Chamber Checkpoint

Kudos to organizers of holiday parade

By: Wendy Gerig
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Was that a wonderful parade held last month or what? Thank you to the Chamber staff and community volunteers who stepped up to assist in the coordination of this annual tradition that for the past 40-plus years has been handled by Sylvia Besana – it was fabulous. Our parade was happening just as our neighbors to the west were discussing cancelling theirs due to lack of sponsors….as is the Roseville way, we had a record number of our members serving as sponsors for this annual, family, fun-filled event. Thank you everyone. n n n Now more than ever we need to promote the concept of shopping locally, not just for the holidays, but for all of our needs (business and personal) and for the wellbeing of our city, we need to keep our tax dollars local to ensure a stable economy in Roseville. To that end, in addition to shopping at one of the many fine stores located at the Fountains or in the recently expanded Westfield Galleria at Roseville, the Chamber itself has a few shopping opportunities. First, our online auction, which is open to the public, and is made possible by our generous members. Check it out at Next, for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list, come in and check out the art work for sale hanging in the Chamber office. We are privileged to have creative pieces from two talented local artists, Tomas Lumbrazo and Donna Naes. Tomas Lumbrazo: His art is an expression of decades of work in other disciplines. That work was filled with design, color and concern for the landscape and environment. Since a 2007 trip to Peru, his passion and talents are now being expressed in his art, through bright color, abstract forms and characters. The purpose of his art is to create a feeling of peace, harmony and happiness. Donna Naes, artist, illustrator, instructor: For Donna, art is the act of creating – regardless of the form or medium it takes. Donna’s art is a journey of spirit and of soul featuring various scenes, seasonal landscapes, everyday activities and gentle reminders of the comforts and passion one experiences along life’s journey. Donna teaches at Yosemite National Park and locally and has exhibited her work at many of the local area galleries. The work of both artists will be on display in the Chamber through February. Thank you in advance for your support and for shopping locally. – Wendy Gerig is the executive director of the Roseville Chamber of Commerce, which includes Granite Bay.