Archives for October 2016

Registration is Open for Free Accessible Rose Parade Viewing

The Tournament of Roses and the city of Pasadena work together to coordinate three areas of accessible street-level viewing for the annual Rose Parade, and this year people with disabilities can make reservations online for the first time. There are three accessible viewing areas offering reserved space to people with disabilities free of charge. This allows those with disabilities – and up to four guests – to avoid having to camp out to secure viewing space. In addition, there is some reserved parking available for a fee. Viewers will need to bring their own chairs or cushions, as no seats...

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Make These Cute, Crafty Owls

As a parent and an art teacher, I permanently have my eyes on the lookout for materials that are fun, inexpensive and kid-friendly. Craft sticks have gotten on my radar lately, since you can buy them in so many lengths and widths, and since craft stores often sell so many fun wooden shapes with them. I love that they allow children to get the sense of building and creating something in three dimensions. And if you have any concerns about how to attach these wood pieces together, try some of the new craft glues now available. Many are thick and...

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Students Record a Song To Urge a Closer Look

Children from the L.A. Speech and Language Therapy Center are inspiring the community with their original song, “Beyond the Label.” The students, who all have developmental disabilities, participated in writing a song to encourage people to see beyond their diagnoses. The group has performed the song at the White House, and recorded the original piece with singer-songwriter Johnny Gill of the R&B/pop group New Edition and a team of professional producers in October. Every summer, L.A. Speech and Language Therapy Center, which serves children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, holds a six-week drama camp that concludes with...

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7 Don’t-Miss Family Events For November

Here are our top picks for upcoming family fun in and around L.A. Plan ahead for maximum family fun. Hang Around With Spiders: You’ll be amazed by the tangled web in the Natural History Museum’s Spider Pavilion. (Happening Nov. 1) A Festival To Fall For: The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Autumn Festival spotlights the cultures of China, Korea, Japan and the Philippines through live performances, art and food. (Happening Nov. 5) Rev Up For New Cars: Auto enthusiasts can marvel at more than 1000 new, classic and customized cars on display at the LA Auto Show. (Happening Nov. 18) Discover...

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Six Places You Can Still Pick a Pumpkin

Halloween is Monday. Is your jack-o’-lantern carved yet? Just in case you’ve been procrastinating, here are six great spots where you can find a great pumpkin in need of a face. Even if you’ve met your quota for the year, you and the kids can have a great time exploring corn mazes, creating crafts and having other spooky fun. Forneris Farms Annual Harvest Festival 15200 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Free admission; attractions have a fee. Open 2-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. It will be a “super” autumn at Forneris Farms since this year’s Harvest Festival has a...

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family loss

When a Baby Dies: Honoring Pain & Healing Hearts

I know firsthand the pain that comes from the death of a child. Thirty-five years ago, I said goodbye to my beloved daughter Jasmine. I will never forget the privilege of carrying life within me, feeling her every move, giving birth, nursing her at my breast and having her be an important part of our family for six months. Jasmine’s death is one that I still grieve, but as a perinatal education specialist, it’s one that guides me and helps me connect with other parents during their darkest moments. I, too, know that the loss of a baby is also the loss of plans and dreams made, a future that will never be lived. Understanding Grief  Grief...

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school news

LAUSD Instructor is Among California Teachers of the Year

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson this month selected five outstanding educators as the 2017 California Teachers of the Year. “I am pleased to honor five dedicated and hardworking teachers who use their creativity and talents every day to make a huge difference in their classrooms,” Torlakson said. “These inspiring and innovative teachers enrich the lives of our students while helping them to succeed in 21st century careers and college. These teachers represent the best of their profession and serve as great examples.” Among this year’s honorees is Isela Lieber, who teaches English, English as a Second Language (ESL), and ESL science to ninth and 10th graders at James Monroe...

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kids' health

AAP’s New Sleep Recommendations Say Rooming-In is Best

Infants should sleep in the same bedroom as their parents – but on a separate surface, such as a crib or bassinet, and never on a couch, armchair or soft surface – to decrease the risks of sleep-related deaths, according to a new policy statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics Oct. 24. “SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment,” draws on new research and serves as the first update to Academy policy since 2011. Recommendations call for infants to share their parents’ bedroom for at least the first six months...

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children's health

Protect Your Family With Flu Shots

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is reminding everyone 6 months of age and older to get an annual flu vaccine. Flu shots will be available at no cost to residents at Public Health Centers, L.A. County libraries and more than 100 community vaccination events throughout the county. Flu vaccination is also available at community clinics, pharmacies or through regular healthcare providers. The nasal spray vaccine, which has been a popular option for children, is not recommended this year. Studies found the nasal spray offered little or no protection for children ages 2 through 17 last season. “Getting...

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