GONZALES — Adventure Seeking Seniors is planning a ’40s and ’50s party as part of the SOCOS Social with Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley on Thursday, June 16. Funded by Measure K, the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Theodore’s Church Parish Hall, 116 S. Belden St., in Gonzales. It is open to all senior residents age 55 and older. RSVP to either Marilyn Duby at 261-7731 or Lupe Kinnear at 809-8216.


SOLEDAD — Soledad Merchants Association, together with the City of Soledad, will host the Business Expo and Job Fair on Thursday, June 16. The free event is open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Soledad Community Center, 560 Walker Drive. Demos, displays and samples are encouraged from participating businesses. Register online at


KING CITY — Jan Harkness, artistic director of Monterey County Dance Theatre in King City, is among the honorees for the 17th annual Champions of the Arts, hosted by the Arts Council for Monterey County. Harkness and four others from around the county will be recognized during the fundraising gala on Saturday, June 18, at the Monterey Marriott. The gala opens at 5 p.m. with a welcome reception, followed by a gourmet dinner, live auction, awards presentations and performances by local talent and entertainment. To purchase tickets, visit


MONTEREY COUNTY — Starting the week of June 15, Monterey County Free Libraries branches will host live summer programs. For children and families, there will be Sterling Bubblesmith with amazing bubbles; Onye with African Drumming; Magic with Mike Della Pena; bilingual music with Cascada de Flores; Pirate tales, magic and comedy with Captain Jack Spareribs; and gravity defying tricks from Rock Steady Juggling. For teens and adults, there will be Paint Parties and an Anime Creation workshop. Ask local branches for times and dates of the events. All programs will be outside at the branches.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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