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Local San Benito County Jail inmates share creative writing

Stories shared from a creative writing workshop in partnership with Gavilan College.

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The Saturday, June 2 event included 14 artists, two tattoo artists, and DJ on site. Photo credit Becky Bonner.

Rose Moon Pop-up Art Show at Vertigo Coffee Roasters in San Juan Bautista

With around 200-250 people attending Saturday's event, Vertigo Coffee Roasters "Rose Moon Pop-up Art Show" created culture and a sense of connection for all involved

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BenitoLink Board President Rohit Sharma (center) hands BenitoLink donor (left) Debbie Simmons four Disneyland tickets. BenitoLink Executive Director Leslie David is on the far right.

BenitoLink Announces Disneyland Ticket Winner

Just retired from Pinnacles National Park, BenitoLink drawing winner Debbie Simmons is looking forward to her upcoming Disneyland trip.

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Hollister's airport had its beginnings as a Naval training center for bomber pilots headed for the Pacific during World War II. Photo courtesy US Navy.

Hollister Airmen's Association assists local aviation

Members of the nonprofit Hollister Airmen's Association are the "caretakers of the airport," who have volunteered to promote aviation and the importance of the airport for 72 years.

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Sunday's event included student dance groups from local primary schools. Photo credit Becky Bonner.

Youth Alliance Festival de la Familia promotes community at free event

With about 500 people in attendance at the Youth Alliance's first ever Festival de la Familia, San Benito County residents were able to enjoy music, art, and family-oriented activities at Dunne Park.

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Big Paw Olive Oil Company which is a family run business relocated to Hollister two years ago. Featured in photo are co-owner Susan Saba and daughter Justine. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Big Paw Olive Oil Company Starts Roadside Stand Tastings

Wanting to give customers the opportunity to taste featured olive oils while taking in views of San Benito County, the Big Paw Olive Oil Company will host a roadside stand the first Saturday every month through October.

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Peaks View at Pinnacles National Park. Photo by Jim Ostdick

Walking San Benito: Ostdick's collection of San Benito's many walking opportunities

This great collection, created by local author Jim Ostdick is ultimately a thorough tour that gets you all around San Benito County.

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Active through the Seasons: Kids

As the school year comes to an end, we thought it might be helpful to provide this special edition to spark some ideas for summer and beyond.

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For the last 15 years Matt Christiano has opened up his home and collection to a group of friends for their annual fixathon. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Friendship and Pinball meet at annual Fixathon

Fifteen years after its inception, Matt Christiano and friends participate in their annual “fixathon” in which all participants come to Paicines Ranch to engage in repairing and playing pinball machines from Christiano’s collection.

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Photo by Jack Foley.

Historic San Juan Bautista structure collapsing?

While the yellow and red tape and warnings signs might alarm visitors to San Juan Bautista State Park, it’s not what it seems.

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House of Suenos was started as a pilot program in 2014 by Suenia Romero (featured center). Romero is joined by Development Director Mary Lou Mazzone (featured left) and Financial Book Keeper Donna Kinsley (featured right).

House of Sueños: Empowering single mothers through supportive housing and therapy

House of Sueños is a nonprofit organization based in Hollister that works with single mothers to break the cycle of abuse and empower them for the future.

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Friends of the Library teaches adults how to read

Friends of the Library volunteers tutor adults to improve their English skills in order to have a better understanding of the language and accomplish a specific goal.

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YMCA of San Benito County provides space for youth summer camp

Championing the core values of healthy living, respect, social responsibility, and youth development, the YMCA of San Benito County gives kids a safe, fun environment to go for the summer.

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Attendees head toward the next lecture location on soil health .Photo by Bob Rowlands.

Gabilan Ranch: A field trip for grown-ups

Ranch tours are becoming a popular way to learn and share ideas among local governmental agencies, environmental groups and landowners.

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Jovenes de Antaño: serving the elderly since 1975

Started in 1975, Jovenes de Antano provides much needed services to the elderly population of San Benito County.

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Photo courtesy of Lisa Robinson.

SLIDESHOW: 34th Annual California Indian Market and Peace Dance

The 34th Annual California Indian Market and Peace Dance took place in San Juan Bautista last weekend alongside the rib cook-off.

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Community Philanthropist Sonny Paullus. Photos courtesy of the San Benito County Historical Society and Bonnie Flores.

Remembering a Man Who Served his Community

Ten years have passed since his death, but the generosity Sonny Paullus demonstrated throughout his life continues to be received by nonprofits today.

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On April 27, Youth Alliance hosted an Open Mic night at Mars Hill Coffee House to allow youth to express themselves. Photos by Elliot Ruiz.

Youth Alliance: Positively affecting youth in the community since 1995

Started in 1995 as a small organization run by volunteers to support youth in the community, the Youth Alliance now provides services to over 6,500 children, youth, and families each year.

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From left to right: Karina Collins (SBHS), Magdalena Arias (SBHS), Rachel Gorelik (GECA), Safia Bootwala (SBHS), Abigail Greene (SBHS), Ladeesa Henry (SBHS)

Women's Club of Hollister Announces 2018 Scholarship Award Recipients

Six incredible young women have been selected by the Women's Club of Hollister Scholarship Committee to receive financial awards for furthering their educational goals after high school.

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Race for the Rescues took place at the Martin Arena in San Juan Bautista.

Inaugural Race for the Rescues raises money for nonprofit animal rescues

Wanting to combine her love of barrel racing and supporting animals in need, Susan Pieterouiski organized the inaugural event Race for the Rescues to support local nonprofit animal rescues.

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