Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Neal’s Restaurant & Bar to throw Fourth of July party with barbecue, comfort food, drinks and live music

Celebrating the 244th birthday of the USA — and a whole lot more — Neal’s Restaurant & Bar has announced a deliciously festive Fourth of July party.

Proctorsville, VT, June 30, 2020 — Celebrating the 244th birthday of the USA — and a whole lot more — Neal’s Restaurant & Bar has announced a deliciously festive Fourth of July party.


The three-hour extravaganza on Saturday, July 4, takes place from 4-7 p.m. Come for Neal’s famous barbecue and comfort food, stay for the music, and leave in time for the community fireworks display.

Neal’s is eager to welcome its customers “home.” Attendees can expect many of their menu favorites, including house-smoked, Dr. Pepper brisket, baby back ribs and cider pulled pork. Also on the menu: lobster roll; surf and turf hoagie; Vermont burger; housemade mac and cheese; the iconic Cluckin’ Russian sandwich (fried chicken with Muenster cheese, bacon and housemade Russian dressing); and much more. Neal’s array of Vermont craft beer and fine wines will be available.

Local musician Jim Yaeger will join a full band, bringing a heavy dose of rock and funk, perfect for dancing. Neal’s house musician Sammy Blanchette will sit in on the set, with a hard shutdown at 7 p.m. to allow guests and employees to watch the local fireworks together.

Reservations are highly recommended for this outdoor event. Call Neal’s at (802) 226-7251. Neal’s Restaurant & Bar is at 2588 State Route 103, Proctorsville.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://nealsvt.com/

Monday, June 29, 2020

Doris Day Animal Foundation Provides Grant to Max’s Helping Paws for Veterinary Care Assistance

The Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF, www.DorisDayAnimalFoundation.org), a national nonprofit organization founded by the legendary actress, singer and animal welfare advocate, has provided a $7,500 grant to Max’s Helping Paws Foundation of Carmel.

Carmel, CA, June 29, 2020 — The Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF, www.DorisDayAnimalFoundation.org), a national nonprofit organization founded by the legendary actress, singer and animal welfare advocate, has provided a $7,500 grant to Max’s Helping Paws Foundation of Carmel.


“When we learned about Max’s Helping Paws and its work helping fund veterinary expenses for senior pets in Monterey County, we knew we wanted to help,” said CEO T. Robert Bashara DVM. “DDAF funds 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organizations helping animals and the people who love them. We’re proud to be able to support the founders and volunteers at Max’s Helping Paws and the good work they’re doing.”

Max’s Helping Paws co-founder Dyana Klein was overjoyed upon hearing the news. “This grant will help us in so many ways toward our mission of helping local families fund necessary treatment for pets in crisis,” she said. “We’re so grateful to have the support of, and recognition from such an exemplary and inspiring animal welfare organization.” What began in 2016 as a way for Klein to honor the memory of her beloved dog Maximillian has grown into a critical source of funding for local families, especially during the current pandemic. Max's Helping Paws has assisted hundreds of Monterey County pet owners by approving nearly $250,000 in veterinary care.

For more information, to volunteer or to donate to the cause, visit www.maxshelpingpaws.org.

About the Doris Day Animal Foundation
Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF), www.dorisdayanimalfoundation.org, is a national, 501©(3) nonprofit charity founded by legendary performer Doris Day in 1978, with the straightforward mission to help animals and the people who love them. As a grant-giving organization, DDAF funds other nonprofit causes across the country that directly rescue, care for and protect animals. DDAF’s ongoing project funding includes World Spay Day (founded by Doris Day and the Doris Day Animal League in 1995), Duffy Day Life Saving Program, Doris Day Equine Center, Doris Day/Terry Melcher Scholarships at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine, “Seniors for Seniors” programs and many more.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.dorisdayanimalfoundation.org

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Back by popular Demand, Twisted Roots releases 2019 Albarino — a Refreshing summertime favorite

Summertime brings warmer days and (fingers crossed) many more social gatherings. And in the world of wine, nothing expresses the essence of the summer season more than Albarino.

Carmel Valley, CA, June 28, 2020 - Back by huge popular demand, Twisted Roots Vineyard has released its most requested “limited” series wine — the 2019 Albarino. A young, crisp, refreshing wine meant to be served cold, Albarino is a famed Spanish varietal with a nice balance of fruit and acidity. Twisted Roots’ 2019 Albariño brings a tropical fruit essence of pineapple, mango and citrus — perfect for summertime parties.

From grapes grown at Bokisch Vineyards (Terra Alta) in Lodi, the Twisted Roots 2019 Albarino is fermented in stainless steel tanks. Production is limited to 100 cases and the per-bottle price is $30.

Known for its Old Vine Zinfandel from the highly regarded Lodi Appellation, Twisted Roots also makes award-winning Cabernet, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, Blanc de Blanc, Traditional Brut and Sparkling Brut Rosé. For something different, try the Twisted Roots light, crisp hard cider made from a unique combination of five apple varieties.

Twisted Roots newly renovated tasting room in Carmel Valley offers a unique wine-tasting experience — either inside or under the sun on the outdoor patio. Located at 12 Del Fino Place in Carmel Valley, the tasting room is open noon to 5 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday.

Shopping can also be done through the online store at www.twistedrootsvineyard.com/online-store.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.twistedrootsvineyard.com

Friday, June 26, 2020

Monterey County Fair Seeking Home Goods, Art, Crafts, Livestock Entries to be Judged and Exhibited at 2020 Monterey County Fair, Sept. 3-7

The Fair’s exhibit program is an excellent way for you to show off your talents, earn bragging rights and, above all, have fun.

Monterey, CA, June 27, 2020 — If you’re an artist, a photographer, love to bake or preserve food, make your own wine or beer, sew your own clothes, enjoy woodworking or raise livestock and always wanted to be part of a county fair, then the Monterey County Fair is inviting you to enter your products or projects for judging and display at this year’s Fair, Sept. 3-7, 2020.

The Fair’s exhibit program is an excellent way for you to show off your talents, earn bragging rights and, above all, have fun. A 2020 Entry Guide Book, which has all the information you need to enter, such as due dates, deadlines, rules and regulations, local rules and entry forms, is available now at https://montereycountyfair.com/pdf/2020/2020-Entry-Guidebook.pdf. Entry guidebook is available online only due Covid19.


It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to read all rules and department-specific rules to be sure you are adhering to the department specifications and deadlines. Enter all exhibits online at: www.montereycountyfair.com

Exhibitors should complete the online entry form before the due date. Most entry due dates are August 7, 2020. All local and state rules apply to all divisions and classes in the guidebook.

All of the divisions and classes will be judged under the American system and/or the Danish system. The American judging process ranks exhibits against one another and awards one first place, one second, etc. The Danish judging process compares each exhibit on its own merits against the scorecard or recognized standard and awards as many first places, etc. as merited.

All entries must be submitted to the Fair online. If you need assistance with your entry, please make an appointment to meet with the entry office in person at 831- 372-5865.

The Monterey County Fair will run from Thursday, Sept. 3 to Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, in Monterey. The theme of the 2020 fair is “Fiesta” and celebrates the city of Monterey’s 250th birthday.

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

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

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.montereycountyfair.com

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Max’s Helping Paws Eases Healing For Grieving Pet Owners Through "Rainbow Bridge Tribute Fund”

The passing of a beloved pet can leave us broken and disconsolate.

Carmel, CA, June 25, 2020 - The passing of a beloved pet can leave us broken and disconsolate. Tribute donations are a wonderful way to give in memory of others. Now, there is a unique way to help us heal, honor their memory while helping other pets in a health crisis. Rainbow Bridge Tribute Funds provide pet owners with your own virtual memorial that tells the story of your pet and shares that special relationship with friends and family who might wish to donate in your pet's memory. Most importantly, as the fund is distributed, each page will also share information about those helped in that pet's honor.


With an ongoing mission to help fund treatment for pets in crisis, the nonprofit Max’s Helping Paws Foundation (www.maxshelpingpaws.org) has created a convenient online form for pet owners to provide details so they can personalize their page with pet photos, stories and tributes, and easily be shared on social media. This private memorial fund requires a pledge of $1,000, however a $500 donation begins the set up process for your fund and page. This page can then be shared with others in an effort to reach the pledged amount.

The idea behind Rainbow Bridge came from a supporter of Max’s Helping Paws, Brittney Weinerth, who had lost her companion dog Abagail. Inspired by Max’s “Chestnut Fund” — to help pet owners experiencing severe and immediate personal financial loss resulting from the COVID-19 crisis — Brittney explained to Max’s founder, Dyana Klein, that it would be nice to have an “Abagail Fund” and invite her loved ones to donate to it, as during her grieving process, she struggled to find ways to relieve the pain and honor her bond with Abagail. “It would be really neat to see how the Abagail funds were used to make an impact for other animals,” she said. Klein obliged, and now Max’s is proud and pleased to offer the ability to set up a private Rainbow Bridge Fund in addition to its current Tribute Donation option.

For more information, to volunteer or to donate to the cause, visit www.maxshelpingpaws.org.

To learn more about Rainbow Bridge Tribute Funds, visit https://www.maxshelpingpaws.org/rainbow-bridge-tribute-fund

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.maxshelpingpaws.org

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Hyatt Residences Club Carmel, Highlands Inn has Named Rance Ryan as its new General Manager

For the last 34 years, Ryan has worked for Marriott International and Marriott Vacations Worldwide, based in Orlando.

Carmel, CA, June 23, 2020 - For the last 34 years, Ryan has worked for Marriott International and Marriott Vacations Worldwide, based in Orlando. He served as Director of Finance in several gateway city hotels and resort destinations in the USA before transferring to Europe in 1996. After leading several Marriott hotels in the finance and operations areas, Ryan served as regional vice president, responsible for all operational aspects of MVW resorts in Europe and Asia. Ryan returned to the USA, managing a major Las Vegas resort before transferring to Carmel.


Ryan studied finance and accounting at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and the University of Maryland, College Park.

About Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Perched on the hillside of the Carmel Highlands with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Hyatt Carmel Highlands combines true Carmel luxury with an approachable and sophisticated spirit. A haven for artists and discerning travelers since its opening in 1917, Hyatt Carmel Highlands features 48 luxuriously renovated guest rooms, including 11 suites, 32 ocean view rooms and 5 garden view rooms. The property also offers spectacular dining at the award-winning California Market at Pacific’s Edge with 4,800 square feet of meeting space, heated outdoor swimming pool, three spa tubs and a StayFit fitness facility. Situated only four miles from downtown Carmel, Hyatt Carmel Highlands’ idyllic setting and personalized service has attracted families, weddings, honeymooners and privileged travelers for nearly a century. Hyatt Carmel Highlands has been recognized among the world’s finest hotels as part of Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List and Travel + Leisure’s “T+L 500” World’s Best Hotels. www.hyattcarmelhighlands.com.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.hyattcarmelhighlands.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

New Test to Determine Protective Immunity to COVID-19 Now Available Through Partnership Between Ethos Laboratories and ARCpoint Labs of Monterey Bay

ARCpoint Labs, the diagnostic testing lab franchise with nearly 100 locations across the U.S., including Monterey, is partnering with Ethos Laboratories to bring a brand new test to market that measures protective immunity to COVID-19.

Monterey, CA. (June 23, 2020) — ARCpoint Labs, the diagnostic testing lab franchise with nearly 100 locations across the U.S., including Monterey, is partnering with Ethos Laboratories to bring a brand new test to market that measures protective immunity to COVID-19.

Tru-Immune™ by Ethos Laboratories is the first Surrogate Viral Neutralization Test (sVNT) to evaluate COVID-19 protective immunity in the United States. Unlike other tests currently on the market, Tru-Immune™ detects the presence and magnitude of neutralizing antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that could prevent future infection.

“This test will provide personalized information that has not been available before,” says John Constantine, CEO of ARCpoint Franchise Group. “This is the first test that can give you an indication of how effective your antibodies are at fighting COVID-19. We are excited about what this means for individuals, and the value it provides as they make decisions about returning to work and other activities safely and with confidence. ARCpoint Labs is proud to be the first national network of collection sites for Tru-Immune™ as we roll this out.”

According to a recent article published by Johns Hopkins University, neutralization assays are the “gold standard” for determining if a patient has effective antibodies and protective immunity against SARS-CoV-2.

"Tru-Immune is the first test to evaluate protective immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that does not require the use of live virus, cell culture or even pseudovirus,” says Dr. Joshua Gunn, CSO of Ethos Research and Development. “These significant innovations allow us to process samples in less than 3 hours, compared to viral neutralization tests that can take 3-5 days to produce results.”

Blood tests capable of detecting anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies have flooded the market, but none can measure the viral neutralizing capacity of these antibodies.

“If test results indicate the presence of neutralizing antibodies, that means you’ve been exposed and your immune system is capable of inhibiting the virus if you are exposed again,” says Gunn.

More studies will be required to better understand how long the protective antibody response lasts in recovered patients, and this information will be key for developing effective vaccine strategies.

“Behind the scenes, we’re all geeking out about the science involved in this test,” says Constantine, “but we’re most excited about how this information will help with vaccine development and convalescent plasma donations, which could be potentially life-saving. Until we have a vaccine, this could be the strongest defense we have to fight COVID-19.”

Tru-Immune™ has not yet been approved by the FDA for Emergency Use Authorization. Ethos Laboratories has submitted data and statements to the FDA for review.

ARCpoint Labs is now offering Tru-Immune™ in select markets across the U.S., including ARCpoint Labs of Monterey Bay, 24560 Silver Cloud Court, #103, in Monterey. For more information or to schedule an appointment, go to: www.arcpointlabs.com/find-your-location/ or call (831) 324-0772.

ABOUT ETHOS LABORATORIES
Ethos Laboratories is a clinical diagnostic laboratory located in Newport, Kentucky, dedicated to improving the lives of patients suffering with pain, providing personalized diagnostic services through cutting-edge testing and continuous innovation. Turn-around is among the fastest in the industry, presenting novel levels of transparency, honesty, excellence, and integrity in the laboratory industry. The company focuses on providing excellent quality, service, and support for every customer, and the highest standards for accuracy and efficiency. The laboratory has created innovative tools, resources, and processes that have improved provider insight into sources of pain, increased understanding of medication compliance and management, and fuels the pursuit of continuous improvement including launching a telehealth integration platform. www.ethos-labs.com

ABOUT ARCPOINT LABS
ARCpoint Labs is a full-service national third-party provider/administrator of accurate, reliable, and confidential diagnostic testing for individuals, companies, and legal and healthcare professionals. We’ve been in the drug and alcohol testing business for over 18 years, and our staff has over 60 years of combined industry experience. ARCpoint Labs has nearly 100 locations across the country. www.arcpointlabs.com

ARCpoint Labs of Monterey Bay is an independently owned ARCpoint Labs business, part of a Greenville, South Carolina-based franchise. The Smith family of Monterey, brothers Spenser and Bryant and their parents Belle and Randy, established the company in 2018.

ARCpoint Labs of Monterey Bay
24560 Silver Cloud Court, #103 Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 324-0772
Email: monterey@arcpointlabs.com

Website: www.arcpointlabs.com
COVID-19 Appointments: labtestmonterey.com

> On-site and on-call mobile testing units for hiring events, routine testing, or incident response.

> Rapid turnaround times available.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
ARCpoint Labs
Amanda Harley
(864) 313-6149
media@arcpointlabs.com

Ethos Laboratories
Tim Adams
(916) 616-2893
Tim.Adams@ethos-labs.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.arcpointlabs.com

Monday, June 22, 2020

Hyatt Carmel Highlands Welcomes Guests Back with Reopening

One of the most spectacular and romantic inns on the Pacific Coast began welcoming guests back on Friday, June 19th — with even more robust safety practices in place to put guests at ease.

Carmel, CA, June 23, 2020 - One of the most spectacular and romantic inns on the Pacific Coast began welcoming guests back on Friday, June 19th — with even more robust safety practices in place to put guests at ease. Guests once again enjoy the beautiful views, fresh sea breezes and open spaces that Hyatt Carmel Highlands uniquely provides.



Guests can indulge themselves in the luxuriously renovated suites, ocean or garden view guestrooms. Hyatt Carmel Highlands has been proudly been recognized among the world’s finest hotels as part of Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List and Travel + Leisure’s “T+L 500” World’s Best Hotels.

To prepare for the reopening, the property “Opens the door to a new day in clean” with increased frequency and enhanced cleaning tools as well as touchless check-in.

To make a room reservation please call (831) 620-1234 or visit here.

About Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Perched on the hillside of the Carmel Highlands with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Hyatt Carmel Highlands combines true Carmel luxury with an approachable and sophisticated spirit. A haven for artists and discerning travelers since its opening in 1917, the property also offers spectacular dining at the award-winning California Market at Pacific’s Edge, 4,800 square feet of meeting space, heated outdoor swimming pool, three spa tubs and a StayFit fitness facility. Situated only four miles from downtown Carmel, Hyatt Carmel Highlands’ idyllic setting and personalized service has attracted families, weddings, honeymooners and privileged travelers for nearly a century.

Hyatt Carmel Highlands | 120 Highlands Drive | Carmel, CA 93923 | highlandsinn.hyatt.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.highlandsinn.hyatt.com

Saturday, June 20, 2020

2nd annual Concours at Pasadera Car Week 2020 Features collector cars, motorcycles and Hot Wheels 1200 HP, 206 MPH, Drako GTE Hypercar will be exhibited Featured theme: “Ford vs. Ferrari”

For those who couldn’t attend last year’s inaugural Concours at Pasadera, Carmel artist Simon Bull’s artwork for the 2020 event poster tells the story of "Ford vs. Ferrari" and the spirit of the 2020 event through his love of color — and cars as vintage race cars roar past in the fading light of day.

Monterey, CA, June 21, 2020 - For those who couldn’t attend last year’s inaugural Concours at Pasadera, Carmel artist Simon Bull’s artwork for the 2020 event poster tells the story of "Ford vs. Ferrari" and the spirit of the 2020 event through his love of color — and cars as vintage race cars roar past in the fading light of day. The England-born artist has enjoyed international success for his vibrant artwork. The poster reflects a Car Week experience like no other with Bull’s one-of-a-kind, colorfully painted Aston Martin on display.

Concours at Pasadera will provide a complete celebration, with Champagne and delectable hors d’oeuvres, along with cars competing in class awards from Tiffany & Co., and the backdrop of a luxurious private country club and Jack Nicklaus-designed Signature golf course. As one guest said about last year’s event: “Fine cars, excellent cuisine in an atmosphere of casual elegance.” While that may sound difficult to eclipse, members of The Club at Pasadera have every intention of doing just that at the second annual event on Friday, Aug. 7, from 2-6 p.m.

In recognition of exhibitors who have presented outstanding vehicles in prior years, both the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and The Concours at Pasadera will encore previous award-winning automobiles, along with awarding new Class Winners, during their August 2020 events.

The concours will showcase a juried collection of modern, classic, competition, commercial and vintage automobiles, along with motorcycles gathered from club members and enthusiasts. Also featured will be an Alumni Arena, presenting 25 chosen exhibitors from five classes. Guests will experience a tribute to the famed “Ford vs. Ferrari” competitions held at Le Mans between 1966-69. Competition vehicles from both marques will be on display. In all, the exhibition encompasses more than 80 cars and motorcycles from North America, Europe and Asia.

Silicon Valley supercar manufacturer, Drako Motors, will exhibit it's 1200 hp, four passenger luxury electric hypercar, Drako GTE. With a fully electric quad motor architecture, Drako GTE generates 8,800 Nm of combined wheel torque for unrelenting acceleration up to a top speed of 206 mph. Drako GTE will be one out of three Halo Cars to be featured at the show.

The first-ever Hot Wheels Concours will be part of the Pasadera event, inviting both younger and older exhibitors to present their collections for awards. Guests also will enjoy an exceptional culinary experience, with the event benefiting countywide charitable causes.

‘Ford vs Ferrari’

While the focus will be centered on Friday’s festivities, Pasadera will host a pre-Concours party for exhibitors and sponsors on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 5-8 pm, highlighted by a private screening of scenes from the film Ford vs. Ferrari starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon.

The film follows a determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary, Carroll Shelby (Damon), and his British driver, Ken Miles (Bale), who build a new racing car intended to defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.

Bring your Hot Wheels

The famous toy from Mattel has become hugely collectible, with fans unearthing pieces that could belong in an investment portfolio. For the 2020 event, the Hot Wheels Concours will present scale-model cars (1967-2020) owned by exhibitors from around the world. Famed collector Bruce Pascal will exhibit a selection of his prized models, one of which will be the famous 1969 Beach Bomb valued at $175,000.

Life-sized Hot Wheels cars also will be a part of this incredible event. The Concours at Pasadera will include Vintage Hot Wheels (manufactured between 1968-1977 with red lines on the tires); Classics (1978-1994); Modern Classics (1995-2020, including the 1995 “Treasure Hunt” launch); Customized (manufacturing dates open); and Special Exhibition (rare examples accepted by the jury). A Best of Show will be awarded, chosen by attending guests by popular vote, given to the piece that best represents the spirit of the show and its exhibitor. Those interested in exhibiting their collection should register here.

See Randy Grubb’s famous Volkstream conversion

Fans of the Emmy-winner TV show “Jay Leno’s Garage” may recognize Grubb as the mastermind and metalsmith behind a series of epic vehicle transformations. Grubb’s 1959 modified Volkswagen looks like a hippie love bus, but has a 2.5-liter Subaru powertrain for a much-needed boost in power.

Pasadera’s Philanthropy

Proceeds from the 2020 Concours at Pasadera will benefit The Bridge Restoration Ministry and CASA of Monterey County (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children).

The Bridge exists to provide a residential setting for those struggling with addictions, providing safety, structure, discipleship and supervision for the purpose of restoring them back to God, family, work and community. Referrals come from Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, families, local businesses and local and state correctional programs. Its current goal is to acquire a new facility, working with Pepperdine University to obtain a location in Pacific Grove.

CASA trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for abused or neglected children placed in foster care, upholding the children’s rights while pursuing a safe and permanent home.

Tickets and More Information

Monterey Motorsports owner Rick Barnett is leading the organization for the event and will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Tiffany & Co. created the Class and Exhibitor Awards. Event information at pasaderaconcours.com.

A 2020 Concours ticket includes:

Admission into the Concours at Pasadera
Hosted Champagne
Heavy hors d’oeuvres
Early-Bird Pricing (RSVP before July 10)

General admission adult (18+): $110, $195 per couple
General admission (under 18): $40
Children 5 and under are free
Standard Pricing (RSVP after July 10)

General admission adult (18+): $125, $225 per couple
General admission (under 18): $50
Children 5 and under are free
Club at Pasadera Member Early-Bird Pricing (RSVP before July 10)

Member general admission adult (18+): $95, $165 per couple
Member general admission (under 18): $30
Children 5 and under are free
Members of The Club at Pasadera interested in purchasing tickets should email admin@thelcubatpasadera.com. General admission tickets may be purchased at https://pasaderaconcours.com/tickets/

Exhibitors

The exhibition fee includes two event tickets, a Tiffany Exhibitor award, car plaque and photo shoot. To guarantee a review of entry by jury, each exhibitor must apply by July 6.

Applications may be found at https://pasaderaconcours.com/application. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Rick Barnett at rick@montereymotorsports.com.

The Club at Pasadera is at 100 Pasadera Drive in Monterey, between Monterey and Salinas off Highway 68.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://pasaderaconcours.com/

Renowned Baker’s Bacon Offering Father’s Day Dinner and Breakfast Boxes Available by Drive-Through on June 16 & 19

A variety of boxes of Baker’s Bacon, chicken, steaks, ribs, cheese and pasta available at Drive-Through in Marina

Marina, CA, June 19, 2020 — If a box of ribeye steaks, St. Louis-style pork ribs, tomahawk pork chops, chicken or dry-cured double-smoked Baker’s Bacon seems perfect for a Father’s Day treat, you’re in luck.

Baker’s Bacon (“Bacon the Way It’s Supposed to Be!”) from celebrated chef Tony Baker, is hosting a Father’s Day Family Box Drive-Through on Tuesday, June 16, and Friday, June 19, 2020, at its Marina location at 445 Reservation Road. Pre-order your box from several options, then pick it up without leaving your car on that day.


If your dad is a meat lover, there are two big steak boxes from Del Monte Meat to choose from: four bone-in ribeye steaks, each 16-18 ounces, dry aged a minimum of 30 days in a Himalayan salt room; and the C.A.B. Steak Box with 10 steaks total, four 8-oz. Niman Ranch flat-iron steaks, four 10-oz. New York steaks, and two 12-oz. ribeye steaks. Both boxes are $89 each.

If your dad is into kitchen tools and outdoor grilling, then opt for the Father’s Day Gift Box ($49), that includes Tony Baker’s famous Ove Glove (“As Seen on TV!”) grilling glove, a BBQ cooking tray, 16-inch chef tongs, spice jars from Chef’s Palette, 2 ounces of porcini espresso rub and 2.1 ounces of “Alda” Love You Need, two packages of 12-oz. thick-sliced Baker’s Bacon, a Baker’s Bacon lanyard, Sharpie and recipe card.

Grilling dads will also love the Coleman Natural St. Louis-style pork ribs ($59), four racks 10-11 pounds, including Chef’s Palette spices or the Cheshire Pork Tomahawk Chop Box with six 12-14-oz. individually packaged chops.

There’s also a Father’s Day Breakfast Box for $49, and includes two each of 12-oz. thick-sliced Baker’s Bacon, a dozen local free-range eggs, Rise and Roam loaf bread, 1 pound of organic butter, an 8-oz. container of Lisa’s strawberry-rhubarb jam, 16 ounces of organic strawberries, and 6-oz. containers each of raspberries and organic blueberries.

Also available at the drive-through on Friday will be various boxes of Baker’s Bacon (six 12-oz. packs of Baker’s dry-cured, double-smoked thick-cut bacon for $35); Del Monte Meat chicken box; and a Spring Hill Cheese Box, with four different kinds of cheese.

There’s also the Bigoli Amatriciana Pasta Box ($32) that serves six and features 2 lbs. of Bigoli-style pasta, 32 ounces of pasta sauce, 8 ounces of stewed onions, 4 ounces of Parmesan cheese, container of chili flakes, 12 ounces of Baker’s Bacon, and a recipe card.

To pre-order your box for drive-through pickup on June 16 or 19, call (831) 250-0606, ext. 2, or order by email at Allison@bakersbacon.com. Quantities are limited.

About Baker’s Bacon
Unable to find bacon that met his high standards for freshness and ingredients, Chef Tony Baker, longtime chef at Montrio Bistro in Monterey, founded his own brand in 2011. Baker’s Bacon began with a partnership between longtime smoke master and bacon expert Steve Sacks at Prime Smoked Meats in Oakland, California. Baker and Sacks worked together for over a year experimenting with cures until they settled on the recipe that is still in use today. The goal was and is to make real bacon — “Bacon The Way It’s Supposed To Be!”

Baker’s Bacon is made in California, dry cured and slowly smoked using real applewood chips. Baker’s Bacon uses only the highest quality, sustainable-raised heritage breed pork. There are no antibiotics or hormones, no gestation or farrowing crates, and it all 100% vegetarian-fed, U.S. family farm-grown pork. It is slowly dry cured and double-smoked using real applewood. It is offered in whole slab, sous vide, or sliced.

Baker’s Bacon
445 Reservation Road, Marina
(831) 250-0606
Email: Allison@bakersbacon.com
Website: bakersbacon.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.bakersbacon.com

Friday, June 19, 2020

Road Trip to Luxury to Cinnamon Shore on the Texas Coast

With global travel on hold or cancelled, Texans are looking for vacation destinations closer to home.

Salinas, CA, June 19. 2020 - With global travel on hold or cancelled, Texans are looking for vacation destinations closer to home. And they do not have to look far or settle for less. Consider a feature on “Road Trips to Luxury” about easy-to-drive-to destinations right here in Texas—with Cinnamon Shore as the obvious choice for the coastal destination!


“Road Trip to Luxury”
There’s an idyllic community on the Texas Coast that combines all the resort amenities a family could want—a broad and breezy beach, luxury accommodations, gorgeous pools, great dining options, family-friendly activities—all without the slog of a drive to Florida or boarding a plane.

New-found luxury on the Texas Coast
Luxury hasn’t always been synonymous with the Texas Coast. But that changed when Cinnamon Shore was established in 2008 on the outskirts of Port Aransas, Texas. The master-planned community nestled behind protective dunes on the Gulf Coast now boasts almost 300 high-end beach residences that serve as second homes and vacation rentals, drawing discriminating, yet down-to-earth families who enjoy beachside luxury when they vacation.

What Sets Cinnamon Shore Apart
The epitome of the New Urbanist architectural movement, Cinnamon Shore is a walkable village that offers the charm of small-town America. Front porches lined with rockers recall the best of Southern architectural traditions, while paver sidewalks and pocket parks promote a neighborly feel. Cottage-style details reminiscent of the grand, old East Coast beach homes that line the Atlantic Coast, help the new community feel rooted to the past. And great dining options, fitness classes, and a roster of activities and events year-round keep guests entertained when they’re not enjoying the beachfront.

Resort highlights include:
Easy beach access over three, visually striking dune crossovers.
Three community pools: The Dune Pool, which hosts paddleboard yoga in a palm-lined setting; Kiera’s Pool, with an infinity edge looking to scenic Lake Gavin; and Stillwater Pool, heated year-round.
Great on-site dining options: upscale Mediterranean-style Lisabella’s Bistro; family-friendly Dylan’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, way more than a pizza parlor; and Coffee Waves, with a premium selection of java, smoothies, and breakfast fare.
Entertainment and activities: Live Music concerts on an outdoor stage; Movies Under the Stars on grassy Town Center; Yoga on the Beach; Paddleboard Yoga at The Dune Pools; Pilates on the Deck around Kiera’s Pool; Beach Bonfire Set-up; Bike Rentals; Fishing Gear rentals; and more.
Two community lakes: Lake Colby, fully stocked with a fishing pier for everyone to use, and Lake Gavin.
Fitness Center, a stand-alone facility with plenty of equipment accessible to all guests.
In-car Check-In and On-Site Property Management for quick solutions to any maintenance needs during a stay.


Help your readers discover an upscale vacation experience right here on the Texas Coast!
Drive times from Dallas/Fort Worth (6.5 hours), Houston (3.75 hours), Austin (3.5 hours) and San Antonio (2.5 hours) beat the 13- to 16-hour drive over to Florida beach resort towns. Instead, Texans can have the same kind of accommodations and beach access right here in Texas.

Make Cinnamon Shore part of your Travel Coverage!

If you are planning any features on drivable destinations, consider featuring Cinnamon Shore as the go-to coastal vacation spot for luxury. Nearly built-out and thriving, the development has started a quickly rising sister community just about one mile away. Cinnamon Shore South is making the Cinnamon Shore lifestyle available to even more Texans. Work on its incredible pool complex is under way and first homes have finished in time for summer rentals. Guests at Cinnamon Shore South have full access to all the amenities at Cinnamon Shore, nearby. In the meantime, Cinnamon Shore is a bustling, festive place for coastal getaways year-round—and we are following CDC guidance on sanitizing and social distancing.

Cinnamon Shore. Tradition Starts Here.

For more information, visit cinnamonshore.com or contact Chatterbox PR, Marci Bracco, 831-747-7455, marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://cinnamonshore.com/

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Hyatt Carmel Highlands Creates Wedding Packages for Couples Seeking Smaller, Romantic Ceremonies

Book Now and Get a Free Night With Breakfast Added to Your Package

Carmel, CA, June 17, 2020 — While the pandemic has sadly halted many wedding plans for couples dreaming of a traditional ceremony, Hyatt Carmel Highlands is excited to show that you can’t cancel love! The famed inn, perched above the Pacific with spectacular views, has created two great packages to fit the needs of couples who simply don’t want to wait any longer to make their love official.

And, for a limited time, if you book one of the two packages, the Hyatt will add a complimentary night in an Ocean View King Room with the option of upgrading to a suite (subject to availability) for $100 plus taxes per night. In addition to the room, breakfast at the award-winning California Market at Pacific’s Edge is also part of the package.

Highlands Elopement Package

This intimate package is designed for up to 10 people, (complying with Phase 2 limitations set forth by Monterey County). Couples will exchange their vows under the romantic Gazebo overlooking the Pacific Ocean and start their life together.

The Highlands Elopement Package includes the following:

Private Ceremony with an Officiant
A Sparkling Champagne Toast with Hors d’oeuvres service following the ceremony
Photography available: Please inquire for pricing
This package is for 1.5 hours and is available for $1,500 Monday through Thursdays. Weekend ceremonies are available within a 45-day booking and event fees are subject to premium rates Service charges and taxes are not included.

Oceanview Wedding Package

This custom package is designed for groups of 11-20 people, (complying with Monterey County’s Phase 3 requirements) and is a beautiful way to celebrate your marriage with a small group of family and friends.

The Oceanview Wedding Package includes the following:

Access to our exclusive Wedding Changing Room prior to your walk down the aisle
White guest chairs, a Sparkling Toast with Hors d’oeuvres service following the ceremony
Private Ceremony with Officiant
Photographer (limited to 2 hours) will capture all the special moments
Floral allowance up to $500 for beautiful bouquets and boutonnieres
9-inch (customized) wedding cake
Libation package during your event
Choice of coordinated colored napkins and floor length linens for the reception
Special menu prepared by renowned Hyatt Carmel Highlands Executive Chef Chris Vacca
Tables, Chairs, Flatware, Stemware, and Dishware
Individual menus published for each place setting

The Intimate Wedding Package costs $650 per person and includes up to 20 people for 2.5 hours Monday through Thursdays. Weekend ceremonies are available within a 45-day booking and event fees are subject to premium rates. Service charges and taxes are not included.

Virtual Tours are offered weekdays at 1 p.m. PT via Zoom. This meeting is password protected, please call to schedule your tour with our Events Department at 831-622-5461.

For any further questions or inquiries, please contact Jessica Schmidt, the Sales & Catering Manager at Office: +1 (831) 622-5461 Mobile: +1 (831) 250-3011

About Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Perched on the hillside of the Carmel Highlands with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Hyatt Carmel Highlands combines true Carmel luxury with an approachable and sophisticated spirit. A haven for artists and discerning travelers since its opening in 1917, Hyatt Carmel Highlands features 48 luxuriously renovated guestrooms, including 11 suites, 32 Ocean View rooms and 5 Garden View rooms. The property also offers spectacular dining at the award-winning California Market at Pacific’s Edge with 4,800 square feet of meeting space, heated outdoor swimming pool, three spa tubs and a StayFit fitness facility. Situated only four miles from downtown Carmel, Hyatt Carmel Highlands’ idyllic setting and personalized service has attracted families, weddings, honeymooners and privileged travelers for nearly a century. Hyatt Carmel Highlands has been recognized among the world’s finest hotels as part of Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List and Travel + Leisure’s “T+L 500” World’s Best Hotels. www.hyattcarmelhighlands.com.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.hyattcarmelhighlands.com

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

El Pajaro Community Development Corporation Can Help Latino Businesses Navigate Application Process for Paycheck Protection Program

Recent changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) have made it more useful than ever, according to the non-profit El Pajaro Community Development Corporation, which is encouraging Latino businesses to apply for funds before the end of the month.

Watsonville, CA, June 16, 2020 — Recent changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) have made it more useful than ever, according to the non-profit El Pajaro Community Development Corporation, which is encouraging Latino businesses to apply for funds before the end of the month.

Small businesses, the self-employed, independent contractors, and sole proprietors are all eligible for forgivable loans through this Small Business Association (SBA) program. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2020, and El Pajaro CDC can help Latino businesses navigate the application system.

“Congress created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide a lifeline for small businesses during this public health and economic crisis in order to keep their workers on the payroll. Small businesses, the self-employed, independent contractors, and sole proprietors are all eligible for forgivable federal loans. I encourage small business owners on the Central Coast to take advantage of this program and apply for PPP before the June 30 deadline,” said Congressman Panetta.

If any local Latino business owner needs assistance, or a list of lenders, there are resources available to help them apply, including local Small Business Development Centers and El Pajaro CDC.

“We wanted to make sure that people don’t miss this opportunity of getting these PPP funds,” said El Pajaro CDC Executive Director Carmen Herrera Mansir. “People who have not applied may not have enough information or may believe that this program is not for them. After all the updates to the PPP, there is a lot more flexibility. For example, we have been doing a lot of successful applications for home childcare providers and other self-employed individuals.”

The Paycheck Protection Program, which resumed April 27, 2020, is an SBA loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

For questions about the PPP or the PPP application process, please call El Pajaro Community Development Corporation at (831) 722-1224 or by email at info@elpajarocdc.org

About Pajaro CDC
In 1979, El Pájaro CDC was formed following widespread community support of under-represented Latino and Spanish-speaking business owners in Watsonville. For 40 years El Pajaro has helped budding entrepreneurs throughout the Central Coast by offering technical, legal, financial and managerial assistance.

“If you give someone an opportunity it can change lives, and lead to generations of success,” said Carmen Hererra-Mansir, executive director of El Pajaro CDC. “To see a journey from farmworker to entrepreneur — many started that way when they came to us — is so rewarding.”

El Pájaro CDC offers a wide range of assistance, including low-cost and often free bilingual business education and training workshops to low-income entrepreneurs. Workshops cover business plan preparation, marketing and sales, customer service, bookkeeping, computer basics, business management, and financial literacy.

In 1997, El Pajaro Plaza Vigil a retail business incubator at 23 Beach St. in downtown Watsonville was created to assist low- to moderate-income, Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs with starting and operating a successful business.

Plaza Vigil houses dozens of businesses, with another 44 food purveyors using the separate Commercial Kitchen Incubator Program, a fully equipped, shared-use facility at 412 Riverside Drive.

Following a charter expansion in 2007, El Pájaro CDC serves Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties. Bilingual and bicultural services businesses development services and trainings are available to anyone with plans to open or expand a small business in the region. elpajarocdc.org.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.elpajarocdc.org/

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets at Natividad in Salinas Slated to Open June 17 Celebrate National Fruits and Vegetable Month at Natividad

Everyone's Harvest Certified Farmers' Markets at Natividad in Salinas opens Wednesday, June 17, in time to celebrate June as National Fruits and Vegetable Month.

Salinas, CA, June 14, 2020 — Everyone's Harvest Certified Farmers' Markets at Natividad in Salinas opens Wednesday, June 17, in time to celebrate June as National Fruits and Vegetable Month.

The market will open from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm with three vendors: Stackhouse Orchards of San Joaquin Valley, offering dried tree fruits and almonds; Gallardo's Organic Farm in Salinas, offering vegetable row crops and strawberries; and Golden Flowers, offering fresh-cut flowers.


The market will be open every Wednesday, and more vendors and farmers will be added as the summer goes on. Natividad is located at 1441 Constitution Blvd. in Salinas.

Everyone's Harvest Farmers' Markets adhere to guidelines created in collaboration with Monterey County Health Department, California Department of Public Health, and California Alliance of Farmers' Markets, and will be operating under an order from the County of Monterey Health Department determining that certified farmers' markets are "essential businesses."

For more information, go to www.everyonesharvest.org or call (831) 384-6961.

About Natividad
Natividad is a hospital and trauma center providing high-quality health care to everyone in Monterey County, regardless of ability to pay. Located in Salinas, Calif., Natividad is a public health care system offering a wide range of inpatient, outpatient, emergency, diagnostic and specialty medical care. Founded in 1886, the 172-bed medical center has more than 10,000 admissions and over 50,000 emergency visits annually. Home to the area's only Level II Trauma Center, the hospital's specialized personnel, equipment and services provide a vital local community service that saves lives and keeps patients close to home. Natividad's Baby-Friendly® facility delivered more than 2,200 babies last year and is affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. It also operates an accredited Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, giving the tiniest and most fragile babies — some as small as one pound — the best chance for a healthy start. Through its UCSF-affiliated Natividad Family Medicine Residency, Natividad is the only teaching hospital on the Central Coast. For more information, please call (831) 755-4111 or visit www.natividad.com.

About Everyone’s Harvest
Everyone’s Harvest was founded in 2002 by Iris Peppard building on her capstone project as a student at California State University Monterey Bay. Since then, the small nonprofit has grown into a robust, values-driven 501(c)3 organization. It operates five certified farmers’ markets and is a catalyst for health-related programs across Monterey County.

The mission is to provide access to healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables through certified farmers’ markets and community food programs. The vision is for every community to have a fair and sustainable food system.

In 2008, Pacific Grove chose Everyone’s Harvest as the organization to run their community farmers’ market. This opportunity was a turning point for Everyone’s Harvest, leading to increased collaborations and partnerships.

More than 2,000 families are served weekly by Everyone’s Harvest markets in Salinas, Marina, and Pacific Grove – with more than 25 small and mid-scale farmers serving them. Everyone’s Harvest takes pride in the growing community of people who value organic food and rely on Everyone’s Harvest for access to local fresh fruits and vegetables.

The farmers’ market locations serve diverse communities and low-income people. Local hospitals host Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets at Natividad and Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. Everyone’s Harvest pioneered access to several public nutrition benefits at its farmers’ markets for everyone to access fresh, local, and organic foods.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.everyonesharvest.org

Gil Basketball Academy Player Profile Nick Duque

When Nick Duque was 6 years old, his family moved to Salinas. Immediately he was the new kid, in a new school, with no one to talk to.

Salinas, CA, June 14, 2020 - “I had problems interacting with other kids and was bullied a lot,” he said.

Starting in the fourth grade, Nick would bring his own basketball to school and shoot hoop during recess and lunch — by himself.


Eventually he joined a team … and everything changed.

“Making friends and interacting with other kids my age became easier and the bullying stopped,” he said. “Going through this kind of stuff helped me become a better person and leader.”

Currently in 8th grade at La Paz Middle School in Salinas, the 5-foot-9 point guard is a scoring sensation, averaging 20 points per game last season. He was selected to the Reggie Stephens Foundation Monterey County All Star Team, and has been named scholar athlete the past two years.

His goal next year as a freshman is to make the JV or varsity team at Alisal High School.

“My immediate plan is to take advantage of this off season and improve my skills,” he said. “I feel that since there is a shelter-in-place order in our area, a lot of players my age are not working that hard to get better.”

Nick joined Gil Basketball Academy in the fifth grade, and credits GBA with instilling in him a work ethic. “GBA has taught me to keep working hard to achieve your goals not only in basketball but everyday life,” he said.

To achieve his basketball goals, Nick takes at least 500 shots a day, works on his ball handling drills, runs 3 miles per day wearing an elevation mask, and works out in his family’s home gym.

“Another goal of mine is to be a good big brother and to support my younger brother with anything he needs,” he said.

Nick’s 2-year-old brother was recently diagnosed with autism. “I hope I can make a difference no matter how big or how small,” he said.

Nick believes that playing basketball and being part of a team has helped him become a better person.

“With basketball you learn early on how to interact and work together with others,” he said. “It also gives me the incentive to get good grades.”

Nick’s goal is to attend a four-year university and play basketball. “My ultimate goal is to become a doctor,” he said.

He hopes the sport continues to open up doors for him.

“Without basketball I'm not sure what I would be doing,” he said. “I have met a lot of people and obtained the discipline to stay away from anyone that may be a bad influence.”

Nick credits GBA with instilling in him certain traits — among them, leadership, respect, courage and selflessness.

“Being part of the GBA family has taught me to keep working hard to achieve my goals, not only in basketball but everyday life,” he said.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://gilbasketballacademy.com/

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Embracing its motto ‘less clutter … less stress,’ Salinas Self Storage completes expansion, launches ‘touchless’ move-ins and half-off deal for new customers

With its renovation and expansion project complete, Salinas Self Storage has created the most secure and comprehensive storage facility in Monterey County.

Salinas, CA, June 12, 2020 - During these unprecedented times, our family-owned facility off the new Sala Road exit along Highway 101 remains committed to the safety and well-being of its customers and staff. We offer modern, secure, clean storage, as well as top-level technology to assist customers and local businesses. We at Salinas Self Storage believe that our motto: “Less clutter … less stress” is even more relevant during this challenging time. We strive to offer our customers the best experience in a safe and secure environment. Customers can use our online leasing feature and take advantage of a completely “touchless” move-in option. The website is simple to use and offers storage tips and storage unit size guidelines. Customers may also pay their bills online at www.selfstoragesalinas.com. Our manager is always happy to assist customers with the rental process by phone as well at (831) 444-8080.

To acknowledge the hardships experienced by many of our neighbors, Salinas Self Storage will reduce the customer monthly rate by 50% for the first four months (valid for new rentals before August 25).

Serving the Salinas area, including Prunedale, Castroville, Gonzales, Royal Oaks, Marina and Monterey, Salinas Self Storage offers units that are individually alarmed, monitored and equipped with fire sprinklers. We provide a variety of sizes to fit the needs of residential and business users. Our expansion also includes new covered and uncovered RV and boat storage.

In light of the current pandemic, Salinas Self Storage has prioritized the safety and well-being of both customers and staff. Its hygiene program includes regular cleaning and sanitizing of places frequently touched, such as keypads, countertops, door handles and moving equipment. With adherence to a strict cleaning protocol, Salinas Self Storage continues to provide access to customers while limiting exposure to COVID-19. Social distancing guidelines also will be observed with the addition of plexiglass shields and signage in the office.

For more information, visit www.selfstoragesalinas.com.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.selfstoragesalinas.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

San Lorenzo Valley Water District Survey Finds Customers Overwhelmingly Satisfied With District’s Services

A recent survey conducted by the San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) finds that an overwhelming number of its customers are happy with the District’s services.

Boulder Creek, CA, June 10, 2020 — A recent survey conducted by the San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) finds that an overwhelming number of its customers are happy with the District’s services.

In an online survey of more than 1,000 customers in April, almost 80% said they were either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the District’s service: 47% said they were satisfied, while 32% said they were very satisfied.

The survey went live on surveylegend.com in early April and asked the taker to rank the District’s services; “how well the District is doing in various areas; how one would like to receive information about the District; what source one derives their information; how much you trust the District when it comes to finding a responsible solution to water supply issues in the area, and more”. Respondents could also take the survey by phone or email.

In addition to the services, 87% of respondents said they would benefit from regular communications via E-blasts and/or Enewsletters by email and social media, with a smaller number wanting both online and intermittent (quarterly) mailed newsletters.

Customers also stated they received District news/updates through local news media and through speaking engagements and participation in community events.

In addition the survey revealed that:

• 98% of survey respondents are SLVWD residential customers.
• 96% live in a single-family house and 93% own their homes.
• 52% of all customers feel the amount they pay for water is “about right.”
• An overwhelming number of respondents (788) were 50 and older.
• 60% of customers would prefer to receive communications via email.
• 27% of customers want to receive communications via both email and regular mail.

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

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://www.slvwd.com/

Monday, June 8, 2020

Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets Part of Innovative Partnership With Healthcare Providers to Provide Healthy Fruits and Vegetables to Improve Patients’ Overall Health

Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets, in partnership with local healthcare providers, through the Fresh Rx program, has distributed $94,000 in healthy, local fruits and vegetables “prescriptions” to 150 families in need in our community in 2019.

Marina, CA, June 09, 2020 — Remember when your parents told you to “eat your vegetables?” Well, now under an innovative partnership between healthcare providers and farmers’ markets, doctors can “prescribe” fresh fruits and vegetables to young overweight patients and direct them to the farmers’ markets where they can receive $25 worth of fresh produce weekly.

Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets, in partnership with local healthcare providers, through the Fresh Rx program, has distributed $94,000 in healthy, local fruits and vegetables “prescriptions” to 150 families in need in our community in 2019.

Results tracked by doctors show healthy decreases in the majority of participants’ overall body mass index, weight, and waist circumference, and other healthy lifestyle changes, including an increase in meals prepared as a family at home. To date, more than 350 families have benefited from Everyone’s Harvest’s Fresh Rx program, and Everyone’s Harvest has redeemed $300,000 in fresh produce “prescriptions.”

"One challenge to healthy nutrition, especially among low-income individuals, is access to and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Karen Gomez, who was recently named market program manager for Everyone’s Harvest. “For this reason, I strongly believe in the Fresh Rx Program. Not just because it addresses the problem, but because it motivates people to live a healthier lifestyle for themselves, and for their families.”

The Fresh Rx program isn’t just about better access to fruits and vegetables. The program brings food into healthcare and equips healthcare providers with tools to address healthy eating and food insecurity. Participating clinics and hospitals teach classes about healthy eating, cooking, and the connection between food and health. Healthcare providers and healthcare staffs are becoming healthy food ambassadors, connecting patients with healthy resources in their communities.

Doctors involved in the program are reporting that it has helped strengthened the doctor-patient relationship, opened up more dialogue around healthy nutrition and contributed to their patients building new healthy habits. And they are reporting that they are issuing higher-priced prescriptions to fewer patients, deepening the impact and simplifying the implementation by participating doctors and clinics.

At this time, Everyone’s Harvest has three markets open, Marina, Pacific Grove and Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) markets. The other Everyone’s Harvest certified farmers’ markets in Salinas, one at Women, Infants And Children (WIC) offices at 632 East Alisal St., and the other at Natividad Medical Center at 1441 Constitution Blvd., will open on June 16 and June 17, respectively. Both markets will be smaller, modified markets with social distancing plans in place. All markets have strict social distancing and thorough sanitation plans in place.

The Marina Certified Farmers’ Market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday at 215 Reservation Road, in Marina. The Pacific Grove Certified Farmers’ Market is held from 3 to 7 p.m. every Monday at the corner of Central and Grand avenues, in Pacific Grove. The Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Certified Farmers’ Market is open on Fridays from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., at 450 East Romie Lane, in Salinas. All are operating as essential businesses in the community and to ensure that fresh food is available to local residents.

“A healthy and safe farmers' market is our number-one priority,” said Everyone’s Harvest Executive Director Reid Norris. “Our farmers and vendors, like many small businesses in the community, rely on your continued support to bring you necessary services like fresh food and produce. We are doing this to support local farmers and give people a nutritious option for produce. So if you are able to, please keep supporting us.”

Everyone's Harvest will adhere to guidelines described in their Social Distancing Plan, created in collaboration with Monterey County Health Department, California Department of Public Health, and California Alliance of Farmers' Markets.

“Everyone's Harvest is working closely with the Monterey County Health Department, local governments, and our healthcare partners to best serve the community,” said Norris. “We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and we have implemented a plan of action for our markets.”

The plan of action includes the following:

•All vendors will receive Everyone's Harvest Social Distancing Plan and we will be closely monitoring vendor operations.

•Everyone’s Harvest asks that all vendors, farmers, and customers not attend the market if they are sick with fever, sneezing, or coughing.

•Best Practices: Market operations will be conducted in accordance with Monterey County Health Department guidelines for farmers’ markets operating as essential businesses during shelter in place.

•Helping with Prevention: Hand sanitizer will be offered at the Information Booth, and Everyone's Harvest will monitor and, if necessary, restrict attendance so that the market attendees can maintain “social distancing” recommended by the California Department of Public Health. Market attendees are encouraged to keep 6 feet of personal space between themselves. Sanitizing solution will be used regularly at the Information Booth for any frequently touched items or equipment.

•Vendors will wear gloves whenever possible and wash their hands frequently (handwashing is available at all EH markets). Sampling of products is discontinued until further notice.

•Everyone’s Harvest is following all updates given on COVID-19, including guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Monterey County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and local health officials.

•Everyone’s Harvest is changing its usual layout of its farmers’ markets in order to increase the amount of social distancing as much as possible. (See below.)

“We will continue to take the actions necessary to help protect the community,” said Norris. “Specifically, if we are notified of a staff member, vendor, or participant testing positive for COVID-19, they will be suspended from any of our certified farmers’ markets until they are medically cleared.”

In order to increase the amount of social distancing as much as possible, Everyone’s Harvest has changed its usual layout of its farmers’ markets.

The new layout splits the market into a waiting zone and a shopping/produce area.

There is a limit of 10 people maximum in the produce area and a limit to the number of people around a booth at one time, with the 6-foot social distancing parameters in effect. Unless a vendor has a two-tent setup, each vendor is limited to one customer at a time.

There are sanitizing station/table set up with wipes and hand sanitizer for customers to use before approaching vendor booths.

The market will have a list of what produce is being sold by the vendors that day and displaying it at a writing station so shoppers can write their grocery list with the items available and then be in and out of the market as quickly as possible.

Market managers will be on hand to assist customers with their shopping, maintaining the 6-foot rule and making sure shoppers aren’t waiting too long in the waiting area.

For more information, go to www.everyonesharvest.org or call (831) 384-6961.

About Everyone’s Harvest
Everyone’s Harvest was founded in 2002 by Iris Peppard building on her capstone project as a student at California State University Monterey Bay. Since then, the small nonprofit has grown into a robust, values-driven 501(c)3 organization. It operates five certified farmers’ markets and is a catalyst for health-related programs across Monterey County.

The mission is to provide access to healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables through certified farmers’ markets and community food programs. The vision is for every community to have a fair and sustainable food system.

In 2008, Pacific Grove chose Everyone’s Harvest as the organization to run their community farmers’ market. This opportunity was a turning point for Everyone’s Harvest, leading to increased collaborations and partnerships.

More than 2,000 families are served weekly by Everyone’s Harvest markets in Salinas, Marina, and Pacific Grove – with more than 25 small and mid-scale farmers serving them. Everyone’s Harvest takes pride in the growing community of people who value organic food and rely on Everyone’s Harvest for access to local fresh fruits and vegetables.

The farmers’ market locations serve diverse communities and low-income people. Local hospitals host Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets at Natividad Medical Center and Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. Everyone’s Harvest pioneered access to several public nutrition benefits at its farmers’ markets for everyone to access fresh, local, and organic foods.

In 2012, Everyone’s Harvest was presented with Edible Monterey Bay magazine’s nonprofit “Local Hero” award and in 2013 the Monterey County Weekly newspaper named Iris as one of the “25 for the Next 25” movers and shakers in Monterey County. Iris is always quick to point out, “My success is not just my own. It’s because of everyone involved. It’s about a movement. It’s about food justice.”

Today at Everyone’s Harvest:

Over 50 percent of Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets farmers are certified organic and come from within a 100-mile radius of Monterey County.
All five of our Certified Farmers’ Markets serve low-income communities and accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), the modern day food stamp.
Two of our Certified Farmers’ Markets are partnerships with medical institutions – Natividad Medical Center and Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System – who both partner in the Fresh Rx program.
The organization offers free space to other nonprofits, community groups, and government entities at its markets for public outreach.
About Karen Gomez

Gomez graduated last year from CSU-Monterey Bay with a degree in Collaborative Health & Human Services and an interdisciplinary concentration of Public Administration/Nonprofit Management and Community Health. She is now pursuing her master’s degree in Public Administration at San Jose State University.

Gomez has been involved with various nonprofits for the past few years, and has enjoyed being able to apply the skills and knowledge she learned in school to real world challenges. She hopes to continuously help her community and make a difference. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking and taking spontaneous trips. She can be reached at karen@everyonesharvest.org.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.everyonesharvest.org

Friday, June 5, 2020

Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets in Marina, Pacific Grove and Salinas Now Open, Two More in Salinas Slated to Open in Mid-June

Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets in Marina, Pacific Grove and Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System in Salinas are now open, with two more in Salinas slated to open in mid-June.

Marina, CA, June 5, 2020 — Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets in Marina, Pacific Grove and Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System in Salinas are now open, with two more in Salinas slated to open in mid-June.

The other Everyone’s Harvest certified farmers’ markets in Salinas, one at Women, Infants And Children (WIC) offices at 632 East Alisal St., and the other at Natividad Medical Center at 1441 Constitution Blvd., will open on June 16 and June 17, respectively. Both markets will be smaller, modified markets with social distancing plans in place. All markets have strict social distancing and thorough sanitation plans in place.

The Marina Certified Farmers’ Market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday at 215 Reservation Road, in Marina. The Pacific Grove Certified Farmers’ Market is held from 3 to 7 p.m. every Monday at the corner of Central and Grand avenues, in Pacific Grove. The Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Certified Farmers’ Market is open on Fridays from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., at 450 East Romie Lane, in Salinas. All are operating as essential businesses in the community and to ensure that fresh food is available to local residents.

All markets are continually adding more vendors. The Pacific Grove market now includes:

>Chef Soerke Peters of Mezzaluna Pasteria & Mozzarella Bar in Pacific Grove, offering select pastas and sauces from the restaurant’s Retail Pasta menu.

>Chef Ron Mendoza’s Seaside-based Ad Astra Bread Co. — Offers fresh-baked sourdough, rustic breads, baguettes, flatbreads, pretzels, focaccia, coffee cake, and cinnamon rolls.

>Garlicville's Best Salsa — Offers fresh salsa made with Gilroy garlic in mild, medium, and hot.

>Also, Triple Delight Blueberries of Fresno and avocados are back.

Marina market now includes:

>Honey from MockaBees Aromas Apiary in Aromas.

Both PG and Marina markets now include:

>Susan Carter’s The Perfect Crumb Bakery in Monterey — Offers a variety of breakfast and dessert pastries, from scones and croissants to cookies, brownies, pies and cupcakes.

>San Leandro-based Hummus Heaven — Brothers Mourad and Tarek Cherif source local and seasonal ingredients from farmers markets to offer 17 flavors of hummus and many accompanying food items, including tapenades, grape leaves, pita chips, and more. Traditional techniques and small-batch productions are employed at their kitchen to give their products a North-African and Mediterranean flavor.

New vendors at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System:

>Ledesma Family Farms organics from Holllister, Gustine and Watsonville.

At all markets:

> Stackhouse Orchards in the San Joaquin Valley is back with peaches, nectarines, and almonds.

>Taco trucks.

Everyone’s Harvest also announced it now has a new market program manager to help coordinate all markets, Karen Gomez.

Gomez graduated last year from CSU-Monterey Bay with a degree in Collaborative Health & Human Services and an interdisciplinary concentration of Public Administration/Nonprofit Management and Community Health. She is now pursuing her master’s degree in Public Administration at San Jose State University.

Gomez has been involved with various nonprofits for the past few years, and has enjoyed being able to apply the skills and knowledge she learned in school to real world challenges. She hopes to continuously help her community and make a difference. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking and taking spontaneous trips.

And for convenience, safety and avoiding lines, consumers can pre-order their goods from markets in Marina, Pacific Grove and SVMHS by scanning a QR code with their smart phones located on the website at everyonesharvest.org. More info is also available at the green Everyone's Harvest info booth at each market.

As always, safety is a top concern at all Everyone’s Harvest markets.

“A healthy and safe farmers' market is our number-one priority,” said Everyone’s Harvest Executive Director Reid Norris. “Our farmers and vendors, like many small businesses in the community, rely on your continued support to bring you necessary services like fresh food and produce. We are doing this to support local farmers and give people a nutritious option for produce. So if you are able to, please keep supporting us.”

Everyone’s Harvest Farmers’ Markets will adhere to guidelines created in collaboration with Monterey County Health Department, California Department of Public Health, and California Alliance of Farmers' Markets, and will be operating under an order from the County of Monterey Health Department determining that certified farmers’ markets are “essential businesses” exempt from the “Shelter in Place” order by the Health Department that went into effect on March 18, 2020.

“Everyone's Harvest is working closely with Monterey County Health Department and the cities of Marina and Pacific Grove to best serve the community,” said Norris. “We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and we have implemented a plan of action for our markets.”

The plan of action includes the following:

•All vendors will receive Monterey County's Guidelines for Retail Food Establishments and we will be closely monitoring vendor operations.

•Everyone’s Harvest asks that all vendors, farmers, and customers not attend the market if they are sick with fever, sneezing, or coughing.

• Best Practices: Market operations will be conducted in accordance with guidelines created in collaboration with Monterey County Health Department, California Department of Public Health, and California Alliance of Farmers' Markets for farmers’ markets operating during shelter in place. This document will be made available at the market as well, and it recommends heightened measures such as extra space between stands, whenever possible, and disallowing sampling or prepared foods at the markets.

•Helping with Prevention: Hand sanitizer will be offered at the Information Booth, and Everyone's Harvest will monitor and, if necessary, restrict attendance so that the market attendees can maintain “social distancing” recommended by the California Department of Public Health. Market attendees are encouraged to keep 6 feet of personal space between themselves. Sanitizing solution will be used regularly at the Information Booth for any frequently touched items or equipment.

•Vendors will wear gloves whenever possible and wash their hands frequently (handwashing is available at all EH markets). Sampling of products is discontinued until further notice.

•Everyone’s Harvest is following all updates given on COVID-19, including guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Monterey County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and local health officials.

•Everyone’s Harvest is changing its usual layout of its farmers’ markets in order to increase the amount of social distancing as much as possible. (See below.)

“We will continue to take the actions necessary to help protect the community,” said Norris. “Specifically, if we are notified of a staff member, vendor, or participant testing positive for COVID-19, they will be suspended from any of our certified farmers’ markets until they are medically cleared.”

In order to increase the amount of social distancing as much as possible, Everyone’s Harvest has changed its usual layout of its farmers’ markets.

The new layout splits the market into a waiting zone and a shopping/produce area.

There is a limit of 10 people maximum in the produce area and a limit to the number of people around a booth at one time, with the 6-foot social distancing parameters in effect. Unless a vendor has a two-tent setup, each vendor is limited to one customer at a time.

There are sanitizing station/table set up with wipes and hand sanitizer for customers to use before approaching vendor booths.

Each market will have a list of what produce is being sold by the vendors that day and displaying it at a writing station so shoppers can write their grocery list with the items available and then be in and out of the market as quickly as possible.

Market managers will be on hand to assist customers with their shopping, maintaining the 6-foot rule and making sure shoppers aren’t waiting too long in the waiting area.

Social distancing at Everyone’s Harvest Farmers’ Markets, per California Department of Public Health Guidelines:

Space booths accordingly to increase social distancing among patrons in line and walking about the market.
Ensure that social distancing of six feet per person for non-family members is maintained and make clear that family members [and households] can participate in activities together, stand in line together, etc.
Limit the number of customers at any given time as necessary to reduce outdoor/indoor crowding and lines to meet social distancing guidance.
Increase cleaning and sanitizing frequency of restroom and other high contact areas.
Train employees on best hygiene practices including washing their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Offer additional hand washing or sanitizing stations throughout the venue.
Eliminate events/marketing that target individuals that the CDPH has identified as higher risk of serious illness for COVID-19.
Encourage activities such as pre-bagging to expedite purchasing.
Suspend sampling activities.
Increase frequency of cleaning of tables, payment devices, and other surfaces.
Eliminate non-essential/non-related services, such as bands or other entertainment.
At the end of the market, continue to utilize local food recovery systems to feed/donate extra products to populations in need.
If applicable, continue accepting EBT payment.

For more information, go to www.everyonesharvest.org or call (831) 384-6961.

About Everyone’s Harvest
Everyone’s Harvest was founded in 2002 by Iris Peppard building on her capstone project as a student at California State University Monterey Bay. Since then, the small nonprofit has grown into a robust, values-driven 501(c)3 organization. It operates five certified farmers’ markets and is a catalyst for health-related programs across Monterey County.

The mission is to provide access to healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables through certified farmers’ markets and community food programs. The vision is for every community to have a fair and sustainable food system.

In 2008, Pacific Grove chose Everyone’s Harvest as the organization to run their community farmers’ market. This opportunity was a turning point for Everyone’s Harvest, leading to increased collaborations and partnerships.

More than 2,000 families are served weekly by Everyone’s Harvest markets in Salinas, Marina, and Pacific Grove – with more than 25 small and mid-scale farmers serving them. Everyone’s Harvest takes pride in the growing community of people who value organic food and rely on Everyone’s Harvest for access to local fresh fruits and vegetables.

The farmers’ market locations serve diverse communities and low-income people. Local hospitals host Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets at Natividad Medical Center and Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. Everyone’s Harvest pioneered access to several public nutrition benefits at its farmers’ markets for everyone to access fresh, local, and organic foods.

In 2012, Everyone’s Harvest was presented with Edible Monterey Bay magazine’s nonprofit “Local Hero” award and in 2013 the Monterey County Weekly newspaper named Iris as one of the “25 for the Next 25” movers and shakers in Monterey County. Iris is always quick to point out, “My success is not just my own. It’s because of everyone involved. It’s about a movement. It’s about food justice.”

Today at Everyone’s Harvest:

Over 50 percent of Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets farmers are certified organic and come from within a 100-mile radius of Monterey County.
All five of our Certified Farmers’ Markets serve low-income communities and accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), the modern day food stamp.
Two of our Certified Farmers’ Markets are partnerships with medical institutions – Natividad Medical Center and Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System – who both partner in the Fresh Rx program.
The organization offers free space to other nonprofits, community groups, and government entities at its markets for public outreach.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://everyonesharvest.org/

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Max’s Helping Paws Foundation earns $5,000 grant from Monterey Peninsula Foundation

Max’s Helping Paws Foundation received a financial boost last week through a $5,000 grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation

Monterey, CA, June 04, 2020 - Max’s Helping Paws Foundation received a financial boost last week through a $5,000 grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and PURE Insurance Championship.

The financial gift will go a long way toward furthering Max’s mission of helping local families fund treatment for pets in crisis.

What began in 2016 as a way for Dyana Klein to honor the memory of her beloved dog Maximillian has grown into a critical source of funding for local families, especially during the current pandemic. In March the foundation reached an important milestone, helping more than 250 Monterey County pet owners by providing more than $220,000 in total assistance.

Through it all, the foundation has given Klein a way to help lessen the guilt and heartbreak of other pet owners who might have to allow their pets to suffer, or may need to euthanize or surrender them because of financial circumstances.

The donation is part of Monterey Peninsula Foundation’s ongoing mission to enhance the quality of life in Monterey County and surrounding areas through the strategic disbursement of charitable funds generated by hosting two golf tournaments, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the PURE Insurance Championship.

With close to 80 years of expertise in managing golf events and charitable giving, Monterey Peninsula Foundation focuses on creating positive community change across Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. Find out more about the foundation at www.montereypeninsulafoundation.org.

For more information on Max’s Helping Paws Foundation, or to volunteer or donate to the cause, visit www.maxshelpingpaws.org

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.montereypeninsulafoundation.org

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Gil Basketball Academy Player Profile Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez is only 17, but has already learned one of life’s great lessons.

Salinas, CA, June 04, 2020 - Eduardo Rodriguez is only 17, but has already learned one of life’s great lessons.

“I don’t see failure as failure, but as lessons that will help me improve and grow,” he said.



He learned that by playing basketball, and by being accountable as a teammate. Any loss, or setback, became a learning experience, an opportunity to practice techniques and perfect performance.

“Without basketball I wouldn't be the person I am today,” said Eduardo, a senior at Alisal High School and 10-year member of Gil Basketball Academy.

One such setback occurred during his sophomore year when he tore a ligament in his left elbow during a football game. Fear and uncertainty followed.

“The anxiety increased when I learned that my tear required surgery,” he said.

Although the surgery was successful, he had to undergo physical therapy for 10-12 months in order to get his full range of motion back. “My will was tested when it came to healing,” he said. “I was in constant pain. I wore a cast, making it difficult to feel comfortable when learning or doing homework. School was also a challenge because it was difficult to open my locker and get my books, typing on my computer with only one arm.”

He also lost out on a season of sports.

“I fell into a depression because I felt that I had lost a part of my identity,” he said.

Surrounded by his family, his friends and his teammates, Eduardo learned about unconditional support.

“Because of this, I was able to succeed academically and athletically, resulting in a speedy recovery,” he said. “I learned to appreciate the simple tasks in life and I learned to develop mental toughness and grit. And I became a stronger athlete and an even better student.”

During his senior year, the 5-foot, 8-inch shooting guard was especially good behind the 3-point line. Eduardo started playing at age 5, winning numerous awards along the way, including earning a place in the Central Coast All-Star game and earning all-star status at Michael Jordan’s basketball camp in Santa Barbara.

Beyond all those achievements, Eduardo has built so many memories away from the court. Through GBA he’s traveled to far-flung places, from Las Vegas to New Zealand to Italy and more.

“Basketball has taught me many life lessons,” he said. “It has taught me how to work with people and have good communication, since you play with a team not just by yourself.”

GBA also stressed the importance of an education (it helped that Eduardo’s parents serve on the GBA board).

“My parents have always told me about the importance of an education because it’s what changed their lives for the better,” he said. “They have shown me that with a college degree I can achieve a better life with better job opportunities.”

Eduardo will attend UC Davis straight out of high school. He plans to study Cinema and Digital Media, with an eye toward a creative career in video editing and production.

When he leaves, he will feel good about helping others in his hometown of Salinas.

“Another opportunity that GBA gave me was being able to be a mentor to the youth of GBA by being a coach,” he said. “Helping these young kids has taught me how to be more patient. Through GBA I learned the importance of giving back to your community in order to make it a better place.”

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://gilbasketballacademy.com/