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 By Sandra Coopersmith    News    September 18, 2014

Get Your Zumba® On For a Good Cause

By Sandra Coopersmith Feature Writer What do you call a woman who transformed herself from a "morbidly obese couch potato" (her words) to a vibrant Zumba® instructor whose busy schedule includes t...

 By Sandra Coopersmith    News    June 19, 2014

All Fired Up About BBQs

By Sandra Coopersmith Features Writer What symbolizes summer more than kicking back in the yard on a sublimely sunny day, sipping a cool, refreshing drink while grilling something succulent on the...

 By Sandra Coopersmith    News    May 15, 2014

Sensational Seniors Sparkle in Pageant

By Sandra Coopersmith Features Writer "How many Ms. Senior Culver City contestants does it take to screw in a light bulb?" "A light bulb? Seriously? With their talent and personality, these ladies...

 By Sandra Coopersmith    News    March 6, 2014

Intergenerational Writers Create Verbal Collage

By Sandra Coopersmith Feature Writer If reincarnation exists and the universe is listening, consider this my bid to come back as a student at Turning Point School in Culver City. Please. In 2010 the...

 By Sandra Coopersmith    News    February 27, 2014

Sports Panel Provides Parents with Pointers

By Sandra Coopersmith Features Writer Culver City's Turning Point School (pre-K through 8th grade) and Babytalk LA, two child-focused organizations, were a winning team on Feb. 4 when they partnered...

 By Cheryl Giraud    News    November 28, 2013

The Recipe Spot

By Cheryl Giraud Special to the Observer At this year’s Thanksgiving Day dinner, instead of asking for the mashed potatoes, you might say, “Please pass the latkes.” Or, at your Hanukkah...

 By Cheryl Giraud    News    October 24, 2013

Recipe Spot

By Cheryl Giraud Special to the Observer Creepy-Crawly Chocolate Cream Pie Trick or Treat! Give me something good to eat! Yes, 'tis the season when costume-clad miniature witches, ghosts, and ghouls...

 By Cheryl Giraud    News    October 3, 2012

The Recipe Spot

Do the ships the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria bring back fond memories from elementary school American history lessons? It was in 1492 when a young Italian explorer named Cristoforo Colombo and his...

 By Charlie Nardozzi    News    February 9, 2011

Gardening with Charlie - Pruning Fruit Trees

While it's easy this time of year to just daydream about next year's garden, there are some chores to be done. Late winter is the perfect time for one of my favorite garden tasks: pruning fruit trees. Most gardeners are nervous about making cuts to...