Keep Your Eyes Open

Kein v’ Lo: Snack Attack

YeLAdim talked to the LAPD and got these tips on what kids can do to stay safe — and maybe to help catch a bad guy:

  • Be aware of your surroundings on the way to and from school, at your synagogue and while hanging out with your friends.
  • If you find a note about someone wanting to hurt someone — or use a gun or knife — tell an adult immediately. If any of your friends wants to write notes like that, let them know that they could get in big-time trouble because threatening notes are no joke to the police.
  • If you see packages, boxes or bags with bottles sitting near the street or in a hallway don’t touch them.
  • If you see anything or anyone in a public place that looks like they don’t belong or is acting strangely, tell a parent, a teacher or another adult you trust.
  • When it comes to safety, there’s no such thing as a tattletale.

This section of the page is a way for you as kids to sound off about an issue.

This month’s Kein v’ Lo (yes and no) is about snacks at school. Many schools have removed candy, chips and sodas from campus vending machines and replaced them with what they consider healthier snacks and drinks. Also, many schools are telling parents that when they bring a treat for a child’s birthday, it should include a healthy snack, as well.

Should schools be able to say what kids can and cannot eat?

The Kein Side:

  • Many kids are gaining weight much faster than ever before, because of how easy it has been to get sugary-, fat- and salt-filled snacks during and after school. Eliminating those kinds of foods could cut down on kids’ health problems.
  • Most kids left to their own choices probably won’t pick veggies over cookies or bottled water over soda. Cutting out unhealthy snacks at school makes sure that at least during school hours, kids will be exposed to more nutritious foods.

The Zimms Can’t Wait To Go Back To School!

The Lo Side:

  • Removing sugary snacks won’t really improve health if, at the same time, schools are cutting back on time to get exercise during recess or cutting back on physical education. Offering nutrition classes would be a better idea, allowing kids to feel they have a little say in what happens to their snacks.
  • A birthday is a celebration — if a child wants to have cupcakes, they should be able to — parents shouldn’t have to spend additional money on granola bars or fruit.

Discuss your opinions in your classroom or around your dining table with your family. We aren’t saying which is right and which is wrong. We want to know what you think. Send your thoughts to with Kein v’Lo in the subject line.

Back to School Shout-Outs

Get a head start on making new friends this year by sending a shout-out to your classmates, and we will print it here! Example: Sending a “Have a great year” to Mrs. Friedman’s sixth-grade class at Siman Tov Academy

— Josh A. & Laurie H. (names are optional).

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Time to Watch and Learn at the Zimmer

Clocks and watches can do far more than simply tell time. A new exhibit at the Zimmer Children’s Museum shows that when sliced, diced and deconstructed by artists and humanitarians, timepieces can edify, entertain and even inveigh against social injustice.

“Show & Tell: The Art of Time” features 74 works ranging from whimsical clocks decorated with painted pink bunnies to clocks that comment on race, class and even the wretched state of California’s youth prisons. Several high-profile artists, including Charles Arnoldi and designer Paul Frank, submitted works, and all the timepieces are on sale for $500 to $15,000. Nearly half the works already had sold during the exhibit’s April 30 to May 6 preview. Proceeds will go to youTHINK, a Zimmer program for public-school students that uses art to teach fourth- to 12th-graders to think critically about issues of social justice.

“The art is over the top, and the community response has been incredible,” said Esther Netter, the Zimmer’s chief executive. “This is a grand slam for the museum.”

“The Art of Time” is a successor to “Show & Tell: The Art of Connection,” a 2004 exhibit that showcased 179 phones decorated by artists, humanitarians and entertainers. That exhibit raised more than $125,000 for youTHINK. However, the challenges of gathering and displaying so many works led Netter and her staff to curate fewer works this time around and not seek submissions from athletes, actors and most others in the entertainment industry.

Given “The Art of Time’s” early success, said Netter, Zimmer has plans afoot to unveil another ambitious collection in May 2007. “Show & Tell: The Art of Harmony,” will feature musical instruments as works of art.

Los Angeles artist Kingsley said nonprofit groups regularly ask him to contribute works for worthy causes, but that he turns down many requests. He agreed to donate a clock for the current exhibit and a refashioned musical instrument for next year’s show, because he supports the Zimmer’s mission of touching young people’s lives through art.

“This is an opportunity for us artists to give back to the community,” said Kingsley, whose “Gramps,” a grandfather clock wrapped in pieces of canvass painted in red, blue and green, fetched $10,000 before “The Art of Time” officially opened.

Other works on display also make a strong impression. Kenan Malkic’s stark “I Can Still Work” depicts a shattered, albeit still operational, clock held together with tape. Like his clock, Malkic’s a survivor: He lost both his arms and a leg after stepping on a land mine in Bosnia at age 12.

“My clock proves that it is what’s on the inside that counts, ” he says in a note running adjacent to his work.

In a more fanciful vein, designer Frank created a black-and-red animal-like figurine with its face fashioned out of an alarm clock. The piece, called, “Tor Tor,” resembles Pokey, the claymation pony from the “Gumby” cartoons of the 1960s.

In a plea for racial unity, lawyer/artist Stephen Frank Gary’s “Isn’t It About Time” features a large clock surrounded by branches, trees and wires. Gary has replaced the clock’s numbers with painted white, red, brown and black human hands

“Isn’t it about time,” he asks in the program notes, “that we join together as one?”

“Show & Tell: The Art of Time” exhibit will run from May 7 to June 9 at the Zimmer at 6505 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. Admission is free. For more information, call 323-761-8992, or visit