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Throughout the month of April, Henry's BBQ in the Lighthouse District is offering a great take-out special: purchase a full rack of pork spare ribs to go and receive a free order of garlic bread. Be sure to mention that you saw the offer on LighthouseDistrict.net!

For more information or to place your order, please phone Henry's at 831-646-6999.

New Monterey's Lighthouse District is proud to announce that many of our local businesses have been included in Monterey County Weekly's Best of 2012! And the winners (in alphabetical order) are....

Amir's Kabob House
Best Middle Eastern
794 Lighthouse Ave

Bamboo Reef Dive Shop
Best Dive Shop
614 Lighthouse Ave

Bulldog British Pub
Best Bar for Darts
611 Lighthouse Ave

Creative Visions Tattoo & Body Piercing
Best Tattoo Parlor
800 Lighthouse Ave

Crystal Fish Sushi
Best Japanese/Sushi
514 Lighthouse Ave

Gianni's Pizza
Best Pizza
725 Lighthouse Ave

Goodwill Industries
Best Thrift Shop / Best Secondhand Clothing Store
Best Thrift Store
571 Lighthouse Ave

Henry's BBQ
Best Barbecue
401 Lighthouse Ave

Mary Jane'z Novelties
Best Headshop
744 Lighthouse Ave

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Best Place to Take Visitors
886 Cannery Row

On the Beach Surf Shop
Best Surf Shop
693 Lighthouse Ave

Oya Salon
Best Salon
201 Lighthouse Ave

KDON Morning Mad House w/ Domingo Rivera (owner of Doggie Stylez)
Best Radio DJ

$2 Tuesdays at Doggie Stylez

Posted on March 13th, 2012 by Lighthouse District

Doggie Stylez at 615 Lighthouse Avenue is happy to announce Two Dollar Tuesdays! Every Tuesday, we'll have a special selection of our hot dogs, quesadillas, and sandwiches available for only $2 each. Come on down and enjoy some delicious food at a great price!

Sahara Sun Membership Packages

Posted on March 10th, 2012 by Lighthouse District

Sahara Sun Tanning in the Lighthouse District is now offering membership packages at incredible prices! Please check our current prices below. All packages require a $20 one-time start-up fee.

Silver Membership Package ($29.95): monthly unlimited use of regular tanning beds.

Gold Membership Package ($39.95): monthly unlimited regular tanning, stand up, high-pressure Ultra Bronze, and high-pressure Njoy Sportarredo.

Platinum Membership Package ($49.95): Mystic tan UV-free sunless spray (glow, light, or medium). Limit 4 per month.

Diamond Membership Package ($59.95): Includes regular tanning, stand-up, high-pressure Ultra Bronze, high-pressure Njoy Sportarredo, and up to 4 UV-free Mystic tans. In addition, receive 10% discount on lotion and fashion.

Credit cards will be charged on the first day of every month. A one-month cancellation notice is required. For more information and to register, please phone Sahara Sun Tanning at 831-375-9584.

Oya's New Hump Day Special!

Posted on March 9th, 2012 by Lighthouse District

At Oya Salon in the Lighthouse District, book any two services on a Wednesday and receive a free in-salon Kerastase Express Treatment (valued at $35). Phone 831-656-0570 or book online and mention the Hump Day Special to book an appointment on any Wednesday and receive this great deal!

The Scholze Park Community Center, located in the heart of New Monterey's Lighthouse District at 280 Dickman Avenue, is busy with drop-in activities five days a week! Here's a sample for March:

Mondays: Bingo (12:30pm-2:30pm)
Tuesdays: Income Tax Assistance (March 13 & 20, 9am-2pm; March 27, 12pm-5pm)
Wednesdays: Public Computers Available (2:30pm-4:30pm)
Thursdays: Thursday Matinee Movie (1pm-3pm)
Fridays: Gentle Exercise (10:30am-11:30am)

Although we primarily cater to people age 55 and older, many of our events welcome adults age 18 and up. Just give us a call at 831-646-3878 or stop by to learn more. To download a calendar of activities for March as an Adobe PDF file, please click here.

The New Monterey Business Association would like to remind the Lighthouse District's businesses and customers that Monterey City Council has voted unanimously to ban the use of plastic bags and the free distribution of paper bags at all retail establishments throughout the city beginning in July 2012. Please be aware that the ordinance affects retail shops but not restaurants.

Angela Brantley, Solid Waste Manager for the City of Monterey, reminds consumers that, "The choice is less about paper OR plastic and more about bringing your own reusable bag. Just place reusable bags in your car or near the door leading to your vehicle to remind you to take them when you shop."

Currently in Monterey, almost 3 million plastic bags and 2 million paper bags are given away each year! Let's all work together to reduce, reuse, and recycle. For more information on the new ordinance, please click here. You can also view the City's 3-minute video overview of the ordinance.

Carbone's in March

Posted on March 5th, 2012 by Lighthouse District

Come on down to Carbone's in New Monterey's Lighthouse District! Throughout March, there's lots going on in the evenings:

Mondays: Mango Margaritas for only $5 each
Tuesdays: Turtle Races
Wednesdays: Ladies' Night - buy one drink, get the 2nd at half price
Thursdays: Karaoke at 9pm
Fridays: Live Music - check the Lighthouse District calendar for details
Saturdays: Pool Tournament begins at 12pm
Sundays: Free pool all day!

Carbone's, your friendly neighborhood bar: old school, new rules at 214 Lighthouse Ave.

Join the Lighthouse District's Bamboo Reef and Keith and Carol McNutt on this exciting dive vacation at CoCo View Resort on Roatan Island, Honduras, August 17-25, 2012

Roatan is situated 35 miles off the north coast of Honduras and is a long, narrow island, 40 miles in length. The mountainous backbone is surrounded by extensive coral reefs. Fishing villages and towns dot the coastline. CoCo View Resort is located on the protected south shore of Roatan. Coral reefs are in more shallow water, and experience calmer seas than the deeper and rougher north side.

Price is $2495, and the trip includes: roundtrip airfare from San Francisco; airport transfers; double-occupancy ocean front accommodations; 3 full meals daily; unlimited beach diving including barrier reef wall, wreck of the Prince Albert, and night diving; 2 boat dive trips daily with morning 2-tank dive and afternoon 2-tank dive; tanks, belts, and weights; free use of ocean kayaks and non-motorized beach equipment, exercise equipment, and day or evening excursions; and internet access in the clubhouse.

A $400 non-refundable deposit secures your spot on this trip. A single supplement is available for an additional $400. All fares are subject to change until fully ticketed. For more information, please visit our website or phone us at 831-372-1685. Final payment is due June 17, 2012.

The Monterey County Film Commission's Film Student Scholarship & Award Program has announced that it has extended the application deadline.

Applications for the fifth annual scholarship program are now being accepted until April 6, 2012. The $2,000 award winner (or two $1,000 winners, if the prize is split) will be announced on May 5. Eligibility information and application forms may be downloaded at MCFC's website. For more information, please contact the film commission office at 831-646-0910.

Welcome to Lighthouse District in the News, an occasional post featuring recent news articles on Monterey's Lighthouse District. Please click the links below to read the full articles.

Antiques, Reimagined: Milestones, a Still-Young Store Filled with Eccentric Finds, Sets up Shop
by Carly Armstrong & James A. Fole
Monterey County Weekly, 02/23/12

Paper Wing Theatre Takes a Darkly Comedic Look at Parenting in Pitch-Black "Smudge"
by Lily Dayton
Monterey Herald, 02/23/12

Quickbites: Crystal Fish Sushi
by Mark C. Anderson
Monterey County Weekly, 02/23/12

Oya Salon owner Brian Bode has recently been announced as the Lead Artistic Director for KMS, an industry leader in the hair care product and style industry. In his position, Bode will oversee product innovation, brand equity, and the creation of educational curriculum for KMS' North American Division. Bode will also work closely with KMS Global on the company's overall brand and industry presence.

In 1997, Bode opened Oya Salon in the Lighthouse District and it immediately received accolades from national publications such as Harper's Bazaar and Marie Claire.

While Oya’s reputation as a cutting edge salon has continued to grow, so has Bode's, as a nationally recognized stylist and educator. He styled at New York Fashion Week's Fall/Winter 2011 Collection for Pamela Love, Alice+Olivia and threeASFOUR, and at the recent Spring/Summer 2012 Collection for Pamela Love and Korto Momolu.

Bode’s ongoing commitment and vision at Oya Salon extends to his community as well. He and his team continue to give back through numerous charitable contributions and through their annual Breast Cancer Assistance Event and Day of Healing. To date, they have raised tens of thousands of dollars toward the financial and educational support of women with breast cancer.

According to The Monterey Herald, the Lighthouse District's own Plato's Closet has been named the best resale clothing store on the Central Coast by KDON Radio, 102.5 FM and has been awarded KDON's Golden Record. Congratulations to Plato's Closet!

Plato's Closet buys, sells, and trades brand name, gently used teen and young-adult clothing. The store will pay cash for winter, spring, summer, and fall clothes that are in great condition.

The parent volunteers of Bay View Academy are currently in the process of collecting auction items for their inaugural Spring Gala Fundraiser at the Monterey Elks Club on March 9. Bay View Academy is a non-profit charter elementary school which enrolls many children from the New Monterey neighborhood.

Please consider donating an item for the auction! By making a donation, you'll be making a tax deductible contribution that will help Bay View Academy continue to motivate and inspire local youth through the many academic programs that matter most (music, drama, physical education, and more).

Additionally, you'll benefit from exposure of your company's name to those who attend the event. Donors will be listed on the event program, and the merchandise you give will be on display during the event.

For more information, please contact Anna Wiesjahn Wilson at 831-402-9733 or Bri Wedderburn at 831-596-6617.

Valentine's on Lighthouse

Posted on February 8th, 2012 by Lighthouse District

Celebrate Valentine's Day in the Lighthouse District! Whether you're single or part of a couple, love Valentine's Day or dread it, we've got something for everybody throughout the month of February.

Enjoy a romantic meal at one of our many fine dining establishments; grab a sweet bite or a delicious drink at our dessert spots or coffee shops; meet your future sweetie at a singles party at one of our bars; or catch a great deal on all sorts of fun items and services at one of our shops.

Please click here to see a complete list of events and special deals.

Welcome to Lighthouse District in the News, an occasional post featuring recent news articles on Monterey's Lighthouse District. Please click the links below to read the full articles.

Off the Menu: Unassuming Taqueria Del Mar Is One of the Best-Kept Secrets on Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey
by Raul N.
Monterey Herald, 02/01/12

Branching Out: Mrs. DeLish's
by Raul N.
Monterey Herald, 02/01/12

Quickbites: Amir's Kabob House
by Mark C Anderson
Monterey County Weekly, 02/02/12

Now it's easy to give your friends and family an Aquarium experience they'll never forget! Monterey Bay Aquarium is pleased to announce that we're now offering gift cards, which can purchase admission tickets, membership, and Aquarium Adventures, and can be used in our restaurant and stores. Cards are available at the Aquarium or by calling 866-963-9645.

Monterey Bay Aquarium invites you to join us for our 11th annual Cooking for Solutions weekend, May 18-20, 2012. It's three amazing days with something for everyone, featuring more than 20 celebrity chefs, 75, restaurants, and 60 wineries! With guests such as Alton Brown, Carla Hall, Rick Bayless, Alexandra Guarnaschelli, and our honored chef of the year, Michael Nischan, it's sure to be an unforgettable celebration.

To see a complete schedule of events and additional information, please click here. Aquarium members may now purchase tickets. All others may purchase tickets beginning February 13.

Come on down to Lighthouse District's Sahara Sun Tanning and enjoy some great deals! In the month of February, we have several specials from which to choose:

*One Month All-Inclusive Service for only $79.95
includes all regular tan beds, Njoy, Ultra Bronze, and Mystic Tanning

*Three Months of Unlimited Regular Tanning for only $99.95
includes unlimited regular and stand-up tanning

*One Month of Unlimited Regular Tanning for only $39.95

*Purchase 3 Mystic Tanning Sessions for only $59.95

*Purchase 3 Njoy or Ultra Bronze Sessions for only $39.95

*Purchase 12 Regular Tanning Sessions for only $49.95

For more information and to make an appointment, please phone Sahara Sun Tanning at 831-375-9584.