Feb
3
11:00 AM11:00

Yoga in the Park

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Join us for a free, fun-filled yoga session for the whole family. All you need is a yoga mat or towel, comfortable clothes, and water. Beginners and children are encouraged to attend. Stick around after and enjoy the beautiful playground and build community. This event will be led by FoCMC mom, Krystle and her 3-year-old, Dorian. You must register below to reserve your spot!

Krystle is a full-time mom and part-time yogi. She has been practicing yoga on-and-off for the past four years and hopes to eventually become certified. Her goal is to share yoga and other self-care practices with people of color for healing and empowerment. Dorian is a rambunctious 3-year-old who loves Paw Patrol and french fries. He enjoys doing yoga with his mom. His favorite yoga pose is the three-legged downward dog. You can find Krystle and Dorian on Instagram.
 

ACCESS INFO
• The playground is ADA accessible.
• Bathrooms are available. They are single stalls and two are wheelchair accessible but the doors have to be opened manually. There is no non-binary option.
• There are picnic areas but seating is limited.
• Parking is free.

Donations are encouraged to be made by all attendees.

We are a collective of multiracial + multiethnic families and all of our Community Programs are funded out-of-pocket by us. If you're able to invest in FoCMC and support our efforts to center the needs of families of color and develop equitable access to resources through advocacy, education, and community building, we accept check, cash, and/or money order. Please make payments to: "Families of Color Monterey County". You can also donate via PayPal.


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Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Dads Read: I Am Black History!

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Dads Read: I Am Black History!

Sponsored by The Friends of the Marina Library. Join us as we celebrate Black history! One month isn’t enough time to explore the wide range of stories that exist but we intend to try.

At the beginning of the The Friends of the Marina Library's Little Kids Block Party (starts at 10am and ends at 11:30am) local dad, Lloyd Foster from Families of Color Monterey County and Dads of Monterey County will be reading a few specially selected children's books celebrating Black history. Lloyd Foster was born and raised in Seaside and has been married to his wife, Lisa for 14 years. Together they raise two grown children, Laythen (20) and Lethaniel (19). Lloyd enjoys reading to kids because it "takes them on an adventure". His own children would ask for him to read to them more because it sparked their creative side. For Lloyd and his family, Black history is a remembrance of struggles and achievements. It is a reminder about where we have been and where we are now.

Representation in Literature

Representation in literature is essential for children of all races. For children of color, seeing themselves reflected in the books they read is crucial. When they fail to see themselves in books, they internalize the message that society devalues and erases them, and it can negatively affect their self-esteem. For white children, having books that accurately reflect the world around them helps to build empathy for people that are different from them, and helps open up discussions about race and oppression.
— The Children’s Book World Is Still Racially Biased

Interested in being the featured dad at Dads Read?



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Feb
19
10:00 AM10:00

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther

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Marvel Studios’ Black Panther

Come and celebrate the epic release of a groundbreaking Afrofuturist masterpiece: Marvel's Black Panther! Whether you're a Marvel fan or just super hype about the stunning cinematography and heritage/history behind this movie -- all are welcome.

Directed by Oakland’s own, Ryan Coogler.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther hits theatres on February 16, 2018.
— Marvel.com

Purchase tickets at the box office or online.


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Mar
4
to Mar 18

March's Balance Bike Clinic

  • Ord Terrace Elementary School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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March's Balance Bike Clinic

We host year-round Balance Bike Clinics open to all families. Register for a clinic and come learn how to ride a bike without using training wheels! Balance bikes are the ideal partner to introduce your young child to the concept of two wheels. Due to the extremely low step-through entry point and the high cockpit, little ones can enjoy two wheels as soon as they can start walking.

  • Dates: Three consecutive Sundays (March 4, 11, and 18).
  • Time: 9am - 10am.
  • Location: Ord Terrace Elementary School

We are certified League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) with the League of American Bicyclists. Registering for a clinic gets your family our professional instruction. We'll help show you how to adjust your child's bike and helmet to fit their needs; how to maintain and care for their bike; and how you, as their adult, can create a supportive environment for your young rider. We have ramps. We have cones. We have obstacle courses. We play games. We talk about bike and pedestrian safety. We stay late after our clinics are over to give one-on-one instruction to families that want to hang out. But mostly, our clinics are about building COMMUNITY. If any of that appeals to you, we'd love to meet your family and have you attend.


We understand that kids grow fast, bikes are expensive, and keeping up with quality gear can be challenging which is why offering a scholarship option to families that need it is essential in supporting our goal of making biking accessible and affordable to all families in Monterey County. Whether you want to rent, buy, and/or bring your own WOOM or Stampede bike to a Balance Bike Clinic -- we've got a ton of registration options available in our online storefront, one of which, is bound to fit your families needs.





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Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Dads Read: Womxn's History Month

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Dads Read At The Little Kid Block Party: Happy Cake Day, MLK!

Sponsored by The Friends of the Marina Library. Join us as we celebrate Womxn's History Month! One month isn’t enough time to explore the wide range of stories that exist but we intend to try -- from scientists and singers, to activists and artists! Let's celebrate womxn and girls of color!

At the beginning of the The Friends of the Marina Library's Little Kids Block Party (starts at 10am and ends at 11:30am) a local dad from Families of Color Monterey County and Dads of Monterey County books will be reading a few specially selected books celebrating womxn and girls of color.

Representation in Literature

Representation in literature is essential for children of all races. For children of color, seeing themselves reflected in the books they read is crucial. When they fail to see themselves in books, they internalize the message that society devalues and erases them, and it can negatively affect their self-esteem. For white children, having books that accurately reflect the world around them helps to build empathy for people that are different from them, and helps open up discussions about race and oppression.
— The Children’s Book World Is Still Racially Biased

Interested in being the featured dad at Dads Read?



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May
6
to May 20

May's Balance Bike Clinic

  • Ord Terrace Elementary School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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May's Balance Bike Clinic

We host year-round Balance Bike Clinics open to all families. Register for a clinic and come learn how to ride a bike without using training wheels! Balance bikes are the ideal partner to introduce your young child to the concept of two wheels. Due to the extremely low step-through entry point and the high cockpit, little ones can enjoy two wheels as soon as they can start walking.

  • Dates: Three consecutive Sundays (May 6, 13, and 20).
  • Time: 9am - 10am.
  • Location: Ord Terrace Elementary School

We are certified League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) with the League of American Bicyclists. Registering for a clinic gets your family our professional instruction. We'll help show you how to adjust your child's bike and helmet to fit their needs; how to maintain and care for their bike; and how you, as their adult, can create a supportive environment for your young rider. We have ramps. We have cones. We have obstacle courses. We play games. We talk about bike and pedestrian safety. We stay late after our clinics are over to give one-on-one instruction to families that want to hang out. But mostly, our clinics are about building COMMUNITY. If any of that appeals to you, we'd love to meet your family and have you attend.


We understand that kids grow fast, bikes are expensive, and keeping up with quality gear can be challenging which is why offering a scholarship option to families that need it is essential in supporting our goal of making biking accessible and affordable to all families in Monterey County. Whether you want to rent, buy, and/or bring your own WOOM or Stampede bike to a Balance Bike Clinic -- we've got a ton of registration options available in our online storefront, one of which, is bound to fit your families needs.





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Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Dads Read: My Santa Claus is Black!

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Dads Read At The Little Kid Block Party

Sponsored by The Friends of the Marina Library. Join us as we celebrate the diversity of holidays in December, plus a visit from Black Santa! One month isn’t enough time to explore the wide range of stories that exist but we intend to try.

At the beginning of the The Friends of the Marina Library's Little Kids Block Party (starts at 10am and ends at 11:30am) a local dad from Families of Color Monterey County and Dads of Monterey County will be reading a few specially selected children's books celebrating the diversity of holidays in December featuring protagonists of color.

As a kid the image of Santa Claus as this big jolly white guy coming down the chimney didn’t fully resonate with my brother and I. For one, we didn’t have a chimney living in Florida and two, why couldn’t he look like us or my hard working parents?
— Felecia Hatcher, Founder of Black Santa App

Representation in Literature

Representation in literature is essential for children of all races. For children of color, seeing themselves reflected in the books they read is crucial. When they fail to see themselves in books, they internalize the message that society devalues and erases them, and it can negatively affect their self-esteem. For white children, having books that accurately reflect the world around them helps to build empathy for people that are different from them, and helps open up discussions about race and oppression.
— The Children’s Book World Is Still Racially Biased

Interested in being the featured dad at Dads Read? Click here for details.

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Jan
7
to Jan 21

January's Balance Bike Clinic

  • Ord Terrace Elementary School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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January's Balance Bike Clinic

We host year-round Balance Bike Clinics open to all families. Register for a clinic and come learn how to ride a bike without using training wheels! Balance bikes are the ideal partner to introduce your young child to the concept of two wheels. Due to the extremely low step-through entry point and the high cockpit, little ones can enjoy two wheels as soon as they can start walking.

  • Dates: Three consecutive Sundays (January 7, 14, and 21).
  • Time: 9am - 10am.
  • Location: Ord Terrace Elementary School

We are certified League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) with the League of American Bicyclists. Registering for a clinic gets your family our professional instruction. We'll help show you how to adjust your child's bike and helmet to fit their needs; how to maintain and care for their bike; and how you, as their adult, can create a supportive environment for your young rider. We have ramps. We have cones. We have obstacle courses. We play games. We talk about bike and pedestrian safety. We stay late after our clinics are over to give one-on-one instruction to families that want to hang out. But mostly, our clinics are about building COMMUNITY. If any of that appeals to you, we'd love to meet your family and have you attend.

ACCESS INFO

  • This is a zero-waste event. Please bring your own receptacle (cup, bottle, etc.) for water. There will be a 2-gallon jug with spigot for you to refill from.
  • f your child requires a snack, please bring one. We also encourage families, if they are able to, to bring something to share!
  • There are no stairs at this location.
  • All pathways are cement and/or asphalt.
  • There are two handicap accessible parking spots at the front of the school. If you need to, you can also pull all the way to the rear of the school and park on the blacktop where the clinic is taking place.
  • There is no bike rack parking available but you're welcome to lock your bike to the chain-link fence that encloses the park.
  • Bathrooms are available. There is no non-binary option and one stall in each is wheelchair accessible with a handrail. There is a baby changing station available in the women's bathroom.
  • There is no ASL interpreter for this event.
  • This is a Fragrance-Free event. Although we will be outdoors, please come unscented to protect those of us with environmental/chemical sensitivities.
  • There is no picnic area to sit and have snack at. Please bring your own blanket and/or chair as needed.
  • There will be two oversized outdoor chairs available for nursing/chestfeeding/breastfeeding.

We understand that kids grow fast, bikes are expensive, and keeping up with quality gear can be challenging which is why offering a scholarship option to families that need it is essential in supporting our goal of making biking accessible and affordable to all families in Monterey County. Whether you want to rent, buy, and/or bring your own WOOM or Stampede bike to a Balance Bike Clinic -- we've got a ton of registration options available in our online storefront, one of which, is bound to fit your families needs.





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Jan
5
3:00 PM15:00

Bike Demo

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Bike Demo

 Want to try out a balance bike? Is your kid ready for pedals? Do you have questions about the pros and cons of training wheels? Want to make sure your kid's helmet fits properly? Join us for a bike demo at Del Monte Manor in Seaside. We'll have a limited number of balance and pedal bikes available for families to touch and try. Bikes are available on a first-come first-serve basis (no reservations), so it's best to arrive early. Before you ride, you'll need to sign a waiver and get your helmet checked. We'll have some available to borrow but on a very limited basis.

  • Date: Friday, January 5.
  • Time: 3pm - 5pm.
  • Location: Del Monte Manor in Seaside.

We also have some new kids helmets that were donated to us by Stefania Castillo, Transportation Planner with the City of Monterey for use in our Kittie Knox Community Programs (Balance Bike Clinics, Balance Bike Meetups, Family Rides, Family Cycling Workshops, Bike Kits & Clinics, Community Movement for Mobility Justice, etc.).

They're free and typically fit (depending on circumference) kids age 6+ and some adults. If you're in need of one, we would love to run through a quick bike and helmet fitting with your family.




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Nov
12
to Nov 26

November's Balance Bike Clinic

  • Ord Terrace Elementary School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

November's Balance Bike Clinic

We host year-round Balance Bike Clinics open to all families. Register for a clinic and come learn how to ride a bike without using training wheels! Balance bikes are the ideal partner to introduce your young child to the concept of two wheels. Due to the extremely low step-through entry point and the high cockpit, little ones can enjoy two wheels as soon as they can start walking.

  • Dates: Three consecutive Sundays (November 12, 19, and 26).
  • Time: 9am - 10am.
  • Location: Ord Terrace Elementary School

We understand that kids grow fast, bikes are expensive, and keeping up with quality gear can be challenging which is why offering a scholarship option to families that need it is essential in supporting our goal of making biking accessible and affordable to all families in Monterey County. Whether you want to rent, buy, and/or bring your own WOOM or Stampede bike to a Balance Bike Clinic -- we've got a ton of registration options available in our online storefront, one of which, is bound to fit your families needs.

Sponsored by Bernard Green, LCI; Bern Unlimited; Bonnie Rose Fernandez, LMFT; Ord Terrace Elementary School in Seaside; Rooster Wheels & Coffee in Marina; Stampede Bikes; Stefania Castillo, Transportation Planner with the City of Monterey; WoombikesUSA; Xtracycle; and Yuba Bicycles.

 

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Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

Power & Privilege: Existing While White

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Power & Privilege: Existing While White

Join us for a community discussion intended to explicitly educate white folx. We encourage local activists, nonprofits, social change organizations, educators, caregivers, families, etc. to attend. Please bring your kids. This is a family-friendly affair. We encourage families, if they are able, to bring something to share potluck-style.

Topics will include:

  • Leveraging your privilege.
  • White supremacy and your complicity in it.
  • Reparations.

Topics specific to organizations who engage in social change work will include:

  • Does the community served or most impacted by your organization’s work have little or no power over the direction of the organization and how it uses its resources?
  • Is your organization seen in communities of color as a "white" organization?
  • Does your organization hold a paternalistic and deficit-oriented frame and attitude? Are **IBPoC served by white professionals? Do *SD/QT/IBPoC see themselves in leadership roles or in the people they directly interface with?
  • Does your organization address issues that impact *SD/QT/IBPoC without understanding how intersecting oppressions contribute to these issues?
  • White-led organizations have greater access to funding and other resources than organizations led by **IBPoC, what steps is your organization taking to address and redress this?
  • Do *SD/QT/IBPoC feel used as “poster children” to raise funds for and enhance the image of your organization?
  • Does the culture of your organization support being able to talk about power, privilege, and oppression?
  • When race is discussed, are special efforts made not to offend white leaders?
  • Do **IBPoC staff members feel comfortable challenging white leadership? Are those who do, met with defensiveness or labeled as "aggressive / oppositional"?
  • Is there greater respect for the opinions of white people?
  • Are the interactions, behavior, and decisions of your organization dominated by white cultural norms?
  • Are white leaders self-reflective and transparent about what it means to be white leaders of organizations based in **IBPoC communities?
  • Are white leaders proactive about understanding and addressing racism?
  • Does the concept of being “qualified” for leadership and other jobs in the organization include competency related to oppression and connections to *SD/QT/IBPoC communities?
  • Are there *SD/QT/IBPoC on staff? How many are Black?
  • Are **IBPoC staff members concentrated in front line and support jobs, with less positional power and autonomy?
  • Do microaggressions occur daily? Do they go unchecked?
  • Are efforts made to create a welcoming and supportive environment for *SD/QT/IBPoC staff? Do **IBPoC staff members feel unsupported by white leaders and peers?
  • Are there people who are advocating for change? Are *SD/QT/IBPoC often carrying the weight of that work?
  • Is "diversity / equity / inclusion / cultural competence / justice" work relegated to staff members who lack positional power in your organization?
  • Is "diversity / equity / inclusion / cultural competence / justice" work driven by requirements from funders and/or accreditation entities, rather than an actual understanding and commitment?

TERMS

*SD/QT/IBPoC: Sick, Disabled / Queer, Transgender / Indigenous, Black, People of Color

**IBPoC: Indigenous, Black, People of Color


See FoCMC's Partnering Prerequisites for additional info and resources.


Donations are encouraged to be made by all attendees. $20 suggested donation. (No one turned away for lack of funds.)

We are a community-building collective of multiracial + multiethnic families and all of our Community Programs are funded out-of-pocket by us. If you're able to invest in FoCMC and support our efforts to center the needs of families of color and develop equitable access to resources through advocacy, education, and community building, we accept check, cash, and/or money order. Please make payments to: "Families of Color Monterey County". You can also donate via PayPal.


ACCESS INFO

  • The park is enclosed.
  • The paths consist of decomposed granite and grass.
  • The playground contains woodchips and the equipment is not ADA accessible.
  • Parking is in a residential neighborhood and is free but limited. There is only one disabled spot available nearby.
  • There is no bike rack parking available but you're welcome to lock your bike to the chain-link fence that encloses the park.
  • Bathrooms are available. There is one wheelchair accessible stall in each. There is no non-binary option. There is a baby changing station available in the women's bathroom.
  • There are picnic areas but seating is limited. Please bring your own blanket and/or chair as we will be sitting in a circle on the grass for the event.
  • There are no stairs at this location.
  • There is no ASL interpreter for this event.
  • This is a Fragrance-Free event. Although we will be outdoors, please come unscented to protect those of us with environmental/chemical sensitivities.

Please note, no pumpkin spice lattes will be served at this event.

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Oct
22
5:30 PM17:30

Family Night Ride + SALE

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We'll meet at Seaside High at 5:30pm. Bring your anything that rolls (bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, etc.), helmets, warm clothes, snacks, waters, and all the lights you have! We'll have an obstacle course set up and we'll be giving out group rides on our Xtracycle Cargo Node (family cargo bike).

We will also be selling all of our used bike gear for 50% off (regular price), so bring $$. We accept cash, check, and/or PayPal. Tons of balance bikes and helmets must go to make way for new inventory! All proceeds go towards our scholarship program -- providing all kids access to quality bikes and helmets regardless of income.



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Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Community Paint Party

Damon Dahlen

Community Paint Party

Please note, due to the greater than anticipated interest and our limited access to funding, this will be a 'while supplies last' event.

Join us for a collaborative paint party! We'll supply the canvas, paint, glitter, and brushes -- you just need to dress in clothes you're okay with getting messy in.

Access Info

  • The playground is ADA accessible.
  • Bathrooms are available. They are single stalls and two are wheelchair accessible but the doors have to be opened manually. There is no non-binary option.
  • There are picnic areas but seating is limited.
  • Parking is free.

More Details

  • Please bring your kids. This is a family-friendly affair.
  • Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP, so we can have enough for everyone. We encourage families, if they are able, to bring something to share potluck-style.
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Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Dads of Monterey County Meetup: InterContinental

  • The InterContinental The Clement Monterey (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Dads of Monterey County Meetup: InterContinental

Dads of Monterey County (DoMC) is an inclusive community open to all fathers (fathers-to-be and prospective fathers included). We organize a variety of programs to provide opportunities for dads to socialize, learn, and support each other as we navigate parenthood.

Bring the kids and join us for this month's meetup by the fire pits at InterContinental The Clement Monterey. Small appetizers will be ordered. If you want something more, bring $$.

ACCESS INFO

  • Parking must be validated inside the restaurant. There is also metered parking along the street.
  • Bathrooms are available inside the hotel.
  • There is no gender neutral availability.
  • There is one ADA accessible restroom stall and a baby changing station inside said stall.
  • There are no stairs at this location. The hotel has an elevator if you need to access the second floor.



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Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Dads Read At The Little Kid Block Party: Día de los Muertos

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Dads Read At The Little Kid Block Party

Sponsored by The Friends of the Marina Library. Join us as we celebrate Día de los Muertos! One month isn’t enough time to explore the wide range of stories that exist but we intend to try.

At the beginning of the The Friends of the Marina Library's Little Kids Block Party (starts at 10am and ends at 11:30am) local dad, Joe Macias from Families of Color Monterey County and Dads of Monterey County will be reading a few specially selected children's books celebrating Día de los Muertos featuring protagonists of color.

Joseph Macias was born and raised in Monterey County. He currently lives in Salinas with his wife, Shardonnay and their two young children, Nora Jo (almost 3) and Micah Joseph (9-months-old). Joseph is a Licensing Program Analyst for California Department Social Services. He enjoys traveling with his family and most genres of music. Día de los Muertos is a way he stays connected to the cultura and folklore! Autumn is his favorite time of year -- enjoying family and festivities.

Certain announcements of some of this year’s celebrations conjured visions of hipsters drinking special holiday microbrews and listening to live music by white bands and eating white food in calavera facepaint and broken trails of marigolds. Don’t bother to build an altar because your celebration is an altar of death, a ceremony of killing culture by appropriation. Do you really not know how to sit at the table? To say thank you? To be a gracious guest?
— Dear White People/Queridos Gringos: You Want Our Culture But You Don’t Want Us – Stop Colonizing The Day Of The Dead

Representation in Literature

Representation in literature is essential for children of all races. For children of color, seeing themselves reflected in the books they read is crucial. When they fail to see themselves in books, they internalize the message that society devalues and erases them, and it can negatively affect their self-esteem. For white children, having books that accurately reflect the world around them helps to build empathy for people that are different from them, and helps open up discussions about race and oppression.
— The Children’s Book World Is Still Racially Biased

Interested in being the featured dad at Dads Read? Click here for details.

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Oct
1
6:00 PM18:00

FoCMC Delegation: Pre - California Bike Summit Meetup

  • The InterContinental The Clement Monterey (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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FoCMC Delegation: Pre - California Bike Summit Meetup

Let's get together to discuss the Summit's Schedule of Events and Workshop Programming. We'll divvy up who is attending what and how we'll report back to one another on what was learned/discussed. Please note, this event is mandatory for the FoCMC's California Bicycle Summit Delegation.

FoCMC will be attending the California Bicycle Summit 2017 as a delegation. We are looking for folx who support our Partnering Prerequisites and want to join our Community Movement for Mobility Justice.

Roundtrip Amtrak tickets, the conference's fees (includes full registration and meals), and three nights of shared lodging at the HI - Sacramento Hostel will be covered. If you're a PoC, especially Black womxn and femmes, please contact us and let us know that you'd like to attend as a member of the FoCMC delegation. Space is limited to 10 individuals.

For more info about the summit, click here.

Interested in a community-based and community-led movement for mobility justice? Join us! We are a collective of individuals galvanizing a grassroots effort dedicated to creating a walkable and bikeable Monterey County. We intend to mobilize families and empower the community by building a movement that decolonizes active transportation advocacy and planning.

ACCESS INFO

  • Parking must be validated inside the restaurant. There is also metered parking along the street.
  • Bathrooms are available inside the hotel.
  • There is no gender neutral availability.
  • There is one ADA accessible restroom stall and a baby changing station inside said stall.
  • There are no stairs at this location. The hotel has an elevator if you need to access the second floor.


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Sep
30
9:00 AM09:00

Family Cycling Workshop: Bike Lanes

Family Cycling Workshop: Bike Lanes

Sponsored by Bernard Green, LCI; Bern Unlimited; The Friends of the Marina Library; Rooster Wheels & Coffee in Marina; Stampede Bikes; Stefania Castillo, Transportation Planner with the City of Monterey; WoombikesUSA; Xtracycle; and Yuba Bicycles.We host year-round Family Cycling Workshops for adults who ride with their kids, and are interested in discussing the absence of dedicated infrastructure and learning how to stay safe in Monterey County. We meet in no-to-low traffic areas and talk about family gear (cargo bikes, child seats, trailers, balance bikes, helmets, etc.), "taking the lane", when to use the sidewalk, how to use bike lanes, being flexible about route selection and then we put those skills into practice.

  • Meet at Dennis the Menace Playground in Monterey, Ca.
  • Please note: For safety and quality of instruction, class size is limited to 5 families.

*Adisa (FoCMC co-founder) and Asante (co-founders' toddler) were in a car accident. Everyone is okay but all FoCMC events will need to be rescheduled until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

Kittie Knox Community Programs

All of our Kittie Knox Community Programs are community-based and community-led and intentionally established to reach cash poor families in Black and Brown neighborhoods

Community Movement for Mobility Justice

Interested in a community-based and community-led movement for mobility justice? Join us! We are a collective of individuals galvanizing a grassroots effort dedicated to creating a walkable and bikeable Monterey County. We intend to mobilize families and empower the community by building a movement that decolonizes active transportation advocacy and planning.

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Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

FoCMC Meetup: Doe Park AKA Super Park

Damon Dahlen

FoCMC Meetup: Doe Park AKA Super Park

We are self-identified families of color (IBPoC, transracial adoptive families, caregivers, grandparents, etc.) for whom race, culture, and ethnicity are central to child-rearing and identity. We get together with other families that look like ours to hang out and watch our kids play together. Bring your bikes and helmets -- this spot is perfect for riding!

Access Info

  • The majority of the playground equipment is not ADA accessible.
  • Bathrooms are available. They are single stalls and each is ADA accessible but the doors have to be opened manually. There is no gender neutral option.
  • There are picnic areas but seating is limited.

More Details

  • Please bring your kids. This is a family-friendly affair. They can play together while the adults hang out and collaborate at the tables outside next to the playground.
  • Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP, so we can have enough for everyone. We encourage families, if they are able, to bring something to share potluck-style.

*Adisa (FoCMC co-founder) and Asante (co-founders' toddler) were in a car accident. Everyone is okay but all FoCMC events will need to be rescheduled until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Sep
18
6:00 PM18:00

Dads of Monterey County Meetup: InterContinental

  • The InterContinental The Clement Monterey (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Dads of Monterey County Meetup: InterContinental

Dads of Monterey County (DoMC) is an inclusive community open to all fathers (fathers-to-be and prospective fathers included). We organize a variety of programs to provide opportunities for dads to socialize, learn, and support each other as we navigate parenthood.

Bring the kids and join us for this month's meetup by the fire pits at InterContinental The Clement Monterey. Small appetizers will be ordered. If you want something more, bring $$.

ACCESS INFO

  • Parking is free after 6pm.
  • Bathrooms are available inside the hotel.
  • There is no gender neutral availability.
  • There is one ADA accessible restroom stall and a baby changing station inside said stall.
  • There are no stairs at this location. The hotel has an elevator if you need to access the second floor.

*Adisa (FoCMC co-founder) and Asante (co-founders' toddler) were in a car accident. Everyone is okay but all FoCMC events will need to be rescheduled until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.




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Sep
16
4:00 PM16:00

Family Ride: Black is Beautiful

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Family Ride: Black is Beautiful

Sponsored by Bernard Green, LCI; Bern Unlimited; The Friends of the Marina Library; Rooster Wheels & Coffee in Marina; Stampede Bikes; Stefania Castillo, Transportation Planner with the City of Monterey; WoombikesUSA; Xtracycle; and Yuba Bicycles. Join us as we celebrate blackness! One month isn’t enough time to explore the wide range of stories that exist but we intend to try! Please bring your favorite kids' books featuring Black protagonists and showing the myriad of ways in which being Black is beautiful!

Representation in literature is essential for children of all races. For children of color, seeing themselves reflected in the books they read is crucial. When they fail to see themselves in books, they internalize the message that society devalues and erases them, and it can negatively affect their self-esteem. For white children, having books that accurately reflect the world around them helps to build empathy for people that are different from them, and helps open up discussions about race and oppression.
— The Children’s Book World Is Still Racially Biased

More Details

We will meet in the parking lot at Robert's Lake (closest to Home Depot) and head along the rec trail taking the scenic route to Laguna Grande Park (Monterey side) where we'll share the books our families have brought and watch our kids play! Don't have a bike? No worries! We'll do our best to keep the pace slow, so those walking, rolling, and/or with strollers can keep up. If you want to just meet us at the park, that's also an excellent option.

  • Please note a helmet is required for all participants under 18 years of age. We will have a few Bell helmets (donated by the City of Monterey) that typically fit kids age 5-8 available to use during the ride. If you need one, please let us know ahead of time, so we can plan accordingly.
  • There are bathrooms at this location. However, there is no gender neutral availability.
  • Please bring your own snacks, there are picnic areas.
  • We also recommend bringing your own blanket/chair as there are limited benches available for seating.
  • Bike parking is limited to just one wave-style rack. Please bring a lock, if you need one.

Kittie Knox Community Programs

All of our Kittie Knox Community Programs are community-based and community-led and intentionally established to reach cash poor families in Black and Brown neighborhoods

Community Movement for Mobility Justice

Interested in a community-based and community-led movement for mobility justice? Join us! We are a collective of individuals galvanizing a grassroots effort dedicated to creating a walkable and bikeable Monterey County. We intend to mobilize families and empower the community by building a movement that decolonizes active transportation advocacy and planning.

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Sep
10
to Sep 24

September's Balance Bike Clinic

  • Ord Terrace Elementary School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

September's Balance Bike Clinic

Sponsored by Bernard Green, LCI; Bern Unlimited; Ord Terrace Elementary School in Seaside; Rooster Wheels & Coffee in Marina; Stampede Bikes; Stefania Castillo, Transportation Planner with the City of Monterey; WoombikesUSA; Xtracycle; and Yuba Bicycles.

We host year-round Balance Bike Clinics open to all families. Register for a clinic and come learn how to ride a bike without using training wheels! Balance bikes are the ideal partner to introduce your young child to the concept of two wheels. Due to the extremely low step-through entry point and the high cockpit, little ones can enjoy two wheels as soon as they can start walking.

  • Dates: Three consecutive Sundays (September 10, 17, and 24).
  • Time: 9am - 10am.
  • Location: Ord Terrace Elementary School in Seaside.

We understand that kids grow fast, bikes are expensive, and keeping up with quality gear can be challenging which is why offering a scholarship option to families that need it is essential in supporting our goal of making biking accessible and affordable to all families in Monterey County. Whether you want to rent, buy, and/or bring your own WOOM or Stampede bike to a Balance Bike Clinic -- we've got a ton of different registration options available to fit your family's needs.

 

Kittie Knox Community Programs

All of our Kittie Knox Community Programs are community-based and community-led and intentionally established to reach cash poor families in Black and Brown neighborhoods

Community Movement for Mobility Justice

Interested in a community-based and community-led movement for mobility justice? Join us! We are a collective of individuals galvanizing a grassroots effort dedicated to creating a walkable and bikeable Monterey County. We intend to mobilize families and empower the community by building a movement that decolonizes active transportation advocacy and planning.

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Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Family Night Ride

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We'll meet at Seaside High at 7pm. There will be two ride options available, one for families that have family biking rigs and one for those whose kids are the only ones with bikes in the family.

  • For families that have family biking rigs, we'll head out along the rec trail for a leisurely ride through the city.
  • For families whose kids are the only ones with bikes, we'll have an obstacle course setup for them to run through.

Bring your bikes, helmets, warm clothes, and all the lights you have!

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Aug
27
9:00 AM09:00

Family Cycling Workshop: Bike Lanes

Family Cycling Workshop: Bike Lanes

We host year-round Family Cycling Workshops for adults who ride with their kids, and are interested in discussing the absence of dedicated infrastructure and learning how to stay safe in Monterey County. We meet in no-to-low traffic areas and talk about family gear (cargo bikes, child seats, trailers, balance bikes, helmets, etc.), "taking the lane", when to use the sidewalk, how to use bike lanes, being flexible about route selection and then we put those skills into practice.

  • Meet at Soper Park in Seaside, Ca.
  • Please note: For safety and quality of instruction, class size is limited to 5 families.
 

Kittie Knox Community Programs

All of our Kittie Knox Community Programs are community-based and community-led and intentionally established to reach cash poor families in Black and Brown neighborhoods

Community Movement for Mobility Justice

Interested in a community-based and community-led movement for mobility justice? Join us! We are a collective of individuals galvanizing a grassroots effort dedicated to creating a walkable and bikeable Monterey County. We intend to mobilize families and empower the community by building a movement that decolonizes active transportation advocacy and planning.

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Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Community Discussion with FoCMC

Community Discussion with FoCMC

Want to get involved? Want to know more about FoCMC and the work that we do? Want to become a Community Sponsor? Have FoCMC attend your event? Host our Community Programs in your space? Etc.

Join us for a meet-and-greet and get to know us! At FoCMC, we believe in harnessing the potential of families to decide for themselves how to use the personal and interpersonal resources at their disposal to support their needs. Together we can co-create what we want and need.

Access Info

  • The door leading into the library is a manually-triggered automatic door.
  • Bathrooms are available inside. However, there is no gender neutral option. There is one ADA accessible stall. The door to the bathroom does not have a manually-triggered automatic door.
  • The majority of the playground equipment outside is not ADA accessible.
  • There are picnic areas but seating is limited.

More Details

  • Please bring your kids. This is a family-friendly affair. They can play together while the adults hang out and collaborate at the tables outside next to the playground.
  • Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP, so we can have enough for everyone. We encourage families, if they are able, to bring something to share potluck-style.
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Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Dads of Monterey County Meetup: Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding, & Nursing

Dads of Monterey County Meetup: Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding, & Nursing

Dads of Monterey County (DoMC) is an inclusive grassroots community open to all fathers (fathers-to-be and prospective fathers included). We organize a variety of programs to provide opportunities for dads to socialize, learn, and support each other as we navigate parenthood.

Light refreshments will be provided. We encourage families, if they are able, to bring something to share potluck-style. Please RSVP, so we have enough.

  • Discussion topic: Breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and nursing.

Though the meetup is free to attend, it costs $20 per hour to reserve the room. If you've got it like that, please consider donating to help cover the expense.

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Aug
19
9:00 AM09:00

Family Cycling Workshop: Bike Lanes

Family Cycling Workshop: Bike Lanes

We host year-round Family Cycling Workshops for adults who ride with their kids, and are interested in discussing the absence of dedicated infrastructure and learning how to stay safe in Monterey County. We meet in no-to-low traffic areas and talk about family gear (cargo bikes, child seats, trailers, balance bikes, helmets, etc.), "taking the lane", when to use the sidewalk, how to use bike lanes, being flexible about route selection and then we put those skills into practice.

  • Meet at Dennis the Menace Playground in Monterey, Ca.
  • Please note: For safety and quality of instruction, class size is limited to 5 families.
 

Kittie Knox Community Programs

All of our Kittie Knox Community Programs are community-based and community-led and intentionally established to reach cash poor families in Black and Brown neighborhoods

Community Movement for Mobility Justice

Interested in a community-based and community-led movement for mobility justice? Join us! We are a collective of individuals galvanizing a grassroots effort dedicated to creating a walkable and bikeable Monterey County. We intend to mobilize families and empower the community by building a movement that decolonizes active transportation advocacy and planning.

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Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

Dads Read At The Little Kid Block Party: Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding, and Nursing

Dads Read At The Little Kid Block Party

Sponsored by Families of Color Monterey County, Dads of Monterey County, and The Friends of the Marina Library. Join us as we celebrate National Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding, and Nursing Month! One month isn’t enough time to explore the wide range of stories that exist but we intend to try.

At the beginning of the The Friends of the Marina Library's Little Kids Block Party (starts at 10am and ends at 11:30am) local dad, Kenny Garcia from Families of Color Monterey County and Dads of Monterey County will be reading a few specially selected books celebrating breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and nursing featuring protagonists of color.

Kenny Garcia was born and raised in New York City and currently lives in Pacific Grove with his partner, Sriya, their 19-month-old, Mariluna, and their cat, Noosha. Kenny is a business and health sciences librarian at California State University, Monterey Bay, and is both professionally and personally interested in supporting breastfeeding discussions with children and adults.

Representation in Literature

Representation in literature is essential for children of all races. For children of color, seeing themselves reflected in the books they read is crucial. When they fail to see themselves in books, they internalize the message that society devalues and erases them, and it can negatively affect their self-esteem. For white children, having books that accurately reflect the world around them helps to build empathy for people that are different from them, and helps open up discussions about race and oppression.
— The Children’s Book World Is Still Racially Biased

Interested in being the featured dad at Dads Read? Click here for details.

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Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

FoCMC Meetup: Gender Identity & Kids

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FoCMC Meetup: Gender Identity & Kids

We are self-identified families of color (BIPOC, transracial adoptive families, caregivers, grandparents, etc.) for whom race, culture, and ethnicity are central to child-rearing and identity. We get together with other families that look like ours to hang out and watch our kids play together.

Light refreshments will be provided. We encourage families, if they are able, to bring something to share potluck-style. Please RSVP, so we have enough.

  • Discussion topic: Gender Identity & Kids
  • Suggested Read: ‘Call Me Tree’: A Children’s Book With No Gender Specific Pronouns

Though the meetup is free to attend, it costs $20 per hour to reserve the room. If you've got it like that, please consider donating to help cover the expense.

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Aug
5
4:00 PM16:00

Family Ride: National Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding, & Nursing Month

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Family Ride: National Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding & Nursing Month

Sponsored by Bernard Green, LCI; Bern Unlimited; The Friends of the Marina Library; Rooster Wheels & Coffee in Marina; Stampede Bikes; Stefania Castillo, Transportation Planner with the City of Monterey; WoombikesUSA; Xtracycle; and Yuba Bicycles. Join us as we celebrate National Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding, and Nursing Month! One month isn’t enough time to explore the wide range of stories that exist but we intend to try! Please bring your favorite kids' books featuring protagonists of color and celebrating breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and nursing.

Representation in literature is essential for children of all races. For children of color, seeing themselves reflected in the books they read is crucial. When they fail to see themselves in books, they internalize the message that society devalues and erases them, and it can negatively affect their self-esteem. For white children, having books that accurately reflect the world around them helps to build empathy for people that are different from them, and helps open up discussions about race and oppression.
— The Children’s Book World Is Still Racially Biased

More Details

We will meet in the cul de sac off the rec trail across from First Awakenings in the American Tin Cannery Outlets and head along the rec trail towards Lovers Point where we'll share the books our families have brought and watch our kids play! Don't have a bike? No worries! We'll do our best to keep the pace slow, so those walking, rolling, and/or with strollers can keep up. If you want to just meet us at the park, that's also an excellent option.

  • Please note a helmet is required for all participants under 18 years of age. We will have a few Bell helmets (donated by the City of Monterey) that typically fit kids age 5-8 available to use during the ride. If you need one, please let us know ahead of time, so we can plan accordingly.
  • There are bathrooms at this location. However, there is no gender neutral availability.
  • Please bring your own snacks, there are picnic areas.
  • We also recommend bringing your own blanket/chair as there are limited benches available for seating.
  • Bike parking is limited to just one wave-style rack. Please bring a lock, if you need one.
  • The kids will most likely want to play in the water down at the beach (ADA accessible), so we recommend bringing the necessary essentials to make that transition.

Kittie Knox Community Programs

All of our Kittie Knox Community Programs are community-based and community-led and intentionally established to reach cash poor families in Black and Brown neighborhoods

Community Movement for Mobility Justice

Interested in a community-based and community-led movement for mobility justice? Join us! We are a collective of individuals galvanizing a grassroots effort dedicated to creating a walkable and bikeable Monterey County. We intend to mobilize families and empower the community by building a movement that decolonizes active transportation advocacy and planning.

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Jul
23
9:00 AM09:00

Family Cycling Workshop: Riding in Traffic

Family Cycling Workshop: Riding in Traffic

We also host year-round Family Cycling Workshops for adults who ride with their kids, and are interested in discussing the absence of dedicated infrastructure and learning how to stay safe in Monterey County. We meet in no-to-low traffic areas and talk about family gear (cargo bikes, child seats, trailers, balance bikes, helmets, etc.), "taking the lane", when to use the sidewalk, how to use bike lanes, being flexible about route selection and then we put those skills into practice.

  • Meet at Laguna Grande on the Monterey Side.
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