Monday, October 15, 2018

9th Annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival From Hollywood to Bollywood Award-Winning Movies, Speakers, Receptions March 2-17, 2019

The 9th Annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival (CJFF), featuring eight films from six countries, noted speakers, and panel discussions, will be held March 2-17, 2019.

Los Angeles, CA, October 16, 2018 - The 9th Annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival (CJFF), featuring eight films from six countries, noted speakers, and panel discussions, will be held March 2-17, 2019. Film information, dates, venues and times can be found on the website (www.carmeljff.org) starting on January 1. Tickets go on sale January 1 either through the CJFF website or by calling (800) 838-3006.

Festival highlights include:

-Opening Night (March 2) documentary Carl Laemmle about the man who began the Hollywood film studio industry followed by Q &A with Greg Laemmle, President of Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles.

-The return to the CJFF of two notable award-winning film makers: Roberta Grossman and Dani Menkin.

Grossman (Hava Nagila: The Movie, Above & Beyond) will discuss her award-winning documentary Who Will Write Our History on Sunday afternoon, March 3. The film transports its viewers inside the Warsaw Ghetto, where a group of journalists, scholars, and community leaders secretly buried documents which are later discovered after the war.

Dani Menkin, (Dolphin Boy, On the Map) returns with his film A Picture of His Life, a documentary about world renowned underwater wildlife photographer and Pacific Grove resident Amos Nachoum. Both Menkin and Nachoum will participate in a Q & A following the film on Saturday evening, March 9.

-Partnering with The Village Project, Inc., there will be a screening on Sunday, March 10 of the Dutch film, An Act of Defiance, a nail-biting political thriller that explores the dark period in South Africa’s recent history, when 10 political activists, including Nelson Mandela, face a possible death sentence after being arrested by the apartheid government.

-Closing Night (March 17) reception with Indian food and dancing preceding Shalom Bollywood, a film about the role of Jewish women in the early Bollywood industry.

As the only Jewish film festival in Monterey County, we serve all residents in efforts to promote understanding, respect, and cooperation through education using the medium of film. While informed by a uniquely Jewish sensibility, our films communicate themes and messages with universal appeal to a wide audience drawn from the Monterey Peninsula and beyond. Our festival’s accompanying programs further engage mind and heart through discussion and social interaction. We hope that our festival will help bridge cultural and religious differences and contribute to solidarity and peace.

Contact: Susan Greenbaum
831-277-3211
greenbaumcarmel@sbcglobal.net

Additional information about all films and events, including ticket prices, can be found on the Carmel Jewish Film Festival website (www.carmeljff.org).

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

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Las Vegas-Based Architecture and Design Firm Punch Architecture Completes Extensive Makeover of High-End Boston Hotel Lounge

When Boston’s award-winning hotel Kimpton Nine Zero embarked on its bold, top-to-bottom transformation last year, they also wanted to take its on-site bar/restaurant Highball Lounge and undergo an extensive makeover to better reflect the hotel’s traditional-meets-contemporary transformation.

Las Vegas, NV, October 09, 2018 — When Boston’s award-winning hotel Kimpton Nine Zero embarked on its bold, top-to-bottom transformation last year, they also wanted to take its on-site bar/restaurant Highball Lounge and undergo an extensive makeover to better reflect the hotel’s traditional-meets-contemporary transformation.

Enter up-and-coming Las Vegas-based (with offices in Denver, Los Angeles, and New York City) design and architecture firm Punch Architecture, which was tasked with the makeover of the Highball Lounge to become the Better Sorts Social Club, a glamorous cocktail-forward, elevated-food concept that better fit with Nine Zero’s concept of melding the city of Boston’s history and tradition with the luxurious contemporary design and social aesthetic of today’s finest luxury hotels.

Punch Architecture, better known as simply Punch, was tasked with all the interior design and fabricated a portion of the new lounge’s furniture. The project, from conception to construction, took about 18 months for the 3,200-square-foot space

“We wanted it to be a little quirky, fun and playful, but also classy,” says Zak Ostrowski, one of Punch’s three partners along with Drew Gregory and Clemente Cicoria. “We wanted it to appeal to the higher-end Boston Brahmins era and still relate to a younger crowd. It has high-end cocktails and food, but it’s also a place you could go to after a game at Fenway (Park) or after a Celtics game.”

Ostrowski said they wanted to strike a balance between the traditional social club and its low lighting, dark wood panels and stateliness and a more modern upscale cocktail lounge with its open, airy atmosphere, brighter lighting and contemporary furniture. They also wanted to dovetail with Nine Zero’s new aesthetic, which blends modern sophistication with a nod to Boston’s storied history.

He says Better Sorts’ design concept is “a throwback to the golden age of classic spirit bars with its elegant sexiness, cheeky sensibilities, and enigmatic sensuality.”

The interior materials consist of rich and warm American Black Walnut wood walls and flooring contrasted with moody burnished dark green plaster colors, Nero Marquina marble, weathered leathers, textural sea glaze green tiles, exotic yet subtle wallpapers, dark and mysterious antique mirrors, and sultry lighting throughout the space.

The custom furniture pieces are made of rich leathers, soft velvets, and jewel tone colors set off by hand-crafted walnut and ambrosia maple tables with metal and burl inlays (designed and made by Punch), gently resting on colorful vintage Persian rugs. Better Sorts décor is filled with whimsical photos, a mix of reclaimed decorative art deco and regency objects made of handblown glass, crystal and brass.

“It was a great project,” says Ostrowski. “We were able to use a rich, yet comfortable material palette, that works well with the hotel’s redesign. There were a lot of parties involved in the design, so it was a fun collaborative process. We also wanted to be open-minded and have the flexibility to incorporate the Boston environment.”

Punch is no stranger to high-end restaurant and lounge design, winning an AIA award for celebrity Chef Chris Cosentino's Jackrabbit at The Duniway Hotel in Portland, Oregon and designing such dazzling establishments as Maison Pickle in New York City, and Element Kitchen & Cocktail in Denver, Colorado. Punch has also been recognized for its commercial and residential designs. The Punch firm also includes Punch Fab, its fabrication, furniture, and R&D department and Punch & Pie, its business strategy and concept department.

Founded only three years ago, Ostrowski feels Punch’s work on Better Sorts Social Club is another feather in its cap.

“We’re stoked,” he says. “We are very satisfied with the results.”

About Punch Architecture
Punch creates spaces, environments, and objects that are site-specific to the client and their brand, while being conscientious of the impact the design makes on the surrounding environment and interaction between the end user.

Our firm's process starts with an idea that is ultimately layered with multiple elements; building up within the project context through transformative design, exploration, and storytelling. Each project’s success lies in the research, innovation, design strategy, and social context that is specific for each space and client. Our designs are original works that embody passion, integrity, quality, and beauty; yet maintain functionality and simplicity.

Punch Architecture is a licensed architecture and design firm in the United States with international project experience. Punch Fab is our fabrication, furniture, and R&D department. Punch & Pie is our business strategy and concept department that works with new and established brands through various forms of visual media such as film, motion graphics, and interactive site-specific installations.

Contact:
All new business inquiries should be directed to info@puncharc.com or by phone:
>Denver: 303-434-2423
>Las Vegas: 702-526-7887
>Los Angeles/New York: 702-510-7343

Main Office:
4425 Wagon Trail Ave.
Las Vegas, NV, 89118
United States

ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the original boutique hotel company, which pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels in the United States in 1981. Anchored in one-of-a-kind experiences, Kimpton now operates more than 60 hotels and 80 restaurants, bars and lounges across urban locations, resort destinations and up and coming markets in the United States, Europe, Caribbean and Greater China.

Kimpton spaces and experiences center on its guests, offering inspiring design that evokes curiosity to forward-thinking flavors that feed the soul. Every detail is thoughtfully curated and artfully delivered, so that guest experiences remain meaningful, unscripted and ridiculously personal. Kimpton’s employees, empowered to provide heartfelt service and experiences, have built a highly regarded workplace culture that appears consistently on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. In January 2015, Kimpton became part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands. For more information, visitwww.KimptonHotels.com.

Kimpton and its ownership group, Brookfield Hotel Properties, engaged Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), the world’s leading hospitality interior design firm, along with Boston-based branding firm, Korn Design, to create a completely new aesthetic that blends history and contemporary design in Kimpton Nine Zero.

Located in Boston’s historic Ladder District, at the crossroads of Beacon Hill, the Theatre District, Downtown Crossing and the Financial District, Nine Zero has transformed its 190 guest rooms and suites, living room, and 2,400 square feet of private event and meeting space into a seductive and design-forward hotel that uniquely nods to Boston history.

Nine Zero is located at 90 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02108. For reservations please call 866-906-9090; for the hotel please call 617-772-5800. For more information and updates, please visit www.ninezero.com and follow @ninezerohotelboston on Instagram; @NineZeroHotel on Facebook and @Kimpton on Twitter; #ninezerohotel.

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

Sunday, October 7, 2018

State of the Art: An Exhibition and Celebration

An Invitational Exhibition at the R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

Carmel, CA, October 07, 2018 - The Center for Photographic Art (CPA) expands its reach beyond Carmel, California, with an exhibition and related events in Santa Cruz, CA, at that city’s premier art space, the R. Blitzer Gallery, located in a renovated warehouse, once home to the historic Wrigley chewing gum factory. A broad-ranging invitational exhibition, State Of The Art (SOTA) features fifteen prominent and innovative Northern California photographers. The exhibition will run from November 2 through November 29, 2018, and will kick off with a festive opening reception during Santa Cruz’s First Friday, November 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. In addition, a variety of SOTA events will run throughout November, with all tickets available via Eventbrite. Please join us in exploring photography’s fascinating and inspiring State of the Art during the entire month of November.


Center for Photographic Art is thrilled to welcome an expanded audience to a groundbreaking exhibition of leading Northern California photographers who explore a range of contemporary issues. Exhibiting are Brigitte Carnochan, Linda Connor, Binh Danh, Janet Fine, Sara Friedlander, Shelby Graham, Chris Johnson, Karolina Karlic, Bob Kolbrener, Robin Lasser & Adrienne Pao, Kathryn Mayo, Ryuijie, Jerry Takigawa and Huntington Witherill. Their photography reflects a diverse array of current and historical mediums, including digital imaging, gelatin silver, platinum/palladium, wet plate collodion, daguerreotype, and mixed media.

In addition to the exhibition, on Saturday, November 3, CPA hosts Freestyle Photographic Supplies for an on-site digital printing workshop. Following the workshop, CPA presents a panel discussion, “Breaking Boundaries,” with participating photographers Binh Danh, Sara Friedlander, Karolina Karlic and Robin Lasser, moderated by CPA’s Executive Director, photographer and educator, Brian Taylor, and Wallace Baine, former Santa Cruz Sentinel Arts Editor and freelance art writer. Then on Wednesday, November 14, CPA hosts a special reception with former long-time Congressman, Honorable Sam Farr, in acknowledgement of his contributions and support of the photographic arts in the Monterey Bay area.

Finally, as a complement to the exciting SOTA exhibition, CPA hosts a thematic online photography competition titled, “The Human Spirit.” Our jurors are Ann Hazels, Director of the Radius Gallery, Santa Cruz, and photographer, educator and CPA Assistant Director, Rick Murai. All are welcome to enter and vie for five hundred dollars in prizes. All entries will be featured on CPA’s website and viewable by our global audience. A lively and informative jurors’ talk and awards presentation will take place on Saturday, November 17.

Join us in celebrating the Center for Photographic Art’s State of the Art exhibition and its first foray into the North Monterey Bay area, with a month of groundbreaking photography and events at the R. Blitzer Gallery in Santa Cruz! Don’t miss the festive First Friday Opening Reception on Friday, November 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. To learn more about SOTA and accompanying events go to:

https://photography.org/event/state-of-the-art

What:

STATE OF THE ART Exhibition
· Freestyle Photographic Supplies Digital Printing Workshop

· STATE OF THE ART “Breaking Boundaries” panel discussion and reception

· An Evening with former Congressman, Honorable Sam Farr

· STATE OF THE ART online competition awards presentation and Juror’s talk

When:

Exhibition: November 2 – 29, 2018, Opening reception November 2, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Freestyle Photographic Supplies Digital Printing Workshop: Saturday, November 3, Noon to 4:00 pm
STATE OF THE ART “Breaking Boundaries” panel discussion, Saturday November 3, 6:00 to 7:30 pm; Reception: 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Reception and award presentation with former Congressman Sam Farr, November 14, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
STATE OF THE ART online competition entry period: September 26 – November 6. Juror’s event, Saturday, November 17, 4:00 to 7:00 pm
Where: R. Blitzer Gallery, Wrigley Building, 2801 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Gallery hours: Noon to 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Tickets:

Exhibition: Free
· Freestyle Photographic Supplies Digital Printing Workshop and “Breaking Boundaries” panel discussion, General admission: $75 for both (includes CPA annual membership),
CPA Members: $35 for both. Purchase tickets via Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2DnMoeY

· “Breaking Boundaries” panel discussion only, General admission: $10; free for CPA members. Purchase tickets via Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2DnMoeY

· Sam Farr Reception: Free to the public, limited seating, RSVP via Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/202YwWJ

· “The Human Spirit,” State of the Art online competition. To enter: https://bit.ly/2znnHeC

· “The Human Spirit,” Online competition, juror’s discussion and awards announcement: Free to the public, limited seating, RSVP via Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2xBTsiE

PR Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zunikclg0poe3j9/AACcLy3fBNehjq7Q3qgniNOIa?dl=0

Info: https://photography.org/event/state-of-the-art/

CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC ART
Sunset Center

San Carlos and 9th Avenue
P.O. Box 1100

Carmel, CA 93921
www.photography.org

Contact:
Brian Taylor, Executive Director
brian@photography.org
408-334-0040

November 2 – November 29, 2018

ABOUT CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC ART
Tracing our roots back to the Friends of Photography, founded in 1967, the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) remains the second oldest members’ photography gallery organization in the country. A short walk from Ocean Avenue in Carmel, CA brings you to the venerable gallery launched by iconic artists Ansel Adams, Cole Weston, and Wynn Bullock. Today, CPA continues to serve as a valuable cultural resource to its members, the community and the greater world of the photographic arts.

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

Friday, October 5, 2018

Professional Salinas Dog Trainer and Behaviorist Barbara De Groodt Named to IACP International Hall of Fame

Salinas-based professional dog trainer and animal behavior counselor Barbara De Groodt has been named to the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) International Hall of Fame. And she never saw it coming.

Salinas, CA, October 05, 2018 — Salinas-based professional dog trainer and animal behavior counselor Barbara De Groodt has been named to the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) International Hall of Fame. And she never saw it coming.

“I had absolutely no idea it was coming, none whatsoever,” she says, when she was presented the award at the IACP’s annual conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. “My staff sure knows how to keep a secret. When (at the conference) they started to talk about people (who were nominated) and it narrowed down to me, I said to myself, ‘oh my god, this isn’t good.’ I cried.”


Luckily for De Groodt, she didn’t have to give a speech, but accepted the award onstage and later took some good-natured ribbing from a friend for the rest of the night of “Crybaby! Crybaby!”

“It’s quite a privilege,” she says of the award, which is awarded to “heroes … within the dog industry who have made an impact on the world of dogs and provided the dog world with a legacy that will always be remembered.” “It’s one of those things, you go through life, work hard and hope to one day be recognized by your peers. This is why I do what I do. When John Rogerson, one of my mentors, say these things about you, that means a lot.”

Here’s what Rogerson, one of the world’s leading dog trainer and behaviorists and founder and lecturer of United Kingdom’s Northern Centre for Canine Behavior, wrote in his letter of nomination to the Hall of Fame:

“There are few characters in the dog world that not only inspire others but also can walk the walk where many sadly are just able to talk the talk,” he wrote. “I have known Barbara for more than 20 years and have seen first hand not only her ability to work with her own dogs but also her ability to work with owners and other canine professionals to improve their understanding of their canine companions. Barbara unselfishly gives much of her free time to helping and supporting many worthwhile canine projects and also, despite her huge wealth of knowledge, still travels extensively at home and abroad to further her own education. There is no other trainer from the U.S.A. that I have ever endorsed, Barbara is one in a million and deserves international recognition for her amazing life and lifetime achievements.”

“I was teary-eyed when I read those letters, especially the ones from my mentors,” she said. “My peers were the ones who nominated me, that made so much of an impact on me. You know somebody is watching.”

De Groodt founded From the Heart training and dog behavior counseling in the late ’80s, but she’s been working with dogs since she was a pre-teen.

“I’ve been training dogs since I was 8 or 9 years,” she says. “My dad trained German short-haired pointers.”

Along the way she’s won a number of awards, including the 2011 Westminster Dog Show Trainer of the Year, Purina Pro Plan's Show Dog 2010 Trainer of the Year and is a certified Pet Tech pet first aid instructor.

From the Heart’s training philosophy includes positive reinforcement, training to mold a dog's behavior into a desirable asset, and trust: “Trust is the key word in the methods used at From The Heart, however, trust must be earned by and from your dog.”

“Dogs are, by nature, social animals and look to us to provide leadership that is fair and non-judgmental. My commitment to you is to provide you with tools needed to change undesirable behavior into desirable behavior. A dog's friendship can be a wonderful one if you both have similar goals.”

De Groodt says that her training methods are rooted in tried and true methods, but that it’s a “constant growth.”

“I tell my students don’t ever think you know everything,” she says. “You should always be able to adjust. It’s a constant evolution.”

From the Heart Dog Training and

Paws at Play Doggie Daycare
Phone: 783-0818
Fax: 783-0657
P.O. Box 3734
Salinas, CA 93912-3734
fromtheheart.info
k9tootr@gmail.com

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

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Monterey Cowboy Festival, Now in its 20th Year, Seeks Food Vendors at its Nov. 3 Event at Monterey County Fair & Event Center

The Monterey Cowboy Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year on Nov. 3, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, is seeking food, art and craft vendors for its popular midway and marketplace.

Monterey, CA, October 05, 2018 — The Monterey Cowboy Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year on Nov. 3, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, is seeking food, art and craft vendors for its popular midway and marketplace.

The Marketplace, located on the Main Lawn next to the food and drink vendors, hosts some of the finest western art and gear vendors in the country, from customs saddles, fine leather boots and stunning paintings to handmade jewelry.

To make a submission, each vendor should complete the submission form in its entirety. All submissions must be in the English language and must be received by the close of the submission period, Oct. 15. Incomplete submissions may be ineligible for consideration. All submissions are made on a non-commissioned basis and as such, do not create a fiduciary, confidential or contractual relationship between the festival and vendor, other than the contractual relationship established by the submission terms.

Food and craft vendors can apply at https://marcatoapp.com/forms/mcf2018/fooddrinkvendorapplication and https://marcatoapp.com/forms/mcf2018/artgearapp/new. Deadline for application is Oct. 15.

The 20th Annual Monterey Cowboy Festival, previously the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, takes place from 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center at 2004 Fairground Road, in Monterey.

Tickets range in price from $19 for a Grounds Pass to $247 for a VIP experience, and are available online at www.montereycowboy.org.

The festival celebrates Monterey's contribution to our country’s western heritage, bringing people together to enjoy and learn more about the "cowboy way of life," including its history, current values and culture.

The lineup includes “throwback” country artist Jon Pardi, Texas neotraditionalist country trio Midland, country singer Corb Lund, and cowboy poets Waddie Mitchell and Paul Zarzyski on the Main Arena Stage.

Playing on the Garden Stage on the grounds will be Ernie Sites, Cow Bop, Mike Beck, Juni Fisher, Andy Hedges, Tom Swearingen, The Carolyn Sills Combo, Joni Harms, Almeda Bradshaw, and The Hasslers.

Since its inception, the festival’s foundation has been charity, giving more than $50,000 to local charities over the past 19 years as a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3).

The majority of those years were led by the festival's founder and former Monterey police chief, Gary Brown, who lost his battle with lung disease in 2016. Brown founded the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival in 1998 in an effort to preserve the culture of the American cowboy, while doing all he could to give back to the local community.

In an effort to continue Gary's commitment to giving, the festival has announced the formation of the Gary Brown Scholarship Fund, which will focus on students in seventh to 12th grade in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties who are looking to enhance their music education in the areas of school tuition, music camp tuition, private music lessons, or musical equipment purchase/repair. To donate to the fund, go to https://www.montereycowboy.org/scholarship.

Ticket prices are as follows and are available online:
Off-site parking, $25
VIP Floor Seating, Arena, $247 + $25.85 fee
VIP Box Seating, Arena, $247 + $25.85 fee
Reserved Box Seating Arena, $123 + #13.37 fee
GA Corral Arena, $91 + $10.15
GA Rear Arena, $48 + $5.83
Grounds Pass, $19 + $2.91 fee

For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.montereycowboy.org.

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Monterey Cowboy Festival Celebrates its 20th Year on Nov. 3 at Monterey County Fair & Event Center

The Monterey Cowboy Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, so saddle up and mosey on down to the Monterey County Fair & Event Center on Nov. 3

Monterey, CA, October 01, 2018 — The Monterey Cowboy Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, so saddle up and mosey on down to the Monterey County Fair & Event Center on Nov. 3, and enjoy music from country artists such as Jon Pardi and Corb Lund, cowboy poetry, food and drink and a western art and gear marketplace.

The 20th Annual Monterey Cowboy Festival, previously the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, takes place from 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center at 2004 Fairground Road, in Monterey.

Tickets range in price from $19 for a Grounds Pass to $247 for a VIP experience, and are available online at www.montereycowboy.org. Food and craft vendors are also needed, and can apply at https://marcatoapp.com/forms/mcf2018/fooddrinkvendorapplication and https://marcatoapp.com/forms/mcf2018/artgearapp/new. Deadline for application is Oct. 15.

The festival celebrates Monterey's contribution to our country’s western heritage, bringing people together to enjoy and learn more about the "cowboy way of life," including its history, current values and culture.

The lineup includes “throwback” country artist Jon Pardi, Texas neotraditionalist country trio Midland, country singer Corb Lund, and cowboy poets Waddie Mitchell and Paul Zarzyski on the Main Arena Stage.

Playing on the Garden Stage on the grounds will be Ernie Sites, Cow Bop, Mike Beck, Juni Fisher, Andy Hedges, Tom Swearingen, The Carolyn Sills Combo, Joni Harms, Almeda Bradshaw, and The Hasslers.

The Marketplace, located on the Main Lawn next to the food and drink vendors, hosts some of the finest western art and gear vendors in the country, from customs saddles, fine leather boots and stunning paintings to handmade jewelry.

Since its inception, the festival’s foundation has been charity, giving more than $50,000 to local charities over the past 19 years as a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3).

The majority of those years were led by the festival's founder and former Monterey police chief, Gary Brown, who lost his battle with lung disease in 2016. Brown founded the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival in 1998 in an effort to preserve the culture of the American cowboy, while doing all he could to give back to the local community.

In an effort to continue Gary's commitment to giving, the festival has announced the formation of the Gary Brown Scholarship Fund, which will focus on students in seventh to 12th grade in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties who are looking to enhance their music education in the areas of school tuition, music camp tuition, private music lessons, or musical equipment purchase/repair. To donate to the fund, go to https://www.montereycowboy.org/scholarship.

Ticket prices are as follows and are available online:
Off-site parking, $25
VIP Floor Seating, Arena, $247 + $25.85 fee
VIP Box Seating, Arena, $247 + $25.85 fee
Reserved Box Seating Arena, $123 + #13.37 fee
GA Corral Arena, $91 + $10.15
GA Rear Arena, $48 + $5.83
Grounds Pass, $19 + $2.91 fee

For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.montereycowboy.org

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

Monday, October 1, 2018

Breast Cancer Assistance Group’s ‘Pink Partners’ Promotion with Local Businesses Raises Funds for Breast Cancer Patients

One in eight local women will experience the physical and emotional ravages of breast cancer.

Monterey, CA, October 02, 2018 — One in eight local women will experience the physical and emotional ravages of breast cancer. Breast cancer has high financial costs and many breast cancer patients find themselves unable to work during treatments.

The Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County (BCAG), an all-volunteer organization of breast cancer survivors, provides need-based grants that help patients in active treatment with their basic living expenses.

In honor of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BCAG is partnering with local businesses to raise funds and awareness to enable BCAG to help local breast cancer patients experiencing financial hardship due to their diagnosis and treatment.

One hundred percent of every dollar donated through BCAG's “Pink Partners” promotion with local businesses will go to help breast cancer patients with food, housing, utilities, transportation, and other daily-living costs. During the past year BCAG awarded more than $116,000 to 77 local women.

BCAG is encouraging the public to show their support for helping the local community by patronizing the following businesses, participating in their special events and purchasing “Pink Partner” merchandise.

For the third year Pebble Beach Resorts will be showing its support for BCAG by donating $1 from every glass of rosé wine and “October Rose” cocktail at the following restaurants and bars:

• Stillwater Bar & Grill
• The Tap Room
• The Bench
• The Terrace Lounge
• Gallery
• Peppoli at Pebble Beach
• Roy’s at Pebble Beach
• Sticks
• Stave Wine Cellar
• Traps
• Spanish Bay Lobby

Quail Lodge & Golf Club will once again join the global effort to raise awareness on breast cancer through its Quail in Pink initiative. This year all fundraising proceeds will be donated to BCAG. Details on special events, including the Quail in Pink Afternoon Tea, the Quail in Pink Drive for the Cause guided motoring rally and Horsepower Happy Hour, Signature Pretty in Pink Vodka Cocktail, Quail in Pink embroidered apparel and accessories, and other specialty items for sale in the Golf Shop, Edgar’s Restaurant and Waypoint Bar & Deck can be found by visiting Quail in Pink

Carmel Valley Athletic Club will throw its annual Party in Pink, on October 20th from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. This is a club-wide event open to members and non-members that donates all of the proceeds to BCAG. Members and guests who donate $20 or more will receive their own “Party in Pink” merchandise and will be able to utilize the club for the rest of the day. In addition, The Refuge outdoor relaxation spa will donate 10% from all gift certificates purchased throughout the month of October and $5 for every Deluxe Admission purchased on October 20th.

McIntyre Vineyards will once again hold its popular “Barre, Boobs & Bubbles” class on Friday, October 19th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm in the McIntyre Tasting Room at The Crossroads in Carmel. The class will be taught by Arianne Bautista, owner of CarmelBarre. All proceeds will be donated to BCAG. Call McIntyre Vineyards at 831-626-6268 to register for the event. In addition, McIntyre will donate 15% of sales revenue for purchases of 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir wine throughout the month of October.

Throughout the month of October Sur at the Barnyard in Carmel will be donating 20% of every dollar spent for lunch or dinner and 10% for Happy Hour to BCAG. Diners must bring in a special BCAG coupon to qualify. Coupons are available on the BCAG website: Sur Pink Partner Dining Coupon

About BCAG
BCAG is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization of breast cancer survivors who raise funds and awareness to improve the lives of local breast cancer patients and their families. BCAG provides basic living expenses grants (for food, rent, gas, utilities, etc.) that relieve some of the financial worry associated with breast cancer and allows women (and men) to focus on fighting their disease so they can again spend quality time with family and return to the local workforce. BCAG serves residents of Monterey County who are being treated by physicians located anywhere and residents of Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz counties who are being treated by Monterey County physicians.

Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County
(FEIN 91-1972448)
P. O. Box 221582
Carmel, CA 93922
Phone: (831) 649-6365
Fax: (866) 219-8561
Email: contact@bcagmc.org
http://www.bcagmc.org

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