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A note from Stu 


Police Beat

DUI Arrests

If you read today’s Police Beat on our second front page, you’ll note that nine DUI arrests are listed.

Usually, our twice a week Police Beat will have about three arrests and sometimes zero arrests.

Why so many in today’s edition?

Did you read about the DI saturation patrol set for last Friday night in our Friday edition? If so – you’ll probably think you know why. Guess again, only three of the nine DUI arrests were tallied Friday during the overnight hours of the saturation patrol.

Interestingly, eight of the nine were from out of town.

Please think designated driver and if you see a driver that you think is impaired, call 9-1-1.


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Diane Armitage

Prietto’s Skimboard School offers coolest skim teacher around

As you well may know, Laguna Beach is recognized for having “invented” skimboarding. And, Pro Skimboarder Paulo Prietto is recognized for having invented the most comprehensive skimboarding school in town, too. His weekly skimboarding camp continues to run this year through the week of Aug. 18-22. 

Having followed and photographed the professional skimboarders for many years now, I have to say that the top guys in this sport are incredibly nice guys. Paulo Prietto, though, is in a class all his own. A professional skimboarder, Paulo has not only won three world championships, but he’s usually the one winning the “Best Sportsman” awards at all the events, too.  

Paulo has been teaching skimboarding to beginners and pros alike for years. He has a number of DVDs and YouTube videos and throughout, he has to be the friendliest, most stoic skimboarding teacher out there. Nothing you do on a skimboard phases Paulo; he is ever encouraging, always upbeat, and terribly careful with his charges. 

In his week-long Skimboarding Camps at Treasure Island Beach below the Montage, Paulo teaches ocean surf “physics” and safety tips, and does all sorts of technique teaching on the beach before taking to the waves. He’s a hands-on teacher whose greatest concern is that each participant has a great time while advancing his or her skills. 

Aside from his Solag Skim School staffers, expect to see drop-in surprise visits from the top-ranked skimboarding pros, too. Camps run 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, and your camp enthusiast must know how to swim. 

Registration is here, through the City of Laguna Beach.


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 www.LagunaBeachBest.com She is a regular contributor to StuNews

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


July 25 Fri Meditating in Nature 6:30 – 8 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.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


July 24 Thur Fitness Hike at Canyon View 8:30-11 a.m. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 6-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. Donation: $2/person.


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Paws to Read! Summer reading program runs through August 2

Join others at the library for family fun this summer. Laguna Beach Library Summer Reading signups began Monday and the program ends on August 2nd.

The Children’s summer reading program is for children from 0-12 years old. Children will earn incentives for every two hours of reading such as a free coupon for a kid’s meal at Chipotle Grill or they may draw from a treasure chest containing a variety of small toys and games. Those who finish 10 hours will be invited to attend the Recognition BBQ on August 23rd. The Firefighters Association will give out awards to each child. Based on last year’s attendance they expect to have around 350-400 sign ups. Library staff really enjoys its young patrons; and they want to encourage their love of reading and library use from an early age.

The library is also looking for Teens from the age of 12 (or going into 7th grade) to 18 years old to volunteer at the library. Teens will help in the children’s department with summer reading programs and signups. Apps are available at the library.

All programs are free. Funded by the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library.

Crystal Cove State Park


Community Days in the Historic District’s Education Commons on Wednesdays 7/23, & 7/30 from 10-4. Enjoy free art classes, historical games, sea glass wrapping, dance classes, and more!  Check out Cottage #13, the Film and Media Center, and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility. Parking: Los Trancos lot.

Join a Park Ranger for a fun introduction to the ecology of Crystal Cove State Park in our weekly Junior Ranger programs.  This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows visitors ages 7-12 to earn a badge.  Junior Rangers meets on Monday and Friday mornings 7/25, & 7/28 from 10-11 a.m.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. Come for the program, stay for the day.

Join a summer campfire program and learn about all the recreational fun available at Crystal Cove State Park and some of the unique plants and animals that call it home.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. Friday, 7/25 at 7:30 p.m.


Volume 6, Issue 58                                                                                   July 22, 2014

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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

“Photo Narratives”

By Tammy Lechner

Wednesdays from 12-3p.m., until 8/27.
Learn to tell stories through photographs. Explore principles of documentary photography and expand your ability to “see” and analyze visual content. Improve upon your narratives, editing, and layout skills.

Social Services Support

Are you a spouse caring for your loved one, an individual caring for your significant other, a son or daughter trying to coordinate services for a parent?  If you fit one of these descriptions, you are a caregiver. 

Whether or not it is side-by-side or from a distance, caregiving can affect your physical, social, and emotional well being resulting in strained relationships, physical ailments, and leave you emotionally drained.  Sometimes speaking with a professional care manager can help you balance your physical, social, and emotional well being.  

Judy Denton and Martha Hernandez, MSW, are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30-5 in the Susi Q Outreach Office and can help you make sense of your situation and recommend resources and techniques to alleviate the stressors in your care giving life. 

Club Q Laguna

A new senior LGBT social club will start as a meet and greet and evolve as participants discuss the Club’s agenda.  Meets 3-5 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Fridays monthly.

LGBT Support Group

All new: the senior LBGT community is invited to come together the second and fourth Monday every month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to share tools and resources for living fuller lives. Facilitated by psychologist Dr. Michelle McCormick, PhD., the support group is an offshoot of our new Club Q Laguna and in collaboration with Shanti of Orange County. Please call for registration information.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

Open Computer Labs

Free assistance with PCs, Internet, Windows, Facebook, smartphones, iPhone,
, or any Apple product. Offered everyday. Call for times.

Adult Hula Lessons

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. 

Instructor is Marianne Ripley.

Fridays from 1:30-2:30. A suggested donation of $3.00 per class is recommended.

Learn how to “uke” it up!

Early Intermediate Ukulele and Beginning Ukulele classes.  Learn to play this incredible instrument.  Call the Susi Q for more details.  New classes begin monthly.

Senior Yoga Class

Every Monday & Friday from 9-10

This class involves gentle stretching, joint rotation exercises and some tai-chi.  Exercises can be performed while standing or sitting.  

A $4 donation is requested per class. Instructor Pierce Shannon

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 meets every Tuesday & Friday

The Current Events Discussion Group meets every Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  The group is interested in your opinion of what is going on in the world.

The group consists of about 20 or so people who bring in an article about some event that they consider newsworthy.  Normally, each participant edits their article of interest so that the most important points can be read aloud in less than five minutes, but while you don’t have to bring an article to read in order to participate in the discussion, most people do.  A group facilitator helps to guide the discussion.

The entire community is invited to participate in this activity.


Bingo is now being played every Monday and Thursday from 10:30 – 11:30. On the third Wednesday of the month, the National Charity League sponsors “Birthday Celebration Bingo” – free to all.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

Free Medicare Answers & Assistance

2nd & 4th Thursday, Monthly 10-2

The Susi Q has partnered with the Council on Aging to offer free Health Insurance Counseling. Call today for an appointment.

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: aking@csusm.edu

Intermediate Ballroom Dancing Available Monday afternoons

Join us every Monday afternoon for ballroom dancing. Intermediate lessons are from 2-3.  Each session costs $7. 

Couples and singles are welcome.  

Be sure to wear appropriate shoes.

Free Estate Planning Legal Advice

Local attorney Leslie Daff is available to assist individuals with questions pertaining to the following topics: elder law, estate administration, estate planning, MediCal, and conservatorships.

Leslie Daff is available on the fourth Thursday each month from 12 - 2 p.m.

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 11:30-3:00 at the Susi Q. If interested, please contact Kathy Oliver at (949) 497-7927 or (949) 231-9235.

Monday morning Table Top Treasures

The Susi Q accepts small household items such as knick-knacks, holiday decorations, costume jewelry and other miscellaneous items on a daily basis and then sells the items on Mondays from 9 - Noon at Table Top Treasures.  All funds received from this activity sponsor a scholarship for a LBHS senior and help to pay for bingo prizes for our seniors.  

If you have any miscellaneous items that you would like to donate, please drop by the Susi Q from 9 - 3.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

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. 

Monday Movie and Popcorn

12:30-3 p.m. in the Laguna Room.Free every Monday.  See the Front Desk for the current movie schedule

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 


Tuesday, July 22

Environmental Sustainability Committee

Community Center – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, July 23 

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Thursday, July 24 

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee

Community Center – 6 p.m.


Friday, July 25

Urban Planning Coordinating Committee Meeting

Community Center – 8 a.m.



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