Local Author Esmeralda Montenegro Owen will give a presentation on her newly published book Beautiful - 7 Steps to the Best Version of You as part of Mother's Day Festivities happening on Friday, May 10 from 6-7:00 pm in the new Center Court area. Montenegro Owen's insights on creating beauty from the inside out come at a perfect time to treat a Mom in your life! This is the first of four books in her Beautiful series, where she shares her love for God, overcoming obstacles and how God is using her to inspire others. The seven chapters are designed to allow readers to look within themselves for situations or circumstances that are blocking the opportunities and blessings that should be theirs," commented Owen. "In order to unlock our potential, we should face anything that comes our way with confidence, self esteem, gratitude, honesty and overall integrity." Esmeralda wants to give readers the keys to living a life filled with faith, hope and happiness. Find the stage near Pandora, plus if you are an expecting Mom, check out the Baby Belly Bump painting event or stop by one of the Mother's Day Market retailers nearby. A native of El Salvador, Esmeralda came to the United States when she was in sixth grade to escape ongoing civil war. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a dual degree in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish and from Notre Dame de Namur University with a Masters in Public Administration. Esmeralda worked as a broadcast journalist for 10 years with Telemundo and Univision, earning a nomination for an Emmy Award for investigative reporting, while working as a news anchor and producer for Univision 67 in Monterey. Esmeralda once taught journalism at Gavilan College, was the director of communications, marketing and public relations for Hartnell College in Salinas and curator of marketing and community engagement at the National Steinbeck Center. Owen is involved in a number of committees and boards that promote education, health, the arts and self esteem. Some of her involvement includes: emceeing for the annual Noche Bohemia event, serving as a board member and VP for Informed Choices in Gilroy, serving as a past Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce board member, Girl's Inc. of the Central Coast marketing committee member, serving as a co chair for Juntos Podemos (Together We Can) and others. She lives in Gilroy, CA with husband William and son Matthew. For more about Esmeralds, go to www.esmeraldamontenegro.com.