Monday, December 29, 2014

Special Celtic Concert on Friday, January 9, 2015 - Rebecca Lomnicky & David Brewer & Special Guests: An Evening of Scottish Music & Dance

Save the date for a not-to-be-missed concert with the fabulous internationally renowned Celtic performers: Rebecca Lomnicky & David Brewer & Special Guests: An Evening of Scottish Music & Dance.

Pacific Grove, CA, December 29, 2014 - Save the date for a not-to-be-missed concert with the fabulous internationally renowned Celtic performers: Rebecca Lomnicky & David Brewer & Special Guests: An Evening of Scottish Music & Dance. This very special event will be held on Friday, January 9th at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Pacific Grove, 915 Sunset, in Pacific Grove, CA 93950.

Tickets are now available at and are $20 (general) $15 (seniors over age 65 military and students with ID). For more information, call (831) 633-4444 or email

About Rebecca Lomnicky and David Brewer:
Rebecca Lomnicky and David Brewer are a high energy pure-drop Scottish music duo, with world class fiddling talent in combination with bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, and whistle. International Scottish Fiddle Champion, Rebecca Lomnicky, and David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly's Revenge, have each spent copious amounts of time delving into the traditions of their respective instruments, living and studying in both Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands. Together they perform captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland, two worlds united, into a heartfelt and rousing musical experience. Between their entertaining and informative stage banter, varied instrument combinations, and vast repertoire of tunes and songs, including everything from soaring slow airs to intricately arranged dance tunes, these charismatic performers will leave you on your feet with your hands together.

Together, Rebecca Lomnicky and David Brewer have headlined at Celtic festivals such as The Utah Scottish Association Highland Games, The Portland Highland Games, The Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival, The Seattle Folklife Festival, The Oregon Scottish Festival, The Yachats Celtic Music Festival, The Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival, The Payson Scottish Games, The Eugene Scottish Festival, and has performed at a variety of venues throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland.

The duo will be joined by several special guest highland dancers & singers, including Peter "the Admiral" Haworth, former vocalist of Molly's Revenge, from Blackburn, in the north of England.

About Rebecca Lomnicky:
Rebecca Lomnicky began playing classical violin and piano at age five, discovered Scottish fiddle music only a few years later, and in 2005 won the Junior Division of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Competition. Following that victory, she recorded her first CD, The Call, praised by Dirty Linen magazine as "technically masterful, and wonderfully melodic." In 2009, Rebecca won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship held at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland. The invitation only championship - seen as the Grammys of the fiddling world- is widely regarded as the most prestigious in Scottish fiddle. She has performed in Scotland, Ireland, Italy, China, and across the US, has been featured on the BBC radio show, Take the Floor, and in 2009, recorded her second CD, Inspired, with David Brewer. In 2014, Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a double major in Music and Sociocultural Anthropology. She was also awarded the 2013-2014 Ellen Gussman Adelson Prize for outstanding instrumental music performance. For more about Rebecca, please visit:

About David Brewer:
David Brewer is a multi-instrumentalist who has toured with the Scottish super-group The Old Blind Dogs, and with Molly's Revenge across the US, the UK, Canada, China, and Australia. He has been a special guest of the six-time Grammy winning group The Chieftains, and was a key musician for the soundtrack of the PBS documentary, "Andrew Jackson, Good, Evil, and the Presidency". David, who is known for being animated and engaging on stage, compliments Rebecca's award winning fiddling with guitar, Irish penny-whistle, and bodhran frame-drum, but primarily the Scottish bagpipes, on which he is unarguably one of the most energetic and charismatic performers of the instrument in the world today. For more about David, please visit:

Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940

Friday, December 26, 2014

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa Announces Wine, Dine and Jazz 2015!

Enjoy Three Winemaker Dinners and One Finale Event With Palette-Enticing Small Bites, Award Winning Local Wines, Monterey Meringues and SWINGIN' jazz!

Monterey, CA, December 24, 2015 - "Wine, Dine and Jazz at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa" salutes the education program of the Monterey Jazz Festival – the oldest continuously running annual jazz festival in the world!

Throughout 2015, enjoy local wines, tasty bites, special jazz inspired desserts from Monterey Meringues and swingin' jazz as the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa showcases Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) traveling clinicians together with some of our "home grown" student musical protégés of all ages!

Save the dates for Wine, Dine and Jazz Winemakers Dinners:
• Wednesday, March 11th featuring Scheid Wines
• Thursday, May 14th featuring Twisted Roots Wines
• Thursday July 16th featuring Cima Collina Wines
• Support a great cause - music education for our youth - while enjoying a four course meal from our new TusCA Ristorante chef Steve Johnson paired with local wines! 20% of all ticket sales will benefit Monterey Jazz Festival a 501(c)(3)non-profit arts education organization. We celebrate the legacy of jazz and expand the boundaries of and opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs. To learn more about Monterey Jazz Festival please visit

• Join the team at the Hyatt Regency Monterey as well as our jazz director David Morwood to listen to the sounds of the best student musical protégés of all ages.
• Events begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception and live jazz.
• 6:30 p.m. attendees will sit down for a four course dinner.
• Dessert is provided by Monterey Meringues and will be served during the live jazz performance. At each event meet the creators of Monterey Meringues, Leigh Zimmerman and Domenick Allen. Monterey Meringues has re-invented the Classic French Meringue and given them musically inspired names to shine a light on music education. They will be creating unique jazz inspired Meringues especially for Wine. Dine. Jazz. Monterey Meringues are hand crafted with the highest quality Natural Ingredients. They use no Additives or Preservatives, and they are Gluten, Dairy, Cholesterol, GMO, and Fat-Free.

• Events take place at TusCA Ristorante at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey.
• Cost is $85 per person inclusive.
• Space is limited to 50 attendees
Tickets are available on Eventbrite at
Don’t miss out on our 2015 grand finale of Wine, Dine and Jazz!
• Saturday, October 22nd
• 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• Sip wines from Scheid Vineyards, Twisted Roots Wines and Cima Collina Wines
• Savor small bites from the culinary team at TusCA Ristorante
• Dessert bar from Monterey Meringues.
• Listen to the sounds of the David Morwood jazz band featuring MJF clinicians, special guests, and "young phenoms" from the education program jamming and swinging' together!
• Support Monterey Jazz Festival a 501(c)(3)non-profit arts education organization. We celebrate the legacy of jazz and expand the boundaries of and opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs. To learn more about Monterey Jazz Festival please visit
• Event to take place at TusCA Ristorante at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey.
• Cost is $55.00 per person inclusive
• A portion of everything raised that evening will benefit the Monterey Jazz Festival
Tickets are available on

Background on the weekly jazz program at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa:
Our newly designed Fireplace Lounge features live jazz every weekend, with many of the finest jazz musicians from far and wide. Bar menu, signature cocktails, drink and dinner specials, free parking, never a cover, adjacent TusCA Ristorante full menu restaurant featuring local, fresh organic produce and sustainable seafood as well as sizzling steaks; the Monterey Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa has been named the number one spot on the central coast to hear live jazz! Sit by our huge indoor fireplace, with a panoramic view of the old Del Monte golf course - said to be the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi - and enjoy jazz standards, swing, Bossa nova, samba, and BeBop - music for drinking, dining, dancing, and just plain relaxing and listening! Our jazz director and drummer-in-residence now going on 17 years is Dr. David Morwood (yes, it’s true, our house drummer is a board certified plastic surgeon!). Morwood has been honored by the world wide jazz writers association for hosting the late night Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa jazz jam sessions after the annual Jazz Festival, and for operating on children with cleft lips and palates in developing countries every year our guests that are able to grab a seat in the Fireplace Lounge during the late night jazz jam sessions have listened up close and personal to such jazz legends as Wynton Marsalis, Percy Heath, George Benson, Branford Marsalis, Roberta Gamborini, Ray Drummond, and members of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Stop by and enjoy live jazz, a glass of award winning Monterey County wine and great appetizers and wood fired pizzas. Swing, Baby Swing!! All jazz events at the Fireplace Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey are complimentary. Jazz times are 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday.

About Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel& Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
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 Ristorante, Knuckles Sports Bar, Fireplace Lounge, personalized concierge service at the Regency Club, a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, tennis courts, pools and whirlpools, and 12,000 square foot full service spa. The hotel is located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, California. For information call (831) 372-1234 or visit

Marci Bracco Cain
Carmel, CA 93923

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Holman Ranch Launches its Inaugural Sip n Chat Series For 2015 at Holman Ranch Tasting Room

Do you love wine? Do you love learning new things? What would you think about learning more about wine? Holman Ranch Tasting Room launches its Inagural Sip n Chat Series for 2015.

Carmel Valley, CA, December 24, 2014 -- Do you love wine? Do you love learning new things? What would you think about learning more about wine? Holman Ranch Tasting Room launches its Inagural Sip n Chat Series for 2015.

Classes are structured to allow each person an opportunity to learn, taste, and enjoy. Holman Ranch will feature a different topic for each class. At each event, every guest will be greeted with glass of wine, enjoy a tasting of three to four additional wines, educational materials, and some light snacks. The class will be taught by a Holman Ranch expert and/or wine educator. At the end of each class, you will be able to order or purchase the featured wines at a 15% discount. Registration is required for each class.

2015 Sip n Chat Dates:
• February 26th
o Balance: The Elements of Wine (Components for Making a Premium Wine)acidity, body, fruit, oak, sweetness, tannin

• May 21st
o The History of Wine - An hour long journey through the origins of our favorite beverage

• September 24th
o From Vine to Glass: Path of wine from the vineyard through production, to bottling

• November 12th
o Detecting Flawed Wines - Learn What traits make great wine great and bad wine bad.

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Holman Ranch Tasting Room 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA

Reservations are required for all classes and the cost for each event is $25 per person.

Classes are $10 for wine club members. This includes the class, wine tasting, small bites, and meeting, learning from a Holman Ranch winemaker. A portion of the class proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer Association. To make reservations call 831-659-2640 or email

Wine Caves:
The winery at Holman Ranch, located in The Caves, is completely underground in order to take advantage of the natural cooling and humidity held below. The 3000 square foot area maintains a constant temperature of 58°F-60 °F and contains four 750 gallon tanks, four 1200 gallon tanks, and four open top tanks that can hold two tons each. One hundred (100) French oak barrels are maintained year round. Winery operations such as destemming, pressing, fermenting and aging take place within the cool environment of The Caves, while bottling is done directly outside using a mobile bottling line. During harvest, 6 to 8 tons of grapes a day are processed. This may seem low but it is due to the fact that harvesting hours are between 7am to noon on any given day. Grapes are hand picked and loaded into half ton bins, transferred to the winery by tractor and then moved by forklift to the destemmer. White wines take around three weeks to ferment at 50°F and are bottled in February, while red varietals ferment for two weeks and are bottled in early June. All skins, seeds and stems are composted and returned to the fields. Slow months for our winery are June, July and August with the busiest time being September. The winery will produce 3000-5000 cases annually.

Vineyard & Winery Background:
Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate.

• Our estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 21 acres of undulating terrain.

• The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle.

• The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of our wines. The warmth of our inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has established itself as an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Our Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils.

Holman Ranch Tasting Room:
Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley tasting room offers the perfect backdrop to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines. There is something for everyone (4 varietals in fact), from the full-bodied Pinot Noirs to the light, fruity flavors of our Pinot Gris and lightly oaked Chardonnay. Holman Ranch also offers estate grown and bottled Olive Oil available for tasting and purchase at the Tasting Room.

The Tasting Room showcases the estate wines of Holman Ranch which includes our Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our Tuscan trees has a delightful spice followed by a buttery finish.

Three tasting flights of three wines each (White, Mountain and Pinot Noir) are available 7 days a week. The Tasting Room also holds a series of cooking demos called In Your Backyard. For more information, call (831) 659-2640.

Olive Grove:
Holman Ranch has its own distinctive olive grove located on a south facing hill of our vineyard. The grove is comprised of 100 trees with multiple cultivars planted. These cultivars consist of 25 Frantoio, 25 Leccino, 10 Mission, 25 Coratina, 5 Pendolino, and 10 Picholine, all of which were originally planted in 2194 in a Carmel Valley orchard then replanted at Holman Ranch in 2007. These mature olive trees allowed us to produce olive oil right away. They are planted in shale for the best production and harvesting results possible. We harvest our fruit by hand in December, which is then milled, producing a superb, high quality product. Although the Olive Grove is not certified organic, we do employ organic practices when farming our trees. Our mill, however, is certified organic. An interesting fact is that olive trees are alternate bearing, which means that one year they may produce 650, 375ml bottles worth of oil, while next year they may produce only 50, 375ml bottles.

Holman Ranch Background:
Holman Ranch: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, Californian historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning Property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more.

Marci Bracco Cain
Carmel, CA 93923

Saturday, December 20, 2014

SAFE International Launches Ottawa Women’s Self Defense Parties – Ottawa, ON Self Defense

SAFE International ™ is the leading provider of mobile self-defense/personal protection training in Ottawa, Canada.

Ottawa, ON, December 21, 2014 (via Straight Line PR) — SAFE International ™ is the leading provider of mobile self-defense/personal protection training in Ottawa, Canada. SAFE International has taught more than 190,000 clients in the private, corporate and high school environments since 1994. SAFE International self defense Ottawa is expanding its seminar options to include women’s self defense parties in Ottawa, ON.

SAFE International quickly realized that women had completely different concerns, fears, and needs than males. Chris Roberts, Managing Director of SAFE International listened to their concerns and tailored something that was not only educational, but also met their personal fears. Men have no idea what women go through on an everyday basis from the stares and comments to the physical gestures and advances.

One of the reasons that SAFE International enjoys teaching women’s self defense Ottawa, is how receptive women are to the skills that the SAFE International instructors provide. SAFE International teaches self defense concepts, rather than techniques. This allows women to learn in a much shorter time.

SAFE International always covers Awareness and Avoidance strategies which are based on one’s daily routines. We examine what an attacker looks for, what an attacker wants and doesn’t want in confrontation. One of the biggest topics we explore is how most people are too polite, even when their intuition is telling them the complete opposite. We cover the most common distraction techniques an attacker will use to gain an advantage. We then move on to verbal strategies in the event that avoidance is no longer possible. Rather than just teaching to yell at a potential attacker, we cover a few verbal strategies based on the aggressor and the scenario. The third step is addressing the physical aspect of Ottawa women’s self defense. We begin with the advantages of adopting a passive stance rather than an aggressive stance. We only teach gross motor strikes due to the adrenal rush one gets when they are in a highly stressful state such as an attack scenario. We teach a philosophy of “Attack the Attacker” which reverses one from being the Prey, to that of being the Predator.

Another philosophy is to attack the head if all avoidance and verbal strategies have failed. This is only 30 minutes into the physical training and you can see how the self-defense concepts are very effective. The self defense drills increase with intensity as the participants gain more confidence. This is very important, as you don’t want to terrify your clients right from the start. It is important to build rapport with your students and the results will be seen as the drills progress. The following YouTube video shows how much can be learned in only 30 minutes of women’s self defense instruction.

Forget Tupperware Parties!
Invite 6 to 8 of your friends for a few hours of fun, education and potentially life- saving instruction. Plan a meal, bbq, snacks, maybe some dessert! Be prepared for a unique Ottawa Women’s Self Defense experience! What has made SAFE International so popular is their unique method of teaching with humour and sharing of anecdotes. Get to experience their simulated attacks in scenario specific situations such as at the front door, the kitchen, the car, etc.

About SAFE International:
SAFE International has taught more than 190,000 clients including mothers, fathers, daughters, police officers, seniors, and people with disabilities. To contact SAFE International and Chris Roberts to schedule your Women’s Self Defense party, you can visit their main site at

You can also reach Chris Roberts toll free at 1-800-465-5972 or by email at

Chris Roberts
SAFE International™
Ottawa, ON
1 800 465-5972

SAFE International Self Defense Launches Ottawa Self Defense Website

Ottawa Self Defense, SAFE International Self Defense Experts launch Ottawa Self Defense at

Ottawa, Canada, December 21, 2014 - (Straight Line PR) - Ottawa Self Defense, SAFE International Self Defense Experts launch Ottawa Self Defense at SAFE International is the leading provider of mobile self-defense training in Ottawa, Canada and has expanded internationally with a goal to teach 500,000 people by 2020! SAFE International Self Defense Ottawa is a self-defense service for those living in the Ottawa, Canada area.

Twenty five percent of women will be assaulted during their lifetime and the highest risk group is teenage women. This is an alarming fact especially since over forty seven percent of crime is unreported. Women will know their attacker up to 75 percent of the time according to studies. Women lead busy lives and need easy to remember tactics that work in real-life situations. They also need training that fits into their busy schedules. SAFE International's instructors understand the challenges that women face and offer classes, group seminars and private lessons to fit into anyone's schedule.

Workplace violence is on the rise. Company and organizational leaders have become increasingly concerned about protecting themselves and their staff. SAFE International Ottawa can address these needs by providing seminars tailored to specific job needs in any service industry ranging from real estate to health care to sales employees. Self-protection is a necessity but it is now a form of insurance that will make your business more profitable and your employees more confident and secure.

SAFE International has traditionally focused on self-defense instruction for high school students across Canada. It offers 1, 3, 4 or 5 hour courses which can be taught over consecutive days or all in one day depending upon the school/ organization's needs. They offer high school seminars customized to the class needs and expectations. Each session may include, discussion, role-playing and a practical physical component. Their high school course covers the 3R's of Recognize, React, and Respond. These are real-world tactics that can be used by anyone against violent and stressful attacks.

SAFE International has become Canada's most popular high school course for both boys and girls due to the fact that they don't teach martial arts, but rather a practical approach to personal safety with an emphasis on detecting and defusing potentially dangerous situations. All our instructors are certified through SAFE International and have a unique ability to reach the students in an effective and memorable manner.

Contact SAFE International Self Defense Ottawa by going to their website at, by calling them toll free at 1-800-465-5972, or by email at

Chris Roberts
SAFE International
22 Spruce St.
Ingleside, ON K0C 1M0

Friday, December 19, 2014

Subscriptions for the 2015 Season of Broadway By the Bay Now Available at the Golden State Theatre

Subscriptions for the 2015 Season of four musicals by the multi-award-winning Broadway By the Bay at the Golden State Theatre are now on sale.

Monterey, CA, December 20, 2014 - Subscriptions for the 2015 Season of four musicals by the multi-award-winning Broadway By the Bay at the Golden State Theatre are now on sale. A discounted subscription series is available for Les Miserables (March 28-April 5, 2015), My Fair Lady (June 27-July 5, 2015), West Side Story (September 5-13, 2015), and Kiss Me Kate (November 28-December 6, 2015) to be performed at the Golden State Theatre located at 417 Alvarado in Downtown Monterey.

These four outstanding musicals are produced by Broadway By the Bay, a theatrical non-profit 501(c)3 organization celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2015. Broadway By the Bay has been performing award-winning musicals since 1965 on the San Francisco Peninsula and now Monterey Peninsula residents can also enjoy their top theatre fare. As a preview of the high production quality of Broadway By the Bay’s shows, the musical, “Anything Goes” by Broadway By the Bay was performed on November 29th and 30th at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey and received standing ovations.

According to Lori Lochtefeld, co-owner of the Golden State Theatre with her husband, Eric Lochtefeld, “You don’t need to go to New York’s Times Square or London’s West End to now enjoy outstanding musical productions! Bring your friends and your family for a professionally produced live theatrical experience with great talent, dynamic music, elegant dancing, beautiful sets and magnificent costumes.These popular musicals provide great entertainment for all ages!”

Tickets may be purchased as a discounted subscription or individually on a per-show basis. Each show will be performed at 8:00 P.M. on Saturday with a 2:00 P.M. Sunday matinee performance. Season subscribers can save up to 39% including special discounts for seniors, military and youth. Subscription prices range from $154-$193 (adults), $134-$166 (military) and $111 - $153 for youth for the four-show subscription. Individual tickets are also now on sale.

For tickets and more information about each of the four productions, go to or call (831) 649-1070. Group ticket discounts are available for also available for 10 or more. There is convenient nearby parking in several City of Monterey parking garages near the Golden State Theatre, in addition to street parking.

About Broadway By the Bay:
Broadway By the Bay, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, inspires, educates and engages the community and local talent through the power of musical theatre. Broadway By the Bay was established as San Mateo Community Theatre in 1965. They are the only major musical theatre company between San Francisco and Palo Alto producing large scale musical productions on par with those enjoyed in San Francisco, New York and London. They are committed to producing the highest quality shows while maintaining accessibility to the community through affordable ticket prices. In their 50-year history, they have received numerous awards and countless acclamations, but none as valued and important than the continued patronage by the community. They are the resident musical theatre company of the historic Fox Theatre in downtown Redwood City owned by Lori and Eric Lochtefeld and will now bring their productions to the Golden State Theatre in Monterey.

Broadway By the Bay was recently nominated for 21 prestigious Theatre Bay Area (TBA) Awards for three of their productions, “Evita”, “In The Heights” and “Dreamgirls” in 2014. On November 10, 2014 at the inaugural TBA Awards Celebration, they received 6 prestigious awards for Outstanding Production of a Musical (“In the Heights”), Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Feature Role (“In The Heights”), Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Principal Role (“Evita”), Outstanding Lighting Design (“In The Heights”), Oustanding Music Direction (“In the Heights”), and Outstanding Choreography (“In The Heights”).

The TBA Awards are designed to honor excellence in professionally oriented theatre through a peer-based, Bay Area-wide adjudication process and over 78 Bay Area production companies are evaluated and 183 submitted productions. More details can be found on

About the Golden State Theatre:
In 1926, a 15,000 square-foot Moorish castle rose on Alvarado Street, to the amazement of locals and visitors alike. A new cinema and live performance venue to rival those in California's largest cities, the Golden State Theatre , which was built by the Reid Brothers, was the definition of an opulent movie palace.

After decades of deterioration, it was faithfully restored to its former glory, featuring an Old World grand lobby and mezzanine, one thousand plush velvet seats, state-of-the-art sound, and the indefinable magic of a truly historic setting. Dana Carvey, The Temptations, B.B. King, Bill Cosby, Willie Nelson, Yes, Patti Smith, Bob Weir and The Smothers Brothers — these are just some of the names that have graced the stage, contributing to the Theatre's new legacy since its renovation and exciting revival. The community is invited to attend a world-class concert or musical at the Golden State Theatre, or host their own special event here, and become part of its new chapter of history.

The Golden State Theatre is operated by husband and wife entrepreneurs, Eric and Lori Lochtefeld, along with a team of industry professionals from across the country. They are also co-owners of the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, also built by the Reid Brothers in 1929, where they hold nearly 200 events per year. Through their work with the Fox Theatre and the community, they have helped to revitalize downtown Redwood City. For more information, go to or call (831) 649-1070.

Contact: Lori Lochtefeld (831) 649-1070 or

The Golden State Theatre is located at 417 Alvarado Street in downtown Monterey and has many outstanding events coming up in 2014/2015 including Lewis Black (February 5, 2015), Citizen Cope (February 12, 2015), Brian Regan (February 15, 2015), The Robert Cray Band (February 25, 2015) The Fab Four (March 14, 2015), In the Mood (March 22, 2015), Les Miserables (March 28-April 5, 2015), My Fair Lady (June 27-July 5, 2015), West Side Story (September 5-13, 2015), Kiss Me Kate (November 28-December 6), and more events will be announced. To arrange any interviews, please call Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444 or email For more information and to be added to the Golden State Theatre newsletter list, go to

Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Powerful Child Abuse Prevention Tools are Just a Click Away

Local non-profit RAACE launches new website to help parents protect children from sexual abuse

Baltimore, MD, December 19, 2014 - The number of children and teens who are sexually abused in the U.S. remains at epidemic levels-- 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys are sexually abused by age 18. Even worse, over 90% of offenders are someone the child knows and trusts. To combat this epidemic, Maryland-based non-profit Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere (RAACE) has launched a new website that provides a wealth of information and educational materials to help families protect children against the often-silent epidemic of child sexual abuse.

RAACE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been working for more than 10 years to help educate families about the dangers of child sexual abuse and what they can do to prevent the victimization of their children. The new website provides families with quick, easy access to a wide range of free, age-appropriate educational materials, including the organization’s in-depth Power of Prevention Guide Book.

According to RAACE founder, Kenneth Smith, “Education and awareness are the first critical steps toward preventing child sexual abuse. Our new site is a great resource that anyone can use to learn how to prevent child sexual abuse, what signs to look for if you suspect your child is being abused, and what each of us can do to shine a light on the epidemic of abuse and help end it.”

In addition to all the education materials available, the new site also offers ways to connect with other RAACE supporters, including a special community site where people can ask questions, share experiences, and take part in forums focused on topics related to child sexual abuse prevention and the issues that abuse survivors may face. The site also makes it easy to find RAACE events that are part of the organization’s Prevention Tour. During the tour, RAACE staff travel around the state to family-friendly events and use RAACE’s two-story, carnival-style "Big Wheel" to catch the attention of event-goers and teach them how they can help prevent child sexual abuse.

“As a community, we have the potential to make a dramatic and positive impact on children and families,” adds Smith. “We’re able to do this work thanks to the support of our RAACE Fans. And it’s even easier to support RAACE now that we’re part of the Network for Good.”

Contact: Brad Brickel

For more information about RAACE and its ongoing work to end the epidemic of child sexual abuse, visit

Dina Wasmer
Incite Creative, Inc.
P.O. Box 95
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Carmel Valley Wine Experience Includes 9 Wineries and Tasting Rooms on a 12-Mile Scenic Stretch of Carmel Valley Road in Monterey California

Carmel Valley Wine Experience Offers Cellar Passes Just in Time For the Holidays and New Year.

Carmel Valley, CA, December 18, 2014 - Compared to the sizeable California wine region in Napa, the Carmel Valley appellation is a mere pinprick on the state’s oenological map. Lacking the notoriety and sheer volume of the famous valley to the north, Carmel Valley has evolved into a destination hot spot of its own — only for different reasons.

California’s 13th oldest appellation (designated in 1983) the Carmel Valley boasts oak-studded hillsides bathed in sunlight, an abundance of open space split by a meandering river, and a charming village with character and characters. With just 300 acres under vine, the Carmel Valley AVA retains its charm and genuineness, deserving consideration from wine lovers who desire a less-hectic, more-hospitable wine tasting destination.

A tour along a 12-mile scenic stretch of Carmel Valley Road in Monterey County reveals wineries, tasting rooms, art galleries, amazing foods and thousands of acres of parkland. Absent is the traffic, crowds and expensive restaurants familiar to massive wine regions that find themselves dog-eared in travel guides. The Carmel Valley Wine Experience is a collective of Carmel Valley tasting rooms that offer resources and insight to travelers as well as unique access and member benefits to visitors that so wish it.

The Carmel Valley Wine Experience highlights the valley’s wine tasting opportunities, while embracing its slow pace of life, leisure activities such as hiking and golf, as well as the boutiques, galleries and bevy of fine restaurants and cafes. The special quality that allows Carmel Valley to transcend the ordinary is evident in the Carmel Valley wineries and tasting rooms. The rugged Carmel Valley begins at the mouth of the Carmel River and the dramatic valley runs in a southeastern direction along the river. Dominated by red Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as Burgundian grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The tasting rooms also feature wines from throughout Monterey County, including the Arroyo Seco and famed Santa Lucia Highlands.

Most of the valley's tasting rooms are just a short stroll from each other, allowing visitors to take a wine tour on foot. For those who don’t want to drive at all, Monterey-Salinas Transit Bus 24, called the Grapevine Express, stops at many of the wineries. It departs from the Monterey Transit Plaza, located across from the Cooper-Molera Adobe in Old Monterey.

While often lively, Carmel Valley's tasting rooms provide a warm, personal interaction with tasting hosts and often the winemakers themselves. It’s all part of the Carmel Valley Wine Experience. Drink it all in soon.

Carmel Valley Wine Experience Cellar Pass:
· $50.00 per pass.
· A Cellar Pass gives its holder eight (8) tickets, each ticket good for the opportunity to taste at any member wineries.
· Good for a single standard flight per winery, the holder has 12 months (from purchase) to visit members' tasting rooms.
· Additional discounts of up to 10% applied to Cellar Pass holder's purchases.
· The Cellar Pass makes a perfect holiday gift.
· Available online and at or at Carmel Valley Wine Experience members tasting rooms.
· Redeem your receipt for your Pass at member wineries - Bernardus or Holman Ranch)
· With your Cellar Pass enjoy complimentary corkage at Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar on member bottles by showing the Cellar Pass.

Carmel Valley Wine Experience Background:
Organized by the Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce, visit to learn more about the collective of tasting rooms that make of the Carmel Valley Wine Experience as well as events, membership and general visitation information. Connect via facebook at /carmelvalleywineexperience

Wine Experience Members:
5 W Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924  |  831-298-8021  |   11am - 5pm, Daily

Chesebro Wines
19 E Carmel Valley Road, Suite D, Carmel Valley, CA 93924  |  831-659-2125  |  2pm - 6pm, Thurs & Fri : 1pm - 6pm, Sat & Sun

Cima Collina
19 E Carmel Valley Road, Suite A, Carmel Valley, CA 93924  |  831-620-0645  |  Noon - 6pm, Daily

Coastview Vineyard
Opening Soon in the Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch
19 E Carmel Valley Road, Suite C, Carmel Valley, CA 93924  |  831-659-2640  |  11am - 6pm, Daily

Idle Hour
9 Del Fino Place, Ste 101 Carmel Valley, CA, 93924 | 831-298-7526 | 11am - 5pm, Thurs-Sun

Joullian Vineyards
2 Village Drive, Carmel Valley, CA 93924  |  831-659-8100  |  11am - 5pm, Daily

Mercy Vineyards
40 W Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924  |  831-659-4321  |  1pm - 5pm, Thurs - Sun

19 E Carmel Valley Road, Suite B, Carmel Valley, CA 93924  |  831-659-7322  |  11am - 5pm, Daily

Contact Info:

Marci Bracco Cain
Carmel, CA 93923

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

KWAV Holiday Party at Cibo Restaurant on Wednesday, December 17th

‘Tis the season! Save the date for a great KWAV Holiday Party at Cibo Restaurant on Wednesday, December 17th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Monterey, CA, December 16, 2014 - ‘Tis the season! Save the date for a great KWAV Holiday Party at Cibo Restaurant on Wednesday, December 17th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Holiday After-Party festivities will continue that evening at Cibo until 1:30 a.m. Celebrate the holiday season and meet your favorite KWAV personalities! For those who contact KWAV to get on the KWAV VIP list, enjoy complimentary appetizers from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and enter to win great prizes! FAWK DJ (Temo Medina) will be on hand spinning great music all night long. Cibo is located at 301 Alvarado in Downtown Monterey ( at the corner of Del Monte with ample parking in adjacent parking garage.

To be added to the VIP list to attend this special KWAV party at Cibo at no charge, go to to add your name to the guest list.

The regular Cibo dinner menu will also be available from 5 p.m. to closing. To make a dinner reservation or for more information about Cibo Restaurant, please visit or call 831.649.8151.

About Cibo Restaurant
Cibo Restaurant offers Italian cuisine, gourmet pizzas, cocktails, fine wines, cordials, and more. Cibo( pronounced chee-bo) means food in Italian, but it’s more of a feast for the senses. This beautiful, spacious and comfortable restaurant features an intimate yet vibrant atmosphere which is accentuated with expressive art in the form of photography, paintings, sculpture, hand-blown glass and live jazz. Fusing the best of old and new world Italian cuisine, Cibo offers an eclectic menu ranging from gourmet pizzas to multi-course dinners. Families are welcome and there is a special children’s menu. Cibo has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike since 1990.

Cibo is open every evening with dinner served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Cibo Bar is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is a popular “pre-event” and “after-party” destination. The bar features a $3 Happy Hour with special appetizers daily from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. They offer an extensive high quality local and international wine and beer list, cordials, microbrews, rare and small batch Bourbons, Scotches, Ports, Grappa and liqueurs, as well as espresso, coffee drinks and a full menu of cocktails.

Cibo also presents live music 6 nights a week. On Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the cool sound of Jazz accompanies dinner from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. The restaurant features a lively and fun atmosphere with Reggae, R&B, Rock or Salsa dance music on Friday and Saturday nights from 10:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. with no cover charge. They also hold a special “House Blend Happy Hour” every Friday night from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. "Happy Hour Jazz Jam" from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. every first and third Sunday of the month which includes Happy Hour food and drink specials.

With 150 seats, including intimate booths for dining , and room for over 50 people in the attractive bar area, Cibo also accommodates large groups for business functions, wedding rehearsals and receptions, special group dining events, and customized private parties. Cibo is now “wired” with free Internet service.

Cibo Restaurant is the winner of numerous awards including California Writers Association Recommended Dining, Best Place to Meet Singles in Their 30's and 40's, Gold Key Award for Interior Design, Best Place to Enjoy a Martini, Best Place for Live Jazz, Best Italian Restaurant, Best Place to Dance, Best Martini and one of the Top 10 Happy Hours in Monterey.

For more information, go to or call (831) 649-8151.

Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monterey Symphony Announces Spring 2015 Concerts

Tickets on Sale for Charismatic Glow: February 20-22, 2015

Monterey, CA, December 15, 2014 — The 69th season of the Monterey Symphony continues into Spring 2015 with a brilliant range of classical performances sure to astound you! International guest artists will perform colorful works with the Monterey Symphony orchestra on the stages of Sherwood Hall in Salinas and Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Mini-series subscriptions are still available for the remaining four concerts in Spring 2015, along with a three-concert FlexPass that allows you to choose concerts up to the day of the event subject to availability.

Mini-series subscribers are assured the best seats available, free ticket exchanges, and VIP privileges. Celebrate this colorful season with the Monterey Symphony, along with the 10th Anniversary of Music Director and Conductor Max Bragado-Darman.

The Spring 2015 repertoire blooms with Spanish pianist, Joaquin Achúcarro, in February, and Icelandic violinist, Judith Ingolfsson, in March. The fifth concert in April, Majestic Realm, alludes to the nostalgia felt for our homeland, with what is certain to be a spectacular performance by violist Roberto Díaz, President of the Curtis Institute of Music and former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The season closes in May with a flamboyant, all orchestral grand finale, Invitation to Dance. Without question, The Colors of Music has something for everyone. (Schedule and details below)

Photo of Joaquin Achúcarro, guest pianist of February concert “Charismatic Glow”
Concert III: Charismatic Glow

* February 20, 21, 22, 2015
* Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody is an immensely popular work, featuring the acclaimed talents of Achúcarro, and promises to be a performance not to miss. Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7 is considered by many to be one of the finest examples from the golden age of the symphony.

* Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
* Joaquin Achúcarro, piano
* Giménez: Prelude to La Boda de Luis Alonso
* Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 featuring Joaquin Achúcarro, internationally acclaimed pianist from Spain
* Dvorák: Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70
* Concert Sponsored By:

Joaquin Achúcarro, guest pianist:
Described as “one of the greats” by ABC in Madrid and “the consummate artist” by the Chicago Sun-Times, internationally acclaimed Spanish pianist Joaquín Achúcarro has performed recitals in 60 countries and has played with over 200 orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, La Scala of Milan, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philarmonia, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, RIAS Berlin, Sydney Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, National de France, Hallé, City of Birmingham, Royal Scottish, RTA Ireland, Western Australia, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Sta Cecilia Roma, RAI, Arena de Verona, Orchestra Verdi, and the National Orchestras of Spain, Chile, Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela, among many others. He has performed under an impressive list of 342 of the world´s greatest conductors, such as Abbado, Boult, Chailly, Mehta, Menuhin, Ozawa and Rattle.

Born in Bilbao, Spain, Achúcarro studied in Madrid, Paris, Vienna, and Salzburg.

His international career was launched with his victory in England at the 1959 Liverpool International Competition and subsequent debut with the London Symphony, and from that time, he has maintained an uninterrupted concert schedule. Since 1989, Achúcarro has held the specially endowed Joel Estes Tate Chair in piano at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, adjusting his teaching periods to his busy performance schedule. He is also a Professor at the Summer International Courses of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.

He has received Spain’s highest honors in the arts including the Premio Nacional de Música, the Gold Medal of Fine Arts, and the Great Cross of Civil Merit honoring his lifetime achievement. He was also named “Artist for Peace 2000” by UNESCO and “Beloved Son” by the city of Bilbao, and received the “Universal Basque” awarded by the Basque Government.

The Facts:
Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ($20; all seats general admission) at Sherwood Hall, 940 N Main St, Salinas, CA 93906

Saturdays at 8 p.m. ($29-$79) and Sundays at 3 p.m. ($29-$79) at Sunset Center, San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Pre-Concert Lecture Series: All concerts will feature a free pre-concert lecture at the concert hall one hour prior to the performance. These lectures, provided by Dr. Todd Samra, offer intriguing facts and historical context about the composers and the pieces to be performed, which greatly enhance the concert-going experience. To learn more about Dr. Samra, visit:

To purchase tickets or a mini-series subscription, call 831-646-8511 or visit for season details.

Enjoy the best of harmony for your ears, and flavor for your palate, with the Monterey Symphony Supper Club! Share your love of classical music with fellow patrons over three-course dinners and hand-selected wines. Local restaurants that are hosting the Monterey Symphony Supper Club this season include: Vesuvio, Portobello’s, Andre’s Bouchée, Il Fornaio, La Dolce Vita, Gino’s, and Anton & Michel. For reservations, call 831.646.8511 or visit
Upcoming Spring 2015 Concerts:

Concert IV: Ethereal Skies
* March 20, 21, 22, 2015
* Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto will be spectacular with Ingolfsson and Maestro Max interpreting one of the most romantically beautiful violin concertos. Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is a challenging work from one of history's finest symphonic composers, and Carl Maria von Weber's Overture is simply delightful.
* Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
* Judith Ingolfsson, violin
* Weber: Abu Hassan Overture
* Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 featuring Judith Ingolfsson, internationally acclaimed violinist from Iceland
* Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82
* Concert Sponsored By:

Concert V: Majestic Realm
* April 17, 18, 19, 2015
* William Walton was a master British composer whose works reflect a level of complexity in melody, meter, and form that enthralls both listeners and musicians alike. Johann Strauss, the Viennese waltz king, and Prokofiev, the Russian master, are also featured.
* Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
* Roberto Díaz, viola
* J. Strauss: Overture to the Gypsy Baron
* Walton: Concerto for Viola featuring Roberto Díaz, President of the Curtis Institute of Music
* Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131
* Concert Sponsored By:

Concert VI: Invitation to Dance
*  May 15, 16, 17, 2015
*  The work on this program that will surprise and thrill is the Ginastera, which may incline our audiences to not sit still...with encore appearances by Weber, Dvorák, and Rachmaninoff, featuring stylized dances of immense beauty and energy.

* Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
* Weber: Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65
* Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
* Dvorák: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, Nos. 1, 3, 8
* Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia, Op. 8a
* Concert Sponsored By:

Contact the Monterey Symphony Box Office at 831-646-8511 or email to purchase tickets or for more information regarding discounted group, student and military rates.

Monterey Symphony, Photo by DMT Imaging

The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides triple performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel’s Sunset Theater and Salinas’s Sherwood Hall, as well as youth education programs that include visits to classrooms by musicians and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for schoolchildren.

The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported in part through the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Monterey Symphony, and through grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Harden Foundation, The Robert and Virginia Stanton Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Todd Lueders Fund for the Arts of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Berkshire Foundation, The Monterey Peninsula Foundation, The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Arts Council of Monterey County, The S.T.A.R. Foundation, The Hind Foundation, Upjohn California Fund, and many other generous foundations and individual donors.

For additional information, please call 831-646-8511 or visit our web site:

Lindsey Little
Monterey Symphony
2560 Garden Road, Suite 101
Monterey, CA 93940

Friday, December 12, 2014

Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination & Spirit in Everyday Life

The New Book Published by Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster by Monterey County Author Patrice Vecchione Will Launch March 2015 Vecchione’s Book Tour for 2015 Announced

Carmel, CA, December 12, 2014 - Step Into Nature is a guide to make nature personal again, to stimulate awareness and increase our understanding of the environment while inspiring readers to develop and strengthen their imaginations. Being in nature doesn’t mean flying off to remote, faraway places. Nature is as close as opening your front door—the sky above, the miniature gardens that insist their way up between the sidewalk cracks, the river just down the road.

Patrice Vecchione shows readers how nature can support and enhance their own creative output, invigorate their curiosity, and restore their sense of connection to the earth. Plus, throughout the text Vecchione includes “Cabinets of Curiosities,” exercises and suggestions for practical and unexpected ways that readers can stimulate their imaginations, deepen their relationships with nature, and experience the harmony between creativity, spirit, and the natural world.

Tuesday, April 7, Santa Cruz Book Launch: Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, 831-423-0900. 7:30pm

Thursday, April 9, Monterey Book Launch: Carmel Art Association, Dolores, between 5th & 6th in Carmel by the Sea, CA, sponsored by Pilgrim’s Way Books, 831-624-4955, 6:00pm

Saturday, April 11, Poetry Workshop: Tor House, Carmel, CA, or 10:00 – 4:00pm

Tuesday, April 14, Book signing/talk: Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA, 206-624-6600. 7:00pm

Thursday, April 16, Talk/book signing: Annie Bloom Books, 7834 Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR, 7:00pm

Thursday, April 23, Talk/book signing: Bookworks, 4022 Rancho Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM. 505-344-8139. 7:00pm

Friday, April 24 – Tuesday, April 28, Imagination & Inspiration in the South West: Writing Retreat at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, NM and a visit to Georgia O’Keeffe’s home in Abiquiu.

Tuesday, April 28, Talk/book signing: The Ark Bookstore, 133 Romero St, Santa Fe, NM, 505-988-3709. 4:30 – 6:00pm

Thursday, May 7, Workshop/book signing/reception: OLLI@CSUMB, 100 Campus Center, CSUMB, Seaside, CA. 831-582-5500. 4:00 – 6:00pm

Friday, May 8: All Roads Lead to the Mother: Art Reception & Book Signing. Patrice will exhibit her collage and sign copies of her book.

Studio One in Big Sur. (Located above Local Color at the Village Shops in Big Sur, 35 minute drive south of Carmel.) Reception and book signing. 831-206-2475. 6:00pm

Saturday, May 9: Step into Nature: Making Art with Erin Gafill. Collage, painting and writing workshop with Erin and Patrice.10:00 - 4:00. Workshop includes lunch, $125. Studio One in Big Sur. 831-206-2475. 10:00 – 4:00pm.

Tuesday, May 19, Talk/book signing: Barnes & Noble, 894 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo, CA, 805-781-8334, 2:00pm

Tuesday, May 19: Talk/book signing: Chaucer’s Books, 3221 State St, 805-682-6787Santa Barbara, CA, 7:00pm

Friday, May 15: Talk/book signing: East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St, Mountain View, CA, 650-988-9800, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Saturday, May 16: May Step into Nature: Writing & Imagination Workshop, East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St, Mountain View, CA, 650-988-9800, 11:30 – 3:30.

Advance Praise for Step Into Nature
"If you take Patrice hand she will take you on a walk…Then she'll deposit you back in your comfortable chair with a kiss on your head. And only later will you find that your pockets are quite full of turquoise and in your hair, feathers." – Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D. author of Blue Mind

"Patrice Vecchione has given us a true workbook for the senses, full of beautiful methods and exercises for getting ever-closer to our surrounding world. Read it and your travels into nature will be enhanced and changed. I shall never head for the woods without a ladder and a hammock again." – David Rothenberg, author of Bug Music and Why Birds Sing

“In words carried as lightly in hand as a new-found robin’s egg, Patrice Vecchione invites readers into a warm and ranging conversation… Step Into Nature illumines the intimate connection between inner and outer, contemplative and wild, and shows the reasons these connections matter.” – Jane Hirshfield, author of The Beauty (poems) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World

About the Author:
Patrice Vecchione, is the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life, about which The Writer magazine said, “Trust the voice of Patrice Vecchione.” She is the author of two books of poetry and the editor of many highly acclaimed anthologies. Vecchione offers creative writing and collage workshops—inside and out—at universities, libraries, parks, and community and spiritual centers, including the Esalen Institute. She lives in Monterey, California with her best beloveds—her husband, two cats, and a garden often in bloom.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Carmel, CA 93923

Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles Vs. Hydrogen on Demand, Hydro Dynamics HHO, Inc

A Hydrogen Report/Update where the public and businesses can learn current and future use's of Hydrogen as a fuel source.

Boca Raton, FL, December 12, 2014 - New release future fuel Hydrogen is here; the most abundant element on the planet is being used to reduce pollution and the consumption of fossil fuels. It has been used since the 1800’s as a fuel and fuel supplement. NASA has been using Hydrogen to power spacecrafts since the 1950’s. Next year large automobile manufacturers; Toyota and BMW plan to release pollution free Hydrogen powered automobiles.

California has been targeted for the release; it is currently the only state that has Hydrogen fueling stations. Currently there are only a few stations in the United States which are located in California. Major oil companies are hoping to have as many as 20 fueling stations in the Los Angeles area by mid 2015.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell cars have been designed to have the same traveling distance as a similar conventional gasoline engine vehicles. The cost will start in the mid $50,000 range. The initial release of Hydrogen vehicles will be compact models and will have all the options of their gasoline counterparts. The positive factors are; Hydrogen is pollution free. The negative factor is the lack of fueling stations, the unknown cost of fuel and weight limitations.

Hydrogen on Demand as a supplement is available today; it has been used to power engines for over 200 years. An engine that uses clean Hydrogen can reduce its carbon footprint +/- 90% and increase the fuel efficiency in Diesel & Gas engines as much as +/- 50%. The cost of a good Hydrogen Booster is a few hundred dollars for a small engine up to $1,000 or more for larger Diesel engines.

The positive factors are: Hydrogen on Demand is available now worldwide. It can be installed easily on any engine and the pollution and fuel savings can be substantial. It can be added to diesel engines helping to reduce pollution and increase MPG +/- 50%. It runs on water an inexpensive plentiful resource. The negative factors are: maintenance and bad publicity resulting from Hydrogen products that did not work. Many DIY kits and internet plans to build a Hydrogen generator do not work, Those who use a glass jar or plastic bottles beware, Hydrogen is very explosive and can be dangerous, if not handled properly.

The team has been advancing Hydrogen Technologies since 1999. They are excited about the new advancements which can help the public save on the cost of energy and reduce pollution. The time to act is now! The new Hydro Dynamo Booster is a state of the art Hydrogen Booster (+/-93%) available to Individuals, Companies and Governmental agencies interested in saving fuel and helping the environment. For the latest information and updates email or call.

GO GREEN - Burn Clean!

Press Release Distributed by Straight Line PR service (

Cary Nagdeman
Hydro Dynamics HHO, Inc.
20920 Concord Green Dr
Boca Raton, FL 33433

The Ambulatory M&A Advisor names the Top 15 Urgent Care Influencers through 2014

The Ambulatory M&A Advisor, The Ambulatory M&A Advisor is a publication that covers business, legal and transactional updates and insights around ambulatory care center deal making, names the Top 15 Urgent Care Influencers.

Dallas, TX, December 12, 2014 - The Ambulatory M&A Advisor, The Ambulatory M&A Advisor is a publication that covers business, legal and transactional updates and insights around ambulatory care center deal making, names the Top 15 Urgent Care Influencers.

What have you done to change the world lately? Over the last two decades, 15 faces have been changing the way the world of urgent care works.

“They’ve become a lot more retail and customer-service oriented; they’re like the Neiman Marcus’ and Starbucks of urgent care,” healthcare investment banker Blayne Rush said. “They’re in better buildings, better staffed and better equipped to handle peoples’ needs nowadays.”

With a small start in the 1970s, there are now over 9,000 urgent care centers operating across the US. The Ambulatory M&A Advisor has compiled a list of the top 15 most influential CEOs, founders and owners of some of these centers. Several of them are recognized members on the board of the Urgent Care Association of America, such as John Shufeldt, M.D. and Laurel Stoimenoff. Others such as Tim Reynolds, M.D., and Lee Resnick, M.D. have won prestigious awards for their dedication and hard work.

With influencers like these, the world of urgent healthcare will continue to expand and improve. To see what they did and how they did it, view the complete list here at:

Blayne Rush, MBA
The Ambuatory M&A Advisor
18181 Midway Rd Ste 200
Dallas, Texas 75287

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea Announces its Third Nights a Charm Package

Celebrating more than six decades of European hospitality at the beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, the Theis family proudly announces its Third Nights a Charm  packages to their valued guests.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, December 11, 2014 - Celebrating more than six decades of European hospitality at the beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, the Theis family proudly announces its Third Nights a Charm packages to their valued guests. Each has been crafted with the same minute attention to detail generations of guests have come to expect from Hosfas House Hotel and is as unique and charming as Carmel itself .

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 November thur February excluding holidays and AT&T golf week.   Mention Code HHCHARM when booking.

2 Night Media Stays Available Upon Request/Airfare Not Included
Blackout Dates For Media Visits: All of December; January 16th and 17th; February 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th

If you would like to visit the Hofsas House, please email the following information:

* First and Last Name

* Publication You Will be Writing For

* 2 Options of Travel Dates

* Any Special Details: Traveling with Children; Traveling with Dogs; Mobility Concerns; Food Allergies

About Hofsas House:
Owned and operated by the Theis Family, Hofsas House Hotel is within walking distance of everything Carmel has to offer, including a stunning beach, fine restaurants and shops and wine tasting. It provides peaceful respite and European charm just minutes from Monterey, Pebble Beach, Big Sur and Pacific Grove. The Hofsas House’s 38 spacious, one-of-a-kind rooms boast European comfort and lovely views and amenities such as fireplaces, private balconies, wet bars, kitchens and patios. Large suites provide the perfect stay for newlyweds and anyone else seeking an extra special getaway. Dutch doors in every room allow guests to welcome in the ocean air, and free WiFi enables them to stay connected — if they want to.

The Hofsas House Hotel family works to ensure every visitor's experience is special, striving to offer the highest quality personal services. Consider the continental breakfast, abundant with fresh French Roast coffee, tea, juice, fruit and pastries from a neighborhood bakery, or the personalized concierge services for guests and their families, including their four-legged family members, who are welcome as well.

For large groups — wedding parties, company meetings, family reunions and others — Hofsas House Hotel offers a spacious room equipped with a fireplace and full kitchen that can comfortably accommodate 40 people. A heated pool, dry saunas, decks with views and off-street parking are on-site as well.

Hofsas House Hotel is located on San Carlos Street, north of Fourth Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea. For more information, call (831) 624-2745 or visit

Marci Bracco Cain
PO Box 3396
Ocean Avenue 3 SE Of San Carlos
Carmel by the Sea, CA 93923

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

First Nations Self-Defense, SAFE International Self Defense Certification For First Nations

SAFE International Self Defense experts have expanded their self-defense services to include First Nations self-defense certification for those living and working in the First Nation communities.

Toronto, Canada, December 08, 2014 - (Straight Line PR) - SAFE International Self Defense experts have expanded their self-defense services to include First Nations self-defense certification for those living and working in the First Nation communities.

1. Aboriginal people are two times more likely than non-Aboriginal people to experience a violent victimization such as an assault, sexual assault or robbery.

2. Those aged 15 to 34 years were nearly two and a half times more likely to experience a violent victimization compared to those who were 35 years and older.

3. Aboriginal people were almost twice as likely to be the victim of spousal violence as non-Aboriginals. The homicide rate for an Aboriginal individual was almost seven times higher than that for non-Aboriginal people.

SAFE International™ First Nations intends to change these statistics by ensuring that all Aboriginal people are free from harm and get home to their families daily… safe and sound. SAFE International has taken the first step to making this possible. Recently SAFE International certified some members from the Timiskaming First Nations so that they can instruct members of their community in how to better protect themselves. The SAFE™ philosophy of self-protection is unlike any other. This is not a martial arts program, nor is it designed with complicated techniques that require hours and hours of practice. For starters, the main focus is not even on the physical component of self defense, but rather, on the awareness and avoidance aspect. At SAFE International™ they believe in providing individuals with the skills that can help prevent situations from getting physical in the first place. Unfortunately this preferred outcome isn’t always possible so there is hands-on training as well, based on real-life scenarios.

Another thing that distinguishes the self-defense program for First Nation communities from so many others is the approach they take. All of their seminars are taught by incorporating a great deal of humour, yes, humour. Without a doubt self defense is a very serious topic, however, the instruction of it doesn’t have to be intimidating or frightening. If you think back to some of the previous lessons you learned, I bet you would find that the ones you recall, and retained the most knowledge from, were the ones taught in an entertaining and memorable way.

What are the benefits to becoming A SAFE Certified Instructor?

1. You will give the residents of your First Nation community the skills to feel, and be safer!

2. You will be able to teach participants how to recognize and avoid violence before it begins!

3. You will have the ability to teach others how to verbally de-escalate violence!

For more information, you can go directly to their main website at You can also call them toll free at 1-800-465-5972 or by email at

Chris Roberts
Managing Director
SAFE International
22 Spruce St.
Ingleside, ON K0C 1M0

ESI BIO (BioTime) Announces New UK Distribution Agreement with 2BScientific Ltd

ESI BIO’s research products are currently used by stem cell researchers around the world and will now be available exclusively in the UK and Ireland through 2BScientific Ltd.

Alameda, CA, December 09, 2014 – ESI BIO – A Division of BioTime, Inc. specializes in the production of high quality hydrogels, progenitor cells, human embryonic stem cells, and other key tools for stem cell researchers.

Jeffrey Janus, CEO at ESI BIO commented, "We are pleased to hear that 2BScientific would like to be our distributor in the UK market and we expect that we can build a strong partnership in future." James Bernard, CEO of 2BScientific added, "2BScientific is excited to have signed a distribution agreement with ESI BIO to sell all of their stem cell products and services in the United Kingdom and Ireland. We are excited to offer their cell lines and supporting products for stem cell researchers."

About ESI BIO:
ESI BIO - A Division of BioTime, Inc. (“ESI Cell International Pte Ltd.”) is a unique research reagent organization which markets and distributes human embryonic stem cell lines under conditions designed to be compliant with principles of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), making them suitable for use in clinical research and regenerative medicine. ESI BIO's portfolio includes PureStem® human embryonic progenitors, HyStem® hyaluronan-based hydrogels, antibodies, and small molecules for stem cell differentiation and reprogramming.

ESI BIO's mission is to develop innovative research products that help translate scientific discoveries to the clinic. ESI BIO facilities are located in La Jolla and Alameda, California, with a third location in Singapore.

Learn more at

About 2B Scientific:
2B Scientific is a specialist distributor of immunological reagents to the UK life science market. 2B Scientific takes a novel approach to life science reagents distribution and provides a wide range of products including antibodies, PCR and flow cytometry reagents, apoptosis assays, proteins and life science consumables.

Learn more at

Georgi Manov
2BScientific Ltd
77 Heyford Park
Upper Heyford OX25 5HD
United Kingdom
+44 1869 238033

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Indulgent Confections Partners with Volunteering Platform, GoVoluntr, to Reward Kindness in The Community

GoVoluntr Participants Can Now Redeem Service Points for a Free Gift from Indulgent Confections

Scottsdale, AZ, December 08, 2014 — Indulgent Confections, a wholesome line of delicious, artesian confections, is pleased to join forces with GoVoluntr, a social network that connects volunteers, non-profits and businesses together into an engaging community of "Do Goodrs."

GoVoluntr partners with business of all types and sizes to reward the act of volunteerism. The program incentivizes and rewards Do Goodrs with free products and services in exchange for points earned from volunteering service, this way local companies can inspire impact in their community. And when Do Goodrs feel appreciated by local retailers, they're much more inclined to support those same businesses in the future.

"GoVoluntr is proud to support the Live Confectionately philosophy along with Indulgent Confections. Small indulgences for Do Goodrs means a sweeter life for everyone,” said MJ Fogelsrom, co-founder of GoVoluntr.

How does GoVoluntr work?

GoVoluntr matches individuals with volunteer opportunities and tracks their service hours through a Volunteer ID (VID) system. Those tracked hours can then be shared with their connections and other social sites to share their good deeds and help spread the word about their favorite causes. An individual’s time is recorded for the purpose of redeeming a specific prize.

Businesses can register their product as a reward, giving volunteers a certain number of volunteer hours to work in order to redeem a prize.

Indulgent Confections is excited to offer their delicious creations as a reward for which GoVoluntr’s community of Do Goodr’s can redeem their points.

Indulgent Confections believes that to "Live Confectionately," defines a lifestyle of treating people with sweetness and random acts of kindness. When Indulgent Confections Founder Glen Flook heard about this cause, he was immediately on board and wanted to give back to GoVoluntr participants.

Flook said, “We are very excited about our partnership with GoVoluntr. This is the perfect opportunity to partner with a company who believes in our motto, “Live Confectionately.” It’s our pleasure to support community volunteering efforts through GoVoluntr.”

About GoVoluntr:
GoVoluntr is a social network that connects volunteers, non-profits and businesses together into an engaging community of "Do Goodrs." We match individuals with volunteer opportunities and track their service hours through our Volunteer ID (VID) system. Those tracked hours can then be shared with their connections and other social sites to share their good deeds and help spread the word about their favorite causes.

The real fun begins when volunteers start accumulating hours. Do Goodrs earn Volunteer Pin (VPins) as well as points to showcase and reward their community stewardship and activity! Points can be exchanged for rewards from local merchants and favorite brands to get our Do Goodrs real world prizes!

GoVoluntr provides a new way for businesses to interact with non-profits and champion causes in their community. We give businesses a turn-key employee volunteer program, a powerful cause-related marketing platform, and on-demand reporting of all their activity.

We make it easy for volunteers, non-profits and businesses to do good.
Find out more about GoVoluntr here:

About Indulgent Confections:
Indulgent Confections, started in 2013, is the wonderfully satisfying result of bringing together artisan confectionary recipes, the most wholesome ingredients and an unrelenting commitment to quality. This loving attention to detail enables us to offer a decadently delicious, beautifully packaged product that makes an outstanding gift, a celebration or just a little reward for a job well done.

Indulgent Confections is available at fine retailers and online at We also offer a Corporate Gift Program for thanking customers and rewarding employees.

Our products are more than delicious. They represent a belief that life’s sweetest moments and dearest friendships are enhanced by small indulgences. That it’s often the little things that says a lot. With that thought in mind, we offer our exquisitely delicious line of fine confections.

Live Confectionately!

Scott Kelly
Black Dog Promotions
9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste 108
Tempe, AZ 85284

World’s First “Coaching” Movie On a Mission to Inspire the Lives of One Million

Watch the Journey of Five Individuals as Coaching Techniques Improve Their Lives in “Coaching” Movie

Hollywood, CA, December 08, 2014 — The “Coaching” Movie, slated to be produced and directed in mid-2015, by the team of Body Language Experts Patryk & Kasia Wezowski, as well as award-winning producer Betsy Chasse, will showcase the inner journeys of five individuals coached by masters of various coaching schools while documenting the best coaching techniques for success.

The audience will share in their life-changing journeys, as the client confronts and taps into their deepest emotions, overcomes their challenges, and gains life-changing insights. Each individual’s story will unfold in it's own unique way based on the personal history of each client and methodology of the coach.

The film will feature some of the most accomplished and well-known experts in their field including Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Jack Canfield, Dr. John Gray, Mark Thompson, Dr. John Demartini and Marci Shimoff.

Patryk Wezowski commented, “It's not a movie. It's a movement with the mission to inspire one million lives to transform people’s dreams into reality through coaching. We wanted to create a film that would be an expression of the passion we have for coaching. It comes from our hearts. We are focusing on supporting clients to give them the inspiration to solve their challenges through coaching. In addition, we are doing this to support the coaching community as a whole. Our dream for the future, is to have a foundation to assist low-income individuals with coaching assistance, and that would be started at a later date with potential profits from the ‘Coaching’ Movie.”

The Wezowski Team has built their success on creating the Center for Body Language, the world's #1 training center for business people in 15 countries. With the tremendous success they've had transforming the lives of clients with personal challenges, they wanted to create something from their hearts driven by their passion for what they do, coaching!

Wezowski says, "You can measure your potential for success or failure through body language, and that's why it's so powerful. But the change has to come from within, from the inside out. That's why we not only focus on non-verbal communication recognition, but we pinpoint how to change lives from the inside out. This is why we are making the ‘Coaching’ Movie.”

The film will be funded by investors in the personal development world. In addition, the producers of the ‘Coaching’ Movie will launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in early 2015 in order to provide fans of coaching an opportunity to be a part of this worldwide movement.

Contributors to their crowdfunding campaign can be part of the movie itself including a speaking role, background actor, all the way up to producer or executive producer. In addition, those who contribute can participate as someone who needs coaching in their own life, becoming part of the documentary.

1. Coach Option: You will be filmed while coaching one of our clients and/or deliver an interview.

2. Coaching Client Option: You will experience a transformation by being coached during our USA road trip.

3. Contributor Option: You have a deeply emotional story or a fascinating view on coaching that is worth sharing in an interview.

Help the ‘Coaching’ Movie carry their mission forward, transforming client’s lives to help them achieve their greatest dreams!

About Coaching Movie:
The purpose of this movie is to define what professional coaching is and identify the coaches that are best qualified to help individuals with inner transformation. The term ‘coaching’ has become popularized, with many people claiming to be ‘coaches’ even though they’ve had little formal training. How can you find truly qualified coaches? Will coaching help you in transforming your life or will it cost you a fortune and leave you even more lost than before?

Coaching– a process via which an individual is supported while achieving a specific personal or professional competence result or goal

The documentary is intended to inspire people to make changes to better their lives that haven’t had the courage or means to do so before. The creation of this movie is also a quest in search of the best and most effective coaches and coaching techniques. Various coaches and coaching techniques – together with public opinions and experiences – will be published on the movie’s website. The ultimate goal is to create an online community and comprehensive database of techniques and coaches with the power to transform lives.

For more information, visit

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Learn more about investment opportunities at

Scott Kelly
Black Dog Promotions
9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste 108
Tempe, AZ 85284