June Events Provide The Power To Protect

Huntington.Bch.2.JNAWorld Oceans Day is celebrated annually on June 8. This year’s theme is that together we have the power to protect the ocean. With summer kicking off later this month, why not get involved in an event that will raise your awareness about the challenges facing our planet’s oceans or taking part in a clean-up event that will keep pollution from flowing to Santa Monica Bay? It’s a great way to use your own individual power to protect our Pacific Ocean!

Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, in partnership with the Black Surfers Collective, kicks off June with Celebrate Nick Gabaldon Day. It’s a day of activities and free surf lessons for all ages on June 1 to commemorate the life of Nick Gabaldon (1927 – 1951), the first documented surfer of African-American and Mexican descent. Gabaldon’s passion and love for the ocean will be celebrated at this day-long event at the Santa Monica Pier.

> Beach, please! The first clean-up of June will take place on June 2 at Heal the Bay’s Beach, Please! Gay Pride Beach Clean-up event at Venice Beach from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Here’s your chance to serve up some eco-realness before the Gay Pride Parade festivities scheduled for June 7-9.

> World Oceans Day’s annual celebration takes place on June 8. It is our planet’s biggest celebration of the ocean with festivities happening at our very own Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Manhattan Beach Pier Roundhouse. Even if you can’t attend an event, you can still make an ocean promise by making a pledge, taking a photo and then sharing it online!

> So you think you can paddle? Santa Monica Pier’s 4th Annual Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival is on June 8. It’s a day of paddleboard, surf and lifeguard history and proceeds will benefit Heal the Bay

> Let’s Ride the River! The 13th Annual LA River Ride takes place on June 9. With eight great rides ranging from a 100-mile ride to a Kids’ Ride and Family Bike Expo, plan on joining more than 2,000 riders for a day of cycling education and fun along the Los Angeles River.

> Heal the Bay’s Nothin’ But Sand beach clean-up is the second clean-up event happening in Venice this month. This clean-up takes place on June 15 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and are open to all!

> Echo Park Lake is ready for its close up! The City of Los Angeles will re-open Echo Park Lake on June 15! This iconic Los Angeles water body, which underwent a massive 2-year rehabilitation thanks to the clean water funding initiative Proposition O, will re-open with a weekend grand re-opening press event and celebration. 

> Paddle the Los Angeles River will begin in June this year! Follow them on Facebook for updates on when the program begins in 2013.

> But why wait? You can visit the Los Angeles River now! The Los Angeles River Pilot Recreation Zone is going on now! For the first time since the Los Angeles River was channelized in the 1930s the public will be welcomed to walk, fish and kayak on a 2.5 mile portion of the river in Elysian Valley. The pilot program began on Memorial Day and goes all summer long, through Labor Day, 2013.

You can check out all of the month’s events at our online calendar, and if you have an event that you’d like us to feature, drop us a line in the comments section below.

Photo courtesy of City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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