The 5th Annual Taste of the Harbor will take place on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, from 4:30 PM to sunset. Hosted by Intero Real Estate Services at the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, the event will involve live music and dance by local artists, food and wine provided by harbor area restaurants, and an auction and raffle. All proceeds will go to the Intero Foundation to benefit O'Neill Sea Odyssey.
Advance reservations are $49.00 per person and $55.00 at the door. Reservations can be made at www.tasteoftheharbor.com or by mailing a check payable to Intero Foundation to Intero Real Estate Services, 2222 East Cliff Drive, Suite 150, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Event parking at the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor will cost $2.00. The Santa Cruz Harbor is supporting the event. Former 49er Dwight Clark will appear as a special guest.
Participating restaurants include: the Crow’s Nest, Café El Palomar, The Kind Grind, Johnny's Harborside, Casablanca Inn & Bistro, Aldo's, Aquarius, Lou’s Ragin’ Cagin’ and The True Olive Connection. Event sponsors are PG&E, Pleasure Point Design, KPIG, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Michael Hawk Photography, the Santa Cruz Warriors, Santa Clara Broncos, Bronco Bench Foundation, Monterey/Santa Cruz Vacation Rentals, Corporate Communications, Inc, Bank of America, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, the Central Fire District and Bay Federal Credit Union. Media sponsors include The Good Times, The Beach, Bob FM, B103.9, KPIG and The Hippo.
On September 11, 2001, four public school students from Washington, D.C., their teachers, and National Geographic Society staff that had departed for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary for an ocean science camp. They were on the airplane that was crashed into the Pentagon. The work that O’Neill Sea Odyssey does continues the tradition of those lost explorers.
O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO) engages 4th - 6th grade youth with a hands-on science education program on a 65-foot catamaran on Monterey Bay and in a shore-side education center. It is free and each class completes a community service project. The program consists of an ocean-based science field trip and curriculum used in the classroom. The program achieves educational standards using ocean concepts while teaching youth about watersheds that flow to the sea and their responsibility to protect them.
The program was founded in 1996, in 2004 it received the California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in Children’s Environmental Education and in 2005 Senator Barbara Boxer’s Environmental Champion award. In 2009 the Adam Webster Memorial Fund received the Community Spinners award for its work with special needs youth. 65,000 youth have been served,, and 2,500 community service projects have been performed.