The NHRA brings top pedal grinders together to compete, as Auto Club Raceway at Pomona kicks off the new season with the high-octane 52nd annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals. Racing fans from across the country descend on Southern California to absorb one of the sport's grandest traditions, an event where fresh rides are revealed, new sponsorships are celebrated, and rookie drivers try to make a name for themselves by driving at least one lap backwards. Throughout the day, qualifying rounds in categories such as Top Fuel and Pro Stock showcase teams as they begin their pursuit for a coveted spot in the Countdown to the Championship. Attendees can rev their cheering-fueled engines by donning an NHRA T-shirt or browsing a fan guide, which provides recipes for each car’s favorite motor-oil smoothie.
Teen girls enrolled in Rosemary's residential program, as well as girls referred from local educational agencies, can attend the Rosemary School, a nonpublic school certified by the California Department of Education–Nonpublic Schools Unit. Seventh–12th grade courses cover core academic subjects as well as vocational and independent-living skills. As part of a back-to-school effort, Rosemary plans to equip every student enrolled in the school with a supply kit containing essential classroom materials.
The Celiac Disease Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1990, helps shed light on these disruptive ingredients and others at chapters across the country. Staff members schedule everything from informative kids’ camps to an annual conference and expo that corrals speakers, nutritionists, and vendors of gluten-free goods.
After grabbing a product from the grocery store shelf, some peoples’ eyes immediately dart to the number of calories printed on the nutrition label. Others may seek the percentage of sodium. People with celiac disease must scroll through the list of ingredients in search of the words “wheat,” “barley,” “rye,” or “triticale,” all of which contain the problematic gluten.
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a Californian mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play & Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children’s’ cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beck to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
Because they believe books should be available to everyone, Ready, Set, Read! hosts parent education programs and classroom lending libraries to get children reading at home. During bilingual workshops, parents can learn techniques such as the dialogic method, which uses open-ended questions and discussions to engage children in content, making reading aloud fun for young children at home. The program focuses on demonstrating how influential the parents’ role is in developing literacy skills and self-confidence. Since 2000, volunteers and educators with Ready, Set, Read! have built more than 160 classroom lending libraries, taught more than 27,000 local parents to read with their children on a regular basis, and distributed as many books to those families.
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