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Monterey Estate Planning and Financial Expert to Speak Nov. 5, 2019, at VNA Speakers Series Event in Monterey

Monterey financial expert Liza D. Horvath will be the speaker for Visiting Nurse Association’s (VNA) speaker series Nov. 5, 2019 at Tarpy’s Roadhouse in Monterey.

Monterey, CA, September 24, 2019 — Monterey financial expert Liza D. Horvath will be the speaker for Visiting Nurse Association’s (VNA) speaker series Nov. 5, 2019 at Tarpy’s Roadhouse in Monterey.

Horvath, President, Monterey Trust Management, Private Client Services and an expert in estate planning and trusts, will discuss the topic, “Begin With the End In Mind: Understanding Estate Planning.”

The complimentary event, which includes lunch, will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Tarpy’s Sierra Vintner Rooms, 2999 Monterey Salinas Highway, Monterey

For more information on the event, contact Tina Del Piero at (831) 648-3734. For more information on Horvath, go to

About VNA & Hospice

Since 1951, the not-for-profit VNA has provided a wide range of home health care, serving Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz, and South Santa Clara counties. VNA places an emphasis on individual patient needs and goals, providing care in an ethical, effective, compassionate and fiscally responsible manner.

VNA Community Services brings wellness to the community. Well known as community immunizers; experienced, professional registered nurses provide on-site flu and vaccine services.

As the only travel health clinic, VNA provides comprehensive consultation and immunizations for international travelers. Health screenings and education are offered to corporate business, in the field or in the boardroom. Nurses provide services to local schools to meet state-mandated screenings, vaccines, and staff education.

Our organization provides intermittent care, covered primarily by insurance, through the expert skills of our trained and certified clinicians, to assist patients, families, and caregivers in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes.

The home health division offers key specialty program, including cardiac, connections, diabetic, orthopedic, and palliative care. These individual programs have advanced practice clinicians and program expertise.

VNA Hospice is a specialized type of care for those facing a life-limiting illness, their families and their caregiver. The care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. A key component to our team is VNA Volunteers who give their time to improve the lives of others. For the community, grief and loss support are offered to individuals or groups. Info: or (831) 372-6668.


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

Monterey County-Based Balance Physical Therapy Joins Sneaker Drive to Help Create Business Opportunities in Developing Countries

Your gently used athletic shoes can help create sustainable job opportunities in developing countries and Monterey County-based Balance Physical Therapy is helping the cause by joining in on a sneaker drive to collect shoes at its Monterey and Salinas locations.

Monterey, CA, September 23, 2019 — Your gently used athletic shoes can help create sustainable job opportunities in developing countries and Monterey County-based Balance Physical Therapy is helping the cause by joining in on a sneaker drive to collect shoes at its Monterey and Salinas locations.

The sneaker drive is being held in conjunction with Tri-State Physical Therapy Conference, PT Day of Service (Oct. 12) and Be the Rippl, an organization that collects new and used shoes to create sustainable job opportunities, creating inventory for family businesses and merchants in developing countries to improve and build sustainable business opportunities and help impoverished, underserved, and third world communities prosper.

Shoes can be dropped off at both Balance PT locations, 2260 N. Fremont St., in Monterey, and 143 John St., in Salinas. These include:

>Tennis shoes, athletic shoes, including cleats.

​>Converse brand (only type of canvas that works as a “sneaker”).

​>Men’s, women’s and children sizes.

>Gently worn, no holes or tears.

>No dress shoes, canvas shoes, boots, or flip flops.

Rippl collects these shoes in partnership with Soles4Souls, which processes the shoes for partners such as the Haitian American Caucus. These partners distribute them for wholesale to merchants in developing areas. Shoes are sold locally in open-air markets. The business empowers others and stimulate the local economy. Then comes the so-called “Rippl Effect,” which lifts communities out of poverty by creating sustainable opportunities.

PT Day of Service, Oct. 12, is an annual event that is geared toward having PTs, PTAs, and students across the world engage in outreach and connect with their communities.

For more information on Rippl and its shoe drive, go to

About PT Day of Service

In February of 2012 while serving as a health volunteer in Peru, PT Day of Service (PTDOS) Co-Founder, Efosa Guobadia, had this bold and inspirational idea “What if, on the same day, clinicians, students and associated staff of the Physical Therapy profession volunteered in different communities around the world?” Efosa then sought out his colleague, Josh D’Angelo (PTDOS Co-Founder), who describes his immediate response to this initiative. “I had a visceral response, one that told me this is something we not only should do, but something we need to do; a chance for the profession to show what we can do when we all work together.”

Since its inception PTDOS has grown exponential with service projects occurring each year in countries all over the world, and in all 50 states across the United States. To our knowledge, PTDOS is the first global Day of Service coordinated by a whole profession. It gives us the chance to lead and serve at the same time.

Alongside the growth of PTDOS has been the development our parent non-profit organization, Move Together. Move Together’s mission is to increase access to quality rehabilitation medicine around the corner and around the world. Move Together aims to achieve this by increasing the quality and quantity of physical therapy clinics worldwide, empowering clinicians, and catalyzing servant leaders. PT Day of Service directly contributes to Move Togethers goals by empowering leaders with a platform to serve, providing mentorship to those interested in creating sustainable service projects in their area, and providing the opportunity to financially contribute through sponsorships.


Founded in June 2002, by Dr. John Farahmand, who grew up in the Salinas Valley and attended local schools, 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 by the application of highly skilled manual therapy, prescribed therapeutic exercise, and patient education, forming a team with its patients that is committed to returning them to an active lifestyle.

Dr. Farahmand graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with degrees in Psychobiology and Business Administration before pursuing his Doctorate in physical Therapy at the University of Southern California.

In addition to Dr. Farahmand, there are 12 physical therapists at Balance Physical Therapy®, all tops in their field. All of the physical therapists are committed to constant improvement in the areas of their clinical expertise, exercise interventions, advanced rehabilitation techniques, and the latest in research and science.

In order to maintain the highest standards of professional excellence, all of the physical therapists frequently attend continuing education courses, serve as mentors and clinical instructors for graduate students, and speak on a variety of topics in the local community.

Balance Physical Therapy now has two locations, in Monterey and in Salinas, to better serve the community’s needs.

Balance Physical Therapy Monterey

2260 N. Fremont St., Monterey, CA 93940


Balance Physical Therapy Salinas

143 John St., Salinas, CA 93901



Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

Monterey Symphony Announces Four Finalists for Conductor Search

With the departure of Music Director and Conductor Max Bragado-Darman at the end of the 2019-2020 OVATION season, the Monterey Symphony’s search for a replacement has yielded four strong candidates with impressive credentials.

Monterey, CA, September 20, 2019 — With the departure of Music Director and Conductor Max Bragado-Darman at the end of the 2019-2020 OVATION season, the Monterey Symphony’s search for a replacement has yielded four strong candidates with impressive credentials.

The finalists include Donato Cabrera, the Music Director of the California Symphony and the Las Vegas Philharmonic; Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Symphony; Jayce Ogren, who has conducted many of the world’s most prominent orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and the Dallas and San Francisco Symphonies; and Peter Bay, the primary conductor for the Austin Symphony and Ballet Austin who has appeared with 75 different orchestras from Chicago and St. Louis to Germany and Austria. (For more detailed bios, see below.)

“A Music Director search gives an organization time to reflect on its roots, and where it would like to go artistically. We have a fabulous search committee with a shared philosophy. Now that we have named the finalists, we can devote all our attention to celebrating Max and his tremendous legacy,” said Nicola Reilly, the Symphony’s Executive Director.

Bragado-Darman announced in 2018 that he would leave his position as the music director and conductor in May 2020 to give time for the Symphony to find his successor. He was hired as the symphony’s full-time music director in July 2004, after appearing with the orchestra as a frequent guest conductor in the 1990s.

“I am humbled and honored to have served the Monterey Symphony for so many years,” he told the Monterey Herald in 2018 when announcing his departure. “Both Mary and I feel that Monterey is like a second home to us. I am deeply proud of this orchestra and consider it an absolute gem. The next two seasons, which are already planned, will be joyous for the organization.”

Support for the Music Director search was provided by the Buffett Fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation.

Finalist bios:

Donato Cabrera – OCTOBER 2020

Donato Cabrera is the Music Director of the California Symphony and the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and served as the Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and the Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2009-2016.

Since Cabrera’s appointment as Music Director of the California Symphony in 2013, the organization has reached new artistic heights by implementing innovative programming that emphasizes welcoming newcomers and loyalists alike, building on its reputation for championing music by living composers, and committing to programming music by women and people of color. With a recently extended contract through the 2022-23 season, Cabrera continues to advise and oversee the Symphony’s music education programs and community engagement activities. Cabrera has also greatly changed the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s concert experience by expanding the scope and breadth of its orchestral concerts. Cabrera has also reenergized the Youth Concert Series by creating an engaging and interactive curriculum-based concert experience.

In recent seasons, Cabrera has made impressive debuts with the National Symphony’s KC Jukebox at the Kennedy Center, Louisville Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, New West Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, and the Reno Philharmonic. In 2016, he led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in performances with Grammy Award-winning singer Lila Downs. Cabrera made his Carnegie Hall debut leading the world premiere of Mark Grey’s Atash Sorushan with soprano, Jessica Rivera.

Awards and fellowships include a Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship at the Salzburg Festival and conducting the Nashville Symphony in the League of American Orchestra’s prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. Donato Cabrera was recognized by the Consulate-General of Mexico in San Francisco as a Luminary of the Friends of Mexico Honorary Committee, for his contributions to promoting and developing the presence of the Mexican community in the Bay Area.

Jung-Ho Pak – NOVEMBER 2020

Described by the New York Times as a conductor who “radiates enthusiasm” and the Los Angeles Times as “a real grabber”, Jung-Ho Pak is known for his unique vision of the role of classical music. Since 2007 he has been Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Symphony. From 2003-2013, he has been Director of Orchestras and Music Director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. In 2012, Mr. Pak stepped down after six seasons as Artistic Director and Conductor of Orchestra Nova (San Diego), an orchestra recognized for its innovative programs and business model. Mr. Pak is also Music Director Emeritus of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. As Music Director of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra (1997-2002), Mr. Pak led the orchestra from bankruptcy to an unprecedented financial success.

As a nationally recognized educator, he served as Music Director with the University of Southern California (USC) Symphony and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra. He has also served as Principal Conductor of the Emmy-nominated Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and as Music Director of the Debut Orchestra, International Chamber Orchestra, NEXT Chamber Orchestra, Colburn Chamber Orchestra, and Diablo Ballet. Guest conducting has taken him to Europe, Russia, South America and Asia. Mr. Pak is also a frequent speaker on television and radio including TED Talks and NPR appearances, as well as a clinician and conductor at national music festivals.

Jayce Ogren – FEBRUARY 2021

Jayce Ogren has established himself as one of the most innovative and versatile conductors of his generation. From symphonic concerts to revolutionary community service programs to operatic world premieres.

Mr. Ogren is a leader in breaking down barriers between audiences and great music. Mr. Ogren began his career as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director of the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, a concurrent appointment he held from 2006-2009. In the years since, he has conducted many of the world’s most prominent orchestras, including the BBC Symphony, Boston Symphony, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, the Dallas and San Francisco Symphonies, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, in programs ranging from Mozart to Beethoven through Sibelius and Bernstein, to presenting U.S. and world premieres of works by Steve Mackey and Nico Muhly.

Among the numerous progressive projects Mr. Ogren has conducted are the New York premieres of Leonard Bernstein’s only opera, A Quiet Place, and puppeteer Basil Twist’s The Rite of Spring, both at Lincoln Center; the world premiere of David Lang’s symphony for a broken orchestra, bringing together 400 student, amateur and professional musicians in Philadelphia; and the world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

A longtime collaborator of singer/songwriter/composer Rufus Wainwright, Mr. Ogren conducted the 2012 U.S. premiere of his opera Prima Donna at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and led its recording with the BBC Symphony on Deutsche Grammaphon in 2016. Mr. Ogren and Mr. Wainwright have since appeared together throughout the world, with ensembles such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France in Paris and the Toronto Symphony.

A devoted educator, Mr. Ogren was invited by renowned poet Paul Muldoon to create an interdisciplinary studio class at Princeton University for the 2017-2018 academic year. He has worked with students at the Brevard Music Center, the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Music Academy of the West and Verbier Festival. In 2016, he presented a unique workshop in orchestral rehearsal techniques for music teachers at Carnegie Hall in collaboration with the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute and the Juilliard School Pre-College. For his own part, Mr. Ogren earned his Masters in conducting at the New England Conservatory and studied as a Fulbright Scholar with Jorma Panula.

A native of Hoquiam, Washington, Jayce Ogren lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Carly, an architect, and their son, Alistair. An avid athlete, he has run the Big Sur, Boston and New York City marathons, the JFK 50 Miler trail run, and the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon. As an individual member of 1% for the Planet, Mr. Ogren is proud to connect his artistic work with his deep love of nature and concern for the environment.

Peter Bay – MARCH 2021

Maestro Bay has appeared with seventy-five different orchestras including the National, Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Baltimore, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tucson, West Virginia, Colorado, Hawaii, Sarasota, Fort Worth, Bochum (Germany), Carinthian (Austria), Lithuanian National, and Ecuador National Symphonies, the Minnesota and Algarve (Portugal) Orchestras, the Louisiana, Buffalo, Rhode Island Philharmonics, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Eastman (Postcard from Morocco) and Aspen (The Ballad of Baby Doe) Opera Theaters, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. Summer music festival appearances have included Aspen and Music in the Mountains (CO), Grant Park and Ravinia (IL), Round Top (TX), OK Mozart (OK) and Skaneateles (NY).

Peter is the primary conductor for Ballet Austin. For Austin Opera he has conducted A Streetcar Named Desire, La Traviata, Turandot, and The Marriage of Figaro.

Other positions held by Bay have included Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival (CO), Britt Festival Orchestra (OR), and posts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Richmond Symphony. Bay and the ASO with pianist Anton Nel released a critically acclaimed Bridge CD of Edward Burlingame Hill’s music. With the Richmond Symphony he recorded the US premiere of Britten’s The Sword in the Stone for Opus One Records, and with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Voices, featuring the percussion ensemble NEXUS.

In 1994, he was one of two conductors selected to participate in the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors Program. He was the first prize winner of the 1980 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Young Conductors Competition and a prize winner of the 1987 Leopold Stokowski Competition sponsored by the American Symphony Orchestra. In July 2012 he appeared in Solo Symphony, a choreographic work created for him by Allison Orr of Forklift Danceworks.

Peter is married to soprano Mela Dailey and they have a son Colin.


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

El Pajaro CDC Celebrates 40th anniversary with Tacos & Tapas Fundraising party in Watsonville on Oct. 25

Sponsorships Now Available Event Expands to Three Food Trucks and 22 Food Partners

Watsonville, CA, September 10, 2019 – To celebrate 40 years of helping local entrepreneurs reach their small business dreams, El Pajaro Community Development Corporation is throwing its second Tacos & Tapas fundraising party on Oct. 25 in Watsonville.

The 40th anniversary celebration will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at El Pajaro CDC’s Kitchen Incubator located at 412 East Riverside Drive in Watsonville.

The food-and-drink party will feature 22 food purveyors, all Kitchen Incubator entrepreneurs, including for the first time three food trucks. Purveyors will serve a variety of different regional foods, including tacos, tamales, tapas, sushi, pizza, sausages, pies and tarts, and more. Margaritas and sangria will be offered, in addition to wine and beer.

“It’s a celebration of a very strong legacy of passion for helping the community by supporting entrepreneurship,” said Carmen Herrera-Mansir, executive director of El Pajaro CDC. “We’re grateful for everyone who has played a role in helping us grow during the past four decades.”

A recently updated list of food partners (along with their menus) include:

• Artisan Hand Foods. Handmade sausage (Cumberland sausage, classic and spicy) wrapped in puff pastry. Three pastry snacks — chicken leek, lamb curry and spinach, artichoke and mushroom.

• Borinken Goodies. Traditional Puerto Rican food: Tostones con cerdo (fried plantains topped with roasted pork, avocado aioli and fresh tomatoes); majado de viandas con bacalao (mashed root vegetables with codfish; coquito (traditional drink with coconut milk).

• Cuevas Express Foods. Tamales, chicken in green sauce, pork in red sauce and veggies with jalapeños and cheese, all topped with cheese, sour cream and salsa, and a side of veggie stew.

• Dos Hermanos Pupuseria (food truck). Pupusas: bean and cheese; bean, cheese and pork; and vegetarian (spinach, zucchini and cheese).

• Easypreps. Chicken Thai noodles with peanut sauce, carrots and black sesame seeds; ceviche cocktail, lemon juice, tomatoes, onions and cilantro, garnished with fresh cucumber.

• El Nopalito Produce. Caprese skewers with grilled nopales, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese, drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper.

• Fired up (food truck). Pizzas, baked in a wood-fired oven — margherita, parzola, and chicken with chipotle pesto.

• Hakouya. Sushi roll with cucumber, avocado and imitation crab; tofu pockets stuffed with sushi rice, egg, snow peas and pickled ginger; each served with soy sauce and miso dressing.

• Hiccuping Dragon. Bite-sized, kid-friendly hot dogs: Cheesy Bavarian, Polish dog, all-beef hot dogs with toppings.

• Il Biscotto. Handmade Italian cannoli filled with sweet orange-ricotta cheese.

• Mary’s Fruit Tarts. Fresh, homemade crust filled with cream cheese and fresh, seasonal fruit.

• My Mom’s Mole. Tacos, handmade blue-corn tortillas with roasted veggies or chicken and mole sauce, verde or traditional.

• Percy’s Pies. Gourmet Louisiana-style sweet potato pies — original, ginger snap, coffee liqueur and praline.

• Ronda Paella y Tapas. Offering the real flavor of Spain: Paella mixta (seafood, chicken, pork and Spanish chorizo), tortilla Española (Spanish omelette), fried tapas (ham croquettes, stuffed mussel shell) and Pisto (Spanish ratatouille).

• Rooster Ridge Farm. Locally grown, cured olives served with cheese.

• Splendid Blended. Wholesome ingredients mixed to create the perfect blend; dark chocolate spice and cinnamon banana flavors.

• Sunvalley Farm. Cactus and kale salad with tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro with a lemon juice vinaigrette.

• That Garlic Stuff. Beef meatballs with red sauce, Parmesan cheese, drizzled with “that garlic stuff.”

• The Ballesteros Catering Co. Tacos al pastor with chorizo and deep-fried, beer-battered mushrooms with the fixings.

• The Green Waffle. New grain-free, coconut-chia waffle, toasted and topped with fresh, local, seasonal berries. All other varieties available for sale during the event.

• Unique Sweets. Strawberry shortcake drizzled with chocolate-raspberry flavored balsamic vinegar.

• Yoli’s Adobo. Beef and chicken tacos marinated on Yoli’s adobo sauce and vegetarian green pozole.

Sponsors of the event include: Santa Cruz County Bank, Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, Salud Para La Gente,Union Bank, Bernardus, Scheid Vineyards, Apple City Cider, Kong’s Burger & Café, Elkhorn Slough Brewery, Mechanics Bank (formerly Rabobank).

El Pajaro CDC is proud to welcome Edible Monterey Bay as its Media Sponsor.

Tickets are $65 per person through Sept. 30. Tickets will be the full price of $75 during October leading up to the event and, if available, at the door for $75. Sponsorship opportunities to help cover the cost of the event are also available.

Ticket price includes:

Admission plus 5 Tickets for food and or drinks.

Additional food/drink tickets can be acquired at the event.

Tickets are available at

Stay tuned for details on our special auction! Details announced in October!

About Pajaro CDC

In 1979, El Pájaro CDC was formed following widespread community support of under-represented Latino and Spanish-speaking business owners in Watsonville. For 40 years El Pajaro has helped budding entrepreneurs throughout the Central Coast by offering technical, legal, financial and managerial assistance.

“If you give someone an opportunity it can change lives, and lead to generations of success,” said Carmen Hererra-Mansir, executive director of El Pajaro CDC. “To see a journey from farmworker to entrepreneur — many started that way when they came to us — is so rewarding.”

El Pájaro CDC offers a wide range of assistance, including low-cost and often free bilingual business education and training workshops to low-income entrepreneurs. Workshops cover business plan preparation, marketing and sales, customer service, bookkeeping, computer basics, business management, and financial literacy.

In 1997, El Pajaro Plaza Vigil a retail business incubator at 23 Beach St. in downtown Watsonville was created to assist low- to moderate-income, Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs with starting and operating a successful business.

Plaza Vigil houses dozens of businesses, with another 44 food purveyors using the separate Commercial Kitchen Incubator Program, a fully equipped, shared-use facility at 412 Riverside Drive.

Following a charter expansion in 2007, El Pájaro CDC serves Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties. Bilingual and bicultural services, business development services and training are available to anyone with plans to open or expand a small business in the region.


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

Blessing of the Animals Ceremony Set for Pastures of Heaven Pet Memorial Park in Monterey on Oct. 5

Pet Cemetery Now Open and Taking Reservations For Burial Plots

Monterey, CA, August 21, 2019 — Pet owners are invited to bring their pets to be blessed when the new Pastures of Heaven pet memorial park hosts its inaugural Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 5 at its hilltop park in Monterey.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Pastures of Heaven, 3021 Monterey Salinas Highway, in Monterey. Rev. Roy J. Shelly from St. Joseph’s Parish in Spreckels will be doing a special Blessing of the Animals at 1:00 p.m. at Pastures of Heaven.

The event will include food and beverage and a brief blessing of the assembled pets. Participants can also take tours of the property and discuss various options for plots and burials.

“I love pets more than I love most people; their love is unconditional, but unfortunately, the day will come when we all have to face the inevitable, the loss of our pet. Seldom are the pets that meant so much in our lives remembered for all the loyalty, love and comfort they give us, and after we move on it’s like they never existed. We wanted to create a place where the memories of our pets and the important role they played in our lives will live on forever. That’s what Pastures of Heaven is all about. This place is nicer than most human cemeteries which is a fitting return for all the joy and love we get from our furry friends.”

“The idea is to celebrate the lives of our pets in a beautiful location. We have a mile worth of walkways, views of the valley and Monterey Bay, a grove of 300-year-old oak trees, materials from a local quarry and redwood fencing made from old-growth redwoods from Mendocino. It looks more like a winery than a cemetery. It’s a beautiful place and I wouldn’t mind being buried here myself one day.” said co-owner Dean Rodatos.

Rodatos and his wife Amanda Serradell, who have a background in land development, have been working on the memorial park for the past three years. When they first saw the property they were told it was going to be developed into an office complex, but they had other plans.

“We had to save this place from development,” said Serradell. “It’s a very unique property with a special energy people can feel the moment they walk in. Our goal was to preserve the land and offer a beautiful environment for pet owners to honor and celebrate their pet’s lives.”

Helping the couple at the Blessing of the Animals will be their own pet, a 3-year-old half-Chihuahua, half-Yorkie (or “Chorkie”) rescue dog named Tallulah, named after the early-1900s actress Tallulah Bankhead, who was known for husky voice, big eyes and outrageous personality.

“Tallulah has found her calling at Pastures of Heaven, where she makes sure all the walking paths are enjoyable for a walk, and ensuring each visitor is met with a wagging tail and friendly bark,” said Serradell. “It is so rewarding to see her joyful spirit and confidence grow.

Tallulah aka “Monkey” because of her comedic antics, went from living off discarded food in the dumpsters of Oakland to living the good life in Pebble Beach thanks to Hopalong Animal Rescue, who saved Tallulah from an uncertain future, got her healthy and into a loving home. Tallulah, will serve as pet ambassador for Pastures of Heaven.

About Pastures of Heaven

Pastures of Heaven pet memorial park is located in the pristine beauty of the Monterey Peninsula, and is dedicated to celebrating and honoring your pets unique life and memory.

Nestled on 3 acres of private oak jeweled land with expansive vistas and countless areas of reflection and peace, the memorial park is truly the first of its kind. We offer in-ground burial plots with amazing views, beautiful columbarium niches for cremated remains, engraved pavers, dedication benches and trees, as well as statuary and other customizable options to uniquely pay tribute to your beloved companion.

Whether you have cremated remains from previous pets or want the peace of mind of knowing your current pet will have an eternal home when they depart, our memorial park will provide you with the security of knowing your pet’s memory will live on forever.

The park is now open by appointment only and will be open to the public soon.

Thank you for visiting, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Go to for more information.

Pastures of Heaven Pet Memorial Park

3021 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Monterey CA 93940

Phone: 831-204-8080


Open to public Saturdays only 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

Car Enthusiasts Celebrate Kick Off to Car Week at Inaugural Concours at Pasadera on Aug. 9

Car enthusiasts from age 8 to 80 joined in the fun at The Club at Pasadera’s (TCAP) inaugural Concours at Pasadera on Aug. 9, at the luxurious country club in Monterey.

Monterey, California, August 19, 2019 – Car enthusiasts from age 8 to 80 joined in the fun at The Club at Pasadera’s (TCAP) inaugural Concours at Pasadera on Aug. 9, at the luxurious country club in Monterey.

Celebrity Chef Colin Moody created gourmet culinary stations complemented by free-flowing Champagne and sparkling blush wines at the spectacular showcase of 55 collectible cars.

Winners in two categories and four award classes were also announced.

“In 1979 I attended my first Concours at Pebble Beach. Ever since, Car Week has been a part of our family’s life,” said Rick Barnett, collector and Pasadera member. “This year was exciting as the ‘Launch’ to Car Week kicked off at Pasadera. Friends gathered to see the cars and enjoy the food. It was amazing — can’t wait for next year!”

Among the diverse array of collectible cars that were shown included vehicles from Aston-Martin, Austin-Healy, Bentley, Buick, Chevrolet, Cobra, Denzel, Ferrari, Ford, Jeep, Jensen, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, MG, Nissan, Panoz, Pontiac, Porsche, VW and more.

“I am new to The Club at Pasadera and to the Peninsula,” said Kurt Burmeister, Pasadera General Manager. “Two months ago, I would not consider myself a ‘car guy.’ Playing a role in the execution of this fun event officially made me a ‘car guy.’ What a way to kick off car week! I am super excited for next year and seeing what rolls into town in the next few days.”

Next year’s Concours at Pasadera will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2020.

Participating as the panel of vetting authorities were Jeffrey Ernest, Bill Finkbeiner and Eric Keener. Judges include Coppa Bella Motors owner Steve Fremgen, a top Ferrari expert; and Laguna Seca CEO Tim McGrane. Collectively, they have worked a wide range of major events from Concours d’Elegance to Concorso Italiano and more.

Monterey Motorsports owner Rick Barnett, who led the organization for the event, served as Master of Ceremonies. Awards for exhibitor participation, the four classes and Best of Show were from Tiffany & Co.

Among the many sponsors are Elite Auto Films of Monterey, Gene’s Import Auto Body, Hagerty Insurance, Martinelli’s and Porsche of Monterey. Part of the proceeds benefit the Bridge Restoration Ministry in Pacific Grove, which helps those struggling with addictions and helps restore them back to God, family, work and community.

2019 Concours at Pasadera Winners:

>Lynn Carmichael, 1969 Chevy Camaro Pace Car, Domestic 1

>Mark Merrill, 1957 Rometsch Beeskow, International 23

>Ted Voigt, 1957 Mercedes 300 SL, Best In Class

>Shawn Ebert, 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish, Modern Classic

>Russ Trull, 1950 Buick Woody, Modified 1

>Woodie Clum, 1936 Ford Cabriolet, Vintage/Pre War 1

Photos Available here

Please credit the photos to Amber Whitaker Photography


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

JDRF Hosts its Second Annual Western-Themed Kickoff Party for One Walk Fundraiser on Aug. 29 in Salinas

The Monterey County chapter of JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, hosts a Western-themed kickoff party for its annual One Walk fundraiser on Aug. 29, in Salinas.

Salinas, CA, August 15, 2019 — The Monterey County chapter of JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, hosts a Western-themed kickoff party for its annual One Walk fundraiser on Aug. 29, in Salinas.

The second annual event, 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at Taylor Farms Rooftop, 150 Main St., Salinas, features a strolling dinner, saloon spirits, and live music from the Money Band Duo.

Special guests include Dennis Caprara, Katherine Lipe, Maddie Meeks, Carter Moore-Tope, along with co-chair “Wranglers” Sandi Eason, Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin and Jim Lipe.

Reward levels include Maverick, Ranchero, Bushwacker, and Rustler.

Please RSVP to (415) 597-6306 or email

JDRF One Walk, a two-mile walk whose goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D), is set for 9 a.m. (check-in at 7:30 a.m.) Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, at Lovers Point Park, 630 Ocean View Blvd., in Pacific Grove.

About JDRF

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s strength lies in its exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. And, at present, there is no cure.

JDRF works every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people — and to prevent anyone else from ever knowing it — by funding research, advocating for government support of research and new therapies, ensuring new therapies come to market and connecting and engaging the T1D community. Founded by parents determined to find a cure for their children with T1D, JDRF expanded through grassroots fundraising and advocacy efforts to become a powerhouse in the scientific community with dozens of U.S. locations and six international affiliates. JDRF has funded more than $2 billion in research to date and made significant progress in understanding and fighting the disease.

Founded in 1970 as the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the name was later changed to emphasize how the organization planned to end the disease, adding a word to become the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Today, an equal number of children and adults are diagnosed every day — approximately 110 people per day, so a few years ago, the name was changed to JDRF:

* To remove the misconception that T1D is only a childhood disease

* To acknowledge that nearly 85 percent of people living with the disease are over age 18

* To reinforce our commitment to funding research that improves life for people at all ages and all stages of the disease


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

Goodwill Central Coast Launches ‘Where Is Koko?’ Campaign; Spot Koko in a Goodwill Store, Win a Prize

Goodwill Central Coast Launches ‘Where Is Koko?’ Campaign; Spot Koko in a Goodwill Store, Win a Prize

Goodwill Goes to The Dogs This Halloween with Who Wore it Best Dog Costume Contest Launching Oct. 14, 2019

Salinas, CA, August 13, 2019 — Goodwill Central Coast goes to the dogs this fall with its “Where is Koko?” campaign and during Halloween, with its Who Wore it Best Dog Costume Contest.

Salinas rescue dog Koko is Goodwill Central Coast’s pet ambassador and she will pop up from time to time at any one of the 15 Goodwill stores on the Central Coast. Spot Koko (or at least a lifesize cutout of her!), notify the manager and the spotter wins a $5 PAWESOME buck to use at Goodwill. Koko will also pop up on Goodwill Central Coast social media. The first person to name the location of the Goodwill store she is at receives a $5 PAWESOME buck to shop. Be sure to follow Goodwill Central Coast on Facebook and Instagram.

The “Where is Koko?” campaign launches Tuesday, Aug. 20, and runs through Dec. 31, 2019.

Goodwill loves Halloween and with that in mind is hosting a Who Wore It Best Dog Costume Contest from Oct. 14 – Nov. 2. Enter your DIY costume by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 2, on our social media sites for a chance at awesome grand prizes, as well as two weeks of daily giveaways on Goodwill’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Vote on what dog you think wore their costume best on social media, and you could help them win Goodwill bucks just for voting and the winner of the contest will receive a $100 gift certificate to Goodwill and a one-night stay in a dog-friendly room at the Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea (holidays do not apply, subject to availability) and a $100 gift certificate to Tarpy’s Roadhouse to enjoy Sunday brunch, lunch or dinner on their dog-friendly patio. Use the hashtag #GoodwillHLWN.

Goodwill encourages people to upcycle from Goodwill and use the items found at Goodwill to create Halloween costumes both for themselves and their four-legged companions.

Upcycle For Your Four-Legged Friends!
Since pets are members of the family, too, it only makes sense that we want to pour as much effort into their needs as we do into our own. That means that we’re often tempted to customize their accessories to suit their furry little personalities. So, here are some drool-worthy doggy decor and dressings made from Goodwill finds!

Do you have some old sweaters that are sitting in your wardrobe for a long time, either because they are out of fashion or don’t fit anymore? If they are still in good conditions, why not upcycle them into something useful?

Big ugly dog beds can be such an eyesore, but owners often cringe to think that their darlings have to curl up on the hard floor. What’s a person to do? Well, make a place for Rover to sleep that looks as cute as it does cozy.

For inspiration, check out this round-up put together by blogger Landeelu:

Also, look for colorful Goodwill sweaters for this project at

There are plenty of options for dog collars out there, but they all mostly follow the same bland design — nylon webbing with a plastic buckle. If the color and pattern variation of that sort of collar have never been stylish enough for your best friend, why not dress up their dog tags with a fancy DIY collar?

Make your mutt his or her own quirky collar by shopping the kids’ section of Goodwill in search of a button-down shirt in a pattern you like. Snip out the collar of the shirt, attach tags, and button it around your pup’s neck!

Some ideas for your dog collar:

Doggy decor is a fun way to capture our love of our best friends within the context of our homes. As you browse Goodwill’s shelves on your next visit, keep a look out for figurines of your favorite breed. And don’t let a terrible paint job stop you! Thrifted finds can be quickly covered up with a fresh color for customized decor.

While you shop for project supplies, don’t forget that your support helps Goodwill organizations change lives by training unemployed or underemployed people for careers in fields such as automotive services, construction, health care, information technology, manufacturing, hospitality and retail as well as in other high-demand industries. So, have fun with your dog-themed DIYs as you and your pup benefit your local community.

About Goodwill Central Coast
Goodwill Central Coast, a private 501(c)3 non-profit 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 over 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 13,000 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.

Goodwill Central Coast
1566 Moffet Street
Salinas, CA 93905
(831) 423-8611


Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455


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Junior Livestock Auction Champions to be Honored at 2019 Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation Announces this Year’s Scholarship Recipient and Exhibitor of 2019 Heritage Hog

Area youth and their animals will be honored as champions after the Monterey County Fair Junior Livestock Auction, set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.

Monterey, CA, August 11, 2019 — Area youth and their animals will be honored as champions after the Monterey County Fair Junior Livestock Auction, set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.

In addition, the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation announced that this year’s Scholarship recipient of $2,500 and exhibitor of the 2019 Heritage Hog is
Ivan Trujillo from Greenfield High School FFA. Trujillo was raised in the Salinas Valley and will be a senior this coming school year at Greenfield High.

“The heart and soul of the fair is the junior livestock program,” said Kelly Violini, CEO MCF. “Many of the exhibitors relay on their earnings from their projects to pay for their college educations. Supporting the junior livestock auction, not only supports the youth of our county, but is a tax-deductible donation.”

Check-in for buyers at the Junior Livestock Auction will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the Livestock Event Center with breakfast provided by Margarita Maniacs. Morning announcements and the dedication of the 2019 Auction will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the sale kicking off promptly at 9:00 a.m. There is no break for lunch this year, but the event will continue straight through, concluding with the sale of the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation Hog. At this point, all buyers are invited to enjoy a BBQ Reception in the Seaside Room with hosted bar. At the reception, the winner of the 2019 Top Buyer with highest gross and Top Buyer with number of lots purchased will be announced.

Trujillo dreams of becoming the “first generation” in his family to attend college after high school, and has a career goal of becoming an Agricultural Educator. He is hopeful that he will inspire others in his community to strive to fulfill their dreams, just as he has. If his name sounds familiar, he was the recipient of the 2019 Salinas Valley Fair’s Heritage Scholarship.

Trujillo has a variety of interests in FFA and has held several leadership roles in his local FFA Chapter, as well the Monterey Bay Section and local Region. He has attended both the State FFA and National FFA Leadership Conferences, where he was able to network with others and build his network of like-minded individuals. Trujillo recently earned his State Degree in FFA. One teacher described him as having a “wonderful sense of humor, strong work ethic, and has a positive influence on those around him.”

After high school, he plans to pursue a higher education at one of several colleges, focusing on Agriculture Education or Agri-Business, hoping to return to our area and become an Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor one day, to give back to his “amazing community.” He walks the walk by volunteering for various community events, as his busy schedule permits.

All proceeds from the sale of the Heritage Hog will benefit youth in the community by promoting scholarship opportunities, agricultural awareness, and help improve the barns, grounds, and event center venues at the Monterey County Fair.

For information or to support the Heritage Hog, contact the Heritage Foundation Team of Butch & Gary. Gary Robinson is at 831-809-1317 and Butch Lindley is at 831-596-9902.

For information on the auction itself, go to

The Monterey County Fair will run from Thursday, Aug. 29-Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, in Monterey. The theme of the 2019 fair is “High Tides and Carnival Rides.”

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

Only Three Shows Remain for Original, Interactive Multi-Media Show ‘Celebration ’69’

The year 1969 was a momentous one for music, popular culture and world events.

Salinas, CA, August 07, 2019 — The year 1969 was a momentous one for music, popular culture and world events. Richard Nixon became president, Charles Manson went on his murderous spree, the Woodstock Music Festival raised its freak flag to half a million blissful hippies, man walks on the moon, The Beatles released its classic “Abbey Road” album and the dark side of the ’60s showed its face at the Rolling Stones’ disastrous concert at Altamont Speedway.

These six iconic events form the framework for musician/actor Mark Shilstone-Laurent’s original, multi-media, interactive show “Celebration ’69,” which opened earlier this year and concludes with three shows Sept. 13, 14 and 15, at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts in Carmel.

“I think it’s a pretty fun show, especially for the Boomers. It really is unique,” said Shilstone-Laurent, a longtime local actor and musician, who has taught speech at Hartnell since 1996. “I try to make it feel like a party, not a play.”

Each section is illustrated with photographs and other images projected on a background screen, with Shilstone-Laurent providing narration and leading a five-piece band playing popular music from that year. “It encapsulates the whole year in one two-hour show,” he says.

The opening number, Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times, Bad Times” perfectly summarizes and sets up the show, with music from, among others, The Who, Moody Blues, Neil Young, Santana, Fleetwod Mac, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Allman Brothers, Janis Joplin, Elton John, Chicago, Michael Jackson, the Jackson Five, as well as, of course, the Rolling Stones, providing the soundtrack of that year.

Shilstone-Laurent uses many black and white photographs from his “oldest, dearest friend” from high school, rock lensman and journalist Stephen Robert Caraway, who passed away in 2015, but left a treasure chest of iconic images from rock ’n’ roll’s biggest stars from as far back as 1967. He said the show is a memorial to 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.

Joining Shilstone-Laurent, who is the lead singer and plays guitar, in the band will be drummer Rod “The Mod” Wilson, bassist Jeff Covell, guitarist Justin Noseworthy, and lead guitarist Dustin Carroll.

In addition to the six iconic events that provide the framework, audiences will learn about countless other major happenings that made 1969 such a unique year: Edward Kennedy severely damages his political future 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. All told, quite a year.

Shilstone-Laurent has been a longtime performer in the local theater and music scenes. He has taught speech since 1977 and at Hartnell College since 1996. He has also owned a job listing service for jobs in television news, which he sold in 2013. A Salinas resident, he and his wife Adrienne, who works for the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System and is a former local news anchor, have three grown sons.

“It’s an interactive show, so I encourage the audience to sing along all night and hopefully people will jump in and make it a party,” said Shilstone-Laurent.

For more information or to buy tickets for the final three shows, go to or For more information and pictures from recent performances, go to


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455