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Free First Friday: Coastal Cleanup





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Free admission and extended hours.

The MAH, the California Coastal Commission and Save Our Shores are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Coastal Act with a First Friday event dedicated to Coastal Cleanup Daywith coast and ocean oriented art and activities.  The September 7th First Friday event is one week before Coastal Cleanup Day, scheduled this year for Saturday September 15th.  Come and enjoy live music and fun, hands-on activities, and if you’d like, sign up to help clean one of your favorite coastal beaches, creeks, or coastal lagoons.

The California Coastal Act is the state law that protects sensitive coastal resources and public access by regulating development in the coastal zone (for example, the construction of houses, hotels, highways, as well as pipelines, parks, and trails).  California Coastal Cleanup Day, is an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup coordinated at the state level by the California Coastal Commission, and is the state’s largest single-day volunteer event. In 2011, over 71,000 volunteers removed more than 1.3 million pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways. In Santa Cruz County, 3,000 volunteers collected almost 13,000 pounds of debris. When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by  and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events in the world.  Save Our Shores, the local coordinating organization for Coastal Cleanup Day, has teamed up with the Coastal Commission and others to provide a variety of art and hands-on activities related to Coastal Cleanup Day, and to protecting, preserving, and learning more about the coast and ocean environment to which we are all in some way so closely connected.

Coastal Clean Up

The September 7th Coastal Cleanup First Friday event will feature:

  • A display of posters from the past 27 years of California Coastal Cleanup Day
  • Information on Coastal Cleanup sites in the Santa Cruz and larger Monterey Bay area
  • Images of recent winners from the California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest and the California Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest
  • Photos from past California and International Coastal Cleanup Day events
  • Videos about protecting our coast and ocean
  • Ocean and coastal related art from various local artists, including: Sandra Cherk, Virginia Draper, and Will Henry
  • Live music by the Pleasure Point Brass Band (5-6pm outside in Abbott Square)
  • Live music by Dayan Kai Band (6:30 – 8:30pm in the MAH Atrium)
  • Hands-on activities for kids and adults (e.g., fish prints, turning trash to treasure, found object art, and observing beach sands from around the world)


Coastal Clean Up

This month’s First Friday event will also include participation from the following groups:

  • Save Our Shores
  • The Central Coast Wetland Group
  • Surfrider Foundation
  • Ocean Conservancy
  • Save the Waves Coalition
  • The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center
  • US Geological Survey – Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • Jim

    I Just gotta say tip-o-the hat me home town Santa Cruz, I hope they do some that here on the Mendocino Coast, And thank you Save our Shores – an SC original for spreading the conciousness.

  • Mark Roddenberry

    Keep up your great work!