December 2013

As you know, we launched a new website this summer.  It is a website that is interactive with our Chamber Nation membership services.  If you have a website with a link to our site, please be sure that it is updated with the newer link-  The old link just goes to an error code.  The new site is evolving everyday.  I am working on getting every member listed with interactive maps and links to be used by both locals and visitors.  If your business needs to set up a website, there is one available through your membership.  Contact me and I can help get that going!

Redway School Holiday Boutique


Redway School Holiday Boutique
12/14/2013- 12/15/2013
14th annual holiday boutique that hosts artisans from out of the area and also local classrooms trying to raise money for field trips as well as some local non-profit groups. FREE ADMISSION. food & drinks are also for sale.

Merchant's Guild

Thank you to all who are contributors to the Merchant's Guild!  We strive to keep our communities looking good!  Brian is working hard keeping the leaves picked up, as well as trash and other debris.  We are purchasing some cigarette butt receptacles in hopes of decreasing that type of litter on our sidewalks.  We are going to continue pressure washing until it rains.  Thank you for all the support!

Winter Arts Faire

Winter Arts Faire

The 37th Annual Winter Arts Faire What: The 37th Annual Holiday Craft and Christmas Entertainment Celebration! When: Saturday & Sunday, December 14th & 15th, 2013 / 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Mateel Community Center Why: To celebrate the winter holidays while supporting local creative vendors, handcraft artisans, and non-profits! Tickets: $5 Per Day / Free for MCC members merry Christmas Written in SandCelebrate the winter holidays while supporting local creative vendors, handcraft artisans, and non-profits! This year's theme: "Hawaiian Holidays" ! Bringing holiday cheer to southern Humboldt for 37 years, the Mateel Community Center in Redway will host the 37th annual Winter Arts Faire coming up on the weekend of December 14th and 15th. This beloved 2-day family event will feature nearly 60 handmade artisan booths, some delectable food by local chef, Courtney Gossett, diverse musical entertainment, children�s storytelling, and a visit from Santa both days (12-3pm). In the spirit of this year�s theme, Hawaiian Holidays, there will be Hawaiian food and other delicious options as well as Hawaiian music and d�cor. The Winter Arts Faire represents one of the best holiday shopping opportunities in Humboldt for one-of-a-kind gifts and supports local creative vendors, handcraft artisans, and non-profit organizations. The Mateel doors will be open for Winter Arts Faire at 10am to 6pm both days, and costs only $5 per day. Mateel Community Center members get in free, as do those 12 and under or over 65. Mateel memberships will be available at the door for those wishing to take advantage of the free admission offer for this event and other discounts. Winter Arts Faire will also be a drop off location for Toys For Tots, and attendees are encouraged to bring donations for this great Kiwanis club program. Please bring only new, unwrapped toys. For more information call 923-3368 or visit and come share in the spirit of Hawaiian Holidays at the 37th annual Winter Arts Faire on Saturday and Sunday, December 14th and 15th!

Happy Holidays!

Wow this office is BUSY this time of year, as is the rest of the community.  
*Coming up we have the rescheduled Dave Mason show Dec 12th.  I will be so happy to put this one to bed finally.  Tickets are almost sold out, so if you are planning to attend you should stop by the office or go to
*December 13th is our Holiday Chamber Mixer hosted by Blue Star Gas.  It should be lots of fun!  I am planning future mixers and would like to know what members would like to host.  If you are interested, please let me know!
*Christmas lights in town will be up ASAP.  There were some problems with the lights ordered last year and it took me while to get it worked out, but we are now moving forward and plan to have them done in a much more timely fashion next year!
*Our website is constantly changing.  Please check it out and be sure that your information is correct.  If anything needs correcting, let me know and I will get it done for you.
*I am working hard to promote Shop Local this Holiday Season.  Posting about it on our social media and such.  You can add your sales and specials to the calendar of events!
*Arts Alive is December 20th, please let me know if you would like to participate!
I hope everyone stays safe and warm!
Cinnamon Paula

SFHS Redwood Grove Holiday Boutique


Redwood Grove Boutique Holiday Tour with SFHS Boosters
South Fork Booster Club and Athletic Department invites you to Julia Morgan's Historic Redwood Grove for a holiday tour on Friday, Dec. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For your holiday shopping, local vendors will be marketing their special items.

Dave Mason!

Dave Mason Show Rescheduled!
We are happy to announce that Dave Mason has been rescheduled for December 12th at the Garberville Theater. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the GRACC office or online at Thank you for staying with us through the cancellation and rescheduling. We know it will be a fun night with a great show! We appreciate your continued support for our local schools and the Garberville Theater! Garberville Redway Area Chamber of Commerce

Holiday Chamber Mixer

Starting at 5:30 Blue Star Gas will be hosting the Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Mixer.  The event will be catered by Amanda Gamble.  Please join us for an evening of fun and networking.  Please bring a door prize for our business card drawing.  We will also have a 50/50 raffle

Holiday Gift Wrapping

The Chamber is once again helping local merchants by offering free gift wrapping at the Chamber office.  Please let your customers know that when they buy a Christmas gift locally we’d be happy to wrap it for them!  We are located at 782 Redwood Drive Garberville, Ca.  We are open from 10-3 Monday through Friday.

Lighted Parade

Lighted Parade hosted bySoroptimists
Join our local parade of lighted trucks and floats to celebrate the holiday season!

November 13, 2013
Dear Business Owner,
We are starting up the holiday season already and making plans for our 8th annual lighted parade on December 20th.  Things are changing a bit this year as we will not be collecting any entry fees and are also adding different categories. 
We are, however, looking for sponsors for the new categories.  The attached entry form shows each category and the donation amount for each one. This is an opportunity for your business to be highlighted in all of our advertising.  Our organization has done a lot of things for our community, such as the trees and placing the electrical line underground along main-street in Garberville, two scholarships to graduating seniors, supporting the WISH shelter, student of the month and many others.  This all takes a lot of volunteer hours and is what your donation will help us to continue.   All donations are tax deductible as we are a 501c-3 non-profit organization.  Our federal tax id number is:  91-2665671.
Soroptimist is an international organization that is committed to improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. 
We hope you will consider sponsoring our event and if you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 223-8882. If mailing a check, please designate which category you would like to sponsor and send to the address above; attn:  lighted parade.
All categories can have more than one sponsor.  Thank you for your support
Crystal Arbuthnot
Fundraising Chair

Holiday Arts Alive!

Holiday Arts Alive Garberville

Come support local art, business, and community at Holiday Arts Alive Garberville. December 20 from 4pm-8pm. Local artists will be displayed and businesses will be open late to get all your last minute shopping done. There will be pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, caroling, and the annual Lighted Parade hosted by the Soroptimists. Come celebrate the Holiday season with your community!


Posting Requirements for California Businesses

Posting Requirements for California Businesses
State and federal regulations require employers to display various posters and notices to inform their employees of certain laws and regulations pertaining to employment and working conditions. Unless otherwise noted, all employers are required to display the posters/notices listed below. However, because specific requirements vary, this list may not include all posters/notices that you are required to display.
The posters are provided free of charge by the agencies; a full list can be found here . Some organizations, including the California Chamber of Commerce sell complete sets of posters, offering such features as laminated and uniform sizes.  

Town Bucks

To purchase Town Bucks, simply stop by the Chamber office in Garberville!  We sell the Town Bucks gift certificates in $10.00 increments and you may purchase as many as you like.  To use them, simply shop the businesses listed above!

Businesses, to redeem the Town Bucks you have accepted from patrons, simply bring them by, or send them to, the Chamber office and we will reimburse you!

GRACOC Board Elections

By now you should have received your Board election ballot in the mail.  Please fill them out and return them to the Chamber office no later than Dec 20.  I was a little late getting them out this year, simply because it is one of the many tasks I am still learning.  Next year, everything will be on time!  Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding!
Garberville Area Chamber Newsletter - December 2013