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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: https://www.landeeseelandeedo.com/creative-diy-dog-beds/.

Also, look for colorful Goodwill sweaters for this project at www.goodwillvalleys.com/shop/.

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: https://cheerfultimesblog.com/2015/03/15/crafts-diy-dog-dress-shirt-collar/?platform=hootsuite

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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GiftWorksPlus Releases Interesting Halloween Facts and Figures

GiftWorksPlus has fun facts and custom frames that are perfect as Halloween approaches.

Waukesha, WI, USA — Halloween is synonymous with candy, ghosts, pumpkins and costumes. In honor of Halloween, GiftWorksPlus is releasing some fun facts and figures about the holiday to get customers in the Halloween spirit.

The origins of Halloween are thought to be linked to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, in which people would light bonfires and wear costumes to scare off ghosts. When Pope Gregory III named the first of November All Saints’ Day in the 8th century, some of the Celtic traditions were incorporated into the holiday. The night before All Saints’ Day became known as All Hallows’ Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

Wearing Halloween costumes also has its roots from Celtic and European traditions. Back in earlier centuries, it was believed that ghosts were free to roam on Halloween and people thought that ghosts would recognize them if they left their house. After dark on Halloween, people would dress up in costumes so that ghosts would mistake them for other fellow ghosts and spirits. Today, the tradition of wearing costumes has evolved as a way more to show off creativity and have fun instead of warding off ghosts.

Halloween has evolved into a more commercialized event focused on costumes, pumpkins, and candy. In fact, one quarter of all the candy sold each year in the U.S. is bought for Halloween treats. Between candy, decorations, pumpkins, and costumes, Americans spend almost $7 billion every year on Halloween – making it the second largest commercial holiday in the country. Put another way, the average U.S. consumer is expected to spend about $75 on Halloween-related items each year.

GiftWorksPlus has several engraved frames for Halloween. These wooden frames are great for showcasing a child’s first Halloween, a group of trick-or-treaters, or even a contest-winning pumpkin carving. These Halloween frames are also perfect grandchildren frames to send to grandparents, so they can see grandkids in their Halloween costumes.

All GiftWorksPlus picture frames come with free customization, giving customers the opportunity to create personalized picture frames with dates, designs and more. These special picture frames make great unique, personalized gifts that family and friends can enjoy year after year!

For more information about GiftWorksPlus, or to browse their frames, visit GiftWorksPlus.com today!

Media Contact:
Karla Jordan
N15 W22218 Watertown Rd. #5
Waukesha, WI 53186

Renowned Songstress Jen Kane Takes to the Stage at Long Island National Historic Landmark Theater

Jen Kane’s concert highlights activities during Riverhead’s Edgar Allan Poe Festival on November 1st.

Riverhead, Long Island, NY (October 14, 2014) — The ever popular vocalist Jen Kane will be making a special appearance during Riverhead’s Edgar Allan Poe Festival in celebration of Halloween. Jen will perform in a children’s concert titled Little Monster Costume Party on Saturday, November 1st at 6 PM at the Vail Leavitt Music Hall on Peconic Avenue in Riverhead. Ms. Kane has done live music theater and countless performances for children’s theatre from Manhattan to Long Island’s East End that have thrilled children and their families.

Her powerful alto voice has graced stages in leading roles as Eva Peron in Evita, Anita in West Side Story, a run in Smokey Joe’s Café, and Why Oh Why Can’t I, an original Judy Garland musical, a two-year stint in Swing! as Ann, and again in a lead role as Esther in Meet Me In St. Louis.

“Doing shows for children are special for me,” says Jen Kane. “Interacting with the kids and sending them home with smiles and warm memories are a delight. I help their imaginations run wild. The Vail Leavitt show will be fun for everyone. I am honored to be part of it.”

Activities taking place during the Edgar Allan Poe Festival weekend sponsored by the Town of Riverhead and the Riverhead Business Improvement District include: a Main Street Riverhead Halloween Parade on October 31 at 7 PM, trick-or-treating at various downtown businesses on Halloween, readings by numerous Long Island authors, various street skits, street musicians, and impromptu performances and surprises at downtown venues. Edgar Allan Poe’s works as well as spooky Halloween themes will be central to all of the events.

“We are delighted to have Jen Kane in the lineup,”says Ray Pickersgill, president of the Riverhead BID. “Her appearance adds yet another professional flair to the festival.”

The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall is a National Historic Landmark that was built in 1881 and modeled after the Ford Theater in Washington, DC. Also appearing in the evening’s music presentation before Ms. Kane is Grammy Award nominee children’s performer Brady Rymer. Fireworks follow the concert outside the theater. All events during the Edgar Allan Poe weekend are free and open to all ages.

Riverhead’s Edgar Allan Poe Festival is taking place under the expert guidance of Sal St. George. “We are thrilled to have two first rate children’s entertainers sharing the stage at the Vail Leavitt,” says Creative Director, Sal St. George. “This will be a program you will not want to miss.” St. George’s original programs have been featured at Disney World, Busch Gardens, and Sea World. He is known on Long Island as the creative force behind Port Jefferson’s Dickens Festival and other notable events.

Riverhead’s Edgar Allan Poe Festival takes place October 31st, November 1st, and November 2nd throughout downtown Riverhead. All events during the Edgar Allan Poe weekend are free and open to all ages.

For more about Jen Kane please visit http://www.jenkane.net.

Media Contact:
Tom Gahan
First Edition Events

Getting in a Click Frenzy with Smiffy’s Australia

Launching on Friday 30th November, Smiffy’s Australia are embarking on their very own ‘Click Frenzy’ marketing initiative which will be made public across their official website http://www.smiffys.com.au and their social media profiles such as Facebook and Twitter.

Known as the ‘Smiffy’s Oz Cracker’ (or for those that like to hash tag everything; #SmiffysOzCracker), the event will be an all day and contain savings of up to 50% OFF on many costumes and party accessories.

Smiffy’s Oz Cracker is the largest marketing campaign that the Australian online retailer have completed to date and is set to see them further increase their presence as leaders of fancy dress costume supplies to the general public in Australia.

Online Marketing Manager, John Scott Cothill mentions, “With the ever growing interest of Halloween and with the growing yearly demand for costumes in Australia, Smiffy’s AU are set to carry on going from strength to strength over the next few years – Watch this space”.

Contact Details: Smiffys.com.au,
PO Box 405,
NSW 2100

Show Some Skin This Halloween — Don’t Hide Behind Your Costume!

Laser hair removal will give you a smooth, gorgeous look on your legs and underarms so you can feel fabulous for that special Halloween party!

Manhasset, NY, November 01, 2012 – Want to show off in a sexy costume this Halloween but afraid to bare your legs? Feel free to impress everyone with your smooth, beautiful skin after a laser hair treatment at New York Laser & Aesthetics in Manhasset, NY. Laser hair removal will give you a smooth, gorgeous look on your legs and underarms so you can feel fabulous for that special Halloween party! Stop hiding behind an old, boring costume that hides your shape. Put the old witch costume back in the closet, pull out a sexy number and be the life of the party this year!

With the weather getting colder and the holiday season fast approaching, autumn is the perfect time of year to begin a laser hair removal treatment regimen. Typically, six treatments are required to achieve optimal results, so starting now will ensure beautiful results by the holidays. Impress family and friends around the Thanksgiving table, during Christmas festivities, and at that glamorous New Year’s Eve bash! Laser hair removal also gives you one less thing to worry about when you’re busy travelling for the holidays, saves you time and lets you pack a little lighter!

Laser hair removal is a permanent solution that will free you from waxing, plucking and shaving forever. In addition to saving money over the long term, it will shorten the amount of time needed to get ready for work in the morning, free you from frequent appointments at the salon, and most importantly, relieve the pain and irritation from waxing, plucking and frequent shaving. It can be done on both men and women, and can be used on a variety of sites on the body—arms, legs, underarms, stomach, back, sideburns, upper lip, chin, neck, and cheeks. It is especially helpful to active individuals such as runners, cyclists, bodybuilders and swimmers by providing a competitive edge.

The Manhasset-based New York Laser & Aesthetics is conveniently located near Jericho, Woodbury, Great Neck, Merrick, and Syosset and provides clients with a clean, comfortable and discreet environment. Our staff is New York State licensed, insured and bonded and is trained to use the most advanced technology in the industry. Our top-of-the-line equipment includes the Zimmer Cooling System, which blasts cold air onto the skin to counteract the heat from the laser, minimizing irritation to the skin tissue during treatments.

The face book link is : https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-York-Laser-Aesthetics/289885787703014

They are very proud to offer a lifetime guarantee– after the initial six-treatment package, each and every treatment to maintain your look afterwards is fifty percent off for the rest of your life. You are welcome to keep returning for additional treatments until the look you ultimately want is obtained.

In addition to our popular laser hair removal treatments, Theay provide an array of skin services such as chemical peels, spider vein removal, birthmark and discoloration corrective services, anti-aging and acne services, and toenail fungus removal. Theay would love to share more information with you about the great investment of laser hair removal and our other professional capabilities. To contact us for a free consultation and to inquire about our current specials, please call New York Laser & Aesthetics today at (516) 627-7777, visit us at www.nylaser1.com or check us out on Facebook to take advantage of our great offers. They hope to see you here soon!

David Elgavisch
New York Laser Aesthetics
Americana at Manhasset
2110 Northern Blvd. (Suite. 202)
Manhasset, NY 11030

Nothing is scarier than wasting electricity on energy phantoms

“While FPL customers have the lowest electric bill in Florida, we’re committed to helping them and their families manage the energy they use every day,” said Craig Muccio, FPL Energy Expert.

Juno Beach, FL (October 31, 2012) — FPL offers kids Top 10 Tips to Fight Energy Phantoms lurking in homes this Halloween.

Florida Power & Light Company doesn’t want its customers to get spooked by energy phantoms creeping around this Halloween. In fact, the company has many ways to help shed light on these unwanted energy consumers.

Phantom energy, or phantom load, is electricity consumed by an electrical device when it is in the “off” mode. Many electronic items are in “standby” mode when turned off, helping them turn on faster or respond to a remote control. Power adapters, such as cell phone chargers, are also powered whenever they are plugged in. This is why they feel slightly warm even when there’s no device connected. Also, anything with a lit digital display uses a tiny bit of power, even when not in use.

“While FPL customers have the lowest electric bill in Florida, we’re committed to helping them and their families manage the energy they use every day,” said Craig Muccio, FPL Energy Expert. “Halloween is a perfect time to teach kids how they can rid their homes of these scary energy-phantoms.”

Top 10 Tips to Fight Energy Phantoms

1. Unplug your charger when you’re not charging your cell phone
2. Turn off electronics, like the radio, TV, computer and video games, as well as lights and ceiling fans when you leave a room
3. Keep windows and outside doors closed when the air conditioning is on
4. Open curtains so you can use the sunlight during the day
5. Use a small lamp when you read or study at night
6. Use the microwave to warm up food instead of the stove
7. Decide what you want from the refrigerator before opening the door
8. Turn off the dishwasher before the drying cycle to let the dishes air dry
9. Take short showers so you’re not using as much energy to heat water
10. Ask your parents to replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights

There are other tips that can help you reduce the amount of electricity you may not realize you’re wasting, find out what they are at, http://www.FPL.com/energyfit.

About Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is a leading employer in the state with approximately 10,000 employees. The company consistently outperforms national averages for service reliability while customer bills are below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla. – based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit http://www.FPL.com.

Media Contact:
FPL Media Line
Florida Power & Light Company
700 Universe Blvd.
Juno Beach, FL 33408

News from Join It – Jigsaw Puzzle for iPad. Halloween and more…

A very nice holiday Halloween is coming and an independent development company d-Studio, Ltd. wants to share its latest news and some plans about future versions of its puzzle applications. Today, “Join It – Jigsaw Puzzle” – the main puzzle game for iPad developed by the company – has reached a huge number of users all round the world, and became one of the most popular, interesting and natural jigsaw puzzle made for iPad.

Join It – Jigsaw Puzzle has already gained a loyal following of fans who truly love the game; with more than 320 ratings on the App Store, and with an average rating of or above 4.5 stars, Join It – Jigsaw Puzzle for iPad is an absolute winner.

Join It – Jigsaw Puzzle provides your a perfect opportunity to experience the feeling of vivid jigsaw puzzles. The game features highly natural and intuitive controls with a unique set of gestures that makes the virtual jigsaw puzzle experience even better than the traditional puzzle on your table.

Among all this, d-Studio, Ltd. has already lunched two beautiful and unique holiday editions of Join It – Jigsaw Puzzle game. Both of them, Hell Puzzle and Join the Hearts – Jigsaw Puzzle, are perfectly developed and designed to give you, your friends and family an unforgettable impression of assembling puzzles.

The most recent game announced by d-Studio, Ltd. – Hell Puzzle – which has just come to the App Store market and is now available on the iPad! Released just in time for Halloween, Hell Puzzle brings the easy tilt controlled game play and hours of fun to kids and parents alike.

Hell Puzzle for iPad offers action-packed Halloween fun for the whole family. In this game, well known jigsaw puzzle gets traditional Halloween style and inherits the best features from the Join It – Jigsaw Puzzle. It still has the most advanced puzzle engine with the most comfortable, realistic and natural control that will make you to enjoy the best possible holiday gaming.

Now you can feel the spirit of the Halloween wherever you want, because the jigsaw puzzle game Hell Puzzle will always be with you on your iPad. Beautiful graphics in the atmosphere of the Halloween, excellent collection of themed pictures and a big range of pieces to play with makes Hell Puzzle from d-Studio, Ltd exciting puzzle game for iPad that will bring much joy to you, your friends and your family and even won’t give a chance to get bored and stop enjoy yourself while assembling jigsaw puzzles. The Halloween spirit continues all over the game. An interesting surprise, which could become frightening for those who doesn’t know about it, is waiting for each user in the Gameplay.

We highly recommended “Join It – Jigsaw Puzzle”, “Hell Puzzle” and “Join the Hearts – Jigsaw Puzzle” apps to those who what to make an interesting, colorful and valuable present to friends and family on any holiday. Use “Gift This App” from iTunes and do not loose the chance to make a small, but very nice present to your children, girlfriend, boyfriend, friends and your relatives!

Among the main features of all d-Studio, Ltd. puzzles are:

  • Absolutely realistic control
  • A unique set of in-game gestures
  • Beautiful interface design
  • Ability to play puzzles ranging from 4-300 pieces
  • Zoom and ability to move around the game table
  • A variety of backgrounds to choose from
  • Ability to save finished puzzle images to iPad Photo Library
  • Puzzle assembly timer and top score tracking with and ability to tweet about results
  • Sound effects can be turned on or off
  • Full iOS 5 compatibility

Although, Join It – Jigsaw Puzzle has already got a lot of wonderful features which make gaming comfortable for everyone, d-Studio, Ltd. team does not spot on this point and continues to improve application for you. The next major update is coming soon before Thanksgiving Day and will bring few presents for you.

Previous versions of Join It – Jigsaw Puzzle for iPad have become popular in many countries and got a lot of positive reviews, so d-Studio, Ltd. hopes that latest puzzle products will also become one of the favorite apps for many iPad users.

d-Studio, Ltd and Join It team will be very glad to hear your thoughts and wishes as for the new version.