Archives for April 2015

Los Angeles Events Big Sunday 2015

You Can Be A Big Part of Big Sunday

May Los Angeles events begin in a big way as Big Sunday Weekend takes place May 1-3. Now in its 17th year, Big Sunday ranks as one of the largest regional service events in the U.S. Last year, approximately 50,000 volunteers participated in more than 500 projects in more than 100 cities throughout California. This year offers another wide selection of projects that people, young and old, can be part of. The list includes everything from beach cleanups to book drives and school beautifications. The Los Angeles-based Big Sunday organization also runs service programs throughout the year that are open...

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fun ideas for kids free comics 2015

Get Yourself Some Free Comics May 2

Comic book lovers can enjoy some of their favorite things in life – for free – May 2 during Free Comic Book Day. Diamond Comic Distributors and The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund have teamed up with the literacy organization Every Child a Reader and The Children’s Book Council for this nationwide event full of fun ideas for kids. This feast for freebies features a dozen kid-friendly titles, including SpongeBob, a Pokémon and the Simpsons-related Bongo comic. Participating Southern California comic book stores include Golden Apple Comics (7018 Melrose Ave., L.A.), Pulp Fiction Comics (4328 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City), Galaxy...

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Circle of (Drought-Tolerant) Life

Twenty-five percent is a number that might have you thinking about your yard a little differently this year. That’s how much Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered urban areas in California to cut back their water use, inspiring visions of brown lawns and prickly cactus. Rachel Young wants to change that view. She is director of horticulture and garden operations at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada-Flintridge, where a new Center Circle demonstration garden showcases drought-tolerant landscaping for “a future Los Angeles.” The garden features colorful Southern California natives and drought-friendly plants from other parts of the world that share our climate...

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Cleaner Air Improves Children’s Health

The air in Southern California has gotten cleaner during the past 20 years, and kids’ lungs have gotten healthier, says a new report from a 20-year study involving more than 2,000 children in five local communities. The USC Children’s Health Study tracked air quality in the L.A. basin and measured the lung development three groups of kids ages 11-15 living in Long Beach, Mira Loma, Riverside, San Dimas and Upland. The first group was tracked from 1994-98, the second from 1997-2001 and the third from 2007-2011. Here are some key findings from the report, which was published March 5 in...

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Five Rejuvenating Tips for Moms

Many moms feel guilty for taking some time to themselves when there is always so much to do but taking some quiet “you” time will completely benefit your body, mind and soul. And taking care of yourself is part of positive parenting. Here are a few tips that moms can do regularly to get some well-deserved peace of mind and mental space. Cultivate a morning practice. By carving out 20 minutes for yourself in the morning to journal, read inspirational material or meditate, you are setting a wonderful precedent for the day ahead. You will be better able to deal...

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Look Good and Feel Better

  Win a dedicated session with a beauty expert! We’re giving away a makeup session with Felicia Alva, creator of the Flutter Beauty cosmetic line and a resident makeup artist at the Butterfly Loft in Encino (makeup session value: $95, www.flutterbeauty.net). Her extensive training and experience have catapulted her career in the cosmetic industry. Two lucky winners will be chosen.          

Support For Parents of Kids With Special Needs

If you are the parent or caregiver of a child with autism, you’re likely involved in a slew of activities, from advocating for financial and educational resources to dealing with your child’s communication and behavior issues, making choices about treatments and therapies, and attending intensive therapy sessions with your child. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy alone can take several hours a day. “It can be like a full-time job for the kids, except it doesn’t pay a salary,” says clinical psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst Darren Sush, Psy.D., BCBA-D. Although immensely important and beneficial, it can take its toll on the parent. Sush began his practice working with children on the...

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L.A. to Host 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Los Angeles will play host to as many as half a million people this summer as we welcome athletes and fans from all over the world for the 14th Special Olympic World Games, taking place July 25-Aug. 2. Seven-thousand athletes with intellectual disabilities, coached by 3,000 coaches, will compete in 25 sports at all different levels, says Steven Vanderpool, a spokesperson for the games. There will be 117 countries represented. “There will be four core hubs where events will be taking place: USC, UCLA, L.A. Convention Center, and Long Beach’s Marine Stadium and Alamitos Beach,” says Vanderpool. Griffith Park and...

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Of Fonzie, Family and Parenting

Henry Winkler is on a mission. The actor, director and producer, best known for his role as Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli in the 1970s sitcom “Happy Days,” wants to make every child smile. And he has a plan, based on his 44 years as a father (he has a son, a daughter and a stepson) and his five years as a grandparent. Winkler was a newish dad of three when he appeared on the cover of L.A. Parent in April of 1981. The magazine was called Pony Ride then, and Winkler was its most-recognizable cover model to date. At the...

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Village Glen Robotics Team Takes Rookie All-Star Award, Heads to Nationals

The students at Village Glen School are extraordinary in a number of ways – and their Knightrise robotics team is no exception. Village Glen, part of The Help Group, is made up of students who have special needs and challenges in socialization, communication and peer relations, but also natural ability in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. The school’s STEM initiative includes classes in computer programming, digital arts, 3D printing, AP Environmental Science, entrepreneurship and robotics. And at the FIRST Robotics Competition regionals in Ventura in late March, the Knightrise team won the Rookie All-Star Award and earned...

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