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How to choose the best preschool for your child Art, Dance, & Music activities for your preschooler Why play is so important for children
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Contents January 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: 08 How To Choose A Preschool Helpful tips on choosing your child’s first formal educational experience. by Bayley Freeman
on the cover…
10 Art, Dance, and Music For Preschoolers The benefits of the arts for your preschooler plus some local resources. by Nicole Amaral
18 5 Reasons Why Parents Choose a Catholic School Education Celebrating Catholic School Week by highlighting the benefits of a Catholic education.
12 2018 Guide to Monterey County Preschools
19 Featured Monterey County Catholic Schools
15 Featured Preschools More detailed information about our featured preschools.
20 The Importance of Traditional Play in a Digital World The many benefits of traditional play for your children. by Sarah Lyons
16 8 Sleep Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers Ideas for helping your toddler get into a healthy sleep routine. by Rachael Moshman
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22 Weekly Events Ongoing, weekly events. 24 Calendar of Events The best familyfriendly events for January from throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.
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from the publisher… Here’s to 2018! I love January! All of the holiday busyness is over and there’s nothing very big on the horizon for a few months. It’s such a sweet time for quiet afternoons reading, long walks, closet cleaning, and daydreaming. But the best part is that a new year stretches out with all sorts of promise. Who knows what amazing things are in store? One thing that I know is in store for 2018 is our first Family Fun Expo. We’re so excited to be planning the event for April 28 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. You can check out the details on the inside cover. But for now, know that we are booking vendors so if it’s something your business or organization might be interested in, give us a call at 831-582-1373 for all the details. We promise that it will be a fun-filled day for local families and a great opportunity for businesses to reach parents with information about all sorts of goods and services! For those of you with toddlers, you’re going to love this issue. We gathered all the pertinent information about Monterey County preschools to help you make your choice for the 2018-19 school year. Our preschool guide starts on page 12. In addition, we asked our writers to focus on preschoolers and they came back with some really helpful articles including Bayley Freeman’s tips on choosing a preschool on page 8. Nicole Amaral explores art, dance, and music for preschoolers on page 10 and Rachael Moshman offers sleep tips on page 16. You’ll also find a new column in this issue: Reel Life With Jane on page 6-7. Jane has been writing about movies and the entertainment industry for many years and her reviews will help you decide which movies to put on your “must see” list. Here’s hoping 2018 is filled with nothing but happiness, health, and prosperity for all of us!
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Preschool for Military Families
here are few things as impactful to a child’s future as their education. As a parent, I take this responsibility very seriously. As a former teacher, I know what I would like my children’s school experience to be. But as a military parent, I have no clue where we will live when my kids become students. In Monterey, military families have access to two Child Development Centers in the La Mesa and Fort Ord housing communities. Both locations are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and offer half day and full day preschool care. Not ready for preschool? Start with hourly care or halfdays to make your child’s transition to the school environment fun and positive. They will have the chance to socialize and learn with their peers, making the eventual transition to preschool and kindergarten less intimidating. Contact the La Mesa CDC at (831) 656-2734 or the Monterey Road CDC at Fort Ord at (831) 583-1050 to schedule a tour and get more information. If you are facing a Permanent Change of Station, or PCS, making the transition to a new school can be daunting. Start by contacting the School Liaison Officer, Fleet and Family Support Center, and command Family Readiness Leader or Ombudsman. They will be able to help provide information about what options you have and how to enroll. Military parent groups on social media are a growing resource as well. This is also a great time to start an education binder for your child. You can include report cards, work samples, copies of official paperwork such as Individualized Education Programs, shot records, and teacher notes. Keep in mind that requirements vary by state–your School Liaison Officer will help you navigate. The most important thing you can do for your military child’s education is to remain positive and supportive. Realize that kids, like all of us, feel stress as well as excitement when facing a new situation. This is true for everything from starting preschool to moving as part of a PCS. But know that your military child is resilient, adaptable, and already benefitting from the unique opportunities being part of a military family provides. 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 1 month-old sons. MONTEREY BAY PARENT • January 2018
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Movie Reviews For Kids & Teens Movies for kids and teens in January include “Paddington” and “Maze Runner” sequels, along with a Dakota Fanning movie and more. Let’s take a closer look. volatile and driven editor, was trying to enhance the stature of the struggling local paper. Together, the two formed an unlikely team, as they were forced to come together and make the bold decision to support The New York Times and fight the Nixon Administration’s unprecedented attempt to restrict the first amendment.
PADDINGTON 2 Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor. In Theaters 1/12. Ok for kids 6+. Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
THE POST Rated PG-13 for language and brief war violence. In Theaters 1/12. Ok for kids 13+. Reel Review: 4 of 5 Reels Directed by Steven Spielberg, this real-life story takes in place in June 1971, when The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the nation’s major newspapers took a brave stand for freedom of speech and reported on the Pentagon Papers, the massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned four decades and four U.S. Presidents. At the time, the Post’s Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep) was still finding her footing as the country’s first female newspaper publisher, and Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), the paper’s 6
This sequel to the cute 2014 film finds Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s (Imelda Staunton) hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s (Jim Broadbent) antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. Directed by Paul King, this movie also stars Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters and Hugh Grant.
FOREVER MY GIRL Rated PG for thematic elements, including drinking, and for language. In theaters 1/19. Ok for kids 9+. Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels Based on the acclaimed novel by Heidi McLaughlin, this movie directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf tells the story of country music superstar Liam Page (Alex Roe) who left his bride, Josie (Jessica Rothe), at the altar, choosing fame and fortune instead. However, Liam never got over Josie, his one true love, nor did he ever forget his Southern roots in the small community where he was born and raised. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, Liam is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.
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MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER
MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE
Not yet rated; likely PG. In Theaters 1/19. Ok for kids 6+. Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In Theaters 1/26. Ok for kids 13+. Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
The story centers on an ordinary young girl named Mary who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night. As she is whisked into an exciting new world beyond belief, she must learn to stay true to herself. Based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children’s book “The Little Broomstick,” this movie is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and features the voices of Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent.
In this epic finale to the “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKDcontrolled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Based on the third novel in the “Maze Runner” series by James Dashner, this movie is directed by Wes Ball and stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Sangster.
ARCTIC JUSTICE THUNDER SQUAD Not yet rated; likely PG. In theaters 1/26. Ok for kids 6+. Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels A rag-tag group of inexperienced heroes join forces to thwart the evil Doc Walrus, voiced by John Cleese, and save the Arctic. Directed by Aaron Woodley, this cute movie also features the voices of Jeremy Renner, James Franco, Alec Baldwin, Omar Sy, Heidi Klum and Angelica Huston.
PLEASE STAND BY Rated PG-13 for brief strong language. In theaters 1/26. Ok for kids 13+. Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels Directed by Ben Lewin, this movie stars Dakota Fanning as Wendy, a young autistic woman who runs away from her caregiver in order to boldly go and deliver her 500-page “Star Trek” script to a writing competition in Hollywood. On an adventure full of laughter and tears, Wendy follows the guiding spirit of Mr. Spock on her journey into the unknown. This movie also stars Helen Hunt, Toni Collette, Alice Eve and Patton Oswalt.
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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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How To Choose A
hoosing a preschool is an important and sometimes difficult decision. The Monterey area offers a wide selection of preschools, and you should shop around before settling on one. Here are some things to think about as you prepare to pick a place for your young child to learn and grow. LOCATION AND COST Arguably the most important factors are location and cost. How far is the preschool from your house, and, if you have any other school-aged children, how far is it from their school(s)? Think about
drop-off and pick-up times: will they be too close to each other, causing you to rush around or be late? (Rushing a preschooler can be a futile endeavor.) As for cost, it is essential to do your research. In the Monterey area, preschools can range wildly in price, with a difference of hundreds of dollars between schools. Remember that a more expensive preschool does not necessarily mean a better preschool! (Personal note: my daughter attended a preschool three mornings a week that cost us $500/month, and she did not thrive there. We switched her to a preschool that costs $190/month for
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three mornings, and she loves it.) THE FINE PRINT Next, consider the nitty-gritty details: Does your child need to be potty-trained to attend? If not, ask if the teachers will work on potty training during school. Next, find out if your child will eat lunch at the preschool. Don’t sign up for a preschool that requires a packed lunch if packing a lunch every school day stresses you. Also, think about how your child does in a group meal setting. If s/he is easily distracted by other kids’ food and won’t eat well, this may not be a good fit (or, on the flip side, maybe
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it would be a good learning opportunity). If lunch is not part of the preschool day, is a snack offered? If it is, do you approve of the quality and variety of food offered? You also need to find out how large the class size is (student:teacher ratio). Are there too many kids vying for the teacher’s attention? Some kids thrive in a busy, noisy atmosphere, and others prefer a smaller, quieter group. Also, some kids do better with a mixedage class and, others thrive in a single-age class. Ask the policy on age groupings. Find a preschool that fits your child’s needs best. SCHEDULE Find a preschool that fits your family’s schedule. Specifically, think about nap time: if your child naps, will the preschool time cut into his/her nap time? If the preschool is full-day and the children nap there, is the nap required? If it is optional, what is the alternative? Next, think about if you will need 3 IMPORTANT early drop-off or afterQUESTIONS care. If it is available, TO ASK what is the cost? And what are the aftercare 1. What are the staff turnactivities? Does the over numbers? Do teachpreschool use screens ers stay for the long term or during aftercare? Is it is there frequent turnover? Teachers cycling in and out OK with you if they do?
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can be a sign that the school isn’t being run professionally or the teachers are not being paid appropriately.
THE ALLIMPORTANT VISIT Last, and perhaps most 2. What are the safety important: visit all the rules? How does the prepreschools you are school handle visitors, for considering. Bring your example? Are they required child along for the visit. to show ID and be checked Take a tour and let your before entering the classchild feel it out. See rooms? Are toys and play how your child interacts equipment in good condition? How about medicawith the teacher, and tions and all other hazardobserve how the teachous substances–are they er talks to and interacts stored out of reach? Is the with your child. Ask first-aid kit and fire extinthe director about his/ guisher readily available? her philosophy, if that 3. Is the licensing current? interests you. Check Ask to see the preschool’s out the toys and art current license and credensupplies. Do they look tials. While licensing doesn’t clean and well-kept? solve all problems, if the Are things organized preschool doesn’t have one, and approachable for pass. your child? Does it look like a fun place to be? Think about the amount of structure your child needs to thrive, and observe if they will do well in the setting. In the end, your child will let you know, one way or another, if it is a good fit. MONTEREY BAY PARENT • January 2018
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Art, Dance,& Music For Preschoolers
rt, dance, and music have a variety of benefits for everyone, especially young toddlers and preschoolers. There are many simple, yet fun and engaging activities parents can implement at home. In addition, an art, dance and music class tailored for that specific age group may benefit your preschooler.
ART When your child grows into an older toddler/preschooler, their fine motor skills improve, along with their attention span and ability to focus on the project at hand. This year I learned my four-year-old son’s favorite type of art is sensory. Promoting sensory experiences with your toddler and preschooler could help them learn and retain information at the same time. Soapy Foam Play Put together a foamy sensory craft by creating a giant tub of suds. Fill a large plastic tub with water, food coloring and, dish soap, then mix it all with a hand mixer to create mountains of crazy foam. The result is a simple and fun activity to learn colors and experiment with mixing hues. Bubble Wrap Painting We did this recently at the Marina Library during a special art day, and it was a blast! Wrap your child’s feet in bubble wrap, sponge a few colors of tempera paint on to the bot10
toms of their feet and allow them to walk across sheets of craft paper to make a stomp painting. They can create unique dotted patterns with the bubble wrap and practice gross motor skills like balance. Helpful tip, do this outdoors! Spaghetti Painting Your child’s favorite meal just turned into a fun and exciting art activity. Fill large trays with cooked spaghetti and let your child paint and play with the pasta using brushes, sponges and different vibrant colors of washable tempera paint. You can allow the preschoolers to cut up, scoop and twirl the noodles before painting them. The kiddos will love to mix the colors and perhaps pretend they are head chefs in a new Italian restaurant. Fill in the blank with body parts: arm, foot, head, etc.
DANCE Another creative element to introduce to your toddler and preschooler is dance. Preschoolers benefit from age-appropriate instruction that enhances their physical, emotional, and social skills. Children as young as two years old can enjoy the benefits of a creative dance education. The Hokey Pokey “You put your _______ in; you put your _______out, you put your ______ in and, you shake it all about. You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about!”
Butterfly Flying You will need two scarves per child. Have your child hold a scarf in each hand and have them flap their wings like a butterfly, fly around the room, and make a cocoon on the floor by hiding their wings and forming into a ball. Play any song or “Fly Fly the Butterfly.” Freeze Dance Freeze Dance is a fun activity for children of all ages. Play music and have them move around the room however they wish. When the music stops, they freeze right where they finished. To mix it up have them move like different animals, different heights, etc.
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MUSIC Music is our favorite daily activity! This early introduction to music does more than entertain. It can kick-start learning, serve as an important cue in a child’s routine, and offer lifelong benefits. Rhythm Jam Session Gather many types of rhythm instruments including tambourine, shakers, bells, cymbals, sticks, etc. Allow time to experiment with each instrument and then sing songs such as: Use Your Instrument Today (Tune: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”) Let’s all play our bells today, To help you sing and dance this way. Jingle, jingle, ring, ring, ring, Keep the rhythm with a shake and ring. So, let’s all play our bells today, To help you sing and dance this way.
Sing-a-long in the car (or at home) If you are like me, you spend a lot of time driving. Many parents rely on technology to get their preschooler to sit quietly. We go a different route and make it loud! Put on your favorite child-friendly tunes and have a sing-a-long. Alternate kid favorites such as “Itsy Bitsy Spider and The Wheels on the Bus” with new hits such as “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and “How Far I’ll Go” by Alessia Cara.
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All Saints’ Day School $11,350/year (2017) 8060 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA 93923 831-624-9171 • www.asds.org Madonna Del Sasso
$3,300-$5,080/year 20 Santa Teresa Way, Salinas, CA 93906 (2017) 831-424-7813 • www.mdsschool.com
Marina Child Development Center $0-$8,172/year 3066 Lake Drive, Marina, CA 93933 • 831-384-0255 www.mpusd.k12.ca.us/earlychildhoodeducation Pacific Grove Co-op Preschool $200/month
1025 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950 831-646-6623 • www.pgusd.org
Serendipity Preschool $357-$1094
1231 Seventh Street, Monterey, CA 93940 831-375-9743 • www.serendipitypreschoolllc.com
Tiny Tots Preschool $41-$130/week 986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955 831-899-6808 Academy for Children $895-$1150/month 1664 Silby Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955 831-899-9000 A Happy Day Care $145/week
798 Leese Drive, Salinas, CA 93907 831-757-7579 • ahappydaycare.com
Auburn’s House Montessori $650-$1136/month
1242 Siddall Court, Seaside, CA 93955 831-236-0220 • https://auburnshouse.school
CSUMB Child Development Center $0-$1150/month
100 Campus Drive, Building 91, Seaside, CA 93955 831-393-2246 • www.earlydevelopmentservices.com
Del Rey Oaks Christian Preschool $295-$650/month 841 Rosita Road, Monterey, CA 93940 831-747-2019 Good Shepherd Preschool $335-$600/month
301 Corral De Tierra Road, Salinas, CA 93908 831-484-2363 • www.goodshepherdcorral.org
Great Beginnings $310-$835/month
52 Soledad Drive, Monterey, CA 93940 831-647-0551 • www.greatbeginningsmonterey.com
Hartnell College Child Development $4,956/year 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901 831-755-6945 Heaven Sent Preschool $875-$1250/month 520 Pine Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 831-373-1922 Hearts and Hands Preschool $130-$205/week 345 E Alvin Dr, Salinas, CA 93906 • 831-449-7536 hhpreschool.com/hearts-hands-north-salinas Laura’s Barn Preschool $840-$1380/month
275 River Road. Salinas, CA 93908 831-484-2920 • www.laurasbarn.com
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Little Friends Christian Preschool $486-$645/month
1025 Post Drive, Salinas, CA 93907 831-424-2145 • www.salinaslittlefriends.com
Little Ones Preschool $710/month
1160 Hilby Ave., Seaside, CA 93955 831-899-2060 • www.mbcsonline.org
Melody Park Christian Preschool $255-$710/month
1130 San Vincente Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901 831-422-5311 • www.melodyparkchristianschool.org
Miss Barbara’s Child Development Center $0-$850/month
226 Beach Road, Marina, CA 93933 831-883-2616 • mpusd.net/earlychildhoodeducation
Montessori Learning Center $800-$1,000/month 30 Hitchcock Rd, Salinas, CA 93902 • 831-455-1546 www.montessorilearningcenter.com Mother’s Morning Out
501 El Dorado Street, Monterey, CA 93940 831-373-1067 • http://fpcmonterey.org
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1230 Luther Way, Salinas, CA 93901 831-422-4614 • www.salinaspreschool.com
Pegasus Montessori $685-805/month 305 Reindollar Avenue, Marina, CA 93933 831-883-1216
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Potrero Canyon Preschool N/A 8340 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA 93923 831-625-0545 Ryan Ranch Children’s Center $865-$1,005/month 2 Justin Court, Monterey, CA 93940 831-647-9556 Sacred Heart School $260-$800
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Salvation Army Child Development Center $700/month
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Shoreline Community Church Preschool $210-$329/month
2500 Garden Road, Monterey, Ca 93940 831-655-0100 • www.shorelinechurch.org
St. Angela’s Children Center $516-$967/month
136 8th Street, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 831-372-3555 • www.stangelaspreschool.org
St. Dunstan’s Preschool N/A
28003 Robinson Canyon Road, Carmel, CA 93923 831-624-9250 • http://stdunstanschool.org
Teddy Bear Preschool $380-$910/month
1291 Fourth Street, Monterey, CA 93940 831-643-2273 • http://teddybearpreschool.net
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What We Offer: Infant program (Birth-3): Available 7 days per week M-F (Weekends may vary) Intensive Program (Birth-3): Available 7 days per week M-F (Weekends may vary) Speech Therapy: In-home and clinic based (Call for details and availability) Occupational Therapy: In-home and clinic based (Call for details and availability) ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapy (3+): Available 7 days per week M-F (Weekends may vary) Pediatric Diagnostic Assessments-Autism: clinic based (Call for details and availability) Our Mission: Providing quality early intervention through motivation, education, and creative thinking while maintaining cultural sensitivity Vision statement: Our vision is to set the standard for the best infant and toddler developmental program in the Nation
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All Saints’ Day School 8060 Carmel Valley Road Carmel, California 93923 831.624.9171 (ext. 12) The All Saints’ preschool program is designed to provide young learners with a joyful introduction to a true academic environment. Their Early Childhood program is integrated into a comprehensive educational program focusing solely on students in Preschool through 8th Grade. Curriculum is studentdriven, incorporates purposeful play, and uses diverse educational methodologies to create a dynamic learning environment ideally suited to the early childhood age group. Construction of a new, dedicated preschool building will be completed February 2018. Madonna Del Sasso Preschool 20 Santa Teresa Way Salinas, CA 93906, 831-424-7813 The mission of Madonna del Sasso Parish School is to motivate, instruct and nurture children in the beliefs, practices and values of the Catholic community integrated with the highest standards of academic excel- lence MDS Preschool offers a 3-day and 5-day program from 8:15 am to 12:00 pm with extended care available until 6:00 pm. Preschool students must be 3 years old by the first of June of the school year for which they are applying and fully potty trained.
The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District’s Early Ed Program Marina | 831-384-0255 Seaside | 831-392-3456 The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District’s Early Education Program offers a seamless transition from preschool to kindergarten. Our programs in Marina and Seaside feature social and emotional skill building, readiness skills for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten, language development, multicultural education, and music/ arts/crafts. We accept children that turn age 3 on the day of enrollment. Pacific Grove Adult Education Preschool Program 1025 Lighthouse Ave. Pacific Grove CA 93950 831-646-6623 Pacific Grove Adult Education has three parent participation preschool programs for children 3 years to kindergarten entry. All programs for preschool build on skills outlined in the California Preschool foundations. Children explore learning opportunities through song, movement, and dramatic play. Our Dual Language Spanish preschool embeds Spanish into daily lessons, where children acquire second language skills through games, movement, and thematic play. Part time morning and afternoon classes offered
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Serendipity Preschool 1231 Seventh Street Monterey, CA 93940, 831-375-9743 Serendipity Preschool was established in 1981. It was founded by a mother and daughter team who had a dream to educate and prepare young children in an environment rich in art, music, science and history. Serendipity offers a high quality program with age appropriate activities that develop good reading and math readiness skills and thematic units rich in music, art, science and history. Serendipity offers a stimulating learning environment that provides materials, experiences, guidance and encouragement that help children to become curious explorers of their world. Tiny Tots Preschool 986 Hilby Avenue Seaside, CA 93955, 831-899-6808 Tiny Tot University is a preschool program for children three to five years old. The program helps your child develop in a fun and creative way. Tiny Tot’s staff facilitates student led problem solving. The program includes movement, exploration, singing, stories, construction, painting, drawing, unit block work, writing, small group activities, finger plays, crafts, games, and a wide range of learning activities.
health & wellness
8 Tips sleep tips for Toddlers & Preschoolers find it difficult to go through the day without rest. A nap-less child will often wake up cheerful and become progressively fussier or hyper-alert as the day goes on. If your child won’t nap stick to a routine “quiet time” every day for a break.
arents expect to be sleep deprived zombies while their babies are little, but what if the sleeping issues continue into the toddler years? I spoke to infant and toddler sleep expert Elizabeth Pantley, author of the best selling “No Cry Solution” series. Pantley offers valuable ideas for helping almost every toddler or preschooler get into a healthy sleep routine. These tips can bring improvement not only in your child’s sleep, but also in her daytime mood, growth health and outlook as well.
Maintain a consistent bedtime and awaking time. Your child’s biological clock has a strong influence on her wakefulness and sleepiness. When you establish a set time for bedtime and wake up time you “set” your child’s clock so that it functions smoothly. Aim for an early bedtime. Young children respond best with a bedtime between 6:30 and 7:30 P.M. Most children will sleep better and longer when they go to bed early.
Encourage regular daily naps. Daily naps are important. An energetic child can 16
Set your child’s biological clock. Take advantage of your child’s biology so that he’s actually tired when bedtime arrives. Darkness causes an increase in the release of the body’s sleep hormone–the biological “stop” button. You can align your child’s sleepiness with bedtime by dimming the lights during the hour before bedtime. Exposing your child to morning light is pushing the “go” button in her brain—one that says, “Time to wake up and be active.”
Develop a consistent bedtime routine. A consistent, peaceful bedtime routine allows your child to transition from the motion of the day to the tranquil state of sleep. An organized routine helps you coordinate the specifics: bath, pajamas, tooth-brushing. It helps you to function on auto-pilot at the time when you are most tired and least creative.
Create a cozy sleep environment. Where your child sleeps can be a key to quality sleep. Make certain the mattress is comfortable, the blankets are warm, the room temperature is right, pajamas are comfy, and the bedroom is welcoming.
Provide the right nutrition. Foods can affect energy level and sleepiness. Carbohydrates can have a calming effect on the body, while foods high
in protein or sugar generate alertness, particularly when eaten alone. A few ideas for pre-bed snacks are: whole wheat toast and cheese, bagel and peanut butter, oatmeal with bananas, or yogurt and low-sugar granola. Vitamin deficiencies due to unhealthy food choices can affect a child’s sleep. Provide your child with a daily assortment of healthy foods in three meals plus several snacks for health and good sleep.
Help your child to be healthy and fit. Too much TV watching and a lack of activity prevents good sleep. Children who get ample daily exercise fall asleep more quickly, sleep better, stay asleep longer, and wake up feeling refreshed. Avoid activity in the hour before bedtime though, since exercise is stimulating – they’ll be jumping on the bed instead of sleeping in it!
Teach your child how to relax. It can help to follow a soothing pre-bed routine that creates sleepiness. A good pre-bed ritual is story time. A child who is listening to a parent read a book or tell a tale will tend to lie still and listen. This quiet stillness allows him to become sleepy. Lack of sleep isn’t healthy for anyone–big or small. Starting new routines is challenging when everyone is exhausted but if it can bring more sleep soon, it is well worth the initial discomfort. Rachael Moshman, M.Ed., has worked with thousands of young children and their families over the last two decades. She’s also the mom of a child who suffers from insomnia and knows sleep deprivation well.
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Transitional Kindergarten - 8th Grade Tuesday, January 30th, 8:00 - 11:00 am
We Welcome. We Nurture. We serve.
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NATIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
We invite you to tour our school and learn more about our programs.
Madonna del Sasso School is the DIFFERENCE! “My goal for the 2017-2018 school year is for our school to become the best math school in the Salinas Valley.” - Angel Rivera Principal
San Carlos School 450 Church St., Monterey
Find your future at Notre Dame High School
Preschool - 8th Grade A school with challenging academics and a spiritual environment. A school where the possibilities are endless! Since 1958
20 Santa Teresa Way Salinas, CA 93906 (831) 424-7813 mdsschool.com
Notre Dame High School is a college preparatory Catholic high school for young women who seek wisdom, develop as leaders and model Christ in service to others.
Now accepting applications for grades 9-12
Notre Dame High School 455 Palma Drive Salinas CA 93901
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Why Parents 5 Reasons Choose a Catholic School Education
child. Happy with her decision, Angela states that, “the consistent religious instruction and activities helped my daughter’s faith develop even in demanding situations.”
Daily exposure to the Catholic faith is important to developing a strong religious foundation. Daily lessons in the Catholic faith create a strong foundation for children. Graduates of Catholic high schools are statistically more likely to continue church involvement as an adult. According to Our Greatest and Best Inheritance: Catholic Schools and Parental Choice (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) “Catholic school students are more likely to pray daily, attend church more often, retain a Catholic identify as an adult and donate more to the Church.”
atholic School Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association, schools observe the week with masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. The 2018 celebration is from January–February 3, 2018. In honor of Catholic School Week, we looked at reasons why parents choose a Catholic school education. Here are 5 common reasons why parents choose a Catholic schol education for their children.
Parents believe that their child’s teachers should serve as moral role models. The CARA Institute at Georgetown University confirmed that “strong moral values” is the top reason parents choose to send their child to a Catholic school. Many of the parents who choose a Catholic school education want their child’s education at school to be an extension of what they are being taught at home. They are looking for influences on their child that mirror their religious beliefs and moral choices. Monterey parent Angela Savage chose a Catholic school education at Santa Catalina for her young daughter for several reasons including safety concerns and a desire to have a school that focuses on the entire
A church parish and school creates a community for the family. Families who have children in a parish school have an easier time of developing a sense of community with their fellow parishioners. Opportunities for fellowship, friendship, and service are available for families and create a warm and welcoming community. For those who don’t have other family in the area, this can be especially important and their chuch and school become an important hub.
A Catholic education is a relatively affordable private school education. Private school tuition can be expensive, but many Catholic schools and dioceses offer generous tuition-assistance programs for parish families who need help.
Catholic schools offer a high quality education. According to The National Catholic Educational Association ninety-nine percent (99%) of Catholic secondary school students graduate and eight-eight percent (88%) go on to college. In general, on national and standardized tests, Catholic schools consistently outperform public and other private schools by as much as 20 percentage points. For additional information on Monterey County Catholic schools, contact the Diocese of Monterey at (831) 3734345 or www.dioceseofmonterey.org/catholic-schools. MONTEREY BAY PARENT • January 2018
Featured Monterey County Catholic Schools Madonna Del Sasso School 20 Santa Teresa Way, Salinas, CA 93906 (831) 424-7813 Madonna del Sasso school is a school on the move, and the passion we exhibit to take action to grow our school and educators we need to make school work for our students so they can truly be college and career ready. We take the drive into today’s driving decisions at today’s most rapidly improving school and into an increasingly student centered, technologically driven, information-based model- where culture trumps strategy and vision drives decisions. We move to be the difference and we are the difference!
Notre Dame School 455 Palma Dr, Salinas, CA 93901 831-751-1850 Notre Dame High School, is a diocesan Catholic high school that has educated young women in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County for more than 50 years. At Notre Dame every class leader is a girl. All the speakers, writers, singers, athletes, and actors are girls. Notre Dame offers an outstanding academic program complemented by excellent co-curricular Monterey Parent opportunities including sports, clubs, Bay student government and campus ministry. December and January
2017 1/2CA page - 3.5” x 9.5” 450 Church St, Monterey, 93940 (831) 375-1324 San Carlos School is entering its 120th year of educating chil4-color San Carlos School
dren on the Monterey Peninsula. The San Carlos School curriculum meets and exceeds the standards set by the State of California for elementary education in language arts (reading, writing, grammar and spelling), science, math, social studies and physical education. In addition, students receive instruction in technology, Spanish (beginning in first grade), art and religion. Children in kindergarten through the 5th grade enjoy formal music and library classes. San Carlos School also offers students 12 extra-curricular clubs and sports teams. Every race, origin, religious background and economic strata is represented, welcomed and accepted as family at San Carlos.
Santa Catalina School (831) 655-9351 (lower school) (831) 655-9356 (upper school) 1500 Mark Thomas Dr, Monterey, CA 93940 Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School is a coed, independent, Catholic day school for students in PreKindergarten through eighth grade. With innovative teaching methods, energetic teachers, and a strong emphasis on arts and handson learning, the academic program inspires and encourages students and fosters a love of learning that stays with students long after they leave. For girls in grades 9-12, Santa Catalina offers an independent, Catholic, boarding and day school. Students are challenged to achieve excellence in every arena, from rigorous academics—including a marine ecology program that takes advantage of access to Monterey Bay—to competitive athletics in 12 sports to an arts program with professional-quality facilities. MONTEREY BAY PARENT • January 2018
The Importance of Traditional Play in a Digital World
lay comes naturally to kids. They use it as a way to express their feelings and learn new things. In the age of electronics we live in, video games and television can take over a childâ€™s free time. It is important to be intentional about creating opportunities where children can play freely, use their imaginations, and have fun. Traditional play can provide the following lasting benefits for children: Social skills and leadership development Children learn valuable social skills
that will help them be successful as they grow. By taking turns, sharing, and interacting with others they are learning how to appropriately respond to others. During play, they are able to practice both their verbal and nonverbal communication skills. They also learn to negotiate when things donâ€™t go as planned. Experimenting with different roles in their family and community as they pretend to play house, school, or store helps them gain insight into the world around them and interpret the feelings of others. (www.education.com)
It is important to be intentional about creating opportunities where children can play freely, use their imaginations, and have fun.
Motor skills development Children develop their fine motor skills through play. Using crayons to color a picture helps develop fine motor skills. Other activities that help develop fine motor skills are playing with play-doh, practicing scissoring, stringing beads, and using lacing cards . Gross motor skills are also developed during play time. Games like tag or hopscotch integrate the large muscle movement which will help children gain balance and spatial relationship to the world . Playing and climbing at the park helps kids learn to use their bodies and provides vital exercise for children. (www.handsonwegrow.com)
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Problem solving skills and emotional development Kids can work through their emotions by simplifying situations through play. This helps them express their feelings and regain control. “Play supports emotional development by providing a way to express and cope with feelings.” (www.education.com) They may act out something that scared them, like a car accident they saw while driving past. They may also play out something they are not allowed to do and then work through the consequences through play. “Play can be safe outlet to work through situations that cause them anxiety, such as starting school or visiting the doctor. Letting the child take on the roll of the authority figure will help them process how events may unfold.” says Early Childhood Education Educator, Kara Thomas.
Development of imagination Play builds a child’s imagination. You can help your child with imaginative play by role playing with them. Call them on the pretend phone, ask them to cook you lunch in the play kitchen, or have them use the doctor kit to do a check up on you. Engage them in conversation while you act out these scenarios. Often, you will be surprised at their perceptions. By role playing, they learn to better understand their surroundings and build their imagination. Traditional play time allows kids to work through their emotions in a healthy way and develop important skills. It is vital to provide a child with adequate play time in their day, especially with all the distractions in today’s digital world. The best part is, the kids will be having so much fun, they won’t realize they are learning.
Sarah Lyons is a freelance writer and midwestern mom of six children, including 2 year old triplets.
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Why Parents Should Play with Their Kids Kids enjoy playing alone or with other children but nothing quite compares to playing with a parent. Although we may be busy with work or household tasks, taking time to play with our children has lasting benefits including: •
Parent-child pretend and physical play is linked with the child’s competence, gross motor skills, peer group leadership, and cognitive development
An increased understanding between parent and child
Provides quality time together
Creates one-on-one time with the child
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 the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and
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.
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-farmersmarket/ 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-farmers-market 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 Maken-Take at my museum. Art making plays a central role in cognitive, motor, language and social-emotional development. 425 Washington Street Monterey, 93940, 831-6496444 11:00 a.m. Alisal Certi-
fied Farmers Market. Fresh produce and baked goods. 632 East Alisal Street, Salinas, 93901 http://everyonesharvest.org/ farmers-markets/alisal-certifiedfarmers-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, 831-423-0900 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. 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. 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. 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 12:30 p.m. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. A storytime for children under 3.
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Soledad Branch Library 401 Gabilan Drive, Soledad, 93960 831-678-2430 2:00 p.m. FUN & GAMES AT THE LIBRARY. Weekly fun and games at the library: board games, video games, movies, and/or crafts for kids, teens, and families. All ages welcome. Gonzales Branch Library 851 Fifth Street, Gonzales, 93926 831-675-2209
10:30 a.m. TODDLERTIME. Toddler stories & songs at Carmel Valley Branch Library. 65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 93924, 831-6592377 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
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
1:30 P.M. SVMH Farmers Market. Fresh quality fruits and vegetables from small-scale family farmers. 450 East Romie Lane, Salinas, 93901
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
2:00 P.M. Carmel Valley Certified Farmers Market. Fresh produce, prepared foods, and much more. 25 Ford Road, Carmel Valley, 93924
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
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
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. The Puppetry Institute 118 Cooper Street Santa Cruz, 95060, 831-440-7319
9:00 a.m. Downtown Salinas Farmers’ Market.
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. Bilingual Storytime at Seaside Branch Library. Librarians adapt stories, songs, and crafts to match the ages and attention spans of the children attending. Seaside Branch Library 550 Harcourt, Seaside, 93955 831-899-2055 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. 550 Harcourt, Seaside, 93955 831-899-2055
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Calendar January 2018
1 monday 9:00 A.m. Rio Resolution Run Rio Grill’s Resolution Run includes a 10K and a 5K course. Walkers, strollers and dogs on a leash are encouraged for this fun event. The finish line is located at the Carmel Mission Basilica on Rio Road. Participants walk back to The Crossroads Shopping Village for brunch, awards ceremony and a fantastic random prize drawing which is open to all registered runners and walkers. Registration fee includes a long-sleeve t-shirt, a brunch prepared by Rio Grill and the Kiwanis of Monterey, prizes for the top three-finishers in each age division and the opportunity to win lots of great prizes! Rio Grill Restaurant 101 Crossroads Blvd, Carmel, 93923 www.riogrillsresolution run.com 11:00 A.m. Begin your New Year at New Brighton beach Experience an unforgettable
negative tide and do what is rarely possible - walk the 2-mile roundtrip adventure along the beach from New Brighton to Capitola just before sunset. This staff-andvolunteer-led hike will meet on the sand at New Brighton State Beach just below the day use parking lot. Bring water, snacks, and proper footwearfeet may get wet. We will encounter interesting geologic features in a coastal bluff, 5-million-year-old whale fossils, shell fossils, tide pool creatures such as crabs, chitons, anemones, small fish, and the elusive octopus, and cover the natural history of the area. 831-685-6444 1:30 p.m. New Year’s Day Hike at Asilomar Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds is participating in the National “First Day Hikes” Initiative by inviting local residents and visitors to join hikers from around the country to kick-start their new year in a healthy way. Led by State Park Staff, Asilomar First Day Hikers will explore the panoramic 25-acre Natural
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Dunes Preserve Boardwalk Trail, and learn about the restoration and preservation of this unique habitat. Finish with a visit to the Native Plant Nursery. Free – no RSVP required. Meet State Park staff at the U.S. Flagpole. Bring water and binoculars if desired. Layered clothing and comfortable shoes recommended. Free parking in all conference grounds parking lots 800 Asilomar Ave Pacific Grove, 93950 (888) 635-5310
2 Tuesday 9:00 A.m. Community Day - Free Admission Free admission to the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum on the first Tuesday of the month. The Arboretum at UCSC is a research and teaching facility committed to plant conservation and serves both the campus and the public. UC Santa Cruz Arboretum 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz 831-502-2998 10:00 A.m. Free week at the National Steinbeck Center
Special events for the week: • Tuesday: Free tour of Historic Downtown Salinas with NSC docent John Mahoney. Learn about the area’s rich history and connections to John Steinbeck’s works. Meet at the front of the Steinbeck Center at 1PM and bring your walking shoes! • Wednesday: Director’s Tour with Susan Shillinglaw. Explore the John Steinbeck Exhibit Hall with renowned Steinbeck scholar and NSC Director Susan Shillinglaw at 1PM. • Thursday: Archives Tours with Lisa Josephs. Archivist Lisa Josephs will display a few items from the NSC’s archives at 1PM. • Friday: Quilt Reception. Meet local quilt artist at 6PM. • Saturday: Scavenger Hunt. Explore the exhibit hall for a chance to win items. • Sunday: Sale at the Steinbeck Center Museum Store. Enjoy 10% off your purchase from 10AM to 5PM (excludes collector’s corner & consignment items) • Monday: Movie Night! Join us for a free screening of Cannery Row at Maya Cinemas
HEALTH & WELLNESS!
We’ll have a directory of Monterey Bay martial arts studios plus articles of interest to parents about various topics relating to health, exercise, and sports for children and adults.
For information on how your business can be included
call 831-582-1373 Deadline to be included is Jan. 12
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10:00 A.m. Free week at the National Steinbeck Center A week of free activities at the National Steinbeck Center including: a tour of Historic Downtown Salinas; a Director’s Tour with Susan Shillinglaw; and Archives tour with Archivist Lisa Josephs. Other activities include a quilt reception, scavenger hunt, sale at the Steinbeck Center Museum Store, and a movie night at Maya Cinemas. National Steinbeck Center, 1 Main Street, Salinas, 93901, 831-796-3833, www.steinbeck.org
1:00 PM. 44th Annual Santa Cruz Fungus Fair. Come to Santa Cruz and explore the world of Wild Mushroom Foraging! Visit the Fungus Fair and learn about the hundreds of beautiful and fascinating species of mushrooms found in the Santa Cruz area. This unique Santa Cruz tradition features three days of fantastic fungus fun for the whole family. Check http://ffsc.us for additional information. Runs through 1/14/2018. Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street Santa Cruz, 95060 http://ffsc.us
3:00 PM. Triple P South County Open House Stop by for food, games and a chance to win prizes! Meet La Manzana Community Resources’ Triple P practitioners, sign up for a Triple P class or one-on-one services, and learn about other organizations that support children and families. La Manzana Community Resources, 521 Main St Watsonville, 95076 831-724-2997
10:00 aM. Annual Whalefest Monterey
The two-day event will feature a wide array activities including: Dee: The Beautiful Inflatable 43-foot whale. Attendees are able to go inside and see the ribs, heart, lungs, baleen, stomach and esophagus. Gyutaku, the Japanese art of stenciling fish, will be a fun activity for kids both days in front of Abalonetti Bar & Grill as well as scrimshaw-making with soap. The popular animatronic Coastie the Safety Boat™ will roam and talk with attendees. Seafloor Science ROV Day Camp will have underwater robotic kits to build and drive, Boe Bots to program, plus other ocean tech equipment to check out. There will also be many colorful photo ops with costumed animals roaming the Wharf area.
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National Steinbeck Center 1 Main Street, Salinas, 93901 831-796-3833 www.steinbeck.org
4 Thursday 9:00 A.m. Fort Ord National Monument Thursday 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 sheep and goat grazing programs. Hosted by: Bureau of Land Management. The event begins at Lightfighter LZ that is located at intersection of Skyline and Jacks Road. Follow the BLM special event signs from Lightfighter Drive to get to the venue. Open to
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5 friday 3:15 p.m. Drawing with Dante Rondo Come explore just how much you can get into your black and white drawings using graphite pencils on paper. Expand your abilities in using shade, tone, and contrast to make more expressive and masterful art. All materials are supplied by the library. This program is for ages 9-14 years old. Harrison Memorial Library Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel, 93923 831-624-4629 www.hm-lib.org/kids/ 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, approximately 80 venues including local businesses and art galleries team up with over 100 local artists for First Friday. The businesses throw their doors open in a low key, casual manner, which
is pretty much the opposite of your typical stuffy gallery crawl. 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/
fun games. Dinner and dessert are included. Open to ages 7-12 years The Monterey Youth Center 777 Pearl Street, Monterey, 93940 831-646-3873
5:30 p.m. Friday Fun Day at Watsonville Library Play card games, board games, Xbox games, and Wii games. Friday Fun Day is open to students in 4th - 12th grade. Watsonville Main Library 275 Main Street, Watsonville, 95076, 831-768-3407
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 begins promptly and lasts 2-3 hours. Elkhorn Slough Reserve 1700 Elkhorn Road, Castroville, 95012, 831-728-2822
5:00 p.m. First Friday Oldtown Salinas Around 50 galleries, shops, restaurants and other organizations in a three-block area throw open their doors to visitors for the Salinas First Fridays Art Walk. Each locale hosts a different experience; this Salinas event is full of things to do. 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 6:00 p.m. Lazer Tag A night of laser tag and other
9:00 A.m. The Home Depot Kid’s Workshop Get organized for 2018 in our hands-on Workshop where you and your child can assemble a wooden block calendar to kick off the new year. Useful year-round, the block calendar is perfect for a tabletop display. Once the calendar construction is complete, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate
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of achievement, a Workshop 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 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
7 sunday 9:00 AM. January’s Balance Bike Clinic Register for a clinic and come learn how to ride a bike without using training wheels! Balance bikes are the ideal partner to introduce your young child to the concept of two wheels. Ord Terrace Elementary School 1755 La Salle Avenue, Seaside, https://focmc.org/ events/2018/janbalancebikeclinic
8 Monday 6:30 PM. Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group Parents of children with special needs may feel isolated and overwhelmed with the medical, emotional, financial, educational and social issues they face as they raise their child. Meet other parents for support. Aptos/La Selva Fire Station 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos 831-818-9619
9 tuesday 9:00 AM. All saints’ day School open house Visit the school and meet faculty to learn about what All Saints’ Day School offers for children in preschool through 8th grade. Call Michelle Dominguez at 831-624-9171, ext. 12 to reserve your spot. 8060 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, 93923 3:30 PM. After School is Cool Craft Time Join Miss Pat for a fun after school craft. Make a color-me bracelet, leather bracelets with snaps. All materials are supplied by the library, and this program is for ages 5 through 9 years old. Harrison Memorial Library Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel, 93923 831-624-4629 www.hm-lib.org/kids/
10 wednesday 8:30 AM. Preview day at Stevenson school Visit the Carmel campus to experience Stevenson’s distinct program and environment. Meet leadership and faculty and engage in a morning of learning, observation and exploration. 831-574-4607 stevensonschool,org/previews 3:00 PM. Teen Gaming Bring your gaming consoles, your video games, your Magic cards, other RPG’s, friends and a snack for nothing but playtime in the community room on Mondays from 3:00-5:00 pm and Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 pm (times subject to change). Middle School and High School students welcome. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831-646-3933
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tacular event held at the world famous Steamer Lane. As the official ISA-recognized National Governing Body for the sport of surfing in the United States, Surfing America is responsible for holding the USA Surfing Championships event each year and for selecting the official USA Surf Team to compete internationally. Runs through 1/14/18. 701 West Cliff drive, Santa Cruz, 95060
12 friday 9:00 AM. Free Tours 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, 831-6465640 1:00 PM. 44th Annual Santa Cruz Fungus Fair Come to Santa Cruz and explore the world of Wild Mushroom Foraging! Visit the Fungus Fair and learn about the hundreds of beautiful and fascinating species of mushrooms found in the Santa Cruz area. This unique Santa Cruz tradition features three days of fantastic fungus fun for the whole family. Check http:// ffsc.us for additional information. Runs through 1/14/2018. Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street Santa Cruz, 95060 http://ffsc.us
13 saturday 7:00 AM. Return of the Natives Annual Bird Count and Park Cleanup! Come help RON collect data on bird populations.
This 10-year project helps to gauge the impact of the restoration efforts in Salinas! Birding will be from 7am-10am, followed by a trash clean-up from 10am-12pm. Hosted by CSUMB RON. Upper Carr Lake Park E. Laurel Drive, Salinas, 93906 831-582-3686 8:00 AM. Historical Aircraft Display Admission is free and everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft. Watsonville Aviation 100 AviationWay, Watsonville 831-768-3575 10:00 AM. Marina Block Party Big blocks, miniature kitchen, and other cool toys you don’t have at home. Plus, Dads read stories. Marina Branch Library 190 Seaside Circle, Marina, California 9393 831-883-7507 10:00 AM. Mushroom Appreciation Hike Join amateur mushroom enthusiasts on this informative hike describing and identifying the various fungi that popup on the Monterey Peninsula. Learn tips and techniques designed to introduce you to a world of appreciating mushrooms in the parks and in your back yard. Instructor is Julie Callahan, MPRPD Volunteer Naturalist. Open to ages 8 and up. Garland Ranch Park Visitor Center 700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 93924 www.mprpd.org 11:00 AM. Saturday on the Farm. Unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. Activities include: Wooden cow milking; kid-driven tractor and more. Agricultural History Project 2601 East Lake Avenue Watsonville, 95019 831-724-5898
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12:00 PM. 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 12:00 PM. NAACP Youth Day “Yes, We March for the Dream” celebrating the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Food, DJ, and booths from youth activist groups. Free event. Resource Center for Nonviolence 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, 95060 831-459-9349 1:00 PM. Choose Your Own Adventure Tour Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails. The group chooses from a selection of pre-planned walks, and then together seeks out the wonders of the woods! With our ample selection of trails,
abundance of wildlife, and constantly changing seasons, no two adventures will ever be the same. Meet at the Visitor Center, in the day-use area of the park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Henry Cowell State Park 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton, 831-335-7077 1:30 PM. After School is Cool Craft Time Join Miss Pat for a fun after school craft. Make a color-me bracelet, leather bracelets with snaps. All materials are supplied by the library, and this program is for ages 5 through 9 years old. Harrison Memorial Library Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel, 93923 831-624-4629 www.hm-lib.org/kids/
14 sunday 2:30 PM. Jennie Joseph: Improving Birth Outcomes Join us for an afternoon with
midwife and activist Jennie Joseph; hear everything you wanted to know about birth outcomes, discrepencies in maternal and fetal mortality, and other birth disparities facing people of color, indigenous populations and low income communities. Marina Branch Library 190 Seaside Circle, Marina, 93933 www.eventbrite.com/e/ jennie-joseph-improvingbirth-outcomes-tickets39758945075?aff=efbeventtix
15 monday 5:00 PM. Family Night Come and enjoy the many activities provided such as billiards, ping pong, foosball and Wii video games. The Monterey Youth Center 777 Pearl Street, Monterey, 93940 831-646-3975 5:00 PM. Family Night Come and enjoy the many activities provided such as billiards, ping pong, foosball and
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16 tuesday 5:00 PM. 1/2 Price Admission Day Enjoy a day full of rides, entertainment, animal meet and greets, fun and more during our ½ price off admission day. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, 95112
18 thursday 3:00 PM. Triple P South County Open House Stop by for food, games and a chance to win prizes! Meet La Manzana Community Re-
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Our online calendar is updated daily at MontereyBayParent.com sources’ Triple P practitioners, sign up for a Triple P class or one-on-one services, and learn about other organizations that support children and families. La Manzana Community Resources, 521 Main St Watsonville, 95076 831-724-2997 3:15 PM. Teen Writing Club Are you a writer and want to meet up with other writers to talk shop, write, critique or just share? Pop into Teen Writers Club for prompts, contests, mini-instruction sessions, and critique circles. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831-646-3933 6:00 PM. 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 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. Instructor: Julie Callahan, MPRPD Volunteer Naturalist. Open to ages 6 and up. Frog Pond Preserve Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Del Rey Oaks, 93955 www.mprpd.org
20 saturday 9:00 aM. Laguna Grande Birding Walk. This birding refuge offers something new with each visit! View waterfowl, raptors, and the seasonal migrants with amateur birders. From lake-side to wetlands to riparian surroundings, Laguna Grande Park has rich habitats and a wide array of birds to see. This program is good for the first-time to experienced birder. Open to ages 12 and above. Instructor: Rick Berg MPRPD Volunteer Naturalist. Laguna Grande Park Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Seaside, 93955 www.mprpd.org 9:00 AM. All saints’ day School open house Visit the school and meet faculty to learn about what All Saints’ Day School offers for children in preschool through 8th grade. Call Michelle Dominguez at 831-624-9171, ext. 12 to reserve your spot. 8060 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, 93923 10:00 aM. sensory city A morning of playing with water beads, kinetic sand, cloud dough, slime and more. Marina Branch Library 190 Seaside Circle, Marina, 93933, 831-883-7507
11:00 aM. Women’s March Monterey Bay The Women’s March is focused on registering new voters, electing more women and progressive candidates to office, sparking critical dialogue, and continuing to uplift the campaigns and voices of our most vulnerable communities. Otter Soccer Complex 4113 2nd Avenue, Seaside, 93955 www.facebook.com/womensmarchmontereybay/ 12:00 PM. Be the Change-Santa Cruz Women’s March We march again to reaffirm our commitment to work together for Women’s rights, social justice, and to protect the rights of all our neighbors and friends. The march will begin at Pacific Ave. and Water St. and will culminate in an activist fair at Louden Nelson Center featuring community heroes such as Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Diversity Center, and 30 other community groups. Art, music, speakers, food and fun will be staged during the event at Louden Nelson. Memorial Plaza-Downtown Santa Cruz 95060 www.facebook.com/ events/466458803750312/ 5:00 PM. Nature Night Hikes Meet at dusk and venture into
January Events the park for a 2-3 hour night hike. Switch off the flashlight, let your eyes adjust, and use heightened senses while exploring your nocturnal side. Instructor: Rick Berg MPRPD Volunteer Naturalist. Open to ages 12 and above. Palo Corona Barn Highway 1 Carmel, 93923 www.mprpd.org 7:30 PM. Fun & Games Night at my museum This event features tons of fun board games, a DJ in the tree house, entertainment, awesome food from local restaurants and lots of beer and wines. Traditionally a place for little ones to play, this special night is for grown-ups ages 21+ only. Buy tickets at www. mymuseum.org/us/events. 425 Washington Street Monterey, 93940 831-649-6444
21 sunday 8:00 AM. Monterey Bay Antiques & Vintage Market Monterey Bay Antiques & Vintage Market is a monthly outdoor market where you will find that cherished antique, a sought after vintage collectible or maybe some fun retro. Monterey Peninsula College www.montereyantiques.com 3:00 PM. Secret Lives of Pacific Chorus Frogs
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Discover the life and habitats of the Pacific chorus frog from egg to tadpole to adult. Learn to speak frog language. This adventure includes a hike around the pond searching for our amphibian friends, and exploring the frog’s habitats. Instructor: Valentine Hemingway. Frog Pond Preserve Canyon Del Rey Blvd. Del Rey Oaks, 93955 www.mprpd.org
25 thursday 6:00 PM. Triple P Workshop: Preventing & Managing Disobedience Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this free parenting workshop at Babies “R” Us/Toys “R” Us to learn: Common reasons why children refuse to cooperate or follow instructions; How to give instructions in a way that increases your child’s cooperation; How to respond calmly and consistently to challenging behaviors. Please note: child care is not available at this location. Presented in English by: Liliana Zamora, Community Bridges – La Manzana Community Resources. Babies R Us/Toys R Us 1660 Commercial Way Santa Cruz, 831-479-4296 email@example.com
27 saturday 10:00 aM. Greener Gar-
dening Workshops: Basic Composting Help reduce the amount of organic waste going to the local landfill. Compost your kitchen scraps and yard trimmings and in the process, produce a great and FREE soil amendment for your garden. Join this workshop to learn the basics of successfully composting in your backyard. Hosted by MRWMD Staff. Monterey Regional Waste Management District 14201 Del Monte Blvd., Marina, 93955, 831-384-5313 10:00 aM. Free Community Day at SC Museum of Discovery. Sponsored by Triple P Santa Cruz County, a program of First 5 Santa Cruz County. Enjoy free admission to the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD). Visit Triple P practitioners and First 5 staff at the SCCMOD for a chance to win raffle prizes, get quick parenting tips and tools, and have fun learning and exploring with your children! 1855 41st Avenue Capitola (inside Capitola Mall), Capitola, 95010, www.sccmod.org/ events/ 10:00 aM. Annual Whalefest Monterey The two-day event will feature a wide array activities including: Dee: The Beautiful Inflatable 43-foot whale. Attendees are able to go inside and see the ribs, heart, lungs, baleen, stomach and esophagus.
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Gyutaku, the Japanese art of stenciling fish, will be a fun activity for kids both days in front of Abalonetti Bar & Grill as well as scrimshaw-making with soap. The popular animatronic Coastie the Safety Boat™ will roam and talk with attendees. Seafloor Science ROV Day Camp will have underwater robotic kits to build and drive, Boe Bots to program, plus other ocean tech equipment to check out. There will also be many colorful photo ops with costumed animals roaming the Wharf area. Old 1 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, 93940 www.montereywharf.com 10:00 aM. Science Saturdays: Migrations and Sandy’s Birthday 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 on Science Saturdays, the last Saturday of the month, during the school year. Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, 93950, 831-648-5716 10:00 aM. Art Antics All ages welcome for this fun, creative event. Refreshments available. Marina Branch Library 190 Seaside Circle, Marina, 93933 831-883-7507
1:30 PM. Magic Show with Magic Dan. Magic Dan is returning to the Park Branch for a fun magic show. This program will be fun for the whole family Harrison Memorial Library Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel, 93923 831-624-4629
28 sunday 11:00 AM. Santa Cruz Bridal Expo Check out the area’s best photographers, florists, caterers, bakers, wedding and reception venues, entertainment, and other important services. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, 95060, http://beachboardwalk. formstack.com/forms/bridal_ expo_attendee 2:00 PM. Your Amazing Newborn Workshop Join Gail Root on an exploration of the amazing things your baby is learning and already knows. Monterey Birth & Wellness Center 4 Harris Court Suite A, Monterey, 93940, 831-3730711
30 tuesday 8:30 AM. San Carlos School open house Visit San Carlos School at this special open house in honor of National Catholic Schools. 450 Church Street, Monterey, 93940 831-375-1324
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