East Meets West Sponsors Parenting Conference

“Parental Self-Care: How Taking Care of Yourself Benefits Your Family” was the topic discussed at a recent parenting conference sponsored by the East Meets West Parent Education Club at Crowell Library. The featured speaker was Professor Marla Brassard, who is director of the School of Psychology at Columbia University. Brassard presented the results of ongoing research into the ability of parents to promote their own strength and well-being in order to be able to continue their job of positive parenting.

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Tina Wong, Flora Wang, Grace Jeong, Caroline Elliott, Jennifer Lu, Ivy Sun, Mary Brassard, guest speaker Marla Brassard, and Annie and Paul Brassard

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Swirlz Soft Serve Holds Grand Opening

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Swirlz owner Sepherteen Jew (second from left) stands with daughters Rioghnach, Saerlaith and Caislin Dunn.

Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor held its grand opening recently, and a steady crowd streamed through the doors to sample the organic soft-serve ice cream and yogurt for 20% off. Through the month of March, there is a 10% discount off the entire food purchase and a special of a $25 gift card for $20.
Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor is a local family-owned frozen dessert parlor featuring organic soft-serve ice cream and yogurt, vegan coconut milk, Dole Whip, gelato and custard, with more than 60 toppings to customize the treat. It is located at 2136 Huntington Drive.

Children’s Hospital NICCU Families to Reunite at Kidspace

A butterfly-themed celebration on Sunday, April 2, will reunite hundreds of patients and their families with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit at Kidspace Children’s Museum for an evening filled with play, fun and laughter.
These children, affectionately called NICCU “graduates,” all spent crucial days, weeks and months in CHLA’s intensive care unit specially designed to meet the needs of critically ill infants. About 800 patients, parents and loved ones will get an opportunity to reunite and celebrate with the physicians and nurses who cared for them during these vital early moments of life.
To commemorate the lives and accomplishments of NICCU graduates, CHLA and Kidspace have partnered to host the reunion.
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San Marino ‘Arts Rock!’ Showcases April 1

The San Marino Unified School District will host its annual “Arts Rock!” celebration, a festival to showcase the K-12 arts programs, on April 1, from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the high school.
Festival participants are invited to sing, dance, act, draw,and play at various activities, including: Tie dye, tutu-making, comedy sports, storytelling, karaoke, face-painting, henna tattoos, jewelry-making, an instrument petting zoo, mural painting, ceramics and a painting workshop.
The community can wander through the K-12 art exhibit and watch the talented student showcases by dance, drama, instrumental music and choral music, which happen on the outdoor stage. Three food trucks and desserts at the Musical Theater Soda Shop will be available. Student-made arts and crafts at the craft store will be available for purchase.
Beginning at 3:15 p.m., SMUSD choir, dance, drama and instrumental music will close the event with performances in the Neher Auditorium. All are welcome to attend.

Carver-Valentine PTAs Enjoy Board Brunch

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Members of the PTA executive boards of Carver and Valentine Elementary schools gathered for brunch recently at the home of Grace Karkafi. Jacki Chuang (front row, from left), Maren Pellant, Darbin Chan, Marci Wendling and Lauren Shen. Middle row: Michiko Lee, Danica Hughes, Tami McGovern, Tieu-My Nguyen, Amy Morris, Kathy Osegueda and Jennifer Dill-Kamal. Back: Alison Mohler, Daisy Wilson, Natalie O’Connor, Zarana Patel, Helen Phan, Lisa Nguyen, Valentine Principal Colleen Shields, Kathryn Oliveros, Carver Principal Michael Lin, Nicolette Fuerst, Grace Karkafi, Ellen Tsang and Nancy Ko. Hosting duties rotate for this annual event, and it was the Carver PTA’s turn to welcome its Valentine counterpart, in addition to the principals of both schools, Michael Lin of Carver and Colleen Shields of Valentine.

San Marino Eyes Water Rate Hikes Up to 16%

In the weeks following a presentation by California American Water on proposed water rate hikes, city officials await further developments in the rate decision process.
Despite a combined result of lower customer water usage across the board and also the consolidation of water rates among local systems, CAW officials said they are proposing a 16% water rate hike for the San Marino water system, which would become effective next year. This proposal has yet to go before the California Public Utilities Commission, which acts as a moderating arm for the water companies that operate under a monopoly. Continue reading “San Marino Eyes Water Rate Hikes Up to 16%”

Bike Rodeo Teaches Street Safety on April 1

A free bike rodeo for students of all ages will take place Saturday, April 1, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the blacktop at San Marino High School. The space will replicate a community street with backdrops of buildings, including sidewalks, bike lanes, prop cars, intersections, crosswalks, traffic signs, traffic signals and railroad tracks.
Sponsored by the city of San Marino and Caltrans for the Huntington Drive Safe Streets Corridor Plan, the event will have SafeMoves instructors to take participants through the rodeo on bikes pointing out hazards, rules of the road, the importance of being alert and not being distracted, staying focused on their environment, understanding driver behavior, helmet safety, pedestrian safety and how to be safer bike riders (and skateboarders) while riding or rolling through their neighborhoods.
The SafeMoves staff teaches age-appropriately and makes the bike safety training fun and engaging, while participants learn life-saving lessons.

HMS Student Crowned U.S. National Amateur Dance Champion

Nathaniel Chen (right) is an 8th-grader at Huntington Middle School. His partner is Liza Shlimovich.

Nathaniel Chen, a 13-year-old 8th-grader at Huntington Middle School, and his partner, Liza Shlimovich, a 9th-grader at Mirman School in Los Angeles, were once again crowned as Junior 2 American Smooth Champions at the U.S. National Amateur DanceSport Championships at the Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, recently.
After intensive and competitive rounds from quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, Chen and Shlimovich won first place in all four dances in the Junior 2 (age 14-15) age category and were crowned as the U.S. Junior 2 American Smooth Champions. The American Smooth style consists of four dances: waltz, tango, foxtrot and Viennese waltz.
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Tree Planted for Chinese Arbor Day

City officials and Chinese Club of San Marino members planted a tree on Monday in the Huntington Drive median across from Noodle World in honor of Chinese Arbor Day. The Chinese Club routinely donates trees for the city to plant in observance of the holiday, which is March 12 and in the memory of Dr. Sun Yet San, the founder of the original Republic of China. Pictured are Elaine Hon (from left), Tony Chou, Nancy Lee, Serena Ho, Shawn Chou, Mayor Dr. Richard Sun, Marina Wang, David Wang, Maggie Lee, John Chou, Shirley Lee, Alan Chen, Paul Hsu and Joyce Lin.