Free Showtime this Weekend in LA for Emmy Consideratoin

The First Ever Emmy-Themed Premium Cable Free Preview Available In New York And Los Angeles

Via Time Warner Cable And DIRECTV Through Sunday

LOS ANGELES – June 15, 2012 – Today, SHOWTIME kicks-off its “Best in SHO” Emmy Free Weekend promotion, granting unprecedented access to members of the Television Academy with an awards-themed free preview weekend featuring marathon runs of the network’s award-winning original programming. The first ever awards-themed free preview offered by a premium network, this initiative – starting today, through this Sunday, June 17 – is an integral part of the SHOWTIME 2012 For Your Consideration Emmy Awards campaign.  In collaboration with Time Warner Cable and DIRECTV, the leading distributors in the country’s top two markets, SHOWTIME and its multiplex channels will be offered as a free preview and accessible to over 20 million homes, including Academy members and consumers in New York and Los Angeles through Time Warner Cable, and nationwide via DIRECTV.


Targeted for this weekend’s key Emmy voting period, the SHOWTIME “Best in SHO” Emmy Free Preview weekend gives voters and consumers a chance to catch-up and sample the many critically-acclaimed and award-winning original series the network has to offer on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME HD and SHOWTIME On Demand®. The Emmy “Best in SHO” Free Preview weekend features marathons on-air and full seasons On Demand of the acclaimed SHOWTIME original series HOMELAND starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, SHAMELESS starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, DEXTER® starring Michael C. Hall, HOUSE OF LIES starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, NURSE JACKIE starring Edie Falco, THE BIG C starring Laura Linney, THE BORGIAS starring Jeremy Irons, WEEDS starring Mary-Louise Parker, and CALIFORNICATION starring David Duchovny. As a bonus, “Best in SHO” Free Preview weekend viewers will also have access to the season finales of NURSE JACKIE, THE BIG C and THE BORGIAS airing this Sunday, June 17.  The 2012 Peabody Award-winning documentary REBIRTH, which chronicles the lives of five people whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001, will be presented on SHOWTIME On Demand.  REBIRTH is a contender in the Outstanding Nonfiction Special category. For additional details on the “Best in SHO” Free Preview Weekend, go to


The “Best in SHO” Free Preview Weekend is a key element in the network’s overall 2012 Emmy campaign, which includes print and online ads in key trades, a major consumer media buy, and outdoor media, including digital billboards and wrapped buses targeting key routes in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area. Academy members received their annual SHOWTIME branded For Your Consideration mailer in March, which included limited episodes of the network’s original programming and selected documentaries. Additionally, for the fourth consecutive year, the network’s dedicated award website will provide access to screen all episodes of its Emmy-eligible programs on Social media access includes Twitter (@SHO_gold) and Facebook ( pages, all aimed at increasing awareness for the network’s new and returning series and talent.


The Free Preview Weekend is available to qualified subscribers of participating providers only, on both SD and HD feeds and via SHOWTIME ON DEMAND through Time Warner Cable.  Previews may contain PG, PG-13, TV-14, TVMA and R-rated programming.



It’s Easy To Be Green During “WehoGrnWknd”



City-Wide Yard Sale set for Saturday, July 14, 2012 and Sunday, July 15, 2012 Document Shredding and Electronic Waste Collection to take place on Saturday, July 14, 2012

WEST HOLLYWOOD – The City of West Hollywood is going Green again for one weekend with two very special “Green” activities to get everyone motivated to clear out their clutter, recycle some lost treasures, and pocket a little money along the way. The City’s environmentally friendly “WehoGrnWknd” (West Hollywood Green Weekend) will feature a City-Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, July 14, 2012 and Sunday, July 15, 2012.

Also during WehoGrnWknd, the City of West Hollywood will sponsor a free Document Shredding and Electronic Waste Collection on Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard.

“Last year’s City-Wide Yard Sale was such a great success, we are doing it again. So, clear out the clutter, make some cash, and help keep useful items out of the landfill,” said West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang. “Register today, and be a part of WehoGrnWknd,” added Mayor Prang.

For one weekend, West Hollywood is turning into a citywide estate sale and will help you promote your sale by listing the location and time on the City’s website! Cruise for bargains all over town and go green by reducing waste and keeping valuable resources out of the landfill. Whether you’re trying to clear out your attic or searching for secondhand treasures, reusing items is one of the smartest ways to reduce waste.

All participants must register for the City-Wide Yard Sale, just as you would for any other yard sale within the City of West Hollywood. Participants are required to abide by all City regulations pertaining to yard/garage sales. Pre-registration to participate will be required as limited permits will be granted.

For more information regarding WehoGrnWknd or the Document Shredding and E-Waste Collection, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Office of Environmental Services at (323) 848-6404 or visit

New Parents Guide to Los Angeles


The Ins, Outs and Must-Haves for New Moms and Dads


Los Angeles is a big town, especially for little ones, and their moms and dads who need to learn and navigate a new landscape of LA’s playgrounds, parks, kid gyms, baby boutiques and baby-friendly malls and restaurants. 


Even native Angelenos may find that as a parent they are discovering a whole new metropolis from a kid-friendly perspective.  For new LA parents, here is a quick guide to getting around the city of little angels with a baby on board and a few products to make life a bit easier for moms and dads.


Shopping Baby


The Grove in Beverly Hills is known to locals as the “baby mall” because of its stroller-friendly one-level layout and its outdoor courtyard area that hosts Kid Club events like movie nights and baby & me yoga classes.  Find a schedule of events at


When mom is out shopping, she can stay organized with the three-in-one Baggino Combination Diaper Bag-N-Changing Belt ($149).  It coverts from a shoulder bag to a mommy tool belt, equipped with changing mat, wipes case  and pockets and pouches for all your diapering supplies and personals.  Available at


Feed Me


Islands restaurants across Los Angeles have kids-eat-free Tuesdays with fave menu items for little ones, and with all the ambient kid noise, you don’t have to worry about a fussy baby disturbing other diners. 


You can make eating out with baby a bit easier by bringing your own feeding set.  The Baby Dipper Feeding Set features a stay-put rubber grip base that makes it easier for toddlers to feed themselves and gives mom a free hand for other duties.  Transparent angled sides help mommy and baby see when food is all gone ($9.99, 6 months and up).  Order or find retailers at


Play Time


Forget those hard-sell franchise kids’ gyms where even the songs are commercials.  Joey’s Gym in Beverly Hills is one of the longest-operating romp rooms for kids in LA, run by genuinely kid-loving owners Ron and Donna who let kids be kids in a just-structured-enough playtime that kids can’t wait to go to.


Dress kids comfortably for play time at the gym or playground in TAGGIES Playwear.  Outfits are accessorized with touch-and-feel tags, appliqués, flaps and pockets to encourage interactive, tactile development, like the 100% cotton TAGGIES Colours Sweet Swirls 3-Piece Take Me Home outfit ($28.00, sizes newborn to 12 months), with a secret friend hidden inside an opening in the jacket. Available at


Easy Listening


Mom loves the music selection on LA’s hot station KIIS-FM, but she doesn’t have time to download her favorite hits.  The answer?  The KIIS-FM slotRadio Player by SanDisk ($49.99), a unique music device perfect for busy moms that comes pre-loaded with a playlist of more than 500 hits.  She can listen to great tunes while out power strolling with baby or working out.  For even more variety, there’s the slotRadio player by SanDisk ($99), which comes pre-loaded player with more than 1,000 Billboard hits from a variety of genres, including a chillout selection off mellow music great for lulling little ones to sleep using a docking station.  Additional cards are $39.99.  Available at and at Radio Shack stores.


Kids List


There’s so much going on in LA for kids, it’s hard to know where to start to find activities, deals and general information about raising kids in such a vast city.  A good place to begin is Jen’s List, a daily roll of helpful tidbits for parents in and around LA.  Check it out at 


Park, Ride and Roll


The myriad of parks in LA offers something for everyone.  The best park is not just the one with the top amenities but the one where you and the kiddies feel most comfortable with the atmosphere.  You can find a guide of city parks at, but usually chatting up the neighbors will get you the best advice on where to play, like some local favorites: West Hollywood Park on San Vicente in WeHo, where weekends often host kid events with music and educational and fun activities; Roxbury Memorial Park on Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, with a pirate-ship themed play structure; Pan Pacific Park on Beverly Drive near the Grove, with a train-themed play structure; and Lauren Canyon Park, off Mulholland Drive, where the off-leash dog park is also an attraction.


Whether at the park or in the hood, kids love to scoot.  For the hard-core kid, the Weplay Push Scooter ($224.44, ages 4-8) is a heavy-duty ride built with materials that can take a beating, by children as well as outdoor elements.  Its wide three-wheel base provides a safe and steady platform to push off to help kids develop balance and scooting skills.  Available at 


Park play is a great experience for kids to learn to share, but at the end of the day, every kid’s bucket, shovel and other miscellaneous toys look the same, so when the playdate is over, make sure you get all the goodies you came with, with Mabel’s Labels ($12 for 60 labels), stylish, waterproof labels that stick to just about anything and clearly mark your child’s belongings.  Available at


All Dressed Up


LA is a fashion town not just for mom but for budding fashionistas too.  Mommy’s little girl will take the cake wearing Cupcakes & Pastries, a new line of artsy, deliciously styled dresses for girls designed by a mom and inspired by her two-year old daughter.  The fabrics and details are contemporary and luxurious yet still affordable.  ($58-$72, 12 months to eight years).  Available at Fred Segal and other retailers at

Swim Lessons Save Lives: Water Safety for Kids

Choose a program with consistent instruction.


Summer time means lots of time at the pool, beach and lakes, when parents need to keep a watchful eye on children for safety’s sake.  Sadly, accidental drowning is the second leading cause of death for children aged 1 to 14 in the United States.  With the accessibility of the beach and many pools open year round in Southern California, teaching water safety to children is a great idea, and since children can start swimming as early as a few weeks old, it’s never too early for swim lessons.


Kids can learn to swim at a few weeks old, so it’s never too early for lessons

Safety First

Research the method used by your swim instructor.  The first lessons should focus on safety and building confidence in the water, such as the SwimRight swim-float-swim technique which many swim academies utilize as the foundation for learning to swim.  This method teaches children to roll onto their backs to float, which they learn is a safe maneuver whenever they feel unsure or tired in the water.


Lesson Up 

For infants and students under the age of three who require 100 percent supervision, private lessons with one instructor per student are recommended.  Another option for children under age two and under is lessons with their parents in the water with them.  Children over age three who can follow directions can enter classes with up to four students per instructor.  After children learn basic skills, then they can move onto learning the four strokes of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.


Make it Fun

The key to learning to swim is making it fun for kids.  Find a program that is enjoyable for your child and instructor with whom your child feels comfortable.  Look for consistency in instructors, as a child is likely to give up on lessons if their instructor keeps changing.  Ask other parents in the program if their children look forward to coming to lessons and about the progress their children have made.

To keep swimming enjoyable and exciting, suit up children in in the proper swimming gear so that they stay warm, comfortable and enthused.  Konfidence ( makes a number of children’s wet suits, such as the Warma Wetsuit, designed to trap a layer of water next to the body as a warming insulator.  The neoprene rubber liner also helps keeps kids buoyant, and the fabric covering helps parents and instructors to get a grip on slippery wet kids.   


Suit up children properly so they stay warm in the water


Once a child has the knowledge, skills and gear to feel safe and confident in the water, the swim experience is more relaxed for the child and parents.  The earlier children get in the water the easier it is for them to learn to swim and begin a life-long activity that the family can enjoy together for fitness and fun.


Cool Stuff for Little Angelenos

 Luxury Gear, Toys and Apparel for the Stylin’ LA Kid


Make the little one in your life feel like spoiled child star with these latest and coolest in playthings, strollers, car seats, backpacks, clothing and accessories designed with both fun and fashion in mind.


Crusin’ the Strip


Built for luxury, the Mutsy 4Rider Light stroller is a ride to envy.  The beauty of the Mutsy is not only in its high quality and stylish design but its versatility.  With separately purchased components it can convert from bassinet to Babysitter rocker to Fun Seat in which toddlers can pretend to steer and ride along. There’s also a shopping basket for mom, and the system is compatible with a variety of car seats.  $545.  Birth to 55 lbs., 42.7 height. Available at Babies R Us.


Nice Wheels


Reminiscent of the derby cars kids used to whittle in Boy Scouts, but a whole lot more streamlined, Automobox wood cars are toys to pass down through the generations.  The snap-on parts keep little mechanical minds busy while the styling and function make them a pleasure to look at and play with, from SUV and sedan models to sports cars like the sleek convertible A9-S.  $38.00, ages 3 and up.  Available at


From Whole Foods to Rodeo


Forget the hulking backpack carriers that look like you are heading out for a tour across Europe.  For a quick trip to the shopping mall, walk around the block, the comfy Kokopax Classic Carrier is all you need for everyday use.   With fashionable designs on 100% cotton canvas, it looks great; and with its adjustable light-weight aluminum frame and shoulder straps and padded waist support, it feels great too.  Includes a handy storage pocket, toy ring and eco-friendly carry bag. $149.99, up to 35 pounds, Find retailers at


Sittin’ Pretty, and Safe


The Sunshine Kids Radian 80 Convertible Car Seat grows with your child, with safety features galore, including 5-point harness, side impact protection and adjustable cushions for bigger kids.  Thanks to its steel frame and narrow seat, you can place three across in a car, and it folds flat when not in use.  To insure you get all the safety benefits, use a professional safety seat technician, such as Infant Toddler Youth,, to demonstrate the seat’s features and instruct you on future adjustments.  $249.98, 5 to 80 pounds. Available at Target. 


Wild Wild Westside


Rowdy ranchers in training will be ready to ride in Ariat’s Quick Draw Kids Cowboy Boots in full-grain leather with a four-row stitch pattern for rugged style and a comfy Ariat Booster Bed for comfort.  $79.95, Sizes: Child: 8-13.5, Youth: 1-5, Available at LA Saddlery, Country General Store or other retailers at


Bring it On


Cart your stuff in style with the Reisenthel Carrybag ($39.99), a modern twist on the old wicker picnic basket, constructed of heavy-duty tear-proof polyester, with a collapsible soft rubber handle and a zip pocket inside.  For the little Farmer’s Market shopper in your life, the carrybag comes in XS size ($29.99), with all the features of the full size plus a draw-string cover flap to keep contents inside. Available at Sur la Table, or find other retailers at


Steppin’ Out



For little feet that prefer to go bare, the Pediped Flex line is the next best thing.  Made with flexible rubber soles for comfort and a system that adjusts as the child grows to prolong the length of wear.  Available in sizes 6-12 for boys and girls in 45 adorable styles, including the ultra-cool Jayden ($29.00).  Find retailers at


Keeping up with the Kids Next Door


The must-have push-around buggy for every kid on the block is now available in a quieter version, the Step 2 Whisper Ride Buggy with Silent Ride Tires.  Also comes with a mounted cupholder and battery-powered horn.  For kids up to 50 lbs.  $59.99. Available at Babies R Us.