Monday March 29, 2010

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Today in History
Ice jams stop the flow of water over Niagara Falls. (1848)
Coca Cola is invented. (1886)
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.  These ideas come from scholarly sources to personal interviews, from the internet to periodicals to books.
Developmental Learning Tools for 3- to 6-month-olds
•  Baby discovers at this stage how much fun his own hands can be now that they’re no longer clenched in a fist.  He can suck his 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.
Consider the following Developmental Learning Tools options (with skills development):
•  TEETHERS – bright objects with various textures and sounds and noises [beware: check for NO phthalates] (visual, fine motor, tactile, auditory)
•  ACTIVITY center – a rack or board with dangling/spinning/rattling objects to bat at, pull, hit, squeak.  This Learning Tool is 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)
•  NOISE-MAKERS – objects offering the sounds of squeeze-and-squeak, whistling, harmonica-sounding, jingling, chirping, clicking, snapping, ringing (tactile, fine motor, auditory, visual, thinking/learning)
Next week – “Developmental Learning Tools for 3-mo- to 6-mo-olds,” Pt. 2   Any ?’s – email
Destination Science Camp
Final Days to take advantage of the March Savings! Enroll for 4 weeks & save $160 or choose one week & save $30! Destination Science is fun, safe hands-on science for all kids 5 to 11 who like experimenting, creating, building & discovering. Kids come home with tons of cool science projects that they can’t wait to show off. Energetic professional educators help increase kids confidence in science. Great Neighborhood Locations.
My Gym AMAZING Children’s classes in Woodland Hills/Thousand Oaks
My Gym was created to enhance physical development and a sense of individual success. The number one goal is your child’s growth and development! Now registering for classes for ages 3 months -13 years old. Age appropriate classes, fantastic birthday parties, parent’s nite out, plus new exciting adult classes/parties! Furthermore, my gym has a MOBILE PROGRAM and can bring fun and fitness to YOUR facility! Call for more info!
Woodland Hills Location:
22027 B. Vanowen St. (around in the back at the corner of Topanga/Vanowen) – (818) 702-6946
Thousand Oaks Location:
2701 Thousand Oaks Blvd. (in the Palm Plaza Shopping Center-west of Hampshire) – (805) 494-4154
Here is the answer to your prayers if you own a Jogging Stroller. These attachable and fully adjustable handlebars will greatly improve your posture and enhance your “strolls” more than you can imagine! They are SO cool! Perfect ergonomics with a stroller, at last. Chest forward. Shoulders Back. Elbows by our side. This is how we stroll…Healthy Handles. Visit and enter code jenslist for $5.00 off a set – You will love them!
Train 4 Autism
An athletic fundraising program unlike any other:
* You select the sport
* You select the event
* You select where your funds go
Feel the joy of crossing the finish line knowing you’ve helped the autism program/organization of your choice. With Train 4 Autism, you’ll gain courage, strength and make a significant impact in the fight against autism. All levels and abilities are welcomed as Train 4 Autism was started by parents, not athletes. Many Train 4 Autism participants are persons competing in their first athletic event ever or athletes that choose to walk a race instead of run – everyone is welcome. There are several ways to get involved either as an athlete, a sponsor, and/ or a volunteer: For more info, visit
Pink-Link: powerful support, database for breast cancer survivors
Construction Adventures – Construction Themed Birthday Parties
Does your little one love trucks and construction?  Make sure to give them a birthday party they’ll adore!  The professional crew from Construction Adventures guides your child and their guests through construction themed games and activities including brick building, hammering nails and using their very own wrecking ball.  Perfect for boys and girls ages 3-6 yrs.  For more info or to book a party visit or call 818-205-4055.Jens List member used them and LOVED them!
Villa Firenze is closing the Studio City Store only
12144 Ventura Blvd.  Studio City  91604   818-985-2300
Tues-Fri 10:30-7, Sat – 10-6, Sun 11-5 & Closed Mondays(CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY)
Store liquidation sale goes till the end of April – come early for best selection. All sales final – no exchanges – no refunds – Cash or CC only – 2% discount for cash – no special orders taken in Studio Citylocation during the sale – Special orders at factory location only.
5 Habits of the Happiest Couples I Know
Temple Kol Tikvah April Events
Friday, April 2: 6:00 pm Tot Shabbat. Shabbat Service for families with young children
Friday, April 16: 5:45 pm Picnic Dinner and Art Project. 7:00 pm Family Shabbat Service for families with children in K-7th grade
Sunday, April 18: 9:00 am Open House at Kol Tikvah Religious School. Visit our school and celebrate with us Israel’s Independence Day with art, dance and food.
Sunday, April 25: 11:00 am Kol Tikvah Preschool Fundraiser Luncheon at the Westlake Inn. For more information, please call our Preschool at 818-348-0670 x207, 217
20400 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Helping Parents Set Limits for their Children
April 21st from 7 -9 pm
The program is presented by parenting specialist Penni Seller, Psy.D. The program is designed to meet the crucial needs of parents with young children dealing with limit setting issues, including sleeping, eating, conflict resolution, TV watching, and computer use. Says Batsheva Spector, director of Temple Adat Elohim’s Early Childhood Education Center, “The concept of ‘limits’ can greatly impact a child’s self esteem. Knowing the how-to’s of limit setting is a vital skill that benefits parents and their children.” Babysitting is available. Temple Adat Elohim is an open and welcoming Jewish community embracing those who seek spirituality, knowledge, and a desire to heal the world. For more information, please call TAE at 805-497-7101.
2420 E. Hillcrest, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.
The Good Nite Lite
A patent pending, behavioral modification device designed to promote a child’s ability to get the rest that is critical for healthy development. If a child is in the habit of waking up at a certain time, they will tend to continue this regular pattern until it is reset. Unfortunately, if the established pattern is to wake up too early, the result is a that a child will become active on their own schedule which interferes with their own healthy sleep pattern and can be a disruptive influence to the entire household particularly Mom and Dad! It can be extremely difficult to modify this pattern without a visual cue that can be easily understood by even very young children. The Good Nite Lite provides exactly this behavioral cue with its easily distinguished display of the Moon, meaning, “time to rest” and Sun display meaning “time to get up!”.
OPENS APRIL 1st IN NEW WOODLAND HILLS LOCATION AND OPENED MARCH 1st in SHERMAN OAKS!!! The Water Whisperer is where babies, children and adults learn to swim in a creative, nurturing and peaceful environment. They teach individuals to swim using gentle, developmental methods tailored to each person. Last summer, Emily and her team helped my then 4 yr olds, who were very afraid of the water, get excited about being in the water/swimming in just 10 lessons. Not only do swimmers develop water safety skills, but they also create their own swimming style. They have a 98% success rate in getting children ages 3 and over swimming within ten lessons. The technique was developed by a Jen’s List member, Emily Cohen, who has a Masters Degree in Education from UCLA as well as years of experience teaching children both in and out of the water.  The W.W. is a proud member of The United States Swim School Association and they keep current with all of the Association’s swim teaching techniques. They also recently expanded to Woodland Hills!  Spots are filling up quickly in both locations. Contact for Sherman Oaks location and Courtney at for Woodland Hills!  WATCH THE VIDEOS, READ THE TESTIMONIALS and register at
Workshop on Postpartum Mental Health
Thursday, April 1st from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm, 2nd Floor, Room 202
Networking Begins at 3:30 pm
Clinical Connections FREE Workshop:
“Postpartum Mental Health: Shades of Blue” – Presented by: Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC*
Postpartum Depression or Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) are the most common side effects of birth, but they often go undiagnosed. The long-term impact of PMADs can be debilitating for mother, partner, child, and siblings. The good news? With treatment, prognosis is extremely good. Learn the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and treatment options to help women struggling with PMADs. This is a FREE event. RSVP Required
Pepperdine University – West Los Angeles Graduate Campus – 6100 Center Drive Los Angeles
Please RSVP to Sheila Sayani at or call (310) 568-5776
*If you are unlicensed, you may be able to get hours towards licensure with your clinical supervisor’s approval* This event is sponsored by Pepperdine’s Clinical Training & Professional Development Office
The Men’s March
Saturday, April 24, 2010
To Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. Men in heels will lead the march followed by other men, women and children. High heels recommended for men and available on request. Gathering point: Sherman Oaks Galleria Fountain (corner of Ventura & Sepulveda Blvds.) With a Requested Donation of $25 you receive: FREE Lunch – Gift Cards – T-Shirt – Wrist Band
Pre-Register Online:
For Information: Email: – Phone: 818.756.5330
Is your child going to Camp Kinneret this summer?
Still available from the Silent Auction at Woodland Hills Academy is a $150 Camp Kinneret gift certificate. Selling at face value for $150, you will receive a tax deduction, and proceeds will benefit Friends of WH Academy, the public middle school in WH. The certificate is for second session and you must be enrolled in second session for more than 2 weeks. Please contact
The evolution of the Easygrow, the extraordinary high chair that grows with baby, continues with the debut of the Easygrow “Next”.  The Easygrow “Next” features a sleek brushed aluminum finish and unique dinner tray tilting feature.  The chair’s comfortable molded plastic seat features a luxurious suede-like texturized feel.  The tilting feature lets the tray fold down and away from baby allowing for them to be placed and removed freely from the seat.  This pioneering new highchair brings life to a home’s interior and offers a child a safe and comfortable place at the table.  In addition to the dinner tray features include a bumper bar, flexible seat reducer and a 5-point harness.  The flexible seat reducer allows use of the chair from the time baby can sit on his or her own.  Both the seat and foot rest can be easily adjustable and can accommodate children from the time they can sit unaided to 12 years of age.  Easygrow “Next” is lightweight at just 16.5 lbs., allowing for mom or dad to easily position the chair anywhere they want.
This Emotional Life
PBS has put together a phenomenal resource with videos, articles, information, links, and resources on topics that affect us all each day. It covers many conditions birth through old age with place for your comments too.
Art Classes for children & Teens
With Banafsheh Bonnie Sadigh & Mahasti Tabibzadeh. In an intimate and friendly environment students can develop their appreciation for the world of arts while learning the fundamental skills and language of drawing and painting. Students are inspired to weave together playful artistic techniques with creative and authentic self-expression. Pre-RegistrationRequired- No Walk-Ins Please!
Ages 8-10 – Thursdays 4:00 pm ~ 5:15 pm
Ages 10-14 – Thursdays 4:00 pm ~ 5:15 pm
Ages 15 & up – Mondays 4:00 pm ~ 5:15 pm
Starting Thursday April 8, 2010 & Monday April 5, 2010
1575 Westwood Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA.  90024
Carmen’s Kids& Co.
“Rockin’ hair” is offering help to families of 2 or more. Second child $4.00 off  3rd 4th etc; 1/2 off  That’s an $11 haircut. Must mention Jen’s List and ask for Carmen
17213 Ventura BL. In Encino
(818) 501-4472
Girls Night Out with Psychic Marilyn Papa
Small group parties for 4 to 10 people with Psychic Medium, Marilyn Papa. Why go out for the typical dinner when you can do something fun and lasting with all of your friends? Leave your kids at home, open a bottle of wine and hear about your future, get questions answered and talk to a loved one on the other side.  Also if you want to learn how to use your psychic gifts, let the evening end with some fun psychic games.  You will share fun moments with your friends and have a story to tell for a very long time. Rates vary depending on size of the group and location of the party.  You can either travel to her or she can come to you. To learn more about Marilyn, these parties, one-on-one readings or psychic classes you can reach her at 323-860-8771.  To read some of her testimonials you can visit her website at
Email or call 323-860-8771 for more info!
Little Saplings – gardening with children
Owner Ruth Steinberg encourages children in their love of gardening and the outdoors. She teaches privately at your home and in group sessions at preschools. She also teaches in day camps and will provide a fantastic party theme for your child’s birthdays!
Cool Mom Picks
They find it – you flaunt it!

Special rate for Jen’s List members for American Heart Association CPR and First Aid
So Cal Safety Group is offering Adult, Child and Infant CPR in a three hour session that includes AHA certification book, DVD and card!  Our course also includes choking and AED use all for the same cost!!! Don’t be fooled by other companies who offer one level with no certification! Remember that INFANTS are only infants until they are ONE YEAR of age! They will meet or beat any other comparable AHA CPR course offering and they come to your location! Always professional! Good sense of humor!! They are Jen’s List moms!!! They also offer EMT and Lifeguarding services for your party or event. Email for more info.
Mary Engelbreit’s Oven-Fried Lemon Chicken 
Perfect finger food for home or a picnic.
Laurel Hall School’s Online Fundraising Auction has begun!
Everyday new items are uploaded for your bidding pleasure! They have some amazing items to bid on (Dodger tickets, signed scripts from Heroes, 24, New Adventures of Old Christine among others, restaurant gift certificates and so much more!). Check out, click on Shop and start bidding! Thank you for your support!
The Wonder of Learning exhibition of the Reggio Emilia infant-toddler centers is on display
Now in Santa Monica through April
Fresh Lemon Tips
Cooking, cleaning, decorating and more.
The Language Maven
Does your student need personal attention to improve his or her language–or other study–skills? Carol Anne Seflinger  (The Language Maven) has been a tutor for 14 years and has worked with students as young as 4 (pre-K) as well as college students needing help with essay-writing and/or Spanish language studies. With an MA in Linguistics, and previous experience as a substitute teacher for the LAUSD, (currently licensed as a CA sub) Carol finds her work with individual students to be the most rewarding both for herself and her students. Also a freelance writer and editor,  Carol can help students find their writing ‘voices’. Carol will come to your home, for your utmost convenience. Contact Carol at 818-754-8688 or email for further information.  References on request.  Special to Jen’s List subscribers: Mention Jen’s List for a 25% discount on Carol’s first visit, as well as for multi-hour or student package deals.
Tomatoes – What Kind to Plant?
Red, Orange, Yellow, Black, White, Purple, Pink, Green, Striped and Pear, Grape, Plum, Currant, Cherry.
Casting People Addicted to Spending/Shopping!
This groundbreaking new series is looking for women & men (25-45yrs old) that acknowledge they have a spending/shopping addiction. This new series will cast a light on a serious and growing problem in America- Shopping and Spending addiction. You can’t buy happiness any longer! If you are willing to share your story and are selected for the show, they will get you FREE help from experienced professionals! Email: and Include your name, where you live, age, occupation, contact info, as much detailed information about your spending problems, where it began, how it has affected your life (give details) & why you think you would be appropriate for the series. Also include your marital status, children or no children and whether you live in a house or apartment.   
Plant Fragrant Flowers and Herbs in the Garden
Lists of shrubs, perennials, annuals and herbs.
Are YOU in Charge of your Organization’s Fundraising for this Coming Year?
Let YOUR BOUTIQUE IN A BOX use their years of boutiquing experience to put together your profitable event! They bring the vendors, do the room lay out, provide advertising materials, cashiers, and more at NO CHARGE TO YOUR ORGANIZATION and at your choice of venue, including a home boutique. Email for more info.