Friday March 19, 2010

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Today in History
Congress approves Daylight Savings Time. (1918)
Look what Idea Village West can do for you!
Is your idea the next BIG IDEA??  Wish YOUR product concept could help millions of households?  And, make money while you focus on kids and family?  Idea Village West are direct marketing specialists that help companies and natural inventors like you, effortlessly launch successful products! You’ve seen their products EVERYWHERE! It doesn’t have to be a shark tank!  Trust the experts at Idea Village West to professionally evaluate your concept, assist with financial support and skyrocket your idea to success!  Let Idea Village West bring BIG IDEAS (and little ones too) to market!  Idea Village West is holding a special “BIG IDEA DAY” on Thursday, March 25th, 2010.  You will have 5 minutes to present your idea.  This event is by appointment only and not open to the general public.  If you would like to participate, and for further information please email
Getting Ready to Toilet Train?
Learn How Here! Download this FREE article, Respectful Toilet Learning written by Faith Golden MA, a Child Development Specialist. You will learn how to make toilet learning easier by looking for your child’s readiness skills first. Then learn step by step how to teach your child to learn to use the toilet. Go to to download the FREE article.
Do you own a business with goods or services?(a note from Jen Levinson)
With your businesses fully tax deductible donation, you’ll be promoting what you have to offer and goodwill as well! On May 23rd, my oldest son’s school, Round Meadow Elementary, will be hosting its Annual Carnival & Silent Auction, one of the school’s largest fundraisers. Your business name will be shown next to your donated item as well as being listed in the monthly newsletter which is distributed to all of the Round Meadow families. All proceeds from the Auction will go directly to support the education of the students at Round Meadow Elementary School ( and A House Called Home ( The auction committee believes that this is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to our students the virtue of helping others less fortunate. With your help, we can all profit by giving the world a better future. The success of this event is crucial in order to continue paying the salaries of the Librarian, Computer Specialist, Music Specialist, Art Specialist and Physical Education Specialist. Last year, the money raised was used to help the school purchase books, computers, and other materials needed for the further education of the children. Thank you in advance for your consideration and help. Please email me so that I can forward you the donation form to complete and send along with any brochure, certificate or other information you would like to include. Please make note that the event is not until May 2010 for any certificates that need to be dated. Again, I sincerely thank you for your support and generosity!!
“An Ounce of Prevention…”
A FREE Safety Presentation for Parents and Caregivers
By Certified Child Predator Safety Educator, Pattie Fitzgerald, founder Presented by ZAHAVA of Temple Aliyah
Tuesday, March 23rd at 9:30 AM
THIS SEMINAR IS   N O T  T O  B E   M I S S E D!!!!!!
The event will take place in the Frank Galleria for coffee and bagels and then the sanctuary for a 90 minute gathering that focuses on how parents can talk to their kids about safety at different ages.  It also discusses how we can recognize those subtle grooming tricks of predators or “tricky people”, as well as establishing boundaries for those who interact with our kids on a regular basis – plus Megan’s Law in CA.  Pattie will talk about public bathroom issues, sleepovers, and how to still give our kids independence so we aren’t “helicoptering” them.  It’s an amazing program!       
6025 Valley Circle Boulevard in Woodland Hills
(818) 346-3545
Feel free to email with any questions
Jenny Bec’s
This amazing toy store offers a wide assortment of creative/fun/educational toys! The staff is super friendly and offers insightful service with suggestions for a cool and unusual item that’s a perfect fit for the child’s personality. They even gift wrap for free! Kids love going there too, because there are lots of toys for them to ‘test drive’!
11710 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
310-820-0500 Store Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10am to 6pm. Closed Sunday
Social network site for readers
Features a recommendation engine and user reviews geared toward finding you a good book to read next.
Re: Permits and LAUSD – Oak Park is a District of Choice
Casting Call for Super Nanny and SandBox Rebel models!
Tired of sass and back-talk from your precious little ones (toddler to teenagers)? Want to get help from America’s #1 nanny Jo Frost on the hit show Super Nanny?
Saturday, March 20th from 11am to 3pm
SandBox Rebel
12437 Magnolia Blvd valley Village, CA 91607
SandBox Rebel will also be looking for models for their new summer/spring line as well as holding a sale. This is an event not to miss!
Go Green and bring your green girls to the Eco Friendly Fashion
Are you looking for something fun to do with your daughter this weekend, and at the same time teach her about global warming?Have you always wanted to go to Fashion Week in LA, but never had the chance? 
This Saturday, March 20th, a local non-profit, the Green Youth Movement (GYM) will  summon fashionistas and greenies across the globe to THE GREEN INITIATIVE: A Humanitarian Fashion Show  at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, California at 1 p.m. Paired with Los Angeles Fashion Weekend, the carbon-neutral catwalk will showcase exclusive collections from eco-friendly designers to extend awareness on how to live sustainably. GYM ( was started by Ally Maize at 15 “Fashion is such a big part of youth culture and serves as an ideal means of raising global awareness of sustainable living,” says Maize. They hope THE GREEN INITIATIVE gets people excited about being green and making environmentally-conscious lifestyle choices. THE GREEN INITIATIVE is open to the public. Tickets are available for purchase at
How to Cut an Onion Without Crying
Video and lots of comments.
2  3yr old Boxers need a home
They are mostly white, and they are deaf. They are not fixed. They are good with all children, but older children would be ideal since they jump in excitement, and don’t know their own strength. They are motivated by food and tennis ball’s, and an occasional rope toy to play tug-of-war. These girls are such loving dogs. Email for more info
March 29–April 2, Mon–Fri from 11:00am–1:00pm in Studio City
Intensive workouts, drills, matches, fun games. Advanced beginners to intermediate players, 7-16 yrs. old, 4-5 kids per tennis court, extra special attention!!!MaryAnn has 20 yrs. of teaching experience. Trophies awarded on Friday to the kids.Limited spaces, call now to reserve a spot. Call 818-692-8664 or email for more info!
Wanna grow tomatoes this season?
TomatoMania is coming to Tapia Brothers’ Farm Stand in Encino
March 26th – 28th – Open 9 to 5.
Nearly 300 tomato seedling varieties. Let the kids choose which to plant.
Childhood Food Allergies
The Doctors TV Show is looking for a mom that needs help in both the medical aspect and the personal aspect (mainly in cooking) of dealing with a child with food allergies.
·         Are you a mom that has a child with food allergies?
·         What allergy testing have you done thus far?
·         Do you worry about what to cook for your child?
·         Does your child feel like he/she is treated differently because of their food options?
·         Want to get in the kitchen with a celebrity food chef to learn exciting ways to cook for your allergy child?
Email for more info
Kidfest Thousand Oaks FREE kids event
Saturady -March 20th from 11 am to 4 pm!!!
Kidfest 2010 is an annual FREE family event where children of all ages come together for a fun and unique day. Expected activities will include trucks, arts and crafts, dog agility show, sporting games, live music,train rides, inflatable jumpers, rock wall and more!  This event is geared towards kids of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. Kidfest also features a community expo with exhibitors and local vendors showcasing their products and services.  There will also be a silent auction benefiting Conejo Valley Day Care Association and a raffle. For more info check out 
Conejo Creek Park North – 1379 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks
2010 Sunrise Little League Spring Carnival!
Sunday, March 21st from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Games, Rides, Prizes, Food and Fun! Take a trip down the 18’ Accelerator Slide or race a friend in the Adrenaline Rush Obstacle Course. The 30’ Rock Wall is sure to be a challenge for anyone who dares to try to make it to the top. The money raised during this special Sunrise Little League Spring Carnival will go directly back to the league, so feel free to bring your family and friends and have some fun.
6400 Winnetka Ave. in Woodland Hills
Luna Luna Copenhagen- Hub Cap Overstock Last Chance Sale!
Everything Must Go!  Nothing Over $10, most items $2 and $5. 2100sq foot store completely filled with merchandise. This is one sale you will not want to miss out on. Girls sizes 3m to 12 years- Boys sizes 3m to 6 years. Cash only!
Hours – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
706 Lindero Cyn Rd in Oak Park, Ca 91377
Offers from Mattel – Now thru 3-21-10
Hot Wheels Free Shipping: 
Hot Wheels Secret Sale page: 
Buy 3 Get 1 Free:
Batman Brave & the Bold: 
Disney/Pixar Cars: 
Action Figures & Accessories: 
Malibu House of Hope
The Opstand Foundation is a non-profit public benefits charity corporation of California working together with other organizations, local residents, churches, synagogues and businesses to eliminate homelessness. Malibu House of Hope is dedicated to providing a home, guidance, life skill development and safe place for runaway teens. Several facilities are being developed and acquired all over Los Angeles and Ventura counties. For more information on volunteering, program details and needs of the organization visit:
Please join this gathering this coming weekend open to the public:
15 ways to soothe a fussy baby
Nurturing the authentic Self in a world in flux
Thursday, March 25th
Achieving personal, relationship, and social success through the integration of Universal feminine and masculine principles.  In collaboration and partnership with Mr. Benjamin Dai, founder of the Institute of Conscious Evolution. join a series of “interactive” conversations, dialogues, events, workshops, classes, seminars, and lectures in collaboration with thought leaders, thinkers, authors, visionaries, speakers and pioneers in the field of conscious evolution & transformational actualization.
Optimizing Your Fertility
Workshop for Partners” inspired by Strong Yoga4Fertility
Sunday March 21st from 2:30 to 5:30 PM
Presented by HRC FERTILITY in conjunction with RESOLVE LA EDUCATION. The stress of fertility challenges can take a toll on mind/body as well as your relationship, and potentially make it even more difficult to conceive. Come and learn how to better manage your stress using an integrative approach to health! In this workshop you will: 1) Discuss causes of female and male infertility; 2) Learn the symptoms of the stress response (fight-or-flight) and how stress and other lifestyle choices (diet, sleep, exercise) affect fertility; 3) Practice Partner Yoga poses which facilitate blood flow to the reproductive organs, relax mind and body and enhance connection with your partner; and 4) Learn the basics of mind-body connections and participate in a deep relaxation/guided imagery exercise geared to enhance fertility.Fee: $90.00 per couple (includes materials). Please bring yoga mats if you have them. To reserve your space please contact Dr. Deborah Anderson at 818-235-2158
15503 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 200, Encino, CA 91436
Music Training Helps Children to Read
Support for returning music to our schools – Music training has profound effects that shape the sensory system, and researchers suggest it should be a mainstay of K-12 education. 
World City at the Music Center – Bolivia Corazón de América and Andes Manta
Saturday, March 20th at 11:00 AM & 12:30 PM
FREE programming for families showcasing South American Dance and Music at the W.M. Keck Amphitheatre Walt Disney Concert Hall. The award-winning company Bolivia Corazón de América captivates audiences with their spectacular traditional costumes and lively dances, which showcase the dance and musical heritage of Bolivia. A band of four brothers native to the Ecuadorian Andes, Andes Manta performs the vibrant music of the Andes on more than 35 traditional instruments. The music never fails to bring audiences to their feet, whether in dance or standing ovation. Performance tickets are FREE and are distributed on a first-come basis Grand Avenue at 2nd Street. Tickets for 11 a.m. performance distributed beginning at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for 12:30 p.m. performance distributed beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 20th from 12 – 5:00
Visit THE ENCHANTED CASTLE for fun in the bounce house, pirate ship, enchanted village play houses, & soooooooo much more. Free gift for every child! 
(818) 227-3800
20650 Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills, Ca. 91364  (2 blocks east of De Soto)
Need Consumer Advice to $ave More, $pend Less and Avoid Rip-Offs?
Dedicated to empowering the consumer through advice, education and problem resolution, the Consumer Action Center is here for you.  It’s a FREE service provided by Clark Howard and his staff of over 150 volunteers.
Super SAMPLE Clothing Sale!
*All Brand New*All Name Brands
Saturday, March 20th from 9am-1pm only
11571 La Maida Street in Valley Village, 91601
MOST clothing sells for only 5 to 10 bucks!!  Including Mens and Womens Clothing and some kids.*NEW DESIGNER SECTION*—this is where the real deals are! Brands like Lucky Brand clothing & Lucky Leather handbags, Trina Turk Swimsuits, Gottex Swimsuits, EMU Boots, Donald Pliner Mens Shoes, Ryan & Rowe Mens Shoes, Dana Davis Womens Shoes and MORE selling at more than 50% OFF Retail! These aren’t your $5-$10 deals but these brands are so deeply discounted, you will not find these prices anywhere! Clothing will not be at this location until Saturday morning
Unique vendors needed for Encino Little League’s Mother’s Day Boutique
Event is on Saturday, May 8. Vendor interviews will take place on Tuesday, March 23 and Thursday, March 25th. Please email for more information.
Pegasus W562-01CB/364 Coverstitch & Pegasus M732-355 Overlock – Both industrial machines include head, table stand and motor. Tons and tons of Big spools of Thread of various colors, Bolts of cream colored knit fabric (varies), Patternmaking supplies (depends on what you need) – pattern hooks, pattern cards, rulers, etc. Contact: or 310-701-6000
Beth Hillel Day School Presents: Funspirations
Sunday, March 21st from 1-2:30pm
Funspirations are exciting FREE monthly programs of stories, music, and crafts with Jewish holiday themes! This month, come and celebrate Passover withstories and songs by Rabbi Jim.  Make a great Matzo cover!  For children ages 3-6 (must be accompanied by an adult) Snacks served! Location: Temple Beth Hillel 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village, CA Contact Person: Betsy Abramsohn Email: Phone: (818) 763-9148 x144 Website:
Access Lock and Safe
Everyone wants to feel that his home or office are locked better either when he is in and out. Nim – the owner of Access Lock and Safe has a special offer for Jen’s List readers. With every installation of High Security Lock (multi Lock) you will get – 4 free high security keys ($120 value). For more information please call 866.889.2900
Licensed Bonded and Insured Mobile Locksmith – lco 4643.
Teachers: Supplement your income helping other teachers plan their retirement
Looking for one teacher per school to help full time staff set up their 403(b) accounts. Training provided. You will need to get your insurance license. This is commission only, but you have the opportunity for residual income. This means once you do the work, you continue to receive pay. Interested? Contact Alesia Stanford:
Looking for a professional that can help with adult scoliosis and the pain associated with it. Email
Family in financial hardship needs help with a living situation with 2 little kids, a 10 month old and a 3 year old. Would love a guest house that would take the family for approx. $1000/month or even less. Email
In search of a pre-school in the Hollywood/Hancock Park area. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Email
Wanted: Double Bob Stroller. Email
Looking for daycares in Hancock Park, Larchmont, Fairfax, Miracle Mile, etc. Email
Looking for recommendation for a good ballet school or class close to Encino- Email
Looking for a company that replaces window screens and who will come to your home to do it. Email
Looking to nanny share?? Member lives in Shadow Hills (La Crescenta adj), has an incredible nanny for her 2 boys and is looking to share it with another ~ preferable a little one about 2 years. Email
Does anyone have a timeshare at the Maui, Marriot Condos they would like to rent? Looking for a 1 bedroom, ocean view, with kitchen if possible anytime after June 18. Email
Looking for good recommendations for a company that puts on in-home, Murder Mystery parties for adults in Valley. Other highly recommended, fun ideas welcome too. Email
Looking for leads on reasonably priced wood refinisher to refinish dining table and chairs. Email
Looking for a once-a-week, after-school soccer coach to work on skills for about 45 minutes to an hour with three or four kids (all mine, ages 6-9). Willing to pay about $15 – $25 for the session, depending on experience. Email
Looking for feedback on Neighborhood School in Sherman Oaks, Huntley Preschool in Universal City, or Sunnyside Preschool in Studio City? Email
Looking for opinions/information on The Woodcrest school in Tarzana (not preschool) and Ivy Academia. Email
Has anyone used any companies in the valley for trackless train rental rides or fire truck rental rides for a children’s birthday party? Email
Looking for parents that have children with Frieberg’s disease (aka avascular necrosis). Email
Multi-Family/Moving/Garage Sales this Weekend
Fabric sale
Sat and Sunday from 8 AM – 3 PM
Local designer is moving and has a garage full of great fabric for sale. Glizy stuff for girls costumes to home dec fabric that you would find in stores.
16235 Devonshire St. #49 (in back of complex) Granada Hills CA 91344
818 723 8550
Valley Charter School Multi-Family Garage Sale
4047 Stansbury Avenue, Sherman Oaks 91423
Sunday, March 21st 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Valley Charter School is a small, tuition-free and non-sectarian public elementary school that will open, pending our charter approval, in September 2010. VCS will offer a diverse school community project-based learning, and small class sizes.
4163 Longridge Ave. Sherman Oaks-West of Coldwater Canyon and South of Ventura.
Neighborhood Garage Sale & Lemonade Stand
Saturday, March 20, 8am – 4pm
Corner of Aetna St. & Le Sage (23600 block Off Platt Ave.)
Amazing Garage Sale Multi-Family
3105 Castle Heights 90064, Los Angeles 90034
Saturday March 20th at 8am-3pm.
Multi Family Yard Sale:
Saturday – March 20th 7:00am to 11:00 am .
(Portion of $ will be donated to Yerba Buena Elementary School!)
Kids will be selling Lemonade and Girl Scout Cookies
From San Fernando Valley: 101 North FWY, Exit Lindero Canyon Road make a right, Thousand Oaks Blvd make a right, Lake lindero make a left, Right on Rainbow View Drive