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A Note from Shaena

Stu is smiling down

I’ve always loved numbers. As a young child, I collected NBA basketball cards – I had thousands and thousands of them – and would study the backs of my cards (where all the players’ stats were) with freakish intensity. I would rattle off said stats like a machine – at family functions, church gatherings, you name it. B.J. Armstrong, Danny Ainge, Manute Bol...these were a few of my favorites in 1992.

Nowadays, I study Google Analytics…readership stats for Stu News. I pull and analyze reports daily, often three or four times daily. Sometimes 10 times a day. Within these reports, I am able to see our precise readership – down to a single unique reader – in a particular time span. 

I can see what our top cities by readership are (Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, and Los Angeles – in that order); the average time readers spend on Stu News; which stories are being shared most on social media; the percentage of readers that are accessing us from computers vs. mobile devices (40 vs. 60 percent). Lots and lots of interesting data, that when unwound, can help us plan for the future.

Stu and I used to revel in these stats together. I would call him mid-day on Tuesdays and Fridays (not before noon though because Stu liked to work late on deadline days and sleep in the day after!) and go over our readership for the day, how things were shaping up that issue. We would talk about the headlines and why we thought certain ones stuck more with readers than others.

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Stu is smiling down…

I know Stu was looking down proud when I pulled our stats on Monday. We now have over 26,000 unique readers monthly, with more than 2,000 brand new, regular readers in just the last few months!

What does ‘unique readers’ mean? That’s the number of unique individuals (well, IP addresses, to be more technical) reading us this month – what I would liken to our circulation. If you come back 100 times in a month, you’re only counted once in that stat. We’ve been growing our unique readership by 15-20 percent every year since we started.

Perhaps even more impressive, though, is that half of these unique readers come back eight plus times per month, per Google. And actually, 13 percent of our readers come back 100 plus times per month. No joke.

What’s the cause of all this perpetual, ongoing growth? Really great community content, of course!

We have such an amazing editorial team – led by our “one in a billion” Editor Lynette Brasfield – a team that is helping us continue the legacy Stu left… local news with a heart.

We’ve been fortunate to add some great new writers and features that are really resonating with readers too. Our Laguna Life & People features are driving a ton of traffic, and we’ve also had a bunch of new email sign-ups this month that came to us through social media.

Ultimately, we thank YOU – our readers, the community – for reading us and for giving us so much great news to report on in the first place.

We all feel so fortunate to get to wake up every day and do what we do in a community we love so much.

And to get to stay connected to Stu every day through what we do too.

Thank you, Laguna, for believing in and trusting us.


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 and Lynette

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Eagles famed songwriter set for intimate concert Dec 2 (only 12 tickets remain!)

Jack Tempchin and Glenn Frey were best friends for a long time before either became world-famous, Jack as a hit songwriter and Glenn, the founding member of the Eagles. Jack is celebrating that decades-long friendship, along with many, many songs spooled between the two friends, with a special concert at Mozambique on Sat, Dec 2.

Only 12 Tickets Left!

The concert, titled “Peaceful, Easy Feeling,” is one of just a handful of small concerts that Tempchin will be performing in the country. Last Friday, just 50 tickets were available for the intimate setting in Mozambique’s speakeasy, The Durban Room, on Sat, Dec 2. Now, just about 12 tickets remain, priced at $40. Tickets can be purchased here 

It All Started at a Hippie Crash Pad

The friendship between Tempchin and Frey first sparked back in 1970 when Frey, then a member of the duo Longbranch Pennywhistle, spent a San Diego night at Jack’s well-known house and candle factory, a beloved hippie crash pad. 

Two years later, at his friend Jackson Browne’s L.A. home, Jack played Glenn a new song he had written about a waitress in El Centro called “Peaceful Easy Feeling.” 

So enthralled was Frey by the tune that he recorded it on cassette tape, telling Jack that he had formed a new band eight days earlier, and wanted to play it for them.

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Jack Tempchin

That band was the Eagles. The song became one of The Eagles’ most beloved hits, a triumph Jack attributed more to the band than the songwriter.

When Glenn chose another one of Jack’s songs for the Eagles (one of the five best break up songs of all time in my opinion) – “Already Gone” – it also became a major hit. Written in what Jack refers to as “20 drunken minutes in the back room of a San Diego State coffee-house” after he had been stood up by yet another waitress, it was a country song in Jack’s head and a rock song in Frey’s head. When Jack heard Frey’s version, he didn’t complain. 

Writing International Hits “El Blurto” Style

Now with two hits emerging from their alliance, the timeless magic of Frey singing Tempchin’s songs was undeniable. So, when the Eagles broke up (on stage in front of thousands of fans) in 1980, Frey found himself faced with the formidable challenge of making a solo album in their wake. 

He called Jack. 

Together they tailor-made their decade-defining song “You Belong to The City” for TV’s Miami Vice, as well as the 1991 gem, “Part of You, Part of Me,” written for the movie Thelma & Louise

They also wrote “Smuggler’s Blues,” “The One You Love,” “I Found Somebody,” “Lover’s Moon,” “Soul Searchin’,” “I Did It for Your Love” and “True Love.”
All of these and more emerged from their unique songwriting collaboration which they dubbed “El Blurto,” a name which, Jack explains, referred to their philosophy of “blurting out anything, typing it up, then editing and refining it the next morning over coffee.” 

The song, “You Belong To The City” was “blurted” out when Jack and Glenn were sent a tape of the show before it had yet aired. After watching the pilot, they wrote the song in less than an hour. 

An Entire Album Dedicated to his Buddy, Glenn

As a solo artist, Jack Tempchin has recorded 12 of his own albums. As one of the most prolific songwriters in America, Jack has also written giant hits for a number of artists, including George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits, Glen Campbell, Jackson Browne, Dwight Yoakam, Linda Ronstadt, Tanya Tucker, and many more. 

His most famous non-Eagles hit, first recorded by the Kings, was “Swaying to The Music (Slow Dancing),” a giant hit for Johnny Rivers.

Now comes Peaceful Easy Feeling – The Songs of Jack Tempchin on Blue Elan Records. (It’s his fourth album in 24 months!) 

A poignant tribute to his fabled friendship with his “musical brother,” Frey, it features Jack’s own renditions of 12 of their songs, performed solo and with guest vocalists Rita Coolidge, Janiva Magness, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen.

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Concert

On Dec 2, you have the chance to hear this music live from one of the most gifted modern songwriters of our time…but you’d better act very quickly!

Tickets can be purchased here

See you there!


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 Willow

Thu, Nov 23

8:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Remember: This hike is strenuous and fast-paced. Please be sure you can maintain a 16-minute mile. 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 (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.

Parking: $3/vehicle.


Restoration Stewardship

Tue, Nov 28

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

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for a morning of invigorating habitat restoration work in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Help us create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will assist with various activities, including removal of non-native plants, seed collection, planting of native plants or trash pick-up. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. Close toed shoes and pants are recommended. Bring water, a hat, and sunscreen for sun protection. Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy! Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). Online reservations required: For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free for volunteers!



Aliso and Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park 


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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


Volume 9, Issue 93                                                                        November 21, 2017

Are you in favor of a long-term pedestrian plaza at Park Avenue?
Are you in favor of a long-term pedestrian plaza at Park Avenue?
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!

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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!

City Hall

Committee Meetings - Etc.

. . . 

Tue, Nov 21

Environmental Sustainability Committee Meeting

6 p.m.

Community & Susi Q Center 


Mon, Nov 27

Arts Commission Meeting

5:30 p.m.

City Council Chambers 

Crystal Cove State Park


Sea Glass Jewelry 

Wed, Nov 22, 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.


Beachside Chat

Sat, Nov 25, Noon- 3 p.m.

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at the Historic District Education Commons where Park
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, Nov 26, 9 a.m.

Autumn is an exciting time to learn about our local nature. Join park naturalists on a family nature hike 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.


Coastal Geology Walk

Sun, Nov 26, 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.

Visit several diverse and geologically outstanding sites which all display a story from a different geologic time. Meet at Los Trancos lot at the trailer (PCH turn inland at stoplight “Los Trancos”). $15.00 day-use parking fee

“Waves of Freedom” named as theme of 52nd Patriots Day Parade: note deadlines for entries and ads 

On Sat, March 3, 2018, the 52nd Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade will fill the parade route with “Waves of Freedom,” the newly announced theme. This theme applies to the Laguna Beach community on many levels. Laguna is located on the Pacific coast, so waves have always been a part of residents’ lives.  

Additionally, the flag waving above the shore at Monument Point is an iconic image of LB. That image reminds all how freedom has grown in the nation since its founding in 1776. 

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

“Waves of Freedom” theme of 2018 Patriots Day Parade

Beginning with the Bill of Rights in our Constitution, citizens can trace ‘waves of freedom’ through its amendments, for example, the right to due process, the abolition of slavery, and the granting of voting rights to women and minorities.  

Waves ebb and flow and that is why the organizers of the parade believe that the many freedoms in the republic should be treasured and never taken for granted.

The Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade is funded by program advertising and donations. The advertising deadline is January 8, 2018 and the entry deadline is January 12.

For further information, phone Sandi Werthe at (949) 494-6016 or email

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