Downtown San Juan Bautista closed its streets on Aug. 10 and 11 to welcome the annual Antique and Craft Fair. Photo by Becky Bonner.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

SJB Antique and Craft Fair gives the local economy a boost

Vendors talk about the value brought to the community.

Skydiver Gustavo Pio is all smiles after a tandem jump at Skydive Hollister. Photos by Heather Graham.

Recreation & Sports

Skydive Hollister offers thrills and good vibes

Under new ownership, it offers tandem and solo jumps.

Events

San Benito LULAC to honor local Women of the Year

Local organization to recognize notable women who have persisted to provide leadership and service to the community.

Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2019 Kelsee French and Miss San Benito Rodeo 2019 Bonnie Mansmith at this year's Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo. File photo.

Recreation & Sports

Hollister local named Miss California Rodeo Salinas

Kelsee French wins competition; will represent for an entire year.

Hollister residents came together downtown on Aug. 1 to pray and speak regarding the Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting. Photos by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

Hollister hosts vigil for Garlic Festival shooting victims

Gathering gives SBC residents a chance to show support in response to Gilroy tragedy.

Mason Churchill, a 17-year-old with fragile x syndrome, has blossomed since starting work with Growing Hearts Garden Center. Photo provided by Chris Evans.

Nonprofits

Growing Hearts one at a time

Hollister nonprofit is helping Mason Churchill, a 17-year-old resident with fragile X syndrome, develop both personally and professionally.

Photographer Alicia Arcidiacono (left) takes a moment for a photo with her husband in front of her photographs. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Arts

San Benito County photographers highlighted in ‘Framing a Story’ opening reception

Show features photographic essays by 10 artists.

Families enjoying their time together at B&R Farms' U-Pick event on July 13. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Agriculture

B&R Farms opens its gates to the public

Guests come from near and far to pick their own apricots.

The late-Franciscan Sister Rose Marita Lake, SA (right), with San Juan youth making their First Holy Communion, circa 1960s. Photo courtesy of David Medeiros.

History

Franciscan Sisters leave San Juan Bautista for New York

After nearly seven decades of service, the religious order has “called forth” its current local members.

Top Hatters Motorcycle Club Secretary "Q" dressed as Uncle Sam at the second annual trike night. Photo by Heather Graham.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

Top Hatters MC race tricycles in fundraiser

The second annual “Trike Night” happened downtown during Hollister Rally.

Many local farms have recipes in their stores or online for customers to follow. Photos by Becky Bonner.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

What to make with Blenheim apricots

Searching for a new apricot dish? BenitoLink has you covered.

Mike Corbin said his business was busy every day making custom seats as thousands came during 2019 Hollister Rally. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

2019 Hollister Rally promoters call unofficial event a success

Approximately 14,000 bikers participate over July 4th weekend.

Family and fitness are at the center of Brittany Renz's life. Photo provided.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

From personal trainer to motherhood trainer

Hollister resident Brittany Renz’s new book “Girl, You Got This!” shows new mothers how to bring efficiency and healthy habits back into their lives.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Arts

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” premieres at San Benito High School

The 2019 summer musical will take the audience on an "out-of-this-world" adventure.

Blenheim apricots can be found on multiple farms in San Benito County. They are sweet and juicy fruit that can be eaten straight from the tree. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Agriculture

It’s Blenheim apricot season in San Benito County

Considered an heirloom fruit on the path to becoming extinct, local farms continue to grow it.