Thursday, April 17, 2014

Efficient and Convenient

It's only recently that I noticed that most, if not all, gas stations in town have some kind of shop where you can purchase snacks. That's good to know when you're in a hurry and hungry.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What Does It Resemble to You?

Does anyone else see the resemblance of the lamp section of the lamp posts downtown to Marvin the Martian?

And, no, I wasn't drunk when I looked at the lamp post in front of the Veterans' Memorial Building on Sunday afternoon. But, I was under the influence of all that great music I had just heard, which was performed by the Watsonville Community Band.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What's Happening?

Isn't it such a bummer when you find out too late about an event? Or, you didn't even know the event happened until much later? For instance, did you know the San Benito Olive Festival was last October or that the Hollister Airshow will be on June 14 and 15, 2014? 

Without a daily local newspaper to tell us about upcoming events, we're on our own to find out. Difficult? Not really, once we have an idea where to look.

Did you know that our weekly newspaper—the Hollister Free Lance—has an online calendar? You can check it out anytime.  No subscription is needed. Here's the link.

An even better online source for local happenings, as well as breaking news, is BenitoLink. It reminds me of what the Free Lance used to be when it was a daily paper once upon a time. Here's the BenitoLink site.

Facebook is another good source to learn about events. For example, at the Take 25 to Hollister Facebook page, I post links to upcoming events as I happen to come across them. Here's that link.
A few other Facebook pages where people and organizations share their events are:
And, of course, don't forget to check the bulletin boards at the libraries, supermarkets, and shops. 

What sources do you use to find out about upcoming events in our area?

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Week of Fun at the San Benito County Free Library

This  week, April 14 to 18, our local library—the San Benito County Free Library—is celebrating two events. One is our library's 97th Anniversary. Whooo-hooo! The other is the 2014 National Library Week. Many fun, free activities are scheduled over the next few days.
Today, April 14: Customer and Volunteer Appreciation Day!
11 AM to 3 PM: Anniversary Cake will be served to library patrons.
2 to 2:45 PM: Youth Financial Literacy Workshop. Door prizes and swag bags will be given out to teen participants. 
Tuesday, April 15
2 pm and 5 pm: Movie and Popcorn. The movie Frozen will be shown. Seating is limited.

Wednesday, April 16
2 to 5:30 pm: Techie Toybox. Patrons are invited to play with ipads, iphones, and Kindle Fire work.

Thursday, April 17
3:30 to 5:30 PM: Kid's Fun Day! Children's games and crafts will be featured, along with a chance to win a free book. 
Friday, April 18
5 to 7 pm: Author Talks will feature local authors, Renette Torres (Widow's Peak) and John E. Chadwell (Werewolves of New Idria). Light refreshments will be served.
Again, all activities are free. The library is located at 470 Fifth Street, near the corner of West Street. For more details, visit the San Benito County Free Library website or the Friends of the Library Facebook Page, or call 831-636-4107.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Every weekend hundreds of off-road enthusiasts drive their trucks, carrying or hauling dirt bikes and ATVs up Cienega Road to the Hollister Hills State Vehicle Recreation Area. Individuals, families, and groups come from all over the state for fun-filled rrrrrroarrrrrring up and down the Gabilan slopes.

The park was originally the Harris Ranch, owned by Howard Harris. He built many of the trails for ranching, mining, recreation, and other purposes. For many years Harris operated a private motorcycle park. In 1975 he sold his property to the state and, in October of that year, the first state vehicle recreation area park was opened.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

San Juan Bakery

The San Juan Bakery on 3rd Street in San Juan Bautista is a local pleasure.  All sorts of breads, cookies, pies, and treats are made in the kitchen in the back. Many young fogeys, such as myself, are happy that the current owners are using the original recipes. Yum!

By the way, isn't the bakery's window display cute?

Friday, April 11, 2014


As I turned from taking photos of the gorgeous blossoms in front of City Hall, I spied the happy sign across the street. Aloha Hair Salon. The new business is next door to the Granada Theater on Fifth Street.

Welcome, Aloha Hair Salon!



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