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Monterey County: The Ideal Place to find a New You in the New Year

Monterey County embodies the perfect backdrop to uncover a new, relaxed and inspired you in 2019.

Monterey, CA, January 16, 2019 – Monterey County embodies the perfect backdrop to uncover a new, relaxed and inspired you in 2019. The natural beauty of California’s Central Coast redwood forests, verdant valleys and sweeping, towering cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean will erase stress and inspires a new state of being.

“With plentiful offerings that will rejuvenate mind, body and soul, Monterey County is the ultimate destination for travelers to disconnect and focus on themselves in the New Year,” says Rob O’Keefe, Chief Marketing Officer for the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau (MCCVB). “From spas and meditation studios to hiking trails and literary sites, travelers will surely be relaxed and revitalizedafter a trip to Monterey County.”

Below are some ideas for the perfect new you escape to Monterey County:

The newest luxury resort in Marina, The Spa at Sanctuary Beach Resortleavesguests feeling refreshed and inspired with their range of custom treatments focusing on body care and total wellness. For ultimate pampering time, guests can indulge in the unique Salt Wood Spa RX treatment, a sea salt exfoliation using seasonally inspired salt blends to aid the body in releasing toxins while unveiling a healthy glow. For head to toe relaxation, The Spa at Sanctuary Beach Resort offersthe Pacific Ocean Body Treatment – a basalt stone face massage, mineral rich seaweed body mask and a full body massage.

To further cultivate and elevate well-being, consciousness and kindness, visit Monterey Bay Meditation Studio for a variety of movement, nature and relational meditation sessions, retreats and courses. Sessions are held on the beach, in the forest, by the river, and in meadows throughout Monterey County, as well as in their ocean-view studio in Pacific Grove. In 2019, the studio will be offering a Conscious Living Series, which includes several courses focusing on different aspects of incorporating mindfulness into daily life.

Among the rolling hills and sun-dappled vineyards of Carmel Valley, the Spa at Bernardus Lodge offers a variety of unique experiences for rejuvenation, inspiration and indulgence. With seasonal body treatments focusing on the solstices and equinoxes, the experiences integrate celestial reminders to take time for ourselves; reflect on the past, renew for the future and optimize balance.

Find inner peace at Refuge in Carmel – America’s first co-ed outdoor relaxation spa. This sanctuary is a wellness paradise offering the ultimate in relaxation through a three-step thermal cycle featuring a cedar sauna with Himalayan salt walls, eucalyptus infused steam rooms, cold plunges, and warm pools with thermal waterfalls. Repeated use of Refuge’s thermal cycle soothes aches and pains, speeds up metabolism, and enhances muscle recuperation– the perfect recipe for a new you.

More than 50 years ago, the Esalen Institute was founded as a retreat and educational center focused on creating a space where people could explore holistic approaches to wellness and personal transformation. Esalen attracts a worldwide network of teachers and seekers who look beyond dogma to explore deeper spiritual possibilities; forge new understandings of self and society; and pioneer new paths for change. Located in Big Sur, visitors can enjoy a plethora of experiences from moonlit baths in natural hot springs to unique forms of massage that focus on energy exchange and psychological well-being.

To expand the mind in the New Year, don’t miss out on some of Monterey’s most notable literary sites including the National Steinbeck Center in downtown Salinas, Robinson Jeffers’ Tor House in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea and the Henry Miller Library in majestic Big Sur.

Visitors looking to reconnect with nature will discover the exquisite beauty of Monterey County’s great outdoors. Take a stroll or bike ride along the 18-mile scenic stretchof the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail from Castroville (also known as the “Artichoke Capital of the World”) in the North, to Pacific Grove in the South. Picnic on the white sands of Carmel Beach, hike through Fort Ord National Monumentor explore Pebble Beach’s gentle tide pools.

Learn how to unplug and discover mindfulness in beautiful Monterey Countyby uncoveringincredible, life changing, and enriching experiences. Additionally, Monterey County has become one of the country’s leaders in sustainable travel while offering unforgettable moments. Visitors are asked to practice responsible travel that will help minimize negative impacts to the environment, and preserve the cultural and natural resources of the destination. Visit responsibly and preserve the wonder of Monterey County on the beautiful California Central Coast in the New Year, and for years to come.

CONTACT:

Jessica Lessard, Monterey County CVB

(831) 657-6413; JLessard@SeeMonterey.com

ABOUT MONTEREY COUNTY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau (MCCVB) is a 501c6 non-profit destination marketing organization that drives tourism for Monterey County as a premier destination to leisure and business travelers. Tourism is the largest industry on the Monterey Peninsula and the second largest in the County. MCCVB is a partnership of the hospitality community and local governments that drives business growth through compelling marketing and targeted sales initiatives that maximize the benefits of tourism to our guests, members and the community. Travel spending in Monterey County was $2.85 billion in 2017, representing a 3.5 percent increase from 2016. Visitor spending supported 24,990 jobs, contributed $255 million in total taxes and generated $127 million local tax dollars that directly benefited the community.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.SeeMonterey.com

MPA Watch helps celebrate California Underwater Parks Day this January

STATEWIDE—California Underwater Parks Day arrives Saturday through Monday, January 19-21.

Salinas, CA, January 15, 2019 – STATEWIDE—California Underwater Parks Day arrives Saturday through Monday, January 19-21.

The annual event represents a special statewide celebration of a stunningly beautiful—and richly diverse—network of 124 marine protected areas (MPAs) that includes gems like Point Reyes State Marine Reserve, Elkhorn Slough State Marine Reserve and Swami’s State Marine Conservation Area.

MPAs have helped conserve and protect the ocean along the legendary West Coast—and that means defending fuzzy otters and spotted harbor seals, electric orange nudibranchs and garibaldi, regal egrets and gorgeous grey whales, as well as protecting the ecosystems that support them.

It also means preserving famous viewscapes, areas of cultural significance to indigenous communities, and boosting local economies with the power of the tourist dollar.

As outlets including the BBC and PBS reported in 2015, the recovery of over-taxed ecosystems like Monterey Bay has translated to billions in tourism.

BBC series producer Adam White called Monterey Bay’s recovery “one of the greatest wildlife conservation success stories on the planet…and all of this is happening between San Francisco and Los Angeles—two of the largest cities in the world. If it can work here, it should inspire the rest of the world to take care of their ocean.”

That would not have happened without MPA Watch, which helps defend 58 different MPAs statewide.

The MPA Watch story is one of community heroism and tons of data. Legion volunteers use standardized methods to collect endless information on California’s beaches and bluffs inside and outside MPAs, recording all offshore and onshore coastal activities, from swimming and surfing to fishing and harvesting.

All data collected by volunteers undergo rigorous quality assurance before being accepted and shared with users like state coastal managers and environmental researchers.

Those authorities then use that information to target the most important places for enhanced education and outreach, signage, and law enforcement. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) leads the management and enforcement of MPA regulations.

All told MPA Watch heroes monitor 187,917 acres of marine protected areas. They submitted 3,164 surveys in 2018.

With warming oceans, oil companies hoping to drill in all sorts of places, poachers and other bad actors all threatening the health of California’s coast, continuing to protect the state’s ocean ecosystems now—and for generations to come—is a perpetual priority.

It also makes California Underwater Parks Day an important holiday and a major public benefit.

There are many ways for everyday people to get involved, including 1) completing simple surveys on the MPA Watch website, 2) volunteering to help monitor the coast’s MPAs, 3) donating to local MPA Watch organizations, and 4) visiting MPAs to enjoy their beauty!

More information awaits at www.mpawatch.org.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.mpawatch.org

Third Night’s A Charm

Book 3 nights and the 3rd is 1/3 off. A getaway is always a wonderful break…

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, January 14, 2019 – Book 3 nights and the 3rd is 1/3 off. A getaway is always a wonderful break…they just don’t last long enough. At Hofsas House we know the 3rd nights a charm!

Subject to availability. Minimum of three (3)-night stay required. Savings reflected in rate at time of booking. If modifications to reservation are made during your hotel stay (e.g. early departure), the promotion is void and your rate will be adjusted to the rate of the day. Taxes and gratuities not included. Offer not applicable to groups, negotiated or third-party rates. Not combinable with any other offers. Not applicable to existing reservations. Blackout dates apply. Offer valid from February and March 2019 excluding holidays and AT&T golf week. Mention Code HHCHARM when booking.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://hofsashouse.com/

Yeast of Eden’s Grand Opening on January 17th to Benefit Monterey County Food Bank

Yeast of Eden, the newly renovated restaurant & brewery that occupies the south end of the Carmel Plaza is announcing its grand opening on Thursday, January 17th.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, January 14, 2019 – Yeast of Eden, the newly renovated restaurant & brewery that occupies the south end of the Carmel Plaza is announcing its grand opening on Thursday, January 17th. After opening quietly last month, the hip, contemporary designed 120 seat restaurant (plus40 outdoor patio seats) is partnering with the Monterey County Food Bank by donating 100% of the proceeds from the evening’s sales.

“It’s a priority for us to align with a local, charitable cause in conjunction with announcing our opening to the community,” said J.C. Hill, Co-Owner. “We’re here not only as a community gathering place, but as a community partner,” he said. Hill and his father, John, are also the owners of Alvarado Street Brewery in Monterey and Salinas. It was a “no brainer” for them to align with the Monterey County Food Bank, as the holiday season tends to place a strain on the organization’s resources as they head into the new year.

Yeast of Eden began as a side project of Alvarado Street Brewery starting in 2015, as Hill and (now) Head Brewer Andrew Rose were barrel aging beers with some of Rose’s experimental “mixed” cultures. “Mixed fermentation just refers to the variety of organisms used to metabolize sugars produced during the brewing process,” said Rose. “Our cultures contain multiple varieties of brewer’s yeast, but also native yeasts & lactic acid producing microflora, creating a sense of terroir in each of our beers.”

A common thread among all the Yeast of Eden beers is a crisp, dry profile that sets the stage for fruit forward, fermentation-derived flavors and assertive effervescence that creates an almost champagne-like finish. Each has a varying level of acidity, almost to the same degree as wine, which presented a food pairing opportunity that Hill was eager to pursue.

“We wanted bright, bold flavors to align with the soft acidity and layered flavors of Andrew’s beers. Sweet, spicy, savory & umami – combined with the beer, we wanted your entire palate to dance over the course the meal,” said Hill. The result was a global, street food-inspired menu with Southeast Asian & Latin American influence. Hill says he was lucky enough to bring on Chef Stephen Paulson, formerly of Ba Bar & Elysian Fields in Seattle, to curate a menu specifically designed to pair with mixed fermentation beers.

Some of the quickly adopted fan favorites in their short four weeks of existence are the crispy battered Saigon wings tossed in a spicy fish sauce caramel, as well as the miso creamed kale that features a mix of foraged & domestic mushrooms. The menu offers street tacos with hand made corn tortillas for both lunch and dinner, but also offers a range of share plates and large entrees. Customers so far have been emphatic about the Red Curry Duck, which is hot smoked & dry aged Peking duck breast served in a spicy red curry sauce with grilled pineapple. Burger lovers will find satisfaction in their kobe grind “Publican” burger with rosemary & sage frites.

Beyond the 26 beer taps and eclectic eats, Yeast of Eden offers a full bar where Assistant General Manager Adam Ono is slowly building out a promising cocktail program, and one that will eventually feature four on draft. Ono, formerly of Future Bars (SF), 1833, and most recently California Market at Pacific’s Edge, has created several promising libations already. “Thou Mayest” is another Steinbeck reference and an egg white cocktail with rye, Campari, fernet branca, amaro & lime.

Yeast of Eden is currently open from 11 am until 10 pm (kitchen until 9 pm), but after their Grand Opening on the 17th,hours will change. The restaurant brewery will be open from 11:30 am to 10 pm, Sunday through Wednesday, with kitchen hours extended until 11 pm Thursday through Saturday. The bar will stay open until midnight on those days. Reservations and more information is available online at yoebeer.com.

Yeast of Eden

Carmel Plaza Suite 112

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Contact: J.C. Hill, 831-747-0841

jc@alvaradostreetbrewery.com

Contact Co-Owner J.C. Hill for all press related inquiries.

Cell – 831-747-0841

Email – jc@alvaradostreetbrewery.com

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://alvaradostreetbrewery.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Monterey County Fair & Event Center

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

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

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Platinum Sponsor – $50,000

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

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

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

•Major event signage

•Introduction of representatives at podium at event

•Website promotion

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

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

•Two (2) VIP Presidential Reception tickets

•$5000 scholarship for centennial year in your name

•Enewsletter donor spotlight

•Featured in all public relations outreach

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

•30 season passes to all athletic events

Diamond Sponsor – $25,000

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

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

•Major event signage

•Introduction of representatives at podium at event

•Website promotion

•Full-page ad in Centennial Celebration Gala souvenir program

•10 event tickets ($1250 Value)

•Two (2) VIP Presidential Reception tickets

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

•Mentioned in all public relations outreach

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

•20 season passes to all athletic events

Gold Sponsor – $10,000

•Logo on all event advertising, correspondence & promotional materials

•Logo on event signage

•Introduction of representatives at podium at event

•Website promotion

•Half-page ad in Centennial Celebration Gala souvenir program

•10 event tickets ($1250 Value)

•Two (2) VIP Presidential Reception tickets

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

•Mentioned in all public relations

•Promoted on social media

Bronze Benefactor – $5,000

•Logo on all event advertising

•Website Promotion

•Half-page ad in Centennial Celebration Gala souvenir program

•6 event tickets ($750 value)

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

•Mentioned in all public relations

•Promoted on social media

Silver Sponsor – $2,500

•Sponsor signage

•Website promotion

•Half-page ad in Centennial Celebration Gala souvenir program

•$250 scholarship for centennial year in your name

•4 event tickets ($625)

•4 season passes to all athletic events

•Mentioned in all public relations

•Promoted on social media

Pewter Sponsor – $1,250

•Sponsor signage

•Website promotion

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

•2 event tickets ($625)

Chrome- $500

•Recognition in Centennial Celebration Gala souvenir program

•2 event tickets ($250)

Gala Celebration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

https://www.gavilan.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Shilstone

831-915-4550

mark@medialine.com

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.chatterboxpr.com

Superintendent Burns praises new ROP mission statement, says District is committed to expanding Career Education Opportunities

After about 18 months on the job, Salinas Union High School District Superintendent Dan Burns believes that his vision for the district is still strong and on track and aligns with the Mission Trails ROP/CTE new mission statement.

Salinas, CA, January 8, 2019 — After about 18 months on the job, Salinas Union High School District Superintendent Dan Burns believes that his vision for the district is still strong and on track and aligns with the Mission Trails ROP/CTE new mission statement.

“The district’s mission aligns exactly with Mission Trails ROP/CTE’s mission statement, that all students will graduate college-ready and career-ready,” he said. “ROP has been doing a good job of aligning with the mission of the district, which is that the district develops educated learners to the highest standards, preparing them to achieve their life’s aspirations and to be productive citizens in a global society.”

The new ROP mission statement is simple and to the point: “Mission Trails ROP/CTE prepares students to be career-ready by providing them with relevant skills.”

Part of fulfilling those missions is to improve and expand the district’s facilities. Currently, the district has begun construction on expanding its Continuation High School, adding a multi-purpose room and cafeteria; the new 6,240 square-foot CTE and Health & Public Service Laboratory is under construction; and the new Rancho San Juan High School, the fifth high school in the district, scheduled to open in August 2019.

Burns said the facilities expansion not only allows the district to expand its existing programs, but to introduce new programs.

“The board is committed to expand career education programs,” he said. “We’ve set the bar high to be an exemplary learning environment for both students and staff.”

Burns said one of the goals of the district now is “How do we refine and get better at what we do?”

“It’s a big school district, but we believe we’re a district on the move,” he says, pointing out the new high school and $50 million in bond funding for modernizing at all the district’s high school. “There’s a lot of positive energy to improving the learning conditions for students here in Salinas.”

The Board of Trustees of the Salinas Union High School District unanimously appointed Burns as the District’s new Superintendent, effective July 1, 2017.

Burns is entering his 27th year in the school district. He started in the district as a classified employee as a Guidance Technician at El Sausal Middle School. He was also a dropout prevention counselor, a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, and an Associate Superintendent for Instructional Services. After one year as superintendent of the Jefferson Union High School District in 2016, Burns returned to the Salinas district.

Burns has been recognized for his contributions and leadership. He was recognized by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) as the High School Principal of the Year in 2011 and as the Curriculum and Instruction Superintendent of the Year in 2016. Additionally, Burns has been a presenter for WestEd, the Central Coast Section (CCS) Sportsmanship Committee, and ACSA. He also has been a principal mentor for new principals through ACSA. Beyond his professional duties, he has been active in his community as well.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

https://www.salinasuhsd.org/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Ferera Swan:

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

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

Contact:

Chip Schutzman

Miles High Productions

PO Box 93157

Hollywood CA 90093

323-806-0400

Chip@mileshighproductions.com

http://www.mileshighproductions.com

Monterey Symphony Launches Search for New Music Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

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