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Spreckels Veterans Memorial Building

Available for Affairs, Banquets, Balls, Events, Meetings, Parties, Weddings, Zumba Classes and...

90 5th Street
Spreckels, CA 93962

Contact Us at: VeteransBuilding@SpreckelsPark.Org

(831) 455-2022





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Steinbeck Study Group Visits Spreckels



This group spent the early part of a summer day walking around Spreckels and learning of the contributions Nobel Prize winning author, John Steinbeck added to Spreckels history. Want to learn more...? Visit your Monterey County Library or Bookmobile.



Put On A Happy Face

Recently Brad and his family visited Spreckels Park. While the family explored the Sandbox and Monkey Puzzle Tree, Brad constructed a creative two view Happy Face on the playground rollers. Click the link below to visit the contrasting view.



Click to see the inverse of the Happy Face



Abandoned Dog



This morning, July 11th, an older Ford Explorer parked near the sandbox at Spreckels Park leaving the car engine running. The owner walked around the park with a small dog. The owner returned to his car and drove off abandoning the dog. The owner, a man dressed in blue jeans appeared to be middle aged.

The dog took refuge under a parked car. Bree, Susan and Steve's mom, Jyme attempted to lure the scared animal out from under the car. The pup persisted and remained in its hiding place. Jyme then walked to her car and opened the door. The pup bolted from its hiding place under the parked car and jumped into Jyme's car.

The dog is now at Monterey County Dept Health Animal Services Division. Please contact Animal Services if you have questions or information.
(831) 769-8850
www.mtyhd.org/pets



Happy 4th of July



Look who appeared to please the children and highlight a fun and festive Fourth of July



Dress rehearsal for one of the beautiful floats in preparation for the Independence Day Parade.

ie Patriotic Mowing... Only in Spreckels





Coming to Spreckels... this Summer. Jazzercise the fun and cool way to exercise for the whole family.

Who? - You

When? - Monday August 4th 8:30am-9:30am
M/T/W/Th

Where? - Spreckels Memorial Building
5th and Llano Ave.

For More Information Call - 831-262-7735
800-FIT-IS-IT

www.jazzercise.com





Happy Birthday Kevin!









Artist Gerard Martin captures Scott's house in Oils... or, is it watercolors, or acrylics...





Chalk in the Park!

...vintage 2014!

The artwork is completed. Visit the link below for a first-hand look at the masterpieces.

Saturday May 3, 2014



Salinas Circle for Children

Visit Last Year's Photos

This Year's Photos... !

Click to Visit the First of this Year's Photos...









Click to Visit Chalk in the Park 2014...



Last Easter In The Park

Easter Decorations Abound

Sand Castles appear in the Sandbox

Even the Easter Bunny herself makes an appearance at Easter In The Park

The Twins prepare for the Easter Egg Hunt
Thank You to Spreckels Volunteer Fire Department for a Successful Easter in the Park



Aftermath of a Storm



Answer to a prayer... and, more rain to come.



A Big Spreckels Thank You...



...to all of our School Crossing Guards. Keeping Spreckels School Safe.



Ryder tries out his new solution to the Greater Spreckels Energy Dilemma

Early testing proved worthy of continued research.



A successful test is concluded while Dad, Brian and Brother observe





Talkin' Baseball...



Spring Training is well underway at Spreckels Park... Come on out for a game!





Caught on Google Earth - circa 6/2011



Thanks again to Chief Rich and the men and women of Spreckels Volunteer Fire Company

Link to Free Google Earth Download



From Drought to Downpour - "In like a Lion..."
Just how intense was our early March storm? According to the highly scientific Spreckels Storm Assessment Methodology(SSaM), the storm was rated as a three monkey branch bag intensity tempest. Yes, on Wednesday, we collected three shopping bags of monkey branches from the sandbox following the deluge. On Friday it was an entire large green-waste container full of the dreaded monkey branches.















Antique Autos Visit Spreckels



This collection of older automobiles rolled into town one recent Saturday morning and stayed long enough to generate a good sized set of admirers.



The Spreckels Keystone



Dave drew my attention to the Keystone recently. It turns out that this keystone which is located on the Park Pavilion, also known as the bus stop, was originally positioned on the main building of the original Spreckels Sugar Company building.

Your thoughts and observations...?



Rain or Shine Park Work Proceeds







Spreckels Squirrel

Spotted today stapled to one of the benches in Spreckels Park



"We were nuts about each other..."



Flags in the Park



This group of guidon bearers met for practice tonight in the tennis court of Spreckels Park. They put on a spectacular display of flag presentation and demonstration.



Unusual Fungi spotted in the Park this morning... in two different places.



Thursday 1/9/14



Spreckels Iris takes bloom this New Years Eve





Salinas Crop Circles





Update: Salinas crop circle - Hoax or what?

Say... Isn't that Dave's John Deere at the top left corner of that upper photo?



Holiday Break is spent in a productive manner in Spreckels Park.





Studying the aerodynamics of flight...

Following a preflight check, the craft prepares to gain altitude in the dwindling days of Autumn.







This group of volunteers visited Spreckels this cold winter like day to place Don't Pollute badges on our storm drains. The group represents, Save The Whales a non-profit organization.



Thank you Volunteers



The Dawn of the New Lawn



The Turf & Water Crew work hard to rejuvenate the lawns of Spreckels Park

www.ClarkesXTurfandWater.com





Stonehenge



Spreckels Park Sandhenge

Question: Was Stonehenge built to celebrate the winter solstice?

Answer: That's one theory. Stonehenge was constructed in several phases over a period of many centuries. Due to the alignment of the stones, experts acknowledge that the design appears to correspond with the use of the solstices and possibly other solar and lunar astronomical events in some fashion. There are several theories as to why the structure was built, including that the area was used as a temple to worship the Sun; as a royal burial ground; and/or as a type of astronomical observatory. However, because none of these theories has been proven correct as yet, the true reason (or reasons) for Stonehenge remains a mystery.

Winter Begins Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 9:11 AM PST







Foggy's Notion
8am~September 16th



Outlaw Trucker collides with Margo's Store... on Friday the 13th!

"You can call TA security and tell them the info and they will talk to the driver. Then call the number on the truck and talk to their traffic and safety person. They will all do something." -Cheryl

T&A Cooler - 831-455-2255, T&A Security on duty - 831-214-9699



No injuries... just wounded pride and a wounded awning.



Spreckels Operational Protocol(SOP) is explained to the errant driver.



Great Thanks to Spreckels Fire Co. and the CHP for mitigating this situation.



September Eve







Thank You Spreckels!

Here are some pictures from our Bark For Life event that was held at Spreckels Park on August 18th.




Our event was a huge success! We had a great turn out of both people and dogs and raised over $4400.00 for the American Cancer Society!

-Nicole











Spreckels Kids having a ball in Spreckels Park in the late summer sunshine.



"The Organ Grinder"



"The Organ Grinder" is on public display at Spreckels Memorial Hall.

See the painting yourself... Have your next affair at Spreckels Memorial Hall



Morning Sunrise over Spreckels



Late Summer Glorious Sunrise Dawns over the Lawns of Spreckels Park



Praying Mantis Spotted in Spreckels



This Praying Mantis spent the morning in Spreckels recently. It took up residence in the trees along Hatton Avenue.

The English common name for any species in the order is "praying mantis", because of the typical "prayer-like" attitude with folded fore-limbs, although the term "preying mantis" is sometimes used in reference to their predatory habits. Mantises are exclusively predatory. It is hard to make mantises eat meat that they have not caught themselves, but people have hand fed mantises to keep them alive or just for fun. Insects form the primary diet, but larger species of mantises have been known to prey on small scorpions, lizards, frogs, birds, snakes, fish, and even rodents; they will prey upon any species small enough to be successfully captured and devoured.




New Fountain in Spreckels Park!






The New Fountain

Thanks to Tim Hutch
Hutch's Plumbing
831-754-3740







Ag Against Hunger

A large group of representatives from the Spreckels area met in Spreckels Park this morning to begin Ag Against Hunger's Glean program. The group walks the fields in the area following the harvest and collects food which is provided to those in need.

Click to Visit Ag Against Hunger

Visit Ag Against Hunger's website for more information and for the best recipes for; beets, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.

Donations Accepted







A lightly breezy day brings stunning cirrus clouds to Spreckels Park on Flag Day





Visit Spreckels Veterans Memorial Building to view the historical murals. Just the place for your Autumn affairs.

Visit Spreckels Veterans Memorial Building




www.SalinasCircle.Org

Saturday May 4th







First Place


Second Place


Tied for Third


Tied for Third

Let the Art begin...

8:00 am







9:00 am



10:00 am



11:00 am



12:00 pm



1:00 pm



See More of This Year's Show, Click Here

Remember Last Year? No, Click Here

Visit an article in the Californian about the Event





Whatever you do, make it a point to visit Gary and Sally's and take in the florid display.





The Croix de Candlestick pin was handed out to only the best and most diehard of SF Giants fans. After an extra inning game at Candlestick, any fan who braved the elements and stayed for the whole game was given the coveted pin. Candlestick Park's conditions past 10 o clock and the 9th inning at night were harsh and unforgiving. To own a Croix de Candlestick pin is a badge of honor that tells the world, "I love my Giants."





Bubbles in the Park...



Roberta fascinates the children on a warm sunny Sunday morning.



Puppies in the Park



Look who showed up for Dog Training today in the park...
This litter of Belgian Tervuren puppies came for the post rain morning K9 activities. As the morning progressed the crowd of puppy admirers grew. One wag postulated that, "By noon we'll need police crowd control to handle the puppy admirers." Sorry folks, all the puppies are spoken for...

Visit the Dogs of Spreckels Park



Daniel provides an early Autumn Concert on his first day with his new Trumpet







I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer






Foundation for New Park Lights

The final milestone is at hand on the Spreckels Park Light Project. The last of the lamps are in place and are illuminated evenings for your Spreckels Soiree. The lights were first switched on late summer 2012 and have brightened the Park since that time.



Capitalization for the project is from the Spreckels Town Improvement Fund.



An example of the complex intricacies in fabrication necessary to support each of the new Park Lights.


Thanks to Richard and Lochlan
Inverness Construction 831-455-5242 www.LochlanMcVicar.com
BAZ Electric Inc. 831-763-2042




Park Ranger Dave



Park Ranger Dave tends to the lawns of Spreckels Park





Gracie at Large



Gracie turned up MIA in Spreckels Park recently. Fortunately she was found by Susan and an APB and cohesive planning for a search operation for Gracie's owners, including a consultation with Kevin and Dave, was initiated. During the pre-planning portion of the operation, a voice was heard just outside of search headquarters. The voice called, "Gracie... Gracie..." Contact was made with Megan and a happy homecoming ensued.



Spreckels Park Lost and Found



Spreckels Summer Craft Show



With recently aquired treasures in hand, Spreckels Park Craft Fair visitors congregate.







June 3rd 2012



SPRECKELS VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY

www.SpreckelsFire.com

The Spreckels Volunteer Fire Company hosted a Firefighters Muster and Competition on June 1 - 3. Fire Departments throughout California attended and took part in the competition. The competition took place on Llano between 1st and 4th Streets. Our own Spreckels Fire Department performed admirably and placed well in the competition.











May 24th - The Windy Windy Day



Gavin Successfully Tests his new idea to use Natural Resources as a Source of Propulsion.



Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.
-John Steinbeck






Chalk in the Park is Back!

Chalk in the Park 2013

Last Year's Winners!

May 19, 2012



www.SalinasCircle.org

Chalk in the Park... the 1st Place Winner!
$500



Where the Wild Things Are...

-Maurice Sendak



...the Tiger
Second Place
$300



...the Sea Diver
Third Place
$200



Amore... Love...



...the Visit to the Dentist

Click to Visit More 2012 Chalk



Monterey County Free Libraries Bookmobile

Everyone visits the Bookmobile when it comes to Spreckels Park. Don, the Librarian, chats with Grey while Sadie anticipates fun in the park on a recent visit.

Click for Schedule of Bookmobile Visits

Monterey County Free Library



Spreckels Chef Todd Fisher to host Discovery Channel Series



Spreckels own Todd Fisher, along with his crew will create three 60-minute food oriented shows for The Discovery Channel. The focus is to be on bacon, burgers and steak. Filming began in late April, and will proceed to famous food locations around the country such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and many small towns in between... maybe even Spreckels.

Way to Go! Todd!

Thanks to Dave of "Rusty, Honey and Dave" fame for bringing this news to our attention.





Chris' Chevy Tahoe gleams in the Spreckels Park Spring Sunset



The K9s of Spreckels Park



GUS and MARIBELLE!


The Arch Duke and Grand Duchess of Spreckels

Visit All of the Dogs of Spreckels Park

Click Here... to Go To The Dogs...





I need a dog pretty badly. I dreamed of dogs last night. They sat in a circle and looked at me and I wanted all of them.
-John Steinbeck





Friday May 4th

Morning Showers Give Way and the Music of Children's Laughter Punctuates the Park





Sometimes it's great fun to be silly, like children playing statues and dying of laughter. And sometimes being silly breaks the even pace and lets you get a new start.
-John Steinbeck






Jacob and his Cosmic Electric Go-Kart tour the Park in Style
...while Dad keeps a watchful eye ...and sisters play nearby.



Well into Spring with Jordan, Anthony and Zack in the Trees...

... and Slide Trombones on the benches.



Alex provides a Spring Concert on his Slide Trombone near the Playground Slide to Kick Off the Weekend.



"I guess there are never enough books."
-John Steinbeck



April Fools Day Storm produces Snow above the Pastures of Heaven...

Hailstones on the Slide in the Park...



...and a Sharks Flag in the neighborhood.



...the Sharks flag has now come down. Wait 'til next year!



Sports & Games!

In addition to tennis on an illuminated arena, Spreckels Park supports baseball, softball, racquetball, volleyball, skateboarding, shuffleboard, handball, raquetball, geocaching, basketball, running, jogging, walking, K9 training/games, and horseshoes.





Girl Scouts of the United States of America

The Girl Scouts Celebrate their 100th Birthday at Spreckels Park ~ March 12, 1912 - March 12, 2012
Note: Item found at Girl Scout celebration... Visit Lost and Found





Visit Wikipedia's Spreckels Web Page

Spreckels is associated with the writer John Steinbeck, who lived and worked here for a time, and used the town as a setting in Tortilla Flat. (Spreckels was used as a location for the 1955 Steinbeck movie East of Eden.)

Steinbeck worked as a farm hand on the Spreckels sugar beet farm. During his summer work he noticed the difficult living conditions of his fellow workers, many of whom were migrant laborers. Years later those observations and the stories he heard the men tell would form the basis of his first great book, Tortilla Flat.



One Spreckels Park High Point


The Monkey Tree (native to Chile and Argentina) acts as a sentinel to the Playground, one of the "Go To" points for the children in the park.





"And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way."
-John Steinbeck








One of the many areas for a pleasant park picnic.



Full Beaver Moon over Fremont Peak





A WORD ABOUT SPRECKELS PARK
Providing recreation to Spreckels residents and visitors with variety, knowledge, care, and pride.


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