Archives for October 2015

Plant a Fall Fairy Patch

When Chris Young was growing up in Indiana, and later when he lived in New York City, there wasn’t much to do in the garden in the fall because freezing winter weather was on the way. But 10 years ago, he moved to balmy Los Angeles, where the shorter days and cooling temperatures of fall make it a great time to plant. The yard surrounding the Laurel Canyon home he now shares with his beagle, Daisy, wasn’t much to look at in the beginning. “There was a big cement slab and a big blob of grass,” he says. But Young...

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Mathnasium Hosts 5th Annual TriMathlon

Conejo Valley-area students put their math skills on display Oct. 18, earning money for local schools and winning prizes for themselves during the Mathnasium of Thousand Oaks 2015 TriMathlon contest. In the U.S. and Canada, Mathnasium TriMathlon participants raised $37,000 for local schools. Here are the top three Mathnasium of Thousand Oaks winners in grades 2 through 5: Grade 5: Naren Krishnan, Red Oak Elementary School, 1st Place; Renee Hong, Madrona Elementary School, 2nd Place; Ishaan Joshi, Flory Academy, 3rd Place Grade 4: Abhishek Jagannathan, Vista Fundamental School, 1st Place; Aiden DePrano, Brookside Elementary School, 2nd Place; Karthik Tholudur, Sycamore...

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L.A. Winter Break Camps For Kids

The winter holidays bring plenty of cheer and fun ideas for kids, but also a two- or three-week break from school. Whether that has you scrambling for childcare, or just for a way to distract the kids from life’s many small screens, you are in luck. Because Los Angeles offers a flurry of winter camp possibilities that give kids a cool way to spend their vacation. And they’re not just a place to park your little darlings until classes resume in January. Many connect kids with real-life skills and experiences they’re not going to find anywhere else. With the In...

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Top L.A. Ice Skating Spots

While nothing really freezes during the winter in Southern California, there are still several great spots for family ice skating. The Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square (532 S. Olive St., L.A.; www.holidayicerinkdowntownla.com) returns for its 18th season Nov. 13-Jan. 19. This year’s special events will include a Snoopy On Ice showcase, the Polar Bear Skate and a Winter Holiday Festival, and the rink is even open on the holidays! Admission: $9. Figure and hockey skate rental: $4. A chill is again in the forecast for the Queen Mary (1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach; www.queenmary.com/events/chill), as the winter wonderland known...

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Blast Off To A Journey To Space

Attention, Space Cadets! The California Science Center (700 Exposition Park Dr., L.A.; www.californiasciencecenter.org) has a new exhibit that is totally out of this world. “Journey To Space: The Exhibition” offers a hands-on experience with the science of space travel that is unique among Los Angeles attractions. Visitors can experiment with drop towers to learn about weightlessness in space and find out how it affects the body during a long space voyage, and learn about radiation, meteoroids and other challenges astronauts face in space. Water rockets will showcase the physics behind a spaceship’s launch. Interested in what an astronaut’s life is...

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Find Your Pretty at Blushington

There’s a new beauty spot at The Village at Westfield Topanga in Woodland Hills. Blushington Makeup and Beauty Lounge recently opened its doors, adding a new location in addition to stores already in West Hollywood, Newport Beach, Dallas, and New York City. Founder and CEO Stephi Maron opened the first store in 2011 in West Hollywood. Joined by her sister, Nicki Maron who is Chief Marketing Officer, their goal was to create an inviting space where clients would feel comfortable by making makeup services accessible (not just for red carpet or special events). They also wanted to provide a one-stop...

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Roosevelt High Students Address National Education Leaders

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools has announced that one of its schools, Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School (MSTMA), made history this week as the first California school to address the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). Students made their presentation during the Education Forum at the association’s annual Leadership Summit. The SETDA Leadership Summit brings together leaders from more than 40 state departments of education, including leaders in educational technology, assessment, instructional materials and professional development. The Education Forum shines a spotlight on the full scope of the digital transformation of policy and practice underway...

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Turning Point School Announces Dr. Laura Konigsberg as Next Head of School

The Turning Point School Board of Trustees announced last week that Dr. Laura Konigsberg has been appointed the next Head of School beginning July 1. She will succeed Deborah Richman who, in the beginning of 2015, shared her plan to retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year after 28 years of service. “Unanimously chosen by the Board of Trustees, Laura Konigsberg was a standout among an impressive field of candidates. She is the ideal leader to build on the remarkable legacy that Deborah Richman has built over the past 28 years at our exceptional school,” says Board President...

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L.A. Zoo Offers New Family Classes

Have you ever wanted your family to explore the world of animals, learning about the many different ways they use their tails? Or how patterns on fur, feathers, scales and skin help animals avoid predators? Or why animals make their homes in unusual locations? Or which adaptations help certain animals survive extreme cold or heat? The L.A. Zoo introduces four programs to help children and their parents discover all this and more, including close-up animal encounters, hands-on activities and intriguing talks focusing on the Zoo's animal collection, from tiny insects to giant elephants. TODDLER TOTES, for parents and children ages...

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Director Mark Krenzien Talks About ‘Journey To Space’

The new “Journey to Space” exhibit and IMAX film are set to open at the California Science Center on Oct. 29, but L.A. Parent readers were treated to a special visit and screening of the film Oct. 25. And Mark Krenzien, director of the film, was on hand to answer questions after the screening. L.A. Parent editor Christina Elston started things rolling: Could you tell us a little bit about some of the exciting things you got to do while you were making this film? Well, one of the most interesting things about being an IMAX filmmaker is that you...

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