Guest fill the room at San Juan Oaks for the San Benito Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau’s 91st Annual Dinner Dance and Awards.

Dual Immersion Parent Workshop

SAN JUAN – San Juan School will be having a Parent Workshop for their Dual Language Immersion Program Jan. 9, in the school’s cafeteria from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This workshop is for families currently enrolled in the K-5th grade program and for interested preschool and kindergarten families. Leading the workshop will be one of California’s leading experts on dual language education, Rosa Molina from the Association of Two-Way & Dual Language Education. Topics include the benefits of being fluent in two or more languages starting in kindergarten and what expectations parents should have for their children acquiring a second language. Childcare will be provided. Please call Sara Frieberg at 623-9945 for any questions or the school’s office at 623-4538.

Boy Scouts offer Christmas tree pick-up

SAN BENITO – Hollister’s Boy Scout Troop 436 and San Juan Bautista’s Troop 428 will be providing curbside pick-up service for Christmas trees. The troops are asking for an $8 donation. All trees are recycled. The pick-up dates are Dec. 29, 30 and Jan. 5 and 6.

On the pick-up dates, leave your tree visible at the curb by 9 a.m., stripped of all decorations and stands. Trees do not need to be cut in sections. The troops accept flocked trees. Both cities are served twice on each pick-up date. No need to call to give an address unless there are special instructions. Please call for special pick-ups outside the city limits. Donations can be left under the doormat.

On the pick-up dates, the troops also have drop sites available at Veterans Memorial Park, Enterprise Road, and at the San Juan Bautista Scout House.

For Hollister trees, please make checks payable to BS Troop 436. For San Juan Bautista trees, please make checks payable to BS Troop 428. Donations can also be mailed to: BS Troop 436, c/o Tom Wright, 1745 San Felipe Road, Suite 10, Hollister, CA 95023. BS Troop 428 P.O. Box 847 San Juan Bautista, CA 95045

If you have special instructions, such as directions, gate codes, or additional questions, please call 831-637-8022 in Hollister or 831-636-8360 in San Juan Bautista.

Save the date for Open Studios

SAN BENITO – The San Benito County Arts Council is calling all local artists to save the date for the next Open Studios Art Tour 2013. OS 2013 will be held on Saturday & Sunday, June 1-2 throughout San Benito County. Prospective artists will be invited to attend an informational workshop in late January and applications will be available in February at For more information or to be added to the Open Studios mailing list, please email Jennifer at [email protected]

Blood drive

HOLLISTER – The American Red Cross will hold blood drives in Hollister from 1 to 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1670 Cienega Road, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 29 at the shopping center on 580 Tres Pinos Road. Details: 1 (800) RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or

Concert at the Grange

AROMAS – Chris Webster and Nina Gerber will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Aromas Grange Hall. Details:

An Evening in Paris

HOLLISTER – The San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau 2013 dinner dance and awards will be Jan. 26, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the San Juan Oaks Golf club. Tickets are on sale now. The evening will feature a no host cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner, award presentations and photos by Steve Loos Photography. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, call 637-5315 or email [email protected].

Class of 2003 prepares for reunion

HOLLISTER – The SBHS Class of 2003 is proud to announce their 10-Year Reunion. Please join us by attending the event which will be hosted at The Vault in Downtown Hollister on April 20, 2013. The event will take place from 8 pm-12 am. Please log in to Pay Pal and pay through the site. Person receiving payment will be: [email protected]. Pease pay $20 per person attending. After Dec. 31 it will be $30 per person. Thank you all. We really hope to see you there! If you have any questions feel free to ask Elias Barocio (831) 245-5736 [email protected] or Amber Phillips (831) 801-8660 [email protected]

Friends to hold Adopt-a-Book fundraiser

HOLLISTER – The Friends of the San Benito County Free Library invite the community to be sponsors for its Adopt-a-Book fundraiser through “Birdies for Charity” to buy books for the San Benito County Free Library. For every dollar donated, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation will match it plus 15 percent. If donations are made online at, 20 percent additional funds will be added to the donation. Brochures with information on how to donate are available at San Benito County Free Library, the Chamber of Commerce office and at local golf clubs. Brochures and donations should be returned to Friends of the San Benito County Free Library, 470 Fifth Street, Hollister, CA 95023 unless donating online.

Fellowship open to local students

HOLLISTER – The Center for California Studies is offering a fellowship program for recent college graduates with a bachelor’s degree. The opportunities include the Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship, Senate, Executive and Judicial fellowships. Applicants must be 20 years of age by Sept. 1, 2013. Graduate, postgraduate and mid-career applicants are also welcome. The deadline to apply for a fellowship is Feb. 11, with each fellowship having its own requirements. The fellowship runs 11 months, with health benefits and a monthly stipend of $1,972.

For more information about the programs, visit

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.

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