Old Monterey District Blog

Om Studios is happy to announce we've added more outdoor classes to our schedule! We now teach at the beautiful Cooper-Molera Gardens behind Alta Bakery at 502 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey as well as at Jewell Park at Central Avenue and Grand Avenue in Pacific Grove.

Come get some fresh air, breathe in the beautiful smells of the gardens, and get your body moving. (Plus, at Cooper-Molera Gardens you can get delicious coffee and yummy treats after class at Alta Bakery!)

Pre-registration is required due to Covid-19 restrictions. To view our class schedule and sign up, please visit our website. Bring your own mat/props. Masks are required until you get onto your mat. Use your current class card, membership, or pay the drop-in fee of $15. Space is very limited in order to keep us all distanced and safe.

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Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is happy to announce that our outdoor seating is now open Thursday - Monday every week for wine by the glass, small plates and shareables, and wine and beer to go. View our menu on our website and visit us at 241 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Prefer to stay close to home? Sovino continues to offer free delivery of wine to those who live locally as well as wine shipping to those who live farther afield. Please visit our our online store to make your purchase.

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After extensive renovations and a menu refresh, Lallapalooza has now reopened as Palooza! Come on down to 474 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey for take-out and outdoor dining. It's open Sunday - Thursday, 4pm-10pm, and Friday - Saturday, 4pm-11pm.

Executive Chef Joshua Kinzer has designed an approachable, crave-worthy menu with classic and contemporary dishes that are seasonally influenced. It includes shared small plates, pizzas, burgers, and main dishes such as dry-aged steak. Many vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.

Likewise, Palooza's beverage program has been refreshed to feature not only cocktails but also a variety of natural wines, with an emphasis on artisan wines by small producers,

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The museum at Cooper Molera Adobe is still closed, but we are holding plant sales every Saturday, 11am-4pm. We're featuring propagated plants from our garden including salvias, scented geraniums, hard to find francoas, and more at our front desk at 506 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey. Cash and checks only.

When you come to the plant sale, please wear a face mask, follow our 6-foot social distancing protocols, and use hand sanitizer. We are working hard to ensure the health and well being of our visitors, residents, and employees.

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Baby Yoda Bags at Casual Island

Posted on August 10th, 2020 by Casual Island

The Child has arrived at Casual Island! We now have these Baby Yoda bags available at the shop. But don't wait too long - these are sure to fly off the shelves. (We also carry women's fashion, a wide variety of face masks, and a bunch of fun novelty items). We're located at 261 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Cooper-Molera Adobe presents our annual History Hunt! On Saturday, August 22, 12pm-3pm, the public is invited to join the fun in Historic Downtown Monterey. It’s free for participants of all ages and is designed for individuals and household groups. Learn about local history, visit important historic sights, and view architectural treasures and public art.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, our rules for participation have changed. Groups of up to six people from the same household will be allowed. Participants are required to wear face coverings, be socially distanced from others outside their household, and use hand sanitizer.

The History Hunt begins at 12pm. Pick up your packets at the Cooper-Molera Adobe Gardens, 506 Munras Avenue, 11:45am-12pm (enter through the historic gates). Your packet will include a list of 25 items to find or learn about, a map of the historic Monterey district, and the rules for the hunt. The first three participants with the most correct answers will win surprise awards.

For more information, please phone the Cooper Adobe Museum at 831-223-0172, ext. 7776.

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August 2020 Drive Thru Produce Distribution in Monterey

Posted on August 7th, 2020 by omba

Need food assistance? Reservations are now available for the August 2020 Drive Thru Produce Distribution for Families and Seniors offered by the City of Monterey Recreation and the Monterey County Food Bank. This is now a contact-free drive-thru program and reservations are required.

In August, there's extra room in the schedule to accommodate more families. Pick-up times are on Mondays - August 10, 17, 24 and 31, 10am-1pm - by appointment only at Dennis the Menace Parking Lot, 777 Pearl Street in Monterey.

All produce is pre-packaged and the same for everyone. Please read the official flyer which contains all the details.Questions? Please call 831.646.3866 or e-mail Monterey Recreation.

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Take the 2020 U.S. Census Today!

Posted on August 5th, 2020 by omba

Every 10 years, people across the country fill out the Census in order to have an accurate count of all people in the United States. Californians can complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail (paper forms are being mailed to households that have not yet responded to the census). A Census ID is not required in order to respond. Be counted and help secure critical resources for your community today!

Census data determines funding allocations for schools, child care programs, road maintenance projects, and social assistance programs. Census data informs where new hospitals are built, improves health programs, and increases jobs and business opportunities. The Census also determines California’s federal funding for important community services that help support our families and gives us a fair share of representation in California and Washington, D.C.

Information collected during the 2020 Census can’t be shared or used against you in any way. Your information is only used to generate statistics. Do it today! It only takes a few moments.

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Another local favorite is on the rise, but really, really quietly... Sazon Express now serves their classic burrito (with any meat option) smothered in chile verde sauce! Be forewarned: it's not on the menu, but you can ask for it when you order. Delicious.

Sazon Express, now open for take-out, no-contact curbside pick-up, delivery, and outdoor dining, is located at 431 Tyler Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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It’s heating up, why not cool off with Puma Road's Summer Chardonnay Blowout! It comes in a glass bottle. There's a complimentary cork with every purchase. You can serve it cold or hot (if you're feeling crazy). And the prices are so low you'll say: "Gosh darn it, those prices are low!" Stop by the wine tasting room at 281 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey and stock up today.

Puma Road's 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay is now priced at $20 per bottle (reg. $35), and $200 per case. Puma Road's 2016 Pedregal de Paicines Chardonnay is now priced at $14 per bottle (reg. $25) and $140 per case.

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Union Yoga is offering a 5-day mini immersion class series in breathwork and meditation online. Classes are 20 minutes long, 8:15am-8:35am, Monday, August 17 through Friday, August 21. We'll gather on Zoom for a short lesson then a shared breathwork and meditation session followed by an optional Q&A.

Led by Union Yoga owner Kelli Gray, this is a beginner's course and open to all to learn or simply to sit in and be guided through a mini-session. By the end of the week, you'll have the skills and information to practice on your own. Fee is $30 for the week. For more information and to register, please e-mail Kelli at Union Yoga.

Union Yoga is located at 244 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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A City of Monterey sister city since 1984, Tainan, Taiwan, reached out to the City of Monterey with concern over the significant spread of the coronavirus in the United States and graciously donated 2,900 medical masks and 300 medical goggles. The supplies arrived at Monterey City Hall on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. They will be added to inventory in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), shared with City first responders including police and fire and other staff, and may also be shared with other community first responders as needed.

“We are so grateful for the kindness and generosity of our sister city, Tainan,” said Mayor Clyde Roberson. “This worldwide pandemic shows that we are all in this together, and it is heartwarming to see how people are helping each other, even across the seas. These are the times that truly bring the meaning of sister cities to light. Just as the sign on the boxes reads - Together, Stronger.”

Tainan City Mayor Huang Wei-che said, ”Friendship with people is to treat each other sincerely, and the fundamental way of urban diplomacy is the same. The rapid spread of the epidemic in the United States in the past few months shows the need, and we should stand up at this moment and take the initiative to share the surplus materials with international family and friends.” Thank you, Mayor Huang!

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Montrio Bistro, located at 414 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey, has launched a 60-day fundraiser in support of the Food Bank for Monterey County. With the “Pick It Up, Pay It Forward” campaign, taking place now through September 30, 2020, 10% of all proceeds from take-out orders will be donated to the food bank. (Please note: this is for take-out orders only, and does not apply to delivery orders.)

With the difficulties of the pandemic, food banks are struggling to keep up with growing demand. So come and pick up your favorite meal today to help us support this cause! Our dishes make your taste buds feel great and nothing feels better than helping others in need.

Ken and Mona Donkersloot, owners of Montrio Bistro, Tarpy's Roadhouse, and Rio Grill restaurants, hope to meet a goal of $20,000 across all three restaurants. If that goal is met, they will personally donate an additional $5,000. Visit Montrio's website to view our take-out menu and place your pick-up / take-out order at 831-648-8880.

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Did you know that Slowfiber carries carefully curated sewing kits, perfect for mending your favorite clothing, your children's plush toys, and more? We think there's nothing more discouraging than mending something using a low quality, plastic "kit" produced in some factory overseas. We create and sell menders' kits that invite you to fix your beautiful, treasured things, and tools that are there when you need them to get you out of a tough spot.

Slowfiber offers both small and large mend kits. The Small Kit contains 12 needles (calyx style), Merchant & Mills Baby Bow scissors, a seam ripper, 1 spool A&E Gutermann brand 100% recycled thread (from pop bottles), 5 safety pins, and 3 buttons. The Large Kit contains 25 Merchant & Mills needles, a number of glass-head pins, a 60-inch Merchant & Mills tape measure (mm on the flip), Merchant & Mills Baby Bow scissors, Merchant & Mills seam ripper, tailor's chalk, 20 safety pins, 4 seam clips, 3 spools A&E Gutermann brand 100% recycled thread (from pop bottles), and your choice of locally made up-cycled cloth bag or recycled paperboard box for storage.

You can purchase your Slowfiber mend kit online or at our shop, located at 517 B Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Alvarado Street Brewery is switching things up just a little bit...going forward, all new releases will be on Friday! They'll be simultaneously hitting our Monterey location for in-person purchase and our website, burphopsnow.com, for shipping. So check the website or come see us to get your hands on all the latest brews.

Shipping is available on our website in any quantity from a single four pack up to three cases (different shipping rates will apply for different quantities). Orders placed Friday through Sunday on our website will be shipped on Tuesdays. If you select "Pickup" at checkout, you may pick up your beer only at our Salinas brewery drive-thru, Monday - Friday, 12pm-5pm.

Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill is located at 426 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Shear Addiction is excited to announce we're participating in an online Instagram auction, Change Happens Together, August 21-25, to support Kinship Center. Mark your calendars! Funds from the auction will go directly to Kinship Center to help provide adoption and foster care services to children and youth on California's Central Coast. Read the auction guidelines here.

Shear Addiction Barbershop and Hair Studio, located at 160 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is a classic, upscale barbershop and salon studio offering a variety of services to cater to everyone, both men and women. Our doors are temporarily closed because of the coronavirus.

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Pacific Bowls and Rolls is happy to now feature local halibut on our menu! You can have it on your bowls or in your roll. Come try it as-is or marinated in cilantro and lime. (It's delicious!) You can order online, call in your order to 831-601-584, or stop by and enjoy it at one of our outdoor tables at 475 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

At Pacific Bowls and Rolls, we hold ourselves responsible for contributing to the health of our community and our planet. We are proud partners with the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program, and our meats are all ethically and sustainably raised by Niman Ranch and Mary's Free Range Chicken. Our produce is organic, seasonal, and local whenever possible.

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Haute Beauty Guide's retail shop, located at 71 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey, now carries bars of soap made by Nash and Jones. These all-natural soap bars are creamy, luxurious, and designed to be gentle enough for any skin type. We're not sure whether the mint bar or the honey bar is our favorite, but they all smell dreamy! Come see what you think.

These beautiful soaps are also available on the Haute Beauty Guide website for shipping or local delivery. Haute Beauty Guide is a small, locally-owned business run by Doran, a licensed esthetician and mother of a lively toddler.

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