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A note from Stu 


Are you ready for some Gina’s Pizza?

This coming Friday from noon until two o’clock, we will be hosting a new concept for our ‘community get togethers’ at Gina’s at Boat Canyon Dr. in North Laguna.

We have enjoyed our Friday coffee gatherings for over two years and are changing to meet once every three weeks with a ‘different’ menu.

Join Shaena, others of the Stu News crew, and yours truly on Friday and enjoy some off-the-record conversation and meet some fellow Lagunans.

The more the merrier and the pizza and soft drinks are on us!

Plenty of free parking is available in the Pavilions lots on both levels.


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Diane Armitage

Big wine and food fest right around the corner

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the upcoming Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival here in Stu News, and the event has just been expanding since then. 

The bulk of this “first annual” event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20 and 21 at the Newport Beach Civic Center.

This is quite a culinary kick-up from the usual food festival type of event. Many of the most touted OC restaurant chefs will be showing off their wares and participating in cooking demonstrations. All net proceeds from the Festival, along with donations from live and silent auctions, will benefit Project Hope Alliance and HOAG Hospital’s Circle 1000. 

Culinary Extravaganza

Termed a “culinary Extravaganza,” the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival now boasts 32 chefs, including Bravo’s Rick Bayless and Richard Blais; Las Vegas top Chef Rick Moonen; and six of our leading chefs here in Laguna Beach from Driftwood/The Deck (Chef Rainer Schwarz), The Montage (chefs Casey Overton, Craig Strong and Lee Smith), Selanne (Chef Josh Severson), and even newest Chef Chris Tzorin from Tortilla Republic

At this writing, there are at least 10 chef cooking demonstrations scheduled each day (Sat and Sun), with book signings and the jazz stage filled with notable names. 

And, if two days of culinary craftery isn’t enough for you, there are VIP foodie parties bookending the weekend that are offered as separate ticketed events, too. On Friday, a kickoff party at RED O in Newport will be hosted by Chef Rick Bayless. On Sunday evening, the festival sojourns to Café Jardin at the Sherman Library & Gardens with a hosted party by Chef Pascal. 

Ticket sales are ripping right along and there is a cutoff at a certain number to ensure that guests receive plenty of VIP love all weekend long. Go to: NewportWineAndFood.com to purchase online!  


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

Woman of the Year luncheon on Sept 19 – only a few tix left

An elegant, yet understated luncheon reflecting the personality of Cheryl Kinsman, the 2014 Woman of the Year, will be held Friday, Sept 19 at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach.

The event, honoring the long-time Laguna Beach resident and community champion, is open to the public. Tickets are $35 per person, $30 for Woman’s Club Members and tables are available for $240. RSVP by today, Sept 12 www.WCLB.org.

The event will be catered by Sapphire, beginning with appetizers on the patio at 11:30 followed by lunch, featuring grilled, marinated salmon, at noon.

Since 1995, the Woman’s Club has annually honored a local woman for her consistent, community volunteer service. Members of the Woman’s Club nominate candidates and a final selection is made by the members’ secret ballot.

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


Sept 13 Sat California Native Plant & Wildflower Hike 8-11 a.m.Learn to identify native plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate but fast-paced, steep and rocky, 4.8-mile hike (700-ft. elevation gain). Ages 12 and up.  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Donation: $2/person.

Sept 14 Sun Searching the Summer Wilderness 8:30-10:30 a.m. Join Resource Specialist Laura Cohen on a walk to Barbara’s Lake and see what is happening in the park during the late summer. What animals can we see or hear?  What do plants do in the late summer?  Ages 7 and up.  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Donation: $2/person. Sept 18 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 (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area. Donation: $2/person. 


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Sept 16 Tue Book Hike 8-10 a.m. Engage your brain along with your body on a 4-mile hike in beautiful Aliso & Wood Canyon while we share our favorite books. Come prepared to contribute a title or two and leave with the anticipation of some great new reads as well as a relaxed and exercised body. Led by a LCF volunteer naturalist & reader. Elevation gain 300 ft. on terrain that can be uneven and rocky. A hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, water and snack are recommended. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. Donation: $2/person.


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Toastmasters hosting fall open house meetings at Library 

Laguna Beach Toastmasters are continuing to host open house meetings this fall at the city library. The public speaking club is recruiting new members from the community and the public is welcome. Meetings are every Monday from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

All open house events are free. Local Toastmasters demonstrate how a meeting is conducted and answer questions. Free parking is available just west of the library.

Research has shown that most Americans are fearful of public speaking. For over 90 years, the Toastmasters program has helped people overcome these fears by giving speeches and practicing impromptu speaking.

Joining Toastmasters is an inexpensive and effective way to become a better speaker. In Orange County, thousands of people belong to a network of community clubs.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the open house events, and those with limited speaking experience are especially welcome.

For more information, contact Librarian Jon Gilliam at the Laguna Library at (949) 497-1733, or Gilliom@occr.ocgov.com or John Barry, Toastmasters (714) 457-2279 or jpbarry05@yahoo.com.

Crystal Cove State Park


Love birds, but need help with identification?  Join Crystal Cove State Park birders on a guided summer bird walk and look for the locals and the fall migrants on both the inland and coastal areas of the park on Saturday, Sept 13 at 8 a.m.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre. 

Take a walk through the renovated 12-acre Historic Districtat Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, Sept 13 at 10 a.m.  Learn about the colorful past of the Cove and hear about the different uses for each cottage.  Park at Los Trancos parking lot then cross PCH at the signaled intersection and walk across the marked pathways towards the historic district to the first cottage #34 on top of the hill.

Discover the new Environmental Study Loop at Crystal Cove State Park on Citizen Science Saturdays Sept 13 & 27 from 11-2 when a park interpreter will be available to talk and teach, about some of the different Citizen Science opportunities available at the eight science field stations.   Meets at the Berns Amphitheatre.

Summer is a wonderful time to learn about our local nature. Join a park naturalist on a family hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Sundays, September 14 & 28 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. 

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity each Wednesday (9/17, & 9/24) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 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. (Park in the Los Trancos lot then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)

Crystal Cove State Park is searching for new tidepool volunteers.  Please join us for a volunteer orientation on Wednesday, Sept 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the new Lifeguard Facility in Laguna Beach.  Volunteers help the public identify organisms, remind them of the rules, and provide information about this fragile environment.  If interested contact Winter.Bonnin@parks.ca.gov


Volume 6, Issue 73                                                                        September 12, 2014

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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

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 third Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Call to register: 497-2441

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.

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.

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!

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 Medicare Answers & Assistance

2nd & 4th Thursday, Monthly 10-2

The Susi Q has partnered with the Council on Aging to offer free Health Insurance Counseling. Call today for an appointment.

Contemporary Short Story Discussion Group

Second and fourth Tuesdays

2 – 4 p.m.

Members will take turns leading discussions of selected stories from “The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction”. Contact Alison King, Ph. D. for more information: (714) 608-1322 or email her at: aking@csusm.edu

Intermediate Ballroom Dancing Available Monday afternoons

Join us every Monday afternoon for ballroom dancing. Intermediate lessons are from 2-3.  Each session costs $7. 

Couples and singles are welcome.  

Be sure to wear appropriate shoes.

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.

More Susi Q events below

Appointments to DRB – applications available now

The City Council is accepting applications for the Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board (DRB) to appoint three members and one alternate member for terms that will extend through January 31, 2017. The interviews and appointments are generally held in October of each year; however, due to the elections the interviews and appointments will be held on Jan 6, 2015, at 6 p.m., by the City Council at their regular meeting in the Council Chambers. 

The terms of the three Board members whose terms expire Jan 31, 2015, will be extended to March 31, 2015, and the newly selected Board members terms will begin on April 1, 2015. Councilmembers request that applicants attend at least two current meetings of the Board prior to the interviews.

The DRB is a five-member body with one alternate member appointed by the City Council for the purpose of considering requests for variances from the zoning code. Board members serve a two-year term and are compensated in the amount of $324 per month. The Board meets bi-monthly.

A substantial time commitment of approximately 10 hours per week is necessary to be a Board member. In addition to the bi-monthly meetings, Board members are expected to visit the sites and review the plans of projects prior to the meeting. The Board acts on an average of 15 items per meeting. 

It is desirable to have or be able to acquire certain skills or aptitudes, such as the ability to understand and conceptualize architectural drawings, and to visualize building mass and volumes based upon on-site staking plans. Experience in the building trades, architecture, historic preservation, landscaping, planning and/or real estate would be an asset.

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in applying should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or on-line at the City’s web site, www.lagunabeachcity.net and file it by Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014, at 5 p.m. Questions may be directed City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker’s office at 497-0705.

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

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 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 & 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.

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc. 


Monday, September 15

Heritage Committee

Council Chambers – 6 p.m. 


Tuesday, September 16

City Council 

Council Chambers – 6 p.m. 



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