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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Dive Deep Without Leaving Shore

Starting March 6, you will be able to have an underwater adventure at the Natural History Museum without leaving the museum, or even getting wet! Its newest attraction “theBlu: An Underwater VR Experience” is an immersive virtual reality installation unlike anything else you can see at the museum. Visitors will first enter a gallery lounge area and are introduced to VR technology and theBlu experience. Then they enter one of five “pods” where they will have a virtual reality adventure. There are three different VR experiences: an encounter with an 80-foot blue whale while swimming past a sunken ship, turtles...

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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.

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Spring Fling Things: Experience L.A.’s Family Fun this March

  March 20 officially marks the start of spring, but signs of the season will be apparent even before the Vernal Equinox. At Descanso Gardens (1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge; www.descansogardens.com) the annual Cherry Blossom Festival takes place the first two weekends of March. Besides enjoying the beautiful blossoming trees, for an admission fee of $9 adults, $6 students and $4 ages 4-12, visitors can enjoy origami workshops, live performances and cherry tree discovery stations. A limited number of cherry trees will even be on sale March 4-5. L.A. Nature Fest (March 18-19) at the Natural History Museum (900...

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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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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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Gathering for Good – and Baked Goods

“The great uniter of all people is food and social rights,” says Rustic Canyon Family of Restaurants Co-Owner Zoe Nathan. The celebrated baker has teamed up with a group of women and top bakers and pastry chefs across Los Angeles to create Bake & Gather, a grassroots campaign to bring people together in a family-friendly, bake sale-inspired setting to raise funds for causes the community feels passionate about. The first will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 25 at Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon Park (601 Latimer Rd.) with Huckleberry Bakery & Café, Caffe Luxxe, and Rusticoffee selling pastries and...

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