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A note from Stu 


Our Dining Section

I hope you are a regular reader of our weekly Laguna Dining section.

Diane Armitage writes a restaurant ‘preview’ every issue and she gets to the meat of the matter, as only a writer with her accomplished talents is able to do. Diane is aware of the people in the kitchens of our many eateries and that helps her to really deliver the inside stuff as well as create the backstories about how certain items got on a restaurant’s menu in the first place! Fun stuff…

Three writers bring us a new (and usually unique) recipe every week. 

April Steinert is accomplished in the kitchen and she simply loves food and telling us all about how to make it right!

Anita Razin puts her Eastern slant on her healthy recipes and as one who has tried a few, she knows what she’s doing!

Fonda Eaton might be a very cantankerous lady but when it comes to comfort food, Fonda and her southern roots deliver dishes to love.

Then there’s Shaena’s “Public Trough” and her own take on what’s what on the restaurant scene in town. Worth reading.

I recommend Laguna Dining to you – and would love to have any feedback along the way…thanks!


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!


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Diane Armitage

The “inside scoop” from NeaPizza

Last night, a friend and I popped into Neapolitan Pizzeria (nicknamed NeaPizza by locals) in SoLag. Happily, since their complete change in ownership last winter, the food continues to remain quite stellar. We dug into their Kale Salad and ordered one of their thin-crust pizzas and had a most excellent time. 

One interesting bit of news to pass on: Since NeaPizza’s re-opening under new ownership, the owners have offered a “half off” special on any bottle of wine on Wednesday nights. Now, they’re replacing that offer with new specials but that doesn’t mean the original wine special doesn’t disappear. It’s merely going underground. 

Simply mention the Wednesday “half off” special any time in the future and they’ll consider you a true person in the know. (Maybe even think of you as a local!) It applies to every wine bottle on the NeaPizza list, which offers a great balance of well-knowns and rare discoveries. 



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


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.

July 31 Thur Fitness Hike at Dilley 8:30-10:30 a.m. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (900-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. Donation: $2/person.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


July 27 Sun Family Hike in the Canyon 8:30-11 a.m. Enjoy a hike with your family in the beautifully lush Wood Canyon, while exploring its wildlife with OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer. This is a moderate 2-mile hike (300-ft elevation gain) over uneven and rocky terrain. Ages 7 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area.


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Transition LB seedlings at Farmers Market Saturday morning

Transition Laguna Beach Food Group will be at the Farmers Market this Saturday, July 26th selling vegetable seedlings.   

They will have a great selection of edibles such as: Tomatoes, Summer and Winter Squash, Leeks, Cucumbers, Hot and Sweet Peppers, and Herbs.  Seedlings are ready to be planted in your vegetable garden.

Many of the seedlings are from seeds harvested in Laguna, and all have been grown organically here in Laguna.  

Their booth is located at the back of the Farmers Market on Local’s Lane.

Crystal Cove State Park

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.

Community Days in the Historic District’s Education Commons on Wednesday 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.

Crystal Cove State Park is hosting a geology tour along the coastal section of the park on Sunday, July 27 from 1-3 p.m.  Visit several diverse and geologically outstanding sites which all display a story from a different geologic time.  Meet at Los Trancos lot at the trailer. 

Join Crystal Cove State Park docents for a 2-mile guided Sunset Hike on Sunday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m.  Enjoy the rising moon over Moro ridge on this moderate 2-hour hike.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and dress in layers

Join a park ranger on a 1-hour nature walk around the new Environmental Study Loop trail on Tuesday, July 29 at 9 a.m. and look for animal tracks, listen for bird calls, and smell the native plants.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.


Volume 6, Issue 59                                                                                   July 25, 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:

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 


Friday, July 25

Urban Planning Coordinating Committee Meeting

Community Center – 8 a.m.


Monday, July 28

Arts Commission

Council Chambers – 5:30 


Tuesday, July 29

Electronic Building Plan Review Workshop

Council Chambers – 1:30



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Maggi Henrikson is our Associate Editor; Diane Armitage, Niki Smart, Samantha WasherErin Burris, Allison Martin, and Suzie Harrison are staff writers.

Dennis McTighe, Diane Armitage, Anita Razin and April Steinert are columnists.

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