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Volume 17 Issue 12 2012


Sharon Stone Hosts Designer Handbag Auction For Lupus Foundation

Hollywood Diva Glam Furniture Designer

Cindy Rocker

Prominent LA Dermatologist Award Winning Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr. A. David Rahimi

Music Impresario

David Foster Performs at JWC Gala

gives the “inside scoop” on the latest and greatest anti-aging treatments; what works...what doesn’t and when to run like HELL out of a doctor’s office!


“Taste For A Cure Awards”

The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (JCCC) at UCLA hosted its 17th annual fundraiser, Taste for a Cure, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel honoring NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke with the Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award. Co-chairs Jon Holman, Larry Maguire, Gary Newman, Jay Sures, Dana Walden and guests enjoyed Emmy/Golden Globe nominated singer/actor Lea Michele and singer/actor Darren Criss from GLEE. More than $580,000 was raised for cancer research; dining was compliments of chef/ owner Cindy Pawlcyn, Napa Valley’s Mustards Grill; Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen and Brassica Restaurants; Ludo Lefebvre, LudoBites; Suzanne Tracht, Jar; Gilles Arzur the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Wine sponsors were: Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel & Dolce wineries. Plus, Barnett Vineyards, Chappellet Winery, Continuum Estate, Frog’s Leap Winery, Grgich Hills Estate, Lail Vineyards, Oakville Ranch Vineyards, Onda D’Oro Winery, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Shafer Vineyards, Silver Oak Cellars, Swanson Vineyards and Twomey Cellars. “Our organization is so fortunate to have such an extraordinary and dedicated supporter in Jennifer Salke and we are honored to celebrate this remarkable woman for her generosity and commitment to our mission,” said Judith C. Gasson, Ph.D., Director, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Gil Nickel Humanitarian award is in memory of JCCF event supporter Gil Nickel, proprietor of Napa Valley's Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel & Dolce wineries, who lost a courageous battle against melanoma. The JCCF founded in 1945, is the most important vehicle for raising private funds for cancer research at UCLA and an international leader in the discovery of new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. l Jennifer Salke & Dana Walden

JCCC Director Dr. Judy Gasson, JCCF Board Chair Randy Katz Lea Michel, Jennifer Salke James Tupper, Anne Heche

Ryan Murphy creator of Glee, Kevin Reilly Entertainment President of Fox Broadcasting



Sean Hayes Jennifer Salke


Honoree Danny Glover

Honoree Scott F. Kavanaugh

Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region CEO

Manuel Loya, Deborah Snyder, Christopher Meloni

Malin Akerman

Adrienne and Stan Rubin

Supporters for The Arthritis Foundation Gala raised $800,000 to benefit life-changing research and restore mobility to the one in five adults and 300,000 children living with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Guests included Vanessa Hudgens, Chris Meloni, Malin Ackerman, Carla Cugino, Scott Glenn, Henry Cavill, Emily Browning and amazing musical performance by Plain White T’s and Sonos followed the awards ceremony in which actor, producer and humanitarian, Danny Glover and financial industry leader, C.E.O., Scott F. Kavanaugh of the First Foundation Bank were honored with the Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award. Deborah Snyder, acclaimed film producer served as Gala Chair. A new PSA, produced by Anna Obropta, was also unveiled at the Gala and featured those in the Los Angeles area who have suffered with Arthritis. For more than six decades, The Arthritis Foundation has stayed committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of this serious, painful and unacceptable disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; the organization fights for health care policies that help improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and the Foundation partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.l

Larry Maguire Far Niente Winery Vanessa Hudgens Diana Bianchini, Randolph Duke Seamus Dever, Juliana Dever Andrea Gabriel

Jon Holman, Jay Sures

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Larry Maguire, Gary Newman Darren Criss, Joel McHale Photos: Vince Bucci

The Group Sonos

Henry Cavill Photos: Getty Images

Dayanara Torres

In keeping with a line-up of legends appearing on campus for students and guests, The Los Angeles Film School hosted renowned rock guitarist Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles—one of the biggest bands of the 70s earning one of the best-selling albums of all time, Hotel California, a song Felder wrote and initially introduced as an instrumental to band member Don Henley. The private rooftop concert drew a packed crowd to enjoy Felder’s famous songs including, Hotel California, Tequila Sunrise and Take It Easy. Felder gave an introduction about his history, where he grew up and details explaining how he taught Tom Petty to play guitar! After speaking about his career, he opened the floor for questions. The excited crowd asked things such as what inspires him musically and what his personal favorite album is. He played his set, opening with Hotel California, and after the concert posed for pictures with guests, while signing books and CD's. Felder's bestselling book, Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001) and his newly release album, Road To Forever were available for purchase after the show. It was during his young years that Felder got a glimpse at his future watching Elvis Presley live on The Ed Sullivan Show. At age 10, he got his first guitar and started a band at 15, The Continentals, in which another music icon was Mike Orman & Don Felder a member, Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills & Nash. Members of the band quit, others joined and then the Eagles were born. After leaving the band, Felder focused on family and a solo career working with mega-artists like the Bee Gees on their sound tracks. Fans will never forget Felder’s contribution to an era of music that defined a generation and the excitement he generated at The Los Angeles Film School concert was a tribute to his decades long career. One of the more electrifying moments was watching Felder play his custom shop double-neck SG guitar; a sight that has spanned four decades. Founded in 1999, The Los Angeles Film School (LAFS) is located in the heart of Hollywood at the historic RCA Building at 6363 Sunset Boulevard and it’s one of the most successful, private educational facilities in the world. The building was a recording studio used by the likes of Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, and John Williams. Since the school's opening, stars like Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarentino, Samuel L. Jackson, Wes Craven, Martin Landau, Spike Lee, Nick Nolte, Billy Bob Thornton, Faye Dunaway and others have visited the award-winning school renowned for film, animation, audio and video game departments where leaders in the entertainment industry are on staff as teachers. VISIT: Nick Turner and Paul Kessler, Co-Founder CALL: 877-952-3456 l The Los Angeles School

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The Los Angeles Film School Co-Founder and President Diana Deryez-Kessler with Don Felder

Photos: Keith Weidner

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Special Guest Speakers Best Selling Authors, Relationship, Sex and Dating Expert Television Personalities

10TH ANNUAL LUPUS LA BAG LADIES LUNCHEON The Annual Lupus LA Bag Ladies Luncheon drew celebs including Sharon Stone (with sister Kelly Stone who has Lupus); Toni Braxton (also has Lupus); Lisa and Brittny Gastineau, Angie Everhart, Sharon Jones, Meredith Monroe, Danica McKellar, LisaRaye McCoy, Kellie Martin, Gloria Allred and Marla Gibbs. Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the silent handbag auction is the main attraction with high-end brands like Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Rebecca Minkoff, Fendi (gave a vintage makeup bag signed by Carla Fendi), Versace, Prada and more from the closets of Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Sharon Stone, Nikki Reed, Zoe Saldana, Brittany Snow and more... it’s an afternoon of handbag shopping

for a good cause. More than 500 guests attended to enjoy a live auction hosted by Sharon Stone and runway show with designs of Kevan Hall, who donated a $900 silk scarf from his collection. The event raised $360,000. The Kardashian clan came to support the event and donated a 'Live Like a Kardashian' package which included a meet and greet with the Kardashian's hair and make-up by their personal glam squad and a fashion photo shoot with the family. Sharon Stone took her hosting duties to heart speaking on the red carpet on the importance of finding a cure for Lupus. Toni Braxton attended with her sisters and film crew from their reality show “Braxton Family Values”; Meredith Monroe carried a clutch to the luncheon she won in last year's silent auction. Brittny and Lisa Gatineau went to support Kelly Stone (they are friends) and sat with Sharon and Kelly during the luncheon. Sharon hosted the live auction looking glam in leather gloves, fur collar and a hat. She told the audience she watched the film, 'Magic Mike,' the night before, ...watching the dance scene twice to make Evelyn Braxton, singer Toni Braxton Trina Braxton sure it was good! and Traci Braxton Sharon & Kelly Stone Sharon teased Toni Braxton into buying a gorgeous ostrich Tiffany handbag at the auction; she and her sister Kelly teamed up to bid on the 'Live Like a Kardashian' package and on stage Sharon credited Kim Kardashian with being a very smart person and felt paying for the package was worth every penny. Unfortunately, Sharon and Kelly didn’t win it! l Lupus LA Chairman Adam Selkowitz Fashion Designer Bobbie Greenfield Photos Getty Images publicist Carrie Brillstein ‘Kevan Hall

Actress Angie Everhart News host Christine Devine

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TV personalities Lisa Gastineau Brittny Gastineau

Actress Rosa Blasi radio host Lisa Ann Walter

Actress Meredith Monroe

Nicole Paxson, Julia Van Hees-Aidner, Marla Paxson

Actress Alana Curry

Dr. Ladoris McClaney

Actors Marla Gibbs, Essence Atkins, Kellita Smith, Executive Prodrucer Carolyn Folks and actress Jackee Harry

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Every day children are taken away from their low-income parents because parents can’t afford NOT to work and kids are left alone at home to fend for themselves.

The P.S. I Love You Foundation was started by Patricia Scelza-Jones in 1998 to help disadvantaged children get their lives on track. At first Patricia didn’t know which direction to follow, but that changed when she met an elderly woman named Millie at the medical company where they worked. Millie’s story is shared by thousands of low-income working women with children. Either they have to quit their jobs to stay home, live in poverty and raise their children. Or they go to work and leave the children at home alone to fend for themselves. Kids end up in the company of bad people who lead them astray; many drop out of school; others have trouble with the law. Millie’s story was different; she was a grandmother—not the mother of five children ages 2, 4, 5, 10 and 12. Their mother and other grandmother were in jail. Patricia found out if Millie didn’t quit her job and stay home with the children, they would be placed in foster care. To help she took the children on weekends so Millie could rest from the duties of a full time job, child rearing and housekeeping. She also contributed financially helping Millie with rent and provided food and clothing for the kids. Patricia asked her friends if they would help —and they did. And you can help too! The P.S. I Love You Foundation continues its efforts every day to reach at-risk youth offering enrichment programs to better their lives. Last month, students at the 59th Street


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c o n t r IBu t o r S dR . SHEILA FORMAn Elementary School in Los Angeles welcomed Jaclyn Hinds to teach a Yoga123 program and she teaches at the Boys and Girls Club in Carson. Yoga123 is an interactive health and wellness program that improves students lives through yoga and the teachings of breathing, physical exercise, emotional strength and mental sharpness. P.S. I Love You partnered with Bonita Elementary School in Carson to deliver Yoga123, KidsExcel Sports and World & Me programs throughout the 2013 school year as part of its “Hug a Community Program” welcoming Erin Toppenberg to teach Yoga123 class as well. Veteran teacher Billie Scelza is also back for her seventh year teaching the KidsExcel Sports program at the Richstone Family Center after school. The curriculum involves interactive volleyball training to influence character development, increase self-esteem and promote healthy body awareness.

The Foundation’s Love4Lunch is a bimonthly one-on-one mentor program that’s thriving at Carnegie Middle School with the partnership of US Auto Parts. The program unites caring adult mentors with at-risk children ages 8-13. Mentoring takes place during school hours and follows a set curriculum that relates to today's youth, creating a positive and inspired environment to help children realize their social, emotional and academic potential, helping to strengthen their families and enriches our local communities for a better tomorrow.


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Peace Over Violence 41st Annual Humanitarian Awards

Supporting October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” Verizon hosted a star studded fundraiser to honor organizations and individuals making a difference in the struggle to stop violence against women, men and children. Guests included Homeland actor Navid Negahban, actresses Frances Fisher, Francesca Eastwood, Bo Derek, Supermodel Ana Alexander and Man Men cast members Christina Hendricks, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones, Rich Sommer and Christopher Stanley who joined Calista Flockhart Luis Cruz Southern California Region to honor Creator/Executive Producer President of Verizon Wireless, POV's Executive of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner (Media Director Patti Giggans, Calista Flockhart Award); The Invisible War Filmmakers Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering (Advocacy Award); LA City Councilman Tony Cardenas (Public Service Award); Allstate Foundation (Verizon Wireless Hopeline Corporate Award); 1in6 (Innovation Award). Peace Over Violence is dedicated to the elimination of sexual and domestic violence and interpersonal violence. The event raised more than $300,000 for the non-profit agency. Peace Over Violence is dedicated to the all important issues of violence prevention, health, education, human rights, and civil society. l Mad Men Creator/Exec Producer Matthew Weiner, January Jones

Actress Elisabeth Moss

Actress/Activist Serinda Swan, Honoree Tony Cardenas, Peace Over Violence Executive Director Patti Giggans

YAHOO presents A Day Of Champions The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program and Yahoo! Sports hosted its second annual A Day Of Champions at the Sports Museum of Los Angeles to benefit The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program. Honorees were comedy writer, producer/director Judd Apatow and comedic actress Leslie Mann who received the 2012 Children’s Choice Award. Co-chairs were Joyce & Dr. Josh Trabulus, Robin and John Jameson, Michelle and Craig Ross. At the family-oriented event, guests met and competed with big names in professional, Olympic and extreme sports. Special activities allowed guests to challenge athletes to basketball, football, soccer, boxing, batting cages, miniature golf, wrestling and Velcro wall for rock climbing got guests hungry for a BBQ. The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program award is presented to individuals who contribute to the welfare of children and families affected by pediatric cancer. Joyce Trabulus, Chairman/Founder of the Program said, “We are so grateful to be able to present the 2012 Children’s Choice Award to such remarkable people. Their spirit and devotion help children and adults affected by cancer is truly inspiring. I hope others will be touched and motivated by Judd and Leslie’s commitment to both research and children’s care.” Past awards went to Trina and Adam Venit, Barbra Streisand, Britney Spears, Clarence Avant, Elizabeth Taylor, Bruce Lundvall, Bogart Trabulus, Gary Gersh, Neil Diamond, Bette Midler, Universal Amphitheatre, Les Bider, David Foster, Sherry Lansing, Whoopi Goldberg, Mike Shalett, Queen Latifah, Joyce and Dr. Josh Trabulus, Russ Judd Apatow, Dr Josh Trabulus, Joe Kaczorowski Solomon, Tim Leiweke, The Light Family, Russ Bach, Hilary Duff and Hilary Rosen. The Sports Museum of Los Angeles contains 10,000 pieces collected during a 25-year period by Founder Gary Cypres. The Program raises funds for early stage pediatric cancer at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Funds are matched by government and private dollars for cures to enchance the life for children. l JJ Abrams, Judd Apatow, Gary Cypres

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Actress Frances Fisher, daughter Francesca Eastwood Honorees Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering, Susan L. Burke

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Joyce Trabulus, Nick Cannon

Ken Fuchs

Michelle Ross

Lashinda Demus, Eddie Wall

Chad Michael Murray

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Matt Barnes with Emblem



Cindy Rocker


The 8th Wonder of the World... You’ve seen the furniture in magazines, movies and on TV; from reality shows about the rich and famous to sexy music videos and exotic locations worldwide. But not until you take a step into its glitzy showroom on Sunset Plaza, in West Hollywood does it hit you...this is the most fabulous furniture store on earth. Goodies inside Diva Rocker Glam are more than just highend— Diva Rocker Glam furniture offers a fantasy of what we want our lives to be: Glamorous. Out of the ordinary. Sexy. Opened in 2009, Diva Rocker Glam’s stylish and elegant pieces outfit mansions, beach houses and bungalows of headliners and legends worldwide. The likes of Steven Tyler, Cee Lo Green, Melanie Griffith, Matt Sorum, Ace Harper, and a leg long list of other VIPS who buy under the radar have been seen entering the showroom. Wellknown realtors use Diva Rocker Glam furnishings to stage multi-million dollar properties from Malibu to the the Hollywood Hills, and beyond. For this year’s Emmys in September, Diva Rocker Glam designs were featured at the

star-studded Bella Fortuna Gifting Suite, hosted by The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills celebs; plus Kim & Kyle Kardashian, Nancy O' Dell, Denise Richards, Mel B, Paris & Cathy Hilton, Brooke Burke, Taraji P. Henson and Sofia Vergara werealso there. Diva Rocker Glam goodies have appeared on the Jay Leno Show, Dancing with the Stars, Kardashians, alongside Paris Hilton...possibilities are endless. And there is something for everyone on every budget. Maybe your VISA won’t say “YES” to imported leather, gold la’me, diamond tucked bejeweled ottoman. So get an exact faux leather duplicate for hundreds less. Custom accessories are glistening chandeliers in the moodiest of colors, flamboyant mirrors begging for a wall on which to hang and who can miss a collection of handembellished, original acrylic on wood paintings (also on canvas) highlighted every where signed by celebrated LA artist Anja, whose distinctive European sense of highfashion art explodes with charisma. Everywhere you look: chairs, couches, chaises, ottomans, sofas, settees, love-

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seats and beds; fit for a king, queen, rock star and YOU. This furniture belongs in your home, office, hide-a-way love nest; anywhere you live!! When you pause from the Disneyland of home furnishing before you; next question. Who is the brains behind this operation? Her name is Cindy Rocker and for 20 years, she entrepreneured her way to the top. From salesgirl at Fred Segal when she first arrived in LA from Miami and didn’t have a clue how to make a living. Then for years, selling wholesale furniture out of her house in the Valley and delivering it in her car with ahousekeeper. And a year ago destiny stepped in with a well-deserved move to a Sunset Plaza storefront showroom. Exactly where this superstar belongs. Cindy is smart, beautiful, and on fire with bedazzling charm. To outsiders it might seem Cindy is the luckiest girl on earth to have an amazing gig as owner of the coolest store in LA. Look closer; LUCK has little to do with it. This is about the journey of a hardworking woman who stayed committed and found the strength to keep going in the face of extreme and tragic family health struggles. It’s about a woman who jumped every hurdle thrown her way on the road to succes, and did it as a single mom of two. Her story isn’t unlike that of other single women/moms who find their only true BFF on the way up is determination not to give up. What’s in Cindy’s forecast? On the drawing board are new designs for the Home Shopping Channel and an affordable line especially designed for Costco. Not bad for a girl from Georgia who grew up on a ranch riding horses for fun...a perfect Hollywood match! T: How did you find this perfectly suited niche? CR: I put a room-a house together beyond what is needed. At the end of a project when I’m on my way out the door, if I see something that’s not perfect, I fix it. It’s not about money; it’s about making it gorgeous; a theme in my life. I make designs and decorate rooms that I want for myself. There is always a way to make something beautiful.

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ST: Where did all this determination to succeed come from? CR: My parents. My mother was my best friend until she passed away. My father followed within weeks. I was raised to never to give up. Whatever it was, my mother said ”you can do it” and made me feel like I could conquer the world. After her funeral I went through my own health crisis. At times I didn’t think I could make it. But reflecting to my mother I thought: how sad if everything she taught me goes out the window if I give up. She is my guardian angel watching over me, and I want to make her proud. ST: What do you say to people who think your success is “luck”? CR: What it is…is hard work. I care about clients and want their homes to be beautiful. I asked one client how he liked what I had done in his home and he said, “Cindy I feel like I’ve arrived at success when I open my door. That’s how you make me feel.” I thought WOW. How nice to make someone feel so good. People see how hard I work; they respect and appreciate it. For that reason alone they say “YES” to me. Providing many choices for individual wants, Cindy also offers eco-environment/animal crueltyfree pieces, working with faux leather, fur and refurbished wood. Her glamorous showroom carries styles with animal prints, gold la’me and diamond tucked, bejeweled pieces, but she makes the same designs quite traditional with linen. “Fabric makes the difference in traditional, contemporary...I support clients in their desire to create their own perfect environment,” she says. ST: You’re a single mom (son is 20, daughter is 12) with a 24/7 job. How do you have time for family and a demanding work schedule? CR: Being divorced with children to take care of, I think the focus should be about the family working together to support the children and allow their lives to move forward as uninterrupted as possible. My ex-husband, his family and I have remained great friends and we all support each other and the children. It makes life, especially for my young daughter so great. I love them and they feel the same about me. Children can feel security in their lives, and also feel if there are negative vibes. When you are a busy, single mom you need all the help you can get, and you want your children to feel loved and cared about.

Cindy designs and manufactures furniture at her LA factory and offers lightening speed delivery. In addition to the showroom designs are many pieces not displayed, Cindy can make whatever you think up. Got a photo of something you saw and can’t live without? Bring it in and she will make your dream come true. She is a make-a-room-come-alive wizard. ST: So you want to take over the world with glam furniture? CR: Yes. I want to give everyone a piece of Hollywood in their home. Changing the look of one room, changes the atmosphere of a home. My furniture and accessories are conversation pieces, custom made for any décor. A home is a reflection of its owners. I work with clients to make certain they get what they desire to make their home their castle. l

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STORY Suzanne Takowsky


A Man with Vision and on a Mission to Lower Risks and Improve Results of Cosmetic Surgery

David Sobel Marshall Thompson

Dr. A David Rahimi In a city like L.A. where everyone claims to be a “star” in their profession, it’s impossible to know who is The-Best-of-The-Best and who is a wannabe, especially in the antiaging/beauty industry. Each doctor claims to be more skilled than the next, and millions of anti-aging treatments promise miraculous results. Most are Zip. Nada. Nothing. My girl friends and I can stock a Rite Aid aisle with all the “miracle” creams we have bought that didn’t work... 16 // //

How do we choose an anti-aging expert, dermatologist or cosmetic/plastic surgeon to take away the wrinkles, sags and fat making our lives miserable? We can’t rely on certificates lining a doctor’s wall; some aren’t authentic and others can be obtained attending weekend seminars and conferences to LISTEN and WATCH experts giving presentations on THEIR procedures and results—it’s not hands-on experience. Board Certification helps, but won’t guarantee that when a doctor puts a scapel in his/her hand the instinct is there to achieve an excellent result. Doubt my words? Go to SAKS or NEIMANS and people watch for an hour. It’s scary what so- called “experts” are doing to faces and bodies. Cosmetic and Cosmetic Surgery has turned into an assemblyline of doctors who don’t know or care what they are doing. Women walk around with distorted faces, lips and cheeks packed with so much filler and fat their faces look frozen. It’s an epidemic. Myself and every other woman in this city wants to look younger, but at what cost? What counts when it comes to a cosmetic/plastic surgeon is hands-on experience; a surgeon obsessed with perfection, an eye for detail and desire to keep a patient’s physical individuality intact. An excellent medical education and specialty training are a must, but it’s the dedication of a doctor to assess an individual’s needs and wants, then draw a reasonable line of expectation for a patient to be aware of that really counts. When a patient wants MORE or asks for a procedure a doctor feels ambivalent about doing, the answer

should be “NO-CAN-DO”—money can’t take the place of integrity when a person’s face or body is on the line. Patient results and time with a doctor to ask every question you can think of are essential. If something doesn’t feel right, it isn’t. If the price is too good to believe, it is. Bargain shopping for Cosmetic Surgery leads to a nightmare. You have one face and one body so put them in the hands of a doctor with a reputation for excellence. There is no Fountain Of Youth. There is only a surgeon who knows what he or she is doing—or NOT! I’ve known Dr. David Rahimi for three years. When I decided to do a “inside scoop” article on Cosmetic Surgery, Fillers and Lasers, I felt comfortable going to him for an honest, up front interview on anti-aging procedures. Dr. Rahimi has been in business for 15 years and...the guy is SMART. Fluent in three languages, he grew up in Germany and moved to the United States 28 years ago. His wife Neda, besides being beautiful and an amazing cook, is a pharmacist, something she put on hold to raise their three adorable children; Madelyn, Lauryn and Aaron. To say these kids (under age seven) are as smart as whips and outspoken beyond their years is an understatement. A few weeks ago, I had dinner at their beautiful home in little Holmby, and all three kids surrounded me at the table grilling me on every topic under the sun, showing me every toy they had collected since birth — AND how it worked! David, Neda, and the kids...a total package of cuteness to be sure.

“Some Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons reach a level of success, where they feel it is acceptable to allow staff members to independently evaluate and treat their patients. I believe the doctor himself or herself should do the evaluation and be intimately involved in instituting every step of the treatment plan.” — Dr. David Rahimi Dr. David Rahimi is a rising star in the field of dermatology and cosmetic surgery. His surgical procedures and anti-aging treatments are touted by his patients as the latest and greatest. I must say a few of my friends and I have over the years found our way to his office for an array of anti-aging goodies, and weren’t disappointed. I can only speak for myself, but what I especially like is that Dr. Rahimi has a slow hand when it comes to fillers and truly feels LESS is MORE when the goal is to look rested, more youthful and natural—not DONE. In my opinion, the idea behind anti-aging, cosmetic/plastic surgery procedure to turn back the clock is for a patient to look younger—not fake and plastic. ST: What do you think sets you apart from other dermatology and cosmetic surgeons? RAHIMI: A crucial element of my practice and one I feel determines the excellent results that I achieve, and one which is very important and comforting to my patients is the fact that I do the procedures myself. Patients tell me all the time that in the past they went to dermatology and plastic surgery offices where sometimes they don’t even see the actual doctor they booked with. Approximately 60-70% of cosmetic doctors use PAs and nurse practitioners and the majority of them are very knowledgeable and professional. Nevertheless there are some dermatologists, cosmetic and plastic surgeons who get to a certain level of success and feel it is acceptable to allow staff members to independently evaluate and treat their patients. I believe the doctor himself or herself should do the evaluation and be intimately involved when it comes to instituting every step of the treatment plan. The array of treatments and procedures that Dr. Rahimi offers is substantial and many are frequently featured on shows such as Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Good Morning America, E News, Today, ABC Nightline and others. If you’re looking for face/body rejuvenation? Dr. Rahimi says these are the cream of the crop: Zeltiq Coolsculpting (freezing fat), TCA Peels, Jessner Peels, Fat Transfer with PRP and Stem Cells, Laser Liposuction (Cool-Lipo), Needling, Subcision, Punch Grafting, Erbium, CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing, Cooltouch Lasers, Diolite Laser, Dermabrasion, Saline injections, the Tuliplift, and of course fillers. However, Dr. Rahimi’s claim to fame are his non-surgical face and neck lifts; treatments for getting rid of acne and acne scars; and his antiaging/skin resurfacing laser treatments for people with all skin types and skin tones. He has personally

performed more than 100,000 laser treatments in the past 15 years; many on Asian, Hispanic, African American, Armenian and Middle Eastern cultures. For a person with pale white skin this news flash may not mean much. But for darker skin tones it means everything, otherwise the results can be disastrous permanent skin discoloring. Dr. Rahimi is a Double Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon, Dermatologist, and the Clinical Director of Forever Young, Inc., an LA-based skin institute offering cutting-edge face and body treatments. He has an impressive patient roster that crisscrosses the country. A couple of years ago, he wrote a fascinating and informative book titled, Please Don’t Die Trying To Become Beautiful —it’s a terrific read for anyone contemplating a step into the arena of cosmetic surgery. He says the book is a truthful inside look at cosmetic surgery, and the use of general anesthesia in the operating room with regards to face and body rejuvenation. Dr. Rahimi is the first to say that some who read it might opt not to get surgery after reading about the risks, but he says that patients have to be realistic BEFORE they undergo the knife and proceed with a treatment they may later regret. He is adamant that cosmetic surgery is not for everyone, and many who go to him for a specific procedure, he turns away for various reasons. Maybe they are too young for what they want done, or have unrealistic expectations of what their results will be. Some he says are not mentally stable or physically healthy enough to consider cosmetic surgery. Either way he says, he follows his instincts because in the long run having a problem with a patient outweighs any benefits money brings. “I only do procedures I believe in and would do on my wife, or members of my family. I believe it’s my responsibility as a physician to help people make good, educated choices. During the initial consultation I discuss a treatment plan and just as important are the expectations that a patient has with regards to the result they want. Nothing about cosmetic and plastic surgery should be taken lightly." ST: You are very vocal and adamant about your dislike for using general anesthesia when it comes to cosmetic and plastic surgery. Why? DR: I don’t believe in general anesthesia and I don’t use it to put my patients to sleep during their procedures. Whenever you hear

horror stories about plastic surgery it’s always about the anesthesia. Local anesthesia and mild sedation are all that is needed for 90% of procedures done. Most patients opt for local anesthesia if more doctors explain why it’s better, safer and more cost effective. My book Please Don’t Die Trying To Become Beautiful is my stand advising a conservative approach in any Cosmetic Surgery. I practice what I preach. From day one, my philosophy on Cosmetic and Dermatology surgery has remained steady: The safety of my patients is my top priority. I’ve always promoted

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“I don’t believe in general anesthesia and I don’t use it to put my patients to sleep during their procedures. Whenever you hear horror stories about plastic surgery it’s always about the anesthesia. Local anesthesia and mild sedation are all that is needed for 90% of the procedures done.” // // 17

a conservative approach to the procedures I do. Minimally invasive treatments can produce maximum results, and local anesthesia with mild sedation is all that is ever needed. Dozens of people in the U.S. die each year because of anesthesia-related complications brought on by cosmetic surgery. This has nothing to do with the age of a patient; 25-year-olds die having their noses done the same as 50 and 60 year-olds die having a facelift or breast reduction. Performing procedures under local anesthesia and mild sedation is safer, recovery is shorter and it’s less expensive and surgeons must be less aggressive so results are less drastic and more natural.


National statistics tell us that soon 50% of the population of the United States will be non Caucasian. Middle Easterners, African Americans, Pacific Islanders, Latin Americans, Native Americans, Asians, East America home. And while many from these cultures will never have cosmetic surgery, for others an interest to reverse father time will propel them to seek Cosmetic Surgery. Each race carries different skin problems, needs, wants and challenges—of which both good and bad results are determined by the color and texture of that person’s skin. AND... whether or not the doctor treating them knows what he or she is doing. This is not about “practice makes perfect” for a doctor trying to improve his game. This is serious business that can leave a patient disfigured for life.

Skin Peels • Hair Removal Microdermabrasion • Sagging Skin Skin Pigmentation Treatment Laser Resurfacing • Body Contouring Mole/Lesions Removal • Scar Revision


Treating ethnic skin is serious business. Many doctors won’t do it because the liability is too high. Permanent pigment discoloration and severe scaring makes for undesirable and irreversible results. Many plastic surgeons and dermatologists refuse to treat ethnic skin. ST: I’ve wanted to get laser a few times, but because of my Italian-brown skin color was told my options are limited. It seem only pale white-skin people get excellent results. RAHIMI: True if a person sees a doctor not skilled in treating ethnic skin, who is uncertain of what to do. I treat patients of all ethnic origins. Procedure is important BUT as important is the preparation work before a procedure. It’s not about a patient coming for a consultation and having laser that day. Treating ethnic skin requires dedication, skin preparation and monitoring to make sure the skin is ready for the treatment. I get excellent laser results because I don’t do a procedure until skin is 100% ready. Prior to a laser and peel, I have patients use 18 // //

Retin-A and a bleaching creme. I do a test spot to see the progress, and tell patients it’s not a onetime treatment if they want an excellent result. It could take more than one treatment. I work slowly and gently, and my results are age-defying.

FACES DISTORTED BY TOO MUCH FILLER; ARE THERE ANY OPTIONS? ST: Wherever we look are distorted faces with too much filler or fat injections. Whose fault is this, the doctors or the patients? RAHIMI: Both are at fault. Patients can have unrealistic expectations and doctors don't spend time explaining what lasers and fillers are capable of achieving. I say NO to 20% of patients who ask for a procedure I feel is not right, or if they want more filler which will distort the face making it puffy. It’s heartbreaking sitting face to face with someone who had injections of Silicone or Bioalcamid and want it removed. These materials are heavier than normal tissue and eventually migrate down the face and body, almost act like cancer invading deeper tissues like muscle and fat. The body makes scar tissue or a capsule around the materials to isolate and control them, but scar tissue grows causing bumps called Granulomas which can be disfiguring and disturbing to live with. I tell patients NO permanent filler is safe; PERIOD. These fillers can be partly removed, but it takes many sessions and can involve downtime. Some permanent fillers can be suctioned out; others need to be excised and then the tissue repaired. Cortisone injections are a solution, but are often temporary. A “puffy face” is a doctor using filler or fat to fill in wrinkles, hide sagging skin and conceal hollowed areas. But it makes a face round, fat and flat. Laser resurfacing combined with other modalities tightens skin and rejuvenates the face without distorting it with too much filler and fat. I do facial rejuvenation without cutting or general anesthesia and get excellent, natural, effortless results. The idea is to look 15 younger not look like a different person. People have lost their uniqueness. Everyone now has the same round, flat face, and puffy distorted lips.

“If a doctor says... ‘one treatment’ lasts forever… RUN! Nothing lasts forever. You don’t want it to last forever. Our faces change and if you put something in your face that stays the same when everything else has changed it won’t look good. Patients want a younger version of themselves. They don’t want distorted faces that nobody recognizes.”


With more people seeking non-surgical antiaging treatments to turn back time, the assortment of ways to rejuvenate and restore the face and body are considerable. Some people need a little filler, laser or peel to get the job done, while others may need surgery. The more extensive the overhaul, the more serious side effects can occur and the more downtime is required. The good news is a cuttingedge facial procedure is making international headlines with unheard of results.

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“In September, The Wall Street Journal did an article on non-surgical face rejuvenation modalities available. Several gadgets and machines include radio frequency, ultrasound, monopolar, biopolar and more. They discovered the most effective, non-surgical treatment to tighten the skin and rejuvenate the face, neck and eye area is Ultherapy, a treatment that when combined with a little filler and laser comes close to the results of an actual cutting facelift. The procedure takes about an hour and a half, and I do it under local sedation. Energy heats skin tissue using radio frequency or ultrasound energy and stimulates the growth of collagen—as opposed to a cutting facelift, peel or standard laser which is done on top layers of the skin and requires patients to stay under wraps and in hiding for days and weeks. Ultherapy works beneath the surface of the skin and after-effects if any, resemble a mild burn and maybe, but not always a little busing. Skin is tightened and restored to a youthful appearance from the inside-out. Energy goes under the skin to make collagen contract. People see immediate results and it just gets better and better within a six month period. I combine the benefits of many modalities to lift, refine and rejuvenate skin without using cutting surgery. Fractional Laser Resurfacing, Ultherpay, Micro Laser Liposuction, Fillers and Fat Transfers have the ability to make a person look 10-15 years younger in days, with results that last years. Dr. Rahimi received his medical degree with distinction from George Washington University School of Medicine; he did a residency in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center of New York and he completed a Fellowship training program by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Rahimi maintains strong beliefs that the realtionship between a patient and doctor must be based on trust, a high level of communication and the patient must feel he/she is in the hands of a doctor who

truly cares about his health and well-being above all. Incredibly, Dr. Rahimi routinely gives his patients his cell phone number to call him 24/7 with any concerns they have.

The LATEST and GREATEST... HANDS a dead give away to age

“I see women with faces tightened and plumped, but their hands are a dead give away to age. An entire section on my website is devoted to hand rejuvenation Women forget to apply sunscreen on the backs of their hands (and chest) which results in thinning skin, discoloration and a skeletal look. A combination of fat transfer with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) lasers (Mixto, Cooltouch) gets rid of any brown spots that appear and also plumps skin.”


“There is no absolute effective way to treat stretch marks; PERIOD. I have tried creams and lasers and light sources. Nothing works. Early on when a stretch mark is red and itchy—it can be treated with Retin A to reduce its appearance. In my opinion no laser effectively removes stretch marks.”


“The Tuliplift facelift is a patented procedure safer and more effective than a traditional facelift. It includes tightening the neck, liposuction of jowls, tightening the muscle, removal of excess skin, and scars are inside the ear. The procedure is followed by laser to erase the scar and tighten the skin.”


“Laser liposuction is the Gold Standard for fat removal. Excess fatty tissue is removed; skin and underlying tissues are tightened with laser. Many patients with loose skin had abdominoplasty as the only option.

“In September... The Wall Street Journal did an article on non-surgical face rejuvenation modalities available. Several gadgets and machines include radio frequency, ultrasound, monopolar, biopolar and more. They discovered the most effective, non-surgical treatment to tighten the skin and rejuvenate the face, neck and eye area is Ultherapy.”

Today, we treat these patients with laser liposuction to restore a youthful look and it can be done under local anesthesia and mild oral sedation. I have not performed any cases with general anesthesia in more than 12 years. I think of myself as a pioneer... doing my procedures without general anesthesia before it gained such widespread acceptance.”


“Cosmetic surgery is more acceptable, affordable and safer than ever before. Patients with a darker skin complexion can now also enjoy the benefits of Cosmetic Surgery. Newer lasers are safely used on Asian, Hispanic, and even African American skin (the Clear and Brilliant laser). Patients should be realistic and not look for perfection. The more aggressive the procedure; the greater the risk can be. Less is more and a natural result is always superior.”


“The biggest mistake is choosing the wrong doctor for the right procedure. A skilled Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon can be great at Breast Augmentation but terrible at facelifts. Meet the doctor, ask questions; learn about downtime, recovery, expected results and choose the best doctor to do the treatment.” l Dr. David Rahimi 323-653-7700 FOREVER YOUNG, INC. “Please Don’t Die Trying To Be Beautiful” To Purchase Dr. Rahimi’s Book Visit: // // 19



The John Wayne Cancer Institute honored Lawrence Piro, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute with its Special Service Award, “The Duke,” at the Annual Odyssey Ball. The anticipated fundraiser benefits the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) at Saint John’s Health Center, and this year’s starstudded gala was at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly HiIls. The celebrated “Club JWCIA” featured a special performance by Grammy Award-winning record producer, singer, songwriter and composer David Foster who invited

some of his “friends” on stage to perform with him including Katherine Jenkins, Fernando Varela and Draco Rosa. Tony Dovolani of “Dancing With The Stars” emceed with dance music by DJ Enferno and the State Champions Calabasas High School Dance Team opened the show with a “flash mob” disco performance. Special guests of honoree Dr. Piro attending the event were Ryan O’Neal, Tatum O’Neal, Marlee Matlin, Alana Stewart, Jack Carter, Dick Van Patten, Kim Vo, designer Sue Wong and Wolfgang Petersen. Highlights included the announcements by JWCI Chairman Patrick Wayne about World-renowned cancer surgeon and scientist,Dr. Anton Bilchik being appointed the Chief of Medicine and Director of the Gastrointestinal Research Program at JWCI. And, that Dr. Maureen Chung is set to be the new Director of the Margie and Robert E. Petersen Breast Cancer Research Program and Director of the Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. Since 1981, the John Wayne name has been committed by the Wayne Family to head up cancer research and education, in memory of their father who died of stomach Patrick Wayne, Lawrence Piro, MD, Tony Dovolani cancer in 1979. The Institute which was previously known as the John Wayne Cancer Clinic at UCL, was formed by the Wayne Foundation. The tradition of excellence continues as JWCI spearheads research advances while training the next generation of surgical oncologists. The Institute conducts multidisciplinary basic, clinical and translational research on complex cancer problems, focusing in particular on melanoma, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, neuroendocrine cancer, gastrointestinal cancer and sarcoma. JWCI’s surgical oncology fellowship program trains world class surgeons, and is only one of 16 training programs in the United States approved by the Society of Surgical Oncology. l Performers David Foster & Katherine Jenkins

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HERO DOGS The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards 9/11. Roselle held AHA’s top honor It was a star-studded gala at the as American Hero Dog for 2011 and Beverly Hilton Hotel with celebrity now her owner (Hingson) will guide judges including Whoopi Goldberg, the selection of her successor. In Miranda Lambert, Victoria Stilwell, countless speaking Michelle Forbes, J.R. Martinez, Whoopi engagements, feaCandy Spelling and Kristin Bauer ture articles, TV and Van Straten. Special guest judge radio appearances, was #1 New York Times bestsellHingson shared ing author and blind 9/11 survivor, Michael Hingson, owner of Rosell, Roselle’s story of who was posthumously named the trust and teamwork Michelle as Ambassador for 2011 American Hero Dog Award Candy AHA’s Hero Dogs Winner for her heroic service on September 11, 2001. Broadcast throughout 2012. nationwide on the Hallmark Channel, Michael Hingson the American Humane Association is a speaker and the Hero Dog Awards are produced by author of Thunder Emmy winning MRB Productions Dog: The True Story J.R. who recognize America’s Hero Dogs. of a Blind Man, His Miranda Dogs are nominated in eight Guide Dog & the categories: Law Enforcement & Arson; Triumph of Trust at Service; Therapy; Military; Guide; Ground Zero and Search and Rescue; Hearing and Thunder Dog the film Emerging Hero Dogs (category for released in 2013. He pets). Finalists are selected via onis ambassador for the Kristin line voting by the American public Braille Literacy CamVictoria and judged by a blue-ribbon panel paign and founder of “Roselle's Dream of celebrities and animal experts to Foundation,” providing assistive techcrown the winning American Hero Dog. Guide dog Roselle worked fearlessly nologies to blind children and adults. l as a team with Hingson to guide him and countless others down 1463 steps to safety The American Humane Association from tower one of the World Trade Center on

A Doggie Runway Fashion Show Benefitting Canine Companion For Independence The Humane Society of the United States' H-Couture Fur-Free Fashion Show dazzled with designs from Marc Bouwer, John Bartlett, Charlotte Ronson, Kimberly Ovitz and Victoria Bartlett. Hosts were Paul Wesley and Torrey DeVitto (The Vampire Diaries) who brought the fashion and animal protection worlds out to support conscious living and compassion in fashion. “Anti-fur has been something I’ve been very passionate about for a very long time. We are not cavemen anymore; we don’t need it for warmth,” said Torrey. “There are faux alternatives that keep us just as warm, are as soft and beautiful. We are more than happy to take part in this great cause. That these designers are very successful and have really hip, cool clothing that doesn’t involve torturing and killing animals will make young people say, “oh wait a minute, I’d rather wear that, said Paul. Marc Bouwer’s gowns are worn by Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry and Portia de Rossi. He said, “It was very important for me to do this benefit for The Humane Society. Fur belongs on animals, not on people. If I want the look and feel of leather or fur, I can duplicate it exactly with faux materials that look fabulous.” Designer John Bartlett said, “To me, compassion in fashion is very sexy and cruelty is a total turn-off. Everything I do is plant-based, which for me is very sexy, very exciting.” Proceeds went to The HSUS’ Fur-Free Campaign and Hollywood Outreach program which works with designers, retailers and fashion students to promote alternatives to animal fur. It exposed major retailers selling animal fur as faux and revealed domestic dog fur sold in the U.S. “We’re delighted our first major fashion event emphasized how cool and stylish fashion without cruelty can be. Why would anyone feel comfortable wearing clothing involving the suffering

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and inhumane killing of an animal?,” asked Beverly Kaskey, senior director of HSUS’s Hollywood Outreach Program. We’re grateful to Paul, Torrey and our designers for making a fur-free stand.” Other HSUS members who attended were President & CEO Wayne Pacelle, Chief Program and Policy officer Mike Markarian. l

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Natural Beauty BEAUTY SECRET recipes You Can Make AT HOME

By Elizabeth TenHouten Exfoliation Doesn’t Always Require Harsh Scrubbing! Naturally we want to look young and radiant and there is undoubtedly a connection between beauty and health. With so many skincare products on the market it’s a challenge for even the most savvy beauty junkie to distinguish between chemical-laden products and those with natural ingredients. But there is a way to stop wondering what you are putting on your skin and that’s by making your own topical beauty recipes at home and it’s super fun! Natural, topical beauty treatments provide health benefits and skin-nutritional value like the featured recipes in this month’s column. It is easy and fun to stay healthy and beautiful and be your natural, beautiful self.

An important part of a woman’s beauty regime is exfoliation...

And it often gets forgotten. We know the importance of cleansing our faces and applying moisturizer (hopefully with a sunscreen ☺); as important is to exfoliate 1-2 times a week. Without proper exfoliation, an accumulation of dirt sits on the surface of skin clogging pores. That’s what blackheads are, and we don’t want blackheads, ladies! The advantages of skin-saving, natural ingredients are many. If you whip-up the Fruit Acid Exfoliator with apples, know that apples contain natural fruit acids, which exfoliate and slough off dead skin cells. I explain the skin health benefits of each ingredient in my homemade recipes. Honey is nature’s moisturizer, helping skin retain its natural moisture by adding hydration. Eucalyptus honey, specifically, is a highlyeffective antiseptic with antibacterial/antiinflammatory properties —valuable for a healthy, glowing complexion. It also has a pleasing aroma and provides a cool, refreshing effect, inducing mental calm. Eucalyptus honey can be found at your local

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health food store or farmer’s market. Here is a sneak-peak at one of the yet to be released recipes in my new book, and you read it here FIRST!

EarthTalk ® What is currently being done in the U.S. to ensure the wise use and safety of our nation’s groundwater? — Kevin Orr, Baton Rouge, LA Keeping fresh water safe and abundant is a challenge for all societies. In the United States, about half of the country’s drinking water comes from groundwater sources. Many rural areas derive all of their drinking water from groundwater, which also provides 40% of the irrigation needs of American farmers. While underground aquifers may at one point have seemed limitless, huge demands for water (especially in arid areas like the Southwest) means that groundwater reserves are precious and need to be carefully managed with conservation in mind. Also, groundwater is easily contaminated by any number of common man-made products such as gasoline, oil, road salts, pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals.


(Courtesy of Elizabeth’s new book, Natural Beauty: Homemade Recipes for Radiant Skin & Hair, Hatherleigh Press/ Random House 2013)

INGREDIENTS 1 organic apple, cored and quartered 1 tablespoon eucalyptus honey PREPARATION & APPLICATION Core and quarter an apple; discard all but the seedless slices; put in a blender and grind. Pour ground apple into a small bowl and add eucalyptus honey, or any honey. Stir mixture with a tongue depressor until it becomes silky/grainy. Apply to a clean face; leave for 15-20 minutes; rinse with warm water; follow with a splash of cool water to seal pores. Another of my favorite recipes in Natural Beauty is my Gentle Exfoliator because exfoliation isn’t about abrasive scrubbing of pores; ingredients do the trick! One ingredient is sour cream which contains a high value of lactic acid which functions as a gentle exfoliator removing dead skin cells as you cleanse. GENTLE EXFOLIATOR (Courtesy of Natural Beauty: Homemade Recipes for Radiant Skin & Hair, Hatherleigh Press/Random House 2013) INGREDIENTS 1 teaspoon almond oil 2 teaspoons coconut oil 1 tablespoon sour cream PREPARATION & APPLICATION Mix oil ingredients & sour cream until whipped, then gently apply to face; avoid eye area. Rinse well with warm water. l From Natural Health Magazine to Discovery Channel’s Planet Green, author Elizabeth TenHouten’s expertise as a beauty and skincare expert raises the beauty bar to a new level with her natural, homemade beauty recipes for radiant skin.

Management of water supplies is decentralized; local/regional water authorities manage supplies for municipalities around the country; oversight comes via the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), mandated by the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act enacted in 1972. It addresses water pollution, requiring everyone, especially large water users including large industrial and agricultural operations to deal with water inflows and outflows in a responsible, non-polluting manner. The 1974’s Safe Drinking Water Act requires the EPA to set standards for drinking water quality that 150,000 public water entities across the country must meet. Third party laboratories provide detailed analyses to ensure that local supplies meet the EPA’s expectations. The laws work to keep groundwater supplies safe, but environmentalists want strengthened substantially in the face of drought-inducing global warming and other threats. Regulation and enforcement of industry/agriculture is protects limited groundwater supplies and consumers must help. The Groundwater Foundation, a Nebraska-non-profit educates people and inspires action to ensure sustainable, clean groundwater for future generations. They suggest taking short showers; shut off water while brushing teeth and shaving; run full loads of dishes and laundry; fix leaky faucets; water plants and lawn only when necessary. The group advocates recycling used motor oils; limit fertilizers/ pesticides on plants, lawns, gardens; reduce household chemical use; dispose leftover chemicals at hazardous waste collection sites (, not down drains or gutters. Initiate a Source Water Protection process; locate local groundwater sources and identify ways to protect and conserve them. Download the Groundwater Foundation’s free Source Water Assessment and Protection Workshop Guide with information on source water protection strategies and where the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act intersect. Guide funding was provided by the EPA’s Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water. It’s a must-read for officials, policymakers and activists deliberating land use and water quality issues. The EPA Office of Groundwater & Drinking Water: l E—The Environmental Magazine: Questions:

Questions & Answers About Our Environment

Written By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss What is the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network and why is it so important to put so much effort into saving one species? — Ginny Bateman, Portland, OR Western burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia) are tiny, long-legged members of the owl family, native to the Americas, preferring open landscapes so they can dig new holes or use existing ones (abandoned prairie dog, skunk or armadillo homes) to nest and rear their young. Unlike most other owl species, these small, charismatic birds are often seen out during daylight hours, but do their primary feeding at night, preferring a diet of small rodents and large insects. Once a common species in California and across North America, the Western burrowing owl has been a rare sight for three decades given its habitat loss and other environmental perils the bird faces. Biologists consider the bird an indicator of wider ecosystem health; if its population numbers are healthy, local ecosystems are likely thriving. But these days the bird is endangered in Canada and threatened in Mexico; it’s a state endangered species in Colorado and a “species of special concern” in Florida and in other western U.S. states and is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN’s) international “Red List” of endangered and threatened species (albeit as a species of “Least Concern” in comparison with others in more dire straits). A group of dedicated birders, conservationists, biologists and concerned citizens in San Francisco’s East Bay came together to protect the dwindling burrowing owl populations locally, but ended up creating a movement that spans the entire North American continent. Their group, the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network (BOCN) believes that burrowing owls are vital to maintaining healthy, functioning ecosystems, and as such is working on several fronts to help protect habitat and reverse the animal’s population slide. First and foremost, BOCN works to con-

Biologists consider the bird an indicator of wider ecosystem health; if its population numbers are healthy, local ecosystems are likely thriving. serve habitat for burrowing owls in California and beyond, including constructing artificial burrows to re-establish burrowing owl colonies while larger ecosystem restoration efforts are underway. Teaching children and communities ways they can protect and improve the burrowing owl habitat is another important part of BOCN’s work. Other ways the group helps the owls is by advocating for legislation and policy changes that encourage conservation of habitat, networking with like-minded individuals and institutions, plus conducting field and laboratory research to increase understanding about how to help burrowing owls and create habitat conditions ideal for their survival. The fact that burrowing owl populations in other parts of the world are rebounding gives hope to BOCN and other wildlife advocates and environmentalists. These birds are common and widespread in Central and South America, where they inhabit fields and even sometimes parks in urban areas. Whether the birds can replicate their success in Latin America up north remains unknown. What you can do to help: learn about their behavior, biology and habitat needs of wild animals like the burrowing owl; develop respect for nature’s inhabitants and a lifelong willingness to protect them. Nothing beats witnessing burrowing owls go about their rounds. Seeing them in the wild is enough to convince anyone that they are worth fighting to protect. BOCN: IUCN Red List: l Subscribe: Free Trial Issue:

HEALTH & WELLNESS By Sharyn Wynters

DAILY GREEN DRINKS ARE GOOD FOR YOU! What Is A “REAL” Green Drink? Juicing green vegetables in your juicer offers the foods needed to feed the major systems in your body. But what if you don’t have time for juicing? I use Chlorophyll, instead of taking out the juicer... it’s easier and cheaper.

What Is Chlorophyll? It’s responsible for the green pigmentation in plants and considered the "blood of plant life"—containing lifegiving nutrients that are easily assimilated by the human body. Chlorophyll is what absorbs energy from the sun to facilitate photosynthesis in plants. It’s vital in plant metabolic functions such as growth and respiration.

What Does Chlorophyll Do? It's molecular structure is similar to the molecular structure of the human red blood cell: hemoglobin, except the central atom in chlorophyll is magnesium, while iron is central in human blood. It has the effect of iron; it’s a blood builder. Benefits of Chlorophyll were discovered many years ago the fields of science and research. Is Chlorophyll A Natural Deodorizer? Research proves it helps. Its benefits are listed on certain brands. Historical Uses Of Chlorophyll Nutrition and digestion; it helps regulate calcium levels in the blood; helps blood sugar problems; lubricates the iliocecal valve; increases iron in mother's milk and is excellent for use in a cleansing diet because it cleans the structure of the cells and its vital minerals build new cell life.

Cleansing And Healing Chlorophyll is a great cleanser for chronic conditions internally and externally. Disease-causing bacteria find it difficult to live in the presence of chlorophyll. It accelerates tissue cell activity helping the body heal faster and is used as a gargle for tonsils. It inhibits the metabolic action of carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) and is regularly used to remove toxic metal from children. Chlorophyll And The Bowel Chlorophyll deodorizes the bowel and entire body; it’s a natural antiseptic for the intestinal tract and aids in rebuilding damaged bowel tissue and helps to eliminate mucus, while reducing acid which produces putrefaction in the bowel. It also keeps the colon healthy, destroying toxins and bacteria.

Chlorophyll Has Historically Helped The Following Conditions: Anemia, Arthritis, Blood Building, Blood Pressure, Body Odors, Bowel Cleansing, Bowel Deodorizing, Breath Freshener, Calcium Regulation, Deodorizing, Diabetes Headache, Heart, Hemorrhoids, Hepatitis, Hemophilia, Hypoglycemia, Infections, Iron Delivery, Inflammations and Liver Function.

Chlorophyll Sources Green leafy plants; but cooking destroys many benefits. Get the aforementioned benefits of chlorophyll, with quality chlorophyll supplements that promote a stronger immune system, strong set of tissues and organs for a naturally healthier body and life. l Sharyn Wynters is a naturopath with more than 30-years experience in the wellness industry. For futherinformation: or email—

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Windows 8 — Turning Out To be A Holiday Must-Have For Consumers Microsoft's Newest Operating System • Versatile WacomÆ digitizer stylus for drawing, scribbling, writing, and precise input. • 11.6î Super IPS+ panel with ASUS TruVivid technology for increased visual clarity. • Extra-long battery life: 10.5 hours tablet only, up to 19 hours with the optional Mobile Dock. • IntelÆ Atomô Z2760 Dual-core CPU @ 1.8Ghz for best performance, power efficiency and compatibility. • NFC ñ Tap and Explore: simple interaction with other NFC enabled devices. • 675g light and 8.7mm thin with stylish metallic design. • Quad-speakers with ASUS SonicMaster Technology.

New Windows 8 Tablets. These days it seems that everyone is interested in purchasing a Tablet to go along with their smart phones. No doubt, I'm a fan when it comes to Tablets, and one of my favorite new Tablets— and one I use on a daily basis—is the ASUS VivoTab with built in Windows 8. Windows 8 is the newest operating system released by Microsoft less than one month ago. This is a terrific Tablet because it is easy to use and is portable. This Tablet also has a battery that lasts almost as long as my new iPhone (on average 10.5 hours). Among the catchy perks of this Tablet is an option to disconnect the keyboard if you want and just carry the Tablet portion and use the touch screen. I recommend this Tablet for anyone on the go who needs a reliable computer. The display is absolutely crystal clear and the Tablet is ultrathin and conveniently lightweight.

• CorningÆ Fit Glass for improved scratch resistance. • Crystal clear 8MP auto-focus camera with 5-element lens, large F/2.2 aperture & backilluminated CMOS sensor.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was created and released from Valve. Valve has made and continues to make the best games I have ever played. The quality of the games are excellent. CS: GO is a team-based action FPS shooter. It's an awesome game that most players say is easy to learn BUT difficult to master. Thousands of gamers around the world are playing CS: GO because of its incredibly addicting gameplay and the awesome graphics. The Counter Stirke franchise first started 12 years ago with the release of Counter-Strike. Counter-Strike is by far one of the most played online action games in the world and it has dedicated members and fans (like me) who play constantly. The great thing about Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is that you can play it on PC or the console. It gives players a wide variety, and does not limit us to using just a PC. CS: GO was released on August 21, 2012, and thousands play this game at any given time day or night. I would rate CS: GO a 10/10—I just cant stop playing it myself and what I enjoy is this game is all about TEAM WORK. So if you hope to get lost in the intricate dynamics that makes this non-stop action game one of the best ever made... better make friends FAST because it takes a tight working crew to win. l

“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success. ― John D. Rockefeller 34 // //

Connection in the Age of Social Media by Paul N. Weinberg In the late 1990s, my dating experiences in Los Angeles inspired my desire to write a book on intimacy and connection in personal relationships. I never could have imagined then how the world would change, and with the advent of social media, how relevant the subject would become…

A Wired World Fast forward to 2012. We live in a wired world – and a weird time. Not a day goes by that we don’t read an article about how social media and interrupt overload are having a detrimental effect on our personal relationships, rewiring our brains to look like those of cocaine addicts. It’s an age of unprecedented 24/7 connection, in which Facebook, email, text messaging and other forms of electronic communication have us instantly connected to anyone and everyone around us. And yet many of us are also experiencing a profound and pervasive sense of isolation and disconnectedness. We skate along the surface of our relationships, having swapped quantity for quality and frequency for depth. The explanation for this seeming contradiction of isolation and disconnectedness in a massively interconnected world is that most of us have never learned – or seem to have forgotten – how to connect or even what it means to connect on a fundamental level.

Connection in the age of social media is even more challenging when electronic communication – including not only emails and texts but posts, comments, likes and impromptu online chats – seduce us into believing that we are connecting more deeply than we really are. While these forms of communication certainly broaden our opportunities to connect and can help us feel more connected, they can also crowd out the more human, meaningful and multi-dimensional ways of interacting, and even create the illusion of intimacy when in fact we are still emotionally disconnected.

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Connection in the age of social media is even more challenging when electronic communication – including not only emails and texts but posts, comments, likes and impromptu online chats – seduce us into believing that we are connecting more deeply than we really are. Social media is helping to create more connections between people – think of the people you know with several thousand friends on Facebook. But it is also weakening those connections, degrading their quality, and in the process, it is degrading our ability to maintain them. We are more connected and yet less accessible… We are more willing to broadcast the personal details of our lives and yet more guarded about revealing ourselves to those closest to us. We confuse our Facebook friends with our real friends and our social network with our social group… What’s been missing from our lives is intimacy, which is really just the deeper level of connection that most of us talk about wanting in our personal relationships, but struggle to find in our modern-day lives. Surprisingly, this applies not only to our personal relationships – those between romantic partners, with friends, and with family members – but also to many of our professional relationships as well. Intimacy is an age-old concept that is under assault and facing all sorts of modern challenges. It’s time to do something about it!

What Challenges Do You Face Take a look at your own life and consider what challenges you face in your personal relationships. Whether you’re a man or a woman, young or old, gay

or straight, in a friendship, family relationship, single, or dating, partnered, married or divorced… If you’d like to understand how emotional connection is the long-term glue that binds together your personal relationships… If you are more interested in the similarities between people – and their universal need for connection – rather than the differences… Then consider the following questions:

• Does something seem to be missing from your personal relationships, and you can’t quite put your finger on it? • Are you experiencing and having difficulty resolving conflict with your partner, a friend, or a family member? • Do you feel stuck in old, recurring patterns of relating that no longer work for you? • Do your relationships tend to skate along the surface, and you want to go deeper? • Would you like your personal relationships to change, but don’t know where to start? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, check out for further information about The I Factor, the antidote to modern times and the detrimental effect social media and interrupt overload are having on our personal relationships. See how The I Factor can help you make real and immediate changes on the road to improving your relationships – and your life. l Paul N. Weinberg is the co-author of The I Factor, an inspirational and aspirational book about connection in the age of social media. The I Factor was recently published to rave reviews and endorsements from some of today’s biggest celebrities, including Larry King, Jack Canfield, Marianne Williamson, and Sofia Vergara. Available exclusively online in print and ebook versions through and the Apple iTunes Bookstore. © 2012 by Paul N. Weinberg.

By Dennis J. Freeman There’s a lot of chatter going on around the city of Los Angeles about who is KING of the hardwood. For now the answer is undisputed. With newly hired coach Mike D'Antoni now leading the way, the Los Angeles Lakers will continue to sit on the throne until someone knocks them off. The Los Angeles Clippers are hoping to be the team to do just that. But before Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Lamar Odom and company can pull off the feat of the century, they will have to climb to the Lakers lofty standards. The Lakers have won more games than any team in NBA history. The Purple and Gold have collected 16 League Championships. The Pro Basketball Hall of Fame is laced with Lakers, including Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, George Mikan and the great Jerry West. For the last 16 seasons, Lakers’ fans have had the great fortune of watching Kobe Bryant go from a spectacular hotshot rookie to one of the best players of all time. One day, when every- thing is said and done, Bryant may reach the pinnacle of being considered the greatest player to ever lace up a pair of sneakers in league history. But for now, he is focused on winning his sixth NBA world championship ring this season, which would put the Black Mamba on equal par with Michael Jordan. After the Lakers got bounced from the playoffs this past spring by new young guns of the NBA— Oklahoma City Thunder, Bryant is in a great position to get the elusive title. Thanks to the wheeling and dealing of Mitch Kupchak, Bryant and the Lakers are in a better place today than they were in the spring to win it all. Actually, the Lakers are suited up for another ticker-tape parade more than the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat, or other teams because of the power moves Kupchak magically pull off. Kupchak was able to land wunderkind point

guard Steve Nash, a future Hall of Famer. Kupchak got bolder and then completed an unthinkable deal with the Orlando Magic bringing Dwight Howard, the best center in the game-to the Lakers’ organization. Just when folks went to sleep on the Lakers thinking the 2008/ 2009 NBA champions were headed to a retirement home, Bryant and his teammates are now the biggest threat to upend LeBron James’ repeat title quest. The Lakers formed its own version of The Big 3, a reference to the Boston Celtics’ former trio of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett—

now referred to Heat players Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and James. The buzz over Nash and Howard playing alongside Bryant and Pau Gasol circulated on the team’s media day and hundreds of reporters and photographers came to see the new look and the star-laden Lakers. Excitement grew in anticipation of Howard making his first live appearance as a Laker when he took the floor against the Sacramento Kings

nine days before the team’s regular season opener at the Staples Center versus the Dallas Mavericks. Howard’s first official bucket as a Laker came off a feed for a 200 dunk the first quarter. If a Clippers’ highlight-reel of Paul throwing it to the explosive Griffin and high-flying DeAndre Jordan is adequately dubbed “Lob City,” then the Lakers tossing the ball to Howard is a treat to watch. When the Lakers and Clippers go against each other expect fireworks. The Lakers may be the darlings of Los Angeles, but the Clippers are winning over hearts right and left with their lineup of stars. Paul, one of the best point guards in the league, nearly became a Laker last longer news, but the addition of Paul and Chauncey Billups gives the Clippers fortitude and attitude. New pickups this season of Odom, Matt Barnes, steady Grant Hill and sharp-shooting Jamal Crawford gives the Clippers its deepest team in years. For years, the Clippers lounged in the NBA cellar—no more. This is a new Clippers team. They come to win and will give the Lakers a run for their money. There used to be talk that the Clippers were the Lakers little brothers... Well, little brothers have grown up! Historically, the Clippers couldn’t hold the Lakers’ clipboard. But, the Clippers aren’t looking for any history lessons. With Paul as their fearless leader, they don’t consider themselves as second fiddle to any team and plan to establish a rivalry with the team across the hall. At the end of the day, though, this is still the Lakers town. For it to change, the Clippers will have to grab a couple a couple of titles and come up with the players the Lakers have historically been able to attract. But it looks like the Clippers are on their way to doing just that and while they are... the Lakers will be trying to win a championship or two in the next couple of years. If Kobe Bryant has his way, the Black Mamba will strike his venom until he and the Lakers are the last team standing. With their current roster of megastars, that may happen this season for the Lakers’ version of the Dream Team. l // // 37

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Mean Girls At Work:

How to Stay Professional When Things Get Personal

Women-to-women relationships in the work place are complicated. Jealously. Backstabbing. Gossip. Malicious Behavior. Sabotage. Entitlement. Unprofessionalism. Does your female colleague harshly put down your ideas and company input?

First and foremost, do not take her remarks personally. This is an angry individual who is using you as her current target. You are not the first person to feel her verbal barbs, and you wont be the last. You can take one of two approaches: Disarm her by using humor, or ignore her.


Is there a woman at the office who argues with everything you say?

We’ve seen it or been through it.; females in the work place who do everything, but act professional. Here are some of the most common problems plaguing females when an office environment turns into a henpecking battle ground.

Do you have a co-worker who speaks down to you?

Your best approach is to keep a cool distance from her while maintaining a professional relationship. Do not take her behavior personally. See her as an unpleasant obstacle that you have to deal with, but—one that you do not have to like.

Are you subject to a female coworker who is more pleasant to her male colleagues than female co-co-workers?

You are in the grip of a super competitive woman who views every other woman as a rival. Your best bet is to try and diffuse her killer instinct by letting her know that you aren't a threat. You can do this by appreciating her work, noticing her expertise and complimenting her on the way she handles certain business situations.

Do you have a co-worker who puts you down publicly?

Start by taking steps to purge the emotional toxins that naturally emerge from receiving her verbal jabs. You could engage in rigorous exercise after work, get a massage, or try some other form of self-care. If you need support, seek out the counsel of a trusted workplace confidante—a mentor or possibly seasoned professional.

Approach your colleague and ask to have a private conversation with her. Let her know that you respect her opinion and you want to work with her, but that she seems to have a problem working with you and you would like to talk about it. If this woman denies there is a problem, say, “Okay. If you decide there's something you want to tell me, I'm available.”

Is there a woman in the office who freezes you out during a conversation—personal or business?

Does a “clique” of women at work ignore you?

Make your own lunch dates and your own plans to meet your friends and professional connections for lunch. Over time as you develop relationships with co-workers, they may reach out to you.

Does a workplace gossip bully you into joining in?

Try this: “Let me think about it,” or, “I have little interaction with her, so I dont really know,” or, “Thats interesting. Im not sure.” Then go back to eating your lunch or focus on performing whatever task you were engaged in before the insiders tried to enroll you.

Do women whisper about you when you walk by?

Let it go. You dont really know what they said. If they were gossiping about you, it does not matter. Women who put other women down are doing it to feel better about themselves. Take the high road, proceed as if the incident never happened. l

It could be related to your age, your appearance, or your credentials. Whatever the issue is, your frosty coworker isn't responding to you, she is responding to what she thinks you stand for. As upsetting as it is to be unfairly judged, you will not be able to change this woman's mind about you. Understand that anyone who has to freeze another person out probably has a very defensive and insecure point of view.

Is there a woman who is sabotaging you at work because you are "different?"

Try to clear the air by saying, “It seems that you dont like me, and I want to find a way that we can work together. We dont have to be friends, but we do have to work with each other. Can we agree on that?” See how your colleague responds. One thing you can do is document her behavior. Keep a running list of what she does, and if her cruel and demeaning behavior continues, you may need to go to Human Resources and report your experience.

Katherine Crowley is a Harvard-trained psychotherapist. Kathi Elster is a management consultant and executive coach. They run K Squared Enterprises, a training firm that helps clients manage difficult situations in the work place.

©2012, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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Fashion, Music & Downtown LA Art Walk Successfully Merge for the First Time By Nataliya Joy Prieto A packed house welcomed teams for the first ever LA Fashion Week and the Downtown LA Art Walk by Project Ethos. The historic Exchange LA featured an array of programming from multiple fashion shows and DJ sets, to an electric performance from Icelandic female pop group, The Charlies. The red carpet bustled with excitement where the official sponsor Scion parked a sleek white FR-S sports car, a model that premiered this year. A Meet and Greet in the downstairs art gallery hosted by The Fashion Law Group reached capacity with a variety of celebrity stylists including those from Chic Little Devil Style House, buyers from LF Stores, The Doneger Group, and curators from Art Pic Gallery, Altered Space Gallery and more—as well as hundreds of fashion, music and art enthusiasts. Emerging designer fashion shows were at 9:30PM and 10:30PM featuring the designs of Jose Galeana (Galean Designs), Jennifer Krischer (Linden), Felicia Barth-Aasen (Collective 26), Claudia Gonzalez Pruitt (Beso Moda), Andre Myers (Nine Menswear), B. by Aperire, Marialia Pacitto (Marialia), Lawren Michele Cappelletti (Lawren Michele) and Kiki Hasija (ARIA by Kiki Resort Wear. Models cascaded down staircases to strut in front of a LED wall; hair and make-up styled by TNT Agency. Starting a “Synthesis” after party was a fashion show by the iconic Goorin Bros. with their latest collection. Artists Steven Michael O’ Connor and Jhydyn Levi took to the stage with two forms of live art; O’Connor did an oil on canvas piece, and Levi whose paint-splattered 3-D creation spelling the words “Project Ethos” gave the audience a feast for the eyes. Electro-club duo Oliver and celebrity DJ Caroline D’Amore lent their music skills to the after party, spinning throughout the celebration. l nataliya joy prieto is a fashion major, actress, print and runway model who regularly appears on television, in the movies, on music videos and in national commercials.

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FUN•UNIQUE•EDIBLE CENTER PIECE Sugared Fruit • 15 to 20 pieces assorted fruit • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin • 3/4 cup cold water • 2 cups superfine sugar • Edible or silk leaves, optional Scrub fruit clean; rinse/dry completely. In microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand 1 minute. Microwave on high 1-2 minutes, stir every 20 seconds until gelatin dissolves. Whisk until slightly frothy. Lightly brush mixture on fruit. Put on a wire rack over waxed paper. Sprinkle with sugar. Stand at room temperature for up to 24 hours. Add leaves if desired. Do not refrigerate; sugar dissolves. Recipe tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Italian Garlic Breadsticks Seasoned Parmesan cheese coating on ready made bread pastry. Prep time: 20 minutes; 6 Servings/One dozen sticks. INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese; 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning; 1 teaspoon garlic powder; 1/4 cup butter, melted; 1 tube (11 ounces) refrigerated breadsticks DIRECTIONS Combine cheese shallow bowl with Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Put butter in another shallow bowl; separate dough into individual breadsticks. Dip in butter, then cheese mixture. Twist 2-3 times; place on an ungreased baking

RIPPLED COFFEE CAKE Prep 10 min; Bake 30 min; 16-20 Servings

How To Sugar Fruit • Work with one piece of fruit at a time, lightly brush gelatin mixture over entire surface with a pastry brush. Place on a wire rack over waxed paper. • With a spoon, sprinkle superfine sugar all over the fruit until a desired look is achieved. Let dry completely before handling.

Sugar whole pieces or cut pieces. For cut pieces, use fruit that won’t turn brown when exposed to air, like apples and pears. On cut fruit sugar may not adhere as well, so dab the cut side with paper towel and let air dry a few hours before brushing with the gelatin mixture and sprinkling with sugar. Sugared grape clusters become stiff when dry, so drape grapes over an inverted bowl until dry. You can sprinkle fruit with additional sugar before completely dry to achieve a more dramatic effect. When arranging the centerpiece, handle the fruit as little as possible as the heat from your hands could dissolve the sugar. An excellent Holiday treat for a table setting.

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Recipes & Photos Courtesy of Taste of Home

INGREDIENTS 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size); 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream; 4 eggs; 2/3 cup canola oil; 1 cup packed brown sugar; 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon ICING 2 cups confectioners' sugar; 1/4 cup milk; 2 teaspoons vanilla extract DIRECTIONS Large bowl, combine dry cake mix, sour cream, eggs, oil; beat well. Spread half the batter into a greased 13-in. x 9in. baking pan. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter. Carefully spread remaining batter on top. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle on warm cake.



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From the creator of Family Guy, Ted is the irreverent, hilarious story of the bond between a man (Mark Wahlberg) and his teddy bear, Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), who came to life as a result of a childhood wish…and refused to leave his side ever since. Ted Is Now On Blu-Ray™, DVD/Ultraviolet December 11, 2012.

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Feed the Hungry LA iPhone case - $25 Designer fun to look at and definitely one to count among your Holiday “must-have's” AND the best part is the Feed the Hungry organization gives back 10 meals to those in need right here in LA. The iPhone case is now available online at and check out the fantastic gum packets—yummy stocking stuffers that also give to the Feed the Hungry cause. Available at all Target stores. If you would like to be a part of the Feed the Hungry effort, please visit their website which offers many options for you to help make this Christmas season a happier and healthier one for those who truly need your help. This organization exists to do good around the globe and makes everyday products like bottled water, gum, mints and coffee that everyday people can buy. For every purchase of a Project 7 product, good is done in seven areas of need: Feed the Hungry, Heal the Sick, Hope for Peace, House the Homeless, Quench the Thirsty, Teach Them Well and Save the Earth. Get involved. Visit: // // 43

Art by Mandara Takowsky. For information: mtakowsky LA ART SCENE by Mandara Takowsky The JoAnne Artman Gallery is showing the inventive creativity framework of photographer Brooke Shaden for her second exhibition and introduce artist J.T. Burke. A fine art photographer living and working in Los Angeles, Brooke’s camera lens realism creates images resembling an era not our own. "My goal in creating photographs is not to take pictures, but instead create new worlds through my imagery. I want to mold and shape stories that are centered on character, but pay attention to where those characters are going and where they have been. Each image attempts to capture the moment of most tension where the character cannot turn back. Worlds that are distinctly different from our own...yet call upon reality to keep the viewer rooted in reality questioning each piece,” states Brooke whose new body of work combines two elements: On one side underwater photography allows viewers to see in- to the world of living under water. The other series incorporates surrealism and whimsy; photographs of small objects are transformed into the centerpiece of the image. In some small keys or paper airplanes are layered into the image hundreds if not thousands of times to create an elegant dress for the subject. Jeffrey Thomas Burke received a BA from UCLA and (hon) MS in photography from Brooks Institute. He worked many years as a commercial photographer, cinematographer and graphic designer. Jeffrey was an early adopter of digital photography and imaging as part of his studio practice in the 1990s. "My work presents a wild divergence from traditional photography and image manipulation. I collect and photograph vintage costume jewelry, then digitally collage those elements into complex and richly-detailed compositions. I riff with the concepts of afterlife, eternity and paradise. The newest pieces I will be showing at Joanne Artman Gallery represent my most adventurous work to date." l

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Bri Romano and Luke Lovell are LA artists exploring a unique medium of art. They met while attending art school, starting working together and moved into an art studio in Downtown...and Toro was conceived. Romano says, “It’s no secret that cattle are one of the most utilized creatures on our planet. Born and raised to provide for the masses, they are disregarded once we have gotten all we can from them, without any appreciation. Toros' mission is to change that, hence our motto: “You eat our flesh, You drink our milk, You wear our hides, Now view our beauty." Using art, we bring these creatures back to life in a way society can appreciate their beauty. “The two had a fascination with the skulls. After purchasing one from a gentlemen who laughed at them for being so intrigued...they instantly knew what they wanted to do. There began a creative journey that has brought them international acclaim with a continually evolving project. Experimenting with heat, resins, metals, gems and glass, their collection has grown into seeing their initial dream and goal come true. OLE! l

BEHIND THE LENS— Thru December 31, 2012 JoAnne Artman Gallery • 326 N. Coast Highway • Laguna Beach Wednesdays-Sundays 11-5 and by appointment



Photographer Brooke Shaden

T.J. Burke: Gilded Innocence and War In The Heavens

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“Waiting To Fly”and“Dream In Dreams” with “The Research Laboratory”


William Shatner, Cedric the Entertainer, Billy Crystal, Martin Short, Tom Hanks

Ben Donenberg

Kurt Russell, Tom Hanks, Goldie Hawn, Martin Short

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles Presents The 22nd Annual “Simply Shakespeare” The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA) presented its 22nd Simply Shakespeare reading of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Freud Playhouse, UCLA Campus. A star-studded cast of hilarious hippies filled with peace, love and psychedelic Shakespeare included, Directed by SCLA’s founding Artistic Director Ben Donenberg and groovy participants Billy Crystal (Egeus/Quince), William Shatner (Theseus/ Oberon), Martin Short (Philostrate/ Puck), Topher Grace (Demetrius), Gillian Jacobs (Hermia), Eddie Redmayne (Lysander), Cedric the Entertainer (Snout/Wall-Fairy), Paul Dooley (Snug/Lion-Fairy), Olivia Thirlby (Helena), Alan Tudyk (Flute/ThisbyFairy), Christopher Hanke (First Fairy/ Starveling) and co-chairs Rita Wilson (Hipolyta/Titania) and Tom Hanks (Bottom/Fairy). Since 1985 The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles has been a hub of unique events designed to make

Paul Dooley and Tom Hanks

William Shatner and Martin Short

Shakespeare accessible and engaging in Los Angeles. Proceeds support the SCLA and its arts-based veterans employment, employment programs for inner-city youth, arts education in local schools and professional union contracted productions at the Japanese Garden on the grounds of the West Los Angeles Veterans Medical Center—which is accessible to all. The Center received the 2011 Rosetta Le Noire Award from Actors’ Equity Association. The award recognized outstanding artistic contributions to the universality of the human experience in American Theater and is given to an individual, theater or producing organization with an exemplary record in hiring or promoting ethnic minorities, female actors and actors with disabilities through multi-racial and/or non-traditional casting. Ben Donenberg, one of the city’s greatest proponents of Shakespeare, started The SCLA with a production of “Twelfth Night” in Pershing Square, and since has provided performances of Shakespeare, along with outreach programs such as Will Power to Youth, which

Gillian Jacobs

William Shatner

provides hands-on artistic experience with paid job training and arts education for at-risk youth. The program is so successful it has been replicated in communities around the country. Donenberg has performed as an actor on and off-Broadway, in Central Park at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Delacorte Theater, on television and in film. In 2006, the United States Senate unanimously approved his Presidential appointment to a six-year term as a Member of the National Council on the Arts, overseeing the National Endowment for the Arts. Donenberg is featured in the National Endowments’ award-winning i n s p i r a t i o n a l documentary, “W h y Shakespeare?” which was distributed to more than 40,000 high schools throughout the country. The SCLA Simply Shakespeare reading of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is made possible by the support of its premiere sponsor Entertainment Industry Foundation and the benefactor sponsor Deutsche Bank. l

Rita Wilson &Tom Hanks as Bottom

Rita Wilson and Christopher Hanke

Photos: Vince Bucci

Alan Tdyk

Topher Grace and Olivia Thirlby

Cedric the Entertainer, Billy Crystal, Tom Hanks

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ASTROLOGY 2013... A Year To Finally Reach Your Full Potential! by Astrologer Nicolas Aujula ARIES


March 21-April 18

July 23-August 22

Intelligent, Assertive, Adventurous Birthday Boy Don’t dwell on 2012 career setbacks. You’re Alec Baldwin naturally adventurous, fearless and able to motivate others; 2013 is about being a leader. Speak your truth, utilize power wisely; bosses/co-workers will be impressed with your work ethic. A major career breakthrough where long-held ambitions will be fulfilled is expected. The Ram is destined to be known.

Integrity, Courage, Confidence Having been tested by Birthday Girl domestic pressures of Jennifer Lopez 2012, your self-belief is a bit shaky. Start 2013 with a fitness regime and wardrobe change to re-establish confidence. Dealing with emotional baggage will ease away any burdens on your shoulders. This re-birth propels you to adopt a holistic lifestyle. 'I believe in myself' is your mantra.

ships have left you very disheartened. Release old ties and make space to welcome some new people into your life. Stick to friends on your wave length; join a group of people with similar interests. An old flame could cross your path. If you feel tempted to re-kindle the love, think twice before jumping in heart first.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19 Discipline, Patience, Structure Birthday Boy Stop being a workaholic! Use patience and disciRyan Seacrest pline to focus on the inner-self. Tap into spiritual strength by taking a retreat or meditation course to bring through inner shifts that will enhance your outer life as well. This is a time of rebirth where old structures and habits come to an end. Fear will hold you back; learn to let go. 'I embrace change' is your lucky mantra.


August 23-September 22

April 20-May 20

Efficient, Orderly, Precise Birthday Girl Why be perfect all the time? Loosen up and Beyonce accept that everyone (even YOU) has flaws. It makes life easier —especially in love as your expectations stifle relationships. Being realistic can deter feelings of disappointment and will soothe differences. Romance will strike with someone so NOT your type, but as opposites do open minded.

Artistic, Honest, Hard Working, Overcome recent Birthday Girl financial pressures Christina Hendricks by using your innate sense of value and aesthetic eye to find obscure gems needing TLC; old property, vintage clothing, antiques... worthwhile investments. Jupiter’s in your money zone, so cash flow will improve. 'I am attracting abundance' is your lucky mantra.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18


September 23-October 22

May 21-June 21

Charming, Artistic, Diplomacy You are the social butBirthday Boy terfly of the zodiac yet Simon Cowell recent hurts in friend-

Whitty, Versatile, Communicative Stop being silent, the Birthday Girl introspection and selfNaomi Campbell improvement of 2012 is over. You’re the born communicator of the zodiac and can talk to anyone. Make 2013 a time to get self-improvement ideas across to everyone you meet; maybe seminars or writing a blog. People will listen. You are destined to be a lifestyle guru with kudos.

CANCER June 22-July 22 Intuitive, Maternal, Nurturing Never stop caring! Birthday Boy Known for a kind and Tom Cruise sympathetic nature, 2013 is about fighting for a humanitarian or charitable cause close to your heart. Stand for what you believe in by challenging injustice and bring forth positive change. You’ll make a lasting impression in the community and authority figures will be benevolent with support— just ask for help! Unusual and eccentric people will take you into a new direction.

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longer willing to be in a dead-end job with overbearing bosses, 2013 is about establishing your own power within the workplace. You can opt for a decision-making position, venture into freelance or try selfemployment. It's important to feel stimulated and valued at whatever you choose.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21 Intense, Transforming, Powerful Your magnetic Birthday Boy personality has Leonardo DiCaprio lost its charm; now you must learn to choose your thoughts more wisely. If you've been attracting the wrong people and situations, be mindful of what you desire. Sit down and assess where you want to be, then once affirmed, start visualizing and watch 2013; it will be a year that is all about achieving your dreams. There is plenty of hard work ahead that planning, patience and persistence' are now your lucky mantras.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21 Optimism, Generosity, Foresight Your love of freedom Birthday Girl and expansion is put Britney Spears under the microscope as you question your career choices. No

Modern, Original, Humanitarian Birthday Girl Being original and inventive means you’re Oprah Winfrey forever ahead of what people think. Your destiny for 2013 is to start new trends; from funky fashion and new health ideas to philosophical concepts allowing you to challenge the norm. Expect to create a few waves. Your challenge lies in having the focus to push concepts forward. Don't hide your ideas under a bush —it's your time to speak out and shine.

PISCES February 19-March 20 Idealism, Spirituality, Transcendence Birthday Boy As the intuitive fish of the zodiac, self-doubt has Daniel Craig dampened the inner voice that guides and inspires you. Time to go within to meditate and clear away mental clutter. Ask for guidance, then listen as the answer will be revealed. Psychic arts will provide a new outlet. Use your talents to also uplift those close to you. 'I see and feel with clarity' is your lucky mantra. Nicolas Aujula is a Celebrity Astrologer as well as a Past-Life Regressionist who is seen on both the Biography Channel and ITV Daybreak among many others. For information please visit:

The Queen Mary

Long Beach Presents...

The World’s Largest Igloo In Time For The Holidays...

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November 17, 2012 — January 6, 2013 2 Million Pounds Of Ice 51 Days of Unique Attractions Ancient Art of Chinese Ice Carvings and Ice Kingdom Traditional Holiday Themed Exhibits and Entertainment

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Ice Cave • Santa’s Toyland Fairy Tale Castle • Nativity Scene Ice Grotto • 100 Foot-Long Tube Ride • 6,500 Square Foot Ice Skating Rink Ginger Bread House Decorating Photos With Santa Candy Lane • Holiday Shopping

There’s a “CHILL” Coming to the Southland... Tickets to the Ice Kingdom are $25.95 for adults $19.95 for children. The Ice Slide and Skating are $12.95. The Queen Mary: 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach (710 ends at the Port of Long Beach). The 1930s luxury liner has been docked in Long Beach since the 1960s and is now primarily a hotel with restaurants, hosts touring museum exhibitions and paranormal tours. Attraction details may be found at

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