Old Monterey District Blog

Peter B's Brewpub is happy to announce that Football Sundays are returning on Saturday, September 11. Watch your favorite teams play on 18 HDTVs while you're enjoying $5 16 oz. house brews, $9 game day Bloody Marys, and our $8 breakfast specials. Head on over to our website for all the details - www.peterbsbrewpub.com. Sunday breakfast menu and drink specials are available 9:30am-11am, September 11, 2016 through January 2017.

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Venture Gallery Fall 2016 Exhibition

Posted on September 8th, 2016 by Venture Gallery

Venture Gallery at Portola Plaza invites you to join us for an all-new show of artwork by our 30 local artists, opening September 13 and running until mid-November 2016. Our Featured Artists for this exhibition are Tamara Selyangina and William Eatmon. Please stop by and enjoy the beautiful new artwork in our gallery, including paintings, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, fused glass, and greeting cards.

Tamara Selyangina is watercolor artist who was born in Russia and grew up in Eastern Siberia near Lake Baikal. After spending a decade in Europe, she has been living in Monterey for a little over seven years. She loves watercolor because of the subtle nuances that can't be achieved in any other medium. For her, it means pleasure, freshness, and freedom. The spontaneity, speed of execution, and happy accidents of watercolor work make the process magic and exciting. The focus of her art includes breathtaking coastal scenery, beautiful local nature, street scenes of Monterey, and the wharfs.

William Eatmon has always enjoyed producing art in many forms along with constantly designing and fabricating science and engineering projects. For his vocation, he chose science and engineering and had a long, rewarding career in the aerospace industry. Over the years, he was not constricted by the need to earn money from his art so he had the opportunity to experiment, resulting in a number of unique techniques and styles. Since retiring from his formal engineering career in 1998, he has settled on the mediums of oil and acrylic painting, focusing on everything from the realistic to the abstract with an emphasis on larger abstract paintings, impressionism, and pointillism. Cosmology, earth science, and quantum physics largely influence his artwork.

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The Portola Hotel & Spa is excited to announce its newest Wine Experience for Two Package in partnership with 10SPAN Vineyards. Experience this relaxing getaway, running September 1 - December 16, 2016.

Portola’s Wine For Two Package includes: a nautically inspired guest room; two 10SPAN wine flights with an artisan cheese plate at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge; complimentary 24 hour fitness center; heated pool, jacuzzi, and poolside cabanas; and complimentary wi-fi.

Sourced from vineyards along California’s Central Coast, 10SPAN wines showcase the best of Monterey County and Santa Barbara County. The region’s cool ocean breezes form over the Pacific Ocean and follow through to the coastal mountains to cultivate distinct microclimates. These microclimates are home to a vast range of wildlife, including Bald Eagles and California Condors.

Please note that terms and conditions apply to all hotel deals. Based on availability. Blackout dates apply. Subject to change without notice. Must be 21 or older to book this offer. Starting rate of $219.

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Looking for a challenge? Bay of Pines Organic Restaurant offers our Ship Sinker Burger! The rules are simple: you just have to come to our restaurant and eat this monster of a burger in 5 minutes or less and it's free of charge (plus you get all the bragging rights). Think you have what it takes? Stop by Bay of Pines and claim your prize...

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Paris Bakery is Now Hiring!

Posted on August 18th, 2016 by Paris Bakery

Are you looking for a change in pace?! Do you love baking, decorating, coffee, or customer service? Do you know someone who does? Paris Bakery is hiring! Please pass the word along. We're looking for bread/viennoiserie bakers, a pastry assistant, and counter help. Contact us today! Apply at either location or simply e-mail your resume along with the position you're looking for to [email protected].

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Attention dog lovers and friends of four-legged wonders! Come celebrate National Dog Day at the Pet Friendly Portola Hotel & Spa on Friday, August 26, 2016 for a beautiful California coastal getaway.

Available through the hotel’s VIP Pet Program, outdoor dining at Jacks Restaurant and Peter B’s Brewpub includes pet beds as well as food and water bowls. Jacks Restaurant also offers a pet friendly heated patio, which features blazing fire pits and seating for patrons to dine and enjoy the beautiful views and fresh breeze of the Monterey coast.

Certified by the nationally recognized Pets Can Stay, this VIP Pet Program also includes a complete guide to Monterey Peninsula’s pet amenities. Available services include a pet spa, doggy day care, pet walking, sitting skills, and veterinary facilities.

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We would like to congratulate Venture Gallery's artist Carole Belliveau, whose painting, Garden on East Shore, won the Island Award at the Alameda Plein Air Paintout of the Frank Betts Art Center. The Alameda Plein Air Paintout attracts juried entries from all over the country; it's a superb and competitive group of plein air artists. This year's juror was nationally-known artist Jeff Horn.

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Cha-ya Japanese Tea and Things is now offering this gorgeous, uniquely crafted table by local craftsman and artist Omar. The table is made from redwood, mahogany, Monterey pine, and granite. Dimensions: 30" x 70" x 30.5". To request a price, please call Cha-ya at 831-646-5486.

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Shinbi Salon is pleased to offer free haircuts to all firefighters who are fighting the Soberanes Fire. To make an appointment, you can either call Shinbi Salon at 831-373-7919, schedule your appointment on our website, or stop by Tuesday-Sunday to see if we're available. Please help us spread the word about this offer, and thank you to all the firefighters out there!!

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Beginning August 15, Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will sell its 31-Day Basic GoPass for only $13 ($6.50 discount for individuals 18 years and under, 65 years and older, with disabilities, Medicare Card holders, and veterans). The pass, which regularly costs $95, is a fantastic deal that will continue during construction of the Holman Highway 68 Roundabout.

Reduced pricing will be made available for those who live or work in the following areas: Big Sur (93920); Carmel (93921, 93922, 93923); Carmel Valley (93924); Monterey, west of Sloat Avenue and north of HWY 1 (93940); Pacific Grove (93950); and Pebble Beach (93953). Proof of residency (e.g. driver’s license, state ID card, utility bill) or work site (e.g. current pay stub) must be shown to qualify for the discounted pricing.

The reduced price pass will only be available by visiting MST customer service locations at: the MST Bus Stop Shop in Monterey (201 Pearl Ave), the Marina Transit Exchange (280 Reservation Road), and the Salinas Transit Center (110 Salinas Street).

The deeply-discounted pass is being made available to help alleviate the congestion that is expected to result from the construction of the Holman Highway 68 Roundabout, and to encourage those who otherwise may not regularly ride public transit to try it during periods of major congestion.

In conjunction with the bus pass, the City of Monterey will provide deeply discounted parking at the Downtown Garages. When a customer shows their MST bus pass, they can purchase 20 daily entries to the parking garage for only $20. From the Downtown Garage, people can use their MST bus passes to get around Monterey, New Monterey, and Pacific Grove.

For more information, visit www.mst.org or call Monterey-Salinas Transit toll free at 1-888-MST-BUS1.

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Which Monterey Wayfinding Sign Do You Like Best?

Posted on August 8th, 2016 by omba

Between now and Friday, August 26, please take this one question survey to let the City of Monterey know which Wayfinding Sign design you like best!

The City of Monterey is working in collaboration with Hunt Design to update our Wayfinding Signs. This is a very important project as the development of an overall Wayfinding philosophy and graphic standard can provide valuable information and communicate an organized and friendly city, without distracting from its visual beauty.

The Wayfinding Sign Program goals are:

1) Direct and orient users to main destinations

2) Guide first time visitors to destinations efficiently

3) Get drivers parked near destinations and out of their cars to ease congestion

4) Support circulation between destinations for all users (drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians)

5) Unify and refresh public signage throughout the City.

We appreciate your input. Please vote on your preferred design concept!

Thanks to Associate Civil Engineer Andrea Renny, who wrote this article first published in the City of Monterey's City Focus Summer 2016 newsletter.

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Coastal Home Furniture Gallery is holding a Moving Sale, featuring 20-50% off stock on hand. We'd rather reduce it than move it! Available items include bedroom furniture, occasional tables, dining sets, mattresses, desks, bean bag beds, and futon couches. Hurry for the best selection!

Coastal Home Furniture Gallery is open Sunday, 10am-5pm; Monday, 10am-6pm; Tuesday, 10am-7pm; and Wednesday - Saturday, 10am-6pm.

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Now through September 2016, Youth Arts Collective (YAC) presents its annual Summer Art Show. This is a fabulous exhibit featuring all new work by YACsters, alumni, and mentors, including work made during our 24hr Artathon. It’s an awesome collection of work – the art is impressive, inspiring, quirky and fun. You don’t want to miss it!

Come by during regular YAC hours to see it: Mon-Fri, 3-7pm; Sat, 12-4pm.

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