features that protect the trail, and/or build new features to improve trail sustainability. Ages 17 and up. Lunch and refreshments served. Meet at Canyon Vistas Trail near Canyon View Park, 22144 Canyon Vistas, Aliso Viejo. For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free for Trail Stewardship Day volunteers.

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.


Sea Glass Jewelry

Wed, March 21, 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 beautiful
piece of jewelry. 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.


Family Hike

Sat, March 24, 9 a.m.

Winter is an exciting time to learn about our local nature. Join park naturalists 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.) $15 day-use fee.


Beachside Chat 

Sat March 24, Noon – 3 p.m.

Stop by Ranger Alex’s Beachside

Chat table and learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park. Find Alex and her bounty of
nature props near the Historic District Education Commons by the Beachcomber Cafe. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk through the tunnel or take the shuttle.) Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15). 


Tidepool Walk to Pelican Point 

Sun, March 25, Noon

Enjoy a super low – 0.6 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point and 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

(PCH coastward at NewporCoast, right at kiosk to first lot.)$15 day-use fee.

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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.


Volume 10, Issue 23                                                                             March 20, 2018

Do you feel that public art in Laguna Beach should only be commissioned to Laguna Beach residents?
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You must select at least one item to vote!

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!

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 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!

City Hall

Council, Boards, Commissions, Committees – Etc. 


Tues, March 20

Historic Preservation Ordinance Task Force 

4 – 6 p.m.

City Council Chambers 


Environmental Sustainability Committee Meeting 

6 p.m. 

Community & Susi Q Center 


Wed, March 21

Planning Commission

6 p.m. 

City Council Chambers 


Thurs, March 22

Design Review Board

6 p.m. 

City Council Chambers 


Mon, March 26

Arts Commission

6 p.m. 

City Council Chambers 


Tues, March 27

City Council Meeting

6 p.m. 

City Council Chambers 


CLICK HERE for agendas, meeting minutes and more info


To Kill a Mockingbird to show at Laguna Beach Library at first Silver Screen event on
March 21

On Wednesday, March 21, from 3 - 5:30 p.m., Laguna Beach Library (LBL) will host a discussion and showing of Robert Mulligan’s classic film, To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck. Participants will discuss the film with host Theo Siegel, and then watch the motion picture, which originally screened in 1962, and was adapted from Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, published in 1960.

Gregory Peck as Atticus Fitch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird

Gregory Peck won the Academy Award for his performance in To Kill a Mockingbird.

This is the first Movie Event for LBL and is free to all interested adults.

The LBL is located at 363 Glenneyre. Call 949-497-1733 for more information or visit

 Laguna Presbyterian offers Growing Through Grief Support Group program

Laguna Presbyterian Church is offering a Growing Through Grief Support Group for those who have suffered a great loss. If you are grieving a loved one who has died, you are invited to join this six-week program.

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Laguna Presbyterian Church

The program will run each Monday afternoon, April 6 - May 14, from 4 - 5:30 p.m. The group will meet in the Brides Room. The cost will be $40. 

Register on the Church Patio on Sunday mornings beginning March 18, or online at

For more information, contact the church at 949-494-7555, or email The Church is located at 415 Forest Ave.

SchoolPower’s Chef Challenge – one of the community’s most fun events – takes place March 26

It’s going to be a throwdown! SchoolPower’s Chef Challenge IX, hosted by Suzanne and Cary Redfearn at The Lumberyard, is coming up Monday, March 26.

Come enjoy a fabulous three-course dinner prepared by Lumberyard chefs and a friendly competition between the menu selections of LBUSD principals – with attendees choosing the winner. 

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El Morro Principal Chris Duddy (left) will team up with TOW Principal Michael Conlon to take on LBHS Principal Jason Allemann and TMS Principal Jenny Salberg in this year’s SchoolPower Chef Challenge

Will it be the menu selections of elementary school principals Chris Duddy and Michael Conlon, or upper school principals Jenny Salberg and Jason Allemann?

Whoever takes home the trophy, event guests will be the real winners – and, of course, Laguna Beach schools.   

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