As we enter February, we will celebrate Valentine’s Day and honor our Presidents. In addition to this, we can attend the 23rd Annual Center Ball on February 4th at Four Rivers Cultural Center. Social Hour begins at 8:00 pm with dancing beginning at 9:00 pm. The theme selected by Center Ball Chairperson Kelly Jones, is the history of heroes.

On February 10th Tri-County LOVE Inc. will hold its 3rd Annual Dessert Night at Love, Inc. Ken Lavigne, Master Tenor, will perform at Four Rivers Cultural Center on February 11th, and February 12th at Well Springs Assisted Living. Next Chapter Food Pantry’s Soup’r Bowl Fundraiser will begin on February 15th through February 22nd. Four Rivers Cultural Center will provide entertainment with Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical on February 16th – 18th. And you can check out the Gallery Exhibits at FRCC from February 17th – March 28th!

Sadly, heavy December snow storms, followed by near freezing rain and more snow has certainly caused our Treasure Valley Area much devastation. Roofs of onion storage and packing facilities collapsing, barns, outbuildings, retail and grocery stores, iconic buildings, carports and so much more are coming down all around us. It is happening to our family, friends, neighbors and business associates. In these times, we need to be there for each other – friend helping friend – neighbor helping neighbor – businesses helping businesses. If you know of someone in need of help, reach out to help where you can. I appreciate all of the work that has been done by the City and many others, you have put in hard and long hours to remove snow from our streets.

The City of Ontario and the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce have partnered with Rural Development Initiative. Grants have been received which have allowed this partnership. The goal of bringing the community together and creating an economic vitality roadmap has begun. Focus groups have been meeting and we need your help. All residents are encouraged to participate in the Action Ideas Survey at http://bit.ly/OntarioRoadmap1.

In honor of President’s Day, there will be no Chamber Forum luncheon on February 20th. We will have Chamber Forum luncheon on February 6th, 13th and 27th! See you there!