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Local Authors Share Techniques of Compassionate Communication

Lee Garland and Dr. Arnie Buss, two students of Selwa Said’s Monterey-based courses on “heart-aware communication” have published “Hear, Here,” a book that will help readers develop an understanding of effective communication techniques and how to apply them.

(June 27, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Palenke Founder Juan Sánchez Honored for Teaching Art to Peninsula Youth

Helping other people’s kids awaken to a new passion is how Juan Sánchez, the married father of three creative kids, enriches his own life. He spends much of his time in a converted locker room at Seaside’s Martin Luther King Elementary School, now home to his nonprofit multicultural arts organization.

(June 23, 2022) → Read the full Voices of Monterey Bay report

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Monterey County Dance Theatre unveils new mural in King City

KING CITY — Monterey County Dance Theatre hosted a dedication of the “Tribute to Nutcracker” mural on June 17, during which a crowd of past and present dancers, along with their families, watched the official unveiling of the new artwork …


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Soledad theater’s opening celebration draws hundreds of moviegoers

SOLEDAD — Premiere Cinemas in Soledad hosted its grand opening last Saturday, drawing hundreds of moviegoers who filled the lobby area for the celebration.  Multiple speeches were delivered from company representatives as well as area leaders, and four screens were …


Image caption: From Past to Present: The range of California art in the museums listed below is represented by the Crocker Art Museum’s exterior: one half completed in 1872, the other added in 2010.
Golden State Treasures

Gold Rush-era landscapes, funk art sculptures, pop art statements, Chicano art movement masterworks—here are 10 places to explore the work of California artists.


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Former Feast of Lanterns board creates new Youth Ambassadors of Pacific Grove.

Two months after the board of the nonprofit Feast of Lanterns organization announced it was voluntarily ending the tradition following intense public pressure over complaints of cultural appropriation, members are creating a program they say is brand new, despite leaning…


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Monterey County library branches offer new language-learning system

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Free Libraries has announced the availability of Transparent Language Online for Libraries, a complete language-learning system with courses and lessons designed to build listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. “We are excited that students receiving …


Image caption: State Sen. Steve Glazer speaks at a hearing of the Governmental Organization Committee on March 29.
Calling Emergency to Save Journalism

California has lost 25 percent of its newspapers and seen a circulation plummet over the past 15 years. A bill in the State Legislature, SB 911, could help.


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Endangered indigenous languages find home on world’s most translated website

SALINAS VALLEY — The most translated website in the world — jw.org, the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses — includes content in more than 1,050 languages, including many indigenous languages considered at risk of dying out. On the Central Coast, …


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Golden State Podcasts

Travel, food, true crime politics—there’s a show for everyone. Here are some top-rated podcasts that focus on some aspect of California culture.


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Carmel set to finally sign a lease with PacRep for the Forest Theater.

The city of Carmel and Pacific Repertory Theatre are set to sign a lease agreement for the management of the historic city-owned Forest Theater if City Council approves at a meeting tomorrow, March 1.


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