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As children and adults settle in to what will be a typical week during a school year, here are some great and worthwhile events to consider to shake it up a little.

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Monday – Tuesday, September 17-18

High Holy Days Celebrations

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Many schoolchildren have the day off today in recognition of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year. Whether the kids have a free day or not, there are several ways to observe the occasion happening around town, including, in typical Hollywood fashion, a service today at 10:00 AM at the Laugh Factory.

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Wednesday, September 19

Worried that you’re raising a brat, or not sure what fork to use when dining with royalty? Michelle Shannon runs a program that will teach the dying skills of manners and etiquette to young children and adults alike. Kids will learn about “Introductions, Proper Handshaking, Table Manners, Telephone Manners, What to wear, Body Language and much more!”

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Friday – Sunday, September 21 – 23

This three day celebration of everyone’s favorite crustcean takes place seaside in Redondo beach and features lots of food, music performances and fun for the whole family. Known for it’s “surf and turf” the Lobster Festival food vendors include Redondo Beach Crab House, Ambros Sausage, Nailbag BBQ and much more. Bands perform throughout the three days. There is a full schedule on the website. For the kids there is a Kiddie Area, Carnival Midway Games, face painting and balloon art. For kid at heart you can try stand up paddle board lessons or hop on the mechanical bull ride. Tickets are available online. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. There is a Big Louie Dinner Package that is a 2lb Main Lobster dinner, Small Louie and couple version of the same. You can also purchase a Surf & Turf dinner package.

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Saturday, September 22

11:30am – 4:00pm

It’s the time of year for beer…but not just any beer…ales and lagers too. And this event in Anaheim combines a run with beer. Why not? After a long run and a healthy sweat who doesn’t want a nice cold beer? This 5K run takes you on a fun, flat course through Anaheim’s beer history. Then recoup with one of 100 varieties of beer, ale and lager offered at the event as live bands perform throughout the day. Another fun aspect of this event are the food truck and beer pairings accessed with the purchase of a VIP Access Pass. This sounds like a terrific day and a great way to beat the September heat.

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Saturday, September 22

This annual 5k / 10k run around Malibu Creek State Park and the 5k Mud run (with rope climbs, swings, bridge crossing and mud pits) offers a lot of fun for everyone! More than 1500 people particiapte annually to raise money for the Salvation Army Camp Mt. Crags and Camp Gilmore which offers some 2,000 deserving children a little summer camp fun! Races start at 7:30am. Be sure to register online ahead of time to avoid the lines.

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Sunday, September 23

11:00am – 5:00pm

If you love chocolate this is the place for you. This all day event in Santa Monica features some of the finest chocolate makers including Droga Confections, La Dolce Vita Gourmet, Kallari Chocolate and Le Cordon Bleu. There will be chocolate tastings, demonstrations, chef and author talks and ongoing interviews with Taste TV’s Chocolate Program. Tickets are available on Eventbrite and are $20 for Adults / $10 for Children and Free for Children under the age of 6.

Laura Gerson loves to discover things about LAos Angeles and share them with your family. She blogs about kids activities and resources for Moms at http://www.MomAngeles.com