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A note from Stu 


Next Tuesday will have a very special feature 

We are proud of our weekly Laguna Life & People feature that Maggi Henrikson and Samantha Washer both so capably craft about the people in our fair burg.

We want LL&P to in some small way make Laguna Beach seem a smaller town. It’s all about community to us.

Shaena and I have heard from a ton of people who want each of us to tell our personal stories – who we really are and where we came from to get here now!

And they want the true stories about each of us.

We have both told a few snippets of our pasts but never all of it at once. She and I shook on doing it and in next Tuesday’s edition, she will open up for everyone via the words of Maggi.

Gutsy…and you will shake your heads in amazement when you see what Shaena is all about – Maggi swears it.

I will tell my story in the not too distant future and Samantha will create the words to make it make sense – albeit I know people who swear that it’s impossible to make sense of me. We’ll see…

First, it’s Shaena’s turn!


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Council accepting apps for City’s Laguna Canyon Road Task Force – 

Applications for the Laguna Canyon Road Task Force must be submitted by Tuesday, Sept 9, 2014, at 5 p.m. in the City Clerk’s office.  The City Council will appoint the three positions at the regular City Council meeting on Sept 16.

The City Council established the Laguna Canyon Road Task Force to obtain a wide range of input from the community regarding conceptual improvements to the Laguna Canyon Road corridor.

It is envisioned that the Task Force will meet regularly with the frequency determined by the Task Force members.  It will be subject to the Brown Act, therefore, the meeting will be open to the public and an agenda will be posted 72 hours prior to the meeting start time.  The first Task Force meeting will be held on Oct 15, 2014 starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Center and it is envisioned that the Task Force’s work will be completed by spring 2015.  

The LCR Task Force’s scope of work consists of the following:

Meet regularly.

Review the LCR Corridor Improvement Assessment and consider the alternatives listed in the Laguna Canyon Road Corridor Improvement Assessment as well as alternatives not listed.

Develop a recommendation regarding a public outreach strategy for City Council consideration.

Prepare an evaluation of the top two or three Laguna Canyon Road Corridor Improvement options (or combination thereof) for City Council consideration in spring 2015.  The options should include improvements that will result in an increase in traffic safety and an undergrounding of utilities; a decrease in response time for emergency responders; bicycle and pedestrian improvements including a possible pedestrian bridge crossing; fire safety and aesthetic improvements; a possible wildlife corridor; and circulation improvements.

There are three positions available:

Position representing a Laguna Canyon Road homeowner

Position representing a Laguna Canyon Road business owner

Position that is a Laguna Beach resident representing Laguna Canyon Road commuters

Residents of Laguna Beach who are interested in applying are required to submit an application that is available online at www.lagunabeachcity.net or in the City Clerk’s office. Lisette Chel-Walker, CMC, City Clerk (949) 497-0705

SEEDS Art Lab – Saturdays in Sept – register now

SEEDS Arts and Education, Inc. is offering an Art Lab that focuses on balancing objects in space with the gravitational pull. Artist Isabelle Cordemans will teach students how to use the wall as support and from there try to make objects balance and float without being suspended from above. 

Think about...how to hang a cake form from the wall without it touching the wall, or how to build a sculpture in suspension using recycled objects and string. Students will be using ropes, sticks, lampshade rings, string, baking forms and many other props. This is a creative art laboratory; students will not make finished pieces but rather document the process to make a collective digital portfolio of the constructions, which will be taken apart and put back together again in multiple ways.

Classes will meet Saturdays September 13, 20, and 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Appropriate for ages 10-14, the class will be at 2307 Laguna Canyon Road, studio #10. The fee is $75 and includes all three classes. Please register at www.seedsed.org.

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


Aug 30 Sat Sunset Hike 6-8 p.m. Hike with Ranger Adam Martinez as the sun sets over Laurel and Willow Canyons. Observe the changes as day turns to night.  Hear the last bird songs.  Light interpretation with questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven. Participants should bring water, a snack, a flashlight, and wear proper hiking shoes. Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area. 

Sept 4 Thur Fitness Hike at Dilley 8:30-10:30 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. Donation: $2/person.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Next even scheduled 

September 7


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LCAD opens Action Sports Design collaboration 

Laguna College of Art And Design (LCAD) is exhibiting action sports apparel and footwear products designed by the Action Sports Design + Digital Media major students in collaboration with Vans and Thalia Surf Shop. The exhibit, at LCAD on Forest – 225 Forest Ave – will feature student designs, from concept sketches to final product, including Vans shoes by LCAD Design + Digital Media Action Sports Alumnus, Chris Sommers. 

The shoes are currently on-sale at participating VANS stores and online. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sales of the products of the LCAD + Thalia Surf Shop collaboration are returned to LCAD’s Design + Digital Media BFA program.

LCAD is the first college in the world to offer a Design + Digital Media Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in action sports design, which includes apparel and footwear. The program, which began in 2008, has attracted collaborations and partnerships with some of the world’s top brands like Nike, Hurley, Vans, and new this year, Thalia Surf Shop. More than 98% of graduates in this field of study are hired in the industry after graduation.

The exhibit runs through Oct 4. There will be First Thursday Art Walk receptions from 6-9 p.m. on Sept 4 and Oct 2. Admission is always free.

For more info: http://www.lcad.edu/gallery
or 949-376-6000

Crystal Cove State Park


Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, August 30 from 12-3 p.m. at the Historic District Education Commons where Ranger Jenn will host a Beachside Chat. Park in the Los Trancos lot.

Summer 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, August 31 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. 

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity each Wednesday (9/3, 9/10, 9/17, & 9/24) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 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.) 


Volume 6, Issue 69                                                                              August 29, 2014

As we head into September and know its just a bit over two months until Election Day – we know too that it’s time to think about the issues facing Laguna Beach. What is, in your opinion, the most critical issue facing City Council candidates?
As we head into September and know its just a bit over two months until Election Day – we know too that it’s time to think about the issues facing Laguna Beach. What is, in your opinion, the most critical issue facing City Council candidates?
You must select at least one item to vote!

Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

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 third Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Call to register: 497-2441

Social Services Support

Are you a spouse caring for your loved one, an individual caring for your significant other, a son or daughter trying to coordinate services for a parent?  If you fit one of these descriptions, you are a caregiver. 

Whether or not it is side-by-side or from a distance, caregiving can affect your physical, social, and emotional well being resulting in strained relationships, physical ailments, and leave you emotionally drained.  Sometimes speaking with a professional care manager can help you balance your physical, social, and emotional well being.  

Judy Denton and Martha Hernandez, MSW, are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30-5 in the Susi Q Outreach Office and can help you make sense of your situation and recommend resources and techniques to alleviate the stressors in your care giving life. 

Club Q Laguna

A new senior LGBT social club will start as a meet and greet and evolve as participants discuss the Club’s agenda.  Meets 3-5 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Fridays monthly.

LGBT Support Group

All new: the senior LBGT community is invited to come together the second and fourth Monday every month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to share tools and resources for living fuller lives. Facilitated by psychologist Dr. Michelle McCormick, PhD., the support group is an offshoot of our new Club Q Laguna and in collaboration with Shanti of Orange County. Please call for registration information.

Open Computer Labs

Free assistance with PCs, Internet, Windows, Facebook, smartphones, iPhone,
, or any Apple product. Offered everyday. Call for times.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

Adult Hula Lessons

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. 

Instructor is Marianne Ripley.

Fridays from 1:30-2:30. A suggested donation of $3.00 per class is recommended.

Learn how to “uke” it up!

Early Intermediate Ukulele and Beginning Ukulele classes.  Learn to play this incredible instrument.  Call the Susi Q for more details.  New classes begin monthly.

Senior Yoga Class

Every Monday & Friday from 9-10

This class involves gentle stretching, joint rotation exercises and some tai-chi.  Exercises can be performed while standing or sitting.  

A $4 donation is requested per class. Instructor Pierce Shannon

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 meets every Tuesday & Friday

The Current Events Discussion Group meets every Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  The group is interested in your opinion of what is going on in the world.

The group consists of about 20 or so people who bring in an article about some event that they consider newsworthy.  Normally, each participant edits their article of interest so that the most important points can be read aloud in less than five minutes, but while you don’t have to bring an article to read in order to participate in the discussion, most people do.  A group facilitator helps to guide the discussion.

The entire community is invited to participate in this activity.


Bingo is now being played every Monday and Thursday from 10:30 – 11:30. On the third Wednesday of the month, the National Charity League sponsors “Birthday Celebration Bingo” – free to all.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

Free Medicare Answers & Assistance

2nd & 4th Thursday, Monthly 10-2

The Susi Q has partnered with the Council on Aging to offer free Health Insurance Counseling. Call today for an appointment.

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: aking@csusm.edu

Intermediate Ballroom Dancing Available Monday afternoons

Join us every Monday afternoon for ballroom dancing. Intermediate lessons are from 2-3.  Each session costs $7. 

Couples and singles are welcome.  

Be sure to wear appropriate shoes.

Free Estate Planning Legal Advice

Local attorney Leslie Daff is available to assist individuals with questions pertaining to the following topics: elder law, estate administration, estate planning, MediCal, and conservatorships.

Leslie Daff is available on the fourth Thursday each month from 12 - 2 p.m.

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 11:30-3:00 at the Susi Q. If interested, please contact Kathy Oliver at (949) 497-7927 or (949) 231-9235.

Monday morning Table Top Treasures

The Susi Q accepts small household items such as knick-knacks, holiday decorations, costume jewelry and other miscellaneous items on a daily basis and then sells the items on Mondays from 9 - Noon at Table Top Treasures.  All funds received from this activity sponsor a scholarship for a LBHS senior and help to pay for bingo prizes for our seniors.  

If you have any miscellaneous items that you would like to donate, please drop by the Susi Q from 9 - 3.

More Susi Q events below

Sign up now for Chabad’s “Bring Mom Along” classes

A new session of the popular “Bring Mom Along” class led by Perel Goorevitch, begins Friday, Sept. 12, 9:30 a.m. at Chabad Jewish Center in Laguna Beach! 

Join together with other toddlers and their moms, for creative play, guitar sing along, puppetry, Arts and Crafts, Challah baking experience and more. Create lasting friendships, share experiences, milestones, concerns and parenting ideas, while enjoying a fun filled educational hour.  

RSVP to perel@chabadoflaguna.com. For more info, call the Chabad office at (949) 499 - 0770. 

Chabad Jewish Center is located at 30804 Coast Hwy across from Montage Laguna Beach.

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

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. 

Monday Movie and Popcorn

12:30-3 p.m. in the Laguna Room.Free every Monday.  See the Front Desk for the current movie schedule

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 & Fri. 

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. 12:30-4 p.m. on Mon and Wed; 12:30 – 3 p.m. on Friday.

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc. 


Tuesday, September 2

City Council 

Council Chambers – 6 p.m. 


Wednesday, September 3

Housing & Human Services

Community Center – 4 p.m. 


Thursday, September 4

HIV Advisory Committee

Conference Room A – 4 p.m. 


Friday, September 5

Urban Planning

Coordinating Committee

Community Center – 8 a.m. 



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Maggi Henrikson is our Associate Editor; Diane Armitage, Niki Smart, Samantha WasherErin Burris, Allison Martin, and Suzie Harrison are staff writers.

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