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Lend a hand on Earth Day

The 44th anniversary of Earth Day will be celebrated April 22nd by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. They are giving credit to the many organizations out there doing tremendous work to make our planet healthier. NOAA is calling on locals to get inspired and lend a hand. "Save Our Shores" group will be out cleaning our beaches and Marine Life Studies will be cleaning the streets. 

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Think twice before you buy a bunny for someone for Easter

News release provided by the Monterey County Health Department.

Baby chicks, bunnies and ducks may seem like the perfect Easter basket addition, but think twice! These cute babies grow up into large, adult animals requiring full-time care.

Rabbits make wonderful pets, but they aren't care-free pets. They have to be taken care of just like you would a dog or a cat. Rabbits commonly live for 8-10 years, and can live as long as 15, depending upon the breed, so it is a long-term commitment. Other factors to consider include the fact that not as many vets are experienced with rabbits, so your veterinary costs could be higher than you might expect to pay for a dog.

Hospital goes electric for patients, staff

Community Hospital introduced its new plug-in station for electric vehicles last week. The station can accommodate five vehicles and includes the first "fast charger" in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. The station is open to Community Hospital staff and volunteers as well as the public and will be the charging spot for Community Hospital's newest vehicle, a Nissan LEAF. Nissan North America donated the fast charger. The plug-in station is the latest eco-friendly initiative at Community Hospital. It is capable of charging a Nissan LEAF up to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes.

Dear Jon: Save yourself an inspection fee with the water district

Dear Jon: Save yourself an inspection fee with the water district

If you're doing any remodeling this spring you should be aware that your water faucets, shower heads and toilets need to be compliant with the water districts codes.

Steve wrote to me and asked, "Dear Jon, Do I have to pay the $105 inspection fee to the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, even though I sent my invoices saying that I upgraded my appliances?"

You did the right thing in sending in the invoices, but if the invoices don't spell out that the new appliances meet certain flow rates you may be in trouble.

I called the district and here's what their policy is. The first on-site district inspection on a property is always free. If that property is in compliance, they'll provide you with a passing report. If after an inspection, they find that appliances need to be upgraded to meet the acceptable specifications, they'll issue a compliance report.

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Public invited to hope and healing event

Beacon House is inviting the public to be part of its Message of Hope and Healing in honor of Alcohol Awareness Month. This free special event will be held on Friday, April 25th at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa and Registration begins at 3:30. There will be several presentations on interventions and personal stories of hope and healing. Please call (831) 236-0491 or email laura@beaconhouse.org to RSVP. 


Pacific Grove artwalk offers lots of treats

A Spring Art Walk with take place Friday with an artist reception and live entertainment through the Artisana Gallery.

From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, people can enjoy the beautiful new work that has arrived by Kay Walters (Fused Glass), Renee Lafabrae (Crystals & Jewelry), Adrianne Jonson & Greg Magee (Fine Art Photo Giclee).

Good Ol' Days Festival shuts down Pacific Grove

It's going to be a busy weekend in Pacific Grove where the little ocean front town basically shuts down its main street to cater to dozens of vendors, crafts makers and bands who want to entertain the thousands of people who show up every year. Preparations are already underway for the 57th annual Good Old Days festival.

It will take place Saturday and Sunday with something for everyone. This year, five stages will host 70 bands and shows. There will be 35 food vendors and more than 200 arts and crafts vendors on Lighthouse Avenue.

The festival is open from 10 to 5 every day.