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A note from Stu 


Busy Lifeguards made 372 rescues over the weekend


I had a hard time reading the report that Laguna Beach city lifeguards (that means beaches from Treasure Island north) made 372 rescues over this past weekend. That’s the most ever.

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Heavy surf (as this photo by Scott Brashier taken Sunday shows), strong rip tides and a lot of people made for the record number of rescues. On Sunday, they recorded 235 rescues according to reports. The most for any other day in Lifeguard records is under a hundred…

Hats off to our guards and thank goodness they are on the job ever so vigilantly! 


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A Touch of France on Sept 10 Live! at the Museum

Laguna Beach Live!, in collaboration with Laguna Art Museum, presents singer Maria Elena Infantino in her acclaimed tribute to Edith Piaf, France’s national diva and one of France’s greatest international stars. Accompanied by pianist Rick Mandell, Ms Infantino will sing some of Piaf’s most popular songs, including La vie en Rose and Les Amants d’un jour. Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association will be welcoming guests to the concert in celebration of the first Laguna Sister City, Menton, France.

Born in Italy, Maria Elena grew up in a family of Opera singers where art and life blended together in perfect unison. She moved to London at the age of 18 to attend the Foundation Acting course at East 15, after which she trained for three years at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA).

While in Rome, she created her one woman show on the legendary French icon, Edith Piaf, which was a great hit amongst the Italian audience. Maria Elena premiered this sold out show to the US and has toured it in the best European venues in cities such as Rome, Luxembourg and Bulgaria.

Live! at the Museum takes place the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Laguna Art Museum and is free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission. The concert is in the large Steele Gallery and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are available online through the Museum’s website at
, or contact Membership Manager Valerie Tate by emailing, or call her at 949.494.8971 x203. For more information about the series and other concerts, visit online at or call 949-715-9713

Arts Commission now accepting submissions for the 2015 Juried Fine Art Exhibition 

The Arts Commission is currently accepting submissions to the annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition at City Hall. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older with two dimensional works measuring no more than 36” x 36” framed. The juror will be Malcolm Warner, Executive Director of the Laguna Art Museum. The first place winner will be awarded $1,000.

Artists can submit up to three pieces at  

Applications must be made on-line with a non-refundable entry fee of $25. The deadline for submissions is Sept 8. For more information, please visit

The Exhibition will run from Oct 13 – Nov 30.

Off-season free trolley service begins this Friday

City Manager’s office

Though summer may be coming to a close, the City’s popular trolley service will continue to operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays year-round. The free trolleys will begin operating on Friday, Sept 4.   

The “Coastal Route” includes a loop along Coast Highway extending from the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point to Cajon Street in North Laguna. Hours of operation are Fridays from 4–11 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m.–11 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Special Labor Day trolley service will be offered on Monday, Sept 7, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Residents are encouraged to take the free trolley rather than park downtown.

Mainline transit service will not be offered on Labor Day.

Guitar virtuoso Eric Henderson in concert Sept 12

On Saturday, Sept 12 at 8 p.m., plan to enjoy music from guitarist Eric Henderson at Bridge Hall, Neighborhood Congregational Church (NCC).

Tickets are $25-30 and are available from or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

NCC is located at 340 St. Ann’s Dr., Laguna Beach.

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


September events are currently unavailable


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


September events are currently unavailable


Scroll down for events at Crystal Cove Park

Crystal Cove State Park

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity on Wednesdays (9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, & 9/30) from 10-4 in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park (Park in the Los Trancos lot - PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle). Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation.

Love birds, but need help with identification?  Join Crystal Cove State Park birders on a guided summertime bird walk on both the inland and coastal areas of the park on Saturday, Sept 5 at 8 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre.

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 Sept 6 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.


Volume 7, Issue 69                                                                         September 1, 2015

Thinking about Labor Day … the minimum wage in California will increase to $10 an hour on Jan 1, 2016. How do you feel about that?
Thinking about Labor Day … the minimum wage in California will increase to $10 an hour on Jan 1, 2016. How do you feel about that?
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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

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Grief and Loss Support Group

You are not alone. Create meaning in life after the loss of a loved one.

Tue  | Sept 1, 8, 15 & 22 | 3-4:30pm

Thur | Oct 1 & 8 | 3-4:30pm

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.

*New* 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.

Intermediate Fall Prevention

Tue | 10/27-12/15 | 1:30-2:30pm  

$96 series

A seated and standing exercise class.  This class will improve your balance, strength, flexibility, coordination and posture.  Facilitator: Alisa Sanchez, MPT.

Summer Lawn Games

Wed & Thurs | 8/19, 8/20 | 12-1pm| Come play ladder ball, bean bag toss, lawn darts and lawn bowling on the grassy terrace area at The Susi Q. 

The Alexander Technique

Free Workshop

9/11 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.

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

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!

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Care Management

Mon – Thur | 9am- 3pm |

Friday | 9am – 5 pm


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. 

Ukulele University

Strum your cares away!

Beginning Ukulele: Thurs | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 

$45/series or $5/class

Advanced Beginning Ukulele: Thur |9/3-12/10| 

9 – 10 a.m. | $45/series or $5/class

Intermediate Ukulele: Wed | 9/9 - 12/9 

9 - 10 a.m. | $55/series or $7/class

Free Play Along for all levels 

Wed | 10:15-11:15 a.m.

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!

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 and 3rd Mon | 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:


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:

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.

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!

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc. 


Tuesday, September 1

View Restoration Committee

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, September 2

Housing & Human Services Committee

Community Center – 4 p.m.


Thursday, September 3

HIV Advisory Committee

Conference Room A – 4 p.m.



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