Virtual Rhododendron Festival Grand Floral Parade

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Like many of our neighbors, we are missing our daily interactions with people and missing our community connections. We are all disappointed to be missing this year's Rhododendron Festival due to the stay-at-home directives of the current pandemic. We are safe. We are resilient. We are creative. That’s why we are going online! We aren’t going to let 2020 blast past us without a Rhododendron Festival Grand Floral Parade! We need your help. Now is your chance to be in the parade and help us celebrate this year's of Blast from the Past. The Virtual Rhododendron Festival Grand Floral Parade will premiere on Facebook on Sunday, May 17th at noon. This virtual parade will feature entries from community members, organizations, and local businesses. Entrants are encouraged to use rhododendrons from your yards or ones you make, as well as other materials to decorate your parade entry. Send us a video or a […]

Hot Club of San Francisco – Gypsy Jazz

Florence Events Center 715 Quince Street, Florence

Meet us in Paris! Imagine it’s the 1930’s in a small, smoky jazz club in Paris or the refined lounge of the famous Hotel Ritz. It’s GYPSY JAZZ, the music of The Hot Club of San Francisco that has entranced audiences around the globe for over 20 years. Pre-Concert talk 6:15 PM, Concert at 7 PM

Paycheck Protection Program Loan – Forgiveness Workshop


This program has evolved and changed since its inception and these changes affect how your business will process the "Forgiveness" portion of the program. Join Chris Eyler, US Chamber of Commerce Executive Director for the Northwest Region for a walk through the process with how to tips to insure your PPP loan receives maximum forgiveness. We will discuss new changes including: Extending the time to spend PPP funds Lowering the amount that must be spent on payroll Extending the deadline to restore FTEs and payroll Setting the repayment term for loans made after June 4, 2020 at five years. This workshop is FREE and is open to everyone. Sign up below by clicking the number of attendees and registering and we'll send you a link to ZOOM with us the morning of the event. This event is sponsored by:


A Race for the Rest of Us

Various Participating Locations

A RACE FOR THE REST OF US A “race” for a good cause - to raise money for the Lane Council of Governments Senior Meals Program, which provides food to Lane County seniors who might otherwise go hungry. The distance is a whopping 0.5k – nope, that is not a typo! That is half kilometer, or about one third of a mile, or about 546 yards, or about 1640 feet, or about twice as far as the average good golfer can hit a golf ball off of a tee – you get the idea. This is a challenging course but also easy, in fact, we're not exactly sure what it'll look like for you. Could go either way. There will be customized aid stations (you decide!), unique finishing lines (you decide!), photos (again, you decide!) And if running/walking 546 yards isn’t your thing, there’s also a VIP option which requires […]

Sami the Sea Lion’s Summer Adventure – Search and Win!

Florence, Oregon Florence, Florence

Sami the Sea Lion is hiding all around Florence just waiting to be found! Download your FREE passport here and join the search. Sponsored by Sea Lion Caves. When you've finished the trail and received your stamps,the passport can be dropped off until Wednesday, September 9 at the Visitors Center (290 Hwy 101) to be included the drawing to be held on September 10. Prizes include one $100 certificate, two $50 gift certificates, and four $25 gift certificates redeemable at the host locations. Winners will be notified by email. DOWNLOAD SAMI'S PASSPORT HERE Searchers of the fuzzy masked pinniped can pick up a stamp book and map at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce visitor’s center, 290 Highway 101 in Florence, or at any of these participating Chamber member’s business:  All About Olives, Backstreet Gallery, Lovejoy’s Restaurant & Tea Room, ICM Restaurant, Florence Regional Arts Alliance, The Siuslaw News, Keller […]

Exit Your Business with Freedom and Financial Security


Will you have the personal freedom and financial security to leave your business when you’re ready? Successfully transitioning from your business requires steering your company and personal life toward your vision. Learn the steps it takes to execute a successful exit while ensuring the longevity of your business in a virtual event co-sponsored by the Florence Chamber of Commerce and OMEP.

Back to School Updates and Workforce Impact Webinar


We’ll be discussing the who, what, why, where, when and how of schools are reopening, the workforce impact of parents needing to be home to school their kids, broadband and internet challenges and how we can survive and thrive through these uncertain times. Join the Chamber as we meet and discuss these critical issues with Senator Arnie Roblan, School Superintendent Andy Grzeskowiak, Mapleton School Superintendent Jody O’mara and Robbie Wright, CEO of Hyak and moderated by Russ Pierson, Dean of LCC Florence.  This event is FREE and OPEN to the public, please submit your questions by Tuesday to This event will be on ZOOM and the link will be emailed to registrants Wednesday around 3:30pm. FREE REGISTRATION BELOW SELECT NUMBER OF ATTENDEES TO PROCEED  


10th Annual Siuslaw Open Golf Tournament

Florence Golf Links 1201 35th Street, Florence

It is time for the 10th Annual Siuslaw Open Charity Golf Tournament, Saturday, August 29th at beautiful Florence Golf Links. The tournament will once again feature a hole-in-one for a new F-150 from Johnston Motors, The Dixon Challenge and a chance to putt and win $10,000! This year’s tournament will feature a new format to conform to “distancing” requirements. A foursome can play in the morning group for $425 or the afternoon group for $375 (dinner and putting contest including). The tournament will help provide critical resources for Siuslaw Outreach Services provided support to many needy individuals through rent assistance, homeless prevention, advocacy for victims of violent crime, self-sufficiency education to more than 3,000 local individuals. For more info contact Bob at Siuslaw Outreach Services, 541-997-2816 or click here to download a registration form.

FREE Webinar – Sell Online This Holiday Season with E-Commerce Tools


Proper Prior Planning Promotes Profits! Did you know Google is reporting that many Black Friday shoppers will choose to shop online rather than in person? (Read more here.)  Check out this FREE workshop to help your business.  "Sell Online This Holiday Season with E-Commerce Tools," viewers will learn how to sell online to customers as they kick off their holiday shopping. We'll walk through the benefits of setting up an online store with Shopify and how to list products on Google Shopping so businesses can sell from anywhere. Additionally, we'll discuss other helpful tools to help businesses stand out online, such as Local Opportunity Finder and Grow My Store. Co-sponsored by Oregon RAIN and the City of Florence. This event will be held virtually on ZOOM. Register for FREE below and we'll send you the ZOOM link the morning prior to the event. FREE RSVP BELOW - SELECT THE NUMBER OF ATTENDEES AND CLICK CONFIRM RSVP


Circles in the Sand by Denny Dyke at Heceta Beach

Driftwood Shores 88416 1st Ave, Florence

Labyrinth artist Denny Dyke is bringing his popular natural and meditative art installation to Heceta Beach! Circles in the Sand was first created for Denny's as a walking meditation and way to connect with the ocean and ever-changing sand. The first "Dreamfield" was created in 2014 and has been a favored attraction among coastal visitors whenever one is made. Dreamfields have grown to be giant patterns, a garden of sand with several spirals and meandering paths that always return home. The "draw-out" starts at 3 p.m. with Denny teaching everyone how to create this amazing art form on the "canvas" of Heceta Beach. At 4:30 p.m., volunteers are welcome to help groom the labyrinth before the path walk begins at 5 p.m. Watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean while contemplating the wonder of the sea! This event is hosted by Driftwood Shores and Sand Master Park.