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Montrio Bistro is pleased to announce that longtime sous chef Bryan Copp has been promoted to chef de cuisine under the direction of executive chef Tony Baker. Copp started at Montrio in 2009 as lead cook and was promoted to sous chef in 2012. As chef de cuisine, Copp will be directly assisting Baker, who is also a partner in the restaurant.

Copp started his restaurant career at several casual dining restaurants while he attended Everett Alvarez High School in Salinas. He served an internship with chef Todd Fisher at the then-Hullabaloo Restaurant in Salinas. Over a period of four years he worked his way up to sous chef at Hullabaloo. Copp stayed with Fisher after Hullabaloo closed, assisting him in his other ventures that included catering and wine dinners as well as assisting at every Pebble Beach Food and Wine even since its inception 10 years ago.

The Cali-Muscle Family came out, flexed and showed much love and support for the sport of bodybuilding at the Muscle Evolution Championships on February 18th at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Thanks to all for making it such an epic time at the Cali Muscle Booth. Respect the grind and stay Cali Muscle Strong.

Attention California Playwrights! Paper Wing Theatre in Monterey is soliciting new, unpublished, original full-length plays for its Fourth Annual Summer Play Reading Festival, June 7-11, 2017.

Paper Wing Theatre’s play-reading festivals offer a rare opportunity for writers to share their hard work with the world. The reward, if selected, is the opportunity to hear their words read onstage and to receive honest feedback from actors and audience members. There is also the possibility that the theater will include the play among its productions, the ultimate goal of any playwright. The play Mozambique was chosen from the 2015 festival, and the play Daughters of Nothing from the 2016 festival.

Submission guidelines and application forms are available for download here. You can also send an email to [email protected] with the subject: “Guidelines and Application Form.” Due to the large number of submissions we receive each year, we ask that you review the guidelines carefully, complete the application form, and include the required attachments with your submittal.

Send submissions with all requested information to [email protected]. Deadline to submit work is April 2, 2017.

The Lighthouse District's own Manuel Ortega, of Manuel Ortega Photography, has won a Silver Award from the 2017 Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Annual Print Competition for his photo! Congratulations to Manuel for being recognized by his peers in this very competitive industry. We encourage everyone to check out some of his beautiful photos on his website.

A lot goes on in Downtown Campbell. We have street entertainment twice a month, wine walks, beer walks, art walks, and lots of other odds and ends events that make Downtown Campbell such an engaging little downtown. The membership of the Downtown Campbell Business Association (DCBA) is responsible for much of what happens in Downtown Campbell and if it were not for their countless hours of volunteer work, Downtown Campbell would not be the place that it is today.

Each year, the DCBA picks a member of the year to honor for all of their hard work and contributions to the social climate in Downtown Campbell. This year we're honoring Kelly Crowley, the general manager and driving force behind the popular sports lounge, Khartoum. Running a popular watering hole is already a lot of work so it's no small wonder how she finds the time to do as much as she does for the rest of Downtown. Kelly is a board member of the DCBA, the current treasurer, a past membership chair, coordinator of the Second Saturdays Artwalk, an organizer of our wine walks, and has been involved behind the scenes of many other activities for many years.

We couldn't be happier and prouder to say that Kelly Crowley is our member of the year for 2017. If you see her, show her some love. She's worked her tail off to help make Downtown Campbell the place that it is.

Please join us at the annual Celebrate Campbell Awards Dinner on March 18th to thank Kelly for her work.

(Kelly's third from left in the silly photo if you count Will Ferrell's disembodied head, but if you're not into counting famous comedians, she's second from left in the middle.)

Crafted is happy to announce that, in addition to locally handcrafted gifts, we will also be carrying new and gently used clothing and accessories, including handbags and shoes. We are now offering the option to buy, sell, or trade. Stop by our shop to learn more, 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite B, or call us at 831-277-0100.

Magnolia Chateau is proud to carry the work of local artisan Shelly Braga. Her unique, handpainted furniture adds interest to any room it inhabits. We invite you to stop by our store at 534 Abrego Street and check out her work.

Looking to refinish a beloved piece of furniture and transform it into art? Shelly also does custom work, and can be contacted through Magnolia Chateau.

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