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A Note from Lynette

This note is just to say thank you to everyone in the community who has been so supportive of me during this time of transition. 

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

On deck

I love words and news and Laguna but I’m no Stu, that’s for sure – no one ever could be – yet I am lucky enough to be working with the Stu News Laguna team that he assembled with such an eye for talent and heart. 

We do our best to channel Stu when we write, edit and take photographs, and we will always ask WWSD (what would Stu do?)

Special thanks, of course, to Shaena, who has given me more editorial freedom than many publishers would grant. That means a lot to me.

A grand team

So here’s a shout-out to our grand team from me, with many thanks for your graciousness, warmth and acceptance during this difficult time. 

Mary and Scott – the beauty of your photographs will never cease to amaze me. 

Art columnist Suzie is a fabulous cheerleader and talented writer. 

Food reporter Laura stuns me with her grasp of culinary art (and ability to stay slim despite all the tastings). 

Samantha and Maggi and Marrie write wonderfully insightful articles for our Laguna Life & People section. 

Diane Armitage knows her stuff, and knows how to make it interesting. 

Dianne Russell is quite simply amazing and produces terrific stories week after week. 

Alli has been a tower of strength working on Police Beat & Police Files.


Dennis McTighe – what can I say? I love your columns. They always bring a smile to my face.

And Barbara Diamond – thank you for your kindness and willingness to introduce me to, oh, dozens and dozens of people! I am in awe of your rich depth of knowledge about Laguna and (it feels like) everyone who lives here. You are indeed a gem.

Then there’s our Webmaster, Michael Sterling, who has had the grace to put up with my technological ignorance. He does astounding work issue after issue.

And then there is Bill. And Boris

And thank you, of course, to my dear husband Bill for his support, and my cat Boris for the endless entertainment and comic relief that he offers.

Boris the cat

To Stu – we miss you but we promise to do our best to carry on your tradition, because we love you and we love what we do.

We Love Laguna and We Love What We Do!

And we’re having fun doing it thanks to you, our readers! •••

Save trees – read StuNewsLaguna!


Don’t forget – call 715-1736 with your news tips

Cell phone photos, press releases and letters – please email: 

Shaena and Lynette

Bluebird Music in the Park is just around the corner

Bluebird Music in the Park concerts will begin on July 16 and continue every Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. until August 27.

Here’s the listing:

7/16: Cubensis (Grateful Dead Music)

7/23: Tom Nolan Band (Blues)

7/30: Hollywood U2

8/6: Stone Soul

8/13: Los Pinguos (Argentinian)

8/20: Upstream (Reggae/Calypso)

8/27: Springsteen Experience

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Music in the Park is always fun, whatever decade is celebrated

The City asks concert-goers to note the following:

The concerts are free and funded by the lodging establishments.

No dogs are allowed in the park.

No smoking is allowed on the sidewalk or inside the park.

Alcohol is allowed with a full meal. 

Free trolley service is available to the park.

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

Thurs, June 22

8:30-10:30 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 Rd/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.

Astronomy Night – Saturn

and Jupiter, Thurs, June 22

8-10 p.m.

Join OC Astronomers for a view of the summer night sky. This is the best time to see Saturn and Jupiter. Enjoy the opportunity to also look through telescopes at stars and other celestial objects. No hiking involved. Come prepared with layers of clothing to keep warm. You can also bring drinks and snacks. Ages 9 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of 405; approximately 5 miles south of I-5. Online reservations required: For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.

Bird Walk, Sun, June 25

8-11 a.m.

Spot local native and winter 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 & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.


Aliso and Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


LCF Trail Stewardship

Sat, June 24, 8 a.m.- noon

Canyon View Staging Area

Come prepared to work hard and get dirty! Work consists of digging, scraping and moving dirt, carrying rocks and other heavy objects, hiking up and down steep, rugged trails while carrying tools, cutting and moving brush and similar tasks. These events are open to the public! Minors under the age of 17 are welcome to participate with the accompaniment of a responsible adult who understands what the work entails and judges it appropriate for that minor. Minors over 17 require a parent or guardian signature on the LCF Volunteer Waiver.

Please wear long pants, sturdy close-toed shoes and sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.). Please bring at least 2 liters of water (preferably in reusable containers) and work gloves (if you have them—we have some available for loan if not). We will provide a light breakfast (bagels, donuts, fruit, coffee and juice) upon arrival, snack bars while out on the trail, and a light lunch (sandwiches, chips, fruit and sodas) when we get back from the work site. Online sign-up required: For questions call: 949-497-8324. 

LCF Stewardship Day

Tues, June 27, 9 a.m.

Join the Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for a morning of habitat restoration work in the Pecten Reef area of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Help us create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the park their home. Depending on the time of year volunteers will assist with various restoration activities including removal of non-native plants, seed collection and/or planting of native plants. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. Please wear closed toe shoes, sun protection and bring water. Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy. Online sign-up required: For questions call: 949-497-8324. We will be meeting at the Aliso Viejo Community Park on the opposite end of the middle school.



Volume 9, Issue 50                                                                                  June 23, 2017

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You must select at least one item to vote!

Events, programs at 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:


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!

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc.


Tues, June 20

Citywide Wayfinding Sign Program

4-5 p.m.

City Hall


Environmental Sustainability Committee

6 p.m.

Community Center


Wed, June 21

Planning Commission Meeting

6 p.m.

City Council Chambers


Thurs, June 22

Design Review Board Training

4:30-6 p.m.

City Hall


Design Review Board

6 p.m.

City Council Chambers


Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee

6-8 p.m. 

Community Center


Open for Business Workshop

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Community Center


Mon, June 19

Heritage Committee

6 p.m.

Community and Sr. Center

380 Third St.

Crystal Cove State Park

Freesea glass jewelry class

making activity each Wed (6/21, 6/28) from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 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. Day use fee.

Family Hike

Sat, June 24, 9 a.m.

Spring is the most exciting time to learn about our local nature. Join park naturalists 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.)  $15 day-use fee

Beachside Chat

Sat, June 24, 12-3 p.m.

At the Historic District Education Commons where Park Naturalist Alex will host a Beachside
Chat.  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)


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The Webmaster is Michael Sterling.

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Allison Rael, Barbara Diamond, Diane Armitage, Dianne Russell, Laura Buckle, Maggi Henrikson, Marrie Stone, Samantha Washer and Suzie Harrison are staff writers.

Barbara Diamond, Dennis McTighe, Diane Armitage, Laura Buckle and Suzie Harrison are columnists.

Mary Hurlbut, Scott Brashier, and Aga Stuchlik are the staff photographers.

We all love Laguna and we love what we do.

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