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

Call for questions on upcoming BenitoLink - Farm Bureau Election Forum

BenitoLink and Farm Bureau seeking questions from the community for the local June Primary Election Forums being held May 3.

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Photo by John Chadwell

Pinnacles National Park to raise entrance fee in 2019

Pinnacles National Park will increase entrance fees to address infrastructure needs and improve visitor experience

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CASA: Making a difference in the lives of foster care children

CASA Advocate Ron Martin and Executive Director Esther Curtice share the joys and breadth of being a child advocate for foster care children in San Benito County.

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Bar SZ Ranch builds experiences with youth and family camps

The Bar SZ Ranch will continue its Junior Wrangler and Junior Wrangler Internship camps, while extending camp opportunities to families who are interested in learning about ranch life together

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The will be a full moon on April 28.

Moonlight walk on De Anza Trail

The public is invited out for a special family friendly evening walk on De Anza Trail Saturday, April 28.

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The Hollister Earthquakes Drill Team performed in 1984. Courtesy of SBCHS.

Celebrate the History of the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo Parade

The parade route has changed over the years, but the excitement of previewing performers and their mounts hasn’t changed since 1932.

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The annual VFW Easter egg hunt in Hollister is scheduled for Sunday at Veterans' Memorial Park. File photo from 2015.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Hollister Saturday March 31

Annual Easter Egg Hunt participants are reminded to arrive early. The event is hosted by VFW Post 9242 and Auxillary will be at Veterans Memorial Park

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The Sunnyslope Library received a grant for new books.

Education Fund Close to $100,000 Milestone

Students from Hollister schools benefit from family directed grants made from the Connie O'Connor Education Fund.

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Smooooth Dinner Jazz at Mangia Italian Kitchen Thursdays

Hollister neighborhood restaurant Mangia provides atmosphere, prime rib and mood lifting jazz on Thursday nights.

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Jennifer Hirsch shovels trash with another volunteer along the banks of the San Benito River.  Photo by Leslie David

Friends of San Benito River Group Plans Second Work Day

An all volunteer group has been putting time into cleaning up trash along San Benito River in the Hollister area. They plan to meet again on Saturday, March 31

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Restorationist Tim Lantz on the left and his team did recent work on the adobe.

San Juan Native Daughters Continue to Repair Their Adobe

Native Daughters of the Golden West Parlor No. 179 of San Juan Bautista focuses on the preservation of their 178 year old adobe that so much reflects the atmosphere of early times in San Juan. Funded by a generous grant from the Community Foundation .

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Purple Cross RX is located at 1980 Bolsa Road in Hollister. Photo by Leslie David

Purple Cross Rx faces fraud lawsuit

Purple Cross Rx owner McPhail denies allegations

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A preview exhibition for Open Studios is on display at the Annex in downtown Hollister.

Open Studios Kick Off Party Friday, March 23 at the Annex

The San Benito County Arts Council invites the community to a celebration and preview of its Open Studios Art Tour.

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Bear Valley Schoolhouse today. Photo courtesy Timothy Babalis.

Pinnacles plans to preserve schoolhouse traditions

Pinnacles National Park purchases Bear Valley Schoolhouse to preserve it's historical significance and support community traditions.

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Ukulele clinic and concert benefit The Rozas House Org., Inc.

Ukuleles took center stage in San Juan Bautista at clinic and concert.

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Parker shared that he traditionally makes Irish-style potatoes and cabbage. Photo obtained from

Two St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: sharing Irish culture through food

Vince Parker, Hollister resident and San Benito High School teacher, celebrates St.Patrick's Day every year by cooking traditional Irish dishes for family and friends

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Photos provided by SBHS drama teacher Kristen Porter

San Benito High School presents "Once Upon a Mattress"

Tickets are available at the door for $9. Student and senior citizen tickets are $8 in the student payment center at SBHS, $7 for children. 

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Hispanic Chamber Hosts Business Networking

Hispanic Chamber will host a free business networking event in downtown Hollister on March 21.

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Leon attends Montana State University on a scholarship as one of their NCAA D1 athletes. Photo credit Montana State.

Hollister resident, Anzar graduate breaks a four-minute mile at Montana State University

Diego Leon of Hollister has the 13th-fastest mile time in the U.S. for an NCAA D1 male athlete in the 2017-18 indoor track season.

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