April 2020
Reach Out - Connect - Take Part

Your Chamber Membership Is Driving Our Community

We are so thankful for those businesses and organizations who have maintained their Chamber Membership through-out the years.  It is because of you, we are able to serve.

We understand that these are these uncertain times.  When your annual membership renewal becomes due, please consider how important the Chamber is to the health of our community and businesses.  We can work with you with payment options. Please reach out and let us assist.  Info@LakeAlmanorArea.com.

We also welcome the following new members!

Become a Member

Mountain Volunteer Project (MVP) Services

Shopping Assistance with Curbside Pick-up. Holiday Market. Mon. Wed. Fri. 9 - 11. Call or email your order in advance the day before by 4 PM or drive through and give your order to volunteers that day. Free Service. Donations accepted. info@mtvp.org or call (530) 264-5064

Chester Mail Pick-Up. Chester Post Office. Tues. & Thurs. 7:30 am. Call or email your Name, Phone Number, PO BOX number, and the car you will be driving (make/model/color) no later than 2:00 pm on Monday for pickup on Tuesday morning, and no later than 2pm on Wednesday for pickup on Thursday morning.  Free Service. Donations accepted.  info@mtvp.org or call (530) 264-5064

Coffee & Kindness Support Group. A Free Support Group for any Adults (18 years or older) in the Greater Plumas/Lassen area. First meeting Monday April 13, 2020 at 10 AM  Zoom Meeting (Online) or by Phone.  Free Service. Donations Accepted. Sign up on-line here OR email info@mtvp.org or call (530) 264-5064

Feather Publishing: A Community Icon

We are saddened by what we hope will be a temporary loss of our community newspapers and wish Mike Taborski and the staff of Feather Publishing all the best.  

Tune in to Plumas News On-line and let us support their efforts in any way that we can.

Events & Updates Around the Lake

Chamber events have been canceled through May.  Decisions regarding 4th of July events will be made as the state and county responses to Covid-19 develop further.

The Almanor Basin Community Consortium meeting for April has been canceled.  However, community leaders are feeling the need to get together soon.  We are working on a virtual meeting option.  Stay tuned.  Email Susan Bryner if you have questions.   Susan.Bryner@gmail.com

PG&E Campgrounds are closed through June. 

Plumas Forest Campgrounds are closed indefinitely.

Lassen Forest Campgrounds currently closed until April 30th.

Canyon Dam Boat launch is currently open.


Shopping Local On-Line

Yes!  You will soon be able to support your favorite local store with on-line purchases!  Although our prices won't compare to Amazon's, our business owners and their employees shop at local stores, eat at local restaurants, donate to local causes, sponsor local youth leagues, buy raffle tickets, and volunteer in our community.  

This means so much more to our community than saving a few dollars on Amazon.

The Chamber is piloting a project loosely termed SHOP ALMANOR for our members.  When completed SHOP ALMANOR will give our visitors and second home owners the ability to purchase from their favorite local stores and restaurants after they have returned home.  Stay tuned for more information as we roll this out.  

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Stuff You Should Know

Chamber Board Meetings take place the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Chamber office at 278 Main Street.  We are currently meeting via Zoom

The Chamber's Facebook page has over 2800 followers. Chamber Members and member events are highlighted each month.

The Chamber's Community Calendar is open to all. Submitting your events is easy. CLICK HERE. Go to the bottom of the page and look for SUBMIT HERE.

Our Lake Almanor Logo was designed in 2009 by a graduate student in Marketing at the University of Austen, Texas for her senior project. She had spent many years vacationing here while growing up.
Lake Almanor Area Chamber
278 Main St., Chester
P.O. Box 1098  96020

Connect With Us!

Let us know your comments or thoughts. We would love to know how the Chamber can better serve our community. 

Email our Executive Director, Chelssa Outland at: Chelssa@lakealmanorarea.com 

Coffee Is On!

Lake Almanor Community Church says, "Thank You" to our Health Care Workers and First Responders! April 13 - 20, drop by the Coffee Station Drive-Through and get your free cup of coffee on LACF!​

Redefining Community

Susan Bryner, Chamber President

There is little need to discuss here the impact of the Covid-19 shut down on our community. It is evident in the empty streets, closed businesses, and increasing appearance of facemasks.

The people and businesses of our community are facing the unknown of a suddenly disrupted lifestyle, the fear of illness, a negative impact on our 2020 tourist season, a host of small businesses that might not be able to recover, lost jobs, and the reaction to our first corona virus case in Chester.

What I would like to focus on here is how this crisis has spurred an incredible surgence of spirit, faith, ingenuity and commitment to something outside of and larger than ourselves. You will see within the articles of this Newsletter and others to follow the efforts and innovative services and programs being set forth to assist our community both during and in the days that will follow this virus and shut down.

Just as our parents and grand-parents’ generation emerged from the Great Depression and WWII changed forever. So, shall we. We will emerge. But how will we be changed? I think


Mountain Volunteer Project Steps Up During COVID-19 Crisis

The Mountain Volunteer Project (MVP) is a new volunteer organization, initiated with the support of the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce and based out of Chester, CA.  MVP was working toward a slow, 6 month roll-out when the Covid-19 crisis hit our communities. With just a handful of volunteers, MVP ramped up to meet the needs arising from the crisis and now has 3 services rolled out and supported by a 7 day/week phone line.

MVP now boasts a crew of 16 volunteers, with more signing up each day.  If you are interested in sharing your unique talents with our growing team, go to MTVP.org and sign up!  A volunteer recruiter will reach out and connect with you. 
Creating a community where it is easy to Reach Out, Connect, & Take Part.
Mountain Volunteer Project services are free to all those in need.  Donations are always accepted so that we can make sure our volunteers have the resources they need to serve.

More About MVP

COVID-19 Support Page & Information

Did you know that we have created a resource page to help link to important COVID-19 information? Including local updates, state updates, and federal updates, as well as updates on business services, contact information and hours. Check out www.lakalmanorarea.com and click the link at the top of the page.


Included on this page are links for local business to the SBA Disaster Assistance application.

The Chamber's Covid19 Support & Information page contains links to information on all local, county, state and national sites.

Local Businesses Still Doing Business!

Click here for a list of how our local businesses are continuing to work.

If you do not see your business listed here, or would like to change your listing, email info@lakealmanorarea.com and give us the details.

Restaurants Willing to Deliver (see below)


Almanor Basin Food Pantry Needs Our Help

The Almanor Basin Food Pantry, a local 501c3 non-profit organization, is deemed an essential service during the Covid-19 crisis.  The good volunteers of the Food Pantry are working hard to safely provide food security to those in our community who need help.  

Please consider making a tax deductible cash donation to them by mailing a check to Almanor Food Pantry 386 Main St, Chester 96020, through the Almanor Basin Food Pantry Facebook Page, or directly through PayPal using their email address, AlmanorFoodPantry@hotmail.com.

Even the smallest donation will go far in helping accomplish their mission to combat food insecurities in and around the basin.

Local School Updates

Many of the local schools are offering alternative forms of learning and support.

CHS & CES are both offering online options from zoom meetings to online resources, meals, and support. Contact your school office or students teacher for more information. ​"We truly miss our students, and we want to help... If you do not have a staff member's email, feel free to email us areeder@pcoe.k12.ca.usnpeterson@pcoe.k12.ca.us or call 530.258.3194." 

LACS is using an Independent Study Program to keep students up to date in their curriculum. They are mailing students work packets weekly, with supplemental videos and Zoom meetings for each classroom. LACS is currently enrolling students for the 2020-21 school year? Parents can reach us at 530-596-4100 or lacs@lakechurch.life.

St. Andrew’s Academy  is helping students succeed during the Coronavirus lockdown. Highly affordable online courses in composition and speech, now available for students everywhere in 6th grade and up.https://academy.standrewsalmanor.org/online-classes/


St. Andrews Academy Boarding Program

Father Brian Foos

"These times of Covid-19 and social isolation are certainly anxious times. Few of us, perhaps none, have lived through anything similar.We at St. Andrew’s don’t want any more anxiety, and don’t want to add to this anxiety for anyone else; we want to inform our community how we as a school are following the Public Health Guidelines for social distancing.  A few questions have come from those that are unaware of St. Andrew’s status as a boarding school; in addition to day students, St. Andrew’s has a boarding program. Boarding students live, 


Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Our Community received wonderful support from new owners of the Timber House! Almendra Winery and Distillery has been producing hand sanitizer to supplement community needs across the valley at their cost. As new owners of the Timber House in Chester they reached out to us to offer some cases for our essential operations at Lake Almanor. We thank Berton and Carol Bertagna and Robert and Toni Vanella for taking part in our community and wish them well both at Almendra and with their new endeavor in Chester.

Tim O'Brien and side-kick Nelson were pleased to be able to deliver bottles Almendra Sanitizer to Seneca Hospital, our Fire Departments, CHP, Food Pantry, Holiday Market and restaurants in need. https://www.almendrawinery.com/

Town Chatter - April 2020