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Monterey Bay

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Serving the families of Monterey and Santa Cruz counties Welcome to Our First Issu e!

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Dozens of Awesome Local Events & Things To Do LEARN ALL ABOUT OUR AREA LIBRARIES

Plus: We’re celebrating DAD! See Your Child On one of Our Covers All the details inside!

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Monterey Bay Parent Magazine Presents the 2017-18

Cover Kids Contest We’re choosing 12 months of cover models

The staff of Monterey Bay Parent Magazine will choose our 12 favorites and then readers will vote for the GRAND PRIZE winner!

Each of the 12 finalists will appear on a cover between August 2017 & July, 2018 Check MontereyBayParent.com for entry fees, contest rules, prizes, and deadlines.

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Contents JUNE 2017

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18 Calendar of Events The best family-friendly events for June from throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

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Five Awesome Free Family Activities It doesn’t take big bucks to have fun in Monterey. Check out our suggestions for FREE family fun! by Nicole Amaral Make a Splash This Summer The ocean may be a little chilly for a dip but there are plenty of indoor and outdoor options for swimming. by Jennifer Hickerson

10 Take Them Outside! Our favorite Monterey County walks. by Rosa Escobosa

12 Getting To Know Your Local Library Monterey and Santa Cruz libraries offer a wealth of services for the entire family. by Jenny Delja 14 A Day For Dad. Make this Father’s Day one to remember with our celebration suggestions. by Kimberly Blaker 16 Adventures With Dad. Six awesome suggestions for “Dad’s Day Out.” by Jenny Delja

on the cover… Brenton Amaral is 4 years old and attends Mother’s Morning Out Preschool in Monterey. He will attend Transitional Kindergarten at Monte Vista Elementary School in the fall. Brenton is the son of Mike and Nicole Amaral of Carmel. Isabella Grace Amaral just turned 5 years old last month. Her parents are Brian and Sandy Amaral of Spreckels. She has a baby sister named Gabriella and she currently attends Sacred Heart Preschool in Salinas. Cover photo by Ben Kaatz Photography • 831-297-2000

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from the publisher… Welcome to Monterey Bay Parent! I attended UC Santa Cruz, lived in the Monterey area for almost 20 years, and my daughter was born at CHOMP–in other words, I have deep roots on the Monterey Peninsula. After leaving Monterey, I spent 18 years living in Naples, Florida where I published 4 family-oriented magazines including a monthly parenting magazine that has become a community institution after 17 years in production. But I always knew I wanted to be back in the Monterey Bay area! Last year, all the pieces fell together and I was able to sell my publishing company and make my way back to the area I have always considered home. Once I arrived, I quickly realized two things: 1. I really missed publishing and 2. Monterey Bay really needed a family magazine. The result of those realizations is Monterey Bay Parent magazine. My plan with MBP is to do what I did in Naples: build a community-based publication that serves the needs of parents and grandparents, residents and tourists alike. Each month we’ll bring you articles about local topics and parenting issues. We’ve been hard at work planning the issues and building a social media presence for the past few months. We’ve also been busy building our website. At MontereyBayParent.com you’ll find a calendar of events that is updated daily as well as articles of interest and extensive resources such as our directories for Summer Camps, Vacation Bible Schools, and U-Pick Farms. You can also find us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram–just search for Monterey Bay Parent or you can link directly to each through our website. I am excited to be back in Monterey and thrilled to be bringing Monterey Bay Parent to the area. Please feel free to reach out with your suggestions and requests. I’m also looking forward to meeting you at events! I hope you enjoy this issue and I look forward to your feedback. I’d like to take a second to thank a few people who have been instrumental in getting this first issue into your hands: Nicole Amaral: I couldn’t have done this without you. You have been such an amazing resource and so incredibly helpful. My appreciation is endless. Georg Foletta: You jumped in feet first and have done an amazing job. Your work ethic is inspirational and I so appreciate your thoughtful advice and your trust in this vision. Finally, to my daughter and son-in-law, Alex and Britton Stuart: Thank you for your support and words of encouragement. It means everything.

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PARENT P.O. Box 807 Pacific Grove, CA 93950 MontereyBayParent.com 831-582-1373 Publisher Andrea Breznay abreznay@montereybayparent.com 831-582-1373 Monterey Peninsula Sales Executive Georg Foletta gfoletta@montereybayparent.com 831-998-2501 Copy and Calendar Editor Nicole Amaral Cover Photographer Ben Kaatz Contributing Writers nicole amaraL kimberly blaker jenny delja rosa escobosa jennifer hickerson Editorial Submissions are welcome. We reserve the right to edit, reject or comment editorially on all material contributed. We cannot be responsible for return of any unsolicited materials. Articles and advertisements in Monterey Bay Parent do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher nor does the publisher assume responsibility for statements made by our advertisers or editorial contributors. Acceptance of advertising by Monterey Bay Parent does not constitute an endorsement of the products, services or information. We do not knowingly present any product or service which is fraudulent or misleading in nature. Monterey Bay Parent is available free of charge at over 250 distribution points throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz counties as well as digitally at www.MontereyBayParent.com. Monterey Bay Parent is ©2017 by Monterey Bay Parent, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited.

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FAMILY FUN

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Nicole Amaral

Five Awesome

One of the most common questions I hear lately is, “What is there to do around here that is fun and engaging, but won’t break the bank?” Since having my son four years ago, I have discovered that sometimes the best activities don’t cost a thing!

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Agricultural History Project-Watsonville Families from all over the U.S. spend hours exploring their educational exhibits, games, demonstrations, guest animal appearances, historical archives, and the agriculture research in the Codiga Center & Museum. The Agricultural History Project is located at the entrance to the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville. As you discover the rich agricultural history of Santa Cruz, Monterey and Pajaro Valley, you will learn about the crops, people, artifacts and farming practices that have made the Central Coast of California what it is today. Open every second Saturday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and by appointment. Call 831-724-5898 for additional information. 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville • (831) 724-5898 http://aghistoryproject.org/

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Star Toy Lending Library-Monterey A hidden gem ran by the Special Kids Crusade which was founded by parents of developmentally disabled children. Special Kids Crusade understands the challenges and achievements of children with differing abilities. They are working hard to develop quality regional resources, raise awareness in the community, and provide much-needed support for these special children and their families. The STAR Toy Lending library holds a myriad of different toys and books that can be checked out for FREE. (You will need to provide a valid credit card for them to keep on file). STAR Library is a special toy and resource lending library of Special Kids Crusade, Inc. but anyone can check out toys and books. They host special free events throughout the year, open to all. 1900 Garden Road Suite 230, Monterey • (831) 372-2730 http://specialkidscrusade.org/

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Story-time at The FarmSalinas The Farm is an agricultural education center and local farming business just outside of Salinas. They offer fresh produce for sale, farm tours, special family activities and a pleasant rural destination. During the height of their growing season, they also conduct a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription. On Tuesdays, homemade pizza is for sale. On Fridays, they bake fruit pies in their kitchen, which are then available for sale in their farm shop. Children will delight in feeding the farm animals and petting the bunnies. You can find many events & festivals each month on weekends for families, including puppet shows, hay rides (FREE) and cow train rides ($5). In Autumn they have a fun pumpkin patch. The Farm hosts an outdoor story time on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30am. Meet in the back patio under umbrellas for all ages stories, songs and snacks! The story time runs April 18th-Sept 27th. Hwy 68 off the Spreckels Road Exit,

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Salinas • (831) 455-2575 http://thefarm-salinasvalley.com

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Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District’s hikes & classes-Various locations Every season, Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District (MPRPD) puts together an exciting array of environmental education and outdoor related programs, classes and activities to broaden people’s opportunities to get outside, learn about and enjoy nature. These offerings include, geocaching, stargazing, hiking, geology, wildlife watching, art and writing, gardening, volunteer activities, fire safety and many other favorites. Programs are designed for the young, young at heart, families and friends. The Spring/Summer 2017 activities guide is available online and features some awesome free activities, from star parties in Carmel Valley to exploring the wonders of the Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing. Information regarding pre-registration and other details can be found on MPRPD’s website. www.mprpd.org/education-

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Science Saturdays at Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History-Pacific Grove 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. Hosted by the PG Museum Staff, you will always leave there with new knowledge and a better understanding of nature. Science Saturdays run from 10am-3pm. Program start again Saturday, August 26th with a Fossils theme. 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove (831) 648-5716 www.pgmuseum.org/science saturdays Nicole Amaral is a Monterey native and graduate of California State University of Monterey Bay. Nicole is the Calendar and Copy Editor for Monterey Bay Parent Magazine. She is the mother of a 4-year old son.

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FAMILY FUN

Make a Splash This Summer

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BIG SUR RIVER INN 46800 Highway One, Big Sur • (831) 667-2700 Located on the banks of the Big Sur River, this is a familyoriented resort, with a river-view restaurant, general store and burrito bar, and outdoor pool. If you are not staying the night in the hotel, you can take a “day” vacation to the Big Sur River Inn pool. They do not allow you to bring food or drink, however they have a full restaurant and bar next door as well as a burrito bar and made-to-order pizzas. On Sundays throughout the summer they offer live music featuring all kinds of jazz with some folk, Zydeco and world music mixed in. Hours of operation: The pool is open from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Lifeguard on Duty: No Cost: $10 per person; $20 per family CARMEL VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER POOL 25 Ford Rd, Carmel Valley • (831) 659-3983 CVCYC is a private, non-profit organization that provides one of the only outdoor pools for general swimming. Located in Carmel Valley, the weather tends to be warmer and more comfortable for swimming. They have a diving board and a small slide in the shallow end for smaller children. There is a full snack bar or you can pack food. It is recommended that you arrive early as parking and the lounge chairs fill up fast. Hours of operation: June 3-August 6 (weekend dates may be extended past August 6); Monday-Friday: Noon-4:00 PM; Saturday & Sunday: Noon-5:00 PM Lifeguard on Duty: Yes Cost: Non-Members: $8; Members: $6 Annual Membership fee is $50 and memberships run from January 1-December 31. Membership entitles you to discounts on hall rental fees, group swim-lesson fees, pool dayuse fees and pool passes. HARVEY WEST POOL

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hen it comes to family fun, swimming is always a great choice. Of course there’s always the beach but sometimes a dip in the pool, where your children are unlikely to get pounded by a huge wave, is the best way to cool off. Here are some local family-friendly pools where you can take the kids this summer. 8

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275 Harvey West Blvd., Santa Cruz • (831) 420-6140 This pool is operated by the City of Santa Cruz. Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday: 12:30 PM-2:30 PM; Sunday: Noon-3:00 PM Cost: $4 per person or $10 for family of four 12 passes: Residents-$50, Non-Residents-$42, Seniors-$38 MEADOWBROOK SWIM AND TENNIS CLUB 1553 Kimball Avenue, Seaside • (831) 394-6629 Located at the top of Kimball, Meadowbrook is a hidden gem. It is a private tennis and swim club. They have two pools, one is five and a half feet deep and a “Kiddie” pool which is only two feet deep. They offer a snack bar but members can also MONTEREY BAY PARENT • June 2017

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bring their own food. Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday: 6:45 AM-9:00 PM Friday-Sunday: 7:15 AM-6:00 PM* Lifeguard on Duty: No Cost: Initiation Fee: $250 plus Monthly Fee: $97 (for a family of four). Single Memberships available. SIMPKINS FAMILY SWIM CENTER 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz • (831) 454-7946 This pool is run by the Santa Cruz Parks Department. They have a large lap pool and a smaller warm pool for children and a water play area. Vending machines are available for snacks. Hours of operation: Summer Hours (beginning June 10) Monday-Friday: 1:00 PM-3:30 PM Weekends: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Lifeguard on Duty: Yes Cost: Adults: $6; Youth (Ages 4-12): $4 (Mondays- $2) Seniors (65+): $4; Children 3 and under: Free STILLWELL CHILDREN’S POOL AT LOVERS POINT PARK Ocean View Boulevard and 17th Street, Pacific Grove

INDOOR POOLS: MONTEREY SPORTS CENTER 301 East Franklin Street, Monterey • (831) 646-3730 Monterey Sports Center offers a large lap pool which has a slide and water basketball hoop as well as a smaller warm pool. Floats are not permitted in the pools during recreational swim. Floats are permitted every Friday evening during recreational swim time. Swim lessons are offered year-round. Hours of operation: Call for hours as they vary depending on the day, when the water slide is open and adult swim times. Water slide riders must be at least 46” tall & be able to swim unassisted to the exit ladder. Riders may not be assisted when riding the slide. Lifeguard on Duty: Yes Cost: Drop-in Fee includes: Use of locker/shower room, saunas, gymnasium, weight training center, cardio fitness center, sun deck, and two indoor pools. Child (5 & under) $3.75; Youth (6-17 years) $5.50; Adult (18-61 years) $9.00; Senior (62 & older) $6.50. Discount for Monterey residents and memberships available. PATULLO SWIM CENTER

This pool has a gorgeous ocean view and is perfect for little ones under 10 years old. The deepest section is 3 1/2 feet high at the wall. Children 10 and older are only allowed with the permission of the lifeguard. Children under 6 are required to be accompanied in the water by a paid adult. Hours of operation: June 1-September 5 Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Noon-4:30 PM Monday through Thursday from 2:30 PM-4:30 PM Lifeguard on Duty: Yes Cost: Monday-Thursday: $3.00 per person; Friday-Sunday: $5.00 per person

1148 Wheeler Street, Seaside • (831) 899-6815

TITUS PARK SWIM AND TENNIS

SALINAS AQUATICS CENTER

127 San Benancio Road Salinas • (831) 484-1825

920 N. Main Street, Salinas • (831) 758-7301

Located off of Highway 68 towards Salinas, Titus Park Swim and Tennis is a private club. The weather is usually warmer in this area. Titus Park is one of the few pools in the area that uses a salt system for water sanitation. This system reduces or eliminates the need for added chlorine. It’s much easier on the eyes, skin and even on swimsuits! The wading pool, at a depth of just one foot, is a great way to introduce children under six years to the water in a fun, safe environment. Hours of operation: OPEN SWIM is daily from Noon-5:30 PM & 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Lifeguard on Duty: Yes Cost: This is a membership only pool. Membership costs vary depending on length of membership and how it is paid (one payment or monthly installments). Call for most up to date information.

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Patullo Swim Center is run by the City of Seaside. They have a large lap pool with basketball hoop and small slide and a separate small kiddie pool. Hours of operation: June 5-July 28: Monday-Friday: 2:154:30 PM; June 5-December 30: Friday: 7:15-9:00 PM; Saturday: 1:30-4:00 PM Lifeguard on Duty: Yes Cost: Youth under 2 free; Youth Residents (17 & under) $3.50; Youth Non-Residents $4.00; Adult Residents (Lap Swim) $5.75; Adult Non-Residents (Lap Swim) $7.00

The Salinas Aquatic Center is operated by the Monterey County Aquatics/Salinas Valley Aquatics, Inc., and offers a variety of aquatic and swimming programs including: lap swim, lessons, family swim, water aerobics and more. The natatorium features a 73-foot-by-75-foot pool along with support spaces that include a lobby, office, lifeguard room, men’s and women’s locker rooms, storage space, and mechanical space. The natatorium is enclosed with an operable roof system that allows up to 50 percent of the roof to be opened. Hours of operation: June 13-August 13” Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 1:30 - 3:00 PM; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7:40 9:00 PM; Saturdays 3:30 - 5:30 PM Lifeguard on Duty: Yes Cost: Adult: $6; Youth: $4. Memberships are also available

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ummer is here and that means vacation and longer days with family and friends. The smells of BBQ and fireworks are in the air. These days can feel longer if we don´t have go-to places for children to explore and run off some steam. Here are nine local destinations where your family can enjoy some outdoor time and a great walk! 1. Frog Pond Wetland Preserve: Enjoy a short (¾ mile) loop around a beautiful pond while listening for the calls of ducks, frogs, and a variety of birds. Children will love exploring under the overgrown trees and bushes, which almost feel like a natural labyrinth. Don´t forget to bring your binoculars and a light lunch. Parking: Free, located off of the shoulder of Canyon Del Rey Blvd. Address: 698 Canyon Del Rey Blvd. Del Rey Oaks, CA, 93940 Directions: Drive north on HWY 1, exit Canyon Del Rey Blvd. and make a left. Continue onto Canyon Del Rey

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Blvd., parking will be on the left shoulder after Highland St. If driving down HWY 68 South toward Monterey, make a right onto Canyon Del Rey Blvd. and park on the right shoulder right after General Jim Moore Blvd. 2. Fort Ord Dunes State Park: At Fort Ord Dunes you will find over five miles of paved trails that are all access friendly. If you´re feeling adventurous, explore sand trails that branch off toward the dunes and beach. Only have a short break? Skip the walk and head down to the first beach access trail by the main parking lot entrance. Enjoy breathtaking views while the children climb the dunes. Parking: Free, open from sunrise to sunset. Address: Stillwell Hall Marina, CA, 93933 Directions: Driving North on HWY 1, take exit 406 toward Lightfighter Dr. Make a right onto 2nd Ave and another right on Divarty. Turn left on 1st Ave

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and take a right on 9th. Drive to the end of the road to enter the parking lot. 3. Jack´s Peak Park: Nestled comfortably in the hills of Monterey, Jack´s Peak Park offers a great workout within its eight miles of trails. Children will love its storybook location complete with lush pine trees. The whole family can experience the thrill of hiking up to the highest point in the Monterey Peninsula, rising 1,068 feet above the valley! The views of the ocean, city and bay below will quickly become a family favorite. Picnic areas are available next to the parking lots. Parking: $5 per vehicle. Address: 25020 Jack´s Peak Park Rd, Monterey, CA, 93940. Directions: Take HWY 1 North, exit Aguajito Rd and head east. Turn left onto Monhollan Rd and then a right onto Jack´s Peak Park Rd. 4. Salinas River State Beach: Located in the heart of Moss Landing,

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this trail is accessible through Potrero and Sandholt Roads off of HWY 1. The whole family will enjoy exploring trails and passing the slough, boats, and beach that connect the two entrances. Driftwood art and fortresses are common, so don’t forget to warm yourself on the sand when you venture off toward this small but charming town!

6. Fort Ord National Monument: This secluded location boasts over 80 miles of undeveloped wildland terrain. Flora and fauna lovers will enjoy identifying over 35 rare species of plant with scenic views of the valleys. This location is known for its inclines, so bring your mountain bikes and good hiking shoes.

Parking: Free. Address: Potrero Road access: 10933 Potrero Road Moss Landing, CA, 95039 Moss Landing Road access: 7866 Sandholdt Road Moss Landing, CA, 95039 Directions: Potrero Road offers ample parking. Drive North on HWY 1 and make a left onto Potrero Rd. Sandholdt Road parking is closer to the docks and downtown Moss Landing. Go North on HWY 1, make a left onto Moss Landing Rd. and make a right onto Sandholdt Rd.

Parking: Free. Address: Creekside Terrace Salinas, CA, 93908. Directions: Drive North on HWY 68 toward Salinas. Exit toward River Rd. Make a left onto River Rd, a right onto Portola Dr., and continue onto Creekside Terrace. Parking is free on the shoulders of the road.

5. Laguna Grande Regional Park: Take the family out for a walk around this gorgeous lake while exploring the three surrounding playgrounds and volleyball court. The complete loop is about a mile and you´ll enjoy tracking your distance or simply enjoying the sights of the ducks and birds. BBQ and picnic tables are also available. Parking: Free. Address: 1350 Del Monte Boulevard Seaside, CA, 93955. Directions: Driving North on HWY 1, exit Canyon Del Rey Blvd. and head East. The lake sits between Del Monte Ave and Fremont Blvd. Make a right onto any open parking lot.

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7. Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve: Elkhorn Slough is more than just a research facility. Dress in layers and take along a lunch, as you hike through marshes, woodlands, and creeks. The area is well known for its variety of birds. Kayaking will add to the day´s adventure in this wonderful reserve. Guided tours are available and families are invited to attend events promoting wildlife and conservation. The Visitor Center also has binoculars and bird books available for loan during visiting hours. Parking: Free. Admission: $4.12 day use for ages 16 and over, children are free. Address: 1700 Elkhorn Rd Castroville, CA, 95012. Directions: Drive North on HWY 1, turn right onto Dolan Rd, right onto Elk-

horn Rd, and your destination will be on your right after Empire Rd. 8. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve: Experience the sensation of wanderlust as this park offers beautiful scenery at every turn. With over 10 miles looping through the shore and forest, Point Lobos provides hours of endless space to explore. The forest will pull you in with its ocean vistas, the calls of sea lions, cliff viewpoints, tide pools, diving areas, and beaches all along the south shore. Parking: $10 per vehicle. Address: 62 California 1 Carmel-bythe-Sea, CA, 93923. Directions: Drive South on HWY 1, entrance will be on your right after passing Monastery Beach. 9. Mission Trail Park: A former estate that has now been converted into a 33 acre preserve, houses a network of trails rounding five miles that the whole family will enjoy. The trails are mostly flat and are surrounded by tall pine, redwoods, and a wide variety of flora. The trails wind through streams with visibility of Carmel Beach. A wellpreserved secret, Mission Trail Park is beloved by all who visit with its views of Point Lobos, the Carmel Mission Basilica and an abandoned mansion. Parking: Free. Address: 25800 Hatton Rd Carmelby-the-Sea, CA, 93923. Directions: Drive South on HWY 1 and exit at Ocean Ave. Make a left onto Hatton Rd. and make a right onto Mission Trail Park for parking.

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community Monterey County Libraries Monterey Public Library (625 Pacific Street, Monterey) children’s section is always fully stocked with coloring sheets, puzzles, and comfy cushions inviting children to snuggle up and read with Mom and Dad. At this library, kids love hopping up on the stools provided and scanning their own books for checkout. A newly opened snack stand Etta’s Eats, is located near the back entrance and serves up lots of inexpensive snacks for the kiddos and coffee drinks for the grown ups. The library offers story time for the preschool kids (2-5 years old) at 10:15am and 11:00am on Thursday mornings. This event is so popular that they offer the same program twice to accommodate everyone. For the baby and toddler crowd (0-2 years old), Baby Rhyme Time is offered on Fridays at

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10:30am. Mommies, daddies and other caregivers are invited to stay afterwards for some extra socializing and play. Hip special events are offered throughout the year for older kids, like the “Design Your Own Graphic Novel” three-week course offered this June. Check out the fully stocked calendar of events on their website, monterey.org.

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year, Wacky Wednesday afternoons offer tons of crazy (not particularly quiet) fun for kids of all ages. During the summer, in conjunction with their summer reading program, the library is offering a slew of special events starting at 2:00pm every Wednesday. These events include, marionette puppet shows, theatre for kids, music, comedy, magic, and storytelling. Check out pacificgrovelibrary.org for specifics.

At the Pacific Grove Library (550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove) the children’s section is also quite large. It is separated from the rest of the library, giving kids more freedom to scamper through the stacks and talk in louderthan-whisper voices. They have baskets of books and toys to keep the littles occupied while big siblings browse. Regular story times for ages 2 to 5 are Tuesdays at 11:00am, ages 0 to 2 is Thursdays at 11:00am. Throughout the

Harris Memorial Library Children’s Library (6th and Mission Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea) is housed in a separate building a few blocks away from the main library. The entire building is home to the children and teen collections. Computer stations provide age-appropriate content and games for toddlers through teens, as well as limited-access internet to the older kid-

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dos. The library is currently undergoing some cosmetic renovations but should reopen in early to mid-June. Regular story times throughout the year are on Wednesdays at 10:15am, however with the kick-off of the summer reading program in late June, the library will be offering a series of special presentations instead. Dates and times are TBD. Keep an eye on their website hm-lib.org for updates. The Marina Library (190 Seaside Circle, Marina) is part of the Monterey Country Free Public Library system, but the best way to find information online is through their advocacy group, Friends of the Marina Library (www.friendsofthemarinalibrary.org). This very busy group hosts huge used book sales annually and smaller sales bi-monthly; Children’s Block Parties, featuring big blocks, miniature kitchen, loads of cool toys, and reading Dads on the Second Saturday of every month. Preschool Storytime for ages 2 to 5 at 10:15am and 11:15am is hosted on Thursdays (the story times are identical, the space is just too small to accommodate everyone all at once). Bonus: there is a children’s play area, including a climbing structure, just outside the library. Another branch of MCFL, The Seaside Library (550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside) is a bit smaller, but offers just as much in terms of programing and resources for kids, tweens, and teens. They offer amenities such as kid-only computers with educational software, limited-access internet and an excellent homework center open Monday through Thursday afternoons. The homework center is staffed with knowledgeable adults (during the school year). Regular special events include story time every Tuesday at 10:30am and Bilingual Storytime every 4th Saturday at 11:00am. Every second Wednesday kids can boost their reading skills by reading to two wonderful Saint Bernard dogs. Programming does change from time to time, so call (831) 899-2055 for up to date times and dates. There are many other branches in the Monterey County Free Library System. Visit www.co.monterey.ca.us/ MONTEREY BAY PARENT • June 2017

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library to find which one is nearest to you. Salinas Public Libraries The Cesar Chavez Library (615 Williams Road, Salinas) has a variety of weekly programing throughout the year. Regular story time for tots, featuring songs and stories is held Thursdays mornings at 10:00am. Family Storytime is every Wednesday afternoon at 4:00pm. Children can read to dogs every Saturday at 10:45am. In addition to these programs, the library offers a Family Board Game Night on Thursdays at 4:00pm and Karaoke on Mondays at 5:00pm. Keep an eye out for the special programming associated with their summer reading program and pick up a schedule at the library. The library also offers an open play groups for ages 0-5 on Friday afternoons at 4:30pm, Saturdays at 10:00am and 1:30pm and Sundays at 1:30pm. These structured groups start with circle time, moving on to free play and finishing with story time. Snacks are provided. Call (831) 758-7355 for more information on these playgroups. The John Steinbeck Library (350 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas) offers Pajama Storytime on Thursdays at 6:00pm and Family Storytime on Saturdays at 11:00am. This library features a teen lounge designed by a focus group of teens complete with YA fiction section, graphic novels, Xbox and Wii gaming stations. The Steinbeck Library also hosts an open play group on Sunday afternoons at 3:00pm, just like the play groups found at Cesar Chavez. The smaller El Gabilan Library (1400 North Main Street, Salinas) offers a Pajama Storytime Tuesdays at 7:00pm. In addition to this open programing, Parents and their littles ones, ages 0-5, can enroll in weekly play groups offered seven days a week at all three Salinas public library locations as well as at the Hebbron Family Center (683 Fremont Street, Salinas). These play groups help develop relationships between caregivers and children and teach the principals of positive parent-

ing. Call (831) 758-7355 for more information. Registration for these groups is required. Sessions are 10 weeks. Santa Cruz Library System The upstairs of The Santa Cruz Library Downtown Location (224 Church Street, Santa Cruz) houses a spacious room for young people (ages 0-18). It is a safe and comfortable place for kids and teens to hang out, read, look at magazines and do their homework. Toddler Time for ages 0-3, is on Fridays at 10:00am and Preschool Storytime for ages 3-6 is on Thursdays at 10:00am. The library also offers D.I.Y crafts, selfdirected crafts for all ages, on Mondays at 3:00pm. The Live Oak Branch (2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz) is another one of the larger Santa Cruz public libraries. It has a young adult room and a story time area, as well as computers for kids and teens. They offer a Toddler Time for ages 0-3, on Mondays at 10:00am. They also host a Spanish (Bilingual) Storytime for ages 0-8, on Mondays at 5:30pm and Preschool Storytime for ages 3-6, on Wednesdays at 11:00am. Another D.I.Y Craft class meets Sundays at 1:00pm at this location. In addition to regular story times, The Aptos Branch (7695 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz) has a Youth Chess Club (ages 6-18), which meets on Tuesdays at 3:30pm this summer. The Santa Cruz Library system has ten libraries stretching from La Selva Beach to Boulder Creek. Most of these libraries offer an assortment of story times, family craft times, and tales to tails programs, which use therapy dogs to help children struggling with reading (contact library to make an appointment). Check out SantaCruzPL.org for a full calendar and information on individual libraries. Jenny Delja is freelance writer of fiction and nonfiction, as well as the dedicated mother of two girls, an avid cook and homemaker, a tree hugger and outdoor enthusiast, and a compulsive crafter. She lives in Monterey. montereybayparent.com

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A Day for Dad

Make This Father’s Day One to Remember

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athers play a significant part in children’s lives. They influence children’s self-esteem and school performance, are important role models, and among other meaningful roles, make fun-loving playmates. Father’s Day is just around the corner; so don’t be caught scrambling for the perfect way to show you care. Try some of these ideas, and make it a special day for Dad.

know just how much he means to you.

Video Surprise Make a “World’s Best Dad” video that he’ll treasure for years to come. Share special memories of your dad, sing to him, read him a poem, or do skits. Get the whole family involved and conduct interviews with each other with Dad as the main topic. Don’t forget your props such as a collection of his prized possessions including sports trophies or equipment that tell who he is. Be sure to let him

Memories of Dad Purchase a scrapbook, and create a record of memories about your father and you. Include photos of special outings, events, and holidays you’ve had together and other memorabilia from family vacations and activities such as concert or sporting event ticket stubs, postcards, and brochures. Next to each photo or item, describe your memories of those times together with your father.

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King for the Day It isn’t everyday that dad is waited on hand and foot. Offer to be his loyal servant for the day, and bring him coffee and toast in bed; fetch his newspaper; lie out his clothes, bath towel, and mat; be host or hostess and serve his beverages and snacks; clean up after him and anything else to give him the royal treatment.

A Man to Remember Get your creative juices flowing, and write a poem for your dad. You need not be a poet to come up with a few thoughtful words to say how much he means. Describe the impact he’s had on your life, how he’s helped you to become the person you are today, and what he is to you. Then print it on stationary and frame it. Musical Moment Take your father to see his favorite band or performing artist, enjoy a jazz or blues festival, or pack up some lawn chairs, and enjoy a local concert-in-the-park. Togetherness Takes Two Has your dad been putting off the dreaded task of cleaning out his attic or garage? Give him a gift of shelving materials and brackets, wall racks and ceiling hooks, and storage crates. Then spend the day helping him to get it organized.

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World’s Greatest Let dad know that he’s the greatest 365 days a year! Give him a “World’s Greatest Dad” coffee mug, t-shirt, book cover, book marker, wallet card, or other trinket that he’ll see or use regularly. Sports Buff’s Surprise Take your dad for a sporting good time. Play a game of golf, tennis, or basketball, go fishing, or enjoy a paddle around a lake. If being a spectator is his thing, purchase tickets to his favorite sporting event. Weekend Getaway Get in touch with nature and each other on a camping trip for two. Either rough it in a tent or rent a mini cabin at a state park, and spend your weekend enjoying nature hikes, sight seeing, fishing, boating, playing cards, and taking it easy together. Father’s Day Feast As the old adage goes; the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So, treat dad to a mouthwatering meal on the bar-be-que. Fix him his favorite: steak, ribs, chicken, burgers, or chops for starters, and don’t forget the grilled potatoes or squash, garlic bread or rolls, fresh green beans or asparagus, potato salad, and his favorite dessert. Just the Two of Us Put together a photo collage of you and your father. There are many ways to do this. Find instructions at your nearby craft store and create a Decoupage photo collage, keep it simple with a multi-photo frame, or purchase a unique 3D Photo Collage frame which can be found through a number of stores online. Take a Stroll Enjoy a peaceful walk together in the park or the country. Better yet, gather your bikes or roller blades, hit a scenic bike path, and enjoy the summer breeze. Certificates of Appreciation Show Dad you appreciate his hard work by returning the favor. Make coupons that say: “In appreciation for all that you do, Dad, please redeem this certificate for a hassle-free car wash by me!” Other favors include sweeping out the garage, mowing the lawn, or any other task for which he normally takes responsibility. Catch a Flick…..or two Treat your dad to a movie fest. Rent a couple newly released videos or some of his long time favorites, or head to the cinemas for a double feature. Whether you take the movies in at home or the theatre, don’t forget the hot, buttered popcorn, candy, and soft drinks. A Gift of Giving Does your dad have a favorite cause or charity such as the Humane Society, the Nature Conservancy, or American Cancer Society? If so, why not give him a membership or make a donation in his name? Remember that small donations add up and are always appreciated. Kimberly Blaker, of Arizona, is an author and freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in more than 200 newspapers, parenting and women’s magazines, and other publications. MONTEREY BAY PARENT • June 2017

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ery often, weekend mornings at our house start with “Daddy Sandwiches”, comprised of egg, cheese, and bacon that apparently only my husband can make correctly. Dad informs the troops that today is a “Daddy and Daughter Day.” When the girls ask Dad where he is taking them this time he just smiles and says, “We are going on an adventure!” This means that they will disappear for a while, reappearing with sweaty, dirty faces, mud-caked shoes and smiles reaching from ear to ear. Both girls spill over to give an account of their special day with Daddy. Here are some of their favorite Monterey County adventures: Kayaking at Moss Landing The water is still and clear in the Elkhorn Slough making kayaking an easier

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feat then in the bay. Otters and birds, too numerous to count will surely grace you with their presence. The ratio for this adventure is 1 adult per 1 child for the tandem kayaks, and children need to be 5 and over. My older daughter simply loved this special date with Daddy. Her favorite part was watching a dolphin swim under their kayak! Check out Monterey Bay Kayaks (montereybaykayaks.com) located in Moss Landing for information on renting a kayak. Overnight Camp-Out More than once Dad has packed up the car and taken the girls on an overnight adventure. It has been an excellent opportunity for our kids to learn how to put up a tent, how to make and keep a fire, and how to survive without Mom. The girls love to cook hotdogs on a stick and devour S’mores. Daddy usu-

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ally brings a favorite chapter book to read by flashlight before lights go out. In the past, camp-outs have been held at Andrew Molera State Park, but the camp ground is currently closed until further notice due to damage from the fires and flooding. Unfortunately, most of the Big Sur camp groups are currently closed or unreachable. However, Veteran’s Memorial Park in Monterey offers a less-involved, closer to home option. The forty drive-up campsites are first come, first serve and are equipped with tables and fire pits. If you can plan ahead, it is wise to make reservations at the many other campgrounds from Monterey to Santa Cruz. Check out Fremont Peak State Park south of San Juan Bautista, for primitive campsites under the oak trees and excellent views of the Monterey Bay. Another gem is Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Santa Cruz near the

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Roaring Camp Railroad (an adventure for another day perhaps). My kids are fascinated by the John C. Fremont Tree, a particularly huge redwood hollowed out by fire, located in Henry Cowell. Archery Class in Salinas My husband takes my older daughter every few Saturdays to the Jim Cox Archery Shop in Salinas (28 Quail Run Circle, Suite D, Salinas). Weekly lessons are offered every Saturday at 10:00am and 11:30am. They provide the bows, arrows, and an eight-lane range. Her favorite part of the lessons is getting to pop balloons. Between lessons, both girls practice with Dad in the backyard, shooting rubber tipped (safety) arrows at a homemade target. Going to the SPCA My husband is extremely allergic to cats but my girls can’t get enough. They love everything about them. The girls are often found wandering the house, meowing and lamenting their bad luck that we can’t get a kitten of our own. One of their favorite Daddy-Daughter Day adventures was a trip to the SPCA

for Monterey County (1002 Monterey Salinas Highway, Monterey). They were invited to pet and hold the kittens and puppies. My girls went from room to room in pure bliss, visiting each and every kitten. They also visited the smaller dogs and made friends with a puppy named “Plum”, who they still talk about almost a year later. Luckily a few hours with the animals didn’t aggravated Dad’s allergies too much. He got bonus points with the girls for taking them there, “even though he was allergic.” The Home Depot Kid’s Project Many weekend adventures start at The Home Depot. I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention that the first Saturday of the month, all Home Depot locations offer a free workshop for children of pretty much any age (though younger kids need a lot of parental help and recommended age is 5-12). Most projects make use of hammers, nails, wood glue, screws, and paint. Supplies and paper instructions are provided free, as well as a Home Depot apron and a pin to commemorate the project. My kids have made flower pots, picture frames, box-

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es, wagons, trucks, airplanes, and much more. This is a very popular event, so Dad likes to make sure he gets the girls out early so they can get a space at the workbench. Downtown Monterey My husband and girls like to wander around downtown Monterey, exploring the gardens and enjoying a lunch of hummus, veggies, and chicken strips at Peter B’s in the back of the Portola Plaza Hotel. It features a nice outdoor area and great kid’s menu. Often the adventures are as simple as a trolley ride to Cannery Row to buy a single gum ball at IT’SUGAR. We love this place because there is no minimum candy buy. In the end, it doesn’t really matter what they do, the girls love their special time with Dad and of course Mom loves it too! Jenny Delja is writer of fiction and nonfiction, as well as the dedicated mother of two girls, an avid cook and homemaker, a tree hugger and outdoor enthusiast, and a compulsive crafter. She currently lives in Monterey.

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Calendar JUNE 2017

happy father’s day!

Celebrate Dad’s special day at one of these events:

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June 18, 2017 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Father’s Day Hike Outdoors. Take Dad on an invigorating hike in Garland Park up to the Mesa Pond. Stop for a snack while looking for wildlife in the grassy meadows nearby. Then cool down in the shade of Maple Canyon on the way back down. Call (831) 372-3196 for more information. 700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, California 93924. June 18, 2017 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM Run in the Name of Love. Run in the Name of Love is a unique event offering runners and walkers the opportunity to honor and pay tribute to the very special people in their lives. Partici-

pants will enjoy the unparalleled natural beauty of the course and a memorable finish celebration. Check http://run4love.org for additional information. June 18, 2017 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Father’s Day-Hats off to Dad. Salute Dad on Father’s Day by treating him to a ride on a steam train and then tuck into an old-fashioned Chuck Wagon BBQ platter. One dad will be selected to go on a cab ride in the locomotive. Call (831) 335-4484 for additional information. Roaring Camp Railroads 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 95018

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Thursday, June 1 IN MONTEREY COUNTY

10:00 a.m. BILINGUAL TODDLER STORYTIME. A storytime for children under 3. Join us for short stories, songs, action rhymes, finger plays, and fun. Toddlers will be introduced to sounds, letter recognition, and new words that will help to develop literacy skills. Held weekly on Thursday. 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. This program will be held in the Michelle Lang Children’s Room. Stories, songs and a craft. Marina Branch Library 190 Seaside Circle, Marina, 93933 831- 883-7507 www.co.monterey.ca.us/library/# Held weekly on Thursday.

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10:30 a.m. MY music series. Join popular children’s musician, MaryLee Sunseri every Thursday morning for singing, dancing and more! Children have a natural love of music and exposure on a regular basis helps children to become more creative when problem-solving, and stimulates healthy brain development. My Museum, 425 Washington Street, Monterey 93940 www.mymuseum.org Held weekly on Thursday. 10:30 a.m. preschool storytime. For children aged 2-5 at Buena Vista Branch Library. 18250 Tara Drive, Salinas 93908 831-455-96099 Held weekly on Thursday. 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. Toddlers will be introduced to sounds, letter recognition, and new words that will help to develop literacy skills. Cesar Chavez Library 615 Williams Road, Salinas, 93905 www.salinaspubliclibrary.org Held weekly on Thursday. 11:00 a.m. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. A storytime for children under 3. King City Branch Library 402 Broadway, King City, 93930 831- 385-3677 www.montereycountyfreelibraries.org Held weekly on Thursday.

June Events brary: board games, video games, movies, and/or crafts for kids, teens, and families. Activities will vary week to week but the fun will always remain. All ages welcome. Gonzales Branch Library 851 Fifth Street, Gonzales, 93926 831- 675-2209 www.montereycountyfreelibraries.org Held weekly on Thursday. 2:00 p.m. FAMILY STORYTIME. A storytime for children and their families. Greenfield Branch Library 315 El Camino Real, Greenfield, 93927 831- 674-2614 www.montereycountyfreelibraries.org Held weekly on Thursday. 3:15 P.m. Teen Chef. Hungry after school? Who isn’t? Come in and learn to make the recipe of the month, and eat it while you watch a movie. High School and Middle School students welcome. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey 93940 831-646-3933 4:00 p.m. TEEN LOUNGE FIRST THURSDAYS. If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, join us open mic, story slams, and theater games. Held at Harrison Memorial Library. Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel-by-the-Sea, 93923 831- 624-4629 www.hm-lib.org/

12:30 p.m. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. A storytime for children under 3. Soledad Branch Library 401 Gabilan Drive, Soledad, 93960 831- 678-2430 www.montereycountyfreelibraries.org

5:00 p.m. Family Storytime. 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. Seating is first come, first serve. Held at Cesar Chavez Library 615 Williams Road, Salinas, 93905 831-758-7345 Held weekly on Thursday.

2:00 p.m. FUN & GAMES AT THE LIBRARY. Weekly fun and games at the li-

6:30 p.m. pajama Storytime. Librarians adapt stories, songs, and crafts to match

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the ages and attention spans of the children attending. Parents are encouraged to come and learn how to foster early literacy skills. Come early. Seating is first come first served. 350 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, 93901 831-758-7311 Held weekly on Thursday. IN santa cruz COUNTY 10:00 a.m. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. We’ll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft. Open to ages 3-6. Held at Downtown Branch Library. 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-427-7707 www.santacruzpl.org/branches/7/ Held weekly on Thursday. 10:00 a.m. TODDLERTIME. A 60 minute program for children, 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers. Join us for music, stories & play. Space is limited. Held at Scotts Valley Branch Library. 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, 95066 831-427-7712 www.santacruzpl.org/branches/12/ Held weekly on Thursday. 10:30 a.m. STORYTIME. Join us for Story Time at Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery and watch your child’s imagination soar to new heights. Free with Museum admission and for MOD Members. 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola, 95010 (888) 424-8035 www.sccmod.org/ Held weekly on Thursday. 4:00 p.m. Minecraft.edu. Learn how to survive in the world of Minecraft. Open to ages 8 to 18. Space is limited to 14 on a firstcome basis. No advance registration necessary. Held at LaSelva Beach Library. 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach, 95076 831-427-7710 • www.santacruzpl.org Held weekly on Thursday. 3:00 p.m. FAMILY CRAFTS. The projects are often messy so please dress accordingly. Held at Boulder Creek Branch Library. 13390 West Park Avenue Boulder Creek, 95006, 831-427-7703 www.santacruzpl.org/branches/5/ Held weekly on Thursday.

Friday, June 2 IN MONTEREY COUNTY

10:30 a.m. TODDLERTIME. Toddler stories & songs at Carmel Valley Branch Library. 65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 93924, 831- 659-2377 Held weekly on Friday. 10:30 a.m. weird science at my museum. Hands-on learning is a necessary experience in early childhood education. Young visitors will have the opportunity to explore the scientific world on their own terms at their own pace. MYM staff facilitate learning through demonstrations

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and guided activities. Prepare to get messy and have fun. 425 Washington Street, Monterey, 93940 831-649-6444 • mymuseum.org Held weekly on Friday. 3:30 p.m. YOUTH CHESS CLUB. Free, equipment provided, all levels of play welcome (beginner to skilled players). Parents are welcome to observe or participate. Held at King City Branch Library. 402 Broadway King City, 93930 831-385-3677 www.montereycountyfreelibraries.org 5:00 p.m. First friday Oldtown Salinas. Around 50 galleries, shops, restaurants and other organizations in a threeblock area throw open their doors to visitors. Each locale hosts a different experience; this Salinas event is full of things to do. Behind shop and gallery doors, you may find an exhibition of photos or paintings, a book reading, a live band, a dance performance, activities for children, music lessons, or something else entirely. Oldtown Salinas, 93901 831-594-1799 • www.artistasunidos.org 6:00 p.m. First friday Pacific grove. Sponsored by several participating businesses in downtown Pacific Grove. Downtown Pacific Grove, 93950 831-655-9775 • firstfridaypacificgrove.org IN santa cruz COUNTY 10:00 a.m. TODDLERTIME. Toddler Time is for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, finger plays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Held at Downtown Branch Library. 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-427-7707 www.santacruzpl.org/branches/7/ Held weekly on Friday. 10:30 a.m. STORYTIME. Explore art and science with us. We may be inside or outdoors in the play area. Children 6 and under will need an adult to help them. Held at Capitola Branch Library. 2005 Wharf Road, Capitola, 95010 831-427-7705 • www.santacruzpl.org Held weekly on Friday. 3:00 P.M. Family Craft Program. Join us for Story Time and watch your child’s imagination soar to new heights. Free with Museum admission and for MOD Members. Held at Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery. 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola, 95010 (888) 424-8035 www.sccmod.org/ Held weekly on Friday. 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 art-

ists 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,. Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 95060 http://firstfridaysantacruz.com 5:00 P.M. Free first friday. Bike Night is a family-friendly event for community members to come learn about local bike resources and celebrate biking in Santa Cruz. Held at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art. 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-429-1964

Saturday, June 3 IN MONTEREY COUNTY

8:00 a.m. SPARTAN KIDS RACE MONTEREY. Run. Jump. Duck. Climb. Get Muddy! Get ready for the most fun obstacle course you’ve ever seen. This course is made for you to have the time of your life. Toro Park, 501 Monterey-Salinas Hwy 68 Salinas, 93908 www.co.monterey.ca.us/parks/toro.html 9:00 a.m. LAGUNA GRANDE BIRDING WALK. This birding refuge offers something new to see with each visit. Join amateur birders to view waterfowl, raptors and seasonal migrants. From lakeside to wetlands to riparian surroundings, Laguna Grande Park has rich habitats. Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Seaside, 93955 www.seemonterey.com 10:00 a.m. PLAY & LEARN CLASS. REGISTRATION. Join at any time during the session and your class will be pro-rated. We have three Play and Learn Classes offered on Saturdays. Open to ages 2-5. Marina Del Mar School 3066 Lake Drive, Marina, 93933 831- 384-0255 10:00 A.M. Bookshop Sidewalk Sales. Used book bargains at John Steinbeck Library. 350 Lincoln Street, Salinas, 93901 831-758-7311 • friendsofsalinaspl.org 10:00 A.M. The 58th Annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival. The 58th Annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. It is fun for the whole family featuring local chef demonstrations, artichoke inspired delicious food, a Kids Zone, musical entertainment, AgroArt, and a new Wine and Beer Garden. Admission is $15 adults; $10 active military and seniors (62+) and children (6-12); children 5 and under free. 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, 93940 831-633-2465 • http://artichokefestival.org Also held Sunday, June 4. 10:00 a.m. FIRST SATURDAY BOOK SALE. Monthly book sale of gently used books, DVDs and CDs. Held at Pacific Grove

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Our online calendar is updated daily at MontereyBayParent.com Public Library. 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, 93950 831-648-5760 www.pacificgrovelibrary.org/ 10:00 a.m. Junior chef-american girl birthday party. Birthday Party at Williams Sonoma. $30 per child includes American Girl apron. 1210 Del Monte Center, Monterey, 93940 831-641-9398 • www.williams-sonoma.com 10:00 a.m. Kids Club Craft at michaels. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop. Just $2 per child for ages 3 and up. All supplies are included. 1690 North Main Street, Salinas, 93906 831-384-0562 • www.michaels.com 10:45 a.m. reading to dogs. Children practice their reading skills by reading to dogs while the dogs enjoy the interaction with children. Held at Cesar Chavez Library. 615 Williams Road, Salinas, 93905 831-758-7345 • www.salinaspubliclibrary.org Held weekly on Saturday. 11:00 a.m. LIVING HISTORY DAYS. Step back to the early days of San Juan. Meet mountain men, Civil War soldiers, Victorian ladies, and more. Enjoy craft and cooking demonstrations. Held at San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. 19 Franklin Street, San Juan Bautista, 95045 831- 623-4526 • www.parks.ca.gov 11:00 a.m. reading to dogs. Grade school students can practice their reading with Walker, a therapy dog, and Linda, a retired teacher,. Held at Castroville Branch Library. 11160 Speegle, Monterey, 95012 831-769-8724 www.co.monterey.ca.us/library Held weekly on Saturday. 11:00 a.m. 86th Annual Monterey History and Art La Merienda & the City of Monterey’s 247th birthday. The community is invited to celebrate the 86th Annual Monterey His-

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tory and Art La Merienda and the City of Monterey’s 247th birthday with a very special barbecue buffet extravaganza, with entertainment by Mike Marotta, Jr. & special guests, mariachis, and folklorico dancers, and a festive “Californio” party in the historic Memory Garden on Custom House Plaza. La Merienda (Spanish word for picnic) includes great food and entertainment, a procession, and much, much more. This not-to-be missed very special community event celebrates the founding of the City of Monterey in June 1770 when Father Junipero Serra (recently canonized as a Saint by Pope Francis) and Captain Gaspar de Portola celebrated with a picnic overlooking the Monterey Bay. All guests are also welcome to dress in 18th century costume. 831-372-2311 http://museumofmonterey.org/lamerienda/ 12:00 P.M. Lgbtqia+ Pride Month Family Ride. Sponsored by Families of Color Monterey County, Family Biking Monterey County, and The Friends of the Marina Library join us as we celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month. Dennis the Menace Park, 777 Pearl Street, Monterey 93940 831-275-3171 1:00 P.M. summer reading kickoff. Join Monterey Public Library and Monterey Recreation staff for the Summer Reading Kick-Off event. This year’s theme is “Reading by Design” and we invite children, teens and adults to join us on Colton Hall Lawn. Summer Reading runs June 3-July 31, but the sooner you sign up, the sooner you can start earning prizes. Open to all ages. 570 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940 831-646-3933 2:00 P.M. Saturday Matinee. Sponsored by The Friends of the Seaside Library. Free movie screening and popcorn. Feel free to bring a cushion for your chair. 550 Harcourt, Seaside, 93955 831-899-2055

June Events 6:30 P.M. discover marina dunes preserve. Walk the sandy dunes at sunset. Watch the sky fill colors as we learn about this dynamic ever changing landscape. From fore dune to hind dunes, the sands host abundant plant and animal life. Discover how this relatively harsh environment creates a unique and thriving community. Instructors: Mary Gale and Julie Callahan, MPRPD Volunteer Naturalists. Hwy 1 & Reservation Road, Marina, 93933 www.mprpd.org IN santa cruz COUNTY 9:00 a.m. FROM OAKS TO OTTERS: WOODLAND WALK IN THE ELKHORN SLOUGH WATERSHED. First, view the slough surroundings from the Elkhorn Slough Reserve overlook and learn about the protection of this valuable waterway. Next, carpool to Long Valley, a majestic oak habitat accessible only by permission. Held at Elkhorn Slough Reserve. 1700 Elkhorn Road, Castroville, 95012 831-728-2822 www.elkhornslough.org/esnerr/ 10:00 a.m. tales to tails. Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read. Held at Downtown Branch Library. 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-427-7717 • tales2tails@santacruzpl.org Held weekly on Saturday. 10:00 a.m. REDWOOD MOUNTAIN FAIRE. Music lovers, arts/crafts aficionados, and people of all ages will enjoy this remarkable festival. The annual Redwood Mountain Faire brings together a wide range of music styles on two stages, with juried fine art and crafts. Held at Roaring Camp Railroads. 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 95018 831-335-4484 • www.roaringcamp.com Also held Sunday, June 4.

at The Carmel Youth Center • June 5 through August 4 • 8am-6pm daily

$25 per day • Purchase as many days as you like and use them during the summer We are committed to providing fun and enriching activities for our youth. The Summer Fun programming is for children between the ages of 8 to 14.

STEM AND ART SUMMER CAMPS! SOLAR CAR CAMP and MAKER CAMP. Open to grades 3-5. Call for available camp dates. Separate fee required.

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The Monterey Firefighters are presenting “Movie in the Park” on Friday, June 16 at 8:00 PM. Your family will enjoy complimentary popcorn and cotton candy plus fire engines, face painting, the My Museum “Whoolie Mobilee, and the Library Book Mobile will be available. Food vendors will be on hand with food for purchase. Check www.montereyfirefighters. org for additional information. 11:00 A.M. Ebb & Flow Kinetic Art Parade and River Arts Celebration. A free, family-friendly full day with an art parade down the Riverwalk ending in a celebration at the Tannery Arts Center, featuring music, dance, art-making, a kinetic art parade, and terrific fun, all with a river theme. Held at Tannery Arts Center. 1010 River Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 www.artscouncilsc.org/ebb-flow/ 1:00 P.M. Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival. Your ticket price includes an afternoon of wine & craft brew tastings & a live auction, in a majestic redwood setting with great live music. We’ll have favorite local food trucks, local wines available for purchase and many wonderful art and artisan vendors so don’t forget to bring your wallets. Held at Boony Doon Equestrian Park. 3675 Bonny Doon Road, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-420-0800 1:30 P.M. Family Crafts. Stop by the Branciforte Branch Library to make something fun with your family. 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz, 95062 831-427-7704 Held weekly on Saturday.

have those bright blue bellies, a third eye, and do push-ups? Find out about these energetic creatures through stories, games and other activities. Held at Garland Ranch Park Visitor Center. 700 West Carmel Valley Road Carmel Valley, 93924 831- 372-3196 • www.mprpd.org 2:00 P.m. The music man medley. Free admission with featured guest artists: Cypressaires Chorus, Bay Belles Chorus, Four on the Floor Barbershop Quartet, Kaatia Larson, Jeff Hindersheid, and Professor Gordon. Held at Monterey Peninsula College. 930 Fremont St., Monterey, 93940 831-646-3866 • www.cypressaires.org IN santa cruz COUNTY 1:00 p.m. OPEN ART & TINKER TIME. Open Art & Tinker Time. Free with admission/membership! Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola, 95010 (888) 424-8035 • www.sccmod.org/ Held weekly on Sunday.

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6:00 P.M. Mama’s Night Out at santa cruz beach boardwalk. Grab your girlfriends, dust off your little black dress and come together to raise money for Unravel Pediatric Cancer. Have some delicious appetizers, or skip those and go right to dessert. 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 www.facebook.com/ events/373437516364336/

9:30 a.m. TOTS IN MOTION. Open to ages crawling to 24 months, designed to promote motor skills through movement. Young toddlers have the opportunity to move in different ways using age-appropriate equipment. Held at Parents’ Place. 1025 Lighthouse Avenue Pacific Grove, 93955, 831-646-6623 http://pgae.pgusd.org/parents/ Held weekly on Monday.

Sunday, June 4

10:00 a.m. LA LECHE LEAGUE BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP. Monthly meetings are ongoing. All women are welcome. We do suggest that you call to confirm the meeting date before attending, as occasionally meetings must be rescheduled.

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10:00 a.m. BLUE-BELLIED BEAUTIES. Blue-bellied lizards or Western Fence Lizards are everywhere. But do you know why they

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Held at Marina Del Mar School. 3066 Lake Drive, Marina, 93933 831- 384-0255 3:15 PM. monday maker madness. Whether you are a crafting wizard or you just like to make stuff with your hands, drop in on Monday afternoons to build, tinker, and create with us. Each week we’ll try something new. Bonus: We’ll also have some space set up for tabletop gaming. Held at Monterey Public Library. 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940 831-646-3933 • www.monterey.org/library Held weekly on Monday. IN santa cruz COUNTY 10:00 a.m. MUSIC TOGETHER. Musical Me offers Music Together classes to children newborn through age 6, and the adults who love them. Our Music Together classes build on your child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. Held at Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery. 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola, 95010 (888) 424-8035 • www.sccmod.org/ Held weekly on Monday. 10:00 a.m. TODDLERTIME. Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. Join us for early literacy practices involving music, movement, stories, rhymes and more for your child and you. Space is limited, please arrive on time. Held at Live Oak Branch Library. 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, 95062 831-427-7711 • www.santacruzpl.org www.santacruzpl.org/branches Held weekly on Monday. 10:30 a.m. storyTIME. Join us for Story Time and watch your child’s imagination soar to new heights. Free with Museum admission and for MOD Members. 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola, 95010 (888) 424-8035 Held weekly on Monday. 12:00 p.m. D.I.Y. Craft. Do It Yourself craft for families and independent kids. Held at Downtown Branch Library. 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-427-7707 • www.santacruzpl.org Held weekly on Monday. 5:30 p.m. Spanish Storytime. Join us at the Live Oak Library for a Spanish Storytime. This program is for children ages 0-8 and their families. 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, 95062 831-427-7711 • www.santacruzpl.org Held weekly on Monday.

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9:00 a.m. PAJAMA STORYTIME. 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.

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Our online calendar is updated daily at MontereyBayParent.com Come a few minutes early. Seating is first come first serve. Held at El Gabilan Library. 1400 North Main Street, Salinas, 93906 831-758-7302 •www.salinaspubliclibrary.org Held weekly on Tuesday. 9:00 a.m. PLAYGROUPS. Playgroups provide time for parents of children 0-5 years old to connect with their child and with other families. Facilitators carefully plan activities in locations where young children can safely explore with their families and enjoy interaction. Held at King City Branch Library. 402 Broadway, King City, 93930 831- 385-3677 www.montereycountyfreelibraries.org Held weekly on Tuesday. 10:00 a.m. CINEMARK SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE. Ten fun films for kids. $5 for 10 movies or $1 per show. The prices are for everyone, not only kids. Cinemark Theatre 100 10th Street, Marina, 93933 831- 384-1002 www.cinemark.com/central-california/century-marina-and-xd Held weekly on Tuesday. 10:00 a.m. $2 TUESDAY!. $2 Tuesday! In an effort to make My Museum accessible to our entire community, the Pebble Beach Company Foundation and Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation sponsor MY Museum’s $2 Tuesdays on the first Tuesday of the month. 425 Washington Street, Monterey, 93940 831-649-6444 • www.mymuseum.org 10:30 a.m. STORYTIME. Open to all ages. Held at Seaside Branch Library. 550 Harcourt, Seaside, 93955 831- 899-2055 www.montereycountyfreelibraries.org Held weekly on Tuesday. 10:30 a.m. tuesday make-n-take at my museum. Open to all ages. Art making plays a central role in cognitive, motor, language and social-emotional development. Join a crafty staff member for a fun special project in the Creation Station. Included with admission. 425 Washington Street, Monterey, 93940 831-649-6444 • mymuseum.org Held weekly on Tuesday. 10:30 a.m. STORYTIME at the farm. Bring your little ones out to The Farm for a stories, songs, and a snack. 5 Foster Road, Salinas, 93902 831-455-2575 • thefarm-salinasvalley.com Held weekly on Tuesday. 11:00 a.m. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. A storytime for children under 3 at Prunedale Branch Library. 17822 Moro Road, Prunedale, 93907 831- 663-2292

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www.montereycountyfreelibraries.org Held weekly on Tuesday. 6:00 P.M. pajama STORYTIME. A storytime for children of all ages at BuenaVista Branch Library. 18250 Tara Drive, Salinas, 93908 831-455-9699 www.montereycountyfreelibraries.org Held weekly on Tuesday. IN santa cruz COUNTY 10:00 a.m. CUENTOS EN ESPANOL. Come sit and enjoy some of the classics in Spanish with Yasmin. While your child is exposed to a new language and pronunciation, participation and all aspects of learning are encouraged. Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola, 95010 (888) 424-8035 • www.sccmod.org 10:00 a.m. TODDLERTIME. This is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, finger plays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children. Held at Branciforte Branch Library. 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz, 95062 831-427-7704 www.santacruzpl.org/branches/3/ Held weekly on Tuesday. 10:00 a.m. TODDLERTIME. Toddler Time is a weekly early literacy program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, finger plays, rhymes, songs and fun as well as social time with other children. Held at Aptos Branch Library. 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 95003 831-427-7702 www.santacruzpl.org/branches/4/ Held weekly on Tuesday. 10:30 a.m. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. A 45 minute program for 3-6 year olds. We will read books and make a simple craft. Held at La Selva Beach Branch Library. 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach, 95076 831-427-7710 www.santacruzpl.org/branches/10/ Held weekly on Tuesday. 11:00 a.m. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. A 45 minute program for 3-6 year olds. We will read books, sing songs and make a simple craft. Held at Scotts Valley Branch Library. 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, 95066 831-427-7712 www.santacruzpl.org/branches/12/ Held weekly on Tuesday. 1:00 p.m. D.I.Y CRAFTS. Join the fun on Tuesday afternoons between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm! Held at Felton Branch Library.

June Events 6299 Gushee, Felton, 95018, 831-427-7708 www.santacruzpl.org/branches/8/ Held weekly on Tuesday. 3:15 p.m. lego club. Directed Lego construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme. Held at Scotts Valley Branch Library. 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, 95066 831-427-7712 3:30 p.m. Youth Chess club. Learn from a master and practice with your peers. Open to ages 6-18 yrs. Held at Aptos Branch Library. 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 95003 831-427-7702 • www.santacruzpl.org Held weekly on Tuesday.

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9:30 a.m. BABY JAM™ at my museum. An interactive tickle, giggle, and cuddle class that will strengthen the bond between parent and baby (new born to walking). This class stimulates physical and cognitive development by using songs, movement, and colorful manipulatives. 425 Washington Street Monterey, California 93940 831-649-6444 • www.mymuseum.org 10:00 a.m. CINEMARK SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE. Ten fun films for kids. $5 for 10 movies or $1 per show. The prices are for everyone, not only kids. Cinemark Theatre 100 10th Street, Marina, 93933 831- 384-1002 www.cinemark.com/central-california/century-marina-and-xd Held weekly on Wednesday. 10:30 a.m. STORYTIME at the farm. Bring your little ones out to The Farm for a time of stories, songs, and a snack. 5 Foster Road, Salinas, 93902 831-455-2575 • thefarm-salinasvalley.com Held weekly on Wednesday. 11:00 a.m. BILINGUAL PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. Bilingual Preschool storytime for 2-4 year olds. at King City Branch Library. 402 Broadway, King City, 93930 831- 385-3677 www.montereycountyfreelibraries.org 3:00 p.m. GAME DAY. Learn a new game. Make a new friend. Board games and video games for kids, teens, and families. Play ours or bring your own. Free. Ages 6 and up. No registration required. Held at Prunedale Branch Library. 17822 Moro Road, Prunedale, 93907 831- 663-2292 www.montereycountyfreelibraries.org/storytime.html montereybayparent.com

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3:30 p.m. KIDS YOGA. Through games and stories kids begin to explore yoga poses and breathing. Yoga fosters appreciation for the body, increased focus and concentration, and learning how to relax and unwind from a busy day. This class is for kids 5 to 11 years old. Seaside Yoga Sanctuary-PG Location 300 Grand Avenue, Pacific Grove, 93950 831-899-9642 seasideyoga.perfectmind.com 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 Held weekly on Wednesday. 6:30 p.m. Starry Night of Family art. Bring the whole family to paint, color, cut and paste to create pieces of art to take home. Supplies and materials are provided. Smocks are desirable. Register at each class. For all ages. 871 Jessie Street, Monterey, 93940 831-646-3866 Held weekly on Wednesday.

individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read. Contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org for information. Held at Capitola Branch Library. 2005 Wharf Road, Capitola, 95010 831-427-7717 Held weekly on Tuesday.

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10:15 a.m. PRESCHOOL Songs & stories. Play and learn with your children through stories, songs, puppets, and fun activities designed to build their early literacy. Monterey Public Library. Held weekly on Thursday at: 10:15 AM and at 11:00 AM. 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940 831-646-3933 6:30 p.m. PRENATAL YOGA. We believe that pregnancy is one of the most important times in a woman’s life. Seaside Yoga Sanctuary 1360 Fremont Blvd. Seaside, 93955 • 831-899-9642 https://seasideyoga.perfectmind.com

6:30 p.m. pajama storytime. Songs, stories, and playtime for the whole family. Wear your jammies, grab a favorite stuffed animal, and join us on the first Wednesday of each month for a special evening storytime. Held at Monterey Public Library. 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940 831-646-3933 • www.monterey.org/library

6:00 p.m. families of color meetup. This gathering provides families of color a strong sense of community. The vision is to have meaningful dialogue around child rearing + race, identity, culture, and ethnicity. Held at Marina Del Mar School. 3066 Lake Drive, Marina, 93933 riciglianolauryn@gmail.com

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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 Held weekly on Wednesday.

10:00 a.m. preschool storytime. A 60 minute program for children, 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers. Join us for music, stories & play. Space is limited. Held at Scotts Valley Branch Library. 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, 95066 831-427-7712 • www.santacruzpl.org Held weekly on Thursday.

10:00 a.m. TODDLERTIME. Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, stories, finger plays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Held at Boulder Creek Branch Library. 13390 West Park Avenue Boulder Creek, 95006 831-427-7703 www.santacruzpl.org/branches/5/ 10:30 a.m. STORYTIME. Join us for Story Time! Join us for Story Time and watch your child’s imagination soar to new heights. Free with Museum admission and for MOD Members. Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola, 95010 (888) 424-8035 • www.sccmod.org/ 3:30 p.m. tales to tails. Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have

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10:00 a.m. storytime. Join us for Story Time and watch your child’s imagination soar to new heights. Free with Museum admission and for MOD Members. Held at Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery. 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola, 95010 (888) 424-8035 • www.sccmod.org Held weekly on Thursday. 3:00 P.m. DIY Crafts. Join us at the Boulder Creek Library on Thursday afternoons for our Family Crafts program. Our projects are often messy so please dress accordingly. Let’s get creative together! 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek, 95006 831-427-7703 • www.santacruzpl.org Held weekly on Thursday.

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10:00 a.m. WILDFLOWER SHOW. Discover the world of wildflowers at Garland

Ranch. Enjoy the variety of flowers found in MPRPD Parks, all in one location. Wildflower display and identification, new visitor center and garden exhibits, guided hikes. Free admission. Meet at Garland Ranch Park Visitor Center. 700 West Carmel Valley Road Carmel Valley, 93924 831- 372-3196 • www.mprpd.org 4:15 p.m. Teen Anime club. Love anime? Find more friends who do. Snacks provided. High school and middle school students welcome. Held at Monterey Public Library. 624 Pacific Street, Monterey 93940 831-646-3933 • www.monterey.org/library 6:00 P.m. monterey wine festival. Guests will enjoy creations high-lighting luxury foods including lobster, duck, lamb racks, wild caught salmon, foie gras, wagyu style beef, jumbo prawns, and more. These luxury foods are all paired with a preferred array of wines from exquisite Pinot’s, Chard’s and Pinot Gris’ to outstanding Syrah’s and Cab’s. Held at Custom House Plaza. 1 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, 93940 360-693-6023 • http://montereywine.com Event continues on Saturday and Sunday.

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10:00 a.m. special day at the ranch with special friends. This day at Hidden Hills Ranch will include music and animal therapy for children on the autism spectrum between the ages of 3-10 years. The event is free for special needs child plus 3 additional family members. We are hoping this can be a family event, but please limit your bookings. We want to make this event available to as many people as possible. Even though the event is free, please register all from your family who will be attending. 19014 Pesante Road, Salinas, 93907 831-776-3524 • www.hiddenhillsranch.org 10:00 a.m. wildflower show. Discover the world of wildflowers at Garland Ranch. Enjoy the variety of flowers found in MPRPD Parks, all in one location. Wildflower display and identification, new visitor center and garden exhibits, guided hikes. Free admission. Held at Garland Park Visitor Center. 700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 93924 831-659-6065 • www.mprpd.org Also held on Sunday, June 11. 1:00 P.m. where the wildflowers are. There’s more to wildflowers than their colorful blossoms. Learn fascinating facts about our local species and other native and nonnative plants. Meet at the Garland Visitor Center for an informative 1-hour walk around the Lupine Loop. 700 West Carmel Valley Road Carmel Valley, 93924 www.mprpd.org

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Our online calendar is updated daily at MontereyBayParent.com IN santa cruz COUNTY 11:00 a.m. 2ND SATURDAY ON THE FARM. 2nd Saturday on the Farm Every month we produce a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture each month. Agricultural History Project 2601 East Lake Avenue City of Watsonville, 95019 831- 724-5898 http://aghistoryproject.org/ 2:00 P.M. Chess Instruction. Children’s chess instruction with full time teacher and master, Gjon Feinstein, for students up to 18 years old. Meets all Saturdays of the month except the first Saturday. Parents and/ or other relatives are welcome to participate. 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-427-7707 Held weekly on Saturday.

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11:00 a.m. West Coast Chowder Celebration. West Coast Chowder is a professional Chowder Competition, for professional chefs and Restaurants. Supported by the American Culinary federation,and Sponsors. The Chowder event is embedded in the Monterey Wine Festival. Held at Custom House Plaza. 1 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, 93940 (800) 422-0251 • tina@montereywine.com IN santa cruz COUNTY 9:00 a.m. Downtown Antique Fair. Come and find your collectibles and treasures at this monthly outdoor antique fair, held the second Sunday of each month, weather permitting. Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-476-6940

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10:00 a.m. CUENTOS EN ESPANOL. Come sit and enjoy some of the classics in Spanish with Yasmin! While your child is exposed to a new language and pronunciation, participation and all aspects of learning are encouraged! Join us every Tuesday for a 30 minute bilingual session. Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery 1855 41st Avenue Capitola, 95010 (888) 424-8035 • www.sccmod.org/ 1:00 p.m. D.I.Y CRAFTS. Join the fun on Tuesday afternoons between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Held at Felton Branch Library 6299 Gushee, Felton, 95018 831-427-7708 www.santacruzpl.org/branches/8/

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8:00 pacific zone championships. Junior beach volleyball at its finest. Held at Del Monte Beach. 285 Figueroa St., Monterey, 93940 Teamusa.org • region@cevaregion.org Event runs through June 16. 10:00 a.m. NATIVE PLANT GARDEN:VOLUNTEER DAY!. Garland Ranch Regional Park’s Visitor Center boasts a beautiful native plant garden and arboretum. This family-friendly environment is designed to showcase the importance and value of local native plants. Come help maintain this beautiful garden. Meet at Garland Ranch Park Visitor Center. 700 West Carmel Valley Road Carmel Valley, 93924, 831- 372-3196 www.mprpd.org/garland-ranch-regionalpark/ 3:00 p.m. GAME DAY. Learn a new game. Make a new friend. Board games and video games for kids, teens, and families. We have a variety of current and classic games. Play ours or bring your own. Free. Ages 6 and

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June Events up. No registration required. Please call 663-2292. Held at Prunedale Branch Library 17822 Moro Road, Prunedale, 93907 831- 663-2292 www.montereycountyfreelibraries.org/storytime.html

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6:00 p.m. FROG POND WALK-ANDTALK. 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. Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Del Rey Oaks, 93955 831-583-0778 www.mprpd.org/frog-pond-wetland-preserve/

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10:00 A.M. monterey Comicon. Monterey’s annual comic con is returning. This pop culture conventions celebrates all things from page to screen, live to animated. Check website for tickets and schedule. Held at Monterey Conference Center. 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, 93940 montereycomiccon.com 1:00 PM. Monterey International Pop Festival 50. Held at the very same place where the legendary festival transpired, the 2017 celebration features performances by Jack Johnson, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Leon Bridges, Norah Jones, The Head and The Heart, Father John Misty, Regina Spektor, Gary Clark Jr., Jim James and many more. The goal of this celebration is to memorialize Monterey Pop’s importance, legacy and lasting impact on contemporary culture with live music performances, unique experiential activations, historic memorabilia and art installations. Held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, 93940

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https://montereypopfestival50.com Event runs through June 18. 8:00 PM. Monterey Firefighters Present the movie Sing. Free movie on the lawn. Complimentary popcorn and cotton candy. Face painting, My Museum “Wheelie Mobilee,” Library Bookmobile, and food vendors on site. Held at Colton Hall. 570 Pacific St, Monterey, 93940 IN santa cruz COUNTY 6:30 P.m. Bands on the beach. Free concert on the beach at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Tonight’s entertainment: Eddie Money. 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-423-5590 • Beachboardwalk.com

Saturday, June 17 IN MONTEREY COUNTY

10:00 a.m. MONTEREY bay arts & crafts faire. Featuring up to 60 juried artisans and crafts-makers presenting their original works in a wide variety of styles and mediums including sculpture, painting, textiles, jewelry, glass, ceramics, precious metals, and many more hand-crafted treasures. 1 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, 93940 831-622-0700 11:00 a.m. MONTEREY COUNTY PENINSULA PRIDE & CELEBRATION. Monterey is having it’s first pride parade! Bring friends and family to help commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture, and liberate our people. Held at Oldemeyer Center. 986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside, 93955 831-899-6800 www.ci.seaside.ca.us/299/Recreation-Services 11:00 a.m. EARLY DAYS AT SAN JUAN BAUTISTA STATE HISTORIC PARK. Bring the family and enjoy a look at yesterday as costumed docents bring the past into the present. Meet the people of early California including cattle drivers, miners, mountain men, Civil War soldiers, pioneers, and Victorian ladies. See craft and cooking demonstrations. Drink an old-fashioned soda in the saloon. 19 Franklin Street, San Juan Bautista, 95045 831- 623-4526 • www.parks.ca.gov/ Also held Sunday, June 18

Sunday, June 18 IN MONTEREY COUNTY

8:00 a.m. Run in the Name of Love is a unique event offering runners and walkers the opportunity to honor and pay tribute to the very special people in their lives. Participants will enjoy the unparalleled natural beauty of the course and a memorable finish celebration. San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue Carmel, 93923 • 831-620-2048 www.sunsetcenter.org

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10:00 a.m. FATHER’S DAY HIKE OUTDOORS. Take Dad on an invigorating hike in Garland Park up to the Mesa Pond. Stop for a snack while looking for wildlife in the grassy meadows nearby. Traverse the trails to view the remnants of the old homestead. Meet at Garland Ranch Park Visitor Center. 700 West Carmel Valley Road Carmel Valley, 93924 831- 372-3196 www.mprpd.org/garland-ranch-regionalpark/ 1:00 p.m. MINDFUL GAMES FOR KIDS AND THEIR PARENTS. Sunday afternoons, 1:00 – 2:30 pm $10 per person Ages 8 to Adult These are Drop-in Sessions. No advance registration is required. Parents are requested to accompany children under 12 years of age. Held at Monterey Bay Meditation Studio. 529 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, 93955 831- 373-1017 www.montereybaymeditation.com

thursday, June 22 IN MONTEREY COUNTY

6:00 p.m. dads of monterey county. Dads of Monterey County is a grassroots community, open to all fathers, who take an active roll in their children’s lives. We organize events, workshops, meetups, and playgroups to give dads an opportunity to socialize, learn, and support each other as we navigate parenthood. Marina Del Mar School, room 10 3066 Lake Drive, Marina, 93933

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4:00 P.m. hot cars, cool nights car show. Promoting various street rod activities for the whole family, creating good fellowship among members and bringing about a cleaner understanding of organized street rod activities to the public, press and law enforcement. Echo Avenue, Seaside, 93955 www.facebook.com/ events/1808077999432554/

10:00 a.m. GREAT TRAIN ROBBERIES. JUNE 18, Witness shoot outs between famed lawmen and notorious outlaws from the 1880’s aboard the Redwood Forest Train to Bear Mountain. See why the West was wild! The train robbery will occur on all RC Steam Train departures. Held at Roaring Camp Railroads. 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 95018 831-335-4484 • www.roaringcamp.com

4:30 P.m. Monterey Rock & Rod Festival 11 Sock Hop. Sock Hop will feature live bands, Elvis and a DJ. Food & drinks are available for purchase. Silent and live auction and costume/dance contest. A fun kick-off to the show the next day. Held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, 93940 831-809-6252 • tweck@pacbell.net www.montereyrockrod.com

10:00 A.M. Father’s Day-Hats off to Dad. Salute Dad on Father’s Day by treating him to a ride on a steam train and then tuck into an old-fashioned Chuck Wagon BBQ platter. Each dad will receive an engineer’s cap with the purchase of any platter meal. Held at Roaring Camp Railroads. 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 95018 831-335-4484 • www.roaringcamp.com

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4:45 p.m. lego club. Directed Lego construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme. First and Third Tuesday of every month. Held at Scotts Valley Branch Library. 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, 95066 831-427-7712

8:30 a.m. WHISLER-WILSON TO THE PALO CORONA BARN. Go back in time as you travel along a beautiful scenic trail that meanders through redwood groves alongside San Jose Creek, then angle uphill to Animas Pond with views of the coast. Palo Corona Barn, Highway 1 Carmel, 93923 • 831- 372-3196 www.mprpd.org/palo-corona-regionalpark/

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Wednesday, June 21 IN santa cruz COUNTY

9:00 P.m. Free Movie on the beach. Free movie on the beach at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Tonight’s entertainment: The Lost Boys: 30th Anniversary. 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-423-5590 • Beachboardwalk.com

6:30 P.m. Bands on the beach. Free concert on the beach at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Tonight’s entertainment: Bad Company former lead singer, Brian Howe. 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-423-5590 • Beachboardwalk.com IN MONTEREY COUNTY

10:00 A.m. Monterey Rock & Rod Festival. Featuring hundreds of 1975 and older classic and custom hot rods, street rods, muscle cars, and trucks along with a lineup of great live entertainment, fabulous old-fashioned Sock Hop, and food and merchandise vendors. All proceeds go to Gateway Center of Monterey County, Inc.,

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Our online calendar is updated daily at MontereyBayParent.com Monterey Peninsula College, Parking Lot A 930 Fremont St., Monterey, 93940 831-384-5313 11:00 a.m. family fun day. A day of family fun and games await you at Casanova Oak Knoll Park Center. We will have face painting, activities for kids, games, a bounce house and much, much more. For all ages 735 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, 93940 831-646-3866

a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation providing life skills to adults with intellectual disabilities. 1 Custom House Plaza, Monterey 93940 831-809-6252 10:00 A.m. The Baconfest. Vendors will feature food made with bacon as the main ingredient. We will have great craft and product vendors. The Best in Music will be presented on the Garden Stage with magnificent up and coming bands and local well known performers. The Medflys will be here for their annual reunion show. General admission passes are $12 when purchased in advance and $15 at the gate. Military and children passes are $7 when purchased in advance and $8 at the gate. Tickets are available on the website. 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, 93940 www.montereybaconfest.com

Sunday, June 25 IN MONTEREY COUNTY

9:00 a.m. DOWNTOWN SIDEWALK SALE. Sidewalk Sales are held the last weekend of the month from March through November, including Memorial and Labor Day Weekends. Shoppers – take advantage of great deals in a relaxing shopping environment. Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 95060

10:00 a.m. Free Household Hazardous Waste & E-Waste Collection Event. Help make your home safer for you, your family and the planet. Clean out the garage or under the sink. Bring your unwanted or unused toxic household products to this collection event! From paint to cleaners, garden and auto products to household batteries and electronics; all can be dropped off for free during this event. Hosted by MRWMD.

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June Events Wednesday, June 28 IN MONTEREY COUNTY

8:30 p.m. STAR PARTY. Look up at the night sky and revel in its vast mysteries. Come and join us as amateur astronomers share their knowledge of the cosmos. Meet at Garland Ranch Park Visitor Center. 700 West Carmel Valley Road Carmel Valley, 93924, 831- 372-3196 www.mprpd.org/garland-ranch-regionalpark/ IN santa cruz COUNTY 9:00 P.m. Free Movie on the beach. Free movie on the beach at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Tonight’s entertainment: Back to the Future.. 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-423-5590 • Beachboardwalk.com

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6:30 P.m. bereaved parents support group. Meets fourth Tuesday of the month at Marina Del Mar School. Park in the back of the school on blacktop, Room 10. 3066 Lake Drive, Marina, 93933 hello@parentingconnectionmc.org

6:30 P.m. Bands on the beach. Free concert on the beach at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Tonight’s entertainment: Great White. 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-423-5590 • Beachboardwalk.com

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Weekly Farmers’ Markets MONTEREY COUNTY

monday 3PM to 5 PM: Pacific Grove Certified Farmers Market. The Pacific Grove Certified Farmers’ Market offers a wide array of fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts from local family farmers (70 percent are certified organic), along with prepared food and artisan crafts from local vendors.

3618 The Barnyard, Carmel, 93923 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM: Alisal Certified Farmers Market. The Alisal Certified Farmers’ Market offers a wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables from small-scale family farmers (over half are certified organic). Our vendors offer many unique items such as squash blossoms and hot peppers, along with prepared food.

http://everyonesharvest.org/farmersmarkets/pacific-grove/

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Central & Grand, Pacific Grove, 93955

632 East Alisal Street, Salinas, 93901

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4:00 PM to 8:00 PM: The Farmers Market at Old Monterey Marketplace

9:00 AM to 1 PM: Carmel Certified Farmers Market. With over 25 farmers and vendors, this market offers a stunning selection of California grown, local fresh farm produce and specialty items including pasture raised grassfed meat, seafood, organic eggs, cut flowers, organic honey, and potted flowering plants. www.montereybayfarmers.org/markets/carmel-farmers-market

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The Old Monterey Farmers Market, established in 1991, comprises of 3 ½ city blocks and runs year-round rain or shine. During the summer it’s the largest gathering of people in Monterey County, attracting more that 10,000 locals and tourists in one location. You can travel the world in just three blocks, finding arts and crafts, handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing,

international food, organic produce, flowers, and pastries. www.oldmonterey.org/oldmonterey/ farmers-market-old-monterey-marketplace Alvarado Street, Monterey, 93940

wednesday 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM: Natividad Medical Center Certified Farmers Market. At Natividad Medical Center’s Certified Farmers’ Market run by Everyone’s Harvest, shoppers will find fresh quality fruits and vegetables (many certified organic), beautiful flowers, live plants, and unique gifts from smallscale family farmers and local independent businesses. www.natividad.com/node/851 1441 Constitution Blvd., Salinas, California 93906 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM: El Mercado Outdoor Market Outdoor market every Wednesday at the Salinas Sports Complex starting April 26, 2017 4pm-8pm! Come enjoy

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some live music, good food and shop around for a bit. 1034 N. Main Street, Salinas, 93906

friday 10 AM to 2 PM: Monterey Peninsula College Farmers’ Market. Fifty farmers and vendors, most of whom are certified organic or use sustainable farming methods, offer pastured grass fed meats and poultry, sustainable fish, oysters, handcrafted cheeses, locally produced olive oil, fresh pasta and gourmet sauces, organic juices, artisan breads and baked goods, organic honey, mushrooms, farm fresh eggs, flowers, potted plants, seedlings, herbs, and an unsurpassed selection of certified California grown fruits, vegetables and nuts. www.montereybayfarmers.org/markets/monterey-farmers-market

Farmers Market Customers enjoy the relaxed and friendly ambiance of this easy-paced Sunday morning farmers market. With over 20 farmers and vendors, this market offers a bountiful array of locally grown produce and specialty items including farm fresh organic eggs, honey, fresh seafood, cut flowers, potted plants, seedlings, and fresh baked goods. www.montereybayfarmers.org/markets/del-monte-farmers-rmarket 1410 Del Monte Center, Monterey, 93940 10 AM to 2 PM: Marina Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers Market The Marina 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

930 Fremont St., Monterey, 93940 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM: SVMH Farmers Market At the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare Certified Farmers Market, you will find fresh quality fruits and vegetables (many certified organic) from small-scale family farmers. When you shop at a CA Certified Farmers Market, you are supporting California growers and your local community. 450 East Romie Lane, Salinas, 93901

saturday 9 AM to 2 PM: Downtown Salinas Farmers’ Market Certified Farmers’ Market held in downtown Salinas. Gabilan Street between Main & Salinas Streets, Salinas, California 93901 9 AM to 2 PM: Greenfield Farmers Market For the past 42 years, The Greenfield Farmers’ Market has been providing fresh locally grown products featuring organic and conventional produce for you along with local craft vendors such as herbal ointments and salves, hand-made wooden bowls, home-made soap, handcrafted clothing and much, much more. http://greenfieldfarmersmarket.com El Camino Real & Palm Avenue, Greenfield, 93927

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sunday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM: Downtown Santa Cruz You will find 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. www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org/ markets/live-oakeastside/ 15th & Eastcliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 95060

WEDNESDAY 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM: Downtown Santa Cruz The largest and oldest market in SantaCruz is situated in the heart of downtown. In addition to a large variety of farm products, this market offers a great selection of local artisan foodstuffs, delicious baked goods, and lots of options for lunch and dinner. www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org/ markets/downtown-santa-cruz/ Cedar St & Lincoln St, Downtown Santa Cruz, 95060

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parents to leave their young ones, who can draw, play or get their faces painted. www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org/ markets/felton/ 120 Russell Avenue, Felton

saturday 8:00 AM to 12 PM: Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College Market customers appreciate the bountiful selection of top quality produce and specialty foods as well as the opportunity to connect with the farmers and vendors who produce it. Ninety vendors, of which most are certified organic or use sustainable farming methods, offer pastured grass fed meats and poultry, sustainable fish, oysters, handcrafted cheeses, locally produced olive oil, fresh pasta and gourmet sauces, organic juices, handmade sauerkraut, Corralitos smoked sausages and bacon, artisan breads and baked goods, organic honey, mushrooms, sprouts and microgreens, farm fresh eggs, flowers, potted plants, seedlings, herbs, and an unsurpassed selection of certified California grown fruits, vegetables and nuts. www.montereybayfarmers.org/markets/aptos-farmers-market 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 95003 9 AM to 1 PM: Scotts Valley Famers Market Expect to see a great mix of fruits and vegetables, pasture eggs and meats. www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org/ markets/scotts-valley/ King’s Village Dr, Scotts Valley Community Center 9 AM to 1 PM: Westside Famers Market The market showcases a great selection of 100% certified organic produce, artisan foods, wine, body products, tinctures, sustainable seafood, pasture raised meats, flowers and eggs along with cook-to-order cuisine, live local music and full espresso bar www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org/ markets/westside/ Western Drive & Highway 1 Western Drive & Highway 1, Santa Cruz, 95060

1:30 PM to 5:30 PM: Felton Farmers Market Considered the most kid friendly market in the area, the market provides a centrally located space for montereybayparent.com

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A regional parenting publication serving Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

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