Briefs: Vacation Bible School registration; new YMCA fitness classes

Vacation Bible School takes registration

HOLLISTER – St. Luke’s Church is accepting registration for Vacation Bible School, which will be July 30 to Aug. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $15 per child and open to children ages 3 to 10.

Details: To register, call 831-637-7570.

New fitness classes start at YMCA

HOLLISTER – The YMCA of San Benito County will be offering new fitness classes throughout the summer. The classes include Yin Yoga, Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; cardio/strength training/flexibility, Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and arthritis foundation tai chi, from July 26 through Aug. 30. There will also be a session of Enhance Fitness, a class designed for older adults, starting Aug. 21.

The YMCA’s new hours are Monday and Wednesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The YMCA is closed on Sunday.

Details: YMCA of San Benito County, 351 Tres Pinos Road, Ste. A-201 or call 637-8600.

Juvenile Justice commission seeks members

HOLLISTER – The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission is recruiting for new commission members. If you have a desire to help the youth of the community please submit an application. Meetings are the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Juvenile Hall. Commissioners are paid $25 each meeting. If you are interested please call Chief Probation Officer Brent Cardall at 831-636-4070.

Updated hours for Del Mar Caregiver Resource Center

HOLLISTER – Health Projects Center-Del Mar Caregiver Resource Center provides services to family caregivers of adults with memory impairment and will have hours in Hollister Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Community Center, 300 West St. Services include caregiver needs assessment and care planning for the future; legal and financial consultation with a certified elder law attorney; individuals counseling and support groups; respite care and workshops and educational training. Services are offered for free or on a low-cost sliding scaled based on household income.

An upcoming workshop, “The Five Steps of a Successful Caregiver,” will be held in Hollister July 26, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The workshop is free, but residents are asked to register by calling 831-459-6639.

Details: Please call to schedule an appointment with a Del Mar CRC Family Consultant to discuss a caregiving situation at 831-459-6639 ext. 19 or 1-800-624-8304

Club Ed offers tutors during summer

HOLLISTER – Need extra help in math, language arts or social studies this summer? Club Ed can help your student in all grade levels at the YMCA for private tutoring. Contact R Flores at 638-6131 for more information.

Hike the Anza Trail

SAN JUAN – Ranger-led hikes will be held along the Anza Trail along the Old Stage Coach Road portion of the trail in San Juan Bautista. The hikes will begin at 8 a.m. at the trailhead, on July 7, 13 and 21. The program is a partnership between the National Parks Service, Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, and the California State Parks, San Juan Bautista Historic Park.

The San Juan Bautista Historic Park will also host a Living History Day July 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., where visitors can learn about the region’s history from docents dressed in period costumes.

Details: 831-623-4881 or

Hollister camera club meets

HOLLISTER – The Hollister camera club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m., at 100 Dry Creek Road, in Hollister. Prints, projected images, digital or film are welcome.

Details: Call Jack at 637-3453 or 524-5912.

Patriotic pet photo contest

HOLLISTER – The Hollister Police Department’s Animal Care and Services department is sponsoring a patriotic pet photo contest. Entries are due July 15 and entry forms can be downloaded from the HPD website at

Residents can snap a photo of their patriotic pet along with a form that includes the owner’s name, pet’s name, address, email address and a an explanation of why the owner loves the pet. Photos are non-returnable and can be submitted by mail to: Hollister Animal Shelter, 1331 South St., Hollister, CA, 95023, or by email to [email protected] with an entry form faxed to 636-4321.

Hot cars and Hot cakes

HOLLISTER – The Hollister United Methodist Church, 521 Monterey St., will host “Hot Cars and Hot Cakes,” July 21, from 8 a.m. to noon. It will be an all you can eat breakfast with pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, orange juice and coffee. Tickets are $10 for adults or $6 for kids 12 and under. Take out meals are available.

Details: 637-4240

Casino trip fundraisers

Jovenes de Antano Senior Services, of Hollister, will have fundraiser casino trips to various Indian Casinos every other first Saturday of the month, starting on July 7. Everyone over the age of 21 is welcome. Seats are sold on a first come basis and payment is required in advance.

Details: Call Pauline at 637-9275 or Dolly at 637-1980.

Blood drive

HOLLISTER – The American Red Cross will host a blood drive July 19, from 1 to 6 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1670 Cienega Road, in Hollister. To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go to and enter the sponsor code “HOLLISTER.”

County library to accept passport applications

HOLLISTER – The San Benito County Free Library will soon be accepting passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. U.S. citizens planning international travel may soon apply for their passports by calling the library to schedule an appointment. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For application forms, information on documentation required, fees, and a wealth of other passport and international travel information, visit the only official website for passport information –

Details: call Community librarian Betty Mason at 636-4107 or email [email protected]

Time changes for Ladies Auxiliary

HOLLISTER – The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9242 will meet every second Saturday of the month at 4 p.m. The dues are $20 per year. Meetings are held at the Veterans Memorial Building, Room 204. Pins will be awarded for years of membership to celebrate 65 years in existence in Hollister. At a recent meeting, Ruth Gunnels, the only charter member in the group, was honored for her 57 years of service as treasurer. Details: Call Dolly De Vasier at 637-1980.

Class of 1982 plans reunion

HOLLISTER – The San Benito High School class of 1982 is planning a reunion for September. The reunion will be Sept. 15 at Leal Vineyards. Tickets are $50 per person.

Details: Call Teri at 636-8204, or visit the class of 1982 on Facebook, or the SBHS website.

Pat’s Place accepts donations

HOLLISTER –Pat’s Place is open on the first Saturday of each month from noon to 3 p.m. to receive donations. The store will be closed for shopping, but donations will be accepted.

The thrift store benefits the San Benito County Food Bank. It is located at 101 Fifth St., in Hollister.

Details: 637-5500.

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]

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

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]

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.

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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