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By Megan Tambio

As the poet Macklemore taught us, a thrift shop can be a magical place. Assistance League of Santa Monica (ALSM) has one that will keep your closet and wallet stuffed and, of course, help support a great cause.

better thrift 2ALSM’s thrift shop has everything you could want — clothes (both current and vintage to keep you looking good for the new school year), jewelry, home supplies (for Mom and Dad) and a collection of books for your reading pleasure (or for, you know, school. Sorry to bring it up again). You can make room for all your new swag by donating items to the shop.

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Claudia’s Corner: You look fetching today

By Megan Tambio

Who doesn’t love dogs? They’re cute, loving and fun. If you have a furry friend of your own or you just want to see some, check out the K9 Summer Fest today (June 27) at Clover Park!

K9Fest2014_KarenP-Puppy_Page_30There will be a ton of awesome stuff to do with your dogs. Test your dog’s coordination at the Doggie Fun Zone. Find your inner peace with a session of Paws and Flow Dog Yoga. Learn a thing or two by watching a training demo by K9 Connection alumni.

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Claudia’s Corner: Rock n’ roll all night

by Megan Tambio

Fact: Sleepovers are the best. You get to stay up late and play with your friends, all in the comfort of your p.j.’s. Want your next sleepover to be even cooler? Come to the Skirball Cultural Center’s Midnight Rambler on June 13!

midnightrMake like Ben Stiller and spend a night at the museum with your friends and family. Play in interactive exhibits like Skirball’s immersive Noah’s Ark. Have the most awesome dance party ever in the liquid lightshow exhibit. You’ll also get to listen to some rockin’ music, decorate your own guitar handmade by artist/musician Jason Varley and learn about the history of rock n’ roll!

Did I mention there will be pizza and a breakfast buffet?

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Claudia’s Corner: A Day of Art and Healing

by Megan Tambio

Want to add a little culture to your weekend? Check out Free Art’s Family Fun Day this June 6 at the Victorian!

freearts3Enjoy a variety of interactive art exhibits including the Otis College Mobile Mural Lab, music by Mike Jasorka and tasty food and drink (always a must!), including Dylan’s Candy. If that isn’t awesome enough, participate in the silent auction where you could win crazy cool prizes like a trip to Maui! Most importantly, Family Fun Day provides a chance to enjoy art while supporting an important cause.

Free Arts isn’t just any art organization. The dedicated workers and volunteers strive to help children who’ve suffered trauma and abuse recover through the therapeutic power of the arts. Their motto is “Art Heals!” Family Fun Day’s art activities are modeled after Free Art’s regular programs developed by art therapists.

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Claudia’s Corner: What we can learn from puppets

by Megan Tambio

So, there’s only a couple more weeks before the sweet release of summertime. What if I told you that you didn’t have to wait until then to do something awesome? The Assistance League of Santa Monica (ALSM) has you covered.

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 3.20.06 PMThe ALSM’s Puppeteers put on awesome puppet shows to teach kids about social issues and provide thought-provoking material. Plays like “Playground Bullying” shows the dangers of bullying, while “Caught in the Middle” teaches children of divorce how to cope with their new, complicated situation.

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