May 16, 2012

Join Save Our Shores for Otter 501 - the Film Everyone is Talking About! SOS Supporting Members receive special discount tickets

Otter 501 - the film everyone is talking about - opens this Friday, May 18th, at the Nickelodeon Theater in Santa Cruz!

You're invited to join Save Our Shores on Thursday, May 24th at 7pm for a special ocean-advocate screening and Q&A with the film's 'human star' Katie Pofahl and the film's Producer Mark Shelly.

Joining us on May 24 will be Members of O'Neill Sea Odyssey, Coastal Watershed Council, and more. This will be a great, community event that you won't want to miss!

Supporting Members of Save Our Shores will receive a special $2.50 discount on movie tickets for all dates and times that Otter 501 is shown at the Nickelodeon Theater. (Please note: You will need to print out the Otter 501 Email Blast in your inbox to receive the discount at the Nickelodeon box office).

Otter 501 opens at the Nickelodeon Theater on Friday, May 18 and is currently scheduled to run though Thursday, May 24 (though showtimes may be extended).

Otter 501 showtimes at the Nick: 
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday only: 11am and 1pm
  • Weekdays: 3, 5, 7, 9pm

Additional Otter 501 Special Events:
  • On Sunday, May 20th: A special Q&A event with the film's 'human star' Katie Pofahl and Executive Producer / Director of Photography Mark Shelley will take place immediately after the 3pm and 5pm showings!
  • On Wednesday, May 23rd: It's a baby-friendy showing!
  • Those who Save Our Shores in Monterey County can also catch Otter 501 at the Osio Cinema now through May 24!

The story of Otter 501 is another great reason to support Marine Protected Areas here on the Central Coast and around the world! Marine Protected Areas conserve essential habitats that are instrumental in the ongoing survival of California's endangered sea otters. Learn more about Marine Protected Areas...

Find more information on Otter 501 here...

May 14, 2012

Deadline May 31: Vote Save Our Shores into the Reusable Bag Envirotoken Program!

Now through the end of May: PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE ONLINE to include Save Our Shores in New Leaf Community Market's reusable bag Envirotoken program!

Your VOTE takes less than 60 seconds. But your VOTE will continually support Save Our Shores with an average $10,000 or more through New Leaf's reusable bag program this year! 

In this year of devastating state and federal budget cuts, your VOTE will Save Our Shores by:
  • Leading our community in pollution prevention efforts
  • Raising awareness about the critical issues facing our marine environment today
  • Advocate for bans on single-use plastic bags and Styrofoam take-out containers around the Sanctuary
  • Educate our youth in the classrooms and the field
  • And run the largest community cleanups on the Central Coast!

Save Our Shores needs your support now more than ever. 
Support your community through New Leaf's community giving program - the Envirotoken program!

A quick glimpse of how the Envirotoken program makes a positive impact in our community and in our environment:
  • Total number of bags reused: 2,812,798
  • Total $ contributed to local non-profits: $200,305.20
  • Total number of trees saved: 4,018

Vote online today!

Become a Member of Save Our Shores!

New Leaf Community Markets is a longtime supporter of Save Our Shores. Thank you, New Leaf!! And to those of your who support us through the Envirotoken Program - your support of  local ocean conservation efforts is greatly appreciated.

May 9, 2012

Come to the Clean Beaches Bash this Sat, May 12, 5-9pm!!

Come party with Save Our Shores at the Clean Beaches Bash!!

Saturday, May 12th, from 5-9pm

At the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz

We'll be celebrating our amazing volunteers, dancing to live music, and kicking off the Summer of Clean Beaches together. Delicious food by Michael's on Main, Whole Foods, and more will be served alongside tasty brews from Sierra Nevada that will flow all night. We will also have Marty, the esteemed winemaker from Kathryn Kennedy Winery, pouring his legendary wines for the crowd!

Get your early-bird tickets for just $30!

  • We will also have a great raffle!
  • $35 Tickets will be available at the door.
  • Tickets include 1 free drink ticket. Drink tickets will be available for $5 and proceeds go toward a busy summer protecting your ocean!
  • Earlier that morning, participate in the Human Race Walkathon & Fun Run with Team SOS!
  • Those who raise or Donate $100 or more through The Human Race Walkathon & Fun Run will receive 2 free tickets to the Clean Beaches Bash.

Styrofaom Hits Santa Cruz Beaches from 'Over the Hill'

A letter to the Editor of the Mercury News
by Laura Kasa, Executive Director of Save Our Shores

Thank you for May 1st editorial in the Mercury News entitled Silicon Valley must do its part to reduce plastic in oceans.

Save Our Shores agrees with the writer that we each must care about plastics in our ocean if we want our environment, climate, and future generations to live in a properly functioning world.

The issue of plastic pollution, including cleaning up the mess, and advocating for bans on Styrofoam and single-use plastic bags, is not just an issue for coastal towns to consider. Inland areas such as San Jose, Silicon Valley, San Mateo, Palo Alto and so on must also take steps to decrease plastic pollution in the ocean. Styrofoam take-out containers and single-use plastic bags very often become litter, winding up in streams and rivers that feed into our oceans and bays.

This debris wreaks havoc in our marine environment, not to mention litters our highways, gets stuck in trees, and constantly washes down the storm drains. Save Our Shores is based in Santa Cruz and has a strong history of advocating for measures to stop pollution in our ocean and watershed. But because the beaches of Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay are also the beaches for San Jose and Silicon Valley, stewardship of our area's beaches must come from 'over the hill', as well.

Save Our Shores' role is to keep these beaches clean by conducting 250 cleanups a year. Our thousands of volunteers collect data at each cleanup and what we find is that 72% of the trash recovered is some form of plastic.

Over the past five years, at SOS cleanups alone, we have collected 46,000 pieces of Styrofoam - and Santa Cruz County has had a Styrofoam ban in effect for some time now! This is exactly why we need cities like San Jose to implement their own ban on Styrofoam take-out containers.

I was at the Santa Clara County commission meeting this week. Commissioner Kniss is thrilled that her jurisdiction will finally be moving forward on this important issue. Kniss said she was happy to hear about the success that the Styrofoam ban in Santa Cruz County.

The commission recommended to the board to move forward with approval of a Styrofoam ban for Santa Clara County. They will be hearing the issue on May 22nd.

Save Our Shores Members, volunteers, Stewards, supporters and fellow ocean advocates hope the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors will pass a swift ban on Styrofoam, setting the precedent that San Jose and other cities will follow.

May 1, 2012

Sign up for Feel-Good Fun at The Human Race May 12th!

Join us on Saturday, May 12th, along beautiful West Cliff Drive to Save
YOUR Shores from trash and pollution!

The Human Race Walkathon & Fun Run is an annual community event where all sorts of people band together to raise vital funds for local non-profits and schools. YOU can protect your backyard - Monterey Bay - by joining or supporting Team Save Our Shores!

Here's how:

1). Sign up to walk or run with Team SOS. Then get as many people to sponsor you as you can! (Don't worry, this race is all about good times, not competition).

2). If running or walking the race isn't your thing, just pick your favorite Steward or Staff person participating and make a donation to Team SOS!

Find out more...

If you haven't heard, over $100,000 in funding was recently cut from Save Our Shores. Which means were working hard to make up those funds - and fast! Thankfully, there's a fun and easy way to do it, it's The Human Race!

Our goal is to raise $15,000, and we know it can be done. But we need YOUR support and enthusiasm to help us reach our goal.

The only way we are going to keep our marine environment healthy is if we all band together to replace these lost funds. And The Human Race is our best chance to do so!

If you have questions, please contact Scott at or call Lauren at the SOS office at 831.462.5660.

The otters, whales, and future generations of ocean lovers everywhere thank you!

Later that night, celebrate at the Clean Beaches Bash!

When: Saturday, May 12, from 5-9pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

* Stewards who raise at least $100 for The Human Race will be given 2 free tickets to the Clean Beaches Bash.

The Clean Beaches Bash is all about YOU - Stewards, volunteers, and Supporters. Join us for tasty drinks, savory finger food, live music and good times. Together, we'll kickoff the Summer of Clean Beaches and even raffle off one incredible grand prize!