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A note from Stu 


Busy weekend ahead


Obviously, Shaena and I hope to see a huge turnout at The Ranch Saturday from 11 until 1. We can’t tell you just how good the pastries that Chef Mary Catherine Woods will be making, taste…you’ll have to find out for yourself – on us!

Mark Christy’s management team is as excited as we are that StuNews readers will be there tomorrow. 

GG’s Bistro

The Gundogar family will host a huge “Thank You” party as they celebrate their 10th year of pleasing us Saturday from 6-8 p.m. with a free buffet that will have offerings of their excellent Mediterranean-Turkish-Italian fare. What’s not to love!

The restaurant is at 540 S. Coast Hwy and be sure to introduce yourself to members of the Gundogar family.

LBHS Girls Water Polo

CIF Championship Match

The best girls Water Polo team in California will be in the CIF Division I Finals at William Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine at 7 Saturday night – it’s located at 4601 Walnut Avenue.

Go Breakers!


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Diane Armitage

Tootsie’s bi-annual sale is off and running

I just discovered yesterday that Tootsie’s has quietly begun to announce it’s semi-annual shoe sale. This just happens to be a big event for women everywhere in Laguna Beach.  

Nini Drake first opened Tootsie’s, our only women’s shoe shop in Laguna Beach, on Sept. 1 in 2006. Hers was the first to open its doors in the newly revamped Pottery Shack building, and business has been brisk ever since. 

While Nini has three other women’s shoe shops in California, and three in Florida, she says she hopped at the chance to be in Laguna Beach. For those of us here who suffered years without a trendy and varietal shoe store, we’re happy she hopped. 

The store serves up everything from practical pumps to flirty sandals and trendy autumn and winter boots. Most are designer names, but you’re not going to see anything close to the designer pricing you see in the mall stores. Additionally, Nini drives to Los Angeles almost weekly to purchase new bundles of all-season scarves, so the options are always changing out and changing up. 

They’re fabulous finds at ridiculously low prices. 

Given that Nini sells women’s designer shoes at rock-bottom prices in the first place, her loyal followers red-letter certain calendar days and cancel all other obligations in late February/early March (and again in October) in expectation of Nini’s bi-annual shoe sales. These sales aren’t those picked-over, worn-out lookin’ kinds of sales. You’ll find all sorts of treasures at 50% (and more) off her already low prices … but you’d better get hustling … the shoe sale signs are already up!


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

CAP presents: Conversation with Artist Michael Ward

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Michael Ward

Community Art Project (CAP) presents a conversation with artist Michael Ward at the Banking on Art Gallery in the Wells Fargo Bank on Ocean Ave, 2nd floor. The conversation is open to the public, Saturday, Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m.

Michael Ward will discuss his work, themes, methods of work and more, giving insight to the some of the back stories of the works currently on display. Enjoy this informative event in one of the most unique gallery spaces; CAP’s Gallery / Banking on Art. The event is free.

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


March 1 Sun Explore California Native Plant Life on the Trail to Barbara’s Lake 9-11:30 a.m. Join us on a wonderful morning walk to Orange County’s only natural lake while learning about our native California plant life. This easy 2-mile leisurely hike will be led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.  Ages 8 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. 


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Feb 28 Sat Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Join a band of bike wielding young explorers on a ride to Aliso’s most intriguing attraction. We’ll learn the mysterious legends of this famed bandit hideout as well as its previous inhabitants - the native Acjachemen people. Earn a Ranger Badge for being an accomplice on the journey. For ages 8 and up (or peddled by adult) who can comfortably ride 5 miles (150 ft. elevation gain), dirt trails with some sandy sections. Bike, helmet, water, snack, and weather appropriate clothing/shoes are required. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy.


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Crystal Cove State Park

Enjoy a guided3-mile hike into Moro Canyon on Saturday, February 28 at 9 a.m.and learn about the plants and animals that call Crystal Cove State Park home.  Meet at the flagpole at the Moro Ranger Station (PCHinland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the Ranger Station.)  

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, Feb 28 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 -0.3 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided tidepool walk to Reef Point on Sunday, March 1 at 12 noon. A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  Meet at Reef Point parking lot near the restroom.

Walk along the beautiful bluffs at Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m. with a volunteer park naturalist through the Coastal Sage Scrub plant community, one of the rarest, and most threatened in the world.  Enjoy the bluff top trail and then the beach arriving back at the parking lot as the sun dips into the ocean. Wear sunscreen, a hat and sandals or shoes that will be comfortable both on pavement and sand.  Bring a light jacket, plenty of water, a snack, and don’t forget your camera!  Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot.

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity on Wednesdays (3/4, 3/11, 3/18, & 3/25) from 10-4 in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park. Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation.


Volume 7, Issue 17                                                                           February 27, 2015

If the world suddenly changed and you could no longer experience one of the following ‘arts’ for the rest of your life – which would you choose to lose?
If the world suddenly changed and you could no longer experience one of the following ‘arts’ for the rest of your life – which would you choose to lose?
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!

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Club Q Laguna

1st and 3rd Friday | 3-5pm

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

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.

The Alexander Technique

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

Join Our Hike

3rd Thursdays | 8am | Free. Meet new hiking buddies, catch up with old friends and all while getting fit and enjoying nature! 

Photo Narratives

Wed 12-3pm |$120 for 8 sessions or $20 drop-in. Learn to tell stories through photographs.

The Ancestry Club

Wed 3-5pm | $25. 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 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

Case Management

Mon – Thur | 9am- 3pm |

Friday | 9am – 5 pm


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

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:

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 |

$50/series or $5 drop in – Drop-ins welcome! Instructor: Tom Joliet

Intermediate Ukulele

Wed | 9 -10am |

$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!

Drum Circle Demo

Monday, March 2, 3-4pm

“There’s more to it than just making noise. Group drumming reduces stress, increases creativity, boosts the immune system and improves overall mood. The increased white blood cells means the body is rocking out.”  

- Lee Kix, trained health rhythms facilitator

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 Thur | 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.


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:

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:

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 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. 


Monday, March 2

Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee

Community Center – 5:30

View Restoration Committee

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

Recreation Committee

Community Center – 6:45


Wednesday, March 4

Housing & Human Services

Community Center – 4 p.m.


Thursday, March 5

HIV Advisory Committee

Conference Room A – 4 p.m.

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.



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Maggi Henrikson is our Associate Editor; Diane Armitage, Niki Smart, Samantha WasherErin Burris, Allison Martin, and Suzie Harrison are staff writers.

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