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Free Internet Access Outside Monterey County Public Libraries

Posted on May 27th, 2020 by lighthouseave

Do you or a friend need free internet access? Public library doors are now closed in Monterey County, but you can access their wifi networks in the parking lots and outdoor areas of the building. If you have a device, they've got the wifi. Check out this great list of Monterey County libraries offering free wifi.

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Paid Parking Resumes in Monterey on June 1, 2020

Posted on May 26th, 2020 by lighthouseave

Because of Monterey County's Covid-19 shelter-in-place order, the City of Monterey's Parking Division temporarily suspended paid parking for a short time. Please note that, on June 1, 2020, paid parking resumes and will be fully enforced. (See? Some things are getting back to normal!)

The Parking Division encourages people who use the lots and garages to download the ParkMobile app for a quick and convenient payment method that makes it easy to maintain physical distancing.

For more information, please visit the Parking Division's webpage, or call the Parking Office at 831-646-3953.

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Pearl Hour, your neighbor bar that is temporarily a bottle and cocktail kit delivery service, is now offering kits for new seasonal drinks such as Starburst, Gardenia, and Soft Candy along with our Spritz Menu, Classic Cocktail Menu, and House Specials. View our entire delivery menu on our website.

Order today for delivery tomorrow! We operate seven days a week. You can phone us at 831-229-4132 or DM us through Instagram @pearl_hour.

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The doors of Escape Room 831 are temporarily closed, but we now sell board games on our website and offer curbside pickup and local delivery. We carry a wide range of fun escape games for the whole family including the EXIT series, the UNLOCK series, and Choose Your Own Adventure: War with the Evil Power Master.

Check out our online store today! Escape Room 831, locally owned by Christina and Barrie Riddoch, is located at 599 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, Chic Event Rentals wants our community to know that we are ready to provide solutions and services to meet all your needs to comply with new social distancing standards as we head into this new normal.

Let us help you brainstorm a solution for your unique situation such as: converting an outdoor location to a weather-resistant space with tents; providing protection from the elements for curbside pickups or customer queues; creating extra space for break rooms or office space; adding heating and/or lighting to an existing outdoor space; expanding dining, reception, and event spaces; and staging your event that has transitioned from indoors to outdoors.

In addition to tents and temporary structures, we have an extensive inventory of chairs, tables, heaters, and catering equipment readily available for rent. The possibilities are endless and we are here to help!

Give us a call at 831-375-1055 or email us to get something started. Locally owned and operated, our business is located at 485 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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American Burger is happy to announce our new Seasonal Specials! Located at 738 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, we're now open for pick-up, take-out, and delivery. Phone us at 831-373-7573 to place your order in advance.

Alfredo Pasta, $14.50
Fettuccine pasta with creamy garlic alfredo sauce and parmesan cheese served with garlic bread. Choose one protein: grilled chicken, grilled salmon, or shrimp.

Hearty Meal, $14.50
Includes slow-cooked rice and steamed carrots and broccoli with garlic butter. Choose one protein: grilled chicken, grilled salmon, or New York steak.

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#HappyMontereySardines is the first online participatory art project by Monterey-based socially engaged artist Mai Ryuno, owner of the Lighthouse District's own Play Full Ground. This project is a way of creating a healthy, supportive, and joyous community by sharing, connecting, and caring!

To participate:

1) Take a photo of your Monterey sardine pillow (if you have one) and/or small joys in life on the Monterey Peninsula and in your community.

2) Post the photo on Instagram with #HappyMontereySardines and tag @playfullground in your post.

3) Don't do social media? No problem! E-mail your photo to Mai Ryuno and she'll share your photo on Play Full Ground's Instagram page.

Mai is looking forward to seeing your happy moments in life and sharing them with the Monterey community.

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Paper Wing Theatre Company thanks all of our many patrons and supporters for your generosity and donations during this uncertain time! If you'd like make a contribution, please visit our GoFundMe page which is not only helping our theater with bills and maintenance but is helping us distribute donations to our actors and crew who have been affected by the coronavirus and the fallout from it.

We have a big announcement to make. Paper Wing had plans to open a Theatre Supper Club in June at 711 Cannery Row for upscale dinners and shows. But, like other businesses, we've had to alter our plans drastically.

After canceling our productions of Cabaret, Star Wars burlesque, and Oh Brother Where Art Thou?, and not being able to get into our building for 2 months, we are very pleased to announce we will be opening the kitchen portion of our new dinner theater at 711 Cannery Row within three weeks for takeout and delivery. Food will be delivered by costumed actors as we create the new concept of "Dinner and a Show to GO!" Our menu will be California Coastal Cuisine, serving lunch and dinner, with breakfast options on weekends...think fresh fish, chopped salads, wraps, burgers - lighter yet filling.

As we are finishing up the theater side of our new Theatre Supper Club, we will continue to follow County recommendations to keep our kitchen open for takeout and we joyously look forward to the day that we can safely open our doors for performances as well as delicious meals! Stay tuned!

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Fashion Trade Boutique is now open for curbside pickup Fridays-Sundays and by appointment. Our doors are closed to foot traffic, but consider us your personal shopper! Please phone, e-mail, or DM us via Facebook or Instagram to ask about items available in the shop. We'll be happy to help.

We're located at 554 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. View our Facebook page to see the latest photos of our merchandise and give us a call at 831-682-3740.

Fashion Trade Boutique is a local, independent business run by military veteran Kim Lawson. Her passion for her customers and her commitment to her community are only equaled by her love of fashion and seeing you wear it with style.

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Need a new mattress? Mattress Nation, a locally-owned store located at 296 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, is now offering video shopping as well as online chat and phone orders. Please contact our staff at 831-704-3000 or visit our website and save up to $800 on Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, and Stearns & Foster mattresses during our Memorial Day Sale.

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Bamboo Reef Dive Shop can't allow foot traffic inside the store right now, but our friendly, experienced staff is available to assist you with phone orders and curbside pickup. Give us a call at 831-372-1685. We also have a handy online store if you'd like to browse our gear.

Bamboo Reef Dive Shop is located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. We appreciate your continued support!

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Monterey Public Library recognizes that this is an unprecedented period for our community. Businesses are shutting their doors and signature community events have been canceled. We have also witnessed remarkable instances of connection, creativity, and solidarity as we strive to keep our Monterey communities together.

We wish to capture and preserve our community's experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this Together: Community Voices sets out to document our community's experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic through writing and art.

Become part of this historical record by submitting an entry to In this Together: Community Voices. Submissions can be poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, reflections, photographs or artwork; all forms of expression document how we cope, survive, and live as our lives have changed. These submissions will document our experiences and will become a historical record that we will be able to look back on. Help us record this time through your personal lens.

To submit your experience, please visit this page.

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The Monterey County Film Commission, located in the Lighthouse District, is pleased to announce that Reyna Bautista Gonzalez, a student majoring in Cinematic Arts & Technology at CSUMB, is the winner of the 2020 Monterey County Film Commission's Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award.

Reyna is originally from Whittier. She'll use the $2,000 award to to pay for special effects and music rights in post-production for her film short, Prism, a dark comedy in which a seemingly normal dinner party unravels into a sinister affair. She also plans to use the funds to enter the short into film festivals.

In addition, another CSUMB student, Kristin Rebozzi of Morgan Hill, received a $1,000 special award to go towards her senior thesis film to be shot later this year. She is in pre-production and plans to use Monterey County locations as she works with a student collaborator on her narrative short film.

For more information on the scholarship fund, please phone MCFC at 831-646-0910.

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No doubt it's been a tough couple months for many small business owners across the country, and Cat's Meow is no exception. The good news is we've begun getting product out onto the internet through Poshmark and will soon start posting more on Instagram and reaching across as many platforms as we can. We're now offering curbside pickup for all local online orders and gift certificates!

The bad news is we haven't only taken a financial hit, but also a physical hit to our storefront. Two weeks ago, a driver crashed into our display window damaging priceless pieces, compounding the anxiety of these uncertain times. The firefighters who responded to the emergency call kindly took the time and effort to board up the window, but it's looking kind of rough out front.

That said, we are keeping our head and hopes high. We have an amazing community here in Monterey, and we're so thankful for everyone who has shown up for us so far. We couldn't do it without you! Call us at 831-393-2287, visit us online, and pick up your latest Cat's Meow fashion finds at 601 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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How many times have we heard of intermittent fasting? Despite being so popular, many of us have not yet brought up the courage to deprive ourselves from much yearned-for meal time. Boxing Strong invites you to join us for a free Intermittent Fasting Workshop led by Irina Espada on Instagram Live on Wednesday, May 20 at 6pm.

Irina Espada is a food enthusiast. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids. Irina has spent a lot of time in boxing circles. Before having kids, she was a fighter herself. And even though having kids has changed the way she practices boxing in her daily life, she still has a big love for the sport. Intermittent fasting came into her life more than 3 years ago after the birth of her daughter.

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Monterey Bay Photo, your local photo lab, has expanded our offerings to meet the needs of the community during the pandemic. On our website, we are now selling cloth face masks, printable neck gaiters and face scarves, and business signage and photo prints made from metal or glass.

For our metal and glass signage and prints we use ChromaLuxe's Crosslinked Coating, a printable surface for use in environments that demand the utmost hygiene such as hospitals, restaurants, hotels, schools, and retail. These signs and prints are easily cleaned, are hypoallergenic, and are resistant to water, scratches, heat, and chemicals.

Monterey Bay Photo is located at 763 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. For more information, please visit our website and e-mail us. We are carefully following social distancing protocols.

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While Monterey Bay Aquarium remains closed to the public, your favorite animals and exhibits are still receiving the highest level of care. But since closing our doors to protect our visitors, staff, and marine life during the COVID-19 pandemic, we've suffered a 100% loss of admissions revenue and we need your help as we face a huge funding shortfall of over $40 million.

Please consider a donation to help us bridge this crisis and come out stronger and more connected than before. Your gift to our Special Fund for the Aquarium will be put to work immediately to feed and care for our animals, clean the jelly displays to make sure the live cams are crystal clear, and to maintain this special place we've built together over the past 35 years. Thank you.

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Now it's easy to shop locally online! The all-new Lighthouse District SiP Mall is an online retail guide listing local businesses whose doors are currently closed to foot traffic, but who are selling items on their website and over the phone, offering curbside pickup, shipping, and/or delivery.

Please continue to support our fine neighborhood businesses by viewing and purchasing goods online and over the phone until they can open their doors to you in New Monterey's Lighthouse District. New businesses are added every week!

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Hula's Island Grill is now open for carry-out! Favorites like coconut shrimp rolls, fish tacos, and even select tiki drinks, beer, and wine are available to-go. Visit our website to view the entire menu, then give us a call at 831-655-4852 to place your order and pay by credit card.

Hula's is located at 622 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey and is currently open Sunday - Wednesday, 3pm-8pm, and Thursday - Saturday, 12pm-8pm.

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