News in Brief

Submit a pet photo to Animal Shelter Contest
HOLLISTER
– The Hollister Animal Shelter is hosting the Summer Fun Pet
Contest, with photos due by Aug. 29. Take a photo of a pet having
fun in the sun, then mail or drop off a non-returnable copy with a
completed entry form. Entry forms can be found online at
www.hollister.ca.gov/Site/html/gov/office/summe
rfun.asp.
Winners will be featured in the September edition of

Animal Times

and on the shelter’s website.
Submit a pet photo to Animal Shelter Contest

HOLLISTER – The Hollister Animal Shelter is hosting the Summer Fun Pet Contest, with photos due by Aug. 29. Take a photo of a pet having fun in the sun, then mail or drop off a non-returnable copy with a completed entry form. Entry forms can be found online at www.hollister.ca.gov/Site/html/gov/office/summerfun.asp.

Winners will be featured in the September edition of “Animal Times” and on the shelter’s website.

Rehab road work continues south of Hollister

HOLLISTER – Caltrans will continue work on a four-mile stretch of Hwy. 25, from Willow Creek Bridge to just north of the San Benito River Bridge, in Hollister. The rehabilitation and overlay project will be completed from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 6:30 to 3 p.m., on Fridays.

Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control with flaggers and minimal delays are anticipated. Roadwork is expected to be completed by the end of September.

The project is to relieve pavement distress and extend the service life of the section of the roadway. Granite Construction Company, of Watsonville, is the contractor for the $1.2 million project.

For traffic updates on other highway projects in San Benito, call 423-0396 or visit www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/projects/#sbt.

CASA to host training session

HOLLISTER – CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates of San Benito County, is starting the next training session for child advocates. They are looking for community members who want to be a voice for an abused and neglected child. Contact Esther Curtice at the CASA office to sign up for the next training session or for additional information at 637-4992.

YMCA after school programs take registration

HOLLISTER – YMCA after school programs are accepting registration for programs at Cerra Vista, Ladd Lane, Gabilan Hills, San Juan School, Spring Grove and Sunnyslope Elementary schools. The hours vary by location.

The programs provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Led by trained YMCA staff, the programs offer fun and inspiring activities that will help children build self confidence, self esteem and independence. Activities include homework help, athletics, arts and crafts and community service projects. Space is limited and registration is required.

For more information or to register, call Nicole Hartshorn at 637-8600 or e-mail [email protected]

Singles dinner group celebrates third-year anniversary

HOLLISTER – There is a singles dinner for individuals 55 and older, every third Saturday of each month. The group enjoys dine arounds at area restaurants, and they also do potluck dinners at member’s homes. It is a nice way to meet and socialize with other singles. For more information, contact Sandi Gowers at [email protected]

Cell phone collection

HOLLISTER – Community Solutions, a nonprofit that offers counseling for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, is collecting old or unused cell phones.

Community Solutions has partnered with Extreme Wireless to collect cell phones in the community. Stop by an Extreme Wireless location in South San Jose, Morgan Hill, Gilroy or Hollister to hand over unused phones. Cell phones are also being collected at Community Solutions in Gilroy or Morgan Hill. Cell phone chargers and batteries are not necessary for drop off.

Money raised through the collection of cell phones will help provide services and daily necessities for the women and children who seek refuge at La Isla Pacifica shelter.

Community Solutions is the most comprehensive nonprofit human services agency in South Santa Clara County. The agency offers a broad spectrum of services for mental health, substance abuse, teen parenting, family dysfunction, sexual assault, juvenile delinquency, domestic violence, homelessness and youth development. Community Solutions works in partnership with community-based organizations, law enforcement, local schools, and county health and human service providers. For more information, visit www.communitysolutions.org or call 637-1094.

Grants available for artists

HOLLISTER – Applications are now being accepted for the San Benito Arts Council’s 2011 re-granting program. Mini grants of up to $500 will be made available to individual artists and nonprofit arts organizations in San Benito County for arts-related programs and services.

Re-granting information and guidelines can be found online at www.sanbenitoarts.org. All proposals must be received by Aug. 5.

For more information, call the Arts Council at 636-2787 or e-mail [email protected]

High School to College conference

GILROY – South County Cal-SOAP will host a conference for 10th, 11th and 12th grade high school students and their parents, from the Hollister, Aromas-San Juan, Gilroy and Morgan Hill school districts Aug. 10-12. The three-day conference, “High School to College: Blending the Best of Both Worlds” will provide information on college admissions, financial aid, scholarships, career presenters, visits to San Jose State University and Santa Clara University and more. Lunch will be provided.

The conference is free, and students or parents can RSVP for one, two or all three days. Please RSVP by July 29 to 408-846-7504 or visit www.southcountycalsoap.org for more information.

Learn to play bridge

HOLLISTER – Starting July 26, for five weeks, residents can learn to play bridge or brush up on their skills Tuesday mornings. Instruction is 9 to 10 a.m., and supervised play is 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per session. Classes are held at Dunne Park in the Clubhouse. Please sign up in advance.

For more information or to sign up, call Linda King at 801-9257.

Registration open for Summer Digital Media Academy

HOLLISTER – The YMCA of San Benito County and Community Media Access Partnership are offering a Summer Digital Media Academy, from Aug. 8-12, from 1 to 4 p.m., at 351 Tres Pinos Road, Ste. A-201, in Hollister. The fee is $125 and financial assistance is available for qualifying families.

The academy will allow students to create their own video presentation as a way to learn the art of moviemaking and storytelling. Students will learn scriptwriting, storytelling, video production and will complete a short video.

For more information or to register, call Nicole Hartshorn at 637-8600 or e-mail [email protected]

All Around Sports for preschoolers

HOLLISTER – The YMCA is taking registration for the All Around Sports program, Tee-ball at Dunne Park, Aug. 13-27. The cost is $30 for the session.

The sessions are open to children 2 ½ to 5 years old. Kids 2 ½ to 3 meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Ages 3 ½ to 5 meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Kids will learn basic technique, skill and understanding of the rules of the game. The goal of the camp is to give the kids an easy understanding and confidence-building experience in the environment of youth sports.

For more information or to register, call 637-8600.

Rabies vaccination clinic

HOLLISTER – The Hollister Animal Shelter at 1131 South St. will hold rabies vaccination clinic on Aug. 17 from 4:40-5:30 p.m. for $6 per pet in the animal shelter’s parking lot. Dogs must be leashed and cats must be caged. All pets must also be more than four months old. The shelter is also seeking pictures of patriotic pets by sending a non-returnable copy with a completed entry form to the shelter. Winning photos will be featured in the shelter’s August newsletter. Entry forms are available at the facility and at ww.hollister.ca.gov.

Depression Recovery Program offers orientation

HOLLISTER – Orientation for an eight-week Depression Recovery Program will be Aug. 29, at 7 p.m., at 2121 Sunnyslope Road, in Hollister. Those interested are encouraged to attend the orientation so that the instructor knows how many books to order for the class and so that residents can get a sense of the program.

The program, created by Neil Nedley, will allow people to learn how to identify depression and its causes, improve emotional intelligence, enhance energy levels and mood, overcome depression through positive lifestyle choices, eat for optimal brain function, manage stress without distress, live above loss, improve brain function, defeat depression through right thinking and the achieve peak mental performance.

Classes begin September 12. For more information or to register, call 607-9549 or visit 2121 Sunnyslope Road, in Hollister.

Al-anon meetings

HOLLISTER – Al-anon meets Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Mars Hill Coffeehouse, 610 San Benito St.

Class of ’51 60th reunion

TRES PINOS – The San Benito High School class of 1951 will hold its 60th reunion on Aug. 27 at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos. Organizers are trying to track down for the following classmates: Katherine Bailey, Joanne Faxon DeYoung, Dora Lierly Berdue, Judy Smyle Elliott, Charles White, Earl Woodard, Marie Aguilera, Bruce Carter, Roylee Clark Manzano, Evelyn Rhine, Juanita Rodriguez Alexander, Fannie Sanchez McDonald, Richard Souza and Dwight Yanez. Call 630-0166 if you can help.

Entries open for photo contest

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Coastal Commission and Thank you Ocean Campaign are taking entries for the 2011 California Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest. Entrants are encouraged to submit photos of the following subjects – the scenic coast and Pacific Ocean off California, People and the California Coast, California Ocean and coastal wildlife.

Plants and animals photographed should be native species in their natural setting. Photographs must be taken from a public place and should be in color. To avoid disturbance, photos or marine mammals must be taken from 50 yards away or more.

Online voters will pick a viewer’s choice winner while separate judge’s choice winners will be selected for first, second and third place. Winners will select from the following donated prizes: an overnight stay in Sonoma County with breakfast for two, courtesy of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, a one-night weekend stay in Orange County with valet parking courtesy of the Fairmont Newport Beach hotel, an overnight stay in San Jose, courtesy of the Fairmont San Jose, or a two-night stay in San Francisco, courtesy of the Fairmont Hotel San Francisco atop Nob Hill.

All entries must be submitted online by Sept. 2. Online voting must be completed by Sept. 16.

Amateur photographers are those who earn less than 50 percent of their income from photography. Entries can be posted at http://mycoastalphoto.com.

Assemblyman Alejo has satellite office hours

HOLLISTER – Assemblyman Luis Alejo and his staff will hold satellite office hours every Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Hollister. The time is available for residents who need assistance in dealing with government agencies, accessing government services, as well as those seeking information on specific legislation or the legislative process. The staff members can also arrange for Capitol tours.

Satellite hours are held in Watsonville every Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 275 Main St., Ste. 104, and in Salinas, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 100 West Alisal St., Ste. 134.

For more information, call the Hollister office at 638-3228.

Host an exchange student

HOLLISTER – The International Student Exchange Programs ASSE International is seeking local families to host male and female students, from 15 to 18 years, from a variety of countries. The students come to practice English and experience American culture. The students live with the families, experience household life. The students have their own pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance.

For more information, call ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773.

Y seeks sponsors for charity golf tournament

HOLLISTER – The YMCA of San Benito County and Hollister Rotary Club are looking for sponsors for its 13th annual charity golf tournament, which will be Sept. 16, at San Juan Oaks Golf Club.

The sponsorship levels include:

$75, booster, program recognition

$150, tee sponsor, tee sign on hole and program recognition

$500, silver sponsor, name on sponsor banner, tee sign and program recognition

$1,000, gold sponsor, four dinner tickets, name on sponsor banner, tee sign and program recognition

$1,500, platinum sponsor, foursome, eight dinner tickets, name on sponsor banner, tee sign and program recognition.

For $130 per person, individuals can participate in the four-person scramble. The fee includes green fees, cart, range balls, lunch, dinner and awards. For $20, individuals can purchase a “mulli pack,” which includes mulligan, putting contest, prizes, on-course games and refreshments. Dinner only is $35 per guest.

Proceeds benefit the YMCA of San Benito County and the Hollister Rotary Club. For more information or to register, call 637-8600 or e-mail [email protected]

Vet Center offers counseling services

HOLLISTER – The Santa Cruz County Vet Center, from Capitola, will offer one-to-one counseling services to all combat veterans experiencing readjustment issues or psychosocial problems, as well as veterans suffering from past military sexual trauma. Any combat veteran who is filing a claim for post-traumatic stress disorder will be able to obtain free, confidential evaluation and counseling the first and third Monday of each month, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 649 San Benito St., in Hollister.

The counselor assigned to the building is Carolyn Carpenter, MSW, LCSW. Call 464-4575 or 650-444-7381 to schedule an appointment.

Adult literacy tutors needed

HOLLISTER – The San Benito County Free Library is seeking volunteer tutors for its adult literacy program. The goal of the program is to reduce illiteracy within the county, raise education levels through instruction, teach the importance of reading to children and help local families or individuals become lifelong readers.

The program offers free tutoring to any resident of San Benito County. Learners meet weekly with trained volunteer tutors, for personalized one-on-one instruction and assignments. Tutors will be trained in supporting adults as they improve their reading and writing skills. Volunteers should have knowledge of basic English spelling and grammar, must be 18 years of age, and willing to commit to at least 1.5 hours a week for six months.

For more information, call Wendy Kay or Rosa Garcia at 636-4107, ext. 20, or e-mail [email protected] or [email protected]

Class of 1961 seeks members

HOLLISTER – The San Benito High School Class of 1961 is requesting help in finding the following classmates: Frank Barberi, Jeffrey Cane, Louise Capitanich, Norma Lee Cole, Livio De Biasio, Eileen Degang, Donald Fairley, John Garcia, Angelina Gonzales Alvarez, Steve Green, Johnny Hedrick, William Hill, Jeffery Kane, Sayeko Katashima, San Juana Martinez, Kaye Miura, Pat Nordin, Terry Nunes, Jackqueline Rashe, Jean Rodgers, Lucy Rodriguez and John Stevens.

Call Barbara Poggi 637-7539 or Patsy Zuniga at 637-6062 if you have any information on how to contact any of these people.

AARP Driver Safety program

HOLLISTER – The AARP Driver Safety Program is a refresher course for drivers who are age 50 and senior. AARP membership is not required. This course may be taken online at www.aarp.org or in the classroom. The initial classroom version is an eight-hour course, which is normally taught in two four-hour sessions, and then a renewal class that is four hours long can be taken every three years.

All graduates receive a certificate that may entitle them to a reduction in their California auto insurance. The course covers age-related physical changes, declining perceptual skills and rules of the road. The classroom tuition is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non members. The online course may be taken in segments over a month or so and costs $15.95 for AARP members and $19.95 for non-members.

For a list of classes scheduled in nearby towns, visit www.aarp.org.

HDA seeks volunteers

HOLLISTER – The Hollister Downtown Association is looking for civic-minded groups to help with watering the hanging planters on San Benito Street. Weekday and weekend time slots are available. Equipment and training will be provided.

For more information, call Brenda Weatherly at 636-8406.

Friends of the Library change meeting time

HOLLISTER – The Friends of the San Benito County Free Library has changed its monthly meetings to the fourth Monday of each month, at 5:30 p.m., at the library, 470 Fifth St., in Hollister.

Red Cross seeks volunteers

HOLLISTER – The American Red Cross, Monterey Bay Area Chapter is looking for volunteers to staff the Hollister chapter office. The chapter office is located at 357 Fifth St., and the hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Shifts are four hours, once a week, but any hours will be considered.

For more information or to find out about volunteering, call the Red Cross office at 636-2100 or volunteer Howard at 297-3696.

Thursdays at the symphony series

HOLLISTER – The Hollister Symphony Group is taking orders for the 2011-2012 San Francisco Symphony season. The group takes a bus from Dunne Park at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the performances and returns by 6:30 p.m.

Performances are Oct. 27, Feb. 2, and April 19 at 2 p.m. Prices are $201 for front orchestra; $288 for premium orchestra; $240 for orchestra; $180 for upper orchestra; $213 for premium first tier; $186 for first tier; $117 for premium second tier; and $90 for second tier.

All orders must be accompanied by payment and include a $15 handling fee. Patrons who wish to be seated together should send their forms in the same envelope. All tickets will be mailed in July to the name and address on the order form. If requesting upper orchestra, please give a second choice of seating.

For more information or for an order form, call Sally Crissman at 630-0750.

Kinship Center memberships available

HOLLISTER – Kinship Center Gabilan Chapter of San Benito County is accepting associate or family members. Associate memberships are $25 and family memberships are $100. Kinship Center’s mission is to help every child have a safe, loving family that will be there for a lifetime. Kinship Center helps place infants, children and teens who have been removed from their homes due to severe abuse, neglect or abandonment. Their goal is to place kids with adoptive families so they won’t have to spend time in foster care.

This year, Kinship hosted a May Open House, where guests got a personal look at the extreme needs in San Benito County and how Kinship helps traumatized children. They also added an educational component to the annual Wine and Food Tasting, at Paicines Ranch. Kids’ photos and stories decorated tables throughout the event.

Associate members can also purchase merchandise, such as a cookbook, totes, aprons and throw blankets.

For more information on supporting Kinship Center, call 634-0238 or visit 719 San Benito St., Suite A, in Hollister.

Bertuccio’s Market supports sports

HOLLISTER – Bertuccio’s Market has selected two days a week when the owners will donate 10 percent of the purchase price to local sports. Customers can come in on Sundays and mention the Balers to donate a portion of their purchase to the athletic fund at San Benito High School. Those who come in on Wednesday can mention Pop Warner Football and Cheer to donate 10 percent of the purchase.

Students of the Constitution

HOLLISTER – Students of the Constitution is a monthly series that introduces people to the United States Constitution and other historic documents. It will be held the third Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m., at The Vault Restaurant. The event is free and open to anyone interested in attending. For more information, call 537-3611.

Bolado Park Golf Club lets kids play free

TRES PINOS – For the summer, Bolado Park Golf Club will offer a special in which kids 12 and under can play a round of golf for free. Each child must be accompanied by one adult, both of whom have clubs. The offer is valid weekdays after 2 p.m.

For more information, call 628-9995 or visit Bolado Park Golf Club, 7777 Airline Hwy.

Pinnacle Quilters meets

HOLLISTER – The Pinnacle Quilters of San Benito County meets monthly in San Juan Bautista on the third Tuesday of the month in the San Juan Community Center, 10 San Jose St. A visitor fee of $5 is charged.

Masonic family group meeting

HOLLISTER – Athena Chapter No. 46 Order of the Eastern Star meets the first Wednesday of every month at 8 p.m. at the Masonic Building, corner of Fourth and San Benito streets in Hollister. For more information, call Sue Bishop at 637-3554.

The San Benito Lodge No. 211 meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Masonic building at 8 p.m. For more information, call Steve Carpenter at 637-9082.

GriefShare meetings continue

HOLLISTER – GriefShare, a Christ-centered recovery and support group for those who are grieving a loved one will meet at the home of Greg and Tricia Harvey, 145 Vine St. The group will meet for 13 weeks, Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The meetings include nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include “God’s Prescription For Grief,” “The journey of Grief,” “The Effects of Grief,” “When Your Spouse Dies,” “Your Family and Grief,” and “Stuck in Grief.”

For more information, call Grace Bible Church at 638-1394 or Greg Harvey at 207-6560.

Probation department seeks mentors

HOLLISTER – The probation department is seeking community members who are interested in becoming a mentor for a six-month to one-year period working with juveniles on probation. The program is a voluntary program for the students and requires a one-hour to three-hour commitment each month. Both male and female mentors are needed, as well as community members with a variety of career backgrounds.

Those interested in becoming a mentor are encouraged to fill out an application. After that, the potential mentors will go through an interview with Richard Vasquez and the fingerprinting process before they are paired with a student.

To find out more, call Vasquez at 636-4070 or e-mail [email protected]

Minimum qualifications for mentors:

– Be at least 21 years of age

– Not have been convicted of a felony or places on deferred adjudication for a felony offense within 10 years, not currently be on felony probation or parole and never have been convicted of a sex offense or be registered as a sex offender

– Possess a valid driver’s license or other form of valid identification

– Have reliable transportation and proof of liability insurance

– Possess a reasonably flexible schedule with the ability to maintain a long-term, one-on-one commitment

– Possess and be able to relate experiences which will enhance the mentoring relationship.

Veterans Medical Team to visit

HOLLISTER – The Veterans Administration Medical Team, from Palo Alto, will be having an outreach program for all Veterans on the first Tuesday of each month at the Veterans Memorial Building, 649 San Benito St., from 1 to 5 p.m. The team will have doctors and nurses to address medical and mental issues as well as a Veteran Service Officer, who will process claims.

For more information, call 637-4846.

Co-Dependents Anonymous meets

HOLLISTER – A Co-Dependents Anonymous group meets Saturdays, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. at Mars Hill, in the conference room, 610 San Benito St. Co-Dependents Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is recovery from codependence and the development and maintenance of healthy relationships. The group can help those experiencing denial, low self esteem, control issues (the lack or over use with yourself and others), or compliance issues.

Parkinson’s caregiver support group sets meetings for 2011

HOLLISTER – Family or friends who are caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s or other movement disorders, or those suffering form the disease can join a monthly support group that provides information on Parkinson’s disease, current medications and research, how to deal with the loss of function, develop good self care skills, and what steps are necessary to plan for the future. Monthly speakers address these issues as well as other issues such as finding community resources like home care, adult day care, transportation and other needed services that could be available to you and your family member. Speakers- are provided each month from different organizations on a variety of topics related to Parkinson’s disease or care giving

The group meets the first Tuesday of every month at the First Presbyterian Church, 2066 Cienega Road, in Hollister, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The meetings will be held in the new building, in front next to the parking lot. The remaining scheduled meetings are Aug. 2, Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. There will be no meeting in July or September.

Speakers and refreshments will be served at every meeting.

The group is sponsored by Jovenes de Antano, Health Projects Center and Parkinson’s Institute. No fees are required.

For more information, contact Kim Harman at 636-4977 or Shirley Kennedy at 637-3839.

Blue Star Moms meet monthly

HOLLISTER – The Hollister city group of the South Bay Blue Star Moms meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Those interested or who would like more information, should call Karol Burke at 801-6935, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.southbaybluestarmoms.org.

Library book sale

HOLLISTER – The Friends of the Library Saturday book sales are held in the book shed behind the library and the Historical Society, 470 Fifth St. from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday. It will be cancelled on rainy days. Books are available at $3 a bag, as are videos, tapes and more. Donations are accepted, as are donations of used and new books. For more information on the book sale, call 636-4107.

Members needed for library

HOLLISTER – The Friends of the San Benito County Free Library is recruiting new members and people to serve on the board to help plan the future of the library. The monthly meetings are held the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m.

Due to the large increase in library cardholders and the increase in circulation, more help and input is welcome.

For more information, call Ruth Erickson at 637-0987.

Seeking space for library

HOLLISTER – Residents are seeking a small, rent-free place to hold a free library and share Catholic books. Anyone with a space may contact Mario Corota at 636-5290.

Hollister Lions Club meets

HOLLISTER – The Hollister Lions Club holds its meeting at the Dunne Park Clubhouse on the second and fourth Thursday of every month.

For more information, call Sharon McCarthy at 630-0125.

Seniors needed for volunteer opportunities

HOLLISTER – The Monterey Bay Retired Senior Volunteer Program is looking for people 55 and older who would like to give back to their community by volunteering with one of the many nonprofits in San Benito County. RSVP provides a link between individual seniors in the community and nonprofit agencies. The group has been working to connect seniors to volunteer opportunities for 39 years. RSVP recruits, interviews and refers volunteers to more than 60 nonprofits.

Nonprofits are also welcome to contact RSVP if they are interested in connecting with volunteers.

For more information, call Regina Henderson, the outreach coordinator, at 427-5070 or e-mail [email protected]

Low-cost helmets available to local kids

HOLLISTER – The Child Injury Prevention Coalition, in partnership with the San Benito County Public Health Department is offering low-cost bicycle helmets at Off the Chain Bikes. Helmets are $5.

To get a voucher, families need to present a WIC or Medi-Cal card, along with a valid form of ID. Vouchers for a low-cost helmet can be purchased at the Public Health Department Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., 439 Fourth St. Payment is due when picking up the voucher.

For more information, call Public Health at 637-5367.

Ladies Auxiliary meeting

HOLLISTER – The Ladies Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 9242, meets the second Monday of the month to the second Saturday of the month. Meetings start at 2 p.m., Room 204, Veterans Building, 649 San Benito St.

For more information, call Dolly De Vasier at 637-1980.

Caregiver support and education group meets

HOLLISTER – The Caregiver support and education group, formerly the Alzheimer’s support group, meets the second Thursday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Hollister Community Center, 300 West St. The meeting is facilitated by Kim Harman, who said the name has been changed to reflect that the group is open to any caregivers who are helping someone with dementia or memory impairment. Pamphlets and books on Alzheimer’s can also be checked out from a resource library at the Community Center. For more information, call 459-6639, ext. 16. The group is sponsored by Jovenes de Antano and the Del Mar Caregiver Resource Center.

Grief and loss support groups

HOLLISTER – Central Coast VNA and Hospice is offering free grief and loss support groups in Hollister, Monterey, Salinas and Gilroy. Central Coast VNA and Hospice has been providing quality in home care, end of life care and community health services as well as support for those struggling with grief and loss. The support is provided by bereavement specialists, spiritual care counselors and licensed social workers. The Hollister group meets at the Hollister United Methodist Church, 521 Monterey St., from noon to 1:30 p.m., on the first Tuesday of every month.

For more information, call Mick Erickson, the bereavement coordinator and counselor, at 758-8243.

Returning Catholics group

HOLLISTER – Sacred Heart-St. Benedict Parish hosts a weekly meeting on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. for returning Catholics. The gathering is an opportunity for participants to understand the church through presentations, questions and discussion. Those who have left the church and are interested in returning are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Dolores Fenzel, the adult faith formation coordinator, at 637-9212.

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