2021 Children's Trick-or-Treat on Lighthouse Is CANCELLED

Posted on October 20th, 2021 by lighthouseave

Because of continuing concerns about Covid-19, Lighthouse Avenue businesses in Monterey will not be hosting our regular community trick-or-treat in 2021.

We wish all of you a happy Halloween this fall and we look forward to welcoming you back for sweet and ridiculous family fun with us in October 2022.

Daruma Japanese Thread Now at Slowfiber

Posted on October 19th, 2021 by Slowfiber

Slowfiber is happy to announce we now carry Daruma embroidery thread and sashiko needles from Japan that are perfect for mending. You can find them both on the Slowfiber website and in the shop at 517A Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Daruma thread can be used for its original intent, sashiko stitching, or, like me, you can use it for boro-style patching. (Your jeans will love you for it!) Designed for mending and repairing clothing, this thread is stronger than typical embroidery floss, and the colors are fabulous.

Tickets Now on Sale for Christmas in the Adobes 2021

Posted on October 19th, 2021 by CustomHouse

Tickets are now on sale for Monterey's signature holiday event, Christmas in the Adobes, on December 10 & 11. Stroll the streets of Monterey and tour any one of 15 beautifully decorated adobes with soft holiday lights and entertainment.

Tickets are $25 per night for adults, $2 for children ages 6-17 when accompanied by a paying adult, and free for children age 5 and under. (Buy early and save! Now until November 1, single night tickets are only $20 for adults.) Tickets may be purchased online or in person - visit the website for details.

Proceeds benefit Monterey State Historic Park children's educational and school history programs.

This stunning cocktail midi dress from Cypress Boutique Monterey is the go-to outfit for any formal event or evening date night, and it's amazingly comfortable and stretchy. We love how it accentuates your beautiful body shape.

Now available online and in the store at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C in Monterey. Cypress Boutique is a small, locally-owned shop that's dedicated to helping you look your best.

The only way to get better is to show up for yourself one class at a time. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu's Gracie Combatives program for beginning adults consists of 23 one-hour classes covering 36 essential techniques to be safe in a street fight. All classes can be completed in any order because no previous experience is necessary to participate.

Gracie Combatives is taught Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm; Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm; and Saturdays, 11am-12pm. To opt into our 10-day free trial, contact Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Monterey through our website or phone 831-332-9876. We're located at 636 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Old Capitol Books is very pleased to announce the launch of our new, independent press. Boukra Press is a collective of writers, intellectuals, artists, and translators who are committed to bringing high-quality poetry and essays to the Monterey community and beyond.

We have an excellent list of publications lined up for 2022, starting with an essay by Zoe Baker. Writers and poets who are joining Boukra Press’s list of authors, in addition to Zoe Baker, include Chris Siders, Jean Vengua, Jose Luis Gutierrez, Jeff Erwin, Abdelatif Elfaki, Josiah Luis Alderete, Maryam Elmubarak, and Kenny Garcia. Publication is by invitation only.

For more information about Boukra Press publications, please visit the new Boukra Press website. Old Capitol Books is located at 482 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Handmade Bar Soaps at Lilify

Posted on October 12th, 2021 by Lilify

Are you still washing your hands? Good. Now you can do it in style with the sweet and spicy scent of autumn! Lilify is selling beautiful, natural soap handmade in small batches in Monterey by Connie Mardon.

The copaiba and clove scented bar soap pictured here offers a creamy, balsamic caramel with a sweet, spicy top note that's perfect for fall. Weighing in at 4oz., it contains olive oil, rice bran oil, and coconut oil as well as shea butter and cocoa butter.

All of Lilify's handmade soaps are available online and in our store at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Catalyst Consignment has a wide selection of jackets and coats for fall! Whether you prefer leather, wool, tweed, or corduroy, we have a little of everything for men and women, including top name brands.

Catalyst Consignment is open Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-5pm, and Sunday, 12pm-4pm, at 801 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite A in Monterey.

Poppleton's Fine Furnishings and Interior Design is hosting a charity silent auction featuring this beautiful, handmade rocking chair donated by fine furniture artisan John Bassette.

All funds from the auction will go to the First Responder Help Foundation's Afghan Refugee Extraction program (run by domestically based Special Operations veterans, intelligence personnel, and logistical specialists), which is raising money to rescue Afghan allies and their families.

The silent auction runs until 4pm on October 16, 2021. For more details, visit Poppleton's showroom at 299 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, call them at 831-649-3083, or DM them through Facebook or Instagram. You can donate directly to the Afghan Refugee Extraction campaign here.

We Did It!

Posted on October 4th, 2021 by Foolish Times

The Foolish Times and a host of volunteers worked with Save Our Shores' annual Coastal Cleanup event to clean up Downtown Old Monterey on September 18. Together, we collected 104 lbs. of trash in two hours! The incentive? An after party featuring comedy by Richard Stockton and beer tasting by Alvarado St Brewery and Peter B's.

We extend a special thanks for all the support we received that day. Don't worry if you missed it...we will do it again.

Stay 'tooned!

Did you know that Cha-ya Japanese Tea & Things serves a variety of high-quality matcha teas? You can enjoy our matcha in-store with our ceramic cups or take a cup to-go. Visit us at 118 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey - we're open Monday - Saturday, 11am-4pm.

Cha-ya now offers a loyalty program for our tea drinkers: buy 10 cups of tea and get your 11th cup free.

Peter B's Brewpub Call for Artists

Posted on October 4th, 2021 by Peter B's Brewpub

Calling all local artists! Peter B’s Brewpub is looking for an artist to create a painted mural for our patio, located at 2 Portola Plaza in Downtown Old Monterey. This will be an exciting opportunity to showcase your work at one of Monterey’s most popular sports bars and craft breweries.

The space for Peter B's new mural is located outside the Brewpub’s front entrance and measures 89.5” W x 107.5” H. (View a photo.) If you have a great idea for this space, please send us a complete proposal including:

1) Your Contact Information

2) Your Concept
A brief description of the concept with a sketch included, and a statement regarding why you would like to partner with Peter B’s Brewpub.

3) Your Portolio
2-3 pictures of recently completed work, or a link to your website portfolio.

4) Your Budget
Your projected budget and a list of materials. (Please keep in mind we are an eco-friendly busines, and will not be accepting proposals with materials that are harmful to the environment.)

Please e-mail us your complete proposal with the subject line of "Proposal for Peter B's Artist Call" by October 31, 2021. The selected artist will be notified by November 8, 2021, and may begin working on the mural at that time with a completion date of December 22, 2021.


Creepy Crawly Halloween Trick or Treating Canceled for 2021

Posted on October 3rd, 2021 by sheldon

Halloween is coming and people are asking if we're going to be doing our annual Trick or Treating event in Downtown Campbell. We don't want to disappoint, but it's still too soon for that. We'd love nothing more than to return to being one of the most festive Halloween street events in the Bay Area again, but it can wait for one more year.

We hope you get all of the good scares you crave this Halloween, but please err on the side of safety so that we can all get together next year and make up for lost time and roll the clock back to 2019.

The annual Carol of Lights festivities will also take another year off, but that too should be back with gusto in 2022.

This is news that a lot of people have been waiting for. The Campbell Farmers' Market will be returning to its usual location in Downtown Campbell starting on Sunday, October 24th. Until then, the Farmers' Market will continue to operate in its normal Sunday hours at its temporary location at the Campbell Community Center.

Welcome back!

The Campbell Farmers' Market was suspended due to Covid-19 safety concerns in early March 2020. It remained suspended until arrangements could be made to temporarily relocate it to the Campbell Community Center in November of the same year. It has remained at the Community Center since then.

When the Campbell Farmers' Market returns to its traditional home in Downtown Campbell, it'll be after over 19 months since it was last in Downtown Campbell and with 11 of those months operating in exile at the Community Center.

The Farmers' Market will co-exist with parklets in Downtown Campbell for the rest of 2021, but after the new year, it should have the street all to itself again or mostly to itself. The Parklets Program will be ending on January 3rd, 2022, but it's not yet known if there will be a modified parklets program that will replace it.

Parklets in Downtown Campbell Extended to January 3, 2022

Posted on October 3rd, 2021 by sheldon

Earlier in the month, the Campbell City Council voted to extend the Parklets Program in Downtown Campbell out to January 3rd, 2022. The program was scheduled to end on September 30th unless extended.

This is expected to be the final extension of the Parklets Program in Downtown Campbell, but it doesn't necessarily mean that the parklets or some version of expanded outdoor seating is going away entirely. The Campbell City Council will be considering permanent options for a more limited parklet program to replace the current one instituted in 2020 as a Covid-19 pandemic measure.