Radio Disney and Oddwater Will Kick Off Oregon Coast Aquarium's Summer Season

Wed, 5/13/2009 - 7:34 AM

By Cindy Hanson 

Newport, OR - Memorial Day Weekend promises fun for the whole family at the Oregon Coast Aquarium May 22 – 25, featuring the popular exhibit, Oddwater, a visit from Radio Disney, a change to summer hours and a new café ready to offer coastal cuisine to Aquarium visitors.

Radio Disney performance troupe will perform at the Oregon Coast Aquarium Saturday, May 23, from 1 to 3 pm. The troupe consists of talented young choreographers dancing, singing and leading interactive games. Children are delighted as they participate and win prizes. Free face painting will be offered Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 2:30 pm.

The Aquarium will be showing off its new café Memorial Day weekend as well. Local Ocean Seafoods will offer Aquarium visitors fresh food and seafood. Local Ocean’s other location on Newport’s bay front has become one of the area’s most popular restaurants and fish markets where locals, fishermen, marine scientists, and visitors sit side by side, enjoying a fresh, healthy meal or shopping for dinner. Local Ocean Seafoods co-owner, Laura Anderson, is a third generation commercial fisherman. Her experience working summers on her father’s fishing boat salmon trolling and Dungeness crabbing has given her an authentic understanding of product quality and sourcing. “It is our mission to give people the best seafood experience of their lives,” said Anderson.

With a Master’s Degree in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University, Anderson has been at the forefront of the sustainability movement in Oregon. She has been an independent Marine Resource Management Consultant to organizations such as Oregon SeaGrant, Environmental Defense, Ecotrust, MidCoast Watersheds Council, and the Oregon Salmon Commission. “We are so pleased to be partnering with Laura and Local Ocean,” said Carrie Lewis, Aquarium Director of Marketing and Interim President. “The Aquarium’s messages of sustainability make Local Ocean a perfect fit for us and we look forward to a delicious summer!”

The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Oddwater, continues to be a big draw for Aquarium visitors, featuring a sting ray touch pool and “Bioluminescent Theater.” Oddwater examines some of the most bizarre and mysterious life forms that live in the ocean. Colorful hand blown art glass creations alongside the animals are accentuated with subtle lighting to simulate the environment of each species’ habitat, combining art and marine biology to create an experience that educates, entertains and enlightens visitors about life forms most people never see.

Memorial Day Weekend marks the transition to the Aquarium’s summer hours; beginning Saturday, May 23, the Aquarium will be open from 9 am to 6 pm. Summer hours will last through Labor Day Weekend; September 7, 2009.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. For more information, visit the Aquarium’s Web site at or call (541) 867-FISH.

Photo Caption: The Radio Disney Performance Troupe consists of talented young choreographers dancing, singing, leading interactive games and giving out prizes. They will perform Saturday, May 23 from 1 to 3 pm. Photo by Cindy Hanson, Oregon Coast Aquarium.

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