Old Monterey District Blog

Upcoming Monterey Blood Drives

Posted on March 27th, 2020 by omba

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during the coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

Here's a list of local blood drives organized by CHOMP:

April 4, 10am-2:30pm
The Exchange, 4235 Gigling Road, Monterey

April 13, 1pm-5pm
Hartnell Professional Building, 576 Hartnell Street, Monterey

April 14, 11am-3pm
Hartnell Professional Building, 576 Hartnell Street, Monterey

May 21, 10am-3pm
Capital Insurance Group, 2300 Garden Road, Monterey

Please register in advance at Blood4Life.org.

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I Will Repair, located at 474 Tyler Street in Old Monterey, is OPEN during the Shelter in Place order. I have transitioned my business model to include service and support for those who are forced to work from home. This also allows me to continue helping my community with their tech problems.

My schedule is varied so I ask that you call ahead, 831-290-8180, before visiting the shop as I may be out doing pick-ups and drop-offs for those customers who prefer not to leave their homes. I am offering a 10% discount on your first repair or service with I Will Repair.

I also continue to perform my duties as a UPS Access Point to provide my community with a safe and secure location where their packages will be held for up to 8 days. I look forward to helping where I can in these troubled times.

Steve Willey
Owner, I Will Repair, Monterey

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Union Yoga Now Offers Streaming Classes on Zoom

Posted on March 27th, 2020 by UnionYoga

Union Yoga is now offering daily streaming classes on Zoom! When you look at the schedule on our website, you'll find a sweet surprise. No longer are we bound by our teachers' proximity to the studio - both Annie Petersen and Jenn DiMeiro will be rejoining the studio staff! We have missed them SO much.

All classes will be offered via Zoom. To take a class, you must register at least one hour in advance of the start time on our website. This allows us to send everyone the Zoom link that is unique to your class. View our current rates here.

To join a class, you'll need to download the Zoom app onto your device. (You do not need to sign up for an account to attend a class, you just need the app.) Your current class package or Union Yoga Membership will apply. You will need to purchase your class before you sign up.

Approximately 45 minutes before the start of class, you will receive an email from FitGrid which will include the Zoom link. Your teacher may also add extra instructions. Please confirm that your email address in your MindBody/Union Yoga account is correct and you're o.k. to receive communications or you will not receive the class link. (If you do not receive the link, check your junk mail folder.)

Log in a few minutes before class and the teacher will start the session, linking everyone to the class. Keep in mind that the teacher has invited you into his/her home to practice and to have fun as a group. Please dress appropriately for a group class or keep your camera off. Dogs and cats are welcome to join!

Additional classes will be added in the coming days. As always, the class schedule is posted on Instagram Story each evening. If you have kids, Marybeth is teaching a Kids yoga class every weekday morning - find her on Instagram at @maybemurray.

We will also continue offering occasional Instagram Live classes. Vimeo meditation, flow, yin and therapeutics, trauma and addiction recovery focused classes will be arriving soon and available for members to access on demand.

This is, of course, a time where we really are forced to be with the present moment. What will get us through this is a practice of wellness and an intention to stay clear, agile, and kind.

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You can't go to the gym, but you can exercise your MIND! Sovino Wine Bar's Trivia Night will continue remotely every Monday at 7pm during the shelter-in-place order. Trivia will be held via Zoom and Classmarker.com. To play, please visit our website and purchase "Trivia" to receive the necessary links. For the March 30th game, the $10 fee will be waived when you make a Sovino purchase. Please pay in advance and join in the fun!

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Downtown Old Monterey Shelter-in-Place Dining Guide

Posted on March 25th, 2020 by omba

Just because there's a pandemic happening doesn't mean you can't eat well. Many of Downtown Old Monterey's restaurants are open exclusively for take-out and delivery orders. To help you find which restaurants are still running, we've set up the Old Monterey Shelter-in-Place Dining Guide, which lists restaurants offering pick-up or delivery during Monterey County's shelter-in-place order.

At our Dining Guide, you'll also find operating hours, menus, contact information, and links to delivery services. Please note that most restaurants are open limited hours and those may change without notice.

Please remember to respect the safety of everyone who's working in Old Monterey to allow you to Shelter in Style. Follow the directions of the restaurant crews on how to pay and get your food. Maintain the recommended six feet of distance from them and other customers at all times, and if you are sick absolutely do not leave your home. (Many delivery services now offer no-contact home delivery, which is great if you're not feeling well.)

Thank you for your understanding. Please stay healthy, support local businesses if you can, and enjoy some of Old Monterey's amazing food, perfect for lifting your spirits.

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Work Horse Bicycles, located at 486 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is now open and doing our best to help you with essential repairs and sales you may need for your bike during Monterey County's shelter-in-place order.

We are now offering bike service and sales by appointment only. Please call us at 831-375-2144 so we can do our best to support you and keep personal contact to a minimum. We can also handle orders over the phone for everyone's convenience.

Our current operating hours are Monday-Friday, 1pm-6pm. We are closed Saturday and Sunday.

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Are your kids housebound? Code Ninjas Monterey will keep them engaged, coding, and having fun through our at-home livestream coding sessions! Your kids will complete fun activities that put their ninja coding skills to the test and show off what they’ve learned by building video games kids love.

Our livestream coding sessions encourage productive and creative screen time, boost problem solving and critical thinking skills, and allow your children to receive ongoing support and guidance from our instructors.

Monthly enrollment for Code Ninjas' at-home coding is $249. All enrolled families will receive two free one-hour online coding sessions per week until April 6, 2020.

Also, childcare is available daily for all members and the community. Seating is limited - if you're interested, please call us at 831-200-3924. We have been given permission to operate during the shelter-in-place order and are following guidelines set by the Monterey County Health Department.

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At Pacific Bowls and Rolls, we appreciate the work of essential service providers - everyone from the police and health care workers to our local grocers! During the Monterey County shelter-in-place order, we're offering all essential service providers a deal of "buy one get one 50% off" for our poke bowls or sushi rolls.

Just get your team together, phone in your order to 831-583-8433, and let us know whether you prefer pick-up or delivery. View our menu here. Pacific Bowls and Rolls is located at 475 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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In Downtown Old Monterey, a number of restaurants are switching from being dine-in restaurants to take-out and food delivery services. After being quarantined, you're probably starting to yearn for a taste of your former life, but you may hesitate because you're not sure if it's safe to do so.

Is it safe to eat take-out food during the Covid-19 pandemic?

While it's up to you to make the final call on this, we quote some reputable sources in saying that take-out food and food delivery is safe to consume. The Covid-19 virus is a respiratory virus that's predominantly transmitted through inhaling respiratory droplets emitted by infected individuals. The chance of transmission through food is unlikely and there have been no known incidences of Covid-19 transmission from eating food. There have also been no known incidences of SARS (close cousin of Covid-19) transmission through food.

The food itself may be a low risk, but encountering other people on your way to receiving your food is not a low risk so please be mindful of how much distance you are giving other people including the people who are working to get you your orders. Remember, we're not just concerned for your safety, we're also concerned about ours as well. Please stay six feet away and absolutely do not leave your home if you are sick.


Though Old Capitol Books is closed, we still want to help in our community. That's why we're volunteering with the Monterey COVID-19 Mutual Aid Project in coordination with Direct Action Monterey Network. If you can volunteer to help deliver groceries to immunocompromised people, people with disabilities, or people with asthma, please sign up online. If you need help, please reach out.

There are so many ways to volunteer. If you can't leave your home, you can still volunteer to check in on people, lend board games, or talk to people on the phone who are experiencing fear and anxiety.

In this time we all need to be there for each other. Stay safe, stay healthy.

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Even though Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill is temporarily shut down, feel free to give us some love via our online store! We have plenty of merchandise, gift cards, etc. on there to cheer you up. It's also a welcome way for you to support our business until we open the doors again. Visit our website to check it out.

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

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For the health and safety of our clients, we are following the County of Monterey order to shelter-in-place and closed our doors at March 17th 2020

Beauty services cannot be provided at the recommended 6’ Social Distancing protocols ordered by the WHO and the CDC.

Our Studio will resume regular hours once the order has lifted.

We are available at (831)998-9494 to answer scheduling and other questions. Please do not hesitate to call or text if you need assistance.

Please stay safe and healthy.
Respectfully, Mariam Shatilova Founder of Principal Beauty

The following is an excerpt from a "Shelter in Place FAQ" document published by Monterey County's Health Department on March 17, 2020. Click here to read the full document.

What to do
Effective midnight, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Health Officer of Monterey County is requiring people to stay home except for essential needs. The intent of this order is to ensure the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible.

Vulnerable populations including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions must stay home. All community members should stay home except to perform essential duties for business continuity or government functions, to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or perform activities related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this time.

It is OK to go outside for walks if you are not in a group and practice proper social distancing.

This order is in effect until Midnight, April 8, 2020. It may be extended depending on recommendations from public health officials.

Why are we doing this?
This is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of the coronavirus in our community. This is a mandatory order enforceable by a fine or jail.

Now is the time to do everything we can to prevent the situation from getting much worse in a matter of days or weeks. Every hour counts. We need and appreciate the cooperation of everyone who lives and works in Monterey County to act immediately.

While this news may feel alarming, it is a necessary step to prevent a worsening situation. The patterns of the virus around the world, and in our own state, tell us that moving right now to maximize social distancing and restrict people gathering is the best way to fight the virus and save lives.

What can I do? What's open?
These essential services will remain open:
**City/County government services: Police/Sheriff stations, fire stations, hospitals/clinics and healthcare operations, jails, garbage/sanitation, transportation, utilities (water, power and gas) and most offices
**Gas stations
**Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
**Hardware stores/plumbers/ electricians and those who provide services necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
**Community benefit organizations on a case-by-case basis
**Laundromats/laundry services

What's closed?
**Dine-in restaurants
**Bars and nightclubs
**Entertainment venues
**Gyms and fitness studios

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Posted on March 17th, 2020 by omba

As reported by Monterey County Weekly journalist Mary Duan on Twitter:

As of 12:01am on March 18, 2020, Monterey County residents are ordered to shelter at place of residence except to receive or provide essential services or work for essential services. All government non-essential operations are to cease. All gatherings and non essential travel to cease.

Data shows rate of increase is exponential and although only two cases, if we don’t act now we can see ourselves in same situation as Santa Clara County. Order effective until 11:59pm on April 7.

Certain services will remain open, including police and fire, hospitals, jails, garbage, utilities, gas stations, groceries, food banks, take out and delivery restaurants. No dinner parties, no friends over, no manicures or pedicures, no shopping, no taking trips on public transit unless necessary. This order is enforceable by local law enforcement.

Patients should not delay seeking necessary healthcare. The order allows for online delivery services like from grocery stores. Taxis can be used and ride share can be used all only for essential services.

Grocery stores will remain open so people can travel to purchase necessary items. Some people want to know if they can leave homes to provide care to fam or loved ones, answer is yes. But please stay out of hospitals and skilled nursing centers. Each facility has to determine its own visitor policies.

The order allows people to leave homes to take a walk, walk the dog, jog or hike. Moreno’s order will be posted online this afternoon.

This is a move to decrease spread and decrease cases, Moreno says. Implementing these orders is not going to prevent further cases, but by locking down now, we can spread out the number of cases over a longer time and if we can do that, it will reduce overload on hospitals and healthcare providers. No large surge of patients because of it.

Monterey County Weekly and their journalists are doing a fantastic job of covering developments regarding COVID-19 in Monterey County. Please visit their website and consider contributing to support their work.

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Welcome! We are open 11am - 7pm for lunch, dinner and dessert for take-out orders with pick-up. Delivery also available with GrubHub and Doorbell Dining. 'Online Ordering' for delivery available on our website.
Please visit our website for more information, email us [email protected] or call 831-375-1400 after 11am.

We are offering 30% off beer, wine, sparkling wine and Mimosas.
Hours ~ 11am - 7pm daily

PLEASE NOTE- Our hours and menu items are subject to change daily.

We are taking recent matters seriously and doing our part in following all CDC sanitation guidelines to ensure everyone's health and safety.

Rosine's is located at 434 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Pacific Bowls and Rolls, located at 475 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, has increased our hours of business and delivery service to give our customers an additional healthy option for delivery, pick-up, and to-go orders.

We are now offering delivery until 8pm, plus pick-up, telephone orders, and online orders, with curbside pick-up coming soon. To place an order online, please visit our website. To place an order via phone, please call 831-583-8433.

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As we all navigate uncharted waters during this health crisis, East Village Coffee Lounge wants you to know what we are doing as a company to keep our employees and customers healthy.

Our stores are open for business and by nature, our customers typically trickle in and the majority take their coffee to go. Our quick service model is one component that allows us to operate more smoothly through this medical emergency.

We have implemented new protocols based on the recommendations coming from the Governor’s office, CDC, CA Dept of Health, and other agencies:

* We will only serve food and beverage in to-go service ware.
* We are suspending our discount on personal cups and will not be accepting them during this time.
* Employees are frequently disinfecting surfaces that have public access such as counters, tables, door knobs, rails, etc.
* Employees will continue to use gloves and wash hands in accordance to health dept. guidelines.
* Tables are being re-worked to allow for self-monitored social distancing. Some chairs are being removed to reduce the number of people in the store at one time.

More than ever, we are so grateful for our customers. Many are stocking up on coffee beans or buying gift cards while planning for the worst and buying locally to keep our small business going.

As a company, we are committed to providing friendly and thoughtful service, understanding that there is much uncertainty in what lies ahead. Our employees feel the same uncertainty, and together we are supporting their needs and the needs of the community.

May you have good health. We thank you for your patronage.
Janet & Dean McAthie
Owners, East Village Coffee Lounge

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Friends...It’s a wild time right now. Everything is changing quickly and it’s easy to give into panic and anxiety. At Alta Bakery and Cafe we've been focusing on safety, communicating clearly and often, listening to and following the advice of medical professionals and health leaders, and re-centering ourselves when all of the news makes us feel out of control.

More than a week ago, we began to take extra precautions in the bakery to ensure we were doing everything we could (above and beyond our already thorough practices) to keep our dining and working environments safe in the face of this new challenge. We are continuing to enhance and add to those practices as more information comes to light. We're overwhelmed with pride and gratitude for our team, who have taken these increased practices so seriously.

It’s MOST important that folks stay calm and take care of themselves and others right now. For those who feel 100% healthy, know that we are here to ease the burden of your anxiety with some delicious food and some kindness.

It is the goal of every one of us to be there for the community, and work for you with clean and safe practices. If you’re at 100% health, please remember to support the small businesses of your city. If not, we hope you recover soon.

As per usual, all our items can be taken out, so come on by to grab and go! We're located in the Cooper Molera Adobe at 502 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey.

Ben Spungin
Chef and Partner
Alta Bakery and Cafe

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During these challenging times, Spa on the Plaza wants to assure you that we are following CDC and WHO guidelines and it is our highest priority to keep both our employees and guests safe.

We have introducing enhanced cleaning procedures, and are increasing the number of wipes, hand sanitizers, and other cleaning materials available throughout the spa. All services are disinfected between surfaces and, of course, all linens freshly laundered. We will continue to monitor and adjust our protocols as necessary.

Spa on the Plaza is a safe place to visit with minimal contact, in a peaceful, clean environment. We will be announcing some specials to support your mental and physical health during these trying times. We're located at 201 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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New Temporary Policies at Om Studios

Posted on March 14th, 2020 by Om Studios

Please note update at end of post. Om Studios in Monterey wants to let you know the new policies we are temporarily putting into place given the situation with the coronavirus in our community as a whole. As the circumstances around this virus continue to evolve, we want to continue to evolve our practices.

While we're utterly confident in our cleaning practices, the following additions to our practices will help mitigate concern. Whatever we can do to support steadiness and ease, well, it's our mission, isn't it? Beginning immediately we will:

* Remove all soft props ( blankets, bolsters and straps)
* No longer be offering hands-on assists
* Limit any radical breathing practices or any pranayamas that require touching your face
* No longer offer rental mats - please bring your own mat to yoga and barre.
* Limit yoga classes to 15 students - please sign up in advance and respect our updated cancellation policy (2 hours for yoga and 12 hours for pilates)
* Limit barre classes to 10 students

We will be offering a modified schedule starting Monday, March 16, 2020. Some Monterey classes will be canceled until the end of the month. Please refer to our live schedule on our website. Om Studios is located at 631 Cass Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

An update from Om Studios on March 16, 2020: With the overall health of our community being our primary motivation, we’ve decided to cancel all classes at both studios until April 1st. Please stay tuned to our social channels for frequent updates as we work through this situation together as a community. All memberships, intro class cards, three month unlimited packages, yearly memberships and class cards will be extended for two weeks.

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