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The Canby Area Chamber of Commerce is looking to coordinate quarterly events with the First Thursday effort

Canby's Chamber of Commerce is hard at work with a number of projects. One is expanding First Thursdays with the Chamber's first quarterly event.

Over the summer, Executive Director Kyle Lang indicated he wanted to coordinate special events every quarter on First Thursdays, adding vendors and nonprofits to a session regarding something that people want to learn about. He started this the first week of September, on Canby's First Thursday.

Above the Backstop, in the Antonia Ballroom, 221 N. Grant St., from 5-8 p.m., Lang invited a host of vendors and nonprofits to offer items and food and drink. From 5-7 p.m., there was a small business showcase that allowed residents and others to meet with local businesses and nonprofits. The last hour previewed the upcoming high school activities, sports and academics explained by coaches, arts instructors and career and technical education teachers offering what's new at the high school.

Backstop Bar & Grill opened a cash bar and Wayward Sandwiches, the new shop going into the ground floor of the Dahlia, provided their own house-cured and smoked pastrami. Wooden Shoe Vineyards offered wine tasting and the Book Nook was there, too. A host of organizations including the Canby Center, Todos Juntos, Canby Adult Center, Canby Bible College, Canby Now Podcast, Thelma's Place and Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies joined the crowd. Other vendors served snow cones and tacos.

By the way, Wayward Sandwiches is hoping to open its doors in early October. Its menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and meals. The wine list should cover nearly every wine drinker with primarily Oregon and Washington wines plus a few international varieties from Italy, California, France and Spain mixed in, according to owner Matthew Morrissey.

During the Sept. 5 event, the Chamber held its membership 101, showing the programs it offers. The one-hour crash course also includes meeting the Chamber's staff and Lang to offer better connections at networking events.

On Thursday, Sept. 12, from 7:45-9 a.m., the Chamber holds its Good Morning Canby for its monthly business relationship building. Canby's Fire District will provide information on Hands-Only CPR and the PulsePoint technology that helps keep the community safe. They also will demonstrate how businesses can bring these life-saving trainings to its employees. It will be held at the Canby Fire District, 221 S. Pine St.

The Chamber will hold an open house and ribbon cutting on Sept. 24 from 4-6 p.m. at the Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies Inc. at 113 North Elm St. The ribbon cutting is set for 4:15 with tours of the new renovated building from 4-6 p.m.

Don't forget to sign up for the Chamber's annual golf tournament set for Sept.26. It's a four-person shotgun scramble starting at 1 p.m. with registration at 11 a.m., lunch at noon and then the tournament. The awards program will follow the tournament.

Finally, there will be board elections for Chamber officers in November. To join the board, contact Lang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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