Annual mash-up of art and science at the MaST Center

By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter

Squid-A-Rama will swim to Highline's MaST Center for a sixth year this Saturday, Nov. 10.

"This is a partnership with the Des Moines Art Commission. Squid-A-Rama is their event that we host at the MaST Center to educate our community about the squid that are here this time of year," said Katy Kachmarik, education and outreach coordinator for the MaST Center.

This event is family-friendly, once a year, and lets attendees watch squid being released into the water, she said.

Squid-A-Rama was started in 2012 by the Des Moines Arts Commission, "to celebrate the 'running of the squid' in Puget Sound. Market squid move from north to southern Puget Sound in the late fall and ear- ly winter to mate and lay eggs," Kachmarik said.

The event is focused on the squid returning to South Puget Sound to lay eggs, she said.

"There will be an art exhibition by Des Moines students, live squid and more in the aquarium, scuba divers diving virtual underwater tours, coffee, hot chocolate, and chow- der all available for purchase," Kachmarik said.

This year's event will require people to get tickets for squid dissections, since there are so many people that want to do it, she said.

"We will be doing three dissection times and guests will need to request free tickets upon arrival to ensure there is space available in the time of their choice," Kachmarik said.

Elementary school students can participate in an art

competition hosted by the Des Moines Arts Commission that is squid- themed, she said.

"We then display the top 50 or so pieces, which keeps the local community coming back to see the new art each year," Kachmarik said.

Squid-A-Rama is meant to remind people of the beauty around them that is close by, and give them a free way to ex- plore it, she said.

"We hope to inspire a love of local Puget Sound animals and habitats through hands on activities and space to explore and learn," Kachmarik said.

Squid-A-Rama will be at the MaST Center from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

The MaST Center is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the public to view the aquarium.

The address for the MaST Center is 28203 Redondo Beach Dr. S., Des Moines.

For more information visit events/877362879128825/.

MaST photo

MaST divers will scoop live squid from the Sound for the event.

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