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A note from Stu 


Beat Down Human Trafficking

I’d wager that you had no idea that human exploitation and trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the nation, behind narcotics trafficking, netting around the tidy sum of $32 billion a year.

That’s billion – with a B

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA), the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), and Chapman University have launched their online fundraising campaign with the world’s most established crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo, for the 2nd Annual “Keep Calm and Beat H.E.A.T. Rocking & Rally” on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Chapman University.

The daylong event includes a free rock concert with Stan Frazier and Murphy Karges of Sugar Ray beginning at 5:30. 

Elected officials, law enforcement, non-profits, private law firms, businesses, and private citizens have all donated to this cause and support is growing. To make a donation of any amount and to join the cause, please visit

For more information, and to RSVP on Facebook, please visit


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Diane Armitage

Nina Persson gracing Mozambique stage on Monday night

As you will see in my Dining Column this week, I’ve focused on the sizable menu of food at Mozambique Steakhouse. 

Most people in these parts know Mozambique for its great live music, too, and I have to say – the talent they pull in to that small stage is also quite sizeable. (Our own Shaena Stabler will be there a week from now on Tuesday evening, Oct. 28. Go, Shaena!)  

This coming Monday, Oct 20, none other than Nina Persson will be on the Mozambique stage. She’s quite a rare talent and a definite must-see. 

With four friends in their home country of Sweden, Nina launched The Cardigans in the 1990s. 

The little band soared to enormous success when their single, “Lovefool” played in the soundtrack for Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes’ “Romeo and Juliet.” (Remember the chorus, “love me, love me, say that you love me”?) 

The song became something of a pop anthem for well over two years, and The Cardigans went on to produce seven albums and endless worldwide tours. 

In 2006, the band decided to take a break from themselves and each other and, at that time, Nina formed a solo entity called A Camp. Needless to say, she remained as prolific in her solo career. I, for one, really like her writing style. 

While The Cardigans have recently reunited, Nina moves fluidly between the two. She seems to have endless energy. 

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. 

Buy them online at under the “Live Bands” tab. 

It’s an 18 or over venue, doors open at 6 p.m., first come, first served. If you’d like to reserve patio seating for the evening, call (949) 715-7777. 

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 She is a regular contributor to StuNews

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Oct 17 Fri A Morning Stroll to Barbara’s Lake 9-11:30 a.m. Enjoy an outdoor stroll to Barbara’s Lake (Orange County’s only natural lake) on this leisurely paced, level, 2-mile hike with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. All ages welcome! Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Donation: $2/person. 

Oct 18 Sat Keep It Wild Volunteer Day 8-11 a.m.

Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! There’s no better way to start a Saturday morning than by joining Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks staff in an invigorating project of non-native plant removal and/or planting native plants. Help us make a healthier environment for the native wildlife and for ourselves. Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Parking: Free for Keep It Wild Volunteers!

Oct 18 Sat Family Hike 3-5 p.m. Join us on this very enjoyable, easy 3-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain).  Families welcome.  You will hike in one of the most diverse areas of the park, through a canopy of oaks past Barbara’s Lake and back.  Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. Donation: $2/person.

Oct 23 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.


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Wilderness Park

Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Oct 17 Fri Tot Walk 9-11 a.m. Join Ranger Zak along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and bring your young ones (infant to age three) to explore Aliso’s wild backyard. We will see bugs, animal tracks, plants, birds and have all kinds of outdoor fun! Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway. 

Oct 18 Sat Keep It Wild Volunteer Day 8-11 a.m. Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! What better way to start a Saturday morning than to join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for an invigorating project of non-native plant removal and/or planting native plants. Help us create a healthier environment for the native wildlife and for ourselves. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy. Parking: Free for Keep-It-Wild volunteers!

Oct 19 Sun Introduction to Mountain Bike Riding 8-10 a.m. Join LCF volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Assistants on this beautiful 8-mile bike ride (400-ft. elevation gain) on uneven terrain. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette while enjoying the canyon views. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Aliso & Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters. Donation: $2/person.

Oct 19 Sun Intermediate Mountain Bike Riding 8-10 a.m. Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,600-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants. This is for intermediate riders with mountain biking experience. Appropriate mountain biking equipment required. Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Also, be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons. This bike ride is not for beginners. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters. Donation: $2/person.

Oct 19 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, leisurely hike on level terrain (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.

Oct 21 Tue Book Hike 9-11 a.m. Engage your mind 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.


Crystal Cove State Park

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, Oct 18 from 11-2 p.m. at the Historic District Education Commons where Ranger Jenn will host a Beachside Chat. Park in the Los Trancos lot. 

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity on Wednesday (10/22, & 10/29) from 10-4 in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park (Park in the Los Trancos lot - PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)  Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation.  

Autumn 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 Saturday, Oct 18 & Sunday, Oct 26 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.


Volume 6, Issue 82                                                                            October 17, 2014

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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

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Club Q Laguna

1st and 3rd Friday | 3-5pm

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

LGBT Support Group

Alternating Mondays | 3:30-5pm | 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24, 12/8

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender support group, ages 55+. Offering one another compassionate presence, practical tools and resources for living full lives. Explore, engage, expand, and energize your life.  Call Martha at 715-8104 for more information and to apply.

It’s Your Estate

Fri | until 10/31 | 1:30-3pm | Free. Facilitated by Peter Kote.  Providing the resources seniors need to make confident financial, estate, and charitable decisions.

Computer Assistance

Thursdays 9am-3pm. Drop in for one-on-one help with your laptop, smart phone, or tablet, PC & Mac/Apple, Windows 7&8.

The Alexander Technique

Mon | 9/29-10/27 | 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

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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.

Senior Standing Yoga

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-10am. $4 suggested donation 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

Intermediate Ukulele

Wed | 9- 10am | until 11/19 | $50/series or $5 drop in – Drop-ins welcome! Instructor:  Jack Morse

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

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!

More Susi Q events below

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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

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

Mental Gymnastics

Free cognitive workshops

Every Friday from 10-11 a.m. Facilitated by Dr. Doug Mayer. Learn and practice games and activities to help improve memory and cognition in a supportive and fun group setting. 

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:

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.

Bridge: Intermediate

Fri | 12:30-2:30pm | 10/3 – 11/21

Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning Bridge #1 & 2.  Contact Ann at 949-495-4564 for more information.

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

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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.

The 1940’s Radio Hour musical sets audition date

The 1940s Radio Hour By Walton Jones Featuring Music from the 1940’s Directed by Joe Lauderdale is the latest musical production of No Square Theatre.

The preparations before and during the live radio broadcast of The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade on December 21, 1942 evoke a different time and spirit of a bygone era. Music of the period such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, I’ll Be Seeing You, How About You and Strike Up The Band are featured.

Auditions will be Saturday, Oct 18, starting at 1 p.m. by appointment only.

To make an audition appointment or ask questions please email Joe Lauderdale –

Callbacks will be Sunday, Oct 19 at 2 p.m.

Performances are scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, Dec 6 & 7 and Friday-Sunday, Dec 12-14.

Rehearsals will begin around Oct 26 typically built within the framework of weekday evenings at 7 until 10; and Saturdays 10 – 5;
Sundays noon to 6. Additional times may be added.

All auditions, rehearsals and performances will be at No Square Theatre in Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street.

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc. 


Monday, October 20

Heritage Committee

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Tuesday, October 21

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, October 22

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Thursday, October 23

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

Parking, Traffic and

Circulation Committee

Community Center – 6 p.m.


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