Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Palo Alto Luxury All-Inclusive Hotel, Clement Palo Alto, Announces Retirement of Longtime Executive Chef, Hiring of New Executive Chef

The Clement Palo Alto has announced the retirement of longtime Executive Chef Pierre Arce after 26 years and the hiring of new Executive Chef Mark Ayers.

Palo Alto, CA, June 21, 2017 — The Clement Palo Alto has announced the retirement of longtime Executive Chef Pierre Arce after 26 years and the hiring of new Executive Chef Mark Ayers.

Born in France and trained in Europe, Chef Arce was the Executive Chef of the Clement, Sheraton and Westin hotels and had been at the culinary helm in Palo Alto for more than two decades.

Ayers, who comes to The Clement after two years as Executive Sous Chef at Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel Valley, California, will also be the Executive Chef of Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel and The Westin Palo Alto.

Ayers comes to The Clement Palo Alto with strong credentials in the culinary field. Prior to Carmel Valley Ranch, he served as Corporate Executive Chef for Coastal Luxury Management in Monterey, which founded and produces the annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine event, as well as award-winning restaurants 1833, Cannery Row Brewing Company, Rose.Rabbit.Lie and Faith & Flower.

In 1992, Ayers graduated at the top of his class at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and was voted Most Likely to Succeed.

He was inducted into the Monterey chapter of Les Toques Blanches in 2011; is an active member of the Monterey County Hospitality Association; and was selected Star Chef of the Year by the Monterey Chapter of the American Culinary Federation in 2010.

Ayers' culinary career started as Chef Tournant in 1994 at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek in Beaver Creek, Colorado, where he also served as Chef de Cuisine and Executive Sous Chef through 2002.

He became Executive Chef at the award-winning Pacific's Edge restaurant at Hyatt Carmel Highlands in 2001 through 2010, and helped develop and open TusCA restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa.

Chef Ayers is also committed to supporting charitable causes, including Boy & Girls Club of Monterey County, Meals on Wheels, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Monterey County (CASA) and Elephants of Africa Rescue Society (EARS).

About The Clement Palo Alto
The Clement Palo Alto opened its doors March 2016 and is one of the most innovative, personalized and unique luxury hotels in the country.

With 23 spacious and richly appointed one-bedroom suites, The Clement Palo Alto sets a new standard for personalized luxury accommodations in a contemporary residential-style atmosphere.

While unparalleled service is key to any great luxury hotel, The Clement Palo Alto takes its impeccable service to another level with an all-inclusive concept, including personalized concierge services, breakfast, lunch and dinner in an on-premise location of the guest's choice.

All wine, beer and cocktails, in-room mini-refrigerator (stocked with the guest's favorites), and fully-stocked Guest Pantry available around the clock, are just a few of the amenities included in this all-inclusive experience.

In fact, The Clement Palo Alto is more than all-inclusive, it is all-exclusive, catering exclusively to the guest's personal tastes and desires.

The Clement Palo Alto is ideally located across from Stanford University and next to downtown Palo Alto, with its award-winning restaurants, world-class shopping and upscale spas. It is just 45 minutes south of San Francisco and only 30 minutes north of San Jose, not only making it convenient, but easily accessible to the world-famous sights and myriad activities of both cities.

Overall, The Clement Palo Alto offers a unique, one-of-a-kind 6-star experience in the heart of Silicon Valley with unparalleled personal service, all-inclusive luxury and privacy in a warm, inviting and luxurious residential environment.

The Clement Palo Alto Hotel
711 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94301

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

57th Annual Great Sandcastle Competition 2017 on Carmel Beach Set for Saturday, Sept. 16

One of the longest running community events on the Monterey Peninsula, the 57th Annual Great Sandcastle Competition 2017, returns to Carmel Beach Saturday, Sept. 16.

Carmel, CA, June 20, 2017 — One of the longest running community events on the Monterey Peninsula, the 57th Annual Great Sandcastle Competition 2017, returns to Carmel Beach Saturday, Sept. 16.

Co-sponsored by the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea and the American Institute of Architects Monterey Bay, the festive event will take place from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, on Carmel Beach, south of 10th Street. This year's theme is “Lines in the Sand,” which each participant in the contest are free to define in their own way. Historically, the yearly competition was held on a Sunday, this year is different to allow greater participation from contestants who may be traveling from further away.

The contest is open to everyone with the only rules being that no machinery can be used and the only decorations allowed are those that can be found on the beach.

Judges will include members of the AIA, plus local celebrities and dignitaries. Contestants are urged to “bribe” judges with non-monetary offers, such as cookies, beer and wine, and food.

The best “sand castle” wins the coveted Golden Shovel Award, with other awards including the Sour Grapes award and Best Traditional Sand Castle. Every participant in the contest goes home with a plaque commemorating their handiwork.

The event is free and open to the public and is held rain or shine.

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea
(831) 620-2020

American Institute of Architects Monterey Bay

About The American Institute of Architects
The American Institute of Architects has been advancing the value of architects and architecture for more than 150 years through AIA member resources and as the collective voice of the profession. Benefits that enhance the professional and competitive position of AIA members and the profession of architecture, and links to additional information regarding advocacy, sponsorship, or membership, can be found at the host chapter website:

The AIA Monterey Bay informs its members and the public about the activities and programs of this chapter, as well as issues affecting the architecture and practice of architecture in the counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Monday, June 19, 2017 Announces the Inaugural Slow Flowers Summit

A forum for ideas, creativity and inspiration on July 2, 2017

Seattle, WA, June 20, 2017 –, the comprehensive online resource that connects consumers with local, seasonal and sustainable flowers, today announced details of the inaugural SLOW FLOWERS SUMMIT, a one-day conference set for Sunday, July 2, 2017, coinciding with the third annual American Flowers Week (June 28-July 4, 2017).

Called a "TED Talk for Flower Lovers," the SUMMIT is a one-day lecture series for creative professionals, thought leaders and pioneering voices in the progressive American-grown floral community, Prinzing says. "The SLOW FLOWERS SUMMIT will stimulate curiosity as our presenters inquire, inform, include, instigate and inspire. They will examine conventional assumptions and explore conscious and ethical practices in the floral industry."

The SUMMIT will be held at Surf Incubator, a downtown Seattle center for co-working and entrepreneurial startups, located in the Wells Fargo Building, 999 Third Ave.

Prinzing developed the SUMMIT as an alternative to conventional floral conferences, a new "live" component to the virtual American Flowers Week campaign. AFW devotes a week of activity via regional events and social media platforms to promote domestic flowers, raise consumer awareness and unite America’s flower farmers with the U.S. floral industry.

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The SUMMIT marks the 10-year anniversary of Flower Confidential with a keynote presentation by New York Times bestselling author AMY STEWART. Published in 2007, Flower Confidential is an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes look at the flower industry and how it has sought -- for better and worse -- to achieve perfection. Stewart's presentation: WHERE WE'VE COME FROM; WHERE WE'RE HEADING, will address the many issues that have defined and redefined the American floral landscape in the past decade.

Other SUMMIT speakers include:

CHANTAL AIDA GORDON, author, editor, designer and co-founder of THE HORTICULT blog, will moderate a panel asking: WHERE'S THE DIVERSITY IN FLORAL DESIGN + HORTICULTURE? Gordon will be joined by LESLIE BENNETT of Pine House Edible Gardens; RIZ REYES of RHR Horticulture; floral artist NICOLE CORDIER WAHLQUIST of Grace Flowers Hawaii, and others. "Now, more than ever, issues of ethnic, gender and cultural inclusion and equality are essential to our profession and we are so honored that these fellow creatives will appear on our stage for a critical conversation," Prinzing says.

TERESA SABANKAYA, BONNY DOON GARDEN CO., the florist originally profiled in Flower Confidential, will present a lecture and design demonstration: POST-MODERN POSIES: BOTANICAL MESSAGES FOR TODAY. Teresa's business has exemplified the core values of the Slow Flowers Movement long before others embraced the philosophy.

Seattle designer, EMILY ELLEN ANDERSON of LOLA CREATIVE will bring two elements to the Slow Flowers Summit. Her live installation of a FOAM-FREE FLOWER WALL will demonstrate the techniques she has engineered for clients like Paul Allen's Seattle Art Fair. Emily will also present REINVENTION: PROFESSIONALLY, ARTISTICALLY + SUSTAINABLY, an inspiring conversation about how creatives morph with the changing cultural scene.

The day concludes with LISA WAUD, of POT + BOX, FLOWER HOUSE, and DETROIT FLOWER WEEK, who will lead A CREATIVE CONVERSATION during the concluding dinner. Attendees will learn what stimulates her creative process and adapt lessons learned for their endeavors.

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Tickets to the one-day event are $175, including morning coffee/light refreshments, lunch and a cocktail reception with the speakers. Separate tickets to the evening dinner featuring Lisa Waud are $45. Discounted tickets are offered to members of for $135. Registration is required and tickets are available at Event Bright:

Debra Prinzing

About Debra Prinzing:
Debra Prinzing is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American Grown Flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, she has convened a national conversation that stimulates consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases.

Debra is the producer of, the online directory to American grown farms, florists, shops and studios who supply domestic and local flowers.

Each Wednesday, approximately 1,000 listeners tune into Debra's "Slow Flowers Podcast," available for free downloads at her web site,, or on iTunes and via other podcast services. She is the author of 10 books, including Slow Flowers and The 50 Mile Bouquet.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dance Kids 24th Annual Full Length 'Nutcracker: A Monterey Peninsula Tradition’ Will Feature, for the First Time, A 39-Member Symphony Orchestra, Playing for its Four December Production Dates at Carmel’s Sunset Center

For the first time in its history, Dance Kids will kick off its Silver Anniversary Celebration Year with ‘Nutcracker: A Monterey Peninsula Tradition’ in December at Carmel's Sunset Center

Carmel, CA, June 14, 2017 — For the first time in its history, Dance Kids will kick off its Silver Anniversary Celebration Year with ‘Nutcracker: A Monterey Peninsula Tradition’ in December at Carmel's Sunset Center, and feature, along with the cast of the ballet, a complete 39-member symphony orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's familiar holiday score.

The 39-member Monterey County Pops!, conducted by Dr. Carl Christensen, will perform in the orchestra pit at Sunset Center with Dance Kids dancers on stage in the annual full-length holiday ballet.

"It is something I've always wanted; a quarter-century dream come true," says Dance Kids founder and artistic director, Carol Richmond. ”This will be a totally different experience for the audience, having a live orchestra perform the music. It is very exciting.”

Monterey County Pops! was founded in 1985 and not only provides to the community free, public pops-and-patriotic concerts on holidays, but is the only orchestra in Monterey County that provides a tuition-free, professional performance experience for disadvantaged students in their own communities.

Their audience has grown to approximately 6,700 and 175 young, underserved performers created six professional-quality performances in collaboration with the orchestra last year.

The performance weekend begins Dec. 8, 2017, with another tradition and a gift to the community; a free 10 a.m. Friday morning show given each year to the school children of the Monterey Peninsula. Dance Kids gifts the 700-seat theater to the underserved youth in the community. There will be a 7 p.m. Friday night show, Gala fundraiser on Saturday night, Dec. 9, 2017, at 5 p.m. and show at 7, and the much-anticipated “Sugar Plum Fairy Champagne and Tea Party” at 12:15 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10, followed by the show at 2 p.m.

The full-length ballet features over 100 dancers ranging in age from 4 to adult; over 400 costumes and countless numbers of accessories, including headpieces, hats and gloves. This production requires countless hours of volunteer time and elaborate set design featuring local scenes and landmarks. The previous budget of $75,000 has grown to over $125,000 with the inclusion of the symphony. The funds were raised by the Dance Kids Board of Directors and Friends of Dance Kids.

The production is open to all dancers from the community and boasts a spirit of inclusion to all that audition. Auditions and rehearsal begin inSeptember. Andrea Paris Gutierrez, of the Los Angeles Ballet Academy, returns as choreographer, with five local rehearsal directors coordinating the production. Three of the five directors are Royal Academy of Dance, London, certified instructors.

"This is huge," says Richmond. "The symphony component has raised our 'Nutcracker' above and beyond. This isn't a baby step, this is an elegant leap into our celebration of Dance Kids’ Silver Anniversary Year.”

Two years ago, Dance Kids rebranded “Nutcracker; A Monterey Peninsula Tradition” and incorporated the Old Del Monte Hotel as the setting for the first act party scene and introduced famous characters associated with the Peninsula, such as Salvador Dali and John Steinbeck.

Richmond says, "The story line and choreography remain the same yet reflect the tradition of the heyday of the Peninsula in the early ’20s and ’30s."

In the near future, the production will announce the guest artists performing in December's productions.

Set designer for the production is Nicole Bryant-Stephans of Bottega Design, and costumes are by Joanne Phelps.

About Dance Kids
With over 24 years of production history, Dance Kids of Monterey County, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Richmond, is proud of its wide range of theatrical experience that support the youth of the Monterey Peninsula. In the early days, productions at the Carmel Ballet Academy included “Nutcracker” and original spring musicals written by Walt de Faria and a full-length spring ballet, produced at Sunset Center.

Dance Kids was known for fun-loving nostalgia surrounding the musical and drew from the community a range of young people and their families committed to theater. As it grew, its little venue could not handle the “Nutcracker” any longer, but continued at the venue for the spring musicals, until those too, outgrew the dance studio. “Nutcracker” moved to Sunset Center in 1995 and has remained there as its home venue except for the years the center was being remodeled.

Dance Kids “Nutcracker” has grown into a premier production eagerly awaited by cast and community. The original vision of Dance Kids of Monterey County has been honored as well as surpassed in the ensuing years. This year is one of pivotal change and growth.

About Monterey County Pops!
Monterey County Pops! was formed in 1985 by musicians and community leaders to expand and enrich musical experiences in Monterey County. In 1990, the orchestra adopted its mission to present free, public pops-and-patriotic concerts on holidays. In 2012, the orchestra renewed its commitment to serve all of Monterey County, not just the Monterey Peninsula.

Since 2012-13 music courses offered in Monterey County Public Schools has declined by more than 26 percent (California Department of Education Data Reporting Office). After-school music/enrichment programs are typically tuition-based and not accessible to low-income students. In the face of dwindling funding for the arts in our schools and rising concern about the inability of low-income students and their families to experience and create professional-quality, live music, in 2014, the Board of Trustees expanded its mission to focus on identifying, engaging, and educating the underserved youth of Monterey County.

In 2017, Monterey County Pops! is the only orchestra in Monterey County that provides a tuition-free, professional performance experience for disadvantaged students in their own communities. We do not impose a creative vision on our partner agencies, but work to enhance and expand programs already in place. Students don't just perform on our stage; they rehearse and play in our professional orchestra.

And, all of our programs are FREE for both for the young performers and for audience members.

We have expanded our program from the Monterey Peninsula into Seaside, Salinas, and King City, and our audience has grown to approximately 6,700. Last year, more than 175 young, underserved performers created six professional-quality performances in collaboration with Monterey County Pops!

In short, Monterey County Pops! is living up to its mission “to be an orchestra dedicated to bringing pops and patriotic music performed by professional musicians to the families and visitors of Monterey County free of charge, and to strategically identify, engage, and educate underserved youth of Monterey County.”

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Celebrate Family at Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea

In Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Theis family is celebrating seven decades of European hospitality at its beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, which is as charming as the town itself.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, June 08, 2017 - In Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Theis family is celebrating seven decades of European hospitality at its beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, which is as charming as the town itself. With firm roots in the past, the family is looking toward the future by keeping abreast of guests’ every need.

The Hofsas House Hotel Announces Its New Summer Package Available June – August 2017.

Celebrate Family at the Hofsas House:
Family, heritage and relative connections are of utmost importance to all of us. At the Hofsas House Hotel our family understands this only too well, and our team is now pleased to offer a special Celebrate Family package. With it, you can now bring your relatives together for a living “family tree.”

Celebrating family is easy at the Hofsas House! The Theis family has been running the Hofsas House for 70 years! Offering affordable lodging options, close proximity to Monterey Airport and year-round activities, there is something to keep everyone happy. The Celebrate Family package provides groups rates for rooms (with 5 or more rooms booked with a two night minimum), complimentary continental breakfast, wine and cheese upon arrival, and much more.

Families can enjoy our poolside meeting facility and share an evening of laughter, games and shared memories. The meeting facility offers a comfortable setting for up to 40 people depending on the configuration of the room.

By utilizing the six round tables, a sit down dinner for 30 can be accomplished very easily by either having it catered by a local restaurant or preparing it in the complete kitchen that contains an oven, stove, microwave and refrigerator. Share your memories around the wood burning fireplace. Make memories to last a lifetime.

Let the Hofsas House Celebrate Family package help you celebrate your very special bonds with those you care about most. Call us today and let the Hofsas House family help plan the perfect getaway at a price that will make everyone happy.

Hofsas House Family Reunion Package includes
· Group Rates on Guests Rooms (starting at $ 145 .00 per night, excluding tax when 5 or more rooms are booked for a two night minimum)
· Welcome wine with cheese and cracker tray upon arrival
· Complimentary Continental Breakfast
· Discounted Price On Use of Poolside Meeting Facility ($100.00)

Offer does not apply to existing groups and are subject to availability. Offer is subject to change without notice and some blackout dates may apply. Minimum night stay required.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Friday, June 2, 2017

Authentic Chicago Roots Pop Artist Elle Casazza Releases Rousing Love Ballad with Intimate Music Video Titled, “You” From Latest Album ‘Proof’!

Single Going for Radio Adds June 5th!

Chicago, IL, June 2, 2017 - Contemporary pop singer-songwriter Elle Casazza captivates listeners with her authentic and re-creative pop music style. The Chicago native adds and blends an invigorating mix of jazz, soul and funk rhythms into her songs. After releasing her pop-funk laden track “Too Bad,” Elle has followed up with a dynamic music videoentitled “You,” both taken from her recently released full-length album, Proof. The single will be available for radio add dates on June 5thfollowing the music video release on June 2, 2017.

“You” is an encompassed piano love ballad highlighting a devoted andtrustworthy relationship that is entirelytimeless. Elle expresses that each partner accepts the other’sflaws, mistakes and will be ever forgiving as they continue to learn and grow together as a couple.Casazza’s impassioned vocals and purely honest songwriting leads us into an empowering bridge that carries out the song with a full band and harmonic back-up vocals. The uplifting peak then shifts back to a soft ending as Elle gently sings “you take the good with the bad, you’ll stay forever my man,” closing out the entire piece.

The music video begins with Elle in her dressing room, serenading the camera as she walks through an endless hallway that leads her to a blue velvet curtain. Elle comes through the curtain and stops in her tracks in a blue-tinted room.As her journey continues, Elle reaches a spotlighted stage which closesthe video with a full band performance of “You.”

Elle Casazza reveals a uniquely live element that is incorporated into her retro-pop style and it has not gone unnoticed. She has been reviewed and featured on Paste Magazine, Midwest Action, WLUW’s Radio One show in Chicago and more. Elle Casazza hasperformed solo or with her five-piece band at some of Chicago’s premier venues such as Concord Music Hall, Martyrs, Mayne Stage and many others. Elle Casazza continues to add tour dates as the summer goes on to promote her recent album, Proof.

For more information on Elle Casazza, please visit:
Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

Upcoming Tour Dates

Date: Time: Venue: City:
7/9/17 3pm City Winery Riverwalk Chicago, IL
7/22/16 6pm Local Palooza – Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
7/24/17 8pm The Electric Bowery New York, NY
7/26/17 8pm Joe Squared Baltimore, MD
7/27/17 7pm Barking Mad Café Gaithersburg, MD
7/28/17 6:30pm The Frick Pittsburgh, PA
7/29/17 9pm Spacebar Columbus, OH
8/3/17 3pm Uptown Art Fair Minneapolis, MN

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
PO Box 93157
Hollywood CA 90093

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Virtual Rehab Revolutionizes Addiction Treatment and Guarantees Patient Privacy

Virtual Rehab announces a partnership with Securli, the flagship Cybersecurity Defense System from Netswitch to assure that all patient data stored on the Virtual Rehab platform is protected and secured from privacy and cybersecurity intrusions.

Salinas, CA, June 01, 2017 - Virtual Rehab announces a partnership with Securli, the flagship Cybersecurity Defense System from Netswitch to assure that all patient data stored on the Virtual Rehab platform is protected and secured from privacy and cybersecurity intrusions.

Virtual Rehab is a revolutionary approach to offender, drug, and alcohol addictioneducation and rehabilitation which leverages advancements in Virtual and Augmented Reality technology to reduce the number of repeated offenses and re-incarceration rates worldwide.

Virtual Rehab’s technology is used in Formal Education, Vocational Job Training, Psychological Rehabilitation, and Correctional Services Rehabilitationby inmates, correctional officers, and rehab centers’ (drug and alcohol addicts) psychologists and treatment counselors.

“We were looking for an advanced cybersecurity platform that would assure that all of our sensitive and personal client data was secured in the maximum way possible”, says Dr. Raji Wahidy, Virtual Rehab’s founder and CEO. “As you can imagine, in an offender and an addiction treatment program of this nature, we collect and analyze some of the most sensitive and private personal information possible. Securli is the leading cybersecurity defense system for a good reason. None of their clients have ever been breached and that was a strong testimony for us.”

Virtual Rehab believes that putting a kid in the corner does not teach them how to be a better person but rather teaches them not to get caught. Virtual Rehab is interested in improving the long term social good and is passionate about using proven virtual reality technology as an innovative way to help address the challenges of a large and vulnerable populationof patients who require advanced treatment techniques.

“We believe strongly in Dr. Wahidy’s mission,” says Stanley Li, CEO and founder of Netswitch. “That’s why we have been determined about committing additional investments in adapting our Securli system to this unique application. Given that the Virtual Rehab technology must accommodate both stand-alone and Internet-connected environments, the opportunity for compromise is heightened. We have been able to create operational versions of both in such a way as to virtually guarantee a fail-safe domain.”

Virtual Rehab is working with multiple correction facilities to deliver reduced recidivism and incarceration through virtual and augmented reality based immersive learning and rehabilitation programs.

Virtual Rehab is the world’s leader in reducing the number of repeated offenses and re-incarceration rates usingimmersive Virtual and Augmented Realityeducational and rehabilitation programs.Virtual Rehab's powerful tool is intended to rehabilitate rather than just punish.

Virtual Rehab is headquartered in Fresh Meadows, New York.

Netswitch is a global cyber-security solutions provider, serving businesses of all sizes through Securli®, its award-winning Managed Detection and Response platform.

Securli® technologiesare in use at over 3,000 sites around the world providing 24x7 managed intrusion detection and prevention, advanced behavioral analytics, incident response and remediation and complete audit-ready regulatory compliance.
Netswitch is headquartered in San Francisco, California and serves the Middle East and APAC through its ASIA Pacific Headquarters in Hong Kong.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455