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You may have questions about the new Regional Stay at Home Order announced by Governor Gavin Newsom on December 3. Well you're in luck, because KSBW has an easy-to-understand explanation. We recommend you watch the short video and read the text.

As of December 3, Covid-19 regulations on businesses in Monterey will remain the same as they have been recently, but that will change if ICU rates continue to climb in the Bay Area region. We'll post an update if and when that happens. Stay safe, everyone, and please continue to support your locally owned small businesses.

Monterey Business Update: California's Regional Stay at Home Order

Posted on December 3rd, 2020 by lighthouseave

You may have questions about the new Regional Stay at Home Order announced by Governor Gavin Newsom on December 3. Well you're in luck, because KSBW has an easy-to-understand explanation. We recommend you watch the short video and read the text.

As of December 3, Covid-19 regulations on businesses in Monterey will remain the same as they have been recently, but that will change if ICU rates continue to climb in the Bay Area region. We'll post an update if and when that happens. Stay safe, everyone!

Pocket Change Restaurant now has a Covid Relief Mini Menu featuring rigatoni, ravioli, grilled ham and cheese, or turkey with stuffing and gravy - all just $6 each. Visit us at 204 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey for curbside cash and carry as well as alleyside pick-up, 831-643-9169. Delivery available through DoorDash.

Find the coziest sweaters in the softest fabrics and the latest styles for women and men at Cypress Boutique! We have turtle necks, pullovers, oversized sweaters, and cardigans available. They make great gifts!

Cypress Boutique is located at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C in Monterey. We welcome in-store shopping as well as phone orders for curbside pick-up or shipping. Just call us at 831-383-2769.

The owner of Play Full Ground, artist Mai Ryuno, recently created and shared a video about her art and life on YouTube, including artwork she had not yet shared with the public. Like Mai, the video is thoughtful, playful, and really interesting. We encourage you to check it out.

During the pandemic, Play Full Ground has made a shift from sharing creative experiences and learning in-person at the studio, located at 550 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite E in Monterey, to sharing ideas through online platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

Mai is also selling some lovely holiday gifts in Play Full Ground's online store, including Happy Monterey Sardine pillows and hand printed t-shirts and tote bags, all designed and made by her. Let's support our friendly local artist.

Monterey Public Library Friends and Foundation presents A Novel Afternoon with Alka Joshi, author of The Henna Artist, on Saturday, December 5 at 2pm. This event will be held online on Zoom. Tickets are $25 - proceeds will benefit the Monterey Public Library. Please register in advance here.

Born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, Alka Joshi has lived in the U.S. since the age of nine. She graduated from Stanford University and worked in the fields of advertising and PR before starting her own marketing consultancy. In 2011, she obtained her MFA in Creative Writing from the California College of Arts in San Francisco. The Henna Artist is her first novel.

Mira Books will release the sequel to The Henna Artist - The Secret Keeper of Jaipur - in July, 2021. Alka is currently working on the third book in the trilogy, which Mira Books will publish in 2022. She is also serving as an Executive Producer on the upcoming TV series of The Henna Artist in development by Miramax TV.

Not sure what to do for the office holiday party this year? How about a private Paint & Sip Party via Zoom! Hosted by Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant and featuring everyone's favorite art teacher, Bunny Paivine, you'll receive an easy-to-follow painting class online and create a lovely image to keep. It's a lot of fun to do, and the online class is perfect for our physically-distanced time.

Please e-mail Sovino for pricing and further details. Price includes all necessary supplies and delivery to locations in the Monterey area. Owner-operated Sovino Wine Bar is located at 241 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Cibo Ristorante Italiano invites you to join us outdoors on our heated patio for our Winter Happy Hour! Beginning Tuesday, December 1, we'll be celebrating Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday, 5pm-7pm, with $5 well drinks, beer, and house wines. Our dinner menu with appetizers, pizzas, and entrees will be available, too. (Please note: alcohol can only be served with food at this time.) Visit us at 301 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Give the gift of fitness this holiday season! During Fleet Feet Monterey's She Trains 8-week virtual training program (January 18 - March 14, 2021), each participant will prepare and train virtually for the 11th Annual She Is Beautiful 5K/10K, March 15-21, with the support and camaraderie of our Fleet Feet running community. Fee is $70 (does not include race registration fee). Register online here.

All trainees will get an effective and well organized training experience with a certified coach, written training schedule, weekly emails with instructional information, virtual educational clinics, access to your virtual coach via email or Facebook, membership to the She Trains group Facebook page, and accountability!

Your training schedule will include daily workouts, recovery, and rest days. Because it's virtual, you can adjust your schedule as needed. We do recommend that you follow the schedule as proper progression is key for staying injury-free on race day. Absolutely ALL abilities of runners and walkers are welcome.

This program will be held virtually. Fleet Feet Monterey is located at 472 Alvarado Street.

Trying to find the right gift for a loved one? Pamir Rugs & Kilims has a distinctive collection of handmade pillows for sale, created from antique rugs. These unique pieces come in many colors and designs. We invite you to stop by our showroom at 237 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey and take a look!

For more information, please phone Pamir Rugs & Kilims at 831-647-9965.

Before a team of devious marketing executives unleashed pumpkin spice on the masses, America once enjoyed a wide range of winter flavors in its holiday glasses, cups, and mugs. From mulled wine and hot cider to boozy eggnog and velvety hot chocolate, holiday drinks told a story and comforted us with warm memories.

This season, Montrio Bistro is unveiling a new winter drink menu starting with bold flavors and tales from the past! The offerings begin with a nod to "The Piña Colada Song,” with If You’re Not Into Yoga, a cocktail which combines Hamilton Demerara rum, Fernet Branca, Elemakule Tiki bitters, pineapple, lemongrass, Noosa coconut yogurt, Fassionola syrup, coconut water, and fresh orange.

Or you can try In Spain In The Membrane, a cocktail which includes Maré Spanish gin, Italicus Rosolio Di Bergamotto, Don Ciccio and Figli Finocchieto, Suze Saveur d’autrefois, Bitter Truth celery bitters, rosemary-infused olive oil, and green Chartreuse dust.

Montrio Bistro is located at 414 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey and is now open for outdoor dining and take-out.

Cult Taco Is Closed for the Winter

Posted on November 30th, 2020 by Cult Taco

Following service on Sunday, November 29, Cult Taco, located at 481 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, will be taking a pause this winter. As with so many downtown Monterey businesses, we've been crippled by the impacts of Covid-19. We look forward to a day when we can once again gather and celebrate on Alvarado Street.

We don’t know what the future has in store, but we remain hopeful to bring a re-imagined dining experience to Monterey in 2021. Until then, we hope you will join us at Cultura Comida y Bebida in Carmel - where some of your Cult Taco favorites will be made available in the interim.

We want to thank our wonderful teammates, return guests, and community for all your love and support.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay hopeful,
Team Cult Taco

City of Monterey staff have worked diligently to prepare the big tree on the lawn of Colton Hall for the holiday season with lights and other ornaments. While our customary tree lighting event won't happen this year because of the pandemic, there's still an opportunity to share in the spirit of the holidays and enjoy the outdoor decorations. Beginning December 1, the tree will be lit each night until the end of 2020. We hope you can stop by and enjoy the beautiful sight!

Colton Hall Lawn is located at 570 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Monterey Transportation Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan: Community Meeting

Posted on November 28th, 2020 by lighthouseave

Let's plan for sea level rise in Monterey! The City of Monterey is hosting a community meeting online to discuss the Transportation Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan on Monday, December 8 at 7pm during the regular Planning Commission Meeting. The program will include: a summary of previous sea level rise studies and outreach efforts, an introduction to the three adaptation strategies, and the gathering of community input.

Three strategies have already been identified to keep Monterey moving in the face of sea level rise:

1. Elevate the Recreation Trail into a sea wall or protect it behind a sea wall.

2. Elevate Del Monte Avenue into a viaduct with ocean water flowing underneath.

3. Move Recreation Trail and Del Monte Avenue traffic to Pearl and North Fremont Streets with enhancements made to these streets.

The draft of the Transportation Adaptation Plan is available for viewing here.

All Monterey residents are welcome at the meeting. To participate, please log in to the Zoom meeting (details on the second page of this press release) or you can view without participating on YouTube.

Let's plan for sea level rise in Monterey! The City of Monterey is hosting a community meeting online to discuss the Transportation Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan on Monday, December 8 at 7pm during the regular Planning Commission Meeting. The program will include: a summary of previous sea level rise studies and outreach efforts, an introduction to the three adaptation strategies, and the gathering of community input.

Three strategies have already been identified to keep Monterey moving in the face of sea level rise:

1. Elevate the Recreation Trail into a sea wall or protect it behind a sea wall.

2. Elevate Del Monte Avenue into a viaduct with ocean water flowing underneath.

3. Move Recreation Trail and Del Monte Avenue traffic to Pearl and North Fremont Streets with enhancements made to these streets.

The draft of the Transportation Adaptation Plan is available for viewing here.

All Monterey residents are welcome at the meeting. To participate, please log in to the Zoom meeting (details on the second page of this press release) or you can view without participating on YouTube.

The Cooper-Molera Museum is happy to announce that we now have rose compost for sale. Made in the Cooper-Molera Garden using organic materials, this is a special rose compost we are offering by the bag for $25. (How big is the bag? There are about four shovels in each one.)

To purchase rose compost or plants propagated from the Cooper-Molera Adobe Garden, please stop by the Cooper-Molera Adobe Museum entrance Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-4pm or call 831-332-0172 x7776. Face masks and social distancing are required. Payment by cash or check only. Proceeds go towards the Cooper-Molera Adobe and Gardens.

The Cooper-Molera Adobe Museum is located at 506 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey.

Holiday Gift Guide from Current Comics

Posted on November 28th, 2020 by Current Comics

Just in time for holiday gift shopping, Current Comics presents a guide to some of the great books and proven best sellers we have in stock. Visit us at 400 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey while supplies last, or you can click the links below to visit our online store.

Feel free to call us at 831-333-1085 to ask our staff for more information or recommendations. We're happy to share our knowledge of and enthusiasm for comics and graphic novels with you.

X-Men: The Art and Making of the Animated Series
If you loved the 90s X-men animated series, you’ll love this book filled with never-before-seen character pictures and interviews with the cast and creators.

The Boys: Omnibus Vol. 1
The smash hit series on Amazon, "The Boys," is based on this comics series for mature readers and we have all 6 volumes in stock. Just search “Boys Omnibus” in our online store to see them all.

Old Guard Book 1: Opening Fire
This book for mature readers was adapted into an amazing movie on Netflix starring Charlize Theron as the protagonist.

The Infinity Gauntlet
This is the story the movies "Avengers Infinity War" and "Avengers Endgame" are based on.

Crossover #1
A recent release by best-selling writer Donny Cates (Venom, Thanos, Thor, Cosmic Ghost Rider, Guardians of the Galaxy), this new series from Image Comics is going to be huge! The story is set in a world like ours in the last-standing comic book store a few years after fictional superheroes we all know have appeared on the streets. Which superheroes have appeared...and what does their appearance mean for us? It's a world where reality is dead and anything is possible.

Wonder Woman Earth One Vol. 1
A retelling of the Amazon warrior’s origin with some awesome new detail and characters by best-selling writer Grant Morrison.

Wonder Woman: The Way of the Amazons
Great for younger readers, this book contains the history of and meaning behind Diana’s weapons, outfit, home (Themyscira Island), and more.

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