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A Note from Shaena

Stu is home.

Over the weekend, Stu’s beloved Brandon, whom he regarded as his son, carried Stu’s remains home to Middleburg, Virginia. Stu now lies in peace with his beloved family, near the father and brother he adored.

We miss him every day here at Stu News Laguna. We do our best to channel his voice. We try to figure out WWSD – What Would Stu Do? – when challenges arise. 

We do our best to publish stories we know he would have loved (this week’s Laguna Life & People, featuring eight-year-old Ryan Hickman, the young recycler, would have warmed his heart, we are sure.)

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Stu Saffer

The Stu team also laughs together a lot, remembering our mentor’s quirkiness and great sense of humor.

I know Lynette has told me that she sometimes speaks out loud to Stu on deadline days, saying things like “Stu, help!” or “Oh, Stu, you would love this…” 

As for me, I keep an extra large photo of Stu in my car at all times, so he’s literally watching over me every day.

Our Stu is still very much with us.

Stu in the Street

We think he’d be excited about the launch of our new Stu in the Street feature in the coming weeks, because above all, Stu loved to know exactly what Laguna people were thinking about the issues of the day.

Reporter Suzie Harrison will be out there soon with pen and camera in hand, asking the question of the day.

Stu would be very pleased, we think.

Rest in peace, Stu. We love you and will never forget you.

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

This football season, Skyloft is Ohio State Buckeyes’ skybox

Yesterday, I was tooling down PCH when…What to my wondering eye did appear? A huge Ohio State flag on Skyloft rafters – right here… 

Last time I checked Columbus, Ohio was 2,250 miles from Skyloft’s front doors. And, there are at least 758 colleges in the U.S. that field football teams, half of which must be on the westerly side of Ohio. 

So, what gives? 

Skyloft announces expansion to Columbus

As it turns out, Skyloft isn’t as far from Columbus as we first thought. In fact, Owner Ivan Spiers tells me that the second Skyloft restaurant will soon be perched right in the fine heart of Columbus in the uber-popular Brewery District.

“For months we were looking all over the country for the best location for our next Skyloft,” says Spiers. “As soon as we began exploring in Columbus, we knew we’d found Skyloft’s second home. It’s a fantastic city, and the people are really warm and wonderful, very welcoming. 

“So, now we’re absolute Buckeyes fans,” says Spiers with a rare smile. “First here in Laguna Beach and, by next season, with our sister Skyloft in Columbus.”  

Skyloft Laguna Beach initiates the Ohio State wave on Aug 31

That’s right. Skyloft Laguna Beach is now a devoted and committed Buckeyes fan. 

From Ohio’s first game on Thursday, Aug. 31, all the way through the Big Ten championship on Dec 2, Skyloft is offering to be “the home away from home” for Ohio State alumni and Buckeyes fan everywhere.

There are plenty of LA restaurants and bars that show allegiance to specific college teams – some even to the Buckeyes – but Skyloft is playing it up in its usual big way. 

With the most TVs in the city of Laguna Beach (25), Skyloft’s Director of Operations Jonathan Moore says that Buckeye fans are invited to take over the main level bar completely (12 TVs) and, as their numbers increase, they’ll roll into the music lounge area (another 10 TVs) or the main dining room (two giant TVs).

In honor of the Ohio State Buckeyes, this is Chef Arthur’s TBDBITL - The Best Damned Bacon in the Land.

Loaded BLT Nachos, served only on Ohio State game days!

Skyloft touchdown: Buckeye specials

As expected, Skyloft’s innovative staff has jumped in feet first, too. 

Chef Arthur is introducing at least two Buckeye specials – the Buckeye Burger (smoked brisket piled on his famous burger) and the “TBDBITL” … if you’re true to your Ohio school, you know exactly what that acronym means … but Chef Arthur has replaced just one word (Band) with … Bacon. It’s a Bacon Nachos dish that I had the great fortune to try –sheer rhapsody.

Beverage Director, Crafty Mixologist and Resident Beer Guy Louie Palmerin has already created a Brutus shot (the mascot with the big nut for a head) and an Urban Legend cocktail (in honor of nationally esteemed Head Coach Urban Meyer). 

Palmerin also promises a different craft or draft beer each week. The beer will be priced at just $5 an hour preceding game time (for tailgaters) and throughout every Ohio State game.

Buckeyes Unite!

Skyloft is the first South Orange County restaurant to fly Ohio State colors. Jonathan Moore also notes that his restaurant will only fly those colors. It seems that many restaurants and bars will change out college flags to entice a day’s procession of varied football fans, but that felt like cheating to him. 

“We love all our college and NFL fans and we have plenty of TVs to show plenty of games. We welcome all makes and models,” says Moore. “But we have a little sister coming along in a really great town now, and we’re awfully proud to call ourselves Buckeyes.”

See for more details. 


Diane Armitage is the best-selling author of the book,

The Best of Laguna Beach, and offers a cornucopia of ideas and upcoming events at her blog,

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required

Sign-up online:

949-923-2235. Parking: $3 


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


California Native Plants and Uses

Tue, Aug 8

8:30 a.m.- 11 a.m.

Learn about the many fascinating uses of California native plants during the pre-mission period, on this 2-mile hike (490-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain. This hike will focus on plants used historically for tools, food and building materials. For 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; 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 per vehicle.

Fitness Hike at Willow

Thu, Aug 10

8:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (571-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.

Let’s Go Hiking

Sat, Aug 12

8- 10:30 a.m.

Do you want to take a hike with other nature enthusiasts? Enjoy a 3.5-mile, moderate (100-ft. elevation gain) hike through Canyon and Mariposa trails with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. You’ll experience a variety of plant communities, from coastal sage scrub to oak woodland, and enjoy a panoramic view of the canyon at the top. You’ll also see one of Orange County’s few natural lakes. Minimal interpretation, but questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven.

Participants should bring water, a hat, a snack, and wear proper hiking shoes. Ages 15 and up.

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right). Online reservations required. For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.


Aliso and Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park 


No events during this time.


Sunset Serenades begin soon at Heisler 

Sunset Serenades will return to the Heisler Park Amphitheater on Cliff Drive, Friday evenings in September. 

Enjoy live music overlooking the ocean from 5:30 p.m. to sunset.

Photo by Lynette

Oh joy! Sunset Serenades begin soon

9/8: Tommy Kowalczyk - Rock and Classical Piano

9/15: Jason Feddy sings The Laguna Beach Police Blotter

9/22: Ginger Root - Summer grooves from the Chapman University band

9/29: Jodi Siegel - Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach


Volume 9, Issue 66                                                                             August 18, 2017

City Council recently approved the evaluation of potential in-town parking structure locations. Which of the following, if any, do you think would be the best location for a structure?
City Council recently approved the evaluation of potential in-town parking structure locations. Which of the following, if any, do you think would be the best location for a structure?
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!

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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!

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*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!

Crystal Cove State Park

Community Days in the Historic Districts Education Commons

Wed, Aug 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Step back in time as the Education Commons comes to life with fun, historical activities for the whole family.  Learn to sketch, make a one-of-a-kind sea glass creation, try your hand at a traditional craft, or explore the science of Crystal Cove State
Park. Check out Cottage #13, the Film and Media Center, and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.) $15 day use fee.

Great Plein Air Art Experience

Thu, Aug 17, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Spend a relaxing day with one of Crystal Cove State Park’s plein air artists while capturing the
beauty of the Cove on canvas. No experience required for this introductory class hosted by the Crystal Cove Conservancy. For reservations see

Junior Ranger Program

Fri, Aug 18, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.) Come for the program, stay for the day. $15
day-use parking fee

Beachside Chat

Sat, Aug 19, noon - 3 p. m.

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).

Historic District Tour

Sun, Aug 20, noon - 2 p.m.

Former life-long resident Laura Davick will share stories about the colorful past of the Cove including the history, its rescue, and the plans for restoring
the remaining 17 cottages. Park at Los Trancos parking lot then cross PCH at the signaled
intersection and walk across the marked pathways and meet at the bluff top deck of the overnight rental check-in cottage. Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).

Tidepool Walk to Pelican

Sun, Aug 20, 1:30 p.m.

Enjoy a low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will
lead and help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to
first lot.) $15 day-use fee.

City Hall

Committee Meetings - Etc.

. . . 

Mon, Aug 21

Heritage Committee

6 p.m.

Community and Senior Center 

Tue, Aug 22

City Council Meeting

6 p.m.

City Council Chambers


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