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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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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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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Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies Choose ColorSoundation Music Curriculum

Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies, a national early-childhood education franchise with three decades of experience, has adopted a unique music curriculum called ColorSoundation for its franchises across the U.S. This teaching system was developed by Los Angeles-based musician and teacher Shiho Yamamoto to teach very young children the fundamentals of music through the integration and interplay of colors with sounds. Yamamoto is also the Founder of the West Los Angeles-based Conservatory of Performing Arts, a school that specializes in offering progressive academic music lessons to a diverse range of young students living in Southern California. She developed ColorSoundation in 2005...

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Christopher Fulton, Ph.D.: Helping Anxious Teens (and Parents) on the Road to College

In the last two decades, there has been a noticeable shift in the level of academic and extracurricular expectations placed on college-bound teens. A 4.0 or above GPA and top SAT scores must be accompanied by demonstrations of leadership at school, volunteering in the community and “passion and commitment” to an activity. Pressure to be accepted into the “best” college has created a new type of education “hysteria” among parents and teens, according to Calabasas-based psychologist Christopher Fulton, Ph.D. The father of two teenagers, he has seen the effects of this pressure on the teens he works with in his...

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Kip’s Celebrates 70 Years of Toys and Smiles

Don Kipper started working at his father’s toy store, Kip’s Toyland, when he was 9 years old. Besides dusting and organizing shelves, his main duty was tying strings to balloons. Balloons and flags were the main items sold at Kip’s Toyland when it first opened in 1945. Don’s father, Irvin “Kip” Kipper, had just returned home from serving as a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot in World War II. During one mission, his Boeing B-17 bomber was shot down over Italy and Kip was captured by the German army. He was held as a prisoner of war for eight months...

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13-year-old Chef Cooks With Food Greats at Autism Speaks Gala

By the time Chase Bailey was 10, he was hooked on cooking shows. He discussed best methods for caramelizing onions with his mom and filled the family DVR with recipes for pizzas baked in brick ovens and tortillas filled with mahi mahi and mango-radish salsa. At 11, he started his own cooking blog, followed by his YouTube channel, “Chase 'N Yur Face.” And in October, the Irvine 13-year-old, who is on the autism spectrum, cooked alongside award-winning chefs including Art Smith of Table Fifty-Two, Ben Ford of Ford’s Filling Station and Nancy Silverton of Osteria Mozza. Chase was one of...

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