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A note from Stu 


Fonda Eaton

If you don’t know her, Fonda Eaton has been writing a comfort food recipe and story weekly in our Laguna Dining section: Laguna Stew.

Actually, Fonda has been a foodie writer for newspapers that I have edited for more than fifteen years.

The other day she called me to let me know she’s thinking of no longer writing for us.

When I asked her why, I was surprised when she said, “I don’t think anyone likes my stories or my recipes.”

I asked her what made her jump to that conclusion:

“No one says a word to me anymore.”

OK – Fonda might be a very ‘different’ person, but I find her entertaining and I don’t want her to say so long. (I also get to enjoy her cooking now and then when she just shows up and warms up something she has just fixed that she knows I would go nuts over – or she invites me to join her friends from time to time.)

Do you read and like Fonda’s efforts? Does it matter to you if she stays or goes?

Let me know – I appreciate it!  

Just email:


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Diane Armitage

Festival begins decadent wine & chocolate nights

Beginning next Thursday, July 9, and running through the end of August, the Festival of Arts will again be featuring its “Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate” evenings.  

I’m not sure that this event needs a lot of salesmanship. When you have art, live jazz, wine and chocolate at your disposal for two full hours, life can’t get much better. 

It happens every Thursday night through the festival season from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This year, you’ll be sampling a variety of Kendall Jackson wines, each of which is expertly paired with a variety of high end chocolates from XAN Confections. 

As you enjoy your chocolates and wine, you have free run of the Festival grounds to peruse art from 140 California-based artists. 

Meanwhile, different jazz ensembles entertain weekly. (On July 9, it’s Steve Oliver, a fantastically talented acoustic guitarist and soul/blues singer.) If you’re more interested in sitting and sipping vs. walking through the art show, limited reserved seating is available for the jazz at an additional $25 per person. Call (800) 487-3378 to reserve your chairs. 

The Wine & Chocolate events are $15 per person (you must be 21) in addition to your Festival of Arts admission. The Festival is always free to Laguna Beach residents and military. Otherwise, General Admission on Thursday evenings is $7 or $4 for students and seniors. 


A published writer and marketing agency owner for 30 years, Diane Armitage authors the popular blog, 

and the newly revised: The Best of Laguna Beach: The Travelers’ and Residents’ Guide. She is a regular contributor to StuNewsLaguna

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


July 2 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. 

July 4 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 naturalist volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve.  


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


July 5 Sun Independence Weekend Hike 8:30-10:30 a.m. Celebrate American independence by getting into the wilds of OC. Experience the way Californians lived in the late 1700s when the people of the U.S. were working to free themselves from the “crown.” Enjoy a hike under the oak canopy of Wood Canyon and explore Wood Creek. This is a 2-mile (150-ft. elevation gain) hike for ages 8 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. Parking: Free. 

July 9 Thur Fitness Hike at Canyon View 8:30-11 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, moderately 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.


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Blue Whale Watching Discovery Cruise on Sunday

Blue whale watching season has begun in Southern California; join Ocean Institute scientists in the search for the world’s largest animal! The Ocean Institute will offer Blue Whale Watching Discovery Cruises which takes participants to the feeding grounds of the great blues. For ages 8+; under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Upcoming dates: July 5, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, September 5, 6, 20 & 27, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Institute marine biologists lead the cruises aboard the Sea Explorer, which makes use of equipment such as an acoustic array, plankton nets, video microscopes and a sediment sampler.

Cost: $35 adults, $22 child (age 4-12). For more information, call (949) 496-2274. 

Crystal Cove State Park

Join a summer campfire program on Fridays, 7/3, 7/10, & 7/17, 7/24, & 7/31 at 7 p.m. and learn about all the recreational fun available at Crystal Cove State Park and some of the unique plants and animals that call it home.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. 

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 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, & 7/27 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 July 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 10-4. Step back in time as the Education Commons comes to life with fun, historical activities for the whole family. Learn to sketch or dance, 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.

Adventure sail onboard the schooner Spirit of Dana Point

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The Ocean Institute will offer Adventure Sails onboard its schooner Spirit of Dana Point. Join the crew to help raise sail, handle lines, and steer the ship, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the majesty of sailing the seas aboard a tallship.

Upcoming dates: Saturday, July 11, August 15, 2 – 4:30 p.m. 

Cost is $40 adults, $23 for children ages 4-12 and includes admission to the Ocean Institute. (Members: $36 adults, $21 children.) For additional information, call (949) 496-2274 or visit

The Ocean Institute is open to the public on weekends, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visitors can enjoy ongoing exhibits, view hundreds of living ocean animals, and witness shark and jelly feedings. Cost is $6.50 adults, $4.50 children. Or, with the purchase of a membership, a family can enjoy year-round free admission, benefit from member-only events and receive discounts on all other programs.


Volume 7, Issue 52                                                                                    July 3, 2015

Imagine for a moment that you wake up tomorrow and could become a Laguna Beach City Councilmember. Would you be up for the job?
Imagine for a moment that you wake up tomorrow and could become a Laguna Beach City Councilmember. Would you be up for the job?
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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

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Women’s Health Education Workshop

Thursday │7/9│ 12:30-2 p.m. │ Free 

Breast cancer and cervical health information. Learn common risk factors, and early detection methods, important facts. Find out where you can get free mammograms, breast exams and pap tests. There will be prizes!

Breast Cancer and Cervical Health Workshop

Thursday | 7/9 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Free

An experienced health educator will provide the latest information on breast and cervical cancer and discuss most common risk factors, and early detection methods, important facts and prizes!

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

A social group for Laguna’s LGBT community and friends.

Drum Circle

Mon | 7/6, 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.

Fall Prevention

Tue | 6/23-8/11 | 1:30-2:30pm  

$96 series

Thur  | 6/25-8/13 | 2-3pm  

$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 | 7/15, 7/16, 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

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

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!

Play Along: Ukulele

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

Beginning Ukulele Players

Thur | 9-10am |

$50/series or $5 drop in – Drop-ins welcome! Instructor: Tom Joliet

Intermediate Ukulele

Wed | 9 -10am |

$50/series or $5 drop in – Drop-ins welcome! Instructor:  Jack Morse

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.

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 3

City Hall Closed

Independence Day Observed


Monday, July 6

Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee

Community Center – 5:30

View Restoration Committee

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, July 8

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Thursday, July 9

Economic Development/ Business Assistance


Conference Room A – 3 p.m.

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.



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