Old Monterey District Blog

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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Because of the coronavirus and the shelter-in-place order, the Intimacy, Sexuality, and Gender Center of Monterey is now offering all its group therapy sessions via live video. Please know that we are following California state guidelines and all our video chats are HIPPA compliant and private. A schedule of group therapy classes is below.

ISGC continues to accept new patients. During these difficult times, please do not be afraid to reach out. Let us help you help yourself, and make the most of the time at home. Please phone Wanda Braveman, patient advocate, at 831-375-7553 for an intake appointment.

ISGC's On-Going Group Therapy Sessions on Video Chat:

Especially for Men: Male Sexual Abuse Survivors' Group
Mondays, 6pm-8pm

Women's Date / Intimate Partner Rape Survivor Group
Tuesdays, 6pm-8pm

Care for Caregivers Monthly Group
3rd Wednesday of every month, 7pm-9pm

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The City of Monterey announced on Monday, April 6, 2020 that it strongly advises the public to use the Recreation Trail only when commuting to and from work. Over the past several weeks, congestion along certain segments of the trail because of recreational users has made it virtually impossible for cyclists and pedestrians to maintain a six-foot distance to stay in compliance with the CDC's coronavirus health guidelines.

“We know that social distancing works to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said City Manager Hans Uslar. "Our iconic Recreation Trail will be available for recreational use when the Stay at Home Order is over.”

During the Stay at Home Order, the City of Monterey encourages residents and the public to walk in their residential neighborhoods, especially in areas where a 6-foot physical distance can be maintained between people.

The City recognizes that the Recreation Trail is used by essential workers commuting to work, and asks that the public respect the advisory which allows the trail to be used by commuters as a critical bicycling and pedestrian thoroughfare between Downtown Old Monterey and New Monterey. On April 3, signs were installed along the Recreation Trail advising the public of its use for commuting purposes only at this time.

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Om Studios is now offering yoga, Pilates, and barre classes online, live-streaming your favorite Om Studios teachers! Join us daily on Instagram Live to continue your practice and connect to your community during the shelter-in-place order.

Since Om Studios' classes are being given free for now, we encourage you to support our studio and our teachers. Our studio is accepting donations on Venmo: om-studios and PayPal: [email protected]. Any help is appreciated so we can keep our business afloat and continue to offer classes. (You can also leave a comment with your payment if it's for a particular teacher.)

Please be sure you are following Om Studios on Instagram. And please visit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter to receive notification of the upcoming week's schedule.

Please note that all classes will be live, so there may be sound issues, slight time delays, and whatever else may happen when you attend live events. (That's part of the fun!) We are all in this together and we appreciate your support as we navigate this new way of practicing together.

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During Monterey County's shelter-in-place order, children 18 and younger can access food through a Monterey County school site - no questions asked. Here is a map of all the food distribution sites in Monterey County.

In the Monterey Peninsula Unifed School District, beginning March 30, 2020, the district will offer grab and go meals at 16 school sites, 10am-12pm, for students 18 and younger. The children do not need to be present - a parent or guardian can pick up the meals to take home to their kids.

Each meal will include lunch for the day and breakfast for the next day. Families can pick up meals at any location. Families will be asked to drive up, roll down their window and grab the meal. Families who need to walk up will be asked to observe social distancing protocols and line up at least 6 feet apart from others. Staff will hand the bagged meal from the top of the bag and families will be asked to grab the bag from the bottom of the bag to receive the meal.

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City of Monterey's Operation Outreach

Posted on April 4th, 2020 by omba

During Monterey County's shelter-in-place order, the City of Monterey is conducting Operation Outreach, supporting Monterey's most vulnerable population to reduce the feeling of isolation during the COVID-19 emergency closure of facilities.

Just phone 831-646-3933 - Monterey Recreation and Monterey Public Library staff will be available to chat with those feeling isolated. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and Saturday, 10am-6pm.

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Want to support small, locally-owned businesses? Buy a gift card...or two! As you probably know, small businesses in Old Monterey are really suffering during this coronavirus shutdown. Even in the best of times, running a small business is a challenge. The profit margins are small and the hours are long. Now restaurants are open only for take-out and delivery and retail stores and salons are closed entirely.

We've got to shelter-in-place to slow the Covid-19 pandemic. But if you're one of the lucky people whose bank account hasn't been destroyed by the events following the coronavirus outbreak, please consider supporting Old Monterey's temporarily shuttered businesses with the purchase of gift certificates you can use when they're able to re-open their doors. Look for the "Gift Certificates" button in each business profile.

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Don't see your favorite business listed in our Gift Card Directory? Contact them and ask. They'll be glad to hear from you.

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