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Spend the 2015 Holidays at Jacks Restaurant

Posted on December 4th, 2015 by omba

Jacks Restaurant will feature the full dinner menu throughout the holidays along with the following dinner specials on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. Call and reserve a table for the holidays today at 831-649-7874.

Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24
Dinner Special
6 oz. Filet Mignon, $48
served with Dungeness crab, potatoes au gratin, and asparagus
topped with a bearnaise sauce

Christmas, Friday, December 25
Dinner Special
Prime Rib Dinner, $42
served with whipped potatoes and seasonal vegetables

New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31
Dinner Special
6 oz. Filet Mignon, $48
served with Dungeness crab, potatoes au gratin, and asparagus
topped with a bearnaise sauce

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Buy Your Baby Lock Sewing Machine at Bella’s Studio!

Posted on December 4th, 2015 by omba

Is a new sewing machine on your wish list? Tell Santa that Bella's favorite machine, the "Elizabeth" by Baby Lock, is at Bella's Studio in Old Monterey, wrapped and ready to pick up.

Purchase your new sewing machine through Bella's Studio's partnership with Eddie's Quilting Bee in Sunnyvale. Then bring your machine back to the Studio and Bella will teach you how to thread and operate your new sewing machine!

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Om Studios in Monterey is now accepting registration for a the 2016 session of the 200-hour teacher training for Prana Flow Yoga taught by Coral Brown and guest teachers. Do you have a desire to deepen your practice or have you ever thought about becoming a yoga instructor? Now is the time!

Prana Flow Yoga is a full-spectrum approach to living and practicing yoga created by Shiva Rea. By recognizing Prana as the primary mover of all movements in every moment, we are able to transcend the linear mind set and welcome ourselves to the ever-changing, moving universe. The movements of Prana manifest in all yoga asanas, creating a living, breathing, liberating approach to yoga.

Class dates are: February 11-14, March 3-6, April 7-10, April 21-24, May 19-22, and June 2-5. Classes are held on Thursdays, 4pm-9pm; Fridays, 12pm-8pm; and Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-6pm.

There are tuition waivers available for military spouses through the MyCAA program. For more information, please contact Om Studios at 831-204-7949. Download the application form here.

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Small Dessert Bites at Montrio Bistro

Posted on December 3rd, 2015 by omba

Keep those resolutions with small dessert bites, new at Montrio Bistro! Only $5.50 each. Yum! Selections now include:

Red Velvet Cheesecake Sammies
with cream cheese frosting

"That's That"
a play on the classic "It's It" ice cream sandwich

S'More Cup
chocolate cremeaux, graham cracker, marshmallow

Cajeta Tacos
a "choco taco" banana crunch!

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Books to Prisoners Holiday Initiative at Old Capitol Books

Posted on December 3rd, 2015 by omba

Each month, staff and friends here at Old Capitol Books have been pooling our money to send books off to prisoners in California’s jails and prisons. This holiday season, we invite the Monterey community to open their hearts and send a prisoner the gift of a book. We believe that books and reading are so important that everyone deserves the chance to have access to good literature.

We have lists of prisoners in California’s jails and what they like to read. You can pick out a book and send a note, or simply get the book and we’ll do the rest. Anyone who wants to buy a book for a prisoner will receive 50% off that book and Old Capitol Books will package the book and send it off. Also, if you know someone in jail or prison, you can take advantage of this holiday sale!

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The Old Monterey Foundation is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of 144 non-profit organizations to participate in the annual Monterey County Gives! charitable fundraiser conducted by The Monterey County Weekly. Last year, MCGives! raised more than $1.3 million for charity and the goal this year is $2 million.

The essence of MC Gives! is to give worthy non-profits exposure and a platform to raise money for a “Big Idea.” Our Big Idea is the implementation of the Lower Presidio Historic Park according to the 2002 Master Plan, which will turn a largely unknown Park into the popular recreational attraction it should be. When we have completed Phase I of the implementation, the Park will look like and feel like a historic park to used by residents and visitors alike in the heart of downtown Monterey.

Contributions made to MC Gives!, designated for the benefit of OMF will come to us for use only on the Lower Presidio Historic Park. Learn about Monterey's vision for the park in this video. If the donation is made as a “challenge grant,” MC Gives! will add some amount from the challenge grant fund of $325,000 to our gift, depending on how much we raise in the total fundraiser. So the more you give, the more we will receive as your contribution will be leveraged.

$925.00 has been donated as a challenge grant to OMF, as of November 24. To donate, please go to the Monterey County Gives! website. Click on the “Donate” button and you will receive instructions as to how you can make your donation by credit card, PayPal, or by check. Be sure to designate the beneficiary as Old Monterey Foundation and the Lower Presidio Historic Park.

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Cuvée Cerise Now Available at Alvarado Street Brewery

Posted on December 3rd, 2015 by omba

Alvarado Street Brewery is proud to present Cuvée Cerise! This Belgian-style barleywine began its life as "Cuvée de Monterey" last fall before undergoing a year-long stint in a Cabernet Franc barrel from Heller Estate. There we continually added tart red cherries to the barrel, and inoculated the beer with brettanomyces, which are a type of wild yeast that will scavenge any type of available sugars in the beer that remain, including those from the added fruit. Over time, "Brett”, as it’s commonly referred to in the beer and wine realm, dries the beer out and creates unique flavor compounds and esters which adds a unique complexity.

Fast forward to now, and Cuvée Cerise is an absolute cherry bomb in a glass, especially as it warms (cerise means "cherry" in French). Soft flavors of fig, plum, and dates follow the aroma, leading to a bone-dry finish with just a kiss of alcohol at the end. We've timed the release of this beer to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday, as we feel its the perfect compliment to share with family and friends during this time of the year.

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The City of Monterey has announced the selection of Stronghold Engineering, Inc. as the general contractor for the Monterey Conference Center revitalization project. Stronghold is expected to begin construction in December. The renovation will add more than $60 million in physical and technological improvements to the building.

The Conference Center renovation will create more flexible meeting space, more usable pre-function space, advanced technology, and the ability to host multiple meetings simultaneously in a LEED-certified building.

Adjacent hotels, the Portola Hotel & Spa and the Monterey Marriott, do not expect to be affected by the remodel and are open for business. Grand opening of the Monterey Conference Center is expected in early 2017.

For additional information, please contact Bob Cowdrey, Conference Center General Manager, 831-646-3770.

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Peter B’s Brewpub has been awarded a Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships 2015! Based on a scale of 1-100 points, Peter B’s Catch 24 English Pale Ale earned 93 points.

The Beverage Tasting Institute (BTI) describes Peter B’s Catch 24 English Pale Ale as having a hazy amber color with lively, toasty aromas of honeyed raisin toast and yams and dried fruits. It has a soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, breezy salted nuts, toasted grain, watercress, and chocolate mint cookie finish. A precise and pleasing English style pale ale.

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Smokin' Hot Toddies at Montrio Bistro

Posted on November 21st, 2015 by omba

It's warm inside and out with hot toddies at Montrio Bistro on the patio starting November 15, 2015. Throughout the winter months, Montrio will be serving Smoking Firehouse Toddies for $11. Bring a friend!

Our secret recipe includes Laird's applejack brandy, ruby port, baked apple bitters, spiced honey, smoldering cinnamon stick, and lemon.

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First Night Monterey Seeks Volunteers

Posted on November 17th, 2015 by omba

Volunteers are the heart of First Night Monterey and why First Night Monterey is able to produce our festivals for the community! We need volunteers both before and during our big New Year’s Eve event on December 31, 2015.

Before New Year’s Eve, we need to paint murals, make puppets, and finish our peace poles. We invite you to sign up and join us at our art studio at Archer Park Center.

During First Night Monterey, we are seeking production gurus, a schedule coordinator, New Year’s Eve site managers and assistants, will call, and kiosk sales managers. If you volunteer 4+ hours a First Night Monterey, you’ll get free admission.

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Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill has just launched a brand new, seasonal fall menu highlighting Chef Jeremiah Tydeman’s take on simple, American classics executed with international influence. The new menu comes in a sleek new format, designed by local studio The Wecker Group.

“We wanted to reinvent the feel of our menus to evoke a fun, more approachable aesthetic that fits to our concept better,” says head brewer and co-owner, JC Hill. “Chef Jeremiah has completely transformed the menu, adding a new dynamic that called for an entirely fresh look.” Hill was able to squeeze in a “Beer & Food 101” section in the new menu as a pairing guide to educate the brewery’s patrons.

Chef Tydeman was brought onto the Alvarado Street team in June of this past summer and has slowly been introducing some of his New American dishes with a worldly twist, like homemade chicken pot pie, a Vietnamese-style lamb burger, curry pumpkin soup, a Hawaiian poke-style tuna tartare, and the ultra-decadent truffle crawfish mac ‘n cheese. Tydeman was also intent on including a not-so-traditional clam chowder by creating a Manhattan-style tomato based chowder stocked with PEI mussels and chunks of Baker’s bacon.

“It’s been a blast creating dishes around certain beer styles, there are so many different combinations of flavors and textures that beer and food can both play off each other,” says Tydeman. He’s currently working on dishes for a five course beer and sparkling wine collaboration dinner between Alvarado Street and Caracciolli Cellars on New Year’s Eve, to be held at the brewery.

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MIIS Winter Commencement Ceremony 2015

Posted on November 10th, 2015 by omba

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey presents the Winter Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Monterey Marriott in the San Carlos Ballroom. Congratulations, graduates!

Seating for the ceremony begins at 12pm. The ceremony begins at 1pm. The hors d'ouevres and champagne reception will be held at 2pm at Samson Student Center.

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Ice Skating by the Bay on Hiatus in 2015

Posted on October 25th, 2015 by omba

Due to the construction on and around Portola Plaza, Ice Skating by the Bay (the outdoor ice skating rink) will be going on hiatus for the 2015 Holiday Season. We are very disappointed and will miss all the great people who help support and make the ice rink so much fun every year. Ice Skating by the Bay hopes everyone has a great holiday, and rest assured they'll be back for the 2016 Ice Skating by the Bay season!

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