March 22, 2024 Events Bulletin

Saturday, March 23, 10-1:30 – Fourth Annual Bunny Hop and Photo Op – on Colton Hall Lawn.  Kids can enjoy face painting, games, activities and My Museum Wheelie Mobile for free.  However, there is a $10 cost for an Easter basket containing 24 prefilled eggs, a plush toy, and a photo op with Peter Cottontail, and photo opportunities are by appointment only by registering on the Special Events 2024 button at Monterey.org/rec.  Note this is not an Easter egg hunt, and is sponsored by Parks and Rec.

Monday, March 25, 2024, 6 pm Monterey Police Department Town Hall on Military Equipment Use at City Council Chambers, 580 Pacific Street or via zoom at Monterey-org.zoomgov.com/j/1606041265 or by phone at 833-568-88864, enter webinar ID 160-604-1265.

Thursday, March 28, 2024, 6 pm- Neighborhood and Community Improvement Program Meeting in City Council Chambers.   Please come and comment on projects that you support at this first review of the 2024-2025 submitted projects in the first half of neighborhoods.   NCIP projects use a portion of the Transient Occupancy Tax collected by the city.  You can hear details of projects by attending in person or online via Zoom (details on joining online or by phone will be posted with agenda packet at https://isearchmonterey.org the week of the meeting).    You can find the entire list of projects   https://files.monterey.org/Document%20Center/Public%20Works/Engineering/NCIP/2024%20NCIP%20Project%20List%2002-23-24.pdf.   The board of the Old Town Neighborhood Association supports project 54, listed under Multi Neighborhood, submitted by Suzie Grimes of Old Town.  This project would help the safety and reliability of our power by undergrounding the portion of Del Monte Avenue between Sloat and Palo Verde, where the downed communication lines last year forced an outage of several days west of the transformer located here, including large portions of Monterey, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach.   We feel this would be a crucial first step in a city plan to protect not only services but necessary escape routes.   This project will be discussed and reviewed on April 11 at 6 pm.

Sunday, March 31, 2024, 1-6 pm Easter Sunday at the Wharf – Besides the opportunity to enjoy the decorations and an Easter meal on the wharf, bring your camera to photograph your family with the Easter Bunny in front of Abalonetti’s restaurant between 1-6.

Friday, April 5, 2024- 6:30; and 7-9 “Seeing is Believing: Exploring the World of Augmented Reality, the New Digital Frontier”, a digital art projection by Karen Owen as part of First Friday Pacific Grove.  Augmented reality combines the real, physical world with additional layers of digital information overlaying and interacting with the environment-using music and sound, simple text and images, video and 3D animation.  At 6:30, images of butterflies taken by Bob Pacelli will be projected onto the Pacific Grove Library at 550 Central and will also be projected inside the Pacific Grove Art Center at 568 Lighthouse Avenue from 7-9.  The public is invited to enjoy this free public art along with the other exhibits in the gallery.  Donations are always appreciated.

Saturday, April 6, 11-4 pm – Monterey Museum of Art’s Block Party.  Enjoy a free day of art, inspiration, and community spirit around the Monterey Museum of Art, 559 Pacific Street.  In the evening, an adults-only (21+) Dance Party will be held from 7-10 pm at a cost of $25 per person.  Learn more at https://www.montereyart.org/event/block-party

Saturday, April 6, 12-4 pm – Meet the Artist Dee Steiner at Venture Gallery.  Ms. Steiner, April’s featured artist, will be at the gallery to explain the process of her work, which is on display April 1-30.  12-2 pm Ms Steiner will demonstrate her techniques.  2-4 is a meet and greet.  She will also be there April 20, 2-4 pm. 

Thursday, April 11, 2024- Neighborhood and Community Improvement Program Meeting in City Council Chambers.   Please come and comment on projects that you support at this first review of the 2024-2025 submitted projects in the second half of neighborhoods and multi neighborhoods.   NCIP projects use a portion of the Transient Occupancy Tax collected by the city.  You can hear details of projects by attending in person or online via Zoom (details on joining online or by phone will be posted with agenda packet at https://isearchmonterey.org.    You can find the entire list of projects   https://files.monterey.org/Document%20Center/Public%20Works/Engineering/NCIP/2024%20NCIP%20Project%20List%2002-23-24.pdf.   The board of the Old Town Neighborhood Association supports project 54, listed under Multi Neighborhood, submitted by Suzie Grimes of Old Town.  This project would help the safety and reliability of our power by undergrounding the portion of Del Monte Avenue between Sloat and Palo Verde, where the downed communication lines last year forced an outage of several days west of the transformer located here, including large portions of Monterey, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach.   We feel this would be a crucial first step in a city plan to protect not only services but necessary escape routes.   This project will be discussed and reviewed on April 11 at 6 pm.

Saturday, April 13 and Sunday April 14, 10 am to 5 pm- Whalefest   Enjoy wharf history walks with historian Tim Thomas at 11:00 and 12:30 (meet in front of Harbor House); a calamari cooking demonstration by chef Tene Shake at 2:30-3pm in front of Kokomos/Grotto Fish Market on the wharf; abalone races at 11:30 and 1:30 in front of Rockfish Harbor Grill; Scrimshaw, whale origami, and gyotaku arts and crafts in front of Abalonetti from 12-3 pm; Musicians and special performances 10-5 pm at head of Fisherman’s Wharf; Research and Rescue Vessels to tour at the California Dock on the wharf 10-5 pm;  SATURDAY ONLY:  See fun and educational marine-centered exhibits at the Custom House Plaza, Causeway and Fisherman’s Wharf, including a 43-foot walk-in inflatable whale, and “Gracie” a real 30 foot gray whale skeleton.  The Pearl Fire Boat, Current’ Sea (a “whale disentanglement ambulance”) and NOAA’s Fulmar research vessels can be seen on Saturday only.   SUNDAY ONLY:  Symposium with world renowned marine researchers from 10-5 pm at the Stanton Center Theater off Custom House Plaza.  The recently-restored Western Flyer may be toured on Sunday only at the California Dock on Fisherman’s Wharf with required reservation.   In addition, there will be a Marine Mammal Center Release at 10 am Sunday at the Monterey Beach by Adventures by the Sea.  A Beach and Street Clean-up will start from the Marine Life Studies Booth between 11-1 pm Sunday only.   Events are free for the whole family to enjoy!   If you can help volunteer for this wonderful event, please contact dorothyfindlater@gmail.com.  Volunteers working a four hour shift or longer will receive a free chowder bowl or turkey sandwich plus a marine lanyard.  Volunteers must be 15 years or older.   For a complete schedule of events, visit whalefest.org and Montereywharf.com.      

Saturday, April 13, 2-4 pm – “Monterey in the Mexican Era” and the Role of Women in Monterey during the 1800s, a free presentation by Aaron Gilmartin and Julia Madden-Fulk, both interpreters at the Monterey State Historic Park.  A third speaker will be Pulitzer prize-winning local author Jane Smiley who will discuss her book, “A Dangerous Business”, about challenges faced by women during that era in Monterey.  Books will be available to purchase after the presentations.   The event will be held in the Monterey Public Library community room, and is sponsored by the Monterey County branch of the American Association of University Women.  No formal registration is required, and membership in AAUW is not required, but an email to deborahstern1@gmail.com would be appreciated.  

Saturday, June 1, 11:15-3:00 pm La Merienda –Merienda “Tickets” are on sale to members of the Monterey History and Art Association for $100.  Go to https://montereyhistory.org to join, purchase reservations, or for more information.   To find the merienda information, click on the events button, then merienda.  Non- MHAA members can purchase reservations only after April 1 for $125/per person if still available.  If paying online, note the merienda flyer tells you to also email MHAA the information that goes with your payment.  The Merienda is Monterey’s annual celebration of the 254th anniversary of the founding of our pueblo, held in the Memory Garden behind the Pacific House.  The senses are enlivened by this colorful and extravagant celebration featuring a barbecue buffet of stellar food prepared by chefs from Old Fisherman’s Grotto and their team and served by local celebrities.  Mariachis, folklorico dancing on stage, and exquisite pageantry mark this as a signature event for Monterey, rarely seen by non-locals.    OTNA members can request on their reservation form sent/emailed to MHAA to sit at Old Town neighborhood’s table until filled.  Please also email us at oldtownneighborhood@gmail.com once your reservation (and membership, if applicable) has been completed through MHAA, to let us know you requested to sit at our table, subject to availability.

ANNOUNCEMENTS  

Monterey CERT new training class will be held on May 4, 11, and 18. Classes teach basic preparedness skills, plus valuable skills on searching for lost persons, helping our fire and police departments in duties that relieve them to handle emergencies.   You can sign up to participate by emailing training@montereycert.org.

STORM HELP- Free Sandbags are available to fill at the Fire Station, Pacific and Jefferson Streets.  Free charging of phone and warmth are offered at the Monterey Public Library.

Monterey County’s New Emergency Alerting System is up and available.  Residents need to update or create an account by visiting alertmoontereycounty.org.  Official public safety text messages will come from 65513 and phone calls will come from 831-308-4911.  For more information, visit alertmry.org/informed.

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.  Any residential property owner or manager who wants help can drop in  to the community room at the Monterey Public Library Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 5 through April 18 from 1pm to 4 pm.

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. 

COMMUNITY GROUPS AND CLUBS

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/meeting (annual dues $20).  Refreshments served. 

Gentrain Society is an organization for life-long learners.  They generally meet the first and third Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 at the Monterey Peninsula College Lecture Forum #103.  Lectures are free and open to the public (except $3.00 parking fee).  Topics range from drama, history, and understanding civilizations and more.  Courses are also offered, along with trips organized for special events.  To see more information, visit gentrain.org.

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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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