Briefs: Resource conservation holds demo tour; community blood drive and more

Resource conservation holds demo tour

HOLLISTER – The San Benito Resource Conservation District staff will host a demonstration tour that will show off best management practices for properties with livestock. The event begins Feb. 25, at 9 a.m., at 2337 Technology Parkway, Ste. C, in Hollister. Guests will travel by bus to San Juan Bautista and Morgan Hill before returning to Hollister. The tour will include tips on dealing with winter mud issues, better manure storage, paddocks and more. Guests will view manure bunker installation, paddock resurfacing, geo-textile installation, drainage restructuring, roofs and rain gutters, wash rack installation and more. The cost is free and includes bus transportation and lunch. Space is limited. Details: To register, call Camille at 637-4360 ext. 103 or visit

Community blood drive

SAN JUAN – Old Mission San Juan Bautista parish will sponsor an annual community blood drive Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Casa Maria, 600 First St., in San Juan. The bloodmobile will be located in the parking lot and blood will be drawn by the staff of the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s Blood Center.

    Potential blood donors must be 17 years of age, in good health and weight at least 110 pounds. Bring a photographic ID, eat and drink fluids before coming to donate.

    Details: 625-4814, Community Hospital Blood Center.

Parks commission to host workshop

HOLLISTER – The San Benito Parks and Recreation Commission will host an educational workshop on parks or a community services district, approved by the county board of supervisors. The Hollister and San Juan city councils, school districts, staff and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting is March 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the county board of supervisors’ chambers. Details: 636-4000.

Street Fest accepts vendor applications

HOLLISTER – The Hollister Downtown Association is seeking vendors for its 26th Annual Street Festival and Car Show, scheduled from July 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in downtown Hollister. Applications are available online at or at the office, 455 San Benito St., Ste. 21. Booth discounts are available to nonprofits, HDA members and Hollister’s Farmers Market 2012 vendors.

    Details: 636-8406 or [email protected]

SBHS Class of 2002 reunion set

HOLLISTER – The San Benito High School class of 2002 reunion will be May 19, at Leal Vineyards, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $45 and reservations are required by April 19. Details: Monica Cordova at 562-754-4075 or class of 2002reunion on Facebook.

Free compost class

HOLLISTER – Free composting classes will be held March 29, April 10 and May 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Composting is a way to save money by lowering garbage bills and replacing store-bought soil conditioners. It helps garden and house plants by improving fertility and health of the soil, saving water by helping the soil hold moisture and reducing water runoff, and it benefits the environment by recycling valuable organic resources and extended the life of landfills. Participants will receive a free compost bin.

    Limited space is available so call ahead to sign up. The workshop is sponsored by San Benito County’s Integrated Waste Management Regional Agency.

    Details: 636-4110.

Retired teachers meeting

HOLLISTER – The San Benito Chapter of California Retired Teachers will hold its next social gathering March 7, at 10:20 a.m. at San Juan Oaks. A buffet lunch will follow. The featured speaker will be Jill Prosser-Bohn from the Area V legislative committee.

Red Cross seeks hero nominations

HOLLISTER – The American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter is seeking nominations for the 2012 Heroes Celebration, to be held May 19 at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey. The goal of the event is to recognize acts of heroism performed by local residents and pay tribute to those who have performed lifesaving deeds.

    All nominees must work or reside in Monterey or San Benito County, though the heroic acts may have occurred elsewhere. Nominees for the Hero Award must have performed an act or acts of courage to save or attempt to save someone’s life. The events should have occurred between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011.

    Categories include Animal Rescue Hero, Fire Safety, Good Samaritan – Adult, Good Samaritan – Youth, Law Enforcement Hero, Medical Professional Hero and Military Hero.

    The deadline to submit nomination is Feb. 28.

    Details: 626-5251, or email [email protected], or

Foundation accepts grant application

HOLLISTER – The Community Foundation for San Benito County is accepting applications for is Community Impact Grants for 2012. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 28, and will be reviewed and approved on a monthly basis. To learn more about updated guidelines and the streamlined application process, visit

    Details: 630-1924 or

Local blood drive

HOLLISTER – There will be an American Red Cross blood drive held March 15, from 1 to 6 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1670 Cienega Road. To make an appointment, use the sponsor code HOLLISTER.

    Details: 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or

LULAC raises money with enchiladas

HOLLISTER – San Benito LULAC youth will be selling enchiladas to raise money for members to travel to the National LULAC Youth Leadership Convention in June, at Disney World, in Orlando, Fla. Enchilada sales will be held March 17. Orders must be placed in advance. The cheese-corn tortilla enchiladas are $14 per dozen.

    Details: Vince Luna at 673-1977, Sami Salazar Weaver at 408-706-8485, Julio Salazar at 245-9608 or Francisco Lezama at 537-8332.

Native Daughters accept artwork for contest

SAN JUAN – The Native Daughters of the Golden West Parlor No. 179 will host a student art talent contest in the spring. All students attending high schools in San Benito County are invited to enter their work in two categories; two-dimensional works and photography. The purpose of the contest is to encourage the creativity of youth and interest in the history, landmarks and natural wonders of the State of California. The contest is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 in any school in California.  Enrollment in an art class is not required.

    The theme this year is “Teamwork.” The artwork must be accompanied by an entry form that includes a brief description of the subject and the reason it is a significant historical landmark or historical event or period in California history.  Limit is one entry per student. All original artworks and photographs are due by March 15 to the San Juan Bautista Parlor, No. 179, 203 Fourth St., San Juan Bautista, with prior arrangement. Please call at least 24 hours in advance to arrange for your drop off and pick-up to Darlene Boyd at 623-2750 or [email protected]   

    The pick-up date is April 11 after the award presentations at the monthly meeting, except for first place winners, whose art pieces will be delivered to the state level NDGW contest. All participants are invited to attend. First place winners will be contacted to pick up their works after June 30. Arrangements may be made by appointment for drop-off and pick up by contacting Darlene Boyd.

    Details: or e-mail Darlene Boyd at [email protected]

Tai Chi location changes

HOLLISTER –Elaine Frey will be offering Tai Chi at the Dunne Park Clubhouse Wednesdays, from 6 to 7 p.m. Additional classes may be held at Main Street Kickboxing on Fridays at 10 a.m. For a full schedule, visit her blog at The gentle, low-impact exercise can improve physical and mental health. It helps people improve strength, flexibility, balance, ease of movement, better health. They will enjoy relaxation, calmness, joy and peace of mind. Learn and practice the movements outdoors.

    Details: 637-8083 or e-mail [email protected]

Story Time Camp coming up

HOLLISTER – Julie Engelhardt will offer a spring mini story time camp for children in grades kindergarten through second grade, April 9, 10 and 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. The theme is “Rescue Me From Boredom – Read a Good Book!” The cost is $20 per child, plus $7 for materials. The camp will focus on rescue personnel such as firefighters, police and paramedics, and include a trip to a local fire station and the police department.

    Details: Email Julie at [email protected]

Hazel Hawkins scholarship applications available

HOLLISTER – Applications for the 2012 Hazel Hawkins Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Awards are now available. Each year the auxiliary awards scholarships to students who are pursuing a medical or medically oriented career. The total amount awarded to each recipient will be at the discretion of the scholarship committee.

    Auxiliary members put in thousands of hours throughout the year running a thrift shop, the hospital gift shop, and organizing their annual craft and antique faire in order to fund scholarships and purchase equipment for Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.

    To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you must:

Be a high school graduate (or equivalent). Be a resident of San Benito County for a minimum of one continuous year. Be enrolled in health-related course of study at an accredited institution. Apply by March 30.

    A complete list of eligibility rules and application packet are available at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Lobby, San Benito High School, Gavilan College, on the hospital website at

Details: Call Frankie Gallagher in the HHH Public Relations office at 636-2644 for additional information.

AARP offers tax aide program

HOLLISTER – The AARP Tax-Aide program offers free personal tax counseling and preparation assistance to taxpayers of low-to-middle income, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. Volunteers will be available to help residents on Monday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through April 13, at the Hollister Community Center, 300 West St.

    Participants should bring all the tax documents they have received in the mail, last year’s tax return and all relevant information on income and expenses. Volunteer counselors are not trained to assist in preparing tax returns that report business, rental or partnership income. Call ahead to make an appointment.    Details: Irma at 630-0642.

Free tax prep available

HOLLISTER – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will show residents how to keep 100 percent of their tax refund. Get a refund fast and avoid hidden fees. IRS-certified preparers make sure residents receive the largest refund possible Refunds are available in 7-10 days with direct deposit. Sites will be open through April 11. Household income must be less than $50,000. What to bring: photo ID, SSN or ITIN, W-2s, 1099s, 1098s and any other tax form you receive; a voided check for direct deposit; and last year’s tax return.

    The preparation is available at the following locations:  Wednesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., through April 11 at the Community Services and Workforce Development office, 1111 San Felipe Road, Ste. 108; Mondays, from 6 to 8 p.m., through April 9, at the Si, Se Puede! Learning Center Villa Luna Apartments, 850 Hillcrest Road, 637-9097; Feb. 14 and March 13, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Panoche Inn, 29960 Panoche Road, in Paicines; and Jan. 28 and April 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Mars Hill Coffee House, 610 San Benito St., in Hollister.

    Details: 637-9293 or visit

Camera club seeks new members

HOLLISTER – The Hollister Camera Club is seeking new members. The club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 100 Dry Creek Road, in Hollister. Photographers of all skill level who work with prints, slides or digital images are welcome.

    Details: Jack Marcheski, 637-3453 or 524-5912.

Rotary plans for summer antiques fair

SAN JUAN – The Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista is planning its 49th Annual Antique and Collectibles Fair for Aug. 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in San Juan. An appraiser will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Applications are being accepted for vendor booths. The event this year will include an increase in vendors and food booths.

    All proceeds go to the club’s community grants program, emergency fund for local families, leadership opportunities for high school students and the donation of dictionaries to all third-grade children in the Aromas-San Juan Unified School District.

    Details: 207-2331 or email [email protected]

Registration open for

‘Path of Padres’ hikes

LOS BANOS – The “Path of the Padres” hike series will run Saturdays and Sundays at the Los Banos Creek Reservoir, March 3 thorough April 29. Reservations are now being accepted. The hikes begin at the Los Banos Creek Reservoir boat launch ramp at 8 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. A pontoon boat carries passengers for about 30-40 minutes to the west end of the reservoir.

    The hike is a five mile round-trip trek that shows where Spanish padres from Mission San Juan Bautista camped on their way to the Central Valley. The hike is moderately strenuous and participants should be in good physical condition. Hikers must be 6 years of age, and bring a minimum of two quarts of water, lunch and snacks. The fee is $12 for adults and $7 for children 6 to 12. There is also a $10 per vehicle parking fee.

    Details: 209-826-1197 or visit

Move and learn

with YMCA

HOLLISTER – YMCA of San Benito County will hold its Move and Learn Program from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays Feb. 29 through April 4; and April 25 through May 30. Preschoolers with an adult guardian are invited to learn the joy of an active lifestyle and develop a healthy curiosity of the world. Cost is $50 per session and a program membership is required. Financial assistance is available.

    Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Details: Nicole Hartshorn at 637-8600 or [email protected]

Bridge lessons

HOLLISTER – New bridge classes have begun, including modern bridge conventions for duplicate and social bridge players of all levels. Learn about slam bidding on Feb. 21 and 28 and March 6. All classes are from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Dunne Park. The cost of classes is $8 each.

Details: Linda King at 801-9257 or email [email protected]

Caregiver University set for April

HOLLISTER – The Del Mar Caregiver Resource Center, the Area Agency on Aging, Jovenes de Antano and the Seniors Council will host a Caregiver University April 21, at the Hollister Community Center, 300 West St., in Hollister. The Caregiver University is a series of conferences that support and educate caregivers who are caring for loved ones with chronic health conditions. This year’s free events will include new topics designed especially to meet the needs of caregivers.

    Additional Caregiver Universities will be held March 24, at Inner Light Ministries, 5630 Soquel Drive, in Soquel, and May 19, at the Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave., in Seaside.

    Details: Sandra at 459-6639.


Art League calendars on sale

HOLLISTER – The 2012 Hollister Art League Calendars of local flowers are now on sale.

This calendar entitled “Beauty Around” features reproductions of original art in

oils, watercolors, acrylics, lino-cuts and photography by local artists.

These colorful calendars may be purchased at Blak Sage Gallery and Country Rose Gallery & Frame. All proceeds go toward San Benito High School art scholarships.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation.

Details: 637-6062 or 638-0277.

Union offers scholarships

HOLLISTER – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 234 is offering $500 scholarships to three high school graduates, one each from San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. The scholarship is for students who will graduate in the current school year.

To apply, a student must have at least one present or past member of any union in his or her immediate family and type a 500-word essay on one of three topics related to labor and union movements. The application deadline is March 9.

Details: or Andy at (831) 594-7471.

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.

Details: 636-2100 or contact volunteer Howard at 297-3696.

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