To have your non-profit event listed in Whistle Stop, send the date, time, location, and type of event by email to at least two weeks before the event. Please, no PDFs or photos.

Los Banos Police Department Food Drive now through Dec. 8. Bring any non-perishable food items to LBPD at 945 5th St. or Mechanics Bank at 601 I St. For more information call 209-827-7070.

Breakfast with Santa tickets on sale now through Dec. 9 at or at the Los Banos Community Center, 654 7th St. For more information call 209-827-7033.

Nov. 30

6 – 9 p.m. Los Banos Downtown Association Winter Lighting Celebration at 907 6th St. Storytime with Santa, food vendors, arts & crafts, choir, 50/50 raffle and window contest. For more information call 209-710-9022.

Dec. 1

5:30 p.m. Los Banos Ducks Unlimited Dinner & Auction. Tickets: 559-341-2865.

Dec. 2

8 a.m. – Noon — Elks Hoops Shoot Free Throw Contest at Westside Union Elementary School, Los Banos.

9 a.m. – Elks Santa Run & Walk at Westside Union Elementary School, Los Banos.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. — Christmas Maker’s Market at the Los Banos Arts Center, 5th and K streets in Los Banos. Holiday crafts, vendors, food and drink.

6 p.m. – Annual Los Banos Chamber of Commerce Downtown Christmas Parade on Sixth Street. Awards and lighting of the Christmas Tree to follow at the Henry Miller Plaza. More info 209-826-2495.

6 – 9 p.m. Central California Blood Drive at Henry Miller Plaza.

Dec. 4

6 p.m. Firebaugh City Council meets inside city hall, 1133 P St.

Dec. 5

5 – 7 p.m. Angel Tree Bunco at Valley spring Memory Care, 555 Miller Lane, Los Banos. For more info (209) 710-4783.

Dec. 7

5 to 7:30 p.m. – Los Banos Empty Bowls – Feeding the hungry fundraiser at the Falasco Arts Center, 1105 Fifth St., Los Banos. Tickets $20 call 209-704-3831.

6 p.m. – Dos Palos Christmas Parade – Begin at Blossom and Mitchell. Theme is “A Country Christmas” Call 209-715-0600 for more info.

Dec. 8

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kiwanis Christmas Bazaar at Miller & Lux Building, 830 6th St., Los Banos. For more information call 209-261-2279.

5 p.m. doors open – Dos Palos Women’s Improvement Club Bingo Night at 6 p.m. American Legion Hall, 1601 Mable Drive, Dos Palos.

Dec. 9

8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Breakfast with Santa at Los Banos Community Center. Pancake breakfast, games, arts & crafts and pictures with Santa. For more information call 209-827-7033.

Dec. 15

6 p.m. Los Banos Fire Department Family Movie Night at Fire Station 1, 333 7th St. Featured movie: “Polar Express”. For more information call 209-827-7025 or email

Dec. 16

11 a.m. to Noon – Volunteer Day at Meadowlands II Park, 2700 Snowgoose St., Los Banos.

Dec. 20

1 – 6 p.m. Community Blood Drive at Los Banos Community Center, 645 7th St.

Jan. 27

5 p.m. — Jiggs Grahan Memorial All You Can Eat Crab Feed at Dos Palos DES Hall. For tickets ($65) call Norman Clark (559) 352-1509,

Donna McCall

Whistlestop Conductor