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All Monterey Beaches Closed Labor Day Weekend, September 4-7

Posted on August 31st, 2020 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey has announced the temporary closure of all beaches in Monterey, September 4-7, 2020. Only water activities and ocean access are permitted. Beach use is not permitted. Violators subject to fines.

Labor Day Weekend has historically drawn large crowds to the Monterey Bay Area. Anticipating a high volume of beachgoers in the region and overcrowding on the beaches, the City of Monterey has decided to close beaches to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Water activities are allowed. This means that activities such as swimming, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, and kayaking are permitted. The beach may only be used to provide access to the ocean.

Beach use is not allowed. This prohibits groups, walking, jogging, sunbathing, picnicking, and sitting at all beaches in Monterey.

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Bamboo Reef Dive Shop will host a beginner freediving course over assorted weekends, October - December and will be joining forces with Oregon Freedive Company to host two special National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) freedive courses for intermediate students and aspiring instructors in Monterey.

Please call the shop for more information or to sign up for any of our freediving classes, 831-372-1685. Bamboo Reef is located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

NAUI Freedive Courses

Beginner Freediver - Level 1
Some Weekends, October 10 - December 13
Cost: $425 plus $75 course materials

Intermediate Freediver - Level 2
Dates: September 29 - October 2
Cost: $750

Freedive Instructor Workshop
Dates: October 5-12
Cost: $1650

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Hair Salons & Barbershops Can Open for Indoor Service on August 31

Posted on August 29th, 2020 by lighthouseave

Great news for all who want a haircut, and all who work in hair salons and barbershops! On Friday afternoon, it was announced by the California Department of Public Health that hair salons and barbershops in Monterey County will be permitted to reopen for indoor services on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Please keep in mind that this announcement is as much of a surprise to hair stylists and barbers as it is to the rest of us. You're invited to call to your favorite hair professional and make an appointment, but please be patient - given the short notice, it may take our local artisans a few days to get up and running again.

To learn more about the State of California's new Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which has revised the public health criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on business activities, and to learn what's permitted in Monterey County according to this new blueprint, please click here.

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The Evolution of Pearl Hour

Posted on August 27th, 2020 by Pearl Hour

Pearl Hour continues to evolve in these uncertain times, offering great drinks, food, and comfort at our little neighborhood haven at 214 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. We have a beautiful, newly-renovated back patio, we've got imagination and resolve, and we are now ...a coffee shop...a food and cocktail spot...a retail bottle shop...and a bottle delivery service. Like a diamond, we have many facets - it's Pearl Hour magic, babycakes.

Coffee Shop
Wed-Sun, 9am-3pm
For ages 21 and up only. Serving espresso drinks, pour over Acme coffee, house made herbal elixirs, tea, soda, and Parker-Lusseau pastries. Free WiFi.

Pop-Up Eats and Cocktails
Fri, 5pm-12am
Sat & Sun, 2pm-12am

Serving great food and Pearl Hour's full cocktail, wine, and beer menu on the patio for ages 21 and up. Every two weeks, we'll partner with different pop-up kitchens to bring you some awesome food to accompany your drink of choice. August 28-30, enjoy empanadas from Cafe Guarani. September 4-6 and 11-13, tantalize your tastebuds with offerings from Ad Astra.

Retail Bottle Shop
Wed & Thu, 9am-3pm
Fri, 9am-3pm & 5pm-12am
Sat & Sun, 9am-12am

We have amaro and prosecco, rare whiskeys, Pearl Hour favorites, house made syrups and bitters, and our legendary cocktail kits. You can purchase bottles here whenever we're open. View our items and prices online.

Bottle and Cocktail Kit Delivery Service
We continue to offer limited local delivery of bottles and our cocktail kits (along with recipes!) to your home. Please view our selection online and contact us at 831-229-4132 or on Instagram for delivery info.

We're celebrating our first anniversary in September! Thank you for supporting our small, locally-owned business. Questions? Call us at 831-229-4132. We hope to see you soon....Read More

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Mai Ryuno Participates in YAC's LiveART - Aug 29

Posted on August 27th, 2020 by PlayFullGround

Mai Ryuno, artist and owner of the Lighthouse District's Play Full Ground, is participating in Youth Arts Collective's LiveART 2020 on Saturday, August 29, 4pm-7pm! This online event will feature live art making (both live-stream and time lapse), a sketch circle, an art auction, art sales, and live music. It's an entertaining way to support YAC and view and purchase the work of local artists!

Mai Ryuno is a social practice, installation, and performance artist whose artwork is concept driven, process oriented, and playful. She loves using mixed mediums. Her artwork is sometimes abstract and subtle, and, at other times, bold and colorful. It is often the result of her interest in spontaneous ideas and the act of making and doing art.

Mai is also a contemporary educator who, thought Play Full Ground, teaches classes, facilitates workshops, and does personal coaching in art and creativity. Her goal is support everyone's journey to discover their own way of being creative as well as develop skills such as critical thinking, creative problem solving, communication, and collaboration through fun, creative projects.

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McAbee Beach and San Carlos Beach: Ocean Access Only, 8/22-9/22

Posted on August 25th, 2020 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey has announced the temporary and limited closure of McAbee Beach and San Carlos Beach, August 22 - September 22, to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Only water activities and ocean access are permitted. Beach use is not permitted. Violators will be subject to fines.

Water activities are allowed. This means that activities such as swimming, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, and kayaking are permitted.

Beach use is not allowed. This prohibits groups, walking, jogging, sunbathing, picnicking, and sitting on the beach.

McAbee Beach is located at 622 Cannery Row. San Carlos Beach is located at the corner of Cannery Row and Reeside Avenue.

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Lilify's New Central Coast Room Spray

Posted on August 25th, 2020 by Lilify

Lilify introduces our new Central Coast Room Spray. Custom blended in Pennsylvania by HEWN, this small batch room spray includes tea tree, lavender, clary sage, and peppermint, and is inspired by the maker's time spent on California's beautiful Central Coast.

You can spray it around your room as often as needed to freshen up your space or spray it on linens or fabrics from 6" away. Now available online and in our shop at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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City of Monterey Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey is pleased to announce the start of an Emergency Rental Assistance Program. City Council allocated $800K to fund this program, which will assist residents and workers in Monterey who experienced a loss of income due to Covid-19 and need help with rent. Learn about eligibility and how to apply here.

To be eligible you must live or work in the City of Monterey, experience a loss of income due to Covid-19, have a lease agreement or letter from your landlord confirming tenancy, be current on rent payments prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, and make less that 80% of the area's medium income.

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Monterey Firefighters: Wildfire Victims Relief Fund

Posted on August 22nd, 2020 by lighthouseave

The current threat from the wildfires burning in Monterey County is unprecedented and the need of Monterey County residents is huge. Now through September 5, 2020, Monterey Firefighters are collecting donations of cash and gift cards to distribute quickly, and directly, to families impacted by the fires.

Monterey Firefighters have set up a Go Fund Me page for financial donations. They are also accepting donations of gift cards from stores such as Target, Walmart, Safeway, or Lucky's, at all of the fire stations in the City of Monterey. New Monterey's Fire Station No. 12 is located at 582 Hawthorne Street.

Although it's unbelievable that we are now facing these fires at the same time our families are being impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, it's the difficult reality for all of us. We will survive this, but if it's possible to lend some help to our neighbors at the same time, we know it will be greatly appreciated.

For more information, please e-mail Monterey Firefighter Raul Pantoja.

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Cypres Boutique Monterey not only stocks a range of fashionable clothing for men and women, we also carry accessories! Our men's section sports a variety of sunglasses, hats, belts, and vegan-friendly wallets - all perfect for a day at work or an evening out.

Locally owned and operated, Cypress Boutique is located at 800 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. Stop by and let owner Mary Ojugo help you find the right look to fit you.

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Sign Up for "Alert Monterey County" and City of Monterey Text Alerts

Posted on August 19th, 2020 by lighthouseave

The River Fire and Carmel Fire emergencies are a good reminder for all residents to be aware of how to get information they may need to stay safe. If you haven't done so already, you can register your cell phone at alertmontereycounty.org to receive urgent information about things like severe weather and evacuations.

If you live in one city, work in another, or have family in yet another location, you can sign up for alerts from all the areas you want! To receive text alerts that are specifically for the City of Monterey, take one more step and text 93940 to 888777.

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In order to keep with up county and state regulations on social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic, locally owned Chic Event Rentals is here to help provide solutions for your business.

We have tents and canopies as well as dividers available for rent to keep your guests safe. Various sizes are available and we offer special monthly rates. Give us a call to get something started, 831-375-1055.

Chic Event Rentals' showroom is located at 485 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Monteey Bay Aquarium invites you to explore our free online courses for students Pre-K through Grade 12 and their caregivers. Students can connect with ocean life and study science while having fun and appreciating the nature around them — in a nearby park, their backyard, or out the window. All courses are available in English, and some of them are available in Spanish, too. Register online to begin.

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Bamboo Reef Dive Shop and Shark Stewards are coordinating a Community Science Dive at Lover's Point in Pacific Grove on Sunday, August 16, 10am-2pm, collecting observations in collaboration with Snapshot Cal Coast. You don't even need to dive to participate - you can also collect data in tidepools!

Face masks are required for everyone when you're not diving. For more information, please visit the event webpage. Advance registration is required - Shark Stewards will contact you with details on what to bring, where to meet, etc.

Snapshot Cal Coast is an annual California statewide citizen science effort that encourages people to make and share observations of plants, animals, and seaweeds along the California coast using the iNaturalist app. Led by the California Academy of Sciences with support from the California Ocean Protection Council, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the MPA (Marine Protected Area) Collaborative Network, we are creating a valuable snapshot in time of where species are located along our coast.

For 1-2 weeks every year, we mobilize and organize our partners from Del Norte to San Diego and everywhere in between to make and share observations of as many species as possible to build an annual snapshot of biodiversity along the California coast. We’re providing valuable data for scientists at local, regional, and state levels, and answering targeted research questions in support of California Marine Protected Areas. Together, we're gathering the data needed to determine species ranges now against which we can measure and monitor in the future.

Bamboo Reef Dive Shop is located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Detective Comics #1027, the blockbuster comic that's as big as most graphic novels with a price of just $9.99, is coming to Current Comics next month! It's now available to order, with 11 possible variant covers, on our website. Online orders for variant covers must be placed by Sunday, August 16.

Celebrating one thousand issues since the appearance of Batman in 1939, this 144-page issue has everything fans could wish for: 12 tales by some of the biggest names in comics, stories that hint at what's to come in the future for Gotham City and the DC Universe, plus guest stars and villains galore!

Current Comics, your locally owned comic shop, is located at 400 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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