Bitterwater-Tully School eighth graders and teacher Mrs. Nino by San Francisco City Hall. (Eighth graders are: Estrella B., Katherine B., Addison E., Olivia G., Rachel G., Colten G. and Victoria S.) Photo by Gail Ivens.

Art & Culture

Bitterwater-Tully eighth graders see “Hamilton”

Students from San Benito and Monterey counties take a trip to San Francisco and get a civics lesson.

Flying Colors members perform at the San Benito County Arts Showcase on Feb. 13. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Art & Culture

Thousands of San Benito students showcase their art

More than 1,200 works featured in mediums including pastel, poems and 3D printing.

Santino Leahy, Angelo Hillstock and Kayla Salazar received the highest marks and moved to the final round where they each recited a second poem. Photo by Kaitlyn Fontaine.

Art & Culture

Local Poetry Out Loud competition sends student to state finals

Kayla Salazar will represent San Benito County in Sacramento in March.

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Director Rachel Romina and the San Benito Oriana Chorale. Photos by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

Oriana Chorale sings of water and spring

Hollister group is seeking new voices for its diverse repertoire.

Zack Freitas. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

Zack Freitas: Guitar heroes, aliens, and 8-tracks

Hollister musician prepares for single release party and tour.

Art & Culture

Local Artists are Encouraged to Apply for the Open Studios Art Tour 2020

Applications are now open for the Arts Council's Open Studios Art Tour that will take place this coming April.

Photographer Rene Rodriguez can often be found on the backroads of San Benito County in search of just the right light for his images. All photos courtesy of Rene Rodriguez.

Art & Culture

The man behind the picture

Rene Rodriguez created the photo at the top of BenitoLink's homepage. Bold and dramatic, it captures a San Benito winter view of multiple ridge lines.

La Pastorela at the Mission. This year's performance is being held at the El Teatro Campesino playhouse in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

Luis Valdez and the ‘Pastorela’ journey

El Teatro founder speaks on the Christmas show’s history and its return to San Juan playhouse.

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Winter Solstice at Mission San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

Light of winter solstice returns to Mission SJB

Beam shines through the church the morning of Dec. 21.

Mauricio Samano with Adam Luna. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

Mauricio Samano’s journey from Mexico to ‘La Pastorela’

El Teatro Campesino performer recalls his coming of age.

Kinan Valdez, La Pastorela Rehearsal in 2019. Photos by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

Kinan Valdez brings Teatro tradition to a new setting

‘La Pastorela’ director talks about re-staging the Christmas play.

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Events

CattleWomen Paint & Play

“This really isn’t really a fundraiser. It’s just a fun night,” said San Benito County CattleWoman, Cheri Holliday, who provided photos and information afterwards. Despite being planned more as a social occasion, it brought in funds due to high attendance. The Nov. 20  paint party at Paines Restaurant had over 50 CattleWomen members and their

Art & Culture

Daniel Valdez: A Teatro Campesino Life

This Thanksgiving, a time when families join together, BenitoLink recognizes the creative energy of the Valdez family and introduces its next generation to our readers.

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Photo by Lisa Robinson.

Art & Culture

Lisa Robinson Photography makes The Knot Best of Weddings list for 2020

Local photographer has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Mariachi Juvenil Corazón Jalisciense, a band comprised of young musicians ages 8 to 17, performs at San Benito High School on Nov. 10. Photos by Patty Lopez Day.

Children and Youth

Youth mariachi group performs at SBHS

Mariachi Juvenil Corazón Jalisciense features musicians ages 8-17.