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A note from Stu 


We Wish You All

Happy Holidays!

And we thank all of our readers for your support and readership this past year – it has been another good year for us and we hope, you too!

Shaena Stabler

Stu Saffer

Michael Sterling

Maggi Henrikson

Katie Ford

Dennis McTighe

Samantha Washer

Diane Armitage

April Steinert

Anita Razin

Fonda Eaton

Alli Martin

Suzie Harrison

Erin Burris

Niki Smart

Scott Brashier

Mary Hurlbut

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Cliff Getz

Jay Rubin


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Diane Armitage

Jorg Dubin Ensemble at The Lumberyard tonight

I love the immense amount of local musical talent we have here in Laguna Beach.

From Carlos Santana’s nephew Adam Lasher … to Nick I’s Common Sense energy (regularly at Mozambique and now at The Deck for New Year’s) … to Stray Cats Lee Rocker and Laguna Concert Band … to the jazz and blues greats you hear at Laguna Coffee every Saturday, it’s a fabulous cornucopia of world-class talent. 

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One of the coolest trios around, though, is the Jorg Dubin Ensemble. Headed up by master artist and drummer Jorg Dubin, you have the immensely talented Rusty Gillette on the piano and Frank Shotz on an unbelievable bass kicking out the greatest jazz tunes around. 

These are extremely skilled musicians and they’ve got great personalities, to boot. These three gentlemen don’t regularly perform together as they all have “day jobs,” but they’re granting us a special holiday wish at the Lumberyard downtown this Friday, Dec. 26. 

They actually played last Friday to a happy and boisterous crowd, and I’m sure it’s only going to get happier as we’re all finally able to take a breath from the holiday rush and truly enjoy ourselves on “The Day After!”

Stop into downtown’s Lumberyard tonight from 7:30 – 10:30. I’ll see you there!


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

Bad knees or not – the LBHS Alumni Baseball game is January 3

It’s never too chilly to play baseball in Laguna and the LBHS Alumni baseball game will be played at Skipper Carrillo Field at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 3.

All baseball alumni are invited to play – just dig out your glove and spikes and that old trustworthy jock strap, stop by a batting cage someplace and plan to play ball!

Contact Suzy McInerny of the Baseball Boosters at 949-939-0361 or email her at suzymcinerny@me.com - either way, get on out there!

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


Dec 26 Fri Winter Solstice Week - Hike and Meditation 2-4:30 p.m. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. Celebrate the lengthening of the days with a slow 2.0-mile hike over sometimes steep and uneven terrain (400-ft. elevation gain) on the week of the solstice. Take a few minutes to meditate on the ridge and at the end of the hike. Bring water and good walking shoes and dress in layers, as the canyon can get cool in the evening. No experience necessary. Ages 16 and up.  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. 

Jan 1 Thur Fitness Hike at Ridge Park 8:30-11 a.m. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike (700-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Not for beginners. Hiking poles suggested. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area.  


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


See you in January!


Scroll down for events at Crystal Cove Park

California Cool; LAM’s Art Auction 2015 set for Feb 7

Laguna Art Museum’s Art Auction 2015 will take place on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

Art Auction 2015 will feature museum-curated works of art by over 100 of California’s most coveted artists, and delicious cuisine and creative cocktails from the finest local restaurants. Proceeds benefit Laguna Art Museum’s dynamic education and exhibition programs.

Auction co-chairs are Sara Heeschen and Deborah Lake. Committee members are Tina Cook, Jeannie Denholm, Vanessa Helin, Liz Kramer and Karen Morally.

Tickets are $125-$150. For tickets and more information, call 494-8971, ext. 219, or visit LagunaArtMuseum.org/ArtAuction.

Crystal Cove State Park


Winter 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 Sunday Dec 27 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.

Spend New Year’s Eve day at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Rocky Bight on Wednesday, Dec 31 at 11 a.m. when the tide ebbs to -0.1.  A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  Meet at the Historic District Visitor Center (Park in the Los Trancos lot - PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle). Day-use fee: $5/hour (max. $15).

In collaboration with the nationwide event First Day Hike and in celebration of New Year’s Day, State Park docent, Tom Eastman will lead a guided interpretive hike in the backcountry of Crystal Cove on Thursday, Jan 1 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.


Volume 6, Issue 102                                                                     December 26, 2014

As we speed headlong through the end of this month, we find ourselves on the brink of…resolutions! How about some for our City Council to do in 2015? Choose one…
As we speed headlong through the end of this month, we find ourselves on the brink of…resolutions! How about some for our City Council to do in 2015? Choose one…
You must select at least one item to vote!

Events, programs at 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: www.susiq.org

Club Q Laguna

1st and 3rd Friday | 3-5pm

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

It’s Your Estate

Call for dates: Facilitated by Peter Kote.  Providing the resources seniors need to make confident financial, estate, and charitable decisions.

Computer Assistance

Thursdays Noon-3pm and Fridays 9am – Noon. Please call ahead. One-on-one help with your laptop, smart phone, or tablet, PC & Mac/Apple, Windows 7&8.

The Alexander Technique

Mondays 1-2pm | $80. Discover healthy posture and spinal alignment for better balance. Facilitator: Sharon Jakubecy, M.

Join Our Hike

3rd Thurs | 10/16 & 11/20 | 8am | Free. Meet new hiking buddies, catch up with old friends and all while getting fit and enjoying nature! 

Photo Narratives

Wed |until 11/19 | 12-3pm |$150 pre-registration or $20 drop-in. Learn to tell stories through photographs.

Family History Workshop

Wed | until 11/19 | 3-5pm | Free. Discover your family tree.  Genealogy for beginners.  Facilitator: Beth Sand

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

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

Case Management

Mon, Wed & Fri | 8:30am- 5pm | Free

Providing links to resources that promote safety and quality of life. Call for appt.

Small Circle 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 suggestion 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 | until 11/20 | $50/series or $5 drop in – Drop-ins welcome! Instructor: Tom Joliet

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: www.susiq.org

Intermediate Ukulele

Wed | 9- 10am | until 11/19 | $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 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

Feeling The Blues?

Free Counseling!

If you are age 55+ and struggle with the blues, schedule a low-cost private session with one of our licensed therapists. You don’t have to feel lost. Call for an appointment. Se habla español

Health Insurance Counseling (HICAP)

2nd and 4th Thur | 9a.m.-1p.m. | 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.

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

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 11:30-3 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.

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: www.susiq.org

Mindful Music

Fri | 10:30am - Noon| Free Explore the power of music for brain health; raise joy and self-esteem, improve health through music and singing. Fun, interactive, singing, music with Kathy Williams. Provided through a generous grant from the Picerne Foundation.

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 & 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. 


Thursday, January 1

Friday, January 2

City Hall Closed



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