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Union Yoga is offering a meditation and breathwork series on Zoom every weekday from Monday, September 21 through Friday, October 16. Offered each day at 8:15am, 4:15pm, and 7:15pm, it's a join-when-you-can, 20-minutes-at-a-time program that is designed to meet you where you are. Fee is $65 for the full session. Register online.

These short and sweet 20-minute sessions, offered 3 times per day by Union Yoga owner Kelli Gray, are a great chance to learn and practice simple techniques of meditation and breathwork (pranayama). All levels are welcome. Each practice is 20 minutes followed by an optional Q&A session.

There is a strong feeling in the air that we all want to nap this year out. Comfort foods are no longer providing comfort and we are needing more. Yogis, this is the time to dig deep into our practices for techniques that create an immediate shift in energy and focus (or help us fall sleep).

Please note: this series was originally scheduled to begin on September 14, and is now scheduled to begin on September 21.

Jazz lovers are invited to join Esteban Restaurant, September 25-27, 5pm-7pm, to view the Monterey Jazz Festival virtually and enjoy a 3-course, jazz-inspired prix fixe meal curated by Executive Chef Gus Trejo each evening on the patio. Reservations are required - please phone 831-324-6773. Esteban Restaurant is located at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, 700 Munras Avenue in Monterey.

Tim Jackson, the Monterey Jazz Festival's Artistic Director, will be onsite nightly to deliver an exceptional evening of storytelling and behind-the-scenes moments. View and listen to an incredible lineup featuring exclusive new performances and interviews and previously unreleased archival performances from the Monterey Jazz Festival.

The 3-course prix fixe dinner includes non-alcoholic beverages and coffee/tea. Fee is $150 plus tax and gratuity per person, per night. A full no-host bar, including specialty cocktails and an extensive wine list, will be available for purchase separately. Nightly performance broadcasts are included with your meal and complimentary parking is available. Proceeds will benefit the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Guests may choose from a selection of first, second and third courses on the menu. Highlights include: Late Harvest Corn Bisque with black truffle, scallop tartare; Heirloom Beet Salad with baby lettuce, shaved fennel, apple, lemon, and olive oil; Paella Quinoa with sofrito, chickpeas, and cauliflower roast; Cataplana a Portugese stew of mussels, clams, prawns, aioli, and grilled bread; Beef Short Rib with Za’atar lentils, otto file bread, and harissa yogurt; and Death by Chocolate with molten ganache and praline ice cream.

Now you can order your favorite Italian-American dishes from Tutto Buono Eataliano online! That's right, just visit their website, place your order, pay online, and pick up your food - either in-store or curbside - with minimal fuss. It's perfect for a take-out lunch or dinner.

Tutto Buono Eataliano, located at 598 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, offers Sicilian-style pan pizzas, piadina sandwich wraps, salads, and other Italian favorites made using locally sourced, organic, and sustainable ingredients. In addition to take-out and delivery, the restaurant also offers outdoor dining, Tuesday - Saturday.

8 Week After School Art Programs for Kids and Teens at the Art Beat

Posted on September 13th, 2020 by TheArtBeat

The Art Beat has space remaining in some of their after school art programs for kids and teens. These 8 week long courses begin this week and take place at their Downtown Campbell art studio classroom.

All programs begin the week of September 14th and meet once a week for eight weeks.

We just got an OK to bring back some of our street musicians to provide some live entertainment in Downtown Campbell. The street is going to be closed this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this week and the next two weeks while we get our parklet barriers installed. There will be plenty of room to have a band and allow people to stand back and keep distanced from each other.

We plan on scheduling some evening music on Fridays and Saturdays between 5pm to 8pm. The exact time may shift depending on who we have booked and poor air quality may cancel the shows. We'll try to update our social media in advance with info about the performers, but it's a very fluid situation.

This won't be like our First Fridays where our usual practice is to place performers up and down the street. We're just taking small steps right now. Out of an abundance of caution, we're only scheduling one act at a time.

Please give the band plenty of room and stay socially distanced if you come to enjoy some music. If everyone enjoys some live music responsibly and we feel like this can be done safely, we'll continue doing it.

On any given night, there may also be solo street performers or unplugged duos on the street. Those people are showing up on their own. We're not involved with them.

With everything so crazy that is happening this year we are so very passionate about keeping our beloved Tessora's Wine Club going. We have converted our release party into a virtual event. If you are wanting to join in to a fun tasting event we still have room for you.

Sign up with us, pop in to pick up your club wines, and join us for a virtual tasting event on 9/16. You can choose to be a part of one or both our wine clubs. With our clubs, You will receive two amazing bottles of wine every other month for an amazing price.

You will receive recipe ideas, pairing notes, of course the two bottles of wine, and a virtual tasting with Carol Pouya, Paul Barraza and Chris K., our wine rep. We will talk and taste through all the wines! It’s so fun and just an interactive and happy group! Plus as a club members you will receive in house and exclusive discounts.

See the Wine Club page on our website for more information.

On August 31st, as part of the new State of California Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework, barber shops and salons were allowed to resume offering most indoor services. All of our barber shops and salons have followed suit and are now back in service with safety modifications. Some are continuing to offer outdoor haircuts in addition to outdoors services so be sure to ask about that if you're not comfortable with going indoors for a haircut.

As part of the new risk framework, there is also a new system of risk tiers. In Santa Clara County, we've been showing improvement in our infection rates. As a result we've progressed from Tier 1 - Widespread, which is the worst designation into Tier 2 - Substantial. As a result of our improved numbers businesses are now allowed to do the following:

  • All personal care services can now operate indoors (nails, skin care, massage, etc)
  • The maximum number of people allowed in retail shops will be relaxed to allow twice as many people as before.
  • Gyms and personal training services can operate indoors at 10% capacity.
  • Museums are allowed to open at 25% capacity.

Keep in mind that just about all services that you were used to are required to be performed with additional precautions and some services will not be available due to the safety risk that they present. Also Santa Clara County excludes some activities that are allowed in the State of California's guidelines. One notable example is that indoor dining at 25% capacity is not allowed as a Tier 2 activity here.

The Blueprint for a Safer Economy

The new State of California Covid-19 framework replaces the previous County Monitoring List guidelines with revised plan that's simpler and easier to understand. Much of the guidance remains the same, but a few restrictions have been relaxed based on improved understanding of where the real transmission risks lie.

The Blueprint for a Safer Economy is guided by just two numbers:

  • Number of new cases per day per 100K people.
  • Percent of positive tests returned.

Every week, counties are reassessed and placed into one of four risk tier based on these two metrics and as numbers rise and fall, the kind of activities and how much of those activities are allowed changes. Counties that regress into more severe tiers will have another week to turn things around to avoid having to shut some services down again.

We're all part of this. If we stop being careful and start making riskier choices, we're going to backslide and it's going to hurt our small businesses. We may have graduated to Tier 2, but only by the slimmest of margins. It would be easy to slip back to Tier 1 very quickly so please please please keep...Read More

Dear community, our beloved Vincent Flores passed away unexpectedly this week.

Our hearts are broken as we navigate through the world without him. Please allow our family some time to grieve this pillar of a man.

We will be closed in mourning for a few days. In the meantime, please feel free to leave a note or a token of your affection for him outside the shop.

Please also consider donating to Poor People's Campaign in his honor. Hold your loved ones close and remember the sweet things in life.

There is also a GoFundMe Campaign organized to help Vincent's wife cover funeral expenses and other costs.

With love,

Mara, Cris & Celeste

New Menu Item! Chicken Karaage!

Posted on September 9th, 2020 by Sushi Confidential

New menu alert!⁣⁣ Introducing a brand new menu item: Chicken Karaage! Have you tried it yet?⁣⁣
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It’s a delicious Japanese deep-fried chicken dish, served with sweet and spicy dipping sauce. The outcome? Super tender yet ultra crispy and juicy marinated chicken.⁣⁣

Take it from us, it’s a must try!⁣

📸: Chicken Karaage

Parklets Coming Soon and Reopening Campbell Ave to Traffic

Posted on September 9th, 2020 by sheldon

You may have noticed that the street in Downtown Campbell's been opened again. Yes, this does mean that the street closure experiment is coming to an end, but not entirely.

After doing this for a bit over a month, the City of Campbell in consultation with the community of small businesses in Downtown Campbell deemed the road closure to be too detrimental for some of the businesses, but we're not giving up on creating more opportunities expand outdoor options. Instead of having the road either closed or open, we're going with a hybrid approach with parklets. These are parking spaces transformed into outdoor seating areas.

It will take about three weeks for all the barriers needed to get the parklets in place to be installed. In the meantime, the street will be open Mondays through Thursdays and be closed on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

This means that until further notice, the road closure will be in effect on Fridays and weekends. As soon as the parklets have been fully installed, Campbell Ave. will again be open to traffic seven days a week.

The parklets will be kept in place for a minimum of three months, but would likely continue indefinately if everything goes well.

We know this news comes as a disappointment to many of you out there and we're sorry that we couldn't continue it for you, but the City of Campbell is taking everything it learned from the month long road closure experiment and applying it to this new effort to give it a much better chance of working out for everyone.

Also, we've been very pleased with how much improved you've all been about following safety guidelines since we started the road closure. Most people in Downtown Campbell are now wearing masks and wearing them correctly. We will need you to keep doing that so more people feel safe to visit us and maintain the vitality of this downtown.

Gingher Dressmaker Shears at Slowfiber

Posted on September 8th, 2020 by Slowfiber

Slowfiber is happy to carry Gingher 8-inch dressmaker shears. (Right-handed and left-handed versions available!) The blades are strong enough to cut multiple layers of fabric and they're ideal for cutting out patterns and trimming seams. The precision ground knife edge cuts flawlessly all the way to the points, while the bent handle allows for smooth, comfortable cutting across a tabletop or counter.

Even better: you can mail these shears in and get them sharpened correctly for $12. (But if you only use them on fabric, you'll probably lose them before they need sharpening.)

Slowfiber owner Jaki Canterbury purchased a pair of Gingher shears sometime in the 1980s, and hers are still going strong. Price is $50, but they're worth it. Stop by the shop at 517B Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey, or place your order online for shipping or pickup.

Monterey Public Library presents Cannery Row Days: A Novel Celebration, a series of online events September 16 - November 7, 2020. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s masterpiece, Cannery Row (1945), dive into the novel and join online presentations, discussions, and films about Cannery Row history, Ed Ricketts, ecology, friendship, and communities.

This little novel, written immediately after Steinbeck returned from a journalistic assignment overseas during World War II, captures life in 1930s Monterey as well as the ecological vision of Steinbeck and his friend, Edward Ricketts.

View the full schedule of events here, beginning with the kick-off webinar, "Unpacking Cannery Row," a panel discussion about the first 5 chapters of the book, on September 16, 6:30pm-7:45pm. We'll end the event series with "Cannery Row Day" on November 7, 8am-5pm, featuring a reading of the novel by prominent locals, reenactments, historical exhibits, presentations, and virtual tours of Ricketts's lab, Cannery Row, and Monterey Bay Aquarium.

You can participate in all scheduled events on Zoom or by phone. Please register online or call 831-646-3933.

Join the Sovino Wine Club

Posted on September 8th, 2020 by Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant

Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant invites you to join our Wine Club! Four times a year, we release a curated collection of local wines delivered right to your door. Whether you prefer white wine, red wine, or both, Sovino’s Wine Club strives to give you a great seasonal selection, chosen with care from small case production wineries. For more information, please e-mail owner and sommelier Claire Sutton.

Sovino is located at 241 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Pacific Bowls and Rolls is known for its fresh fish, but did you know it also offers vegan and chicken bowls? Vegans, you can create your own bowl with shiitake mushrooms or ginger garlic tofu and your choice of mix-ins, toppings, and sauces, or you can try our signature bowl, Magic Mushroom!

Are you an omnivore who doesn't fancy seafood? You can create your own chicken bowl or try our signature Chicken Bowl, featuring chicken with a teriyaki glaze plus white rice, carrots, avocado, and cucumber.

Pacific Bowls and Rolls, serving up sustainable, healthy food, is located at 475 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We are proud partners with Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program and now open for take-out, delivery, and outdoor dining.

Dirty Girl Plant Co. Now Open at Union Yoga

Posted on September 8th, 2020 by Union Yoga

With the Union Yoga studio space laying dormant until we can have in-person yoga classes, we are really excited to offer a pop-up houseplant shop by Dirty Girl Plant Co. This owner-operated small business has turned the space into a lush urban jungle! Come and check out the fantastic collection of plants both large and small and buy some to beautify your indoor space.

Dirty Girl Plant Co. is now open at 244 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey, selling houseplants and offering plant wellness tips and tricks. Current hours are: Friday - Sunday, 11am-4pm; Tuesday, 3pm-7pm; and Thursday by appointment.

New Cherry & Pomegranate Bio-Enzyme Peel

Posted on September 5th, 2020 by Ritual Day Spa

New product announcement: Cherry & Pomegranate Bio-Enzyme Peel!

Phyto-active pomegranate enzymes effectively digest redundant surface cells, while cherry fruit pulp provides high amounts of natural Vitamins A and C to reveal smoother, more nourished skin. Promotes a visibly brighter, more radiant complexion.

Get yours at www.ritual-spa.com.

If you are a person of color and have a story to share about your experience in this current time of pandemic stress and societal turmoil, the Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation wants your help with an ongoing project.

You don't have to live in Campbell to participate.

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