Pre-historic time meets western kitsch at California Cactus Ranch in Reseda

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BY ELLEN S. PRESSMAN It took years and a life-threatening illness before I could convince my husband, who is an architect, to redo our backyard.  When it finally took shape, I got more than I bargained for. He created a most beautiful oasis and … [Read more...]

Sherman Oaks’ eclectic Art Rebel is a clubhouse for all ages — with a Cause

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Guests with their art projects at the Secret Underground

BY CAROLE ROSNER Tucked into the northeast corner of Ventura Blvd. and Beverly Glen, across from the Sherman Oaks Library and behind  Handy J's car wash is an art studio, theater class, party place, supper club and business retreat all rolled up … [Read more...]

“The Princess & the Frog” charms kids and adults at Theatre West’s Storybook Theatre

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BY JACKIE HOUCHIN It takes a lot of imagination, excitement and action to keep young kids entertained for more than an hour these days, and the Storybook Theatre at Theatre West has achieved that in “The Princess and the Frog,” their happy new … [Read more...]

KCRW and chef Evan Kleiman to host free family food events at Topanga and Sherman Oaks Westfield Shopping Centers

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BY KAREN YOUNG Evan Kleiman coming to the San Fernando Valley in any form is reason to celebrate. Too bad she isn’t opening a restaurant here, but we’ll take what we can get. Kleiman, renowned chef, cookbook author and host of KCRW’s “Good … [Read more...]

The Coop: A Modern and Hip Play Place in the Valley

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BY CAROLE ROSNER I’ve driven by The Coop on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City for months, wondering what kind of place it is. I’ve seen the bright and sunny sign and the big tables inside, but couldn’t figure it out. Is it a new restaurant, … [Read more...]

Free outdoor music series for families at the Getty Center

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BY MY DAILY FIND STAFF Enjoy the best of children's music in the great outdoors at the Getty Center's Garden Concerts for Kids series.  It's three weekends of kid-tastic, sing-along fun. Make it an afternoon— come early to browse … [Read more...]

Froggy’s Arts & Crafts a welcome haven for adults and kids

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BY CAROLE ROSNER When it's 110 degrees, you've already baked cookies, cupcakes and brownies, and have spent too much money on amusement parks, water parks and laser tag, head over to Froggy's Arts & Crafts in  Toluca Lake for a fun, inexpensive … [Read more...]

Take a Trip Into History This Summer

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Suggested by the History Department at Millikan Middle School, Sherman Oaks Whether you're a kid or an adult, here's a list of 21 interesting and educational ways to spend  time this summer that will give you a fun perspective on history too. … [Read more...]

Fun family activities

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ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950 The exhibition features rare vintage artwork and books, 1940s Hollywood movie serials, and colorful interactive displays including a drawing studio, a newsstand, a vintage … [Read more...]