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Resale Boutique Clubhouse Exchange Opens in West Los Angeles

A new resale boutique in West Los Angeles is adding community-friendly components to its flagship store. In addition to offering a collection of recycled high-end fashions for children up to 5 years old, the store will host enrichment classes. Subjects to be covered include mindfulness for children and parents, couples parenting, kids yoga and preparing for a second child. There is also a membership program that will allow parents to...

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Book Club Hits a Home Run Honoring African-Americans’ Achievements

As baseball season heats up, local children are catching up on some old school stats—specifically, the historical achievements of African American baseball players. Pop quiz: Which baseball player hit more homeruns than Babe Ruth in a single season? The answer is Josh Gibson. While his name may be unfamiliar to some, it’s etched in the young minds of Parents of African American Children (PAAC) Book Club members. PAAC was founded...

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A Moment on the Lips, a Lifetime in the Landfill

Sheila Morovati wants you to add one more word to the environmental mantra of “reduce, reuse, recycle.” “Refuse, refuse, refuse,” says the Malibu mom of two. What she wants you to refuse is that plastic straw restaurants plunk unbidden into the glass of water they bring you with your meal. That’ll be easier for folks in Malibu, where a citywide ban on single-use plastic straws, stirrers and disposable cutlery –...

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Alex’s Lemonade Stands Against Cancer

It’s that time of year again –  when the taste of lemons, sugar and water mixes with hope. But more than a kid hoping to line his pockets with the profits from lemonade sales, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) aims to raise funds to help cure childhood cancer. During ALSF’s annual “Lemonade Days” campaign, which runs June 2-10 this year, families, schools, organizations and businesses host lemonade stands and events...

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March of Dimes Los Angeles Selects March for Babies Ambassadors

The Jimenez Family of Bell has been selected as the Ambassador Family for the 2018 March of Dimes Los Angeles March for Babies. One of the largest annual fundraising walks in Los Angeles, March for Babies will bring together an estimated 15,000 people to raise critical funds to help tackle the biggest health threats to moms and babies. Evelia and Hector Jimenez first became involved with March for Babies after...

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Compton/Woodley Los Angeles Enrichment Program Teaches Kids to Fly

On a recent chilly and rainy day at Compton/Woodley Airport, clusters of middle and high school students buzzed around the facility. Some hung out inside the airport’s Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM), staffing the front desk, lounging on couches or working on computers inside the experiential classroom. Others braved the weather and ventured outside. A few of them settled with ease inside the cockpits of single-engine airplanes. The tweens and teens...

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Battling Childhood Cancer One Shave at a Time

In late 2002, Greg Doyle’s 4-year-old son was diagnosed with pleuropulmonary blastoma, a rare form of lung cancer. Doyle, a lieutenant with the Los Angeles Police Department, felt helpless.  “Being a first responder, I’m used to having problems that I can solve, and I couldn’t solve this one,” Doyle says. “I had to trust people I barely knew to take care of my kid and try to make him better.”  ...

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Volunteer Coach-Turned Executive Director Leads Club 42

Imagine a 23-year-old – one who has no children – telling you how to raise your kiddos. That’s just what Erin Jones Wesley, executive director of a baseball and recreation nonprofit called The 42 Initiative, has spent a great deal of her time doing these last few years. “At 23, I said [to the leadership team]: ‘Guys, if we really want this program to take off, we really need to...

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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...

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MojaMoja Event Honoring will.i.am 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, will.i.am 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...

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San Gabriel Workers Get Allstate Foundation Grant for Youth Arts

Twelve Allstate agency owners, licensed sales professionals and financial specialists from the San Gabriel area recently came together and secured a $12,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to benefit Asian Arts Talents Foundation (AATF). The grant will support AATF’s mission to offer scholarships and events for talented young Asians. The agency owners, licensed sales professionals and financial specialists earned $1,000 each for AATF by volunteering at the organization’s annual Asian...

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Kids Can Pitch In to Help Shelter Pets

Whether it’s a stray cat, a lost dog or a baby bird that has fallen from the nest, kids love lending a hand to help animals in need. “There’s a movement of kids who want to help animals,” says Pasadena Humane Society President and CEO Julie Bank. “The Pasadena Humane Society gets calls on how kids can get involved, probably a daily thing, and we started to really listen.” The...

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Helping Shelter Pets During the Dog Days of Summer

As late-summer heat makes the great indoors (and the AC) look ever more inviting, SoCal programs are working to get homeless pets off the streets and into the arms of their forever families. The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, which opened earlier this summer, gets creative in forming pet-person connections. The Playa Vista facility (at 12005 Bluff Creek Dr.; www.annenbergpetspace.org) has behaviorists on hand to help match adoptable animals with families –...

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Lending a Hand at L.A. Kitchen = Cooking and Family Fun

Here are four reasons to bring your kids to Family Friendly Kitchen Prep at L.A. Kitchen, a nonprofit just north of Downtown that reclaims local food and provides healthy meals to those in need. 1. They’ll have fun (yes, fun) with fruits and vegetables. 2. They’ll learn about food waste. 3. They’ll help families in need. 4. They’ll get to cook without making a mess in your kitchen. The kids –...

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Firefighters Bring Dollhouse-Building Skills Into Play

Any parent who has put together a dollhouse or play kitchen knows it can take skill and patience to make sure all the tiny doors and shelves are assembled just right. So when L.A. Parent and the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) decided to team up to build dollhouses and play kitchens for the kids staying at Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, we knew just who to call – the...

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L2M Brings STEM to Life in YouTube Red’s Hyperlinked

Getting kids interested in STEM is going beyond the classroom. Instead of talking about careers in science, technology, engineering and math through parents and teachers, YouTube Red Originals is showing tweens how it’s done. The new show "Hyperlinked" launched in May and features tween music group L2M. The series follows five girls as they come together to create their own website by girls for girls. The mission of the website is to...

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