October 2020 Volume 2
Reach Out - Connect - Take Part

About Us

Chamber Board Meetings take place the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Chamber office at 278 Main Street. 

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.
Lake Almanor Area Chamber
278 Main St., Chester
P.O. Box 1098  96020

Plumas County News

October's Friday Night Movies In The Park

Concessions open at 6:30!
Dont forget to bring and blanket and chair.

Free Influenza Vaccination Information

Lori Beatley

Plumas Co. Public Health Agency will provide their annual Free Flu Vaccination Clinic in Chester will be Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Chester Park 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or until the vaccine is gone. 

The drive-through clinic is for the flu shot; the nasal spray is available but by appointment only at the clinic.  Call (530) 283-6330 to schedule. 

The drive-through clinic will be held at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds; if the weather is bad the clinic will be inside the Tulsa-Scott Building.  Flu forms are available at www.plumascounty.us/publichealth/fluinformation

Shots are available for children 8 years and up (no flu mist) during the clinic, if they are able to sit still with no assistance.  Flu forms must be filled out and signed by the parent or guardian. Chester Schools October 21, 2020: Parent/students will be notified through school.

SBDC Free Workshops

Business Facebook 101
Wednesday, January 8th, 5:30pm
This training is designed for businesses who have created a Business Facebook page and want to gain a better understanding of how to leverage the various features,
settings, and advertising opportunities available on this social media platform.
The first hour includes a general overview of the many features of Facebook, how
to draft a content calendar for posting, and how to create an Ad.
During the second hour of the workshop attendees will have the opportunity to
work on their own pages with the trainer assisting as needed.
 QuickBooks Desktop Beginners Series
Thursday, January 16th-Saturday, January 19th
Join us for  one or all of the following sessions where you will learn the basics of using QuickBooks Desktop. From setting up your account for the first time to learning how to run reports. 
  • Session 1: Accounting 101 & Getting started with QuickBooks Desktop
  • Session 2: Setting up items and Creating Forms
  • Session 3: Accounts Receivables      
  • Session 4: Accounts Payable, Banking Reconciliations, and Reports
How to Start Your Business
Thursday, January 23rd, 5:30pm
A brief introduction to entrepreneurship and the creation and development of new business ventures. Includes a high level overview of the critical success factors for entrepreneurs, including business structures, the development of the business plan, and permits and licensing procedures.
Budgeting for Your Business
Tuesday, January 28th, 9:00am
This workshop will better equip you in how to budget for your business. Topics include: Recognizing the benefits and importance of the budgeting process; Create supporting schedules to build a full Income Statement and Balance Sheet; Assess the value of the first draft and revise to create a final polished budget; and Use flexible budgets to assess organizational performance.
Writing Grant Proposals for Small Business
Thursday, January 30th, 5:30pm
There are some grants available for small businesses; not all businesses will qualify, but those that do will benefit from understanding some techniques in writing grant proposals.  This workshop will cover: A brief overview of grants available for small businesses; Usual components of a grant proposal; and Responding to a private foundation vs a Federal grant opportunity.
 Financial Management
Thursday, February 6th, 5:30pm
This workshop will better equip you in how to manage your business financials. 
Topics include: Interpreting financial statements to better manage and understand your operations, cash flow, and profitability; Identifying your cash flow cycle and how it impacts your business; Learning how to calculate and use financial ratios to troubleshoot fiscal dangers and improve performance; How to think critically when looking at pricing and costs; Developing forecasts and budget techniques to improve profits.

Stuff You Should Know

Plumas County Board of Supervisors
The Board of Supervisors meet the first three Tuesdays of every month at 10 am.  Supervisors Board Room, Court House, Third Floor, 520 Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971. Meetings are open to the public at a reduced capacity in the Board Room, or are live streamed at http://plumascoca.suiteonemedia.com/web/Home.aspx

Seneca Health Care District
Seneca Healthcare District board meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month at 3:00 PM, 130 Brentwood Drive, Chester, CA 96020, 530-258-2151.  Agenda and Minutes area at https://senecahospital.org/agenda/

Chester Public Utilities District (Fire and Utilities) 
CPUD Board meetings are held on Tuesdays at 3pm at the CPUD/Chester Fire Station 251 Chester Airport Rd.  Agenda and minutes posted at www.chesterpud.org/board-meetings

Peninsula Fire District
Peninsula Fire District Board meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Peninsula Fire Station # 2, 801 Golf Club Road, Lake Almanor, California 96137, 530-259-2306. Agendas for each meeting are posted at https://www.peninsulafire.net/board-meetings

Hamilton Branch Fire Department
Regular Board Meetings are held on the Second Wednesday of every month at 4pm at 3791 Big Springs Road, Hamilton Branch CA 96137 530-596-3458. Agendas are posted prior to the meetings at https://www.hambranchfire.com/board-meetings
Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Board Meetings take place the 2nd Wednesday of each month 8:30 in the Chamber office or on the Patio at 278 Main Street. 

Find us at https://www.lakealmanorarea.com/community-meetings.html
If you would like your organization's meetings posted on our site, contact info@lakealmanorarea.com

Plumas County Health Weekly Update

CLICK HERE for Plumas County Health's Weekly Update

Job Board

Camp Host at the Village at Child's Meadow, Highlands Ranch Resort
Immediate Opening, APPLY HERE

UDSA jobs available! 
Click here to search jobs by location! 

Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center
Executive Director
591 Main St, Quincy, California 95971

Sierra Hospice
Inventory Associate
Part-time · $12 / hour
684 Main St, Chester, CA 96020, United States

NAPA Auto Parts - Northern California
Counterperson, Delivery Driver - Chester Auto Parts
Full-time, 445 Main St, Chester, CA 96020, United States

PictureOlah Construction has immediate opening for Carpenters.
Pay based on experience; must have reliable transportation. Call 258-4810 for more information 

Dollar General
376 Main St, Chester, CA 96020, United States

Alliance for Workforce Developement 
Accounting Technician 
Full-time, www.afwd.org

Sierra Institute,Taylorsville, CA.
Rural Community Development Project Specialist starting January of 2021. 

Almanor Energy Plus
HVAC Installer

Senca Healthcare District 
Check out openings 

Did you know you can also find and submit jobs on Facebook as well 
Submit and Find Jobs on Facebook Here

Dinner is Served

The Lake Almanor Basin Food Pantry is once again supporting community suppers. Starting Thursday November 19, everyone is invited to join with your friends, families, and neighbors for these Drive Through Community Suppers. 

November’s supper will be a drive through pickup, Thanksgiving dinner served from 5:00 – 6:00 pm at the Chester Memorial Hall. Contact Carol Franchetti at 530-259-4323 for more information or to volunteer.

Corn Hole at ARPD's Kids Night Out

Next weeks Kids Night Out will be a Corn Hole Tournament from 4:45-6:00 pm is the last night for the series.

Register now.  Availability is limited availability.

ARPD is is in need of boards and volunteers for the tournament. If you have a set of boards that you are willing to let ARPD borrow and/or would like to volunteer please contact Susan at sjespana@gmail.com

A Note from Alliance for Workforce Development

Amy Velazquez

We appreciate the ongoing support from our community partners and businesses, especially during these crazy times. Each quarter Alliance for Workforce Development publishes our Community Coordinator Reports to highlight activities and impacts we have had within the local community. Please take a moment to read some of these amazing successes our clients and business partners have had, as you all have played a part in our success!

Click here to view article 
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CES School Updates

Colly Fischer

Chester Schedules will Change October 26- Return to School

For those of you who were not able to join us, our Plumas County Board of Education (PCOE) and Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) Governing Board Trustees conducted a meeting on Wednesday, October 7th, and action was taken to transition to an in-person AM/PM instructional model effective Monday, October 26, 2020. We will still offer distance learning and independent study for those who prefer alternative instructional models.

See the full newsletter here


What's Happening This Fall


Scarecrow Contest Update

Chelssa Outland

 Have some fun!  Show your community spirit!

Lets see those amazing scarecrows and decorating skills! The scarecrows and decorations are just starting to pop up around the area and we could not be more excited! Participate with us this year now through October 31 at your place of business, home or a provided location. Check out a sample of our digital map that will help people find all the scarecrows, as well as out scarecrow contest page

Scarecrows will be judged online and in stores by members of the community! 
The scarecrow contests plays several roles in our chamber. The fees to enter a scarecrow go directly to the cash prizes for the costume contest winners and the monies collected from voting will fund new lights for our community tree.

The winner will get an award recognizing community participation and spirit, a  photo will be taken and posted to various social media accounts and more.   

Click Here to Register

Contact me at Chelssa@lakealmanorarea.com for more information. 

Fall Book Giveaway For Kids!

Sharon McKay, Plumas County Library Aide

Show off your decorated mask. Receive a free book!  Nov 9 - 14. 

Get creative! The face covering can decorated or may be part of an outfit.  For ages: 0 to 18 yrs. (2 and under do not need to wear a face mask to receive a free book.)


Donate to Lake Almanor Area Chamber

Support our efforts to promote local businesses and dessiminate information throughout the community!

Plumas County Recommended Safety Guidelines for Halloween

We hope that everyone enjoys this holiday season, below is the county recommendation on how to have a safe Halloween as well as links to the California State Guidance and the California State Day Activity/Camp Guidance that may be of help to businesses with activities this season. 

State Guidance 

Day Activitie Guidances 

Lassen National Forest - 2020 Tree Permits by Mai Only

Lassen National Forest announces change in Christmas tree program for 2020

 – The Lassen National Forest (LNF) would like to advise folks of a few changes to the Christmas tree permit program this year.  The changes are as follows:
  • Sales for Christmas tree permits will begin on November 1, 2020, by mail ONLY. 
  • Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, our offices remain closed.  This includes the Old Station Visitor Center on the Hat Creek Ranger District.  It will not be staffed to sell Christmas tree permits.
  • The Shasta-Trinity National Forest will no longer be selling permits for Christmas trees to be cut on the LNF. 

“We are excited about sharing the changes to our Christmas tree program,” said Deb Bumpus, Forest Supervisor, LNF.  “It is essential that everyone is aware that only permits sold by the LNF will be valid on the Forest.

If you would like to cut a Christmas tree on the LNF, send your request for a Christmas tree permit along with a check for $10.00 to one of the following locations:
  • Almanor Ranger District, 900 E. Hwy 36, P.O. Box 767, Chester CA 96020
  • Eagle Lake Ranger District, 477-050 Eagle Lake Road, Susanville, CA 96130
  • Hat Creek Ranger District, 43225 E. Hwy 299, P.O. Box 220, Fall River Mills, CA 96028
  • Supervisor’s Office, 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130

For your convenience, an order form is available on our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lassen/passes-permits/forestproducts/?cid=stelprdb5107318.

Chamber Board News, October 14 Meeting

New Directors were welcomed to the Board.
Carol Franchetti, Carol's Camp Prattville
Ryan Newall, Intermountain Hardware (Ayoobs)
Tom McGowan, Community Member

Officers were elected for the 2020-2022 term.
Susan Bryner, President
Christi Chase, Vice-President
Ryan Newall, Secretary
Chelsea Harrison, Treasurer
Highlights of the business meeting.
The Chamber's motto Reach Out. Connect. Take Part. is encompassed in our core values
Relationships, Communication, Innovation and Persistence.  Opportunities for community work and volunteers were outlined for the work of the chamber in promoting the well being and development of our businesses and quality of life in our community.

Click Here, for an overview of our organization and the exciting and fulfilling roles available to any and all interested in the work of the Chamber.

October, November are busy months in the area with many upcoming activities: Scarecrow Contest, Halloween Costume Contest (virtual and in-person), Lake Almanor to Indian Valley Holiday Shopping Tour, Community Tree Lighting, Merchants Night, Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot.  

The Board reiterated that any Trick or Treat activities taking place in the community are of a "grass roots" nature. The Chamber declined to organize an event this year but is actively sharing safety protocols with merchants who have stated they will be handing out treats during the afternoon on Saturday.

The Community Tree (for Veteran's and those who serve) will have new lights this year at a cost of approx. $2000.  Funds are being raised through our raffles and Scarecrow Contest.  We are looking for volunteers with bucket trucks to help hang the new lights and clean up the area around the tree. The master of ceremonies this year will be Chelsea Harrison accompanied by Christi Chase singing America the Beautiful.  We have asked the Lake Almanor Community Church Choir and our Community Choir to take part once again along with our Boy Scouts and Blue Star Moms.

Lake Almanor to Indian Valley Holiday tour will once again take place over 7 days.  The cost of merchant participation is $50.  Chelsea Harrison and Erica Sherod (Giggling Crow), event chairs, are working hard to make this year's event fun and safe.  Maps this year will be both on-line and interactive and and available in print.

Merchant's Night, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is a grass roots event put on by Chester Merchants each year.  Though not a Chamber event, we will assist the merchant's this year by publishing a map of participating merchants in an on-line interactive map as well as in print. Safety protocols will be shared with all merchants.  Lassen Gift is making plans for a North Pole mail box for letters to Santa, instead of the traditional visit from Santa.    

Discussion is underway for the format of this year's Turkey Trot.  

Other Business
A report was made on the upcoming strategic planning meeting for the proposed Community Foundation, a 501c3, to support community efforts stemming from work with the Almanor Basin Community Consortium, to support funding needs for community projects and programs, community giving and more. 

Our area has a new representative from the Sierra Small Business Council.  Clint Koble, a resident of Lake Almanor, has been out and about in the community surveying business and community needs.  The SSBC has many resources for our businesses, we look forward to working with him.


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