Amanda Chiado leads group discussion. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

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

BenitoLink reporter participates in a local writing lab

Arts Council creates safe space for sharing personal expression.


The music of his life

When Joe Ostenson came to Hollister in 1965 to teach music, he believed he would stay one year before moving on. Fast forward to 2019 and after a 45-year career with the Hollister School District, Mr. O as people fondly call him, is still teaching music. Asked what kept Ostenson in Hollister all those years,

The updated site will be similar but "refreshed" and allowing for more content.


Updated BenitoLink Site to be revealed May 31

BenitoLink moves from Drupal platform to more user friendly WordPress platform May 31.

Rockie Ruiz talks with BenitoLink as she works on her project at the Esperanza Center open house on May 22. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.


Esperanza Center opens its doors

To recognize Mental Health Awareness Month, San Benito County Behavioral Health showcases its daytime activity facility.

YMCA – The River Run

Date/Time August 24, 2019 to 07:45 AM Description The River Run 2019 describes the unique experience that awaits as you meander through a working sand and gravel quarry. Participants can choose a 1 mile Family Fun Run or 5K walk/run. The events take you inside the Southside Sand and Gravel Quarry to see the working

Guests enjoying food and drinks at the May 16 BenitoLink Spring Fiesta and Tequila Tasting. Photo by Leslie David


BenitoLink hosts Spring Fiesta

We hope to host more community events in the future!

Los Padrinos 12th Annual Car Show

Date/Time June 29, 2019 to 08:00 AM until 05:00 PM Description Proceeds will benefit St. Judes Childrens Hospital, VFW Post 6359 and local charities. There will be live entertainment and raffles. Entry fee: cars and trucks $40, motorcycles $35, bicycles $25, special interest (pedal cars, trikes, etc.) $25. No alcohol on the streets. For show and

All about the Blenheims

Date/Time June 08, 2019 to June 08, 2019 11:00 AM until 01:30 PM Description The San Benito County Historical Society invites you to join us for a delicious general membership meeting, presentation and potluck. Schedule: 11-11:15- set up and socialize 11:15-11:30- brief general membership meeting 11:30-12:00 Apricot history presentations by author Lisa Prince Newman and

Life Skills Art Show Public Reception

Date/Time May 31, 2019 to May 31, 2019 06:00 PM until 08:00 PM Description San Benito County Arts Council presents The annual Life Skills Art Show Making Magic Happen exhibition dates May 20-June 11. Public reception on May 31; 6-8 p.m. Location Artspace Annex View map 217 Fifth Street, Hollister, CA , US Additional Information

Yappy Hour for Pet Friends

Date/Time May 09, 2019 to May 15, 2019 04:30 PM until 08:00 PM Description Yappy Hour for Pet Friends at Paines Restaurant in Hollister THE SECOND(2 nd ) THURSDAY of EVERY MONTH 4pm to 8pm Bring your Friends, Meet New Friends and help Celebrate Pet Rescue at Yappy Hour with Pet Friends Rescue. At Paine's

San Benito Stage Company’s “Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr.” Opens Friday, May 3

Date/Time May 03, 2019 to May 18, 2019 07:00 PM until 09:00 PM Description Get ready to 'Move it, Move it!' San Benito Stage Company is bringing the live-action version of the DreamWorks animated film, Madagascar, to the stage. The show features 37 local children, ages 6 to 14-years old, and is directed by Ken Powell, vocal directed by Isabelle Menez and choreographed by

Walk On The Wild Side – Free Event

Date/Time May 05, 2019 to 10:00 AM Description There are over 85 species of native plants on the wildfarmers wilderness preserve. With more species re emerging every year and blooming at odd intervals throughout the year. Ryan O'dell from the Central Coast Bureau of Land Management and Amelia Ryan from Pinnacles National Park are both

The Days of Wine & Rozas Wine Tasting & Silent Auction, and Rose Tours

Date/Time May 18, 2019 to 01:00 PM until 05:00 PM Description The Days of Wine & Rozas Wine Tasting & Silent Auction and Rose Lecture & Tours is being held Saturday, May 18 featuring the historic roses of San Juan Bautista, followed by a wine tasting and silent auction in hip, historic San Juan Bautista at

Emmaus House Spring Boutique

Date/Time April 28, 2019 to 10:30 AM until 05:00 PM Description Enjoy Spring shopping at Bertuccio's Market! Variety of hadmade items and other amazing products! All proceeds from our raffle and other donations willl go to the Emmaus House. We gladly accept more donations. Emmaus House is a nonprofit organization providing shelter and assistance to

Fairview Corners, the future site of a Gavilan College campus in San Benito County. Gavilan purchased an 80-acre plot of land near Ridgemark at Airline Highway and Fairview Road for $8 million in partnership with Morgan Hill-based developer Dividend Homes in June 2007. The first phase of construction is expected to begin in 2020. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.


Six appointed to Measure X Citizens Oversight Committee

Student representative seat still open; first meeting expected in late June or early July.