If songs like La Bamba or Great Balls of Fire get you out on the dance floor or simply bring back memories of the good old days, you won’t want to miss the “1950s Sock Hop”—this year’s theme of the 96th Annual Awards Dinner Dance, honoring the Man and Woman of the Year. Begin the evening with a Champagne reception and appetizers, followed by dinner and a candy bar for dessert. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Jan. 28 at San Juan Oaks in Hollister. For more information or to sponsor, call (831) 637-5315.
Keith and Dayan
Singer-songwriters, Keith Greeninger and special guest Dayan Kai return to Aromas for a benefit concert bringing their Americana, California Acoustic Soul to the stage. Both musicians are naturals at bonding both music and audience with their classic rhythms and heart-wrenching vocals. Come early for a roasted chicken dinner served with chili, salad and baked potato. Premium beers and wines are also available. Come prepared for a fantastic evening on Sunday, Jan. 22. The doors open at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the show and $10 for dinner. Go to brownpapertickets.com.
Gilroy Center for the Arts presents Contemporary Art by Richard Young, a local businessman who will share his works of art with the community. Art lovers are encouraged to browse and shop unique items at the Artisan’s Corner from Jan. 21 to Feb. 19, Tuesdays through Fridays from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Center for the Arts on 7341 Monterey St. Join the reception on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Admission to the Gallery and Reception is free. Visit gilroycenterforthearts.com.
Take a Ride
Feel the cool breeze on your cheeks when you join in on an early morning bike ride with Brian from Off The Chain Bikes. A great ride for newcomers looking to start a cycling exercise program or for those who just want to get out and take a casual ride. Brian will guide you through a 15-mile ride along the back roads of Hollister. All are encouraged to give it a try and meet on any Saturday at 8 a.m. at Off the Chain Bikes on 101 McCray St. suite 101 in Hollister. Call (831) 636-0802 or visit offthechainbikes.com.
Join Return of the Natives (RON), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California State Parks for an exercise in dune restoration. Help protect the natural habitat for the threatened Western Snowy Plover bird species, which has been listed as critical all along the western coastal areas. Get outside and learn about native restoration and native plant species, earn service hours or just spend the morning on the dunes on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Monterey State Beach on 2600 Sand Dunes Dr, Monterey. Free and open to all ages. Visit seemonterey.com.
SAN JUAN BAUTISTA
San Benito County Arts Council is currently soliciting sponsors and artists for the second phase of the Utility Box Mural Project, Fuera de la Caja or “outside the box”. With support from the Community Foundation for San Benito County, the City of Hollister and private sponsors, this second phase will produce original murals on another five to 10 boxes located within the City of Hollister. This is a wonderful opportunity to help make the city beautiful through art…be part of it! For more information, please contact us at (831) 636.2787 or at [email protected].
Rotary Mission 10
Dust off those running shoes, pack up the kids and get ready to run in the family, friendly, 2017 Rotary Mission 10 Race, sponsored by the Rotary of Hollister and benefiting local scholarships and charities. All races are timed with medals and trophies awarded in age categories. Theme teams are encouraged to participate. Fee ranges from $10 to $60 if registered before Saturday, Jan. 21 and to guarantees event shirt. Kids Fun Run registration accepted on race day. Be inspired as you run through beautiful, rural farmland on Saturday, Jan. 28. Packet pickup starts at 7:30 a.m. at Mission Green on 406 Second St. Register at mission10.racemine.com.
Calling all farmers and backyard hobbyists to the Gold Coast Poultry Fanciers 2017 Poultry Show. Champions will be awarded in the following categories: large fowl, bantams, ducks, geese and turkeys. Poultry sales subject to space. Find out what the big cluck is about on Jan 21 and 22. Showmanship will be held on Saturday, Jan 21 at 10 a.m. A sponsored buffet will also be held on Friday, Jan. 20 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Bolado Park County Fairgrounds in Tres Pinos. Visit poultryshowcentral.com.
The San Jose Quinceañera Expo in is one of the most anticipated events for teenage Latinas approaching their 15th Birthday. Here a young girl can find ideas to plan a very special Quince Party, all under one roof. Enjoy fashion shows, choreographed dance performances, prizes and special demonstrations on Sunday, Jan. 22 from Noon to 5 p.m. at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds on 344 Tully Rd, San Jose. Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door. Find out more at eventbrite.com.