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Monterey Bay

june 2019


The Ultimate Monterey County Burger Guide (Father’s Day dinner perhaps?)

Celebrating Fathers! Health screenings plus great gift ideas Books to keep traveling kids happy

Guilty of procrastinating? Last Chance Summer Camp Guide!



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Contents JUNE 2019

08 Last Chance Summer Camp Guide. If the end of the school year crept up on you and you haven’t made summer plans for the kids, we’re here to rescue you. These camps have openings and they’re waiting for your call!

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PARENT P.O. Box 806 Pacific Grove, CA 93950 831-582-1373

12 Our Ultimate Burger Guide. Just in time for Father’s Day, we have seven awesome burger “joints” that each offer a great burger and an extra something that sets them apart. 14 Ten Books to Keep Kids Happy While Traveling. Keeping the kids entertained while in the car or on a plane is key to parents’ sanity. We have ten suggestions to pack for a smoother trip. by Margie De Quesada 18 Health Screenings: A Guide For Men. In honor of June being Men’s Health Month, we’re sharing a list of health screenings every man needs to have during each age group. by Jasmine Root

Happy Father’s Day!

Photo by Donna Jean Shoemaker 831-620-2878


Social Media Coordinator Nicole oertel

Contributing Writers Margie de Quesada jasmine root rob weisskirch

in each issue: 05 From the Publisher 08 Father’s Day Local dad, Rob Weisskirch covers parenting topics from a father’s point of view.

Our cover brothers are Sebastian, 11 years old and Isaiah, 8 years old. The boys attend John E. Steinbeck Elementary School in Salinas. Both boys love basketball and play in JSO Spartans Basketball Club, a travel basketball club started by their father and two other Salinas dads. Connie Jones, mother of Sebastian and Isaiah, is an employee at her family owned business, McBride’s Auto & Smog Center in Salinas. The boys father, James Jones, works for Sonifi Solutions.

Sales Executive Cherilyn Miller 831-582-1770

Cover Photographer Donna Jean Shoemaker

20 Outside the Box Father’s Day Gifts. Instead of the usual tie or coffee mug here are some fun and unique gift ideas. by Jasmine Root

on the cover…

Publisher Andrea Breznay 831-582-1373

20 Calendar of Events Find dozens of fun events from throughout the Monterey Bay area.

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.

from the publisher… Happy Father’s Day! June is the last day of school and Father’s Day, and a big deal this year for those of us on the Monterey Bay: The US Open at Pebble Beach! It’s a busy month, and we have lots of great info to make the month even better. One of the best ways to celebrate the men in our lives is by (gently) reminding them that staying healthy matters. June is “Men’s Health Month,” and we’re acknowledging that with Jasmine Root’s article on page 18. “Health Screenings: A Guide For Men” covers all the health checkups and care your guy needs in each age group. While it isn’t up to women to take over managing our partner’s health choices, there’s no harm in asking your husband or father if he’s up to date on his screenings. And, for our male readers–there’s no excuse for not putting your health on the priority list. Your family depends on you! While hamburgers aren’t specifically for dads, we did decide it was a good month for our “Ultimate Burger Guide.” I’ve eaten more hamburgers than I care to count over the last month. I’ll be exercising all of them off while you enjoy trying out our suggestions! (page 12-13). If you’ve been putting off making summer plans for the kids, we offer you our “Last Chance Summer Camp Guide” on pages 8-11. These are camps with openings, but seriously, time is UP, you need to get those kids registered! Finally, we’re excited to announce the Monterey Bay Parent Family Favorite Awards. Nominations in 25 categories will be open June 1-12. Go to our website at MontereyBay for more information and the link to the nomination form. Happy Father’s Day–have a wonderful June!

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father’s day

by Rob Weisskirch

INVOLVED DAD Equals Happier, Healthier Kids! I

f I follow the media images, on Father’s Day, as a father, I am supposed to lie in a hammock, take a break from mowing the lawn, play golf, watch sports on television all day, open a tie as a gift, and take a nap. It is unlikely any of those will occur (although the nap does sound appealing). The media portrayal of what fathers do in their families has become fathers who can’t make a meal, can’t handle caring for their children (let alone change a diaper), hide in the garage, and have no clue of how to shop for their children among other inaccurate representations of what fathers do. The reality is that fathers engage in family and household duties successfully every day. The challenge has been that parenting is often seen as–what I have learned is called– “matricentric,” centered on mothers. Parenting is a partnership, not just about what mothers do or what fathers do through mothers as filters. Fathers have an impact on their children through their fathering. For kids,

the benefits of father involvement are tremendous. With involved dads, kids achieve more in school, have better social relationships, and are less likely to engage in aggressive and delinquent behaviors. Father-absence has the opposite effects of putting kids at risk for aggression, lower academic achievement, and weaker social skills. Even when fathers are non-residential (like when Dad does not have full custody of children or military dads on deployment) and have warm, interactive relationships with their children, they still foster positive outcomes their children. Fathers are vital pieces to the parenting puzzle. Those dads who disengage from their families, relegate themselves to just “baby daddies,” or become deadbeat dads do the rest of us a disservice and present a poor image of fatherhood. Those bad dads should not be representative of the rest of us who are full partners in parenting and work hard to raise good kids. Nowadays, fathers are spending

more time with their children than in the past. Current studies indicate that fathers are spending more time with their children by bringing them into their leisure activities. This means that fathers are spending more of their non-work time in activities that include children. Fatherhood is also changing identities more for men than in the past. Current approaches to involved parenting are having men view fatherhood as central to their perceptions of themselves. Men are becoming first-time fathers at older ages. The current average age of first-time fathers is 31 years old in the U.S., which means fathers “For kids, the benefits are bringing more life exof father involvement perience to their fathering. All this adds up to faare tremendous. With thers being more involved, more connected, and betinvolved dads, kids ter parents. achieve more in school, There should be more recognition of positive exhave better social amples of fathers. I have a relationships, and are friend who recently posted on his social media acless likely to engage count that he was in Vicin aggressive and toria’s Secret shopping for underwear with his young, delinquent behaviors.” teenage daughter. After teasing him about finding panties in his size, I complimented him on his excellent fathering. For the daughter, I imagine, despite the typical teen embarrassment and eye rolls, that she recognized that her father was fully present in all aspects of her life and accepting the totality of who she is. Many people yearn for that level of support that my friend provided, just by being a good dad. Many of you may have seen the social media image of an attentive father in the bathroom, shirtless, holding an infant in a carrier and braiding his preschool-aged daughter’s hair. Or, perhaps, you see those fathers working hard in the fields to provide for their families here. I also recognize the great sacrifices that dads in the military and those who are first responders make by putting duty to community and country ahead of their families. These are the images and actions of fathers that merit attention and appreciation. As one of those involved dads, I see your stares when you see me disciplining my daughter or her crying after being reprimanded for poor behavior. I hope those stares become a learning experience, because, yup, that is what I do as part of being a good dad. For this Father’s Day, don’t fret over gifts or special meals. Just acknowledge the good acts that the dads in your life do every day. Also, pledge to offer a compliment or encouragement to fathers you see in the community doing good things for their children and families. Dads fathering well need to be recognized by us all. This Father’s Day I won’t be lying in a hammock alone–I’ll be with my family. Happy Father’s Day! Robert (Rob) S. Weisskirch, MSW, Ph.D., CFLE is a Professor of Human Development at California State University, Monterey Bay and is a Certified Family Life Educator. He and his wife are parents to a chatty 5-year-old daughter and reside in Marina.





Favorites ✯ 2019✯ Monterey Bay


Let the voting begin!

Monterey Bay Parent Magazine readers will be selecting their “Family Favorites!” You can nominate your favorite businesses and organizations in 25 categories–everything from favorite preschool to favorite place to have a birthday party.

Nominations are open from June 1-12. We’ll tabulate the votes in each category and the top 3 in each category will be announced in our July issue. From July 1-12, you can vote for your favorite among the 3 finalists in each category. Top vote getters will be named “Monterey Bay Parent Magazine Family Favorite” and announced in the August issue.

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PARENT Go to, click on the “Family Favorites” link on the home page and nominate your favorites today!


Last Chance


Summer Camp

Summer Classes June 17th - July 27th


Tia Brown Laura Jeselnick



MUSICAL THEATER Grades 1st - 9th


Ages 3 -6 MULTI-GENRE CAMP BEG./ ADV. BEG. Ages 6-10

Weekly Sessions beginning June 17 - Aug. 2


9:00AM - 5:30PM, Monday through Friday


$170 per week/$145 per week - Mtry. Res.


Did the end of the school year creep up on you before you had the chance to make summer camp plans for the kids? If you’ve been too busy or simply procrastinated, rest assured that there are still good summer camp options available for your children. 831.625.DANCE


26135 Carmel Rancho Shopping Center Suite B-6 Carmel, CA 93923

The following camps have openings but call quickly because this really is last call! Breakers MCFC/CSUMB Soccer Day Camp At the Breakers MCFC/CSUMB Soccer Day Camp your child will enjoy learning soccer from their favorite CSUMB players and coaches. It is for girls and boys, aged 5 to 14, and all levels, from the recreational player to the elite soccer player. This camp is packed with lots of fun games, activities, and even a trip to the beach for older players. Half day (9 am to 12 pm) and full day (9 am to 3 pm) sessions are held June 10-14 at CSUMB, and July 29 - August 2 at MPC. Register at camp sea lab There’s still time to “Make a Splash” with Camp SEA Lab sessions. The weeks are filling up for fabulous adventures getting into and onto the ocean: kayaking, snorkeling or surfing, and learning all about the amazing habitats and animals that live here in Monterey Bay. Day Camps for 8-13 year olds meet at Del Monte Beach in Monterey and Residential Camps for 10-16 year olds are based in the CSUMB dorms, giving your teen or pre-teen a taste of college life. Sailing adventures for 13-17 year olds include five days sailing down the coast from San Francisco Bay and around Monterey Bay on an 82’ schooner. Camp Sea Lab offers extremely small group sizes with one college-educated Naturalist to each group of six kids to give your children and teens safe first-time life experiences. Check or call 831-582-3681 for information.

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The carmel youth center Camp will be offered on a weekly basis starting June 10th through August 9th. Camp is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm for ages 6 through 13 years old. Each week has a different theme and will include a daily visit to the “wood chip park”, a weekly visit to the beach, and other walking field trips in Carmel by the Sea throughout the summer. Have fun building a mini-golf course during Golf Week. Enjoy delicious food from local shops and artisans during the Taste of Carmel Week. Grab your passport for a trip Around the World in week six. Build a time machine and travel back in time to live the Pioneer experience in Time Traveler’s Week. Be a hero in your community in our Superhero Week beach clean-up event. Every week is filled with fun for the affordable price of $135 a week. A healthy (gluten free, vegan friendly) snack will be provided to all campers each morning and afternoon. Additional snack options will be available for purchase at the CYC Snack Bar. Hot lunch options will be available daily for $5 and can be paid in advance during camp registration for parent convenience. Call (831) 624-3285 for additional information. Registration is open now at Kids Makin’ Movies summer camp Located on an organic farm in Aptos, Thomas Farm Films is a nonprofit organization that educates children how to make movies. From script to screen, the hands-on curriculum promotes creativity, self-confidence, and critical thinking resulting in short films that will be screened together at local theaters in Thomas Farm Film Festivals. All children, ages 7 to 17, can learn the craft. Partial and full scholarships are available for those in need. Call (831) 612-6312 or check for additional information.

respect for all living things, and make a difference for the animals in our care. Children learn about animal-related jobs from professional guest speakers including SPCA Humane Investigators, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation staff technicians. Camp activities also include lessons in animal safety and handling, making enrichments for our shelter pets, and many fun visits with adoptable animals in the adoption center and barn. Camp sessions are held for children between ages 6-12. Call 831-264-5434 for more information, or go to https:// whispering pines day camp Celebrating over 64 years this summer, Whispering Pines Day Camp encourages outdoor fun for children ages 5-9. Day Camp also welcomes children ages 5-17 who require special accommodations. Weekly sessions include hiking, singing, folk dancing, arts and crafts, outdoor cooking, camp skills, nature activities, and most importantly PLAY! Monterey Recreation offers many more fun and diverse camps for children to learn, make new friends and have fun, all in a structured and supervised environment. Additional camp offerings include; Camp Quien Sabe Youth Overnight Camp, LEGO® Camps, Sports Camps and much more! For information contact the City of Monterey Recreation at 831.646.3866 or

JULY 15-19 | 9AM-12PM $60 per child ($45 Early Bird Rate through March 31) Registration Closes July 8

2500 Garden Road, Monterey |



For animal lovers ages 6 - 12; sessions vary by age

June - Early August 2019 Session cost: $55 -$300

For more information please call:

(831) 264-5434 or visit

Montessori Learning Center

Summer Camp Registration is Open!

2019 Camp Themes Include:

• Gardening • Science • Cookie Fun • Nature • Art & Spanish • Music & Movement • Montessori for the Curious Mind

roar summer camp at shoreline church Join in the summer fun at Shoreline Church for ROAR Summer Day Camp. This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. Camp runs from July 15th-19th, 9:00 am-12 pm and is open to ages 3 years old through 5th grade. The cost is $60 per child. Visit to register, or email for more information.

Open to ages 2 1/2 to 6 Camps begin June 3rd

Call 831-455-1546 30 Hitchcock Road Salinas, CA 93908

SPCA SUMMER ANIMAL CAMP Do you know a child who is passionate about animals? SPCA Summer Animal Camp is guaranteed to be a purr-fect fit. SPCA Camps offer children a unique mix of fun and educational hands-on experiences that nurture compassion, a MONTEREY BAY PARENT • june 2019


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MONTESSORI LEARNING CENTER This summer season we are offering one-week camps for children ages 2 ½ - 6 years. Using the Montessori based philosophy of “following the child” the teacher will tailor each camp to the interests and abilities of the campers. This means lots of happy surprises, and always a guarantee of joy and learning. Sign up for one week or all of the weeks… there is no end to the fun! Call 831-455-1546 or email info@MontessoriLearningCenter. com for additional information



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ost people love a good hamburger, and almost everyone has a recommendation for where to find the best one. We wanted to compile a top burger list, but we also wanted something a little different. After asking for recommendations in our Facebook group, we set out to try over a dozen of the recommended burgers. We narrowed those down to our favorites, choosing restaurants that not only offered a great burger but something unique for our list. Here are seven great restaurants for a burger and something extra! Crown and Anchor Best place to meet friends The Crown and Anchor is the quintessential “hanging out with my friends” bar. It’s our choice for our favorite place to sit with a burger and a friend or two for a few hours of laughter. You’ll find a full menu until midnight, so this is also an excellent choice for that late night hamburger! Kids are welcome (there is a quarter pound “Little Sailor” Burger with fries for $6.00). Kids will enjoy looking at the old sailing ships and the historical artifacts that fill this traditional pub. The burgers are simple, piled high with toppings and just the perfect amount of greasy. While the burger is delicious, we’ve decided that the best part of ordering the hamburger at Crown and Anchor is the steak fries you get with the burger. It’s a goodsized portion, and they’re always perfectly fried and piping hot. 150 W. Franklin Street Monterey, 93940, (831) 649-6496

El Estero Snack Bar Perfect for lunch while playing at the park This unassuming snack bar is a hidden gem. Located next to Dennis the Menace Park, the snack bar has been there for many years, but we didn’t realize how good their hamburgers were until a Facebook group member clued us in. And, good they are! The hamburgers taste like they came out of a restaurant kitchen, not a little shack set up in the parking lot of a ballpark. They’re juicy and simple with shredded lettuce and tomato–precisely what we like in a burger. The French fries are hot and tasty. The plus for families is that they also serve hot dogs, corn dogs, ice cream, snow cones (the only place we know of in the area that has them) and other kidfriendly options. Open for lunch until 5:00 pm, El Estero Snack Bar is an excellent choice for an afternoon outing to Dennis the Menace and lunch on the go. 777 Pearl St, Monterey, 93940 (831) 372-8446 Islands Best burger at the mall Located at Del Monte Center in Monterey, Island’s has an extensive menu of burger choices that all have one thing in common–they are huge. The Kilauea burger is our favorite–a jalapeño & black pepper-crusted burger with pepper jack cheese, chipotle aioli, lettuce, and tomato. All burgers come with endless fries.

Our Ultimate Burger Guide

There are plenty of menu choices for those who prefer a non-burger option. Island’s also has a children’s menu, and on Monday-Wednesday, kids eat free from the kids’ menu. The dessert options are big enough to share, and our suggestion is the Chocolate Lava–a sundae on top of a chocolate brownie. FYI, if you download the Islands app, you can register for their rewards program and get a free order of chips and salsa for signing up. 300 Del Monte Center Monterey, 93940, (831) 655-1552 Monterey Coast Brewing Company Salinas favorite A restaurant and brewery located in Oldtown Salinas, Monterey Coast Brewing was a recommendation from reader Sarah Ann Ricks. Her exact words were: “It’s the only place I’ll eat a burger. I literally drive to Salinas from Marina anytime I’m craving a burger.” The Angus burger is 1/2 pound of meat served with basic toppings. This is a BIG burger and paired with a side of French Fries (soup, green salad, or potato salad can be substituted) it’s almost too much for one person. When we ate lunch here recently, we ended up not finishing half of the fries. We paired our burgers with Monterey Coast Brewing Pilsner–perfect for a lazy lunch! The menu is pretty extensive, offering everything from grilled salads to pizza. If you’re in the market for a Father’s Day gift, lunch at Monterey Coast Brewing Company and a gift basket with a growler and twopint glasses to take home would be a big hit. 165 Main Street, Salinas, 93901 (831) 758-2337

These restaurants don’t just offer a great hamburger but also a little extra something. Whether you’re looking for a great place to take visitors, the perfect romantic date spot, or a fun outing with the kids, we have seven awesome options.

Seventh & Dolores Fancy date night burger If you’re craving a burger and looking for a romantic location for a date day or night, Seventh & Dolores has you covered. Located in downtown Carmel, Seventh & Dolores is the spot to see and be seen with its beautifully decorated, modern dining room and impeccable service. If you haven’t planned by making a reservation, you might be able to get a spot at the bar after a (hopefully) short wait. The house burger is available for both lunch and dinner and is described on the menu as “A house blend of Niman Ranch Dry aged beef, Filet Mignon & Brisket Whipped with Bone Marrow and finished with Cognac Roasted Onions, Comté, Roasted Tomato & Aioli on Toasted Brioche.” It tastes every bit as good as it sounds. Be sure to leave room for dessert–the Flourless Chocolate Cake is one of the best we’ve ever tasted. 7th Avenue & Dolores St, Carmel, 93921, (831) 293-7600 Stick’s The place to take visitors Visitors to the peninsula will love the burgers, the view, and if your visit is in the late afternoon, the iconic bagpiper. Overlooking the Links at Spanish Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Stick’s is the spot where the bagpiper begins his daily lateafternoon performance. Depending on the season, you can bring guests to Stick’s for an early dinner on the patio by the fire pits (they reopen for dinner at 4 pm) to catch the bagpiper who begins at approximately 5:45 pm. During standard time the performance starts a half hour before sunset. The “Sticks Burger” features maple onion bacon jam, butter pickles, Vermont cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and avocado and comes with a salad or shoestring fries. The popular “Impossible Burger” is now on the menu for vegetarian friends and it’s every bit as good as you’ve been told, we promise. 2700 17 Mile Dr, Pebble Beach, 93953 (831) 298-5898, Sur Burger Great for families Bill and Teresa Quon, who run Sur Restaurant at the Barnyard in Carmel opened Sur Burger in March. The downtown Monterey location is perfect for a casual lunch. They have a roomy dining area and outdoor tables. The menu is pretty extensive and includes a variety of burgers as well as Sur’s specialty fried chicken on a sandwich. Sur Burger’s condiment bar sets it apart–you can select your own mix of toppings to create the perfect combination. Sur Burger also has soft serve ice cream and a bacon and waffle sundae. During a recent visit, we overheard two twenty-something young men tell the manager that their burgers were the best they’d ever had. High praise from guys who probably know a thing or two about burgers! If you are in the market for a late lunch or very early dinner, Sur Burger has a happy hour special every day from 3-5:00 pm that features a ¼ lb. cheeseburger with fries, and an 8-ounce draft beer for just $10. 409 Alvarado St, Monterey, 93940 (831) 241-6064

IT’S SHOWTIME AT YOUR LIBRARY Earn Prizes for Reading This Summer with the Monterey Public Library

KICK-OFF PARTY Saturday, June 8 Colton Hall Lawn* 1:00pm – 4:00pm Food • Games Entertainment In partnership with Monterey Recreation (*Library if it rains)

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by Margie De Quesada

Sticker Activity Books Kids love to play with stickers and stick them on basically anything! Buying a themed sticker activity book could provide tons of fun for younger kids. Looking for sticker books that have multiple pages to stick those stickers is key. Be on the lookout for activity books that are more educational and include facts and specified places to put the sticker as well as creative spaces too.

Coloring Books Most kids love to color. Buying a new coloring book with a Ziploc bag of crayons may be a good way to keep little ones happy for a while. Try out the Crayola Color Wonder books with the mess free markers. They are perfect for kids who tend to color in more places than pages. They are also pretty fun because the color gets revealed as the marker is pressed on the paper. I Spy Books These books work best when played with an adult or older sibling. There are many versions of these, but usually, the ones with animals entertain kids the most. Try to find some with characters


Doesn’t Have to Hold Your Kids Back

Whether it’s a road trip or a flight, keeping kids entertained while traveling is key to a parent’s sanity. While it may be simple to keep them connected to a device for hours, it’s generally not the best idea. Here are ten book suggestions to keep your kids engaged while traveling. they love or ones that reinforce letters, colors, and shapes.

Favorite Character Books AGES If your child loves Paw Patrol 3-6 or Disney princesses, find a couple of new books that include those characters and surprise them on the plane or in the car when a difficult moment comes along. There are many early reader books with characters from popular TV shows. You can check them out from your local library or buy some inexpensive ones online.


Books to Keep Kids Happy While Traveling

Mad Libs This classic fill in the blank game is perfect for the whole family. By writing in random parts of speech and plugging them into a story, your family is sure to come up with hilarious and creative stories. It is also a handy grammar reminder for kids and a clever way to get everyone thinking of unique words for the story. National Geographic

AGES Ultimate Road Trip Atlas 7-12

This is a fantastic book for a road trip. It provides easy to read road maps, photographs, roadside attractions, five cool things to do, wacky facts, and boredom busters for each state. The book also includes scavenger hunt games, look and find, license plate search, and a map of the United States. This is a colorful and engaging book that should keep your kids entertained while you travel. Where’s Waldo Another classic book, Where’s Waldo is great for kids to play anywhere. Kids can work together to find Waldo and his friends in various landscapes and scenery pages throughout the book. Once you are done finding Waldo, the back pages give you even more items

to find based on the location given. This is great to help kids pay attention to details and fosters teamwork to complete the checklists given. Travel Journals These can be fun depending on how detail oriented your child is. While there are many versions of travel journals, try to find ones that are interactive and ask questions about places you’ve seen. An area that includes space to draw and write about your day is also nice to have. These journals can be a great end of day wrap up to discuss the day’s activities, restaurants, and attractions. Word Search and Crossword Puzzle Books While there are many varieties of puzzle books, try finding one that is geared towards the location you will be visiting. There are countless activity books that focus on fun facts, attractions, and cities all over the world. These word search and crossword puzzles can be completed beforehand as a preview to the location or afterward as a culminating activity. Are We There Yet? This book by Rand McNally is filled with a variety of activities to keep kids laughing and thinking. Games include crossword puzzles, travel logs, connect the dots, car bingo, word scrambles, decoding puzzles, and what’s wrong with this picture activities. In addition, there are road trip songs with lyrics, travel game ideas, and hotel games to keep them singing and playing for hours. Keeping your kids happy while traveling is vital on a family vacation. Hopefully, these books will provide you with more ideas on how to keep your kids entertained during those long trips in the car or plane. MONTEREY BAY PARENT • june 2019

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System presents the

34 th ANNUAL

ASTHMA CAMP July 22 - July 26, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm Monterey Park School

Asthma Camp offers a fun outdoor experience along with practical education led by the SVMHS medical staff. • For children with asthma 6 to 12 years old • $55 fee covers 5 days (scholarships available) • Each camper receives a t-shirt, fanny pack and interactive workbook To register or for more information, call 831-759-1890 or visit Asthma Camp is sponsored by

Pre and post camp child care available. MONTEREY BAY PARENT • june 2019


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Center Extended Day Child Care Preschool Programs • Designed for children ages 18 months - 5 years • Full-time care with Preschool curriculum (Frog Street) • Encourages positive interaction between adults and children • Provides group experiences to broaden the child’s world through nature, science, art, music and imaginative play • Recognizes individual needs and capabilities to help each child grow and develop to his/ her potential • Monday - Friday 7am - 6pm


2. Parent Participation

Co-op Preschool Dual Language • Designed for children ages 3 years–kindergarten entry • Embeds Spanish into daily lessons • Children will acquire second language skills through games, movement, and dramatic play • Curriculum based program (Frog Street) • Must be potty trained • Monday - Friday 8:45am- 11:30am


Parent Participation Co-op Preschool • Designed for children ages 3 years- kindergarten entry • Builds skills outlined in the California Preschool Foundations • Curriculum based (Frog Street) • Children will explore learning opportunities through song, movement and dramatic play • Must be potty trained • Monday - Friday 8:45am - 11:30am or 12:45pm - 3:30pm



Located at the Pacific Grove Adult School, our Child Development Center was created to meet the needs of children and their families through the provision of high quality, state licensed childcare services which have been approved as a Quality Matters program through the Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE). Our program is designed to encourage and facilitate growth in all areas of development, including but not limited to social, physical, intellectual, cognitive, and emotional development. Our staff is dedicated, reliable and most importantly focused on the child. Through continuing education, our staff strives to provide the highest quality care to the children and encourage them to explore and create daily.

Call now to arrange a tour!

831-646-6623 Programs for Children ages 18 months-5 years old





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HELP KEEP THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE HEALTHY BY SHARING THIS HANDY LIST WITH THEM Here’s the truth, most of us do not like going to the doctor but men are 24% less likely to visit a doctor than women. Also, most of the time men’s doctor visits are out of necessity due to injury or illness. Many issues can be prevented through health maintenance. It is very important that men see the doctor for regular checkups and routine preventative care. In honor of June being Men’s Health Month here are some startling facts about men’s health: THE BAD NEWS 1. Heart disease is the #1 killer of men. 1 out of 4 men have heart disease 2. 31% of men over the age of 20 have hypertension 3. Each year 230,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer 4. Testicular cancer is the #1 cancer among men ages 15-34 5. 4 out of 5 suicides are men 6. 33.6% of men over the age of 20 are obese 7. Men’s life expectancy is 6 years less than women’s 8. 12.4% of men over the age of 18 are in fair to poor health and men, on average, will live 9 years in poor health before seeking care 9. 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime

10. The average man will lose 5.4 teeth by the age of 72 Many of these statistics are so startling because they are preventable or can be treated quickly with routine doctor’s visits. According to the Center for Disease Control, genetics contribute to 30% of a person’s health while lifestyle contributes to 70% of a person’s health. Below are some guidelines for what men can be do to be healthier regardless of age. THE ADVICE 1. Exercise. Men who climb 50 stairs or walk 5 city blocks reduce their chance of a heart attack by 25% 2. Sleep. Men who sleep 7-8 hours a night reduce their chance of a heart attack by 60% 3. Fruits and Veggies. Men who eat 5-7 servings of fruits and/or veggies per day greatly reduce their chance of diabetes and heart disease 4. Drink Less. Men who consume less than 10 alcoholic beverages in a week reduce their chance of type 2 diabetes by half 5. Stop Smoking. Men who don’t smoke are at far less risk to develop hypertension and cancer 6. Go to the Dentist. Everyone

should go to the dentist every 6 months for routine cleanings and care to reduce the chance of major problems 7. Go to the Doctor. Going to the doctor for regular screenings will greatly reduce the chance of having major health issues or dying prematurely SCREENING BY THE DECADE In your 20’s and 30’s • Yearly physical examinations that check weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) • Talk to your doctor about family history of heart disease diabetes, mental illness, and/or any other concern you may have • Make sure vaccines are current such as tetanus (every 10 years) and flu (every year) • Talk to your doctor about the human papillomavirus (HPV) or hepatitis A&B vaccines • Ask about a sexual health screening • Learn how to correctly administer testicular cancer self-examines and administer them every 6 months • Also learn how to check for breast cancer because men get it too. • Get your blood pressure checked

every 2 years unless it is over 140/90 than it will need to be monitored closely Have your blood sugar checked if your BMI is over 25, or 23 for Asian-Americans If you have eyesight issues, see an optician every 2 years or if you have diabetes get your eyes check every year See the dentist every 6-12 months Always seek help for any mental health issues you are feeling

In your 40’s • Continue to check in with doctor about any issues that many arise and your yearly physical • Get a cholesterol screening every 5 years • Get blood pressure checked yearly • See an optician every 2-4 years regardless of eyesight • Diabetes screenings should take place every 3 years • Talk to your doctor about colorectal cancer screenings as you may need to start them before the age of 50 if there is a family history or there are other health concerns

In your 50’s Colorectal cancer screenings are critical after the age of 50. • A fecal occult blood (stool-based) test done every year • A fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year • A stool DNA test every 3 years • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years • Double contrast barium enema every 5 years • CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years • Colonoscopy every 10 years

Suicide is now the 7th leading cause of death among men. 6 million men suffer from depression in the US. Men are also less likely to seek out help than women when it comes to mental health. If you are struggling, reach out and seek help.

Other screenings after 50 include: • Shingles and herpes zoster vaccinations are needed • Screenings for osteoporosis should be discussed • Prostate cancer screenings begin at age 50 • Lung cancer screenings should begin at age 55 for smokers

County of Santa Cruz Mental Health Clinic 1400 Emeline Ave. Bldg K Santa Cruz, CA 95060, (831) 454-4170 (800) 952-2335 24-Hr line

Physical health is not the only component of health that needs to be regularly evaluated. Since 2000 the suicide rate among males has risen steadily.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES CHOMP Outpatient Mental Health Clinic 576 Hartnell St, Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 373-0924

National Suicide Hotline (800) 273-8255 Veterans Crisis Line (800) 273-8255 US Department of Health and Human Services Men’s Health Network

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Food and Beverage We are very lucky on the Central Coast to have some wonderful companies that have excellent meat varieties and choices. From delicious marinated tri-tip, sausages of all varieties, and cold cuts of highest kind, you can find it all from local businesses. •

Freedom Meat Locker in Watsonville provides a fantastic butchery and deli that boosts award winning meat. The sandwiches from the deli make a great picnic food. Find them at freedommeatlockers. com. Corralitos Meat Market also has a great butchery and grocery store. Their sausage cannot be beat! They ship boxes all over the country, too. Find them at The Meatery in Seaside is a fine butchery and deli that has both a cold case and hot food available. Their pop-up nights require tickets but are definitely worth it. I highly recommend the ribs. Find them at

As for beverages there are many choices from award winning wineries and breweries to tap houses and tasting rooms. Why not make an experience out of it? • Anatum Winery is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains outside of Watsonville. It boasts both a wonderful variety of wine and a beautiful setting. They also have a wine club that would be a fantastic gift! Find them at • Seabright Brewery is a Santa Cruz institution. Get a growler to go or sit on the patio and enjoy good food and brews. Find them at • If dad is an adventurous guy, get him a home brew kit where he can make his own brew! provides a list of the best home kits that can be purchased.


It’s that time of year–the time to celebrate dads and all the wonderful things they do for us. So instead of the usual tie or coffee mug let’s think outside of the box for a fun and unique gift he will enjoy. by Jasmine Root

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Experiences My favorite thing to do on Father’s Day is to share in an experience together. The Monterey Bay provides so many opportunities to create memories in unique ways. Whale Watching: Monterey, Moss Landing, and Santa Cruz all have whale watching expeditions leaving daily • Kayaking/Paddle Boarding: there are many places to participate in these fun activities. Whether it be on the ocean, slough, or harbor, get out in the sunshine. • Glass bottom boat: Little Mermaid Glass Bottom Boat leaves from Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf and is perfect for a short activity. Contact them at (831) 372-7151. • Hikes: There are many national and state parks in our area to explore. For ideas of where to go visit • Golf: Does dad like to hit the links? Almost every city on the Monterey Bay has a golf course. Send dad to one he has never been to before! • Racing: For a once in a lifetime opportunity you can send dad out to Laguna Seca for the day at Skip Barber Racing School to try his hand at the wheel. Find info at skipbarber. com. If he’s more of a spectator go to for a list of events at Laguna Seca. • Rodeo: The historic California Rodeo Salinas is July 18-21, 2019. Get dad tickets to bull riding, bronco riding, barrel racing, or the Tim McGraw concert. Tickets for all events are available at •

Subscriptions With so many new subscription services popping up, you’re sure to find something that is perfect plus dad will be able to enjoy it all year. • Audible by Amazon is perfect for dads on the go. This audiobook service is $14.95 a month and has thousands of options. Find it at • Coffee and a Classic is a monthly service that sends its readers not only a classic book each month but also coffee to enjoy it with. Find it at • If dad is a podcast listener visit, where for a monthly fee (each podcast is different) they will be able to receive additional content from the podcast. • Spotify is a great service to subscribe to because it has both podcasts and music to stream. The fee is $9.99 a month and it can be found at • Harry’s provides shaving, grooming, and other personal hygiene products at affordable prices that can be delivered to your door each month. Find it at




Calendar june 2019

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

9:00 AM. Kid’s Workshop at The Home Depot: Putting Green In this hands-on workshop, you and your child can discuss the mindset, jargon, and strategy of the sport as you build a putting green to master your hole-in-one. Kids workshops held weekly on Saturday with a new theme each week. 1590 Canyon Del Rey Blvd, Seaside, 9:00 AM. Watsonville Young Eagles Rally The pilots who participate in the Young Eagles program are local members of EAA who are volunteering their time and aircraft to make your flight possible. Youth ages 8-17 can get their first free ride in an airplane

60 Aviation Way, Watsonville, (831) 531-8440 10:00 AM. Book Sale at Capitola Mall Buy used books, CDs and DVDs. 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola (831) 476-9616 10:00 AM. Birth and Baby Fair Free community event for anyone planning to start a family, are currently expecting, or have welcomed a new baby. Meet local birth & early parenting professionals. Sponsored by The Birth Network of Monterey County. about 3 weeks ago Pacific Grove Community Center 515 Junipero Ave, Pacific Grove 10:00 AM. SC beach

Boardwalk Deaf Fest Join Northern California’s Deaf Community for a fun day of rides, entertainment, and networking. Event package includes: all-day rides wristband, Wink Smith ASL performance inside the Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove—limited seating available. 400 Beach St,, Santa Cruz (831) 423-5590 10:00 AM. FOSPL First Saturday Book Sale The Friends Bookshop will be held the first Saturday of each month on the front lawn of the John Steinbeck Library. Rain postpones the sale until the second Saturday of the month. Salinas 350 Lincoln Ave, Salinas, 93901 10:00 AM. First Saturday Book Sale

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Buy books and other media at this monthly sale in front of the PG Library. 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, (831) 648-5760 10:00 AM. First Saturday History Walk Explore the evolution of central Salinas and discover the city’s rich heritage. 350 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas 10:00 AM. Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival The event has artichoke cooking demos, tours of artichoke farms, artichoke-themed art and souvenirs, artichokes (and other vegetables) for sale at the farmers’ market, a wine exposition, and of course artichokes. Throughout the weekend, check out the various children’s activities including games, face painting and live shows. Also held June 2. Monterey County Fairgrounds 2400 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey 10:00 AM. Old Town Marketplace Organic produce, gourmet foods, and all of your friends at the Old Town Marketplace. Held weekly on Saturday. 12 West Gabilan Street, Salinas, (650) 290-3549 10:00 AM. Seaside Farmer’s Market Fresh options include grapes and stone fruits, fresh flowers and

healthy local vegetables and berries. Market Match doubles the spending power of CalFresh/SNAP. Held weekly on Saturday. 656 Broadway Avenue, Seaside, (831) 899-6700 10:00 AM. SS Palo Alto Centennial Celebration California State Parks will celebrate the centennial of the launch of the SS Palo Alto with living history, live music, refreshments, walking tours, and more. Check for additional information. 201 State Park drive, Aptos 10:00 AM. Whack the Weeds Day Help us whack the weeds invading the native plant garden at Elkhorn Slough. 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville 10:00 AM. Workshop: Backyard Chicken-Keeping Even city dwellers can keep a few laying hens in their yards. Most city ordinances allow it. Students will take home three live chicks - after learning how to care for them. Love Apple Farms 5311 Scotts Valley Dr., Scotts Valley 11:00 AM. Storytime Storytime followed by a craft; all ages are welcome. Held weekly on Saturday. 851 Fifth Street, Gonzales

(831) 675-2209 11:00 AM. Read-To-A-Dog Grade school students can practice their reading with Walker, a therapy dog, and Linda, a retired teacher, every Saturday morning from 11am to 12pm. Please call (831) 769-8724 for more information. 11160 Speegle Street, Castroville 11:00 AM. 88th La Merienda La Merienda celebrates the City of Monterey’s 249th birthday with a very special Barbecue Buffet Extravaganza, a five-star culinary experience, with entertainment by Mike Marotta, Jr. 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey 11:00 AM. 43rd Annual Monterey Wine Festival You’ll find savory bites of food that pair with world-class wines, spirits and beers. Live music. Monterey Conference Center 1 Portola Plz, Monterey, 93940 12:00 PM. Family Fun Time Come join us for family friendly coloring, word search, crossword puzzle, and other activities at the Soledad Library. All coloring and activity pages and coloring supplies are provided free of charge. Held weekly on Saturday. 401 Gabilan Drive, Soledad 12:00 PM. Art Literacy The Art Literacy Program is a free

monthly art class connecting the creativity of art with the foundation of literacy. All materials are provided for free. Open to ages 6 and up. Advance registration strongly recommended. 11160 Speegle Street, Castroville 2:00 PM. Game On Get Your Game On at the Soledad Library today. Free video and board games for the whole family. All ages welcome. Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Held weekly on Saturday. 401 Gabilan Drive, Soledad 3:00 PM. Forks, Corks & Kegs Festival The first annual Forks, Corks, & Kegs Festival will serve host to many local wineries, breweries, spirits, and restaurants to celebrate Santa Cruz County. Kaiser Permanente Arena 140 Front St., Santa Cruz, 95060 4:00 PM. Rising Star All Gym Show: Under the Sea Enjoy performances by team members and students at Rising Star Gymnastics. 2024 Del Monte Avenue, Monterey, 5:00 PM. Kids Night Out Need an evening without the kids? Use this opportunity to enjoy a well deserved night off while your kids enjoy games, crafts, and other exhilarating activities.

735 Ramona Street, Monterey, (831) 646-5665 7:30 PM. The Miracle Worker The Western Stage presents “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson. held in Studio Theater on June 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 16, 21, 22. Hartnell College Studio Theatre 411 Central Avenue, Salinas

2 sunday 8:30 AM. Run in the Name of Love A unique event offering runners and walkers the opportunity to honor and pay tribute to the very special people in their lives. Starts at Sunset Center, San Carlos between 8th and 9th, Carmel. For more information contact Susan Love at 10:00 AM. Marina Farmers Market Marina Farmer’s Market, on the corner of Vista Del Camino in the Marina Village Shopping Center, runs year-round rain or shine every Sunday. 215 Reservation Rd, Marina farmers-market/ 10:00 AM. Monthly Bagging Party We meet the first Sunday of every month to portion out rice, beans,

and other staples for distribution to those in need in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties. Junipero and 3rd, Carmel 11:00 AM. Open Streets Watsonville 2019 A day of play in the streets on downtown Watsonville—bike, dance, picnic, stroll in the street. Learn about local non-profit groups, listen to live music, and experience the joy of open, safe, spacious public space. Brennan Street, Watsonville watsonville 11:00 AM. The Bee Experience at Earthbound Learn about the Western honeybee with a 90 minute walking tour with our resident beekeeper Marc Romano. Watch the bees scout out, forage for, and bring home the flowery bounty of our Earthbound Eden. Check website for additional dates and availability. 7250 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, (831) 625-6219 12:00 PM. monster jam This family friendly event is an exciting day for all ages, with Monster Trucks doing awesome freestyle tricks. Salinas Sports Complex 1034 N Main St, Salinas, 93906 1:00 PM. Celebration of Achievement AFN is celebrating any child with autism or special needs moving to the next grade level. Please come join in a catered lunch and celebrate the achievements and milestones our children have made over the last year. AFN Autism Family Network Santa Cruz, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz, 3:00 PM. Farmworker Reality Tour The tours challenge participants to better understand the conditions of Mexican farmworkers in Northern California by sharing in their lives, food, and living quarters. Also held on June 30. farmworker-reality-tour

3 monday 10:00 AM. Parent/Tot Playtime at Rising Star Children under 5 can crawl, climb, swing, jump, and explore at Rising Star Gymnastics. Drop-in fee of $7 for first child/$5 for a second child. Held weekly on Monday. 2024 Del Monte Ave, Monterey, (831) 375-9335 3:00 PM. Pacific Grove

Certified Farmers Market A wide array of fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts from small-scale family farmers (70 percent are certified organic), along with prepared food and artisanal items from local vendors. Grand Avenue and Central Avenue, Pacific Grove 6:00 PM. Big Games for Kids Enjoy a fun evening with friends playing a collection of life-sized games. Play BIG Jenga, BIG Uno, BIG Connect Four or start a BIG tournament with friends. For ages 10-17 years, free event. Held weekly on Monday and Wednesdays. 735 Ramona Street, Monterey, (831) 646-5665 6:30 PM. FREE Financial Literacy Classes The City of Seaside and Wells Fargo are partnering together to provide the community with FREE Financial Literacy Classes. Free childcare offered to first 20 registrants per class. 986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside

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from early May through the end of September at the peak of the summer harvest season. 3652 The Barnyard, Carmel markets/carmel-farmers-market 9:00 AM. Community Free Days at the UCSC Arboretum The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden’s rich and diverse collection contains representatives of more than 300 plant families of Mediterranean climates. The garden maintains collections of rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest. On the first Tuesday of every month, there is free admission. 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz 10:00 AM. $2 TUESDAY. $2 Tuesday is the first Tuesday of every month. Enjoy $2 admission per person for Monterey County residents with ID. As always, children under 24 months are free. 425 Washington Street, Monterey 10:30 AM. Tuesday tour at Chartwell school. Visit Chartwell School, meet staff, and take a tour of the grounds. Chartwell is open to students in grades 2 to 12 with dyslexia and other learning differences. 2511 Numa Watson Road, Seaside, 93955, 10:30 AM. Story Time at The Farm Free story time with stories, snacks, and songs. Held weekly on Tuesday and Friday. Exit off Hwy 68, Spreckels Blvd, Salinas 11:00 AM. Alisal Certified Farmers Market The Alisal Certified Farmers’ Market offers a wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables from smallscale family farmers (over half are certified organic). 632 East Alisal St, Salinas alisal-certified-farmers-market/ 11:00 AM. Pre-School Stories Pre-School stories for ages 2-5. Held weekly on Tuesday. 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, (831) 648-5760 11:00 AM. Preschool Stories - Prunedale Stories and a craft for ages 2-5. Held weekly on Tuesday. 17822 Moro Road, Salinas 831-663-2292 11:00 AM. Preschool Storytime Stories and a craft for ages 2-5.

Held weekly on Tuesday. 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside 2:00 PM. Citizenship Assistance Free U.S. citizenship and immigration assistance. Study in a small group or with a tutor in English or Spanish. For more information, please call (831) 883-7542. 11160 Speegle Street, Castroville 4:00 PM. Creative Tinkering Series-Art, Science & Engineering In this fun, hands-on-class children will explore art, science, and engineering through playful experimentation. 3066 Lake Drive, Marina 4:00 PM. Community Science Workshop Tinker, explore, and create with the Greenfield Community Science Workshop on Tuesdays at the Soledad Library. 401 Gabilan Drive, Soledad 4:00 PM. Old Monterey Farmers Market The Old Monterey Farmers Market is spread among 3 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. Held weekly on Wednesday. Alvarado Street and W Franklin Street, Monterey 6:00 PM. Summer Natural Birth Series This 8 week series is designed for hospital, birth center, and home birth families This class includes Birth Chemistry and Evidence Based Birth curriculum. Monterey Birth Center 4 Harris Court, Ste A, Monterey 6:30 PM. Parent Education Series At our 2019 Parent Education Series, you will learn techniques to support your child’s development, identify any problem areas, and integrate music, play and technology into at-home learning. 787 Munras Ave, Suite 102, Monterey, 8316457900

5 wednesday 10:00 AM. Baby and Toddler Storytime Featuring Carmel Police Chief Paul Tomasi Hear stories, sing songs, do activ-

ities and enjoy fingerplays. This storytime is for babies and toddlers, but older siblings are welcome too. Ocean Ave. and Lincoln St, Carmel, (831) 624-4629 11:00 AM. Natividad Certified Farmers’ Market Natividad Medical Center offers a Certified Farmers’ Market every Wednesday outside of building 200, Outpatient Services and is part of Natividad Medical Center’s ongoing commitment to promote wellness and healthy eating. Held weekly on Wednesday. 11:00 AM. Wacky Wednesday Stories, science, and crafts for grades K-2nd. Held every Wednesday. 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, (831) 648-5760 2:00 PM. Preschool Storytime Join us for stories and a craft. Held every Wednesday. 11160 Speegle Street, Castroville (831) 769-8724 3:30 PM. First Wednesday Family Fun Entertainment, crafts, family activities, goodie bags. Held in the Macy’s wing of the mall. Suggested $5 donation per child benefits Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services. 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola, (831) 476-9616 5:00 PM. Lego My Library Legos, games, and snacks. 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, (831) 648-5760 5:00 PM. Storytime Buena Vista Join us for stories, songs and a fun craft for children 2-5 years old. Siblings are welcome. Held every Wednesday. 18250 Tara Drive, Salinas, (831) 455-9699 (831) 455-9699 5:30 PM. FREE Birth Center Tours Come visit us and see what Monterey County’s new birth option has to offer. 4 Harris Court, Ste A, Monterey 5:30 PM. Storytime/La Hora del Cuento Bilingual storytime in English and Spanish. by Pajamas encouraged. Jasmine Root Stories, music, activities. Held ev-


ery Wednesday. 401 Gabilan Drive, Soledad (831) 678-2430 6:00 PM. Big Games for Kids Enjoy a fun evening with friends playing a collection of life-sized games. Play BIG Jenga, BIG Uno, BIG Connect Four or start a BIG tournament with friends. For ages 10-17 years, free event. Held weekly on Monday and Wednesdays. 735 Ramona Street, Monterey, (831) 646-5665 6:00 PM. Pajama Family Storytime - Buena Vista Wear your pajamas and bring your stuffed animal friends for stories, songs and a craft the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm. Fun for the whole family. 18250 Tara Drive, Salinas, (831) 455-9699

6 thursday 10:15 AM. Preschool Storytime For children aged 2-5. This program will be held in the Michelle Lang Children’s Room. Held every Thursday. 190 Seaside Circle, Marina (831) 883-7507 10:30 AM. Bilingual Storytime Connect with your little one through stories and songs in Spanish and English. This storytime is perfect for native speakers of any language. This program is for ages 18 months-5 years and a participating caregiver. 625 Pacific St, Monterey 11:00 AM. Baby Rhyme Time Storytime for birth - 2 years old and caregiver. Held every Thursday. 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, (831) 648-5760 12:00 PM.Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour Part of the UC Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, (831) 459-3800

7 friday 1:00 PM. Monterey Bay Jade Festival The 2nd Annual Monterey Bay Jade Festival is a gathering of jade carvers, jade collectors, jade sell-

ers from around the world to buy, sell and trade. Custom House Plaza, Monterey State Historic Park 3:00 PM. Sack Puppet Making Join Puppet Master, Ricki Vincent and create imagination-inspired Sack Puppets. Free to MOD members or with paid, admission. 1855 41st Ave, Capitola 5:00 PM. June Free First Friday: Do It Together Make the MAH a stop on your First Friday Art Tour with a sprawling street festival, free exhibitions, and live music under the stars. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz 5:00 PM. MY TOWN in SALINAS KICK OFF NIGHT This Summer MY Museum will partner with CSUMB, TAMC, Hijos Del Sol Arts, Salinas Public Library and First 5 Monterey County to host a Pop-Up Children’s exhibit called “MY Town.” This fun & hands-on exhibit will educate children about the community they live in. Free event. The exhibit will be open June 7th to July 21st. 1 Main Street, Salinas 5:00 PM. Planetarium Children’s Show The Planetarium at Hartnell College has been enchanting audiences with the wonders of astronomy and space science for over 50 years. Entry fee of $4 per person. Call for specific show theme and info as well as cancellation information. Held weekly on Friday. 411 Central Ave., Salinas

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- A part of the family: European and Asian students aged 10-14 become an addition to your family for 2-4 weeks during summer. - Weekly stipend: Earn $100 per week per student on a prorated basis. Contact Elaine Fischer Call: 831-313-7059 Email:

5:00 PM. First Friday at MMA Fine art, live music, and signature drinks with artists Catie O’Leary and Dennis O’Leary at MMA’s favorite monthly social event $5 Suggested Donation 559 Pacific St, Monterey, (831) 372-5477 6:00 PM. Favorite Fridays Tribute Band Concert: Tom Petty Tribute Kick off your weekend on Fridays at Del Monte Shopping Center’s summer concert series, Favorite Fridays. Earn prizes and giveaways at every concert. 1410 Del Monte Center, Monterey, (831) 373-2705 6:00 PM. First Friday & Pacific Grove Art Center First Friday Join us every month on the 1st Friday from 6:009:00pm. Look for the Green flags to signify participating businesses.



Pacific Grove 6:30 PM. Sunset Music Series 2019 Can you think of a better way to unwind from the work week and kick off the weekend than by enjoying the Sunset Music Series at Asilomar? Enjoy live entertainment starting at 6:30 pm. Held every Friday through the summer. 800 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove, (831) 372-8016 8:00 PM. Movie in the park Join Monterey Firefighters at 6 pm for complimentary popcorn and cotton candy. Also, face painting, fire engines, bookmobile, Wheelie Mobilee, and more. Free event. Colton Hall, Monterey

8 saturday 9:00 AM. World Oceans Day This is family friendly event and if you don’t want to get in the water you can still be present on the beach. Meet on Monterey State beach right behind Monterey Bay Kayaks. Gather with us on the beach and paddle out with us if you want - surfboards, foamies, boogie boards, stand paddle boards, kayaks, all are welcome. Monterey State Beach

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10:15 AM. FOML MLCR Block Party Held in the Community Room for toddlers and children up to approx. age 6. Children can play with big Blocks, magnatiles, and a miniature kitchen, among other toys. 190 Seaside Circle, Marina 11:00 AM. 2nd Saturday at The Farm Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day’s special focus. Activities include life-size wooden cows with rubber teats that help you learn how to milk a cow. 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville 12:00 PM. CCL SPCA Family Workshop Join us in learning about wildlife with the SPCA for Monterey County. Our special guest is a red tailed hawk. Stick around for a story and craft. 615 Williams Rd, Salinas

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1:00 PM. Summer Reading Kick-off Party Join Monterey Public Library and Monterey Recreation staff for the annual Summer Reading Kick-Off event. Meet on Colton Hall Lawn

for family fun, entertainment, and to be among the first to sign up for the Library’s Summer Reading Program. 625 Pacific St, Monterey, (831) 646-3933 5:30 PM. Discover Marina Dunes Preserve Watch the sky fill with color as you walk the beach at sunset. This relatively harsh environment supports an ecosystem teeming with unique plant and animal life. 3325 Dunes Road, Marina

9 sunday 2:00 PM. Monterey Babywearers Join us for the Monterey Babywearers support group and lending library meet up. Our lending library is equipped with a variety of popular babywearing brands and styles to try out and/or borrow. 4 Harris Court, Ste A, Monterey

11 tuesday 12:00 PM. Lunch at the Library Children 18 years and under are eligible for a free lunch provided by MPUSD and The Food Bank of Monterey County. First-come first-served, while supplies last. For more information, call (831) 8992055 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside 1:00 PM. JSL Book & Ballet Calling all little dancers. Come join us for this fun combination of storytime and a pre-ballet dance class designed for children ages 3-5 years. Registration is required for this 3-week series of classes. 350 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas

12 wednesday 10:30 AM. Lego My Library Clownish fun for all ages. 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, (831) 648-5760

Come read a story together and then learn how to bring it to life. We’ll play some acting games, stretch our muscles, then stretch our creativity as we act out the stories we read. No registration required. 615 Williams Rd, Salinas 1:00 PM. JSL Read It, Act It. Come read a story together and then learn how to bring it to life. We’ll play some acting games, stretch our muscles, then stretch our creativity as we act out the stories we read. No registration required. John Steinbeck Library 350 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas 2:30 PM. Kids’ Crafts Corner Children ages 5 years to 13 years are invited to join us for FUN and free craft events on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Soledad Branch Library 401 Gabilan Drive, Soledad

(831) 646-3932 6:00 PM. Summer Reading Program: Sterling the Bubblesmith Come and see Sterling the Bubblesmith, the first person to walkcompletely through a bubble film and the only person to ever put a bubble inside a bubble inside a bubble on stage without any straws or tubes. This program is free and open to all ages. Soledad Branch Library 401 Gabilan Drive, Soledad

14 friday 6:30 & 8:30 PM. Friday Night Bands The English Beat performs a free concert on the beach. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Concerts

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8:00 PM. Summer Reading Program: Chris Lopez Magician Join us for an entertaining show for the whole family as Magician Chris Lopez dazzles audiences of all ages with sleights of hand and prestidigitations. His shows are highly interactive with audience participation, hilarious and family friendly. Seaside Branch Library 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside

11:00 AM. Summer Activities Kick-Off Event Join the Library, Recreation & Community Services for a fun day of family activities to kick-off the City’s summer programming. Sign-up for summer reading, enjoy a live performance, visit the First 5 Wheelie Mobilee, and participate in face painting, crafts, and much more. Central Park, 420 Central Ave Salinas

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12:00 PM. watsonville’s Father’s Day Celebration Music, food, raffles, games, crafts, and community resources. 1301 Main Street, Watsonville

10:30 AM. Musical Storytime Sing, dance, and learn with your child through stories, songs, and fun activities designed to build their early literacy skills. This program is for ages 18 months-5 years and a participating caregiver. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific St, Monterey,

12:00 PM. Movie Matinée Enjoy a free family movie inside the Community Room. Free popcorn and bottled water while supplies last. Please call (831) 769-

8724 or visit the branch to find out the title for this month. 11160 Speegle Street, Castroville

16 sunday 9:00 AM. Monthly Vintage Market Monterey Bay Antiques & Vintage Market is a monthly outdoor market where you will find that cherished antique, a sought-after vintage collectible or maybe some fun retro. 980 Fremont Street, Monterey, (831) 684-7505 12:00 PM. Father’s Day Hats Off to Dad & Brew Train Salute Dad on Father’s Day by treating him to a ride on a steam train and lunch. Is there anything better than BBQ & Beer? Spicy chicken wings, specialty sausages, tri-tip sandwiches, and lots more will be available at the Chuckwagon BBQ. 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton (831) 335-4484

19 wednesday 11:00 AM. Music with Mary Lee Rhythms & songs for all ages at Pacific Grove Library. 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, (831) 648-5760 11:00 AM. Summer Reading Program: Sterling the Bubblesmith Come and see Sterling the Bubblesmith, the first person to walk completely through a bubble film and the only person to ever put a bubble inside a bubble inside a bubble on stage without any straws or tubes. Carmel Valley Branch Library 65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley

8:00 PM. Summer Reading Program: Sterling the Bubblesmith Come and see Sterling the Bubblesmith, the first person to walk completely through a bubble film and the only person to ever put a bubble inside a bubble inside a bubble on stage without any straws or tubes. Seaside Branch Library 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside 9:00 PM. The Lost Boys movie screening at beach boardwalk Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire. Free movies on the Beach every Wednesday Night through August. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz

20 thursday 6:00 PM. Summer Reading Program: Chris Lopez Magician Join us for an entertaining showfor the whole family as Magician Chris Lopez dazzles audiences of all ages with sleight of hand and prestidigitations. His shows are highly interactive with audienceparticipation, hilarious and family friendly. Soledad Branch Library 401 Gabilan Drive, Soledad

21 friday 6:00 PM. Kids’ Nerf Night Come do some target shooting, play tag, elimination, Capture the Flag and other great games with your NERF Blaster. Dinner and dessert are included. Open to ages 7-12 years 777 Pearl Street, Monterey (831) 646-3873 6:30 & 8:30 PM. Friday Night Bands Smash Mouth performs a free concert on the beach.

11:00 AM. Summer Reading Program: Chris Lopez Magician Join us for an entertaining show for the whole family as Magician Chris Lopez dazzles audiences of all ages with sleights of hand and prestidigitations. His shows are highly interactive with audience participation, hilarious and family friendly. Carmel Valley Branch Library 65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley 1:00 PM. CCL Read It, Act It.




Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Concerts

22 saturday 11:00 AM. Picnic in the Park 2019 at Lower Presidio Historic Park This free event includes great food, live entertainment, historic reenactments, walking tours, costume contests, scavenger hunt, prizes, and much more. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the day. Costume contest with prizes for best-dressed pirates (kids and adults), a scavenger hunt, and photo ops with pirates and historic reenactors. Corporal Ewing Rd, Monterey, 93940, 12:00 PM. Anime Club The Castroville Anime Club will watch anime and discuss comics and manga. Castroville Branch Library 11160 Speegle Street, Castroville 12:00 PM. Family Fun Time Come join us for family friendly coloring, word search, crossword puzzle, and other activities at the Soledad Library. All coloring and activity pages and coloring supplies are provided free of charge. You are also welcome to bring your own. Soledad Branch Library 401 Gabilan Drive, Soledad 1:30 PM. Photography Workshop Photographer Tom Gibson will teach how to take better photos and make the most out of your digital camera. For adults and teens 16 and up. Seaside Branch Library 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside 2:00 PM. Game On Get Your Game On at the Soledad Library today. Free video and board games for the whole fami-

ly. All ages welcome. Just drop in. Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Soledad Branch Library 401 Gabilan Drive, Soledad 6:00 PM. Summer Reading Program: Sterling Bubblesmith Come and see Sterling the Bubblesmith, the first person to walkcompletely through a bubble film and the only person to ever put a bubble inside a bubble inside a bubble on stage without any straws or tubes. Thisprogram is free and open to all ages. Pajaro Branch Library 29 Bishop Street, Pajaro

23 sunday 1:00 PM. DIY: Driftwood Garlands Drop in to make a garland out of driftwood collected from Santa Cruz beaches. Get crafty. Kids, teens, and adults can learn how to safely use a drill and will work with MAH volunteers to string their driftwood of choice. Decorate it. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz

25 tuesday 12:00 PM. Lunch at the Library Children 18 years and under are eligible for a free lunch provided by MPUSD and The Food Bank of Monterey County. First-come first-served, while supplies last. For more information, call (831) 8992055. 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside

26 wednesday 11:00 AM. Summer Reading: Magician Chris Lopez Magic and Illusions for all ages. 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, Pacific Grove Library (831) 648-5760

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30 11:00 AM. Summer Reading Program: Xtreme Science Fire tornados, bubble fun, flying toilet paper, shooting rockets and more. Don O’Brien brings you science and magic combined with lots of participation and humor to get kids hooked on science. Carmel Valley Branch Library 65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley

27 thursday 10:30 AM. Musical Storytime Sing, dance, and learn with your child through stories, songs, and fun activities designed to build their early literacy skills. This program is for ages 18 months-5 years and a participating caregiver. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific St, Monterey 12:00 PM. Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour Part of the UC Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, (831) 459-3800 6:00 PM. Summer Reading Program: Rock Steady Juggling RockSteady Juggling brings a show featuring comedy, magic, juggling and audience participation. While being entertained the audience learns practical tips onprotecting the environment. Soledad Branch Library 401 Gabilan Drive, Soledad

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June 2019 Monterey Bay Parent Magazine  

A regional publication for the parents of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. The June 2019 issue has articles about Father's Day, our ultimat...

June 2019 Monterey Bay Parent Magazine  

A regional publication for the parents of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. The June 2019 issue has articles about Father's Day, our ultimat...