Thursday September 9, 2010

Lee Silverman, of The Lee Silverman Insurance Agency, has been catering to Southern California families and business professionals for over 35 years. His knowledge of the insurance and financial industries, along with his distinct warm and personal care, will assist you in making the right decisions for your family. Jen’s List members Liz and Susan Silverman highly recommend their dad for all of your insurance needs.
 Contact him if he can help you with any of the following:
Health Insurance
Life Insurance
Long Term Health Care
Financial Planning
Call 310/387-8597 or email for further assistance.


Today in History
* California became the 3st state (1850)
* Elvis Presley first appears on the Ed Sullivan Show. (1956)
* Teddy Bear Day



$50 for a Month of Classes and Play at My Gym, Santa Monica (68% Off)
Burn off some of that amazing excess kid energy at My Gym!  My Gym is a learning play center where classes are offered for all ages and developmental levels for kids 6 months through 10 years.   The classes are offered on a rolling basis, which means you can join at any time. With this special dailyD deal you get: four classes (once a week), eight hour-long freeplay sessions (2 each week), AND a Parents’ Night Out.  This is a genius invention. Once a month (usually on a Friday from 5:30 – 9:30 pm) they have a night where you drop off a child (it doesn’t even have to be the same child that is taking the class) and then you get to go out, while they entertain the kids.  This is one of those deals with something for everyone!



ONLY $50 for a 1 month unlimited special at Kinetic Cycling
Jump start your life with classes, where energy in motion is a way of life. Geared toward people of all ages and levels of fitness, this Brentwood based indoor cycling studio offers 45-minute group cardio sessions that deliver real results, fast. By using sight, sound, and atmosphere. Kinetic Cycling’s classes completely rejuvenate the mind and body. The result? A total re-creation of self, both inside and out. Kinetic has become the favorite workout for super fit celebrities; Hilary Swank and David Duchovny.  What are you waiting for? Hop into one of Kinetic’s cutting-edge Keiser M3 indoor cycles, and give yourself the workout of a lifetime. Energetic music will be pumping as your pace and climb variate, and before you know it, those calories will burn themselves.



Sunnyside Preschool Open in Sherman Oaks
Sunnyside’s unique approach to play-based developmental programs that encourages curiosity, imagination, and social skills. The teachers inspire a love for learning that fosters the social, emotional, physical, creative, and cognitive growth of each child. As the children extend play beyond themselves, they learn what it means to be part of a group and to share their world with others. Activities include art, community garden, woodworking, yoga, music, and Spanish. Child to teacher ratio is 6:1. Hours 9 am to 3 pm (8:30 am early drop off and enrichment classes to 4pm). For more info or to take a tour, call 818-785-8574.
14125 Burbank Blvd. in Sherman Oaks


2010 Stand Up to Cancer telethon
Friday, September 10, from 8pm to 9pm EDT


AMAZING Sleep Consultant and Parenting Coach
Now that vacation is over it’s a good time to tackle your child’s sleep issues. We just recently had to call on Katie and she was terrific to work with! Don’t let another night go by without sleep for you or your child. Katie Smith will meet with you at your home or on the phone and develop a customized, step-by-step plan that you can be excited about.  No hourly fees or extra charges. Mention Jen’s List for a 10% discount. Don’t put it off any longer! Visit Katie’s website for more information or call 310 925-2245. References available.


iPad app changing autistic children’s lives 


Special Event IconBright Child Family Passes For Two are 53% Off at
$19 Bright Child Family Fun Pass for Two Kids includes 2-hour admission, unlimited laser tag, and 40 tokens. Valid at Agoura location only. Must purchase your certificates at by Sunday at midnight, but certificates are valid seven days a week through December 31, 2010. This pass retails for $40.


Batman at Pottery Barn Kids
The Caped Crusader will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for pictures. Bring your camera and your kids-before he disappears into the night.
Saturday, September 11th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
For more info, visit


Amazing Fundraising Idea!
UBU™ personalized  products has officially put the  “fun” in “fun”draising and has come up with a new, safe and easy way to raise money for  preschools, elementary schools, or organizations. The products are one of a kind products (such as memo pads, address labels, gift stickers)  that resemble you, your family and friends, they are loved by all and make excellent gifts for any occasion.   This will be the easiest fundraiser ever created as we do it all for you.  For additional information please visit Contact Ellen Sussman at 805-279-2719 or  for more fundraising details!


KIDS COOKING CLASSES at The Treehouse Social Club
Mondays, October 4th- 25th form 10 am-11 am
4-week cooking class session. One hour-long class where will kids make lunches from around the world.  $25, includes lunch and materials fees. Have your chef’s hat and apron waiting for you in class for additional $15. 
To make reservations, call (818) 917 7200 email Space is limited!
426 South Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048
As recently seen on KTLA Morning Show:



Car booster seats make gains in insurance testing


Flip Flop Sample Sale!
Flip flops for women and KIDS will be sold for 35% or more off retail on Sunday, Sept 12th from 1-4pm! Stacie Bass is known for her Rock ‘n Roll of flip flops…the latest styles can be seen on celebrities such as Cher, Hilary Duff, The Go Go’s, Virginia Madsen, Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher, Nicolette Sheridan, Marcia Cross, Felicity Hoffman, Penny Lancaster Stewart and many more!   Please email  or call 818-679-5415 for the Woodland Hills address.


Ladybug Music Fall Classes – Looking for a new fall activity for your little one?
Ladybug Music is offering FREE FALL DEMO CLASSES on Friday, Sept. 10th & Saturday, Sept. 11th in Studio City!
Please visit:  to sign up for a free demo and to view the schedule and location.
Ladybug Music is a mixed age (infant – 5 years old) research based early childhood music program that fills the great need for music and classes that speak to the diversity and tastes of this generation of parents. Ladybug has created music collections from all genres and eras which provide eclectic, rich and hip music for children and parents are enjoying it just as much! In the Ladybug classes we sing, play percussive instruments, dance, listen, get very silly and so much more!


Attention Parents of High School Students
Do you have a plan or a system in place to help manage all the paperwork and deadlines involved in scholarships, college campus tours and the college application process? 72% of parents say No! The College Caboodle was created to help you organize all the essays, letters of recommendation, grades, scholarship applications and more while also keeping track of application deadlines. Parents and students can start using the College Caboodle in 9th grade and rest easy knowing that when the time comes all the necessary paperwork is neatly organized and easily accessible. Methods Organizing is offering the College Caboodle and will be greeting college-bound students and taking orders this Saturday at the LAUSD District 1 College Fair Extraordinaire. You can visit the College Caboodle table on Saturday 9/11 from 9AM to 12PM at Pierce College. They also have a simple fundraising program to help raise money for your school. Email for more info. To order directly visit and click on the College Caboodle Link. 



Corporate and Domestic Staffing Agency in LA
The Grapevine Agency is the premiere Corporate and Domestic Staffing Agency in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Orange County and New York. They believe finding the best talent should be a smooth and stress free experience. With more than 10 years of experience, they have a created a service that is unique and attentive to both the client and the candidate. Save yourself the legwork as The Grapevine always hand picks top candidates with the exact experience you seek when hiring. All applicants are interviewed, reference checked as well as background checked. Placing roles in the following areas: Executive/Admin Assistants, Personal Assistants (part time and full time), Nanny, Housekeepers, Babysitters, Estate Managers, Chefs (full time/part time, drop off), Estate Managers, House Sitter, Dog Walker/Pet Sitter. Give them a call at (310) 601-7442 or visit


Let’s start a national movement! A teacher’s aide in every room! 


DriveWise Auto – Charity Driven Auto-Buying and Leasing
Looking for a car? Celebrating 550+ vehicle deliveries, DriveWise Auto helps many Jen’s List members buy and lease their vehicles!  DriveWise Auto, a Charity Driven company, helps people buy and lease vehicles competitively, conveniently AND responsibly. They do all the work, guarantee competitive pricing, a no-hassle experience, AND make a donation for every purchase or lease.  If “CarPlace A” and “CarPlace B” have the same vehicle, but “CarPlace A” offers concierge service, unbiased advice, no pressure, a more competitive price, AND has donated nearly $60k to charities….which would you choose?  Don’t waste time that could be spent on other things when DriveWise Auto can do the work for you!  Even if you just have questions, call 818.345.5555, e-mail or visit


“Enough Already” is seeking homeowners who desperately need help with extreme clutter
OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network’s new series, led by Peter Walsh, is looking to feature inspiring homeowners who continue to support others even though they have overwhelming clutter. Selected candidates will receive the guidance and organizational skills necessary to overcome that mountain of clutter. Casting ends soon, so please e-mail Maria at for more information!


2 tickets for this Sunday Sept 12th sold out performance of Tinkerbell at the El Capitan theater
The tickets include breakfast with Tinkerbell before the show. Breakfast at 8.30am and the show is at 10am. I have two tickets for sale at a total of $60. Email


Vendors Needed for Holiday Boutique
Bay Laurel Elementary school in Calabasas is currently looking for new vendors for our boutique on Tuesday, November 30 2010.  They are especially interested in unique home and gift ideas, hot accessories, toys, jewelry, sports accessories, kids clothing, men’s items, and custom stationary.  If you are interested in being a vendor, please email your name and contact information, the type of merchandise you sell, price range and a website or photos to Liz Levin ( or call (818) 348-2262 to schedule a vendor interview or obtain more information.


New Tips Book for First Time Moms
For first-time sleep-deprived moms, Quick Tips For First-Time Moms: A Simple and Practical Guide to Finding Balance, is designed to bring useful and practical tips in the most easy-to-read format. Consider it the Cliff’s Notes version of all the tips book out there. You will learn simple ways to save time and money, stay organized in your home or on the go, and learn ways to balance your needs and your baby’s needs, while building confidence and finding your rhythm. 


Babies can be pricey – here’s your chance to save some serious cash
The Bump and have partnered to offer one lucky mama a year of free diapers and wipes! 


EMPOWERING KIDS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Find out how elementary school children can be, and are being, engaged in hands-on community service projects.
Thursday evening, September 16th
Ph.D. in Education Dr. Andy Mars will be providing the first school-year session in his free monthly Parent Education Series, (to which all adults are welcome, as well as well-behaved children). Dr. Mars’s personal and professional mission statement is, “Helping make a difference in the lives of kids – helping kids make a difference in life!”  For more information about the hands-on community service activities he offers for children, visit One of the many hats he wears in the Los Angeles educational community and across the country is providing parent training. Other upcoming dates and topics can be found at  No advance RSVP is required – this is a free program – but, arrival is asked to be before 6:30pm in order that the program can begin at 6:30pm as scheduled and finish an hour later.  Park in the lot at the SW corner of White Oak & Magnolia or on the street if space is available, and then please follow the signs for Parent Education.
Mars Academy
17730 Magnolia Boulevard in Encino


Organic Gardening
Farmscape Gardens, the local leader in home organic gardens, has just expanded their service to the San Fernando Valley area. Now organic produce is right outside your back door. Farmscape’s skilled farmers install raised beds and drip irrigation, tend the plants and deliver a basket of fresh produce to your door weekly. Enjoy the fruits of our labor and call Farmscape Gardens today! 818.231.7926 or


Tiny Tot Olympics – FREE EVENT!
The City of Malibu will be hosting a free event for children ages 2-6 at Malibu Bluffs Park (PCH & Malibu Canyon) on Sunday, September 19th.  Opening ceremonies and torch run will begin at 12:00 p.m. sharp.  Children will enjoy Olympic style games and everyone is a winner!  Little Olympians will receive a gold medal, ribbon, and memento for the day.  For more information call 310-317-1364 or visit


Gerard’s Guitars Back to School Special!
Free Guitar with 4 One-Hour Paid Lessons (May Be Split Into 8 Half-Hours)!
Credentialed teachers with Child Development and Music Degrees
Guitar, Ukelele, Bass, Mandolin, Violin, and Keyboard Lessons
Private One on One Lessons
Vintage Gallery – New & Used – Collectible – Repairs
19447 Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 344-8482


Are you due in September or October?
Susan Frankel has been a therapist for years and has three grown children of her own, but has embarked on a new journey and as part of her education, is taking courses in child development. She would love the opportunity to observe you and your new family. She is happy to answer any questions about herself personally or professionally. If you are willing to participate in an infant observation group, please contact


Looking for a new idea for your Rock Star kid’s birthday party?
Rock Star Workshop is the mobile recording studio that travels to birthday parties all over So Cal! At a Rock Star party, kids get to record, decorate, and take home their very own CDs! Check them out at or give them a call at 626 616 7390.



HaMercaz-Jewish Family Service
Tashlich: A Jewish Ritual of Renewal for the New Year
Celebrate with HaMercaz & Vista Inspire Program’s Nes Gadol
Monday, September 13th from 3:30pm-5:00pm
Washington Street Pier-Venice Fishing Pier. Take  Washington Blvd. West until it ends at the parking lot.  (3 blocks past Pacific Ave). Parking fee may apply. Bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic dinner to enjoy! For more information and to RSVP, HaMercaz: (866)287-8030 or Email:


Swim with Sharolyn
Help your child build the confidence he or she needs to be safe in the water and to enjoy pool and ocean activities. Sharolyn trained and competed as a synchronized swimmer and has been teaching kids of all ages to swim in the Los Angeles area since 1995. Email or call 310.570.9499 for more info.


Does your child like music or writing? Look no further! Sessions Songwriting for Kids!™ is a fun and creative class that allows kids to express themselves through the art of songwriting. Whether it’s writing that special song for mom’s birthday or creating a one of a kind song for his or her bar or bat mitzvah photo slide show, each song is a unique expression of your child!  Best of all, each student receives a professional recording of his or her song. The Sessions curriculum is well-established and taught at several schools around the Los Angeles area including: Crossroads, The Center for Early Education, Mirman, and Oakwood. Save with our Back to School Special: Half off your child’s first private session.
1-888-552-SONG (7664)


The Annual Little Ethiopia Festival
Sunday, September 12th  from noon to 7pm
Fun for the whole family or the kids may be able to attend with the small group from Kids Make A Difference, ( – authentic Ethiopian music & dance – scrumptious Ethiopian food – moonbounce – and more – in Little Ethiopia on Fairfax just south of Olympic – elementary and middle school age children are welcome to participate in this and a vast array of other meaningful weekend activities with Kids Make A Difference.


Located in Venice, Open Air Studios is a unique art school , teaching fine art while fostering creativity and freedom of expression. Children are taught basic art techniques, and are also encouraged to find and explore their own individual styles. Each art piece created at the studio will be reflective of each individual child, all highly creative and all unique. Ten week session begins September 27th. Contact Elaine at


Taken by Storm Photography
Maggie Storm of Birthday Cake Photography has now launched her portrait photography business, Taken by Storm Photography – capture your family in moments for a photojournalistic, non-posed and laughter filled family session in time for your holiday cards.  Also available for small events and headshot sessions! Make sure you ask her about her September promotion, as little as $100 for headshots!