Mayor Velazquez with fellow city council members, Boy Scouts, City Manager Brett Miller, Girl Scout Maddie Rosa and Boy Scout Diego Villalpando at the ceremony to cut the ribbon in front of time capsule. Photo by Marisa Sachau


Hollister unveils time capsule and Blue Star Memorial

Residents gather in front of the Veterans Memorial Building.

Dr. Jennifer Colby at Luna Gallery. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Luna Gallery and Eco Art Studio provide a new space for local artists 

First show "Dreamscapes" opens Sept 4 and a reception featuring artists from Mexico will be held on Oct. 1. 

Luis Valdez directing Valley of the Heart. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

Playwright Luis Valdez discusses attracting farmworkers to theater

Interview Part Two: He also relates the properties of a sphere to acting and life.

Art & Culture

Retired reporter launches career as novelist

Larry Slonaker paid his dues at the San Jose Mercury News and is now promoting his first novel, ‘Nothing Got Broke.’

Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

Hollister Concerts continues with ZZ Top and Eagles tribute bands

The Guerra family offers their Peppertree Ranch stage for evening shows.

Girl Scout Madeline Rosa and Boy Scout Diego Villalpando pose with time capsule. Photo by Marisa Sachau


Hollister’s 150 years celebration to include memorabilia

Local youth are building a time capsule and collecting souvenirs from the community.

Luis Valdez. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Playwright Luis Valdez discusses origins of his artistic theory

The author and El Teatro Campesino founder reflects on the group’s early days in San Juan Bautista.

Kassandra Zarate. Photo by Juliana Luna.

Art & Culture

Flying into summer with ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

San Benito Stage Company’s summer production starts July 15.

Nic Calder and Paul LaCorte. Photo by Robert Eliason.


HonkyDonky & HeartBreaker celebrate their 10-Year ‘Bandiversary’

Nic Calder and Paul LaCorte perform at the Grillin & Chillin Alehouse on July 2.

Joseph Elmhorst of Steak Stop. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

Local music, food and vendors highlight Savor San Benito

The second event of the series happens July 3 at Swank Farms.

Bob Pivetti. Photo by Robert Eliason.


80-year-old cowboy competing in rodeo for 71st time

Hollister resident Bob Pivetti’s streak was broken only by the rodeo’s cancellation in 2020 due to COVID.

Assemblymember Robert Rivas and Arts Council Executive Director Jennifer Laine in Sacramento for California Nonprofits Day. Photo courtesy of the Arts Council.

Art & Culture

Assemblymember Robert Rivas names SBC Arts Council as Nonprofit of the Year

The Arts Council is one of more than 100 nonprofits that was honored by their state senators and assemblymembers.

Photo by Eden De Alba.

Children and Youth

San Benito County children attend the first Kids at The Park in 3 years

Booths provide information on oral hygiene, safety and the dangers of drugs.

News Release

Arts Council to host First Responder Art Show

Proceeds and money raised from the sale of the art will benefit mental health and peer support for local emergency responders.

Art & Culture

Santana Ranch class of 2022 leaves its mark on the school

A mural by students and teachers is partially complete.