Calendar & Briefs: Science Fair open house

Audrey Hudson, 12, and Christina Suarez, 11, from Gilroy, laugh as their ballon takes flight as part of the Up, Up and Away workshop during the 14th Annual Science Alive conference at Gavilan College Feb. 7. Students used six panels of tissue paper, a rin

Arts Council ‘activate downtown’ event
The San Benito Arts Council is offering free, informative, interactive and collaborative workshops led by nonprofit consultant, Nancy Ragey. The upcoming workshops are designed to benefit your organizational capacity and encourage collaboration within our arts and culture community.
The following is information on those events:
Building a Sustainable Organization is set for 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 27. Building and Sustaining a Successful Fundraising Program is 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 27. Each session will include a breakout session to discuss “Art Nights,” a monthly showcase of art & culture during the Downtown Farmers’ Market. All workshops are held at ARTspace, 240 Fifth St. in downtown Hollister. Coffee & pastries will be provided.
San Benito County Science Fair
The San Benito County Science Fair will have an open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 24 at the Veterans Memorial Building at 649 San Benito St. in downtown Hollister. The awards ceremony will be from 7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Brown Act workshop
The San Benito County Office of Education will be hosting a workshop about the Brown Act from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday Feb. 26 in the multipurpose room at San Andreas Continuation High School at 191 Alvarado St. in Hollister.
County art tour is around the corner
The San Benito County Arts Council was accepting applications for its 2015 Open Studios Art Tour through Feb. 13. The weekend tour will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25 and 26. The event draws hundreds of local and out-of-town visitors and allows artists to sell work and show how they made it. For more information about Open Studios, contact the Arts Council at (831) 636-2787 or email [email protected]
4-H to host its pancake breakfast
4-Hers will be hosting a pancake breakfast to benefit the San Benito County 4-H clubs from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday April 19 at Bolado Park on 9000 Airline Highway in Tres Pinos. For a $5 donation, attendees will enjoy pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit, potatoes, juice and coffee.
California Indian Market in SJB
The 31st annual California Indian Market & World Peace Dance Festival is set for May 2 and May 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  at the San Juan Bautista School Soccer Lot, The Alameda and Highway 156. It will include Native American arts, crafts, dance, drums, foods, music. It will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Aztec dance groups. There is an educational benefit with a $1 donation. It is free to children under 12. Organizers will be honoring military veterans and Cinco De Mayo. It is sponsored by the Gilroy Children’s Center and San Juan Bautista Rotary Club. For more information, go to or call (831) 623-4771.
Champagne Tea fundraiser event
The Champagne Tea and Treasures Silent Auction and Drawing is set for San Juan Oaks Golf Club on March 20 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Oak Room. It is $30 per person and presented by Friends of the San Benito County Free Library and Women’s Club of Hollister. For tickets call (831) 205-1373 or email [email protected]

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