A message from John Lane, President

As I did with last year’s October article, I wanted to share a few “Tricks and Treats” with you during the Halloween season.

Treat: It was quite a treat to participate in the grand opening of the Oakdale Community Park last month. The park turned out wonderful, the dedication ceremony was emotional, and the day’s activities were fun! The continued daily use of the park has been great to see. Kids and adults of all ages swarm the Jason Turnage Skate Park and the Norm Antinetti Basketball Court, families are picnicking on the grass, kids are climbing on the play structure, and even a few folks are sweating it out on the Coach Jack Walker Par Course. I can’t wait to see more local performances at “The Q” amphitheater!

Trick: The traffic through town may soon be a bit of a nightmare due the upcoming closure of South Yosemite between F and J Streets due to road improvements, not to mention ongoing construction on C Street. However, based upon the already completed improvements around town, I’m sure we’ll be pleased with the results. I will try to be patient and avoid shaking my fist at my fellow drivers! Be careful out there.

Treat: I’ve bought several hundred pieces of candy in anticipation of the parade of ghosts, ghouls, and Disney princesses that will soon be knocking on my door. I still enjoy seeing all the costumes, even though my two princesses are off doing their own things. The Oakdale Recreation Department and the Oakdale Kiwanis Club invite everyone to the free Halloween Parade on October 31st. As it does every year, the parade will start shortly after 4:30 pm from Gilbert Avenue, next to the High School. Don’t forget the free hot dogs afterward at the Community Center.

Treat: The Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Community Service, and Junior Achievement Awards. Applications are available at the Chamber office or on the Chamber website and are due December 1, 2017.

Trick: What is the trick to electing the right candidate for the OID board? Make sure you are registered, do your homework on what the important issues are in our district, ask the opinions of those you respect, and cast an informed vote!

Treat: The Chamber of Commerce and Femme Bricoleuse invite you to a mixer Thursday, October 19th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Come on out to meet the business owners and see what this downtown shop is all about. Stay abreast of Chamber mixers and other happenings by becoming a member of the Chamber’s Meetup group at https://www.meetup.com/Oakdale-Business-Meetup/.

Trick: Often, small and local businesses find that getting your name out there and being seen is tricky business. In today’s environment, the traditional modes of advertising, such as print and radio spots, don’t seem to be enough. Consider devoting a small portion of your advertising budget to your Chamber membership, and allow the Chamber to be a partner in your outreach efforts. The Chamber’s many events offer opportunities for event sponsorship, such as the Summer Concert in the Park Series, the Chocolate Festival, the Golf Tournament, and many other events, as well as the opportunity to get face time with consumers and other business owners.

I hope you are able to enjoy the end of the fall season without too much trickery. See you around town!