Monday, February 28, 2011

Working on the Railroad



Repair work was being done on the railroad tracks in town earlier in this month. Does that mean there will be more trains coming into Hollister?

What if the proposed bullet train swerved at Highway 198 and came up parallel to Highway 25? Now don't get excited. Nothing like that is happening. It just seems to make more sense than going through Pacheco Pass, doesn't it?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Light


One of the stained glass windows at the Hollister First Presbyterian Church on San Benito Street, near Cienega Road.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Pause from the Rain


Late yesterday (Friday) afternoon, around 5 p.m., looking east on Hillcrest Road at the mountains.

Friday, February 25, 2011

You've Got Mail


A very scenic bicycle ride from Hollister to Tres Pinos is by way of Southside Road, which travels kind of parallel to Highway 25. One of the neat sights on the road is this mailbox that keeps on doing its job. Regardless.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Heading East on McCloskey Road



There's nothing like getting on the old bicycle and pedaling around the area. We really live in a beautiful place.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Figuring Out the Meaning of Figures


This sign is posted at Hospital Road, where it dead ends on the eastern bank of the San Benito River. See the man and woman figures on the sign. Can you figure out what it means? Is there no holding hands from this point forward? No frolicking allowed up ahead?

Take 25 is participating in ABC Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Mrs. Nesbitt and her friends. Today is the letter F. To check out other F posts, please click here.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Not So Afar from Here



See that peak in the distance? What do you think it is?

Yep. That's Fremont Peak! You're looking at it from the corner of Santa Ana and Fairview.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Looking Up: The Clock Tower


It's almost 5 o'clock. Wouldn't it be so cool if the clock could Bong! out the hour? It would almost be like having our own Big Ben.

Want to read more about the landmark building?  Click here.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

It's a Flowing River


San Benito River, that is. Quite rapidly, too, for one so dry during the rest of year. I took this photo yesterday afternoon from the east side of Hospital Road.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Diversity


All in one place. Amazing, huh? You can see for yourself at the corner of Fifth and Monterey Streets, in front of the county court house.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Under the Clouds


This is the view from the corner of Sunnyslope and Fairview Roads, almost an hour ago. There's snow on those mountains. I just know it. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Signs of Spring


The trees were in bloom on the northwestern flank of Park Hill a couple weeks of ago. Did you see the glory as you were driving by on San Benito Street?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

E is for Everywhere

The wild chickens in San Juan Bautista are everywhere! Doesn't matter where you go in that cute mission city. So, drive slowly. Buk, buk, buk. . . .


Take 25 is participating in ABC Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Mrs. Nesbitt and her friends. Today is the letter E. To check out other E posts, please click here.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Beep! Beep!



Have you been to Victoria's Deli lately? The pesto is yummy! So are the meatball sandwich, the turkey and ham deli sandwich, the potato salad, the . . . .

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day


This is the locked gate at the eastern entrance to Henry Coe State Park on Pacheco Pass (Highway 152).  All locked gates should be so loving.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Ubiquitous Windmill


This windmill can be found at Casa de Fruta. Yep.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Spires and Towers


The United Methodist Church stands at the corner of Fifth and San Benito Streets. The building was constructed around 1910 to replace a wooden structure, which was built in 1872. Back then, it was the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Two Vaults


You're looking into the bottom floor of the old Pendergrass Building on the corner of Fifth and San Benito Streets. It's being turned into a restaurant. See the bank vault? Once upon time, this location was home to a bank that was across the street from another bank, which is now a nightclub called the Vault.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

More Sideshow Bob?



So, what do you think? Do the hedges remind you of a bunch of Sideshow Bobs (from the Simpson's) after they've gotten haircuts?

And, there is that palm tree on San Benito Street.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dandy, Delightful, and Delish!


Here's a dandy field of yellow mustard, near the corner of Union and Valley View Roads. A delight to the eye and nose. Also, delish to eat, sauteed in garlic, soy sauce, and olive oil. 

Take 25 is participating in ABC Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Mrs. Nesbitt and her friends. Today is the letter D. To check out other posts, please click here.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What Represents Us?


This plaque stands outside of the San Benito County government building at the corner of Fifth and Monterey Streets. I assume it represents the various aspects of our county. If you had the opportunity to create a plaque, what five scenes would you create?

Monday, February 7, 2011

House For Sale!



According to this web page, it's a contractor special. The one bedroom, 600 square feet, single family unit on Lucy Brown Road is selling for $699,000. Huh?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Looking East on Sunnyslope


How many of you remember when Sunnyslope Road was a two lane road all the way to Fairview Road? Do you remember how it was mostly orchards that lined the way?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Outstanding in their Work


Workers are harvesting organic crops at the Pinnacle Farm, owned by Phil and Katherine Foster, in San Juan Bautista. The farm's produce stand is open every Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  It's well worth a trip out to San Juan Valley for fresh, quality vegetables.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

February Events in and around Hollister

February is the American Heart Month. So, to help raise awareness of heart disease, the Hollister Downtown Association, the YMCA, and Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital have put together various special events throughout Hollister for the month. Those events will be listed in red below.

WEEKLY EVENTS
Tuesday afternoons: Healthy Hearts, Storytime with Miss Carole, San Benito County Free Library, 4 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday afternoons: Walk for Your Health, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Starts at Veterans Memorial Plaza. Cancelled, if it's raining.

Thursdays: Blood Pressure Check-up, sponsored by Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital, at Penny Wise Drug (549 San Benito Street), 11:30 to 1 p.m. Free.

Thursday evenings: Walk for Your Health,  5:15 to 6 p.m. Starts at Veterans Memorial Plaza. Cancelled, if it's raining.

Friday evenings: Bingo, Sacred Heart Church, Hollister. It starts 6:30 p.m. at the O'Reilly Hall (670 College Street).  You must be 18 years old to play.

Saturday mornings: 
Bike Ride with Off the Chain Bikes, 8 to 11 a.m. 
Book Sale, Friends of the Library,  Hollister. From  9 a.m. to 12 p.m., behind the San Benito County Free Library, 5th and West Streets.
Saturday and Sunday afternoons: Wapple House Museum, Fifth and West Streets, open from 1 to 3 p.m. Free admission.

Sundays: Flea Market, Betabel Station and Outdoor Market, 9644 Betabel Road, San Juan Bautista. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For info, check its Facebook page.

ONGOING EVENTS
February 11:  Pedro Card Party, San Juan Bautista. Sponsored by the Native Daughters of the Golden West, it will be held at 203 Fourth Street from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Beginners are welcome.

February 12: San Juan Bautista Gallery Walk, San Juan Bautista, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

February 14: Research Room Open, Wapple House Museum. Fifth and West Streets, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

ONE-OF-A-KIND EVENTS
February 3: Laughter is Good for the Heart, presented by Robin Pollard, Mars Hill Coffeehouse (610 San Benito Street), 12 to 12:30 p.m. Free.

February 4: Fashion Show, The Knife and Fork Cafe, 12 to 1 p.m.  Free (with paid lunch).

February 5
Living History Day, San Juan Bautista State Historic Park, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children who are 16 or younger.
An Evening in Tuscany, Bolado Park Pavilion. A dinner/dance fundraiser for Sacred Heart Parish School. 5 p.m. to midnight. Must be 21 years old. For info, call 637-4157.
February 10: Chinese Love Character, a craft project by Miss Kayoka, San Benito County Free Library, 4 to 5 p.m. Free.

February 11
Haybaler Alumni Social, The Vault (425 Fifth Street), Hollister. 6 p.m. to midnight. Must be at least 21 years. 
Open Mic Night, Blak Sage Gallery (727 San Benito Street), Hollister. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 
The Foreigner, Dinner Theater at the Vault (425 Fifth Street), presented by the San Benito Stage Company. 7 p.m. Cost is $30, which includes dinner and show. Must purchase tickets in advance at Postal Graphics (by Nob Hill).
Febuary 12
CPR Classes for the General Public, American Red Cross, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $70. For more info, call 636-2100. 
The Foreigner, Dinner Theater at the Vault (425 Fifth Street), presented by the San Benito Stage Company. 7 p.m. Cost is $30, includes dinner and show. Must purchase tickets in advance at Postal Graphics (by Nob Hill). 
The Vagina Monologues, Gavilan College Theatre, Gilroy, 8 p.m. Adults, $15; students and seniors, $10. Proceeds benefit the Emmaus House (Hollister) and Community Solutions.
February 13
Community Volunteer Fair, Sacred Heart School Gymnasium (670 College Street) Hollister. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. 
The Foreigner, Dinner Theater at the Vault (425 Fifth Street), presented by the San Benito Stage Company. 2 p.m. Cost is $30, includes dinner and show. Must purchase tickets in advance at Postal Graphics (by Nob Hill).
February 15: Have a Healthy Heart at Any Age, featuring Dr. Clapper, Cardiologist, YMCA of San Benito County (351 Tres Pinos Road), 7 p.m. Free.

February 16: Making Sense of Retirement, YMCA. 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free (includes lunch), reservations required.  For more info, call 634-0694.

February 18: The Foreigner, Dinner Theater at the Vault (425 Fifth Street), presented by the San Benito Stage Company. 7 p.m. Cost is $30, includes dinner and show. Must purchase tickets in advance at Postal Graphics (by Nob Hill).

February 19
Historic Walking Tour, San Benito Historical Society, 9 a.m. Cost is $5. Reservations required. For more info, call 524-2292. 
The Foreigner, Dinner Theater at the Vault (425 Fifth Street), presented by the San Benito Stage Company. 7 p.m. Cost is $30, includes dinner and show. Must purchase tickets in advance at Postal Graphics (by Nob Hill).
February 20: The Foreigner, Dinner Theater at the Vault (425 Fifth Street), presented by the San Benito Stage Company. 2 p.m. Cost is $30, includes dinner and show. Must purchase ticket in advance at Postal Graphics (by Nob Hill).

February 24: Red Healthy Hearts, a craft project by Miss Rose. San Benito County Free Library, 4 to 5 p.m. Free.

February 25: The Foreigner, Dinner Theater at the Vault (425 Fifth Street), presented by the San Benito Stage Company. 7 p.m. Cost is $30, includes dinner and show. Must purchase tickets in advance at Postal Graphics (by Nob Hill).

February 26
CPR Classes for Professionals, American Red Cross, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $70. For more info, call 636-2100. 
Marian Filice Piano Competition and Music Festival, Gavilan College Theatre, Gilroy. Competition at 10 a.m. and Music Festival at 3 p.m.  Free. 
Mardi Gras Dinner Dance and Silent Auction, San Juan Oaks. A fundraiser for the Community Food Bank. 6 to 11 p.m. 
The Foreigner, Dinner Theater at the Vault (425 Fifth Street), presented by the San Benito Stage Company. 7 p.m. Cost is $30, includes dinner and show. Must purchase tickets in advance at Postal Graphics (by Nob Hill).

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cutting Across the Field



There's nothing liking than taking a shortcut across a wet field. This is near the intersection of East Park Street and Highway 25. I saw mustard plants sprouting through the grass. Shouldn't be too long before yellow flowers will be blooming here.

Take 25 is participating in ABC Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Mrs. Nesbitt and her friends. Today is the letter C. To check out other posts, please click here.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Veterans Memorial Building


The Veterans Memorial Building stands on San Benito and Seventh Streets.  How has that building figured in your life so far? Here are at least three for me:
  • Long ago, I used to donate to the Red Cross blood drives that were held there.
  • I have attended the annual Christmas balls hosted by the Filipino American Community of San Benito County.
  • The husband and I have listened to the Christmas concerts given by the Watsonville Band.

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