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December 14, 2022


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"Sanctuary" Kelp Sculpture on Cannery Row

The stormy skies have brought some really nice photo-taking opportunities. Here's a photo taken during the weekend storm. Designed as kelp fronds, the "Sanctuary" sculpture sits near San Carlos Beach Park at the entrance to Cannery Row. The sculpture was dedicated in 2001. The sign provides a little more detail.

Open City Council Seat Vacancy Filled

At the City Council Special meeting on December 12, 2022, the Council conducted interviews of all qualified applicants for the vacant Council position, deliberated, selected, and appointed Gene "Gino" Garcia to the vacant at-large Council seat. Mr. Garcia was sworn in and installed on the Council. Details of the process are available at https://haveyoursaymonterey.org/councilvacancy2022

Winter Break Programs in Recreation and at the Monterey Sports Center

Children are invited to take part in fun-filled School Break Programs. Recreation leaders will supervise children in theme based activities. Arts, crafts, cooking, games, music and movement, and much, much more are planned.

Two sessions available.

(1) December 19 - December 23

(2) December 27 - December 30

Get all the details and register online monterey.org/rec

Registration is now open for Winter Sports Camp! Available for ages 6-12 to stay active over winter break: Basketball, Soccer, Swimming & more!

(1) December 19 - 23

(2) December 26 - 30

Early drop off and late pick up available for minimal additional fees.

Get all the details and register online with Activity #43055 at montereysportscenter.org

Also from the Parks and Recreation Department! New software to make it so easy to register for activities! SmartRec powered by Amilia is easy to use, fully transparent and your one-stop shop for you and your family to access the many facilities, programs, and services the City of Monterey - Parks and Recreation has to offer. 

  • Autopay memberships
  • App with barcode for easy entry
  • Access billing & account details
  • Manage MEMBERSHIPS and activity registration for the entire family

Get started NOW at monterey.org/rec or monterey.org/sportscenter. 

Holiday Ornaments Celebrate Monterey's History

The Monterey Public Library and Colton Hall Museum are offering a set of three holiday ornaments for $25.00. The package of three includes one depicting Colton Hall Museum, one of the Presidio of Monterey Museum, and one of Pacific Biological Lab on Cannery Row. Pick up a set during Library or Museums regular business hours and enjoy them for yourself or as a gift!

Holiday Happenings in Monterey - Monterey Police and Fire will be at "Christmas on the Wharf" for a special Holiday Safety Afternoon, Sat., December 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The fun photo above was submitted by Kim B. Thank you, Kim!

Send us your photo of the lighted holiday tree at Colton Hall lawn to share in an upcoming city email or on the city website - email [email protected].

  • Keep monterey.org/holidayevents in mind when you need to check a list of local holiday events. The community has many fun, unique, traditional events to keep you in the holiday spirit all season long. Here's a partial list:
  • November 25-January 1 - Ice Skating by the Bay
  • December 2 - 18 - Christmas on the Wharf, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays - Monterey Police and Fire participating on Saturday
  • December - Monterey Fire Toy Drive through Dec. 15 at the fire stations
  • December 21 - Winter Solstice
  • December 31 - First Night Monterey - Happy New Year!

COVID-19 Booster Update

The COVID-19 in-patient numbers at CHOMP
This information is posted at chomp.org/coronavirus

Important Links and Daily Numbers for Monterey County

Monterey County Covid-19 website

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