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eat healthier in 2018

Four Ways to Eat Healthier in 2018

Fill your family up with healthier food by using these tips from pediatric clinical dietitian Amanda Haney, MS, RD, CNSC, of MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach.   Get halfway there. If you’re not confident cooking at home (generally healthier than eating out), consider services such as Blue Apron that deliver pre-prepped ingredients that you can just put together. “I was at Ralphs last week and they also had a section where you can order these meals,” Haney says. “It’s definitely a good way to start.” Start small. Don’t try to transform your family’s diet all at once. First,...

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Lauren Potter Stars in Short Film About Acting and Disabilities

Actors face many challenges, including seemingly endless strings of auditions that may or may not pay off. A new short film starring Lauren Potter, the scrappy cheerleader from “Glee,” spotlights what that can look like for actors with disabilities. Called “Headshot,” the 5-minute film was produced in partnership with AbilityFirst, a nonprofit dedicated to looking beyond disabilities and expanding possibilities. The film was directed by Eva Ye and in the fall garnered third place in a Big Heart Small Film competition highlighting the work of Pasadena-area nonprofits. In the film Potter, who has Down syndrome, portrays an actress braving a...

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For Jewish Kids With Disabilities, a New Learning Option

Chaya Chazanow and Sarah R’bibo have a lot in common. They are moms, they have kindergarten-age children with disabilities, they are Jewish – and they found what L.A. public schools were offering their kids just wasn’t enough. “It was always a fight to get what he needed,” Chazanow says of her 5-year-old son, who was born with a rare genetic disorder. What’s more, there were no Jewish schools in the greater Los Angeles area – one of the largest Jewish communities in the country – that served students with disabilities. That left Chazanow and other Jewish parents of children with...

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Family Recipe: A Different Kind of Hummus

A house specialty at Panini Kabob Grill, which has several SoCal locations including Woodland Hills, Bevery Hills and Glendale, is the hummus trio. It includes traditional chickpea hummus, black bean hummus and this edamame hummus. “Parents love this for their kids because it’s healthy,” owner Ali Kazemi explains. “Kids like it because it’s easy to eat.” The spices are mild and the dish is creamy – and fun to dip with crackers, cut veggies or pita triangles.  This recipe doesn’t include tahini, which Kazemi says makes hummus heavy and leaves you thirsty. He prefers sea salt to table salt, which contains chemicals.  You can use ready-to-eat edamame beans from the supermarket, but...

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7 Don’t Miss Events in January

In January you can meet pirates, Ben Franklin and the Peanuts Gang, frolic with whales and golden dragon acrobats, enjoy free entertainment and learn about Japanese culture.

rose parade

You Can Still Smell the Roses

Going to see the Tournament of Roses Parade is a memorable – and daunting – experience. To get a curbside view, you must arrive before dawn, if not earlier. If you want a reserved seat, tickets cost $55-$100 and you have to snag them before they sell out. (By the way, tickets for the 2019 parade will be available at www.sharpseating.com Feb. 1.)   However, you can get a great view of the floats without the fuss by visiting “Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats.” After the parade is over, the floats are parked on Washington and Sierra Madre boulevards, and the public can view them from 1-5 p.m. Jan. 1 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 2.   It’s a lovely, family-friendly opportunity to check out the prize-winning entrants...

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mindfulness for kids

CWC Silverlake is Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom

Silence. Stillness. Meditation. These are words that make you want to inhale a deep breath and let it out ever so slowly. You may imagine a yoga studio with clean lines, soft lighting and bamboo floors. Your imagination likely did not conjure up an elementary or middle school classroom.  Yet Citizens of the World (CWC) Silver Lake, a public elementary and middle school charter in L.A., is weaving yoga and mindfulnness into its curriculum, which aims for an intentional focus on social-emotional development. “Yoga is an equitable and culturally respectful way to engage students to practice self-regulation,” says CWC Silver Lake teacher Liz Kleinrock, who is also a certified children’s yoga teacher. Kleinrock incorporates aspects of...

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Lilladu Exchange: Preloved Clothing Helps Cerebral Palsy Cause

We’ve all been there. The pants you bought your little one a few months ago are now rising over his ankles because he seemingly grew an inch overnight. The jacket your daughter used to love now elicits tantrums at the mere suggestion of her wearing it. Instead of envisioning your money being flushed down a drain over this unusable (or unwanted) clothing, consider donating to a company that’s aiming to help families living with cerebral palsy.  Founded by local moms Lindsey Dumais, Kyla Magnusson, Abbie Moody and Sarah Navin, Lilladu Exchange (www.lilladuexchange.com) prides itself on taking a “personal stylist approach” for busy parents looking to purchase (or exchange) children’s “preloved” clothing. The online secondhand clothing exchange store recently formed an alliance with United Cerebral Palsy...

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home decorating

Home Decorating Tips from Gina Wade for Families with Kids

Having kids changed the way Hollywood designer and entertaining expert Gina Wade decorates her own home. “I said goodbye to décor like the tall hand-blown glass trees that I used to set outside by the doorway,” says Wade, who has two children: Jake, 6, and Emerson, 4.  Her company, Gina Wade Creative, produces glamorous events for Hollywood and celebrities. But her signature Hollywood-to-home decorating and entertaining ideas make it possible for anyone to have a beautiful home, even while raising kids. “When you have little ones running around, it’s easy to think there aren’t a lot of decorating options, but that doesn’t have to be the case,” Wade says.  On the contrary, there are many easy and kid-friendly ways to change the look of a room and...

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L.A. Students Shine in Shark Tank and Math@Work Webisode

Dressed in their best, two teams of aspiring local student entrepreneurs recently marched onto ABC’s “Shark Tank” set to present their business plans to the “shark” panel.  Calm and poised, Lincoln High School ninth graders Crystal Reynaga and Angela Garcia pitched Find You, a GPS watch that tracks young runners and includes an app to help their parents keep tabs on them. And eighth graders Timothy Coleman and Mauro Palomo, who attend Hawthorne Math & Science Academy, delivered a pitch on how their website $tartup connects entrepreneurs and investors.  The four students fielded a series of questions and got feedback from the panel while taping the 20-minute webisode Math@Work: Math Meets Entrepreneurship. Released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the webisode is the fourth in a free online series that underscores why math skills are essential for jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics...

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