Sea Lion Barker – October 2017 #1

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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.

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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!

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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.


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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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You can bet Dandi will bid on that prize.

Until next time, I’m Dandi Lyon.


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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.

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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 development@marinemammalcare.org, 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.       

 

 

Sea Lion Barker – September 2017 #2

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Comedy, KPCC and Gala

Ladies and gentlemen! Jolly Pops here, your Flip Flop Event Captain. Are you enjoying these scintillating snapshots from the scrapbook of life at MMCC Los Angeles? Speaking of announcing things, did you hear my fav Hockey Hall of Fame Announcer Bob Miller was just named Team Ambassador for the Los Angeles Kings? Congratulations to Bob!

Saturday September 16th is the kickoff for MMCC LA’s 25th anniversary celebrations. There’s a beach cleanup from 10:00 – 12:00 noon at White Point/Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro. More info on the beach cleanup at http://marinemammalcare.org/news-info/events/event/26-coastal-cleanup-day

At night from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at MMCC LA we have a “Comedy in the Parking Lot”, a show by Opening Night, a musical improv group.

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Opening Night, a musical improv group.

Bring a chair. Admission and parking are free, but our husbandry manager calls this a BYOBB night, as in Bring Your Own Bottle of Bleach to donate, to help keep our enclosures disinfected and sparkly clean for patients to heal and rest.

Then there’s October 1st. From 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. MMCC LA will have its brand new mobile visitors center at the KPCC 89.3 FM Open House in Pasadena, including live music from the Sweet Potatoes,

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Sweet Potatoes, a band led by Laura Hall, the band leader on the LOL show Whose Line is it Anyway.

Tickets are hot for our 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.

See more on the Gala here: http://marinemammalcare.org/gala

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, and the Los Angeles Sparks. I can’t wait!!!

I could go on and off and on … but 38 Whiskers just gave me the start-shuttin up look. Talk soon, and get ready for the inaugural install of Pops Poetry.


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Hoopers & Hung

Hey MMCC LA fans! Have you heard? Our super dooper hoopers the LA Sparks are doing their version of the Dandi dribble, all the way to a 2-0 record in the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs. Next is a road game on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. PST against the Phoenix Mercury, at Talking Stick Sports Arena. By the time of my next report, I’m crossing my pom poms that the Sparks are back to back WNBA champs!

I just got my ticket to the Silver Seal gala.

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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.

You know why? We’re talking red carpets. Step and Repeat. And, I get to meet William Hung.

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That’s right! Dandi will have camera in tow when William sings his signature song. It’s going to be soooo much fun! And, I just got the 411 that my accountants are attending. Buy a ticket and invite yours!

Until next time, I’m Dandi Lyon.


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Ozone and Smooth Speak

Well folks. We’re back again for the second edition of the Barker blog. I don’t have anywhere to sit because Jolly Pops’ fan mail is stacked up behind my desk, with most fans suggesting our next hire be Eyelash.  People … telling you how to do your job.  My bossy boss won’t let me make promises. But … I did schedule Eyelash for a second interview and by golly if she didn’t wow the flippers off of us. If all goes well, we’re looking at a springtime start, just in time to report on newly arrived pup patients.

Good news. Our facility manager Tool Bag informed me we’ve upgraded our ozone filtration unit to keep the pool water clean for our swimming patients. Thank you Tool Bag for overseeing this project, which was partially funded by a generous donation from the Robert Sprague Foundation.

Have you heard our radio ad this week on KPCC?  These lovely words are smoothly spoken by Rita Pardue, who generously gave the go-ahead to post in the Barker the product of her purring pipes.

I had the audio file playing on a loop to help me survive Dandi Lyon clapping while Jolly Pops does somersaults in the hall.  But then my heart went pitter patter when I discovered Rita has lots of other voice files on her website. http://www.ritapardue.com/listen/

Finally, we leave you with a picture of a kindred soul, ready for a swim home.

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The Sea Lion Barker can be reached at development@marinemammalcare.org,

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.              

Sea Lion Barker – September 2017 #1

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Silver Seal Kickoff

Ladies and gentlemen! Jolly Pops here. Welcome to the Sea Lion Barker Blog, where you will find scintillating snapshots from the scrapbook of life at MMCC Los Angeles. Wow! That was fun to say. I always wanted to be an announcer.

MMCC LA is about to kick off its 25th anniversary celebration. Can you say Silver Seal?!

We’re talking weeks of events that are dear to Jolly Pop’s ears. I’m the happening harbor seal that gets to pass along dates and faces you’ll see at the places where the fun will be.

Let’s start with September 16th. There’s a beach cleanup from 10:00 – 12:00 noon at White Point/Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro, the beach we keep clean because it’s the sand and surf where we release our patients to flip flop back to the ocean. At night from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at MMCC LA we have a Flip Flop event.

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As captain, I welcome you to laugh and chortle at “Comedy in the Parking Lot”, a show by Opening Night, a musical improv group.

Then there’s October 1st. From 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. MMCC LA will have its brand new mobile visitors center at the KPCC Open House in Pasadena. Many of you listen to KPCC, Southern California Public Radio. KPCC made a deal to advertise MMCC Los Angeles to their listeners starting next week! In turn, we are sponsoring their open house by bringing our mobile visitors center and live music from the Sweet Potatoes, a band led by Laura Hall, the band leader on the LOL show Whose Line is it Anyway.

Come to KPCC to show MMCC LA knows how to represent in Pasadena!  

The big kahuna is our 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. An appearance by William Hung. And more! Classy community partners are sponsoring the gala, including Sports 1 Marketing, the Torrance Refinery, MAR3INE, KPCC Radio, and the Los Angeles Sparks. I can’t wait!!! Get your tickets today before this event sells out.

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I could go on and on and on … but I see our next reporter is mic’d and ready. Talk soon.



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Baskets & Boxes

Hey MMCC LA fans! It’s soooo super to be in the Sea Lion Barker blog. Call me Dandi. I got hired to do sports. But don’t let my striped scrunchie fool you. I’m not your typical sideline sweetie. In between games, they send me all over town to gather goodies about the awesome activities of MMCC Los Angeles. Tonight I’ll be at Staples Center for the LA Sparks next to last regular season game. They can end up with the best record in the league, and they have a great chance to be back-to-back WNBA champs!! Go Sparks!

Last Sunday I was there jumping up and down. The Sparks numbed the noggins of the Minnesota Lynx, 78-67. We’re talking about graceful gals swishing three pointers and tossing in leaping layups. And, just before halftime, our Executive Director and Fundraising Ambassador were at center court presenting a scholarship to 2 students who won the Sparks’ essay contest, as part of We Are Women legacy day.

In the next Barker blog, we’ll have pictures and an interview with the winners. See! MMCC LA doesn’t just help seals and California sea lions. We are part of the community, impacting the lives of the next generation so they can accomplish their dreams.

Did you see our story this Wednesday on Snapchat? Sand Cloud is a cool company in San Diego that supports marine charities. They made custom towels for us that we sell in our gift shop. Come get one! We get to use the Sand Cloud Snapchat account on Wednesdays to tell stories about MMCC LA. Give me an S. Give me an A … Give me an N D C L O U D. Goooo Sand Cloud!!

Before I sign off, I have to share another super story. On Tuesday August 22nd our staff and volunteers saw Buddy the 700 pound blind sea lion in his new home at the LA Zoo. Check him out in this photo!

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Buddy lived at MMCC LA for 10 months. When he arrived at MMCC LA, he weighed 250 pounds. He gained another 250 pounds because he ate 3,750 pounds of fish! Do you know how much this is? Here’s what a stack of 25 pound boxes looks like.

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Buddy gobbled up 150 boxes … a box every other day. We are sooo super stoked he has a private pool at the zoo to swim in and lounge around. Please visit Buddy, and think of MMCC Los Angeles.

Until next time, I’m Dandi Lyon.



38WAll in a Name

Well folks. I hope you enjoy this first edition of the Barker blog. Our plan is to bark at you on odd-week Fridays, i.e. the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of every month.

I admit I was a little apprehensive, starting off with Dandi Lyon and Jolly Pops. I’m more of an old school newsroom guy, sitting behind a desk having reporters bring me serious stories and quoting sources. Today’s talk-talk has more snapchitchat and instasomething or other than I know what to do with. To get hired as blog editor, I had to pinky swear I’d hire fresh faces that know how to connect with today’s modern media millennials. Hence, Dandi and Jolly.

I told my boss that two chipper story tellers are all I can handle. The boss frowned, leaned closer, and, shall we say, encouraged me to bring my brain out of the printed paper age. I plugged my nose, posted ads for other positions, and wouldn’t you know, next week I’m interviewing a bubbly head named Eyelash to be our lead docent. Her cover letter indicates her goal is to be BFF with the vet. Eyelash? BFF? The next resume is from Dapper Flapper, who wants to be our style reporter. Why stop there? Miss Margeaux is in for a second interview to elaborate on education.

I managed to finagle one item in my favor. The bossy boss insisted on calling this blog “barker,” because scientists call the yelps and chirps of seals and sea lions a “bark.” The boss is a rather rotund grey elephant seal. Even I’m hip enough to know a sea lion is more pleasing to the eye, with a better bark.

It’s probably obvious by now that if you like your news straight and to the point, I’m your guy. Believe me, at MMCC LA we have plenty of important facts to disseminate like upgrades to water filtration equipment and overcoming business bureaucracy to finally get cable internet and phone to our facility. You have no idea how wonderful it is to turn on your computer, log on to email, and have it work! Every time without waiting and waiting for that circle of dots to disappear.

Not to be outdone, I too have a story about my name, 38 Whiskers. My parents heard that sea lions have 38 whiskers on each side. In a whatever-you-say-dear moment, my dad was cool with mom naming me 38 Whiskers. Not even a last name. I’m the soccer player of journalism. Now, I’m still researching if 38 is the real number. Trust me, plenty of times I’ve sat in front of a mirror counting. Even if my flippers were good at separating whiskers, I can’t seem to get past about 8 or 9 before my mind meanders to everything on my to do list. I’ll keep trying and, as straight and pointy as my whiskers get, I’ll give the story to you.

We leave you with a link to our latest video that tells a somber yet fulfilling story of why passionate, caring people work support our mission and work at MMCC Los Angeles.

A tip of the hat to you all