It is with mixed feelings that Bamboo Reef Scuba Dive Shop in Monterey announces that Keith McNutt is stepping down as manager. Keith has managed the Lighthouse Avenue shop for 27 years and has a loyal following.

Bamboo Reef Monterey has a high reputation in the tech diving community because of the quality of the gas mixtures prepared for their tanks. This is primarily due to Keith's high standards. Keith has instilled in his staff the importance of customer service, quality, and safety, and under his leadership Bamboo Reef Monterey was once again voted the best dive shop in Monterey for 2016. But Keith is not leaving Bamboo Reef yet! He will be around to help out with the transition and still plans to lead some tours and teach some classes.

Bamboo Reef in Monterey is excited to announce that Adam Lester has accepted the position as manager. Adam is a Monterey native and has been with Bamboo Reef for 6 years. Adam recently received his instructor credentials and has been leading tours and now helping new divers explore and learn to dive in Monterey. Adam has worked closely with Keith and has been the person to go to in Keith's absence.

Bamboo Reef wishes Keith all the best as he and his wife, Carol, start their new adventure, and we wish Adam success in his new endeavor. We will be hosting an event at Bamboo Reef on Friday, April 21, 6pm-8pm, where both of our stars will be present. Come by and thank Keith for all he has done for the diving community and welcome Adam in his new role.

April is Autism Awareness Month, and SmileLabs Monterey Bay will be donating a portion of our April sales to Autism Speaks. Come in this month, relax, get a brighter smile, and help make a difference in the lives of those affected by autism.

SmileLabs, offering chairside teeth whitening, is located at 188 Webster Street in Old Monterey. Please call us for an appointment, 831-717-4676.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Applications for the ninth annual Monterey County Film Commission's $2,000 scholarship for film students are now being accepted. Forms for the Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Scholarship Award may be downloaded from MCFC's website. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

The scholarship program was created to provide financial aid and incentive to students of film and beginning filmmakers who reside in Monterey County or are currently enrolled in a community college or university in the county. The fund was established as a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation for Monterey County. For additional information, please contact the film commission at 831-646-0910.

Steepers has added Popping Pearl Teas and they're officially a huge hit!

Without exception, everyone thinks they are delicious! Choose from peach, apple, blueberry, strawberry, mango, and lichee Pearls and pair them with teas such as peach, apricot, black, blue mango, shanghai lichee, jasmine, or green teas for a taste sensation!