Old Monterey District Blog

"Be kind." Now there's a phrase that's useful to remember at all times, particularly the one we're living in right now. Grace Lifestyle Boutique has just restocked their supply of these stylish "be kind" t-shirts, graced with drawings of hands that spell out the words in American Sign Language. Grace now has sizes S, M, and L available for $35 each. And when you buy one, you're supporting a small, locally-owned business.

Grace Lifestyle Boutique is located at 459 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Looking for a funny little gift for a friend or a way to make yourself smile every morning? Casual Island has received a fresh supply of humorous refrigerator magnets! Just put on your face mask and stop by our shop at 261 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. (Need a new cloth face mask? We have lots of those for sale, too!) We love to make you smile, even if we only get to see the edges of your eyes crinkle up when you do it.

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Congratulations to Code Ninjas' junior varsity e-sports team for winning the XP Youth League National Finals last weekend! That's right, folks, the Monterey Whales JV Team upset the first seed in the first round of the playoffs and made an amazing underdog comeback, winning in the final round of their national Overwatch e-sports league on Saturday, July 25.

Code Ninjas Monterey is holding their next free Overwatch e-sports league tryouts for the Monterey Bay Whales fall season team on August 15 and 22, 2pm-5pm. It's a great opportunity for children ages 8-14 with a passion for fun, friendly, and cooperative gaming. No prior experience is necessary. The season lasts 8 weeks, followed by a 2-week playoff. HP-Omen Gaming Laptops are provided. Teams will be coached by Julian Torres and Bogdan Grots.

Code Ninjas is located at 469 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Home care facial kits are now available at Spa on the Plaza for curbside pick-up or home delivery. Options include the SkinCeuticals Deluxe Home Care Kit and the Jurlique Hydrating Rose Kit. Place your order at the links. Spa on the Plaza is located at 201 Alvarado Street, Suite A in Downtown Old Monterey.

Skinceuticals Deluxe Home Care Kit ($75)
Includes full size Tinted Physical Fusion SPF 50 and Biocellulous Restorative Mask and sachet size samples of Glycolic Cleanser, CE Furlic, Discoloration Defense, Triple Lipid, and Glycolic 10.

Jurlique Hydrating Rose Kit ($30)
Includes deluxe size samples of Nourishing Cleansing Oil, Rosewater Balancing Mist, and Rare Rose Moisturizer and sachet size samples of Activating Water, Rare Rose Serum, and Rare Rose Gel Cream.

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You can't go to the gym, but you can exercise your mind! Sovino Wine Bar's Trivia Night is now being held remotely every Monday at 7pm via Zoom and Classmarker.com. To play, please visit our website and purchase "Trivia" to receive the necessary links. For the game on July 27, the $10 fee will be waived when you make a purchase from Sovino's online wine and beer store. Please pay in advance and join in the fun!

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American Culinary Foundation's Covid-19 Relief Fund

Posted on July 22nd, 2020 by omba

Are you a cook, dishwasher, or sous chef who has lost your job because of a restaurant closure during the coronavirus pandemic? You can apply for assistance here from the Covid-19 Relief Fund from the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. You must show proof that you were employed in Monterey County for at least 6 months. Relief can be provided to your PayPal account or by check to ensure that you have access to basic necessities (food, housing, transportation, etc.).

Want to donate to the Covid-19 Relief Fund? Please click here. The Monterey Bay Chapter of the ACF is donating a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $6,000.

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Shelley Bennett Skincare is holding a donation drive for Community Homeless Solutions Women's Shelterthrough the month of July. For each grocery bag-sized donation of women's and children's clothes, household items, and/or toys that day, Shelley Bennett will give you 5 raffle tickets.

At the end of the drive, Shelley will be holding a raffle for 5 tote bags filled with skincare products! Please email Shelley for an appointment to drive up and drop off your donation at the shop, 588 Houston Street in Downtown Old Monterey. She'll contact the raffle winners on August 1.

From now through July 31, enjoy 15% off any purchase of $50 or more at Shelley Bennett Skincare's online store. Use code: community.

Community Homeless Solutions is Monterey County’s largest provider of homeless transitional housing and emergency shelter beds, including shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

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Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is hosting an online painting class with local artist Bunny Paivine on Saturday, July 25, at 6pm. Learn how to paint this picture from the comfort of your own home! Fee is $30 per person and includes paint, supplies, and delivery of the paint and supplies. (You can order wine or beer from us, too!)

Purchase your tickets at our online store. Class details will be sent to you following your purchase. Please purchase your tickets by Thursday night, July 9, to ensure delivery of supplies.

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The City of Monterey is asking all of us to obey the words of our mothers and "look, don't touch" when it comes to the bear sculptures on the Colton Hall Lawn. Scientific studies have show that the novel coronavirus can stay on surfaces for an extended period of time.

For your own health and safety, please do not touch or climb on the bears. They don't want to catch Covid-19, and neither do you. We all look forward to the day when we don't have to physically distance from the Colton Hall bears. Until then, please be a hero, wear a mask, and enjoy the bears with your eyes, not your hands.

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At Om Studios, located at 631 Cass Street in Downtown Old Monterey, we hold each student and their unique healing journey as sacred. We are committed to walking our talk, and inspiring our community to take better care of their bodies, emotional needs, and nervous systems so they can live a life of meaning and purpose. Our studio doors are temporarily closed because of Covid-19, but there are still opportunities available both online and outdoors.

Our on-demand virtual studio offers yoga, barre, and mat Pilates classes in in a variety of lengths. Whether you are a newbie, experienced practitioner, or looking to gain more flexibility or strength, our vast library of videos will help you reach your goals anytime and anywhere. You're invited to try it for free for 7 days - please register on our website.

We are thrilled to offer outdoor classes at Jewell Park in Pacific Grove. This park has a huge grassy space for us to physically distance and flow together.

Bring your mat and wear layers. Space is limited to 10 students and you must register in advance online. Wear your mask upon arrival. You can use your current class card, your Om Studios membership, or you can take one class at a time for $15.

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Union Yoga Beyond the Studio

Posted on July 21st, 2020 by Union Yoga

Union Yoga is way more than a studio. Our location at 244 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey can feel like a home, but it's the people who walk through the door that make Union the community that it is.

While we shelter in place, there are ways to continue to maintain our community and we invite you to join in, just as you stepped into yoga for the first time. Now more than ever, we need connection for physical and mental health, whether online or in person.

We are now fervently looking for an outdoor venue that can be used on a regular and on-going basis. Until then, classes are:

We are offering a range of yoga classes seven days a week via Zoom, including Foundations Yoga, Flow Yoga, and Yin Yoga. You can take an unlimited number of streaming classes each month for $65. Register in advance online.

Instructors include Kelli Gray (Nairn), Rebekah Cordell, Annie Peterson, Daysha Hampton, and Michael Simpson.

We meet Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 9am-10am, on the beach at the Monterey Tides Hotel for an all-level yoga flow class taught by Kelli or Rebekah Cordell. Yogi Bekah joins with her harmonium on Saturday and some Sunday mornings. Advance registration is required.

Bring your mat or a beach towel. Wearing a mask to the practice is recommended, but it's not required during the practice. We will space mats at least 6 feet apart.

Many of our Union teachers offer one-on-one or private group classes. If you would like private lessons or have a group of friends or family members who love and miss yoga classes, you can gather for one-time or recurring classes on your patio or at a local (approved) park, maintaining physical distance and still connecting with each other.

These classes are customized to help you reach new depths within your practice. Depending on the group size, classes may cost close to a regular class rate. Please send us an email for more information.

Please note: private classes are for you to continue practicing while supporting individual teachers. Union Yoga is otherwise unaffiliated with these sessions. All sessions should adhere to state health requirements.

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Want to send some really good California wine to Grandma Agnes is Florida or Uncle Lou in Oregon? Take advantage of Puma Road's flat rate $10 shipping promotion! That's right, purchase Puma Road wine on our website and we'll ship it for a flat rate of $10. We don’t ship to every state yet, but right now we do ship to: AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, MD, MN, MO, MT, NC, NM, NY, OR, TX, VA, and WA.

Puma Road Wine Tasting is located at 281 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Everyone is invited to Youth Arts Collective's first-ever virtual Summer Art Show! Hop on over to the show here now through August 31, 2020 to see a fabulous online exhibit featuring new YACster art in a wide range of media, styles, and personalities. There's bound to be something for everyone! Pieces are available for sale.

YAC is a nonprofit, after school art studio and mentorship program for high school and college artists - brilliant and struggling, confident and fringe, multi-ethnic, multi-tempered, and over 30% financially challenged. They learn art, job, and life skills, and gain a healthy dose of self-esteem and gratitude along the way. YACsters learn to believe in themselves, take creative risks, and give back.

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The Library needs your support now more than ever before. As a result of the economic fallout from Covid-19, their funding has been drastically reduced. If you have the ability, you can assist by making a donation to the non-profit Monterey Public Library Friends & Foundation. The Friends & Foundation helps fund new materials, programs, and services that will keep the library a vibrant place to learn and grow.

Historically, the Monterey Public Library has been supported by $3 million each year from the City of Monterey's General Fund. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic's impact on hotel tax, sales tax, and other revenue, the City is projecting a deficit of $31 million over the next two years.

Despite these economic challenges, the City will continue to support the Library's core mission with services such as curbside pickup. However, the City cannot currently afford to fund the Library at the same level that it has provided in the past. Without the help of customers and private partners, library hours, new materials, and programs will remain drastically reduced.

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Sovino's Summer Wine Sale is here! Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is now closed due to California Public Health Department's most recent restrictions on bars, but we are not idle! We have crazy deals for you at our online store, featuring 25% or more off all bottles of wine. You can choose free local delivery, pick-up by appointment, or shipping.

Not sure what to buy? Don’t hesitate to ask Sovino owner and sommelier Claire Sutton at 831-641-9463. Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is located at 241 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Cult Taco Weekly Dinner

Posted on July 15th, 2020 by Cult Taco

Save yourself the time, hassle, and mess of making dinner on Friday night by ordering the Cult Cares Weekly Dinner! This take-out meal offers a full dinner for 2 adults for only $52. The menu changes each week, so you get the opportunity to try all the Cult Taco favorites and even new menu items.

Orders are accepted online every week, from Tuesday until Thursday at 12pm, and pick-up is on Friday afternoon. (Availability is limited, so we recommend ordering on Tuesday.) Just visit our online menu and scroll down the page to "Weekly Dinner Series" to order.

The first Cult Cares Weekly dinner includes our famous guacamole, the classic Cult Taco salad, the decadent Oaxacan Chocolate Brownie, and more! Cult Taco is located at 481 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Outdoor Dining in Old Monterey

Posted on July 15th, 2020 by omba

Want to support small, locally-owned food establishments? All restaurants in Downtown Old Monterey are now offering take-out and/or no-contact curbside pick-up, and many are working with delivery services to bring their delicious cuisine straight to you. But what's remarkable, when you visit Downtown Old Monterey, is the speed with which outdoor dining has developed at many restaurants in the district.

Al fresco dining experiences have just opened and existing patio dining has been greatly expanded at 29 different restaurants and cafes and 2 wine tasting rooms in Downtown Old Monterey. To view the full list, please visit the Old Monterey Dining Guide, and click the "Dine-in" button.

The Old Monterey Business Association would like to thank the City of Monterey for making this possible and quickly processing business applications for expanded sidewalk dining.

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Compare your knowledge of Indiana Jones with other fans and enjoyed a physically distanced social night! Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is holding a Virtual Trivia Night via Zoom on Wednesday, July 29, 7pm-9pm. We'll use ClassMarker.com as an answer sheet.

To play, visit our online store, purchase Indiana Jones Trivia for $10, and provide your email address. We'll send you all the necessary links. (And you can buy some lovely wine while you're there! We offer free local delivery.)

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Jao Refresher Sanitizer is now back in stock at the Shelley Bennett Skincare online store. Formulated with 65% ethyl alcohol, you can kill germs while feeling refreshed with a blend of essential oils. Chamomile, calendula and aloe vera will keep your over-washed hands feeling hydrated.

The 4oz. spray is $14, and the 8 oz. pump is $18. Limit two of each size per order. You can purchase Jao Refreshers at our online store or by calling 831-324-4611.

Shelley Bennett Skincare, locally owned and operated, is located at 588 Houston Street in Monterey.

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