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A Note from Shaena

Stu would be smiling down on us, I know it. We miss him every day. But I know he’d be pleased that the Stu Crew is still all together, united in our efforts to carry out his vision of community news with heart. 

A couple of new voices have joined us – Dianne Russell and Marrie Stone – who add variety while sharing our deep values. We are the stronger for their contributions.

We thought that readers might be interested in hearing a little more about the writers and photographers who bring so much to each and every edition of Stu News. 

Secret lives of staff revealed

Last week, Dianne wrote a short piece about our energetic, amazing photographer Mary Hurlbut. Soon, we’ll feature our awesome ARTiculation columnist, Suzie Harrison, who is also taking on our Garden of the Month and Stu on the Street features. And one after another, we’ll reveal the secret lives of our staff… (Not really.)

This week we’re having a staff meeting during which we’ll share ideas for future issues and talk about feedback we’ve received from readers.  (One of us asked Lynette, “When is the staff party this month?” – which goes to show how much fun we have working together…)

I am proud of the Stu Crew. 

Please email me at or Lynette at anytime with your feedback and suggestions. We love to hear from you! Bring on those letters!


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Diane Armitage

Rocktoberfest Rocks On for six Weeks

Credit: Skyloft

Skyloft Brawt n Bun, a Rocktoberfest specialty

While most folks think that Octoberfest begins in … ehrm … October, the event begins on the third Saturday of September every year. 

Who gets to determine this date? 

Why, Munich, Germany, of course. 

Held annually in Munich, the world’s largest beet festival begins Sept 16 and runs 18 days straight into October. 

During the citywide event, copious quantities of beer are consumed, upwards of eight million liters (more than two million gallons, or 111 gallons daily).


The Only Octoberfest To Launch Here in September - Skyloft

Here in our more prosaic parts of Orange County, most Octoberfest events do take place in October, and I’ve begun to list them on my Best of Laguna Beach calendar. 

As far as I can tell, only one Octoberfest launch began on Munich’s Sept 16 date at Skyloft in downtown Laguna Beach. 

Calling it “Rocktoberfest,” Skyloft’s Director of Operations Jonathan Moore says they chose to take the best of both worlds, with a launch party on Sept 16 and an extended Octoberfest celebration well past the date when Munich’s beer halls finally close their doors to clean their floors. 

“We’re running our Rocktoberfest food and drink specials all the way to Halloween,” says Moore. 

“It’s really our way of saying ‘thanks’ to all our locals and regulars who’ve made it through the summer with us. 

“We always have daily and weekly specials here, but Rocktoberfest lets us add more fun to the mix with a spotlight on our rare craft beers, Octoberfest food items like Chef Arthur’s Brawt & Bun, and new rock bands every Thursday night.


Rocktoberfest Coupons Coming in the Mail

Rocktoberfest beer and food specials will run all day and night through the next six weeks. 

Specially selected rock bands will be performing every Thursday evening at Skyloft, including regional favorites The West Coast Party Crashers, Video Star and SEGA Genecide.

Skyloft postcards with Rocktoberfest “gift card” coupons are arriving in Laguna Beach mailboxes, but interested patrons can also pull down a one-time gift card at the restaurant’s website to use during the six-week event: 


Lederhosen Wearers Unite!

One last note for those of you with lederhosen stuffed away in your dresser drawers. (I know you’re out there.) 

Throughout the entire six-week Rocktoberfest celebration, wear your lederhosen on Friday or Saturday night to get into Skyloft without a cover charge. How’s that for local love? 


Diane Armitage is the best-selling author of the book,

The Best of Laguna Beach, and offers a cornucopia of ideas and upcoming events at her blog,

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required

Sign-up online:

949-923-2235. Parking: $3 


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Fitness Hike at Canyon View

Thu, Sept 21

8:30 a.m.- 11 a.m.

REMINDER: This is a strenous, fast-paced hike. 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: Begin at Wood Canyon Trail off Canyon Vistas in Aliso Viejo. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go Northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22100 region of Canyon Vistas). Wood Canyon Trail starts as a paved sidewalk between a neighborhood park and tree-lined easement, then becomes dirt trail into the canyon. For questions call: 949-497-8324 M-F or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free.



Aliso and Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


No Events at this time.


Crystal Cove State Park

Tidepool Volunteers

Tue, Sept 19, 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for a volunteer orientation at the Ocean
Institute in Dana Point. Volunteers help the public identify organisms, remind them of the rules, and provide information about this fragile environment.

If interested please contact


Sea Glass Jewelry 

Wed, Sept 20, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Learn the art of wire-wrapping sea glass in the Education Commons in Crystal Cove State Park Historic District. Turn a found item into a beautiful
piece of jewelry. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then
walk across the street or take the shuttle.) $15 day use fee.

Movietime at Susi Q 

Filmmaker Kathryn Kramer (Irvine Valley College’s 2017 Emeritus Teacher of the Year) presents her ninth year of featuring recent global cinema at Susi Q. The series continues thru Oct 31 and takes place each Tues from 12:30–3:20 p.m. 

For a fee of $20, students can enjoy a mix of recent releases and overlooked indies or classics with the theme, “The past is still with us.” All the characters possess some baggage, whether self-made or inherited.

From period dramas to heavy dramas, comedy, thrillers, and foreign films, the course covers a wide variety of genres.

9/19 - Ida 2013 Poland 82 min. Won 67 awards, including the Oscar for Foreign Film.

9/26 - The Descendants 2011 USA 115 min. Stars George Clooney, directed by Alexander Payne, won 67 awards.

10/3 - Flame and Citron 2008 Denmark 130 min. Directed and co-written by Ole Christian Madsen (Prague), Stars Mads Mikkelsen. Won nine awards. Warning: More violent than average selections.

10/10 - Brassed Off! 1996 UK 103 min. This surprise winner of 10 awards stars Ewan McGregor, Tara Fitzgerald, and Pete Postlethwaite. Rom-Com-Drama. 

10/17 - Made in Britain 1982 UK 76 min. Tim Roth stars as an unruly skinhead in Act Two of his life, condensed to a week in the David Leland (Mona Lisa) teleplay. 

10/24 - Moliere 2007 France 120 min. Written and directed by Laurent Tirard, film imagines a missing chapter in the playwright’s life, stars Romain Duris, Laura Morante, and Ludivine Sagnier. 

10/31 - The Conjuring 2013 USA 112 min. Paranormal investigators help a terrorized family. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as the true-life couple. Warning: More intense than The Exorcist. 

Register at  “Emeritus” or phone (949) 451-5555 Course: English 435: Film Genres Emeritus #68180. Laguna Beach Community Center, 380 Third St.


Volume 9, Issue 76                                                                        September 22, 2017

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Past Polls

Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

Parking is Free!

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Hearing Screenings

2nd Thurs | 1:30-3:30pm | Free

Hearing screening and consultationwith audiologist Dr. Rose-Marie Davisincludes complimentary hearing aid cleaningand minor repairs. Call 949-464-6645to schedule an appointment.

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.

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: 

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.

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: 949-464-6645

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) 715-8104

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

Parking is Free!

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


*NEW* Living Well with Cancer Support Group

2nd & 4th Tue | 10-11:30am | Free

A caring support group open to individuals over 50 touched by any type of cancer. For more information, reach out to facilitator Sandra Weiss at 949-499-5293 or email her at 

*NEW* Ties That Bind Men’s Group

Fridays | 11am-12:30pm | Free

For men 50+, get support from the general stress of everyday living and any other issues affecting your well-being. Open group, drop-ins welcome. Contact facilitator Clint Christie, M.A. at 949-715-8104 for details.

Care Management

Mon – Fri | 9am- 5pm |

Saturday (apt. only) | 9am – 1pm


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 1:30-2:30pm

$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. 

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!

Interpreting Current Events 

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 & 3rd Mon | 9am- Noon | Free

Providing 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 949-464-6645 for an appointment.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

Parking is Free!

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


Free Legal Clinic

Seaside Legal Services

Providing professional legal assistance to seniors age 55+ who cannot afford counsel. Attorney’s Jane Fulton and Leslie Lindgren provide help and/or referrals for family law; health-related issues; consumer problems; conservatorships; housing; elder abuse; bankruptcy; wills and power of attorney. Must be an OC resident with proof of residency. Call first to make an appointment, 949-715-8104. No walk-ins.

Contemporary Short Story Seminar

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 2 – 4 pm

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, and HIPAA authorizations 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 11:30am-2:30pm at the Susi Q. If interested, please contact Penny Joseph at

Tabletop Treasures

Every other Monday | 9am – Noon (check the front desk for schedule)

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.

Heart to Heart

Join Laguna residents and facilitator Kay Wenger, LMFT, in a supportive atmosphere where concerns, coping skills, and helping tips are shared. This free ongoing group meets every Monday 10-11:30 a.m.

Open Game Room

Wednesdays | 12:30-4:30pm 

Game day fun including Scrabble, Mahjongg and other board games .

Needle Arts Guild 

The Susi Q Community Needle Arts Guild meets on the last Friday of every month at 1 pm creating handmade items for local organizations. 

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Join us the first Wednesday of every month from 1-3 p.m. for an informational meeting and informal discussion.  Strategies will be shared for dealing with loved ones who are affected by the disease.

Table 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!

Off-season transit hours 

Laguna Beach Transit off-season hours are as follows:  

Coastal Trolley: Friday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Neighborhood Trolleys in Top of the World, Arch Beach Heights and Bluebird Canyon: Monday through Thursday 6:40 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Neighborhood Service to North and South Laguna: Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

For more information visit the City’s website at

City Hall

Committee Meetings - Etc.

. . . 

Tue, Sept 19

Environmental Sustainability Committee Meeting

6 p.m.

Community & Susi Q Center

Wed, Sept 20

Planning Commission Meeting

6 p.m.

City Council Chambers

Mon, Sept 25

Arts Commission Meeting

5:30 p.m.

City Council Chambers

Tue, Sept 26

Joint Meeting- City Council and Arts Commission

4 p.m.-5 p.m.

City Council Chambers 

Tue, Sept 26

City Council Meeting

6 p.m. 

City Council Chambers

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