Old Monterey District Blog

Monterey State Historic Park is happy to announce that the Stevenson House has reopened on Saturdays after a long pandemic closure! Any Saturday, 10am-4pm, stop by the house at 530 Houston Street in Downtown Old Monterey to see a wonderful collection of artifacts from Robert Louis Stevenson and explore the building where he resided in the latter part 1879. Admission is free.

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Comanche Cellars is very excited to introduce our first white wine blend on our Dog and Pony label: Sable Blanc. The name ("white sand") is a nod to our beautiful beaches. Sable Blanc consists of 60% stainless steel Chardonnay & 40% Albariño. Only one barrel was produced, so grab a bottle quickly for your summer sipping!

Comanche Cellars Wine Room is located at 412 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Monterey Magic and Comedy Club is pleased to announce that our Magic Fusion show will feature award-winning magician David Goldrake July 15-27, with performances every night at 7pm plus Friday and Saturday at 9pm and Saturday and Sunday at 4:30pm. Purchase your tickets online today.

In 2010, Goldrake was awarded the coveted Mandrake d’Or and in 2015 he won a Merlin Award for "Best European Illusionist," ranking him alongside names such as David Copperfield and Siegfried & Roy. In 2017, Goldrake brought his show, Imaginarium, to the Tropicana Las Vegas. After having been open for only six months, the Las Vegas community voted him the Bronze winner of the Review Journal’s Best of Las Vegas Awards for Best Magic Show.

In addition to his regular performances at the renowned Magic Castle in Hollywood, David Goldrake has presented his full-evening shows to standing ovations in over 20 countries.

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

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The nomination process for Monterey County Weekly's Best of Monterey County 2021 has begun! Now through July 21, please consider nominating Old Monterey businesses and people for the honors. (And don't forget our website!) It would give all of us a boost after a looong pandemic year. Top nominees will go to the final round of voting Aug 12 - Sept 5. Start voting here.

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Paris Bakery Is Hiring

Posted on July 6th, 2021 by Paris Bakery

Paris Bakery, a family owned business, is now hiring! We are looking for a cook (sandwich and salad making), a Counter Helper / Barista / Deli Helper, and a night shift baker's helper. Please come in person to Paris Bakery at 271 Bonifacio Place in Downtown Old Monterey or e-mail your resume to us.

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Youth Arts Collective is proud to announce that our mentors are showing their work in a virtual exhibit at Seaside's Avery Gallery through July 2021. We invite you to view the work of our eight talented mentors here.

YAC Mentors in the show include Marcia Perry, Meg Biddle, Andrew Jackson, Germain Hatcher, Chloe Wilson, Paul Richmond, Renata Abma, and Peggy Alonas. Pieces are available for sale - please contact the artists directly via their websites (links are in the online gallery).

YAC is a community-based nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and creative sanctuary for Monterey County youth to explore their potential as artists while developing personal awareness, social understanding, and an appreciation for contributing in positive ways to their community. The studio is located at 472 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey.

Do art. Be kind.

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At Board and Brush Monterey, we want to celebrate summer with a cool savings offer. Get $10 off any Pick Your Project Workshop or Porch Planter Workshop in July or August by using the code SUMMER. Offer good only if you book your workshop by July 18, 2021.

Board and Brush, a DIY workshop space where you can build a wooden decor piece that's worthy of your walls, is located at 458 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Please book your workshop through our website.

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Venture Gallery presents athe work of Susann Cate Lynn, our featured artist for July, with an exhibit entitled Isolation Inspiration: Paintings from My Imaginative World. Traveling through her memory during her time of isolation in the pandemic, Susann allowed her imagination to create scenes anew with a fresh sense of possibility.

Venture Gallery is now open daily, 10am-6pm. Susann Cate Lynn's artwork will be featured through July 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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Summer and fall is the best time of year to plan your event. Family owned Epsilon Fine Greek Restaurant specializes in catering for weddings, parties, and more. Let us do the hard part! Any choice of food on your agenda is our priority. Call now and book your special occasion today at 831-655-8108 - ask for Chris or Dallie.

Epsilon is located at 422 Tyler Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Perfectly Pressed Juice, located at 491 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is now hiring. Want to join an awesome group of people making delicious, healthy smoothies, juices, and bowls? Please email us a little about yourself and your availability and include your resume. Perfectly Pressed is a small, locally-owned business.

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No Fireworks Allowed in Monterey

Posted on June 29th, 2021 by omba

A message from Monterey Fire Chief Gaudenz Panholzer:
California has been experiencing devastating fire seasons with large losses of lives, property, and environment. Use of fireworks for the 4th of July holiday creates a major threat for increased fires.

The City of Monterey asks that you do your patriotic duty to reduce the risk of fire by not using fireworks when celebrating the 4th of July. In the City you may be subject to a $1000 fine if you are caught using any type of fireworks (including those marked as "safe and sane"). Thank you for enjoying the holiday responsibly and safely.

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Shelley Bennett Skincare, located at 588 Houston Street in Downtown Old Monterey, introduces our Face, Neck and Decollete Reserve Cream. This buttery cream includes saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast) extract to improve elasticity and brightness in your skin while it locks in moisture with a whisper of a primed look. We recommend using it every evening either alone or on top of a Retinol, or in the morning, when you can use it either over a liquid C or alone, underneath your SPF moisturizer.

A locally owned business, Shelley Bennett Skincare's retail shop features Shelley Bennett's own line of skincare products as well as Caudalie's full line of products and Image Skincare's clinical line - you may view and purchase all our skincare products on our website. Curbside pick-up, shipping, and local delivery are available.

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Cibo Ristorante Italiano, located at 301 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is pleased to announce the return of live music to our restaurant and bar Tuesday - Sunday evenings. Please view our schedule below and visit our website for details.

Sundays, 7pm-10pm
Dave Holodiloff Duo
(jazz and more)

Tuesdays, 7pm-10pm
Lee Durley and Scotty Wright
(jazz and R&B)

Wednesdays, 7pm-10pm
Ben Herod Trio
(jazz and swing)

Thursdays, 7pm-10pm
Monterey's Finest DJs
Plus All-Night Happy Hour

Fridays and Saturdays, 9pm-12:30am
A variety of bands including R&B, reggae, pop, Latin beats, and classic rock

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Old Capitol Books Expands

Posted on June 21st, 2021 by Old Capitol Books

Old Capitol Books has just undergone a small shop expansion - it now has new sections in science, history, and art. Plus there are new books in other sections of the store including fiction, poetry, LGBTQ studies, and philosophy. Go have a browse through the bookshelves on the second floor of 482 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Independent bookstores are the best!

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The State of California is continuing its incentive program to get as many people as possible vaccinated for Covid-19. On July 1, 2021, all Californians over age 18 who have received the vaccine will be entered into a drawing to receive one of six dream vacations (including hotels, food, and entertainment for up to four people plus $2000 for expenses). Read details here.

Those vacations look fun - they include a chance to see the Giants play in San Francisco, enjoy a spa in Palm Springs, say hi to Mickey at Disneyland in Anaheim, watch the Lakers play in Los Angeles, or learn to surf in San Diego.

Want to find out where to get a free Covid-19 vaccine? Find a location here.

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Monterey Trolley Returns on July 3, 2021

Posted on June 18th, 2021 by omba

The Monterey trolley returns! This free service will operate July 3 - September 6, 10am-6pm daily. Park in the Downtown Monterey or Cannery Row garages or at the Waterfront lot and get a free ride to all of your favorite attractions including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, the Lighthouse District, Downtown Old Monterey, and Old Fisherman's Wharf.

Avoid the hassles of driving to each location and finding places to park - let the trolley give you a fast, convenient and free ride. Look for the green MST Trolley signs to board along the route.

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