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Agriculture

Everyone is talking about water: Listen to the experts and join the conversation on Aug. 27

On Saturday, Aug. 27, the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas will host an evening forum on California's water. The free event will feature water experts talking about rivers, oceans, and the water under our very feet

Handcrafted artwork on display at Artsy Chica Boutique. Photos by Frank Perez.

Business / Economy

Local Artisan Opens Artsy Chica Boutique in SJB

Lifelong San Juan Bautista resident, Monica Shearer, opened her business on Sunday, Aug. 14. The retail store features Shearer's upcyled, handcrafted artwork

The Rozas House. Photo courtesy of Marianne Steeger.

After 160 Years, Iconic Building in SJB To Be Celebrated This Weekend

Built in 1856, the Rozas House will celebrate its 160th Birthday on Sunday. The free event is organized by the Rozas House Org., Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to promoting early California History and the preservation of historic structures.

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Art & Culture

In new novel, acclaimed author Dave Eggers draws inspiration from T.S. Hawkins’ story

New York Times' best-selling author and the great-great grandson of one of Hollister's founding fathers, recently published a novel about a woman's quest for meaning and purpose, while starting over in Alaska

A portion of the Mutsun dictionary. Courtesy of Natasha Warner, Lynnika Butler and Quirina Geary. 2016. Mutsun-English English-Mutsun Dictionary: mutsun-inkiS inkiS-mutsun riica pappel. Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication no. 11. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.  672 pages.

San Benito Lifestyle

Nearly 20 Years in the Making, Dictionary Awakens Mutsun Language

Spearheaded by Amah Mutsun tribal member, Quirina Geary, and University of Arizona Professor of Linguistics, Natasha Warner, new Mutsun dictionary is born through an effort at language revitalization

The late Holocaust survivor and author, Elie Wiesel. Photo courtesy of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

COMMENTARY: Honoring Elie Wiesel’s Memory

The Rohingya of Mynamar are in danger of being victims of genocide. Calling attention to their plight will honor the late Holocaust survivor and author, Elie Wiesel.

The Native Plant Garden at the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. Photos by Frank Perez.

Native Plant Garden In SJB Sows Knowledge, Hope for Local Tribe

The Native Plant Garden in San Juan Bautista provides cultural knowledge for the Amah Mutsun and teaches others about the tribe's continued presence in our county.

Art & Culture

Luis Valdez Joins The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Class of 2016

San Juan Bautista resident and El Teatro Campesino founder, Luis Valdez, was recently named a member of the Academy.

Flier announcing Los Padrinos' 9th Annual Car Show. Courtesy of Ralph Duarte.

Los Padrinos Car and Truck Club To Host Annual Car Show in San Juan Bautista

The annual car show scheduled for Saturday, June 25, raises funds for charity.

El Teatro Campesino performs during the 1975 "El Voto" campaign. Photo courtesy of Mimi Plumb.

Art & Culture

¡Viva La Causa!: El Teatro Campesino’s New Production Opens Friday, June 24

Melding the past, present, and future, “!Viva La Causa!” pays tribute to El Teatro Campesino's founder, Luis Valdez, while chronicling the theater company's storied history and honoring its mission

"Journalism and Democracy in California" event poster. Courtesy of the California Humanities.

California Humanities Presents “Journalism and Democracy in California”

The free event held at San Jose State will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and journalists discussing the news industry in California

Alyx Beltran (pictured right) speaks to his friend, Zack. Photo by Frank Perez.

Children and Youth

Transgender Student at SBHS Finds His Way

Transgender male student, Alyx Beltran, graduated from San Benito High School on Friday, while the school finds its footing in his wake

Jennifer Lucido facilitates a quill pen demonstration, Copyright 1995-2016 Rubén G. Mendoza. All photos courtesy of Dr. Ruben Mendoza.

Photo Exhibit at CSUMB Honors Students Who Contributed to Preserving Mission SJB

Through May 13, "Archeology on the Edge of Empire" includes 18 photos capturing the contributions that California State University, Monterey Bay’s students have made to Mission San Juan Bautista during the past 20 years.

A clutch of Common Raven eggs that were taken from a nest in southern San Benito County in the 1920s by the late Jack O'Donnell. Photo courtesy of Mark Paxton.

Hollister Resident Soars When Sharing His Knowledge of Birds

At the San Benito County Historical Society's recent meeting Hollister resident, Mark Paxton, shared with the community his knowledge of birds and his late uncle's oological collection

A farmworkers' polling place set-up in a field (Sept. 1975). Photos courtesy of Mimi Plumb.

Democracy In The Fields: A Project Honoring California’s Farmworkers and the Newfound Freedoms They Reaped in 1975

In September1975, free elections altered California's agricultural landscape. On Sunday, April 3, the National Steinbeck Center will host the unveiling of "Democracy in the Fields," a project dedicated to this momentous event and the lives it transformed