We’re excited for our third annual Sip & Stroll event! This year we have even more businesses participating. Stay tuned for a detailed list and information for childcare services that will be provided by York Parks and Recreation and Kilgore Memorial Library.
We are busy working on the annual Youth Involvement Fair scheduled for Thursday, March 21. Each year, the City of York Parks and Recreation partners with the Chamber to provide this opportunity to the community. The Youth Involvement Fair is a chance for parents and grandparents to come and collect registrations and information for events and activities that will take place during the spring and summer for youth.
Last year, over 400 people came through the doors at the auditorium and went away with the necessary information to plan their family’s activities. Registrations from churches, athletic groups and camp organizations have been coming in to our office. The Chamber and Parks and Recreation are proud to provide this service to our community and look forward to this event each year. Be sure and save the date of March 21 from 5 – 7 PM for the annual Youth Involvement Fair.
Interested exhibitors, download a current registration here—>2019 Registration
Click here for a list of our Exhibitors: York’s Home & Garden Show
Phone calls to our office have really picked up regarding the Home and Garden Show that is taking place February 15 and 16. Specific questions have been asked regarding what can be brought out for the Shred Truck. The shred truck will be available from 2 – 6 PM on Friday, February 15. There will be Ambassadors on hand to assist community members with their boxes and bags of material to be shredded. The truck will be located at the south end of the Holthus Convention Center Parking lot. There will be signs to help guide you to the area. Residents are encouraged to bring old bank statements, financial statements and medical records to be shredded. It is very important that everyone safeguards their financial and medical documents. The documents are shredded right there on sight. We would ask that residents are respectful of how much they bring to be shredded. Typically, a few boxes per household is customary. In order to serve as many as possible, we do ask that people use this as a guide when gathering their materials. I want to thank York General for co-sponsoring this shred event with the Chamber Office. With this partnership, we were able to expand the time to four hours. We hope those working until 5 PM will be served by the extended time.
The Home and Garden show gets started at 2 PM on Friday, February 15 and runs thru 7 PM that evening. In addition to the Shred Truck, there are other informative sessions that will be taking place. From 3 – 6 PM, York General will have Bioimpedance Analysis performed at their booth space in the Lobby area. At 3:30 and 6:00 PM, representatives from York Ace Hardware will have DIY sessions covering the basics on Tiling, Grouting and Drywall Repair. Valentinos To Go will be this year’s on-site food vendor and will be serving delicious dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday at affordable prices.
The show continues on Saturday, February 16. The hours are from 8 AM – 2 PM. Once again, this year, York FFA students will have a pancake feed as a fundraiser for their organizations. I invite everyone to come out for delicious pancakes and sausage. A question I often get is, “What amount should I give?” Our rule of thumb is what would I pay at a restaurant (plus tip). Of course, donations of any size are welcome.
Saturday’s programming will include Flu Shots at York General Booth (small fee will apply) along with Bioimpedance Testing. At 11 AM and 1 PM, Amanda Peterson with Peterson’s Petal Company will host sessions on how to decorate with florals. This may be beautiful table settings or even how to dress your shelf in the living room. I look forward to hearing about how to make things look lovely.
The International Day Of The Woman is March 8. With that in mind, Melanie Kunc with the Nebraska Department of Labor wanted to have an event for the area. After an exhilarating brainstorming session with Melanie and her staff along with Lisa and Derek from York County Development Corporation, The Women in Workforce Event came to be. Our three organizations wanted to host a casual event that women of all ages and backgrounds would feel comfortable attending. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 6 from 3 – 5 PM to join us at Chances R’s Shi-Ray room for this informative session.
A casual panel discussion will take place focusing on the vital steps to making your career. There will be ladies from various companies and organizations that will be on hand leading discussions with attendees. The intent is to have a casual atmosphere so women of all stages of their career will feel comfortable. Women may be transitioning to new position within their company or just looking for a completely new career path and these discussions may help them with some of those unanswered questions. Making your wardrobe work for the job you want is always tricky. Megan Burda with Nebraska Extension will have a session about wardrobe essentials and how to make them work for you.
In today’s business environment, lunch and learns and business meetings during a meal time are the norm. Most organizations are aware that between work and family, most people have difficulty carving out extra time for a meeting or an educational session. Business meal etiquette tips are guidelines that everyone can use. Margaret Brink, retired York Public School teacher and a community leader in Public Health and Safety will lead a discussion on simple tips to help you through the business lunch or social hour setting.
As the event winds down, and attendees are wanting to continue their conversations, we invite you to stay and visit with panelists, presenters and other women. There will be an opportunity to order off the menu (at your own expense) and possibly put some of the etiquette tips to use.