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With spring in full bloom and fish starting to bite, it’s time to join in on the fun, local fishing and community events that are happening all around us. Grab your family and friends and reel them in for a good time this month with these local events:

>> Meet Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Programs Director for a morning of Fishing with Uncle Larry on April 12. Bring your fishing gear and get free instruction on fishing techniques, etiquette and fish identification.

>> On April 19 start your day with a beach cleanup at Cabrillo Beach, and then celebrate with us at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Earth Day Fair. FCEC will be hosting a booth at this event where we will be showcasing our fish identification game! Come play and learn how to identify the 5 Do Not Consume (DNC) fish.

>> Make a difference for our marine life by taking a half hour out of your day to participate in a local 30 Minute Beach Cleanup at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier on April 19.

>> Do you love the largest species of fish? Head down to the Aquarium of the Pacific on April 24 to hear from an experienced diver about his many encounters in Diving with Whale Sharks.

>> The Earth love continues on April 26 – 27 at the Aquarium of the Pacific for a weekend long Earth Day Celebration. FCEC will be at this event too! So come on by, grab some FCEC learning materials and test your fish identification skills by naming some local healthy fish to eat and DNC fish.

>> Discover the shore and sea life in a new way with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium at their Walk Cabrillo guided tour on April 27.

For more fun fishing related events, visit our FCEC calendar!


The fish are swimming strong, so it’s time to catch all the fishing fun! There are plenty of family friendly fishing-related activities that will surely bring out the naturalist in all of us.

>> Grunions are marching onto the beach this month. Start the season off right at Meet the Grunion on March 2 with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and try to catch some of these slippery creatures while you still can.

>> The annual Fred Hall Show is the premier outdoor recreation show. Come out to the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center to learn about the latest in fishing tackle and marine accessories from March 5 – 9. Stop by the Friends of Rollo booth where you will find Marina Del Rey Anglers and FCEC team members collecting pledges to fish responsibly by releasing the 5 local contaminated fish.

>> Are you ready for a trip of a lifetime? If so, join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium from March 6 – 14 on the Friendly Whales of Baja deep sea voyage!

>> It’s never too early to get introduced to marine life. Share the love of fish with your little one on March 15 at the Aquarium of the Pacific for Aqua Tots: Colors of the Ocean.

And if that’s not enough fun, check out the FCEC calendar of events for activities all month long!

*Photo courtesy of BD

Ready to get involved? This month’s activities are packed with exciting opportunities to engage with local community members, learn more about our oceans and participate in beach cleanups!

>> What’s the most amazing place you’ve probably never heard of? Learn where it is and why it’s so special on February 5 at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Experts will discuss Advancing Conservation in the Most Amazing Place You’ve Probably Never Heard Of!

>> Enjoy the many fish of the sea at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Valentine’s Day Late Night & Dinner with a special someone or the whole family on February 14. It’s sure to leave you swooning for more!

>> Interested in making a difference regularly? Connect with community members at Will Rogers State Beach on February 15 for the Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanup. They meet every month!

>> It’s whale watching time! Visit the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on February 15-16 for their annual Whale of a Weekend to celebrate the migration of grey whales! FCEC will be at the celebration all weekend long, so stop by to play our fishing game and learn how to identify the 5 Do Not Consume fish!

>> February is African American History month! Join the Aquarium of the Pacific in celebrating the rich cultures of African Americans and Africans at the African American Festival on February 22-23.

>> Concerned about safe fish to eat? Participate in the Sustainable Seafood Solutions: A Panel Discussion on February 27 at Loyola Marymount University.

And if that’s not enough to keep busy, check out the FCEC calendar of events for ways to get involved all month long!

*Photo courtesy Muddy Matches.

Say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014. The New Year is finally here! Be prepared to be fully entertained by the fun festivities and excursions we have this month to start the New Year off on the right foot.

>> Ever wonder what it’s like to take care of penguins and lorikeets for a living? Join the Aquarium of the Pacific on January 4 and job shadow a Penguin and Lorikeet Biologist for an eye opening experience.

>> It’s been a wacky winter weather-wise! To learn more about how climate change is affecting the local community, come to the Annenberg Community Beach House to participate in the Forum on Regional Coastal Impact Sea Level Rise on January 7.

>> Did you know that there’s a real castle right here in Los Angeles? Discover where it is by joining The Rubel Castle Excursion on January 17.

>> On January 25-26 celebrate the creative spirit of people with disabilities by attending the Festival of Human Abilities at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

>> If getting fit and having more fun is at the top of your New Year’s Resolution’s list, make sure not to miss Kayak Palos Verdes with REI on January 26.

>> It’s fiesta time! Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting a whale-sized fiesta with games, arts, crafts, exhibits and more. Don’t miss out on this family-friendly event on January 26. FCEC will also be there with our good ol’ fishing game, so be sure to stop by!

>> Lastly, fear sharks no more! Attend the Plight of the Oceanic Whitetip Sharks event at the Aquarium of the Pacific on January 30 and experience what it’s like to dive with these oceanic creatures from real deal shark enthusiasts!

And if that’s not enough fun, check out the FCEC calendar of events for activities all month long!

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This month there are a variety of spectacular events that spark the spirit of the holidays and create unforgettable memories for the whole family. Celebrate with your family and community this December and make it the best month of 2013!

>> Nothing says the holidays like lights, lights, lights and more lights! Attend the Hermosa Beach Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 5 and be merry!

>> It might not snow around these parts, but that doesn’t mean you can’t build a snowman! Join in on a Sand Snowman Contest at the Hermosa Pier on December 7.

>> Did you know that Santa surfs when he’s not riding his sleigh? Check it out at Redondo’s 3rd Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on the Pier on December 14.

>> Prevent cabin fever and head out to the Aquarium of the Pacific for the 2013-2014 Coastal American Art Contest on December 16 for an amazing art show.

>> December 26 kicks off the Whale Watching season. Don’t miss a once in a lifetime chance to see Pacific gray whales migrating past our coast!

>> Do you ever wish you could live under the sea? Take living under the sea for a test swim and find out what it’s like to have fish swimming overhead at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Winter Family Sleepover on December 29.

And if that’s not enough fun, check out the FCEC calendar of events for activities all month long!

*Photo courtesy of Okeanos.

This November, there’s a wide range of entertaining events for everyone in your life. Give thanks for your family and friends by spending some quality time together at these fun local events!

>> If you have been feeling stressed lately, start this month off on the right foot and head over to Golden Bridge Yoga on November 2 for a Free Yoga session provided by Heal the Bay!

>> Not sure what to do for date night? Attend the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Night Dive for an evening surrounded by fish, fabulous food and cocktails on November 8.

>> Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Stay in shape and healthy the fun way, by signing up for the GI Joe Pier to Pier Run/Walk at Huntington Beach Pier on November 9.

>> Celebrate the Harvest Moon, a popular Asian Tradition, at the Autumn Festival on November 9-10.  Cultural demonstrations, crafts, acrobatics and music are sure to lead your family into an exciting weekend. FCEC will be hosting a booth at this event, so make sure to stop by to play our fun fishing game!

>> Free fishing! Catch the Angler Outreach Team on the Cabrillo Pier on November 16 for an educational and fun fishing session.

>> Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob Square pants! If your kids are fans of the show, make sure to go to SpongeBob Appreciation Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific on November 17 for a special 4D film!

>> Not into cooking a whole feast? Experience an out of the ordinary Thanksgiving Lunch with your fishy friends at the Aquarium of the Pacific on November 28.

And if that’s not enough fun, check out the FCEC calendar of events for activities all month long!

*Photo courtesy All Posters.


The times are a changin’, but don’t worry we won’t fall short on any fun events this season. There are plenty of family-friendly activities all month long that will certainly provide fresh perspectives on some fishy news.

>> Tired of the same old thing? Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific on October 5 and enjoy some diversity with live performances, music, dance and cultural craft demonstrations at the 9th Annual Southeast Asia Day.

>> Get over hump day! Enjoy some mixing and mingling at the Instacanvas Gallery Show at Hamilton Gallery to benefit Heal the Bay on October 10.

>> Don’t forget pets are family members too. Bring the whole pack out to Santa Monica Pier on October 11 to view a classic: Snoopy, Come Home, presented by Front Porch Cinema.

>> Young anglers will want to stop by the Whittier Narrow Recreation Center on October 19 to enjoy a fun, yet educational morning reeling in some fish with the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation Junior Fishing Club. This remarkable club meets every third Saturday of the month and serves to enhance knowledge of safe fishing practices.

>> Want to make a big difference, but short on time? We got you covered. Come out on October 20 for a 30-Minute Beach Cleanup at Belmont Shore. A little help goes a long way to keep our beaches clean and marine life safe!

>> Need something spookier to do? On October 26 & 27 Heal the Bay is hosting Fishy Fest, which is an annual celebration of Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos at the Santa Monica Bay Aquarium. Be sure to come out and enjoy some spine-tingling facts about sharks and other misunderstood creatures!

Find out what other fun and fishing related events are going on this month on the FCEC calendar of events.

What other events will you and your family be attending this month? Let us know!

*Photo courtesy of Don Bastian Wet Flies.


Summer isn’t over until you’ve gone fishing! If you haven’t had a chance to go on a fishing trip, then August is your month! Take a look at some of our favorite fishing-friendly happenings this month:

>> Celebrate the final month of summer at the Redondo Beach Pier with fun community events including free summer concerts every Thursday and Saturday through the end of summer.

>> Put on your Los Anglers fishing hat and head on out to the Belmont Pier on August 2 for the 60th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo.

>> Are you an Ocean-lover? Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is hosting an Ocean Appreciation Weekend August 3 – 4 with interactive games, crafts, face painting, educational presentations and more!

>> Head out to the Cabrillo Pier for a free fishing session on August 9! Learn how to catch local safe fish to eat and how to identify the local contaminated fish with the Angler Outreach Team.

>> Ever been to a swap meet just for fishing? Check out the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation’s Fishing Swap Meet on August 10 in Long Beach and stock up on fishing supplies!

>> See the Sea, Si? The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium invites you to their floating lab on August 24, where you will learn about the world of plankton, shore animals and other sandy bottom fish.

>> Are you in for a whale watch adventure? Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium search for whales, dolphins and seabirds aboard a 90-foot-yacht in San Pedro on August 25.

For more summer fun and fishing related activities, check out the FCEC calendar of events.

What events will you be enjoying these last days of summer?


It’s sunny, clear and time for you to enjoy more fishing and ocean related events. July is a month full of community Bar-B-Que’s, 4th of July celebrations and family-friendly fun! Take a look at some of our favorite happenings going on this month and be sure to enjoy summer the right way with these outdoors and sea-side activities:

>> Start the month right with a Party on the Pier full of food, music and fireworks at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier on July 4 or celebrate our country’s independence at the Aquarium of the Pacific for their family friendly Bar-B-Que and fireworks show!

>> Get your hands dirty and our beaches clean with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s staff at their monthly Beach Cleanup July 6. You and our ocean will be glad you did.

>> You can’t enjoy summertime properly without some smooth tunes, right? Starting July 6, enjoy free live music at the Redondo Beach Pier for their Summer of Music every Thursday and Saturday through the end of summer!

>> How about a late night adventure this summer? On July 10 meet the grunion at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and learn about the silvery fish.

>> More summer jams are starting this month at the Santa Monica Pier’s 29th Annual Twilight Concerts.  July 11 kicks off LA’s favorite summer concert series with some of the best contemporary and classic music along with the most amazing views in Southern California.

>> On your mark, get set, dragon race! July 27-28 the largest dragon boat competition will be taking place at the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival. There will be Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, music and martial arts performances and more!

Check out our FCEC calendar for more information about these events and more. Where are you headed this summer? Let us know how you are celebrating this month!

*Photo courtesy of My Santa Monica Life.


MAY the fishing season commence! We are looking forward to a great season of fishing, and this month we have found some fun events to get you and your family excited about the fishing season too! From fish-tivals to fishing sessions there are plenty of events to keep you busy this month.

>> On May 4 and May 25 join the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium for a FREE fishing session! Learn how to catch healthy fish, how to identify fish and properly throw back local contaminated fish, such as white croaker.

>> Explore and celebrate the Southern California Coast at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Urban Ocean Festival May 4 -5. There will be a fashion show, educational booths, contests and more!

>> Ready for some fishy fun? Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting a Special Grunion Fish-tival May 11 to learn and celebrate Southern California’s very own Grunion fish!

>> Did you know there’s an Endangered Species Day? Learn about the marine life that are endangered on May 18 and have some fun with a beach walk, scavenger hunt, story time and more!

>> Gear up to clean up! Heal the Bay is coordinating their monthly Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup for all of you to get your hands a little dirty and help clean up a local beach. May 18 join Heal the Bay and your community to do some good work for our beaches.

Check out our FCEC calendar for more information about these events and more. Are you attending any events this month? Let us know!