Local update on COVID-19 & more
April 1, 2021
Throwback Thursday - John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row"
“Perhaps that might be the way to write this book--to open the page and to let the stories crawl in by themselves.” John Steinbeck's novel, Cannery Row
John Steinbeck's novel is set in Monterey during the Great Depression on a street lined with sardine canneries that is known as Cannery Row. The story revolves around the people living there: Lee Chong, the local grocer; Doc, a marine biologist; and Mack, the leader of a group of unemployed yet resourceful men who inhabit a converted fishmeal shack on the edge of a vacant lot down on the Row. Cannery Row ignited Steinbeck’s imagination, and his affection for the colorful mix of people there influenced a number of stories and characters. Their stories leapt right into his classic novels. His work is grounded in his memories of real Cannery Row inhabitants and locations. Before you visit Cannery Row next time, read Steinbeck's novel and then visit the locations that inspired his stories! Photo credit: @hamofearth via Instagram

Take a #ThrowbackThursday video tour of literary sites on the Monterey Peninsula:
Beyond bunnies photo contest at Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf Association is pleased to announce another free to enter photo contest for the month of April. Be sure to include a one-sentence photo caption, your name, address, email and phone number. Please indicate in the email submission if the photo can be used on the Wharf’s social media with your photo credit (who took the photo and what it describes). 

Get all the details and submit photos to before April 30, 2021.
Spring flowers adorn Laguna Grande Park - Thank you to Parks staff!
Residents are sharing with us their thanks and appreciation to our Parks staff for their dedication and genuine care of Monterey's beautiful parks. Thanks to resident Esther Malkin for these lovely photos of spring flowers at Laguna Grande Park,and a huge shout out to our wonderful Parks staff!
1st Student History Slam, April 24 on Zoom
Along with the 2nd annual History Slam on April 10 is the 1st Student History Slam on April 24. Monterey County middle and high school students present exhibits via Zoom. Cheer on our student historians! Register at For questions, please contact the Monterey Public Library at 831.646.3933 or
Monterey Recreation still hiring for summer!
Please share with family and friends - Monterey Recreation needs summer staff to help us reopen programs! See details at
Vaccination 4-1-1
Please do NOT share your vaccination card on social media! Instead, download this button graphic and share it! (Open the link, right-click, and choose Save Image As)
  • Your vaccine card has sensitive personal information, and pictures of the card that you share online might put you at risk for identity theft.
  • The card not only contains your name and date of birth, but it also shows when and where you were vaccinated.
  • By posting images of your vaccination card on social media, you’re sharing sensitive data that may fall in the wrong hands.
AS OF TODAY 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

MST offers free day pass for getting vaccinated - get out and get vaccinated!
Did you know, Monterey Salinas Transit (MST) offers a free day pass to those needing transportation to a vaccination clinic? Service on existing fixed routes is available to most vaccination clinic locations, and to further encourage members of the community to get out and get vaccinated, MST is providing a free Day Pass to anyone, just for getting their shot.

Individuals simply present their COVID-19 vaccination card to an MST Customer Service Representative at any of its customer service window locations (Salinas Transit Center, Marina Transit Exchange, Monterey Transit Plaza) to be eligible to receive a free Day Pass to use at any time. Passes are available for each dose received.

For more information, visit or call Monterey-Salinas Transit toll free at 1-888-MST-BUS1 (1-888-678-2871).
COVID-19 Numbers for 93940
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