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A note from Stu 


What to do when you see a great big snake

My good friend Faye Chapman sent me an email the other day – it had one word on the title line – COBRA.

She got my immediate attention…

Here is one of the photos she had attached in the email:

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Faye’s email message:

“I was dropping off a package on Starlit Drive when this giant cobra was there to greet me!!  I screamed - it stared me down and slowly slithered on its way, which happened to be where I needed to go, but didn’t!

“I told my friend she would find her package in the center of the driveway.  Her pet cobra was protecting her house! 

“So it’s not a cobra. Might as well be in my book!!”

 She’s right – not a cobra but a gentle, giant garter snake and it isn’t poisonous – but it can (and will) deliver a nasty bite if you agitate it.


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Diane Armitage

Flavors on the Farm

You know that rare moment when you meet someone who has absolutely followed the calling in his or her life? I saw this in Chef Jessica McLeish last month when I took a tour of an organic farm and then participated in a culinary demonstration at a picnic table right there at the farm.


Jessica is the founder of Sourced Cuisine, a genius idea that combines organic farm tours, culinary demonstrations with easy-to-duplicate recipes, and weekly plans of vegetarian and vegan meals that she creates on order.

Laguna Beach resident Chef Jessica is doing another Flavors on the Farm Tour and culinary demo this coming Saturday, March 28th at 2 p.m. It’s just $20 per person. 

Given the educational and entertaining time I had last month at this event, I’d heartily encourage anyone interested in adding inventive, organic cuisine to their lives to sign up before the roster is full – Jessica only takes 20 per tour.

Chef Jessica starts by walking her attendees through Alegria Farm, an urban farm using modern technology to grow nutrient-dense and flavorful food at the Great Park. She stops now and then to pull off stems and leaves, and hands them out to her duckling followers to nibble on. Why not? Not a single pesticide is used on these gorgeous blooms, and they are flavorful and full of life.

Then, she settles everyone into picnic tables and starts walking through a handful of fresh, colorful recipes that you can easily be incorporated as main or side dishes that very evening at your own table – you even get a handful of fresh greens to take home as starter fuel! And, if it’s too much for you to make on your own, she offers weekly, freshly made meals at a more than fair price, too.

Just email Jessica@SourcedCuisine.com to reserve your space for this Saturday’s Flavors on the Farm Tour.


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 www.LagunaBeachBest.com She is a regular contributor to StuNews

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


March 25 Wed Beginning Fitness Hike 9-10:30 a.m. Now is a great time to start a new fitness routine beginning with an easy 2.5 mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain to Barbara’s Lake and back (45-ft. elevation gain). Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer and registered dietitian to learn about fitness and nutrition during this 1.5-hour hike. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water. Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. 

March 28 Sat Let’s Go Hiking! 8-10:30 a.m.

Do you want to take a hike with other nature enthusiasts? Enjoy a 3.8-mile, moderate (600-ft. elevation gain) hike through Laurel and Willow Canyons with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. You will experience a variety of plant communities, from Coastal Sage Scrub to Oak Woodland and enjoy a view of the ocean at the top. Minimal interpretation, but questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven. Participants should bring water, a hat, a snack, and wear proper hiking shoes. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area. Donation: $2/person. 

March 29 Sun Meditating in Nature 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Relax in nature.  Enjoy a short 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.  


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


March 26 Thur Fitness Hike at Canyon View 8:30-11 a.m. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-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.

March 28 Sat Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave 8:30-10:30 a.m. Join a band of bike wielding young explorers on a ride to Aliso’s most intriguing attraction. We’ll learn the mysterious legends of this famed bandit hideout as well as its previous inhabitants - the native Acjachemen people. Earn a Ranger Badge for being an accomplice on the journey. For ages 8 and up (or peddled by adult) who can comfortably ride 5 miles (150 ft. elevation gain), dirt trails with some sandy sections. Bike, helmet, water, snack, and weather appropriate clothing/shoes are required. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy.


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LOCA and LBHS student banner collaboration exhibit 

An exhibit of Laguna Beach High School student-painted silk banners will run from March 24 through March 26 at [seven-degrees], 891 Laguna Canyon Road.

A public reception will be held on March 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funded by Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) through a grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation, the program was a collaborative effort between LOCA and the high school. Silk clothing expert Olivia Batchelder taught the workshops for students in LBHS art teacher Bridget Porter’s Art 1 class. Using images of California sea life for inspiration, students used traditional and experimental Batik techniques.

Additional information is available on the LOCA calendar online www.locaarts.org or by calling LOCA at (949) 363-4700.

Crystal Cove State Park


Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity on Wednesday 3/25 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.

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, March 28 from 11-2 p.m. at the Historic District Education Commons where Ranger Jenn will host a Beachside Chat.  Park in the Los Trancos lot. 

Enjoy a guided 3-mile hike into Moro Canyon on Sat, March 28 at 9 a.m.and learn about the plants and animals that call Crystal Cove State Park home.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre. 

Join a park volunteer on an Ancient Volcanoes Hike in the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park & explore several of the parks volcanic features on Sat, March 28 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.


Volume 7, Issue 24                                                                               March 24, 2015

Laguna Beach has many charities and most have fundraisers in some form or another. Almost all rely on our donations to carry out their missions. How many Laguna Beach-based charitable fundraisers do you attend in a year?
Laguna Beach has many charities and most have fundraisers in some form or another. Almost all rely on our donations to carry out their missions. How many Laguna Beach-based charitable fundraisers do you attend in a year?
You must select at least one item to vote!

Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

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

Family Caregiver

Support Group

2nd & 4th Wed | 3- 4:30pm | Free

Sharing confidential, emotional support and resources among caregivers.

It’s Your Money

Fri | 4/3-5/22 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Free

Instructed by Peter Kote. Registration Required: 497-2441

4/3 | Introduction & Quiz

4/10 | Annuities & Mutual Funds

4/17 | Financial Planning I

4/24 | Financial Planning II

5/1 | Long Term Care

5/8 | Fixed Income Investing

5/15 | Equity Investing

5/22 | The Big Take Away (contest)

Club Q Laguna

1st and 3rd Friday | 3-5pm

A social group for Laguna’s LGBT community and friends.

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.

The Alexander Technique

$80 | Please call for dates | Discover healthy posture and spinal alignment for better balance. Facilitator: Sharon Jakubecy, M.AmSAT

Photo Narratives

Wed 4/1 – 6/3 12-3pm |$150 for the series. Learn to tell stories through photographs.

I Think I Have a Book in Me

Thur 4/2 – 643 12-3pm |$150 for the series.

The Ancestry Club

Wed 3-5pm | $25. Discover your family tree.  Genealogy for beginners.  Facilitator: Beth Sand

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 497.2441

Parking is Free!

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

Care Management

Mon – Thur | 9am- 3pm |

Friday | 9am – 5 pm


Providing links 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. 

Ukulele University!

Play Along: Ukulele

Wed | 10:15-11:15am | FreeDrop-ins welcome!

Beginning Ukulele Players

Thur | 9-10am |

$50/series or $5 drop in – Drop-ins welcome! Instructor: Tom Joliet

Intermediate Ukulele

Wed | 9 -10am |

$50/series or $5 drop in – Drop-ins welcome! Instructor:  Jack Morse

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

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!

Wellspring Health Fair

Friday, April 24, 9-11:30 a.m. Free

Join us to learn about stress relief techniques from wellness experts, featuring reflexology, essential oils, acupressure, and massage pain care. 

No pre-registration required.

Monday Movie and Popcorn

Free every Monday from 12:30-3pm. See movie schedule at susiq.org.

Passport To Health

1 p.m. | Free | Reservation Required:


Presented by Mission Hospital

4/16 | Arthritis & other Health Issues

4/23 | Health Issues after Surviving Cancer

4/28 | Does your Heart skip a beat?

5/7 | Do you Suffer from Headaches?

6/4 | Health, Fun & Relaxation

6/11 | Bone Health Basics

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 and 3rd Thur | 9a.m.- Noon | Free

Provides 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 497.2441

Parking is Free!

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

Contemporary Short Story Discussion Group


Second and fourth Tuesdays

2 – 4 p.m.

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.

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.

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. 

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 | 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!

Cox Cable3 begins broadcasts of Patriots Day Parade 

Want to see what your entry looked like marching in our parade March 7? Well, you can as Cox3 was there with video coverage.

The remaining Cox3 broadcast schedule for the 49th Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade is as follows: Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. - 12 noon; Sunday, March 29, 4 - 6 p.m.; and Saturday, April 4, 9 - 11 p.m.  

It will also be on Cox on Demand, channel 2636, from April 5 to May 5.

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc. 


Tuesday, March 24

Budget Symposium

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, March 25

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Thursday, March 26

Parking, Traffic and

Circulation Committee

Community Center – 6 p.m.


Friday, March 27

Urban Planning 

Coordinating Committee

Community Center – 8 a.m.


Saturday, March 28

City Council

Planning Committee

Design Review Board

Joint Meeting

Council Chambers – 9 - Noon


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