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SOLEDAD — A Coat Drive is being held at Jack Franscioni Elementary School in Soledad through Feb. 2. Donations of new or gently used coats, as well as other winter wear (scarves, gloves, mittens, etc.) are being sought to help others stay warm. Drop off donations at the school, 779 Orchard Lane, during regular school hours. For more information, call 831-678-6340 and ask for Elvia Ruiz.


KING CITY — City of King closed the Little League field on Jan. 24 in order to allow for work to be done on the field in preparation of the 2024 baseball season. The field will remain closed until Little League opening day on March 9. Everyone is requested to stay off the field during this period to enable the City and the Little League volunteers to perform needed maintenance to maintain the facility in good condition. Contact the Rec Department at 831-385-6748 with any questions.


SOLEDAD — City of Soledad will present Emergency Preparedness Workshops on Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. at the Soledad Community Center, 560 Walker Drive, in Soledad. Led by the Soledad Police Department, Cal Fire and the County of Monterey Department of Emergency Management, the workshops are an opportunity to empower the community with life-saving knowledge. For more information, email [email protected].


KING CITY — City of King’s annual State of the City Address luncheon is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds’ Orradre Building. The mayor, city manager and other city officials will provide an update on the City’s efforts and plans. The event is co-sponsored by the King City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and the Rotary Club of King City. Contact the Chamber at 831-385-3814 for more information.

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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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