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Saturday, June 05, 2004

Career-Op: Help users help themselves

Career-Op: Help users help themselves
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

One of your main goals as a high-tech worker is to insure that the people you help – your freelance clients, in-house staff or fellow high-tech workers – have the tools they need to help themselves. Whether they are dealing with common computer problems themselves or calling a technical support line for help, you need to give them the tools they need to insure they don’t create bigger problems than the one they are trying to solve.

Event: Twilight Marshmallow Hike - June 12

SAT 6/12 6:15pm

Charmlee Wilderness Park

Enjoy an evening hike followed by stories and roasted marshmallows. For all ages. Bring your own marshmallows and skewers. Space limited. Reservations required 310-317-1364. 3hrs CWP

Friday, June 04, 2004

Hollywood Bowl Sneak Peak - June 13

The LA Phil and the Hollywood Bowl are hosting a "sneak peak" of the new Bowl shell and a day of entertainment on June 13, from Noon until 5 pm. Free shuttles will be running from both the Ventura Blvd (Free parking) and Hollywood and Highland (fee) parking lots.

Full information is available on the LA Philharmonic's Web Site.

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Thursday, June 03, 2004

Computer Q & A at Sherman Oaks Branch of LA Public Library

If your friends or co-workers would like an example of how I teach and coach computer users through large and small issues, I recommend they stop by some evening. This is probably the best way to get to know me and my methods.

Each class starts with a a short presentation on some interesting technology, web site or software, but then quickly becomes an energetic question and answer session, where I answer the questions that are most pressing in the minds of the attendees.

The next meeting is June 10th at 6:30 pm.

Currently scheduled for 2004:

June 24

The Sherman Oaks Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library is located at 14245 Moorpark Street Sherman Oaks, CA -- Telephone 818-205-9716.

A printable flyer is available -- Click here.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Artist Date: Marie et Cie - Valley Village

In many of her books, Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, recommends a weekly Artist Date. This is a one hour minimum trip, alone, to some place that refills the well of your creativity. For some, this can be a local art museum or gallery. Others might prefer a music store. Others might just spend some time in the park.

Marie et Cie, a small coffeehouse, interior design, furniture, music, garden ornament store in Valley Village, California meets my definition of an Artist's Date. Along with a comfy cofeehouse, with great coffee, international chocolates and candies, sodas and more, they have a wonderful collection of books, candles, soaps, furniture music lamps, journals, boxes..you name it.

An hour spent browsing here, is an hour away from the world and into your own imagination. "Oh, I could do something with that! Wouldn't that look good in the den? Have you ever seen such an interesting...?"

Take a few minutes out of your hectic day and chill out at Marie et Cie, 11704 Riverside Drive, Valley Village, California, 91607. Phone: 818-508-5049

Other books by Julia Cameron

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Digital Photography Hacks...for Free!

Digital Photography "Hacks" is a new book from O'Reilly that details a host of ways to get better digital photos, regardless of your which camera you use.

Even better, O'Reilly is offering up 10 free "hacks" directly from their web site, in PDF format.

The "Hacks" series of books are excellent, regardless of what they cover. I am waiting on Google Hacks from the library at the moment, after having flipped through it at the local bookstore.

Digital Photography Hacks

Via [OS X Guide - OSXGuide.com]

Event: Monday Morning Kid's Concerts

The Monday Morning Concert Series places professional musicians in an intimate, educational setting with 500 school-aged children. The concerts include a performance, a brief history lesson on the musical style displayed, and a question and answer session with the performers.

W H E N : Every Monday, June through August, 10:00 a.m.
S I T E : Madrid Theatre, 21626 Sherman Way, Canoga Park
C O S T : Free
S P O N S O R : Valley Cultural Center
I N F O : 818-704-1358, http://www.valleycultural.net

From the Los Angeles Public Affairs Department Festival Guide

Monday, May 31, 2004

It's Cherry Season - Now What?!

ItalianFood.About.com has some excellent ideas about what to do with the cherries that are coming to season right now. You can only eat so many now, so how about saving some for a rainy day when dreams of cherry blossoms are a long way away. The Cigliegiolo (Cherry Cordial) recipe certainly caught my eye.

Books with more cherry recipes

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Event: L.A. Kids Read Festival - June 5

The L.A. Kids Read Festival is a free day of fun for families featuring storytellers, crafts, refreshments, live music, dance, and theater performances to kick off the Summer Reading Club.

W H E N : June 5, 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.
S I T E : Los Angeles Central Library
630 West 5th St., Downtown Los Angeles
C O S T : Free
S P O N S O R : Los Angeles Public Library
I N F O : 213-228-7480, http://www.lapl.org

From the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Festival Guide