Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

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The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The Festival was an immediate success and has evolved to include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment and artists creating their work on-site. […]

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Marvel Universe Live! – Anaheim

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Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel characters together on one epic quest.  The story is framed around the battle over the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, that has […]

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Self-esteem and the Dreaded Piano

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By: Shannon Ralph “I’ll never be good enough,” Sophie says as she frowns at the musical notes on the page. “I’m just stupid.” These are words that can cut straight to the heart of any parent. Words that feel like a punch in the stomach, and can instantly take your breath away. No parent wants […]

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A Lesson in Feminism and Basketball from My Eight-Year-Old Daughter

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By Shannon Ralph As a born and bred Kentuckian, I am a self-avowed addict, and my drug of choice is basketball. More specifically, University of Kentucky men’s basketball. As such, this time of year—March Madness—is my Christmas. My Easter. My celebration of all that is good and right and holy in the world. My children […]

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Book Review: ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ Brand-New Edition

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By Brandy Black My wife and I have written before about our love of the book Heather Has Two Mommies, so we were more than excited to receive an advance copy of the brand-new, hardcover edition of this modern classic! Heather’s favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, two pets. She also […]

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Partying With Kids

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  By: Shannon Ralph Being a forty-something woman smack dab in the prime of my child-rearing years, most of my friends have children around the same age as mine. Occasionally, I will make the naively optimistic decision to invite all of my friends—and their children—to my house for dinner. Or a barbecue. Or a game […]

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Celebrate the World of Bugs With Kids

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By Brandy Black My kids love bugs and worms. I do not.  This is definitely an area where my kids don’t take after me.  When our daughter first held a worm in her tiny fingers I screamed and told her to put it back in the dirt.  My wife had to remind me that children […]

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Spring Camp – Superhero Bugs

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In this weeklong camp, children (ages 5-8) will examine the science and anatomy of bugs and use this knowledge to write a comic book story about an insect-based superhero of their own creation! Campers will also visit with some of our resident bugs, create superhero bug costumes, learn comic book drawing techniques, and write a […]

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