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Weekly Farmer’s Market With Fresh Food

Options Coming To Children’s Hospital

A weekly farmers market debuted at

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)

selling a variety of all-natural items. The

market will be held Wednesdays from 11

a.m-3 p.m., and is open exclusively to

staff, patients and patient families.

“I thought about our role as a hospi-

tal in the fight against childhood obesity

and realized that we have a responsibili-

ty to ‘practice what we preach’,” says

Steven Mittelman, M.D., PhD, director of

the Diabetes and Obesity Program at The

Saban Research Institute. “As stewards of

the lives entrusted to us, it is our job to

show our patients and families, and fac-

ulty and staff, that it is important to us to

have fresh, healthy foods available.”

The farmers market is one of many

community outreach initiatives spear-

headed by the Diabetes and Obesity

Program. Since its inception in 2013, the

program has established a multidiscipli-

nary obesity clinic at the hospital,

expanded the Kids N Fitness lifestyle

intervention program to include younger

children and started treating diabetes and

obesity in underserved populations

throughout L.A.

“One of the barriers to healthy eating

is access to healthy food choices.

Farmers markets bring those healthy

options to our patients, families, faculty

and staff,” says Linda Heller, MS, RD,

Manager of Clinical Nutrition and

Lactation. “Without a doubt, food is one

of the greatest pleasures of life and can

be a means of bringing people and cul-

tures together.”

“We are one of the few children’s

hospitals offering a farmers market as

part of our commitment to improving the

health and wellness of children,” adds

Brent Polk, M.D., director of The Saban

Research Institute. 

“From performing cutting-edge

research to providing nutritious food

options and areas for active play, we

want to give patients and families unlim-

ited access to the resources they need to

make healthy decisions.”

Pamela Enriquez and Adriana Vargas at

CHLA’s new farmer’s market.


January 31, 2014 | Page 17

BEVERLY HILLS

BEVERLY HILLS

Advice For Dealing With A Charming Husband’s ‘Suspicious’ Behavior

Q. Dear Dr. Fran: Can you offer

any advice for a woman having

to deal with someone exhibiting

“suspicious” behaviors? I think

my charming husband may be

cheating on me. He dashes out

on Saturday nights at 11 p.m.

telling me he has a business

conference call.  Anything I can

do or say to get to the bottom of

his behavior, to confirm or

refute my suspicions?    Meg R.

A. Dear Meg: You’ve got to be

kidding. He’s leaving you at 11

p.m. on Saturday and you’re not

sure there’s another woman?

Let’s begin with the issue of

“charm.” Charm is the marker

trait for my definition of a

sociopath. When a person

comes on with excessive charm 

it is important to take a step

back, breathe deeply, and take a

slow hard honest look at his

motives.  

A sociopath is a person who

is missing a full measure of con-

science, or guilt system, in their

character organization. That

means they are capable of using

other people as a means to

achieve their own goals, regard-

less of the effect on the other.

They don’t feel remorse or badly

for the wreckage they cause.

Therefore, if they cheat, lie, or

deceive it’s your problem—not

theirs. This is a character flaw in

the cheater.

Control and undue criticism

are the cheater’s way (conscious

or unconscious which means

with or without his awareness)

of manipulating and positioning

his victim to feel one-down, or

powerless.  

This means her voice to

articulate her rights is either

silenced or the volume is dimin-

ished. She becomes filled with

self-doubt and questions

whether she is wrong and he is

right. This is precisely his goal so

he can manipulate her into

believing his entitlement to do

things on his own terms.

My advice is to trust your

gut intuition. Usually, it’s cor-

rect. It is only the rare few

women who distrust based on

paranoia versus a real hunch.  

Then, confront your man.  If

he adamantly denies ac-count-

ability you are in real trouble. 

The one key factor that

determines optimistic hope for

change and positive prognosis is

when your guy owns up to his

misgivings, repents, vows to

never do it again, gets himself

into psychotherapy, and demon-

strates genuine remorse for hurt-

ing you.  

Denial means you go to a

therapist to better understand

what attracted you to such a per-

son and help you extract your-

self from this toxic relationship.



Dr. Fran Walfish–Beverly

Hills psychotherapist and

author of The Self-Aware Parent

at www. DrFranWalfish.com.

Send questions to franwal-

fish@gmail.com

Dr. Fran


Walfish 

Answers Your 

Questions

St. John’s To Present Forums On Cardiovascular Health

St. John’s Health Center will present “Your

Heart and Cardiovascular Health: Heart Disease

& Stroke—Prevention, Lifestyle and Interventions”

from 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, and from 6:30-

8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the Santa

Monica Public Library Auditorium, l601 Santa

Monica Blvd.

The free educational forum will feature center

physicians and surgeons.

Lectures and speakers vary per program and

include: “Coronary Artery Disease and Heart

Attack Prevention” — including new guidelines

on who should take statins by Richard Wright,

M.D., FACC, consultative cardiologist; “Runaway

Hearts—Rapid Rhythms”—including SVT, ventric-

ular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation and the

Walkman device by Sarina van der Zee, M.D.,

cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist;

“Thoracic Aortic Disease and Aneurysm—the

Other Killer in the Chest,” including bicuspid aor-

tic valve and aneurysm (this lecture on

Wednesday, 2-19 only) by Sharo Raissi, MD,

FACS, FCCP, cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon;

“Vascular Interventions”: including carotid artery

stenting, acute stroke treatment, brain aneurysm

and arteriovenous malformation (AVM) by George

Teitelbaum, MD, FSIR, radiologist and interven-

tional neuroradiologist; and “Lifestyle and Your

Heart — Diet and Nutrition” (this lecture on

Tuesday, 2-18 only) by Joan Devito-Agins, RD,

CDE registered dietitian, St. John’s outpatient

Nutrition and Diabetes Education Department.

Sponsored by St. John’s Flora L. Thornton

Community Health Education Program, the

forums are open to  all. 

Reservations are required and may be made

by calling  310-829-8453.



S C H O O L

I S F U N !

E D U C AT I O N



BEVERLY HILLS COURIER | JANUARY 31, 2014

Page 18

Tips On Trips And Camps Hosts 11th

Annual Summer Camp and Program

Fair At Skirball Cultural Center

A

Summer Oppor tunities Fair will



be held  from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.,

Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Skirball

Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda

Blvd.


The free event is open to the pub-

lic and geared towards families of

school-aged children and teens, ages

8 – 18.


There will be representatives

from the following types of overnight

programs:

Traditional Camps

Sailing Programs

Ar ts Programs

Academic Programs

Language Programs

Community Ser vice 

Pro-grams

Teen Travel

Internships

The Fair is sponsored by Tips on

Trips and Camps (

www.TipsonTrips-

andCamps.com), a camp advisor y

ser vice with more than 43 years of

experience in the camping industr y.  

Jill Levin of Tips on Trips said,

“This is a real oppor tunity for Los

Angeles families to be exposed to the

breadth of summer overnight pro-

grams, not only in California but

around the countr y and abroad.  This

annual event gives L.A. families a one-

stop-shop to investigate the wealth of

oppor tunities for summer overnight

experiences.”  In addition, families

can take advantage of the current

Skirball Exhibits.

For more information, contact

Levin, West Coast advisor for Tips on

Trips, at: 310-202-8448 or email at

Jill@TipsonTripsandCamps.com.



The Willows Community School

Dedicates New Campus In Culver City

T

he Willow community School cel-



ebrates a milestone in the histo-

r y of the school’s commitment to

educating children with the dedication

of its new camus on Sunday at 8509

Higuera St. in Culver City.

The dedication program included

remarks by Culver City Mayor Jeffrey

Cooper, The Willows Head of School

Lisa Rosenstein and Board Chair

Wendy Felson. The Culver City council

also helped celebrate the occasion.

Chinese lion dancers and a parade by

Willows’ students kicked off the cere-

mony. Festivities, a DJ, food, creative

children’s activities and informal tours

followed the program.

The re-imagined Willows campus

includes a redesign of the Lower

Elementar y Building, a librar y/media

center moved to the hear t of the cam-

pus, a new playground, lunch area,

kindergar ten yard, dedicated athletic

cour ts, landscaping and shade, an

expanded organic garden, new class-

room space, a S.T.E.A.M. Educational

Center and a multi-purpose outdoor

space.

The campus design team is Pfau-



Long Architects (Dwight Long, princi-

pal architect), CMG  Landscape

Architecture (Kevin Conger, architect

and general contractor Illig Construc-

tion.

“Our students’ voices have been



vital to and at the hear t of all our

design effor ts,” said Rosenstein. We

have created exciting, flexible learn-

ing spaces that offer our students an

even greater oppor tunity, to wonder,

explore, learn and grow. The dedica-

tion and suppor t of our entire commu-

nity and Culver City has been instru-

mental to our amazing growth.”

For more information, visit

www.thewillows.org or call 310-815-

0411.


A new playground is part of the redesigned Willows Community School.

S C H O O L

I S F U N !

E D U C AT I O N



BEVERLY HILLS COURIER | JANUARY 31, 2014

Page 19

Parents Education League Sets Second Annual ‘Summer Days’ Camp Fair

T

he Parents Education League of



Los Angeles (PEL) will host the

free “Summer Days” Camp Fair

from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. 

More than 50 local summer

camps will be represented at the

event at the Stephen S. Wise School

at 15500 Stephen S. Wise Dr.  

This is the second Camp Fair of its

kind, and is expected to draw hun-

dreds of parents from throughout the

L.A area.

“This will be a great oppor tunity

for parents to freely explore the many

summer options available to them in

Los Angeles,” says PEL president and

mother of two, Desiree Lapin. “There

are so many ar ts, academic, spor ts

and enrichment oppor tunities to con-

sider when planning the per fect sum-

mer for your kids.

For example, a family may want

to explore a traditional camp as well

as an ar ts or tech program to round

out the summer experience. New

activities often lead to new interests

and greater development.”

Lapin said the PEL has had a ter-

rific response from camp directors

who welcome an oppor tunity to help

educate parents about their pro-

grams. The camps represented are

from 31 zip codes and differ substan-

tially in their size and offerings. From

academics to spor ts, ar ts to technol-

ogy, fashion to sur fing, there is some-

thing for ever y child. Lapin adds,

“Parents really get a clear perspec-

tive about summer activities when

they visit the fair, and that’s what PEL

is all about, parent education.”

In addition to meeting camp direc-

tors and staff, there will be an oppor-

tunity for parents to pre-register for

camps that typically fill up quickly.

While it may seem early to begin plan-

ning that per fect summer, day camps

are opening their registration in

Februar y and many fill up quickly.

With anywhere from ten to twelve

weeks of free time to plan for, parents

have an oppor tunity at the fair to

review the camp schedules and pric-

ing in one place. 

L.A. now joins other metropolitan

areas such as San Francisco,

Chicago, and New York where Camp

Fairs are annual events.

The PEL is a non-profit dedicated

to providing area parents access to

the most objective, current and com-

prehensive information about schools

and education via its website, work-

shops, fairs, events, speakers and par-

ents association. 

For more information visit the PEL

website, 

www.parentseducation-

league.org or call 310-441-0684.

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overpopulation in areas with

the highest euthanasia rates. 

COPPS is the work of

renowned Los Angeles decora-

tor Erika Brunson. 

“I was commissioner for

the Department of Animal Ser-

vices,” she says. “Tens of thou-

sands of animals were killed

each year in shelters because

of overpopulation.” The experi-

ence motivated her to create

the Coalition for Pets and Pub-

lic Safety. 

With less than 1 percent of

donations going to animal

charities worldwide, said Brun-

son, she expresses her passion

for animals in real dollars. She

contributes the entire profits

from her Erika Brunson Cou-

ture Living furniture line to an-

imal interest groups, including

PETA and the Humane Society. 

For the designer to the Sau-

di royal family, that can be a lot

of dog food.

“You can’t adopt your way

out of pet overpopulation,” she

said. “The only option is popu-

lation control.” With the clinics

as a catalyst, the coalition

works with local services to

create a sustainable support

system in high-risk areas to end

the problem of pet overpopula-

tion in perpetuity.

Brunson’s mobile clinics

visit areas of East Los Angeles

that are underserved. Her team

works with homeless and chal-

lenged individuals to bring

medical assistance and spay

and neuter services where they

are needed most. “No veteri-

narians want to be in Watts,”

she points out. 

The coalition provides free

surgeries with Spay4LA mobile

clinic and deeply subsidized

surgeries with the Angel Dogs

Foundation in Los Angeles and

Kern County areas. The two

clinics provide 12,000 steril-

izations annually.

More mobile clinics are

slated to come online soon in

San Bernardino County and

Long Beach.  In fact, the mod-

el is so formidable that she is

now partnering with the Inter-

national Humane Society in

Mumbai, India.

To find out more about this

remarkable woman and the or-

ganization she founded, visit

spay4la.org.



COPPS

(Continued from page 5)

Centennial designs for $2.25.

New library users will be able

to select one of the four designs

when they sign up for a library

card.

To get a card, you must



present current photo identifi-

cation such as a driver’s li-

cense, government identifica-

tion card or passport and a

proof of your current address,

such as a bill, car registration or

receipt.

The four designs include

The Beverly Hills Hotel with a

trolley, 1912; the Beverly Hills

City Hall with cars, 1932; the

Beverly Hills Bridle Path to the

Sea, 1925; and the Beverly

Hills Public Library, 1965.



LIBRARY

(Continued from page 5)

2013.

The City has released the



list of commissioners who are

eligible for reappointment and

those whose terms will expire. 

The following seats have or

will become open this year:

Jan. 19: Human Relations

Commission, Sharona Nazari-

an and Barbara Linder

Feb.19: Public Works

Commission, Steven Weinglass

Feb. 20: Fine Art Commis-

sion, Terri Smooke 

Feb. 28: Planning Com-

mission, Daniel Yukelson 

April 9: Human Relations

Commission, Ilona Sherman 

April 14: Traffic and Park-

ing Commission, Jeffrey Levine 

July 15: Charitable Solici-

tations Commission, Alissa

Roston and Lillian Raffel

Oct. 14: Design Review

Commission, Susan Strauss

October 16: Fine Art Com-

mission, Fiona Chalom

November 19: Health and

Safety Commission, Stacia

Kopeikin, Gail Millan and

Rochelle Ginsburg

The following commis-

sioners are eligible for reap-

pointment when their terms ex-

pire this year:

March 6: Cultural Heritage

Commission, Maralee Beck

and Lisa Greer

June 19: Charitable Solici-

tations Commission, Murray D.

Fischer

Oct. 16: Architectural



Commission, Gidas Peteris

Nov. 19: Health and Safety

Commission, Lisa Kay

Schwartz and Myra Lurie

The commissions’ struc-

ture is currently under review

by a committee composed of

Councilmembers Julian Gold

and Nancy Krasne. The mem-

bers will review and discuss

possible changes, which will

then be brought to the City

Council for consideration. 

COMMISSIONS

(Continued from page 5)

dessert buffet in the poolside

Circa 55 restaurant.

The extensive selection

will include chocolates, truffles

and pralines as well as cakes,

assorted Viennese confections,

and mousse–all hand crafted

in-house by Chef Henzi and

his talented team. Guests will

also sample delectable liqueur-

infused “boozy” desserts such

as Grand Marnier chocolate

tulips, white whiskey truffles

and Griottes au Kirsch cherries

over vanilla ice cream.

The dessert is available on

its own or as an addition to à la

carte dinner for $15 per per-

son.

Meanwhile, Circa 55



guests may partake in a special

4-course Valentine’s  dinner

created by The Beverly Hilton’s

Chef de Cuisine, Zack Gochin.

The prix fixe dinner  menu is

priced at $67 per person and

includes dessert buffet privi-

leges. For reservations, call

310- 887-6055.

CIRCA 55

(Continued from page 5)

block between Rodeo Drive

and Beverly Drive. The RPC

was given a photo of a “simi-

lar” piece, entitled Prudence,

as an example of the artist’s

work.


In a 2-3 split decision the

Commission approved the

placement pending the presen-

tation of the finished piece by

Carol Bove in the Beverly Gar-

dens Park. All artwork and

placements are also subject to

the final approval of the Bever-

ly Hills City Council.

Commissioners Robbie

Anderson and Frances Bilak

voted against acceptance of

the art placement.

“I would like to address

the art itself,” said Anderson.

“Is it worthy of being placed in

a permanent installation in our

parks? Personally, I don’t think

so.” 

Commissioner Bilak sug-



gested that southeast Beverly

Hills is an area in need of

beautification. “My major con-

cern is that all the art seems to

be placed north of Santa Mon-

ica,” said Bilak.” There is a lot

of artwork between Rodeo Dri-

ve and Crescent. There is a lot

of beautification we can do

south of Santa Monica.” Bilak

suggested the area on Burton

Way between Oakhurst and

Doheny as another possible

“gateway” into Beverly Hills. 

Commissioner Gersh ob-

jected. “I feel art should have

interaction. It’s a drive-by, not

conducive to walking,” she

said. “It’s interesting that you

said ‘interactive art’ when we

are having that very problem

with the Kusama,” said Bilak.

“We don’t believe it will

be climbed on,” said Fine Arts

Commissioner Sandy Press-

man.


Gersh said she was,

“thrilled that the Fine Arts

Commission has created a

grouping,” comparing the art

in the park to sculpture gar-

dens in Chicago, New York

City and Minneapolis. 

“When there is a sketch or

image of the piece the Com-

mission will take another look

to see if it is appropriate for

that park,” said Commissioner

Gary Rosoff.



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