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Save the Little Library!


A couple of months ago, I was running through my neighborhood when I noticed an adorable little wood structure on the corner of a quiet street. It was filled with books and had a sign that read “Take One, Leave One.”  It’s the Tenn Mann library (because it sits on the corner of Tennessee and Manning in West Los Angeles) and it was put up by a neighbor who loves books. ... Read More »

Paint My Teez: Crafty Fun w/ T-shirts & Hats in West LA

Soleiman, the owner of Paint My Teez

Paint My Teez is a cool new shop in West LA where you and your kids can paint T-shirts, hats, aprons, tote bags (and probably a dozen other things) and have crafty fun while you’re doing it! Think of it as Color Me Mine for wearables and you’ve got the picture. Soleiman, the owner of the shop, has fabric paint and markers in every color you could want, and even ... Read More »

Reading Fair and Pick Pico Street Fair

Pick Pico sign (photo by Wendy Kennar)

On Saturday, May 31st from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, The Grove (189 The Grove Drive in Los Angeles) is celebrating reading and all things book-related.  Families will enjoy story time, arts and crafts, and an author and illustrator’s corner.  Additionally, the reading fair celebrates the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program. Sunday, June 1st, enjoy the Pick Pico Neighborhood Street Fair (at Pico and Overland in the Chase Bank ... Read More »

Weekend Picks: Santa Monica Celebrations

Santa Monica Beach (photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

On Saturday, April 26 from 9 am to 5 pm celebrate Earth Day with Heal the Bay at the Santa Monica Pier (1600 Ocean Walk).  Although Earth Day is on April 22nd, Heal the Bay continues the celebration with a beach clean-up, sandcastle-building contests, and special Aquarium activities.  As an added incentive, all participants who help with the beach clean-up will be given free admission to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium ... Read More »

Pick of the Week: Norton Simon Museum of Art

museum entrance (photo courtesy of Norton Simon Museum of Art)

Escape from the holiday shopping frenzy this weekend, and spend some family time at the Norton Simon Museum of Art (411 W. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena).  On Sunday, December 1st, from 2:00-3:00 pm explore the paintings showcasing families.  Then, be inspired to create your own family portrait – which will make a heartfelt, holiday gift!  The museum opens at noon on Sunday, allowing families time to explore on their own ... Read More »

Is the Wine House Worth a Babysitter?

Is it Worth a Babysitter? The Wine House

Is the Wine House in West Los Angeles worth a babysitter? If you know me or Sarah, you probably know the answer to this. Why yes, the Wine House and their awesome wine tasting classes and festivals are, in our opinion, worth a babysitter. I would also recommend Upstairs 2, the restaurant above the Wine House that features small plates and wine pairings. To learn more about the Wine House and ... Read More »

CicLAvia Course Extends to Venice on April 21st

CicLAvia April 21st Route Map

Get your bikes ready, Westsiders! CicLAvia is coming West during its Sunday, April 21st festival. Ciclavia is a city-wide event that allows people on bikes, scooters, skateboards or on foot to enjoy city streets without traffic. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. anyone can ride the 15 miles route from Pacific Blvd. in Venice up Venice Boulevard to historica El Pueblo de Los Angeles downtown. There will be much to see ... Read More »

Spa Week Preview at Alchemie Spa in Santa Monica

Alchemie Spa in Santa Monica

When I walked into Alchemie Spa in Santa Monica last week, I was uninspired, overtired, and achy from taking a spill during my morning run. The sign above the door said “Dream, Experience, Discover, Inspire.” When I left the spa, I felt fabulous, looked refreshed, and felt a little better about the world. I ended up at the spa after being asked to try a treatment at Alchemie, one of ... Read More »

Mar Vista Woman Organizes Protest for Safer Streets

Linda Jones organizes rally to protest condition of Venice Blvd.

Think about how many times you’ve complained about the state of the streets in Los Angeles. Now, how many times have you tried to do something about it? Linda Jones of Mar Vista spent years asking the city to take care of the potholes on Venice Boulevard only to be told that there is nothing the city can do because the street is actually a state highway. So she took ... Read More »

Santa Monica Jamba Juice Adds More Fresh Juice

Kale, apple, and pineapple juice at Jamba Juice in Santa Monica

The juicing craze has hit one of the biggest juicing companies. Jamba Juice will begin remodeling its stores to expand fresh squeezed juice and it’s first to offer it is Santa Monica’s 4th Street store.   Anyone who has talked to me in the last couple of months knows that I love juicing and I’m very particular about what goes in my juice that I buy or make. I went ... Read More »