Jewish Journal


February 22, 2007

Holidays not on the calendar


JCLLA's Dog-Day Afternoon

The Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles had a furry good time on Feb. 4 when Cantor Marcelo Gindlin, above, came by to sing and read a new book called "Alfie's Bark Mitzvah." The book, written by Shari Cohen, includes a CD with five of Gindlin's songs.

Holidays NOT on the Calendar

In addition to the holidays you might already be celebrating in March, like Purim, why not add some of these?

March 3: National Anthem Day -- On this day in 1931 "The Star Spangled Banner" was adopted by Congress as the national anthem. So try and hit that high note; we won't tell anyone if your voice cracks.

March 9: Barbie's Birthday -- Ruth Handler's Barbie came to stores on this day in 1959. This blonde-haired, blue-eyed gal can "do anything" with a smile. Ask your mom or aunt about her first doll (and if she still has it).

Do you think history is just a thing of the past? Think again!

Publishers of the "Blast to the Past" chapter-book series (Aladdin, $3.99), about a group of time-traveling third-graders, just released book No. 7: "Washington's War."

Will Abigail and her friends convince George Washington to fight the Revolutionary War, or will the father of our country just pack his bags and go home? The series, by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon, is a fun way to learn about some of the most famous people in American history -- such as Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin -- and is a great adventure for anyone in second through fifth grade.

To learn more, visit www.blasttothepastbooks.com

On the Run

On Sunday, April 29, you can do a mitzvah and get some exercise in the second annual Kids 4 Kids 5k Run/Walk, benefiting the Children's Cancer Research Fund. Not only do you get to help other kids, but you get the chance to meet some cool celebrities -- like Nickelodeon's Emma Roberts ("Unfabulous"), Los Angeles Kings' Luc Robitaille, Olympic Gold Medalist Brandi Chastain and "Sesame Street's" Walkaround Elmo. Century City.

Registration starts at 8 a.m.; the run starts at 10 a.m. Registration fees, $10 (under 18 years), $20 (18 and over); includes T-Shirt, Big Steps Shoe Disk (to clip onto your sneakers) and entry into the "All Star" Carnival.

For more information, call (310) 207-5330 or visit www.ccrf-kids.org.

YeLAdim will be mixing it up this year with more reviews of movies, books, music and TV shows than ever before. If you have a review you've written (or want to write) or have heard of something that you want us to know about, e-mail kids@jewishjournal.com. You'll be famous, and your parents and grandparents will have something to hang on their fridge.

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