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Bookwroks is Back!

Babs Hanneman a Talented Trumpeteer

Emi Makes Nona Proud

Steve Hauk Literary Man

The Rum King

A Seat With A View- Memorial Benches in PG

A New Station in Life
From Eygpt to P.G.

Vinyl Revolution-
Moves to Pacific Grove

Recreating Nature-Artist Albert Thomas DeRome

More than MemoriesAuthor Randy Reinstedt Gives away books

The Holman's BuildingHistoric Treasure


Fortune's Way-
E. Charlton Fortune Took A New Artistic Pat

A New Era at Lovers Point

Ray Magsalay's Art
the Shaman of Lost Objects

Grove Nutrition 50yrs

Chatterbaux Clothing
Expands on 6th year

Personal Computing
Began in

Steve Haik Steinbeck

JR Rouse
Hauk Fine Arts
Beach House at Lovers Point


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Lovers point cafe


Healthy Seniors
at the Sally Griffin Center

The Sally Griffin Active Living Center, home to Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula, provides invaluable services to Peninsula seniors. The Center provides over 20,000 hours of exercise, health, wellness and enrichment programs, as well as daily group dining and life-sustaining home delivered meals.
On Wednesdays of each week, the Center offers seniors their own “farmer’s market” selling healthy fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices.
If you would like information about these services or would like to volunteer, call (831) 375-4454 and/or visit them at
700 Jewell Avenue, in Pacific Grove.



The Pacific Grove Public Library has created a new gallery space inside its historic walls. This is the beginning of the renewal of the interior of the Pacific Grove Library, an Andrew Carnegie building that dates from the early 1900s.

Thanks to an anonymous donor or donors, the recently uncovered exhibit space will be named the Nancy and Steve Hauk Gallery. Fittingly, its most recent exhibit, which attracted nearly 300 people, included paintings by Nancy Hauk. The gallery space is currently being refurbished and will reopen late this summer with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Also, we believe there are still a limited number of Nancy Hauk’s giclee prints being sold at the library with funds going to the library’s restoration fund.

Steve and Nancy Hauk, at the opening of the exhibit ``Loving Watercolor, the Paintings of Nancy Hauk,’’ have been strong advocates of the Pacific Grove Public Library. Nancy has been in poor health and the public came out in droves to support the couple and the library’s new gallery space, which opened earlier this year.



A family affair for a quarter of a century, Taste Cafe & Bistro has grown to become a local favorite. The Karaki children have literally grown up in the Pacific Grove restaurant while their father, Bill, serves as chef and mother, Sue, manages the front of the house. “It has been fun raising my family while running a restaurant, states Bill, “I think they enjoyed the lifestyle as well. Now our children have grown and they will keep those memories forever.”
Over the years, as the children grew, their little cafe expanded into a full-service restaurant with exceptional service and quality. They even have a full bar, perfect for a drink and delicious appetizer after work.
Taste Cafe celebrates the flavors of Europe with touches of Italy and France prominently featured on the

moderately priced menu. The Cafe is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday (because Sunday and Monday belong to the kids). They are also serve large private parties of up to 50 people in their European style atmosphere.

Stop by and congratulate Bill and Sue on their 25th year in Pacific Grove....Stay for lunch or dinner You’ll be glad you did!



Back in 1893, Dr. Andrew Jackson Hart built his family home/office in the heart of the newly formed City of Pacific Grove. Little did he know, this stately Queen Anne style Victorian would become a Monterey Peninsula landmark. Over the past 120 years the mansion has housed three generations of the Hart family, the Bergerac Family and its famous Maison Bergerac Restaurant, a unique candy store, as well as The White House Restaurant. Then a stillness fell over the Victorian for a number of years.

Jim and Kathy Turley had admired this sleeping giant and decided to take a leap of faith and commit to years of restoration. They sold their home down the street, moved into the mansion, and began the slow, careful, often exasperating, process of restoration.
All of their hard work has brought this formidable landmark back to its original grandeur and The Turleys have now opened their new home to the public, as “The White Hart Tea Room.”

Elegance Without Attitude
The 120-year-old mansion has been remarkably well preserved. The original stained-glass windows, hand-plastered walls, secret dumbwaiter shaft, hardwood floors, and other unique items are all still intact. Yet, the Turleys modernized the plumbing and electrical systems to insure that the Hart Mansion would provide an exceptional venue for everything from bridal showers to business meetings for up to 40 people (complete with wireless internet and DVD player).
Afternoon tea at The White Hart is a unique experience that includes freshly baked scones and cakes with organic clotted cream, champagne, craft beers, and fine wines. All set on lace tablecloths with heirloom silverware in an authentic Victorian atmosphere. Yet, the Turleys’ philosophy, “Elegance Without Attitude” sets the tone for a delightful afternoon in this magnificent historic manor in the heart of Pacific Grove.



Steinbeck’s Notable Visitors
Pacific Grove was home and a home away from home for many notables of the 20th Century.
Then there were some who were just passing through....

A footnote in history
by Steve Hauk

Pacific Grove was important to John Steinbeck and he wrote many of his important works while living here. He also attracted a good many notables to the area. One of which was Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan, who visited a time or two, usually to see Steinbeck.
One visit in the mid-1930s was particularly noteworthy. Saroyan was on his way from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and stopped off to see Steinbeck at the family’s 11th Street cottage. The visit was planned to be brief but Steinbeck thought Saroyan might like to meet the young couple Bruce and Jean Ariss, he a painter, she a writer.
The Arisses first settled in Pacific Grove, then on Huckleberry Hill, and Steinbeck and Saroyan dropped in on them. The Arisses were thrilled. Saroyan was probably more famous than Steinbeck at the time, a prolific short story writer and dramatist.

As the four talked, Saroyan discovered that Bruce and Jean had started a local literary magazine, The Beacon. As Jean recalled years later, “The next morning there’s a knock on our door and it’s Mr. Saroyan, his eyes dark and looking tired. He’s holding a handwritten manuscript – a new short story that he had stayed up all night working on and he could have sold for a tidy sum. `That will be one dollar, please,’ he said. “
Steinbeck had also allowed the Arisses to be the first to publish his work, The Snake,under its original title, A Snake of One’s Own.
What were the odds two guys hanging out in PG in the 1930s would go on to win Pulitzers just a few years later?

Nancy and Steve Hauk own Hauk Fine Arts, specializing in early and contemporary California artists. Steve writes for the Steinbeck Review and has finished a collection of stories based on Steinbeck’s life called ``Almost True Stories from a Writer’s Life.’’


trotter retires

Lee (Madeline) Trotter has closed Trotter’s Antiques. We believe this is worth a mention as it marks the end of an important era in Pacific Grove history. Trotter’s Antiques has been a part of Pacific Grove for 50 years and Lee and Dick Trotter invaluable community leaders.

Trotter’s Antiques held Post Office
Box #1 and was the oldest operating business member of the Chamber of Commerce. Trotter’s was known to carry the finest collection of 18th, 19th, and 20th Century antiques on the West Coast. Now, it’s time for bingo and bridge! Thanks for the memories Lee and Dick Trotter!


For the past year, I have been teaching comic workshops on the Monterey Peninsula, where kids have developed characters and made hilarious and imaginative comic strips. Now, with pencils on paper, frame-by-frame, the storyboards have come together and, finally,
Let’s Make a Book is designing its first local comic anthology.
Children are known for their delightful imaginations. All to often, in the classic classroom setting, this natural talent is squelched rather than nurtured. However, given the right stimulation and a little prompting, creativity is let lose in a exciting process that produces surprising and inspiring work. In our workshops, children and teens have the opportunity to explore, invent and channel their creativity with rewarding results.

Lately, the class has been thinking three dimensionally, where stories include objects from daily life doing extraordinary things. Imaginations are stretched further with simple stop motion techniques using cameras and free apps on smart phones. Inanimate classroom tools, stuffed animals, and toys come to life, move around, fly, and take on new shapes.
The next step for us might be to experiment with using 3-D printers, where the possibilities seem endless!
Let’s Make a Book will host a series of week-long comic book and stop motion workshops over the summer in Pacific Grove and Monterey. Join us.

Writer John Ehab is the founder of the Let’s Make A Book program, which he began in Egypt in 2008. John and his family moved to Pacific Grove in 2011.



Feast of Lantern, A Pacific Grove Tradition

The Feast of Lanterns has evolved over its 100-plus year history from a Chautauqua Assembly closing ceremony to a four-day community event filled with family entertainment.

Meet the Royal Court at the Opening Day Ceremonies. The Court is made up of high school girls (princesses) who have submitted essays and committed to a grueling year-long schedule in exchange for the honor of sitting on the Royal Court and an educational scholarship.
The Feast of Flavors offers a variety of delectable meal options for a small donation at Chautauqua Hall.

A Pet Parade is held on Lighthouse Avenue Friday afternoon.

The event concludes with the pageant on Lovers Point Beach amidst thousands of lit lanterns. This event is held near the site of the City’s former Chinese Village and it was the Chinese fishermen who’s lanterns were the first to be seen from these shores.



What is a community without a bookstore? Thanks to a local family, we won’t have to consider this fate. Margot Tegtmeier, previous owner of Tillie Gorts, has brought her family in to turn a new chapter for Pacific Grove’s BookWorks, which now stands as Pacific Grove’s last remaining bookstore—with a delightful coffee shop up front.
“A bookstore is an important part of a community and we wouldn’t want to see it go away. So, we jumped in,” confirms Margot Tegtmeier.
They all jumped in, using their heads first, making the transition nice and slow. Margot’s husband, Allen Tegtmeier, is a professional contractor and now, the resident handy man. Daughter, Jess, designed the new logo and added several special design touches to the coffee shop.
At the BookWorks guests are encouraged to read while sipping their morning or afternoon brew. But, let it be known Bookworks is also squarely in the 21st Century and offers free wi-fi to all who wish to venture out into the world-wide web.

The BookWorks offers some 4,200 well-chosen titles in hard copy, including new releases, best sellers, local history, and a wonderful selection of children’s literature.

There are chairs for reading and room for book club meetings, book signings, and knitting klatches. The space is warm and, if there wasn’t a line at the organic coffee bar, you could almost say serene. Natural woods, warm walls, comfortable chairs, and the ever present smell of brewing coffee makes for an ideal atmosphere to relax with a good book.

The BookWorks coffee shop
now boasts fresh baked goods by Nell, and she fills each and every one with delicious goodness! Nell, Margot’s daughter, also manages the bookstore while raising her children and baking heavenly treats.
Stop by and meet the family, enjoy a fresh brewed cup of joe and a scrumptious piece of gluten-free lemon cake then take home the latest best seller for an afternoon well spent. The BookWorks is at 667 Lighthouse Avenue, in Pacific Grove.




Babs Hanneman a Talented Trumpeteer

If you’ve ever met Babs Hanneman it was probably due to her efforts to introduce you to a special artist or a new piece of work she admires—always the trumpeter of others, never herself. Few know that Babs is a talented artist in her own right. Growing up in art rich Holland, Babs has always found art in everything that surrounds her. Now, with her gallery/store, habitat, at 169a Fountain Ave., she feels free to express herself. Mixed in with precious pre-owned finds from around the world are her whimsical sculptures and jewelry designs. “Yes, I admit I tinker. It’s silly stuff really,” she says modestly. In fact, her pieces are beautiful works of art. Stop by and meet Babs, view her work, and if you ask, she will be pleased to fulfill the offer of “style suggestions” posted in her window.


Steve Hauk
Discover Pacific Grove readers have been lucky enough to learn about some of these interesting individuals through the writing of local art connoisseur and writer, Steve Hauk. In this issue, you can learn a little about him.

Steve Hauk is best known around town as the co-owner of Hauk Fine Arts, a gallery specializing in early and contemporary California art. He and his wife Nancy opened the Gallery twenty-five years ago and have since built a formidable reputation for their rare and unique finds. Yet, this is just a glimpse of the man behind the paintings.
Hauk writes plays and documentary films, co-curated the National Steinbeck Center’s inaugural art exhibit, writes for the Steinbeck Review and is working on a series of Steinbeck stories called ``Almost True Stories from a Writer’s Life.

Originally from St. Louis, Hauk came to the Peninsula as a journalist for a job at the Monterey Herald. “My wife, Nancy, is an artist and an art history major, so we had her considerable knowledge and talent opening the gallery,” confirms Hauk.

When asked what he found most unique about his gallery, he replied, “Somehow we get work that ties in with, or is by, great writers, Steinbeck, Ken Kesey, William Saroyan, Belle Yang and Bob Kaufman among them.

When discussing what he might call his more important literary achievements he notes the film ``The Roots of California Photography’’ is still telecast on PBS. That the plays ``A Mild Concussion,’’ suggested by the life of Gary Kildall, and ``The Floating Hat,’’ on the deaf artist Granville Redmond, have been taken into the collections of the Computer History Museum and Gallaudet University, respectively. And there are plans to make a film based on his play on Early California Impressionist Effie Fortune by Mac and Ava Motion Pictures.
Hauk’s ability to offer a glimpse of history while drawing these individuals out from the shadows is a gift. A gift for which we are most grateful.


Rum King
Rum King

Bobby Brown grew up in Pacific Grove and graduated from PG High in 1977. That was the year he decided he was going to head to Florida. He thought he’d never look back. Well, guess who we spotted on the streets of PG just a few weeks ago? It was The Rum King, aka Mr. Bobby Brown, out sharing samples of his wares. Bobby went south and found his true calling. His wholesale/retail rum cake business, CraveRum, has earned rave reviews and is quickly taking its due place in the specialty foods and restaurant industries. Now, with awards and accounts under his belt, Bobby came home to share his new found wealth. So, there he was, with delectable wedges of moist, yummy rum cake gift wrapped for sharing. What a delicious homecoming! This local boy made good. Taste the results at He’ll ship anywhere and can’t wait to ship some back home to PacificGrove!

Bench with a view

Take A Seat Soak In The View

When you are in a place so beautiful it can take your breath away, its good to have a place to sit. The City of Pacific Grove offers nearly 250 public benches to sit and soak in the view. The majority of these benches hold the names of loved ones and sentiments of friends and family. Over the past few decades the waiting list for memorial benches has grown and the City has been out in the field identifying new locations for future benches. Soon, we may hold the world’s record for public benches with a great view!

There are 25 memorial benches in Caledonia Park alone. Along the coastline, dozens more provide impromptu picnic spots, a quiet place for reflection, or just a place to rest your feet.
One of the benches, dedicated to friends says, “What a wonderful place to grow up.” We believe this best sums up this story.



I arrived in Pacific Grove almost two years ago for the purpose of graduate studies. However, the quiet and beautiful nature of this town made me consider the area as a station in my life.

Moving from a mega city to an ultra tiny one; from a noisy city to a nobody-walks-on the street-after-seven city; from the life of a reporter, inhaling tear gas, dodging BB gun shots in a place where the death toll is probably the only index on the rise, to a city where the biggest struggle may be saving trees from being cut down. This change of atmosphere could inspire me to put journalism on hold and visit other forms of creative writing.

Besides the tranquility of nature, my family has enjoyed an uplifting community. Here we come together as neighbors to celebrate life events. Anything from moving, enrolling in college, or a visit from a parent could be the reason for a neighborhood party. A couple of days ago a neighbor passed by with a basket of persimmons a regular pattern in our complex.

While Egypt does have a reputation for hospitality, I have never seen the same kind of day-to-day, deep level interactions with neighbors as I have experienced here in Pacific Grove. With some exceptions, our family life was always aloof from its surrounding environment, engulfed in a huge city.

This serene and friendly American hometown has become to me a haven which could help me to fulfill my dreams, both in revisiting other forms of writing, and enjoying some peaceful family time.

John Ehab has worked as a journalist reporting from Cairo, Beirut, Gaza, Syria and Sudan over the last ten years. He also founded and directed Let’s Make a Book, a non-profit initiative in Egypt to help young people in Egypt write and publish books. John and his family moved to Pacific Grove in 2012. We are pleased to have him as our guest writer and neighbor. John can be reached at



The legendary Vinyl Revolution is now in Pacific Grove! Bob Gamber brought his old school business to town and it has our youth dancing in the street—literally! In just a few months, Bob has become known as ‘The Place’ for retro music and events. Yes, vinyl is ‘in’ and Bob’s the guy to talk to if you’re looking for something in particular. “Some collect albums for the art on the covers, some still spin the records,” confirms Bob, who himself is a musician. Of course, his band’s music is only available on vinyl. Stop by and ask Bob at Vinyl Revolution for the magical mystery tour at 309B Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove.


Artist Albert Thomas DeRome had a distinguished career which inspired other painters and the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Annie Holdren, museum curator of exhibitions, says there is a strong DeRome connection to its current exhibition of contemporary landscapes because De Rome ``documented the region’s landscapes with an eye toward recreating authentic habitats for (the museum’s) exhibit case backgrounds,’’ or dioramas.

The juried exhibition, ``Central Coast Landscapes: Celebrating Nature in Painting,’’ runs through April 5th at the museum.

DeRome, who was born in 1885, suffered injuries serious enough to destroy any career. In 1904 he was ``electrocuted’’ and severely crippled during an art college initiation hazing that made San Francisco news for its brutality. In 1931 he was involved in a head-on auto collision on Highway 101, suffering partial paralysis.

He would never drive again. DeRome and his wife Martha eventually settled in Pacific Grove and the artist, though in great pain, began painting again. He began with small pieces. As he grew stronger, DeRome created bigger paintings. For the museum he did three dioramas, one of which Holdren describes as his largest known landscape.

The late Walter A. Nelson-Rees, an important geneticist and art scholar, wrote a book on the artist, ``Albert Thomas DeRome, 1885-1959.’’ The book, with its many DeRome landscapes, is highly sought by art collectors.
`DeRome’s paintings capture landscapes at the place and time he painted,’’ says Holdren. ``They are an invaluable record.’’

DeRome, despite his disabilities, became a highly regarded California Impressionist for his work capturing Pacific Grove and the Monterey Bay area.

Steve Hauk, co-owner with his wife Nancy of Hauk Fine Arts in Pacific Grove, is a documentary film writer and playwright.


Randy Reindstadt

Growing up on the Monterey Peninsula means you have read Steinbeck’s Cannery Row along with the books about ghosts, bandits, pirates, shipwrecks, sea monsters, gold mines, etc., written by local author/historian Randall A. (Randy) Reinstedt. These accounts, woven with thick threads of regional history, have made Reinstedt – a former teacher and lecturer – a local celebrity. What most folks don’t know is that he has over 350,000 books in print both here and abroad. That being said, his publication, More Than Memories, History and Happenings of the Monterey Peninsula, is dearest to his heart. Rather than a traditional (boring) history book, Reinstedt has produced a collection of fascinating stories about the Monterey Peninsula and its surrounding areas. Originally written for youth the adult community has praised it as well, making it a book that should be on every Monterey Peninsula bookshelf.

Reinstedt also believes that classrooms and libraries aren’t the only places his book should be read. In the Fall he will be distributing – free of charge – 1,000 copies of the book to those who write a letter telling why they desire a copy. Distribution locations will be announced at a later date.

Meanwhile, if you’re in one of our local coffeehouses and see a distinguished looking man sipping coffee while pouring over mounds of books and papers, stop and say hello…, and thank him for the memories!

A number of Reinstedt’s books are available at The Work’s Bookstore in PG. For information about More Than Memories Giveaway visit


Holmans Building

The Holman Building is a cornerstone in Pacific Grove’s history—taking it from a sleepy Methodist Summer Retreat to a bustling year-round city with visitors from all over the world. It was, after all, R.L. Holman who envisioned Holman Highway to provide shoppers access to his store. He built it and they came— from far and wide—to see it’s beautiful window displays, walk its grand entryway, and dine in the elegant rooftop restaurant. Holman’s reigned as the only independently owned department store between San Francisco and Los Angeles for decades after it opened. It remained the largest retail building in the area until the Del Monte Shopping Center was built in 1967.

As the anchor for our community, there was always an excuse to go to Holman’s. Back in the day, author, John Steinbeck shopped there for pencils and wrote of the crowds watching the flag pole skater on Holman’s rooftop in his book “Cannery Row.”

At Holman’s, every holiday was met with pomp and circumstance as well as community anticipation. It was not so long ago that every child on the Peninsula had sat on Santa’s lap in Holman’s Department Store. Holman’s was a gathering place, a destination, a monument to modern culture—right here in the little town of Pacific Grove!

Our historic downtown is our community’s number one calling card and the Holman Building has stood as its anchor for nearly a century. If Holmans is demolished our historic street front goes with it. Will the citizens of Pacific Grove reconsider new ways to preserve this historic treasure so it may once again serve as an economic resource, a community gathering place, and a beacon for those visiting our special town? I’m counting on it!



Join The Hootenanny
An expression denoting a “loose or unorganized gathering” came to life when Woody Guthrie used the term to label jam sessions and group sing-alongs during the folk music revival. In Pacific Grove, you can participate in bi-monthly hootenannies at the P.G. Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave. (Saturdays: 7/20, 9/21, 11/16, at 7pm) Organizers tell us the gatherings have been taking place for 16 yrs. and are attended by some 30-70 people. These events have raised over $6,000 in donations for the art center while providing a unique experience for those participating. The group’s 235-page songbook is comprised of folk, blues, country, jazz, and classic rock tunes that most people know. Since the atmosphere is open to individual creative effort “go ahead and let loose.” The congenial social effort results in a Hootenanny being an uplifting human experience.

Fortunes Way

Fortune’s Way
E. Charlton Fortune Took A New Artistic Path
in Pacific Grove
by Steve Hauk

One of California and America’s greatest Impressionist artists made a major transition in her career in Pacific Grove in 1929.

E. Charlton Fortune, whose paintings have sold or auctioned for six and seven figures, abandoned Impressionism and turned to liturgical art when she accepted a commission from St. Angela’s Catholic Church in Pacific Grove.

Gathering other prominent area artists to work with her, the group took the name Monterey Guild. And from its beginning in Pacific Grove, the Guild accepted commissions from Catholic churches and cathedrals across the country, eventually winning Fortune papal recognition and the gold medal for design from the American Institute of Architects.

Fortune was an intriguing woman. Born with a cleft palette –inoperable in her time – and a survivor of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, she went on to artistic fame and won the Paris Solon’s silver medal.

Often critical of her own work, she would have been amazed at how highly respected and valued her Impressionistic art, in part because of its rarity, would become.

While these earlier works have been sold for five and six figures, her liturgical art goes for much less.

When Fortune accepted the commission in 1929, St. Angela’s church was on Central Avenue (the Central Presbyterian Church of Monterey now occupies the building).

A few years ago I wrote a play on Fortune – Fortune’s Way, or Notes on Art for Catholics (and Others).’’ It has been translated for a French production and was given staged readings at the Carmel Mission, Carmel Art Association, Monterey Museum of Art, Pacific Grove Public Library and Carl Cherry Center for the Arts. There is one presentation I’ll never forget – on January 27, 2012 the play was given at St. Angela’s.

Steve Hauk is co-owner with his wife Nancy of Hauk Fine Arts in Pacific
Grove, a documentary film writer, and playwright.


Lovers Point Beach

Lovers Point waterfront is a Landmark location rich in history. In fact, it has been one of the Monterey Peninsula’s most popular destinations since 1875.

Pacific Grove, founded as a Methodist Retreat 1875, allowed no dancing or drinking, however, swimming was a favored pass time and a bath house was built at Lovers Point that very same year. A Chinese fishing village could be seen from Lovers Point at a site near Hopkins Marine Station. The sparkling lights from their fishing “junks” shone in the bay each night. In 1904, a Japanese Tea Garden was built on the waterfront. Tea was served to ladies visiting the Lovers Point Dahlia Gardens, which won an international horticulture Gold Medal award in 1915. The Tea Garden closed in 1918 and Lovers Point continued to evolve. The popular bath house was built anew time and time again, a permanent pier was set and Lovers Point remained a destination for relaxation and celebration.

Swan boat tours began in the 1890s and continued for nearly eighty years. A monument to this craft sits prominently at the Ocean View Blvd. entrance to the beach.

In 1949, another new bath house was built with a rooftop restaurant. This modern attraction, The Bay View Roof Garden, served burgers and fries. In 1959/60 it became Slats Roof Garden Restaurant. In 1975 the restaurant was completely remodeled inside and out and renamed The Old Bath House. This reputable restaurant was a destination for some 30 years. Some of the design, including the turret and stained glass windows remain today.

Now, 138 years later, we have a new swimming pool thanks to an amazingly generous community and a new restaurant thanks to Robert Enea, Jim Gilbert, Kevin Phillips and so many others.
We couldn’t be more excited to usher in this new era for Lovers Point Waterfront!


Ray Magsdlay

What Was Lost Is Found
in Ray Magsalay’s Art

Artist Ray Magsalay is the Shaman of Lost Objects. He calls his work “assemblage art” or “outsider art”. Each piece starts with a menagerie of discarded materials which he then composes into a visually alluring storybook—one that draws viewers in closer to read.

There is a spiritual aura evident in his work. He sees the discarded, recycled, and skeletal remains he uses in his assemblage as “life fragments.” If looked upon closely, everyone can find themselves in his work. It may be a toy from your childhood, an old bottle top, or a piece of jewelry that reminds you of your mother. Once assembled, Magsalay’s works are mesmerizing, holding viewers attention longer than a canvas ever could.

Ray Magsalay and his wife, Carol live in Pacific Grove. After retiring from a 37 year career with the City of Monterey, he now dedicates a good deal of time to helping others.
Magsalay provides presentations and hands-on workshops with both assemblage art and the art of bonsai to the youth and handicapped in our community.

The 73 year old artist shows no signs of slowing down, with temporary exhibits at Monterey Peninsula Airport and the Arts Habitat of Monterey County, he continues to collect “life fragments” for his next project.

You’ll find a large selection of Magsalay’s unique assemblage art at Sun Studios, located at 208 Forest Avenue. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am to 5pm. You can even take one of these masterworks home!


Grove Nutrition Center
50+ Years in Pacific Grove

Very few Pacific Grove residents can remember a time before Grove Nutrition Center. Local girl, Juanita Coleman surely can’t. The store, once owned by her aunt, has been her baby for nearly a decade. Now, with the new storefront in the Historic Holman Building, Grove Nutrition has a fresh, new look and an expanded selection health food and herbal remedies to keep you healthy. Juanita also takes special orders for the convenience of her loyal customers. Stop by the new location today.

Grove Nutrition Center is located at
542 Lighthouse Avenue, in the Holman Building. Call 372-6625

Digital Research

The Personal Computing Age Began in Pacific Grove

by Steve Hauk

Pacific Grove was pivotal in the careers of novelist John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts, but few outside of the industry know the town was also the site of one of the most important events in computer history.
In the mid 1970s, in a shed behind his home on Bayview Avenue, a man named Gary Kildall created a computer operating system called CP/M, considered by many to be the forerunner of the software systems that run the majority of the world’s personal computers today.

Whatever software system powers your computer, it very likely owes much to Kildall’s CP/M (Control Program/Monitor).
Because of this, the new City of Pacific Grove historic context statement points out that the little shed on Bayview could be ``exceptionally important’’ and someday ``eligible for state or national historic designation.’’

Kildall was a brilliant creator who had an idealistic vision of the computer industry. He was also ahead of his time in CD-Rom and digital media technology. The day IBM came to Pacific Grove to meet with Kildall to discuss CP/M is legendary in the industry.

Unfortunately, Kildall’s company, Digital Research, and IBM didn’t reach an agreement and other software providers would reap the benefits of Kildall’s genius with clones of his invention.

Kildall ended tragically, taking a fall in a Monterey night club in 1994, dying several days later at the age of 52 of a cerebral hemorrhage. His death was national news.
So Pacific Grove is not only the site of the writing of John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts’ revolutionary approach to marine biology – it is also where the most important software code in computer history was written. These are major contributions to the world from a small Victorian town.

Steve Hauk is co-owner, with his wife Nancy, of Hauk Fine Arts in Pacific Grove, and a documentary film writer and playwright. He has written a play on this genius and these important events in the computer world, ``A Mild Concussion – The Rapid Rise and Long Fall of an Idealistic Computer Genius.’’
Publisher’s note: Among the original employees of Digital Research (pictured above) was Pacific Grove’s own PHD Mathematician, Dan Davis. Mr. Davis a former four term PG City Councilmember, was kind enough to lend his personal photo for the article.



Hand Made in PG

You’ve heard the saying, “There’s nothing quite as special as a handmade gift.” Well, grandma’s sweater may hold deep sentimental value but, you’ll actually want to wear Carrie McWithey’s hand crocheted hats and gloves in public! Carrie has been crocheting since college and found it to not only be a favored pastime but also a profitable one. For a young lady who loves to travel, doing crafts fairs and festivals across the country has been another bonus of her trade. At the suggestion of a friend, Carrie landed in Monterey County and plans on staying for a while. You may have seen her, all warm and cozy, crocheting in a local coffee shop or at Pacific Grove’s Farmers’ Market. Terry Clemens, owner of the popular women’s boutique, The Clothing Store, did and asked if she could sell her fine wears at her stylish women’s boutique.
The goods are made with the finest Merino wool, alpaca, and beautiful silk yarns. “Nothing itchy,” promises Carrie. She designs for both men and women. Of course, the women’s are much more fun, with whimsical flowers and lacy fringe detailing. “I am pleased to have my work sold at The Clothing Store. We share a love of colors and textures. I think my pieces work well in her boutique,” boasts Carrie, “and in Pacific Grove, you’ll want to wear my pieces year round!”

Carrie McWithey is the designer and owner of Fringe—Sassy handmade hats, scarves, and gloves. Her work is available at The Clothing Store in Pacific Grove, Pacific Grove Farmer’s Market, and Sand City’s Independent Marketplace. Or spot her when ordering your morning coffee at The Works.

Custom orders are available to match your outfit at The Clothing Store. You may also visit her online store at



Steinbeck's Artistic Friends
by Steve Hauk

Photo: Judith Deim in 1983 with Steinbeck portrait, now at San Jose State. By MK Hemp

Writers and artists often associated in the early part of the 20th Century, and this was especially true in Pacific Grove. We frequently get paintings in the gallery by artists who were friends of John Steinbeck while he resided here and worked on ``Of Mice and Men’’ and ``The Grapes of Wrath’’ and other books.

In the 1930s, John and Carol Steinbeck lived in a little Pacific Grove cottage on the alley that is now called Ricketts Row. There they hosted artist friends including James Fitzgerald, Bruce Ariss, Judith Deim (then going by the name of Barbara Stevenson) and Ellwood Graham, among others. All of these artists, part of a group that included the great marine biologist Ed Ricketts, became portraitists of Steinbeck.

Fitzgerald’s charcoal study of Steinbeck is in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery; a Deim oil of Steinbeck is at the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State; Ariss’s drawings of Steinbeck and Ricketts decorate Cannery Row banners, while Graham’s portrait of the Nobel Prize author has disappeared and awaits rediscovery.

All of these artists remain important and their works have exhibited often in shows tying in with Steinbeck. We recently sold a Fitzgerald watercolor to a New England museum interested in the Steinbeck connection.

Although Steinbeck is often associated with Monterey and Salinas, Pacific Grove was also important to him. He loved the cottage on the alley, came back to it often and said there was no better place to write – besides, after a day’s work, he added, it was just a few minutes walk to the coastal tide pools where, perhaps, he watched artist friends as they painted.

Steve Hauk is a writer, art curator, and co-owner of Hauk Fine Art, with his wife, Nancy. The gallery is located at 206 Fountain Ave., in Pacific Grove. Steve is currently writing a play on Steinbeck’s final days.



Dog Days of Summer
Pacific Grove is Pet Friendly
Story and photographs by Geneva Liimatta

If you’re a dog person (and you know who you are!) Pacific Grove is the place fo r you. Whether you’re a resident or visitor, this delightful small town offers countless activities for both you and your pet to enjoy.

Since moving here nearly two years ago with our two poodle mixes, Captain and Sir Godfrey Norton, my husband and I have been continually amazed by PG’s local dog parks and canine-friendly open spaces; it’s like a doggy-paradise! Rip Van Winkleis probably the most popular dog-park in Pacific Grove and is quite a ‘scene’ on Saturday mornings.

The south side of Asilomar beach is another delightful location to romp with your canine-companion. Nothing beats watching your dog race the waves, chase seagulls, and tear through the sand at top-speed!

If you’re looking for something a bit less strenuous, a relaxing stroll through town might be just the ticket. Many of the local businesses are pet-friendly (provided your dog is under control, of course) so you can do your shopping in the company of your very best friend.

There are also a surprising number of dining establishments that are delighted to accommodate the canine crowd. The 17th Street Grill clearly realizes that it’s doubly-delicious to dine in the company of Rover because they have multiple signs inviting you (and your dog!) to join them in their outside dining area.

For breakfast,Toastie’s Café and The Red House Café are just two of the many scrumptious options for outdoor dining with your pooch in tow (and if you slip your well-behaved Trixie a little slice of bacon, well… who could really blame you?).

You may have already found our pet-friendly hotels, such as Pacific Gardens, Sea Breeze, or the Lighthouse Lodge. It does bear mentioning that the residents of PG take quite a bit of pride in the cleanliness of our parks and the general culture of responsible dog-ownership, so be sure to ‘do as the locals do’ and bring baggies on all of your outings!



The iconic Victorian LaPorte Mansion in Pacific Grove was the location (Pine Island Inn) for the 1959 movie, starring: Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Sandra Dee, Troy Donahue

Films with scenes shot in Pacific Grove
The Eye of the Night (1916)- WWI drama involving a lighthouse keeper. Scenes: filmed on the beach and at Pt Pinos Lighthouse.

Captain January (1936) -An orphan is swept off a ship and taken in and adopted by a kind lighthouse keeper. Background Shots at Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach and Point Lobos. Stars: Shirley Temple, Guy Kibbee, Buddy Ebsen

Primrose Path (1940)-Daughter of a prostitute falls in love with a respectable man. Scenes: filmed along the waterfront. Stars: Ginger Rogers, Joel McCrae,

Lassie Come Home (1943), A poor family is forced to sell their dog yet the dog finds its way home. Shots: Lassie walking along shoreline, Starring: Roddy McDowell, Elizabeth Taylor.

Johnny Belinda (1948)-Small town doctor befriends a young deaf-mute woman and teaches her to communicate. Scenes: Along the Pacific Grove waterfront. Stars: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead

Devils Daughter (1973) A young girl whose mother had sold her soul to the devil in infancy is now called to the fold by Satan. Stars: Shelley Winters , and Robert Foxworth

The Winter of Our Discontent (TV, 1983)
Turner and Hooch (1989) Scenes filmed along Ocean View Boulevard, the historic Retreat and downtown. Starring: Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson

Junior (1994) Scientists working on a new techniques that impregnates males with hilarious results. Starring : Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito. Shots: in and around Pacific Grove.

Undeclared Income (2008) A struggling small businessman gets behind in his taxes, is set up by a private agent, and pays the price. Starring: Greg Donovan (a local PG businessman), Robert P. Franco, Johnny Lane

Where Monarchs Die (2011) An evaluation of youth growing up in a retirement community. Starring: Brenda DiPietro, Fred DiPietro, Casey Frazier




The Pacific Grove Public Library has created a new gallery space inside its historic walls. This is the beginning of the renewal of the interior of the Pacific Grove Library, an Andrew Carnegie building that dates from the early 1900s.

Thanks to an anonymous donor or donors, the recently uncovered exhibit space will be named the Nancy and Steve Hauk Gallery. Fittingly, its most recent exhibit, which attracted nearly 300 people, included paintings by Nancy Hauk. The gallery space is currently being refurbished and will reopen late this summer with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Also, we believe there are still a limited number of Nancy Hauk’s giclee prints being sold at the library with funds going to the library’s restoration fund.

Steve and Nancy Hauk, at the opening of the exhibit ``Loving Watercolor, the Paintings of Nancy Hauk,’’ have been strong advocates of the Pacific Grove Public Library. Nancy has been in poor health and the public came out in droves to support the couple and the library’s new gallery space, which opened earlier this year.


Deerest Town in the USA

You can’t jog the beach, stroll through the forest, or, for that matter, drive through town, without spotting a coastal black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus). These natives thrive in our many open spaces and have long been common sites in our back yards. In addition to grazing on our prized roses, our deer also help keep the poison oak and other invasive flora at bay in our neighborhoods.
Our resident deer are normally timid however, during the mating season (November through December) they are often more aggressive. The bucks drop their antlers from January through March and regrow them over the next few months. Fawns are usually born in May and June and, we note, the mothers are very protective. The best time and place to spot our deer is dawn or dusk in the Asilomar Beach area and at Carmelo Cemetary.
Please don’t approach, touch, or feed the deer. They do very well without our interference.


Six Year Old Chatterbaux
Children’s Shop Expands

Children grow up so fast its hard to keep up them. Unless, of course, you’ve found Chatterbaux Children’s Shoppe. Over the past six years, Alexsandra at Chatterbaux has been quietly clothing a good many of our youngsters in new and previously-owned apparel. Always stocked to the brim, Chatterbaux recently took on a long anticipated expansion. Even with more space, the shop is already loaded with more clothes, toys, and mommy necessities! If the resale prices aren’t low enough, take advantage of the weekly sales held to clear the way for more merchandise. It’s worth a trip!

Chatterbaux Children’s Shoppe is located at
157 Fountain Ave. Call 831-647-8701 or visit


Harry Crawford

The Last of the Old World Craftsmen

Harry Crawford of Sunset Leather Company, didn’t set out to become a legend in his own time, time just made it so. Crawford is recognized as one of America’s few remaining leather crafters who manufactures in the American Saddlery Tradition, one in which everything is made by hand. And his products are guaranteed for a lifetime. Harry started working with leather in the early 70’s, making moccasins in a PG Victorian. Today, his business has grown to a full-blown manufacturing facility. His fine leather products are in the world’s finest resorts, including Pebble Beach and Post Ranch, as well as prestigious corporate boardrooms. His manufacturing showroom is open to the public. There, you can purchase everything from passport covers and handbags, to fine business and sporting accessories at manufacturer direct prices. Harry is always pleased to work with your custom design. Sunset Leather Company (831-373-7143) is located at 2088 Sunset Drive, in Pacific Grove or visit


Dining Out With Fewer Dollars—
Pacific Grove has many options...

While the cost of living continues to rise, our local restaurants are doing everything in their power to make your dining experience worth every penny spent. It’s not an easy feat with the costs of doing business at an all-time high.

So, stop by for lunch or dinner sometime soon. Vivolo’s famous clam chowder bowl, Mando’s $1.99 tacos, or the International Restaurant’s pasta dishes will fill you up but won’t set you back. Victorian Corner’s pasta plates, Petra’s gyros, Mountain Mike’s Pizza lunch buffet, Toasties, Mauricio’s and Holly’s burgers, and the Red House’s soup and sandwich plate are also great buys for lunch. Try Pacific Thai or Takara for an Asian flair. Even our fine dining establishments offer something priced for just about everyone. Rombi’s and Max’s Grill, Peppers and Fifi’s, Passionfish and Fandango, Taste Cafe and Le Normandie rival those over the hill in Carmel at a fraction of the cost. Dining out doesn’t have to cost a fortune when you dine in Pacific Grove.



Aging Gracefully

Spirals, a unique consignment and benefit shop, has opened in Pacific Grove.

Discover unique home furnishings, accessories, and your favorite designer labels, all while supporting a good cause—The Alliance on Aging. You can also earn money by consigning your gently used items or, better yet, donate them to the cause. Or, maybe, you have a few hours to volunteer?

What started as a group of concerned citizens has become the largest non-profit provider of senior services in Monterey County, serving over 7,000 individuals every year. Alliance on Aging programs include Medicare counseling, peer counseling, nursing home information and advocacy, senior employment training, tax counseling, as well as direct services for adult children and caregivers. Visit Spirals today and meet our new neighbors.

Spirals, located at 570 Lighthouse Ave., is open Tuesday—Sunday.
Call 383-5030 for information.

Rock Star

Rising Stars
RockStar Dance Studio Show Team 2011-2012

In just its first season, The RockStar Dance Studio Show Team has already earned numerous silver and gold trophies from competitions and performed at local events. The new RockStar Dance Studio offers a variety of dance classes, from Ballet to Hip Hop, for young and old. Contact the Program Director, Stevie McKim or visit them on-line at RockStar Dance Studio is located at 510 Lighthouse Ave., #3. Call 375-4200 or visit for information.


For Sale

Pacific Grove—The Best Place To Live

Of the five most popular zip codes in the County, Pacific Grove ranks as the least expensive investment. While home sales and listing prices are starting to edge up, current median home prices were averaging around $480,000 (May of 2012). On the Monterey Peninsula, that’s a steal! While the median rent was approximately $1,269 a month.

Most importantly, residents love living in Pacific Grove! While the population is a little older than California’s average, we’re a progressive collection of folks. Pacific Grove has made news protecting our butterflies, open spaces, historic streetscapes, and our children’s educational opportunities. Pagrovians come to City Hall in droves to protect the rights of their pets, fight against the proliferation of fast food restaurants or bars. Pacific Grove loves sustainable products and services, good food and wine.

Our town’s been called “Butterflytown USA”, “The Last Hometown” and the “Most
Romantic City in the USA.” We’re proud to call it home! You’re welcome to join us. Call one of the real estate professionals listed here and—Welcome Home!


winning wheels

Winning for 30 Years
Winning Wheels Bicycle Shop

This year Winning Wheels Bicycle Shop celebrates 30 years of bicycle sales and service on the Monterey Peninsula.
This family owned and operated business (involving 3 generations) has in turn helped generations of cyclists along the way.
Hector, Ophie, Eric, Roni and Daniel all take great pride in the level of service they provide to their customers. This includes all types of cyclist: the commuter, recreational riders, competitive riders, as well as, first time bike owners.
Winning Wheels has a great selection of bikes, as well as clothing, helmets, shoes and other accessories that make the ride more enjoyable.

In addition the shop’s service center features USCF Certified Mechanics. This makes them the best place for bike repairs, adjustments, or custom bike builds! They also handle walkers, wheel chairs and miscellaneous wheel repairs.
Winning Wheels is also a great place to pick-up advice before heading out on a long distance bicycle adventure, like Alaska to South America or other cross country trips.
The Chavez family not only has a strong commitment to cycling but also to their community—volunteering time, donating to various schools and causes.
Winning Wheels Bicycles Shop is located at 318 Grand Ave. in Pacific Grove. Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm. (831) 375-4322

Marita's Shoe

Not Your Mother’s Shoe Store

When a store has been selling shoes for over 65 years you naturally assume the offering includes saddle shoes and penny loafers. Not at Marita’s Shoes! In fact, Marita’s has a contemporary selection of women’s shoes to rival any on the Peninsula and even carries Tom’s for men.

It’s time you take another look in the window of your local shoe store. Then go on in! Whether you are looking for the latest in ergonomically correct shoes or the season’s most stylish stilettos, the wonderful staff will be happy to find the perfect fit for you.

Visit Marita’s Shoe Store at
547 Lighthouse Ave. or call 373-4650
for more information.


Emi Makes Nonna Proud
Emi, as her nonna lovingly referred to her, is a very busy lady baking her Italian treats, raising her twin daughters, and running her new shop, Emi’s Biscotteria, at 206 Forest Avenue. This young woman, with strong roots here on the Peninsula, is building her future based firmly on family tradition. The scrumptious cookies, cannoli and biscotti she makes from her nonna’s recipes are as authentic as you’ll find this side of Paloma. She sells them individually with her specialty coffees, by the dozen, and wholesale to restaurants and gourmet specialty stores.

Stop by and meet Emi. The Biscotteria is open every day except Tuesdays. We suggest you try one of her coconut macaroons and a caramel macchiato. Then be sure to call her for all your special events.