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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium’s Ocean Appreciation Celebration August

Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is introducing a new exhibit of majestic sea jellies during its Ocean Appreciation Celebration, August 23 and 24, at the Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, beach level at the Pier.

Ocean Appreciation Celebration marks the debut of an exhibit featuring a 180-gallon jelly kreisel, a circular tank specially designed to protect the delicate structure of the approximately 40 moon jellies on display.

With about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface covered with water, the ocean plays an integral role in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and for many, economic health. A detailed schedule of events is available at the website: healthebay.org/smpa or call 310.393.6149 for more information.

Santa Monica High School

This year seven ambitious Santa Monica High School students went to Abuja, Nigeria to compete for the 6th annual SAGE (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship) World Cup. The Santa Monica High School SAGE team placed first in the state and the nation this year in their business projects which encourage civic engagement, environmental concerns, and entrepreneurial ventures which help social causes. Santa Monica High’s SAGE team was offered a chance to represent the United States of America in Abuja July 21-27.

The Santa Monica team is internationally recognized as one the of best, having taken the first place international title in 2006 in Shanghai, China, and placing second in the nation for 2007. For the 2008 SAGE World Cup, Santa Monica again brought home another trophy, placing third internationally at the Abuja competitions behind the Nigerian and South Korean teams. The Santa Monica team also received special recognition and another $1,000 check for their environmental, projects placing second in the world.

The SAGE students are already working to import products the Nigerian students make and build an academically sound library for the secondary school in Jibi, Abuja. If you would like to help the new Santa Monica SAGE team with their future ventures, please contact teacher Teri Jones to get involved: 310.395.3204 x176 or tjones@smmusd.org . To view more on the SAGE Nigerian experience, visit the team’s blog at samosage2008.blogspot.com .


Santa Monica College’s fall “Environmental Issues Lecture Series” – featuring a wide range of topics from global warming to the viability of electrical vehicles – begins Wednesday, September 3, with the lecture, “Sustainable Works: More Efficient Homes and Businesses.”

This traditional kick-off event features representatives from Sustainable Works, a nonprofit organization funded by the City of Santa Monica and SMC, that helps individuals and businesses adopt sustainable practices to improve quality of life, reduce impacts on the environment, and reduce costs.

The series is sponsored by SMC’s Center for Environmental and Urban Studies. The center – which is open to the public – features displays, a library and information center, video collection, native garden, and other services and activities related to environmental and urban studies. SMC has been offering courses in environmental and urban studies since fall 2001.

All lectures are at 6:30 p.m. in Room 123 of SMC’s Bundy Campus, 3171 S. Bundy Drive, adjacent to Santa Monica Airport. They are free and seating is on a first-arrival basis. Parking is also free. For information, call 310.434.4743 or visit events.smc.edu/environmental.html.

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