Old Monterey District Blog

Osio Theater is rolling out a new slate of independent films to rent and screen at home! View the list of currently available and upcoming films here. A portion of the proceeds from your rental benefits Osio. For general technical support on how to view your rental on your smart TV or device, please visit Osio's Streaming Support Page.


Cody is a sweet, sensitive boy who doesn't always fit in easily with other kids his age. He's not bothered by spending the summer in an unfamiliar New York town while his mother, Kathy, cleans out the house left behind by his recently deceased aunt, trying to ready it for sale. As Kathy--estranged from her reclusive sister for years--learns how much she didn't know about the woman, Cody strikes up a surprising friendship with A gruff Korean War vet who lives next door. Watch the trailer.

A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the ultraconservative confines of modern Georgian society, the film follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training for years with his partner Mary for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli--gifted with perfect form and equipped with a rebellious streak--throws Merab off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future in dance as well as his relationships with Mary and his family. Watch the trailer.

Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective, and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. This documentary takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers. Watch the trailer.

Flailing 34-year-old Bridget finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances. But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. To make matters worse, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances’s moms. Amidst her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and difficulties of becoming a part of someone else’s family. Watch the trailer.

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Code Ninjas Summer Camps 2020

Posted on May 9th, 2020 by Code Ninjas

Code Ninjas Monterey is hosting a series of week-long onsite and virtual summer camps for kids in 2020. Transform your child's love for technology into an exciting learning adventure! Guided by our team of Code Senseis, the camps empower kids to gain valuable tech skills, make new friends, and have fun. Visit our website for more information.

Onsite Summer Camps
Code Ninjas' in-person summer camps, taking place at our dojo at 465 Pacific Street in Monterey, are scheduled Monday - Friday, 10am-2pm. Price is $225 per child. Each camp is limited to 12 children. We'll be offering: Roblox Create, Minecraft Modding, Game Builders Club, Robotics Pro, Co-Drone Camp, and Application Builder.

Virtual Summer Camps
Code Ninjas' virtual summer camps are scheduled Monday - Friday, 2:30pm-3:30pm. Price is $149 per child. Each camp is limited to 6 students. We'll be offering: Roblox Create and Minecraft Modding.

View class descriptions and the full schedule on our website.

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Hellam's Tobacco and Wine Shop has reopened after a short hiatus! We now have abbreviated hours during Governor Newsom's Phase 2: Monday - Saturday, 10am-6pm. For curbside pickup, please call in advance - 831-373-2816 - and we'll have your order ready for you. We're located at 423 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Founded in 1893, Hellam's is California's oldest tobacco shop and Monterey's oldest continuously-operated business. Locally owned, we possess the largest selection of cigars in the county as well as a wide range of fine tobacco products and adult beverages.

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Now it's easy to shop locally online! The all-new Old Monterey SiP Mall is an online retail guide listing local businesses whose doors are currently closed to foot traffic, but who are selling items on their website and over the phone, offering curbside pickup and/or shipping/delivery.

Please continue to support our fine neighborhood businesses by viewing and purchasing goods online and over the phone until they can open their doors to you in Downtown Old Monterey. New businesses are added every week!

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This Sunday, May 10, Rosine's Restaurant will be serving delectable Mother's Day Brunch Specials for take-out / pick-up from 9am-2pm. Delivery will also be available by using the Online Ordering link on their website. They will be also be offering their regular menu from 11am-7pm.

Brunch specials include the popular Crab Avocado Benedict, Salmon Florentine Benedict, Steak and Prawn Benedict, Seafood Omelet, Bacado Omelet, Garden Vegetable Omelet, Fresh Strawberry Pancakes, Lemon Cream Pancakes, and Bananas Foster French Toast. Select breakfast items will also be available upon request!

Mimosas, Champagne and Prosecco by the bottle will also be available.

*And it's not too late to order your Mother's Day cake for that special someone!

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Join poet and nonfiction author and workshop leader Patrice Vecchione for a writing burst of energy, a kickstart to your creative self. Get the juices flowing! My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Writing Workshop will be held in virtual, online space on Saturday, June 6, 9:30am-1pm. Fee is $80 - sign up here.

Sure, we’re living through one hell of a time and writing is a fail-proof way through. Calm the overwhelm brought on by fear and uncertainty. When words find their way to the page, you’ll get a bit of breathing space. This workshop is for writers of any and every genre.

Old Capitol Books, an independent, family run, beloved bookstore is in need of funds to stay afloat, and we need bookstores now more than ever! This is a bookstore that hosts poetry readings, experimental art performances, and offers both new and used books.

50% of the workshop fee goes directly to Old Capitol Books and the other 50% helps support an author (also challenged)!

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Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is here for your quarantine wine needs! We're pleased to offer complimentary local delivery, including same-day local delivery for orders placed by 6pm. Please visit our website to view our selection and place your order.

Sovino, a small business owned by local sommelier Claire Sutton, is located at 241 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. For inquiries, please call 831-641-9463.

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Just in time for Mother's Day, Grace Lifestyle Boutique is offering beautiful, 100% soy candles by Capri Blue, hand-poured in the U.S. There are three fragrances available: Pineapple Flower, Volcano, and Coconut Santal. Prices are $24 for the smaller candle with a 40 hour burn time, and $32 for the larger candle with a 65 hour burn time.

Brittani Reid-Bristol, owner of Grace Lifestyle Boutique, is sheltering in place at home locally, but she has candles from the shop and she wants to share them with you! Please e-mail her or DM Grace Lifestyle Boutique on Instagram for a secure invoice you can pay online. Britanni is offering free local delivery to Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Seaside, and Marina. She's also happy to ship your order.

Pineapple Flower
Close your eyes and feel the island sun! Sparkling pineapple with a hint of plum mixed with tart lemon flower and sweet sugar cane make the perfect blend of paradise.

This fragrance is the perfect blend of citrus and sugar notes. Like the excitement and energy of a summer night rendezvous, it is simply unforgettable.

Coconut Santal
With flowering hibiscus, lime coconut, and hits of amber, this fragrance transports you to good times and gives you ultimate smooth sailing vibes.

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Alvarado Street Brewery presents All Together. This beer represents a worldwide collaboration spearheaded by our friends at @otherhalfnyc to raise awareness for hospitality workers affected by the pandemic. This hazy IPA is loaded up with Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Cascade hops and delivers all the fruit laden juiciness.

A portion of proceeds from purchases of this beer will go directly to the 100+ staff at all three Alvarado Street / Yeast of Eden locations. At the end of the day, we’re all in this together! A limited number of cases remain for shipping in California, as well as four packs for drive through pickup at our Salinas location at 1315 Dayton Street.

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Britannia Arms of Monterey is happy to announce that we've reopened for takeout meals, Thursdays-Sundays, 11:30am-7:30pm. We're serving up everybody's favorite fish and chips, burgers, and appetizers, plus beer, wine, and cocktails to go. View our takeout menu here.

Britannia Arms is located at 444 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. If you wish to phone in your order in advance, our number is 831-656-9543.

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Code Ninjas Monterey is asking our community to nominate a high school senior and tell us that person's greatest high school accomplishment. Submissions are due via e-mail by May 18, 2020.

Code Ninjas will be raffling off 10 gift cards to local businesses for 10 of these seniors, and winners will be announced June 1, 2020. Let’s give back to these hardworking students!

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A mother’s love (and patience) has been on full display in recent weeks, and Mother's Day is May 10. Comanche Cellars encourages you to show her you appreciate all she’s done with wine and chocolates. We are now offering a special wine and chocolate combination pack called "We Love You, Mom!" for only $50 (reg. $86). Place your order on our website.

Comanche Cellars, which now offers curbside pickup by appointment, is located at 412 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Ocean Sushi Deli Reopens!

Posted on May 5th, 2020 by Ocean Sushi Deli

Ocean Sushi Deli is excited to have reopened our Monterey location for take-out and pick-up! We're now open daily, 12pm-6pm. Walk-ins are welcome but phone orders are preferred, 831-645-9876. (Please try to call 1-2 hours in advance to avoid waiting in-house and to help maintain social distancing.) View our menu online.

Ocean Sushi Deli is a family-owned restaurant that's been serving the Monterey Peninsula for more than 30 years. Located at 165 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey, we look forward to seeing you again!

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We might be living through a pandemic, but Mother's Day is still happening on May 10. Gasper Spadero, owner of Gasper's Jewelers, is sheltering-in-place but he wants to help you surprise the special woman in your life with something beautiful and elegant.

The shop on Alvarado Street is closed, but Gasper is now taking phone orders for his top-selling Ever-Lasting Hand-Dipped 24k Gold Roses as well as jewelry such as diamond earrings, pendants, and bracelets that will make any mama smile.

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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Are you craving the local artisan foods and crafts you used to buy at the Joseph Boston Store before the shelter-in-place order? Good news, fans of local products! Monterey Bay Food Tours is now selling those items online for the Joseph Boston Store!

Thanks to Monterey Bay Food Tours, you can now purchase:
Artichoke & Olive Tapenade from Gil's Gourmet
Olives from Gil's Gourmet
Lemon Dill Marinated Garlic from Gil's Gourmet
Chardonnay Artichoke Mild Salsa from Gil's Gourmet
Roasted Garlic Champagne Mustard from Gil's Gourmet
Bread Dipper from Gil's Gourmet
Jams, Jellies, & Marmalades from Happy Girl Kitchen
Blackberry Sage Shrub from Happy Girl Kitchen
Honey from The Honey Ladies
Sea Salts from Big Sur Salts
Elderberry & Elderflower Syrup from Carmel Berry Co.
Balsamic Vinegar from Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar
Tea from Edison & Melrose
...and more!

Monterey Bay Food Tours' online shop also features gift boxes, home decor, and Monterey Bay Food Tours merchandise.

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Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is hosting an online painting class with local artist Bunny Paivine on Saturday, May 2, at 6pm. Learn how to paint this picture from the comfort of your own home! Fee is $30 per person and includes paint, supplies, and delivery of the paint and supplies. (You can order wine or beer from us, too!)

To purchase tickets, visit Sovino's online store. Class details will be sent to you following your purchase. Please purchase your tickets by Thursday night, April 30, to ensure delivery of supplies.

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Do you like talking about local history? Join Monterey Public Library for a virtual coffee shop style chat. Every other Friday, we will discuss a different topic relating to Monterey’s historic past. Our next online meeting is Friday, May 1, 11am-12pm.

Come learn, share your favorite memory, and explore the past! Visit the Monterey Public Library’s website and scroll down the page to "Upcoming Virtual Events" to register for our upcoming Local History Coffee Chat.

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Do you miss hearing live music by local musicians? Puma Road wine tasting room has the next best thing: every Wednesday, 5pm-6pm, through the end of May, they'll be streaming a live music show online. To watch the live stream, visit Puma Road's Instagram Story page. It's all free, but don't forget to tip the performer via Venmo if you're able.

Please note: Puma Road will be CLOSED during the show. Their shelter-in-place hours for wine pick-up by the bottle and the case are Fri & Mon, 3pm-6pm, and Sat & Sun, 12pm-4pm.

Puma Road Live Streaming Schedule

April 29, 5pm
Bronwyn Koryn
Venmo: @bronwynkoryn

May 6, 5pm
Steven J. Shook
Venmo: @steven-shook

May 13, 5pm
Songbird Meadow
Venmo: @songbirdmeadowmusic

May 20, 5pm
Chasing Windmills
Venmo: @Chasing-Windmills

May 27, 5pm
Leche Malo
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Being home for a while now makes the days blend together. Revival Ice Cream has come up with a way to make a regular night a little bit special - have an ice cream tasting party at home!

Order Revival's tasting party pack and get 5 different flavors to try plus 5 of our famous homemade cones.⁠ You'll get 15 cups total - 3 of each flavor you choose.⁠ You can make the tasting extra special by adding your own toppings, sauces, and whip cream. (Yum!)

If you're in the Monterey area, Revival Ice Cream can deliver your tasting party pack on Thursdays, or you can order online and have it shipped to wherever you are. Visit our website and get ready to have some fun!

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