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A time for you and your toddler to explore, create and play together through age-appropriate activities promoting development. Enjoy introducing your toddler to a pre-school environment by helping them participate in art exploration, singing, group circle time and free choice play. Parent or guardian participation is required. Classes begin in January!

Are you looking for the perfect dress for that holiday party? Stop by Cypress Boutique Monterey and check out our stunning holiday dresses and accessories.

Are pants and sweaters more your style? We've got those, too! Let our staff help you find the right look for the occasion. We're located at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C in Monterey

Kids' Bike Drive at Epicenter Cycling

Posted on December 19th, 2022 by Epicenter Cycling

Epicenter Cycling invites you to help local underprivileged children experience the joy of cycling by donating gently used bikes to our Share the Love Kids’ Bike Drive.

Now through December 31, 2022, bikes can be dropped off at Epicenter Cycling, located at 230 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. Cash contributions are also appreciated and will go toward the purchase of new Trek bikes for donation.

Please note: we cannot accept donations of department store bicycles as they can't be tuned up.

Don't want to clean your house for the holidays? Dreading the post-holiday mess when all the guests leave? Let Heaven on Earth Cleaning help you!

Based in the Lighthouse District, Heaven on Earth serves homes and offices in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Seaside, Marina, Carmel, Salinas, and more. Visit our website to book a cleaning or call us at 831-373-6243 for more information.

Full Moon Mandarin Cuisine, serving authentic, delicious Chinese food, is happy to celebrate our 8th anniversary! We thank the community for your overwhelming support throughout the years.

Our restaurant will be open on Christmas Day, so don't hesitate to visit us for your holiday celebrations, large and small (dine-in or take-out). If you'll be gathering with friends and family over the holidays, we also offer catering and space for private parties. Please contact us at 831-333-1288.

Looking for a good gift for a loved one? We also have gift cards! Visit us at 429 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Locally owned Chic Event Rentals has closed the doors of our former Monterey showroom at 485 Lighthouse Avenue, but we are remodeling our new showroom right down the street at 301 Lighthouse Avenue and plan to reopen on February 1, 2023. We look forward to seeing you then!

Until February, please contact us through our website should you need quality rentals with virtually limitless inventory and outstanding customer service in Monterey or Santa Cruz Counties. Our showroom and warehouse in Castroville remains open and is going strong.

If you like pizza, you'll love this holiday deal from Blue Line Pizza! From now until the end of the year, $50 electronic gift cards are 20% off!

To redeem the deal, just go to their Gift Cards Order Page to place an order online for an e-gift card. The deal is only valid on $50 gift cards and you must use the offer code GCHOLIDAY2022.

You can only purchase one discounted $50 gift card per checkout, but you can repeat the process as many times as you like to buy additional $50 gift cards for $40.

It has never been so easy to give the gift of (awesome) pizza!

Old Monterey Holiday Gift Guide 2022

Posted on December 11th, 2022 by omba

Need some gift ideas? Check out Old Monterey's Gift Ideas Gallery! It's chock full of unique gifts available at small businesses in Downtown Old Monterey in all price ranges. We'll continue to add new items regularly.

When you shop locally, you support small businesses owned by your neighbors, strengthen your downtown community, reduce environmental impact, and always find the most creative, thoughtful gifts. Just look for a gift in the Gallery, click on the photo, and you'll be taken to the shop's online store or a page with their contact information.

I Will Repair, your locally-owned cellphone and computer repair and accessory store in Downtown Old Monterey, will be closing the doors to its brick-and-mortar store at 474 Tyler Street after almost five years in business and becoming a mobile unit, bringing our services straight to you in your home or business.

December 15-30, 2022, we will have a Transition Sale to liquidate items we won't need in our new incarnation as a mobile business. This includes desks, computers, working and non-working electronics, merchandising equipment, file cabinets, wall cabinets, lighting fixtures, alarm/camera systems, shelving units, color LaserJet printer, refrigerator, TVs, and more.

There's a lot on offer - come by anytime this month if you want to inquire about any specific items or want to preview items before they go on sale. But we advise you to phone or text Steve, the owner, at 831-290-8180, before you arrive to make sure he's not out on a service call.

If you need a reliable technician to address your computer or cellphone concerns in 2023, pre encourage you to phone I Will Repair at 831-290-8180 and check out our Instagram and Facebook accounts for updates.

Paris Bakery is now offering freshly baked Christmas cookies, which they're selling individually, in bags of 6, and in larger numbers on platters. These decorated cookies are a bright bit of delicious fun for the holiday season that's perfect for a gift or for a stay-at-home treat.

The bakery also has a full complement of special holiday baked goods including Stollen (German fruit bread), Pannetone (Italian sweet bread), candy cane shaped bread, and Buche de Noel (Yule log cake). Buche de Noel are available in four different flavors: chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, and Grand Marnier.

All of these items are available daily until Christmas Eve at Paris Bakery, a family-owned business located at 271 Bonifacio Place in Old Monterey, but ordering items in advance is always recommended so you don't miss out on your heart's desire. The deadline for Christmas Eve orders is Wednesday, December 21, 2022 - just call the shop at 831-646-1620.

Monterey Public Library is accepting food for fines all month long! December 1-31, bring in any non-perishable food donation for the Food Bank for Monterey County and the library will waive all fines on your library account. (Please note: this offer does not apply to replacement fees for lost or damaged items - only overdue book fees.)

Items recommended for donation:
Canned tuna, chicken, or salmon
Peanut butter
Meals in a can (soup, stew, chili)
Low-sodium canned vegetables
Canned fruit in its own juice or water
Olive or canola oil
Spices (cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, salt-free spice blends)
Canned foods with pop-top lids
Low-sugar, whole-grain cereals
Healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit)
(Please avoid items packed in glass.)

Monterey Public Library is located at 625 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

It is with great joy that Youth Arts Collective presents our 2022 Holiday Art Show online! You can view all the artwork on our website. Now, as ever, YAC is a great place to shop for holiday gifts, as artwork featured in the show is for sale.

In addition to exhibiting their art, we've asked each of the young, local artists represented in this show to produce a short "meet the artist" video for the website, and we think you'll find the videos are as varied and engaging as they are.

YAC is a nonprofit, after school art studio and mentorship program for high school and college artists located at 472 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey. Our students are brilliant and struggling, confident and fringe, multi-ethnic, multi-tempered, and over 30% financially challenged. They learn art, job, and life skills, and gain a healthy dose of self-esteem and gratitude along the way. Please consider supporting Youth Arts Collective with a tax deductible donation.

Monterey Fire Department Holiday Food Drive 2022

Posted on December 7th, 2022 by lighthouseave
Christmas Tree and Lights

Monterey Fire Department is collecting food and toy donations this holiday season. The toy drive will run through December 15, 2022. The food drive for Food Bank for Monterey County will run through January 3, 2023.

A community toy-wrapping party will take place on Friday, December 16, 6pm-10pm at Monterey High Gym, 101 Hermann Drive in Monterey. Everyone is invited to help wrap presents.

Collection bins for food and toys are located at the following fire stations:
Station No. 11 - 600 Pacific St, Monterey
Station No. 12 - 582 Hawthorne St, Monterey
Station No. 13 - 401 Dela Vina Ave, Monterey
Station No. 14 - 600 Pine Ave, Pacific Grove
Station No. 15 - 6th Ave between Mission & San Carlos, Carmel

Christmas Tree and Lights

Monterey Fire Department is collecting food and toy donations this holiday season. The toy drive will run through December 15, 2022. The food drive for Food Bank for Monterey County will run through January 3, 2023.

A community toy-wrapping party will take place on Friday, December 16, 6pm-10pm at Monterey High Gym, 101 Hermann Drive in Monterey. Everyone is invited to help wrap presents.

Collection bins for food and toys are located at the following fire stations:
Station No. 11 - 600 Pacific St, Monterey
Station No. 12 - 582 Hawthorne St, Monterey
Station No. 13 - 401 Dela Vina Ave, Monterey
Station No. 14 - 600 Pine Ave, Pacific Grove
Station No. 15 - 6th Ave between Mission & San Carlos, Carmel

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