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REGISTER TODAY AT For more information, contact Athletic Director Justin Clymo ‘93 at 831-920-7484 or STEVENSON SCHOOL SUMMER DAY CAMPS AT THE PEBBLE BEACH CAMPUS SPORTS CAMPS WATER POLO June 19-22, July 10-13 9am-3pm Co-ed • Rising Grades 6-9 GIRLS’ LACROSSE CAMP June 12-15 9am-3pm Rising Grades 2-4 (Day) 5-9 (Boarding) BOYS’ LACROSSE CAMP June 12-15 9am-3pm Rising Grades 2-4 (Day) 5-9 (Boarding) GIRLS’ FIELD HOCKEY CAMP June 26-29 9am-3pm Rising Grades 6-12 POLE VAULT CAMPS July 10-12, July 20-22 9am-3pm Co-ed * Rising Grades 6-12 SWIMMING CAMP June 12-15 9am-3pm Co-ed * Rising Grades 5-12 TENNIS June 26-29, July 10-13, July 17-20 11am-12:30pm,beginners 1:30-4pm, intermediate Co-ed * Rising Grades K-12 QUARTERBACK & WIDE RECEIVER CAMP July 17-20 9am-3pm Co-ed * Rising Grades 6-12 GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL CAMP July 26-30 9am-1pm Rising Grades 5-9 GIRLS’ ADVANCED VOLLEYBALL OVERNIGHT CAMP July 14-16 1pm 7/14- 12pm 7/16 Rising Grades 8-12 SOCCER CAMP June 19-22, 9am-3pm Co-ed * Rising Grades 4-8 SOCCER ADVANCED CAMP July 31 - Aug 3, 9am-3pm Co-ed * Rising Grades 6-12 BASKETBALL CAMP June 5-8, July 10-14 9am-12pm, Boys 1-4pm, Girls Rising Grades 5-8

“Hello Muddah, hello Fadduh.” Thus began humorist Allan Sherman’s song laying out a sardonic letter from a boy huddling in the rain at fictional Camp Granada. For many children, organized activities—including camps—mark the passage of summer. And fortunately none are as dire as that described in Sherman’s hit. There are many local opportunities to engage students over the summer break. There is an ocean and shoreline to explore, with expertise available from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and other organizations. There are programs that improve leadership skills and hands-on courses that build on a student’s interest in robotics—activities that will prove beneficial into a child’s future. And always there are individual and team sports, from camps to traveling teams. The effort put in over the summer has helped a number of local kids on to college and even professional ranks. Of course, many parents struggle over how hard—or even whether—to push their children. All in all, summer is a time when many things are possible. As Sherman sang after all the woe, “Wait a minute / It stopped raining / Guys are swimming / Guys are sailing / Playing baseball / Gee, that’s better.” We hope this guide gives some ideas toward a better, more enjoyable and productive time. -Dave Faries CONTENTS 8 OCEAN SPRAY 14 ARTS FOR ALL 18 PLAYING TIME 22 LEAD THE WAY 26 AVOID THE SKILL CHILL 30 SUMMER ACTIVITIES LISTINGS Founder & CEO Bradley Zeve Publisher Erik Cushman Project Editor Dave Faries Editor Sara Rubin Art Director/Production Manager Karen Loutzenheiser Contributing Writers Kera Abraham, Caitlin Fillmore, Celia Jiménez, Jeff Mendelsohn Copy Editors Tajha Chappellet-Lanier, Kyarra Harris, Pam Marino, Rey Mashayekhi, Agata Popeda, David Schmalz Photographers Daniel Dreifuss, Celia Jiménez Graphic Designers Alexis Estrada, Lani Headley, Kevin Jewell Advertising Keith Bruecker, Diane Glim, George Kassal Business Development Director Keely Richter Cover Photo Camp SEA Lab The Best of Monterey Bay® is published by Milestone Communications, Inc., a California corporation. The entire contents are copyright 2023. No portion may be reproduced. 831-394-5656. 6 The Best of Monterey Bay® Family 2023-2024 SIGN UP TODAY: DAILY NEWS FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS Arts Culture Food News and More DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX DAILY MCNOW_1-3v_fam23_kpr.indd 1 4/12/23 4:06 PM

MONTEREY SPORTS CENTER SUMMER PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES WINTER SPORTS CAMP: AGES 6-12 TEEN WORK EXPERIENCE: AGES 13-17 9:00am - 4:00pm Early drop-off and extended pick up available for minimal additional fees Registration: $210.00 or $189.00 / week for City of Monterey Residents Register at the front desk or online at Stay active over winter break! Swimming, Basketball, Soccer & more: Gain work experience and build your resume assisting counselors with Winter Sports Camp: 9:00am - 4:00pm Registration: $115.00 or $103.50 / week for City of Monterey Residents Register at the front desk or online at Monterey Sports Center 301 E. Franklin Street, Monterey (831) 646-3730 | December 19th-23rd & December 26th-30th WINTER SPORTS CAMP MONTEREY SPORTS CENTER SUMMER SPORTS CAMP: AGES 6-12 Stay active this summer! • Ten One-Week Sessions, 9am–4pm M-F • Early drop-off and extended pick up available for minimal fee • $220 per week, City of Monterey residents receive 10% discount • Space is limited. Register NOW at COUNSELOR IN TRAINING: AGES 13-17 Spend the summer mentoring younger campers, building new skills, making new friends and creating an opportunity to potentially work as a Sports Camp Counselor in the future. • Ten One-Week Sessions, 9am–4pm M-F • $115 per week, City of Monterey residents receive 10% discount • Space is limited. Register NOW at SWIM LESSONS: AGES 6 MOS. AND UP We offer group and private lessons for a variety of ages! Visit for fees and details.

8 The Best of Monterey Bay® Family 2023-2024 Surf’s Up Monterey Bay and its coastline provides many summer learning opportunities. By Kera Abraham G rowing up in the Pittsburgh suburbs, I didn’t have an ocean to play in — let alone a raft of ocean-themed youth programs. To get to the community pool, I had to walk a muggy, mosquito-riddled mile. Uphill both ways. The kids of Monterey County, on the other hand, have myriad opportunities to get up close and salty with surfable waves, scaly marine life, even underwater robots. Here are some of the best marine-centric experiences. All offer need-based scholarships. Dionne Ybarra founded The Wahine Project (236-0327, in 2010 to connect diverse youth with the ocean and one another. Today, the nonprofit provides year-round surf sessions. Summer is high season at Wahine, with half-day beach camps for ages 4 and up. Beginners are introduced to ocean safety, body surfing, body boarding and surfing, while more seasoned surfers can shred under the guidance of trained staff. Ybarra, who grew up in East Salinas, says many local young people have not had equitable access to the coast. She hopes kids come away from Wahine’s programs with joy, passion to protect the ocean, and deeper confidence in themselves. “They will have opportunities to face their fears,” she says, “and find new ways to face fears off the beach in their everyday lives.” For more than 20 years, Camp SEA Lab (521-2893, has provided outdoor school and summer camp programs that promote marine science, education and exploration. Day camps feature aquatic adventures and marine science activities. The Ocean Forest Odyssey gets kids ages 8-12 out to Monterey Bay’s rocky coast and kelp forests, where they tidepool, snorkel, and even make art prints of fish and algae. A new theme, “Beach Biology and Breakers,” features surfing, kayaking, and boogie boarding. “Stewards of the SEA,” for ages 10-15, has a stronger focus on careers in marine science and conservation. Teens can take five-day voyages on the Seaward, an 82-foot schooner. Guided by an experienced captain and crew, campers learn about oceanography, coastal and marine ecology, and sailing traditions. “By the end of our programs, we hope all campers feel empowered to participate in ocean conservation,” says Program Coordinator Ahalya Kerrutt. “It can feel overwhelming to be young and always hear about problems that face the environment. We try to show our campers small steps they can take every day to have a positive impact.” In 2013, oceanographer Dr. Geoff Above left: A Camp SEA Lab participant shows off some aquatic treasures. “I love experiencing firsts with campers and seeing their wonder and amazement,” says SEA Lab’s Ahalya Kerrutt. Above: Seafloor Science ROV Summer Camp takes students to sea on a research mission—without leaving the classroom. Oceans and Robotics Inc. Camp SEA Lab Oceans and Robotics Inc.

10 The Best of Monterey Bay® Family 2023-2024 Dionne Ybarra Wheat and a team of researchers started Seafloor Science ROV Summer Camp ( to provide learning experiences that mimic a research ship mission—but in a classroom. Hosted by Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science at Monterey High School, the program offers weeklong camps for students entering grades 3-5 or 6-9. Working in small groups, students explore at least four hands-on modules per day in the areas of robotics, sensor technology, programming, marine geology and ecology. Staff member Claudia Paul hopes students leave the program with the knowledge “that science and engineering are fun, that solving challenging problems is rewarding, that teamwork is essential, and that there is a lot to learn about the deep sea and the ocean floor.” Ventana Wildlife Society (4559514,, known for its work reintroducing California condors to their Central Coast habitats, also provides outdoor youth education. Summer camps for kids from preschool through high school include lots of ocean-themed fun. Wee Ones in the Woods takes campers ages 4-7 on coastal adventures at San Carlos Beach. Kids ages 8-12 dive deeper at Natural Science Discovery Camps, which include ocean activities like whale watching and kayaking. “Educating about the ocean is important to our work with endangered species, as well as fostering the next generation of environmental stewards,” says Education and Outreach Manager Alena Porte. “As outdoor educators, how could we not be motivated to teach about the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary?” The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History (648-5716, provides a bright collection of youth programs that cultivate curiosity about science and the natural world, including the coast and ocean. Programs are designed to grow with children as they develop from preschoolers to teens, connecting with nature through games and adventures, and learning to become lifelong conservationists. “Children explore the coastal animals and ecosystems through several of our summer camps and other family Kids taking part in The Wahine Project programs splash in the surf—and it’s all about the surf, with adventures in body boarding to surfing available. “The program is welcoming to diverse youth who otherwise haven’t found a place to fit in,” explains Wahine founder Dionne Ybarra. The nonprofit offers lessons and fun all year long. By the Bay An Aquarium program puts students around— and in—the water. By Dave Faries When students and educators say they would like to dive deeper into a subject, the Monterey Bay Aquarium takes them at their word. The facility offers many programs throughout the year, but Ocean Learning Adventures put young learners in, on and around the water for an opportunity to understand the interdependence of land and sea. Ocean Learning Adventure is a day camp covering a week, during which middle school students (ages 11-13) explore the flow of water from land to sea. And that takes them through many environments. Activities could include boating, snorkeling and more, all under careful supervision. The goal is to encourage children to try new things, but also to give lessons on the connections between rivers, the shore, human activity and the ocean. What makes the program unique is that Ocean Learning Adventures is presented in both English and Spanish (the acronym OLA is the Spanish word for wave), is inclusive of all gender identities and provides transportation from Seaside, Marina and Watsonville. And the five-day-long camps are free. Students are encouraged to apply online and participants are selected by lottery. For more information, call 6484800 or visit montereybayaquarium. org/for-educators. Happy splashing.

VENTANA WILDLIFE SOCIETY programming,” says Liese Murphree, director of education and outreach. “Our junior naturalists and junior conservationsists learn about seals and help community scientists scout for seal pups. Campers in the Discover Community Science camp will collect data on sandy shore and rocky shore animals.” That’s not even a comprehensive list—more coastal adventures abound. To name a few: The Monterey Bay Aquarium (648-4800, is restarting its free Ocean Learning Adventures day camp for teens (see sidebar, p. 10). The Elkhorn Slough Foundation (728-5939, provides educator programming and field trips for students from kindergarten through college. And the Monterey Yacht Club (372-9686, has programs for junior sailors, including summer sessions. Am I jealous that Monterey County kids get summer opportunities like this? Nah—it all builds character. When they’re my age, they can say they used to kayak a mile from camp and back. Against the current both ways. Over 85 percent of Ventana Wildlife Society’s programs are provided free, thanks to grant funds. 12 THE BEST OF MONTEREY BAY® FAMILY 2023-2024 29 SURF RENTALS PROUDLY SERVING OUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1986 Alexa Sorensen - Age 7 OTB_2-3v_VG22_gk.indd 1 6/23/22 10:27 AM

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14 The Best of Monterey Bay® Family 2023-2024 As the long summer days draw near, families can mix up and enrich their summer break with the hands-on arts activities offered by a trio of local studios. Whether you want to learn how to make a wooden sign, painted masterpiece or custom candle, local studios offer a fun and creative outlet for all ages—and you don’t have to be an artist to make art. “It’s such a good balance for us as humans to do something new and to do art,” says Jennifer Chapman, owner of the Monterey Board & Brush franchise location since March 2021. The studio offers a choice of more than 800 available designs for projects ranging from custom wood signs to trays, clocks or doormats. Studio-goers reserve their spot at the Board & Brush website and choose their project at the same time. This gives Chapman the opportunity to develop a custom stencil design for each attendee, packaged together with the wood and hardware needed, all ready for each crafter upon arrival. While everyone is making a unique project, Chapman and her team offer hands-on help for every step. Artistsfor-the-day learn to stain, paint, attach handles or knobs, and distress—add a weathered look—before the projects Crafty Kids Hands-on studios give families fun summer alternatives for all ages. By Caitlin Fillmore Progress not Perfection’s art projects get students involved in creative activities that may include paint, but also gives them the opportunity to explore other mediums. There are options at Locally Lit Candle Bar, and they are not limited to color. Candle-making projects include decisions on shape and scent, as well. courtesy of Locally LIt courtesy of Locally LIt

WWW.MONTEREYCOUNTYWEEKLY.COM 15 MONTEREY PENINSULA YACHT CLUB • Youth Water Sports Camp (Sailing, Kayaking & Paddle Boarding) • Beginner Learn to Sail • Intermediate & Advanced Sailing For session dates and registration information visit and click on the “Juniors” tab. Scholarships available. Children ages 8-17 8 sessions starting June 12th c (831) 372-9686 Wharf II, Monterey MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 9:30AM-12:30PM & 1:30PM-4:30PM c SailingCamp_1-3s_FG23_GK.indd 1 4/12/23 6:03 PM Day Camps Voyage Seaward Hands-on marine science activities & water sports including surfing, snorkeling & kayaking. Low camper to staff ratios with safe, fun, beginner-friendly instruction. Live and learn aboard a 82' tall ship. Passionate and knowledgeable crew lead five‑day cruises from Monterey and Sausalito harbors. ages 8–15 8:30am-3pm ages 13–16 June 12-16 : Beach Biology and Breakers June 19-23: Ocean Forest Odyssey June 26-30: Stewards of the SEA July 3-7: Ocean Forest Odyssey July 10-14: Beach Biology and Breakers July 17-21: Ocean Forest Odyssey July 24-28: Stewards of the SEA July 31 - Aug 4: Ocean Forest Odyssey July 3-7: Sausalito to Monterey July 10th-14: Monterey Bay July 17-21: Monterey Bay UNDERWATER EXPLORERS IS BACK AT THE AQUARIUM! Underwater Explorers introduces kids ages 8–13 to the wonders underwater during a surface SCUBA dive in our Great Tide Pool, just outside the Aquarium. Get a fisheye view of diverse marine life and smiles that last for days. No experience or equipment necessary — just a sense of adventure. Dive in! To learn more, scan or visit: UnderwaterExplorers

are complete. The full, three-hour studio experience at Board & Brush is an adultsonly outing and works great as a way to reconnect with kids who are home visiting from college. If your kids are younger, consider trying the DIY Home Kits available from Board & Brush. Similar to the adult version, kids choose their design and colors, which are packaged for pickup at the studio’s downtown Monterey location. Projects at Board & Brush generally cost between $40 to $80, and take between 90 minutes to three hours to complete. DIY Home Kits for kids and families run $25 to $30. Chapman’s studio is located at 458 Alvarado St. Just down the street, Locally Lit Candle Bar is a DIY creative space that swaps wood for wax. Locally Lit (now at 269 Bonifacio Place) plans to move to Alvarado Street in June, to a location above Twisted Roots Smoke Shop. Locally Lit offers a casual, allages experience in its creative space, explains candlemaker Johnny Foster. Foster, a YouTube-taught candle entrepreneur since 2021, provides a wide range of vessels and scents ready to hold wax, flowers and sparkles, and decorative charms or crystals on top. The reservation-based service at Board & Brush provides structured assistance, while Locally Lit delivers a more spontaneous atmosphere. “I get to know what they like and guide them through the steps,” Foster says. “But the only assistance they get from me is the making of the blend.” Foster maintains a wall filled with fragrances to explore, including fun, unusual fragrances like exhaust fumes and grape soda. Fresh, classic scents like citrus agave and white tea and ginger are among Foster’s favorites. Kids ages 8 and up can make a candle of their own, either from hot soy-based wax or a “sand wax” product that is safe for all ages. “If they can make chocolate milk, they can make a candle,” Foster says. Progress Not Perfection paint parties (left) and Monterey Board and Brush (above) offer a range of craft projects that are fun for the whole family. 16 THE BEST OF MONTEREY BAY® FAMILY 2023-2024 NATURE BOAT TOURS Safari ELKHORN SLOUGH Enjoy Playful Sea Otters, Curious Harbor Seals, Boistrous Sea Lions & HUNDREDS of birds from a relaxing, stable pontoon boat.

Making a candle takes about 30 minutes of active time and 90 minutes of downtime while the wax hardens. During that waiting period, workshop participants can enjoy the games and entertainment provided by Locally Lit, or walk around downtown Monterey. A kids’ candle-making experience costs $25; adult workshops run $20- $80, based on vessel size and available add-ons like complimentary drinks or merchandise. In the DIY arts and crafts world, Progress Not Perfection Paint Parties is a relative veteran, teaching hands-on art workshops throughout the Monterey Peninsula since 2015. Owner Jessica Ansberry transitioned to mobile paint parties during the pandemic. Her website’s bustling event calendar provides the details on upcoming parties at local hotels, restaurants, and tasting rooms. Parties cost $40 to $70, and last two hours. Ansberry designs all of her own projects and prioritizes artworks with simple instructions that a crowd of up to 150 people of all ages can follow. While her parties can be huge, she says the experience keeps things feeling intimate and special. Every event has a planned project, often featuring botanical themes and seascapes. But Ansberry welcomes freedom of interpretation with her designs. “Some people change the colors, change the subject…it doesn’t matter to me,” observes Ansberry. “I love a rogue painter. No matter your experience level or your age you can do it.” Ansberry, Foster and Chapman all agree that making your own art is an empowering experience. All three business owners are self-taught artists passionate about sharing their creative spark with others. “There’s something exciting about doing something that makes you nervous,” Ansberry says. “At the end you’ll be surprised about how much fun you had.” And besides fun, you end the experiene with a piece of original art. WWW.MONTEREYCOUNTYWEEKLY.COM 17 425 Washington Street Located in Downtown Monterey, CA the Best Children’s Museum on the Central Coast Come and enjoy the fun! DISCOVER... EXPLORE... PLAY... 831.649.6444 MyMuseum_1-3s_FG23_EC.indd 1 4/13/23 9:48 AM Youth Arts Collective Accepting new members! Do you want to be part of a vibrant, year-round art collective for high school and college age artists? studio, supplies, exhibits, artist mentors Check out our website and blog: Email us for more information! “Do art. Be kind.” Youth Arts Collective • (YAC) 472 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940 • (831) 375-9922 YAC_1-3s_fam23_gk.indd 1 4/13/23 10:01 AM

18 The Best of Monterey Bay® Family 2023-2024 Play Ball! When it comes to youth sports, should kids specialize or take part in them all? By Jeff Mendelsohn I t’s an age-old debate among parents of promising young athletes: play all the sports depending on the season, or focus on only one. While there are differences of opinion on which approach is the right one, the point is largely moot for most, as only a fraction of a percentage of young athletes advance past high school competition. But for the select few who do have the talent to play at the next level, the debate of whether or not to play all sports has found a clear majority. “For me, there is no doubt that it’s better for young athletes to play multiple sports,” says Gina Martorella. “I encouraged all of my kids to play seasonal sports, rather than focus on just one.” Martorella’s approach seemed to work, as all three of her children advanced to the collegiate level. Her oldest, Kyle Martorella, played football at Humboldt State. Her daughter, Marie, is currently a freshman softball player at Santa Clara, and her younger son, Nathan, played college baseball for UC Berkeley and is currently in the San Diego Padres farm system. “While it was obvious from an early age that Nathan’s future was going to be in baseball, I still encouraged him to continue to play football,” she explains. Despite having already signed with Cal on a baseball scholarship, Nathan, a decorated all-league football player for Salinas High School, continued to lace them up on the gridiron. Surprisingly, his future coaches at Cal were in full support of the decision. “As an athletic trainer myself, I believe it’s important to keep a balanced approach,” says Martorella, who was also the head softball coach at SHS for several years. “So I wasn’t surprised when the Cal coaches were supportive of (Nathan) playing football.” It worked out for Nathan, who went on to a decorated baseball career in Berkeley before signing with the Padres in 2022. He’ll open this season in high class-A ball in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The multi-sport approach also worked out well for another local baseball product. Ryan Jensen, a firstround draft pick of the Chicago Cubs, was also a multi-sport standout for the Salinas High Cowboys. But it was obvious that baseball was the sport that would take Jensen the farthest. Left: Nathan Martorella played both baseball and football in high school and continued as a two-sport athlete in college. He is now in the San Diego Padres farm system. Above: Ryan Jensen is now a pitcher at the Chicago Cubs’ class-A affiliate. He was a multi-sport star at Salinas High. Below: Marie Martorella now plays college softball at Santa Clara.

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“I always stressed to Ryan that it’s important not to burn out,” said Dale Jensen, father of the former Fresno State ace. “With all the travel ball opportunities out there, it’s really easy to play too much baseball, and either burn out physically or burn out mentally.” As most parents will tell you, that’s one of the primary concerns with athletes who focus on one sport yearround—the dreaded burnout factor. There are countless stories of young athletes who simply got sick of the grind at a young age, ending what might’ve been a promising career. “That’s what I worried about with X Jr.,” says Xavier Nady Sr., father of 12-year big leaguer Xavier Nady. “I wouldn’t say I was against him playing all the sports, but I definitely steered him away from football out of fear of injury. Why take an unnecessary chance?” Exposure to potential injuries in a more violent sport is the root of the argument for the parents who prefer the single-sport route. “But, as I always told my kids, you can get hurt doing anything,” Martorella says. Whether it’s the one-sport or the multi-sport route, only one thing is certain, Jensen says: “Hard work. It requires a whole lot of hard work. And not just on the field and in the gym. In the classroom as well. More times than not, it’s the good students that make it to the next level. They’ve learned the kind of discipline that’s required to compete at the highest levels in life.” Jensen’s son Ryan got a taste of that this past spring in the Cactus League, where he made his debut with a three strikeout performance in two innings of work against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’ll start the season with the Cubs double-A affiliate in Kodiak, Tennessee. “If he stays healthy and continues to improve, he’ll continue to advance through the system and ultimately realize his goal,” Jensen says. “I couldn’t be more proud of him.” 20 THE BEST OF MONTEREY BAY® FAMILY 2023-2024 CARMEL PLAZA | LOWER LEVEL | OCEAN AVE & MISSION ST 831.250.7816 | WWW.LINKSCLUBGOLF.COM INDOOR GOLF SIMULATORS FOR RENT BY THE HOUR 12-10 Mon-Thurs l 12-11 Fri l 10-11 Sat l 10-9 Sun CARMEL’S ULTIMATE PARTY & ENTERTAINMENT VENUE BOOK ONLINE OR CALL FOR RESERVATIONS JOIN THE PAR-TEE ENTERTAINMENT NIGHTLY starting at 7:30pm MONDAY INDUSTRY NIGHT, KARAOKE TUESDAY OPEN MIC WEDNESDAY WINE SPECIAL, KARAOKE THURSDAY TRIVIA FRIDAY LIVE MUSIC Octane 90s Rock & Roll SATURDAY LIVE MUSIC Moondance Classic 60-70s 2 Year Anniversary Specials All Weekend Celebrating 2 Years of Golf, Entertainment & Good Times Free Music Saturday 31st & Sunday 1st Drinks & Food Specials also Links Club Celebrating Their Full Bar Liquor License!! CARMEL’S ULTIMATE PARTY & ENTERTAINMENT VENUE BOOK ONLINE OR CALL FOR RESERVATIONS JOIN THE PAR-TEE Celebrating 2 Years of Golf, Entertainment & Good Times Free Music Saturday 31st & Sunday 1st Drinks & Food Specials CARMEL’S ULTIMATE PARTY & ENTERTAINMENT VENUE BOOK ONLINE OR CALL FOR RESERVATIONS JOIN THE PAR-TEE Celebrating 2 Years of Golf, Entertainment & Good Times Free Music Saturday 31st & Sunday 1st CARMEL’S ULTIMATE PARTY & ENTERTAINMENT VENUE BOOK ONLINE OR CALL FOR RESERVATIONS JOIN THE PAR-TEE Celebrating 2 Years of Golf, Entertainment & Good Times Free Music Saturday 31st & Sunday 1st Drinks & Food Specials CARMEL’S ULTIMATE PARTY & ENTERTAINMENT VENUE BOOK ONLINE OR CALL FOR RESERVATIONS JOIN THE PAR-TEE Celebrating 2 Years of Golf, Entertainment & Good Times Free Music Saturday 31st & Sunday 1st Drinks & Food Specials GOLF LESSONS OFFERED IN 3, 6 AND 10 LESSON PACKAGES. CAN BE SHARED AMONG FAMILY MEMBERS. LEARN WITH VETERAN PGA PROFESSIONALS IN A RELAXED, CONTROLLED ATMOSPHERE. GOOD FOR ANY LEVEL FROM BEGINNERS TO SERIOUS PLAYERS. LinksClub_1-3s_FG23_DG.indd 1 4/13/23 10:02 AM NATURAL Science DISCOVERY CAMP AgES 8-12 June 12-16 • July 17-21 Week-long day camp with Thurs. night campout WEE ONES IN THE WOODS Ages 4-7 June 12-16 July 5-7 July 17-21 AM or PM sessions (831)215-6010 VentanaWild_1-3s_FG23_dg.indd 1 4/13/23 10:01 AM

22 The Best of Monterey Bay® Family 2023-2024 Role Models Two local camps deliver radically different approaches to leadership development. By Caitlin Fillmore L ots of adults speak about how summer camp influenced them, with opportunties to develop friendships, a sense of independence or specific skills, all in a setting that is more relaxed than school. Some summer camp programs are explicitly designed to help cultivate that kind of lifelong impact, including local leadership programs that are helping young people build skills meant to have an impact well into the future. Two local programs emphasize the power of collaborative, educational, in-person experiences. Both The Lyceum and White Stag Leadership Academy boast decades of service building strong young leaders in Monterey County. White Stag was founded in 1958 and The Lyceum in 1960. While these programs are well established, they remain nimble to address the needs of today’s youth in their own unique ways. “There seem to be ever-increasing ways for students to learn on their own, learn from home,” says Joyce Breckenridge, executive director of The Lyceum. But there’s a catch: Some of those learning modes, she says, “do not have avenues for youth to engage with their peers and mentors. The Lyceum has always valued and emphasized the need for in-person, hands-on learning opportunities for our youth.” The Lyceum offers a range of educational enrichment programs for middle- and high-school-aged students. Academic events like Mock Trial, History Day, Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) STEM Conference for Girls, and Model United Nations are hosted by this nonprofit. Skills like working on a team, communicating persuasively and with respect, and supporting other people while achieving a goal are highlights of Lyceum programs. Along with these Above: Programs run by The Lyecum, like Mock Trial and Moden United Nations, give participants an opportunity to try their hand at applicable, real-life leadership and public speaking skills. Below: White Stag Leadership Academy provides electronics-free leadership workshops in the outdoors. Participants are supervised by White Stag graduates. courtesy The Lyceum courtesy White STag

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in-demand soft skills, The Lyceum teaches participants how to research and think critically in an effort to build lifelong learners and engaged citizens, Breckenridge says. The Lyceum and White Stag approach similar ideas through radically different programs. While The Lyceum encourages building leadership skills through academic research and discussions held in classroom environments, White Stag teaches these same skills—but in a setting under the stars. Students enrolled in White Stag collaborate in challenging outdoor environments, like the wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest. This long-running summer camp combines practical outdoor skills, like building a fire and tying knots, with leadership competencies like understanding the needs of a group and identifying your available resources. Steve Cardinalli attended White Stag 45 years ago and has not missed a summer of camp since. Cardinalli now serves as the president of the nonprofit White Stag Leadership Development Academy. White Stag is a sponsored program of the Boy Scouts of America, meaning for decades, the group convened at the Pico Blanco scout camp at Bottcher’s Gap in Big Sur; it now meets at Piney Creek Camp in Carmel Valley. “I worked out problem solving with other kids my own age,” Cardinalli says. “The program provided and the leadership skills we were learning…It changed me.” When campers arrive at White Stag, they should be prepared for a week of technology-free time with peers in the outdoors. Campers, called “candidates,” sleep outdoors in tents and carry everything they need in their own backpacks. Adults provide guidance and over24 THE BEST OF MONTEREY BAY® FAMILY 2023-2024 or 831-372-6098 Lyceum Summer Camps June 10 - July 26, 2019 June 12 – July 31, 2023 Space Adventure Camp Lego Robotics Programming Digital Photo Camp Collage Art Camp lyceum_1-3s_FG23_gk.indd 1 4/13/23 12:09 PM THE MONTEREY PENINSULA’S MOST RECOMMENDED PIZZERIA ’98-’22 BEST PIZZA 3 BLOCKS UP FROM CANNERY ROW/AQUARIUM AFFORDABLE FAMILY DINING Pizza • Pasta • Ravioli • Calzones • Salads Great Italian Sandwiches Gelato • Delicious Desserts BANQUET ROOM • FULL COCKTAIL BAR OPEN MON-THUR 4PM • FRI 3PM • SAT & SUN 12PM Call ahead for take-out service 649-1500 725 Lighthouse Avenue Monterey Gianni’s Pizza Family Owned & Operated Since 1974 ’15 BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT ’17 BEST PLACE FOR A BIRTHDAY PARTY Gianni's_1-3s_ED23_dg.indd 1 4/13/23 11:33 AM

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26 The Best of Monterey Bay® Family 2023-2024 Keep On Learning Making activities fun is the way to keep academic skills sharp during the summer. By Celia Jiménez S tudents count down the days before summer starts for different reasons. Maybe a family trip is planned, or there’s summer camp, or perhaps a summer job is calling. And, of course, it’s nice to have a break from class and homework assignments. However, many studies suggest that over a summer of rest, work and play, K-12 students lose some of the reading, science and math skills gained over the previous school year. While summer break is a time to recharge before the new school year begins, it is also an opportunity for students to maintain or improve their skills—in a fun environment. There are a range of camps tailored to academic development, including programs at public libraries and activities focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) such as those hosted by nonprofits Greenfield and Salinas Community Science Workshops. Salinas City Elementary School District offers expanded student programs during school breaks and on Saturdays. The program includes outdoor activities, STEM projects and tutoring. Children have access to robotics classes, where they take part in hands-on courses about engineering, coding and electronics. In STEM projects such as engineering or robotics, students learn new vocabulary, use logic and solve mathematical puzzles. Sylvan Learning Center, a tutorLocal public libraries offer an array of books for all grade levels. They also offer workshops–all year, including in the summer—for kids to learn about science, improve their writing or painting skills and listen to story time. At left, children participate in “Backyard Science with Berta” at the Marina library. Celia jiménez ing center in Salinas, offers a program where students construct a robot soccer player then write a program that causes it to kick a ball. If problems occur, they review their steps, modify them and try again—no grade attached. José Fausto, director of extended learning and safety with the Salinas City Elementary School District, says when kids are in an environment where they can learn and have fun, they perform better during the school year. This summer, SCESD will offer summer camps for 3,500 students. Low-income students, foster youth and English language learners have enrollment priority. Summer learning activities are not limited to programs run by schools and organizations. If parents engage with their kids in furthering education over the summer, Fausto recommends they start with the California content standards and plan age-appropriate activities. Fausto also advises parents to contact their children’s schools, ask about their reading levels, and make sure books, articles or instructions are neither too easy nor too hard for where the kids stand at the moment. Sylvan owner Cary Swensen encourages students to focus on readCelia jiménez

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ing for pleasure and recommends families read together during the summer and check out books from the library. “I always tell my families here at Sylvan that summer is a good time to read for pleasure—that it’s not all school-related,” she adds. The act of reading—or rather, consuming—material has expanded. There are audiobooks and graphic novels, for instance. Many movies are adapted from books or graphic novels, and Swensen says parents should encourage their children to read first and then compare the written version to what they watched on screen. Going a step further and comparing print and video versions in writing can build on communication skills. Kids don’t have to read for long periods; Swensen and Fausto recommend 20 minutes a day. Even short stints expand vocabulary, improve reading comprehension and writing skills. It has long been observed that many middle and high school students struggle with basic math. Swensen suggests sending teens to the store to practice math skills while shopping (what can they afford on a certain budget?). Baseball statistics is another way to make working with numbers easier, while strengthening the fundamentals of multiplication and division. “When kids are younger, they want to spend that time with their parents,” Swensen notes. Summer is an excellent time to incorporate learning while playing, especially if done in short periods of 10 to 20 minutes. “You can slowly build in more time,” Swensen adds. That time can extend beyond summer, as well. Finally, outdoor activities can be turned into educational opportunities. Fausto points out, for instance, that a hike can easily become a lesson in Earth sciences, looking at different types of trees, leaves and insects. “In addition to computer activities,” Fausto says, “We want kids to focus on non-screen activities.” That, of course, is what summer is for. 28 THE BEST OF MONTEREY BAY® FAMILY 2023-2024 680 Belden St., Monterey WHEN TIMES ARE UNCERTAIN, EDUCATION SHOULD NOT BE. ENROLL NOW! GRADES 6-12 REGISTER ONLINE We live, learn and serve in the Christian Community. We glorify God. We partner with families. TRINITY CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL (831) 656-9434 trinity-christian_1-3s_FG21_gk.indd 1 4/12/23 5:48 PM s Inc. of the Central Coast * 318 Cayuga St., Suite 209, Salinas, CA 93901 * 831-772-0882 * art Choices is a summer program for 8th and 9th Graders to p participants make positive life choices about school, ationships, and health! BOUT SMART CHOICES ROGRAM DETAILS & LOCATION Stay in the dorms on campus at a local university. xplore the university campus and get a feel for college life. earn about college requirements and how to get a head start. njoy fun activities! Meet participants from other schools in Monterey, San Benito, nd Santa Cruz Counties. CTIVITIES INCLUDE gram Location: UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA gram Dates: June 27 - July 1, 2023 gram Fee: $300* (fee covers room and board, food, & terials) *Scholarships available SMART CHOICES Summer Camp 2023 Friday, April 28, 2023 APPLICATION DEADLINE: SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION ONLINE AT: HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/SMARTCHOICES2023 SMART CHOICES Summer Camp 2023 Girls Inc. of the Central Coast 318 Cayuga St., Suite 209, Salinas 831-772-0882 • Smart Choices is a summer program for 8th and 9th Graders to help participants make positive life choices about school, relationships, and health! Participants will stay in the dorms at a local university, get a feel for college life, learn about college requirements and meet other participants. Program Details & Location UC Santa Cruz • June 27-July 1, 2023 • $300* (fee covers room and board, food, & materials) *Scholarships available Application Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023 Apply online at: Girls-Inc_1-3s_FG23_kb.indd 1 4/7/23 11:01 AM

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