Monday March 15, 2010

Today’s Jen’s List sponsor offers Free Swim Lessons!
Swim into Spring at the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy. Founded by 4 time Olympic Gold Medalist Lenny Krayzelburg, Lenny and his team at LKSA are dedicated to sharing the fun of swimming, water safety, and the prevention of childhood drownings. Not only is learning to swim a great way to bond with your children, great exercise, and fun for the entire family, it also is a lifesaving endeavor. Based on statistics from Center of Disease and Control Prevention fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years. It is almost summer and the perfect time to think about your child’s safety! LKSA knows that starting early and training with the SWIM RIGHT method is the best way to protect and inspire your children when in the water. LKSA offers year round swimming lessons to children of all ages, some starting as young as 2 months! Swimming is a gift for life! Mention this listing and receive a 2 FREE LESSONS! Registration fees not included, one per family, new students only. See what others say about their program@
LKSA looks forward to meeting you and having you at their pool!
Westside JCC 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036
JCC @ Milken 22622 Vanowen St. West Hills, CA 91307
Today in History
Ides of March
The Ides of March is the first day of the Roman New Year. It also marks the first day of spring in the Roman calendar. On this day in history, Julius Caesar was warned by soothsayers to “beware of the Ides of March”. Apparently, he did not heed the warning strongly enough as he was stabbed by Marcus Brutus on the Ides of March in 44 BC.
PlayandGrow Smart-er Tips
Nancy Pyne-Hapke, author of Play and Grow Smart, A Guide Supporting Brain Development, Birth through Five, has been giving tips to aid your child’s optimum skill development through proactive neuroscience-based activities every Monday.
Developmental Learning Tools for 3- to 6-month-olds
•  Baby discovers at this stage how much fun her own hands can be now that they’re no longer clenched in a fist.  She can suck her fingers and use them to grasp a toy that has been placed in his hands.   Since she has begun to reach for and explore objects, give her safe things of grasping size and different textures to hold.
•  He’ll soon pass a toy back and forth between hands and rotate his wrist to inspect the toy from all sides, then pop it in his mouth. Make toys safe for chewing– check labels – because Baby wants to look at, feel, chew on, handle, and drop everything!
•  BY 6 mo, she may sit up, giving her a new perspective on life, making her center of her own clanging, colorful, ever-changing world.
Some Developmental Learning Tools options (with skills development):
•  TEETHERS – bright with various textures, sounds and noises  ***beware: NO phthalates*** (visual, fine motor, tactile, auditory)
•  ACTIVITY center – a rack or board with dangling/spinning/rattling objects to bat at, pull, hit, squeak [good until Baby can push up on hands and knees] (tactile, fine motor, gross motor, visual, auditory, thinking/learning)
•  WRIST RATTLES – washable cloth, velcro closure, noisemakers attached; producing, with movement, a happy squeak, beads to shake, a soft touch (tactile, gross motor, visual, auditory, thinking/learning)
Next week – “Developmental Learning Tools for 3-mo- to 6-mo-olds, Part 2” 
Any ?’s – email Nancy Pyne-Hapke at
YMCA Preschool Health Expo – Fun, Tour & Essential Info
Saturday, March 20th
Moms and Dads can get tips on dental care for kids, pediatric health, holistic nutrition and other essential childrearing information, while kids have fun at a puppet show, arts & crafts table, obstacle course, face painting and more! It’s part of a free, Preschool Health Expo and open house held by North Valley Family YMCA ( at two locations:
• 10 a.m. – noon–YMCA Preschool Learning Center, (for children 2 to 5 years-old), 15950 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills
• 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.–YMCA Infant & Preschool Center, (children 6 weeks to 5 years-old), 11630 Indian Hills Rd., Mission Hills
Speakers include holistic nutritionist Karen Roth, MS NC who will tell parents “How to Keep Your Kids out of the Doctor’s Office.” Pediatrician Janesfri De Silva will focus on “Fighting Common Childhood Illnesses.” Meanwhile dentists from Blooming Smiles, a Northridge pediatric dental service and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center will provide valuable information. Other San Fernando Valley organizations will participate. The event is an opportunity to tour both YMCA preschools and obtain enrollment information. YMCA preschools follow a curriculum (HighScope) specifically designed to give children experience in decision-making and working with others. The focus on character development, science exploration, multi-cultural experiences and family events readies children for Kindergarten and success in elementary school. North Valley Family YMCA offers health and fitness programs at its main facility at 11336 Corbin Ave. in Northridge. As a nonprofit serving the San Fernando Valley, it also provides essential community services, including youth sports, physical education instruction at 26 grade schools and camping scholarships. The two preschools are part of the childcare program offered before- and after-school at 13 elementary schools and one middle school. For more information, call North Valley Family YMCA (818) 368-3231.
Select Dry Cleaners
Hate having to go to the Dry Cleaners? Never Enough Time to go to the Dry Cleaners?
Now you have the option of Free Pick-Up and Delivery Service! Plus 20% Off your 1st Order and Free Mini Lint Brush! Low Prices – Great Service! Their vans are ready to pick up and deliver your clothes anywhere in the West Valley. Go to and select “Request A Pick Up” or Call 818-826-9294
Family owned and Environmentally Friendly. Jen’s List Members receive 10% off your orders forever! They pick up and deliver every Monday-Wednesday-Friday. Price Sheets are located on the website.
Shirley has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and 30 years in the classroom…a former teacher from Oakwood Elementary, Sierra Canyon, and Castlemont. She has also taught in the Los Angeles School District and the Las Virgenes District and offers one on one instruction in a home environment, Monday through Friday. Shirley introduces, reinforces, remediates, and enriches concepts and skills taught in Kindergarten through 5th grade. She specializes in reading, language arts, and math. She is located on Vanowen Street in West Hills. Amazing references! For more information call 818-999-4339 or email

Stray Dog Found in Simi Valley
“Tila” is a coral colored cattle dog of some sort was found wandering yesterday and at that time was found by her owners who told the people who grabbed her on Summit that they lived on Red Hawk up here. Apparently she got out again. Mary Ann scoured the neighborhood for 4 hours, including door to door on Red Hawk to no avail. She’s shabby, but sweet, mellow and friendly and no tags. Her collar does have an “American Kennel” signage on it but that could just be the brand, not meaning she is a purebred? Having 4 large dogs of my own, she wasn’t able to keep her overnight, but found a vacant property on Red Hawk where she is being kept (neighbors are watching out for her). Mary Ann plans on picking her up today to take her somewhere to see if she is microchiped. But if nothing comes out of all of this, she will have to take her to the Simi Shelter for holding. If you have any info, call 805.657.4905

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Daryl Wizelman speaks and consults on life and business.  Daryl created a multi-billion dollar business.  During Daryl’s presentations he shares his secrets for personal and business success.  You will leave with a series of practical tools that can be implemented immediately and that improve your life and the lives of those you touch. Daryl’s book, “Heart Leader.  A Personal Journey to the Heart of Business and Life” will be available on April 2, 2010.Daryl can help you build your business and improve your life.
Gotta Have S’more – The perfect St. Patrick’s Day gift or dessert for entertaining!!!
The classic s’more has evolved.  Meet Gotta Have S’more S’muffins, the
uniquely stylish take on the s’more. Check out our Irish Crème S’muffin for St. Patty’s Day at Local delivery & pick up is available. Call 1-888-95-SMORE or go to for more information.
Let Foothill DJ Service be “The Life Of Your Next Party!”
Are you having a party? Do you need a DJ? Weddings, School Dances and High School Reunions, Birthday/Anniversary Parties, Disco and 80’s Theme parties, Company Holiday parties, Charity Events and ARE Bar/Bat Mitzvahs SPECIALISTS!!! (they have dancers, lights, lighted marquees, exclusive games, GREAT DJ/MC’s and more)!! They specialize in all types of music from today’s top hits to yesterday’s favorites!! Mention Jen’s list for special rates!!! Call Dean Schachtel today at 818-352-1661 or 818-421-6234 (cell) or via E-mail at They have over 30 DJ’s and are at your service!
Genetic Counseling
Sometimes it is difficult to recognize genetic diseases in children because the symptoms may seem completely unrelated to each other. Because of this, families can spend a lot of time visiting different specialists in search of a diagnosis and treatment for a sick child.  Not only is this costly and extremely frustrating, in some cases a delay in proper diagnosis can lead to additional, even life-threatening, complications. Common reasons for infants and children to see a genetic specialist (such as a genetic counselor or medical geneticist) include:
 Abnormal results on newborn screening tests
 Growth problems
 Lack of milestone achievements
 Physical abnormalities or birth defects
 Mental retardation or developmental delays
 Autism
 Suspected genetic condition or chromosome abnormality
 Blindness
 Deafness
 Seizures
For in depth information on why children and adults are referred to a genetic specialist and what they do, visit:
Sagebrush Cantina Kids Club is celebrating St Patrick’s Day
Come dressed in green and they will have many special’s starting at 5: Kids eat free with an adult entree, Face painting ,Irish dance lesson’s for the kids, My Gym activities and a Magic show. Located off the 101 and Valley Circle on Calabasas Rd. in Calabasas.
Host your own fun and profitable gold party at home. Contact Jay personally with any questions you may have or to get started and setup a gold party.  When you host a gold party, you can be assured that your guests will get the highest and fairest price possible. One of the things that Jay loves most about the gold party business is that it gives him the chance to  make a positive difference in people’s lives…providing cash to help pay bills, buy holiday and special occasion gifts, pay for a weekend getaway or provide a little reserve fund for unexpected contingencies.  When you host a Jays Gold Party, Jay will pay you 10% of sales PLUS he will provide a credit for refreshments. Email for more info!
Pre/Post Natal and more!  Kellie Smith, choice Massage Therapist of celebrities, pro athletes, VIP’s and the like is now accepting new clients!  Enjoy a luxurious spa experience in the comfort of your own home.  Peaceful music, soft linens, organic aromatherapy, an elegant touch and advanced techniques combine to offer you an unparalleled experience that will leave you spoiled, relaxed and revitalized.  Great for families too!  Call (818) 915-5355 or email
JustIn Time To Party! ~ Just the Thing 4 Spring SALE!
Just the Thing 4 Spring SALE! – Take $35 – $100+ off of our party packages when you book with at least 10 days notice. Need great kids’ party entertainment? These professional actors have princesses, super heroes, clowns, magicians and 100
other characters who can provide a magic show, balloon animals, face paint, tattoos, jumper, piñata, build-a-bles and more! JTT4S SALE! takes $75 off the price of a 1.5-hour party AND choose from an additional water balloon toss or pie-eating contest!
Also, see the popular $120 Weekday Special — Perfect for daycare / preschool / after school / Friday night entertainment! Check out all of their costumes and services at Call or e-mail Justin at (310) 500-8376 or
Easter Brunch at the Hyatt Regency – Huntington Beach
April 11, 2010, from 10 am– 2 pm
Fit for the entire family, The Californian is offering a buffet made for a king, a fun-filled Easter egg hunt for kids and a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny! Prices range from: $0-$78 and The Californian is located at 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.For reservations please call 714.845.4776.
Brazilian Blowout Special in Calabasas
Hair stylist is Calabasas is now doing a Brazilian blowout. Smoothes and straightens your hair for 3 to 4 months. Only takes about 2 hours. It’s good for people with frizzy curly or way hair. If you have colored or bleached hair it’s safe to do on. Call for more info. 818-222-7895 Ask for Jamie. Mention Jens List and get it for $210. Includes special shampoo & conditioner you need. Normally $425.
Show Me The Money, BABY!
Helps parents make money on items their baby or kids have outgrown and no longer need. Simply call or fill out a pickup request form and the friendly staff will pick up your items and sell your stuff online. Once they sell your item(s) they send you a check! It’s that easy!
Children’s Speech Pathologist Pamela Mirvis, MS, CCC
Licensed speech pathologist is an excellent resource to assist with your child’s needs. She is expert in dealing with speech and language issues, and is patient and kind (to both children & parents!). Pamela is currently accepting new clients and will come to your home. She does not accept insurance directly, but provides clients with “super bills” that may be submitted to your insurance company. Contact Pamela at
Close to home. 3 bed 2 bath “ocean front” house – step right out to the sand. Watch wonderful ocean sunsets and stroll on the beach. Create your own family memories here. Great deck in the back for outdoor dining & BBQ – fully equipped – bikes too. Enjoy a little R & R .Marina activities and restaurants walking distance. $2800 weekly. Contact:
I’m A Lil’ Peanut…And I Have a Peanut Allergy
Was created to make everyone aware of our toddler’s Peanut allergy for the safety and well being of our “Lil’ Peanuts”. These identifying materials will help with this mission. Mother of a 2 year old with a severe Peanut allergy, and Founder, Rhawnie- Lee Singletary announces the release of her I’m a Lil’ Peanut…and I have a Peanut Allergy product line please visit
Support Group for Moms Forming in Calabasas
A low cost support group for moms is forming in the Calabasas area.  The
group is to be led by a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been
working in the Calabasas area for over 20 years.  Parenting issues to be
covered include discipline, effective communication, age appropriate
behaviors, and specific concerns of the members will be addressed. Please
contact Laura Salter LMFT for more information at
You are Invited to Bring your Website to a Makeover Clinic
Register at 2. Print out your homepage. 3. Bring the printout with you to the “Smart Website Makeover Clinic” on Friday, March 26, 9:30am – 12:30pm at the Betty Ferguson Foundation in Valencia. 4. Learn how to reach the top of the local Google/Yahoo listings for nearly instant visibility online, how to connect with your market, and how to invite them to do business with you. Cost $47.
Huntley Preschool is having a Spring Open House
Located at their Toddler Center in West Hollywood on March 20th from 11:00 am to 2:00pm there will be fun activities for the children and yummy food for all. They are located at 723 Huntley Drive, West Hollywood, CA 90069.  To RSVP, please call 323-782-0909 or send an e-mail to You can also visit them at
Persian Dance Classes For Children and Adults
Wednesdays 4:30pm-5:15pm
Thursdays 4:00pm-4:45pm.
Thursdays at 8:30am-9:30am (Adult)—(Now offering a special rate of $10 per adult class!) Located a Play It Again! Creative Arts Center
1752 Westwood Boulevard  in Los Angeles, 90024
Call (310) 962-1742 or email for more info
Bree Salon
Trendy salon in the heart of Studio City at 12180 Ventura Blvd. They specialize in haircuts, color, highlights, Brazilian blowout, keratin fusion extensions, and organic custom spray tanning. Please call 818.508.4500 to make your appointment!  20% off first time clients. Mention this ad when booking to receive the discount!
Joel Benoit the Fly-Fishing Handyman
He has worked for many Jen’s List subscribers.  His Handyman company helps with all home maintenance and carpentry projects as well as plumbing, drywall and electrical.   He has also started to build custom made Dollhouse Bookcases with painting and materials included for $590.   All paint will be the choice of the parents and he will match the design of your nursery if you would like.
Mac Computer Repair
Jeremy Falk at 323 215 5668 or visit
Kids Choice Awards Off-Site Celebrity Gift Suite – VENDORS NEEDED
Want to get your get your company and its products into the hands of young celebrities from Disney Channel, Nickelodeon as well as celebrities from film, television, music comedy, sports etc. that have kids. Be a vendor at Connected Celebrity Gift Rooms 2010 Kids Choice Awards Off-Site Celebrity Gift Lounge on Friday, March 26th 2010 at Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA. Companies will have the opportunity to market, promote and get pictures of celebrities with their products and services for marketing, web site and promotional usage. Vendors Can Expect To Receive The Following:
*A private, exclusive event
*Access to celebrities
*Photos of celebrities with your products and logos to be used to advertise on their company websites, facebook etc.
Please e-mail to request more info and pricing
A dynamic new approach to parenting designed by Bette Alkazian, LMFT
At the end of 6 sessions, you will be able to handle just about any situation with your kids including:
Taming the tantrums               
Negotiating with the kids
Creating effective consequences       
Sibling squabbles
The “NO!” stage                   
Sleeping/Eating Battles
For Parents of Children Infants through 6 years of age:
Tuesdays Mornings   9:30 – 11:30 A.M. in Thousand Oaks 
Introductory Price of $379 for all six classes(You save $121)
Cash, check, credit cards accepted. Class size is limited
Email or phone 805-230-2464 for more info
Monny’s Idea Giveaways
Win Baby’s First Phone Call!
Open to residents of the Continental US.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, March 21, 2010.
Win a No Touch Hand Soap System from Lysol!
Open to residents of the US.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, March 19, 2010.
Win a Cozy Sleeper Bag from aden & anais!
Open to residents of the US and Canada.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, March 18, 2010.
All Clear Carpet and Water Extraction
They do carpet cleaning and water extraction for apartments, condos and homes!
Vines Management – 818-883-6707 or via email at
The Closet Stylist provides “Closet Therapy!”
Do you feel overwhelmed every-time you walk into your closet? Do you have a closet full of clothes with nothing to wear? Let the Closet Stylist help you get out from under the clutter! RECENTLY FEATURED in 805 MAGAZINE, they do a piece-by-piece wardrobe review, helping you decide what should be kept, altered, or donated. After the audit is complete, everything that you love and is most flattering will be displayed, feeling like you’re shopping in your own closet! They will provide you with a detailed shopping list of items to complete your styling makeover! You will feel renewed and see your wardrobe in a new light! With packages starting @ $495 they will change your life! Stop putting it off. For more information and pricing go to or email
Mention Jen’s list and relieve one hour of service free! ($110 value!)

Donate Directly to a family in need
What if you could be responsible for clothing a child that is cold and watch the child wear the jacket, Give food to a family and watch them smile, make any difference in someone else’s life that otherwise does not have a lot of hope. We all sit around listening to stories and think it is so sad but how could we possibly make a dent in the current situation. This site will allow PEOPLE TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE in a loving, unselfish way. All I can say is that nothing will make you feel better than putting a smile on a face that otherwise would not be there
Join Jennifer Spaly Photography for a West Valley Photo Playdate
~Saturday, March 20th from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
These mini photo sessions are sure to please both you and your little ones as they explore, climb, and play. Let Jennifer capture their bright eyes and smiles for a unique product line specifically designed for these shorter sessions. Jennifer creates clean, vibrant, life-like art work of children and infants. Call Jennifer for details at 818-400-5695.
Free Introductory Self-Healing Meditation!
March Headshot Madness! Do Your Kids Need New Headshots?
This is the perfect opportunity to get updated looks for a super-low price. It is quick and painless, cheap, and you’ll love their new headshot! Only $70 for a 20 minute session, and $20 for every image you choose. All sessions are with award-winning child photographer Autumn Hull. Visit this link for details or call 661-297-6951.