The Makers Market event will start off the December holiday events on Dec. 2. The doors open to the public at the Los Banos Arts Council located at 1105 5th Street (corner of K Street) at 10 a.m. and will close at 4 p.m.

Live music and entertainment on stage will be available throughout the day. Admission is free, which makes it an even more spectacular deal. There will be food, drink, and merriment for all.

Community residents and welcomed visitors will have the opportunity to shop for unique crafts and works of art for gifts or holiday home treasures created by very talented local and visiting artists.

It will be a fun-filled and festive day where you can shop for original one-of-a-kind gifts, visit with friends and make new ones, while enjoying delicious food and entertainment.

Maker’s Market is an annual event that is sponsored by the Los Banos Arts Council, a non-profit organization. The money raised is used to bring the arts to our community through concerts, theater productions, quilts shows and more at the Ted Falasco Arts Center.

The Los Banos Arts Council has a consignment shop, plus a variety of arts and crafts classes at the council’s Robert Huddleston Craft Studio, named after a long-time art teacher at Los Banos High School and a board member for the Arts Council for many years, located on I Street.

The Makers Market features local and surrounding area vendors. Some of the artists and crafters of special interest include Mel Hartsoch, who hand carves wonderful wooden Santas and more. Nick West will have his amazing woodwork, wooden bowls, and ink pens.

Nana Steph’s Delights will dazzle with her homemade sweet treats and candy, including her caramel apples. She Kan Sew will feature fabric gifts, such as quilts, wine carriers, table runners to name a few. Chalotta Wilson will have her unique jewelry, while Vivian Rose Creations will be displaying her handmade jewelry, incense and crystals.

Lupesdecor.more is offering T-shirts, cups, wreaths, caps and a variety of other arts and crafts. Patty Lewis is showcasing her jams, jellies, and Chow Chow.

Your Book of Memories offers personalized memory books, while Gina Wyrick has personalized items, such as baby bedding, backpacks and lunch bags. Sandee Bellmay with Bath Bliss sells a variety of handmade bath soaps and more.

Sipsy’s will be serving a variety of coffee drinks and additional items. Los Banos Arts Council will be selling a variety of foods throughout the day that will warm up your heart and soul. There will be more original artwork and unique creations at other booths.

All proceeds will benefit the Los Banos Arts Council and their community programs. For additional information, check out the web page at

What could be a better way to get into the holiday spirit and be amazed by all of the talented and gifted artists from the Los Banos community and surrounding areas. The Arts Council has a couple of booths left.  If interested, contact Lori Gattuso at 209-704-0443.

Sandy Lemas

Sandy Lemas is a longtime resident of Los Banos who has volunteered much of her time to community service. She will be writing a regular column on volunteers and volunteer organizations that help their community.