Once upon a time, a nonprofit called Milk and Bookies threw festive bookstore parties around town, teaching young folks the value of philanthropy and literacy.
Moms and their kids would invite friends and classmates to a celebration where they would choose a book and inscribe it with a special message to a less fortunate child. Music, storytelling, and milk and cookies flowed freely.
Then one day, the grassroots organization said, “Hey, if we can do this here. Why not everywhere?”
And so the M+B Class Project was born. And parents spread the word to babysitters and friends near and far about how they could follow step-by-step instructions online for hosting events at a local bookstore. Soon budding humanitarians were learning to promote events, obtain donations, and create appropriate book lists.
Empowering everyone to live happily ever after.
For more information, go to milkandbookies.org.
Spontaneous Fantasia: The Omnicentric Universe
What: Artist J. Walt’s trippy projection show uses cutting-edge 3-D animation to explore personal and cosmic planes.
Why: Dude, kids dig cool colors.
When: Sat., 7 p.m.
Where: Glendale Community College Planetarium, 1500 N. Verdugo Rd., Cimmarusti Science Bldg., cs257, Glendale Hills (818-551-5275).
Hawaii at The Grove
What: Take the keiki to the island of Oahu without packing a bag. Activities include ukulele lessons, feather lei making, and story time with Aunty Kuu.
Why: Last weekend for a Hawaiian staycation.
When: Sat., noon-7 p.m.
Where: 189 The Grove Dr., b/t Fairfax & Stanley Aves., Mid-City (323-900-8080).
The Last-Hurrah Malibu Public Beaches Safaris
What: To celebrate the end of their three-year project, L.A. Urban Rangers are holding three free mini safaris showing people how to legally set up a family picnic on the twenty miles of public beaches lined with private properties.
Why: Life’s a beach that Steven Spielberg does not own.
When: Sat., 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.
Where: Directions online at sustainablepractice.org.
Photo: Courtesy of Milk and Bookies