Archives for May 2016

Toyota and L.A. County Lifeguards Host Water Safety Event with Boys & Girls Club of Gardena-Harbor

To remind the community of key water-safety tips as families head to local beaches this summer, carmaker Toyota and the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Division, hosted an interactive water-safety event for the Boys & Girls Club of Gardena-Harbor in May. Toyota is the official vehicle sponsor of the LA County Lifeguards, and the company considers staying safe at the beach key to having a great time this summer. The event included a water rescue demonstration, beach safety tips and interaction with Toyota lifeguard truck rescue equipment. Key safety tips included: Always swim near an open lifeguard station and...

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special needs

Is Your Child With Autism Really Intellectually Disabled?

I am sitting in my office across from a special needs young man who is about to graduate from high school. He has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and is very verbal. But though he shows average intellectual ability on some tests of intelligence, he has virtually no academic skills. I can’t help but feel that this individual has been poorly served by society, and wonder why he is so far behind where he should be. Unfortunately, I can’t say that the experience is uncommon. I often encounter children with autism who are not progressing toward anything that might...

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school news

School News: Granada Hill Charter Students Rack Up Awards

Shannel Tejuco, Granada Hills Charter culinary arts student, won a full-ride scholarship valued at $122,584 after cooking her way to first place at the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) earlier this month at the Jonathan Town Club in downtown Los Angeles. Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) sent six talented young chefs to the C-CAP competition and each won scholarships, totaling $136,484 out if the $739,000 awarded. Shannel has been working towards this competition for months, perfecting crepes and tourné potatoes, both requirements of the two-hour competition in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. “I was so nervous,”...

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A Giveaway For Your Babymoon – and After

You’re pregnant with your first child, your marriage is entering a new phase and your body is starting to feel like a foreign country. What better time for an exotic vacation? So many couples do take one last trip together before becoming parents that this type of travel is now called a “babymoon.” And the trend has inspired the indie action-adventure comedy The Babymoon, making its debut June 10 at the Dances With Films Festival at TLC Chinese Theatre. In the film, reality-star Trace McEvans and Hanna, his self-absorbed pregnant wife, go on a babymoon to work on their relationship...

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School News: Pasadena Senior Wins Gates Millennium Scholarship

John Muir High School senior Prakash Dass has been named a 2016 Gates Millennium Scholar, becoming the school’s seventh winner of the prestigious academic scholarship since 2005. The news was announced recently by Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) officials. Marshall Fundamental and Pasadena High School were also named recipients of the 2016 Silver Medal from US News & World Report as part of the magazine’s Best High Schools ranking. “Congratulations to Prakash and John Muir High School for this extraordinary achievement,” said Superintendent Brian McDonald. “Behind every student’s success are hundreds of hours of work by a team of excellent...

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community news

Manhattan Beach Student Honored with President’s Environmental Youth Award

An L.A. tween water conservationist recently received an award from the The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The extraordinary 11-year-old, Joshua Cigoianu, of Manhattan Beach, earned the 2015 President’s Environmental Youth Award. The national award is presented each year to exceptional students who demonstrate creativity, innovation and leadership to address difficult environmental challenges. “During a severe drought, finding ways to conserve our precious water is everyone’s responsibility,” said Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “EPA is proud to honor Joshua’s extraordinary effort to engage fellow students in environmental action and better the lives of those in his community and...

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school news

Laurence School’s Mock Court Takes on Peter Pan

As students at law schools across the country graduate this spring, 40 sixth-grade students at the Laurence School, an independent K-6th grade elementary school in Valley Glen (just north of Sherman Oaks), prepared their first case before a jury of their peers. After months of studying the law and judicial system, Laurence’s Kids’ Court convened on April 27th and April 28th. The eleven and twelve-year-old students presented the case of “The County of Neverland vs. Peter Pan.” The legendary runaway, Peter Pan, was tried for the attempted murder of Captain James Hook. Jury selection took place on April 20th. Jurors...

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Does Your Child Have a Mood Disorder?

You already know that children and adolescents are highly emotional beings. You’ve seen first-hand how their moods can shift quickly and dramatically. Your toddler might throw himself onto the grocery store floor in anger because he can't have the cereal he wants. Your teen might begin the day talkative and cheerful, but go silently to her room after school, slamming the door behind her. And you are left to wonder: is this normal behavior or is my child struggling with something more serious? There are numerous reasons why children and adolescents can be moody. In addition to common sources of...

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positive parenting

Tips to Help Your Child Deal With Recital Nerves

As the end of the school year draws near, we are entering into “recital” season. Your child may soon be participating in a dance recital or dance show. It is normal for them to be excited about the upcoming performance. In fact, these nerves are a sign of energy. Nerves are often transformed into an exciting on-stage charisma and a successful dance performance. But how do you help your child with pre-performance jitters? I get asked this question often by parents of young children enrolled in my Dancetime by Stephanie dance programs. Before our annual dance show, some parents turn...

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community news

Fresh Films Giving Teen Filmmakers a Shot at Stardom

For any teen who has ever dreamed of making a Hollywood production, this summer that dream can become a reality! Fresh Films is calling all teens (no experience required) to apply for its free summer program presented by SUBWAY® & Best Buy to work on sets here in Los Angeles and seven other major cities across the country to produce new episodes of a kids’ TV show! More than 200 teens will be selected to join the Fresh Films program, each spending their week rotating through various filmmaking roles, from camera to effects to sound to editing. And thanks to major support from...

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