Old Monterey District Blog

The Intimacy, Sexuality, and Gender Center of Monterey (ISGC), led by Stephen Braveman, LMFT, DST (Director) and Wanda Braveman (Patient Advocate), want to talk with you about this outbreak of Covid-19.

We understand how upsetting and alarming watching this pandemic unfold can be for you and your loved ones. These events and the isolation that ensue can be very unsettling for many. You may feel like you can’t come into our office for your appointments, despite our increased efforts to insure a safe environment for all.

We want to offer you Teletherapy, a way to continue therapy without leaving home. For individual and couples’ sessions we have Facetime, Vsee, and Skype, and for group sessions we have Zoom. If none of these options work for you, Stephen can do sessions using the telephone.

Please notify Wanda at 831-375-7553 if you decide to utilize any of these alternative methods and stay home while continuing your therapy. All requests will be accommodated.

If you do not have an appointment, but would like to schedule one, please feel free to do so by calling Wanda at 831-375-7553. Our office is located at 494 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Please read update at end of post. Hello Sovino Wine Bar enthusiasts! We are open per usual and are bleaching the hell out of everything at Sovino for the foreseeable future. Come and visit us at 241 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Your support of owner-operated small businesses counts.

Update from Sovino Wine Bar on March 15, 2020: In light of Gov. Newsome’s announcement earlier today that all pubs, bars, and wine bars should close to the public, Sovino will be closing as of March 16th until further notice. We will be offering ways to purchase wine from Sovino very soon and will announce details in the next couple days via social media. Your support for small business and the service industry is now and always deeply felt and appreciated!

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Now is the perfect time to work on your guitar skills, and The Monterey Music Store has over 100 guitars for sale, both acoustic and electric! Come check out our new store at 419 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Our Monterey Music Store charge card offers low monthly payments with ZERO down.

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Shelley Bennett Skincare is happy to announce that our online store is now open! Shopping for your favorite skincare products is easier than ever. We carry Image, Caudalie, and private label Shelley Bennett Skincare products for every skin condition...plus some fun gift items!

Shelley Bennett Skincare is a small, owner-operated business located in Downtown Old Monterey. Please visit our website to place your order.

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Please read update at end of blog post. Being mindful of the risk of the novel coronavirus and Covid-19, Union Yoga asks that you please bring your own yoga mat to the studio. If you do not yet own a mat, we are offering our current mats and towels at wholesale prices!

Now through the end of March, all Lifeform mats are 30% off and all Manduka mats and towels are 40% off at our studio.

Our studio is maintaining a level of awareness of Covid-19 as new information is presented. We're now open and keeping our regular class schedule and we're using Clorox wipes to wipe down our studio mats and Clorox to keep the studio handles, knobs, and public spaces clean.

If you are not feeling well, coughing, or having allergic sensations, we ask that you refrain from coming into the studio. Staying home will not only help to keep our community healthy but will lessen the anxiety of others. We're all in this together!

Union Yoga is located at 244 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Come in, do some breath work, get into your body, and maintain a healthy lifestyle and mindset.

An update from Union Yoga on March 16, 2020: Yogis, we are called into action. It is the appropriate time to temporarily close the studio, effective immediately. I was hopeful that we would be able to keep the studio open for another week but it is not in the best interest of our community to do so.

Owning a yoga studio is a true work of passion and service. We operate on a month to month basis and class sizes and our income has been dramatically reduced over the last two weeks. This is likely true for most small businesses. There are ways you can help.

Monthly subscribers, please consider staying with Union during this time. Your subscriptions will be transferred over to the online streaming service. Your membership goes toward the pay of our teachers. Purchase gifts or class cards for yourself or friends to use at a later date. Those who have purchased class packs that expire in 6 months, those classes will be extended for the time we are closed.

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Please read update at end of post. It's an unprecedented time out in the world right now, so we at Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill wanted to let everyone know that in addition to following all CDC guidelines we are ramping up our already stringent hygiene and sanitation practices. We are confident that you can feel safe if you're healthy enough to visit us and have an experience at our pub. If you'd rather not risk it, we're setting up systems to allow curbside pickup of food and beer, which we'll announce in the coming days.

Company-wide we're encouraging social distancing, no physical contact, and have been washing hands and sanitizing like there's no tomorrow. You'll find us disinfecting non-stop (tables, door handles, menus, restrooms, any and all surfaces) and handling glassware properly (not touching the top part of the glass). Our production brewery mandates staff to use personal protective equipment and nitrile gloves when handling sanitary equipment and performing brewhouse / cellar duties. Brewery employees who can work from home will be doing so, and we have restricted all work related travel, participation in events, and encouraging to our staff to refrain from air travel, large gatherings and the like so that we're able to do our part in the effort to mitigate the spread of this virus.

Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill is located at 426 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Our phone number is 831-655-BEER.

Update from Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill on March 16, 2020: After much consideration, we have decided to restrict our dine-in business. It will be take-away only for food and beer, 12pm-7pm daily, for now. As we expand curbside options we will let you know those details. So give us a call, and we'll get you fed and some coldies in your fridge! Eat and drink well as we're hunkered down for awhile.

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Pacific Valley Bank currently has a full-time opening in our Monterey branch for a Client Service Representative (Teller). This position requires an individual with the flexibility to work approximately 40 hours per week.

The Client Service Representative provides a variety of client service functions including processing account transactions and assisting clients with other bank products, such as online banking, investment accounts, loan products and other deposit accounts.

View the full job description here. Pacific Valley Bank is located at 498 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Tuesday Farmers Market Temporarily Suspended

Posted on March 12th, 2020 by omba

The Old Monterey Business Association is suspending the Tuesday Farmers Market on Alvarado Street for the remainder of the month of March, and will decide in April when the Market will resume. This proactive measure is being taken in order to lessen possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus for both vendors and patrons of the Market during these uncertain times.

It is our hope that by moving quickly we can help avert this pandemic from taking hold in our city and in Monterey County.

Please sign up for the Old Monterey e-newsletter to stay abreast of all the latest news in our business district.

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UPDATE: AS OF MARCH 17, OSIO THEATRE HAS TEMPORARILY CLOSED. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATION WHEN WE HAVE A DATE FOR OUR RE-OPENING.

Below are the showtimes for Osio Theater, March 13-19, 2020. Osio, a nonprofit movie theater dedicated to independent, foreign, and art films, is located at 350 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey. Purchase advance tickets on our website.

WENDY
Weekdays at 1:30pm, 4:15pm, 6:45pm
Sat & Sun at 11am, 1:30pm, 4:15pm, 6:45pm

Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up. Watch the trailer.

THE TRAITOR
Daily at 1:15pm, 6:15pm
In the early 1980s, an all-out war rages between Sicilian mafia bosses over the heroin trade. Tommaso Buscetta, a made man, flees to hide out in Brazil. Back home, scores are being settled and Buscetta watches from afar as his sons and brother are killed in Palermo, knowing he may be next. Arrested and extradited to Italy by the Brazilian police, Buscetta makes a decision that will change everything for the Mafia: he decides to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone and betray the eternal vow he made to the Cosa Nostra. Watch the trailer.

GREED
Weekdays at 4pm
Sat & Sun at 11am, 4pm

Self-made British billionaire Sir Richard McCreadie's retail empire is in crisis. For 30 years he has ruled the world of retail fashion – bringing the high street to the catwalk and the catwalk to the high street – but after a damaging public inquiry his image is tarnished. To save his reputation, he decides to bounce back with a highly publicized and extravagant party celebrating his 60th birthday on the Greek island of Mykonos. Watch the trailer.

ORDINARY LOVE
Weekdays at 4:15pm
Sat & Sun at 11:15am, 4:15pm

An everyday couple with a remarkable love, there is an ease to their relationship which only comes from spending a lifetime together. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their enduring devotion as they must find the humor and grace to triumph over a year of adversity. Watch the trailer.

THE BANKER
Daily at 1:45pm, 6:30pm
In the 1960s, two African-American entrepreneurs hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur. Watch the trailer.

THE ASSISTANT
Weekdays at 4:30pm
Sat & Sun at 11:15am, 4:30pm
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Teeth Whitening Monterey is happy to announce our monthly specials for March 2020! The limited time offers are listed below. Please phone us at 831-717-4676 to make your appointment. We're conveniently located at 188 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

In March, we're offering a 15 minute session for $99, a 30 minute session for $134 (reg. $149), a 45 minute session for $154 (reg. $199), and for returning customers we're offering a 15-minute touch-up for $49 (reg. $69).

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Below are the showtimes for Osio Theater, March 6-12, 2020. Osio, a nonprofit movie theater dedicated to independent, foreign, and art films, is located at 350 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey. Purchase advance tickets on our website.

GREED
Weekdays at 1:30pm, 4pm, 6:45pm
Sat & Sun at 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm, 6:45pm

Self-made British billionaire Sir Richard McCreadie's retail empire is in crisis. For 30 years he has ruled the world of retail fashion – bringing the high street to the catwalk and the catwalk to the high street – but after a damaging public inquiry his image is tarnished. To save his reputation, he decides to bounce back with a highly publicized and extravagant party celebrating his 60th birthday on the Greek island of Mykonos. Watch the trailer.

ORDINARY LOVE
Weekdays at 2pm, 4:45pm, 7pm
Sat & Sun at 11:15am, 2pm, 4:45pm, 7pm

An everyday couple with a remarkable love, there is an ease to their relationship which only comes from spending a lifetime together. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their enduring devotion as they must find the humor and grace to triumph over a year of adversity. Watch the trailer.

THE BANKER
Weekdays at 1:30pm, 4pm, 6:30pm
Sat & Sun at 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm, 6:30pm

In the 1960s, two African-American entrepreneurs hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur. Watch the trailer.

ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND
Daily at 4:15pm
This documentary film tells the moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music and make their mark on music history. Once Were Brothers blends rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs, and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators. Watch the trailer.

THE ASSISTANT
Weekdays at 2pm, 6:30pm
Sat & Sun at 11:30am, 2pm, 6:30pm

Jane is a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. As Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her workday, to which she decides to take a stand against, only to discover the true depth of the system into which she has entered. Watch the trailer.

FANTASTIC FUNGI
Daily at 2:30pm, 5pm, 7pm
Sat & Sun at 11...Read More

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Cha-ya Japanese Tea and Things not only sells a wide variety of high quality loose leaf Japanese tea, we also brew tea in-house! Stop by for a delicious cup of Matcha (pictured here), Gyokuro, Sencha, or any of our other fine teas. You may not know what any of those names mean now, but allow us to walk you through the wonderful world of Japanese tea and find the one that tastes best to you!

We're located at 118 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey, and open Monday - Friday, 10:30am-5:30pm, and Saturday, 10:30am-3:30pm. We're proud to be a small, owner-operated local business.

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The Cooper Molera Adobe, located at 506 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey, is proud to present an exhibit of paintings and etchings by Armin Carl Hansen (1886-1957). This exhibit, which highlights Hansen’s love for and dedication to the fishing community and the Monterey Peninsula, which be on display through March 2020. Cooper Molera Adobe is open Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-4pm and Sunday, 11am-2:30pm.

Hansen is remembered as one of California’s most significant artists. Born in San Francisco in 1886, he began art lessons as a child and later studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Arthur Mathews before heading abroad to study at the Royal Academy in Germany. To support his studies and painting, he took a job as a deckhand on a Norwegian trawler and other commercial vessels. Returning to San Francisco in 1912 Hansen briefly taught art at UC Berkeley and the California School of Fine Arts.

In 1913, Hansen came to Monterey where he eventually settled, taught painting and print making, and built a house on Eldorado Street. An active member of the community, he was a founding member of the Monterey History & Art Association, the Carmel Art Institute, and an early member of the Carmel Art Association.

Throughout the year, the Cooper Molera Adobe displays artwork from Monterey County institutions, galleries, and private collections that reflect or are connected to Monterey county’s history in a unique way. This particular exhibit of Armin Hansen's work is taken from the City of Monterey's art collection. It is presented by Presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Cooper Molera Adobe, the City of Monterey Museums Division, and Trotter Galleries of Carmel and Pacific Grove

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Easy Ways to Find Bike Racks in Monterey

Posted on March 2nd, 2020 by omba

The City of Monterey boasts a number of bicycle rack locations. And now the City has published easy-to-use maps so you you can find out exactly where they are! There are two types of maps available: 1) two printable maps (one for Downtown Monterey and one for New Monterey) or 2) a single online map (be sure to click "bike parking" in the sidebar to view the bike rack locations).

Are you a business with a bike rack not listed on the maps? Please take a photo of your bike rack and e-mail it with a description of its location and address to Fernanda Roveri and the City will add it to the list.

In addition to bicycle racks, the City also offers bicycle lockers to rent at the Cannery Row Garage (601 Wave Street) and the Downtown East Garage (Washington and Del Monte St.). Lockers can be rented on a monthly ($15) or quarterly ($36) basis. Bike lockers are currently booked, but the Parking Division Office manages a waitlist - please call 831-646-3953.

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Below are the showtimes for Osio Theater, February 28 - March 5, 2020. Osio, a nonprofit movie theater dedicated to independent, foreign, and art films, is located at 350 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey. Purchase advance tickets on our website.

ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND
Weekdays at 2pm, 4:15pm, 6:45pm
Sat & Sun at 10:45am, 4:15pm, 6:45pm

This documentary film tells the moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music and make their mark on music history. Once Were Brothers blends rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs, and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators. Watch the trailer.

SEBERG
Weekdays at 1:30pm, 4pm, 7pm
Sat & Sun at 11:15am, 1:30pm, 4pm, 7pm

A political thriller inspired by real events about the French New Wave darling and Breathless star Jean Seberg. The film focuses on Seberg in the late 1960s when she was targeted by Hoover’s FBI because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal. Watch the trailer.

THE ASSISTANT
Weekdays at 1:45pm, 4pm, 6:30pm
Sat & Sun at 11:30am, 1:45pm, 4pm, 6:30pm

Jane is a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. As Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her workday, to which she decides to take a stand against, only to discover the true depth of the system into which she has entered. Watch the trailer.

LITTLE WOMEN
Weekdays at 4:15pm
Sat & Sun at 10:30am, 4:15pm

Writer-director Greta Gerwig has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. Watch the trailer.

FANTASTIC FUNGI
Daily at 2:30pm, 5pm, 7pm
(No 7pm show on 2/29)

This consciousness-shifting documentary takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Watch the trailer.

PARASITE
Daily at 1:30pm, 7pm
(No 7pm show on 2/29)
Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these...Read More

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The Direct Action Monterey Network organizes a monthly letter writing session for political prisoners, with an emphasis on political prisoners in California’s jails and prisons, on the third Sunday of every month at 7pm at Old Capitol Books. All are welcome to come and write letters of support with us. Each month, the group also tries to find a book on one of the prisoners’ wish lists and send it to them.

The Direct Action Monterey Network is a collective of anarchists, feminists, socialists, and other anti-authoritarian revolutionaries in the Monterey Peninsula area.

Old Capitol Books is located at 559 Tyler Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Below are the showtimes for Osio Theater, February 21-27, 2020. Osio, a nonprofit movie theater dedicated to independent, foreign, and art films, is located at 350 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey. Purchase advance tickets on our website.

THE ASSISTANT
Weekdays at 1:45pm, 4pm, 6:30pm
Sat & Sun at 11:15am, 1:45pm, 4pm, 6:30pm

Jane is a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. As Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her workday, to which she decides to take a stand against, only to discover the true depth of the system into which she has entered. Watch the trailer.

LITTLE WOMEN
Daily at 1:45pm, 6:45pm
Writer-director Greta Gerwig has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. Watch the trailer.

1917
Weekdays at 1:30pm, 4pm, 6:45pm
Sat & Sun at 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm, 6:45pm

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake, are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them. Watch the trailer.

FANTASTIC FUNGI
Daily at 2:30pm, 5pm, 7pm
This consciousness-shifting documentary takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Watch the trailer.

JOJO RABBIT
Weekdays at 4:30pm
Sat & Sun at 11:30am, 4:30pm

This World War II satire follows a lonely German boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must confront his blind nationalism. Watch the trailer.

PARASITE
In Color: Daily at 1:30pm, 7pm (also Sat & Sun at 10:45am)
In Black & White: Daily at 4:15pm

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When...Read More

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AMP Media, the community media organization for Monterey County located at 465 Tyler Street in Downtown Old Monterey, has announced the recent appointment of Sarah Pierce as its Interim Executive Director.

Pierce is a seasoned marketing executive and an award-winning creative director with more than 20 years of experience. She is the winner of many Promax, Telly, and Key Art Awards. She was most recently the Marketing Director of Crowd Machine, a cloud-based high-tech company based in Scotts Valley. She worked at Sony Pictures Television in Los Angeles from 2015-2018 as Vice President, On-Air Marketing/Creative Services.

Sarah has also held high level Creative Director and Marketing positions at several other production companies serving the film and television industry, including serving as Vice President, On-Air Promotion, Emerging Networks, with NBC Cable Entertainment for three years in Burbank.

Founded in 1998, AMP provides professional television broadcast and production services to the public, as well as to educational and government organizations. AMP is a community-funded 501(c)3 not-for-profit media broadcast organization, funded in part by local communities including the City of Monterey, City of Marina, City of Pacific Grove, and City of Seaside.

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