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A Note from Shaena

Stu News has business cards now – and really cool, unique ones at that – thanks to the design efforts of Katie Ford of Ford Design Group.

It’s been a long time coming – for the longest time I’ve been avoiding doing anything in print (including developing/printing business cards), opting instead to tell everyone I meet to “go to our site for my contact info” because (a) that was a paperless/green solution and (b) I knew it would force traffic to our site.

It sure feels good to finally take the plunge and get these beauties out there for the world to see, though. We will probably get a few new readers to the site too, given that 10,000 cards are about to hit the streets (including staff business cards) thanks to Laguna Print.

It was a real joy working with Katie on the project – I know Stu would be so proud of her for her abstract design – she really hit it out of the park for us. Thank you, Katie!

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Start spreading the word: Stu News Laguna is out on the streets in print now thanks to Katie Ford!


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Seventh annual Laguna Bluebelt photo contest award presentations take place on Friday, June 8

Calling all photographers, family, friends, supporters, generous sponsors and ocean lovers: Meet the artists who won awards in the Laguna Bluebelt photo contest and celebrate their achievement in support of our Marine Protected Areas.

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Deanne King: Octo on the Run: Amateur Honorable Mention, 2018

The Artist Reception and exhibit of winning photographs takes place on Friday, June 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – World Oceans Day – at Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave. The awards presentation will take place at 6 p.m.

Everyone is invited to stop by and enjoy free music, appetizers and drinks with friends old and new. There is ample parking at Lots 11 and 12 across street from the Gallery.

All donations and 15 percent of art sales will benefit the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition and their work.

The Laguna Bluebelt Coalition works to protect and improve Laguna’s Marine Protected Areas.

For more information, visit

Laguna Playhouse’s Clybourne Park performances 

June 6 – 24 will benefit LOCA: plus discount pricing

LOCA Arts Education invites theater lovers to enjoy a play, save money, and support LOCA at the same time. Anyone purchasing tickets to Clybourne Park at Laguna Playhouse can simply enter code CPLOCA at checkout. A 20 percent discount will be applied, and $10 per ticket will benefit LOCA. Performances run June 6 through 24.

Clybourne Park, a spin-off of A Raisin in the Sun, is a satire examining race and real estate in a fictional Chicago neighborhood. Smart and funny, this Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play featured the evolution of a house, acting as the focus of reactions to the shifting racial landscape of a community. 

LOCA Arts education brings top-quality visual arts workshops to students at all LBUSD campuses, at after school programs, the local youth shelter, to special needs populations, and seniors in Laguna Beach. Adult, family, and visitor workshops are also offered throughout the town.

“LOCA’s activities are always free or low cost, so arts education is accessible to everyone regardless of their background,” stated President Carla Meberg. “We are grateful to Laguna Playhouse for this generosity, and hope everyone uses the LOCA code at checkout.”

Purchase tickets at

Enter code CPLOCA for the 20 percent discount and donation for LOCA.

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. For more information, call (949) 497-2787.

Mark Chamberlain’s Celebration of Life to take place June 3

A celebration of Mark’s life is scheduled for June 3 at 2 p.m. at Neighborhood Congregational Church. All are welcome.

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RIP Mark Chamberlain

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required

Sign-up online:

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Fitness Hike at Ridge Park 

Thurs, May 24

8:30 – 11 a.m. 

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this moderate, 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. PLEASE NOTE: This is a Fitness Hike; pace is approximately a 19-minute mile. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.) For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free.


Bird Walk

Sun, May 27

8 - 11 a.m. 

Spot local native and spring resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 200-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. No experience necessary! Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right.) For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.



Aliso and Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park 


Discovery Hike – Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Wed, May 23

8:30 – 11 a.m. 

Explore beautiful Wood Canyon and discover its native flora and fauna with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this steep, uneven and rocky, 5-mile hike (depending on trail choice, up to a 500 ft. elevation gain). While the group will stop from time to time, spending moments to “discover,” this hike isn’t for beginners. Please wear close-toed hiking shoes, sun protection and bring plenty of water. Meet at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22144 region of Canyon Vistas). We will meet on the paved sidewalk easement leading toward Wood Canyon Trail. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun. Online reservations are required. Parking: Free.


Trail Stewardship Day – Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Sat, May 26

8 a.m. – Noon

If you enjoy using the wilderness park and aren’t afraid of a little hard work, this is your opportunity to give back by improving the trails. You’ll also learn to see your favorite trails in a new way! Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for a morning of trail maintenance. Volunteers will be using tools such as loppers, picks, shovels and McLeods to clear brush out of trails, restore features that protect the trails and/or build new features to improve trail sustainability. Ages 17 and up (must have waiver signed by parent). Lunch and refreshments served. Trail to be determined closer to event and notification will be sent to those signed up (sign up required). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free.

Crystal Cove State Park

If you love hiking, lace up those boots. The backcountry and 

wilderness areas offer you 18 miles of hiking trails through 2,400 acres of native wilderness, mostly the endangered coastal sage scrub plant community. For energetic backpackers, there are three environmental campgrounds, one in the canyon and two at the higher elevations. The higher trails offer beautiful vistas of the mountainous backcountry, geological formations and the Pacific Ocean. Exploring the lower trails offers hiking through riparian woodlands with oak and sycamore trees along the seasonal Moro Creek. Whether you trek the high or low trails or both, you will see native plants and animals that call this park home.


Sea Glass Jewelry

Wed, May 23

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Learn the art of wire-wrapping sea glass in the Education Commons in Crystal Cove State Park Historic District. Turn a found item into a beautifulpiece of jewelry. 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/per hour (max. $15).


Tidepool Walk to Pelican Point 

Sat, May 26

12:30 p.m.

Enjoy a 1.0 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point. Help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations. Be prepared to walk on uneven, rocky,
rough terrain. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking
lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot). Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).


Family Nature Hike

Sun, May 27

9 a.m.

Spring is an exciting time to learn about our local nature. Join a park naturalist on a family nature hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use). Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).


Memorial Day Nature Hike

Mon, May 28

9 a.m.

Take a guided interpretive hike

on the unofficial “first day of summer” into the backcountry at Crystal Cove State Park. A volunteer naturalist will share fun facts about the plants and animals that live in the park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use). Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).

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Cassins kingbird


Love birds? 

Bring a pair of binoculars and look for feathered friends who have adapted to Crystal Cove, as you hike the trails, which go from easy to strenuous. Among the birds you might spot: Anna’s Hummingbird, American Kestrel, Black-Bellied Plover, Black Phoebe, Brown Pelican and the Great Blue Heron. For a directory of birds, visit
.  For a trail map, visit

About Tidepool Etiquette: Crystal Cove State Park is a Marine Protected Area. Taking or possessing tidepool sea life is illegal. To help preserve the longevity of the tidepools: never remove animals, shells or rocks; never pick up animals, observe them where they are; walk gently, taking care not to step on plants.

City Hall

Council, Boards, Commissions, Committees – Etc. 


Tues, May 22

City Council Meeting

6 p.m. 

City Council Chambers 


Thurs, May 24

Design Review Board

6 p.m. 

City Council Chambers 


Parking, Traffic, and Circulation Committee Meeting

6 – 8 p.m.

Community & Susi Q Center 


Tues, May 29

Environmental Sustainability Committee Meeting

6 p.m.

Community & Susi Q Center 


CLICK HERE for agendas, meeting minutes and more info


 Volume 10, Issue 41  |  May 22, 2018                                        

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Laguna Beach Pride kicks off on Friday, June 1: festivities continue all weekend long

It is official, the first Laguna Beach Pride in more than 20 years is back and bigger and better than ever as the fun continues for an entire week. Pride is more than just a party, and this party goes on for three days.

On Friday, June 1, party-goers are invited to start celebrating with the Kickoff Welcome Party at Main Street Bar & Cabaret, located at 1460 S Coast Hwy. This event goes from 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.  At 7 p.m., Cabaret Song and Dance with Tony and Endora gets into swing, and the Best Pride Costume Contest takes place at 10 p.m. Winners receive VIP tickets for the Pride event. Festivities include a DJ, dancing, and GoGo Dancers all night long.

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Tony and Endora perform at Main Street Bar & Cabaret on Friday, June 1

On Saturday, June 2, there will be an Aloha Brunch & Drag Bingo at The Royal Hawaiian located on 331 N Coast Hwy, from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. As one would expect, there will be fabulous drink specials and an event menu. 

Drag Queen Endora and Bingo Boys host this special event, and Endora calls her bingo numbers as nobody else can. At no additional cover, there will be a Pride Pavilion & Boom Party at Laguna Beach Pride Pavilion located at 1401 S Coast Hwy, from noon - 8 p.m., and at the Boom Boom Room from 2 p.m. - 2 a.m.

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The Laguna Beach Pride Kickoff Party is at Main Street Bar & Cabaret on Friday, June 1

VIP tickets are $50 and General Admission is $12. After 8 p.m., there is a $5 cover at the Boom Boom Room. 

On Sunday, June 3, there will be a beach party at West Street aka Camel Point from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. with a DJ, dancing, beach competition, crazy fun, games and GoGo Dancers. There is no cover. There will also be a Boom Room Tea Dance at 1401 S Coast Hwy from 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. 

For more information on these upcoming events, visit

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 consultation with audiologist Dr. Rose-Marie Davis includes complimentary hearing aid cleaning and minor repairs. Call 949-464-6645 to schedule an appointment.

Club Q Laguna

1st and 3rd Fri | 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 Tue | 10am-12pm

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

1st Mon | 12:30-3:30pm | Free

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.

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:


Living Well with Chronic Illness Support Group

2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Tue | 10-11:30am | Free

A caring support group open to individuals over 50 touched by any chronic/serious health related issues. For more information, reach out to facilitator Sandra Weiss at 949-715-8104.


Laguna Beach Seniors 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.

Exercise a la Susi Q: Mind | Body | Balance

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

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 | 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.


Mon & Thu | 10:30-11:30am | Free

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.

Monday Movie and Popcorn

Free every Monday from 12:30-3pm. See movie schedule at

Intermediate Ballroom Dancing

Mon | 1:30- 2:30pm | 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

Pat McNabb Martin showcases “Between the Line” exhibit at Arvan Fine Art 

Avran Fine Art invites guests to the opening reception of Pat McNabb Martin’s unique art collection on Saturday, June 16 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the gallery, located at 540 S Coast Hwy. Join for a special meet and greet with the artist while enjoying wine and light hors d’oeuvres – for free. 

The Solo Exhibition will be on view until June 30. This is McNabb Martin’s first Solo Exhibition with Avran Fine Art.

Basic, raw, and stretching boundaries, Pat McNabb Martin leaves each composition to the viewer’s discretion. Never over-intellectualizing a painting, she concerns herself with the canvas surface, always experimenting to create new and unique marks. Each painting is an emergent field of color often laced with exotic fluorescent and metallic paints. Her intuitive use of the canvas surface, texture, and color saturates the viewer’s eye allowing for personal interpretation.

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Deep Blue by Pat McNabb Martin 

Pat McNabb said, “There are times I begin a painting with a preconceived notion of what I want to have happen and sometimes I approach a blank canvas letting the paint and process show me the way. Traditional artist brushes limit my freedom, so my studio is full of utensils, knives, paints sticks and squeegees. Continuously adding, subtracting, painting over and painting out, allows the mystery of technique to keep me interested. My creative search remains investigational with the hope that in every painting the color and texture will rise to a new level of visual promise.”

For more information on this upcoming event, visit

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 Thu | 12-2pm | Free

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

Mondays | 10-11:30am | Free

Join Laguna residents and facilitator Kay Wenger, LMFT, in a supportive atmosphere where concerns, coping skills, and helping tips are shared.

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 1pm creating handmade items for local organizations.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiver Support Group

1st Wed | 1-3pm

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

Mon & Wed | 12:30-2:30pm

Fridays | 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 Series starts up June 13 at [seven-degrees] featuring vocalist Barbara Morrison

Laguna Beach Live! has announced that tickets are on sale for Jazz Wednesdays Summer Series 2018, presented by Laguna Beach Live! at unique event facility [seven-degrees], 891 Laguna Canyon Rd. 

The Jazz Summer Series features seven concerts, occurring every two weeks from June 13 - September 5, with top jazz musicians from the region. 

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Vocalist Barbara Morrison

Kicking off the season on June 13 is critically-acclaimed vocalist Barbara Morrison, followed by The Latin Jazz Syndicate on June 27 featuring vocalist Norell Thompson and trumpeter Bijon Watson.

Other performances include: July 11, guitarist Frank Potenza Organ Group; July 25, vocalist Anne Walsh; August 8, classic jazz with vocalist/bassist Kristin Korb Trio;and August 22, The Lineage Trio. The season concludes on September 5 with Laguna Beach Live! All Stars featuring Bijon Watson.

Ticketsare Cabaret Table seating $25/seat in advance and $30 at the door, with season tickets for $175. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at (800) 595-4849. The information line is (949) 715- 9713.

Other upcoming Laguna Beach Live! concerts include: May 22, Live! Music Insights with Dr. Robert Istad and a special trio of musicians who will explore “The Grass is Blue: America’s Legacy of Bluegrass and Spirituals”; June 4, Live! Music Insights “All That Jazz: An Historic Retrospective with Bijon Watson & all-star trio”; and June 10, the popular Bluegrass & BBQ featuring The Barefoot Movement, with food and beverages provided by Laguna Beach Beer Co, Purple Corduroy Wine, and Gnarly “Q” BBQ.

Shaena Stabler is the Owner, Publisher & Editor.

Lynette Brasfield is our Features Editor.

Dianne Russell is our Associate Editor.

Maggi Henrikson is our Contributing Editor.

Michael Sterling is our Webmaster.

Katie Ford is our Ad Designer.

Alexis Amaradio, Barbara Diamond, Cameron Gillespie, Dennis McTighe, Diane Armitage, Laura Buckle, Marrie Stone, Samantha Washer and Suzie Harrison are staff writers and/or columnists.

Mary Hurlbut and Scott Brashier are the staff photographers.

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