Woodcrest Preschool Community Wide Family Fun Day

Saturday, February 8th from 11am-1pm

You are invited to our Community Wide Family Fun Day and Open House. Fun for the whole family:  Crafts, free food, vendor fair, raffle for great prizes and more.  Why is Woodcrest so special?  Over 45 years of preparing children for kindergarten and life.  $300 OFF TUITION SPECIAL NOW THRU FEBRUARY 28TH. Visit www.Woodcrestpreschool.com for more information.

Woodcrest Preschool

6043 Tampa Ave. in Tarzana




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IKEA Expands Recall of Junior Beds that Pose Laceration Hazard




Typical Annual Sales – February

Valentine candy marked down drastically after the 14th. Most dramatic sale on specially designed Valentine’s Day boxes and candies.

MAJOR SALES EVENT: Watch for various Presidents Day sales; electronics are often discounted along with other major purchases.

TYPICAL ANNUAL SALES: As well as store sales, look for close-outs from big catalogue companies such as L.L.Bean and Land’s End.

MAJOR PURCHASES TYPICALLY ON SALE: Air conditioners, audiovisual equipment, computers, exercise equipment, furniture, mattresses, used cars. Look for sales around President’s Day.

BEWARE: Jewelry stores often promote big sales around Valentine’s Day, but the savings are often not much more than the regular price. Don’t be fooled.

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: avocados, broccoli, cabbage, celery, endive, grapefruit, oranges, rutabagas.  NOTE: With some produce now available all during the year, many people have forgotten when fruits and vegetables are really fresh. Buying in season means that these items are often cheaper, fresher, taste better and that money may be going to local farmers.



Top 9 Things Moms Think About in the Shower




Comedy for a Cause featuring Bruce Fine’s Laugh Pack
Adat Ari El Sisterhood is presenting an evening of comedy on February 8th. Comedian Bruce Fine and his Laugh Pack will perform, along with TV personality Mark Thompson and vocalist Marty Ball. Tickets are only $36 for general admission and $72 for reserved seating. Enjoy a dairy dessert table, OPEN BAR, gift card raffle, and 50/50 raffle! A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Sderot Indoor Recreation Center, built by Jewish National Fund. Tickets can be purchased at www.adatariel.org.


Teach Your Jr. Chef how to use leftovers to make lots of different meals

Discussion includes chili, pasta with sauce and veges, frittata, hash, tacos, fried rice, hearty soups, French toast sandwiches (2 slices bread dipped in egg with something inside and sautéed in skillet), ramen, fritters, rice options, stuffed peppers, couscous, omelets, much more.




Obsessively Organized: Get Your Space – Physical or Mental – Organized

Keegan is Obsessively Organized and wants to help you get your space, physical or mental, organized! She can start getting you on the path to becoming Obsessively Organized. You need help getting your home, office, or life organized you have come to the right place. With a gentle hand and absolutely no judgment she can help you reclaim your space. 




STOP YELLING! To make kids listen, try a whisper




Temple Ahavat Shalom ECEC: Applications Now Being Accepted for 2014-15

Looking for a pre-school for your 2-5 year old child? Temple Ahavat Shalom ECEC is now taking applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Their school offers low teacher-student ratios, making sure each child’s specific needs are met. They provide a flexible and vibrant program. Temple membership is not required! They would love to meet you and your child. Call Cindy at (818) 360-2258 x301 to set up a tour! Email cleshtz@tasnorthridge.org.



Resolution #2- Reduce the Stress in Your Life

Stress comes in a variety of noxious forms: tightness in your body, irritability and mood swings. It affects everyone in a variety of ways. Anxiety is the reaction to stress, with the primary mission of avoiding it. Together, they identify your sources of stress and incorporate mind-body practices to minimize disruption to your everyday life. Tina Dahlenburg, M.S., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist is offering a complimentary consultation in the benefits of mindfulness in your everyday life. 


Casting a New Home Makeover Show for a Major Cable Network

Relativity Television, the creator of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” MTV’s “Catfish” and ”Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is teaming up with a major cable network. In the ultimate design challenge, you’ll be given the resources to decorate or renovate areas of your home for the chance to win major cash prize. You do it all yourself and MUST OWN HOME! No contractors, no consultants — just you and your creativity. To apply, email designchallenge@rtvshows.com.



Grow Younger with Deepak Chopra and Grandparents.com’s Timeless You
Timeless You: The Biology of Youth & The Wisdom of Experience, the revolutionary online program created collaboratively between Deepak Chopra and Grandparents.com. It’s enlightening and beneficial.


OfficeSlice Girlfriends Networking Group; Mix n Mingle With Powerful Women Business Owners
Tuesday, February 4th from 8-9:30am

OfficeSlice will kick off its one year anniversary with OfficeSlice Girlfriends Networking Group sponsored by Milan Cleaning Services. Mix and mingle with powerful business women, make new connections and get entered in a raffle for prizes! Light breakfast will be served. Bring plenty of business cards and check out the valley’s premiere coworking space for women entrepreneurs! Free for members, $15 for guests! Questions? Call (818) 446-6125. 



California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools Convention 2014
March 14th and 15th
A gathering of teachers, directors, educators and families looking for resources, support and innovative ideas for classroom and home. Not only will attendees enjoy early lectures from key speaker Alfie Kohn, author of “Unconditional Parenting and Punished Rewards” and featured speakers Ruth Beaglehole and Scott Miller, but also workshops, a progressive dinner with local co-operative preschools and shopping the vendor halls throughout the two days. Email convention2014@ccppns.org for more information.



2014 Spring/Summer Extravaganza Featuring Lia Sophia Jewelry
Thursday, February 6th at 6:30pm

An exclusive evening of style and fun for the debut of Lia Sophie’s  Spring/Summer Collection. Jewelry giveaways. Light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and free admission. Bring your friends. For more information contact Christine at (818) 912-7719 or christine.liasophia@live.com. RSVP by February 4th.

The Odyssey

15600 Odyssey Drive in Granada Hills



Your Local Green Construction Company: Hugs Construction
Hugs Construction has over 20 years of experience and is a full service construction company in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding Los Angeles area. They work on projects of all sizes, such as kitchen and bath remodeling, wiring and electric work, soundproofing, installing windows and doors, specialty projects and new constructions. Hugs Construction prides itself on utilizing green products to sustain the environment. Be sure to mention Jen’s List when calling for a consultation.



Going Through or Considering Divorce: The New Year, New You Workshop is For You
Wednesday, February 5th from 6-8pm

WDR is hosting a Free workshop “New Year, New You” for women who are going through or considering divorce. Presenters Rebecca Ynfante-Rufer, LMFT,  Steven Unruh, MDiv., LMFT, and Ann Dypiangco, LCSW, will discuss how therapy can help save you money, how to know if you or your child could benefit from counseling and how to come out of this transition happier and living your best life. RSVP to Mona Marcos at (818) 396-6590.

330 N. Brand Boulevard in Glendale



Real Princess Story Time, Improv for Kids, Yoga for Kids & More at Books & Cookies

Tuesday, February 4th at 5pm
Little princes or princesses, join in for this delightful storybook adventure! Your child will explore the enchanted kingdom led by a real princess. Stories, crafts, dancing, costumes and more will help guide the way. $15/child. Space is limited! Check-in at least 10 minutes early to ensure a space. First Tuesdays only. Don’t miss next week’s session for discounts on signups for new February Big Kids Improv classes and Yoga for Kids with mini yogis!



MommysWithCancer Support Group
 A free support group in the San Fernando Valley open to women who not only face the challenges of parenting, but do so during and following treatment for Cancer. This is a great way for women to learn current, credible information and tips on coping with day-to-day difficulties under these circumstances. This group meets on the second Saturday of the month at a home in Northridge. Childcare is provided at no cost. Contact Marta Blum at (818) 326-0675 or marta@mommyswithcancer.org for more information.



“We Love New Horizons” 60th Anniversary Open House Celebration Party

Friday, February 14th  
Celebrating their 60th anniversary year, New Horizons invites the community to the festive 50′s themed event, featuring group tours of the campus which serves individuals with special needs, photo opportunities, raffles, costume and dance contests (with prizes), and refreshments! They look forward to having everyone join them for this exciting milestone! Contact Shade Mokuolu at (818) 221-0651or smokuolu@newhorizons-sfv.orgfor more information and to RSVP. Don’t forget to wear your poodle skirt!


Workplace Competition Can Get Out of Hand: Patricia O’Laughlin Shares What to Do About It

Envy is the source of workplace competition, and when it gets out of hand the workplace environment can be very unpleasant. Patricia O’Laughlin, psychotherapist, shares how you can change your inner perspective to cope with your outer environment.




Thumb-Thing: Finally an Easy Way to Help Kids Stop Thumbsucking

If you are a parent of a thumbsucker you know how hard it can be to get them to stop -even when they want to. Thumb-Thing is the soft, cozy way to help kids who are ready to stop sucking their thumbs. The most successful approach is to talk with your child about whether they want to try something really “special” and let them make the decision to use the Thumb-Thing. Visit www.thumb-thing.comfor more information. JENSLIST gets you a 10% discount!


New Parent & Me Class at Temple Ahavat Shalom
 Sundays, February 23rd-March 30th from 9:30-11am
New Parent & Me Class forming at Temple Ahavat Shalom – Walking to age 2 years old. Cost $60. Taught by Lila Snow. Lila is a professor of Early Childhood Education at Pierce College. Teaching several parent and me classes, she is an incredible resource and offers a wealth of information about guiding behavior, sleep, preschool and toilet learning. She loves to do the hokey pokey and can’t wait to show you what it’s all about!


Quality Kids Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons or Singing Lessons in Your Home: No More Driving

The Music Teachers Network provides fun private music lessons in your home. They serve the greater LA area and have wonderful instructors near you. Get kids lessons in piano, singing, guitar, drums, violin and more. The company screens 100+ applicants for every few they hire – very selective. Schedule now to reserve your spot and take advantage of great pricing.  Discounts for referrals, inquire within! Register Online or Call 1-800-880-7280  



Kids On Stage’s Spring Camps Start March 24th: Act! Sing! Dance!
Act out and ignite your imagination during your vacations and holidays. Each week brings something new to enjoy and develop your craft!
Camps for ages 4-7 and ages 8-14.  
Each week runs from Monday to Friday, 9am to 2pm. 
Spring Camp 1:March 24th-March 28th    
Spring Camp 2:March 31st-April 4th    
Spring Camp 3:April 7th-April 11th    
Spring Camp 4:April 14th-April 18th    
Visit www.kidsonstage.com or call (310) 314-0035 for rates and more information.

BetterBody Is Looking For a Pilates Instructor
BetterBody Fitness is looking for a certified pilates instructor to work part time hours. Must be a reliable, self-motivated, dedicated and committed individual who wants to join an already amazing and fun team. Easy-going and good sense of humor is a MUST! A well known, upscale fitness studio serving the Calabasas community for 15 years. Must be experienced and comfortable teaching Private, semi-private and group classes. If interested, email resume to info@betterbodypilates.com and call (818) 224-4734.

San Fernando Valley Audubon Offers a Free Bird Walk For Families & Beginners at  the Sepulveda Basin
Saturdays, February 8th and March 8th from  9-11am
Stroll through the lovely Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve with a guide, enjoying its trails and wildlife lake. Learn about the birds and why they come here. These Walks are for:
* Families with school-age children
* People trying their first bird walk
* Beginning birdwatchers
Sturdy shoes, layered clothing, and a hat with a brim is suggested. Some binoculars will be available for loan. Reservations needed for large groups (310)457-5796. Rain Cancels. For directions, visit www.sfvaudubon.org.


Achieve Success Quickly Thru Hypnotherapy
Why not quickly overcome those issues that are affecting your life in a negative way? Joe is a Certified Hypnotherapist who can assist you with issues such as weight loss, self-esteem, fears, anxiety, smoking cessation, stress, motivation and confidence, plus over 130 other issues. Joe also deals with children and their issues. Phone sessions are available for those out of the area. Rates are reduced over 60%. Contact Joe at (818)990-5741 regarding any question about Hypnosis that you may have.

Fierce Employment/Labor Litigator & Proud Papa Devoted to Protecting the Rights of Pregnant Moms
 If someone you know is being discriminated or denied a leave of absence, or the continuation of a leave, because of a pregnancy or medical condition, call the Law Offices of Varouj Arabian, APC, at (818)500-0477 for a free consultation. Since 2006, Mr. Arabian has ceaselessly served the community in the area of employment law with fierce dedication. A father himself, he saw firsthand the prejudice a mom faces in the working world through his wife’s eyes. Let him protect your rights. 

Concerned About Your Child’s Reading Comprehension Skills?
Tuesday, February 4th at 7pm
A Parent workshop on How To Help Build Your Child’s Vocabulary–A Gateway to Comprehension presented by a Reading Specialist. Don’t wait to build vocabulary when preparing for entrance exams or the SAT test. Begin now! Contact  www.parentseducationleague.org or The Reading Specialist at (818) 636-6919.

875 Comstock Avenue (off Wilshire Boulevard)

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