By Jim Shilander

The San Onofre Parks Foundation is presenting a summer gallery and lecture series at both San Clemente and San Onofre state beaches.

A gallery exhibit, named The Lifeguard Story, will be open to the public from Saturday, June 21 to Tuesday, September 30. An opening night reception will be held Friday, June 20, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The exhibit is a historical perspective on the country lifeguards of California State Parks told through photographs and memorabilia. Summer gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is located at the Historic Cottage, San Clemente State Beach Campground, 225 Avenida Calafia. There is no charge, but donations are encouraged.

There will also be a lecture series at the cottage that begins Wednesday, July 16 at 8 p.m. The first lecture is titled “Country Lifeguards of the California Coast” and a reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Speakers will include Mike Brousard, a retired lifeguard chief at San Clemente and Huntington state beaches, and Steve Long, a retired state parks chief lifeguard, park superintendent and SOPF founder.

Additional information about the series is available at www.sanofoundation.org.

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