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

4-H and FFA members sold their animals on Oct. 6 during the Junior Livestock Auction at the San Benito County Fair. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Livestock auction teaches youth

4-H and FFA members learn the value of hard work and letting go.

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Artwork by Aromas Hills Artisan Cindy Couling. Provided by Arts Council.

San Benito County Arts Council announces a new exhibition

Community invited to an opening reception of Explorations: Creative Work by the Aromas Hills Artisans at the ARTspace Annex.

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Councilman Dan De Vries speaking during the council meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Juan Bautista recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Local activists are working with mission and state park to increase indigenous narrative.

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Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

28th annual Lights On Celebration comes to downtown Hollister

Locals expected to gather for car display, tree decorating contest.

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Truck and tractors pulls kick off Friday, Oct. 5. Photo courtesy of San Benito County Fair.

Truck and tractors gear up for County Fair

Annual event has been going strong for 38 years.

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The Anderson Homes team standing in front of Santana Ranch, a new subdivision just off Fairview Rd. in Hollister. Photo provided.

Anderson Homes Gives Back to local nonprofits

Four San Benito County nonprofits, including BenitoLink, will be part of Anderson Home community giving program.

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Giant Pumpkin Contest and Harvest Party starts at 6 p.m. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Oh, My Gourd!

First annual pumpkin contest comes to San Benito County Fair.

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Sisters Susan Calleri and Janice Alosi have been teaming up as Co-Department Chairs of the Adult and Junior Preserves, Homemade Beer and Wine, and Adults Crafts categories of the fair for the last 12 years. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Local sisters team up to chair the preserves section of San Benito County Fair

Susan Calleri and Janice Alosi explain the ins and outs of the preserves category.

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Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Olive Festival taking a pause this year

Board seeks executive director, active board members to help grow the event.

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Photo courtesy of Youth Alliance.

Youth Alliance Change Makers event set for September 22

Godfather of wine Gustavo Brambila is expected to attend this year's event.

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Expressions Floral is located at 850 San Benito Street in Hollister. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Hollister flower shop under new ownership

Precious Petals becomes Expressions Floral, offering expanded services.

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Dee Slykas (center) gets volunteered started on cleanup. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Community cleans up San Benito River

Hollister residents, candidates, and businesses come together in volunteer effort.

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Betabel's staff (left to right) includes Dave Owens, Rachel LaBas and Frank Paura. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Betabel RV Park draws a cool breeze to a convenient location

Young families, retirees and elderly enjoy close-knit community.

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The job and resource fair was created to help employers and employees find one another. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Job fair connects local employers and residents

Over 60 percent of workers commute outside San Benito County.

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The annual wine and food tasting event held by Gablian Chapter Kinship Center. Photo provided.

Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center Celebrates 62nd Wine & Food Tasting

Fundraiser supports scholarships to college-bound foster and adopted youth.

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Board members Peggy Darington (left) and Susan Carpenter introduced attendees to adoptable dogs from Pet Friends. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Pizza for Paws exceeds fundraising expectations

Community giving keeps Pet Friends’ doors open.

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Vehicles tested their pulling abilities at the annual event. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Trucks, tractors and people pulling their weight for cancer research

Pullin’ for a Cure hosts fifth annual fundraiser.

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Fun at the petting zoo on Aromas Day. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Village comes out to play

More than 5,000 people attend annual Aromas Day celebration.

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Joint BenitoLink and Farm Bureau Election Forums to be held in October

Two free, public forums are scheduled for Oct. 11 and Oct. 18 in Hollister.

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