Photos by James Ruiz, Adam Matzinger and Alison Gamel


November 1st – 22nd, 2017

FREE Tour of Asilomar Birds and Their Habitat Homes

California State Parks

Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Location: Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove, CA ***Recurring weekly on Wednesdays*** Take a tour with California State Parks! Join State Parks staff and docents to discover how the bird species of Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds utilize their respective habitats – from piney woods to surf and shore! Learn about the most commonly seen Asilomar birds and how to identify them; what are the birds’ natural history; and where the Asilomar birding spots are located. Free tour lasts approximately one hour. Dress in layers and binoculars if available.Meet at the CA State Parks desk inside the Hearst Social Hall – no RSVP necessary. NOTE: Tour cancelled if heavy rain. For more information, please visit  

November 11th – December 9th, 2017

The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein

The Western Stage

Music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan MAINSTAGE MUSICAL, Nov 11, 12, 18 (GALA*), 19, 25, 26, Dec 1, 2, 8, 9 A zany new musical by the authors of The Producers. Can a brilliant American doctor find his heart, among other body parts, in Transylvania? This musical sendup of movie horror films unleashes the many talents of America’s favorite funny man, Mel Brooks. A hilarious musical romp full of double entendres. *GALA tickets, Nov. 18th are only available at the Hartnell Foundation (831) 755-6810 or by following this link: GALA TICKETS When: Sat, Nov 11, 2017 - Sat, Dec 9, 2017 @ 7:30 PM Location: Western Stage, 411 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901 For more information, please visit  

November 18th, 2017

Del Monte Shopping Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Del Monte Shopping Center

Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm

Location: Del Monte Shopping Center, 1410 Del Monte Center Monterey, CA 93940

Get ready for holiday fun and festivities at Del Monte Center on Saturday, November 18th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. This family-friendly event kicks off the holiday season with the lighting of the Del Monte Christmas Tree by Santa & Mrs. Claus. Enjoy live music, free refreshments and free reindeer antlers for kids! For more information, please visit  

November 19th, 2017

Bubbles and Bags

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast (GICC) is pleased to announce our fall fundraiser: Bubbles and Bag, Sunday, November 19, 2017, from 1pm-4pm at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach.  Join us for the event and shop for a great cause! Sip champagne, socialize and purchase some fabulous handbags to add to your collection or to give as holiday gifts. To purchase tickets First Peek Preview at 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (For "Buy it Now" Purchase only) Tickets $100 Silent Auction 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Tickets $ 35.000 To Donate Bags Last year more than 500 handbags were donated to the event.  Our goal for 2017 is to top that number, but we need your help!  We are collecting handbags NOW and will do so until Friday, October 6, 2017.  We hope that you and your friends have good quality handbags that you would like to donate to the cause.  We are looking for: Bag donation locations: Fenton & Keller, 2801 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 373-1241, or you may contact Girls Inc. (831) to arrange for pick-up.  The Salinas donation location is the Girls Inc. of the Central Coast office at 318 Cayuga St, Suite 101A, Salinas, CA 93901. For more information, call (831) 772-0882. For More information, contact Patty at or (831) 772-0882. About Girls Inc. of the Central Coast Girls Inc. of the Central Coast is an affiliate of Girls Inc., a national organization and the country’s leading research and evaluation organization on issues pertaining to girls and young women. We are the first affiliate to offer programs completely facilitated by teens. We work with girls ages 8 to 18 with proven “girl-focused” programs at our outreach sites throughout Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties. Each year, we serve over 1,400 girls in 33 schools in 9 cities. Our mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold and to respect themselves and the world around them.   If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact the Girls Inc. of the Central Coast office at (831) 772-0882.  For more information visit our website Contact: Patty Fernandez Executive Director Tel: 831-772-0882 Fax: 831-772-0773  

November 24th, 2017

Cannery Row Tree Lighting

Join us for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Cannery Row! This free event is a fun tradition for the whole family – featuring Christmas Carolers, Santa’s Reindeer and of course, Santa Claus himself!

Time: 5pm – 7pm

Location: 700 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 4:00 – 8:00 Balloon Artist 4:00 – 8:00 Reindeer 5:30 – 8:30 Christmas carolers 5:45 – 6:00 Tree Lighting Ceremony 6:00 – 9:00 Visit with Santa and take a FREE photo PARKING: Locals park for free after 4:00 pm every day at the Cannery Row Garage (601 Foam St. between Hoffman/Prescott). For more information, please visit  

November 25th, 2017

Science Saturday: Magnificent Monarchs

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Time: 10:00 AM  3:00 PM Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 Celebrate the return of Pacific Grove's monarch butterfly population during Magnificent Monarchs on Saturday, November 25th, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. at the Museum. View live butterflies up close, create an origami monarch, have your face painted like a monarch, and learn more about these amazing insects that return to Pacific Grove every year. Science Saturdays are free and open to everyone! For more information, please visit  

November 25th & 26th, 2017

Monterey Gem Faire

Monterey County Fairgrounds

Time: Hours are Sat. 10am-5pm and Sun. 10am-4pm. Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey, CA Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Fine jewelry, crystals, gems, beads, gold & silver, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Exhibitors from around the world. Free hourly door prizes. For more info, visit or call (503) 252-8300 or email: Bring a can of food and receive free admission, to benefit Food Bank for Monterey County. For more information, please call (503) 252-8300 visit  

November 26th, 2017

Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights

Oldtown Salinas

Time: 6pm Location: Oldtown Salinas, One Main Street, Salinas, CA Kick off your holidays at the annual Salinas family and community delight that attracts over 10,000 spectators. Parade entrants range from marching bands, floats and dancers to walking groups and classic cars. The route winds up South Main Street and through Oldtown to the National Steinbeck Center. Celebrity announcers keep you well informed during the festivities. For more information, please visit  

November 30th, 2017

16th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights

Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm Location: Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 Lighted parade will feature marching bands, holiday floats, dance teams, equestrian groups, and of course, Santa Claus.  After the parade, stores will remain open for Holiday shopping & wagon rides, photos with Santa & carolers. This event begins at 6:00pm RAIN or SHINE! For more information, please visit  

December 1st, 2017

Downtown Monterey Tree Lighting Celebration

Sponsored by the City of Monterey, First Night Monterey, and the Old Monterey Business Association

Time: 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Colton Hall, Monterey, CA 93940

Monterey's traditional Community Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration takes place on Friday, December 2nd on the lawn in front of historic Colton Hall from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, featuring carols, candles, cookies, cider, music and good cheer. For more information, please visit  

December 1st, 2017

Holiday Tree Lighting and Carmel Plaza Party

Time: 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Devendorf Park, Ocean Avenue & Mission Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Come and join us in celebrating the 2017 Holiday Season at the annual City Holiday Tree Lighting and Carmel Plaza Holiday Party. The City Holiday Tree Lighting is held at Devendorf Park on Ocean Avenue between Junipero and Mission, where the Monterey Fire Department will deliver Santa Claus. City Tree Lighting Entertainment starts at 3 p.m., and Mayor Steve Dallas will light the tree at approximately 5:45 p.m. Rain or Shine!!! Festivities at Devendorf Park will include performances by the Carmel Middle School, Carmel River School, Junipero Serra School, Carmel Presbyterian Church, The Dance Center, and special singing guests. Immediately following the tree lighting the Carmel Plaza located on Ocean between Junipero and Mission will also host their annual open house until 7 pm, offering refreshments and entertainment. For more information, please visit  

December 1st – 17th, 2017

Christmas on the Wharf

Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf

Time: Friday evenings from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Location: Old Fisherman's Wharf, 1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA Save the date for this fabulous holiday destination and be sure to bring your family and friends this holiday season to create wonderful memories at Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf! Monterey Fisherman's Wharf Association is proud to sponsor and hold its 2nd Annual “Christmas on the Wharf” Weekend festivities on Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California featuring great holiday entertainment, a dazzling array of beautiful holiday lights and decorations, a 19-foot Christmas tree, free sweet treats, free Santa “meet and greet” visits, photo ops with Santa and lovely holiday princesses and much more! Beginning Friday, December 1st through Sunday, December 17th, on Friday evenings from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., families are encouraged to come meet Santa and create wonderful memories with free Santa visits at his “house” and have a photo op for kids and family. Christmas holiday princesses will also be on hand to greet the children and for photo ops on Fridays from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. There will also be a toy drop at Santa’s house for Salvation Army. Each weekend, there will be complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, apple cider and cookies (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at the Wharf tent courtesy of Fisherman’s Wharf Association and Old Fisherman’s Grotto.   There will also be free drawings for a dinner for two and more. Christmas carolers and live entertainment will also be featured each weekend. And, there will be great Christmas shopping, dining, whale watching, fishing, watching marine life and more fun this holiday season on the Wharf. The Wharf businesses will be beautifully decorated with lots of colorful holiday lights and a majestic lit Christmas tree. Ice Skating By the Bay and the Dali17 at the Museum of Monterey will be available for visits in the adjacent Custom House Plaza. On December 8th and 9th and 10th, the Wharf will be a stop off during the Christmas in the Adobes tours in downtown Monterey. Many of the restaurants, stores and other businesses are open 365-days a year and you can celebrate your special holidays at the Wharf. There will also be many Christmas specials provided by Wharf merchants. Charlie Brown Christmas will be performed on weekends at the Wharf Theatre. For more information, please visit  

December 2nd, 2017

St. Dunstan’s Church Madrigal Affair Holiday Boutique

Time: 3-6 pm Location: St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, Carmel Valley Sip, shop and savor Saturday, Dec. 2, 3-6 pm at “A Madrigal Affair” boutique at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, Carmel Valley.  Browse a curated, discounted selection of clothing and accessories from Madrigal in Carmel, bid on the fabulous Silent Auction, and take home a luscious bakery sweet.  Be serenaded with sounds of the season as you enjoy wine, beverages, and small bites.  Admission $20 advance purchase, $25 at the door.  Sale continues Sunday, Dec. 3, 9 am to 1 pm (free admission Sunday).  Proceeds fund grants to organizations meeting urgent needs in Monterey County. 28005 Robinson Canyon Road.  Reserve at or call 831-624-6646.  

December 2nd, 2017

24th Annual Stillwell’s Fun in the Park

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm Location: Caledonia Park, Central Ave. and Jewell Ave., Pacific Grove, CA Caledonia Park in downtown PG behind the Post Office will be the site of a huge holiday party. Lots of wintry fun for all! Featuring Santa's arrival on a shiny PG fire truck, Frosty the Snowman, Snow Queen, hayrides, petting zoo & lots of entertainment. The hours are from 10:00am- 4:00pm. For more information, please call 831-373-3304 or visit  

December 2nd – 10th, 2017

Monterey Bay Aquarium Open House

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

To show appreciation for our local community, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is offering a variety of special promotions throughout 2017 to residents of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties (valid identification required). Guests of local tri-county residents must pay regular admission prices. Enjoy free admission during the Aquarium's annual Community Open House. Become an Aquarium member during this event and receive an extra two months of benefits! For more information, please visit  

December 9th, 2017

Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

Time: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm Location: Lovers Point Park, 620 Ocean View Boulevard, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 In cooperation with the Monterey Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation of Northern California, the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a 5K race at Lovers Point. Jingle Bell Run/Walk®is a fun, festive event for the whole family! Put on your reindeer antlers and your running shoes and come join us for some holiday cheer.  The race will raise funds to support the Arthritis Foundation. More info: contact Alex Fallon at (831) 620-1699. For more information, please visit  

Community Foundation for Monterey County

Big Sur Relief Foundation

  The devastating Soberanes Fire and this winter’s heavy rains have caused tremendous hardship for Big Sur residents, employees and their families. HWY 1 is closed with massive mud slides, and Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge – the lifeline that connects the North and South – has been declared unsafe and has been condemned. Iconic businesses like Esalen, Nepenthe, Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn, Ventana, and Post Ranch are all temporarily closed. Over 1,000 Big Sur employees are out of work, and hundreds of families have been displaced. Thousands of people are in need of food, housing, and immediate assistance. In light of these unique and challenging circumstances, several businesses have come together to raise funds to provide relief for local individuals and families. The Big Sur Relief Fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) will provide relief and emergency assistance to those affected.

Donate Now

Your gift will support the affected residents and individuals working in Big Sur in Monterey County, California and is fully tax deductible. 100% of donations will be used for relief and assistance. For more information on how to donate visit or All donations to the Big Sur Relief Fund are tax deductible. Tax ID # 94-1615897      

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