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Interim’s OMNI Resource Center needs volunteers, donations for its annual Thanksgiving feast in Salinas

For many the holiday season brings bountiful joy, but for others it can create loneliness, anxiety and depression.

Salinas, CA, October 04, 2019 – For many the holiday season brings bountiful joy, but for others it can create loneliness, anxiety and depression.

Each year the OMNI Resource Center in Salinas hosts a lunch on Thanksgiving Day, serving about 150 people hungry for more than food.

A program run through Interim Inc., which provides services and affordable housing for those with mental illness, OMNI needs volunteers and donations to help with this year’s meal on Nov. 28.

Guests at this special holiday lunch represent not only members of Interim’s housing program, but also the homeless, those with limited income, and/or those with no family.

The lunch gives attendees more than just a meal; they also make new friends, gain a sense of community, and get a meal to take home for later in the evening.

There are many volunteer opportunities to not only help brighten their day but also give hope for their future.

Donations can be dropped off at the Pajaro Street Wellness Center in Salinas (339 Pajaro St., Suite A). Deadline is Nov. 12 for non-perishables, and Nov. 15 for fresh food. OMNI needs everything from oval roasting pans to food items such as turkeys, spiral-sliced hams, boxes of stuffing mix, chicken broth, jars of cranberry sauce, cans of whipped cream and much more.

Volunteers are needed to cook food, but also to help register and usher guests, to serve food and clean up.

Volunteers (aside from cooks) will be asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 28 for a quick training followed by lunch. Cooks will be asked to bring prepared food by noon on Nov. 27.

Anyone interested in donating to the Thanksgiving lunch or volunteering their time, should contact Lisa Corpuz at (831) 800-7530 x431 or email


Interim’s mission is to provide services and affordable housing supporting members of our community with mental illness in building productive and satisfying lives. Interim is a private nonprofit organization that provides a unique combination of support services, housing and treatment for adults with mental illness in Monterey County. Services provided include affordable supportive housing, residential treatment, mental health and dual-recovery services, case coordination, therapeutic services, outreach and intensive support for homeless adults, supported education and employment, day treatment and peer support.


The OMNI Resource Center offers peer-led programs promoting wellness and recovery, as well as recreational and social opportunities. Wellness programs are free and open to anyone with mental health challenges. Programs are also offered off-site at other community locations. No referral is necessary. The OMNI Resource Center is located at the Pajaro Street Wellness Center, 339 Pajaro St., Salinas, CA, 93901. The center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

Interim Inc will be hosting an Open House at Shelter Cove on December 6, 2019 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Interim Inc will be hosting an Open House at Shelter Cove on December 6, 2019 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM and will offer Holiday Treats and Tours of the remodeled facility. 613 Bayonet Circle, Marina, CA.

Monterey, CA, October 03, 2019 – The need transitional housing has been identified by Monterey County’s Coalition of Homeless Services Providers Local Continuum of Care. According to the 2017 Monterey County Homeless Census, approximately 28% of the homeless have serious mental illnesses and approximately 34% have substance use disorders.

Those who are homeless and in need of transitional housing often have a wide variety of needs to address before they are ready to move on to a permanent, independent living arrangement. Examples of common barriers to stability include lack of an income source (employment and/or access to benefits), history of untreated or undiagnosed mental illness, physical illnesses, substance use issues, a lack of basic life skills and deep emotional traumas. Interim staff at Shelter Cove offer case management, individual and group counseling, collaborative treatment planning focused on symptom management, social/family functioning and activities of daily living, coordination with psychiatric and other healthcare providers, including transportation if needed, medication education and support, linkage to community resources, recreational and social activities and peer counseling and support.

Residents of the Shelter Cove Program have private bedrooms and share the common living areas. The Bridge House Academy, a successful dual-diagnosis (mental illness and substance addiction) rehabilitation program located nearby, is available to all residents of Shelter Cove as well as, individual and group counseling and peer support groups for people for whom a day rehab program is not indicated. For example, clients in Shelter Cove are strongly encouraged to work, go to school, or do volunteer work. There is a resident manager available at night for emergencies. Residents pay 30 percent of income or the General Assistance set amount for rent. The maximum length of stay is one year.

· Interim originally acquired the Shelter Cove property under the McKinney Act from the US government as part of the decommissioning of Ft. Ord and has successfully operated transitional housing at this site for adults with mental illness since 1996.

· The Shelter Cove site formerly had 32 bedrooms. We have added seven bedrooms to the project by converting ground-floor community spaces into bedrooms. The ground-floors of these units are large enough to accommodate these renovations easily (approximately 1,000 square feet in shared space). These additional bedrooms were added without changing the exterior footprint of the buildings and were completed at a fraction of the cost of new construction. Adding these seven beds to Shelter Cove (now 39 beds) allows Interim to increase the number of homeless/at-risk individuals it serves from 45 to 65 individuals per year, an approximate increase of 22%.

· We have converted ground floor powder rooms in these units into full baths by adding showers. This conversion, in addition to the new ground floor bedrooms will better accommodate mobility-impaired residents. Although these units are not fully ADA compliant due to floor plan constraints, they are more accommodating for residents unable to climb stairs.

· Additionally, the kitchens of these seven units have been completely remodeled with new cabinets, flooring, countertops and appliances. Kitchen storage has been optimized as well. All Shelter Cove residents cook for themselves in the shared kitchens. The remodeled kitchens better accommodate multiple cooks.

We will be hosting an Open House at Shelter Cove on December 6, 2019 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM and will offer Holiday Treats and Tours of the remodeled facility. 613 Bayonet Circle, Marina, CA.


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

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.

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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

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

Monterey County Fair Announces Dates, Theme and Poster for 2020 Fair Featuring Artwork by Renowned Artist Jo Mora

A mural by renowned California artist Jo Mora has been selected for the official poster of the 2020 Monterey County Fair and inspired its theme, “Fiesta.”

Monterey, CA, October 18, 2019 — A mural by renowned California artist Jo Mora has been selected for the official poster of the 2020 Monterey County Fair and inspired its theme, “Fiesta.”

The 84th Annual Monterey County Fair will be held from Thursday, Sept. 3-Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey. The Fair is also celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of Monterey in 2020.

Trotter Galleries in Carmel acquired the complete Jo Mora “Fable” mural collection in 2015 and one of the murals was used as the official poster for the 80th anniversary of the Fair in 2016.

The famed seven-mural suite was originally commissioned in 1936, during the middle of the Great Depression, to enliven the walls of what would be named The Fable Restaurant, located in the former Drake-Wiltshire Hotel in San Francisco. Mora, a Monterey Peninsula artist who was known throughout California for his multi-talented and imaginative abilities of expression, was selected for this important commission.

“The artist’s gift as both a humorist and storyteller is brilliantly conveyed in these murals through colorful anthropomorphic imagery, captivating an audience of any age or background, and are still as relevant today as when he first created them in his local studio 84 years ago,” said Paula Trotter of Trotter Galleries.

Mora (1876-1947) was an artist-historian, sculptor, painter, photographer, illustrator, muralist and author who has been called the “Renaissance Man of the West.” Born in Uruguay, Mora and his family moved to Carmel in 1921, where he created the monumental bronze and travertine sarcophagus and altar for Father Junípero Serra that was placed in the Carmel Mission Basilica. A prolific artist, Mora’s sculptures, illustrations, watercolors and etchings were frequently exhibited across the United States. Starting in 1937, Mora wrote and illustrated a number of children’s books about the West.

“Somewhere Jo Mora must have been smiling when four years ago one of his Fable murals was selected to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Monterey County Fair,” said Trotter. “Once again, as Jo always intended, we are all smiling as another of his Fable murals was selected and specially titled ‘Fiesta’ for this year’s theme for the 2020 Monterey County Fair.”

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 for more information.


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

Santa Cruz Author’s Visually Stunning yet Practical ‘Posy Book’ the Perfect Holiday Stocking Stuffer

Gifting flowers conveys emotions and messages that can’t always be articulated in words.

Santa Cruz, CA, October 17, 2019 – Gifting flowers conveys emotions and messages that can’t always be articulated in words. Santa Cruz author Teresa Sabankaya helps translate those feelings for us in “The Posy Book: Garden-Inspired Bouquets that Tell a Story.”

Just in time for the holidays, this inspiring book — a perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer — shows readers how to communicate exactly the right sentiment with exactly the right flower.

Inspired by the Victorian-era language of flowers, a posy is a small circular gathering of flowers, plants and herbs chosen to communicate a particular emotion or sentiment.

Sabankaya provides detailed recipes for posies for a variety of sentiments. Thanks to her step-by-step instructions, you’ll have the confidence to make your own personalized arrangement. Make someone feel like a queen for a day with a posy made with calla lily and gardenias (which convey magnificent beauty and feminine charm). Or let that certain bestie know that you’ll be friends to the end with oak-leaf geraniums and mint. The sentiments are endless.

In the book’s foreword, New York Times best-selling author Amy Stewart writes: “Teresa has woven her wisdom, spirit, and artistry into this beautiful book. In these pages you’ll see that anyone can make a posy. Like a favorite recipe, it’s meant to be savored and shared.”

Purchase the book directly through the author’s website at, or find it at local bookstores or online through Amazon.

About the author

A pioneer of the slow flower movement, Teresa Sabankaya runs the Bonny Doon Garden Company in Santa Cruz. She was featured in Michael Pollan’s PBS documentary “The Botany of Desire,” and has appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning. Her work has been featured in Elle magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and many bridal magazines.


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

Alvarado Street Brewery Wins Multiple Medals at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival®

Double Cone & Citraveza recognized for brewing excellence at world’s largest commercial beer competition

Boulder, CO, October 16, 2019 – Alvarado Street Brewery was awarded gold & bronze medals at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition, the world’s largest commercial beer competition. The GABF, presented by the Brewers Association, recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded on October 5 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, in 107 beer categories covering 174 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the country.

Alvarado Street was recognized with a Gold Medal in the highly competitive Imperial IPA category among 173 other entries beer-style category for Double Cone, a Double IPA that the team has been brewing since 2014. Named after Double Cone peak in Big Sur’s Ventana Wilderness, the name also relates to copious amounts of hop cones used throughout the brewing process, which include Mosaic, Citra & Strata varieties. Double Cone also took top honors at a side competition in Denver called the Alpha King Challenge, which has been running for over 20 years and matches up the industry’s top double India Pale Ales. Double Cone was awarded first place out of 160 entries to earn Alvarado Street the title of the 2019 Alpha King Champion.

Additionally, Alvarado was awarded a Bronze Medal in the Contemporary American-style Pilsner category for “Citraveza”, a Citra-hopped West Coast-style lager. Citraveza was a homebrew recipe of Co-owner J.C. Hill that dated back to 2011, and was even brewed for his wedding in 2013. Having his wife, Melanie, up on stage this year at GABF to collect the award was a special experience, said Hill.

Alvarado Street’s sister brewery Yeast of Eden in Carmel-by-the-Sea also received some hardware at this year’s GABF, taking Bronze in the Belgian-style Sour category for Saison Apotheca.

L-R Co-owners J.C. & Melanie Hill, Party Wave Dave, & GABF Founder Charlie Papazian.

“What a weekend for our three breweries,” said Co-owner J.C. Hill. “This type of recognition you can only dream about, and it shows how hard our team works to execute these beers. Hats off to our pub brewers, Salinas production team, and the brew staff at Yeast of Eden. Big day for beers crafted right here in Monterey county!”

In the 33rd edition of the GABF competition, 9,497 entries were submitted to the general competition, along with 113 Pro-Am and 70 Collaboration entries. The beer was made by 2,295 breweries from across the nation, with entries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Judging took place over the course of three days, with an international panel of 322 judges from 18 countries.

“This year’s GABF competition was the largest and most competitive to date,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “The beers and talent were as impressive as ever, and I’m thrilled to congratulate this year’s winners for their achievements in brewing.”

For more GABF competition information, including the 2019 winners list and photos, visit


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

Enjoy the splendors of the Rhine and Moselle wine regions during an epic cruise with De Tierra Vineyards

Book 7-day European trip by Oct. 31 and get $750/per person savings

Carmel, CA, October 15, 2019 — Dan McDonnal and Alix Bosch share a love for wine, adventure and travel, and want to enjoy all three with like-minded friends during an epic river cruise next April.

Drink in the beauty, history and flavor of the Rhine and Moselle river valleys with the owners of De Tierra Vineyards, a boutique winery in Monterey County.

Book your cabin before Oct. 31, and receive an exclusive $750 per person savings.

The seven-day cruise aboard AMAWaterways sets sail from Luxembourg on April 2, 2020, stopping in the winemaking villages in the wine-growing region of Bernkastel, where you’ll learn about legendary Bernkasteler Doctor and Rüdesheim vineyards. Then it’s off to Cologne, Germany, for a taste of the city’s famous Kölsch beer. Complete your journey with a gentle ride through Amsterdam’s canals.

Reservations made through MillenniuM Travel ensure participation in all De Tierra Vineyards’ events aboard — and ensure $750 in savings.

The cruise includes 7-night luxury accommodation (April 2-9) in an outside stateroom, with on-demand entertainment, free high-speed internet, music library and television and mini-fridge.

An array of ship amenities include: Wellness host leading various exercise classes and relaxation techniques;

personalized service from a highly trained cruise manager during both cruise and land programs; sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track; fitness room, massage services and hair salon; main lounge with panoramic views and bar; and daily entertainment.

Dan and Alix will prove to be perfect hosts for such an adventure, each having logged countless miles visiting various countries and experiencing new cultures. Alix has lived in both Germany and France and is fluent in both languages. Through their various journeys, they’ve developed a love of wine and especially enjoy finding small boutique wineries and rare or unusual varietals from around the world.

To make a reservation, contact MillenniuM Travel at (831) 659-0151 or email

About De Tierra Vineyards

De Tierra Vineyards began in 1998 as an organic grape-growing operation on The Russell Vineyard in the area John Steinbeck wrote about in his book “Pastures of Heaven,” and today thrives as an artisanal brand with distribution in more than 20 states. De Tierra produces nine single varietals and three red blends. The Russell Vineyard grows five varietals — Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling and Cabernet Franc. De Tierra also sources additional varietals from other high-quality vineyards in Monterey County and beyond. De Tierra’s mission is to make handcrafted, premium wines using the best fruit. Visit De Tierra’s tasting room at Mission and Fifth in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Information: 622.9704,


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

Cinq Mondes Spa in Carmel Will Host a ‘No-Tox & Bubbles’ Party Nov. 7, 2019, to Get Ready for the Holidays

Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel, the French cosmetic company’s flagship location in the U.S., will get ready for the holidays by hosting a No-Tox & Bubbles Party on November 7, 2019, at the spa in Carmel.

Carmel, CA, October 15, 2019 — Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel, the French cosmetic company’s flagship location in the U.S., will get ready for the holidays by hosting a No-Tox & Bubbles Party on November 7, 2019, at the spa in Carmel.

The festive event, from 5:30–7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, will feature non-toxic skin treatments by homeopathic doctor Dr. Rozlynn Trotter, HD, as well as Prosecco, light hors d’oeuvres and makeup applications by Nicole.

Dr. Trotter is a leader in women’s health, drawing on many years of experience in integrative and functional medicine, nutrition, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and Vega biofeedback. As a Homeopathic doctor, Dr. Trotter brings both insight and compassion to individuals seeking vitality and optimum health.

Dr. Trotter is owner of Crossroads Health and Beauty in Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel, located at 118 Crossroad Blvd., The Crossroads, in Carmel. Dr. Trotter offers a number of services, including custom therapeutic injections (such as B12, energy and anti-aging boosters), cutting-edge facial rejuvenation, non-surgical face and neck lifts, décolleté and hands, exosomes (stem cells), microneedling, scar and stretch mark removal, detox, nutrition, homeopathy and emotional healing.

“Skin undergoes physiological changes as a consequence of the aging process.

There are two types of skin aging, intrinsic and extrinsic aging,” says Dr. Trotter. “Intrinsic aging is genetically determined, meaning it’s inevitable as time passes. Epigenetic changes and post-translational mechanisms are more important pathways of intrinsic aging rather than genetic influences. How the genes are expressed.

“Extrinsic aging occurs by external factors such as smoking, air pollution, unbalanced nutrition, UV exposure known as photo aging,” she adds. “Photo aging being the most visibly damaging to skin aging causing irregular pigmentation, dryness, sallowness, roughness, premalignant lesions and skin cancer. Intrinsic skin aging is characterized by a loss of elasticity and fine wrinkles rather than deep wrinkles due to photo aging.

“I am excited to tell you that you can now regenerate your skin naturally and non-surgically with exosomes,” says Dr. Trotter. “These powerful messengers derived from stem cells dramatically improve the quality and texture of all skin types. Formulated using dermal fibroblast exosomes, growth factors, micro RNA, proteins and peptides to restore both the youthful contour and shape of the face as well as improve skin quality, tightness, and color irregularities caused by the extrinsic and intrinsic aging.

“It works with topical application and/or intradermal injections of exosomes.

Tissue abrasion using micro-needling stimulates a wound-healing response. Delivering the exosomes in the micro-channels to the skin aid in the production of collagen, elastin, and regenerates the aging skin restoring the skin to a youthful appearance.

“Intradermal injections of exosomes are a natural alternative for Botox. Our future of aesthetics is stem cells. Plastics, fillers and toxic injections are being replaced with natural human dermal derived stem cells. Come and experience the future of skin care.”

For more information about the event, call (831) 625-4410.

About Dr. Rozlynn Trotter

Dr. Rozlynn Trotter, HD, is a leader in women’s health, drawing on many years of experience in integrative and functional medicine, nutrition, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and Vega biofeedback. As a Homeopathic doctor, Rozlynn brings both insight and compassion to individuals seeking vitality and optimum health.

Dr. Trotter received a degree in Holistic Health and Asian Bodywork from the American University of Complimentary Medicine and is a licensed Doctor of Homeopathy registered by the Homeopathic Medical Council of Canada. And had a research position with the Thyroid and Adrenal Institute in Scottsdale, AZ.

While living in California, Dr. Trotter apprenticed with Dr. Michael Galitzer, MD, a nationally recognized expert in anti-aging medicine and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Galitzer is featured in Suzanne Somers’ books “Breakthrough” and “Knockout” and author of Outstanding Health. She then went on to take a post as a Homeopathic Practitioner at the renowned Hall Center in Santa Monica, California, working closely with founder Dr. Prudence Hall, MD. There, she developed a Department of Homeopathy which included thyroid testing and a dispensary.

After studying and working in the United States for 11 years, Dr. Trotter saw a need to bring her knowledge to Canada and returned to her hometown of Toronto, where she became the Founder and President of Thyroid Health Canada. She was also a member of the Board of Directors at the Toronto Western Hospital for the Artist Health Alliance.

Dr. Trotter opened Crossroads Health & Beauty in 2018, joining the team at Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel, where she administers custom therapeutic injections (such as B12, energy and anti-aging boosters). She practices homeopathy, nutrition, detox and performs the cutting-edge facial rejuvenation, exosomes (stem cells), microneedling, scar and stretch-mark removal.


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455