Venture Gallery presents the work of local wildlife painter Debbie Griest, our featured artist for August. During the exhibition, the Marine Mammal Center will receive 50% of net proceeds from sales of Debbie's work.

Debbie Griest’s passion to create art is inspired by her respect and appreciation for wildlife and nature. She builds on her travel experiences through the savannas of Africa, the jungles of Central and South America, and the natural habitats of California and the US. When out in nature, Debbie is drawn to the drama of light and shadow, the emotions and feelings evoked by a particular setting, and the unique personality or presence of an animal observed.

Venture Gallery is now open daily, 10am-6pm. Debbie Griest's artwork will be featured through August 2021. Venture Gallery is located at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Visit our website to shop online for work by our local artists.

Well-maintained gear is an essential part of having a fun and safe dive. When we think service we often think about the regulator and BCD, but did you know that scuba cylinders need to be serviced, too?

Scuba cylinders must be visually inspected once a year and undergo a hydrostatic test once every five years. Keeping to a regular service schedule helps keep you and the dive shop employees that fill your tanks safe! If you own your scuba tanks and they're out of service, make sure to bring them in before your next dive.

Visit our website to learn more about our gear service program! Bamboo Reef Dive Shop is located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Scholze Park Community Center, located at at 280 Dickman Avenue in Monterey, will reopen on Monday, August 2, 2021. The Center will be open Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Programs for adults will include Tai Chi, drawing and painting, watercolor painting, sewing, bingo, bridge, film screenings, Meals on Wheels drive-thru meals for seniors, and other arts, crafts, and exercise classes.

The safety of the community and staff remains a top priority. It is required to wear a face mask over your nose and mouth; eating is not permitted inside the facility; hand sanitizer is available throughout the building; and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures will be in place.

For more information about Scholze Park Center programs or to request a modification to the mask requirement for medical or disability reasons, please call 831-646-3878. Learn more about Monterey Recreation programs or register online here.

First Awakenings is holding a Kids' Coloring Contest for ages 12 and under. When dining in at First Awakenings, grab a coloring sheet, color it, write your name and your parents' phone number on it, and turn it in to the front counter.

We will announce the winner on Friday, August 6. The winner will receive a free special pancake featuring a very popular cartoon mouse whose name begins with M!

First Awakenings is located at 300 David Avenue in Monterey.

Youth Arts Collective announces our largest art auction ever! This virtual auction, featuring the work of 50 professional artists, will be held July 30 - August 7, 2021. Please click here to see a complete list of participating artists, and visit our website on July 30 for a link to the auction.

All proceeds will benefit YAC, a nonprofit, after school art studio and mentorship program for high school and college artists who are brilliant and struggling, confident and fringe, multi-ethnic, multi-tempered, and over 30% financially challenged. They learn art, job, and life skills, and gain a healthy dose of self-esteem and gratitude along the way. YACsters learn to believe in themselves, take creative risks, and give back.

YAC is located at 472 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey. Its mission is to inspire creativity, kindness, and confidence in our youth through artistic expression and mutual respect. Do art. Be kind.

Grace Lifestyle Boutique now has our very popular "The Future is Female" kids' t-shirts in stock, sizes 2T-5T. Are you interested in the kids' sweatshirt pictured here? We're ordering them soon! If you pre-order by Sunday, August 1, we can be sure to reserve one just for you. Please DM us on Instagram or call us at 831-324-4200.

Grace Lifestyle Boutique is located at 459 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021, Monterey Public Library and the California History Room are reopening their doors at 625 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Hours will be Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Library Sidewalk Service will continue, 10am-12pm. We can't wait to see you!

You’ll see some familiar faces when you walk inside, but much has changed as well. Your safety, and the safety of staff, is our top priority.

New safety measures include:

* Masks are required to keep everyone safe, especially our youngest readers.

*Fewer computers and chairs, to avoid overcrowding.

*Outside air intake and air filtering systems have been maximized.

*Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available throughout the building.

*Programs remain online or outdoors, and use of meeting rooms is on pause.

*A patron app gives you the option to borrow items without stopping at the desk or doing self-checks.

Regarding the California History Room: for extensive research inquiries, to arrange a class visit, or to view archival materials (including photographs, maps, and locked-case books), please schedule an appointment with Sean Briscoe at 831-646-2091.

The Cooper-Molera Adobe Museum, located at 506 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey, is happy to announce we are reopening on Saturday, July 31, 2021. Hours will be Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm. Admission is free. The museum is self-guided, but a Volunteer Docent Guide will be available on Saturdays, 11am-3pm.

We have established new safety measures for the well-being of guests and staff. These include: limited visitor capacity (6 people), self-screening upon entry, face mask requirement (regardless of vaccination status), physical distancing requirements, floor guides, and limited interactive activities. Hand sanitizer stations will be available.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Cooper-Molera Adobe!

Supercuts Monterey, located at 488 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is now hiring full and part time hairstylists and receptionists. Please click here to apply.

Stylists receive hourly pay, retail commissions, and tips plus sick-time, holiday pay, 2 weeks of vacation time, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short and long term disability insurance, and a 401k.

Are you still paying off school? Supercuts has a matching funds program that pays up to 50% of the monthly payment for federal cosmetology student loans. Supercuts also pays for ongoing training and education including in-salon seminars, and live-model practice.

If you've worked for Supercuts in the past, return and receive a $500 bonus, re-enroll in the 401k right away, and begin accruing vacation on your first day.

Monterey Magic and Comedy Club is pleased to announce that our Magic Fusion show will feature comic magician Farrell Dillon July 29 - August 10, with performances every night at 7pm plus Friday and Saturday at 9pm and Saturday and Sunday at 4:30pm. Purchase your tickets online today.

Farrell Dillon combines hilarious comedy and mind-melting magic in a modern style. He's known for his regular appearances on 6 seasons of the CW Network's Masters of Illusion and has been nominated for the Stage Magician of the year award by the Magic Castle in Hollywood. When not headlining in Las Vegas, Farrell can be seen on tour in some of the United States' largest performing arts venues.

Monterey Magic Club is located inside the Stanton Center at 5 Custom House Plaza in Downtown Old Monterey.

Small Batch Apple Cider Vinegar at Lilify

Posted on July 22nd, 2021 by Lilify

Lilify is happy to carry Little Apple Treats' handcrafted, small batch Pinot Noir Apple Cider Vinegar - a perfectly tart treat handmade in California.

This slow barrel-aged apple cider vinegar is made by co-fermenting pinot noir grapes with heirloom apples to create a complex and versatile vinegar. The rich blackberry and plum notes of the grapes balances the mellow tartness of the apples and is wonderful in vinaigrettes, glazes, or used as a finishing sauce.

This vinegar, as well as its balsamic partner, is available online and in our shop at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Already certified for freediving but want to get more comfortable spearing? Bamboo Reef's NAUI Underwater Hunter Collector course is designed to provide divers with the skills and knowledge necessary to spearfish, take game, and collect specimens while minimizing the diving risks of such activities.

Course includes: freediving techniques, hazards and cautions, safety concerns, equipment, conservation, fishing laws and regulations, sportsmanship, specific techniques, utilizing the catch, selecting specimens, preservation, shell collecting, and diving locations.

Classes run monthly and spots are limited - please register on our website. Bamboo Reef Dive Shop is located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Jiu-Jitsu is the art of survival, efficiency, and adaptation. In Gracie Jiu-Jitsu's Women Empowered program, we learn to use a piece of fabric or long hair to effectively choke someone in order for us to escape safely. With Jiu-Jitsu, we do what we must in order to survive.

Join us for the Women Empowered program on Saturdays at 10am. No experience is necessary. Please visit our website to register. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is located at 636 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.