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The California Progress Inc. Board of Directors met Monday night to discuss a number of upcoming events, including one in October.

CPI is set to host a "Spooktacular" fundraiser at Eitzen Mansion, benefiting CPI's Latham Memorial Family Park project. The event is scheduled for Oct. 24 from 7-11 p.m. at Eitzen Mansion, 201 North Oak St. in California. A $50 ticket includes two drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres, access to Eitzen Mansion/Carriage House and DJ entertainment. There will be a silent auction, costume contest and dancing, as well. CPI is asking for RSVPs by Oct. 10.

The board said the event is starting to come together a little over a month out. At Monday's meeting, the board approved ticketing for the event through Facebook events, with the ticket price on that platform including a processing fee. Ticketing via this method will start on a trial period to see whether it's successful.

The group also discussed its New Year's Eve fundraiser and annual meeting. A number of board members with officer positions will be finishing their terms, so the current board will be brainstorming regarding who to invite to join later this year. There are nine current board members, and the group agreed Monday that it is shooting for 12.

In other news, work has begun on CPI's next mural on the old CenturyLink building near the site of Latham Memorial Family Park.

The board also discussed ongoing work to update its website, as well as switching from a land line office phone to a cell phone plan so Executive Director Resa Dudley can have easier access to take calls for CPI. The group approved purchasing a new cell phone and insurance, and revisiting the arrangement if the cost per month for the plan exceeds $100. The group also is targeting starting up the CPI newsletter again, with hopes of having one ready by the end of the year.

California Progress, Inc. will have its next regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Moniteau County Library.

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