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A note from Stu 


Sound Spectrum

Pandora is my companion on deadline days – Mondays and Thursdays.

As those of you who listen to Pandora know, you can choose just about any musician that’s ever recorded an album and create a “radio station” with that artist’s tunes and those chosen by Pandora as being of a compatible mode.

My stations are:

Vonda Shepard

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Three Dog Night

North Mississippi All Stars

Buddy Guy

Johnny A.


The Susan Tedeschi Band

The Derek Trucks Band

Doug Sahm

Robert Randolph

Little Feat

and of course

Elvin Bishop 

This mix guarantees that over almost any two days, I am sure to hear retro tunes by every player I’ve ever liked – and that’s a whole lot!

Often, I get motivated enough to go buy a record to add to my road music collection.

That’s where Sound Spectrum comes in. I pick up the phone and either Jim or Wave will know exactly who and what I am talking about and in no more than two days, I can be riding down Coast Hwy with my new retro CD loud and clear.

We are fortunate to have an independent record store in town. Take advantage of it!


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Diane Armitage

Saturday sees 10 bands in a two-block radius downtown – all for free!

Several weeks ago, I began a weekly calendar of live weekly music at my blog, and this coming weekend in Laguna Beach threatens to be that addition’s undoing. There’s so much music going on! 

This coming Saturday alone, it’s a mass of music in central downtown Laguna with the KelpFest on one side, and the Blue Water Green Earth bandstand on the other. 

 Nancy Caruso’s 5th annual KelpFest runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Beach, and offers all sorts of interactive exhibits, educational booths and arts and crafts for kids. Additionally, she has an eclectic music lineup that includes:

2 Guys & a Drumbot, Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders (think Sesame Street songs about tide pools), Island Bazaar Ukelele and Rosie Morale (our own high school wonder who regularly plays Sunday mornings at Laguna Coffee).

Meanwhile, directly across from Main Beach, The Blue Water Green Earth folks are setting up a larger bandstand that afternoon in honor of Earth Day. Once again, they will be closing down Park Avenue (the diagonal street that dead ends at the library), and serious regional talents will be taking the stage, including:

Our beloved Nick I of Common Sense, Robert Jon & the Wreck (recently voted Best Live Band in the OC and no small wonder), Kenny Garcia, the Adam Lasher Band (Carlos Santana’s nephew. Trust me on this - Uncle Carlos should be proud), and Rocky’s Revival (talented folk/pop sisters Kalina and Kiana).

Then, trot just a couple blocks up the street for The Cliffs’ “encore” to the Earth Day celebration with the Salty Suites (bluegrass/country) hitting the stage at about 6 p.m. 

It’s an absolute cornucopia of live music and, even better, it’s all free! 


Diane Armitage is the author of a recently published 175-page book – “Laguna Beach’s Best” – a travel guide for locals and visitors. She writes a subjective blog found at www.LagunaBeachBest.com She is a regular contributor to StuNews

LOCA Art Club’s “salon style” event Thursday 4-6 p.m.

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) invited 12-15 artists to present works at its third installment of the LOCA Art Club. The casual “salon style” event takes place at DM Studio on Thursday April 24, 4-6 p.m. The gallery is at 1294 S. Coast Highway, suite D, at Cress Street.

Each presenting artist was requested to bring 2-4 originals, in any media. Three selected panelists will lead everyone in an open discussion about the works, its inspirations, attributes, and possible future directions for the artist. An audience of artists, industry professionals, and patrons will be present. 

The event will include wine and hospitality. Admission is free to presenting artists and LOCA members, and $20 to guests - available at the door. For more information, phone (949) 363-4700 or email LOCAarts@yahoo.com  or visit www.LOCAarts.org 

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


April 22 Tue Beginners’ Fitness Hike 9-10:30 a.m. Now is a great time to start a new fitness routine beginning with an easy 2-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain to Barbara’s Lake and back (100-ft. elevation gain). Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer and registered dietitian to learn about fitness and nutrition during this 1.5-hour hike. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water. Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. Donation: $2/person.

April 24 Thur Fitness Hike at Dilley 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 (900-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. Donation: $2/person.

April 26 Sat Long Distance Hike in the Back Country 8-11:30 a.m. Explore the beauty and diversity of two canyons, Little Sycamore and Laurel Canyon, in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 8.2-mile hike (770-ft. elevation gain) over rocky and uneven terrain. We will hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, riparian habitats, coastal sage scrub, and open grassland. Participants should be fit and able to hike long distances. For your safety and comfort bring 2-3 liters of water, a hat, a hearty snack and proper hiking shoes. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Donation: $2/person


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


April 27 Sun A Walk in the Park 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Bring the family to view the landmark Aliso Creek restoration project and search for OC’s native wildlife on the Aliso Creek Trail East. This is a 2.5-mile, level terrain, leisurely hike (50-ft. elevation gain) through riparian (near water) and grassland habitats. Ages 7 and up. Led by OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters.


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Art Along the Coast, artist’s studio and home tour April 26 & 27

On April 26 and 27 you are invited to go on a journey for an intimate glimpse into the homes and studios of 12 of Orange County finest artists. Drive at your own pace on the weekend through Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and San Clemente and be welcomed into the creative spaces of these premier artists. This no-cost tour will also provide a unique opportunity to view and acquire many works not yet seen by the public.

“Experiencing an artist’s workspace adds a whole new dimension to one’s appreciation of the art,” said event founder, Mia Moore.

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Watercolor by David Milton

Situated along the coastline, this collection of talented showcase painters, sculptors, photographers, pastel, mixed media, glass, and jewelry artists will welcome visitors with a rare behind-the-scenes peek into their lives and work spaces.

The artists included are: Paul Bond (oils), Michael Ezzell (sculpture), Lance Heck (jewelry), Nancy Holly (photography), Susan Jarecky (oils), Carolyn Machado (mixed media), David Milton (watercolors), Moore (mixed media), Troy Poeschl (mixed media), Sherry Salito-Forsen (glass), Fabrice Spies (acrylics), and Gary Zuercher (photography).

For more information, visit: artalongthecoast.com

Crystal Cove State Park


Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity Wednesdays(4/23, & 4/30) from 10-4 in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park. Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation.

Enjoy an evening presentation by Orange County bat expert Stephanie Remington on Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.  Stephanie will teach about bat benefits and their declining populations.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.

Enjoy a guided 3-5 mile backcountry hike on Saturday, April 26 at 9 a.m. and learn about the plants and animals that call Crystal Cove State Park home.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.

Raise your heart rate and look for wildflowers on this conditioning hike at Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, April 27 at 8 a.m. A docent will lead you approximately, 4.5 miles past the campground, up  ‘B.F.I.’ continuing up ‘Moro Ridge’ then down ‘East Cut Across’ back up ‘Poles’ and down ‘No Dogs’. Recommended gear: water, hat, sunglasses, snack and thick soled boots or shoes. Rain cancels. Meet at the Ranger Station.

Crystal Cove State Park is hosting a geology tour along the coastal section of the park on Sunday, April 27 from 1-3 p.m.  Visit several diverse and geologically outstanding sites which all display a story from a different.


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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

Passport to Health

Health Topic Series: Reservation required. Presented free of charge by Mission Hospital and UCI.

Thursday | 4/24| 1pm| Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Thursday | 5/1   | 2pm| Anger and Aging

Thursday | 5/22| 2pm| TBA

Thursday | 5/29 | 1pm| Brain Health

Thursday | 6/5   | 2pm| Stem Cell Research & Macular Degeneration

Conscious Aging Workshop

Saturday, April 26 - 9:30-12:30.

Facilitators: Andrea Dearheart and Mary Franz

Social Services Support

Are you a spouse caring for your loved one, an individual caring for your significant other, a son or daughter trying to coordinate services for a parent?  If you fit one of these descriptions, you are a caregiver. 

Whether or not it is side-by-side or from a distance, caregiving can affect your physical, social, and emotional well being resulting in strained relationships, physical ailments, and leave you emotionally drained.  Sometimes speaking with a professional care manager can help you balance your physical, social, and emotional well being.  

Judy Denton and Martha Hernandez, MSW, are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30-5 in the Susi Q Outreach Office and can help you make sense of your situation and recommend resources and techniques to alleviate the stressors in your care giving life. 

Club Q Laguna

A new senior LGBT social club will start as a meet and greet and evolve as participants discuss the Club’s agenda.  Meets 3-5 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Fridays monthly.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

LGBT Support Group

All new: the senior LBGT community is invited to come together the second and fourth Monday every month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to share tools and resources for living fuller lives. Facilitated by psychologist Dr. Michelle McCormick, PhD., the support group is an offshoot of our new Club Q Laguna and in collaboration with Shanti of Orange County. Please call for registration information.

Open Computer Labs

Free assistance with PCs, Internet, Windows, Facebook, smartphones, iPhone,
, or any Apple product. Offered everyday. Call for times.

Adult Hula Lessons

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. 

Instructor is Marianne Ripley.

Fridays from 1:30-2:30. A suggested donation of $3.00 per class is recommended.

Learn how to “uke” it up!

Early Intermediate Ukulele and Beginning Ukulele classes.  Learn to play this incredible instrument.  Call the Susi Q for more details.  New classes begin monthly.

Senior Yoga Class

Every Monday & Friday from 9-10

This class involves gentle stretching, joint rotation exercises and some tai-chi.  Exercises can be performed while standing or sitting.  

A $4 donation is requested per class. Instructor Pierce Shannon

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 meets every Tuesday & Friday

The Current Events Discussion Group meets every Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  The group is interested in your opinion of what is going on in the world.

The group consists of about 20 or so people who bring in an article about some event that they consider newsworthy.  Normally, each participant edits their article of interest so that the most important points can be read aloud in less than five minutes, but while you don’t have to bring an article to read in order to participate in the discussion, most people do.  A group facilitator helps to guide the discussion.

The entire community is invited to participate in this activity.


Bingo is now being played every Monday and Thursday from 10:30 – 11:30. On the third Wednesday of the month, the National Charity League sponsors “Birthday Celebration Bingo” – free to all.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

Free Estate Planning Legal Advice

Local attorney Leslie Daff is available to assist individuals with questions pertaining to the following topics: elder law, estate administration, estate planning, MediCal, and conservatorships.

Leslie Daff is available on the fourth Thursday each month from 12 - 2 p.m.

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 11:30-3:00 at the Susi Q. If interested, please contact Kathy Oliver at (949) 497-7927 or (949) 231-9235.

Monday morning Table Top Treasures

The Susi Q accepts small household items such as knick-knacks, holiday decorations, costume jewelry and other miscellaneous items on a daily basis and then sells the items on Mondays from 9 - Noon at Table Top Treasures.  All funds received from this activity sponsor a scholarship for a LBHS senior and help to pay for bingo prizes for our seniors.  

If you have any miscellaneous items that you would like to donate, please drop by the Susi Q from 9 - 3.

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. 

Monday Movie and Popcorn

12:30-3 p.m. in the Laguna Room.Free every Monday.  See the Front Desk for the current movie schedule

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Join us the first Tuesday 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 & Fri. 

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. 12:30-4 p.m. on Mon and Wed; 12:30 – 3 p.m. on Friday.

Rhythm Ride spin studio’s “Six for Five” food drive for Laguna Food Pantry

In its first five years in business, stationary bikers – or “spinners” – have flocked to Shelley Arends-Cornwell’s tidy studio on the second floor of the Village Faire building.

To mark this milestone of her business success, Shelley and her physically fit crew are holding “Six for Five”, a food drive to collect the top six most-needed non-perishable food items for the Laguna Food Pantry. 

Shelley Arends-Cornwell

The top six requested food items are canned tuna, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, pasta sauce, and cereal. Monetary donations to the Laguna Food Pantry will also be accepted at the front desk.

Andy Siegenfeld, chair of the all-volunteer Laguna Food Pantry, noted, “Our six suggested food items are especially important for the Pantry to have on hand as school breaks approach, and families whose children receive a subsidized daily meal at school will not have those to fall back on. We need to have a good stock of nutritious options that are easy to prepare.”

According to Arends-Cornwell, who has been instructing spin classes for 15 years, “We’re like a big family here at the studio. Almost everyone is active in the community and busy with lives of taking care of our kids. When I heard that the pantry gives out 2,500 pounds of food a day to our neighbors who don’t have enough, and that 20 percent of the people it feeds are children and babies, I saw an opportunity to make the studio’s fifth anniversary meaningful and helpful to folks who need it.”

Anyone may donate to Rhythm Ride’s collection box, now through April 25. The studio is located in the Village Faire building, 1100 S. Coast Highway, Suite 209A.

The Laguna Food Pantry, formerly the Laguna Resource Center, provides free, fresh, nutritious groceries to low-income households. Families are invited to shop in the Pantry’s friendly, retail-style setting once a week. Located at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road, north of the dog park, the Pantry is open from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. It is run entirely by volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome. To inquire about helping to pick up, sort and stock food items, call 497-7121 during morning operating hours. Learn more about the Laguna Food Pantry at www.lagunafoodpantry.org 

City Hall 


Tuesday, April 22

City Council

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

Downtown Specific Plan

Community Center – 6 p.m.


 Wednesday, April 23

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Thursday, April 24

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

PTC Committee

Community Center – 6 p.m.


Friday, April 25

City Manager’s

Urban Planning Coordinating Committee

Community Center – 9 a.m.

Taxpayer’s Association Annual Member Meeting

The Laguna Beach Taxpayer’s Association will hold its annual Member Meeting Saturday, April 26, at 10 a.m. 

There will be a brunch at Mare’s Culinary Lounge, 696 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. The cost is $50/person. Please RSVP to 949-910-9265 no later than Wednesday, April 23.

The guest speaker is Keith Curry; former Mayor & current City Councilman of Newport Beach; prior president Orange County Parks Commission; candidate, CA Assembly District which includes Laguna Beach.  Mr. Curry will address topics related to governmental policies on budget, tax and fiscal restraint/spending.  Discussion of concerns of Laguna Beach residents is encouraged.


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