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Paprika Cafe is offering a take-out dinner and dessert special for a limited time only. Purchase any two dinners to go, with a total bill of $33 or more, and get a free box of our homemade vegan baklava worth $9.

Paprika Cafe, a restaurant recognized by the Michelin Guide in 2019, is serving delicious Mediterranean fare to-go at 309 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. Open Monday - Saturday, 11am-7pm, and Sunday, 12pm-6pm, we're proud to offer a menu with many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Redecorating this spring? Carpets and Floors, Inc. is the exclusive showroom on the Monterey Peninsula for Stark Studio Rugs, intricately hand-knotted area rugs that are made using the finest materials from Nepal. We invite you to stop by and see what you're missing!

Locally owned and operated, Carpets and Floors is located at 471 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey and open Monday - Saturday, 9am-5pm. Trade discounts are available for designers.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Reopening in May 2021

Posted on March 30th, 2021 by MontereyBayAquarium

Great news, everyone! The Monterey Bay Aquarium will be reopening to Aquarium members on May 1-14 and to the general public on Saturday, May 15. Tickets go on sale to Aquarium members on April 26 at 9am and to the general public on Wednesday, May 5 at 9am.

The Aquarium has made some changes to help keep everyone safe and healthy while you enjoy your visit.

1) To limit the number of people inside the Aquarium, you'll need to reserve tickets on the Aquarium's website for a specific date and entry time.

During busy times, they may have to limit the number of people purchasing tickets on the website at one time. If this happens, you’ll join a line to make reservations. When it's your turn, you'll be notified and will have 10 minutes to start your reservation.

2) All guests ages three and older must wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose. The Aquarium has great masks available for purchase if you need one! (All purchases from the Aquarium shop support the nonprofit Aquarium and its work.)

3) To keep everyone spaced out and moving in one direction, you’ll follow a one-way path through the Aquarium. Some of the play areas, feedings and auditorium programs are on pause for now, but you'll still be able to enjoy the animals and exhibits, including the amazing views and fresh air from the oceanfront decks.

Monterey Bay Aquarium is located at 886 Cannery Row in Monterey. Please visit the website for more information.

"Invincible" Now at Current Comics

Posted on March 30th, 2021 by Current Comics

If you’ve seen the first three episodes of the new hit show Invincible on Amazon and want to learn more, Current Comics can help! We have copies of issue #1 of the comic book the show is based on as well as the whole series in three compendiums on our shelves.

Come check out Invincible by Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, and Cory Walker at 400 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Free MST Day Pass for Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine

Posted on March 30th, 2021 by lighthouseave

Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) has announced that it will provide a free Day Pass to those who receive the Covid-19 vaccine. MST recognizes the importance of everyone getting vaccinated in the recovery of our community. To further encourage Monterey County residents, MST is providing a free Day Pass to anyone just for getting their shot!

Individuals must simply present their Covid-19 vaccination card to an MST Customer Service Representative at any of its customer service window locations. (This includes the Monterey Bus Stop Shop at 201 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey.) You will then receive a free Day Pass to use at any time. Passes are available for each dose received.

For more information please call MST at 1-888-MST-BUS1 (1-888-678-2871).

Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) has announced that it will provide a free Day Pass to those who receive the Covid-19 vaccine. MST recognizes the importance of everyone getting vaccinated in the recovery of our community. To further encourage Monterey County residents, MST is providing a free Day Pass to anyone just for getting their shot!

Individuals must simply present their Covid-19 vaccination card to an MST Customer Service Representative at any of its customer service window locations. (This includes the Monterey Bus Stop Shop at 201 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey.) You will then receive a free Day Pass to use at any time. Passes are available for each dose received.

For more information please call MST at 1-888-MST-BUS1 (1-888-678-2871).

It's spring! Why not order a delicious organic ice cream cake from Revival and enjoy a cool, refreshing dessert to celebrate the season? You can have a custom cake made with your favorite Revival flavors and your choice of gluten free chocolate or yellow sponge cake. ⁠

Order your cake on Revival Ice Cream's website and either pick it up at the shop at 463 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey or have it shipped to you or your loved one anywhere in the U.S. For more information, please call us at 831-747-2113. Please note that custom cake orders must be placed 72 hours in advance.

Beginning May 13, 2021, Monterey Museum of Art at 559 Pacific Street will be open Thursdays - Saturdays. While planning for our re-opening has been ongoing, we now need to finish installation of required safety measures, hire and train visitor-facing staff, and ensure that all of our exhibitions for the spring season are ready for the public’s enjoyment. We're looking forward to seeing you!

We'll begin with a members-only weekend May 13-16 to celebrate the opening of our summer exhibitions “Color Duets: Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill” and “Transformations: Photography by William Giles”. After that, we'll welcome the general public to the museum.

MMA will be instituting the following safety protocols for the well-being of our visitors and our staff: mask and physical distancing requirements; contactless timed entry (purchase tickets on our website in advance); hand sanitizer stations; and limited visitor capacity at 25%.

Comanche Cellars Wine Room is pleased to announce our new tasting menu! Visit us and try the 2019 Pet Gnat Sparkling Rose of Pinot Noir, 2019 Comanche Cellars Chardonnay, 2018 Comanche Cellars Pinot Noir, 2018 Dog & Pony Grenache, and the 2018 Comanche Cellars Maverick. Our five-flight tasting is $20 per person - if you make a two bottle purchase, we'll waive one tasting fee.

We're located at 412 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, and now open for outdoor wine tasting and retail wine sales. Curbside pickup of wine bottle purchases is available.

Venture Gallery presents a show by Linda Elling and Maria Poroy, our featured artists for April. From Linda's glowing, life-like flowers to Maria's expressive modern still life, there will be something for everyone!

Venture Gallery is now open for in-store shopping Thursdays - Sundays, 10am-6pm. Linda Elling and Maria Poroy's artwork will be featured through April 2021. Venture Gallery is located at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Visit our website to shop online for work by our local artists.

Monterey Marriott Hotel invites you to leave the cooking to Chef Josh Silva-Arias on Easter Sunday, April 4, 11am-5pm, and enjoy our special menu for limited dine-in service or take-out.

Our Easter menu includes: cucumber salad; choice of glazed ham, prime rib, or salmon; scalloped cauliflower-potatoes; steamed rainbow carrots with vinaigrette; asparagus ragout; and lemon cake. View full menu here.

Price is $42 per plate plus 9.25% tax. No take-out pre-orders or dine-in reservations accepted - just stop by on April 4, 11am-5pm. Monterey Marriott is located at 350 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey. For more information, please call 831-649-4234.

Easter Delights at Paris Bakery

Posted on March 29th, 2021 by Paris Bakery

Paris Bakery has a wonderfully bright and cheery selection of sweet treats for Easter! They're now offering do-it-yourself Easter cookie decorating kits, pre-decorated Easter cookies, hot cross buns, lemon chiffon cake, and lavender cake. Stop by the shop at 271 Bonifacio Place in Downtown Old Monterey Wednesday - Monday, 7am-2pm (closed Tuesday) or call to pre-order, 831-646-1620.

We at Lilify are always so thrilled for the end of the week, when the freshly baked Lilify Loaves arrive at our shop at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Made locally by the savants at Ad Astra Bread Co., the Lilify Loaf is sourdough bread with seasonal herbs harvested from our personal garden including (but not limited to) rosemary, sage, parsley, oregano, and thyme. As spring arrives, our garden is abundant and the herbs are bountiful!

The Lilify Loaf is fresh baked and available in the shop every Friday from 11 am until they're sold out. If you purchase your loaf online before midnight on Thursday evening, we will happily hold it for you for pickup on Friday.

Are you searching for a delicious, homemade biscotti? Look no further! Tutto Buono Eataliano makes their biscotti fresh in-house. Come try it at 598 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Tutto Buono Eataliano is now open for outdoor dining, limited indoor dining, take-out, no-contact curbside pick-up, and delivery. (So there's an option for everybody!)

Please note: deadline extended to April 14, 2021 at 5pm. Applications for the 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. Application deadline is April 14, 2021 at 5pm.

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.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is happy to announce that we are now back inside the studio! With the arrival of California's Red Tier of Covid regulations to Monterey County, we are able to admit up to 10 people per class indoors. To reserve your spot in class and to learn more about us, please visit our website.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Monterey is located at 636 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

California Finest CBD Depot now carries Vida Drops CBD Gummies. Featuring 25mg of CBD per gummy, we have 10 count and 40 count containers available. This is a broad spectrum CBD product that's THC free.

And don't forget that all items in our store are 20% off until April 4, 2021. We're located at 800 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, open for in-store shopping as well as curbside pick-up. Local delivery is available.

Bamboo Reef Dive Shop is always looking for ways to move forward. With the arrival of spring, we have new opportunities to enjoy freediving and to improve our breath holds and maximum depths.

This April, Bamboo Reef is hosting line diving sessions every Sunday for certified freedivers. Not certified? We offer Level 1 Freediver classes, too! Join us in the water, and let's move forward together. Please phone us for more information, 831-372-1685

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

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