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Nicole Hollingsworth of Marina Appointed to Monterey County Fair Board of Directors

The Monterey County Fair & Event Center has announced that Nicole Hollingsworth, 32, of Marina, has been appointed to the 7th District Agricultural Association, Monterey County Fair Board of Directors.

Monterey, CA, January 13, 2019 — The Monterey County Fair & Event Center has announced that Nicole Hollingsworth, 32, of Marina, has been appointed to the 7th District Agricultural Association, Monterey County Fair Board of Directors.

Hollingsworth has been district director for state Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning since 2013. She was field representative for then-state Assemblymember Monning from 2010 to 2013 and an administrative assistant for special projects at the Monterey Bay Aquarium from 2009 to 2010.

Hollingsworth, a Democrat, is a member of the Democratic Women of Monterey County, California State University Monterey Bay Foundation Board of Directors and the California State University Monterey Bay Alumni Association.

She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation.

About the Monterey County Fair & Event Center

The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is a premier event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features four large banquet rooms, two outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility.

For more information, contact the Fair Administration Office, at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, by calling (831) 372-5863 or go to www.montereycountyfair.com for more information.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

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Sponsorships Now Available for Gala Event Celebrating Gavilan College’s Centennial, ‘Gavilan Through The Decades,’ Set for Sept. 7, 2019

Sponsorships are now available for a gala event celebrating Gavilan College’s centennial, set for Sept. 7, 2019, on the college campus.

Gilroy, CA, January 13, 2019 — Sponsorships are now available for a gala event celebrating Gavilan College’s centennial, set for Sept. 7, 2019, on the college campus.

“Gavilan Through The Decades,” which looks back at the college’s 100-year history, will be held from 5:30–9:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the college at 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd. in Gilroy. Tickets are now available as are sponsorships, ranging from $500 to $50,000.

Sponsorships, which offer a number of benefits depending on level of sponsorship, including gala tickets, signage, promotion and advertising, social media and website promotion, and more, will go a long way in helping Gavilan students reach their career goals.

Go to https://www.gavilan.edu to find out more about sponsorship opportunities. To become a sponsor, contact ‘Bobbi Jo Palmer’ at bpalmer@gavilan.edu. Here are the sponsorship opportunities available now:

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Platinum Sponsor – $50,000

•Title Sponsor of all centennial events from September 2019 – August 2020. This includes the kick off Gala on September 7th, 2019

The college anticipates 10 – 15 additional smaller events throughout the centennial year

•Logo on all event title on all advertising, correspondence & promotional materials

•Major event signage

•Introduction of representatives at podium at event

•Website promotion

•Full-page ad in Centennial Celebration Gala September 7th souvenir program

•Centennial Celebration Gala 20 event tickets ($2,500 Value)

•Two (2) VIP Presidential Reception tickets

•$5000 scholarship for centennial year in your name

•Enewsletter donor spotlight

•Featured in all public relations outreach

•Monthly spotlight on Gavilan College Social Media Channels for the entire year

•30 season passes to all athletic events

Diamond Sponsor – $25,000

•Co-Sponsor at Gala (featured under all title sponsors name)

•Logo on all event title on all advertising, correspondence & promotional materials

•Major event signage

•Introduction of representatives at podium at event

•Website promotion

•Full-page ad in Centennial Celebration Gala souvenir program

•10 event tickets ($1250 Value)

•Two (2) VIP Presidential Reception tickets

•$2,500 scholarship for centennial year in your name

•Mentioned in all public relations outreach

•Six spotlights on Gavilan College Social Media Channels for the entire year

•20 season passes to all athletic events

Gold Sponsor – $10,000

•Logo on all event advertising, correspondence & promotional materials

•Logo on event signage

•Introduction of representatives at podium at event

•Website promotion

•Half-page ad in Centennial Celebration Gala souvenir program

•10 event tickets ($1250 Value)

•Two (2) VIP Presidential Reception tickets

•Choice of $1,000 scholarship for centennial year in your name or 10 season passes to all athletic events

•Mentioned in all public relations

•Promoted on social media

Bronze Benefactor – $5,000

•Logo on all event advertising

•Website Promotion

•Half-page ad in Centennial Celebration Gala souvenir program

•6 event tickets ($750 value)

•Choice of $500 scholarship for centennial year in your name or 5 season passes to all athletic events

•Mentioned in all public relations

•Promoted on social media

Silver Sponsor – $2,500

•Sponsor signage

•Website promotion

•Half-page ad in Centennial Celebration Gala souvenir program

•$250 scholarship for centennial year in your name

•4 event tickets ($625)

•4 season passes to all athletic events

•Mentioned in all public relations

•Promoted on social media

Pewter Sponsor – $1,250

•Sponsor signage

•Website promotion

•1/4-page ad in Centennial Celebration Gala souvenir program

•2 event tickets ($625)

Chrome- $500

•Recognition in Centennial Celebration Gala souvenir program

•2 event tickets ($250)

Gala Celebration

Guests at the gala will take a nostalgic and informative stroll through the decades of Gavilan’s history from the 1920s to today. Each decade will feature areas of academia highlighted with education tables, as well as food stations with themed food from each decade, wine stations, live music, photo booths, students in period costume, formal portraits, live auction, silent auction, strolling card magician in a tuxedo, and a string quartet.

When guests check in, they will be given a commemorative wine glass and a program for the evening that contains a map that highlights where each decade is located and what is taking place in each decade’s area.

“We are really looking forward to this celebration, and look forward to welcoming the community to campus for the party of the century!” said Dr. Kathleen Rose, Superintendent / President of Gavilan College.

From 5:30-7:15 p.m., guests will stroll Sycamore Lane on campus to take in the Roaring ’20s through the Jazzy ’40s, which will be highlighted by three wine station, three themed food stations, three areas of academia, a student jazz band, and students in period costumes strolling and speaking to guests.

As guests continue to stroll through the ages on Sycamore Lane, they will enter the Rockin’ ’50s area, where they will be greeted by a fourth winery, adult milkshake bar, food station from the ’50s, and performers in poodle skirts and ducktail haircuts dancing away to the music of the ’50s.

At the end of Sycamore Lane, guests will enter the Student Center Courtyard, where they will savor the sights, sounds and flavors of the decades from the 1960s through the 1990s. There they will be greeted by four more winery stations and food stations with themed food from each decade, two areas of academia, a strolling card magician in a tuxedo, a photo booth with costumes and props from the ’60s to the ’90s. Guests will be able to take home a strip of photos from their photo shoot.

At 7:15 p.m. the outdoor reception areas close and the doors open to the Student Center, where the 2000s to the present will be highlighted and where the elegant evening gala takes place. Guests will be greeted by a string quartet and can get their formal portraits taken. Photos in a keepsake folder will be ready one hour after being taken. Guests will enjoy passed appetizers as well as gourmet themed food stations featuring the region’s bounty. They can bid on more than 70 items at the silent auction area, as well as an opportunity drawing with five prizes. There will also be a handful of live auction items.

At 7:50 p.m., the program will begin with a welcome from Superintendent/President Dr. Kathleen A. Rose, who will share the history of the college, acknowledge all sponsors and dignitaries, introduce all honorees from each decade and present them or their family representatives with a plaque, draw winners of opportunity drawing, conduct a live auction, and close the silent auction at 8:30 p.m.

At 8:45 p.m., guests can check out and pick up their formal portrait. The event will end at 9:00 p.m.

Gavilan College was established in 1919 as the San Benito County Junior College, operating under that name until 1963, when a new community college district was drawn that included both San Benito County and southern Santa Clara County. The college moved to its present main campus in 1968.

In 1997, satellite sites were added in Hollister and Morgan Hill to augment offerings on the main campus. In 2008, land was purchased in Coyote Valley and San Benito County for the development of additional campuses. In 2017, Phase 1 of the Coyote Valley Center was completed, becoming Gavilan’s newest instructional site and the home for South Bay Public Safety Training Consortium police and fire academies.

Gavilan College is one of 114 California community colleges, a part of the largest system of higher education in the world.

To purchase tickets to the gala, go to https://www.gavilan.edu.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

https://www.gavilan.edu

2019 marks the Golden Anniversary of 1969, the single most amazing year of the 20th century

From the moonwalk to Woodstock, major cultural, political and musical turning points abounded. CELEBRATION ’69 is a multimedia presentation that tries to capture the essence of that crazy year through a combination of images, a live band, and storytelling.

Salinas, CA, January 13, 2019 – From the moonwalk to Woodstock, major cultural, political and musical turning points abounded. CELEBRATION ’69 is a multimedia presentation that tries to capture the essence of that crazy year through a combination of images, a live band, and storytelling. The show will open Hartnell’s annual SpringFEST, playing February 8th and 9th in the Studio Theater on the Hartnell campus in Salinas. The show starts at 7:30 with live pre-show music from the era starting at 7:00. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted.

CELEBRATION ’69 focuses on six iconic events from 1969: Nixon becomes president, man walks on the moon, Charles Manson masterminds a series of gruesome murders, The Woodstock Music Festival plays to half a million blissful hipsters, the Beatles record Abbey Road, their final album, and the peace and love sixties die a miserable death at a Rolling Stones concert outside the Altamont Speedway in northern California. Each event is explained with images and narration while a live band onstage plays medleys of songs released in 1969 as transitional links. And the audience is encouraged to join in, singing along with those classic tunes that remain popular fifty years later. There’s even a Beatles trivia contest!

In addition to the six iconic events, audiences will learn about countless other major happenings that made 1969 such a unique year: Edward Kennedy severely damages his political fortunes by driving off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island; a giant oil spill fouls the beaches of Santa Barbara and a polluted river in Cleveland literally catches fire, giving birth to the environmental activism movement; the largest anti-war protests in American history take place in November and December; police raid a gay bar in New York City – The Stonewall Inn – and for the first time meet fierce resistance, giving birth to the gay rights movement; Star Trek airs its final episode and Sesame Street its first, and on and on and on. Quite a year.

As well as a live band playing tunes from the year on stage, CELEBRATION ’69 also looks at the explosion of music that occurred that year – debut albums from Led Zeppelin, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Allman Brothers, Janis Joplin, Elton John, Chicago, Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five, and, believe it or not, that’s just a partial list!

CELEBRATION ’69 was created by Mark Shilstone-Laurent who acts as narrator and plays with the band. In addition to Shilstone-Laurent, the band is made up of talented local musicians, some of whom weren’t even alive in 1969, but, who love to play the songs from that era – just like many people still love hearing them. Special guest star Randall Thayer also makes an appearance.

The show features photos, many of which will be shown for the first time, from the collection of rock photographer/journalist Stephen Robert Caraway who passed away in 2015 but left a treasure chest of iconic images from rock and roll’s biggest stars that starts all the way back in 1967. The show is a memorial to Mr. Caraway’s photos as well as his spirit that never really lost track of what the 60’s tried to be all about – peace and love.

Although CELEBRATION ’69 plays right into the wheelhouse of the Boomers who lived it, it’s a show for anyone who may be curious as to why the 60’s and its music are considered such a big deal – or for history buffs that understand just how unique 1969 was.

Mark Shilstone

831-915-4550

mark@medialine.com

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.chatterboxpr.com

Austin Based Singer Songwriter Ferera Swan Announces Emotional Debut Single “Second Time” for Release on February 1, 2019!

Emerging singer- songwriter, Ferera Swan packs a compelling vocal laced with a ton of emotion. Swan is ready to introduce her artistry and heap of talent withherbrand new single “Second Time,” slated for debut on February 1, 2019.

Austin, TX, January 08, 2019 – Emerging singer- songwriter, Ferera Swan packs a compelling vocal laced with a ton of emotion. Swan is ready to introduce her artistry and heap of talent withherbrand new single “Second Time,” slated for debut on February 1, 2019.

Ferera describes the complexities to adoption in her deeply moving pop ballad. “Second Time” is a song intensely rooted from loss, grief, and love. The track was written for Ferera’s own birth mother after their reunion, where they experienced the loss for each other all over again. The song gently builds with delicate piano melodies that follow Ferera’s impassioned vocals. Swan sings: “how can you say you love someone, you don’t even want to know?” Her voice is layered with such range and texture that embraces this confusion, despair, and tenderness behind the song.

As Ferera discovers her own internal conflicts she anticipates for listeners to do the same, so they can uncover this ongoing journey of healing together. By opening up, she connects with others to encourage their own resolutions.

“By allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, we inspire others to be curious about their own pain, Ferera Swan notes. Together, we spread the kind of love & healing this world needs.”

Second Time” was produced by former Seal drummer Ramy Antoun (A&F Drum Co.); the work of Jacob Hildebrand (Miranda Lambert), Jake Riley (The Spazmatics), Sergio Andrade (Lifehouse); and mixes/masters by the notable, multi GRAMMY award-winning Reid Shippen.

“Second Time” is the debut single from Ferera Swan’s planned upcoming EP.

About Ferera Swan:

Growing up in Houston, Texas, began piano lessons with music theory and ear training at age 3. Three years later she started violin lessons. After learning that she was adopted at age 10, Ferera poured unanswered questions into music, writing her first song at age 12, followed by her first cinematic score at age 14 titled ‘Serenity’, which was premiered by four orchestras for a turnout of over 2,ooo during her senior year of high school. Her original piece, ‘Lighthouse’, was featured as a soundtrack in the film documentary, Swim For The Reef, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in France, 2016. Ferera has also played at notable venues in the South and West Coast including: Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara. Ferera plans to continue touring in support of her upcoming EP, set for a 2019 release.

Her upcoming record gives fans a brand-new perspective on this artist from the inside out: revealing an intimate collection of messages relevant to all of us, reaching the hearts of all listeners.By inspiring others with her story through music as an artist, adoptee, and a voice for adoptees, Ferera is passionate advocate for raising awareness in the areas of mental/emotional health, trauma education & research, victim abuse, and foster care & adoption.

Contact:

Chip Schutzman

Miles High Productions

PO Box 93157

Hollywood CA 90093

323-806-0400

Chip@mileshighproductions.com

http://www.mileshighproductions.com

Monterey Symphony Launches Search for New Music Director

The Monterey Symphony has launched a search for a new music director. The new position will commence June 2021.

Monterey, CA, January 04, 2019 — The Monterey Symphony has launched a search for a new music director. The new position will commence June 2021.

The two-year search will be conducted by a committee, established in the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Musician’s Union, and stipulates a committee of nine — five members representing management, and four representing musicians.

The symphony hopes to announce a new music director in April 2021, with the first concert with the new music director in October 2021. Candidates for the post will be invited for interviews in May 2019, and will be invited to conduct during the 2020-2021 season.

The music director, among other things, will select music to be performed at classical and other symphonic programs, select soloists, serve as the principal conductor, and work within the limits established by the organization’s budget, its bylaws and its internal policies.

The Music Director reports to the Board of Directors and works closely and cooperatively with them and the Executive Director in pursuing the organization’s objectives.

Monterey Symphony is seeking an exceptional conductor with significant experience leading professional ensembles at a high level, who has wide-ranging intellectual and cultural interests and excellent communication skills,” according to the symphony’s website. “They will be able to demonstrate the ability to inspire musicians, board members and staff and cultivate effective relationships with guest artists, composers and other artistic partners.”

The application procedure and more information on the duties and requirements of the position are available at: https://www.montereysymphony.org/employment.htm.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

https://www.montereysymphony.org/employment.htm

Hofsas House Hotel Facebook Contest!

This month we are giving you the chance to win a two-night stay at Hofsas House by sharing your own sign!

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, January 01, 2019 – This month we are giving you the chance to win a two-night stay at Hofsas House by sharing your own sign! Simply create your sign telling us why you’d love to win, and our favorite post will win a two-night stay. We will also choose two other winners to receive a Hofsas House logo tote bag and water bottle, or our dog amenity package. Happy Posting!

It’s simple:

1. Create your sign

2. Post it on our Facebook page using thehashtag #WinWithHofsasHouse

3. Don’t do Facebook? Email your entry to marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com

4. One lucky winner will receive a two-night stay at our beautiful hotel in Carmel, and two other winners will receive a Hofsas House logo tote bag and water bottle, or our dog amenity package (water bowl, frisbee, dog shampoo and towel).

5. Contest runs January 1-30, 2019.

Winner announced February 5th.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.hofsashouse.com/

Salinas-Based Beefy Boys Beef Jerky Co. contest to gift up to 20 Pounds of Locally Crafted Jerky to its Monterey County, California customers to celebrate the BEEFY BOYS® brand’s 20th Anniversary!

If you live in Monterey County, California, keep your eyes peeled for those “Golden Tickets” in 2019.

Salinas, CA, December 31, 2018 — If you live in Monterey County, California, keep your eyes peeled for those “Golden Tickets” in 2019. If you see a “Gold” Ingredient label on Beefy Boys Jerky in the year 2019, you just might be Gifted a pound of Beefy Boys Beef jerky!

The gifting of jerky is meant to celebrate Salinas-based Beefy Boys Beef Jerky’s 20th Anniversary in 2019. There will be 2,000 Golden Tickets (bags with a gold colored ingredient label and a unique lot number of 1 to 2000). For every 100 Golden Tickets, one lot number will be selected for its finder to be gifted a pound of Jerky, with the selected number being listed on the Beefy Boys jerky Facebook page BEFORE it is delivered to a local Monterey County, California store, subject to all Facebook Contest Rules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Numbers listed in advance at: https://www.facebook.com/LocaleJerky. One winner per ticket, with the FIRST person to name the 1) Store Name 2) Store Location and 3) Time and Date that they discovered the winning ticket to be gifted the pound of jerky. Call the number on the bag or post this information to our Facebook page, under the photo of the winning bag.

Beefy Boys jerky uses local ingredients, is locally owned, locally made, and locally distributed in Monterey County, California. Look for Beefy Boys Jerky in all Monterey County Safeway Stores, and nearly 200 other grocery stores, wineries, brewing companies & retails shops throughout Monterey County, CA.Questions should be emailed to info@Top10Produce.com.

No purchase is required, and the bags bearing the Golden Tickets can be discovered only in Monterey County retail stores that currently supply Beefy Boys brand beef jerky. One golden ticket number per 100 tickets (20 total potential winners) will be selected in advance of placement in the store. The tickets have no cash value and there will only be one winner per ticket.

Beefy Boys Beef Jerky Co.

https://www.ourlocale.org

Phone: 888-669-2010

Fax: 831-422-0180

1319 Burton Avenue – Suite C

Salinas, CA 93901

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand if you choose to post on the Facebook page for Beefy Boys Jerky Co. that you are providing your information to the owner of this Facebook page and not to Facebook.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

https://www.ourlocale.org

Dream Team of Local Community Leaders Help Tenants Acquire Their Deteriorating Building From Absentee Owners

The story of the 665 LLC building and how it became owned and operated by the doctors and practitioners who worked within its walls is one of perseverance, frustration and teamwork. And a lot of “wrestling.”

Monterey, CA, December 31, 2018 — The story of the 665 LLC building and how it became owned and operated by the doctors and practitioners who worked within its walls is one of perseverance, frustration and teamwork. And a lot of “wrestling.”

“We started a wrestling match. We had to wrestle with them. And kick and scratch and fight,” says Dr. David Morwood, one of the tenants, and now one of the owner-occupants of 665 Munras Ave., about the epic battle with a Florida-based equity fund that owned the building.

The story goes back at least a decade, maybe more. The property, owned by Paul Verga at the time, had been a car dealership, bank and, currently, a suite of medical offices, including Morwood’s, a plastic surgeon. Morwood, in fact, at 13 years, was the longest-running tenant in the building, which houses medical offices, including a surgery center, allergist, radiology suites, hearing aid center, among others.

But since Verga’s death in 2002 and the 2008 real estate crash, when the building went into foreclosure and eventually ended up in the hands of the Florida equity fund, the building had fallen into serious disrepair. Morwood’s office experienced leaks and a partially collapsed ceiling. His entreaties to the absentee landlords went unheeded.

“I was sick of the out-of-state landlords ignoring us, so the only solution was to get ownership from the equity fund,” says Morwood. “We had to figure out how to get control of this amazing building and not allow this gem to be tarnished.”

Unfortunately, the building wasn’t on the market and the owners didn’t want to sell. So Morwood had to come up with a strategy to gain ownership. And since he wasn’t an expert in real estate, he consulted several friends and acquaintances who were. Folks like former City Councilman and developer Carl Outzen, renowned property owner Mike Marotta, commercial real estate professionals John Mahoney and Patrick Stafford, attorneys Andy Swartz and Mark Myers, bankers Clay Larson and Steve Keller. Morwood recalled it takes a team to win the Super Bowl.

With this Dream Team of experts and community leaders, Morwood set out to form a coalition of other tenants, business leaders, bankers and local businesses in the neighborhood to join in the effort. He called his long-term associate Dr. David Awerbuck, ENT surgeon, to add some “heavyweight expertise” and experience to the group. Not only is Dr. Awerbuck an expert ENT surgeon, he has an MBA from the University of Southern California.

“We started to get a lot of support, everybody was rooting for us,” he says. “It’s a great neighborhood and we got support from everybody.”

So this coalition made an unsolicited offer to the equity fund, which is when all the “kicking, scratching, maneuvering, negotiating” and yes, wrestling, began. It was a long, arduous process, but the equity fund relented and agreed to sell the building to the coalition. “I think they started to feel the pressure,” he says.

The deal closed in July, with most of the tenants on board as owner-operators and the whole effort was named 665 LLC, although Morwood said it would be renamed something along the lines of the Munras Medical Complex.

“The greatest feeling in the world is walking into the building knowing that we own it!” says Morwood, “it’s not a disinterested party from 2,400 miles away. We are the landlords. We did it, with a lot of help from some very hard-working pros.”

The building only has one space open now, the allergist has expanded operations and the Revitalessence Medical Spa & Laser Center has opened a branch.

And Morwood accomplished one other goal: “We fixed the roof! Now when it rains we don’t have to worry and wonder if the ceiling will cave in on us!”

The Monterey Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception to celebrate local ownership of the 665 Munras building on Thursday, 17 Jan. 17, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.montereychamber.com/

Monterey Symphony’s 2018-2019 Season, ‘Sound Waves,’ Continues in 2019 With Concerts February Through May and Special Event Luncheons and Dinners

Monterey Symphony’s 2018-19 Season, “Sound Waves,” continues in 2019 with concerts in February, March, April and May and special event luncheons and supper clubs through May.

Monterey, CA, December 04, 2018 — Monterey Symphony’s 2018-19 Season, “Sound Waves,” continues in 2019 with concerts in February, March, April and May and special event luncheons and supper clubs through May.

The season “Sound Waves” comes alive in the third concert Feb. 16-17, 2019, with four works all dedicated to the sea. Claude Debussy, the father of Impressionism in music, composed “La Mer” in the mold of a symphony, but eschewed the traditional title for one more authentic to the sound of the music. French composer Jacques Ibert, the director of French opera in Rome, wrote “Escales” — a suite for orchestra that perfectly resembles postcards from three Mediterranean ports — after finding his obsession with the sea.

This concert features “Four Sea Interludes” from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a, by Benjamin Britten, England’s finest modern opera composer: composed in 1945, Grimes launched his career in the new post-war era. The gorgeous tone-poem “Oceanides, Op. 73,” by Jean Sibelius was inspired by the sea-nymphs referenced in Greek mythology: haunting and tempting.

Jung-Ho Pak guest conducts the fourth concert of the season March 16-17, 2019, with works by Tan Dun, Shostakovich, and Alan Hovhaness. Revolutionary experimental composer Tan Dun transposes the sounds of water — at play and at work — into the textures of his music, most literally in “Water Concerto” for water percussion and orchestra.

The symphonic poem “And God Created Great Whales” by Alan Hovhaness — commissioned in 1970 by the New York Philharmonic — features prerecorded humpback whale vocalizations, and was credited with early efforts to save whales from extinction. To celebrate the Soviet victory over Germany, Dmitri Shostakovich was commissioned to write Symphony No. 9, which, Leonard Bernstein described as a series of musical jokes (including purposeful mistakes)…completing a boisterous, 99.99% organic, and exciting concert program.

Three Romantic German composers are featured on the fifth concert of the season, April 13-14, 2019, opening with Mendelssohn’s concert overture “Calm Seas and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27,” inspired by Beethoven’s work of the same name; along with fellow Jewish composer Max Bruch’s popular Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 26, featuring solo artist Elmar Oliveira returning to play with the Monterey Symphony.

Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, Op. 120, originally his unpublished second symphony, underwent massive revisions in 1851 — five years before his death — proving his mastery over orchestration and increased expression in the final edition of this emotional Romantic symphony.

The sixth and final concert of the season, “Sound Waves,” May 18-19, 2019, will conclude in grand fashion with music by Wagner, Chopin, and Beethoven! Richard Wagner composed many brilliant overtures throughout his many German operas, including the overture from “The Flying Dutchman,” featured as the opening work in the season finale. Chopin’s stunning Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21, follows, with magnificent Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal performing the popular work, composed before Chopin completed his formal education at age 20.

The season ends with one of the greatest compositions for the concert hall of all time: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 67. A favorite among experienced and new audiences, musicians and conductors, the fifth endeavor in the symphony genre struck a chord for Beethoven, as he discovered his true forte — it is the “Stairway to Heaven” of classical music.

All concerts during Monterey Symphony’s 2018-19 season will be held at the Sunset Center in Carmel and conducted by Symphony Music Director Max Bragado-Darman, except for concert number four, March 16-17, 2019, which will be guest conducted by Jung-Ho Pak. All concerts in the season will be held at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at Sunset Center.

The lineup of special events includes luncheons and supper clubs, starting with the Feb. 14 luncheon and culminating with the Gala By The Bay on May 3, at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a final luncheon on May 16.

February Luncheon

February 14, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

Schooner’s Coastal Kitchen & Bar, Cannery Row, Monterey

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails

12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

February Supper Club

February 17, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Sunset Center, San Carlos Street & Ninth Avenue, Carmel

Join the Monterey Symphony at the Sunday Supper Club, ending each Symphony weekend with a sizzling and sumptuous supper for the senses.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $70 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.

March Luncheon

March 14, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

The Beach and Tennis Club, Pebble Beach

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails

12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

March Supper Club

March 17, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Anton & Michel, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Join the Monterey Symphony for a gourmet dinner overlooking the Court of the Fountains at Anton & Michel at Sunday Supper Club, ending each Symphony weekend with a sizzling and sumptuous supper for the senses.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $70 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.

April Luncheon

April 11, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

MPCC Ballroom

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails

12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

April Supper Club

April 14, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

PortaBella, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Join the Monterey Symphony for a spring party in the dining room of PortaBella, “The Quintessential Carmel Restaurant,” at this Sunday Supper Club, ending each Symphony weekend with a sizzling and sumptuous supper for the senses.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $70 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.

Gala By The Bay

May 3, 2019, 6:00-10 p.m.

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Monterey

Join the Monterey Symphony in a celebration of the Open Ocean at the Monterey Aquarium Friday, May 3, 2019. Enjoy a strolling dinner, delicious wines and private access to the Aquarium’s Open Ocean exhibit. Silent and live auctions, musical moments and ocean-themed surprises await. All proceeds benefit the Monterey Symphony. Tickets: $250.

May Luncheon

May 16, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

MPCC Beach House, 3000 Club Road, Pebble Beach

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person.

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails

12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

For a complete list of special events, go to https://www.montereysymphony.org/special-events.htm.

To purchase concert tickets, go to www.montereysymphony.org

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 Berkshire Foundation, The Barnet Segal Charitable Trust, 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 Pebble Beach Company Foundation, S.T.A.R. Foundation, The Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment, Taylor Farms, Union Bank, The Yellow Brick Road Foundation and many others.

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

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.montereysymphony.org

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue Seeks Sponsors for its Annual Fundraising Gala in March 2019

In its almost 10 years of existence, Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR), has rescued more than 1,650 dogs and helped to keep another 800 dogs with their guardians, thanks in part to its annual gala fundraiser and those who sponsor it.

Pacific Grove, CA, November 30, 2018 — In its almost 10 years of existence, Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR), has rescued more than 1,650 dogs and helped to keep another 800 dogs with their guardians, thanks in part to its annual gala fundraiser and those who sponsor it.

The Lucky Dog Gala, this year set for Thursday, March 14, 2019, at a private club in Pebble Beach, underwrites more than 50 percent of POMDR’s medical budget for the animals in its care for a year. Earlier this year, the event raised more than $250,000, and next year the goal is $300,000. Sponsorships to support the event and POMDR’s efforts to rescue dogs are now available.

“It is THE event of the year, it’s the big one,” said Carie Broecker, Executive Director of POMDR. “Sponsorships are a big reason why we were able to raise more than $250,000 at the last event, which provides for more than half of our medical budget each year.”

The event features a cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, silent auction, paddle raise, live auction, and a raffle for a Panama cruise. Tickets to the event go on sale in January 2019.

POMDR is a resource and advocate for senior dogs and senior people on California’s Central Coast. POMDR finds loving homes for dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them and for senior dogs in shelters. POMDR has a corps of more than 4,000 supporters, donors, and volunteers.

A variety of sponsorships are available for the gala, starting with the Blarney Stone Sponsor at $2,500, up to $50,000 for the Alpha Sponsor. Each level of sponsorship offers benefits, including such things as tickets and logo in advertising materials.

Some sponsorships are already sold out, including the Exclusive Wine Sponsor, Silent Auction Sponsor and the Cocktail Reception Sponsor, so it’s recommended that potential sponsors contact POMDR as soon as possible.

To become a sponsor, contact Carie Broecker at carie@peaceofminddogrescue.org.

POMDR is a resource and advocate for senior dogs and senior people on California’s Central Coast. POMDR finds loving homes for dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them and for senior dogs in shelters.

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue

P.O. Box 51554

Pacific Grove, CA 93950

POMDR Bauer Center

615 Forest Ave.

Pacific Grove, CA 93950

831-718-9122 office

http://www.PeaceofMindDogRescue.org

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.PeaceofMindDogRescue.org