Williamston Area
Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Member and Events Newsletter 
February 21, 2018

Come Join us for a great morning of networking with other Chamber Members!!!

Williamston Chamber First Fridays Begins
March 2 at 7:30 at the Depot

Calling All Artists!
Register Today to Be a Part of the 
2018 Williamston Fine Arts and Grub Crawl!
Deadline is Thursday, March 1

Brookshire Golf Club Hosts Irish Buffet with Blackthorn Saturday, March 24

Traditional Irish Buffet: 6:00-8:00pm

Irish Storytelling Concert: 8:00-10:30pm

Cost: $48.00 Per Person/$96.00 Per Couple

Reservations Required. We do sell out of tickets. Reserve your seat today!

Blackthorn welcomes you to the rich tapestry of Celtic music. 
Traditional  songs of emigration, sea shanties, lively jigs and reels, and ancient airs  combine with some of Ireland's best contemporary songs for a musical
experience that captures the history and legend of Ireland and its people.*

What makes a Blackthorn show unique is the variety of tunes, tempos and
textures. Each member of the band plays multiple instruments, including
wooden flute, accordion, tin whistle, five string banjo, cittern, bones and
more. These instruments complement the lead vocal of Belfast native Richard
McMullan and the band's tight blend of four part harmony.

205 W Church St, Williamston, MI 
Williamston Sunrise Rotary Awards 
Students for Excellence

The Winter 2018 Student Excellence Awards were presented Tuesday morning to:
Brendan Ryder from Dansville HS, Isabelle Herb from Williamston HS and Maci Kubiak from Webberville HS.

Williamston Sunrise Rotary has a passion for student excellence in the classroom, excellence in the school and excellence in the community and have an awards program called the Student Excellence Award, which provides a certificate and a check to a student identified by the school administration and staff as demonstrating excellence in the classroom, in the school and in the community.

The award is presented each Fall, Winter and Spring to a student from Williamston HS, Webberville HS and Dansville HS. In recognition of a lifetime of service to students, these awards are called The Narda Murphy Student Excellence Awards, in honor of Williamston's own teacher, mentor and, most recently, Superintendent.


Get your Flowers Today for Your Daddy/Daughter Dance!

The Daddy/Daughter Dance is Friday, March 2nd and we've got you covered with Corsages AND Boutonnieres for ONLY $10!! 

Call Vivee's at 517-655-2191

We have gifts for many occasions or something to pick up for yourself. Williamston Wicks candles, hand-made clutch purses, flasks & openers,delicious candies, jewelry & more. 

Vivee's can do arrangements for any occasion! Weddings, Graduation, Birthdays, Congratulations, New Baby and more.   

We are located next to the Sun Theatre at 142 W. Grand River Ave.
in the purple building.
725 West Grand River Avenue, Williamston, MI 48895

LAST WEEK! Through SUNDAY, February 25

Williamston Chamber to Offer Cash Scholarship to 
Williamston High School Senior

The Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce will be awarding a $500 cash scholarship to a member of the 2017-2018 Williamston High School graduating class.  To be considered eligible for the Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship:

A) Student must be a member of the 2017-2018 Williamston High School graduating class
B) Student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
C) Student must submit this application with a completed essay based on the Essay Topic
by  March 31, 2018 to  michelle.r.eichler@gmail.com

Euchre Fundraiser THIS FRIDAY!  
The Friends of Williamston Parks (FOWP) invites the public to have fun playing euchre and support area park improvements on Friday, Feb. 23 at the Eagles, 835 High St. in Williamston. Buy-in for the euchre tournament begins at 6 p.m. and play starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Eagles. The event will feature a 50-50 drawing and other prizes. For more information about the Feb. 23 event, contact Teri Nelson at 517-655-1034.
The Friends of Williamston Parks began in 2015, and recently has been focusing on raising money for a new playground at Volunteers Community Park, the city park located on the corner of Putnam and School streets next to The Commons. For more information about the Friends of Williamston Parks, visit www.williamstonparks.org, e-mail williamstonparks@gmail.com, or call Heather Galecka at 517-285-7607.

Williamston Community Shows Support for Playground Project  
The Friends of Williamston Parks (FOWP) continues to work toward its goal to fund a new playground at Volunteers Community Park on the corner of School and Putnam streets in Williamston. During the last nine months, several fundraisers, a mail campaign and grants received have provided one-third of the funds needed.
Most recently, Old Nation Brewing Company donated $2,180 through its Community Pour program in partnership with Feel Good Tap. Also, Williamston Sunrise Rotary presented $1,000 to the group to fund the benches that will be near the playground.
"Parks play a vital role in the quality of life of the community," stated Raj Wiener, president of Williamston Sunrise Rotary. "Rotary members understand the need for playgrounds and are happy to support this project."
The FOWP proposal encompasses an area approximately 100 by 50 feet next to the Trent Allen Memorial Basketball Courts. It features five elements for ages 2 and up offering opportunities to swing, slide, climb, hang, balance, spin and bounce. The playground concept has been endorsed by Williamston's Parks and Recreation Commission and Williamston City Council. Costs to complete this project total $74,000.

Williamston Schools Draws Raffle Winner THIS FRIDAY 

The Williamston Schools Foundation will draw three lucky winners for its annual Education Wins! Raffle on Feb. 23, 2018, during the last home basketball game vs. Portland. Tickets are $50 each with prizes of $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Tickets are available from WSF Trustees (see  www.williamstonschoolsfoundation.org for a list) and at home basketball games beginning in late December. All raffle proceeds directly fund teacher grants that enhance education at Williamston Community Schools.
The foundation is also looking for a new treasurer to help us enrich the quality of the educational experience for the children of WCS. The WSF board meets quarterly at the Central Office. Interested candidates please contact Amanda Frattarelli, WSF Coordinator, at  wsf@williamstonschoolsfoundation.org  or 517.655.7513  

Adult Watercolor Classes Offered at Keller's Plaza

#215 Keller's Plaza, 107 S. Putnam St. (next to Fireworks Glass Gallery), downtown Williamston

Serious Beginner's Watercolors (level 1) 
Friday Mornings 10:00a-12:00pm 
March 2, 9, 16 & 23
6 Weeks - $120.00. Adults 16 +.
Self-help books and on-line art tutorials not working? This class is the "next step" in learning basic watercolor techniques with a live working artist/instructor. References, sketches, written instructions, in-class demonstrations and gentle critique when asked. The class is a positive fun way to learn in a relaxed atmosphere. Supply list provided upon request.  

Serious Beginner's Watercolors (level 2/3)
Thursday afternoons 1:00-3:00pm
March 1, 8, 15 & 22.
6 weeks - $120.00  Adults 16 +
(Some previous painting experience any media helpful. This is not a Basic Beginners or Serious Beginner's level 1 class.)
Spring in Watercolors, What could be more fun on a dreary afternoon? This class has a spring theme while learning about color mixing and texture techniques.  References, sketches, written instructions, in-class demonstrations, and gentle critique and individual discussion upon request. More fun with Watercolor!  Supply list provided upon request.  

Go to  www.michiganlighthouseartgallery.com  classes for details or call Anita at 517-256-8335 with questions and to register.
All watercolor classes are held in the Upstairs Commons Area of Keller's Plaza. Not handicap accessible, but a helping hand available going up/down stairs. Free parking on streets and city parking lots.


End of the season sales....

Does the cost of the holidays still have you feeling the strain on your finances? Working on a retirement budget can sometimes require you to cut back or change your holiday spending habit. How about thinking holiday spending all year long? Many times, during the year you run into fantastic sales and great buys, pick them up. Designate a box or spot in your closet to stash your goodies for that time of the year. Making a holiday spending plan can stretch your dollars further than you think.

Call us today 517-655-7879

If you're looking for options for your retirement give us a call, we can help you get the answers you're looking for and create a plan for your retirement!!  

      115 W. Grand River Ave.  Suite B
Williamston, Michigan 

Chart Your Course
Beginning your family history journey
Monday      February 26, 2018        6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Join Today and run or walk inside! 

Our members have 24/7 access to work out so it doesn't matter what your schedule is like. 

The gym is staffed on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 3pm-7pm if you would like to look around.  We're ready to assist you in achieving your health and fitness goals.

HIIT classes!  Join Alexa Boyce  
Every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 5:30 AM OR 6:15 AM for HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)  

No pre-registration required / $10.00 drop in fee!  It's a perfect class to kick start your fitness goals.

Call Today -  517-996-6050

Elizabeth Williams Dance Studio 

The Wedding Gallery

101 E. Grand River Ave., Williamston


The Wedding Gallery has everything you'll need to create 
the perfect wedding look.

We're open Saturdays from 1pm-5pm.  Appointments available other days.

~Designer Gowns from LaSposa, Eden Bridal, Jasmine, Moonlight, DaVinci, Mori Lee and more.

~Mother of the Bride & Groom, Bridesmaids, Prom & Formal Dresses, veils & accessories.

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Williamston Area Senior Center
P.O. Box 343    
201 School Street   Williamston

February Events
Free Basic Computer Class for Seniors
- Thanks for a grant from the Capital Area Community Foundation we will be conducting two free computer classes in February for seniors.  The first one will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.  During both these sessions we will conduct an open computer activity in which you can bring your I-pads, lap tops, phones and we will provide assistance on their use. 
Thursday, February 22 , 2018 at 12:30 pm the Senior Center will be showing "
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" with Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel.  Open to all Seniors. 
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 the County Register of Deeds, Derrick Quinney will be making a presentation on Real Estate Planning.  The following presentation will be held at 12:30 pm at the Senior Center; Safety by Chief Yanz from NIESA on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. 
Free coffee for all seniors Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.
EUCHRE - Wednesdays 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
Needle Craft Group -  meets after lunch between 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Save these dates in March - Thursday, March 22, 2018 Senior Safety with Chief Bob Young; Legislative update with Senior Rick Jones on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 and Rep. Tom Cockran on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. These events will be held at 12:30 pm at the Williamston Area Senior Center.

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We publish this weekly newsletter to let people throughout the area know about the great products and and services offered by our Williamston Chamber Members.  It's distributed to more than a thousand people. These announcements are FREE to our membership, but only a small percentage take advantage.  

If you have news about your business, sales you'd like to promote, limited time offers or new product lines - send it to info@williamston.org.