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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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1000 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles,
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Thrown by the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, Taste of Italy immerses Italian aficionados in an afternoon of delicious Italian cuisine and rollicking entertainment. More than 50 restaurants and wineries ply their toothsome wares, letting festival-goers indulge their oenophilia with piquant pours or tear into delectable pasta drizzled with delicate sauces. While filling tummies and furtively filling purse-hidden tupperware, guests can take in shows by Casa Italiana Opera Company, Italian reggae chanteuse Mama Marjas, commedia dell'arte troupe I Zanni, and honey-voiced crooner Luca Ellis. VIP ticket holders jump ahead of lines with exclusive entry, sipping on gourmet cocktails while savoring the prospect of using their culinary gift bags to impress dinner guests or taunt dinner hostages.

125 Paseo De La Plz
Los Angeles,
CA
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The City of Angels Ballet teaches the poise and grace of classical ballet at no cost for students from low-income families. The school selects talented youth from the region, gives them dance wear, and trains them through formal lessons divided by skill level, led by ballet masters and mistresses, and accompanied by a pianist. The school teaches youths to respect their bodies and be respectful to everyone they encounter while emphasizing resilience in their actions to help them achieve their goals. Students perform their routines in a variety of community settings including the Children's Hospital's 100th-anniversary celebration and the annual Festival of Lights.

2306 Hyperion Avenue
Los Angeles,
CA
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Wallaby is Los Angeles’ new resource for young children and the families who love them! At our stylish and convenient location on Hyperion Avenue in Silverlake, we’ve created a unique continuum of high-quality services that are specially designed to meet the needs of families from birth to preschool.

1835 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles,
CA
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Working with one high-school student at a time, The Attendance Improvement Program of the L.A. Unified School District’s licensed social workers seek to dissuade at-risk students from dropping out of school before its too late. Understanding that attendance issues are often an indicator of larger problems, the counselors work directly with students and parents to get to the root of the issues and convince them that attending school every day and earning a diploma pays off in the long run. For further incentives, they also reward students who show attendance improvement with events such as afterschool movies, field trips, and drawings. Through their reward program, the staff also aims to inspire students to pursue careers in science and technology, fields in which the minorities groups that make up the majority of L.A. Unified School District’s students are underrepresented.

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333 S Beaudry Ave
Los Angeles,
CA
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If you've ever stood on the second floor of the Los Angeles Central Public Library and marveled at the explosion of color within the rotunda or the 12 adjacent murals depicting California history, then you have the Los Angeles Conservancy to thank. When the library was scheduled for demolition in the mid-1970s, concerned citizens formed the Conservancy to save the rotunda, the exterior limestone sculptures, and the library's many other architectural treasures. The group finally convinced the City Council to preserve the library in 1983, after years of public discussion, debate, and book-sniffing sit-ins. Ever since, it has advocated for greater Los Angeles's historic sites and educated people about the city's architectural heritage. The Conservancy is responsible for saving and revitalizing landmarks such as the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, and the world’s oldest remaining McDonald’s restaurant.

To accomplish its mission, the membership-based nonprofit offers a number of ways people can experience these beautiful and storied places. The Last Remaining Seats series earned a Reader Recommendation for Best Film Series and Best Downtown Event in the Los Angeles Downtown News' 2012 poll, in which the conservancy’s walking tours also earned the title of Best Downtown Tour. But the organization does more than save grandiose public buildings: increasingly, it also focuses on smaller community projects such as garden apartments and sites that reflect the area's rich Latino culture.

Executive director and 20-year Conservancy veteran Linda Dishman explained to Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times, "People are becoming more vocal. …That's one of the great secrets about Los Angeles: People really identify with their neighborhoods." The Conservancy also presents annual preservation awards to honor the efforts of individuals who fight to save places such as Pann’s Coffee Shop and Griffith Observatory.

523 W 6th St
Los Angeles,
CA
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