Archives for October 2017

theatrical performances in LA

Classic Children’s Stories Reimagined for the Stage

Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel, Willy Wonka, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz – these well-known characters from childhood will find their stories re-imagined in intriguing ways this month.   Imago Theatre stages its highly original version of “Beauty and the Beast,” offering “La Belle, Lost in the World of the Automaton” at 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Valley Performing Arts Center (18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge; Filled with songs, story-telling and slapstick humor, the production uses puppets, animatronics and visual effects to tell a family-geared tale set on a steamship inhabited by a living mechanical man. Tickets...

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Down syndrome

Kid Podcast ‘Brains On!’ Explores Down Syndrome

What do your kids know about Down syndrome? How about your kids’ friends and classmates? A great, age-appropriate way for them to learn more is via the “Brains On!” podcast produced by American Public Media – with writing and reporting from L.A.’s own Sanden Totten, formerly a science reporter at public radio station KPCC. In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October, “Brains On!” devoted an episode to the disability. Like all episodes, this one originated with a question sent in by a kid listener. About two years ago, a boy named Max made a friend named Noah –...

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PhilanthroParties Show Teens How to Party for a Cause

Lulu Cerone grew up in the sweltering San Fernando Valley, so as a kid she became a lemonade stand entrepreneur, racking up cash as her thirsty neighbors sought out her homemade juice.  Eventually, Lulu’s mother, Lisa, encouraged her to turn her lemonade sale profit to good use – to look around her community and identify a social problem she wanted to help improve. But Cerone found herself transfixed by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti in 2010, killing an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 people.  Watching the devastation on TV, Cerone initially felt frozen with helplessness. “I was 10 at the...

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mt wilson observatory

Happy Anniversary Hubble: Mt. Wilson Observatory Celebrates 100 Years of Space Exploration

One hundred years ago, on Nov. 1, 1917, Edwin Hubble used a 100-inch telescope to prove that the universe not only stretched beyond the Milky Way, but that it is expanding. The mighty Hooker telescope was named after the Los Angeles businessman John D. Hooker, who wanted his name attached to the largest telescope ever built. The telescope held this distinction until 1949 and was later instrumental in the discovery of dark matter and the measurement of stars.  On Nov 4, 2017, the Mount Wilson Institute will commemorate this important moment in history with a public celebration from 2-9 p.m....

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Don’t-Miss Events For November

In November, run away with the circus or go on a color run, hang out with the Shopkins or PJ Masks, flip out, bubble up or take to the seas.

Tackling Four Common Misconceptions About Dyslexia

While research over the years has continued to yield much information about dyslexia, the learning disorder is still easily misunderstood. These misconceptions can lead to ineffective approaches to learning, doing a disservice to those with the disorder. Debunking some of the myths surrounding dyslexia can lead to better outcomes for everyone involved. Here are the facts about four of the most common misconceptions about dyslexia: Misconception: Dyslexia is a visual problem. While some people with dyslexia have problems with their vision, the disorder is not just about the way a person sees letters and numbers. The issue lies within the...

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national blue ribbon awards

Eight L.A. County Schools Win National Blue Ribbon Awards

Eight schools in the L.A. area have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools this year, marking their place as beacons of academic achievement for local elementary, middle and high school students.  Local award winners are Leffingwell Elementary in Whittier, Wedgeworth Elementary in Hacienda Heights, California Academy of Mathematics and Science in Carson, Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High in L.A., Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy in Wilmington, KIPP Comienza Community Prep in Huntington Park, Vintage Math/Science/Technology Magnet in North Hills and Silver Spur Elementary in Rancho Palos Verdes.   The U.S. Department of Education has named more than 8,500 National Blue Ribbon...

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middle school students

Parenting Through Middle School Students’ Perfect Storm

New parents get all the sympathy. Everyone is ready to commiserate over the sleepless nights, dirty diapers and crush of responsibility that come with the birth of a child. Our babies, after all, need our 24/7 attention and care.  Parents of middle schoolers, on the other hand, don’t get much more than a grimace from those of us who have survived that stage in our kids’ lives. We roll our eyes and exclaim, “Ugh, what an age!” Yet children in middle school need us every bit as much as they did when they were babies. Academics are suddenly tougher, hormones...

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Before and After Kids: L.A. Parent Launches #HappierWithKids Campaign

Many parents have taken to Instagram to post “Before and After Kids” photos of themselves. The idea, in case you live under a rock, is that everyone posts photos of themselves before they had kids, and after. While some hashtags have taken a negative tone toward becoming a parent, we want to acknowledge and celebrate the joy of parenting. To that end, L.A. Parent is launching the #HappierWithKids campaign. With the goal of portraying parenting in a positive light, we’re asking for parents to share one photo of themselves before they were a parent and one photo with their child/children....

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cookie cutters arcadia

Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids Opens in Arcadia

When it comes to haircuts, parents may be focused on a stylist's results or the proximity of a salon to work or home, but kids are all about the experience. For little ones in Arcadia, Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids just opened a location in the area. The salon creates a kid-focused oasis with playgrounds, toys, video games and fun fantasy chairs, not to mention special treatment for first-timers. Located at 304 E. Huntington Dr., two doors down from Starbucks, the new salon is the third Cookie Cutters in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, and the first that Kevin...

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