Opinion | The last week of summer


Joanne's Got It | Column by Joanne Banuelos

GRINS: It’s the last week of summer, and I have been writing about fall. Was it because of all the events coming up, or I tend to jump on to visions of pumpkin pie, turkey and all that goes with it a bit early? Also, I would like you to know what’s coming up.

GRINS: I have been talking of the Golden Jubilee event on Oct. 7 (once known as Old Timers Day) — held for the past 65 years sponsored by the KC Rotary — to be held at the Pavilion, and always willing to bring his music is our Sheriff Bernal. The Monterey County Cattlemen and Women Association has offered top sirloin, which seems fitting, and a change from barbecued chicken. There are raffles, prizes and bingo starts at 10:30 a.m. All the more reason to get out and find friends you have not seem in a while. Contact Stephany Bengard at 831-320-4222 for questions. 

GRIPES: So, do you know or have read the Letter to the Editor titled “Bait and Switch” (Sept. 19)? Even city council members are scratching their heads reading the comments on the tax increase money and how it’s to be spent. Our paper keeps us updated, and some of us wonder what it’s all about too.

GRINS: I went to the Community Resources Fair and there were nearly two dozen booths, staffed and to answer your questions, depending what booth you stopped to talk to. Finding answers and taking home fliers, I came away feeling it was worth my time. Coming so early I had hoped more would be coming in with food or music. I so regret missing out on the El Grito event. To get out to attend I learn the King City Carnival Committee and Salinas Valley Fair Board of Directors are funding the need regarding our schools. Because the carnival goes on until Sunday, the community benefits in more ways and for all ages, and that’s a pretty good thing.

GRINS: A block party in your district? Yes, on Oct. 4, there will be food, bounce houses and entertainment. Why? Watch is a way to get to know your neighbor, and your opportunity to meet your very own police officer, public safety from your neighborhood. It is pretty cool and we find the plan works too.

GRIPES: How has it happened we have a new Postmaster Ruben Rojas at the King City office? I only found out reading Rudy’s magazine, The Californian. With no announcement or celebration for the new boss? Coming from the San Jose system he was once an inspector. He has been here only a few months, and I have been told the employees are very happy, and things are getting done. 

GRIPES: Have you noticed the Liberty Tax service office is closed? R. J. Rivera tells me he has gone back to college. He was always helpful and now in regarding my hacked e-mail situation. So typical of him, and willing to help as he translates for city council meetings. I could go to him to discuss and better understand the agenda. He is searching for another place for his office, and he will be back. Maybe on Broadway? 

GRINS: It’s the Day of the Dead. Sol Treasures will celebrate starting Sept. 25 with exhibits “Honoring Your Ancestors” and “Lost But Not Forgotten.” Look for classes too that maybe of interest. Stitched and beaded sugar skulls with Catherine Frazier, or ornament skulls with Hermie Robles, or sugar skull paper masks with Angel Monteagudo, and he also does sugar skull face painting. All are night classes; however, sign up soon as they fill up quickly. Also there is a stepping stones class being taught by Debra Cobb. Useful and fun as well as colorful for your home. A small procession is planned with Sonia Chapa and the Memorial Board on Oct. 16. Call 386-9809 for information. Have you gotten all this down on your calendar and ready for November? Yum!

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