Koi, May 13th Pet of the Week!

Koi doesn’t necessarily want to be the only fish in your pond—she gets along swimmingly with other large dogs (we’re not sure about little dogs or cats, though). This 7-month-old shepherd mix is on the small side for her breed, and she’s also proven herself to be an escape artist, so she’ll need a home that’s secure in more ways than just the unconditional love! Cast your net for Koi—adoptions are conducted through appointment, so call 562-570-PETS or email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Koi. Ask for ID#A655954.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Kirby, May 6th Pet of the Week!

Kirby may not look like an Italian greyhound mix—and he is—but any doubt about it will be whisked away by the speed by which he enters your heart. Kirby, a petite 20-pound 3-year-old, is an owner surrender. He’s used to peace and calm and would do well in a quiet, adult-only home. He seems to prefer women to men and likes to hang with the gang in dog parks, but he still needs practice meeting other dogs while on leash. Come meet this adorable critter. Adoptions are conducted through appointment, so call 562-570-PETS or email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Kirby. Ask for ID#A620729.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Dana Point Harbor

Dana Point Harbor
, recently named the First Whale Heritage Site in North America, offers an array of special experiences throughout the Harbor to celebrate the hardworking mom in your life!  I’m sure Mom would love brunch! Waterman’s Harbor Mother’s Day Brunch sounds quite delicious!

Date: Sunday, May 9, 10AM-3PMLocation: 34661 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629Details: Join Waterman’s Harbor for a special Mother’s Day brunch featuring mouthwatering seafood specials and brunch items only on Mother’s Day. Each mom dining with the restaurant will receive flowers in honor of their special day. Seating is first come first served and a full Mother’s Day menu is available on the Waterman’s website. 

I’m sure Mom would love a Mother Day Cruise! Mother’s Day Cruises – Dana Wharf 

Date: Sunday, May 9, 9AM

Location: Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching 

Details: Set sail with Dana Wharf’s special two hour Coastal Cruise aboard the Ocean Adventures Catamaran this Mother’s Day. This trip will depart Dana Point Harbor and cruise up the coastline to Laguna Beach. All guests will receive a “MOMosa” or Champagne, and breakfast boxes filled with muffins and fruit. In addition all whale watching cruises on Mother’s Day will serve moms a complimentary glass of champagne. To book a reservation, visit the Dana Wharf website.

Dana Point Fine Art Association Mother’s Day Art Show sounds fun!

Date: Saturday, May 8 & Sunday, May 9, 9:30AM – 5PM

Location: Dana Point Harbor

Details: Dana Point Harbor Fine Art Association will be hosting a special Mother’s Day art sale at the Harbor for all visitors. Find the perfect handcrafted art piece for mom to celebrate her special day.

Capt. Dave’s Special Mother’s Day Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari is definitely something I would love!

Date: Sunday, May 9

Location: Capt. Dave’s 

Details: This Mother’s Day, help mom relax and replenish her vitamin SEA with a remarkable dolphin and whale watching experience. All moms aboard who booked using the promo code “momgift21” will receive a complimentary goodie bag filled with Mrs. Capt. Dave’s famous Triple Fudge Brownies and more. To book any one of the public Dolphin & Whale Super-Safe Safari or private charter for this special offer, visit Capt. Dave’s website.

And, last but not least…..

Mother’s Day Live Music at the Harbor

Date: Sunday, May 9, 11AM-2PM

Location: Dana Point Harbor’s Love Wall

Details: Enjoy live music at the Harbor featuring singer / songwriter Lauren Black!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Credit: Dana Point Harbor. Images were also provided.

Koda, April 29th Pet of the week!

Huskies are noted for their escape artistry, and Koda seems to be no exception. Koda was brought in to the shelter as a stray, and he’s now ready to be someone’s pet forever. He can be a little shy at first, but once he’s out of the kennel and senses good times, he’s energetic and active. He’s just a year old and is neutered. Adoptions are conducted through appointment, so call 562-570-PETS or email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Kratos. Ask for ID#A6557.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Celebrate Earth Day with The Aquarium of the Pacific

Photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific

Looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day and take action? The Aquarium of the Pacific is launching an Earth Day poetry contest, a virtual festival, and offers other ways to get involved in supporting ocean conservation from volunteering to Aquarium memberships. “Everyone can help protect this ocean planet that we all depend on and call home. We hope people will learn simple things they can do to make Earth Day every day,” said Emily Yam, senior manager of education at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

You can learn what you can do to help protect our planet at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s twenty-first annual Earth Day Celebration, which will be held as a virtual event. Experience animal meet and greets from your home. Explore our ocean planet through poetry. Learn everyday tips to protect our environment. Hear about the work that the Aquarium is doing to help protect animals and the environment. Everyone is invited to tune into this free virtual celebration. You can follow the Aquarium on Facebook @AquariumofthePacific and enable notifications so you don’t miss this free virtual celebration.

As part of its Virtual Earth Day Celebration, the Aquarium is hosting a poetry contest with the theme ‘celebrating our ocean planet’. People of all ages are invited to review contest guidelines and submit their poems on the Aquarium’s Earth Day Poetry Contest page by April 9, 2021. The top three finalists will be featured during the virtual festival on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Those looking to support the Aquarium’s ocean conservation efforts can do so by becoming an Aquarium member, making reservations to visit, donating, or volunteering. Starting on Earth Day, the Aquarium is inviting the public to participate in an ongoing cleanup initiative through its newest community science program called T.R.A.S.H. The Aquarium also invites the public to take part in its local sea turtle monitoring project to help this threatened population of green sea turtles.

WHEN:  Virtual Earth Day Festival: Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Pacific Day Time

WHERE: aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/earth_day_celebration/ and the Aquarium’s Facebook page @AquariumofthePacific

How to view the virtual festival:

On Saturday, April 24, the public can visit the Virtual Earth Day Festival webpage to watch the live streaming event. The schedule will be posted on the webpage, along with links to social media outlets that will also stream the event live.

COST: Free, virtual event 

RSVP: No RSVPs are required for this virtual festival

INFO: (562) 590-3100 or visit aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/earth_day_celebration/

AQUARIUM: The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 12,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include Shark Lagoon, the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Lorikeet Forest, and the Molina Animal Care Center. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, including lectures by leading scientists, through its Online Academy. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months and other special benefitsTo make a donation to help support the Aquarium during the pandemic, please visit Pacific.to/donate.

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association Launches Walk For The Wild On Earth Day – April 22nd

Photo Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) is launching its first-ever fitness fundraiser—Walk for the Wild—on Earth Day, April 22, to raise critical funds to support the Los Angeles Zoo and its species-saving work. From April 22 through Endangered Species Day on May 21, participants will take a virtual walk “around the world” to explore the global conservation impact of the L.A. Zoo and learn about efforts to save threatened species. Participants will be rewarded throughout the journey with digital fitness and fundraising badges, exclusive content, plus rewards based on fundraising level. Join individually or as a team and participate in a little friendly competition to win prizes. Proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Zoo and GLAZA, the nonprofit organization that supports the Zoo and plays a central role in making its vital conservation work possible. Registration begins on March 9, with registration levels that include a commemorative T-shirt and medal. To learn more and to register, visit www.lazoo.org/walkforthewild.  

“Because it’s easy for anyone to participate, Walk for the Wild encourages the entire Los Angeles community to engage in a lifelong philanthropic relationship with the L.A. Zoo’s wildlife conservation mission, from schoolchildren to grandparents. Whoever you are, you can save species from extinction and be a conservation hero,” says GLAZA President Tom Jacobson.  

From now through May 21, participants can register and create a fundraising page, set fitness goals, get moving, and make an impact on wildlife conservation. Leading up to the virtual Opening Ceremony on Earth Day, there will be fun weekly challenges that will prepare and inspire participants for the walk and help them meet their fitness and fundraising goals. Starting on April 22, participants choose when and where to walk (or bike, run, swim, dance etc.), tracking their real-world movement on an integrated virtual map to eight global destinations, including Paraguay, South Africa, and India among others, and receive special content at each stop. Participants’ goal is to walk a collective 14,000 miles across the globe to raise awareness and funds for work to save endangered species. The event concludes on May 21 at 11:59 p.m. The winners of the Largest Team, Top Individual and Team Fundraising and Longest Distance awards will be announced on May 22, as well as the total amount raised by this incredible global fitness adventure. 

Walk for the Wild is open to the public, and participants of all abilities are encouraged to participate in the activity of their choosing – any physical movement will propel them towards their fitness goal. Fundraising rewards start at the $150 level (inclusive of registration fee) and include a plush toys and Walk for the Wild branded merchandise. To get inspired and to learn more on how to participate, please visit www.lazoo.org/walkforthewild

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.

Rubio’s Adds Impossible Meat for 2021

Unique Mexican Spice Blend Creates New Experience for Rubio’s Customers

The new year brings a new addition to the menu at Rubio’s Coastal Grill. Beginning January 6, the home of The Original Fish Taco® will offer Impossible seasoned meat, made from plants. Rubio’s guests seeking to eat less meat as part of their new year’s resolutions can enjoy it in a new Impossible Taco Salad, or as a protein substitute on all chicken and steak entrées. Impossible meat is more sustainable, using a small fraction of land, water and energy, when compared to 80/20 ground beef.

 “We are using a signature blend of Mexican spices unique to Rubio’s in our Impossible Foods menu items,” said Rubio’s Co-Founder Ralph Rubio. “It pairs perfectly with our coastal-inspired flavors and expands our protein options that guests can feel great about eating.”

The Impossible seasoned meat has all the protein of 80/20 ground beef, does not contain animal hormones or antibiotics, is kosher, halal and gluten-free certified. Rubio’s is featuring the innovative Impossible meat in a new taco salad and two signature dishes:

·                Impossible™ Taco Salad: Impossible seasoned ground meat made from plants, romaine lettuce, black beans, roasted corn, salsa fresca, tortilla strips, sliced Haas avocado and signature pickled jalapeno ranch dressing.

·                Impossible Burrito Especial: Impossibleseasoned ground meat made from plants, handmade guacamole, chipotle white sauce, roasted chipotle salsa, citrus rice, black beans and salsa fresca in a warm flour tortilla. Served with tortilla chips.

·                Impossible California Bowl: Impossible seasoned ground meat made from plantscitrus rice, handmade guacamole, black beans, crisp romaine lettuce, salsa fresca, chipotle white sauce with your choice of salsa verde or roasted chipotle salsa.

About Rubio’s® Restaurants:

Rubio’s first opened in 1983, in the San Diego neighborhood of Mission Bay. Today, Rubio’s uses responsibly sourced seafood and continues to expand its menu with innovative recipes ranging from seafood tacos and burritos to California Bowls and crisp, fresh salads. In addition, Rubio’s offers all-natural chicken, raised without antibiotics, and all-natural USDA Choice steak, “no fried” pinto beans, handmade guacamole, a variety of proprietary salsas, and craft beer beverage options. The award-winning restaurant regularly receives accolades for its famous Original Fish Taco®. It was also recently ranked as one of Fast Casual’s “Top 50 Movers and Shakers” as well as one of the top five most loved fast casual chains ranked by Foodable Labs and Digital CoCo. Rubio’s is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., and currently operates restaurants in California, Arizona and Nevada.

Self Disclosure: I received some form of compensation to post. Photo credit: Rubio’s.

Holiday gift Idea exclusively at Target! Inklings will be a hit with your little one!

Inklings are a new line of plush toys and book gift pack that are designed to excite children’s imaginations and teach them about diversity and acceptance.  Each Inklings Baby doll contains pops of color and has a rattle belly and crinkly crunchy features.  The accompanying board book, which transforms from black and white to brilliant color, tells the story of a bored baby who imagines a new best friend for “as long as you have your imagination, you’re never really alone.”  This stunning gift set which includes a plush toy + book  in-store and online for $19.99. I received samples and I just love how adorable they are! My favorite is Ollie the Oddball Bird! She’s too cute and babies and toddlers will love her!

Find out more at www.inklingsbaby.com.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.