Glo Ghana and Prepay Nation Announce Mobile Airtime Top-up Partnership

“Digital Channel for Glo Top-up to be launched on the Prepay Nation platform”.

Berwyn, PA (USA) / Accra (Ghana), October 31, 2019 — Glo, the leading mobile service provider in Ghana, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Prepay Nation, to launch a digital channel for its subscribers for mobile top-ups.

“Having a digital channel, Diaspora Ghanaians and those who have friends in Ghana now have an alternative and convenient way to add airtime to the phone of a friend or relative back home” said Reka Bors, VP Business Development – Europe and Africa at Prepay Nation, a Pennsylvania based company with 10+ years of experience in the mobile payments platforms. “Furthermore, Ghanaians traveling abroad can now easily top-up their mobile accounts once they have internet access. We are extremely delighted to be joining forces with Glo to launch this exciting initiative.”

“We see this partnership with Prepay Nation as a natural step to improving the experience of our customers,” said Hardeep Khertepal, Head of Business at Glo Mobile Ghana. “Offering the convenience of a digital channel allows our customers the opportunity to always stay connected. Additionally, launching these new properties allows us to tap into incremental support from the Ghanaian Diaspora markets. Now, Ghanaians living in Europe, North America or anywhere in the world, can send a gift of Glo Mobile airtime to their friends and relatives back in Ghana from anywhere, anytime.”

Many mobile operators have begun to recognize the strategic importance of launching a successful digital channel and the benefits of partnering with Prepay Nation in doing so. Digital channel average transaction values (ATV) tend to be higher than those from the retail sector. In addition, the average revenue per user (ARPU) is higher for digital customers. Prepay Nation has partnered with mobile operators in Europe, Asia, The Americas and now Africa in launching digital top-up solutions.

About Prepay Nation:
With more than 500 mobile operator partnerships in Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa and a varied distribution channel spanning over 250,000 locations in the US, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, Prepay Nation is a rapidly growing fintech company that facilitates the transfer of mobile airtime and data across international borders. Prepay Nation operates an efficient flexible, market-leading platform that helps its partners increase customer base and revenues. Prepay Nation is funded by its founders and Finch Capital, an investment firm based in Europe and focused on investments in fintech. To read more, visit

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About Glo Ghana:
Glo Mobile Ghana is a leading telecom operator in Ghana and aspires to build Africa’s biggest and best telecommunications network. Glo also made history as the first single company in Africa to build an $800 million high-capacity fiber-optic cable, Glo-1. It is the first successful submarine cable from the United Kingdom to Nigeria with service spurs along West African countries. Glo 1 has provided excess bandwidth to all the countries connected to the cable. This historical initiative has improved teleconferencing, distance learning, disaster recovery and telemedicine among several other benefits.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more Information call (831) 622-9704, or go to


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

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Zydus Wellness’ ‘Sugarfree’ Becomes ‘Sweetener Partner’ of 7th World Tea Coffee Expo Mumbai

Industry leader in sugar-substitutes category considers niche expos like WTCE as credible platforms to spread its wings.

Mumbai, India, October 29, 2019 — India’s market leader in sugar substitutes category ‘Sugarfree’ has associated itself with the 7th World Tea Coffee Expo 2019 as “Sweetener Partner”. To be held from 21 – 23 Nov 2019 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai INDIA, WTCE is the perfect platform for showcasing the entire range of the company’s products to the visitors from across the country and abroad. In a first of its kind collaboration, visitors and exhibitors will be able to sample and experience the complete offerings of Zydus Wellness. SugarFree currently holds a 94% market share in the sugar substitutes segment in India and has launched a number of new age variants in the last 18 months. Sugarfree today is a lifestyle brand not only for diabetics but also for the calorie-conscious, busy, and healthy lifestyle-seeking urban dweller with a strong equity amongst consumers, retailers, and health experts (chemists + physicians). Sugar Free is growing at a rate of 7.5% per annum and is well distributed across the country, with a presence in approx 4 lakh outlets.

South Asia’s largest globally recognized trade show for Tea, Coffee and allied sectors, the 2019 edition of WTCE shall witness about 80+ exhibitors from 6 countries showcasing latest innovative products, machineries, equipment, packaging, technologies, vending solutions, flavours, retail chains, sugar/sweeteners, certifications, premixes, Government boards, consultants, accessories and other technologies.  The 2018 edition had hosted 70+ companies – including Pavilions from Tea Board of India, Sri Lanka Tea Board, Indonesia and Nepal –showcasing their best to over 3750+ visitors comprising of Retailers, Wholesalers, Distributors, HoReCa professionals, hypermarkets/multi-product retail chains, Tea/Coffee Estate owners, Importers/Exporters, potential franchisees, purchase managers of medium-to-large offices etc.

Additional activities planned at the Expo include: B2B match-making, Workshops & Championships, a High Level 2-day Conference by Industry leaders, academicians and policy makers etc. WTCE offers the only annual opportunity to have one-on-one interaction with serious market players & understand changing hot beverage market scenario. With mushrooming upscale retail chains in India making it a global hub for the tea, coffee and allied sectors, the 7th edition of World Tea Coffee Expo at Bombay Exhibition Centre from 21 – 23 Nov 2019 is set to offer an unparalleled networking opportunity for serious industry players to meet and undertake business as also to understand and determine future trends.

Niche expos like WTCE bring global industry players closer, enable mega deals and smoothen the networking process amongst trade professionals as also consumers. Zydus Wellness has been at the forefront of lending its support to initiatives which promote the industry.

Headquartered in Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Zydus Wellness Limited is the listed subsidiary of Cadila Healthcare Limited, a leading pharmaceutical company. Zydus Wellness combines the best of healthcare, nutrition and cosmaceuticals to offer an array of the best wellness products like Sugar Free, Nutralite, Everyuth and Actilife.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subscriptions are available. Please contact the box office for availability at (831) 646-8511. For more information and pricing visit:

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

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

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

Concert 3: February 15-16, 2020

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

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

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

Edward Elgar / Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov / Scheherazade, Op. 35

Concert 4: March 14-15, 2020

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

Tchaikovsky’s 3rd Symphony, “Polish,” opens the program. This symphony is unique in that it is his only Symphony both in a major key, and containing five movements. The piece, sans first movement, was used by choreographer George Balanchine for Diamonds, the third and final part of his ballet Jewels. Various instruments are showcased in this iconic work, including a lovely flute solo in the third movement.

The second half of the program contains Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony, written in 1971 and premiered in Moscow, which is full of references to other composer’s works. Shostakovich tips his hat to Rossini and Glinka, as well as featuring the “Fate” motif from Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

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

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

Oleg Caetani, guest conductor

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Symphony No. 3, Op. 29

Dmitri Shostakovich / Symphony No. 15, Op. 141

Concert 5: April 18-19, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

Johannes Brahms / Violin Concerto, Op. 77

Judith Ingolfsson, violin

Jean Sibelius / Symphony No. 2, Op. 43

Concert 6: May 16-17, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

Richard Strauss / Don Juan, Op. 20

Gustav Mahler / Symphony No. 1

About the Monterey Symphony

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

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

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

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


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

About Goodwill Central Coast

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


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

A Mission and a Message to Promote Access to Education

In Haiti, only 40% of the population is taught how to read, which means that the majority of the population is illiterate. Access to education is a sweeping issue that affects millions of people.

San Antonio, TX – USA, October 23, 2019 — In Haiti, only 40% of the population is taught how to read, which means that the majority of the population is illiterate. Access to education is a sweeping issue that affects millions of people. Corruption in the government and lack of funding are major systemic barriers which prevent widespread reform.

“Oftentimes, people don’t have the money to start school at a young age. I met people who only began attending school at the age of 13,” explains Angela Trujillo who first visited the country in 2014. These individuals often experienced trouble finding jobs. Since this initial trip, Trujillo has been back five more times, volunteering and raising money to help those in need.

“It was shocking to see the difference between the access to education in America and the conditions for so many young children in Haiti,” says Trujillo, who witnessed these issues on the ground. Students have to pay to attend school, but even sponsored students can get kicked out of their classes if they don’t have the proper socks and shoes.

Now, Trujillo has a new vision for change: to open a school “where all are welcome.” The school will be located on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. “I want to create a place where Haitians can thrive and learn and grow,” Trujillo says. Her goal is to create a school to help break the cycle of poverty that exists in Haiti. Fundraising efforts are already underway. To augment the process, Trujillo wrote her first-ever children’s book “Elizabeth Gets Healed.” 100% of the proceeds will be donated toward this cause.

This story was inspired by Trujillo’s own childhood. When she was 6 years old, the author was diagnosed with amblyopia, commonly referred to as lazy eye, which she was eventually able to overcome. “This is my testimony for children who face an obstacle in their path,” the author explains. “I want to empower children in America, and for them to know that they are contributing to the education of a child in Haiti.”

Publisher Lisa M. Umina comments, “We all need to know this story. Trujillo is working to empower children no matter where they live and no matter the circumstances into which they were born.”

Trujillo will hold story time followed by a craft activity for children on January 6th at 10:15 am at the Hellen Library in League City, Texas. On January 29th, there will be a meet and greet with the author also at 10:15 am in the same location.

For more information about Angela Trujillo visit “Elizabeth Gets Healed” is now available at Halo Publishing International, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Books a Million.

Press & Media Contact:
Lisa Michelle Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International, Inc
1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176,
San Antonio, TX 78213 – USA
+1 216-255-6756


“Students with Autism Have Something to Teach All of Us” – Says Educator Brooke Rutledge

Rates of autism are rising in the United States, and there is no clear explanation as to why this is happening.

San Antonio, TX – USA, October 23, 2019 — Rates of autism are rising in the United States, and there is no clear explanation as to why this is happening. One clear challenge that classrooms across the country face is how to identify and help cultivate the unique talents that these students bring to the learning environment.

With nearly a decade of experience in the classroom, special educator Brooke Kodish Rutledge has seen firsthand the impact that a unique student can have on those around her. For Rutledge, her student, Clara, became a special inspiration.

“Even though I was her teacher,” Rutledge says, “I want people to know that she taught me a lot as well. She taught me that everyone has a voice; it’s just that sometimes they are harder to hear at first. I helped Clara discover her own voice and how it could shape others.” Rutledge recalls one of Clara’s favorite sayings: Relax, you’re cool. This saying has stayed with Rutledge in the years since having Clara in her classroom. This was a mantra that Clara would repeat to herself in moments of stress to stay calm and work through the troubling situation.

Rutledge observed Clara, as she progressed from not being able to functionally communicate verbally to being able to make requests, speak in sentences, and even sing to her classmates. Seeing this transformation “was beautiful and inspirational,” Rutledge comments.

Rutledge decided to share Clara’s story with the world in hopes of touching others just as Clara touched her. She penned her first book for children, entitled “A Rainbow Shines Through Clara” to not only shed light on the challenges of autism but to also emphasize how hope and perseverance can change a child’s life.

“Clara’s story is unique,” the author explains. “I hope that it inspires other people like it inspired me. I want people to be moved and realize how special these children are.” The takeaway message? “Don’t be afraid to make a connection with them.”

Publisher Lisa M. Umina comments, “Rutledge has a valuable perspective on the special contributions of children with autism in the classroom. Rutledge is teaching a message that we all need to hear about accepting others and ourselves and celebrating our differences.”

For more information about Brooke Kodish Rutledge visit her website and

A Rainbow Shines Through Clara” is now available at Halo Publishing International, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Books a Million.

Press & Media Contact:
Lisa Michelle Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International, Inc
1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176,
San Antonio, TX 78213 – USA
+1 216-255-6756


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November Friday & Saturday Jazz Lineup:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November Midweek Music Schedule:

Wednesday, Nov. 6 — Robert McNamara

Thursday, Nov. 7 — Jenna Vivre

Wednesday, Nov. 13 — Mark Banks

Thursday, Nov. 14 — Johan Sotelo

Wednesday, Nov. 20 — Johan Sotelo

Thursday, Nov. 21 — Robert McNamara

Wednesday, Nov. 27 — Mark Banks

Thursday, Nov. 28 — Jenna Vivre

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

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

About Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel& Spa on Del Monte Golf Course

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


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Love Heals

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

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

With the purchase of each piece of jewelry, Love Heals lovingly plants 10 fruit-bearing trees in Ethiopia with Greener Ethiopia, To date, over 1 million trees have been planted.

About Wonderwall

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


1714 Contra Costa St., Sand City

(831) 241-4214



Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Balance Physical Therapy

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

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

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

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

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


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455