Mai Ryuno, artist and owner if Play Full Ground (at 550 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite E in Monterey), offers coaching, teaching and consulting services in art and creativity for individuals, small groups, and organizations/businesses.

Her philosophy is that the everyday is art and everyone is an artist regardless of traditional artistic talents and skills. All of her services are designed to help you be inspired and make your everyday life more creative and artful.

Programs for individuals:
Are you interested in jumping into your own creative project and working with Mai to make your ideas into reality? Book a time to chat!

Do you want to participate with a group in creative sharing of your ideas, achievements and struggles in making of your everyday art? Sign up for Creative Community Share!

Do you want to start a tangible project to build your ability to make everyday art? Sign up for the upcoming Drawing to Love & Learn Course, a 4-week course that includes learning, action taking, and sharing sessions in a small group.

Programs for organizations and businesses:
Mai Ryuno offers customized Art & Creativity workshops and consultation in which she first listens, learns, and identifies your organizational needs (external) and wants (internal) to develop a workshop for you and your team.

Art is not just about end products, but the creative process of critical thinking, problem solving, active learning, creation, and communication. Mai has more than 10 years of experience in teaching art and creativity to adults individually and in groups. Start a Conversation with Mai today!

August 1-25, the Haute Beauty Guide store is having a sale on all baskets. Get up to 65% off! We have some beautiful pieces available - get them while they're still in stock.

We invite you to stop by the shop at 71 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey or visit us online. Items are available for pickup in-store or can be shipped to your home.

Calling all introverts! Want a quiet space to do your work outside of home? The Pearl Works community coworking space has the perfect room for you: The Crow's Nest.

Our Crow's Nest is tucked away on the second floor of The Pearl Works. Watch clouds drift by the rooftops of Downtown Monterey in this shared private office with all the spaciousness to focus and get stuff done. Plus, this dedicated desk comes with access to our shared amenities (kitchen, meditation room, printer), a community of remote professionals and entrepreneurs, and an opportunity to meet people in a low-key environment on your own terms.

The Pearl Works is located at 288 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Please book a tour and see if the Crow's Nest or one of our other spaces is for you.

Ever want to spice up a party with wine pairings or education? Let Sovino Wine Bar help you with that! We offer pairing options and wine education at all levels for your private events, giving you lots of choices. Let's work together to create an awesome party for you and your friends, family, or co-workers. Please contact Sovino for details and availability, 831-641-9463.

An owner-operated business, Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is located at 241 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

The Old Monterey Business Association is proud to announce that we've been given the honor of Best Business Association 2022 in the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce's 35th Annual Business Excellence Awards.

We thank the Chamber and members of the public for this award! We promise to continue to support local businesses and do our best to enhance and promote the economic vitality and community spirit of Downtown Old Monterey.

Silk Scarves at Lilify

Posted on August 1st, 2022 by Lilify

There is something that is just so "summer" about a silk scarf on a breezy, balmy day. Lilify's beautiful square silk scarves are decorated with geometric or western designs and are available in black, cream, and dust.

Designed in California by Manner Market and made in China, these beautiful additions to any wardrobe are available online and in the shop at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Baby onesies are now available at Design Time Creations! That's right, you can customize your baby's clothes with your own special message. (For instance, you can choose to make Grandma's heart melt with the little number shown here.)

Visit Design Time Creations at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite B in Monterey or give us a call at 831-204-8808 to place your order. We are locally owned and operated.

Bamboo Reef Dive Shop is holding a photo contest! All underwater photographers are invited to DM Bamboo Reef their best photos from Monterey Bay and beyond. The theme is "Caption This."

Winners will receive a free air fill card ($100 value) and have their photo featured on Bamboo Reef's Instagram page as part of their upcoming caption contest.

Bamboo Reef is located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Presidio of Monterey Museum Seeks Information About Buffalo Soldiers

Posted on August 1st, 2022 by lighthouseave

Jordan Leininger, an artifacts specialist with the City of Monterey, is seeking information from descendants of Buffalo Soldiers stationed at the Presidio of Monterey, 1902-1904. He is currently researching the lives of the Buffalo Soldiers (members of the all-Black 9th Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army) for an exhibit at the Presidio of Monterey Museum, located in Lower Presidio Historic Park.

Leininger is looking for interesting artifacts and images as well as stories which he can use in the exhibit and in a future paper to help teach the public about Monterey's Buffalo Soldiers. He is particularly interested in why the soldiers were in Monterey, where they went, and what the soldiers and their families thought about their time in Monterey.

Leininger adds, "I’m not asking people to give us anything...I would love at a minimum just to get a look at these items able to scan them, take pictures of them, so we can use it for this history.”

You may contact Jordan Leininger at (831) 646-5648 or via e-mail.

To learn more, please read Winifred Brown's article on this topic on the U.S. Army website, from which this post was distilled.

DESUAR Spa, with locations in Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood, is excited to announce it is partnering with Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa to manage its wellness division of the hotel at 700 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey.

We invite you to make an appointment at DESUAR Spa to experience an array of relaxing, high-end services including facials, waxing, massage, spray tanning, acne treatment, body scrubs, makeup, body wraps, CBD treatments, and more.

The generous 2700 square feet of space at the spa includes four treatment rooms, lockers, showers, changing rooms, and relaxation lounges with comfortable seating, all designed to be a restful haven for guests. The hacienda esthetic of the spa features warm, natural wood tones and high ceilings complimented by contemporary decor.

DESUAR Spa strives to be a place of renewal for the mind, body, and spirit, providing the best high-end therapeutic skin and body treatments while promoting natural healing. It is now open daily at Casa Munras Garden Hotel, 10am-6pm. Please visit our website or phone 831-372-1829 to make your appointment.

Please note: spa guests must be at least 18 years of age.

Headed to the woods this summer? Don’t forget to pack the Shelley Bennett Skincare Spot It Drying Lotion. This small but mighty bottle is formulated with soothing calamine lotion to reduce redness and inflammation on those pesky bug bites. Just use a clean cotton swab on the inflamed area for instant relief!

Shelley Bennett Skincare is a locally owned business located at 588 Houston Street in Downtown Old Monterey. All of Shelley's skincare products (plus more from Caudalie and Image) can be purchased on her online store.

Venture Gallery presents the work of Maria Poroy, our featured artist for August, whose colorful, energetic new work is an expression of joy.

Maria writes, "A few years ago, at an Oprah-hosted Living Your Best Life Weekend, I was asked what made me happy. Without even thinking I answered, 'Painting out loud.' And I have been doing that ever since...This is happy art."

Venture Gallery is now open daily, 10am-6pm. Maria Poroy's artwork will be featured through August 2022. We invite you to meet the artist on Friday, August 5, 5pm-8pm, in the lobby of the Portola Hotel for a painting demonstration. Venture Gallery is located at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Visit our website to shop online for work by our local artists.

🍂 Fall is just around the corner and our activity guide is ready for you to see all the great classes and programs coming up!

🍂 Registration opens August 9th for Campbell residents and August 10th for everyone!

🍂 Check out the guide and all activities online at

#ParksMakeLifeBetter #CampbellConnected

Try a Cara Cara Collins at Montrio

Posted on July 22nd, 2022 by Montrio

Montrio invites you to visit us and unwind with a Cara Cara Collins - featuring house-made Cara Cara orange and cumin marmalade, gin, soda, and lemon - hand-crafted by Montrio's barkeep, Daniel Watson.

Daniel offers his fresh, innovative, seasonal approach to the Montrio line-up where he and his team create their own juices, infusions, and liqueurs and every cocktail has a homemade element. Enjoy at 414 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey.