Old Monterey District Blog

Terra Superfoods, home of plant based bowls and good vibes, has a new item on our menu: Terra Butter. This nut and seed butter contains cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and flax seeds. Add it to your acai bowl for extra protein. It's delicious!

Terra Superfoods is located at 570 Munras Avenue, Suite 50, in Downtown Old Monterey (near Trader Joe's).

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This could be your meeting room! The Pearl Works, a community coworking space in Downtown Old Monterey, believes that nothing quite replaces being with people in person. Our Eden Room is perfect for small, intimate, vaccinated meetings and brainstorms. Rent a meeting room from us and let your creative collaboration soar.

Fee for the Eden Room is $30 per hour or $200 per day. Dog not included. To book the Eden Room or the larger Asilomar Room, please visit this page and click on "Book a Meeting Room." The Pearl Works is located at 288 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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MidiCi Monterey is excited to introduce our latest creation: the Honey Sriracha Chicken Pizza. Honey Srichacha sauce is the base, and it’s topped with shredded mozzarella, chicken, jalapenos, and pineapple. After baking, it's finished with a sriracha drizzle and cilantro.

Order the Honey Sriracha Chicken Pizza for dine-in, to-go thru the Toast app, or delivery via DoorDash or GrubHub. MidiCi is located at 467 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey

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Monterey Trolley Returns on June 25, 2022

Posted on May 13th, 2022 by omba

The Monterey trolley returns! This free service will operate July 3 - September 6, 10am-6pm daily. Park in the Downtown Monterey Garage (340 Tyler Street), Cannery Row Garage (601 Foam Street) or at the Waterfront Lot (between 245 Washington Street and the Wharf) and get a free ride to all of your favorite attractions including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, the Lighthouse District, Downtown Old Monterey, and Old Fisherman's Wharf.

Avoid the hassles of driving to each location and finding places to park - let the trolley give you a fast, convenient and free ride. Look for the green MST Trolley signs to board along the route.

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What's that instrument that looks like fun, that no one knows how to spell, and that has vastly different stories about its naming history? It is the ukulele! One less popular tale of the naming origin is that the Hawaiian word for ukulele translates to "the gift that came here." Some note that the Portuguese Vaqueros brought the ukulele to Hawaii possibly from Monterey, CA. (How cool is that?)

Regardless of the many different possible scenarios about the naming of the ukulele, we think it's a blast to play and hope you will too. Check out a ukulele for three weeks with your free library card. Each ukulele kit contains a soprano ukulele instrument, an instruction booklet with a music CD, and a tuner.

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The Coastal Roots Hospitality Group - including Montrio restaurant at 414 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey - has designated the Monterey County Film Commission as the nonprofit recipient of its Pick It Up - Pay It Forward Program for the months of May and June 2022.

What does this mean? When you order takeout food from Montrio, 10% of your order will automatically be donated to the Film Commission. (Please note: this offer does not apply to delivery orders.)

The nonprofit Monterey County Film Commission works to bring an economic boost throughout the county from the film industry. In the 35 years since the film commission was established, more than $123 million has come into local communities through on-location film production. It provides free assistance and markets county-wide locations for film productions ranging from feature films and commercials to music videos and TV series.

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Fleet Feet Monterey is now offering a special on Feetures running socks: buy 3 and get 1 free! Offer ends May 8, 2022. Be sure to stop by the shop before it’s too late, 472 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Feetures running socks offer targeted compression for superior fit and support, anatomical design providing enhanced fit and reduced risk of blisters, a seamless toe, and a lifetime guarantee.

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The non-profit MY Museum is holding an online auction, May 1-15, 2022, to raise money for its services to the children of Monterey County. There are items big and small - vacation packages, local art, swimming or dance lessons, delightful food and drink, and much more.

Please visit the auction page to see the great offerings available for bid. Every penny raised from this auction goes directly to making the museum a better, safer place for the children of Monterey County and beyond.

As you may know, Monterey County Youth Museum (MY Museum), located at 425 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is a nonprofit organization that has served over 1 million people in its 25 year history. Our mission is to provide an environment where curiosity and creativity flourish, while both children and adults discover the thrill of lifelong learning.

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Did you know Locally Lit Candle Bar offers mobile workshops for groups? That's right - we can bring the art of candle making to your event!

Each person in your group gets to create their own candle using their favorite scents. It's a fun, socially interactive experience that brings people together. And with our premium fragrance oils, soy wax, and cotton or wooden wicks, each person will have a high-quality candle to take home.

Please e-mail Locally Lit for more information and to book a candle making workshop at your venue. Want to come visit us instead? Our candle bar is located at 269 Bonifacio Place in Downtown Old Monterey.

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The Whisky Club, newly opened at 425 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is happy to host an event for your group. Whether it's a birthday party, a bachelor party, a private tasting, a business meeting, or a networking event, we welcome you! In addition to offering drinks, we can coordinate catering and transportation options, too.

For instance, we recently hosted a meeting for a group staying at a local hotel. They discussed business for a while and then enjoyed a private tasting of Highland scotch led by The Whisky Club's owner, Mitt Sawhney, accompanied by catered hors d'oeuvres.

Interested in hosting a party, meeting, or event at The Whisky Club? Please call us at 831-241-6713 to learn more and make your reservations. We’ll do our absolute best to ensure your event is a fun, safe and responsible, and memorable experience.

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Spa on the Plaza, located at 201 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is offering two specials throughout May 2022. To make an appointment, please phone us at 831-647-9000.

May Specials

CocoBalm for Mom
$190 for 80 minutes
Let us teleport you to the tropics of Fiji. Experience an 80-minute, deeply hydrating coconut balm massage. Scents of coconut will leave your skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

Mom's Rest and Relaxation
$285 for 2 hours
Let us take care of you. This Mom's R&R Package includes our 50 minute CBD oil massage and a 60 minute customized facial with a botanical marine mask.

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Venture Gallery presents the work of Lilly Campos, our featured artist for May. Lilly utilizes an array of techniques to create her colorful glass art. Her luminous pieces with their vivid sapphires, teals, and turquoises are representative of the landscape in the Monterey Bay.

From building a background scene by pouring crushed glass in layers into a glass frame, to layering one color or many different colors on top of each other to create a bright and bold design, each individual work represents multiple glass working techniques.

Venture Gallery is now open daily, 10am-6pm. Lilly Campos's artwork will be featured through May 2022. Venture Gallery is located at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Visit our website to shop online for work by our local artists.

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This summer, California State Parks is offering Los Exploradores de Monterey Summer Day Camp ("Los Niños") at Monterey State Historic Park, a two-week day camp for students grades 3-5, located in the heart of Old Monterey.

In this unique summer program, day campers will explore the rich cultural history and natural areas of Monterey State Historic Park and beyond. Campers will experience Monterey’s historical buildings and colorful gardens through hands-on activities such as period games and play, toys, crafts, food, songs, dances, nature observation, and interactive guided tours.

Sponsored by Monterey State Historic Park Association and led by California State Park Staff, this fun program highlights the many cultures of one of California’s most historic towns while day campers engage in some of the fun attractions of Monterey that exist today (such as a whale watching trip).

Sessions will be offered June 6-17, June 27 - July 8, and July 18-29. Please register here. Fee is $400, but tuition assistance is available for financially challenged students.

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Private Parties are back at Monterey County Youth Museum! Enjoy the museum all to yourself with 2 hours of exclusive playtime for up to 50 guests (total, including adults). Each party includes a staff-led scavenger hunt, photo opportunity, and a goody bag for each child in attendance under age 12.

You are welcome to bring snacks, cake/cupcakes, and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy in the party room. Private playdates happen on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 3:30pm-5:30pm. Fee is $395 for MY Museum members, $435 for all others.

MY Museum is located at 425 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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California State Library and California State Parks have partnered to offer the new State Parks Passes Program. Passes to enjoy State Parks are now available to check out with your Monterey Public Library card! Passes can be checked out for two weeks and must be returned to Monterey Public Library. Please ask library staff for more details.

Monterey Public Library is located at 625 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Esports for kids has returned to Code Ninjas Monterey! $199 per month gives you unlimited gaming during business hours, a professional coach who's a member of the CSUMB Esports Team, access to coding, and tournaments twice a month.

Please call Code Ninjas Monterey for more information and to reserve a spot as space is limited, 831-200-3924. Our center is located at 469 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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