Archives for July 2014

Paint My Teez Offers New Way to Get Creative for Kids and Adults

If you like having fun while getting creative, there is a new place in town just for you. Paint My Teez is a painting studio for t-shirts. You can grab some girlfriends for a fun moms’ night out or take the kids to create wearable masterpieces. Paint My Teez prints t-shirts and uses the front room as its studio. They provide painting birthday parties, wine and t-shirt nights and mom’s night out. They have recently incorporated Paint My Teez House Parties, where they bring the party to you. “We want to create a place for the community that offers something...

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The Shops at Montebello Awards $9,500 in College Scholarships to Local High School Seniors

Twenty high school students from the Montebello Unified School District were awarded $9,500 in scholarships through The Shops at Montebello’s Scholarship Awards, meant to recognize graduating seniors in the community and help them continue their education. The scholarship program was created in 1985, when the center opened, as a way to assist local students in recognizing their educational goals and to provide initial monetary support to achieve those goals. “We’re honored that we’re able to support the academic endeavors of promising and driven youth within the Montebello community,” said Marida Petitjean, director of marketing and business development at The Shops...

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An Unusual Mix Of Surf and Turf

Mud, tar, sand and water – these aren’t the materials for a strange science experiment. They’re the ingredients for some of this month’s most unique events. Families will get a rare chance to dig deep into Southern California’s history when Mud Mania returns to Rancho Los Cerritos from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 17. At this celebration of adobe, you can plaster a wall with mud, construct a small adobe house, create adobe bricks, learn about adobe’s historical significance and participate in the mud relay race. Plus, this event is one of the few times when you are asked to dress down...

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Outings On the Spectrum

Taking your children out on an excursion where everyone has fun can feel like a major accomplishment for any parent. If you have a child with autism spectrum disorder, a successful outing might be even more of a challenge, but just as much of a necessity. Regardless of a child’s level of ability, participating in community outings is a skill that will ultimately enhance her or his quality of life. The following is a list of strategies that can empower you to tackle any outing: Prepare your child as much as possible. The novelty and unpredictability of an outing can...

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Back-to-School Help For Kids Who Stutter

Actress Nicole Kidman, NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal and Vice President Joe Biden all overcame stuttering and had successful – and high profile – careers. As the new school year commences, are you wondering how your child will manage? “One in every 100 people stutters,” says Jane Fraser, president of The Stuttering Foundation. “But as many as two or three younger children in each classroom may struggle with this complex disorder.” The nonprofit foundation is ready to help with a host of free resources for teachers and parents. Their tips for teachers include: Help all members of the class learn to...

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Straight Teeth For Kids With Special Needs

For many kids, braces are a rite of passage – not an enjoyable one, but worth enduring for straight teeth and a lovely smile. For children with special needs, however, braces can be more than a nuisance. Children on the autism spectrum, and those with cerebral palsy and other challenges, are extra sensitive to having wires and brackets in the mouth and often damage the appliances. Traditional braces also make oral hygiene – already a challenge for children with special needs – exceptionally difficult. “Typical wires and braces are irritants and food collectors,” says Ken Fischer, DDS, ( an orthodontist...

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Behind the Scenes: A Dad In the Mailbag

Last month, after our June issue came out, I received an email: Ms. Elston, I read your stories in the June 2014 issue of L.A. Parent about Hero Dads. Thank you for the coverage on Fathers. I have always believed that Dads get the shaft when it comes to celebrating their significance in the family construct. This believe is based sadly on fact. Money wise, much more is spent to celebrate Mother’s Day than Father’s Day – a numerical fact. Also, thank you for the coverage on the conventional as well as unconventional roles fathers are playing. As a single...

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Girls in Sports

I played sports as a kid, as did most of you, I’m sure, and I have great memories from the experience. I played an assortment of sports, was on different teams (some won, others not so much) and learned much about how to work with others from being on a different team every year. There’s nothing like a team victory. To steal a line from Gene Hackman’s character in Hoosiers, which is the consummate team movie, the essence of a team is when “all pistons are firing at the same time.” But as a parent, I learned that team sports are about so...

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L.A. After Dark: Summer Nights Offer Family Fun That Beats the Heat

When you think about the joys of summer, your first thought might be the fun of spending school-free days out in the sun. But one of the great things about the summer is that the fun can continue long after the sun goes down (and things cool off a bit). To quote those great philosophers Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson (from the movie Grease): “Summer days drifting away, to uh-oh those summer nights ….” Al Fresco Films Movies, in fact, are one of the mainstays of summer nights, with summer film series on view at many a mall and public...

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A Mom Reporter’s UCLA Daytrip

Los Angeles is composed of many interesting and unique neighborhoods. We decided to spend the day in Westwood, specifically at UCLA. We wanted to visit two interesting places that would have a lot of activities for our 3½-year-old son. In the morning, we went to the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden (100 Stein Plaza Driveway; 310-825-1260; In the afternoon, we headed over to the Fowler Museum (UCLA North Campus, We paid for all-day parking in one of the UCLA campus lots near the north side of theMEMBG. The MEMBG is a tranquil gem in the middle of bustling...

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