Archives for August 2014

Explore The World At September’s Festivals

If you didn’t find time for family travel this summer, you will get a second chance this month. An international array of festivals taking place around Southern California offer the opportunity to experience cultures from around the globe. September is Latino Heritage Month, and several festivals will salute Hispanic culture. The first two are free! Celebrating Mexican independence, Fiestas Patrias fills Olvera Street Plaza (125 Paseo de la Plaza, L.A.) from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 13-14. There will be performances, kids’ activities, food and rides. Learn about the role Hispanics played in the American Civil War from 11 a.m.-4 p.m....

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Encounter Some Impressive Dinosaurs

We can’t know exactly what life was like during the Triassic or Cretaceous periods when dinosaurs walked the Earth. Science offers some clues, and the entertainment industry has its own approach. Walking With Dinosaurs, which started as a BBC TV series in 1999, has evolved into an impressive stage show, and will visit Southern California this month. The production Walking With Dinosaurs: Arena Spectacular stops at the Honda Center (2695 East Katella Ave., Anaheim) 7 p.m. Sept. 3-5, 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. Sept. 6 and 1 and 5 p.m. Sept. 7. The show moves on to Staples...

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How To Access Regional Center Services For Your Child

If you have a child with special needs, you likely have been directed (or soon will be) to your local Regional Center. Don’t ignore this recommendation. The Regional Center System exists to help California families impacted by developmental disabilities find support and resources, and access lifetime services if needed. California is one of the only states to offer this type of assistance, beginning in the 1960s at the urging of dedicated parents. The legislation they spearheaded, called the Lanterman Act of 1969 – and the Regional Centers that help carry out its mission – is still the key to accessing...

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Music is for Everyone

As someone who has been teaching music for more than 20 years, I have been fortunate to have taught students from every age group. The one constant I continue to see is the misconception by many adults that there’s a certain age limit by when a child needs to start learning music. The age varies, depending on the parent, but the average seems to be around age 12. This imaginary age limit has prevented many adults and adolescents from taking music lessons because they believe it is too late for them to start learning, or that there would be no...

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Back-To-School Tips For Kids With Autism

For children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, returning to school after a string of relaxed summer days can be stressful, intensifying repetitious verbal and motor behavior on the part of the child. This stress can be reduced or even prevented – for child and parents alike – with the following 10 transitional tips. Prepare the Teacher 1. Awe the teacher with innovative communication. Teachers are busy, especially during the first few weeks of school. However, the information you have to share regarding your child’s allergies, health-risk behaviors (e.g., wandering), communication style, environmental triggers (e.g., loud bells that signal...

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Battling Back-to-School Asthma

One in 11 kids in L.A. County has asthma. If your child is one of them, you might have noticed more flare-ups at the start of each new school year. Many hospitals report that asthma-related visits from kids peak around mid-September. The weather is part of the problem, with allergens that can trigger attacks increasing in late summer, and pollens and molds made airborne by the hot, dry conditions. Classrooms that put kids in close quarters also increase the risk for colds and other respiratory infections, which contribute to kids’ asthma problems. And the kick-off of sports season can mean...

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You Got to Move it, Move it!

Time to lace up those sneakers! September is National Self-Improvement Month and to help us make some improvements around the mid-section, Spectrum Athletic Clubs is waiving their $100 enrollment fee and giving a $100 credit to new members for training or club services throughout the month. With eight locations in the Los Angeles area, these full-service fitness facilities also provide a variety of classes such as Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, African Dance, Cardio Kickboxing and even Ultimate Cross Training, along with workouts developed by BodyPump and CXWORX. Childcare services are available onsite at each location, so no excuses! Click here for more...

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Win a Terranea Girlfriends Getaway!

Has it been awhile since you and your gal pals got away? Here is a fantastic opportunity!

Local Kids Awarded $9,000 In Scholarships For Charity Efforts

Lila Copeland, 12, from L.A., created the Earth Peace Foundation and has educated 1,500 people about species equality and a clean plant-based food supply. Noah Crouse, 11, from Rancho Santa Margarita, started an organization called Magical Missions, which organizes magic shows in his community. He has raised more than $1,500 for Oklahoma tornado relief. They are two of the nine L.A. area kids chosen to receive the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship for making a positive impact in their local communities. The other seven additional local scholarship recipients are: Wyatt Benson, 13, of Oak Hills, who created the Healthy Heritage program, which...

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New Kids’ Club Offers Lots of Fun Activities at the Glendale Galleria

The Glendale Galleria has a fun new Kids’ Club featuring different activities from 10 a.m.-noon every Tuesday. Presented by the Zimmer Children’s Museum, the free activities and entertainment are designed for children ages 10 and younger. Activities include theater skits, craft projects, interactive sing-alongs, musical performances, carnival games and much more. For a listing of Kids’ Club events, visit: The Galleria is also working in collaboration with the Glendale Public Library, Arts & Culture to present a weekly free story time for children 10 and younger. For the Saturday story time listing, visit:

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