Sunday April 3, 2011

Voice Coach / Artist Development / Recording Studio / Songwriting / Arranging / Public Speaking /Beginning Piano / Bar~Bat Mitzvah Training

Tammy Dekel, of The Vocal Station, has been teaching singing for 17 years and her passion is to bring out the best in others! From the first lesson, Tammy’s students learn techniques they can already apply! Tammy teaches all ages and levels, from beginners to pros! She helps her students find their own unique voice and style! Learn to sing in tune, without strain, prepare for auditions and believe in yourself! Tammy teaches with positive reinforcement, while increasing range, power, performance and confidence! Tammy is a singer/songwriter/producer and has a recording studio where she produces demos of her student’s and her own original music. Learn to reach notes beyond your goals and dreams and become a true artist! For extensive services offered, visit or contact Tammy at 818-822-7228 or


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Play and Grow 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, now every Sunday.  These ideas come from scholarly sources to personal interviews, from the internet to periodicals to books.

“AUDITORY” DEVELOPMENTAL SKILL DEFINITION: distinguishing similarities and differences between sounds, integrating hearing with the act of listening, remembering the order of sounds, learning verbal communication.

THE CRITICAL WINDOW during which the circuits of the brain are being most heavily wired for the “AUDITORY” sense is from prenatal.  The more opportunity children have for positive Auditory experiences during this critical period, the more efficiently their brains will work over the long run.

A FEW DEVELOPMENTAL LEARNING TOOLS (toys and other objects) for the Auditory sense:

· rattles · musical mobiles  · squeak/jingle toys  · activity centers  · talking stuffed animals  · chirping/clicking/snapping/ringing toys  · musical instruments and song  · toy telephones  · books on tape  · instructional software 

Some general Auditory tidbits:

· BABY CAN HEAR even in the womb – there’s a range of auditory skills to learn.  Listen to a children’s rhythmic musical tape in the car on the way to school, and help children distinguish similarities and differences between sounds as they begin to integrate HEARING with the ACT OF LISTENING. This way they learn to remember what has been heard, in the order in which it was heard.

· THE BRAIN hones in on the sounds that make up words – not the words themselves – and builds connections that allow us to retrieve those sounds as our vocabulary grows.  If something consistently interrupts hearing within the first 2 years, such as chronic ear infections, speech will not develop properly.

· IF BABY seems uninterested in relating to you or others close to 1 year old, he may have a hearing problem – consult your doctor.

Next week – “Auditory, Pt. 2”

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Award winning Children’s Salon – The Yellow Balloon in Studio City

Winner of L.A. City Voter Hotlist 2011, Best of L.A. “Best Children’s Cut” and Nickelodeon’s Parents Picks Awards 2010 for “Best Children’s Salon”. Over 30 years experience in making children’s haircuts fun and fabulous! Come in for the early bird special – Wednesday-Friday 9:30am to 1:30pm, during April for $5 off your child’s haircut and 25% off all hair care products. Must mention Jens List for discount.




Children’s Arts Institute Valley Campus Open House
Sat., Apr. 9th from Noon-3 p.m.

14702 Sylvan St., in Van Nuys, 91411

* Tour the beautiful campus * Learn more about the programs * Meet the staffSpark your child’s creativity in a dynamic program with small class sizes & inspirational arts teachers. Classes include painting, ceramics, dancing, drama, magic, woodworking, sewing, cooking, & more.

LA Campus at  Mulholland Dr.

Session 1: 6/27-7/15, Session 2: 7/18-8/12

Valley Campus at Van Nuys

Session 1: 6/27-7/22,  Session 2: 7/25-8/19


Yoga Boot Camp (For Women Only) at Inner Power Yoga Studio in Calabasas

Tuesdays, beginning April 5th from 6 to 7 a.m.

Combining strength and endurance training with cardio and yoga; the perfect morning blend. Each 4 week camp session offered at $200 (an incredibly low $12.5 per workout). Flex your muscles and go with the flow. The class is offered by Kim, with Mind and Body Workout. Contact her today to reserve your spot at (818) 640-2300, or email



Former High School Basketball Coach Available for Private, 1-on-1 Training for Boys and Girls

Any age, beginner to advanced levels, Coach Dave helps your child improve confidence-building through overall skill development, ball handling, shooting, defense, and conditioning. He has trained and coached several athletes who have gone on to play in the NBA and at NCAA Division 1 schools. He will work with students one-on-one or as a group…ideal for during basketball season or during the off-season. Email for rates or more information about private coaching and/or birthday parties.


Specialists Who Clean, Repair, Refurbish, Redye Leather, Vinyl, Plastic, Furniture, Cars, Boats,  RV

Fibrenew uses non-hazardous products to fix wear and tear, accidental damage, fading for furniture, car, clothing, boat, aircraft, RV – both commercial and residential. A mobile van comes to your location or you can visit their shop. Visit to view before and after photos of completed projects. Repairing rather than replacing is economical and environmental as it encourages recycling and reuse. Fibrenew uses chemical free cleaning system to deodorize, sanitize, disinfect and kill bacteria.


Animals In Action A-Z Book Signing Party

Saturday, April 16th from 2 to 3 p.m. in Long Beach

Gatsby Books at 5535 East Spring Street

Children’s book author Dupe Aleru will be hosting a book signing party for children ages 3-7.  Special performances, interactive games, story time and free prizes for all in attendance. Dupe Aleru is the current Director of Education for the Beverly Hills Courier and former LBUSD teacher.

(562) 208-5862



MOMS Club of Canyon Country: South’s Spring Open House & Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 16th 11:00 a.m. at Fair Oaks Ranch Park

17468 Honey Maple Street in Canyon Country

MOMS Club of Canyon Country-South (MOMS-Moms Offering Moms Support) is having their annual Spring Open House and Egg Hunt Bring the whole family. It will be a great day in the park with friends, food, drinks and an egg hunt for the kids. To learn more about the club and/or to RSVP, call (661) 554-7268 or email


Original Handmade Jewelry by Patti M Designs Located at Handmade Galleries in Sherman Oaks 

Patti M Designs offers beautiful gem stone, wire-wrapped jewelry and recycled, fine silver pendants at affordable prices at the Handmade Galleries Store in Sherman Oaks. Artist no. 105 in case no. 282. It is the first case to your right as you enter through the front door.


Jen’s List Members Get 25% Off Mystery Trip’s Next Trip

Saturday, April 9th at  4 p.m.

Mystery Trip’s next public trip is only days away. They have done tours of historic landmarks and odd museums,  meals at a socially-conscious restaurant and from gourmet food trucks, and have cheered on sumo wrestlers, roller derby chicks and demolition derby drivers. Join in the fun and find out why people are saying Mystery Trip is the most fun thing to do in LA and rates it 5-stars. Discounted tickets are available at Private parties and corporate events are available too.


Clutter Free is the Way to Be

Are you in a messy funk? Neely Gurman will get rid of your junk! If organization is what you need, she can bring you up to speed. Neely can help you organize your  kitchen, closets, drawers, bathrooms, home offices, and more.

(818) 326-1672



Make Piano Your Hobby!

Looking for a way to reduce your stress and improve your health? Want to play your favorite songs? Thought it was too late to learn to play? Recreational Music Making is a nontraditional keyboard program with no pressure to perform, no rigid training schedule–just adults playing for pure enjoyment, as well as proven health and social benefits. Classes are now forming at Keyboard Concepts in Van Nuys and Agoura Hills. Contact Rita at


1st Choice Dental To Offer Offer 5 Lucky Kids With Free Orthodontics: Nominate a Deserving Kid

Contest will be through April 2011. 

1st Choice Dental has prospered since they opened their doors in 1996. The surrounding San Fernando Valley community has welcomed them as family and in a humble effort to reciprocate; 1st Choice Dental will be holding a contest to identify and reward five deserving kids or teenagers with free orthodontic work. If you know someone who stands out as a community helper, a hard working student, or through their acts of kindness and requires orthodontics, nominate them at


Join the Kapture Healing Circle

Wednesday, April 20th at Noon 

A unique, monthly group energy reading and healing. Michelle Kapture will use her Clairvoyant gifts to “read” the energy of the group, provide valuable information about the issue being presented and do a group energy clearing and healing, all in the comfort of your own sacred space. Very convenient, effective and affordable. Members also receive 20% off all private sessions with Michelle. For more information, visit



MasterMinds Beauty Designs is LA’s Traveling Beauty Concierge

Bringing all the amenities of a high end salon and spa to you. Specializing in everything from non-surgical face/breast lifts, to organic spray tanning. MasterMinds are your very own beauty entourage. Perfect for weddings, birthdays, Bat Mitzvahs, or whatever else your mind may desire.


Laser Hair Special & New Zeltiq Fat Melting Treatment

Dr. Douglas Hamilton in Woodland Hills and Beverly Hills is offering incredible discounts on laser hair treatments of all areas. For example, a full bikini is 6 sessions/$504, underarms is 6 sessions/$345. Any additional treatments needed after first 6 are only $20. Also available is the new Zeltiq fat melting treatment available – a non-invasive, no pain, no down-time alternative to liposuction. Treatments start at $750/area. Call (818) 884-7150 to schedule a free consultation. Tell them Jen’s List member Stacy sent you.


Get Jewelry and Support the American Cancer Society

Purchase Cookie Lee Jewelry (the latest jewelry styles at affordable prices) through today, Sunday April 3rd and 25% of the sales will be donated the American Cancer Society. You can purchase directly from the website and note Bell’s Angels Relay for Life Team.


$2.00 off admission at Sky City Bounce House

Sky City Bounce House has teamed up with the MOMS Club of Canyon Country South to help host a food drive for the SCV Food Pantry. From April 4th to 15th, Monday thru Friday, you will get $2.00 off admission if you bring in 3 non-perishable cans of food or toiletries. Join in for the incredible opportunity to help those in need in the community, as well as have a Bouncing Good Time.

26306 Diamond Place in Santa Clarita, 91350-5811

(661) 799-1001


Get Your Body Bikini Ready in 4 to 8 Weeks With the motivFIT Body Blast Challenge

motivFIT Body Blast Challenge™ is a fitness and nutrition overhaul that guarantees results of losing weight, body fat and inches, while increasing your strength, cardiovascular fitness levels, and self-esteem or your money back.  Utilizing lifestyle coaching, nutritional planning, personal training, and accountability, they empower you to make positive changes in your life.  motivFIT Has locations in Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, and is coming to to Malibu.


Are You in a Make-Up Rut?

Do you buy make-up and it sits in your drawer because you don’t know what to do with it? Lori Pinsky, a professional make-up artist of 16 years, will travel to you and assess your makeup bag and see what’s a keeper and what’s not. She does private lessons and will share numerous trick of the trade. She can customize a look that suits your lifestyle and she is also available for all events. Mention Jen’s List and get 10% off.

(310) 486-2279


15 Places Kids Should See by Age 15


Body Transformation Specialist

Save 20% on one month of your body transformation plan when you say you saw it on Jen’s List. Take your body from what it is, to whatever you want it to be. You’ll get a complete personalized body transformation plan, with one-on-one personal training, eating, and lifestyle strategies to change your body and your life, once and for all. Call (310) 770-2681 for a free strategy session.


A-List Agency is offering 25% off of your full-time nanny placement fee

Mention this ad in your email to or fill out the online “Find a Nanny” form at A-List Agency provides nanny placement to meet your family’s needs. Their aim is to make your search as stress-free as possible. The services that you will receive revolve around professionalism, reliability and ongoing communication. Good thru April.


Wow Teez Provides Sound Activated Light-Up Shirts

When you talk, or are around music, the shirt will light up! They have many designs and can customize any logo for larger orders.  Their motto is “the shirt that gives back”. Right now, they are giving 20% of shirt sales back to The Circle of Hope to help support Breast Cancer. They offer shirts for  schools as well “The class of 2011” that kids are wearing for graduation parties.


Do you need an “Emotional Spring Cleaning?”

This spring find meaning and balance in your life, address your unsatisfied relationships and or finally address your depression or anxiety symptoms. Let Hollye Grayson, M.A., MFT help you find your purpose and discover what really makes you happy. She is currently seeking individuals, couples, children, and/or families with a desire to enhance their personal awareness, gain insight into their lives and decisions making processes, learn more adaptive communication skills and/or improve their current relationships with others and overall quality of life. Call Hollye at (310) 446-5916 for a free telephone consultation. She accepts Aetna, and Blue Shield insurance plans and operates on a sliding scale fee schedule.


Beyond Budget Cuts: Arts Education Begins at Home
For the first time, the Music Center is offering parents an opportunity to get a copy of a special book about the Music Center and the performing arts for free – A Journey through the Music Center, which, till now, has only been available only to students who attend field trips to the Blue Ribbon Festival at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Parents can request a free copy, available while supplies last, by emailing their name, address, phone number and email address to


Are You Suffering From Weight Issues? Overstressed? Want to Feel Better?

For the past decade Lisa Cefalu, C.Ht./NFT has assisted people with their life struggles to achieve their personal and professional goals. She has a private practice specializing in Trauma Release, Addiction Assistance, Habit Modification, Weight Management, Fear/Phobia Release, Self Esteem Issues and Life Path Quests.  Offering a wide range of therapeutic somatic modalities such as; Spiritual Counseling (Coaching), Therapeutic Hypnotherapy, Bio/Neurofeedback Therapy, Family Constellation Systems, Therapeutic Guided Imagery, and NLP to achieve lasting and healing results with my clients.  Call (818) 219-6642 for your free phone consultation to see if this might be right for YOU. Sessions can be held in person or via phone or Skype.


Teens On the Move Travel Day Camp

From June 13th to August 5th

“The-J” is running Teens On the Move Summer Camp in Santa Clarita.  Have fun and give back – an exciting new camp geared towards the needs of teens. Awesome day trips to amusement parks, beaches and more.  Community Awareness Day – run a carwash and donate the proceeds to a charity, help at an animal shelter, design a mural. Teens on the Move is all that and more. Visit for more details or email

(818) 360 – 2211


Out of the Box Food: Fresh Alternatives to Processed “Kid Food”

Can you name the common ingredient in both an ice cream sandwich and acne cream? Did you know that some of our children’s favorite processed foods contain a form of Butane? Visit where you will find out what ingredients are in the processed food you buy and discover fresh, simple alternative recipes. With Out of the Box Food you will be able to feed your picky eaters what they want, while giving their little bodies what they need.


Spend Passover in Beautiful Camp Ramah

April 18th – April 27th

Spend Pesach in beautiful Ojai. Passover at Camp Ramah is an amazing experience; not only do you get the incredible atmosphere, but you leave all of the holiday preparations to them. The food is delicious, the community is warm and welcoming and the location cannot be beat. Bring your family and join us for food, fun, learning and relaxation at Passover Camp. Partial stays are available.

Email for more information.


Great New Gluten-Free Cookbook for Moms & Kids

It’s the No Excuses Gluten Free Cookbook! Check out this cookbook written by sisters Sarah Felong and Rachel Felong. This book contains over 150 Gluten Free Recipes that are delicious, easy to make, and kid-friendly. If you have been missing your favorite foods…it’s time to open this book and get cooking.  Make waffles, pizza, muffins, birthday cakes, even fantastic Italian food the ‘No Excuses’ way. Never again will you have to suffer for your gluten free diet.  The recipes in the book are amazing. Now make gluten free food that tastes yummy.


My Herbalist for Kids: Herbal Formulas for Optimal Health & Wellness

Your first line defense in keeping your little ones healthy and vibrant.  They use non-sprayed, non-sulfured Western and Asian herbs that are highly concentrated and highly effective in treating the most common childhood ailments.  Products include Stuffy Nose, Cough Stopper, Kids Defense, Little Dreamer, Flu Fighter, Sore Throat, and Calm Focus. Found at, Whole Foods (Venice, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica), Santa Monica Homeopathic and


Releve Studios: Mini Musical Workshops for Ages 3 to 6

New session starts Monday, April 4th at 3:15 p.m.”Oliver” for ages 4 to 6The young performers will present a short showcase at the end of the final class.Only $112 for 8-weeks.Call (818) 343-7353 to register.


Play It Again! Group Piano Classes

Spring session begins April 4th. Specially designed for children four and a half to 10 years old.(310) 962-1742