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DVD teaches kids to sign

October 13, 2005|By GREER WYLDER

The DVD "Sign-A-Lot: The Big Surprise" was created for hearing children ages 3 to 11. Creators Barbara Granoff and Lee Sher -- specialists in American Sign Language -- developed the first "Sign-A-Lot" DVD to teach sign language vocabulary to children in an exciting, and entertaining way with animation, child performers and fantasy. Research shows that children who sign can improve other skills including vocabulary, reading and spelling, understanding concepts and number recognition. It also benefits the ability to express emotions. "Sign-A-Lot: The Big Surprise" teaches children more than 80 signs. The DVD uses a novel approach to learning sign language: The illustrated images appear and disappear over the signs as they are demonstrated. The DVD is available at the First Page at 270 E. 17th Street in Costa Mesa. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. (949) 645-KIDS. Or you can order at www.signalot.com. Online orders offer free shipping.

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PLEIN-AIR AT LAHAINA

Plein-air artist John Cosby will be at Lahaina Galleries on Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cosby paints ocean and landscape scenes of Coastal California, as well as street scenes in major cities. He observes people on street corners and park benches and incorporates them into his paintings.

Cosby has painted for the Irvine Barclay Theatre, the Laguna Art Museum and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. He's also painted scenes of San Diego, Corona del Mar and Newport Beach. Lahaina Galleries is at Fashion Island just below the Cheesecake Factory. (949) 721-9117.

AT EASE, MEN

Also at Fashion Island on Saturday, Jhane Barnes makes a personal appearance at At Ease Men's Store to show her fall collection. Customers can receive $100 off any suit or sport coat Saturday. And a Mezlan trunk show features the fall collection of Mezlan and Baco Bucci shoes.

At Ease is a specialty shop for men's casual to dressy sportswear. Robert Comstock, Barry Bricken and Remy leather are top sellers. Unique at At Ease are its concept shops inside the 10,000-square-foot store: Cutter and Buck weekend wear, Bobby Jones golf wear, and Zanella's fine Italian sportswear. Also, it has an exclusive collection of Reyn Spooner apparel. Same-day tailoring is available if needed. Complimentary gift certificates are sent for clients' birthdays.

Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. (949) 759-7979.

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