Photo courtesy of YMCA of San Benito County.

Children and Youth

YMCA of San Benito County program works to support families during distance learning

Excel Beyond the Bell offers lifeline to working parents seeking help with childcare.

Calera Wine Company currently hosts wine tastings outside with views of the surrounding hills. Photo courtesy of Calera Wine Company.

Food / Dining

San Benito County wineries continue tastings amid COVID-19

Eden Rift, Calera and DeRose talk about the virus’ impact and providing a safe experience for customers.

Christian Clifford in front of Mission San Juan Bautista during his mission walk. Photo courtesy of Christian Clifford.

San Benito Lifestyle

Walking the California Missions

Christian Clifford becomes 49th person since 2013 to complete ‘El Camino Real de California.’

Andres Gutierrez with the Ladies of San Juan. Photo courtesy of Lupe Valdez.

Art & Culture

El Teatro Campesino remembers performer Andres Gutierrez

A San Juan Bautista fixture finds peace after struggling with PTSD and COVID-19.

Stylist Cindy Gilroy cuts hair outside of the salon Country Cuts in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Business / Economy

Personal care business owners discuss working outdoors

Newest state guidelines allow hair salons and barbershops to serve clients on the sidewalk.

Akira Boch makes his acceptance speech for "Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience" at the 2020 Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, which streamed live on July 18. Photo courtesy of the Television Academy via Invision/AP.

Art & Culture

Documentary by former San Juan resident wins L.A. Area Emmy

Akira Boch’s ‘Masters of Modern Design’ focuses on five Japanese American artists, their experiences during WWII and the impact it had on their work.

Ricky and Lana Villegas. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Art & Culture

San Benito Arts Council curbside fundraiser brings out the community

‘Farm to Your Table’ dinner provides a meal to eat at home.

Server wearing personal protective equipment delivers fair food order to Audrey Johnson's car window. Johnson and her kids waited in line at Bolado Park during the Fair Food Fest put on from July 17-19. Photo courtesy of Audrey Johnson.

San Benito Lifestyle

County Fair hosts drive-thru food fest at Bolado Park

Dara Tobias and crew spend the weekend serving up corn dogs and funnel cakes to 300 carloads of guests.

Artist Ruth Asawa creating a looped wire structure (circa 1957). Photo courtesy of Akira Boch.

Art & Culture

Former San Juan resident nominated for L.A. Area Emmy

Akira Boch documents WWII-era mass incarceration of Japanese Americans.

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.

Nelcy Pulido Cruz (left), her daughter Ruby Pulido(center left), neice Clara Elena (center right) and sister Esperanza Cruz (back right) pick up supplies to decorate their cars to join the census caravan. Photos by Patty Lopez Day.

Government / Politics

Census caravan rolls through westside Hollister

Project encourages participation in the 2020 Census before the reporting deadline on Oct. 31.

Aislinn Barnes holding a Pride flag. Photo courtesy of Aislinn Barnes.

San Benito Lifestyle

Pride Month 2020: Aislinn Barnes

SBHS Gay-Straight Alliance club president talks about her quest for identity and LGBTQ advocacy.

Sommer Salinas and VFW Honor Guard. Photo courtesy Sommer Salinas.

San Benito Lifestyle

Girl Scout sets up museum at Veterans Memorial Building

Sommer Salinas earns Gold Award for her work to honor those who served in the Armed Forces.

Maxx D'Elia. Photo provided.

San Benito Lifestyle

Pride Month 2020: Maxx D’Elia

Hollister transgender man shares his journey of self-discovery.

Junipero Serra statue at Mission San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason

News

Mission San Juan Bautista removes Junipero Serra statue

Life-size bronze put into storage to avoid possible vandalism.