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Free First Friday: Coastal Cleanup

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Free admission every First Friday and extended hours every Friday.

Tonight from 5-9pm, enjoy a no-host bar, live music by Carolyn Sills from 6:30-9 and an art activity for all ages in the classroom. Explore our brand new history exhibit Santa Cruz is in the Heart, animated by local historian, writer, and filmmaker Geoffrey Dunn’s eclectic narratives. From 6-8 pm, Dunn will be in the Solari Gallery to share stories highlighting counter-histories and the nobility of a simple life.

Throughout the museum, the MAH, the California Coastal Commission, and Save Our Shores are celebrating the coast and ocean that we all need to protect with a First Friday event dedicated to Coastal Cleanup Day, with coast and ocean oriented art and activities.

The September 6th First Friday event is 2 weeks before Coastal Cleanup Day, scheduled this year for Saturday September 21st.  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 Commission is the state agency charged with protecting 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) consistent with Coastal Act policies voted into law by the people of California in 1976.

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 2012, over 65,000 volunteers removed almost 770,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California’s beaches, lakes, and waterways. Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and individuals come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of California’s fabulous coast and waterways. When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy–  and taking place on the same day – California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events on the planet.

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.

Let’s make garbage extinct –

Let’s try to make this a zero waste event.  Please bring your own cup or reusable canteen for beverages at CCFF.  Please also remember any other reusable utensils for your Friday out-on-the-town!

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