Calera Wine Company currently hosts wine tastings outside with views of the surrounding hills. Photo courtesy of Calera Wine Company.

Food / Dining

San Benito County wineries continue tastings amid COVID-19

Eden Rift, Calera and DeRose talk about the virus’ impact and providing a safe experience for customers.

Holden Renz has two children with his wife Brittany and has been a full-time firefighter in San Benito County since 2014. Photo courtesy of Holden Renz.

San Benito Lifestyle

Father’s Day wisdom and recipes from local firefighters

Vince Grewohl and Holden Renz talk about fatherhood and the importance of cooking at the firehouse.

The first documented sighting of the Yellow-throated Warbler in San Benito County was May 16. Photo courtesy and copyright of Carole Rose.

Environment / Nature

Birds far from home grace San Benito County skies

Three species seldom or never before seen visit the region in recent weeks.

Yvette Fragozo performed live in front of a panel of judges on February 5 in Burbank, California for the television show 'Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento.' Photo courtesy of Yvette Fragozo.

San Benito Lifestyle

Local teen singer taking next steps in TV talent show

Yvette Fragozo prepares for quarterfinals for ‘Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento.’

"There are a lot of people I have talked to who are happy because they have been able to take the time to reconnect with their families and slow down to see the sky," said Robert Johnson, a practicing licensed marriage and family therapist in Hollister. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Health

Taking time for mental wellness

Therapists share tools and strategies for coping with shelter-in-place.

Adding a twist to a traditional pancake recipe can be a fun way to experiment in the kitchen. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Martin.

San Benito Lifestyle

Simple, delicious recipes to try at home

Jennifer Martin of Hollister offers cooking tips and meals to make with family.

Mary Margaret Lanning, creator and owner of Overall Fitness and Nutrition, demonstrates a straight arm plank. Photo courtesy of Mary Marguerite Lanning.

Health / Fitness

Tips for exercising at home

How to adopt, or maintain, fitness goals while sheltering in place.

Local Realtor and amateur photographer Donna Silva took pictures of families on their front porches with a zoom lens to be able to safely follow social distancing guidelines. Photos taken and provided by Donna Silva.

San Benito Lifestyle

Amateur photographer takes up ‘front porch portrait’ challenge

Using a long lens, Donna Silva captures her subjects from a distance.

The Granados family harvests lettuce together. Photo courtesy of Royal Greens Family Farm.

Features

Tips for growing food at home

Royal Greens Family Farm has advice on planting veggies in the yard or kitchen window.

Celery is just one crop that can be delivered to your home. Photo courtesy of Royal Greens Family Farm.

San Benito Lifestyle

How to get fresh food during shelter-in-place

Farms and businesses step up to deliver supplies to homes and cars.

The regenerative wine event at Paicines Ranch was made up of a diverse group of people working within the wine industry. Photo credit Janna Olson.

Food / Dining

Paicines Ranch hosts regenerative wine convention

The first regenerative wine gathering held in February, focused on involving people from different sectors of the industry and from different cultural backgrounds.

When it came to making sure students would be able to eat during these challenging times, SBHS Food Service Coordinator Jim Lewis (back right) said, "We were ready to do what we had to do. There was no question that these kids were going to be fed." Photo provided by Tina Talavera.

Education / Schools

San Benito High School provides meals for children in need

Free food program serves over 1,000 students per day.

Both Calera Wine Company and Paicines Ranch (featured) incorporate sheep grazing into their vineyards. Photo provided by Alicia Arcidiacono.

Agriculture

Grazing sheep helps the soil at Calera Wine vineyards

Paicines Ranch uses livestock in regenerative farming.

Taking a walk with your child while following appropriate social distancing measures can be a great way to get exercise during the shelter-in-place order. Photo provided by Meghan Ross.

Children and Youth

Families share experiences during shelter-in-place order

Five San Benito County parents share thoughts on keeping kids engaged.

Ginger Ross, Janet Mayou and Bronson LoBue. Mayou came up with the idea of feeding breakfast to all Tres Pinos School students. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Schools & Education

Tres Pinos School working to bring back breakfast program

Filling ‘a great unmet need’ led to improved academic achievement.