‘O-fishial’ October Volunteer Newsletter

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Gaspar de Portola: First Governor of California

Presented by Dr. Milt McMenamin

Join us for a spell-binding evening with Dr. Milt McMenamin PhD, as he transports us to the California of the 1700’s under the administration of Spain and its highest official- Gaspar de Portola. Learn more about the legendary leader and his many adventures in New Spain. For more information on this special presentation and our own Dr. Milt McMenamin click here.

The evening includes this special presentation and light refreshments. Suitable for audiences 13 and older.

November  3, 2016
6:00-7:30 pm 
General Admission: $6.00
Members: FREE *please register in advance by entering your member i.d. with this link.

Milt and Ann

Halloween Potluck

Come and enjoy a scary good time with other Ocean Institute Volunteers and Staff on October 20 at 5:30 pm. The party is potluck style so please bring a dish to share. Costume Contest and Carved Pumpkin Contest will take place with great prizes to be had by the victors. Come out and hang for a spell!

Witch way to go: The Halloween Potluck will take place in Samueli Conference Center
We are dying to hear from you: Please RSVP by Monday, October 17 email asmith@ocean-institute.org or simply RSVP Yes on your evite.

Also, check out the new theme for the Volunteer Board!

Spooky Seas!

Our haunted adventure begins in a mad scientist lab and continues onto the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center Maritime Wharf and finally the Brig, Pilgrim. 

Excuse yourself from the ghostly gathering to enjoy hot cocoa, apple cider, and activities inside our Ocean Education Center! 

While the Haunted Tour is only for those 10 years and up, there will be plenty of fun activities for younger ghosts and ghouls as well!

Tours start every 10 minutes from 6:00 pm to 8:50 pm; Last ticket sale is at 8:30 pm. Get tickets here!

Volunteer at Spooky Seas!

We need you to help us make our Spooky Seas Event great! Volunteers at this event will help with our hot chocolate bar, check in, gates, and dress up to be a part of our haunted tour! Pick your job and sign up here


Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle

October 20th is your last chance to purchase a ticket for the Ocean Institute Million Dollar Home Raffle. Only 20,000 tickets will be sold.  Win a Laguna Beach Home, Dream Vacations, Shopping Sprees and More.  This is an important fundraising event for Ocean Institute and every ticket sale counts! If your family or friends decide to buy a ticket remember to have them indicate you referred them! For more information click here.

Time With Our Teens

As I was reorganizing materials from the Tall Ships Festival I came across a wonderful series of sketches of the festival, mermaids, and more. I decided to investigate and track down the artist, our own Public Programs Docent Volunteer Kira Kiwano. I asked her to write a bit about herself to include with her sketches.

Maritime Barn  Mermaid and Friends

“My name is Kira Kawano and I am a junior at Canyon High School. I am on the varsity track team and am very involved within my school. I am on board for 4 different clubs, and I love helping out in the community. I’m pretty busy, balancing my academics, sports and social life, but in the free time that I have, I enjoy taking out my sketchbook and letting my creativity flow. I have had a strong passion for art at a young age. I was the kid that would get in trouble for doodling all over their homework. Fast forward to today, and I’m still drawing whenever I can. It is such a great way to express myself in ways other than words or actions; to convey messages and emotions on a deeper level. Art has helped shape me into who I am today, and I’m hoping I will be able to continue it in my future.”


Welcome to our newest members of the Ocean Institute Volunteer Team!

Public Programs Docents

Zachary Stephens           Natalie Lead                         Helia Aval
Therese Hong                    Lucia Berman                 Katherine Woo    Sean Blackmer                    Karine Parry               Noor Abdul-Hafiz   Amanda Henry                  Kailynn Martinez            Phoebe Lutz            Citlali Perez                         Bob Russel                   Rebecca Ginsberg 
Olivia De Los Santos            Halle Shumate                   Sean Chiang 
Info Booth
Cheyenne Sullivan          David Antenesse 
Tide Pool Interpretive Program
Katelyn Kikumoto

A huge THANK YOU to all who volunteered at our Tall Ships Festival! We all so appreciate your time. We couldn’t put on great programming, festivals, sails, and classes without your awesome volunteer support.

Thank You,
Andrea Smith
Volunteer and Weekend Manager