Old Monterey District Blog

Order a Picnic to Go at Paris Bakery

Posted on April 29th, 2020 by Paris Bakery

We at Paris Bakery have seen people camping in their backyard, having fun family picnics on their patio, and making obstacle courses for their kids out of household items. There's so much creativity at work, keeping some sort of normalcy and sense of fun during these hard times.

And now Paris Bakery is offering is a little grab-and-go lunch for everyone age 21 and up to enjoy whether you're eating at home, enjoying a patio picnic, or dropping something special off for a loved one. Pictured here is a jambon beurre sandwich, apple custard, and red wine. Our picnic offerings can be tailored to your taste! Call us at 831-646-1620.

Paris Bakery is located at 271 Bonifacio Place in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Merlot! It's Comanche Cellars' new quarantine elixir. Our 2017 Merlot from Santa Clara Valley is priced at only $15 each (reg $34) and there's a 6 bottle minimum purchase. Please phone us at 831-747-2244 for more information.

Our wine room is located at 412 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We are currently offering curbside pickup by appointment for purchases by the bottle and by the case.

2017 Comanche Cellars Merlot
Dusty sugar on the nose leads to blackberries, dark cherries, and blueberries on the palate. These beautiful layers of fruit are complemented by notes of leather, cedar, and licorice.

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MidiCi Now Serves Pasta

Posted on April 29th, 2020 by MidiCi

Calling all pasta lovers! MidiCi Monterey is proud to offer our new lineup of delicious pastas: Spaghetti and Meatballs, Penne Vodka, Chicken Alfredo, Pesto Genovese, and Macaroni and Cheese. Try all your favorites now, via delivery or take-out!

MidiCi, the Neapoltian pizza company, is located at 467 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Our phone number is 831-264-7013. View our menu online.

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Face Coverings Required in Public in Monterey County

Posted on April 29th, 2020 by omba

The Monterey County Health Officer has announced that all people over age 12 must wear face masks or face coverings in public beginning at 12:01am on Thursday, April 30, 2020. (Parents and guardians please note: children age 2 and under MUST NOT wear face coverings.)

Reusable cloth face masks are encouraged! The use of medical masks, such as N-95 respirators and surgical masks, are discouraged because there is a shortage of those in the marketplace and health care workers and first responders need them.

Read online all about face coverings in Monterey County! Links are below to documents in English and Spanish.

Face Coverings: Frequently Asked Questions - English
Face Coverings: The Full Order in English

Cubreboca / Máscara: Preguntas Frecuentes y Respuestas - Español
Cubreboca / Máscara: La Orden en Español...Read More

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Save Old Capitol Books!

Posted on April 24th, 2020 by Old Capitol Books

Over the years, Monterey's Old Capitol Books has been not only a new and used bookstore, but also a community center featuring poetry readings, philosophy reading groups, live music, experimental art performances, non-profit meetings, and more. During these extremely difficult times, store owners Ali and Stephanie are thinking of innovative ways to try to keep the business afloat, but they need your help.

If you're able, please consider supporting Old Capitol Books by donating to the Old Capitol Books GoFundMe Campaign, purchasing a gift certificate, buying a Quarantine Care Package, or liberating a book from their shelves via the online catalog.

GoFundMe Campaign
100% of the money raised will go into protecting the bookstore, including paying the staff so that they don't have to be worried about their job prospects in the future. Please help protect one of California's only black owned bookstores!

Purchase a Gift Certificate
Old Capitol Books gift certificates will help meet immediate financial needs. When the doors reopen after the shelter-in-place order, you can enjoy browsing through the shelves and selecting the books you like best.

Quarantine Care Packages
Bring wonderful books into your life! For the duration of the quarantine, Old Capitol Books is offering Book Care Packages. Each care package shipped includes a book (or books) personally selected by our experienced booksellers based on your preferences plus a unique gift.

Browse Old Capitol Books' Online Catalog
Old Capitol Books has a select number of rare, used, or out-of-print titles available for purchase on AbeBooks.com.

About Old Capitol Books and Its Owners, Ali & Stephanie
In early 2017, when then owner, Matthew Sundt, announced to his staff that he wanted to sell, we (Ali Elfaki and Stephanie Spoto) knew that we had to do what we could to keep the bookstore open. To us, this bookstore represents something much more than a mere job – it is a real passion.

Ali Elfaki is a Sudanese immigrant who grew up here on the peninsula, and has been working at Old Capitol Books since 2014. He's...Read More

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Doran, an esthetician and owner of Haute Beauty Guide in Downtown Old Monterey, is sheltering at home right now, but she has with her all her fantastic skincare and beauty products, home decor, jewelry, and toys for young children, and she's selling them through her online store! Check out Doran's website and support a small, locally-owned business today.

The specialty of Haute Beauty Guide is skin care, and Doran is proud to carry California-based Jan Marini skincare products as well as a number of Nash and Jones skincare items which are ethical, sustainable, and vegan. You'll also find PCA Skin products - targeted, medical-grade skincare items - and lovely hand wash and hand lotion for everyday use by Lightwell Co.

Doran is now offering free local delivery to Toro Park, Marina, Seaside, Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel. Gift cards are also available for purchase online, and she's offering $10 off each gift card of $100 or more.

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Puma Road at Portola Plaza, a wine tasting room in Downtown Old Monterey for local Puma Road Winery, welcomes online wine orders and is now offering UPS Ground shipping on all orders of any value, as well as complimentary next day local delivery for orders of $40 or more to many parts of Monterey County. We are also offering curbside pickup on Friday and Monday, 3pm-6pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-4pm. Please visit our website to view our selection and place your order.

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Maybe on Monday, a shop in Downtown Old Monterey featuring gifts and collectibles from around the world, is now selling items on Etsy! Please consider supporting our family-owned brick-and-mortar store during the necessary shelter-in-place order by making a purchase from us online.

We're currently offering affirmation stones, hand-crocheted bracelets, home decor, and handmade natural yak and goat milk shampoo balls.

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Donate to the MIIS Student Emergency Fund

Posted on April 22nd, 2020 by Middlebury Institute

The Middlebury Institute community has come together to help students experiencing unexpected financial needs related to the pandemic. In just over a week, more than $27,000 was raised from staff, faculty, Student Council, alumni, and friends to create the MIIS Student Emergency Fund, which will provide small grants to students facing financial hardship.

“We know the current crisis has been not only upsetting but also extremely financially difficult for a lot of students, and we saw this as the best way to make sure as many students as possible can get some help,” says Student Council President Jaewon Oh.

Current students in need can complete a short application requesting up to $250. Requests are reviewed and approved weekly and funds are typically distributed within 7-14 days. Expenses related to loss of wages, technology for remote learning, unexpected travel, and medical and mental health services not covered by insurance are covered by the Fund.

Requests to the fund will be accepted through May 8. To donate to the fund, please click here. For more Information please phone Eva Gudbergsdottir, 831-647-6606.

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For a limited time only, Old Monterey Cafe is offering 20% off their entire breakfast and lunch menu. They are also continuing to provide health care professionals with a free take out meal once a week (just bring proof of your organization).

Old Monterey Cafe, located at 489 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is currently open Monday-Friday, 7am-11:30am, and Saturday and Sunday, 7am-12pm.

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Pacific Bowls and Rolls is now offering a Mix-and-Match Dinner for Four (2-scoop bowls or sushi rolls) for only $42. This offer is good now through May 18, 2020. Please phone in your order for curbside pickup or delivery, 831-583-8433.

Pacific Bowls and Rolls, located at 475 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is open during the shelter-in-place order Monday-Saturday, 11:30am-8pm.

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At Pilates Monterey, one-on-one instruction is a great way to perfect your form and ensure you reap the benefits from your exercise while limiting your chance of injury. It’s also a great way to build your foundation so you can jump in confidently into group classes. In a private, virtual session, we’ll go over your fitness goals and discuss any injuries you might be working with, tailoring your workout to your needs.

Pilates Monterey is now offering virtual private sessions (one-on-one) for $45 per hour. Or you can grab a friend, roommate, or significant other and split the cost, which for two people is $50 per hour. Please e-mail Trudy to schedule an appointment.

Trudy McCrone, owner of Pilates Monterey, is a Nationally Certified Pilates Trainer (NCPT), and currently teaches Private Sessions and Circuit classes at the studio, as well as Circuit Grad classes for the Peninsula Pilates Project. In addition to the formal training program, Trudy has mentored under prominent local and San Francisco-based Pilates instructors.

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Om Virtual Studio Is Now Live!

Posted on April 21st, 2020 by Om Studios

Om Studios is excited to announce that our on-demand virtual class library is now live! There are already many classes to choose from. Expect Vinyasa, Power Flow, Gentle Yoga, Slow Flow,Yin, Barre and Mat Pilates. Every day we will be adding more. Fee is $39 for unlimited monthly access. Sign up now.

We will still be offering a few donation-based Instagram LIVE classes every week for those experiencing financial hardships, unable to join our virtual studio, or who just want to practice with us live! Donations can be made through Venmo: om-studios or PayPal: [email protected].

Thank you so much for showing up and supporting us during this time of uncertainty. It is our mission to offer high-quality yoga and movement classes and it has been just over one month since we closed our doors in March. Since then, we have been committed to staying connected to you and the community while trying to provide an income stream for teachers, staff, and the studio. Our goal is to remain open and survive this pandemic as a small business so we can re-open our doors when it is safe to do so.

Please note: all Om Studios memberships, class cards, and intro offers are still paused during our closure. If you have emailed us and have chosen to opt-in and keep your membership active an access code will be sent to you.

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Donate to Purchase Meals for Front Line Heroes

Posted on April 21st, 2020 by omba

The Sabu Shake Sr. Memorial Foundation is teaming up with Montage Health Foundation and Zoë Carter, Director of Operations at the Monterey County Business Council, to raise funds to purchase meals at Monterey Peninsula restaurants for healthcare workers and first responders.

Your tax-deductible donations will directly support local restaurants and show appreciation and care for our local frontline heroes!

To donate, please visit the website of the Sabu Shake Memorial Foundation or mail a check to:
Sabu Shake Sr. Memorial Foundation
P.O. Box 1951
Monterey, CA 93942

If you would like to be part of this effort, please email [email protected].

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Though Old Capitol Books in Monterey can’t be open, we’d love to still help you bring wonderful books into your life. For the duration of the quarantine, Old Capitol Books will be offering Book Care Packages for $15, $25, and $100. Visit our website to shop online!

$15 Book Care Package
Includes one book personally selected by our experienced booksellers based on your preferences, plus a special, unique gift!

$25 Book Care Package
Includes two books personally selected by our experienced booksellers based on your preferences, plus two special, unique gifts!

$100 Book Care Package (Thank you Thank you Thank you!!)
For $100 we’ll personally select a rare, vintage, or deluxe book based on your preferences. We’ll also include special unique gifts with your package.

Thank you for supporting Old Capitol Books! We're all practicing social distancing pretty hardcore over here. Everyone at Old Capitol Books works AND lives together - and we're all quarantining hard.

About Old Capitol Books and Its Owners, Ali & Stephanie
In early 2017, when then owner, Matthew Sundt, announced to his staff that he wanted to sell, we (Ali Elfaki and Stephanie Spoto) knew that we had to do what we could to keep the bookstore open. To us, this bookstore represents something much more than a mere job – it is a real passion.

Ali Elfaki is a Sudanese immigrant who grew up here on the peninsula, and has been working at Old Capitol Books since 2014. He's worked to develop the bookstore into a literary and artistic fixture in the community.

Stephanie Spoto, a lecturer at CSUMB teaching literature, feminist history, and writing, has worked at Old Capitol Books since its opening in 2012.

With the help of our families, bookstore staff, and friends, we were able to pool enough money to purchase of the business. We first bonded over our love of books and literature, and many of our early days together were spent right here in the bookstore, so this place means a lot to us.

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Sazón Express Cocina Mexica has recently reopened for take-out and now every day is Taco Tuesday! Enjoy traditional carne asada or Pop’s grilled lime-orange chicken tacos at Taco Tuesday prices. In addition, they're selling draft beer by Alvarado Street Brewery. It doesn't get much better than that.

Visit them at 431 Tyler Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Check out their menu, hours, and more on our website.

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In times of great stress, social connection has proven to be the greatest source of strength and healing. We are all impacted from stresses created by COVID-19.

Monterey County Behavioral Health has developed the Forward Together Initiative, featuring a variety of opportunities in English and Spanish for social connection, information sharing, and live discussions over phone and video chat. Topics include mindfulness, self care, and parenting, as well as ways to connect and resources for educators, teens, new moms, and seniors.

The page features resources by category as well as a calendar of online / phone events in English and Spanish. Check it out!

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Monterey 250: Seeking Storytellers

Posted on April 11th, 2020 by omba

The City of Monterey is celebrating our 250th anniversary this year and we are looking for stories that have impacted our history. If you have a story to tell, please keep it to one page and e-mail it to the City's storyteller project.

The City of Monterey will review all submissions and include the approved stories in a Monterey 250 short story collection.

Update on Monterey 250:
The City of Monterey is still assessing the best way to move forward with the events already planned pre-pandemic to celebrate Monterey's 250th birthday. They will issue more information soon about events canceled or postponed on the Monterey 250 webpage.

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Code Ninjas Monterey is holding free Overwatch e-sports league tryouts for the future Monterey Bay Whales team on May 9 and May 16, 2pm-5pm. We're very excited about this amazing opportunity for those with a passion for fun, friendly, and cooperative gaming. Code Ninjas has been working on this seasonal project for months and we finally have all the pieces in place!

Overwatch is an online multiplayer e-sports game played on the PC. The league is approved for ages 8-14. Twelve players will receive an invite after our tryouts. Players will receive team jerseys and team swag. League pricing will be explained during tryouts.

The season will run 8 weeks, including a 2-week playoff. Games will be played each Saturday or Sunday, June 1 - July 31, 2020. HP-Omen Gaming Laptops are provided, and are the preferred sponsor of the Overwatch Professional League. Parent involvement is highly encouraged. Teams will be coached by Center Director Julian Torres, and Sensei Morgan Caldwell.

If you have questions please email us or phone us at 831-200-3924. You can sign up for a tryout online. Code Ninjas is located at 469 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Osio Theater is now offering virtual film screenings! That's right - during the shelter-in-place order you can rent some of the latest independent films and enjoy them at home at whatever time you want. New films are available each week, and a portion of the proceeds of each film rental benefits our organization. Current and upcoming films are now listed on our website.

This is great way to support our local, non-profit, and independent cinema! Want to help more? Purchase a gift card, which can be redeemed for all in-theater purchases including tickets, concessions, and merchandise once we re-open our doors. We're also accepting donations here.

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