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THE OCEAN IS ALIVE!

OSO’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 6-10pm, at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center

At our 20th Anniversary event, there will be food and drinks, and each guest receives a commemorative, repurposed wine glass. For entertainment, Samba stilt dancers and harpist Cymber Lily Quinn will be livening up the night with their marvelous talents. In addition to all the festivities, Joyce Anderson created a wonderful video to be shown at the event.

A sneak preview for our auction–brilliant auctioneer, Anthony McNaught, will auction Ed Martinez’ metal sculpture “The Ocean is Alive,” and 6 nights at a beautiful Maui condominium or 5 nights in Napili, Maui. There will also be a Walton Lighthouse Tour, a surfboard signed by Nat Young, 7 days at Harmony Hotel eco-resort in Costa Rica, and much more!

Make your reservations today.

This event, along with our program, wouldn’t be possible without our amazing sponsors: Bank of America, Union Bank, PG&E, The Hanson Locatelli Group – Morgan Stanley, AEI Consultants, McNaught Fine Art, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.  And a special thank you to PPD Multimedia, Inc.

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Friday, August 26, 2016, from 5-8pm, at West Marine Santa Cruz

Join O’Neill Sea Odyssey and Wast Marine to kick-off the grand opening of the new West Marine store location in Santa Cruz at 2400 17th Avenue. Food trucks, live music from Coffee Zombie Collective, dance performances and more will be a part of the fun of this Cruising for a Cause charity night. What a great way to benefit local nonprofits and enjoy food, beverages, live music, fun and festivities.

Your $10 gets you entry to the event, a full meal and beverage from your favorite food truck and $10 off any purchase of $50 or more. To purchase your tickets, please click here or email Dan Haifley at dhaifley@oneillseaodyssey.org by August 25.

 

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Face of the Sea Odyssey Square

FACES OF THE SEA ODYSSEY
An Evening of Artisans, Food, Drinks and Music featuring
Portraits of Students Learning on the O’Neill Sea Odyssey

The faces of children learning the fundamentals of science and environmental stewardship while sailing Monterey Bay will be the subject of renowned, local photographer David Dennis’s reception and show, “Faces of the Sea Odyssey,” from 5:00 to 10 PM on Friday, February 5 at the Food Lounge Santa Cruz, 1001 Center Street. Admission is free.

O’Neill Sea Odyssey, the non-profit organization which has served more than 85,000 elementary school children from the region with an ocean-going science and environmental education program, will be the beneficiary of the show.

The photos will be of students who sailed on June 23, 2015 from the Nueva Vista Community Resources (formerly Beach Flats and Familia Center) in Santa Cruz and a class of students with special needs from Buena Vista School in San Jose. Music will be provided by Trio Guadalupano. Local food, beverage and artisan vendors will include Twins Kitchen, Ocean 2 Table, Cali Maple Designs, Ventana Surfboards & Supplies, Sarah Broome, Chris Allen and Humble Sea Brewery.

“David Dennis has created an approach he calls philanthropic photography,” said Dan Haifley, Executive Director of the O’Neill Sea Odyssey, “This will be his seventh fundraising show in the last two years, and we’re excited to be working with him on this event. David also works for Microsoft, and they’ll be supporting this fundraiser, as well.”

“The work of the O’Neill Sea Odyssey to start kids off early with an appreciation for our marine environment and for conserving it is exemplary,” said David Dennis. “I’m humbled to be involved with such a great organization.”

To learn more, go to: Facebook Event Page.

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DONATE TO OSO THROUGH MONTEREY COUNTY GIVES!

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Your gift to Monterey County Gives! will support those student’s participation in O’Neill Sea Odyssey’s free, ocean-going science and environmental education program if you give at  Monterey County Gives!.  Thank you!

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FOURTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY LIGHTHOUSE LIGHTING CEREMONY & CELEBRATION
Benefit for O’Neill Sea Odyssey 5-6:30 Thursday 12/3/2015 at Crow’s Nest Harbor Room

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From 5 to 6:30 PM on Thursday, December 3 in the Crow’s Nest Harbor Room, the 4th annual Holiday Lighthouse Ceremony & Celebration will be held to benefit O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO). The event will cost $50 per person, payable at the door. Space is limited and RSVPs are required.

The event is being organized by OSO Advisory Board member Bill Simpkins and OSO Board member Jim Thoits. The pair had also spearheaded the fundraising drive for the Walton Lighthouse at the Santa Cruz Harbor. Some communities have holiday parades and tree lighting ceremonies. Two nights before the Santa Cruz Yacht Club’s Lighted Boat Parade, we thought we would start a new and uniquely Santa Cruz Harbor tradition: throw the switch to light up the Walton Lighthouse.

Sunset will occur around 4:51 PM and the switch around after that time. Food and wine will be served. The event is being supported by System Studies Incorporated, PG&E, Bailey Properties, West Marine, Bill and Brigid Simpkins and the Crow’s Nest restaurant. To reserve your space, please email Dan Haifley at dhaifley@oneillseaodyssey.org by December 1.

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THIRD ANNUAL HOLIDAY LIGHTHOUSE LIGHTING CEREMONY & CELEBRATION
Benefit for O’Neill Sea Odyssey 4-6 Thursday 12/4/2014 at Crow’s Nest Harbor Room

From 4 to 6 PM on Thursday, December 4, 2014 in the Crow’s Nest Harbor Room (new location), the 3nd annual Holiday Lighthouse Ceremony & Celebration will be held to benefit O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO).  The event will cost $50 per person, payable at the door.  Space is limited and RSVPs are required.

The event is being organized by OSO Advisory Board member Bill Simpkins and OSO Board member Jim Thoits.  The pair had also spearheaded the fundraising drive for the Walton Lighthouse at the Santa Cruz Harbor.  Some communities have holiday parades and tree lighting ceremonies.  Two nights before the Santa Cruz Yacht Club’s Lighted Boat Parade, we thought we would start a new and uniquely Santa Cruz Harbor tradition:  throw the switch to light up the Walton Lighthouse.  We hope it will become a tradition for the Seabright and Live Oak neighborhoods.

Sunset will occur around 4:51 PM and the switch around that time. Food and wine will be served. The event is being supported by System Studies Incorporated, PG&E, and the Crow’s Nest restaurant.  To reserve your space, please email Dan Haifley at dhaifley@oneillseaodyssey.org by December 1.

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Ocean Steward Art Contest

O’Neill Sea Odyssey students in 4th through 6th grade:  Submit your artistic interpretation to OSO’s Ocean Steward Art Contest.  Entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2016.  Winners will be announced by August 2016 by email and at www.oneillseaodyssey.org/blog.

For more information and to complete a contest Entry Form click here.