Sober grad night fundraisers start

HOLLISTER – The San Benito High School Sober Grad Night committee have scheduled four fundraising nights at local restaurants to support Sober Grad Night activities. Progresso’s will donate 15 percent of the proceeds from lunch and dinner on April 24 and May 15. Papa Murphy’s will donate 25 percent of proceeds on April 25 and May 22. The events are open to all Balers as well as members of the community. Mention the sober grad night fundraiser when ordering.

The money will support Sober Grad Night, to be held June 1.

Details: To donate to the committee or for questions, call Trudy Kelley at 801-6242.

Steve Delay appointed to SBHS board

HOLLISTER – The San Benito High School District Board of Trustees, at their regular meeting on March 21, accepted the resignation of Tim Shellito, whose elected term was to expire on Dec. 5, 2014.

The San Benito High School District Board of Trustees, at a meeting held on April 16, approved the provisional appointment of Steve Delay to become effective immediately.

Unless a petition calling for a special election containing a sufficient number of signatures is filed in the Office of the County Superintendent of Schools within 30 days of the date of the provisional appointment, it shall become an effective appointment.

Test drive a car, support Baler athletics

HOLLISTER – San Benito High School’s Baler Backers Athletic Organization and Hollister’s Tiffany Ford are partnering for a fundraising event this Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the football parking lot. For every test drive of a vehicle onsite at the school that day, a donation will be made to Baler Backers – up to $6,000.

The annual fundraising event, called Ford Drive One 4 UR School, brings in $20 to Baler Backers for every test drive. Baler Backers’ mission is to support and encourage student participation in Baler athletics by providing financial support to the programs of the San Benito High School Athletic Department. For more information, visit

Victims’ rights week celebrated

HOLLISTER – The San Benito County Victim/Witness and The District Attorney’s Office is recognizing Victims’ Rights Week, April 22-28, as part of the National Crime Victims’ Week. This year’s theme – “Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim” – celebrates the vision behind that progress and the ideal of serving all victims.

The vision that launched the victims’ right movement emerged more than 30 years ago, according to the district attorney’s office. Then-as now- crime victims endured physical and emotional wounds, costly financial burdens, and sometimes a hostile criminal justice system. Since the 1980’s the nation has made dramatic progress in securing rights, protections, and services for victims of crime. Victims of crime deserve compassion, understanding and respect.

18.7 million Americans are directly harmed by crime each year, and each crime affects many more family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers. The physical, emotional, and financial impact of crime falls on people of all ages and abilities, and of all economic, racial, and social backgrounds.

If you or someone you know has been victimized, the San Benito County Victim/Witness Assistance Center can help with emotional support, guidance through the criminal justice system, assistance in applying for victim compensation and awareness of victims’ rights.

For more information on services or how to volunteer, please call 634-1397 or stop by our office located at 419 Fourth Street.

Tribal history presentation

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA – The public is invited to a presentation about Amah-Mutsun Tribal History by Val Lopez, chair of the local tribe, on Monday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the San Juan Bautista Community Center, 10 San Jose St.

Lopez will address topics including: the tribe before initial contact, the Mission period, the Mexican period, and the early American period. He will also discuss the early state and federal laws that impacted the tribe, the era of Ascencion Solorsano, and the present-day tribe.

Question and answer time will be provided.

Arts Out Loud

HOLLISTER – San Benito High School’s cafeteria area will be transformed into an interactive art zone on May 12 and 13 with exhibits, multimedia shows and a stage during the annual

Arts Out Loud celebration sponsored by the school’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Demonstrations and workshops will allow hands-on fun as more than 500 artists and entertainers will have their work on display, including a special graduating senior showcase. An artists’ reception will be held in the cafeteria with free refreshments supplied by parents and local businesses. An awards presentation will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday to recognized outstanding achievements as judged by local artists.

Original student artwork will be available at “before they are discovered” prices.

Cinco de Mayo Scholarship Banquet

HOLLISTER – The Mexican-American Committee on Education (MACE) is sponsoring the 42nd annual Cinco de Mayo Scholarship Banquet on May 5 from 5-11 p.m. at San Juan Oaks Country Club.

Tables for eight persons are still available and no tickets will be sold at the door. Contact Veronica Lezama at 245-6971; Mickie Luna at 673-2009; or George Munoz at 623-4429. The program will feature dinner and dancing.

Saddle Horse show entries available

HOLLISTER – The San Benito County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is accepting entries for the 2012 Saddle Horse Show Parade, scheduled for June 21, in downtown Hollister. The parade is limited to 80 entries, and forms are due June 15, by 4 p.m.

Entry fees are $30 for single entry or vehicles, $50 for two vehicles, or free for public safety or local school marching bands. Entry fees can be found online at or by calling 637.5315.

Mail or drop off entry form, announcer card, and entry fee to: San Benito County Chamber of Commerce, 650 San Benito Street, Suite 130, Hollister, CA 95023

Payment types accepted include checks, cash or credit card.Details: 637-5315.

Volunteers and vendors needed for Air Show

Hollister – The Hollister Airshow will be May 26 and 27 at the Hollister Municipal Airport. Volunteers are needed, who are 18 years or older, who can provide at least eight hours. An orientation meeting will be held May 16, at 7 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, 2066 San Benito St., in Hollister. Applications can be submitted online at

Vendor spaces are also available for those who would like to have a booth at the event. Booths are 10×10 feet with no electrical outlets, though community water hook-ups are available. San Benito nonprofits can rent a space for $50. For profit businesses or nonprofits based outside San Benito County can rent a space for $150. Payment for vendor spaces is due May 1. Vendor guidelines, information on licensing fees and more can be found online at

Free computer seminar for seniors

HOLLISTER – Leadership San Benito will be hosting a free computer seminar for seniors. The seminars will cover information on how to use computers, how to surf the web, connect with friends on Facebook and how to use cell phones. The seminars will be April 21, with instruction from 9 to 11 a.m. and an open session from 11 a.m. to noon, at San Juan School, 100 Nyland Dr., in San Juan; May 5 and 19, with instruction from 9 to 11 a.m., with an open session, from 11 a.m. to noon, at San Benito High School, Room 477. Space is limited so RSVP is required. Details: 205-1799 or [email protected].

Seventh-day Adventist open house

HOLLISTER – Hollister Seventh-day Adventist school is hosting an open house April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., where parents can learn more about the K-8 education available at the school. Classroom visits will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., a talk with the principal is set for noon, visits with teachers are from 3:15 to 5 p.m., and campus tours and general information are available all day. Details: 637-5570, ext. 300 or

Stage company scholarships available

HOLLISTER – The San Benito Stage Company is offering its first scholarships to graduating seniors this year. The San Benito Stage Company Alumni Scholarship and the Dave King Memorial Scholarship are $500.

To be eligible, students must be a graduating high school senior, a resident of San Benito County, and must have been a participant as a performer or tech crew in a San Benito Stage Company production during their high school term. Applications are due April 23.

Applications are available at the high school’s Career Center, from a counselor or can be downloaded at

Details: 636-0122.

Deer Association Dinner

HOLLISTER – South County California Deer Association will hold a dinner April 21 at the Hollister Elks Lodge, 371 Astro Drive in Hollister. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the prime rib dinner begins at 7 p.m. There will be a no-host bar, games, auctions and raffles. Tickets: $75 per person; $110 per couple; $45 per Life Member and $45 per junior. Seating is limited. Details: County.

Auditions set for ‘Big River’

HOLLISTER – The San Benito Stage Company will host auditions for its summer show, Rodger & Hammerstein’s “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Auditions are May 10 and 11 at 6:30 p.m., and May 12 at 10 a.m., at the Granada Theater, 336 Fifth St., in Hollister. Auditions are open to children age 8 through adult. Those trying out should prepare an audition song, bring sheet music and comfortable shoes for dancing. The show will be July 13, 14,15, 30,21,22, 27, 28 and 29. Details: 636-0122 or

Last chance for high school Europe trips

HOLLISTER – San Benito High School students still have time to sign up for summer trips to London and France, June 4-13. The trip includes stops at Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and more in London, Paris, Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley in France. The field trip that will explores the area where American, British and Canadian soldiers landed on D-Day. Details: For more information, call Andrea Walton at 637-5831 ext. 472 or email [email protected].


SBDC hosts workshop for restaurant owners

GILROY – The Small Business Development Center of Monterey will hold a restaurant management workshop for families and small business owners from 8 to 10:30 a.m. April 20 at the Gilroy Chamber, 7471 Monterey St., Gilroy. Cost: $49.

Learn how to manage a successful profitable restaurant. • Understand how marketing and customer service can impact your restaurant • Learn how you can reduce your controllable cost, cost of goods and labor cost • Improve purchasing decisions and vendor relations • Develop strategies and tactics to improve operations • Become skilled at forecasting and budgeting • Increase your customer base and generate customer loyalty • One-on-one Business Consultations available after the workshop The presenter will be Tom Bruce, a California Restaurant Association instructor and owner of a full-service consulting corporation specializing in concept development, operational infrastructure and advanced training programs. He has worked in the hospitality industry as a consultant, teacher and chef for more than 35 years. Details: Veronica Munoz at (831) 675-7232 or [email protected].

Scholarships for local new or returning college students

HOLLISTER – Monterey County Farm Bureau and Central Coast Young Farmers & Ranchers have announced the posting of its scholarship applications. Scholarships are available for new and returning college students attending a university or community college in Fall 2012 from San Benito or Monterey County.

Various scholarship amounts are available, depending on the number of applications. Applicants must have completed their high school education in Monterey or San Benito counties, and are seeking a higher education degree that focuses on an agricultural curriculum.

Completed applications are due by May 18 and can be found online at

Local businesses called to participate in Shop Hop

HOLLISTER – The Spring Shop Hop is scheduled for May 5. Businesses that are interested in participating in the shop local event can call Kathina at 638-1188 or email [email protected].

For the inaugural Shop Hop event before the holidays, more than 60 local businesses participated and they raffled off 11 baskets full of local products or gift certificates. There were 722 entries from shoppers on the day of the event. The spring event will be more of the same.

Local blood drive

HOLLISTER – There will be an American Red Cross blood drive held May 17, from 1 to 6 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1670 Cienega Road. To make an appointment, use the sponsor code HOLLISTER.

Details: 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or

Class of 1982 plans reunion

HOLLISTER – The San Benito High School class of 1982 is planning a reunion for September. The reunion will be Sept. 15 at Leal Vineyards. Tickets are $50 per person.

Details: Call Teri at 636-8204, or visit the class of 1982 on Facebook, or SBJUHS website.

VFW wants to connect with those who served in French liberation

HOLLISTER – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9242 of Hollister is looking for men and women from San Benito County that served in the Armed Forces that liberated France. The French government is planning to award those that are still alive with the Legion of Honor. Those who served in the liberation of France are asked to call the local post at 637-9028 and leave their name and phone number.

Pat’s Place accepts donations

HOLLISTER –Pat’s Place is open on the first Saturday of each month from noon to 3 p.m. to receive donations. The store will be closed for shopping, but donations will be accepted.

The thrift store benefits the San Benito County Food Bank. It is located at 101 Fifth St., in Hollister.

Details: 637-5500.

Free compost class

HOLLISTER – A free composting class will be held May 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. Composting is a way to save money by lowering garbage bills and replacing store-bought soil conditioners. It helps garden and house plants by improving fertility and health of the soil, saving water by helping the soil hold moisture and reducing water runoff, and it benefits the environment by recycling valuable organic resources and extended the life of landfills. Participants will receive a free compost bin.

Limited space is available so call ahead to sign up. The workshop is sponsored by San Benito County’s Integrated Waste Management Regional Agency.

Details: 636-4110.

Hollister Hills offers educational opportunities

HOLLISTER – The interpretation department at Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area is gearing up to provide a variety of educational opportunities through the parks curriculum-based education program and its Junior Off-Highway Ranger adventure. The free programs offer educational, inspirational and recreational opportunities. The program will expose students to the various topics concerning the environment, cultural preservation, OHV safety and OHV recreational opportunities.

In addition to the outdoor program, Hollister Hills SVRA staff members will be holding a Junior Off-Highway Ranger program. The free program will provide participants the opportunities to reinforce safe riding habits, improve and enhance their skills and riding etiquette while learning about the importance of protecting natural and cultural resources.

Details: Those interested in scheduling a class field trip or participating in a Junior Off-Highway Ranger Program can call 636-2065 or e-mail [email protected].

Si, Se Puede! seeks activity leaders

HOLLISTER – Si, Se Puede! is seeking site activity leaders through the AmeriCorps program. The activity leaders assist with homework, reading, math and other learning activities at the after school program.

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, be a college student, be organized, a resource builder and a self-started, interested in helping children from a low-income community and able to commit to a six-moth term of service. The appointment is for April through Sept.

The position pays a living allowance of $2,590 paid our through the six months and an educational award of $1,175 upon completion of the term.

Details: Elise Hasty, 637-9097 or [email protected] or

Street Fest accepts vendor applications

HOLLISTER – The Hollister Downtown Association is seeking vendors for its 26th Annual Street Festival and Car Show, scheduled from July 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in downtown Hollister. Applications are available online at or at the office, 455 San Benito St., Ste. 21. Booth discounts are available to nonprofits, HDA members and Hollister’s Farmers Market 2012 vendors.

Details: 636-8406 or [email protected].

SBHS Class of 2002 reunion set

HOLLISTER – The San Benito High School class of 2002 reunion will be May 19, at Leal Vineyards, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $45 and reservations are required by April 19. Details: Monica Cordova at 562-754-4075 or class of 2002reunion on Facebook.

Foundation accepts grant application

HOLLISTER – The Community Foundation for San Benito County is accepting applications for is Community Impact Grants for 2012. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 28, and will be reviewed and approved on a monthly basis. To learn more about updated guidelines and the streamlined application process, visit

Details: 630-1924 or

Rotary plans for summer antiques fair

SAN JUAN – The Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista is planning its 49th Annual Antique and Collectibles Fair for Aug. 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in San Juan. An appraiser will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Applications are being accepted for vendor booths. The event this year will include an increase in vendors and food booths.

All proceeds go to the club’s community grants program, emergency fund for local families, leadership opportunities for high school students and the donation of dictionaries to all third-grade children in the Aromas-San Juan Unified School District.

Details: 207-2331 or email [email protected].

Art League calendars on sale

HOLLISTER – The 2012 Hollister Art League Calendars of local flowers are now on sale.

This calendar entitled “Beauty Around” features reproductions of original art in

oils, watercolors, acrylics, lino-cuts and photography by local artists.

These colorful calendars may be purchased at Blak Sage Gallery and Country Rose Gallery & Frame. All proceeds go toward San Benito High School art scholarships.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation.

Details: 637-6062 or 638-0277.

Red Cross seeks volunteers

HOLLISTER – The American Red Cross, Monterey Bay Area Chapter is looking for volunteers to staff the Hollister chapter office. The chapter office is located at 357 Fifth St., and the hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Shifts are four hours, once a week, but any hours will be considered.

Details: 636-2100 or contact volunteer Howard at 297-3696.

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