On National Police Week and National Bike Month, let’s give a huge shoutout to our Monterey Police officers for keeping our community safe and for promoting the benefits of bike riding in Monterey! Thank you for all that you do! You are stars! Learn more about your police department at montereypolice.org. Learn more about National Police Week at https://nleomf.org/programs-events/national-police-week[Photo by Mad Dogs and Englishmen Bike Shop, Cannery Row]
Food, Rent and Utility Assistance for Residents
City of Monterey Recreation and the Food Bank for Monterey County is proud to offer a weekly produce distribution service for families and seniors. Make a reservation at monterey.org/rec and pick up on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dennis the Menace Playground parking lot at 777 Pearl Street. Thank you to staff and volunteers who make this possible, including these wonderful California National Guard members!
This is one way that the City of Monterey has been helping residents in need during this economic downturn. We also have received funds to help with rent and utility assistance for low-income eligible residents. Are you behind on rent or utilities in the past year or need help with rent right now? Find details and apply at MCRentHelp.com.
Small Business Relief Program
The Monterey County CARES Small Business Relief Program is providing a third round of financial assistance of up to $10,000 to local small businesses that have experienced a loss of revenue due to COVID-19. This program provides up to $10,000 in grant-funded reimbursement to businesses with 2-50 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees for eligible COVID-19 related operating expenses. The application will be available next week on May 17. Learn more: https://www.montereycountywdb.org/monterey-county-cares/
Remembering Ed Ricketts
On this day in 1948, pioneering marine biologist and ecologist Ed Ricketts died after being hit by a train on Cannery Row. He was only 51. He is known to most people as the inspiration for the character "Doc" in John Steinbeck's novels "Cannery Row" and "Sweet Thursday." He wrote two well-known books, "Between Pacific Tides" and "The Log from the Sea of Cortez," and lived in his lab on Cannery Row, which is preserved near the Monterey Bay Aquarium. "Pacific Biological Laboratories" was a gathering place for writers, artists and musicians, including Joseph Campbell, Henry Miller and Steinbeck. If you missed it, the City of Monterey and Monterey Public Library hosted a virtual tour of the lab in November: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uLQPmShiGE
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 - mcvaccinate.com
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