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MONTEREY COUNTY — In June and July, all branches of Monterey County Free Libraries will host exciting and entertaining performers and invite patrons to sign up for the Summer Reading Club for reading challenges. Summer is a great time for all, especially children, to read in order to keep the skill they learned during the school year. All participants get a free book of their choice for signing up. Children will be encouraged to read 20 minutes a day and record it on their reading log; after eight hours of reading, they can collect a prize. Adults will be invited to participate in reading challenges to win a prize. Libraries will also be serving Lunch at the Library at least one day a week. To learn more about these programs, contact the local branches.


KING CITY — Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated will host its monthly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, June 4, at 11:30 a.m. at King Kora Restaurant, 611 Canal St., in King City. The guest speaker will be Julia DeMaria, president and co-founder of Operation: Care and Comfort, an organization that sends packages to members of the armed services serving overseas. Members and guests are encouraged to bring items for the troops to the meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting. For reservations and further information, call 831-385-1333 or email [email protected].


SOLEDAD — Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez and his District 3 office will be hosting a community listening session on Wednesday, June 5, in Soledad. The session will take place at 5:30 p.m. inside the Community Room at Hartnell College’s Soledad Education Center, 1505 Metz Road. Residents are invited to share their thoughts and concerns about the community and county government.

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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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