Old Monterey District Blog

Shelley Bennett Skincare is pleased to introduce our newly improved Pumpkin and Papaya Enzyme Exfoliating Cream, containing active papaya and pumpkin enzymes to gobble up dead skin cells and reveal a smooth texture without irritation. In this exfoliating cream, avocado oil moisturizes parched skin while tapioca and kaolin clay tighten it. And now it comes in a pump bottle!

Our Pumpkin and Papaya Enzyme Exfoliating Cream is available through our online store. Shelley Bennett Skincare is a small skincare studio owned by local resident Shelley Bennet and located at 588 Houston Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Looking for the best of both worlds? Om Studios' monthly autopay memberships include unlimited access to our online yoga and barre classes plus a choice of 4, 8, or an unlimited number of in-person classes each month in our studio or outdoors.

Online, Om Studios offers livestream yoga and barre classes and more than 200 videos ranging 15-75 minutes in length. Digital-only memberships are available.

Om Studios is located at 631 Cass Street, Suite B in Downtown Old Monterey. We invite you to view our price options here.

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Bella's Studio, a sewing, design, and craft studio in Downtown Old Monterey, is happy to announce that we've moved just down the street to 417 Calle Principal. It's a smaller space, but just as efficient and cozy. Everything you need to sew your projects is still at hand.

Bella's goal is to continue the same vibrancy and creativity that every beginner and experienced sewist has enjoyed at Bella's Studio over the past 12 years. She continues to offer sewing lessons for one or two people, open studio time for personal projects, and homeschool classes, all by appointment. For details, please click here or phone 831-402-1095.

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Add a splash of color to your life! Workhorse Bicycles now carries Oveja Negra bike bags. Oveja Negra designs and manufactures top-shelf bikepacking bags in the town of Salida, Colorado, and more than 90% of their raw materials come from domestic factories. These bags really are made in the U.S.A. Come and check them out at our shop at 486 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey - we're pretty sure you'll like them as much as we do.

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Venture Gallery presents the work of local wildlife painter Debbie Griest, our featured artist for August. During the exhibition, the Marine Mammal Center will receive 50% of net proceeds from sales of Debbie's work.

Debbie Griest’s passion to create art is inspired by her respect and appreciation for wildlife and nature. She builds on her travel experiences through the savannas of Africa, the jungles of Central and South America, and the natural habitats of California and the US. When out in nature, Debbie is drawn to the drama of light and shadow, the emotions and feelings evoked by a particular setting, and the unique personality or presence of an animal observed.

Venture Gallery is now open daily, 10am-6pm. Debbie Griest's artwork will be featured through August 2021. Venture Gallery is located at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Visit our website to shop online for work by our local artists.

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Youth Arts Collective announces our largest art auction ever! This virtual auction, featuring the work of 50 professional artists, will be held July 30 - August 7, 2021. Please click here to see a complete list of participating artists, and visit our website on July 30 for a link to the auction.

All proceeds will benefit YAC, a nonprofit, after school art studio and mentorship program for high school and college artists who are brilliant and struggling, confident and fringe, multi-ethnic, multi-tempered, and over 30% financially challenged. They learn art, job, and life skills, and gain a healthy dose of self-esteem and gratitude along the way. YACsters learn to believe in themselves, take creative risks, and give back.

YAC is located at 472 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey. Its mission is to inspire creativity, kindness, and confidence in our youth through artistic expression and mutual respect. Do art. Be kind.

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Grace Lifestyle Boutique now has our very popular "The Future is Female" kids' t-shirts in stock, sizes 2T-5T. Are you interested in the kids' sweatshirt pictured here? We're ordering them soon! If you pre-order by Sunday, August 1, we can be sure to reserve one just for you. Please DM us on Instagram or call us at 831-324-4200.

Grace Lifestyle Boutique is located at 459 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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On Tuesday, July 27, 2021, Monterey Public Library and the California History Room are reopening their doors at 625 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Hours will be Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Library Sidewalk Service will continue, 10am-12pm. We can't wait to see you!

You’ll see some familiar faces when you walk inside, but much has changed as well. Your safety, and the safety of staff, is our top priority.

New safety measures include:

* Masks are required to keep everyone safe, especially our youngest readers.

*Fewer computers and chairs, to avoid overcrowding.

*Outside air intake and air filtering systems have been maximized.

*Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available throughout the building.

*Programs remain online or outdoors, and use of meeting rooms is on pause.

*A patron app gives you the option to borrow items without stopping at the desk or doing self-checks.

Regarding the California History Room: for extensive research inquiries, to arrange a class visit, or to view archival materials (including photographs, maps, and locked-case books), please schedule an appointment with Sean Briscoe at 831-646-2091.

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The Cooper-Molera Adobe Museum, located at 506 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey, is happy to announce we are reopening on Saturday, July 31, 2021. Hours will be Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm. Admission is free. The museum is self-guided, but a Volunteer Docent Guide will be available on Saturdays, 11am-3pm.

We have established new safety measures for the well-being of guests and staff. These include: limited visitor capacity (6 people), self-screening upon entry, face mask requirement (regardless of vaccination status), physical distancing requirements, floor guides, and limited interactive activities. Hand sanitizer stations will be available.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Cooper-Molera Adobe!

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Supercuts Monterey, located at 488 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is now hiring full and part time hairstylists and receptionists. Please click here to apply.

Stylists receive hourly pay, retail commissions, and tips plus sick-time, holiday pay, 2 weeks of vacation time, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short and long term disability insurance, and a 401k.

Are you still paying off school? Supercuts has a matching funds program that pays up to 50% of the monthly payment for federal cosmetology student loans. Supercuts also pays for ongoing training and education including in-salon seminars, and live-model practice.

If you've worked for Supercuts in the past, return and receive a $500 bonus, re-enroll in the 401k right away, and begin accruing vacation on your first day.

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Monterey Magic and Comedy Club is pleased to announce that our Magic Fusion show will feature comic magician Farrell Dillon July 29 - August 10, with performances every night at 7pm plus Friday and Saturday at 9pm and Saturday and Sunday at 4:30pm. Purchase your tickets online today.

Farrell Dillon combines hilarious comedy and mind-melting magic in a modern style. He's known for his regular appearances on 6 seasons of the CW Network's Masters of Illusion and has been nominated for the Stage Magician of the year award by the Magic Castle in Hollywood. When not headlining in Las Vegas, Farrell can be seen on tour in some of the United States' largest performing arts venues.

Monterey Magic Club is located inside the Stanton Center at 5 Custom House Plaza in Downtown Old Monterey.

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On July 19, 2021, Monterey County Health Department issued a new announcement:

"With cases of COVID-19 rising locally and increased reports of the very infectious Delta variant, the Counties of Monterey, Napa, San Benito, and Santa Cruz recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places. Out of an abundance of caution, people are recommended to wear masks indoors in places like grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, even if they are fully vaccinated.

"Businesses are urged to adopt universal masking requirements for customers entering indoor areas of their businesses to provide better protection to their employees and customers. This will also make it easier for businesses to be sure unvaccinated people are masked.”

The Health Department also reminds us that fully vaccinated people are well-protected from infections and serious illness due to Covid-19 (including the Delta variant). Vaccinating as many people as possible continues to be our best defense! To find a vaccination site near you, please visit www.myturn.ca.gov or call 2-1-1 .

To view the entire press release, please click here.

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Juicy, delicious pluots are in season, and at Parker Lusseau Pastries and Cafe our pluot tart with frangipane topped with streusel is now available in two sizes: individual or large (9 inches). Come and enjoy them while they last!

Parker-Lusseau Pastries and Cafe is located at 539 Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Comanche Cellars Wine Room is pleased to announce our new tasting menu! Visit us and try the 2020 Dog & Pony Rose of Pinot Noir, 2020 Comanche Cellars Chardonnay, 2018 Comanche Cellars Pinot Noir, 2018 Dog & Pony Negrette, and the 2018 Comanche Cellars Maverick. Our five-flight tasting is $20 per person - if you make a two bottle purchase, we'll waive one tasting fee.

We're located at 412 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey and open for wine tasting and retail wine sales.

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Old Capitol Books is seeking poets! Heather Flescher, the poet and playwright who brought us the sold out show "Daughters of Nothing," is hosting Unassigned: A Night of Trans Poetry on Sunday, October 3 at 7pm as part of the 2021 Monterey Poetry Festival at Old Capitol Books.

If you're a transgender or non-binary poet and are interested in reading your work that night, please DM Old Capitol Books on Instagram for more details and to apply. Old Capitol Books is located on the 2nd floor of 482 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey (elevator is available).

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Join Jaki Canterbury, owner of Slowfiber, for a class entitled Knitting Saturdays: Socks That Don't Suck, held every other Saturday, August 28 - October 2, 10am-11am, at Slowfiber, 517B Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Fee is $10 per class. Space is limited - online registration required in advance.

Have you always felt like sock making is for those "other" knitters? That maybe you will die of old age before you tackle this elephant? Let Jaki help you eat the elephant one bite at a time. We will break socks down into digestable sections and do the rough stuff together with enough room between sections to exhale and rest. You must be able to knit, purl, decrease, increase, and be willing to knit in the round.

You are welcome to stay on after class and knit with The Yarn Junkies group until 1pm - Jaki will still be available for questions.

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