Monday, November 11, 2019

Carmel French-American Bistro Etats-Unis Hosts Bark-N-Brunch Events on Sundays for You and Your Dog

Carmel French-American Bistro Etats-Unis wants you to bring your dog to brunch for a mimosa at its weekly Bark-n-Brunch events starting Dec. 1, 2019.

Carmel, CA, November 12, 2019 - Weekends are for sleeping in, tidying up your home, and enjoying a delicious brunch. And now, you can enjoy your eggs Benedict with your dog by your side. Etats-Unis welcomes brunch lovers and their pets to enjoy mimosas together at their weekly Bark-n-Brunch events.

Starting Dec. 1, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., you can enjoy Etats-Unis’ French-American menu while your doggie can select from a pup friendly menu created by Chef Soerke.

Plus, your four-legged companions can also enjoy a Puppuccino — fresh, steamed organic milk — while you enjoy mimosas made with fresh oranges pressed to order from Etats-Unis’ old-fashioned French juicer.

To top it all off, 10% of all brunch sales benefits Max’s Helping Paws Foundation, a Monterey Peninsula non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for pet owners with a pet in a health crisis.

About Etats-Unis
Located in Carmel, California, Etats-Unis pronounced (eh-taz-oo-nee) means United States, which represents Chef Soerke Peters’ menu choices and cooking techniques. Incorporating local ingredients into traditional French cooking from the Old World has always been a passion of his. Going back to basics is bringing back memories of his grandmother cooking in the kitchen in Germany. Experience traditional French comfort food prepared with an emphasis on taste, not theatrics. Savor favorites like Bouillabaisse, Escargot, Ratatouille, Charcuterie and much more. Chef Peters is a leader in sustainability on the Monterey Peninsula. Sourcing only the freshest local ingredients. Organic and farm to fork are not just words in his kitchen. He was just awarded the Ocean Hero Award from the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey for his responsible sourcing of seafood and preserving our oceans for generations to come.

Etats-Unis
831-238-6010
www.etatsuniscarmel.com
Breakfast & Lunch, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday - Sunday
Dolores Street between Sixth & Fifth avenues
Carmel, CA 93921

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

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Twisted Roots Winery Makes Holiday Shopping Easy with wine discounts, Free shipping, Gift packs

When it comes to spreading Christmas cheer this holiday season, nothing brings more joy than the gift of wine.

Carmel Valley, CA, November 08, 2019 - When it comes to spreading Christmas cheer this holiday season, nothing brings more joy than the gift of wine.

Let Twisted Roots Winery be your holiday headquarters for unique gifts that will surely bring smiles to any adult friend or family member.

It all starts with Black Friday, widely regarded as the first official day of the Christmas shopping season. Always celebrated on the day after Thanksgiving, this year’s Black Friday madness occurs on Nov. 29.

Avoid the chaotic shopping malls and head to sunny, tranquil Carmel Valley. Twisted Roots will offer a 30 percent discount on cases (including mixed varietals) purchased from the tasting room at 12 Del Fino Place. The discount extends to the online store (coupon code is CYBER) at www.twistedrootsvineyard.com/online-store, and includes free shipping.

What follows Black Friday? Cyber Monday, of course. Twisted Roots has you covered, offering free shipping from its online store, along with 40 percent off select varietals.

Interested in holiday gift packs? The Twisted Roots tasting room makes it easy to “grab-and-go with a pretty bow!” Pair an Old Vine Zin with a Chardonnay, or a Petite Sirah with a Sparkling Brut Rosé — all with savings of 30 percent off (tasting room only).

Finally, Twisted Roots offers gift certificates. Available on the bar in the tasting room, they allow the recipient to shop for what they want, when they want!

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Carmel Jewish Film Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Award-Winning Movies, Speakers, Receptions March 7 – 22, 2020

The 10th Annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival (CJFF), featuring 10 films from six countries, noted speakers, and panel discussions, will be held March 7-22, 2020.

Carmel, CA, November 07, 2019 - The 10th Annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival (CJFF), featuring 10 films from six countries, noted speakers, and panel discussions, will be held March 7-22, 2020. Starting in December, film and venue information, dates, and times can be found on the CJFF website (www.carmeljff.org). Tickets will be available either through the website or by calling (800) 838-3006 starting at the beginning of January.

Festival highlights include:

OPENING NIGHT (MARCH 7)

“Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles”

When "Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway in 1964, it explored themes of tradition, religion, and anti-Semitism against a modern backdrop of radical social change that addressed gender roles, sexuality, and race. Rare archival footage and interviews with musical luminaries explore the legacy of this long-running, award-winning musical. London and Broadway theater star Alexandra Silber will entertain following the film and talk about her book, After Anatevka. A reception will precede the film.

“VIOLINS OF HOPE” (MARCH 8)

Marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Violins of Hope will visit Northern California and make an appearance at the Carmel Jewish Film Festival. Some of these violins were played in concentration camps to entertain Nazis and lift the spirits of fellow prisoners; others were played in ghettos and labor camps to earn money for food. These instruments were restored in Israel and are a testament to the remarkable resilience of the human spirit. The CJFF is partnering with the Monterey County Symphony and Chamber Music Monterey for this event.

Following a film about the Violins of Hope, renowned violinist Cookie Segelstein of Berkeley, CA, will play some the actual instruments, tell their stories, and talk about the cultural significance of music in Jewish communities in Eastern Europe. This program is part of Violins of Hope San Francisco Bay Area, presented in association with Music at Kohl Mansion, Burlingame, CA. A reception will precede the film, and a private reception with Cookie Segelstein at a private home will follow the event.

“BUDAPEST NOIR” (March 14)

The CJFF will host a Q&A with award-winning filmmaker Éva Gardos following this thriller set in Budapest in the politically fraught autumn of 1936. The film follows a scrappy reporter as he probes the murder of a femme fatale, leading him into the dark crime underworld. Francis Ford Coppola gave Gardos, born in Hungary, her first job in film, working as a production assistant on Coppola’s epic “Apocalypse Now”. She went on to establish a career as a film editor (“Valley Girl”, “Mask”, “Bastard Out of Carolina”), working with distinguished directors such as Barbet Schroeder, Peter Bogdanovich, and Anjelica Huston.

Éva’s screenwriting and feature film directorial debut, “An American Rhapsody”, starred a young Scarlett Johansson. The film is based on the true life events of Éva’s family escaping from Hungary in the 1950s and being forced to leave their infant child (Éva) behind. Éva spent six years in Hungary with foster parents before rejoining her biological parents in America. The film won many prizes on the Festival Circuit and was released by Paramount Classics.

“THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ” (March 15)

Partnering with the Catholic Diocese, the CJFF will screen a Canadian film “The Accountant of Auschwitz”. In 2015, 94-year-old former German SS officer Oskar Groning admitted his guilt and went on trial. But bringing war criminals to justice asks fundamental moral questions with few simple answers. From Nuremberg to the new alt-right, this documentary is a stark reminder to “never forget”.

CLOSING NIGHT (MARCH 22)

The CJFF also will partner with the local Muslim community for the Closing Night selection Abe, a Brazilian film centered on a teen curious about his family’s Middle Eastern culinary heritage. A reception with Israeli and Arab dishes will precede the film.

As the only Jewish film festival in Monterey County, we serve all residents with our efforts to promote understanding, respect, and cooperation through education using the medium of film. While informed by a uniquely Jewish sensibility, our films communicate themes and messages with universal appeal to a wide audience drawn from the Monterey Peninsula and beyond. Our festival’s accompanying programs further engage mind and heart through discussion and social interaction. We hope that our festival will help bridge cultural and religious differences and contribute to community solidarity and peace.

Additional information about all films and events, including ticket prices, can be found on the Carmel Jewish Film Festival website (www.carmeljff.org).

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

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

There’s a Gift inside Every Gift Purchased at Goodwill Central Coast — your Holiday Shopping Headquarters

What if you could buy someone a holiday gift that would keep on giving long after the wrapping paper is recycled?

Salinas, CA, November 06, 2019 - That’s the reality when shoppers comb the aisles or the online store at Goodwill. Each purchase enables the community-based nonprofit to better fund its job-training and employment placement services — so you’re actually giving twice.

Make Goodwill Central Coast your holiday headquarters — from setting your Thanksgiving table to finding that perfect gift on Black Friday and beyond.

Thanksgiving
Goodwill Central Coast stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day, allowing employees time with their families. But gearing up for Turkey Day has never been easier thanks to the wide range of items Goodwill sells at lower-than-retail prices.

Find deals on platters, wine glasses, table runners, silverware and more. Or create that perfect DIY tablescape with marked-down items such as candles, ornate pumpkins and decorative linens.

Black Friday
The busiest shopping day of the year begins at 7 a.m. at all Goodwill Central Coast stores. Find 25 percent off all items marked with a colored tag, along with Door Buster specials on new goods (including cookware).

Arrive early and stay late for two daily drawings in each store, where you could walk away with special merchandise.

Other special shopping days
There’s always a good excuse to shop at Goodwill during the Season of Giving. Join us for Small Business Saturday (Nov. 30), Sorting Sunday (Dec. 1) or Giving Tuesday (Dec. 3). Except for Thanksgiving, our stores are open throughout the holiday season.

Stocking Stuffer Campaign
Throughout December, all Goodwill Central Coast stores will put an emphasis on stocking stuffers priced in four categories (under $20, under $10, under $5, and under $2).

The list of stocking stuffers is as long as your imagination, but popular items include jewelry, games, earbuds, phone chargers, candy, ornaments, decorative mugs and books.

Donations
Remember, if you’re not in the shopping frame of mind, you can donate new and gently used items to Goodwill — all treasures for someone else to find and turn into jobs. From home pick-ups to tax write-offs, Goodwill makes donating as easy as possible. Find out more at www.ccgoodwill.org.

About Goodwill Central Coast
Goodwill Central Coast, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, began in 1928 in the city of Santa Cruz and today has expanded into three counties: Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo. Goodwill Central Coast now employs more than 600 people, including employment training professionals, sales personnel, donation center attendants, warehouse and distribution workers, and administrators. Its programs strengthen communities by improving job growth, the lives of individuals and families, and the health of our environment. Each year Goodwill assists more than 9,000 job seekers get back to work and reclaim financial and personal independence. Goodwill provides a positive learning environment that creates brighter futures through connecting people to meaningful work.

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

Goodwill Central Coast CEO Moving to New Position in Goodwill Organization; Board of Directors to Begin Executive Search

The Goodwill Central Coast Board of Directors today announced that CEO Ed Durkee will be moving to a new position as CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida in Orlando.

Salinas CA, November 05, 2019 - The Board said that Durkee leaves Goodwill Central Coast on sound financial footing and that the strength of the management team and Board will contribute to successfully move the organization through the transition.

The Board has also appointed Tom Moran as interim CEO effective upon Durkee’s departure date of December 13. The Board has formed a search committee and will hire a search firm to begin a search for a new CEO.

“We are entering this transition as a strong organization,” said Board Chairman Tom Strait. “We wish Ed all the success in his new position. He leaves Goodwill Central Coast in good shape, allowing a new CEO to seamlessly continue Goodwill’s important work.”

Durkee has been the CEO at Goodwill Central Coast since 2013.

About Tom Moran
Tom Moran has been CFO of Goodwill Central Coast since the beginning of 2018. He previously served on the organization’s Board of Directors from 2009-2014, including holding the role of Board Chair in 2013. Tom brings to Goodwill 20 years of experience in retail strategic planning and finance, including CFO roles at Conn’s, Inc., and at West Marine, with prior experience at ARAMARK, Limited Brands, and CarMax Auto Superstores. He has a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the College of the Holy Cross, and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Tom and his wife Lindora enjoy hiking and the many other outdoor activities that California has to offer.

About Goodwill Central Coast
Goodwill Central Coast, a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization, began in 1928 in the city of Santa Cruz and today has expanded into three counties: Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo. Goodwill Central Coast now employs over 600 people, including employment training professionals, sales personnel, donation center attendants, warehouse and distribution workers, and administrators. Its programs strengthen communities by improving job growth, the lives of individuals and families, and the health of our environment. Each year Goodwill assists more than 13,000 job seekers get back to work and reclaim financial and personal independence. Goodwill provides a positive learning environment that creates brighter futures through connecting people to meaningful work.

Goodwill Central Coast
1566 Moffet Street
Salinas, CA 93905
(831) 423-8611
https://www.ccgoodwill.org

Media inquiries: Marci Bracco Cain at 831-747-7455 or marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com

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

Monday, November 4, 2019

Interim’s OMNI Resource Center needs volunteers, donations for its annual Thanksgiving feast in Salinas

For many the holiday season brings bountiful joy, but for others it can create loneliness, anxiety and depression.

Salinas, CA, October 04, 2019 - For many the holiday season brings bountiful joy, but for others it can create loneliness, anxiety and depression.

Each year the OMNI Resource Center in Salinas hosts a lunch on Thanksgiving Day, serving about 150 people hungry for more than food.

A program run through Interim Inc., which provides services and affordable housing for those with mental illness, OMNI needs volunteers and donations to help with this year’s meal on Nov. 28.

Guests at this special holiday lunch represent not only members of Interim’s housing program, but also the homeless, those with limited income, and/or those with no family.

The lunch gives attendees more than just a meal; they also make new friends, gain a sense of community, and get a meal to take home for later in the evening.

There are many volunteer opportunities to not only help brighten their day but also give hope for their future.

Donations can be dropped off at the Pajaro Street Wellness Center in Salinas (339 Pajaro St., Suite A). Deadline is Nov. 12 for non-perishables, and Nov. 15 for fresh food. OMNI needs everything from oval roasting pans to food items such as turkeys, spiral-sliced hams, boxes of stuffing mix, chicken broth, jars of cranberry sauce, cans of whipped cream and much more.

Volunteers are needed to cook food, but also to help register and usher guests, to serve food and clean up.

Volunteers (aside from cooks) will be asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 28 for a quick training followed by lunch. Cooks will be asked to bring prepared food by noon on Nov. 27.

Anyone interested in donating to the Thanksgiving lunch or volunteering their time, should contact Lisa Corpuz at (831) 800-7530 x431 or email lcorpuz@interiminc.org.

ABOUT INTERIM INC.
Interim’s mission is to provide services and affordable housing supporting members of our community with mental illness in building productive and satisfying lives. Interim is a private nonprofit organization that provides a unique combination of support services, housing and treatment for adults with mental illness in Monterey County. Services provided include affordable supportive housing, residential treatment, mental health and dual-recovery services, case coordination, therapeutic services, outreach and intensive support for homeless adults, supported education and employment, day treatment and peer support.

ABOUT THE OMNI RESOURCE CENTER
The OMNI Resource Center offers peer-led programs promoting wellness and recovery, as well as recreational and social opportunities. Wellness programs are free and open to anyone with mental health challenges. Programs are also offered off-site at other community locations. No referral is necessary. The OMNI Resource Center is located at the Pajaro Street Wellness Center, 339 Pajaro St., Salinas, CA, 93901. The center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Interim Inc will be hosting an Open House at Shelter Cove on December 6, 2019 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Interim Inc will be hosting an Open House at Shelter Cove on December 6, 2019 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM and will offer Holiday Treats and Tours of the remodeled facility. 613 Bayonet Circle, Marina, CA.

Monterey, CA, October 03, 2019 - The need transitional housing has been identified by Monterey County’s Coalition of Homeless Services Providers Local Continuum of Care. According to the 2017 Monterey County Homeless Census, approximately 28% of the homeless have serious mental illnesses and approximately 34% have substance use disorders.

Those who are homeless and in need of transitional housing often have a wide variety of needs to address before they are ready to move on to a permanent, independent living arrangement. Examples of common barriers to stability include lack of an income source (employment and/or access to benefits), history of untreated or undiagnosed mental illness, physical illnesses, substance use issues, a lack of basic life skills and deep emotional traumas. Interim staff at Shelter Cove offer case management, individual and group counseling, collaborative treatment planning focused on symptom management, social/family functioning and activities of daily living, coordination with psychiatric and other healthcare providers, including transportation if needed, medication education and support, linkage to community resources, recreational and social activities and peer counseling and support.

Residents of the Shelter Cove Program have private bedrooms and share the common living areas. The Bridge House Academy, a successful dual-diagnosis (mental illness and substance addiction) rehabilitation program located nearby, is available to all residents of Shelter Cove as well as, individual and group counseling and peer support groups for people for whom a day rehab program is not indicated. For example, clients in Shelter Cove are strongly encouraged to work, go to school, or do volunteer work. There is a resident manager available at night for emergencies. Residents pay 30 percent of income or the General Assistance set amount for rent. The maximum length of stay is one year.

· Interim originally acquired the Shelter Cove property under the McKinney Act from the US government as part of the decommissioning of Ft. Ord and has successfully operated transitional housing at this site for adults with mental illness since 1996.

· The Shelter Cove site formerly had 32 bedrooms. We have added seven bedrooms to the project by converting ground-floor community spaces into bedrooms. The ground-floors of these units are large enough to accommodate these renovations easily (approximately 1,000 square feet in shared space). These additional bedrooms were added without changing the exterior footprint of the buildings and were completed at a fraction of the cost of new construction. Adding these seven beds to Shelter Cove (now 39 beds) allows Interim to increase the number of homeless/at-risk individuals it serves from 45 to 65 individuals per year, an approximate increase of 22%.

· We have converted ground floor powder rooms in these units into full baths by adding showers. This conversion, in addition to the new ground floor bedrooms will better accommodate mobility-impaired residents. Although these units are not fully ADA compliant due to floor plan constraints, they are more accommodating for residents unable to climb stairs.

· Additionally, the kitchens of these seven units have been completely remodeled with new cabinets, flooring, countertops and appliances. Kitchen storage has been optimized as well. All Shelter Cove residents cook for themselves in the shared kitchens. The remodeled kitchens better accommodate multiple cooks.

We will be hosting an Open House at Shelter Cove on December 6, 2019 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM and will offer Holiday Treats and Tours of the remodeled facility. 613 Bayonet Circle, Marina, CA.

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

Friday, November 1, 2019

Nest Boutique in Pacific Grove Celebrates its 20th Anniversary with Special Shopping Events in November

Phyllis Davis is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her women’s wear shop Nest Boutique in Pacific Grove and she says she owes it all to the love and support of her loyal customers.

Pacific Grove, CA, October 31, 2019 — Phyllis Davis is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her women’s wear shop Nest Boutique in Pacific Grove and she says she owes it all to the love and support of her loyal customers.

“I’m just amazed and feeling very blessed,” says Davis, when asked about her thoughts on celebrating 20 years in business. “Somehow in this world of online shopping and big box stores, a little family boutique has survived. A lot of it is due to our wonderful customers. Without them, we wouldn’t be here. I love showing my clients designer fashions that are fashionable, flattering and fun!”


With that in mind, Davis and Nest are hosting two special events in November to celebrate its 20th anniversary, a one-night-only shopping event for VIP customers and a weekend event in which a percentage of proceeds from sales go to three local charities.

The event for VIP customers will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, where VIP customers will be treated to a night of shopping and mingling with bubbles and nibbles, a special 20th anniversary gift for all attendees and a drawing to win a $200 gift certificate — every shopper is eligible! The drawing will be held at 7:30 p.m. and you must be present to win the gift certificate.

In addition, for every $100 spent during the month of November, VIP customers will receive a $20 gift certificate to shop in December only. The certificate would be valid December 1 – December 31, 2019.

The community event supporting Nest’s 20th anniversary and its charity partners will be held all day Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17. Each charity partner will receive 20% of all sales for the day:

•Friday, November 15, I-Help, Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program •Saturday, November 16, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

•Sunday, November 17, Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP)

On Sunday, AFRP will have a table and adoptable animals in front of the shop from 12 – 2 p.m.

Customers will get a chance to meet someone from the charity, pick up some information on the organization, shop and support a good cause with their purchase.

To RSVP for any of the events, call/go to xxx.

“This celebration is to show our customers what their patronage has meant to us,” she says.

Nest started life in The Barnyard Shopping Village in Carmel in 1999, and moved to its current Grand Avenue location in Pacific Grove in January 2005. Davis and her husband Mitch and her mother and stepfather Bonnie and Milt became partners in the venture. In fact, Davis’ mother came up with the name for the boutique.

“My mom was all excited and she asked me, ‘Can we call it Nest?’, ” says Davis about starting the business venture. “I asked her, ‘What does that have to do with women’s fashions?’ ‘Well, we want it to be a warm and welcoming place don’t we? Like a nest.’”

Her mother loved clothes and had a background in retail, owning and running both The Attic on Cannery Row and The Cottage Collection in The Crossroads Shopping Center. She was very close to her mother, whom customers called “The Bulldog” for her dogged enthusiasm, and likening their relationship to Lucy and Ethel of the “I Love Lucy” TV show.

With her mom’s sales acumen, her stepdad’s knack for woodworking and cabinetry, her husband Mitch’s business mind and her jack-of-all-trades skills, Nest thrived, allowing her and Mitch to also pursue their other love: the theater.

“I started acting at age 14, my first show on the Monterey Peninsula was nine years later in 1978, and I met Mitch in a production of ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ at the Outdoor Forest Theater,” she says. “Nest is my daytime passion, theater is my nighttime passion.”

While Nest started out as a women’s wear boutique, it has earned a reputation as the place to go for special occasion wear — weddings, formal events, and so forth.

“We have everyday casual wear, all the way to bridal wear and everything in between, that’s why our slogan is ‘From Blue Jeans to Bridal, Nest Has It All!’ ” she says. “Mitch calls it the ‘world’s smallest department store.’ ”

As for whether there are any plans in the future for expansion or other measures, Davis says they just want to keep serving the community as best they can.

“We’re happy, so we want to keep it simple and easy,” she says. “We don’t need a lot of drama, we’ll leave that to the stage!”

About Nest Boutique
For the best selection of women's clothing and formal wear, come to Nest Boutique! Opened in 1999 by Phyllis Davis, her husband Mitch, and her parents Bonnie and Milt, their shop is the perfect place for all your clothing needs. Phyllis was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula. She and her husband enjoy performing in many local theater productions. Phyllis runs the shop and enjoys helping customers or ordering new merchandise! Trust our friendly team to do whatever we can to make you happy!

Nest Boutique
229-B Grand Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
nestinpg.com
831-333-9184
phyllis@nestinpg.com

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Sip, Buy and Save a Furry Friend! Raise a glass of De Tierra wine and help animal welfare charities in Monterey County

Buy a bottle (or two!) of De Tierra’s 2016 Frannin Red Blend and 10% of all purchases go to a rotating list of animal charities, including Animal Friends Rescue Project; Peace of Mind Dog Rescue; Max’s Helping Paws; and Birchbark Foundation.

Monterey, CA, October 29, 2019 - Buy a bottle (or two!) of De Tierra’s 2016 Frannin Red Blend and 10% of all purchases go to a rotating list of animal charities, including Animal Friends Rescue Project; Peace of Mind Dog Rescue; Max’s Helping Paws; and Birchbark Foundation.

De Tierra co-owners Dan McDonnal and Alix Bosch not only embrace sustainable winemaking, they are passionate dog owners who are committed to helping the health and welfare of our four-legged friends. Their 2016 Frannin Red Blend is inspired by and named after their two beloved dogs, Freya and Annin, De Tierra’s official, four-legged ambassadors who are considered local celebrities in dog-friendly Carmel-by-the-Sea, and who can be found greeting visitors at the De Tierra Tasting Room at Mission Street and 5th Avenue.

De Tierra will kick off this tail-wagging campaign by hosting four separate parties through October 2020, at its tasting room in downtown Carmel. At each event, individual charity partners can reap extra rewards. Wine and animal lovers will be able to sip and save by attending events during these months:

Animal Friends Rescue Project will be having an adoption night from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at De Tierra. The event includes complimentary nibbles, and all wine purchased during that night will benefit Animal Friends, which will receive double the rewards for every purchase.

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue will hold its double-the rewards adoption night on Feb. 7, 2020, at De Tierra Tasting Room in Carmel.

BirchBark Foundation will hold its double-the rewards adoption night on August 2, 2020, at De Tierra Tasting Room in Carmel.

For more Information call (831) 622-9704, or go to www.detierra.com.

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

Monday, October 28, 2019

Second Concert of Monterey Symphony’s 2019-2020 Season, ‘Ovation,’ Nov. 16-17, 2019, Features Guest Pianist Kun Woo Paik

The second concert of the Monterey Symphony’s six-concert 74th season “Ovation” will be held Nov. 16-17, 2019, with pianist Kun Woo Paik returning to the Symphony to perform two piano concerti.

Monterey, CA, October 29, 2019 — The second concert of the Monterey Symphony’s six-concert 74th season “Ovation” will be held Nov. 16-17, 2019, with pianist Kun Woo Paik returning to the Symphony to perform two piano concerti.

Max Bragado-Darman will conduct Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27, KV 595, and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15, with guest pianist Paik.

Paik, winner of the Naumburg award and gold medallist at the Busoni International Piano Competitions, is considered one of the finest pianists of his generation.

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27, KV 595 is his last piano concerto ever written. Myths surrounding both its composition and premiere give the work an air of mystery.

Elegant in nature, the Mozart is complemented by Johannes Brahms’ 1st Piano Concerto, the first work Brahms ever premiered from the piano! Although Brahms was only 25 when he composed the work, the melodies are mature and sophisticated. The piece was composed two years after Schumann’s death and explores a complex set of emotions. Schumann played an important role in Brahms’ life and it is hard to not see the connection between them in some of his works.

Paik came to prominence at the age of 10 performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Korean National Orchestra. His international career took off soon after with his first New York recital at the Lincoln Center and his orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall.

Paik has collaborated all over the world with the most renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Neville Marriner, Jiří Bělohlávek, Vladimir Jurowski, Dmitri Kitaenko, Paavo Järvi, and Ivan Fischer, with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, BBC Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, and the Deutsche Bremen Kammerphilharmonie. He has recently performed with the New York Philharmonic, Lucerne and Berlin Symphony orchestras and given recitals at Carnegie Hall, La Scala, the Mariinsky Theatre and all over Asia and Europe. His numerous recordings appear on BMG, Decca and Deutsche Grammophon. Kun Woo Paik studied at the Juilliard School in New York with Rosina Lhevinne and worked with Ilona Kabos, Guido Agosti and Wilhelm Kempff.

Performances on Saturdays are at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. One hour prior to every performance there will be a pre-concert lecture in the Hall of Sunset Center.

Subscriptions are available. Please contact the box office for availability at (831) 646-8511. For more information and pricing visit:
https://www.montereysymphony.org/subscriptions.htm

Single tickets are now on sale at www.montereysymphony.org.

The Symphony’s season continues with Concert No. 3, Feb. 15-16, 2020, and features two massive symphonic works, both weaving elegant stories for the listener. The fourth concert of the season is set for March 14-15, 2020, and features guest conductor Oleg Caetani making his debut with the Symphony.

Concert No. 5, April 18-19, 2020, features Symphony favorite, violinist Judith Ingolfsson, performing Brahms’ violin concerto. The sixth and final concert will highlight works by Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler and be conducted by Symphony Music Director Max Bragado-Darman.

The roster of special events, luncheons and dinners includes six preview luncheons hosted on the Thursdays prior to each concert and five supper clubs to be held on Sundays after the matinee concerts (through April). Special Events culminate on May 17, 2020, with the Finale Celebration to give the Maestro a send-off worthy of his 15 years at the helm of the Symphony.

Concert 3: February 15-16, 2020
February’s program features two massive symphonic works, both weaving elegant stories for the listener. Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations are comprised of 14 separate movements sketching a different friend or close acquaintance. Rather than depicting the person as a whole, a single element of their personality or relationship with Elgar is illustrated musically. The movement titles contain cryptograms or keys to the identity of the subject! Elgar started the work casually at the piano as an exercise to capture someone musically, and evolved it into a large and beloved symphonic work.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is based on the Arabian Nights. Replete with Russian folk melodies, many excerpts of this piece are used for Olympic figure skating – making it a well-known and recognized work. Rimsky-Korsakov worked tirelessly on this composition, along with his ornate Russian Easter Overture and the completion of Alexander Borodin’s opera Prince Igor. The work features stunning and virtuosic violin solos — not to be missed!

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
Edward Elgar / Enigma Variations, Op. 36
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov / Scheherazade, Op. 35

Concert 4: March 14-15, 2020
Guest conductor Oleg Caetani hails from Italy and is making his debut with the Monterey Symphony. The son of famed conductor and composer, Igor Markevitch, Caetani completed his formal training at the Moscow Conservatory and graduated from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. He won the RAI Competition and third prize at the Karajan Competition in Berlin.

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. The piece, sans first movement, was used by choreographer George Balanchine for Diamonds, the third and final part of his ballet Jewels. 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.

Oleg Caetani, one of the greatest conductors of his generation, moves freely between symphonic and opera repertoire. Caetani has conducted all over the world including: La Scala in Milan, the Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, the Royal Opera House in London, the Opera House in San Francisco, the Musikverein in Vienna, Lincoln Center in New York and Suntory Hall in Japan, working with the greatest soloists of our days.

Oleg was chief designate at the ENO in 2005, chief designate 2002-2005 for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Music Conductor and Artistic Director for the same orchestra from 2005 to 2009. Before that, Caetani was the Principal Conductor for the Staatskapelle Weimar, First Kapellmeister of the Frankfurt Opera and GMD in Wiesbaden and in Chemnitz.

Oleg Caetani, guest conductor
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Symphony No. 3, Op. 29
Dmitri Shostakovich / Symphony No. 15, Op. 141

Concert 5: April 18-19, 2020
A Monterey Symphony favorite, violinist Judith Ingolfsson returns in April to perform Brahms’ violin concerto. Judith is currently Professor at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart and co-artistic director and founder of the Festival “Aigues-Vives en Musiques” in France.

Brahms’ violin concerto was written for Joseph Joachim and is the only violin concerto he wrote. Marked by soaring melodies for the violin, it contains some of the most challenging passages for the instrument.

Jean Sibelius’ 2nd Symphony was started in Italy and completed in Helsinki. Sibelius himself declared the work “a confession of my soul.” The piece was premiered with the composer conducting and received three back-to-back sold out performances! A beloved work, after his wildly popular tone poem Finlandia, the 2nd Symphony is Sibelius at his finest with whimsical touches throughout!

Violinist Judith Ingolfsson is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, uncompromising musical maturity, and charismatic performance style. Based in Berlin and enjoying a global career, she performs as soloist, chamber musician and in recital as the Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel. The New York Times has characterized her playing as producing “both fireworks and a singing tone” and Strings Magazine described her tone as “gorgeous, intense, and variable, flawlessly pure and beautiful in every register.”

Ingolfsson studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has also been appointed to the violin faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
Johannes Brahms / Violin Concerto, Op. 77
Judith Ingolfsson, violin
Jean Sibelius / Symphony No. 2, Op. 43

Concert 6: May 16-17, 2020
The season concludes with Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler. Both of these works require intense playing from the orchestra and give our fabulous Monterey Symphony the chance to boldly shine! Strauss’ Don Juan is a powerful tone poem for large orchestra featuring many passages used for Symphony auditions. The piece is based on the unfinished poem Don Juans Ende which tells the story of a man searching for love, which he never finds.

Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler, or “The Titan,” was composed in 1887–1888 in Leipzig and premiered in 1889. There are as many as six versions of the work, as Mahler was impassioned about perfecting it. He borrowed from some of his own works, and highlighted certain lied, or songs, in the movements. At one point there was an additional movement, which Mahler rejected after the first few performances. This Symphony is massive, lush, and gorgeous — a fitting end to a season deserving of many ovations!

Max Bragado-Darman has served as Music Director of the Monterey Symphony since 2004. He was Music Director/Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Castile and León in Valladolid, Spain, for nine years. With this ensemble he recorded works of Turina and Rodrigo and the cello concerti of Alberto Ginastera on the Naxos Label. He also recorded the flute and clarinet concerti by Joan Tower on the Opus One label.

In 1995, Max Bragado-Darman was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. He has worked with artists Alicia de Larrocha, Teresa Berganza, Horacio Gutiérrez, Elmar Oliveira, Dubravka Tomsic, André Watts, Angel Romero, Gary Graffman, and Aaron Rosand.

In 2003, he made his debut at the Wexford Opera Festival with the Granados opera “María del Carmen.” His conducting has been guided by teachers Robert Fountain, Robert Baustian, George Szell, Igor Markevich and Franco Ferrara. He has been the conductor for the “Iturbi Piano Competition” in Valencia, Spain in several editions.

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
Richard Strauss / Don Juan, Op. 20
Gustav Mahler / Symphony No. 1

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

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

The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported through various generous individuals and through grants and corporate gifts from The Arts Council of Monterey County, The Barnet Segal Charitable Trust, The Berkshire Foundation, California Arts Council, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Harden Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Music Performance Trust Fund, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William H. and Kristine M. Schuyler Charitable Foundation, Inc., The Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment, Teichert Foundation The Upjohn California Fund and many others.

For additional information, please call (831) 646-8511 or visit the website: www.montereysymphony.org

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

Shopping at Goodwill Central Coast Stores Provides Thrifty, Stress-free Options for Thanksgiving decor

We all know the purpose behind Thanksgiving is to spend time with loved ones — not to stress over holiday entertaining and tablescapes.

Salinas, CA, October 28, 2019 - Goodwill Central Coast would like to remind the community how easy it is to turn donated, marked-down items into the perfect party with eye-popping, fall-themed decor. Shopping at Goodwill can alleviate both stress and the annual strain felt on pocketbooks.

Savvy Goodwill shoppers have always found it exciting to see what’s new, and what’s possible to make out of items donated by others. It’s the epitome of responsible upcycling since money through the sale of donated goods helps support and grow Goodwill’s critical community-based programs and services. The bottom line? The environmental and social impacts cannot be denied.

Turn baskets into cornucopia-style table centerpieces, use natural candles to add warmth, elevate artificial flowers with a quick spray-painting, or stock up on critical kitchen tools and accessories.

The possibilities are endless when shopping at Goodwill Central Coast stores. And all the bits and pieces shoppers buy help strengthen their own communities.

Donations
Remember, if you’re not in the shopping frame of mind, you can donate new and gently used items to Goodwill — all treasures for someone else to find and turn into jobs. From home pick-ups to tax write-offs, Goodwill makes donating as easy as possible. Find out more at www.ccgoodwill.org.

About Goodwill Central Coast
Goodwill Central Coast, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, began in 1928 in the city of Santa Cruz and today has expanded into three counties: Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo. Goodwill Central Coast now employs more than 600 people, including employment training professionals, sales personnel, donation center attendants, warehouse and distribution workers, and administrators. Its programs strengthen communities by improving job growth, the lives of individuals and families, and the health of our environment. Each year Goodwill assists more than 9,000 job seekers get back to work and reclaim financial and personal independence. Goodwill provides a positive learning environment that creates brighter futures through connecting people to meaningful work.

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

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Live Music is in the Air at The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa, with Swingin' Jazz Fridays and Saturdays, Rock, Pop & Country On Wednesdays and Thursdays in November

The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa swings with music four nights a week in November, with jazz on Friday and Saturday nights, and live rock, pop, country and classical guitar music on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Monterey, CA, October 24, 2019 — The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa swings with music four nights a week in November, with jazz on Friday and Saturday nights, and live rock, pop, country and classical guitar music on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Jazz sessions on Friday and Saturday in November are curated by Hyatt jazz director Dr. David Morwood, a plastic surgeon by day and exemplary drummer by night. Dr. Morwood will bring in noted local jazz luminaries such as Barry Manilow guitarist Mike Lent, keyboardist Gary Meek, bassist Aaron Germain, vocalist Lauri Hofer and Barry Manilow keyboardist Ron Pedley.

Live music will emanate from the Fireplace Lounge on Wednesday and Thursday from 6-9 p.m. and feature popular local singer/songwriter and guitarists such as Marks Banks, Johan Sotelo, Robert McNamara and Jenna Vivre.

This month, one of America's top guitarists will be featured at The Hyatt Regency Monterey! Mike Lent has played on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, was part of a historic run at the Las Vegas Hilton for five years (only Elvis played there longer), and for the last month on Broadway with superstar Barry Manilow. Mike was the featured guitarist in the musical tribute to Janis Joplin in San Francisco this past year. Mike has recorded and toured with many other great artists such as Jeffrey Osbourne and Usher.

This is not to be missed by any jazz guitar fan! Recording artist Lent will be swingin' away in our Fireplace Lounge with the David Morwood Jazz Band and many special guests for the first four weekends in November — 8 nights in all! Get an up-close and personal opportunity to hear and see one of America's top jazz guitarists!

November Friday & Saturday Jazz Lineup:

Friday, Nov. 1 — Guitar great Mike Lent with the David Morwood Jazz Band, Lauri Hofer singing, and Zach Westfall on bass.

Saturday, Nov. 2 — Mike Lent on guitar, Ben Herod on sax, Zac Westfall on bass, and David Morwood on drums.

Friday, Nov. 8 — Mike Lent on guitar, recording artist Gary Meek on keyboards (Dionne Warwick, Airto, Dave Weckl, Brian Bromberg), and David Morwood on drums.

Saturday, Nov. 9 — Mike Lent on guitar, Janice Marotta Perl singing, Zach Westfall on bass, and David Morwood on drums.

Friday, Nov. 15 — Mike Lent on guitar, Ron Pedley on keyboards, and David Morwood on drums, and friends. Longtime collaborator Pedley, also from the Barry Manilow Orchestra, visits Monterey for a rare appearance in our Fireplace Lounge!

Saturday, Nov. 16 — Mike Lent on guitar, Aaron Germain on bass, Ron Pedley on keyboards, David Morwood on drums. Bassist Germain has toured in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia with many great artists.

Friday, Nov. 22 — Mike Lent on guitar, recording artist Gary Meek on keyboards, and David Morwood on drums.

Saturday, Nov. 23 — Mike Lent on guitar, Aaron Germain on bass, and David Morwood on drums.

Friday, Nov. 29 — Saxophone extraordinaire Gary Meek, Aaron Germain on bass, and David Morwood on drums. Meek's latest recording “Originals,” has been met with sellout crowds from Los Angeles to Monterey, his recording “Live At Ronnie Scott's,” was just re-released.

Saturday, Nov. 30 — Bill Spencer on keyboards, Frank Buchanon on guitar, and David Morwood on drums.

November Midweek Music Schedule:

Wednesday, Nov. 6 — Robert McNamara

Thursday, Nov. 7 — Jenna Vivre

Wednesday, Nov. 13 — Mark Banks

Thursday, Nov. 14 — Johan Sotelo

Wednesday, Nov. 20 — Johan Sotelo

Thursday, Nov. 21 — Robert McNamara

Wednesday, Nov. 27 — Mark Banks

Thursday, Nov. 28 — Jenna Vivre

For more information or to make reservations, call (831) 372-1234.

The Hyatt's newly designed Fireplace Lounge has been voted by the media the number one spot in the county to hear live jazz — and we are proud to celebrate and salute 21 consecutive years of live jazz and jam sessions with our drummer-in-residence and jazz director Dr. David Morwood. The music starts to swing at 7 p.m. every weekend year-round. Bar menu, drink specials by our gracious and creative bartender, and adjacent full menu TusCA restaurant featuring new specials! No cover, free parking, dining, dancing. Get here early while there is still seating! Swing, baby, swing!

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 Restaurant, Knuckles Sports Bar, Fireplace Lounge, a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, tennis courts, pools, whirlpools and 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/.

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

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Black Friday Meets Wonderwall With Special Savings and A Love Heals Trunk Show

Jumpstart your Black Friday holiday shopping early at Wonderwall on Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 with 20% off everything in the store (except jewelry).

Sand City, CA, October 23, 2019 — Jumpstart your Black Friday holiday shopping early at Wonderwall on Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 with 20% off everything in the store (except jewelry).

Friday night the 22nd is Bubbles and Baubles Night from 4-8 p.m. Enjoy a glass of bubbles, savor small bites, and get your holiday shopping started with an exclusive trunk show of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from Love Heals, a socially conscious jewelry company.

On Saturday the 23rd there will be a Love Heals trunk show from 12-5 p.m. Also from 12-5 there will be hourly drawings for special Wonderwall inspired prizes. You will be entered into the drawing with every purchase you make.

Holiday gift cards also go on sale Nov. 22 and can be purchased online or in store.

Wonderwall will also offer big savings on Cyber Monday, Dec. 2, with 20% off any online purchase only at wonderwallhome.com.

About Love Heals
Love Heals is a coveted bohemian lifestyle company based in Ojai, CA offering hand-crafted products which evoke spirit with custom elements in sophisticated combinations. Each piece is an expression of the company's intention of self-love, healing, and service.

Mother and son founders Adriana and Gunnar Lovelace have been designing together for 12 years and draw inspiration from world travel. Love Heals carefully selects socially and environmentally conscious vendors to ensure all materials are non-toxic and ethically sourced.

With the purchase of each piece of jewelry, Love Heals lovingly plants 10 fruit-bearing trees in Ethiopia with Greener Ethiopia, http://www.treesforthefuture.org. To date, over 1 million trees have been planted. loveheals.com

About Wonderwall
Wonderwall is a vibrant 3,000 square foot gallery centrally located in the arts district of Sand City. Beautifully designed, the space is a curated collection of antiques, art, furniture, furnishings, home décor, architectural elements and objects of desire. Each piece is sourced and curated by owners Mark and Carina Cristofalo from around the world with one constant unified ambition: to create comfort and luxury in your home through the use of authentic, casual, and intuitive elements.

Wonderwall
1714 Contra Costa St., Sand City
(831) 241-4214
Email: flourish@wonderwallhome.com
wonderwallhome.com

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

Monday, October 21, 2019

Help someone get back on their feet with a Holiday gift from Balance Physical Therapy’s online store

During the holiday season, Balance Physical Therapy and Human Performance Center reminds shoppers that not everyone needs an ugly sweater or a coffee mug. There are many among us struggling with mobility or rehabilitation issues following an injury.

Monterey, CA, October 22, 2019 - What better gift than to help someone get back on their feet — and back into life.

It all starts on Black Friday (Nov. 29), when savvy online shoppers can save 20 percent on name brands such as Exertools, Lifeline Fitness, Per4M and Spirit TCR (just use the promo code BAL20).


Everyone knows that gift certificates remain the perfect stocking stuffer. Balance Physical Therapy provides certificates to be redeemed for a variety of services at either the Monterey or Salinas facility.

As December unfolds, follow Balance Physical Therapy on Facebook and Instagram as we unveil our 20 Days of Christmas that features daily online specials through the store. Each day one of our physical therapists will offer advice, and showcase their favorite product that will be featured online at a discount.

About Balance Physical Therapy
Founded in June 2002 by Dr. John Farahmand, Balance Physical Therapy and Human Performance Center is dedicated to being the most patient-focused, result-oriented rehabilitation facility in Monterey County.

Balance Physical Therapy achieves that goal through the application of highly skilled manual therapy, prescribed therapeutic exercise and patient education, forming a team that is committed to returning patients to an active lifestyle.

A native of the Salinas Valley, Dr. Farahmand attended local schools, and later graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with degrees in Psychobiology and Business Administration. He then pursued his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California.

BPT features 12 physical therapists, all tops in their field and committed to constant improvement in the areas of their clinical expertise, exercise interventions, advanced rehabilitation techniques, and the latest in research and science.

Balance Physical Therapy now has locations in Monterey (2260 N. Fremont St.) and Salinas (143 John St.), to better serve the community’s needs. Find out more at www.balancept.com.

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

Twisted Roots offers Wine discounts for all Active and Retired Military throughout Veterans Day weekend

Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, acknowledging the first anniversary of the end of World War I.

Carmel Valley, CA, October 22, 2019 - Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, acknowledging the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

It’s a somber date intended to honor and thank military personnel — particularly living veterans — who served the country in all wars.

To honor the commitment and sacrifice of our veterans, Twisted Roots Winery is offering a 30 percent discount on purchases for all active and retired military (both in the tasting room and online orders) throughout Veterans Day weekend. The winery’s Carmel Valley tasting room will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 9, but veterans can go online and use the coupon code THANKYOU to earn the discount.

On Veterans Day weekend, Twisted Roots will also send a thank you gift to Specialist Five James C. McCloughan, a combat medic in Vietnam who earned the Medal of Honor for his service with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division (March 1969 to March 1970). McCloughan served with Mike Hodge, the father of Twisted Roots co-owner Julie Ruiz.

Known for its Old Vine Zinfandel from the highly regarded Lodi Appellation, Twisted Roots also makes award-winning Cabernet, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, Blanc de Blanc, Traditional Brut and Sparkling Brut Rosé. For something different, try the Twisted Roots light, crisp hard cider made from a unique combination of five apple varieties.

Twisted Roots’ newly renovated tasting room in Carmel Valley offers a unique wine-tasting experience — either inside or under the sun on the outdoor patio. Located at 12 Del Fino Place in Carmel Valley, the tasting room is open noon to 5 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday.

Shopping can also be done through the online store at www.twistedrootsvineyard.com/online-store.

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

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Month-Long Vacation Rentals Offer Many Advantages to the Discerning Traveler

Anyone who has stayed in a short-term vacation rental is well aware of the advantages of staying in a private home rather than traditional traveler lodging — better price, more flexibility, more space, more choices, and so forth.

Monterey, CA, October 20, 2019 — Anyone who has stayed in a short-term vacation rental is well aware of the advantages of staying in a private home rather than traditional traveler lodging — better price, more flexibility, more space, more choices, and so forth.

Those advantages are still applicable when one opts for a longer-term vacation rental, such as a one-month rental. Thirty days may seem a like a long time, but when you vacation in an area such as the Monterey Peninsula, a few days is certainly not enough to see and experience all the area has to offer.

The vacation rental professionals at Monterey-based Sanctuary Vacation Rentals, which was founded more than 11 years ago and represents more than 100 homes across the Monterey Peninsula, specializes in both short-term and longer-term rentals and have surveyed both renters and owners about the advantages and disadvantages of both.

“Renting for 30 days creates a mutually beneficial situation,” said Annee Martin, Sanctuary Vacation Rentals, Owner/President/Design Team/Realtor. “Homeowners gain security by renting for large chunks of time. And renters can really live the life of a local, not a tourist, exploring every corner of this beautiful region while enjoying all the comforts of a true home away from home.”

Here are seven reasons to rent a one-month vacation rental:

1. You have a home base. It’s your home away from home. You can sleep in, go on an outing, shopping, sightseeing or whatever it is that you would want to do. There are no check-out times. You will not be woken up by housekeeping knocking on the door. If you’re not feeling well, you can stay in for a day and rest and recuperate and not feel that you’re missing out.

2. You only need to unpack and pack once. You can unpack everything you brought with you without having to worry about packing up in a day or two, giving you more leisure time. And you’re not living out of your suitcase.

3. You have more room and more time to use it. Vacation rentals have much more space than the average hotel room. There’s more room to stretch out, relax and use areas of the home you may not use if you’re only there for a day or two. Plus, there are usually more bathrooms and areas where you can get away from everyone else and have some quiet alone time.

4. You can choose the type of property with the amenities and comforts you want. Unlike many hotels, you can pick a home that has a hot tub, Jacuzzi or even a pool or one that comes furnished with fire pits and gas barbecue grills. Some homes even come equipped with beach toys, bicycles, and other recreational equipment.

5. You can save money. By grocery shopping and cooking some meals “at home,” you can save money and use it on excursions and sightseeing instead of eating out every night. And if you want to eat out, you still have that option too. You can also split the costs with your friends and family and use it on weekends and still be ahead.

6. You have more flexibility. You can plan longer excursions or short trips or do them in stages, knowing you have more than a day or two to experience them all. You can invite family and friends to visit on weekends or for a couple of days.

7. Finally, you can do all of the above in the location of your dreams. Vacation rentals give you more options than a hotel room, whether it’s a quaint Carmel cottage or a multi-room Pebble Beach mansion with an expansive view, you’ll be able to find something that fits your dream perfectly.

For more information on one-month vacation rentals and all the options available to you, go to https://www.sanctuaryvacationrentals.com or call Sanctuary toll-free at (800) 614-6706.

About Sanctuary Vacation Rentals
Founded in 2008 by Annee Martin, Sanctuary Vacation Rentals boasts a team of 20 professionals and represents almost 100 homes across the Monterey Peninsula, including Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel proper, Carmel Highlands, Big Sur, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Marina, Seaside, Carmel Valley and the Highway 68 corridor near the airport and Laguna Seca.

Sanctuary’s roster of homes includes everything from cozy two-bedroom cottages in Carmel and Pacific Grove to larger four- to six-bedroom homes that can accommodate up to 12 people and luxurious Pebble Beach homes with ocean views. Many of the homes are within walking distance to the area’s beaches, restaurants, shopping and tourist attractions.

Sanctuary homes all invoke a sense of peace and harmony, allowing guests to relax, revitalize their lives, reconnect with one another, and above all, have fun. Sanctuary’s goal is to provide guests with a sanctuary from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Its vision is to inspire and nurture the hearts and souls of guests with the beauty and magic of the Monterey Peninsula while staying in one of its vacation homes.

Sanctuary Vacation Rentals
888 Munras Ave., Suite 100
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 233-6340
Toll-Free: (800) 614-6706
https://www.sanctuaryvacationrentals.com

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

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Monterey County Fair Announces Dates, Theme and Poster for 2020 Fair Featuring Artwork by Renowned Artist Jo Mora

A mural by renowned California artist Jo Mora has been selected for the official poster of the 2020 Monterey County Fair and inspired its theme, “Fiesta.”

Monterey, CA, October 18, 2019 — A mural by renowned California artist Jo Mora has been selected for the official poster of the 2020 Monterey County Fair and inspired its theme, “Fiesta.”

The 84th Annual Monterey County Fair will be held from Thursday, Sept. 3-Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey. The Fair is also celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of Monterey in 2020.


Trotter Galleries in Carmel acquired the complete Jo Mora “Fable” mural collection in 2015 and one of the murals was used as the official poster for the 80th anniversary of the Fair in 2016.

The famed seven-mural suite was originally commissioned in 1936, during the middle of the Great Depression, to enliven the walls of what would be named The Fable Restaurant, located in the former Drake-Wiltshire Hotel in San Francisco. Mora, a Monterey Peninsula artist who was known throughout California for his multi-talented and imaginative abilities of expression, was selected for this important commission.

“The artist’s gift as both a humorist and storyteller is brilliantly conveyed in these murals through colorful anthropomorphic imagery, captivating an audience of any age or background, and are still as relevant today as when he first created them in his local studio 84 years ago,” said Paula Trotter of Trotter Galleries.

Mora (1876-1947) was an artist-historian, sculptor, painter, photographer, illustrator, muralist and author who has been called the "Renaissance Man of the West." Born in Uruguay, Mora and his family moved to Carmel in 1921, where he created the monumental bronze and travertine sarcophagus and altar for Father Junípero Serra that was placed in the Carmel Mission Basilica. A prolific artist, Mora’s sculptures, illustrations, watercolors and etchings were frequently exhibited across the United States. Starting in 1937, Mora wrote and illustrated a number of children's books about the West.

“Somewhere Jo Mora must have been smiling when four years ago one of his Fable murals was selected to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Monterey County Fair,” said Trotter. “Once again, as Jo always intended, we are all smiling as another of his Fable murals was selected and specially titled ‘Fiesta’ for this year’s theme for the 2020 Monterey County Fair.”

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
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Santa Cruz Author’s Visually Stunning yet Practical ‘Posy Book’ the Perfect Holiday Stocking Stuffer

Gifting flowers conveys emotions and messages that can’t always be articulated in words.

Santa Cruz, CA, October 17, 2019 - Gifting flowers conveys emotions and messages that can’t always be articulated in words. Santa Cruz author Teresa Sabankaya helps translate those feelings for us in “The Posy Book: Garden-Inspired Bouquets that Tell a Story.”


Just in time for the holidays, this inspiring book — a perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer — shows readers how to communicate exactly the right sentiment with exactly the right flower.

Inspired by the Victorian-era language of flowers, a posy is a small circular gathering of flowers, plants and herbs chosen to communicate a particular emotion or sentiment.

Sabankaya provides detailed recipes for posies for a variety of sentiments. Thanks to her step-by-step instructions, you’ll have the confidence to make your own personalized arrangement. Make someone feel like a queen for a day with a posy made with calla lily and gardenias (which convey magnificent beauty and feminine charm). Or let that certain bestie know that you’ll be friends to the end with oak-leaf geraniums and mint. The sentiments are endless.

In the book’s foreword, New York Times best-selling author Amy Stewart writes: “Teresa has woven her wisdom, spirit, and artistry into this beautiful book. In these pages you’ll see that anyone can make a posy. Like a favorite recipe, it’s meant to be savored and shared.”

Purchase the book directly through the author’s website at www.teresasabankaya.com, or find it at local bookstores or online through Amazon.

About the author
A pioneer of the slow flower movement, Teresa Sabankaya runs the Bonny Doon Garden Company in Santa Cruz. She was featured in Michael Pollan’s PBS documentary “The Botany of Desire,” and has appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning. Her work has been featured in Elle magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and many bridal magazines.

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

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Carmel’s Yeast of Eden Wins Bronze Medal at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival®

Saison Apotheca recognized for brewing excellence at world’s largest commercial beer competition

Boulder, CO, October 16, 2019 - Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Yeast of Eden was awarded a medal at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition, the world’s largest commercial beer competition. The GABF, presented by the Brewers Association, recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded on October 5 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, in 107 beer categories covering 174 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the country.


L-R Co-owners J.C. & Melanie Hill, Party Wave Dave, & GABF Founder Charlie Papazian.

Yeast of Eden was recognized with a bronze medal in the highly competitive Belgian-style Sour category among 91 other entries beer-style category for Saison Apotheca, a farmhouse-style ale brewed with California-grown malts, a blend of Belgian yeast, and a touch of native microflora to create acidity and highlight the terroir of

Monterey county. Considered a “mixed fermentation” beer, Yeast of Eden also brews ales and lagers of many styles, including IPA & Pilsner, but also curates rotating guest beers from some of California’s best.

Yeast of Eden’s sister brewery Alvarado Street in Monterey also received some hardware at this year’s GABF, taking Gold in Imperial IPA for Double Cone, and Bronze in Contemporary American Pilsner for Citraveza.

“What a weekend for our three breweries,” said Co-owner J.C. Hill. “This type of recognition you can only dream about, and it shows how hard our team works to execute these beers. Hats off to our pub brewers, Salinas production team, and the brew staff at Yeast of Eden. Big day for beers crafted right here in Monterey county!”

In the 33rd edition of the GABF competition, 9,497 entries were submitted to the general competition, along with 113 Pro-Am and 70 Collaboration entries. The beer was made by 2,295 breweries from across the nation, with entries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Judging took place over the course of three days, with an international panel of 322 judges from 18 countries.

“This year’s GABF competition was the largest and most competitive to date,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “The beers and talent were as impressive as ever, and I’m thrilled to congratulate this year’s winners for their achievements in brewing.”

For more GABF competition information, including the 2019 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.

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

Alvarado Street Brewery Wins Multiple Medals at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival®

Double Cone & Citraveza recognized for brewing excellence at world’s largest commercial beer competition

Boulder, CO, October 16, 2019 - Alvarado Street Brewery was awarded gold & bronze medals at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition, the world’s largest commercial beer competition. The GABF, presented by the Brewers Association, recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded on October 5 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, in 107 beer categories covering 174 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the country.


Alvarado Street was recognized with a Gold Medal in the highly competitive Imperial IPA category among 173 other entries beer-style category for Double Cone, a Double IPA that the team has been brewing since 2014. Named after Double Cone peak in Big Sur’s Ventana Wilderness, the name also relates to copious amounts of hop cones used throughout the brewing process, which include Mosaic, Citra & Strata varieties. Double Cone also took top honors at a side competition in Denver called the Alpha King Challenge, which has been running for over 20 years and matches up the industry’s top double India Pale Ales. Double Cone was awarded first place out of 160 entries to earn Alvarado Street the title of the 2019 Alpha King Champion.

Additionally, Alvarado was awarded a Bronze Medal in the Contemporary American-style Pilsner category for “Citraveza”, a Citra-hopped West Coast-style lager. Citraveza was a homebrew recipe of Co-owner J.C. Hill that dated back to 2011, and was even brewed for his wedding in 2013. Having his wife, Melanie, up on stage this year at GABF to collect the award was a special experience, said Hill.

Alvarado Street’s sister brewery Yeast of Eden in Carmel-by-the-Sea also received some hardware at this year’s GABF, taking Bronze in the Belgian-style Sour category for Saison Apotheca.

L-R Co-owners J.C. & Melanie Hill, Party Wave Dave, & GABF Founder Charlie Papazian.

“What a weekend for our three breweries,” said Co-owner J.C. Hill. “This type of recognition you can only dream about, and it shows how hard our team works to execute these beers. Hats off to our pub brewers, Salinas production team, and the brew staff at Yeast of Eden. Big day for beers crafted right here in Monterey county!”

In the 33rd edition of the GABF competition, 9,497 entries were submitted to the general competition, along with 113 Pro-Am and 70 Collaboration entries. The beer was made by 2,295 breweries from across the nation, with entries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Judging took place over the course of three days, with an international panel of 322 judges from 18 countries.

“This year’s GABF competition was the largest and most competitive to date,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “The beers and talent were as impressive as ever, and I’m thrilled to congratulate this year’s winners for their achievements in brewing.”

For more GABF competition information, including the 2019 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com

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

Enjoy the splendors of the Rhine and Moselle wine regions during an epic cruise with De Tierra Vineyards

Book 7-day European trip by Oct. 31 and get $750/per person savings

Carmel, CA, October 15, 2019 — Dan McDonnal and Alix Bosch share a love for wine, adventure and travel, and want to enjoy all three with like-minded friends during an epic river cruise next April.

Drink in the beauty, history and flavor of the Rhine and Moselle river valleys with the owners of De Tierra Vineyards, a boutique winery in Monterey County.

Book your cabin before Oct. 31, and receive an exclusive $750 per person savings.

The seven-day cruise aboard AMAWaterways sets sail from Luxembourg on April 2, 2020, stopping in the winemaking villages in the wine-growing region of Bernkastel, where you’ll learn about legendary Bernkasteler Doctor and Rüdesheim vineyards. Then it’s off to Cologne, Germany, for a taste of the city’s famous Kölsch beer. Complete your journey with a gentle ride through Amsterdam’s canals.

Reservations made through MillenniuM Travel ensure participation in all De Tierra Vineyards’ events aboard — and ensure $750 in savings.

The cruise includes 7-night luxury accommodation (April 2-9) in an outside stateroom, with on-demand entertainment, free high-speed internet, music library and television and mini-fridge.

An array of ship amenities include: Wellness host leading various exercise classes and relaxation techniques;

personalized service from a highly trained cruise manager during both cruise and land programs; sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track; fitness room, massage services and hair salon; main lounge with panoramic views and bar; and daily entertainment.

Dan and Alix will prove to be perfect hosts for such an adventure, each having logged countless miles visiting various countries and experiencing new cultures. Alix has lived in both Germany and France and is fluent in both languages. Through their various journeys, they’ve developed a love of wine and especially enjoy finding small boutique wineries and rare or unusual varietals from around the world.

To make a reservation, contact MillenniuM Travel at (831) 659-0151 or email cruises@MmMmTravel.com.

About De Tierra Vineyards
De Tierra Vineyards began in 1998 as an organic grape-growing operation on The Russell Vineyard in the area John Steinbeck wrote about in his book “Pastures of Heaven,” and today thrives as an artisanal brand with distribution in more than 20 states. De Tierra produces nine single varietals and three red blends. The Russell Vineyard grows five varietals — Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling and Cabernet Franc. De Tierra also sources additional varietals from other high-quality vineyards in Monterey County and beyond. De Tierra’s mission is to make handcrafted, premium wines using the best fruit. Visit De Tierra’s tasting room at Mission and Fifth in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Information: 622.9704, www.detierra.com.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
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Salinas, CA 93901
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http://www.detierra.com

Monday, October 14, 2019

Cinq Mondes Spa in Carmel Will Host a ‘No-Tox & Bubbles’ Party Nov. 7, 2019, to Get Ready for the Holidays

Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel, the French cosmetic company's flagship location in the U.S., will get ready for the holidays by hosting a No-Tox & Bubbles Party on November 7, 2019, at the spa in Carmel.

Carmel, CA, October 15, 2019 — Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel, the French cosmetic company's flagship location in the U.S., will get ready for the holidays by hosting a No-Tox & Bubbles Party on November 7, 2019, at the spa in Carmel.

The festive event, from 5:30–7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, will feature non-toxic skin treatments by homeopathic doctor Dr. Rozlynn Trotter, HD, as well as Prosecco, light hors d'oeuvres and makeup applications by Nicole.

Dr. Trotter is a leader in women’s health, drawing on many years of experience in integrative and functional medicine, nutrition, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and Vega biofeedback. As a Homeopathic doctor, Dr. Trotter brings both insight and compassion to individuals seeking vitality and optimum health.

Dr. Trotter is owner of Crossroads Health and Beauty in Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel, located at 118 Crossroad Blvd., The Crossroads, in Carmel. Dr. Trotter offers a number of services, including custom therapeutic injections (such as B12, energy and anti-aging boosters), cutting-edge facial rejuvenation, non-surgical face and neck lifts, décolleté and hands, exosomes (stem cells), microneedling, scar and stretch mark removal, detox, nutrition, homeopathy and emotional healing.

“Skin undergoes physiological changes as a consequence of the aging process.

There are two types of skin aging, intrinsic and extrinsic aging,” says Dr. Trotter. “Intrinsic aging is genetically determined, meaning it’s inevitable as time passes. Epigenetic changes and post-translational mechanisms are more important pathways of intrinsic aging rather than genetic influences. How the genes are expressed.

“Extrinsic aging occurs by external factors such as smoking, air pollution, unbalanced nutrition, UV exposure known as photo aging,” she adds. “Photo aging being the most visibly damaging to skin aging causing irregular pigmentation, dryness, sallowness, roughness, premalignant lesions and skin cancer. Intrinsic skin aging is characterized by a loss of elasticity and fine wrinkles rather than deep wrinkles due to photo aging.

“I am excited to tell you that you can now regenerate your skin naturally and non-surgically with exosomes,” says Dr. Trotter. “These powerful messengers derived from stem cells dramatically improve the quality and texture of all skin types. Formulated using dermal fibroblast exosomes, growth factors, micro RNA, proteins and peptides to restore both the youthful contour and shape of the face as well as improve skin quality, tightness, and color irregularities caused by the extrinsic and intrinsic aging.

“It works with topical application and/or intradermal injections of exosomes.

Tissue abrasion using micro-needling stimulates a wound-healing response. Delivering the exosomes in the micro-channels to the skin aid in the production of collagen, elastin, and regenerates the aging skin restoring the skin to a youthful appearance.

“Intradermal injections of exosomes are a natural alternative for Botox. Our future of aesthetics is stem cells. Plastics, fillers and toxic injections are being replaced with natural human dermal derived stem cells. Come and experience the future of skin care.”

For more information about the event, call (831) 625-4410.

About Dr. Rozlynn Trotter
Dr. Rozlynn Trotter, HD, is a leader in women’s health, drawing on many years of experience in integrative and functional medicine, nutrition, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and Vega biofeedback. As a Homeopathic doctor, Rozlynn brings both insight and compassion to individuals seeking vitality and optimum health.

Dr. Trotter received a degree in Holistic Health and Asian Bodywork from the American University of Complimentary Medicine and is a licensed Doctor of Homeopathy registered by the Homeopathic Medical Council of Canada. And had a research position with the Thyroid and Adrenal Institute in Scottsdale, AZ.

While living in California, Dr. Trotter apprenticed with Dr. Michael Galitzer, MD, a nationally recognized expert in anti-aging medicine and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Galitzer is featured in Suzanne Somers’ books “Breakthrough” and “Knockout” and author of Outstanding Health. She then went on to take a post as a Homeopathic Practitioner at the renowned Hall Center in Santa Monica, California, working closely with founder Dr. Prudence Hall, MD. There, she developed a Department of Homeopathy which included thyroid testing and a dispensary.

After studying and working in the United States for 11 years, Dr. Trotter saw a need to bring her knowledge to Canada and returned to her hometown of Toronto, where she became the Founder and President of Thyroid Health Canada. She was also a member of the Board of Directors at the Toronto Western Hospital for the Artist Health Alliance.

Dr. Trotter opened Crossroads Health & Beauty in 2018, joining the team at Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel, where she administers custom therapeutic injections (such as B12, energy and anti-aging boosters). She practices homeopathy, nutrition, detox and performs the cutting-edge facial rejuvenation, exosomes (stem cells), microneedling, scar and stretch-mark removal.

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

Advanced planning required to Reserve Holiday party space at Landmark Beach House at Lovers Point

Many of us don’t want to even whisper the word “Christmas” until after we’ve carved the Thanksgiving turkey.

Pacific Grove, CA, October 14, 2019 - Many of us don’t want to even whisper the word “Christmas” until after we’ve carved the Thanksgiving turkey.

Understandable. But when it comes to planning a holiday party, booking early is the best present of all. Celebrating the holiday at The Beach House at Lovers Point requires some advanced planning.

This landmark restaurant, with a one-of-a-kind view perched above the sand in Pacific Grove, offers private and semi-private dining areas for groups of 16-35. For reservations call 375-2345.

Enjoy the casual California cuisine in a relaxed setting, featuring a full bar, heated outdoor patio and plenty of window seats.

Don’t forget to make your holiday season “brew-tiful” by visiting Lovers Point Beach Cafe, where you can find rich Italian espresso, Belgian waffles, panini and more. The cafe is open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

And for those foodies searching for a unique local gift, why not consider one of our special coffee mugs? Or better yet, visit www.beachhousepg.com and purchase an electronic gift card (eGift) to send to any recipient via email or text message. You choose the value and the recipient can use that value to make purchases at The Beach House.

The Beach House is closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day to allow its employees to share these special holidays with their families.

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

Book a table at Big Fish Grill on the Wharf today to Enjoy some Sea-swept Holiday Spirit Later

Is it too early for tinsel-strewn trees and Christmas carols? Of course it is, but when it comes to holiday parties, it’s prime time to begin planning.

Monterey, CA, October 14, 2019 - Is it too early for tinsel-strewn trees and Christmas carols? Of course it is, but when it comes to holiday parties, it’s prime time to begin planning.

Big Fish Grill on Fisherman’s Wharf encourages those with party plans to get preparations underway sooner rather than later.

Located at the tip of the pier and offering unmatched panoramic views of Monterey Bay, Big Fish Grill offers the freshest seafood served in a casual-California ambiance. Book your table today to enjoy some sea-swept holiday spirit later.

When it comes to gift-giving, Big Fish Grill has you covered with its unique electronic gift card (eGift) system. Go to www.bigfishgrillmonterey.com and send an eGift to any recipient via email or text message. You choose the value and the recipient can use that value to make purchases at Big Fish Grill.

During the holiday season, Big Fish Grill is open for Thanksgiving, but closed on Christmas Day to allow its employees to share it with their families.

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