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A note from Stu 


Murder on TV


I began as a broadcast journalist on both radio and TV. My heart was broken by the shooting – no the murder – of the two young TV journalists in Virginia this Wednesday.

Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were doing a live report for their Roanoke TV station when a disgruntled former station on-air employee shot and killed them and wounded the woman they were interviewing – before a live TV audience.

Those in my business have felt emptiness since then. Not because we knew them but because we knew them. They were all of us who ever began in the business with the hope of becoming good enough at what we were passionate about to one day feel accomplished.

Alison and Adam will never be forgotten.


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Diane Armitage

Collector’s Choice Gala: The Best Way to Add Art to Your Walls


Ready to add some great art to your life? Our acclaimed Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is celebrating its 26th Annual Collector’s Choice Auction and Fundraiser at Montage Laguna Beach on Friday, Sept 25. Tickets are moving rapidly but are still available for this exciting and popular gala event. 

Proceeds from the gala tickets and auction benefit all LCAD students and also fund the $2.4 and $2.5 million awarded as student scholarships. This is a great way to not only support, but celebrate LCAD as one of the Top 10 Art Colleges in the United States! 

The Collector’s Choice is a juried auction of extraordinary artwork, and this year it only gets better with a variety of mediums on display at the gorgeous Montage Laguna Beach grounds. This is its first year at Montage, having finally moved out of its own parking lot (talk about movin’ on up!) 

This year’s theme, Sea and Scene, encourages attendees to dress in colorful ocean-themed attire. 

After the auction, the popular Magnolia Memoir will continue the lively energy with their critically-acclaimed, awesome pop/jazz style. 

Tickets for the Collector’s Choice auction and gala are $350 per person. Purchase tickets at, and return to the same link after Sept 8 to preview all of the art in the auction.


A published writer and marketing agency owner for 30 years, Diane Armitage authors the popular blog, 

and the newly revised: The Best of Laguna Beach: The Travelers’ and Residents’ Guide. She is a regular contributor to StuNewsLaguna

Arts Commission now accepting submissions for the 2015 Juried Fine Art Exhibition 

The Arts Commission is currently accepting submissions to the annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition at City Hall. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older with two dimensional works measuring no more than 36” x 36” framed. The juror will be Malcolm Warner, Executive Director of the Laguna Art Museum. The first place winner will be awarded $1,000.

Artists can submit up to three pieces at  

Applications must be made on-line with a non-refundable entry fee of $25. The deadline for submissions is Sept 8. For more information, please visit

The Exhibition will run from Oct 13 – Nov 30.

LBPD Citizen’s Academy accepting apps until Aug 31 

The Laguna Beach Police Department is accepting applications for the upcoming citizen’s academy. The academy starts Thursday, Sept 10 and will meet from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for 12 weeks.     

The citizen’s academy is a non-stress course designed to provide community members with a better understanding of the Laguna Beach Police Department and to help foster better communications between police personnel and citizens. 

The academy will include instruction and practical exercises in the following areas: 

Homeless Outreach Program, Crime Scene Investigation, 9-1-1 Dispatch, Narcotics Identification, Police Canine Demonstration, Crime Prevention, Traffic Collision Investigation, DUI Demonstration, Police Unit Demonstration, Firearms Training and Traffic Stop Scenarios. 

The course will also include a tour of the Police Station, Fire Station and a trip to Orange County Jail. 

To be considered for this program, you must be a resident of Laguna Beach or work within the city limits, be at least 18 years old and have no felony convictions.  Applications must be submitted no later than August 31, 2015 (the City of Laguna Beach reserves the right to refuse admittance into this program).

Applications are available at the Police Department, 505 Forest Avenue or by contacting Class Assistant Ross Fallah at 497-0701 or

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


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Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Next event in September


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Michael Montgomery ministers at Little Church by the Sea

J. Michael Montgomery returns this Sunday, Aug 30, and will bring the message at the 9 and 10:45 morning services at Little Church by the Sea, 468 Legion Street.

Pastor J. Michael Montgomery

Montgomery served the church as Pastor in the 1960’s and also ministered at Laguna Outreach to hippies and Laguna Church in the canyon for several years. He and his wife Mary have had an ongoing ministry here in town, then and through the years, with annual summer visits.  

They currently minister through the Upward Bound organization and a Calvary Chapel class in Melbourne, Florida. 

Pastor Montgomery has also served as the teaching Chaplin to the insurance industry Million Dollar Roundtable Bible Study Group since 1971.

Friends are encouraged to attend the service or may reach the Montgomerys at (321) 704-3605.  They will be in the area through Sept 5. 

Crystal Cove State Park

Enjoy a low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided tidepool walk to Rocky Bight on Saturday, August 29 at 2:30 p.m. A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  Park in the Los Trancos lot and meet at the Historic District Visitor Center across from the Beachcomber Café.

Crystal Cove State Park docents will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, 4-mile full moon hike on Saturday, August 29 at 7 p.m.  Terrain will be uneven and steep with a 700-foot elevation gain/loss in some areas on this moderate night hike. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water & a flashlight, and dress in layers. Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre.


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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

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Grief and Loss Support Group

You are not alone. Create meaning in life after the loss of a loved one.

Tue  | Sept 1, 8, 15 & 22 | 3-4:30pm

Thur | Oct 1 & 8 | 3-4:30pm

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.

*New* 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: (949) 627-7541

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.

Intermediate Fall Prevention

Tue | 10/27-12/15 | 1:30-2:30pm  

$96 series

A seated and standing exercise class.  This class will improve your balance, strength, flexibility, coordination and posture.  Facilitator: Alisa Sanchez, MPT.

Summer Lawn Games

Wed & Thurs | 8/19, 8/20 | 12-1pm| Come play ladder ball, bean bag toss, lawn darts and lawn bowling on the grassy terrace area at The Susi Q. 

The Alexander Technique

Free Workshop

9/11 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.

$80 | Please call for dates | Discover healthy posture and spinal alignment for better balance. Facilitator: Sharon Jakubecy.

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: 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

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

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Care Management

Mon – Thur | 9am- 3pm |

Friday | 9am – 5 pm


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 1:30-2:30.

$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. 

Ukulele University

Strum your cares away!

Beginning Ukulele: Thurs | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 

$45/series or $5/class

Advanced Beginning Ukulele: Thur |9/3-12/10| 

9 – 10 a.m. | $45/series or $5/class

Intermediate Ukulele: Wed | 9/9 - 12/9 

9 - 10 a.m. | $55/series or $7/class

Free Play Along for all levels 

Wed | 10:15-11:15 a.m.

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

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 and 3rd Mon | 9a.m.- Noon | 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.

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:


Contemporary Short Story Discussion Group

Second and fourth Tuesdays

2 – 4 p.m.

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, HIPAA authorizations, and trust amendments (to leave bequests to Laguna Beach Seniors, INC.) 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 10:30-3 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.

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 | 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!

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc. 

Friday, August 28

Urban Planning

Coordinating Committee

Community Center – 8 a.m.


Monday, August 31

Senior Housing Task Force

Community Center – 4 p.m.


Tuesday, September 1

View Restoration Committee

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, September 2

Housing & Human Services Committee

Community Center – 4 p.m.


Thursday, September 3

HIV Advisory Committee

Conference Room A – 4 p.m.



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