January 10, 2019 @ 8:00 am – March 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Aptos Library
7695 Soquel Dr
CA 95003


From January 10th through March 14th there will be plenty to do in Aptos!

Starting with a book discussion group at the Aptos Library and ending with a “Lunch with Steinbeck” fundraising event hosted by the Aptos Street BBQ there will be a dizzying array of opportunities to learn about and gain appreciation for our magnificent Monterey Bay.

We will celebrate the work of local author and professor, Stephen R. Palumbi, and Carolyn Sotka with their bookThe Death & Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival. Come join the community for the Author talk, speakers, films, outings and more, all taking place right here in Aptos! Events are open to public all are free except where noted.

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The Death and Life of Monterey Bay

A Story of Revival

by Stephen R. Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka




January 10th – Aptos Library Book Group Discussion led by Judy McNeely ~ 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

January 14th – Aptos Branch Book Display throughout the month

January 16th – La Selva Beach Library Book Group Discussion ~ 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

January 19th –  Aptos Library Friends Book Sale 10 a.m.– 3 p.m.

January 22nd – Film Series ~ Saving Otter 501. Presented by Michelle Staedler, Otter Expert at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA). The film follows the 501st otter pup to be rescued by the aquarium from the time she is found, her rehabilitation and release into the wild. Learn about MBA’s otter rescue program. Popcorn provided. Show your library card and get a free cookie! ~ Twin Lakes Church, 2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Monschke Hall, Room 7100 ~ 6:30–8:30 pm.

January 26th – *Speaker Series ~ Dan Haifley, Director, O’Neill Sea Odyssey and Newspaper Columnist, in collaboration with the Aptos History Museum, presents: “The Death and Life of Monterey Bay.” $10 donation requested to benefit the Aptos History Museum. ~ Rio Sands Community Room, 116 Aptos Beach Drive. ~ 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

January 30th – Panel Discussion ~ Monterey Bay: Today’s Heroes. Dr. Richard Starr, Moss Landing Marine Labs; Ross Clark, Central Coast Wetlands Group; Dr. Melissa Miller, CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife; Dr. Jim Barry, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Inst.; and Dr. John Hunt, UC Davis. ~ La Selva Beach Clubhouse, 314 Estrella Avenue. ~ 7 p.m.

February month – Display of award-winning children’s picture books about beaches, sea life and environmental preservation. Selected by Julie Olsen Edwards, Cabrillo College Peace & Anti-Bias Library. ~ Youth Services Rm Aptos Library

February 6th – La Selva Beach Library Film Night. More details to be announced. ~ 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

February 7th – Speaker Series ~ Nicole Crane, Cabrillo College faculty Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences, presents her One People One Reef project documentary (produced and directed by Kelsey Doyle): Hofagie Laamle, a unique project focused on sustainable oceans, indigenous people, and coral reef management in the Western Pacific. Nicole is Project colead for One People, One Reef. ~ Cabrillo Horticulture, Room 5005, 6500 Soquel Dr. ~ 7 – 8:30 pm

February 9th – Save Our Shores Beach Clean-up at Rio Del Mar Beach. Come pitch in to help keep our beaches clean and safe! A fun and rewarding activity for the whole family! ~ Rio Del Mar Beach ~ 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

February 12th – Speaker Series ~ Mark Silberstein, Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF): “The Return of the Slough: Fifty years of Conservation at the Heart of Monterey Bay- the story of Elkhorn Slough.” Mark will share stories of the restoration and stewardship of the slough, the progress and the challenges ahead for this rich environment. ~ Rio Sands Community Room, 116 Aptos Beach Drive. ~ 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

February 16th –  Aptos Library Friends Book Sale 10 a.m.– 3 p.m.

February 19th – Trivia Night ~ Come show off your knowledge of facts from the book, The Death & Life of Monterey Bay. County Supervisor, Zach Friend, will be our Emcee and conduct the festivities. Bring your book clubs! Food & drink available for purchase. ~ Seascape Golf Club, 610 Club House Dr. 6 – 8 p.m. ~ RSVP required:

February 21st – Author Talk ~ Join us for a conversation with Author Stephen Palumbi, Professor, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, and Mark Carr, Professor of Biology, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz, as they discuss the fascinating history of Monterey Bay and the people who have had an impact on its inhabitants, both human and marine. Co-sponsored by Save Our Shores. Introduction by Nicole Crane, Cabrillo College Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences. ~ Cabrillo College Samper Recital Hall ~ 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

February 27th – Film Series ~ Of the Sea. Presented by Melissa Mahoney, Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust. Tells the story of California fishing communities and presents a compelling story of the future of sustainable seafood. Popcorn provided. Show your library card and get a free cookie! ~ Aptos Library Conference Room ~ 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

March 2nd – *Docent-led walk at Elkhorn Slough. Come learn all about the slough and why it has been designated a Wetland of international Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Hiking trails through marshes, woodlands and tidal creeks where you can see pelicans, herons, egrets, sea lions, otters and… maybe sharks! Bring a picnic lunch if you wish. ~ Elkhorn Slough Visitor Center ~ 9:30 a.m. to noon.

March 7th – Aptos High School and Delta School “Art and Poetry” Event. Students will present original works of poetry, and personal stories relating to the book. An exhibition will be on display by AHS art students and Delta School students as a competition to redesign the book jacket of The Death and Life of Monterey Bay. Come see and applaud the creativity and imagination of these young people! ~ Aptos High School Performing Arts Building ~ 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

March 10th – *Elkhorn Slough Boat Safari. Playful sea otters, curious harbor seals, boisterous sea lions, and hundreds of bird species abound as you explore one of California’s most spectacular wetlands aboard a stable, 27-foot, U.S. Coast Guard-inspected pontoon boat. Fun and informative for the whole family! $30 per person, only 22 seats available. ~Dock”A” Moss Landing South Harbor, 7881 Sandholdt Rd ~ 11 am – 1 pm ~ RSVP required:

March 14th – Lunch with Steinbeck ~ Topsy Smalley, Research Librarian and Cabrillo College Librarian Emerita will lead a fun discussion of Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. Come get your literary fix and enjoy delicious barbeque, while discussing this timeless tale of Doc (based on the real Ed Ricketts) and the people who inhabited the cannery district of Monterey during Steinbeck’s time. Fundraising ~ Bring your friends: 15% of the proceeds will be donated by Aptos St. BBQ to the Friends of the Aptos Library ~ Aptos St. BBQ, 8059 Aptos St.~ 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

March 16th –  Aptos Library Friends Book Sale 10 a.m.– 3 p.m.

* All events are open to the public, and all are free except where noted with*

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