Thursday, May 7, 2009

World Oceans Day June 2009 in the Bay Area

This will be our third World Oceans Day series of events and we could not be more excited about all the events that will be happening. This is also the first year that the United Nations has declared June 8 as World Oceans Day, an official holiday to celebrate the oceans. In 2008, the City of San Francisco declared June 8 World Oceans Day and we were proud to promote that effort. At a time when our oceans need us the most, people across the world are getting more engaged with ocean issues. We are glad to share the following events with you and hope that you will keep checking back for more as events are finalized. More to come soon!

World Oceans Day Film Festival, June 4-12, 2009

As a reminder, we are still accepting submissions of short ocean-related films through the end of May for our World Oceans Day Film Festival. Please email for details. Any film of any style with a connection to oceans, coasts, or islands will be considered. We are especially looking for comedy, animated, and action sports films that celebrate the oceans. Stay tuned for a listing of all the venues where we will screen our program of short ocean films. Filmmakers, please contact us about how to submit your film. Submission is free and online submissions are encouraged.

June 7th, World Oceans Day Beach Cleanup at Ocean Beach in San Francisco

Please RSVP to help us have a head count: or by email to This is a free event!

We expect a big turnout this year and are excited for you to join us. Please join the hundreds of Bay Area residents that are expected to turn out to rid Ocean Beach of marine debris, which diminishes our beach experience and poses a threat to wildlife and ocean ecosystems. What better way to celebrate the oceans that give us so much than by helping make it cleaner?

Judah Street and Great Highway
San Francisco, CA 94122

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9:30am-10:00am Registration and Orientation
10:00am-12:00pm Beach Cleanup
12:00pm Wrap up and thank you!

Please join us at the Judah Street entrance to Ocean Beach in San Francisco. You can reach the location by the MUNI N Judah line or check for public transportation from your area. Biking is highly recommended. Carpooling is requested of those who must drive.

Gloves and bags are provided for the event, but you are welcome to bring your own work gloves or reusable bag for picking up marine debris along Ocean Beach.

Participants should dress in clothing appropriate for variable weather conditions at Ocean Beach. Weather can differ even from other locations in San Francisco so dressing in layers and checking the current weather conditions is important. Rain gear could be brought as a precaution.

Strong rain or severe weather cancels, but please call 415-342-7497 to confirm if you have any questions on June 7.

June 8th, World Oceans Day Film Festival
Montara Lighthouse, 16th Street and Cabrillo Highway, Montara, CA

Please RSVP: or by email to Please be sure to RSVP because there is a 50 person maximum for attending this event.

Please join OceanHealth.Org for World Oceans Day. To celebrate, we'll be screening short ocean films. We hope that you'll join us in this great location to share our love of the oceans and to view a variety of films showing perspectives on the ocean.

Event is free if you RSVP, but $8 donation for World Oceans Day is appreciated and will help support local ocean nonprofits.

6:30-7pm Reception
7-8:30pm Films
8:30-9pm Discussion

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If you can, please take public transportation or carpool because there is limited parking.

Public transportation: From The Daly City BART station take the Samtrans 110 to the Linda Mar park and ride. Transfer to the Samtrans 294 and let the driver know you want to be dropped at the Pt. Montara Lighthouse stop.

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