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Oya Salon Welcomes Marissa Olivo

Posted on June 25th, 2020 by Oya Salon

Oya Salon welcomes Marissa Olivo to the Oya team. She recently moved to California's Central Coast after seven years as a colorist at a high end salon in Downtown Seattle. She loves to make hair feel lived-in and true to you.

Marissa is now booking appointments for balayage, foil, all over colors, and Keratin treatments - please phone Oya at 831-656-0570. We are located at 201 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

July 4th Sale at Mattress Nation

Posted on June 25th, 2020 by Mattress Nation

The July 4th sale at Mattress Nation has already begun! Save up to $800 on select Stearns & Foster adjustable mattress sets, up to $400 on Sealy hybrid adjustable mattress sets, and get $500 off Tempur-Pedic's Breeze mattress.

Visit us at 296 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey or schedule a video appointment on our website. Mattress Nation is locally owned and operated.

What are your rights as a tenant or property owner under Monterey County’s Eviction Moratorium? ECHO Housing is offering free weekly webinars that will walk you through local and state protections, resources for tenants and property owners, and more.

Live webinars are scheduled on Thursday, June 25 and Thursday, July 2, at 5:30pm. Advance registration required. Please sign up online here for June 25 and here for July 2.

ECHO Housing is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency. ECHO's goal is to promote equal access in housing and provide support services which aid in the prevention of homelessness and promote permanent housing conditions. Learn more about ECHO's events and services on their website.

Haute Beauty Guide is the home of skin care services, lash extensions, and a great little retail store full of skin care items, home decor, and fun stuff for kids! And it just so happens that owner, Doran, has a ton of new baby, toddler, and kids' gear coming in every day.

Take, for example, these kid-sized teepees, which are made in Redding, California. Doran's daughter thinks it's the best place to read books to her stuffed animals. The first batch sold out but more will arrive next week.

You can purchase this and many other wonderful things at Haute Beauty Guide's retail shop, located at 71 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey, or buy it on Haute Beauty Guide's online store.

Old Monterey SIP Mall...Updated!

Posted on June 24th, 2020 by omba

Retail in Downtown Old Monterey is now open for in-store visitors, but there continue to be additional shopping options available during the pandemic. We invite you to check out our newly-updated SIP Mall!

All the stores listed in the SIP Mall offer shopping either online or over the phone plus no-contact curbside pick-up, delivery, and/or shipping. And now we feature even more retailers. It’s shelter-in-place shopping with all the local stores you love!

Recently, Monterey County Health Department has lifted more business restrictions. We are happy to report that nail salons, tattoo parlors, fitness studios, skin care spas, wax bars, and massage therapy studios are now permitted to open for business.

As reopening a business with many new safety protocols during a pandemic can be challenging, we encourage you to contact your beauty or personal care provider to see when they're reopening and make your appointment.

And remember: when visiting the Lighthouse District, please maintain physical distancing and wear a face mask. (Be a hero!)

Recently, Monterey County Health Department has lifted more business restrictions. We are happy to report that fitness studios, skin care spas, nail salons, wax bars, tattoo parlors, and massage therapy studios are now permitted to open for business. Likewise, hotels are now able to welcome visitors for tourism.

As reopening a business with many new safety protocols during a pandemic can be challenging, we encourage you to contact your beauty or personal service provider to see when they're reopening and make your appointment.

Welcome back to Downtown Old Monterey! When visiting, please remember to maintain physical distancing and wear a face mask. (Be a hero!)

Om Studios Has Reopened

Posted on June 23rd, 2020 by Om Studios

Om Studios, located at 631 Cass Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is happy to announce that we've reopened! We’ve made lots of modifications to ensure the safest possible environment for our Om students and staff. Here are some of the steps we're taking:

Due to strict social distancing guidelines, our yoga class capacity will be 10 students and Pilates class capacity will be 5 students. Our barre studio is a smaller space, so we are still working on adding barre classes back in slowly. All classes will require online preregistration in order to attend.

We are instituting temperature checks for all staff and students. We are not admitting any student or employee with a temperature over 100.0*F. If you have experienced any Covid-19-like symptoms, we ask that you please stay home and return when you are well.

We are temporarily suspending community rental mats and props - please bring your own props and mat. We are continuing to sanitize floors and surfaces before and after each class with hospital grade disinfectant and we’re keeping the studio squeaky clean.

We will be leaving the front doors open for Pilates classes and the sky light windows open in the yoga room for fresh air flow, so wear layers!

Teachers will not be offering hands-on assists at this time and will be staying at least 6 feet away from students while teaching.

Masks must be worn during check in and in public spaces, but you can take off your mask when you get to your mat.

Any cancellations made less than 4 hours before class time will result in a $25 late cancellation fee or you will lose a class from your class card.

Are you not quite ready to come back to public classes? No problem! We are now offering 4 private sessions a month (one a week) for $75 a session. Your private class can include up to three students so you can share pricing with a family member or close friend. Please e-mail us to schedule a recurring appointment for your private session.

Principal Beauty has reopened and moved our studio to 479 Pacific Street, Suite 2. At Principal Beauty, owner Mariam Shatilova and her team offer lash extensions, lash refills, lash extension removal, lash care, facials, professional makeup application, and makeup lessons. The safety of clients is their top priority. To make an appointment, please phone 831-200-3237, or visit the website.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium will be reopening on Monday, July 13, 2020. Tickets go on sale July 1. Get ready to fall in love all over again with favorite places like the Open Sea and Kelp Forest — you won't believe how much the kelp has grown!

We've also made some changes to help keep everyone safe and healthy while you have an awesome day at the Aquarium. Here's what to expect:

Choose your date and time
To limit the number of people inside the Aquarium, both Aquarium members and the general public need to reserve tickets on our website for a specific date and entry time. Tickets will not be available at the Main Entrance.

Wear a face covering
All guests must wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose. (We've got otterly amazing masks available for purchase if you need one.) Children ages two and under and those with a medical condition that prevents them from doing so are exempt.

Stay 6 feet away
You must stay at least six feet away from other guests in other parties and Aquarium staff at all times. We're limiting total capacity to help guests keep their distance.

Keep your hands clean
We’ve installed additional sanitizing stations throughout the Aquarium so you can lather as often as you like.

Go with the flow
Everyone will move through the Aquarium in one direction. We'll be putting some of our play areas, feedings, touch pools, and auditorium programs "on paws" (get it?) for now. You'll still be able to enjoy our animals and exhibits — including the amazing views and fresh air from our oceanfront decks.

On behalf of all your old friends — the octopus, sea otters, penguins and more — we can't wait to sea you soon! View more information here.

Are you rocking the new Kalletka gear yet? These designs are fantastic! Kalletka is a locally owned (Santa Cruz) company born from thousands of hours spent roaming on or under the ocean. This is a small company held closely by a community of divers, fisherman, and water-oriented people.

Now Bamboo Reef Dive Shop is proudly carrying Kaletka's shirts, sweatshirts, hats, beanies, and stickers! Visit us at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey to check them out. We also have Kaletka fleece hoodies available on our website.

This week was the week we were expecting Santa Clara County to announce that our salons, barber shops, gyms, and other personal services would be allowed to join the re-opening. As you may have heard, that didn't happen.

The Coronavirus caseload in Santa Clara County and in California in general has not only failed to shrink enough for high touch services like salons, gyms, and spas to re-open, the numbers are trending in the wrong direction.

We need to ask everyone to do their part to help push down the spread of Covid-19. Please wear a face mask in addition to continuing to keep your social distance when you're around non-family members. There has been growing evidence in recent months that face masks are effective in curtailing the spread of Covid-19.

It's also worthwhile to note that in numerous countries where wearing face masks is a common practice, people have been able to go get haircuts, massages, and workouts weeks and months ago. Those countries took different approaches toward controlling their outbreaks, but the one thing they had in common was that people wore face masks to reduce the spread of disease.

As of June 18th 2020, the state of California has expanded its face mask mandate to include when you are:

  • Waiting in line or waiting to enter any indoor public space

  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible

It was already previously required that you must have a face mask on whenever you are inside a place of business. The key change that affects Downtown Campbell is that you now must also be wearing a face mask even outdoors if you are likely to be closer than 6 feet away from other people.

Last week, we asked you to wear a face mask anytime you're in Downtown Campbell. As some of our restaurants have re-opened for patio dining service, people have eagerly come back to enjoy their evenings in Downtown Campbell and it's getting a little too cozy for comfort at times.

We really appreciate you coming out to support our restaurants and retailers, but we really need you to do a better of job of wearing your face masks when you're here. We know you've got them because you put them on when you enter shops as required. Now we'd like to ask you to leave them on because we keep seeing too many people who are too close and are not wearing masks.

We also want you to help us set a good example for all the other downtowns on how to strike a balance between enjoying life and being conscientious of public health and safety during a pandemic. Sure, you're probably not sick, but if you wear a mask and everyone else wears a mask in Downtown Campbell, it's likely that collectively you will have convinced a few people who actually were sick to put a mask on.

Lots of people probably do not know that California's mask mandate has expanded and most people who will come to Downtown Campbell in the next week will never read this message. They're never going to see any of our requests for them to put a mask on, but they will notice if you are wearing a mask.

So please wear a mask! We need your help to make Downtown Campbell safe for more people to enjoy and help push the infection rate down so our salons and spas can get back in action.

Why Wear a Face Mask?

Face masks are not impenetrable barriers to viruses, but they don't have to be to reduce the chances that you will give someone else Covid-19 or get it from someone else. They only need to stop enough virus from getting through to prevent diseases from being transmitted from person to person. They're especially good at stopping any outbound viruses from the wearer.

This is because respiratory droplets that can carry huge amounts of viral...Read More

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Red Cross Blood Drives at El Estero Park: July - November 2020

Posted on June 19th, 2020 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey and the American Red Cross have five blood drives scheduled at El Estero Park Center at 777 Pearl Street in Monterey:

Wednesday, July 1
Wednesday, August 26
Wednesday, September 23
Wednesday, October 28
Tuesday, November 17

To donate blood on any of these dates, please schedule your appointment online here or call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Because of Covid-19, no walk-in appointments will be accepted - you must schedule your appointment in advance.

The City of Monterey and the American Red Cross have five monthly blood drives scheduled at El Estero Park Center at 777 Pearl Street in Monterey:

Wednesday, July 1
Wednesday, August 26
Wednesday, September 23
Wednesday, October 28
Tuesday, November 17

To donate blood on any of these dates, please schedule your appointment online here or call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Because of Covid-19, no walk-in appointments will be accepted - you must schedule your appointment in advance.

Code Ninjas Monterey is holding free Overwatch e-sports league tryouts for the Monterey Bay Whales fall season team on August 15 and 22, 2pm-5pm. It's an amazing opportunity for children ages 8-14 with a passion for fun, friendly, and cooperative gaming. No prior experience is necessary.

Overwatch is an online multiplayer e-sports game played on the PC. The league is approved for ages 8-14. Twelve players will receive an invite after our tryouts. Players will receive team jerseys and team swag. League pricing will be explained during tryouts.

The season will run 8 weeks, including a 2-week playoff. Games will be played each Saturday or Sunday, August - October, 2020. HP-Omen Gaming Laptops are provided, and are the preferred sponsor of the Overwatch Professional League. Parent involvement is highly encouraged. Teams will be coached by Center Director Julian Torres, and Sensei Bogdan Grots.

If you have questions please email us or phone us at 831-200-3924. You can sign up for a free tryout online. Code Ninjas is located at 469 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Free Meals for Children in Need at Local Schools this Summer

Posted on June 18th, 2020 by lighthouseave

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is offering grab-and-go student meals for youth age 18 years and younger, Mondays through Fridays, June 8 - July 24 (except July 3). Students do not need to be present at pick-up. Please practice social distancing while picking up meals.

Pick-up locations, Mon-Fri, 10am-12pm:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School of the Arts
Marshall Elementary
Marina Vista Elementary
Los Arboles Middle
Seaside High

Pick-up locations, Mon-Fri, 10:30am-12:30pm:
La Mesa Elementary...Read More

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