Author: Patti Carmalt-Vener

When it comes to addiction, never give up hope

Dear Patti, My best friend Christy and I have been as close as sisters since high school. Eight years ago we moved to LA together from Wisconsin. For over three years Christy has been partying heavily; drinking every day and doing a lot of cocaine. She has a great job in the industry as a make-up artist and I’m afraid she’s going to lose her job. Christy has always been one of the most beautiful girls I ever knew, but lately she has been looking really bad. Since she won’t listen to me, I called her older brother Lance,...

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Well being

Dear Patti,My name is Lauren and I am a senior in high school and live in North Carolina with my parents. I have been accepted at Caltech for next year. I am very excited. My aunt lives in Pasadena and the plan has been to live with her while I am going to school. Three weeks ago, I came out on spring break to stay with my aunt and see what it is like. Pasadena is great; in fact I am love with Southern California. What I didn’t expect was how difficult it was to stay with my aunt....

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10:15 am Film Critic, Jazz Vespers at All... @ All Saints Church
Film Critic, Jazz Vespers at All... @ All Saints Church
Feb 25 @ 10:15 am
Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan offers his annual pre-Academy Awards look at what’s hot and what’s not in recent film festivals and the race for the Oscars at 10:15 in the Rector’s Forum.[...]
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Castle Green Wedding and Event O... @ Castle Green
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Sierra Madre Playhouse Event @ Sierra Madre Elementary School
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm
In conjunction with the current production of “Nothing Is the Same,” the Playhouse presents a free family event, a tour of the school’s Japanese Goodwill Garden, plus tea and Japanese tea snacks available for purchase,[...]
4:00 pm Book Signings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm
Local Author Day features Chiqeeta Jameson, author of “Don’t Sell, Let Them Buy: Master the Sales Conversation and Guide Your Customers to a Successful Outcome…Every Time,” Colette Barris, author of “Claretta Street” and Belinda Busteed[...]
4:00 pm Performances à la Carte @ Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
Performances à la Carte @ Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm
Performances à la Carte and Girls on the Run Los Angeles present the performance, “The Innas, Ettas, Annas & Donnas of Mozart’s Operas” is an afternoon of concert arias and duets featuring a variety of[...]

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