Leslie Dell and her daughter Addyson at the Black Pot Artisans pop-up location in downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Frank Perez.

Food / Dining

Black Pot Artisans: A home bakery in San Juan Bautista

Cottage industry baker specializes in sourdough bread.

Pasture-raised turkeys from Paicines Ranch. Photo courtesy of Paicines Ranch.

Agriculture

Turkey Time: Custom-raised for this unique holiday season

Local ranch offers pasture-raised birds for holiday meals.

A float in the 2019 Lights On Parade. File photo by Heather Graham.

San Benito Lifestyle

Annual Lights On Parade with a twist

Hollister Downtown Association to host modified celebration at airport.

The basket "assembly line" on Nov. 21. Photo courtesy of Sarah Nordwick.

San Benito Lifestyle

Thanksgiving Basket Brigade gives back to community

Students of Enterprise Academy of Martial Arts raise funds to distribute food to 200 families this week.

Behind the scenes photo of a video shoot for 12 Days of Giving, featuring Esther Curtice (CASA), Patrice Kuerschner (Emmaus House), Patrick Ellis (Chamberlain's Youth Services), Nancy Frusetta (FoodBank) and Anna Foglia (Sun Street Centers). Photo courtesy of Lori Arnold.

Nonprofits

12 Days of Giving benefits local nonprofits

Campaign kicks off Dec. 1 and will help raise funds to support CASA of San Benito, Chamberlain's Youth Services, Community FoodBank, Emmaus House and Sun Street Centers.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Food / Dining

SBC Arts Council to host pick-up benefit dinner

Farm-to-your-table event will consist of food prepared by local chef Becky Herbert of Farmhouse Cafe.

Staff at the San Benito Veterinary Center, formerly called the Hollister Veterinary Clinic. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

San Benito Lifestyle

Local veterinarian hangs up stethoscope after 29 years in Hollister

From treating pet mice to handling Great Danes, Jerry Leroux has seen a lot in nearly 50 years of practicing veterinary medicine.

Tiffany Wyrick in the hospital. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Wyrick.

Health

BL Longform: COVID-19 recovery from a personal point of view

Tiffany Wyrick and son Colton share their story of becoming infected and the lingering effects months later.

Photo provided by American Legion Riders Chapter 69 of Hollister.

San Benito Lifestyle

Veterans hold motorcycle fundraiser

American Legion Riders head out to Pinnacles.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Health

Tips for a safe Thanksgiving during COVID-19

Public Health Officer David Ghilarducci’s advice on how to prepare for a gathering, how to stay protected and what to do afterwards.

4-H San Benito County All Stars Mikayla Wenzlik, Samantha Slykas and Meaghan Ricker. Photo courtesy of Mikayla Wenzlik.

San Benito Lifestyle

4-H All-Stars host gingerbread house contest

San Benito County residents invited to submit photos of entries in categories of holiday traditions, open design and 4-H design.

Lois Long at Lois's Unique Home Furnishings in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Nighttime holiday shopping returns to San Juan Bautista

Merchants stay open late on Saturdays through Dec. 19.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Art & Culture

San Juan Bautista Rotary Club holding holiday decorating contest

Winners will be announced by Santa on Dec. 18 as he drives through downtown in a firetruck and awards prizes.

Photo courtesy of Manuel Enriquez.

Art & Culture

Local resident chosen as finalist in national singing competition

Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Vocal Competition winners will be announced Dec. 5.

Andromeda galaxy. Photo courtesy of David Baumgartner.

Science

Searching the Sky: The Andromeda Galaxy

David Baumgartner writes about another galaxy two million light years away from Earth.