Photos by James Ruiz, Adam Matzinger and Alison Gamel


October 14th, 2017

Pacific Grove Blessing of the Animals

Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

Join Rev. Dan Paul from the Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Rev. Jeffrey Lewis from St. Mary's-by-the-Sea Episcopal church and Father Seamus O'Brien of St. Angela Merici in a community blessing for the animals event at Caledonia Park in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of animals. Bring your dog, cat or other animal friend to Caledonia Park for a service and blessing. Animal treats and snacks will be provided by AFRP. Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Location: Caledonia Park (Behind the Post Office) For more information, contact Rev. Dan Paul at  

October 15th, 2017

Central Coast Motorsports Spectacular

Salinas Sports Complex - Gold Star Buick GMC Presents this Motorsports Extravaganza

Gold Star Buick GMC will present the Central Coast Motorsports Spectacular on Sunday October 15th. Tickets are on sale now at the Salinas Sports Complex Box Office at 1034 N. Main Street in Salinas. Ticket prices are $10 for children ages 2-12, $22 for adults and $27 for box seats for all ages. Visit the Box Office Monday-Friday between 10am and 6pm, call 800-549-4989 or order your tickets online at The Salinas Sports Complex will host this family-friendly event with non-stop motorsports action as Monster Trucks and Truck and Tractor Pulls to entertain the crowd. The gates open at noon with motorsports action starting at 2pm that day. Coors is sponsoring the Monster Truck event with eight Monster Trucks competing in the arena full of crushed cars and dirt ramps. Braga Fresh Farms will be presenting the Farmer 500 Auto Race, a new event this year that is sure to keep fans cheering on their favorite fast car! Truck and Tractor Pulls will feature different classes of trucks and tractors showcasing their horsepower as they pull a two-ton sled across the dirt floor. Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Location: Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 N Main St, Salinas, CA 93906 For more information, please visit  

October 15th, 2017

Greenfield Harvest Festival & Run

First Night and the City of Greenfield

Begin your day at the 5K/1K Run/Walk followed by the community parade, which kicks off the festivities at 11:15am. Both sides of El Camino Real will be filled with live music, art activities, community organizations, food vendors, and artisans and craft vendors. We also have pony rides and a petting zoo and face painting, art activities, and an instant photo area. The Greenfield Harvest Festival is an alcohol-free event. We look forward to celebrating, rain or shine or wind! We will have 5 hours of entertainment for the entire family, with three band stages and a stage featuring traditional dance troupes. From rock’n’roll to salsa, Cumbia to Banda! The day will be filled with interactive art activities, music, food and craft vendors selling their wares. Community organizations will provide activities, giveaways and information on what they do in and for our community. Thanks to our Volunteers! Several local youth groups and high school students help produce the Harvest Festival. Without them, this wonderful autumn tradition in Greenfield could not happen. Volunteers are our treasures giving back to the community! Thank you for your generosity. Youth volunteers will have the opportunity to win a PC computer completely loaded with software for their service! Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm Parade: 11:30am Location: Downtown Greenfield, El Camino Real For more information, please visit and  

October 27th, 2017

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Luncheon

YWCA Monterey County

The YWCA Monterey County is hosting a special luncheon for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Head to InterContinental The Clement in Cannery Row from 11:30am to 1:30pm to show your support! Keynote Speaker: Taylor Armstrong TV personality, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills", philanthropist, author and survivor. Taylor Armstrong is an outspoken domestic violence victim's advocate and the President of the Taylor Armstrong Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting victims and their families. She is a New York Times Bestselling Author for her book, Hiding from Reality, in which she shared her personal story of surviving abuse. Taylor is best known for her role on Bravo's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She has also appeared on television shows for VH1, WeTV and Oprah's OWN network. Time:11:30 am to 1:30 pm Location: Intercontinental The Clement Monterey, CA Attending this luncheon is one of the best ways to support domestic violence awareness efforts in our community! Learn more here:  

October 28th, 2017



All ages are invited to WomenCARE’s 21st annual STRIKE OUT AGAINST CANCER bowling benefit to be held Saturday October 28th at Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bowl. There are three sessions starting at 1:00pm. Each team member collects pledges and bowls one game. If you are not able to attend, you can create a Virtual Team online and collect pledges. Costumes are encouraged! This fun event is to increase awareness about our cancer support programs while also raising funds! No bowling experience needed! For more information or to register your team, call 831-457-2273, email or register online at  

October 29th, 2017

Charity Golf Tournament to Support Firefighters with Cancer

Presented by CAL FIRE Local 2881 and the CAL FIRE Firefighters Benevolent Foundation

No One Left Behind is hosting a Charity Golf Tournament at the Half Moon Bay Golf Links to support firefighters with cancer. Register today to enjoy an 18-hole scramble, kids breakfast, family BBQ and more! CAL FIRE Local 2881 and its Benevolent Foundation created a funding mechanism called NO ONE LEFT BEHIND to benefit our mission in helping Firefighters and their family members who are diagnosed with cancer. CAL FIRE is California’s Fire Department and the 2nd largest fire department in the United States. The goal of the CAL FIRE Firefighters No One Left Behind is to raise funds throughout the year by hosting many events up and down California while also encouraging healthy activity in a family friendly environment. This also allows us to address the importance of cancer awareness that can help Fire Department members everywhere who are diagnosed with cancer and help bring awareness about what we can do to keep cancer out of the workplace and environments that Firefighters are exposed to every day. Researchers have found that compared to non-firefighters, firefighters are twice as likely of developing testicular cancer, 50% higher risk for myeloma & non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and 28% higher risk for developing prostate cancer. From the carcinogens they breathe putting out a fire, to the exhaust fumes they inhale when in the engine bays, these daily occurrences cause an increased risk of developing cancer among firefighters. Cancer is becoming a leading cause of death among firefighters! “I felt completely overwhelmed. Talking to a cancer survivor made me feel more comfortable and gave me a go to person throughout the whole diagnoses process. “ — Kevin Fleming, Fire Captain/CAL FIRE, Cancer Survivor On October 29th, 2017 No One Left Behind will be hosting a Charity Golf Tournament at the Half Moon Bay Golf Links, Half Moon Bay, California. Presented by CAL FIRE Local 2881San Mateo- Santa Cruz and the CAL FIRE Firefighters Benevolent Foundation to benefit Firefighters with Cancer and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. Schedule: 7:00 AM Casual Golfer’s Breakfast 8:30 AM Shotgun, Old & Ocean Courses 10:00 AM Children’s Breakfast w/ Firefighters 2:00 PM Family BBQ, Reception & Static Display 3:30 PM Comments from Command Leader   Register today at    

November 19th, 2017

Bubbles and Bags

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast (GICC) is pleased to announce our fall fundraiser: Bubbles and Bag, Sunday, November 19, 2017, from 1pm-4pm at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach.  Join us for the event and shop for a great cause! Sip champagne, socialize and purchase some fabulous handbags to add to your collection or to give as holiday gifts. To purchase tickets First Peek Preview at 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (For "Buy it Now" Purchase only) Tickets $100 Silent Auction 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Tickets $ 35.000 To Donate Bags Last year more than 500 handbags were donated to the event.  Our goal for 2017 is to top that number, but we need your help!  We are collecting handbags NOW and will do so until Friday, October 6, 2017.  We hope that you and your friends have good quality handbags that you would like to donate to the cause.  We are looking for: Bag donation locations: Fenton & Keller, 2801 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 373-1241, or you may contact Girls Inc. (831) to arrange for pick-up.  The Salinas donation location is the Girls Inc. of the Central Coast office at 318 Cayuga St, Suite 101A, Salinas, CA 93901. For more information, call (831) 772-0882. For More information, contact Patty at or (831) 772-0882. About Girls Inc. of the Central Coast Girls Inc. of the Central Coast is an affiliate of Girls Inc., a national organization and the country’s leading research and evaluation organization on issues pertaining to girls and young women. We are the first affiliate to offer programs completely facilitated by teens. We work with girls ages 8 to 18 with proven “girl-focused” programs at our outreach sites throughout Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties. Each year, we serve over 1,400 girls in 33 schools in 9 cities. Our mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold and to respect themselves and the world around them.   If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact the Girls Inc. of the Central Coast office at (831) 772-0882.  For more information visit our website Contact: Patty Fernandez Executive Director Tel: 831-772-0882 Fax: 831-772-0773  

Community Foundation for Monterey County

Big Sur Relief Foundation

  The devastating Soberanes Fire and this winter’s heavy rains have caused tremendous hardship for Big Sur residents, employees and their families. HWY 1 is closed with massive mud slides, and Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge – the lifeline that connects the North and South – has been declared unsafe and has been condemned. Iconic businesses like Esalen, Nepenthe, Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn, Ventana, and Post Ranch are all temporarily closed. Over 1,000 Big Sur employees are out of work, and hundreds of families have been displaced. Thousands of people are in need of food, housing, and immediate assistance. In light of these unique and challenging circumstances, several businesses have come together to raise funds to provide relief for local individuals and families. The Big Sur Relief Fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) will provide relief and emergency assistance to those affected.

Donate Now

Your gift will support the affected residents and individuals working in Big Sur in Monterey County, California and is fully tax deductible. 100% of donations will be used for relief and assistance. For more information on how to donate visit or All donations to the Big Sur Relief Fund are tax deductible. Tax ID # 94-1615897      

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