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Contents march 2019

features: 10 Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrate shamrocks, leprechauns, and everything Irish with facts about St. Patrick’s Day plus local events. by Jasmine Root


16 California Sleepaway Camps. Is your child ready for an adventure away from home? We have thirteen great options for you! by Jasmine Root 17 Featured Camps. Learn more about Monterey Bay Parent’s featured summer camps.

on the cover…

in each issue: 05 From the Publisher 06 Military Mom Allison Chance discusses topics of importance to military families.

Sedona Rhiann Brooks is 4.5 years old. She attends preschool in Capitola. Her parents are Capitola City Councilwoman Yvette Brooks and Larry Brooks. Sedona’s favorite things are kittens, macaroni and cheese, silver, gold and rainbows. Photo by Donna Jean Shoemaker 831-620-2878 www.donnajeanshoemaker.com



07 Dining Out Jennifer Nichols shares local family-friendly dining options. 08 Father’s Day Local dad, Rob Weisskirch covers parenting topics from a father’s point of view.

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12 Building Self Esteem in our Daughters. In honor of Women’s History Month we look at ways in which parents can help their daughters have increased self esteem. by Jamie Lober

14 Preparing For A Positive Camp Experience. Camp providers offer their best advice on how to get your child ready for a great camp experience. by Jamie Lober

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Publisher Andrea Breznay abreznay@montereybayparent.com 831-582-1373 Social Media Coordinator Nicole oertel Cover Photographer Donna Jean Shoemaker Contributing Writers Allison Chance Jamie lober Jennifer Nichols Jasmine Root rob weisskirch 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 ©2019 by Monterey Bay Parent, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited.


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Summer Camp! We get it, you’re still thinking about what to do for spring break or how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and here we are with our Summer Camp guide. Trust us, there is no such thing as too early. If you’re looking at a sleepaway camp, there is a bunch of research to do to find the right camp plus you need to book many months ahead of time. If it’s day camp you’re after, you have to decide whether you’re going to choose a “general” camp that your children will attend all summer or pull together a combination of specialty camps. In other words, camp planning is a lot of work.

Living in the Now, Preparing for the Future

We’re taking a lot of that work out of the planning with our March, April, and May issues. This month we kick things off with an article about California sleepaway camps. Jasmine Root found thirteen excellent sleepaway camps (including eight in the Monterey Bay area) and profiles them on pages 16-17. Jamie Lober spoke with several camp providers and offers their tips for getting your child ready for camp on page 14. Most importantly, we have detailed information on twenty-one of the best day camps for your children on pages 16-23. In April and May, we’ll have more information on summer camps. You can also find a directory of camps on our website at MontereyBayParent.com. Although we focus on camps this month, we haven’t ignored St. Patrick’s Day. Jasmine Root did a little research on the origins and found a few local activities to celebrate the big day. You’ll see her article on page 12. We’re also unveiling a new “dining out” column from Jennifer Nichols this month. You can read about her family’s brunch at Jeffrey’s in Carmel Valley on page 7. Finally “Father’s Day” columnist Rob Weisskirch has a critical article about toxic masculinity on page 8. It’s such an important topic, and we hope you appreciate the introduction of a heavier parenting topic. Finally, don’t forget that we are getting closer to the date of our Family Fun Expo on April 13. We still have some vendor spaces available so if you’re interested in having your business or organization participate, call 831-582-1373 today.

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his year is flying by and like many of us, my family’s time in Monterey will soon (and sadly) be coming to an end. In my opinion, there is nothing like the life of a military family. Just when you become comfortable in your new area and establish your groove, it is time to move again with the opportunity to explore a new and different location.. This month, I want to focus on the Monterey Bucket List. Most of us feel incredibly lucky to be stationed in this area and have access to such amazing adventures. After a short drive, you can find yourself at Yosemite, Paso Robles, San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, and the list goes on. As a Florida native, the west coast has been fascinating to me. It is so different from everything I am accustomed to. I love that there are so many different options for travel here. I encourage you to take advantage of Information, Tickets, and Travel (ITT), as they have amazing discounts for local attractions. Also, don’t forget to ask for a military discount. We were recent-

ly on a trip to Yosemite and stopped in Oakhurst at the south gate of Yosemite. I just happened to ask for a military discount, and sure enough, they offered one! Every little bit counts. With this month being Spring Break for NPS and Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, this is the perfect time to travel and cross a desired destination or two off of your bucket list. If you haven’t had a chance to attend a Corks & Forks Event at Naval Postgraduate School, I highly encourage you to mark this off your Monterey Bucket List. This is an excellent opportunity to learn history about the Hotel Del Monte and enjoy some delicious food and drinks with friends. We recently attended for my husband’s birthday. The event is a progressive one that moves around with different stations and food and wine pairings. The next event is on Wednesday, March 13th from 5:30-8: 00 pm. Tickets are $45 for military and $55 for the general public. All guests must be 21 years of age. Vis-

it ITT or the Trident Room to purchase tickets or call 831-656-7512. Another fun event that takes place every Wednesday from 4-7pm is Mongolian BBQ in the El Prado Dining Room. We just tried it for the first time, and it was so fun! You get to pick your ingredients to include meats, shrimp, veggies, etc. Then your bowl is weighed, you pay, and the chef prepares your meal. It’s super fun, and I love that you can customize it. Your meal comes with miso soup, rice, and noodles, too. If you guess the correct weight of your bowl, your lunch is free. No reservations are required. Another thing we love to do is play tourist in our own town. We love riding surrey bikes from Adventures by the Sea (they offer a military discount), making a stop for lunch at Wave Street Cafe, a visit to the aquarium or play in the sand at Lover’s Point. The adventures here are truly endless. If you haven’t had a chance to explore San Francisco yet, MWR is offering a day trip on Saturday, March 9 from 7am-7pm. You’ll get to explore Alcatraz and the city. Registration is required and can be made at ITT. This is a great way to avoid paying the crazy parking fees in downtown San Francisco. Wishing you and your family a wonderful March and hopefully, the rain and cold weather will turn into more days filled with sunshine! I know I am looking forward to seeing the “purple carpet” return to Pacific Grove. Until next time! Allison Chance is a military spouse and mom to Charlotte, 5, and Hux, 1. She is a Realtor and has been lucky to call Florida, Hawaii, and now California home during her family’s military adventure.

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dining out

by Jennifer Nichols

Brunch at Jeffrey’s because weekends are for relaxing! F or most families, weekdays are all about schedules and routines. As all parents know, those schedules make it possible for us to get our kids to school on time, get ourselves to work on time and to continue to accomplish the tasks needed to keep our world’s turning. Although these weekday practices have become key in setting our families up for success, it is just as important that we carve out some time for family fun and spontaneity. Some of the fondest family memories can be made gathered around a Sunday morning breakfast table, and in our household, a Sunday breakfast outing has become a perfect time to appreciate one another. One of our favorite breakfast discoveries is Jeffrey’s Grill and Catering located in Carmel’s Mid Valley Center. Everyone in the family can find a dish to enjoy at Jeffrey’s. One of my favorite meals is the delicious Classic Eggs Benedict, and I can honestly say that I have never experienced a better Benedict on the Peninsula! I use the term “experience,” because Jeffrey’s classic French hollandaise sauce is just that; a velvety blend of sweet cream butter, egg yolks, lemon juice, and just enough cayenne pepper to give the sauce a little heat on the finish. In addition to the Classic Benedict, a Not-SoClassic Benedict with smoked salmon and a decadent dill hollandaise sauce is perfect for a special occasion like a Sunday breakfast. A crab cakes benedict and calamari benedict is also on Jeffrey’s weekend special menu, and both dishes are perfect for a bit of selfindulgence!

Another popular special is the House Smoked Turkey Hash served with poached eggs, a lovely cranberry chutney, and Jeffrey’s famous hollandaise sauce. The turkey hash is prepared on Jeffrey’s open wood mesquite fire grill, which adds a sweet-earthy flavor to this dish. All of Jeffrey’s meats are prepared atop a mesquite grill, so even a simple side of bacon, ham, or sausage will be delightfully flavored. On top of having a variety of meal selections that adults are sure to enjoy, Jeffrey’s menu also offers many healthy choices that are kid-friendly. Our daughter loves Jeffrey’s seasonal fruit plate, yogurt, and homemade granola. My husband and I order the large fruit plate every time we eat at Jeffrey’s because it is always in season and delicious; a large plate of papaya, mango, pineapple, kiwi, and mixed berries that we all enjoy. Another menu item that passes our “toddler-test” is the Dollar Berrycakes. These mini pancakes are the perfect size for tiny tots. Nothing makes me more content than seeing our daughter happily enjoying her healthy meal, and eating her food, rather than playing with it! Jeffrey’s offers more than just fantastic food. Our family loves Jeffrey’s welcoming atmosphere. The service is friendly, quick, and accommodating for menu changes and substitutions. Additionally, there are highchairs available for little ones, and an outdoor seating area (pets welcome) if your family would like to soak up the Valley sun. After breakfast, if you are looking to continue the family fun, Jeffrey’s is only a


five-minute drive from a hike at Garland Ranch Regional Park or a nine-minute drive from some playtime at Carmel Valley Community Park. Both parks are free and a fabulous way to appreciate the beauty of Carmel Valley as a family. I am determined to carve out regular weekend family time because I know that a Sunday well spent starts the week off on the right foot. A later wake-up time followed by a leisurely breakfast at a great spot like Jeffrey’s is just the right recipe for our family! Jeffrey’s Grill and Catering is located at 112 Mid Valley Center, in Carmel CA. Operating hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., closed on Mondays. Jennifer Nichols has lived in the Monterey Bay area for nearly 38 years. She has been a nurse for almost ten years after graduating from California State University Monterey Bay in 2014. Jennifer enjoys traveling, cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with her daughter and family.



father’s day

by Rob Weisskirch

Toxic Masculinity– NO MORE

Raising Psychologically Healthy Boys


he role of fathers has changed. Today’s fathers are more involved, more available to their families, and more equal as a co-parent, according to a new report from the American Psychological Association (APA). This is a good thing! As noted in the report, greater father involvement with infants and young children is associated with advanced language development, fewer cognitive deficits, and fewer behavioral problems later in childhood. Father involvement with school-age children has been associated with increased academic achievement, better school attitudes, more literacy development, less depression and anxiety, higher levels of emotion regulations, and social adjustment. Even for adolescents, father involvement is related to healthier eating patterns, less depression, and anxiety (especially for daughters), higher selfesteem, less delinquency, and violent behaviors, better grades, and less substance use. All together, these findings show that the cumulative effects of father involvement have direct payoffs for children. However, the report also notes that a traditional masculine ideology, known as toxic masculinity, is bad for boys (and for men). This ideology

is a pattern of thinking and parenting of boys where the focus is on achievement, adventure and risk, and strength and self-reliance as well as violence, anti-femininity, and avoidance of perceptions of weakness. This ideology is reinforced by friends, family, peers, and society. And, it may not be a conscious decision to reinforce these expectations—it may just happen because of the culture in which we grew up. I am fortunate to find myself around lots of dads who are forging better practices with their sons and actively strive to counter some of these societal messages about how boys “should” be. Toxic masculinity has resulted in a range of social and psychological problems for boys. For example, boys are more likely to get diagnoses of learning disabilities and have behavior problems like bullying and aggression. Boys (and men) learn to express emotional distress through outward, destructive behaviors and fail to discover ways of expressing and coping with challenges in healthier ways. The emphasis from an early age to be self-reliant, strong, and independent prevents boys from getting the help they need. Also, boys who act outside of these expected norms by being passive or crying, for example, receive more physical and verbal

“Toxic masculinity has resulted in a range of social and psychological problems for boys. For example, boys are more likely to get diagnoses of learning disabilities and have behavior problems like bullying and aggression.”



abuse from peers. These pathways are not fixed. There are ways to change and avoid falling into this traditional masculine ideology. Perhaps, you’ve seen the controversial media ad by Gillette giving examples of traditional masculine behaviors and stating the need to change with the tagline of “We believe the best in men.” The ad depicts bullying among boys, teasing, sexual harassment, “mansplaining,” condoning of behavior with “boys with boys” among other behaviors. But, the ad also poignantly shows the intervention of dads on boys’ behaviors, on what they say, and on how to act in the future and ends with how men can do better in raising boys and in modeling better behavior. Now, ultimately, I know that the intent is to sell razors, but the imagery and sentiments are powerful, make clear that these types of destructive behaviors can be changed, and make an impact on these boys developing into men. I remain optimistic that fatherhood continues to change for the better. I think that men are moving in the direction to right the wrongs of the past in how they may have been raised and how they now want their children to be raised. I talked to one father of boys aged five and seven who said that he’s raising his boys not to be good “men” but to be good people. He has moved away from the machismo under which he grew up and is trying to create a balance between healthy risks and communication for his boys. Few would disagree that characteristics of achievement, adventure, self-reliance, strength, and risk-taking are undoubtedly desirable in shaping children to become adults. However, the positive aspects wither without including collaboration, communication, emotional expression, and a broad look at what it means to be masculine. Fathers, together, we can take the toxic out of masculinity and let boys thrive as they become better men. 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.


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by Jasmine Root night. 7. Guinness is the unofficial drink of St. Patrick’s Day. 8. While the 1762 New York City parade is credited for starting the St. Patrick’s Day tradition in America, the first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade happened in Boston in 1737. 9. There are over 34 million Americans with Irish heritage. 10. There are many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations throughout the world including those in Singapore, Japan, and Russia.


St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day Events

“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time— a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.” -Adrienne Cook


t’s March! For many of us in the US that means one thing, St. Patrick’s Day! It is a call to celebrate shamrocks, leprechauns, and everything Irish. St. Patrick’s Day, for many, is the day to celebrate Irish heritage through dance, song, and camaraderie. For me, St. Patrick’s Day is the smell of peat bricks burning in my grandparents’ fireplace and spending time with family. History of St. Patrick’s Day The day is celebrated on the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick, March 17th. The Irish celebrated it as a purely religious holiday for over 1,000 years. It wasn’t until 1762 that St. Patrick’s Day began to take shape as the holiday we know it as today. The Irish soldiers who were serving in the English military during the Revolutionary War marched down the streets of New York City. They were playing music and dancing to reconnect to their roots and bring Irish pride to the city. These celebrations spread throughout the country over the next 50 years supported by Irish Aid Societies that promoted Irish heritage. Cities such as Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Savannah began to have large parades with 10,000 to 20,000 attendants.



St. Patrick’s Day celebrations only continued to grow after the potato famine in Ireland in 1845 in which 1 million Irish emigrated to the United States. The holiday served as a connection to the homeland for many Irish people and a beacon at the end of cold winters. Ten Interesting Facts About St. Patrick’s Day 1. In Ireland, St Patrick’s Day is a national holiday where banks, stores, and businesses close for the day. 2. St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish, he was born in Britain in A.D. 390 and was never canonized by the pope making his status as a saint questionable. 3. The original color of St. Patrick’s Day was blue, and the shift to green is credited with Ireland’s nickname of “The Emerald Isle.” 4. The legend of the four-leaf clover is that the four leaves symbolize “hope, faith, love, and luck.” 5. 1962 was the first time Chicago dyed their river green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 6. There is a National Leprechaun Museum in Dublin, Ireland that hosts tours in both the day and

Friday, March 15th Barrel Full of Laughs: A Real Irish Comedy Fest Folktale Winery 6:00pm-10:00pm This fun event showcases Irish comedic talent. Chef Todd Fisher and team will be cooking Irish culinary treats for purchase. General Admission: $25 Saturday, March 16th San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade 11:00am The parade route begins at 2nd and Market streets continuing down Market Street all the way to Civic Center Plaza near San Francisco City Hall, where the festival will be taking place. For more information about all of the festivities in San Francisco: https:// www.sftourismtips.com/saint-patricksday-in-san-francisco.html Sunday, March 17th Dave Holodiloff Celtic Group 6:30-9:30pm Dave Holodiloff Celtic Group with be playing music live at Peter B’s Brewpub and there will be Irish food specials. Sunday, March 15-17th Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, CA. There will be activities including music, entertainment, food, drink, shopping, carnival rides, and an Irish Tea Cottage. For more information: www.dublin.ca.gov/873/FestivalHighlights


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Women’s History Month

by Jamie Lober

Building Self Esteem in our Daughters

Women’s History Month is held annually in March to celebrate the valuable contributions women have made over the years.


t is essential to help your daughter build positive self-esteem because it can have a significant impact on her motivation and success in life. The American Academy of Pediatrics found that self-esteem is shaped by both the child’s perceptions and expectations as well as the perceptions and expectations of significant people in her life. They named a sense of security, belonging, purpose, personal competence, and pride, trust, responsibility, contributions, making real choices and decisions, self-discipline and selfcontrol, encouragement, support, reward, accepting mistakes and failure and family self-esteem as factors that can influence how your daughter feels about herself. On her own schedule Every girl develops self-esteem at her own rate. Sometimes things like difficulties at home or poor role models can get in the way of developing a healthy self-worth. It is your job as a parent to offer guidance and encouragement. The American Psychological Association suggested listening to your child. Remember that while you may have dreams for her, she has her own and they deserve to be respected and supported even if she makes some mistakes along the way. It is not about how many times your daughter may fall but rather that you are always there to help her get back up. Let her know she is valued Praise your daughter at every opportunity whether it is an achievement or just an attempt at success. Make her feel valued by asking questions and seeking her opinion when appropriate. Try not to compare your daughter to other people and treat her as an individual. Set realistic expectations and understand that nobody is perfect. Encourage her individuality You want to do your best to find out what interests her and encourage her



to pursue those things. If your child likes music, you may motivate her to pick up an instrument and later perform in a band or at recitals to feel a greater sense of accomplishment and acceptance. It is just as important to feel accepted out and about in society as at home. Finding ways to volunteer with causes your daughter cares about is another rewarding avenue to build selfesteem. Give her time to grow Schedule time that your daughter can do things that make her happy both with you and alone. If she spends time doing things she likes, she is more likely to have a positive mindset. Do not forget to celebrate small victories as there is no better way to build self-confidence. When you are a champion for your daughter and see that she has a group of peers who cheer her on just the same, she is on the path to being another amazing woman who is bound to make history one day down the road. Resources for further reading The following books on building self esteen in girls are suggested by Katherine Handcock Katherine Handcock on the website amightygirl.com: Your Daughter’s Bedroom: Insights for Raising Confident Women, by Joyce McFadden, tackles how a strong mother-daughter relationship has a pro-

found effect on a girl’s self-discovery. Mothers and daughters don’t always have to agree, but having an open and positive relationship despite differences of opinion makes a difference through her childhood — and the rest of her life. In The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life, Ana Homayoun tackles the stresses of teen girls who try to be perfect at everything, from academics to their social interactions, extracurriculars to family life. Homayoun provides tips to help parents to encourage their daughters to focus on the things that they love, rather than constantly striving to please others. Molly Barker, founder of the Girls on the Run exercise program, wrote Girls On Track: A Parent’s Guide to Inspiring Our Daughters to Achieve a Lifetime of SelfEsteem and Respect to teach parents how to help their teen daughters avoid “the Girl Box”: the place where how she looks and whether she has a boyfriend is more important than anything else. This ten-week self-esteem building plan is designed to encourage parents and daughters to talk about all aspects of their lives — emotional, mental, social, physical, and spiritual — so that they can build the resiliency they need for a lifetime of success.


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Preparing For A Positive Camp Experience

by Jamie Lober


aking sure your child has a great experience at summer camp is a priority whether it is his first time or fifth time. The key is to find out what your child wants to do, give him options and let him have a voice in the process. Making Learning Fun Camp can be an excellent way to make learning fun. “It is an educational opportunity and chance for kids to grow and hone their craft whether it is ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, cheer, hip-hop or acrobatics and to meet students from other areas,” said Laura Jesselnick, co-owner of Dance Center Summer Camps. When you as a parent speak fondly of camp, your child will pick up on it. “Have an excited and positive attitude at home and instill it in him because sometimes the child can experience anxiousness about meeting new people and trying new things,” said Jesselnick. Dr. Mike Gibbs, CEO of Camp Biz Smart says “Summer camp is a real chance to try out new skills, make interesting friends and gain the confidence that anything is possible.” Summer camps help children to learn social skills, encourage personal growth by exposing them to new adventures and situations and let them unplug not only from screen time but also the rigor of everyday school life. According to Kristin Templeman, Communications Director at All Saints’ School, the benefits of camp are a bit different for preschoolers. “Play is fundamental. Summer camps can give

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“Summer camps help children to learn social skills, encourage personal growth by exposing them to new adventures and situations and let them unplug not only from screen time but also the rigor of everyday school life.”

children an easier transition to school by introducing them to a schedule, group learning, and interacting with children from different backgrounds.” Discuss the Options If your child is unsure about whether camp is a good idea, talk it out. “Camp is part of a maturing and learning process and you want him to recognize that new does not need to cause anxiousness or be scary, but you can validate those feelings,” said Jesselnick. It’s OK to be a little nervous Having mixed emotions is normal but focus on what he will gain. Some of the best camp experiences involve finding things your child has not tried before. Specialized camps can foster some lifelong skills such as a camp focused on theater can help with public speaking and self-esteem. “A mother said that last year her child was nervous, could not look up and was terrified of the experience when she had to give an oral presentation but after theater camp her head was up, she projected her voice, and she was so grateful,” said Gail Higginbotham, artistic director at ARIEL Theatrical Summer Camp. Verbal skills can reach a whole new level after getting involved with the performing arts. “The arts are a wonderful venue for the child’s music, movement and exploring different ways of communicating as you are enabling him with the tools for self-expression in a positive way,” said Jesselnick. Camp should make your child feel good about himself. “Children learn team-building,

self-confidence and how to be the best versions of themselves,” said Jesselnick. It is a prime opportunity for growth. Offer lots of encouragement The best thing you can do is be encouraging. “Have your child bring a good attitude and realize that you have to practice and be focused, but those are skills you need in school, in a job, or anywhere you go in life,” said Higginbotham. Make sure your child knows he is unique and do not compare him to others. Encourage a positive attitude Encourage your child to be optimistic about the summer experience to come. Gibbs says: “A campers experience will be most memorable when they come with the zest and readiness to learn, a sense of determination, and a can do optimistic spirit. When they do that, great things will happen!!” According to camp director Andy Pritikin (writing in an article on The American Camp Association website at www.acacamps.org) ”Camp is like a vitamin supplement containing the vital things our kids’ lives are missing: Face-to-face interactions, collaborating together in groups, and navigating the ups and downs of relationships. It’s also a place where kind, caring people other than parents help teach them the skills of life like making friendships, using integrity, self-regulation and independence. Jamie Lober, author of Pink Power (www.getpinkpower.com), can be reached at jamie@getpinkpower.com.


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Sleepaway Camps

Is your child ready for an adventure away from home? Check out these 13 awesome options!

leepaway camp can be a wonderful experience for children and adolescents. The idea of making new friends while engaging in adventures is such an exciting feeling. Lisa Kadane writes: “benefits of camp that can be harder to measure: the growth in confidence, responsibility and resilience born of mastering new skills.” It is important, of course, to pick the camp that works best for your family and children. We are so lucky because California offers a wide array of camps specializing in different activities. Here is a list of 12 sleepaway camps in California including several options in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.

MONTEREY BAY AREA Kennolyn Camps Campers choose from over 40 activities from horseback riding, ropes and climbing, watersports, arts and crafts, archery, and everything in between. Specialty Camps are offered that combine traditional camp experience with in-depth skill development in one area, including culinary arts, trapeze, surfing, adventure camp, equestrian and marine exploration.

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Location: Soquel Duration: 1-2 weeks Grade Levels: 1st-9th, 10th graders can be in a 3-year leadership program Price: $2295 for 1 week, $3795 for 2 weeks (additional charge for specialty camps) Website: www.kennolyncamps.com Skylark Ranch Girl Scout Camp Skylark Ranch is an all-girls camp and is the perfect retreat for your nature lover. From hiking through Big Basin, visiting the Northern California beaches, or checking out the camp’s interactive nature center, Skylark Ranch provides the excitement of both land and sea. Activities include horseback riding, zip-lining, sea kayaking, and more. Location: Santa Cruz Mountains Duration: Varies depending on session Grade Levels: 2nd-12th Price: $393-$1,040 (depending on session), financial assistance available Website: https://camp.gsnorcal.org/ summer-camp/camp-locations/skylark-ranch Carmel Valley Tennis Camp The mission of the Carmel Valley Tennis Camp is to inspire young people to love the game of tennis in a traditional camp setting. Location: Carmel Valley Duration: 1-2 weeks Grade Levels: 5th-12th (ages 10-18) Price: $1,515 for 1 week, $2,645 for 2 weeks Website: www.carmelvalleytennis camp.com

Camp Krem Camp Krem provides a camp experience for children with developmental disabilities. There are 3 camp experiences available: Main Camp, Outdoor Adventure Camp, and Travel Camp. The typical supervision is 3 campers to 1 counselor but can vary based upon needs. Activities include: music therapy, drama, talent show, sleeping outdoors, and much more. Location: Boulder Creek Duration: 5-10 days Grade Levels: K-12th (adult camps available also) Price: $925-$2,600 (depending on session and supervision level) Website: https://campingunlimited. org/summer-camp-sessions Mt. Hermon Christian Camps Mt. Hermon provides a classic summer camp program, with a Christian emphasis. Activities include horseback riding, mountain biking, swimming, backcountry hiking, and beach days. There is a variety of sessions available including family camps. Location: Felton Duration: Varies depending on session Grade Levels: K-12th Price: $475+ (depending on session and meal plan) Website: www.mounthermon.org Stevenson Summer Camp Stevenson Summer Camp offers a balance of academic enrichment in the morning workshops and sports and fun through the afternoon sports program. The resident campers have additional


opportunities included in the evening and weekend program. Location: Pebble Beach Duration: 5 weeks; June 23 - July 26 Grade Levels: Ages 9-15 Price: 5 week boarding camp is $7,000; 5 week day camp is $2600 (one week day rates are also available) Website: stevensonschool.org/ summer Summer at Santa Catalina Resident campers from all over the world and day campers from the local community make the camp a place filled with fun, joy, and learning. From musical theatre, arts, and athletics to robotics and marine biology, attentiongrabbing classes spark curiosity and build confidence and independence. Location: Monterey Duration: 2, 3, and 5 weeks Grade Levels: grades 3-9, ages 8-14 Price: $1,700-$6,400 Website: www.santacatalina.org/ summer-at-sc/ Young Actors’ Theatre Camp Young Actors’ Theatre Camp is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains and provides campers with a safe space to discover and develop their talents. The camp provides classes in all types of performing arts for all experience levels. Location: Felton Duration: 7-10 days Grade Levels: 3rd-12th (ages 8-18) Price: $2790 Website: www.campyatc.com

THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA Woodward Skateboard Camp Woodward Skateboard Camp provides group instruction lessons, individu-

al progression sessions, and open sessions for your skateboarder. Woodward Tahoe is built with progression option at each skate park so it appropriate for all levels. Instruction is given by the best skateboarding staff from around the country with workshops lead by professional riders. Location: Truckee Duration: 6 days Grade Levels: 2nd-12th (ages 7-17) Price: $1,099-$1,249 Website: www.campwoodward.com/ summer-camps/action-sports/skate/ tahoe Two Rivers Soccer Camp Two Rivers Soccer Camp in the Sierras that combines soccer skill training with a traditional camp experience. Campers will get a chance to take part in some off-site activities during the afternoons including: golf, tennis, horseback riding, high sierra hiking and stand up paddle boarding. Location: Graeagle Duration: 1-2 weeks Grade Levels: 2nd-12th Price: $1795-$3940 (depending on durtion and program) Website: www.tworiverssoccer.com/ Camp Common Ground A summer camp that brings racially and economically diverse middle schoolers together. Teachings and workshops equip campers with the leadership, social-emotional, and cultural competencies that they’ll use to develop meaningful relationships with each other. Once admitted, youth embark on a 2+ year leadership journey. After the 2-week overnight camp, they return to school with a plan to include those who are excluded because of their identities. Campers have 4 weekend reunions


during the yearto support their implementation of these plans. Location: Occidental with buses leaving from Oakland Duration: 12-night summer camp Grade Levels: 7th-9th Price: Sliding Scale tuition dependent on income; tuition ranges from $50 (full scholarship) to $2,600 (full paying). Most families get partial scholarships Website: http://campcommon ground.org Education Unlimited Academic and creative arts overnight camps for students entering grades 4 through 12 with a variety of educational summer camps and programs at university campuses in the Bay Area. There are programs both at UC Berkeley and Stanford which include science, science for girls, mock trial, college prep, and actors’ workshops. Location: UC Berkeley/Stanford Duration: 1-3 weeks Grade Levels: 4th-12th Price: varies depending on program; financial assistance available Website: https://education unlimited.com Cazadero Music Camp “Caz” brings in-depth education to young musicians through skilled faculty and guest conductors while providing a carefree summer camp atmosphere. The camp offers String Orchestra, Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and a Piano Program. Location: Sonoma County Duration: 1-2 week programs Grade Levels: 5th-12th Price: $825-$1,835 (depending on program and duration) Website: www.cazadero.org/musiccamp



2019 Adventures in Writing www.AIWcamp.com Authors, teachers, and musicians are teaming up to help students fall in love with writing this summer. Adventures in Writing Camp is a two week “day camp” program that allows elementary campers to write, edit, and publish their own eBooks, and middle-schoolers to create their own short stories and accompanying videos! Campers learn and create under the guidance of credentialed teachers, musicians, and authors. Lessons are delivered as songs. New writing skills are practiced by writing (family-friendly) rap songs. Held at All Saints Day School in Carmel Valley. All Saints’ Day School 831-624-9171 • www.asds.org/summer Learn and play at the All Saints’ Preschool Camp from June 17 through August 9 from 9 am – 3 pm in the brand new preschool set on the sunny Carmel Valley campus. Designed for children ages 3-5, the program engages each child as they explore exciting and fun indoor & outdoor games, skits, songs, and crafts. ARIEL Theatrical 831-775-0976 • www.arieltheatrical.org Join the summer fun weekdays at ARIEL! One-week (Kids On Stage, ages 4-12), two-week (Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS, ages 6-18) and three-week (Willy Wonka, ages 7-18) musical theatre camps are open for registration. Space is limited so check your calendar and spend the summer on stage. Camp Biz Smart 408-472-6701 • www.campbizsmart.org The Camp BizSmart Product Design & Business Plan Entrepreneurship Academy is a


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fun, intensive, two-week summer experience for ages 11 – 15. For teens 16-19, we offer a 6 day, design thinking product invention and crowd funding video workshop. We develop skills that help prepare students from 11-15 and 16-19 to become the creators of the world’s next great products and companies. Camp SEA LAB 831-582-3681 • campsealab.org Make a splash this summer with Camp SEA Lab: week-long day camps, overnight camps, and teen sailing adventures. Each week has a specialized focus on Science, Education and Adventures that include activities such as tide pooling, kayaking, surfing, snorkeling; visit local marine labs to meet marine science researchers; explore the varied marine habitats of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and our local coast. Choose from weekly themes such as Marine Mammal Mania, Curious Creatures of the Bay, Kelp Forest Quest, Girls Love Science and others. Carmel Valley Athletic Club 831-624-2737 • https://www.cvaconline. com Camps are available for ages 5-18. Otter Camp provides ages 5-8 year olds a variety of creative & active outlets. Tennis Camp is for 6-18 year olds looking to fulfill their tennis potential. In Summer SPLASH 6-10 year olds spend the morning improving tennis techniques before cooling down in the pool during the afternoon. Central Coast YMCA 831-757-4633 Salinas, Watsonville, Hollister, Soledad and Monterey 831-757-4633 www.centralcoastymca.org The Central Coast YMCA offers Summer Camps for ages TK – 8th grade. At camp kids

Outdoor Adventures

• Discovery Camp (ages 8-12) • Outdoor Leadership Train­ing (ages 13-16) • Wee Ones in the Woods (ages 4-7) • Condor Wilderness Camps (ages 13-17) • Single Day Adventures (ages 8-12) Scholarships available on a sliding scale.

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2019 can create, explore, imagine, engage and so much more! Financial assistance is available so every youth has a chance to learn, grow and thrive this summer.

Jeanne Robinson Dance Arts 831-422-2719 www.jeannerobinsondancearts.com Children of all ages will be entertained all summer with dance camps. This year a new AcroDance Camp is being introduced.

Chartwell School 831-394-3468 • www.chartwell.org Chartwell School’s Summer Program is academically focused and open to any student who would benefit from specialized instruction or would like to maintain progress achieved over the preceding academic year. Afternoon programs include a Math Clinic, robotics, studio art, or woodworking. City of Seaside Summer Camps 831-899-6800 • www.ci.seaside.ca.us/ The City of Seaside Recreation Department hosts camps for preschool and school-aged youth in the summer. There are many options available such as sports, full day and half day options, cheerleading and more. The Dance Center 831-625-3262 • www.dancecarmel.com Summer camps at The Dance Center (TDC) offer a wide range of options for the recreational or experienced dancer. Kingdom Camp includes themed half days (dance) for rising preschoolers and kinders. Ballet/ Pointe and Jazz/Contemporary intensives cater to all levels (rising 1st graders) while Acrobatics & Hip-Hop Intensives and Musical Theater Camp include rising kinders through rising 9th graders. This year will also feature an introductory cheer & pom camp. The Dance Center also offers a 6 week summer class schedule. Hidden Hills 831-663-6471 • www.hiddenhillsranch.org Join the experienced staff for outdoor summer fun at Hidden Hills Ranch. Exciting week-long camps on a beautiful 65acre ranch located in the Gabilan Mountain Range just outside of Salinas for the horse and nature enthusiast. Check out the website for Horse, Pony, Science exploration, and Fun in the Sun camps. Camp registration opens on March 1, 2019. K Little Glass Summer Glass Camp www.klittleglass.com/classes 831-687-8903 Create your own masterpiece while learning the fundamentals of glass fusing, stained glass, and flamework in the Carmel studio. No prior experience necessary. Open to ages 11 and up.



Monterey Museum of Art 831-372-5477 • www.montereyart.org The Monterey Museum of Art offers 11 weeklong summer camps for children ages five through fourteen. Space is limited, register online at montereyart.org/summer camps for a fun-filled summer of art and creative learning. Monterey Parks & Recreation 831-646-3833 • www.monterey.org/rec Offering fun and diverse summer camps and playground programs for children to learn, have fun, exercise and meet others in an organized and supervised environment. Programs and camps offered include Whispering Pines Day Camp (ages 5-9), Camp Quien Sabe Youth Overnight Camp (entering 2nd grade-15 years), Playground Program (ages 5-12), British Soccer Camp (ages 5-13), Flag Football Camp (ages 5-13), Beach Volleyball Camp (ages 1016), Basketball Camp (ages 9-13) and much more. Registration begins Wednesday, March 27. MyMuseum Summer Camp 831-649-6444 • mymuseum.org Three summer sessions will be held June 10-14; June 24-28; and July 29-August 2. Summer camp is open to ages 6-8. Campers will play and experiment with unique hands-on exhibits and discover new friendships. Each day offers a new adventure focused on learning through play.

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Summer Camps at Stevenson School’s Carmel and Pebble Beach Campuses

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Kindergarten–Grade 4, Carmel Campus

Ages 9–15, Pebble Beach Campus

Monday 6/25 6/24through through Friday 7/26 7/27 9:00 a.m.–3:30pm p.m. 9:00 am–3:30 Five, Five, one-week one-weeksessions sessions 831-574-4600 831-574-4600

Sunday 6/23 6/24 through Friday Friday7/26 7/27 Five-week Five-week day day and andboarding boardingprogram program One-week mini day camps camps 831-625-8349 831-625-8349

Sessions include: • Classic Camp • Tech Camp • Marine Biology & Surfing Camp • Swim, Play & Study Camp • Theater & Cooking Camp • Horseback Riding & Cooking/ Etiquette Camp • Sports & Developmental Surf Camp

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morning workshops, and sports and fun through our afternoon sports program. Additional evening and montereybayparent.com weekend activities are available to resident campers.


Rising Star Gymnastics 831-375-9335 • www.risingstargym.net Offering junior camps for ages 3-5, gymnastics camps for ages 5-12, and ninja camps for ages 5-12. Active, fun-filled days to keep children busy throughout the summer.





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Santa Catalina Summer Camp 831-655-9386 • santacatalina.org Open to girls ages 8-14 in grades 3-9. Summer at Santa Catalina offers 2-, 3-, and 5-week sessions with both day camp and boarding options. Activities include musical theatre, dance, visual arts, marine biology, robotics, equestrian, aquatics, surfing, sports, and much more. Shoreline Church Summer Day Camp 831-655-0100 • https://shorelinechurch.org 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 will be held July 15-19, 9 am to 12 pm daily. Stevenson School stevensonschool.org/summer Stevenson Summer Camp is a five-week day and boarding program for boys and girls ages 9 - 15. The program is located on the Pebble Beach campus. The camp program is a balance of academic enrichment in the morning workshops and sports and fun through the afternoon sports program. The resident campers have additional weekend and evening opportunities, including backpacking and field trips. Stevenson Junior Camp is a day camp program for rising Kindergarten - Grade 4 girls and boys. The program is located on the Carmel Campus in a quiet residential neighborhood just minutes from the beach. The program offers special sessions including Marina Biology and Surf Camp, Equestrian Camp, and more. Mark Velcoff, MD Asthma Camp 831-759-1890 • svmh.com/asthmacamp Sponsored by Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Asthma Camp offers practical education with SVMHS medical staff and fun outdoor physical activity supervised by Central Coast YMCA. Generally held in mid-July, the camp is open to children with asthma 6 to 12 years old. $55 fee covers 5 days and each camper receives a t-shirt, fanny pack and interactive workbook.

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Ventana Wildlife Society www.ventanaws.org For ages 4-7. Small groups of up to 10 participants and two staff will enjoy a half-day of storytelling, exploring and creating. Creepy Crawlies, Feathered Friends, Tidal Treasures, Earth Day Every Day, and Super Survivor are just a few of the exciting and educational programs on the menu. MONTEREY BAY PARENT • march 2019

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Calendar March 2019

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


1 friday 10:00 AM. Growing Together- Monterey Bay Lactation Please join the IBCLCs of Monterey Bay Lactation for a support group at the Monterey Birth and Wellness Center. Held weekly on Friday. 4 Harris Court, Ste A, Monterey www.montereybirthcenter.com 10:00 AM. Tall Ships Visit Monterey The Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, will visit Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey to offer public sails and history programs for all ages. Come check out the ships and the crew. Runs through March 18. 1 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey www.historicalseaport.org


10:30 AM. Baby Rhyme Time Familiar nursery rhymes and gentle games will give you tools to bond with your baby and begin their journey toward reading. Stick around afterward for our stayand-play time to connect with other parents and caregivers. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey 831-646-3933 www.monterey.org 11:00 AM. postparum group at parent’s place Join us for a free, confidential support group for any pregnant and postpartum family. We will explore feelings, concerns and ways to help deal with anxiety and depression. You are NOT alone, and with help, you CAN feel better. 1025 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, 93950 831 646-6623

12:30 PM. Self-Help Legal Clinic In this clinic, members of the public will get free advice and assistance with, but not limited to: collections, unlawful detainers, small claims, immigration, and restraining orders. Held weekly on Friday. Alisal Family Resource Center 1441 Del Monte Ave, Salinas, 93905, 831-775-4500 4:00 PM. CCL Family Crafternoon Looking to have some fun? Come get crafty with us at Cesar Chavez Library. 615 Williams Rd, Salinas www.salinaspubliclibrary.org 4:30 PM. First Friday Art Talk Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a working artist or where their inspiration comes from? Held at John Steinbeck Li-


brary. 350 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas 831 758-7311 5:00 PM. First Friday @ MMA: Birthday Edition Help us celebrate Monterey Museum of Art’s 60th birthday with live music, drinks, and of course, ART. $5 suggested donation 559 Pacific St, Monterey, 93940 831-372-5477 www.montereyart.org

2 saturday 8:00 AM. ALL IN for Equity Please join us for this community event dedicated to understanding equity, celebrating diversity, and building a collective team committed to providing opportunities for every student to perform at the highest levels of achievement. 1441 Canyon Del Rey, Seaside 831-755-0364 monterey.k12oms.org 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. First Saturday Book Sale

The Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library holds the “First Saturday Book Sale” on the first Saturday of most months from 10 am until 4 pm in the arcade in front of the library. 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove 831-648-5760 10:00 AM. 1st Saturday Book Sale Held every 1st Saturday from 10am – 4pm next to Starbucks. Buy used books, CDs and DVDs – almost everything is $1 – $3. 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola 831-476-9616 www.capitolalibraryfriends.org 10:00 AM. FOSPL First Saturday Book Sale The Friends Bookshop sale will be held on the front lawn of the John Steinbeck Library. Rain postpones the sale until the second Saturday of the month. 350 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas 831 758-7311 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 11:00 AM. Storytime Join us every Saturday for storytime followed by a craft; all ages


are welcome. 851 Fifth Street, Gonzales www.co.monterey.ca.us 831-675-2209 11:00 AM. Rainforest Weekends Learn about California’s own Coastal Redwood Forest, aboard a 100-year-old steam train. Held on Saturday and Sunday throughout March. Roaring Camp Railroad 5401 Graham Hill Rd, Felton www.roaringcamp.com 1:00 PM. History Tour at Wilder Ranch state park Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Event free. Day-use parking fee is $10. No reservation required. Held weekly on Saturday except holidays. 1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-426-0505 2:00 PM. Family Movie Matinee Free movie screening and popcorn. Feel free to bring a cushion for your chair. 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside 831-899-2055 2:00 PM. 8th Grade

Fundraiser at MBCS Join the Monterey Bay Charter School community for an afternoon of crafting and expressing yourself with nature-inspired art. $35-45 sliding scale. 1004 David Avenue, Pacific Grove 323-479-3260 4:00 PM. Imaginarium at Capitola Mall Imaginarium is a free family friendly event in the Courtyard at the Capitola Mall. We invite everyone to come and celebrate the last 2 years of making the world a cooler place one puppet at a time! 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola 831-476-9616 www.thepuppetryinstitute.org

3 sunday 6:00 AM. Santa Cruz Half Marathon and 10K/5K The Santa Cruz Half Marathon consists of a 13.1-mile run/walk along scenic West Cliff Drive past breathtaking vistas of the Pacific coastline. www.cityofsantacruz.com 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. Vista Lobos Room Junipero and 3rd, Carmel



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riceplusproject.org 10:00 AM. Downtown Makers Market On the First Sunday of each month local artists will have their items available for sale. More than 30 local artists selling their unique and one of a kind items. Downtown Santa Cruz www.cityofsantacruz.com 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 11:30 AM. Free Legal Clinic Monterey College of Law and the Rucka, O’Boyle, Lombardo, & McKenna Law Firm, in collaboration with the Alisal Family Resource Center, are pleased to offer a free legal clinic for Worker’s Compensation and Social Security matters. Held weekly. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, 925 N Sanborn Rd, Salinas, 93905, 831- 582-4000 1:00 PM. History Tour at Wilder Ranch state park Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Event free. Day-use parking fee is $10. No reservation required. Held weekly except holidays on Sunday. 1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-426-0505

4 monday 10:00 AM. Parent/Tot Playtime at Rising Star Children under 5 can crawl, climb, swing, jump, play 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, risingstargym.net 10:00 AM. Preschool Yoga with Jenn of Kidding Around Yoga Jenn of Kidding Around Yoga will be teaching a yoga class for preschoolers. Jenn will also be teaching a mindfulness exercise. Park Branch Library, Mission Street and Sixth Avenue, Carmel, 831-624-4664 ci.carmel.ca.us 10:45 AM. Steinbeck Young Authors’ Day of Writing The Day of Writing is an occasion to focus on student writing and revision. Students also learn


about horse care, Steinbeck’s life through a museum tour, the art of storytelling with a professional story teller, and a variety of other informative activities. National Steinbeck Center 1 Main St, Salinas, 831-775-4721 4:00 PM. Board Game Afternoon Grab a friend and unwind from a long day at school with an hour of board games. This program is for grades K-5th. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey 831-646-3933 www.monterey.org

5 tuesday 9:00 AM. Community Free Days at the UCSC A rboretum The garden contains collections of plants from California and the Southern Hemisphere (New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia) as well as extensive conifer and succulent collections. On the first Tuesday of every month, there is free admission. 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz arboretum.ucsc.edu 10:00 AM. $2 TUESDAY at MyMuseum $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 mymuseum.org 10:00 AM. Free Pediatric treatments. Keep your kids healthy and pain free. Free massage and wellness treatments for babies and children during class time, on Tuesday mornings, in front of 7-8 students. No charge. Must call for an appointment. Held weekly. Five Branches University 200 7th Ave Ste 115, Santa Cruz, 95062, 831-476-8211 10:30 AM. Preschool Storytime A 45 minute program for 3-6 year olds. We will read books and make a simple craft. 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach www.santacruzpl.org 11:00 AM. Preschool Stories - Prunedale Join us for stories and a craft every Tuesday at 11:00am. 17822 Moro Road, Salinas www.co.monterey.ca.us 11:00 AM. Preschool Storytime at Seaside Branch Library Join us for stories and a craft every Tuesday at 11:00am. Please call 899-2055 for more information.

550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside www.co.monterey.ca.us 831-663-2292 11:00 AM. Pre-School Stories at Pacific grove Library Pre-School stories for ages 2-5. held weekly on Tuesday. 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, 831-648-5760 www.pacificgrovelibrary.org 3:30 PM. After School is Cool Craft Time with Miss Pat Join Miss Pat for a fun after-school craft. You will be decorating your very own shadow box frame. For ages 5-9, and all supplies are provided by the library. Park Branch Library, Mission Street and Sixth Avenue, Carmel, 831-624-4664 ci.carmel.ca.us 4:00 PM. Storytime & Crafts Series Free story time and crafts for children of all ages although the stories are intended for children ages 4-8. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Siblings are invited to enjoy the fun. Held in Pegasus Bookshop weekly on Tuesday. National Steinbeck Center 1 Main St, Salinas, 831-775-4721 www.steinbeck.org 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. Held weekly on Tuesday. Alvarado Street and W Franklin Street, Monterey, 831-655-2607 6:00 PM. NAMI Monterey County Family to Family NAMI Family-to-Family is for family, caregivers, friends and significant others of adults living with mental health challenges. NAMI Monterey County 1020 Merrill Street, Suite 1015, Salinas, 93901, 831-422-6264

6 wednesday 10:00 AM. Baby and Toddler Storytime Featuring Carmel Police Chief Paul Tomasi Special guest storyteller Police Chief Paul Tomasi will be here the first Wednesday of every month. Hear stories, sing songs, do activities and enjoy fingerplays. This storytime is for babies and toddlers, but older siblings are welcome too. Park Branch Library, Mission Street and Sixth Avenue 831-624-4664, ci.carmel.ca.us 11:00 AM. Wacky by Jasmine Root Wednesday at pacific grove Library


Stories, science, and crafts for grades K-2nd. Held weekly on Wednesday. 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, 831-648-5760 www.pacificgrovelibrary.org 1:00 PM. Santa Cruz Farmers Market For over 25 years, The Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market has showcased the very best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan-made goods. Held weekly on Wednesday. Cedar St & Lincoln St, Downtown Santa Cruz www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org

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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. Capitola Mall 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola 831-476-9616

10:00 AM. Parent/Tot Playtime at Rising Star Children under 5 can crawl, climb, swing, jump, play and explore at Rising Star Gymnastics. Drop-in fee of $7 for first child/$5 for a second child. Held weekly on Thursday. 2024 Del Monte Ave, Monterey, 831-375-9335 risingstargym.net

5:00 PM. Lego My Library Legos, games, and snacks. 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, 831-648-5760 www.pacificgrovelibrary.org

2:00 PM. Preschool Storytime at castroville Branch Library Join us for stories and a craft for youngsters every Wednesday at 2pm. 11160 Speegle Street, Castroville 831-769-8724 www.co.monterey.ca.us

5:00 PM. Crafternoon Join us for themed stories and crafts perfect for Elementary School kids. This program is for Kindergarten and up and requires registration. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey 831-646-3933 www.monterey.org

3:00 PM. R.E.A.D.: Reach Every Amazing Detail Individualized reading comprehension instruction with a California credentialed teacher. Open to students grades 2nd to 12th. Appointment required. La Selva Beach Branch Library 316 Estrella Avenue

6:00 PM. Storytime Buena Vista Join us for stories, songs and a fun craft every Wednesday at 10am. For children 2-5 years old. Siblings are welcome. Please call 455-9699 for more information. 18250 Tara Drive, Salinas, 831-455-9699

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. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey 831-646-3933 www.monterey.org 11:00 AM. Baby Rhyme Time Storytime for birth - 2 years old and caregiver. 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, 831-648-5760 www.pacificgrovelibrary.org 2:30 PM. Book Club A fun way to talk about books. Volunteer-led book club meets every Thursday. For more infor-


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8 friday 10:30 AM. Baby Rhyme Time Familiar nursery rhymes and gentle games will give you tools to bond with your baby and begin their journey toward reading. Stick around afterward for our stayand-play time to connect with other parents and caregivers. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey 831-646-3933 www.monterey.org 5:00 PM. Girl Scout Spring Overnight If you’re a Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette or Senior, come out and join the fun at the Boardwalk’s Girl Scout Spring Overnight. Sleep inside the Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz https://beachboardwalk.com/GirlScout-Overnights 5:00 PM. Felt Sea Creature Craft Night Craft a loveable felt creature at Friday Make Night. Design and glue together your own little monster all from scratch. MAH staff have

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9:30 AM. Chix in the City, Hens in the Hood Come learn about the joys of keeping chickens without annoying your neighbors in this workshop led by UC Master Gardener Candice McLaren. 94 Ranch View Road, Santa Cruz www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/3918621 10:00 AM. Read to a Dog Children can practice reading to a certified service dog in the library. 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside 831-899-2055 www.co.monterey.ca.us 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 www.co.monterey.ca.us 11:00 AM. Storytime Join us every Saturday for storytime followed by a craft; all ages are welcome. Please call 831 6752209 for more information. 851 Fifth Street, Gonzales www.co.monterey.ca.us 12:00 PM. Anime Club Come hang out with the Anime Club at the Castroville Library and watch anime, read manga, and have fun with other fans. 11160 Speegle Street, Castroville www.co.monterey.ca.us 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. Salinas Branch Library 615 Williams Rd, Salinas www.salinaspubliclibrary.org 1:30 PM. Food for Thought Book Club Share your book recommendations or simply listen and receive suggestions from fellow book lovers in the group. This is not your typical book club. Seaside Branch Library 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside www.co.monterey.ca.us 7:00 PM. Night Owl Series Hoot and Holler This high-flying event features live owls hootin’ about, Whiskey HooHoo cocktails, Alvarado Street

Brewery craft beers, savory eats, live music, a ‘craft beer, beer craft’, plus a competition and prize to the best owl call of the night. Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove 831-648-5716

10 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 www.montereybirthcenter.com 4:00 PM. Meet the Doula A free community event for expecting parents. Meet local birth & postpartum doulas and learn about the tremendous benefits of having a doula by your side before, during, and after birth. 4 Harris Court, Ste A, Monterey www.montereybirthcenter.com

11 monday 10:00 AM. Preschool storytime with Miss Grace Join Miss Grace for stories, activities, rhymes, and fingerplays. Park Branch Library, Mission Street and Sixth Avenue 831-624-4664, ci.carmel.ca.us 3:30 PM. Paws to Read Spend some time reading to a certified therapy dog. Participants will sign up for 10-minute reading sessions to read a selection of their choice to a new furry friend. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey 831-646-3933 www.monterey.org

13 wednesday 10:00 AM. Musical Storytime with Miss Stephanie of Music Together Join Miss Stephanie of Music Together for a lively musical storytime. Miss Stephanie will be bringing her violin. For babies and toddlers, but older siblings are welcome also. Park Branch Library, Mission Street and Sixth Avenue 831-624-4664, ci.carmel.ca.us

14 thursday 10:30 AM. Musical Storytime Sing, dance, and learn with your child through stories, songs, and fun activities designed to build


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15 friday Call for time. Spring Boy Scout Overnight Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers are invited to join our Boy Scout Overnights. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz https://beachboardwalk.com/GirlScout-Overnights 4:30 PM. Glow in the Dark Yoga | Volunteer with the MAH Glow my gosh, everyone’s favorite glow in the dark yoga experience, is back again. Volunteer to help lead a glow paint station where participants can get creative with body paint and glow sticks. Santa Cruz Museum of Art 705 Front St, Santa Cruz https://santacruzmah.org 6:00 PM. Third Friday Art Walk- Art Works @ Pacific Grove Third Friday Art Walk presented by ArtWorks@PacificGrove will take place at 125 Oceanview Boulevard, Suite 209-210, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Amazing local art by

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16 saturday 9:00 AM. Trail Day We’ll be working to improve the drainage, re-establish the bench and remove ruts in Trail 82. Trail work will wrap up around 1 PM and lunch will be provided. Long sleeve shirts, long pants and eye protection suggested. Close toe shoes required. 855 Gigling Road, Seaside www.morcamtb.org 9:00 AM. Color Me Green 2019 The Color Me Green 5K Run/Walk aims to provide youth and community members a learning opportunity for improving their health through a fun and ‘colorful’ event. 2004 Fairgrounds Road Monterey, 831-759-7386 10:00 AM. Family Playdate Games, toys and activities available for families. 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside www.co.monterey.ca.us 10:00 AM. Monterey Bay Soccer Club Free Clinics Monterey Bay SC will be holding Soccer Skills Clinics for boys and

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17 sunday 9:00 AM. Girl Scout Surf Clinic - Monterey County Have you always wanted to learn to surf, or already know how and want to improve while having fun with sister Girl Scouts? Join the fun and lean to surf at Girl Scout Surf Day. All equipment will be provided including wet suits.

www.girlscoutsccc.org (800) 822-2427 10:00 AM. Annual Spring Cutting Day Bring cuttings from your garden and exchange them with other cuttings. There is no charge. 215 Reservation Rd., Marina marinatreeandgarden.org 2:00 PM. La Leche League Please join us at our monthly La Leche League meeting, a peerto-peer support group. Families of nursing babies and children are welcome to come and connect with others as we learn from each other’s experiences. 4 Harris Court, Ste A, Monterey www.montereybirthcenter.com

19 tuesday 2:00 PM. Cooking with MEarth Make hands-on healthy and tasty snacks using fresh and seasonal fruits and veggies. This program is hosted for MEarth and is for 3rd5th grades. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey 831-646-3933 www.monterey.org

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22 friday 3:00 PM. Drawing with Dante Rondo Dante will be leading a drawing class for ages 9-14 years old at Park Branch Library. All materials are supplied by the library. Mission Street and Sixth Avenue 831-624-4664, ci.carmel.ca.us 7:30 PM. Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. The delicious adventures of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Runs through April 14. Golden Bough Playhouse Monte Verde St., Between 8th and 9th Avenues, Carmel, 93921 831-622-0100

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10:00 AM. SPCA Family Pet Workshop Meet and learn about the animals that the SPCA cares for, and how to care for your family pets. 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside, 831-899-2055 10:00 AM. California Wildlife Day 2019 Our theme this year is “Weaving Community” and all are welcome to attend and enjoy a wildlife presentation on mountain lions, see a great horned owl and red-tailed hawk. Highway 1, Carmel, 831 277-0276 carmelriverwatershed.org 11:00 AM. Summer Activity Fun Fair Learn about summer options for your family. Held at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz, 831-420-5030 www.cityofsantacruz.com 11:00 AM. California International Airshow Watch jaw-dropping aeronautical

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25 monday 4:00 PM. Construction Club We’ll bring the blocks, gears, LEGOs, and other exciting materials. You bring your young engineers. This drop-in program is for all ages. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey 831-646-3933 www.monterey.org

30 saturday 8:00 AM. Parent University Join us for a free parenting conference on building healthy relationships with your kids and teens. Education, resources, and strategies will cover parenting topics such as discipline, parental stress management, CPR and First Aid, truancy, bullying, internet safety, and more. Free childcare, for children age 3-11, offered to the first fifty (50) registrants. Must be potty taught. 986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside, 93955 831-899-6870 10:00 AM. Celebrate Cesar Chavez Day! Cleanup and Planting Honor Cesar Chavez by joining volunteers all over Salinas and the surrounding areas in a cleanup and planting! Tools, water, and great snacks provided. Wear sturdy footwear and plenty of layers. Bring your community service forms to earn hours. Cesar Chavez Park, N. Hebbron Ave. Salinas, 831-582-3686 csumb.edu/ron 10:00 AM. Science Saturdays Science Saturdays are familyfriendly events that have a variety of hands-on science activities for guests of all ages. Pacific Grove Natural History Museum, 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove 831-648-5716 www.pgmuseum.org


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March 2019 Monterey Bay Parent Magazine  

A regional publication for Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California. The March 2019 issue focuses on summer camps with a featured camps...

March 2019 Monterey Bay Parent Magazine  

A regional publication for Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California. The March 2019 issue focuses on summer camps with a featured camps...