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Top 5: Open Mic, Wag N’ Walk and more

Here are some things to do in San Benito County this weekend.

Open mic night

HOLLISTER – Residents are invited to an open mic night June 21, from 6-7:30 p.m., at the Blak Sage Gallery, 727 San Benito St., in Hollister. Everyone is welcome. Participants can share poetry, prose or spoken word in any language or style. The event is free. Details: http://joenavarro.weebly.com/hollister-open-mic.html or email poetajoe@yahoo.com.

Wag N Walk set for June 22

HOLLISTER – Pet Friends’ Fifth Annual Wag ’n Walk is June 22, at the Southside Sand and Gravel Plant, 5632 Airline Hwy., in Hollister, at 8:30 a.m. Residents can register online at www.active.com through June 20, with same day registration available from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. the day of the event. Admission is $45 for a family of four or $20 for individuals through June 8. After June 8, admission is $50 for a family of four or $25 for individuals. Pets are free. For more information, call the Pet Friends office at (831) 634-1191 or Marissa at (831) 902-8660

Hollister Art League shares 50 years with community

HOLLISTER – The Hollister Art League is celebrating 50 years of art in the community with a display at the San Benito County Free Library, on Fifth Street, that includes a photographer of the group’s founder Fay Kennedy. It also includes small paintings, cards and calendars. The Hollister Art League’s Spring Show will also be on display at Mars Hill Coffeehouse, 610 San Benito St., through June. It features watercolor, acrylic and photographs. A one-person show by Carlos Munoz is also on display at Mars Hill featuring paintings of movie stars and skeletons.

Zazen meditation starts at Japanese Temple

HOLLISTER – The Hollister Japanese Temple Garden will start offering weekly zazen meditation classes on the forms, spirit and practice of Soto Zen with Robert Reese. It includes 40 minutes of sitting meditation, ten minutes of walking meditation, followed by dharma talk and discussion. The first session will be June 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at 920 Riverside Road, in Hollister. Reese has been practicing in the zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi for 25 years. He has been teaching classes and workshops at the Monterey Bay Zen Center in Carmel. Details: Call Don Belt at 831-637-6361 or email donbelt@garlic.com.

Pinnacles summer speaker series starts

SOLEDAD – The Pinnacles National Park Summer Speakers series continues. On June 22 at 2 p.m., for “Life of the Amah Mutsun,” Valentin Lopez will speak on the west side of the park. Lopez will discuss the culture and history of the tribal band. Park entrance fees apply for the speaker events inside the park.