January 17, 2024 Events Bulletin

SAVE THE DATE: January 29, 7 pm Candidates Forum

Friday, January 19, 5:30-6:30 – “Before They Vanish: Ethiopia’s Omo Valley” by explorer and award-winning author James Michael Dorsey, at the Community Room of the Monterey Public Library.  Hear the untold stories of one of rural Africa’s most isolated regions, with tribes that had no connections to the outside.  Free, but registration required at https://montereypl.libcal.com/event/11516110.

Sunday, January 21, 1 pm- “The Great Rupert”, the classic film starring Jimmy Durante, shown for the Sundays at Stanton series.  Doors open at 12:30. $5.00 admission.  Free with paid museum admission.  Stanton Center theater, 5 Custom House Plaza.  

Sunday, January 28, 1 pm – “The Stranger” classic film starring Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, and Orson Welles, shown for the Sundays at Stanton series.  Doors open at 12:30. $5.00 admission.  Free with paid museum admission.  Stanton Center theater, 5 Custom House Plaza.  

Monday, January 29, 7 pm – Candidates Forum for County Supervisor District 5 – at Hilltop Park Center Community Room, 871 Jessie St, corner of David, Monterey.   Hear from Kate Daniels, Alan Haffa and Bill Lipe on the issues that matter to you at this forum put on jointly by Old Town, Monterey Vista, and New Monterey Neighborhood Associations.   Ballots will be mailed out February 5 for the March 5 election.   Free. 

Thursday, February 1, 2024, 6-8 pm – “Experience the Monterey Bay through the Eyes of Early California Artists” by co authors Dr. Cynthia Wagner Weick and Artist Joaquin Turner.   This free lecture with wine reception and book signing to follow will be held at the Irvine Auditorium, 499 Pierce Street, Monterey, and is sponsored by the Marcia DeVoe Fund of the Community Foundation.

 Friday, February 2, 2024, 5-7 pm – First Friday at the Monterey Museum of Art, 559 Pacific Street. Enjoy free after-hours access to the museum for an evening of art, music, and community.

Saturday,  February 3, 2024 10-noon – Free Wharf Walk “History of the Abalone of the Monterey Bay”.  This walking tour of the wharf with Marine Historian Tim Thomas will enhance your knowledge of this historic area.  Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at (831) 521-3304 or via email timsardine@yahoo.com. The tour is for ages 10-adult only, with no more than 15 people. Tours start near the pink Harbor House on Fisherman’s Wharf.  

Saturday, February 3, 2024, 11-3 pm – Family Fun Day at the Monterey Museum of Art, 559 Pacific Street.  Free admission for the family to the museum plus fun art activities. 

Saturday, February 3, 2024 2-4 pm – Reception for Sachiko Yokota’s new exhibit “Enso (circular form) Zen” at Venture Gallery, Portola Hotel.  Free reception to view the artist’s ceramics and other household art items that express minimalism of Japanese aesthetics.   Exhibition through February 29, 10-6 pm. 

Saturday, February 10, 2024, 9 and 10:30 am – Free Tour of the Pacific Biological Laboratory, 800 Cannery Row.  The lab played a pivotal role in the life and work of marine biologist, Ed Ricketts, his friendship and collaboration with author John Steinbeck, their circle of friends, and the PBL Members who bought the Lab in the mid-1950’s and founded the Monterey Jazz Festival.  The tours are docent lead and last one hour.   Free, but donations are appreciated.  Tours are subject to space availability, and requires registration at https://montereypl.libcal.com/event/11543229.

Monday, February 12, 2024, 7-8 pm.  “A Whale’s Tale:  All About Whalefest Monterey” presented by Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis at Casa Serano, 412 Pacific Street, sponsored by Native Daughters of the Golden West.  $10 suggested donation.  Refreshments following the lecture.  RSVP to brickman@brickmanmarketing.com or phone 831-633-4444.

Saturday, February 24, 2024, 4-7 pm  – “Chocolate and Wine” fundraiser benefiting the Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific Street.    Early bird pricing of $60 until February 1.  Silent auction, wonderful food,beer and wines make this 19th annual fundraiser an event not to be missed!    For more information and to make reservations, visit https://www.investinmpl.org/event/19th-annual-chocolate-wine.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 7 pm – Old Town Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting at the McKone Building Community Room, 499 Pierce Street.  Come in person or join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/98108537286?pwd=dlZPOEM1OXVjcnZtczZncExmQVA3UT09
    Password: 055228


Old Town Neighborhood Association Board welcomes new members to run for a position on our board.  We have seven directors who serve for one year terms, and committees related to undergrounding of utilities and social events, plus we welcome ideas you may bring.  Reply to this email if you are interested. 

FREE ADMISSION to the ATT PEBBLE BEACH PRO AM WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER.  Volunteers are needed  for the ATT Pebble Beach Pro Am Friday, February 2 through Sunday, February 4th, 2024.  Get free admission to the event and help support First Night Monterey by volunteering to help at the hospitality tent on the Pebble Beach links course 15th hole.  Many shifts available.   Find more information and form to volunteer at: https://www.firstnightmonterey.org/Volunteers/index.php.

Local Elections Clerks Needed.  The League of Women Voters have announced that volunteers are needed to be election clerks for the March 5th elections.  Mandatory training is given February 15th at 2 pm or 6 pm or February 16th at 10 am.   Call Pamela Stewart at 719-331-2214 if you can help. 

Monterey’s Rental Registry Opens.   Effective January 1, 2024, owners of rental property in Monterey must register their rental unit on the city’s new Rental Inventory Portal prior to March 1.  If an owner owns and manages three or less rental units in Monterey, an exemption may be requested, but filing for the exemption must also be done by March 1.  More information and the form to register can be found at https://monterey.org/residents/neighborhoods___housing/rental_inventory.php

Monterey’s City Engagement SurveyHelp the city assess various programs by taking their survey at: https://monterey.org/engage. 

“Extraordinary Valor: The Lost History of the Buffalo Solders in Monterey” new exhibit open on Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm at the Lower Presidio Museum.  Free.

UNDERGROUNDING SURVEYIf you haven’t yet, please go to montereyundergrounding.net and complete an important survey.   Also, let them know if you want to be part of this committee.

Old Town Neighborhood Association’s website is LIVEVisit oldtownmonterey.org for the latest on events, issues, and to find the Historic Homes self-guided walk featuring historic homes in our Old Town neighborhood. 


Are you interested in finding others with your interests?  Below are some of the other local organizations that welcome new members:

American Association of University Women – This national organization promotes equity for women in the workplace and in education.  In addition to supporting  education through scholarships, they have book clubs, social events, monthly speakers, a Romancing the Coast monthly adventure, a hiking/walking group, and other interesting events.   See http://mpb-ca.aauw.net for more information. 

Monterey Civic Club – Founded in 1906, the club owns and meets monthly at the House of the Four Winds, located at 540 Calle Principal. This beautiful and historic adobe is believed to be the oldest women’s clubhouse in continuous use in the United States.  Members meet the first Tuesday of each month for lunch and a social program ($20), often with a speaker of importance to members.  Contact (831) 747-1072 for more information.

Corral of Westerners – Local group of western history buffs meets at St. Timothy’s fellowship basement room, 52 Soledad in Monterey on the second Monday each month to hear a speaker on topics of history in the west, with emphasis on our local area.  $2.00 (annual dues $20).  Refreshments served. 


Not Yet a Member of Old Town Neighborhood Association? Annual membership dues are just $20 for two adults in your household, which helps support social events and technical costs of website, Zoom meetings, and newsletter. Learn how to become a member on our website! If you have any questions, contact us!   All residents living above Pacific St between the creek near Madison and the Presidio/DLI are eligible.   Checks to OTNA can be mailed, along with your names, address, phone and email to our address below.  Old Town Neighborhood Association P O Box 724, Monterey, CA  93942

This information is being shared as a service by Old Town Neighborhood Association.  Information is presumed accurate, but is not guaranteed, and always subject to change.   Visit our website at oldtownmonterey.org

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