Community Services

Monterey County is a diverse community, with many avenues to get involved with everything from politics to animal rights. We also have a supportive community if you get in trouble, emotionally or financially, while out on your our own (at last!)

Monterey County Supervisors

District 1: Simon Salinas, 755-5011, 647-7600.

District 2: Judy Pennycook, 755-5022, 647-7722.

District 3: Lou Calcagno, 647-7963, 755-5033.

District 4: Edith Johnsen, 647-7744, 755-5044.

District 5: Dave Potter, 647-7755, 755-5055.

State Government


Monterey Peninsula: Fred Keeley, 27th Assembly District, 1200 Aguajito Rd., Ste. 203, Monterey, CA 93940, 646-1980.

Salinas: Peter Frusetta, 28th Assembly District, 321 First St., Hollister, 636-4890.

State Senate

Senator Bruce McPherson 15th District, 7 John St., Salinas, CA 93901, 753-6382, (800) 224-8050.

U.S. Government


Congressman Sam Farr 17th District, 380 Alvarado St., Monterey, CA 93940, 649-3555.


Senator Barbara Boxer 1700 Montgomery St., Ste. 240, San Francisco, CA 94111, (415) 403-0100.

Senator Dianne Feinstein 525 Market St., Ste. 3670, San Francisco, CA 94105. (415) 536-6868.

Political Parties

Democratic Party of Monterey County 655-3121.

Republican Party of Monterey County 424-6045 (Young Republicans, 373-2222).

Green Party Monterey County 372-1143.

Save the Planet

Volunteer Center of Monterey County 655-9234. A volunteer "clearinghouse" that hooks up able bodies and more than 300 nonprofit and public agencies throughout the county.

SPCA of Monterey County 373-2631, ext. 223. Volunteers are needed for everything from dog-walking to clerical work.

Bay Net Docent Program, Center for Marine Conservation 375-4509. Learn about our local ecology and get to teach others.

Big Sur Land Trust 625-5523. Working to preserve the Big Sur coast.

Friends of the Sea Otter 373-3720. Open to everyone, but CSUMB students might check out this group (for their mascot), which helps educate about sea otter habitat.

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary 649-5152 ext. 112. The largest marine preserve in the U.S. is a valuable local resource.

Save Our Shores Santa Cruz, 462-5660. Defending the coastal environment and Monterey Bay Sanctuary.

Surfrider Foundation 626-1543. Nonprofit group that protects the waves and beaches.


Carmel Marina Recycling Center 14201 Del Monte Blvd., Marina, 384-5313.

Monterey City Disposal and Recycling 5 Harris Court, Monterey, 372-7977.

Salinas Disposal Service 1120 Madison Ln., Salinas, 384-5000.

AIDS Testing, Information and Support

AIDS and Cancer Research Foundation Hotline (800) 373-4572.

AIDS/HIV Nightline (800) 273-2437.

Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas 950 Circle Dr., Salinas, 757-6237.

John XXIII AIDS Ministry 540 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 655-1737.

Monterey County AIDS Project Peninsula, 394-4747; Salinas, 772-8200.


Clinica De Salud Del Valle De Salinas 950 Circle Dr., Salinas, 757-6237 or 219 N. Sanborn Rd., Salinas, 757-1365. Full-scale medical services, including vaccinations and birth control.

Doctors On Duty General practice, no appointment needed, 389 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 649-0770; 2260 N. Fremont Ave., Monterey, 372-6700; 1212 S. Main St., Salinas, 422-7777; 1137 N. Main St., Salinas, 757-1110.

Harden Medical Care Center 1756 N. Main St. (Harden Ranch Plaza), Salinas, 759-1900. Urgent, walk-in care. Maternal, child and adolescent health care information. (800) 756-0385. Free referrals.

Monterey County Health Department 1150 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 899-8100, or 1200 Aguajito Rd., Monterey, 647-7650. AIDS testing, vaccinations for school-age children, pre-marital blood testing and travel shots.

Planned Parenthood 625 Hilby Ave., Seaside, 394-1691 or 316 N. Main, Salinas, 758-8261. Pregnancy testing, birth control, abortion, medical care, treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Family Planning

California Family Planning (800) 942-1054. Information and referral for women.

Crisis Pregnancy Center 373-8535, 373-8536 (Peninsula), 757-5510 (Salinas). Provides Christian counseling about continuing (i.e. not terminating) unplanned pregnancies.

Family Service Agency 373-4421. Marriage, couple and family counseling on almost any subject.

La Leche League of Monterey 647-8393. Breast-feeding information.

Domestic Violence


Violence Crisis Line 372-6300. 24-hour counseling and referrals for victims of domestic violence.

Family Resource Center 394-4622 (Peninsula), 757-7915 (Salinas). Sliding scale fees. Provides child and family counseling, parent education classes, and support groups.

Monterey County Family and Children''s Services, Children''s Protective Services, (800) 606-6618.


Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) 23625 Holman Hwy., Monterey, 624-5311, 624-4981 (TDD).

Natividad Medical Center 1330 Natividad Rd., Salinas, 755-4111, 647-7611 (Peninsula).

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital 450 E. Romie Ln., Salinas, 757-4333.

Financial, Public Assistance

Consumer Credit Counselors 372-9335, (800) 969-7526. Money management and counseling for people with credit problems.

Food Stamps, AFDC, General Assistance, MediCal Apply in person at the following Department of Social Services Offices: 1000 S. Main St., Salinas, 755-4650. 1281 Broadway Ave., Seaside, 899-8001.

Mental Health

Alliance for the Mentally Ill 375-3323. Referrals for all types of mental health clinics and support.

Community Human Services Counseling center, 590 Pearl St., Monterey, 373-4775. Provides general counseling and residential drug/alcohol treatment. Sliding scale.

Suicide Prevention Hotline 649-8008 (Peninsula), 424-1485 (Salinas).

Legal Help

American Civil Liberties Union 622-9894. Civil liberties information and referral.

California Fair Employment and Housing Department (800) 884-1684. Handles discrimination and sexual harassment claims.

California Rural Legal Assistance 757-5221. Handles problems with denial of public assistance benefits, labor and housing costs. Low-cost.

Center for Community Advocacy 753-2324. Assists tenant groups in dealing with housing rights.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 291-7352.

Victim Assistance 1200 Aguajito Rd., Monterey, 647-7772, or 240 Church St., Salinas, 755-5072. Help from the Monterey County District Attorney''s office for victims of crime.

Sexual Assault Rape Crisis Center Peninsula, 375-4357. 24-hour hotline for victims of sexual assault.

Women''s Crisis Center Salinas, 757-1001. 24-hour hotline for victims of sexual assault.

Substance Abuse

Al-Anon & Alateen 373-2532. Support group for those affected by someone''s drinking.

Alcoholics Anonymous 373-3713 (Peninsula), 424-9874 (Salinas). 24-hour help for people who are having problems with alcohol.

Narcotics Anonymous 624-2055 (Peninsula), 758-1630 (Salinas). Meetings, information and counseling for drug-related crises.

Sunrise House Salinas, 758-3302. For alcohol and other drug-related crises.

Sun Street Centers 393-9316 (Peninsula), 753-5140 (Salinas). Low-cost recovery center, including family counseling.

Helpful Websites

In the current craze of "faster, bigger, better," the Internet is the Big Daddy, with its huge growth of information about virtually everything. Looking for a job? Hunting for an apartment? Listings are just a click away! Need a 15-page thesis on German literature in less than an hour? Download it!


Study Abroad



Shoestring Travel

Lonely Planet

US State Department Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets

Hostel Directory

American Youth Hostels

Job Hunting

Dream Jobs

Fun (Summer) Work

The Riley Guide

CareerCity Jobs Databases


The Monster Board

America''s Job Bank

Apartment Hunting

All Apartments Search

Apartments for Students Worldwide

Dating & Sex Information

Vivarin Date-Ability Index


Blind Date on the Net


Weekly Personals


Queer Resources Directory

Society for Human Sexuality

The Safer Sex Pages


Planned Parenthood



of Congress


Yahoo! Maps


Cool School

The CIA World Factbook

The Virtual Reference Desk

U.S. Census Bureau Home Page

Britannica Online

College 101

Cool Student Resources

The L.A. Times (searchable)

World Rulers

Xplore Reference


The Virtual Hospital

Free Books

Banned Books On-Line

The English Server Fiction Page

The Chemistry Hypermedia Project

Books On-line

The Electronic Library Book Stacks

The Etext Archives

Local Sites

City of Monterey

Monterey Bay History

Monterey Public Library

The Weekly

Bluefin Billiards

Planet Gemini

Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey Institute of International Studies

CSU Monterey Bay

First Night Monterey

Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Red Beans and Rice

Monterey Bay Kayaks

Recreation Programs

Internet Services;;

City Council

Carmel Info.

Travel Guide/General Info


Catch a Ride

Stuck without a car? There are cheap, Earth-friendly ways to get around. The Peninsula takes great pride in the nine-mile recreation trail that hostswalkers, runners, Rollerbladers and bicyclists. Gotta leave? Buses, trains and planes get you where you need to go.


Monterey Peninsula Airport Information 373-1704.

Airlines serving the Monterey Peninsula Airport are:

Alaska Airlines (800) 426-0333.

American Airlines/American Eagle (800) 433-7300.

Northwest Airlines (800) 225-2525.

Sky West Delta Connection (800) 453-9417, local 647-9970.

United/United Express (800) 241-6522.

USAir Express, (800) 428-4322, local 373-1250.

Airport Transportation

To Monterey, San Jose, or SF airports:

Adventure Tours 375-2409.

Monterey/Salinas Airbus 442-2877.


Carmel Yellow Cab/Joe''s Taxi 626-3333.

Marina Taxi 384-3894.

Salinas Taxi, 422-7276.

Seaside Yellow Cab 899-1234.

Yellow Cab 646-1234, 443-1234.

Bus Lines

Greyhound goes anywhere in the continental United States: 19 W. Gabilan St., Salinas, or 1042 Del Monte Ave., Monterey, (800) 231-2222 for reservations and info.

Monterey-Salinas Transit covers the area from Watsonville, south to Big Sur, east to Salinas and west to Pacific Grove. Buses run from 6am-midnight with a different schedule on Sundays and holidays, from 7am-7pm. Special rate passes available. Wheelchair lift buses available, 899-2555/424-7695. (Bike racks are available at no charge on all MST routes.)

Sharing the Ride

For information on carpools, vanpools and other alternative commute options, call Rideshare in Monterey at 373-1393 or Salinas, 754-2804.

Bike Trails

A bike trail runs along the coastline from Pacific Grove to Seaside, off onto Del Monte Avenue, then continues on to Marina and connects up with the Coastal Bike Route along Highway 1. But other cities also offer bike lanes for two-wheeled travelers. To learn more about what bike trails are available, call your local municipal public works department.

Special Needs

Transit Services

"RIDES," 373-1393 or 754-2804. Transportation for seniors or special needs riders. $1 each way, curb-to-curb service anywhere in Monterey County. Monday to Friday, 7am-7pm. Most MST buses have wheelchair lifts. To be safe, call 24 hours ahead to make sure that the bus you need does, too, 899-2555 or 424-7695.


Amtrak provides daily service north and south from Salinas, 11 Station Place, (800) 872-7245

Penny Pincher

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than browsing the racks of "nearly new" treasures, all priced for a starving student''s budget? Patient shoppers will prevail in building a stylin'', thrifty lifestyle.

Thrift Shops

American Cancer Society Discovery Shops 184 Country Club Gate, Pacific Grove, 372-0866; 229 Main St., Salinas, 758-1382.

Animal Welfare Benefit Shop 206 17th St., Pacific Grove, 372-1650.

Carmel Valley Community Chapel Thrift Shop Paso Hondo & Village Drive, Carmel Valley, 659-3030.

Church Mouse Thrift Shop 204 17th St., Pacific Grove, 375-0838.

Encore Boutique115 Central Ave., Pacific Grove, 375-1700.

Goodwill Industries 708 East Alisal St., Salinas, 424-5346; 729 Broadway Ave., Seaside, 394-1212; 571 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 649-6056; 1258 N. Main St., Salinas, 449-6361.

Monterey Peninsula Volunteer Services Thrift Shop 655 Broadway Ave., Seaside, 394-5028.

Monterey Regional Waste Management District Last Chance Mercantile Resale Shop 14201 Del Monte Blvd., Marina, 384-5313.

SPCA Benefit Shops 216 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 373-5822; 13766 Center St., Carmel Valley, 659-2389; Lincoln & Dolores streets, Carmel, 624-4211.

St. Vincent de Paul Society Store 1269 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 899-2211.

Salvation Army 1850 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 394-6507; 326 N. Main St., Salinas, 424-0889.

Something Old, Something New 1123 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 394-5397.

Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shop 26388 Carmel Rancho Ln., Carmel, 626-8480, 626-0448.

Used Clothing

Blue Moon 176 Bonifacio Pl., Monterey, 641-0616.

Carousel 26 San Miguel Ave., Salinas, 422-2093.

Cloud Nine 1958 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 394-4595.

Labels 157 Grand Ave., Pacific Grove, 372-4314.

Nice Twice 397 Calle Principal, Monterey, 373-5665.

The Pink Flamingo 266 Main St., Salinas, 758-5443.

Reincarnation Vintage Clothes 214 17th St., Pacific Grove, 649-0689.

Time After Time 301 Grand Ave., Pacific Grove, 643-2747.

Used Records and CDs

Do Re Mi Music 26135 Carmel Rancho Blvd. Carmel, 625-1229; 498 Alvarado St., Monterey, 372-8460.

Music Zone 246 Main St., Salinas, 754-1632.

Recycled Records 604 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 375-5454.

Vinyl Revolution 230 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 646-9020.

The Wherehouse 14 Crossroads Mall, Carmel, 624-3832; 402 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 649-3469; 1680 Del Monte Center, Monterey, 372-1236; 1712 N. Main St., Salinas, 449-4320.

Yo Quiero... Cheap Eats

When you''re too lazy, too busy or too tired to make a run out to the nearest eatery, many of these places will bring sustenance to you. Or, if you''re out on the town and are suddenly starving, there is food to be found.


Allegro Pizza 1184 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 373-5656; 3770 The Barnyard, Carmel, 626-5454.

A Little Pizza Heaven Dolores Street and 8th Avenue, Carmel, 625-3190.

Domino''s Pizza (delivery only) Marina/Seaside: 899-4557; Monterey: 646-1600; Pacific Grove: 372-1999; Salinas: 424-3535.

Enzo''s Pizza 1501 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 899-8940.

Gianni''s Pizza 725 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 649-1500.

Little Caesar''s Pizza (delivery starts 4pm) Marina: 265 Reservation Rd., 384-9070; Pacific Grove: 154 Country Club Gate Shopping Center, 655-8122; Prunedale: 8051 San Miguel Canyon Rd., 663-1111; Seaside: 1130 Fremont Blvd., 899-0445; Salinas: 524 E. Laurel Dr., 424-9033; 45 S. Sanborn Rd., 754-2144 or 758-0711.

Mountain Mike''s Pizza 266 Reservation Rd., Marina, 883-2242; 316 E. Alisal St., Salinas, 424-5568; 1020 N. Davis Rd., Salinas, 757-0444.

Pelican Pizza 522 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 649-4040; 1053 N. Main St., Salinas, 753-2020.

Pizza Hut 1772-A Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 393-0300; 1165 S. Main St., Salinas, 422-2900, 1341 N. Main St., Salinas, 449-0600.

Round Table Pizza 3120 Del Monte Blvd., 384-7227, Marina; 375 Alvarado St., Monterey, 373-1351; 1116 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 373-1391; 1457 N. Main St., Salinas, 449-9121; 1160 S. Main St., Salinas, 757-7400; 1717 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 394-6869.

Other Selections

Grand China Restaurant 738 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 373-7573.

Gourmet to Go Mission Street and 8th Avenue, Carmel, 625-1222.

Hula''s 622 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 655 HULA (4852)

Lyon''s Two locations on Main Street in Salinas, 758-9403, 442-2255.

Thai Bistro 159 Central Ave., Pacific Grove, 372-8700; 733 Munras Ave., Monterey, 655-9797.

Tillie Gort''s Vegetarian Restaurant 116 Central Ave., Pacific Grove, 373-0335.

Yang''s Happy Family Chinese Restaurant 1116 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 648-YANG (9264).

All-Night Restaurants

Denny''s 755 Abrego St., Monterey, 372-3077; 2137 N. Fremont St., Monterey, 372-1655; 975 E. Blanco Rd., Salinas, 424-9743; 2005 N. Main St., Salinas, 449-3523; 110 Reservation Rd., Marina, 384-2854.

All-Night Grocery Stores

Safeway 5 Crossroads Mall, Carmel, 624-7626; 2370 N. Fremont St., Monterey, 372-9344; 570 Munras Ave., Monterey, 375-7142; 1212 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 375-8262; 17539 Vierra Canyon Rd., Prunedale, 663-6702.

7-Eleven 381 David Ave., Monterey, 646-1208; 1212 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 394-5011; 1305 N. Main St., Salinas, 449-3385; 619 S. Main St., Salinas, 758-1722; 605 N. Sanborn Rd., Salinas, 422-6847.

Bagels...As Good as New York''s... Almost.

Bagel Bakery Carmel Rancho Shopping Center, Carmel, 625-5180; 1132 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 649-6272; 201 Lighthouse Ave., & 452 Alvarado St., Monterey, 372-5242 and 649-1714; Salinas, 969 W. Alisal St., 758-0280; Edgewater Shopping Center, 392-1581. The Bagel Bakery is a popular destination for folks of all ages and their bagels taste great with tasty cream cheese blends or as sandwiches.

Bagel Corner 818 Park Row, Salinas, 771-8670. Choose from 17 different types of bagels, fresh fruit or try one of their Mediterranean salads. Pull up a chair to their full service coffee bar, sit inside and enjoy the coffeehouse atmosphere, or soak in the sun on their outdoor patio.


No need to backpack to Mexico. The best of Monterey County''s authentic, cheap Taquerias.

El Migueleno 1066 Broadway Ave., Seaside, 899-2199. El Salvador meets Monterey Peninsula. Friendly, friendly service...and great camarones (shrimp) dishes.

Garcia''s Taqueria In the Latino Market, 1022 Broadway Ave., Seaside, 394-7294. The great, gritty feel of the authentic Mexican spot--albeit one with a counter guy who speaks English, a helpful addition for customers whose espanol es muy mal.

Gutierrez y Rico 61 Sherwood Dr., Salinas, 424-8382. This is the real thing, with great full color pictures to whet your appetite and help make your selection. Although not quite typical taqueria fare, the camarones with garlic butter are highly recommended.

La Villa Taqueria 400 Palm Ave., Seaside, 899-7710. This colorful spot, with Jalisco cuisine, should satisfy every desire. Don''t miss the suegra plus traditional favorites.

Mi Casita Taqueria 638 Wave St., Monterey, 655-4419. Mi Casita Taqueria is an authentic outlet for great Mexican food, home of the best carne asada burrito around. They also have free chips and a great salsa bar.

Michael''s Grill and Taqueria 197 Country Club Gate, Pacific Grove, 647-8654. Here''s a hopping joint that has fresh burritos. It''s small, it''s quaint, it''s worthy.

Mi Tierra de Monterey 481 Alvarado St., Monterey, 647-9368. It''s the real thing, and a thing that is available both in the restaurant and its Salinas counterpart, and from the Salinas farmers market on Wednesdays.

Papa Chanos 462 Alvarado St., Monterey, 646-9587; Edgewater Center, Sand City, 393-9133. Sure, they''re gringo burritos but they still taste good. And as long as you''re not going for authentically gritty anyway, eat healthy and order a vegetarian burrito.

Papa Chuy''s Taco Shop 1760 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 393-1610; 3038 Del Monte Blvd., Marina, 884-9545. A place to visit for fish tacos straight out of Mexico. The Marina stand even has a drive-through, which doesn''t do much for the ambiance, but adds greatly to the convenience. The Seaside store has excellent menudo on weekend mornings.

Taqueria Del Mar 530 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 372-7887. The squid burrito or squid tostada are easy winners. It''s a cozy lunch and dinner spot and a great place to practice your Spanish while ordering, although you can definitely sneak by with just English.

Taqueria Del Valle 19 E. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 659-1373. Oversized and scrumptious, with some of the freshest guacamole this side of the border. Their chicken burrito is the bomb.

Turtle Bay Taqueria 1301 Fremont St. (at the corner of Trinity Avenue), Seaside, 899-1010; 431 Tyler St., Monterey, 333-1500. Not exactly the "gritty taqueria" but it''s still pretty damn good, and a lunchtime staple for everyone at the Weekly. Fresh seafood tacos and burritos on a nice patio--what else could you want?

Fresh Grown

Local farmers markets are the best places to find fresh leafy greens, flowers and fruits at reasonable prices. Not only that, but many offer live entertainment and great bargains on clothes, music, arts, crafts and other sundries.


The Barnyard Center, Rio Road, Carmel, 624-8886. Tuesdays, June-Oct., 2-6pm.

Carmel Valley Carmel Valley Library, 65 W. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 659-2377. Third Saturday of every month through November, 10am-3pm.

Monterey Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont St., off Aguajito Road, Monterey, 646-4000. Thursday, 2:30-6pm.

Old Monterey Alvarado Street, between Pearl Street and Del Monte Avenue, Monterey, 655-2607. Tuesday, 4-7pm.

Salinas Northridge Mall, North Main Street, 449-7226. Sunday, 8am-noon.

Oldtown Salinas Main Street, between Gabilan and San Luis streets, 758-9272. Wednesday, 3-7pm.

Coffee and Books

Decaf, schme-caf! Whether you''re up all night studying for finals or just enjoying a cup on a foggy morn, coffeehouses are great, affordable hangouts. Coffee and books virtually go hand in hand, and there''s no shortage in Monterey County. Got 70 pages of organic chemistry text to read? Time for an espresso con panna (and make that a double). Just want to settle down with some Wordsworth? Grab a cafe au lait and relax.

Bay Books 316 Alvarado St., Monterey, 375-1855. This large bookstore has a few outdoor tables so you can soak up the sunshine while you sip from Bay Books'' selection of creative coffee drinks. There are plenty of low-fat baked goods to enjoy and an extensive selection of periodicals to read.

Bookworks 667 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 372-2242. One of the Peninsula''s oldest coffeehouse/bookstores remains an enduring local favorite. In the back, behind a full selection of books, magazines and periodicals, you''ll find a coffee bar offering soups, sandwiches and desserts. Enjoy one of their great cafe mochas or weekly drink specials.

Borders Books Music Cafe 2080 California Ave., Sand City, 899-6643. Few things in life are more energizing than a steaming cup of java and a great book or magazine. Enjoy their massive selection of reading material and wide range of exotic coffees, teas, drinks and light snacks.

Bytes Internet Cafe 403 Calle Principal, Monterey, 372-BYTS (2987). Bytes offers eight computers loaded with everything from Netscape to MS Word to Lotus 1, 2, 3, and other helpful techno goodies like a color printer, scanner and fax. Computer time is $8.50/hour (and other time increments) with a 20 percent student discount. If you need strength while finishing the world''s greatest thesis, enjoy a hot cup of java (no, not the Internet program) and a fresh sandwich.

Caffe and Co. of Carmel 246 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel, 626-8400. Their traditional espresso bar and excellent fresh pastries make Caffe and Co. a worthwhile stop if you''re at the Crossroads shopping complex. There''s plenty of outdoor seating and a good selection of light, dark and decaf fresh roasted coffees to enjoy.

Caravali Pacific Grove 510 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 655-5633. This coffeehouse boasts an airy atmosphere and the kind of sophistication you''d expect in a big-town coffeehouse. You''ll definitely want to try their sandwiches, croissants, fresh bagels, salads and cookies that top off the menu, and there''s outdoor seating to boot.

Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company 319 Mid Valley Center, Carmel Valley, 624-5934; 3720 The Barnyard, Carmel, 620-0844. If you need a caffeine fix while touring Carmel Valley, stop by Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting. This friendly, locals'' favorite boasts great coffee, a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of pastries.

CherryBean Gourmet Coffeehouse and Roastery 332 Main St., Salinas, 424-1981. Sitting in the CherryBean in oldtown Salinas, you can smell the coffee roasting in the back as you enjoy a cup of your own and a delicious variety of foods.

Ground Zero 1134 S. Main St., Salinas 757-5282. This coffeehouse in the Rite Aid Shopping Center is gaining quite a reputation for its delicious coffee drinks and selection of munchies, including sandwiches. Out of beans? Got ''em.

Juice ''n'' Java 591 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 373-8652. This is a fun, lively hangout where you can select from four different types of coffee drinks and espresso daily, along with four fruit and five veggie drinks. There''s a fireplace to warm your body and a good selection of pitas, gourmet veggie burritos, cakes and fruit bars.

Morgan''s Coffee & Tea 498 Washington St., Monterey, 373-5601. Open ''til 11:30pm nightly, Morgan''s boasts an old-world, relaxing environment thanks to a roaring fireplace and its funky Euro-style stone building. Choose from one of Morgan''s selection of sandwiches, biscottis, croissants, scones and crumpets while sipping one of their exotic teas or international coffee selections.

Number One Java Drive Blanco Road at South Main Street, Salinas, 753-2326. If you don''t have time to pose like a tortured Hemingway with a laptop at the local coffehouse but you do need the caffeine, Number One Java Drive is a quick, delicious way to get your fix. Number One is Monterey County''s first drive-through coffee house, complete with a wide variety of coffees, drinks and snacks.

Plumes Coffeehouse 400 Alvarado St., Monterey, 373-4526. Plumes'' proximity to the Monterey Institute of International Studies makes this coffeehouse a unique, international crossroads of sorts in downtown Monterey. There are plenty of different pastries, sandwiches, and quiche to munch on and a choice of more than 30 types of coffee beans.

River Rock Cafe 18 E. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 659-5052. River Rock Cafe is a favorite spot in Carmel Valley for locals to meet for coffee or to eat a delicious and nutritious meal. Choose from a variety of vegetarian entrees, soups, salads, or fresh deli sandwiches. For dessert, ice-cream, cakes, candies and desserts are just a few of the tempting choices you will want to try.

Starbucks 492 Del Monte Center, Monterey, 642-0736; 461 Alvarado St., Monterey, 373-8575; 2160 California Ave., Sand City, 394-1236. The Starbucks coffee chain deserves much of the credit for the current coffee craze. Its wide variety of flavorful coffees can be found in almost every city in America now, and this popularity should come as no surprise.

Thunderbird Bookshop Cafe The Barnyard, Carmel, 624-9414. This popular bookstore has a great little cafe and coffeehouse in the back that offers an extensive selection of sandwiches, salads, pot pies and desserts. An espresso bar and nice selection of beer and wine make this charming cafe a good choice for those in a literary frame of mind.

Wildberries 212 17th St., Pacific Grove, 644-9836. The light lunches and various hot coffees should make any student smile. They have tasty pastries and herbal tonics, too.

Bibliophiles, Rejoice

For the latest bestsellers and all the magazines you could ever want, check out these bookstores, which take their books seriously--no coffee or pastry distractions.

B. Dalton Booksellers Northridge Shopping Center, Salinas, 449-7245, 198 Country Club Gate Center, Pacific Grove, 375-9961.

The Book End 245 Pearl St., Monterey, 373-4046.

The Book Tree 118 Webster St., Monterey, 373-0228.

Book Warehouse 125 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove, 375-1840.

Bookmark 307 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 648-0458.

Books Inc Carmel Plaza, Ocean Avenue, Carmel, 625-0440.

Books & Things 224 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, 655-8784.

Waldenbooks Del Monte Center, Monterey, 373-0987; Northridge Shopping Center, Salinas, 449-8028.

Used Books & Comics Adventure Comics and Toys

125 Ocean View Blvd., #304, Pacific Grove, 375-3553.

Athena''s Book Shop 265 Reservation Rd., Marina, 883-9323.

Basset Books 626 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 655-3433.

Book Worm 342 Main St., Salinas, 753-2099.

Books Then & Now 956 Park Row, Salinas, 753-0658.

Family Book Center 144 E. Laurel Dr., Salinas, 759-2665.

Lighthouse Books 801 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 372-0653.

Mr. Ed''s Comics 17593 Vierra Canyon Rd., Salinas, 663-4022.

Old Capitol Books 639-A Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 375-2665.

Old Monterey Book Co. 136 Bonifacio Place, Monterey, 372-3111.


Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific St., 646-3932.

Pacific Grove Library 550 Central Ave., 648-3160.

Salinas Main Library 110 W. San Luis, 758-7311.

Monterey County Free Libraries

Marina branch 266 Reservation Rd., 384-6971.

Seaside branch 550 Harcourt St., 899-2055.

Buena Vista branch18250 Tara Dr., Salinas, 455-9699.

The Great Outdoors

With all the natural beauty and outdoor adventures to be had in Monterey County, why not get away from the library a while and play outside? To reserve county campsites and group areas for parks within the Monterey County Parks Department, call 647-7799 (Monterey) or 755-4899 (Salinas). Here are a few of our favorite parks:

Peninsula and Environs

Garland Ranch Regional Park 700 W. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 659-4488. Miles of nature and equestrian trails wind through this 4,500-acre park that rises from the Carmel River to the slopes of the Santa Lucia Range. Excellent docent program. Field trips available, 659-6062.

Jacks Peak 25020 Jacks Peak Park Rd., Monterey. This 525-acre ridgetop park offers picnic areas, barbecues and a group site that accommodates up to 50 people. A paved road goes almost all the way to the top of Jacks Peak (1,068 feet), the highest point on the Peninsula.

Laguna Grande Regional Park Off Canyon Del Rey Boulevard, Seaside. This 34-acre park bordering the cities of Seaside and Monterey surrounds a fresh-water marsh and lake and includes picnic areas, bicycling and pedestrian pathways, and a children''s playground.

Lake El Estero Park Camino El Estero between Del Monte Avenue and Fremont Street, Monterey, 646-3866. Whether you rent paddleboats, feed the ducks, or picnic on the lawn, fun abounds at this 25-acre city park surrounding a central lake.

Point Lobos State Reserve Three miles south of Carmel, off Highway 1, 624-4909. If you want to see seals, sea otters, panoramic ocean views, check out Point Lobos. One of the most picturesque parks close to home. 9am-6:30pm.

The Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail This paved bike, Rollerblade and pedestrian trail is one of the best activities around. It''s free, there''s lots to do, and you can travel along the bay for nine miles, checking out the views and people from Pacific Grove to Marina. Just watch your speed, since it can get crowded, keep your dog on a leash and watch out for the bicycle cops.

Fort Ord Public Lands Highway 1 and Reservation Road, 394-8314. Part of the former Fort Ord base is now a biking, hiking and horseback riding oasis. Pick up a self-guiding map at libraries or the BLM ranger office. Popular trails can be accessed at Gigling Road, Old Reservation Road, and Toro Creek Road.

Big Sur

Andrew Molera State Park 21 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, 667-2315. This 5,000-acre state park stretches along the Pacific for four miles southeast of the Big Sur River with access to one of the longest beaches in Big Sur.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park 37 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, 667-2315. This beautiful and southernmost state park in Big Sur encompasses close to 4,000 acres stretching from the Pacific coastline to the 3,000-foot level of the Santa Lucia Range.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 31 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, 667-2315. Established in 1933, this popular state park offers spectacular hikes through dense redwood canyons as well as mountain peak trails affording awesome views of the Big Sur coastline.

Salinas and Beyond

Laguna Seca Recreation Area 1025 Monterey-Salinas Highway, 647-7799. A multiple-use facility, the Laguna Seca raceway is host to frequent auto and motorcycle races; there are more than 180 camp sites for RVs and tents; an outdoor amphitheater is used for music concerts; and a rifle/pistol range.

Toro Park 501 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas, 755-4899. Toro Park has a large, tamed picnic area, an untamed wilderness area and mountain biking trails.

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Northeast of Moss Landing, 1700 Elkhorn Rd., two miles north of Dolan Road, 728-2822. Five miles of trails meander through this estuary area. It''s an important nursery area for many fish, sharks and rays, and home to more than 200 species of birds. Docent-led tours on weekends.

South Monterey County

Lake San Antonio/Lake Nacimiento (805) 472-2313 or (805) 238-3256. Both of these man-made lakes that border Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties are popular summertime destinations for water-skiing, boating, fishing, camping and picnicking.

Work It Out

Who says school''s not all fun and games? Check out these listings when you want to shoot some hoops, rack ''em up, bowl ''em over, or stretch your muscles.

Basketball Courts

Caledonia Park Central and Caledonia avenues, Pacific Grove, 648-3130.

Central Community Park 420 Central Ave., Salinas, 758-7306.

Cutino Park Noche Buena Street and La Salle Avenue, Seaside, 899-6270.

Del Rey Park Angelus Way, near Rosita Road, Del Rey Oaks, 394-8511.

Hilltop Park Center 871 Jessie St., Monterey, 646-3975.

Monterey Sports Center 301 East Franklin St., Monterey, 646-3730.

Veterans Memorial Park Skyline Drive and Jefferson Street, Monterey, 646-3865.

Billiards and Pool Halls

Bluefin Cafe and Billiards 685 Cannery Row, Monterey, 375-7000.

New Rex 23 E. Market St., Salinas, 424-1136.

Easy Street Billiards 511 Tyler St., Monterey, 333-0825.


Monterey Lanes 2161 N. Fremont St., Monterey, 373-1553.

Rodeo Bowling Lanes 285 E. Alisal St., Salinas, 424-7676.

Valley Center Bowl 1081 S. Main St., Salinas, 422-9031.


The Bulldog 611 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 372-5565.

Duffy''s Tavern 282 High St., Monterey, 372-2565.

London Bridge Pub Fisherman''s Wharf #2, Monterey, 655-2879.

Mucky Duck 479 Alvarado St., Monterey, 655-3031.

Penny Farthing 9 E. San Luis St., Salinas, 424-5652.


Local recommended dive spots include San Carlos Beach and the Coast Guard Pier in Monterey, Lovers Point in Pacific Grove, Whaler''s Cove at Point Lobos (diving by permit only), and Monastery Beach on Highway 1, just south of Carmel. For surfing, try Asilomar Beach or Moss Landing. Call Aquarius Dive Shop (375-1933), Monterey Bay Dive Center (656-0454), or On the Beach Surf Shop (646-9283) for more details.


Bayonet Blackhorse Golf Course Fort Ord Street, Fort Ord, 899-7271.

Del Rey Oaks Golf & Driving Range 899 Rosita Rd., Del Rey Oaks, 394-8660.

Laguna Seca Golf Club 10520 York Rd., Monterey, 373-3701. Championship course.

Old Del Monte Golf Course 1300 Sylvan Rd., Monterey, 373-2700. Oldest golf course west of the Mississippi.

Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Links 77 Asilomar Ave., Pacific Grove, 648-3177.

Rancho Canada Golf Club 4860 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel, 624-0111.

Salinas Fairways Golf Course 45 Skyway Blvd., Salinas, 758-7300.

Health Clubs

Anastasia Club Fit 760 Del Monte Center, Monterey, 649-2348.

California Athletic Club 2000 Garden Rd., Monterey, 646-0550; 330 Reservation Rd., Marina, 384-5005.

Carmel Fitness Center 17 Crossroads Mall, Carmel, 624-8746.

Chamisal Tennis & Fitness Club 185 Robley Rd., Salinas, 484-1135 or 649-1135.

West Coast Fitness 247 Main St., Salinas, 753-2202.

Gold''s Gym Monterey Peninsula1760 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 394-8870.

Lady Fitness Offers college student discount. 234 Monterey St., Salinas, 753-1255.

Longevity for Women 26135 Carmel Rancho Blvd., Carmel, 626-0550.

Monterey Sports Center 301 E. Franklin St., Monterey, 646-3730.

Salinas Athletic Club Student discounts. 20 E. San Joaquin St., Salinas, 757-8331.

YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey, 373-4167.

YMCA Salinas 117 Clay St., Salinas, 758-3811.

24-Hour Nautilus Fitness Center 1035 N. Main St., Salinas, 751-7444.

Indoor Rock Climbing/Skating

Del Monte Gardens 2020 Del Monte Ave., Monterey. 375-3202. Traditional roller-rink that''s popular on weekend afternoons and nights. Rollerblades and skates allowed, closed on Mon.-Weds. Lessons and sales too.

Sanctuary Rock Gym 1855A East Ave., Sand City, 899-2595. Try a workout of a different sort at MoCo''s first rock-climbing gym. Faux mountains provide the challenge; a padded floor protects against injury. Classes and lessons offered.

SK8 Station1855 East Ave., Sand City, 899-7587, 899-3291. Skateboarding definitely ain''t a crime at the SK8 Station indoor rollerblade and skateboard park. You''ll find a variety of ramps and rails, including a spin ramp, vert ramp, corner bowl and a full street course to challenge your skill. Open afternoons and evenings seven days a week.

Public Swimming Pools


outdoor pools are only open during the warmer months of the year. All these charge use fees. Call before you take the plunge.

Carmel Valley Community Youth Center 25 Ford Rd., Carmel Valley, 659-2606.

Monterey Sports Center 301 East Franklin St., Monterey, 646-3730.

Pacific Grove High School 615 Sunset Dr., Pacific Grove.

Pattullo Swim Center 1148 Wheeler St., Seaside, 899-6272.

Saddle Mountain Recreation Park End of Schulte Road, Carmel, 624-1617.

Municipal Pool 920 N. Main St., Salinas, 758-7301.


Monterey Tennis Center 401 Pearl St., Monterey, 646-3881.

Sherwood Tennis Center 930 N. Main St., Salinas, 758-7318.

Meadowbrook 1553 Kimball Ave., Seaside, 394-6629.

City Tennis CourtsCentral Community Park

420 Central Ave., Salinas.

Morris Bill Tennis Courts 515 Junipero Ave., Pacific Grove, 648-3129.

Cutino Park Noche Buena Street and La Salle Avenue, Seaside.

Del Rey Oaks Tennis Court 899 Rosita Rd., Del Rey Oaks.

Forest Hill Park Camino del Monte and Junipero Avenue, Carmel.

Los Arboles Sports Complex Reindollar Drive and Vaughn Avenue, Marina.

Pacific Grove High School 615 Sunset Dr., Pacific Grove.

Rodeo-Sherwood Recreation Area N. Main Street, near Bernal Drive, Salinas.

Via Paraiso Park Via Paraiso and Via Gayuba, Monterey.

Party Like It''s 1999

Alvarado Street and Cannery Row are home to most of the real MoCo nightlife but there are dozens of clubs and bars around that give you room to get your groove on, wet your whistle, or even laugh at comedy. Check the Weekly every Thursday for details.

Admiral Benbow Tavern 444 Alvarado St., Monterey, 656-9543. More than 100 beers, Happy Hour with half-price bar snacks and live music on weekends in an English pub setting.

Bulldog Pub 611 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 372-5565. One of the few places for late-night dining on the Peninsula, the Bulldog Pub features a full menu till 4am on weekends and a full line of beer every night of the week.

Black Box Cabaret CSUMB campus, 582-3597. There''s no reason to leave CSUMB for entertainment, since the BBC has all kinds of music, dances, theater, and even comedy, when school is in session. A cozy hangout, small bar, and great coffee, too.

Bluefin Cafe and Billiards 685 Cannery Row, Monterey, 375-7000. This big pool hall, with 19 pay-by-the-hour tables and other games, also hosts live music on weekends and has 22 beers on tap. In the heart of Cannery Row, with a great view and tasty food.

Bosso''s 685 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 372-0240. Recently described as "a real Quentin Tarantino bar," with three pool tables (one is from a 1930s World Fair, and all cost 25 cents), a jukebox, and "Happy Hour all the time."

Characters Sports Bar and Grill 350 Calle Principal, Monterey, 647-4023. This quintessential sports bar boasts 12 TV screens and an extensive menu to work off the appetite that comes from cheering on your favorite team.

Cibo Ristorante 301 Alvarado St., Monterey, 649-8151. Locally renowned for its legendary martinis served in oversized 9-oz. Martini glasses, Cibo is a fun, crowded, professional hangout with an urban attitude.

Club Metropolis 115 E. Lake St., Salinas, 757-8302. This Latin club is visited by a younger crowd Thursday through Sunday, with DJs playing salsa, cumbia and more, and occasionally live bands. Dicey neighborhood, but safe once you''re in.

Crown and Anchor Pub 150 W. Franklin St., Monterey, 649-6496. If you like your party with an English accent to it, this downstairs pub is your place. Plenty of American beer and British ales, great food and a convenient location for MIIS and DLI students.

Dakota''s Corral 808 N. Main St., Salinas, 424-8661. Dakota''s Corral is popular for country music and dancing, just the place to get your line-dancing fix. DJs and local bands play country and rock, there''s a pool tournament on Mondays, but the crowd tends to be older. Full bar and late night food everyday.

The Endzone1081 S. Main St., Salinas, 422-9031. Formerly known as the Harvest Queen, this sports bar has reopened with satellite TVs, kitchen, pool and darts, and of course, libations. Various kinds of live music on the weekends.

LALLApalooza 474 Alvarado St., Monterey, 645-9036. Restaurant and Martini bar on Alvarado Street that''s popular with the 20- to 30-something crowd. The menu has big steaks, seafood, a full bar and a half-dozen Martinis, "shaken not stirred" if requested.

Lighthouse Bar & Grill 281 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 373-4488. Fave local hangout that offers CD music and is open ''til 2am, seven days a week.

London Bridge Pub Fisherman''s Wharf #2, Monterey, 655-2879. Can''t decide what kind of beer you''re in the mood to drink? Then head on down to the London Bridge Pub, where you''re guaranteed to find something to quench your thirst among their bottled beers and 16 beers on draught.

Long Bar 180 E. Franklin St., Monterey, 372-2244. A favorite dance club newly renovated with lights, pool table, games and a full bar. With a variety of ever-changing music, everyone gets a chance to hear the song that gets them out of their seat.

McGarrett''s Alvarado Street & Del Monte Avenue, upstairs, Monterey, 646-9244. This spacious nightclub is a consistent winner among Weekly club dancers. A great meeting place for singles in their 20s.

The Mucky Duck 479 Alvarado St., Monterey, 655-3031. Offers 18 beers on draught, full bar, and traditional British fare with a California flair. Cozy pub atmosphere inside, heated garden patio outside. DJ Thursday-Saturday nights.

The Penny Farthing Tavern 9 E. San Luis Ave., Salinas, 424-5652. In addition to the darts and British atmosphere, the Penny Farthing has more than 10 beers on tap, live entertainment and a late night menu.

Peter B''s Brewpub Doubletree Hotel, Portola Plaza, Monterey, 649-4511. The Carmel Brewing Co. makes all its beers and ales here and you can watch it happen. More than a "hotel bar," Peter B''s has plenty of filling food--from pizzas to burgers--plus seven Carmel brews served exclusively there.

Planet Gemini 625 Cannery Row, Monterey, 373-1449. Comedy is king at Planet Gemini, which doubles as a dance club, with music from rock to salsa.

Sly McFly''s 700 Cannery Row, Monterey, 649-8050. Sly''s has been around but is becoming a hot spot on the Row for a younger crowd. Local blues and jazz musicians jam here during the week, and there''s a full bar and happy hour.

Starz 214 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 375-3056. The newest club in town, opened in the space that used to contain the After Dark, specializes in weekend rock bands and DJs during the week, with a patio out back to relax in.

The Tinnery Lovers Point Park, Pacific Grove, 646-1040. After a sunset stroll along Pacific Grove''s coastline, there''s no better destination overlooking Lovers Point Park. In addition to its full-service restaurant, The Tinnery offers free food and great drinks at Happy Hour.

Viva Monterey 414 Alvarado St., Monterey, 646-1415. Selected by our readers as one of the best places to shoot pool, the mix of music and the quality of the tables and players keep Viva''s three pool tables busy.

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