Archives for February 2018

County Library Users Get Free Film Access

The County of Los Angeles Public Library is now offering library card holders free access to Kanopy, a film streaming service with more than 30,000 titles. The Los Angeles Public library system acquired Kanopy early last year, making it possible for nearly every Angeleno to now have access to this service. Kanopy is an on-demand video platform that allows users to experience a curated collection of more than 30,000 films from around the world, through a partnership with more than 4,000 libraries around the world. More than 5 million Kanopy users can stream movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, must...

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5 Tips for Protecting Your Children During Your Divorce

So, you have arrived at the difficult decision to end your marriage, a decision with which you struggled. How will you break the news to your son or daughter? How will you feel when you do not see your child every day? How will your child feel when he or she does not see you each day? What can you do to assuage the emotional impact the divorce will have on your child? Nothing can make divorce easy for a family, but these five tips can make the journey easier. Keep it amicable. Your child is one half you and...

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Sharing the Love of Reading from Cover to Cover

Children’s books have a magical quality. The great ones make you fall in love – with the characters, the story, the setting. Our childhood favorites made our world larger and our connections deeper. They reminded us that we weren’t alone and that endless possibilities were waiting for us. At L.A. Parent, we want every child to experience the magic that lives inside the pages of a special book. That’s why we launched Cover to Cover: Books for Schools, a community program to bring books to local school libraries. This year we donated 2,000 books to local elementary and middle schools...

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Junior White Coat Ceremony Graduates 159 Local Students

The Saturday Science Academy II at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine (SSA-II), a STEM program for youth from underserved communities in L.A., graduated 159 K-12 students at its 18th annual “Junior White Coat Ceremony” on Jan. 20. SSA-II is a year-round program with three eight-week sessions during the school year and a four-week summer course. The program is open to all students, but ultimately seeks to inspire students of color toward degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering or math because those populations have been traditionally underrepresented in the STEM fields. Organizes of the program report that students who participated...

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MojaMoja Event Honoring Provides STEAM Opportunities for Students

MojaMoja is celebrating a decade of music discovery and honoring pop and hip-hop icons at the Avalon Hollywood on Saturday, Feb. 10. This year’s honorees are Prince’s band The Revolution, and DJ crew The Beat Junkies. The annual MojaMoja Brunch & Benefit Concert raises awareness and funds for the MojaMoja Innovation Fund at Liberty Hill Foundation, which supports nonprofits such as this year's charity partner, the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. This year’s goal is to raise $25,000 to provide 10 underrepresented students with $2,500 each to pursue an internship or apprenticeship in the fields of science, technology, engineering,...

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For Parents of Teens With Autism, Optimism Buffers Stress

The fact that mothers of teens experience stress is no surprise to anyone who has parented – or even met – a teen. The fact that moms of teens who are on the autism spectrum or have intellectual disabilities face more stress than their peers with typically developing teens is also no great surprise. Studies have shown that parents of teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders (AD) or Intellectual Disabilities (ID) face stress on a par with those experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, and a recent study out of UC Riverside reported similar findings. But that study, led by Jan Blacher, director...

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