Old Monterey District Blog

Code Ninjas Monterey is holding free Overwatch e-sports league tryouts for the Monterey Bay Whales fall season team on August 15 and 22, 2pm-5pm. It's an amazing opportunity for children ages 8-14 with a passion for fun, friendly, and cooperative gaming. No prior experience is necessary.

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, August - October, 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 Bogdan Grots.

If you have questions please email us or phone us at 831-200-3924. You can sign up for a free tryout online. Code Ninjas is located at 469 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Amateur filmmakers from around the world filmed their beloved cats during the Covid-19 stay-at-home orders, and this compilation reel, Quarantine Cat Film Fest, brings together the cutest, funniest, bravest and most loving of these videos, exclusively filmed during the pandemic.

Osio Theater knows how much our community loves cats. Now you can watch them do their thing from the comfort of your own home, and 50% of your rental fee will directly support Osio Theater! Rent it here. This movie will be available to stream online beginning June 19.

Watch the trailer. (Go on...You know you want to.)

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Fleet Feet Monterey is reopening our doors for in-store shopping at 472 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We do have a few new safety measures we will be implementing to ensure our customers' and employees' safety.

We're now open 7 days a week: Monday - Saturday, 10am- 6pm, and Sunday, 10am-5pm. All visitors must wear masks. (Be a hero!) To be fitted for running shoes in the store, you'll need to schedule an appointment online.

For those who do not wish to come inside the store, we still offer curbside pick up. We also have an online store where shipping is available.

We thank you for your patience and support during this time and we're looking forward to seeing you. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 831-372-5664.

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Cafe Lumiere is now offering gift baskets just in time for Father's Day! We have a coffee gift basket, a tea gift basket, a DIY bread gift basket, and two different "breakfast in bed" baskets. Prices range $20-$50. Visit our website and look up "Gift Bags" for more details.

Cafe Lumiere is located at 365 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey.

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MY Museum's doors might be temporarily closed but our mission to provide play to families is still our focus and happening throughout our community. Please help support MY Museum and bring hours of fun for your little one(s).

We are now offering offering two amazing art kits available for pick-up 10am-12pm June 18-20. Pre-payment and pick-up time reservations are required. Please click here for more information and to make reservations.

The Creation Station to Go Kits - $35 each
Enjoy over 20 different craft items from pompoms and pipe cleaners to the most unique items from our Creation Station. Use the box and glue bottle or for even more fun add your own paper, toilet paper rolls and a glue gun if age appropriate.

Make-N-Take Kits for Kids - $35 each
Boys and girls ages 3-8 can all find something that will spark their imaginations. The 4 crafts included are: Fun with Foil, A Creative Color Wheel, Puppets on a Stick, and Tissue Paper Stained Glass.

Monterey County Youth Museum (MY Museum) is located at 425 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Montrio Bistro Reopens

Posted on June 15th, 2020 by Montrio Bistro

Montrio Bistro is happy to announce we've reopened for take-out, no-contact curbside pick-up, and dine-in service with indoor and patio seating. We're open daily, 5pm-9pm.

For all those who've missed Montrio delights such as: the 48-Hour Bacon Burger with bacon-almond butter, pickled apples, arugula, pistachios, and local honey; King Salmon with citrus-mascarpone risotto, feta cheese, brussels sprout leaves, and tomato chorizo sauce; and Braised Boneless Prime Beef Short Rib with garlic whipped potatoes, pearl onions, and house-dried tomatoes... They're back and just as delicious as ever! Plus, our award-winning head bartender Anthony Vitacca has returned and is creating new cocktails.

Montrio Bistro is located at 414 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey. View our full menu here.

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Happy Hour has returned to Cibo Ristorante Italiano! Every evening, 4pm-7pm, enjoy drinks and/or snacks in our bar or out on our patio.

During Happy Hour we offer $3 well drinks, beer, house wine, and White Claw hard selzer, 4pm-7pm, as well as a delightful array of small bites, 5pm-7pm. View our Happy Hour Menu.

Cibo is located at 301 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Please be sure to wear a face mask until you are seated at your table and maintain physical distance from other guests.

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Pilates Monterey Has Reopened

Posted on June 15th, 2020 by Pilates Monterey

Pilates Monterey has reopened our studio! This will be a slow reopening so we can ensure proper implementation of the guidelines set forth by the state health department and the CDC. For the time being, we will only be accommodating private and duet appointments.

In order to ensure safe social distancing, there will only be two instructors with their clients in the studio at a time, one group at the front of the studio and one at the back. We hope to be able to add classes, both Pilates Monterey circuit classes and Peninsula Pilates Project classes, into the schedule in July.

Our main goal has always been to create a safe space for people to heal, whether that be physically, emotionally, or mentally. Our doors are open to everyBODY. View our new protocols here.

Pilates Monterey is located at 533 Hartnell Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey. Please contact us to schedule your appointment, 831-601-2343.

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In honor of Father's Day, Esteban Restaurant's Chef Gus will be serving paella all weekend, June 19-21, 4pm-8:30pm. This Paella Negra Mixta from Valencia, Spain, features duck, sausage, mussels, and prawns. Paella will only be offered for dine-in service at our restaurant, but the rest of our menu is available for take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery.

Reservations are recommended for dine-in service - please phone 831-375-0176. We offer indoor and outdoor seating. Esteban Restaurant is located at 700 Munras Avenue at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa.

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Old Capitol Books is collaborating with Close to Home Collective, which is working to bring literature and arts into your living room to help lower the number of people seeking entertainment out of their homes during the pandemic. (Seriously folks, stay inside.)

Together, we’re offering open mics, poetry slams, writing workshops, and featured events – many of which are raising money for the ongoing struggle against police violence. To check out a complete listing of upcoming events, please visit Close to Home's Facebook or Instgram pages.

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The Union Yoga Book Club is launching on Saturday, June 27 at 12pm on Zoom with a whopper: The Henna Artist, by our fellow Union yogi and local author, Alka Joshi. We were planning a book launch at Union at the end of March that would have included Indian musicians, dancers, and henna artists but alas, Covid-19 happened. This obviously was not an omen because since the launch, the book is getting rave reviews! Just last week it made its appearance on the New York Times bestseller list and is Reese Witherspoon's May 2020 book of the month.

Reese is amazing but we want to gather up the yogis for this one. Purchase the book online here (when you buy from that page, you're supporting Union Yoga and Alka Joshi) and dive in to this rich tale. We will gather together via Zoom. Please sign up via Mindbody here to receive email updates and the meeting Zoom link.

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Carpe Diem Now Buying Books

Posted on June 13th, 2020 by Carpe Diem Fine Books

Carpe Diem Fine Books, located at 245 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is now actively buying books. For more information, please e-mail us or phone us at 831-643-2754.

Carpe Diem offers a selection of out-of-print - and out of the ordinary - books in all fields with a special emphasis on the history and literature of California and the West. More than a bookshop, we also feature art and collectibles of the Monterey area.

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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.


This inventive, female-driven sex comedy follows college freshman Izzy and her two best friends, Anuka and Fiona, as they embark on a journey to get Izzy to a "crush party" so she can lose her virginity before the end of the semester. The acclaimed feature film debut of writer/director Emily Cohn, CRSHD tells a hilarious, unique story about navigating the messy ups and downs of life and love in the age of social media. Watch the trailer.

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.

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 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.

When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the task of creating an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn...Read More

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Old Monterey Dining Guide Updated

Posted on June 10th, 2020 by omba

The Old Monterey Dining Guide has been freshly updated to reflect new business hours and more! To make it easy to find the restaurants and cafes that best suit your needs, our Dining Guide now has four categories: take-out, dine-in, delivery, and no-contact curbside pick-up.

Enjoy a delicious meal or treat from one of our many fine food and drink establishments and support a small, locally-owned business.

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The Monterey Public Library is reopening on Thursday, June 11 for grab-and-go pick-up of books placed on hold. Pick-up hours will be Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-6pm. The community currently has over 2,000 items on hold at the library!

How will you know when your book is ready? Customers will receive e-mail notification that their hold is ready for pick-up. Then you must come to the library, bring your library card, wear a face mask (be a hero!), and practice social distancing while you pick-up your book at the curb.

Please keep in mind that the Library facility remains closed and most library staff are still temporarily laid off. But many of the library’s services are available online, including the Summer Reading Program for all ages, Thursday morning Music & Rhymes with MaryLee, and downloadable audiobooks.

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Shelley Bennett Skincare has gift ideas for dads and grads, because they deserve great skincare that’s easy to use! The following items, formulated by local esthetician Shelley Bennett, are all available at her online store, where she offers local delivery and/or shipping.

Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads
Refining Jojoba Cleanser ($43), Gold Collagen Crystal Neck Mask ($15), Allantoin Facial Mask ($20), Glycolic Moisture Masque ($29), and White Charcoal O2 Detox Masque ($49).

Shelley Bennett Skincare is located at 588 Houston Street in Downtown Old Monterey....Read More

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Old Capitol Books is unable to pay the rent on our current building, located at 559 Tyler Street in Downtown Old Monterey, and we're going to have to move very quickly. We're not certain where our new space will be, but we're confident that we'll find a new home soon.

The good news for your library is that you can stock up on books and help Old Capitol Books move at the same time! Buy a banker box of surprise books - you can select up to two preferred genres for your books - and pick it up while we're packing! Each banker box will contain 20-30 books depending on the books' sizes. And the price is only $40. Order your box now online.

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Enjoying the grounds of Cooper Molera Adobe and its gardens, located at 506 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey, is a wonderful escape during this period of crisis. With your help, the nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation will make sure this historic landscape continues to be a beautiful community gathering place. Please consider supporting Cooper Molera Adobe with a tax-deductible donation by texting HISTORIC COOPER to 52886 today. You will receive a link to make a donation of any amount.

In response to this moment of crisis, the Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust has generously stepped forward to match your gift to the National Trust! For every $2 you give, another $1 will be matched, for a total of $3.

Thank you for supporting Cooper Molera Adobe and our beautiful gardens. Please be safe and exercise responsible social distancing. We want everyone to be around to enjoy this special place for a long time.

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Cafe Lumiere Reopens

Posted on June 3rd, 2020 by Cafe Lumiere

Cafe Lumiere, home of delicious breakfast and lunch dishes, cookies, pastries, and beverages hot and cold, has reopened! We're serving take-out, delivery, and curbside pick-up. Please place orders for delivery and curbside pickup online. Our indoor seating is unavailable at this time, but there is limited seating outdoors on our patio.

100% of the revenue we make this week and next week will be donated directly to Campaign Zero and the Bail Fund.

Cafe Lumiere is located at 365 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey. We're currently open Monday - Friday, 9am-3pm. On June 8, our hours will expand to 7 days a week, 9am-3pm.

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