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New Vaccination Site

Kaiser Permanente offers vaccines at the Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside By Kamala Kirk On March 24, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles announced the opening of a new COVID-19 vaccination site at the Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside in Culver City. Vaccines are available to eligible Kaiser Permanente members and non-members regardless of insurance. During the first day of operation, Kaiser Permanente staff administered approximately 500 doses at the new site. Vaccination appointments and doses will vary depending on vaccine availability. Kaiser Permanente will expand vaccine eligibility based on vaccine availability and changing guidelines from the state. “With the COVID-19 vaccine, our goal is to serve as many people as efficiently and as equitable as possible,” said Lilit Zibari, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles senior vice president. “Adding a new vaccination site will allow us to do just that. We are grateful to the Marriott for their partnership. Together, we will continue to move closer to beating this virus.” Those interested in receiving a vaccine are required to make an appointment by calling 1-833-574-2273 or visiting...

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A Call to Help Others

Gentle Wellness Center helps feed the homeless during the pandemic By Katie Lulla Gentle Wellness Center (GWC) has reopened to continue its mission of helping people become their healthiest selves. After reflecting on the struggles caused by the pandemic, GWC decided to spread empathy by helping The People Concern, one of Los Angeles’ largest social service agencies, deliver sack lunches to homeless people every month. While GWC has been a part of Santa Monica for 10 years, founder Suzanne Childre has 44 years of experience providing holistic health services. The center offers several cleansing therapies that target different concerns. “It’s all a matter of what the person wants to accomplish,” Childre said. “The one thing about being holistic is that it’s very individual. It can’t be a cookie cutter.” GWC specializes in colonic hydrotherapy and every staff member is I-ACT (International Association of Colon Therapists) certified. Colonic cleansing is the clinic’s most common procedure as it gives the most obvious and immediate results. “We can’t prescribe medicine, diagnose or treat; the only thing we can say is that colonic therapy hydrates the body and removes old waste,” Childre said. “However, it has helped so many people in so many different directions.” The central idea of colonic hydrotherapy, as well as the other cleansing methods, is releasing toxins from the body. Once the toxins have been cleared, the body will...

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Females in Film

Artemis Women in Action Film Festival returns for a 6th year By Kamala Kirk Every year, the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival (AWIAFF) shines a spotlight on women who step up in all walks of life through narrative, documentary and animated films. AWIAFF was founded in 2014 and was the first festival with the sole dedication to the celebration of female action and empowerment heroes. The festival returns this year in a virtual format that allows attendees to watch from anywhere in the world. AWIAFF remains true to the mission of showcasing carefully chosen, excellently crafted movies with a strong focus on the power of women. “Typically, we held the Artemis Awards ceremony at the Laemmle Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills and the balance of the event was held at the Monica Laemmle Theater in downtown Santa Monica,” said Melanie Wise, founder and executive director of AWIAFF. “In 2020, we didn’t have an event. Our 6th edition is the first completely virtual event we’ve done. In past years, we have given filmmakers the choice to have their film included in a streamed event that ran concurrently during the festival. This year, we chose to forego an award ceremony so that we could place our attention and dedication on our filmmakers, screenplay writers and musicians in our festival competitions. The 6th Edition Competition Awards will be announced live...

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Westside Happenings

Thursday, April 15 Virtual Commemoration of the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument Committee will host a virtual VJAMM Commemoration via Zoom and will welcome a stellar lineup of speakers that includes U.S. Congressmember Ted Liu. Hama Sushi in Venice will once again host a VJAMM fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. Proprietor Esther Chiang will donate 10% of all dinner receipts to the VJAMM Committee for educational outreach, VJAMM maintenance, and funding the Arnold Maeda Manzanar Pilgrimage Grant. To attend, visit (Zoom meeting ID: 86774770786) Saturday, April 17 Marina del Rey Farmers Market, 8 to 9 a.m. (seniors), 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (general public) This weekly outdoor event allows Westside residents to support local produce sellers and other vendors. Food from a wide variety of businesses is available for purchase. Masks are required and only 40 people are allowed to shop at any one time. Held in parking lot 11 at 14101 Panay Way. More information is available at Roads to Respect: Keeping Kids Safe, 10 to 11:30 a.m. This workshop for parents and caregivers of elementary school children focuses on how to prevent child sexual abuse and help keep kids safe. Conversations body safety should happen in every family and can be done without fear or discomfort. Presented by Kimberly R. White form the...

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The Advice Goddess

Buddy Heat 
I’m dating an awesome woman I see a future with. However, there’s a hurdle: She doesn’t want to have sex until we’re committed, but I don’t feel right about committing without knowing we have sexual chemistry. A previous relationship ended because the sex was subpar and I don’t want to go through that again. — Conflicted Sexual chemistry is pretty important. You don’t want to get all emotionally attached and then find that sexually, you go together like peanut butter and a repeating saw. Men and women are alike in countless ways. (Both have two legs; men don’t randomly have six like an insect.) However, we differ psychologically per the physical differences we do have; namely, how sex can leave a woman “with child” and a man “with a teaspoon less sperm.” These differences drive men’s and women’s conflicting “sexual strategies,” explains evolutionary psychologist David Buss. For men, a casual sex-centric “short-term sexual strategy” – hit and run…sex and shun – has the most “reproductive benefits,” increasing men’s chances of passing on their genes. Women benefit most from a commitment-centric “long-term sexual strategy” and look for signs a man is emotionally attached, making him more likely to stick around and provide for any, um, sex biscuits they might create. Where there are deep-seated desires, there’s often deception. Buss calls this “strategic interference,” describing sneaky tactics used to get...

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