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6 Halloween Events Coming Up in SLO County!

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SLO County Halloween Events

As your Central California real estate agent, I want to know that local residents are enjoying all the local events and activities offered here in Central California. A couple days ago, I shared Halloween events coming up in Monterey County. Today, I’d like to fill you in on Halloween events coming up in San Luis Obispo County! Mark your calendars for the ones that interest you most.

1.  This Friday, Oct. 24, bring the whole family to Meadow Park in San Luis Obispo for Munchkin March! Beginning at 5 p.m., this event features a costume parade, photo booth, a silent auction, an outdoor movie and more. Cost is free, but participants are encouraged to bring a donation for the Food Bank Coalition.

2.  This Saturday, Oct. 25, bring the whole family to Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero for Halloween Zoo Boo! From 5 to 8:30 p.m., you can enjoy carnival games, Halloween activities, trick-or-treating and more. Wear your costumes and visit with the zoo animals while you’re there! Bring your own reusable trick-or-treating bags. This event is included with regular zoo admission.

3.  Also on Oct. 25 is the 6th Annual Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic Pet Costume Contest! Dress your pets in costumes and bring them to the clinic to play with other pets and to see who wins in the costume contest. Categories include pet duo, human and pet duo, canine costume, feline costume and exotic pet costume.  This takes place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

4.  While not necessarily Halloween related, Paso Robles is hosting its 1st Annual Golden Oak Honey Festival this Saturday, Oct. 25, form 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Downtown City Park! Enjoy the beautiful fall colors of the oaks while shopping among antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts. There will be plenty of honey sampling, food, honey beer and wine, beekeeping seminars and more. Admission is free!

5.  From Oct. 25 to Oct. 31, visit the Point San Luis Lighthouse in Avila Beach. This year-round attraction turns into a Haunted Lighthouse this time of year and was deemed the scariest haunted house on the Central Coast. There are also haunted trolley tours happening this Saturday and next Wednesday, Oct. 29. On Oct. 31, you can attend “Monster Mash Murders,” which features a gruesome dinner with Alapay Cellars.

6.  On Halloween, dress your kids up in their costumes and bring them downtown Paso Robles for safe trick-or-treating at local businesses! This will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Also, if you carved a pumpkin this year, bring it with. There will be rewards for best carved pumpkins! Kids can also take photos with real live (costumed) witches.

Get spooked this weekend and next for Halloween here in SLO County. When you’re ready to buy or sell real estate in the SLO County real estate market, contact me, your Central California real estate agent!

From Grace Borzini

More Harvest Wine Weekend Events in Paso Robles This Weekend!

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Harvest Wine Weekend 2014

If you live in Central California, most likely you already know that this weekend is Harvest Wine Weekend in Paso Robles! This event combines more than 130 local wineries hosting their own unique events and activities throughout the weekend. It’s up to you to find the events that sound the most interesting to you, and to plan your weekend accordingly!

As your Central California real estate agent, I’d like to help make your weekend planning easier with a list of some of the events I find to be most interesting and worth sharing! I already shared some of my top favorites in my last blog post. Here are some more to add to that list:

  • Visit Frolicking Frog Cellars right downtown Paso Robles for new release and barrel tastings for only $5. On Saturday, attend their First Annual Sip and Swing Harvest Wine Festival from noon to 3 p.m.! You’ll sip reserve wines, enjoy live music and gourmet fare, and party in a roaring 20’s style. Tickets cost $30 per person.
  • Visit GreMarK Vineyards this weekend, it’s one of only three times a year that they are open to the public! This is the smallest winery in the county, producing only 300 cases a year. Go support them by indulging in handcrafted wines of intense fruit and low tannins. Speak directly with the winemaker that creates all the wines. Special weekend discounts will be available.
  • Visit Halter Ranch Vineyard on Saturday or Sunday for a totally local experience! You can hang out in their 19th century barn while tasting bites from local chefs, olive oils from Robbins Family Farm, and wines from Halter Ranch! You can also tour their new winery and wine caves. Make reservations for a tour at 11 a.m., noon or 1 p.m.
  • Visit Tablas Creek Winery for an interactive demonstration of how wine is created! This will take place on Saturday, ongoing between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can first taste the newly harvested grapes, then try your hand at beginning their transformation into wine, and then taste the wines! Daily tours are also available of the vineyard, animal stable, grafting shed and winery.
  • Visit Windward Vineyard to taste a commemorative 20th anniversary 2012 release, along with older releases, each paired with artisan cheeses. Guests can also take advantage of a special barrel room photo shoot, with a framed hard copy photo to take home with you.  Create lasting memories listening to live music, sipping wine and playing Bocce ball, and then remember it with a photo!

These are some of the events that stood out to me, but there are plenty more that are worth checking out! Read through the whole list and let me know where you’ll be going this weekend!

Enjoy Harvest Wine Weekend in Paso Robles, and when you’re ready to accomplish your real estate goals in the Central California real estate market, contact me, your Central California real estate agent!

From Grace Borzini

Top Harvest Wine Weekend Events in Paso Robles!

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Harvest Wine Weekend

Harvest Wine Weekend is coming up this weekend in Paso Robles! Oct. 17 through Oct. 19, there will be more than 130 wineries hosting a variety of events and activity to celebrate this year’s harvest. As your Central California real estate agent, I can’t write about every single event or activity, because that would be a never-ending blog post! So instead, I’ll fill you in on some of the top events to know about, so you can better plan your weekend.

There is no ticket to this event. It is up to you to choose the winemaker dinners, barbecues, seminars, live music and other activities to partake in. Here is a list to get your started:

  • Visit Adelaida Cellars on Saturday or Sunday to help them celebrate their 50th anniversary! They will be offering special selections of wine from their library, dating back to 2004, which guests can taste at the Decade Bar. Taste numerous varieties of Pinot while enjoying harvest paella from Chef Alex Martin and listening to local music favorite, Tennessee Jimmy.
  • Visit Brochelle Vineyards on Saturday for Brochelle + Bacon! You can taste three bacon-inspired bites paired with their handcrafted wines. Live music will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. and you’ll receive $5 off when purchasing a bottle. Sunday, enjoy maple bacon bites from Templeton Donuts with your wine!
  • Visit Broken Earth Winery for all sorts of fun, Friday through Sunday. The highlight will be on Saturday, when you can stomp in their barrel room grape stomp competition! Stomp to the music and compete to see who presses the most juice. There will also be live music, food specials and special wine pairings all weekend.
  • Visit Cass Winery for a traditional pig roast dinner buffet on Friday! Little Creek Live will be there from 6 to 9 p.m., so bring your dancing boots to dance off some of that delicious buffet you’ll enjoy. On Sunday, stop by for Ted’s Taco Bar Finale! Enjoy all-you-can-eat tacos and a grape stomp for just $25 per person. This includes the cost of wine tasting!
  • Visit Eberle Winery for cave tours happening every hour on the hour, all weekend long! Friday, sample food from local vendors and enjoy a farm-to-table harvest dinner. Saturday, sit on the patio and enjoy live music and grilled food bites. Sunday, savor gourmet grilled cheese with your favorite wine.

Mark these special events around Paso Robles in your calendar! You can also check out all of the events and activities taking place for Harvest Wine Weekend on the event website, or on the iPhone app.

As your Central California real estate agent, I’ll be back Wednesday to share some more of the top events taking place this weekend. Call up your family and friends and plan an amazing weekend here in Central California!

From Grace Borzini

Paso Robles Pioneer Day This Weekend!

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2014 Paso Robles Pioneer Day

Every year, Paso Robles hosts the beloved Pioneer Day, which is an entire day of fun for the whole family. This year, Pioneer Day takes place Saturday, Oct. 11. As your Central California real estate agent, I’d like to fill you in on the schedule for this event so you don’t miss a beat!

If you’re an early bird, head out early on Saturday for the Bean Feed Preparation at Paso Robles City Park at 7 a.m., the Antique Classic Car Judging at King Oil Tools at 7:30 a.m., the Children’s Pet Show for kids 12 and under at the Paso Robles City Park Gazebo at 8 a.m., and the Little Cowboy/Cowgirl Contest at 8:30 a.m. at the Park Gazebo. Entry forms for these contests can be found on the event website.

The main event of the day is the Pioneer Day Parade, which begins promptly at 10 a.m. at 17th and Spring Street. It continues and ends around City Park, so there are plenty of good viewing areas! Get downtown early to scope out a spot, and bring lawn chairs or a blanket if you don’t want to stand.

During the parade, you’ll see plenty of antique tractors, horse-drawn wagons, marching bands, mounted equestrian groups, youth groups, church groups, civic groups, creative floats, vintage cars, fire engines, military vehicles and more. It is definitely not a parade you want to miss!

After the parade, the day continues with special 125th anniversary features! The theme this year is Old Fashioned Funfair, which features a street dance, a beer garden, a bake-off for amateurs and professionals, and old-fashioned games for kids, such as a cake walk and tug of war.

The Free Bean Feed at Paso Robles City Park begins at noon, and Carnegie Library & Historical Museum opens at noon. Beginning at 1 p.m., there will be a horseshoe pitching contest, an old gas engine show, and a band concert.

The Pioneer Museum also opens at 1 p.m. One of the highlights of Pioneer Day is all of the antique tractors, wagons and steam engines that come out for the event. You can view over 70 tractors and wagons on display! There will also be Dutch Oven Cookin’ and a Mule Packing Demonstration.

Pioneer Day started in Paso Robles in 1931. It was organized by community volunteers. Every business closed for the day, and nothing cost money at the event. It was all about bringing together the community to say thanks for supporting local business and the town as a whole. To this day, the event is still free of charge, and it’s still a fun, authentic way to bring the community together!

Enjoy the festivities in Paso Robles this weekend, and when you’re ready to accomplish you real estate goals in the Central California real estate market this fall, contact me, your Central California real estate agent!

From Grace Borzini

2 Upcoming Wine Events in Central California!

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Upcoming Central California Wine Events

California Wine Month may have officially ended, but here in Central California, every month is wine month! Our local vineyards and wineries continue to harvest their grapes and support our local economy. Wine events continue to take place, which is an excellent way to enjoy the beauty of Central California sights and weather, taste new wines, and meet new people.

Two more significant wine events are coming up this month. As your Central California real estate agent, I’m here to fill you in on the details of each.

Harvest Wine Weekend in Paso Robles

Harvest Wine Weekend takes place in Paso Robles Oct. 17 through Oct. 19. This is a chance to celebrate and honor our local winemakers, growers and tasting room staff for a year of hard work and dedication to their craft!

With more than 140 Paso Robles wineries hosting weekend activities, you are sure to find many that you will enjoy. These include harvest events, winemaker dinners, wine tasting, vineyard and winery tours, and more. There is not one large event, but rather many small events taking place all over Paso Robles.

Some highlights include wine and bacon pairings, ceremonial grape stomps, lobster feeds, wine desserts, blending sessions and more. Local wineries are really getting creative for this event! There is even an iPhone app that allows you to plot out your wine country trip and keep up with the schedule.

BubblyFest in Pismo Beach

BubblyFest By the Sea takes place in Pismo Beach Oct. 24 through Oct. 26, but tickets are selling fast! If you’d like to go to this first-ever event, you best buy your tickets soon, before they are sold out.

BubblyFest celebrates over 40 sparkling wine and champagne producers of the world, with the ocean as the backdrop. If you love sparkling wine, this event is for you. VIP tickets and Sunday Funday tickets are already sold out, but Grand Tasting tickets are still available for $65, and Bubblyfest Cocktail Mixer tickets are still available for $45.

The Bubblyfest Cocktail Mixer will take place under the stars at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in Pismo Beach on Friday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. Travel through time, back to the Gatsby era, as you sip bubbly cocktails, enjoy appetizers and dance the night away to Jazz by The Tipsy Gypsies. Themed dress is encouraged!

The Grand Tasting event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 25, from noon to 4 p.m. at SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel. Here you can sample unlimited bubblies from over 40 Central Coast and International champagne and sparkling wine producers. With ticket purchase, you can also sample artisan cheeses, chocolates, breads, oysters and more, while enjoying beautiful ocean views. Hats and sunscreen are encouraged!

Also on Saturday, musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Mono Gil, and a photo booth will offer guests an opportunity to capture memories that will last a lifetime! Each ticketholder will receive a souvenir champagne flute as well.

Continue to enjoy Central California wine by marking your calendar for these two upcoming events. When ready to achieve your real estate goals here in Central California, contact me, your Central California real estate agent! That’s what I’m here for!

From Grace Borzini

Avila Apple Festival This Weekend in Central California!

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Avila Apple Festival

Apple season is in its prime right now, which is why Avila Apple Festival is coming up this weekend! As your Central California real estate agent, I’d like to fill you in on the details of this family-friendly festival. There is always so much to do here in Central California, and the fun continues into October.

Today is the last day that you can purchase tickets to the “Meet the Growers” Farm to Table Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Avila Valley Barn. Tickets cost $75 per person and can be purchased online, at Avila Valley Barn, or at the Avila Beach Civic Association Office.

At the Farm to Table Dinner, you can enjoy a dinner catered by local Chef Jesse Smith, who is the chef at Avila Valley Barn’s Farmhouse Deli! Enjoy your meal under a canopy of lights, located inside a secret orchard at Avila Valley Barn. Begin the evening with a hayride, enjoy fresh ciders and apple wines, chat with local growers, watch a demonstration and a short film, and enjoy an apple-themed dinner.

You certainly will feel full after enjoying this extensive menu! It includes apple cider marinated chicken with apple influenced sauces, cider brined and apple wood smoked pork loin, homegrown vegetable medley wrapped in a puff pastry, arugula salad, appetizers, apple cobbler dessert and much more!

The Farm to Table Dinner will also include music by Hillary & Kate, and a special guest. A silent auction will be held, including prizes like rounds of golf, hotel stays, surf lessons, gift baskets, spa packages, wine cases, restaurant certificates and more. Proceeds go to Avila-based nonprofits.

Then on Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. at Avila Promenade/Plaza, enjoy the “It’s Everything Apple” Vendor Fair! Admission is free and includes apple grower booths, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, food booths, live music and more. Wear your dancing boots too, because local favorites, See Canyon Ramblers and Bobby Santa Cruz, will be rocking the Promenade.

There is an apple pie baking contest, a kids’ apple pie eating contest, an apple juggling contest for kids and adults, and a kids’ caramel apple licking contest. If you’d like to join the apple pie baking contest, register online. For all other contests, you can register the day of for $1 per contestant.

Apple lovers, unite at Avila Apple Festival this weekend in Avila Beach and enjoy all that fall has to offer! When you’re ready to buy a Central California home, or to sell your Central California home, contact me, your Central California real estate agent! I am here to answer questions and to help you achieve your real estate goals.

From Grace Borzini

More Savor the Central Coast Details!

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Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast

As your Central California real estate agent, I already shared a bunch of information with you about Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast, which begins tomorrow and runs all weekend! However, since this is one of the biggest events of the entire year, there is plenty more to share about this exciting event.

What is fantastic about Sunset’s Savor is that events and activities are taking place all over the Central Coast. So even if you can’t make it to the Main Event, there is sure to be at least one event that is near you or in your price range. You’ve got so many to choose from!

Check out my last blog post about the details on some of the Adventure Tours and the Main Event. Now, here are details on more Adventure Tours and Dinners:



  • Experience the Dream at Hearst Castle. You’ll receive an exclusive tour of Hearst Castle. Afterward, enjoy a gourmet lunch and Caliza Winery wines served on the mezzanine of Casa del Mar, with gorgeous views of the California coastline.
  • Brown Sugar & Barrels at the Cliffs takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. at The Cliffs in Pismo Beach. You can enjoy dinner, dessert, drinks and dancing for $95, or just dessert, drinks and dancing from 9 to 11 p.m. for $25. Check out the website for the full menu and entertainment lineup.


  • Sunset in the Vineyards takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Vina Robles and promises a fun night with the co-founders of the Beach Boys performing! When you purchase your concert ticket, you can also reserve a picnic basket for two, which includes cheeses, sourdough bread, wine discounts and more!

Enjoy your wine-tastic weekend here in Central California!

From Grace Borzini

Savor The Central Coast This Weekend!

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Central California Event

September is California Wine Month, and the biggest event in Central California takes place this weekend! As your Central California real estate agent, I want to make sure you have all the information you need about Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast.

The Main Event is this Saturday and Sunday, but there are tons of other events happening before that, beginning on Thursday! Here’s a rundown of some of the best events taking place each day:

  • Sunset at Hearst Castle can get your Savor weekend started on Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.! This is a party for up to 600 on the terraces of Hearst Castle. The San Luis Jazz Band will play while you enjoy sipping wine and dining on delicacies from Chef Meagan Loring and other guest chefs. These are some of the best views in Central California, don’t miss this opportunity!
  • On Thursday at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Learn to Cook Local Farm Cuisine. Chef Jacob Moss of Lido will teach you how to transform fresh vegetables from LooLoo Farms, and local beef from 805 Beef, into scrumptious barbecue that you can replicate at home! Adelaida Cellars wines will be available.
  • One of Friday’s Adventure Tours is called Experience an Authentic Clambake on the Sands of SeaVenture Beach Hotel & Restaurant! Here you can get casual on the beach as you prepare for a classic beach clambake with Chef Casey Walcott. You’ll learn steaming techniques and what to serve with clams, all while sipping on wines from Chamisal Vineyards.
  • Also on Friday, Explore the Farm and Foodie Secrets of Arroyo Grande! You’ll begin at Comfort Market, where you’ll learn how to make the most of a produce-centered meal. Then you’ll enjoy a farmstead lunch, along with wine from Talley Vineyards, before continuing onto Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab, where you’ll learn about ice cream making while enjoying delicious treats!

There are numerous other Adventure Tours and Dinners happening each day as well. For the full list, check out Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast website, which also has times, locations and ticket prices.

Then on Saturday and Sunday, head to the historic Santa Margarita Ranch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Main Event extravaganza! Attendees can enjoy unlimited food and wine tasting, with over 100 wineries, restaurants and food purveyors offering food and drink samples. With wineries, celebrity and master chefs, brew masters, local fishermen and artisanal food producers showcased, you are sure to feel full and satisfied when it’s all said and done.

While browsing and sampling, you can also enjoy live music, seminars, mini tours, exhibits and more. With so much to see, do and taste, a two-day pass for $150 is a smart choice! However, one-day passes are also available for $85.

This is a jam-packed weekend of fun in Central California. As your Central California real estate agent, I hope you get to partake in it!

From Grace Borzini

More Exciting Events Coming Up In Central California!

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Central California Events

The fun never ends here in Central California, which is clear on this blog! As your Central California real estate agent, I love keeping you updated on the latest and greatest events and activities happening in the area. There are so many reasons to love living in Central California and on Lake Nacimiento, and the constant stream of local events is a big one!

Here are two more events taking place in the coming weeks here in Central California. Mark them on your calendar and plan ahead!

Monterey Jazz Festival

The longest, continuously-running jazz event in the world takes place right here in Monterey County, and it’s coming up this weekend, Sept. 19 through Sept. 21! Over 40,000 jazz fans are expected to attend the 57th edition of Monterey Jazz Festival, with over 500 artists performing on eight stages. These stages are spread out across 20 acres at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center.

Old, classic favorites and visionary new artists will both fill the stages with jazz, blues, folk and American song. Notable performers include Herbie Hancock, The Roots, Shawn Colvin, Marcus Miller, Michael Feinstein, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and more!

Along with music, the fest will include a Taste Tent with beer, wine and food from local Monterey restaurants, an auction, exhibits, children’s activities and more.

Heritage Oaks Bank Family Fun Run

Sunday, Sept. 28 is the 16th Annual Heritage Oaks Bank Family Fun Day & Fun Run! Every year, HOB presents this fun event for the whole family, and all of the proceeds benefit local charities. This year, the beneficiaries include the Paso Robles Library Foundation, RISE and Habitat for Humanity for SLO County.

You can sign up for the 10K run, the 5K run or walk, or one the kids’ races! These include a half-mile run for ages five through 12, a 75-yard dash for kids up to age five, and a diaper dash for infants. Parents are welcome to run with their children in the kids’ races. All participants receive a race t-shirt, commemorative race medal, a pancake breakfast and entry into numerous prize giveaways!

If interested, you can register online now, at any Heritage Oaks Bank location, by mail, in Paso Robles City Park on Sept. 27, or on race day prior to the race.

Plan ahead and keep these dates open! Also, don’t forget about the two events taking place in Paso Robles this weekend, which I filled you in on last week. And the biggest event of the month here in Central California, Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast, is yet to come on Sept. 27 and 28! Get more information in our recent blog post about this exciting event.

When you’re ready to buy a Lake Nacimiento home, or to sell your Lake Nacimiento home, contact me, your Central California real estate agent! My number one concern is helping you achieve your real estate goals here in Central California.

From Grace Borzini

2 Fun Events Coming Up In Paso Robles, CA!

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Arte De Tiza in Paso Robles

The fun never ends in Paso Robles. That’s probably why it was the first of five new destinations for wine lovers that Forbes mentioned in an article! Forbes boasts about the area’s 200 plus wineries, famed zinfandels, must-see tasting rooms, laid-back approach, friendly town square, locally sourced meals and more.

Another aspect of Paso Robles that they forgot to mention is the plethora of community events and activities that are always taking place! These events really give Paso the small-town feel that Central Californians love. As your Central California real estate agent, I’d like to offer you the details on two events coming up later this month in Paso Robles!

Arte De Tiza in Paso Robles

Arte De Tiza takes place September 20, beginning at 8 a.m. in Paso Robles Downtown City Park. The downtown area completely transforms into an art palette during this event, when chalk artists come in to showcase their artistic talents.

You can choose to come by and admire the work of others, or you can bring your own chalk and show off your own talents on the sidewalks of Paso Robles! Categories are available for elementary, middle school, high school and adults. Registration is free, but show up early to claim your sidewalk space!

Awards are given to first, second and third place in each division and will be announced at the Park Bandstand at 12:30 p.m.

Taste of Downtown in Paso Robles

Taste of Downtown takes place on Sept. 20, after Arte de Tiza, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown Paso Robles. Stroll through town and sample foods from area restaurants and wineries. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know the local store owners, see what you’ve been missing, get reacquainted, meet new people and support local business!

Over 45 restaurants and wineries will be participating this year, so plan to arrive hungry! Passes cost $25 and include samples during the five hour time period of the event. A DJ will be playing music in City Park, and you can walk around and view the beautiful artwork from Arte de Tiza.

Mark these upcoming events in your calendar, and in the meantime, don’t forget to continue enjoying California Wine Month! Local wineries have all sorts of events and activities happening each weekend and select weeknights. Check out the calendar for more information.

Are you ready to buy a Central California home? Check out my last blog post on why now is the time to buy. When you’re ready, contact me, your Central California real estate agent!

From Grace Borzini