Sunday, March 29, 2020

Twisted Roots widens wine club perks for military, out-of-towners — offers free shipping for members

Fast becoming the most welcoming and inclusive wine club in California, Twisted Roots has announced expanded options for out-of-towners and members of the military — along with free online shipping for any wine club member.

Carmel Valley, CA, March 29, 2020 - Fast becoming the most welcoming and inclusive wine club in California, Twisted Roots has announced expanded options for out-of-towners and members of the military — along with free online shipping for any wine club member.

Eternally grateful for all the active and retired men and women in the military, Twisted Roots offers a special, four-wine “thank you package” that arrives three times per year. Benefits include:

20 percent off all wine
15 percent off merchandise
No fee to join
Free wine tasting for members and one guest
Choose from red-only or mixed (red/white) club
Exclusive access to pick-up parties and members-only events
Priority access to new and limited release wines before the general public
Twisted Roots also announces the formation of the following wine club levels:

1918 Club

(Four bottles, three times per year)

15 percent discount on all wine and merchandise
No fee to join
Free wine tasting for members and one guest
Choose from red-only or mixed (red/white) club
Exclusive access to pick-up parties and members-only events
Priority access to new and limited release wines

Proprietor’s Club

(12 bottles, three times per year)

25 percent discount on all wine
15 percent off merchandise
No fee to join
Free wine tasting for members and one guest
Choose from red-only or mixed (red/white) club
Members receive a flat rate on shipping
Exclusive access to pick-up parties and members-only events
Priority access to new and limited release wines

Out-of-town members

As an out-of-town wine club member, it’s not always easy to feel connected to the wine club experience. But at Twisted Roots, out of town does not mean out of mind.

Founder and winemaker Josh Ruiz would like to bring a Virtual Wine Tasting to you and up to eight of your friends — for free! The interactive video party lasts 30 minutes.

Out-of-town members will receive six bottles of wine for free to use for your tasting, and a $75 Visa Gift Card will be included to purchase a yummy selection of cheese or small bites for your party. Suggested pairings will be provided.

To participate, just go online at www.twistedrootsvineyard.com and fill in a form. Choose among three date options and Josh will confirm a date within 72 hours.

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

Acclaimed Percussionist Sheila E. One of Headline Acts to Perform at 2020 Monterey County Fair, Sept. 3-7

Chart-topping percussionist Sheila E, best known for playing with Prince and the hit single “The Glamorous Life,” will be one of the headliners at the 84th annual Monterey County Fair, which will be held Sept. 3-7, 2020, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.

Monterey, CA, March 29, 2020 — Chart-topping percussionist Sheila E, best known for playing with Prince and the hit single “The Glamorous Life,” will be one of the headliners at the 84th annual Monterey County Fair, which will be held Sept. 3-7, 2020, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.

Sheila E. will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 on the Payton Stage at the Fair. All live music is free with fair admission. A full schedule of entertainment will be released early this summer.

While she is best known for her stints with Prince — she recorded, toured, served as an opening act and even appeared in his films — she was a hit artist in her own right, releasing the hit single "The Glamorous Life" in 1984. The song hit #7 on the charts, topped the dance charts, received nominations for three MTV Video Awards and two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female.

Her others hits include "The Belle of St. Mark," "Sister Fate," and "A Love Bizarre," which became one of her signature songs. Because of her drumming talents, she’s often referred to as “The Queen of Percussion.”

In addition to Prince, she has performed and recorded with artists such as George Duke, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, and Diana Ross.

Sheila E. comes from a musical family: her father Pete Escovedo is an acclaimed Latin jazz percussionist; another Latin jazz legend, Tito Puente is her godfather; one of her uncles, percussionist Coke Escovedo performed with Santana and founded the Latin rock band Azteca; another uncle is acclaimed Texas singer-songwriter and guitarist Alejandro Escovedo; two other uncles include Javier Escovedo, founder of seminal San Diego punk act The Zeros, and Mario Escovedo, front man for long-running indie rockers The Dragons.

She performed with Usher in January 2020, at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in a tribute to Prince.

The Monterey County Fair will run from Thursday, Sept. 3-Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, in Monterey. The theme of the 2020 fair is “Fiesta.”

About the Monterey County Fair & Event Center
The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is a premier event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features four large banquet rooms, two outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility.

For more information, contact the Fair Administration Office, at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, by calling (831) 372-5863 or go to www.montereycountyfair.com for more information.

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

Max’s Helping Paws Foundation Launches Special Fund to Aid Pet Owners Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Though we’re all required to stay home, and activity has all but disappeared, community spirit and support has shown no signs of slowing down.

Monterey, CA, March 27, 2020 - Though we’re all required to stay home, and activity has all but disappeared, community spirit and support has shown no signs of slowing down. Max’s Helping Paws Foundation would like all of its friends and neighbors to know that — given Monterey County families and their pets need help during these trying times — the nonprofit continues in its ongoing mission to help pay for necessary treatments for pets in crisis.

Max’s Helping Paws will continue to serve pet owners facing extreme financial hardship with a pet in a health crisis in this community, just as we always have,” said founder Dyana Klein, who co-founded Max’s Helping Paws with her husband, Dr. Jonathan Fradkin, a veterinary internist following the death of her 14-year-old Miniature Pinscher Max.

Toward that end, the nonprofit has created “Chestnut’s Crisis Fund” to help pet owners experiencing severe and immediate personal financial loss resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will run in tandem with the foundation’s regular financial support program, which remains unchanged. “We believe that, because of loss of employment, virtually overnight the pool of community members who will be in need of financial assistance to help keep their companion pet from suffering has multiplied,” Klein said. “This provides an additional resource to help those who, just a few short days ago, might not have needed support, but suddenly must decide between getting essential treatment for their pet or feeding their family.”

Under the Chestnut’s Fund program, Max’s will pay up to 75 percent up to a maximum of $2,500 for those impacted financially by COVID-19. The fund will operate as funds are available, during a critical time when businesses are shut down and jobs are lost. As with all MHPF programs, pet owners must apply through their treating veterinary practice.

During this time, Max’s also wants to shine a light on its veterinary partners, key components in the process. Still open for business during COVID-19 these practices stand ready to treat pets during this crisis. Many have special protocols in place regarding client interaction, pet care, sanitation and payment options. A complete list of Max’s veterinary partners, including contact information, hours and restrictions in treatments can be found HERE.

Believing financial circumstances should never decide a companion pet’s fate, Max’s relies on the generosity of the community to fund its mission. Donations are accepted through the nonprofit’s website www.maxshelpingpaws.org.

About Max’s Helping Paws
Financial circumstances should never decide a companion pet’s fate. Because of that, Max’s Helping Paws Foundation reduces economic euthanasia, surrender and suffering of severely ill or injured pets by providing pet owners assistance with the costs of urgent medical care. Through the years the foundation has assisted more than 200 Monterey County families in financial hardship by approving more than $170,000 in treatments for pets in crisis.

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

The 2020 Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmer’s Market Poster Contest officially launched March 25th, 2020

Calling All Students, Aspiring Artists and Graphic Designers!

Marina, CA, March 25, 2020 - Calling All Students, Aspiring Artists and Graphic Designers!

The Contest:

Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers Market will award three (3) winning farmers markets poster designs whose posters depict a combination of engaging graphics, informative messaging and overall creativity across the following categories:

· 1st Place for best over all poster

· 2nd Place for best overall poster

· Fan Favorite – the poster with the most votes on Facebook and Instagram

Our panel of judges will determine the 1st, and 2nd poster winners, while our Facebook and Instagram followers can vote online to crown the Fan Favorite winner.

Entry Requirements

THE RULES:

We want an eye-catching, legible and professional-looking poster. Don’t worry if you don’t have the latest software — rough sketches and illustrations will also be accepted. We’ll work with you to prepare a digital file if your poster is selected. You may submit the poster in any color options you wish, but should be limited to no more than two singular colors. Be careful with the use gradients.

The contest begins on March 25th, 2020. Submissions will be accepted through April 25th, 2020. Voting period will run from April 7th-May 11th. Winners will be announced via our website, social media and by direct contact to the winners' email accounts. Winner’s announced on May 15th, 2020.

Fill out the entry form below and:

Email entries to: info@everyonesharvest.org Or mail entries to: PO Box 1423 Marina, CA 93933

YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION:

________________________________________________________________________

NAME

________________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS

________________________________________________________________________

CITY & ZIP CODE

________________________________________________________________________

EMAIL

________________________________________________________________________

PHONE

SCHOOL

________________________________________________________________________

SIGNATURE & RELEASE
With your submission and participation in this logo contest, you agree to the rules provided. By signing this form, you understand that if your logo is selected as the winner, you relinquish all claims, rights and benefits related to the display, modification, reproduction, publication, distribution, use and other exploitations of the work, other than the prize awarded to the winning entry. The winner is granted permission to display this logo on any current or future personal portfolio of work — digital or otherwise. This form must accompany all submissions. Entrants may submit as many entries as they’d like. Entries without signed entry forms will not be considered.

SIGNATURE AND DATE
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The following prizes will be awarded to the winners:

· 1st Place: $100 Visa Gift Card; 1 Night Stay at Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel by the Sea and $100 Gift Certificate to Rio Grill and a Everyone’s Harvest bag of fresh produce

· 2nd Place: $50 Visa Gift Card and $100 to Portobello’s Restaurant in Salinas a Everyone’s Harvest bag of fresh produce

· Fan Favorite: $25 Visa Gift Card, $50 to Lugano’s Swiss Bistro Restaurant, $50 to Tarpy’s Restaurant and a Everyone’s Harvest bag of fresh produce

All posters will be judged based on their ability to:

· Clearly identify market information

· Engage the audience

· Communicate a sense of the market- community, health, fresh produce, flowers and other Everyone’s Harvest Market offerings.

Fan Favorite Criteria:

· Anyone can vote for the Fan Favorite poster on Facebook Instagram

· To vote, “like” your favorite poster(s) on Facebook, in (We will create a Gallery for people Participants can vote for as many posters as they like!

· In LinkedIn we will do a campaign for likes as well

· The voting will determine the winner.

· If it is very close we will move on to a social media poll.

· The official voting method will be announced once we see how many entries we have for the public to choose from.

Best of luck to everyone and we can’t wait to see your submissions!

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

Artichoke Festival postpones event to Aug. 8-9 to comply with health and safety recommendations

The Artichoke Festival’s mission has always centered around connecting people through a unique, family-oriented celebration, while giving back to the communities it serves.

Monterey, CA, March 29, 2020 - The Artichoke Festival’s mission has always centered around connecting people through a unique, family-oriented celebration, while giving back to the communities it serves.

In these uncertain days, however, the idea of connecting people takes on new meaning. In light of the current crisis surrounding COVID-19, and in the interest of public health and safety, the Artichoke Festival has moved our annual summer celebration from May 30-31 to Aug. 8-9, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Monterey.

The Artichoke Festival will honor any tickets purchased by patrons for the May event, and prices and ticket packages will remain the same for new guests.

Held continuously since 1959, the festival celebrates the harvest of California’s state vegetable and the region that has become known as the “Artichoke Center of the World.” Over the years, the festival became a primary source of funding for local nonprofits that depend upon a successful event for their viability.

The festival has added Donate Now buttons to its website at www.artichokefestival.org, with 100 percent of all donations given to the following charity partners: Monterey County Food Bank; Manzanita Youth Playground; Monterey County PAL; Meals on Wheels Salinas; and Monterey County Agricultural Education, Inc.

Moving forward, the Artichoke Festival will continue to follow recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with local health agencies, in planning the Aug. 8-9 event.

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

Lifelong Advocate for Children Everett Sivils named Newest Board Member for Partnership for Children

Growing up in Louisville, Ky., in the 1960s and ’70s, Everett Sivils faced poverty and prejudice each day with a sense of hope.

Salinas, CA, March 29, 2020 - Growing up in Louisville, Ky., in the 1960s and ’70s, Everett Sivils faced poverty and prejudice each day with a sense of hope.

“I was one of those kids that people never gave up on,” said Sivils, who has worked most of his adult life giving back to kids all over Monterey County.

Continuing in that theme, Sivils has become the latest board member for Partnership for Children, the Salinas-based nonprofit that supports families with children experiencing serious illness.

“I remember many times I couldn’t go to the doctor,” said Sivils, 55. “You would have to try to get a ride from someone in the neighborhood. People die when they don’t have accessibility to health care. The partnership provides some hope, versus no hope.”

Partnership for Children has provided transportation to medical care and family support services for children with life-threatening conditions since 2007. Its transportation and financial assistance programs increase access to compassionate care for children living in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.

Jennifer Ramirez founded Partnership for Children as its own independent nonprofit, and is responsible for the vision, strategy and delivery of its services. As executive director, her passion for improving children’s access to medical care was born out of her personal experiences with her daughter, who has complex medical conditions. Jennifer became director in 2011 when PFC was a program of Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition.

Sivils first met Jennifer while serving on the board of Community Action Partnership, helping low income individuals become self-sufficient. He invited her to speak to members of the Monterey Pacific Rotary Club, where he served as president.

“The work is so critical,” said Sivils, who has spent the past 22 years as a behavioral specialist for Monterey County Office of Education, working with special education students (elementary to high school).

“When I was a kid I was bussed to suburban schools, and I remember all the riots and the derogatory signs directed to black folks,” he said. “One day they sent us to the auditorium, and a teacher said: ‘We all don’t feel the same way.’ Something inside me bubbled. It felt really good. People didn’t give up on me, so who am to give up on anyone? I couldn’t, so I turned it into my life’s purpose.”

Sivils served in the U.S. Army, arriving at Fort Ord in 1988. He and his wife Cardis Cruz-Sivils settled on the Monterey Peninsula with their daughter Domineque, who sadly passed away in May of last year.

About Partnership for Children
Partnership for Children (PFC) is a nonprofit organization focused on increasing access to care for kids with life-threatening conditions and supporting their families. Partnership for Children's transportation and financial assistance programs increase access to compassionate care for children on the Central Coast. For more information visit www.partnershipforkids.org.

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

2020 Monterey County Fair Coloring Contest

Three Grand-Prize Winners Will Receive a $25 Fair Gift Card Valid for Fair Tickets

Monterey, CA, March 29, 2020 — Win tickets to the 2020 Monterey County Fair by entering the Fair’s Coloring Contest. The deadline for entry is Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020.

Grand-Prize winners in each age group will receive a $25 Fair Gift Card valid for fair admission tickets. Redeem card at the fair office. Ten runners-up winners in each category will be given participation ribbons.


The three age categories are:

1. Up to 6 years old

2. 7 to 9 years old

3. 10 to 12 years old

Send your entry along with a self-addressed envelope — just in case you are one of the lucky grand prize winners or one of the 40 runner-up winners!

Deadline for entries is Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Runner-up winners will be sent ribbons in the mail. Grand-prize winners will be contacted by phone. Entries cannot be returned.

All entries will be displayed in the Junior Art building during the 84th annual Fair, Thursday, Sept. 3-Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. No purchase necessary. Employees and the immediate families of Monterey County Fair are not eligible to enter. Prize is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash, goods or services.

Entry to this contest constitutes the winner’s agreement for use of their name for publicity by any of the co-promotional partners. Winner is responsible for any applicable taxes.

Mail your drawing with your name, age, phone number and address to: Monterey County Fair ”Fiesta” Coloring Contest, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA 93940.

Entry form and blank drawing to color can be found at: https://montereycountyfair.com/pdf/2020/2020-coloring-contest.pdf

In addition, the Monterey County Fair has available copies of the Monterey County Fair Coloring Book, which was inspired by Jo Mora’s children’s book “Chippie de Munk The Great Inventor.” Famed artist, author and illustrator Mora’s illustrations have been featuring in a number of Fair posters, including this year’s “Fiesta” theme poster.

If you’re interested in purchasing the book we will send for FREE while supplies last, they can be shipped to you by emailing info@montereycountyfair.com with your shipping information.

The Fair will be held Thursday, Sept. 3-Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey. The Fair’s theme this year is “Fiesta.”

About the Monterey County Fair & Event Center
The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is a premier event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features four large banquet rooms, two outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility.

For more information, contact the Fair Administration Office, at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, by calling (831) 372-5863 or go to www.montereycountyfair.com for more information.

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

Do you have Talent? Local Performers Sought for 84th Annual Monterey County Fair, Sept. 3-7, 2020

Attention Monterey County! Show off your talents!

Monterey, CA, March 29, 2020 — Attention Monterey County! Show off your talents! Local performers and those who wish to showcase their talents for free are being sought to appear on the Community Stage at the 84th Annual Monterey County Fair, which will be held Sept. 3-7, 2020.

Are you a dancer, musician, singer, kickboxer, gymnast or other type of performer? Come on out and dazzle Monterey County at the upcoming Monterey County Fair! This year's theme is “Fiesta.”

Interested individuals and organizations are invited to apply online no later than June 26, 2020, at www.montereycountyfair.com . There you will find a “Community Act Performance Request Form” to fill out with your pertinent data, type of group, equipment needed, when you would like to perform, etc.

The schedule of performances is determined on a first-come, first-served basis with the deadline for receiving request forms by either fax, email or postal mail no later than June 26. The fair cannot guarantee the times requested, but will make every effort to fill your request.

About the Monterey County Fair & Event Center
The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is a premier event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features four large banquet rooms, two outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility.

For more information, contact the Fair Administration Office, at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, by calling (831) 372-5863 or go to www.montereycountyfair.com for more information.

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

Friday, March 27, 2020

Monterey Symphony Announces Concert #4, March 14-15, 2020, In Its 2019-2020 Season, Ovation

The Monterey Symphony continues a season of orchestral “greatest hits” under the baton of Burning Man and Bay Area guest conductor for its March concerts.

Monterey, CA, March 27, 2020 — The Monterey Symphony continues a season of orchestral “greatest hits” under the baton of Burning Man and Bay Area guest conductor for its March concerts.

The Monterey Symphony’s March performances are Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m. at Sunset Center in Carmel. A pre-concert lecture is held one hour prior to the performance each day.

Guest conductor Brad Hogarth joins us for the very first time from the Bay Area where he is the Assistant Professor of Conducting at San Francisco State University, the music director and conductor of both the Contra Costa Wind Symphony and the Art Haus Collective. In August 2017, Brad conducted the Art Haus Collective’s ballet production of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring at the Burning Man in 2017. An estimated 10,000 people were in attendance and photos from the event were featured in USA Today, Business Insider, as well as the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. Brad has also recently guest conducted a few of Grammy winning composer Mason Bates' Mercury Soul projects, the San Francisco Civic Symphony, the Diablo Symphony Orchestra, the ECHO Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, the Oakland Municipal Band, and regularly conducts various professions, educational, and community events all over the Bay Area.

Tchaikovsky’s 3rd Symphony, “Polish,” opens the program. This symphony is unique in that it is his only Symphony both in a major key, and containing five movements. Various instruments are showcased in this iconic work, including a lovely flute solo in the third movement.

The second half of the program contains Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony, written in 1971 and premiered in Moscow, which is full of references to other composer’s works. Shostakovich tips his hat to Rossini and Glinka, as well as featuring the “Fate” motif from Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

“The wealth of this (Russian) tradition has made a giant contribution to the history of music,” said Max Bragado-Darman, Monterey Symphony Music Director.

Prior to each concert is a pop-up art exhibit featuring portraits by local photographer Randy Tunnell. Facing Faith is a study of 20 local faith leaders taken over a six month period. The subjects of Tunnell’s works come from various religious backgrounds, including Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Greek Orthodox and more. Prints for this exhibit were sponsored by Pépe International. The exhibit will be available for viewing in the Sunset Center Lobby on Saturday night before the concert and during intermission and on Sunday before the concert.

For more information on the March concerts, the Facing Faith exhibit or to buy tickets, please visit www.montereysymphony.org or call 831-646-8511.

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

Thursday, March 26, 2020

April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month to Help People Learn More About the Symptoms, Causes and Treatments of a Disease that Affects 1 Million Americans

April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month in the U.S., a time to spread awareness and understanding of this chronic condition that affects more than one million people in the U.S, more than multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and Lou Gehrig’s disease combined.

Monterey, CA, March 17, 2020 — April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month in the U.S., a time to spread awareness and understanding of this chronic condition that affects more than one million people in the U.S, more than multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and Lou Gehrig’s disease combined.

National Parkinson’s Awareness Month helps people to learn more about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of this disease. Knowing more about Parkinson’s disease (PD) can help to work towards more research discoveries and treatments.

The one million people living with Parkinson’s in the U.S. doesn’t include the cases that go undiagnosed, and every year, 60,000 more people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Every 9 minutes, a life changing diagnosis is received.

But what is Parkinson's disease? PD is a neurodegenerative, progressive disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra.

PD is most often diagnosed in people in their 60s. Young-onset PD (YOPD) is the term used for anyone diagnosed under the age of 50, which occurs in 10-15% of PD cases. Men are 1.5 times more likely to have PD than women.

The causes of Parkinson’s disease are still unknown, but researchers believe it is a combination of genetics and environmental factors. About 10 to 15 percent of all cases of PD are thought to be genetic forms of the disease.

There is no diagnostic test for PD. Physicians rely on a combination of clinical exams and tests evaluating symptoms. Often, a Parkinson’s diagnosis is first made by a primary care physician. Many people seek an additional opinion from a neurologist with experience and specific training in the assessment and treatment of the disease.

Some of the symptoms of PD include:

Tremors or tics in the hands, arms, legs or face

Impaired balance

Rigidity of the limbs and trunk (stiffness in the body or limbs)

Freezing (hesitation when stepping forward)

Micrographia (writing that gets smaller in size)

Mask-like expression (due to a reduction in involuntary facial movement)

Problems with motor control including gradual loss of spontaneous movement and loss of coordination

A diagnosis of PD is life changing but there is much that can be done in terms of incorporating daily exercise and disease-specific programs that improve symptoms, restore function, slow disease progression and increase quality of life. Exercise benefits a Parkinson’s patient with symptom management. Research has proven that specific programs can improve gait, balance, tremor, flexibility, grip strength and motor coordination.

In Monterey County it’s estimated that there are more than 1,500 people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. While studies have shown that exercise benefits patients with PD, Monterey County was lacking in programs and facilities that allowed PD patients to access and take advantage of Parkinson’s-specific exercise and movement programs.

In 2017, Power Over Parkinson’s (POP) was formed to raise funds to enhance the lives of those affected by the disease and support the availability, frequency and access to Parkinson’s-specific exercise through a local exercise program in an environment that embraces empowerment, motivation and social enrichment.

POP devoted a year to understanding wellness strategies, studying successful exercise programs, researching which programs were scientifically most beneficial and finding an accessible and convenient location to hold classes.

In 2019, POP launched its first class in the POP Fit program: High Intensity Interval Training incorporating the Rock Steady Boxing method. A Rock Steady Boxing affiliate, this non-contact program focuses on footwork, balance, coordination, stretching and strength building which are designed to improve balance, strength, endurance and flexibility.

POP fundraising efforts are to directly support patient services and expansion of existing Parkinson’s-specific exercises classes designed to slow symptom deterioration, disease progression and assist families coping with Parkinson’s rebuild and redefine their lives.

Currently, POP is operating under the fiscal sponsorship umbrella of the Action Council for Monterey County’s 501(c)3 and is also supported by a community grant from the Parkinson's Foundation.

There is no quick and easy answer to treating PD, but one thing is true: The more people understand the disease and the ravages it can cause, the more they will want to get involved. You can participate in National Parkinson’s Awareness Month in a number of different ways.

Get involved

The Parkinson’s Foundation has an annual fundraising event called Moving Day. Form or sponsor a team and participate in the walk.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://www.parkinson.org/parkinsons-awareness-month

Monday, March 16, 2020

Twisted Roots Announces Monthly Happy Hour First Thursday of Every Month It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Wine O'Clock

Let's be real: There are some weeks when your work schedule can be rough stuff.

Carmel Valley, CA, March 17, 2020 - Let's be real: There are some weeks when your work schedule can be rough stuff. Maybe you're in back-to-back meetings all day long, or you have an important presentation you're working on after hours. The only thing that's getting you through it all is the glorious happy hour at the end of the tunnel.


It may just be you and your work wife heading to Twisted Roots Tasting Room to catch up, or you've gathered the whole team to check out the new First Thursday Happy Hour at Twisted Roots. Either way, you know there are two things on the agenda: Ordering up some amazing wines and enjoy wood fired pizza, and don’t forget getting a squad pic of everyone together. Now's the time to kick back and relax. Cheers!

Join Twisted Roots on the first Thursday of every month for Happy Hour! We will be featuring wine specials, Fire on Wheels Pizza and more.

We are proud to announce we will have live music for our Happy Hour from 5:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, March 2nd and Game Night on Thursday, April 2nd from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Happy Hours are free events—don’t miss out. Join us at Twisted Roots and get your happy on!

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://www.twistedrootsvineyard.com/events-1/happy-hour-4

Friday, March 13, 2020

Artichoke Festival (May 30-31) continues its Pursuit of Fun, expanding wild and wacky 5K Beach Run, adding two-day, 7-on-7 soccer tournament

Pamplona, Spain may be famous for its annual running of the bulls, but nothing quite compares to the Artichoke Festival’s running of the human vegetables.

Monterey, CA, March 13, 2020 — Pamplona, Spain may be famous for its annual running of the bulls, but nothing quite compares to the Artichoke Festival’s running of the human vegetables.

The festival’s second annual 5K Beach Run takes place May 2 along the sandy, windswept Del Monte Beach in Monterey. The wild and wacky fun run — with participants encouraged to dress as their favorite veggies — is a prelude to the two-day festival to be held this year on May 30-31 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Monterey.


Started in 1959 in Castroville (the Artichoke Capital of the World), the Artichoke Festival has expanded its scope over the years to include musical entertainment, field tours, art competitions, chef demos, a Kids Zone and more. In addition to the Fun Run, the festival has added the first-ever Artichoke Cup Soccer Tournament to be held on both days of the festival.

Twelve corporate teams of 10 adults each will compete in a two-day, 7-on-7 tournament to win the first-ever Artichoke Cup. A portion of proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Monterey Surf Soccer Club. Admission is free to all festival admission ticket holders The winning team will be announced on Sunday afternoon, May 31.

Last year’s inaugural Fun Run proved so popular that the festival has expanded it for 2020. Runners and walkers alike are invited for fun, exercise and goodies on the beach, starting at the Monterey Tides Hotel, 2600 Sand Dunes Dr., Monterey.

Those dressed as their favorite vegetable have a chance to win a free ticket package to the festival. All registered Fun Run participants receive an Artichoke Festival 5K Beach Run T-shirt, a free artichoke in their goodie bag, one free entry ticket to the festival, and restaurant discounts at Monterey Tides, the beautiful boutique hotel on the sands of Monterey Bay.

What’s more, it all benefits charitable causes across Monterey County.

Online registration continues until April 29 at www.active.com. Race-day registration will start at 8 a.m., on Saturday, May 2, in the Bay View Room at the Monterey Tides. The race begins at 10 a.m. on the beach. Course closes at 12:30 p.m.

Registration fees are $40 per individual through April 1 ($45 until April 29). Kids are $10 through April 1 ($15 until April 20), with a T-shirt included. There are military and senior discounts (with ID).

High Resolution Photos and Link To the Run

5k
https://adobe.ly/32faCAv

Festival
https://adobe.ly/2Y9liOy

For more information, visit www.artichokefestival.org.

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

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Yeast of Eden Welcomes their New Executive Chef Steven Patlan

Our new chef Steven Patlan will be rolling out his new menu on March 1st and we would like to introduce him to the community! Additional food photos available.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, March 13, 2020 - Yeast of Eden welcomes their new Executive Chef Steven Patlan, kicking off 2020 with an exciting new menu and specials rolling out March 1st. At age 10 on a kitchen stool next to his mother, Steven discovered that he was always going to cook, and has gained a wealth of culinary knowledge and experience since then. He attended culinary school at the Institute of Technology in Clovis before moving to Las Vegas, sharpening his skills under Alex Strata at Marche Bacchus, and joining the banquet team at Silverton Casino preparing specialty dinners on a private yacht. Following Las Vegas, Steven returned to California as sous chef at Solaire Restaurant in the Hotel Paradox alongside Executive Chef, Ross McKee. In 2012, the Monterey Peninsula beckoned him home to The Inn at Spanish Bay with Executive Chef Todd Fischer, Quail Lodge & Golf Club, the Sardine Factory, Ventana Inn Big Sur, and recently as the Executive Chef at Wild Fish in Pacific Grove.


Steven’s goal at Yeast of Eden is to curate a locally sourced menu from a collection of flavors, spices, and fresh ingredients that inspire him. He is intrigued by global culinary destinations that utilize unique ingredients, flavors, and spices including Jerusalem, Turkey, Morocco, and Cambodia. Steven has a passion for pickling and fermenting which will be frequently incorporated into his dishes. He also plans to work closely with head brewer Andrew Rose to synchronize the beer and food offerings by creating dishes that both compliment and utilize beer as an ingredient in their preparation. Steven wants to establish close relationships and source ingredients from local farmers and fishermen, bringing more seafood and fresh, local produce onto the menu. He is an advocate of locally sourced, aquarium approved, and sustainably farmed products and enjoys participating in community events like Meals on Wheels, Rancho Cielo, and the Prevedelli Farm Dinner in Watsonville each September.

In addition to the new menu rolling out on March 1st, Chef Steven will be frequently offering locally sourced specials in our dining room, bar, and dog-friendly courtyard terrace at Carmel Plaza in downtown Carmel. Hours are 11:30am-9:00pm Sunday through Thursday and 11:30am-10:00pm on Friday and Saturdays.

Contact:
Wendy Walker
Yeast of Eden
General Manager
831.293.8621
Mission St & Ocean Avenue, Suite 112 Carmel Plaza
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Descriptions for dish pictured:

Five Spiced Smoked Duck Breast
forbidden black rice with coconut milk | cauliflower | watercress | fermented cabbage with crispy chili relish | hot pepper chili oil

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://yoebeer.com/dining/

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Mission Days Event to be Held at Mission San Antonio on April 4, 2020

Come to the pristine Valley of the Oaks and enjoy a step backward in time to the mission era.

San Antonio, CA, March 10, 2020 - Come to the pristine Valley of the Oaks and enjoy a step backward in time to the mission era. Attend Mission San Antonio’s annual Mission Days event on Saturday April 4, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Parking and Admission is $10/car. Authentic mission era food will be offered for $10/plate with water and soft drinks also available.

There will be historical re-enactors in costume portraying soldiers, artisans, a vaquero on horseback, musicians and dancers. Mission crafts and activities will be demonstrated, including weaving, blacksmithing, candle making, tortilla making, and much more. Members of Los Arribeños de San Francisco will be performing historical Californio music and dance from the Mission period. Artists will be present to display and offer for sale their original artwork.

Mission San Antonio de Padua, the third oldest Spanish mission in California, was founded by Junipero Serra in 1771. The Mission is a state historical landmark and is on the national register of historic places. The Mission remains an active Catholic parish and retreat center. Mission San Antonio is surrounded by Fort Hunter Liggett, and is conveniently reached by publicly accessible roads. The Mission is located off Jolon Road, at 1 Mission Road, Jolon, CA 93928. For more information visit our website at www.missionsanantonio.net or call 831-385-4478 ext.17.

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