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SF’s Pier 39 Marina Joins Emeryville & Alameda Marinas’ Fight Against Pollution with Ocean Vacuums!

Seabin Project Celebrates a New Seabin Installation!

Seabin Project, the Aussie innovation that’s tackling marine plastic pollution and educating the next generation of ocean savers, installed a new Seabin in the Pier 39 Marina  Thursday, July 11th.  This is the area where families gather to watch the sea lions. Why is this so important?

The Seabin is a device created to reduce, and ultimately eliminate pollution in our oceans. Seabins act as a trash can for our waters and have the ability to remove microplastics, microfibers, plastic bags, bottles, cigarette butts and more. You should see what people throw into our waterways. Many people are not familiar with the direct link between climate change and marine plastic pollution. But, out of the 320 million metric tons of new plastic mass-produced each year – almost all from oil – 8 million tons leak into the world’s oceans and waterways. Youv’e seen the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? At last sampling there were 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic in the patch that weigh an estimated 80,000 tons. Since Seabin Project was co-founded by Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, two avid ocean lovers, there have been Seabins installed in over 40 countries. What does this mean? Each day, a total of 1.95 tons of waste is extracted from our oceans. (Learn more about their innovative technology here.)

But Seabin Project doesn’t just stop with cleaning up our oceans. Their mission is to live in a world where the Seabin technology is not necessary, so they have dedicated their time to educate communities across the world about how to fight the plastic pandemic through concepts of reactive + preventative solutions and implementing Ocean Plastic STEM learning programs. (Learn more about Seabin’s education programs here.)

Seabins were installed in the Emeryville Marina and Alameda’s Ballena Isle Marina in  December of 2017, as their marina management company, Safe Harbor, participated in the Seabin Project’s global pilot study, and continues to install Seabins in all the marinas they manage. Pier 39 Marina’s Seabin is expected to remove 3 tons of marine pollution from San Francisco waters by end of 2019

Some Numbers:

Pete Ceglenski at the Ocean Summit. Photo/ Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race. 18 October, 2017.

  • Total number of Seabins installed worldwide: 719
  • Number of plastic bags that one Seabin can collect each year: 90,000
  • Number of plastic bottles that one Seabin can collect each year: 11,900
  • Total amount of marine litter captured to date: 114,916 kg  (over the last 2.5 years)
  • Total amount of marine litter captured each day: 1,952.33 kg

Co-founder Pete Ceglinski hosted a presentation at the  installation in San Francisco’s PIER 39 Marina Thursday, July 11th, 2019. He and his family are

 

Seabin Project co-founders Pete Ceglinski & Andrew Turton

Here’s how it all started. Two life-long surfer friends from Australia, appalled by the plastic and debris pollution in our waters, set out to clean up the ocean. They wanted to create a garbage bin that would collect the floating plastic. This got them started cleaning up the marine environment, one marina at a time. How? With the V5 Seabin, a floating vacuum filter device they invented that works like an ocean vacuum 24/7 continuously collecting floating debris – plastic bottles, paper, oil, fuel, detergent and more. Over two years Seabin Project co-founders Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton secured partners for a pilot study into the effectiveness of the seabin and now the Seabin Project has  evolved into a comprehensive research, educational and technology initiative with worldwide reach, including educational tools for students to get on board. The Seabin Project team believes that each child that learns to dispose of litter properly will grow to be one less source person for pollution of our oceans and waterways. Currently, according to Jambeck Research, 8.1M tons of mismanaged waste enters our oceans every year.

Here’s how it works:

  • The seabin is installed in a specific problem debris area, attached to a dock.
  • Water is filtered from the surface and passed through a catch bag inside the Seabin, powered by a submersible water pump.
  • Water is then pumped back into the water leaving the litter and debris trapped in the catch bag. Larger pieces of plastic may attach themselves to the bin.
  • Marina operators need to empty the catch bag at least twice a day, as it holds up to two pounds.

What are you doing to reduce your own plastic consumption? Make a climate action promise today!

 

 

 

By |2019-07-12T13:09:02-07:00July 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Pt. Richmond Outdoor Summer Music Festival Starts Friday, June 14! 

WHEN: Friday June 14th, 5:30-7:45pm. Concerts take place the 2nd Friday of each month from 5:30-7:45pm with a final extra concert on the last Friday of September.

WHERE: Corner of Park Place and Washington Avenue in historic downtown Point Richmond.

WHAT: Pt. Richmond Outdoor Summer Music Festival

WHO: Gator Nation + The Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band open the 2019 Outdoor Summer Musical Festival Season

Friday, June 14:

5: 30 – 6:30pm Gator Nation – Cajun/Zydeco; New Orleans R&B

6:45 – 7:45pm The Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band – West African Fusion Bluegrass, Jazz, R&B

View the whole summer music lineup.

More about the Pt. Richmond Music

These concerts are FREE to the public because a dedicated group of folks work hard to bring these events to fruition with fundraising and volunteer efforts. Sponsors include: Atchison Village Credit Union, City of Richmond ECIA Grant Program, Feagley Realtors, Golden Gate meat Co., M.A. Hayes CO., Mechanics Bank, MSH Group, Pt. Richmond Neighborhood COuncil, Republic Services Inc., Richmond Development CO. LLC, Richmond Gateway Foundation, Sim’s Metal Management, Svendsen’s Bay Marine and Wareham Development.

Our current Mayor Tom Butt was the brainchild behind the concerts when he moved here from Arkansas and had a large parking lot behind his architectural firm. The concert series was such a hit it moved from the parking lot to take over the street in Pt. Richmond. SF on the Bay  caught up with someone who helped introduce us to the community when we first created the Richmond Trail Guide – local Pt. Richmond Music board member and resident Kim Paternoster, who said she got involved with the concerts about seven years ago.

SFOTB: What drew you in? 

KAP: Well, initially it was because I lived in Point Richmond and my best friend, Pam Dewitt, and her husband were on the board. One of the fun things about living here is this concert series in the summer. So, I started going to the concerts to hang out with friends, hang out downtown, and listen to the cool music. I wanted to help out though, because I’m a resident here and I loved what they were doing. I also have a background in music (degree in classical performance), and I pretty much love music in general. I started going to the listening meetings, and saw that they needed to be more efficient. So, I initially took over the role of managing the listening meetings to make them more efficient and get through listening to 100+ bands so we could select our season.

SFOTB: What is your role now?

KAP: I finally was asked to be on the board two years ago. I manage the listening meetings (now we have over 180+ submissions). I also work directly with the bands, making sure they get paid, we get all the contracts signed and greeting them before the concerts and making sure they have drinks and snacks. I’m basically the band point person. I also built the current website, and I manage and host that.

SFOTB: What do you like most about the Outdoor Festivals?

KAP: It’s a great way during the summer to get together with the rest of the community. We have a huge turnout of people, and the bands are all really great. Friends see friends they haven’t seen in a year (or since yesterday). There’s a beer and margarita tent, and food trucks. Downtown Point Richmond on a summer night is beautiful!

SFOTB: What does it do for Pt. Richmond?

KAP: I think the concerts help make the community a little more solid. We have a wide diversity of bands too, because Richmond is such a diverse city. Last year, we had a gospel group from Richmond followed up by a Bollywood/Blues band, and we always have at least one Latin band. Our audiences love our concerts, and we’ve had such amazing submissions that it’s been hard to select just 8 bands. This year, we easily could have had 30 bands performing.

Don’t miss out! Join the Pt. Richmond community and have some fun in this historic town. Local restaurants are open on concert nights, offering a wide array of cuisine. The event features art by The Arts of Point Richmond, face painting for children,and dancing in the street.

Shops and restaurants are waiting for your visit! Voted Best Outdoor Festival by East Bay Express’ Best of the East Bay. As they say in Pt. Richmond: The Point is Music!

By |2019-06-13T15:24:18-07:00June 13th, 2019|0 Comments

New! Live Music on the Patio @ Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café!

Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café, a modern version of a retro diner serving comfort food and drinks with a passion for creating community in Emeryville, is now restoring ‘nightlife’  to Emeryville with Live Music on the Patio!

Here’s the lineup so far:

Rudy’s will be adding more dates and artists to the current lineup. Stay tuned. Want your group featured on Rudy’s Patio? Contact Doug [email protected] or 510.594.1221

Did you know?

  • Breakfast is served all day long at Rudy’s
  • Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café’s name was inspired by by the song Rudie Can’t Fail by the Clash
  • Rudy’s BLAT sandwich (a BLT with avocado) was featured on Lonely Planet‘s A field guide to 20 great American sandwiches

Hours: Daily 7am-1am

Happy Hour: M-F 2-7p, serving $4 pints & $5 tacos

About Rudy’s

A modern version of a retro diner serving comfort food and drinks, Rudy’s was born from a desire to create a restaurant where people of all walks of life can feel welcome and eat honest food in a fun atmosphere. They are committed to serving their community with an eatery that is reasonably priced, family friendly and cares about your well-being. Awesome weekend brunch! Breakfast served all day and music now rocks the town on weekends. Check their website for menus and special events!  510.594.1221

By |2019-06-13T15:32:50-07:00June 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Listen to Live Bands. Drink Beer & Wine. Help Build a Plaza

Montclair Beer, Wine & Music Festival 

WHEN: Saturday, June 15th 12noon – 6pm

WHERE: Mountain Blvd. @ La Salle in the open air of Montclair Village (2000 Mountain Blvd. between Medau Pl. and La Salle Ave.) in Oakland

WHAT: 7th Annual Montclair Beer, Wine & Music Festival

  • Live performances by local bands on the Mister Beever’s Paws & Claws stage
  • Music Lineup
  • Pedal powered music by Rock the Bike – riders are festival volunteers
  • Play Palooza Fun Zone provided by Toni Mikulka of Giant Puppets Save the World (interactive performance art)
  • Unlimited tasting packages featuring over 40 craft beers and artisan wine ($30 in advance; $40 at the entrance day of). Purchase your tickets at MontclairVillage.com 
and take home your commemorative glass!
  • Wine & Beer tastings include Alameda Island Brewing, Altamont Beerworks, Dr Hops Hard Kombucha, Drake’s Brewing, Farmstead Wine & Cheese’s international varietals, Gowan’s Cider, Old Kan, Rock Wall Wines and more!
  • The best part is that proceeds from the festival directly support the Village Plaza Capital Campaign, a $750,000 fundraiser to create a public plaza for community engagement, public events, cultural arts and youth enrichment by rebuilding Antioch Court. Donor Bricks directly support the Plaza and can be purchased at MontclairVillage.com where you can find more event details.

Montclair Village is a charming and vibrant community, nestled in the beautiful, tree-covered Oakland Hills.

By |2019-06-13T15:19:26-07:00June 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Get the Island Spirit @ Alameda Island Jam June 15th & 16th!

Join the Island Spirit! Alameda Island Jam brings the community out to Webster Street to celebrate summer and Father’s Day with live music, local wine, beers, spirits and tropical cocktails; lots of food, kid’s carnival, shopping and more!

WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 10am-5:30pm + Sunday, June 16 10:30am – 5:30pm

WHERE: Along historic Webster Street in Alameda

WHAT:

  • Thirsty Island Tiki Bar  – experience the relaxed island vibe, Tropical Cocktails, License to Chill and other Tiki Bar Bands
  • Two Live Band Music Stages
  • Island Jam Kid’s Zone is two full blocks of entertainment & carnival rides
  • Local craft beer and wine – Alameda Island Brewing, Faction Brewing, St. George’s Spirits & Rock Wall Wine Co.
  • Food, food, food – a lineup of international culinary pleasures. including Seafood, Poke, BBQ, Greek, Teriyaki, Mexican food and more!

       Band Lineup:

Ride Your Bike!

There’s no reason to worry about where to park your car. Take advantage of Alameda’s new bike lanes along Shoreline Drive by riding your bike to the JAM. Free, secure parking will be provided in the fenced in parking lot near Otaez Mexican Restaurant at Webster Street and Pacific Avenue.

About Alameda Island Jam

The Alameda Chamber of Commerce Island Jam has become a Father’s Day Tradition embraced by patrons and sponsors alike. The 2019 Island JAM will kick off summer for thousands of fair-goers who long for the sights and sounds of the Islands. The Island theme and county fair atmosphere distinguishes the Island Jam from other street fairs, attracting people from all over the Bay Area.

About Alameda Chamber of Commerce

The Alameda Chamber of Commerce is an independent, non profit, volunteer organization of business people working to improve the city’s economic and civic vitality. They rely on membership investment revenues, city support and funds generated from events. For over 85 years, the Alameda Chamber has been the proactive voice for business in Alameda.

By |2019-06-13T15:11:19-07:00June 10th, 2019|0 Comments
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