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Chamber Discusses Upcoming Holiday Events

Ongoing and upcoming events were the main topics of discussion when the Holden Area Chamber of Commerce met at its monthly meeting last Thursday morning.

Chamber President Jennifer Smithson told members the Shop Small Sweepstakes promotion is still underway and runs through Nov. 26.

In the promotion, each participating business sets an amount to be spent for their customers to receive an entry into a sweepstakes, with the winner receiving $1,000 in Chamber Bucks.

The lucky winner will be drawn Nov. 27 during the organization’s Customer Appreciation Day/Shop Small that Saturday.

All entries can be turned in at Yoss Bros. Grocery in a designated drop box. “This is a good way to promote local businesses and show customers how much they are appreciated,” noted Smithson. In City of Holden news, Council member Ray Briscoe told members paving in Holden was almost completed.

He also noted the City was considering a remedy to relieve any traffic problems caused by congested parking at Toad’s Automotive. “We want to take care of our local businesses,” he said, “so we are looking at alternatives.”

He went on to say parallel parking or a four-way stop had been suggested as a relief.

In another city matter, Briscoe noted filing datefor the Holden City Council is Dec. 7 and urged individuals to take part on upcoming openings on various city boards.

Briscoe, also a member of the Holden RIII School Board, reported there would be some openings for advertisers on the district’s digital sign in the future, good for one year.

In other school news, he said quarantine numbers related to COVID-19 were down and announced Apple Bus drivers are needed.

In routine business, Smithson reported membership letters would be going out this week and that the Downtown Trick or Treat and Storybook Trail promotions held recently were successful.

She also listed planned dates for area and local promotions. Those included: •Whiteman Bomber Ball, Nov. 12 at the UCM Ballroom; •The return of Street Stroll/Cruise Nights, May 22; •Downtown Trick or Treat and Storybook Trail; •Shop Small/Customer Appreciation, Nov. 27 featuring: -Snowball Drop -Lighted Parade at 6 p.m. ­-Vendors at Holden Inc. Bld. -Lighting Contest -Trolley Rides -Live Nativity by UMC at Heiman’s -Pet Contest and entertainment in the park.

Another annual favorite, the Holiday’s Home Tour is set for Dec. 11. Homes Tour organizer Darcy Roach reported five homes, three businesses and one man cave have already been lined up.

Tickets are to be available this week at locations to be determined.

The final scheduled event in the next several months will be the wildly popular Luck of the Draw with the theme, “Walk The Plank.” Tickets are set to go on sale Jan. 1, 2022.

A final item of interest was given by Roach when she announced the Senior Center will be open again Nov. 16.

With all business being addressed, the session adjourned. The next chamber meeting will be Jan. 6.

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