Community Calendar summer fun

Published on August 14th, 2014 | by Zamná Ávila

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RLn COMMUNITY calendar: Aug. 14, 2014

Aug. 15
Peck Skate Park Opens
Community members are invited to attend the grand opening of the long-awaited Peck Park Skate Park in San Pedro, at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15.
Details: (310) 548-7580
Venue: PeckPark
Location: 560 N. Western Ave., San Pedro
 
Aug. 23
Come Aboard the Floating Lab
Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium staff on a floating marine biology and oceanography lab from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Aug. 23. Aquarium staff will help passengers learn about and study the near shore sea life. Pre-registration is required. Registration fee is $28.
Details: (310) 548-7562
Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

Aug. 23
Monthly Rancho Garden Tour
Take a stroll through the Rancho Gardens, starting at 11 a.m. Aug. 23, at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum.
The beautiful Rancho San Pedro is inhabited by various flowers, cactus, succulents, and trees. Gregorio Del Amo, a horticulturist himself, enjoyed bringing plants from all over the world to the Rancho in the early 20th century.
Details: (310) 603-0088
Venue: Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
Location: 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez

Aug. 23
See the Sea, si’?”
Join the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium floating oceanography and marine biology lab,  from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 23.
This hands-on trip will be aboard a specially equipped vessel where you’ll have opportunities to study some of the near shore animals. Learn about the fascinating world of plankton, animals that call mud their home and some of the fish that prefer the sandy bottom.
The trip starts with a “fish-eye” view of the underwater world living on and around the dock, which will be revealed by an underwater camera. Passengers will be able to watch this real-time ocean documentary featuring sea anemones, sea stars, tunicates, and fish via monitors on the boat.
Once the boat leaves the dock, a specialized net called an otter trawl will be set. Fishes collected with this net will be placed in tanks on the boat giving passengers up close and personal looks at several types of flatfish, perch and croaker. A trap will also be set on the ocean floor to catch sand bass, scorpion fish, crabs and other bottom-dwelling critters. Critters caught in the trap will be displayed onboard allowing close-up examination and to learn about the animals from Cabrillo staff members.
During the trip, staff will also point out birds in the area, explain what identifying characteristics to look for and share fun bird facts.
Pre-registration is required. Fee: $28 ($25 FRIENDS members).
Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.
Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
 
Aug. 24
Summer Fun Day at Whaley Park
Celebrate summer with an afternoon of free entertainment and fun, starting at 3 p.m. Aug. 24, at Whaley Park in Long Beach
The event will include a bounce house, face painting and an Elm Street Band performance.
Venue: Whaley Park
Location: 5620 Atherton, Long Beach

Aug. 24
Summer Whale Watch”
Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 24, to search for the great whales that visit our coast during the summer.
Researchers believe there are as few as 10,000 blue whales in the world, but a thriving population of almost 2,000 of these magnificent leviathans congregates each summer off the California coast to feed in our nutrient-rich waters.
The waters between Los Angeles and Catalina have become a regular stop for some of these feeding blue whales as they migrate to breeding grounds off Costa Rica during the winter.
Guests will board the 90-foot yacht, ­­Spirit, in San Pedro and head out to sea in search of blue whales and other marine life, such as humpbacks and fin whales, as well as many species of dolphins and seabirds.
Cost is just $30 ($25 for FRIENDS member). Reservations are required.
Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.
Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

Aug. 26
Seashore Science Surprises
Preschool children (ages 3 to 5) are invited to discover the wonders along the shore at Cabrillo Beach with hands-on exploration, stories, and puppets in “Tales Between the Tides” workshops, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 26 through 29.
The workshop includes: a snack, stories and an arts and crafts project to make and take home. Fun activities will focus on teaching children about Southern California marine life.  Children can attend this class by themselves or bring their favorite adult to join in on the fun.
The fee is $26 for the two-day session ($24 FRIENDS members). Pre-registration is required by Aug. 21.
Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.
Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

Sept. 3
Join SEA Club
Join the SEA Club, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 3 through 24, at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
Kindergarten through second grade students enrolled in Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s SEA Club (Science Education Afternoons) will learn while having fun exploring the local marine environment.
The Aquarium’s marine laboratory classroom will serve as a base station for hands-on ocean exploration. Under the guidance of aquarium’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.
The cost for four weekly sessions is $30 ($27 FRIENDS members) and includes a SEA Club T-shirt. Financial assistance is available. Pre-registration is required.
Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.
Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

Sept. 3
Join Little Squirts
Little Squirts is offered for 2 to 4-year-olds participating with their parent(s) or guardian(s) on four consecutive, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 3 through 24, at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
The aquarium will serve as a base station for ocean exploration. Each four-class series includes arts and crafts, movement and music to introduce marine life to toddlers. Activities may include exploring our exhibit hall, a trip to the beach, or visiting the touch tank. Little Squirts is designed to make science learning fun for you and your little one.
The cost for four weekly sessions is $30 ($27 FRIENDS members) and includes a child’s Little Squirts T-shirt.  Financial assistance is available. Pre-registration is required, please no walk-ins.
Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.
Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

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