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

It took Josh Oelrich 10 years of research and five years to write his first book. He hopes the following four in the series will only take him five years. Photo by John Chadwell.

Local author makes Best Of list with debut book

Josh Oelrich releases first of a five-volume sci-fi fantasy series.

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Happy Rooster in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

San Juan Bautista restaurant closes

The Happy Rooster in downtown serves last customers.

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Contributing artist Dylan Sandstrom and wife Courtney showed the artwork they won in the raffle. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Small is the new big at art exhibit’s closing reception

SBC Arts Council party celebrates local creators.

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Holidays in Hollister is located at 5280 Fairview Road. Photo by Becky Bonner.

B&R Farms hosts Holidays in Hollister shopping event

Lots of unique, locally made products gathered in one spot Dec. 8 and 15.

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After the parade people could meet Santa (played by resident Max Martinez). Photo by Becky Bonner.

Holiday of Lights Parade brings cheer to San Juan Bautista

13th annual Rotary event features a visit from Santa.

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Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Santa Claus is coming to the San Benito County Free Library

Community members invited to participate in 12th annual Holiday Program.

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Heidi Jumper explained how boxes have been placed under pieces of art so event participants can place raffle tickets in the boxes of pieces they hope to win. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Arts Council hosts small-scale artwork exhibit and raffle

Closing party Nov. 30 for show representing more than 30 artists in various media.

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Mr. O's Jazz Band in 2017. Photo provided.

Christmas performing arts celebration

Free event offers a mix of musical styles with a holiday theme.

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Sixteen local businesses are joining forces for Small Business Saturday. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Small Business Saturday comes to downtown Hollister

Sixteen merchants participating this year.

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Photo provided by San Benito County Arts Council.

San Benito County Arts Council joins Giving Tuesday to raise funds for Arts in Education program

Working to bring the arts to local students, including low-income youth, students with special needs, incarcerated youth at Juvenile Hall and students at Title 1 schools.

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On raising her turkeys, Lisa Knutson stated, “The animals have to be happy. They cannot be stressed." Photo courtesy of Rob Fisher.

Local turkeys make for big Thanksgiving feasts

Pasture Chick Ranch has a waiting list of loyal customers.

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Attendees showed support of honorees by waving their napkins in the air. Photo courtesy of Marisa Duran photograpy.

Local individuals and groups honored on National Philanthropy Day

Recognized for their efforts to make San Benito County a better place.

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A box of fresh produce ready to go at Community FoodBank of San Benito. Photo by Mark Paxton.

12 Days of Giving feeds Community FoodBank

Working to address hunger for residents from all walks of life.

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San Benito Historical Park. BenitoLink file photo.

Skip the crowds and opt outside for Black Friday

REACH San Benito Parks Foundation is sponsoring a morning of birding in the Historical Park.

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Local, Iraq War Veteran Ray Ramos during his interview at SBHS. Photo courtesy of Veteran Voices Project.

Local war veteran is a freedom fighter, student writes

SBHS student writes about a veteran of two military campaigns, Ray Ramos of Hollister. Denisse Mendoza Hernandez tells how he risked his life to protect our freedom

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Camaxtli Torres (second from left) performed with his family and an Aztec dance group at Saturday's event. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Dia de los Muertos draws a crowd

Student works and performances featured at annual San Benito High School celebration.

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Downtown was packed with costumed parents and children during the Oct. 31 Treat Streets event. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Treat Streets event a success

Big turnout pleases organizers.

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Students from San Benito High School such as (starting far left) Maya Villegas, Johana Manzo, Alissa Tortorelli, and Emliano Gallegos Ramirez volunteered at Saturday's event. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Small Steps volunteers make a large difference

For 21 years and counting, the group has been giving new warm clothing to local children in need.

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Mike Fisher, who attended Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy in Paris, will bring his knowledge to the classroom at San Benito High School. Photo by Becky Bonner.

San Benito High School gets a new chef in the kitchen

Alum and restaurateur Mike Fisher returns to the classroom.

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Sun Street Centers in downtown Hollister. File photo.

Sun Street Centers counselor receives award

Gordon Horne gets decoration from the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals.

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