Town Crier: Week of Nov. 17

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Acai Republic Grand Opening this Saturday

Mo and Topher Reynoso, owners of the new Acai Republic on 211 Broadway Street, are hosting a grand opening this Saturday, Nov. 18 starting at 9 a.m. Photo courtesy of the Reynosos

Mo and Topher Reynoso, owners of the new Acai Republic on 211 Broadway Street, are hosting a grand opening this Saturday, Nov. 18 starting at 9 a.m. The Reynoso’s invite the public to enjoy authentic and delicious acai straight from the acai motherland of Brazil. They’re located across from Main Beach and share a courtyard with Carmelita’s and Peony restaurants. 

Upcoming free concerts at the Susi Q

Susi Q is again teaming up with Laguna Beach Live! to present a special afternoon of classical music featuring eight rising stars of Chamber Music | OC’s Pre-College program. Their repertoire will include selected works by Shostakovich, Grieg and Bach.

The concert will take place on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Susi Q Center, 380 Third Street. 

“We are thrilled to be able to showcase this wonderful young talent,” said Jo Ann Ekblad, program and communications director at the Susi Q. 

Get Jazzed about the Upcoming Holidays 

The Laguna Beach Community Jazz Band, featuring vocalist Ginger Hatfield and directed by Lynn Olinger, will present a free concert on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Susi Q. Get into the spirit of the season with an uplifting program of soulful and swingin’ big-band jazz versions of holiday classics. Light refreshments will be served. 

Sing…Sing a Song! 

On Tuesday, Dec 5, Susi Q will host LagunaTunes Community Chorus Holiday Sing-Along. Indulge in cookies and cider at 3:30 p.m. and revel in holiday songs from 4 to 5 p.m. Moms, dads, kids and grandparents are all welcome to join in and get into the spirit. There’ll be song booklets for everyone. Visit www.thesusiq.org and click on classes, or to register by phone, call 949-715-8105. Email [email protected].

Free Nordic Walking Classes on Main Beach Boardwalk

Gerred Popejoy, a lifestyle doctor and international speaker specializing in exercise rehabilitation for seniors, is conducting classes on Nordic walking on the Main Beach boardwalk on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Popejoy suggests participants arrive slightly earlier to set up poles for the class. Nordic walking poles will be provided. To register, visit www.nordicwalkingnations.com/laguna-boardwalk. After registration, participants will receive an email with the date of the next walk. Call or email Popejoy at 916-806-9150 or [email protected] for more information.

Laguna Art Museum Upcoming Events

Art Workshop: Gratitude and Grace with Jo Situ Allen – Nov. 18 at 2 p.m

Celebrate self-care and gratitude by working with air-dry clay to create a beautiful nature-inspired centerpiece platter. We’ll shape the clay with our hands, pressing foraged items into it to leave a unique print. The workshop will commence with a silent, meditative walk from the museum to Heisler Park and back. Bring textured items from nature to incorporate into your creation. After a 15-minute silent walk to gather materials, we’ll return to the museum for a grounding exercise and breathing session before immersing ourselves in the creative process. Jo will facilitate the remaining time, encouraging presence and gratitude for the abundance around us. More information can be found at this link.

Brain Health: The Impact of Art + Nature – Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.

Join Dr. Cheryl Alvarez for an insightful discussion about activities promoting brain health. Delve into the benefits of art contemplation, connecting with nature, gardening, and social activity in maintaining a healthy brain. This program is presented in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Family Center of Huntington Beach. Advance tickets are recommended. More information on all events can be found at lagunaartmuseum.org/events.

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