Chamber News

Lions Club Hosts Annual Winter Express

It’s the annual Winter Express Program put on by the eight member Lions Club plus a village of around 200 volunteers. It was a three day event that’s been running for the past eight years, giving kids an experience they aren’t necessarily used to.

“It gives the children the opportunity to shop without their parents present and when the child makes the choice to get a gift and the parent is not involved, it's just a totally different feeling for the kids,” Bainbridge said.

More than 700 kids had the opportunity to come down the aisles each getting to pick out four gifts for family or friends. If you do the math, that's nearly 3,000 items donated to the Lions Club for this year's Winter Express. 

The items were provided by local businesses or purchased from grant money. After students shop, elves helped them wrap and tag the presents. Students also got a picture with Santa, someone who is in tune with the purpose of this program.

Chamber Partners with McKinleyville Shopping Center for Town Wide Holiday Celebration and Open House

It is time once again to raise the tree, welcome Santa and celebrate the holidays, McKinleyville style.  Thursday, December 4th is the date to put in your calendars.

  • Town Wide Open House 4-8 p.m. at Participating Businesses (DEADLINE FOR BUSINESSES TO APPLY TO PARTICIPATE IS WED. NOV. 26)  APPLY HERE
    • Community to be the judges in the businesses Tree Decorating Contest (maps and ballots available at all businesses and Santa Event)
    • Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest - Win $100 (judges will be participating businesses)
    • Opportunity to win Gift Baskets at ALL participating businesses.
  • Children's Choir and Dance Performance 5-5:30 p.m.
  • Santa Arrives and Lights Tree 5:30 p.m.
  • 5-7 p.m.  Free treats and activities for the kids at the McKinleyville Shopping Center
  • 5:45-7 p.m. Visit with Santa, bring your camera!

Chamber Offers Local Groups and Organizations the Opportunity to Raise $$ by offering Partnership Opportunities

The McKinleyville Chamber is again offering partnership opportunities for local groups and organizations.  This program creates opportunities to raise money to benefit the recipients of these partnerships.  The chamber board of directors is excited to be able to offer even more opportunities in 2015!  If you would like to find out more and fill out the Partnership Application look here.

McKinleyville Welcomes Cloney's Pharmacy and Figuieredo's Video to the McKinleyville Shopping Center

Local business leaders and the community turned out on a beautiful sunny day for a celebration and ribbon cutting.

Figureido's Video Celebrated their re-location to the McKinleyville Shopping Center with a ribbon cutting and specials throughout the day.

Cloney's Pharmacy Celebrated their new location also in the McKinleyville Shopping Center with a ribbon Cutting and BBQ.  

Cloney's:  "Over the past 30 years, Humboldt has lost at least 10 independent pharmacies.  Gone with them are the services those pharmacies provided to the community, as well as the revenue that kept dollars local.  They were all replaced by national chain pharmacies, that provide a lesser level of service, and certainly don't support the community the same way locally-owned businesses do.  With the opening of Cloney's McKinleyville Pharmacy, we hope to reverse the trend of independent pharmacy attrition in Humboldt, and provide the McKinleyville and greater Humboldt community with the type of outstanding service patients and residents deserve.  Hopefully, we'll grow into other Humboldt communities in the years to come!"