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KING CITY — King City’s Beautification Week is underway and all residents and businesses are urged to pick a project to beautify the town. Beautification Week runs from June 21-30 under the sponsorship of the King City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, in partnership with Waste Management, Salinas Valley Recycles, City of King and King City in Bloom. Recommendations include pulling weeds and trimming shrubs, sweeping sidewalks, washing windows, painting building and trim, removing gum from sidewalks, placing leaves in the green carts, repainting signs, removing handwritten signs and making plans to mow and edge lawns weekly. Those unable to complete a project this week are encouraged to use the month of July and the time ahead to make improvements. Evidence of past beautification projects are visible throughout the town.


SOLEDAD — A grand opening of the new Central Coast Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at 502 Front St. in Soledad is planned for Friday, June 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The Soledad Outreach Center offers resources including no-cost one-on-one consulting, free workshops and access to capital. SBDC plays a vital role in providing free business advisory services, training programs and resources to entrepreneurs, start-ups and small business owners, empowering them to start, grow and prosper. Through strategic guidance and tailored assistance, SBDC enables businesses to navigate challenges, capitalize on opportunities and contribute to the economic vitality of the region. To RSVP or for more information, visit


CALIFORNIA — The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) is hosting its eighth annual Rural County Photo Contest through June 30. The contest invites individuals to submit their photographs capturing life in rural California and showcasing the beautiful scenery, activities, communities, history and charm of RCRC’s 40 member counties. Photo entries should be sent to [email protected]. All entries must be received by midnight on June 30, be the original work of the submitter, and include: location where the photo was taken, including the county in which it was taken; and photographer’s full name and email address. The grand prize winner will receive a $300 gift card, and the winning photograph will be unveiled at the September RCRC Board of Directors Meeting. The second-place finalist will receive a $150 gift card and the third-place finalist will receive a $75 gift card. Full contest details are available on the RCRC website


SOLEDAD — Downtown Soledad will soon feature three new murals near Cesar Chavez Park on Front Street. City of Soledad wants these murals to truly reflect the community, so input from the public is currently being sought. Residents can share what Soledad means to them through a survey ( to help shape the final artwork and design of these murals.

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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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