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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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Chelsie Hill works to raise money for dance team

Chelsie Hill works to raise money for dance team

Chelsie Hill is staying busy with TV and book projects, but the foundation she started with her father might just be one of her biggest projects yet. A fundraiser will be held for the Walk and Roll Foundation's dance team in August for their upcoming season. It's called, "A Night Under The Sea," and will be hosted by the Walk and Roll Foundation Wednesday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Monterey.

The event will be held at the Bay of Pines Restaurant with dinner at 7 p.m. The dance team will hold a presentation and silent auction.

Tickets for dinner are $60 a plate, includes dinner and dessert made by the fabulous Fel Ian Rabaino!

There will be a full bar, DJ and dancing from 9pm - 1am.

Non-dinner tickets are $10 suggested donation at the door.

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.

New chef welcomed at popular ocean front restaurant

The Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will welcome Matt Bolton, the new Executive Chef for the InterContinental Clement Monterey at a mixer on Tuesday, September 2, 5:00 to 7:00pm at 750 Cannery Row, Monterey. Bolton began his culinary arts career 17 years ago. Quickly drawn to the kitchen's precision and intensity, he continued his education at various restaurants. Matt comes to the C Restaurant & Bar from the Hyatt Carmel Highlands where he has been the Executive Chef for the past seven years. The C Restaurant & Bar will serve up tasty treats for guests, provide a tour of the property and hold a business card drawing for a chance to win a one night stay at the InterContinental San Francisco. Complimentary self-parking is available at InterContinental The Clement Monterey parking garage. The entrance to the garage is directly across from The Sardine Factory, on Wave Street.

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Monterey to discuss retail, housing project for Lighthouse Avenue

On Tuesday, city leaders will talk about Monterey's mixed-used project for Lighthouse Avenue.

The monterey city council will hold its final public hearing.

Plans are in the works to bring in a retail store with housing on top to an empty lot near Cannery Row.

The meeting will take place at city hall at 7 p.m.


International School of Monterey gets world status

The International School of Monterey in Seaside will celebrate its authorization by the International Baccalaureate as Monterey County's first IB World School on Tuesday. A drone on the school's front lawn will take a photo of the students and then Congressman Sam Farr, U.S. House of Representatives, will headline a short program recognizing the school's new status as an IB World School at 11:30am. He will be joined by Dr. Nancy Kotowski, Superintendent, Monterey County Office of Education; Dr. PK Diffenbaugh, Superintendent, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District; and Dr. Sunder Ramaswamy, President, Monterey Institute of International Studies and Vice President, ISM Board of Trustees. Following the program at 12:00pm, students will install a directional sign pointing to other IB World Schools around the globe at 1720 Yosemite Street in Seaside.


Multi-million dollar cars draw tighter security for Monterey Car Week

MONTEREY, Calif.-Armed guards and a undercover security are patrolling the Monterey Peninsula as cars worth millions of dollars are making an appearance for this year's Car Week.  Security is tight because there's a lot at stake for the auction companies.

Last year Monterey police said a 1961 Chevy Impala Super Sport was stolen right off the Russo and Steele auction lot near Fisherman’s Wharf.  That car was one of four stolen last year.  That's why auction houses said they're taking a few extra steps to avoid a repeat. 

"The value of the number of cars that are here is substantial.  In the hundreds of millions of dollars, not just in our auction room but all auction rooms and concourse on the Peninsula," said RM Auctions Vice President Alain Squindo.

Squindo said the company pulls out all the stops to ensure these cars are kept safe from start to finish.