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story.lead_photo.caption Democrat photo/Austin HornbostelMembers of the California Area Chamber of Commerce, joined by Rep. Sara Walsh, joined Hollon Family Chiropractic for a ribbon cutting on Monday.

The California Area Chamber of Commerce helped with a ribbon cutting for new member Hollon Family Chiropractic on Monday.

The practice opened in California at the end of last year. Members of the Chamber and Rep. Sara Walsh were on hand to celebrate the new office space, which is now finished.

Hollon Family Chiropractic will host an open house throughout the rest of the week, each day until Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to noon. Members of the public are welcome to come by to meet the staff and get a posture screening if they wish.

The Chamber also had its regular monthly meeting last Thursday, taking some time to discuss upcoming community events scheduled for the second half of 2020.

Namely, the group clarified some of the details surrounding this year's scaled-down Ham & Turkey Celebration. Beyond the typical parade, which will still continue as planned at the usual time on Saturday, Sept. 19, a number of independent community events are sprouting up. The festival's usual car show is being taken on by Burgher Haus, just for this year, and a number of other options for the day have already been confirmed.

Among them are Oak Street Farmers Market's Ready, Set, Grow 5K, which was moved from its original date of last Saturday. Other confirmed events for the day across town include Sweet Chipotle Catering & Event Center's plans to host a meal and vendors, the Masonic Lodge hosting an anniversary open house and the California Nutrition Center's curbside meal and parking lot vendors.

The Chamber has maintained since it made the decision to cancel the usual two-day festival that any events besides the parade will not be sponsored by the Chamber, though the group will help to publicize information about what options are available to the community through advertising and social media.

In other business, the Chamber also made the decision to begin planning as if the annual meeting, plus dinner and auction, will take place as planned on its usual date — the fourth Saturday of January. In line with last meeting's auction, the group agreed to reimburse one donor for the cost of the items they purchased earlier this year, $200 in Kansas City Royals tickets, since they aren't usable due to the ongoing pandemic.

Finally, the group had some further preliminary discussion about Christmas in Proctor Park, agreeing to stick with a number of successful decisions from last year regarding how the event will run. The Chamber voted to move $500 from the Ham & Turkey Festival budget to go toward sourcing directional signs for the driving route, ideally locally.

The California Area Chamber of Commerce's next regular meeting will take place Thursday, Sept. 10 at 8 a.m.

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