Shopping at Goodwill Central Coast stores is a win-win for your Pocketbook and the Planet

The sale of secondhand goods — often called recommerce — is the fastest growing retail sector in the country.

Salinas, CA, August 28, 2019 – The sale of secondhand goods — often called recommerce — is the fastest growing retail sector in the country. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, GlobalData PLC estimates that secondhand sales will double to $51 billion by 2023, up from $24 billion last year.

The well-stocked stores of Goodwill Central Coast are a big part of this trend, featuring the same name brands offered at department stores — at a fraction of the price.

Shoppers ages 18 to 37 (a large majority of them women) are driving this shift, inspired by everyday low prices, the high quality of items and the eco-friendly benefits of shopping secondhand.

Studies show that consumers, on average, buy 60 percent more clothing than they did 15 years ago, but keep the items only half as long. This has resulted in more waste, and an increase in greenhouse gases due to the energy and resources it takes to produce all that clothing.

Goodwill Central Coast shoppers can enjoy guilt-free retail therapy, knowing every purchase supports job training programs and promotes reuse, keeping useful items out of our landfills and reducing the need for scarce natural resources.

Stores throughout Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties offer unique finds at unbeatable prices — from that perfect vintage jacket to a pair of name-brand shoes. You never know what treasure you might find.

Looking for the very best deals? Check out our daily 50 percent off color tag sales to find huge savings on quality items. Shop in your neighborhood, or online, as the Goodwill virtual store can lead you to that perfect item without leaving your home.

About Goodwill

Goodwill Central Coast builds lives, families and communities by helping people with employment needs become successful, supported by innovative enterprises that preserve the Earth’s resources.

Each year Goodwill assists more than 10,150 job seekers get back to work and reclaim financial and personal independence. It provides a positive learning environment that creates brighter futures through connecting people to meaningful work. For more information visit


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

Maggie Rawleigh Named Director of Events at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa has announced the hiring of Maggie Rawleigh as its Director of Events.

Monterey, CA, Aug. 19, 2019 — The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa has announced the hiring of Maggie Rawleigh as its Director of Events.

Prior to coming on board at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, Rawleigh served for almost six years at Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos, most recently as Director of Catering Sales and Conference Services, as well as Wedding and Social Events Sales Manager, and Catering and Conferences Manager.

Her tenure also includes Director of Catering Sales at Hilton Santa Cruz and Tasting Room Manager and Social Events Sales Manager at Byington Vineyard & Winery in Los Gatos.

“I’m very excited about joining the Hyatt Regency Monterey team and continuing to provide the exemplary service and expertise it has become known for,” said Rawleigh. “I look forward to working with our guests to provide the best possible experience for them.”

Rawleigh studied Tourism and Travel Services Management at San Jose State University and Cabrillo College in Aptos, where she received an Associate of Arts and Sciences in that field.

She served on the Board of Directors for the Aptos Chamber of Commerce for three years and the last year as their Vice President.

About Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

Nestled in 22 acres of soaring Monterey Pines, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course is a destination resort providing the discerning traveler the quintessential Monterey experience. Its location offers guests close proximity to downtown Monterey and Monterey Airport and easy access to some of the Peninsula’s most well-known attractions. With its warm, contemporary ambiance, elegant furnishings and convenient amenities, the hotel offers both leisure and business travelers a Northern California respite of unmatched serenity and comfort. Features include 550 guestrooms including 32 suites, and the President’s house, TusCA Restaurant, Knuckles Sports Bar, Fireplace Lounge, Spa, a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, tennis courts, pools and whirlpools. The hotel is located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, California. For information call (831) 372-1234 or visit


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

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


Laguna Beach, CA, USA, 2019-Aug-17 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Joanna Hairabedian of Laguna Beach, CA, has recently been awarded the Ms. West Coast 2019 title by the Ms. America® Pageant.

The Mission of the pageant is to celebrate the accomplishments of women, encourage them to be involved in community service, as well as use the “Crown for a Purpose” to make a difference.

The pageant is open to women 26 years of age and up who are single, divorced or married. The selection process for receiving a title was done by submitting an application, photo and followed up by an interview over the phone. Finalists from across the United States will compete in Interview, Sportswear, Evening Gown and On-Stage Interview and 4 national titles will be awarded at this year’s pageant including Ms. America®, Ms. America® International, Ms. America® Elite and Ms. International™. “Joanna Hairabedian really left a positive impression on our judges and we are thrilled to have her representing California at the 2019 Ms. America Pageant finals this August,” said Susan Jeske, Pageant CEO.

A successful career with NASA endorsed technology increasing blood flow, co-owner of (the providing EMF protection products; Joanna helps others with their mental, physical and spiritual journey. As a singer, songwriter and author, she loves inspiring others with her music.

Founder of the Princess Crowning Program, helping instill inner confidence to reflect outer radiance, Joanna says, “Knowing who you are on the inside can change your life on the outside and the course of your destiny.”

The Ms. America Pageant will be held on August 24, 2019 on the historic ship the Queen Mary that is permanently docked in Long Beach, California.

Red Carpet starts at 6:30 pm and the pageant starts at 7:30 pm.

Tickets will go on sale in June of 2019 and you can go to the pageant website to purchase:

There will also be free LiveStreaming to watch the pageant on

For appearances, email Joanna directly at:

For more information about the Ms. America® Pageant visit the website at: or Contact the CEO – Susan Jeske at 949 679-8888.

The Ms. America ® Pageant is a registered federal trademark with the USPTO in Washington DC since February 2000 and ranks as one of the top pageant trademarks in the United States.

Media contact:

Joanna Hairabedian
Ms. West Coast 2019

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

Getting The Most Cash At The Scrap Yard

Houston, TX, USA, 2019-Aug-16 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — You are probably looking for a scrap yard nearby and got to this page, please click the below link if you searched for a scrap yard near me and need a nearby recycling company. Local scrap yards

Scrap Yards Nearby

Scrap yards are local metal recycling centers, they purchase metals including iron, stainless steel, brass, copper, aluminum & lead.

They will also buy electronics, appliances or cars to dismantle them and sell the steel mill or larger scrap brokers. If you would like to learn how metal is recycled view our article How scrap metal is recycled to learn more.

The metal that scrap yards generate will get melted and reused, that being the case they are a must for our environment.

Here are some tips that will help you to get the most cash from your metal when recycling:

1. Research.

Knowledge is power, and this is the case even at the scrap yard.

Whatever kind of metal you are going to sell will need to be graded by the scrap yard.

As an example, insulated copper wire or any other copper will be (#1 or #2) depending on a combination of the gauge of copper, insulation type, copper coatings including tin, silver & shellac.

If you have scraps such as plate, sheet or any other for it will depend on if the copper is painted or has other metals attached to it.

#1 copper that has no insulation or coating will always be worth more than #2 copper, that’s why you need to know what you have before you call or go to the scrap yard.

2. More is better.

Bringing larger amounts of weight to the scrap yard will give you more negotiating power.

So figure you have a huge amount of aluminum, the scrap yard is going to really want your business more than they would from someone bringing in a small pick up load.

Local recycling centers make their profit by the ton working on any where from $50 to $400 depending on how much they have to invest in the metal.

By gathering a large amount of weight you maybe able to get $100 more on a ton of your scrap then if it was 500 lbs. and 4 trips to the yard not to mention you save on fuel, also keep in mind that when at a yard there is a 50/50 chance of getting a flat so unless you have $500-$600 or more worth of scrap metal its just not worth it.

3. Separate Your Scrap Metal.

Prior to going to the scrap yard, separate all your metal.

By doing this you will get better scrap metal prices which is an important key to getting the most money for your scrap.

Some pointers:

  • Use a magnet to separate magnetic metal (ferrous) which is worth less than non-magnetic metal non-ferrous metals click to learn more.
  • Sort your ferrous metal into a tin/steel pile.
  • Sort your non-ferrous metal into into other piles such as copper, brass and aluminum.
  • Also sort any metal by cleanliness. Example: Clean aluminum blocks will be worth more than a aluminum cylinder head which will have a metal valve cover, steel valves, springs and steel studs.

Media contact:

David Tene
6324 Alder Dr
Houston, TX 77081

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.

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