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      Monday, June 13, 2011

    PCCS Contact:
    Tanya Grady
    508.487.3623, ext. 113

    Whale Week: A Celebration of the Sea

    (PROVINCETOWN, MASS) - The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) is proud to launch Whale Week: A Celebration of the Sea. Whale Week is a week-long schedule of family friendly events all featuring a marine theme. Many events are free and there is something for everyone.

    PCCS created the event and hopes to raise awareness about our oceans, marine mammals, marine debris, and coastal and marine ecosystems through fun events, which are suitable for audiences of all ages. Jesse Mechling, one of the Whale Week organizer's explains, "The idea of Whale Week is to strengthen the connection between our community and the sea, for it is the incredible marine environment surrounding us that makes Cape Cod such a special place."

    Schedule of Events:

    Beach Cleanup

    Monday, July 25th, 10 AM. Meet at the West End Breakwater, near the Provincetown Inn. Join us for a thirty minute Beach Cleanup. Registration is not required. Free.

    Save the Whales Build Your Own Boat Paddle Race. Monday, July 25th, 6 PM, meet adjacent to MacMillan Pier near the Surf Club, PCCS kicks-off Whale Week with a Save the Whales Build Your Own Boat Paddle Race. Registration is $25 and prizes will be awarded. Register by calling PCCS at 508.487.3623, ext. 103 or download the form here. This event is sponsored by Venture Athletics of Provincetown.

    Arts and Crafts for Kids

    Tuesday, July 26th, 10-11 AM, at the Hiebert Marine Lab, 5 Holway Ave. Arts and Crafts for Kids. Make sun prints, mobiles or white line wood block prints of the unique marine creatures that live in our waters. Free.

    Tidal Flats Foray

    Tuesday, July 26th, 2 PM, at the West End Breakwater. Explore the tidal flats with PCCS. Every twelve hours, the tides of the Outer Cape retreat to reveal an exciting world of hidden creatures. Tidal flats are highly productive systems that support large numbers of animals. . All ages are welcome and reservations are not necessary. Get your feet wet and discover the secret world of tidal flats with PCCS.

    Meet Delilah

    Wednesday, July 27th, 10-11 AM, at the Hiebert Marine Lab, 5 Holway Ave. Meet Delilah. Step inside a life size right whale while learning about these amazing animals. Free.

    Search for Seals

    Wednesday, July 27th, 2:30 PM, at the Province Lands Visitor Center, A number of different species of seals occupy New England's waters. PCCS will offer naturalist led seal walks to search for seals on the Outer Beaches of Cape Cod. Please register by calling the Province Lands Visitor Center at 508.487.1256. Free.

    Landscape Photography Workshop

    Wednesday, June 27th, 6 PM, at the Province Lands Visitor Center. Landscape Photography Workshop. Join an award winning photographer for a two hour sunset photo tour to one of Cape Cod's iconic lighthouses. Reservations are required. Free.

    Lecture: Whales of Cape Cod Thursday, July 28th, 11-12 PM, at the Province Lands Visitor Center. Lecture: Whales of Cape Cod. Registration is not necessary. Free.

    The Story of Ibis: A theater production Thursday, July 28th at 5 PM and Friday July 29th at 11 AM, at the newly renovated Town Hall. The Story of Ibis. Children's theater production produced in association with the Provincetown Theater Company. This live action/puppet production retells the story of the first whale successfully disentangled by PCCS, followed by a Q&A with Dr. Charles "Stormy" Mayo. Content is suitable for all ages. Prior to Friday's performance there will be children's arts and crafts in Town Hall at 10 AM. Free.

    Sunset Cruise with PCCS

    Friday, July 29th, 5:30 PM, meet at MacMillan Pier. Sunset Cruise with PCCS scientists aboard the Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch vessel, departs from MacMillan Pier. Learn about whales from the scientists that have been studying them for 35 years. Tickets are $100 for PCCS members, $120 for non-members. Price includes membership, drinks and gourmet picnic supper. Call 508.487.3622 x 104, to register.

    Party on the Pier

    Saturday, July 30th, 12:30 - 3 PM on MacMillan Pier. The week culminates with a Party on the Pier, a free concert featuring the Incredible Casuals! Join us for food, games, crafts, and fantastic music at this open air concert.

    For more information about Whale Week: A Celebration of the Sea, please call Tanya Grady at 508.487.3623, ext. 113.

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    The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1976 and dedicated to preserving coastal and marine ecosystems and providing educational activities which promote the responsible stewardship of our oceans. PCCS is celebrating its 35th anniversary! To learn more about our work and 35th anniversary events, click here.

    Right whale images taken under NOAA Fisheries permit 633-1763, under the authority of the U.S. Endangered Species and Marine Mammal Protection Acts - please request PCCS permission for use.

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