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The spirited staff of the San Benito Arts Council is committed to fostering a love of art through arts education and programs for all citizens of San Benito County.

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“The Fabric of Life” Mural Dedicated in San Juan Bautista


As a small group of local dignitaries and residents gathered at the corner of Washington and 7th Streets on Dec. 1 in San Juan Bautista, the artists were putting the finishing touches to the new mural.

Hollister Ponders Biker Rally in 2024


The Hollister City Council continued discussions on having a biker rally in July 2024. The city has not hosted a rally since 2017 because of public safety liability concerns and COVID-19.

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Gilroyan prepares for San Francisco exhibit

Gilroy artist Steven Pattie is featured in a new solo exhibition at the San Francisco Zen Center. Titled “Perambulations in Words, Art, and Spirituality: The Art of Steven Pattie,” the exhibit features Pattie’s recent photographs, paintings, words and constructions. Pattie …

Image caption: New legislation will impose penalties on local school boards that ban books for covering issues of diversity.
New California Bill Slaps Back at School Book Bans

California will penalize school boards that ban books based on inclusion of certain groups under a bill the governor is expected to sign into law. But some fear unintended consequences.

Image caption: Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to wait for more information before signing a bill that would remove TikTok from most state smartphones.
Newsom Halts TikTok Ban, App to Stay on State Phones

A bipartisan bill to prohibit TikTok on state phones is shelved until 2024. It had breezed through the state Legislature, but the authors want to tweak the measure. It's the latest social media regulation to get stalled in California.

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Applications now open for Arts Express Grant Program

The San Benito County Arts Council is seeking applications for its 2023 Arts Express Grant Program. The goal of the Arts Express Grant Program is to promote artistic and cultural engagement, accessibility, equity and diversity in San Benito County. Local …

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Local Scene: San Benito Oriana Chorale searches for singers

Chorale searching for singers The San Benito Oriana Chorale is searching for singers for its fall season. All voices are welcome, and no auditions are required. Rehearsals begin Aug. 28, and are held at Christ Fellowship Church, 2066 San Benito …

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New murals celebrated in downtown Gilroy alley

Two massive murals were unveiled Aug. 18 on Railroad Alley, part of an effort to revitalize downtown with vibrant colors in a highly visible corridor for train passengers. The works, located on the alleyway between Martin and Lewis streets, were …

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Local Scene: Downtown Gilroy murals to be unveiled

Downtown murals to be unveiled 6th Street Studios and Art Center, MANOS and the Gilroy Foundation will unveil two murals on Aug. 18 that were completed during a Youth Mentorship program early this summer. The murals, located on Railroad Alley …

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Pintello Comedy Theater’s encore season continues with ‘Pumpboys and Dinettes’

For its 20th anniversary season, Pintello Comedy Theater is digging deep into its archives of more than 80 shows to bring back its audience favorites from over the years. “Pumpboys and Dinettes,” which got all ages laughing and rocking to …

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