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October 1, 2023

Briefs: Hollister Air Show approaches, VFW needs volunteers and more

Hollister Air Show

HOLLISTER – The Hollister Airshow will be May 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hollister Municipal Airport. See thrilling aerobatic maneuvers in the sky and motorcycle demonstrations. Tickets are available at the airport manager’s office at 90 Skylane Drive and at the ticket window on the days of the airshow. Tickets are $15 for adults 13 and older, $10 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 or under. Parking is $5. A family pass for two adults, two children and parking is $40. For more information or for discounts visit

Local VFW seeks help for upcoming events

HOLLISTER – The VFW Post 9242 is requesting volunteers to help with a Memorial Day event on May 27 and with the upcoming Hollister Motorcycle Rally, from July 3-7. On Memorial Day, volunteers and members of the public will gather in San Juan Bautista at the Leslie L. Garrett Post 6359 at 8:30 a.m. and proceeding to Hollister. During the biker rally, the VFW members will partner with the American Legion Post 69 to work at the Veterans Memorial Building in exchange for a percentage of the proceeds from the rally. They will also be selling food in the annex as a fundraiser. Those interested in volunteering for either of event as Honor Guard may call Paul Arballo at 636-0794 or 207-2852 or those interested in set up or clean up may call Mike Pulido at 637-6015 or 637-6670.

Enchilada fundraiser

HOLLISTER – Family and friends are coordinating a fundraiser through the end of May to support Jaque Dilley’s treatments since she suffered a spinal cord injury a year ago. They are selling corn enchiladas with beef, flour enchiladas with beef or cheese for $18 a dozen or corn tortillas with cheese for $16. They will continue to take orders by phone to Mary Castellano at 831-637-7729 or the Dilley residence at 831-637-6432. The enchiladas will be available for pick up May 31st and guests can arrange for pick up when they place the order. Dilley said friends and family members are also planning a dinner dance fundraiser for August 3 at the Elk’s Lodge, with more details to come.

Calvary Chapel hosts rummage sale

HOLLISTER – Calvary Chapel will host a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 at 420 Fourth Street. Items for sale include furniture, TVs, cabinets, clothes toys and more. The fundraiser benefits the Calvary Chapel Hollister youth ministry and summer camp.

Nominations wanted for ‘Hall of Distinction’

HOLLISTER – Sacred Heart School Foundation is seeking nominations for its Hall of Distinction award, presented annually in November during the Celebrating Catholic Education dinner at San Juan Oaks. Nominations are due June 30. Alumni, friends, faculty or staff members, current parents, board members or parishioners can make nominations. Nomination forms can be found in the church vestibule at Sacred Heart, St Benedict, Immaculate Conception and San Juan Mission.

Docent wanted for Historical Society

HOLLISTER – The Historical Society is looking for a docent to work at the Museum for three hours on Saturdays and three hours on Sunday, except the first weekend of each month. The position requires knowledge of San Benito County history and excellent customer service skills. The applicant will need to learn the Historical Society policies and required paperwork for accessions, use and reproduction of society holdings, including content and location. For pay information or more information, call Sharlene Van Rooy at 831-635-0335.

Meditation at the Japanese Temple

HOLLISTER – The Hollister Japanese Temple Garden, Inc., will host meditation Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., at 920 Riverside Road, in Hollister. Details, call 637-6361 or email [email protected].

Local author book signing

HOLLISTER – Leta Rae Pereira, of Hollister, will have a signing of her book “The Message Maker” at Barns and Noble in Gilroy, 6825 Camino Arroyo, June 1, at 2 p.m. Pereira’s book includes poetry she says “offers messages composed from God.” Topics include forgiveness, trust, relationships, illness and more. The hardcover book sells for $33.95, paperback for $16.99 and the e-book for $3.99.

Artists needed for ‘Freedom, Rebellion and Adventure’ show

HOLLISTER – The San Benito County Arts Council is accepting submissions for its “Freedom, Rebellion and Adventure,” a biker-inspired art show that will be on display at the Blak Sage Gallery from June 27 to July 20. Artists are encouraged to openly interpret the theme of freedom, rebellion and adventure in a range of media including sculpture, painting, photography, mixed media, printmaking and site-specific installations. The show will be promoted during the Hollister Motorcycle Rally, from July 5-6. Artists are asked to submit an artist statement with one paragraph explaining how their work relates to the theme, a biography or resume with contact information and three jpegs of work samples to [email protected]. There is a $25 application fee that can be sent via PayPal to [email protected] or by mail to SBCAC: Po Box 69, Hollister, CA 95024. The Arts Council’s nonprofit status prohibits it from promoting work that is overtly sexual, political or religious. The deadline for submission is June 7. Participating artists will be notified by June 14 if their work has been accepted with June 22 as the tentative date for installation.

Retirement party for Juan Robledo

HOLLISTER – A retirement party for Juan Robledo, who has taught at San Benito High School for 39 years, will be held June 9, at the Bolado Park Pavilion. Happy hour will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with dinner and dancing from 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets are available through June 1 at Postal Graphics or via Paypal online. Tickets are $20 for adults or $15 for students. Find out more on Facebook, Robledo’s Retirement Party. For more information, call Irma Albright at 831-261-0884, Becky Doty at 831-637-5831 ext. 351, or Erica Robledo-Dickens at 831-801-0324.

Dog Days of Hollister

HOLLISTER – The Dog Days of Hollister is set for June 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Dunne Park, West and Sixth streets, with additional parking available in the Briggs building parking garge. The annual event will include a pooch parade, doggie contests, demonstrations, vendors and more. Well-behaved dogs that are 6 months or older are invited to attend on leash and with proof of a rabies vaccination. Tickets are $5 for adults or $3 with a donation of dog food. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, call (831)636-4809 or visit

Spring Grove presents ‘Disney Jr.’s Beauty and the Beast’

HOLLISTER – First-grade through eighth-grade students at Spring Grove School will perform Disney Jr.’s “Beauty and the Beast” May 17 at 7 p.m. and May 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The show is open to the general public. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-years-old through 12th grade and free for children 5 and under. The show will be at Spring Grove School, 500 Spring Grove Road. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.

Strengthening special families parent training

HOLLISTER – The San Benito County Office of Education Special Education Department and Easter Seals Central California are hosting training sessions every Wednesday in May, from 6 to 8 p.m., at 1011 Line St., Room 11. The May 22 on local resources and parent advocacy skills; and May 29 will be a family fun event. Funding for the program is provided by the Community Foundation for San Benito County and First 5 San Benito County. Childcare is available.

Free Buddhist meditation

The Diamond Way Buddhism group will host free Buddhist meditation sessions May 22 and 29, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 501 Talbot Drive, in Hollister. Details: Visit

Red Cross Blood Drive

HOLLISTER – A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held June 20, from 1 to 6 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1670 Cienega Road. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767) or visit with the sponsor code: HOLLISTER.

Rural school talent show

HOLLISTER – Southside and Tres Pinos schools will host a talent show May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Southside School Gym. Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for children. Concessions and flowers will be available for purchase. Students will perform songs, dances, magic and more.

Jovenes de Antano casino trip fundraiser

HOLLISTER – Jovenes de Antano is hosting a casino trip fundraiser to Chukchansi and Tachi Palace Indian casinos May 19, leaving from the Community Center, 300 West St., at 6:30 a.m. RSVP is required and the trip is open to adults 21 and older. The cost is $30 per person, which entitles the participants to transportation, $10 e-cash and a $5 food voucher at Chukchansi as well as $5 free play at Tachi Palace. To RSVP, call Pauline at 637-9275 or Dolly at 637-1980.

Hollister History Book on sale

HOLLISTER – Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America: Hollister” book is available for sale at Hollister Ace Hardware, DeRose Vineyards, San Benito Bene and Ranchers Feed of Hollister. The book, written by Joseph M. McMahon and Peter Sonne, features historical photos and information about Holliser, for $21.99.

Backpack project collections begin

HOLLISTER – The Women’s Club of Hollister is accepting donations for its backpack project. The project supplies backpacks full of needed supplies to children from infants to 17 years who are taken from their homes and placed in alternative living conditions through no fault of their own. The backpacks are filled with age and gender specific basic toiletries, school supplies, a stuffed animal and a handmade blanket. The backpacks have been donated to San Benito County Child Protective Services, the Emmaus House women’s shelter, Chamberlain’s Children Center and the San Benito County Chapter of the Kinship Center. Residents can sponsor a backpack for $40, collect items for the backpacks or send a monetary donation to : Women’s Club of Hollister, PO Box 818, Hollister, CA, 95024-0818. Details: 831-637-0362 or [email protected].

Red Barn Run

HOLLISTER – The Red Barn Run will be June 9, at 9 a.m., at Casa de Fruta. The annual 5K and 10K run benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Registration includes the race, a post-race barbecue lunch with water or a beer (for 21 and older participants,) a dry wicking t-shirt and a medal for every finisher. Additional barbecue tickets are available for $8 each. Details:

Get rid of bulky items

HOLLISTER – The San Benito County Integrated Waste Management Regional Agency will accept two bulky items per household free of charge on select dates this year. Suggested items for disposal include furniture, appliances, tires or other items. To participate, residents must bring a driver license or ID that identifies them as a resident of San Benito County or its incorporated cities. The bulky item collections dates for 2013 are June 29 and 30, Sept. 28 and 29, and Dec. 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at John Smith Landfill, 2650 John Smith Road. To confirm dates or for details on what items will be accepted, call 831-637-4515.

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].

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