Old Monterey District Blog

It’s been over 20 days since Youth Arts Collective (YAC) had to shutter our studios in Downtown Old Monterey, but we didn’t disappear. We moved YAC’s program to an online clubhouse to keep them engaged with their art, each other, and their mentors. Mentors are currently working on demos and other videos, and we’re hoping to do some of our next Artist Interviews and Alumni Profiles in video format.

In addition, we have two Zoom meetups a week where we come together and do art while we talk… like an afternoon at YAC studios. It’s a touchstone in these weird times offering inspiration and comfort so they stay productive and a little less lonely. We also call every one of them every other week to check in personally and let them know we are here for them.

You can follow YAC on our usual Instagram and Facebook accounts where we’ll periodically share some of our clubhouse activity with YAC friends and supporters.

Since the YACsters are now adjusting to many hours a day online with their schoolwork, we are starting a new set of weekly (rather than daily) art prompts. And as an outreach to our community, we invite the public to join in. Stay tuned on our website - it starts this week and it’s going to be fun! Join us! All ages - artists and non-artists - are welcome.

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Because of the coronavirus and the shelter-in-place order, the Intimacy, Sexuality, and Gender Center of Monterey is now offering all its group therapy sessions via live video. Please know that we are following California state guidelines and all our video chats are HIPPA compliant and private. A schedule of group therapy classes is below.

ISGC continue to accept new patients. During these difficult times, please do not be afraid to reach out. Let us help you help yourself, and make the most of the time at home. Please phone Wanda Braveman, patient advocate, at 831-375-7553 for an intake appointment.

ISGC's On-Going Group Therapy Sessions on Video Chat:

Especially for Men: Male Sexual Abuse Survivors' Group
Mondays, 6pm-8pm

Women's Date / Intimate Partner Rape Survivor Group
Tuesdays, 6pm-8pm

Care for Caregivers Monthly Group
3rd Wednesday of every month, 7pm-9pm

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The City of Monterey announced on Monday, April 6, 2020 that it strongly advises the public to use the Recreation Trail only when commuting to and from work. Over the past several weeks, congestion along certain segments of the trail because of recreational users has made it virtually impossible for cyclists and pedestrians to maintain a six-foot distance to stay in compliance with the CDC's coronavirus health guidelines.

“We know that social distancing works to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said City Manager Hans Uslar. "Our iconic Recreation Trail will be available for recreational use when the Stay at Home Order is over.”

During the Stay at Home Order, the City of Monterey encourages residents and the public to walk in their residential neighborhoods, especially in areas where a 6-foot physical distance can be maintained between people.

The City recognizes that the Recreation Trail is used by essential workers commuting to work, and asks that the public respect the advisory which allows the trail to be used by commuters as a critical bicycling and pedestrian thoroughfare between Downtown Old Monterey and New Monterey. On April 3, signs were installed along the Recreation Trail advising the public of its use for commuting purposes only at this time.

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Om Studios is now offering yoga, Pilates, and barre classes online, live-streaming your favorite Om Studios teachers! Join us daily on Instagram Live to continue your practice and connect to your community during the shelter-in-place order.

Since Om Studios' classes are being given free for now, we encourage you to support our studio and our teachers. Our studio is accepting donations on Venmo: om-studios and PayPal: [email protected]. Any help is appreciated so we can keep our business afloat and continue to offer classes. (You can also leave a comment with your payment if it's for a particular teacher.)

Please be sure you are following Om Studios on Instagram. And please visit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter to receive notification of the upcoming week's schedule.

Please note that all classes will be live, so there may be sound issues, slight time delays, and whatever else may happen when you attend live events. (That's part of the fun!) We are all in this together and we appreciate your support as we navigate this new way of practicing together.

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During Monterey County's shelter-in-place order, children 18 and younger can access food through a Monterey County school site - no questions asked. Here is a map of all the food distribution sites in Monterey County.

In the Monterey Peninsula Unifed School District, beginning March 30, 2020, the district will offer grab and go meals at 16 school sites, 10am-12pm, for students 18 and younger. The children do not need to be present - a parent or guardian can pick up the meals to take home to their kids.

Each meal will include lunch for the day and breakfast for the next day. Families can pick up meals at any location. Families will be asked to drive up, roll down their window and grab the meal. Families who need to walk up will be asked to observe social distancing protocols and line up at least 6 feet apart from others. Staff will hand the bagged meal from the top of the bag and families will be asked to grab the bag from the bottom of the bag to receive the meal.

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City of Monterey's Operation Outreach

Posted on April 4th, 2020 by omba

During Monterey County's shelter-in-place order, the City of Monterey is conducting Operation Outreach, supporting Monterey's most vulnerable population to reduce the feeling of isolation during the COVID-19 emergency closure of facilities.

Just phone 831-646-3933 - Monterey Recreation and Monterey Public Library staff will be available to chat with those feeling isolated. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and Saturday, 10am-6pm.

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Want to support small, locally-owned businesses? Buy a gift card...or two! As you probably know, small businesses in Old Monterey are really suffering during this coronavirus shutdown. Even in the best of times, running a small business is a challenge. The profit margins are small and the hours are long. Now restaurants are open only for take-out and delivery and retail stores and salons are closed entirely.

We've got to shelter-in-place to slow the Covid-19 pandemic. But if you're one of the lucky people whose bank account hasn't been destroyed by the events following the coronavirus outbreak, please consider supporting Old Monterey's temporarily shuttered businesses with the purchase of gift certificates you can use when they're able to re-open their doors. Look for the "Gift Certificates" button in each business profile.

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Don't see your favorite business listed in our Gift Card Directory? Contact them and ask. They'll be glad to hear from you.

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In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and Monterey County's shelter-in-place order, the City of Monterey has published a list of resources for employers and employees in English and in Spanish.

This includes information on and links to wage replacement government programs such as unemployment insurance, disability insurance, paid sick leave, and paid family leave.

It also includes a list of information on and links to layoff assistance, local food banks, ways for seniors to receive help getting food and/or medication, tax filing extensions, DMV deadline extensions, access to free internet service, cash assistance for service workers, cash assistance for alcohol industry workers, and free access to video communication for K-12 students.

Resources for local employers and employees in English.

Programas del gobierno para reemplazar sueldos en Español.

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Trader Joe's in Downtown Old Monterey has established exclusive shopping hours every day, 8am-9am, for local residents most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus such as senior citizens and those with compromised immune systems.

Trader Joe's asks all customers to respect these special hours and reserve this shopping time for those most at risk in our community. The store is located at 570 Munras Avenue.

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