Local update on COVID-19 & more
March 31, 2021
Wildlife Wednesday - the Great Egret
Equipped with a long neck and dagger-like beak, Great Egrets can be found wading through wetlands stealthily spearing fish along the way. Their habitat stretches all around the United States in coastal habitats and they can be found in the Monterey bay year round. TOP PHOTO CREDIT: Jerry Loomis. BOTTOM PHOTO CREDIT AND RESEARCH: City of Monterey Intern Alexa. SOURCE:
Family and Senior Drive Thru Produce Distribution Space Available Now for April!
Reservations are open for the April 2021 Senior and Family Produce Distributions offered by the City of Monterey Recreation and the Food Bank for Monterey County. Due to COVID-19, this is a contact-less drive thru program and reservations are required.

  • Mondays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26
  • 10:00am – 1:00pm (by appointment/reservation only; every half hour)
  • Dennis the Menace Parking Lot, 777 Pearl St. Monterey

The produce distribution flyer contains all the details and information on this produce distribution opportunity. Face masks are required when you pick up your food. Please feel free to call 831.646.3866 or email with any questions.

The Food Bank for Monterey County needs your support to continue to help those in need during this challenging time. If you are able, please consider making a donation to the Food Bank for Monterey County

To make a reservation, please use the following link:
Spring has sprung and the cherry trees are blossoming
The cherry trees are blossoming! Planted on March 13 at the one year mark of the pandemic in memory of loved ones lost to Covid-19, to honor health care workers, and in appreciation to frontline workers and community partners for supporting our community through this difficult year. A beautiful time to take a walk along the Recreation Trail by Foam and Cannery Row and see them up close and in-person. More information
2nd Annual Monterey History Slam, April 10 on Zoom - a one-day extravaganza
On April 10, the Monterey Public Library will host the second annual local History Slam, an all-day immersion in the richly layered history of the Monterey Peninsula. Co-sponsored by the Western Flyer Foundation, the Cannery Row Company, and the Cannery Row Foundation, the event features 10-15 minute talks on the rich, hidden histories of Monterey. Hear about the porthole in Robinson Jeffers’ Hawk Tower; Joseph Campbell’s connection to Monterey and Star Wars. Learn more about Ed Ricketts, the ecology of Monterey Bay, local artists--as well as fresh perspectives on Flora Woods, the legendary Cannery Row Madame; the Chinese village at Point Alones; local Japanese American flower growers; and Tiburcio Vasquez: The Musical! And MUCH MORE!

The event is held on Zoom from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. A schedule of the day's presentations will be posted on the library website. Please register in advance (at least one hour prior) at

For questions, please contact the Monterey Public Library at 831.646.3933 or
Vaccination 4-1-1
Starting tomorrow all Californians age 50 and over can get vaccinated! Use the links below to schedule your appointment!
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

Testing and vaccinations are complimentary strategies
  • 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.
Thank you to the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce for putting together an up-to-date list of testing sites and times.
How to talk about COVID-19 vaccines with friends and family - from the CDC
Talking with family and friends about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine can be hard. You can help by listening without judgement and identifying the root of their concerns. Things to remember to help open the discussion include:
  • Listen to questions with empathy
  • Ask open-ended questions to explore concerns
  • Ask permission to share information
  • Help them find their own reason to get vaccinated
  • Help make their vaccination happen
COVID-19 Numbers for 93940
County data is released Tuesday through Saturday. Here are today's and yesterday's numbers from CHOMP:
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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.