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Do you make a mean blueberry pie? CalGiant wants to know about it!

Do you make a mean blueberry pie? CalGiant wants to know about it!

WATSONVILLE, Calif. - Just in time for holiday baking season California Giant Berry Farms launched an “All About Pies” national consumer promotion featuring their fresh blueberries and blackberries.

Consumers are encouraged to enter their favorite berry pie recipe featuring California Giant blueberries or blackberries or a combination of both for a chance to win a grand prize of $500.  Additionally, the grand prize recipe will be professionally photographed and featured on www.calgiant.com

Entries have been pouring in since Thanksgiving and the promotion will run through December 14th.  This provides enough time for the winning recipes to be featured during the holidays and allow consumers to try the recipe at home to share with friends and family during the season. 

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3.9 quake south of San Juan Bautista rattles the Central Coast

The Central Coast was rattled by a 3.9 magnitude earthquake Friday evening.

The USGS reports the epicenter was 5 kilometers south southeast of San Juan Bautista. The puts the epicenter just inside San Benito County.

No damage has been reported at this time.

This quake hit at 6:17 p.m. and the recent 4.2 quake on November 19 near the same location, has kept residents on edge. Experts say this is a very active part of the San Andreas fault zone.

It's time for Project Santa!

It's time for Project Santa!

It's that time of year for Project Santa!

KION/CW and T23 have partnered with Gift Inc. for years, to get all the kids in foster care in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County gifts for Christmas.

Last year more than 1,000 foster children received a toy through Project Santa, so please help us make it happen again! 

Cal Fire warns Californians to be fire safe during holiday cooking

Cal Fire warns Californians to be fire safe during holiday cooking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Thanksgiving is a time of food, fun and festivities; but this time of year is also a time to be extra cautious as thousands of home fires across the nation are caused from holiday cooking.

With friends and family visiting, it’s important to not get distracted and to be aware of your cooking activities.

“The holidays bring inherent fire danger that can quickly lead to tragedy if you don’t take just a few easy steps to prevent a fire,” said Chief Tonya Hoover, California’s State Fire Marshal. “Just by keeping an ‘eye on what you fry’, you can reduce the chance of a cooking caused fire.”

To help reduce the chance of fire and injuries associated with cooking fires, CAL FIRE offers these following suggestions:

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Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels

CASTROVILLE, Calif. Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteer drivers for deliveries in north Monterey County. The deliveries will be on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Vets and Active-Military members get free meal on Veteran's Day

Vets and Active-Military members get free meal on Veteran's Day

On Veteran’s Day, Tuesday November 11th, for the sixth year in a row, Applebee’s will offer veterans and active duty military a free entrée as a thank you for their service.

Participating Applebee's wants to thank every veteran and active duty military in the U.S. by offering a free meal on Veteran’s Day.
The restaurant chain will also give away life-improving items to military families via the Give Squad which will be extended to families of veterans and active duty military, providing needed items such as washers and dryers, medical equipment, etc. 

Participants can chose from a limited entrée menu:
7 oz. House Sirloin
Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger
Double Crunch Shrimp
Three-Cheese Chicken & Sun Dried Tomato Penne
Fiesta Lime Chicken
Chicken Tenders Platter
Oriental Chicken Salad

Santa Cruz County 911 dispatchers will begin asking Ebola-related questions

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. - Ebola precautions are getting more serious in Santa Cruz County, as public health officials take steps to protect the Central Coast. Next week 911 dispatchers will start asking callers if they've recently traveled to one of three "hot zones" currently dealing with an outbreak.

Santa Cruz Regional 911 said Monday it will start asking questions after units have been dispatched to figure out whether the person is at risk of having Ebola. That way, paramedics will be prepared before they show up to the emergency room.

"The paramedic will question the patient about travel history and whether or not the person is suffering from one of the symptoms of Ebola," said Celia Barry with the Santa Cruz County Emergency Services.