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A note from Stu 


Boys Water Polo:

The Champs!

Hats off to the 2014 CIF-SS Division 3 Water Polo Champion LBHS Breakers!

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GG’s Bistro

The Gundogar family really did a number on Friday when they hosted our community get together at their GG’s Bistro!

The food was, as always, wonderful and ever so tasty and their hospitality was incredible!

Shaena and I are still talking about it and so too are the many who attended who enjoyed it all.

One thing that we saw right away: among the great numbers who were there we saw a bunch on new faces, which pleased us no end.

Some had been longtime readers who had never joined us while several had recently discovered StuNewsLaguna. We really enjoy getting to personally have the opportunity to get to know our readers.

GG’s will be happy to learn that both of us heard from folks who had never been to GG’s who told us that they will be doing what Shaena, Diane Armitage and I all know and love – dining with the Gundogars soon!

Thanks to all who were able to join us and to GG’s!


Shaena and I have a lot to be thankful for – all year round – and especially this time of the year.

We thank our readers for their support and for telling those who don’t know about us to check out StuNews! That’s how we get the vast majority of our new readers and we are really thankful that you care enough about us to give your friends a shout out.

Personally, I have so many great memories of this holiday in my lifetime and I just hope that you do too! 


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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Diane Armitage

Best Holiday cards from Laguna’s own 

Kaj Garmshausen

At the Orange Inn a few years ago, I was auspiciously lucky to meet Kaj (pronounced “Hi!”) Garmshausen and his soon-to-be-wife Mary. What a fantastic couple! I do, think, though, that I was one of the last people on the planet to meet Kaj as he befriends everyone simply walking down a street.


As a kid growing up, Kaj split his time between the pristine waters of Laguna Beach and the equally pristine forests of Yosemite. And, since his childhood, Kaj has poured his love of nature into his “hobby” of exquisite pen-and-ink holiday cards, salvaged driftwood sculptures, and commissioned marble and reclaimed hardwood sculptures. 

But the finest thing about this “hobby” of Kaj’s … every year, Kaj sends his friends his latest pen-and-ink “Santa” card creations, and most of us frame the gorgeous originals and hang them on our walls. Finally, after years of harassment from us, Kaj is introducing his Santas to the rest of the world.

His archive of 20 holiday cards – with five new designs this year alone – is now available in single or five-card sets. 

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When I heard this news, I made a beeline to his door and refused to leave until I had 30 holiday cards in my grasp. As someone who always sends snail mail holiday cards every year, I know that Kaj’s cards are the most original pieces you can find on today’s holiday market. 

In a matter of hours after Kaj’s “going commercial” announcement, Laguna Beach Books picked up several of Kaj’s boxed sets and individual cards, too. To purchase your “Santa” cards, drop into the bookstore (at the Old Pottery Place), or contact Kaj directly at (949) 338-0411 or


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


Nov 25 Tue Beginning Fitness Hike 9-10:30 a.m. Now is a great time to start a new fitness routine beginning with an easy 2-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain to Barbara’s Lake and back (100-ft. elevation gain). Join an LCF volunteer and registered dietitian to learn about fitness and nutrition during this 1.5-hour hike. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water.  Ages 12 and up. James Dilley Preserve. Donation: $2/person.

Nov 28 Fri Wobble Walk 9-11:30 a.m. Walk off your Thanksgiving dinner on this slow-paced, 2-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain with OC Parks staff. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Program: $2/person. 

Nov 29 Sat Weekends at the Nix Nature Center: American Indian Stories, Toys & Games 1-4 p.m. Join the talented Acjachemen performer, Jacque Nunez, as she transports you into the traditional life of the Acjachemen people – and into the world of our shared past. Presentation at 2 p.m. Make your own Acjachemen toys, games, and craft projects to take home or give as gifts (1 – 2 & 3 – 4 p.m.)! No hiking involved. Reservations required: 949-923-2235. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center.  Program: Free.  Donations appreciated. 


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Next event in December


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Crystal Cove State Park

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity Wednesday 11/26from 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 Sunday, Nov 30 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)


Volume 6, Issue 93                                                                         November 25, 2014

Holiday Time! Parties and a time when we meet many new people and often a new relationship starts… Do you believe in love at first sight?
Holiday Time! Parties and a time when we meet many new people and often a new relationship starts… Do you believe in love at first sight?
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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.

It’s Your Estate

Call for dates: Facilitated by Peter Kote.  Providing the resources seniors need to make confident financial, estate, and charitable decisions.

Computer Assistance

Thursdays Noon-3pm and Fridays 9am – Noon. 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.

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

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.

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

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

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Intermediate Ukulele

Wed | 9- 10am | until 11/19 | $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!

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

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.

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

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

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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.

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc. 


Tuesday, November 25

Environmental Sustainability


Community Center – 6 p.m.


Thursday, November 27

Friday, November 28

Thanksgiving Holiday

City Hall Closed



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