September arrives with as promise of cooler weather, football, cross-country, soccer and volleyball. Parents will be hauling their students hither and yon and what a perfect time to support our local merchants and not have to shop elsewhere. Merchants are busy finalizing their holiday orders and deciding on specials to enhance sales. The Chamber is putting the finishing touches on September’s Sunday in the Park to showcase local activities and businesses. Confirmed for September 15 is Vero’s Jump house. Did you know you can rent locally? Crafter and garden expert Lorina’s Edible Garden will be there as well as other local vendors. Even the porta-potty is a local business and Chamber member. Want to participate on this Sunday or on October 13th which will be all about pumpkins, call Annie at 209-838-3561 or the Chamber office at 209-838-2973.
The first Christmas on Main meeting will be held September 30th at Oak Valley Community Bank. If you want to get involved in a community activity, this one is perfect for you. Due to the High School’s Christmas Formal, our parade and downtown activity has been moved to the second weekend in December. By then, the community tree will be up and Santa will be ready to welcome the kids to his lap, the smore’s will be ready to go and all the vendors will be lined up to help you find some great gifts. We especially look forward to the event this year as last years got rained out. Our Chairperson promises to have a plan B and even C for this year.
We are pleased to welcome on board Debbie Murken who will be setting up our coffees and mixers for the coming year, June Millich who is helping with membership correspondence and Mary Garrity who will be acting as Vice President. We were sad to accept the resignation of Judy Rigby from her role on the Board.
There are still plenty of roles to be addressed and if you have a special talent that will help our business community as well as the community as a whole, please contact us. We are looking for someone to chair the Sidewalk Art activities which will run in conjunction with Park Fete again next year. If you would like to work on helping to create our scholarship for continuing ed., please get in touch with Chamber President, Pat Brown.
It is our goal to give out the first scholarship by the end of this year, but must have 3 or 4 people to help create the scholarship.
Here’s an update on the Highway 120 Adventure. While the Rim Fire slowed down activity, it looks like the website will be up in the next few weeks. Keep watching Facebook to find the link and check out the local businesses highlighted.
As always, Think Escalon First