Unconventional First-Date Ideas for 2017

If you consider a movie and dinner way too basic and boring for your taste, you can always find unusual yet fun Valentine’s date to make it more romantic. Get inspired to think outside the box and consider these options that will set a more inviting mood.

Take a Ferry Ride

gettyimages-644016565The length of a 30-minute ferry ride is the perfect bite-sized date option for people who don’t want to have to drag things out over dinner or drinks. It’s a good chance to get fresh air, take in some sights, and suss out whether the other person’s up to snuff for a post-excursion drink or coffee.

Sample Treats at a Food Festival

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Big holidays like Chinese New Year and annual food festivals are excellent opportunities to sample bites while you get to know someone. All the various food options and the mingling in a crowd will give you a good chance to survey how adventurous and adaptable the other person is, too.

Go For a Leisurely Bike Ride

If both of you like to bike, plan a trail date in a park or scenic area where both of you can chat while cycling at a *leisurely* pace to avoid any Tour de France-worthy pile-ups.

Visit a Tea Room

gettyimages-560779579If you’re more into herbal blends than java, visit the soothing atmosphere of a tea room for your first rendezvous. The tea room owner will typically lead you in a tea ceremony at an ASMR volume while both of you sip on calming teas and feel zen.

Go to the Beach

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Whether you live by an ocean or a lake, a day out on the sand is always a calming date spot if the weather’s playing along. Soak in some sunshine near the water and as the day draws to a close, take a romantic stroll with the setting sun as an Instagram-worthy backdrop.

Go to a Carnival

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Appeal to your inner child by buying tickets for a carnival. Yes, we know, we know, so cliché. But embrace the cheesiness—share cotton candy, let him try to win you a prize, and ride the Ferris wheel if you’ve got the stomach for it. It’s a great way to get to know each other while having fun at the same time.

Go Bowling

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Whether you’re a strike machine or a ten-pin novice, there’s so much fun to be had at a bowling alley, from the beer and cheap pizza to the rush of the game itself. Set up the bumper guards if you want to avoid utter embarrassment or go no-holds-barred for a competitive one-on-one match.

Take a Wine-Tasting Tour

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Cook a Meal Together

There’s nothing more satisfying than preparing a meal together in the comfort of your own home if one or both of you is an avid cook. If you’re more of a boxed mac-and-cheese type of gal, take the backseat as a sous-chef and help with the chopping and peeling.

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Seven Tips for Sparkling Christmas Letters

Christmas letters are such good ideas! Surely, your family and friends will love to read them. Be inspired with these great tips to get you started writing a fun, creative and passionate Christmas letters this year.

Start off on a positive note

It’s a trend you can count on! Start holiday letters with a cheerful bang, not a whimper about the passage of time. Try openers like, “One of the blessings of this time of year is the chance it gives me to connect with you, my friends and family.”

Shorter is sweeter

Even the most doting aunties can be daunted by a multi-page, single-spaced Christmas letter that drones on (and on and on) about the minutia of family doings. Keep Christmas letters short and sweet! Hit the year’s high points, and save the day-by-day description of your summer vacation for long lunches or personal phone calls.

Write in your own voice.

Too often, holiday letters show symptoms of “writer-itis”: big words, turgid sentences, piled-up adjectives. Friends and neighbors don’t want to hear from Edward Bulwer Lytton, they want to hear from you! Use your own voice, and write as you speak. You’ll bring a breath of fresh air–and a happy echo of your own personality–to your letter.

Keep your audience in mind

Like pantyhose, holiday letters aren’t “one size fits all”. Business associates won’t be interested by a chatty, family newsletter, while distant cousins don’t care about the ins and outs of workplace politics.

Before you start your holiday letters, picture the recipients in your mind and write in a way that will make sense to those who will receive them. Use a free printable Christmas card list to group recipients and organize cards and letters.

Resist the urge to embellish

It’s a holiday-time stereotype: the braggin’-braggin’ Christmas letter. While it’s only natural to put your best foot forward, keep your perspective as you write. Your true colors and real personality are a lot more interesting to your friends than a puffed-up presentation of the year’s events.

Be selective about photos

With the rise of digital photography, there’s been a corresponding inflation in holiday letter photos. Share photos selectively and sparely. One or two great shots that illustrate your text are much better than an over-the-top photo barrage.

Make it personal

A sparkling, informative holiday letter is underdressed if it doesn’t contain a personal touch. Add a short handwritten note to your holiday letters for a warm finish.

Alpha computer geeks among us may use word processing software to personalize each letter. However you achieve it, be sure that the recipient can feel your warm–and personal–regard.

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Great Holiday Gift Ideas from Monterey

Tickets for Christmas in the Adobes 

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Return to the days of Alta California and see Monterey’s historic adobes beautifully decorated for the season with welcoming, candle-lit luminarias at each entrance! Enjoy festive music, living history portrayers, and the warm spirit of this year’s 33rd annual celebration that has become a family favorite during the holidays. Twenty-two adobes located throughout Monterey’s historic downtown open their doors for the festivities from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on December 9 & 10. For tickets, click this link.

Admission Buttons for First Night Monterey

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Buy Buttons for First Night Monterey 2017 now! Your ticket to all the activities at our 24th annual community celebration of the arts! Early bird prices are in effect through December 5. Discounted Family Pack is available on-line only through December 28. Button sales will begin at our retail partners after Thanksgiving. FNM Buttons are a work of original art and make great stocking stuffers and Secret Santa gifts!

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Books

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium bookstore offers a variety of books about sea otters, seahorses and other topics related to the Aquarium exhibits. You can shop online here.

Pebble Beach Golf Course Photo Cards and Prints 

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These greeting cards feature scenes of the Monterey area by photographer Miriam Grebe. Included are fifteen photos of the Pebble Beach Golf Course greens. Use our Gift Box Order Form to order gift boxes at discounted prices, or use our Cards & Prints Order Form to order individual cards and prints. For more information , visit ww.miriamgrebeimages.com.

Photo Mousepads

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Miriam Grebe is now offering mousepads made from any of the photos featured on this website or on MontereyChristmasCards.com. Each mousepad measures 9 1/4 inches wide by 7 3/4 inches high and is made with high-density black foam and a tough, stain-resistant cloth cover. The cost is $12 per mousepad.

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Must-Sees in Monterey this Holiday Season

Late November and early December are packed with events that will really evoke the feelings of holidays in Monterey. From parades and multiple tree lightnings, holidays in Monterey County are not taken lightly. Check out the upcoming holiday events that you shouldn’t miss.

SALINAS HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS

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Sunday, November 27, 6pm- Get into the Christmas spirit at the Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights. This family and community-centric event is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. The lighted parade consists of marching bands, floats, dancers and classic cars. Come early and grab a spot along the parade route which goes up South Main Street and through Oldtown to the National Steinbeck Center.

LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

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Sunday, December 4, 6pm- Fabulously decorated boats and yachts set sail on the Monterey Bay for an evening Lighted Boat Parade. Creatively decked out ships will leave the Coast Guard Pier and cruise past Cannery Row to Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove.

STREETS OF BETHLEHEM

Wednesday, December 7 – Saturday, December 10, 6pm-8:30pm- Step into the Nativity story, as 200 re-enactors, along with live animals and musical groups, recreate the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Volunteers from the First Baptist Church of Salinas recreate the entire town of Bethlehem to provide visitors with a truly immersive experience.

CHRISTMAS IN THE ADOBES

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Friday, December 9 – Saturday, December 10, 5-9pm- Celebrate the holidays 19th century style at the Christmas in the Adobes. Monterey’s twenty adobes will be lit up in holiday splendor with live entertainment, refreshments and volunteers in 19th century attire. There is no better way to tour these historic adobes all within a half-mile of each other. Docents will also be on hand to tell stories about the unique history and to answer questions about the rare architecture. Tickets are $25 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-17 (must be accompanied by a paying adult), and free for children ages 5 and under.

JINGLE BELL RUN WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 10, 8am- Put on your Santa hat and sneakers and get ready to run (or walk) along Pacific Grove’s stunning coastline during the Jingle Bell Run. This 5K race benefits the Arthritis Foundation and begins at Lover’s Point Park. Have fun with Santa, tie jingle bells to your shoes and help raise funds to support the foundation.

SANTA’S FLY-IN

Saturday, December 10, 10am- Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town in style! The famous couple flies in by helicopter direct from the North Pole to Carmel Valley Village Airfield. There they’ll board their sleigh, lead a parade through Carmel Valley Village and end up at the Carmel Valley Youth Center for visits with youngsters.

FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY

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Saturday, December 31, 3pm- Looking for a family friendly New Year’s Eve event? Then look no further than First Night Monterey! Plenty of entertainment will be on hand with a plethora of art exhibits, live music, dance performances, great food and more. Over thirty venues in downtown Monterey hold performances throughout the afternoon and into the New Year.

RIO GRILL’S RESOLUTION RUN

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Sunday, January 1, 8am- Time to burn off all of those holiday cookies during Rio Grill’s Resolution Run. Kick off 2017 with this 6.5 mile foot race or a 3 mile family fun run. The gorgeous course begins at Crossroads Shopping Village in Carmel, and takes runners along trails and sandy beaches, all with views of the glorious Carmel coastline.

SOURCE: www.seemonterey.com

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Enjoy the Harvest Season at Casa de Fruta

Casa de Fruta is family owned and operated roadside establishment that combines lodging, restaurant, wine, sweets, amusement and fruits all into a one!

At the roadside orchard resort in the fertile Pacheco Valley between Monterey and Yosemite, they’ve welcomed visitors from around the world. They have everything you need at Casa de Fruta: a 24-hour restaurant, fruit stand, gift shop, Chevron station, children’s playground, hamburger stand, RV Park, an inn, wine shop and more!

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Stop by to select fresh-off-the-farm fruits and vegetables, premium dried fruits and nuts and unique condiments. Casa de Wine offers gourmet groceries and full-service deli selections. Sandwiches and box lunches are available any time, which is perfect for a car ride! You can also sample their award winning wines from Zanger Vineyards. Casa de Sweets is a candy lover’s paradise, with offerings like taffy, chocolate covered fruits and nuts, peanut brittle, fudge, caramel apples and much more!

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Casa de Fruta is 78 km away from Monterey and has an approximately 57 minutes travel time. So whether you’re going to one of the many events hosted at our grounds (Northern Renaissance Faire, Warrior Dash, Gilroy Garlic Festival just to name a few) or just passing on the highway, please stop by and enjoy many offerings!

For more information, visit Casa de Fruta’s official website at www.casadefruta.com.

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8 Tips to Make Your Holiday Instagrams Even More Likeable

1) Think of a narrative.

For your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, think about what you want to convey—do you want to focus on the story of the food, or the story of the family?

For food, you might want to get closer to the subject to fully capture texture and colors. If you’re focusing on the family gathered together, you’ll likely want to get an overhead shot that includes plates, table settings, and hands reaching for another helping of mashed potatoes.

2) Look for natural light.

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Any photographer will tell you that light from a window is much more flattering than any artificial lighting in your home. If you don’t have large windows in your kitchen or dining room, go outside to take a photo of your favorite dish. “I can’t tell you how many photos I’ve shot on my front stoop or back porch,” says Sarah Copeland, food director at Real Simple and the cook and photographer behind the account, @edibleliving.
3) Find a neutral background.

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Let the food speak for itself, says Pai. “I avoid patterns or strong colors, because they hide the food rather than making the food your hero.” When photographing food, look for a clean, neutral surface—Copeland suggests a white tablecloth, marble countertop, or plain wood table.

4) Prep your environment.

“Your background can do a lot to help or hurt the photo,” Copeland says. “Clear away anything that won’t improve your shot.” Pai agrees—if you’re going for an overhead shot that creates a “scene,” just be sure to remove any props or items from the table that will detract from your image. This includes dirty napkins, children’s toys, or a dishtowel that landed on the table when you carried in the casserole dish.

5) Zoom with your feet.

“The zoom on your camera isn’t a natural zoom, it’s a digital zoom,” explains Pai. “Things become very grainy. Use your body to get the composition right.” If you want to get closer to a subject, move your body closer. Keep in mind you can always crop the photo later.

6) Take more than one photo.

Don’t move on after one shot—and don’t take 15 shots from the exact same position. Instead experiment with “different perspectives and angles to see which looks best,” Pai says.

 

7) Adjust exposure beforehand.
You may think you can only adjust brightness after you’ve imported your photo into Instagram (or other editing app), but iPhone users can actually adjust exposure when framing the shot. Focus the camera onto your subject, and tap the screen. A yellow box will show up around the focus point of your shot, and a tiny yellow sun will appear to the right of the box. Move your finger up or down to play with the exposure.

8) Don’t go too crazy with edits.

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Dinner photos typically don’t look their best when heavily filtered, says Copeland: “Post food shots without a filter so natural colors don’t get distorted, or limit yourself to one or two filters that feel like your look, and stick to them so they all have a cohesive feel.”

SOURCE: www.realsimple.com

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Everything You Should Do Now to Prepare for Thanksgiving

To keep organized, it is very important to place in order all the tasks that need to be done prior to your Thanksgiving celebration. Always remember that this day is always a hectic time. Thanksgiving may not be for another week but if you really want to celebrate it with your loved ones, here are a few things to consider.

Lock Down Your Travel Plans

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Whether you’re headed to the airport or hitting the road, now’s the time to make sure your travel plans are all locked down and set in stone. Changes to big tickets like flights or trains will likely cost a pretty penny at this stage, but at least now you’ll have options if a change is necessary. If you have to make or change plans next week, especially right up against Thanksgiving, you may not even have options available, and the ones you have will be astronomically expensive.
– You should save money booking your travel
– Rebook your hotel befpre you check in to save cash on vacation

Get Your Knives Sharpened

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If you’re doing the cooking next week, here’s something you can do now that will make the whole affair much easier: Get your knives professionally sharpened, or at least put them to a honing steel or sharpening stone yourself. We’ve mentioned before that a dull knife is a dangerous knife, and you don’t want to get stuck in the kitchen cooking one of the biggest meals of the year with dull, difficult-to-handle knives.

Plan Your Menu, and Estimate Time Back from Zero

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Now is also a good time to plan your menu. Even if you’re planning a meal for two or by yourself, taking time to think about it now gives you the opportunity to make it something special and fun, instead of just another dinner. Look for Thanksgiving menus for two (there are plenty around the web). Plus, you’ll have plenty of leftovers without having to deal with the hassle of waiting for a whole bird to cook. If you are hosting a crowd, plan things out. Think about what you want to serve, and what ingredients you’ll need for everything, and make your shopping list. You’ll have plenty of time to shop, so ideally you can avoid having to run to the grocery store at the last minute to pick up something you forgot.

Buy Difficult to Find Ingredients, or Ingredients that Need Long Prep Time

If you’re cooking for people with specific dietary concerns and have to find dishes for them, or if you’re planning to fancy things up by making something unusual or interesting, now is a good time to make sure you can get your hands on those special ingredients. Similarly, if you’re planning on making something that needs a lot of time to prepare or requires a lot of work, it’s best to handle it now and then give yourself plenty of time to work with it over the next week.

Test Out Any Recipes You’ve Never Made on Family Now

Similarly, nothing’s worse than cooking something you’ve never made before on the big day and having it turn out less than stellar (or downright awful). If you’re planning on making something you’ve never made before, give it a dry run with your family first. Maybe you’ve never made the type of pie you want to bake, or you’re planning to give a new dressing recipe a whirl. Instead of making it the day of and hoping everything goes well, try it now, or this weekend, when you have time to see if it’s good, get all of the right ingredients, and, if you don’t like it or want to make changes, you can adjust and tweak the recipe so it works for you.

Tidy Up the Place

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Finally, now is a good time to do a good, thorough cleaning, especially if you’re hosting visitors. Often the last few minutes before guests arrive is a whirlwind of final prep work and cleaning, but if you spruce things up now, you have the time and the energy to devote to a thorough cleaning and organizing things you actually want to pay attention to than if you’re up against the wall and doing it the day before you know you’ll be in the kitchen cooking all day. Plus, as you get closer to Thanksgiving and even when guests arrive, you’ll have minimal tidying to do to make sure everything is spotless.

SOURCE: http://www.lifehacker.com

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Must-See Harvest and Fall Events in Monterey

Fall is officially here and there’s no shortage of events in Monterey Country. Get festive at these most awaited havest and fall events.

NIGHT OWL: OKTOBERFEST

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Join the Museum in learning all about Oktoberfest. They’ll have gallons of fun and entertainment on hand, including home brew tastings and live music by David Holodiloff from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Members can start the party early with extra beer tastings at 7 p.m.

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CARMEL VALLEY WINE EXPERIENCE HARVEST FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The CVWE hosts their 2nd annual HARVEST Celebration at Carmel Valley Ranch in the Carmel Valley on Saturday, October 1st. From 1pm to 4pm, this Food & Wine event will showcase the bounty of Monterey County and its sunny and serene Carmel Valley.

LIST of PARTICIPANTS:

WINERIES: Bernardus, Big Sur Vineyards, Bunter Spring, Chesebro, Cima Collina, Holman Ranch, Idle Hour, Joullian, Joyce, Mercy, Parsonage, Swing and Talbott.

RESTAURANTS: Anton & Michel, Cachaugua General Store, Jerome’s Village Market, Roux, Valley Kitchen (Carmel Valley Ranch), Will’s Fargo and more…

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OKTOBERFEST MONTEREY BAY
October 1, 2016 – October 2, 2016

Oktoberfest will be held the first week end in October. Saturday, October 1st, noon to 7pm. Sunday, October 2nd, Family Day, noon to 6pm. Delicious mouth watering Oktoberfest food and beers. Fun filled activities including Dachshund Races, Ms Oktoberfest and Ms Jr. Oktoberfest contests, Jumphouses Live Entertainment The Hazelnuss Das Music and Alpine Band.

General Entrance Fee: $20 Saturday, $15 Sunday (Family Day); $30 Both Days At the Door at the day of the event: $25 Saturday, $20 Sunday Children under 12 are welcome and free

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FALL FESTIVAL AT THE FARM
October 15, 2016

Their Fall Festival features live puppet shows at 10:30am and 11:30am, pumpkin races at 12pm, free hayrides until 1pm and cow-train rides for $5. 10:30am. Spreckles Boulevard West at Highway 68, Salinas. Free event.

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SOURCE: www.seemonterey.com

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A Must See Place in Monterey: Cannery Row

Cannery Row in Monterey is the most popular vacation destination on California’s Central Coast. This historic waterfront district on Monterey Bay was made famous by writer John Steinbeck, who illustrated Cannery Row life in his colorful stories. The best of Monterey hotels, attractions and recreation, authentic Monterey restaurants, convenient shopping and exciting Monterey nightlife are all found on Monterey’s Cannery Row.

Hera are few noteworthy locations that will make your visit worthwhile.

THE FISH HOPPER

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Experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, combined with world class dining on historic Cannery Row,within walking distance to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and fine shops.The Fish Hopper, once an original sardine cannery building, offers spectacular panoramic views of the beautiful Monterey Bay from every table including our heated outdoor patio. The Fish Hopper specializes in fresh sustainable seafood,certified Angus steaks,pastas and live shellfish.

MONTEREY MIRROR MAZE & LAZER CHALLENGER

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Get Lost in the Fun! Guaranteed Fun for all ages! The newest entertainment craze, a mind-bending experience, awesome light & sound show. A creatively designed mirror maze. Encounter surprising corners, dead ends and continuous circles. Psychedelic setting with high tech lighting and pumping music. The maze will entice and confuse you utterly lost. But find your way out and become a Maze Master.

A TASTE OF MONTEREY WINE MARKET & BISTRO

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This regional wine market and bistro is Cannery Row’s 2nd largest attraction and is a must see when in Monterey. We invite you to come in and discover the culinary delights of Monterey Wine Country. Take in the magnificent ocean’s edge location while sampling locally-sourced wine and food. An entire wall of windows overlooks the majestic Monterey Bay, providing a stunning backdrop view for a wine tasting and/or dinning adventure. Housed in a renovated circa 1918 sardine cannery and showcases over 95 Monterey County wineries.

SARDINE FACTORY

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Every city has that one can’t miss restaurant, where celebrities feel at home and every other guest feels like a celebrity. Since October 2, 1968, The Sardine Factory’s cachet has made dining in the historic Cannery Row setting a tradition for world leaders, sports heroes and entertainment icons. Their award-winning chefs prepare delectable creations of fresh, sustainable seafood and USDA Prime & Dry Aged Beef; winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award and the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. The Lounge’s live entertainment and affordable menu are a casual alternative to their other dining rooms.

Source: www.seemonterey.com

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Upcoming Monterey Indigenous Art Events You Shouldn’t Miss

SAND CITY WEST END CELEBRATION
AUGUST 26 – 28, 2016

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Sand City is known for its funky, independent and artistic atmosphere, and nowhere is that more on display than the West End Celebration. The streets of Sand City shut down and become an open-air artists’ fair, showcasing truly unique works from artists throughout Monterey County. Resident Sand City artists also open their studio doors throughout the day, inviting the public to view both completed works and works in progress. Many studios also host live performances during the event.

FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
The Sand City West End Celebration also showcases local food, wine and music. Food booths feature local favorites such as artichokes and taste wines from several local wineries. 2016’s musical acts include Maria Muldaur, Red Beans & Rice and many more! Visit the West End Celebration’s official website for a complete schedule.

MAP
The West End Celebration centers around Contra Costa Street and Ortiz Avenue in Sand City. Access the neighborhood via either Contra Costa Street or Tioga Avenue.

For more information, visit www.westendcelebration.com.

CARMEL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 19 – 23, 2016

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Contemporary art and independent film collide for five days in Carmel-by-the-Sea during the Carmel International Film Festival. The festival features art in almost every medium including music, fine art and, of course, film. Events will be scattered throughout the artist’s haven of Carmel-by-the-Sea with the Sunset Cultural Center as the hub for the event.

FILM SCREENINGS
Over 100 films will be shown for five days straight beginning Wednesday, October 21st. Film categories include narrative, feature, documentary, short, animation and student films. Venues include the Sunset Center, the Cherry Center for the Arts, the Adobe Theater and the Carmel High School Performing Arts Center.

TICKETS
Day Passes can be purchased for $53.74 and includes film screenings that begin before 5pm. All Access Film Passes can be purchased for $101.22 and include all film screenings. Click here to view other packages and to purchase tickets online.

For more information, visit http://www.carmelfilmfest.com

MONTEREY COWBOY POETRY & MUSIC FESTIVAL
NOVEMBER 18 – 20, 2016

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For 17 years, cowboys, cowgirls and their fans have been gathering in Monterey, the place where the Old West began, for the country’s greatest “ode-down”: the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, from November 20-22, 2015.

The festival provides guests with three days of the finest in cowboy arts all at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. You’ll hear everything from musical performances to storytelling and live poetry and a chance to pick up plenty of cowboy art and gear just in time for Christmas!

PERFORMERS
You can catch poetry from Don Edwards, Dave Stamey, Karen Ross, Sons of the San Joaquin and many more. For a complete schedule visit the Cowboy Poetry’s official website.

ACTIVITIES
Between poetry and musical performances, shop for the holidays at the Art & Gear Show. Friday night’s Happy Hour will allow for meet and greets from some of the performers followed by a late night jam session. On Saturday guests can check out “Writing the Range” and “Write ’em Cowboy” or find one-of-a-kind treasures during the silent auction. Sunday’s Cowboy Church gives guests the chance to worship with a Western accent.

SOURCE: www.seemonterey.com

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