District Blog

The Scholze Park Community Center is pleased to announce that the Golden 55 Travelers Program Newsletter, listing information on all our trips now through June 2013, is now available for download here as an Adobe PDF file. Just click this link to download the document.

The Travelers Program isn't just for seniors: many trips are available for adults of all ages. For more information on The Golden 55 Travelers Program, please phone 831-646-3878.

Snap Fitness in New Monterey's Lighthouse District is excited to announce that we're now offering Flow Yoga! Taught by our new yoga instructor, Cindy Singh, Flow Yoga is free to Snap Fitness members on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7-8pm. We also offer a free 7-day trial pass so you can try the club and the classes before joining! Please contact Snap Fitness for more details, 831-373-3990.

What is Flow Yoga? Also called Prana Flow, it's an energetic, creative, full-spectrum approach to the flow of yoga cultivated by Shiva Rea and the Global Vinyasa Collective of Teachers. Students of all levels are empowered to experience prana - the universal source of breath, life-energy, and conscious intelligence - as the navigating source of yoga practice and vital living. All fitness levels welcome and encouraged!

Ma's Green Living, located in the Lighthouse District, is proud to announce that we have added Heliotrope San Francisco to our bulk product line! We now carry Heliotrope's Organic Aloe, Olive, & Avocado Oil Lotion; Aloe & Comfrey Shave Gel; and Mineral & Botanical Face Cleanser.

Heliotrope is a company that focuses on all-natural organic ingredients and uses local suppliers to make their products. Come and check it out!

The International Design Guild's Designer Program spokesperson Mark Brunetz has paired up with the Lighthouse District's own Carpets & Floors, Inc. to launch Design for a Difference, the first-ever cause-related interior design competition. The contest is open to any interior design professional or design student and provides the opportunity to win $20,000 in goods and services to makeover a space for his or her favorite local charity.

The contest will award one grand prize winner $20,000 in retail goods and services for a local charity space redesign, and the winning designer will co-host a professionally produced video of the makeover with Mark Brunetz. Four regional winners will each be awarded $2,500 in flooring for his/her nominated charity and will be flown to the grand prize winning city to participate in the design team on the winning project.

Designers can register for free and contest entries will be accepted until June 30, 2013. For complete information, please click here. Charities that would like to be nominated for the redesign can contact Amanda Baker at 831-372-2300 for more information.

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 2013! And the winners (in alphabetical order) are....

Amir's Grill & Bar
Best Middle Eastern
794 Lighthouse Ave

BookBuyers Monterey
Best Bookstore - Used
600 Lighthouse Ave

Bulldog British Pub
Best Neighborhood Bar
Best Bar for Darts
611 Lighthouse Ave

Crystal Fish Sushi
Best Japanese/Sushi
514 Lighthouse Ave

Gianni's Pizza
Best Pizza
725 Lighthouse Ave

Gold Coast Tattoo
Best Tattoo Parlor
639 Lighthouse Ave

Goodwill Industries
Best Thrift Store
571 Lighthouse Ave

Henry's BBQ
Best Barbecue
401 Lighthouse Ave

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Best Place to Take Visitors
886 Cannery Row

Nor Cal Smoke Shop
Best Head Shop
765 Lighthouse Ave

On the Beach Surf Shop
Best Surf Shop
693 Lighthouse Ave

Oya Salon
Best Salon
201 Lighthouse Ave

Plato's Closet
Best Second-hand Clothing Store
402 Lighthouse Ave

Recycled Records
Best Simple, Functional Facebooking by a Business
604 Lighthouse Ave

Paper Wing Theatre Company's next production will be 9 to 5: The Musical, running April 12 - May 11. Being a small but mighty community theatre has its benefits, but competing for first run Broadway shows such as this one can be difficult and expensive. We are looking to pay for the cost of an extremely sophisticated and complex set design and execution, including mobile pieces and special effects we've never dreamed of before. You can help make these dreams a reality!

Paper Wing wants to raise $2,000 in 45 days. This will offset the cost of the stage design and build. It will also employ a local set artist and 2 local independent construction workers, bringing money raised directly back into our community. Please consider donating to our fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.com - we have some great gifts lined up to thank you for your contribution!

Kettlebell Classes at Prime

Posted on March 11th, 2013 by Lighthouse District

Prime, located in New Monterey, invites you to join our ongoing Kettlebell Classes taught by Kari Syme on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm. For more information and to register, please phone us at 831-324-4993.

Let Prime introduce you to kettlebells - cannon ball shaped iron weights with handles which have been used for strength training in Eastern Europe for centuries. The off-centered weight of the kettlebell fully engages your core and involves use of your body's strength, power, and endurance. Our aim is to strengthen the core and back muscles, increase dynamic flexibility, and greatly improve stability and agility.

Applications for the sixth annual Monterey County Film Commission's $2,000 scholarship for film students are now being accepted. Forms for the scholarship, now named the Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Scholarship Award, may be downloaded from MCFC's website. Deadline to submit applications is April 5, 2013.

The scholarship program was created to provide financial aid and incentive to students of film and beginning filmmakers who reside in Monterey County or are currently enrolled in a community college or university in the county. The fund was established as a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation for Monterey County. For additional information, please contact the film commission at 831-646-0910.

Valentine's on Lighthouse 2013

Posted on February 4th, 2013 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; pick up a thoughtful gift or a hot new outfit at one of our shops; meet your future sweetie at a singles party at one of our bars; or treat your current honey to a fun night out at one of our many events.

Please click here to see a complete list of Valentine's activities and specials.

This quarter's edition of 831 Magazine features a nice photo of the Lighthouse District at night submitted by Sheldon Chang, the developer of LighthouseDistrict.net. You'll notice that the contents page (page 8) is a shot of Lighthouse Avenue taken from the north corner of Lighthouse and Drake, looking south. The slight distortion is created by the use of a fisheye lens on the camera.

Here's a link to the online edition of 831 Magazine and the page in question!

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.

Developer Eyes Lighthouse Avenue Parcels in Monterey for Mixed Use: Vinyl Revolution Only Tenant on Site Where Buildings in Disrepair
by Phillip Molnar
Monterey Herald, 01/26/13

'Last Five Years' Explores What Happens to a Marriage - Musically
by Kathryn Petruccelli
Monterey Herald, 01/23/13

Breast Cancer Group Helps Women Pay Rent (Oya Salon)
by Mary Schley
Carmel Pine Cone, pages 3A & 11A, 01/18/13

There will be a New Monterey Business Association General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, January 30, at 9am at Scholze Park Community Center (Dickman & Lighthouse).

Following the problems with roadwork this fall which greatly impacted businesses, MST has offered to collaborate with the NMBA to advertise the Lighthouse District. At this meeting, we'll talk about the promotional campaign - create a theme and start planning the advertising campaign. We hope to form a Promotional Committee at the meeting to work further with MST on the project.

Please join with fellow business owners, city representatives, and MST at the meeting. Your input is vital! For more information, please phone Rick Johnson at 831-655-8070.

Sahara Sun now offers 3 monthly membership packages to fulfill your tanning needs.

Silver Package ($29.95 a month), includes use of all level 1 tanning beds

Gold Package ($39.95 a month) includes use of all level 1 tanning beds plus stand-up, high pressure Ultra Bronze, and high pressure Njoy Sportarredo

Diamond Package ($49.95 a month) is the ultimate package! It includes use of all level 1 tanning beds; stand-up, high pressure Ultra Bronze, and high pressure Njoy Sportarredo; and unlimited Mystic tanning. Mystic tanning is a UV-free sunless spray that adds beautiful, natural-looking color to your skin without sun exposure.

There is a one-time membership start-up fee of $20. For more information, please click here or phone us at 831-375-9584.

If you need any packing material, stop by Ma's Green Living (801-A Lighthouse Avenue) and pick some up! We are a Zero Waste store so we always have packing material available from our shipments. Right now we have bubble wrap and earth-friendly packing peanuts, but sometimes we have boxes, too. Just come on in and check out what we have available.

We're located right next to UPS and Fed-Ex so you can hit us up on the way to mailing your packages!

Monterey Bay Aquarium invites you to join us for our 12th annual Cooking for Solutions weekend, May 17-19, 2013. It's three amazing days with something for everyone, featuring more than 70 chefs, 60 wineries, cooking demonstrations, discussions of sustainable food and coastal living, and more!

To see a complete schedule of events, please click here. Aquarium members may purchase tickets as of January 28. All others may purchase tickets beginning February 11. Please visit the Cooking for Solutions website for more information.

Current Comics at 400 Lighthouse Avenue in New Monterey announces an Avengers Super Sale beginning January 8, 2013!

Specials include:
Avengers Vs. X-Men (regular covers) $1.50
AVX VS (regular covers) $1.50
Uncanny Avengers #1 (regular covers) $1.50

This sale is only good while supplies last, so come in soon to avoid disappointment! All items are subject to availability and all prices are subject to change without notice. Please note that holds, pre-orders, and pulls are not included in the sale. For more information, please phone Current Comics at 831-333-1085.