Sea Lion Barker – October 2017 #1

 Jolly Pops

Mobile Visitors Center


Hellooooo Pasadena! Jolly Pops here. Last Sunday, boy oh boy did we add a scintillating snapshot to our scrapbook. Our mobile visitors center made its debut at the KPCC Open House.


I know a lot of people who like to spend afternoons going to open houses. At the open house, 2300 guests got to hit two houses in one place — the high tech studios inside of the public radio station and the fascinating photos and hand-made exhibits inside of our touring truck. It was the first time most of the guests heard about our seal and sea lion hospital. Our staff set up speaking engagements at schools and tours at our hospital. All in the basking glow of live music by the Sweet Potatoes. Thank you KPCC Radio!


Today we’re talking to the top brass at another local business, swapping details to bring the Mobile VC to their open house. Do you smell a trend!

Speaking of debuts, Pops Poetry is making its first flip in the barker. When I practiced the poem in front of 38 Whiskers, I heard a faint flopping of his flippers. 38 Whiskers tried to hide it, but out of the corner of my eye I saw the flip flapping going on under his desk. Next thing you know, a producer named Johnny What added piano to the poem! See below for the mp3 file.


Talk soon.


Gala & Grats to the Gals

My perky pony tail felt a little wilted on Wednesday night after our super dooper hoopers the LA Sparks lost a nail biter in game 5 of the WNBA finals. They were only a few points from being back to back WNBA champs. We’re still proud. MMCC LA is very proud! How about a standing ovation for our team, and a round of congrats to the gals!

There’s no better way to celebrate their effort than partying at our black tie Silver Seal Gala on October 21st from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Marriott Marina Del Rey, Bayview Room and Rooftop Lounge.



Live music. Bidding on killer live auction prizes. Great food. Musical improv entertainment. Classy community partners are sponsoring the gala, including Sports 1 Marketing, the Torrance Refinery, MAR3INE, KPCC Radio, the Los Angeles Sparks, and Malaga Bank. I can’t wait!!!

There are a few tix left. Get yours today! Invite a friend or two. We’re talking red carpets. Step and Repeat. And, meet our graphic artist Julianne Black, who designs the cool images you see in the Sea Lion Barker. She’s donating an auction item where she will paint an image of your pet into a famous artwork.


You can bet Dandi will bid on that prize.

Until next time, I’m Dandi Lyon.

38 Whiskers

Three Dollars a Minute

Well folks. It’s month two of the Barker blog. It took a skip loader to move the fan mail that was stacked up behind my desk. Problem is, now the mail is suspended in the scoop of that tractor. At least I can use my desk top. I miss the days when desk top meant the top of your desk.

Speaking of calculations, the bossy boss sent me to a development team meeting where I learned some pretty poignant numbers. At 25 years, we’ve been open more than 9,000 days in a row, served about 7,500 patients rescued on 70 miles of coastline, and hosted more than 80,000 visitors.

Common seal (Phoca vitulina) surfacing in sea off Scottish west coast.

I ran out of ink writing down the countless number of hours volunteers have donated. But that’s a history of dedication and longevity if you ask me, a mission you can be proud to join.

We also learned it costs $3 a minute to operate our hospital and education facilities. $3 a minute sounds catchy, but definitely caught my attention when I realized the annual budget. Aye yaye yaye. I offered to use the Sea Lion Barker to get the word out to people to help donate a minute or five or ten; and, to encourage people to donate a day or more so we can send our Mobile Visitors Center to places where we meet people who can donate a minute or five or ten.

While I contemplate that plan, here’s a brand new piano poem that tells a story about our mission and a little bit of what goes on here every day.

The Sea Lion Barker can be reached at, 555 W. 5th St. 35th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

A publication of Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles, Inc. A 501(c)(3) charity. EIN 47-5249182.       



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