Please enjoy the above nudibranch photos courtesy of local Twitter marine photog extraordinaire @MSidKelly.

Enjoy more ocean beauty, North Coast and otherwise, by celebrating the success of Coastal Cleanup Day at a special Friday night Ocean Night featuring Heroes of the Coast, which tells the story of the Californians who invested their time, money and – in some cases – their careers in supporting the passage of Proposition 20, The California Coastal Protection Act.

Ocean Night happens each month at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., films start at 7 p.m. All-ages! October’s raffle includes the usual swag, plus Holly Yashi earrings and a Shawn Griggs “Surfing Buddha” T-shirt among other awesome stuff. (Ocean Night is sponsored by the Northcoast Environmental Center, Humboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper.) We’ll also have Trouble in Paradise by visiting traveler Matt Hannon. Check out his blog to get a sense of the very cool vibe. 

Coastal Cleanup Day sponsors, site captains and volunteers are invited to attend free and bask in admiration!

The only excuse for not being at Ocean Night is because you’re attending Salmon is Everything, which also takes place on Friday, which is also Arts!Arcata. The theatrical reading happens at Northtown Books, 7 to 10 p.m.

Here’s something else cool: If you happen to be filing a late extension on your state taxes, and you care about pollution prevention, K-12 marine education, native habitats, and coastal access for all Californians, please contribute $1 or more to the Protect Our Coasts & Oceans fund. It is easy. Look for the “Voluntary Contributions” section on your extension form.

Want to get dirty? (Yes.) Volunteers are needed to help Friends of the Dunes and Arcata Sunrise Rotary clean up trash along Highway 255 in Manila on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, 220 Stamps Lane in Manila, for a brief safety talk before heading out to pick up trash. Gloves, trash bags and morning snacks will be provided.

Alternatively, help out the PacOut Green Team with Fernbridge cleanup round #3, Saturday, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Have a child? Or able to borrow one? Join an experienced naturalist for Nature Story Time at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, also on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. Geared for ages 3 to 6, story time will focus on local wildlife and will be followed by a simple craft project. For more information or to reserve a space, call (707) 444-1397.

Jennifer Savage is the Northcoast Environmental Center’s Coastal Programs Director and chairs the Humboldt chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.