Monday, December 30, 2013

Overlooking San Juan Valley

That's Highway 156 running south of San Juan Bautista. Just on the other side of those hills in the middle is Hollister. The towering mountain range is the southern end of the Diablo Range.

If this was a normal weather year, everything would be looking green right now. Hopefully, the new year will bring us rain.

Happy New Year, Dear Take 25 to Hollister Readers!


Looking for a 2014 calendar of San Benito County?  
How about a Su-sieee! Mac design? It's available at Click on the photo or link below to see San Benito County Landscapes at Zazzle. Two other designs are also available -- Downtown Hollister, California and The Clock Tower, Hollister, California.

Use the code  2014NEWYEARS at check out to receive a 20.14% discount on any purchase you make at Zazzle. The offer is good until Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:59 PST.
2014 San Benito County Landscapes Wall Calendar by SusieeeMac

P.S. The FCC requires me to tell you that I get a small royalty on every Su-sieee! Mac calendar that is sold. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sunset from San Felipe Road

I'm participating in Skywatch Friday today. Click here to see the photos of other participants.


Looking for a 2014 calendar of San Benito County? How about a Su-sieee! Mac design? It's available at Click on the below to see it at Zazzle.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

2014 Calendars

I'm hawking wares today. Calendars, they are.  Three of them in fact. I designed three calendars featuring many of my Take 25 to Hollister  photos, which are available for sale at

Click on the links below to see the calendars. Today, the calendars are being sold at 40% off the regular price of $24.20. And, no doubt, Zazzle will have some kind of discount throughout this holiday season.

Thank you for checking them out!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

2013 San Benito Holiday Cheer Shop Hop

This Saturday, December 7, 2013, will be the Third Annual San Benito Holiday Cheer Shop Hop. When you visit one of the following retail stores, galleries, salons,  restaurants, grocery shops, or services in Aromas, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, or Tres Pinos, you can enter a raffle to win one of 26 gift baskets full of local products  and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses. Over 59 local organizations have contributed! You can enter at any—and all—of the following participating businesses that you visit this Saturday. Did I mention the raffle is free?


Aromas Feed Store
Dragonfly Gallery
Kathryn Aguras Real Estate

Aromas Grill
Marshall's Grocery
Old Firehouse Market


Bel Amour Pet Spa & Boutique
Penny Wise Drug Store
SBC Arts Council—Blak Sage Gallery 
San Benito Bene

Salons & Spas
Beauty Lounge
Bella Mia Salon
Heaven Scent Day Spa and Salon
Salon Déja Vu Spa
Vitality Skin Care & Massages 

A.J. Sushi
B&R Farms
Best of Times Cafe
Country Rose Cafe
Grillin & Chillin Alehouse
Grillin & Chillin Downtown
Heavenly Bakery
Relax! Grillin & Chillin

San Juan Bautista

Bear Flag Gallery Mall
Casa de Colores
Livin the Green Dream
Mission Gallery
Mrs. B's Z Place
One Incurable Collector
Rare Light Gallery
Seasons Handcrafts
The Glass Connection
The Last Stitch
Tops Rock Shop
Victoria's Treasures
Visions of Christmas

Salons & Spas
Ageless, Beauty and Glamour Luxury Spa 

Doña Esther
Jardines de San Juan
Margot's Ice Cream Parlor
Matxin Etxea Basque Restaurant
San Juan Bakery

Tres Pinos

19th Hole Booze & Food

Other Participants—No Raffle Tickets

The following artisans, not for profit groups, and services have also contributed to this year's holiday shop hop. Please note that they will not have raffle tickets for the 26 gift baskets.
BeautiControl—Margot Tankersley
Bell Hill Goat Milk Soaps and Lotions
California Mutual Insurance Company
Calvista Insurance Agency Inc.
Heaven Walnuts
Mars Hill Coffeehouse   
Oils of Paicines
San Benito Olive Festival
Union Bank
Union Bank—San Juan Bautista
Vista Notes

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Coming Up on Saturday, December 7

Quite a lot of holiday things happening this Saturday in San Benito County. Who knows who you might meet on Saturday. (Hint: Ho! Ho! Ho!) Which events will you check out?

Holiday Resource Fair
10 AM to 2 PM
Briggs Building, 365 Fourth Street, Hollister
Sponsored by the Hollister Youth Alliance, the free event will feature local organizations that offer free or affordable health care, legal, education, and other services to individuals and families. A food and toy drive will also take place. Santa Claus will stop by the fair for photos.

3rd Annual San Benito Holiday Cheer Shop Hop
When you visit any of the participating shops, galleries, salons, restaurants, and more in Hollister, San Juan Bautista,  and Aromas on this day, you can enter a raffle to win one of 26 baskets of local goodies. For a list of participants, click here.

B&R Farms Cozy Christmas Open House
10 AM to 4 PM
5280 Fairview Road, Hollister
B&R Farms will also be having an open house on 12/14 and 12/21.

Tasty Saturdays at San Benito Bene 
615 B San Benito Street, Hollister
San Benito Bene will also have samples of food pairings on 12/14 and 12/21.

Living History Day 
11 AM to 4 PM
San Juan Bautista State Historic Park
Adults $3; Children under 16, free

Merchants Holiday Open House
11 AM to 9 PM
Shops, restaurants, and other businesses throughout San Juan Bautista start off the season of holiday cheer.

Holiday Art Marketplace

12 to 5 PM
Blak Sage Gallery
Prints, pottery, ornaments, wooden toys, cards, and more created by local artists and artisans are on sale Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday through 12/ 21.

1 to 5 PM
1220 Monterey Street, Rooms 301-316, Hollister
This free event will feature art work of more that 175 San Benito High School artists, which will be available for sale.  Live entertainment, demonstrations, and workshops will also be part of the day. Free refreshments will be on hand. ARTS OUT LOUD will be on Sunday, 12/8, too.

100 Years of Ice Cream Socials: Centennial Anniversary of the Women's Club of Hollister
2 to 5 PM
First Presbyterian Church, 2066 San Benito Street
Mr. O's Academy Jazz band and Triple Creek will be performing.
Tickets are $5/person and being pre-sold by members. For more info, call Cindy at 637-0362 or email her at

Visions of San Juan, A Holiday Stroll Through Time
 4 to 8 PM
A Victorian holiday celebration. To check out the schedule of activities, click here.

San Juan Bautista 8th annual Holiday In Lights Parade
5:30 PM
The parade winds through downtown San Juan Bautista.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Best Entries of the 2013 Lights On Celebration Parade

It was a huge turnout for this year's Lights On Celebration Parade, put on by the Hollister Downtown Association.  Did you go? What was your favorite float?

This morning, the Hollister Downtown Association announced the winning floats:
Best of Parade:  Hollister Dual Language Academy
Best Use of Lighting: Alves Collision Center
Best Use of Theme (A Family Tradition): Girl Scouts of America Service Unit
Best Community Group: Folklorico Juvenil de Hollister
Best Drill/Dance Group:  West Coast Music & Dance
To see more photos of the parade, click here. It will take you to the 2013 Lights On Celebration Parade album on Take 25 to Hollister's Facebook wall. You don't need to be be signed up to Facebook, or even be a member, to view the album.



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