Community Calendar Monterey

JUNE 30TH, 2017

FREE School Bus Driver Training Classes

Pajaro Valley Unified School District

Pajaro Valley Unified is looking for energetic individuals who are dedicated to the future of our children. If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply to join our school district. & Receive FREE school bus driver classes. Our instructors will provide training to qualify for a commercial driver’s license and school bus driving certificate.

ORIENTATION DATE: Friday, June 30, 2017 TIME:10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
CLASSES HELD: Monday-Friday, July 5th– 21st, 2017 TIME: 8:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

All application materials must be received in the Human Resources Department by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

To obtain the required Classified District application, visit the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Human Resources at 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville, CA, or visit the web site at to apply through Edjoin.

For more information
Contact: Mary Lou Masters
Human Resources Analyst
(831) 786-2145

July 1st, 2017

Picnic in the Park – Lower Presidio Historic Park

Old Monterey Foundation

Kick off your 4th of July holiday weekend fun at this free family-friendly event! Old Monterey Foundation will hold a “Picnic in the Park – Lower Presidio Historic Park” on Saturday, July 1st, 2017. Bring your friends and family to this “FUNdraiser” and enjoy great food, live entertainment, historic reenactments, walking tours, costume contests, scavenger hunt, prizes and much more. Enjoy spectacular views of the beautiful Monterey Bay, Old Fisherman’s Wharf and the Monterey Harbor at this park that is hidden in plain view. See the “before,” which is now and what we envision the “after” to be! Old Monterey Foundation is raising funds to develop trails and interpretive sign for all the monuments to enhance and restore this park which is considered “The Most Historically Significant Site on the West Coast.”


  • Delicious food for your picnic — from hamburgers to tacos, seafood to sweet treats – available from several visiting Food Trucks;
  • Live Musical Entertainment with Derek Bodkin & the Hoovering Breadcat Ensemble featuring folk, rock and seafaring music
  • DeFranco Dance Project, a local youth dance troupe
  • Ragamuffin Musical Theatre Company of Pacific Grove
  • Argentinian Privateer Hippolyte Bouchard (regarded by his victims as a pirate) and his loyal crew will reenact the capture of the Presidio of Monterey (El Castillo) in 1818.
  • Kids and adults are welcome to dress as pirates and be part of the reenactment
  • Costume contests with prizes for best dressed pirate-both kids and adult- there will be lots of pirates booty!
  • Photo Ops with pirates and historic reenactors
  • Scavenger Hunt with Prizes•  Face painting for the kids
  • Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the day!
  • Visit the Presidio of Monterey Museum, also located on the site and operated by the City of Monterey, an excellent place to view exhibits, artifacts, and videos that lead visitors through Monterey’s various stages of military development from the indigenous period which highlights the area’s native populations; through the Spanish and Mexican periods; and up to present day.
  • Free Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tours with historian Tim Thomas at 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Tim will share why Lower Presidio Historic Park is considered by many professional historians as “The Most Historically Significant Site on the West Coast.”
  • Walk the trails and see the planned interpretive historic signs and trails
  • Visit the restored Saint Serra statue
  • Learn more about Old Monterey’s Foundation’s (a 501(c)3 non-profit) Lower Presidio Historic Park Project – and how to get involved and become a Friend of the Lower Presidio.
  • Ample on-site parking

When: Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where: Lower Presidio Historic Park. From Monterey, take Pacific Street past the First Theater to the end of Pacific where it forks, take the left fork. turn left at the stop sign onto Artillery Road. From Pacific Grove, take Lighthouse Avenue in New Monterey, bear right to go onto Pacific Street and then go to Artillery Road, turn right. Lower Presidio Historic Park also features the Presidio of Monterey Museum located at Corporal Ewing Road, Bldg. 113 (Map/More Directions: 

For more information, please call (831) 346-3030 or email Check out the website at

Contact: Wendy Brickman, MA, MBA
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center, #250  Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 633-4444 phone (831) 594-1500 cell

About Lower Presidio Historic Park

Lower Presidio Historic Park is considered by many professional historians as “The Most Historically Significant Site on the West Coast”. The Picnic in the Park event will highlight the park’s fascinating history as well as the current on-going work to raise funds to restore and enhance this 25.3 acre park with incredible views of the Monterey Bay.  Old Monterey Foundation is seeking additional funds to develop the handicapped accessible trail to the Sloat Monument, historic signs and more.

The Lower Presidio Historic Park is one of the least-visited historic parks in the area due to some confusion about whether the public is allowed in the area.  Situated in a “hidden in plain sight” location, the park features spectacular views of the Monterey Bay and Harbor and will become a jewel of the City of Monterey’s park system.

The City of Monterey Outreach Office produced an informative short video about the Lower Presidio Historic Park and its significance to California and American history:

About the Live Entertainment

Derek Bodkin and the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble

Derek Bodkin and the “Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble” is a wonderful experience of folk rock grooves and deeply insightful lyrics. Derek Bodkin’s eclectic musical background and performance experience has made him a sought-after artist in venues, festivals and events across the western United States.

DiFranco Dance Project

The DiFranco DanceProject, a local youth group, presents a lively, colorful, culturally diverse dance programs by dancers ranging in age from 8 to 18 years, representing Americana, New Orleans Jazz, Afro–Samba of Bahia and Afro–Cuban Fusion and even a unique blend of Afro–Celtic Dance. The dancers of the DiFranco DanceProject, are students of Dianne Lyle’s Afro-Latin Jazz Dance classes, sponsored by the City Pacific Grove Recreation Department. Ragamuffin Musical Theatre Company of Pacific Grove will join the dancers, offering a medley of songs from our upcoming production of ‘Singin’ In The Rain, Jr.’.

About Tim Thomas

Tim Thomas, fourth-generation native of the Monterey area, is a popular speaker and lively tour guide. For 16 years, he was historian and curator for the Monterey Maritime & History Museum and has worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California State Parks and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. He is author of “The Abalone King of Monterey: ‘Pop’ Ernest Doelter,” “The Japanese on the Monterey Peninsula” and co-author of “Monterey’s Waterfront.” Tim also conducts monthly “Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tours,” “Wharf Walks” on Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row Walking Tours.

Bouchard and His Merry Crew

To tell the fascinating story of Bouchard and his crew, there will be historic living history characters who will tell stories with audience participation. Come learn more about Argentine Hippolyte Bouchard’s raid in 1818 when he attacked the City of Monterey, the only land and sea battle ever to occur on the West Coast of the United States. Maria Antoni Pico’s fascinating recollection about this event will be shared with attendees.

About the Presidio Museum of Monterey

The Presidio Museum of Monterey, on site at the Lower Presidio Historic Park, features a myriad of fascinating exhibits that lead visitors through Monterey’s stages of military development from the indigenous period which highlights the area’s native populations up to present day. The Presidio Museum of Monterey is open Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

July 4th, 2017

FREE 4th of July Celebration

City of Greenfield

Join us as Greenfield lights up the south county sky celebrating America’s birthday! Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and be awed by this star spangled spectacle with family, friends and neighbors!

Enjoy live music, art, food and fireworks that will light up the sky! Live music starts at 6:00PM and fireworks start at dusk. Bring your own lawn chair and blanket. No alcohol, please.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4th 2017

WHERE: PATRIOT PARK, Oak Avenue at 13th Street

For more information, please visit


Community Foundation for Monterey County

Big Sur Relief Foundation


The devastating Soberanes Fire and this winter’s heavy rains have caused tremendous hardship for Big Sur residents, employees and their families. HWY 1 is closed with massive mud slides, and Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge – the lifeline that connects the North and South – has been declared unsafe and has been condemned.

Iconic businesses like Esalen, Nepenthe, Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn, Ventana, and Post Ranch are all temporarily closed. Over 1,000 Big Sur employees are out of work, and hundreds of families have been displaced. Thousands of people are in need of food, housing, and immediate assistance.

In light of these unique and challenging circumstances, several businesses have come together to raise funds to provide relief for local individuals and families. The Big Sur Relief Fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) will provide relief and emergency assistance to those affected.

Donate Now

Your gift will support the affected residents and individuals working in Big Sur in Monterey County, California and is fully tax deductible. 100% of donations will be used for relief and assistance.

For more information on how to donate visit or

  • Mail a check:
    Community Foundation for Monterey County
    2354 Garden Road, Monterey, CA, 93940
    “Attention: Big Sur Relief Fund”
  • Donate by Phone
    Call 831.375.9712 Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Contribute Appreciated Stock
    Please contact Christine Dawson, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, for details at 831.375.9712 ext 126.

All donations to the Big Sur Relief Fund are tax deductible. Tax ID # 94-1615897



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