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The California Area Chamber of Commerce reviewed its updated 2020 committees at its monthly board meeting last week.

Along with its updated committee list, the board also shared updated contact information for its members.

A ribbon cutting is scheduled at 1 p.m. April 3 to celebrate the new addition at Longfellow's Garden Center in Centertown, with lunch provided.

In committee reports, the 30th annual Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival committee held its first planning meeting this month, and brought some ideas to the Chamber meeting regarding adjustments to the festival's car show. The event is currently looking for volunteers and trying to decide on a location. One addition that may be implemented is the addition of test drives by Sakelaris Ford being offered for $20 per drive on site at the fairgrounds. Sakelaris will also take over the sponsorship for the car show, with committee chair Brad Baer suggesting the dealership may even be interested in taking on some responsibility for helping run the car show itself.

The group also heard some updates on upcoming events, including the Chamber's annual Easter Egg Hunt, scheduled at 1 p.m. March 28, with April 4 as the backup date in case of inclement weather. As of Monday, the Chamber confirmed the event is still scheduled to proceed as planned.

The group also heard from California Public Schools superintendent Dwight Sanders about the district's bond issue proposition that will appear on the upcoming April 7 election ballot. The group added a speaker to the agenda for its April meeting agenda as well — 26th Judicial Circuit judge Aaron Koeppen, who will speak to the group about the Veterans Treatment Court Program.

The California Area Chamber of Commerce's next regular meeting will take place at 8 a.m. April 9.

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