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Giddy up! The Benefits of Horseback Riding

Christmas Tree Lighting Events Sharing Your Family Stories plus A Packed Calendar of Holiday Events Pages 10-17:

our annual Private School Guide!

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Stanford pediatric specialists now in your neighborhood in Monterey and Capitola. Specialty Services – Capitola

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824 Bay Ave, Ste 70 Capitola, CA 95010 Tel (831) 457-2361

1900 Garden Rd, Ste 130 Monterey, CA 93940 Tel (831) 440-3330

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Contents november 2018

in each issue:

06 From the Publisher


08 Military Mom Allison Chance discusses topics of importance to military families.

10 Private School Directory To help you navigate the process of choosing a private school, we’ve compiled basic information on the various choices available in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

10 Grandparents’ Corner Gail Root shares information for grandparents on how to positively contribute to grandchildren’s lives.

11 Monterey County Private Schools Grid 14 Santa Cruz County Private Schools Grid 16 Featured Private Schools More detailed information on our featured schools.

on the cover…

18 Giddy Up! The Benefits of Horseback Riding There are physical, cognitive, and emotional benefits to horseback riding. Check out all the great reasons why you should consider riding lessons for your child. by Jasmine Root 20 Give the Gift of Experience Skip the newest gadget and focus on giving (or getting!) a gift that is all about a special experience. by Tara Tudisco

Lucia (7) and Alia (6) reside in Soledad, CA., with their parents. They attend Rose Ferrero Elementary School in grades 2nd and Kindergarten. The girls enjoy drawing, painting, working on crafts, building puzzles, writing and illustrating their own books. Lucia is a great big sister, an excellent student, loves all animals, especially horses. The opportunity to spend time at The Riding Academy was like a dream come true for her. Alia prefers smaller fuzzy animals, however the horses did earn a spot in Alia’s heart, especially Willow. Photo by Donna Jean Shoemaker 831-620-2878


22 Light It Up! Get a head start on planning for the holidays with our tree lighting and boat parade schedule. by Nicole Amaral

Page 26: Find the best events for your family! The best family-friendly events for November from throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. MONTEREY BAY PARENT • november 2018

Boy or girl, there’s only one name they agree on so far. Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System.

At Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, we deliver peace of mind. Our official Baby-Friendly hospital goes beyond private rooms and pampering touches. We specialize in high-risk pregnancies, supporting the safest options for mother and baby. At SVMH, the staff’s commitment to expecting parents is backed by advanced technology and programs such as our neonatal intensive care unit in partnership with Stanford, our 24/7 OB Emergency Department and our Perinatal Diagnostic Center. All of which makes us a smart — and safe — place to have your baby.

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Monterey Bay

from the publisher…


This Month we’re all about planning! The holiday season is upon us and we know the coming months are the busiest of the year. We’re here to help as much as possible. First off, if you’re looking at private schools for your child, this issue is tailor made for you. On pages 1017, you’ll find all the info you need to start your search for the right school for your child. There are so many good options that we know it’s a difficult decision and we hope the guide makes it a little easier. Secondly, if you’d like to get a head start on gift giving, Tara Tudisco has twelve great ideas for “experience” gifts on pages 20-21. Instead of more stuff this year, why not gift a museum membership or a cooking class gift certificate? If your parents or in-laws aren’t local, send them the article to give them some ideas what your family might like. A membership that gives your family hours of fun all year is the perfect gift from grandparents! Finally, Nicole Amaral has compiled an extensive list of Christmas tree lighting events and lighted parades. They begin around Thanksgiving so you need to plan now to be sure you attend the ones that most appeal to you. There are so many festive events that you’re sure to start your Christmas off on the right note by attending one or more. The issue is rounded out by military events, an informative article on why horseback riding is a great choice for your child, and some suggestions from Gail Root on how to keep your family stories alive. While you’re busy planning for the future, don’t forget to be grateful for the present. I hope your family has a very Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful November.

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Publisher Andrea Breznay 831-582-1373 Calendar and Social Media Editor Nicole Amaral Cover Photographer Donna Jean Shoemaker Contributing Writers nicole amaraL Allison Chance Gail Root Jasmine Root Tara Tudisco 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 Monterey Bay Parent is ©2018 by Monterey Bay Parent, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited.

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Military mom


appy November! It is hard to believe that we only have two months left in 2018! Where did this year go? With a new baby in our house, our days and weeks have felt like a blur, but I am so thankful for our little family. Seeing the love between my son and daughter is so special and this year has been full of moments I will not forget! Thanksgiving is a day that I look forward to all year and one where I eat my heart out and throw out any diet or meal plan I may be following at the time! I honestly couldn’t pick just one, but my favorite Thanksgiving menu items include sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. Who doesn’t love a day that involves eating yummy food and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV? As a military family, many of us won’t get to spend the holiday with our extended families back home, so I encourage you to reach out to other friends to host a “Friendsgiving.” A “Friendsgiving” is a potluck on steroids. The host makes the turkey, and all of the guests bring side dishes, beverages, desserts, etc. It is an easy alternative and allows for less stress since the host isn’t required to plan and make the entire meal. This is such a great way to meet neighbors and connect with fellow military families. Don’t feel like cooking? Many local restaurants and hotels feature amazing Thanksgiving Buffets and Dinners. One that I love to recommend is on the campus of Naval Postgraduate School at the historic Hotel Del Monte Barbara McNitt Ballroom. This year, the Thanksgiving Day Buffet will take place at 2 pm. The menu features a wide variety of options, with all of the traditional Thanksgiving fixings in a beautiful setting. Reservations are required and can be made at . Military adults are $35, Military children ages 5-10 are $15 and children under 5 are free. Another fabulous event to put on your calendar is Corkz & Forkz at Hotel Del Monte on November 14 from 5:308:00 pm. The tickets are $40 and military, retiree and DoD welcome. This is a monthly event, so if you can’t make it this month, save the date for next month, December 19! The evening in-

Holiday Happenings for Military Families

Holiday fun your military family includes Thanksgiving dinner out, a walking tour of Hotel Del Monte, a Navy Turkey trot, and the annual tree lighting at Hotel Del Monte. cludes a walking tour of the hotel and a pairing of appetizers and beverages. This is an excellent date night and a great way to meet other military members. Tickets are available in the Trident Room and Tickets and Travel. Space is limited. 21 and up only. Call 831-6567512 with any questions. After indulging in all of this yummy food, you can get your Turkey Trot on at the Navy Fitness Monterey Turkey Trot Fun Run. It will take place on Friday, November 16 at 3 pm, with preregistration at 2:30 pm on the day of the event. The run starts at the front of Hotel Del Monte and continues around the campus. Participants may walk or run. For more info, call 831-656-3118 or email . Finally, kick off the Christmas holiday season with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Hotel Del Monte on Friday, November 30 from 6:00-8: 00 pm.

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My family and I attended this event last year, and it was so much fun. This complimentary event includes hot chocolates, cookies, crafts for the kids and an opportunity to meet Santa Claus and take photos. The tree is a beautiful backdrop as well! Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving wherever you may spend it and here is to finishing out the year making lasting memories with our loved ones. Until next time! Allison Chance is a military spouse and mom to Charlotte, 4, and Hux, 4 months. She is a Realtor and has been lucky to call Florida, Hawaii, and now California home during her family’s military adventure.


grandparents’ corner

by Gail Root

The Value Of Family Stories


ith the approaching holiday season, and visits with extended family, consider using the time together to learn more, ask questions, and pay attention to family history. What do you remember about the stories you heard from your grandparents? Did they tell you tales about your parent when they were young? I remember that it was particularly fun to hear about my father “getting in trouble” for pranks he played on his siblings. This upstanding, proper, professional man that I knew did that? I recently had a conversation with a cousin I have not seen for decades. We talked about our parents, all passed on now and then moved to talk about our mutual grandparents. Because she lived close to our Grandmother, whom I only occasionally visited, my cousin was able to share her memories about things I never knew. I gained a new respect and love for my grandmother as a result. Researching family history has become a national hobby. In the book “Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challeng-

es of Being a Grandparent Today” author Jane Isay says: “Our lives have touched at least five generations. In most families, that amounts to a century. History and people and events, joys and tragedies, happiness and craziness–all these elements are embraced in the generations that form our families.” There is particular value for children to hear these stories. Researchers Marshall P. Duke and Robyn Fivush from Emory University have discovered that this shared information nurtures children emotionally and psychologically. Isay writes: “These researchers report that children who are informed about their family history have higher self-esteem, a better sense of their capacity to control what happens to them, and lower levels of anxiety. These qualities turn out to be important for success in life.” Don’t be shy about initiating conversations with your children and grandchildren and sharing stories of your past. Bring a few photo albums with you and talk to your grandchildren about their ancestors. Share stories about your parents and

grandparents. Talk to your grandchildren about your childhood and holiday celebrations from their parents’ childhoods. Your grandchildren will delight in seeing photos of you when you were their age and hearing about how things have changed. The holidays are a perfect time to bring the generations together through shared stories so don’t miss this unique opportunity to bond with your grandchildren. May you have a happy and memorable holiday season! Here are some books that can guide you: “The Story of Me and My Grandma (or Grandpa)” from Parragon Books; and “From Grandmother With Love: A Personal History For My Grandchild” by Kelly & Regan. Gail Root, M.A., facilitates Roots and Wings Parent Coaching and from Cradle to College & Guidance for Grandparents. You can get information at Gail is Nama to Quinn, age 6 ½; Spencer, 3 ½ and twins Reece & Kendall, 1 ½.

GRANDPARENTING 102: Thursday, November 8; 5:30-7:30 pm. This class will look at grandparenting the school age child. Classes held at the Monterey Youth Museum, 425 Washington St, Monterey. Pre-register at 831-649-6444 or info@ mymuseum. Class fee is $25 per person.


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Private School Guide



Preschool Program Our popular pre-kindergarten program is structured around the concept of learning through play. Children acquire the knowledge and social skills necessary to ensure a successful transition into elementary school.

3-5 years

(Must be “potty”trained) DAY/TIME:

Monday - Friday, 10 am - 1 pm (3, 4 or 5 day options) LOCATIONS:

Casanova Oak Knoll Park Center 735 Ramona Avenue

Thousands of Monterey Bay families make the choice each year to send their children to private school. Each family has a unique set of reasons for their decision to choose private. To help you as you navigate the process, we’ve compiled basic information on the various choices available in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

831-646-5665 Hilltop Park Center 871 Jessie Street 831-646-3975 Monterey Youth Center 777 Pearl Street

This information is also available on our website at with links to each school’s website and will remain there throughout the year.



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All Saints’ Day School Preschool-8 $11,800-$24,750

8060 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA 93923 831-624-9171 •

Chartwell School 2-12 $37,000-$39,500

2511 Numa Watson Road, Seaside, CA 93955 831-394-3468 •

Notre Dame High School 9-12 $12,950

455 Palma Drive, Salinas, CA 93901 831-751-1850 •

Palma School 9-12

$7,140 (junior high) 919 Iverson St, Salinas, CA 93901 $14,178 (high school) 831-422-6391 •

Sacred Heart School Preschool-8 $4,650-$5,650

123 West Market Street, Salinas, CA 93901 831-771-1310 •

San Carlos School TK-8 $5,370

450 Church St, Monterey, California 93940 831-375-1324 •

Santa Catalina Lower Prek-8 $14,000-$24,000 and Middle School

1500 Mark Thomas Dr., Monterey, CA 93940 831-655-9351 •

Santa Catalina School 9-12 $37,000-$57,000

1500 Mark Thomas Dr., Monterey, CA 93940 831-655-9356 •

Stevenson School PreK-8 $16,500 - $26,500

24800 Dolores Street Carmel, CA 93921 831-574-4600 •

Stevenson School 9-12 $40,700 (day)

3152 Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 831-625-8300 •

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Anthem Christian School K-8 $6,195

345 East Alvin Drive, Salinas, California 93906 831-449-0140 •

Junipero Serra School K-8 $6,180-$6,905

3090 Rio Rd., Carmel, CA 93923 831-624-8322 •

Madonna Del Sasso PreK-8 $5,550

20 Santa Teresa Way, Salinas, CA 93906 831-424-7813 •

Monterey Bay PreK-8 $5,995-$6,995 Christian School

1184 Hilby Ave, Monterey, California 93955 831-899-2060 •

Peninsula Adventist School K-8 $4,800

1025 Mescal St, Seaside, CA 93955 831-394-5578 •

Prunedale Christian School K-12 $4,600

8145 Prunedale North Road, Salinas, CA 93907 831-663-2211 •

Soaring Eagles PK-12 N/A Christian School

298 E Market St., Salinas, CA 93901 831-759-1840

Trinity Christian 9-12 $11,500 High School

680 Belden St., Monterey, CA 93940 831-656-9434 •

York School 9-12 $35,050

9501 York Road, Monterey, CA 93940 831-372-7338 •

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It’s about who you become.

919 Iverson Street, Salinas 831.422.6391

Palma School is where teachers become mentors, classmates become brothers and precepts like respect and accountability become standards for a life of meaning and purpose. It’s a powerful way boys of promise become men of character. Palma is a private, Catholic college-preparatory school for boys in grades 7 through 12.

we are empowering young women to lead extraordinary lives

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The Bay School Ages 5-22 5400 Soquel Avenue, Suite F, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 831-462-9620 • Baymonte Christian School PK-8 5000 B Granite Creek Rd, Scotts Valley, CA 95066 831-438-0100 • Gateway School K-8 126 Eucalyptus Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831-423-0341 • Good Shepherd PreK-8 2727 Mattison Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 95065 Catholic School 831-476-4000 • Green Valley K-8 376 S Green Valley Rd, City of Watsonville, CA 95076 Christian School 831-724-6505 • Kirby School 6-12 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831-423-0658 • Monterey Bay Academy 9-12 783 San Andreas Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076 831-728-1481 • Monte Vista Christian School 7-12 2 School Way, Watsonville, CA 95076 831-722-8178 • Moreland Notre Dame School K-8 133 Brennan St, Watsonville, CA 95076 831-728-2051 • Mount Madonna School Pre-K-12 St. Francis Central Coast 9-12 Catholic High School

491 Summit Road, Watsonville, CA 95076 831-847-2717 • 2400 East Lake Ave., Watsonville, CA 95076 831-724-5933 •

St. Lawrence Academy K-8 6184 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018 831-335-0328 • Santa Cruz Children’s School K-6 366 Gault St, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 831-429-8444 • www.santacruzchildrensschool com Santa Cruz Waldorf School K-8 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831-425-0519 • Spring Hill School PreK-6 250 California Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831-427-2641 • Tara Redwood School PreK-3 5810 Prescott Rd, Scotts Valley, CA 95073 831-462-9632 • Twin Lakes Christian School K-8 2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Aptos Hills, CA 95003 831-465-3301 • VHM Christian School K-8 427 Capitola Road Extension, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 831-475-4762 •


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Serving 6th-12th grade families in their college prep journey for 25 years.

Join us at our next Open House on January 26th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. or contact our Admissions Director, or 831-423-0658 x202, to schedule a Shadow Day or personal tour. We offer a Financial Aid Program. More information is available at 425 Encinal Street | Santa Cruz, CA 95060 |

Sacred Heart School Providing an excellent academic, spiritual and moral foundation for our graduates from 1906 to 2018.

(831) 771-1310 •

Sacred Heart School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admissions policies, scholarship programs, or other school administered programs.

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all saints’ school 831-624-9171 • Since 1961, All Saints’ has been proud to provide an exceptional academic program which celebrates students from all faith backgrounds. The school cultivates confidence and kindness in its students as it fulfills its mission of preparing children for lifetimes of learning and service. With the belief that a joyful and successful life begins with an extraordinary educational foundation, All Saints’ focuses solely on educating students in Preschool (beginning at age 3) through 8th grade and is the only independent school in the Monterey/Salinas region to do so. chartwell school 831-394-3468 • Chartwell School empowers bright students in grades K-12 with language-based learning differences, including dyslexia, by preparing them to thrive in college and careers. Chartwell School is one of only a few K-12 schools in California specifically designed to support these exceptional students. kirby school • 831-423-0658 Kirby School is an independent college-preparatory day school with students in grades 6-12. With an average of just 12 students in each classroom, teachers have the time


and focus to give your child personal attention. Kirby offers a healthy balance of rigorous academics, artistic expression, and participation in athletics. notre dame school 831-751-1850 Notre Dame High School is an all girls Catholic, collegepreparatory school located in Salinas, California with grades 9-12. With a rigorous academic program, wide range of extracurricular activities and a faith-based environment, Notre Dame High School is proud to empower young women to lead extraordinary lives. Palma school 831-422-6391 Founded in 1951, Palma is a private, college-preparatory school for boys grades seven through 12, owned and operated by the Christian Brothers Institute of California. With rigorous academics, award-winning music and art programs, championship athletics, meaningful service

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to others, and a campus culture that fosters brotherhood, Palma is where boys of promise become men of character. Palma graduates are leaders in college and beyond. Sacred Heart school 831-771-1310 • Since 1906, Sacred Heart School has been providing a coed quality Catholic education to students from preschool to grade 8. San Carlos School 831-375-1324 • San Carlos School, a ministry of San Carlos Cathedral, has been educating students in and around the Monterey area for 120 years. San Carlos School provides a quality Catholic education for students in grades TK-8 by offering a rigorous curriculum that supports problem-solving, critical thinking and creative exploration which meets and exceeds the standards set by the state of California for elementary education. In addition to language arts, science, math, social studies, and physical education, San Carlos School offers classes in technology, foreign language, music, library, art, and religion as well as the opportunity to participate in 12 extra-curricular clubs and sports teams. Annual special events and community-wide service projects promote a nurturing and welcoming atmosphere. Santa catalina School grades 9-12 831-655-9356 • Santa Catalina School is an independent, Catholic, boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12 with a diverse student body and strong local roots. We challenge students to achieve excellence in every arena, from rigorous academics—including a marine ecology program that takes advantage of access to Monterey Bay—to competitive athletics in 12 sports to an arts program with professional-quality facilities. Santa catalina lower and middle School preK-8 831-655-9351 • Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School is a coed, independent, Catholic day school for students in PreKindergarten through eighth grade. With innovative teaching methods, energetic teachers, and a strong emphasis on arts and hands-on learning, our academic program inspires and encourages students and fosters a love of learning that stays with students long after they leave. stevenson School 831-625-8300 Founded in 1952, Stevenson School is a selective coeducational boarding and day school with 750 students and 30 buildings on 50 acres of land and two campuses. The 500-student upper division, comprised of grades 9-12, is located on the Pebble Beach Campus; the lower and middle divisions, totaling 250 students in grades PK-8, are located on the Carmel Campus. MONTEREY BAY PARENT • november 2018

Kindergarten Teachers Praise The Sonshine Child Development Center!

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he other day I saw a meme on social media that read, “You’re never too old to say ‘horses’ when you drive past some horses.” There is something about the majesty of horses that is both calming and awe-inspiring. This duality allows horses to be great teachers and can help children grow and thrive. Ann Swinker, Ph.D., a professor of Animal Science at Penn State University found “Handling, riding, and caring for a horse or pony can develop a host of positive traits in a child, including responsibility, accountability, patience, level-headedness, empathy, kindness, and self-discipline.” Physical Benefits According to the American Heart Association, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese. The physical benefits of horseback riding are numerous and varied. It is an activity that can improve balance and gross motor skills. Sitting up and moving on a horse enhances core strength

and further enhances muscular development. Riding also develops fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and boosts the cardiovascular system. Cognitive Benefits Horseback riding improves learning by activating the sympathetic nervous system and increases memory. Riding also presents children with situations such as: getting around obstacles or dealing with uncertain settings, that require problem-solving and quick thinking. Focus and control are further developed the more children ride. For younger children, the simple task of counting ears, legs, and hoof-beats boost both learning and fun. Emotional Benefits Spending time with animals can be an excellent activity for children of all ages. It teaches empathy, kindness, and treating others with a gentle hand. Horses can sense the feelings of those around them. A shy child may feel a lit-

“When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs his head on yours, and when you look at him and feel a tingle down your spine... you know you are loved.” ~ John Lyons

Giddy Up!

The Benefits Horseback discoveryof museum Riding by Jasmine Root 18

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According to the Certified Horsemanship Association, the top 15 benefits of horseback riding are: 1. Positive Character Traits 2. Physical Health 3. Problem-Solving 4. Psychological Health 5. Companionship 6. Socialization 7. Competition 8. Transportation 9. Seeing the World from Horseback 10. A Return to Nature 11. Relaxation 12. Lifestyle 13. Career 14. Love and the Human-Animal Bond 15. Fun Source:

tle braver in the presence of the horse they pet or ride. Children not only learn to face their fears but also learn patience when dealing with a living creature. Social Benefits According to Horse and Rider magazine: “Horses are the perfect antidote to today’s digital mania. Children are naturally attracted to horses, making them a welcome alternative to TV-watching, video-gameplaying, social-media-obsessing, or just hanging out.” If you choose horseback riding as a regular activity for your child, they will eventually meet new friends. Children who ride horses achieve goals through hard work and determination, which in turn teaches responsibility and accountability. The adage of “get back on the horse” teaches children to face


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their fear and to keep trying. Horse Therapy Spending time with horses can be incredibly therapeutic for children with special needs. For those on the autism spectrum, horses facilitate an emotional connection while providing structure. Riding also offers sensory benefits in regards to speed, incline, and movement. Horses provide children struggling with behavioral issues by creating a safe space that calms aggressiveness, nervousness, and anxiety by allowing them to slow down and distress. Local mom, Aerin Murphy Broaddus, stated “Perry (age 3) started riding lessons just before her second birthday at Bella Mar Stables in Watsonville. They’ve been fantastic! She’s gained confidence and improved her motor skills. We really like that she’s learning important lessons about appreciating and taking care of animals.” In our hectic and overstimulated world, we could all use an activity that slows us down and allows us to take in the scenery. Giving our children the opportunity to decompress and connect with something outside themselves is so rewarding and what better place to do in than the beautiful Monterey Bay area. Jasmine Root grew up in Monterey County. She is a graduate of Watsonville High, San Francisco State University, and Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Jasmine is now pursuing a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She resides with her husband, son, and 8 pets in Salinas.

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ou might be just getting started on your holiday shopping or maybe you started months ago and have just a few special people left on your list. Either way, this holiday season, consider gifting the kids in your life an experience rather than something tangible. It’s often said that people find happiness in moments of joy and learning, while the excitement from a physical gift can often fade by New Year’s Eve. If this thought speaks to you, check out the following 12 kid-friendly ideas for giving the gift of an experience this holiday season. 1. San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum Start your children off with curiosity from birth. The Children’s Discovery Museum, located in San Jose, has something fun for ages 0-16. Membership Cost: $175 per family Information: https://www.cdm. org/connect/join/memberships/ Location: San Jose 2. Gilroy Gardens Gilroy Gardens is boasts beautiful gardens, but also fun new water features, a petting zoo, camping on the grounds, and special seasonal events. Membership Cost: $91/family member 3+ Information:www.gilroygardens. org/tickets/memberships location: Gilroy 3. Monterey Bay Aquarium The MBA aquarium is known worldwide as a leader in ocean conservation science. By purchasing a membership, you’re in fact donating to this cause and helping to support ocean sustainability. Even the baby with love walks through the aquarium with it awesome


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6. Monterey Museum of Art Workshop If you’ve got an artist in the family or want to invoke an appreciation for the arts in your children, grandchildren or niece/nephew, look no further. The Contributor Pass also get you discounts on special events and fun workshops. cost: $35+ Information: location: Monterey 7. Monterey Zoo Pachyderm Package Give your kids the hands-on experience of socializing with African elephants, right here in Monterey! Guests will get be escorted through the park and have the opportunity to learn about and care for the elephants, even assisting with bath time. cost: $250 for 2 people Information: https://montereyzoo. org/tours-old/pachyderm-tour/ location: Monterey 8. Tickets to The Nutcracker at The Sunset Center Take part in a long-time tradition of seeing the Nutcracker with the family this holiday. The Dance Kids of Mon-

terey are celebrating 25 years of performances. Catch their version of The Nutcracker at The Sunset Center in December. cost: $35-$49 Information: location: Carmel

11. Great America Theme Park There’s something for everyone at Great America Theme Park, especially the thrill-seekers of the bunch! cost: $59.99+ Information: location: Santa Clara

9. 49ers Tickets at Levi’s Stadium For that sports fan, give him/her the awesome experience of a football game. Enjoy a memorable day at Levi’s Stadium and be the one to take your child to their first professional game. cost: $85-$375 average Information: Location: Santa Clara

12. Exodus Escape Room If you’ve never participated in an escape room event, Exodus Escape Room is new to Monterey and you might want to check this out! Reserve a private event for 10 people ages 13 and up. The whole family can make memories solving Sherlock’s mystery together. cost: $20-$30/person Information: Location: Monterey

10. Scuba Diving For kids 12+ help them enjoy the most from our beautiful location and infamous marine life by starting them early with diving lessons. cost: $100+ Information: location: Monterey

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Del Monte Shopping Center 1410 Del Monte Center, Monterey This family favorite event kicks off the holiday season and culminates with the lighting of the Del Monte Christmas Tree by Santa & Mrs. Claus. Free refreshments will be served and free reindeer antlers will be offered to children. Live music will add to the holiday spirit.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 4:30 PM: 10th Annual Salinas Tree For Peace Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

National Steinbeck Center/CSUMB Salinas Center for Arts & Culture 1 Main Street, Salinas The community will be invited to write messages for peace on white ribbons. The messages will be tied into bows and installed on the tree.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 5:45 PM: Cannery Row Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Boulder Creek Hardware 13110 Central Ave (Hwy 9) You’ll find plenty of good old-fashioned holiday cheer at Boulder Creek’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, along with live music, photos with Santa, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Oldtown Salinas Kick off your holidays at the annual Salinas community event that attracts over 10,000 spectators. Parade entrants range from marching bands, floats and dancers to walking groups and classic cars. The route winds up South Main Street and through Oldtown to the National Steinbeck Center. Celebrity announcers keep you well informed during the festivities.



5 PM: Felton Holiday Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa Claus

5:30 PM: Pacific Grove Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

12 PM: Capitola Village Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony


5 PM: Boulder Creek Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Felton Deck & Firehouse 6059 CA-9, Felton Come out for some Santa Cruz Mountain holiday festivities at the Felton Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Enjoy caroling, hot chocolate, holiday cookies, and get your photo taken with Santa Claus.

2000 Capitola Avenue, Capitola Capitola Village residents love the holiday season at their beloved village and invite you to visit and participate in all the best that city has to offer, including the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Open House. Held in front of the arbor at the intersection of Capitola and Stockton Avenues, a local school band performs holiday selections followed by the tree lighting. Enjoy light refreshments and bundle up in case it is chilly outside.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25 6 PM: Salinas Holiday Parade

Park Place and Central, Grand and Forest Avenues, (831) 373-3304 Festivities at Jewell Park include live entertainment by school bands and choruses, followed by caroling and refreshments at Jewell Park and Santa’s first visit at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.

6:00 PM: 17th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights Downtown Pacific Grove Lighted parade will feature marching bands, holiday floats, dance teams, equestrian groups, and of course, Santa Claus. After the parade, stores will remain open for holiday shopping and wagon rides, photos with Santa & carolers. Rain does not cancel event.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 5:30 PM: Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture Christmas Parade Salinas Valley Fairgrounds on Mildred

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The Annual Light Christmas Parade is one of the city’s favorite annual events attracting all ages to a fun evening of entertainment with floats, bands, lighted displays, and Santa Claus. No entry is accepted in the parade without lights. This family-fun event lights up the season with plenty of sparkle and joy. At Town Square Santa will be set up to meet kids and listen to their wishes after the parade. No Candy will be thrown from floats or handed out. Set up for the parade is 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. with judging at 5:306:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 6 PM: City of Marina Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration 3200 Del Monte Blvd, Marina Family Evening of Caroling Around Marina’s Living Christmas Tree, Musical Entertainment by Peter Meuse, S’mores Provided by Marina Boy Scouts, Fresh Cookies, Hot Apple Cider and Hot Cocoa, and a Special Appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus! This is a free event that goes on rain or shine.

5 PM: Colton Hall Tree Christmas Lighting Ceremony

570 Pacific St, Monterey Watch downtown Monterey flip the switch on the Christmas Tree at Colton Hall this afternoon. The tree lighting ceremony will be full of cheer including carols, candles, cookies and cider.

2 PM: Aptos Village Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos Hang an ornament on the Aptos Village Christmas tree during the annual tree lighting ceremony, held above Aptos Village Park where the beautiful Christmas tree lights the night. Bring your ornament and help friends, neighbors and new acquaintances decorate this very special tree. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, caroling, and a special visit from Santa.

5:30 PM: 33rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade

Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor 135 Fifth Avenue, Santa Cruz The harbor is one of the most picturesque locations in Santa Cruz on a regular day. But this isn’t just a regular day. The Lighted Boat Parade is

your chance to see 50 boats decked out in holiday lights as they parade through the yacht harbor. The Lighted Boat Parade is a Santa Cruz tradition and is always one of the most anticipated events of the season.

5:30 PM: Scotts Valley Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Scotts Valley Community Center 360 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley html Gather at the Scotts Valley Community Center for the annual Light Up the Night Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. Brought to the community via the Scotts Valley Advocates and the proceeds will benefit the Valley Churches United. Lots of entertainment is in store from two stages, Mrs. Claus’ Workshop for kids, carriage and hay rides, and of course, the main event: Santa’s arrival via fire truck to light the tree.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND 5:30 PM: Brighten the Harbor Boat Parade Watch decked out boats cruise along Monterey Bay’s scenic coastline during the Monterey Yacht Club’s lighted

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1 PM: Multicultural Celebration & Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7TH 6 PM: Seaside’s Winter Wonderland & Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Junipero Street and Ocean Avenue The towering tree at the city’s major crossroads of Junipero Street and Ocean Avenue comes to life at the Carmel Christmas Tree Lighting, which features choirs from local schools, special singing guests, and appearances by city dignitaries among other festivities. Amidst the celebration, the Mayor Steve Dallas flips the switch to light the grand Christmas tree that becomes the city’s welcoming beacon throughout the holiday season.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9TH 5 PM: Tree of Life Lighting Ceremony

Portola Hotel & Spa lobby 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey With music, fellowship, and a tree-lighting ceremony, Hospice Giving Foundation’s Tree of Life celebration will pay tribute to the memory of loved ones this holiday season.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23RD 5:45 PM: 19th Annual Lighted Bike Parade (Critical Christmas)

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1 Thursday 10:30 a.m.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. Also held on November 15. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 831-646-3932 11:00 A.M. Capitola Plein Air 2018 Artist set up their easels on the wharf, shore, and streets of Capitola, to paint live for three days. Runs through Sunday, Nov. 4. 250 Washburn Avenue, Capitola 4 p.m. Citizenship Assistance Free U.S. citizenship and immigration assistance. Study in a small group or with a tutor in English or Spanish. Held weekly on Thursday. 11160 Speegle Street, Castroville 831-883-7542

2 Friday 10:30 a.m. Baby Rhyme Time at monterey library


Familiar nursery rhymes and gentle games will give you tools to bond with your baby and begin their journey toward reading. Linger afterward for stay-and-play time to connect with other parents and caregivers. Held weekly on Friday. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 831-646-3932 10 a.m. Pre-School Storytime at Aptos Library We’ll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft. Suggested ages 3-6. Held weekly on Friday. 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos. 3 p.m. Opening: Dias de Muertos - Separation and Refuge Free workshops, activities, dance, music, arts and refreshments. Dias de Muertos exhibition opens. CSUMB Salinas Center for Arts and Culture, 1 Main Street, Salinas, 93901, 831-772-7020 4 p.m. Night of Fridas A fun celebration for people of all ages in honor of the iconic Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo. Everyone dresses up like Frida Kahlo and win prizes for any category one can imagine. Meet at the Hartnell College Gallery (West Alisal Street and San Vincente) and then prcede to Downtown Salinas and the CSUMB Center for Arts and Culture (1 Main Street), where the

contest and prizes take place. West Alisal Street, Building J, Room 100, Salinas, 93901 831-594-1799 8 P.M. Dia de los Muertos Weekend Arts and culture are alive with this weekend filled with performances inside the ETC Playhouse by folkloric dance group Esperanza del Valle (Tickets required), altar exhibits, and a number of free activities in the Playhouse parking lot on Saturday, November 3rd from 3pm-8pm. Event runs through Sunday, Nov. 4. El Teatro Campesino 705 4th St, San Juan Bautista, 95045, 831- 623-2444

3 Saturday 10:30 a.m. Your preschooler is a scientist. Help them explore their world through books and hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities. This program is for ages 3-5. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831-646-2092 11 a.m. 20th Annual Monterey Cowboy Festival Welcome to the 20th Annual Monterey Cowboy Festival. 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey. 12 p.m. Art Literacy The Art Literacy Program is a free monthly art class connecting the creativity of art with the foundation of literacy. All materials are provided for free. Ages 6 and up. Advance registration strongly recommended. 11160 Speegle Street, Castroville. 11 a.m. Count-Me-In: Kids Art Day Kids will enjoy a unique creative experience in a small group setting at La Mirada. 559 Pacific Street, Monterey 831- 372-5477 10 a.m. Country Store & Auction The Blind & Visually Impaired Center will hold its 42nd annual fundraiser. The event is free to all and will be a day of fun, food, and entertainment. 225 Laurel Avenue, Pacific Grove. 9 a.m. Create a Helicopter at home depot Celebrate and honor all who have served our country in a handson Veteran’s Day focused workshop. You and your child can build a custom model military helicopter to spark a conversation with a veteran about fighting

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large fires, moving troops, getting supplies to ships, and transporting patients. Once the “helo” is complete, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All attendees must be accompanied by an adult or parent at all times. All kids get to keep their craft plus get a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and pin while supplies last. Children must be present in store to participate and receive the kit, apron, and pin. 1590 Canyon Del Rey Blvd,, Seaside, 831-583-0778 10 a.m. Family Lagoon Watch A Nature Study Program with a variety of activities inspired by the natural environment of Corcoran Lagoon. Learn about the environment and wildlife with experts. 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz. 10 A.M. Hot Rods at the Beach Check out hundreds of sweet hot rods, street rods, vintage, muscle, custom and classic cars in the Boardwalk Parking Lot. Free admission. 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival Looking for unique gifts? Learn about collecting sea glass and shop for beautiful jewelry and crafts from over 45 unique artists. Free raffle entry with $5 admissions. The event supports ocean conservation. Full bar & great food too. Also held Nov. 4. 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz. 11 a.m. Storytime at Gonzales Library Join us every Saturday for storytime followed by a craft; all ages are welcome. Call 831- 675-2209 for more information. 851 Fifth Street, Gonzales.

4 sunday 10 a.m. Marina Farmer’s Market Marina Farmer’s Market, on the corner of Vista Del Camino in the Marina Village Shopping Center, runs year-round rain or shine everey Sunday. The market is closed on the last week of December and first week of January for the winter holidays. Held weekly on Sunday. 215 Reservation Rd, Marina.

9 a.m. WOTM Holiday Boutique & Craft Fair Enjoy a day of shopping from a variety of local artisans, crafters, and your favorite direct sales vendors. Over 25 vendors, free to attend. Free gift for first 25 guests. 555 Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Monterey.

5 monday 10 a.m. Book Sale at capitola Mall Held every 1st Saturday next to Starbucks. Buy used books, CDs and DVDs, almost everything is $1 – $3. 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola, 831-476-9616 2:30 p.m. yoga and movement for K-2nd grade Yoga instructor, Jherrica, will be presenting a yoga and movement program designed specifically for younger audiences. Preschool ages are invited to get moving and mindful from 2:30-3:00 p.m. followed by Kindergarten-2nd graders from 3:15-3:45 p.m. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831-646-2092

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3 pm, Pacific Grove Certified Farmer’s Market The Pacific Grove Certified Farmers’ Market offers a wide array of fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts from small-scale family farmers (70 percent are certified organic), along with prepared food and artisanal items from local vendors. 93950 Pacific Grove CA Grand Avenue and Central Avenue, Pacific Grove.


6 tuesday 10 a.m. $2 TUESDAY. $2 Tuesday is the first Tuesday of every month. Enjoy $2 admission per person for Monterey County residents with ID. As always, children under 24 months are free. 425 Washington Street, Monterey. 11 a.m. Preschool Stories - Prunedale Join us for stories and a craft every Tuesday at 11:00am. Please call 663-2292 for more information. 17822 Moro Road, Salinas. 11 a.m. Preschool Storytime

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Submit a Listing This calendar is dedicated to bringing our readers the most comprehensive list of family-friendly events in the Monterey and Santa Cruz areas. If your organization or business has an event you’d like to share with our readers, go to MontereyBayParent. com, click on “events,” and click on “submit your event.” It’s easy and it’s free. Deadline to be included in the December issue is the 15th of November. Join us for stories and a craft every Tuesday at 11:00am. 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside. 831-899-2055 10 a.m. Pros and Cons of the November State Ballot Measures Come hear the arguments, both for and against, the statewide propositions to be voted on dur-

ing the November 6, 2018 General Election and pick up a copy of the League’s Easy Voter Guide. This event is free and open to the public. 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz. 3:30 p.m. hands on stem activities Join us for an afternoon of hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math activities. This program is for grades K2nd. Registration is required and limited to 20 children plus adult. Sign-ups begin on the first of the month. To register, please call 831-646-3933. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831-646-2092 4 p.m. Monterey Farmer’s 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.

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2 p.m. Storytime Join us for stories and a craft for youngsters every Wednesday at 2pm. Please call 769-8724 for more information. 11160 Speegle Street, Castroville.

10:30 a.m. Baby Rhyme Time at monterey library Sing, dance, and learn with your child through stories, songs, and fun activities designed to build their early literacy skills. This program is for ages 18 months-5 years and a participating caregiver. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 831-646-3932

4 p.m. Build & Play Time Come join us for some building and play fun activities at the Marina Library. Enjoy building and creative fun with Magnatiles, Keva Planks & building blocks. Other activities include working on puzzles or having fun with coloring pages. 190 Seaside Circle, Marina. 6 p.m. 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.

4 p.m. Lady Washington Tall Ship Visit The tall ship Lady Washington, official ship of Washington State, will visit Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey Nov. 8th - 26th to offer public sails and history programs for all ages. Vessel Tours take place at the dock Tue - Sun for a $5 suggested donation. monterey-california/ 5:30 p.m. Grandparenting 102 Class at MY Museum MY Museum presents a Grand-


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9 friday 7:00 P.m. Sunset Presents: Imago Theatre’s FROGZ. A family-friendly children’s show like no other. Imago Theatre’s production of FROGZ! has been described as Cirque Du Soleilevoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz-like mime. San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel.

10 saturday 10:30 A.M. 1-2-3 Andrés 1-2-3 Andrés will be presenting their show “¿Dónde está Juana? Around the Americas with 123 Andrés”. Andrés can’t find his friend Juana, and our only clue is that she’s somewhere in the Americas. Come ready to explore our map of the Americas, traveling with song and dance through

a lesson in geography that incorporates language, culture, and music. This bilingual musical event is for all ages and will be taking place in the Community Room at the Monterey Public Library. 625 Pacific St., 831-646-3933 12 p.m. CCL SPCA Family Workshop Please join us in learning about pets and wildlife with the SPCA for Monterey County. All family members are welcome to attend. 615 Williams Rd, Salinas. 5:30 p.m.Notre Dame 6th Annual Bocce Night Please join Notre Dame High School Athletics for our 6th Annual Bocce Night. This fun event includes bocce, food and fun. 455 Palma Drive, Salinas, 831- 751-1850 10 pm, Saturday Matinee Sponsored by The Friends of the Seaside Library. Free movie screening and popcorn. Feel free to bring a cushion for your chair. Call 831-899-2055 for more details.

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3 pm, Fall Festivities at MY Museum Join Monterey County Youth Museum for a “turkey-riffic” time before Thanksgiving, November 1316. 425 Washington Street, Monterey.

7 pm, Holiday Story Time Please join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and fun activities related to the current holiday. This program is designed for children up to four years old but children of all ages and their adults are welcome. 65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley.

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4 pm, Build & Play Time Come join us for some building and play fun activities at the Marina Library. Enjoy building and creative fun with Magnatiles, Keva Planks & building blocks. Other activities include working on puzzles or having fun with coloring pages. 190 Seaside Circle, Marina.

9 am, Annual Homecrafters Marketplace One of the most anticipated events of the holidays, the city’s Homecrafters’ Marketplace features 100 vendors from Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties selling their own handmade crafts and artwork. San Carlos St, Carmel-by-the-Sea.

11 Am, Read to a Dog Early Literacy program for K-5. Gently read to our SPCA-certified companion dogs, Bobo & Beah. Please call 831- 899-2055 for more details. 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside.

10:30 A.m. little chef All ingredients and utensils will be provided. This program is for ages 3-5. Registration is required and limited to 15 children plus adult. Sign-ups begin on the first of the month. To register, please call 831-646-3933.

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Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831-646-2092 9 a.m. FINE ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR at All Saints Admission is free. This year there will be a dual sponsorship between All Saints’ and our near neighbor, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, who shares our campus. The joint venture promises to increase the bountiful bake sale sweets and now will include everyone’s favorite, Greek pastries! Also new this year, chefs will be grilling on the lower patio, so there will be delicious hot lunches for purchase. Dolores & Ninth, Carmel. 10 a.m. Flair on the Farm Holiday boutique with arts & crafts, desserts, antiques, pottery, jewelry, and much more. Also held on Sunday. 1034 North Main Street, Salinas.

18 sunday boredom bingo buster Spend part of your school break playing Boredom Buster Bingo. Pick up your Bingo card at the Library Help Desk for your chance to win a prize during the November break. Runs through November 24. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 831646-3932 9 A.M. Vintage Market Monterey Bay Antiques & Vintage Market is a monthly outdoor market where you will find that cherished antique or a sought-after vintage collectible. 980 Freemont Street, Monterey, 831- 684-7505 3:30 p.m. Sing-Along Messiah Sing Handel’s masterpiece with music lovers from around the community. Listeners welcome too. Conducted by Cyril Deaconoff with Justice Post at the piano. 3080 Rio Road, Carmel 831- 624-1271

19 monday 3:30 P.m. paws to read Children in Kindergarten and up


are invited to 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. Sign-up will take place on the day of the event on a first come, first served basis. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940, 831-646-2092 3:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Crafts Join us to make crafts perfect for the season at our Thanksgiving Crafts event. This program is for grades 3rd-5th. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 831646-3932

22 thursday 7 a.m. Turkey Trot This is an event for the whole family. Race route is a scenic 3.1 mile loop with moderate elevation change. Dogs and strollers are welcome. Registration fee for ages 10 & older - $35 by 11/19/18; $40 on race day. Kids 9 & under are free and do not need to register. Proceeds benefit the Compass Church youth ministry program. Toro Regional Park 501 Monterey-Salinas Highway 68 Salinas, 93908

23 friday 4:30 p.m. Black Friday Escape Looking forward to Black Friday? Dreading the long lines and crowded rooms? Join us and escape the madness of Black Friday by the beach with live music, a BBQ, wine, and beer. Performance by Austin Metreyeon. 800 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove, 831- 372-8016

24 saturday 9 a.m. Gingerbread Man Ornament Run, run, run as fast as you can to this hands-on holiday workshop at Home Depot where you and your child can assemble a gingerbread picture frame that doubles as a Christmas ornament. Perfect for gifting or adding to the family’s heirloom holiday decor. Once the picture frame is built, your child can decorate it with paint and holiday stickers.

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All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin. 1590 Canyon Del Rey Blvd,, Seaside, 831- 583-0778

for the holiday season and decorate your own Gingerbread Houses. Lots of icing and candy canes, swirly twirly gum drops and tons more candy to make your own house look truly extraordinary. Reservations required. Price includes gingerbread house and drink ticket. 425 Washington Street, Monterey,

10 a.m. Shop Small Salinas. You’re invited to Shop Small Salinas - celebrate our cool locally-owned businesses in Downtown Salinas and have fun, too. Main and West Gabilan Streets, Salinas, 831- 594-1799

11 a.m. 3rd Annual Christmas on the Wharf Weekend festivities on Old Fisherman’s Wharf featuring great holiday entertainment, a dazzling array of beautiful holiday lights and decorations, a 19-foot Christmas tree, free sweet treats, free Santa “meet and greet” visits, photo ops with Santa, lovely holiday princesses, characters from A Charlie Brown Christmas and much more. Runs through December 2. 1 Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, 831-373-3337

26 monday 3:30 p.m. construction club We’ll bring the blocks, gears, LEGOs and other exciting materials. You bring your young engineers and let’s see what we can create at our monthly Construction Club. This program is for all ages. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 831-646-3932

27 tuesday 6 p.m. Christmas at the Inns Visit 10 bed & breakfast inns decorated for the holidays in Victorian-era splendor during this two night event. Limited number of tickets sold. Also held Nov. 28. 584 Central Ave., Pacific Grove

29 thursday 10:30 a.m. Baby Rhyme Time at monterey library Sing, dance, and learn with your child through stories, songs, and fun activities designed to build their early literacy skills. This program is for ages 18 months-5 years and a participating caregiver. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, 831-646-3932 7 p.m. Gingerbread House Extravaganza Join us again in getting festive

30 friday

7:30 p.m.Smuin Presents “The Christmas Ballet” Smuin kicks off the holidays with the return of The Christmas Ballet, the beloved Bay Area tradition featuring two acts packed to the brim with both flawless classical ballet and redhot contemporary numbers. San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel.

1 saturday 10 a.m. 25th Annual Stillwell’s Fun in the Park 25th Annual Stillwell’s Fun in the Park Caledonia Park in downtown PG behind the Post Office will be the site of a huge holiday party. Featuring Santa’s arrival on a shiny PG fire truck, Frosty the Snowman, Snow Queen, hayrides, petting zoo & lots of entertainment. 584 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove. 10 a.m. 38th Annual Children’s Winterfest This wonderful event takes place on Saturday, December 1st from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and features an adorable Children’s Store where kids can shop for family, friends and even fury members of the fami-

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ly on their holiday gift list. 700 Jewel Avenue, Pacific Grove, 831-646-6583

10 a.m. Monterey Bay Aquarium Open House Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during our annual Community Open House. We’ll be offering bilingual programs on the weekends, too. (valid identification required). Runs through December 9. 886 Cannery Row, Monterey www.montereybayaquarium. org/visit/hours-and-schedule/ special-events 12 p.m. Gabriella’s Snow Day 2018 This charity event benefits Team G Childhood Cancer Foundation’s mission of supporting newly diagnosed families of childhood cancer with our Hope Tote program and fund research for pediatric cancer. This event attracts local families who are looking to have a fun day in the snow while raising funds for research and awareness for pediatric cancer. 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley

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