Heal the Bayís Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will celebrate Earth Day Saturday and Sunday, April 21st and 22nd, with ocean pollution workshops, beach cleanups, special arts and crafts projects, and educational films and activities ìfor the whole family.î

The Aquarium, on the beach level beneath the Santa Monica Pier, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, will be open both days from 12:30 to 6 p.m.

Beach cleanups will begin at 11:30 a.m. both days, and anyone participating in a cleanup will receive free admission to the aquarium. Heal the Bay representatives will be set up in front of the aquarium, ready with beach cleanup supplies, instructions and waiver forms.

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21st, a childrenís dance troupe from Peggy Fisherís Gymtastics of Santa Monica will perform ocean creature dances in the Santa Monica Bay Room. Audience participation is encouraged.

A workshop on pollution called ìWho pollutes?î will be offered at 3:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Led by Aquarium staff education specialists, participants will mix a ìpollution soupî to learn what happens to our ocean when people are careless with everyday products.

A presentation by Heal the Bay staff scientist Sarah Abramson will follow at 4:30 p.m. both days as well.

Other Earth Day-related activities, from face painting to art projects and the screening of environmental films, will be on-going throughout the weekend.

Admission is free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. For all others, admission is a suggested donation of $5 per person, with a minimum of $2. Groups of ten or more are $2 per person.

Information, (310) 393-6149 or www.healthebay.org/smpa/.

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