This weekend in San Benito County there are multiple opportunities for people to unwind from their busy weeks and get involved in community events. These events range from a ghost walking tour in San Juan Bautista on Friday and Saturday night, to people joining together in community service projects throughout the weekend.
Annual Ghost Walk tour returns to San Juan Bautista
Friday, October 27, in San Juan Bautista the local Rotary Club will be putting on their annual Ghost Walk tour. Starting at 6:30 PM Friday night and ending after the last 8:30 PM tour on Saturday, participants of this event will get a look into the past of San Juan Bautista while potentially encountering, “Ghost sightings and paranormal activities,” as stated on the group’s website. Cesar Flores, who helps organize the event, explained that group sizes range around 20 people and that there are still openings for most time slots. If you are interested in attending make sure to contact them as soon as possible at 408-804-3235 or by registering online on their website.
“All Shook Up” opening Friday night
Friday night will also have the opening of “All Shook Up” put on by San Benito Stage Company. The show will take place at the stage company’s theater located in downtown Hollister.and will run from October 27 to November 11. “All Shook Up” features music from Elvis Presley and is put on by local youth in the community. According to show participant Rafael Rialson the show will appeal to anyone who likes “Elvis, musicals, singing, dancing, and cheesy romance”. Tickets for this show can be purchased at the door the day of the event or on San Benito Stage Company’s website.
“Trunk or Treat Halloween Party” returns for its 5th year
This Friday night Enterprise Academy of Martial Arts will put on their annual “Trunk or Treat Halloween Party”. Located at 351 Tres Pinos Road #B in Hollister, this event will run from 6-7:30 PM. Owner and master instructor of Enterprise Academy of Martial Arts, Mark Preader, shared that this event will consist of a, “costume contest, fun games,” as well as cars that are decorated, “Halloween style”. Preader further explained that people are encouraged to dress in costume as there will be a costume contest with prizes and a chance for children to go trick or treating around the decorated vehicles. This event is free to the public and will include two weeks of free lessons from the academy to all people who attend the event.
San Juan Bautista Library to hold El Dia de los Muertos event
On Saturday San Juan Bautista will host an El Dia de los Muertos event at the local county library from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. This event will include “stories, crafts, and snacks” as found on the events flier. Sandra Arretche, who has volunteered to help put on this activity, shared that the day is free and open to the public, “Whoever wants to come, come on out”. Arretche further explained, “The program we will be having on the 28 will be talking about history of Dia de los Muertos, the tradition and the meaning of the various things they see on the alter. We will also be making crowns of flowers, masks and an alter for the children to take home”. As this event is free to the public and no registration is required, if interested in attending show up at the designated time at 801 2nd Street in San Juan Bautista.
Annual Halloween Comic Fest returns to Hollister
For parents wanting to get their children out of the house on Saturday, Bill’s Bullpen Baseball Cards and Comics, located in downtown Hollister, will have their annual Halloween Comic Fest. This event features free pre-designated comic books for all participants, photo opportunities from 12 PM to 2 PM with costumed heroes, as well as two distinct costume contests. As owner of Bill’s Bullpen Baseball Cards and Comics, Bill Mifsud, explained, the first contest is an industry wide contest where winners could win up to $500. All participants have to do to participate is come dressed up to get their free comic book and take a picture of themselves with their new comic. Participants will then post their photo on the Halloween Comic Fest official webpage to be entered. For the stores local contest, kids who come dressed up can chose to take a photograph at the store from 10 AM to 8 PM . The store will then review and post the winner of the costume contest the next day. Kids and adults alike are encouraged to take photographs and enjoy their experience.
Community Service Opportunities
San Benito High School’s Interact Club to put on “Trick or Treat for Cans” in Hollister
Saturday, October 28, there are various events throughout the county for people who would like to give back. From 2-5 PM in the neighborhoods from Cienega Road to Ladd Lane, San Benito High School students who are part of the Interact Club on campus, will be collecting canned goods to donate to the local food bank. This annual event, put on in conjunction with Hollister’s Rotary chapter, focuses on Interact’s mission of “Service Above Self”.
Make a Difference Day to return to San Juan Bautista
This same mindset of giving back can also be found in San Juan Bautista on Saturday the 28 from 8 AM to 12 PM as residents volunteer to help work on community projects. According to San Juan Bautista’s community website, “Make A Difference Day is one of the largest national days of community service. Celebrated on the fourth Saturday of October, thousands of volunteers unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others”. Some projects that people can be part of will include litter removal and beautification projects. As seen on BenitoLink’s October 10 post on the event, “The clean-up will be followed by a hot dog barbecue at San Juan Library for all volunteers and a story and craft time at the Carl Luck Memorial Library for El Dia de los Muertos. So come grab a rake, shovel, or broom and clean up our fair city. We look forward to a fun time for all. For more information, call (831) 623-4661 or email email@example.com”.
Hollister Hills to participate in Make a Difference Day
Hollister Hills will also be participating in Make a Difference Day from 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturday. As found on the local Chamber of Commerce website, “Registration for the event begins at 8am at the Hollister Hills Area 5 campground. Volunteers will participant in our annual clean wheeling trash pick-up in the Upper Ranch. The Hollister Hills Off-Road Association will provide a lunch at noon. Please bring gloves, water, sun block and a hat.If you are interested in camping overnight for this event contact Chris Silverberg at (831) 638-3390. Please contact Michelle Armijo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-638-3207 for more information about the event “.
Learn how to compost in FREE class put on by San Benito County Water District
To round out Saturday’s events, people wanting to learn a new environmentally friendly skill are encouraged to join this Saturday’s composting class put on by the San Benito County Water District. As described in the notice on BenitoLink’s calendar, “The class is taught by composting instructor, UC Master Gardener Otis Johnson, and will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 9 a.m. to noon at the San Benito County Water District, 30 Mansfield Road, Hollister (Near the intersection of Fairview Road and Santa Ana Road). Call (831) 637-4378 to register”. Shawn Novak, Water Conservation Program Manager, explained, space is limited so make sure to call to reserve a spot before attending.