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Gil Basketball Academy Announces World Tour, Celebrates 10th Anniversary

East Salinas-based Gil Basketball Academy, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2019, has announced its annual World Tour in the summer of 2020.

Salinas, CA, March 26, 2019 — East Salinas-based Gil Basketball Academy, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2019, has announced its annual World Tour in the summer of 2020. Tours of Cuba and Columbia Set for Summer 2020.

The Gil Basketball Academy enrollment averages more than 400 youths ages 4 to 17, and academy groups have gone on trips to New Zealand, Italy, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Hawaii.

About Gil Basketball Academy

Gil Basketball Academy was founded by Jose Gil and Eva Silva in 2009, with the goal of providing local boys and girls ages 4-17 of all skill levels the opportunity to learn and play basketball. The Academy, which averages 400 attendees annually, offers regular basketball camps, clinics, field trips, world tours and individual one-on-one sessions that teach youths the skills and techniques of shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding, and defense. They are coached by Jose Gil and other qualified and experienced volunteer coaches. The Academy’s “home court” is the gym at Alisal High School, where Gil is the Athletic Director.

Although one of the primary goals of the Academy is to teach youth about every facet of the game of basketball, the larger goal is to teach local youth how to become healthy, productive, and contributing citizens of their community by exposing them to life beyond Salinas by offering tours to other countries. So far the academy has taken trips to New Zealand, Italy, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Hawaii, and plans are underway to visit Cuba and Colombia in 2020.

Gil Basketball Academy

1522 Constitution Blvd., Suite 213,

Salinas, California 93905

(831) 905-1155

https://gilbasketballacademy.com

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

https://www.gilbasketballacademy.com

WHAT ARE THE TOP 10 TIPS FOR CHESS IMPROVEMENT?

Adelaide, South Australia, 2018-May-29 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Chess is a universal activity that many individuals of all ages love to play. Not only does it stimulate the brain cells, but it also helps improve necessary skills. This is why many parents let their children learn to play chess at an early age. However, it is not as easy as it sounds because chess entails techniques and strategies learned through the basics. Chess School SA provides chess coaching services to children in Adelaide, SA.

Chess School SA is a chess coaching service that also provides useful tips on how to improve playing chess. Their TOP 10 TIPS FOR CHESS IMPROVEMENT post explains in detail what to do and what not to do when trying to improve in chess.

TOP 10 TIPS FOR CHESS IMPROVEMENT

  1. Play often and play against opponents who are good enough to beat you at least half of the time. Free Chess training is available here: https://chessschool.com.au/freetraining1/
  2. Review the games of great players. When reviewing a game, pause for a little while and try to guess what the Grandmaster played.
  3. Read chess books. Find a book on the specific opening that you wish to play. We recommend: FROM CHESS NOVICE TO ADVANCED PLAYER IN 7 DAYS and THE KING HUNT.
  4. Study endings. Free endgame training: https://chessschool.com.au/chesstraining32.
  5. Work on tactics. One can use a chess book with tactics or one can do it online.
  6. After every game ask your opponent if he would like to go over the game with you. Try to determine critical moments and specific moves where the loser went wrong.
  7. Attend local chess tournaments.
  8. A chess coach will save one time in achieving their goal of rapid improvement. For private chess coaching visit this site: https://chessschool.com.au/privatelessons/
  9. Watch free online lectures on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MatoJelic
  10. Play, play, play.

Chess School SA can be contact by phone 0435062283, or via email at admin@chessschool.com.au.

For additional information, visit their website at https://chessschool.com.au/.

Contact-Details:
Chess School SA
0435062283
admin@chessschool.com.au

Top Tips to Become a Grandmaster

Professional Chess Coach and Author Mato Jelic Shares Top Tips to Become a Grandmaster

Adelaide, South Australia, 2018-Apr-29 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Becoming a Grandmaster is a coveted dream for all chess enthusiasts around the world, but not all of them can make it. Successful coach and popular author Mato Jelic has recently discussed how to become a Grandmaster.

Mato Jelic, a highly experienced professional chess coach and the author or two chess books, has recently shared useful tips to help chess enthusiasts in their pursuit to become a Grandmaster. Mato is the founder of one of the world’s most popular YouTube channels related to chess, through which he offers free online chess lessons.

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) has its own set of guidelines and requirements for becoming a Grandmaster. The players must attend official FIDE tournaments and clinch top positions on at least three occasions to qualify for the process. They should continue to attend such competitions known as norms, until their score reaches the 2,500 mark.

Improving his or her chess skills is undoubtedly the foremost requirement for anyone to become a Grandmaster. According to Mato, this can be accomplished by following the tips mentioned below.

  • Learning the tactics: These are the move sequences that can put a player in an advantageous situation and defend or capture pieces. Forks, discovered attacks, and pinning are some of the most important tactics in the game of chess.
  • Knowledge of strategies: Once a player reaches the advanced level, they must have a core strategy for each match. Mato also stresses on the importance of strategies such as Nimzo Defense, Sicilian Defense, spacing strategies, and many others.
  • Proper execution of endgame situations: A clever endgame strategy is extremely important because a poor endgame can very easily spoil all the previous good work.
  • Regular practise: Any aspiring Grandmaster must practice as often as possible against top level players with a thorough understanding of the advanced tactics and strategies. Mato recommends joining a chess club or popular chess sites such as Chess.com

In addition to mastering chess skills, Mato mentions that the different personality traits of an individual can make a serious impact on his or her chances of becoming a Grandmaster. “Ultimately, Passion, inherent talent, competitiveness, discipline, along with a supportive environment, can make all the difference between success and failure,” he says.

A resident of Adelaide, South Australia, Mato is the founder of Chess School SA, a training school that offers chess classes throughout the Adelaide Metro and across the Country Schools in South Australia. He also runs many popular training programs for kids.

To find out more, please visit https://chessschool.com.au/onlinechesslessons/

About Mato Jelic:
Mato Jelic is a highly experienced professional chess coach and the founder/owner of Chess School SA. He is the author of two chess books, and offers free online chess lecture via his YouTube channel that happens to be one of the world’s most popular channels related to chess. Born in Croatia, Mato is now a resident of Adelaide, South Australia.

Contact: admin@chessschool.com.au
Website: https://chessschool.com.au/
https://www.youtube.com/user/MatoJelic

Instructor Certification from World Leaders in Self-Defense & Personal Protection

SAFE International™, a global organization that offers world-leading self-defense and personal-protection instruction, is hosting an instructor certification program in Ottawa from March 9 – 11, 2018 at Plyomax Fitness, 3771 Spratt Road, Ottawa, ON.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, January 05, 2018 — SAFE International™, a global organization that offers world-leading self-defense and personal-protection instruction, is hosting an instructor certification program in Ottawa from March 9 – 11, 2018 at Plyomax Fitness, 3771 Spratt Road, Ottawa, ON.

As part of the organization’s mission to empower 500,000 women and girls in self-defense by 2020, the instructor certification program aims to spread the reach of life-saving safety information and physical skills from a curriculum designed to reach some of society’s most vulnerable to violence in often limited time.

SAFE International’s self-defense curriculum has been honed, tested, and proven effective over the course of more than twenty years. It is currently taught by experts in security and personal protection, reaches leaders in public safety around the world, and is delivered regularly to teens, women and youth in a framework that promotes responsible citizenship and teaches survival skills that are effective no matter someone’s age or size.

“We want to teach the next generation of teachers now,” says Chris Roberts, SAFE International’s founder and managing director. “We know that the best way to reach the most people with safety and survival skills that work is to share our expertise with as many instructors as possible. Outside instructors who take our training bring their own knowledge, skills and experiences into the classroom and it enriches the learning environment for everyone who attends.”

The instructor certification program will be led by founder Chris Roberts and instructor Richard Dimitri, a world leader in personal protection and security training. With skills and expertise amassed over two lifetimes in the professional realm of self-defense and violence prevention, Roberts and Dimitri team up to deliver this program with passion and purpose. Their mission is fueled by evidence-backed information, personal and professional experiences with real-world violence.

“A lot of people believe that self-defense training and martial arts are similar. They’re not. When it comes to violence there are psycho-social influences and behavioural elements that exist in uncontrolled environments with many variables that simply don’t apply when people are sparring on the mat or in the ring where rules exist. To effectively deliver self-defense training these dynamics need to be addressed, dissected and explored long before physical training is introduced,” says Roberts.

“And physical applications need to account for the differences in how violence exists in the real word versus in the classroom,” says Dimitri. “The reason I teach this program and work so closely with SAFE International™ is because I know what we’re teaching works.”

SAFE International™ believes anyone who is interested will benefit from the instructor certification program and registration is open to anyone interested in attending. Previous certification has included a range of attendees from martial artists, workplace safety and violence prevention coordinators, fitness instructors, parents, teachers, and others interested in learning and passing on credible information about staying safe.

For more information, or to register, visit www.safeinternational.biz.

Media Contact

Chris Roberts

SAFE International™ Founder & Managing Director

chrisroberts@safeinternational.biz

1-800-465-5972

About SAFE International™

SAFE International™ was launched by Chris Roberts in 1994 and has since reached more than 200,000 people around the world with world-class safety and self-defense instruction. The organization is based in Canada and operates throughout North America, Europe and Australia. Each year, SAFE International™ reaches more than 10,000 teens, women and youth with life-saving information and skills.

Contact:

Chris Roberts

SAFE International™

15535 Cooper Rd.

Lunenburg, ON

Canada K0C 1R0

1 800 465-5972

http://www.safeinternational.biz

CycleBar Westgate West Hosts Benefit Cycle Ride to Help ‘Fragile Bone Disease’ Foundation on Oct. 7

CycleBar Westgate West will host Ride for Isla, a charity ride to benefit the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, on Oct. 7.

San Jose, CA, October 03, 2017 — CycleBar Westgate West will host Ride for Isla, a charity ride to benefit the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, on Oct. 7.

The 50-minute ride will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 7 at CycleBar Westgate West with CycleStar instructor Pegah Olfat.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a genetic bone disorder characterized by fragile bones that break easily. It is also known as “brittle bone disease.” The term literally means “bone that is imperfectly made from the beginning of life.” A person is born with this disorder and is affected throughout his or her lifetime.

Pegah is also the sponsor of the ride. Her best friend’s daughter Isla was diagnosed with Type V OI in July. There are eight types of OI and Type V is the rarest.

“Because there are fewer than 20,000 US cases per year, this disease is considered very rare,” said Olfat. “Please Ride for Isla and your donations will go to further research for Osteogensis Imperfecta!”

Register here to donate and book your bike:

Class Detail

Participants are asked to arrive by 11:45 a.m. Dessert treats will be provided by Just Bakecause following the ride.

CycleBar Westgate offers CycleGiving rides, which are a philanthropic movement where we partner with local organizations and charities to help them raise donations by creating exciting and energetic indoor cycling rides for companies, teams, groups, and families to help raise proceeds that benefit their cause. If you have interest in setting up a CycleGiving ride for your school, charity, or any non-profit close to your heart, please contact don.dasher@cyclebarwestgatewest.com.

About CycleBar Westgate West

Founded in 2017, CycleBar Westgate West is located in San Jose, California, and serves the greater Silicon Valley area. CycleBar delivers a premium indoor cycling experience via daily classes in its state-of-the-art CycleTheatre. CycleStar instructors lead workouts set to an invigorating mix of music and lights, helping riders reach their workout goals.

CycleBar Westgate West

5293 A Prospect Road

San Jose, CA 95129

http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com

westgatewest@cyclebar.com

(408) 579-7811

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com

CycleBar to Open West San Jose Location Grand Opening Event Open to the Public

Event Will Be Thursday, June 15th Enjoy Nibbles, Wine and Tour the New Space

Premium Boutique Indoor Cycling Studio is Perfect for People Seeking Expert-led Specialized Fitness Training in a Fun, Motivating Environment

San Jose, CA, May 29, 2017 – CycleBar, an emerging concept in premium indoor cycling, is holding a Grand Opening and ribbon cutting at its newest Bay Area location on June 15th. CycleBar Westgate West is conveniently located in West San Jose just minutes from Campbell, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale — within easy reach of people who live and work in these communities.

Save the Date:

The Silicon Valley Organization will host an open house and grand opening ribbon-cutting event from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 15th.

Join CycleBar And…

Sip wine, savor small bites

Tour the facilities

Meet and talk to CycleStar instructors

Get a card for a free ride and win raffle prizes

Please RSVP to westgatewest@cyclebar.com

5293A Prospect Road, San Jose, CA

CycleBar has quickly made a name for itself in the fitness community with its unique approach to indoor cycling. Instructors conduct classes in a theater-like setting, complete with music, visuals and lighting that combine to deliver a motivational, multisensory, communal experience as class participants dig deep to meet their workout goals.

“As an avid cyclist, I know firsthand that indoor cycling is seen as a compromise when open-road cycling isn’t an option — but CycleBar is different,” said Don Dasher, owner of CycleBar Westgate West. “Training at CycleBar isn’t just a rainy-day replacement, it’s an immersive, entertaining cross training experience with instructors and classmates that make the workouts extremely rewarding.”

Save the Date:

* July 1-Aug. 31

At the heart of CycleBar is a passion for giving back to the community. CycleGiving is a philanthropic movement that partners with local organizations and charities to help them raise donations by creating exciting and energetic indoor cycling rides for companies, teams, groups, and families to help raise proceeds that benefit their cause.

CycleBar Westgate West invites community groups, non-profits and charities to host a CycleGiving ride for their group, starting July 1 and going through Aug. 31.

Groups need up to 50 riders to host a fundraising ride, or can share the room with another group with each group providing up to 25 riders. Charities can make more than $1,000 with one 50-person ride.

CycleBar will provide a CycleStar instructor and staff to facilitate the 50-minute charity ride — as well as access to the community room for a social gathering after the ride. As always, CycleBar will provide all guests with the royal CycleBar treatment, including amenities (shoes, towels, water bottles, fresh fruit, etc.).

For more information or to set up a ride for your group, email westgatewest@cyclebar.com.

CycleBar offers a variety of payment plans including pay per ride or monthly memberships and provides concierge amenities including free towels, shower facilities, lockers and shoes. Classes take place in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre, led by CycleStar instructors who motivate their class to reach performance goals. Each ride is added to the rider’s CycleStats, which measures and logs six key metrics to track the progress of their fitness journey. Each rider also receives the class playlist via CycleBeats

Riders 15 and above of any ability are welcome at CycleBar. For more information, visit http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com/ and follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/CycleBarWestgateWest/, Twitter twitter.com/CB_WestgateWest and Instagram www.instagram.com/cb_westgatewest/.

About CycleBar Westgate West

Founded in 2017, CycleBar Westgate West is located in San Jose, CA and serves the greater Silicon Valley area. CycleBar delivers a premium indoor cycling experience via daily classes in its state-of-the-art CycleTheatre. CycleStar instructors lead workouts set to an invigorating mix of music and lights, helping riders reach their workout goals. For more information, visit http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com/

Lisa Hazen and Don Dasher Open CycleBar Westgate

For much of Lisa Hazen’s life, she has been immersed in competitive swimming —she is, after all, a four-time All-American swimmer for Stanford University. Her husband Don Dasher is an avid outdoor bicyclist, but not obsessively so.

San Jose, CA, April 25, 2017 – For much of Lisa Hazen’s life, she has been immersed in competitive swimming —she is, after all, a four-time All-American swimmer for Stanford University. Her husband Don Dasher is an avid outdoor bicyclist, but not obsessively so.

So there’s probably a little bit of wonderment on their part that they are now proud owners of an indoor cycling business.

“I’ve been a competitive swimmer my whole life,” says Hazen, who is a partner with Dasher in the new indoor cycling center CycleBar Westgate West in San Jose. “I’ve suffered some injuries over the years and indoor cycling is low impact so it doesn’t hurt me. People often don’t want to go to the gym to work out because they see it as drudgery. But this is fun and it’s a great workout. What could be better than that?”

In fact, Hazen, who has become an avid indoor cyclist since purchasing the CycleBar franchise, says cycling has helped her get back into shape to allow her to swim more. That’s a win-win, no matter how you look at it.

Hazen said she and Dasher, who have both spent the bulk of their careers in the high-tech industry in the Silicon Valley, had been looking into franchise opportunities to augment their income and for long-term security.

Dasher said he took a “serious dive” into the world of franchises, even to the point of working with a franchise consultant.

The couple found that indoor cycling was a growing sport with a positive upside. CycleBar, an emerging concept in premium indoor cycling, seemed like the perfect fit for the couple.

And even though Dasher is an avid cyclist — outdoor, he emphasizes — he found that indoor cycling is a whole different sport.

“I didn’t think I’d like it, I had that purist mentality, I thought indoor cycling was something you only did during inclement weather,” says Dasher. “It’s a different sport and once you realize that, you realize it’s a great cross-training workout. Training at CycleBar isn’t just a rainy-day replacement, it’s an immersive, entertaining cross training experience with instructors and classmates that make the workouts extremely rewarding.”

When asked if taking on a franchise without any experience in that particular field might be a huge leap of faith, Dasher agreed.

“That’s the nature of starting a business of any type, you have to take a leap of faith,” he says. “It could be a Subway franchise, you never really know until you get there. You bring your own strengths and weaknesses to any business.”

Both Dasher and Hazen have spent their careers in high-tech. Hazen is still working in high-tech, while Dasher was the victim of downsizing, which spurred him on to look into franchising and more financial security.

Hazen’s career has included companies such as Oracle, Automated Power Exchange, Medical Accuracy Device Company and Labcyte, which she currently works for.

Born in Sacramento, Hazen graduated from Stanford in 1986 with a degree in public policy. She swam with the Cardinal swim team all four years, garnering All American honors each year.

She met Dasher while they were both doing physical therapy; she was there to rehab a swim injury. Later, they joined forces to participate in a team triathlon event, she swimming, he on bicycle.

Dasher was born and raised just outside Philadelphia and moved to California in 1990, where he also worked at Oracle and other high-tech companies before his layoff.

CycleBar, an emerging concept in premium indoor cycling, has quickly made a name for itself in the fitness community with its unique approach to indoor cycling. Instructors conduct classes in a theater-like setting, complete with music, visuals and lighting that combine to deliver a motivational, multisensory, communal experience as class participants dig deep to meet their workout goals.

CycleBar offers a variety of payment plans including pay per ride or monthly memberships and provides concierge amenities including free towels, shower facilities, lockers and shoes.

Classes take place in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre, led by CycleStar instructors who motivate their class to reach performance goals. Each ride is added to the rider’s CycleStats, which measures and logs six key metrics to track the progress of their fitness journey. Each rider also receives the class playlist via CycleBeats.

“We brand ourselves as a premier indoor cycling center,” says Dasher. “I describe it as a cross between a boutique fitness center and a high-end spa.”

CycleBar WestGate West, which is scheduled to open on May 4, will be conveniently located in West San Jose just minutes from Campbell, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale — within easy reach of people who live and work in these communities.

Dasher says the success of the franchise will depend on getting the word out to those communities.

“It’s a matter of getting out in the community and making people aware we are here,” says Dasher. “We’ll take a conservative approach and let demand drive growth. Eventually we’d like to open in Mountain View and Santa Clara. That’s the plan.”

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.westgatewest.cyclebar.com

CycleBar to Open West San Jose Location in Spring 2017

Premium Boutique Indoor Cycling Studio is Perfect for People Seeking Expert-led Specialized Fitness Training in a Fun, Motivating Environment

San Jose, CA, April 6, 2017 – CycleBar, an emerging concept in premium indoor cycling, is set to open its newest Bay Area location on May 4. CycleBar Westgate West will be conveniently located in West San Jose just minutes from Campbell, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale — within easy reach of people who live and work in these communities.

CycleBar has quickly made a name for itself in the fitness community with its unique approach to indoor cycling. Instructors conduct classes in a theater-like setting, complete with music, visuals and lighting that combine to deliver a motivational, multisensory, communal experience as class participants dig deep to meet their workout goals.

“As an avid cyclist, I know firsthand that indoor cycling is seen as a compromise when open-road cycling isn’t an option — but CycleBar is different,” said Don Dasher, owner of CycleBar Westgate West. “Training at CycleBar isn’t just a rainy-day replacement, it’s an immersive, entertaining cross training experience with instructors and classmates that make the workouts extremely rewarding.”

CycleBar Westgate West will host a number of upcoming events to celebrate its grand opening as well as opportunities for local charities to raise funds for their organizations.

They include:

* April 20 — Not Open To The Public Media Opportunity Only

CycleBar Westgate West hosts a special “Peek A Boo” event so folks can get a sneak peek at the new CycleBar venue. People can walk through the venue, check out the equipment and facilities, enjoy wine and passed appetizers, listen to tunes from a DJ and meet CycleStar instructors. The event is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at 5293 A Prospect Road, San Jose.

Events Open To the Public

* April 24-May 3

CycleBar Westgate West is offering free private group rides from April 24-May 3 to celebrate its grand opening on May 4. Free group rides will be offered morning, afternoon or evening. Please schedule your group ride in advance by emailing westgatewest@cyclebar.com and you will be sent a link to send to your group to sign up for a free ride. Find out in person how you can rock your ride!

* May 4-14

Grand Opening CycleBlast! Open to the public for normal operations, all classes are free during this period. Visit http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com/ for more information and to enroll in a class, or just drop in! 5293A Prospect Road, San Jose.

* June 27th

Save the date for our Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce open house and ribbon cutting June 27th 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.. Details to come soon!

* July 1-Aug. 31

At the heart of CycleBar is a passion for giving back to the community. CycleGiving is a philanthropic movement that partners with local organizations and charities to help them raise donations by creating exciting and energetic indoor cycling rides for companies, teams, groups, and families to help raise proceeds that benefit their cause.

CycleBar Westgate West invites community groups, non-profits and charities to host a CycleGiving ride for their group, starting July 1 and going through Aug. 31.

Groups need up to 50 riders to host a fundraising ride, or can share the room with another group with each group providing up to 25 riders. Charities can make more than $1,000 with one 50-person ride.

CycleBar will provide a CycleStar instructor and staff to facilitate the 50-minute charity ride — as well as access to the community room for a social gathering after the ride. As always, CycleBar will provide all guests with the royal CycleBar treatment, including amenities (shoes, towels, water bottles, fresh fruit, etc.).

For more information or to set up a ride for your group, email westgatewest@cyclebar.com.

CycleBar offers a variety of payment plans including pay per ride or monthly memberships and provides concierge amenities including free towels, shower facilities, lockers and shoes. Classes take place in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre, led by CycleStar instructors who motivate their class to reach performance goals. Each ride is added to the rider’s CycleStats, which measures and logs six key metrics to track the progress of their fitness journey. Each rider also receives the class playlist via CycleBeats

Riders 15 and above of any ability are welcome at CycleBar. For more information, visit http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com/ and follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/CycleBarWestgateWest/, Twitter twitter.com/CB_WestgateWest and Instagram www.instagram.com/cb_westgatewest/.

About CycleBar Westgate West

Founded in 2017, CycleBar Westgate West is located in San Jose, CA and serves the greater Silicon Valley area. CycleBar delivers a premium indoor cycling experience via daily classes in its state-of-the-art CycleTheatre. CycleStar instructors lead workouts set to an invigorating mix of music and lights, helping riders reach their workout goals. For more information, visit http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com

Carmel Entrepreneur to Open CycleBar Indoor Premium Cycling Studio Franchise in Carmel Rancho Shopping Center

CycleBar is the First Premium and Only Indoor Cycling Franchise in America

Carmel, CA, March 30, 2017 — Successful Carmel entrepreneur Heather Sommers is set to open an indoor cycling studio CycleBar, a new concept in premium indoor cycling that offers a high-energy workout in a concert-like atmosphere, on Carmel Rancho Boulevard in Carmel.

Sommers worked for 25 years in the beauty industry as a self-employed hairdresser, mentor and teacher.

Sommers has also been involved in a number of charities, including Sophisticates of ATSC (Assessment and Treatment Services Center), to support children and families in need of counseling services, Red Rhino Orphanage in Kenya, Africa, that houses 25 children and our local Kinship Center of Monterey County that places children from Monterey County in foster and permanent adoptive homes.

Through CycleBar’s CycleGiving®, a philanthropic movement which partners with local organizations and charities, Sommers hopes to create exciting and energetic indoor cycling rides for charitable causes with corporations, private groups, and families to help raise proceeds that benefit their cause.

This not only allows her to give back to the community, but promotes overall health and wellness with a one-of-a-kind fitness and communal experience.

CycleBar Carmel Rancho, which offers a pay-per-class packages and unlimited monthly ride model, with no membership necessary, will open on May 15 at 26135 Carmel Rancho Boulevard A-3.

CycleBar also offers concierge service and amenities, including complimentary towels, showers, lockers, and cycling shoes.

The dynamic classes take place in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre and are led by CycleStar instructors who take participants through a 50-minute high-energy ride fueled by pumping playlists by CycleBeats and CycleStats to drive performance for the riders.

The CycleTheatre features tiers for 48 bikes plus LED lighting, wide-screen graphics and state-of-the-art audio with a DJ booth.

Riders can also track performance data via CycleStats and can download music used in the class session. After class, riders cool down with fresh fruit and enhanced water, while aromatherapy helps guests relax throughout the facility.

CycleBar Carmel Rancho will host a number of upcoming events to celebrate its opening as well as opportunities for local charities to raise funds for their organizations.

They include:

* May 10

CycleBar Carmel Rancho hosts a special “Peek A Boo” event so folks can get a sneak peek at the new CycleBar venue. People can walk through the venue, check out the equipment and facilities, enjoy wine and passed appetizers, listen to tunes from a DJ and meet CycleStar instructors. The event is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at 26135 Carmel Rancho Boulevard A-3. Please RSVP to Marci Bracco at (831) 747-7455 or at marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com.

* May 15-24

CycleBar Carmel Rancho is offering free private rides from May 15-24 to celebrate its opening. Free rides will be offered morning, afternoon or evening. Please RSVP to Heather Sommers at heather.sommers@cyclebarcarmelrancho.com and you will be sent a link to sign up for a free ride. Find out in person how you can rock your ride!

May 25-June 5

Cyclebar Carmel Rancho will be offering free community Cyclebar Rides from May 25-June 5. Rides will be offered morning, afternoon and evening. Please go to Carmelrancho.cyclebar.com to sign-up for your free ride starting May 15.

* June 7

The Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Carmel Chamber will host a joint open house and grand opening ribbon-cutting event from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. Sip wine, savor small bites and enjoy music from a DJ while you tour the facilities, meet and talk to CycleStars AKA: Instructors, get a card for a free ride and win raffle prizes.

* June 6 and forward

At the heart of CycleBar is a passion for giving back to the community. CycleGiving is a philanthropic movement that partners with local organizations and charities to help them raise donations by creating exciting and energetic indoor cycling rides for companies, teams, groups, and families to help raise proceeds that benefit their cause.

CycleBar Carmel Rancho invites community groups, non-profits and charities to host a CycleGiving ride for their group, starting June 5.

Groups need 48 riders to host a fundraising ride, or can share the room with another group with each group providing 24 riders. Charities can make more than $1,000 with one 48-person ride.

CycleBar will provide a CycleStar instructor and staff to facilitate the 50-minute charity ride — as well as access to the community room for a social gathering after the ride. As always, CycleBar will provide all guests with the royal CycleBar treatment, including amenities (shoes, towels, water bottles, fresh fruit, etc.). With any CycleGiving Ride there is no upfront cost to the charity.

June 6 and forward

Cyclebar is passionate about creating connections within the community and also knows how important it is to create Team Experiences in the work-place as well. Cyclebar offers corporate and small businesses another opportunity for team building for its employees.

Cyclebar Carmel Rancho invites local businesses to host their next team building experience at Cyclebar.

CycleBar will provide a CycleStar instructor and staff to facilitate the 50-minute charity ride — as well as access to the community room for a social gathering after the ride. As always, CycleBar will provide all guests with the royal CycleBar treatment, including amenities (shoes, towels, water bottles, fresh fruit, etc.).

For more information or to set up a ride for your group, contact Heather Sommers at

heather.sommers@cyclebarcarmelrancho.com.

About Heather Sommers

Heather Sommers, owner of Heather Sommers, LLC, DBA CycleBar Carmel Rancho, has a strong background as a successful entrepreneur and successful corporate leader.

For 25 years, Heather worked in the beauty industry, where she has successfully developed and maintained a profitable clientele as a self-employed hairdresser. During her last five years in the industry, Heather’s continued growth afforded her the opportunity to employ a full-time assistant, thus allowing her to expand her personal business and income. This gave her another opportunity to teach and mentor another stylist in her field daily.

Her commitment to excellence and education propelled her into teaching roles as a color and haircutting educator/specialist. With her passion for education, it allowed her to join successful companies such as Toni & Guy International and Paul Mitchell Systems, where Heather was fortunate to create and implement curriculums for both companies. Her skills also led her into management opportunities in these companies.

During her employment, Heather was also involved in multiple charities. She was a member of the Sophisticates in Newport Beach that raised money for an Orange County Charity ATSC, to support children and families in need of counseling services. As a strong believer of service/charitable work, Heather also supports an orphanage in Kenya, Africa, Red Rhino Orphanage, which houses 25 children. Heather travels annually to Kenya to visit the children.

Heather is married to Richard Sambado, who is owner of Primavera Marketing Co. in Linden, California, a specialty marketer of cherries, apples and walnuts.

Heather and her husband purchased a home in Carmel 3 ½ years ago and quickly connected with a local charity, The Kinship Center of Monterey County, where she has been a White Party Committee Member for the past 3 years.

Heather lives in Carmel Valley full time with her husband, two kitties and three dogs that are the loves of her life!

CycleBar Carmel Rancho:

Address: 26135 Carmel Rancho Boulevard A-3, Carmel, Ca. 93923

Phone: 209.598.2800

Email: Heather.sommers@cyclebarcarmelrancho.com

Website: Carmelrancho.cyclebar.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/cyclebarCarmelrancho

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.carmelrancho.cyclebar.com/

Popular Fisherman’s Wharf fishing and whale watching outfit, Randy’s Fishing Trips & Whale Watching, sold and will become two outfits to be operated as separate fishing and whale watching enterprises

One of Old Fisherman’s Wharf’s venerable institutions, Randy’s Fishing Trips & Whale Watching, has been purchased and divided into two new outfits, Discovery Whale Watch and J & M Sport Fishing.

Monterey, CA, March 30, 2017 — One of Old Fisherman’s Wharf’s venerable institutions, Randy’s Fishing Trips & Whale Watching, has been purchased and divided into two new outfits, Discovery Whale Watch and J & M Sport Fishing.

The two companies, one focusing on whale watching, the other on sport fishing, will officially open on April 1, with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony set for May 9th at 5:00 p.m.

Randy’s Fishing Trips & Whale Watching, which has been operating on the wharf since 1949 and since 1981 by Peter Bruno, was one of Monterey Bay’s top whale watching and sport fishing outfits, with two boats operating, the 61-foot Chubasco and the 53-foot Sur Randy our primary boat.

Discovery Whale Watch offers daily 3-4-hour whale watch trips narrated by a marine biologist/naturalist as well as ash scattering trips, private charters and other outings. Their mission statement is: “We strive to provide our passengers with an inspiring, educational experience on Monterey Bay.”

Trips are weather permitting and travel to different locations within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to view whales and dolphins and other wildlife throughout the year.

J & M Sport Fishing specializes in sport fishing trips for a variety of species, including salmon (in season), rock cod, ling cod, Dungeness crab, sand dabs, squid, mackerel, halibut and albacore.

The new owners of the two outfits are John Mayer and Mathew Arcoleo. They are currently updating the Chubasco to make it more comfortable and accommodating as a whale-watching vessel and making Sur Randy a fishing-only boat. They plan on adding a third boat to the fleet, which should be ready in time for the April opening.

About John Mayer

John Mayer was practically destined to become an owner of Randy’s Fishing Trips & Whale Watching.

At age 14 he got his first job washing boats at Randy’s Fishing. Within a couple of weeks he became a deckhand and by the time he was 18, he had logged enough hours on the ocean to apply for a captain’s license. And he got it.

He continued to crew on Randy’s boats as well as fill in as skipper when needed. He spent almost a dozen years working at the Fisherman’s Wharf institution.

In his late-20s, John decided to join Monterey Bay Whale Watch, where he ended up spending seven years and logged 3,000 trips out into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

“I adapted quite well,” he says of the transition from mostly fishing trips to whale watching. “Whale watching was just as interesting to me, if not more. What really gets me going is I really like to try and figure out what’s going on in the ocean. All the little things out there and how it all fits together.”

Born in Santa Cruz, but raised in Pacific Grove, John, now 36, has always had a deep and abiding interest in the ocean. So being a partner in both a fishing and whale-watching enterprise is a dream come true.

“It’s something I’ve been dreaming about since I was a deckhand with Randy’s Fishing,” he says. “I’ve always admired and respected the people doing this. But this is an expensive business to get into and I said I would only do it if the right person came along. And in Mathew, I couldn’t ask for a better partner.”

John actually met Mathew through Mathew’s daughter, who was an intern with Monterey Bay Whale Watch. When Mathew came to Monterey with his daughter, the two men got to talking and found out they had similar visions.

The result was Discovery Whale Watching and J&M Sport Fishing (J&M taken from their first names, of course), in which they are 50/50 partners.

“We want to educate people and provide a great experience for them,” he says. “We want to tell the story about the ocean, its animals and its environment. And we’re putting together an all-star cast to do that.”

About Mathew Arcoleo

Mathew Arcoleo has spent almost 30 years in the high-tech industry in the Bay Area, but his roots are in Monterey and especially on Fisherman’s Wharf. You could say it’s in his blood.

Mathew’s great-grandfather was the first person to start a sport fishing enterprise on Fisherman’s Wharf and his grandfather and father both owned Frank’s Fishing Trips on the Wharf.

Not only that, young Mathew was affectionally known as a “wharf rat,” hanging out in his dad’s shop and working as a deckhand on his boats as a teen-ager before he left for college.

Born and raised in Monterey, Mathew attended Monterey schools as well as Monterey Peninsula College before he left to attend San Jose State, where he got a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He also got his MBA at Santa Clara University and was well on his way to a thriving career in the semi-conductor industry.

But he also knew that he would be drawn back to Monterey some day.

“It’s something I’d always thought I’d do one day,” he says about his return to Monterey and a business partnership on the Wharf with John Mayer, a fellow “wharf rat.” “I always thought of Monterey as my home. I even have a boat that I take out fishing or whale watching with my daughter, sons and friends.”

And to solidify the Monterey connections even more, John Mayer was captaining the boat for Monterey Bay Whale Watching when Mathew scattered his dad’s ashes at sea; one of the principals of MBWW, Richard Ternullo was a cousin of his; and his daughter, Brooke, worked as a summer intern on one of MBWW’s boats, which also happened to be captained by John Mayer.

It was on one of these excursions that Mathew and John started talking about their own venture on the Wharf.

With Randy’s for sale, Mathew and John thought it was their chance to fulfill that shared vision, but only if they could do it the right way, and that was with two separate outfits and another boat added to the fleet.

“We believe in having two companies, each one focusing on its core,” says Mathew, who currently lives in Campbell, California. He has a wife, Carrie, an elementary school teacher, daughter and two sons. Mathew hopes to return to Monterey one day. “Discovery Whale Watching is for whale watching. The boats used will be clean and set up for that. J&M Sport Fishing is all about fishing.”

Discovery Whale Watch

J & M Sport Fishing

66 Fisherman’s Wharf

Monterey, CA, 93940

(800) 251-7440

(831) 372-7440

info@discoverywhalewatch.com

www.discoverywhalewatch.com

www.jmsportfishing.com

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.jmsportfishing.com