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KING CITY — California Highway Patrol and King City Police Department will host Coffee with a Cop on Thursday, April 18, at 8 a.m. at Hestia Café, 320 Broadway St., Suite B, in King City. The event helps break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve by opening opportunities for community members to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in their neighborhood.


SAN ARDO — With the Farmworkers Resource Center Program, a free community resource fair will be held Thursday, April 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the San Ardo Union School District, 62428 Center St., in San Ardo. Attendees can connect with numerous agencies dedicated to improving the community’s well-being. There will be housing support, healthcare resources, youth initiatives, health screenings, educational support, immigration resources, labor rights information, mental health services, programs for seniors and more. For more information, contact Ana Vargas at 831-208-4295.


SOLEDAD — During National Donate Life Month in April, nonprofit Vitalant urges eligible donors to give blood and help support patients, including those who undergo more than 40,000 organ transplants each year. A robust blood supply must be ready for patients every day before it’s needed. Donors of every blood type are vital to maintaining the supply, especially those with the most-transfused type O. In South Monterey County, a blood drive is scheduled for Friday, April 19, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Soledad High School, 425 Gabilan Drive, in Soledad. Learn more and make an appointment to give at, download and use the Vitalant app or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825).


SOLEDAD — Soledad Certified Farmer’s Market has returned, and is open every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. on Soledad Street. The market has been providing farm-to-table produce and other food from local vendors for the community since 2006. For more information, visit

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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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