Old Monterey District Blog

Enter Drawing to Win Monterey Commemorative Poster

Posted on November 18th, 2020 by omba

From now through Thanksgiving Day, the City of Monterey invites you to enter to win a Monterey 250 commemorative poster celebrating Monterey's 250th birthday in our #GiveThanksNotCovid Campaign.

How to enter the drawing? Go on social media and share one or more of the 16 digital postcards available for download. Be sure to include the hashtag #GiveThanksNotCovid and tag @CityofMonterey.

Not on social media? Participants can also choose to share via text or email to family and friends. Email [email protected] and let us know which postcard(s) you shared and you will also be entered to win a poster.

This year, let's give thanks, not Covid-19. As NYC ER Doctor Craig Spencer writes: "If you could see a Covid-19 patient struggling to breathe like we do in the ER, you’d immediately understand why we’re so worried and why it’s safest to cancel your in-person family meetups over the holidays. Next year will be safer and we’d like all of you to be there for it."

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Some of you may fondly remember pre-pandemic days when local jazz musician Stu Reynolds coordinated a Sunday jazz music series at East Village Coffee in Downtown Old Monterey. Well, Stu and his friends are still around and now they're taking their shows online!

The Stu Reynolds Saxtet, together with guest composer and pianist Biff Smith, will be live-streaming a performance on YouTube this Sunday, November 22, 1pm-3pm. Simply click here to join in at the appointed time. This is a free concert, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

The Stu Reynolds Saxtet is Steve Uccello (bass), Billy Jones (drums), and Stu Reynolds, (saxes and clarinets).

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At Parker-Lusseau Pastries, we have some delicious seasonal cakes available for your Thanksgiving dinner! Our Pumpkin-Apple-Cinnamon Cake is apple cake topped with pumpkin creme brûlée and a cinnamon mousse. Our Caramel-Pear-Spice Cake contains pears baked in a ginger-spice cake topped with caramel mousse and a hint of ganache.

We know that Thanksgiving gatherings will be smaller this year due to the (never-ending) pandemic. Our cakes are available in sizes as small as 4 servings. Want something larger? No problem! We also offer larger-sized cakes (going up in size in 2-serving increments). Just ask. Please place your order early as we are flying like blind turkeys this season!

Parker-Lusseau Pastries and Cafe is located at 539 Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Please phone us at 831-641-9188 or contact us through our website.

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Holiday Gifts at Gasper's Jewelers

Posted on November 17th, 2020 by Gasper's Jewelers

Gasper's Jewelers, located at 447 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, offers beautiful and elegant gifts for the discerning holiday shopper. Owner Gasper Spadaro is now taking phone orders for his top-selling Everlasting Hand-Dipped 24k Gold Roses as well as custom made jewelry such as earrings, pendants, and bracelets.

Please phone Gasper at 831-594-2773 to discuss your order and place your deposit. (Be sure to leave a message if he's not able to pick up the phone when you call.) Having provided high quality jewelry designs in Monterey since 1989, he can help you find just the right gift.

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It is with great joy that Youth Arts Collective presents our annual Holiday Art Show online! You can view all the artwork on our website now. Now, as ever, YAC is a great place to shop for holiday gifts, as artwork featured in the show is for sale.

Since you’re not able to meet these young artists in person, we’ve asked each of them to produce a short "meet the artist" video for the exhibit. The videos are as varied and engaging as they are. We think you'll enjoy the variety of voices and media in this year's show, which includes paintings, drawings, digital, and animation.

For 20 years, YAC has been able to make a lasting impact on many lives due to support from our community. We intend to keep providing YACsters with art and life skills training through new and ongoing virtual workshops, Zoom meetings, outdoor meetups (weather permitting), and exhibit opportunities like this this one.

But most of all, we provide these young artists with community and individual mentoring so they feel supported and less lonely, until we can all be together again in person. We’ve been able to help many of them stay emotionally buoyant and inspired and they've continued to make art and work toward their futures. Please consider supporting Youth Arts Collective with a tax deductible donation.

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Monterey Public Library Friends and Foundation is holding a Used Book Grab Bag Sale on Saturday, November 21, 11am-2pm, on the back patio of Monterey Public Library, located at 625 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey. (Weather permitting! They'll be there if it’s cold but not if it rains.) All funds raised will be used to purchase and catalog new library materials.

They have the bag for you, and you get to fill it yourself, choosing from a few select genres: fiction, science fiction/fantasy, mystery, history, biography, and children’s.

How it works:
*Put on your face-covering and come to the Library’s back patio.
*They will have your $10 grab bag(s) waiting for you
*Cash or check only. No credit cards.
*Careful health protocols will be observed.
*Enjoy “new-to-you” books – or share them with friends, family, and neighbors!

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Are you looking for the perfect addition to your shelter-in-place Thanksgiving dinner? Paris Bakery is offering a beautiful selection of pies - pumpkin, pecan, apple, blueberry, cherry key lime, and lemon meringue - in addition to special Thanksgiving cookies and a full assortment of fresh breads and baked goods.

Please preorder your Thanksgiving delights by Monday, November 23 for pick-up on Wednesday, November 25 - call us at 831-646-1620. A family-owned business, Paris Bakery is located at 271 Bonifacio Place in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Consider yourself a relatively good knitter, crocheter, or sewist? If so, please contact the owner of Slowfiber, Jaki, to harness that into deep discounts at Slowfiber.

If you buy fabric, a pattern, or yarn at Slowfiber at full price, finish the project within 3 weeks, and return it for display at the shop for a few months, you can receive a 25%-50% discount on your next purchase of fabric, pattern, or yarn. You retain ownership of the item (of course!) but Slowfiber gets to showcase its wares together with your skills in the store for a few months.

Slowfiber is located at 517B Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Want more information? Please call Jaki at Slowfiber, 831-901-3168.

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It’s time for Comanche Cellars' crowd favorite Pinot Noir Sale - stock up for the holidays! Our 2017 vintage sourced from Chareva Vineyards in Arroyo Seco is priced at $15 per bottle with a 6 bottle minimum purchase (reg. $38). Order online or purchase it at our wine tasting room located at 412 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Monterey Museum of Art's favorite annual fundraising exhibition, Miniatures, is now virtual! That means everyone can enjoy the entire Miniatures exhibition from the comfort and safety of their own home. Beginning November 12, we'll exhibit 155 miniature works of art in our first-ever digital catalog on our website. All proceeds will support exhibitions and programming at Monterey Museum of Art.

How It Works

1) View the digital catalog of 155 Miniatures online.

2) Donate in support of your favorites! All proceeds support exhibitions and programming at MMA.

3) At the end of the exhibition we'll randomly select one donor from each piece to add it to their collections, and you can take that piece home with you.

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Spa on the Plaza is currently offering indoor and outdoor services including facials, massage, and waxing. Please phone us at 831-647-9000 to make your reservation. We look forward to seeing you soon! Spa on the Plaza is located at 201 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

As the largest spa on the Monterey Peninsula, Spa on the Plaza is committed to the safety of our guests. Contact is limited to 1-2 people and you will have private rooms. We have ten treatment rooms, two generous relaxation areas, and an outdoor pool and jacuzzi. This provides many options in order to maintain social distancing. In addition, all appointments are staggered by 30 minutes to limit contact.

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Loco Moco is back on the menu at Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill! A Hawaiian delicacy and an Alvarado fan favorite, our Loco Moco consists of bacon fried rice, a Harris Ranch beef patty smothered in beer sausage gravy, and a fried egg placed triumphantly on top. You can even add some avocado if you wish.

Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill is located at 426 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We are now open for outdoor dining and take-out.

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Baby, it's cold outside! Why not let Fieldwork Brewing Company staff deliver their incredible craft beer straight to your home? Head over to the Fieldwork website to place your order. Home delivery is available to the following zip codes: 93921, 93940, 93943, and 93955.

Want to lounge in our outdoor beer garden, or swing by for a curbside pick-up? Fieldwork Brewing Company is located at 560 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey.

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To help you get off to a good start with your holiday shopping list, Venture Gallery is offering 10% off all jewelry in the store for the entire month of November. Our handcrafted jewelry, made by a variety of local artists, ranges from elegant, traditional pieces your Mom would love to trendy items perfect for the teen on your list. We specialize in unique, wearable pieces.

Venture Gallery is open for in-store shopping Thursdays - Sundays, 10am-6pm, at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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New Happy Hour Menu at Rosine's

Posted on November 9th, 2020 by Rosine's Restaurant

Rosine's Restaurant announces our new Happy Hour Menu, available Monday - Thursday, 3pm-5pm. Visit us for great drink, food, and dessert specials to enjoy while dining outdoors.

Our Happy Hour Menu includes cocktails, beer, wine, classic bites, and a $6 cake and coffee special. Please note that Monterey County regulations require that alcohol be served with food at this time. Rosine's is located at 434 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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On Thanksgiving Day, Monterey Marriott Hotel invites you to leave the cooking to Chef Josh Silva-Arias and order our family-style take-out Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy a day off from the kitchen!

Our take-out Thanksgiving menu includes Mary's free range whole roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, butternut squash soup, two salads, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, honey-roasted root vegetables, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, pear-apple crumb pie, pumpkin pie, and whipped cream. View the complete to-go menu here.

Take-out Thanksgiving meals come in two sizes: one for 4-6 people ($180) and one for 8-10 people ($250). Please call 831-649-4234, Ext. 1230 to preorder. All orders must be received by Thursday, November 19, 2020. You will be picking up your order at Monterey Marriott, 350 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey.

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You know the tasting events at Hellam's Tobacco and Wine Shop are always fantastic. Since we can't host an in-person event at this time, we're offering one online! Enjoy a tasting of bourbon from Bardstown Bourbon Company with us and meet the principals over Zoom on Thursday, November 19 at 6pm.

Price is $20, which will apply to purchase. To secure your spot and order your bourbon tasting box, please call us at 831-373-2816 or e-mail us. Hellam's is located at 423 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Bardstown Bourbon Company is a new blend of bourbon makers, pushing boundaries through innovation while honoring the traditional art of making whiskey. Set on 100 acres of active farmland in the heart of the Bourbon Capital of the World®, they produce the highest-quality Kentucky bourbon, whiskey, and rye brands.

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Om Studios in Downtown Old Monterey is now offering outdoor yoga classes 7 days a week! Advance registration is required as class size is limited - please register online.

Please bring your own mat and any other props you like to practice with, a large towel or blanket to lay your mat on to keep it clean, and a bottle of water to stay hydrated. Consider wearing sunscreen and/or a hat.

Monday, 9:30am - Alta Bakery
Vinyasa with Roxy

Tuesday, 12:15pm - Alta Bakery
Vinyasa with Gennica

Tuesday, 5:30pm - Jewell Park
Vinyasa with Lindsay

Wednesday, 9:30am - Alta Bakery
Mellow Flow with Lindsay

Thursday, 9:30am - Alta Bakery
Vinyasa with Lindsay

Friday, 12:15pm - Alta Bakery
Mat Sculpt with Jordan

Saturday, 9:30am - Alta Bakery

Sunday, 9:30am - Alta Bakery
Mellow Flow with Micah

Alta Bakery and Cafe is located at 502 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey. Jewell Park is located on Central Avenue between Grand and Forest Avenues in Pacific Grove.

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It's pie time! Come to Alta Bakery and Cafe and preorder pies for your shelter-in-place Thanksgiving. We have 3 delicious options: classic pumpkin pie ($28), apple galette ($30), and pecan-honey pie ($32). Place your order online or visit us at 502 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey.

Is your Thanksgiving gathering looking much smaller this year? Worry not! After a great deal of unscientific study, we can confirm that the only thing better than Thanksgiving-Day pie is Day-After-Thanksgiving pie.

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