Archives for September 2013

Soccer Player and Dad Marcelo Sarvas

Soccer Player and Dad Marcelo Sarvas Stays On the Ball

The L.A. Galaxy midfielder loves the game, but loves family time just as much. by Ron Epstein Marcelo Sarvas is a gifted midfielder for the L.A. Galaxy. Born in Brazil, he played professional soccer in Sweden, Poland and Costa Rica before joining the Galaxy in 2012. He’s played with and against some of the best players in the world, but ask him who he enjoys hanging with today and he’ll quickly tell you it’s his son. “He’s always with me, training, in the locker room, after the games,” Sarvas says of 5-year-old Lucas. “He has a very good relationship with...

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Mary John

Mary John: Money-Savvy Mom

This single mom of two daughters is also a wealth advisor. And she wants moms everywhere to take better charge of their finances. by Elena Epstein When it comes to money, Mary John, Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor for the Beverly Hills Region of Wells Fargo Private Bank, is on a mission. She wants every woman, starting at a young age, to understand money management and be able to make wise, independent financial decisions. “Too many times, women defer important financial decisions onto the men in their lives,” she says. As a single mom to two young girls and...

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Go Danish or Western

Go Danish or Western in the Santa Ynez Valley

From the quaint town of Solvang to the rustic trails near Alisal Guest Ranch, your family can have a world of fun. by Mimi Slawoff Located in northern Santa Barbara County, the Santa Ynez Valley contains six distinctive, rural communities with a total population of about 20,000. The most unique and picturesque is Solvang (Danish for “sunny field”), a Danish community. Only about 125 miles from L.A., it feels worlds away. And while it’s best known for the charming Danish town, Solvang is also home to the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, a working cattle ranch offering families Western-themed activities....

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2 Bit Art Walk

Attention Explorers!

Pursuing their passions – or even passing interests – helps kids find their place in the world By Christina Elston Once upon a time, my daughter wanted to be a princess. Then she decided to become a ballerina, a herpetologist, part of her school’s marching band, a rock star and a photographer. This means we went to ballet, guitar and clarinet lessons, nature and zoo camps, and photography workshops. Often her father and I were excited to see her pursue a new interest. Sometimes we were frustrated that she kept bouncing from one thing to the next. But this, it...

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Lisa Leslie’s Layups and Leadership

WNBA Star’s Academy Goes Beyond Basketball By Elena Epstein Hannah Martin, 13, doesn’t mind waking up early on Saturday mornings to drive from Los Angeles to Calabasas for a basketball clinic. Like the other boys and girls enrolled in this program, she’s fueled by an extra dose of adrenaline stemming from the opportunity to learn from WNBA legend, Lisa Leslie. “I’ve learned so much,” says Hannah, who started playing basketball at age 8. “My shooting and offense have really improved so that even my club coach was wondering what happened. I love being here.” The Lisa Leslie Basketball & Leadership...

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