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More than 2,500 tokens where distributed to Kern County area children in this December 2012 photo. The toy distribution at Valley Baptist Church was sponsored by CHiPS for Kids.

The California Highway Patrol Bakersfield area will host its CHiPS for KiDs Toy Drive for disadvantaged and hospitalized children in Kern County again this season.

For more than 10 years, the toy drive has helped less fortunate kids experience a brighter Christmas, a CHP news release said.

The toy drive will run Nov. 18 through Dec. 16. People can take new, unwrapped toys to the CHP office at 4040 Buck Owens Blvd.; Motor City (in the auto mall); The Bakersfield Californian at 1707 Eye St.; and United Way of Kern County.

For questions on drop-off locations, go to or contact Robert Rodriguez, CHP public information officer, at 864-4440.

Holiday Lights at CALM is back for its 11th year.

From Nov. 29 through Dec. 31 (closed Christmas Day), locals will be able to see a "dazzling musical tree show and creative, animated displays with more than two million colorful, energy-efficient LED lights," a CALM news release said.

Tickets to Holiday Lights are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 3 to 12, $10 for those 13 to 17 years old, and $10 for seniors 60 and older.

Tickets are $2 off Monday through Thursday the first two weeks of the event. They can be purchased at the gate or online at

Volunteers are also needed. Volunteers will receive one free admission to Holiday Lights for each full night worked. If interested, call Lana Fain at 871-1822.

After you've enjoyed your Thanksgiving feast, don't forget about the annual Feast for the Beasts at the California Living Museum.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 29, visitors can donate animal food and supplies in exchange for regular admission to CALM, a zoo news release said.

A donation from the following list will admit one person: three pounds of pecans, walnuts or almonds (all without salt or flavoring); two large bags of frozen blueberries, blackberries or raspberries; two large bags of frozen mixed vegetables (corn, carrot, green and lima bean blend); two pounds of peanut butter, jam or honey; two pounds of dried fruit; five pounds of frozen chicken thighs or breasts; five pounds of apples; 3.5-pound bad of dry dog food (Pedigree, Iams or Science Diet); 3.5-pound bag dry cat food (Purina cat chow); four boxes of Ziploc freezer bags (quart or gallon); or two reams of white multi-purpose paper (500 sheets).

A $25 gift card from any pet, grocery, hardware or office supply store will admit two adults and two children.

For more information, call 872-2256.