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MARCH 25th - 31st, 2013 (Ter’t #314)
MADE IN AMERICA
“Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant.” --Seutonius
Hualālai Resort On The Big Island Is A Beautiful & Serene Paradise
On the Big Island of Hawaii’s Kona-Kohala Coast, Hualālai recaptures the spirit of another time. Swaying palms hide the rooftops of the beachfront bungalows and authentic Hawaiian homes. Dramatic green fairways cut through the lava and drop to the coast to hug the sea. Pathways wind through open dunes, by ancient Hawaiian fishponds, through flowering gardens that perfume the air. Gentle hosts welcome all to their ‘ohana, family, with a heightened level of hospitality that is called ho‘okipa. Experience the Hualālai lifestyle from the comfort of a private villa, residence or homesite. At Hualālai, there is a mana (spirit) that is a part of the land, bringing a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation to the many activities and amenities of the resort. One feels it at the Hualālai Golf Course and at the members-only Ke‘olu Course, in the dramatic lava fields above the resort. In the attentive service from the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai. In the restaurants serenaded by the sea. In the award-winning spa treatments and workout programs of the Hualālai Sports Club and Hualālai Spa. In the rich legacy of Ka‘ūpūlehu, the ancient name of this land on the coast. In the Canoe Club and Beach House, where homeowners may fulfill their passion for the sea. To be fortunate enough to live at Hualālai is to be a part of the true Hawaiian spirit of sharing called aloha. To become a Member of The Hualālai Club brings another rich and fulfilling dimension the unequalled Hualālai lifestyle. Club Membership is available exclusively to Residents of Hualālai Resort and provides many privileges for Residents and their ‘ohana (family), creating a coveted way of life unique to Hualālai. In addition to spectacular, award-winning club facilities, The Hualālai Club is all about connecting with family and fellow Members at special events hosted throughout the year. Membership in The Hualālai Club builds relationships and creates memories you will cherish for a lifetime! The Hualālai Club provides enhanced benefits, services and facilities for Members, including: ~Use of all Club and Resort facilities: two 18-hole championship golf courses, the Hualālai Tennis Club, the Hualālai Sports Club & Hualālai Spa, the Canoe Club, the Residents’ Beach House, the Ke ‘olu Clubhouse, and the beach and swimming facilities at the Four Seasons Hualālai Resort. ~Club Member and Family Privileges: Full Membership benefits for the Member and spouse; varying levels of benefits for the Members’ immediate and extended family. ~Hualālai Concierge Services: Dedicated concierge staff is on-call daily. ~Special Events: A wide variety of Member-only events are scheduled throughout the year. ~Communications: Members receive weekly activity calendars, periodic newsletter, and have access to a private log-in on the Hualālai website for up-to-the-minute information on Club news and events. Among the other benefits of Club Membership: ~Special Members-only pricing ~No Greens Fees or Court Fees (www.hualalairesort.com)
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Los Angeles Superior Court Eliminates Alternative Dispute Resolution Services
LOS ANGELES, CA -- The largest Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) department in the country will close its doors at Los Angeles Superior Court on June 28, 2013. After more than 20 years of providing cost-saving options to litigants, the Court has determined that due to an extreme budget shortfall, ADR will cease providing the services as follows: Effective March 11, 2013: ADR will stop accepting referrals to the Party-Select and Random-Select (pro bono) panels and for arbitrations, mediations, neutral evaluations and voluntary settlement conferences from civil, family, and probate courtrooms. Between April 1, 2013, and April 30, 2013: ADR will close its offices located in the Antelope Valley (Michael D. Antonovich), Beverly Hills, Compton, El Monte, Inglewood, Long Beach, Norwalk, and San Pedro courthouses. ADR will stop providing mediators for small claims, unlawful detainer, and civil harassment calendars. On May 1, 2013, ADR will discontinue the Daily Family Law Settlement Conference Programs (including the Certified Public Accountant and Spanish-speaking programs) at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. Between May 1, 2013, and May 31, 2013, ADR will close its offices located in the Van Nuys East courthouse (pictured below), as well as those in Chatsworth, Glendale, Pasadena, Pomona, Santa Monica and Torrance courthouses.
City Attorney Decries Plan To Close And Consolidate Criminal Courts
LOS ANGELES, CA -- City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has expressed his serious concern about the proposed plan to begin closing 10 criminal courtrooms and cut Superior Court staffing and funding. The City Attorney believes these cuts will have a significant negative impact on both the prosecution of crimes and the timely administration of justice within the City of Los Angeles. “Having suffered through several years of drastic cuts to my office, I truly sympathize with the actions that Presiding Judge Wesley must undertake and the hardships endured by his staff,” said City Attorney Trutanich. “The state’s decision to cut funding for the Superior Court, however, will create delay and uncertainty in our justice system. Our duty is to protect public safety, even in times of financial crisis. In order to work with the Superior Court in its dire situation, the Central Trials Branch of my office will also be upended. We will need to find a new East Los Angeles location for those employees, equipment, and legal files, regretfully at taxpayer expense.” Currently, the Central Trials Branch of the City Attorney’s Office, which is located in downtown Los Angeles, houses 40 prosecutors and 25 support staff. On average, the Central Trials Branch reviews more than 40,000 cases annually. This annual caseload does not include matters that are handled by special crime units including; anti-gang, family violence, code enforcement and environmental justice currently stationed downtown in City Hall East.
Temperatures will be in the low 70s all week. Wear a jacket!
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opinions & Editorial
Bring Porpoises Back to The San Francisco Bay!
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-- Word Of The Week --
truc•u•lent (pronounced “truhk-yuh-luhnt” or “troo-kyuh-luhnt.”) -- adjective
1. fierce; cruel; savagely brutal. 2. brutally harsh; vitriolic; scathing: his truculent criticism of her work. 3. aggressively hostile; belligerent.
Common Hawaiian Words
Porpoises fled the toxic waters of the Bay over half a century ago. A whole generation of Bay Area residents have grown up since, never knowing that porpoises once lived, played, and thrived right in their backyard. Now, more than 70 years later, they’re coming back! Their return is a sign that things are getting better and that we’re on our way to a cleaner and healthier Bay. These porpoises bring the Bay to lifethey are playful and incredibly smart -- and they deserve a home right here in the Bay. The only way to keep the porpoises here is to keep pollution out -- and that means getting the San Francisco Regional Water Board to stand up to the worst polluters.
Voting Rights At Risk: Protect Our Right to Vote
The U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 in a case which will ultimately decide whether millions of voters could face new barriers to voting. The Voting Rights Act is an essential part of American democracy. It ensures that every American citizen, regardless of race, has an equal right to vote. If the Justices overturn the VRA, it would be the single biggest setback for voting rights in history. Pledge to defend the Voting Rights Act and the right to vote. The VRA remains critical to ensuring that every American can have his or her vote counted. The thought that the Supreme Court might take away voting rights should send a chill down the spine of every American. Pledge to protect the Voting Rights Act and right to vote for all eligible citizens.
Thank you Hawaiian form of dance Hawaiian cowboy Building or house Bathroom Woman or girl Yes Grandmother or older woman Hole Ocean or sea Term for hello, goodbye, welcome, love Type of roasting on a barbecue until slightly blackened (2 wds.) 24 Help or assistance 25 Child or children
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Delicious Small bed or sofa with no back Man No Family Water for drinking One's grandparent, elder, or teacher Hot Long, loose Hawaiian dress (2 wds.) White person Mountain Flowers necklace
WORD BANK: Ae, aloha, aole, hale, haole, hula, hulihuli, kane, kapuna, keiki, kokua, lei, lua, mahalo, mauna, moana, muumuu, ohana, ono, paniolo, puka, punee, tutu, wahine, wai, wela.
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entertainment tips of the week
By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor
End Of The Rainbow
Next week I’ll provide you readers with a full review of “End of the Rainbow” starring Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland. It is being performed at the CTG Ahmanson Theater at the Los Angeles County Center for Performing Arts. All I can say is Bennett is awesome! My friend, Joe Goldwine, and came away so impressed by Bennett and the rest of the cast’s performances. If you miss it, you’ll regret it!
Divorce Party The Musical
The final week of performances for this hilarious journey begins today, March 25 through March 31st at the historic El Portal Theatre in the NoHo Theatre District in North Hollywood. Broadway and professional theater producer Mark Schwartz teamed up with Dr. Amy Botwinick, author of Congratulations on Your Divorce-The road to Finding Your Happily Ever After to create this riotous new production, which features direction, lyrics and choreography by Jay Falzone. “Divorce Party The Musical
- The Hilarious Journey to Hell...and Back” story centers on Linda, who is reeling from the collapse of her marriage. All she wants is another bowl of Chubby Hubby ice cream. However Linda’s three friends decide to help her move on by throwing her the mother of all divorce parties. With the use of familiar songs with clever new lyrics and couple with a good dose of comic mayhem (and some “naughtiness”) the girls cut loose on the realities of divorce, long-term relationships and moving on to another life. Schwartz has said, “Today 50 percent of first marriages end in divorce, and 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce. So, half of everyone who has ever been married has gone through a divorce -- and the other half experiences it indirectly through friends or family. We have ceremonies and celebrations for many things: weddings, bar mitzvahs, funerals, etc. Why not a divorce? Divorce can now be seen as a new beginning, a future, a positive moving on for all involved and finding the happily ever after.” The El Portal Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hollywood. For
tickets go to elportaltheatre. com or call (866) 8114111.
La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
A delightful romantic comedy based on the beloved tale will be returning to LA Opera for the first time in 13 years, opening at 7:30 pm on March 23, 2013, and continuing through April 13 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The Rossini operatic adaptation of the familiar fairy tale, Cinderella is a kindhearted girls who dreams of escaping the tyranny of her vain stepsisters by taking control of her own destiny. General Director Placido Domingo says, “I think Los Angeles audiences of all ages will fall in love with our production of Cinderella. Rossini’s intricate music will be well served thanks to a wonderful cast under the baton of Music Director James Conlon, and stage director Joan Font and his team have created a dazzling presentation, new to Los Angeles, that is bursting with color and comedy.” The role of Cinderella will be shared by two fastrising young artists, with American mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey who will
www.vannuysnewspress.com PAGE 3 perform on March 23, 28 and 31 and Georgian mezzo-soprano Ketevan Kemoklidze, making her LA Opera debut with performances on April 3, 7, and 13. American tenor Rene Barbera, the winner of Operalia 2011, makes his Kate Lindsey as LA Opera debut as Prince Cinderella. Ramiro. Photo by Robert Millard The cast also includes three Italian singers making their Company debuts: baritone Alessandro Corbelli as Don Magnifico, Cinderella’s stepfather; baritone Vito Priante as the prince’s valet Dandini; and bass Nicola Ulivieri as the prince’s tutor Alidoro. Soprano Stacey Tappan and mezzosoprano Ronnita Nicole Miller return as Cinderella’s stepsisters, Clorinda and Tisbe. Tickets start at $19 and can be purchased at the LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, meet Billy and his family at Jeff Still’s performance by phone at (213) 972-8001 (father, mother, brother, as Christopher, the family or online at www.laopera. sister) in a dinner discussion patriarch, and Will Brill’s com. -- which reminded me of (Daniel) performance as
Now, at the Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles County Center of Performing Arts in Downtown Los Angeles is this play about a young deaf man, Billy, who meets Sylvia, and falls in love with her as she is losing her hearing. It’s the story of the differences between the hearing and the non-hearing worlds and the adjustment between the two worlds. Set in the living room (Scott Pask, scenic designer) you
so many of our family gatherings -- that you could say was almost like a sport. Throughout the play, the British playwright Liz Raine has certainly shown to the audience the different ways we have of communicating (and non-communicating) with each other. The cast, imported from the off-Broadway run, is superb, with Russell Harvard as Billy and Susan Pourfar as Sylvia shining in the roles of the young lovers. I marveled
the older brother who is bordering on psychotic. Rounding out the cast is Lee Roy Rogers as Beth and Gayle Rankin as Ruth. The audience is provided with a projected translation so we are aware of what is being signed. The Taper is also providing stage seating for the Tribes audience. This audience is seated “up close” to the action. “Tribes” runs through April 14. To purchase tickets go to centertheatergroup.org.
police news & Information
Valley Optometrist Charged With Hiding Video Camera in Office Restroom
VAN NUYS, CA -- City Attorney Carmen Trutanich announced on March 22, 2013 that criminal charges have been filed against an optometrist for allegedly concealing a small video recorder in his Tarzana office. The camera was discovered behind a poster located within a restroom of the optometrist’s office by a female office manager. “A person’s privacy, especially in the most personal and intimate situations, must be respected and protected,” said City Attorney Trutanich. “Individuals who violate that privacy will be prosecuted and held accountable under the law.” Foad Shirazian, 38, a resident of Calabasas, and a licensed Doctor of Optometry, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of violating the privacy of others by using a concealed video recording device. The charges stem from the discovery of a small video camera in late February 2013 by one of Shirazian’s female employees hidden behind a poster on the wall of an office restroom. The case is being handled by Assistant City Attorney Richard Schmidt, Supervising Attorney of the Van Nuys Branch.
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Men’s Fashion & Style
Allen Edmond’s Strand Is The Shoe Of The Week
The Strand is Allen Edmonds CEO & President Paul Grangaard’s favorite style! The relationship began in the early 1980s when, as a newly-minted banker eager for overseas experience, he had the good fortune of being transferred to Frankfurt, Germany. Given his age, inexperience and the language challenge inherent in the job, he was looking for a “credibility-enhancer”
When You Hear Sirens Or See Lights - Make The Right Move
During the month of March, the Los Angeles Fire Department has been emphasizing Operation Pull to the Right, seeking to educate motorists about the importance of yielding to ambulances, fire trucks and police cars when they are responding to emergencies. Many are surprised to learn that nationwide, nearly 16,000 collisions occur each year because a growing number of drivers fail to pull to the right and stop when emergency vehicles approach using their lights and sirens. If you or someone you love is in need of emergency assistance, naturally you want help to get there right away. You can help the fire department provide this emergency assistance as quickly as possible. It’s as simple as Moving to the Right for Sirens and Lights! When drivers stop directly in front of emergency vehicles, emergency responders are forced to find a way to maneuver around them, which delays their response and can possibly result in an accident. When hearing sirens or seeing lights... • Stay calm, signal your intentions, and remember all vehicles must pull over to the right. • If it is not safe to pull over to the right, stop, but not in an intersection. • Use common sense, if your windows are up or the music is on, regularly scan your mirrors for emergency vehicles. • Don’t panic. • Don’t pull to the left or stop in the middle lane when there is room to pull to the right. • Don’t race ahead to make the green light before the emergency vehicle gets there. • Don’t drive through a red light or stop sign when an emergency vehicle approaches from behind. • Do not closely follow. All civilian vehicles must stay at least 300 feet behind emergency vehicles.
and some needed gravitas. So he bought his first pair of this distinctly American version of the classic senior executive’s captoe brogue. When he became head of Allen Edmonds in 2008, Paul made sure they were one of the first styles reintroduced in the Timeless Classics Collection. Built on the 5-Last, these balmorals are full of personality, thanks to an array of impressive perforations plus a striking medallion on the cap toe. Perfectly complementing its design elements is this model’s orderly and architectural form, which effortlessly conveys an air of achievement as well as refined elegance. This means, just as it did for Paul, that when you put on a pair of Strands, you’ll elevate your game at the same time. Bourbon is whiskey, but it has to be made in a distinct way (and in the USA) to get its special name. Similarly, our Bourbon leather is calfskin, but it takes a unique bit of American craftsmanship to create this exceptional finish. The process starts with a warm, walnut leather which on its own cuts a dashing figure. But once we burnish the exterior on the black wheel, we not only heighten the shine but imbue the surface with contrasting low-lights to create a rich depth of color. The final result adds both character and sophistication to the shoe, creating footwear that is as unmatched as it is uncommon. (www.allenedmonds.com)
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Community News & Events Val Kilmer Brings “Citizen Twain” To The Valley Performing Arts Center
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA -- Val Kilmer, famous for his portrayals of iconic characters such as Jim Morrison (“The Doors”), Doc Holliday (“Tombstone”) and Batman (“Batman Forever”), inhabits the spirit of yet another legendary figure: Mark Twain. Kilmer continues to develop Citizen Twain, a solo show about the man considered the world’s greatest storyteller, taking it on the road to venues including the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge on April 6. “It’s a unique experiment,” explains Kilmer. “We’re developing Citizen Twain without the benefit of a home theater, which is a challenge, so we’re going to where the audiences are. Mark Twain traveled the world sharing his love of America and humanity, and part of discovering Twain is to do that with this show.” Exploring the famed author’s wry humor - from politics to death, love, money, watermelons, God, racism and cats - Kilmer channels the wit and wisdom of the man
Val Kilmer as “Citizen Twain.” Photo by Neil Jacobs
Soroptimist Society To Meet
The Soroptimist Society of San Fernando Valley will have their program Meeting on Thursday, April 11th, 6:30pm at Marie Callender’s in Northridge (19310 Business Center Drive). Sandy Schultz, region chair of Soroptimist’s online Live your Dream Campaign, will discuss how this online community empowers offline volunteer action. Soroptimist is an international organization of professional women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. All are welcome. The meal cost is $20. For more information call Gwyn Petrick at (818) 592-0055.
Burbank YMCA To Host Rally And Family Nature Hike
considered to be the world’s greatest storyteller and the first stand-up comedian. Twain was a raconteur, and Kilmer presents his show in the style of a conversation. “Mark Twain was the first person who talked the way we do,” Kilmer says. “Citizen Twain is a lively exchange with the audience, so my performance is fluid and somewhat free-form. That’s part of the fun. It’s a comedy and a character study.” Kilmer’s fascination with Mark Twain began while
doing research for a possible film project. Famous for his fierce commitment to fully explore and inhabit every character he plays, Kilmer soon realized that “the only way to understand Twain is when he’s on his feet and talking.” Every performance of Citizen Twain concludes with an audience talkback while the actor has his extensive make-up removed in full view, and select tickets also include a backstage meet and greet with the actor.
The Burbank Community YMCA is hosting a community YMCA campaign rally and family nature hike on Saturday March 30 at 9:30 am. at Stough Canyon Nature Center; 2300 Walnut Ave. in Burbank. The event is free and to the public. Attend to see displays about local natural history and plant life and hear updates on the YMCA’s Strong Today, Stronger Tomorrow Campaign. Afterward, take a hike! Bring your family, a cell phone, sunblock and hat if it’s sunny. Water and trail mix will be provided.
Jersey Mike’s To Mark “Day of Giving”
On March 27, 64 Los Angeles area Jersey Mike’s Subs locations will cap off a month-long “Month of Giving” campaign to benefit the Talbert Family Foundation. During the community fundraising event, Jersey Mike’s will donate 100 percent of its proceeds to the foundation. Local participating Jersey Mike’s Subs locations are at 14441 Burbank Blvd, Van Nuys; 19350 C Nordhoff Street, Northridge; 19458 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana; and 9840E Topanga Canyon Blvd, Chatsworth. Last year, the initiative raised $858,000 for 74 local charities and the company hopes to raise more than $1 million in 2013. For more information visit www.jerseymikes.com/mog.
Sunday Concerts Present Traditional Persian Music
St. James Sunday Concerts will present the Fakteh Ensemble in a performance of Traditional Persian Music under the direction of Reza Mousavizadeh, the director and main composer of the ensemble. The concert will be held on Sunday, April 14 at 4:00 pm. Omid Torbatian will join Mousavizadeh in playing music that includes six musical instruments (Tar, Setar, Ney, Tombak, Daf, Toofan). The performers will also sing in Persian. St James Presbyterian Church is located at 19414 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, 91356, near the Tampa exit. Admission is free, a voluntary offering will be taken. Additional information regarding the performance can be found by visiting www. fakhtehensemble.com
NARFE Members To Meet
The next monthly meeting of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at Lulu’s Restaurant located at 16900 Roscoe Blvd., Van Nuys (just east of Balboa Blvd.). Luncheon is at noon with the business meeting following at 1:00 pm. Jane Rosner, Au. D., an audiologist in private practice in Woodland Hills, will speak on “Protecting, Preserving, and Promoting the Benefits of Better Hearing.” You will have a choice of any menu item paid with an individual check. Call Bob Stiles at (818) 887-7698 or e-mail email@example.com by Monday morning, April 1 for a headcount. Meetings are open to the general public. Active and retired federal employees interested in NARFE membership should call Bob.
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Travel tips of the week
Things To Do In Denver With The Family
By Jean Strauber, Travel Editor As promised last week, here are some places to visit while in Denver that are especially terrific for families: • Denver Zoological Gardens: Your run-of-the-mill zoo? Hardly. Among the entertaining orangutans going about their monkey business, kaleidoscopic snakes slithering through the grass and hippos having a hey day, this marvelous habitat for all creatures great and small peddles an old-fashioned carousel bobbing with endangered species coupled with narrated train ride tours and environmentally-sound exhibits like the panoramic Predator Ridge, a goliath, naturally-landscaped oasis parading birds, reptiles and mammals, all of which are African species. • Denver Museum of Nature & Science: The fact that this fascinating museum is the largest of its ilk in the Rocky Mountain region is reason enough to spend several hours here, but exploring the elaborate labyrinth of ancient fossils, Egyptian mummies, and dinosaur skeletons is all the more reason to stay and hone in on your history – which is far more interesting than any textbook. Aspiring astronauts seek orbit in the museum’s Space Odyssey exhibit, a universe-spanning landscape that traverses through the planets, stars and mysteries of the Milky Way via Martian exhibits, space mission updates, swirling dust devils, twinkling stars and an interactive, hands-on “space” room where kids can garb themselves in astronaut trappings. • Westlands Park: There’s a reason – lots of them, actually – why this outdoor park for rambunctious rug rats is a parents’ best neutralizer to indoor acrobats. Sure, you’ll find swings, sand and slides, but beyond the usual suspects, this progressive playground also sports water fountains for splashing, tree houses for imaginary play and games of hide-and-seek, a climbing wall to exercise grabby hands and limber legs, xylophones to strike up a new melody, a spacious skateboarding area to practice daredevil stunts, a lacrosse field and ample picnicking space for persuading persnickety eaters that life is really just a hot dog. • Elitch Gardens: Roller coaster groupies, Ferris wheel fans and aficionados of rides that spin, twist and twirl will find all that and more at this urbanized theme park, a catchall of thrills, spills and chills spanning 70 acres. With more than 45 rides, plus a splash-filled, 10-acre Water Park, musical stages, stunt shows, arcades and the StarToon Studios, a kiddie area with pint-sized fun, there’s something here for just about everyone. A restored carousel, originally built in 1925, boasts 67 hand-carved horses that tamely glide up and down, while the Twister II, a 10-story roller coaster with a 90-foot drop, provides heart-stopping adventure. • Children’s Museum of Denver: Educational, creative and spectacularly interactive, this engaging museum for the younger set is chock-block with myriad exhibits, playscapes, and hands-on activities. Kids can shop in a makeshift grocery store and even play the part of the cashier, or brush up on their science quotient in the brand new Bubble laboratory. Curious toddlers have their own space in which to race around, while wide-eyed infants can let their imaginations come to life in the Center for the Young Child, safe, soft and quiet area that is the perfect place for playful interaction between you and your child. • Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center: Located in Westminster, a 15-minute drive from
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downtown Denver, this stand-alone insect zoo is the perfect indoor refuge in which to interact with live invertebrates fluttering around a lush rainforest, or to hold Rosie, a Chilean Rose Hair tarantula, in the palm of your hand—if you dare. The Wings Over the Tropics conservatory, home to more than 1,200 flitting butterflies, moths and skippers, shipped from farms as far away as Kenya and Ecuador, makes for an exhilarating wander through the toasty conservatory, awash with lush green plants. Stop by the Shrunk! exhibit, an interactive play area buzzing with insects and giant robotic scorpions and carpenter ants that move. Inspect the information charts, and you’ll learn that beetles comprise one-fifth of all living things on Earth. Who knew? • Downtown Aquarium: Oceanic inspiration comes in all guises at this visually intoxicating aquarium, but the main draw is the 500 species of fish and marine life swimming in more than one million gallons of water. The exhibits, which traverse through a coral lagoon, Indonesian rainforests, North American wilderness, Sumatran tiger habitats, shipwrecks and wharfs, are engaging and exotic. Here, amid, the astounding marine life, kids can feed the stingrays, swim with the sharks, pan for gold, become a marine biologist for a day, or even spend the night in the aquarium. It costs $2 to feed the stingrays, but it’s worth it to watch them dive in droves for their food as your child gasps in glee while getting sloshed with water. • Coors Field: The home base of the Colorado Rockies baseball team make, Coors Field sports the thinnest air in major leage baseball, and a block of purple seats on the 20th row of the upper deck marks the point where it’s exactly one mile above sea level. The World Series contenders have employed numerous tactics to neutralize the thin air, including humidifying baseballs before the game, but since the stadium’s 1995 debut, the best solution has been to simply hit as many home runs as possible. The “Rockpile” seats, located 500 feet from home plate, cost just $4 for adults and $1 for kids age 12 and under, and you’ll sit altitude-high with some of the most die-hard baseball fans in the country. • Dinosaur Ridge: While you’re not going to come across any living, breathing dinosaurs while you’re here in Denver – they’re still extinct, the last we checked – you will have ample opportunity to learn about these long-gone Colorado residents. At Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison (near Red Rocks Amphitheatre) you can touch the bones of Allosaurus and Stegosaurus at the site where important dinosaur discoveries were made in the late 1800s. See how Iguanadons walked by viewing real dinosaur footprints forever preserved in the sandstone. • Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum: Located in a 150,000-square-foot, 1930sera former Air Force hangar, Wings Over the Rockies is heaven for the aerospace enthusiast. The museum is home to more than three-dozen historic airplanes and space vehicles, including a massive B-52 Stratofortress, a 1926 Eaglerock “longwing,” and – Star Wars fans take note – an X-Wing fighter. • Morrison Natural History Museum: Get a glimpse of early dinosaur discoveries from Colorado, including fossils from the first Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus ever found. Located 25 minutes west of Downtown Denver, the 3,000-square-foot exhibition offers a relaxed environment that is perfect for kids of all ages to explore rocks and fossils. The exhibits and guides connect visitors with the ancient story of the Front Range. Recent local excavations have yielded famous baby dinosaur footprints that were featured in Smithsonian magazine and media outlets around the world. • Wizard’s Chest: There are toy stores – and then there is the Wizard’s Chest, a fantastical, twotiered, 8,000-square-foot, kaleidoscopic castle brimming with brainy toys, mind-challenging games and puzzles, lifelike puppets, vivid costumes, hats, wigs and masks, a theatrical make-up counter and books. Chessboards lay across tables, inviting both novices and masterminds to vie for coveted winning titles, in-store tournaments celebrating collectible card games, like Yu-Gi-Oh, are held weekly, and the yearly Rocky Mountain Yo-Yo Championships brings fierce competitors to the floor. But more than anything else, this imagination-inspiring emporium is all about fun. It’s a fantasy world for kids, to be sure, but captivated parents are just as susceptible to its magic. • Lollipop Park Indoor Children’s Amusement Park: An action-packed playground you can visit with the kids year-round (whether you want to escape the cold or the heat), Lollipop Park offers rides, lazer tag, two ice skating rinks, a rock climbing wall and mini golf, plus much more. For more information go to Denver.org.
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Makalei Golf Club, Kona
THE BIG ISLAND, HAWAII -- Makalei is truly one of the most unique golf courses in the world. The Kona golf course encompasses all of the serenity and challenge that the Island of Hawaii has to offer.
Situated in the Kona region on the west side of Hawaii Island, known for its cool climates and world famous coffee farms, Makalei boasts an elevation range from 1,800 to 2,850 feet. This Kona golf layout is a cool, scenic, lush forest alternative to the island’s coastal golf course experiences. The temperate climate, lush surrounding forests, and elevation offer a great challenge for golfers of all skill levels. Several distinctive features on the course include bent grass greens, lava tubes, cinder cones and a stone wall dating back more than a century. Regardless of skill level, Kona golf enthusiasts will appreciate the indigenous flora and fauna of the area, which includes many native species of plants as well as numerous peacocks, pheasants, wild turkeys, and other wildlife. While the golf course and native plants and animals are enough for most people to enjoy the experience, Makalei also vaunts a spectacular view of Hawaii Island as well as one of Mount Haleakalâ on the island of Maui. Makalei is a short drive straight up the mountain from the Kona International Airport, and is easily accessible from all of the major resorts and destinations on the Island of Hawaii. Makalei offers player friendly prices, which make it one of the most affordable golf courses on the island. (www.makalei.com)
The Good Health Guide to Belize
By Jennifer Billock, Special to the Van Nuys News Press It’s 5 a.m. I’m up and organizing my things for an early morning snorkel trip. Weak light filters in through the cabana window to rest on my suitcase. I draw in a deep breath to center myself for another day of adventure. Then I see it – black, furry, and as wide as a tennis ball, basking in the glow right on top of my suitcase – a tarantula. All hope of relaxation vanishes as I let out an indecorous squeal and jump backward onto the bed, eyes darting around the room in a panic, expecting an entire family of giant arachnids to crawl out of the shadows and bear down on me with venomous fangs. It was scary, but don’t worry! I’m okay now (obviously). Few Belizean tarantulas contain venom, and their poison only causes adverse reactions in allergic people. These arachnids pose about as serious a threat to humans as the common bumblebee. Just leave them alone, as I did, and all will be well. My tarantula scampered off towards the bathroom, I left for my trip and when I came back, it was gone. Problem solved. Now you understand the actual danger of unexpectedly finding yourself with a hairy roommate – and you’ve taken your first step on the path towards a safe and healthy Belize vacation. My first step came not with the tarantula, but before I even left. A few days before hitting the tarmac, I received a frantic phone call from my travel companion. “Do we need immunizations?! I don’t want to catch malaria!” After I calmed her down, we had a good laugh. One of us always has a pretty serious case of traveler’s hypochondria. Guess it was her turn this go-round. Truthfully, frequently-needled tourists can relax: Belize-bound travelers don’t require vaccinations unless they’re heading in from a country plagued by yellow fever. Bug spray, closed-toe shoes, long sleeves, and good mosquito netting over the bed will stave off most ailments. The day before our departure, my phone rang again: “What about the water? Can we drink the water?!” Yes, of course we can. Collected, filtered rainwater flows from the taps in Belize’s major cities, and the shops in populated areas carry bottled water. It’s always a good idea to stock up before heading to any of the more remote regions of the country, though. With the heat of the jungle blasting, it can be difficult to keep hydrated. Dehydration and heat exhaustion sneak up on you, and if you’re not careful you’ll be squeezing a hospital visit into your travel itinerary. Luckily, I was hydrated plenty during my trek through the rainforest, but found I had forgotten to take one very important precaution: SPF. The sun rewarded my carelessness with some pretty serious burns as I hiked up to the High Temple at Lamanai. Of course, the gorgeous forested views from the top diverted my attention from the pain, but once I got back to the cabana, forget about it. Don’t make the same mistake I did – pack a powerful sunscreen! Belize sits just 17 degrees North of the equator, and the dry-season sun burns hot and bright all day. I should have known… If a hospital does become one of the stops along your journey through Belize – say, because you decided to show off your mad snake-handling skills with the poisonous fer-de-lance – head to Belize City. The country’s most advanced medical facilities can be found at Belize City Hospital, along with well-stocked pharmacies and knowledgeable staff. Make sure you have adequate travel and health insurance before you leave home. And don’t write off herbal medicine or holistic healers. The only thing providing relief for the few serious mosquito bites I got (okay, so I forgot bug spray too…) was an herbal anti-itch cream I found in a general store in the middle of nowhere. Traditional community healers won’t hesitate to soothe what ails a traveler. Some of Belize’s top holistic healers minister to a wide range of clients from the US and other countries. The most important thing to do to ensure your health and safety in Belize: remain conscious of your surroundings. Those ants may seem harmless – until you break the army ant trail and they come after you. (Yes, that happened to me. And no, I don’t want to talk about it.) Just be careful out there, travelers! (For more information about visiting Belize, please check out www.amble.com/zophora)
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CĂĄrdenasâ€™ First Bill Honors CesĂĄr Estrada ChĂĄvez
Washington, DC -- On Thursday, March 21, U.S. Rep. Tony CĂĄrdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) introduced his inaugural piece of legislation in the United States House of Representatives. The bill, H.Res. 132, is a Congressional resolution honoring the life and activities of CesĂĄr ChĂĄvez, (pictured) the laborer and organizer who organized migrant and farm laborers in the western United States during the latter half of the 20th Century. â€œAs the son of a farm worker who rose from the soil to contribute to this country and raise ten incredible children, CesĂĄr Estrada ChĂĄvez is a hero to me,â€? said CĂĄrdenas. â€œChĂĄvez fought for respect and human rights for all workers, regardless of how humble their job was. Because of his fight, the son of a farm worker can grow to become a Congressman. Because of CesĂĄr ChĂĄvez, the American Dream is alive and well, and I hope this Resolution will show the pride our nation has in his lifeâ€™s work.â€? ChĂĄvez is perhaps best known for founding the National Farm Workers Association, which became the United Farm Workers of America. In 1994, ChĂĄvez was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2012, President Obama declared March 31st, ChĂĄvezâ€™s birthday, as CesĂĄr ChĂĄvez Day and later that year directed the Secretary of the Interior to establish a CesĂĄr ChĂĄvez National Monument in Keene, Calif. CĂĄrdenasâ€™ legislation recognizes the accomplishments and example set by ChĂĄvez, pledges to promote ChĂĄvezâ€™s legacy, encourages the people of the United States to commemorate that legacy and honors ChĂĄvezâ€™s famous rallying cry, â€œSi se puede!â€? Spanish for, â€œYes, we can!â€? A companion to H.Res. 132 is being introduced in the Senate by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. â€œI am proud to join Tony in introducing legislation commemorating the life and legacy of CĂŠsar Estrada ChĂĄvez â€“ something I have done every year as Chairman of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force,â€? said Menendez. â€œChĂĄvez was one of the greatest civil rights leaders of our time â€“ a man who dedicated his life to fighting for equality, justice, and dignity not only for Hispanic farm workers, but for all workers in the United States. ChĂĄvez always said: â€˜the fight is never about grapes or lettuce; itâ€™s always about people.â€™ His legacy serves as a source of inspiration to me and many others who believe in fairness and safety for every American worker. â€?
BOE Postpones Collection Of Fire Prevention Fees
Sacramento â€“ The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) has been contacted by CAL FIRE with a request to postpone fire prevention fee billings for Fiscal Year 2012-13. The Chairman of the Board of Equalization, Jerome E. Horton, has been informed that the delay in the collection of these fees is a result of workload issues created by a high number of appeals and he hopes this postponement will give CAL FIRE more time to assure more accurate billing information. The fire prevention fee funds are administered by CAL FIRE. Current state law requires the BOE to bill the owners of habitable structures located within
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For close to 20 years, the Job Training Program at Los Angeles Valley College has assisted thousands of job seekers with career and skills upgrade training. One of the most successful and innovative programs at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) is the Job Training Program. Established in 1994 as a training partner for the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), the Job Training office develops customized curriculum to train new hires and current employees. Working closely with local businesses to determine their individual training needs, the office is an extension of the college and represents a means to develop customized training solutions for industry and job seekers alike. On the horizon for Summer 2013, LAVC Job Training will offer three distinct training programs: The Microsoft Office Academy, LA Fellows Professional Development Academy and The Tool & Manufacturing Academy. All three academies are funded by the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board (WIB) via the local WorkSource Centers of Southern California. Qualified candidates are recruited and screened by the WorkSource Centers and referred to LAVC for training. Participants must qualify for the cost-free training, and usually are displaced/dislocated workers receiving unemployment insurance benefits. LAVC Job Training programs have bee recognized by such respected organizations as the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), State Board of Governors, the Workforce Investment Boards, and the City of Los Angeles Mayorâ€™s Office. Job Training has trained and placed more than 20,000 job seekers in new positions while providing skills and training upgrades to over 16,000 incumbent workers in a variety of courses. Job training is extremely proud of their lofty 87% placement rate throughout the years. Not a stand-alone organization, Job Training has partnered with numerous organizations such as the City of Los Angeles WorkSource Centers, the Employment Development Dept. (EDD), The U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) and the Valley Economic Alliance. Business partners include such distinguished organizations as Baxter Health Care, Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro), The County of Los Angeles, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Hawker Pacific Aerospace, Klune Industries, HAAS Automation and the SFV National Tooling & Machining Association. For more information on training programs, contact the LAVC Job Training office at (818) 947-2941, or see www.lavc.edu/jobtraining to learn more. the State Responsibility In a statement released the collection of the fee. will determine Area (SRA), and collect on March 20, Chairman Time Horton said, â€œUntil whether these funds were the fees. However, on the Courts decide the necessary to help prevent March 12, 2013, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers constitutionality of this and manage fires in certain Association filed a lawsuit legislation, it remains the areas, and whether the against CAL FIRE and law and the Board has no law is constitutional. If the Board of Equalization alternative but to follow the law is found to be (BOE), challenging the the law which gives CAL unconstitutional, we will constitutionality of the FIRE the authority to not permit these fees to direct the board to delay further burden feepayers.â€? measure.
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KONA, HAWAII -- The surf at high tide swirls and foams just a few feet below diners who gaze out at a never-ending horizon, hoping to catch the elusive green flash. Anglers fish almost nightly off the rocks fronting the restaurant and every catch gets a rousing applause from diners. Bus boys join in the fun by hurling soft dinner rolls into the surf to cause a frenzy among awaiting fish and eels. After dusk, Huggo’s brightly lit façade sometimes attracts graceful manta rays that glide in and out of the reef.
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Also enjoy lunch and dinner next door at Huggo’s on the Rocks, where the menu focuses on lighter fare and cocktails. It’s where you can munch barefoot in the sand and enjoy live Hawaiian music and hula. The Rocks also has its own horseshoe-shaped bar. Whether looking for a romantic rendezvous or a place to schmooze a business buddy, Huggo’s has it all – seaside location, balmy breezes, expert service and cuisine that refuses to compromise. (www.huggos.com)
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