September 2011

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South Coast Winery Resort & Spa To Host Grape Stomp & Blessing of The Vines

TEMECULA In a tradition that dates back centuries to European vineyards,two-time California Winery of the Year, South Coast WineryResort & Spa, invites everyone to squish a littleMerlot between their toes at the 7th annual Harvest CelebrationBlessing of the Wines and Grape Stomp.Their ceremony, steeped in tradition, is a fun-filled celebration for the whole family. There will be a special wine blessing officiated by Pastor Phil Hottsenpillar of the Yorba Linda Friends Church, followed by delectable,hot off-the-grill BBQ, along with award-winningwines. Take a tractor-pulled hay ride through the vineyards and dance the night away to the Bayou Brothers Band. Those who enter in the grape stomping contest can win from an assortment of fabulous prizes.

The South Coast WineryBlessing of the Wines and Grape Stomp will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, from4 – 7 p.m. at the South Coast Winery Resort & Spain Temecula.Adult tickets are $55 dollars and kids 12 and under are $15 dollars. Reserve tickets at SouthCoastWinery.com or call(951) 587-9463. South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is located at 34843 Rancho California Road in the heart of Temecula’s Wine Country.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is a 38-acre destination property in the heart of Southern California Temecula Wine Country that produces award-winning wines.Since opening doors in 2003, South Coast Winery has garnered over 1,600 awards and medals in both regional and international competitions, and has been named Best Winery in California two years in a row. For the second year in a row, South Coast Winery’sVineyardRoseRestauranthas been awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. This award recognizes select restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine, and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.Additionally, Fodor’s, the leading name in travel information, has recognized South Coast Winery Resort & Spa as a 2011 Fodor’s Choice selection. This distinction designates South Coast Winery Resort & Spa as a leader in its field for service, quality, and value.

Dramatic Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 Events Set at Nixon Library

Dramatic Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 Events Set at Nixon Library

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By Richard Nixon Foundation

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 – 2:21 pm

YORBA LINDA, Calif., Aug. 31, 2011 — Focal point of all Southern California ceremonies begins Labor Day with police, fire, and highway patrol motorcade escorting 20 tons of steel burned and blown off the Twin Towers, and a damaged FDNY fire truck used for search and rescue efforts at Ground Zero.

YORBA LINDA, Calif., Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Richard Nixon Foundation will mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on America with events from Labor Day, September 5 through Sunday, September 11.

Labor Day, September 510:30 am, the planned week of remembrance will begin with the dramatic arrival ceremony welcoming the motorcade transporting 20 tons of steel burned and blown off the World Trade Center, and a damaged first-responder FDNY aerial ladder fire truck. These symbols of one of our nation’s darkest hours will be escorted from Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, and will arrive at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library accompanied by police, fire, and Highway Patrol vehicles. The program will feature 60 members of the Navy Sea Cadets, a blessing by clergy, patriotic choral presentations by local high schools, a display of an antique 1969 American La France fire engine from the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department, and a solemn bagpipe arrangement and bell tolling in honor of those who lost their lives. The event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, September 1110:30 am, the week will culminate with a free public Remembering 9/11 event in the East Room, featuring a military honor guard, remarks by Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Congressman Ed Royce, and an eyewitness account of heroism by 9/11 survivor and first-responder fireman Joe Torrillo, who was on the scene during the attacks and survived the collapse of both towers.

September 6, 8 and 9, 10:30 am, there will be free presentations featuring members of the Armed Forces and 9/11 first-responders sharing tales of bravery, heroism, and patriotism. The educational programs are free and open to school-aged children and the general public.

For more information, visit nixonfoundation.org.

FOR COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES: CONTACT JONATHAN MOVROYDIS AT (714) 364-1126 OR EMAIL AT jonathan@nixonfoundation.org

The Richard Nixon Foundation, a not-for-profit organization located on the campus of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. The museum is open daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information about events or exhibits, please call (714) 993-5075 or visit the Foundation online at www.nixonfoundation.org.

SOURCE Richard Nixon Foundation