Monterey Symphony Announces Landmark Endowment Gift from Bertie Bialek Elliott

Bertie Bialek Elliott has served in many capacities with the Monterey Symphony and has been attending and supporting the organization for over 35 years.

Monterey, CA, September 25, 2018 – Bertie Bialek Elliott has served in many capacities with the Monterey Symphony and has been attending and supporting the organization for over 35 years. Before the opening of the 73rd season of the Symphony, Bertie made the decision to give $2.4M to the Symphony’s endowment fund, ensuring a vibrant and healthy financial future for the organization. These endowment funds will be used to support the artistic and administrative vision of the organization. In honor of Bertie’s tremendous generosity, the Symphony has named these funds the BERTIE BIALEK ELLIOTT ENDOWMENT.

This transformational gift, along with a bequest received earlier this year from the MARGARET ANDERSON RADUNICH TRUST, has bolstered the institution financially. “It’s difficult to put into words what this gift means to the Symphony,” said Executive Director Nicola Samra. “Bertie’s generosity has reframed the conversation about the Symphony’s longevity. This gift is so unbelievably thoughtful and generous, I am just so ecstatic about it.”

Lee Rosen, Board President, echoed the sentiment, “Bertie and I have known each other for over 30 years and her devotion to the performing arts in our community during that time has been unwavering. We are thrilled that her confidence in the future of the Monterey Symphony led to this gift which will enable the Symphony to maintain its superb orchestral concerts and nurture its youth concerts for years to come.”

Bertie was inspired to give the gift after multiple conversations with the leadership of the Symphony. “I am so delighted to be able to give this gift at this time,” she said. “It’s wonderful to be able to strengthen an organization that I have been a part of for so long.”

The Monterey Symphony, founded in 1947, serves the diverse communities of the Monterey Peninsula through a subscription series at Sunset Center in Carmel and a wide reaching youth education program, Music for the Schools. During the 2018-19 season the Symphony will return to Salinas with two youth concerts reaching nearly 3,000 students. Additionally, the Symphony will present six youth concerts at Sunset Center, reaching 4,500 students. Every 3rd grader in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School district participates in the Symphony’s program, as well as every 5th grader in the Salinas Union School District. The Symphony recently received an award for Outstanding Non-Profit from the Non-Profit Alliance of Monterey County.

The Monterey Symphony opens its 73rd season, Sound Waves, on October 20th, 2018 with the world premiere of a commissioned work by 22-year old composer, Alex Berko. The work was commissioned in partnership with the Big Sur Land Trust and Berko spent a week in residence at the Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur. Also on the program is Franz Schubert’s 9th Symphony, “The Great.” Tickets are available by calling 831-646-8511 or online at

For press inquiries, please contact:

Nicola Samra

Executive Director, Monterey Symphony

831-645-1131 (direct)


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

Ellen London to Showcase Spring Summer 2019 Wearable Art collection at International Couture Runway DC Fashion Week on September 23

Ellen London to Showcase Spring Summer 2019 Wearable Art collection at International Couture Runway DC Fashion Week on September 23

Washington, D. C., 2018-Sep-24 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — With the introduction of her printemps/été 2019, Ellen London strives through her wearable art collection to emerge from the daily complex incongruities we experience and to rise from the ground with beauty and grace as does a flower – “de la sol une fleur doit grandir”.

Her collection challenges the audience to emerge with hope and possibilities from the shadowy confines of our internal and external walls, and to work towards inclusion rather than exclusion. Focusing on connection, understanding and respect, Ellen London translates these ideas through fabric art – utilizing vintage and new – textiles and techniques – from a myriad of global cultures and countries. Hand painted cities on palettes of silk, and designer felted pieces interpreting color and light are highlights of the collection.

The ellenlondon Studio SS2019 collection previews at the finale International Couture Runway at DC Fashion Week runway on September 23 2018.

Ellen London

Quality Consulting Expert Daryl Guberman Asks Business Owners if They Have been Misled By An ISO Registrar About Accreditation

It’s no secret that there are many businesses upset about their relationship with their ISO accreditation organization. Expert in the field Daryl Guberman of G-PMC LLC explains why this has likely occurred, especially for those businesses accredited by ANAB and its affiliates.

New York, NY, USA, September 21, 2018 — When it comes to business, knowledge is certainly power. For companies who are disgruntled by the performance of their ISO registrar, a common occurrence in the last few years, lack of knowledge may be playing into the issues they are experiencing with the quality service their registrar is delivering. Founder of G-PMC LLC and quality consulting expert Daryl Guberman is tackling this issue head-on. Having identified very serious ethical, and possibly even legal concerns, with leading accreditation organization ANAB, Guberman recently released a new YouTube video “Have You Been Misled By An ISO Registrar About Accreditation?” intended to help wake up as many business owners as possible.

“There are two main factors to this grave problem,” remarked Guberman. “The first is many of the ISO registrars affiliated with ANAB are just doing poor jobs and this is reflected in black and white examples and statistics. The other is that ANAB is 100% an organization with deep ties to anti-Americanism abroad, to the point of even organizing events in ways to get around the American travel bans, intended to stop business with terrorist-sponsoring and human-rights abusing nations. As a Jewish-American businessman aware of these issues I feel a great responsibility to stand up for what’s right.”

According to Guberman, ANAB makes no secret that it has affiliations in China, North Korea, Pakistan, Libya, Iran, and many other countries who have either directly or indirectly called for the destruction of the United States and Israel. Some of these countries have also been shown to have conducted hacking operations and other forms of cyber-espionage against the American government and American businesses. Guberman points to these warning signs and more when he asks the question of business owners if they have been misled by their ISO registrar, since these kind of connections are certainly not useful as selling points to American businesses many of which have veterans either as workers or owners.

Guberman goes on to point out a sound alternative in using the American-based, owned, and operated American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC) for accreditation purposes, a decision with no poor ethical overtones. Both ABAC and G-PMC are known for supporting veteran’s causes large and small, along with having a patriotic and pro-Israel position, as opposed to their main competitors.

For more information on Daryl Guberman, including his possible run for Senate, be sure to visit and

Press & Media Contact:
ABAC Headquarters (US)
41 Madison Avenue, 31st Floor,
Manhattan, New York, NY 10010-2202
+1 212-726-2320

Meet The President

Guberman For U.S. Senate

ABAC & G-PMC Celebrate Work Uniting Veterans To Take On ANAB-IAF Anti-American Practices

Rising business accreditation organization ABAC and quality experts G-PMC have been keeping a keen eye on the anti-American practices of international accreditation groups the ANAB and IAF. Daryl Guberman of G-PMC has been working to bring veterans on board to help expose this activity.

New York, NY, USA, September 21, 2018 — Broadly speaking, when it comes to being supportive of America and opposed to clear anti-Americanism it would be difficult to find a more passionate group of people than the veteran community. This gives a good explanation why Daryl Guberman, possible CT. Senatorial candidate and representative of both the accreditation organization the ABAC and the quality management system experts G-PMC, has reached out to veterans through YouTube and personal communication to help stand up against what he has exposed as clear anti-American bias in the accreditation organization the ANAB and the IAF. The response to his call has been very enthusiastic.

“I am passionate about America and about helping veterans whenever possible,” commented Guberman. “That could mean bringing them on board to work with us at G-PMC or other companies I have influence in, or in this case, helping raise awareness among veteran-owned or operated businesses that they may well be unintentionally supporting anti-American activities if they aren’t diligent who they use for their accreditation and certifications. There’s no sidestepping around the issue – both the ANAB and IAF have a long list, history, and present of activities and members that no patriot would want to even be indirectly associated with.”

Guberman has pointed out, giving extensive evidence, that the IAF, whose CEO is a Chinese national, and the ANAB, may even be breaking the law by doing business with countries who are under sanctions for sponsoring terrorism or human rights abuses. The list of countries associated with both reads like a modern rogues gallery with not just China, but Iran – who routinely call for the destruction of both America and Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, and numerous Arab nations, also known for high-level antisemitism being represented. Certainly nothing 99% of American veterans or other patriots would want to have their business, name, or reputation associated with.

In addition to his work educating business leaders and veterans of threats to America in the business world, Guberman has also worked on other campaigns against political corruption and cronyism which has led to the possibility of his running for US Senate representing his home state of Connecticut, as an independent, a position which he believes will allow him to do the best job possible for the American people unchained by the limitations of “party politics”.

For more information be sure to visit and

Press & Media Contact:
ABAC Headquarters (US)
41 Madison Avenue, 31st Floor,
Manhattan, New York, NY 10010-2202
+1 212-726-2320

Meet The President

Guberman For U.S. Senate

Output Factory Server for InDesign Now Can Use Text In Anchored Frames

Zevrix Solutions announces Output Factory Server 2.1.4, a feature update to company’s output automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The software automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. Output Factory Server offers layer versioning, preflighting, email notifications and more. The new version lets users insert the contents of anchored text frames into the variable names of output files by assigning a script label to the text boxes in InDesign document.

Toronto (ON), Canada — Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of Output Factory Server 2.1.4, a feature update to company’s output automation tool for Adobe InDesign. Output Factory Server automates InDesign production workflow by processing files from watched hot folders. The app offloads printing and exporting from InDesign to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process.

The new version extends the functionality of the script label feature which allows users to insert text from specific frames in InDesign document directly into variable output file names. The update enables users to harness the contents of so called anchored text frames which are anchored to an insertion point in the text flow. In previous versions only regular text boxes were supported.

“Output Factory Server is an extremely useful utility for a busy production facility or advertising agency”, writes David Creamer in Layers magazine. “The setup process is simple and users experience is very straightforward. It can save lots of time – which equates to money.”

Output Factory Server is intended to run on a dedicated Mac station and serve unlimited users on a network via watched hot folders. Users can create hot folders for different output targets such as hi-res PDF, large format printing, Flash files and so on. The app offers the following key features:

Output InDesign files automatically from hot folders
-Supports print, PDF, PostScript, TIFF, EPUB and other formats
-Output to multiple formats from a single hot folder
-Automatic email notifications
Layer versioning
-Run custom scripts
-Variable output file names
-Automatic preflighting

Pricing and Availability:
Output Factory Server can be purchased from Zevrix web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. The upgrade to version 2 is $350 for the licensed users of Output Factory Server 1.x and BatchOutput Server. Output Factory Server requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2018.

About Zevrix Solutions
Located in Toronto, Canada, Zevrix Solutions provides productivity solutions for Adobe Creative Suite software, PDF workflows, graphic file diagnostics, file delivery and Microsoft Office on Mac OS. Zevrix is dedicated to help professionals increase their profits through automating everyday tasks, producing error-free documents, saving disk space and cutting production costs. For more information, visit

Leo Revzin
Zevrix Solutions
105 McCAUL St, Suite 301
Toronto Ontario M5T 2X4 Canada

Palo Alto’s Luxury All-Inclusive Hotel, Clement Palo Alto, has updated its Stanford Shopping Center Package With New Stores

The Clement Palo Alto All-Inclusive Luxury Hotel has updated its popular Stanford Shopping Center Package for guests with four luxury brands.

Palo Alto, CA, September 21, 2018 — The Clement Palo Alto All-Inclusive Luxury Hotel has updated its popular Stanford Shopping Center Package for guests with four luxury brands.

In addition to savings at the iconic Bloomingdale’s, The Clement has added another iconic store, Nordstrom, as well as Stella McCartney and Luisa Spagnoli to its shopping package.

Start your day with breakfast in bed or in our dining room and then head across the street to Stanford Shopping Center for these incredible offers. After all the shopping, return to the hotel for a relaxing soak in our rooftop whirlpool with champagne and enjoy dinner in the dining room.

These exclusive shopping trips includes:

>Enjoy champagne and treats at Stella McCartney during a personalized styling session. Contact Jacqualine Li for more details at

>Enjoy a 15%-off savings certificate at Bloomingdale’s when you present your room key at the b Helpful Desk on Level 1. (See certificate in-store for details and restrictions.) Contact John Kwak for details at

>Enjoy a complimentary beverage in the restaurant when you book your personal shopping appointment at Nordstrom. Contact Amy Kerr-Brown for more details at

>Enjoy personal shopping appointments and an exclusive gift with purchase when you make an appointment with Luisa Spagnoli. Contact Irene at

The Clement can also design these shopping experiences specifically to the hotel guest’s needs and desires.

To book a room and the shopping package, contact Joe Stafford, our Guest Experience Specialist, at, Monday through Friday or call (650) 322-7111.

About Stanford Shopping Center

Stanford Shopping Center is Northern California’s premier open-air shopping and dining destination, featuring Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Wilkes Bashford and more than 140 world-class specialty stores, ranging from luxury brands to local favorites. Enjoy an extraordinary mix of restaurants and cafes from Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, and The Melt, to Yucca de Lac and so many more. Shop the European Street Market for the freshest California produce and gourmet specialty foods. Breathtaking gardens, sculptures and fountains accent the garden environment that people come from all over the world to see.

Stanford Shopping Center truly is a one-of-a-kind experience. Whatever the season, it’s always magically in bloom! Experience the garden of everything. Stanford Shopping Center is located between El Camino Real and Sand Hill Rd. The Center situated in the heart of the Silicon Valley adjacent to the world-renowned Stanford University Campus. Stanford Shopping Center serves the nearby communities of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Woodside, and Atherton.

About The Clement Palo Alto

While unparalleled service is key to any great luxury hotel, The Clement Palo Alto takes its impeccable service to another level with an all-inclusive concept, including personalized concierge services, breakfast, lunch and dinner in an on-premise location of the guest’s choice.

All wine, beer and cocktails, in-room mini-refrigerator (stocked with the guest’s favorites), and fully-stocked Guest Pantry available around the clock, are just a few of the amenities included in this all-inclusive experience.

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

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

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

The Clement Palo Alto Hotel

711 El Camino Real

Palo Alto, California 94301



Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Opens Exhibit Oct. 5, Exploring Its 135-Year History

A new exhibit at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will examine its own 135-year history when it opens Oct. 5, at the Pacific Grove institution.

Pacific Grove, CA, September 21, 2018 — A new exhibit at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will examine its own 135-year history when it opens Oct. 5, at the Pacific Grove institution.

The exhibit, “135 Years of Natural History,” will have an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2018, in the Special Exhibits Gallery at the Museum.

This exhibit will explore the museum’s history from its beginnings in the Pacific Coast chapter of the Chautauqua Literary and Science Circle in 1879, through the several expansions and reorganizations of the 20th century and up to how the Museum is honoring its legacy through extensive outreach and education programs. The original Museum opened in 1883.

“This is a pretty exciting exhibit,” said Juan Govea, Director of Exhibits and Education. “The exhibit will take people from the 1880s until now, speaking to changes at the Museum, from building to expansion, through stories and by showing bits of our collections that coincide with their times. There’s a lot of variety and lots of areas where people can interact.”

Govea said the exhibit will feature items from the Museum’s extensive collections, models, art pieces, specimens, and vintage photographs. “It’s a journey from one era to the next in five major blocks,” he said.

When he was asked what he discovered about the Museum that surprised him, Govea said he was reminded of the prominent role women played and still play, in the history of the Museum. For example, of the original association, nine of the 12 members were women and Mary E. B. Norton was one of its first curators. Women continued to play a prominent role in the Museum’s progress over the year. The current executive director is also a woman, Jeanette Kihs.

History of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

The Chautauqua (shuh-TAH-kwuh) Literary and Scientific Circle established its Pacific Coast branch in Pacific Grove in 1879. A two-week Chautauqua assembly was held here every summer, featuring lessons, exhibits, lectures, picnics, and concerts. Over the years several members felt the need to have a storeroom and exhibition site to house collections of nature’s wonders and to make them available for study.

In 1883, a petition calling for a Museum building was signed by Professor H. B. Norton, Dr. J. H. Wyeth, Dr. C. L. Anderson, Miss Lucy M. Washburn, Miss Mary E. B. Norton, and Professor Josiah Keep. The petition was sent to F. S. Douty, secretary of the Pacific Improvement Company, a small wooden octagonal building on their land the Chautauqua Museum’s first home.

The original Chautauqua Museum in Pacific Grove was initiated at the second meetings of the Chautauqua Assembly in 1881, and the actual Museum was founded in 1883. The Museum was created to house collections of nature’s wonders and to make them available for study. In 1900 the Chautauqua Museum disbanded to form a more permanent organization as the Pacific Grove Museum Association. The Pacific Improvement Company donated the Museum’s current lot to the Association, and the Museum subsequently moved into a large building on its current site.

The Association maintained the Museum until 1916 when it was transferred to the City of Pacific Grove through a Charter election. The Museum remains city owned and is operated by a non-profit 501.c.3, The Museum Foundation of Pacific Grove. The Museum has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1972, the first such institution in Monterey County.

About The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has served as a hub of natural science on the Monterey Peninsula for 135 years, bringing together professional scientists, amateur naturalists and artists of the natural world throughout its history as it continues to do today.

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, CA, 93950

(831) 648-5716

Fax: (831) 648-5755

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Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

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Lewis Builders of Carmel Wins Five Prestigious Design/Build Awards from Remodeling Industry Publications

Lewis Builders of Carmel, one of the premier design/builders in Monterey County, has won five design/build awards from remodeling industry publications, including a gold, two silvers, a bronze and a Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence.

Carmel, CA, September 19, 2018 — Lewis Builders of Carmel, one of the premier design/builders in Monterey County, has won five design/build awards from remodeling industry publications, including a gold, two silvers, a bronze and a Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence.

The awards include:

>2018 Gold Award Winner, Professional Remodeler Magazine, Whole-House over $750,000. This flip of a 1960s home resulted in a “Sold” sign after only 10 days on the market, thanks to the complete floorplan makeover and design updates that take advantage of the beautiful ocean views and natural light. The ocean views accessible from the side of the house were maximized by three corner windows (in the kitchen and two master bedrooms) and three extra large patio doors. Five oversize skylights allowed natural light to fill the spaces not overlooking the water.

Professional Remodeler’s Design Awards recognize outstanding remodeling projects in 23 categories. Entries submitted by U.S. residential remodeling companies are judged on quality, design expertise, material choices, problem solving and creativity. Award winners are determined by a panel of 10 expert judges from the remodeling industry.


>2018 Master Design Awards, Silver Award Winner from Qualified Remodeler Magazine • Outdoor Living. The 40th annual Master Design Awards highlight innovative design solutions that helped to produce exceptional remodeling projects.


>2018 Master Design Awards, Silver Award Winner, Qualified Remodeler Magazine • Universal Design. The 40th annual Master Design Awards highlight innovative design solutions that helped to produce exceptional remodeling projects.


>2018 Bronze Award Winner from Professional Remodeler Magazine, Outdoor Living over $100,000. The award was for an addition or significant remodel that extends living space into the outdoors. Projects may include landscaping, covered or uncovered patios, outdoor kitchens; etc.


>2018 Regional Outdoor Living over $75,000 at the 2018 Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence. The Chrysalis Awards program, begun in 1994, recognizes the nation’s best work in 15 general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The Chrysalis Awards are open to any professional remodeler and design professional in the United States.


About Lewis Builders

Lewis Builders is an award-winning design/build firm that can make your dream home a reality. Located in Carmel, CA, we create beautifully designed homes specifically tailored to complement your lifestyle and increase your home’s value.

At Lewis Builders we believe in approaching design/build projects with honesty, integrity, and transparency by doing what we say we will do. We are committed to constant innovation, so that we can provide our customers with state-of-the-art products, exceptional service and distinctive designs.

Lewis Builders

3706 The Barnyard

Suite G-11

Carmel, CA 93923



Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

Author, Letter-Writer and Mayor of Chualar Veni Releases Follow-Up Book to Popular Debut ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered’

The Mayor of Chualar, author and advice columnist Veni, has released the follow-up to her popular first book “Veni, Vidi, Vici: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered,” with the new “Born to Lead.”

Chular, CA, September 20, 2018 — The Mayor of Chualar, author and advice columnist Veni, has released the follow-up to her popular first book “Veni, Vidi, Vici: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered,” with the new “Born to Lead.”

Veni, a Pumi Hungarian herding breed now 6 years old, continues to recount her adventures in America with “Born to Lead,” including her stint in county jail, running for President of the United States, starting a “Dear Veni” advice service for dogs, suing her dad’s surgeon, and finally, getting voted mayor of the small community of Chualar, California, where she lives with her parents Pam and JJ Jackson.

Veni was elected mayor of Chualar on Jan. 14, 2017, which she called the “best day a doggie could ever have.” She quickly assembled a cabinet that included Johnnie Collieran as Attorney General, Tippy the terrier as chief of police, Princess was named cabinet advisor and chauffer, Harley, a Yorkie, was named secretary of defense, and Louie became secretary of agriculture.

“I like it better than the first book,” says Veni’s parent and ghostwriter Pam Jackson. “I like this story, it’s really a storybook. It’s a fun book.”

After a rough first year that Veni describes in “Veni, Vidi, Vici,” in which her housemates Levi, another Pumi, would tease her mercilessly, and Demi, a standard poodle, who hated her from the start, as well as getting used to a new home and new parents in a foreign land — rural Chualar — Veni has settled into her new life and then some. She’s become a star in her own right.

“Veni, Vidi, Vici” also features a collection of letters from Veni to her Aunt Aurora back home in Hungary as well as letters to and from admirers and pen pals, including a few “boyfriends.”

Veni also recently attained an achievement award from AKC in which she won titles in herding, tricks (in which she had to do 10 different tricks), and canine good citizen.

“We are very proud of her. Canine good citizen was difficult for her because she is shy, but she did it!” says Jackson.

Jackson has been a dog trainer for more than 30 years, which gives her unique insight into how Veni thinks and acts.

“I love dogs and I love people, I become their psychologists,” she says about her profession as a dog trainer. “I’ve met a lot of interesting people in my life working with dogs. I work with 12-15 dogs per week, I have a good reputation and lots of referrals. It’s fun.”

She has trained several thousand dogs, including two different dogs who starred in the productions of the play “Annie”, and her own standard poodle, Charley, who played “Charley” in John Steinbeck’s “Travels With Charley.”

She and her husband adopted nine-week-old Veni on a trip to Venice Italy in 2012, thus the name Veni, short for Venice.

Born in Seattle and raised in Tule Lake, California, Jackson and her husband (who is from Klamath Falls, Oregon) have two grown sons in addition to the furry children. Her husband is a produce broker in Salinas and have lived in Chualar for 31 years.

One Amazon customer gave “Born to Lead” a 5-star review: “Very nice book. If you enjoyed her first book. This book is written from a dog’s point of view, a very nice book. If you enjoyed her first book, this one will not disappoint you.”

“Veni, Vidi, Vici” has received 4.5 out of five stars (80% five-star) in reviews on Kirkus Reviews writes, “Veni is larger than life, and her voice makes for fun reading,” while a five-star review on Amazon says, “Such a fun book! I loved the part about her ‘mother’ being a dog trainer and had to hire a trainer for Veni. Veni is obviously very strong-willed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and hope Veni will share more of her adventures in the future.”

Well, the future is now. “Born to Lead” is available in both hardcover and paperback, and “Veni, Vidi, Vici” is available in paperback only, all are autographed, on Jackson’s website, (it is also available on And Veni and Jackson are already hard at work on a third book, which will be about her adventures as a private detective. Veni and her doggie friends travel all over the world solving problems.


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

10th Annual Embracing Mental Health Wellness & Recovery Conference on October 2nd

A FREE one-day mental health conference and consumer art show in Salinas!

Salinas, CA, September 20, 2018 – This conference is designed to introduce useful tools to implement the innovative concepts of wellness & recovery. Participants also have the ability to view works of art created by consumers of mental health services. This is our 10th year of providing trainings and techniques that can be an asset on the road to recovery.

Check-in starts at 8:30 AM.


Bruce Anderson, MRA, Managing Partner at Community Activators, Inc.

“Stories Work! Using Stories for Helping, Community Outreach, and Advocacy”

The use of stories has always been a foundational practice in healing and advocacy conversations. Now, with mental health services expanding beyond clinical services and including recovery, housing, employment and other community based activities, it is necessary to re-evaluate how professionals, advocates, and the people they serve can use stories in additional ways. This training is designed for professionals, advocates, and peers who are interested in expanding their storytelling skills and using stories in new ways as they serve others.

Lunch will be provided.

6 CEUs will be provided.

Continuing Education Information:

To receive CE credits, participants must:

Attend the course in its entirety. Partial credit for partial attendance cannot be granted.

Sign-in and sign-out at the beginning and end of the day, respectively.

Complete and turn in an evaluation for the course.

Following successful completion of the course:

CE Certificates either will be:

Handed out at the end of the training or

E-mailed to participants within 2 weeks of the date of the training.

BBS Licensure:

Stories Work! Using Stories for Helping, Community, Outreach, and Advocacy meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of Continuing Education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Monterey County Behavioral Health (MCBH) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. MCBH {Provider Number 70472) maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Contact Information:

Accommodations related to access or food:

Interim, Inc. Wellness Conference Committee: 831-800-7530 x400 or

Concerns or Grievances

Carmen Torres, LMFT, Employment & Wellness Services Director at 831-800-7530 x401 or

MCBH’s Policy regarding CE credits {Policy 207): policies-and-procedures-2/


Interim, Inc.

Interim, Inc. is the only agency in Monterey County that provides affordable housing, residential treatment, social support, homeless outreach and support, family outreach, and supported education and employment services for adults who have serious mental illnesses.

Our mission is to provide services and affordable housing supporting members of our community with mental illness in building productive and satisfying lives.

We believe that housing, healing, and hope are a path to mental health.

P.O. Box 3222 Monterey, CA 93942 • 831-649-4522 •


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455