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'Thank You Whales' aims to raise awareness about marine life

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People will be saying 'thank you' to sea creatures living in the waters of the Central Coast at an annual event in Avila Beach on Saturday.

The third annual Thank You Whales is organized by the Ocean Outfall Group. The celebration aims to raise awareness about environmental factors affecting marine life.

Educational programs will run throughout the day, starting at 9:00 a.m. with a free children's program at the Avila Beach Community Center. There will be an art show there featuring art from second graders at Templeton Elementary and Humpback Whale Faire. That event will also offer activities for kids, including games, arts, and crafts.

Following the children's program, there will be several speakers and a luncheon. 

The day-long event is scheduled to close with a sunset spiritual prayer and flower ceremony at a fire pit at Olde Port Beach. That ceremony is expected to run until about 8:30 p.m., and will be led by Northern Chumash Tribal Administrator, Fred Collins.

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