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Beauty of Nature Film Series: Riding with Giants
This spectacular film is a comprehensive look at the history of surfing, from its origins as a tiny subculture to its widespread resurgence - and surfers’ ongoing obsession with the sport. Stacy Peralta directs this critically lauded opener to the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

A FREE event; seating is first come first served.

This screening is the second of five films in the Beauty of Nature Film Series hosted by the Palos Verdes PeninsulPalos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.

Stay for the CMA grunion run at 9pm.


• Saturday, June 14, 2014 • 6:30 PM


Book Signing with Lynne Cox
Join us for a book signing event with Lynne Cox!

FCMA is hosting this event with open-water swimmer Lynne Cox. Lynne will read an excerpt from her new children’s book Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas in the Auditorium and sign copies of her book in the Gift Shop.

About the book:
World-renowned swimmer and bestselling author Lynne Cox and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Floca team up to bring us this inspiring story of an elephant seal who knew exactly where she belonged.

Here is the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. When Elizabeth decides to stretch out across a two-lane road, the citizens worry she might get hurt or cause traffic accidents, so a group of volunteers tows her out to sea. But Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch. The volunteers catch her again and again—each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away—but, still, Elizabeth finds her way back home.

This is a FREE event.

Stay for the FRIENDS Members Only Grunion Run that starts after the book signing.

• Friday, May 16, 2014 • 7:00 PM


FRIENDS Members Only Grunion Run
FRIENDS of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting a Members-Only Grunion Run! This is a FREE event for FCMA members, community sponsors, corporate sponsors and employee families of corporate sponsors.

The Aquarium will open at 8pm. The auditorium program begins at 9pm, followed by a guided observation at the beach. Watch the silvery fish come up on the beach to spawn and learn about the interesting mating rituals and growth of this curious fish.

Please RSVP to the Membership Department at 310-548-7562 x211 or email

8pm - Aquarium Open
9pm - Auditorium Program
10:55pm - On the beach

*The CMA Gift Shop will be open late for guests.

• Friday, May 16, 2014 • 8:00 PM


Grand Grunion Gala 2014
The Grand Grunion Gala offers unique items at the silent and live auctions, delicious food and wine and a lively spirit of support for the Aquarium. Join us for an elegant and fun evening at our annual black-tie optional fundraiser. This year's honorees are: Paula Moore, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Leadership Award; Craig Jones, Dr. Susanne Lawrenz-Miller Education Award; and Tesoro Los Angeles Refinery, John M. Olguin Marine Environment Award.

Purchase your ticket today! Please call 310-548-7562 for more information.

• Saturday, May 03, 2014 • 6:00 PM