SOLEDAD — A free creativity workshop, hosted by Juan Felipe Herrera and Monterey Museum of Art, will take place Friday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Soledad Branch Library, 401 Gabilan Drive. Children of all ages are welcome to join artist and U.S. Poet Laureate Emeritus Herrera for an afternoon of poetry and art-making. Herrera will lead a variety of projects, teaching participants how to make infinite poems, mandala circular poems, papel picado and more. This workshop is inspired by the concurrent exhibition, “Stretching the Poem: The Art and Word Realizations of Juan Felipe Herrera,” currently on view through July 31 at the Monterey Museum of Art.
GREENFIELD — A summertime barbecue for Greenfield youth is planned for Friday, July 15, at 3 p.m. at Greenfield Community Park, on the corner of Third Street and Apple Avenue. There will be free food, fun activities and games, a park cleanup and raffle in addition to learning about environmental issues.
SALINAS — ARIEL Theatrical will present “The Hobbit,” an epic tale inspired by the classic storytelling of J.R.R. Tolkien, on July 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23, at the Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre in Salinas. Thursday and Friday showtimes are at 7 p.m., and Saturday shows are at 2 and 7 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit arieltheatrical.org, call 831-775-0976 or go to the ARIEL box office at 320 Main St.