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Who has the equipment and expertise to set up large tents in an emergency? Event rental companies! And the Lighthouse District's own Chic Event Rental is ready to answer the call. The Chic truck is pictured here with a 5000 square foot Emergency Response Housing Tent their team just set up.

For more information on tents and other needs, please phone Chic Event Rentals at 831-375-1055. Their showroom is located at 485 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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The Lighthouse District's Escape Room 831, like other businesses nationwide, has been impacted by the coronavirus emergency, but they’re making the most of their downtime by producing much-needed face shields for local health care workers and the police.

Escape Room 831’s fabricator Scott Rush, using a 3D printer, has been making eight to ten face shields per day and hopes to have 100 available by the time they are finished. The supplies are limited and sourcing has been difficult. Using all those supplies to fabricate is the primary concern.

“It isn’t the one million protective face shields Apple has committed to making weekly, but it is available to the local health care community for their use,” said owner Barrie Riddoch. “We are part of the community and we just wanted to do our share to help in any way we can.”

Escape Room 831 was founded in 2018 by entrepreneurs Christina and Barrie Riddoch of Monterey. Escape Room 831 is currently closed due to the coronavirus emergency.

Want to support Escape Room 831? Purchase a gift certificate on their website and go play a private game at their facility at 599 Lighthouse Avenue when the shelter-in-place order is lifted.

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Calling All Monterey Storytellers!

Posted on April 11th, 2020 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey is celebrating our 250th anniversary this year and we are looking for stories that have impacted our history. If you have a story to tell, please keep it to one page and e-mail it to the City's storyteller project.

The City of Monterey will review all submissions and include the approved stories in a Monterey 250 short story collection.

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Grocery Gift Cards for Those in Need

Posted on April 8th, 2020 by lighthouseave

Layoffs have affected many members of our community. If you have a steady job or savings and know a local friend, neighbor, or family member who's struggling financially, purchase a gift card or gift certificate from one of our local grocers listed below and give that person the gift of free food they can select themselves. Nervous about gifting? Be a Secret Santa (or Easter Bunny). It's a great way to support our local residents and support our local businesses.

International Market & Deli
580 Lighthouse Avenue, Monterey

International Market and Deli carries a remarkable selection of nonperishable items in addition to breads, cheese, meat, snacks, sweets, and more. Owners Gloria and Adil offer curbside shopping - call or e-mail your order and arrange for a pick-up time - and free home delivery to local seniors, families with children, and those with disabilities. Please phone to purchase your gift certificate, 831-375-9451.

Troia Foods
801 Foam Street, Monterey
Troia Foods is now offering a weekly Pantry Essentials Kit available for no-contact pick up, consisting of dairy, pantry, and household items. Products may vary from week to week, but will be listed weekly on their website. You may purchase gift certificates for Pantry Essentials Kits online.

Andronico's Community Market
900 Lighthouse Avenue, Monterey

Andronico's Community Market offers fresh local choices, groceries, specialty items, and made-from-scratch meals and treats. They sell gift cards in-store at check-out stands....Read More

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Coach Masha of Boxing Strong is now offering Strength Classes twice a week on Zoom! Mondays and Wednesdays at 9am, Masha's workouts will hit all the major muscle groups of your body. Classes are $10, and can be paid via Venmo. Contact Masha via Facebook, Instagram, or e-mail.

Sign up and Masha will send you a link to the class. Can't make it at 9am? Don't worry, she'll send you a link to a video recording valid for two days. Don't have barbells? You can modify the exercises using dumbbells, or rent barbells from Masha.

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Pearl Hour is happy to announce that we are now offering Cocktail Boxes, delivered directly to your door! Please check out our menu here. Our boxes come with cocktail recipes, and we'll be offering cocktail tutorials on our Facebook page.

To place your Cocktail Box order, you can text message us at 831-229-4132, e-mail us, or send us a DM on Instagram. Please support us during this difficult time through your purchases.

We look forward to going back to being your neighborhood bar at 214 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey when the shelter-in-place order is lifted.

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Food Assistance in Monterey During Shelter-in-Place Order

Posted on April 7th, 2020 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey has coordinated with the National Guard and has requested the food distribution of MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) during the shelter-in-place order. Each individual will receive a three day supply of non-perishable meals every three days on a recurring basis for the duration of the shelter-in-place order. The food distribution site will be available at ​El Estero Park near the Skate Park.

Several non-profits are also providing meal assistance throughout the week and on weekends at Monterey Skate Park at El Estero (Saturdays, 9am), Window on the Bay (Sundays, 8am) and the Recreation Trail parking lot across from the Naval Postgraduate School (Mon-Fri, 11:15 am and Sun, 11 am)​.

The Monterey Food Bank has opened additional food distributions that it will post on its Facebook page​, or you can phone them at 831-758-1523.

Shoreline Community Church (2500 Garden Road) is distributing food on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12pm-2:30pm. (ID required, once per household per month).

The City of Monterey also wants you to know that people may always call 2-1-1 for assistance with food or other services.

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The City of Monterey announced on Monday, April 6, 2020 that it strongly advises the public to use the Recreation Trail only when commuting to and from work. Over the past several weeks, congestion along certain segments of the trail because of recreational users has made it virtually impossible for cyclists and pedestrians to maintain a six-foot distance to stay in compliance with the CDC's coronavirus health guidelines.

“We know that social distancing works to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said City Manager Hans Uslar. "Our iconic Recreation Trail will be available for recreational use when the Stay at Home Order is over.”

During the Stay at Home Order, the City of Monterey encourages residents and the public to walk in their residential neighborhoods, especially in areas where a 6-foot physical distance can be maintained between people.

The City recognizes that the Recreation Trail is used by essential workers commuting to work, and asks that the public respect the advisory which allows the trail to be used by commuters as a critical bicycling and pedestrian thoroughfare between Downtown Old Monterey and New Monterey. On April 3, signs were installed along the Recreation Trail advising the public of its use for commuting purposes only at this time.

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Feeding Monterey's Children During Shelter-in-Place Order

Posted on April 4th, 2020 by lighthouseave

During Monterey County's shelter-in-place order, children 18 and younger can access food through a Monterey County school site - no questions asked. Here is a map of all the food distribution sites in Monterey County.

In the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, beginning March 30, 2020, the district will offer grab and go meals at 16 school sites, 10am-12pm, for students 18 and younger. The children do not need to be present - a parent or guardian can pick up the meals to take home to their kids.

Each meal will include lunch for the day and breakfast for the next day. Families can pick up meals at any location. Families will be asked to drive up, roll down their window and grab the meal. Families who need to walk up will be asked to observe social distancing protocols and line up at least 6 feet apart from others. Staff will hand the bagged meal from the top of the bag and families will be asked to grab the bag from the bottom of the bag to receive the meal.

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City of Monterey's Operation Outreach

Posted on April 4th, 2020 by lighthouseave

During Monterey County's shelter-in-place order, the City of Monterey is conducting Operation Outreach, supporting Monterey's most vulnerable population to reduce the feeling of isolation during the COVID-19 emergency closure of facilities.

Just phone 831-646-3933 - Monterey Recreation and Monterey Public Library staff will be available to chat with those feeling isolated. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and Saturday, 10am-6pm.

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City of Monterey: Resources for Employers and Employees

Posted on April 2nd, 2020 by lighthouseave

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and Monterey County's shelter-in-place order, the City of Monterey has published a list of resources for employers and employees in English and in Spanish.

This includes information on and links to wage replacement government programs such as unemployment insurance, disability insurance, paid sick leave, and paid family leave.

It also includes a list of information on and links to layoff assistance, local food banks, ways for seniors to receive help getting food and/or medication, tax filing extensions, DMV deadline extensions, access to free internet service, cash assistance for service workers, cash assistance for alcohol industry workers, and free access to video communication for K-12 students.

Resources for local employers and employees in English.

Programas del gobierno para reemplazar sueldos en Español.

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Support Lighthouse District Merchants with Gift Card Purchases

Posted on April 2nd, 2020 by lighthouseave

As you probably know, small businesses are really suffering during this coronavirus shutdown. Even in the best of times, running a small business is a challenge. The margins are small and the hours are long. It's not the easiest way to make a living. You do it because it's just who you are and you can't imagine life as anything other than being the owner of a shop or a restaurant.

If you're one of the lucky people whose life hasn't been entirely flipped upside down by the Covid-19 outbreak, please consider supporting our temporarily shuttered businesses with the purchase of a gift certificate that you can use when they're able to open their doors again. Look for the "Gift Certificates" button in each business profile.

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Don't see your favorite business listed in our Gift Card Directory? Contact them and ask. They'll be glad to hear from you.

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Free Kids' Boxing Class: Wednesday at 12pm on Zoom

Posted on April 2nd, 2020 by BoxingStrong

Are your kids climbing the walls during this shelter-in-place order? Let them burn off some of that boundless energy! Log into Zoom on Wednesday, April 8, at 12pm and turn them over to Coach Masha of Boxing Strong, who will lead them in a free boxing class conducted live. Check out the details here on Instagram or here on Facebook.

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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Pantry Essentials Kit from Troia Foods

Posted on March 30th, 2020 by Troia Foods

The novel coronavirus has taken a very serious and unexpected toll on our community. While families struggle to adapt and prepare for what may lie ahead, Troia Foods, a dairy and fine food distributor based in New Monterey, sensed a need to shift our distribution focus to supporting our neighbors directly.

We want to be a reliable outlet for the most important, essential household needs we can supply reliably, affordably, and efficiently to the people of Monterey and surrounding areas. To that end, Troia Foods will begin accepting small, consumer orders to support the most essential household needs for dairy, pantry, and household items. As always, quality and freshness will be paramount.

Each week we will have a Pantry Essentials Kit available for pick up. Products may vary from week to week - you can view the contents of each week's bag on our website. Please place your order online here and select your pick up time at checkout. All orders must be prepaid. The pick up location is 801 Foam Street in Monterey. When picking up, please give us your confirmation number and last name. Then just pop open your trunk and we will place the bag inside.

In compliance with CDC regulations, we are using gloves and masks to handle and bag the products for each kit. If you have any questions, please feel free to send us a message.

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Monterey Holistic Health, a CBD-only retail shop designated as an essential business during the shelter-in-place order, is now open daily, 11am-6pm. For once, we can say there is plenty of parking available! We're located at 623 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Monterey Holistic Health is a small, locally-owned business that's here to educate people about CBD and our products. We carry full spectrum CBD and hemp-derived products for you and your dog or cat including lotions, creams, tinctures, and edibles (including dog treats). We also carry our own line of CBD flower and CBD pre-rolls.

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Dr. Nathan Kadlecek, a physical therapist and owner of Kadalyst Wellness and Physical Therapy, has created a free online course entitled Overcoming Back Pain.

In this online class, learn how to manage and overcome your back pain so you can get back to doing what you love and living an active, fulfilling life. Dr. Kadlecek will walk you through who gets back pain, when back pain is and isn't dangerous, and the most effective steps to take when you are experiencing back pain. Check it out online!

Kadalyst Wellness and Physical Therapy is located at 191 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite B, in Monterey.

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On the Safety of Take-Out Food During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on March 24th, 2020 by sheldon

In the Lighthouse District, a number of restaurants are switching from being dine-in restaurants to take-out and food delivery services. After being quarantined, you're probably starting to yearn for a taste of your former life, but you may hesitate because you're not sure if it's safe to do so.

Is it safe to eat take-out food during the Covid-19 pandemic?

While it's up to you to make the final call on this, we quote some reputable sources in saying that take-out food and food delivery is safe to consume. The Covid-19 virus is a respiratory virus that's predominantly transmitted through inhaling respiratory droplets emitted by infected individuals. The chance of transmission through food is unlikely and there have been no known incidences of Covid-19 transmission from eating food. There have also been no known incidences of SARS (close cousin of Covid-19) transmission through food.

The food itself may be a low risk, but encountering other people on your way to receiving your food is not a low risk so please be mindful of how much distance you are giving other people including the people who are working to get you your orders. Remember, we're not just concerned for your safety, we're also concerned about ours as well. Please stay six feet away and absolutely do not leave your home if you are sick.


If you miss training, want the one-on-one watchful eye of a coach, or just need a distraction from the quarantine, Coach Masha of Boxing Strong invites you to explore online training!

Masha is now offering 30 minutes of private training via FaceTime, Facebook, or Skype for only $30. Book your training session online. This offer is only good during Monterey County's shelter-in-place order.

Masha has also started hosting 5-minute daily workouts for different body parts. Sometimes you may not have energy, willpower or time, but we KNOW you all have 5 minutes. She'll make it short and sweet (or bittersweet). Join Masha on Instagram Stories Live daily. She'll announce the time and body part(s) one day in advance. Just follow @boxingstrongmonterey.

Boxing Strong, now online, is usually located at 191 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. Questions? E-mail Coach Masha or phone 831-200-3392.

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