Get Ready to Clean L.A. Beaches, Matey

By Michael Berick

Los Angeles Events - Coastal Cleanup

No matter your age, you can be part of Coastal Cleanup Day. PHOTO COURTESY HEAL THE BAY

Even pirates would rather land on a clean beach than on one littered with trash. You can help make the beach more pirate (and family) friendly, then indulge in some pirate talk, during Coastal Cleanup Day Sept. 19.

This is the 30th year that the California Coastal Commission has organized this gem among environmental Los Angeles events. In its first year, just about 2,500 Californians participated. Last year, nearly 67,000 individuals volunteered statewide – collecting almost 1.2 million pounds of debris.

In Southern California, more than 10,000 people lent a hand in 2014, and this year Heal The Bay, which manages L.A. County cleanup sites, is pushing for even greater participation, organizing more than 40 county sites. Get location information and register at

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium (1600 Ocean Front Walk) is offering a special thank you for this year’s volunteers: free admission. And it’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day, so there will be themed activities going on from

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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