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GONZALES — Gonzales Fire Department in collaboration with Vitalant is hosting a community blood drive on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All blood types and platelets are needed, and appointments are encouraged. Visit or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825) for information. The fire department is located at 325 Center St. in Gonzales.


KING CITY — Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated will host its monthly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, June 6, 11:30 a.m. at King Kora Restaurant, 611 Canal St., in King City. The guest speaker will be Ranelle Baldwin, and her topic will be “California Federation of Republican Women Scholarship Program.” Everyone is welcome to attend. For reservations and more information, call 831-385-1333 or email [email protected].


SALINAS — National Steinbeck Center (NSC) is currently working with nearby museums and other educational organizations to provide youth with a fun and educational experience at this year’s Steinbeck Camp. During a five-day camp, from July 10-14, campers will engage with their community, make friends, learn and have fun. NSC is partnering with its neighboring Railroad Museum and Pacific Grove Natural Science Museum, and has also coordinated visits from local artists and writers to present. With its participating partners, NSC aims to improve campers’ writing and art skills both in fictional and non-fiction mediums. In addition, breakfast and lunch options will be provided each day of the camp to help combat food insecurities. Volunteers are being sought to help the National Steinbeck Center with this experience. Sign up online via

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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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