Dating, Mating & Communicating

A relationship workshop for couples and singles

By: Serena Scott Thomas

Sometimes, just a little communication can go a long way. Facilitator Joi Andreoli is conducting a 2 hour relationship workshop that will discuss some of the hot topics in relationships like:

  • The fundamentals of masculine and feminine energy
  • How to be the male energy or how to be the female energy…
  • Tools for communicating that invite respect or cherishing


Share your dating and relationship experiences in a fun and supportive environment this Saturday, December 17th from 1:30pm-3:30pm. The cost is $25.

Location: 22020 Clarendon St., Ste. 200, Woodland Hills 818-314-8598

RSVP by: Thurs. Dec. 15th to Joi Andreoli

Facilitator: Joi Andreoli, MA, MFTI, WANT® Educator and Transactional Analysis Practitioner

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Award Winning British Artist

Award Winning British Artist offers drawing and painting for adults

By: Serena Scott Thomas

Winter 2011 with Sarah Stitt

The artist teaches an introduction to the language of drawing and painting, while providing guidance on how to express one’s vision on paper and canvas.

The course is an introduction to:
• Overcoming the fear of creativity
• Measuring, perspective, and learning to look dimensionally
• Using pencil, charcoal, and ink
• Learning composition and color theory
• Understanding depth and space
• Experimenting with tone
• Utilizing various surfaces and tools

Suitable for all levels:
This six-week course is designed to inspire confidence in students who want to learn art history and the traditional methods of drawing and painting.

Location
Paradiso Arts
by courtesy of Laura Alvarez, MFA
2918 Santa Monica Blvd #2
Santa Monica CA 90404

Class is limited to a maximum of 12 people per class. Each class is 3 hours.

Tuition
$410
Saturdays: 10am to 1pm
From Nov 5th to Dec 17th, 2011
(date of last class TBD)

Contact
For questions about the class,
Emaill [email protected]
Phone: Sarah’s Studio 323 571 2344
Website: www.sarahstitt.com

For questions about Paradiso Arts
Email: [email protected],
Phone: Laura at 310 592 5879
Website www.paradisoarts.com

Hunter Drohojowska-Philp on Sarah’s work:

“Her landscapes rarely include people yet she excels at portraiture especially when
painting her own three children Grace, Gabriel, and Esther. As they change each year, gaining the attributes of adolescence and young adulthood, she paints the loss of youth, the growth of knowledge, and she does so without sentimentality. As with her landscapes, these are paintings not documents, and recall the similarly rigorous stance of American artist Alice Neel. Yet, like her landscapes, these paintings do measure time as it is passed in Los Angeles.”

Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is a journalist and art critic living in Los Angeles.
Her most recent book, Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s is published by Henry Holt in July 2011

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DWP Will GIVE You Trees. Seriously.

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A Shady Deal?

By: Serena Scott Thomaschequers_tree_full

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A friend of mine recently told me that the DWP will give you up to 7 trees, which they will deliver to you for planting to help you save energy in your home. Too good to be true? Surprisingly, not! This amazing program is available at the following link Ladwp.com. Trees provide shade that cool, reducing the need for air conditioning, and thus lowering electricity use and costs for residents. This, in turn, helps lessen air pollution that comes from the generation of electricity.

An independent analysis of the Trees for a Green LA program shows that for every dollar spent, approximately $17.50 will be returned as avoided costs for energy supply and air pollution control. This total also takes into account the environmental and social benefits associated with planting trees, such as storm water runoff reduction, increased property value and scenic quality, and improved human health and well being.

The independent program analysis also finds that each tree planted through Trees for a Green LA will save 81 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, and will reduce emissions of smog-forming pollutants and greenhouse gases by several hundred pounds annually.

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Fun Run in Calabasas

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By: Serena Scott Thomas

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Now here’s a great recipe for a perfect holiday! Every July 4, the Calabasas Park Homeowner’s Association and City of Calabasas holds the Lakeside Fun Run around the beautiful Calabasas lake. There are 4, 2 and 1/2 mile runs and walks with multiple age groups and a wonderful pancake breakfast. It’s a great way to start the day, get some exercise and make a preemptive strike at the inevitable calorific overload of the day’s festivities. The kids can let off some steam in a safe and friendly environment and you don’t have to make breakfast for the family! It’s also a lovely informal way to meet neighbors and make friends with other active people in the area. The 4 mile and 2 mile runs and walks wind around the lake, which is absolutely beautiful and not normally open to the public and it’s pretty flat, so its perfect for the beginner runner or someone new to racing.  No need to worry if your not ‘a runner’- it’s open to anyone who’s up for some fun! You can either register early by downloading the form or contacting Dan Huncke at 818.222.2782 or just show up and register there! Starts at 7.45 am. Have a wonderful July 4!

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Tutoring in Calabasas

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Kian Torabian

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This summer, I’m happy to announce that the brilliant Kian Torabian, currently majoring in Bio-Engineering at Stanford and Viewpoint School graduate, is available for independent tutoring with Ivy Insiders and Revolution Prep, a college prep program for middle school and high school students. His many academic accolades include winner of the prestigious Arthur B. O’Leary Award, member of the Cum Laude Society and National Merit Scholar. Kian has chosen to work with Ivy Insiders and Revolution Prep because they have an excellent and proven record in dramatically improving students’ test scores. They also provide expert teacher training and year-round student services so Kian’s students will have continuous access to test prep resources and tutoring throughout the year, even after Kian is back in college. A major plus for your children.

His main focus will be helping your high school sophomores and juniors prepare for their SAT, SAT II and ACT exams as well as helping all high school students with a variety of AP courses. He will also be working with middle school students to help improve their understanding of core subjects.

Kian spent his first through 12th grades at Viewpoint and understands the academic requirements and inherent pressures as well as the expectations of the schools and colleges. Kian is a gentle, kind young man with a great love for teaching and learning and has worked patiently over the years with his students to help them improve their academics in a fun and relaxed environment. Word in your ear, Kian’s schedule gets very busy so it’s best to contact him soon!

Contact Kian :
[email protected]
818.224.8628

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The Calabasas Classic Hosts 2 Professional Athletes

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Only 24 spots left in this years Calabasas ClassicChris McCormack

By: Serena Scott Thomas

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Chris McCormack and Trenzo Bozzonne will race in this years Calabasas Classic. McCormack, the 2007 Ironman world champion and the 1991 World Junior 10K, “Macca” is no stranger to the road running. Trenzo Bozzonne is no amateur either. The 25 year old kiwi already has dozens of 1st place elite and professional finishes highlighting his career.

Come run with these two guys on Novemeber 14th. Register here – the first 500 preregister receive a custom Calabasas Classic HeadSweats Race hat. First 1,000 pre register 5k, 10k or combo runners will receive a participant shirt.

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Got Trees?

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By: Serena Scott Thomas

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I recently went to a listing appointment for a large piece of property in Agoura.  The owner asked me what I thought the property was worth in this market, to which I responded ‘That depends.’  I didn’t say that to be difficult or to hedge my bets, I said it because I knew that,  in that area of Agoura and in many rural areas in Southern Ca, land value is dependent on many different factors. And some of them are rather surprising. I needed to walk the property first and take a really good look at the comps and the municipal codes.  The usual things that spring to mind are, of course, acreage, location, grade, zoning etc., but what I was worried about, in this case, was the oak trees that I had seen there when I first drove by the property.
One of the many things that I love about living in the West Valley is the staggering beauty of the open countryside here. I love to run in it.  I run for my heart and my sanity and the sight of those magnificent oak trees always fills my heart with a mixture of joyful anticipation and profound respect.  They have survived all the earthquakes, the fires and the landslides and have witnessed the desecration of so much of our most picturesque landscape and still they stand, ancient guardians of the golden rolling hills of California.  To me, they are magical, even mythical and I am glad that they are so heavily protected.  But why are they so rigidly protected?  I don’t disagree because I love trees.  In my mind, you can never have too many trees along with never being too skinny, too rich etc.  But why the oak trees, in particular, as opposed to any of the other many varieties of trees that we have here?   So I started looking into the Oak Tree Protection Ordinance of 1982 and here’s where I discovered an interesting paradox.  Oak trees can be both an asset AND a liability with regard to property value.

Most people know about the liability part.   Anyone who is looking to buy or sell land  for the purposes of building or development will tell you that the oaks are a nightmare.  In this particular case we talked about the idea of selling the lots separately.  After my walk through,  I discovered that this was a very bad idea, since two of the parcels were heavily populated with mature oak trees.  Given the difficulty and expense of obtaining the required permits for any trimming, moving or removing of these trees to clear space for construction or development, the value of those two lots sold separately, would be significantly reduced.  They were much more valuable as a natural and majestic gateway to the entire property.

But what I also discovered is this wonderful and, I think, little known fact : According to the Conservation District of The Santa Monica Mountains “ In the Santa Monica Mountains, homes having mature oaks typically sell for up to 30% more than homes without them.”  Why?  Because “Oak trees have value, based on the benefits they provide.  A study done by American Forests in 1985 found that each mature tree provided $275 worth of real economic benefits each year.  These benefits are avoided costs for storm water runoff control, groundwater infiltration, temperature moderation, air pollution reduction, and carbon sequestration. A mature tree located on the west side of a house significantly reduces summer air conditioning costs.”
So I learned something new and intriguing and for those of you who have oaks on your property, be happy! Your home is probably worth more than you thought!

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Green Halloween?

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Couple ideas for a fun Halloween

By: Serena Scott Thomas

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I don’t know about you but I am so tired of all this Halloween hype.  I know my 13 yr. old daughter still loves it, but frankly I can live without wasting money on costumes whose only scary feature is how attractive they might be to sexual predators and the oh-so-inevitable thumping sugar hangover.

I always enforce a large healthy dinner of Shepherd’s Pie and steamed broccolini, which coats the stomach with a thick layer of good carbs and dulls the appetite before the sugar frenzy begins.  Other effective strategies to lessen the pain of this seasonal excess are from one of my favorite websites,  Recyclebank, which offers intriguing ways to make your Halloween a more financially and environmentally savvy holiday.  Use these tips to jump-start your imagination.

Make “spider webs” with pillow stuffing. Those “cobwebs” that are sold in Halloween shops are pretty much the same as the fiberfill or cotton stuffed in throw pillows, quilts, and plush toys. If you’ve got a throw pillow that’s worse for the wear, rip it open and use wisps of the cotton batting as cobwebs to cover furniture or to stretch over the corners of windows.
Find some naturally spooky decorations outside. Take a walk in the park and raid the farm stand for creepy-looking dead branches, pumpkins and gourds. You might also use old clothes and some straw to make your own scarecrow — the head could be a pumpkin or a white pillowcase with a creepy face drawn on with fabric markers.

Make some Halloween crafts out of trash. Cut up egg cartons to make bats, make a witch out of a plastic spoon, or use decoupage or paints to decorate a cleaned plastic food container, like a large yogurt container or a gallon milk jug with the top cut off, for a trick-or-treat candy dish.

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The Spirit of Christmas

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Give the gift of Spirithood this Christmas!

By: Serena Scott Thomasserena scott thomas

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These delightful hoods are the new ‘Must Have’ this Christmas amongst the cognoscenti of Eco-Chic, or so my 13 yr old daughter announced.  So in the name of dutiful motherhood I scrambled feverishly to find one for her for Christmas and was so taken with them that I bought one for myself too!  ‘Mutton dressed as lamb’ you cry ( and you are  right), but I don’t care!  Made from faux fur to resemble various endangered species, they are utterly irresistible. Soft, warm and practical with little mittens and a zippered pocket on the inside for your money etc, they make the perfect gear for this insane winter storm that’s blasting us right now. But best of all, when  you buy one, a portion of the money  goes to various non-profit organizations  that protect the species that you bought.

Check out they’re website at http://spirithoods.com/

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The Dailey Method

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Strengthening your core – a great workout in Calabasasdailey method calabasas

By: Serena Scott Thomas

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Women want those long, lengthy muscles that make us look taller and sexier. We target our core and our flexibility – we workout to look and feel good. Recently I took a class at the Dailey Method in Calabasas and found it quite wonderful. As a focused runner, it was nice to spend time stretching and focusing on a ballet style workout. The Dailey Method is a unique combination of ballet barre work, core conditioning, stretching, and orthopedic exercises.

This is a brand new studio in Calabasas that is filling up quick so make sure to visit at 3840 Old Topanga Road in Calabasas. 818.224.4810.

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