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Father’s Day is a day to celebrate – or not – depending on how close or how tenuous the bond between dad and child is or was. The Esalen Institute is offering a chance to both celebrate and reflect over Father’s Day weekend in two workshops. “Celebrating Fatherhood” is taught by wife-and-husband duo Joanna Claassen Ferraro and Vinny Ferraro. The workshop is ideal for families with children ages of 2-11 with games, crafts and mindful reflection on the path of fatherhood. Father-and-son team James Baraz and Adam Baraz are leading a workshop for adults entitled, “Parent and Child: Creating a Conscious Relationship,” meant as a chance to envision an optimal relationship or heal a past one.
Fri-Sun June 14-16. Esalen Institute, 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur. $420-$3,180; $420/children ages 11-15; $150/children 10 and under. esalen.org.
Trust Yelp or hate it, the practice of crowdsourcing reviews is here to stay – and now it’s reached the media. Credder (at credder.com) has a mission “to accelerate the news industry’s transition from a click-based to a credibility-based economy,” relying on two categories of reviewers: regular readers, and journalist “critics” to rate journalists and specific articles for bias. Another site, our.news, empowers users as fact checkers (as well as rating news outlets). Trusted News (at trusted-news.com) is a browser extension that flags certain sites as trustworthy or untrustworthy, defined this way: “This website or page knowingly publishes false and/or misleading information and is therefore deemed untrustworthy.” On Factmata (factmata.com), users will be invited to paste a link, then get a reading on whether a story is factual (“good”) or biased. Given that the fake news problem is largely due to the careless spread of information, it remains to be seen how these sites will do at ensuring their own credibility, but it seems worth a shot.
GOOD WEEK / BAD WEEK
Yes, there are avenues besides YouTube to make your own show. There is still public television, and it’s a good week for AMP Media (formerly calledAccess Monterey Peninsula). For about five years, the nonprofit operated out of a converted doctor’s office in Monterey’s Heritage Harbor office park. The community media group is now in the midst of moving to new and improved digs in downtown Monterey. “It’s more accessible to local producers and people interested in being a part of our community media world,” says Executive Director Christine Winge. “For us to grow, the space needed to be bigger and taller and have more bells and whistles.” The public is welcome to stop by (10am-5pm Mon-Fri, 465 Tyler St.) and learn how to use the podcasting and television gear, and for a monthly membership fee (TBD) can get access to producing their own media.
Bad news for lovers of Carmel’s century-old tradition of beach fires: More than 20 people pleaded with Carmel City Council on June 4 not to ban wood-burning fires in favor of propane only. But council voted 3-2 for a one-year woodless trial during a three-year pilot program already in progress. The pilot originally called for limiting the number of wood-burning fire pits to 12 to keep smoke and charcoal to a minimum. An unlimited number of propane fires has been allowed, but few people were taking advantage of that option, despite advocacy by residents who say any wood smoke presents a major health risk. Mayor Dave Potter and Councilmember Bobby Richards favored the propane-only change to the pilot program. Carmel resident (and beach fire advocate) Jeanne McCulloch says she will appeal the change to the California Coastal Commission.