February 22 2016

Best School for You – A “360” approach for finding the right school for your child
Wendy Zacuto, MA, is a professional educator with over 30 years of experience in home, public, private, magnet, independent, religious, and charter schools. Wendy is doctoral student in Education in the area of Curriculum and Instruction and an expert in education and child development. She will create a personal plan to find the perfect school for your child and to fit your family’s needs. Contact her at wzacuto@hotmail.com to begin the process of finding the “Best School for You!”
Today in History
Frank Woolworth opens the first “Five Cent Store in Utica, N.Y. (1879)
George Washington’s Birthday
Be Humble Day
Walking the Dog Day
International World Thinking Day
Top At-Home Trainers & Instructors – Book Online or with our App! Like Uber for Trainers
Handstand enables anyone to achieve a more active lifestyle. By connecting top trainers and instructors to users in person and on demand, customers can fit in a workout at any time and place. Workouts like Yoga, Boxing, Pilates and more are available from 5:30am-10pm. No overpriced gym fees, long contracts or inconvenient locations. Handstand provides all equipment and all trainers are background checked and met for quality approval! Use promo code JEN for $30 off! Email info@handstandapp.com for more info. Visit www.handstandapp.com or iOS App Store “Handstand — workouts o demand”.
6 Weeks – $49  at a GREAT Martial Arts Lessons for Children and Your Family
All of my kids love it! Martial Arts Teacher Fariborz Azhakh of Team Karate Centers in Woodland Hills, has been teaching in WH for 30 yrs. His school engages in honest business practices, with an emphasis on transparency, & sane, equitable, & sustainable policies, pricing, & procedures. He teaches & practices smart fitness, solid emotional health, family unity, and the practice of “self-defense” that includes healthy eating, bully prevention education, anger management, and countless lessons in team building, overcoming obstacles, and developing compassion and respect for self and others. Email Azhakh@gmail.com or call 818-704-0606.
Summer Tech Camp for 3rd-6th graders
June 6th-10th, 13th-17th, 20th-24th, and 27th-July 1st from 9:30am-3:30pm at Sierra Canyon
The camp will focus on design, creativity, and completing challenges, across multiple platforms. Each day, campers will create projects, using block coding on Scratch, they’ll write programs to navigate robots through various challenges, and use CAD (computer assisted design) to design a 3-D blueprint of a buildable robot. The activities will be engaging, hands-on, and allow students to cultivate their imaginations, critical thinking, collaborative skills, and creativity. Campers may sign up for more than one camp, as the daily coding and robotics challenges will be different for every day of each new camp.
March is National Women’s History Month
March 6th from 2pm-4pm at the Zimmer Children’s Museum 
Many women continue to make significant contributions towards a more just world. Come recognize the extraordinary women throughout history and in our lives with story time and craft activities! This Sunday drop-in program is free with paid museum admission.
Love & Leadership Parenting Workshop
Wednesday, March 2nd from 7:30-9pm at Outside the Box
Got sibling conflict? Mealtime or bedtime Battles? Electronic media meltdowns? Homework Hassles? Wish your children would follow directions the first time you tell them? Then this workshop is for YOU! Sponsored by Outside the Box, The Playroom and Kidz City. Space is limited! Must RSVP. $15 per couple/$10 per single in advance via Pay Pal. $20/$15 at the door. Get one strategy or a full refund. RSVP to ks@llcoach.com.
20841 Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills, 91364
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Allegiant College Consulting – Committed to Helping Students Navigate College Admissions
Tracy works with students and families to help demystify the college process. She guides students through all aspects of the college search and applications process which can include high school course selection, extracurricular activities and summer programs, test preparation advice, college research, financial aid overview, balanced list creation, activities list, mock interviewing, and the college essay. Tracy creates a customized suggested college list for each student that fits that student’s unique academic, personal, and financial profile so that you can make the most informed decision possible.
Charlotte’s Web at the Sierra Madre Playhouse with Free Special events before the show
March 10th-April 17th, Sat. & Sun. at 2:30pm
This classic story comes to life at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Once a year the playhouse puts on a special show for the younger audiences. This year, Charlotte’s Web, opens March 10th and comes with fun filled special events before the show to make this a truly memorable experience. An egg hunt, weaving, build a giant web and farm animals are just some of the events offered. Check www.sierramadreplayhouse.org for all the details, special events and tickets.
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Free Family Photo Session
March 5th from 10:30am-2pm
J. Elizabeth Portraiture is holding a free upscale family mini session in Burbank. While there will won’t be any digitals given, you will receive a FREE 11×14 finished canvas with full artistry. This is a very special print and something you’ll be able to have as an heirloom for years to come. No cost to you and no selling, however, you must be open to allowing your finished image to be used for website and promotional purposes, as model release forms will need to be signed on the day of the photoshoot. Contact Jodi for more details at jodi@jodijacobsphotography.com. Unfortunately, no children under the age of 3. Families with teens are strongly encouraged. 
CHEER MANIA Summer Cheerleading Camps
Mon.-Fri. from 9am-2pm
June 20th-24th – Dance for Kids in Brentwood
July 11th-15th – The Studio in El Segundo
August 1st-5th – Bay Laurel Elementary in Calabasas
Hosted by former Laker Girl, Michelle Boehle. Pro Cheerleaders give top notch instruction. Ages 4-12. Beginner and Intermediate. Learn jumps. cheers, dance, stunts, tumbling. Photo Shoot & Performance on the last day. Cheer Mania tank top and pom poms included. $325/week. Mention Jen’s List for a $50 discount (Excludes all other discounts). Contact Michelle to register at (310) 717-0444 or email michelle@cheermania.net.
High end Veterinary Clinic looking for Dog Groomer
Modern Holistic Veterinary Clinic in the Burbank Rancho/Glendale Area looking for a part time dog groomer to add to our busy practice/staff. Must have experience (references) and/or licensed groomer. You are welcome to bring your existing clients with you! Flexible hours, base pay + tips. Brand spankin’ new grooming area; warm, down to earth, animal loving environment. Fax your resume with cover letter to brownsk1970@gmail.com.
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Come Out & Play at the Autism Playgroup
Saturday, March 5th from 1-3pm
The Shape of Behavior is an organization dedicated to providing behavior analytic services to children with autism and other special needs, and we invite you and your child to join us for a safe, fun, and sensory-friendly play group. This event is entirely free to you, and we encourage the whole family to attend. RSVP to rsvp@shapeofbehavior.com.
Neater Feeder
The world’s first mess-proof pet dish for dogs and cats of all sizes. It separates and contains spilled food and spilled water, keeping floors and walls protected from the mess. It comes in various sizes and stainless steel/bronze or cranberry colors.
Mama Needs a Drink
A support group and social club for mamas and their babies under one year old that meets every Wednesday from 12-1:15pm at R Studio in West LA. Yes, they serve wine. They provide snacks and drinks at every meeting with a great selection of speakers that come every other week; the in between weeks are group discussion. 1st class is free! RSVP at www.mamaneedsadrinkla.com.
February 24th – Everything You Need to Know About Baby-proofing Your Home – Lynne Krueger, Be Safe Babyproofers.
March 9th – Taking the Guesswork Out of Sleep for Tired Mamas – Randi Singer, Sleepy Planet.
10590 1/2 W. Pico Blvd. in LA, 90064
A Magic Penny and Elite Dance and Performing Arts Center presents: Dance for a Paws
Elite Dance is generously providing free dance classes to families that donate to homeless animals during the event. Proceeds and donations from this event benefit homeless animals at Best Friends Animal Shelter/NKLA. Visit www.amagicpenny.com to sign up.
The SleeperHero
A plush doll with a big smile and superhero mask that functions as an alarm clock and bedtime buddy. When it’s time to sleep, a light on the doll’s stomach turns red and children know to stay in bed. When it’s time to get out of bed, the light turns green.
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Allison Cohen is a licensed therapist w/over 13 yrs experience helping clients achieve their best selves. With a kind but direct approach, she offers real tools for real life problems. Allison has appeared on TODAY, NPR & has been quoted in COSMOPOLITAN, HUFFINGTON POST, WEBMD, GLAMOUR & more. Specializing in:
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An online one-stop shop specializing in germ-fighting products of all kinds
It’s not just for card-carrying germaphobes, but for anyone concerned about the cleanliness of the surfaces they come in contact with every day – at home, at school, at work, on public transportation – everywhere. There are numerous cool and innovative products from well-known brands and soon-to-be household names available. And, in addition to regular online shopping, Squix also offers the QBox – a monthly subscription service that puts a box of three curated Squix products plus a surprise gift at your doorstep for just $21.98 per month.
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Kat’s K9 City Pet Services – They treat your furry loved ones like our own
Not enough time in the day to walk the dog? They understand that pet parents busy schedules can make it difficult to give their four-legged loved ones the physical activity they need. Physical activity IS essential to your furry loved ones health. They also provide, in-home pet sitting, day sitting, potty breaks for puppies, cat feeding/litterbox cleaning, vacation feedings for birds, fish, hamsters and rabbits. Call 818-481-5008. Insured & Bonded.
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 weekly on Jen’s List since 2010. These ideas come from scholarly sources to personal interviews, from the internet to periodicals to books.
6- to 9-month-old SKILL DEVELOPMENT discussion:
*  Q: What do we mean by Developmental Skills? 
    A: (in no special order) tactile, visual, auditory, gross 
    and fine motor, social/emotional, creativity, life skills, 
    language and vocabulary, math/logic 
    (thinking/learning) and music.
*  BEGIN to build a “learning library” of “developmental 
    learning tools” designed to grow as Baby grows:
    –  consider choosing toys (Learning Tools) with 
          multiple features and developmental skill 
          elements that stimulate Baby AND (your future) 
          Toddler AND Preschooler;
    –  ex. Baby may stack 2 blocks at 6 months old, and 
          structural creations with lots of blocks can be built
*  BABY will likely go mobile from sitting to scooting
    around on his stomach to rocking back and forth on
    hands and knees then crawling; must keep a closer 
    eye on him now  – where will he go next?
*  BY 8 mo, she may be pulling herself up to a 
    standing position and considering climbing UP 
    stairs. (Down comes later.) 
*  HIDE-AND-SEEK games with objects are fun – hide
    his teddy bear ‘while he’s looking,’ and he’ll find it
    right away, and be very proud he did!
Comments to msmarm@roadrunner.com.
Next week – “Developmental Learning Tools for 9- to 12-mo-olds”