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

Cowboys and cowgirls herded longhorn cattle during the Downtown Parade on Saturday morning. Photo's courtesy of Blaire Strohn.

A San Benito County Tradition Returns to Rodeo Parade

Downtown Hollister was full of excitement and livestock Saturday morning as locals gathered to celebrate the return of the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo Parade.

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Longhorn cattle like these will be part of the parade celebrating San Benito County's history and ranching's  pastoral way of life Saturday, June 16.

Saddle Horse Show and Parade Saturday, June 16

The main street of downtown Hollister will be full of life and animals Saturday celebrating the return of the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo Parade

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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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Miss San Benito Rodeo 2017, Corissa King at the 2017 San Benito County Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo. Photo courtesy Corissa King.

Thank You from Miss San Benito Rodeo 2017

Miss San Benito Rodeo 2017 Corissa King takes the opportunity to say thank you before passing down her crown this Saturday, June 9.

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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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Registration for Summer Reading Program Begins at San Benito County Free Library

The San Benito County Free Library invites all community members to participate in its annual Summer Reading Program. All events are free and in-person and online registration begins Monday, June 4.

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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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Bernie Ramirez with students. Photo provided.

Veteran Voices Book Launch on Tuesday May 29th

Students will read excerpts from newly published book honoring the lives and experiences of local Latino veterans.

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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 courtesy Amgen website.

Bitterwater students hope for Amgen Tour return next year

The Amgen Cycling Tour went through the southern end of San Benito County May 15. Bitterwater-Tully, a K-8 grade school, provided this report.

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Eden Rift is in its own little valley in the Cienega Valley AVA. Photo by Leslie David.

Eden Rift debut wines getting accolades

Local winery is getting good reviews on its first releases.

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May 3 Election Forum was held at Hollister City Council Chambers. Public attendance was so high, there was standing room only in the back with the lobby full and people waiting on the front steps.

BenitoLink-Farm Bureau forum videos with candidate responses

See the candidates respond to questions and make up your own mind for the upcoming election. The BenitoLink-Farm Bureau Forum is broken up in shorter segments for the contests on the June 5 Primary Election.

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Michelle Doty talks about her company, That Garlic Stuff, to a woman attending the ninth annual Startup Challenge Monterey Bay in Salinas Saturday. Doty won the Main Street division and a prize of $10,000. Photo by Tom Leyde.

Hollister business wins Startup Challenge Monterey Bay

Three Hollister businesses competed in this year's Startup Challenge Monterey Bay in Salinas. Two came home with prize money.

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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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Barn on Nyland Ranch with San Juan Bautista and Highway 156 in the background. Photo by Karminder Brown.

Local Land Trust secures opportunity to preserve Nyland Ranch

With the help of a larger land trust, San Benito Agricultural Land Trust has a chance to purchase Nyland Ranch near San Juan Bautista.

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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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Pinnacles National Park. Photo by John Chadwell.

Pinnacles National Park tourism generates $16.4 million in economic benefits

Study says locals make up almost 20 percent of day trips, and that 95.6 percent of visitor spending made by non-local visitors.

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Nielsen competing on her horse, Polly, at the Spurr Ranch barrel race in Shandon. Photo courtesy Brittany Nielsen's Facebook page.

Nielsen and Kutz to announce Saddle Horse Show Downtown Parade

KSBW 8 News Anchor Brittany Nielsen and rodeo announcer Eddie Kutz will announce the San Benito County Saddle Horse Show Downtown Parade on Saturday June 16, kicking off the 85th Anniversary of the horse show and rodeo.

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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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