SALINAS — California Rodeo’s July 15 Big Week Kick Off Concert has been officially canceled after the production team was unable to secure a suitable replacement for headliner Toby Keith, who announced June 12 that he is battling stomach cancer. Ticket refunds were issued starting June 27. All other events are moving forward, including the Banda MS Concert on Saturday, July 16, the Big Week Bull Riding Xtreme Bulls event on Wednesday, July 20, and the California Rodeo Salinas from July 21 through 24. Visit for the full event lineup, and contact [email protected] with any questions.


SOLEDAD — City of Soledad and El Pajaro Community Development Corporation are inviting local businesses for coffee and a conversation with the Community and Economic Development team on Thursday, June 30, at 8 a.m. in the Council Chambers at Soledad City Hall, 248 Main St. There will be a presentation on the recently approved Downtown Façade Loan Program and business licensing. For any questions, call 831-223-5016 or email [email protected].


SOLEDAD — A free small business webinar hosted by State Controller Betty T. Yee, City of Soledad and City of Salinas will take place Thursday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register at The webinar will feature local, state and federal partner agencies, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Employment Development Department, among others.


KING CITY — Sol Treasures is once again presenting its Backyard Concert Series on Friday, July 1. The free concert, from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature music by JJ Acoustic outside the gallery at 519 Broadway St. in King City.

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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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