Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will celebrate the completion of a new roof and will kick off a new “Meet the Locals” advertising campaign with festivities from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 18th, at the aquarium, beneath Santa Monica Pier, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica.

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is now open on its winter schedule, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The aquarium is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult. For all others, there is a $5 suggested donation with a $2 required admission charge. Admission for groups of ten or more is $2 per person.

Reopening festivities include special feedings of marine life at the aquarium’s two largest tanks — Kelp Forest and Pier Tanks, naturalist presentations, arts and crafts, interactive education presentations and hands-on activities for people of all ages.

Professional story teller/performance artist Diane Michelle will spin tales, accompanied by music and puppetry.

Michelle, the author/illustrator of two undersea-themed children’s books, has been the voice of Daisy Duck for the Walt Disney Company since 1990.

She also did voices in the feature-length movies The Simpsons, as well as Happy Feet, which is opening Friday, November 17th.

Games and arts and crafts projects will focus on the six aquarium animals featured in the “Meet the Locals” campaign — the lobster, the sarcastic fringehead, the mussel, the octopus, the sea star and the California sheephead.

The “Meet the Locals” campaign, designed and created by Ogilvy & Mather, uses whimsical images and educational facts to highlight the local marine life of Santa Monica Bay.

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium was closed for two months during the roof construction, chiefly paid for by the City of Santa Monica. The work was necessary after dealing with years of water leaks during the rainy season and debris falling year-long from the eastern deck of the Santa Monica Pier above, according to an aquarium spokesman.

In addition to the roof construction, other upgrades were finished as well, such as new aquarium signage, educational barriers around the patio and new flags created by Ogilvy & Mather.

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

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