Thursday, February 25, 1999
As part of her themed concert series, local children's musician MaryLee Sunseri performs Irish songs and stories at the Children's Experimental Theater (CET). Little leprechauns should enjoy this pre-St. Patrick's Day concert, with Robert McNamara on lute and mandolin joining MaryLee on her guitar and harp. "I'm going to read a leprechaun story that has a poem for the kids to recite," says Sunseri. "and a marching song with Robert McNamara. I try to have something interactive to do in every song, whether it's clapping, jumping, singing. It's fun and the kids might learn a little music." The series, which includes upcoming "Songs of Spring" and the duo of Sunseri and Nancy Stewart in concert, are designed for toddlers under 6 years old and their parents, but all are welcome. Be sure to wear green and keep an eye open for the rainbow and pot of gold. Tues., 10am. CET Indoor Forest Theater, Santa Rita and Mt. View, Carmel. $5. 649-1790.
P.G. Preschool. 3/1 through 3/31. Mon.-Wed.-Fri. or Tues.-Thurs., 9-11:30am. Enroll your child (potty-trained and at least two-years nine-months) in this preschool program emphasizing language, physical and social development, and self-esteem. Please register in advance. Sessions last one month. Start any time. 515 Junipero Ave., Pacific Grove. Two days: $65/PG resident, $75/non-resident; three days: $90/resident, $105/non-resident. 648-3130.
Teenie Weenie Tot Time. 3/1 through 3/31. Mon.-Weds.-Fri., 9-11:30am. An age-appropriate curriculum including special visitors, field trips and snacks is being offered at the Firehouse Recreation Center. Sessions start every month. 1330 E. Alisal St., Salinas. $35/session. 758-7900.
Gymnastics. 3/2 through 3/27. Various, call for details. Preschoolers through teens are welcome to participate in a variety of gymnastic programs offered through the Monterey Youth Center. All participants must wear leotard, footless tights, shorts, sweats, leggings and/or tucked-in T-shirts. Pull long hair back, no jewelry. Monterey Youth Center, 777 Pearl St. (next to Dennis the Menace Park), Monterey. Price varies/call for details. 646-3873.
Storytimes. 3/2 through 3/30. Tues., Weds., Fri. The Monterey Public Library holds storytimes for various ages. "Pajama Storytime:" 3/30, 7pm. ages 3-7. "Baby and Me Rhymetime:" 3/26, 10am, infants-age 5. Call for more details. 625 Pacific St., Monterey. Free. 646-3934.
Music for Mommy and Me. 3/4 through 3/25. Thurs., 4-4:40pm. A four-week class for mothers and tots, ages 18 months to 3 years, to explore singing, music concepts, and simple instruments. Salinas Community Center, 940 N. Main St., Salinas. $25. 758-7351.
Tot Explorers. 3/1 through 3/30. Mon.-Fri., 9-11:30am. Bring your tots, ages 3-5, to Central Park in Salinas to learn colors, numbers, and letters in a fun, recreational setting. Call for details. 420 Central Ave., Salinas. 758-7305.
Saturdays at Morgan's. 3/6. 10:30am. Join local musicians and storytellers for a series of "First Saturday" concerts for kids to be held in downtown Monterey at Morgan's Coffee and Tea. The multicultural games and performances are followed by an open mic opportunity for kids who want to present stories or poems. 498 Washington St., Monterey. $3/adults, $2/kids, free/babies. 373-5601.
Peter Rabbit's Bunny Hutch. 3/23 through 3/26. Tues.-Fri., 10am-noon. Potty-trained kids ages 3-5 are invited to enjoy Easter-related activities, including egg dyeing, baking, songs and stories. Archer Park Center, Archer Street between Hoffman and McClellan, Monterey. $30/Monterey resident, $39/other cities. 646-3870.
Tots 'N' Tights. 3/29 through 4/26. Mondays at 9:30am, 10:15am or 11am (no class April 5). Enroll your 2-year-old tot in this program designed to develop gross motor skills, movement, creativity and dance readiness. Monterey Youth Center Dance Studio, 777 Pearl St., Monterey. $22/Monterey resident, $29/other. 646-3873.
Dance Folklorico. 3/1 through 3/25. Mon., Tues., Thurs., 5:30-7pm. Children ages 5 and older can learn Mexican Folklorico dancing at Hebbron Heights Rec. Center. 683 Fremont St., Salinas. Free. 758-7354.
Hartnell Dance Program. 3/2 through 3/26. Tues.-Fri. Four levels of children's ballet classes are offered at Hartnell College, for ages 5 and older. Beginning ballet (age 5-7): Tues. 3:30-4:30pm; Ballet I (ages 7-9): Weds. 4:15-5:15pm; Ballet II: Tues. & Fri. 4:30-5:30pm; Ballet III/IV: Tues. & Fri. 5:30-7pm. An advanced jazz dance class is offered Thurs. 4-6pm. Call for details. 156 Homestead Ave., Salinas. $24-40/session. 755-6800.
Afterschool Programs. 3/2 through 3/30. Mon.-Fri., 3-5:30pm. Hebbron Heights Rec. Center afterschool activities include: Mon. "Spring Flowers;" Tues. "Fun with Food;" Weds. "Puzzle Parade;" Thurs. "Bingo;" Fri. "Fiesta Movies." Free for all ages. 683 Fremont St., Salinas. 758-7354.
Pastries 101. 3/3. Wednesday, 3:30-5:30pm. Third, fourth and fifth graders can get a hands-on demonstration in the fine art of making pastries and learn how to make meringue baskets filled with goodies. Parker-Lusseau Pastries, 731 Munras Ave., Monterey. $5. 372-6098.
Dr. Seuss' Birthday Party. 3/6. Sat., 1-3pm. Zany children's author Dr. Seuss was born March 2. Celebrate this occasion at Bookworks/Mulberry Bookstore with cake, games and more. 667 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 372-2242.
Dream Book Collage. 3/6. Sat., 1-4pm. Artist Jim Sarno and the Monterey Museum of Art present a afternoon workshop for day-dreaming and creative writing, for ages 6-12. Create a collage of images from your dreams. Buck Education Center, 559 Pacific St., Monterey. $12/museum members, $15/non-members. 373-2061.
Secret Codes. 3/6. Saturday, 10am-12:30pm. Fourth-graders are invited to learn all about secret codes in this class offered through the Lyceum of Monterey County, based on the Usborne Books. Lyceum, 1076 6th St., Monterey. $5/person. 372-6098.
Safe Sitting. 3/6 through 3/13. Saturday, 9am-3:30pm. Become a more qualified sitter by learning safety and rescue skills, basics of childcare and the problems/ethics of babysitting. All participants must take both days of classes and pre-register (at the P.G. Rec. Center) in order to participate. Pacific Grove Youth Center, 302 16th St., Pacific Grove. $40/participant. 648-3134.
Jammin' for Tweens and Teens. 3/8 through 3/22. Every other Monday, 6:30-9pm. Learn the basics of playing musical instruments of all kinds, then jam with other young musicians of all abilities at these every other week sessions, focusing on instruction and jamming. Pacific Grove Youth Center, 302 16th St., Pacific Grove. $15/session or $25/month. 648-3134.
Search and Rescue. 3/11 through 3/13. Thursday 2:30-4:30pm (Coast Guard) and Saturday, 9am-noon (sheriff). The Lyceum of Monterey County offers two separate sessions for students to learn more about search and rescue operations. Thursday's class takes kids in grades 3-8 behind the scenes to learn more about Coast Guard search and rescue operations. Saturday's class is for kids in grades 6-12 who want to learn from a team of deputy sheriffs about their search and rescue operations. Coast Guard Station, Monterey Courthouse, Monterey. $8/person. 372-6098.
Kids Flea Market. 3/13. Saturday, 9am-noon. Come one, come all to this spring flea market, which gives kids (and their parents) a chance to make a few dollars off of unwanted toys, games, books, equipment and (some) kids clothes, while investing in gently used items. (Call in advance if you want to have your own booth. Registration ends March 12). Hilltop Center, Devisadero and David avenues, Monterey. Free. 646-3975.
Spring Break Sports Camp. 3/15 through 3/19. Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm (later drop-off, pick-up times available). This one-week camp for kids in grades three-six is designed to introduce sports like whiffle ball, floor hockey, flag football, soccer and more. Special outings will include a barbecue and trips to batting cages and skating rink. A second, separate one-week session takes place March 22-26. Monterey Sports Center, Washington and Franklin streets, Monterey. $80/Monterey resident, $95/other residents. 646-3700.
Spanish Culture. 3/15 through 3/19. Mon.-Fri., 9am-noon. Kids in grades 3-5 can learn a little about Spanish language and culture through art, music, games and hands-on projects, >(Espa¤ol atraves del arte) in this week-long class, sponsored by the Lyceum of Monterey County. Lyceum, 1076 6th St., Monterey. $65/person. 372-6098.
Spring Into Spring. 3/15 through 3/22. Mon.-Mon. The Monterey Youth Museum offers a week of fun springtime arts and crafts projects for all ages. Free with museum admission, which is reduced to $4/person for Monterey County residents for the month of March. Bring valid ID. 601 Wave St., Monterey. Free. 649-6444.
Cheerleading Camp. 3/15 through 3/26. Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm. Two one-week-long sessions (3/15-19 and 3/22-26) of cheerleading camp for kids in grades 3-6 are held at the Monterey Sports Center. Fun activities include sideline cheers, dances, and crowd cheers. Pre-register. 301 E. Franklin St., Monterey. $83/Monterey resident, $98/other city. 646-3439.
Color it Green. 3/16. Tues., Noon. St. Patrick's Day celebrations of green arts, crafts and foods are held at Hebbron Heights and Firehouse recreation centers in Salinas. A free, fun afternoon for ages 6-12. 1330 Alisal St., 683 Fremont St., Salinas. 758-7948.
Library St. Patrick's Day. 3/17. Weds., 4pm. The Monterey Public Library offers a St. Patrick's Day celebration of Irish stories, music, and crafts for kids ages 5-12, in the Community Room. 625 Pacific St, Monterey. Free. 646-3744.
Closet Swap. 3/20. Sat., 10am-2pm. The Pacific Grove Rec. Department invites kids between ages 6-14 to do a "spring cleaning" and sell their old toys, clothes, games and more, in Jewell Park. Pre-register for a table space or just come browse for great bargains. Central and Grand avenues, Pacific Grove. $5-10/table, free admission. 648-3130.
Home on the Range. 3/20. Saturday, 10am-noon. Students in grades K-3 (and their parents) can visit a ranch, practice riding in a real saddle, sing cowboy songs and munch cowboy biscuits. (Wear your ranching gear!). Shannon Stock Farm, Salinas. $5/kid; free/adults. 372-6098.
Easter Funland. 3/22 through 3/26. Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm. Kids ages 5-9 can enjoy their spring break while working with crafts, games, and Easter-related festivities. Monterey Youth Center, 777 Pearl St., Monterey. $80/Monterey resident, $104/other city resident. 646-3873.
Young Authors' Fair. 3/24. Weds., 10:30am. Kids of all ages are encouraged to bring books and stories they've made, to share with other young authors, to the Monterey Public Library. The event also includes a puppet show of "How the Elephant Got His Trunk." 625 Pacific St., Monterey. Free. 646-3744.
Budding Architects. 3/2 through 3/16. Tues. & Thurs., 3:30-5pm. This two-week class for seventh-graders and older covers techniques for building models of towers, bridges and more from popsicle-sticks, cardboard, and glue. Learn engineering and design principles. All Saints' Day School, 8060 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel. $10. 372-6098.
Afro-Latin Caribbean Dance. 3/2 through 3/25. Tues.-Thurs., 7-8:30pm. Afro-Cuban style dance is a mixture of jazz, salsa, Afro-Haitian and Caribbean styles. This class is for beginners, a more advanced class is offered Mon.-Wed. evenings from 7-8:30pm beginning on March 1. Monterey Youth Center Dance Studio, 777 Pearl St., Monterey. $35/Monterey resident, $43/other cities. 646-3873.
Pool Tournaments. 3/2 through 3/30. Tues., 3:30-5:20pm. A pool tournament is held every other Tuesday at Closter Park in Salinas, for ages 13 and up. Salinas. Free. 758-7900.
Pi¤ata-Making. 3/4. Thurs., 4-5pm. The Bread Box Rec. Center holds a pi¤ata-making class for ages 10 and older. 745 N. Sanborn Rd., Salinas. Free. 758-7908.
Newsletter Production. 3/13. Saturday, 9am-2pm. Learn how to write, edit and design your own newsletter. Skills taught will include use of digital cameras and scanners, plus writing and editing. Designed for students in grades 6-12. Participants will take home a finished newsletter. Naval Postgraduate School (call for details, meeting place), Monterey. $12/person. 372-6098.
Youth Music Monterey. 3/14. Sunday, 3pm. The Youth and Honors Orchestras of Youth Music Monterey perform in a Pro-Am concert with professional symphony musicians, conducted by John Larry Granger, at Santa Catalina School. Selections include Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave, Ferde Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite, and more. Performing Arts Center, 1500 Mark Thomas Dr., Monterey. $5/general, $3/students. 375-1992.
Babysitting Basics. 3/15 through 3/19. Mon.-Fri., 9:30am-12:30pm ('til 2:30pm on Wed.). Learn literally everything you need to know about safe, quality sitting, including CPR, diaper-changing, bottle feeding, healthy snacking and child psychology. Includes official CPR certification. Monterey Youth Center, 777 Pearl St., Monterey. $55/Monterey resident, $72/other cities. 646-3873.
High School Poetry Awards. 3/20. Saturday, 2pm. Winners of the annual Carl Cherry Center High School Poetry Competition will receive awards and read from their works at the Monterey Public Library. Reservations suggested. 625 Pacific St, Monterey. Free. 646-3949.