Did you know that in the Myrtle Creek-Tri City Area we have more than 42 annual events? Since there are only 52 weeks in a year, that is almost one event each week. In a community of roughly 7,500 people, that is outstanding. The volunteer base here is amazing. With the number of organizations, sports and school volunteers, I would estimate that we have a volunteer base of about 50 to 60 percent of our population. Way to go, volunteers!

Now on to some of those events I was talking about:

  • Nov. 17 — Downtown Winter Wine Walk 4 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 18 — Fall Harvest Fair at Tri City Veteran’s Memorial Building 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 18 — Myrtle Creek Fire Departments Clothe a Child Casino Night Fundraiser MC Elks Lodge 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Nov. 23 — Community Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Nov. 24 — Community Christmas Tree Cutting meet at MC Fire Hall 10 a.m.
  • Nov. 24 — Clothe-A-Child Fill a Boot Day
  • Nov. 25 — Small Business Saturday
  • Dec. 2 — Grand Illumination/Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 9 — D.R. Johnson Memorial Timber Truckers Light Parade begins in Riddle at 5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 10 — South County Unorganized Biker’s Toy Run begins at Pizza Palace

Myrtle Creek is a small town with a lot of positive things going on.

The Myrtle Creek-Tri City Area Chamber of Commerce is working on some great projects to support our local businesses with the help of The Bring ‘Em In Committee, and by supporting The Main Street Myrtle Creek Association.

The Bring ‘Em In Committee is currently working on a banner that will be put on I-5 at the airport. They are also working to develop a new “Keep it Local” campaign with the help of a program that was launched last year and has been very successful in Columbia County.

We are excited to see Main Street Myrtle Creek working on some new social media campaigns that promote downtown businesses, events and real estate. The group has a new president and vice president that are very active and have great ideas to promote our community. For more information on Main Street Myrtle Creek check them out on Facebook.

I have been seeing a shift in our community, and a lot of younger people are joining in our organizations and volunteering. They come with great energy and ideas, and the collaborated efforts are starting to be seen. Our boards and organizations have become more diverse, and the older volunteers are shifting into organizational development, while the younger ones are taking the outreach. It is very exciting here; come see us. Join in one of our events, or just call and we can give you a tour. You can also visit us on Facebook to search Myrtle Creek News, weather and events. Hope to see you soon.

Paulette Jones is the president of the Myrtle Creek-Tri City Area Chamber of Commerce.

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