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KING CITY — City of King is accepting applications to fill the vacant seat on King City Council representing District 1. Serving on the council provides an opportunity for those interested in a leadership role to help shape policies, services and the overall future of the community. The appointment will be selected by the City Council at a special meeting on March 22 at 6 p.m. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a registered voter and a resident of District 1, which includes north of King Street from Mildred Avenue to the west and Beech Street to the east. Applications are available at City Hall or on the City website For more information on submitting an application, contact City Clerk Erica Sonne at 831-386-5971.


SOLEDAD — Nonprofit Vitalant is urging all eligible blood donors to give in March to help patients amid a prolonged blood shortage, compounded by inclement weather. Cold, snow and other adverse weather conditions across the country canceled blood drives, preventing more than 1,300 donations to go uncollected in February alone, including over 125 lifesaving units locally along the Central Coast. In South Monterey County, a blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Soledad High School, 425 Gabilan Drive, in Soledad. Learn more and make an appointment to give at, download and use the Vitalant app or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825).


SALINAS VALLEY — Salinas Valley Fair is looking for exhibitors at this year’s fair, May 18-21, in King City. Entries are open to residents in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and San Luis Obispo counties. There are thousands of items that exhibitors can show off — fresh flowers, potted plants, brownies and quilts, photographs, scrapbooks, birdhouses and more. For entry information, go to or to enter projects. All entries are due on or before Saturday, April 1. For more information, call the Salinas Valley Fair office at 831-385-3521 or email [email protected].


KING CITY — Sol Treasures will be hosting its Hometown Market on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Multiple vendors will be present to sell homemade goods 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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