Archives for December 2016

Our Top Picks for January Fun

From a bilingual Aladdin to celebrations of roosters, whales and human abilities, there are great events on tap for January. These are a few of our favorites.

Celebrating Human Abilities at Aquarium of the Pacific

What does a celebration of the artistic talents of people with disabilities have to do with taking care of the world’s oceans? Plenty, says Peter Martineau, marketing events manager at Aquarium of the Pacific, which will host its 14th annual Festival of Human Abilities this month. “The aquarium has always wanted to include as many people from as many backgrounds as possible,” says Martineau, pointing out that the aquarium’s mission of inclusiveness features celebrations of cultures from around the world. “A lot of it is just getting people to connect with each other,” he says. “It’s going to take a...

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ABLE Plans Let Those With Disabilities Set Financial Goals

For most of us who would like to save up for something – a new computer, a college class, a trip or even retirement – all we need to do to get started is to open a bank account or take advantage of a retirement or college savings plan. Most people with disabilities don’t have that luxury. Those who take advantage of state and federal government benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) risk losing those essential benefits if they save too much. For people with special needs, new option called the ABLE account is...

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New Experiences At the Santa Barbara Zoo

Anyone can visit the Santa Barbara Zoo, but how about getting a chance to paint with an elephant or a porcupine, hand-feed a giraffe or meet the latest newborn critter in the zoo nursery? All of these VIP experiences and more are now possible thanks to a slew of new, exclusive packages just launched by the SB Zoo on IfOnly, a marketplace for experiences that support charitable causes.

The Second City Launches Courses for Kids With Autism

The Second City – which has locations in Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood – has been a launching pad for theater and comedy talent for decades. Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey are some of the institution’s more recent alumni. The venue also offers kids comedy, acting and writing classes. And this month, for the first time, the Hollywood location launches a program just for kids with developmental disabilities. In partnership with the nonprofit enrichment program Zip Zap Zop, The Second City is launching “Inclusive Improv: For Kids With Autism and Beyond.” Maja Miletich, CEO and co-founder of Zip Zap...

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Cool Movie Memorabilia And Where To Find It

  For film lovers, there is always something fascinating about seeing things that were part of their favorite films. Two new exhibits, one temporary and the other permanent, have recently opened in Los Angeles, allowing fans to glimpse props that were part of some very popular motion pictures. Earlier this year, Universal Studios (100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City; $99-$110 adults, $93-$104 ages 3-9) presented “From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience,” an interactive exhibit making a short return visit through Jan. 15. The exhibit, which celebrates LAIKA Animation Studio’s first decade of filmmaking, offers visitors an opportunity to...

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We’re Looking for Amazing Folks

We at L.A. Parent are always on the lookout for stories about amazing moms, dad heroes and really cool kids. We want as many eyes and ears as possible to help with our search, and that’s where you come in! Amazing moms: We think all moms are amazing, just because they’re moms. But maybe you know one who gives it a little something extra. Maybe she founded an arts program at her kids’ school, keeps a community garden in bloom or tutors neighborhood kids. Or maybe she started her own local business. She’s the kind of mom we’d like to...

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Pregnancy Is a Great Time For a Massage

Pregnancy is a time of great joy and excitement. It’s also a time of many physical, mental and emotional changes for a woman. Some of these changes, such as a growing belly and hormonal shifts, can create discomfort for the mother-to-be. Getting massages during and after pregnancy can help to alleviate some of these discomforts by relaxing tense muscles, increasing circulation and soothing the nervous system. During pregnancy, many women experience aches and pains in their hips, lower backs, legs and feet due to the added weight of their growing baby and some women experience tension headaches due to stress...

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LAUSD and Los Angeles Public Library Launch Library Card Partnership

On Dec. 7, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined the Los Angeles Public Library and Los Angeles Unified School District to launch the historic Student Success Card program. For the first time, the Los Angeles Public Library is partnering with L.A. Unified to issue a Student Success library card to every student. Bringing together the nation’s second-largest school district and the library system that serves the largest, most diverse urban population in the nation, the Student Success card provides unprecedented access to live online homework help and the library’s vast digital resources to support students’ educational endeavors while preparing them...

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Family Getaway: A Picturesque Holiday Weekend in the Santa Ynez Valley

This is the first year that both my daughters are in college, which makes the holiday time even more special. I’ve been looking forward to having our house full again since move-in day in September, so when we realized midweek that all four of us were free for the weekend, we knew we wanted to go somewhere fun together. We didn’t want to drive too far and we wanted somewhere cozy with holiday lights and good food. We found the perfect spot — the Santa Ynez Valley. With less than a two-hour drive from L.A., we reached our family weekend...

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