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People who know me don’t question my loyalty to our own hometown. I am about as provincial as one can be.

When I first came here, the mere mention of Newport Beach caused a “what-is-that-smell” look to cross the face of Lagunans.

As times have changed, that look now appears mostly on an old minority – vocal though they may be.

Truth is, as I am discovering from our new venture up Coast Highway a few miles, the nitty gritty of Newport is not that much unlike ours!

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Diane Armitage

Mozambique’s “Speakeasy” debuts Piano Lounge with piano greats - tonight

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about Mozambique Steakhouse and its new Durban Room “speakeasy,” which provides top-shelf cocktails, full menu options and an intimate, throwback setting to something around the Prohibition era. 

Yesterday, Owner Ivan Spiers called to tell me that he’s done slight renovations to the Durban Room to include a gorgeous baby grand piano in the corner. And, to debut the new “piano lounge,” he’s bringing in none other than Francois Dean, a globally renowned pianist, tonight (Friday, Sept 23), from 7 to 10 p.m.

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Francois Dean is one significant persona. Raised in a family of high-level musicians, he didn’t take up piano until his Sophomore year in high school, at which time he “wandered into the school’s music room and decided to sit down and play.” 

A virtuoso from the start, Francois now tours the world, while his home base remains in Long Beach.

From Francois, expect great originals as well as classics from Marvin Gaye, George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Brian McNight and more.


The Speakeasy…with its own live music entertainment

Spiers plans to have live music each week, from Wednesday through Saturday, with the more well known acts appearing on Fridays and Saturdays.

While many pianists sing to their own accompaniment (like Francois), there will be opportunity for pianists to accompany jazz, blues and opera singers as well.

For me, this brings back memories of Ruben Flores’ great Cabaret nights at the old Laguna Nursery, when we’d all gather around for an evening of great piano and classic singers in the magical, green kingdom we all loved and adored. Now, we can enjoy something similar, this time with rich red walls, dark leather seating, an adjacent open-air patio and fire pit, and a full menu of craft cocktails and food. 

Spiers might just be on to something. 

Look forward to seeing you there tonight! 


Diane Armitage is the author of a recently published 175-page book – “Laguna Beach’s Best” – a travel guide for locals and visitors. She writes a subjective blog found at She is a regular contributor to StuNews

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Sept 24 Sat Native Plant Hike 8-10:30 a.m. Learn about the seasonal life of California Native Plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist on this enjoyable 2.5 mile hike (45-ft elevation gain) over moderately uneven terrain. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. 

Sept 24 Sat Explore Nature with a Camera 8-11 a.m. Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist on this 2.5-mile hike with no elevation gain, to explore nature through the lens of a camera. Bring your digital camera and a tripod to capture interesting and unique lighting situations, compositions, textures and colors of the season. Share your ideas with other landscape photographers! Please wear sturdy walking/hiking shoes as terrain can be uneven.  For ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve.

Sept 29 Thur Fitness Hike at Willow 8-10 a.m. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (571-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park



Sept 25 Sun Bird Walk 8-10:30 a.m. Spot year-round and summer resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 25-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters. Parking: Free.



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Crystal Cove State Park

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity Wednesday, Sept 28 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.

Sunset Serenades Fridays in Heisler Park Amphitheatre

Every Friday evening through Sept 30 at 5:30 p.m., the city’s Arts Commission will present Sunset Serenades. The free concerts are held at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre with a variety of music genres.

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9/23 - John Lester - singer/ solo bassist

9/30 - Alexandra Jack - singer songwriter

The lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach fund this program.


Volume 8, Issue 77                                                                        September 23, 2016

LB Police and the City are negotiating a new contract. In addition to a supervising sergeant, how many patrol units (1 officer per unit) do you feel we need to protect our streets and neighborhoods at a minimum?
LB Police and the City are negotiating a new contract. In addition to a supervising sergeant, how many patrol units (1 officer per unit) do you feel we need to protect our streets and neighborhoods at a minimum?
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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

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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

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More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

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Care Management

Mon – Fri | 9am- 3pm |

Saturday (apt. only) | 9am – 1pm


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.


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

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!

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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:

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!

Boys hoops sign-ups at the Boys & Girls Club end Sept 30

Registration will close Sept 30 for the Boys Basketball League at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach Canyon Branch this fall.

The cost for club members to participate is $100 per player for the entire season. That includes pre-season camp, team uniforms, and league trophies. Non-club members who wish to participate for the fall season will have to pay $100, plus yearly club membership of $150.

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc.


Monday, September 26

Senior Housing Task Force

Community Center – 4 p.m.

Arts Commission

Council Chambers – 5:30


Tuesday, September 27

City Council

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, September 28

Historic Preservation

Ordinance Workshop

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Thursday, September 29

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Friday, September 30

City Hall Closed


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