Stay socially distanced from your stove and get out of your hot house by getting an outdoor table at one of our restaurants this Labor Day Weekend.

Don't forget that this Labor Day Weekend is your last chance to enter our "August" drawing round for prizes. All you have to do is email a copy of your receipt to [email protected] and we'll enter you into our upcoming prize drawing for gift cards.

Retail receipts for this round of our giveaway are worth DOUBLE....Read More

On Tuesday we will begin our 2020-2021 season at Dance Effects.

It's not the same as it was last year and that's okay. Our staff has worked so hard to bring you dance during these uncertain times and we greatly appreciate our families.

You've stuck with us and have been so understanding. Here's to a new season. Let us overcome anything that comes our way together.

Dance Effects will be continuing with virtual dance instructions online as well as holding limited enrollment classes in-studio.

Free Meals for Children in Need at Local Schools, Fall 2020

Posted on September 3rd, 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, 12pm-2pm. Students' names and IDs are no longer needed and students do not need to be present at pick-up. Please practice social distancing while picking up meals.

Families should complete the Free and Reduced Meal Application Form to ensure the district has their information on file. Click here to complete the application if you have not already done so.

Pick-up locations, Mon-Fri, 12pm-2pm:
Del Rey Woods Elementary
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School of the Arts
Highland Elementary
Ione Olson Elementary
J.C. Crumpton Elementary
La Mesa Elementary
Los Arboles Middle
Marina Vista Elementary
Marshall Elementary
MLK School of the Arts
Monte Vista Elementary
Monterey High
Ord Terrace Elementary
Seaside High
Seaside Middle...Read More

Weekends at Pearl Hour: Ad Astra Pop-Up

Posted on September 3rd, 2020 by Pearl Hour

Every weekend, Friday-Sunday, Pearl Hour is serving up delicious food and cocktails to ages 21 and over on our back patio at 214 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. September 4-6 and 11-13, our culinary partner will be Ad Astra Bread Co. of Seaside, serving up their amazing flatbreads with the option of PigWizard meat upgrades. Cash only.

The hours of our weekend pop-up restaurant and cocktail service are: Friday, 5pm-12am, and Saturday and Sunday, 2pm-12am. To see all the great offerings at Pearl Hour during the week, please click here.

On The Beach Surf Shop now carries women's clothing by Quiksilver including shirts, hoodies, and pants! Come and check it out at our shop, 693 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. On The Beach is locally owned and operated.

As the most iconic surf brand that has pioneered generations of progression and innovation, Quiksilver has been delivering the best of the best to surfers everywhere since 1969. What started as a company simply rooted in surf lifestyle has evolved into an influential brand that provides high quality fashion for those seeking performance and comfort in the world of adventure sports.

Mattress Nation Labor Day Sale

Posted on September 3rd, 2020 by Mattress Nation

Over Labor Day weekend, locally-owned Mattress Nation is offering some great deals at their showroom at 296 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. Stop by or visit Matress Nation online to learn all the latest.

Labor Day Weekend Savings:
*Up To $800 off select adjustable sets from Stearns & Foster
*Up to $500 off select adjustable sets from Tempur-Pedic
*Up to $400 off select adjustable sets from Sealy
*Free box spring with purchase of a King Koil mattress
*Get $399 of free accessories (mattress protector, sheet set, pillows) with your purchase of a Nectar mattress

Melville Tavern is serving up brunch on Labor Day Weekend, September 5-7, 10am-3pm. That's right, folks: it's three days of bottomless mimosas! But there's great food, too, including chicken and waffles, eggs Benedict, croque monsieur, and huevos rancheros, all available for patio dining and take-out. Located at 484 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey, you can make a reservation on our website or call us at 831-643-9525.

Looking for something a little more like lunch or dinner? We're also serving our regular lunch and dinner menu, 12pm-8pm, which includes wood-fired pizzas, burgers, pastas, sandwiches, and salads. We love to keep everyone happy and well-fed.

Shelley Bennett Skincare, located at 588 Houston Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is now open for in-store retail shopping by appointment - please phone 831-324-4611. All of Shelley Bennett's own line of skincare products, Caudalie's full line of products, and Image Skincare's clinical line are also available on her website. No-contact curbside pick-up and free local delivery are available.

For a limited time, esthetician Shelley Bennett is offering free 10-15 minute consultations, including what ingredients and steps are most important for your unique skin plus tips and tricks to have a results driven, easy, home skincare regimen. Please call 831-324-4611 for an appointment.

Shelley Bennett has worked for many luxury spas including The Spa at Pebble Beach, The Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, and Le Merigot Hotel and Spa in Santa Monica. She trained at Hotel George V in Paris, France.

Code Ninjas invites you to join us in celebrating National Video Game Day on September 12, 10am-2pm, at our studio at 469 Pacific Street in Monterey. This is a free community event for all gamers ages 7-15. Please sign up online.

Prizes will be awarded to winning Overwatch Teams. All matches will be live streamed, and our National Champion JV Squad, the Monterey Whales, will defend their title at 2pm against the Hanover Horde.

Code Ninjas is making the hugely popular eSports platform Overwatch accessible to kids ages 7-15. Our philosophy is to foster meaningful relationships and good sportsmanship through mentoring, teamwork, and collaboration while our youth engage in the games they love.

All Monterey Beaches Closed Labor Day Weekend, September 4-7

Posted on August 31st, 2020 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey has announced the temporary closure of all beaches in Monterey, September 4-7, 2020. Only water activities and ocean access are permitted. Beach use is not permitted. Violators subject to fines.

Labor Day Weekend has historically drawn large crowds to the Monterey Bay Area. Anticipating a high volume of beachgoers in the region and overcrowding on the beaches, the City of Monterey has decided to close beaches to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Water activities are allowed. This means that activities such as swimming, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, and kayaking are permitted. The beach may only be used to provide access to the ocean.

Beach use is not allowed. This prohibits groups, walking, jogging, sunbathing, picnicking, and sitting at all beaches in Monterey.

Bamboo Reef Dive Shop will host a beginner freediving course over assorted weekends, October - December and will be joining forces with Oregon Freedive Company to host two special National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) freedive courses for intermediate students and aspiring instructors in Monterey.

Please call the shop for more information or to sign up for any of our freediving classes, 831-372-1685. Bamboo Reef is located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

NAUI Freedive Courses

Beginner Freediver - Level 1
Some Weekends, October 10 - December 13
Cost: $425 plus $75 course materials

Intermediate Freediver - Level 2
Dates: September 29 - October 2
Cost: $750

Freedive Instructor Workshop
Dates: October 5-12
Cost: $1650

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) representatives are available to assist Monterey County fire victims with registration for FEMA assistance from August 30 - September 5, 10am-8pm, and September 6-12, 10am-6pm at Monterey Conference Center, located at One Portola Plaza in Downtown Old Monterey. They are joined by representatives from the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Department of Motor Vehicles, and Congressman Panetta's office to offer assistance to fire victims.

Applicants can apply for FEMA assistance by visiting this website, downloading the app to a smartphone or tablet, or phoning 1-800-621-3362. For more information, please read the CalOES/FEMA news release.

Venture Gallery presents a show by Sherree Anderson, our featured artist for September. We invite you to come and view her beautiful ocean scenes of the Monterey Peninsula. Venture Gallery is now open for in-store shopping Thursdays - Sundays, 10am-6pm.

Sherree was chosen as the recipient of the 2020 Professional Artist Award from the Arts Council of Monterey County and has won several art awards throughout the years for her oil paintings. She paints in a realistic style, whether en plein air or in her studio. She is the current Director of Venture Gallery and President of the Central Coast Art Association.

Sherree Anderson's artwork will be featured through September 2020. Venture Gallery is located at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Visit our website to shop online for work by our local artists.

Haute Beauty Guide's retail shop is about more than beauty products - we also carry fun, enriching activities for children! We're now ready for back to school time with messy play sensory kits, STEM projects, crayons, and fun art projects. Stop by the shop at 71 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey or check out our inventory and order online.

Fans of Fieldwork Brewing Co. in Monterey, we are extremely excited to announce that we have re-opened our Beer Garden for patio dining at 560 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey!

To go along with all the fresh beer we serve, we are introducing a new food menu featuring sweet and savory Fieldwork Waffles designed by our Culinary Director, Jeffrey Amber. Our new hours are Sunday - Thursday, 12pm-9pm, and Friday - Saturday, 12pm-10pm.

In addition, we continue to offer both curbside pick-up and home delivery of select 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and 32 oz. crowlers. Please place your order for pick-up or delivery on our website.

Corner Pocket
waffle with sesame seeds, zatar, smoked salt, pepitas and topped with hummus
Take 5
waffle with braised chicken, bacon, gruyere cheese and topped with hot honey
waffle with braised pork, black beans, cotija and topped with chipotle aioli
Delivery Boy
waffle with pepperoni, mozzarella, olive/jalapeno tapenade, topped with parmesan, red chili flakes and Fieldwork ranch....Read More

Monday through Thursday at Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill, if you buy a 4-pack of beer you can purchase one of our signature pizzas to-go for only $10. It's a pretty rad duo if you ask us. We're really excited about our new pizza dough, made fresh in-house. Visit us at 426 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.