Old Monterey District Blog

Fall is here. Is it time to refresh or upgrade your gear? The brand new Garmin Forerunner 35 has arrived at Fleet Feet Sports in Monterey! This is the perfect watch to just put on and go. It's easy to use, has GPS, and offers a wrist-based heart rate. You can track your miles, get familiar with your pace, and improve your speed. Yes, folks, running season is here and we have all the freshest gear.

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Do you struggle to stay healthy during the holidays? Weight gain, getting sick, lack of sleep, travel, parties, stress, and tempting desserts are all challenges. In Fleet Feet’s Holiday Survive and Thrive Workshop Series, learn ways to enjoy the holidays without feeling deprived, gaining weight, or wreaking havoc on your health.

Fee is $89 per person. Workshops led by yoga instructor Michael Simpson and functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner Cate Ritter. Register online to reserve your spot.

Workshop Schedule
(all workshops held Thursday, 6pm-7pm)

11/10: Holiday Travel Tactics & Yoga On-The-Go
11/17: Turkey Day Tips & Yoga for Digestion
12/1: Naughty or Nice Gift Ideas & Yoga for Relaxation
12/8: Holiday Party Pitfalls & Yoga for Mindfulness
12/15: Seasonal Secrets & Yoga for Renewal

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The sewer rehabilitation project schedule has been revised for downtown Monterey, October 17-28. Weather or other conditions may revise it further. Here is the latest schedule that will impact traffic and parking:

October 17 – 28 (Monday – Friday, work may take place between 8 AM to 5 PM):

400 block of Alvarado St. – the 400 block between Franklin and Bonifacio will be closed Monday, 10/17, and then the following week, Wednesday, 10/26 through Friday, 10/28.

300 block of Alvarado St. – the 300 block between Franklin and Del Monte will be closed Wednesday 10/19 through Friday, 10/21.

The Tuesday Farmer’s Market on Alvarado Street will not be impacted.

400 block of Calle Principal – the 400 block between Franklin and Bonifacio Plaza will be closed Tuesday, 10/18 and Friday, 10/21 during work hours.

Tyler St. – Between Munras and Pearl St. will be closed Friday, 10/21 and the following week, Monday, 10/24 and Tuesday, 10/25.

Pacific St. – Work between Franklin and Del Monte, Thursday, 10/20 and Friday, 10/21

Del Monte Ave. – Work near Camino Aguajito will reduce lanes from Wednesday, 10/26 through Friday, 10/28.

For a weekly map showing all streets impacted by sewer work, refer to monterey.org/fixingsewers. Impacts may include traffic, road closures, detours and parking restrictions. Motorists should prepare to take alternate routes.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in honor of this, Portola Hotel & Spa has partnered with the Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County. Throughout the month at Peter B's Brewpub and Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, for every Pink Panther Lemonade Cocktail sold, we will donate a $1 to the BCAGMC. All funds raised will help local breast cancer patients experiencing financial hardship due to their diagnosis and treatment.

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One of the first residences built outside the walls of the old Presidio, Casa Munras Garden Hotel and Spa, located in Old Monterey, was constructed in 1824 by Spanish diplomat Don Esteban Munras. He named it La Granja (the Grange) and it soon became the heart of his sprawling Rancho San Vicente. Established a thriving trading business, he dealt in cattle hides and imported fine household furnishing and necessities to the earliest settlers in Monterey.

The original Casa, as it is generally referred to now, was built of individual adobe bricks made by hand from native materials consisting of clay soil mixed with coarse sand, soft chalk, and tough grass. A mortar of finer grain solid bound together the "adobe", formatting a thick insulate wall impervious to heat and cold. For unknown reasons, adobes were always 11x11x4 inches thick. Molded by hand in crude wooden boxes, they are baked in the sun before laying. To prevent weathering of the wall's surface, a plaster of fine silted mud and clay was applied. This was white washed each year to give the building a clean, warm feeling. Of the original house, that of which remains is a portion of the Marbella Meeting Room. Many of the walls in the remaining portion are 32" thick adobe.

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Montrio Bistro welcomes Christian Adams as our new Restaurant Manager and Wine Director. A Monterey local and a German citizen, Christian managed Bernardus Lodge's guest services department in the mid-2000s where he became accustomed to higher levels of service. After Bernardus, he became Assistant General Manager
of L'Auberge Carmel for two years.

In 2012, Christian moved to Germany to manage a restaurant and banquets department at Castle Johannisburg in his hometown of Aschaffenburg. While there, he studied German wines and assisted in harvests in the Satzenberg Vineyard in the lower Franken region. While in Germany, Christian was also hired by Rudy Weist, a top German wine importer to do wine education and sales. He then moved to San Francisco and managed Les Clos for Mark Bright, owner and wine director for Saison while continuing his wine sales gig for Weist for another 2.5 years.

Christian is excited about the opportunity and looking forward to familiarizing himself with Montrio's wine program and begin to stamp his own brand on it.

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Throughout the month of October 2016, Om Studios is offering complementary membership for breast cancer survivors and fighters! Please call us at 831-204-7949 or stop the studio for details.

Om Studios will donate $1 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for every barre student in attendance in the month of October, and each of our barre students in October will receive a raffle ticket for every barre class you attend. A prize winner will be drawn on November 1.

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In town for a special event or just feel like being pampered? Through the month of October 2016, Spa on the Plaza is offering a wash and blow dry for only $25 with any 50 minute service (regular price: $55). Come and meet Jessica Overstreet, our new Master Hair Technician, with over 15 years experience! Book your appointment today.

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