Kelly Martin shows boots in the Vaquero Days vendor booth in 2016. File photo

Vaquero Heritage Days in San Juan Bautista celebrates the cowboy and the culture

Event at St. Francis Retreat promotes the history of the vaquero style.

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San Benito Stage Company to host second annual Casino Night

Casino-style games, raffle, and silent auction set for annual fundraiser.

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Browsing vintage jewelry at the antique fair. Photo credit Becky Bonner.

Antique Fair highlights furniture, toys, jewelry, arts and crafts

Locals and visitors enjoy friendly atmosphere of San Juan Bautista while browsing antique furniture, jewelry, and handmade arts and crafts.

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Fontanez family (left to right) Marcello, Fredo, Max and Mikey. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Backpacks and love send San Benito kids back to school

Over 2,000 backpacks prepped with school supplies for K-12 students during the annual Stuff the Bus event.

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Photo provided by Hollister Hills SVRA.

Hunting for Geocaches at Hollister Hills SVRA

Seventh annual Geocache Bash takes place September 22. A global positioning system device (GPS) is required to participate.

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Gilroy native 1 A.M spitting fire. Photo by Elliot Ruiz.

Youth Alliance steams up open mic night

Along with the aromas of pastries and freshly brewed coffee, the air in the coffeehouse was filled with contagious beats and tongue-tying lyrics.

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The new mural in progress a few days before its debut. Photo by Diviana Navarro.

New mural livens up downtown Hollister

Collaborative effort between mayor, ARTI-Culture, and local muralists.

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People walking for Relay for Life at Ladd Lane Elementary School in 2018. Photos by Joshua Miller.

Relay for Life: Fighting cancer one step at a time

Community members walked throughout the night to raise funds for cancer research.

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Every Week our reporter get together to discuss story ideas. Photo by Leslie David.

Get to know the BenitoLink team

We have been able to grow our team thanks to your continued support. BenitoLink is your own community-based news, here to serve your interests and informational needs.

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Photos by Joshua Miller.

SLIDESHOW: Wild Color 5K Run

Abraham Manzo of Hollister placed first in timed run. The first 100 racers who crossed the finish line during the untimed color run received limited edition medals.

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Hundreds of kids attend San Benito County Free Library's Summer Reading Program

The San Benito County Free Library hosted an engaging free summer program with over 400 kids in attendance

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A Good Reason to Cheer Tax Season

The total amount of taxes refunded to the community was $517,769. Of this, $171,113 was in the form of the earned income tax credit, which averaged $1,527 per household.

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One-hundred and thirty-two people attended Sunday's Farm-To-Table Benefit for the Arts. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Farm-to-Table benefit supports art and agriculture

Courses for the evening were prepared by Mike Fisher of Fisher's and Becky Herbert of Farmhouse Café, and featured wines from Aromas Cellars. All food served was prepared from locally sourced ingredients, including produce, chicken, and duck eggs.

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Prayer Run from San Juan Bautista to Indian Canyon takes off. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Prayer Run and Storytelling Celebrate Indigenous Culture

Indigenous and nonindigenous people run from Mission San Juan Bautista to Indian Canyon. A fundraising storytelling event followed at Indian Canyon.

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Our team of reporters discussing story ideas at the weekly BenitoLink meeting. Photo by Laura Romero.

BenitoLink receives grant from Community Foundation

The grant will be used to update our website, making it more user-friendly.

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(Left to right) Women's Club of Hollister President Jill Martin, Madison Ricker, John Robrock, and Jasmine Ulloa. Photo provided by the Women's Club of Hollister.

Local artists paint their way into first place

Over the past 17 years, the mentorship of retiring San Benito High School art teacher, Mr. John Robrock, has allowed students like Ulloa and Ricker to win similar art competitions.

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Grupo Folklórico "Carisma Mexicana" outside of the Community Foundation office in Hollister. Photo by Diviana Navarro.

Local Folklórico group gives first-place performance

Working specifically with young children, the organization emphasizes the importance of maintaining an appreciation and practice of cultural roots with new generations.

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Artist Bryan E. West talks to people viewing his work. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Vertigo Coffee Roasters displays Bryan E. West art at monthly opening reception

Participants at Vertigo Coffee Roasters monthly opening reception enjoyed art by Bryan E. West and music by Dave and the Kids.

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San Benito Stage Company kicks off it's summer musical of "My Fair Lady"

San Benito Stage Company begins a series of performances throughout the month at the Granada Theater in Hollister with "My Fair Lady"

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Group photo of non-profits awarded. Photo by Laura Romero

Community Foundation hosts Grant Award Night

Over 30 non-profits came together to celebrate their hard work and their continuous efforts to give back to their community.

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