Los Banos events (03/17/2017)

Open Mic Nite

The first anniversary show of the Open Mic Nite in Los Banos will be held Friday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at the Ted Falasco Arts Center on the corner of Fifth and K streets. Entry tickets are $5 per person. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own beer, wine or soda and snacks. Performers wanting to participate should call Rhonda Lowe at 209-704-4384.

Girls Conference

The fifth annual “Dream it – Be it” Girls Conference by Soroptimists International of Los Banos will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Los Banos Junior High School. The event is a master program for young women in seventh and eighth grades, giving them life skills to help with healthy lifestyles, good self-esteem, goal setting, healthy relationships, bullying prevention, eating habits and self-defense. Contact a school representative for reservation only.

Marrow Drive

“Be The Match,” a bone marrow registry organization, is holding a marrow donor registry drive for a local man suffering from Acute Myeloid Leukemia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 25, at the State Farm office, 964 J St. in Los Banos. Ivan, a 33-year-old Los Banos father of three children, was diagnosed with AML in October. According to Be The Match, Ivan’s only hope is finding a bone marrow transplant match. The donor registry drive takes less than 10 minutes and includes a swab inside the mouth for testing. For more information, contact Vivian Abernathy at 626-283-9182, or at

Crab feed

The Los Banos Rotary Club’s 18th annual Crab Feed Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. March 31 at the Los Banos Fairgrounds. At $55 per ticket, dinner includes crab, pasta, salad, bread and wine. Raffle and door prizes will also be available. Proceeds will go to local scholarships and education, health, hunger and humanitarian projects. Call 209-704-3831 or 209-704-0014 for tickets.

‘The Bus’ public meetings

Merced County’s public transportation authorities are holding a public input meeting from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 10 at the Los Banos Community Center, 645 Seventh St. The goal of the meeting is to receive testimony from local residents on unmet transit needs. Public meetings will also be held April 4 in the Atwater Council Chambers, and April 6 in the Merced Council Chambers.

To submit events, email reporter Vikaas Shanker with event details at Please submit at least 10 days in advance of the event.