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10 BIRTHDAY FUN: What Do Kids Really Want For Their Birthday? We talked to local kids and their parents about what makes a truly memorable birthday. Some of the answers may surprise you. by Katie Raquel
08 Military Mom Katie Begley discusses topics of importance to military families.
12 BIRTHDAY FUN: Birthday Party Do’s and Don’ts Tips on how to handle everything from who to invite to how to handle gifts for both the party host and the invitees. by Nicole Amaral
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We’re All About July Fun If you have kids, you deal with the birthday dilemma at some point. It can be difficult: small or large, entire class or just a few friends, gifts or donations; it goes on and on. We have some help with two articles in this issue. Katie Raquel asked children and their parents what they want for their birthday. The answer is simple; they want to be recognized in a way that is meaningful to them. As parents, we can get carried away with planning celebrations for us instead of focusing on what our child most enjoys. Katie’s article is a good reminder to put the focus back on the child. Nicole Amaral tackles the issues of etiquette in her article on page 12. She has tips for both the party host and the attendees. The most critical advice in my book: RSVP! Seriously, it takes just a minute to call, email, or text but it saves the host family aggravation and in many cases, money. Be sure to check out our birthday giveaway on page 11. We’ve partnered with Monterey Tides to give away a “California Bonfire Party” for ten with a value of $350. It’s a fun and unique birthday celebration that children and adults alike will enjoy. Check out the details at MontereyBayParent.com/Contests. The rest of our issue is devoted to fun in the sun. Nicole traveled to San Jose to bring us her five “must do’s.” Four are great for the entire family, one is an adults-only adventure, but regardless of which you choose, you’re sure to have a fun and sunny day. Allison Chance just got back from an awesome weekend in Paso Robles, and her tips on what to see and do are on page 18-19. I’ve only been to Paso Robles twice, and both were quick trips and sadly, no winery visits. Allison’s article made me want to schedule another long weekend to check out all that Paso Robles has to offer. We’ve filled the calendar with fun events that include a bunch of July 4th events including fireworks in Seaside for the first time! Check out all the details on pages 20-31. Have a fantastic July and Happy Independence Day.
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Playhouses for Military Kids
ne of my favorite things about Monterey is the temperate climate. It means plenty of outdoor playtime for my family, something that can’t be said of all duty stations that we’ve been fortunate enough to have called home. Some days we take a jog along the recreation trail. Others, we go for a family hike through Point Lobos or Big Sur. We’ve even ventured up to Santa Cruz to see the redwoods at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. But nothing compares to a relaxing day in our backyard. If you have driven through either of the two main military housing neighborhoods, La Mesa or Fort Ord, you have probably seen the cute, wooden playhouses in front, side, or backyards. Complete with replica solar panels, the playhouses are themed for the interests of the child who calls it “home.” Whether your child is an animal lover, aspiring astronaut, or sports enthusiast, they can get a playhouse all of their own. Habitat for Humanity East Bay/ Silicon Valley and South Bay Blue Star Moms generously build and donate these playhouses to military families as part of The Playhouse Project. Since the project started in 2009, they have provided over 1,800 playhouses for military families. For free. You pay zero dollars and drive home with a playhouse.
How amazingly generous is that? If you are a military mom or dad in Monterey, this is a MUST DO for your kids. Keep in mind that you are responsible for getting the playhouse from the San Francisco/San Jose area back to your home here in Monterey. A 4’ x 6’ space in your vehicle is recommended. Not sure if you have enough room? Just borrow a truck or rent one from a hardware store or rental agency for the day. Better yet, see if other families are also picking up playhouses and share in the rental costs. Pick up is available mid-day on weekdays in one of the bay area cities. Once you get your playhouse home, the only limits on how you use it is your imagination! Create a cozy place with mats, carpeting, even blankets. The playhouses are constructed with sturdy materials, including real shingles so that they can stand up to the elements outside. You can set up kidsized chairs and a table for a fun, little house all their
own. The playhouses are popular with children all the way from infants to age 9. They can be disassembled and reassembled with only 12 screws and are easy to take along when you relocate. To get more information or to inquire about getting a playhouse, email Anita Prizzi Bickham at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an area business or organization interested in donating time or money towards the project, contact Anita to find out how you can help support our military families. Thank you to Habitat for Humanity and Blue Star Moms for all that you do for our military kids! Katie Begley is a Navy veteran and military spouse. Katie is an advertising sales executive for Monterey Bay Parent Magazine. She is the mother of 20-month-old and 7-month-old sons.
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What Do Kids Really Want for Their Birthday?
ids want what we all want for our birthdays–to be seen and celebrated in a way that recognizes who we are and what we love. For some kids–like mine –that’s a quiet backyard party with family and a best friend. For others, it’s a wild afternoon at Chuck E Cheese with their entire class (and Godspeed to the parents of that child; may your coffee be strong and your child’s bedtime be early). I spoke with parents and interviewed children at the Porter Youth Center, who answered the question, “What do kids really want for their birthday?” The verdict: kids want to do what they love with the people they care about. These five questions can help reveal the perfect party for yours. Five questions to ask before the next birthday party:
Does your kid like to be involved in plans? If so, put them to work! Not everyone loves surprises; for many, prepping and hosting is half the fun. “My four year old loves helping me decorate our house for her birthday and then inviting her friends over for a party. We keep it simple: lots
of balloons, a banner, tablecloth and paper plates, maybe some hanging decorations, and goodie bags. She loves being a host and having us all here to welcome her friends.” – Deborah Araujo “My daughters love baking and decorating the cakes as a family. And for each of us to make pictures and cards for each other’s birthdays.” – Laura Spegal
“I would want to go to Universal Studios where you see a bunch of superheroes!” – Cheyenne (10)
Would your child appreciate the chance to give back on their birthday? When I spoke with parents and kids, several mentioned the desire to spend their day helping others.
Does your child get a kick out of novel experiences? Not everyone likes to spend birthdays way outside of their comfort zone, but some kids will leap at the chance to try something new.
“My daughter loves to spend time at the SPCA and has dedicated her birthday cash to raising funds for the SPCA. Yesterday was her 7th birthday, and she asked to spend it at the SPCA with the animals.” – Erin Borges
“My birthday was last month, and I went to a bike track called the Pump Track in Capitola. It was fun because there were a lot of jumps there, and I brought two of my friends.” – Davis (10)
“I’d like to visit the pound or another animal shelter. When I was six I started wanting to be a vet, and I know it’s really good for animals to see people who care about them.” – Nia (10)
“My boys love adventures. Hunting for beach glass at Window on the Bay is our top favorite!” – Megan Knauf-Ford “I like extreme stuff like skateboarding. And there should be activities that everybody would like.” – Elija (8)
Whose company are they craving? To a lot of kids, the best part about a party is the chance to spend time with their favorite people. “A lot of people would want presMONTEREY BAY PARENT • July 2018
ents or money, but for me it’s seeing my family members that I don’t get to see as much. Like my cousins and grandma and grandpa.” – Malena (15) “Aside from books, my eight year old always said she wants to spend more time with family, so we try to focus on adventures and experiences.” – Erin Donnelly “If the child is one of siblings, give them a special outing with mom and dad!” – Savannah Bruch “I’d want a sleepover with just a couple close friends. And good food, and cake. And if you don’t know what to get your kid, get them money, so they can get something they want.” – Alayna (10)
What are they into these days? Focusing on an interest or hobby guarantees your kid will have fun, and gives them a chance to share what they
love with friends and family.
cookies made by Baked Sweetly by Lizzy!” – Claudia Santora
“Our girls loved having a favorite character or animal come to their party. I surprised them with a mini pony at their party and they were over the moon!” – Anya Heidenberg
“My boys don’t want parties. They want to go somewhere as a family. One of the best birthdays was when we spent the night at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Such a great experience.” – Jaime Dillard
“The trend today is providing experiences. We have too much stuff, and the best memories are made when we spend time with people we love doing the things we love.” – Lauren Cohen “I agree–experiences over stuff! We rented out a movie theater for Charli’s 4th birthday, and invited all of our friends for a showing of The Little Mermaid, with popcorn and cupcakes!” – Sarah Saleet
“When I was a kid, all I ever wanted was a slip and slide. Pretty much every year.” – Kiara McBain
The surest way to make their next birthday extra-special? Pay attention to the experiences that light your kid up–the days they talk about months or even years later.
“Bicycle powered smoothies pedaled out by both parents and kids are perfect for beach bashes.” – Michael Baroni “We go with themed parties. This year we did a Harry Potter theme. I made invites, and we had special
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DO’S & DON’TS
t’s time to start planning your child’s birthday party! You have the location, date, and theme all set. Now all that’s left to figure out is the etiquette: the do’s and don’ts surrounding throwing a child’s celebration. Here are two guides to help both the parents throwing the birthday bash and the ones attending.
Tips for Birthday Party hosts 1. INVITATIONS Don’t distribute invitations at school. It is not necessary to invite everyone in your child’s class to the party. It is usually a bad idea to have too many guests, especially with younger children. I know for myself, I must limit the amount we invite to keep to a budget. To be considerate of others’ feelings, invitations should be mailed, emailed or handed out elsewhere. Talk to your child about not discussing the party at school since not everyone may be invited. Long-time birthday party hostess and attendee, Angela Wecker, suggests that if not everyone in the class can be invited to the party, parents could host a more informal playdate, inviting the whole class to a nearby park after school and provide cookies or cupcakes. 2. RSVP’S Getting RSVP’s can be rough. It’s okay to call, text or email parents if they don’t reply to your invitation by the deadline you give. Use the contact as an opportunity to clarify the time and date of the party (and to gather information about things like food allergies, especially if the parents are dropping off their children). Be prepared for extra surprise guests. We have all been to a party when someone unexpected pops up. Siblings may come even if the invitation states only one or two of the children are invited. Be ready with extra cupcakes or a few extra goody bags, just in case! 3. GOODY BAGS Speaking of goody bags, many parents are opting out of the traditional character covered plastic bags full of cheap trinkets. Consider sending kids home with a small, affordable gift such as a coloring book and crayons or a re-usable water bottle to replace the usual assortment of stuff. 4. GIFTS Wait to open gifts? Should your child open presents then and there or after guests leave? I think it depends on your child, their age, and the party environment. Diane Gottsman; an etiquette expert, says to give your child present-opening tips. Before the party, educate by NicoleifAmaral them about gift-opening etiquette, especially you will
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be opening gifts at the party. Before everyone arrives, remind them that a smile and a “thank you” are good ways to acknowledge a gift, not “I don’t like Sponge Bob” or “I have this one.” I have seen young kids under six, rip open the gifts and mix up the cards, with no way to know who gave them what. If you like to keep track of who gave which gift for thank you card purposes, waiting until later may be the best way to go. To make gift-giving easier and smoother for younger children, consider making the activity into a game. Expert party organizer, Jamie Leigh suggests starting a tradition. The birthday child opens each gift and the giver gets to select something from a basket of favors. 5. THANK YOU NOTES Thank you notes are mandatory! I can’t tell you how many times I have given a gift and not received a thank you card. Parents and children should write or print out cards to send out a few days after the party. Mom or dad can write the note on their behalf if they are young, but it is best to get the child involved as early as possible. Let them write the notes if they can, “dictate” to mom or dad, or at least sign their name, depending on their ability. Even a bunch of chicken scratch or a picture drawn on a piece of paper is better received than nothing. Diane Gottsman, national etiquette expert writes, “Teaching your child to write thank-you notes
is a gift that will last much longer than any of the brightly wrapped presents that he opens on the big day.” You’ll be teaching consideration, gratitude, and writing skills.
Tips for Birthday Party guests 1. RSVP The host needs to know how many guests to plan on so that each child gets a goody bag and there’s enough of everything to go around. RSVP’s are a must, especially when the party is at a place like MY Museum or the Bowling Alley, which involve advance head counts. RSVP, however the invitation says. I usually write; “call, text or email” to cover all the bases. Try not to accept or decline while standing outside the school or classroom. Not only is it more difficult for the host to keep track that way but not all the children in the class may have received an invitation. It is best if you don’t bring up the party unless you know their children were also included. 2. GIFTS Try to find out what the birthday kid likes. It will simplify gift buying and will also serve as a good lesson for your child. I know my son loves paying attention to what their friends enjoy playing with, watching on TV, or what books they choose from the library. Don’t feel the need to spend a ton on a gift. My five-year-old son received a $100 Batman toy
from his aunt for his birthday. He liked it, however, he was no more impressed with that than he was with a $8-dollar Batman book he received from a friend. The key to both gifts’ success was that the givers knew he loved Batman. The money spent made no difference. 3. DIETARY RESTRICTIONS Do let the host know about any dietary restrictions. Whether a child has food allergies, a kosher diet, a vegan lifestyle, etc., many hosts will try to have at least one food item available that the child can eat. It also opens the door for communication. A couple of my son’s longtime friends are allergic to peanuts. When we all get together, I make sure that peanut butter is not on the menu. 4. COURTESY Don’t bring extra siblings. Angela remarks, “Unless otherwise stated, the birthday party is not for everyone.” It is not fair to the host to bring your other children when only one has been invited. If in doubt about who is invited, ask or decline the invitation due to a lack of childcare. Once the child is old enough to be dropped off, it will be easier to have them attend without a sibling tagging along. Nicole Amaral is a Monterey native and graduate of California State University of Monterey Bay. Nicole is the Calendar Editor for Monterey Bay Parent. She is the mother of a 5-year old son.
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San Jose Attractions You’ll Want To Visit This Summer
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an Jose, located 70 miles North of Monterey is the largest City in Northern California. When I was in my twenties and early thirties, I would drive up to San Jose with friends and visit Santana Row, downtown nightclubs, concert halls and other “adult” hot spots. Now that I have a family, it’s time to do some research on the kid-friendly venues offered in this popular city. Here are five to add to your “must visit” list. Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose 180 Woz Way www.cdm.org This Children’s Museum had been on my list of places to visit for a few years, but I wanted to make sure my son would be able to enjoy all they had to offer. Since he is entering Kindergarten in the Fall, I knew it was time to visit. The Museum is open on Mondays until Labor Day from 10-5pm, TuesdaySaturday 10-5pm, and Sundays 12-5pm. (Member-only 11-12pm). General admission for ages 1-59 is $15, 60+ is $14 and infants under one year old are free. Be prepared to spend hours in this interactive, hands-on museum filled with activities for every type of child. My son was instantly drawn to the water, gardening and fossils exhibits. Some activities engage children in art, technology, archeology, architecture, farming and so much more. Make sure to check out the newest exhibit, based on Disney Junior’s award-winning series, Doc McStuffins. This exhibit, full of active participation will be at the museum until September 17th. At lunchtime, we decided to try their Food Shed and was pleasantly surprised. The Food Shed offers healthy Kid’s Bento Boxes MONTEREY BAY PARENT • July 2018
filled with your choice of items like chicken tenders, pasta, or grilled cheese, and one fruit or vegetable on the side. I ordered a Chicken Tikka Tart, a delicious Indian dish and loved it. Our final stop after hours of playing was The Shop. My son enjoyed browsing the many interactive games, art activities, maker kits and science experiments. We received a free Children’s Museum tote bag. It was a fun-filled day and we will definitely return. The Tech Museum of Innovation 201 S. Market Street www.thetech.org The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose has always been one of my favorite indoor spots to explore. They offer many hands-on activities that help us explore how technological advances are changing our way of living. General admission to the Galleries is $24, Student/Seniors (65+) $19, Child (9-13) $19 for the Museum Galleries, the Educational IMAX Film alone is General admission is $11, Students/Seniors (65+) $9, Child (9-13) $9 & the combo of both IMAX and Galleries is General Admission $29, Student/Seniors (65+) $23 & Child (9-13) $23. The Museums hours are 105pm daily. They are closed September 4-September 14, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The Tech Museum features many exciting and intriguing exhibits including my favorite, Body Met-
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rics, which allows museum visitors a window into their physical and emotional selves of today as well as the most promising health care techniques of tomorrow. Have a pre-teen or teenager? Make sure to pay a visit to the Cyber Detectives exhibit to learn how to become empowered to protect your own digital life. My son’s pick of our visit was the build a robot activity. Wannabe engineers of all ages can design, construct, and program a real robot using sensors, controllers, and actuators. Another favorite for the younger crowd is the Tech Studio. In this hands-on exhibit, people can explore their problem-solving potential with guided experiences in STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. We enjoyed designing a windmill and learning about physics by building a better ice skate. Feeling adventurous? My husband took a flight in a bird simulator. Equipped with a VR headset, you will experience the closest thing to bird flight possible with modern technology. It was definitely worth the $8 for a 2-minute ride ($5 for members). Emma Prusch Farm Park 647 King Road https://www.sanjose.gov/Facilities/ Details/131 I had no idea that Emma Prusch Farm Park in East San Jose even existed until one of my son’s teachers recommended a trip. Native San Josean Emma Prusch bequeathed
87 acres to the City of San Jose in 1962 with the intention of it being a place of relaxation, recreation, and enjoyment for the people of the City of San Jose . The fertile agricultural land was once a working dairy farm located in the heart of the Valley of Hearts Delight at the intersection of King and Story Roads. The park consists of the remaining 47 acres from the original gift. The Emma Prusch Farm Park is open daily from 8 am to 30 minutes before sunset. The original Prusch family farmhouse, along with other historic structures are located within the park, which has one of the most substantial free-standing wooden barns in California. The barn is home to large 4H animals including beef cattle, sheep, and swine. There are also many agricultural displays and educational events held at the farm. Emma Prusch Farm Park includes heritage, high density, and rare fruit orchards, a Plant Science Center, two community gardens, pollinator, and butterfly gardens, as well as acres of lush green lawns for picnics and playing. The Park also has a Friendship Forest planted with trees from all around the world. The Santa Clara Home Composting Program maintains a demonstration site here as well. The small farm animal enclosure is home to many typical farm animals including chickens, pigs, and rabbits. Chickens, guineas, ducks, geese, and peafowl can be found roaming the park. The barn is a central attraction
at the park and my son loved it. Local 4H youth use the barn to raise their market and breeding animals. The barn serves as a residence to steers, goats, sheep, and pigs. The barn is open to the public during certain park hours. Every first Sunday of October is the Prusch Farm Park Mountain Music Festival. This year’s event will include all-day live entertainment, hay wagon rides, farm animal displays by 4H, tours of the Park, historical farmhouse, barn, orchards and “Emma’s Heirloom German Kitchen Garden.” Winchester Mystery House 525 S. Winchester Blvd. www.winchestermystery house.com The spookiest and most intriguing place that I have ever visited is the Winchester Mystery House. I am waiting to bring my five-yearold until he is older, but I have visited several times in the past. Sarah Winchester was a real woman of independence, drive, and courage who lives on in legend as a grieving widow. Today you can tour 110 of the 160 rooms of the Winchester Mystery House mansion and see the bizarre architecture such as windows
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built into the floors, stairs leading to ceilings, doors that open onto blank walls, and an obsession with the number “13” and spider web motifs. Some of the highlights of the 65-minute Mansion tour include the “25,000 Room”, hayloft, Sarah’s bedroom, Séance room, Grand Ballroom, Venetian dining room, “Hall of Fires” and much more. The Mansion Tour includes admission to the Victorian Gardens, Historic Firearms Museum, and Specialty Gifts and Antique Products Museum. The price ranges from $20.00 to $39.00. For a limited time you can add on the Explore More Tour–a new experience that takes guests to never-before open to the public areas in the mansion. Guests will gradually make their way deeper and deeper into the mansion’s unsettling corridors and dark hideaways. Children 10 and under are not permitted to go on the Explore More Tour. Tour Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes (combined with the Mansion Tour). Prices range from $20.00 to $49.00. The most popular time for people to venture to the mansion (besides the summer months) is in October. As autumn leaves start to fall, the Halloween Candlelight Tour begins. The Winchester Mystery House’s Gothic vibe will chill you to the bone while you are guided through the 160-room Victorian mansion. Check the website for more details. Besides enjoying the Mansion Tour, I have had the opportunity to attend the Friday the 13th Flashlight Tour. On this spooky tour for adults only, visitors will be guided through the darkness with nothing but a flashlight. The final date is Friday, July 13th so check now to see if tickets are still available. Tickets: $49 Adults Happy Hollow Park & Zoo 748 Story Road www.hhpz.org Have a little one who wants to go to the zoo? Don’t want to drive to San Francisco or Oakland? You are
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f you are looking to escape the gloom and fog of the Peninsula, Paso Robles is the place to go. Located less than 2 hours from Monterey, Paso Robles offers warmer temps, sun, and fun for the whole family. The Ravine Waterpark. Your kids will love the opportunity to wear their swimsuits and splash around at this fantastic water park. Located right off Highway 46, it is easily accessed from downtown Paso Robles and many hotels. The park has a lazy river, wave pool, several slides and a tadpole, perfect for little ones. Daily admission tickets are less than $30 per person and children under 2 are free. The park is open from May-September. Visit their website, www.ravinewaterpark.com for a daily schedule, discounts and to purchase tickets. Family Friendly Wineries. Yes, you read that correctly. Paso Robles has several family-friendly wineries. Sculpterra Winery offers a beautiful backdrop for your tasting experience, with amazing gardens and beautiful sculptures. They also have a game area that your kids can enjoy free of charge including chess, foosball, table tennis and bocce ball. Pistachios are also grown on site. Tooth and Nail Winery is another great option. Your kids will feel like prince and princesses at this winery, as the main building for tastings is a castle, complete with a moat around the outside. Tooth and Nail has a great outdoor patio with corn hole boards. They even have french fries on their menu. Eberle Winery is located on 38 acres and in addition to a compli-
mentary wine tasting, you can also tour their caves as well. They have bocce ball and corn hole, too. At Castoro Cellars, your kids will have the opportunity to have their own complimentary grape juice tasting. They also provide coloring books and have a large grassy area for the kids to play in. Paso Robles Children’s Museum at the Volunteer Firehouse. Don’t come to Paso Robles without a stop at this museum, which is a non-profit organization that encourages learning through play and honors the heritage of the volunteer firefighters. There are several interactive exhibits, with kid favorites being El Mercado, where kids can shop and check out in the grocery store while learning Spanish and the Grape Stomp with its fun ball pit. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for children (1-13) and $5 for grandparents (65+). The museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Visit www. pasokids.org for more information. Breweries. There are two local brew houses to visit in Paso Robles. The first is Firestone Walker Brewing Company, famous for their “805” beer. The Brewhouse Tour is for kids 12 and up, but the Barrel Room and Evening Tour is strictly 21 and up. The Taproom Restaurant, located across the street from the brewery, is family friendly and has an excellent kid’s menu. Menu favorites include the Tator Tots, Buffalo Cauliflower and the Crispy Brussels and Spinach Salad. Visit www.firestonebeer.com for more information. Barrelhouse Brewing Co. is another brewhouse, complete with a half-
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1 Sunday 10:00 A.m. Monterey Comic Con Monterey’s annual comic con is returning. This pop culture conventions celebrates all things from page to screen, live to animated. Monterey Conference Center 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, 93940 http://montereycomiccon.com 10:00 A.m. First Annual Monterey Clean Air Fair Test drive electric vehicles from local dealerships, dance to live music by The Money Band, enjoy local food, and more. Monterey Bay Custom House Plaza, Monterey, 93940 831-641-7222 11:00 A.m. Bubbles & Boogie w/Groovaroo Santa Cruz Come to Abbott Square Market for some Bubbles & Boogie. Make a giant bubble, get your face painted and get “Groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon” with the family. Event schedule: 11 am: Giant Bubbles & Family Face Painting; 11:30 am: “Bubbles & Boogie” Dance Party Opens; 12 p: Family Dance Class with GroovaRoo Dance; 12:30 pm: Dance Demo with GroovaRoo Santa Cruz; 1 pm: “Bubbles & Boogie” Conga Line around Abbott Square. A free event, open to all ages. Santa Cruz Museum of Art 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 95060, 831- 429-1964 11:00 A.m. Sunday Art & Music at The Beach Art & Music at the Beach is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village. Local artists display their work and live music by Samba Cruz is featured on the Esplanade Stage overlooking Capitola Beach and Monterey Bay.
Esplanade Park, Downtown Capitola, 831-475-7300 1:00 P.m. Salinas Taco & Music Festival Come enjoy a wide variety of delicious tacos, live music from dozens of local and international groups and bands in two giant stages as well as local DJ’s throughout the festival. Northridge Mall 796 Northridge Mall, Salinas, 93906, 831- 449-7226 1:00 P.m. Sunday Seaside Crafts Create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the family to share. Held weekly in June.. Seymour Marina Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-459-3800 2:00 P.m. CCL Family Movie Time Come view some of the best family-friendly movies. Cesar Chavez Library 615 Williams Road, Salinas, 93905, 831-758-7345
2 Monday 10:00 A.m. La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group-Seaside All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to our meetings or call one of our Leaders for breastfeeding help or information. Children and babies are always welcome at our meetings. 1460 Hilby Avenue, Seaside, 93955, http://lllnorcal.org/ groups/montereypeninsulaca. html 10:00 A.m. $1.00 Movies $1 per person, per movie, at the theatre box office on day of movie or see all 10 for $5. Get a ten-
week series punch card at the theatre box office, while supplies last, at participating theatres Held weekly on Monday. Cinemark Theatre 350 Northridge Shopping Center, Salinas, 93906, 831- 449-4168 2:30 P.m. Music and Musician Stories & Craft Join us as we read picture book biographies about different musicians and listen to recordings of their music. After, we will be using recycled materials to make our own instruments. Open to grades K-5th. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831- 646-3933 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. Go out to see a movie, have dinner or go shopping while your children have a good time in a safe and fun environment. Dinner will be provided. For ages 3-12 years (must be “potty” trained). Casanova Oak Knoll Center 735 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, 93940, 831- 646-5665 Hilltop Center 871 Jessie Street, Monterey, 93940, 831- 646-3975 The Monterey Youth Center 777 Pearl Street, Monterey, 93940, 831- 646-3975
3 Tuesday 9:00 A.m. Community Day - Free Admission The Arboretum at UCSC is a research and teaching facility committed to plant conservation and serves both the campus and the public. 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz
831-502-2998 10:00 A.m. $2 Tuesday. These reduced admission days are offered to all Monterey County residents. Bring current identification to verify your residence. 425 Washington Street, Monterey, 93940 831-649-6444 10:30 A.m. Storytime at The Farm Bring your little ones out to The Farm for a time of stories, songs, and a snack. Held every Tuesday and Wednesday. The Farm 5 Foster Road, Salinas, 93902, 831-455-2575 1:30 P.m. Make a Marble Roller Coaster All Saints science teacher Ms. Batya Fields will be helping you make a roller coaster from pipe insulation. This program is for ages 9-14 years old. Harrison Memorial Library Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel, 93923 831- 624-4629 2:30 P.m. 4th of July Party Celebrate the 4th of July with fun crafts and light refreshments. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831- 646-3933 6:00 P.m. Pajama Storytime Pajama storytime held monthly on the first Tuesday of the month. Buena Vista Branch Library 18250 Tara Drive, Salinas, 93908 831- 455-9699
4 Wednesday 7:30 Am. Spreckels 4th of July Youth 1 mile run, 5K & 10K & Celebration 7:30 am-8:30 am: 5K/10K Race Registration & Bib pick-up (located near 3rd street & Spreckels
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4 7:30 Am. Aptos 4th of July Celebration Aptos Village Park 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos 831-688-1467 10:30 Am. King City Annual Fourth of July Parade & Firework Celebration Broadway Street, King City, 93930, 831-385-4238 11:00 Am. Thirty-First Annual Fourth of July Celebration Colton Hall 570 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940 831-646-3996
12:00 P.m. Carmel-By-TheSea’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration Devendorf Park, Junipero Street & Ocean Avenue, Carmel www.carmelchamber.org 3:00 P.m. Scotts Valley 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Sky Park 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, 95066 831- 438-3251 4:00 P.m. 1st Annual City of Seaside Fireworks Family Celebration Bayonet Golf Course 1 McClure Way, Seaside, 93955 www.ci.seaside.ca.us
11:00 Am. Independence Day Celebration Wilder Ranch State Park 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz, 95060, 831- 426-0505
5:00 P.m. Fire in the Sky Watsonville Municipal Airport 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville, 95076, 831-768-3575
11:30 Am. Soledad’s 4th of July Kid’s Parade & Celebration Main Street Middle School 441 Main Street, Soledad, 93960 /www.soledad-mission-recreation-district.org
6:00 P.m. Monterey County Pops 4th of July Free Concert Golden State Theatre 417 Alvarado Street, Monterey, 93940, https://montereycountypops.org/events/
12:00 PM. Monterey Peninsula Obon Festival Come and celebrate family at the 72nd Annual Monterey Peninsula Obon Festival. Enjoy delicious Japanese foods, martial arts demonstrations, tea ceremony, bonsai and ikebana exhibits. Taiko drumming performance by Shinsho Mugen Daiko is at 3pm. Bon odori (community dancing) starts at 4pm. This is a free event, donations welcome. Limited parking is available across the street from the Temple. Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple 1155 Noche Buena Street, Seaside, 93955, https://montereybt.org
8:00 P.m. Free Movie on the Beach There’s nothing like watching a classic movie on the beach with the Giant Dipper twinkling overhead and the sound of gentle summer surf in the background. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back beach chair and join the fun. Held weekly on Wednesday. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, 95060, 831-423-5590
10:00 A.m. Feast of Lanterns 2018 A tradition lasting for over a century, the Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns is a community celebration. This event in Pacific Grove includes a lantern pageant, children’s activities, and a pet parade. Lover’s Point, Ocean View Blvd & 17th Street, Pacific Grove, 93955
9:00 A.m. Surf With The Cops Members of the Pacific Grove Police Department will be hitting the waves, and you’re invited to join them. Not a surfer? Not a problem. Come hang with our staff anyway, we will have land-lovers on the beach to chill and chat as well if you just want to come out and soak up the sun with us. Asilomar Beach, Sunset Drive, Pacific Grove, 93955 831- 648-3143
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Memorial Park); 8:30 am: Youth 1Mile Run (start/finish line on 3rd St); 9 am: 5K & 10K (start/finish line on 3rd St); 10:30 am: Day of Parade Registration at Spreckels Memorial Hall; 10:45 am: Awards Ceremony (near registration tent); 12 pm: 4th of July Parade (starts at Memorial Building parking lot); 1 pm: Car Show on Llano; 4 pm: Crafts & Food Booths close. Spreckels Memorial Park 90 5th Street, Spreckels, 93962 https://spreckelsmd.specialdistrict.org/2018-07-04-spreckels4th-of-july-celebration-2018 7:30 Am. Aptos 4th of July Celebration Pancake breakfast at 7:30 AM, “World’s Shortest Parade” at 10:00 AM from State Park Drive (Wells Fargo) to Trout Gulch (Bayview Hotel), party in the park with live music, games, arts and crafts from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. Aptos Village Park 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos 831-688-1467 10:30 Am. King City Annual Fourth of July Parade & Firework Celebration Come celebrate Independence
Day with King City on Tuesday, July 4, beginning with the annual parade at 10:30 a.m. along Broadway Street and ending with the fireworks show at dusk at the Stampede Grounds off San Lorenzo Avenue. Broadway Street, King City, 93930, 831-385-4238 11:00 Am. Thirty-First Annual Fourth of July Celebration Celebrate the Fourth of July in Monterey with the annual admission free Big Little Backyard Bar-B-Que and Entertainment Extravaganza. This event features non-stop live music until 4:30 p.m. Children’s entertainment includes free carnival booths and games, face painting and strolling balloon artists. Lots of great food provided by non-profit food vendors will be on sale all day or you can bring a picnic lunch. Please leave all pets at home and note that this is an alcohol free family event. Animals prohibited (except guide/service dogs). Colton Hall 570 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940 831-646-3996 11:00 Am. Independence
Day Celebration Join us for an old-fashioned Independence Day Celebration. For more than 20 years folks have been coming out to Wilder Ranch to celebrate July 4th as they would have done in the Santa Cruz area more than 100 years ago. There will be children’s crafts, live music, living history demonstrations, food etc. If you wish to join in a patriotic parade, arrive at the tunnel at 11:45 a.m. The parade begins at 12:00 noon. Feel free to bring a flag and wear an old-fashioned costume for the parade. Parking is limited, carpooling is suggested. Wilder Ranch State Park 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz, 95060, 831- 426-0505 11:30 Am. Soledad’s 4th of July Kid’s Parade & Celebration This walking parade encourages zany and star spangled costumes. Stars and striped dogs, wagons, bikes, and walking groups are the highlight of the parade. The parade begins at Main St. School continues down North St. and finishes at the Little League Park at the main stage. All participants start lining up at 11:30 AM. Pa-
rade Begins promptly at 12 AM. Following the parade there will be entertainment from music, games and more at the Little Park across from Gallardo Park Main Street Middle School 441 Main Street, Soledad, 93960 https://www.soledad-missionrecreation-district.org 12:00 P.m. Carmel-By-TheSea’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration Join us for an old-fashioned, family-style celebration in Devendorf Park, Mayor Steve Dallas welcomes everyone at noon followed by live entertainment, food and lots more fun. Devendorf Park, Junipero Street & Ocean Avenue, Carmel www.carmelchamber.org 3:00 P.m. Scotts Valley 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Come celebrate July 4th in Scotts Valley. Parade, flyover, fireworks,BBQ, live bands, games, petting zoo & much more. Activities & food are not included in price of admission. Sky Park 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, 95066 831- 438-3251
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4:00 P.m. 1st Annual City of Seaside Fireworks Family Celebration Arts & crafts, carnival games, petting zoo, pony rides, rock wall, air jumpers, face painting, craft vendors, food vendors, live entertainment, prizes, bounce houses, firework display. Bayonet Golf Course 1 McClure Way, Seaside, 93955 www.ci.seaside.ca.us 5:00 P.m. Fire in the Sky The Municipal Airport presents the “”Fire in the Sky”” open house. This open house event is an important part of the Airport’s efforts to reach out to the community and highlight the importance of this community asset to our region. The event will feature a festival-like open seating atmosphere and will include formation flyovers, a variety of food trucks,
and introductory flights. To close the evening and in line with the celebration of the 4th of July, we will host a professional fireworks show. Vehicles may park on the crosswind runway for $10.00. Watsonville Municipal Airport 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville, 95076 831-768-3575 6:00 P.m. Monterey County Pops 4th of July Free Concert The Pops. Celebrates Freedom, free concert. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Golden State Theatre 417 Alvarado Street, Monterey, 93940, https://montereycountypops.org/events/
5 Thursday 9:00 A.m. Fort Ord National Monument Volunteer Days All projects are outdoors, including collecting native plant seeds, assisting with salamander research, removing invasive weeds, helping on habitat restoration and collecting data for grazing programs. Follow the signs from Lightfighter Drive to get to the venue. Open to all ages. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-277-7690 10:00 A.m. $1.00 Movies Check out the Kids Summer Film Festival schedule for $1 movies. Held weekly on Thursday. Maya Cinema 153 Main Street, Salinas, 93901, 831- 757-6292
6 friday 5:00 p.m. Civic Open House This special free Open House in honor of Parks and Rec Month will include tours of the Civic, an unveiling of updates to the Civics’ evolving History Project and new multi-media equipment, and 1940’s Happy Hour pricing on popcorn with the purchase of a 2018’s drink. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz 831- 420-5243 5:00 p.m. First Friday at Santa cruz Museum of Art Explore three floors of exhibitions for free, dance to live music, and get hands-on with an all-ages art activity. 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 95060, 831-429-1964 5:00 p.m. First Friday Downtown Santa Cruz Each month local businesses and art galleries team up with over 100 local artists. Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 95060, http://firstfridaysantacruz. com/category/january/ 5:00 p.m. First Friday Oldtown Salinas Galleries, shops, restaurants and other organizations in a threeblock area open their doors to visitors. 100-300 Blocks Main Street, Salinas, 831-594-1799 www.artistasunidos.org 5:00 p.m. Lovers Point
July Events Music Series Lovers Point Music Series featuring rhythm and blues to old school rock n’ roll. Sponsored by Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce. Call 831-373-3304 or check pacificgrove.org/concerts for additional info. Runs every Friday and Saturday through July 14. Ocean View Blvd & 17th Street, Pacific Grove, 93955 5:00 p.m. Carmel Plaza 2018 Concert Series By popular demand, Carmel Plaza’s live music series returns Friday, June 29 through August 17 with eight consecutive Fridays from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Enjoy two hours of free entertainment in the newly renovated courtyard of the Plaza. While shopping listen to live music, sip regional wines and savor delicious appetizers from local gourmet restaurants. Must be over 21 to consume alcohol Ocean Avenue & Mission Street, Carmel, 93923 https://carmelplaza.com/ happening/2018-summer-livemusic-series/ 5:30 p.m. Favorite Fridays Tribute Bands Tribute bands every Friday evening. Fashion models, giveaways, chances to win. Held weekly on Friday. Del Monte Shopping Center 1410 Del Monte Center, Monterey, 93940, 831-373-2705 6:00 p.m. First Friday pacific grove Shops, restaurants, and galleries in the downtown area participate.
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831-655-9775, http://firstfridaypacificgrove.org 6:30 p.m. Friday Night Bands on the Beach Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk’s Beach Bandstand every Friday night (June 15th - August 31st) with top bands of the 80s and 90s. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, 95060, 831-423-5590 6:30 p.m. Friday Night Sunset Music Series What better way to unwind from the work week and kick off the weekend than enjoying our Sunset Music Series at Asilomar. Enjoy live entertainment starting at 6:30 pm. The ongoing event will host a wealth of your favorite local musicians. Free event and family friendly. Asilomar Beach Sunset Drive, Pacific Grove, 93955 831-372-8016
7 saturday 8:30 AM. Birding Walk, Elkhorn Slough Keep track of your sightings by downloading a bird sightings list from our website. Day use fee of $4.00 for each visitor, 16 years and older. Tour begins promptly and lasts 2-3 hours. Elkhorn Slough Reserve 1700 Elkhorn Road, Castroville, 9501 2, 831-728-2822 8:45 AM. Walk with the Docs Local physicians will discuss the importance of eating better and incorporating exercise into your daily routine. Benefits include a boost in energy, improved metabolism, increased muscle tone,
reduced stress, and so much more. Palo Corona Barn, Highway 1, Carmel, 93923 www.mprpd.org 9:00 AM. Laguna Grande Birding Walk Join amateur birders to view waterfowl, raptors and seasonal migrants. From lakeside to wetlands to riparian surroundings, Laguna Grande Park has rich habitats and a wide array of birds to see. This program is good for the firsttime and the experienced birder. Open to ages 12 and up. Laguna Grande Park Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Seaside, 93955 www.mprpd.org 9:00 A.m. The Home Depot Kid’s Workshop All attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate, an apron, and a pin. The Home Depot 1890 North Davis Road, Salinas, 93907, 831-583-0778 The Home Depot 1590 Canyon Del Rey, Seaside, 93955, 831-583-0778 9:30 AM. Tai Chi for Health: Tai Chi for Energy Join amateur birders to view waterfowl, raptors and seasonal migrants. From lakeside to wetlands to riparian surroundings, Laguna Grande Park has rich habitats and a wide array of birds to see. This program is good for the firsttime and the experienced birder. Open to ages 12 and up. Laguna Grande Park Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Seaside, 93955 www.mprpd.org
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light the senses and please your palate this year, the Monterey Beer Festival will feature music from several live bands, special VIP ticket holder benefits, all in a totally fun, relaxed party atmosphere at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. Monterey County Fairgrounds 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, 93940 www.montereybeerfestival.com 2:00 PM. Saturday Matinee Free movie screening and popcorn. Feel free to bring a cushion for your chair. Seaside Branch Library 550 Harcourt, Seaside, 93955 831-899-2055 5:00 p.m. “Coco” in the Vines Join us for an evening of conversations, small bites and wine at the Scheid Tasting Room in Greenfield with Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford, author of the children’s books based on the awardwinning movie “Coco” and other books that connect and preserve families, their cultures and histories. This is an event geared towards adults. Ms. Rivera-Ashford will also hold a talk at a county library branch that is more geared towards families. www.fmcfl.org/2018/06/coco-inthe-vines/ 5:00 p.m. Lovers Point Music Series Lovers Point Music Series featuring rhythm and blues to old school rock n’ roll. Sponsored by Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce. Call 831-373-3304 or check pacificgrove.org/concerts for additional info. Runs every Friday and Saturday through July 14.
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6:00 p.m. Monterey Bay Aquarium Sleepover This nighttime adventure filled with fun activities offers you and your family a unique way to enjoy our exhibits. After falling asleep next to our amazing ocean animals, you’ll wake beside them as the only guests in the Aquarium. $125 per person, general public, $95 per person, Aquarium members. Monterey Bay Aquarium 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, 93940, 831- 648-4800
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10:00 AM. Fabulous Ferns and Redwoods Gain an appreciation for the little things in life on this leisurely hike. Experience the tranquility of Garzas Creek as you journey through a beautiful redwood forest. East Garzas Trailhead 700 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 93923 www.mprpd.org 11:00 AM. Sunday Shadow Play Make your own shadow puppets, play with found objects, make creations, stories and see a performance from artist Rae Anna Hample. Santa Cruz Museum of Art 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 95060, 831- 429-1964
12:00 PM. Monterey Peninsula Obon Festival Come and celebrate family at the 72nd Annual Monterey Peninsula Obon Festival. Enjoy delicious Japanese foods, martial arts demonstrations, tea ceremony, bonsai and ikebana exhibits. Taiko drumming performance by Shinsho Mugen Daiko is at 3pm. Bon odori (community dancing) starts at 4pm. This is a free event, donations welcome. Limited parking is available across the street from the Temple. Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple 1155 Noche Buena Street, Seaside, 93955, https://montereybt.org 1:30 P.m. Sunday Blues in the Park Free concert at Laguna Grande Park. Bring chairs or blankets for seating. Held weekly through August 5. Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Seaside, 93955, www.ci.seaside.ca.us/ DocumentCenter/View/5717/ Sunday-Blues-Bilingual
10 tuesday 2:30 P.m. Fantasy Movie for Kids Be transported to another world with a fantasy movie based on a book. This movie is appropriate for school aged children. Light refreshments will be served. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831- 646-3933
11 wednesday 11:00 A.m. Spencer Grey: Master Magician From the age of 7, Spencer began performing magic for his school, library, and community center, quickly building his skill as a young magician. Spencer will bring unique entertainment to everyone. Harrison Memorial Library Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel, 93923 831- 624-4629 12:00 P.m. 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. Seaside Branch Library
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550 Harcourt, Seaside, 93955 831- 899-2055 1:00 P.m. Summer Reading Program: Cascada de Flores Join us for a free, fun performance with audience participation. Enjoy the singing, dancing, storytelling duo of Cascada de Flores Mexican Song & Dance. Sign up for the summer reading program to earn prizes and keep up your skills. Seaside Branch Library 550 Harcourt, Seaside, 93955 831- 899-2055 4:00 P.m. Summer Reading Program: Cascada de Flores Please join us for a free, fun, and lively musical and dance performance by Cascada de Flores. Don’t forget to sign up for the summer reading program to earn prizes and keep up your skills. We have something for kids, teens, and adults too. Carmel Valley Branch Library 65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 93924 831-659-2377 6:00 P.m. Capitola Twilight Concert Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset. Held weekly on Wednesday. Esplanade Park Capitola, 95010 831-475-7300 8:00 P.m. Free Movie on the Beach There’s nothing like watching a classic movie on the beach with the Giant Dipper twinkling overhead and the sound of gentle summer surf in the background. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back beach chair and join the fun. Held weekly on Wednesday. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, 95060, 831-423-5590
12 thursday 9:00 A.m. Free Tours at Pacific Biological Laboratories The wonderful world of Monterey’s original marine biology opens up to the public for free tours the second Saturday of every month. Known for shedding
light on the rich ocean life found within the Monterey Bay and as far beyond as Baja California, the Pacific Biological Laboratories is both a record and a peek through the early days of local marine science. Arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled tour to confirm reservations. Pacific Biological Laboratories 800 Cannery Row, Monterey, 93940, 831-646-5640 3:30 P.m. Onye African Drumming Free Onye African Drumming performance. Buena Vista Branch Library 18250 Tara Drive, Salinas, 93908 831-455-9699 5:45 P.m. Alice in Wonderland Murder Mystery Event, a Teen Program Who did it??? We won’t know until you solve the case. Come in for dinner, prizes and crime-solving. Middle and High school-aged students welcome. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831- 646-3933
13 Friday 9:00 A.m. Surf With The Cops Members of the Pacific Grove Police Department will be hitting the waves, and you’re invited to join them. Not a surfer? Not a problem. Come hang with our staff anyway, we will have land-lovers on the beach to chill and chat as well if you just want to come out and soak up the sun with us. Asilomar Beach, Sunset Drive, Pacific Grove, 93955 831- 648-3143
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Program: Magic Show Join us for a free, fun performance by Magician Chris Lopez. Sign up for the summer reading program to earn prizes and keep up your skills. For more information, please call 831-667-2537. Big Sur Branch Library Hwy 1 at Ripplewood Resort, Big Sur, California 6:00 P.m. Lazer Tag Zap and get zapped. Come join us for a night of laser tag and other fun games. Dinner and dessert are included. For ages 7-12 years The Monterey Youth Center 777 Pearl Street, Monterey, 93940 831- 646-3873 7:00 P.m. Falconry: Speed, Stealth, and Smarts The peregine falcon is the fastest member of the animal kingdom, reaching speeds of over 200 mph. Silent and deadly, the great horned owl is one of nature’s top nocturnal predators. Harris’ hawk is the most intelligent of all raptors due to its social and hunting behaviors. Meet these magnificent birds close up and personal in this live demonstration. Palo Corona Discovery Center 4860 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 93923 www.mprpd.org
14 saturday 9:00 A.m. Volunteer in California’s Oldest State Park The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with oth-
ers who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park’s ability to educate and inspire the public. Meet at Park Headquarters. The Old Lodge 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, 95006, 831-338-8860 9:00 AM. Second Saturday in Felton This is a free, family-friendly event featuring live music, popup vendors, local artisans, and more. Downtown Felton, Highway 9, Felton, 95018 www.visitfelton.com 10:00 AM. Carmel Bach Festival The 2018 Carmel Bach Festival is full of stories and narratives that use the expressive power of music and words to lift you out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. Run through July 18. Sunset Center San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, Carmel, 93923 www.bachfestival.org 10:00 AM. Shared Adventures’ Annual Day on the Beach Join Shared Adventures for our biggest party of the year. Over 200 sheets of plywood will be constructed over Cowell’s Beach, creating an all accessible festival complete with live music, delicious food, and beach games. All activities are offered for free thanks to the help of generous sponsors. Sign up online to participate in an ocean activity at Day on the Beach (Kayak, Outrigger Canoe, SCUBA Diving, Beach Wheelchair rides). Participants with special needs will be paired up with experienced volunteers
to guide the trip. Pre-registration is required to participate in ocean sports and space is limited. Cowell’s Beach Pacific Avenue & Beach Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 831-459-7210 11:00 AM. Little Cowkids $5 pony rides, food for purchase and free hayrides. The Farm, 5 Foster Road, Salinas, 93902, 831- 455-2575 11:00 AM. 2nd Saturday on the Farm Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day’s special focus. Agricultural History Project 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, 95019 831- 724-5898 11:00 AM. Art & Wine Festival Enjoy live music while wine tasting (with the purchase of a $10.00 Festival Glass) and perusing the art of local talented artists. Food available for purchase. Also held July 15. Bargetto Winery 3535 North Main Street, Soquel, 95073, 831-475-2258 12:00 PM. Cachagua County Fair Live music, horseshoe tournament, arts & crafts vendors, games, good food, drink and dancing Cachagua Community Center Nason Road, Carmel Valley, 93924, www.facebook.com/Cachaguacommunitycenter/ 1:00 PM. Love’s Gardens Demonstration Tour Tour this edible food forest with
over 30 varieties of fruit, plus veggies, herbs, and flowering plants, all on a small lot. Love’s Gardens 127 National St, Santa Cruz, 95060, 831- 471-9100 2:00 PM. Spencer Grey Magic Show See awarding-winning magician Spencer Grey in this high energy and interactive magic show. Held on the Colton Hall Lawn. 570 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831- 646-3933 6:00 PM. Night Hike Meet at dusk and venture into the park for a 2-3 hour night hike. Switch off the flashlight, let your eyes adjust, and use heightened senses while exploring your nocturnal side. Distance: 3-3.5 miles Palo Corona Barn, Highway 1, Carmel, 93923 www.mprpd.org 6:30 PM. Kiddie Kapers Parade The theme for the 2018 parade is Surf, Sand & Saddles. Kids will line up at the Salinas Rec Center and the parade will start at 6:30pm. Thousands of people line the streets of Old Town Salinas to watch over 1,200 children ride on floats, bikes, in wagons and more as a kick off to Big Week and the California Rodeo Salinas. Oldtown Salinas, 93901 www.carodeo.com/events/2018/ kiddie-kapers-parade 7:00 PM. The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Animated Film The Beatles’ classic 1968 animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, is a colorful musical spectacle and a joyful cinematic experience for all ages – filled with visual invention, optical illusions, word
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15 sunday 11:00 AM. Summer Code Jam with Code Naturally All experience levels are welcome. We will have an intro to programming logic board games for the whole family and the resources to help you code anything from your first animation to an advanced interactive game. Santa Cruz Museum of Art 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 95060, 831- 429-1964
16 Monday 11:00 AM. Sean Powers/ Shadow Puppetry Fun for the family at this free show. Cesar Chavez Library 615 Williams Road, Salinas, 93905 831- 758-7311
2:00 PM. Sean Powers/ Shadow Puppetry Fun for the family at this free show. John Steinbeck Library 350 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, 93901, 831- 758-7311
18 wednesday 1:00 PM. Summer Reading Program: Movie Matinee Free movie screening and popcorn. Feel free to bring a cushion for your chair. Seaside Branch Library 550 Harcourt, Seaside, 93955 831- 899-2055 2:00 PM. Teen Escape Room– Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb Are we doing this again? Yes, we are. You have 60 minutes to escape the mummy’s tomb. Are you up to it? Bring your best problemsolving skills--and friends--to the table. Middle school and High school-aged students welcome. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831- 646-3933 2:00 PM. Summer Reading Program: Kites and
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Balloons Please join us for a free, fun, and crafty afternoon with kites and balloons that you can take home. Don’t forget to sign up for the summer reading program to earn prizes and keep up your skills. We have something for kids, teens, and adults too. Carmel Valley Branch Library 65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 93924 831-659-2377
Park. Low back chairs, blankets and jackets recommended. No alcohol, please. Come early and bring a picnic to enjoy, or partake in some light fare provided by some of the neighboring restaurants. Walking, bike riding, and carpooling are encouraged. If it rains on the day of the movie, the event website will be updated with notifications on possible cancellations. Heart of Soquel Park 4740 Soquel Drive, Soquel, 95073 831-454-2200
10:00 A.m. California Rodeo Salinas Though the California Rodeo Salinas itself takes place for only four days, surrounding events such as the Rodeo Carnival, the Kiddie Kapers Parade and Cowboy Poetry provide a two-week long warm-up to the main event. Runs through July 22. Salinas Sports Complex 1034 N. Main Street, Salinas, 93906, www.carodeo.com
6:15 A.m. Chocolate Olympics 3rd-5th grades Who will win the gold at our Chocolate Olympics. Get ready for an afternoon of chocolate fun including games and races. Registration is required. This drop off event occurs after the Library closes, so cannot accommodate late arrivals. For 3rd-5th graders. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831- 646-3933
6:30 PM. Family Movie Night: Despicable Me 3 Join us for free family-friendly movie nights under the stars at the plaza at the Heart of Soquel
20 friday 10:00 A.m. Feast of Lanterns 2018 A tradition lasting for over a cen-
tury, the Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns is a community celebration. This event in Pacific Grove includes a lantern pageant, children’s activities, and a pet parade. Lover’s Point, Ocean View Blvd & 17th Street, Pacific Grove, 93955 www.feast-of-lanterns.org 11:00 A.m. Public Tidepool Tour An informative talk and tour out to the tidepools at Natural Bridges State Beach. Explore this Marine Protected Area with a knowledgeable guide and discover the special creatures of the coast. Natural Bridges State Park 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 95060, 831- 423-4609 11:00 A.m. Tack Swap and Farm Fair Sell, buy, trade used tack, horse & farm related items & crafts. General Feed and Seed Co. 1900 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, 95065 831- 476-5344 12:00 P.m. 2nd Annual Big Sur Weekend Three days of all things Big Sur - music, art, food, wine. Meet artists, naturalists and photographers that call Big Sur home and much more. Big Sur Vineyards 1 Del Fino Place, Carmel Valley, 93924, 831- 652-3020 4:00 PM. Hot Cars, Cool Nights Car Show Open to all 1979 and older cars and trucks. Open to speciality cars & trucks of all years. Broadway Avenue, Seaside, 93955, www.goldcoastrods.org
21 saturday 9:00 AM. Women’s Dive Day 2018 We will be spending the day diving at San Carlos Beach and enjoying a BBQ lunch. We will be offering discounted rental gear and air fills to all the women who join us for this event. San Carlos Beach 100 Cannery Row, Monterey, 93940, 831- 717-4546 9:00 AM. Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair Start your Christmas shopping while supporting local artists and crafters. Artisans will be selling
their homemade creations this holiday season including clothing, cards and jewelry. Casanova Oak Knoll Center 735 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, 93940, 831- 646-5665 10:00 AM. Little Chef Join us for food themed stories and hands-on cooking. All ingredients and utensils will be provided. Registration required. Limited to 20 children plus adult. For ages 3-5. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831-646-3934 6:00 PM. Monterey Bay Aquarium Sleepover Pack your pajamas and get ready for a slumber party at the Aquarium. This nighttime adventure filled with fun activities offers you and your family a unique way to enjoy our exhibits. After falling asleep next to our amazing ocean animals, you’ll wake beside them as the only guests in the Aquarium—a magical experience that will stay with you long after your sleepover. Monterey Bay Aquarium 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, 93940, 831- 648-4800 6:30 PM. Discover Marina Dunes Preserve Watch the sky fill with color as you walk the beach at sunset. Discover how this relatively harsh environment supports an ecosystem teeming with unique plant and animal life. Marina Dunes Preserve Highway 1 & Reservation Road, Marina, 93933, www.mprpd.org
22 sunday 9:00 AM. Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair Start your Christmas shopping while supporting local artists and crafters. Artisans will be selling their homemade creations this holiday season including clothing, cards and jewelry. Casanova Oak Knoll Center 735 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, 93940, 831- 646-5665 1:00 PM. Mindful Games for Kids & their Parents This month, Monterey Bay Meditation Studio’s “Mindful Games” joins hands with its monthly Community Event to offer a
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screening and discussion of the award-winning film “Inside Out.” The film is recommended for ages 7 - Adult. There is no charge for this event, and no advance registration is required. Monterey Bay Meditation Studio 529 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, 93955 831- 373-1017
25 WEDNESDAY 10:00 AM. Family Market Days in Marina This food distribution event is free and open the public regardless of income or participation in programs. The entire community is invited to come out and take home loads of fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables. The Family Market is a fresh produce distribution program for low/ no income households which serves approximately 100,000 people every month in Monterey County. Veteran Transition Center 220 Twelth Street, Marina, 93933 www.vtcmonterey.org 1:00 PM. Save the Whales: the Amazing Lives of Sea Turtles program Save the Whales: the Amazing Lives of Sea Turtles program Hands-on artifacts (sea turtle skulls, stuffed sea turtles, products made from turtles) and Power Point presentation about the lives of sea turtles. Sign up for the summer reading program to earn prizes and keep up your skills. Seaside Branch Library 550 Harcourt, Seaside, 93955 831- 899-2055 4:00 PM. Summer Reading Program Monterey County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit – Reading to Dogs. Join us and read to the friendly K-9 Unit. All dogs are great listeners and they would love to hear you read to them. Don’t forget to sign up for the summer reading program to earn prizes and keep up your skills. Carmel Valley Branch Library 65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 93924 831-659-2377
5:00 PM. Behavior Intervention for Autism Open House Behavioral Intervention for Autism (BIA) provides intervention services for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. Please join us for an Open House at our new clinic in Monterey and hear more about BIA’s services. Behavior Intervention for Autism Offices 182 El Dorado Street, Monterey, 93940, 831-375-1310
9:00 AM. A Day Out With Thomas The Tank Engine Your ticket includes a fun-filled day of activities: a train ride with Thomas™, picture taking with Sir Topham Hatt,™ temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling, bubble making, live entertainment, train play tables, and more. So bring the family, come early, and enjoy the day. Also held on July 28, 29 and August 3, 4 and 5. Roaring Camp 5301 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484 7:30 PM. Circus Caballero Trapeze and acrobatic acts, music and more. Monterey County Fairgrounds 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, 93940 www.circocaballero.com
28 saturday 8:30 AM. Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower This week, the night sky is bustling with celestial activity. A lunar eclipse, Mars’ close proximity to Earth, and meteor shower all in the span of days. The nearby full moon will block all but the brightest meteors, but if patient we should still catch a glimpse of these amazing astronomical events. Garland Ranch Park Visitor Center, 700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 93924 www.mprpd.org 10:00 AM. Transit Depot Fine Art Festival
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