Covid Testing for School-Aged Children: An Online Discussion

Posted on April 15th, 2021 by lighthouseave

The Monterey County Office of Education and CHOMP invite families to join a discussion on the importance of testing school-aged children for Covid-19. This free online presentation will be held Tuesday, April 27, 4pm-5pm. If you wish to participate online in real time, please register in advance. There will be a recording available for those who are unable to attend at that time.

Featured speakers will be Dr. Deneen Guss (Monterey County Superintendent of Schools) and Dr. Martha Blum (Medical Director, Infection Prevention, CHOMP).

Topics of discussion will include: a general overview of testing strategy available to schools in California; what testing would look like; what information gets reported; the importance of testing for community immunity; the differences between tests and which ones will be used.

The weather is getting warmer and new men's shorts, t-shirts, and sweaters have arrived at Cypress Boutique just in time for spring and summer. Stop by the shop at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C in Monterey and check out our selection. We also offer curbside pick-up if you see something you like on our Instagram page.

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Dogs Are Welcome at Hula's

Posted on April 15th, 2021 by Hula's Island Grill

Hula's Island Grill in Monterey is dog friendly...if your dog is friendly! Your well-behaved pup is welcome on our outdoor patio in the back. Just give us a call and make a reservation so we're sure to have a table ready for you, 831-655-4852.

Hula's Island Grill is open at 622 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey for outdoor dining, limited indoor dining, take-out, and curbside pick-up.

On Wednesday, April 21, 7pm-10pm, Pearl Hour presents Black Pearls, a pop-up engagement with rum and culture by Jasmine Senaveratna, a bar and restaurant professional who loves storytelling and curating experiences. Limited outdoor seating available - reserve your spot online.

Jasmine will center on Jamaica, Martinique and Haiti through food and drink inspired by island culture. Cocktails will open up a conversation about rum, its uniqueness to terroir, and the people that distill this spirit. Imagine this experience as a house party with music and food for thought. Expect a wave of four cocktails and four dishes (small bite, two savory, one dessert).

Pearl Hour is located at 214 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

First Awakenings has opened at 300 David Avenue in Monterey! That's right, they've moved out of the American Tin Cannery and gone up the street to the corner of David and Lighthouse.

Since 1993, this family-owned, family-friendly restaurant has been wowing locals and visitors alike with their amazing breakfasts and lunches. It's old-fashioned American home cooking done right.

First Awakenings now offers outdoor dining, limited indoor dining, and take-out. Hours are Monday - Friday, 7am-2pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 7am-2:30pm. There is ample parking onsite and dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio.

Want to dine in? Join their waitlist through Yelp, which will allow you to see how long your wait will be during busy times - they'll text you when your table's ready. Meanwhile, you can enjoy New Monterey's Lighthouse District!

This Mother’s Day, show Mom how much she means to you with a delicious meal at Esteban Restaurant, 700 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey. Choose from either a delectable Brunch Menu served 10am-2pm or our Tapas & Dinner Menu served 4:30pm-8:30pm.

For brunch, share the love with Chef Mario's a la carte menu including grilled stone fruit salad, shaved asparagus (with duck egg and Jamon Serrano), vegetable tagine, or a French omelet (with caviar, crème fresh, chives, and Ad Astra seeded sourdough).

Or savor a crave-worthy all-night tapas and dinner menu with all of your favorites including Crispy Pulpo (grilled octopus, remoulade, Yukon potato, chorizo, and rosemary chili oil with grilled radicchio), Grilled Lamb Chops with spiced marinade, or Mother's Day Paella (with wild prawns, littleneck clams, green lipped mussels, free range Mary’s chicken, local Spanish style chorizo).

Reservations are highly recommended. We are offering both outdoor and limited indoor seating. Please call 831-375-0176 to reserve your table. Parking is free for Esteban’s guests. Children’s menu also available at both brunch and dinner.

Do you still have Pandemic Hair? Make an appointment at Sunshine Salon for a fresh cut and color! Salon owner and stylist Jay will help you find the look that's right for you and your lifestyle. You'll walk out feeling great.

Sunshine Salon is located at 147 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Please phone 831-915-0197 for an appointment. Jay is highly experienced in women's, men's, and children's haircuts.

East Village Cafe is pleased to carry Sparkling Botanicals by Rishi! Come get yours. All six flavors are made with fruits, spices, or herbs and sparkling water with no added sugars and nothing artificial. They're refreshing by themselves or you can mix them with other drinks to make great mocktails and cocktails.

Flavors are Black Lemon, Dandelion Ginger, Grapefruit Quince, Patagonia Maqui, Schisandra Berry, and Turmeric Saffron. Now available at East Village Cafe, 498 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

2021-2022 School Year Information
Registration begins April 13th at 10 AM for Campbell Residents & April 14th at 10 AM for Non-Residents
Click here for information on How to Register
COVID-19 Protocols
Our team has worked hard to plan a fun, enriching and safe pre-school experience for your child. We have made modifications to our typical Pre-School program in order to comply with the current Order of the Health Officer of the County of Santa Clara.
Campbell Recreation Pre-School provides a safe and nurturing environment for your child's first school experience. Each classroom is designed to maximize a child's learning experience.

To engage active and growing minds and bodies, we introduce as many different materials and hands-on learning opportunities as possible such as art, music, a movement lab, and language, reading, and math readiness activities. Oral language and listening skills are developed through circle time activities. Social skills are developed during both structured activities and unstructured free choice play time.

Our pre-school has provided children with their first school experience for over 20 years. We believe a child's first school experience sets the foundation for a love of learning.

Can't come to Old Capitol Books at 482 Alvarado Street in Monterey? Let us come to you! Our curated book care packages are specially put together based on your unique reading preferences and shipped to you. Book care packages are now available for $15, $25, and $100. Visit our website to shop online!

$15 Book Care Package
Includes one book personally selected by our experienced booksellers based on your preferences plus a special, unique gift!

$25 Book Care Package
Includes two books personally selected by our experienced booksellers based on your preferences plus two special, unique gifts!

$100 Book Care Package
A big ol' package of books personally selected by our experienced booksellers based on your preferences and some special little gifts.

Custom House Museum Reopens

Posted on April 13th, 2021 by Custom House Store

Monterey State Historic Park is proud to announce the reopening of the historic Custom House after over a year of being closed! The Custom House Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-4pm. As always, admission is free. Masks must be worn inside the museum at all times.

Custom House is located at 1 Custom House Plaza in Downtown Old Monterey. The Monterey State Historic Park Association's delightful Custom House Gift Store remains closed for now, but we will update you as the situation develops.

Musicians and poets are welcome to join Bon Ton L'Roy's Open Mic Night every Thursday at 7pm for a fun, low-key evening of originals and covers.

Bon Ton L'Roy's Lighthouse Smokehouse is located at 794 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. Indoor seating is limited; outdoor seating is also available.

Cibo Ristorante Italiano is pleased to announce the return of our Happy Hour every night, 5pm-7pm, on our patio. Enjoy $3 well drinks, beer, and house wine plus great eats such as panini, bruschetta, calamari, and sweet potato fries.

Located at 301 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, Cibo is now open for limited indoor dining, outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery.

Business is picking up at Parker-Lusseau Pastries and Cafe! As a result, we are now hiring counter help, a barista, and a baker. Applications are available at our 539 Hartnell Street location in Downtown Old Monterey. Once you fill out the application, please return it in person to the shop so you can meet us, Tuesday - Saturday, 9am-3pm.

Franklin Street Collaborative is excited that local science illustrator and designer Liana Matson Vitousek of Vitousek Illustration has brought us more of her best selling prints of local destinations. At $25 a pop, these images of Monterey, Carmel Valley, Pacific Grove, and Seaside are incredible gifts and wonderful art to hang in your own space. View them here.

Pair with a Carmel Candle Lab hand poured candle and an Eddison and Melrose tea blend and you’ve got yourself a truly locals-only experience, all available at Franklin Street Collaborative, 201 West Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Alligator, the legendary Blues, Zydeco, and Cajun guitar and fiddle player, returns to Bon Ton L'Roy's Lighthouse Smokehouse for a belated Mardi Gras Party on Saturday, April 10 at 7pm. Come enjoy a night of live music and the great food and drink of New Orleans.

Limited indoor and outdoor seating available. Please call for reservations, 831-375-6958. Bon Ton L'Roy's is located at 794 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Escape Room 831 Is Now Open!

Posted on April 8th, 2021 by Escape Room 831

Monterey's locally-owned Escape Room 831 has reopened at 599 Lighthouse Avenue and 765 Wave Street. We have some wonderfully fun, creative rooms available for you!

Rest assured that the owners of Escape Room 831 have been working diligently with City, County, and State officials to provide the safest possible environment. All necessary protocols for everyone’s safety are being followed. Not only are all rooms now private, we leave one hour between bookings to clean. Are you ready to sign up? Please visit our website.

Please know there are some conditions that must be met when playing with us. No exceptions.

1) You must wear a mask at all times inside our building.

2) You must maintain social distance from our Game Masters and you must wash your hands and/or sanitize upon arrival.

3) If you have been ill or felt sick anytime in the last 10 days – please cancel your reservation.

Questions? Feel free to call us at 831-241-6616.

Wilde House Paper Goods at Lilify

Posted on April 8th, 2021 by Lilify

On a drive down the coast, the owners of Lilify discovered Wilde House Paper, a gorgeous, graceful studio in San Luis Obispo. And now we offer some of their fine goods at our shop at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

The monochromatic and modern Collage Skinny Notepad (pictured here) has an original, abstract art cover and is printed on heavy stock. We also carry Wilde House Paper's Day Journal, Day Planner, and Night Journal both in our shop and online. All products are made of 100% recycled paper and are made entirely in the USA.