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San Benito Arts Council at 727 San Benito St., Blak Sage Gallery, Hollister, is offering a Holiday Arts Marketplace & First Friday Reception featuring one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays, November 29th through December 21st.   Tempting treats that are available are locally made pottery, prints, ornaments, jewelry, toys, soaps cards and more!  Children and families are invited to the gallery for our special First Friday reception, “Cocoa, Cookies & Crafts” from 4-6 pm, featuring arts & crafts projects, refreshments and a special reading of Hollister’s very own holiday story, “Jaime the Elf,” by local artist and author, Kathleen Sheridan.  This event is free and open to the public.  The Blak Sage Gallery is open Wed. 11-3, Thurs. 12-5 and Fri.-Sat. 12-7 pm.  For more information, please contact the SBAC at 636-2787 or  For more events and information, like them on Facebook or visit their website at

The Art of Creating Community and Giving is being celebrated by the Aromas Grange, who will host a Community Holiday Dinner on Friday, Dec. 13th, at 6:00 p.m. Turkey, Ham, potatoes and drinks will be provided and the rest of the dinner is filled in with potluck.  We will be wrapping gifts for our Aromas Adopt-a-Family, enjoying live music, tree trimming and fun for the whole family.  Everyone in the community is invited.

LACY J. DALTON is coming to the Aromas Grange Hall on December 15th! She’s one of the most instantly recognizable voices in music – the woman People Magazine called “Country’s Bonnie Raitt”. When you listen to a Lacy J Dalton album, you find yourself pulled in by her power and heart, because she’s not merely performing a ten-song set, she’s bringing each and every tune to life.

She’s always been a writer and an artist who loved music with a message and lyrics that somehow brought a new awareness to the listener. She retains this love of material with a purpose, and her song choices reflect that appreciation. Lacy’s success is powered not just by her recordings, but by a stage show that is truly electrifying.

Her hit records are legendary million-airplay cuts: “Hard Times”; “Crazy Blue Eyes”; “Hillbilly Girl with the Blues”; “Takin’ It Easy”; “Everybody Makes Mistakes”; and the worldwide hit, “Black Coffee”. In 2004, she co-produced her first Independent CD, “The Last Wild Place” with her long time band, The Dalton Gang. Over the last couple of years, Lacy has toured promoting her new music, which has been called “Americana”, delighting both her old Country fans and new listeners all over the world.

At the Aromas Grange Hall she’ll be playing a selection of her hits and holiday favorites. If you’ve never experienced the warm, intimate setting and fantastic acoustics of the Hall you’re in for a real treat. Tickets are available at Marshall’s Market in Aromas, online at, or by calling Jan at 726-9906. Get yours before they’re gone!

ARTS OUT LOUD!!! We Chose to Create is the largest visual arts student participation event at San Benito High School, Hollister.  These are the students who are actively engaged, producing creative results.  Their preparation require problem solving thinking, originality, adaptation, communication skills and tons of involvement.  The arts use the full power of a brain’s capabilities. Over 175 amazing artists plus our talented entertainers will be on display.  A day for families and our community to see what dedication and education can yield.  An Artists Reception will be held with free refreshments supplied by the generosity of parents and community businesses. All free of charge.

Original student artwork will be available for sale at “before they are discovered” prices!  ARTS OUT LOUD is a way to show care for our young people and support arts programs. Lots of fun for the whole family; it could be the best, most entertaining event of the year!  Please join us in celebrating hard working, problem solving, evolving works of art… our Monterey Street in Hollister.  Look for the signs and balloons.

This event will be the weekend of December 7 and 8 from 1:00pm -5:00pm.  The San Benito High School Visual Arts will transform the Art and Ceramics area (Rooms 301- 316) into an active Art Zone with Art and ceramics exhibits, and other performances.  Demonstrations and workshops will allow hands-on fun.  Learn how “Arts Education Adds Up for 21st Century Innovators” to provide the best education experience and benefits possible.

Local author, Joyce Oroz reports that she will be signing her new book, Cuckoo Clock Caper, December 7th on Saturday, December 7th, 2:00-5:00 pm at the Crossroads Books, 1935 Main, Watsonville.

  She has recently signed on with Cozy Cat Press, a traditional publisher of cozy mysteries with a twenty-first century business model. Cozy stories are about engaging characters and complex and exciting plots.

Author Joyce Oroz to attend book signing on December 7.

No sooner had she signed a contract with Cozy Cat Press, than Dr. Patricia Rockwell (owner and creator of CCP) sent the news out in an email to all nineteen of her writers, who immediately welcomed her into the group with emails and offers to be Facebook friends. Because Patricia has a “positive personality” and is available and responsive to her authors, things move fast. Writers follow her instructions in a timely way. Books are ready for market wearing their beautifully designed jackets in record time.   

If you enjoy a good story, strong characters and good clean fun, discover the wonderful writers at Cozy Cat Press for yourself. You can follow local authors, artists and events on Ms. Oroz’s blog, 

San Benito Stage Company is looking ahead to their 2014 season. Many exciting productions are in the works including the Broadway smash hit and the world’s longest running musical, Les Miserables. This show has recently been released for amateur production. Seen by over 65 million people in 42 countries, Les Miserables is a time loved story set in early 1800’s Paris. It follows the lives of several characters and the struggles of that harsh period in French history, focusing on justice and redemption.

San Benito Stage Company will host early auditions in two sessions, one in December and the other in January. This will offer the public four audition dates to choose from. Prospective actors should come prepared with sheet music or music only cd of their song choice. They may also prepare a monologue. Performances will be held in July 2014.

            Please contact San Benito Stage Company for Les  Miserables AUDITIONS for ages 6 & up on Dec. 20 & 21, 2013 and Jan. 10 & 11, 2014.  Auditions will be held at the Granada Theatre, 336 5th St. Hollister, CA. Call for appointment and detail to 831-636-0122.  Performances will be July 11-28, 2014.  To review this information find it at