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.