San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

The Rayburn Brothers Band comprised of (left to right) Craig and Keith Rayburn. Photo courtesy of Keith Rayburn.

Rayburn Brothers Band set to play Aromas Grange

Monterey-based musical brothers have spent the last 30 years making music together.

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Lake terraces can be seen at the base of the Lomerias Muertas and above the San Benito River. This rich San Juan Valley soil was once the bottom of a Pleistocene lake. Photo by Jim Ostdick.

San Benito Geology: San Benito Underwater

This is the fifth in a series of six monthly articles about the geology of San Benito County by retired Earth Science teacher Jim Ostdick. The focus of this article is Pleistocene Lake San Benito.

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Bill and Debbi Parcell (featured with grandchildren) both stated their proudest moment as a couple has been, "Seeing our sons reach major milestones in their lives, such as high school and college graduations, both of their weddings, and seeing them both become fathers." Photo courtesy of Bill and Debbi Parcell.

Local couple share relationship wisdom

Hollister school teachers Bill and Debbi Parcell give insight to creating a lasting relationship.

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Twenty-six local nonprofits were given funding for specific, targeted programs that satisfy United Way's goals in 2017. File photo.

United Way holds campaign to benefit local nonprofits

February fundraising aimed at increasing awareness of nonprofit services in the community.

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Local author Josh Oelrich. Photo by John Chadwell.

Meet local author Josh Oelrich at the library

Q and A portion to follow book reading.

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There were an estimated 5,000 motorcycle enthusiasts during the 2018 three-day Rebel Rally. Photo by John Chadwell.

Rebel Rally is on for July

With the Hollister City Council at odds over a city-sanctioned motorcycle rally, business leaders will bring the 2019 Rebel Rally downtown and 47 Camp Ride to Bolado Park.

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From San Benito Stage Company production of Sylvia. Photo provided.

San Benito Stage Company opens 2019 season with Sylvia

New show intended for mature audiences opens Feb. 8.

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Members of the Native Sons of the Golden West during the ceremony. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Juan Bautista celebrates Luck Gas Station centennial

Rain forces venue change; difficulties installing plaque.

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Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Where to spend Valentine’s Day in San Benito County

With a wide range of cuisine and entertainment in a variety of locations, there is something for everyone looking to celebrate.

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Chamber office in downtown Hollister. File photo by John Chadwell.

Chamber of Commerce hosts 98th annual dinner and dance

Man, Woman and Businesses of the Year awards to be handed out at Leal Vineyards.

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With over 20 years experience, new San Juan Oaks Head Chef Eladio Bueno can cook all types of food, but his favorite style is Italian. Photo provided by San Juan Oaks.

Eladio Bueno earns title of Head Chef at San Juan Oaks

New head chef planning three-course dinner for Valentine's Day.

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Master gardeners Dawn Avery and Elizabeth Burns demonstrated pruning and cleaning around roses at a Jan. 26 workshop in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Master gardeners host rose care workshop in SJB

Students get down and dirty at Plaza Hall.

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Children being read to during story time at the San Benito County Free Library. Photo provided.

Bilingual Family Story Time at the San Benito County Free Library

Children and their families invited to enjoy story time Thursdays from 4 p.m to 5 p.m. beginning Feb. 7.

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Sean Fitzharris, Jarae Tanner and Fran Fitzharris of Brewery Twenty-Five in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Brewery Twenty-Five helps raise funds for Camp Fire victims

Proceeds from Resilience IPA go to the town of Paradise.

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Fran and Sean Fitzharris inside the Brewery Twenty Five taproom in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Frank Perez.

San Francisco Beer Week coming to San Juan Bautista

Brewery Twenty Five participating in February event aimed at highlighting breweries across the Bay Area.

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Robbie Brown at the Gavilan College pond on the Gilroy campus. Photo provided by Gavilan College.

Robbie Brown creates sustainability solutions at Gavilan College

New Energy, Education and Facilities Fellow working on water management and conservation.

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Previous Field Day event held at Paicines Ranch. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Regenerative agriculture event highlights new farming concepts

Paicines Ranch to host field day for EcoFarm Conference attendees.

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Faviola is married to Carlos. They live in a van with Alex (9), Bruce (7) and Destiny (3).  Photo courtesy of Kirti Bassendine.

Kirti Bassendine’s art gives voices to the homeless

New photo exhibit at Gilroy Center for the Arts introduces you to your neighbors, the ones without homes.

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Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Women's Center. Photo provided.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital celebrates next generation in women’s healthcare

Advancements in local breast cancer screening and new pediatric group expected in the new year.

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Pinnacles National Park. Photo by John Chadwell.

Pinnacles East Entrance limited to campers with reservations. West remains open.

Visitor services limited within Pinnacles National Park Public access through West Entrance. East Entrance open only to campers with reservations. 

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