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Summer Camp Scholarships & Tuition Assistance Programs

Performing Arts Workshops, NAMED BEST SUMMER CAMP in LA Parent Magazine, announces 200 Scholarships for Summer Camp are Available!Performing Arts Workshops, Community Contributor|Updated Fri, Mar 22, 2024 at 3:22 pm PTSummer is rapidly approaching, and it is time for parents to once again make plans for their children while school is out. If the last few years have taught us anything, it is that kids don&rsq...

Performing Arts Workshops, NAMED BEST SUMMER CAMP in LA Parent Magazine, announces 200 Scholarships for Summer Camp are Available!

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|Updated Fri, Mar 22, 2024 at 3:22 pm PT

Summer is rapidly approaching, and it is time for parents to once again make plans for their children while school is out. If the last few years have taught us anything, it is that kids don’t stop being kids just because of a pandemic or the devastating effect it had on the economy and family finances. With the school year ending, parents are once again faced with the challenge of adding the cost of summer day-care and activities to their already stretched budgets.

Fortunately, there are summer camps that are sensitive to the needs of families and are stepping up to help. Performing Arts Workshops, winner of BEST Summer Camp in LA Parent Magazine, has been offering arts-based after school and summer camp programming for over 30 years. Their long-standing mission of providing quality arts-based classes and camps to children regardless of finances, has been made possible through their 2 scholarship and family discount programs.

Their first scholarship program is the Matching Fund Scholarship. Through a generous donation, 200 scholarships for PAW’s Musical Theater Camp are available on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone! For the 16th year their donor, a Los Angeles community member and arts advocate, wants to make sure that every child in Los Angeles has the opportunity to experience a Performing Arts Summer Camp. She believes that an arts education is essential for a child’s growth and development, and she created this fund so that children can use their summers to build on and enhance what they learned in the classrooms during the school year—in a fun and exciting way! The Matching Fund Scholarship provides half of the tuition for any of PAW’S MUSICAL THEATER CAMPS when the parent matches the remaining $450 for the two-week session. With a limit of one scholarship offered to each child in a family, there are no conditions or prerequisites. To receive an authorized (MFS) scholarship, a parent only needs to call the PAW office at (310) 827-8827 to be placed in the donor book.

The second PAW scholarship program is the Ambassador Scholarship. This scholarship is intended to create those opportunities for children who would otherwise go without them, as well as increase the number of camp sessions and camp electives for those families wishing to maximize their children’s summer camp opportunities. The PAW Ambassador Scholarship is a service-in-exchange for tuition program. By volunteering just ONE DAY (or a total of 8 hours as your schedule permits) you will receive half off your summer camp tuition and help to further PAW’s arts education mission by spreading the word about their camps, and their many scholarships & discount programs, thereby enabling more children in your community to enjoy the benefits of a rewarding summer camp experience. The Ambassador Scholarship is truly a win-win opportunity. You can even be a repeat ambassador and enjoy half off every session of camp you enroll in, for each 8 hours of service you volunteer. You can learn more about PAW’s Ambassador Scholarship by calling the PAW offices or visit the Ambassador page on their website: https://performingartsworkshops.com/paw-ambassador-scholarships/

Cheryl Appleman, president of Performing Arts Workshops, created these scholarship assistance programs because she feels every child should be afforded the opportunity to experience the arts, and all that the arts have to offer in the way of character building, life skills, and academic enrichment. “I know many of the families we serve and know the hardships they’re going through. When your child is passionate about something and you have to tell them, ‘no’, because of finances, that really hurts. I remember what that’s like. I developed our scholarship and discount programs because I was a scholarship kid, too. My dance teacher took me under her wing and gave me the opportunities and guidance I needed. Her scholarship made it possible, and it changed my life.”

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With 7 camp locations to choose from, PAW is local to families near El Segundo, Northridge, Pasadena, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Studio City, and West LA. To learn more about Performing Arts Workshops, call (310) 827-8827 for more information or visit https://performingartsworkshops.com/

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President of Performing Arts Workshops. PAW’s 2024 camp offerings of award-winning camps provide a well-rounded arts experience for children including : Musical Theater Camp, Actor’s Sizzle Reel, Stage FX Makeup, Guitar, Poetry Slam, Top Pop Choir, Photography, Debate Club, and LOL Stand Up Comedy!

At PAW, kids ages 5 to 14 just need a curiosity and a passion for performing, whether they are novices or seasoned thespians. Pick your favorite activity or try them all! Your child will shine on stage for the ultimate arts experience from rehearsal to performance, where each session ends with a free creative performance enjoyed by the families of our campers. This summer our Musical Theater kids can perform in children’s adaptations of BARBlE DREAM MUSICAL, GREATEST SH0WMAN, MATlDA or MARY P0PPINS. PAW teachers are nurturing, skilled instructors who are dedicated to fostering a safe, non-competitive environment, where children can use the arts as a medium with which to learn communication, compassion, collaboration, and creativity. They work together to bring out the best in each child and create a summer experience where kids will make friends and lifelong memories.

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Tyler James Williams’ Perfect Day Off in Studio City Includes Community Gardens and Ultra Fragrant Candles

‌Actor Tyler James Williams has been gracing our television screens since 2005. You may remember him as the titular character inEverybody Hates Chris, a role that led to Williams becoming the youngest person to win an NAACP Image Award at just 14. He currently stars as Gregory Eddie in the hit sitcom Abbott Elementary, a character that's won him a Golden...

Actor Tyler James Williams has been gracing our television screens since 2005. You may remember him as the titular character inEverybody Hates Chris, a role that led to Williams becoming the youngest person to win an NAACP Image Award at just 14. He currently stars as Gregory Eddie in the hit sitcom Abbott Elementary, a character that's won him a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a nomination for a Primetime Emmy. The New York native walked us through a typical, leisurely stroll in LA, his current home, where he finds inspiration in green spaces, fragrant candles and a tea latte.

I'm not a big breakfast person first thing in the morning. I'm a tea guy, so I'm going to get my tea from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. I like an English Breakfast latte – two tea bags to kick the day off. Then I take a walk, take in the day, decompress. I like to try and let the walk take me where it wants to go, but sometimes I head down to check on the garden at Third Street Elementary. I was recently at Third Street to help plant Compassion Flowers with Mrs. Meyer’s as part of their Lots of Compassion initiative, which was created to turn vacant lots into community gardens. It was cute to see the kids getting involved in the planting.

Unlike my character on Abbott, I don't have a green thumb, but I appreciate people who do, and I love seeing spots of beautiful greenery in the midst of urban environments. I love to be around them. Like I said, I'm not great at it, but I think that's why I appreciate it so much.

I like that these cultivated spaces bring people together – especially in neighborhoods where people are doing it themselves and not relying on the city for maintenance. There's something really unique about small community gardens [like Fountain Community Gardens and Seeds of Carver Community Garden] where you can feel the energy of the neighborhood.

I grew up in New York, and we saw a lot of empty spaces growing up – it was depressing. What's super special about these little pockets of beauty is that people get to choose what their community wants – what kind of plants, what kind of food. You get an idea of who the people are who live here by what's planted in the garden.

After my morning stroll, I'm probably on my way to Aroma Coffee & Tea to get something to eat. I'm a pretty simple guy; I like the Crispy Chicken Wrap — that's my go-to – and I can't say no to Curly Fries.

After that, I'm doing some impulse candle buying. So any shop along the way where I see a candle, I'll stop in. I have way too many candles than necessary at my house, but it's my thing. I love anything that Boy Smells has done, but I'll stop in at pretty much any little boutique that has an interesting looking candle. They're going to have all my money. I love to wander around looking for gems because that's part of the experience – finding something that you didn't expect to buy.

Then I'm going to the gym. Going to the gym after you get off work is like the hardest thing in the world, so I prefer to go on a day off. That's a luxury for me.

In the evenings, I like Firefly in Studio City. It's great because it's one of those few places that's open really late, but is still chill. It's not super Hollywood. It's this nice little library bar where you can sit and just have a conversation. And it's one of my favorite tucked away spots in LA.

There really are so few places in LA you can go that are low key. Another great place was Samuel French, a bookstore where you could just go and read plays. The bookshop closed in 2019, but was a mainstay in the city for so long.

Now that I’m telling you about Firefly… everyone’s going to go.

Places to Eat & Drink

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf12501 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA

Aroma Coffee & Tea4360 Tujunga Ave #5, Studio City, CA

Firefly11720 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA

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Seeds of CarverW 23rd St &, 2nd Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Fountain Community Gardens5620 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Voyage et Cie Boutique13035 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA

Studio City's First Republic Branch Becomes Chase Bank Overnight

First Republic Bank became the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history over the weekend. Here's what it means for local customers.Patch StaffLOS ANGELES, CA — A First Republic Bank branch in Studio City was among 10 in Los Angeles and Orange County that became a JP Morgan Chase Bank overnight after regulators seized First Republic in what's being called the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history.The change stems from a fast-paced series of events over the weekend, but local customers were being assured M...

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LOS ANGELES, CA — A First Republic Bank branch in Studio City was among 10 in Los Angeles and Orange County that became a JP Morgan Chase Bank overnight after regulators seized First Republic in what's being called the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history.

The change stems from a fast-paced series of events over the weekend, but local customers were being assured Monday morning that their money was safe. The bank was the 14th largest U.S. bank with 84 locations across eight states, the New York Times reported.

"JPMorgan will protect all deposits, insured and uninsured, bringing our financial strength, capabilities and capital to support First Republic's clients and the U.S. banking system," Chase officials said in a statement. "JPMorgan Chase has been a leader in financial services for more than 200 years, and we look forward to continuing to serve you and be deserving of your trust and business."

Chase noted that all banking offices will be operating as usual, and customers can continue to manage their funds through www.FirstRepublic.com or on the bank's mobile app.

First Republic was closed by the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as receiver. The FDIC, in turn, entered into an agreement to sell the bank's assets to JPMorgan Chase.

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As a result, the First Republic Bank branches opened Monday morning as branches of JPMorgan Chase, including the branch at 12070 Ventura Blvd in Studio City.

First Republic’s shareholders and debt holders will be wiped out in the deal, according to the Times.

First Republic Bank had approximately $229.1 billion in total assets and $103.9 billion in total deposits as of April 13, 2023, according to the FDIC.

First Republic Bank was based in San Francisco. It is the third and biggest U.S. bank to fail this year, following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank in March and Signature Bank. First Citizens Bank eventually acquired Silicon Valley Bank and a subsidiary of New York Community Bank bought most of Signature Bank after they were taken into receivership by the FDIC.

First Republic Bank had 7,213 employees as of 2022 and served customers in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Wyoming in addition to California.

On Friday, shares of First Republic Bank stock closed at $3.51, down more than 97% to date. Trading of the bank's shares was halted on the New York Stock Exchange several dozen times last week because of its value was so volatile. The bank announced on April 24 it lost $100 billion worth of deposits during the first three months of the year.

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statement saying, "In close partnership and coordination with the FDIC, California DFPI took decisive and critical action to stabilize the situation, avert layoffs, and protect Californians. The swift action by FDIC to secure a purchaser for the bank will protect depositors, including uninsured depositors."

The failure of First Republic is second in size only to the 2008 collapse of Washington Mutual, which was also taken over by JPMorgan Chase.

President Joe Biden, speaking to reporters outside the White House Monday, sought to assure the public that bank funds are safe.

"Regulators have taken action to facilitate the sale of First Republic Bank and ensure that all depositors are protected, and the taxpayers are not on the hook," he said. ``These actions are going to make sure that the banking system is safe and sound and that includes protecting small businesses across the country who need to make payroll for workers.

``Let me be very clear, while depositors are being protected, shareholders are losing their investments, and critically, taxpayers are not on the hook, as I said earlier."

City News Service. Patch Staffer Paige Austin contributed to this report.

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Minimum Wage In Studio City To Jump To $16.04 Due To Inflation

More than 600,000 Angelenos are about to get a raise.Patch StaffLOS ANGELES, CA — Thanks to the rising cost of orange juice, gas, appliances and just about everything else, minimum wage workers in Studio City will get a raise effective July 1, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday.The new minimum wage in the City of Angels will jump to $16.04 an hour from $15. Triggered by inflation, the wage increase has faced opposition from numerous industry groups that contend it poses a burden on businesses, particularly du...

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LOS ANGELES, CA — Thanks to the rising cost of orange juice, gas, appliances and just about everything else, minimum wage workers in Studio City will get a raise effective July 1, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday.

The new minimum wage in the City of Angels will jump to $16.04 an hour from $15. Triggered by inflation, the wage increase has faced opposition from numerous industry groups that contend it poses a burden on businesses, particularly during times of economic upheaval. Los Angeles city leaders, however, championed the increase as a tool for combating poverty.

"We fought to raise the minimum wage because hard work should always be met with the dignity, respect, and opportunity that fair pay brings," Garcetti said. "Our decision to end poverty wages in L.A. caused a ripple effect across the nation, and this additional increase is the latest reason to celebrate today — and a reminder of how our fight for better wages is far from finished."

Southern California is home to both the nation's highest minimum wage and a cost of living that ranks among the nation's highest. Last month, West Hollywood enacted the nation's highest minimum wage — a $17.64 per hour minimum wage for hotel workers. It's more than twice the federal minimum wage. California's minimum wage is $15 per hour.

The region's high minimum wage still fails to keep up with the cost of living. Locally, the living wage is estimated to be $19.35 per hour, according to a study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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The Los Angeles wage increase was signed into law in 2015, lifting it to $15 per hour by 2020 and making it subject to increases each year based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers in the L.A. metropolitan area.

According to Garcetti's office, more than 600,000 Angelenos make minimum wage and will receive a pay increase on July 1 when it takes effect.

"Everyday workers continue to face many challenges. The minimum wage rate increase is intended to help move us toward a better economy and ensure that employees can have their basic needs met," Dr. Mike Davis, president pro tempore of the Board of Public Works Commission, said in a statement. "I commend the mayor and City Council for their efforts to combat income inequality and our Bureau of Contract Administration for protecting and promoting the health, safety and welfare of workers in Los Angeles."

The Bureau of Contract Administration handles implementing and administering the minimum wage guidelines for Los Angeles.

The bureau's director, John L. Reamer Jr., said the annual pay adjustment is meant to ensure that workers' wages keep pace with inflation.

"This is an important step to address economic realities for every Angeleno who is working hard to support themselves and their families," he said. "As always, our Office of Wage Standards will remain committed to protecting vulnerable workers from experiencing wage theft to advance labor standards in the city and provide hardworking individuals the opportunity to earn a fair wage for the work they perform."

Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley Industry Commerce Association, said his organization opposes the minimum wage increase, as it did when the law tying it to the Consumer Price Index was passed.

"It was a huge increase over a short period of time," he said. Waldman added that the association wanted an "off-ramp" included in the policy, so that the increase does not go into effect when the economy is not doing well.

City News Service and Patch Staffer Paige Austin contributed to this report.

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Historic movie lot that gave Studio City its name to get $1-billion makeover

Feb. 27, 2023 Updated 5 AM PTRadford Studio Center, a storied movie lot in Studio City that has been home to generations of landmark television shows — including “Gunsmoke” and “Seinfeld” — is set to get a $1-billion upgrade to expand its facilities and bring them further into the digital age.The owners of the lot formerly known as CBS Studio Center submitted plans to Los Angeles officials Friday to revamp and enlarge the aging studio and broadcasting complex, adding as much as 1 million squa...

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Radford Studio Center, a storied movie lot in Studio City that has been home to generations of landmark television shows — including “Gunsmoke” and “Seinfeld” — is set to get a $1-billion upgrade to expand its facilities and bring them further into the digital age.

The owners of the lot formerly known as CBS Studio Center submitted plans to Los Angeles officials Friday to revamp and enlarge the aging studio and broadcasting complex, adding as much as 1 million square feet of new soundstages, production facilities and offices.

Founded by movie comedy legend Mack Sennett in 1928, the lot became known as “Hit City” in the decades after World War II as popular TV shows such as “Leave It to Beaver,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Will & Grace” were made there. Current shows include “Big Brother 24” and “Physical.”

“It’s got this mystique that if you come there you’re going to make it,” said studio President Mike Klausman, who has worked on the property since he started there as a CBS page in 1971.

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The Radford complex was the very studio lot that gave rise to the name Studio City. It’s had numerous incarnations, including decades as Republic Studios, home to such screen legends as Roy Rogers, John Wayne and Joan Crawford. Among Republic’s popular movies were “The Quiet Man,” “Sands of Iwo Jima” and “Johnny Guitar.”

The current state of the 55-acre studio is less glamorous than its heritage would suggest, having evolved like an old city where new additions, often built on a tight budget, were layered over and around existing structures.

“There was never really a master plan,” Klausman said. “You would never tear down anything, just add on. We had to work around what was there.”

Bungalows for writers and stars — often quaint structures from Hollywood’s Golden Age on other historic movie lots — are clusters of mobile homes delivered in the 1990s when times were lean, he said. The vast roofs of soundstages used to drain rainwater directly onto the asphalt roads below.

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“You almost needed a boat to get from one studio to another,” Klausman said. “It was like a river in that place.”

The drainage issue has been fixed, and times are no longer lean as the rise of streaming has escalated demand for soundstages and other production facilities and prompted the development of new studios in the Los Angeles region. Radford and other studios are booked year-round.

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Though it is outwardly unassuming with its main entrance tucked around a corner from Ventura Boulevard on Radford Avenue, the Radford studio is among the most valuable in the world based on price. It sold in 2021 for $1.85 billion to Hackman Capital Partners, one of the largest providers of entertainment production facilities, and New York real estate investor Square Mile Capital Management.

“The history of hit shows that have been produced at Radford trace the trajectory of culture and entertainment in Los Angeles,” said Zach Sokoloff, a senior vice president at Culver City-based Hackman, who plans to complete its makeover.

Its location in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood near other illustrious movie studios beloved by filmmakers made Radford highly sought after when it hit the market nearly two years ago, said real estate broker Carl Muhlstein of JLL, who represented seller ViacomCBS in the deal. There were multiple bidders for the property, he said.

“Between Studio City and Burbank there are four iconic studio lots. Disney, Warner Bros. and Universal haven’t changed hands for over 100 years,” he said. “Here was an opportunity to buy something that only became surplus with the merger of CBS and Viacom” in 2019.

In addition to the real estate assets, ViacomCBS (which now goes by Paramount Global) turned over its lucrative studio operations business at the former CBS Studio Center, which includes stage rentals, facilities management and production support services on the Radford lot.

ViacomCBS sold another former CBS property, Television City in L.A.’s Fairfax district, to Hackman for $750 million in 2019. Paramount Global controls legendary Paramount Studios in Hollywood.

CBS’ two L.A. television stations, KCBS-TV (Channel 2) and KCAL-TV (Channel 9), are housed at the CBS Broadcast Center on the Radford lot, and the local news operation will stay put as part of a long-term lease-back.

CBS, which acquired the property from Republic Pictures in the 1960s, will continue to occupy stages and produce content on the Radford lot. CBS-produced shows there now include “SEAL Team,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Neighborhood” and “The Talk,” which is recorded before a live audience.

In its present form, Radford Studio Center offers tenants 18 traditional soundstages and four other stages. The site also has about 210,000 square feet of production office space and its own mill to provide carpentry services and special effects, a commissary and a carwash.

It has a backlot with a “Central Park” and a “New York Street” with 11 building fronts, including four brownstones. It also includes simulated residential neighborhoods with a hodgepodge of houses in different architectural styles, including a facade used as the Cleaver residence in the sitcom “Leave It to Beaver.”

Hackman’s proposal calls for creating a largely new studio with 2.2 million square feet of buildings, including up to 25 soundstages and 300,000 square feet of production support space such as wardrobe, storage and a mill. There would be 725,000 square feet of offices to support productions and an additional 700,000 square feet of offices available for rent to companies in the entertainment industry.

Historic structures, including the Mack Sennett Building and Stages 9 and 10, would be preserved.

To improve access, an entrance off Ventura Boulevard at Carpenter Avenue would be “resurrected,” Sokoloff said. The studio once had an entrance there, but it closed several decades ago.

Also planned is a new bridge over Tujunga Wash at Moorpark Street that would make Radford Avenue a through street. Only vehicles going to the studio could cross the bridge, but it would be open to members of the public on foot or on bicycles. The Los Angeles River Greenway, a 51-mile bike and pedestrian path, is currently interrupted at Radford Studio Center and a new bridge would close that gap.

Hackman owns five studios in the L.A. region, along with facilities in New York, New Orleans, Ireland, Canada, London and Scotland.

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The company plans $1.25 billion worth of improvements to Television City that will add soundstages, production support facilities and offices for rent.

Though the Los Angeles area has the largest number of soundstages of any city in the world, studios are operating near 100% capacity with waiting lists as long as five film productions deep for those spaces, financial advisor Deloitte said in a 2021 report.

“To meet the booming demand, supply would need to more than double in Los Angeles County” in the next few years, Deloitte said. Planned projects for more studio space fall far short of that.

The Radford Studio project would add more than 4,000 workers upon completion, doubling the number of people employed there now, according to a study by the L.A. County Economic Development Corp.

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