113TH ANNUAL FLORENCE RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL IS ON(LINE)!

113TH ANNUAL FLORENCE RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL IS ON(LINE)! Virtual Parade and 5K, Photo Contest Announced The City of Florence and the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that they are moving the “Blast From the Past”-themed 113th Rhododendron Festival Grand Floral Parade online. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Chamber announced April 1 that this year would mark the first time since WWII that the actual event has been cancelled. In addition, the Chamber, in partnership with Three Rivers Casino, is hosting an online “Blast From The Past” exhibit of photos contributed by the public of recent and historic Rhododendron Festivals. Florence Habitat for Humanity will host the annual Rhody Run as a virtual event and fundraiser. The virtual parade will premiere on Facebook on Sunday, May 17, at noon. PARADE Organizers are asking community members, organizations, and local businesses to upload short videos or photos for them to edit into […]

Blast From the Past – Rhody Days Photo Contest

Share your favorite Rhody Days photo memories – both old and new and enter win! Just because we had to cancel the Rhododendron Festival, doesn’t mean that we can’t have a blast while remembering the past! Winners will be chosen from every decade. Those photos will then move on to final judging, to determine the overall best “Blast from the Past” photo. To enter our contest, post your photos here by: Thursday, May 14th at 5 pm. We look forward to reminiscing with you! Submit your photo here.

ReOpening Oregon: What Small Businesses & Startups Need to Know

Lane Economic Community & Economic Development is partnering with Oregon RAIN and Senator Roblan’s Office to host a webinar Friday at noon on ReOpening Oregon: What Small Businesses & Startups Need to Know.  The panel will feature: Senator Roblan | District 9 – Oregon Coast Leah Horner | Regional Solutions Director, Jobs & Economy Policy Advisor for the Governor’s Office David Gerstenfeld | Director, Oregon Unemployment Insurance Division Erin Reynolds | City Manager, City of Florence TBD | Oregon Employment Department Please register for Reopening Oregon: What Small Businesses & Startups Need to Know on May 8, 2020 12:00 PM PDT here.

Looking for EASTER Dinner? Here’s our local restaurants serving you on Easter Sunday

Abby’s – 11 am – 9 pm – Take out & Delivery – 541-997-6608 Best Thai – Open 12 pm – 9 pm – Take out – 541- 997-5229 Bridgeport Market –  Open 7 am – 5 pm – Take out – 541-997-5091 Chen’s Family Dish – Open 3 pm – 8 pm – Take out – 541-902-2020 Clawson’s Wheelhouse – Open 8 am – 8 pm – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner regular menus. (Exceptions : no Prime Rib, Steak, Crab or Oysters). Cash or check. – Take out & Delivery. – 541-590-3669Darlings Marina – Open 7:30 am – 7 pm on Easter – Regular and Easter Prime Rib dinner special – $ 35.00 for 2 people – Take out & Free Delivery – 541-997-2841 Domino’s – Open 10:30 – Midnight – Take out & Delivery – 541-901-3030 Dunes Cafe – Open 6 am – 2 pm – Take out  – 541-997-5799  Fresh Harvest – Open 8 am – 1 pm – […]

113th Rhododendron Festival Cancelled 2020

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF 2020 RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce has announced it is canceling the 113th Rhododendron Festival. Chamber executive director Bettina Hannigan met Monday, March 30, via virtual meeting with the Chamber’s presidential team and Florence city manager Erin Reynolds to forward the recommendation to the Chamber’s board of directors to cancel the event. The board approved. For perspective, this will be the first time since WWII that Rhody Fest has been canceled. “Based on the most current facts, government guidelines, and trending information, we must cancel Rhody Fest for 2020,” said Hannigan. “We gave this decision as long as we could and the deepest consideration. We had hoped for better news and a faster recovery.” “Logistically, there is no way to predict or plan for a new date this year, or postpone it until fall,” added Hannigan. “Many chambers across the country are canceling […]