MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Free Libraries has a “What are you thankful for?” photo contest ending Nov. 30. Participants can share a post on the library’s Facebook or Instagram page and use the hashtag #emcfl when they post, saying what they’re thankful for, along with the photo. Also, the library system announced it continued to do meal distributions at select branches. The summer distributions totaled 24,760 meals and 12,373 activity bags.


SOLEDAD — Soledad will turn 100 years old on March 9, 2021, and planning is already underway for the centennial celebration. A Zoom planning meeting is scheduled for Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. to put together the ideas of interested individuals or groups. For those unable to attend virtually, the city is making arrangements to view the meeting at city hall. For information or to RSVP, contact Tencia Vargas at 831-223-5016 or Sherie Colesberry at 831-223-5075.


SALINAS VALLEY — Monterey County Office of Education’s Migrant Education is hosting a Winter Blanket Drive, which began last week and is ongoing until Dec. 18. Blankets will be distributed to migrant families in need within local school districts. For more information, call Summer Prather-Smith at 831-206-4448, Jorge Jasso at 831-594-7804, Esther Medina at 831-261-4204 or Karla Caliz at 831-905-0553.

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Sean Roney is a freelance reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.


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