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BBVA bank hosts August Chamber of Commerce Coffee


Local business owners and administrative members met for their monthly Atwater Chamber of Commerce Coffee on the morning of Aug. 21. The meeting took place at the Atwater BBVA bank located at 1329 Broadway Ave and highlighted important community events, projects, and news for the upcoming months.

This month’s coffee talk was celebrated with a beach theme and hosted by the BBVA manager, Alice Gilbertson.

“It’s always great getting to start our day together,” Gilbertson said as the meeting began, and she welcomed everyone in. “We all come from different backgrounds and that’s what makes our mixtures so fun and interesting.”

She continued, explaining the importance the meeting has on community, business promotion, and networking around town.

The mixtures are held every month with members of the Atwater Chamber of Commerce, and are a great time for business owners and members to share fliers, highlight news, and collaborate on ideas.

Stephanie Cardenas, a local community member, mentioned the upcoming renovation that will begin in downtown Atwater shortly. The renovation will include revamping the flower work that adorns the streets and creating new environments to make the downtown area “come back to life”.

Eric Cheung, of Atwater Family Dental, brought up the STEM Young Men’s Conference set for Sept. 28, at Livingston Middle School. The conference is geared towards 6th-12th grade students from Merced County Schools.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic workshops will be offered throughout the event that will be featuring two keynote speakers and a chance to win a $100 or $200 scholarship.

“It’s good for the kids.” Cheung mentioned. “It teaches them great skills.”

Cheung continually mentioned the annual Atwater-Winton Lions Club Pancake Breakfast Buffet scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Atwater Women’s Lions Club on 3rd Street and Grove Avenue in Atwater. All-you-can-eat pancake dine in will be $10 and children under 6 years old will eat for free.

A member of the Atwater campus Yosemite Church was excited to announce the scheduling for the monthly movie in the park, sponsored by Yosemite Church.

Ralston Park, located at 3rd and Grove streets in Atwater, will host the last movie in the park, “The Secret Life of Pets,” on Sept. 28 at dusk. Free snacks and waters will be provided.

A 9/11 remembrance is set for Sept. 11 at the Atwater Community Center. The event will be held at the Atwater Community Center, located at 760 E Bellevue Road, in Atwater, on Sept. 11, from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

The meeting ended with a business raffle and the announcement of next month’s meeting location. The September Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be held at the Atwater Community Center located at 760 E Bellevue Rd. at 8 a.m. The meeting will be hosted by the Yosemite Church just in time for the Atwater Campus’ third anniversary.

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