Mission Days Event to be Held at Mission San Antonio on April 6, 2019

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

Jolon, CA, March 12, 2019 – Come to the pristine Valley of the Oaks and enjoy a step backward in time to the mission era. Attend Mission San Antonio’s annual Mission Days event on Saturday April 6, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Parking and Admission is $10/car. Authentic mission era food will be offered for $10/plate with water and soft drinks also available.

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

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


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Hosts Exciting, Informative Events for Both Children and Adults From April Through June 2019

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has a number of fun and informative events for both children and adults on tap for April through June 2019.

Pacific Grove, CA, March 11, 2019 — The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has a number of fun and informative events for both children and adults on tap for April through June 2019.

Here are the events scheduled so far for April-June 2019. Events are held at the Museum, except where noted, at 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove.

Steelhead Trout Monterey Public Library Program

3:30 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Learn about the story of local steelhead trout, a threatened fish that has had to struggle to survive in a changing environment. Discover the amazing journey of the steelhead from stream to sea and back again and explore some ways to help protect steelhead and the water resources they depend on for survival in a river near you. FREE

Junior Naturalist Excursion

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Junior Naturalist Club will explore the world of seaweeds. The club will welcome Dr. Jeffrey Hughey (Biology Professor at Hartnell College) as members embark on a seaweed excursion. Learn about seaweeds in the Museum’s classroom, search for specimens at nearby Lover’s Point Beach, experiment with seaweed pressing, and finish by tasting one of the delicious products of these fascinating algae. Interested in becoming a Junior Naturalist? Visit https://www.pgmuseum.org/junior-naturalist/

Northridge Science Saturday: Day of the Dino

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019

Location: Northridge Mall

Join museum educators at Northridge Mall as they share the wonders of our local natural history. This month return to the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth. There will be fun hands-on activities for learners of all ages. FREE

Hardcore Natural History Series — The State of Redwoods

6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019

This event features “From The Big Sur Coast To Southern Oregon” with Dr. Emily Burns, lead scientist of the Save the Redwoods League, will be presenting an overview of the current status of the Coastal Redwood population. She will explore not only the whole population, but focus on our population of redwoods in the Santa Lucia range. Using recent research, she will show how the current tree populations are responding to climate change along our central coast.

58th Annual Wildflower Show

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 19-Sunday, April 21, 2019

For over half a century this Wildflower Show has been one of the largest on the Northern and Western Hemispheres with over 600 species and varieties of wildflowers. This is truly an event that generations of families can remember.

The Museum partners with the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) to hold this cherished annual event. Over 30 members of the Native Plant Society spend over a week scouring Monterey County and beyond collecting the finest specimens of wildflowers blooming that spring. Botanists, garden enthusiasts, and people just looking for flowers they would like to plant in their gardens will all appreciate this comprehensive and spectacular array of wildflowers.

Day of the Dinosaur — Science Saturday

10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019

Prepare for time-travel during this prehistoric Science Saturday, and set your sights on the age of the dinosaurs. Explore fossils, footprints, and more as participants learn what made the dinosaurs so successful, and also what led to their extinction. Admission to Science Saturday is free.

Walk of Remembrance

1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019

The 2019 Walk of Remembrance will begin with introductions at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and include light refreshments. Museum Executive Director Jeanette Kihs, and 5th generation Chinese Fishing Village descendant Gerry Low-Sabado will be among those greeting visitors to the event. Low-Sabado will speak about her quest to tell her ancestor’s Chinese American story. There will be a facilitated discussion to discover connections about how our own experiences impacts and influences history. The Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team will lead the walk to Lover’s Point, then along the bike trail, to the site where the village once stood. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for the half-mile trek.

With the shared goal of honoring the lives of early Chinese-American settlers, the Walk of Remembrance is made possible by a partnership between The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, The City of Pacific Grove, The Heritage Society of Pacific Grove, and The Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team.

Be sure to visit the Chinese Fishing Village exhibit when you visit the Museum. The exhibit tells the story of the residents of the Pt. Almejas / Pt. Alones Chinese Fishing Village.

Rocks and Minerals Monterey Public Library Program

3:30 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Join this program for a hands-on geology lesson as participants explore the three main rock types and learn about how each is formed. Students will learn the difference between a rock and a mineral, and will also have a chance to view museum specimens under a microscope. FREE

Member Event — Hummingbird Day at UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019

Hummingbirds just can’t resist the temptation of the plentiful supply of nectar at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. During the event, nature lovers will see and learn about these amazing birds and the gardens that host and support them. On this VIP tour for PG Museum members only, explore the arboretum with an expert-led tour through the garden to learn more about nature’s vibrant aerial acrobats, the hummingbird.

Northridge Science Saturday: Water Wild

Location: Northridge Mall

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019

Join museum educators at Northridge Mall as they share the wonders of our local natural history. This month we will be getting wild with water — rivers, lakes, oceans, oh my! There will be fun hands-on activities for learners of all ages. FREE

Member Appreciation Night!

6-8 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019

As a thank-you to museum members and their continued support, the museum welcomes members to join the museum for a night of hospitality to show their appreciation! The museum opens its doors to museum members of all ages for beverages, refreshments, and crafts to celebrate the wonderful people who help make the museum’s mission possible.

Water Wild — Science Saturday

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019

The museum is making a splash during the last Science Saturday of the school year, taking a deep dive into the wonderful world of water. What is a watershed? Where can you find a steelhead? Find out while participants explore all-things aquatic while completing a craft, activities, and more. Admission to Science Saturday is free.

2nd Annual Monterey Bay Jade Festival

Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Monterey Bay Jade Festival is an annual gathering of jade vendors, enthusiasts, artisans and collectors with a common interest for the world of jade. This year’s event will take place at Monterey Bay Custom House Plaza, in Monterey.

Friday, June 7 from 1:00-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 8 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

For more information on Museum events, 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.


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455


Sweets of Eden — Homemade Caramels Still Being Made the Old-Fashioned Way — Slow Cooked Small Batch, Hand-Wrapped, and Made in Spreckles, California

Susanne McBride admits she’s not much of a cook, but when it comes to caramels, she’s a regular Mary See. A micro-confectioner, if you will, one batch at a time.

Spreckels, CA, March 11, 2019 — Susanne McBride admits she’s not much of a cook, but when it comes to caramels, she’s a regular Mary See. A micro-confectioner, if you will, one batch at a time.

While not an expert in the kitchen, making caramels is what she could do and her friends and family agreed. McBride, along with her daughter Kate Brown and their combined families, are owners of Sweets of Eden, Homemade Caramels and More, a business they began in 2016.

McBride began making the creamy treats 30 years ago after remembering her mother’s caramels, a family recipe that was lost a decade before. She found a new recipe, and while not exactly the same as her mother’s, it was a hit and brought back fond memories.

The caramels are all made by hand, slow cooked, small batch and individually wrapped. Currently they are being sold at pop-up locations at festivals and fairs in Monterey County as well as Downtown Gift Shop in Oldtown Salinas. Making up to 20 pounds per week and recently permitted to sell wholesale, they are in the process of creating packages for local stores throughout Monterey County, with a different flavor featured monthly.

Starting with vanilla caramels, they soon expanded and now produce up to more than 15 flavors seasonally, including sea salt, apple pie, coffee, pumpkin, peppermint, raspberry, root beer, green apple, orange creamsicle, passionfruit, lemon, cinnamon and licorice. All are gluten and dye-free. The family is testing out several new flavors, such as bacon caramel, a hot spicy caramel and sugar-free and never lack for volunteers for the taste testing. The maker’s favorite? McBride says, “The last batch made is always the favorite until the next batch is made.”

McBride is a third-generation Monterey County resident — her family has been in the area since the 1870s. Both McBride and Brown have full-time jobs, but love to step into the kitchen and stir the pot. As for how the name of the company was created, well, it just made sense. “We are surrounded by Steinbeck and it clicked. There is a sweet history here and we are going to include it.”

So far the only way to get the caramels is at one of the pop-ups, at select stores and by contacting the family direct.

Sweets of Eden

(831) 783-5566





Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455