Topsy Smalley, Research Librarian and Cabrillo College Librarian Emerita will lead a fun discussion of Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. Come get your literary fix and enjoy delicious barbeque, while discussing this timeless tale of Doc (based on the real Ed Ricketts) and the colorful characters who inhabit this tale of the cannery district of Monterey during Steinbeck’s time. For a taste of this Steinbeck classic click here. Bring your friends to this fun and yummy fundraising event: 15% of the proceeds will be donated by Aptos St. BBQ to the Friends of the Aptos Library
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Playful sea otters, curious harbor seals, boisterous sea lions, and hundreds of bird species abound as you explore one of California’s most spectacular wetlands aboard a stable, 27-foot, U.S. Coast Guard-inspected pontoon boat. Fun and informative for the whole family! Only 22 seats available. ~ Dock A, Moss Landing South Harbor, 7881 Sandholdt Road ~ RSVP required. To pay with a check write to us at: email@example.com
Aptos High School and Delta School “Art and Poetry” Event. Students will present original works of poetry, and personal stories relating to the book. An exhibition will be on display by AHS art students and Delta School students as a competition to redesign the book jacket of The Death and Life of Monterey Bay. Come see and applaud the creativity and imagination of these young people! ~ Aptos High School Performing Arts Building
Having learned about the slough in Mark Silberstein’s talk on February 12, come see for yourself what the slough is all about, and learn more about the area. Elkhorn Slough was designated a Wetland of international Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. This is a beautiful hiking spot, with largely flat trails that are perfect for an easy walk. Trails lead through marshes, woodlands and alongside tidal creeks where you can see pelicans, herons, egrets, sea lions, crabs, otters and… maybe sharks! 9:30 a.m. start time and a 10 a.m. to noon hike around South Marsh Loop, brings you back in time to either set up a picnic lunch or head to Moss Landing for local eats.
Presented by Melissa Mahoney, Co-producer and board member of Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust. Fishermen are the stewards of the last wild food on our planet. What can we learn from fishermen about the ocean and our relationship to it? Struggling to revive a fading way of life, fishermen and entrepreneurs are creating new models for how to support sustainably produced seafood. Of the Sea tells the story of California fishing communities and presents a compelling story of the future of sustainable seafood. Popcorn provided. Show your library card and get a free cookie!
Authors Talk ~ Join us for a conversation with Author Stephen Palumbi, Professor, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, Author Carolyn Sotka, Professor of Marine Biology, College of Charleston, and Mark Carr, Professor of Biology, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz, as they discuss the fascinating history of Monterey Bay and the people who have had an impact on its inhabitants, both human and marine. Co-sponsored by Save Our Shores. Introduction by Nicole Crane, Cabrillo College Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences.
Come show off your knowledge of facts from the book, The Death & Life of Monterey Bay. County Supervisor, Zach Friend, will be our Emcee and conduct the festivities. Bring your book clubs! Food & drink available for purchase. RSVP required, email the Friends of the Aptos Library at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Silberstein, Executive Director, Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF): “The Return of the Slough: Fifty years of Conservation at the Heart of Monterey Bay- the story of Elkhorn Slough.” Following the theme of Steve Palumbi’s book The Death and Life of Monterey Bay the story of Elkhorn Slough is an optimistic tale of the rebirth of one of California’s iconic coastal wetlands. Visionary and dedicated community members changed the trajectory of Elkhorn Slough from a shrinking and degraded backwater to one of the shining examples of positive coastal conservation. Elkhorn Slough Foundation, has worked with the community for the past several decades and Mark will share stories of the restoration and stewardship of the slough, the progress and the challenges ahead for this rich environment.
Come pitch in to help keep our beaches clean and safe! A fun and rewarding activity for the whole family! Meet at the Rio del Mar Beach Esplanade.
Nicole Crane, Cabrillo College faculty in Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences, presents her documentary: “Sustainable oceans: coral reef management in the Western Pacific” and will discuss positive developments in the field of ocean management. Nicole is Project co-lead for One People, One Reef, a group of communities and scientists working together to maintain the health of the reefs and of the people of the Micronesian Outer Islands. She is the co-chair of the Santa Cruz Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Collaborative, and a member of the California MPA, which works to steward California’s 124+ marine protected areas. ~ Cabrillo Horticulture Building, Room 5005