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Celebrate Christmas Italian style! Tutto Buono Eataliano is accepting pre-orders for our family style holiday meals to-go from now until December 22 - please call us at 831-920-1940. Pick-up will be at the restaurant on December 23, 12pm-7pm. We're located at 598 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Here are some of the delicious family style dishes we're offering: full and half pan lasagnas (cheese or meat), rigatoni or penne pasta with choice of three sauces, ravioli, arancini, eggplant parmesan, Nona’s meatballs, chicken parmesan, chicken piccata, Sicilian breaded meat, Italian sausage and polenta, Sicilian pan pizzas, salads (Caesar, Mediterranean, and Italian Chopped), and dessert (cannoli!).

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Do you need a little retail therapy? For a limited time, Sahara Sun Tanning and Boutique is offering 50% off all clothing and lotions. Let us help you finish your holiday shopping!

We also have tanning specials which you can buy now and redeem when we're able to reopen our tanning services after the stay-at-home order lifts. For a limited time only, we're offering bed tans for $3 and spray tans for $10.

Sahara Sun is located at 585 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey and open daily, 10am-5pm.

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With the latest stay-at-home order, Your friendly neighborhood Pearl Hour has returned to being a bottle shop and bottle delivery service. We have a wonderful selection of bottled cocktails made in-house and cocktail kits with recipes as well as amaro, rare whiskeys, vermouth, mezcal, syrups, shrubs, and sodas.

Bottle Shop
In December, our bottle shop is open on Fridays and Saturdays, 12pm-4pm, when you can shop in-house or make a curbside pick-up for your online order. We are located at 214 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

Bottle Delivery Service
In December, our bottle delivery service is back up and running Wednesday - Sunday. Please order online for next day delivery.

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By removing three walls from one of our outdoor tents, Chic Event Rentals was able to create a drive-through Covid testing facility! This really helps expedite the testing process and protects people from the rain. We still have plenty of these tents available - please give us a call if you need one, 831-375-1055.

Chic Event Rentals is a locally-owned small business. Our showroom is located at 485 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Give the gift of safety this holiday season! Epicenter Cycling carries a wide range of helmets for mountain biking, road cycling, bike commuting, casual cruising, and pump track fun with models for adults and kids.

Keep in mind that it's important to replace a helmet every 3-5 years (depending on use) or if it’s been in a crash (whether or not there are visible cracks in it).

We invite you to check out our online guide to bike helmets for more information. Epicenter Cycling is now offering in-store shopping at 230 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey and welcomes phone orders for curbside pick-up, 831-920-1804.

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Pearl Hour and Plein Air Picnic present a Martini & Pâté Picnic To-Go! Place your order online before December 21 for pick-up on December 23, 12pm-4pm at Pearl Hour, 214 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

This luscious picnic for two is $45 and includes: one bottle of Perfect Martini (4 servings) with lemon and olive garnishes, chicken liver pâté, cranberry port compote, homemade crackers, pickled mustard seed, and cornichons. For an additional $10, enjoy crudités with green goddess dip.

We’ve even put together a list of our favorite places to picnic safely. (Picnic in bed!) Best of all, your order supports two local, women-owned businesses. Place your order here.

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Don't forget about the men on your shopping list this holiday! Catalyst Consignment has high-quality men's clothing, shoes, sunglasses, and wallets at great prices available right now.

Visit us at 801 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite A in Monterey or call the shop at 831-512-9855 so the owner, Cortina, can help you find the just the right items for curbside pick-up. You can also view and purchase some of our inventory online.

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Tutto Buono Eataliano, located at 598 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, invites you to join us online for our first virtual wine and pizza pairing with Langetwins Family Winery and Vineyards on Wednesday, December 16. Fee is $90 and reservations are limited. Please call us to register by Sunday, December 13, 831-920-1940.

Enjoy wine tasting in the comfort of your own home with some of our delicious Siciliano pan pizza paired with some of our favorite selected estate wine varietals. In an online video you can play that night at your leisure, Randall and Charlene Lange will walk you through a series of wine and pizza pairings and share a few details about their family.

For the tasting that day, you'll pick-up one pan pizza with three Tutto Buono favorites - Margarita, Tre Sorelli, and Ma Please - and three bottles of Langetwins wine - 2018 Nero d'Avola, 2017 Old Vine Zinfandel, and 2017 Petite Sirah.

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Our normal day-to-day has been changed by Covid-19, but at Bamboo Reef Dive Shop we are still dedicated to sharing our knowledge, love, and excitement for diving with the world. Our shop policies regarding Covid-19 have been updated alongside the new restrictions put into place in California as of December 6, 2020.

Our shop is still open but limited to 20% capacity. Temperature checks and face masks are required for entry. Classes and tours are continuing but with limited group sizes. Group tours will be temporarily restricted to households.

To learn more, please click here and call us at 831-372-1685 if you have any questions. We're located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Vote for Escape Room 831

Posted on December 9th, 2020 by Escape Room 831

We at Escape Room 831 are so proud to have been nominated as one of the best recreational activities in Monterey County! We'd be honored to have your support in winning this year's Monterey Herald Readers Choice award in the Family-Youth Service Category.

Click here to vote before January 4, 2021. It would be a bright spot for a locally owned business in a tough year. We're located at 599 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, and selling lots of fun board games online right now if you're looking for an all-ages gift.

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Current Comics is incredibly honored to announce that we have been chosen to sell very limited edition signed prints of Colin Cantwell's original concept designs for the Star Wars spaceships. Please visit the shop at 400 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey or visit our online store to see these awesome prints, signed and sealed and available in sizes large (12"x18") or small (8"x10" or 8"x12").

During Colin Cantwell's amazing career, he worked with George Lucas on designing the X-Wing, TIE Fighter, Y-Wing, Death Star, Millennium Falcon, and Star Destroyer for the very first Star Wars movie, “A New Hope."

In addition, Colin collaborated with Stanley Kubrick on “2001 a Space Odyssey” and worked with Steven Spielberg on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” Other projects included “War Games,” “Buck Rogers,” “Mars, the Search Begins,” “Around the World in 80 Days,” and more.

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New Monterey County Stay at Home Order Begins December 13 at 10pm

Posted on December 9th, 2020 by lighthouseave

Monterey County Health Director Edward Moreno has issued a new stay at home order for Monterey County that will go into effective on Sunday, December 13 at 10pm and extend until January 11 at 6am. (This order may be extended depending on ICU availability.)

As of Sunday at 10pm, restaurants and food service establishments will be restricted to pick-up and delivery service only (no outdoor dining); retail shops will operate at no more than 20% capacity; and barbershops, hair salons, and personal services will close (this includes nail and skin care studios and tattoo parlors). Outdoor exercise classes can continue to operate and essential businesses will remain open. Please note that the 10pm curfew also remains in effect.

Currently, Covid-!9 cases are surging in our area following the Thanksgiving holiday. Capacity at CHOMP and regional hospitals has been dangerously reduced here in Monterey and throughout California. Protecting hospital capacity saves lives from an entire range of preventable deaths, not just from Covid-19.

We encourage all residents to continue to support small, locally owned businesses during this difficult time. Please use our Dining Guide to see which restaurants and cafes are open for take-out and delivery; shop safely at home using our Gift Ideas Gallery and SIP Mall; and purchase gift cards to support your favorite Lighthouse District business owners.

We all know that the next few months will be extremely difficult as we face this surge in Covid-19 cases and we await the coronavirus vaccines. Please remain alert and keep doing the important job of wearing a mask over your nose and mouth, frequently washing your hands, and practicing social distancing. Staying healthy and beating back the coronavirus will save lives, protect our dedicated healthcare workers, and save jobs and businesses. Please do your part.

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Monterey Firefighters Holiday Toy Drive 2020

Posted on December 8th, 2020 by lighthouseave

Monterey Firefighters and Pacific Grove Kiwanis are teaming up to provide presents to families in need this holiday season and they need your help! They are seeking donations of new toys only. You can make your donation at Fire Stations #11-15, including the fire station located at 582 Hawthorne Street in New Monterey. Donations will be accepted until the morning of Saturday, December 19, 2020.

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Monterey Business Update: California's Regional Stay at Home Order

Posted on December 3rd, 2020 by lighthouseave

You may have questions about the new Regional Stay at Home Order announced by Governor Gavin Newsom on December 3. Well you're in luck, because KSBW has an easy-to-understand explanation. We recommend you watch the short video and read the text.

As of December 3, Covid-19 regulations on businesses in Monterey will remain the same as they have been recently, but that will change if ICU rates continue to climb in the Bay Area region. We'll post an update if and when that happens. Stay safe, everyone!

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Pocket Change Restaurant now has a Covid Relief Mini Menu featuring rigatoni, ravioli, grilled ham and cheese, or turkey with stuffing and gravy - all just $6 each. Visit us at 204 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey for curbside cash and carry as well as alleyside pick-up, 831-643-9169. Delivery available through DoorDash.

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Find the coziest sweaters in the softest fabrics and the latest styles for women and men at Cypress Boutique! We have turtle necks, pullovers, oversized sweaters, and cardigans available. They make great gifts!

Cypress Boutique is located at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C in Monterey. We welcome in-store shopping as well as phone orders for curbside pick-up or shipping. Just call us at 831-383-2769.

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