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Premier event for outdoor enthusiasts promises high performance, huge crowds and amazing interactive entertainment

The Fred Hall Show – The Ultimate Outdoor

 Experience will feature nearly 600 exhibitors (almost 10,000 products), over 400 seminars, and some of the most highly engaging, unique and interactive family-fun entertainment and activities found anywhere in the world.

The Fred Hall Show-The Ultimate Outdoor Experience is the premier outdoor recreation show featuring the largest selection of the nation’s leading outdoor equipment manufacturers. Tens of thousands passionate outdoor enthusiasts make this show their annual celebration of the great outdoors and the kickoff of the new season.

Long Beach Convention Center and Arena: 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

VISUALS: Hundreds of high performance boats, tow-boats, deck boats, pontoon boats and bow-riders will join the greatest selection of fishing boats in the West.

• Interactive exhibits and demonstrations include:

• The first world’s record fish, a 427-pound yellow fin tuna caught in December 2012

• 1,000-pound blue fin tuna caught off the coast of Nova Scotia in November 2012

• Dave Marciano, captain of the boat Hard Merchandise, in National Geographic’s popular fishing reality series Wicked Tuna

• Jack Dagger-The King of Fling

• The Dock Dogs

• Kids Fish Free Trout Ponds

• The Great American Duck Races

• Scott Leysath-The Sporting Chef

• Archery Range/Air-gun range/Laser shot range

• Giant casting arena

• Hunting dog seminars

• Saltwater and freshwater mobile aquariums

• Learn to Scuba Dive tank

Adults: $15, Seniors: (62 and over) $14, Children 15 and under Free with a paid adult, Active Military with ID Free.

INFO:  For show hours and directions log onto

   New Davis Art Walk Map, Guided Tours, Art Conference in Downtown Davis

Now available, the new Davis Art Walk map is a comprehensive guide public art that helps form the Davis Cultural Arts and Entertainment

Roy De Forest, one of the preeminent artists of the Bay Area, has long worked on his stunning visual tales. He has constructed exciting images...

 District. It lists 23 public murals, 16 sculptures, and 15 galleries and museums in downtown Davis and on the University of California, Davis campus. The map was created by the Cultural Arts Action Committee and the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts; sponsors include the City of Davis, Davis Downtown, and the Yolo County Visitors Bureau.

Users can follow the map to all of the artworks—identified by number, title, and artist—by foot or on a bicycle. More importantly, the map includes the remarkably innovative Transmedia Sculpture Walk, a first-in-the-nation collection of interactive art, which is part of the burgeoning Davis Cultural Art & Entertainment District.

Pooling their respective resources, software developer and molecular biologist Dr. Monto H. Kumagai, the Natsoulas Center, and more than 35 artists created the Transmedia Sculpture Walk, an interactive audio tour featuring the latest development in Radio Frequency Identification technology or (RFID).

RFID utilizes radio waves to transfer data from electronic chips, called RFID tags (no larger than a grain of rice and capable of storing up to 32 kilobytes of data) to a "reader" for purposes of tracking, identifying, and sharing valuable and engaging knowledge and aesthetic experiences. The tags themselves—which include a transmitter and receiver for sending and receiving (tagging) encoded messages—may be embedded in sculptures and accessed by any NFC or RFID enabled cell phone.

Dr. Kumagai, a founder of XtremeSignPost Inc., has developed this integrated system of shared consumer experiences around his company’s U.S. patent (number 7843334) entitled, "Method to promote and distribute multimedia content using radio frequency identification tags." The result is a technology that provides a novel, interactive method for recording, retrieving, and sharing experiences within a multimedia context.

On Friday March 8th in Davis, CA, at 4:30pm, the Natsoulas Center will launch its first guided tour based on the new Davis Art Walk map, in conjunction with the Art of Painting in the 21st Century Conference. This free tour will be led by more than 10 of the finest painters and muralists in the country throughout the downtown. Natsoulas plans to coordinate group tours in the future and is organizing a marketing effort to boost art-related visitation.

Now in its fourth year, the Art of Painting in the 21st Century is an annual conference geared toward nurturing dialog on contemporary painting and the shared ideas that define current trends in the field. Many painters work alone, an isolated process that deprives the artist of thriving debate until the work is shown. The conference provides a unique venue for artists to participate in panel discussions and breakout groups and to attend lectures by some of the most exciting visionaries in the field, including F. Scott Hess, Kelly Detweiler, Glenn Brill, and John Seed. Seven downtown Davis student exhibitions, curated by the instructors of Northern California universities and colleges, are meant to encourage youth participation and community involvement.

The intimate setting allows interaction with top artist in a way not possible elsewhere. UC Davis, home to artists Roy de Forest, Roland Peterson, Wayne Thiebaud, and Robert Arneson, was instrumental in defining a new direction for a uniquely West Coast style. Nowhere else in the country will the participant be able to interact and discuss the purity of painting in one place. Meet face-to-face with distinguished artists you might only read about; see and hear what makes them the top of their field. No other conference lets the participants discuss and comment on modern painting with such inspired knowledge and insight.

The exhibitions begin the afternoon of March 8th, 2013, with opening receptions at each of the locations in the evening. The majority of the educational events will take place Saturday, March 9th, from 10am to 5pm, and are filled with panel discussions, lectures and breakout groups intended for all conferees. The conference’s goal is to gather artists from varying communities, allowing for open interaction between young students and professionals in the field, fostering the strong tradition of painting and culture in the Northern California region.

“Imagine a modern generation characterized by a rekindled interest in the arts, a generation with one foot firmly planted in the door to the past and one hand boldly thrust into the rapidly digitized future,” gallery owner and Conference organizer John Natsoulas. “Davis is the first city in the world to organize this unique collaboration of technology and art, with an equally inspiring physical and digital presence, which will entirely revolutionize the modern artistic experience.”

For more information about the Davis Art Walk map, tours, and upcoming conference, call the Natsoulas Center at (530) 756-3938, email, or visit

 Annual Fundraise Harbor Treasures and Tastings
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

     On Saturday, March 9, 2013, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum will celebrate its 10th annual benefit  to be held at the Museum at 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara. The theme, Harbor Treasures and Tastings, focuses on the culinary delights of Santa Barbara and features sample tastings from more than thirty of the finest purveyors of wine, spirits, beer, and gourmet cuisine. Competing restaurants will be awarded prizes by our Celebrity Judges James Sly, owner and Chef of Sly’s Restaurant, Michael Hutchings, frequent guest on Julia Child’s Cooking with Julia, and Michael Cervin, wine, food, and travel writer for the Santa Barbara News Press. Local purveyors include Chuck's Waterfront Grill, Marmalade Cafe', Spices N Rice, Commercial Fishermen, and Olivos Del Mar.

     This year the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is honoring Thomas C. Parker, President of the Hutton Parker Foundation. Long-time supporters of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, the Hutton Parker Foundation provides organizational sustainability to community-based nonprofit organizations throughout Santa Barbara County.

     Silent and live auction items include a private tour for four of the Reagan Ranch, use of the Maritime Museum’s Fourth Floor for the Fourth of July Fireworks, and private cruises aboard the Condor Express and the Maritime Museum’s 95-year old flagship, Ranger. Proceeds will help support the Maritime Museum’s educational and curatorial programs. Each year up to 8,000 tri-county students visit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum to learn more about our local maritime history and culture.

     Tickets are $100 per person for general admission, and include sample tastings from over thirty restaurants and caterers, wineries, breweries, and distilleries. VIP tickets are $200 per person, Patron tables range from $1,800 to $5,000. Patron seating and VIP admission begins at 5:00 p.m., and general admission is 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Tickets are available at (805) 962-8404, ext. 102,at, or through our website at Contact Greg Gorga, executive Director with questions at ext.103.

Costa Mesa, CA --- A diverse line up of eventsOC-FAIR and festivals are slated during March in conjunction with the Orange County Market Place, the weekend swap meet at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.   They include the annual events: Spring Pet Days, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Green Festival, Easter Festival and Bugstock, a classic VW Bug Car Show and Beatles Tribute concert presented by K-Earth 101 FM radio station.

The 4th Annual Spring Pet Days kicks off the series as a two day event slated for March 9 and 10 and features several nonprofit organizations and specialty rescue centers with animals ready for adoption along with displays and presentations on pet wellness, spay and neuter information, training tips and various animal welfare subjects.  Pet product vendors are also included at the event which runs in conjunction with the Market Place’s regular operating hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public may not bring their personal pets to this event, with the exception of service dogs.

Admission, which includes swap meet entrance, is $2 or free with a donation of two cans or one bag of unopened cat or dog food for local animal shelters and rescue groups.   For additional information call 949-241-9625 or send email

All things green will share the spotlight during the 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Green Festival on Sunday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Combining a bit o’ the Blarney spirit and eco-friendly living, activities will range a broad spectrum with everything from zero waste, composting,   plastic bag weaving to green food, Irish dancers and strolling leprechauns.

A unique tie to the Emerald Isle is that Ireland was the first country to take a strong stand against the use of plastic bags, and develop a tax on them, which was in 2002.  This resulted in an almost immediate 94% drop in plastic bag use in Ireland after the tax was effective and set the standard for other countries to follow suit.  Attendees are encouraged to bring and donate their plastic bags to be used for crocheting purposes, reusable bags and sleeping mats for the homeless. 

Three Irish dance schools will take center stage with shows all day, starting at 10 a.m.   Nearly 100 dancers, many of them world champions, will perform jigs, reels, and soft and hard shoe numbers while donning their academy’s distinctive colorful costumes. The Claddagh School of Irish Dancing  from Lake Forest performs at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. followed by the Aniar Academy of Irish Dance from Laguna Niguel at Noon and 1 p.m.  Butler-Fearon O’Connor School of Irish Dance in Mission Viejo will round out the Festival dancing at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.                                  

A host of eco activities and educational opportunities will be presented by Earth Resource Foundation, a Costa Mesanonprofit organization that teaches people how to integrate environmental responsibility where they live, work and play. Local high school and college students will pair up with community groups and businesses to present interactive displays, games, booths and mini stage presentations covering a myriad of subjects.

Gourmet food trucks Calbi BBQ, Crepes Bonaparte and Seabirds will be offering special Irish and “green” food items.  The Market Place will offer green beer and lemonade along with green mint ice cream.

Additional information on the Earth Resource Foundation is available at or by calling (949) 645-5163.

The 7th Annual Easter Festival, which is traditionally held the Saturday before Easter Sunday, will move to the week before and is set for Sunday, March 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Children can get ready for the holiday with a free egg coloring kit offered to the first 500 kids in line for the Treasure Hunt which starts at 10 a.m.  Youngsters are encouraged to bring their Easter baskets  to participate in the hunt in which they will visit  various Market Place vendors and food operations for candy and treats including plastic eggs, some with gold tickets hidden inside to win giant Easter baskets.

Bring your cameras for free photo opportunities with the Easter bunny from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other free activities include face painting, giant mural coloring, and the marionette puppet show Uncle Gus’ Puppet Carnival at 10:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. presented by Pullin’ Strings Puppet Productions of Huntington Beach.

K-EARTH 101′s Bugstock 2013 is Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is one of the largest VW car shows and displays in Southern California for VW Bugs, Buses, Ghias, Custom Vintage VWs, and Dune Buggies.  In addition there will be a Beatles tribute concert by Hard Day’s Night at noon and 2 p.m. along with a tie-dye booth, kids-zone, and vendor village. For more information on this event including signing up for the car show  Registration fees apply to car show participation.

Admission to all March events is included in the swap meet general admission, which is $2.   Children 12 and under are free. 

The Market Place will be closed Easter Sunday, March 31.

In its 44th year, the Orange County Market Place operates every weekend, except during the annual Orange County Fair, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Nearly 1,000 vendors offer a variety of products and services, as well as a fresh produce area, used luxury car sales lot, home and garden center, hair salons,  a variety of food concessions, arts and crafts and much more. More information is available at or by calling 949-723-6660.

 Fashion Week El Paseo
Palm Desert, California

The eighth annual Fashion Week El Paseo™ unfolds March 15-23, 2013 under the Big White Tent on Larkspur Lane between El Paseo and Shadow Mountain in Palm Desert, California -- the heart of Palm Desert's most celebrated shopping district: El Paseo.

Fashion Week El Paseo™ showcases the newest collections by top designers as well as fresh ideas by emerging designers. Produced by Palm Springs Life, it has become one of the Coachella Valley's most popular events.


 Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ 2013
Palm Desert, California

The Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert will gather the brightest and most inspired chefs from California for three extraordinary days of culinary and wine tasting under The Big White Tent on Larkspur between El Paseo and Shadow Mountain in Palm Desert, CA. This event will be uniquely educational in focus, showcasing the Coachella Valley as a culinary destination.




April 27th, 2013 - 10th annual Miracle Miles for Kids Walk/Run
Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier

Join the Family Care Network as we celebrate our 10th annual Miracle Miles for Kids Walk/Run on April 27th, 2013. Over the past ten years, race participants and the community have come together for the foster and high-needs children and families served by FCNI, cumulatively raising well over $800,000 dollars in support. Join us this year as we race to meet our goal of raising our 10 year total to $1 Million! Together, we can truly be the difference in the lives of children and families here on the Central Coast. It’s time to run for a reason.

MM4K’s 10k (6.2 miles) race course runs along the water’s edge from Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier, one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in California. When participants cross the finish line, they are treated to a post-race party with live music, lunch, a diverse vendor fair, children’s activities and an award ceremony. Additionally, every walker/runner receives a goody bag filled with fun items and a 2013 Miracle Miles t-shirt! This event has something for everyone—from the serious athlete trying to beat their best personal time, to moms and dads looking for something fun the whole family can enjoy. Visit to register and for more information or feel free to call us at (805) 781-3535.”




 World’s Smallest” Air Show

The 19th annual “World’s Smallest” Air Show will be held Saturday May 25 & Sunday May 26, 2013 from 8 AM until 2 PM.  There will be ultralight, light sport, & general aviation flying & static displays, RC airplanes, a rocket demonstration, sky divers, & other events.  Food & memorabilia will be available.  There will be activities for kids.  Admission & parking are free. Check our website for directions.  For more information, email or call (661) 261-3216.


Restaurant Week "Uncorked"

Restaurant Week "Uncorked", will be held the
Wednesday & Thursday nights before the first
night of Restaurant Week, serving as the official event that "Uncorks" Restaurant Week.

During this two night culinary event of specialty dinners,
a limited number of participating restaurants will offer
specialty-themed dinners, where every course will
be paired with a different wine, beer, or spirit.




 29th Annual Classic at Pismo Beach

The Mothers Polish Classic at Pismo Beach Classic & Street Rod Show, June 14 – 16, 2013 is now approaching itʼs 28th year.  The Classic is Central California’s finest seaside classic & street rod show. The show is located in the beautiful downtown area of Pismo Beach and on the pier.  This 3 day event features over 900 show cars, giant Budweiser Beer Garden by the beach, large name manufacturers like Ford, GM, Mothers Polish, Sta-Bil, GEICO and more, over 120 vendors, cruise night Friday & Saturday, local merchant shopping, opening night gala event, live music, celebrity appearances, giant robots, Steak & Lobster Dinner on Saturday, live charity auction, trophy presentation and approx. 175,000 people. 

The show comes each year on Fatherʼs Day weekend.  This show is open to all years, makes, models of cars. Over 150 trophies are awarded each year to car show participants.  20 cars are chosen for the “Gold Class” each year.  The Gold Class are hand picked and compete for the Platinum Award. 

This show benefits the Folds of Honor Foundation, for more info visit  Cars & Vendors may REGISTER NOW at or by phone at 909-307-2727 or fax your registration form in to 951-742-4624.  Registration $65.00 thru Dec. 31, $80.00 Jan. 1 thru May 16, $100 May 17 thru June 9.  Pre-Registration closes June 9, 2013.  Weekend of show registration $115.00.  All registrations include an event T-Shirt, Goodie Bag & Dash Plaque.  Hours:  Friday / Saturday 9 am – 9 pm, Sunday 9 am – 5 pm.  We’ll see you in Pismo Beach!
Call Today For More Information - (866) 450-7469




Siskiyou Arts Council's Art on the Block & EcoArt Festival - Invitation to Environmental Artists

The Siskiyou Arts Council is hosting the 3rd annual Art on the Block, with a new emphasis on exploring environmental awareness and education through the arts. The event is scheduled on August 3, 2013 to coincide with the Mount Shasta Summit Century cycling event, which takes place on August 4th. Art on the

 Block will again be part of the Scott Valley Bank Summer Concert Series, and will offer live music throughout the day, with a major evening concert. Two other area events that typically take place close to the first week in August are the State of Jefferson Brewfest, and Shasta Taiko. Both events have undergone major changes and will not be taking place during this time period.

SAC would like to invite area artists to inquire about vendor opportunities, and ideas for temporary art installations at the event. The event will also feature a luthier's gathering (guitar builders), and interested parties are invited to inquire. The event will also feature competitions for junk art, recycled art, musical instruments made of trash, and similar themes. Artists can visit, email, or call (530) 938-0130.

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), the California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), and California State Parks

Warn Outdoor Recreationists to Take Precautions this Season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Outdoor recreationists should take serious precautions against cold temperatures and swift currents when in or near water this spring.  Despite this year’s below-normal snowfall, the spring snowmelt can still result in swift and cold river flows that can create treacherous conditions for all recreationists – waders, swimmers, paddlers, boaters, anglers, and even hikers cooling off at the water’s edge.

The utility and state departments cautioned that even though the water content of California’s mountain snowpack is near 40 percent of normal, there is still a significant amount of water in the snowpack and it is rapidly melting as mid-spring temperatures continue to warm. As warmer weather and longer days accelerate melting snow in mountainous regions, water temperatures will continue to drop and flows will continue to rise in waterways and reservoirs, with some reservoirs spilling and resulting in higher flows downstream.

Those planning outings near mountain streams, rivers and reservoirs need to be vigilant and take appropriate safety measures,” said Debbie Powell, director of PG&E’s hydro generation department. “Water flows will fluctuate with the warming and cooling of the day so always be prepared for a change in conditions.”

“Even experienced swimmers can get caught in swift river flows,” said DBW’s Acting Director Lucia C. Becerra. “Stay safe by checking local water conditions before taking a boating trip, wear a life jacket, and avoid alcohol.”

“Spring is a wonderful time to visit our beautiful lakes and fast-moving rivers,” said Ruth Coleman, director of California State Parks. “But please read the safety tips in this water safety warning because making a mistake could threaten the life of a loved one.” 

Water safety tips:

Know the Water

·       Sudden immersion in cold water can stimulate the “gasp reflex” causing an involuntary inhalation of air or water. It can even trigger cardiac arrest, temporary paralysis, hypothermia and drowning. When faced with swift water, even the strongest swimmers may be easily overwhelmed.

·       Cold water entering the ear canal can cause vertigo and disorientation. This may confuse swimmers, causing them to venture deeper into the water.

Know your limits

·       Swimming in open water is more difficult than in a swimming pool – people tire more quickly and can get into trouble.

·       Cold water causes impairment leading to fatalities. It reduces body heat 25 to 30 times faster than air does at the same temperature.

·       Many unseen obstacles can be lurking below the water’s surface. Swift water can make these obstacles even more treacherous. Guided trips for inexperienced paddlers are recommended.

Wear a life jacket

·       Conditions change quickly in open water and even the best swimmers can misjudge the water and their skills when boating or swimming. Wearing a life jacket can increase survival time.

·       A life jacket can provide some thermal protection against the onset of hypothermia and keep you afloat until someone else can rescue you.

Parental Supervision

  • Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them your undivided attention. Appoint a designated “water watcher,” taking turns with other adults.
  • Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool: they need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.

Know the Law

·       Every child under 13 must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket when on a moving vessel that is 26 feet or less in length. A Coast Guard-approved life jacket must be carried for each person on board a boat. This includes rigid or inflatable paddlecraft.

·       Every person on board a personal watercraft (popularly known as “jet skis”) and any person being towed behind a vessel must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

·       It is against the law to operate a boat or water ski with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more. You can be arrested even when your BAC is less than 0.08 percent if conditions are deemed to be unsafe.

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Become a Dockwalker, Help Keep California’s Waterways Clean

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California’s Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and Coastal Commission’s Boating Clean and Green Program invite boaters to become Dockwalkers. Training is free and Dockwalking is a fantastic way to interact with boaters to help keep California’s marinas, waterways, and ocean clean and healthy.

“It is important for boaters to not only boat safely, but to also implement clean boating practices,” stated DBW’s Acting Director Lucia Becerra. “Safety and protecting the environment go hand in hand.”

The Dockwalker Program educates boaters to be safe and environmentally sound while boating in California through its volunteer Dockwalkers. The volunteers are trained to conduct face-to-face boater education and distribute boater kits with educational information while visiting marinas, boat launch ramps, boat shows and events. Hours spent training or educating the public qualify as community service.

Marinas also benefit from the Dockwalker Program. Involvement in this program provides marinas with the educational materials and tools to operate a clean boating facility and minimize water quality impacts. 

To become a volunteer, please contact the program coordinator, Vivian Matuk, at (415) 904-6905 or visit for more details and to view the 2012 Dockwalker Training Schedule.

Partnerships with the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, the Keep the Delta Clean Program and many more organizations have made this program successful. Since the year 2000, more than 600 volunteers have become Dockwalkers and more than 90,000 boater kits have been distributed throughout California.

California’s Recreational Boaters Encouraged to Boat Clean and Green


According to the California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), California has more than four million motorized and non-motorized recreational boaters. The negative impact that these boaters can have on California’s marine environment and boating facilities, can be significant.


The good news is that DBW provides a number of environmental services that boaters can use to minimize their impact on the marine environment. Below are some of these services:


  1. Boat Cleaning Guide Book. The spread of aquatic invasive species, such as quagga/zebra mussels, can create havoc in the marine environment and damage motor boats. The Boat Cleaning Guide Book was compiled specifically for boat owners and watercraft users with general guidelines for all boaters and a basic checklist for inspecting and cleaning boats and recreational equipment for aquatic invasive species. There are also additional inspection and cleaning checklists for specific types of boats and equipment.
  1. Sewage Pumpouts. It is important for boaters to use sewage pumpouts or mobile-pumpout services to properly dispose of raw sewage. In some areas, dumping raw sewage into waterways can be illegal. Most importantly this practice can be unsafe for humans and the marine environment. Plan ahead and find out where your nearest pumpout station is located and how to properly use it.
  1. Fishing Line Recycling Stations. Besides making sure that you keep your trash on board, make sure to recycle monofilament fishing line appropriately. Monofilament fishing line can entangle and kill wildlife, and cause boat damage. Fishing line is not biodegradable and can remain in the environment for more than 600 years. Take advantage of shore-side facilities to properly dispose of trash, or recycle your fishing line.
  1. Disposing of a Vessel Properly. Proper disposal of an unwanted vessel is a vital part of clean and responsible boating. Because there are several environmental hazards associated with old vessels, including used oil, solvents and used batteries, it is important that all vessel owners properly dispose of their vessels at the appropriate time. There are several options for proper vessel disposal: Vessel Turn-In Program, donating, recycling and dismantling.
  1. Recycle, Collect, Report. Spill-proof oil changes with oil absorbent pads and dispose of them and oil filters properly. Remember to never use soap to disperse fuel and oil spills. It increases harm to the environment and it is illegal. Also, remember to report oil spills immediately to the corresponding agencies.


For more detailed information on these environmental services and to find out about other resources visit

A California interagency taskforce battling the spread of
invasive Quagga and Zebra mussels

urges boaters to remain especially vigilant this Memorial Day weekend. Anyone who launches their vessel at any body of water must clean, drain, and dry their boats, personal watercraft, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water-both before arrival and after leaving the waterway.

"Quagga and zebra mussels are a serious threat to our aquatic environment and fisheries," Director of the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) John McCamman said. "It's crucial that everyone who uses public waters takes the time to make sure they're not moving these mussels from place to place. It only takes a few mussels to infest an entire waterway and destroy the ecosystem there."
What you can do to help prevent their spread in
California, visit the DFG Web site at

The California Boating and Waterways Commission