KING CITY — King City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will host the 2022 Annual Awards Dinner, “Toast of the Town,” on Saturday, Aug. 6, inside the Orradre Building at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, 625 Division St., in King City. This year’s honorees are Mee Memorial Healthcare System as Business of the Year, John and Karen Jernigan as Citizens of the Year, and Evette Wheeler as Friend of the Community. A social hour and silent auction kick off the event beginning at 5 p.m., followed by dinner, a live auction, awards ceremony and music and dancing to close out the night. For tickets, go to Eventbrite or call 831-385-3814 for more information.


SALINAS — American Red Cross has faced a concerning drop in blood donations this summer. Donors are needed to make an appointment to give in August to help prevent a blood shortage. Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Salinas are: Wednesday, Aug. 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hartnell College, Student Center (Building C), 411 Central Ave. To schedule an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


MONTEREY COUNTY — Natividad, along with the Monterey County Health Department and Administrative Office, briefed the Monterey County Board of Supervisors on July 19 on their proposal to work in partnership to build an integrated health system. The system would provide seamless health care services to improve the health of everyone in the county. The executive briefing recommended that the Director of Health, the CEO of Natividad and the County Administrative Officer work in partnership to build this system. In addition, it will create an ad hoc committee to guide the process.


KING CITY — King City Police Department is hosting Ice Cream with a Cop on Monday, Aug. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Michoacan A Pedir De Boca, 1301 Broadway St. #B2, in King City. The community is invited to stop by the ice cream shop and receive a free scoop of ice cream while interacting with local officers.

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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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