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A note from Stu 

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That time of the year

Hospitality Night always kicks off the Christmas season for most who live in Laguna. It is truly a community night.

Everyone with kids has stood in line for Santa’s house and felt the chill of the night while talking to neighbors you see on Forest Avenue but rarely, if ever, see and talk to in the neighborhood.

Let’s all see if we can keep that feeling for the next month or two…we’ll be better off!

Be happy!

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Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3

 

Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park

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Dec 10 Sat Geology Hike 8:30-11:30 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. 

Dec 13 Tue California Native Plants and Uses 8:30-11 a.m. Learn about the many fascinating uses of California native plants during the pre-mission period on this 2-mile hike (490-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain. This hike will focus on plants used historically for tools, food and building materials. For ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve.

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Wilderness Park

Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park

 

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Dec 11 Sun Introduction to Mountain Biking 8:30-10:30 a.m. Join LCF volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Assistants on this beautiful 8-mile bike ride (400-ft. elevation gain) on uneven terrain. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette while enjoying the canyon views. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger HQ. 

Dec11 Sun Intermediate Mountain Biking 8:30-10:30 a.m. Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,600-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants. This is for intermediate riders with mountain biking experience. Appropriate mountain biking equipment required. Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Also, be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons. This bike ride is not for beginners. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger HQ.

Dec 14 Wed Yoga Hike 9-10:30 a.m.Stretch your mind and body on this 2.4-mile hike with a yoga twist over steep and uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain) led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Please bring a yoga mat, towel and water. For ages 12 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area, Gate 7. Parking: Free.

Dec 15 Thur Fitness Hike 8:30-11 a.m. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, moderately paced, 6-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. Parking: Free.

Dec 16 Fri Tot Walk 9-11:30 a.m. Join Ranger Zak along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and bring your young ones (infant to age three) to explore Aliso’s wild backyard.  Take a leisurely stroll through the garden and the creek.  We will see bugs, animal tracks, plants, birds and more. Come join the fun! Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger HQ. 

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Crystal Cove State Park

www.crystalcovestatepark.org

Help us learn more about the tidepools at Crystal Cove State Park and participate in an intertidal bioblitz at Field Science Saturday on Dec 10 from 11am-2pm meeting at the Historic District Education Commons. Help search for and count organisms by using iNaturalist to record observations. For more information and to RSVP see http://www.crystalcovealliance.org/
events/field-science-saturday
-tidepool-bioblitz/

Enjoy a 0.0 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, Dec 10 at 12 noon and will 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.

Explore the huge variety of seaweeds on a guided Seaweeds & Sea Creatures of Crystal Cove Beach Walk on Sunday, Dec 11 at noon. There are countless species of marine algae; green, red, and brown found on the beach. Learn about the biology, ecology, and even human uses of seaweeds.  Meet at the Historic District Visitor Center.

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity each Wednesday (12/14, & 12/21) 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. Park in the Los Trancos lot then walk across the street or take the shuttle.

Autumn 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 on Sunday, Dec 18 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.

 

Volume 8, Issue 99                                                                          December 9, 2016

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Events, programs at 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: www.susiq.org

 

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 949-497-2441to 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: (949) 627-7541

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: 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

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: www.susiq.org

 

Care Management

Mon – Fri | 9am- 3pm |

Saturday (apt. only) | 9am – 1pm

Free

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 1:30-2:30.

$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.

Bingo 

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 susiq.org.

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 for apt.

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: www.susiq.org

 

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, 949-497-2441. 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: aking@csusm.edu

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.

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 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.

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 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 1:30-3 p.m. for an informational meeting and informal discussion.  Strategies will be shared for dealing with loved ones who are affected by the disease.

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!

Christmas four-person volleyball tourney - Dec 10 at Main Beach 

Check in for the Dec 10 volleyball tournament, rain or shine, at 9 a.m. at Main Beach. There are two divisions – A and Social.

Four person mixed teams will be assigned in a weighted draw format. There is a $5 entry fee. Sign up by yourself. You will be assigned to a team, and no, you cannot make your own team. Family teams rock and are allowed.

Kirk Morgan said, “We provide really cheesy but cool prizes.”

Please bring a dish for the potluck lunch. Electricity is provided for crock-pots

There will also be an optional “Toys For Tots” toy drive drop off.

No beginners or really young kids, please. Sign up for either division, but they reserve the right to move players up or down.

RSVP to kirkmorgan@cox.net.


City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc.

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Friday, December 9

City Hall Closed

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Monday, December 12

Arts Commission

Council Chambers – 5:30

Recreation Committee

Community Center – 6 p.m.

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Tuesday, December 13

City Council

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

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Wednesday, December 14

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

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Thursday, December 15

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

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