Santa Monica Pier To Host “Blue Green” Expo Saturday; Free Aquarium Entry For Beach Cleaners

Friday, 19 Apr 2013, 9:16:00 AM

Mitch James

Anyone who helps clean Santa Monica Beach can receive free entry to the Pier Aquarium this weekend.
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Anyone who helps clean Santa Monica Beach can receive free entry to the Pier Aquarium this weekend.

The Santa Monica Pier will host a free environmental

themed expo this Saturday afternoon that will provide sustainable innovation,

interactive fun for children, and an eco beer crawl for everyone 21 and over.

Blue Green is a beach sweep and deck party at the pier,

which begins with a cleanup of the beach; meet at Heal the Bay’s tent and flags

on the northside of the pier between 10 am and 12 pm to join the “Nothin’ But

Sand” beach cleanup.

Following the cleanup, learn how to make life more

sustainable at the deck party that begins at noon.

An expo of sustainable innovation will include

activities for all ages.

Peruse the Green Market to swap and barter gently used

items at a free-cycle table; learn environmentally friendly tips from the folks

of the Santa Monica Farmers Market and the LA Master Gardeners; and sample

organic ice cream served up by Beachy Cream.

Join an eco beer crawl to taste locally brewed and

sustainably produced Golden Road Brewing beers.

Golden Road, brewed in Los Angeles, will debut its

latest libation, Heal the Bay IPA, at establishments on the pier.

The ale is specially brewed to celebrate Heal the Bay

and its mission.

Rusty’s Surf Ranch, Big Dean’s Ocean Front Café, and

Santa Monica Pier Seafood will be pouring free samples of Golden Road’s beer

for everyone who’s purchased a sustainable mug (made of bamboo) at the Golden

Road booth in the Green Market.

The rewards continue for those who take part in cleaning

of the beach this weekend: free admission to Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier

Aquarium.

The weekend-long festivities at the aquarium feature

special presentations and activities for all ages and an offer of free

admission to everyone who first cleans the beach.

For anyone who can’t make it to the “Nothin’ But Sand”

cleanup from 10 am to noon Saturday, people can pick up supplies at a beach

cleanup station in front of the Pier Aquarium to clean the beach between 11 am

and 2 pm on either Saturday or Sunday.

Inside the Pier Aquarium, the marine science center

plans include scavenger hunts, a photo booth, face painting, and craft stations

set up to create take-home fish pendants and flowerpots.

Curby the recycling robot, a new teaching tool of Santa

Monica’s Resource Recovery, and Recycling Division, will be on hand on Saturday

to help kids of all ages learn how the city’s recycling program works.

A complete listing of scheduled presentations can be

found at http://www.healthebay.org/event /santa-monica-pier-aquarium-earth-weekend-day-1.

This annual celebration always focuses on lessening the

impact on the ocean environment. The pier wide party will continue on the deck

until 5 pm Saturday; the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will be open until 6 pm.

The Aquarium is located at 1600 Ocean Front Walk, beach

level at the Santa Monica Pier. Admission is free for children under 13 and for

all others, there is a $5 suggested donation or a $3 minimum admission fee.

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