Category Archives: Kids/Parenting

Optimist Oratorical Contest Draws 9 Contestants

Even though Covid-19 took away the live version of the Palisades Optimist Club Oratorical Contest, nine contestants competed via Zoom in early April. This year’s contest theme was “Just Image a World Without Boundaries” and each student wrote and delivered … Continue reading

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The Yogurt Shoppe Will Sponsor Kids on Bikes

Although there’s no parade this year, the traditional bike decorating contest is ON. Kids who decorate their bikes or scooters could win one of three $50 gift certificates to The Yogurt Shoppe on Swarthmore. For nine years, owners Kevin and … Continue reading

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Library’s Annual Summer Writing Contest Is Underway, And Now Citywide

The Friends of the Palisades Library organization has launched its annual summer creative writing contest, which for the first time in the contest’s history is now available to students who attend school (private or public) in Los Angeles. Youth and … Continue reading

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PaliHi Teacher Jamie Agius Fulfills Goal of Becoming A Humanitarian–By Making Covid-19 Masks at Home

If your dream is to be a humanitarian and work for the United Nations, the quest ought to be attainable with the right motivation, the proper college degrees and hard work. Then life intervenes, and instead you become a different … Continue reading

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Pacific Palisades Parent Pleads Guilty in Ongoing College Admissions Scandal

According to Sunday’s Washington Post (“Another Parent Is Charged in College Admissions Scandal, Will Admit to Efforts to Get Son into Georgetown”) Pacific Palisades resident Peter Dameris is the 54th person charged in the admissions scandal dubbed “Varsity Blues” and the … Continue reading

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The Lost Art of Letter Writing and How (and Why) to Encourage Kids to Do More Writing

For Mother’s Day, I requested a dessert called “Blarneys” that my grandma Agnes Sazama used to make. This tasty little yellow cake is wrapped in a buttercream frosting and then rolled in peanuts. I recently re-discovered the recipe in a handwritten … Continue reading

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Junior Lifeguard Program Cancelled This Summer

For many Pacific Palisades residents, the L.A. County Junior Lifeguard program has presented the perfect summer solution for youth, ages 9 to 17. The program, which is affordable, especially for families that have more than one child, provides instruction in water safety, … Continue reading

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Coping with Covid-19: A Teen’s Middle-School Perspective

By CHAZ PLAGER Special to Circling the News In my opinion, there are three kinds of people dealing with Covid-19. The first are extroverts who are going crazy while stuck inside, and some are spending every waking moment protesting. The … Continue reading

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Help Purchase a Yearbook for Every Palisades High School Senior in Need 

When you graduated from high school, most likely you purchased a yearbook. Many of you still have that annual and appreciate how important it was to commemorate your senior year. In particular, the Class of 2020 at Palisades High, thanks … Continue reading

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Free Goodie Bags at the YMCA, and Theatre Palisades Youth Auditions:

  GOODIE BAGS FOR KIDS: Tomorrow, May 2, between 10 a.m. and noon, the Palisades-Malibu YMCA will give out free activity bags for the kids. Executive Director Jim Kirtley said that May 2 is Healthy Kids Day and even though … Continue reading

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