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MY Museum presents an engaging online conversation with New York Times bestselling author Katherine Center followed by a Q&A on Saturday, February 13, at 4pm. Tickets are $20-$65. All proceeds go to MY Museum to support the nonprofit organization during its temporary closure during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Katherine Center is the author of several novels about love and family: The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone Is Beautiful, Get Lucky, and The Lost Husband. Her books and essays have appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, and Real Simple as well as in numerous anthologies.

Katherine believes joy is just as important as sorrow. That’s why her stories are always about resilience and struggle and finding ways to savor life’s moments of grace. That’s why her characters joke around so much, even in the shadow of hardship. And that’s why Katherine will never, ever, run the main character over with a bus in the final chapter.

Katherine is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. She lives in Houston with her husband and two children.

Alta Bakery and Cafe is offering a romantic dinner for two to-go on Valentine's Day, February 14. Price is $145 per couple. Please pre-order online. Alta is located at 502 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey

Valentine's Day Dinner Menu To-Go

Salad of Watercress, Arugula, Frisee
vanilla roasted beets, citrus, feta cheese, and pecans

Main Course of Beef Wellington
with creamed spinach, wild mushrooms, everything seed roasted carrots

Chocolate Pot de Creme
with sour cream whip, chocolate streusel

And for the Morning After...
2 slices of banana bread

Outdoor Dining, Hair Salons, Personal Services Return to Monterey

Posted on January 25th, 2021 by lighthouseave

Great news, everyone! On January 25, 2021, the California Department of Public Health announced that the recent Regional Stay-at-Home Order has lifted and regions throughout California have reentered the Purple Tier of Covid-19 restrictions.

This means that restaurants may now offer outdoor dining and hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, skin care spas, massage studios, and tattoo parlors may reopen.

You're invited to call to your favorite hair professional or personal service provider and make an appointment. But please be patient - the announcement was a surprise, and it may take a day or two for businesses to get up and running again.

The coronavirus remains prevalent here, so please continue to follow the mask and social distancing protocols required by Monterey County to keep everyone safe. Be aware that most restaurants continue to offer take-out, curbside pickup, and delivery, while many retail stores welcome orders online and over the phone along with curbside pickup and shipping.

Great news, everyone! On January 25, 2021, the California Department of Public Health announced that the recent Regional Stay-at-Home Order has lifted and regions throughout California have reentered the Purple Tier of Covid-19 restrictions.

This means that restaurants may now offer outdoor dining and hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, skin care spas, massage studios, and tattoo parlors may reopen.

You're invited to call to your favorite hair professional or personal service provider and make an appointment. But please be patient - the announcement was a surprise, and it may take a day or two for businesses to get up and running again.

The coronavirus remains prevalent here, so please continue to follow the mask and social distancing protocols required by Monterey County to keep everyone safe. Be aware that most restaurants continue to offer take-out, curbside pickup, and delivery, while many retail stores welcome orders online and over the phone along with curbside pickup and shipping.

Youth Arts Collective invites you to visit our virtual Valentine's Art Show featuring new artwork by YAC students. Our online art exhibit and store will open on February 10 on our website and run through April 2021. Support young artists from our community!

Youth Arts Collective is a nonprofit art studio and mentorship program for motivated high school and college artists. Our mission is to inspire creativity, kindness, and confidence in our youth through expression and mutual respect. YAC continues to operate, in a socially-distanced manner, during the pandemic.

Do art. Be kind.

Paris Bakery is offering a delightful selection of treats in honor of Valentine's Day. These make perfect gifts for loved ones of all ages...or for yourself! Please phone 831-394-7798 to place your order and for more information. Paris Bakery, a family-operated business, is located at 271 Bonifacio Place in Downtown Old Monterey.

Paris Bakery - Valentine's Day Specials
Heart shaped cookies
Heart shaped sables
Chocolate dipped strawberries
Heart shaped bread
Heart shaped chocolate ganache
Heart shaped raspberry lemon mousse
Heart shaped mona lisas
Heart shaped chocolate bomb
Heart shaped princess cake

For a limited time only, RubyStar Gems and Gifts is holding a massive sale, featuring 50% off all jewelry, crystals, gemstones, and elegant clutch purses. We have a wide variety of items that would make lovely Valentine's Day gifts.

Visit us at 570 Munras Avenue, #40, or phone us at 831-920-2730. We are happy to offer curbside pick-up on request.

Venture Gallery is proud to feature the work of several local artists who make metal, glass, and mixed media jewelry and gifts that would make wonderful Valentine's Day presents. Listed below are a few of the items and prices.

If you're interested in seeing these gifts and more, please phone 831-262-6136 - the Gallery is temporarily open by appointment only for private shopping. Venture Gallery is located at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Valentine Gift Ideas from Venture Gallery Artists
(photos below)

Maria Poroy
Heart reproductions on metal ready to hang - $67
Heart reproductions on paper - $35+
Heart reproductions, sets of 4 coasters - $35

Johna Toy Thomas
Sterling silver heart earrings, 1 1/4" long - $26
Copper drop earrings, 1 1/2" long - $28

Vanessa Martin
White coin pearl spiral earrings - $52
Abalone, pearl, & sterling silver earrings - $68
Abalone & freshwater pearl necklace, silver clasp - $175

Lilly Campos
Spring heart, glass - $315
Aquarium pendant, glass - $69

Recording of Monterey County's Covid-19 Vaccine Info Session

Posted on January 21st, 2021 by lighthouseave

Did you miss Monterey County Health Department's Covid-19 Vaccine Informational Session, broadcast live on January 14? Don't worry - there's a recording!

In this YouTube video, you'll hear Dr. Ed Moreno and Kristy Michie, of Monterey County Public Health talk about how the vaccine works, how the vaccine is being allocated in the county, and at what point you'll be eligible to receive one.

Want some up-to-the-minute written information on Covid vaccines in Monterey County? Check out this Q&A piece written on January 13 by Pam Marino of Monterey County Weekly, and her January 21 vaccine update. Her reporting on the issue has been great.

Lighthouse District SIP Mall

Posted on January 21st, 2021 by lighthouseave

Retail in Monterey's Lighthouse District is open for in-store shoppers, but if you're sheltering-in-place, there are additional options available at our SIP Mall.

All the stores listed in the SIP Mall offer shopping either online or over the phone plus no-contact curbside pick-up, delivery, and/or shipping. It's a great way to support locally-owned shops while staying safe during the pandemic.

Essential Spray Blends at Lilify

Posted on January 21st, 2021 by Lilify

As we stay close to home, a dose of forest calm is most invigorating. Formulated to relax, recharge, and fortify, Lilify's custom blended, small batch essential spray blends are handmade in California by Aiden & Coco.

The FOREST blend offers pine scotch, douglas fir, and cedar wood to mist above and around your face and shoulders or directly on your body, neck, or hair.

All five of Lilify's special scent blends are available online for curbside pick-up or shipping and in our shop at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

New men’s vintage cargo jeans have arrived at Cypress Boutique Monterey! These slim cargo pants have just the right amount of stretch. Features include front and back pockets plus cargo pockets on the sides. Come in and explore the different styles and colors to choose from.

Looking for something that's super comfortable for work or play? Try our men's moto joggers. They feature an elastic waistband with drawstring closure, branded cuffs, two side pockets, and two side-entry zippered pockets with heat sealed stretch fabric.

Visit Cypress Boutique at 800 Lighthouse Ave, Suite C in Monterey. We also welcome phone orders for curbside pick-up or shipping, 831-383-2769. Open Tues-Sun, 11:30am-6pm.

CENTR Now at East Village Cafe

Posted on January 20th, 2021 by East Village Cafe

East Village Cafe now has CENTR in our grab-and-go fridge - a refreshingly light, sparkling CBD-infused drink with notes of citrus. East Village Cafe is located at 498 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey and is open daily, 7am-3pm, for take-out. To order this and all our other drinks and bakery treats in advance for pick-up or delivery, please click here.

Monthly Pre-School Take Home Activity Packets

Posted on January 19th, 2021 by Campbell Recreation Events

The Campbell Recreation Pre-School Activity Packet includes the classroom calendar, songs, and craft supplies for the daily art projects.

Tiny Tots $20 - Two days per week of activities

Kinder Kids $25 - Three days per week of activities

Kindergarten Prep $20 - Four days per week of activities

Hurry! Limited number available! Register today before it is too late! For more information or to register, visit https://secure.rec1.com/CA/campbell-ca/catalog/index/ba08016013cabd0d55b24c9c41306982?filter=c2VhcmNoPXByZS1zY2hvb2w=

Paris Bakery Participates in PacRep Theatre Fundraiser, February 13

Posted on January 19th, 2021 by ParisBakery

Still searching for the perfect gift for your loved ones? Enjoy cookies from Paris Bakery and sparkling wine from Albatross Ridge during a Virtual Sweet and Sparkling Build-a-Cookie Social, a fundraiser for PacRep Theatre, on Saturday, February 13 at 4:30pm on Zoom.

This online event will featured a cookie decorating workshop by Paris Bakery, a wine and cookie pairing class taught by Garrett Bowlus of Albatross Ridge, and Valentine's Day themed entertainment by the PacRep All-Stars and SoDA Kids.

Please register online by Sunday, February 7. Fee is: $35 for the online event plus 6 Paris Bakery cookies, 3 bags of icing, and 3 packs of sprinkles; $45 for the online event plus 12 Paris Bakery cookies, 3 bags of icing, and 3 bags of sprinkles; and $45 for the online event plus Albatross Ridge 2019 Petillant Naturel Rose Pinot Noir. All items will be available for pick-up at the Golden Bough Playhouse on Friday, February 12, 1pm-5pm, and Saturday, February 13, 10am-2pm.

The Old Monterey Business Association is happy to announce the opening of Perfectly Pressed at 491 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. A small, locally-owned business, Perfectly Pressed makes raw, all natural cold pressed juices, cleanses, smoothies, and acai bowls.

Juices are made fresh every day using produce grown right here in the Salinas Valley! Stop by and enjoy some delicious, healthy fare. They're open Monday - Friday, 7am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8am-4pm. Want to place your order in advance for pick-up? Simply click here.

Want to have some fun with your little one on Valentine's Day? Haute Beauty Guide has a wide selection of gifts and activities for small children available online and in the store, including lollipops, crayons, sensory bins, friendship bracelets, dolls, and books (including a Valentine's Day themed Baby Shark book). Check out the selection online!

Haute Beauty Guide is a small business owned and operated by the mother of a young child. It's located at 71 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey, and also features a lot of skin care, home decor, and gift items for women. Curbside pick-up and shipping is available.

Gasper's Jewelers, located at 447 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is now taking phone orders for top-selling Everlasting Hand-Dipped 24k Gold Roses. Gold dipped roses are priced at $110, gold trimmed roses of different colors (such as the one pictured here) are priced at $78. Gasper's also offers beautiful custom made jewelry such as earrings, pendants, and bracelets.

Please phone owner Gasper Spadaro at 831-594-2773 to discuss your order and place your deposit. (Be sure to leave a message if he's not able to pick up the phone when you call.) Having provided high quality jewelry designs in Monterey since 1989, he can help you find just the right gift.

Valentine's Gift Ideas Guide

Posted on January 18th, 2021 by omba

Looking for the right gift for your Valentine? Let us help! Through mid-February, we'll be updating this page with interesting gift ideas for your sweetie, all available in Old Monterey. Most of these items can be purchased directly online or by phoning the shops.

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