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Creston Chamber of Commerce Happenings

November is a special month for the Creston Chamber of Commerce. It is our anniversary month. This year, we will celebrate our 79th year. The chamber could not have done it without the continued support of our members, friends and the Creston community. It is only through this support that the chamber can continue to grow and continue our mission of “promoting and showcasing the community,” and at the same time be a “leadership organization which helps to unify the community,” as we “map a course for Creston’s future development.” Thank you to everyone.

This time of year also finds the chamber busy finalizing plans for the upcoming holiday season. I will apologize to you now for doing this so early in the month, but this is when the chamber column appears in the paper, and doing it this way will give all of you time to make your plans for this fun time.

It does seem hard to believe, but in less than a month, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving and then a week later, we will be celebrating “No Place Like Creston for the Holidays.” Below is a partial listing of what will be happening Nov. 29 through Dec. 16  in Creston. For a complete listing, please stop by the chamber office for a calendar of events or visit our website at

This year’s Lighted Christmas Parade will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 29. This is a fun and spectacular event that any business, group, family or individual can be part of, the only stipulation is your entry needs to be lighted and have a Christmas theme. If you would like to be involved, please begin lining up on Mills and Walnut streets by 6:45 p.m. If you have any questions, call or email the chamber office. We would love to have you involved.

The parade will begin at the corner of Pine and Mills and head west on Mills to Elm Street. At Elm it will go south to Montgomery and at Montgomery it will turn west. At Montgomery and Division, it will head south on Division to Adams Street, where it will turn east on Adams Street going to Walnut Street.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be visiting the Christmas Castle from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at the restored Creston Depot. The Friends of the Library will have their elves on hand to help Santa, as well as serving free hot cider and donut holes. The Appalachian Service Project group will be serving a soup supper starting at 5 p.m. Nov. 29 in the mealsite.

During the “No Place Like Creston for the Holidays,” the Festival of Trees will be held at American Home Design Center from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. This is a great venue to walk through and view all of the wonderfully decorated trees. Silent bids will be taken during the event for individuals to purchase the trees. The Festival of Trees is sponsored by the Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center.

Santa will again visit the restored Creston Depot from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 8, and pictures with Santa are available for a fee. Also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8, the Creston Animal Rescue Effort gift and bake sale will be taking place in the mealsite area.

New events this year include “Living Windows” in many of the Uptown businesses from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 29 on the night of the Lighted Christmas Parade. The house at the Historical Village will be decorate for the holidays and will be open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16. SWCC will be presenting a community Christmas concert, “Tuba Christmas,” 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at SWCC.

There truly is “No Place Like Creston for the Holidays.”

Hi-Five Honors

The following individuals and businesses received the Hi-Five Honor in November. Congratulations to Alex King of Taco Johns; Billy Stuart of Hi-Crest Auto and United Super Wash; Heartland Tire and Auto Center and F&M Body Shop.

The Hi-Five for service allows us to recognize those who make shopping and doing business in Creston a rewarding and positive experience.

Gold Star Business honored

The chamber honored American Home Design Center, 101 N. Walnut St., as the November Gold Star Business in Creston. They were nominated because of the appearance both inside and out of their building and property. Congratulations.

Remember to contact the chamber with your Hi-Five or Gold Star Honoree.

October Yards of the Month

The Image Enhancement Committee would like to acknowledge and congratulate the following yards that were honored as the October Yards of the Month: 508 W. Mills St., 401 N. Sycamore St. and 302 S. Maple St.

These yards join the September honorees at 901 W. Adair St., 208 S. Maple St. and 1002 Crest Drive along with the August honorees at 308 S. Vine St. 506 Livingston Ave. and 1204 W. Prairie St. The July honorees at 501 S. Elm St., 603 W. Montgomery St. and 103 E. Howard St. and the June honorees at 400 New York Ave., 1718 W. Prairie St. and 508 S. Walnut St. Keep up the good work everyone. Congratulations again.

Thank you to Creston True Value, Creston Super Wal-Mart and Green Valley Pest and Lawn Care for co-sponsoring the Yards of the Month and Flowerpot of the Month with the chamber in 2018. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Image Enhancement Committee October Flowerpots of the Month

The Image Enhancement Committee would like to acknowledge and again thank everyone who has cared for a flower pot this year.

The following people/businesses plant the flowers, maintain and care for the flowerpots all on their own. They are the Creston News Advertiser, Family Shoe Store,  Adams Street Espresso, Walters Custom Signs and T’s, Coen’s Furniture, First National Bank, Tyler Insurance, Union County Court House, NAPA of Creston, Boyd Appliance Center, SIRHA, Union County Development Association, Quilts and Other Notions Creative Center, Southern Iowa Council of Governments, The Reclaimed Wardrobe, Southwest Iowa Furniture Mart, Wishing Well, Connections Agency on Aging, City of Creston, IowaWORKS, Iowa Department of Corrections, Connie Purdum, Iowa Focus, Innovative Industries, Vernie’s Drapery Shop, Elite Staffing, Stalkers Chevrolet, Great Western Bank, Ben Adamson, State Farm Insurance, Southern Hills Veterinary Clinic, Jane Brown Physical Therapist, Hi-Crest Auto and United Super Wash, Quality Glass Company, Punky’s, Precision Optical Group, American Home Design Center, Create Creston and Green Accounting and Tax. Your help and assistance is greatly appreciated.

Did You Know?????

Please see below positive, interesting facts about a business, organization or individual in Creston. If you have information that you would like to share in “Did You Know?,” please contact Ellen.

Did you know that EveryStep – formerly HCI Hospice Care Services and VNS Home Care – is the same independent, nonprofit organization with the people and programs Creston residents have trusted for decades. The organization recently changed its name to demonstrate the unity and connections between the organization’s more than 30 many services.

Did you know that Precision Optical Group does thin film coatings on more than 75 items other than optical lenses? One of these includes water faucet covers in the executive suites at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.

Did you know that in 1930, Highway 34 was the first east-west road to be paved border to border in Iowa?

Have a great month and though it is a bit early, we want to wish you and yours a great Happy Thanksgiving.

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