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A note from Stu 



A vast majority of kids and parents visit the classic Oak Street and environs to Trick or Treat in the traditional Laguna Beach style.

The cops block off the streets and it is relatively safe for all.

But there are kids – especially those a tad bit older – who do their trick or treating on other streets. It is those streets where we all need to use caution after dark tonight.

As we all know, some of our neighborhoods have less-than-well lit streets. 

That’s especially true if we’ve stopped off for a trick or treat at our favorite after-work spot for special Halloween drinks. 

Added cops will be out there patrolling all over The OC and they will have a zero tolerance.

Please – plan ahead and make certain we don’t see your name in our Police Beat or worse, on the front page from some horrible crash.


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Diane Armitage

November’s Arrow&Branch Wine Dinner at Broadway features Laguna couple

Every month, Broadway by Amar Santana hosts a gorgeous wine dinner with a spotlight on rare vintages and an innovative, one-of-a-kind paired menu to compliment the wines. 

The monthly wine dinners regularly sell out well in advance as each offers a peak into high-level wines you would be hard pressed to discover and cellar on your own.

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, Chef Amar and Managing Partner Ahmed Labbate have raised the bar with the surprise announcement that Laguna residents Steve and Seanne Contursi will be in person to present their highly acclaimed vintages from their own Napa vineyard, Arrow&Branch.

While traveling in 1985, Steve and Seanne fell in love with the wines of Bordeaux and decided, from that week forward, that they would eventually found their own vineyard with the specific intent to produce Bordeaux style wines in Napa Valley. 

True to form, they broke ground in 1997 and hired on an up-and-coming star, Jennifer Williams, as their wine maker. And, in just a few short years (and a tremendous amount of behind the scenes work), Arrow&Branch is now recognized worldwide for its magnificent wines. 

At the Nov. 12 dinner, the Contursis and their winemaker, Jennifer, will be walking guests through several exclusive vintages, including a Sauvignon Blanc, two Cabernets and a Cabernet Franc blend.

Meanwhile, Chef Amar has innovated pairings for each of the five courses. 

He will, undoubtedly, create another memorable meal for his guests. 

Because this V.I.P. event always sells out in advance, tickets are only available through pre-purchase at the website,
(Final note: Don’t let the ticket price sway you.

Having attended numerous wine dinners across the country, I can assure you – this is a magnificent treat!)


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

Fresh and healthy veggie dishes at SoLag Community Garden

Chef Linda Elbert of Mindful Cuisine will be demonstrating tasty and beautiful side dishes with fall fruits and vegetables during the Fall Vegetable Tastings at the Garden Park event on Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to noon, South Laguna Community Garden Park located at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Hwy.

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Chef Linda Elbert

Learn to prepare and enjoy tasting samples of dishes suitable for Thanksgiving as well as fresh and healthy any time. On the menu: white gazpacho; melon, pear and arugula with pumpkin seeds; and roasted winter squash with pan roasted mushrooms and brown butter sage vinaigrette.

Take home recipes. Space is limited. Reserve, sign up now at Attendance is free, but donations are appreciated.

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Oct 31 Fri Halloween Hike and Star Gazing 6-8:30 p.m. Join Laguna Coast Wilderness Park staff for a slow 3.8-mile Halloween Hike over sometimes steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain).  If the sky is clear, we will do some stargazing from the ridge. For those whooooo are not afraid of the dark…Ages 12 and up. Bring a flashlight, good walking shoes, water and dress in layers, as the canyon can get cold at night.  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area.

Nov 1 Sat Family Hike 3-5 p.m. Come and enjoy an easy, 2-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain). Starting at Nix Nature Center we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park under a canopy of oaks to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. Donation: $2/person.

Nov 2 Sun Meditating in Nature 3:30-5 p.m. Relax in nature.  Enjoy walking meditation, breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket and a pillow.  No experience necessary. Ages 16 and up.  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Parking: $3. 


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Nov 2 Sun A Walk in the Park 8:30-11 a.m. Bring the family to view the landmark Aliso Creek restoration project and search for OC’s native wildlife on the Aliso Creek Trail East. This is a 2.5-mile, level terrain, leisurely hike (50-ft. elevation gain) through riparian (near water) and grassland habitats. Ages 7 and up. Led by OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy.


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LBHS Winterfest Boutique is now taking vendor apps

The Laguna Beach High School Winterfest fundraiser will take place on Saturday, Dec 6. Formerly known as the Annual LBHS Holiday Boutique, Winterfest promises to be better than ever.

The community-wide event will have more vendors, live entertainment, delicious homemade food, and more shoppers! They are adding gift-wrapping services, a sit-down café and a craft area for kids while parents shop.

It will be held in Dugger Gym at the high school with vendor check-in from 8-9 a.m., and shopping will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All vendors are welcome to participate as long as their goods are appropriate for a school campus, and do not compete with food, drinks and desserts being sold by the PTA. There is a flat fee of $75 per vendor.

Applications (available as a PDF to be downloaded HERE) are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis since space is limited to the gym.  

A confirmation or wait list email will be sent to you within two days of receiving your payment, including detailed directions for the day. Once you receive your confirmation please help the organizers advertise the event so that it is a success for all.

Medicare open enrollment seminars in Laguna Beach

Look at all of your Medicare options at a local seminar at Ruby’s Diner on Coast Highway. Plan to attend for an informational Medicare seminar to learn about the changes to Medicare plans in 2015 to be informed on the full range of options available to you.

Patrick and Joann Freeman, local Insurance Brokers certified with most all plans that are available in Laguna Beach and Orange County, will host the meetings. They will take place Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 4 – 5 p.m.; and Thursday, Nov. 13 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

RSVP to 888-274-4120 or 949-497-7473 and receive an apple pie after the meeting. No obligation for follow up. 

Ruby’s Diner is located at 30622 Coast Highway.

Crystal Cove State Park

Love birds, but need help with identification? Join Crystal Cove State Park birders on a guided autumn bird walk on both the inland and coastal areas of the park on Saturday, Nov 1 at 8 a.m.Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre.

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturdays, Nov 1, 8, & 29 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Historic District Education Commons where Ranger Jenn will host a Beachside Chat.  Park in the Los Trancos lot.


Volume 6, Issue 86                                                                            October 31, 2014

If your vote were limited to only one person for the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Governors, which of the following would you choose?
If your vote were limited to only one person for the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Governors, which of the following would you choose?
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.

It’s Your Estate

Fri | until 10/31 | 1:30-3pm | Free. Facilitated by Peter Kote.  Providing the resources seniors need to make confident financial, estate, and charitable decisions.

Computer Assistance

Thursdays 9am-3pm. Drop in for one-on-one help with your laptop, smart phone, or tablet, PC & Mac/Apple, Windows 7&8.

The Alexander Technique

Mon | 9/29-10/27 | 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.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

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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

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

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

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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.

Bridge: Intermediate

Fri | 12:30-2:30pm | 10/3 – 11/21

Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning Bridge #1 & 2.  Contact Ann at 949-495-4564 for more information.

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.

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.

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Animal Crackers Fall Fundraiser will be held on Sat, Nov 1 

Lots of Laguna Beach residents remember the efforts and successes of Animal Crackers Pet Center in South Laguna as it found home for rescued pets of all types before lease problems required them to find another spot. As many people know, Animal Crackers is now in Laguna Hills and Gina Kantzabedian hasn’t paused for an instant in her mission!

On Saturday, Nov 1 at Laguna Beach Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Drive from 6 – 9 p.m., it will be “come one, come all, come laugh!” Animal Crackers will hold a fundraiser to support a great cause and to help the animals.

There will be food, a cash bar, great prizes, a live auction, and lots of fun. Tax-deductible tickets are $75, and include a set of bingo cards for Drag Queen Bingo (if you haven’t played it, be ready to laugh and have some loud fun!).

Space is limited to 200. This event sells out every year, so hurry and buy your tickets. Volunteers, donations and sponsors are most welcome.  

To reserve your spot, call: (949)-454-0800 or contact, or visit  They take paypal. 

Animal Crackers Pet Center is a 501© (3) non-profit. Tax-id #26-1382698

The Annual Fall Women Artists Event and Fundraiser Nov 2

The Annual Fall Women Artists Event and Fundraiser will be held Sunday, November 2 from Noon to 5 p.m. at the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Drive.

Proceeds raised from the auctioned items will support a scholarship fund for one student at the Laguna College of Art + Design. 

The registration fee for the event is $25 per artist for Woman’s Club members and $40 (early bird pricing) per artist who are non-members. With your fee and artwork donation, you will be entitled to showcase and sell your creations to the public in the Clubhouse.

Artists who are interested in participating may contact the event chair, Kim Salter at or by phone at (949) 230-1169.  

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

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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. 


Monday, November 3

Recreation Committee

Community Center – 6:45


Wednesday, November 5

Housing and Human Services Committee 

Community Center – 4 p.m.


Thursday, November 6

HIV Advisory Committee

Conference Room A – 4 p.m.

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.



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