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Play Full Ground supports everyone's creative journey to discover his/her full potential and inspires the community through creative activities. And here's how you can support Play Full Ground and keep creativity, vibrancy, and socially-engaged art here, creating a joyful, equitable, and sustainable community in the Monterey Peninsula:

1. Purchase colorful sardine pillows as cheerful gifts for yourself and/or others in this difficult time. The fish come in 3 sizes and prices are $30 for small, $50 for medium, and $80 for large (not including shipping). Please leave a message here.

2. Purchase ocean or farm themed items including t-shirts, tote bags, and strawberry and artichoke-shaped pillows. Please leave a message here.

3. Let Play Full Ground owner Mai Ryuno help you develop your creativity. Mai offers online Personalized Creativity-Based Coaching for a fee to individuals who would like to start working on a creative project or who would like to brainstorm with her to decide on a project.

4. Visit Play Full Ground's YouTube page and watch and/or subscribe. Mai Ryuno has created a fun collection of playful videos during Monterey County's shelter-in-place order. The page needs 4,000 public watch hours in 12 months and 1,000 subscribers to be eligible to earn money from the videos!

5. What else? Contact Mai Ryuno through the Play Full Ground website if you have any creative ideas!

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Locally owned Pixels Graphic Design is ready to help businesses and families during Monterey County's shelter-in-place order. Special products and services are listed below. For more information, including pricing, please visit our website.

Graduation Signs and Banners
We're now offering yard signs and banners for stay at home graduation celebrations. Show your support with a customized sign or banner for your school and graduate.

Sanitation Notices
We now offer light weight and eco-conscience disposable cards, pre-scored and ready to deploy on freshly sanitized tables and counters in the hospitality industry.

To-Go Menus
Pixels will convert a restaurant's current, full-size menu to a to-go size menu and then print them. We're now offering accelerated turnaround on the conversions, reduced cost to convert, and free color paper upgrades.

Vinyl Floor Stickers for Social Distancing
These durable stickers are plastic with a self-adhesive on the bottom. Simply peel-n-stick to indicate social distancing expectations. Available in multiple colors and various sizes.

Contact Pixels
The Pixels team is now available by telephone or virtual appointments during Monterey County's shelter-in-place order. Requests should be sent via email or phone, 831-333-0174. Orders can be picked up by scheduling a time/window. Please inquire about delivery. Pixels is located at 730 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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As we all know, the quarantine has been extended for another month. This is a major life (and lifestyle) change for all of us. Coach Masha at Boxing Strong wants to help you structure your workouts at home with a weekly, authentic Boxing Training Plan.

Check out the free Boxing Training Plan for this week. If this seems longer/harder than you are used to, feel free to only stick to boxing rounds 1 through 6, gradually adding on Agility and Conditioning work.

And if this is the kind of workout routine you're looking for, new Boxing Training Plans are available weekly for $10. They come with a demo video on combinations and drills. If you have any questions, you can reach out and Coach Masha can help you power through your workout. To sign up, please e-mail Masha or give her a call at 831-200-3392.

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The future of Bamboo Reef Dive Shop is around the corner! We're working on converting more and more classes to our online platform, and hope you'll join us. From the comfort of your home, you can attend a number of specialty classes allowing you to explore the underwater world and discover what lies beneath.

Coming soon: Enriched Air Nitrox 32; SSI Marine Ecology; SSI Shark Ecology; SSI Sea Turtle Ecology; and California Fish Identification. Visit our website to learn more about these online classes.

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Lilify's Online Store: Get 15% Off

Posted on April 30th, 2020 by Lilify

Now through May 10, 2020, save 15% off your entire purchase at Lilify's online shop using code "LILIFYLOVE". It's just in time for Mother's Day!

Spending springtime in shelter can be confining. But as we cozy up at home to contain the confusion, we are abundantly aware of the people in our lives who show us constant kindness and care. Our teachers, our therapists, our trainers, our essential workers healing our hurting world, our dearest friends, our dearest family, our mothers, our mother-figures, and ourselves. We invite you to acknowledge these caregivers with a little Lilify love.

At Lilify's online shop, we offer soaps and lotions, candles, jewelry, locally handmade aprons, fashion and accessories, and homeware.

We wish you wellness amid this spring – a time of year, even during these tricky times, abundant and abloom.

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Hey there, true believers! Current Comics has just added 300+ back issues to our store website, including lots of X-Men from the 1960s. Visit our website, choose the Monterey store, then click the "Back Issue: Rare" category to see them all and to make your purchase online.

At the website, you'll also be able to order all the current issues, graphic novels, and Funko POP action figures on our store shelves. And we'll ship it to you wherever you are. Because who doesn't need a little fun right now?!

Monterey County: Face Coverings Required in Public

Posted on April 29th, 2020 by lighthouseave

The Monterey County Health Officer announced on April 28, 2020, that all people over age 12 must wear face masks or face coverings in public beginning at 12:01am on Thursday, April 30, 2020. (Parents and guardians please note: children age 2 and under MUST NOT wear face coverings.)

Reusable cloth face masks are encouraged! The use of medical masks, such as N-95 respirators and surgical masks, are discouraged because there is a shortage of those in the marketplace and health care workers and first responders need them.

Read online all about face coverings in Monterey County! Links are below to documents in English and Spanish.

Face Coverings: Frequently Asked Questions - English
Face Coverings: The Full Order in English

Cubreboca / Máscara: Preguntas Frecuentes y Respuestas - Español
Cubreboca / Máscara: La Orden en Español...Read More

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Taqueria del Mar has recently reopened for take-out and pick-up orders! Whether you're a fan of the squid burrito, the chicken enchilada, the fish sope, or the artichoke taco, it's great news. Give them a call at 831-372-7887.

Head cook Nicholas Gasca has worked at Taqueria Del Mar since 1988 and became the owner in 1996. This is truly a small, family-run establishment that's been feeding New Monterey and its guests for decades at 530 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Great news, fans of vintage fashion - Cat's Meow now has an online store! The doors to the brick-and-mortar store are temporarily closed because of Monterey County's shelter-in-place order, but select items are now available for purchase on Poshmark. Owner Melinda Collis has an eye for finding great clothing and accessories - keep an eye on that webpage for some fantastic looks and very good deals.

Cat’s Meow is the only vintage clothing store in Monterey that serves both local and international customers, assisting in all wardrobe requests. Clients include directors, theater, photographers, party event planners, vintage dealers, and walk in customers. The store, located at 601 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, is internationally known for its rarity of product coupled with its quality; a brick and mortar store that provides a unique shopping ambiance for all independent fashion for men and women alike.

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Are your kids climbing the walls after more than a month of shelter-in-place? Turn them over to Coach Masha of Boxing Strong every Wednesday at 12pm, when she'll lead them in a free boxing class conducted live on Zoom. Contact Masha for more information.

Masha Cavazos is a former competitive fighter and the 2017 NCBA West Coast Champion (139-lb fight class) and the 2015 Silver Medalist (132-lb fight class); she is a USA Boxing-Certified Coach and a National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC) Certified Personal Trainer.

She is the founder and owner of Boxing Strong, based in New Monterey, and she brings her boxing and training experience to her diverse range of clients with their various fitness and athletic goals. She is also the proud mom of a teenager.

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Do you miss shopping at Cat's Meow, located at 601 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey? Yeah, we do, too. But while we're staying home in Monterey County to flatten the Covid-19 curve, you can still support Cat's Meow and help owner Melinda Collis pay the bills by purchasing Meow Money gift tokens, which you can spend when Cat's Meow re-opens its doors.

Buy some Meow Money for yourself, for your best friend, for that nice person next door! Just e-mail Melinda.

Cat’s Meow is only vintage clothing store in Monterey that serves both local and international customers, assisting in all wardrobe requests. Clients include directors, theater, photographers, party event planners, vintage dealers, and walk in customers. Cat’s Meow is internationally known for its rarity of product coupled with its quality; a brick and mortar store that provides a unique shopping ambiance for all independent fashion for men and women alike.

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Got fish pictures? Bamboo Reef Dive Shop is working on finishing our online California Fish ID Course and needs the local dive community's help with photos of our local fish-friends of Monterey.

We need photos of Rockfish, Perch, Hexagrammidae, Damselfish, Wrasses, Sharks, Rays, Sculpin, Seabass, Flatfish, and many others we see while diving. For the full list, please click here.

Have some photos you’d like to share? Please send all photos & inquiries to Adam at Bamboo Reef.

Photos that end up in the Bamboo Reef Fish ID Course will be credited and, as a small thank-you, photographers will receive $5 of store credit per photo. Thank you for your help!

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Raising Funds to Purchase Meals for Front Line Heroes

Posted on April 21st, 2020 by lighthouseave

The Sabu Shake Sr. Memorial Foundation is teaming up with Montage Health Foundation and Zoë Carter, Director of Operations at the Monterey County Business Council, to raise funds to purchase meals at Monterey Peninsula restaurants for healthcare workers and first responders.

Your tax-deductible donations will directly support local restaurants and show appreciation and care for our local frontline heroes!

To donate, please visit the website of the Sabu Shake Memorial Foundation or mail a check to:
Sabu Shake Sr. Memorial Foundation
P.O. Box 1951
Monterey, CA 93942

If you would like to be part of this effort, please email [email protected].

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Did you know that The Perfect Crumb Bakery makes our own quiche? It's great for breakfast or dinner, and it's all made from scratch right here. Buttery, flaky, egg-filled: it's everything you want in a decadent shelter-in-place meal.

Give us a call at 831-241-6269 and order in advance for curbside pick-up. We're located at 301 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Forward Together Initiative: Monterey County Behavioral Health

Posted on April 15th, 2020 by lighthouseave

In times of great stress, social connection has proven to be the greatest source of strength and healing. We are all impacted from stresses created by COVID-19.

Monterey County Behavioral Health has developed the Forward Together Initiative, featuring a variety of opportunities in English and Spanish for social connection, information sharing, and live discussions over phone and video chat. Topics include mindfulness, self care, and parenting, as well as ways to connect and resources for educators, teens, new moms, and seniors.

The page features resources by category as well as a calendar of online / phone events in English and Spanish. Check it out!

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Anxiety. Intense worries that you can’t control, those are cognitive distortions. They turn into panic attacks complete with heart palpitations, shaking, and or sweating. This can be debilitating for the person experiencing the anxiety, causing their quality of life to dwindle.

In this online workshop, The Big Fight: Conquering Anxiety, taught by Safira and presented by Boxing Strong on Instagram Live on April 22 at 6pm, you will learn how to identify your own thoughts, correct cognitive distortions, reclaim your power, and learn four tips for taking action when anxiety strikes in the moment. Learn about Safira here.

There is no quick fix for anxiety, and it may feel like an uphill battle. By gaining awareness of what causes your symptoms, you can manage them more quickly. You may find some of these suggestions will work for you right away and others may have no effect at all. The key to success is to keep trying.

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