Amanda Chiado leads group discussion. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

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

BenitoLink reporter participates in a local writing lab

Arts Council creates safe space for sharing personal expression.

Anzar High School senior Jordan Driver focused on art therapy for her graduation exhibition project. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Education

Anzar High senior reaches out through art therapy

Jordan Driver’s “Grad X” project helps participants access emotions.

New section of county building that house Whole Person Care and the HOME Resource Center. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Health

HOME Resource Center open house showcases new facilities

Phase Two development includes laundry, kitchen and computer lab.

The start of the de Anza trail in San Juan Bautista. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Land Use

Pinnacles Gateway Partners welcome de Anza Trail superintendent

Naomi Torres discusses the historic route that passes through San Juan Bautista.

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Artwork on display at the Life Skills art reception on May 31. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Arts

Life skills students show art at reception

Works on display at ARTspace Annex in Hollister.

Rockie Ruiz talks with BenitoLink as she works on her project at the Esperanza Center open house on May 22. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Features

Esperanza Center opens its doors

To recognize Mental Health Awareness Month, San Benito County Behavioral Health showcases its daytime activity facility.

Sixth-graders Casey Murdaugh and Rylee Park try food samples before voting for next school year's menu items. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Rancho San Justo students choose their menu

Middle school holds taste testing and invites kids to pick their favorites.

Angelo Hudson and Mark Preader with students at Enterprise Academy of Martial Arts in Hollister. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Local Sports

Local martial arts instructor brings home gold

Mark Preader wins world championship.

The Sun Street Centers house on Sixth Street in Hollister. File photo.

Health

Sun Street Centers holds May 9 fundraiser

After a gap year in Medi-Cal funding, staff of local nonprofit drug and alcohol treatment facility take pay cut as they wait for October grant.

San Benito High School with a Measure U sign out front. Local voters approved the school bond in 2016. File photo by Joshua Miller.

Schools

Citizens’ Oversight Committee finds SBHS in good standing with school bonds

Minor cost overrun on Measure G projects was the only concern.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 436 receive their sustainability merit badges during San Benito County's first annual Earth Day celebration on April 20. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Business

First annual Earth Day celebration sprouts in San Benito County

Local groups share a message of sustainability.

Walkers head out from the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Hollister during the 2019 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on April 13. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Health

San Benito County walks a mile in her shoes

Men wearing red stilettos say no to sexual assault and domestic violence.

Fairview Corners, the future site of a Gavilan College campus in San Benito County. Gavilan purchased an 80-acre plot of land near Ridgemark at Airline Highway and Fairview Road for $8 million in partnership with Morgan Hill-based developer Dividend Homes in June 2007. The first phase of construction is expected to begin in 2020. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Schools

Six appointed to Measure X Citizens Oversight Committee

Student representative seat still open; first meeting expected in late June or early July.

The San Benito High School gifted basketball team with the Everett Alvarez Eagles after an April 11 game. SBHS won 24-20. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Children and Youth

Gifted basketball nets a win for SBHS

Balers beat Everett Alvarez Eagles 24-20.

The San Benito Oriana Chorale practicing for two upcoming Bach to Rock concerts in May. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Features

Local singers raise voices for upcoming performances

San Benito Oriana Chorale readying for two Bach to Rock concerts in May.