Old Monterey District Blog

Measure P: Fixing Monterey Streets:
There will be community meetings on Monterey Street Repairs on the following dates

Monday, February 9
Hilltop Park Center, 871 Jessie Street, 7 - 9 pm

Wednesday, February 11
Council Chambers, 580 Pacific Street, 7 - 9 pm

Wednesday, February 18
Casanova Oak Knoll Park Center, 735 Ramona Street, 7 - 9 pm

Monday, February 23
Monterey Youth Center, 777 Pearl Street, Noon - 2 pm
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February Mattress Sale at Coastal Home Furniture Gallery

Posted on February 2nd, 2015 by omba

Coastal Home Furniture Gallery announces that all our mattresses will be on sale in February 2015! We invite you to visit our showroom at 458 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey - we’re open Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, 10am-5pm.

We’ve got some great deals this month! Save up to $200 on select Tempur-Pedic mattress sets. Receive a free box spring with the purchase of a Serta iComfort mattress or save up to $400 on a Serta Motion Perfect Foundation. All other mattresses, including Spring Air California and Serta Perfect Sleeper mattresses, are on sale from $299. And we’re refreshing our floor models, so come check out our selection of floor model Tempur-Pedic and Serta iComfort mattresses on sale.

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Wedding Gowns at Bride N' Formal By the Bay

Posted on January 28th, 2015 by omba

It’s the beginning of the season when couples are making their wedding plans! Brides, if you’re looking for a beautiful wedding gown, we invite you to come to Bride N' Formal By the Bay, which offers you the personal service that only a locally owned and operated small business can provide.

We recommend that brides order their gowns as early as possible. Not all wedding gowns need to be special ordered, but with more time, you will have a greater selection of dress styles and colors to choose from. Once you’ve found your special gown, it will set your theme and make all of your planning come together. Our shop also has a selection of bridesmaids’ dresses, mothers’ dresses, and tuxedos. We look forward to helping you with your wedding planning!

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Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill welcomes our new Chef, Robby Valdez! Robby came to Monterey as our Sous Chef last July, and his background leading a few legendary San Diego kitchens (Raglan Public House in Ocean Beach) made him an obvious choice to lead us towards embracing the "gastropub" element of our restaurant, and moving in a direction to where our food better complements our beer. Over the next several months, Chef Robby will be implementing more dynamic menu items that have a degree of comfort-ability, with a level of flair and creativity to make dining at Alvarado Street Brewery a truly fun, memorable experience.

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Sewing Instruction and Open Studio Time at Bella's Studio

Posted on January 26th, 2015 by omba

Bella's Studio, Old Monterey's sewing, craft, and design studio, offers a number of educational and fun classes, workshops, and private and semi-private sewing lessons for adults and children. Below are brief descriptions of the varied types of lessons we offer that you won’t find on our regular workshop calendar. There's something for every age and skill level!

BEGINNERS PACKAGE (private one-on-one)
This package includes 2 hours of private instruction and is tailored to your interest and sewing level. It includes sewing machine instruction, project planning and selection, materials for a simple project, plus a 10-hour studio punch card.
Cost: $170.00

SEWING FOR 2
This companion sew-along session is a fun way to create a memory and share some creative time with someone special ~ a daughter, friend, granddaughter, niece or mate. Come sew a fun, easy project.
Cost: $85 is for two people and is a 1 1/2 hour class. Fee includes all fabrics and materials for the project.

LET ME INTRODUCE YOU (private one-on-one)
If learning to sew or returning to sewing is on your bucket list, but you're not sure how much of a commitment you want to make, come to the Studio and "test the stitches" first. Let Me Introduce You is a 2-hour private session where I will show you the marvels of the modern sewing machine, books, and easy contemporary projects. We identify your specific area of interest and explore some options.
Cost: $80 for a private 2-hour session. Cost includes materials for an easy project.

YOUTH SEWIST SESSIONS
Youth Sewist Sessions are for your young stitchers with some sewing experience. Each 90-minute session will be semi-private and limited to 2 students, with individualized instruction for each student. Sessions can be scheduled for after school hours or Saturdays. You can purchase a Youth Sewist Punch Card for either 4 or 6 sessions.
Cost: Four 90-minute sessions for $100 plus $45 materials fee for 3 projects OR six 90-minute sessions for $140 plus $45 materials fee for 3 projects.

PRIVATE CLASSES (private one-on-one)
One-on-one sessions with Bella.
Cost: $40 per hour

OPEN STUDIO FOR PERSONAL PROJECTS
Are you tired of dragging out your old sewing machine that barely works? Do you dream of having your own fully stocked sewing studio complete with new sewing machines, large cutting tables, materials, notions and helpful assistance? Then Bella's Open Studio for Personal Projects is for you -- an open-lab time where you can bring any project to work on and have full use of the Studio's resources.

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Alvarado Street Brewer's Log, January 2015

Posted on January 6th, 2015 by omba

2014 has marked yet another banner year for craft beer. While year-end industry data won’t be released until spring, mid-year growth of the craft segment showed production up 18% over 2013, with craft brewers producing 10.6 million barrels (according to the Brewer’s Association). This double digit growth is truly impressive, and reflects how inventive craft brewers are, and how committed they are to putting out a quality product. Both quality and innovation are paramount to success in an ever competitive industry – the number of craft brewers has surged from 1,625 in 2010 to 3,040 in 2014! While overall beer sales dipped to -1.9% in 2013, craft beer sales hit a record high 17.2% growth over the previous year. Craft is still just a speck on the map when it comes to market share of the overall beer industry, but has steadily climbed to nearly 8% of all beer sales in 2013 – this number will surely creep up to 10% and well beyond within the next 5 years. So enough with the mind boggling statistics - what will be some new (or should I say, ongoing) craft beer trends for 2015? Here are a few that I think will see some momentum this coming year:

THE CONTINUED RISE OF IPA: STYLE SPINOFFS, “TROPICAL, DANK” HOPS
There’s never been a better time to be a hophead. Almost every craft brewery has a staple session IPA, regular IPA, double IPA, and several seasonal IPA’s. You can find White IPA’s, Black IPA’s, Brown IPA’s, Red IPA’s, Belgian IPA’s, Oatmeal IPA’s, India Pale Lager’s, Imperial India Pale Lager’s, the list goes on and on. No one is tired of hops yet. The “lupulin threshold shift”, coined by Vinnie Cilurzo (considered the pioneer of the west coast style, characterized by heavy dry hop rates) is here in full force: “When a once extraordinarily hoppy beer now seems pedestrian”, and “the long term exposure to extremely hoppy beers [will create an] excessive or prolonged, habitual dependence on hops.” That’s right. The traditional C-hops that were initially responsible for the style’s popularity (Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, etc) certainly seem pedestrian in 2015. Not to say IPA’s with these hops aren’t great (believe me, they are!), they’ve just been relegated to “traditional” at this point. A growing number of hop heads are craving dank, tropical hops with pungent aromatics that include everything from guava and passion fruit, to diesel fuel and garlic. Some newer varieties lean more towards the tropical end, and some towards the oniony side, but the fact of the matter is – these new varieties are in as high of a demand as ever, and the craft beer consumer will likely remember 2015 as “Year of the Dank” when it comes to IPA.

Note: “Dank” hops have been in for awhile, and many breweries have IPA’s that heavily employ new, experimental varieties. I feel their popularity is going to surge even further this year.

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Bella's Studio: Youth Sewist Sessions

Posted on December 22nd, 2014 by omba

Bella's Studio, Old Monterey's sewing, craft, and design studio, now offers Youth Sewist Sessions for young stitchers with some sewing experience. Each 90-minute session is semi-private (limited to two students), with individualized instruction for each student. Sessions can be scheduled after school on weekdays or on Saturdays.

You can purchase a studio punch card for either four or six Youth Sewist Sessions. Four 90-minute sessions cost $100, plus a $45 materials fee for three projects. Six 90-minute sessions cost $140, plus a $45 materials fee for three projects.

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Characters Sports Bar & Grill Weekend Hours

Posted on December 15th, 2014 by omba

With the start of the new year underway, football season is almost over! With that in mind, Characters Sports Bar & Grill at Monterey Marriott will be altering its weekend hours beginning Saturday, January 3, 2015, when we’ll return to opening at 11am on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning to serve lunch at 11:30am.

But just because the NFL season is almost over, it doesn’t mean the fun ends at Characters! We still have 11 HDTVs and are capable of showing all NBA and NHL games, as well as most MBL games. We also offer free wireless access, Wii Games, Happy Hour on weekdays, and a menu stacked with great appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts! For more information, please phone us at 831-647-4023.

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