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A Note from Lynette 

What a weekend!

At Stu News, we try to cover as many activities as possible, but some weekends provide more of a challenge than others, and this last weekend was busy even by Laguna standards. 

The Brooks St Classic took place; there was an anti-bullying and Peace Vigil on the Main Street Cobblestones; at The Ranch, the Glennwood Gala folks celebrated the seventh year since closing escrow on their property; the Plein Air Painting Invitational was in full swing; 12 Angry Men debuted at the Playhouse; and the Lagunatics cast was rehearsing madly at NoSquare for their opening night this coming Friday Oct 13– and also, one of our writers was busy covering an extraordinary event, a Coffin Escape Race (more in our next edition).

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Photo by Scott Brashier

Shaena (owner/publisher) and Lynette (editor/writer) at the Glennwood Gala

I doubt if I’ve mentioned half of what was happening in our town these last few days, with restaurants and art galleries and, of course, the beach also buzzing with activity.

We love the challenge, but because we can’t be everywhere, we really appreciate your press releases telling us the what, where, when and who of your events, accompanied where possible by photographs.

Just send them to Lynette@stunewslaguna.com, as I handle editorial duties.

And please also send us letters about your views on issues that affect our lives in Laguna. 

We love to hear from you!

We Love Laguna and We Love What We Do!

And we’re having fun doing it thanks to you, our readers! 

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Shaena & Lynette

Diane Armitage

Janice Freeman’s Journey Continues This Monday on NBC’s The Voice

A few weeks ago, I trumpeted the fact that NBC’s The Voice had discovered our own Laguna Voice’s Janice Freeman and asked her to audition in front of their celebrity coaches. 

Last spring, LA-based Janice performed regularly at Mozambique’s Tuesday night singing contest (Laguna Voice) and, aside from bringing down the house on every performance, she won every time. 

The weekly show is regularly streamed live from Mozambique’s website, and more producers and casting directors are finding their way to that live stream to observe the phenomenal talent. The producers behind The Voice were quick to choose Janice. 

Success in her initial audition

Each season, more than 100,000 people line up for a chance to sing on The Voice, TV’s #1 show across the board. In the Voice, singers square off for a coveted recording contract as they are mentored by one of four celebrity musicians. The fact that The Voice producers allowed Janice to “jump to the front of the line” for an audition was a great sign. 

On Monday, Sept 25, Janice Freeman did, indeed, audition and, as we all hoped and expected, the celebrity chairs turned for her. The coaches fought valiantly to win her to their own teams. 

I had trotted up to her “audition party” in L.A. that evening and, with Janice and at least 100 friends in the room, cheered as those chairs turned for her.

Janice chose Miley Cyrus to be her coach, (who, after turning her chair for Janice, stood on her judge’s chair in her giant high heels, mouth agape, as Janice finished singing her song.) 

Photo credit: Marcus Redd

Now, Janice performs in the Battle Rounds next Monday!

It’s been days and days of televised auditions these last two weeks, but the show is finally ready to move on. Each coach has his or her own brood of singers now, and the next round begins on Monday, Oct 16, as the coaches pit their own singers against each other in Battle Rounds to whittle down the numbers.  Once again, the producers have chosen to put Janice in the opening rounds on Monday. 

How can we continue to support Janice Freeman?

It’s been a long and somewhat rocky road for Janice, and no spotlight is more deserved. She’s an extraordinary talent and an indomitable spirit. But she can’t do this alone. 

Even though fans are not actively voting for their favorite singers at this point, it’s important that we show fan support in other ways. As it turns out, it all adds up for the coaches as they consider which singers to remove from their teams.  

For starters, watch or tape the show! It’s on NBC at 8 p.m.

Please follow Janice at her social handles, Instagram.com/janicefreeman and Facebook.com/JaniceFreemanLive

And – very important - spend the $2 at ITunes to purchase the song she sings in the Battle Round this Monday evening. 

Gut forecast: Exceptional

You know how you just have a gut feeling about something great? I’ve got that gut feeling about Janice. Please. Tune in, turn on, buy the tune.

Let’s show Janice Freeman some true Laguna Beach 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, LagunaBeachBest.com

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required

Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities

949-923-2235. Parking: $3 

 

Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park

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California Native Plant and Uses

Tue, October 10

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

Learn about the many fascinating uses of California native plants during the pre-mission period, on this 2-mile hike (490-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain. This hike will focus on plants used historically for tools, food and building materials. For ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right.) For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.

 

Fitness Hike at Ridge Park

Thu, Oct 12

8:30  a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this moderate, fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike (700-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Please assess your fitness level as this is a very strenuous hike. Be sure you can maintain a 16 minute mile. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.) For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free.

 

Nursery and Plant Care

Sat, Oct 14

8 a.m.-11 a.m.

Join us at our native plant nursery as we care for native plants from their seed stage to their mature, ready-to-be planted stage. Volunteers may collect seeds, sow seeds in flats, bump plants up, plant at restoration sites, sterilize plant containers and/or help maintain the facilities for the plants. Gain hands-on experience with habitat restoration while working alongside other zany and interesting plant lovers! Wear closed-toe shoes, layered clothing and sun protection (hat, sunscreen). Bring water.  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road). Park and walk up the gravel trail 100 yards to get to the small native plant nursery, just before the trailers. Free parking passes will be provided for you at the nursery. Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. For questions, call 949-497-8324.

 

Geology Hike at Dilley

Sun, Oct 15

9 a.m.- Noon

Step back 25 million years in Orange County’s history to a time when the seas receded and the San Andreas Fault was just starting to form. With a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist, discover the geologic processes going on today and how they affect the natural landscape. This moderate 3-mile hike is over uneven, steep and sometimes rocky terrain with a 300-ft elevation gain. For ages 10 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right.) For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.

 

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Volume 9, Issue 82                                                                            October 13, 2017

Have you prepared a plan for your family in the event of a dangerous wildfire?
Have you prepared a plan for your family in the event of a dangerous wildfire?
You must select at least one item to vote!

Events, programs at 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: www.susiq.org

 

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: algumb@earthlink.net 

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: www.susiq.org

 

*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 scweiss@cox.net 

*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

Free

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.

Bingo 

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 susiq.org.

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: www.susiq.org

 

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: 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, 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 pennyjoseph62@gmail.com

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!

City Hall

Committee Meetings - Etc.

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Thu, Oct 12

Design Review Board 

6 p.m.

City Council Chambers

Mon, Oct 15

Heritage Committee 

6 p.m.

City Council Chambers 

Tue, Oct 17

Environmental Sustainability Committee Meeting 

6 p.m.

Community & Susi Q Center


Crystal Cove State Park

crystalcovestatepark.org

 

Sea Glass Jewelry 

Wed, Oct 11, 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.

 

Family Nature Hike 

Fri, Oct 13 9 a.m.

Autumn is an exciting time to learn about our local nature. Join park naturalists at Crystal Cove
State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use.) $15 day-use fee.

 

Field Science Saturday 

Sat, Oct 14 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Become a citizen scientist alongside Crystal Cove
Conservancy and collect data on
ecological research and monitoring projects in the park. Meet at the Berns Environmental Study Loop Amphitheater (PCH
inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use.)  $15 day-use fee.

 

Beachside Chat 

Sat, Oct 14 Noon - 3 p.m.

Naturalist Alex will host a Beachside Chat. Park
in the Los Trancos lot (PCH
inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk through the
tunnel or take the shuttle.) Day use fee: $5/per hour max. $15.

 

Family Hike

Sun, Oct 15 9 a.m.

Autumn is an exciting time to learn about our local nature. Join park naturalists at Crystal Cove
State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use.) $15 day-use fee.

 

12-acre Historic District 

Sun, Oct 15 Noon - 2 p.m.

Former life-long resident
Laura Davick will share stories about the colorful past of the Cove including the history, its rescue, and the plans for restoring the remaining 17 cottages. Park at Los Trancos parking lot then cross PCH at the signaled intersection and walk across the marked pathways and meet at the bluff top deck of the overnight rental check-in cottage. Day-use fee: $5/per hour max. $15.

Shaena Stabler is the Owner and Publisher.

Lynette Brasfield is our Editor.

Dianne Russell is our Associate Editor.

The Webmaster is Michael Sterling.

Katie Ford is our in-house ad designer.

Alexis Amaradio, Cameron Gillepsie  Allison Rael, Barbara Diamond, Diane Armitage, Laura Buckle, Maggi Henrikson, Marrie Stone, Samantha Washer and Suzie Harrison are staff writers.

Barbara Diamond, Dennis McTighe, Diane Armitage, Laura Buckle and Suzie Harrison are columnists.

Mary Hurlbut, Scott Brashier, and Aga Stuchlik are the staff photographers.

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