Author and Watsonville resident Joaquín Barreto. Photos courtesy of Joaquín Barreto.

Art & Culture

‘El Otro Lado’: Immigrant author Joaquín Barreto to give book reading in San Juan Bautista

On Saturday, July 21, the self-published author and Watsonville resident will talk about his recent book, “El Otro Lado/The Other Side: An Immigrant Story," at the Carl M. Luck Memorial Library in San Juan Bautista.

Hollister resident Michelle Pérez-Picha (left) speaks to Calavera Coffee owner Evan Morris (right) at his downtown Hollister coffee shop. Photo by Frank Pérez.

San Benito Lifestyle

Calavera Coffee pours into downtown Hollister

With its baristas brewing cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas on a mobile coffee cart inside of a small kitchen, Hollister’s new specialty coffee shop seems like a stripped down, no-frills establishment.

Fran and Sean Fitzharris inside Brewery Twenty Five located in Hollister. Photos by Frank Perez.

Brewery Twenty Five to Open Taproom in San Juan Bautista June 30

Brewery Twenty Five co-owner Fran Fitzharris continues on her beer journey with the opening of the brewery's community taproom this weekend.

San Juan V.F.W. post member Manuel Chavez reads from memorial frame honoring David Vasquez. Photos by Frank Perez.

San Juan Bautista VFW Honors Local Vietnam Soldier

On Memorial Day, the San Juan Bautista VFW Post 6359 honored the late David Vasquez, the first and only San Juan native killed in action in Vietnam.

Carmen and Frank Pérez at Mission San Juan Bautista. Photo courtesy of Donna Silva (DLynn Photography).

SJB Couple is Golden Together

On March 18, long-time, San Juan residents, Frank and Carmen Pérez, will celebrate 50 yrs. of marriage

Government / Politics

Our Local Press and the Holocaust: The First in a Series

Beginning with Adolf Hitler's rise to power in Jan. 1933, this is the first in a series about how our local press covered the Holocaust

Photo from, "The Sultan and the Saint. Photo by Adam McCall and courtesy of Unity Productions Foundation.

Movie by SJB Filmmaker Airs Tuesday on PBS

"The Sultan and the Saint,"--a movie by San Juan Bautista resident, Michael Wolfe--will air Tuesday on PBS

Photo of "The Mission" by the late artist, Nancy Burtch Hauk. Photos courtesy of Steve Hauk.

Art & Culture

Art Exhibit featuring work of the late Nancy Burtch Hauk opens Dec. 17 at Mission San Juan Bautista

Beginning on Sunday, Dec. 17 and running through March 2018, Mission San Juan Bautista will host, "Loving Watercolor: Painting of the California Missions by Nancy Burtch Hauk (1944-2016)"

Holiday-themed pouches by Paige Mox. Photos courtesy of Vertigo Coffee Roasters.

Vertigo to Host Holiday Pop Up Art Show This Weekend

The coffee house will feature the work of several local artists on Sat., Dec. 2

Korean War veterans, Dolly DeVasier and Retired Lt. Colonel Richard Castro

Korean War Veterans Honored as Grand Marshals for Annual Veterans Day Parade

Korean War Veterans and Hollister residents, Dolly DeVasier and Richard Castro, will serve as this year's grand marshals in the 16th Annual San Benito County Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11

Outdoor ceremony at the San Juan VFW post for the late Rodolfo P. Hernandez. Photos by Frank Pérez.

San Juan VFW Pays Tribute to a late Medal of Honor Recipient

On Saturday, Nov. 4, the San Juan VFW held a ceremony honoring the late Corporal Rodolfo P. Hernandez, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient from the Korean War

The Esperanza Center (file photo).

Schools & Education

LGBTQ Youth Resource Center and Safe Space Opening This Weekend

San Benito County's first-ever LGBTQ youth resource center and safe space opening on Saturday at the Esperanza Center in downtown Hollister

File photo of the San Benito County Free Library.

Schools & Education

Gender, Sexuality, and Identity Forum at County Library on Thursday

The public is invited to attend a discussion on gender, sexuality, and identity hosted by Gavilan College's Civic Engagement Title V program

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SJB Resident Writes Book About His 2016 Walk Across the U.S.

In an effort to raise awareness and funds for REACH San Benito, San Juan resident, Jim Ostdick, walked across the country last year. His 3,322 mile trek is now the subject of a recently, self-published book.

Local Japanese-American men standing outside the Japanese Hall in San Juan, May 1942. Photo courtesy of the Russell Lee collection at the Library of Congress.

Photos of Local Japanese-Americans Preparing for Internment on Display This Weekend in SJB

In May 1942, photographer Russell Lee visited San Benito County, photographing the local, Japanese-American community preparing for internment. His photos will be on display at the Japanese Hall in San Juan Bautista on Saturday, Oct. 7.