KING CITY — Monterey County Dance Foundation is hosting a dedication ceremony for its mural, “A Tribute to the Nutcracker,” on Friday, June 17, at 3 p.m. Gloria Sanchez, a Hartnell College student and King City High School alumna, designed and led the painting of the mural, with the help of four other students. A ribbon cutting, dedication, refreshments and cake are planned at the Monterey County Dance Theatre studio, 332 Bassett St., in King City.


SALINAS — National Steinbeck Center will host an artist talk and reception for Steve Zmak on Saturday, June 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Zmak’s exhibit, “Icons of Monterey County,” is on display through July 31 at the center, 1 Main St., in Salinas. The talk will be about the exhibit that spans Steinbeck Country, and the creative and technical thinking behind each photograph — long exposures, multiple exposures, panorama stitching, unconventional lighting techniques and more.


SALINAS VALLEY — Heal Together, a program of Coastal Kids Home Care, will join with nonprofit housing developer CHISPA’s summer activities program to offer residents of Salinas and Greenfield grief and bereavement care. Classes, running from June 13 to Aug. 4, will include art, food, wellness, yoga, tai-chi and Zumba and will be offered at three locations in Salinas (Harden Ranch Apartments, La Gloria Apartments and Sherwood Village) and one in Greenfield (Walnut Place Townhomes). If the pilot program is highly utilized, plans will go into effect to offer more grief and bereavement services at additional locations for the fall program. For dates and locations, or more information, call 831-320-0947 or go to


SALINAS — In June, local podcast “Ganas — Leading from the Heart” will interview two dynamic athletic directors from East Salinas. On June 19, the guest will be Matthew Briney, athletic director at Rancho San Juan High School. Following eight years teaching and coaching at Everett Alvarez, Briney joined Salinas’ newest school in 2019. On June 29, Everett Alvarez High School athletic director Brian Vasquez joins the program to talk about how he returned to his alma mater to help change the culture surrounding athletics. “Ganas” episodes are available on Apple Podcasts, or through the GBA website

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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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