Archives for October 3, 2018

The Los Angeles Printers Fair October 13 & 14 10 am to 4 pm at The International Printing Museum A Celebration of Letterpress, Book Arts & Paper

The Los Angeles Printers Fair at The International Printing Museum in Carson, CA celebrates a decade of bringing the best of letterpress, book arts, and the paper arts to the LA area. With the backdrop of the world’s largest collection of working antique presses, the LA Printers Fair annually brings together 80 artistic vendors and 1,700 visitors to experience the creative worlds of handmade books and beautiful printing.
Exhibitors include many of the greatest letterpress and printmaking artists in the Southwest and beyond, offering custom posters, printings, hand-printed cards, memorabilia, hand-made paper, and antiquarian books for sale. Throughout the Museum’s galleries visitors can print their own keepsakes on antique letterpresses, have their name cast in printer’s type, make paper by hand, or even screen print their own shirt! All proceeds from the fair go to The International Printing Museum, a non-profit institution dedicated to the heritage, preservation, and advancement of the printing arts.
$10 per person
$5 for 12 and under
The International Printing Museum
315 W Torrance Blvd,
Carson, CA 90745
tel: 310-515-7166
Credit including photos: The International Printing Museum. 

Oct. 5th – DC Area’s Rainbow Rock Band – “Total Eclipse of the Rainbow”

Music, Movement, and Making a Difference …


One of the brightest stars to come out of the DC metro area kids’ music scene is Parents’ Choice Award-winning Rainbow Rock Band, which performs more than 120 live shows each year. Kids and families around the country await the appearance of the band’s second album, Total Eclipse of the Rainbow, which is set for release on October 5, 2018.

Since 2012, guided by the hand of singer/songwriter/educator Dr. Kate MoranRainbow Rock Band has been praised for its positive, joyful, high-energy music, which engages young listeners and gets them moving to an irresistible beat while also enhancing their learning and social development. Rainbow Rock Band’s thoughtful lyrics emphasize being kind to one another, as well as sharing a wonder and appreciation of the beautiful and fascinating.

Recording in Nashville’s Secret Sound Studios, producer Kurtis Parks and Kate Moran collaborated on Total Eclipse of the Rainbow to create a fun album that serves a dual purpose. Kate enthuses, “Having worked in education for over 25 years, I wanted to provide teachers with a resource to use for circle time or when they are teaching lessons on colors, numbers, animals, plants, or the weather, while also serving as a catalyst for parents to support this learning at home or in the car. My artistic vision was to create an album of beautiful songs rooted in authentic musical styles that connect with the real-life experiences of a child.”

Throughout the album, Kate Moran sings with a lovely clarity that is profoundly drenched in American folk, country,and pop music. Like Woody Guthrie’s children’s tunes, Kate’s songs incorporate a musical language that draws upon and relates to the types of melodies that children actually sing and incorporate into their play.

Total Eclipse of the Rainbow kicks off with “Crazy Cakes,” a splendid counting song in which the mandolin lead combines with guitars and fiddle to give a strong sense of the American folk tradition. Other highlights include the driving, pop-rock style of “Samuel the Zookeep,” which comes replete with pedal steel guitar punctuations as a salute to animal husbandry, and “Rainbow Lullaby,” a song rooted in a country, Nashville soundscape.

Dr. Kate Moran’s lifelong enjoyment of singing and her numerous musical projects have provided a backdrop to her scholarly work in education. Kate studied theater at the Catholic University of America and then went on to earn a Master’s in Teaching (Special Education) from the University of Virginia. She gained practical, hands-on experience running a behavior program for the Loudoun County public schools and also served as a special education coordinator with the Alexandria City public schools. In 2014 Kate received her Doctorate in Special Education from George Mason University. When she’s not rockin’ the rainbow, Dr. Kate works at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Special Education Programs.

The flip side of Kate Moran’s intriguing resume resounds with her artistic achievements, for in addition to her career in education, Kate is a well-established singer/songwriter in the DC/MD/VA area. Always on the go, she founded a successful local music festival, the Del Ray Music Festival, in 2007 and has performed extensively in and around the DMV with her pop band, the Kate Moran Band.

Total Eclipse of the Rainbow will be available at all digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, CDBaby, and more.  Pre-orders for digital downloads will be available on iTunes starting September 14, 2018.

Album Details: Total Eclipse of the Rainbow
Label: Del Ray Rocks, LLC
Release Date: October 5, 2018
For ages 0 – 7
SRP:  $9.99 CD.  $7.99 digital download
Run Time: 22 minutes

Credit: Waldmania PR.

Celebrate Acorn Day at O’Neill Regional Park 10.6

Join the County of Orange and OC Parks under the oaks in celebration of Acorn Day at O’Neill Regional Park on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free, family-friendly event offers crafts for kids, a live butterfly enclosure, active games, face painting, live music and introductory ukulele lessons, nature and animal exhibits, a very special storytelling session with painting on water, acorn and oak tree planting and much more!

“Acorn Day at O’Neill Regional Park is a tradition families look forward to celebrating each fall” Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, said. “This is the perfect time for nature lovers of all ages to get outside, learn about their natural surroundings, and have fun with the whole family.”

Guided nature hikes to the Water Tower will be offered at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Families can also enjoy presentations throughout the day, including The Hummingbird Nest Story, a book signing with the author of “How to draw 60 Native CA Plants and Animals: A Field Guide,” followed by a live butterfly release at 1:30 p.m. by Western Monarch Guardian.

Several outdoor groups from and throughout Orange County will be participating in the day’s festivities including The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, The Institute for Wildlife Studies, Orange County Fire Watch, Friends of the Dana Point Headlands, The Saddleback Area Historical Society, Saddleback Canyon Riders, Southwestern Field Herping Associates, The Helena Modjeska Foundation and more.

October 6 – Acorn Day

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: Free admission and parking

Location: O’Neill Regional Park

Address: 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679


Contact: (949)

Credit: OC Parks.

BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO Treats Goblins and Gools to a Month-Long Hair-Raising Celebration! Fearsome Feedings, Boo-tiful Photos Ops, a Spooky Stroll, Pumpkin Carvings, and Other Fang-tastic Fun Can be Experienced Every Weekend in October

This Halloween season, BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO invites guests to feed their imaginations with skin crawling fun and spooktacular learning throughout the entire month of October, beginning Monday, October 1, and continuing through Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Proudly sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, Boo at the L.A. Zoo activities are free with paid Zoo admission. Check for details and schedule.

Weekend activities include up close encounters and demonstrations with the zoos most fearsome, frightening, and misunderstood residents along with fun animal feedings. Plant eaters will relish “Creature Treats” such as pumpkins, while carnivores will devour their favorite fare – carcasses and bones – during “Fearsome Feedings.” (Parental discretion advised for the latter.) Additional merry-not-scary activities include “Swazzle’s Monster Menagerie” interactive puppet show; Mad Science Show featuring jaw-dropping demonstrations; pumpkin carving demonstrations; a spooky stroll where one can enjoy Halloween activities, mini pumpkin patch, and capture frightfully good snaps at the many Boo-tiful photo ops along the way. On Saturdays, October 20 and 27, and Sundays, October 21 and 28, the Halloween bash offers creepy crafts, roaming characters, and traditional trick-or-treat stations throughout the grounds.

Back by popular demand, BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO OVERNIGHT returns Saturday, October 27, 2018 for another hair-raising sleepover with spooky ghost stories, a guided nighttime tour of the Zoo that includes the colorful history of Griffith Park and its nocturnal inhabitants, plus interactive activities, early morning tour, and an animal presentation. Dinner, s’mores snack, and continental breakfast are included. This program is available to all families and children of all ages. Program begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018 and ends Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $100 per person, purchase here:

Monday, October 1, and continuing through Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens,
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $21 for general admission (ages 13 to 61), $18 for seniors (ages 62+), and $16 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under 2. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.8 million visitors each year, is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare and has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.

GLAZA/ Jamie Pham.

Smallfoot – A Heartfelt Animated Film With Clever Laughs and Interesting Ideas

A yeti named Migo is convinced that a human known only as “Small Foot” is real and has to prove to his tribe that it does exist with the help of Meechee and the S.E.S – Smallfoot Evidentiary Society. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Benjamin P. comments, “Smallfoot is a heartfelt animated film with several clever laughs and some interesting ideas at play.” Izzy C. adds, “There are so many creative little things like that throughout the whole movie, which really held my attention. The music soundtrack is awesome! I’ve already downloaded it. The music is one of the best parts of the movie.” See their full reviews below.



By Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 13

Smallfoot is a heartfelt animated film with several clever laughs and some interesting ideas at play. This film follows Migo, a Yeti, who lives in a village full of them high atop a mountain amidst the snow. Migo is content with his village’s way of life and their beliefs that are scrawled in stone, until he makes a startling discovery. He encounters a being that proves the existence of the Smallfoot or, as we would call it, a human. This goes against the beliefs of his people and gets him banished from his home. From there, he consults a few Yetis who believe in the existence of the Smallfoot to help him prove to the rest of his village that he saw one.

I really like the character Migo, played by Channing Tatum, and Percy, played by James Corden, a TV host trying to influence a resurgence in his career and the Smallfoot whose existence Migo is trying to prove. These are members of two species who have to learn to communicate and get along because of the situation they’re in. The two characters have very different personalities and motivations that collide and the aftermath of their meeting is part of what makes this film so interesting. Even what you could call Smallfoot’s antagonist has relatable character motivations, as he is just trying to protect those close to him.

I do have problems with the flow of this film’s story. This film’s first act is largely uninspired with too much emphasis on slapstick humor and not enough on story. It feels like a series of comedic antics with some filler between them. The film really finds its Smallfooting in the second and third acts with some fun musical sequences and humorous encounters. Smallfoot also has a striking message about what we consider truth and why we believe what we do.

I recommend Smallfoot for ages 4 to 12 due to some mild bathroom humor and some images that could scare younger children. There is a scene with a bear that could be frightening, although it is played up for laughs. I think adults will also enjoy this film. I give the film 3 out of 5 stars. Go check this out because it’s a smart animated film that has lots of moving parts that all manage to come together to make something fun and adorable. Smallfoot comes out in theaters on September 28, 2018.


By Izzy C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

Smallfoot is a really good animated movie with really fun characters and some amazing songs. I might even call it a musical.

The story of Smallfoot is told by the many scenes and lots of songs. There’s a Yeti named Migo (Channing Tatum), who is sweet and nice, but he gets kicked out of his village by the leader, The Stonekeeper (Common). Migo is banished because he told the Yeti village that he saw a monster called a “Smallfoot.” As you might guess, a “Smallfoot” is just a human. Yetis believe that humans are fairytale creatures, but Migo saw one in real life. Nobody believes that Migo had a Smallfoot sighting.

Migo really did see a Smallfoot and the movie follows him trying to prove himself. At the same time, it shows the story of the Smallfoot, whose name is Percy (James Corden). Percy is a TV Host who needs a big story to save his show from being cancelled.

I love the scenery in this film, because it is all snowy. The story takes place in the Himalayas. I found the story interesting because it takes place way up in the mountains where old fables are told. I like the silly beliefs that the Yetis have such as believing the sun is a giant snail and that memories hold up mountains. There are so many creative little things like that throughout the whole movie, which really held my attention. The music soundtrack is awesome! I’ve already downloaded it. The music is one of the best parts of the movie.

This film is for everybody, especially kids like me who are really into adventure.  I recommend it for ages 5 to 18, as well as adults. I think parents will like it. It has some really funny humor and is like a musical comedy delight. Smallfoot opens in theaters September 28, 2018 so, look for it.

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The Importance of Healthy Brain Development – Top Advice From a Leading Neuroscientist

Dr. Kristen Willeumier is a nationally-acclaimed neuroscientist. As a brain development and health specialist, she’s traveled the country to educate people about the brain – and how their daily choices affect its well-being. She joins SoCal City Kids today to discuss some key topics regarding the growing brain. As parents, it’s important for us to understand the unique role the brain plays in ensuring the healthy development of our children. From sports to lifestyle habits, here are Dr. Willeumier’s top tips. If you’d like to learn more, please visit Dr. Willeumier online at:

1. What risks do contact sports pose for developing brains?

A child’s brain is in its most active growth phase from birth until it reaches maturity around the age of 25, so we need to be mindful of exposing our children to unnecessary impacts during this very vulnerable stage of life.  Contact sports such as football, ice hockey, wrestling and soccer have head impacts as an inherent nature of the sport, so there is a risk of cellular damage to the brain following every impact, whether your child shows symptoms or not.

  1. How can sports be made safer for children?

The safest sports for children are those in which impacts are not inherent to the sport and include baseball, basketball, swimming, track and field, tennis, volleyball and golf to name a few.  While children may still be at risk for a head injury while participating in these sports, you are not exposing them to repeated impacts to the head on every play.  Safety also includes wearing the appropriate equipment for your sport and making sure that referees are present to enforce the rules of the game so that unnecessary collisions and aggressive acts are not being committed.

  1. What lifestyle habits most affect brain development? (For example, how important is sleep?)

All of our lifestyle habits play an essential role in brain development, but three of the most impactful are exercise, nutrients and sleep.  What this means for children is to engage them in sports and activities that promote movement, as this will carry oxygen to the developing brain.  Providing them with a nutrient rich diet loaded with high oxygen content foods including green leafy vegetables and antioxidant rich foods including organic fruits and vegetables can go a long way towards preserving brain health.  And finally, given the tremendous amount of growth the brain is going through at this time, it requires plenty of sleep, so make sure children ages 6-13 get between 9-11 hours each night.

  1. Large class sizes are a big issue in California – some Kindergarten classes can have nearly 30 students. Can this affect brain health, or a child’s ability to learn?

Research demonstrates that small class sizes have been thought to influence learning and student achievement in a positive way, which is why some states have enacted legislation in order to keep class sizes limited.  Those children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or issues with sustained focus and concentration are going to be one group that may be adversely impacted by larger class sizes.  The key is to monitor how your child is performing in school, and if their grades are not commensurate with their academic potential, your child may require more one on one attention, whether that is at home while doing homework or with a tutor, to compensate for issues that might arise with larger class sizes.

  1. What are some of the best extracurricular activities for a healthy growing brain? (Music, learning a new language, etc.)

Engaging in any extracurricular activities that your child is curious or passionate about will help to stimulate the developing brain.  This can include everything from physical exercise to strategic mental games and creative outlets including painting, art, dance, cooking, singing, playing a musical instrument, athletics, chess games, card games, spelling bees, learning a foreign language, creative writing and reading to name a few.  The key is to support your child’s innate curiosity to express themselves in the world and as those skill sets are learned through daily engagement in the activity, it will foster the development of neural connections in the brain.


Sable, Oct. 4th Pet of the Week!

Sable, named for his sleek, dark, burnished fur, is pure love. He purrs his way into the hearts of shelter staff, volunteers and visitors whenever he’s picked up. No one wants to put him down, but for some odd reason, he hasn’t gone home yet. He’s just a baby—16 weeks old—and he’s the only guilt-free way to take home a Sable! Meet him on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A615209.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Companion Animal Village.