Monthly Archives: February 2013


Caraccioli Cellars Presents their monthly Authors & Wine event in their tasting room at Dolores and Ocean, in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea on Thursday, February 28 from 6 – 8 PM.  Caraccioli Cellars invites guests to join them for an evening of literature and wine.

This month, Caraccioli Cellars presents local author, Rebecca Costa.

Rebecca Costa is an American Sociobiologist who offers a genetic explanation for current events, emerging trends and individual behavior. In her book The Watchman’s Rattle: A Radical New Theory of Collapse, Costa explains how the principals governing evolution cause and provide a solution for global gridlock.

The success of Costa’s first book led to a weekly radio program in 2010; The Costa ReportTM, which is nationally syndicated and is currently one of the fastest growing radio programs on the West Coast.

No reservations are necessary and Caraccioli Cellars will be offering 10% off all flights and bottles for all Wine Club Members and for those that purchase a book during the event.

Booked the date for the annual Wine Walk

Booked the date for the annual Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea mixer w/ the Carmel Chamber! March 20th! RT if you’ll b there

Adam Leipzig this Saturday!

Budding filmmakers and those interested in America’s future join Adam Leipzig this Saturday in Carmel where he will work to leave you passionate about the value of your own creativity, and the still-untapped potential of our nation.


Missed the early bird sign up? That’s ok – we have scholarships available! Contact us at AMP Media here:

The man who helped bring us Dead Poets Society and March of the Penguins will be in Carmel this Saturday, want details?

Save the Ocean Contest Week #2

Week 2 for the Save the ocean contest:

Post entries on facebook at in the comments and on twitter – #YourSanctuaryTV – describing what they’ll pledge to do to “Save the Ocean!”

Whichever pledge receives the most likes and RT’s wins a delicious dinner for two at Café Fina in beautiful Monterey, California.

RT @ksbw: Bush, Clinton, Carter flying i

RT @ksbw: Bush, Clinton, Carter flying into Monterey for Pebble Beach event #secretservice #callsecurity



Fundraiser Aims to Raise $3 Million to Kick Off Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30thAnniversary

Batter up, breakfast lovers!  IHOP®, one of America’s most popular family-friendly restaurants, known for “everything you love about breakfast,” will once again invite guests to enjoy free pancakes during National Pancake Day on February 5, 2013, while celebrating Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th Anniversary. On this day, the restaurant chain hopes to raise $3 million as the first national fundraising campaign to kick off the 2013 fundraising year for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

During National Pancake Day, the company’s largest philanthropic event of the year, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities. One hundred percent of the donations will help local charities provide vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care for sick and injured children.

This will mark the eighth year that IHOP has held National Pancake Day, which to date has raised more than $10 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. In 2012 alone, IHOP raised more than $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities.

“Millions of free pancakes served on National Pancake Day mean millions of miracles for those in need,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, IHOP and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc. “The concept is simple, but our mission is ambitious; to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For the past eight years, it has been a pleasure and a privilege for all of us at IHOP to participate in this worthy event, and each year our guests have proved to be incredibly generous, helping us not only reach but surpass our goal. We look forward to continuing that trend this year as we plan to once again flip and serve about 4 million free pancakes for charity.”

Guests visiting participating IHOP restaurants in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will also have the option to purchase “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 each, throughout the month of January leading into National Pancake Day, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Participating restaurants will display the balloons in celebration of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30-year anniversary. Those who buy a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 off discount that can be credited toward their next visit.

For more information on National Pancake Day, or to learn about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and make an online donation, visit


Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 nonprofit children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.3 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at


For 54 years, IHOP has been a leader and expert in all things breakfast and a leader in family dining. The chain is highly competitive in its menu offering, serving 65 different signature, made-from-scratch breakfast options as well as a range of meals  under 600 calories. Beyond offering “everything you love about breakfast,” IHOP has a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items, as well. IHOP offers its guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. As of September 30, 2012, there were 1,565 IHOPs in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Under the licensed name IHOP at HOME® consumers can also enjoy a line of premium breakfast products available at leading retailers. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based International House of Pancakes, LLC and its affiliates. International House of Pancakes, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN)

Pancake Day is a tradition that dates back several centuries to when the English prepared for fasting during Lent.  Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products…hence the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday.  IHOP’s National Pancake Day will take place a week before Shrove Tuesday on Tuesday, February 5.


The California Coastal National Monument is located along the entire 1,100 miles of the California coastline.

Environment for the Americas

We are pleased to present our next America’s Great Outdoors internship site at the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) in Monterey, California.

While our interns will be working in and around the Monterey area, the California Coastal National Monument is located along the entire 1,100 miles of the California coastline. This area is made up of more than 20,000 small islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles between Mexico and Oregon. The scenic qualities and critical habitat of this public resource are protected as part of the National Landscape Conservation System, administered by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.

In 1997, the Torch / Platform Irene Oil Spill released at least 163 barrels (6,846 gallons) of petroleum products into the Pacific Ocean.  Subsequently, oil contaminated 17 miles of northern Santa Barbara County coastline and damaged a variety of natural resources including mussels, abalone, seabirds (notably Common Murres and…

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Your Sanctuary TV contest launches today!

Contest launches today! Your Sanctuary TV withMonterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and Cafe Finapresent:

Save the ocean! 

Every week, contestants will post entries at and on twitter – #YourSanctuaryTV – describing what they’ll pledge to do to “Save the Ocean”– in 120 characters or less,

Whichever pledge receives the most likes and RT’s wins a delicious dinner for two at Café Fina in beautiful Monterey, California.

At the end of 13 weeks, judges will pick the Grand Champion who will appear in a promotional television spot for @YourSanctuaryTV and a part on a future episode.

After a second 13-week contest, all 26 weekly winners will be entered into a contest to win the Grand Prize…a Sanctuary Dream Day including whale watching, a romantic dinner along the Sanctuary, and a night’s stay at a romantic hotel next to the Sanctuary.