Sonne and Laynee Reyna. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

SJB library receives Native American book collection

Laynee Reyna donates over 300 books and 70 field recordings for public use.

Summer Art Camp 2020. Photos provided by San Benito County Arts Council.

Art & Culture

Arts Council announces virtual Summer Art Camps

Three-day camp provides opportunity for students to try different styles, mediums and techniques.

San Benito Stage Company. Photo by SBSC

Art & Culture

The San Benito Stage Company begins online auditions

Talent show will be streamed July 25 on YouTube.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

San Benito Lifestyle

Hollister raising Pride flag at City Hall

For the first time, officials will hold a ceremony showing solidarity with the LGBTQ community on the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Farm to Table Salad Course. Photo provided by San Benito County Arts Council.

Art & Culture

San Benito Arts Council to host Farm to Your Table benefit dinner

Three-course pick-up dinner will take place on July 19 at the Farmhouse Cafe.

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Cars gathered in the Kmart parking lot on May 30 prior to the cruise. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

Cars come out for Saturday night cruise

Resident organizes drives through town to get people out of the house during shelter-in-place.

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Aromas Bridge project by 2019-2020 Arts Express! Grantee Terra Cultura. Photos provided by San Benito County Arts Council.

Art & Culture

San Benito Arts Council gives out 20 Arts Express grants

$28,000 to go to local artists, art groups, and arts and cultural organizations through direct funding.

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Yvette Fragozo performed live in front of a panel of judges on February 5 in Burbank, California for the television show 'Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento.' Photo courtesy of Yvette Fragozo.

San Benito Lifestyle

Local teen singer taking next steps in TV talent show

Yvette Fragozo prepares for quarterfinals for ‘Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento.’

El Teatro Campesino actors and performers give an in-class lesson in 2018. With the coronavirus pandemic, the San Juan Bautista-based theater is taking its education program online. All photos provided by El Teatro Campesino.

Art & Culture

El Teatro Campesino brings puppet show online

Educational outreach program continues through video lessons and visual arts.

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Alex Esquivel at Lucky's. Esquivel is also a graphic artist. He was a fall 2019 intern in graphic art and continues to produce graphics for BenitoLink on a freelance basis while he continues his studies. Photo courtesy of Marisa Duran.

San Benito Lifestyle

Photography exhibit honors essential workers

Hollister photographer Marisa Duran teams up with San Benito Arts Council to display her work in a unique way.

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Still image from "Shootout at Tres Pinos," a three-minute film made by local teens Oliver and Finn Cross.

Art & Culture

Tres Pinos brothers take on 72-hour online film slam

Oliver and Finn Cross, 13-year-old twins, create their own Western movie.

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Eddie, Christopher, Aaron and Lani Hoang. Photo courtesy of Eddie Hoang.

Business

Local music video says ‘Go Away Corona’

Miyako owner Eddie Hoang and family create and share a song to help lighten the mood during COVID-19.

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Mariachi Juvenil Corazón Jalisciense Director Israel Ramirez with his wife Carmen and daughters Carmen, 14, and Miriam, 8. Photo provided.

Art & Culture

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo amid COVID-19

Two Hollister residents talk about planned festivities and how the pandemic has affected the holiday for them.

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Local Realtor and amateur photographer Donna Silva took pictures of families on their front porches with a zoom lens to be able to safely follow social distancing guidelines. Photos taken and provided by Donna Silva.

San Benito Lifestyle

Amateur photographer takes up ‘front porch portrait’ challenge

Using a long lens, Donna Silva captures her subjects from a distance.

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Photos courtesy of Rene Rodriguez.

Environment / Nature

Q & A: Rene Rodriguez brings nature into view

Local photographer talks about San Benito County life and landscapes.