Old Monterey District Blog

The current threat from the wildfires burning in Monterey County is unprecedented and the need of Monterey County residents who have been evacuated is huge. Now through September 5, 2020, Monterey Firefighters are collecting donations of cash and gift cards to distribute quickly, and directly, to families impacted by the fires.

Monterey Firefighters have set up a Go Fund Me page for financial donations. They are also accepting donations of gift cards from stores such as Target, Walmart, Safeway, or Lucky's, at all of the fire stations in the City of Monterey. Downtown Old Monterey's Fire Station No. 11 is located at 600 Pacific Street.

Although it's unbelievable that we are now facing these fires at the same time our families are being impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, it's the difficult reality for all of us. We will survive this, but if it's possible to lend some help to our neighbors at the same time, we know it will be greatly appreciated.

For more information, please e-mail Monterey Firefighter Raul Pantoja.

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The River Fire and Carmel Fire emergencies are a good reminder for all residents to be aware of how to get information they may need to stay safe. If you haven't done so already, you can register your cell phone at alertmontereycounty.org to receive urgent information about things like severe weather and evacuations.

If you live in one city, work in another, or have family in yet another location, you can sign up for alerts from all the areas you want! To receive text alerts that are specifically for the City of Monterey, take one more step and text 93940 to 888777.

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Get ready, everyone! On Saturday, August 29, 4pm-7pm, Youth Arts Collective is celebrating our 20th birthday and taking our annual LiveART event online! Featuring all our fan favorites including live art making (both live-stream and time lapse), a sketch circle, an art auction, art sales, and live music. It's an entertaining way to support YAC!

Live Art Making
Watch artists create in live-stream and in time-lapse, and bid on pieces completed that night in the auction along with other art donated for the event.

Sketch Circle
Get your 5-minute portrait drawn by several artists at once while you watch. Check our website soon for instructions on how to sign-up.

Art Auction and Sales
All art created that night will be for sale or auction through our online store along with other donated art. All proceeds benefit Youth Arts Collective!

Participating Artists Will Include
Paul Richmond, Denese Sanders, Renata Abma, Mai Ryuno, Will Bullas, Robin Winfield, Jack Wray, Pamela Carroll, Christine Crozier, Mary Liz Houseman, Steven Russell, Andrew Jackson, Chloe Wilson, Marcia Perry, Germain Hatcher, and Logan Parsons

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Check our website regularly for instructions on viewing this crazy wonderful 3-ring creative circus. We are tremendously grateful to all the generous artists and musicians who donate their time and talent to this evening every year. And who are willing to return to our first virtual LiveART ever! Do art. Be kind....Read More

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Another school year is starting for many Monterey elementary, middle, and high school students, and Monterey Public Library wants to help. Library cardholders can access free, live tutor assistance in English and Spanish from Brainfuse - Homework HelpNow operating daily, 3pm-10pm. Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.

With more students studying at home, the Library hopes this service will be more valuable than ever. Give it a try here - all you need to do to begin is enter your library card's barcode number.

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Saltwater Sanctuary is not open for pedicures and detox soaks at this time, but we are selling products you can use at home to care for your skin and nails! We offer a range of Cuccio body butters (including our best-selling Cuccio Hemp Butter and Tangerina Argan Butter), as well as cuticle oils, callous removers, home detox packages, and our new line of organic soap.

To place an order or for more information, please contact Saltwater's owner, Michele Pietrantonio, via Instagram or at 818-497-4066.

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Revival Ice Cream proudly introduces our new signature flavor, Summer Lemonade! Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free, it's made with a hint of honey, fresh local Meyer lemons, and organic coconut milk. It tastes just like freshly-made lemonade.

We know how hard it is to find vegan ice cream treats with just the right flavor and texture, so we're excited to bring this new flavor to you. It's simple, delicious, and refreshing. Now available at our shop at 463 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey and on our website.

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Code Ninjas Monterey now offers a Virtual School Assistance Program for children in grades 2-6, Monday - Friday, 8am-1pm, beginning August 17, 2020. We have created the perfect program for your child to do their virtual learning with us! Our high-tech and STEM driven framework provides a distraction-free, school-like environment.

Our team will provide the structure and set schedule your child's needs to complete their schoolwork and to thrive in this new way of learning. In addition to assisting your child with their virtual schoolwork, we will teach your child new and exciting skills in the world of STEM. Your child will get to interact, collaborate, and tackle team projects in a safe, clean, and sanitized learning space.

Our centers have strict COVID-19 protocols in place which include temperature checks, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, and face-mask requirements. We offer individual laptops for each child, A/V equipment and state of the art technology, reliable high speed WiFi, printers, tablets, and more.

Price is $699 per child per month ($599 for the first month). Register on our website. For more information, please contact Code Ninjas Monterey. Code Ninjas is located at 469 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Om Studios is happy to announce we've added more outdoor classes to our schedule! We now teach at the beautiful Cooper-Molera Gardens behind Alta Bakery at 502 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey as well as at Jewell Park at Central Avenue and Grand Avenue in Pacific Grove.

Come get some fresh air, breathe in the beautiful smells of the gardens, and get your body moving. (Plus, at Cooper-Molera Gardens you can get delicious coffee and yummy treats after class at Alta Bakery!)

Pre-registration is required due to Covid-19 restrictions. To view our class schedule and sign up, please visit our website. Bring your own mat/props. Masks are required until you get onto your mat. Use your current class card, membership, or pay the drop-in fee of $15. Space is very limited in order to keep us all distanced and safe.

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Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is happy to announce that our outdoor seating is now open Thursday - Monday every week for wine by the glass, small plates and shareables, and wine and beer to go. View our menu on our website and visit us at 241 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Prefer to stay close to home? Sovino continues to offer free delivery of wine to those who live locally as well as wine shipping to those who live farther afield. Please visit our our online store to make your purchase.

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After extensive renovations and a menu refresh, Lallapalooza has now reopened as Palooza! Come on down to 474 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey for take-out and outdoor dining. It's open Sunday - Thursday, 4pm-10pm, and Friday - Saturday, 4pm-11pm.

Executive Chef Joshua Kinzer has designed an approachable, crave-worthy menu with classic and contemporary dishes that are seasonally influenced. It includes shared small plates, pizzas, burgers, and main dishes such as dry-aged steak. Many vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.

Likewise, Palooza's beverage program has been refreshed to feature not only cocktails but also a variety of natural wines, with an emphasis on artisan wines by small producers,

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The museum at Cooper Molera Adobe is still closed, but we are holding plant sales every Saturday, 11am-4pm. We're featuring propagated plants from our garden including salvias, scented geraniums, hard to find francoas, and more at our front desk at 506 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey. Cash and checks only.

When you come to the plant sale, please wear a face mask, follow our 6-foot social distancing protocols, and use hand sanitizer. We are working hard to ensure the health and well being of our visitors, residents, and employees.

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Baby Yoda Bags at Casual Island

Posted on August 10th, 2020 by Casual Island

The Child has arrived at Casual Island! We now have these Baby Yoda bags available at the shop. But don't wait too long - these are sure to fly off the shelves. (We also carry women's fashion, a wide variety of face masks, and a bunch of fun novelty items). We're located at 261 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Cooper-Molera Adobe will present our annual History Hunt in Old Monterey on Saturday, August 22, 12pm-3pm, carrying on despite whatever smoke and ash may blow in from Monterey County fires. The event is free for participants of all ages and is designed for individuals and household groups. Learn about local history, visit important historic sights, and view architectural treasures and public art.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, our rules for participation have changed. Groups of up to six people from the same household will be allowed. Participants are required to wear face coverings, be socially distanced from others outside their household, and use hand sanitizer.

The History Hunt begins at 12pm. Pick up your packets at the Cooper-Molera Adobe Gardens, 506 Munras Avenue, 11:45am-12pm (enter through the historic gates). Your packet will include a list of 25 items to find or learn about, a map of the historic Monterey district, and the rules for the hunt. The first three participants with the most correct answers will win surprise awards.

For more information, please phone the Cooper Adobe Museum at 831-223-0172, ext. 7776.

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August 2020 Drive Thru Produce Distribution in Monterey

Posted on August 7th, 2020 by omba

Need food assistance? Reservations are now available for the August 2020 Drive Thru Produce Distribution for Families and Seniors offered by the City of Monterey Recreation and the Monterey County Food Bank. This is now a contact-free drive-thru program and reservations are required.

In August, there's extra room in the schedule to accommodate more families. Pick-up times are on Mondays - August 10, 17, 24 and 31, 10am-1pm - by appointment only at Dennis the Menace Parking Lot, 777 Pearl Street in Monterey.

All produce is pre-packaged and the same for everyone. Please read the official flyer which contains all the details.Questions? Please call 831.646.3866 or e-mail Monterey Recreation.

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Take the 2020 U.S. Census Today!

Posted on August 5th, 2020 by omba

Every 10 years, people across the country fill out the Census in order to have an accurate count of all people in the United States. Californians can complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail (paper forms are being mailed to households that have not yet responded to the census). A Census ID is not required in order to respond. Be counted and help secure critical resources for your community today!

Census data determines funding allocations for schools, child care programs, road maintenance projects, and social assistance programs. Census data informs where new hospitals are built, improves health programs, and increases jobs and business opportunities. The Census also determines California’s federal funding for important community services that help support our families and gives us a fair share of representation in California and Washington, D.C.

Information collected during the 2020 Census can’t be shared or used against you in any way. Your information is only used to generate statistics. Do it today! It only takes a few moments.

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Another local favorite is on the rise, but really, really quietly... Sazon Express now serves their classic burrito (with any meat option) smothered in chile verde sauce! Be forewarned: it's not on the menu, but you can ask for it when you order. Delicious.

Sazon Express, now open for take-out, no-contact curbside pick-up, delivery, and outdoor dining, is located at 431 Tyler Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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It’s heating up, why not cool off with Puma Road's Summer Chardonnay Blowout! It comes in a glass bottle. There's a complimentary cork with every purchase. You can serve it cold or hot (if you're feeling crazy). And the prices are so low you'll say: "Gosh darn it, those prices are low!" Stop by the wine tasting room at 281 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey and stock up today.

Puma Road's 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay is now priced at $20 per bottle (reg. $35), and $200 per case. Puma Road's 2016 Pedregal de Paicines Chardonnay is now priced at $14 per bottle (reg. $25) and $140 per case.

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Union Yoga is offering a 5-day mini immersion class series in breathwork and meditation online. Classes are 20 minutes long, 8:15am-8:35am, Monday, August 17 through Friday, August 21. We'll gather on Zoom for a short lesson then a shared breathwork and meditation session followed by an optional Q&A.

Led by Union Yoga owner Kelli Gray, this is a beginner's course and open to all to learn or simply to sit in and be guided through a mini-session. By the end of the week, you'll have the skills and information to practice on your own. Fee is $30 for the week. For more information and to register, please e-mail Kelli at Union Yoga.

Union Yoga is located at 244 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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A City of Monterey sister city since 1984, Tainan, Taiwan, reached out to the City of Monterey with concern over the significant spread of the coronavirus in the United States and graciously donated 2,900 medical masks and 300 medical goggles. The supplies arrived at Monterey City Hall on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. They will be added to inventory in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), shared with City first responders including police and fire and other staff, and may also be shared with other community first responders as needed.

“We are so grateful for the kindness and generosity of our sister city, Tainan,” said Mayor Clyde Roberson. “This worldwide pandemic shows that we are all in this together, and it is heartwarming to see how people are helping each other, even across the seas. These are the times that truly bring the meaning of sister cities to light. Just as the sign on the boxes reads - Together, Stronger.”

Tainan City Mayor Huang Wei-che said, ”Friendship with people is to treat each other sincerely, and the fundamental way of urban diplomacy is the same. The rapid spread of the epidemic in the United States in the past few months shows the need, and we should stand up at this moment and take the initiative to share the surplus materials with international family and friends.” Thank you, Mayor Huang!

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