Old Monterey District Blog

Osio Theater is offering new independent films to rent and screen at home! View the list of currently available and upcoming films here. A portion of the proceeds from your rental benefits Osio. For general technical support on how to view your rental on your smart TV or device, please visit Osio's Streaming Support Page.

VIRTUAL SCREENINGS BEGINNING MAY 22, 2020

MILITARY WIVES
This feel-good, crowd-pleasing British film inspired by true events centers on a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with their loved ones’ absences, they come together to form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments, and quickly find themselves on an international stage. Watch the trailer.

ON A MAGICAL NIGHT
In this playful new film we meet Maria, a woman dissatisfied with her marriage who, after a heated argument with her husband of 20 years, spends the night in a hotel room across the street from their home. There, she has a bird's eye view of her apartment, her husband, and her marriage. In this comic romp, she confronts her past lovers and relationships on one magical night, fantasizing about the lives she could've lived and wondering if she's made the right decisions. Watch the trailer.

OTHER MUSIC
Other Music was an influential and uncompromising New York City record store that was vital to the city’s early 2000s indie music scene. But when the store is forced to close its doors due to rent increases, the homogenization of urban culture, and the shift from CDs to downloadable and streaming music, a cultural landmark is lost. Through vibrant storytelling, this documentary captures the record store’s vital role in the musical and cultural life of the city, and highlights the artists whose careers it helped launch. Watch the trailer.

CRESCENDO
When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the task of creating an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression, and the constant risk of terror attacks, the young musicians on both sides are far from able to form a team. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? Watch the trailer.

UP FROM THE STREETS
The documentary is Michael Murphy's omnibus celebration of the music that shaped the culture of New Orleans. It features...Read More

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Siamese Bay Restaurant, founded in 1983, is now open every day, 11am-7pm, for take-out and curbside pick-up! Owner Sam Taisaeng offers some of the most delicious Thai curries, soups, and spring rolls in town. This is excellent comfort food - perfect for shelter-in-place - with lots of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Phone in your order to 831-373-1550 and pick it up at the restaurant at 131 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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New Supremo Pizza at MidiCi Monterey

Posted on May 19th, 2020 by MidiCi

MidiCi Monterey is happy to announce the arrival of the Supremo pizza on our menu. The Supremo is made with our Italian tomato sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, house made sausage, sliced garlic, green bell peppers, black olives, red onions, and sliced mushrooms. Yum!

MidiCi Monterey, The Neapolitan Pizza Company, is located at 467 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We are now open for take-out, pick-up, and delivery orders.

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Shelley Bennett Skincare is celebrating five years in business! My heart remains filled with gratitude for my guests who have become my friends, the private label products, the on-line shop, and my family and friends for cheering me on through this journey. I am so glad that I followed my heart and took the leap.

Now through May 31, 2020, I'm offering 15% off all product purchases of $75 or more at the online store. Please use code "anniversary".

I invite you to join me on Friday, May 22, at 2pm for a Virtual Open House on Instagram Live. I'll have a Q&A session, five product giveaways, and more.

-Shelley Bennett
Owner, Shelley Bennett Skincare

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Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is hosting online painting classes led by local artist Bunny Paivine on Saturday, May 23 and May 30, at 6pm. Learn how to paint a 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!)

To purchase tickets, visit Sovino's online store. Class details will be sent to you following your purchase. Please purchase your tickets by the preceding Thursday night to ensure delivery of supplies.

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation presents Virtual Preservation Month in May 2020! Now you can unlock a piece of history every day from your own home. Monterey's own Cooper Molera Adobe was featured on May 19 with an online cooking and culinary history discussion between Chef Ben Spungin of Alta Bakery & Cafe and National Trust Chief Preservation Officer Katherine Malone-France. The video of the conversation is now available here (please input your name and e-mail address to access).

Throughout the month of May, the National Trust is bringing you the very best in preservation from coast to coast, offering 31 days of rich digital experiences at historic places to inspire, delight, and entertain you online. Whether coming from our National Trust Historic Sites, Historic Artists' Homes and Studios, or National Treasures, each day will unlock a new experience and help you step out while you stay in. You’ll wander the rooms of iconic houses, roam wide-open spaces, and peek behind the scenes at some of your favorite historic sites—all at your own pace.

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New in stock at Grace Lifestyle Boutique: a hand sanitizer that's actually good for your skin! We now carry hand sanitizer from Natural Inspirations, a moisturizing gel that contains aloe vera and Vitamin E and is paraben free. It has a beautiful citrus fragrance. Please phone us to purchase and arrange for curbside pickup or shipping, 831-324-4200.

Grace Lifestyle Boutique, locally owned and operated, is located at 459 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Osio Theater is rolling out new independent films to rent and screen at home! View the list of currently available and upcoming films here. A portion of the proceeds from your rental benefits Osio. For general technical support on how to view your rental on your smart TV or device, please visit Osio's Streaming Support Page.

VIRTUAL SCREENINGS BEGINNING MAY 15, 2020

CRESCENDO
When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the task of creating an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression, and the constant risk of terror attacks, the young musicians on both sides are far from able to form a team. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? Watch the trailer.

UP FROM THE STREETS
The documentary is Michael Murphy's omnibus celebration of the music that shaped the culture of New Orleans. It features personal reflections from New Orleans’ most impactful musicians including, but not limited to, Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick, Jr, Wynton Marsalis, Mannie Fresh, Dr. Michael White, and commentary by national and international musicians along with archival and newly filmed performances by Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, and The Neville Brothers. Watch the trailer.

CORPUS CHRISTI
Corpus Christi is the story of 20-year-old Daniel who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a youth detention center. He wants to become a priest but this is impossible because of his criminal record. When he is sent to work at a carpenter's workshop in a small town, on arrival he dresses up as a priest and accidentally takes over the local parish. The arrival of the young, charismatic preacher is an opportunity for the local community to begin the healing process after a tragedy that happened there. Watch the trailer.

DRIVEWAYS
Cody is a sweet, sensitive boy who doesn't always fit in easily with other kids his age. He's not bothered by spending the summer in an unfamiliar New York town while his mother, Kathy, cleans out the house left behind by his recently deceased aunt, trying to ready it for sale. As Kathy--estranged from her reclusive sister for years--learns how much she didn't know about the woman, Cody strikes up a surprising friendship with A gruff Korean War vet who lives next door. Watch the trailer.

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Sushi Fly Reopens for Take-Out

Posted on May 13th, 2020 by Sushi Fly

The past two months have presented unparalleled challenges to our Monterey community and there will certainly be additional unforeseeable challenges as we move through the next phases in social distancing and toward a new and different "normal" in our daily lives.

Sushi Fly would like to thank our guests and employees for being so patient and for doing their part to slow the spread of Covid-19. Your loyal support of our restaurant over the past two years has been greatly appreciated.

As we look toward the future, we have been planning for a new and different reality that might include a new and more limited menu, waiters with face masks and gloves, disposable menus, and tables six feet apart,

Because we anticipate that we will have to reduce the capacity of our already small restaurant, we will be introducing to-go orders, online ordering, and curbside pick-up.

Our hours of operation will be Fridays and Saturdays starting May 15, 3pm-8pm. Please have your orders placed before 7:30pm. You can place your orders on our website.

Our staff has been extremely patient with our closing and we thank them for sticking with us during these trying times. All of us are looking forward to seeing you again.

-Mike Adams
Owner, Sushi Fly

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The Crown and Anchor Reopens

Posted on May 13th, 2020 by Crown and Anchor

The Crown and Anchor pub is now open for take-out / pick-up orders. Come and enjoy our special shelter-in-place menu of traditional British fare along with cocktails, beer, and wine to-go. We're open daily, 4pm-8pm.

If you wish to place your order in advance, please phone us at 831-649-6496. We're located at 150 W. Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We've missed all of our wonderful customers and are thrilled to see you again!

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Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill is now open for walk-up, curbside service at 426 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey! Monday and Tuesday we're open for beer only, 2pm-7pm. Wednesday through Sunday, we're open 12pm-7pm with a new takeout menu posted on our website. It features burgers, daily meal specials, and cocktails, bottled wine, and beer to-go.

Abiding by social distancing regulations, we have taped off 6ft standing positions and have a one-way line system set up right on Alvarado Street. Please phone in your food orders in advance so things don't get crowded on Alvarado Street, 831-655-2337.

Come and say wassup to Wade and Dre as they are slinging all of this week’s releases as well as Anniversary Ale VI. We're pumped to be back, y’all!

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The Code Ninjas Monterey center is back open to the public! Our new operating hours are Monday-Friday, 2pm-6pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm. We can't wait to see those award-winning smiles at 465 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Do your kids like computers? They'll love Code Ninjas! Our center is a fun and welcoming place where girls and boys ages 7-14 learn to code by building their very own video games. They have a blast while learning coding, robotics, math, logic, and teamwork.

Your child’s health and safety are our top priority and we're enforcing strict safety measures as advised by the CDC. Here are the steps that we’re taking to ensure a clean and safe dojo:

Cleanliness
*Increased frequency of professional cleaning
*Increased frequency of in-house cleaning by employees, especially devices, tables, door handles, bathrooms, and other frequently used surfaces
*Computer, monitor, mouse, and workspace cleaned between every student session
*No food or drink permitted in the lobby or dojo (coffee bar temporarily closed)

Social Distancing
*Increased distance between individual student workstations in the dojo
*Careful monitoring and enforcement of no-contact interactions
*Reduced student capacity in the dojo as needed, per local regulations

Personal Health & Hygiene
*Increased enforcement of hand washing and sick policies including mandatory temperature self-checks by staff
*Increased volume of sanitation stations

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Shop Locally for Reusable Cloth Face Masks

Posted on May 12th, 2020 by omba

Looking for reusable cloth face masks to wear on your outings? Want to support small, locally-owned businesses in Downtown Old Monterey? Here are a number of masks for adults and children, available for sale online from Old Monterey businesses.

Come get caffeinated! East Village Coffee Lounge has reopened for pick-up and patio take-out orders. We're serving everyone's favorite organic coffee, espresso, tea, pastries, and sandwiches. Check out our menu here. You can phone in your order in advance, 831-373-5601.

East Village Coffee Lounge is located at 498 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey and open every day, 8am-4pm. We're locally owned and operated by Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company.

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Old Capitol Books and Close to Home Productions are presenting a Virtual Open Mic every Friday night! On May 15, the event will feature a performance by local musician Leche Malo.

Every Friday, the Open Mic social hour starts at 6pm, and performances begin at 6:30pm. We will be recording the event and streaming live to Facebook. Feel free to share the news with friends, family, and fans.

If you'd like to perform during the Open Mic on March 15, please sign up here.

Close to Home Productions be collaborating with Old Capitol Books to host more live events in future in addition to the weekly open mic. Our mission is to unite and amplify a broad range of artistic voices while maintaining a sense of local community – thus, “Close To Home.” Be sure to check out our webpage, Instagram page and YouTube channel.

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Bella's Studio, Monterey's sewing, craft, and design studio, is offering summer sewing camps for kids this summer, but with a twist. As we emerge out of our shelter-in-place reality and ease into a new normal, being creative and flexible is paramount. To help parents feel comfortable with the children with whom your kids are hanging out, Bella has designed her camp curriculum to meet that concern.

Details
Choose your friends and the week you attend. The camp curriculum will be customized for the students enrolled. We'll have a minimum of 2 campers and maximum of 4 campers per session. Each session will meet daily, Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm. Fee is $350 per child, which includes all supplies, materials, and a daily snack. Campers must bring their own lunch and beverage. $100 deposit is required to reserve your week.

Kids' Camp Options
We are offering the following camp themes...or you can tell Bella your ideas! Sewing camp themes include: All Dolled Up; Snuggle Quilt and Cozy Pillow; PJ Party; Soft and Cuddly; Totes, Pouches, and Organizers; Aprons, Table Runner, and Dish Towels; Just for the Boys; and Sewing Campers' Choice.

5 Week-Long Camps
June 22 - June 26
July 6 - July 10
July 13 - July 17
July 27 - July 31
August 3 - August 7

Sign up early as space will fill up quickly! Please phone Bella at 831-920-2272 or e-mail her to register. Bella's Studio is located at 140 W Franklin Street, Suite 309, in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Cult Taco Has Reopened

Posted on May 11th, 2020 by Cult Taco

Cult Taco has reopened for curbside pick-up and delivery! We're now serving breakfast tacos and burritos, classic lunch tacos and burritos, take-and-bake meal options (i.e., enchiladas), and margaritas to go Tues-Sat, 9am-3pm. Please place your order on our website.

Cult Taco, located at 481 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is a modern taqueria inspired by the vibrant cuisine and art of Mexico. We offer many gluten free and vegan options.

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Yoga Prop Bundle from Om Studios

Posted on May 9th, 2020 by Om Studios

To support your home yoga practice, Om Studios is offering Yoga Prop Bundles. Prop Bundles are priced at $99 and include one small rectangular bolster, two Manduka blocks, one blanket, and one Manduka strap. It's everything you need to create an in-studio experience at home! Purchase yours online today.

Bundles are available only for curbside pickup by appointment at our Monterey studio (631 Cass Street) or for local delivery on the Monterey Peninsula. Questions? Please e-mail us.

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Melville Tavern is happy to announce that we've reopened for curbside pickup! That's right, we're serving our delicious burgers and sandwiches, wood fired pizzas, pasta, salads, and bottled beer and wine to go. Just check out our menu, place your order over the phone, and pay by credit card. When you arrive, stay in your vehicle and we'll bring your food out to you.

We're very excited to offer you our wood fired, freshly baked pizzas. After a 2-year hiatus, our wood fired brick oven is now back in operation, and we're making some great pizza! Try our Margherita, Mediterranean, Pepperoni, Tavern, Pesto Chicken, Hawaiian, or Barbecue pizzas.

Melville Tavern, located at 484 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is open daily, 12pm-8pm. Our phone number is 831-643-9525.

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