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Do you love animals? Working with children? Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity? ANIMAL LOVERS SOUGHT FOR REWARDING DOCENT OPPORTUNITIES AT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO


Saturday, July 16, 2016, 10 am to 12 pm

Do you love animals?  Working with children?  Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity?  Check out the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s (GLAZA) Docent training program at an information meeting on Saturday, July 16, 2016, 10 am to noon, at the Los Angeles Zoo’s Witherbee Auditorium.  Docents serve as volunteer teachers, sharing their knowledge of the Zoo and its flora and fauna with adults and children through touring, educational activities, educational programs, classes and more.  The docent program, open to ages 18 and up, provides a comprehensive training course where individual opportunities are explored and developed.  GLAZA volunteers, topping 700 people, contributed more than 76,000 hours last year to the Zoo, with duties as varied as the men and women performing them.  Some GLAZA volunteers, who range in age from 15 to 95, have provided over 46 years of service.  No previous experience is necessary.

“We’re looking for people who enjoy learning and interacting with youngsters, families and other Zoo visitors,” says Kirin Daugharty, Manager of Volunteer Programs.  “Volunteers and docents are the soul of the zoo, so passion, dedication and enthusiasm are ideal characteristics for those applying to the program.”

Docents complete a 23-week training program offered at the Zoo each fall in conjunction with UCLA Extension.  Classes, which begin in October, meet once a week on Tuesdays or Saturdays, from 8:30 am to 3 pm, and focus on taxonomy of both the plants and animals at the Zoo as well as ecology, conservation and the role of zoos in wildlife preservation.  Docents must be high school graduates or equivalent and 18 years or older when applying and be able to commit 100 hours per year for a minimum of two years.  Applications are accepted through August 19, 2016, and can be completed on-line at

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.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  Free parking is available.

Reservations for the July 16 information meeting are not required; check-in tables will be set up at the Zoo entrance.

Full descriptions of volunteer and docent opportunities and requirements are available at general information is available by calling (323) 644-4703 or (323) 644-4773 or emailing
Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo. PHOTO CREDIT:  Jamie Pham.

If your kids loves dinosaurs, Dino Dan: Dino Babies is a must watch! Outstanding!


In this DVD collection we join junior dinosaur expert Trek Henderson as he imagines dinosaurs in the real world, especially baby dinosaurs. I enjoyed the way this DVD uses CGI of dinosaurs in the story. This show is truly entertaining and educational. It is very colorful and teaches a great deal about dinosaurs and how they live in their environment. We learn all about several species of dinosaurs – Edmontosaurus, Triceratops, Brachiosaurus and Spinosaurus. Trek teaches us about what they eat, how they care for their babies, how their foot prints give paleontologist information about how they lived and more. It is also quite entertaining in the way Trek’s imagination put the dinosaurs into the world now. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Morgan B. commented, “I found this collection to be entertaining and educational. Each episodes features a different dinosaur and you get to see what a real one would look like and learn different traits about them.”

Dino Dan: Dino Babies
By Morgan B, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

There are a bunch of Dinosaur movies, TV shows and cartoons but it is rare to see real life like Dinosaurs. I found this collection to be entertaining and educational. Each episodes features a different dinosaur and you get to see what a real one would look like and learn different traits about them.
The dinosaurs are fascinating. Adult dinosaurs would be very expensive to feed and way too hard to keep confined so, they roam the neighborhood. Ok, don’t worry, they are friendly.
Trek, the little boy whose these adventures are about, only keeps adorable baby dinosaurs in his back yard. His Mom tries to make sure to always have dino treats on hand so Trek can use the food to figure out different things about dinosaurs. Can they fly? Do they eat eggs? What is their favorite thing to eat? What do their foot prints look like?
Getting foot prints from a dinosaur takes a lot of hard work and “Dino Footprints” was my favorite episode. I watched the various ideas Trek used to get foot prints and found them very humorous. Hanna and her Dad help him look like a dinosaur that is a predator. The predator then gives chase and tricks the other dinosaurs into stepping into the clay and thereby, making a foot print.
My favorite character is Trek Henderson because he is hilarious. Trek is also kind, smart and curious. He has all the traits that everyone should have. I also love the fact that he cares about the different dinosaurs and their families. He has the cutest backpack that looks just like a dinosaur. This back pack will be on my birthday list this year. Trek is very creative. When he doesn’t have Dino bait, he puts his head together and finds a way to make some.
My favorite dinosaur is the baby Plesiosaur. Plesiosaur dinosaurs swim in cold water. This is another adorable baby dinosaur that is so cute and I wish I could have one as a pet. I already have a fish tank that she could live in. This dinosaur is also my favorite color – blue. It is just meant to be and I would name her Annalisa.
I recommend this DVD for ages 4 to 11.It is easy to watch although older kids might want more factual content and drama to keep them interested. I give this 4.5 out of 5 Roaring Dino egg stars. This DVD collection of eight episodes is brought to you by N Circle Entertainment and is available in stores on May 3, 2016 so, go check it out.
Dino Dan: Dino Babies
Reviewed by Juanita S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
Dino Babies uses great story lines in each episode. I enjoyed the way each episode has a real life familiarity. For example “Switched at Nest” tells us how dinos care for not only their young but other species young. “Dino Tooth Fairy” examines the various species teeth. The vocabulary and material are very well suited for the intended age group and they do a great job explaining terms and answering why dinosaurs do the things they do. I enjoyed the introduction of each episode with a situation that causes Trek to work on the solution and, in the process, he uncovers information about dinosaurs that he shares with the audience.
We see many positive role models. Trek and his friends demonstrate a friendship and willingness to work together on their school project. They all recognize Trek’s expertise when it comes to Dinosaurs.

This is exceptionally well produced. It has excellent options on the menu that are easy to use, allowing you to view all episodes or select a specific chapter.

I definitely give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12.



Make Father’s Day Meals Special With Products from ALDI!


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“This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.”

Father’s Day is just around the corner and what  better way to celebrate Dad then by making Dad a special lunch or Dinner? Summer is almost here too! One of my favorite things to do in the Summer is to cook on the grill. I simply can’t wait! For this upcoming weekend, I went off to ALDI. Why? Because they have great products and I can also save money! ALDI has high quality products at everyday low prices.  My favorite products for this upcoming weekend are Kirkwood Turkey Burgers, Burman’s Mayonnaise with Lime Juice and L’Oven Fresh Golden Sesame Buns. These will make a great Lunch on Father’s Day! I also purchased some of the USDA Choice meats (especially for my husband) that can be found at ALDI.  I am also quite impressed with the prices of produce and stocked up on Rainier Fruit Company Apples and a few veggies such as Windset Farms Squash and Curry & Company Onions. You really can’t beat the prices at ALDI! I’m simply amazed at the quality and prices!

I really like shopping at ALDI because it is a smaller store, with friendly customer service and great affordable products. I also like that I can find some items that I haven’t seen anywhere else like Baker’s Corner Key Lime Cookie Mix! I didn’t wait to make these for this weekend! I made them as soon as I got home from the store and they were a big hit with my son and husband! I may just have to go back to ALDI just to pick up another box! They also have a Baker’s Corner Pink Lemonade Cookie Mix By Baker’s Corner that I think I may just have to try!

I can’t wait until the weekend to put together this wonderful Father’s Day Meal of Kirkwood Turkey Burgers, Potato Salad (with Burman’s Mayonnaise with Lime Juice, of course) and Baker’s Corner Key Lime Cookies! Yes, I have decided that I am off to ALDI again tomorrow to pick up another box!


I know that shopping at ALDI is going to be a weekly thing for me this Summer! I love Summer Fruits and grilling outside on a weekly basis and ALDI has great prices on my favorite fruits, meats and veggies! What more could a girl want?

ALDI has opened 25 stores in the Southern California. Look for one near you at the ALDI website!

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Self Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.”  

Some last Minute Ideas for Dad this Father’s Day!

Looking for a few last minute ideas for Father’s Day?


Here are a few of our favorites!

Bake Dad his favorite Pie with a Wholly Wholesome Pie Crust!


They even have a New Allergy Friendly! I am still on the lookout for their Pies that are ready-made but I found the Pie Crusts at our local Whole Foods Market. I love how fresh and homemade these Pie Shells taste and they make baking a pie so much easier!

Find out more here.

How about an Ice cream Cake for Dad?


Baskin-Robbin’s has this cool“The Cold One Cake” (pictured above) which is a perfect combination of two of all dads’ favorite things — beer and ice cream.  You can find it at your local Baskin-Robbin’s location.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit or follow us on Facebook (, Twitter ( or Instagram (

How about making Dad Guacamole to go with his Father’s Day Dinner?

This recipe from  IMUSA is just simply amazing!



  • 3 ripened avocados
  • 1 ripened mango
  • lime juice ¼ cup
  • cilantro ½ cup
  • white onion ½ cup
  • salt 3 teaspoons


  1. In your IMUSA Molcajete, add half of the diced mangos and mash with the pestle into a pulp.
  2. Then add one avocado and mash into a pulp with the mango.
  3. In a separate bowl mix remaining ingredients, including mango, and add more lime juice if needed.
  4. Fold mixture with pulp inside Molcajete and serve with tortilla chip.

Looking to make something else great f or Dad for lunch on Sunday?

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From salads to desserts, Hampton Creek offers plenty of healthy, easy-to-make and fast recipes on their YouTube channel that not only save time, but also provides delicious and fun options for everyone! Their Just Mayo is used through many of these summer friendly recipes, including Avocado Toast 2 Ways, Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower Wings and Deviled Potatoes, all sure to be a hit on Dad’s special day. You can find these recipes and more on Hampton Creek’s YouTube channel.

I received samples of the Just Mayo and I love them especially on sandwiches. My favorite is the Garlic flavor!  Any of these would be great at a BBQ or Picnic this coming up Summer!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of some of the above products to facilitate this Father’s Day post. No other compensation was received. Photos were provided.


The Shops At Montebello To Host “WHEN I GROW UP” Kidgits Event On June 18th


The Shops at Montebello is encouraging children to think about and celebrate what they want to be when they grow up at the Kidgits When I Grow Up event. The center invites the area’s kiddos to join in the fun on Saturday, June 18, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Center Court.


The Montebello Fire Department firefighters, mascot and Montebello Fire Explorers will be attending the event to share fire safety tips and kids will even have a chance to try on fireman uniforms.


There will also be a special performance by teen pop performer, Koda Corvette, at 1 p.m. Corvette is a Los Angeles based singer, songwriter and dancer whose new single “Bring It On’ recently debuted on iTunes.


The event will be chocked full of entertainment, fun, and prize giveaways for Kidgits members to enjoy. Membership is free and sign up for the club, as well as registration for this event, is available at Simon Guest Services located at Center Court. Kidgits members have the benefit of exclusive access to face painters and balloon artists at each event.


Montebello-Commerce YMCA will be on site at When I Grow Up to share information on the clubs’ summer programming for kids and teens, while Yogurtland will be present to distribute fun promotional items and coupons.


For more information, visit The Shops at Montebello on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at @shopsmontebello.


About The Shops at Montebello

The Shops at Montebello is the San Gabriel Valley’s top shopping destination as a modern indoor super regional mall featuring four department stores and more than 160 shops, eateries, and restaurants. The Shops at Montebello is home to Macy’s, Macy’s Home, JCPenney, Forever 21, Coach, G by Guess and more, with dining options such as BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Hikari Sushi, Panda Express and Olive Garden. The Shops at Montebello serves communities in San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles including Montebello, Monterey Park, and Rosemead. The Shops at Montebello’s contemporary look and feel and amenities from retailer to dining selections provide the best shopping experience for the entire family. For more information, visit or call 323-722-8454.

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and an S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit


Celebrate Dad at Chuck E. Cheese’s this Father’s Day!


In celebration of Father’s Day, Chuck E. Cheese’s is offering exclusive offers and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy together, including:

  • Father’s Day Deal: 1-Topping Large Pizza, 4 Soft Drinks, 30 Tokens and FREE Small Wings for $29.99. Expiration Date: 6/21/16.
  • Ticket Blaster: On Father’s Day, dads can enter their names for a special chance to go in the Ticket Blaster. Random drawings will occur every hour all day!
  • In-Store Tournament: Chuck E. Cheese’s wants families to celebrate the biggest kid in the family by having their own gaming tournament. Ask your store for a tournament scorecard to join in on the fun!
  • Father’s Day Sweepstakes: Dads can enter for a chance to win a trip to Great Wolf Lodge.

o    Use the hashtags #DadHacks and #Sweepstakes for a chance to win a family vacation to Great Wolf Lodge, along with other summertime fun prizes!

o    The “Dad Hacks” Sweepstakes will run from June 6-30th; Grand Prize, First Prize and Second Prize winners will be announced on July 1st

o    Grand Prize (valued at $3,000): getaway vacation for Dad, courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

o    First Prize (ARV $750): (1) GoPro Hero Silver Edition and (1) Drone

o    Second Prize (ARV $200): (1) $200 Chuck E. Cheese’s Gift Card

Credit: Chuck E Cheese.