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Monterey Trolley Returns on July 3, 2021

Posted on June 18th, 2021 by lighthouseave

The Monterey trolley is returning soon! This free service will operate July 3 - September 6, 10am-6pm daily. Park in the Downtown Monterey or Cannery Row garages or at the Waterfront lot and get a free ride to all of your favorite attractions including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, the Lighthouse District, Downtown Old Monterey, and Old Fisherman's Wharf.

Avoid the hassles of driving to each location and finding places to park - let the trolley give you a fast, convenient and free ride. Look for the green MST Trolley signs to board along the route.

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Cypress Boutique Monterey has recently received a beautiful collection of colorful women's clothing perfect for summer weather. We have sundresses, maxi skirts, flowing tops, and dresses for all occasions! Visit us at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C in Monterey and let us help you find your next favorite outfit.

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Incense at Lilify

Posted on June 17th, 2021 by Lilify

Did you know that Lilify carries hand crafted, small batch incense sticks? They have a variety of scents made by Juniper Ridge in California, Sea of Roses in Oregon, and HEWN in Pennsylvania. Right now, they are enjoying the newest release by HEWN, Worlds End, which blends cedar, Scots pine, and rosemary. Visit Lilify at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey or place your order online.

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California Finest CBD Depot, located at 800 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, now carries Charlotte's Web products for dogs, featuring full-spectrum hemp CBD extract. The products include 17mg CBD drops, Calming chews (including valerian root, passionflower extract, and chamomile), and Hip and Joint chews (including glucosamine, turmeric, and chondroitin).

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More Prizes Available for Getting Vaccinated for Covid-19

Posted on June 17th, 2021 by lighthouseave

The State of California is continuing its incentive program to get as many people as possible vaccinated for Covid-19. On July 1, 2021, all Californians over age 18 who have received the vaccine will be entered into a drawing to receive one of six dream vacations (including hotels, food, and entertainment for up to four people plus $2000 for expenses). Read details here.

Those vacations look fun - they include a chance to see the Giants play in San Francisco, enjoy a spa in Palm Springs, say hi to Mickey at Disneyland in Anaheim, watch the Lakers play in Los Angeles, or learn to surf in San Diego.

Want to find out where to get a free Covid-19 vaccine? Find a location here.

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Monterey County Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Posted on June 17th, 2021 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey has announced that the Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program has reopened with more funding. Monterey residents who need help paying rent due to economic hardship caused by the pandemic can call United Way by dialing 211, or learn more about eligibility and apply online. Please note: this county-wide program is also open to residents of other Monterey County cities.

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By now, all of you have probably heard that California reopened on June 15. You may be asking: what does that mean?

It means that most, but not all, Covid-19 related public health orders have been lifted for all the lucky people who've been vaccinated. For people who haven't been vaccinated, the new rules are somewhat relaxed, but remain similar to what they were before.

As of June 15, businesses in Monterey's Lighthouse District no longer have any capacity limits and most are not required to enforce masking and social distancing for anyone who's been vaccinated, Keep in mind that they can still request that everyone wear a mask while on their premises.

If a business is still requiring everyone to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, they surely have a good reason for doing so. Please remember that each small business is run by someone who has a family and is dealing with challenges that you can't see. While we're all thrilled to be starting the return to normal, the reality is that for people operating shops, restaurants, and services, things are still a long way from normal. 2021 is going to be a year of transition.

Please help us this year by being your most compassionate and understanding self. If wearing a mask is not something you're willing to do, just take your money to another business until their rules change.

What if you want to keep wearing a mask? If you're vaccinated but still want to wear a mask, that's your business. You're allowed to do that regardless of what other people are doing around you.

What if you want to get vaccinated for Covid-19? Now is a great time to get vaccinated - there are many free vaccine appointments available in Monterey County. Increased vaccination rates protect your physical health as well as our economic health. We simply do not want to return to shutdowns and curfews. Vaccines are the most important tool we have to return California to a vibrant, growing, and healthy economy. Anda!

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Every Saturday morning at 8:45am, Epicenter Cycling invites you to join a mountain bike workshop and guided ride at Fort Ord led by Angie Scarlett, a certified personal trainer and certified mountain bike level 1 skills instructor. We'll focus on a new fundamental skill each week plus teach you bike maintenance and give fitness and nutrition tips.

All are welcome! Reservations are required so we can bring more guides if necessary. Fee is $15 per person. Please register and learn more about our workshops on Eventbrite - we're listed under "Community Mountain Bike Workshop and Guided Ride."

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Are you looking for a gift for Dad for Father's Day? Stop by Fashion Trade Boutique, located at 554 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. We carry a variety of retro and vintage t-shirts for men and women. (Including this lucky find by a recent customer, who found a rare Rolling Stones shirt designed by Gerald Scarfe on our racks.)

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Monterey's locally-owned Escape Room 831 is now open at 599 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey and we have some wonderfully fun, creative rooms available for you!

Have you visited Alice's Dream? This beautifully decorated, fun, and challenging escape room, featuring murals by local artist Bryan Gage, immerses you in the magical world of Lewis Carroll's beloved character, Alice, and the many friends she meets during her adventures in Wonderland.

In Alice's Dream, you’ve come to a hotel located in the former house of Lewis Carroll. It’s late. You’re tired. But be sure to catch the tail of the White Rabbit and think about how you’ll get out once you climb into the hole.

Reservations are required, and all reservations are for private groups only. No walk-ins are accepted at this time. Our staff leaves one hour between bookings to clean each room, and everyone in your party must wear a face mask at all times. Ready to sign up? Please visit our website.

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Be honest...have you brought your diving gear in for service lately? If Covid-19 has kept you out of the water for the past year, you're not alone, but remember that Scuba gear is life-saving equipment and it's important to get it serviced every year whether it gets wet or not. Make sure things are in tip-top shape before your next dive!

Bamboo Reef Dive Shop, located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, invites you to bring your gear into the shop or send it in by mail for servicing. Learn more about our gear service program here.

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Planning on grabbing a bite to eat at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Cafe? The Cafe, located inside the Aquarium, is open for dine-in meals 10am-4:30pm. Seating is available only to patrons of the Cafe, and has been reconfigured to maintain physical distancing.

Now there are two new ways to order food at the Cafe. Guests visiting onsite will be able to order via their mobile device or via our new kiosk touch screens. Even better, the entire process is cashless, making ordering your favorite meals and snacks even more convenient.

Please note: no outside food or drink may be consumed inside the Aquarium. View a sample Cafe menu here.

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On The Beach Surf Shop now has new OTIS sunglasses in stock. This eco-friendly eyewear uses scratch-resistant mineral glass lenses sourced from elements such as sand and soda ash instead of plastic, and OTIS's line of eco-acetate frames are made from renewable resources such as cottonseeds and plant matter.

Come check them out! On The Beach is located at 693 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Are you still washing your hands? Good. Do it in style with beautiful, all-natural artisan soaps handmade in Monterey by Eclipse Creations, now available at Catalyst Consignment.

Catalyst, located at 801 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite A in Monterey, has a large selection of scented soaps available. Shop owner Cortina's two favorite scents so far are Lavender Sea Moss and Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey. Stop by today and pick some up - your skin will thank you.

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Cypress Boutique Monterey is happy to announce that we now carry men's clothing from Jachs NY. Come and check out our selection at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C in Monterey.

Founded in 2008, Jachs NY epitomizes intricate attention to detail and a blend of the classic and modern. Starting with custom fabrics and ending with contemporary, versatile designs, each piece is unique. From classic outerwear to everyday shirts, chinos, and sweaters, Jachs NY makes essentials for daily life and adventures.

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Pearl Hour invites you to join us for Lions and Pearls, an evening celebrating Sri Lankan cuisine and spirits. This pop-up engagement on June 9 at 7pm will feature Jasmine Senaveratna, a restaurant professional who loves storytelling and curating experiences.

The four cocktails for this evening will open up a conversation about arrack, distilled from the sap of the coconut flower, and the people who make this spirit. The cocktails will be paired with four Sri Lankan dishes. Imagine this experience as an outdoor house party with music and food for thought.

Fee is $125 per person. Seating is limited. Please reserve your table on our website. Pearl Hour is located at 214 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Recycled Records will once again participate in Record Store Day. This year there are two days to celebrate - June 12 and July 17 - each with their own special vinyl releases available that day only. On June 12, there will be 30 special releases plus a variety of albums dropping in our New Arrivals bin.

We will open at 10am on June 12 - don't miss it! Our store is located at 604 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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