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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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.

San Benito High senior Nicolas Skardoutos, who is going to University of La Verne to play baseball, practicing in his backyard. Photo provided.

Schools & Education

Balers respond to COVID-19

San Benito High School students share how they are affected during the pandemic.

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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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Julio Salazar at the State Migrant Parent Conference in 2016 with Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola from UC Davis. Aguilar-Gaxiola is the director of UC Davis' Center for Reducing Health Disparities and professor of clinical internal medicine. Photo provided.

Children and Youth

Community member advocates for migrant students

Julio Salazar trains parents on how the school system works.

San Benito High School main administration building. File photo.

Schools & Education

SBHS students carry on despite school closure

AP exams, transcripts and picking a college are among top concerns for seniors.

Hazel Hawkins Hospital labor and delivery department staff Ruth King, Rebecca Sherwood and Allison Griffin stand with Spring Grove teacher and Kindness Club Director Julie Neff. Photo provided.

San Benito Lifestyle

Spring Grove teacher spreads kindness to essential workers

Julie Neff delivers food to those on the local frontlines of the pandemic.

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Students install a protection cage around a newly planted oak. Photo by Nancy Wilcox.

Environment / Nature

Students plant oaks at Pacheco Creek Reserve

Local kids learn about and restore oak woodland next to Highway 152.

Noah, Aidan and Nathan Fort. The Fort family runs West Coast World Martial Arts in Hollister. Photos courtesy of Nathan Fort.

Sports & Recreation

Hollister family competes in virtual martial arts tournament

Nathan Fort and family create video lessons for their students while sheltering in place.

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Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Transportation

Survey proposes crosswalk art at Central Avenue

Idea would involve west side Hollister community in a project to promote traffic-calming measures.

HSD students play music together in a local park while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Photo by Kaitlyn Fontaine.

Children and Youth

HSD students band together with music

Musicians play ‘Star Spangled Banner’ for their neighbors daily at 6:30 p.m.

Easter wishes are announced with social distancing along Highway 25 near Tres Pinos. Photo by Leslie David

Features

Easter church services vary

BenitoLink provides a list of local churches and their contact information. Some church services are moving online during the coronavirus covid-19 pandemic.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Children and Youth

SBC Elections Office releases results of youth ballots

Ninety-two kids cast their votes on favorite cookies, colors and apps.

Children receiving games on Friday. Photo provided by Michelle Perez-Picha.

Children and Youth

Teacher aims to keep most vulnerable kids playing during shelter-in-place

Michelle Perez-Picha at San Juan School gave out puzzles, card and board games.

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Caroline Perry, a student at Ladd Lane, working on school work at home. Photo provided.

Children and Youth

Sheltered at home, San Benito students study with homework packets

Schools in Hollister send out review work each week on math, science, reading and art.

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