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The Monterey County Film Commission, located in the Lighthouse District, is pleased to announce that Eliette Singleton has been selected as winner of the $2000 Monterey County Film Commission's Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award. In addition, Jiya Day has been selected as the recipient of a $500 honorary award. Eliette and Jiya are both seniors at CSUMB.

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

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Volunteer for Del Monte Beach Cleanup

Posted on July 1st, 2021 by lighthouseave

On Monday, July 5, 10am-12pm, join Blue Zones Project Monterey County, City of Monterey Parks Division, and Sustainable Monterey as we help one of our local beaches recover from the holiday weekend.

At 10am you'll find us at Monterey Bay Park (717 Del Monte Ave) with buckets and trash pickers in hand. Bring your enthusiasm - we'll provide everything else. All ages are welcome! Please register online in advance so we know to expect you.

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No Fireworks Allowed in Monterey

Posted on June 29th, 2021 by lighthouseave

A message from Monterey Fire Chief Gaudenz Panholzer:
California has been experiencing devastating fire seasons with large losses of lives, property, and environment. Use of fireworks for the 4th of July holiday creates a major threat for increased fires.

The City of Monterey asks that you do your patriotic duty to reduce the risk of fire by not using fireworks when celebrating the 4th of July. In the City you may be subject to a $1000 fine if you are caught using any type of fireworks (including those marked as "safe and sane"). Thank you for enjoying the holiday responsibly and safely.

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Sal Carbone's casual eatery, Pocket Change Restaurant, located at 204 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, is now offering catering. Book it for your next casual event. Sal is serving up low budget comfort food that will tickle your taste buds including burgers, hot dogs, wings, lasagna, and more (including cheap beer). Give him a call at 831-643-9169 to find out more.

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Did you know? American Burger has a secret menu item: pupusas. Made by hand with love, these pupusas are delicious, grilled, homemade corn tortillas filled with pork and cheese.

American Burger was started in August of 2009 by the Miguel family. Proud immigrants from El Salvador, they named their restaurant "American Burger" in honor of their own pursuit of the American entrepreneurial dream. With their pupusas, the Miguel family is sharing their traditional family recipe, and a taste of Salvadoran comfort food, with you.

American Burger is located at 738 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey and is now offering indoor dining, take-out, and curbside pick-up.

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Summer Pearls at Pearl Hour, June 30

Posted on June 23rd, 2021 by Pearl Hour

Pearl Hour invites you to join us for Summer Pearls, an evening celebrating local food and wine. This pop-up engagement on June 30 at 6pm will feature Jasmine Senaveratna, a restaurant professional who loves storytelling and curating experiences.

This evening, food and wine pairings will open up a conversation about local, seasonal ingredients - four dishes will be paired with four libations. Imagine this experience as an outdoor house party with music and food for thought.

Fee is $125 per person. Ages 21 and over only. Seating is limited. Please reserve your table on our website. Pearl Hour is located at 214 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Bamboo Reef Dive Shop is excited to welcome a new course on July 10, Kelp Restoration Diver! If you’ve gone diving recently in Monterey, you’ve probably noticed the decline in our kelp forests at various sites. Now you can help!

This course for certified divers will prepare you to help protect and restore our kelp forest ecosystems. Upon successful completion of the Kelp Restoration Diver course, graduates are considered competent to engage in underwater kelp forest restoration diving activities!

Limited spots are available. Please register online. Bamboo Reef is located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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Monterey Trolley Returns on July 3, 2021

Posted on June 18th, 2021 by lighthouseave

The Monterey trolley is returning soon! This free service will operate July 3 - September 6, 10am-6pm daily. Park in the Downtown Monterey or Cannery Row garages or at the Waterfront lot and get a free ride to all of your favorite attractions including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, the Lighthouse District, Downtown Old Monterey, and Old Fisherman's Wharf.

Avoid the hassles of driving to each location and finding places to park - let the trolley give you a fast, convenient and free ride. Look for the green MST Trolley signs to board along the route.

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Cypress Boutique Monterey has recently received a beautiful collection of colorful women's clothing perfect for summer weather. We have sundresses, maxi skirts, flowing tops, and dresses for all occasions! Visit us at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C in Monterey and let us help you find your next favorite outfit.

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Incense at Lilify

Posted on June 17th, 2021 by Lilify

Did you know that Lilify carries hand crafted, small batch incense sticks? They have a variety of scents made by Juniper Ridge in California, Sea of Roses in Oregon, and HEWN in Pennsylvania. Right now, they are enjoying the newest release by HEWN, Worlds End, which blends cedar, Scots pine, and rosemary. Visit Lilify at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey or place your order online.

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California Finest CBD Depot, located at 800 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, now carries Charlotte's Web products for dogs, featuring full-spectrum hemp CBD extract. The products include 17mg CBD drops, Calming chews (including valerian root, passionflower extract, and chamomile), and Hip and Joint chews (including glucosamine, turmeric, and chondroitin).

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More Prizes Available for Getting Vaccinated for Covid-19

Posted on June 17th, 2021 by lighthouseave

The State of California is continuing its incentive program to get as many people as possible vaccinated for Covid-19. On July 1, 2021, all Californians over age 18 who have received the vaccine will be entered into a drawing to receive one of six dream vacations (including hotels, food, and entertainment for up to four people plus $2000 for expenses). Read details here.

Those vacations look fun - they include a chance to see the Giants play in San Francisco, enjoy a spa in Palm Springs, say hi to Mickey at Disneyland in Anaheim, watch the Lakers play in Los Angeles, or learn to surf in San Diego.

Want to find out where to get a free Covid-19 vaccine? Find a location here.

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Monterey County Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Posted on June 17th, 2021 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey has announced that the Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program has reopened with more funding. Monterey residents who need help paying rent due to economic hardship caused by the pandemic can call United Way by dialing 211, or learn more about eligibility and apply online. Please note: this county-wide program is also open to residents of other Monterey County cities.

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By now, all of you have probably heard that California reopened on June 15. You may be asking: what does that mean?

It means that most, but not all, Covid-19 related public health orders have been lifted for all the lucky people who've been vaccinated. For people who haven't been vaccinated, the new rules are somewhat relaxed, but remain similar to what they were before.

As of June 15, businesses in Monterey's Lighthouse District no longer have any capacity limits and most are not required to enforce masking and social distancing for anyone who's been vaccinated, Keep in mind that they can still request that everyone wear a mask while on their premises.

If a business is still requiring everyone to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, they surely have a good reason for doing so. Please remember that each small business is run by someone who has a family and is dealing with challenges that you can't see. While we're all thrilled to be starting the return to normal, the reality is that for people operating shops, restaurants, and services, things are still a long way from normal. 2021 is going to be a year of transition.

Please help us this year by being your most compassionate and understanding self. If wearing a mask is not something you're willing to do, just take your money to another business until their rules change.

What if you want to keep wearing a mask? If you're vaccinated but still want to wear a mask, that's your business. You're allowed to do that regardless of what other people are doing around you.

What if you want to get vaccinated for Covid-19? Now is a great time to get vaccinated - there are many free vaccine appointments available in Monterey County. Increased vaccination rates protect your physical health as well as our economic health. We simply do not want to return to shutdowns and curfews. Vaccines are the most important tool we have to return California to a vibrant, growing, and healthy economy. Anda!

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Every Saturday morning at 8:45am, Epicenter Cycling invites you to join a mountain bike workshop and guided ride at Fort Ord led by Angie Scarlett, a certified personal trainer and certified mountain bike level 1 skills instructor. We'll focus on a new fundamental skill each week plus teach you bike maintenance and give fitness and nutrition tips.

All are welcome! Reservations are required so we can bring more guides if necessary. Fee is $15 per person. Please register and learn more about our workshops on Eventbrite - we're listed under "Community Mountain Bike Workshop and Guided Ride."

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Are you looking for a gift for Dad for Father's Day? Stop by Fashion Trade Boutique, located at 554 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. We carry a variety of retro and vintage t-shirts for men and women. (Including this lucky find by a recent customer, who found a rare Rolling Stones shirt designed by Gerald Scarfe on our racks.)

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Monterey's locally-owned Escape Room 831 is now open at 599 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey and we have some wonderfully fun, creative rooms available for you!

Have you visited Alice's Dream? This beautifully decorated, fun, and challenging escape room, featuring murals by local artist Bryan Gage, immerses you in the magical world of Lewis Carroll's beloved character, Alice, and the many friends she meets during her adventures in Wonderland.

In Alice's Dream, you’ve come to a hotel located in the former house of Lewis Carroll. It’s late. You’re tired. But be sure to catch the tail of the White Rabbit and think about how you’ll get out once you climb into the hole.

Reservations are required, and all reservations are for private groups only. No walk-ins are accepted at this time. Our staff leaves one hour between bookings to clean each room, and everyone in your party must wear a face mask at all times. Ready to sign up? Please visit our website.

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