April 18 2017













KidsCanCode – Learn to Code and Make Video Games


Learning to code is a great life skill, and a KidsCanCode summer camp is a great way to get started. Beginner classes start at age 8 (typing required). For older kids: playing games is easy, but making them is hard! Game development is challenging, math-intensive, and very rewarding. Combine your creativity and technology skills to make something amazing. Camps this summer in Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, and Santa Clarita. See website for schedule.







Today in History



International Juggler’s Day


Newspaper Columnists Day


Paul Revere makes his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Ma., shouting “the Red Coats are coming” as the American Revolutionary War begins. (1775)


The Great San Francisco earthquake hits (1906)






Jen Levinson of Jen’s List – LIVE on MOMIPEDIA (www.momipedia.com)


Talking about kids growing up too fast, work/life balance and grief. Enjoy! And don’t forget to tune in LIVE every Monday at 7pm at Momipedia on Facebook







Butterflies are coming to Calabasas


Sunday, April 23rd at Valley Outreach Synagogue


3pm – Holocaust Memorial Service


3:30pm –  “NOT the Last Butterfly” Screening


4:30pm –  Paint ceramic butterflies


The Butterfly Project is a call to action through the arts, using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate about the dangers of hatred and bigotry. Children in grades 5+, teens and adults are invited to paint ceramic butterflies in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. Following a brief memorial service, you will view the documentary “NOT The Last Butterfly.” With paintbrushes in hand, decorate ceramic butterflies that will become part of a permanent installation in the new VOS Center for Jewish Life. Open to the public. Register at www.vosla.org.






Unlocking Your Story – Spring Writing Workshop


April 21st-June 23rd, Fridays from 10am-1pm in Pacific Palisades


This popular 10-week workshop is designed to explore the life experiences that have shaped and defined you. Using a variety of creative prompts and practical techniques, you’ll unleash the stories that reflect the uniqueness of your personal journey. Instructor Karin Gutman, MFA, has been working closely with writers for over 15 years and often works with deeply personal material. She has taught at Cal State Fullerton and UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and coaches writers privately. For full details, visit www.unlockingyourstory.com OR email Karin at karin@spiritofstory.com.






Camp Helping Hands – Where Kids Make a Difference


July 10th-August 4th


Camp Helping Hands (CHH) began as a summer camp project and has become Southern California’s premier service-learning summer camp for young children. The goal behind every CHH program is to get young children involved in their community by way of service-learning. Through service projects and field trips, Camp Helping Hands leaves participants with a positive and lasting impression by having them work together to help make a difference in their community where it is needed most.







Amazing Personalized Poetry for Any and All Occasions


Pam The Poet does invitations; party speeches; letters, etc. She also creates resumes. All done simply through email. Contact pbennish@earthlink.net. I highly recommend.






Fresh Food Drive at the Calabasas Farmers Market Hosted by Local Youth for Global Youth Service Day


Saturday, April 22nd from 8am-1pm


Local 11-year old Lucy Babcock is hosting a Fresh Food Drive at the Calabasas Farmers Market for her Global Youth Service Day project. Stop by the porch of Blackbird General Store to donate your homegrown or purchased fresh fruits, vegetables, and breads. All donations will be collected by Food Forward at the end of the market. While there, listen to the youth musicians Lucy has invited to play and get your tickets to Lucy’s Kid’s Charity Concert Sunday, April 30th from 1-6pm at the Topanga Community Center.







Join the great LA River Cleanup


April 22nd & 29th from 9am-12pm


Make a difference in the LA community and join 9,000(!) volunteers of all ages and backgrounds in the largest urban river cleanup in America. Friends of the LA River (FOLAR) returns with the 28th Annual Great LA River CleanUp: La Gran Limpieza (CleanUp)! In 2016, the CleanUp brought together Angelenos from all over to remove 70 tons of trash from the River. This year, the 3-weekend event will be held at 14 sites along the 51-mile long LA River. Join other passionate volunteers and make a difference in the River community, learn more about the River with FOLAR’s mobile education center (the LA River Rover), and enjoy entertainment, goodies, and refreshments. Register at www.folar.org/cleanup.






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The Zimmer V.I.B. Art Crawls during the Very Important Baby Hour


Wednesday, April 19th from 9-9:45am


At the V.I.B. Art Crawl, they transform the Art Room into one big blank canvas for babies and toddlers to diaper up and crawl around in a free exploration of paint and color while creating a beautiful mess from head to toe! Pre-register at https://zimmermuseum.secure.force.com/ticket/ for a discounted rate!






Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat


April 22nd-23rd


From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly the rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done! Family Programming at The Broad Stage made possible in part by the generous support of the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.







Home workouts for the couch potato


April 19th at 6:30pm


Renov8 Fitness presents “Home Workouts for the Couch Potato.” In this free seminar, Heather Binns, owner of Renov8 Fitness in North Hollywood, will show you how the couch potato can easily start a workout routine in the comforts of home. No need to buy any special equipment…all you need is yourself, a floor, and a couch and/or chair. This seminar is perfect for beginners that don’t know where or how to start exercising. No judgments allowed! Do you know someone who needs help getting started?







These Are the Chores Your Child Should Be Doing This Year Based on Their Age







Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a play!”


April 22nd & 23rd at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts


Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems, based on the Elephant & Piggie Books


Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma


Directed by Jerry Whiddon


Get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books. *Sensory-Friendly Performances are designed to create a theatre experience that is welcoming to all families with children on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.







Don’t agonize about it, ORGANIZIT!


Do you have garage envy because your garage doesn’t measure up? The garage organization services industry is now the fastest growing segment in the home improvement market and OrganizIT! is on of the fastest growing garage organization company in LA. They are your full service garage organization company, with a level of professionalism second to none. They can help you with overhead storage racks, slatwall garage organization wall systems, a full line of heavy-duty, versatile garage cabinets, garage flooring; interlocking garage floor tiles and epoxy flooring, and full line of accessories; hooks, garage shelves, baskets. New location in Simi Valley! Call 818-232-7683 or visit www.organizitco.com, for a free design consultation.






LoveBug & Me Music – Spring Series


Now-June 19th


Head on Down To The Farm for a 10 Week series, singing our favorite animal songs! You will also be jamming to your favorite tunes & learning some new music too. The Magical Music Educators will play real instruments like guitar, ukulele, & the big gathering drum. You’ll play a mountain of instruments, dance with scarves, have fun with puppets & parachutes; not to mention some surprises! Drop -ins Available!


Areas: Silverlake, Topanga, Woodland Hills, Monrovia, West LA, Sherman Oaks & more!







This is what it’s like to grow up in the age of likes, lols and longing







Confused about swim lessons?


Call Jennifer for a free consultation! Jennifer will help you sort out your questions and needs in order to choose the right swim program for your child. Jennifer is a swim expert and has spent almost 20 years in the industry. Let her help you navigate the sometimes confusing and overwhelming options when it comes to choosing the right swim program for your family. Help is just a phone call away! Call (818) 693-3113.







Dec My Room’s 10 Year Anniversary Fund Raiser


Saturday, April 30th at 7pm


Celebrating their 10-year anniversary, Dec My Room, a non-profit organization helps create themed rooms for pediatric patients who have to endure long stays in the hospital. The Los Angeles Chapter is hosting a fund-raising event on April 30, 2017 to Include appetizers, cocktails, silent auction, music, dancing and dinner. To purchase tickets or make a donation, go to http://decmyroom.org/events.aspx. For more information, call (818)-216-6734.






Professional Martial Arts and Tae Kwon Do training in Woodland Hills


Simon Rhee Tae Kwon Do Training Center has been offering quality instruction in the martial arts in the Woodland Hills for over 30 years. Master Simon Rhee, a 7th degree Black Belt, and his instructors, teach men, ladies & children ages 5 & up. He is a 2 time World Stunt Award Winner, fight choreographer & celebrity instructor. Mention Jenn’s List and receive $50 off your first month of classes. Visit www.simonrhee.net or call (818)224-3400 for your first free class!