Gayle Sleznick, from San Juan Bautista, stands next to one of her favorite pieces, a mixed media collage of rocks and water, that is part of a women's art exhibit at the Blak Sage Gallery opening Oct. 5.

The Creative Work Fund will host an informational seminar at Blak Sage Gallery, Jan. 24, from 6:30 -7:30 p.m., on its grant application process. Letters of inquiry will be due March 1, with up to $650,000 available with grants ranging from $10,000 to $40,000.
Grant meeting for local artists

HOLLISTER – The Creative Work Fund will host an informational seminar at Blak Sage Gallery, Jan. 24, from 6:30 -7:30 p.m., on its grant application process. Letters of inquiry will be due March 1, with up to $650,000 available with grants ranging from $10,000 to $40,000. For those who are interested in submitting an application who cannot make the Jan. 24 meeting, there will also be webinars at, on Jan. 22, from noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m., and Feb. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. Details: 636-2787 or [email protected]

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].

Sacred Heart Open House

HOLLISTER – Families and children are invited to an open house for Sacred Heart School Jan. 27, from 1-2:30 p.m., at 670 College St., in Hollister. Sacred Heart Parish School invites all prospective students and parents to the open house. Details: 637-4157 or visit

SBSC Annual Members’ Choice Awards

HOLLISTER – The San Benito Stage Company will host its Annual Members’ Choice Awards Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m., at the Granada Theater. Doors will open with refreshments served at 6 p.m. The annual event is an opportunity to thank volunteers, supporters and participants for their involvement throughout the year. Attendees are welcome to wear their finest attire or a favorite costume. The event is free and open to the public. Details: Call 636-0122 or visit

An Evening in Tuscany

HOLLISTER – Sacred Heart Parish School will host An Evening in Tuscany fundraiser Feb. 2, from 5 a.m. to midnight, at the Bolado Park Pavilion. The event includes dinner, silent and live auction, and dancing to the Money Band. Details: 637-4157.

Learn bridge in a day

HOLLISTER – Learn to play bridge in one day during a five-hour session on Feb. 2 at the Dunne Park Club House, on Sixth and West Street. The cost is $20 per person and participants may bring a bag lunch with them. For the time and more detail, call Linda King at 831-801-9257 or email [email protected].

‘Wonderland: The Alice Story’

Fifth Wall Theater Project presents “Wonderland: The Alice Story” Feb. 15-23, at the Wisteria Room at the Ridgemark Golf and Country Club, 3800 Airline Hwy. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, public workers and Ridgemark residents with a valid ID. VIP seating at a cocktail table is available for $20, which includes a wonderland treat at intermission. Details: 831-204-0193 or email [email protected].

SBSC presents ‘Spamalot’

The San Benito Stage Company will present Monty Python’s “Spamalot” Feb. 15, 16, 22, 23 and March 1, 2 at 7 p.m., at Feb. 17 and 24 at 2 p.m., at the Granada Theatre, 336 Fifth St., in Hollister Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Group packs of four tickets are available for $45 in advance. Tickets are available at Postal Graphics and San Benito Bene. Details: 636-0122 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:

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.

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]

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].

Weekly book sale

HOLLISTER – Friends of the San Benito County Free Library holds weekly book sales on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, behind the library and the Historical Museum at West and Fifth streets, Hollister. (Enter from West Street.) Book donations can be delivered to the book sales or at the library, 470 Fifth St., in the two gray book bins in the lobby Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.

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

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.

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