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A Note from Shaena

Last year, our own Stu Saffer was celebrated as Laguna’s Citizen of the Year during the annual Patriots Day Parade. 

This year, Stu is recuperating and won’t be able to attend, but his faithful team of news reporters, editors and photographers will be marching with me on Sat, March 4 in his honor and in appreciation of this year’s terrific honorees, including Citizen of the Year Doug Miller.

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2017 Parade honorees pictured at a recent lunch

The Patriots Day Parade is probably Stu’s favorite event of the year, because it’s the day that Lagunans get to cheer the best, brightest, kindest and most fun people and organizations in our beloved and beautiful village, one of the loveliest places in all America. 

Stu News Laguna strives to be the voice of our community – and we hope lots of our readers and supporters will walk with us in celebration of our good fortune to live in this town.

The Parade starts at 11 a.m. and we will be meeting at the LBUSD parking lot at 10 a.m. Set aside the date and time.

We will have donuts! And candy! And lots of fun!

Herbal Symposium offers workshops on avoiding flu and colds

I don’t know about you, but it sure seems that there’s a profusion of cold and flu viruses going around this winter. 

No better timing, then, for our annual Herbal Symposium at Anneliese School, March 4 and 5. 

Throughout the weekend, the fifth Annual TerraVita Herbal Symposium offers all sorts of workshops on herbal medicines and remedies (including what a few hives of bees have come up with), docent-led plant walks and marketplace booths.

Whether you’re a newbie to herbal remedies or a sage in the wonders of sage, it’s a relaxed and engaging event. Although instructors are coming in from multiple walks and states, you’re not going to find a lick of arrogance here – these are people who have devoted their careers to the study of alternative health and wellness, and they’re more than ready to share their discoveries. 

Largely sponsored by our own SEEDS Art & Education non-profit here in Laguna Beach, additional sponsors include Herb Pharm, Pacific Botanicals, Earthroots Fieldschool, Sage Country Herbs, Frontier Co-Op and Oshala Farm.You should be able to find all represented in the marketplace.

Registration includes a gourmet lunch, and a festive party on Saturday evening. 

Purchase day tickets for $70, or buy a weekend pass for $115. A children’s “Herb Camp” educational program is also available on Sunday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for $45.

If you’re just interested in the herbal marketplace, it’s free and open to the public on Saturday afternoon between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. 

Purchase tickets online or learn more about each of the classes at

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Mar 2 Thu Fitness Hike 8:30-11 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.

Mar 4 Sat Long Distance Hike 8-10:30 a.m. 

Explore the beauty and diversity of Willow Canyon, Bommer Ridge and Emerald Canyon in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 7.2-mile hike (650-ft. elevation gain) over rocky, steep, and uneven terrain. Hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub, and along ridges with beautiful vistas. Participants should be fit and able to hike long distances. For your safety and comfort bring 2-3 liters of water, a hat, a hearty snack and proper hiking shoes. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area.

Mar 2 Sat Family Hike 3-5 p.m. 

Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve, participants will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park



Feb 25 Sat LCF Trail Stewarship 8 a.m.-12 p.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. These events are open to the public! 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 or guardian signature on the LCF Volunteer Waiver. Please wear long pants, sturdy, close-toed shoes and sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.). Please bring at least 2 liters of water (preferably in reusable containers) and work gloves (if you have them – some are available for loan if not). A light breakfast will be provided upon arrival, snack bars while out on the trail, and lunch upon return from the work site. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area.
Mar 4 Sat Car Wreck Fitness Hike 9-11:30 a.m. 

Long distance, high elevation hike that takes participants inside Dripping Cave, up steep Mathis Canyon Trail, then by the old car wreck! Experienced hikers only. For ages 15 and up who are capable of an 8-mile, 900-ft. elevation gain hike on steep and rocky terrain. Be prepared for hot weather, with at least two liters of water, snack, hiking footwear, sunscreen, hat/sunglasses, and necessary medications. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters.


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Crystal Cove State Park

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity each Wednesday (3/1, 3/8, 3/22 & 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.

Love birds but need help with identification? Join Crystal Cove State Park birders on a guided winter bird walk on both the inland and coastal areas of the park on Saturday, March 4 at 8am. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.

Winter is an exciting time to learn about our local nature. Join park naturalists on a family nature hike at Crystal Cove Stake Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Sundays, March 5 & March 19 at 9am. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.

Learn more about Moro Canyon’s Ecosystem at Field Science Saturday on March 11 from 8:30-10:30am. Become a citizen scientist and study leaf littler microbes, restoration and herbivory, and fuel moisture levels. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.

Enjoy a super low -0.7 tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, March 11 at 2pm 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.

Crystal Cove Park Naturalists will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, four-mile Full Moon Hike on Saturday, March 11 at 6:30pm. Terrain will be uneven and steep with a 700-ft. elevation gain/loss in some areas on this moderate night hike. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.

Explore the huge variety of seaweeds on a guided Seaweeds & Sea Creatures of Crystal Cove Beach Walk on Saturday, March 12 at 2pm. 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 and even if there is none to be found, a walk on the beach is surely a lovely way to start a Saturday. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot.


Volume 9, Issue 16                                                                           February 24, 2017

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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 949-464-6645to 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: 

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!

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*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 

*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


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.


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 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!

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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, 949-715-8104. 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 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 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

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!

Loreen Gilbert named a national winner of the 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards

Laguna Beach resident, Loreen Gilbert, founder and president of WealthWise Financial Services, Inc. has been named a national winner of the 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to the world’s top women entrepreneurs. 

Honorees will be recognized at the Fifteenth Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration and Conference, to be held from Sunday, April 2, through Tuesday, April 4, at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale in Florida.  

The Enterprising Women of the Year Awards is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for dynamic women business owners from around the world. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. 

Many of the honorees also serve as leaders of the key organizations that support the growth of women’s entrepreneurship. Loreen Gilbert serves on the Executive Board of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).  Award winners were recognized in seven categories this year, running businesses ranging from $1 million to $100 million annual sales revenue.  

To speak with Loreen contact Debbie Douglas 949-375-3436 or

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc.


Monday, February 27

Arts Commission

Council Chambers – 5:30 p.m.


Tuesday, February 28

City Council

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, March 1

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Thursday, March 2

HIV Advisory Committee

City Hall Conference 

Room A – 4 p.m.


Friday, March 3

City Hall Closed



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