Briefs: Open Studios tour, Caregiver Univeristy and more announcements

Jane Rekedal works on her pottery wheel in her Aromas hills studios. Her workshop is one of more than a dozen that will be open to the public during the 2010 San Benito County Open Studios Tour April 24 and 25.

Applications due for Open Studios March 1

HOLLISTER – The San Benito County Arts Council is accepting applications through March 1 from artists in all media for the annual Open Studios Art Tour June 1 and 2. Artists with studios based in San Benito County are encouraged to submit an application online at www.sanbenitoarts.org. The exhibition will be launched by a month-long preview exhibition of the participating artists’ work at the Blak Sage Gallery in Hollister, with a preview reception on May 3. New and past participants can learn more about this year’s tour at the website. For more information, email [email protected] or call 636-2787.

Caregiver University

HOLLISTER – A free Caregiver University will be hosted March 23, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hollister Community Center, 300 West St., for residents caring for a loved one with memory loss or dementia. The day will include workshops on: challenging behaviors, communication, anger and paranoia; personal care issues and wandering; and healthy body, healthy brain. Speakers include Bonnie Bollwinkel and Alexandra Morris, and Alzheimer’s Association. Spanish translation is available. Respite or transportation may be available. To register, call Juanita at Jovenes de Antano, at 831-637-9275.

Eric Tognazzini Memorial Fundraising Dinner

HOLLISTER – A fundraising dinner for a memorial statue of Eric Tognazzini to be placed in downtown Hollister will be held March 8, at 6 p.m. at San Juan Oaks Golf Club. The evening will begin with a no-host cocktail hour at 6 p.m. with dinner being served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and table sponsorships are still available. Tickets may be purchased at Postal Graphics. If you’d like to donate an auction item, please contact Gordon Machado at 831-637-5051 or Ken Bettencourt at 831-801-2737.

Casino trip fundraiser

HOLLISTER – The Hollister Seniors Group is having a fundraiser trip to Table Mountain and Chucksani Indian Casinos on March 2. Departure is 6:30 a.m. from the Hollister Community Center, 300 West St. The cost is $30 per person. Each participant gets $10 in e-cash, a $5 food voucher and $5 free play from Table Mountain. Anyone over 21 is welcome. For information call Pauline at (831) 637-9275 or Dolly at (831) 637-1980.

Merit badge university

HOLLISTER – Hollister Boy Scout Troop 436 will hold its third annual Merit Badge University March 9 at Sacred Heart School. Interesting merit badges such as Animal Science, Fingerprinting, Cinematography, Pulp & Paper, Fire Safety, Scholarship, Dentistry, Art, Public Speaking, Music and Law are being offered. Registration is open on a first come basis to all ranks of Boy Scouts. Details 636-6810 or [email protected]

Champagne Tea and Treasures

HOLLISTER – The Friends of the San Benito County Free Library and Women’s Club of Hollister will host the annual Champagne Tea and Treasures Silent Auction and Drawing March 15, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., in the Oak Room at San Juan Oaks Golf Club. Tickets are $30 per person. Bring an item for the silent auction and receive a free ticket for the drawing. Additional tickets available for purchase. Details: Call 831-205-1373.

Free Buddhist meditation

HOLLISTER – Free Buddhist meditation will be held in the Barbara Memorial Room at the San Benito County Free Library every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 27. Details: Visit http://www.diamondway.org/hollister.

AARP tax aide offered through April 10

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 assist residents on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., thru April 10, at the Hollister Community Center, 300 West St. Please call ahead to make an appointment. Participants should bring their photo identification and Social Security cards or ITIN documents for each individual on their return, along with any tax documents they have received in the mail, last year’s 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

Meditation at the Japanese Temple

HOLLISTER – The Hollister Japanese Temple Garden, Inc., will host a discussion on “Intention and Karm” with meditation Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., at 920 Riverside Road, in Hollister. Details, call 637-6361 or email [email protected]

Camera Club meets

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.

Singles 55+ are invited to dinner

HOLLISTER – Singles 55 and up are invited to join a dinner club in San Benito County that meets on the third Saturday of the month. The group visits area restaurants for the meal, with the choice of each month’s restaurant selected by group majority. The group also enjoys the occasional dinner at a member’s home. The group is not a dating group, but for individuals who would like to meet and socialize with others. For details on the Jan. 19 dinner, email Sandi Gowers at [email protected]

The SBHS Class of 2003 is proud to announce their 10-Year Reunion.

HOLLISTER – San Benito High School’s Class of 2003 will host a 10-year reunion at The Vault in Downtown Hollister on April 20. The event will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight. Please log in to Pay Pal and pay through the site. Person receiving payment will be: [email protected] Pease pay $25 per person attending. If you would like to pay in person please contact: Elias Barocio (831) 245-5736 [email protected] or Amber Phillips (831) 801-8660 [email protected]

Children’s Art goes up at Mars Hill

HOLLISTER – As part of its five-year anniversary, the San Benito Street ART Academy will have artwork by students from the last five years on display at Mars Hill Coffee House through the end of February. Evelyn Pogrowski has selected artwork from students in a variety of the classes she offers, which have included egg decorating, cartooning, clay work and more. For details on upcoming classes, call Pogrowski at 831-760-6404.

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