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The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and Mercedes-Benz have chosen Monterey County Youth Museum as one of the local nonprofit organizations to benefit from their annual car drawing. The winner of the drawing will receive a beautiful new Compact Luxury Mercedes-Benz SUV GLA 250 (MSRP $46,150).

MY Museum has been given 1,500 tickets to sell for $100 per ticket. All funds raised will be used for MY Museum's educational programs and will provide subsidized museum visits for schools and families in challenging circumstances.

The drawing will be held on August 18, 2024 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance (you need not to be present to win). Tickets can be purchased in person at MY Museum, over the phone at 831-649-6444, or by reserving tickets online - we will call you for payment. Once payment is made we will mail you your tickets and receipt.

Help us bring joy and learning through play to children! Be assured that every time someone buys a ticket (or two or three) for the car drawing, MY Museum staff do the happy dance in the office.

Please note: winner of the car will be responsible for all applicable taxes, licensing, and transfer fees. Delivery is limited to within the USA only.

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2024 4th of July Photos Now on Old Monterey Website

Posted on July 10th, 2024 by omba

Another fantastic 4th of July celebration is in the books! The Old Monterey Business Association wants to thank everyone who attended and marched in our annual 4th of July Parade. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

There are photos on our website from the 4th of July Parade in Downtown Old Monterey, pancake breakfast at the fire station, and music and food fest in front of Colton Hall. We encourage you to go there to see the special moments captured by photographer and OMBA web developer Sheldon Chang.

Nacho Bizness Under New Ownership

Posted on July 9th, 2024 by Nacho Bizness

Big news, Monterey food lovers! Nacho Bizness, located at 470 Alvarado Street in Monterey, has changed ownership.

After 8 years of very hard work, the brilliant duo behind the creation of all your favorite Nacho Bizness recipes, Steb Montez and Brittani Reid, have made the decision to sell the restaurant to another very hard-working, talented team, the Manasiri family. Does the name sound familiar? It's the same friendly family that's been serving up fantastic, mouth-watering dishes at Manasiri's Crepes and Sandwiches down at 321 Alvarado Street for years.

You'll find that Nacho Bizness still has the same delicious menu and fun atmosphere. Come on down and show the new owners some love! It won't be hard to do once you take a bite of the nachos...or the burritos...or the mac and cheese...

Nacho Bizness is now open Sun-Thu, 11am-9pm, and Fri-Sat, 11am-10pm.

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Luminata Books and Gifts now carries high-quality, raw, unfiltered wildflower honey from Big Sur Honey Co. Come find it at our shop, located at 631 Cass Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

About the Honey

Sourced from hives located on the south coast of Big Sur, the honey retains natural enzymes, pollen, and antioxidants, offering a distinct taste reflective of the area's diverse flora, including wildflowers, sage, and eucalyptus.

About Big Sur Honey Co.

Big Sur Honey Co, a small family business, practices sustainable beekeeping, avoiding chemicals and pesticides to protect both bees and the environment. All the hives originated from feral Big Sur stock, collected over time from rock crevices, oak knotholes, and farmhouse attics.

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Venture Gallery presents the paintings of Dorothy Stonely, our featured local artist for July. In her latest exhibit, A Painted Symphony, her vibrant abstract work revels in the joy of bright colors.

Dorothy has fond memories of her first box of crayons. “The colors were so exciting!” she says. “My young mind reasoned that if I broke them all in half there would be even more color.” At the age of eighteen, Dorothy moved from a traditional New England environment to the California Coast, where she felt the freedom to create non-traditional art in a supportive setting.

Venture Gallery is open 10am-6pm daily. Dorothy Stonely's artwork will be featured through July 2024. 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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The Pearl Works: Summer Discount for New Members

Posted on June 26th, 2024 by PearlWorks

There's no place like NOT home! At The Pearl Works coworking space, we know that sometimes you just need to get out of the play zone and into work mode. We have shared and private spaces designed for you to have a peaceful and productive work day.

Join The Pearl Works as a full time member in June or July 2024 and receive 15% off your first three months. Savings start at $112! Make an appointment for a tour. We're located at 288 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey

About The Pearl Works

The Pearl Works offers community coworking with purpose; we serve remote professionals, entrepreneurs, and students with our flexible workspace options. We have dedicated desks, work spaces at open tables and in lounge areas, a limited number of private offices, conference rooms to rent, and virtual mail services that give you a professional business address in Old Monterey.

Cha-Ya Monterey Teahouse Boutique, reopened in March under owner Ariel Wolansky, has a new tea menu! We invite you to try our collection of Japanese, Chinese, and herbal teas at 118 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Cha-Ya is a retail store offering fine teas, elegant tea pots and tea cups, artisan chocolate, and home decor. We are also a tea shop serving tea here and to-go and conducting tea ceremonies. We're open Tue-Thu, 11am-3pm, and Fri-Sat, 11am-4pm.

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Ad Astra Bread Co has a fresh menu of summer sandwiches in the shop! Our new veggie sandwich boasts roasted miso eggplant, Napa cabbage slaw, pickled Japanese cucumbers, ponzu tahini dressing, and a fresh herb salad on a demi-baguette.

We're also offering mortadella, chicken caesar, nicoise, and smoked salmon sandwiches for lunch. And don't miss our breakfast sandwich, only available 7am-11am.

Ad Astra, located at 479 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is open daily, 7am-4pm.

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No Fireworks Allowed in Monterey

Posted on June 16th, 2024 by omba

The City of Monterey asks that you do your patriotic duty to reduce the risk of wildfire by not using fireworks when celebrating the 4th of July. In the City you may be subject to a $1000 fine if you are caught using any type of fireworks (including those marked as "safe and sane"). Thank you for enjoying the holiday responsibly and safely.

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Summer is here! Manasiri's Crepes and Sandwiches has a booth at the Old Monterey Farmers Market on Tuesdays just outside our cafe, and we're having a lot of fun with our chocolate fountain. Come get a cup of chocolate covered strawberries - it's the perfect dessert to enjoy as you're browsing the market.

Also at the market, we're offering crepes fettuccine-style, sliced into ribbons and served with your favorite crepe toppings in a take-out container. Try it and see what our viral Instagram post was all about!

A family-owned business, Manasiri's Crepes and Sandwiches is located at 321 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Franklin Street Collaborative is now offering permanent jewelry by appointment in our store at 201 W. Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

With Bonded Monterey permanent jewelry newly located in the shop, we're offering a range of bracelets, anklets, necklaces, rings, hand chains, hat chains, and more. Book your in-store appointment today by calling us at 831-920-2611. Private and corporate parties are available.

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Calling all soccer lovers! Britannia Arms in Monterey will have all the 12pm games for the UEFA's 2024 European Football Championship playing on our big TV screens, June 14 - July 14.

Enjoy a delicious lunch, cold beer, and great soccer at 444 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

About Britannia Arms of Monterey

Since opening our doors in 1999, this British owned and operated pub has become the place to go for locals and tourists who are looking for a drink or a bite to eat in a friendly atmosphere. We're proud to offer 24 beers on tap as well as a full bar and a full-service kitchen.

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Alvarado Street Brewery is now offering grab and go salads ($10) and sandwiches ($12), Monday-Thursday, 11:30am-3pm. We're located at 426 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Grab and go salads, $10

Spring Beet Salad
Swank Farms roasted beets and frisee, mascarpone yogurt, beet vinaigrette, citrus gremolata, pepitas

Caesar Salad
Chopped hearts of romaine, sourdough croutons, creamy caesar dressing, freshly grated Parmesan

Rainbow Grain Bowl
Purple rice, red quinoa, asparagus, bell pepper, radish, cucumber, edamame, chives, cashews, house balsamic vinaigrette (served cold)

Grab and go sandwiches, $12

Pub Burger
Grilled Angus beef patty, American cheese, iceberg shredduce, dijonaise, house pickles, tomato, Ad Astra milk bun

FC Sandwich
Katsu fried chicken, tonka sauce, pickled furikake cabbage, sliced Ad Astra milk bread

Pesto Chicken Panini

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Webster Street Art Gallery presents an exhibit of the plein air paintings of Santa Cruz artist Suzanne Elliott. Her work, consisting primarily of Monterey landscapes and seascapes, will be on display through July 2024 at 188 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

About Plein Air Painting

Suzanne Elliott paints in oils focusing on the plein air tradition of painting landscapes outdoors. Most plein air paintings are completed in one session using rich color and loose brush strokes, with an emphasis on capturing light and shadow. Speedy and accurate color mixing using a limited palette and the fast-changing light require one's “inner critic” to take the day off. This style of painting is not for the timid, but the rewards are well worth the effort.

About Suzanne Elliott

Suzanne Elliott was born in the country of Malawi and lived there until she was 16. She has lived in California since 1973. Suzanne's participation in art making started in childhood and then lay dormant until her 40s. Her lifelong love of nature and the landscape make plein air painting a natural fit.

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Update: Thank you to all of our wonderful 2024 4th of July volunteers!

The Old Monterey Business Association and Old Monterey Foundation are seeking volunteers for our 4th of July Parade in Downtown Old Monterey!

Parade Details

This old fashioned community parade, with marching bands, dancers, giant balloons, and community groups is a wonderful Monterey tradition that draws thousands of locals and visitors of all ages for a morning of family-friendly fun.

Volunteer Details

Volunteers will serve 8am-12pm on Thursday, July 4. As a volunteer, you may end up marching in the parade or placed along the route for crowd and parade control. Because of this, it is very important that you be able to walk a mile and stand for a few hours.

Interested? Fill out this short form and you'll be contacted by the Parade Volunteer Coordinator. If you have questions, please phone the OMBA office at 831-655-8070.

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Venture Gallery presents the multi-media work of France Ruhnke, our featured local artist for June. Her latest exhibit, Contours of Nature, consists of three new collections: “Haute Couture,” “Botanical,” and “Continuity.”

The three collections reveal the essence and elegance of nature’s contours, with its flow and transparency. Seen as pure perspective, a two-dimensional plan in neutral tones transforms magically into a three-dimensional joyful artistic encounter.

Venture Gallery is open 10am-6pm daily. France Ruhnke's artwork will be featured through June 2024. 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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High Scores just moved a bunch of fresh games into our arcade at 459 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey! Come and check them out.

On the arcade floor we now have Joust, Punch-Out!!, Missile Command, and Rampage, joining our other classic games such as The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Frogger, Tetris, Tron, Mortal Combat II, and much more.

Hours & Pricing

Price is $10 for 1 hour of unlimited gaming, or $22 for a full day of unlimited gaming with in-and-out privileges. Our summer hours, which begin May 31, are Sun-Thu, 12:30pm-10pm. and Fri-Sat, 12:30pm-11pm.

About High Scores Arcade

We're a family-owned business focused primarily on the golden age of arcade gaming, mostly featuring games from the early to mid 1980s. Our collection of classic arcade games is much bigger than our physical arcade; of 170+ games, we feature apx. 40 on the floor at any one time. If you're itching to play one particular title, give us a call to see if it's currently being showcased, 609-468-3083.

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