Friday, February 14, 2020

A General store for all things Earth and People Friendly, Eco Carmel introduces Bulk section for Body products and Household cleansers to avoid Single-use Plastics

Shockingly, Americans buy 1 million plastic bottles every minute, with 17 million barrels of oil used each year on plastic production.

Carmel, CA, February 14, 2020 - Shockingly, Americans buy 1 million plastic bottles every minute, with 17 million barrels of oil used each year on plastic production.

Knowing that single-use plastics represent the biggest threat to the health of the planet and its inhabitants, Kristi Reimers of Eco Carmel has installed a bulk section for body products and household cleansers.

Customers at Eco Carmel bring their own reusable containers for everyday products often purchased elsewhere in plastic packaging, or they can purchase glass or aluminum containers at the store.

“For me, what makes what we do different is that we’re not doing bulk for bulk’s sake,” Reimers said. “There are a lot of classic bulk products that I would never put on my skin.”

What makes Eco Carmel unique is that Reimers orders product samples, and the staff tests them for up to six months. “We vet all our products,” she said. “There is so much research needed, because there is little to no regulation. So we ask: ‘Is this truly green and healthy or just a green-washed product?’ ”

Known as a general store selling a multitude of Earth- and people-friendly items (from mattresses to loungewear to everyday reusable items), Eco Carmel opened in 2010. This summer Reimers will celebrate her 10th anniversary at 7th Avenue and San Carlos in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

“I opened the store with many sections, but the beauty of owning your own business is being able to change and adapt to what the customers need,” Reimers said. “My baby section started with one table. It’s been received so well because there’s no other place on the Monterey Peninsula with such a wide selections of organic, fair-trade products, like natural rubber toys, healthy baby body care and organic clothing that is safe for babies.”

Eco Carmel does not sell many food products, electing instead to support Carmel’s Cornucopia Community Market and send customers there.

“I don’t want to compete with other businesses. I like to work symbiotically with other like-minded businesses.” Reimers said. “I just want customers to have access to the best products.”

That integrity shows in how much research Reimers and her “right-hand woman” Megan Root put into all products sold at Eco Carmel.

“Our customers often say they appreciate how much they learn. They tell me: ‘I don’t have time to do research, I’m busy, and there is so much misinformation out there. I appreciate you taking the time to do all that for us.’ ”

For more information, visit www.ecocarmel.com or call (831) 624-1222.

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

Monday, February 10, 2020

Cinnamon Shore Boosts its Influence with Fast-Moving Expansion at ‘South’

25 Home Sites Sold, Almost a Dozen New Homes Finishing, Resort-Style Amenities Under Way, and Eco-Friendly Dune Crossover Under Construction;

Development’s New Urban Principles Are Transforming the Texas Coast

Port Aransas, Texas, February 11, 2020 - With the village of Cinnamon Shore flourishing, its $1.3 billion expansion, Cinnamon Shore South, is rising quickly and strengthening the influence of this New Urban, master-planned community in Port Aransas. Almost three times larger than the original, 63-acre community established in 2007, the new development is located just 1 mile down the beach and boasts 150-Gulf-front acres.
In just over a year, ‘South’ has sold 25 home sites, with almost a dozen luxury homes finishing this spring. Construction on its new, resort-style pool complex began in January, and the first of four dune crossovers begins soon, with an eco-friendly, top-down construction method that will preserve the dune system. “Cinnamon Shore South gives Texans a new alternative for an upscale beach vacation right here in Texas,” says developer Jeff Lamkin of Sea Oats Group. “With great amenities, great architecture, and a great overall design plan, our expansion offers more of what people love about the Cinnamon Shore lifestyle. And we have great real estate opportunities available.”

Cinnamon Shore South follows the New Urban design principles that made the original community popular. Its plan calls for a pedestrian-friendly aesthetic with charming, luxury vacation homes set along walkable, landscaped streets, paver sidewalks, parks and green spaces, plus a Town Center with retail and restaurants. The new community centers around a 7-acre lake and offers home sites that overlook the beach, the lake, parks, and pleasing streetscapes. With only two Gulf-front lots remaining from the initial release at South, the developer recently released a second group of home sites in prime locations, including six along the Gulf. They’re selling swiftly, with only three remaining.

“With so much Gulf-front land marked for preservation along North and South Padre Islands, premium beachfront lots are hard to come by,” says Lamkin. “But at Cinnamon Shore South, buyers have their choice of Gulf-front lots behind protective dunes and front-row views of the shore, along with other prime sites around the community.”

Initially, amenities at South will include:

  • A gorgeous, resort pool, with infinity edges on three sides, eight cabanas, plentiful lounge chairs, a lower sunset deck, and an outdoor bar offering light bites. Construction has started, and the pool complex is set to open in May 2021. It will grow to include family and children’s pools, while the bar will expand to a restaurant.
  • A 14-foot wide dune crossover, with room for two-way golf cart traffic. Starting this spring, it’s being built with a top-down method, which means no heavy equipment will be involved during construction in order to preserve the integrity of the dune structure and its beauty.
  • Newest technology for homeowners and vacation rental guests. That will include a live Beach Cam, along with Internet service that uses fiberoptic, with available speeds of up to 1 Gb/s (1,000 Mb/s)―the best connectivity available.
  • A 1-mile, scenic walking and jogging trail. It will wind around the lake from the pool complex to a bridge area, with views of charming streetscapes.
  • Manicured and maintained beachfront. At first, one dune crossover, and ultimately four, will provide easy access to Mustang Island’s broad, firm beaches.

In time, Cinnamon Shore South will develop its own, robust Town Center, with retail, restaurants, and a roof-top bar for enjoying sunsets over the Bay. It will complement the nearby Town Center and Market Street area at the original Cinnamon Shore, with easy, reciprocal access between the sister communities for shopping, dining, and play. There also are plans for a small, boutique inn and a spa and fitness center.

Adding to the cache of Cinnamon Shore South, it was selected by the Port Aransas City Council as the location of a landmark, new hotel and conference center. The venture, developed as a partnership between Sea Oats Group and the City of Port Aransas, is currently in the planning phase, but it promises to be a linchpin that will help turn Port Aransas into a year-round coastal destination and boost the area’s economy.

The ‘New Urban’ Difference
“It’s our strict adherence to the principles of New Urbanism that people have responded to at Cinnamon Shore, and that bodes well for the future at Cinnamon Shore South,” says Lamkin. “Our 12-year-old community, at 90% capacity, now looks and feels like its own, thriving beach town, and that’s why we’re confident that South will attract even more beach lovers looking for a family-friendly destination that feels like a real resort experience.”

Designed by New Urbanism proponent and land planner Mark Schnell, who lives on Florida’s Panhandle amid several New Urban communities, Cinnamon Shore has led the way on Mustang Island in establishing a new kind of beach vacation experience in the longtime fishing town of Port Aransas. The first of its kind on the Texas Coast, Cinnamon Shore, and now its expansion at South, appeal to vacationers and vacation homebuyers seeking relaxed style and resort-like amenities. The developer calls on top architects, interior designers, and builders in Texas and across South to ensure a high standard that matches the integrity of the master plan and to achieve the family-friendly, yet sophisticated look that has proven popular.

“We’re so eager for more Texans to discover what we’re doing here,” says Jodi Peters, managing broker at Cinnamon Shore Realty. “It’s truly been a quiet revelation on these shores, as we’ve established a new kind of beach-going experience on the Texas Coast. It’s been a smashing success at Cinnamon Shore, and we’re thrilled to see the response to our plans for South. There’s a lot of momentum that’s carrying us into the next decade. It’s going to be transformative.”

Flip Through Latest ‘Market Report’ Magazine

Learn more about Cinnamon Shore and Cinnamon Shore South by flipping through the digital version of our newest Market Report. It showcases the latest listings at both communities and the community spirit.

To follow the progress at South, visit Cinnamon Shore South. For more about real estate opportunities at Cinnamon Shore South, visit Cinnamon Shore Realty or call 361-749-1851. For more about the community, visit Cinnamon Shore.

About Cinnamon Shore
Cinnamon Shore is a pedestrian-friendly planned community nestled behind the protective dunes on Mustang Island along the Texas Gulf Coast. It is the first new urbanism development for Sea Oats Group, which is fulfilling its vision of a traditional seaside village with a wide array of amenities and recreational facilities intertwined with beach cottages, luxury villas and vibrant town centers. Now comprised of two communities – the original, Cinnamon Shore North, and its new, 150-acre, Gulf-side expansion, Cinnamon Shore South – every detail of the master plan for both is designed to embrace the natural ambience of Mustang Island and the slow-paced charm of a walkable neighborhood. For more information, visit http://www.CinnamonShore.com, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@CinnamonShore).

About Sea Oats Group
Port Aransas-based Sea Oats Group is one of the most successful developers of coastal properties in any market nationwide, including the Texas Gulf Coast, where the value of its beachfront portfolio is unequalled. The firm is dedicated to creating traditional neighborhood developments that provide residents with the highest possible quality of life, while preserving the integrity of the resort landscapes they occupy. By combining living spaces with retail areas in a walkable, connected plan, Sea Oats Group weaves together beautiful places to live, work and play. For more information, visit www.SeaOatsGroup.com.

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

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Offers Unique Summer camp Experiences for Curious children

Searching for a summer camp experience where your child can explore their curiosities and revel in the discovery and wonderment of the natural world?

Pacific Grove, CA, February 10, 2020 - Searching for a summer camp experience where your child can explore their curiosities and revel in the discovery and wonderment of the natural world?

Look no further than the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean’s rocky coastline and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary teeming with life.

A typical day for summer camp explorers includes exploration of the Museum, inside and outside activities and nature walks. Camps at PGMHH provide unique hands-on activities that are difficult to find anywhere else. With small camp sizes and our staff of experienced Museum educators, your camper will have fun learning all week long!

The 2020 camp weeks including the following:

Week 1 (June 1-5) — Backyard Buddies! (pre-K-second)

Are you wild about wildlife? Join us as we sharpen our sleuthing and scouting skills on an unforgettable animal adventure. We will habitat hop to solve mammal mysteries through crafts, stories and games. Exploring Earth’s environments and its amazing animals has never been so much fun.

Week 2 (June 8-12) — HerStory (grades 3-5)

Did you know that Pacific Grove had a woman mayor who was also a scientist, and that the Museum’s first curator was a woman? This girls-only week will be led by women scientists and special guests. We will explore the lives of fabulous and fearless heroines of the past and present — and inspire girls to be one of the future. We will have a tidepooling excursion to Lovers Point.

Week 3 (June 15-19) — Beetles, Butterflies and Spiders. Oh My! (pre-K-second)

It’s a bug’s world out there! Grab your magnifying glass and become an expert insect detective as we investigate these interesting invertebrates and winged wonders. We will spend an incredible week slithering, squirming, wiggling and worming our way into insect discoveries with crafts, stories and games.

Week 4 (June 22-26) — Destination Dinosaur (pre-K-second)

We are going on a fossil hunt and you are invited! An adventurous week of uncovering puzzles of the prehistoric past and discovering dinosaurs. This is a once-in-a-million-year adventure you won’t want to miss.

Week 5 (July 6-10) — Ocean Expedition (pre-K-second)

Take a deep dive into the science of the sea with this coastal camp. We will explore the animals that are between Pacific tides as we journey to the incredible underwater world where stories of the sea will come to the surface. Come discover the wonders of the open ocean and deep-sea discovery through games, stories and crafts. We will log our expedition in our keepsake explorers journals.

Week 6 (July 13-17) — Field Biologists (grades 3-5)

Calling all wildlife and plant enthusiasts. This week will be your field guide to the Central Coast. We will navigate through nature, scientifically illustratrate our surroundings, and explore the connection between the land and the sea.

Week 7 (July 20-24) — Water Wonders (pre-K-second)

Come escape the summer heat or fog by exploring the wonderful world of water. During this watery week we will wade our way through wonders of waterways, weather and coastal curiosities. We will work to solve the mysteries behind water’s journey through crafts, water play and stories.

Week 8 (July 27-31) — Creative Cubs: Art Adventures and Science Storytellers (pre-K-second)

Discover the art of nature through week of adventures, science storytelling and creative crafting. We will spend time painting a picture of the natural beauty we see around us as well as exploring our connections to nature through crafts, songs, stories and games.

Summer camp costs range from $345 for non-family level members and $295 for family members and above. For more information, call (831) 648-5716, email helmann@pgmuseum.org or visit www.pgmuseum.org/summer-camp.

About the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
In 1883, our museum opened its doors among the first wave of natural history museums in America. Naturalists of this era, such as John Muir And Louis Aggasiz, began a national tradition of hands-on science education and nature preservation. The museum has continued this tradition for 130 years. The museum’s mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. It envisions a community of curious minds, engaged in discovering the natural heritage and cultural legacy that exist today on the Central California Coast. The museum is a catalyst for conservation and a valued learning resource in this region, facilitating active inquiry for all ages.

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

Hofsas House Announces Third Nights a Charm Package

Book 3 nights and the 3rd is 1/3 off. A getaway is always a wonderful break....

Carmel, CA, February 10, 2020 - Book 3 nights and the 3rd is 1/3 off. A getaway is always a wonderful break...they just don't last long enough. At Hofsas House we know the 3rd nights a charm!

Subject to availability. Minimum of three (3)-night stay required. Savings reflected in rate at time of booking. If modifications to reservation are made during your hotel stay (e.g. early departure), the promotion is void and your rate will be adjusted to the rate of the day. Taxes and gratuities not included. Offer not applicable to groups, negotiated or third-party rates. Not combinable with any other offers. Not applicable to existing reservations. Blackout dates apply. Offer valid from February and March 2020 excluding holidays and AT&T golf week. Mention Code HHCHARM when booking.


Background on the 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, not to mention amenities like fireplaces, private balconies, wet bars, kitchens and patios. Large suites provide the perfect stay for newlyweds and everyone 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 offer 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 hofsashouse.com.

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

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Second Annual Concours at Pasadera Juried lineup of Collector Cars and Motorcycles adds a Showcase of Hot Wheels and ‘Ford vs. Ferrari’ Private Screening

Last year’s inaugural Concours at Pasadera had it all — free-flowing Champagne, delectable hors d’oeuvres, more than 60 spectacular cars competing in class awards from Tiffany and Co.

Monterey, CA, February 06, 2020 - Last year’s inaugural Concours at Pasadera had it all — free-flowing Champagne, delectable hors d’oeuvres, more than 60 spectacular cars competing in class awards from Tiffany and Co., and the backdrop of a luxurious private country club and Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.

While that may sound difficult to eclipse, Pasadera club members have every intention of doing just that at the second annual event on Friday, Aug. 7, from 4-7 p.m.

Pasadera will effectively launch Car Week on the Monterey Peninsula, showcasing a juried collection of modern, classic, competition, commercial and vintage automobiles, along with motorcycles gathered from club members and enthusiasts.

Guests will enjoy an exceptional culinary experience, with the event benefiting countywide charitable causes. The 2020 event includes a special Hot Wheels show, inviting both younger and older exhibitors to present their collections for awards.

Ford vs Ferrari

While the focus will be centered on Friday’s festivities, Pasadera will host a pre-Concours party on Thursday, Aug. 6 (5-8 p.m.), highlighted by a private screening of the film “Ford vs. Ferrari,” starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon.

The film follows a determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby (Damon) and his British driver Ken Miles (Bale). Both are dispatched by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca with the mission of building the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.

Bring your Hot Wheels

The famous toy from Mattel has become hugely collectible, with fans unearthing pieces that could belong in an investment portfolio.

The Concours at Pasadera will feature five exciting categories for entrants: Vintage Hot Wheels (manufactured between 1968-1977 with red lines on the tires); Classics (1978-1994); Modern Classics (1995-2020; includes 1995 “Treasure Hunt” launch); Customized (manufacturing dates open); and Special Exhibition (rare examples accepted by the jury).

A Best of Show will be awarded, chosen by attending guests by popular vote, given to the piece that best represents the spirit of the show and its exhibitor.

Each Hot Wheels exhibitor will receive a selected Hot Wheels vehicle as a gift from the Concours committee.

Those interested in exhibiting should register here.

Pasadera’s philanthropy

Proceeds from the 2020 Concours at Pasadera will benefit The Bridge Restoration Ministry and CASA of Monterey County (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children).

The Bridge exists to provide a residential setting for those struggling with addictions, providing safety, structure, discipleship and supervision for the purpose of restoring them back to God, family, work and community. Referrals come from Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and The Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, families, local businesses, and local and state correctional programs. Its current goal is to acquire a new facility, working with Pepperdine University to obtain a location in Pacific Grove.

CASA trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for abused or neglected children placed in foster care, upholding the children’s rights while pursuing a safe and permanent home.

2020 poster from famed artist

World-renowned automotive artist Simon Bull has captured the spirit of the 2020 Concours at Pasadera through his love of color — and cars.

The work of this English-born artist can be viewed at Bull’s studio inside the Meuse Gallery on Ocean Avenue in Carmel, as well as through a network of fine art galleries around the world.

Guests to Concours at Pasadera will be able to view Bull’s one-of-a-kind, colorfully painted Aston Martin on display.

Tickets and more information

Monterey Motorsports owner Rick Barnett is leading the organization for the event, and will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Tiffany & Co. will furnish the awards for exhibitor participation.

A 2020 Concours ticket includes:

Admission into The Concours at Pasadera
Hosted Champagne
Heavy hors d’oeuvres
Early-Bird Pricing (RSVP before July 10)

General admission adult (18+): $110, $195 per couple
General admission (under 18): $40
Children 5 and under are free
Standard Pricing (RSVP before July 10)

General admission adult (18+): $125, $225 per couple
General admission (under 18): $50
Children 5 and under are free to attend
Club Member Early-Bird Pricing (RSVP before July 10)

Member general admission adult (18+): $95, $165 per couple
Member general admission (under 18): $30
Children 5 and under are free
Club members interested in purchasing tickets should contact Laura Costa at (831) 647-2400 or email admin@thelcubatpasadera.com.

General admission tickets may be purchased at https://pasaderaconcours.com/tickets/

Exhibitors and sponsors

The exhibition fee is $250 (includes two entry tickets, Tiffany exhibitor award, car bio, photo shoot). To guarantee review of entry by jury, exhibitor must apply by July 6.

Alumni exhibitors will be charged $250 (includes two entry tickets, sterling silver Tiffany 2019 Alumni Pin, car bio, and photo). To guarantee review of entry by jury, alumni exhibitor must apply by May 15.

Elite exhibitor fee is $350 (includes Alumni and Exhibitor entries, two event tickets, and both Exhibitor and Alumni awards). To guarantee review of entry by jury, Alumni exhibitor must apply by May 15.

Applications may be found at https://pasaderaconcours.com/application.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Rick Barnett at rick@montereymotorsports.com.

The Club at Pasadera is at 100 Pasadera Drive in

Monterey, between Monterey and Salinas off Highway 68.

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

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Paws for a Cause Gala on May 9 Supports the Mission of Max’s Helping Paws in Providing Financial help to responsible Pet owners with a Pet in a Health crisis

Max’s Helping Paws Foundation will bring the Emerald City to Monterey for a glittering fundraiser in support of its mission — providing a financial lifeline for responsible pet owners with a pet in a health crisis.

Monterey, CA, February 06, 2020 - Max’s Helping Paws Foundation will bring the Emerald City to Monterey for a glittering fundraiser in support of its mission — providing a financial lifeline for responsible pet owners with a pet in a health crisis.

The third annual Paws for a Cause event (Saturday, May 9) takes attendees on a journey through Kansas all the way to Oz. Guests will enjoy a reception with wines provided by Bernardus, followed by a plated dinner, silent and live auctions, music, dancing and a casino.

Held at Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, Max’s biggest event of the year will prove that “there’s no place like home.” Paws for a Cause has sold out quickly in the past. Tickets are $150 and available (along with sponsorship opportunities) at www.maxpaws.org. Themed attire is encouraged, but not required. To register by phone, or to ask specific questions regarding sponsorships, call Dyana Klein at (831) 704-6473.

About Max’s Helping Paws
Financial circumstances should never decide a companion pet’s fate. Because of that, Max’s Helping Paws Foundation reduces economic euthanasia, surrender and suffering of severely ill or injured pets by providing pet owners assistance with the costs of urgent medical care. Through the years the foundation has assisted nearly 200 Monterey County families while approving nearly $160,000 in treatments for pets in crisis.

Media Quick Facts For Reference:
Max's Helping Paws Foundation is bringing the Emerald City to Monterey for its most magnificent fundraising evening ever, Max's Helping Paws is holding its third annual fundraising evening to support its mission. To date, Max's Helping Paws has helped nearly 200 Monterey County families and approved nearly $160,000 in treatments for pets in crisis.

This magical, spectacular evening will take you on a journey through Kansas all the way to the glistening Emerald City as Max's Helping Paws hosts it's largest event of the year, Paws for a Cause. For year 3, guests will enjoy a reception with wines provided by Bernardus Wine, followed by a plated dinner, silent and live auctions, followed by music, dancing and casino. This event, which has sold out both prior years, is sure to sell out once again. Some very special surprises await attendees as they travel to the Emerald City.
When: May 9, 2020 Reception/Silent Auction opens 5:30PM

Where: Portola Hotel & Spa, in Monterey, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

Tickets: $150, Tables of 8 or 10 available.

Sponsorships (see details below): Multiple Sponsorship Options available

Online Tickets or Sponsorships: MAXSPAWS.ORG (Details Attached)

Phone Registration, Sponsorships or Other Questions: contact Dyana Klein, (831) 704-6473

Max’s Helping Paws Foundation Fact Sheet:

MHPF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that partners with Monterey County veterinary practices to provide financial assistance to clients with pets in need of critical, short-term care or longer-term, continued care.

Pets are members of the family. MHPF keeps pets at home with their families and out of overburdened shelters.

MHPF’s minimizes economic euthanasia, surrender, and suffering of severely ill or injured pets due to their owners’ inability to afford necessary and unexpected medical treatments.

Since it first started providing financial assistance in mid-2017, MHPF has approved more than $160,000 (and growing) in financial assistance and has helped nearly 200 pet families deal with financial hardship.

MHFP is a matching program paying up to 50% of costs, including diagnostic tests (Up to the Maximum allowable), allowing owners to make informed decisions around the fate of their companion pet. We help owners educate themselves as to all their options. We are unique in this aspect. We also provide guidance to help pet owners gather their portion.

MHPF has 23 veterinary partners.

MHFP is based in Monterey County and serves only Monterey County.

We are very responsive to our pet families and our veterinary partners. We have a veterinary liaison, Shelley, so our veterinary partners have a person to go to keep lines of communication open.

We have a no-contract relationship with our veterinary partners, making for a very organic and personal connection. We have an enrollment form that outlines what we provide.

MHPF launched an unprecedented two-year pilot program that provides for pets with chronic conditions, the Continued Care Program, which will provide up to two years of ongoing financial support to responsible families whose dog or cat faces a chronic illness.

MHPF is the first animal welfare organization in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties to launch a Continued Care program such as this in Monterey County.

Max’s Helping Paws Foundation is named after Dyana and Jonathan’s beloved miniature pinscher, Maximillian, who they lost to illness in May of 2016.

To contact MHPF, call (831) 704-6473 or email info@maxshelpingpaws.org. For more information, go to its website at https://www.maxshelpingpaws.org.

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

Family-owned Kitchen Studio of Monterey Peninsula Expands with New location: Salinas Valley Kitchen & Bath

Late last year, Kitchen Studio of Monterey Peninsula, Inc. purchased Salinas Valley Kitchen & Bath (SVKB) on South Main Street in Salinas.

Salinas, CA, February 05, 2020 - Late last year, Kitchen Studio of Monterey Peninsula, Inc. purchased Salinas Valley Kitchen & Bath (SVKB) on South Main Street in Salinas. SVKB opened its doors right away, anxious to serve clientele, and will celebrate its grand re-opening and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

“We really felt Salinas was a market that was under serviced in many ways,” says new owner Jillian Clark. SVKB is led by Jillian’s sister, Laura Diaz, who has more than three decades of industry experience. Laura moved back to California from Tennessee, to help fuel SVKB’s success.

Clark says “her family and extended family of loyal team members, are thrilled to offer forward thinking design, all product sales, and remodel services, now from the salad bowl to the sea. We have talented people in place, and lots of resources to offer support when needed. It’s really exciting to meet new people, especially in Salinas; everyone is so friendly and the people are so genuine. So far, we’re seeing a lot of younger, first-time homebuyers, excited to improve their living spaces.”

SVKB boasts a showroom of many choices and styles, and focuses on the needs and wants of the person living in their home, fulfilling any vision; and welcomes architects, builders and designers too!

Clark says it will be “business as usual” in Salinas. “One thing is for sure, we will deliver on what we promise, and honor my dad’s golden rule: It’s important to always have integrity and treat everyone with respect and equality.”

Kitchen Studio of Monterey Peninsula (KSMP) has spent the last 35 years transforming homes into personal havens. In 1985, Jillian’s parents, Chris and Carmen Humphrey opened the business and set the bar high, with quality products, design, craftsmanship and unmatched customer service. Jillian and her husband John, have carried on the family-owned operation for the last 20 years in Seaside, and will bring that same level of attention to detail and service to Salinas.

Salinas Valley Kitchen & Bath is at 1368 S. Main St. C, in the Nob Hill shopping center. Phone: (831) 422-9900.

Adam Joseph
Showroom Manager

Kitchen Studio Monterey
www.ksmonterey.com
Seaside: 831.899.3303

Cabinets & Such
www.cabinetsandsuch.com
Seaside: 831.899.3303

Salinas Valley Kitchen & Bath
www.svkb.design
Salinas: 831.422.9900

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

Decluttering can actually Make us Happier People, but Donating Unwanted items to Goodwill Helps Create Jobs — and that’s the best Feeling of all

How can cleaning your house possibly make you feel good? Well, studies show that taking the time to thoroughly clean and maintain a tidy home makes people happier.

Salinas, CA, February 05, 2020 - How can cleaning your house possibly make you feel good? Well, studies show that taking the time to thoroughly clean and maintain a tidy home makes people happier.

The act of cleaning provides a sense of satisfaction, which in turn can put you in a good mood, and being more organized reduces stress. Beyond that, if you declutter and donate unwanted or unused items to Goodwill of the Central Coast, a real sense of satisfaction takes place, because your stuff fuels job training programs, making a positive difference in your community.

Here is a step-by-step guide to donate to Goodwill:

Find stuff to donate. A good place to start is your closet, basement or garage. In addition to clothing, small appliances and home decor, some Goodwill locations accept computer equipment and even vehicles.

Gather items in one place. Look them over one last time. Take a deep breath and learn to let go. If donating electrical equipment or battery-operated items, it is helpful to test them out first. Also, we appreciate it if all clothes are washed or dry cleaned.

Locate a Goodwill store near you. Use our locator to find the nearest career center (for help finding a job), retail store, donation site, or outlet store (which sells items in bulk), operated by our network of 157 independent, community-based Goodwills. Go to goodwill.org and use your zip or postal code. If you aren't sure if your local Goodwill accepts something you wish to donate, just give them a call.

Donate your items. Remember, when you donate to Goodwill, you are making a real difference in people’s lives. After you drop off your clothes, blankets, electronics, and other items, Goodwill sells them in stores or online at shopgoodwill.com. When someone buys your item, local Goodwill organizations use that money to provide job training and other services for people in your community.

Get a receipt so you can claim a tax deduction later. Your gift just keeps on giving!

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

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

20 Images to Inspire a 2020 Visit to Cinnamon Shore

We don’t need to tell you why to vacation at Cinnamon Shore! Let us show you!

Port Aransas, TX, January 29, 2020 - We don’t need to tell you why to vacation at Cinnamon Shore! Let us show you! Take a look at all the reasons you should book now for 2020 at the Texas Gulf Coast’s premiere master-planned community.


Here are 20 inspirational images to help you imagine what it’s like to spend time at Cinnamon Shore from January through December! Visit cinnamonshore.com to learn more.

No. 1 Beach Bonfires! We do all the set-up—just sit back and be mesmerized. Learn More. (https://www.cinnamonshore.com/things-to-do/essentials-and-extras/bonfire-on-the-beach)

No. 2 Romantic Dinners. Don’t miss cozy Lisabella’s Bistro & Bar, offering
Dinner for 2 on Valentine’s Day! Make Reservations! (https://www.cinnamonshore.com/things-to-do/events/valentines-dinner-for-2lisabellas-bistro-bar/335)

No. 3 Spring Break Smiles! One of three community pools, Kiera’s Pool overlooks Lake Gavin. Learn More. (https://www.cinnamonshore.com/things-to-do/free-activities/pool-time)

No. 4 Family Time at the Shore! Enjoy the broad, firm beaches of Mustang Island. Photo: Shannon Lafayette

No. 5 S’more Nights. Great Lawn or on the Beach! Learn More (https://www.cinnamonshore.com/things-to-do/free-activities/smores-night)

No. 6 The Views! Vacation rental homes overlook Lake Colby, Lake Gavin and the Gulf. Check availability. (https://www.cinnamonshore.com/rentals)

No. 7 Spacious Gathering Spaces! Hang out here. See what’s available.(https://www.cinnamonshore.com/rentals)

No. 8 Easter Egg Hunt! It’s on the Town Center green with 10,000 eggs!

No. 9 Live Music! We book great acts all year long. Check our calendar! (https://www.cinnamonshore.com/things-to-do/events)

No. 10 Improve Sandcastle Skills. Texas SandFest is in April, and we offer Sandcastle Building Lessons! Photo: Shannon Lafayette (https://www.cinnamonshore.com/things-to-do/free-activities/sandcastle-lessons)

No. 11 Wake-Up to This! Talk about rooms with a view! Find a beachy bedroom.(https://www.cinnamonshore.com/rentals)

No. 12 Father’s Day Fun. We make the weekend special for dad.

No. 13 Walls of Windows. Don’t you love this window-wrapped dining nook?

No. 14 Sunsets! Gorgeous skies over Lake Gavin and the Gulf.

No. 15 Easy Access. Sturdy dune crossovers take you directly to the beach. Photo: Shannon Lafayette

No. 16 Paddleboard Yoga. Seasonal sessions at our Dune Pool. Learn More. Photo: Shannon Lafayette (https://www.cinnamonshore.com/things-to-do/free-activities/yoga-on-the-beach)

No. 17 The Pizza! Popular Dylan’s Coal Oven Pizzeria opened last summer! Learn More.(https://www.cinnamonshore.com/things-to-do/dining/dylans-coal-oven-pizzeria)

No. 18 4th of July. Great patriotic, family fun!

No. 19 Bunk Rooms. Kids love the fun, built-in style many rentals offer. Find a your bunk room (https://www.cinnamonshore.com/rentals)

No. 20 Coastal Christmas. We’re decked out from Thanksgiving through New Year’s!

Known for its welcoming, cottage charm and resort-like amenities, Cinnamon Shore represents the best of coastal architecture and quality construction on the Texas Coast. For more on the community, visit https://www.cinnamonshore.com/. For more about real estate, visit http://www.cinnamonshorerealty.com/ or call 361-749-1851.

About Cinnamon Shore
Cinnamon Shore is a pedestrian-friendly planned community nestled behind the protective dunes on Mustang Island along the Texas Gulf Coast. It is the first new urbanism development for Sea Oats Group, which is fulfilling its vision of a traditional seaside village with a wide array of amenities and recreational facilities intertwined with beach cottages, luxury villas and vibrant town centers. Now comprised of two communities – the original, Cinnamon Shore North, and its new, 150-acre, Gulf-side expansion, Cinnamon Shore South – the master plan embraces the natural ambience of Mustang Island and the slow-paced charm of a walkable neighborhood. For more, visit http://www.CinnamonShore.com, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@CinnamonShore).

About Sea Oats Group
Port Aransas-based Sea Oats Group is one of the most successful developers of coastal properties in any market nationwide, including the Texas Gulf Coast, where the value of its beachfront portfolio is unequalled. The firm is dedicated to creating traditional neighborhood developments that provide residents with the highest possible quality of life, while preserving the integrity of the resort landscapes they occupy. By combining living spaces with retail areas in a walkable, connected plan, Sea Oats Group weaves together beautiful places to live, work and play. For more information, visit www.SeaOatsGroup.com.

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

Monday, January 27, 2020

Carmel Jewish Film Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Award-Winning Movies, Speakers, Receptions

Tickets are now on sale for the 10th Annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival (CJFF), featuring 10 films from six countries, noted speakers, and panel discussions.

Salinas, CA, January 27, 2020 - March 7 – 22, 2020, Tickets are now on sale for the 10th Annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival (CJFF), featuring 10 films from six countries, noted speakers, and panel discussions. Film, program, 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.

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. Broadway actor Michael Bernardi will answer questions entertain following the film. Michael is the youngest actor to play Tevye on Broadway and is the son of actor Herschel Bernardi.

“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.

“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, the award-winning “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.

“THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ” (March 15)
Partnering with the Catholic Diocese and the Unitarian Universalist Church Of Monterey, 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”. A panel with Rabbi Jeff Schulman, Father Jerry Maher, and Reverend Elaine Gehrmann will follow the film.

NIGHT OF SHORTS (March 19)
Tiffany Shlain, ,TED speaker, author and founder of the Webby Awards, Ken Goldberg, artist, inventor, and roboticist at UC Berkeley, and Michael Horwitz – all award-winning filmmakers will be participating in a Q & A following the screening of some of their films. Tiffany and Ken will be signing their book, 24/6: The Power of Unplugging Once a Week.

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. A talkback with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum and Abdel Seck, President of the local Islamic community, will follow 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
Susan Greenbaum
831-277-3211
greenbaumcarmel@sbcglobal.net

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

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Hosts Annual Wildflower Show on April 17-19, Showcasing More than 600 Species and Varieties of Wildflowers

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History continues the colorful, springtime tradition of the 59th annual Wildflower Show

Pacific Grove, CA, January 24, 2020 - The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History continues the colorful, springtime tradition of the 59th annual Wildflower Show, the most comprehensive and spectacular array of wildflowers in the Northern and Western Hemispheres.

Joining forces with the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), the museum hosts this cherished event on April 17-19, showcasing more than 600 species and varieties of wildflowers.

Held each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Wildflower Show is the largest and longest-running event of its kind — one that has captivated generations of families.

More than 30 members of the Native Plant Society spent many days scouring Monterey County and beyond to collect the finest specimens of wildflowers blooming that spring. Botanists, garden enthusiasts, and people just looking for flowers for their gardens will all appreciate this collection.

Tickets to the Wildflower Show may be purchased at the museum on the days of the show.

· $8.95 for all adults

· $5.95 for youths ages 4-18, students with ID, military from outside of Monterey County and Seniors

· Free for 3 years old and under

· Free for museum members and CNPS members with membership cards

For more information, call (831) 648-5716, email admin@pgmuseum.org or go to the website at www.pgmuseum.org.

About the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
In 1883, our museum opened its doors among the first wave of natural history museums in America. Naturalists of this era, such as John Muir And Louis Aggasiz, began a national tradition of hands-on science education and nature preservation. The museum has continued this tradition for 130 years. The museum’s mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. It envisions a community of curious minds, engaged in discovering the natural heritage and cultural legacy that exist today on the Central California Coast. The museum is a catalyst for conservation and a valued learning resource in this region, facilitating active inquiry for all ages.

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

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Watsonville YMCA to Host Open House on Jan, 25, 2020

Watsonville YMCA will host an open house on Jan. 25, 2020, so the community can try out the Y for free and see what it has to offer.

Salinas, CA, January 23, 2020 — Watsonville YMCA will host an open house on Jan. 25, 2020, so the community can try out the Y for free and see what it has to offer.

The open house will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020, at the Watsonville YMCA Family Center, 27 Sudden Street, Watsonville.

There will be free fitness assessments and orientations during the open house, as well as family arts and crafts, and demo fitness classes from 11:30 am-1 p.m. Demo classes will include Spin, Kidfit, Bootcamp, Kid Zumba, and Zumba classes. Healthy lifestyle information will also be available.

Also, join the YMCA that day and the Y will waive the enrollment fee and give you $50 of Y-Bucks, for a total savings of $100. Present the Y Bucks card for discounts on exercise classes, sports, after-school programs, personal training and more (some restrictions apply). This special offer expires Jan. 31, 2020. Y-Bucks are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.

For more information, call (831) 728-9622, email Stephany Soto, Senior Membership and Wellness Director, at ssoto@ymcacentralcoast.org, or go to the Central Coast YMCA website at: centralcoastymca.org.

About the Central Coast YMCA
Formed in 1989, the Central Coast YMCA began with the merger of two independent YMCAs; the Salinas Community YMCA (founded in 1921) and the Watsonville Family YMCA (founded in 1898). Originally a USO built in 1941, with the purpose of supporting American troops during World War II, the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula joined the association in 1990. In 1998 the South County YMCA became the fourth branch in the association, extending its service area to the residents of south Monterey County. The YMCA of San Benito County became the fifth and most recent addition to the association in 1999.

CCYMCA is an independent, private, nonprofit corporation, a part of the YMCA of the USA, but responsible for its own policies, programs, and budgets. It employs 27 full-time employees, about 225 part-time employees, and 120 volunteers who impact approximately 40,000 people in Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties.

For more information on Central Coast YMCA, call (831) 757-4633 or go to centralcoastymca.org. CCYMCA is located at 500 Lincoln Ave. in Salinas.

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

Western Food Safety Summit Announces ‘Extremely Strategic’ Speaker Lineup for May 6-7 Event

The 2020 Annual Western Food Safety Summit in Salinas, Calif., has confirmed an expert lineup of industry and research experts as speakers for its May 6-7 event at Hartnell College – each focused on a theme of “Creating a Sustainable Food Safety Culture.”

Salinas, CA, January 23, 2020 - The 2020 Annual Western Food Safety Summit in Salinas, Calif., has confirmed an expert lineup of industry and research experts as speakers for its May 6-7 event at Hartnell College – each focused on a theme of “Creating a Sustainable Food Safety Culture.”

Kicking off the first day as keynote speaker will be Tim York, president of Markon Cooperative Inc., which maintains a field-to-fork 5-Star Food Safety program. A former Produce Marketing Association director and chair, he is a founding member of the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops.

The second day’s morning keynote will be delivered by Dennis Donohue, director of the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology, a premier agtech startup incubator based in Salinas. He also is a former longtime produce industry executive.

The two full days of presentations at the Center for Performing Arts on Hartnell’s main campus will feature 12 additional speakers, covering safety issues in equipment, communication, soil, FDA programs and a variety of water-related issues, including sampling and treatment of irrigated water.

A barbecue mixed-grill lunch will be served both days, along with a Networking and Sponsors’ Table, and Day One will conclude with a VIP reception from 4-5:30 p.m., hosted by Scheid Family Wines.

“This year’s summit program is extremely strategic, and that’s because this is an increasingly critical moment for food safety in the fresh fruits and vegetables industry,” said Western Food Safety Summit Chair Jess Hogg, who is quality assurance manager for Scheid Vineyards, based in Salinas.

“Our attendees will receive an enormous amount of timely, actionable information. They’ll be hearing from very thoughtful, knowledgeable individuals on subjects that will be right in their wheelhouse.”

The following is the full lineup of speakers for the 15th annual summit, in addition to the keynotes:

Wednesday, May 6
• “Sanitary Design of Packing Equipment,” Kim Snyder, director of food safety at Monterey Mushrooms Inc.
• “Technologies Available in Today’s Market and How to Increase Communication through Technology,” Bryan Banks, founder and COO of KipTraq.
• “Industry Ag Water Priorities and How the PMA is Involved,” Trever Suslow, vice president of food safety, Produce Marketing Association.
• “Ag Water – Ongoing Research at Arizona State University” (first of two parts), Channah Rock, associate professor of soil, water and environmental services and water quality specialist with University of Arizona Cooperative.
• “A Simplified Guide to Irrigation Water Sampling,” Greg Komar, technical director, California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement.
• “Procedures and Alternatives to Ensure Type B Water Can Become Type A,” Jim Byron, CEO, Xgenex.
• “Steps in Developing a Comprehensive Water Treatment Program,” Bob Mills, director of food safety, quality assurance and technical services at the Harbinger Group LLC.
• Panel discussion: Trevor Suslow, Channah Rock, Greg Komar, Jim Bryon, Bob Bills and Barry Eisenberg, food safety director for Miles Chemical Co.

Thursday, May 7
• “Organic Matter, Chlorine and Soil Microflora,” Jim Byron, CEO, Xgenex.
• “FDA Sampling Policy and Procedures,” Sonia Salas, assistant vice president for food safety and science at Western Grower.
• “Ag Water – Ongoing Research at Arizona State University” (second of two parts), Channah Rock, associate professor of soil, water and environmental services and water quality specialist with University of Arizona Cooperative.
• “Harvest Equipment Sanitation,” Justin Kerr, owner/manager of Factor IV Solutions LLC.
• “Food Safety Considerations of Pelletized Products,” Mike Menes, vice president of food safety and technology at True Organics Products.
• “Requirements for Better Food Safety,” Kari Valdes, director of food safety and quality assurance at Taylor Farms.

Registration for the summit is available online. The fee is $295 and can be paid with VISA or MasterCard.

For media inquiries:
Scott Faust
Director of Comm. & Marketing
(831) 755-6858
Cell (831) 206-9422
sfaust@hartnell.edu

Sponsorship opportunities area available for a partner donation of $1,000. The sponsorship package includes significant exposure to Salinas Valley agricultural businesses on location throughout the event, a company logo on summit materials, one free registration to the summit and one sponsor’s booth in the common area. Exhibition times are 8-9 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Learn more on the event webpage.

For sponsorship or registration questions, please call (831) 755-6810.

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

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Twisted Roots Winery Celebrates Love with a Bouquet of Events and Promotions during February

It may still be cold outside, but Twisted Roots Winery in Carmel Valley plans special events and promotions during February that are guaranteed to warm your heart.

Carmel Valley, CA, January 22, 2020 — It may still be cold outside, but Twisted Roots Winery in Carmel Valley plans special events and promotions during February that are guaranteed to warm your heart.

Visit the tasting room during the month of love and receive a love note from winery owners Josh and Julie Ruiz. Tasting room customers and wine club members can bring back their sealed envelopes during February to reveal a special deal, such as free swag or even a $50 gift card.

The month isn’t all about Feb. 14. Twisted Roots plans a special happy hour the day BEFORE Valentine’s Day. It’s called Galentine’s Day, popularized by TV’s “Parks and Recreation.”

The concept is simple: Celebrate female friendships the day before the world becomes obsessed with lovey-dovey Valentine’s Day. On Thursday, Feb. 13, Twisted Roots will celebrate with live music, wine specials and a yummy cheese tray. The event is free, but reservations are appreciated through the website www.twistedrootsvineyard.com.

The following day will not be ignored, of course. Bring your someone special to the tasting room on Feb. 14 and find special pricing that everyone will love — 20 percent off bottles.

Don’t forget Open that Bottle Day on Feb. 29. This unofficial but gloriously vinous holiday (invented by former Wall Street Journal wine columnists in 1999) encourages wine drinkers to open a special bottle — because wine is made to be enjoyed! Perhaps it’s our “1918” Old Vine Zinfandel, made from family-owned vines more than 100 years old. Or track down your Valentine’s favorite Twisted Roots wine of all time — and gift an entire case.

Visit our website here and order the perfect bottle for this special day.

Because it’s the month of love, Twisted Roots also offers ideas to help keep things romantic. For example, why not create an at-home Wine ’n’ Love Evening? Choose your love’s favorite Twisted Roots wine, and create (or have catered) the perfect meal to pair with it. Then, have a romantic wine-themed video ready to go, such as the romantic comedy “French Kiss” or the screwball romantic flick “Sideways.” Julie Ruiz loves the Sandra Bullock classic “Hope Floats” for Valentine’s Day (because she loves to drink Twisted Roots bubbles along with it). Josh Ruiz loves to pair Petite Sirah with the movie “Bottle Shock,” while Twisted Roots team member Whitney prefers “How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”

Twisted Roots tasting room is at 12 Del Fino Pl., Carmel Valley. Phone: 831-594-8282.

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

Watsonville Business Owner Ricardo Rocha Honored with Statewide Entrepreneurship award, Gives Thanks to El Pájaro CDC for Helping him Overcome Barriers

As a child growing up in Mexico, Ricardo Rocha always dreamed of owning his own business and speaking a second language.

Watsonville, CA, January 21, 2020 - As a child growing up in Mexico, Ricardo Rocha always dreamed of owning his own business and speaking a second language.

Years later he immigrated to California, finding work picking berries and landscaping. Not willing to sacrifice his dream and settle for less, Rocha enrolled in night classes at Cabrillo College while continuing to work in the fields.


There he found his calling.

“I fell in love with computers and what they could do,” he said.

Rocha eventually opened a small computer sales and service office in downtown Watsonville. But his business knowledge was limited, and he ran into multiple barriers.

Then he found El Pájaro Community Development Corporation’s Business Incubator Program at Plaza Vigil in Watsonville. El Pájaro provided him with business coaching, technical assistance and paths to funding.

Today, Rocha operates RVS Technology Group, employing 12 full-time staff with a bimonthly payroll of more than $30,000.

In recognition of his success story, CAMEO (a statewide micro enterprise association) bestowed on Rocha one of only two Faces of Entrepreneurship awards given each year.

Rocha did more than succeed in business, he created an entire industry that was previously nonexistent in Watsonville. Through it all RVS became the city’s first-ever company to start from ground zero through the efforts of an immigrant.

Rocha is immensely proud of that, and does his best to give back. RVS employs young people who are just starting their careers in tech, providing them with good-paying jobs, highly sought-after skills, and growth opportunities.

“It’s an industry that is local, provides jobs for local kids, and gives them growth opportunities,” he said. “It’s great to see these kids come forward and succeed in life, and I’m happy to be a little bridge.”

Rocha pays it forward because he knows he found a helping hand in El Pájaro CDC.

“I was very, very naive about all the aspects needed to run a business,” he said. “I was very blessed to find El Pájaro. They have the foundation to help anyone start a business. They give you a basic understanding of finances, teach you how to read a profit-and-loss statement, and what it all means.”

Another challenge Rocha faced surrounded funding. Whether it was his language limitations or lack of a credit history, banks refused to give him a second look. But with the help of El Pájaro, Rocha was able to secure a loan through the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union.

“I had no credibility, I had no history,” Rocha said.

Ricardo’s determination and unwillingness to give up in the face of adversity put him where he is today. But he also knows he couldn’t have done it without help from others.

El Pájaro CDC celebrates 40 years of transforming people’s lives through entrepreneurship by taking the confusion, guesswork and complexity out of starting small businesses. By offering technical, legal, financial and managerial assistance, El Pájaro has helped launch and nurture countless small businesses while bolstering economic development within the community.

“If you give someone an opportunity it can change lives, and lead to generations of success,” said Carmel Hererra, executive director of El Pajaro CDC. “To see a journey from farmworker to entrepreneur — many started that way when they came to us — is so rewarding.”

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

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Teresa Sabankaya Will Hold A Posy Pop-Up Boutique at Buttercup Cakes & Farmhouse Frosting Shop in Santa Cruz, Feb. 10-14, 2020

Renowned florist and floral designer Teresa Sabankaya will hold her first pop-up flower boutique of 2020 in February at Buttercup Cakes & Farmhouse Frosting in Santa Cruz.

Bonny Doon, CA, January 17, 2020 — Renowned florist and floral designer Teresa Sabankaya will hold her first pop-up flower boutique of 2020 in February at Buttercup Cakes & Farmhouse Frosting in Santa Cruz.

The Posy Pop-Up by Bonny Doon Garden Company will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, Feb. 10 –14, 2020, at Buttercup Cakes & Farmhouse Frosting, 1411 Pacific Ave., in Santa Cruz. The pop-up will feature a full Valentine’s Day gift boutique, with candles, language of flowers luxe home and body care products, books, and flowers, making it a one-stop shop for Valentine’s Day gifts.

For many years, several businesses in Santa Cruz have invited Teresa to create pop-up flower boutiques for special occasions and especially holidays such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day. So, she is working on Posy Pop-ups for whimsical and truly unique flower and botanical gift experiences.

Teresa’s creations are timeless, not trendy, and with a classic garden romance aesthetic. She has been involved with flowers for more than 20 years, is a pioneer of the Slow Flowers™ movement, is an Advanced Certified Green Gardener, and is regarded as one of the most innovative florists in Northern California.

Teresa’s creative, innovative floral arrangements can be purchased with the click of a button at the Bonny Doon Garden Company’s website at https://bonnydoongardenco.bloomnation.com/.

Shop online for local deliveries of flower arrangements throughout Santa Cruz County. Teresa partners with independently owned artisan flower shops through a fine flower network of independent florists, so that flowers can be ordered and delivered by fine florists nationwide, from small and wrapped, to grand and glorious.

Check out her website for new special Valentine’s Day arrangements, including such posy specials as:

>My Valentine Posy – classy and modern, this posy conveys passion, romance, and beauty for the love of your life, $68 plus shipping.

>Sweetheart Posy — Perfect for Valentine’s Day; mother and daughter; new loves, and more, $68 plus shipping.

>Simplement l’Amour — the most popular of the Valentine Posies makes a voluptuous statement in pink and red. This one is a hot and heavy romance posy that elicits fidelity, passion, and timeless eternal love for the love of your life, $68 plus shipping.

Sabankaya recommends pairing a posy arrangement with her new hardcover, signed book, “The Posy Book: Garden-Inspired Bouquets That Tell a Story,” available at https://teresasabankaya.com/products/the-posy-book.

Gifting flowers conveys emotions and messages that can’t always be articulated in words. Sabankaya helps translate those feelings for us in “The Posy Book.”

In addition to Teresa’s flowers, gift items such as, Language of Flower Posy Soaps and Language of Flowers Curated Gift Box, sentiment tags, and “The Posy Book,” can be ordered and shipped nationwide through https://teresasabankaya.com/collections

Last day of shipping for Valentine’s Day arrival must be ordered by Feb. 12 for nationwide shipping of Valentine’s Day posies and gifts.

Check out her website at www.teresasabankaya.com, and also www.bonnydoongardenco.com for more information and gift ideas. You can also talk about your flower order by calling (831) 421-0975.

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

Goodwill Central Coast Increases Community impact by Offering 46 new Job Opportunities for 2020

Through education, training and employment services, Goodwill Central Coast helps rebuild lives, families and communities by removing barriers to employment.

Salinas, CA, January 17, 2020 - Each year GCC assists more than 9,000 job seekers get back to work and reclaim financial and personal independence. In addition, Goodwill also provides meaningful work within the nonprofit itself, increasing its community impact by increasing employment. Effectively, GCC has become a job creator within a job creator, employing more than 550 people.

Thanks to community support and generous donations, Goodwill Central Coast has announced 46 new job openings/career opportunities for the new year. These full-time and part-time benefitted positions are available throughout Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo counties.

The available jobs span all sectors, including management, donation attendants, e-commerce assistants, career center coordinators, drivers, janitors and more. As always, there are great opportunities for advancement.

Job seekers can apply for positions through GCC’s career portal 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 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

Monday, January 13, 2020

Salinas YMCA Launches ‘New Year, New You’ Membership Campaign for 2020

The Salinas YMCA will help you reach your New Year’s goals with its “New Year, New You!” membership campaign to kick off 2020.

Salinas, CA, January 14, 2020 — The Salinas YMCA will help you reach your New Year’s goals with its “New Year, New You!” membership campaign to kick off 2020.

And if you join before Jan. 31, 2020, the YMCA will waive the joiner fee and give you $50 of Y-Bucks, for a total savings of up to $100. Present the Y Bucks card for discounts on exercise classes, sports, after school programs, personal training and more (some restrictions apply). This special offer expires Jan. 31, 2020. Y-Bucks are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.

Become a member

Membership in the YMCA comes with great benefits:

>Join a friendly organization that values and supports everyone in your family.

>Focus on your overall health and well-being and find balance in your life.

>Make friends and discover a sense of community in over 50-plus group exercise classes offered each week.

>Grow closer to your loved ones and meet other families in a safe, positive environment.

>Take comfort knowing your child is cared for in our safe, supervised Kids' Zone while you workout.

>Give your children a fun place to play and learn life skills in our youth programs under the guidance of caring adults.

>Volunteer and give back to your community by joining the Y movement.

Nationwide membership is also available. With Nationwide Membership, members can visit any participating Y in the United States through membership at their home Y, at no additional cost. Nationwide Membership enables members to reach their health and wellness goals wherever they live, work, or travel and connect with the larger Y community in meaningful ways.

Please note that access to other Central Coast Y locations requires a Central Coast YMCA membership.

Call Member Services at (831) 758-3811 to schedule a tour today.

About the Central Coast YMCA
The Salinas YMCA’s mission is to strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all who embrace our values.

Formed in 1989, the Central Coast YMCA began with the merger of two independent YMCAs; the Salinas Community YMCA (founded in 1921) and the Watsonville Family YMCA (founded in 1898). Originally a USO built in 1941, with the purpose of supporting American troops during World War II, the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula joined the association in 1990. In 1998 the South County YMCA became the fourth branch in the association, extending its service area to the residents of south Monterey County. The YMCA of San Benito County became the fifth and most recent addition to the association in 1999.

CCYMCA is an independent, private, nonprofit corporation, a part of the YMCA of the USA, but responsible for its own policies, programs, and budgets. It employs 27 full-time employees, about 225 part-time employees, and 120 volunteers who impact approximately 40,000 people in Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties.

For more information on Central Coast YMCA, call (831) 757-4633 or go to centralcoastymca.org. CCYMCA is located at 500 Lincoln Ave. in Salinas.

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

Monday, January 6, 2020

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Announces Hiring of New Development Director

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has announced that Susan Wolfe has joined the Museum as their Development Director.

Pacific Grove, CA, January 06, 2020 — The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has announced that Susan Wolfe has joined the Museum as their Development Director.

Wolfe has 25 years work experience in development and communications for nonprofits, governments, and education institutions on three different continents. She has lived on the Monterey Peninsula for 10 years and has worked for both the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and York School in their advancement offices.


Prior to moving to California, Wolfe worked in public relations and government relations for the Vienna International School, Sesame Workshop, the United States Agency for International Development, the Australian Agency for International Development, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the Connecticut State Senate.

Wolfe will join the PG Museum team to work on the capital campaign, steward major donors, write grants, drive membership, and promote planned giving.

Wolfe lives in New Monterey with her husband and teenage son and enjoys hiking, sailing, and being outdoors.

About the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
In 1883, our museum opened its doors among the first wave of natural history museums in America. Naturalists of this era, such as John Muir And Louis Agassiz, began a national tradition of hands-on science education and nature preservation. The museum has continued this tradition for over 130 years. The museum’s mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. It envisions a community of curious minds, engaged in discovering the natural heritage and cultural legacy that exist today on the Central California Coast. The Museum is a catalyst for conservation and a valued learning resource in this region, facilitating active inquiry for all ages.

165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove
(831) 648-5716
admin@pgmuseum.org
www.pgmuseum.org

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

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Central Coast YMCA Program Can Help People Get Their High Blood Pressure Under Control

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 million adults have high blood pressure in this country.

Salinas, CA, January 06, 2020 — According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 million adults have high blood pressure in this country. Less than half have it under control. But with the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, those with high blood pressure will be able to control and manage their condition.

Participants will work with trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors for the duration of the four-month program.

During this time, participants will be encouraged to:

Self-measure their blood pressure at least two times per month
Attend two personalized consultations per month
Attend monthly nutrition education seminars

Participants will record their blood pressure readings using an easy-to-use, self- tracking tool.

The Y will provide options for participants who need a home blood pressure monitor.

Program goals include:
Reduction in blood pressure
Better blood pressure management
Increased awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure
Enhance knowledge to develop healthier eating habits

To qualify you must be:
At least 18 years of age
Be diagnosed with high blood pressure
Not have experienced a recent cardiac event
Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias
Not be at risk for lymphedema

High blood pressure is a key, modifiable, risk factor for both heart disease and stroke,
which are two of the leading causes of death in the United States.

For more information on the program, or to see if you qualify for the program, contact Bill Proulx, Director, Healthy Living at (831) 757-4633 or email preventdiabetes@ymcacentralcoast.org.

About the Central Coast YMCA
Formed in 1989, the Central Coast YMCA began with the merger of two independent YMCAs; the Salinas Community YMCA (founded in 1921) and the Watsonville Family YMCA (founded in 1898). Originally a USO built in 1941, with the purpose of supporting American troops during World War II, the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula joined the association in 1990. In 1998 the South County YMCA became the fourth branch in the association, extending its service area to the residents of south Monterey County. The YMCA of San Benito County became the fifth and most recent addition to the association in 1999.

CCYMCA is an independent, private, nonprofit corporation, a part of the YMCA of the USA, but responsible for its own policies, programs, and budgets. It employs 27 full-time employees, about 225 part-time employees, and 120 volunteers who impact approximately 40,000 people in Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties.

For more information on Central Coast YMCA, call (831) 757-4633 or go to centralcoastymca.org. CCYMCA is located at 500 Lincoln Ave. in Salinas.

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