Friday, March 31, 2017

Top 35 Worldwide Destinations to Visit in 2017 Recommended by Popular Travel Bloggers

35 travel bloggers share their recommendations for the best places around the globe to visit in 2017 on Travel – Moments in Time

Bucuresti, Romania, April 01, 2017 - With Easter break and summer vacations fast approaching, those with a passion for travel are looking for trip ideas. Who best to ask for travel tips and recommendations than top travel bloggers? They spend their life traveling, visiting new countries, discovering cultures and cities beyond famous attractions. Travel – Moments in Time - https://travel.prwave.ro, a travel blog with a history going back over seven years, invited 35 travel bloggers to share their top worldwide destinations for 2017.


To make it easier for travel lovers to browse through and read the recommendations, the bloggers' top picks were grouped in two separate articles:

1: https://travel.prwave.ro/top-destinations-for-2017-recommended-by-travel-bloggers-1/
2: https://travel.prwave.ro/top-destinations-for-2017-recommended-by-travel-bloggers-2/

Some of the travel bloggers recommended countries, while others focused on specific cities. The selected destinations are from almost every continent on Earth, which makes this list a perfect go-to source for travel inspiration no matter where you are from or where you want to travel to next.

Some of the top 35 worldwide destinations to visit in 2017 recommended by travel bloggers are Canada, Mongolia, Tanzania, Romania, Slovenia etc.– and for citiscapes: Algarve, Prague, Seoul, Siem Reap, Dresden, Valparaiso and many more.

“I am always looking for new places to discover. I have a list of my own, but I like to explore new destinations as well. The places that other travel bloggers liked, their shared experiences can offer great travel ideas for future trips. I know many people see the experts' blogs as a great source of travel information, so that is why I decided to invite popular travel bloggers, with different experiences and travel styles, to share their top destinations to visit in 2017. I hope this list will help people plan amazing trips to exciting places!” said Violeta-Loredana Pascal, founder of Travel – Moments in Time.

The top 35 worldwide destinations to visit in 2017 recommended by popular travel bloggers and shared on Travel – Moments in Time are a great place to start planning future trips. While browsing these lists, visitors will discover old and new cities, places perfect for adventures, or others better suited for relaxation. History and architecture buffs will enjoy the recommended cities with famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, active travellers should check the hiking opportunities, and paradise seekers will discover splendid beaches or mesmerizing landscapes.

“I can’t imagine a world where people don’t travel, see beautiful sights, find out intriguing facts and meet interesting people,” believes Loredana from Travel – Moments in Time. The blog has been a go-to resource for travellers for the past seven years old and features articles that have been used as travel guides by many people across the globe. On this travel blog, visitors will discover curiosities, travel tips, travel guides and news, famous places to visit, monuments and museums to see, restaurants and hotels to try, and more.

For more information:
Violeta-Loredana Pascal
loredana@prwave.ro
https://travel.prwave.ro

Contact:
Violeta-Loredana Pascal
Str. Caporal Ilina, Bucuresti
loredana@prwave.ro
https://travel.prwave.ro

Carmel Entrepreneur to Open CycleBar Indoor Premium Cycling Studio Franchise in Carmel Rancho Shopping Center

CycleBar is the First Premium and Only Indoor Cycling Franchise in America

Carmel, CA, March 30, 2017 — Successful Carmel entrepreneur Heather Sommers is set to open an indoor cycling studio CycleBar, a new concept in premium indoor cycling that offers a high-energy workout in a concert-like atmosphere, on Carmel Rancho Boulevard in Carmel.

Sommers worked for 25 years in the beauty industry as a self-employed hairdresser, mentor and teacher.

Sommers has also been involved in a number of charities, including Sophisticates of ATSC (Assessment and Treatment Services Center), to support children and families in need of counseling services, Red Rhino Orphanage in Kenya, Africa, that houses 25 children and our local Kinship Center of Monterey County that places children from Monterey County in foster and permanent adoptive homes.

Through CycleBar's CycleGiving®, a philanthropic movement which partners with local organizations and charities, Sommers hopes to create exciting and energetic indoor cycling rides for charitable causes with corporations, private groups, and families to help raise proceeds that benefit their cause.

This not only allows her to give back to the community, but promotes overall health and wellness with a one-of-a-kind fitness and communal experience.

CycleBar Carmel Rancho, which offers a pay-per-class packages and unlimited monthly ride model, with no membership necessary, will open on May 15 at 26135 Carmel Rancho Boulevard A-3.

CycleBar also offers concierge service and amenities, including complimentary towels, showers, lockers, and cycling shoes.

The dynamic classes take place in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre and are led by CycleStar instructors who take participants through a 50-minute high-energy ride fueled by pumping playlists by CycleBeats and CycleStats to drive performance for the riders.

The CycleTheatre features tiers for 48 bikes plus LED lighting, wide-screen graphics and state-of-the-art audio with a DJ booth.

Riders can also track performance data via CycleStats and can download music used in the class session. After class, riders cool down with fresh fruit and enhanced water, while aromatherapy helps guests relax throughout the facility.

CycleBar Carmel Rancho will host a number of upcoming events to celebrate its opening as well as opportunities for local charities to raise funds for their organizations.

They include:

* May 10
CycleBar Carmel Rancho hosts a special “Peek A Boo” event so folks can get a sneak peek at the new CycleBar venue. People can walk through the venue, check out the equipment and facilities, enjoy wine and passed appetizers, listen to tunes from a DJ and meet CycleStar instructors. The event is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at 26135 Carmel Rancho Boulevard A-3. Please RSVP to Marci Bracco at (831) 747-7455 or at marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com.

* May 15-24
CycleBar Carmel Rancho is offering free private rides from May 15-24 to celebrate its opening. Free rides will be offered morning, afternoon or evening. Please RSVP to Heather Sommers at heather.sommers@cyclebarcarmelrancho.com and you will be sent a link to sign up for a free ride. Find out in person how you can rock your ride!

May 25-June 5
Cyclebar Carmel Rancho will be offering free community Cyclebar Rides from May 25-June 5. Rides will be offered morning, afternoon and evening. Please go to Carmelrancho.cyclebar.com to sign-up for your free ride starting May 15.

* June 7
The Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Carmel Chamber will host a joint open house and grand opening ribbon-cutting event from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. Sip wine, savor small bites and enjoy music from a DJ while you tour the facilities, meet and talk to CycleStars AKA: Instructors, get a card for a free ride and win raffle prizes.

* June 6 and forward
At the heart of CycleBar is a passion for giving back to the community. CycleGiving is a philanthropic movement that partners with local organizations and charities to help them raise donations by creating exciting and energetic indoor cycling rides for companies, teams, groups, and families to help raise proceeds that benefit their cause.

CycleBar Carmel Rancho invites community groups, non-profits and charities to host a CycleGiving ride for their group, starting June 5.

Groups need 48 riders to host a fundraising ride, or can share the room with another group with each group providing 24 riders. Charities can make more than $1,000 with one 48-person ride.

CycleBar will provide a CycleStar instructor and staff to facilitate the 50-minute charity ride — as well as access to the community room for a social gathering after the ride. As always, CycleBar will provide all guests with the royal CycleBar treatment, including amenities (shoes, towels, water bottles, fresh fruit, etc.). With any CycleGiving Ride there is no upfront cost to the charity.

June 6 and forward
Cyclebar is passionate about creating connections within the community and also knows how important it is to create Team Experiences in the work-place as well. Cyclebar offers corporate and small businesses another opportunity for team building for its employees.

Cyclebar Carmel Rancho invites local businesses to host their next team building experience at Cyclebar.

CycleBar will provide a CycleStar instructor and staff to facilitate the 50-minute charity ride — as well as access to the community room for a social gathering after the ride. As always, CycleBar will provide all guests with the royal CycleBar treatment, including amenities (shoes, towels, water bottles, fresh fruit, etc.).

For more information or to set up a ride for your group, contact Heather Sommers at
heather.sommers@cyclebarcarmelrancho.com.

About Heather Sommers
Heather Sommers, owner of Heather Sommers, LLC, DBA CycleBar Carmel Rancho, has a strong background as a successful entrepreneur and successful corporate leader.

For 25 years, Heather worked in the beauty industry, where she has successfully developed and maintained a profitable clientele as a self-employed hairdresser. During her last five years in the industry, Heather’s continued growth afforded her the opportunity to employ a full-time assistant, thus allowing her to expand her personal business and income. This gave her another opportunity to teach and mentor another stylist in her field daily.

Her commitment to excellence and education propelled her into teaching roles as a color and haircutting educator/specialist. With her passion for education, it allowed her to join successful companies such as Toni & Guy International and Paul Mitchell Systems, where Heather was fortunate to create and implement curriculums for both companies. Her skills also led her into management opportunities in these companies.

During her employment, Heather was also involved in multiple charities. She was a member of the Sophisticates in Newport Beach that raised money for an Orange County Charity ATSC, to support children and families in need of counseling services. As a strong believer of service/charitable work, Heather also supports an orphanage in Kenya, Africa, Red Rhino Orphanage, which houses 25 children. Heather travels annually to Kenya to visit the children.

Heather is married to Richard Sambado, who is owner of Primavera Marketing Co. in Linden, California, a specialty marketer of cherries, apples and walnuts.

Heather and her husband purchased a home in Carmel 3 ½ years ago and quickly connected with a local charity, The Kinship Center of Monterey County, where she has been a White Party Committee Member for the past 3 years.

Heather lives in Carmel Valley full time with her husband, two kitties and three dogs that are the loves of her life!

CycleBar Carmel Rancho:
Address: 26135 Carmel Rancho Boulevard A-3, Carmel, Ca. 93923
Phone: 209.598.2800
Email: Heather.sommers@cyclebarcarmelrancho.com
Website: Carmelrancho.cyclebar.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/cyclebarCarmelrancho

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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Popular Fisherman's Wharf fishing and whale watching outfit, Randy's Fishing Trips & Whale Watching, sold and will become two outfits to be operated as separate fishing and whale watching enterprises

One of Old Fisherman's Wharf's venerable institutions, Randy's Fishing Trips & Whale Watching, has been purchased and divided into two new outfits, Discovery Whale Watch and J & M Sport Fishing.

Monterey, CA, March 30, 2017 — One of Old Fisherman's Wharf's venerable institutions, Randy's Fishing Trips & Whale Watching, has been purchased and divided into two new outfits, Discovery Whale Watch and J & M Sport Fishing.

The two companies, one focusing on whale watching, the other on sport fishing, will officially open on April 1, with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony set for May 9th at 5:00 p.m.

Randy's Fishing Trips & Whale Watching, which has been operating on the wharf since 1949 and since 1981 by Peter Bruno, was one of Monterey Bay's top whale watching and sport fishing outfits, with two boats operating, the 61-foot Chubasco and the 53-foot Sur Randy our primary boat.

Discovery Whale Watch offers daily 3-4-hour whale watch trips narrated by a marine biologist/naturalist as well as ash scattering trips, private charters and other outings. Their mission statement is: “We strive to provide our passengers with an inspiring, educational experience on Monterey Bay.”

Trips are weather permitting and travel to different locations within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to view whales and dolphins and other wildlife throughout the year.

J & M Sport Fishing specializes in sport fishing trips for a variety of species, including salmon (in season), rock cod, ling cod, Dungeness crab, sand dabs, squid, mackerel, halibut and albacore.

The new owners of the two outfits are John Mayer and Mathew Arcoleo. They are currently updating the Chubasco to make it more comfortable and accommodating as a whale-watching vessel and making Sur Randy a fishing-only boat. They plan on adding a third boat to the fleet, which should be ready in time for the April opening.

About John Mayer
John Mayer was practically destined to become an owner of Randy's Fishing Trips & Whale Watching.

At age 14 he got his first job washing boats at Randy's Fishing. Within a couple of weeks he became a deckhand and by the time he was 18, he had logged enough hours on the ocean to apply for a captain's license. And he got it.

He continued to crew on Randy's boats as well as fill in as skipper when needed. He spent almost a dozen years working at the Fisherman's Wharf institution.

In his late-20s, John decided to join Monterey Bay Whale Watch, where he ended up spending seven years and logged 3,000 trips out into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

“I adapted quite well,” he says of the transition from mostly fishing trips to whale watching. “Whale watching was just as interesting to me, if not more. What really gets me going is I really like to try and figure out what's going on in the ocean. All the little things out there and how it all fits together.”

Born in Santa Cruz, but raised in Pacific Grove, John, now 36, has always had a deep and abiding interest in the ocean. So being a partner in both a fishing and whale-watching enterprise is a dream come true.

“It's something I've been dreaming about since I was a deckhand with Randy's Fishing,” he says. “I've always admired and respected the people doing this. But this is an expensive business to get into and I said I would only do it if the right person came along. And in Mathew, I couldn't ask for a better partner.”

John actually met Mathew through Mathew's daughter, who was an intern with Monterey Bay Whale Watch. When Mathew came to Monterey with his daughter, the two men got to talking and found out they had similar visions.

The result was Discovery Whale Watching and J&M Sport Fishing (J&M taken from their first names, of course), in which they are 50/50 partners.

“We want to educate people and provide a great experience for them,” he says. “We want to tell the story about the ocean, its animals and its environment. And we're putting together an all-star cast to do that.”

About Mathew Arcoleo
Mathew Arcoleo has spent almost 30 years in the high-tech industry in the Bay Area, but his roots are in Monterey and especially on Fisherman's Wharf. You could say it's in his blood.

Mathew's great-grandfather was the first person to start a sport fishing enterprise on Fisherman's Wharf and his grandfather and father both owned Frank's Fishing Trips on the Wharf.

Not only that, young Mathew was affectionally known as a “wharf rat,” hanging out in his dad's shop and working as a deckhand on his boats as a teen-ager before he left for college.

Born and raised in Monterey, Mathew attended Monterey schools as well as Monterey Peninsula College before he left to attend San Jose State, where he got a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He also got his MBA at Santa Clara University and was well on his way to a thriving career in the semi-conductor industry.

But he also knew that he would be drawn back to Monterey some day.

“It's something I'd always thought I'd do one day,” he says about his return to Monterey and a business partnership on the Wharf with John Mayer, a fellow "wharf rat.” “I always thought of Monterey as my home. I even have a boat that I take out fishing or whale watching with my daughter, sons and friends.”

And to solidify the Monterey connections even more, John Mayer was captaining the boat for Monterey Bay Whale Watching when Mathew scattered his dad's ashes at sea; one of the principals of MBWW, Richard Ternullo was a cousin of his; and his daughter, Brooke, worked as a summer intern on one of MBWW's boats, which also happened to be captained by John Mayer.

It was on one of these excursions that Mathew and John started talking about their own venture on the Wharf.

With Randy's for sale, Mathew and John thought it was their chance to fulfill that shared vision, but only if they could do it the right way, and that was with two separate outfits and another boat added to the fleet.

“We believe in having two companies, each one focusing on its core,” says Mathew, who currently lives in Campbell, California. He has a wife, Carrie, an elementary school teacher, daughter and two sons. Mathew hopes to return to Monterey one day. “Discovery Whale Watching is for whale watching. The boats used will be clean and set up for that. J&M Sport Fishing is all about fishing.”

Discovery Whale Watch
J & M Sport Fishing
66 Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, CA, 93940
(800) 251-7440
(831) 372-7440
info@discoverywhalewatch.com
www.discoverywhalewatch.com
www.jmsportfishing.com

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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Amilia K Spicer to Release New Album Wow and Flutter April 28, 2017

New single “Lightning” To Hit Radio in April Radio Promo Tour in March and April Tour Dates with John Gorka in June

Los Angeles, CA, March 30, 2017 - Following a successful run at the prestigious Folk Alliance festival last month, Americana songstress Amilia K Spicer is gearing up for her next single “Lightning,” from her new album Wow and Flutter (out April 28, 2017). “Lighting” will be serviced to radio this week and will go for adds in April. Spicer will hit the road later this month to visit radio stations across the country. Take a listen to “Lightning” here. Spicer will perform songs from Wow and Flutter on April 7th at her acoustic East of West show in Pennsylvania, which will also feature her photographs from Tibet, Nepal and other locales. In addition, Spicer will tour as a special guest with renowned singer/songwriter John Gorka in June. All tour dates can be found at amiliakspicer.com.


“Lightning” follows the first single “Fill Me Up.” The Bluegrass Situation premiered the “Fill Me Up” video, an atmospheric clip that finds Spicer reliving moments of her childhood in rural Pennsylvania, while singing the emotional track.

Wow and Flutter has earned early praise from Popdose, who called it, “One of the best albums, any genre, in the last decade.”

Critics have also previously raved about Spicer and her live performances:

“A fearless performer... in bars, at folk festivals, in house concert settings and in venues surrounded by classical musicians, Spicer has something smart to say." San Antonio Express-News

"Intimate and Dreamy" Los Angeles Times

Wow and Flutter finds Spicer teaming up with keyboardists Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, Foo Fighters) and Mike Finnegan (Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal), as well as Woody Guthrie disciple and singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave. Bassist Daryl Johnson (Stones/Dylan), guitarists Tony Gilkyson (X, Lone Justice) and Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams) appear as special guests. Spicer adds to her piano repertoire by personally adding in guitar, banjo and lap steel. She produced the record; multi-instrumentalist Steve McCormick co-produced and engineered. For mixing, Spicer enlisted Malcolm Burn, who was seminal to many of her favorite records with Daniel Lanois.

About Amilia K Spicer:
Called “fearless” by the San Antonio Express-News, Spicer drew attention the first time she played an LA club on a whim. She was quickly on her way-—to a rare Mainstage Kerrville Folk Festival debut, three Kennedy Center performances, song placements in several high-profile TV shows (Party of Five, Dawson’s Creek), and quirky indie films. In addition to recording Wow and Flutter, Spicer has also produced tracks for other projects. These include lauded contributions to compilations tributing Neil Young (alongside Kristen Hersh, Tanya Donnelly), and Peter Case (with John Prine,,Hayes Carll). She also appeared on the Safety Harbor Kids Holiday Collection, (Billy Idol, Jackson Browne). A sought-after harmony singer and arranger, Spicer is featured on albums by John Gorka and the final Rounder release from the late Bill Morrissey.

For more information on Amilia K Spicer:
Facebook | Twitter | Website | Instagram

See Amilia K Spicer on Tour:

4/7/2017 Arts Education Center Gettysburg, PA Info and Tickets

6/9/2017 The Guthrie Center w/ John Gorka Great Barrington, MA Info

6/11/2017 Club Passim w/ John Gorka Cambridge, MA Info and Tickets

For more information about Amilia K Spicer, Wow and Flutter and tour dates, please contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
chip@mileshighproductions.com
323-806-0400

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
PO Box 93157
Hollywood CA 90093
323-806-0400
chip@mileshighproductions.com
http://www.mileshighproductions.com

Friday, March 24, 2017

State-of-the-art Dance center Move Studios now available for Private events in one of Largest Private Event Space in Monterey County

Move Studios, a state-of-the-art dance and movement center in downtown Monterey, is now available for rent as a space for private events in one of the largest spaces available for such events in Monterey.

Monterey, CA, March 24, 2017 — Move Studios, a state-of-the-art dance and movement center in downtown Monterey, is now available for rent as a space for private events in one of the largest spaces available for such events in Monterey.

With 6,300 square feet of total space, five studios, cutting-edge sound system, basket-woven sprung floors, and plenty of natural light, Move Studios is now one of the most desirable locations for a private event in Monterey County.

In addition to the five studios, the venue has a large reception area, lounge and dressing room. Plans are in the works to add another studio, with Phase 2 to add another 2,500 square feet of space.

The venue is perfect for unique private events, such car events, fundraisers, corporate events and celebrations for those 21 and older.

Move Studios is located in what was originally the historic Union Ice Factory, built in 1930. A major renovation was recently undertaken to revive the buildings. The renovation preserved some of the interesting elements of the past and blended the industrial style with modern elegance and technology.

The rehabilitation and repurposing of the Ice Factory building received the 2016 Preservationist of the Year award from Monterey County.

Kristin Minnich, who was born and raised in Monterey and is an avid lover of dance and a student of ballet, is the owner and founder of Move Studios, which was inspired by Le Centre de Danse du Marais in Paris, the dance co-op where she started dancing as a young adult.

Contact Move Studios for more details on how to plan that perfect event at the perfect space.

About Move Studios
Move Studios is a state-of-the-art dance and movement center in beautiful downtown Monterey.

We offer open classes for teens and adults: all styles, all levels – we have something for everyone. In addition to our weekly classes we will offer Master classes. Our studios will be available for private lessons, choreography, seminars, and workshops.

Our goal is to get people to dance, move, exercise, and have fun! All in a great facility and at a convenient, easy access location with parking.

* We have five studios
* 6,300 square feet of space
* Huge voluminous spaces
* Sprung floors
* Natural light
* Great sound

No registration costs, no monthly dues, no annual fees. Just pay-as-you-go classes. We use MindBody to make it easy to register and pay. Register now online or drop by and we can register you at the front desk!

Move Studios
600 E. Franklin St., Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 324-4919
www.movestudios.com
frontdesk@movestudios.com

Kristin Minnich/Owner:
kristin@movestudios.com

About Kristin Minnich
Kristin Minnich is the owner and founder of Move Studios. She was born and raised in Monterey and is an avid lover of dance and a student of ballet.

She has had the opportunity to travel and take classes at many wonderful studios in urban areas throughout the world and has taken inspiration from what she has learned.

It became a dream of hers to bring a dance center to the active, fitness-loving Monterey Bay Area. After years of raising her two children and renovating old buildings, she finally found the perfect space to bring her dream, Move Studios, to life.

Move Studios was inspired by Le Centre de Danse du Marais in Paris, the dance co-op where she started dancing as a young adult.

She dedicates Move Studios to her mother, Mimi Schramm, who has been dancing for 67 years, and who gave her the inspiration and passion to realize this dream.

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Philadelphia Icon BUNNY SIGLER Releases New Song “Till I See You Again” Mar 24

“Till I See You Again” is the first single from Sigler’s forthcoming Jazz & R&B album, “Young at Heart”

Los Angeles, CA, March 22, 2017 – Living legend, Philadelphia icon, and renowned R&B singer/songwriter Walter "Bunny" Sigler is excited to announce the latest addition to his ever-expanding discography – a new jazz single titled “Till I See You Again”. This song will be released on iTunes and all major digital retail outlets March 24 via Sigler’s own Bunz Music & Records label. “Till I See You Again” is the first single from Sigler’s upcoming album ‘Young at Heart’, which is slated for a summer release. ‘Young at Heart’ features Bunny’s fresh take on the genre of jazz, mixing tunes from the classic standards songbook with several of Sigler’s own compositions and his familiar R&B sound. Each of these tunes, old and new, features Sigler’s signature vocal performances that are bursting with emotion.


“Till I See You Again” is no exception, from the opening harmonies to the catchy chorus, this slow ballad gives Sigler a foundation on which he builds a sound with elements of classics and modern tunes alike. The classic instrumentation invites Sigler’s emotional and powerful voice to paint a truly heartfelt and sweet picture of a man longing for a “special friend” while the two are apart. Sigler notes he has dedicated the song to the late Marvin Morrow who co-wrote the song with Bunny. Tasteful and restrained “Till I See You Again” is a strong start to ‘Young at Heart,’ Sigler’s follow-up to 2015’s “Bundino”.

Lloyd Remick, Bunny’s longtime attorney and personal manager states, “Bunny has done a gospel LP, a Christmas LP and two “love and funk” LP releases over the past decade. With this new release, Bunny presents a standards and jazz album to show his complete versatility - he’s a rare and skilled musician.”

For more information and updates about ‘Young at Heart’ and Bunny Sigler, please visit his website at http://www.BunZMusicAndRecords.com.

About Bunny Sigler:
Philadelphia R&B legend Bunny Sigler continues to share songs that prove his passion for music goes well beyond his beloved soul songs. Bunny’s songwriting for tracks like Instant Funk's "I Got My Mind Made Up", Patti Labelle's "Somebody Loves You Baby", The Whispers' "Bingo", Jackie Moore's "Sweet Charlie Babe" and The O'Jays "Sunshine" are what put him on the musical map. Not only is Bunny skilled with the pen, but he is also a world-renowned singer.

This Philadelphia native began his singing career in churches all over the metropolitan area with songs like "O Lord My God" and "The Lord's Prayer". The industry gave him the nickname “Mr. Emotion” after his heartfelt performances on stage. Creating numerous hits over the span of his career (many of which are still being sampled in today's generation), Bunny continues to write, produce and record new material. He is the co-writer of the song “The Ruler's Back” which was an opening song for Jay Z's album, "Blueprint". Even at over 70 years old, "there ain't no stopping us now" claims Sigler, as he gets continues to write, record, and release new music on a regular basis.

For more information, check out Bunny Sigler at:
http://www.bunzmusicandrecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/BunnySigler
http://www.twitter.com/BunnySigler
http://www.youtube.com/user/MrBunnySigler

For more information or to request a review copy of “Till I See You Again” please contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
chip@mileshighproductions.com
(323) 806-0400

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
PO Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323-871-4821
chip@mileshighproductions.com
http://www.mileshighproductions.com

Friday, March 17, 2017

Vendange Carmel Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Only Wine Themed Hotel Celebrates its Fourth Birthday this April and May

Enter the LOVEWINE Promotional Code and Be Rewarded

Carmel, CA, March 18, 2017 - Vendange is celebrating its fourth birthday this April and May! Book 2 consecutive nights and receive two bottles of complimentary award winning Monterey County Wine to help us celebrate our Fourth anniversary. Wine is being provided by Holman Ranch, Twisted Roots, Cima Collina and Manzoni Wines. To learn more about our wine partners visit: www.holmanranch.com; www.twistedrootsvineyard.com; www.cimacollina.com and www.manzoniwines.com.

This package is only available Sunday – Thursday from April 1 – May 21st in the Holman Ranch, Twisted Roots, Cima Collina and Manzoni Wine themed rooms and available while supplies last. Code:LoveWine (Wine will be selected by the manager on duty upon arrival based on availability.) Offer note valid on holidays and black out days. Promotional code must be entered at the www.vendangecarmel.com website for the discount to apply.) Disclaimer: Call 831-624-6400 to see if the promo is still available for that room type you are requesting.

Vendange’s unique partnerships
From the McIntyre Vineyards room with its impressive 100-year-old grapevine section to J. Lohr’s wine barrel on the balcony, every winery’s room offers a signature luxury experience. The participating wineries include: Blair, Cima Collina, Dawn’s Dream, Galante, Holman Ranch, J. Lohr, Joullian, Manzoni, McIntyre, Otter Cove, Tudor, Twisted Roots, and Ventana.

Each room boasts sleek, modern bathrooms, with imported Spanish marble. Sleeping areas have memory foam-top beds, deluxe linens, and high-definition flat-screen televisions. The separate Cottage Suite offers 650-square-feet of space, with a California king bed, 50-inch HD television, and a kitchenette. It’s the perfect place for a honeymoon or romantic getaway. The Inn offers breakfast daily and wine tasting on weekends.

Vendange is at 24815 Carpenter St. in Carmel, a short drive from the Monterey Peninsula Airport, just off of scenic Highway 1, with free parking for guests. It’s minutes from downtown Carmel’s shopping, fine dining, scenic 17-Mile Drive, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Telephone 831-624-6400; email: reservations@vendangecarmel.com

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hyatt Regency Hotel and Spa Announces April Pinterest Contest

The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa, located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, announces their new Pinterest Contest!

Monterey, CA, March 16, 2017 – The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa, located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, announces their new Pinterest Contest!

Did you know this year Earth Day is celebrating it’s 47th anniversary? In 2020 it will be 50 years!! Each year we learn more about sustainability and Pinterest is an excellent place to share tips from green construction to composting and quotes! Share your favorite pins that represent what Earth Day means to you in our new Pin-It-To-Win-It contest!

To enter the contest simply: Pin It To Win It!

1. Follow us on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/montereyhyatt/
2. Create A Board Titled: Earth Day 2017
3. Add a minimum of 5 of your favorite pins for green construction to composting, quotes and other ways to be “green” with the hashtag #EarthDayHyattRegencyMonterey
4. Email a link your board to: marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com
5. One lucky winner will receive a two-night stay at Hyatt Regency Monterey!
6. Winner will be announced April 22nd in honor of Earth Day!

*Contest runs from March 25th – April 22nd

About Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course:
Nestled in 22 acres of soaring Monterey Pines, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course is a destination resort providing the discerning traveler the quintessential Monterey experience. Its location offers guests close proximity to downtown Monterey and Monterey Airport and easy access to some of the Peninsula’s most well-known attractions. With its warm, contemporary ambiance, elegant furnishings and convenient amenities, the hotel offers both leisure and business travelers a Northern California respite of unmatched serenity and comfort. Features include 550 guestrooms including 32 suites, and the President’s house, TusCA Ristorante, Knuckles Sports Bar, Fireplace Lounge, a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, tennis courts, pools and whirlpools, and 12,000 square foot full service spa. The hotel is located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, California. For information call (831) 372-1234 or visit www.hyattregencymonterey.com.

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

Bluesy Pop Singer-Songwriter, Brielle Von Hugel Releases “StroBluesy Pop Singer-Songwriter, Brielle Von Hugel Releases “Stronger” Featuring B.O.B. (Exodus vs. Sweet & Sour Remix) Out March 20th!nger” Featuring B.O.B. (Exodus vs. Sweet & Sour Remix) Out March 20th!

With her powerhouse pipes and undeniable passion, Brielle Von Hugel charmed millions of viewers on Season 11 of American Idol, reaching the semi-finals.

New York, NY, March 15, 2017 - With her powerhouse pipes and undeniable passion, Brielle Von Hugel charmed millions of viewers on Season 11 of American Idol, reaching the semi-finals. The singer-songwriter has already released numerous original singles and cover songs that have garnered millions of YouTube views and Spotify plays.

After great success with her single “Naked,” Brielle is gearing up to release a brand new remix of her song “Stronger” featuring B.O.B., mixed by House DJs Exodus and Sweet & Sour. The invigorating electronic mix will hit all digital platforms on March 20th, 2017.

In her latest single, Brielle soars through each verse with airy and sultry vocals that build into a vigorous roar, showcasing the immense range in her voice. “Stronger” drips with pure honesty and passion as Brielle belts “say what you want, take down my walls, so I’ve been through it all; been through the fire. Day by day my flame is getting higher.” The song touches on each individual’s life struggles and ‘growing pains’ that continuously make each person stronger. Billboard charting B.O.B. continues the momentum with an intense and rhythmic vocal delivery. His natural rap abilities flow freely through the verse as he proclaims the obstacles that only make him live longer and push him to be more competitive.

New York producer Exodus joins forces with House duo, Sweet & Sour to transform this pop single into an upbeat dance track. The rising producers combine elements of electro, progressive and tropical house to create an irresistible and breezy spring release.

Brielle continues to charm listeners with her unapologetic songwriting and infectious hooks. Her current single, “Naked,” has surpassed 1 million streams on Spotify and is airing on over 40 radio stations! Entertaining Options noted, "A rare artist, Brielle possesses both an astonishing vocal strength and a captivating delicacy. Her voice can stop the world from spinning."

Brielle just finished a North American tour with internet sensation Postmodern Jukebox and will be jetting off to join them again in Europe starting March 20th.

Upcoming Tour Dates

3/20/2017            Colston Hall                      Bristol, UK
3/22/2017            O2 Academy                     Oxford, UK
3/23/2017            Eventim - Apollo               London, UK
3/24/2017            Eventim - Apollo               London, UK
3/25/2017            Le Trabendo                       Paris, France
3/27/2017            Olympia                              Paris, France
3/29/2017            Stadsschouwburg               Antwerp, Belgium
3/30/2017            Heineken Music Hall         Amsterdam, Holland
3/31/2017            Rockhal  Esch-Alzette,       Luxembourg
4/1/2017              Le Silo   Marseille,             France
4/2/2017              Halle Aux Grains               Toulouse, France
4/4/2017              Cirque Royal                      Brussels, Belgium
4/5/2017              Jahrhunderthalle                 Frankfurt, Germany
4/6/2017              Auditorium Erasme            Strasbourg, France
4/7/2017              E-Werk Cologne,                Germany
4/8/2017              Kongresshaus                     Zurich, Switzerland
4/9/2017              Theatre Du Leman             Geneva, Switzerland

4/10/2017            Meistersingerhalle              Nuremberg, Germany

For All Press Inquiries:
Chip Schutzman/Miles High Productions
Chip@mileshighproductions.com
323-806-0400

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Susan Blond/ Susan Blond Group, Inc.
SBlond@SusanBlondGroupInc.com
212-333-7728 ext: 102

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
PO Box 93157
Hollywood CA 90093
323-806-0400
chip@mileshighproductions.com
http://www.mileshighproductions.com

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea announces its Golfer’s Delight Package

Celebrating its 70th Anniversary of European hospitality at the beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, the Theis family proudly announces its Golfer’s Delight to their valued guests.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, March 14, 2017 - Celebrating its 70th Anniversary of European hospitality at the beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, the Theis family proudly announces its Golfer’s Delight to their valued guests. Each room 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 .


Golfer’s Delight
The Hofsas House Hotel has partnered with one of the Monterey Peninsula’s best golf courses. Book a stay at the Hofsas House and add on a round of golf. Experience the immaculate green grasses of the historic Quail Lodge Golf Club. Play a 18-hole round of golf for two including shared cart and range balls. Cost is an additional is $ 125.00 per person or $250 for two. When booking use promotion code: HHQUAIL

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 PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.hofsashouse.com

Monday, March 13, 2017

Clement Palo Alto Offers Guests Unique ‘Wine and Wheels’ Wine Tasting Experience Package Featuring Exotic Cars, Wines and Gourmet Food

The Clement Palo Alto teams up with Woodside Vineyards and its Auto Vino venue for a unique “wine and wheels” wine tasting experience.

Palo Alto, CA, March 14, 2017 — The Clement Palo Alto teams up with Woodside Vineyards and its Auto Vino venue for a unique “wine and wheels” wine tasting experience.

Located only 5 miles from the hotel in Menlo Park, Auto Vino and Woodside Vineyards share the same location to produce a unique destination in the Bay Area for both car enthusiasts and wine lovers.

Auto Vino is a storage facility for exotic cars and fine wines. It’s a clean and friendly place to experience some the world’s best designed and engineered automobiles while enjoying a glass of Woodside wine.

Woodside Vineyards is one of the oldest California wineries and one of the first to pioneer the “boutique winery” movement in the state. The variety of wines are produced from locally grown grapes in Woodside and Portola Valley. Some of the vineyards managed and harvested are from vines over 100 years old.

The car and wine experience includes:

>Wine tastings for two (4-5 wines)
>Lunch with a choice of wood-fired brick oven Neapolitan pizza or half-pound gourmet cheeseburger
>Tours of the Auto Vino’s exotic car showroom and the Woodside Vineyards’ barrel room.

Times: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between noon and 4 p.m. (by appointment only).

Cost: $75 for two guests.

Our Concierge can assist you in customizing your experience. We are also happy to arrange transportation of your choice for your convenience for an extra fee. We have options ranging from a Town Car, Stretch Limo, Passenger Van or SUV or a Stretch SUV Limo.

Please call one of our staff member at (650) 322-7111 to book this special package.

About The Clement Palo Alto
The Clement Palo Alto opened its doors March 2016 and is one of the most innovative, personalized and unique luxury hotels in the country.

With 23 spacious and richly appointed one-bedroom suites, The Clement Palo Alto sets a new standard for personalized luxury accommodations in a contemporary residential-style atmosphere.

While unparalleled service is key to any great luxury hotel, The Clement Palo Alto takes its impeccable service to another level with an all-inclusive concept, including personalized concierge services, breakfast, lunch and dinner in an on-premise location of the guest's choice. All wine, beer and cocktails, in-room mini-refrigerator (stocked with the guest's favorites), and fully-stocked Guest Pantry available around the clock, are just a few of the amenities included in this all-inclusive experience.

In fact, The Clement Palo Alto is more than all-inclusive, it is all-exclusive, catering exclusively to the guest's personal tastes and desires.

The Clement Palo Alto is ideally located across from Stanford University and next to downtown Palo Alto, with its award-winning restaurants, world-class shopping and upscale spas. It is just 45 minutes south of San Francisco and only 30 minutes north of San Jose, not only making it convenient, but easily accessible to the world-famous sights and myriad activities of both cities.

Overall, The Clement Palo Alto offers a unique, one-of-a-kind 6-star experience in the heart of Silicon Valley with unparalleled personal service, all-inclusive luxury and privacy in a warm, inviting and luxurious residential environment.

The Clement Hotel
711 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94301
650.322.7111
www.theclementpaloalto.com

About Woodside Vineyards & Auto Vino
Located in the hills above the San Francisco Bay, Woodside Vineyards has been family owned since its founding in 1963. They are credited for being one the first wineries to pioneer the “boutique winery” movement in California, as well as being the oldest winery in San Mateo County. Some of their vines are over a century old. In fact, their premium Cabernet wines come from the legendary La Questa vines first planted by E.H. Rixford in 1884.

Their focus is crafting small-production vineyards located in the Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation growing region.

Woodside's founder, Bob Mullen began producing wine from little more than one acre of grapes at the original Winery on Kings Mountain Road, in 1960. Three years later the winery became bonded, or licensed, to sell Bob's creations. Woodside has grown to manage, harvest and produce wines from over 47 acres throughout the Woodside community.

Auto Vino is an exclusive event venue featuring dozens of rare and exotic cars from the past and present covering over 20,000 square feet. The space can hold up to 150 guests and offers wine tastings and onsite gourmet catered food featuring a wood-fired pizza oven with options to build your own menu.

Woodside Vineyards
205 Constitution Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Call (650) 851-3144
http://www.woodsidevineyards.com/

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

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Roadcase Royale Featuring Nancy Wilson, Liv Warfield to Release Debut Single “Get Loud” On iTunes March 17

Roadcase Royale to Play Live Debut Performance at Rock Against MS Event in Los Angeles on March 25

Los Angeles, CA, March 09, 2017 – Roadcase Royale, the new band featuring Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield formerly of Prince’s New Power Generation, premieres the live performance video of their debut single “Get Loud” exclusively with RollingStone.com beginning March 8. This video premieres along with an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone and Nancy Wilson about Roadcase Royale and Heart. “Get Loud” will officially be released to streaming and digital retail providers on March 17 and is currently available to preorder through iTunes. “Get Loud,” premiered during the Concert For America live stream on January 20 and a lyric video of “Get Loud” is currently available to view on the band’s official website, http://www.roadcaseroyale.com.


Roadcase Royale’s musical talent shines in “Get Loud.” The song begins with a laid-back groove, providing a solid acoustic and electric foundation for Warfield’s vocals – all about getting loud and standing up for women’s equality. “Get Loud” blends this important message with the groups R&B and rock influences, resulting in a uniquely powerful track. “Get Loud” will take center stage at the fifth annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert, which will take place on Saturday, March 25th at the historic Los Angeles Theatre. Nancy Wilson will perform songs in an all-star band during the event, and Roadcase Royale is the evening’s headlining performer for the band’s live debut performance.

More about ROADCASE ROYALE:
Led by former Prince collaborator Liv Warfield and Nancy Wilson, co-founder of Heart, ROADCASE ROYALE has a rich background in rock and R&B. Warfield, Wilson, and their bandmates bring their decades of experience from the upper echelon of the music industry to ROADCASE ROYALE, along with a renewed sense of direction and drive. Joining Wilson and Warfield are Warfield’s lead guitarist and musical director Ryan Waters and Heart veterans Dan Rothchild (bass), Ben Smith (Drums) and Chris Joyner (Keys). Each of these members shine in ROADCASE ROYALE with their various sensibilities creating the group’s sensitive, passionate, and driving rock and R&B sound.

Follow ROADCASE ROYALE on:
Official Site: http://www.roadcaseroyale.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roadcaseroyale/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roadcaseroyale/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoadcaseRoyale

More about ROCK AGAINST MS:
The 5th ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS BENEFIT CONCERT & AWARD SHOW will be hosted by comedians Bill Burr (Breaking Bad/Date Night) and Craig Gass (Sex in the City/Howard Stern Show). This amazing evening is comprised of comedy, music, art and awards – This special night is to raise awareness and educate the public about multiple sclerosis, while raising money to build the first of many MS resource centers across the Nation and outreach program services. The RAMS Foundation will present seven (7) amazing individuals the Platinum People Award as they honor the humanitarian spirit of extraordinary individuals who have shown courage, compassion, and unselfish character. Renowned artist Joey Feldman, rising-star Max Goldsmith and famed performance artist Norton Wisdom will be hosting an art exhibit of powerful paintings and Giclee prints up for sale, with proceeds going to the Rock Against MS Foundation.

For More Information and Tickets for Rock Against MS:
http://www.rockagainstms.org
http://www.facebook.com/rockagainstMSfoundation
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1433377

For more information or a review copy of ”Get Loud” please contact:

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
PO Box 93157
Hollywood CA 90093
323-871-4821
chip@mileshighproductions.com
http://www.mileshighproductions.com

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Linqto and Western Independent Bankers Launch New Apps Store for Banks

Community Banks Brand and Distribute High Demand Apps to Consumers. New Revenue Model for App Vendors. Community Banks can now compete with Big Banks and Win.

San Francisco, CA, March 08, 2017 – Linqto, a leading Silicon Valley-based software firm that has created award-winning high-demand banking, video chat and business software since 2008, in partnership with Western Independent Bankers (WIB) have launched their new and cutting-edge WIB App Store for banks. This next-level platform offers a wide variety of high-demand lifestyle Fintech apps for member banks to rebrand and distribute to customers. In addition, the one-of-a-kind storefront supports a new revenue-generating system as vendors increase adoption and monetize their apps. With the WIB App Store, community banks can now compete with big banks by offering innovative technology to their market at a fraction of the typical industry cost quickly and easily. Now, community banks can attract new markets, develop existing customers and advertise their bank utilizing mobile device screens.

Check out the short informative video on: http://www.linqto.com/Linqto.aspx.


Why a WIB App Store is important

Typically, millennials do not visit a bank branch and instead discover banks using their phones. Large banks are responding. BBVA has 24 apps on the Apple Store. USBank has 43. Community banks and credit unions can only afford one app, their mobile banking app. Discoverability by non-customers is impossible since the user must be an existing customer to access the app. Linqto provides the delivery of new Fintech software as a service. The Linqto Platform creates a revolutionary new marketplace where banks can brand new software and use it with their customers. Automatically. In an online store. Community banks and credit unions can now afford to compete with the largest banks by providing customers the latest financial technology.

To meet growing consumer demand for progressive smartphone and app offerings, big banks have invested substantial resources in creating their own financial lifestyle apps, leading to increased sales and improved customer satisfaction. Community banks, however, have been marginalized by development costs resulting in an inability to disrupt the market stronghold.

Now, with this new platform offered by Western Independent Bankers, member banks can compete and win with customized applications designed to appeal to a multitude of demographics. "Western Independent Bankers has a recognizable name and large footprint with community banks," said Bill Sarris, CEO of Linqto. "Via this strategic partnership with WIB and WIB Service Corporation, more than 800 community banks will have "storefront" access to the latest Fintech apps. We can bring brand loyalty and market share to these banks through the Linqto Platform."

Linqto will deliver the WIB App Store through its automated delivery platform. The Linqto Software Delivery Platform allows financial institutions to choose the latest high-demand Fintech apps from a digital storefront and within minutes, the app is uniquely branded with the bank's name and logo. That app is then immediately available for internal bank testing and, upon completion, is automatically distributed to the major app stores, Apple and Google. With a process that is expeditious and fully automated, the WIB App Store also offers a collection of non-Fintech lifestyle apps that are rapidly gaining popularity with the millennial generation.

"All of our banks want to appeal to the digital generation and develop customer loyalty through service and innovation," said WIB President & CEO Michael Delucchi. "By using the WIB App Store, banks can now transform the customer experience without the white-label and branding costs that have traditionally kept them confined to the standard banking transaction app. There is a framework of opportunity here, and we're excited to see our members take advantage of it."

Publicity Contacts:
Wendy Brickman (831) 594-1500 or brickman@brickmanmarketing.com
Marci Bracco (831) 747-7455 or marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com

Linqto Contact:
Bill Sarris, CEO, Linqto, bill@linqto.com 831-521-3605

About Linqto
Linqto is a Silicon Valley based software company specializing in enterprise solutions for banking and new Fintech applications. Linqto’s engineers specialize in financial software; at Intuit working on Mint and Quickbooks and at NCR building ACH, wire transfer and bill pay systems. American Banker named Linqto one of the “Top Ten Tech Companies to Watch”. Linqto received the Top Award in the Monarch Innovation Awards, in previous years awarded to Chase. Wells Fargo, City and Bank of America. For more information www.linqto.com.

About Western Independent Bankers and WIB Service Corporation
For eighty years, Western Independent Bankers (WIB) has been the premier networking and educational organization for community banks across the Western United States. With over 22,000 members from 140 financial institutions, WIB advances a landscape of learning designed to inform, educate, and connect industry professionals with the resources and services necessary for maximum personal and organizational performance. WIB Service Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of WIB, conducts a strenuous selection process before putting the stamp of approval on an elite group of products and services that meet the highest industry standards and help WIB member banks to reduce costs, operate more efficiently, and compete more effectively. For more information, visit www.wib.org.

To schedule an interview with Bill Sarris, CEO of Linqto, call Wendy Brickman at (831) 594-1500 or email brickman@brickmanmarketing.com.

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

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa Celebrates Earth Day and is Committed to Helping the Environment All Year Long

Want to travel while also doing something good for the planet. On April 22, hundreds of thousands of people across the globe will celebrate the 36th annual Earth Day

Monterey, CA, March 05, 2017 -- Want to travel while also doing something good for the planet. On April 22, hundreds of thousands of people across the globe will celebrate the 36th annual Earth Day, pitching in to clean up local roads and waterways, abandoned parking lots and city parks in what has become an annual rite of spring.

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa shows their commitment to the environment and their local communities with programs that ranged from a naturalist-led beach clean to shutting the lights in all unoccupied rooms, and employees turned out to volunteer at dozens of local green efforts. These activities take place throughout the year.

In honor of Earth Day, Friday, April 22nd, the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Spa in Monterey is offering the following promotions:

The hotel will give out “Plant Your Pencil” to the first 100 guests who check in on April 22nd. #TravelGreen #InAHyattWorld. The pencils come in five different herb varieties including Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, Cherry tomatoes and mint

TusCA Ristorante will be featuring menu specials appealing to locavores, vegetarians, and vegans using both locally grown and organic ingredients. In addition the hotel will offer specials paired with Twisted Roots sustainable wine.

Earth Day 2017 Specials

Mixed greens with endive, roasted pear, Laura Chanel goat cheese, spiced walnuts,
and Carmel Valley Honey vinaigrette.
Seared Chilean salmon, artichoke pesto, roasted heirloom potatoes,
grilled asparagus, herb salad.

Wine Pairing Includes:
Twisted Roots Chardonnay (a very light, "Chablis" style wine)
Cabernet Sauvignon, multiple award-winning

In addition, Hyatt has an ongoing commitment to green meetings. At Hyatt, we have the same commitment to caring for the earth as we do to caring for our guests. Follow these 10 steps to reduce the environmental impact:
1. Plan Ahead. Surprises are lots of fun, but not for meetings. Provide us with your meeting info and event orders 10 days in advance to reduce the use of last minute resources.
2. Please Recycle. Commit to using the recycling bins provided by the hotel at all functions, meetings, offices and guest rooms – making it easy to be green. Recycling services vary by property.
3. Print local. It's better to print it there than bring it there. It's even better to print on recycled paper – we're here to help you coordinate all your printing needs and will provide you with a list of recommended environmental printing services.
4. Ship Less. Shipping meeting materials wastes fuel, paper, plastic, energy and water. So, no more than one pallet of materials can be shipped to the hotel for each 100 rooms occupied and no more than ½ pallet going home.
5. Take what you need. Rather than handing out pens and note pads, place all meeting materials in a central location so meeting attendees can take only what they need.
6. Ban the bottle. Drinking lots of water is good. But not from a plastic bottle. Instead, use reusable bottles and refill at conveniently located filtered water stations.
7. Waste not. While we're at it, let's eliminate the use of other disposable products at meetings. Exceptions can be made for Boxed meals and poolside service.
8. Keep it comfy by setting reasonable meeting temperatures. Set the meeting room temperature at an agreed-upon number and keep it there. Not too hot, not too cool is just right.
9. Eat Local. Don't think of it as just a meeting, think of it as chance to sample the local flavor. Our seasonal banquet menus feature locally grown and sourced products.
10. Use Recycled Products. Your ideas will look just as smart on 100% recycled paper. Other items, such as menus and pens should have at least some recycled material too.

About Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel& Spa on Del Monte Golf Course:
Nestled in 22 acres of soaring Monterey Pines, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course is a destination resort providing the discerning traveler the quintessential Monterey experience. Its location offers guests close proximity to downtown Monterey and Monterey Airport and easy access to some of the Peninsula’s most well known attractions. With its warm, contemporary ambiance, elegant furnishings and convenient amenities, the hotel offers both leisure and business travelers a Northern California respite of unmatched serenity and comfort. Features include 550 guestrooms including 32 suites, and the President’s house, TusCA Ristorante, Knuckles Sports Bar, Fireplace Lounge, a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, tennis courts, pools and whirlpools, and 12,000 square foot full service spa. The hotel is located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, California. For information call (831) 372-1234 or visit http://www.hyattregencymonterey.com/.

About Twisted Roots:
Certified Green Growers
At Twisted Roots, we believe in letting the grapes speak for themselves. Partners Josh and Julie Ruiz stated that, “We feel that our work in the vineyard is the genesis for the flavor and overall complexity of our wines. As Lodi Certified Green Growers we follow sustainable farming practices throughout the entire winemaking process.”

The certification of Twisted Roots as a green grower includes two components: The Lodi Rules practice standards, and a Pesticide Environmental Assessment System that measures the impact of all organic and synthetic pesticides used during the year. The vineyard is audited annually by a third party to verify farming practices, and may not exceed a maximum number of points calculated using the system.

Among the Certified Sustainable Practices are the following:
· Integrated Pest Management: Twisted Roots limits crop protection to only essential measures, and creates and maintains a habitat for natural enemies of certain pests. For example, the family plants specific types of grasses in its “1918” Old Vine Zinfandel vineyard to help attract beneficial insects.
· Air Quality Control: Twisted Roots plants cover crops of native grasses in and around its vineyards to minimize dust, and limits tractor usage to reduce air pollution and conserve energy.
· Land Stewardship: The family integrates the management of the vineyards with the ecosystem by providing riparian zones, maintaining vernal pools, protecting wildlife habitat, and installing nesting boxes for birds and bats. To combat a growing problem of coyotes chewing up irrigation pipes, workers began leaving buckets of water for the coyotes. Now the coyotes eat the rodents, leaving the irrigation alone.
· Water Management: Vineyard workers constantly monitor soil moisture and measure the vines’ water needs. They regulate water usage through careful irrigation scheduling, and constantly maintain and service irrigation systems to ensure maximum efficiency.
· Soil Health: Believing that healthy soil leads to great wines, Twisted Roots adds organic matter by planting cover crops and by utilizing compost. Experts control fertilizer and irrigation to maximize nutrition in the soil, which results in higher quality, more concentrated fruit. Each year analysts run soil and plant tissue tests to determine the needs of the vineyard.
· Human Resources: People are the foundation of great sustainably grown wines. Twisted Roots workers receive comprehensive training and development that enables them to perform their jobs safely and maximize their ability for year-round employment.

The Twisted Roots family creates a sustainable vision for the farm that provides the foundation for sustainable winegrowing. This philosophy helps ensure the long-term health, biodiversity and productivity of the farm and the surrounding ecosystem. All of the Twisted Roots’ farming practices can be evaluated to determine whether they move the vineyard toward or away from this vision.
In the end, sustainability keeps the Twisted Roots’ family close to its land, and helps ensure that future generations will get to enjoy that land and all of its bounty.

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers Launches Minimus Institute

MPSC extends its quality outpatient care nationally with Minimus Institute, a national referral center offering patient-focused surgical care in a concierge setting

Monterey, CA, March 03, 2017 — Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers (MPSC), a highly respected surgical care provider and the largest locally-owned outpatient surgery organization in California, performs nearly 17,000 surgical procedures in 13 specialties annually. Every day more than 70 individuals and their families trust MPSC for their surgical care. MPSC's esteemed team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and patient service providers have been delivering extraordinary care to the communities of Monterey, Salinas and Santa Cruz for over 35 years.

MPSC and its surgeons are recognized leaders in outpatient surgical care as measured by the high demand for its services, extremely low infection rates, 99% patient-satisfaction scores and affordable, transparent pricing. If MPSC was a hospital, it would rank No. 4 in the state in the number of outpatient surgeries performed annually.

Although the majority of MPSC’s patients reside in Northern and Central California, in the last five years, MPSC has attracted patients from 47 states and 10 countries seeking the most advanced surgical care.

Now, through Minimus Institute, which launched November 2016, MPSC is extending its services to patients living outside the Monterey, Santa Cruz and Salinas areas. Through Minimus Institute, MPSC will meet the unique pre and post-operative needs of patients traveling for surgery, including facilitating the surgeon-patient relationship, arranging physician consultations and booking travel accommodations, to ensure patients receive a stress-free experience. Since its launch last year, Minimus Institute has served patients from Oregon, Alaska and throughout California.

Minimus is a national surgery referral center that offers access to world-class surgeons and arms patients with real-time data on outcomes, infection rates, patient satisfaction scores and transparent pricing, all in a concierge setting. Minimus Institute strives to empower patients to make the most informed decisions about their care and guide them through their surgical experience.

Minimus Institute will begin with spinal surgery, but will expand to include orthopedic surgery, general surgery, gynecologic surgery and many other specialties.

“Patients can visit our website at MinimusInstitute.com to view up-front, all-inclusive pricing, patient satisfaction scores and infection rates to help them make an informed decision regarding their surgery options," said Thomas D. Wilson, Managing Partner and CEO of MPSC and Minimus Institute. “Minimus provides patients an outstanding surgical experience with great value as measured by an optimum combination of quality, service and price. Because surgery is all we do, our hallmarks are efficiency, clarity and excellence. Our goal is to deliver surgery a better way. We strive to be pioneers in arming our patients with knowledge and we want to enable patients to make well-informed decisions.”

By leveraging the organization’s high-quality care and excellent patient experience with transparent pricing and outcomes, Minimus seeks to demystify the patient/surgery/doctor interaction.

Minimus' prime objective is to become recognized as a national destination surgery center or “beacon” for patients, insurance companies and self-insured groups seeking the most advanced and least invasive outpatient surgery in a setting featuring transparency, value and great outcomes. Patients can also access up-front, all-inclusive surgical pricing at http://minimusinstitute.com/procedures/.

About Minimus Institute:
Minimus Institute is a national state-of-the-art surgical institute located in a beautiful setting on California's Central Coast, providing patients access to world-class surgeons and exceptional value. Offering transparent pricing and clear, comprehensive outcome information and patient-satisfaction scores, Minimus demystifies the surgical-care experience allowing patients to make the most informed decisions about their care. To learn more go to http://minimusinstitute.com/.

About Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers (MPSC):
MPSC and its surgeons are recognized leaders in outpatient surgical care as measured by the high demand for its services, extremely low infection rates, 99% patient satisfaction scores and affordable, transparent pricing. It is known for performing complex surgery, including total joint replacements, major spine surgeries, hysterectomies, breast reconstruction and thyroidectomies in the outpatient setting. In excess of 31,500 surgical procedures across 13 specialties are performed annually at MPSC by its 190 physicians on staff.

High Resolution Photos Available: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zo7s0a27obvtu3x/AACyJlJ5-2eFvdzSOg4awhUwa?dl=0

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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

San Joaquin Valley Residents Can Now Take Advantage of Monterey, California-Based Minimus Institute’s Patient-Focused Surgical Care, World-Class Surgeons, Innovative Transparent Pricing and Outcome Reporting System, offered in a Concierge Setting

Minimus Institute, a Monterey, California-based national referral center offering state-of-the-art outpatient surgery to patients and self-insured groups throughout the country

Monterey, CA, February 02, 2017 — Minimus Institute, a Monterey, California-based national referral center offering state-of-the-art outpatient surgery to patients and self-insured groups throughout the country, is now taking patients from San Joaquin County including Fresno, Tulare, SLO, Madera, Merced, Mariposa and Stanislaus and is the first surgery center to offer county residents transparent pricing on its website http://minimusinstitute.com/pricing/.

With Minimus, San Joaquin County residents can travel to the beautiful coastal city of Monterey and receive nationally renowned patient-focused surgical care in a concierge setting, featuring world-class surgeons and an innovative transparent pricing and outcome reporting system.

Although the majority of their patients reside in Northern and Central California, in the last five years, Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers (home of Minimus Institute), has become a national center, attracting patients from 47 states and 10 countries seeking the most advanced minimally invasive surgery.

“Patients can visit our website at MinimusInstute.com to view prices, patient satisfaction scores and infection rates to help them make an informed decision regarding their surgery options," said Thomas D. Wilson, Managing Partner and CEO of Minimus Institute/MPSC. “Minimus provides patients an outstanding surgical experience with great value as measured by an optimum combination of quality, service and price. Because surgery is all we do, our hallmarks are efficiency, clarity and excellence. Our goal is to deliver surgery a better way. We strive to be pioneers in arming our patients with knowledge and we want to enable patients to make well-informed decisions.”

By leveraging the organization’s high-quality care, excellent patient experience combined with transparent pricing and outcomes, Minimus seeks to demystify the patient/surgery/doctor interaction.

Minimus' prime objective is to become recognized as a national destination surgery center, or “beacon,” for patients, insurance companies and self-insured groups seeking the most advanced and least invasive outpatient surgery in a setting featuring transparency, value and great outcomes.

At Minimus, surgical care is provided at one of Monterey Peninsula Surgical Center’s locations around Monterey Bay. MPSC is the largest locally-owned outpatient healthcare facility in California, performing nearly 17,000 surgical cases annually. Every day more than 70 individuals and their families trust MPSC for their care. And, their esteemed team of surgeons and staff have been supporting patients for more than 35 years.

With Minimus, distance is not an obstacle to keep patients from the surgery they deserve. It is surgery and care worth traveling for.

Minimus Institute:
Minimus Institute is a national state-of-the-art surgical institute located in a beautiful setting on California's Central Coast, providing patients access to world-class surgeons and exceptional value. Offering transparent pricing and clear, comprehensive outcome information and patient-satisfaction scores, Minimus demystifies the surgical-care experience allowing patients to make the most informed decisions about their care. To learn more go to http://minimusinstitute.com/.

Background on Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers:
Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers (MPSC) and its surgeons are recognized leaders in outpatient surgical care as measured by the high demand for its services, extremely low infection rates, 99% patient satisfaction scores and affordable, transparent pricing.

MPSC is known for performing complex surgery, including total joint replacements, major spine surgeries, hysterectomies, breast reconstruction and thyroidectomies in the outpatient setting. In excess of 31,500 surgical procedures in 13 specialties are performed annually at MPSC by its 190 physicians on staff.

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

Alaskan Residents Can Now Take Advantage of Monterey, California-Based Minimus Institute’s Patient-Focused Surgical Care, World-Class Surgeons, Innovative Transparent Pricing and Outcome Reporting System in a Concierge Setting

Minimus Institute, a Monterey, California-based national referral center offering state-of-the-art outpatient surgery to patients and self-insured groups throughout the country

Monterey, CA, February 02, 2017 — Minimus Institute, a Monterey, California-based national referral center offering state-of-the-art outpatient surgery to patients and self-insured groups throughout the country, is now taking patients from Alaska and is the first surgery center to offer Alaska residents transparent pricing on its website http://minimusinstitute.com/pricing/.

With Minimus, Alaskans can fly to the beautiful coastal city of Monterey and receive nationally renowned patient-focused surgical care in a concierge setting, featuring world-class surgeons and an innovative transparent pricing and outcome reporting system.

Although the majority of their patients reside in Northern and Central California, in the last five years, Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers (home of Minimus Institute), has become a national center attracting patients from 47 states and 10 countries seeking the most advanced minimally invasive surgery.

“Patients can visit our website at MinimusInstute.com to view prices, patient satisfaction scores and infection rates to help them make an informed decision regarding their surgery options," said Thomas D. Wilson, Managing Partner and CEO of Minimus Institute. “Minimus provides patients an outstanding surgical experience with great value as measured by an optimum combination of quality, service and price. Because surgery is all we do, our hallmarks are efficiency, clarity and excellence. Our goal is to deliver surgery a better way. We strive to be pioneers in arming our patients with knowledge and we want to enable patients to make well-informed decisions.”

By leveraging the organization’s high-quality care, excellent patient experience combined with transparent pricing and outcomes, Minimus seeks to demystify the patient/surgery/doctor interaction.

Minimus' prime objective is to become recognized as a national destination surgery center, or “beacon,” for patients, insurance companies and self-insured groups seeking the most advanced and least invasive outpatient surgery in a setting featuring transparency, value and great outcomes.

At Minimus, surgical care is provided at one of Monterey Peninsula Surgical Centers’ locations around Monterey Bay. MPSC is the largest locally-owned outpatient healthcare facility in California, performing nearly 17,000 surgical cases annually. Every day more than 70 individuals and their families trust MPSC for their care. And, their esteemed team of surgeons and staff have been supporting patients for more than 35 years.

With Minimus, distance is not an obstacle to keep patients from the surgery they deserve. It is surgery and care worth traveling for.

Minimus Institute:
Minimus Institute is a national state-of-the-art surgical institute located in a beautiful setting on California's Central Coast, providing patients access to world-class surgeons and exceptional value. Offering transparent pricing and clear, comprehensive outcome information and patient-satisfaction scores, Minimus demystifies the surgical-care experience allowing patients to make the most informed decisions about their care. To learn more go to http://minimusinstitute.com/.

Background on Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers:
Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers (MPSC) and its surgeons are recognized leaders in outpatient surgical care as measured by the high demand for its services, extremely low infection rates, 99% patient satisfaction scores and affordable, transparent pricing.

MPSC is known for performing complex surgery, including total joint replacements, major spine surgeries, hysterectomies, breast reconstruction and thyroidectomies in the outpatient setting. In excess of 31,500 surgical procedures in 13 specialties are performed annually at MPSC by its 190 physicians on staff.

High Resolution Photos Available: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zo7s0a27obvtu3x/AACyJlJ5-2eFvdzSOg4awhUwa?dl=0

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

Overindulge on St. Patrick's Day? A Spoonful or Two of Honey Can Help Make That Hangover Go Bye-Bye!

Had a little too much fun on St. Patrick's Day? Well, relief is just an arm's length away in your own cupboard. There's a sweet and simple cure for a hangover — honey. Yes, honey.

Carmel, CA, March 01, 2017 - Had a little too much fun on St. Patrick's Day? Well, relief is just an arm's length away in your own cupboard. There's a sweet and simple cure for a hangover — honey. Yes, honey.

Honey is touted by natural health advocates and scientists alike for its ability to aid the body in quickly breaking down all the green beer and Irish whiskey you consumed on St. Paddy's Day.

Hangovers are uncomfortable, because of the way the alcohol breaks down in your body, according to Dr. John Emsley of the Royal Society of Chemistry. It first turns into a substance called acetaldehyde, which has toxic effects on the body.

Emsley says that alcohol creates the euphoric feeling associated with drinking it, while the acetaldehyde is what causes the dire symptoms of a hangover.

Alcohol is converted into acetaldehyde, which causes the nausea, possible vomiting and headache suffered in a hangover.

But how does honey help a hangover?

Honey doesn't "cure" a hangover. And total prevention of a hangover is only possible by not having those green beers in the first place! But honey does help with the symptoms.

Honey helps with a hangover in part because it provides sodium and potassium to your system, which helps it deal more effectively with the alcohol.

In addition, honey provides fructose that helps your liver more readily metabolize the alcohol into your body, thus ending the hangover period faster.

So honey, and lots of rest, are among the best cures for that throbbing headache and nausea.

Some people find that honey on a piece of toast does the trick. Toast can provide you with a little potassium and sodium, both of which aid in the task of digesting all that alcohol.

It's also recommended that before you turn in, stir a couple of spoonfuls of honey into a glass of hot water and drink it.

When you wake up, take 2 to 6 teaspoons of honey and continue this dose every 20 minutes according to how severe the hangover is.

At breakfast, take another 4 teaspoons. This calms the effects that the alcohol has on the body and removes any cravings there are.

“The fructose in honey is an essential compound that helps the body break down alcohol into harmless by-products,” says Dr. Emsley.

And what better way to get rid of a hangover than by locally sourced, organic honey from the Carmel Honey Company, a company created by 14-year-old honor student Jake Reisdorf of Carmel?

Reisdorf, over the past four years, has ambitiously educated himself on the art and science of beekeeping, a hobby he has turned into a thriving family business as the teenaged CEO of Carmel Honey Company.

But his quest is more important than tending hives (he has 70) and peddling honey, which he currently sells in four varieties (orange blossom, sage, wildflower, and Meadowfoam) to more than 80 clients, including many of California's best restaurants.

Jake is a passionate advocate of supporting and preserving bees and bee colonies, which are dying out at an alarming rate.

Crop pollination by honey bees is responsible for one-third of all of the food consumed by mankind, so if the bees go away, so will the earth's foliage. If the plants die, scientists say, humans will follow within three years.

As if his efforts weren't already noble enough, Reisdorf also has created a nonprofit charity, "Jake Gives Back," from which he generously donates funds from Carmel Honey Company to organizations that promote honey bee research and education efforts.

His 2016 beneficiary was the National Honey Board, 2015 beneficiary was the El Nino Bee Lab at the University of California Davis, and the 2014 recipient was the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Winery.

Carmel Honey Company has a wide variety of honey products, from honey sticks to small and large jars of honey.

So say bye-bye to that hangover with a sweet and simple cure — honey!

More information about Carmel Honey Company and "Jake Gives Back" can be found on the company website (which, of course, Jake built mostly by himself) at www.carmelhoneycompany.com, by calling 831-687-8511, or via email at info@carmelhoneycompany.com.

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