The 16th Annual Holiday Bazaar sponsored by the Women’s Improvement Club is Saturday, Nov. 12.

Join the fun from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the DES Hall, 1357 Elgin Avenue on the corner of Blossom Street, in Dos Palos.

The Bazaar is a great place to have a tri-tip sandwich lunch, visit with old and new friends and see what is new at local vendors. As usual, there promises to be great gifts to pick up for friends and loved ones.

Lunch is prepared by Bravo Barbeque. Plan to meet up with friends for a casual reunion while enjoying a delicious meal.

Elsa Vargas has been busy growing her tasty treats business while remaining a stay-at-home mom. She again offers a variety of goodies including special crazy apples.

Elsa’s pico candy is particularly desirable. Pico candy is a south-of-the-border specialty. For generations, grandmothers made versions of this sweet, crunchy, spicy treat from their own family recipes.

At the Bazaar get freshly baked goods from various vendors. Stock the freezer with homemade goodies. Having foods ready to thaw and serve to reduce stress during the holidays. Margaret Shaw’s church ladies faithfully bake sweet potato pies which tend to sell out every year.

Deanna Comer makes small cakes. She sells distinctively flavored toothpicks for a festive dash. Pick up Christmas decorations while visiting her booth.

Ashley Wandzell is a representative for Scentsy. The company is known for its warmers with fragrant wax and aromatic oil diffuser sets. Refresh your home on closed-up winter days.

For children, Scentsy carries scented stuffed animals in the buddy line. Check those little ones off your gift list.

Ashley is ready to tell you about Plexus Worldwide Products for personal care and nutrition. The skincare products claim, “a simple skincare routine.” The Joyōme line promises a natural glow for those who want filter-free selfies with a fabulous result.

Paparazzi advertise “Fabulous fun and fashion for five dollars.” The bazaar is a great place to pick up inexpensive jewelry gifts, especially for those who have a giving list for gals, young or old.

Marta Torres designs and crafts handmade beaded jewelry. Leslie Vaughn also does hand-crafted beadwork. She creates wooden designs and offers holiday decorating items.

Get some Christmas shopping done with Fran’s Bows and Accessories. Find a perfect gift for the females on your list whether they be little girls or ladies. Fran displays her custom-crafted bows. She also sells purses, wallets, and hats.

Fran’s daughter Daniela makes custom jewelry. Purchase some of her creations at the Holiday Bazaar.

Peggy Jelen displays holiday and other custom wreaths. For many years she has been a consultant for Their website declares, “Get ready for a week away with roomy, go-ready luggage, totes and bags, all made extra durable for the long haul.” These bags make great gifts. Check men and women off your giving list.

Shely Burnthorne makes custom resin glitter cups and tumblers in various sizes. She offers unbreakable wine glasses and coffee cups. A sunflower-studded tumbler states “You are my sunshine.”

Shely makes unique jewelry pieces and jewelry boxes. Her coasters can be used as small jewelry trays or get a decorative three-tiered stand. Find other small décor pieces.

The Friends of the Library is back with their ever-popular used book sale. Book lovers pick up great finds. Remember winter is coming, and there still is nothing like getting cozy with a good book. Technology cannot replace that restful feeling.

Have fun and get your holiday shopping completed early at the Women’s Club Bazaar. Then, enjoy the reason for the season.

Janet Miller

Janet Miller is a freelance writer specializing in family faith. She offers Family Prayers and Activities: Weekly Guides on compact disc for families to explore the Bible together. Email