TGIF featuring The Jacob Doss Project
Friday, May 24 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Avoca Museum, 1514 Main Street
The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting TGIF again for 2019 on the 4th Fridays from May through August. TGIF is a community event. No admission fee. Live music by The Jacob Doss Project. Craft beer, wine and Budweiser products are available for purchase, so bring your I.D. Check our facebook page for information on which local food truck will be on site. Bring your TGIF attitude, a lawn chair and friends and enjoy a fun filled evening out.
Chamber Connectors Networking Event
Wednesday, May 29 | 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
C&C Piping, 853 Lynch Mill Road, Altavista
Join us for an hour of networking and coffee. C&C Piping and Fabrication is our host. Coffee and light breakfast foods will be served. Bring plenty of business cards and be prepared to introduce yourself and your business. Bring a co-worker or neighboring business and plan to have some fun while meeting other Chamber members. Non-members are welcome to attend one time without being a member of the Altavista Area Chamber of Commerce. Learn More>
UBD Old Timer's Game - Seeking Players
Saturday, June 1 | 2:30 p.m.
War Memorial Park at the Altavista YMCA
Calling all former Altavista and Gretna baseball players, teams are forming now for the Uncle Billy's Day Old Timer's Game. It's not too late to join the teams. If you played for Altavista or Gretna before 2000 and you are interested in playing, contact the Chamber office today. Players will receive a personalized t-shirt with their name and number printed on it.There is a small commitment fee for players to help cover the cost of the personalized t-shirts. Interested players need to commit no later than Friday, May 10, to guarantee a shirt. For more information call 434-369-6665 or click here .
TGIF at Avoca
Friday, May 24
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Avoca Museum
Band: Jacob Doss Project
General Admission Free

Chamber Connectors
Wednesday, May 29
Time: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Location: C&C Piping,
853 Lynch Mill Road, Altavista

UBD Accepting
Chamber Member
Vendor Applications
Application Deadline: May 16
Chamber members are offered a special rate for a 10x10 non-food space on vendor row. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information, 369-6665.

Entry Forms Available for UBD Art & Photography Show
Saturday, June 1
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: English Park
Entry forms are being accepted now for the Annual Mimi Wheeler Art & Photography Show at Uncle Billy's Day. Categories for Youth under 12, Youth 13-19, and Adult. Oils, pastels, watercolor, photography and more. Cash and ribbons awarded in several categories. Enter now for a discount.

70th Uncle Billy's Day Festival
Friday, May 31, 4:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 1, 9:00a.m.-9:00p.m.
Location: English Park
Free General Admission, live music, festival food, craft vendors, car show, True Grit Rodeo farm animals, Trade Lot, carnival and much more.

Volunteers Needed
Are you interested in lending a hand at Uncle Billy's Day? We have needs on Friday and Saturday with setting up, helping with vendor arrivals, beer garden, serving meals to volunteers and more. To learn more or to offer a helping hand, give the Chamber a call, 369-6665, or click here to email us.


Chamber Members participating in the
100 Mile Yard Sale
May 3-5, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Airabella Flowers & Gifts
Bitter Sweet Antiques
MAD Biddy's
Main Street Shoppes
Main Street Trading Company
The General Store
The Shoppes of Altavista
Vintage on Broad
Wood Lane Marketplace
and MORE

Safe Boating Class
Saturday, May 18
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Altavista Train Station
Leesville Lake Association is hosting another Safe Boating Class.
Course taught by DGIF volunteers and USCG Instructors. Bring snack, lunches and beverages. All materials for course completion are provided. Learn More>

Members can display promotional brochures and business cards in the lobby of the Chamber office. Stop by Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm to drop them off.
Chamber Sponsor Highlight
English’s The Complete Home Center
As you enter Main Street from Highway 29 into the town of Altavista, about half a mile down and on your right, there you will find English’s The Complete Home Center. Many of you have probably drove by our store many times without knowing exactly what all is offered inside our 39,000 square foot space! Not only do we have competitive prices on all of your home improvement needs: paint, flooring, hardware, building supplies, etc. – we have Ariat boots and a full line of men’s Carhart and women’s Carhart apparel! At English’s The Complete Home Center, we rent equipment and tents! If you need a bobcat, wood splitter or tables and chairs, come by and let us help you! We look forward to seeing you in our store soon! Learn More>
NEW MEMBER WELCOME: SA Consulting Services, LLC:
For small employers, Stacey Angel of SA Consulting Services, LLC fulfills an as-needed, outsourced HR role, providing practical advice to business owners and senior staff by adapting their advice to the specific culture and business needs of each client to provide practical advice that minimizes legal risk. We provide Human Resources consulting services and support working with clients as a supplement to or substitute for internal HR staff. Learn More>
May 3 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Leesville Lake Marina
Opening Day
OPENING DAY at Leesville Lake Marina, including the pool! First FISH FRY of the season with LIVE MUSIC by Ray Eanes starting at 5:30. New menu and ABC License.Fish Fry includes 2 pieces of deep fried pollock, french fries, homemade cole slaw, hush puppies for $9.99 a plate. Pool memberships available. Learn More>
May 12 | 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Avoca Musuem
Mother's Day Tea
Looking for a special way to honor your Mother? Plan a special day that includes the annual Avoca Museum's Mother's Day Tea. This free admission for all mothers includes tea, refreshments, live music and self guided tours of the Victorian mansion. The event is sponsored by Abbott Laboratories and Steve Farmer Auto Sales. Learn More>
May 17 | 10:00 a.m. Shotgun
Southside Opportunity Fund
Golf Classic
The Southside Opportunity Fund will host its fifth annual Opportunity Fund Golf Classic on Friday, May 17, at Lake Chesdin Golf Club in Chesterfield. The tournament will raise funds to create educational scholarships for students who are children of Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) members.
May 17 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Habitat for Humanity
BBQ Dinner Fundraiser
Come support Altavista Habitat by eating delicious BBQ and enjoying fellowship with the community! Tickets are $8 and include a smoked pork BBQ sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, dessert, and drink. All proceeds go to helping Altavista Habitat build more safe, affordable, decent homes in our community. Event will be held at First Baptist Church on Bedford Avenue in Altavista   Learn More >
Sonny Merryman Wins Awards
Sonny Merryman again achieved President's Club Platinum status at the annual Thomas Built Buses Dealers Meeting and Banquet held in Denver, Colorado. For the fourth consecutive year, the Sonny Merryman's parts team has achieved Gold Level status, the highest ranking possible. Out of more than 60 trainers throughout North America, Daniel Droog, Sonny Merryman Trainer, was named the 2018 Trainer of the Year for the second time.
BGF Industries Wins Award
Last month the Southern Piedmont Technology Council(SPTC) held the Innovative Stars Awards Banquet at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville. Chamber Member BGF Industries won the Innovation in Technology Large Business Award for their innovative technical fibers. Their fiber-based products deliver high strength, high temperature, light weight solutions found in countless everyday products.
Thank you to our 2019 Corporate Sponsors.
If you would like to be added to this list of distinguished businesses, give Heather a call at the Chamber.
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