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Old Monterey is the thriving downtown district of Monterey, CA. Home to nearly 400 shops, restaurants, and service providers and a bustling farmers' market, it's a hub of community life. Tourists from around the world come for its seaside charm and historical attractions. Old Monterey is a frequent host to conventions and meetings of all sizes. It's also a great place to locate a business.

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This Week's Highlights

Opening Reception for the City of Monterey's Photo Contest Exhibition

Monterey Conference Center

The City of Monterey is hosting an opening art reception at Alvarado Gallery, located on the mezzanine level of Monterey Conference Center, to celebrate a new exhibition of photographs submitted to the 2017-18 Monterey Photo Contest. All are welcome! All photos submitted to the contest will be displayed, and the five contest winners will be present: Jared Apperson, Sheldon Chang, Shirley Coly, Lillie Grossman, and Brad Lewis.

Old Capitol Books: Talk and Book Signing by Author Kim Steinhardt

Old Capitol Books

Kim Steinhardt, co-author of The Edge: The Pressured Past and Precarious Future of California's Coast , will be at Old Capitol Books to talk about coastal California’s unique natural history and to tell the stories of the communities which thrive off its resources and beauty. The book is a dramatic snapshot of the California coast’s past, present, and probable future in a time of climate change and expanding human activity.

Luminata Books: Introduction to Crystal Medicine Singing Bowls

Luminata Books & Gifts

Created out of quartz crystal, crystal singing bowls are powerful tools for healing, meditation and attunement to inner levels of being. This Introduction to the Singing Bowls' Vibrational Empowerment and Healing by Vali Francis will demonstrate their use. Come experience the beauty and power of these transformative tools.

Screenwriting Essentials for 2018 - Lecture by Madeline DiMaggio

MIIS, Irvine Auditorium

Ever dream of writing your own movie or TV script? Learn how to write and sell screenplays at the REEL Jobs Screenwriting lecture with Madeline DiMaggio, a screenwriter, author, and accomplished writing teacher from Los Angeles. Tickets are $30 ($10 for students).