• 02/26/2014
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Feb. 28
Black History Month Reading
Thandisizwe Chimurenga, freelance journalist and contributor to several local and national Black media outlets, will read from her soon-to-be-published book No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant, at 7 p.m. Feb. 28, at Solidarity Hall in Los Angeles.
Oscar Grant was the subject of the 2013 hit film, Fruitvale Station, produced by Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker. Chimurenga provides an eyewitness account of the trial of Grant’s killer, white transit police officer Johannes Mehserle, and connects the systematic state sanctioned violence that exists against young Black males nationally with Grant’s
The program, sponsored by Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party, is disabled accessible and refreshments will be served for a small donation.
Details: (323)732-6416;
Venue: Solidarity Hall
2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles

March 1
Long Beach Mardi Grass
Enjoy the Long Beach Mardi Grass parade and festival, from 12 to 9 p.m. March 1, at the VIP Loft in Long Beach.
Tickets are $40.
Venue: VIP Loft
Location: 423-C Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach

March 2
Mona Dallas Reddick
The San Pedro Historical Society presents Mona Dallas Reddick as part of their First Sunday Speaker Series, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 2, at the Muller House Museum in San Pedro.
Tours of the house will be give at 3 p.m.
Venue: Muller House Museum
Location: 1542 S. Beacon St., San Pedro
March 5
SEA Club
Third to sixth grade students enrolled in Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s SEA Club (Science Education Afternoons) will learn while having fun exploring the local marine environment.  The club will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on four consecutive Wednesdays, March 5 through the 26.
The Aquarium’s marine laboratory classroom will serve as a base station for hands-on ocean exploration. Under the guidance of CMA’s education staff, students will have an opportunity to use microscopes, binoculars, and other scientific tools during their expeditions around the Aquarium and different destinations within the Cabrillo Coastal Park. Activities may include treks to the adjacent Point Fermin tidepools, investigations of the sandy beach, and visits to the Salinas de San Pedro Saltmarsh where the children will observe animals in nature and learn about the marine habitats of Southern California. Students help plan the activities according to their interests. Our goal is for students to leave their SEA Club experience with a better understanding of and appreciation for their connection to the ocean.
The cost for four weekly sessions is $30 ($27 for members) and includes a SEA Club T-shirt.  Financial assistance is available.  Pre-registration is required.
Details: (310) 548-7562;
Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
March 6
Baja Whale Adventure
Meet the friendly whales of Baja with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, March 6 through 14.
During this 9-day ocean voyage you’ll spend three days anchored in San Ignacio Lagoon where friendly gray whales and their curious calves swim within arm’s length of the skiffs.
You’ll also visit Todos Santos Island and land on San Benito, Cedros and San Martin Islands where we’ll enjoy naturalist-led hikes on these remote, offshore islands that are home to elephant seals, endangered Guadalupe fur seals, a multitude of birds, diverse geological formations and a wide range of native vegetation.
Experienced naturalists, including experts on gray whales and other marine mammals, birds, native island plants, and marine biology, will lead hikes and give shipboard presentations to add to the educational aspect of the trip. Each passenger will receive an illustrated natural history guide containing information about animals sighted and locations visited.
The 113-foot Royal Polaris out of San Diego will provide comfortable accommodations, a roomy galley/lounge and a friendly crew that furnishes hardy, flavorful meals. The cost per person is $2,650.
Details: (310) 548-7562 x223;
Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Location: Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
March 8
Underwater ROV Workshop
Discover the amazing world of underwater remotely operated vehicles and how to incorporate them into your classroom by building your own from scratch, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8, at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
In this beginner-level, hands-on workshop participants will team-up to construct underwater remotely operated vehicles.  Everything from constructing the frame to wiring the control box with affordable and accessible materials will be done.
At the end of the workshop day, participants will compete in a challenge that will help determine the design of the remotely operated vehicles. Hints and tips on how to integrate remotely operated vehicles into your classroom or club and what to expect if you decide to compete will be shared at the annual MATE ROV competition.  This is an introductory level workshop and no previous engineering experience is necessary.
Registration is required. Admission to the workshop is free and is limited to teachers, educators and group leaders. Parking will be validated.
Details: (310) 548-7562;
Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
March 9
Salt Marsh Open House
Step out into nature and discover the hidden world of the Salinas de San Pedro Salt Marsh, from 1 to 3 p.m. March 9 at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium educators and Sea Ranger naturalists as they help uncover the world of mud and water that is our local wetland. Bring your binoculars, camera, sketch pad, journal or just your curiosity.
While you’re here visit the aquarium Exhibit Hall, Exploration Center, Aquatic nursery and outdoor tidepool touch tank, and then relax for a bit in the Virginia Reid Moore Marine Research Library.
Details: (310) 548-7562;
Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
March 15
The Black & White Ball 
The Center Long Beach is presenting its first Black & White Ball, starting at 6 p.m. March 15, at the Grand Events Center in Long Beach.
The event is an evening of elegance and sophistication celebrating the many contributions of the LGBTQ community. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent auction and three Center Icon awards presentations.
Tickets are on sale now $125 before March 1 or $150 after. Tables of 10 are $1,250 before March 1 or $1,500 after.
Venue: The Grand Events Center
Location: 4001 E. Willow St., Long Beach

March 15
Tidepool Wonders
Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., from 2:30 to 4 p.m. March 16, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 29 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and from 2:30 to 4 p.m. March 30.
Bring family and friends to the aquarium’s John M. Olguin Auditorium for an informative slide show, followed by a walk led by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Educators to the nearby Point Fermin Tidepools.
The tidepools offer protection to a variety of local tidepool animals and seaweeds. Among the organisms are tidepool sculpin, sea urchins, sea hares, hermit crabs, feather-boa kelp, and an occasional octopus.  An accessible pathway leads to the edge of the tidepools.
This is a free event; however, reservations are required for groups of ten or more.  Young children must be accompanied by an adult.  Non-slip shoes and outdoor clothing are recommended for navigating the slippery, rocky shore.
Details: (310) 548-7562;
Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
March 16
Young Scientists Symposium 
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will host the seventh annual Young Scientists Symposium to celebrate student research projects conceived, nurtured and tested in the Aquarium’s Aquatic Nursery, from 3 to 7 p.m. March 16, in the Susanne Lawrenz-Miller Exhibit Hall.
This event showcases the hard work of researchers who range in age from middle school to college level young scientists.
This is a free program, however space is limited.
Details: (310) 548-7562;
Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

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