An eclectic mix of events are taking place in San Benito County over the coming weekend. If you like comics, wine, beer, ribs, dogs or culture in general, this is the weekend for you. The following is a roundup of some activities locally over the weekend:
Free Comic Book Day
A squadron of superheroes will join Bill’s Bullpen Sports Cards & Comics to take part in Free Comic Book Day for the 17th year on Saturday. The downtown Hollister shop located at 207 Fourth St. Free Comic Book day is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Aside from a free comic, the store will offer entertainment as well, with Spiderman, Avengers and Star Wars characters in costume at the event. There will also be a raffle Saturday.
Gavilan Kennel Club Dog Show
Gavilan Kennel Club’s Dog Show is set for Saturday and Sunday at Bolado Park. As for details, on Saturday is an All-Breed Dog Show, two Obedience Trials and two Rally Trials, along with a CAT Trial. On Sunday is the All-Breed Dog Show. For more: http://gavilankc.org/index.html
Wine & Beer Stroll
The 6th Annual Wine & Beer Stroll takes place in downtown Hollister on Saturday, May 5 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Participating businesses will be paired with a local winery or brewery where attendees will be poured a one-ounce taste of wine or a two-ounce taste of beer. Tickets are $30 through April 20 (price goes up to $40 after April 20) and $40 the day of the event, subject to availability. Tickets may be purchased online at downtownhollister.org or in-person at the Hollister Downtown Association office.
Midsummer’s Night Dream
Gavilan College is presenting “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” in May. The four performances are set for May 4, 5, 11 and 12. Shows are at 8 p.m., and there’s a Mother’s Day matinee at 2 p.m. May 12 as well. John Lawton Haehl, Ph.D, will be directing the William Shakespeare play. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, with students and seniors getting in for $12. A family pack (two adults, two children) is $35. Tickets are on sale at the Gavilan Bookstore and BookSmart in Morgan Hill. The Gavilan College Theatre is located at 5055 Santa Teresa Boulevard in Gilroy.
La Carpa de los Rasquachis
According to El Teatro Campesino Playhouse: Bursting with energy, “La Carpa” follows Jesus Pelado Rasquachi after he leaves his family in Mexico and heads for the United States in hopes of getting rich as a bracero. Misfortune and fate, however, stalk his every footstep in the guise of El Diablo and La Muerte. Tricked and betrayed at every turn, Jesus’ struggles, frustrations and ultimate victory unfold under La Carpa. Discounted Preview Nights on 5/1 & 5/2. Now booking student groups! Email Christy Sandoval (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The streets of San Juan Bautista will be filled with ribs, live entertainment, and arts & crafts for the Great San Juan Bautista Rib Cookoff. It is set for May 5 and May 6. Admission is free, while the event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Indian Market is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 5-6 at the San Juan School soccer lot. According to organizer Laynee Reyna, it will include Native American & Western arts/crafts, dance, foods. Xipe Totec Aztec Dancers Celebrating Cinco de Mayo Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The Amah Ka Tura Ohlone Deer Dance is set for 11 a.m. Saturday. A ceremony honoring veterans will feature San Juan City Manager Michelle LaForge, Iraq War Navy Helicopter Pilot, and 99-year-old Leonard Del Byler, a World War II/Korean War Navy Hellcat Night Fighter Pilot is set for 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission includes a $1 donation. Kids under 12 are free. It is sponsored by Jardines Mexican Restaurant de San Juan, KCBATV35, KIONTV 46, KSBW TV8, Marta & Robert Fernandez, Gilroy Children’s Therapy Center and Recology.