Briefs: Baler Backers; MLK fair; burn season starts

Baler Backers

The Baler Bakers Athletic Organization, which helps support all athletic programs at San Benito High School, is holding a fundraising raffle featuring a grand prize of a two-night stay for two at The Palms resort in Las Vegas, with roundtrip airfare provided. In addition to being a tax-deductible donation, the $20 ticket also includes an Ipad 2 as the second place prize and an Xbox Kinect as third prize. Tickets will available though December at the Student Activities Office at San Benito High School, Ding-A-Ling Cafe at the Hollister Airport or by calling Mary at 902-7542.

MLK fair

Communtiy Media Access Partnership and the Si, Se Puede! Learning Center are hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Fair Jan. 16 that will celebrate and honor local community leaders for their courage and service. The event will feature a digital storytelling program called “Stories of Courage,” as well as food, beverages, live entertainment, speakers and more. Community members are invited to honor a volunteer or community member who has exhibited courage and service in the last year; invite youth and community members to attend the event on Jan. 16 to share their “Stories of Courage”; bring children’s books and canned goods to the event for donations; or volunteer at the event or attend to enjoy the fun. Those who would like to honor a community member should write CMAP with the names of the individuals and a short description of the reason they should be honored. Teachers contact CMAP to see about using “Stories of Courage” curriculum in their classrooms. The books, as well as arts and crafts supplies will be used by the Si, Se Puede Learning Center, and the good will be donated to the Community Food Bank of San Benito. For more information on the event or on how to get involved, call 205-1320 or e-mail [email protected]

Backyard burn

The backyard burn season for San Benito County, during which the residential burning of dry yard trimmings is permitted in rural areas – with some restrictions – began Dec. 1 and will run through April 30. Backyard burns are not allowed within the Hollister city limits. Fires to dispose of dry vegetation cleared prior to a construction project are also permitted, while the burning of garbage and treated wood is prohibited at all times. A list of requirements and clean, safe burning tips can be found on the air district’s website, or by calling Betsy Hibbits at 831-647-9411, ext. 213.

Tree pickup

The Boy Scouts will be picking up used Christmas trees in Hollister and San Juan, on Jan. 1, 7 and 8, by 9 a.m. The trees should be stripped of decorations and stands. They will pick up within the city limits of both cities, and will also offer drop-off sites at the Veterans Memorial Park, Enterprise Road and the San Juan Bautista Scout House. Those living outside city limits can call to arrange a pick up. All trees are recycled. The donation for tree pick-up is $8. Donations can be left under the doormat. Hollister residents can make the checks payable to BSA Troop 436 while San Juan residents can make the checks payable to BSA Troop 428. The funds raised support troop activities, send scouts to camp in the summer and fund the Gerald Rawn Memorial Endowment.

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