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A Note from Lynette

Some readers have asked about my background (and my accent), so here goes.

A brief bio: I have a graduate degree in English Literature, earned at two universities, Rhodes and Natal, in South Africa, the country of my birth. 

I lived in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) during the War of Liberation, 1976-1978, where I worked as a library assistant at the University of Rhodesia (and where I had a lot of fun, despite the war). 

Back in Johannesburg, I became a high school English teacher – was hopeless at discipline – got a job as a toy salesperson for a while (toys don’t talk back), wrote for a local newspaper, then studied PR and became the PR Manager at a national company. 

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With borrowed dog Charley, just prior to the Patriots Day Parade, 2017. (I became an American citizen in 1999.)

In 1985, I moved to Cleveland, Ohio with my now ex-husband and with two-year-old son Dylan, now an adjunct professor in New York, and soon-to-be-born Kyle. 

Relocated to S. Cal in 1988; was a single mom for seven years. I worked at PR agencies on national campaigns including Got Milk? and Party Smart with NFL and MLB spokespersons. 

Married the wonderful Bill in 1996. Wrote a novel, Nature Lessons, which was bought by St. Martin’s Press, NY, and published internationally. 

Decided I preferred fact-based writing (a decision helped along by decisive rejections of novels two and three); ghostwrote memoirs for several people; wrote freelance articles. 

After moving to Laguna from Irvine and discovering all kinds of amazing things about Laguna by reading Stu News Laguna, I found out one day that Stu might be looking for editing help, so I contacted him and Shaena – fell in love with the two of them – and, well, here I am. 

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My beloved cat Boris in my in-tray, demanding attention

So all that I have done professionally has involved playing with words, because that’s what I love, as well as cats, particularly my black cat Boris, and I also love hiking the trails, and eating and drinking and good conversation and books and travel and anything that makes me laugh. 

I especially love kind people, and fun people, and interesting people – that would be our readers… 

And I love, love, love Laguna. So now, with our great team, I am hoping to continue the Stu News tradition as much as is possible for someone who is not and never could be the one-of-a-kind amazing Stu. 

A special word here about Shaena: she’s half my age and twice as savvy. She gives me editorial freedom but is always available to brainstorm or to offer advice when I feel I’m heading off the Stu track. She has my back at all times and supports me when I make mistakes. She’s loyal and kind and smart. I feel very, very lucky to be working with her and for her.

You are the best, Shaena, as are the Stu team and Stu News readers. My life is so much richer because of all of you. Thank you!

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 & Lynette

Diane Armitage

Festival favorite: decadent wine & chocolate nights

Photo courtesy Festival of the Arts

Wine and chocolate: what could be better?

My favorite weekly event at the Festival of Art? Easy. Thursday evening’s “Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate.”  

I’m not sure that this event needs a lot of salesmanship. 

When you have art, live jazz, wine and chocolate at your disposal for two full hours, life can’t get much better. 

It happens every Thursday night through the festival season from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This year, you’ll be sampling a variety of Kendall Jackson wines, each of which is expertly paired with a variety of high end chocolates from XAN Confections. 

As you enjoy your chocolates and wine, you have free run of the Festival grounds to peruse art from 140 California-based artists. 

Meanwhile, different jazz ensembles entertain weekly. This coming Thurs, July 27, features Pretzel Logic performing a tribute to Steely Dan. While this band is one of the most requested in the country for this classic ’70s tribute, Pretzel Logic actually has the next generation in tow as well with two sons from the original band performing on stage.


Tickets for “Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate” are $20, which does not include Festival of Arts admission or reserved seating. You must be 21 to participate.

The Festival is always free to Laguna Beach residents and military. Otherwise, General Admission on Thursday evenings is $9, $7 for seniors and $4 children, ages 6-12. 

VIP Seats a Plus

If you’re more interested in sitting and sipping vs. walking through the art show, limited reserved seating is available for the jazz at an additional $25 per person. Go online to, click the CALENDAR, and then choose your Thursday evening attendance. You will be able to reserve your Thursday VIP seats from any Thursday page.

See you at the FOA!

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 Little Sycamore

Thur, Jul 27

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

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/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: $3/vehicle.



Aliso and Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


No events during this time.


Crystal Cove State Park

Community Days in the Education Commons

Wed, Jul 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Step back in time as the
Education Commons comes to life with fun, historical activities for the whole family.  Learn to sketch, make a one-of-a-kind sea glass creation, try your hand at a traditional craft, or explore the science of Crystal Cove State
Park. Check out Cottage
#13, the Film and Media Center, and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility. 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

Great Plein Air Art Experience

Thu, Jul 27, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Spend a relaxing day with one of Crystal Cove State Park’s plein air artists while capturing the
beauty of the Cove on canvas. No experience required for this introductory class. For reservations see

Movies on the Beach

Thu, Jul 27, 8 p.m.

To celebrate the history of movie making at Crystal Cove
State Park, join us near the restored ‘Beaches’ Film &
Media Center (historic Cottage #13) in the Crystal Cove State
Park Historic District on Thursday, July 27 at 8pm and watch “Beach Party.” 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

Summer Art Show & Sale

Sat, Jul 29, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Over 20 renowned Plein Air artists will display paintings
capturing the beauty of Crystal Cove State Park. 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)

Summer Art Show & Sale

Sun, Jul 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Over 20 renowned Plein Air artists will display paintings
capturing the beauty of Crystal Cove State Park. 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 Nature Hike

Mon, Jul 30, 8:30 a.m.

Summer is an exciting time to learn about our local nature. Join park naturalists and 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.


Volume 9, Issue 59                                                                                   July 25, 2017

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Error in July 21 issue

Last issue, we ran a story with the headline that Susi Q was partnering with Zero Trash on a project. That is not the case.

Susi Q has no association with Zero Trash at this time.

Stu News Laguna apologizes for our error.

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!

Summer Jazz Wednesdays series goes back to the garden…the Rose Garden 

Laguna Beach Live! Summer Jazz Wednesdays began their run on June 21 at the beautiful Rose Garden at Hotel Laguna. The Latin Jazz Syndicate, featuring Bijon Watson on trumpet, started the series.

Featuring a variety of top musicians, the series continues every two weeks: vocalist Samantha Sidley with Dan Reckard on piano (July 5); Eric Dries Group (July 19); internationally-acclaimed vocalist Leslie Lewis (August 2); “A Tribute to the Poll Winners: Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne, and Ray Brown,” featuring Graham Dechter on guitar, Ryan Shaw on drums, and Alex Frank on bass (August 16); and concludes on August 30 with the Laguna Beach Live! All Stars.

Tickets are $25 for table seating and $20 for side seating. Members of Laguna Beach Live! at the Associate level or higher may purchase tickets starting on May 1 before they go on sale to the public on May 15. 

Cindy Prewitt, President of Laguna Beach Live!, said, “We are delighted to return to the Garden. It is such a great space and it offers personal service with a menu of tempting food and beverages. 

“Space is limited, though, so we suggest people buy tickets early.”

To become a member or renew a membership, go to

Season tickets and single concerts may be purchased at or by phone 800-595-4849.

For further information, call 949-715-9713.

City Hall

Committee Meetings - Etc.

. . . 

Tues, July 25

City Council Meeting 

6 p.m.

City Council Chambers 

Wed, July 26

Community Workshop- Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance Update

6 p.m.

City Council Chamber 

Thu, July 27

Design Review Board

6 p.m.

City Council Chambers 

Thu, July 27

Parking, Traffic, and Circulation Committee

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Community & Susi Q Center

Fri, July 28

Urban Planning Coordinating Committee

8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Community & Susi Q Center

Tues, Aug 1

Artist Work/ Live, Work and Production Space Assessment

4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

City Council Chambers


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