chamberChristmas Is Just Around the Corner!

Bishop Chamber staff and volunteers are already busy preparing for our town’s fun & festive Christmas events!

The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Streets of Lights Party are slated for Friday evening, December 7th.  Be sure to pick up your Streets of Lights map and enter the raffle for dozens of great prizes and $500!

The 2012 holiday festivities will celebrate the theme 

“Hooked on Christmas” and we’re hoping that everyone has fun decorating and preparing parade entries to fit the fishing theme.


The Annual Holiday Mixer will be at Union Bank this year on December 11th.
Judging for the Home & Business Decorating Contest will be December 18th.

All area businesses are invited to participate in the Streets of Lights Party and everyone is welcome to join in the parade.  For more information about all 2012 Christmas activities, contact the Chamber Event Coordinator April Leeson at (760)873-8405 or email [email protected].

Thank You Coso Operating Co.!

New Display Fixtures For several years, we have wanted to update the Bishop Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center. As you may know, the Visitor Center carries a nice selection of brochures, maps, t-shirts, souvenirs and books of local interest.  We had been struggling to display the items attractively.
“Things were quite Old Display Tables cluttered and seemed a bit disorganized,”  states Visitor Center Host Erin Gutierrez.   We looked into purchasing new display shelves, but just didn’t have the budget to get them.
Coso Operating Co. to the rescue! 
Thanks to a generous sponsorship by Coso Operating Co., we now have new beautiful displays and much more room to help guests in our Visitor Center! Thanks also to City Council Member Jim Ellis for volunteering to help assemble the displays.

NIH Survey

Are your medical needs being met locally?  Northern Inyo Hospital is currently conducting a Community Needs Assessment.  Please take a moment to complete the survey.

More Upcoming Community Events. This is just a partial list of some upcoming events, for expanded list please visit the calendar page of our website 

November 16:  80’s Night at Rusty’s Saloon! Click here for more info.

November 17 & 18:  “A Mullholand Christmas Carol” Satirical holiday musical presented by Friends of the Inyo and Metabollic Studio at Bishop Union High School.  Click here to view event flyer.


November 19:  Inyo Associates Dinner Meeting. This month’s get together will be at the new Tallman Pavilion, Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop.  Delicious dinner will be catered by Michelle Denault. 5:30pm social hour/ 6:30pm dinner. RSVP
or (760)873-8405.


November 30-December 6:  Wild & Scenic Film Festival.  Click here for details.


December 1:  Holiday Open House at Bishop Nursery. 789 Home Street.  9am-3pm.  Fresh Greens, Silk Arrangements, Great Gifts.  Enjoy homemade refreshments and 10% discount on all in store merchandise.


December 1:  Holiday Open House at Healings.  725 N. Barlow Lane, Bishop.  10am-4pm  Featuring gift baskets, candles, hats, bags, jewelry & many other great gift ideas.  For more information, contact Irma (760)937-3391.


January 15:  Pianist Jason Coleman Live In Concert.  Presented by Bishop Community Concerts Association.


February 7:  Career Connections Event.  Save the date!  Free event for all.  Job seekers will connect with career opportunities.  Employers will share info about what qualities, skills, education and experience are needed in the workplace.

Helping Hands Needed!

The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau always has many volunteer opportunities available.
12/7:  Need volunteers to serve as “Santa’s Helpers” passing out toys to children that visit with Santa in front of the Chamber Office, 4:30-6pm.  If you can help, please email April Leeson or call (760)873-8405.
12/8:  Need a few volunteers to help with parade check-in and judging of parade entries, 8:30-10am.  If you can help, please email April Leeson or call (760)873-8405.
12/25:  Community Christmas Dinner at Methodist Center. Looking for help with preparing, serving & cleaning up.  If you can help, please email Laura Smith or give her a call (760)872-4034.
Food Drive:  City of Bishop Children’s Arts and Crafts group is decorating boxes to be filled with food items and delivered to local families in need.  Please drop off non-perishable food items by 11/19 to help fill the baskets.  No donation too large or too small!  Bring donations to City Hall, 377 West Line Street.  For more info, call Karey (760)873-5863.

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