Tuesday, December 16, 2014

KWAV Holiday Party at Cibo Restaurant on Wednesday, December 17th

‘Tis the season! Save the date for a great KWAV Holiday Party at Cibo Restaurant on Wednesday, December 17th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Monterey, CA, December 16, 2014 - ‘Tis the season! Save the date for a great KWAV Holiday Party at Cibo Restaurant on Wednesday, December 17th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Holiday After-Party festivities will continue that evening at Cibo until 1:30 a.m. Celebrate the holiday season and meet your favorite KWAV personalities! For those who contact KWAV to get on the KWAV VIP list, enjoy complimentary appetizers from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and enter to win great prizes! FAWK DJ (Temo Medina) will be on hand spinning great music all night long. Cibo is located at 301 Alvarado in Downtown Monterey (www.cibo.com) at the corner of Del Monte with ample parking in adjacent parking garage.

To be added to the VIP list to attend this special KWAV party at Cibo at no charge, go to www.kwav.com to add your name to the guest list.

The regular Cibo dinner menu will also be available from 5 p.m. to closing. To make a dinner reservation or for more information about Cibo Restaurant, please visit www.cibo.com or call 831.649.8151.

About Cibo Restaurant
Cibo Restaurant offers Italian cuisine, gourmet pizzas, cocktails, fine wines, cordials, and more. Cibo( pronounced chee-bo) means food in Italian, but it’s more of a feast for the senses. This beautiful, spacious and comfortable restaurant features an intimate yet vibrant atmosphere which is accentuated with expressive art in the form of photography, paintings, sculpture, hand-blown glass and live jazz. Fusing the best of old and new world Italian cuisine, Cibo offers an eclectic menu ranging from gourmet pizzas to multi-course dinners. Families are welcome and there is a special children’s menu. Cibo has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike since 1990.

Cibo is open every evening with dinner served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Cibo Bar is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is a popular “pre-event” and “after-party” destination. The bar features a $3 Happy Hour with special appetizers daily from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. They offer an extensive high quality local and international wine and beer list, cordials, microbrews, rare and small batch Bourbons, Scotches, Ports, Grappa and liqueurs, as well as espresso, coffee drinks and a full menu of cocktails.

Cibo also presents live music 6 nights a week. On Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the cool sound of Jazz accompanies dinner from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. The restaurant features a lively and fun atmosphere with Reggae, R&B, Rock or Salsa dance music on Friday and Saturday nights from 10:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. with no cover charge. They also hold a special “House Blend Happy Hour” every Friday night from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. "Happy Hour Jazz Jam" from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. every first and third Sunday of the month which includes Happy Hour food and drink specials.

With 150 seats, including intimate booths for dining , and room for over 50 people in the attractive bar area, Cibo also accommodates large groups for business functions, wedding rehearsals and receptions, special group dining events, and customized private parties. Cibo is now “wired” with free Internet service.

Cibo Restaurant is the winner of numerous awards including California Writers Association Recommended Dining, Best Place to Meet Singles in Their 30's and 40's, Gold Key Award for Interior Design, Best Place to Enjoy a Martini, Best Place for Live Jazz, Best Italian Restaurant, Best Place to Dance, Best Martini and one of the Top 10 Happy Hours in Monterey.

For more information, go to www.cibo.com or call (831) 649-8151.

Contact:
Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940
831-633-4444
http://www.cibo.com

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monterey Symphony Announces Spring 2015 Concerts

Tickets on Sale for Charismatic Glow: February 20-22, 2015

Monterey, CA, December 15, 2014 — The 69th season of the Monterey Symphony continues into Spring 2015 with a brilliant range of classical performances sure to astound you! International guest artists will perform colorful works with the Monterey Symphony orchestra on the stages of Sherwood Hall in Salinas and Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Mini-series subscriptions are still available for the remaining four concerts in Spring 2015, along with a three-concert FlexPass that allows you to choose concerts up to the day of the event subject to availability.

Mini-series subscribers are assured the best seats available, free ticket exchanges, and VIP privileges. Celebrate this colorful season with the Monterey Symphony, along with the 10th Anniversary of Music Director and Conductor Max Bragado-Darman.

The Spring 2015 repertoire blooms with Spanish pianist, Joaquin Achúcarro, in February, and Icelandic violinist, Judith Ingolfsson, in March. The fifth concert in April, Majestic Realm, alludes to the nostalgia felt for our homeland, with what is certain to be a spectacular performance by violist Roberto Díaz, President of the Curtis Institute of Music and former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The season closes in May with a flamboyant, all orchestral grand finale, Invitation to Dance. Without question, The Colors of Music has something for everyone. (Schedule and details below)

Photo of Joaquin Achúcarro, guest pianist of February concert “Charismatic Glow”
Concert III: Charismatic Glow

* February 20, 21, 22, 2015
* Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody is an immensely popular work, featuring the acclaimed talents of Achúcarro, and promises to be a performance not to miss. Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7 is considered by many to be one of the finest examples from the golden age of the symphony.

* Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
* Joaquin Achúcarro, piano
* Giménez: Prelude to La Boda de Luis Alonso
* Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 featuring Joaquin Achúcarro, internationally acclaimed pianist from Spain
* Dvorák: Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70
* Concert Sponsored By:

Joaquin Achúcarro, guest pianist:
Described as “one of the greats” by ABC in Madrid and “the consummate artist” by the Chicago Sun-Times, internationally acclaimed Spanish pianist Joaquín Achúcarro has performed recitals in 60 countries and has played with over 200 orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, La Scala of Milan, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philarmonia, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, RIAS Berlin, Sydney Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, National de France, Hallé, City of Birmingham, Royal Scottish, RTA Ireland, Western Australia, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Sta Cecilia Roma, RAI, Arena de Verona, Orchestra Verdi, and the National Orchestras of Spain, Chile, Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela, among many others. He has performed under an impressive list of 342 of the world´s greatest conductors, such as Abbado, Boult, Chailly, Mehta, Menuhin, Ozawa and Rattle.

Born in Bilbao, Spain, Achúcarro studied in Madrid, Paris, Vienna, and Salzburg.

His international career was launched with his victory in England at the 1959 Liverpool International Competition and subsequent debut with the London Symphony, and from that time, he has maintained an uninterrupted concert schedule. Since 1989, Achúcarro has held the specially endowed Joel Estes Tate Chair in piano at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, adjusting his teaching periods to his busy performance schedule. He is also a Professor at the Summer International Courses of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.

He has received Spain’s highest honors in the arts including the Premio Nacional de Música, the Gold Medal of Fine Arts, and the Great Cross of Civil Merit honoring his lifetime achievement. He was also named “Artist for Peace 2000” by UNESCO and “Beloved Son” by the city of Bilbao, and received the “Universal Basque” awarded by the Basque Government.
Source: http://joaquinachucarro.wordpress.com

The Facts:
Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ($20; all seats general admission) at Sherwood Hall, 940 N Main St, Salinas, CA 93906

Saturdays at 8 p.m. ($29-$79) and Sundays at 3 p.m. ($29-$79) at Sunset Center, San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Pre-Concert Lecture Series: All concerts will feature a free pre-concert lecture at the concert hall one hour prior to the performance. These lectures, provided by Dr. Todd Samra, offer intriguing facts and historical context about the composers and the pieces to be performed, which greatly enhance the concert-going experience. To learn more about Dr. Samra, visit: http://www.montereysymphony.org/?attachment_id=3832

To purchase tickets or a mini-series subscription, call 831-646-8511 or visit http://www.montereysymphony.org/current-season/ for season details.

Enjoy the best of harmony for your ears, and flavor for your palate, with the Monterey Symphony Supper Club! Share your love of classical music with fellow patrons over three-course dinners and hand-selected wines. Local restaurants that are hosting the Monterey Symphony Supper Club this season include: Vesuvio, Portobello’s, Andre’s Bouchée, Il Fornaio, La Dolce Vita, Gino’s, and Anton & Michel. For reservations, call 831.646.8511 or visit http://www.montereysymphony.org/special-events
Upcoming Spring 2015 Concerts:

Concert IV: Ethereal Skies
* March 20, 21, 22, 2015
* Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto will be spectacular with Ingolfsson and Maestro Max interpreting one of the most romantically beautiful violin concertos. Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is a challenging work from one of history's finest symphonic composers, and Carl Maria von Weber's Overture is simply delightful.
* Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
* Judith Ingolfsson, violin
* Weber: Abu Hassan Overture
* Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 featuring Judith Ingolfsson, internationally acclaimed violinist from Iceland
* Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82
* Concert Sponsored By:

Concert V: Majestic Realm
* April 17, 18, 19, 2015
* William Walton was a master British composer whose works reflect a level of complexity in melody, meter, and form that enthralls both listeners and musicians alike. Johann Strauss, the Viennese waltz king, and Prokofiev, the Russian master, are also featured.
* Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
* Roberto Díaz, viola
* J. Strauss: Overture to the Gypsy Baron
* Walton: Concerto for Viola featuring Roberto Díaz, President of the Curtis Institute of Music
* Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131
* Concert Sponsored By:

Concert VI: Invitation to Dance
*  May 15, 16, 17, 2015
*  The work on this program that will surprise and thrill is the Ginastera, which may incline our audiences to not sit still...with encore appearances by Weber, Dvorák, and Rachmaninoff, featuring stylized dances of immense beauty and energy.

* Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
* Weber: Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65
* Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
* Dvorák: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, Nos. 1, 3, 8
* Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia, Op. 8a
* Concert Sponsored By:

Contact the Monterey Symphony Box Office at 831-646-8511 or email ticketing@montereysymphony.org to purchase tickets or for more information regarding discounted group, student and military rates.

Monterey Symphony, Photo by DMT Imaging

The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides triple performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel’s Sunset Theater and Salinas’s Sherwood Hall, as well as youth education programs that include visits to classrooms by musicians and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for schoolchildren.

The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported in part through the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Monterey Symphony, and through grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Harden Foundation, The Robert and Virginia Stanton Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Todd Lueders Fund for the Arts of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Berkshire Foundation, The Monterey Peninsula Foundation, The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Arts Council of Monterey County, The S.T.A.R. Foundation, The Hind Foundation, Upjohn California Fund, and many other generous foundations and individual donors.

For additional information, please call 831-646-8511 or visit our web site: www.montereysymphony.org.

Contact:
Lindsey Little
Monterey Symphony
2560 Garden Road, Suite 101
Monterey, CA 93940
831-646-8511

http://www.montereysymphony.org

Friday, December 12, 2014

Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination & Spirit in Everyday Life

The New Book Published by Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster by Monterey County Author Patrice Vecchione Will Launch March 2015 Vecchione’s Book Tour for 2015 Announced

Carmel, CA, December 12, 2014 - Step Into Nature is a guide to make nature personal again, to stimulate awareness and increase our understanding of the environment while inspiring readers to develop and strengthen their imaginations. Being in nature doesn’t mean flying off to remote, faraway places. Nature is as close as opening your front door—the sky above, the miniature gardens that insist their way up between the sidewalk cracks, the river just down the road.

Patrice Vecchione shows readers how nature can support and enhance their own creative output, invigorate their curiosity, and restore their sense of connection to the earth. Plus, throughout the text Vecchione includes “Cabinets of Curiosities,” exercises and suggestions for practical and unexpected ways that readers can stimulate their imaginations, deepen their relationships with nature, and experience the harmony between creativity, spirit, and the natural world.

BOOK TOUR 2015
Tuesday, April 7, Santa Cruz Book Launch: Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, 831-423-0900. 7:30pm

Thursday, April 9, Monterey Book Launch: Carmel Art Association, Dolores, between 5th & 6th in Carmel by the Sea, CA, sponsored by Pilgrim’s Way Books, 831-624-4955, 6:00pm

Saturday, April 11, Poetry Workshop: Tor House, Carmel, CA, Patrice@patricevecchione.com or elliotrr3@redshift.com. 10:00 – 4:00pm

Tuesday, April 14, Book signing/talk: Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA, 206-624-6600. 7:00pm

Thursday, April 16, Talk/book signing: Annie Bloom Books, 7834 Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR, 7:00pm

Thursday, April 23, Talk/book signing: Bookworks, 4022 Rancho Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM. 505-344-8139. 7:00pm

Friday, April 24 – Tuesday, April 28, Imagination & Inspiration in the South West: Writing Retreat at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, NM and a visit to Georgia O’Keeffe’s home in Abiquiu. Patrice@patricevecchione.com.

Tuesday, April 28, Talk/book signing: The Ark Bookstore, 133 Romero St, Santa Fe, NM, 505-988-3709. 4:30 – 6:00pm

Thursday, May 7, Workshop/book signing/reception: OLLI@CSUMB, 100 Campus Center, CSUMB, Seaside, CA. 831-582-5500. mcrompton@csumb.edu. 4:00 – 6:00pm

Friday, May 8: All Roads Lead to the Mother: Art Reception & Book Signing. Patrice will exhibit her collage and sign copies of her book.

Studio One in Big Sur. (Located above Local Color at the Village Shops in Big Sur, 35 minute drive south of Carmel.) Reception and book signing. 831-206-2475. 6:00pm

Saturday, May 9: Step into Nature: Making Art with Erin Gafill. Collage, painting and writing workshop with Erin and Patrice.10:00 - 4:00. Workshop includes lunch, $125. Studio One in Big Sur. 831-206-2475. 10:00 – 4:00pm.

Tuesday, May 19, Talk/book signing: Barnes & Noble, 894 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo, CA, 805-781-8334, 2:00pm

Tuesday, May 19: Talk/book signing: Chaucer’s Books, 3221 State St, 805-682-6787Santa Barbara, CA, 7:00pm

Friday, May 15: Talk/book signing: East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St, Mountain View, CA, 650-988-9800, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Saturday, May 16: May Step into Nature: Writing & Imagination Workshop, East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St, Mountain View, CA, 650-988-9800, 11:30 – 3:30.

Advance Praise for Step Into Nature
"If you take Patrice hand she will take you on a walk…Then she'll deposit you back in your comfortable chair with a kiss on your head. And only later will you find that your pockets are quite full of turquoise and in your hair, feathers." – Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D. author of Blue Mind

"Patrice Vecchione has given us a true workbook for the senses, full of beautiful methods and exercises for getting ever-closer to our surrounding world. Read it and your travels into nature will be enhanced and changed. I shall never head for the woods without a ladder and a hammock again." – David Rothenberg, author of Bug Music and Why Birds Sing

“In words carried as lightly in hand as a new-found robin’s egg, Patrice Vecchione invites readers into a warm and ranging conversation… Step Into Nature illumines the intimate connection between inner and outer, contemplative and wild, and shows the reasons these connections matter.” – Jane Hirshfield, author of The Beauty (poems) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World

About the Author:
Patrice Vecchione, is the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life, about which The Writer magazine said, “Trust the voice of Patrice Vecchione.” She is the author of two books of poetry and the editor of many highly acclaimed anthologies. Vecchione offers creative writing and collage workshops—inside and out—at universities, libraries, parks, and community and spiritual centers, including the Esalen Institute. She lives in Monterey, California with her best beloveds—her husband, two cats, and a garden often in bloom. patricevecchione.com.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Carmel, CA 93923
831-747-7455
http://patricevecchione.com

Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles Vs. Hydrogen on Demand, Hydro Dynamics HHO, Inc

A Hydrogen Report/Update where the public and businesses can learn current and future use's of Hydrogen as a fuel source.

Boca Raton, FL, December 12, 2014 - New release future fuel Hydrogen is here; the most abundant element on the planet is being used to reduce pollution and the consumption of fossil fuels. It has been used since the 1800’s as a fuel and fuel supplement. NASA has been using Hydrogen to power spacecrafts since the 1950’s. Next year large automobile manufacturers; Toyota and BMW plan to release pollution free Hydrogen powered automobiles.

California has been targeted for the release; it is currently the only state that has Hydrogen fueling stations. Currently there are only a few stations in the United States which are located in California. Major oil companies are hoping to have as many as 20 fueling stations in the Los Angeles area by mid 2015.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell cars have been designed to have the same traveling distance as a similar conventional gasoline engine vehicles. The cost will start in the mid $50,000 range. The initial release of Hydrogen vehicles will be compact models and will have all the options of their gasoline counterparts. The positive factors are; Hydrogen is pollution free. The negative factor is the lack of fueling stations, the unknown cost of fuel and weight limitations.

Hydrogen on Demand as a supplement is available today; it has been used to power engines for over 200 years. An engine that uses clean Hydrogen can reduce its carbon footprint +/- 90% and increase the fuel efficiency in Diesel & Gas engines as much as +/- 50%. The cost of a good Hydrogen Booster is a few hundred dollars for a small engine up to $1,000 or more for larger Diesel engines.

The positive factors are: Hydrogen on Demand is available now worldwide. It can be installed easily on any engine and the pollution and fuel savings can be substantial. It can be added to diesel engines helping to reduce pollution and increase MPG +/- 50%. It runs on water an inexpensive plentiful resource. The negative factors are: maintenance and bad publicity resulting from Hydrogen products that did not work. Many DIY kits and internet plans to build a Hydrogen generator do not work, Those who use a glass jar or plastic bottles beware, Hydrogen is very explosive and can be dangerous, if not handled properly.

The HydroDynamicsHHO.com team has been advancing Hydrogen Technologies since 1999. They are excited about the new advancements which can help the public save on the cost of energy and reduce pollution. The time to act is now! The new Hydro Dynamo Booster is a state of the art Hydrogen Booster (+/-93%) available to Individuals, Companies and Governmental agencies interested in saving fuel and helping the environment. For the latest information and updates email or call.

GO GREEN - Burn Clean!

Press Release Distributed by Straight Line PR service (http://www.straightlinepr.com)

Contact:
Cary Nagdeman
Hydro Dynamics HHO, Inc.
20920 Concord Green Dr
Boca Raton, FL 33433
866-374-0002

http://www.HydroDynamicsHHO.com

The Ambulatory M&A Advisor names the Top 15 Urgent Care Influencers through 2014

The Ambulatory M&A Advisor, The Ambulatory M&A Advisor is a publication that covers business, legal and transactional updates and insights around ambulatory care center deal making, names the Top 15 Urgent Care Influencers.

Dallas, TX, December 12, 2014 - The Ambulatory M&A Advisor, The Ambulatory M&A Advisor is a publication that covers business, legal and transactional updates and insights around ambulatory care center deal making, names the Top 15 Urgent Care Influencers.

What have you done to change the world lately? Over the last two decades, 15 faces have been changing the way the world of urgent care works.


“They’ve become a lot more retail and customer-service oriented; they’re like the Neiman Marcus’ and Starbucks of urgent care,” healthcare investment banker Blayne Rush said. “They’re in better buildings, better staffed and better equipped to handle peoples’ needs nowadays.”

With a small start in the 1970s, there are now over 9,000 urgent care centers operating across the US. The Ambulatory M&A Advisor has compiled a list of the top 15 most influential CEOs, founders and owners of some of these centers. Several of them are recognized members on the board of the Urgent Care Association of America, such as John Shufeldt, M.D. and Laurel Stoimenoff. Others such as Tim Reynolds, M.D., and Lee Resnick, M.D. have won prestigious awards for their dedication and hard work.

With influencers like these, the world of urgent healthcare will continue to expand and improve. To see what they did and how they did it, view the complete list here at:http://www.ambulatoryadvisor.com/top-15-urgent-care-influencers-2014/

Contact:
Blayne Rush, MBA
Publisher
The Ambuatory M&A Advisor
18181 Midway Rd Ste 200
Dallas, Texas 75287
469-385-7792
http://www.AmbulatoryAdvisor.com

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea Announces its Third Nights a Charm Package

Celebrating more than six decades of European hospitality at the beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, the Theis family proudly announces its Third Nights a Charm  packages to their valued guests.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, December 11, 2014 - Celebrating more than six decades of European hospitality at the beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, the Theis family proudly announces its Third Nights a Charm packages to their valued guests. Each has been crafted with the same minute attention to detail generations of guests have come to expect from Hosfas House Hotel and is as unique and charming as Carmel itself .



Book 3 nights and the 3rd is 1/3 off. A getaway is always a wonderful break…they just don’t last long enough. At Hofsas House we know the 3rd nights a charm Subject to availability. Minimum of three (3)-night stay required. Savings reflected in rate at time of booking. If modifications to reservation are made during your hotel stay (e.g. early departure), the promotion is void and your rate will be adjusted to the rate of the day. Taxes and gratuities not included. Offer not applicable to groups, negotiated or third-party rates. Not combinable with any other offers. Not applicable to existing reservations. Blackout dates apply.   Offer valid from November thur February excluding holidays and AT&T golf week.   Mention Code HHCHARM when booking.

2 Night Media Stays Available Upon Request/Airfare Not Included
Blackout Dates For Media Visits: All of December; January 16th and 17th; February 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th

If you would like to visit the Hofsas House, please email marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com the following information:

* First and Last Name

* Publication You Will be Writing For

* 2 Options of Travel Dates

* Any Special Details: Traveling with Children; Traveling with Dogs; Mobility Concerns; Food Allergies

About Hofsas House:
Owned and operated by the Theis Family, Hofsas House Hotel is within walking distance of everything Carmel has to offer, including a stunning beach, fine restaurants and shops and wine tasting. It provides peaceful respite and European charm just minutes from Monterey, Pebble Beach, Big Sur and Pacific Grove. The Hofsas House’s 38 spacious, one-of-a-kind rooms boast European comfort and lovely views and amenities such as fireplaces, private balconies, wet bars, kitchens and patios. Large suites provide the perfect stay for newlyweds and anyone else seeking an extra special getaway. Dutch doors in every room allow guests to welcome in the ocean air, and free WiFi enables them to stay connected — if they want to.

The Hofsas House Hotel family works to ensure every visitor's experience is special, striving to offer the highest quality personal services. Consider the continental breakfast, abundant with fresh French Roast coffee, tea, juice, fruit and pastries from a neighborhood bakery, or the personalized concierge services for guests and their families, including their four-legged family members, who are welcome as well.

For large groups — wedding parties, company meetings, family reunions and others — Hofsas House Hotel offers a spacious room equipped with a fireplace and full kitchen that can comfortably accommodate 40 people. A heated pool, dry saunas, decks with views and off-street parking are on-site as well.

Hofsas House Hotel is located on San Carlos Street, north of Fourth Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea. For more information, call (831) 624-2745 or visit www.hofsashouse.com.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox
PO Box 3396
Ocean Avenue 3 SE Of San Carlos
Carmel by the Sea, CA 93923
831-747-7455
http://www.hofsashouse.com

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

First Nations Self-Defense, SAFE International Self Defense Certification For First Nations

SAFE International Self Defense experts have expanded their self-defense services to include First Nations self-defense certification for those living and working in the First Nation communities.

Toronto, Canada, December 08, 2014 - (Straight Line PR) - SAFE International Self Defense experts have expanded their self-defense services to include First Nations self-defense certification for those living and working in the First Nation communities.


1. Aboriginal people are two times more likely than non-Aboriginal people to experience a violent victimization such as an assault, sexual assault or robbery.

2. Those aged 15 to 34 years were nearly two and a half times more likely to experience a violent victimization compared to those who were 35 years and older.

3. Aboriginal people were almost twice as likely to be the victim of spousal violence as non-Aboriginals. The homicide rate for an Aboriginal individual was almost seven times higher than that for non-Aboriginal people.

SAFE International™ First Nations intends to change these statistics by ensuring that all Aboriginal people are free from harm and get home to their families daily… safe and sound. SAFE International has taken the first step to making this possible. Recently SAFE International certified some members from the Timiskaming First Nations so that they can instruct members of their community in how to better protect themselves. The SAFE™ philosophy of self-protection is unlike any other. This is not a martial arts program, nor is it designed with complicated techniques that require hours and hours of practice. For starters, the main focus is not even on the physical component of self defense, but rather, on the awareness and avoidance aspect. At SAFE International™ they believe in providing individuals with the skills that can help prevent situations from getting physical in the first place. Unfortunately this preferred outcome isn’t always possible so there is hands-on training as well, based on real-life scenarios.

Another thing that distinguishes the self-defense program for First Nation communities from so many others is the approach they take. All of their seminars are taught by incorporating a great deal of humour, yes, humour. Without a doubt self defense is a very serious topic, however, the instruction of it doesn’t have to be intimidating or frightening. If you think back to some of the previous lessons you learned, I bet you would find that the ones you recall, and retained the most knowledge from, were the ones taught in an entertaining and memorable way.

What are the benefits to becoming A SAFE Certified Instructor?

1. You will give the residents of your First Nation community the skills to feel, and be safer!

2. You will be able to teach participants how to recognize and avoid violence before it begins!

3. You will have the ability to teach others how to verbally de-escalate violence!

For more information, you can go directly to their main website at http://safeinternational.biz/first-nation/. You can also call them toll free at 1-800-465-5972 or by email at info@safeinternational.biz

Contact:
Chris Roberts
Managing Director
SAFE International
22 Spruce St.
Ingleside, ON K0C 1M0
1-800-465-5972
http://www.safeinternational.biz

ESI BIO (BioTime) Announces New UK Distribution Agreement with 2BScientific Ltd

ESI BIO’s research products are currently used by stem cell researchers around the world and will now be available exclusively in the UK and Ireland through 2BScientific Ltd.

Alameda, CA, December 09, 2014 – ESI BIO – A Division of BioTime, Inc. specializes in the production of high quality hydrogels, progenitor cells, human embryonic stem cells, and other key tools for stem cell researchers.


Jeffrey Janus, CEO at ESI BIO commented, "We are pleased to hear that 2BScientific would like to be our distributor in the UK market and we expect that we can build a strong partnership in future." James Bernard, CEO of 2BScientific added, "2BScientific is excited to have signed a distribution agreement with ESI BIO to sell all of their stem cell products and services in the United Kingdom and Ireland. We are excited to offer their cell lines and supporting products for stem cell researchers."

About ESI BIO:
ESI BIO - A Division of BioTime, Inc. (“ESI Cell International Pte Ltd.”) is a unique research reagent organization which markets and distributes human embryonic stem cell lines under conditions designed to be compliant with principles of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), making them suitable for use in clinical research and regenerative medicine. ESI BIO's portfolio includes PureStem® human embryonic progenitors, HyStem® hyaluronan-based hydrogels, antibodies, and small molecules for stem cell differentiation and reprogramming.

ESI BIO's mission is to develop innovative research products that help translate scientific discoveries to the clinic. ESI BIO facilities are located in La Jolla and Alameda, California, with a third location in Singapore.

Learn more at www.esibio.com

About 2B Scientific:
2B Scientific is a specialist distributor of immunological reagents to the UK life science market. 2B Scientific takes a novel approach to life science reagents distribution and provides a wide range of products including antibodies, PCR and flow cytometry reagents, apoptosis assays, proteins and life science consumables.

Learn more at www.2BScientific.com

Contact:
Georgi Manov
2BScientific Ltd
77 Heyford Park
Upper Heyford OX25 5HD
United Kingdom
+44 1869 238033

http://www.2bscientific.com

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Indulgent Confections Partners with Volunteering Platform, GoVoluntr, to Reward Kindness in The Community

GoVoluntr Participants Can Now Redeem Service Points for a Free Gift from Indulgent Confections

Scottsdale, AZ, December 08, 2014 — Indulgent Confections, a wholesome line of delicious, artesian confections, is pleased to join forces with GoVoluntr, a social network that connects volunteers, non-profits and businesses together into an engaging community of "Do Goodrs."


GoVoluntr partners with business of all types and sizes to reward the act of volunteerism. The program incentivizes and rewards Do Goodrs with free products and services in exchange for points earned from volunteering service, this way local companies can inspire impact in their community. And when Do Goodrs feel appreciated by local retailers, they're much more inclined to support those same businesses in the future.

"GoVoluntr is proud to support the Live Confectionately philosophy along with Indulgent Confections. Small indulgences for Do Goodrs means a sweeter life for everyone,” said MJ Fogelsrom, co-founder of GoVoluntr.

How does GoVoluntr work?

GoVoluntr matches individuals with volunteer opportunities and tracks their service hours through a Volunteer ID (VID) system. Those tracked hours can then be shared with their connections and other social sites to share their good deeds and help spread the word about their favorite causes. An individual’s time is recorded for the purpose of redeeming a specific prize.

Businesses can register their product as a reward, giving volunteers a certain number of volunteer hours to work in order to redeem a prize.

Indulgent Confections is excited to offer their delicious creations as a reward for which GoVoluntr’s community of Do Goodr’s can redeem their points.

Indulgent Confections believes that to "Live Confectionately," defines a lifestyle of treating people with sweetness and random acts of kindness. When Indulgent Confections Founder Glen Flook heard about this cause, he was immediately on board and wanted to give back to GoVoluntr participants.

Flook said, “We are very excited about our partnership with GoVoluntr. This is the perfect opportunity to partner with a company who believes in our motto, “Live Confectionately.” It’s our pleasure to support community volunteering efforts through GoVoluntr.”

About GoVoluntr:
GoVoluntr is a social network that connects volunteers, non-profits and businesses together into an engaging community of "Do Goodrs." We match individuals with volunteer opportunities and track their service hours through our Volunteer ID (VID) system. Those tracked hours can then be shared with their connections and other social sites to share their good deeds and help spread the word about their favorite causes.

The real fun begins when volunteers start accumulating hours. Do Goodrs earn Volunteer Pin (VPins) as well as points to showcase and reward their community stewardship and activity! Points can be exchanged for rewards from local merchants and favorite brands to get our Do Goodrs real world prizes!

GoVoluntr provides a new way for businesses to interact with non-profits and champion causes in their community. We give businesses a turn-key employee volunteer program, a powerful cause-related marketing platform, and on-demand reporting of all their activity.

We make it easy for volunteers, non-profits and businesses to do good.
Find out more about GoVoluntr here: http://govoluntr.com/.

About Indulgent Confections:
Indulgent Confections, started in 2013, is the wonderfully satisfying result of bringing together artisan confectionary recipes, the most wholesome ingredients and an unrelenting commitment to quality. This loving attention to detail enables us to offer a decadently delicious, beautifully packaged product that makes an outstanding gift, a celebration or just a little reward for a job well done.

Indulgent Confections is available at fine retailers and online at Amazon.com. We also offer a Corporate Gift Program for thanking customers and rewarding employees.

Our products are more than delicious. They represent a belief that life’s sweetest moments and dearest friendships are enhanced by small indulgences. That it’s often the little things that says a lot. With that thought in mind, we offer our exquisitely delicious line of fine confections. http://www.indulgent-confections.com/

Live Confectionately!

Contact:
Scott Kelly
Black Dog Promotions
9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste 108
Tempe, AZ 85284
480-206-3435
http://www.blackdogpromotions.com

World’s First “Coaching” Movie On a Mission to Inspire the Lives of One Million

Watch the Journey of Five Individuals as Coaching Techniques Improve Their Lives in “Coaching” Movie

Hollywood, CA, December 08, 2014 — The “Coaching” Movie, slated to be produced and directed in mid-2015, by the team of Body Language Experts Patryk & Kasia Wezowski, as well as award-winning producer Betsy Chasse, will showcase the inner journeys of five individuals coached by masters of various coaching schools while documenting the best coaching techniques for success.


The audience will share in their life-changing journeys, as the client confronts and taps into their deepest emotions, overcomes their challenges, and gains life-changing insights. Each individual’s story will unfold in it's own unique way based on the personal history of each client and methodology of the coach.

The film will feature some of the most accomplished and well-known experts in their field including Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Jack Canfield, Dr. John Gray, Mark Thompson, Dr. John Demartini and Marci Shimoff.

Patryk Wezowski commented, “It's not a movie. It's a movement with the mission to inspire one million lives to transform people’s dreams into reality through coaching. We wanted to create a film that would be an expression of the passion we have for coaching. It comes from our hearts. We are focusing on supporting clients to give them the inspiration to solve their challenges through coaching. In addition, we are doing this to support the coaching community as a whole. Our dream for the future, is to have a foundation to assist low-income individuals with coaching assistance, and that would be started at a later date with potential profits from the ‘Coaching’ Movie.”

The Wezowski Team has built their success on creating the Center for Body Language, the world's #1 training center for business people in 15 countries. With the tremendous success they've had transforming the lives of clients with personal challenges, they wanted to create something from their hearts driven by their passion for what they do, coaching!

Wezowski says, "You can measure your potential for success or failure through body language, and that's why it's so powerful. But the change has to come from within, from the inside out. That's why we not only focus on non-verbal communication recognition, but we pinpoint how to change lives from the inside out. This is why we are making the ‘Coaching’ Movie.”

The film will be funded by investors in the personal development world. In addition, the producers of the ‘Coaching’ Movie will launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in early 2015 in order to provide fans of coaching an opportunity to be a part of this worldwide movement.

Contributors to their crowdfunding campaign can be part of the movie itself including a speaking role, background actor, all the way up to producer or executive producer. In addition, those who contribute can participate as someone who needs coaching in their own life, becoming part of the documentary.

1. Coach Option: You will be filmed while coaching one of our clients and/or deliver an interview.

2. Coaching Client Option: You will experience a transformation by being coached during our USA road trip.

3. Contributor Option: You have a deeply emotional story or a fascinating view on coaching that is worth sharing in an interview.

Help the ‘Coaching’ Movie carry their mission forward, transforming client’s lives to help them achieve their greatest dreams!

About Coaching Movie:
The purpose of this movie is to define what professional coaching is and identify the coaches that are best qualified to help individuals with inner transformation. The term ‘coaching’ has become popularized, with many people claiming to be ‘coaches’ even though they’ve had little formal training. How can you find truly qualified coaches? Will coaching help you in transforming your life or will it cost you a fortune and leave you even more lost than before?

Coaching– a process via which an individual is supported while achieving a specific personal or professional competence result or goal

The documentary is intended to inspire people to make changes to better their lives that haven’t had the courage or means to do so before. The creation of this movie is also a quest in search of the best and most effective coaches and coaching techniques. Various coaches and coaching techniques – together with public opinions and experiences – will be published on the movie’s website. The ultimate goal is to create an online community and comprehensive database of techniques and coaches with the power to transform lives.

For more information, visit http://coachingmovie.com/

Follow Coaching Movie on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoachingMovie
and Twitter: https://twitter.com/coachingmovie

Learn more about investment opportunities at http://coachingmovie.com/funding

Contact:
Scott Kelly
Black Dog Promotions
9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste 108
Tempe, AZ 85284
480-206-3435

http://www.blackdogpromotions.com

Saturday, December 6, 2014

CHIC "Red & Gold" Pinpoint Show 3rd Annual Holiday Party at Cibo Restaurant on Wednesday, December 11th

The Pinpoint Show & Moore Media present the CHIC "Red & Gold" Pinpoint Show 3rd Annual Holiday Party on December 11th at Cibo Restaurant.

Monterey, CA, December 06, 2014 - The Pinpoint Show & Moore Media present the CHIC "Red & Gold" Pinpoint Show 3rd Annual Holiday Party on December 11th at Cibo Restaurant. The event will be hosted by MADDOX Haberdasher.

The community is invited for some Holiday cheer to enjoy this special time of the year! Be part of the experience and join us in celebrating Pinpoint’s last event of 2014.


Entertainment will be provided by "On The One", Featuring DJBADDJ (Steb Montez) Dancing, Drink Specials, Dinner served late. Holiday Gifts and much more.

As a thank you to the community for their support throughout the year, from us and our local business partners featured on The Pinpoint Show we are having this party to spread some Holiday Joy! So wear your red or gold, or both and sign up for your FREE entry pass because there is no cover charge to get in, but spaces are limited.

Get your FREE tickets at: http://www.thepinpointshow.com

*21 and over only. No Cover Charge
When: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Where: Cibo Restaurant, 301 Alvarado, Downtown Monterey, nearby parking in adjacent garage

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Cover: Free. Sign up at http://www.thepinpointshow.com/ to be added to the guest list.

About Cibo Restaurant:
Cibo Restaurant offers Italian cuisine, gourmet pizzas, cocktails, fine wines, cordials, and more. Cibo (pronounced chee-bo) means food in Italian, but it’s more of a feast for the senses. This beautiful, spacious and comfortable restaurant features an intimate yet vibrant atmosphere which is accentuated with expressive art in the form of photography, paintings, sculpture, hand-blown glass and live jazz. Fusing the best of old and new world Italian cuisine, Cibo offers an eclectic menu ranging from gourmet pizzas to multi-course dinners. Families are welcome and there is a special children’s menu. Cibo has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike since 1990.

Cibo is open every evening with dinner served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Cibo Bar is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is a popular “pre-event” and “after-party” destination. The bar features a $3 Happy Hour with special appetizers daily from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. They offer an extensive high quality local and international wine and beer list, cordials, microbrews, rare and small batch Bourbons, Scotches, Ports, Grappa and liqueurs, as well as espresso, coffee drinks and a full menu of cocktails.

Cibo also presents live music 6 nights a week. On Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the cool sound of Jazz accompanies dinner from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. The restaurant features a lively and fun atmosphere with Reggae, R&B, Rock or Salsa dance music on Friday and Saturday nights from 10:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. with no cover charge. They also hold a special “House Blend Happy Hour” every Friday night from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. "Happy Hour Jazz Jam" from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. every first and third Sunday of the month which includes Happy Hour food and drink specials. Cibo is now “wired” with free Internet service.

With 150 seats, including intimate booths for dining , and room for over 50 people in the attractive bar area, Cibo also accommodates large groups for business functions, wedding rehearsals and receptions, special group dining events, and customized private parties.

Cibo Restaurant is the winner of numerous awards including California Writers Association Recommended Dining, Best Place to Meet Singles in Their 30's and 40's, Gold Key Award for Interior Design, Best Place to Enjoy a Martini, Best Place for Live Jazz, Best Italian Restaurant, Best Place to Dance, Best Martini and one of the Top 10 Happy Hours in Monterey.

For more information, go to www.cibo.com or call (831) 649-8151.

Contact:
Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940
831-633-4444
http://www.cibo.com

Peninsula Ballet Theatre Presents “The Nutcracker” at the Golden State Theatre on December 13th and 14th

Don't miss this timeless holiday classic! Enjoy two outstanding performances of everyone's favorite, The Nutcracker.

Monterey, CA, December 06, 2014 - ‘Tis the season! On Saturday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 14th at 2:00 p.m., Peninsula Ballet Theatre Presents “The Nutcracker” at the Golden State Theatre located at 417 Alvarado in Downtown Monterey.

Don't miss this timeless holiday classic! Enjoy two outstanding performances of everyone's favorite, The Nutcracker. Performed by the award-winning San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula Ballet Theatre, a company that has been creating joyous holiday memories for over four decades, this year is no exception as they bring their annual holiday treat to Monterey.

Delight and enchant your entire family at this lavish performance featuring some of the SF Bay Area's most beautiful, talented and athletic professional dancers with gorgeous costumes, great sets and amazing choreography. And, enjoy meeting the dancers on stage following every spectacular finale!

Ticket prices range from $25-$40. For tickets, go to www.goldenstatetheatre.com or call (831) 649-1070. Bring the whole family! Group ticket discounts are available for 10 or more. There is convenient nearby parking in several City of Monterey parking garages in addition to street parking.

About The Nutcracker:
Peninsula Ballet Theatre is very pleased to bring its beloved version of The Nutcracker to the Golden State Theatre. “The moment we heard that Eric and Lori Lochtefeld were adding the Golden State to their venues we knew we wanted to be part of this great creative adventure,” said Christine Leslie, President and Executive Director of the ballet company. “We have partnered with them for all four years since they became the owners of the Fox Theatre in Redwood City,” she continued. “We love the charm and the atmosphere of these historic theatres, as do our audiences.”

After making two trips to the Golden State Theatre, the Peninsula Ballet Theatre’s artistic and technical team knew there was no looking back.

“The Golden State Theatre is set up differently than the Fox Theatre so we will be making some slight changes to our choreography to suit the stage size,” said Artistic Director David Fonnegra. “Carlos Carvajal, The Nutcracker choreographer, and I began creating on the spot how to make these changes that will bring the audience closer to the choreography and take advantage of the unique beauty of the venue.”

The Peninsula Ballet Theatre is bringing its entire cast including professionals and student performer from the Company Conservatory. Over 125 costumes characters bring the story of the Nutcracker to life. The technical team arrives on Monday before the performance to begin the transformation to Victorian Scotland. The students portray the friends and family of Clara and Fritz Silverbaum who attend everyone’s favorite holiday party filled with presents, dancing and special entertainments from Dr. Drosselmeyer. Clara’s holiday dreams are fulfilled by dancing by the company’s professional dancers and artists.

Choreographed by Bay Area dance legend and Isadore Duncan Dance Award winner, Carlos Carvajal, this Nutcracker has become a favorite of audiences throughout northern California and is sure to delight audiences in the entire Monterey Peninsula region.

The Company plans on bringing more than just Nutcracker to the Monterey area. Additional Productions will be announced at a future date. “When we have toured this production to Oakland, Pittsburg and Reno we have historically integrated local dance students into the production. We hope to be able to do so for future Nutcracker and other productions,” continued Fonnegra.

“This is a logical progression for a Company that has been delighting audiences for 44 years,” added Leslie. “We are looking forward to being part of this creative adventure in Monterey.”

About Peninsula Ballet Theatre:
Founded in 1967, Peninsula Ballet Theatre is the second oldest professional ballet company in the Bay Area. In 2010, it opened the Peninsula Ballet Theatre Conservatory in 30,000 foot space at 1880 South Grant Street in San Mateo. In that time, it has become an artistic hub with classes in all forms of dance, vocal and acting training as well as a fine art gallery for local artists. David Fonnegra joined Peninsula Ballet in 2013 with the vision of transforming the professional Company into one that reflected the younger, more dynamic nature of its audience base. More information at PeninsulaBallet.org

About the Golden State Theatre:
In 1926, a 15,000 square-foot Moorish castle rose on Alvarado Street, to the amazement of locals and visitors alike. A new cinema and live performance venue to rival those in California's largest cities, the Golden State Theatre , which was built by the Reid Brothers, was the definition of an opulent movie palace. After decades of deterioration, it was faithfully restored to its former glory, featuring an Old World grand lobby and mezzanine, one thousand plush velvet seats, state-of-the-art sound, and the indefinable magic of a truly historic setting. B.B. King, Bill Cosby, Willie Nelson, Yes, Patti Smith, Bob Weir and The Smothers Brothers — these are just some of the names that have graced the stage, contributing to the Theatre's new legacy since its renovation and exciting revival. The community is invited to attend a world-class concert or musical at the Golden State Theatre, or host their own special event here, and become part of its new chapter of history.

The Golden State Theatre is operated by husband and wife entrepreneurs, Eric and Lori Lochtefeld, along with a team of industry professionals from across the country. They are also co-owners of the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, also built by the Reid Brothers in 1929, where they hold nearly 200 events per year. Through their work with the Fox Theatre and the community, they have helped to revitalize downtown Redwood City. For more information, go to www.goldenstatetheatre.com or call (831) 649-1070.

Contact:
Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940
831-633-4444
http://www.goldenstatetheatre.com

The Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management Awarded Grant to Support Veterans Mediation

The Mandell Gisnet Center (MGC) has announced that it recently received a grant from the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM)

Seaside, CA, December 06, 2014 - The Mandell Gisnet Center (MGC) has announced that it recently received a grant from the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and the JAMS Foundation to support Veterans Mediation in Monterey County and the surrounding tri-County area to reach veterans across San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.


“Over the past 30 years, mediation programs and services have proven to offer constructive and effective approaches to resolve differences and conflicts between individuals, groups and organizations, including veterans,” explains Isabel Bjork, Executive Director and Associate Dean, Mandell Gisnet Center. “We are honored to be one of only six organizations nationally to be recognized with a grant from The JAMS Foundation and the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) to support Veterans Mediation. We believe there is a strong need in our community and look forward to helping veterans with some important challenges they face in their lives.”

The Veterans Mediation program was founded with the recognition that veterans have distinct values and experiences that shape their lives. The MGC staff works with veterans and their families to resolve conflicts about housing, family life, benefits and work through mediation in a safe environment. They also provide training by veterans for veterans and their families on communication, conflict resolution and mediation techniques. Fees are based on a sliding scale. For appointments or more information, email veterans@mandellgisnetcenter.org or call (831) 582-5234.

The program is coordinated by Jack Signorella, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a dedicated mediator and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) professional. Jack serves as the Veterans Mediation Liaison and a volunteer mediator. Jack was the recipient of a Community Service Award from the United Way of Monterey County in 2014. Following a successful career in medical education and public service, Jack has directed his time and talents to mediation, with a particular passion for veterans’ issues. Jack completed the mediation skills training course at MGC in 2012. Since then, he has been mediating in MGC’s court mediation program and NEIGHBOR Project, volunteering in over 100 cases.Jack has furthered his mediation skills with advanced mediation courses at Pepperdine Law School and Community Boards.

About The Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management:
The Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management (MGC), the non-profit alternative dispute resolution education and service arm of the Monterey College of Law, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is committed to providing mediation and training services.

The Mandell Gisnet Center, housed in remodeled LEED Platinum Ford Ord buildings in Monterey County, California, was founded with the vision that conflicts can be resolved in a peaceful, amicable manner and without expensive, protracted, and damaging legal battles. In 2005, Maurice Mandell and Rebekah Gisnet left a bequest to the Monterey College of Law as a result of their personal challenges related to the legal system. Their bequest was used to form MGC. Though they lived in a beautiful area and had significant resources at their disposal, Maurice and Rebekah spent the last years of their lives involved in a bitter legal battle over a property dispute with their neighbors. They spent many years fighting in court, but neither party ever found a satisfactory resolution. At the end of their lives, as they looked back on the wasted time, energy, and money spent on that dispute, they concluded that there had to be a better way. They resolved that a large portion of their estate would be given as a bequest for the creation and promotion of mediation and training services through Monterey College of Law. MGC has fulfilled this vision by offering a variety of ADR education and services, including mediation. The mission of the MGC is to:

- Promote and apply a mediative, empathetic, problem-solving approach to reduce and resolve conflict

- Train Monterey County and tri-county residents to resolve disputes in their homes, workplaces and community

- Offer a variety mediation services to Monterey County residents regardless of their ability to pay

- Promote mediation as an alternative to hostility, court battles, and violence

- Educate law students and attorneys in mediation, and engage them in community service to resolve disputes

One popular MGC program involves their NEIGHBOR Project mediation services, a dispute resolution process in which an impartial panel of mediators facilitates a conversation in a safe and respectful environment. The mediators do not make decisions about the outcome and the participants themselves work towards a solution with which they are comfortable.

To donate, volunteer, access mediation services, sign up for mediation trainings or for more information about our programs, go to www.mandellgisnetcenter.org or call (831) 582-5234.

Contact:
Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940
831-633-4444
http://www.mandellgisnetcenter.org

Crab Season Started in November! Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf Association Continues "Wharf Walks - Walking Tours at Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf" with a focus on "More About Crabbing on the Monterey Bay" on Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Recreational Dungeness Crab Season begins on November 1st and Commercial Crab Season began November 15th and goes through June 30th.

Monterey, CA, December 06, 2014 - Recreational Dungeness Crab Season begins on November 1st and Commercial Crab Season began November 15th and goes through June 30th. Delicious crabs will continue to inspire the theme of Wharf Walks! The Monterey Fisherman's Wharf Association continues to team up with noted Monterey Bay Fisheries Historian and author, Tim Thomas, who is offering monthly "Wharf Walks -Walking Tours at Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf" (www.montereywharf.com) on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM - Noon.


Wharf Walk will be held on Saturday, December 6th focusing on "More About Crabbing on the Monterey Bay." Tours meet at the head of Old Fisherman's Wharf (near the pink "Harbor House" store, #1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey. Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at (831) 521-3304 or via email timsardine@yahoo.com.

The tour is for ages 10-adult only and the cost is $20 for adults and kids are $15 (10-15 years). Group Rates are also available. Future Wharf Walk will be held on December 6th, continuing on the first Saturday of every month in 2015.

After taking the Wharf Walk, participants are invited to enjoy a complimentary appetizer of delicious calamari (squid) - either traditional style or pesto calamari - with a purchased entrée, at Paluca Trattoria located at the head of the Wharf.

About Wharf Walks
For thousands of years people have made their living fishing the Monterey Bay, beginning with the Rumsien Ohlone, the Native People of the Monterey area. From abalone to rockfish, everything was fished and utilized and the Monterey Bay was a multi-cultural stew, made up of whalers from the Azores, squid fishermen from China, salmon fishermen and abalone divers from Japan, and Sicilians fishing sardines in the "dark of the moon." This entertaining tour of Old Fisherman's Wharf and the waterfront will take us back in time to explore the history of the Monterey Wharf, early history of the Monterey waterfront, The Rumsien/Ohlone People--Monterey's first fishermen, the abalone industry, whaling the bay and of course, the legendary sardine industry. Discover some of the people and cultures of Monterey's colorful past and hear fascinating stories about Old Fisherman's Wharf and those who worked and walked there. Learn more about the sardine and squid industry, too.

About Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas, fourth-generation native of the Monterey area, is a popular speaker and lively tour guide. For 16 years, he was historian and curator for the Monterey Maritime & History Museum and has worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California State Parks and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. He is author of "The Abalone King of Monterey: 'Pop' Ernest Doelter," "The Japanese on the Monterey Peninsula" and co-author of "Monterey's Waterfront."

About Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf:
Visitors to Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf will want to plan their visit to include lunch or dinner at one of the many Wharf restaurants. Many restaurants will be featuring special Columbus Day Weekend small bites during the upcoming Everything Italian! Columbus Day Weekend Celebration on October 11 and 12, 2014.

By going to www.montereywharf.com , visitors to Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf can also access the "Wonders of the Wharf" free VIP Card promotion with 25 special offers (coupons) easily accessible on the website that can be shown on a smart phone or iPad. For more information, email info@montereywharf.com or call (831) 238-0777.

Press Release Distributed by Straight Line PR service

Contact:
Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940
831-633-4444
http://www.montereywharf.com