Make this Father's Day unique to what brings joy to that special father in your life. Photo by Becky Bonner.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

A gift for every father

There are lots of ways to celebrate dads this weekend (and beyond).

The view from the podium at the 2019 San Benito High School graduation. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Children and Youth

Staying safe on graduation weekend

First responders discuss dangers, offer tips to students and parents.

Schools

The music of his life

When Joe Ostenson came to Hollister in 1965 to teach music, he believed he would stay one year before moving on. Fast forward to 2019 and after a 45-year career with the Hollister School District, Mr. O as people fondly call him, is still teaching music. Asked what kept Ostenson in Hollister all those years,

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ASB Vice President Ian Sills (right) said, “I would like to thank the Kelly Freitas Memorial Scholarship for helping me pursue my educational endeavors.” Photo courtesy of Manny Freitas.

Schools

San Benito High seniors receive $275K in scholarships

Residents Manny Freitas and Ian Sills discuss the cost of college and helping local students reach their dreams.

Seventh-grader Robbie Bedolla poses with mom Tracy, who is a math and science teacher at Rancho San Justo Middle School. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Children and Youth

Middle school makes math fun

Rancho San Justo hosts first Family Math Night with interactive stations and take-away games.

Though born in Oakland, Don Smith was raised in Hollister and currently lives here. All photographs courtesy of Don Smith.

Arts

Hollister photographer sees the world through his camera

Don Smith tells of following his passion and life behind the lens.

Forgiving Paws co-founders Maggie Lairson and Kathleen Smith shared their passion for helping pets in San Benito County with BenitoLink. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Nonprofits

Forgiving Paws carries on as thrift shop closes

Animal-focused nonprofit going in new direction.

Event organizer Laura Collier said that 35 people made up the group at the Saturday, May 11 Giants baseball game. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Rancho San Justo staff bond over baseball

Middle school instructors make their annual return to Oracle Park to see the Giants play.

Fremont Peak also has sweeping views of the surrounding area. Photo by Ian Sills.

Children and Youth

Clear skies and telescopes draw crowds to Fremont Peak Observatory

Weekend programs offer lectures on the solar system, star clusters and black holes.

Yoga instructor Karin Larsen poses next to her sound bowls. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Recreation

Sound bath vibrations wash over local yoga class

Instructor Karin Larsen teaches principles of deep relaxation.

Opening day of the Farmers' Market in downtown Hollister on May 1, 2019. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Agriculture

Farmers’ Market kicks off in Hollister

As spring blooms, residents fill downtown to eat, shop and enjoy community.

Dale Barnes, Joe Ortiz and Bernie Ramirez were among the Vietnam War veterans who spoke at San Benito High School on April 25-26. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Children and Youth

Vietnam veterans speak to students on war experiences

History comes to life at San Benito High School.

JSM Organics grows organic produce and flowers. Photos courtesy of JSM Organics.

Agriculture

JSM Organics receives national grant

Aromas farm awarded $5,000 to support sustainable agriculture practices.

Residents play in the water from Tres Pinos Creek that partly flooded Southside Road in spring 2019. Photos by Becky Bonner.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

Spring blooms in San Benito County

Residents reflect on the changing landscape.

Chef and SBHS culinary teacher Mike Fisher with junior Christian Oseguera. Oseguera said “I really enjoy this opportunity to have such a mentor." Photo by Becky Bonner.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

Local culinary teacher launches project to give students job-seeking experience

Mike Fisher is working to help youth enter the foodservice industry.