88th Annual La Merienda @ Memory Garden
Jun 1 @ 11:15 am – 3:00 pm

What: 88th Annual La Merienda Celebration – City of Monterey’s 248th birthday party features a BARBECUE BUFFET EXTRAVAGANZA by Old Fisherman’s Grotto Chefs and the VIP Merienda Barbecue Committee who will create a five-star culinary experience featuring Certified Angus Beef New York steak, BBQ chicken breast, mild Italian sausage, salmon, sauteed scampi shrimp, Paella, complemented by 3 salad choices: mixed greens, pasta, and fruit salad, fire roasted sweet corn, fresh-made chili beans, fresh grilled garlic bread, fresh-made salsa and more. Like last year, there will also be a NEW special culinary surprise! Included with the meal are complimentary wine, beer, coffee, tea and soft drinks. The mouth-watering feast is followed by the traditional outstanding dessert, a beautiful multi-layered birthday cake from Layers Bakery donated by Tina Del Piero and Lynn Tomlinson and decorated with fresh roses by Jackie Craghead.

This festive event includes Master of Ceremony David Marzetti, entertainment by musicians including Accordion player extraordinaire Mike Marotta, Jr. & special guests, mariachis, and folklorico dancers, gallant dons and donas, and lovely senoritas. The Barbecue Committee headed by Chris Shake is composed of local elected officials and well-known community members that prepare and serve the food at this event. There will also be a Silent Auction. All guests are also welcome to dress in 18th century costume (optional).

Congratulations to Marc Del Piero, the winner of the 2018 Laura Bride Powers Award, Monterey History & Art Association’s most prestigious award who will be honored at this year’s La Merienda. This award is named after the woman who is credited with conceiving both the idea of the Association and the Merienda celebration, which antedated MHAA’s founding. Mrs. Powers was the Curator of the Custom House and First Theater and an ardent student of California history. The 2017 Laura Bride Powers Award recipient was Joan Keyser

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 11:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Memory Garden, 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940 (Enter La Merienda at the Memory Garden Gate near the entrance to Peter B’s.)

Parking: With the purchase of a ticket, FREE PARKING will be available in the City of Monterey’s WEST GARAGE parking lot on Franklin Street behind the Wells Fargo Bank. Your free parking pass will be given to you upon check in at the Memory Garden Gate as you enterLa Merienda. Additional paid parking is available in the Waterfront parking lot adjacent to Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf or in the parking lot on Scott Street above Pacific Street.


Tickets will go on sale on February 1, 2019 for MHAA members only; general public April 1st.

The cost is $55 per ticket for MHAA members before April 1st and it will be $65 on or after April 1st

MHAA members table of 10 for $550 before April 1st or $650 on or after April 1st.

Non-MHAA members may only purchase tickets on or after April 1st at $75 per ticket or $750 for a table of 10.

AFP Monterey Bay Summer Fundraising Summit @ Embassy Suites by Hilton Monterey Bay Seaside
Jun 5 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Monterey Bay Chapter of the International Association of Fundraising Professionals hosts its 2019 Summer Fundraising Summit on Wednesday, June 5, at Embassy Suites, Seaside, CA.
The full-day conference will include a continental breakfast, a renowned keynote speaker, six breakout sessions, a networking lunch, a general session, wine reception, and more!

Our keynote speaker is Brigid McGrath Massie, author and business consultant. Brigid has delivered thousands of keynote speeches and management seminars throughout the United States focusing on enhancing personal effectiveness, leadership skills, management abilities, sales skills, and customer service.

Last year’s attendees came from throughout Monterey County, as well as San Benito County and the Silicon Valley. They included nonprofit Executive Directors and Directors of Development; Planned Giving, Major Gift and Stewardship Officers; Board Members; Executives and Officers from regional funding organizations; and nonprofit industry consultants and service providers.

2019 U.S. Open Week at Poppy Hills @ Poppy Hills Golf Course
Jun 10 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Poppy Hills Golf Course is excited to be one of the closest venues to the 2019 U.S. Open and we’ve created a unique week of events tailored to maximize your 2019 US Open experience in Pebble Beach.

Monday June 10th – Sunday June 16th, 2019

We will be offering an 8 a.m and 2 p.m Shotgun each day of U.S. Open Week. Space will be limited.

Tee Times are for sale for $1200 per foursome or $300 per individual with full payment required at time of purchase.

Each Shotgun will include Breakfast, Lunch, Appetizers and Non Alcoholic Beverages.

We look forward to sharing Poppy Hills with you.

#62 in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play in America – only 1 mile from Pebble Beach Resort.

For additional information please feel free to reach us at 831-622-8239.

Monterey Bay DART Meetup @ UCMBEST
Jun 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The 3rd Monterey Bay DART Meetup is scheduled for 5-8pm Tuesday April 16 @ UCMBEST. This meetup will focus on agriculture and natural resource management applications. Presenter details to follow.

Digital Promise Challenge Institute @ Embassy Suites by Hilton Monterey Bay Seaside
Jul 8 @ 4:00 pm – Jul 10 @ 10:00 pm



Join educators from around the world to investigate the big idea of powerful learning, identify pressing challenges, and design sustainable solutions!

The Digital Promise Challenge Institute 2018 will be a fully immersive, hands-on, professional learning experience that transcends the traditional divide between speakers and participants to create a vibrant and ongoing community.

For details visit the event website.

The Challenge Institute is eligible for funding requests on the DonorsChoose.org platform. Get started with our guide.