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Whale Watching: Ocean Institute cruises offered on weekends

Gray whale watching season has come again to Southern California, and the Ocean Institute offers weekend whale watching cruises on its 65-foot R/V Sea Explorer giving participants an opportunity to see whales, dolphins, fish, sea lions and other wildlife along the Southern California coastline.  

Cruises are offered most weekends, upcoming dates include: April 2. 9, 16, 23, May 7, 20, 27, June 3, 11, 18, 25.  

Cruise times vary; most are 10 am – 12:30 pm and 1 – 3:30 p.m. (check the website for specific dates).

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Prices are $45 for adult (18-54), $35 seniors (age 55 and up) and active duty military $35 and $25 for children (age 4 to 17).  

There is a transaction processing fee for credit card, phone and Internet orders. Ocean Institute members receive a ten percent discount.  

Information may be obtained by calling the Ocean Institute at (949) 496-2274.  

Register online at www.ocean-institute.org/event/
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Giant Brunch Festival this Saturday for breakfast lovers

I’m a breakfast kind of person, so when Orange County’s largest brunch event comes around each spring, you’d better believe I’m one of the first in line for tickets. 

Hosted annually by OC Weekly, Fresh Toast is a giant fest of every imaginable breakfast item this Sat March 25, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Newport Dunes Resort & Marina. 

This year, more than 35 restaurants are participating, along with cocktail samples and the much-ballyhooed annual Bloody Mary competition, The Bloody Battle. 

Restaurants throughout Orange County are descending, including two from Laguna Beach – Skyloft and Las Brisas. 

The folks at Las Brisas are keeping their brunch entry close to the chest, but Skyloft’s Chef Arthur is absolutely gleeful when talking about his Fresh Toast entries – his new BLT made with house-smoked pork belly that’s then basted in maple glaze (uhmm . …yummmm). 

His BLT is being added as a regular staple on his new Spring menu in a few weeks, but here’s your chance to get a sneak taste of what will surely be a homerun sandwich at Skyloft this summer. 

Other restaurants in attendance include Anchor Hitch, Bosscat Kitchen, El Mercado, Outpost Kitchen, Roy’s, Saint Marc Pub-Café, Memphis Cafe and Back Bay Bistro. 

Tickets Online

Tickets are on sale online at: microapp.ocweekly.com/fresh-toast

Purchase general admission for $40 and VIP for $60, which allows expedited entry at 10:30 a.m., extra tastings and private bathrooms. Whatever ticket you select gives you unlimited food tastings and Bloody Battle samples.  

Newport Dunes Resort sits at the entrance to the Back Bay Nature Preserve at 1131 Back Bay Drive in Newport Beach.  

Parking is available inside Newport Dunes for $10, to be paid at the gate upon entry (bring cash). 

Additional parking is outside the property, free of charge.

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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Mar 24 Fri Meditating in Nature 5:30-7 p.m.

Relax in nature. Enjoy walking meditation, breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket and a pillow. No experience necessary. Ages 16 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center.

Mar 25 Sat Nursery and Plant Care 8-11 a.m.

Join us at our native plant nursery as we care for native plants from their seed stage to their mature, ready-to-be planted stage. Volunteers may collect seeds, sow seeds in flats, bump plants up, plant at restoration sites, sterilize plant containers, and/or help maintain the facilities for the plans. Gain hands-on experience with habitat restoration while working alongside other zany and interesting plant lovers! Wear closed toe shoes, layered clothing and sun protection (hat, sunscreen). Bring water. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area.

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Mar 26 Sun Junior Ranger Walk 1-4:30 p.m.

Earn your Junior Ranger badge as you learn about survival in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Hike two miles on uneven terrain with very little elevation change to Barbara’s Lake and back. Find out how plants survive with so little water. Learn what birds are saying to each other – and search for evidence of life in the park. You will receive a free Junior Ranger booklet to use along the trail. Ages 8 and up, with an adult. Bring water and a snack. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve.

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Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park

 

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Mar 25 Sun LCF Trail Stewardship 8:30-10:30 a.m. 

Come prepared to work hard and get dirty! Work consists of digging, scraping and moving dirt, carrying rocks and other heavy objects, hiking up and down steep, rugged trails while carrying tools, cutting and moving brush and similar tasks. Minors under the age of 17 are welcome to participate with the accompaniment of a responsible adult who understands what the work entails and judges it appropriate for that minor. Minors over 17 require a parent of guardian signature. Please wear long pants, sturdy close-toed shoes and sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.) and bring at least 2 liters of water. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area.

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Crystal Cove State Park

www.crystalcovestatepark.org

Join a park volunteer on an Ancient Volcanoes Hike in the backcountry of Crystal Cove Stake Park and explore several of the park’s volcanic features on Saturday, March 25 from 1-3pm. Learn about the land/seascape setting 10-11 million years ago and then head out to observe some volcanic sites in the park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.

Enjoy a super low -0.5 tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Sunday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m. 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. 

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity each Wednesday (3/29) from 10am-4pm 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 - PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.

 

Volume 9, Issue 24                                                                               March 24, 2017

What new kind of sit-down restaurant would you like to see in Laguna?
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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!

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 949-464-6645to 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: algumb@earthlink.net 

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!

Laguna Beach Seniors is on Facebook! Sign up to receive our newsletter: www.susiq.org

 

*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 scweiss@cox.net 

*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

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 1:30-2:30pm

$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.

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 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: 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, 949-715-8104. 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: 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, 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 pennyjoseph62@gmail.com

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!

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc.

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Friday, March 24

Urban Planning Coordinating Committee

Laguna Beach Community Center – 8 a.m.

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Monday, March 27

Arts Commission

City Council Chambers – 5:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, March 28

City Council

City Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

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Thursday, March 30

Budget Symposium

City Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

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Friday, March 31

City Hall Closed

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