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Do you want to further your knowledge of SCUBA diving, but you're not sure which specialty class to start with? Take Bamboo Reef Dive Shop's NAUI Advanced Open Water Course and gain experience in six different specialties!

Learn more about shore diving, night diving, navigation, search and recovery, deep diving, and boat diving. Getting your Advanced Open Water certification with Bamboo Reef will challenge you physically and mentally, better preparing you for an array of advanced dives. Learn more on our website.

Bamboo Reef Dive Shop is located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Please note: to take this course you must be an Open Water Diver or higher and be at least 15 years old. Taking the Advanced Open Water certification course does not certify you for the specialties listed above. Additional training is required.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Virtual Job Fair, April 14

Posted on April 8th, 2021 by MontereyBayAquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium is very excited to open our doors to the public on May 15. We're looking for individuals who are passionate about inspiring conservation of the ocean to join our team!

We have seasonal and limited full-time opportunities in the following roles: guest experience representative, guest support services (custodial), and security officer.

The Aquarium will be hosting a virtual job fair via Zoom on Wednesday, April 14, 4:30pm-7:30pm. If you are interested in interviewing for any of our available roles, we invite you to sign up for a 10-minute interview time slot.

Please read complete instructions and sign up for a time slot on this page.

Hula's Is Hiring!

Posted on April 8th, 2021 by Hula's Island Grill

Hula’s Monterey is hiring! We are looking for lovely people to be part of our family, our clan, our tribe, our pod. We are joyful, outgoing, and friendly. If that sounds like you, come talk with us. We're looking for people with well-rounded hospitality experience and a knowledge of food, service, and cocktails. We celebrate diversity. Applicants must have open availability.

Hula's Island Grill is located at 622 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. Our phone number is 831-655-4852.

Youth Dance, Art, Music, & Life Skills Classes Starting April 9-24th!

Posted on April 7th, 2021 by Campbell Recreation Events

Even in a community that loves its library, public funding alone has never been enough to provide all the important resources our residents seek.

In March 2020, Monterey Public Library’s doors closed because of the global pandemic. The pandemic’s impact on tourism and the local economy drastically reduced City revenue. As a result, the City of Monterey reduced the Library’s budget by over 65%, cut the staff by 80%, and eliminated the book budget entirely.

In response, the Monterey Public Library Friends & Foundation publicly launched the year-long Monterey Learns! fundraising campaign in February 2021.

What does this fundraising campaign aim to accomplish? Make sure kids and teens have the tools they need to become strong readers. Put more books in the hands of adults. Present meaningful programs for all ages — from toddlers to teens to seniors. Ensure that information from the library's unique historical archive is accessible so the community and to researchers worldwide. Ease the strain of distance-learning for our families and teachers by ensuring that a trusted librarian is just a phone call away, and that reliable, carefully curated online resources remain available.

Libraries are at the heart of community, culture, education, and democracy. Learn more about the campaign and find out how to donate here.

Monterey Moves into the Orange Tier

Posted on April 6th, 2021 by lighthouseave

The Monterey County Health Department has verified that Monterey County will move into California’s Covid-19 Orange Tier as of Wednesday, April 7. What that means is businesses, residents, and visitors, working in partnership with the City of Monterey, have demonstrated their commitment to safety and health protocols and all of us are benefiting from it. Thanks to all of you!

With Orange Tier status:

**Restaurants can increase indoor seating to 50% capacity

**Retail stores can increase indoor shopping to 100% capacity

**Gyms and fitness studios can welcome people indoors up to 25% capacity

**Family entertainment centers can open indoors up to 25% capacity

**Museums and the Aquarium can open for indoor visitors up to 50% capacity

**Bars not serving meals can open outdoors with modifications

**Wineries, breweries, and distilleries can open indoors up to 25% capacity

Everyone, please keep up the good work! Continue to wear your face mask and socially distance so that we can continue to move forward to fewer restrictions and increased activity.

Monterey Moves into the Orange Tier!

Posted on April 6th, 2021 by omba

The Monterey County Health Department has verified that Monterey County will move into California’s Covid-19 Orange Tier as of Wednesday, April 7. What that means is businesses, residents, and visitors, working in partnership with the City of Monterey, have demonstrated their commitment to safety and health protocols and all of us are benefiting from it. Thanks to all of you!

With Orange Tier status:

**Restaurants can increase indoor seating to 50% capacity

**Retail stores can increase indoor shopping to 100% capacity

**Gyms and fitness studios can welcome people indoors up to 25% capacity

**Family entertainment centers can open indoors up to 25% capacity

**Museums and the Aquarium can open for indoor visitors up to 50% capacity

**Bars not serving meals can open outdoors with modifications

**Wineries, breweries, and distilleries can open indoors up to 25% capacity

Everyone, please keep up the good work! Continue to wear your face mask and socially distance so that we can continue to move forward to fewer restrictions and increased activity.

Great news, everyone! Old Capitol Books is reopening on Thursday, April 8. At our new home on the second floor of 482 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, we're open Thursdays - Sundays, 12pm-6pm.

Drop-in customers are always welcome when there's enough space. But, because the number of simultaneous customers is limited by Covid regulations, you can make an appointment online for opening weekend that will ensure you up to one hour of shelf-browsing pleasure.

Accessing Our Store
If you enter through the front doors of 482 Alvarado Street, you can either use the elevator or the stairs to get to the second floor. Accessible parking is located behind the building at 499 Calle Principal. From that lot, you can enter through the back door of the building directly onto the second floor.

Though the store is a work in progress, the entrance to the shop and the open aisles are 34-36 inches across. Bookstore staff are always happy to help you access hard-to-reach high shelves.

Doran, a licensed esthetician and the owner of the Haute Beauty Guide retail store, is really excited about the new soaps she's designed and created, each inspired by her favorite spots on the Monterey Peninsula.

After almost a year of research and trials, Doran's soaps are now available online and at Haute Beauty Guide at 71 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey. (Expect more great scents to come this summer!)

Haute Beauty Guide's signature soaps include:

Pebble Beach
A calm, tranquil scent with herbal notes of earl grey tea leaves, bergamot, and vanilla.

Carmel
A fresh, sophisticated scent with notes of white tea, ginger, lemon, pepper, and earl grey.

Monterey
The beautiful clean aroma of natural sea salt brings freshness to your day.

Cambria
A light, refreshing aromatic blend of cucumber and green tea.

Parker-Lusseau Pastries and Cafe happily presents the latest addition to our selection of cakes: apricot creme brulee. This is chocolate mousse layered with lavender crème brulee, apricot, and genoise cake (Italian sponge cake). It's now available daily as an individual cake, or you can give us a call and order an 8” cake that serves 10.

Parker-Lusseau Pastries and Cafe is located at 539 Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Our phone number is 831-641-9188.

We all know that Crepes of Brittany serves crepes, but have you tried their breakfast sandwich? With bacon or ham, eggs, and cheese on a lightly toasted bun, this sandwich will have you and your taste buds ready to enjoy the day.

Crepes of Brittany is now open for outdoor dining, limited indoor dining, and take-out orders at 211 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Outdoor & Virtual Fitness Classes for Adults & 50+

Posted on April 1st, 2021 by Campbell Recreation Events

Stay active this Spring with Campbell Recreation! We have a variety of in-person and virtual fitness classes for adults and 50+!

Outdoor Fitness Classes

Small Group Personal Training 18+ 4/8-4/22 6:30 PM

Strength Training 50+ 4/2-4/30 9:40 AM

Spinning 18+ 4/5-4/28 7:30 PM

Zumba 18+ 4/17-5/16 10 AM

Virtual Fitness

Yogilates 50+ 4/1-4/29 10:30 AM

Yoga 18+ 4/3-4/24 8:00 AM

Stretch & Core 18+ 4/7-4/28 6:15 PM

Pilates 18+ 4/2-4/30 7:00 AM 4/5-4/28 6:00 PM Body Sculpt 18+ 4/6-4/29 6:15 PM

New Monterey's Lighthouse District Is the Best

Posted on April 1st, 2021 by lighthouseave

In an official poll conducted by our website staff, New Monterey's Lighthouse District has been voted Best Darned Business District.

"We've got style, we've got fantastic food, and we've got an amazing sense of community," said a local employee who would only speak on condition of anonymity for fear of offending her mother in Old Monterey, her brother in Pacific Grove, and her cousin on Cannery Row. "Lighthouse is the little district that could. We're number one!"

Reached for comment, Buddy the basset hound said, "Woof!" Our translators tell us that means, "I want a sweet potato fry from Hula's."

Happy first day of April, everybody. Thanks for riding out this pandemic with us. It's not over yet, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Keep your masks on and keep the faith.

Lighthouse District Dining Guide Updated for April

Posted on April 1st, 2021 by lighthouseave

In celebration of Monterey's entry into the less restrictive Red Tier of Covid regulations, New Monterey's Lighthouse District has updated our online Dining Guide!

Wondering where you can eat indoors, outdoors, or get great take-out or curbside pick-up? Trying to figure out your favorite restaurant's current hours? It's all right here.

The Dining Guide's "Dine-in" category includes all establishments offering indoor or outdoor dining. Just click on a specific restaurant in any category to see the specific dining options available there, hours of operation, and food photos. (Yum!)

On April 10, 10am-4pm, Monterey Public Library will host the 2nd Annual Local History Slam online. This free, all-day immersion in the richly layered history of the Monterey Peninsula features 10-15 minute talks about topics such as: the porthole in Robinson Jeffers’ Hawk Tower; Joseph Campbell’s connection to Monterey and Star Wars; Ed Ricketts and the ecology of Monterey Bay; Flora Woods, the legendary Cannery Row Madame; the Chinese village at Point Alones; local Japanese American flower growers; and much more!

A schedule of the day's presentations will be posted on the library's website. Please register in advance online at least one hour prior to the event. For questions, please contact Monterey Public Library at 831-646-3933.

This event is co-sponsored by the Western Flyer Foundation, the Cannery Row Company, the Cannery Row Foundation, and Monterey Museums and Cultural Arts.

April 2021 Drive Thru Produce Distribution in Monterey

Posted on March 31st, 2021 by lighthouseave

Need food assistance? Reservations are now available for the March 2021 Drive Thru Produce Distribution for Families and Seniors offered by the City of Monterey Recreation and the Monterey County Food Bank. This is a contact-free drive-thru program and reservations are required.

Pick-up times are on Mondays - March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10am-1pm - by appointment only at Dennis the Menace Parking Lot, 777 Pearl Street in Monterey.

All produce is pre-packaged and the same for everyone. Please read the official flyer which contains all the details. Questions? Please call 831-646-3866 or e-mail Monterey Recreation.

Cypress Boutique Monterey is happy to announce that we now carry luxurious, one-of-a-kind earrings by Mack Artistry. Handmade in the Bay Area by jewelry designer Lesli Mack, these stunning pieces are beautifully packaged and ready to gift.

Pick up one set of earrings for yourself and one for someone special at Cypress Boutique, 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C in Monterey. Our shop is locally owned and operated.

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