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Manners Resolutions for 2009

"Museum Manners"

Children Ages 7 to 12

Saturday, January 10, 2009

11am to 2pm

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Museum Manners
Featured in Sunday's Los Angeles Times!  Click here to find out more information and to enroll!


"The Introductory Course" & "The Intermediate Course"
Ages 6 to 12  
 Jan. 24 & Feb. 28, 2009
March 28 & April 25, 2009 
11am to 2pm 
Introductory Course   

Our most popular program, "The Introductory Course" will now be presented as a two-part series along with "The Intermediate Course: The Party Perfect" beginning in January 2009.  Together these programs offer a comprehensive study into the world of manners.  Children are instructed in all aspects of etiquette and protocol while developing fundamental character-building traits such as respect, compassion and common courtesies. Through acquiring and practicing these indispensable life skills, children gain more confidence and increase self-esteem. 
In addition to the instruction, both programs include a formal dining tutorial covering all rules of table and dining etiquette.  Children learn how to set a basic table, the proper way to use their utensils, how to manage specific types of foods and beverages, and how to initiate and participate in conversation during an actual 5-course meal.  This fun-filled program is full of interaction and practice for your child.

Program highlights include: 
· Etiquette vs. Manners
· First Impressions

· Meetings & Greetings
· Handshake & Eye Contact
· Art of Introductions
· Telephone Etiquette
· Punchbowl Etiquette
· Table & Dining Skills
· Holiday Dining
· Party Etiquette
· Dressing Up

· Gift Giving & Receiving

· Stationary, Invitations & RSVP's
· Thank You Notes

Sign up for one or both classes now!January 24th & February 28th  



Ages 11 to 15
January 28, 2009
5pm to 7:30pm
Beverly Hills Public Library


Beverly Hills Manners™ has joined forces with Vanessa Van Petten, book author and writer of a blog on parent-teen relationships, to offer a specialized program on "Netiquette". "Netiquette" is a term that is used to define all of the guidelines that assist us with online communication. It provides general rules of protocol for such technologies as emailing, blogging, texting, social networking and all other new technological forms for communicating. Learn how to navigate online communication tools and the most appropriate ways of maintaining a positive online image. In a time when the walls between online and offline communication are coming down, protecting yourself and knowing the proper way to behave is not only sensible, but vital in today's world. In addition to the lecture and Internet demonstration, a light dinner snack will be served.

Click here to register now!

 "Mitzvah Manners" 
Ages 6 to 12  
 February 22, 2009
4pm to 7pm 
 A Cow Jumped Over The Moon

The Bar or Bat Mitzvah is an important coming of age ritual in a     Jewish child's life.  The "Mitzvah Manners" course is designed to assist the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child with everything they need to know in order to shine with grace and ease on their special day.  Jewish culture, customs and proper etiquette are explored as they relate to this time- honored celebration.  In addition to the etiquette instruction, the program includes a 45 minute ballroom dance lesson emphasizing the Jewish dances, as well as a formal, multi-course tutorial covering all    aspects of the table and dining experience. 



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We're off to an exciting start in 2009.  In an article for the Los Angeles Times entitled "20 Ways to Upgrade Your Style", Beverly Hills Manners is the resource for teaching children how to be polite.  Click here to read article!
Change Your Manners, Change Your Life

Happy New Year 2009!  I cannot believe how fast the year flew by.  Most everyone I have talked to agreed that 2008 was a whirlwind and based on all of the volatile activity of the last quarter, I'm sure most of us are ready to welcome in the New Year with open arms. This New Year brings with it great possibilities for change not only within our presidency and economic status, but also within ourselves.    

The Promise of New Year's Resolutions

It is this same time each year that we take a good, long look at ourselves to figure out how we can improve, change or enhance certain qualities, behaviors and characteristics so that we begin 2009 with greater ease, hopefully less stress and more patience and poise.  This January, we bring to you our Top 10 Manners Resolutions to assist you with your goal of being the best person you can be all year long.  

The Los Angeles Times 

We were thrilled to be included in Sunday's issue of the Los Angeles Times in an artcile entitled "20 Ways to Upgrade Your Style" for 2009.  At #9 on the list, Beverly Hills Manners™ was featured as the etiquette school to teach your children how to be polite.     

Parents and grandparents, don't forget that we also offer a number of programs for adults.  Please visit our website at for complete course listings.  We look forward to working with you and your children this year!      

Very best,

Lisa Gaché

New Years 2009 
Manners Resolutions for 2009 
1.  Make a good impression on yourself, first.  Take the time this year to focus on your health and well-being both physically as well as mentally.   Strive to be a bit more organized and efficient so that you can be your most effective self both personally and professionally. 
2.  Smile and be friendly.  Resolve to smile and be friendly with everyone you interact with this year.  Whether it's a parent you pass in the hallway at school or the checkout attendant at the grocery store, everyone deserves a little acknowledgement.  It is not much effort, but makes a huge difference.
3.  Choose to be optimistic.  We are beginning a new year, a clean slate, an opportunity for total renewal.  Why not choose to proceed into these next twelve months with complete and absolute optimism.  Remember a positive and optimistic attitude is most mannerly and assures a successful outcome in anything we endeavor to do. 
4.  Be a good listener.  Humans thrive on relationships and connections with others.  One way to cultivate and nurture your communications with friends and relatives is to be a good listener.  This is the key to all great conversationalists and will convey your sincere interest and attention.
5.  Use your table manners.  So many of life's pleasures and special moments revolve around the table and dining experience.  This year, aspire to be a bit more mindful of your table manners.  Begin with the most simple of tasks such as refraining from talking with your mouth full of food or putting your elbows on the table.  Make sure to sit up straight for good posture and say please and thank you when being served.
6.  Take a breath and think before you act.  This is vitally important and can save a lot of heartache and headache.  We've all heard the expression "put yourself in someone else's shoes" meaning everything we do has a positive or negative effect on one another, so before you behave in a way that might upset or offend someone, take a moment to think about how they might feel and choose to do the right thing.
7.  Be courteous and patient.  We live in a 24/7, frenetic, automated world where common courtesy and human decency are threatening extinction.  Do your part to change the tide and make 2009 a year where you are more polite and patient.  From the people you stand in line with at Starbucks or share the carpool lane with on your way to work, to the caretakers who watch after your children and your families with whom you share a meal, aspire to be more considerate and a little more tolerant.
8.  Master the fine art of knowing when to speak and when to hold your tongue.  Being well-mannered does not mean you are obligated to be accepting of every situation.  In fact, sometimes it is appropriate to stand up for yourself or something you believe in.  The important thing is to be sensitive to your surroundings and adjust yourself accordingly.  Be aware enough to know if the situation calls for gentle pacification, brutal honesty or something in between.
9.  Give thanks and appreciate.  We cannot say enough about taking a moment to be thankful and to appreciate.  At a time when so many are experiencing job layoffs, personal economic turmoil or major health issues, it is more important than ever to try to find a glimmer of light and to acknowledge what you do have that is positive and encouraging.
10.  Don't be stingy with the magic words.  The most commonly used magic words are: please, thank you, excuse me, I'm sorry and you're welcome.  This year, strive to use these words frequently and without discretion and witness firsthand a transformation from those who hear them.  Notice how a few kind words or gestures can help brighten someone's day.

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 "The ART of Manners" 
Saturday, February 7, 2009
1pm to 4pm
Scribble Press

In collaboration with Scribble Press in the Westside Pavilion, "The ART of Manners" is a creative exploration into the world of manners.  Participants engage in role playing exercises and an in-depth discussion on such etiquette topics as the importance of first impressions, memorable meetings and greetings, maintaining a healthy attitude and using your creativity  to help make manners second nature.  Next, your child's artistic talents will shine as they write and illustrate their own Book of Manners.  While they await their book to be published and bound, they will enjoy a scrumptuous etiquette tea at the Nordstrom's Cafe.   With their book as a reference, there will be no excuse for forgetting the manners they have learned!  To enroll or for more information, contact Scribble Press directly at 310-446-6154 or email

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