Monday, July 22, 2019

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Announces $2.1 Million Campaign to Reimagine and Reshape the Museum Experience

Deeply rooted in one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the world, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History aims to inspire discovery, wonder and stewardship.

Pacific Grove, CA, July 22, 2019 - Deeply rooted in one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the world, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History aims to inspire discovery, wonder and stewardship.

Through history, science and a strong bond with its community, this inclusive museum in downtown Pacific Grove has transformed itself into a community and educational hub that reimagines and reshapes the typical museum experience.

To continue its growth and service to the community, the museum has announced a nearly $2.1 million, multi-stage capital campaign, beginning with Phase 1 — an interactive bird exhibit.

On Aug. 28, the museum will unveil “The Amazing Adaptations of Birds,” an exhibit that houses one of the best single-county collections in the country. This first of nine phases in the museum’s renovation includes restoring the birds to their original splendor, adding design upgrades, and installing several new interactive elements.

The unveiling will include a public gathering on August 28th at 5:30 p.m. with an address by the museum’s executive director Jeanette Kihs.

On Sept. 5, the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce and Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will hold a dual ribbon-cutting from 5–7 p.m., with both city mayors in attendance.

The museum invites the community to participate in this united campaign to help increase and deepen the blueprint on families and the natural world through the creation of the following spaces:

Children’s Exhibit — BUGS!

The museum already delivers free programming to more than 10,000 children each year. This exhibit will allow children ages 0-5 to explore science in a hands-on manner. Featuring multiple local habitats and the invertebrates that inhabit them, this space will serve as a kinetic exploratory space for young ones, a touchstone for local young families to visit regularly, and a launching point for the museum’s youth-focused programming.

The Changes of Monterey County

The local ecosystems are incredibly diverse, and provide visitors with an opportunity to see all that the region has to offer. It also allows the museum the opportunity to use those local environments to tell the story of change — particularly in regard to the climate. Using these stories of the past and present, the museum will show how current behaviors can help or hinder the health of ecosystems.

The Power of Collections

Museum collections were the original internet: references to our history, organisms from near and far, and a warehouse devoted to our collective historical memory and scientific knowledge. This exhibit will illustrate the important new roles old collections have in the newest sciences. By studying collections of the past, we can make better predictions for the future.

Museum Entrance

A remodeled entrance will be the museum’s opportunity to create a new, more welcoming reception area. Extending the front and creating a more efficient entry system will improve the visitor experience and better introduce the museum and its stunning location through small exhibits.

The Cultures of Monterey Bay

The Monterey Bay area has been called home by a multitude of cultures over the past few centuries. From early Native Californians to Chinese, Italian and Portuguese, many groups came to fish, ranch and farm in this fertile place. This exhibit will explore and highlight the stories that make up the region’s rich cultural tapestry.

Nature’s Backyard

There is no better way to learn about nature than to be outdoors. The museum plans to transform the backyard into a space for families to share in the exploration of nature, through active play areas and dig pits, all surrounded by a lush native garden.

Catering kitchen

Nothing creates community like a good meal, and events are a fantastic way for guests to experience the museum in a new way. A new kitchen will allow the museum to be open longer, create new audiences, and serve in more creative ways.

Open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the museum is at 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. For more information, call 648-5716, or visit www.pgmuseum.org.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.pgmuseum.org

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Pests Out Now, Offers Unique Non-Toxic, Non-Invasive, Compassionate Approach to Pest Control

Sisters-Founded and Run Business To Offer First Education Seminar at Capitola Community Center Thursday, August 29th

Monterey, CA, July 20, 2019 - Pests Out Now, which was founded in 2017 by sisters Marilyn and Patricia Smith, is a unique non-toxic, non-invasive and compassionate approach to pest control that doesn’t use toxic aerosol sprays, chemicals, poisonous pellets or traps. The sisters, who both have extensive experience and knowledge in various wellness practices with people, use elevated frequencies of Universal Light to treat significant, life challenges in health and well-being, and now with pest control.

Using techniques developed over many years of experience and instruction, Pests Out Now relocates pests to a neutral area away from your living, work or backyard seating areas. These critters, no longer pests, live independently in harmony with nature in a location that doesn’t interfere with your daily activities, never to return to your home or office.

Results from using this approach have been 100% effective!

The sisters are offering their first education seminar open to the public:

Date: Thursday, August 29th
Location: Capitola Community Center 4400 Jade St, Capitola, CA 95010
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Complimentary

Seminar size is limited to 40 attendees

RSVP to: Contact@ Pests Out Now or 831-724-5107

The Seminar will cover topics such as:

Will Pests Out Now Work for me?

How modern science has verified that elevated frequencies of light have a strong effect upon the material world.

How “Universal Light” represents the high frequencies of energy used in their pest-relocation services. Universal Light resonates with all of life, and has a nurturing quality that is very attractive. Humans, plants, animals — even pests — are drawn to the light’s nourishing properties.

How when Universal Light is directed to an area, pests move to this area and make it their abode. The healing quality of Universal Light draws them in, and welcomes them to their new home. Their home is pleasant, and they are quite content to remain there — except under conditions that may disrupt their home, such as flooding, digging up the ground, or changing

WHAT TYPES OF PESTS CAN BE RELOCATED?

•Ants
•Spiders
•Cockroaches
•Silverfish
•Moths
•Centipedes
•Termites
• Mice and rats
• Squirrels
• Racoons

Other pests will be considered, depending on the type of pests, infestation and severity. Contact Pests Out Now if the survey does not cover the issues outlined above.

About Marilyn and Patricia Smith
Sisters Marilyn and Patricia Smith were born and raised in Watsonville, California. After high school their paths diverged, Patricia attended the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, Portland Oregon, while Marilyn attended the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, as well as St. Mary’s in Moraga, both in California.

Marilyn became an educator, including as a Resource Specialist Program teacher and school administrator. Patricia worked as a registered nurse and hospital administrator, as well as stints with Amnesty International and as a healer in India for four years.

About 17 years ago both discovered the teachings and methods of Master Zhi Gang Sha, both becoming, after intensive training and instruction, Master Teachers. Marilyn is working full-time as a Master Teacher, traveling to other states and countries to do consultations, teach and train. She is also the author of the book “Gratitude: A Key to Happiness,” and narrated Master Sha’s audiobooks “Soul Communication.” and “ Soul Wisdom”

Patricia, after years in nursing and the medical profession, met Master Sha in 2001, training intensively with him, also becoming a Master Teacher as well as opening her own chronic pain and healing consulting service, Patricia Smith Consulting. One of the catalysts for this, prior to meeting Master Sha, was healing from a server injury using Qigong a holistic system of coordinated body posture, movement, breathing, and meditation used for health, healing and spirituality.

Their career paths converged with Master Sha and now with Pests Out Now, which follows the teachings of Master Sha’s teachings including helping people, reconnecting people with their souls and aligning of the soul, heart, mind and body, to uplift every aspect of life.

CONTACT PESTS OUT NOW:
Email only: Contact@PestsOutNow.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.PestsOutNow.com

Friday, July 19, 2019

“VNA Receives A Grant Award from The Marina Foundation”

VNA is proud to announce it has received a grant award of $5,000 from The Marina Foundation to provide complimentary therapies to Marina Veterans on VNA hospice service.

Monterey, CA, July 19, 2019 - VNA is proud to announce it has received a grant award of $5,000 from The Marina Foundation to provide complimentary therapies to Marina Veterans on VNA hospice service. These therapies include massage, Reiki, Beauticians, and Pet therapy to maximize comfort and promote overall well-being.


VNA is dedicated to providing the highest quality of health care to residents of the Central Coast by meeting their needs in a caring, effective, honorable, and accessible manner.

This granting organization provides local programs with the resources that they need to strengthen and improve the lives of our Marina Veterans. VNA is proud to partner with The Marina Foundation to provide comprehensive and compassionate services that benefit The Marina community.

Since 1951, the not-for-profit VNA has provided a wide range of home health care, serving Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz and South Santa Clara counties. VNA places an emphasis on individual patient needs and goals, providing care in an ethical, effective, compassionate and fiscally responsible manner.

VNA Community Services brings wellness to our community. Well known as the community immunizers; experienced, professional registered nurses provide on- site flu and vaccine services. As the only travel health clinic, VNA provides comprehensive consultation and immunizations for International travelers. Health screenings and education are offered to corporate business, in the field or in the boardroom. Nurses provide services to local schools to meet state mandated screenings, vaccines and staff education.

VNA Home Health provides intermittent care, covered primarily by insurance, through the expert skills of our trained and certified clinicians, to assist patients, families, and caregivers in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes. The home health division offers key specialty program, including cardiac, diabetic, orthopedic, palliative care and connections (a self-referral program). These individual programs have advanced practice clinicians and program expertise. VNA Hospice is specialized type of care for those facing a life-limiting illness, their families and their caregiver. The care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's needs and wishes. A key component to our team is VNA Volunteers who give their time to improve the lives of others. For the community, grief and loss support are offered to individuals or groups.

From: Central Coast VNA and Hospice www.ccvna.com
Media Contact: Jane Russo, 831-372-6668

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.ccvna.com

Thursday, July 18, 2019

VNA Providing Professional Care, Trusted Compassion You Deserve

“VNA & Hospice Receives A Grant Award from Community Foundation for Monterey County”

Monterey, CA, July 17, 2019 - VNA & Hospice is proud to announce it has received a grant award of $35,000 from Community Foundation’s donor advised funds (Lauralie and J Irvine Fund, Frank Pye Smith MD Medical Facilities Fund, and The F Robert Nunes Family Fund) to provide phone and computer security upgrades. “We’re proud to support nonprofit organizations like the VNA through our Community Impact grantmaking program that also provides opportunities for our donors to fulfill their philanthropic wishes.” – Laurel Lee-Alexander, CFMC Vice President of Grants and Programs.


VNA is dedicated to providing the highest quality of health care to residents of the Central Coast by meeting their needs in a caring, effective, honorable, and accessible manner.

These granting organizations provide local programs with the resources that they need to strengthen and improve the lives of our Central Coast residents. VNA is proud to partner with Community Foundation for Monterey County to provide comprehensive and compassionate services across Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and South Santa Clara counties.

Since 1951, the not-for-profit VNA has provided a wide range of home health care, serving Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz and South Santa Clara counties. VNA places an emphasis on individual patient needs and goals, providing care in an ethical, effective, compassionate and fiscally responsible manner.

VNA Community Services brings wellness to our community. Well known as the community immunizers; experienced, professional registered nurses provide on- site flu and vaccine services. As the only travel health clinic, VNA provides comprehensive consultation and immunizations for International travelers. Health screenings and education are offered to corporate business, in the field or in the boardroom. Nurses provide services to local schools to meet state mandated screenings, vaccines and staff education.

VNA Home Health provides intermittent care, covered primarily by insurance, through the expert skills of our trained and certified clinicians, to assist patients, families, and caregivers in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes. The home health division offers key specialty program, including cardiac, diabetic, orthopedic, palliative care and connections (a self-referral program). These individual programs have advanced practice clinicians and program expertise. VNA Hospice is specialized type of care for those facing a life-limiting illness, their families and their caregiver. The care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's needs and wishes. A key component to our team is VNA Volunteers who give their time to improve the lives of others. For the community, grief and loss support are offered to individuals or groups.

Media Contact: Jane Russo, 831-372-6668
Central Coast VNA & Hospice www.ccvna.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.ccvna.com

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History sponsors special 6-day Monarch Migration tour to Mexico

Among the many miracles of nature, it’s difficult to match the marvelous and mystifying migration of the monarch butterfly.

Pacific Grove, CA, July 17, 2019 - Among the many miracles of nature, it’s difficult to match the marvelous and mystifying migration of the monarch butterfly.

Recognized by their vivid, orange-and-black wings, these slight insects (weighing less than a dime) are better known for an instinctive internal compass that guides them on an ancestral migration from the shores of Pacific Grove to central Mexico and back.

To honor this well-traveled butterfly (Danaus plexippus) more appropriately called “wanderer,” the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History invites the public to follow this remarkable path on a six-day trip to Mexico from Feb. 8-13, 2020.

Stand amid the fir-covered mountains and witness an awe-inspiring spectacle firsthand as the well-traveled monarchs flutter, dip and swoop overhead. Participants will see countless millions on the roost in the early morning, as well as in flight at midday, feeding on wildflowers and watering at streams.

Program highlights:

• Hike or ride horseback to two monarch sanctuaries, where the butterflies finish their 2,000-mile journey, flying up to 100 miles a day at heights of 10,000 feet.
• Spend time exploring the colonial town of Angangueo in far eastern Mexican state of Michoacán, home of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.
• Explore the pyramids of Teotihuacaìn, one of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican sites of pre- Columbian times.
• Visit Mexico City’s Zoìcalo, the heartbeat of the city and one of the largest squares in the world, along with the historic Metropolitan Cathedral.
• This interactive experience includes: expert naturalist guide; accommodations; activities and entrance fees; in-country transportation; meals and beverages; carbon offsetting; donation to Pacific Grove Museum; and departure tax.

Cost for this life-changing trip is $2,065, and does not include international airfare, gratuities or items of a personal nature.

I saw two wonders on our trip to Mexico. One wonder was the tens of millions of butterflies that we saw. The numbers were staggering. It’s hard to find words to describe what we saw. The other wonder was seeing firsthand how the local community protects the butterflies and the environment where the monarchs overwinter. Mexico City and the ruins were great, too! — Craig Noke, previous participant

For information on this excursion, contact Juan Govea (govea@pgmuseum.org) or visit holbrook.travel/pgmnh-mx20.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.pgmuseum.org

Monday, July 15, 2019

60th Annual Artichoke Food & Wine Festival Approves Donations of Proceeds to 15 Community Organizations

The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival has been dedicated to informing the public about the unique qualities of artichokes, but one of its main purposes is to also give back to the community.

Castroville, California, July 15, 2019 — The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival has been dedicated to informing the public about the unique qualities of artichokes, but one of its main purposes is to also give back to the community.


Proceeds from the 2019 festival are being used to support 501c3 community organizations and activities that align with the festival’s mission. The board of directors of the 2019 Artichoke Food & Wine Festival approved donations to the following 15 organizations:

Hope, Horses & Kids - $2,200
North County Middle School Library - $2,500
Marina Lions Club - $2,000
Ashleigh Nicole Swain Memorial Scholarship - $2,000
Golden State Elite Gymnastics - $1,800
Cursillo in Christianity - $2,300
Sun Street Center - $1,000
North Salinas Athletic Booster Club (Baseball Team) - $1,000
Manzanita Park Playground - $1,000
North County Wrestling Team - $1,000
Ord Terrace Elementary School - $1,000
Monterey High Girls Basketball Team - $1,000
North County Bulldogs Cheer - $1,000
North County Recreation and Park District (Party on the Plaza) - $2,000
Ariel Theatrical Inc. for Transportation $500

The festival’s first-ever sponsor dinner was held June 27, 2019, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center in Monterey. More than 100 guests attended and 44 sponsors honored. The event was catered by Showoff BBQ, with Grandma’s Catering providing a no-host bar, Ocean Mist Farms providing artichokes, and the Artichoke Festival board and committee members providing table service and support.

The 60th anniversary Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival was held June 1-2, 2019, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.

About the Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival
The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival began in 1959 and has since developed to become a harvest festival to celebrate the iconic artichoke and region known as the “Artichoke Center of the World.” The festival features family-fun events for all ages and has been a primary source of funding for local non-profit groups for many years. For more information, visit http://artichokefestival.org/.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.artichokefestival.org/

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Tame Late Summer Heat with a Short-Term Stay at Picturesque Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas, Texas; Plus, Enter a Pet Photo Contest During the ‘Dog Days’ for a Chance at a Free Night’s Stay

Tame the dog days of summer by cooling down with a quick getaway to picturesque Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas. It’s easy when you book a “fill-the-gaps” rental!

Port Aransas, Texas, July 13, 2019 — Tame the dog days of summer by cooling down with a quick getaway to picturesque Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas. It’s easy when you book a “fill-the-gaps” rental!

While many properties at Cinnamon Shore have 4- and 5-minimum night stays, you can reserve a shorter stay if you “fill the gaps” by booking two or three nights between existing reservations. So, book now — before back-to-school shopping and meet-the-teacher nights claim your lazy summer days.

Late July and August bring some serious Texas heat. But cool down amid beach breezes on a quick coastal getaway. Contact us now to discover our wide selection of rental homes and condos.

Call us at (361) 717-7119, or go to https://www.cinnamonshore.com/rentals to ask about flexible dates.

And don’t miss out on our “Cinnamon Shore Tail Wagging” Facebook contest! During the “dog days of summer” and any time of year, your favorite pooch is welcome to stay with you in one of our many pet-friendly rentals! Share a pic of your pup at Cinnamon Shore and tag Cinnamon Shore. We’ll showcase a select group on social media (https://www.facebook.com/CinnamonShore/ and https://www.instagram.com/cinnamon_shore/) and in a special “Dog Days” segment on our blog, and one lucky winner selected at random will receive a complimentary night with a stay of 3 or more paid nights.*The contest runs from August 1- August 31st.

So, book a trip to Cinnamon Shore before summer’s over, you know, doggone. And if you bring a pet, post pics!

*Restrictions Apply. Not for use in Peak Season. Guest must purchase a minimum of three (3) nights to qualify for complimentary night.

About Cinnamon Shore
Cinnamon Shore is a unique beachfront community in Port Aransas, Texas, with a wide selection of rental homes and condos and real estate. Every aspect of the authentic community is designed thoughtfully and specifically for families. The design philosophy is rooted in understated elegance and experts bring unique details of placemaking that make a family feel welcome and home.

Cinnamon Shore homes are intentionally designed to foster relationships and community. Properties are built close together to encourage neighborly visits, and it’s always a short walk away from the beach, town center, pools, parks, shops and restaurants.

www.cinnamonshore.com
(361) 717-7119
5009 Highway 361
Port Aransas, Texas 78373

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.cinnamonshore.com