December 18 2019

Open Hands” Is A Collection Of Short Stories And Unique Experiences Of An Ordinary Martial Arts Teacher
Inspired by martial arts historian Joe Hyams best-selling book, “Zen in the Martial Arts,” this compilation of stories features a variety of interesting situations that will not only stimulate your thoughts through “aha moments,” but it provides an opportunity, with a series of questions that will provide thought-provoking conversations. The Open Hands is a powerful, life-defining interpersonal experience that gets to the heart of the matter. It is your opportunity to alter your capacities to accomplish and to stand powerfully as the gift that you are and the difference that you make.
Today in History
Bake Cookies Day
National Roast Suckling Pig Day
Board And Brush Creative Studio Santa Monica Is Opening Up For Kids
Come get messy, creative and make your own wood sign! Available for selected dates during winter break ONLY. Register for a Children’s class and pick your project before coming to the workshop at $50/child.
A 37-Year-Old Mom Spent Seven Days Online as an 11-Year-Old Girl
Here’s what she learned. By Sloane Ryan.
$25! New Opportunity for Parents and Kids 3-6
A new, up and coming app is looking for parents of kids ages 3-6 to participate in a 30 day app testing project in early January 2020! If selected, they will pay up to $25, $5 per weekly survey with a bonus $5 for completing the whole project! Click to see if you qualify!
The Jewish Journal has listed Malibu Burning as one of winter’s best books
Malibu’s unimaginable natural beauty changed on November 8, 2018. Alongside his wife and son, Robert Kerbeck battled the fire that threatened to take their home. Blending investigative journalism and personal memoir, Malibu Burning brings you on the dramatic, life-threatening journey of real people fighting 2,000 degree flames to save entire neighborhoods. This book takes you into the hearts and minds of those who fought for their lives while the world watched Malibu Burning and how people survived this tragedy through courage, kindness and unified cooperation.
“Hoops for Hunger” Basketball Tournament
Monday, January 20th at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino
3 v 3 basketball tournament. Players may request teammates (up to 5 players per team) or may register as “free agents” and will be placed on a team in their age division. There will be three divisions (4th-6th grade, 7th/8th grade, and 9th/10th grade) and brackets will be created based on teams signed up.
Marking Up Books, Documents, Or Planners?
Check out The Annotator by SOZY Pencils™, the only all in one highlighter, graphite pencil, and eraser. Designed by two students in Los Angeles to help with their note taking, it saves time and hassle switching between separate pencils and highlighters. The Annotator comes in soothing pastel shades of pink, green, blue, and yellow.
GMCLA’s (Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles) Holiday Spectacular
Saturday, December 21st-Sunday, December 22nd at the Alex Theatre in Glendale
Experience the joy of the season as Jenny Wong, GMCLA’s interim Artistic Director, and Associate Conductor of the LA Master Chorale, leads GMCLA in choral classics, timeless Christmas carols, a medley of hits from the beloved film Love Actually, Broadway bonanzas, and Mariah Carey’s anthem – it’s all you’ll want for Christmas.
Movie screening of “Screenagers -Growing Up in the Digital Age”
Tuesday, January 28th at 7:30pm at Kadima Day School
67 minute, award winning documentary by physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston, probing into struggles over video games, social media, internet addiction and academics. Followed by discussion with Sharon Arbel, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist. This is a parent only evening. Tickets $20 per person. rsvp to Ingrid Schwartz at or 818-346-0849.
7011 Shoup Ave. in West Hills, 91307
Needed: 10 Moms Who Shop at Costco and Have Kids, Ages 7-10 Years Old
Looking for feedback on new back-to-school packaging for the Lunch Notes 6-pack collection. It will take less than 15 minutes to review and send feedback. In return for your time, you will receive the new Holiday book (Christmas or Hanukkah) and Wacky Facts and Laughs (if you have these lunch notes already, they will provide you with an alternate). Contact for more info.
The Adventures of Noah’s Flying Car Through Turkey
This charming book was written by a very spirited 10-year old young student, Arden Pala. This is the second book of the series. It is a great book for kids between the ages of 5-11. This book inspires young readers to learn about a new culture while seeing first-hand that a 10-year-old can publish a book. It is a project funded by a non-profit founded by kids, Kids4Community and all proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit helping homeless families and give opportunities to young volunteers to learn the benefits of volunteering. It is a great book that gives fun facts and information about Turkey.
Professional Interior Design Services for your Home or Business
Looking for interior design help for a home or office project? If you need help with a kitchen or bath remodel, paint color selections, space planning, furniture selections, moving day help, or general design advice – no project is too small. Hourly rate for on site design consultations or ongoing design services is $100/hr. Available in both OC & LA. Also offering holiday gift certificates for design consultations local or online, for anyone, anywhere, 1hr/$100, details and contact info at
The Case for Regifting
Many think the move is shameful. But research suggests the problem is all in the regifter’s head.
A Faery Hunt Magical Adventure
Saturday January 11th from 10:30-11am at Los Encinos State Historic Park
Nickelodeon named A Faery Hunt – “Best Children’s Theater in Los Angeles!” Come and experience the enchantment for yourself. On this magical musical adventure Auntie Angelica leads the audience on a gentle adventure to help the Faery royalty! With the help of the audience and the Faeries, this musical adventure is filled with a fun, laughs and surprises. Many children come in costume. Groups and parties welcome. Call 818-324-6802 for more info.
It’s Almost Year-End. Is Your Business On Track For A Strong Finish?
It’s the 4th quarter already! Business performance is often neglected during the holidays. Maintaining personal and work life balance is important! Enjoy the holidays without your business suffering. Have a happier New Year and be ready early for tax time. Organized books are the best holiday gift you can give to your CPA! One Source Services, Inc. can help. Call 818-501-3336 or email to simplify your finances.
Mobile Notary and Loan Signing
She offers mobile notary and loan signing services to the San Fernando, West LA, East LA, Downtown LA, Santa Clarita, So Cal, and Simi Valley areas. She is available for service appointments seven days a week with open hours. She has been a notary for 16 years. See reviews on Yelp or Goggle.Call or text 818-357-0208 for more info.
Enjoy The Gift Of Art For The Holidays And Beyond
All you need is a smile and some imagination! Art Club in Encino offers great creative classes and special One-to-One Fine Art Instruction in painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media for kids, teens & adults. Beginners welcome ~ fun included! Check out their winter art camp schedule for kids beginning Dec. 21st and the newest “tween” Saturday morning class. Reserve now for super vacation workshops. Gift certificates for family and friends sent promptly by email or USPS. Call 818-783-6566 or email for more info!
Do These Five Things to Get Your Teens to Listen
Ma Yoga Offers Ten Friendly, Strengthening Prenatal & Mom+Baby Yoga Locations in LA, South Bay & OC
Moms and moms-to-be, try a free prenatal or mom + baby yoga class! Ma Yoga offers a unique system of alignment-based yoga, which is therapeutic, strengthening, and a great way to connect to baby, breath and body. Just go to and up to “Classes” to find Locations, schedules, and how to book your first free class! It’s a wonderful way to take time out for you, and learn to turn the challenges of this journey into opportunities to become your highest, most powerful and wise “Ma” Self.
Maximize Your Maternity Leave
Milk Your Benefits helps expectant parents maximize their paid maternity and paternity leaves. Free, anecdotal online advice or incomplete information from human resources won’t give you the full picture! Schedule a personalized, flat-fee phone consultation from anywhere in California to ensure you get the maximum income and time off. No need to pay hourly attorney fees. Get the truth from the expert in this field so you understand your rights and leave nothing on the table.
The Gift of Camp
The Holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate by giving your child the gift of making memories and friendships to last a lifetime! Right now, if you enroll, you can receive up to $150 off most two-week sessions* and $75 off one-week sessions. Giving your child an amazing summer at River Way and saving some money in the process? That is the best holiday gift ever! To request your child’s certificate, call 800-821-2801.
Encino Community Center Baby/Kids Classes
Winter is open for registration and starts in January.
Chocolate Fights Coughs Better Than Codeine, Says Science
Free Moms’ Mix and Mingle
Dec. 19th from 5:30-7:30pm at Nu Esthetics Spa in Woodland Hills
There will be appetizers and beverages, including wine! All guests will receive a Gift Certificate for a Complimentary Radio Frequency Body Tightening & Lifting Treatment! You will also have the opportunity to do holiday shopping with local female owned businesses.
Dali’s Child Care – For Infants, Toddlers and Preschool Age
Enrolling children from 5 months-4 years old. Located in Tarzana, in a safe, nurturing home-like setting. Bright rooms and large playground for outside activities. Organic home-cooked meals for lunch and dinner. Art, crafts, music, dance. Fun learning activities. They potty train. Email for more info!