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Fairmont Homestay: Hosting International Students Can Be an Experience of a Lifetime

September 1, 2014 • 2014, Cover Story, Education & Learning, People & Profiles, September 2014, Teens and Pre-TeensComments (0)

Attending a top 100 university, as defined by U.S. News & World Report, is not only a goal for U.S. students; it’s a goal for many international students as well. To prepare for studying at a notable American university, international families send their young adults to American high schools. The Institute of International Education recently [&hellip...

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New School Year, New Standards: A Primer on the Transition to Common Core

August 1, 2014 • 2014, August 2014, Big Kids, Cover Story, Education & Learning, Teens and Pre-TeensComments (0)

The 2014-15 school year is marking something momentous. This fall kicks off the first year that California schools will officially be implementing the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Sure, you’ve heard of it. And, yes, you’ve also heard the...

Thomas House Family Shelter: Offering Families a House While They Find a Home

July 1, 2014 • 2014, Community, Cover Story, July 2014Comments (0)

For homeless families struggling to provide their children with life’s basic necessities and create an opportunity to become independent and self-sufficient, Thomas House Family Shelter is more than a place to stay – it’s a place to permanently change...

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FUZION – Meet. Eat. Play. – Huntington Beach’s New Family Entertainment Destination

June 1, 2014 • Big Kids, Cover Story, Entertainment, June 2014Comments (0)

It is this mom’s humble opinion that the nation’s most ubiquitous kids’ arcade and pizza venue grew to such heights of popularity in spite of its slightly disturbing six-foot rat. We parents have to admit that when it comes to party places and...

Cosmic Class Act: The Acting Academy for Kids Offers the Total Theater Experience

May 1, 2014 • 2014, Big Kids, Cover Story, Entertainment, May 2014, People & Profiles, Teens and Pre-TeensComments (0)

If you haven’t yet seen the young Darth Vader Volkswagen commercial that first aired during the Super Bowl, you ought to join 59 million other people and give it a peek on YouTube. In it, a young boy dressed up as the iconic villain attempts to employ...

Family Mortgage Matters: Nate Kuchera of Bank of Manhattan

April 4, 2014 • 2014, April 2014, Cover Story, Home, Money Matters, People & ProfilesComments (0)

Nate Kuchera of Bank of Manhattan on helping families get the home – and loan – that’s right for them I was only half joking when I used to say that I pursued a college degree in journalism because the math requirement was minimal. As an adult,...

Swim Like the Fishes

March 5, 2014 • 2014, Babies, Big Kids, Community, Cover Story, March 2014, ToddlersComments (1)

Learning to swim early in life is safer and smarter. I’m going to be honest: It is my dream to see my daughters swim in the Olympics. When running through the list of activities that they would do as children, swimming was at the top of my list – way...

Halstrom Academy’s Hopeful Ratio of 1:1

February 3, 2014 • 2014, Community, Cover Story, February 2014, People & Profiles, Teens and Pre-TeensComments (0)

How Halstrom Academy is helping young Olympic hopefuls pursue their dreams This month the Winter Olympics take place in Russia, where young people from all over the globe will show their stuff. It’s easy to watch them fly twenty feet above a half-pipe,...

Mission San Juan Capistrano: Preserving a Historical Treasure for Future Generations

November 27, 2013 • 2013, Big Kids, Community, Cover Story, December 2013Comments (0)

A step through Mission San Juan Capistrano’s Gate House entry doors is a welcoming journey to the past. One is greeted with the energized spirit of a caring staff, the beauty of gardens and a unique setting steeped in history. The Mission is a historical...