Old Monterey District Blog

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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Frozen Croissants at Paris Bakery

Posted on April 9th, 2020 by Paris Bakery

Do you want to experience the amazing smell of fresh-baked croissants throughout your home? Paris Bakery is now selling frozen croissants by the 1/2 dozen for you to bake at home at your convenience! It's $20 for 6 plain croissants with a side of jam, and $25 for chocolate or raspberry croissants.

It's delicious fun for the whole family! Phone us at 831-646-1620 so we have your order ready and waiting for you when you come to pick it up.

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Support a small business and your future post-shelter-in-place self with this special offer from Pilates Monterey. Now through May 3, 2020, purchase 3 private Pilates lessons for only $180 or 3 duet lessons (2 people) for only $250. This offer is good only for new clients and/or as a gift certificate for a friend or family member. You can redeem them when we re-open after the shelter-in-place order is lifted. Contact Pilates Monterey owner Trudy McCrone to purchase.

Starting with private instruction in Pilates ensures proper form, correct execution of movement, and familiarity with the equipment. Beginning here sets you up for success in any group equipment class. Give yourself something to look forward to! In the meantime, visit our YouTube channel for free mat Pilates videos and begin your Pilates journey today.

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Since most of us have a lot more free time and many of us have children to entertain, Paris Bakery is now selling cookie dough for do-it-yourself fun at home! We will be adding all sorts of varieties in the future, but for now you can stop buy and pick up some of our classic dough to go. We're located at 271 Bonifacio Plaza in Downtown Old Monterey.

Want to skip the baking step? You can also buy plain Easter / Spring cookies so you can decorate them at home. (See? We have options for your every need! And they're so tasty...)

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Easter Sunday is April 12, 2020, and Chef Gus Trejo at Esteban Restaurant has created a traditional Easter feast that will sure to be a treat for you and your family. Contact us at 831-324-6773 to place your order by Friday, April 10. Pick-up will be on April 12, 2pm-7pm. The full meal is $100 and is perfect for a family of four people. View the menu here.

Esteban Restaurant is located at 700 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey at Casa Munras Garden Hotel and Spa.

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Revival Ice Cream in Downtown Old Monterey invites you to pick up a pack of ice cream sandwiches featuring our popular homemade cookies! Free delivery is now available on Thursdays to Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Seaside. To place your order, please visit our website or phone the shop at 831-747-2113.

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Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is here for your quarantine needs with our Warehouse Sale! Why buy grocery store wine when you can support a small business and drink great wine at crazy prices? We are now offering complimentary delivery in Monterey and surrounding cities as well as $5 shipping when you order 3 bottles within California. Go to our website and check out our latest price sheet.

Prices will last until our current stock is gone. Call 831-641-9463 or e-mail us to place your order and make your payment. Not all wine is available in our online store due to limited quantity.

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The City of Monterey has coordinated with the National Guard and has requested the food distribution of MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) during the shelter-in-place order. Each individual will receive a three day supply of non-perishable meals every three days on a recurring basis for the duration of the shelter-in-place order. The food distribution site will be available at ​El Estero Park near the Skate Park.

Several non-profits are also providing meal assistance throughout the week and on weekends at the Monterey Skate Park at El Estero (Saturdays, 9am), Window on the Bay (Sundays, 8am) and the Recreation Trail parking lot across from the Naval Postgraduate School (Mon-Fri, 11:15 am and Sun, 11 am)​.

The Monterey Food Bank has opened additional food distributions that it will post on its Facebook page​, or you can phone them at 831-758-1523.

Shoreline Community Church (2500 Garden Road) is distributing food on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12pm-2:30pm. (ID required, once per household per month).

The City of Monterey also wants you to know that people may always call 2-1-1 for assistance with food or other services.

Monterey Public Library would like you to know that their building at 625 Pacific Street may be temporarily closed, but there are still a lot of library resources available to you online. Check out the full list here.

Resources include access to the Northern California Digital Library on OverDrive, the New York Times, Hoopla's eBooks and more, homework help from Brainfuse, and virtual programs such as free yoga classes.

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It’s been over 20 days since Youth Arts Collective (YAC) had to shutter our studios in Downtown Old Monterey, but we didn’t disappear. We moved YAC’s program to an online clubhouse to keep them engaged with their art, each other, and their mentors. Mentors are currently working on demos and other videos, and we’re hoping to do some of our next Artist Interviews and Alumni Profiles in video format.

In addition, we have two Zoom meetups a week where we come together and do art while we talk… like an afternoon at YAC studios. It’s a touchstone in these weird times offering inspiration and comfort so they stay productive and a little less lonely. We also call every one of them every other week to check in personally and let them know we are here for them.

You can follow YAC on our usual Instagram and Facebook accounts where we’ll periodically share some of our clubhouse activity with YAC friends and supporters.

Since the YACsters are now adjusting to many hours a day online with their schoolwork, we are starting a new set of weekly (rather than daily) art prompts. And as an outreach to our community, we invite the public to join in. Stay tuned on our website - it starts this week and it’s going to be fun! Join us! All ages - artists and non-artists - are welcome.

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