The Joseph Boston Store is celebrating "Everything Lavender" April 25 - May 19, 2019. Come to our shop at 210 Olivier Street in Old Monterey and find products made with lavender by local artisans. These include balsamic paired with lemon extra virgin olive oil, Herbs of Provence with lavender, lemon/lavender spritzer, strawberry/lavender jam, lavender soaps, lavender room sprays, lavender sachets, lavender home decor, lavender cookbooks, and more. Let the fun begin!

The Joseph Boston Store is open every week, Thursday - Sunday, 11am-3pm.

Below are the showtimes for Osio Theater, April 26 - May 2, 2019. Osio, a nonprofit movie theater dedicated to independent, foreign, and art films, is located at 350 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey. Purchase advance tickets on our website.

Sun at 10:30am

Cat Video Fest is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and classic internet powerhouses. It's a joyous communal experience, only available in theaters. Proceeds from this screening will benefit Golden Oldies Cat Rescue. Watch the trailer.

Thurs at 7:30pm

In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Emily finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst's most bizarre love triangle. Watch the trailer.

Weekdays at 2:45pm, 5pm, 7:15pm
Sat & Sun at 12:15pm, 2:45pm, 5pm, 7:15pm

For Diane, everyone else comes first. Generous but with little patience for self-pity, she spends her days checking in on sick friends, volunteering at her local soup kitchen, and trying valiantly to save her troubled, drug-addicted adult son from himself. But beneath her relentless routine of self-sacrifice, Diane is fighting a desperate internal battle, haunted by a past she can’t forget and which threatens to tear her increasingly chaotic world apart. This is a beautifully human portrait of a woman rifling through the wreckage of her life in search of redemption. Watch the trailer.

Daily at 3pm, 6pm

Kate is career-focused and enjoys her life that way. Her brash attitude keeps relationships at arm's length, making her an outcast in her own right. When her estranged brother calls asking her to babysit her tween niece Maddie, Kate reluctantly agrees to help. But babysitting overnight unexpectedly turns into a week, and Kate's life spins into chaos. As Maddie reveals stories of being bullied and of wanting to run away and be a Juggalo, the two form a unique, and comic, bond. Watch the trailer.

Weekdays at 2:30pm, 5:
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Turn the standard Happy Hour into a Healthy Hour at Jacks Monterey! Sit in the beautiful tree lined atrium or outside on the newly renovated terrace while enjoying a Ketel One Botanical Cocktail and a selection of Chef Danny Abbruzzese’s healthy eats. Healthy Hour specials are available daily at Jacks Monterey, 5pm-6pm. Join us inside Portola Hotel & Spa, Two Portola Plaza in Old Monterey.

Ketel One Botanical Cocktail $12
served with soda & fruit garnish
Grapefruit & Rose | Peach & Orange Blossom | Cucumber & Mint

Hummus & Organic Veggies $10
served with grilled flat bread

Bo Ssam Wrap $12
grilled chicken, butter lettuce, thai basil sesame sauce...Read More

2-Hour Free Parking for Monterey Residents with Permit

Posted on April 24th, 2019 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey offers a parking program which allows Monterey residents, displaying the proper decal permit, a maximum of two hours of free parking, per day, per parking facility. The decals are honored in the Cannery Row Garage (at Foam & Prescott), the Waterfront Attendant Lot (at Washington & Del Monte), and the Downtown West Garage, (at Franklin & Tyler, does not include time limit zones).

A Resident parking permit decal can be obtained at the Parking Division Office located at 340 Tyler Street, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm. To be considered a resident, a person must reside within the City of Monterey and provide written proof of residency (utility bill, rental agreement) and current DMV vehicle registration (registered to the resident). These documents must be brought with the resident to obtain their decal. All active military personnel and their immediate family are eligible for this program - please bring your military ID card and vehicle registration. There is an annual $10 administrative charge for each decal permit. The permit is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

This program cannot be combined with any other special parking program (locals or first hour free) offered by the Parking Division.

This is an excerpt from the Spring 2019 edition of the City of Monterey's publication, City Focus. We encourage you to read the publication in its entirety here.

Call for Public Art - City of Monterey

Posted on April 24th, 2019 by lighthouseave

In 2020, the City of Monterey is celebrating the 250th anniversary of its founding in 1770. To commemorate this historic milestone, the City of Monterey is calling for artists to submit proposals for a mural and sculpture. The unveiling of new and permanent public art will be a part of a series of celebrations in the summer of 2020.

The City of Monterey is looking for memorable, exceptional and timeless pieces that will acknowledge the City's past, present and future by celebrating our historic heritage, cultural diversity, and distinctive environment. Proposed sites will be gateways to Monterey, locations that are visible to millions of pedestrians and passing traffic each year. Proposals submitted must include a scale mockup, in color, with the full development of concept along with production costs.

A selection committee will review qualified proposals and make recommendations to the Museums and Cultural Arts, Park & Recreation and Planning Commissions. Sealed proposals must be received in the Colton Hall Museum, 570 Pacific Street, at Monterey City Hall by Friday, May 24, 2019 by 4pm. An application and more details about the proposal description, locations, and selection process is available online here - look for the application form for the Call for Public Art Mural and Call for Public Art Sculpture or pick them up at Colton Hall Museum, 570 Pacific Street in Monterey.

The unveiling of public art will be a historic and significant moment in Monterey 250 events. These landmarks will inspire generations of Monterey residents and visitors, will enhance and enliven community parks and business districts, and will memorialize a major national milestone.

Lighthouse Avenue Traffic Solutions

Posted on April 24th, 2019 by lighthouseave

From Monterey City Manager Hans Usler:

Our traffic in Monterey reflects the driving habits of our fellow Californians. The Lighthouse - Del Monte corridor represents the center piece of our daily traffic challenges and congestion. Our City Council has been proactive in addressing these issues. We have completed the implementation of a traffic signal adaptive system, which uses the latest technologies to conduct calculations about traffic volumes and traffic signals time every 2.5 minutes. The system does not only react to real time traffic, it is capable of storing traffic history data and from there predicting traffic flow. Our studies show that the adaptive system reduced travel time on Lighthouse Avenue by 10% through a 30% decrease in average delay, and most importantly a 32% reduction in stop and go traffic.

The adaptive system is in place on Lighthouse Avenue between Reeside and Hoffman Avenues and on Del Monte Avenue from English to Washington. Currently, we are installing the system on Lighthouse Avenue between Prescott and David. We also have implemented dozens of other tiny tweaks, which in their total will help ease the traffic flow: improvements to crosswalks, new wayfinding signs, trolley services funded by the City and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, transportation demand management, new bike lanes, etc. I encourage you to check out the various programs listed on the City's Traffic Engineering page.

This is an excerpt from City Manager Hans Uslar's letter in the Spring 2019 edition of the City of Monterey's publication, City Focus. We encourage you to read the publication in its entirety (and Hans's letter on page 2 and 3) here.

Mother's Day is around the corner, and Gasper's Jewelers is now offering our top-selling Ever Lasting Hand Dipped Rose. These real roses dipped in 24 karat gold make a beautiful gift. We also have a wide selection of women's fine jewelry that will be a welcome surprise for any mother. We invite you to visit our store at 447 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey.

Gasper’s Jewelers has provided high quality and creative designs for jewelry and wedding sets since 1989. Custom jewelry is our specialty, but we also carry a full line of lady’s and men’s jewelry, watches, and beautiful Lladro porcelain figurines. In addition, we offer expert jewelry and watch repair and service.

The Monterey Music Store has in stock a wide variety of electric guitars and effects pedals. In terms of guitars, we've got Telecaster, G&L, Suhr, Les Paul, Yamaha, and many more. When it comes to effects pedals, we carry Manhattan, Red Witch, TC Electronic, Voodoo Lab, Octavia, T-REX, Boss, Mojo Vibe, DigiTech, JHS, and too many more to list.

Our music shop is locally owned and operated by knowledgeable professionals who can help you find the right gear for you. Visit us at 425 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey.