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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1996
Construction has begun on UCLA's Ocean Discovery Center, a new aquarium that will be underneath the carousel at the Santa Monica Pier. The aquarium should be ready for visitors by May, although many of the programs will not be in place until summer or when school starts next fall, said aquarium director Chuck Kopczak. In the next few weeks, workers will set up three massive tanks to house the fish, the largest tank weighing three tons and holding 3,000 gallons of water.
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September 12, 2002 | CAROLYN PATRICIA SCOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tucked under the boardwalk, directly beneath the floorboards of the carousel at the Santa Monica Pier, is the UCLA Ocean Discovery Center, one of the best-kept secrets on the Santa Monica Bay. "I never knew this place was here!" repeats public programs coordinator Jodi Low, laughing about the most common response she hears from visitors who find their way to the facility for the first time.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1996 | MARILYN MARTINEZ
Environmentalists have fought for years to protect what lies in the ocean just beyond the sands of Santa Monica Bay from the damage wrought by runoff from Los Angeles County's storm drains. At the new UCLA Ocean Discovery Center, formerly an empty storefront under the Santa Monica Pier, visitors can see that, despite the pollution, beautiful things have survived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1996 | MARILYN MARTINEZ
Environmentalists have fought for years to protect what lies in the ocean just beyond the sands of Santa Monica Bay from the damage wrought by runoff from Los Angeles County's storm drains. At the new UCLA Ocean Discovery Center, formerly an empty storefront under the Santa Monica Pier, visitors can see that, despite the pollution, beautiful things have survived.
NEWS
September 12, 2002 | CAROLYN PATRICIA SCOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tucked under the boardwalk, directly beneath the floorboards of the carousel at the Santa Monica Pier, is the UCLA Ocean Discovery Center, one of the best-kept secrets on the Santa Monica Bay. "I never knew this place was here!" repeats public programs coordinator Jodi Low, laughing about the most common response she hears from visitors who find their way to the facility for the first time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1995
UNDERSEA ADVENTURE: Ever wonder what marine life exists in the Santa Monica Bay--alongside the trash and other pollutants, that is? UCLA's new Ocean Discovery Center, which officials unveiled on Wednesday, will soon be there to provide the answers. The center, which opens to the public in January, will be housed in a building under the Santa Monica Pier. It will feature a 3,000-gallon fish tank standing 6 feet tall and extending 14 feet along the length of one wall.
NEWS
September 12, 1996 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN
Moon jellies are swimming within inches of the young faces, which are nearly pressed against the glass tanks in a preview of the UCLA Ocean Discovery Center, located under the Santa Monica Pier. The youngsters are so close that they can see the hair-like tentacles on the transparent fish as they swish through the water. And that's the whole idea behind the new facility, which beginning Saturday gives the public an up-close look at what's beneath the surface of Santa Monica Bay.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2001 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In terms of the size and breadth of the rides and attractions it offers, Pacific Park in Santa Monica doesn't come close to matching gargantuan amusement parks like Disneyland and Six Flags Magic Mountain. But the folks who operate the small but festive venue offer something their higher-profile brethren can't: Located on the Santa Monica Pier, this 5-year-old complex is the only park of its kind in Southern California at the beach.
NEWS
April 23, 2002
Southern California Regional Occupational Center, a vocational training school in Torrance, needs volunteers to help with registration, food and beverages, setup and take-down for its annual Job Fair on June 12. Information: Volunteer Center, South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach, (310) 212-5009. * Meals on Wheels in San Pedro, Gardena and Torrance/Lomita needs volunteers to help prepare, pack and deliver meals to housebound elderly clients.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 1997 | BOOTH MOORE
* The Paleontology of Palos Verdes and San Pedro (call for address, [213] 763-3534). Sat., 9:30 a.m.-noon. Screen for marine fossils and learn about the paleontology and geology of the San Pedro area in this program sponsored by the L.A. County Natural History Museum. Picnic to follow. Children ages 5 and older, accompanied by adult. Fee: $14 members; $18 nonmembers. Reservations required. Also through the museum: "Tracking the Monarch Butterfly," Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1996
Construction has begun on UCLA's Ocean Discovery Center, a new aquarium that will be underneath the carousel at the Santa Monica Pier. The aquarium should be ready for visitors by May, although many of the programs will not be in place until summer or when school starts next fall, said aquarium director Chuck Kopczak. In the next few weeks, workers will set up three massive tanks to house the fish, the largest tank weighing three tons and holding 3,000 gallons of water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1997 | SUE McALLISTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the middle of a high-ceilinged room stocked with rowing shells, kayaks and sail boards, a 5-foot-tall jellyfish was coming to life. But this luminous creature was man-made, its silver and purple tentacles carefully strung together over a frame of tent poles and plastic. The jellyfish will be just one type of ersatz sea life making up the entry of the Sea World UCLA, a 68-foot marine research vessel, in tonight's Marina del Rey holiday boat parade.
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