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January 2018

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Contents february 2017

in each issue: 4 From the Publisher 05 Military Mom Katie Begley discusses topics of importance to military families. 06 Reel Life With Jane Jane Boursaw reviews movies for the entire family.

features: 8 Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day We love the candy, gifts, and flowers but do you know where the holiday originates? by Tiffany Doerr Guerzon

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9 Ten Fun Activities for the Kids on Valentine’s Day Easy ideas that will help you show your child how much they are loved and make Valentine’s Day even more fun. by Tiffany Doerr Guerzon

14 Sweat Everything but the Childcare Information on local gyms and what options they offer for childcare. by Nicole Amaral

10 Flipping For Gymnastics Why gymnastics is a great get-active option for your kids. by Bayley Freeman

18 Kicking Kids: Martial Arts for Children The benefits of martial arts and what to look for in a martial arts center.

12 Get Everyone On The Mat A guide to yoga for the entire family. by Nicole Amaral

20 Hurry-Up Healthcare Where to turn when your child needs medical attention, STAT. by Malia Jacobson

Find the best events for your family!

Violet Jones is four years old and attends the City of Seaside’s Tiny Tot University. She loves painting, playing her ukulele, and riding bikes. Violet’s mother is Seaside Councilwoman Kayla Jones, and her father Ryan works at a physical therapy office in Carmel and attends college, majoring in emergency medical services. Cover photo by Kaatz Photography 831-297-2000

22 Weekly Events Ongoing, weekly events. 24 February Events The best familyfriendly events for February from throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

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from the publisher… Keep It Moving! I know, I know, most publications focus on health and wellness in January so why are we doing it in February? We chose February because we suspect you may have spent a good part of January packing up holiday decorations, getting your finances organized for April 15, and resting up from a busy January. Now that all of that is taken care of, you can focus on your family’s health and wellbeing. I made a commitment to learn to play tennis this year so I signed up for lessons starting this week. I admit to feeling a little clumsy learning something new but it’s a great chance to get outdoors, meet new people, and get extra exercise. If I end up loving it and want to continue it’s a bonus! February is a great time to get involved in a new activity that will get your kids off the couch, away from computer screens, and moving. We have several options in this issue: gymnastics, yoga, and martial arts. All offer ample benefits and a lot of local options. Nicole Amaral gathered information on local gyms offering childcare so you can find an option that works for your family. Mom and Dad can get in a workout and the kids are enjoying playtime–it’s a definite win! Plus, you may just schedule in more workouts. (Date night, perhaps?) Finally, if one of the many bugs going around has reached your family, check out our article on “hurry up healthcare” on pages 20-21. Malia Jacobson has great tips on choosing between an urgent care center and the emergency room.

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We’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with two fun articles from Tiffany Doerr Guerzon on pages 8-9. She shares info on the origins of the holiday and offers 10 fun activities for celebrating with your kids.

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MILITARY MOM:

Staying Fit

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here’s nothing like a new year to motivate and inspire. If improved health and wellness are on your list for 2018, look no further than Monterey military spouses to lead the way. When I first moved to Monterey, pregnant with our older son, I was so excited to learn about all the ways I could stay fit, be a part of a community, and support fellow military spouses in their own journeys. Stroller Strong Moms love to Sweat Like A Mother, or SLAM! Founded by a military spouse who is also the SLAMBoss of the Monterey group, Stroller Strong Moms now has 16 affiliates open for anyone to join. SLAM mamas can participate in daily workouts, accompanied by their strollers, in the fresh air at Lover’s Point or Toro Park. Workouts vary and include weight training, cardio, and yoga. SLAM creates a community of moms who love to sweat together, support each other, and be role models for their kids. Stroller Warriors is a free running club for military spouses and family members with over 40 chapters in the U.S. and abroad. Meeting every Tuesday and Thursday, Stroller Warriors bond through running and community. Runners of all paces and ability levels are welcome. Hike It Baby is a community of parents and caregivers who love the great outdoors and want to bring that love to their growing families. Led by a military spouse, the Monterey Hike It Baby chapter meets weekly to explore the beautiful Central Coast. Hikes range from easy strolls to more challenging treks but all are child-friendly. Hike It Baby has branches in all 50 states and 19 international regions, perfect for those military moves. Fitness centers are another great way to stay active in the new year. The Monterey Bay Athletic Club at the Naval Postgraduate School and Price Fitness Center at the Presidio offer free access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for active duty military and dependents. Not quite sure where to start? Both gyms have excellent personal trainers on staff and group classes available. From weight training to yoga, military moms and dads are making 2018 their best year yet! Katie Begley is a Navy veteran and military spouse. Katie is an advertising sales executive for Monterey Bay Parent Magazine. She is the mother of 1 year-old and 2 month-old sons. MONTEREY BAY PARENT • february 2018

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real life with jane

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Jane Boursaw

Movie Reviews For Kids & Teens Movies for kids and teens in February include a new version of “Peter Rabbit,” a fresh Marvel installment with “Black Panther,” an adaptation of the YA novel “Every Day” and more. Let’s take a closer look. Khurram Alavi, this animated movie tells the story of an African hero who raises his voice to stand up for freedom and equality in a time of dire oppression. Voice talent includes Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ian McShane, Jacob Latimore and Michael Gross. This is the Middle East’s first animated feature film, produced by Dubai based Barajoun Entertainment.

PETER RABBIT

BILAL Rated PG-13 for violence/warfare and some thematic elements. In Theaters 2/2. Ok for kids 12+. Reel Review: 4 of 5 Reels Directed by Ayman Jamal and

Rated PG for some rude humor and action. In Theaters 2/9. Ok for kids 6+. Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In this film directed by Will Gluck, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie,

Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. Based on the beloved children’s book characters created by Beatrix Potter, the film is a mix of animation and live-action.

MONSTER FAMILY Not yet rated; likely PG. In theaters 2/9. Ok for kids 7+. Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels The Wishbone family is far from happy. With a struggling bookshop, an overworked husband, and two misunderstood teenagers, Emma is at her wit’s end trying to be the perfect mom. After dragging her family to a costume party on Halloween night, they are cursed by an evil witch and transformed into a Vampire, a Mummy, a Werewolf, and Frankenstein’s monster. Now Emma will fight to keep her Monster Family together and uncover the secret of their curse, eventually leading them to the Prince of Darkness himself, Dracula! Directed by Holger Tappe, this animated movie features the voices of Emily Watson, Jason Isaacs and Nick Frost.

BLACK PANTHER Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In Theaters 2/16. Ok for kids 12+. Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels Directed by Ryan Coogler, this 6

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movie stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the prince of the African nation of Wakanda, who must take over the throne after his father’s murder. Created by Stan Lee and considered to be the first black hero in mainstream comics, Black Panther fought alongside Captain America, The Avengers and The Fantastic Four. The film also stars Forest Whitaker as Zuri, an elder stateman in Wakanda; Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia; Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger; Florence Kasumba, reprising her Captain America: Civil War role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje; and Daniel Kaluuya as T’Challa confidant W’Kabi.

EARLY MAN Not yet rated; likely PG. In Theaters 2/16. Ok for kids 6+. Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, “Early Man” tells the story of Dug, who along with sidekick Hognob unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game. This stop-motion ani-

mation film is produced by Aardman Animation and directed by Nick Park, director of “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the WereRabbit.” Voices include Eddie Redmayne as Dug, Maisie Williams as Goona, and Tom Hiddleston as Lord Nooth.

a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and A to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make. Directed by Michael Suscy, this movie also stars Owen Teague, Maria Bello and Jacob Batalon.

EVERY DAY Rated PG-13 for thematic content, language, teen drinking and suggestive material. In theaters 2/23. Ok for kids 13+. Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels Based on David Levithan’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, this movie tells the story of Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious spirit named “A” who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is Jane Louise Boursaw is the editor of ReelLifeWithJane.com and OldMission.net.

JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM 1 Reel: Even the force can’t save it. 2 Reels: Coulda been a contender. 3 Reels: Something to talk about. 4 Reels: You want the truth? Great flick! 5 Reels: Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

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holidays

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Tiffany Doerr Guerzon

We all love the candy, gifts, and flowers but do you know where the holiday originates?

Fun Facts about Valentine’s Day

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s Valentine’s Day an invention of greeting card companies or the feast day of a real saint? The true origins of Valentine’s Day are murky at best. Among scholars, theories abound as to what, or who, started this ancient holiday. Here are a few of the most popular thoughts. Cupid, the iconic figure often associated with Valentine’s Day, is actually an ancient Roman God. According to the legend, he is the child of Mercury (the messenger god with wings), and Venus (the god of love). He is usually represented as a winged baby carrying a bow and arrow, sometimes wearing armor. Some say that the armor stands for the strength of love, and others argue that the armor is a comment on the thin line between love and war. Either way, when Cupid’s arrow finds its mark, love blooms! Some say the roots of Valentine’s Day lie in ancient Rome. A pagan feast called Lupercalia was celebrated by the Romans on February 15th. This holiday honored the fertility God Faunus as well as the gods believed to have founded Rome: Romulus and Remus. On this day, after animal sacrifices were made, single women’s names were placed in an urn and bachelors each drew a name. The 8

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matched couples were then paired for the following year. This went on for about eight-hundred years before a Pope replaced this with the feast day of St. Valentine around 498 AD. Was there really a saint named Valentine? Yes, but there were several! According to AmericanCatholic.org, the historical record for St. Valentine is so nebulous that his feast day was removed from the Church’s official Saint Calendar in 1969. Three of the most likely candidates were all priests named Valentine. One Valentine was known for helping persecuted Christians during the reign of Claudius the Second and was executed on February 14th. Another Father Valentine married couples in secret when marriage was forbidden by the Roman Empire. The third Valentine wrote a letter to his jailer’s daughter while in prison, signing it “from your Valentine,” possibly starting the trend of using this expression. Handwritten sentiments given to loved ones began sometime in the 1400s. One legend says that the first Valentine card was sent by the Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415. Later, in England, the Victorians took Valentine greetings to a whole new level. In

the nineteenth century, Victorians bought or created complicated Valentine cards with pull-tabs, moveable parts and some even had pockets to include a lock of the sender’s hair! Meanwhile, in America, Esther A Howland became known as the “Mother of the Valentine” when she began creating the first massproduced handmade Valentine cards in the 1840’s. Hallmark got into the game when they began printing and selling Valentine’s Day cards in 1916, a smart move since Valentine’s Day is the second biggest holiday for giving cards after Christmas. About 142 million cards are exchanged on Valentine’s Day, not including those little ones kids give each other at school. Valentine’s Day isn’t celebrated worldwide. It is popular in Canada, Mexico, France, and Australia in addition to the US and Britain. No matter how Valentine’s Day became what it is today, February 14th is a great opportunity to let others know how much you love them, whether through a greeting card, gift or loving gesture. Tiffany Doerr Guerzon is a freelance writer who contributes to a variety of regional and national publications.

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Ten Fun Activities for the Kids on Valentine’s Day

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alentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about romantic love. Show your kids how much you love them by doing some of these fun V-Day activities.

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Slip a Valentine card under each kid’s pillow and tell them to check underneath for a fun surprise when they wake up.

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For breakfast, cut out toast with a heart shaped cookie cutter. Spread the heart shape with cream cheese and top with strawberry or raspberry jam. Then, use the rest of the bread by placing the piece of toast with the heart cut out on a plate and filling the center with red berries. Wet the rims of wine glasses or plastic cups then dip into pink or red sugar. Fill the cups with sparkling apple juice.

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Visit a local nursing home and hand out flowers or valentines to the residents.

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Cook up a valentine-themed dinner. Serve heart-shaped individual pizzas, or top pizza with heart-shaped pepperoni. (Cut pepperoni pieces into hearts with a mini cookie cutter.) Many pizza companies offer heart shaped pizza for takeout or delivery on V-Day as well. Serve with pink milk or sparkling juice.

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During dinner, have each family member say why they love the person sitting next to them. Go around the table one way, and then do it again in the opposite direction.

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Draw a large, open heart on the bathroom mirror at kid-height with a dry erase marker. Write “I love” with an arrow pointing to the heart shape. When your child looks in the mirror to brush their teeth, his or her face will be in the heart!

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After dinner, cuddle up in PJs to watch a Valentine’s Day show such as a Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That: Hurray! It’s Valentine’s Day, Winnie the Pooh, A Valentine for You, WordWorld: My Fuzzy Valentine, or Madly Madagascar.

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Last but not least, don’t forget story time! Try one of these love-themed books: Queen of Hearts by Mary Englebreit, Love, Splat by Rob Scotten, Snowy Valentine by David Peterson, I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt or Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool by James Dean. Spread the love by trying one or more of these ideas this February 14th. By replacing candy and gifts with time spent together, you will surely brighten your kids’ days and make fun family memories.

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Glam up lunch boxes by using your heart cookie cutter to shape sandwiches. Include a treat of valentine candy and—of course—a love note.

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Draw a trail of hearts on the driveway or sidewalk in red and pink chalk. Kids can follow the path by hopping from one to the next on the way to the car or bus stop.

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health & wellness

By

Bayley Freeman

Flipping For Gymnastics Hey, parents! Are your kids bouncing off the walls? Tracking mud through the house as they run around outside in mud puddles and then come charging in, still full of energy? Jumping up and down on the bed at bedtime because they didn’t get all their wiggles out in the rainy winter weather? Or maybe they’re just bored after school and need another activity to keep them busy. There is a great option for active kids to get their energy out and gain strength and body awareness while doing it: gymnastics!

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ymnastics offers many benefits for kids from a very early age: increased flexibility, improved strength, better body awareness and coordination, good cardiovascular exercise, and huge benefits to bone health. Regular gymnastics classes give kids an energy outlet that helps them know their body better and learn fun new skills at the same time. The Monterey Peninsula offers a number of options for gymnastics for kids of all ages. Active kids will appreciate a new way to use their bodies, and kids who need more exercise will enjoy gymnastics. Classes are available for beginners and kids who have prior experience and kids who have tried traditional gymnastics classes and want to try something new. (Our personal family favorite is Ninja Warrior class, a dynamic, action-packed obstacle course/tumbling class that leaves our 6-year-old son happy and tired, and with new skills in 10

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his ninja arsenal, every week.) Kelly Brady, owner and head coach at Rising Star Gymnastics in Monterey, offers this testimonial: “Gymnastics builds confidence, discipline, and social skills in children besides strength, agility, and kinesthetic awareness. Every child who takes part in gymnastics benefits in countless ways regardless of their age or level.” Rising Star offers adult gymnastics classes besides a bevy of options for kids. For Monterey area parents, there are plenty of options for places to bring our kids to gymnastics classes, and each gym offers a range of classes for all skill types, ages, and interests. From mommy-and-me classes for the under-2 set to Ninja Warrior classes, parkour, trampoline classes, cheerleading, and competitive teams up to age 18 (or level 10), local gymnastics academies have something for everyone. Classes range in price from $12-25 per class, depending on age, length of class, and location. Some places offer sibling discounts. Classes are 45-120 minutes long. Most gyms offer a free trial class so that kids (and parents) can see how they like it before committing to the class. Yes, gymnastics is more expensive than swim classes or traditional sports, but the new skills your child will learn make it worth every penny. Just make sure that your kids don’t practice their cartwheels, flips, or high kicks in the house. Some gyms offer open gym time on the weekends for kids to practice their new skills. This is recommended if you want to save your furniture! So give gymnastics—or Ninja class, trampoline class, or cheerleading—a try and see how it benefits your kids! They will use up lots of energy and get stronger, happier, and healthier. And, who knows, you may end up signing up for a class yourself. LOCAL GYMNASTICS OPTIONS Rising Star Gymnastics 2024 Del Monte Ave., Monterey Classes offered: Mommy-and-me (from 18 months), preschool, Ninja Warrior, trampoline, sports agility/parkour, team/recreational gymnastics up to level 10, and adult classes.

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health & wellness

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Nicole Amaral

Get Everyone on the Mat A Guide to Yoga For The Entire Family

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hen considering what type of exercise format would be beneficial to try this year, chose one that is great for everyone, including kids! Yoga not only improves flexibility but also builds muscle strength, prevents cartilage and joint breakdown and perfects posture. Practicing yoga will protect the spine and bones, increase blood flow, lower blood pressure and make anyone a happier person! There are many types of yoga to choose from and most studios offer a variety of classes. Here is a sample of the formats that can be found at studios and health clubs. Hatha Yoga Emphasis on alignment. Each class is sequenced to bring proper alignment, an understanding of the asanas (postures), while also incorporating awareness of the breath to each movement. Hatha Flow Fluid movement with the breath as well as holding postures and bring-

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ing awareness to the alignment in them. Beginning Yoga Strong focus on effective alignment with breathwork and meditation applied to posture practice. Learn to integrate the actions required to create comfortable stability in the body and mind. Restorative Yoga Release chronic tension, stress and anxiety from the body and mind. Yoga Flow/Vinyasa An alignment based practice that focuses on the synchronization of breath and movement, flowing through postures (asanas) to the rhythm of the breath. Bikram Yoga Bikram Yoga Beginning Series classes run for 90 minutes and consist of the same series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises. Bikram Yoga is a hot yoga style and is ideally practiced in a room heated to 95–108 °F with a humidity of

40%. Yin Yoga Asanas are held for up to 5 minutes in a relaxing posture. Yin Yoga aims to lengthen the connective tissue. Prenatal Yoga Learn postures to help feel better physically, benefiting the health of mom and baby. PostNatal Yoga Babies welcome to attend usually up until 18 months. Strengthen and tone your whole body while deepening your sense of well-being. Toddler & Me (ages 18 months-5) or Yoga for Tots (ages 3-6) Calming and active yoga activities for children. Focus on building mindfulness and breath and body awareness through poses, movement, and guided relaxation. Yoga for Kids (ages 5-11) Explore yoga poses through games and stories.

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Local Yoga Studios

Seaside Yoga Sanctuary 1360 Fremont Blvd. Seaside 300 Grand Avenue Pacific Grove www.seasideyogasanctuary.com Om Studios 631 B Cass Street Monterey 3730 The Barnyard, Hatton Barn Carmel http://omoasis.com

Carmelbarre Yogi Kids 26135 Carmel Rancho Blvd. Carmel 465 Pacific Street Monterey www.carmelbarre.com Om Studios Mommy & Me Yoga 631 B Cass St. Monterey www.moja.yoga Seaside Yoga Sanctuary Kids Yoga 300 Grand Ave. Pacific Grove www.seasideyogasanctuary.com

Monterey Recreation-Casanova Oak Knoll Tiny Tots Yoga 735 Ramona Street Monterey https://monterey.org/Services/ Monterey-Recreation/RecreationActivities-Guide Families of Color Yoga in the Park (Tatum’s Garden) Saturday, February 3 11-12pm https://focmc.org/

Bikram Yoga Monterey Bay 170 Central Avenue Pacific Grove http://bikram-yoga-monterey-bay. business.site Union Yoga 244 Pearl Street Monterey http://unionyoga-monterey.com Yoga Salinas 44 Plaza Circle Salinas http://www.yogasalinas.com/

Kids Yoga Classes

Kids Yoga 535 Foam Street #103 Monterey www.kidsyogafun.com

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Nicole Amaral

Sweat Everything But The Childcare Local Gyms That Offer Babysitting

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s a Zumba instructor, I have the unique opportunity to be employed by half of the gyms in the County. One of the most common questions that I hear around this time of year is “what local gyms offer childcare?” Here is a compilation of the amenities and hours of the facilities that offer childcare in the area, so you can choose the best fit for your family’s lifestyle. 14

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CARMEL Carmel Valley Athletic Club (CVAC) 27300 Rancho San Carlos Road, Carmel, 831-624-2737 www.cvaconline.com They offer a ariety of classes including Zumba, different styles of yoga, Body Flow, Body Combat and Body Pump. They offer cardio and strength equipment as well as functional equipment such as TRX and Bosu Balls. Personal training is available for an additional fee. Other amenities include tennis courts, pool, and meditation deck. CHILDCARE: Children 6 weeks to 12 years old are welcome to attend. You will need to make an 8-hour advance reservation. Non-members are also

able to drop off kids when they are in Refuge or using a day pass. They also host Parents’ Night Out. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 am-2 pm.

CORRAL DE TIERRA Chamisal Tennis & Fitness Club 185 Robley Road Corral De Tierra 831-484-1135 www.chamisal.com Chamisal’s Fitness Club features the state-of-the-art Matrix Strength Training and Cardio Equipment. They have free weights, dumbbells, squat racks and bench presses, rope climb, medicine balls and TRX® Training System. Chamisal also offers diverse group exercise classes like Tai Chi, Zumba, U-Jam, Aqua Aerobics, and Step. Tennis courts are available for lessons or just a

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little fun. They have two pools, a lap pool, and heated family pool. There are two hot tubs, one for adults and one for the family. The pools are outdoors and open all year round. Chamisal’s Courtside Bistro is open on site. CHILDCARE: The Kid’s Club is offered to babies and children ages 3 months-12 years of age. No reservations are needed. Summer Camps and other programs are available as well. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am-12:30 pm, closed on Saturday and Sunday.

MONTEREY Gold’s Gym 1510 Del Monte Center, Monterey 831-655-4653 www.goldsgym.com/monterey Gold’s Gym is a state of the art fitness center located in Del Monte Shopping Center (next to Forever 21). Group exercise formats include a wide variety such as Body Pump, Barre, yoga, cycle, Strong by Zumba, Body Combat, etc. Personal trainers available for an extra fee. Plenty of new cardio and strength training equipment, plus Gold’s Amp, a new program that will bring your workout experience to a new level. CHILDCARE: Childcare is available for ages 6 months-12 years old. Plenty of toys and fun for all ages. Threehour maximum. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am-2 pm and 4 pm-9pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8 am-1 pm. In Shape Health Club 2370 Fremont Street, Monterey 831-333-1853 www.inshape.com/gyms/monterey-california-93940/ In Shape offers a huge selection of group exercise classes. From cycle to U-Jam, Aqua Zumba to RIPPED, they have it all. They offer many cardio machines and strength equipment, including a 29-min-

ute circuit area. Personal trainers are available for an additional fee. Some amenities include a pool, jacuzzi, steam room, racquetball area and a tanning room. Zumba Kids is offered at this gym. CHILDCARE: Offered for kids 6 months-12 years of age. There is a basketball play area for older kids and plenty of toys for the younger ones. Twohour maximum. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am-9 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8-1 pm.

There’s no excuse not to go to the gym when yours offers childcare! Monterey Sports Center 301 E. Franklin Street, Monterey 831-646-3730 www.monterey.org/sportscenter A great choice for a well-balanced fitness program is at the Monterey Sport’s Center. They offer a wide variety of fitness classes such as Kettlebell, Bootcamp, Yoga, Zumba, U-Jam, Aqua Zumba, Barre Sculpt etc. They have personal trainers available for an extra fee and many cardio and strength machines in a couple different rooms. Amenities include pools, sauna, sun deck, gymnasium/basketball courts. They offer Zumbini, kid’s swim lessons and a bunch of camps and classes for kids. CHILDCARE: The childcare center is filled with toys and games suitable for children and babies ages 6 months to 8 years old. Two-hour minimum is required. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am-8 pm,

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Saturday from 8 am-1:30 pm, and closed on Sunday.

MARINA Montage Wellness Center 2920 2nd Avenue, Marina 831-883-5656 www.montagewellnesscenter.com This gym offers group exercise classes in two fitness studios, such as yoga, Bootcamp, Zumba, cycle and cardio & strength circuit. The Wellness Center offers personal and group training for extra fees. They have two pools, a hot tub, sauna and spa services. CHILDCARE: Babies and kids ages 6 months-12 years old are welcome to play with games & toys and watch age-appropriate movies. 2-hour minimum. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 8:45 am-12 pm, and Monday through Thursday from 4-8 pm, closed on Sunday.

SALINAS Gold’s Gym 935 West Alisal Street, Salinas 831-975-4815 www.goldsgym.com/salinas/ Gold’s Gym is a state of the art gym that just opened January 2018. Group exercise formats include a wide variety such as Body Pump, Barre, yoga, cycle, Body Combat, etc. Personal trainers available for an extra fee. Plenty of new cardio and strength training equipment. CHILDCARE: Ages 6 months-12 years old. Plenty of toys and fun for all ages. Threehour maximum. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8-2 pm and 4-9 pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 8-1 pm. Montage Wellness Center 1910 N. Davis Road, Salinas 831-622-6900 www.montagewellnesscenter.com This gym offers group exercise classes in two fitness studios, such as yoga, Aqua Dynamics, Zumba, montereybayparent.com

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cycle and cardio & strength circuit. The Wellness Center offers personal and group training for extra fees. They have two pools. CHILDCARE: Babies and kids ages 6 months-12 years old are welcome to play with games & toys and watch age-appropriate movies. 2-hour minimum. Hours Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 am-12 pm, Monday-Thursday from 4-8 pm, and closed on Sunday. In Shape Health Club 1040 N. Davis Road, Salinas 831-755-0555 www.inshape.com/gyms/salinaswest-california-93907/ In Shape offers a selection of group exercise classes. They offer many cardio machines and strength equipment, including a 29-minute circuit area. Personal trainers are available for an additional fee. Amenities include a pool, jacuzzi, steam room, racquetball area and a tanning room.

CHILDCARE: Offered for kids 6 months-12 years of age. There is a basketball play area for older kids and plenty of toys for the younger ones. Twohour maximum. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am-12 pm and 4-9 pm, Sat urday 8-12 pm, and closed on Sunday. Salinas YMCA Family Center 117 Clay Street, Salinas 831-758-3811 www.centralcoastymca.org/salinas-ymca-family-center/salinasymca-family-center/ The Salinas YMCA offers a little of everything with a full fitness area including cardio and weights. Offering diverse classes such as Aqua Fit, Belly dance, U-Jam, Zumba, and yoga. They have an indoor and outdoor pool, basketball courts and a climbing wall. CHILDCARE: Ages 3 months-13 years old are invited to hang out in the Kid’s Zone. Children have the opportu-

nity to play games based on weekly themes and make crafts. They have a foosball and air hockey table, plus basketball and Wii games. 2-hour minimum. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8-1 pm and 3:30-8 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8-12 pm. Creekbridge Fitness 1486 Constitution Blvd, Salinas 831-444-6666 www.creekbridgefitness.com Classes at Creekbridge Fitness may seem heavy on the Zumba and Shred, but you will find Cycle and Turbo Kick along others. This gym offers cardio rooms, strength equipment, and free weights. They have a steam room, hot tub, and tanning room. Personal training is also available for an additional fee. CHILDCARE: Childcare is available for ages 6 months-12 years old. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8-12 pm and 4-8 pm, Saturday 9-12 pm, closed on Sunday.

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any parents enroll their child in a martial arts class because they want the child to be involved in a year-round physical activity. Then, they learn that the benefits of martial arts training go far beyond the physical. Children learn valuable life lessons they can use throughout their lives. Martial arts benefits include: Self Discipline: Students are expected to follow basic rules when they are in the studio. Those rules include arriving on time, wearing a clean uniform, focusing on the instructor, and refraining from horseplay. Your child’s teacher will introduce the rules and reinforce them at each session. Children learn what behavior is acceptable and the self-discipline they develop will extend to their behavior outside of their classes. Respect: Children learn to bow to their instructors and to treat other students as they wish to be treated. Self Confidence: Working through the belt ranking system gives a child measurable goals to work towards

and the feeling of accomplishment as they reach those goals. Socialization Skills: Martial arts training gives children the opportunity to take part individually alongside other students. Although it isn’t a team sport, children learn valuable team skills including cooperation, enhanced ability to listen, and taking one’s turn. For children who are shy or slower to socialize, the environment provides a safe place to interact with peers. Encouraging non-violent conflict resolution: Depending on the style, martial arts training emphasizes avoiding physical altercations and finding a peaceful resolution to conflicts. What you should look for in a martial arts training center: 1. Good instructors. Check the qualifications. Attend a few classes as an observer and watch how the teacher interacts with the students. You know your child best and not all instructors will be a good fit. Meet with the studio owner and ask

3. Price and schedule. Price varies depending on the school, the number of classes, and length of contract so think about what you want. If your child is new to martial arts, be leery of contracts and long-term commitments. 4. School values. Finally, be sure that the school philosophy matches your goals and what you want for your child. How is conflict handled? Does the school emphasize competition or is the goal for each child to do their best? The skills a child learns from martial arts training will give them the confidence to succeed in all areas of their life. There are plenty of excellent studios in the Monterey Bay area to get your child started on a lifetime of positive benefits from their training.

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Hurry-Up Health Care Where to turn when your child needs medical attention, STAT

When your little one needs fast health care, choosing where to go can be confusing. Here, we help you sort out whether to rush to the emergency room or an urgent care clinic. By Malia Jacobson

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cian, says Ernest Leva, M.D., director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at The Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. With knowledge of your child’s medical history and any existing conditions, your child’s pediatrician is best equipped to steer you toward the appropriate critical-care option, says Leva. And whatever treatment course you take, notifying your pediatrician allows the doctor to update your child’s medical chart and follow up as needed. When it comes to choosing a site for quick emergency care,

Leva prefers pediatric emergency departments over urgent care centers. While urgent care centers can provide fast care for minor injuries, Leva says that choosing an urgent care center first can slow down access to critical treatments. “Often, patients end up being transferred to an emergency department anyway,” he notes. If a child needs a CAT scan, IV hydration, care for a broken bone, or surgery of any kind (for example, when a child aspirates or ingests a foreign body that must be removed surgically), the child is much better off in a hospital setting, where

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the required procedure can be performed quickly, says Leslie Mihalov, M.D., chief of Emergency Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The Centers for Disease Control report that over 98 percent of emergency department patients can be treated on-site without being transferred to another facility. (And concerns over long wait times are often unfounded: over 20 percent of ER patients are seen within 15 minutes.) When might parents want to consider an urgent care center instead of an emergency room? Urgent care centers can be a quick alternative to a regular doctor’s office visit, where patients can be treated for minor cuts, obtain prescriptions, and get basic labwork and X-rays. Another factor is cost: according to insurance provider Blue Cross Blue Shield, the average emergency room visit has a pre-insurance price tag of $1,045, while urgent care treatment comes in at just $130. But before you write off the ER as too spendy, consider this: if your child needs to be transferred to an ER after visiting urgent care, as many do, you’ll end up footing the bill for both. Most insurance plans cover emergency room care, and federal law requires that emergency rooms treat all patients, regardless of insurance status of ability to pay. The bottom line: “Any time a parent perceives a life threatening condition, they should call 911 and

take the patient to the emergency room,” says Leva. Conditions requiring a swift ER visit include significant injuries or deformities to limbs; difficulty breathing; ingestion of a foreign body; head injury or concussion; significant trauma or bleeding; sudden severe pain; severe allergic reactions; and dizziness, disorientations, or sudden changes in mental functioning. Questions about fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, and flu-like symptoms should be fielded by a child’s pedia-

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Weekly Events SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Del Monte Certified Farmers Market. An array of locally grown produce and specialty items including farm fresh organic eggs, honey, fresh seafood, cut flowers, potted plants, seedlings, and baked goods. 1410 Del Monte Center Monterey, 93940 10:00 a.m. Marina Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers Market. Offers a wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables from family farmers, along with prepared food and artisan crafts from local vendors. 215 Reservation Road Marina, 93933 10:00 A.m. Live Oak Farmers Market. An excellent selection of organic produce from local farms, tree ripened fruits, dried fruit and nuts, baked goods, pastries, seafood, pasture-raised organic meats and more. 15th & Eastcliff Drive, Live Oak, 95953 www.santacruzfarmersmarket. org/markets/live-oakeastside/ 11:00 A.m. Guided Redwood Grove Walk. How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to

These events are held weekly on the same day and time. Please, check with the sponsoring business or organization before attending to be sure there have been no cancellations or changes.

the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more as one of the knowledgeable docents leads you through a magnificent old growth forest. Henry Cowell State Park 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton, 831-335-7077 1:00 p.m. Sunday Seaside Crafts. Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share. Seymour Marina Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-459-3800 1:00 p.m. OPEN ART & TINKER TIME. Free with admission/membership at Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola, 95010 (888) 424-8035, www.sccmod. org/

monday 3:00 P.M. Pacific grove certified farmers market. Organic produce, fresh baked goods, and more. Central & Grand, Pacific Grove, 93955 http://everyonesharvest.org/ pacific-grove-certified-farmers-market/ 10:30 A.m. Storytime. Free with Museum admission and for Children’s Museum of Discovery members. 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola, 95010, (888) 424-8035

tuesday 9:00 a.m. Carmel Certified Farmers Market. Fresh organic produce and baked goods. 3618 The Barnyard, Carmel, 93923 www.montereybayfarmers. org/markets/carmel-farmersmarket 10:00 a.m. Toddler Storytime. A storytime for children under 3. Join us for short stories, songs, action rhymes, finger plays, and fun. John Steinbeck Library 350 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, 93901 831-758-7345 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Make-n-Take at my museum. Art making plays a central role in cognitive, motor, language and social-emotional

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development. 425 Washington Street Monterey, 93940, 831-649-6444 11:00 a.m. Alisal Certified Farmers Market. Fresh produce and baked goods. 632 East Alisal Street, Salinas, 93901 http://everyonesharvest.org/ farmers-markets/alisal-certified-farmers-market/11 2:30 p.m. Felton Farmers Market. Considered the most kid friendly market in the area, the market provides a centrally located space for parents to leave their young ones. 120 Russell Avenue, Felton, 95018 www.santacruzfarmersmarket. org/markets/felton/ 4:00 P.m. The Farmers Market at Old Monterey Marketplace. Fresh produce and baked goods. Alvarado Street, Monterey, 93940 831-655-2607 6:00 P.m. Pajama Storytime. Wear your pajamas to hear a bedtime story. Buena Vista Branch Library 18250 Tara Drive, Salinas, 93908 831-455-9699

wednesday 10:00 a.m. Preschool Storytime. Bookshop Santa Cruz invites any toddler or pre-school age children (with parental supervision) to listen to stories. 1520 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz, 95060, 831-4230900 10:00 a.m. preschool storytime. Open to children aged 2-5 at Buena Vista Branch Library. 18250 Tara Drive, Salinas 93908 831-455-96099 10:30 a.m. STORYTIME. Watch your child’s imagination soar to new heights. Free with Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery admission and for MOD Members. 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola, 95010 (888) 424-8035 • www.sccmod. org 11:00 a.m. Natividad Medical Center Certified Farmers Market. Certified farmers market with fresh produce, prepared foods, and more. 1441 Constitution Blvd.

Salinas, 93906 http://everyonesharvest.org/ natividad-medical-center-certified-farmers-market/ 1:30 P.m. Downtown Farmers Market. In addition to a large variety of farm products, this market offers a selection of local artisan foodstuffs and baked goods. Cedar Street & Lincoln Street Santa Cruz, 95060 www.santacruzfarmersmarket. org/markets/downtown-santacruz/ 3:00 P.m. Game Day. Bring your gaming consoles, your video games, your Magic cards, other RPG’s, friends and a snack for playtime. Middle school and high school students welcome. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940 831-646-3933 4:00 P.m. El Mercado Outdoor Market. Come enjoy some live music, good food and shop around for a bit. 1034 N. Main Street, Salinas, 93906 www.facebook.com/ events/199603410539129/

thursday 10:00 a.m. BILINGUAL TODDLER STORYTIME. Short stories, songs, action rhymes, finger plays, and fun for children under 3. Cesar Chavez Library 615 Williams Road, Salinas, 93905 831-758-7345 http://salinaspubliclibrary.org 10:15 a.m. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. For children aged 2-5, includes atories, songs and a craft. Marina Branch Library 190 Seaside Circle, Marina, 93933 831- 883-7507 www.co.monterey.ca.us/library/# 10:30 a.m. Bilingual toddler STORYTIME. A storytime for children under 3. Join us for short stories, songs, action rhymes, finger plays, and fun. Cesar Chavez Library 615 Williams Road, Salinas, 93905 www.salinaspubliclibrary.org 10:30 a.m. MY music series. Join popular children’s musician, MaryLee Sunseri for singing, dancing and more.

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My Museum, 425 Washington Street, Monterey 93940 www.mymuseum.org 10:30 A.m. Storytime. Free with Museum admission and for Children’s Museum of Discovery members. 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola, 95010, (888) 424-8035 4:00 p.m. soledad farmers market. Fresh produce including stone fruit, berries, and tomatoes. kettle corn, roasted corn and potatoes, among many other fine foods. Encinal Street, Soledad, 93960 6:00 p.m. Pajama Storytime. Wear your pajamas to hear a bedtime story.. John Steinbeck Library 350 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, 93901 831-758-7311

friday 10:00 a.m. Monterey Peninsula College Farmers’ Market. Farmers and vendorsoffer pastured grass fed meats and poultry, sustainable fish, oysters, handcrafted cheeses, locally produced olive oil, fresh pasta and gourmet sauces. 930 Fremont St., Monterey, 93940

10:30 a.m. weird science at my museum. Young visitors will have the opportunity to explore the scientific world. 425 Washington Street Monterey, 93940 831-649-6444, mymuseum.org 11:00 a.m. TODDLERTIME. Toddler stories & songs at Carmel Valley Branch Library. 65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 93924, 831-6592377 1:30 P.M. SVMH Farmers Market. Fresh quality fruits and vegetables from small-scale family farmers. 450 East Romie Lane, Salinas, 93901 2:00 P.M. Carmel Valley Certified Farmers Market. Fresh produce, prepared foods, and much more. 25 Ford Road, Carmel Valley, 93924 3:30 P.m. Friday Fun Day for Teens & Tweens. Play card games, board games, or on our Wii or XBox. For students in grades 4th - 12th. Watsonville Main Library 275 Main Street, Watsonville, 95076, 831-768-3400

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The Puppetry Institute 118 Cooper Street Santa Cruz, 95060, 831-4407319

9:00 a.m. Downtown Salinas Farmers’ Market. Certified farmers’ market. Located at Gabilan Street between Main & Salinas Streets, Salinas, 93901 9:00 a.m. Greenfield Farmers Market. Certified farmers’ market. Located at El Camino Real & Palm Avenue Greenfield, 93927 9:00 a.m. Westside FaRmers Market. The Westside Farmers’ Market takes place every week, year round at the corner of Hwy 1 and Western Drive. Western Drive & Highway 1, Santa Cruz, 95060 www.santacruzfarmersmarket. org/markets/westside/ 10:00 a.m. Kids Club Craft at michaels. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop. Just $2 per child ages 3 and up. All supplies included. 1690 North Main Street, Salinas, 93906, 831-384-0562 121 General Stillwell Drive, Marina, 93933, 831-384-0562 10:00 a.m. Sack Puppet Saturdays. This free class is an introduction to basic puppetry design and construction that kids 4 and up will enjoy.

10:45 a.m. Reading to Dogs at Cesar Chavez Library. Librarians adapt stories, songs, and crafts to match the ages and attention spans of the children attending. Parents are encouraged to come and learn how to foster early literacy skills. 615 Williams Road, Salinas, 93905 831-758-7345 11:00 a.m. Family Storytime at john steinbeck Library. Storytime for all ages. 350 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, 93901 831-758-7311 11:00 a.m. Read to a Dog at castroville branch library. Children will enjoy practicing their reading skills by reading to dogs. 11160 Speegle, Monterey, 95012 831-769-8724 2:00 P.m. Saturday Matinee at Seaside Branch Library. Free movie screening and popcorn. Feel free to bring a cushion for your chair. Held on first and third Saturdays of each month. 550 Harcourt, Seaside, 93955 831-899-2055

ATHLETIC CLUB

SPLASH Ages: 8 - 14 Monday & Wednesday 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kids will engage in a variety of exercises that develop coordination, improve posture, and strengthen stamina in the water and on dry land. CALL (831) 624-2737 TINY TOT TENNIS

Ages: 5 - 7 Wednesday

JUNIOR TENNIS ACADEMY Ages: 8 - 18 Tuesday & Thursday

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Beginner players will focus on agility, coordination & speed, footwork, rallying, and basic tennis rules, through fun, active games

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Calendar february 2018

1 thursday 9:00 A.m. Fort Ord National Monument Volunteer Days All projects are outdoors, including collecting native plant seeds, assisting with salamander research, removing invasive weeds, helping on habitat restoration and collecting data for grazing programs. The event begins at Lightfighter LZ at intersection of Skyline and Jacks Road. Follow the signs from Lightfighter Drive to get to the venue. Open to all ages. Held each Thursday in February. For more information email: bdelgado@blm.gov or call 831-277-7690. 9:00 A.M. Kosher Style Luncheon 9am-6pm or until sold out. Pastrami or corned beef sandwich, cole slaw, dill pickle, and cake for $13. Tickets available in advance or at the door. Temple Beth El 1212 Riker Street, Salinas, 93901, 831-424-9151 10:30 A.M. Exploring Virtual Reality @ La

Selva Beach Library Learn about the applications, benefits, and concerns related to Virtual Reality technology and explore the HTC Vive VR system. Participants must be 13 years or older. La Selva Beach Branch Library 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach, 95076 831-427-7710 11:00 A.M. Valentine Tea Party Tea and sweet and savory finger foods served. $25 suggested donation. Hidden Hills Ranch 19014 Pesante Road, Salinas, 93907 831-663-6471 www.hiddenhillsranch.org 3:30 PM. Adulting 101 for Teens High school doesn’t last forever and neither does the luxury of not paying bills and rent, cooking, doing laundry, having a chauffeur, etc. How do you survive? Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street Monterey, 93940 831-646-5669

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6:30 PM. Monterey Winter Birth Series This class is designed to help modern parents achieve a natural birth. Class covers comfort measures to use before and with an epidural and a birth plan for a gentle cesarean birth. This is a nonjudgmental space for you to explore your options. Monterey Birth & Wellness Center 4 Harris Court Suite A, Monterey, 93940 831-484-4358

2 friday 2:30 p.m. Make & Explore at Capitola Library Join us to make something creative or make a new discovery. Children under 7 will need an adult to help them. Capitola Branch Library 2005 Wharf Road, Capitola, 95010, 831-427-7713 5:00 p.m. First Friday at Santa cruz Museum of Art Explore three floors of exhibitions for free, dance to live music, and get hands-on with

an all-ages art activity. 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 95060, 831-429-1964 5:00 p.m. First Friday Downtown Santa Cruz Each month local businesses and art galleries team up with over 100 local artists. Each venue chooses and sponsors one or more artist who then can showcase his or her work. Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 95060, http://firstfridaysantacruz.com/category/january/ 5:00 p.m. First Friday Oldtown Salinas Galleries, shops, restaurants and other organizations in a three-block area open their doors to visitors. 100-300 Blocks Main Street, Salinas, 831-594-1799 www.artistasunidos.org 6:00 p.m. First Friday pacific grove Shops, restaurants, and galleries in the downtown area participate. 831-655-9775 http://firstfridaypacificgrove. org

SUMMER CAMPS!

We’ll have a directory of Monterey-area summer camps.

This is your chance to get info about your camp to 15,000+ Monterey Bay parents.

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9:00 A.m. The Home Depot Kid’s Workshop Score points with your loved ones and build a Valentine bean bag toss in this hands-on workshop. You and your child can construct a fun bean bag toss game for the whole family to love. Following the bean bag toss game board construction, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, an apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. 1890 North Davis Road, Salinas, 93907, 831-583-0778 1590 Canyon Del Rey, Seaside, 93955, 831-583-0778

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9:30 A.m. Fancy Nancy Valentine’s Tea Party Fancy Nancy will be making a special visit to MY Museum to host an elegant tea party. Ladies and gents ages 3-6 are cordially invited to a fancy party complete with delicious treats and elegant activities. Guests are encouraged to dress their best and enjoy a fanciful morning of arts and crafts, play time, and a delightful story. Reservations are required. $15 for MY Museum members, $20 for non-members. Chaperones are free. 425 Washington Street, Monterey, 93940, 831-649-6444

9:00 A.m. Clam Chowder Cook Off Attention chowder lovers! Taste the best at the 37th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off. Sample chowder from amateur chefs on Saturday, followed by professional chefs on Sunday. Both days feature Boston and Manhattan Clam Chowder, and you can help pick a winner each day. Tasting kit proceeds benefit Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach Street Santa Cruz, 95060, 831-423-5590

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6:30 P.m. Paint Your Pet Come and paint your favorite pet and benefit the Santa Cruz SPCA at the same time. No experience? No problem! Just bring a photo of the pet, an artist from Art and Soul Events will sketch the portrait, and then you finish the masterpiece with a bit of paint. Your $42 ticket will include all materials needed and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the animals. Tickets available at: http://artandsoul.events/event/pet-portraitscantine-8-2/ Oasis Tasting Room & Kitchen 415 River Street, Santa Cruz, 831-621-8040

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2:00 P.m. Manzanita sports complex playground project BBQ

All proceeds from this event will benefit North County children. The playground will be built entirely by volunteers. To purchase dinner tickets and to get more information visit www.NCYRA.org. $12.00 per plate or $35.00 Family Meal to go (whole Tri-Tip & fixings). Also holding bake sale and 50/50 raffle. American Legion Prunedale 8300 Prunedale North Road, Salinas, 93907, 831-663-3531

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Submit a Listing This calendar is dedicated to bringing our readers the most comprehensive list of family-friendly events in the Monterey and Santa Cruz areas. If your organization or business has an event you’d like to share with our readers, go to MontereyBayParent. com, click on “events,” and click on “submit your event.” It’s easy and it’s free. Deadline to be included in the March issue is the 15th of February.

7:00 p.m. Footloose the Musical Performances on Friday, February 2nd at 7:00pm; Saturday, February 3rd at 2:00pm & 7:00pm; Friday February 9th at 7:00pm; Saturday February 10th at 2:00pm & 7:00pm. Purchase your tickets for $13.00 for students and seniors. General admission is $16.00. Reserved seating is $20.00. Louden Nelson Community Center 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 www.allabouttheatre.org

3 saturday 8:30 AM. Birding Walk, Elkhorn Slough Elkhorn Slough supports 346 diverse species of resident and migratory birds. Keep track of

your sightings by downloading a bird sightings list from our website. Tour with professional birder Rick Fournier, one of our volunteer docents. Day use fee of $4.00 for each visitor, 16 years and older. Tour lasts 2-3 hours. Elkhorn Slough Reserve 1700 Elkhorn Road, Castroville, 95012, 831-728-2822 9:00 A.m. The Home Depot Kid’s Workshop Score points with your loved ones and build a Valentine bean bag toss in this hands-on workshop. You and your child can construct a fun bean bag toss game for the whole family to love. Following the bean bag toss game board construction, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, an apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. The Home Depot 1890 North Davis Road, Salinas, 93907, 831-583-0778 The Home Depot 1590 Canyon Del Rey, Seaside, 93955, 831-583-0778 9:00 AM. Free 2 Be a Kid Clothing Exchange Bring what you can. Take what you need. $2.00 per family. Live Oak Grange 1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, 95062, danielfeldman39@

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gmail.com 10:00 AM. Community Poetry Circle at Downtown Branch Library Poetry gives rise to the full expression of self. Join the circle for this free monthly workshop on the 1st Saturday of the month. All levels welcome. No preregistration required. Downtown Branch Library 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-427-7707 10:00 AM. Protect Our Coast March and Protest Rally Make your voice heard in opposition to the proposed 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. March leaves from Lighthouse Point Park at 10am. Rally is at Cowell Beach at 11am. Lighthouse Point Park West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-476-7667 santacruz.surfrider.org 10:00 AM. Children’s Story Hour Celebrating Diversity The Friends of the Aptos Library hosts a children storytime as part of “Our Community Reads,” the program designed to bring members of the Santa Cruz County community together around one book. Nancy Spangler, master teacher and faculty of the Ca-

brillo College Children’s Center and Early Childhood Education Dept. for 22 years leads. Open to ages 2 to 5. Aptos Branch Library 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 95003, 831-427-7702 10:30 AM. Kids Club Craft Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop. Just $2 per child ages 3 and up. All supplies included. Michaels Crafts 121 General Stillwell Drive Marina, 93933, 831-384-0562 Michaels Crafts 1690 North Main Street, Salinas 93906, 831-384-0562 10:30 AM. Bookshop Sidewalk Sales Pick up used book bargains at the monthly sale at John Steinbeck Library. 350 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, 93901, 831-758-7311 11:00 AM. Project Scout Tax Assistance Project Scout offers volunteer income tax assistance and tax counseling for local residents during tax season at sites throughout Santa Cruz County. Volunteers are trained by Internal Revenue Service and Franchise Tax Board personnel. Project Scout will be at the Downtown Branch Tuesdays 3:00pm - 6:00pm from February 14th through April 17th; and Saturdays 11:00am -

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1:00pm February 3rd through April 14th. Downtown Branch Library 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, 95060, 831-427-7707 2:00 PM. Free Family Fun Day Join us to enjoy art, make art and even try to win an art kit and it’s all free. Monterey Museum of Art 559 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831-372-5477 www.montereyart.org 2:00 PM. Saturday Matinee Free movie screening and popcorn. Feel free to bring a cushion for your chair. Seaside Branch Library 550 Harcourt, Seaside, 93955 831-899-2055

4 sunday 6:30 A.m. SuperBowl 10K, 3K & 1K Kids Run Race Registration begins at 6:30 am, 1K Race begins 7:45 am, 3K Race begins 8:00 am, 10K Race begins 8:30 am. Tshirts are guaranteed to all pre-registered runners. Santa Cruz Track Club 2300 Delaware Avenue, Santa Cruz, 95060, 831-345-9399 delucch@yahoo.com 10:00 A.m. World Wetlands Day Join us for a morning of planting trees and celebrating the beautiful Watsonville wetlands. The festivities begin at 10 am with tree planting, followed by kids games at 11 am. Free snacks and prizes for a photo contest will follow. 1301 Main Street Watsonville, 95019 ria@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org (909) 680-9872 11:00 A.m. 1 Day Preparing for Pregnancy & First Trimester Class This 1-day class is for parents who are planning to conceive or are in their first trimester. Some of the topics covered are nutrition in both the pre-

conception and early pregnancy period, coping with or avoiding early pregnancy discomforts, and what you can do to prepare for an amazing birth early in your pregnancy. This class is $35 per couple. Monterey Birth & Wellness Center 4 Harris Court Suite A, Monterey, 93940 831-484-4358 3:00 P.m. The Conscious Parent This 4 week transformative workshop is based on the book, “The Conscious Parent” by Shefaki Tsabary. Weekly readings will be assigned and discussed to deepen your understanding of the relationships between parent and child, and the powerful opportunities to learn from our children. Monterey Birth & Wellness Center 4 Harris Court Suite A, Monterey, 93940 831-484-4358

5 monday 5:00 P.m. Family Night Come and enjoy the many activities provided such as billiards, ping pong, foosball and Wii video games. Join the fun at your neighborhood community center. Held weekly in February at: Hilltop Center, 871 Jessie St, Monterey, 93940 831-646-3975 The Monterey Youth Center 777 Pearl Street, Monterey, 93940, 831-646-3975 Casanova Oak Knoll Center 735 Ramona Avenue Monterey, 93940 831-646-3975 6:00 P.m. Good Grief for Kids Age-based, professionally lead programming for children and teens who are grieving. Kids learn skills and techniques for navigating their own grief experience through art, journaling, and other group activities. There is no charge for the class. Held weekly in February.

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6 Tuesday 9:00 A.m. Community Day - Free Admission The Arboretum at UCSC is a research and teaching facility committed to plant conservation and serves both the campus and the public. Its rich and diverse collection, containing representatives of more than 300 plant families, provides beginning students with a broad survey of the plant kingdom. 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz 831-502-2998 10:00 A.m. $2 Tuesday! These reduced admission days are offered on the first Tuesday of every month to all Monterey County residents. Please bring current identification to verify your residence. 425 Washington Street, Monterey, 93940 831-649-6444

11:00 A.m. Project Scout Tax Assistance Tuesdays @ Aptos Project Scout offers volunteer income tax assistance and tax counseling for local residents during tax season at sites throughout Santa Cruz County. Volunteers are trained by Internal Revenue Service and Franchise Tax Board personnel. Project Scout will be at the Aptos Branch on Tuesdays, 11:00am - 1:00pm, February 6th through April 17th. 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 95003, 831-427-7702

8 Thursday 6:00 P.m. Fighting the Bite Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance -they’re a serious public health hazard that can transmit West Nile Virus, Zika, and other diseases that make people very sick. Learn about ecologically responsible mosquito abatement in the Elkhorn Slough watershed along with practical ways you can “Fight the Bite” to pro-

tect yourself and your family. Meet in the parking lot behind Whole Enchilada. Elkhorn Slough Reserve 1700 Elkhorn Road, Castroville, 95012, 831-728-2822

9 friday 7:00 P.m. Star Gazing at Quail Hollow Come to Quail Hollow Ranch where gazing up at the night skies you’ll travel through space to see images like the earth’s moon and all its craters and mountains, Jupiter and its moons, and the rings of Saturn. Bring your own telescope or just stop by and look through member’s telescopes. Dress warmly. Rain or cloudy skies cancels the program. Free. All ages are welcome to attend. Quail Hollow Ranch 800 Quail Hollow Roa Felton, 831-454-7941 6:30 P.m. Paint Your Pet Come and paint your favorite pet and benefit the Santa Cruz SPCA at the same time. No ex-

perience? No problem! Just bring a photo of the pet, an artist from Art and Soul Events will sketch the portrait, and then you finish the masterpiece with a bit of paint. Your $42 ticket will include all materials needed and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the animals. Tickets available at: http://artandsoul. events/event/pet-portraitscantine-8-2/ Oasis Tasting Room & Kitchen 415 River Street, Santa Cruz 831-621-8040

10 saturday 9:00 A.m. Parent University Conference Keynote speaker is Ian Oglesby who will speak on a wide range of topics that will cover youth ages of 0-18 and share tools to build healthy families. Registration is free and available to parents/guardians of all ages. In-person registration is available at the Oldemeyer Center and online. Free childcare will be available

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10:00 A.m. Marina Block Party Big blocks, miniature kitchen, and other cool toys you don’t have at home plus “Dads Read.” Marina Branch Library 190 Seaside Circle, Marina, 93933 831-883-7507

10:00 A.m. Migration Festival Fly, swim, waddle, walk, bike or drive as you migrate to Natural Bridges State Beach for a full-day of activities that celebrate the migration of whales, butterflies, birds and the many creatures that travel. The park will host migratory animal talks, active kids’ games, crafts, skits, live music by the natureloving 5M’s Band, educational booths and displays. Natural Bridges State Park 2531 West Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, 95060 831-423-4609 10:30 A.m. Daddy & Me Valentine’s Day Baking Class (Parent Participation) Hey dads! Show your love in this adorable workshop where daddies and children can

11:00 A.m. 2nd Saturday on the Farm Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day’s special focus. Includes unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. Agricultural History Project 2601 East Lake Avenue Watsonville, 95019 831-724-5898 12:00 P.m. SPCA Family Workshop Please join us in learning about pets and wildlife with the SPCA for Monterey County. All family members are welcome to attend. Cesar Chavez Library 615 Williams Road, Salinas, 93905, 831-758-7345 1:00 P.m. Sweet Treats Join us as we prepare for Valentine’s Day with this “sweet” baking workshop. Our young bakers will bake and decorate sweet Valentine’s Day treats and then wrap them up with heartfelt notes. Open to ages 6-10 years. Hilltop Center 871 Jessie Street, Monterey, 93940, 831-646-3975 5:00 P.m. Sweet Treats Parents take this chance to enjoy an early Valentine’s Day night out while we watch your children. Your heart can rest easy knowing that your children are enjoying special Valentine themed crafts, activities, games and even baking a tasty treat. Dinner will be provided. For ages 3-12 years (must be “potty” trained). Hilltop Center 871 Jessie Street, Monterey, 93940, 831-646-3975

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2018 SPRING RECREATIONAL SOCCER

The Monterey Bay Soccer Club recreational program is for younger players between 4 and 11 years old. It is an opportunity to develop their skills, grow to become better players, and compete at a more advanced level. • Spring season runs 10 games from April 7-May 19. • Practices will be held Mon & Wed from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm at the King Elementary School • Fees include uniform, end of season award, and photos.

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10:00 A.m. Uncover the Secrets of the Pond Explore Frog Pond Wetland Preserve. We will investigate its different habitats and discover which fascinating plants and animals live there. By asking “what is a habitat”, we will understand why certain creatures and plants live in some areas and not in others. Open to ages 4-10. Frog Pond Preserve Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Del Rey Oaks, 93955 www.mprpd.org

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9:00 A.m. Together With Love Run/Walk This is a family-friendly, healthy, and fun day for the community to come together to support the programs and services provided by the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center. The event includes a 10K run (individual or 2-person team), a 5K run and walk, and a 1K Kids’ Fun Run. Lover’s Point, Ocean View Blvd & 17th Street, Pacific Grove, 93955 https://raceroster.com/ events/2018/13536/33rdannual-together-with-loverunwalk

9:00 A.m. Free Tour at Pacific Biological Laboratories The wonderful world of Monterey’s original marine biology opens up to the public for free tours the second Saturday of every month. Reservations can be made over the phone by 4pm on the Friday before the tour date. Arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled tour to confirm reservations. Pacific Biological Laboratories (Ed Ricketts’ Lab) 800 Cannery Row, Monterey, 93940, 831-646-5640

9:00 A.m. Downtown Santa Cruz Antique Street Faire Vendors offer an eclectic blend of antiques and unique items. Weather permitting and year-round. Cedar Street & Lincoln Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-476-6940

9:00 A.m. Teen Valentine Program Calling all teen gaming nerds out to play. Bring your gaming consoles, your video games, your Magic cards, other RPG’s, friends and a snack. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831-646-5669

9:30 A.m. Fancy Nancy Valentine’s Tea Party Guests are encouraged to dress their best and enjoy a fanciful morning of arts and crafts, play time, and a delightful story. Reservations are required. $15 for MY Museum members, $20 for non-members. Chaperones are free. 425 Washington Street Monterey, 93940 831-649-6444 11:00 A.m. Valentine’s Art From The Heart | What’s In Your Heart? Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services presents “What’s In Your Heart”, a special family Valentine’s Day event to bring together Jacob’s Heart families and the entire Santa Cruz Community. Santa Cruz Museum of Art 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 95060, www.jacobsheart.org.

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15 thursday 10:00 A.m. Community Free Day at Seymour Center Enjoy free admission to the Seymour Center all day. 100 McAllister Way Santa Cruz, 95060 831-459-3800 3:15 P.m. Teen Chef & a Movie Food in the library? Well, only if you make it. Come in and learn a new recipe for a snack. Make it, eat it and watch a movie while you enjoy. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831-646-5669 6:00 P.m. Frog Pond Walk-and-Talk Take a family-friendly walk around Frog Pond Wetland Preserve. While we’re walking, we’ll share stories about the

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history of this land and about the vast array of wildlife that make their permanent and seasonal homes here. Enjoy the sights and sounds of twilight and early evening. Open to ages 6 and up. Frog Pond Preserve Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Del Rey Oaks, 93955, www.mprpd.org

16 friday 6:30 P.m. Daddy Daughter Dance Join us and make memories with our Daddy Daughter Dance. First 25 couples to register receive a special gift. In person registration. Oldemeyer Center 986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside, 93955, 831-899-6800

17 saturday 9:00 A.m. Introduction to Birding Learn the basics of bird identification with amateur birders as you discover the richness and diversity of this habitat. Open to ages 12 and up. Locke-Paddon Park Del Monte Avenue & Reservation Road, Marina www.mprpd.org 10:30 A.m. Sing & Jam with Hillary and Sam Sing, dance, and join the band. Don’t miss the hootenany. Marina Branch Library 190 Seaside Circle, Marina, 93933, 831-883-7507 11:00 A.m. Book Sale at Aptos Library Come browse a wide ranging collection from fiction to nonfiction to children’s books, audio books to CD’s. The books and media sold are selected from library donations. 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 95003, 831-427-7717 5:00 P.m. Kids’ Night Out Use this opportunity to enjoy a well deserved night off while

your kids enjoy games, crafts, and other exhilarating activities. Dinner will be provided. For ages 3-12 years (must be “potty” trained). Casanova Oak Knoll Center 735 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, 93940 831-646-5665 5:15 P.m. Twilight Park Through the Park Experience a variety of habitats that provide both permanent and seasonal homes for a surprisingly wide range of wildlife. Discover unexpected species (day, dusk, and night “shifts”) and their array of adaptive habits. Open to ages 10 and up. Palo Corona Barn Highway 1, Carmel, 93923 www.mprpd.org

18 sunday 8:00 A.m. Monterey Bay Antiques & Vintage Market This is a free, monthly outdoor market with a wide variety of vintage, antique, and unique items Monterey Peninsula College 930 Fremont St., Monterey, 93940 www.montereyantiques.com 8:00 A.m. Blackhorse Golf Tournament AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Junior Golf Tournament open to children 6-17 years old produced by AT&T PB Junior Golf Association. Registration closes on 2/16/18 at 5p.m. and you may register by calling or on our website. Blackhorse Golf Course 1 McClure Way, Monterey, 93955, 831-625-1555 http://attpbjrgolf.com

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Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre collaborates with the Santa Cruz Symphony in these fun, informative concerts which center around the orchestra, directed by Maestro Daniel Stewart. Concerts held daily through February 25 at various locations. Check website for location and time. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium 307 Church Street Santa Cruz, https://santacruzsymphony.org 1:00 P.m. Newborn Nourishment: The Basics of Infant Feeding This unique prenatal class offers both a solid foundation in the basics of breastfeeding and optional infant care as well as follow up in-home support when your little one arrives. Taught by the board certified Lactation Consultants of Monterey Bay Lactation, you will be given the knowledge, resources, and support that all new families both need and deserve. $100 registration fee. Recommended for those in their second or third trimester. 4 Harris Court Suite A , Monterey, 93940 831-275-0308 www.montereybay lactation.com

24 saturday 9:00 A.m. Clam Chowder Cook Off Taste the best at the 37th Annual Clam Chowder CookOff. Sample chowder from amateur chefs on Saturday, followed by professional chefs on Sunday. Both days feature Boston and Manhattan Clam Chowder. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach Street Santa Cruz, 95060 831-423-5590 10:00 A.m. Greener Gardening workshop Vermicomposting (with worms) Come learn the basics of composting your food scraps

with the help of these great little “work horses”. This form of composting works well for those with little or no yard. Open to ages 9 and up. Minors must be accompanied by adult. Monterey Regional Waste Management District 14201 Del Monte Blvd., Marina 93955, 831-384-5313 www.mrwmd.org 10:00 A.m. Carmel Dunes Restoration Join us at North Dunes at Carmel Beach for a fun morning of native plant restoration. All ages welcome. Children under 14 must be with an adult. Come dressed to work (closed-toed shoes, layers). RSVP required. Carmel Beach, Ocean Avenue, Carmel, 93923 831-624-1032 11:00 A.m. Science Saturdays: Animal Athletes Science Saturdays are family friendly events that have a variety of hands-on science activities for guests of all ages to participate in. Admission for all is free. Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, 93950 831-648-5716 ext 14 2:00 P.m. Manzanita sports complex playground project BBQ All proceeds from this event will benefit North County children. The playground will be built entirely by volunteers. To purchase dinner tickets and to get more information visit www. NCYRA.org. $12.00 per plate or $35.00 Family Meal to go (whole Tri-Tip & fixings). Also holding bake sale and 50/50 raffle. American Legion Prunedale 8300 Prunedale North Road, Salinas, 93907 831-663-3531

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8:00 A.m. Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Tournament AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Open to all children 6-17 years old produced by AT&T PB Junior Golf Association. Registration closes on 2/16/18 at 5p.m. and you may register by calling or registering on our website. Carmel Valley Ranch 1 Old Ranch Road, Carmel, 93923, 831-625-1555

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2:00 P.m. Fairy Tale Week Celebrate National Fairy Tale Day all week long with us. Princes and Princesses of all ages are welcome to take part in our storybook themed crafts and silly activities each day. Included with admission. My Museum 425 Washington Street Monterey, 93940 831-649-6444

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28 wednesday 5:00 P.m. Disney’s High School Musical $3 suggested donation. Doors open at 5pm, show starts at 5:30pm. Marina High School 298 Patton Parkway, Marina, 93933, http://marinahigh. mpusd.k12.ca.us

Jump Into Art Tuesdays

NEW! Meets last Tuesday of the month from 4-6:00 pm. Children ages 18 months to 4 years will explore painting, drawing, play dough, collage, printmaking and much more. Classes are FREE.

Sing-With-Me

Meets last Sunday of the month from 11am-12:00 pm. Songs will be selected for children under 5 but all ages welcome. Bring a snack to this FREE event.

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Chartwell School: Empowering students who think and learn differently.

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February 2018 Monterey Bay Parent Magazine  

A regional publication for the parents and grandparents of the Monterey Bay. Featuring events, articles, and much more!

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