Thursday, July 8, 2021

Monterey County Fair is Back for 2021 on Sept. 3-6, at Monterey County Fair & Event Center

  Monterey County Fair is back for 2021 with the theme, “Fair Fun in 2021!” on Sept. 3-6, after cancelling the 2020 event because of the pandemic. 

Monterey, CA, July 07, 2021 — Monterey County Fair is back for 2021 with the theme, “Fair Fun in 2021!” on Sept. 3-6, after cancelling the 2020 event because of the pandemic. 

The 85th annual Fair will be held at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, but in a scaled-down version. 

 


“We are excited to have the Monterey County Fair back in 2021, with all the things people expect from the Fair — food, entertainment, live music, exhibits and a carnival with rides and games — although in a scaled-down way for health and safety reasons,” said Fair CEO Kelly Violini. “We have a ‘limited footprint’ with all carnival rides on the main lawn, which allows for parking on-site. All ticket sales are in advance in an effort to be cashless. Tickets are $10 for adults/seniors and $5 for children ages 6-11. Children 5 and under are free.” 

Violini said tickets will be on sale in advance until sold out. If tickets don’t sell out, a ticket kiosk will be set up so people can buy them on a walk-up basis on the day they attend the Fair. 

While some details of the Fair are still being finalized, the live music lineup has been released: 

>Left of Center — 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 3, at the Payton Stage 

>Journey Revisted –  7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at Payton Stage 

>Money Band — 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, at Payton Stage 

>Samz School of Rock — 2:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6 at Payton Stage 

The annual Monterey County Fair Livestock Show, will now be held the weekend prior to the Fair, on Aug. 25-28, 2021. 

More information about this year’s Fair will be posted on the official website at: www.montereycountyfair.com

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. 


Monterey County Fair & Event Center
2004 Fairground Road, Monterey
Phone: (831) 372-5863
Email: events@montereycountyfair.com
Website: www.montereycountyfair.com

Contact:
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Salinas, CA
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Saturday, July 3, 2021

San Lorenzo Valley Water District reminds Residents that Preparation is the First line of Défense of Wildfires

  The San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) is not only the agency that supplies your water, but we are also committed to safeguarding our community against the threat of wildfire. 

Boulder Creek, CA, July 02, 2021 — The San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) is not only the agency that supplies your water, but we are also committed to safeguarding our community against the threat of wildfire. SLVWD is engaged in work to strengthen fire resiliency and ensure facilities and infrastructure are secure in case of a wildfire emergency. These activities range from fuel reduction on 1,000 of acres, adding neighborhood fire hydrants, increasing backup generator systems in case of power outages and working with local and state agencies to pool resources. Another way SLVWD wants to assist its community, is by encouraging preparedness. 

During a wildfire, responding firefighters must evaluate where to prioritize their efforts to best protect a community. The decisions homeowners make now could very well determine whether or not their home and property make it through a wildfire unscathed. 

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District reminds its customers the importance of preparing themselves and their property. It is your first line of defense for when the threat of wildfire looms. 

Here are some steps to take now: 

• Proper signage: To help firefighters find your home, addresses must be clearly visible from the street

• Access: Is vegetation cleared back from the roads into your neighborhood? Can a car and a fire truck pass each other on your road? Are overhanging branches limbed up at least 20 feet? Is there a place for a large fire truck to turn around?

• Home Zone: Clean out the gutters, sweep off your roof. Screen your attic vents. Consider removing wooden shutters and lattice. Relocate anything stacked up against your home such as brooms, plastic garbage cans, straw welcome mats, and wood piles.

• Five-Foot Safety Zone: Look for things that can catch fire that are within 5 feet of your home or outbuildings. This can include shrubs, overhanging branches, patio furniture, propane-fired BBQs, dog houses, wooden privacy screens, wooden lattices, decks, gates, etc.

• Thirty-Foot Safety Zone: Is there a large enough zone around your house to make it safe for firefighters to defend it? Wildland fires can reach temperatures of almost 1,500 degrees. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire, and it protects your home from catching fire.

• Hundred-Foot Safety Zone: Look at the final 70-feet surrounding your structures. Remove all dead plants, keep grasses and weeds low and have wide spacing between living plants, keeping them limbed up 10 feet from the ground.

• Chipping Services: Chipping programs are currently offered by the following organizations and are funded through grants and private donations. Bonny Doon Fire Safe Council (Bonny Doon Area); South Skyline Fire Safe Council (Upper Summit Area — Covers North Santa Cruz County); Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (serves high-fire risk areas in Santa Cruz County not covered by other FSCs).  

It is also important to remember that during fire emergencies, outdoor water usage is restricted to ensure water is readily available for fire agencies. Customers should not run sprinklers (especially on roof tops), leave water running, or run outdoor hoses. 

Personal emergency water storage is also highly recommended as recovery of the water system after fire damage may take several days. SLVWD recommends that each home’s emergency supply include at least two gallons per person per day for seven days minimum — more if pets are involved. 

SLVWD suggests following these basic storage rules: 

• Follow container manufacturer instructions for storage and maintenance of your emergency water supply.

• Use only BPA-free plastic. Single-use bottles are not designed for long-term storage and can leach plastic over time.

• Store in a cool, dark place or a temperature-controlled environment; inside your home is best.

• Replace emergency water every six months. 

About the District

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District was established in 1941 as an independent special district. The District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors, elected at-large from within the District’s service area. A special district is a local government agency formed by voters to perform a needed service, such as water or sewer. The District’s boundaries comprise approximately 60 square miles and 190 miles of pipeline. The District currently provides service to approximately 7,900 residential, commercial, and institutional connections. The District relies on both surface water and groundwater resources, including nine currently active stream diversions, one groundwater spring, and eight active groundwater wells. The District owns, operates, and maintains two water systems from separate water sources. These sources are derived solely from rainfall within the San Lorenzo River watershed. The District owns, operates, and maintains a wastewater system in Boulder Creek’s Bear Creek Estates, which serves approximately 56 homes. 


Website: slvwd.com
Phone: (831) 338-2153
Fax: (831) 338-7986

Emergency Numbers:
After-hour emergencies: (831) 338-2153
 
Address:
San Lorenzo Valley Water District
13060 Hwy 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006
 
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Salinas, CA
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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Artichoke Festival returns to Monterey Fairgrounds on July 24-25, 2021, with renewed focus on Local Food, Fun and Entertainment

  With a renewed focus on local food and entertainment, educational agricultural activities, and fun for all ages, the Artichoke Festival returns to the Monterey County Fairgrounds on July 24-25, 2021, with one promise — “Thistle be a Good Time!” 

Monterey, CA, June 29, 2021 — With a renewed focus on local food and entertainment, educational agricultural activities, and fun for all ages, the Artichoke Festival returns to the Monterey County Fairgrounds on July 24-25, 2021, with one promise — “Thistle be a Good Time!” 

Following a year of shelter-in-place restrictions and social distancing, the festival is eager to celebrate the region fondly known as “the Artichoke Center of the World.” 

With the 2021 theme promising fun for all ages while celebrating the famous thistle, the 61st annual event expects to host at least 8,000 visitors over two days. 

California residents are invited to join in the fun, confident that current safety and social distancing protocols will be followed. Advance festival admission tickets will soon be available at www.ArtichokeFestival.org and at the door, ranging from $15 for adults; $5 for youth 6-12, $10 for active military and seniors (62+). Children under 6 are free. Special early-bird ticket packages will be on sale until July 10.

 Back on the menu for 2021 are gourmet artichoke dishes, with products supplied by the region’s top growers. Artichokes will be prepared in a variety of ways, including: fried, steamed, grilled, and in unique forms such as lumpia, burritos, sausage, cupcakes and even ice cream. 

There will be daily cooking demonstrations with local chefs, who will showcase the artichoke’s versatility and unique cooking techniques. 

The first three chefs confirmed so far for the daily Chef Demos include Chef Daniel Elinan, Executive Chef at The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa; Eduardo Coronel, Executive Chef of Rio Grill in Carmel; and Chef Ivan, part of the Culinary Team at Tarpy’s Roadhouse in Monterey. 

This year’s Chef Demos will be hosted by Partnership for Children, which has been providing transportation to medical care and family support services for children with life-threatening conditions living in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties since 2007. Partnership for Children’s transportation and financial assistance programs increase access to compassionate care for children on the Central Coast. For more about Partnership for Children visit their website at www.partnerforkids.org. 

The festival is also looking for chefs who would like to demonstrate their creative artichoke recipes at the Artichoke Festival Chef Demos. Interested chefs can call Jennifer Ramirez at 831-422-3002, or send her an email at Jennifer@partnerforkids.org

Families and festival-goers will enjoy the world-famous farmers’ market, sponsored by Ocean Mist Farms, the largest grower of artichokes in the U.S. New this year are an ag education exhibit and a hot rod car show. Other popular features returning this year are arts and crafts vendors, the artichoke harvest and artichoke eating contests, an artichoke themed quilt competition, and more. 

The Artichoke Festival has plenty of fun for the whole family, including lots of artichoke dishes, chef demonstrations, entertainment, competitions, arts and crafts, and family-friendly activities. 

Fresh from the Fields

Visitors will enjoy a world-famous farmers’ market that offers fresh artichokes, along with other seasonal produce such as asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, corn, peas, fennel, green onions, leeks, mixed lettuce, rapini, spinach and so many other fruits and vegetables, at prices that can’t be beat. 

Enjoy special delicious dishes from the Artichoke Food Court, made with artichokes harvested in Monterey County. From appetizers to dessert, this is how you do chokes: fried baby artichokes, grilled and steamed artichokes, barbecued artichoke sausage sandwiches, artichoke burritos, artichoke lumpia, artichoke soup, and artichoke cupcakes. 

Entertainment

The Central Coast hosts a wondrous array of local entertainment talent, and the Festival’s main stage will showcase some of the most popular from the area, such as “Lost and Found Band” and “Chicano All Stars.” Live music and family stage entertainment are free to all attendees. 

A local arts advocacy program will showcase the talents and works of community artists from throughout the area, featuring video, digital, and visual works of art. 

See hot street rides at the car show, both days of the Festival, along with specialty auto vendors and a gift basket raffle. Hosted by Gold Coast Rods, a car club for owners of pre-1985 American cars, viewing is free for general admission attendees. An awards ceremony for winning entrants will be held on Sunday afternoon. 

Arts and Crafts

A Quilt Competition will feature one-of-a-kind handmade quilts made especially for the Artichoke Festival, and will be on display on Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25. Festival attendees can vote their favorite for the People’s Choice Award, to be announced on Sunday. 

Local treasures abound! Arts & Crafts vendors will set up shop for guests to peruse everything from candy apples and artichoke hummus, to beautiful jewelry, soaps and lotions. You’ll find the fun, unique handmade items you can’t find in stores. 

Children’s Activities

Family members of all ages will have fun at the carnival, complete with rides and games, like the 100-foot Super Slide, a Ferris Wheel, and more to keep the excitement flowing. 

Kids of all ages love Arti the Artichoke – the official mascot of Ocean Mist Farms, voted the Salinas area fan favorite mascot. Arti will be present at the Festival for photo opportunities and awards ceremonies. 

Festival Traditions

Attendees can learn about what it takes to grow this unique vegetable. Get a crash course in artichoke husbandry by Castroville’s Artichoke growing experts at the “Talk to a Grower” exhibit in the Farmers Market, both days of the Festival. 

An artichoke-harvesting competition using the same authentic “canasta” baskets used in the artichoke harvesting process, is a race against fellow festival-goers. It’s not as easy as it looks! 

How many artichokes can you choke down? Find out, and win bragging rights at the Artichoke Eating Contest, both days at the Main Stage. 

Festival proceeds will benefit nonprofit organizations and programs that serve the greater Castroville community. This year, onsite activities will directly benefit nonprofit partners, which include Partnership for Children and the Marina Lion’s Club. The festival gives back to nonprofit programs that include local senior centers, sports and parks and recreation activities in North Monterey County schools, and other community enrichment programs, to name a few. 

For more information on this year’s festival, visit www.artichokefestival.org

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain
The Buzz PR LLC
Salinas, CA
(831) 747-7455
http://www.artichokefestival.org

Monday, June 28, 2021

Tickets for the Garlic Festival Golf Classic and the Farm-to-Table Dinner at Fortino Winery are now on sale through Eventbrite

  Tickets to both events are limited and will sell out quickly, so put your order in as soon as possible. 

Gilroy, CA, June 28, 2021 - The Garlic Festival Golf Classic will be held Friday, July 30th at Gilroy Golf Course, located at 2695 Hecker Pass Highway. The event will include a silent auction and great Garlic Festival food. The Golf Classic is sponsored by Pinnacle Bank. Golfers can sign up for the cause for $150. Hole sponsorships are available for $500, along with numerous other sponsorship opportunities. 


Gilroy Garlic Festival Golf Classic Event 

Gilroy Garlic Festival Farm-to-Table Dinner Event 

The Farm-to-Table Dinner will be held from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, July 24th at Fortino Winery, 4525 Hecker Pass Highway in Gilroy. The caterer/chef for the dinner will be Relish Kitchen & Drink, featuring Executive Chef Diane Sturla. The Farm-to-Table is sponsored by Pinnacle Bank and Mission Valley Ford. The cost for the dinner is $175 per person. 

Drive-thru, which will be held on the weekends of July 23rd, 24th, and 25th, and July 30th, 31st, and Aug. 1st, at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, located at 6000 Miller Ave., you can reserve your Drive-Thru order starting July 1. 

Here is a sneak peek at the menu: 

APPETIZERS: 

Savory, creamy goat cheese panna cotta, served with roasted beets and aromatic fennel jus 

Shrimp cocktail served with a spicy, pickled Christopher Ranch garlic sauce 

Savory and flaky corn and Gruyere gougères 

SALAD: 

Fresh summer watermelon and heirloom tomato salad with peppery arugula, tangy feta cheese, and sweet-tart balsamic glaze 

Entrees:  (Choice Of) Prime Filet, black truffle-dotted mac and cheese, rich Cabernet jus, delicate baby carrots, and roasted asparagus 

Sous Vide Mary's Chicken featuring boneless, skinless chicken breast served with tender gnocchi, rich sherry cream sauce, delicate baby carrots, and umami-rich mushrooms Creamy Parmesan polenta with earthy mushrooms and hearty vegetable Bourguignon 

Sponsors of the dinner include several local businesses contributing back to the community they live in, including Frantoio Grove, which has donated 250 bottles of its premium olive oil; Headstart Nursery, which has donated 140 herb pots for decorating tables and Mission Valley Ford, which is a $5,000 Spicy Level Sponsor for the dinner. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. 

“We, like so many other non-profits, are doing our best to manage these trying times, while building a path forward where the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association can once again achieve its mission in this community,” said Tom Cline, current President of the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association. 

Additional details will be posted on the Association’s website at www.gilroygarlicfestivalassociation.com

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About the association

The Gilroy Garlic Festival Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has distributed more than $12 million to the community through its annual, family-friendly celebration of the famous bulb since 1979. Local nonprofits participating in the festival have raised millions more. The Gilroy Garlic Festival Association aims to be a chain that links together residents, businesses, nonprofits, faith groups, schools, and other local institutions in a collaborative and supportive expression of “community.” 

GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION, INC.

PO Box 2311

Gilroy, CA 95021 

Email: mediarelations@gilroygarlicfestival.com

Phone:  408.842.1625 | Fax:  408.842.7337 


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Salinas, CA
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http://www.gilroygarlicfestivalassociation.com

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Planned over two weekends, this Summer’s Gilroy Garlic Festival has Announced a Series of events, that includes a Golf tournament

  “This will be a great event for local golfers to support the work of the Association,” said Tom Cline, current president of the association. 

Gilroy, CA, June 17, 2021 - “This will be a great event for local golfers to support the work of the Association,” said Tom Cline, current president of the association. “In the past, there have been supporting events leading up to the Festival. This is part of our legacy in the community”. 


Golfers can sign up for the cause for $150. Hole sponsorships are available for $500, along with numerous other sponsorship opportunities. The event will include a silent auction and great Garlic Festival Food. Proceeds from the Gilroy Garlic Festival Golf Classic on July 30 at Gilroy Golf Course will benefit the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association, which has distributed more than $12 million to community groups since 1979. 

Gilroy Garlic Festival Days 2021 takes place over the weekends of July 23-25 and July 30-Aug. 1. This includes showcasing the distinctive food from Gourmet Alley at a series of drive-thru events at Gilroy Presbyterian Church. Other events include a Farm-to-Table dinner at Fortino Winery, along with the golf tournament. 

Additional details will be posted on the Association’s website at www.gilroygarlicfestivalassociation.com


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Marci Bracco Cain
The Buzz PR LLC
Salinas, CA
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https://gilroygarlicfestivalassociation.com/

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Max's Helping Paws Foundation Receives $10,000 Grant from Harden Foundation

 Max's Helping Paws Foundation, which provides financial assistance to people with pets in need of urgent veterinary care, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Harden Foundation to continue its important work in the community. 

Carmel CA, June 15, 2021 - Max's Helping Paws Foundation, which provides financial assistance to people with pets in need of urgent veterinary care, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Harden Foundation to continue its important work in the community. 

The Harden Foundation, based in Salinas and established in 1963 by Ercia and Gene Harden, provides funding to a variety of qualified nonprofit organizations in Monterey County that serve local communities. 

For more information on Max's Helping Paws Foundation, call (831) 704-6473 or go to www.maxshelpingpaws.org

About Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Max's Helping Paws Foundation (MHPF) was co-founded in 2016 by Dyana Klein and her husband and veterinary internist, Dr. Jonathan Fradkin, in memory of their pet, Maximillian. The foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that supports all Monterey County veterinary practices to provide financial assistance to clients with pets in need of both critical short-term or longer-term care for chronic illness. Since it first started providing financial assistance in mid-2017, MHPF has granted more than $450,000 to give hundreds of pets a second chance. MHFP is based in Monterey County and serves only Monterey County. Max's Helping Paws Foundation (831) 704-6473 and info@maxshelpingpaws.org

Media interviews available with Max's Helping Paws Foundation Executive Director Dyana Klein, email Marci@TheBuzzPR.net


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Monday, June 14, 2021

Public invited July 2 to Preview PG Museum’s New Exhibit ‘Changes,’ Meet New Executive Director

  Facing perhaps its most profound set of challenges since it opened in 1883, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History couldn’t help but experience changes during this past year. 

Pacific Grove, CA, June 14, 2021 — Facing perhaps its most profound set of challenges since it opened in 1883, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History couldn’t help but experience changes during this past year. Change is a natural process in life — also seen over time in the very ecosystems the museum celebrates.


On Friday, July 2, the general public is invited to the aptly named Changes of Monterey exhibit, and meet the museum’s new Executive Director Carla Bitter. Despite being closed for much of 2020, the museum designed and launched “Changes,” which celebrates the habitats of Monterey County and raises awareness about human impacts on our delicate ecosystems over time. The exhibit shows that humans have the ability to make choices that will lead to positive changes in our local environment. It will be a day of wonder from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with special evening activities during Pacific Grove’s First Friday celebrations from 6-9 p.m. 

Bitter’s 20-year professional museum career has spanned field archaeology, science museums and zoo programs, outreach and exhibit development, with a career highlight as the EPO Manager (Education & Public Outreach) for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Mission. 

Hired at PGMNH in April, Bitter has helped develop and led an array of science and museum experiences, with positions at the Museum of Flight, Woodland Park Zoo, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C.), and the NSF Science & Technology Center, devoted to arid land and riparian hydrology at the University of Arizona. Bitter has served on multiple NASA, NOAA and IMLS (Institution of Museum and Library Services) review panels in support of climate, earth and space science public education. A biologist with an MS in molecular genetics/conservation ecology, Bitter places great emphasis on public science communication of complex topics through education programs, exhibits and community outreach. 

Currently open Friday through Monday (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) with Thursday being added on July 1st. Following CA guidelines, we will be open to full capacity by June 15 and masks will still be required. In addition, The museum will remain open on Independence Day, Sunday, July 4, with regular hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 

About the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

In 1883, our museum opened its doors among the first wave of natural history museums in America. Naturalists of this era, such as John Muir and Louis Aggasiz, began a national tradition of hands-on science education and nature preservation. The museum has continued this tradition for over 130 years. The museum's mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. It envisions a community of curious minds, engaged in discovering the natural heritage and cultural legacy that exist today on the Central California Coast. The museum is a catalyst for conservation and a valued learning resource in this region, facilitating active inquiry for all ages. For more information visit www.pgmuseum.org


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