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A note from Stu 


Coming Soon


Within the next few editions, we will be changing the City Hall section to add news and announcements from both Laguna Beach County and South County Water Districts, which serve Laguna Beach.

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Courtesy LBCWD

In light of the severe drought that we are facing, the feeling is water customers/users need to have easy access to restrictions currently in place from the water districts in town.

There will be original graphics to show our usage and compliance vs. goals; how to’s and other announcements.

And there’s more

LBCWD has a vast library of old photos taken when the pipes for the city were being placed in the early part of the last century. The cityscapes will be great viewing for those who care about old Laguna.

In many cases, they aren’t sure of the locations and we may be having a few contests along the way.

Additionally, the Historical Society will be providing old Laguna photos for the same section and we expect a return to our “The Way That It Used To Be” feature in some form or another…

Stay tuned!


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 Laguna Trails Forum with LCF’s Hallie Jones on August 13

Here’s a first - Laguna Canyon Foundation (LCF) Executive Director Hallie Jones will host and present a Laguna Trails Forum at the Legion Hall on Wednesday, Aug 13 from 5 – 7 p.m. Legion Hall is at 384 Legion Street.

The forum will include a close-up look at what LCF has done and is planning to make the open space trails, “more sustainable, environmentally sensitive and fun.”

There will also be an opportunity for members of the community to comment about what you would like to see in the open space and help make the trails better.    

For questions call: 497-8324.

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


July 31 Fri Blue Moon Hike 6:30-9 p.m. Hike with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers as the sun sets and the moon rises over Laurel and Willow Canyons. This is a leisurely hike. Observe the changes as day turns to night. Learn about night wildlife. Hear the last bird songs and use the bat detector to listen for their ultrasonic communication.  The terrain on this 3.5 mile hike (600-ft. elevation gain) can be steep, rocky and uneven. Participants should bring water, a snack, a flashlight, a sweater or jacket, and wear long pants and proper closed-toed hiking shoes. Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon staging area.

Aug 1 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, we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalistsLaguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve.

Aug 6 Thur Fitness Hike at Willow 8:30-10:30 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


Aug 1 Saturday Family Fun Hike 8:30-10:30 a.m. When was the last time you took the family out to hike for pure enjoyment? On this summer excursion, we’ll focus on fun facts and wildlife habits while answering questions from your little ones about the wild world. We’ll also play nature themed games along the way. This is a 2-mile (150-ft. elevation gain) hike for ages 7 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area.


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Crystal Cove State Park

Enjoy a low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, Aug 1 at 4 p.m. A volunteer will 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. 

Join a Park Ranger for a fun introduction to the ecology of Crystal Cove State Park in our weekly Junior Ranger programs.  This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows visitors ages 7-12 to earn a badge.  Junior Rangers meets on Monday mornings 8/3, 10, 17, & 24 from 10-11 a.m.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. Come for the program, stay for the day

Crystal Cove Alliance is hosting Community Days in the Historic District’s Education Commons on Wednesdays August 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 10-4. Step back in time as the Education Commons comes to life with fun historical activities for the whole family.  Learn to watercolor - try your hand at a traditional craft, enjoy a historic radio show, or explore the science of Crystal Cove State Park.  Check out Cottage #13, the Film and Media Center, and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility.  Park in the Los Trancos lot.


Volume 7, Issue 60                                                                                   July 31, 2015

Governor Brown has mandated drastic water restrictions. Are you aware of what you need to do to comply?
Governor Brown has mandated drastic water restrictions. Are you aware of what you need to do to comply?
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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

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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.

Drum Circle

Mon | 8/10 | 3-4pm $10/class

There’s more to it than just making noise. Group drumming reduces stress, increases creativity, boosts the immune system and improves overall mood.

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!

Laguna Beach Seniors is on Facebook! Sign up to receive our newsletter:


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!

Play Along: Ukulele

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

Beginning Ukulele Players

Thur | 9/10-12/10 | 9-10am |

$65/series or $5 drop in – Drop-ins welcome! 

Intermediate Ukulele

Wed | 9/9-12/9 | 9 -10am |

$65/series or $5 drop in – Drop-ins welcome! 

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.

Beginning Bridge 

Fri | 8/7-8/28 | 9:30-11:30

$60 Series | Must pre-register

This is a continuous learning process. Bridge is a game for everyone. Age doesn’t matter!

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. 


Friday, July 31

Urban Planning 

Coordinating Committee

Community Center – 8 a.m.


Monday, August 3

Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee

Community Center – 5:30

View Restoration Committee

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Tuesday, August 4

City Council

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, August 5

Housing & Human 

Services Committee

Community Center – 4 p.m.


Thursday, August 6

South Main Beach Park Restroom Replacement Public Workshop

Community Center – 5 p.m.

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.



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