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KultureCity Launches Innovative Program Benefitting Families

With Autistic Children.

NestFresh, the leader in sustainable, local, humane and natural eggs, has pledged to support the charitable efforts of partner KultureCity through the organization’s unique fundraising campaign titled KCFit. This marathon season, KCFit, with the help of caring partners like NestFresh, will attend a number of the nation’s most prestigious marathons. In doing so, KultureCity’s advocates will use the KCFit platform to promote acceptance for all special needs children while fundraising in support of the lifeBOKS program. In launching this exceptional fundraising endeavor, NestFresh has joined the KCFit team, helping to promote upcoming races and educating consumers about both KultureCity and KCFit. The egg producer will support the organization through marketing promotional efforts.


The concept of KCFit was born of KultureCity co-founder Dr. Michele Kong Maha and NFL legend Tiki Barber to merge philanthropy with physical fitness through exercise, diet and community. With the philosophy “We can achieve anything, even the impossible, one step at a time. It starts with having the courage to take the first step,” each marathon attended by KCFit will fundraise for KultureCity’s innovative lifeBOKS program. The lifeBOKS program provides free kits to the families of autistic children to prevent wandering and wandering related accidents. In NestFresh’s current partnership with KCFit, the brand will continue its history of giving back to the communities it serves in meaningful ways.


“NestFresh is proud to support KultureCity and its KCFit program as part of our ongoing commitment to helping those who do good in our communities,” shares Brandy Gamoning, Marketing Manager at NestFresh. “We have been impressed by the work KultureCity does since they were nominated and eventually voted the winner of our first NestFresh Cares contest. This partnership with KultureCity allows us to continue to engage with consumers that care just as much about their communities as we do.”


“KCFit is a fantastic initiative that will continue to support the incredible work of KultureCity and the lifeBOKS program,” shares Dr. Michele Kong, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer of KultureCity. “We’re proud that NestFresh has joined our team of individuals and organizations that truly care about the vision, purpose and health of KultureCity.”


NestFresh’s support of KultureCity and KCFit pivots on the values upon which NestFresh stands. From the company’s partnerships with family farmers nationwide to its insistence on transparency from farm to grocery store, this year’s giving efforts align with everything NestFresh has worked towards since the brand’s founding in 1991.


About NestFresh

NestFresh Eggs was the first nationally distributed egg line to receive the Non-GMO Project Verified seal from the Non-GMO Project and to offer liquid and dry egg products that are also Non-GMO Project Verified for retail, food service and manufacturing.
“Coding Autism” Launches to Train Adults with Autism How to Code

Program Aims to Combat Unemployment and Underemployment Rates Among People with Autism; Crowdfunding Campaign Launches to Help Fund Program and Provide Scholarships

(Los Angeles, CA) – April 13, 2017 – Every year, the number of people diagnosed with autism rises, however there are simply not enough quality programs designed towards training adults with autism with real-world career skills.  As a result, too many are either unemployed or working in menial jobs below their skill level.  To help adults with autism learn the fundamental skills necessary to secure an entry-level web developer job, LA-based Coding Autism has announced a new program to train those with autism how to code.

To help fund the program, and allow contributors to provide for scholarships so that the entire 15-person first class can attend tuition-free, Coding Autism has launched a crowdfunding campaign at:

Coding Autism’s first web development boot camp is called the ASPIRE Web Development Immersive. This is a 15-week, full-time course where students will be learning the fundamental skills of coding.  The first class will take place at Hub 101 in Thousand Oaks, CA (Greater Los Angeles Area) with online classes planned in 2018.

“It is completely unacceptable that our autistic community is experiencing an over 80% unemployment and underemployment rate,” said Oliver Thornton, CEO & co-founder of Coding Autism.  “As passionate advocates who have either been diagnosed with autism ourselves or have family members affected with autism, we understand that with the right resources, training, coaching and environment that individuals with autism can thrive in the workforce.”

By founding Coding Autism and launching the ASPIRE Web Development Immersive, Mr. Thornton believes that they can create highly qualified, skilled, and eager to work autistic employees to fill job vacancies in the tech industry.

Research has shown that typical autistic characteristics such as attention to detail, affinity for repetitive tasks and introversion are all traits that lend themselves to becoming a successful employee within the tech industry.  With the $50k+ average annual salary for entry-level, full-time web developers, tech is an attractive industry in which to pursue a career.

Over the last decade, companies such as Microsoft and SAP have implemented autism hiring initiatives.  This was done not to combat autistic unemployment, but because they have seen that adults with autism can be exceptional employees and drive innovation when provided the right structure, mentorship and on-boarding.  Students that want to enroll can sign-up to receive more information at:

A video can be seen at:

About Coding Autism:
Coding Autism is a full-service professional coaching and training company that trains adults on the autism spectrum in professional skills such as software engineering, quality assurance, and web development. We also assist our graduates in finding employment within the software and technology industries. We do so by providing services such as immersive programs and bootcamps, resume workshops, career counseling, interview preparation, and coaching/mentorship, all of which is designed around providing an environment where people on the spectrum can thrive.  More information is available at

Self Disclosure: Information was sent to me for posting.

3 ways to teach kids about being safe on Instagram

Instagram is a popular photo and video sharing social networking site. But this raises some concerns for keeping children safe. Instagram is an app that people use to post pictures and videos taken via a smartphone to the person’s Instagram page. The pictures can be of anything, some are beautiful but others can depict violence, drug, sexual pictures and videos and the like. Of course, users can post messages next to the picture too.


Furthermore, while it can be easy for kids to assume that more followers and likes means that they are more popular and a good account to follow, things may not be as it appears. You may not know what the Instagrammer has done to earn the followers. It is possible that the followers and likes were purchased and give a false impression of the Instagrammer’s popularity. That’s right, some even buy Instagram Followers & Likes.


The social network has north of over 600 million monthly users. This includes millions upon millions of teens and tweens. People use the service to get around parental limitations on other sites. Really, Instagram has become similar to all other social networking sites and websites generally.

Fortunately, Instagram provides several ways to keep your child safe. Here are three ways.

Safety in Numbers: Teach your kids to share if any of their friends or someone they know is under 13.


Once again you should show your child how to discuss unacceptable behavior to you. This includes rule-breaking behavior or others. Of course, Instagram has a page to help you report children under age 13 on Instagram.

Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account (in some jurisdictions, this age limit may be higher). If your child is younger than 13 and created an account on Instagram, you can show them how to delete their account.

If you’d like to report an account belonging to someone under 13 or if you believe someone is impersonating your child who’s under 13, please fill out this form. In order to delete a child’s account, we’ll need to verify that the child is under 13.”

Instruct kids to tell you if an unauthorized picture of themselves appears on Instagram.


This is very important. Some kids know no boundaries. A child, in jest, may take a picture of a kid and post it on the social networking site. This may make the child in question feel ashamed. Some commit themselves to escape the shame. Do not let that happen to your child. Here is what Instagram says to do if the worst happens.

“Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account (in some jurisdictions, this age limit may be higher). If your child is younger than 13 and created an account on Instagram, you can show them how to delete their account.

If you’d like to report an account belonging to someone under 13 or if you believe someone is impersonating your child who’s under 13, please fill out this form. In order to delete a child’s account, we’ll need to verify that the child is under 13.”

Report abusive behavior or inappropriate/offensive material.


As a follow-up, Instagram provides additional information regarding how to take down offensive material.

“We ask that all people follow our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use. If your teen encounters someone on Instagram who’s not following these guidelines or Terms, they can report that person’s posts directly from Instagram.

People can report abusive behavior or posts with our built-in reporting. This includes nude photos, abuse and excessive spam. Reporting is totally anonymous. No information about the reporter is sent to the person whose account or photo has been reported.”

Follow Instagram’s advice and you can teach your kids to be safe on the social network.

Whole Foods Market celebrates Earth Day with organic produce sale

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On Earth Day, April 22, all Whole Foods Market stores will have a one-day sale on organic produce. Customers will receive $5 off any purchase of $25 or more of organic produce.

Whole Foods Market is celebrating Earth Day with organic produce for its many environmental benefits. Organic farming does not use environmentally harmful chemicals that may contaminate rain and groundwater; and this growing method replenishes and maintains healthy, fertile topsoil with rich biological matter, which limits erosion and impact on waterways.

Other organic standards include no toxic or persistent pesticides or herbicides, no sewer sludge or synthetic fertilizers, no GMOs, no antibiotics, no synthetic growth hormones and no irradiation.

Credit: Whole Foods Market.

TPT Home & Garden Orange County Presents The Floral Design Workshop Earth Day - Saturday, April 22, 2-3 p.m.

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TPT Home & Garden is pleased to introduce the Design Workshop Series, a hands-on class featuring select crafts and tips for creating the ultimate in inspired home décor.


Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, welcomes a floral design workshop. Work directly with TPT Home & Garden design expert, Maren Anderson, to learn how to make the perfect floral and succulent selections using scale, tools, tips and hints to make your floral ideas become reality.



Saturday, April 22, 2-3pm class with design expert on-site until 4pm



TPT Home & Garden, Orange County

18030 Newhope St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708



$30 includes all supplies for (1) floral arrangement (regularly $70)



No reservations required, first come first served.

Credit: TPT Home & Garden.

Prom Preview at The Shops at Montebello

Enjoy Prom Preview this Saturday, April 8 showcasing the latest prom fashions from Macy’s, H&M, Forever 21 and G by Guess. Prom styles will be modeled by outstanding students from Bell Gardens High School, Montebello High School, Schurr High School, Vail High School and Applied Technology Center. The first 100 guests in line at 3 p.m. in Victoria’s Secret Courtyard will receive reserved seating for the runway fashion show and a retailer swag bag including a retailer gift card presented by Estee Lauder.

Prom Preview will be emceed by Alex from KIIS-FM 102.7 and attendees will have an opportunity to win tickets to KIIS-FM Wango Tango 2017 following the fashion show. No purchase is necessary.

Credit: The Shops at Montebello.

The Shops at Montebello to Award Up to $12,000 in College Scholarships Students in Montebello Unified School District encouraged to apply by April 25

The Shops at Montebello is seeking applicants for up to $12,000 in college scholarships, as part of the center’s scholarship program, which recognizes outstanding graduating seniors from the Montebello Unified School District as they continue their education.


Applications are currently available starting today, March 20, in high school counselor’s offices at Montebello High School, Schurr High School and Bell Gardens High School. Completed applications are due on Tuesday, April 25, no later than 2 p.m. to each respective high school counselor.


Up to four students from each school will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship each.


“Higher education and the pursuit of career aspirations for today’s youth is an initiative that is important to The Shops at Montebello,” said Marida Petitjean, director of marketing and business development at The Shops at Montebello. “We’re honored to be a part of these students’ lives and assist in making their dreams to attend college a reality.”


The Shops at Montebello’s Scholarship Awards recognize local seniors in their pursuit to continue their education at a four-year college. The scholarship program was created in 1985, when the center opened, as a way to assist local students in recognizing their educational goals and to provide initial monetary support to attain those goals.


Candidates applying for the scholarship program will be evaluated on criteria including a combination of outstanding academic accomplishments, participation in school activities and clubs and community volunteer work. They must also possess a financial need and demonstrate a commitment to continuing their education at a four-year college by submitting an essay detailing why it is important to continue their education past high school. In addition to the completed application form, applicants must meet the following requirements:


  • Be a graduating senior from Montebello High School, Schurr High School or Bell Gardens High School, continuing their education at a four-year college
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Submit a copy of their current school transcript
  • Submit the completed application to their high school counselor


Scholarship funds will be awarded upon official verification of enrollment in a post-secondary educational program. The verification should be brought to The Shops at Montebello Management Office, as they will handle the distribution of funds.  For questions about the program, call 323-722-1776.


For ongoing updates and upcoming event information, follow The Shops at Montebello on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.


About The Shops at Montebello

The Shops at Montebello is a modern indoor super regional shopping center featuring four department stores and more than 160 shops, eateries, and restaurants—remaining the leader for shopping in the San Gabriel Valley. The Shops at Montebello is home to Macy’s, Macy’s Home, JCPenney, Forever 21, Coach, G by Guess, H&M, Cotton On, Papaya and more, with dining options such as BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery, Hikari Sushi, and Olive Garden. The Shops at Montebello serves communities in San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles including Montebello, Monterey Park, and Rosemead. With its modernized look and feel, The Shops at Montebello strives to provide the best shopping experience with its retailer and dining selections for the entire family.

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit


Celebrate Pi Day at Home! Tomorrow is Pi Day!

Every year on March 14th, math lovers around the world celebrate Pi Day. The mathematical constant pi is most commonly known for its use in calculating the radius, diameter or circumference of a circle.



Celebrations like Pi Day help keep math fun for kids of all ages.

In fact, the goal of the Kumon Math Program is to help children develop a true love for math by making the study of high school math easy. It instills in students the mindset and skills for self-learning and allows them to advance independently, ultimately resulting in many students studying above grade level.

Credit: Kumon. This is a courtesy posting to celebrate Pi Day. No compensation was received.

The Habit Burger Grill Introduces ‘Golden Chicken Salad’ to Menu for a Limited Time -New Salad Inspired by Delicious ‘Golden Chicken Sandwich’-


 For a limited time this spring, The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) is introducing a Golden Chicken Salad nationwide.

The Golden Chicken Salad is inspired by the fan-favorite Golden Chicken Sandwich, which permanently joined The Habit menu in late 2016. The Golden Chicken Salad ($7.25) starts with a buttermilk battered, sliced chicken breast, served atop fresh garden greens, with feta cheese, diced tomatoes, crumbled bacon, red onions, carrots and cilantro, and is then tossed in a house-made Southwest-inspired cilantro lime ranch dressing.

The Habit’s golden chicken is hand-dipped into house-made seasoned flour and buttermilk, not just once but twice, before being fried to perfection and custom made to order for both the salad and the sandwich.

“The response for our Golden Chicken by our fans has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are excited to extend the menu line for a limited time to include a delicious salad. The Golden Chicken Salad is The Habit’s tasty answer to the ever growing popularity of fried chicken,” said Adam Baird, executive chef at The Habit Burger Grill.

Better burgers are just the beginning at The Habit where signature Charburgers are always made with 100% fresh ground beef, never frozen and chargrilled over an open flame. The Habit’s signature Charburgers, grilled sandwiches, fresh salads, delicious sides, and handmade shakes are always made to order.

I just love this new  Golden Chicken Salad! I had the opportunity to try it out this week and I love the chicken and the dressing! I highly recommend! This is definitely a salad I will want to eat again!~ SoCal City Kids. 

About The Habit Burger Grill

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 175 restaurants in 10 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Washington and Maryland as well as two international locations.

More information is available at

Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to review the New Golden Chicken Salad. Photo and information was also provided.