Outside the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

The National Weather service predicts 100 percent chance of rain tonight and sunshine through the weekend, which makes tonight a perfect night for popping in to the Arcata Theatre Lounge for some fine ocean-themed films. As part of the ongoing Ocean Night series, Ocean ConservancyHumboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper present Birth of an Ocean and Surfing for Life. Doors at 6:30 p.m., films at 7 p.m., raffle to follow, $3 donation, all-ages. (More on the movies here.)

Then, this weekend, when the skies have cleared, join Friends of the Dunes for some good times in the mud and along the beach: 

I Love Mud! A Nature Exploration event for kids and their adults on Saturday, Feb. 9, 3-5 p.m., Klopp Lake parking lot (South I St.).

Join Friends of the Dunes and Friends of the Arcata Marsh as we explore the intertidal mudflats. Discover the cool creatures that live in the mud, learn about the birds that eat them, and create some mud art! This event is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Wear boots if you have them, and be prepared to get muddy! Se habla espanol en este event. Please R.S.V.P. by calling us at (707) 444-1397.

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center Restoration, Saturday, Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Humboldt Coastal Nature Center.

Help restore the new Friends of the Dunes property! Tools and gloves provided, bring water and wear work clothes. Meet at 220 Stamps Lane in Manila at 9:30 a.m.

In other ocean news, the T-S reports on improved protections for great white sharks and a Japanese boat has been removed from the Oregon shore. Scientists are checking for invasive species.

Any suspected Japanese tsunami debris should be reported to

Finally, if you’re out on the Samoa peninsula and find trash, Humboldt Surfrider would like you to document it (and then clean it up!) — please email photos to

Jennifer Savage chairs the Humboldt chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and serves as Ocean Conservancy’s North Coast Program Coordinator.