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A note from Stu 


Have you made the pledge yet? We only have a week left to be “Water Wise”

Mayor Bob Whalen made this statement to us Thursday:

If there ever was a year for Laguna to be number one in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation this is it!  Please register your vote at mywaterpledge.com and make a plan to save water at your home.  With one week to go we are number 2 so I challenge everyone to register and to get your friends and neighbors to register so that Laguna can once again be number one and lead the way in saving water.

As the Mayor points out, this year is more than just winning a friendly contest amongst other cities of our size, but it is very critical that we conserve water to be sure we won’t run out two years down the river.

Please pledge!



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Diane Armitage at LB Books Sunday

On Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m., meet Diane Armitage at Laguna Beach Books, ask your craziest questions, get that book of yours signed, enjoy food and wine, and revel in the real community fun of Laguna Beach.

As a marketing agency owner with a number of world-renowned restaurants and resorts as her clients, it wasn’t long before Diane Armitage had set up her own blog to begin blogging about everything she loved in her own resort town of Laguna Beach. Begun in 2008, the blog – www.LagunaBeachBest.com – continues to gain a large and loyal worldwide following of subscribers.

Her first book, Laguna Beach’s Best, was published in 2013 and included hundreds of her blog entries and color photos. As an insider’s “go-to” guide for travelers and residents alike, the book has sold by the thousands both regionally and in 26 countries outside the U.S.

Diane has recently updated the book, now titled The Best of Laguna Beach, and it’s a hefty expansion – to more than 300 pages, with hundreds of colorful, lively photos that tell the tale of life in Southern California’s Riviera, Laguna Beach, for travelers and residents alike. 

Still committed to providing a completely unbiased opinion, Diane is never paid to write about specific restaurants, retailers or events. The Best of Laguna Beach provides an honest, objective and conversationally fun review of what truly is the best, from fine and casual dining to happy hours, popular annual events, shopping finds, sports and recreation and much more.

Follow Diane’s growing community at Facebook.com/BestofLagunaBeach for new updates, fun finds, trending news in Laguna Beach and first details on Diane’s new Best of Laguna Beach Culinary Adventures and Walking Tour launches.

WellSpring Wholistic Health Fair at the Susi Q April 24

Pamper your body and nourish your mind! Laguna Beach Seniors will host a free Wholistic Health Fair on Friday, April 24th, from 9 - 11:30 a.m. at the Susi Q Center (380 Third Street, Laguna Beach). Over 20 wellness experts and practitioners will share wellness advice and offer refreshing complimentary treatments. 

Laguna Beach physician Dr. Tracy A. Darling will be the presiding MD. Dr. Darling is a medical doctor with a unique approach to health. She works with you to help you achieve your health goals by balancing nutrition, hormones, and overall organ function.

She can also recommend the detoxification program or weight reduction program that is right for you.

The public is invited to participate in demonstrations of alternative therapies like sound therapy, heat and light therapy, Reiki therapy and gyro-kinesis exercise. Guests will learn about stress relief techniques including reflexology, essential oils, acupressure, and massage pain care. The Chakra Shack will explore energy balancing. A local hairstylist, acupuncturist, chiropractor and threading specialist will share their unique practices. Opportunity tickets will be sold to win gift baskets and additional treatments. Registration is not required for this free event. Sign up for treatments on site. Guests will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Attend for healthy snacks, relaxation and fun! 

Laguna Beach Seniors has been enhancing the lives of seniors for 40 years. Programs and services promote independence, wellness and community. For more information about the WellSpring event visit www.susiq.org or call 949.497.2441.

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


April 25 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.  

April 26 Sun Meditating in Nature 6-7:30 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. 


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


April 26 Sun 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 about its previous inhabitants the Acjachemen people. For those who can comfortably ride 5 miles (150 ft. elevation gain), dirt trails with some sandy sections. (Children ages 8 and up, or younger if peddled by an adult.)  Bike, helmet, water, snack, and weather appropriate clothing/shoes are required. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters (newly renovated staging area!).

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


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Run for the Roses with Ebell May 2

The oldest philanthropic organization in Laguna Beach–celebrating over 80 years and still going strong–Ebell Philanthropies of Laguna Beach is in it for the long run.

Maybe that’s why they enjoy an elegant and historic race that is also in it for the long run. They mean, of course, the famous Kentucky Derby horse race, which is being observed at a gala fundraising event again this year by Ebell Club from 1-4 p.m. on May 2. It is a two-minute, quarter mile race for three-year-old, thoroughbred horses, run under the landmark Twin Spires of the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, but brought to life in the on a big screen just up the road at the Aliso Viejo Country Club. 

This beautiful scenic location offers free parking and lots of it. Reservations are currently being taken through April 18 at a cost of $70 per ticket. You can bet on Ebell Club for a party that is lots of fun and full of tradition. 

For tickets or more information call Ebell President Sandra Renner at 295-0436 or email president@ebelllagunabeach.org

Crystal Cove State Park


Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, April 25 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.

Crystal Cove State Park is hosting a geology tour along the coastal section of the park on Sunday, April 26 from 1-3 p.m.  Visit several diverse and geologically outstanding sites which all display a story from a different geologic time. Meet at Los Trancos lot at the trailer (PCH turn inland at stoplight “Los Trancos”).

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity Wednesday, April 29 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.)


Volume 7, Issue 33                                                                                 April 24, 2015

The Beatles famously sang: “All You Need Is Love”. How many times in your life have you been, “…in love”?
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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

4/10 | 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 – 6/4 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!

Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach seeking applicants for the Violet Richardson $1000 Award

Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach, “SILB,” is seeking nominations for the Violet Richardson award.

This award is given to a young woman between 14 and 17 years of age who is a volunteer in our community or school, who sees challenges instead of obstacles, hope instead of despair - a young woman who believes in the power of volunteer action.

The Violet Richardson Award recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts such as: fighting against drugs, fighting against crime and fighting against violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty. Volunteer actions that benefit women or girls are of particular interest.

If you or someone you know is such a person please go to our web page and fill out the application online and submit it. The deadline to submit the application is 9 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday, April 30. All the information is online at silagunabeach.org/violet-richardson-award/

The selected young woman as the 2015 SILB Violet Richardson Award recipient will be recognized at the SILB event in June at which time she will receive the $1,000 award.

For more information about how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit our website at silagunabeach.org.

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc. 


Friday, April 24

Urban Planning 

Coordinating Committee

Community Center – 8 a.m.


Monday, April 27

Senior Housing Task Force

Community Center – 4 p.m.

Arts Commission

Council Chambers – 5:30


Tuesday, April 28

Environmental Sustainability

Community Center – 6 p.m.

Heritage Committee

Special Meeting

Draft Historic Preservation


Council Chambers – 6:30



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