Thank You Thursday 10.3.13

With temperatures expected to hit the 90s in many parts of the region this weekend, Angelenos will be flocking to the beach to enjoy a bit of Indian summer.

Before they head to the shore, ocean lovers can check the latest water quality grades on our Beach Report Card website and app, thanks in large part to the longtime support of our corporate partner simplehuman. For the past three years, the innovative home products company has served as a major sponsor of the free service.

If you come to the Santa Monica Pier this weekend to escape the heat, check out our new exhibit at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. We just took the wraps off The Green Room, a space that honors the work and legacy of Heal the Bay’s founding president, Dorothy Green. Visitors can take an interactive tour of Southern California watersheds and how to protect them in their daily lives. Thanks to the Annenberg Foundation for underwriting the just-completed exhibit.

It’s been a busy time for Heal the Bay, organizing and managing last month’s Coastal Cleanup Day, our largest volunteer event of the year. Thanks to the more than 11,000 participants who donated their time to protect what they love. We give a special shoutout to young Ben Moody, our top “friendraiser” at the event. Ben, pictured below, raised more than $1,100 from friends and family to support our work as part of his Bar Mitzvah project.

Looking for a way to get involved in helping our local beaches and oceans, come to our next volunteer orientation, Oct. 13 at the Heal the Bay offices.