Archives for March 1, 2016

Molly is Pet of the Week!

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Molly, a year-old brown-and-white Staffie/terrier mix, was surrendered by her family because she didn’t get along with their other dog. She may be selective with some dogs, but she sure isn’t fussy about people! She always has a wagging tail and is ready for a hug, a kiss and a belly rub at any time! She’s already spayed and ready to go home. Meet Molly on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A539213.

 

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Burke Williams Announces New Simply Massage Centers & Burke Williams Academy of Massage Therapy

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Burke Williams, the premier day spa in the California market for over thirty years, is pleased to introduce two new concepts to the brand’s portfolio. The brand’s first Simply Massage center is set to unveil in Marina del Rey in April 2016. The flagship Burke Williams Academy of Massage Therapy opened in Inglewood on February 1. Burke Williams recently opened its tenth day spa location in Woodland Hills in October 2015 and these two new concepts will further the family owned and operated company’s strategic plans for expansion.

 

With Simply Massage, Burke Williams has gone back to the basics. Guests will receive all of the benefits of a therapeutic and relaxing massage service, at an affordable price in a convenient location. A Simply Massage membership program will offer guests the opportunity to save more money on massage services while benefiting from the health and well being of a monthly massage. Members will also receive all of the perks of membership at the luxurious Burke Williams Day Spas to enjoy rest, relaxation, skin care services and other signature treatments when time permits.

 

“While the pace of life just continues to increase, we wanted to bring the benefits of massage therapy to everyone,” said Bill Armour, owner and founder of Burke Williams. “Simply Massage brings the best Burke Williams massage therapists into a convenient and simple environment with all the perks of the relaxing day spa for members when convenient.”

 

The first Simply Massage center will open in Marina del Rey in April. Additional locations are planned to launch in the California market later in 2016.

 

Burke Williams unveiled the first Academy of Massage Therapy on February 1 in Inglewood, California. The school is a BPPE approved program and will offer 500 hours toward CAMTC Certification. All massage therapy students will not only have their complete tuition fee waived, but they will be paid for their time learning.

 

“We constantly hear about staggering student debt. Burke Williams Academy of Massage is a completely unique school concept,” commented Armour. “When you enroll with us, you’re not just a student, you’re already a Burke Williams employee…and a member of our family.”

 

In addition to the 500 hours of coursework, students will have opportunity to receive 100 additional paid hours of actual training in massage skills and body mechanics to prepare for real work in a spa environment. All Academy instructors are Certified Massage Therapists who have successful careers in the industry and with Burke Williams.
“As our Burke Williams brand continues to grow and expand with new day spa locations and the Simply Massage centers, we want to provide the absolute best massage therapy services available,” said Armour. “What better way to offer those students interested in working in the massage therapy field with the optimum training and work opportunities from the start of their career.”

 

For information on Simply Massage centers visit BWSimplyMassage.com.

For information on Burke Williams Academy of Massage Therapy visit BWMassageSchool.com.

For more information on Burke Williams Day Spa locations, services and products please visit BurkeWilliamsSpa.com.

Credit: Burke Williams Spa.

The Queen Mary Introduces FantaSea: Magic Festival A Magical Weekend aboard the Majestic Queen Mary April 8-10

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The Queen Mary Introduces FantaSea: Magic Festival

 

A Magical Weekend aboard the Majestic Queen Mary April 8-10

The Queen Mary is thrilled to introduce FantaSea: Magic Festival, a magical weekend aboard the majestic Queen Mary, April 8-10, 2016. The glory of The Queen Mary and the mystique of the Academy of Magical Arts, and their World Famous Clubhouse The Magic Castle will converge to create one of the most captivating weekends of the year. Show-stopping performances and interactive trainings create a spell-binding punch of monumental proportion on this magical journey. Traverse the once salons and decks now transformed into The Enchanted Corridor, Hocus Pocus Parlour & Pub, Wizard Alley & Platform, The Cauldron, Abracadabra Café and The Secret Circle Study.

ACTIVITIES:

  • Mysteries of Magic Dinner Show – Experience a tantalizing 4-course feast to tempt your senses while the masters of illusion mystify your mind with an unforgettable evening of magic  (9th Only)
  • Friday Night of Illusions Show – Main Stage Show on the Wizarding Platform in Wizard Alley (8th Only)
  • Magic Mixology in The Cauldron – Let your senses bubble over with eccentric libations brought to you by the wizards of the mixology world, The Mixing Glass (8th & 9th Only)
  • Abracadabra Brunch Buffet – Enjoy a live jazz brunch featuring the velvety vocals of Hedge Hog Swing including bottomless mimosas, a serving of tableside magic and a stash of tricks up our sleeves. (8th Only)
  • Hocus Pocus Parlour & Pub – Soak up some suds and rub elbows with the likes of legendary magicians while taking in a show or three between DJ sets (21+ after 7pm)
  • The Enchanted Corridor – Saunter through the great hall of wonder where magic abounds with strolling tricksters and close up magic table shows.
  • Wizard Alley & Platform – Venture into the “alley” to partake in unusual mystical activities, shop for magical oddities and grab a snack at Mystic Morsels while taking in one of the many shows on The Wizarding Platform.
  • The Secret Circle Study – Gather in The Secret Circle for spell-binding lessons to expand your mind and master your craft in these Magic Academy Enrichment courses.
  • Conjuring After Dark Tour – A haunted history tour like no other, lead by a trained paranormal guide. You will explore the Queen Mary’s most notorious paranormal hot spots and hear chilling tails of the ships haunted past. What better place for such walks than The Queen Mary, voted top 10 most haunted places by Time Magazine.
  • Golden Era of Entertainers Tour – A magical tour highlighting the beautiful treasures aboard while showcasing the historic entertainers who once graced the stages of the majestic ship.

WHEN:

  • Friday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

MULTI -DAY TICKETS:

  • FantaSea: “Magic Mixology” Tasting Class ($18)
  • FantaSea: “Conjuring After Dark” Tour ($15)
  • FantaSea: “Golden Era Of Entertainers” Tour ($15)
  • The Weekend Wizard Passport ($159) – Includes all activities except Mysteries of Magic Dinner Show

FRIDAY ONLY TICKETS:

  • FantaSea: “Masters Of Illusion” Show ($29)
  • FantaSea: “Friday Night Of Illusions” Pass ($19)

SATURDAY ONLY TICKETS:

 

  • FantaSea: “Abracadabra Brunch” Buffet ($29 – $49)
  • FantaSea: “Saturday Of Prestige” Pass ($29)
  • FantaSea: “Saturday Night Of Mysteries” Pass ($19)

 

  • FantaSea: “Mysteries Of Magic” Dinner Show ($99) – Includes “Saturday Night of Mysteries” Pass

SUNDAY ONLY TICKET:

  • FantaSea: “Sunday Of Magic” Pass ($25)

PARKING:

  • $20 upon exit

PURCHASE TICKETS AND NFORMATION:

Credit: The Queen Mary.

Kids Fishing Derby at Mile Square Park March 12 OC SUPERVISOR ANDREW DO INVITES OC KIDS TO 2016 FISHING DERBY AT MILE SQUARE REGIONAL PARK

Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do invites Orange County kids to compete in the 2016 Fishing Derby at Mile Square Regional Park on Saturday, March 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Co-sponsored by OC Parks, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Angler Chronicles, the annual event held at the North Lake is open to children aged 15 and under. Multiple prizes will be awarded to top competitors in different age groups.

“The annual Fishing Derby has become a tradition at Mile Square Park,” said Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do, who represents the First District. “The Fishing Derby is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy Orange County’s wonderful parks.”

The lake will be stocked with more than 1,000 lbs. of fish just for the derby. Fishing clinics will be hosted throughout the event.

Registration will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. with the Derby starting promptly at 9 a.m. A limited quantity of fishing rods will be available for loan. A complimentary barbecue lunch will be served to all who attend.

Join OC Parks and Supervisor Andrew Do for a fun filled day of friendly competition and fishing at Mile Square Regional Park.

 

Kids’ Fishing Derby

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Derby Registration: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Location: Mile Square Regional Park, North Lake

Address: 16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/mile/

Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle

Public Contact: (714) 973-6600 or (714) 973-3197

Find Painting Inspiration During Ace Hardware’s 31 Days Of Color Month-long program helps consumers discover a love for color with interactive paint and color experiences

Ace Hardware, the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world, announced today the launch of its second-annual 31 Days of Color program. The month-long initiative offers daily paint color inspiration and expert design advice to encourage consumers to discover and embrace color in new and unique ways. Throughout the month of March, Ace will share its color expertise with consumers via interactive online experiences, including daily paint color reveals, giveaways, an exclusive paint color name game and a nationwide paint makeover sweepstakes.

 

“31 Days of Color provides consumers with an opportunity to discover color and design inspiration,” said Ace Design Expert Julie Richard. “The newly re-designed Color Calendar, paired with our expert tips and advice, will enable consumers to uncover their love of color through a new interactive experience.”

 

31 Days of Color Calendar

Ace is unveiling a new “Color of the Day” from its exclusive Clark+Kensington® and Valspar® paint lines each day throughout the month of March. Each color will be revealed daily at 12 a.m. EST through a refreshed, interactive color calendar available at www.thepaintstudio.com/31daysofcolor.

  • “Color of the Day” Reveals: Daily colors will be revealed via an interactive online game that invites consumers to test their color knowledge by guessing if the names listed are paint colors from Ace’s leading paint lines or something else!
  • Mood Inspiration Boards: Each “Color of the Day” will be unveiled with a corresponding mood board that provides an in-depth look at each hue, with a curated assortment of room images and items to inspire consumers to tackle their own paint and color projects.
  • Expert Tips: Ace’s Design Experts, Katie Reynolds (Atlanta, Ga.) Julie Richard (Boston, Mass.) and Nathan Fischer (Orange County, Calif.) and Valspar’s Color Strategist, Sue Kim, are providing daily color and design tips.
  • Blogger Projects: To showcase how color can truly transform a space, the calendar also includes links to DIY blogger projects in the featured paint colors to inspire consumers to take on colorful projects in their own home.

 

“We’re excited to offer consumers a new experience as they uncover a variety of ways to use color within their homes,” said Valspar Color Strategist Sue Kim. “Along with Ace’s Design Experts, I’m thrilled to be able to inspire and educate consumers as they become more confident with taking on color and design projects.”

 

Paint Makeover Sweepstakes and Daily Gift Card Giveaways:

  • Paint Makeover Sweepstakes: Consumers are encouraged to enter the 31 Days of Color Sweepstakes online atwww.thepaintstudio.com/31daysofcolor every day in March. One winner will receive a $10,000 paint makeover, including a custom, in-person room design and color consultation by an Ace Design Expert, as well as the paint, supplies, labor and furnishings to complete the look in their home.*
  • Daily Ace Gift Card Giveaways: Participants who enter to win the Paint Makeover Sweepstakes will be automatically entered into a daily gift card giveaway, valued at $100, $500 or $1,000 each.*

 

Personalized Color and Design Advice

Ace and Valspar will extend their expert color advice to consumers across the country during a Facebook chat. Consumers will be given the unique opportunity to share their questions about color and design and receive personalized tips from Valspar Color Strategist Sue Kim. In addition, consumers that ask a question on the designated post during the chats will be entered to win a $100 Ace gift card.**

  • Facebook Chat with Valspar Color Strategist Sue Kim: Friday, March 18 from 1 – 2 p.m. EST on Ace’s Facebook Page atwww.facebook.com/acehardware

 

For more information on 31 Days of Color, Clark+Kensington, Valspar or Ace’s Design Experts, please stop by your neighborhood Ace or visitwww.thepaintstudio.com.

 

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.  OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 48 CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (VOID IN ALASKA, HAWAII, PUERTO RICO, GUAM, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES) WHO ARE HOMEOWNERS AS OF 3/1/16 AND AT LEAST 21 YEARS OF AGE AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. Begins 3/1/16 at 12:01 am ET and ends 3/31/16 at 11:59 pm ET.  See Official Rules at www.thepaintstudio.com for additional eligibility restrictions, prize descriptions/restrictions/ARVs, odds disclosure and other details. Sponsored by Ace Hardware Corporation.

 

**Watch facebook.com/acehardware for details and Official Rules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook.  Sponsored by Ace Hardware Corporation.

Credit: Ace Hardware. Giveaway is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids.

Eddie the Eagle – Based on a True “Never Give Up” Story

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Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ryan R. comments, “I was truly delighted to watch the new film, Eddie the Eagle because it is an astoundingly energizing and powerful film.” Mia A. adds, “I absolutely love Eddie the Eagle! This… is an inspiring movie because Eddie is just a regular guy who does amazing things. It makes people like me who watch this movie feel like they could do anything!” See their full reviews below.

Eddie the Eagle
By Mia A, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

I absolutely love Eddie the Eagle! This film, directed by Dexter Fletcher, is an inspiring movie because Eddie is just a regular guy who does amazing things. It makes people like me who watch this movie feel like they could do anything!
Eddie the Eagle is based on a true story about a boy named Michael Edwards, known as Eddie (Taron Egerton) who grew up in Great Britain in the 1960s. Eddie always wanted to be in the Olympics, but he had weak knees so all his doctors said not to do sports and to give up. Regardless of his doctor’s advice, he tried lots of sports, but never successfully did any of them right. When he goes to his dad’s work after giving up on this dream he sees a ski slope. From then on, Eddie is determined to get into the Winter Olympics. When he fails to get on the Great Britain downhill ski team for the Olympics, he learns about ski jumping. As there are no ski jumping locations in Great Britain, he travels to Germany. There he tries to learn ski jumping in order to get into the Olympics. He meets a former Olympic ski jumper, Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman) and tries to get Bronson to coach him. Will Eddie get to the Olympics, get Bronson to coach or win the Olympics?
My favorite scene is when Eddie sets a new distance jumping record and he flaps around like an eagle and has the best time of his life. This scene is uplifting and funny.
The cinematography in Eddie the Eagle is really intense and makes you feel as if you are right there! Whenever someone gets ready to go down the ski jump ramp and lands, you feel like cheering!
There are lots of morals in this movie including: follow your dreams, winning isn’t always achieving, never give up on your dreams, when you love what you do giving up is never the answer, and many more.
I rate this movie a 5 out of 5 stars because it is inspiring and has a gripping story. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18 because there are some sexual references, like when Bronson makes an imitation of making love with a celebrity. There are also some injuries, like when someone tries to ski jump they fall and hurt themself badly they can’t move.
If you love adventure, and rooting for the underdog, go see Eddie the Eagle in theaters near you!

Eddie the Eagle
Reviewed by: KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Ryan R., age 12

Interview with Michael “Eddie” Edwards:

I was truly delighted to watch the new film, Eddie the Eagle because it is an astoundingly energizing and powerful film. I love to watch films based on true stories and this is an unquestionably good one. In this film, you will see the story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, an Olympic British ski jumper and learn how his determination enabled him to participate in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

This movie tells the story of Eddie the Eagle (Taron Egerton) and shows the tough obstacles that Eddie overcame to achieve his dream of participating in the Olympics.

I love how this movie doesn’t feel rushed. I love the casting. Taron Egerton looks identical to real Eddie and plays him with conviction. Hugh Jackman also gives a great performance. Jo Hartley, who plays Eddie’s mom, gives a stunning performance of a mother who supports her child’s dreams no matter what. The 80s soundtrack also plays an important role in the movie, since it is the type of music that was around when Eddie made his jump. This year is the 28th anniversary of when he made his ski jump in the 1988 Winter Olympics.

The moral of this movie is never give up no matter what. We see that when individuals don’t have faith in Eddie and think his fantasy of setting off to the Olympics is an exercise in senselessness that he would never be capable of achieving. We see how Eddie never gives up. He is persistent, even though people think he is crazy. Eddie never gives up on what he believes in and does his best. Throughout this movie you see Eddie overcome obstacles and he never gives up. This is definitely a good movie for kids to see, especially if they have been put down, taunted, bullied or told they can’t do something they love to do. They can benefit from seeing this film.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 5 to 18. I think adults will like this film as well. Those who like docudramas and family movies will particularly enjoy it.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

Zootopia – Welcome to the Urban Jungle!

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From our friends at Walt Disney Animation comes Zootopia, the story about a city of anthropomorphic animals where a fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop must work together to uncover a conspiracy. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Mia A. comments, “I thoroughly enjoyed Disney’s Zootopia because the animation took me into a beautiful world just like ours, but completely filled with animals.” Tre’ana H. chimes in with, “I really adored this film because it is very different from any ordinary film. The characters belong to the zoo animals’ collection. It is hilarious because all the animals act like humans and engage in everyday, normal conversations like we do.” See their full reviews below.

Zootopia
By Mia A, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12


Interview with Animation Supervisor Kira Lehtomaki

I thoroughly enjoyed Disney’s Zootopia because the animation took me into a beautiful world just like ours, but completely filled with animals.

Zootopia is about a bunny named Judy (Ginnifer Goodwin) who grew up on a carrot farm. Judy always wanted to be a cop when she grew up even though she is a bunny and bunnies do not become policemen. She goes to police training and then becomes a cop in Zootopia.

Zootopia is a land where all different types of animals, prey and predators, live together in peace. When Judy gets to Zootopia she is not taken seriously as a Bunny Cop, so Judy has to finish a case in 48 hours or else she resign. She teams up with a fox named Nick (Jason Bateman) to help figure out the case. Will she get taken seriously as a cop and finish the case? You’ll have to watch it to find out.

My favorite character in Zootopia is Nick, a clever, funny and mischievous fox. Nick got lots of laughs from the audience and I learned to care about him after his backstory was revealed.

My favorite scene is with the sloths. Judy and Nick go to check a license plate and all the workers at the DMV are sloths. The main sloth named Flash (Raymond S. Persi) says everything slowly. Judy is in a big rush and to make the process even slower, Nick tells Flash a joke. This is one of the funniest scenes that got lots of laughs from the audience.

The film’s animation is incredible. It’s filled with lots of color and creative, minute details. In one scene, Judy travels through the different zones of Zootopia and, in the rainforest zone, it starts raining and the rain hits the train. This scene is filled with detailed colors and light.

Zootopia is a mystery movie, but it is also a comedy. The mystery part of this movie could be scary to little kids because there are dark scenes with intense action and it shows some animals going savage.

There are a couple scenes with nude animals. This isn’t that bad because it only shows animals without clothes on. It is funny though because the animals freak out even though, in real life, animals are always “nude”.

I rate this movie a 4.5 out of 5 stars because there are some scenes little kids might find scary but everything has a reason even if it doesn’t seem important at the time. Since this is a Disney movie, some parents might think it is good for all ages. But, I recommend it for kids age 6 to 15 because of the fear factor. If your kids like mysteries and dark scenes then, that won’t be a problem. Go see Disney’s Zootopia in theaters near you when it opens March 4.

Zootopia
By Tre’ana H., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

I really adored this film because it is very different from any ordinary film. The characters belong to the zoo animals’ collection. It is hilarious because all the animals act like humans and engage in everyday, normal conversations like we do. Directors, Byron Howard and Rich Moore have delivered a creative and amazing story filled with imagination.

In the city of Zootopia the animals live a diversified life. They all get along with each other until a plague hits some of the animals and they start to be aggressive with each other. A fugitive con artist / fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) and a rookie bunny cop named Judy Hoops, (Ginnifer Godwin) work together to uncover the conspiracy that is taking over their city. You will not believe the deception that is taking place.

My most memorable scene is when the bunny first goes to Zootopia. I liked this part best because, when she is on the train, you see the entire city of Zootopia. It made me feel like I was part of the scene touring Zootopia with Judy. This section of the film shows each part of the city and reveals all the different scenery in each section. This is the coolest scene and is so beautifully detailed.

The setting of this story made me feel like I wanted to be a part of this world of Zootopia. The colors are very bright and it looks like an amusement park with plenty of animals.

The moral message of this film is that you should never let anyone bring you down or stop you from being the person you want to be. People may try to break you down, but you can’t let them. You can be whatever you want to be in this world of freedom.

I recommend this film for ages 6 to 18 and I give it 5 out of 5 Stars because it is child friendly, hilarious, exciting and everyone will enjoy it. This movie opens in theaters Friday, March 4, 2016 so go check it out, you will not be disappointed.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

LA Zoo BIG BUNNY’S SPRING FLING is Three Days of Family “EGG-citement” – March 25-27

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Youngsters enjoy the opportunity to pet a bunny rabbit at the Los Angeles Zoo’s
BIG BUNNY SPRING FLING
PHOTO CREDIT:  Jamie Pham

BIG BUNNY’S SPRING FLING at the Los Angeles Zoo celebrates the season with three bountiful days of “EGG-citing” adventure on Friday, March 25, Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Fun for youngsters includes the opportunity to pet real bunnies, photos with “Big Bunny,” opportunities to view animals as they uncover Easter-themed paper mache eggs and baskets filled with treats, face painting, bunny ear crafts, Easter egg coloring, musical entertainment by Kiddle Karoo’s Easter Show, costumed bunny and fairy characters and a strolling stilt walker.  Adding to the excitement is a “Big Bunny’s EGG-cellent Adventure” search with clues and a special treat provided by 99 Cents Only Stores awaiting youngsters at each stop.  Rounding out the activities is an “EGG-ucation Station” with scent containers to give inquisitive guests a chance to see what it’s like to have a bunny’s sense of smell, how to use your hands like a bunny’s paws, and how to identify a bunny’s emotions by the movement of its ears.  All events are free with paid Zoo admission, except “Big Bunny” photos, which are available for a nominal fee.

Other activities at the L.A. Zoo include close-up animal encounters at 10:45 and 11 am, with an extra encounter at 12:45 pm on weekend days, and shows and presentations such as the ELEPHANTS OF ASIA training demonstration at 11 am; the popular WORLD OF BIRDS SHOW at11:30 am; a HAWK TRAINING DEMONSTRATION at 2 pm (Saturday/Sunday only); a MARSUPIAL TALK at  11:30 am (Sunday only); and more.  The schedule, subject to weather and other changes, is available at the Zoo entrance and online at www.LAZoo.org.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.75 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.  Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.  The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.  As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Programming subject to change.

Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 for children (ages 2 to 12).  No ticket is required for children under 2.  Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027.  Free parking is available.  For tickets and additional information, contact (323) 644-6001 or visit lazoo.org

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.