Donated items at the 2019 KSBW Share Your Holiday drive. The local event was held at the Heritage Bank in Hollister. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Nonprofits

‘Share Your Holiday’ benefits Salvation Army

Heritage Bank in Hollister hosts annual KSBW holiday donation drive.

Owner Lynn Shaffer and sales clerk Julie Deidrick. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Business / Economy

Bella Charm moves to new location

Local boutique sells women’s clothing, jewelry, bags and household items.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Health

Thanksgiving gatherings to feed those in need

Several Hollister organizations hosting holiday celebrations for residents and guests.

Photo provided by Teknova.

Science

Teknova hosts tech and science fair

Schoolchildren visit presentations on DNA extraction, bacterial growth, fire and more.

Volunteers spent several hours cleaning up a portion of the San Benito River on Saturday, Nov. 9. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Local groups clean portion of San Benito River

Graniterock employees, CHEER and volunteers remove a record 169 tires.

Keith Thorbahn, the new assistant superintendent of education services with the San Benito County Office of Education. Photo Courtesy of Keith Thorbahn.

Education / Schools

County Office of Education gets new assistant superintendent

Keith Thorbahn has a background in agricultural education.

Photo provided by B&R Farms.

Business / Economy

Local apricot grower hosts annual holiday shopping boutique

B&R Farms spreading cheer on four Saturdays before Christmas.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Health

211 directs county residents to services

Offered through United Way, callers get information on housing, jobs, veterans’ assistance, disaster alerts and more.

Teacher Teresa Stevens and student Kayla Gonzalez at an October student-teacher lunch at Maze Middle School. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Education / Schools

Student-teacher lunches provide positive feedback at Maze Middle School

Students are recognized for being valuable classroom participants.

The Briggs Building in downtown Hollister, where Gavilan College offers courses. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Education / Schools

Measure X committee meets in Hollister

Talk focuses on proposed Gavilan College campus in San Benito County.

Johnny Sanchez performing at Be True Cafe. Photo courtesy Victor Terrazas of Modality View Media.

Art & Culture

‘The Voice’ contestant rocks Hollister coffee shop

Be True Cafe hosts Johnny Sanchez for a two-hour performance.

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Locals mingle over coffee at Be True Cafe's ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 27. Photo courtesy of Victor Terrazas, Modality View.

Business

Be True Cafe now brewing in Hollister

Business park coffee spot embraces whole body care.

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Hollister firefighter Vince Grewohl stands next to his art on display. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Art & Culture

First responders reveal their creative side in art exhibit

Show features works by police and fire at San Benito Arts Council reception, with proceeds going to mental health and peer support.

Ten-year-old Venessa Quintana building a boat at the Lego Club, hosted Sunday afternoons at the San Benito County Free Library. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Children and Youth

Young minds get creative at Lego Club

San Benito County Library hosts free group on Sunday afternoons.

Group shot of the volunteers who helped pick up over 700 pounds of trash from the banks of the San Benito River on Sept. 21. Photo Courtesy of Celina Stotler.

Environment / Nature

Community helps clean up along San Benito River

Volunteers remove over 700 pounds of trash.