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Vlado Valkof

Meet Local Architect Vlado Valkof: A Sky-High Success

By Miceala Shocklee

Vlado Valkof was born to a father who was in journalism, a mother who was in teaching, and a city with some of the most poetic architecture in the world. Founded by namesake Philip the Great, the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria is rife with architectural ruins from the Ottoman empire and ornate mosques dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Continued here...

Santa Monica Family YMCA Planning Open House January 14

When dealing with life’s daily demands, people need a place to go where they can feel supported. A place where adults can find life balance; children can reach their full potential; seniors can be active and find camaraderie; and families can connect and strengthen relationships. Continued here...

Living Abroad in Scotland

By Miceala Shocklee

In August of this year, I packed up my life (most of it books) and moved to Scotland to start veterinary school. I knew that expatriation would be an adjustment – I was prepared for new geography (goodbye for now mountains, and hello hills); for new forms of transportation (double decker public transit); for new foods (I can truly say that the taste of vegetarian haggis is not something I have ever encountered before); and, of course, for new accents and spelling conventions. Continued here...

Thinking Ahead to the New Year

We asked several of our readers what they would like to experience in the coming year. Here are their candid answers. Wishing all of you the best in the coming year. (Shown here is Kyle Van Leeuwen who is looking forward to watching his kids, a three-year-old and two one-year-olds, grow older). Click here for more photos

The Fairmont Miramar Hotel Salutes Teens Who Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

Members of the administrative staffs of Westside Wells Fargo Banks delivered meals last month to those who are homebound for Meals on Wheels West. Above, from left, standing, Antonia Temple, Matt Gaskalla, Monica Melton, Monique Rohwedder, Shogher Aslanian, Neda Assiaben, and Sarvenaz Ahdoot. Sitting from left, John Patterson, Yoradyl Sacopala, Marine Kakoyan, and Evelyn Assiaben. Far right, holding the bag that carries the meals, is Chris Baca, director of Meals on Wheels West. If you would like to be a volunteer, please call 310-394-5133.







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