Old Monterey District Blog

Holiday Gifts at Casual Island

Posted on November 24th, 2019 by Casual Island

Casual Island, a locally-owned, family-operated business, offers a fun selection of holiday gift items that are sure to please the whimsical person in your life. We have a great collection of novelty socks, funny refrigerator magnets, art, and knick-knacks referencing pop-culture hits such as Star Wars and Rick & Morty, in addition to our collection of women's clothing and accessories.

Visit us and find a little something for everybody this holiday season. We're located at 261 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, across the street from Portola Hotel & Spa.

Luminata Books and Gifts is Stocking Stuffer Central this holiday season! With many gift choices below $10 and even more priced at $10-$20, it's a great spot to find stocking stuffers for friends, family, and colleagues. Visit us at 631 Cass Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Luminata carries books, music, greeting cards, jewelry, candles, crystals, incense, personal care products, wind chimes, stained glass, children's toys, and more.

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Haute Beauty Guide presents a holiday pop-up shop now through December 23, 2019 at our spa at 71 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We have a wide selection of California-made goods including cards, candles, nuts, jewelry, and art perfect for holiday gifts.

Our selection includes Archipelago candles, Blue Sky Feathers jewelry, Sonder Goods baskets, Lightwell Co. fragrances and candles, Messy Play Kits for kids, and skin care products by Nash & Jones and Jan Marini. Visit us and

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It's holiday raffle time at Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill! We're hosting a raffle for guests who donate non-perishable food to our food drive, now through December 17, 2019. All donations will go to the Food Bank for Monterey County.

Present your canned donations to the host or beer garden to receive raffle ticket(s). For every 5 cans/items donated, you’ll receive a raffle ticket! The Grand Prize includes a $100 gift card, Monterey Beer koozie, Mai Tai shades, Monterey Beer hat, ASB trucker hat, and an ASB koosie.

The drawing will be held the week of December 18, 2019, so get busy and donate! We're located at 426 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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The Curtis Gallery, now open at 451 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is excited to offer you the rare opportunity to own an original copper photogravure plate by ethnologist and photographer Edward S. Curtis. These one-of-a-kind, unique, and historical plates and vintage prints represent the images of Native American tribes visited by Curtis during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Please visit us at The Curtis Gallery or visit our website to find that perfect gift for the person who has everything.

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Below are the showtimes for Osio Theater, November 15-21, 2019. Osio, a nonprofit movie theater dedicated to independent, foreign, and art films, is located at 350 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey. Purchase advance tickets on our website.

Daily at 12:30pm, 5pm
(No 5pm show on Thurs 11/28)

An epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries, and connections to mainstream politics. Watch the trailer.

Weekdays at 1:30pm, 3:45pm, 6pm
(No 6pm show on Thurs 11/28)
Sat & Sun at 11am, 1:30pm3:45pm, 6pm

Unfolding over the course of a late summer’s day in the fabled resort town of Sintra, Portugal, three generations gather for a vacation organized by the family matriarch. In this fairy tale setting, husbands and wives, parents and children, friends and lovers, stirred by their romantic impulses discover the cracks between them as well as unexpected depth of feeling. Watch the trailer.

Weekdays at 3:45pm, 6:30pm
(No 6:30pm show on Thurs 11/28)

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. Watch the trailer.

Weekdays at 1:45pm
Sat & Sun at 11am, 1:45pm

The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate's sweeping study into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral, and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden. Watch the trailer.

Daily at 4:15pm, 6:45pm
(No 6:45pm show on Thurs 11/28)

Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline, has a series of re-encounters — some of them in the flesh, others remembered. Through his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with...Read More

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Monterey High School Special at Sur Burger

Posted on November 19th, 2019 by Sur Burger

Sur Burger is offering special deals to Monterey High School students valid anytime. Just show your Monterey High ID and get our cheeseburger, fries, and a fountain drink for only $7. We're also offering milkshakes for $2.50, garlic fries for $1, and bottled water for $1.

We always welcome Monterey High students! We have free wi-fi and there's good music playing. Come hang out after school or on the weekends and get something to eat. We're located at 409 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, next to Golden State Theatre.

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Just in time for the holidays, the Joseph Boston Store is happy to offer these amazing, locally handmade wooden ornaments from Little Herb Girl. Come and check them out at our shop, located at 210 Olivier Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Many are Monterey-themed and they make great gifts and stocking-stuffers.

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We love wine at Puma Road at Portola Plaza, but did you know we also have a selection of oils and chocolate-covered cherries and blueberries? They're perfect for the holidays or for gift baskets. Visit us at 281 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, right across from Portola Hotel & Spa.

Pictured here is our balsamic and herb dipping oil, black truffle oil, habanero tequila oil, chocolate-covered cabernet blueberries, and chocolate-covered pinot noir cherries.

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