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Time to Get that Holiday Decorating Started, Manhattan Beach

Nov 27, 2020 01:41PM ● By Mb News Staff
It's time to get that holiday decorating started, Manhattan Beach. This year there's a new incentive: a decorating contest sponsored by the Roundhouse Aquarium with special prizes up for grabs.

The Oceanographic Teaching Stations, Inc. (OTS), the non-profit that manages and operates the Roundhouse Aquarium, will be hosting “Light Up the Beach Cities,” a new way to celebrate in an extraordinary year. “Light Up the Beach Cities,” sponsored by Edison International, is a holiday decorating contest that invites beach cities residents and businesses to join a holiday decorating contest designed to raise critical funds to support the Roundhouse Aquarium’s education programs on marine science. Residents and businesses in other southern California communities are also invited.

To participate, residents and others are invited to apply online with a photograph and a $30 entry fee by December 10. The online voting period will extend from December 13, 2020 through December 19, 2020. A donation of $10 is requested to cast a vote.

The entries that garner the most votes for each of the following categories will win a prize:

                        Magical Winterland – Best at bringing the winter spirit to SoCal
                        Holiday Whimsy – Brings laughter, humor and whimsical vibes
                        Let It Sparkle – Best use of lights
                        Jingle Jangle Wheels – Best and most festive vehicle (golf cart, car, any vehicle)
                        Merry and Bright Business – Best overall business
                        Holly Jolly Residence – Best overall residence

All proceeds from the “Light Up the Beach Cities” fundraiser will support OTS’ science-based education programs on the ocean, tidelands and beaches.

“In this extraordinary year, we wanted to find a safe way to celebrate the holidays where the community could also come together to support the Roundhouse Aquarium,” said Grace Adams, OTS executive director, in a statement. “We hope to be able to continue and expand our education programs on ocean science into 2021 and beyond.  We need the community’s help to ensure that programs that inspire people of all ages to care for the oceans, tidelands and beaches continue."

Adams continued: "OTS pivoted its operations to convert our in-person programs at the Roundhouse Aquarium to virtual classes and distance learning initiatives to meet the needs of students and teachers who are learning and teaching from home. There is a continued need for our programs, whether they are in-person or virtual. We certainly hope to welcome everyone back to the Roundhouse once restrictions are lifted, but until then we are ready to continue serving students and our community through our distance learning initiatives."

Information, instructions and application may be found at

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