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Housing / Land Use

Free park entrance and community involvement part of Pinnacles centennial celebration

Centennial Days of Service program kicks off with volunteer work in local national park

Sydney Fischer competes in the junior barrel racing during the 83rd Annual San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo. Photo by Sean Roney.

Agriculture

San Benito Rodeo Wraps up 83rd Year

Historic event remains local and provides entertainment with an educational angle

Rev. Ardyss Golden, left, says “God’s blessings be with you” and blesses bikers who pass through the palm arch at the Top Hatters 23rd Annual Bike Blessing. Photos by Sean Roney.

Nonprofits

Top Hatters Host 23rd Annual Bike Blessing at Sacred Heart Church

More than 1,400 bikers gather in Hollister for annual bike blessing

Six-year-old Frida Beatriz Quintero, right, approaches Bryan Stow in the middle of his speech to ask what it was like for him to be in the hospital. She related her own experience of being hospitalized for appendicitis before Stow admitted his brain damage prevented him from remembering his hospital time. Photos by Sean Roney.

Children and Youth

Bryan Stow discusses positive action at Mission San Juan Bautista

Victim of Dodger Stadium beating gets crowd to pledge an end to bullying

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Housing / Land Use

​Retired teacher to walk across America to raise money for regional parkway

Jim Ostdick's goal is to have San Benito County connected to a country-wide historical trail system

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Nonprofits

County historical museum is now open on Saturday

Museum on Fifth Street features new docent at Fifth Street location

Alex Pena, left, and Joseph Lampkin stand at Pena’s camp on the north end of the river encampment.

Business / Economy

Deadline to clear out delivered to homeless at river encampment

River occupants told to clear out by city and offered shelter beds

The Lawrence family watches the light show at the Brown house on Hollister’s Mesa Dr. Photos by Sean Roney.

Art & Culture

Christmas Light and Music Show Starts Sixth Run on Mesa Drive

Annual display draws repeat visitors and creates a local tradition

Servers prepare plates for waiters as part of the Holte Holiday Dinners Thanksgiving meal at Sacred Heart School. Photos by Sean Roney.

Nonprofits

Holte Holiday Dinners serves Thanksgiving feast to those in need

Tradition continues with 100 volunteers preparing 300 meals

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Art & Culture

Local screening of ‘Man From Reno’ features familiar faces and places

Audience gets to view local atmosphere and talk to director

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Agriculture

San Benito Olive Festival celebrates third year highlighting cuisine

Visitors learn about the many uses for olives in festive setting

Re-enactors give a historical lesson about 19th Century women’s clothing.

Children and Youth

Civil War Days Bring Historic Re-Enactment to Tres Pinos

Re-enactors help bring 19th-Century conflict to life, and provide lessons on the Civil War’s Western theater

Joe Ostenson conducts during the performance of Mr. O’s Jazz Band as the second act in Music in the Park.

Art & Culture

Music in the Park series kicks off at Dunne Park

First event with jazz and classic rock introduces free outdoor music concert series

Volunteers Matea Rodriguez, left, Jeanette Campbell, and Tori Yamaoka hand out backpacks to lines of students awaiting their school supplies for the coming academic year.

Schools & Education

Stuff the Bus event helps 1,200 students in need of school supplies

First year with pre-academic year distribution draws hundreds of students and families.

BanjerDan, right, leads a Bluegrass Banjo Techniques workshop.

Art & Culture

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival comes to Tres Pinos

Dozens of performers and hundreds of fans participate in annual Bolado Park event