Local update on COVID-19 & more
March 22, 2021
"Tree of Hearts" inspiring messages of kindness
If you feel like you need a little inspiration and positivity, visit the City's "Tree of Hearts" display. We've heard numerous stories from people who are finding their visit a peaceful and pleasant part of their day. The wooden hearts swaying in the breeze make beautiful wind chime sounds that add to the experience. Thank you to those spreading the kindness!
So happy to see Monterey Sports Center customers at our reopening!
The Monterey Sports Center reopened! We enjoyed welcoming back customers. For all the reopening details please visit
Today is "World Water Day" and "International Day of the Seal"
About 71% of the Earth's surface is water-covered, and the ocean holds about 96.5% of all Earth's water. We are guessing it's no coincidence that today we celebrate World Water Day and the International Day of the Seal on the same day. Celebrate today and everyday to encourage responsible stewardship of this precious resource. As a community, we know the importance of clean oceans, not only for us humans, but for all the other inhabitants as well. We all have a part to play in keeping our water clean and safe. Photo credit: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
We love seeing these curious animals near Fisherman's Wharf and along the Monterey Bay. Remember to keep your distance, especially as seal pupping season gets underway. Photo credit: Morgan Rector via Instagram
Monterey Recreation is hiring for summer! Apply now!
Do you know someone who is creative, responsible, enthusiastic, enjoys being around children and working outdoors? If your answer is yes, we have the perfect summer job for them!

Applications for Summer Recreation Leaders, Senior Recreation Leaders and Field Sports Recreation Leaders are now being accepted for Summer 2021 programs. We are planning for a fun and COVID-19 safe, Summer program for children in our community but we need committed program leaders to make that happen. Applicants need to be 16 years of age or older. Employment will begin June 7. Those hired must be able to work the entire summer.

Applications can be emailed to or mailed to Monterey Recreation, 546 Dutra Street, Monterey, CA 93940.

Spread the word about our exciting job opportunities. Positions are open until filled so apply now! For application forms, job descriptions and more visit the summer jobs webpage at
Tsunami Preparedness Week, March 22 - 26
This week is officially Tsunami Preparedness Week. Just as we Californians learn to prepare for earthquakes, we also need to know about tsunamis. Sometimes earthquakes can trigger a tsunami. Get to know the different types of official tsunami messages (see poster 1 below)and what you need to know about tsunamis (see poster 2 below). More information is available at
Vaccination 4-1-1
IMPORTANT NOTE: VACCINATION LOCATIONS WITH APPOINTMENT DATES AND TIMES UPDATED REGULARLY: Refer to the Monterey County Health Dept (MCHD) vaccine appointments web page for the latest information -
(We use this MCHD page to populate the list below.)

Vaccine clinics hosted by Safeway Pharmacy

Vaccine clinics hosted by CVS Pharmacy - DATES AND TIMES

Vaccine appointments Rite-Aid Pharmacy - Limited - DATES AND TIMES

Vaccine appointments Walgreens - Limited - DATES AND TIMES

Vaccine appointments Pharmaca - MORE INFORMATION
Even if you're fully vaccinated, it's important to wear a mask when leaving your home to protect the health of those around you. Want more COVID-19 facts and guidance? Visit
Testing still matters - where to get FREE Covid-19 testing
Why is testing important?
  • Testing helps to save lives and livelihoods: reduces transmission; breaks the chain of infection; improved targeting and monitoring of Covid-19 strategy, surveillance.
  • Testing and vaccinations are complimentary strategies (not an either-or scenario)
  • Testing is still needed to protect against new variants, reinfection, and as a tool to help manage reopening.

FREE COVID-19 testing Thursday through Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with walk ins available from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Testing is FREE and confidential. Make an appointment at or by calling 1-888-634-1123.
Here are today's and yesterday's numbers from CHOMP: Numbers from Friday, and today, Monday
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Wearing masks is a proven method to stop the spread of COVID-19. Let's get our economy reopened - wear a mask and please get vaccinated.