Archives for February 2014

Quiet Ojai

Quiet Ojai Offers Laid-Back Fun Kids Will Love

Let's Go columnist Mimi Slawoff offers a guide to this quaint town that's just a short-and-pleasant drive away. by Mimi Slawoff Tucked away in a valley 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles, Ojai is easy to miss unless you know about it. With its farms, mom-and-pop boutiques, restaurants and inns – no two alike – this laid-back, picturesque town (population about 7,500) is well worth the pleasant drive. Downtown consists primarily of art galleries, one-of-a-kind shops and locally owned eateries along the main street called the Arcade. Eat Ojai has many dining options, but among the most kid-friendly is Boccali’s...

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Coffee With Kids In Sliver Lake

Visit this fun neighborhood with the kids for coffee, shopping, snacks and play. by Erin Mahoney Harris Silver Lake might have a reputation as a hipster haven, but it’s become increasingly welcoming to families with young children as well, particularly with the opening of the lovely Silver Lake Meadow and the proliferation of family-friendly boutiques, coffee houses and cafes. LAMILL Coffee Boutique (1636 Silver Lake Blvd.; 323-663-4441; has been keeping Silver Lakers caffeinated and well fed for years, making it a neighborhood institution. Bleary-eyed moms and dads can gear up for the day with a seemingly endless selection of...

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The Embrace Kindness

The Embrace Kindness Mission: A Brainstorm Leads to Kinder Kids

An initiative at Laurel Hall School in North Hollywood was spearheaded by parents hoping to replace negative behavior with positive. by Ellen Byron Car magnets bearing the simple message, “Be Kind,” have sparked a lot of curiosity in the San Fernando Valley. They’re the latest brainchild of the Embrace Kindness Mission, a unique program created by parents and supported by the administration and faculty of North Hollywood’s Laurel Hall School, a private school affiliated with Emmanuel Lutheran Church. The parents who founded the initiative say the program was inspired by “negative peer relationships” and bullying among students. Instead of just...

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Church & State

Dating Your Husband

You might think the dating phase of your relationship – along with the romance – is over. Think again! By Rina Baraz Nehdar Remember the drums beating inside your tummy, your heart racing as you ran around trying to find the perfect outfit, the make-up so meticulously applied – all in anticipation of that evening date with your special sweetheart? And all these years later, what happened? You still love him, but now when you see him you’re running past each other, hair barely brushed, hoping you remembered to at least brush your teeth as you graze a fleeting kiss...

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Camp Funtime

The Best Summer Camp Ever!

Camp directors offer their top tips for making the most of your child’s summer camp experience By Melanie Gaball An overwhelming number of Southern California kids attend some sort of summer camp, and for many families these programs represent a major investment of time and money. With specialty programs dedicated to the arts, sports, science and other topics; a wide range of day camps, and immersive sleep-away experiences available, the potential for learning, fun and a truly memorable summer is great. So how do you make sure that’s what your child has? Four local camp directors offer up their best...

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