Famed LA Children’s Chorus Offers First Experiences in Singing Class for 6 & 7 Year Olds Eight-Week Class Runs Wednesdays from January 24 – March 14, 2018, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church

The renowned Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) is currently enrolling children ages six and seven in its “First Experiences in Singing” Level I class, which introduces children to the wonders and excitement of singing and music.  Classes are held Wednesdays from January 24 to March 14, 2018, from 4:15 pm to 5 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.  Geared for children with no previous musical training, the eight-week class is intentionally small in size to provide optimum instruction.

“First Experiences in Singing enables children to explore their voices, which are their own unique instruments,” says LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson.

First Experiences in Singing includes general music and rhythmic concepts and teaches bel canto singing, the vocal style using the head voice for which LACC is acclaimed, with all activities adhering to LACC’s supportive and nurturing tradition of excellence, focusing on the health of the voice.  It also incorporates different learning modalities to engage visual, auditory and kinetic learners while presenting the fundamentals of singing at the appropriate developmental stage to prepare children to audition for LACC’s upper-level choirs.

Children who complete First Experiences in Singing Level I are eligible to continue in Level II, then Level III classes, which are non-performing groups.  Graduates of Level III are eligible to audition for LACC’s Preparatory Choir.

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus is recognized throughout the country for its exceptional artistic quality and technical ability.  Founded in 1986, LACC serves more than 400 children ages 6 to 18 through six choirs – Preparatory, Apprentice, Intermediate, Concert, Chamber Singers and Young Men’s Ensemble for boys with changing voices – and offers First Experiences in Singing classes and a First Experiences in Choral Singing Ensemble for 6-8-year-olds.  LACC has been described as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times), “astonishingly polished” (Performances Magazine), “extraordinary in its abilities” (Culture Spot LA), and “one heck of a talented group of kids” (LA Weekly).  Recipient of Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral honor, LACC has toured North and South America, Africa, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Western and Eastern Europe.  LACC choristers can be heard on John Williams’ latest recording, John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection, released in March 2017.  LACC also appears on the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s critically acclaimed Decca recording A Good Understanding, and Plácido Domingo’s Deutsche Grammophon recording Amore Infinito (“Infinite Love”).  The subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated Sing!, about a year in the life of the Chorus; Sing Opera!, documenting the production of the LACC-commissioned family opera Keepers of the Night; and Sing China!, chronicling its groundbreaking tour to China just prior to the Beijing Olympics.  LACC has performed with John Mayer on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and has also been featured on PBS’s “Great Performances,” BBC Radio, and Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits.

The cost of the eight-week First Experiences in Singing class is $300.  Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA, 91101.  For more information or to enroll, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.

Credit: Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC).

Photo Credit: JP Candelier.

Droopy is Pet of the Week!

Droopy doesn’t just look like a marshmallow—he is a marshmallow! And at around 120 pounds, he’s easily the biggest marshmallow in the bag. Droopy is a 5-year-old pittie who’s a shelter volunteer favorite. He’s well trained, takes treats gently, and loves walks—and he’s so goofy! He’s an owner surrender and lived with young kids in the previous household, so he’s used to a lot of love and so deserves it. Give Marshmallow his just desserts—meet him on of the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A504961.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

 

Credit: Courtesy of our friends at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.

Healthy food swaps for your family

Deciding to become a family that’s health-conscious and one that educates their kids about the effects their diet has on their bodies, is one of the most sensible and beneficial things you could do.

 

Rewarding is just one term you’ll begin to feel as your family feels happier during your mission to a healthier lifestyle. To kick-start your families journey, here are a few healthy and yummy food swaps for you to try out.

Croutons swapped out for almonds

 

We know that there’s going to be a struggle when you’re attempting to get your kids to try salads: ‘Vegetables? How dare you!’ Is probably among the phrases they’ll be thinking when you hand them a plate of freshly sliced and diced veg.

 

Make it a little more interesting for them by setting out a variety of salad dressings (as long as they don’t drown their salad in the dressing, which would defeat the point) and a bowl of almonds to add more texture. They’re actually much healthier than croutons and they taste just as good!

Butter swapped out for coconut oil

 

When coconut oil is kept below 23°C its form becomes solid with a consistency very similar to butter. The plus side to this, excluding that it’s tons better for you, is that as soon as the coconut oil hits your warm slice of toast, it seamlessly melts creating the perfect spread.

Cow’s milk swapped out for almond milk

 

Often milk isn’t a part of your diet that you’d consider being unhealthy, however, it isn’t as good for us as originally thought. Although it is true that cow’s milk is rich in calcium, it’s actually a little too rich for our human bodies to soak up.

 

Due to this, almond milk is the perfect alternative. It has enough calcium to be beneficial but not too much, so that our bodies can use the majority of the calcium. The kids will love the sweet taste of almond milk too. Brilliant!

Where to find organic food

 

There’s a wide variety of healthy food supplies at Clearspring if you are looking for an organic online food shop, then visiting their site will give you a clear idea of the costs of going organic.  Good luck!

National Hot Tea Day is today! Celebrate with the Tea Council of the USA! Special Giveaway Opportunity!

In honor of the beloved beverage and celebration of National Hot Tea Month (January!), the Tea Council of the USA has launched the second annual #IndividualiTEA Photo Sharing Sweepstakes , to give tea lovers across the nation an opportunity to win $500 and a year’s supply of tea.

Now, how cool does that sound?

Entering is SO EASY: simply post a photo, video or explanation of the unique ways, times, and places you like to enjoy your favorite tea – specifically black, green, white or oolong – on Twitter with the hashtag #IndividualiTEA and tag @TeaCouncil for a chance to win!

We have also teamed up with the Tea Council of the USA for a special Giveaway! I received an amazing beauTEAful basket filled with goodies and tea and I just love it! You can also win your own amazing beauTEAful basket filled with goodies and tea! I love the variety of teas and there are also some delicious cookies!

    

To enter leave a comment below telling us your favorite type of tea! Mine is flavored black tea! One winner will win! Deadline to enter is January 18th, 2018 at noon PST. U.S. Residents only, please. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: I received a free beauTEAful basket filled with goodies and tea to facilitate this post and giveaway. The Top photo was also provided. 

Cal Water H2O Challenge for Classrooms and Individuals is a great way to learn to conserve water!

Do you know how important it is to conserve water? It’s truly important that all of us in California conserve water! Cal Water H2O Challenge is a great way to teach kids how to care for water. It’s also a free program and there is a Classroom Challenge and Individual Challenge. I just love how this is a great way for children in grades 4th-6th to learn about conservation. The Cal Water H2O Challenge’s Classroom Challenge is a project-based environment-focused competition for classrooms and is designed in conjunction with NAAEE. the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and Cal Water.

The Cal Water H20 Challenges Individual Challenge is really cool! I love how kids can be creative! The Challenge is a media competition for Individual students. They can submit their original artwork, videos or photos that are focused on caring for water. This one is open to grades 4th-12th who live in So Cal water service areas. There are some pretty great prizes too!

Find out more at https://challenge.calwater.com/.

Self Disclosure: I participated in a Moms Meet sponsored posting. Compensation was received to post.

Ben Franklin’s Electric Birthday Celebration January 20th, 2018

Celebrate the 312th birthday of our Founding Father Benjamin Franklin at The International Printing Museum!  Highlights of the day include two special presentations by the good Doctor himself detailing his life and accomplishments.  One family friendly show at 11 am and an adults only version at 1 pm.  Both shows will be followed by a visit from some of Benjamin’s Revolutionary friends like George Washington and Madame Brillon from the French court.  Attendees of both shows are invited at 2:15 pm to a special Q & A session with all the Revolutionary personalities about their lives and times.

Enjoy refreshments and birthday cake with Dr. Franklin, print your own historical keepsakes on the Museum’s antique presses, book bind a special book of Franklin quotes and take special tours of the Museums collection!

 

You may purchase your tickets by calling the Printing Museum at (310) 515-7166 or visiting our website at www.printmuseum.org/franklin

 

The event runs from 10am-4pm on Saturday January 20th.  Guests may purchase tickets for the 11am family friendly show or the 1 pm adult only show.  Performance reservations are highly recommended as we have a limited number of seats in our theater.

 

General admission is $12 for adults and $10 for Students & Seniors. Kids 5 and under free.

Credit: The International Printing Museum. 

Have a dog who is picky about their food? They may love Picky No More Dog Food by Bil-Jac!

Do you have a dog who is a picky eater? Maybe it’s time to try Picky No More Dog Food by Bil-Jac! My dog loves to eat so he actually isn’t picky but he loved this food and can’t wait to eat it! We also tried it out with a friend’s dog (who is very picky and it was a hit!) This food gives dogs the Chicken Liver they love in a high-quality dog food. It’s available for both Small breeds and Large breeds. I like that it is made by a high-quality brand and my dog loves the taste!

Bink even had some for his birthday!

It can be found at many PetSmart locations! You can check out the store locator here!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this Pet Corner Post. Any opinions expressed are my own. IMages were provided except for the photo of Bink. 

Gaslamp Popcorn is a Must this New Year!

Looking for a delicious snack this Winter? One of my favorites is Gaslamp Popcorn! It’s really a low-calorie snack and is all natural popcorn! I love the Malibu Mix…it’s truly one of my favorites! My son really likes their Kettle Corn! If you are really trying to eat healthier this New Year….Gaslamp Popcorn is a great choice! It’s great for the whole family too!

Have you tried the Sea Salt & Olive Oil flavor yet? This one will be a hit even if you are really watching what you eat this New Year! Gaslamp Popcorn is also Gluten Free and California made! Now, how cool is that?! Look for Gaslamp Popcorn at a store near you!

Don’t forget to check them out on Facebook too!

 

Credit: I received free samples to facilitate this post but Gaslamp Popcorn truly is a favorite of mine! Images were provided.