Monday, July 28, 2008

From the Inbox


Westchester Public Library will be holding a World Dance and
Culture program free for teens (and younger siblings). This
multicultural interactive dance course will teach dances
from Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Brazil. Bring your
dancing shoes and join us. For ages 11 and up.

Date: Tuesday, July 29

Time: 1:30 PM

7114 W. Manchester
Los Angeles CA 90045

For more information call Kathy at 310-348-1096

Kathy Lindemann
Young Adult Librarian III
Westchester-Loyola Village Library
Los Angeles Public Library
7114 W. Manchester
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 348-1095

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Looking forward to the next holiday?

Labor Day countdown banner

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Youtube Contest - Deadline August 1st

Win the chance to spend a day in the presidential campaign press pool, and attend the 2008 Democratic National Convention!

Go to:

And submit a video answering the question:

"Why are you a Democrat in 2008?"

The 5 most creative and compelling videos will be selected by the Democratic National Convention Committee, and YouTube users will vote for the winner.

The deadline for submission is AUGUST 1 - so submit your video today!

This look like something that could be good way to make studying Politics a bit more realistic.

Friday, July 25, 2008

R.I.P. Randy Pausch - You're a True Class Act

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Thought this was useful for those who are learning languages

Saturday, July 19, 2008

E-Group for the Day

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Some interesting products we've found

The Bancroft Library

Friday, July 18, 2008

I realized some people haven't heard about this update

this is via Mercury News click link for complete story

Case that led to Calif. home school ban dismissed

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—A legal ruling outlawing most forms of home schooling in California could come under renewed scrutiny because the court case on which it was based has been dismissed.

On Thursday, a family court judge terminated its jurisdiction over two of the eight children of Phillip and Mary Long of Los Angeles.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I thought this was cool - Arabic Lessons

I am a bit proponent on learning a second (even a third) language. Some of the languages we, as a group and individually, are working on - Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Sign Language. It is challenging. It can be frustrating but it is definitely good for the brain and a great way to think outside of yourself. You also can learn a lot about various cultures and histories. Anyway, I wanted to share this with you all. - OldSchool

Monday, July 14, 2008

Online/Youtube Guitar Lesson

My son is learning the guitar for fun. So I notice I'm looking out for more "free" lessons. I thought I would share this with you all.

Want a great learning experience - check out a Obon Festival near you

great list via CJKDRAMAS board

2008 Obon Festivals

Obon (お盆, Obon) or just Bon (盆, Bon) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the departed (deceased) spirits of one's ancestors. This Buddhist custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors' graves. It has existed in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori (盆踊り)... Read more.

• July 20 - Guadalupe Buddhist Temple Obon
1072 Olivera St., Guadalupe, CA 93434
(805) 343-1053

• July 19-20 - Orange County Buddhist Temple Obon
909 So. Dale Street, Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 827-9590

• July 19-20 - Pasadena Buddhist Temple Obon
1993 Glen Ave, Pasadena, CA, 91103
(626) 798-4781

• July 19-20 - Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
12371 Braddock Drive, Culver City, California 90230
(310) 391-4351

• July 26-27 - Vista Buddhist Temple Obon
150- B Cedar Road, Vista, CA 92083
(760) 941-8800

• July 26-27 - West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Obon
2003 Corinth Ave., West Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 477-7274

• July 26-27 - Higashi Hompa Honganji Buddhist Temple Obon
505 E. Third Street, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, 90013
(213) 626-4200

• July 27 - Montebello Sozenji Buddhist Temple Obon
3020 West Beverly Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640-2215
(323) 724-6866

• August 2 - Buddhist Temple of San Diego Obon
2929 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 239-0896

• August 2 - San Luis Obispo Buddhist Temple Obon
6996 Ontario Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 595-2839

• August 2-3 - Gardena Buddhist Temple Obon
1517 W. 166th Street, Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 327-9400

• August 9 - Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha Obon
Cimarron Memorial High School
2301 North Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV

• August 16-24 - 68th Nisei Week Japanese Festival
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

• 2008 Hawaii Obon Festivals (all Islands)

• 2008 Northern California Obon Festivals (Obon and Bazaar Issue)
Publication Date: June 19, 2008
• Third largest advertising issue
• The national guide to popular Obons and bazaars in the Japanese American community
• History and traditions of community festivals
• Comprehensive calendar of Obons and community bazaars throughout the country

SHEA'S Sept 2008 Disneyland Trip

This is it! Just A FEW DAYS LEFT of registration available for the
Not Back to School Days event at Disneyland which will be held
September 15-17, 2008 – and there are almost 1000 people now
attending – you won't want to miss out on this fantastic homeschool
memory and family vacation!!!

Have you ever wanted to stay at one of Disneyland's fabulous
hotels? Accommodations are available at Disneyland's most
prestigious hotel – the Grand Californian – for just $219 per night
and is based on 4 nights stay (check in on September 14th, check out
on September 18th.) This hotel can start at $400 a night and go up,
so it is an excellent deal. All of our rooms sleep five
comfortably, they have one queen bed, a bunk bed, and a trundle
under the bunk. If you can squeeze more on the beds, more power to
ya! Must book through SHEA only – not through Disney - only 27
rooms left, hurry – time is running out!

You can find out all the answers to the FAQ on our website at:

There are FIVE of the Disney-instructed YES (Youth in Education
Series) classes to choose from – each is approximately 3 hours
long. You get your choice of two of these classes WITH a 3-day park
hopper pass at an outstanding rate of just $109 per person. (Annual
passholders may attend a class at just $30). No orders will be
taken for these classes after July 18th!!

You are also invited to our talent show and private party on
September 15th at the Paradise Pier Hotel ballroom – we invite ALL
homeschool families to join us for this and support the
homeschoolers who will be performing! The cost for the dinner/show
is $33 for adults (10 and older) and $20 for kids (3-9 years).
There are approximately 30 homeschoolers on the program. Please
come and show your support – they have worked hard and it will be a
spectacular show!

And we can't forget about the Homeschool Homecoming Dance which will
be held immediately after the talent show. This dance is for teens,
and any teen who takes the Leadership YES class will receive a
discount to the dance.

None of this can be reserved directly through Disneyland – we are
under a group rate contract. You do not have to be a member of SHEA
to participate in anything, but you do need to order from SHEA to
get the discounts. Visit our website today for more information, to
get the FAQ's, and to register:

Dianne McLean

Join hundreds of homeschoolers for the 2nd Annual Not Back to School
Days at Disneyland, September 15-17, 2008:

Floor & Decor event - July 17 (RSVP requested)

Floor & Decor is hosting an event inviting kids to do an art project
and learn to create exciting pieces of art using Mosaic tile. This
event is completely free and open to kids of all ages. Snacks and
refreshments will be provided. The event will be held on Thursday,
July 17 from 10-11 a.m. at the Floor and Decor located at 200 Hidden
Valley Pkwy Norco, CA 92860. Please let me know if you are able to
attend in order to have the right amount of supplies.
Thanks so much and we hope to see you there!
Lindsey Asche | Assistant Account Executive

Hauser Group
530 Means Street, Suite G-1
Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone (404) 222.7268

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Something those with teenagers may be interested in

Friday, July 11, 2008

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Quote for the Day

"I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework." -- Edith Ann, [Lily Tomlin]

Although I've homeschooled...

I always appreciate teachers who think outside the box and really try to make life issues understandable to those they teach. When homeschooling I've always tend to veered towards the real life projects. I am glad that my child still loves learning.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Quote for the Day

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. ~Clay P. Bedford

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Math Widget

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Myspace Layouts, Myspace graphics
Myspace Graphics | July 4th Comments | Myspace layouts

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Reminder from CHN (California Homeschool Network)

The CHN Family Expo is in 4 weeks and TODAY is the last day to register
early for the Expo and get the really low price! The shopping cart and
links to the registration forms will be removed from the website after
today, and you will no longer see the $40 per adult, $50 per couple and $30
for children prices. This is it! Register here:

If you registered yesterday, you were in good company, and we still have a
lot to process, so please be patient while we get to all of them. An email
will be sent to you and you'll also be subscribed to our private Yahoo

HOTEL - The Marriott Hotel opened up more rooms for Thursday and for Sunday
nights, so if anyone has changed their mind and would like to extend their
stay, you can now do it if you hurry! Thursday is especially popular, so
we're really glad to see a few extra rooms available! Don't wait long on
these, though. Friday and Saturday nights are full, but we're starting a
waiting list for those who hope to get those nights. Usually someone ends
up cancelling, so if we hear of any rooms becoming available, we'll let the
person who reserved the room know about the person still hoping to get a
room. We hope this helps everyone! To reserve Thursday or Sunday, go
To be placed on our hotel waiting list, email chn_expo @ (remove spaces).

Don't miss the CHN Expo! The Expo helps both new homeschoolers and those
who need encouragement after many years of homeschooling!


CHN Family Expo - "Trust the Parents!"
August 1-3, 2008 Ontario Marriott Hotel

Teen Program - Westchester, CA

Teen Summer Reading Program at the library

We are proud to present Tom Kurai of the Taiko Center of Los
Angeles. Watch as he demonstrates how to play the Taiko
drum and learn how to play it yourself! For ages 11 and up.
(Under 11 can come out and watch too!)

Tuesday, July 8, 2:00 PM

Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Library
7114 W Manchester
Los Angeles CA 90045

Sign up for Teen Summer Reading, too, while you're there.
Lots of contests to compete in for prizes.

See you there!

Kathy Lindemann
Young Adult Librarian
Westcheser-Loyola Village Branch
(310) 348-1096