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Connections Through Teaching Tagalog

Marie Urquidi, the author of DLI Parent books, a series of Dual Language Immersion books teaching both children and parents Tagalog (Filipino). Starting this series during the pandemic, her goal was to introduce Tagalog to her children while keeping the cost of learning affordable and the time committed to learning flexible. She shares a bit about her story with us

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Holidays in the San Fernando Valley: Fido the Reindeer in North Hills

Every December, something magical happens on the corner of Hayvenhurst Ave. and Plummer St.. Fido, the resident 12-foot tall ivy hedge shaped poodle, turns into Fido, the red-nosed reindeer! And what a sight it is! It adds a certain je nais se quios to your drive down Plummer St. during the holiday season. Of course, this San Fernando Valley landmark

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Holidays in the San Fernando Valley: Holiday Fantasies Come To Life in Burbank

Tina Schaefer always loved decorating for the holidays. She would decorate her home for Valentine’s Day, Back to School, Easter and of course, Halloween and Christmas. “When we (Arnie and I) met, I didn’t know he liked to decorate but I love to decorate. So I was always decorating every holiday and he called me up and said, ‘What are

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Holidays in the San Fernando Valley: Lights On Display in Sherman Oaks

After a two-year hiatus, DJ Jingles and the gang is back to spread some holiday cheer! Mike Ziemkowski, long time Sherman Oaks resident and Emmy award winning video editor, is the creative genius behind this amazing light display on Longview Valley Road. Originally from a small town in Saint John, Indiana, his childhood was filled with the magic of the

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Holidays in the San Fernando Valley: Lilley Hall in Toluca Lake

It’s the oldest children’s choir in the San Fernando Valley, 50 years old to be exact. Every night after Thanksgiving, you can hear them caroling on the corner of Mariota and Moorpark, at Lilley Hall, a two-story Tudor Revival home built in 1927. Lilley Hall was named after Joseph J. Lilley, the former music director for Paramount Studios as well

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Behind the Business: Doan’s Bakery

In 1984, Karen Doan, a self-taught baker, opened Doan’s Bakery at the urging of friends and family who enjoyed her delicious cakes and creations.  25 years later, the bakery is now a family affair, co-owned by her son Eric, family run and operated.  They’ve been baking for restaurants, coffee shops, caterers, and some high-profile clients. Their storefront on Ventura Blvd,

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