Archives for February 2021

Aquarium of the Pacific: Virtual Events Calendar for March 2021

Pictured: Aquarium Adventures at Home: Magical Marine Mammals combines a live virtual event for families and activity kits that will be shipped directly to participants / Credit: Robin Riggs

Below is a list of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s upcoming virtual programming. The list below includes both free and fee-based virtual programs. The Aquarium’s outdoor areas are currently open with safety protocols and advance reservations. 

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Pacific Time

Aquarium Online Academy Classes for Kids

Children of all ages are invited to enjoy live educational programming taught by Aquarium of the Pacific educators.  Programs are available for all grade levels (pre-k to twelfth grade), and listed with recommended grade bands. Topics for younger children introduce basic ocean and animal concepts, while older children can explore marine biology, environmental science, and conservation. No sign-ups are required, and participation is free. Classes will be offered in Spanish on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time in March.

Cost: FREE, no RSVPs required

Location: Aquarium of the Pacific’s website: aquariumofpacific.org

Englishwww.aquariumofpacific.org/education/aquariumacademy

Spanish:  www.aquariumofpacific.org/espanol/visita/acuario_lanza_la_academia_en_linea  

Info: (562) 590-3100 or visit aquariumofpacific.org

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Virtual Lecture Series: Penguins

Explore the world of penguins and the story behind the penguin colony at the Aquarium of the Pacific during a virtual lecture the first Wednesday of March. Everyone is invited to join Aquarium Assistant Curator Rob Mortensen and Frankie Lil, aviculturist II/bird expert, as they discuss this and more. Penguins evolved millions of years ago. Some species are localized and others are widespread, but all species head to the ocean and cover great distances in search of food. During this virtual lecture, speakers will delve into this along with the role penguins play in their ecosystems. In addition to talking about the life histories of many penguin species, get an insider’s perspective on the Aquarium’s penguin colony to discover more about the lives of the birds in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat and the Aquarium’s role in penguin conservation. 

Cost: Free, virtual lecture (no reservations are required)

Location: To tune in, please visit aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/virtual_lecture_series_penguins/

Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/virtual_lecture_series_penguins/

Saturday, March 6, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Pacific Time

Underwater Artists: Whales

An Aquarium educator will guide young artists in creating art by making and sharing observations of their ocean animal art subject. Using live animal webcams and dynamic media, participants will discover animal facts, explore ocean science, and apply what they learn. Participants should make sure they have their art supplies ready to go–we suggest you use what you’re most comfortable with (crayons, colored pencils, markers, paints, etc.). The virtual connection will be hosted on Zoom, and you may be able to hear or see other families who are participating in the program. Participants are asked to be supervised by an adult during the program.

Cost: $10 per household

Location: link to be sent after registration

Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org

Saturday, March 20, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Pacific Time

Underwater Artists: Octopus     

An Aquarium educator will guide young artists in creating art by making and sharing observations of their ocean animal art subject. Using live animal webcams and dynamic media, participants will discover animal facts, explore ocean science, and apply what they learn. Participants should make sure they have their art supplies ready to go–we suggest you use what you’re most comfortable with (crayons, colored pencils, markers, paints, etc.). The virtual connection will be hosted on Zoom, and you may be able to hear or see other families who are participating in the program. Participants are asked to be supervised by an adult during the program.

Cost: $10 per household

Location: link to be sent after registration

Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org

Saturday, March 20, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time

International Children’s Festival

Celebrating the amazing talents of children, this virtual festival features dance and music performances by kids representing a variety of international cultures. People are encouraged to celebrate the children in their lives and children around the world with this special annual event.

Cost: Free, live-streaming event

Location: aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/international_childrens_festival/

Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/international_childrens_festival/

Friday, March 26, 2021

6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Aquarium Adventures at Home: Magical Marine Mammals           

Aquarium Adventures at Home: Magical Marine Mammals combines a live virtual event for families and activity kits that will be shipped directly to participants for an interactive evening at home. Aquarium educators will take you and your household on an adventure to learn about marine mammals.

Cost: $70 per household (includes kit shipped to you) or $50 per Aquarium Member household

RSVP Due Date: March 15. Boxes will be sent out the next day.

Location: link to be sent after registration

Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org

Ongoing free educational resources available on demand include:

Live webcams: aquariumofpacific.org/exhibits/webcams 

YouTube videos of classes for kids and adults, Pacific Pals puppet videos, and more: youtube.com/aquariumofthepacific

Academia en Línea (classes for kids in Spanish): aquariumofpacific.org/espanol/visita/acuario_lanza_la_academia_en_linea

Ongoing paid virtual program available:

Zoom Animal AppearancesOngoing by reservation

AQUARIUM:  The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 12,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include Shark Lagoon, the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Lorikeet Forest, and the Molina Animal Care Center. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, including lectures by leading scientists, through its Online Academy. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months and other special benefitsTo make a donation to help support the Aquarium during the pandemic, please visit Pacific.to/donate.

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

Celebrate Black History Month with these books!

THE AWAKENING OF MALCOLM X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany D. Jackson: A powerful narrative account of the activist’s adolescent years in jail, written by his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz along with YA powerhouse Tiffany D. Jackson. This one is perfect for young adults.

MIGHTY JUSTICE (Young Readers’ Edition) by Dovey Johnson Roundtree and Katie McCabe; adapted by Jabari Asim: A young reader’s adaptation of Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights, the memoir of activist and trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree. I recommend this one for Middle school age children.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to feature as books of the week. Images were also provided.

Bubs, Feb. 25th Pet of the Week!

This is Bubs. This poor old man was found wandering the streets, skinny as a rail. At 10 years old, that’s no place or condition for a sweet, gentle fellow. He’s gaining weight at the shelter and is enjoying short walks and human company. Can he be your only dog? That would be the best thing for him. Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through appointment, so call 562-570-PETS or email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Bubs. Ask for ID#A653333.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Celebrate Black History Month with these Picture books for the younger children!

WATCH ME by Doyin Richards, illustrated by Joe Cepeda: A picture book about immigration, Watch Me is based on the author’s father’s own story of coming to America from Africa. This is a really interesting story to read and young children will enjoy it!

MY FRIEND! by Taye Diggs; illustrated by Shane W. Evans: With rhythm, kids will relate to, Taye’s text and Shane’s art offer a feast of emotions and joy, and aren’t didactic or message-heavy–the perfect book to celebrate Black joy!

FLYING HIGH: THE STORY OF GYMNASTICS CHAMPION SIMONE BILES by Michelle Meadows; illustrated by Ebony Glenn: From her early competitions to the height of her success as an Olympic champion, this is the story of the world’s greatest gymnast. For fans of She’s Got This by Laurie Hernandez and Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still. I really enjoyed reading this story and the main character is a true inspiration!

Find out where to purchase here.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to feature in this post. Images were also provided.

Book of the week!

The Grumbletroll

The little troll is terribly angry. It’s like there’s a storm inside him, with lightning shooting out of the sky and thunder rumbling loudly. Yes, that’s exactly how he feels: like a rumbling and grumbling troll. A grumbletroll! Eventually, his friends get fed up with his yelling and go off to play without him. Will the little troll be able to make up for his bad behavior and win back the favor of his friends? Grumbletroll serves as a model to help children recognize and learn ways to stop fits of rage that we all struggle with when things don’t go our way. This is a great book for young children!

You can find out more here.

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the above book to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.

Things You Need To Do When Welcoming A Dog Into Your Family

Dogs are a great addition to any family. They are loyal friends who can bring endless hours of fun. Children and dogs in particular often create a special bond, which in turn teaches your child important lessons about caring for others and responsibility.

It’s important that you bring your new family member into your home in the right way so that you create a happy environment for everyone. Here are a few ways in how to do that.

Vaccinations and preventative care

When you are getting a dog, you need to ensure that they have had their vaccinations, and if they haven’t that you have booked them in to get them.

Vaccinations are essential for preventing illnesses that are not only life-threatening to your dog, but they are also costly to treat as well. It’s worth noting that many pet insurance policies are only valid if you stay up to date with vaccinations.

Not all vets will charge the same, and so it’s worth shopping around to find one that you like. Vets like easyvet.com offer affordable care because they are a small practice that don’t offer expensive things like surgeries, so they don’t need to account for this in the cost of smaller procedures.

Remain calm

The first day that you pick up your new dog, it’s important that you and your family remain calm. Your dog is being moved into an entirely new environment, and it will be very easy for them to become overwhelmed.

Cesar Millan recommends minimal interaction with your new dog while you walk them around the neighborhood and then the home on a leash. This allows them to start to acclimate to the new environment without becoming overwhelmed. You can then show them their bed, where they are likely to retreat to, as they will probably need a break.

Give them space

When introducing dogs to members of the family, it is best to give them space, and where possible, to allow the dog to come up to the family member rather than the other way around.

You should also ensure that the dog can clearly see anyone approaching them, so it’s best to approach from the side. Ensure that your dog always has a clear path back to their bed so that if they begin to feel overwhelmed, they can return to somewhere they feel safe.

It’s also a good idea to avoid giving treats or toys at the first meeting, as this can cause dogs to become excited, and they may nip as a result. Toys and treats can be introduced gradually once the initial excitement of the first meeting has worn off.

Introducing a dog to the family can be a slow process, but once they are comfortable with you, they will be your friend for life!

Teach children how to pet gently

Children can sometimes be a little rough when petting animals, perhaps pushing too hard, squeezing, or pulling at their hair. As this hurts them, it’s possible that it will result in a snap as the dog tries to escape.

To avoid this, it’s really important that you teach your child to be gentle when petting your new dog.

Koda, Feb. 18th Pet of the Week!

Koda means “friend” in a few Native American dialects. What better name for a beautiful, petite shepherd mix who’s a bit reserved and who sorely needs her own “koda”? Koda was found as a stray—she’s 4 years old and has been spayed. She’d do great in a quiet home as the only dog, with a patient and experienced owner who will provide her with the love and care she deserves. Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through appointment, so call 562-570-PETS or email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Koda. Ask for ID# A653194.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Aquarium celebrates African and African-American cultures through this live-streaming virtual event

Pictured: La La Mardi Gras will perform at the Aquarium’s African-American Virtual Festival / Photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific

Celebrating the richness and diversity of African-American and African cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s nineteenth annual African-American Festival will take place as a virtual event on Saturday, February 27. This virtual event will feature African and African-American music, dance, storytelling, and historical displays. Festival performances will include Mardi Gras second line dancing, hip hop and breakdancing, tap and modern dance, soul-pop fusion music, and West African drumming, dancing, and storytelling. At 3:15 p.m., the Aquarium will present its Heritage Award to Felton Williams, Ph.D. for his outstanding service to African American communities. Immediately following the Heritage Award, the Aquarium will officially announce and celebrate its 2021 African American Scholar recipients. The virtual online festival will be streaming live from the Aquarium of the Pacific, and anyone can tune in for free from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pacific Time

10:00 a.m.Storytelling in the West African tradition – Baba the Storyteller
10:45 a.m.Tap and modern dancing – PISE (Positive Images of Self Expression)
11:30 a.m.Forgotten Images – A Celebration of African and African-American History
12:15 p.m.West African drumming and dancing – Dembrebrah
1:00 p.m.Animal presentation by the Aquarium of the Pacific with The LA LA Mardi Gras Second Liners
1:45 p.m.Breakdancing and popping – Homeland Crew
2:30 p.m.Soul-pop fusion music performance by Per Se
3:15 p.m.Aquarium’s Heritage Award presentation honoring Felton Williams, Ph.D.
3:25 p.m.African American Scholar Program award ceremony

Program subject to change.

WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific’s website: pacific.to/africanamericanfestival

                      How to view the Virtual African-American Festival:

On Saturday, February 27, the public can visit the Virtual African-American Festival webpage to watch the live streaming event. The schedule will be posted on the webpage, along with links to social media outlets that will also stream the event live.

COST: Free, no reservations required

INFO: (562) 590-3100 or visit pacific.to/africanamericanfestival

AFRICAN AMERICAN

SCHOLAR PROGRAM: The Aquarium of the Pacific is announcing the recipients of its African American Scholar Program. The award ceremony will take place around 3:25 p.m. Pacific Time during the Aquarium’s annual African-American Festival, which will be held virtually on February 27, 2021. The applications were submitted by students who demonstrated a commitment to studies related to careers in the aquarium field, including ocean education, animal husbandry, water quality, building maintenance or facilities, microbiology, and business management. Award recipients were selected by a committee made of Aquarium staff and members of the community. Each of the 10 recipients will receive $10,000 and will also be invited to the Aquarium to participate in presentations, meetings, and other activities during the duration of the program. This scholarship is funded through donor support. You can support the initiative by making a donation on this Aquarium webpage or by contacting the Aquarium development department at donorservices@lbaop.org. Thanks to a generous matching gift from an anonymous donor, gifts will be matched up to $10,000.

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.