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A peek at the 69th season of the Monterey Symphony

A peek at the 69th season of the Monterey Symphony

From classical favorites, to excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, and Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice, audiences around Monterey County will have the chance to witness live performances of the 69th season of the Monterey Symphony this fall. There will be internationally acclaimed guest artists. A news release this week said, "a brilliant range of classical performances will emerge across the canvas of the stages at Sherwood Hall in Salinas and Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea." Single tickets are now on sale. The Monterey Symphony's 69th season opens in October.

 

 

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Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca voted #1 best track

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca voted #1 best track

MONTEREY, Calif. - A website that tracks trendy cars and expensive gadgets named Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as the best "must-drive" destination.

The online site Supercompressor rated America's 17 best race tracks, giving Monterey's hidden jewel the top spot.

The website, which launched in 2013, said there aren't many tracks in the world with a turn as iconic as The Corkscrew.

"Flat out up a hill over a long straight, followed by braking hard for a slow left hander as you're basically falling off a cliff? Yeah, it's been the scene of some great racing over the years," online writer Aaron Miller described it.

Supercompressor said America is fortunate to have dozens of beautiful road courses, but some tower above others as "must-drive" destinations.

It tells people to take a day and go drive one if possible.

Monterey-Salinas Transit to present students with school supplies

Monterey-Salinas Transit will be presenting "Day Pack" book bags full of MST-logo school supplies to 6th graders in the Alisal Union School District to encourage awareness about MST and the public transit services it provides in the community.

To help mark the first day of classes, MST will join members of the Alisal Union School Board at Martin Luther King, Jr., Academy at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday to distribute school supplies like pencils, erasers, rulers, calculators, highlighters and festive piggy banks to the nearly 1,200 sixth-grade students throughout the district.

Miss Monterey County Fair crowned

Miss Monterey County Fair crowned

The Monterey County Fair crowned Karina Medrano of Salinas Valley as Miss Monterey County Fair Friday night during the fair's annual Kick-Off Barbeque.

Kelly Violini, Fair CEO, said in a news release this weekend, Karina's love of agriculture and strong FFA background made her the ideal candidate. Medrano will serve as the official hostess of the 2014 event and receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Organizers said, a lifetime resident of Monterey County, Karina, is 17 years old and a recent graduate of Salinas High School. Her passion for agriculture and leadership skills shined through with her participation within the Salinas FFA chapter. She enjoys raising market hogs for the Monterey County fair; which has lead her to be a passionate advocate in the agriculture industry.

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Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force set

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force set

SALINAS, Calif. - Those who take the risk to drink and drive stand a high probability of getting caught. Why? Because law enforcement is especially looking for the those driving under the influence between now and Labor Day. The 'Avoid the 20' task force is set to get starting Friday, August 15.

Expecting to arrest between 100 and 140 DUI suspects over 18 days, city and university police, sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers in Monterey and San Benito Counties are beginning their summer mobilization.

The Avoid the 20 effort, named for the number of law enforcement agencies in the two counties, gets its funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said Salinas police traffic Sgt. Gerard Ross.

Dear Jon: There’s hope for pet owners who can’t afford care

 Dear Jon: There’s hope for pet owners who can’t afford care

You may have been in a situation where your pet had a life threatening condition, but you couldn't pay for care due to one reason or another. It's a really tough situation to be in, the thought of losing your pet to a lack of funds. Shelly wrote to me and asked, “Dear Jon, my pet has a serious medical condition, but I can't pay for care, is there any hope?”

Yes there is hope and one resource I’ve located here on the Central Coast is called the BirchBark Foundation.

School supplies on the way to thousands of students

School supplies on the way to thousands of students

United Way Monterey County volunteers in partnership with the Monterey County Office of Education delivered backpacks throughout Monterey County Monday. A bus departed from Salinas, loaded with donated backpacks and school supplies, to make its first stop at Sherwood Elementary School on Wood Street. This is a school where approximately 24 percent of K-6 students are considered homeless. The deliveries culminate a week of activity where volunteers collected and sorted supplies and stuffed backpacks.

There are more than 5,865 students in Monterey County who are homeless or in great need and cannot afford the supplies they need for school. Backpacks containing binders, paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons and other necessities will be delivered to students in each school district. 

Organizers said providing children with the necessary supplies to participate in school promotes learning, encourages self-esteem and helps kids stay in school.