Today I wanted to tell you about an incredible charity based in San Francisco called, ROCK. ROCK stands for Real Options for City Kids. The organization runs after school and enrichment programs for at risk youth in underserved communities in San Francisco. The organization’s executive director, Curt Yagi, contacted me because they are having an on-line fundraising auction soon with one item in particular that may be of interest to LACityMom’s and your families.
StubHub has donated a Luxury Suite for the August 10th One Direction Concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Luxury Suite comes with 12 tickets, 2 parking passes, plus food and drinks in adult and/or child varieties.
If you and your kids are One Direction fans, you can start bidding beginning on Tues, May 21st until Fri, May 31st. And if you win the suite, you will know that your contribution is going to a great cause that helps California kids stay off the streets, and builds community. This event, which is sure to be a night to remember, would also make a great birthday party for some lucky fan and their friends.
This just in from Beth who visited the REDCAT Film Festival last weekend.
“The REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival is one of those
events that makes me feel like a good parent on a few different
levels. Exposing kids to the city: check! Exposing them to foreign
cultures: check! Exposing them to a famous landmark by a famous
architect: Check check!
While I make the trek downtown regularly, I rarely bring my kids. It
was especially fun to bring them to someplace as visually interesting
as the Walt Disney Concert Hall.“That is where we’re going to see the movie,” I announced, pointing
as we approached. My two boys, ages 6 and 8, had been skeptical about
the whole idea of movies from other countries, but when they saw the
undulating metal curves, everything changed. Suddenly, the day was
They settled into their seats eager to watch “Short and Sweet,” a
collection of eleven animated films that runs a total of 46 minutes.
The show started with a rousing musical called Stompy the Bear from
the UK. A few of the shorts were mood pieces that didn’t quite
engage my kids’ interest, but thankfully, the short films delivered on
that simple promise: they were short. So when one didn’t delight, it
never took long to get to one that did. One of their favorites was by
Canadian Tyler Nicolson, “No Noodles.” You can watch it here:
The show finished with a thoughtful piece
that got me and my kids talking about being aware of the world around
And to top it all off, the brave folks at Redcat gave every child a
beach ball as they walked out of the theater, something they do at
The festival continues next weekend, May 18 and 19th. Click here for show times.
Happy Mother’s Day from LACityMom. Being a Mom is arguably the most valuable and meaningful job we can have, yet we can so often feel unappreciated or just plain exhausted. I was feeling quite frustrated when I read the Mother’s Worth Salary Wizard, on Salary.com and wrote the following article about it that was published on Business Insider. Of course I know that you can’t put a price on the genuinely magical moments of parenting that we are sometimes lucky enough to experience. Still, when it comes to Moms being paid what they are worth in the workforce, the world has a long way to go.
My Mother’s Day wish to you is that you are celebrated in the way that makes you feel the most loved and valued for all that you do inside and outside the home. Or maybe you just want to ditch the family today and go to spa, and celebrate a little peace and quiet – that works too. Any way you celebrate have a Happy Day!
“In honor of Mother’s Day, once again, Salary.com, publishes the Mom’s Salary Calculator, which estimates the number of hours a week an average Stay at Home mom works (for her family) and what she is “worth” were she to do all the “jobs” she does daily by just being Mom.
This year’s earnings for a Stay at Home Mom would be $113,000.
What is supposed to make Stay at Home Moms feel validated for all their hard work in reality serves as a cruel reminder of how much Moms are still not valued in the work force or at home. Regardless of a positive April jobs report, many of these Stay at Home Moms, who left high paying jobs for a child rearing hiatus will never earn much again, when and if they are able to return to the workforce at all...to continue click here.