Archives for February 2017

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For Junior Chefs and Flapjack Fans

Cooking shows featuring kids are all over television, including “MasterChef Junior,” “Chopped Junior” and “Kids Baking Championship.” So it’s not surprising that food festivals also are appealing to kids who love to cook. This month, the All-Star Chef Classic returns to L.A. Live (800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A.) March 8-11. Besides its adult-focused lineup of “Master Chef Dinners” and “Grill & Chill” and “Southern Eats” strolling events, the Classic will also offer a “Little Masters” cooking class for children. Hosted by acclaimed pastry chef Sherry Yard, Little Masters offers young Bobby Flays and Rachael Rays the opportunity to learn about...

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7 Don’t-Miss Family Events In March

Ready for spring? Whether it’s rain or shine, you won’t want to miss the pirates, peacocks, leprechauns, ninja turtles, flying colors, loveable dogs and music we’ve got lined up on our don’t-miss family calendar.

Mom Judging Makes Parenting Kids With ADHD Even Tougher

My vision of parenting before I had children went something like this (think Midwestern United States, circa 1979): Moms sitting in beach chairs at the end of a driveway, kids scurrying up and down the street on skateboards and bikes, teens fighting and moms shooing them away while pouring glasses of wine. Dark skies and everyone goes home. The next day: repeat. By the time I became a mom, the reality of parenting was more like this (think big city, today): Kids signed up for structured, scheduled activities. Moms sitting behind them in gym class or on a blanket at...

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You Can Now Support Special Olympics When Filing Your Taxes

California taxpayers have long had the option to support causes near to their hearts at filing time – and this year a new organization with plenty of heart joins the list. Special Olympics Southern California and Special Olympics Northern California join 19 other nonprofits in the contributions section of this year’s state income tax form. “One of our great champions, Assemblymember Jim Frazier from Oakley, California, has been a longtime volunteer coach with our sister division up north,” says Special Olympics Southern California President/CEO Bill Shumard. “He pushed the legislation through.” Special Olympics provide free sports training and programs for...

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Inclusive Pageant Spotlights Girls of All Abilities

Many girls dream of wearing a crown and being “queen” for a day, and the California Miss Amazing pageant gives girls of all abilities that chance. The day includes all the usual pageant pomp, from formalwear and interviews to tiaras and trophies, but the beauty here is more than skin deep. “One of the main impacts of the program is [for the girls] to realize their potential,” says Miss Amazing California State Director Jordan Fowler. “We want girls to feel empowered to take their goals and dreams out there.” Participation is open to girls and women ages 5 and up...

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Goodwill Jeans for Moms

Moms-to-be Can Do Good and Save on Maternity Jeans

Goodwill Southern California, a nonprofit social enterprise, and A Pea in the Pod, a contemporary maternity retailer, are teaming up to offer a special “donate and get a discount” deal to expectant mothers in the Los Angeles area. Donors are asked to bring in a pair of jeans and other clothing they no longer need to participating A Pea in the Pod stores, and they will get a 25-percent discount coupon that can be used that same day toward a new pair of maternity jeans. A Pea in the Pod features a curated selection of styles and exclusive designer labels for...

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invent it challenge

The Invent It Challenge Shows How Inventive Children Can Be

  Is your child a tinkerer, a dreamer, a builder and fount of ideas? Do they see a problem, whether it is a hole in a sock or a hole in the ozone, and want to find a solution for it? Then you should know about the Spark!Lab Invent It Challenge. A partnership between Cricket Media and the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, this annual contest gives youngsters around the world the opportunity to think creatively and make something with real-world applications. This year’s challenge asks students to design a planet-friendly solution for current environmental...

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Date Night: The Pan Am Experience

Does anyone ever deliberately set out to eat airplane food? If that food is part of Air Hollywood’s Pan Am Experience, you definitely should! Avoid the crowds at LAX, leave your luggage at home and head instead to a cluster of warehouses off the 118 Freeway in San Fernando to board a Pan Am 747 for a flight to the 1970s. Pan American World Airways disbanded in 1991 and the airplane won’t leave the ground, but after a martini or two from the Clipper Club Lounge, you won’t mind at all. Even without the cocktails (which are poured generously throughout...

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flexible childcare in los angeles

WeVillage Flexible Childcare Center to Open in Sherman Oaks March 2017

Childcare can be anything but flexible, especially for children 5 and under. WeVillage, providers of flexible, first-class childcare, is looking to change that. They will be opening the doors to their first Los Angeles, California location mid-March 2017. WeVillage is an award-winning, innovative, and revolutionary childcare concept that provides a playful, yet advanced environment, where parents feel comfortable leaving their children and where children never want to leave. The state-of-the-art play-based curriculum was established in 2009 with WeVillage’s first location in Portland, Oregon. WeVillage has served over 10,000 children at their four award-winning centers in the greater Portland area. The newest...

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Your Family Can Feed a Giraffe a Snack

Put “feed a giraffe” on your bucket list – then check it right off by pitching in at one of the Los Angeles Zoo’s giraffe feedings. Just $5 gets you three acacia stems – one of the giraffe’s favorite foods, plucked fresh from the zoo landscaping – to feed to one of the zoo’s Masai giraffes. You’ll be so busy watching that 18-inch tongue stretch to collect acacia leaves and marveling at those long-and-flirty eyelashes that you might miss a few of the cool facts zoo education specialists are on hand to share: Giraffes are the world’s tallest land mammal....

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