About six years ago I was given the opportunity to partner with the City of Homedale and Homedale Chamber of Commerce to redesign their website and continue to build upon their online presence. During this process I have learned a lot about what our Chamber of Commerce does and what a great component it is to have in our small town. We are frequently asked “What is a Chamber of Commerce?”
What exactly is a Chamber of Commerce?
The Chamber of Commerce is an organization of local businesses who meet regularly to discuss:
· the interests of their businesses
· changing issues and trends of the local marketplace
& collaborate ideas centered upon advancing their community
Together these business owners, volunteers, and representatives, advocate on behalf of the community to promote and create positive change in the community’s economic environment and quality of life.
How does the Chamber of Commerce benefit myself and my community?
The Chamber of Commerce provides great community events such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Holiday Nightlight Parade.
In addition, the Chamber of Commerce is beneficial to members of the community because it provides a reliable network of business professionals that are committed to using good and fair business practices. These businesses are dedicated to making sure their products and services meet the needs of the community and set the standard as local industry leaders.
How can joining a Chamber of Commerce benefit my business?
There are several ways that joining the Chamber of Commerce can benefit your business:
• Increase your company’s visibility by becoming part of a proactive network. There are member exclusive advertisement spaces given to members on our city website and social media pages
• The Chamber offers a monthly meeting where professionals can make business contacts and acquire referrals
• Gain positive credibility in the community by attending meetings and help establish your business image and reputation
• By working with local government you are given a platform to address issues that may impact your business
• The Chamber provides an open forum to discuss challenges and problems to a group of professionals who can relate and offer strategies and suggestions to benefit your business
The Homedale Chamber serves the community in numerous ways and is poised to be a key contributor to Homedale’s future. Ideas or Questions? For further information Contact Us Today!
Article written by: Kelse Puri. Contributor & Freelance Website Designer
The first glimpse of blossoms on the trees, tulips emerging from the ground, and longer days prove that spring is here! Check out the events in our community below! Have an event you would like to share? Questions or Comments? Click here to email us
COSSA'S Annual CTE Spring Showcase & Career Expo will be Tuesday, April 2nd.
Homedale Chamber of Commerce Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday April 20th at 10:00 at Sundance Park!
Mark your calendars!
Homedale Farmers' Market Plant Sale May 4th and May 11th
The annual plant sale was so successful last year they have decided to offer two Saturdays of plant sales. May 4th and 11th 10-2 pm Bette Uda Park in Homedale.
Consider being a vendor? $20.00 per day plus 5% of your sales at the end of each day. Register and pay online at www.homedalefarmersmarket.com
Looking for something fun to do this spring? Check out our very own disc golf course! Info below...
They say March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. That saying couldn't be more true in Idaho. Once again we are reminded of the tremendous power and beauty of mother nature as we welcome the month of March. Regardless of the weather that accompanies the beginning of Spring there are plenty of events and activities in our thriving small town.
Come and join us in celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday. We will have games for the whole family, door prizes, and refreshments! March 1 at 4pm-5:30pm. Check out the Homedale Public Library for lots of activities for the whole family!
125 W Owyhee Ave
Homedale, Idaho 83628
Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 11:59 PM
Txoko Ona Basque Club presents the 19th Annual Homedale Basque Dance
Located at SRC Sports - Badiola Arena
6:30 - Herribatza Dantzariak
7:15 - Oinkari Basque Dancers of Boise, Idaho
7:45 - Live & Silent Auctions
9:00 - Txingak
$200 - 1st Place
$100 - 2nd Place
9:30 - Dance & Live Music
Refreshments: Beer, Wine, Kalimotxos, Soda, Water, Chorizos, Chili & Hotdogs
*Our auction is a huge success due to the generosity of the community. If you are interested in donating an auction item for this event please contact a member of the board.
Volunteer help from Txoko Ona members is always appreciated.
Youth City Bowling Tourney
Homedale Youth Bowling league will be holding their annual City Tournament March 9th. They will be bowling singles and doubles, so pick your partner as soon as possible for doubles. Cost of the tournament will be $20.00 per bowler and it will include lunch. We will have approx. $1,200.00 to be awarded to the kids for scholarships!!! More information to come.
There are always events happening at our Senior Center. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Lunches are served at noon each day, and the thrift store is open whenever the senior center is open.
Owyhee County Assessor’s Office personnel will be on hand twice next month to help eligible applicants with the Circuit Breaker property tax reduction program. Assistance will be available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Tuesday, March 12, and Thursday, March 21.
The bi-monthly foot clinic will be held on Tuesday, March 19. First come, first serve. Cost $15. Ear cleanings also may be available.
Fit and Fall classes are held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursday.
The Ladies Coffee Group meets at 9 a.m., each Wednesday.
Call the senior center at (208) 337-3020 for details.
Following National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 10-16 Southwest District Health will offer free nitrate screening for private spring/well owners throughout the region they represent – Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, and Washington counties.
The screenings will be available on Tuesday, 3/19/19 at the Southwest District Health locations listed above.
The screening for nitrates is free. Other lab tests or tests for other contaminants may involve a fee. Testing for E. coli bacteria requires a special bottle available at the SWDH locations listed above.
Please bring water sample in a clean 32 oz container like a quart jar.
More information is available at this website link: https://phd3.idaho.gov/free-nitrate-screening/
2019 Owyhee Off-Road Challenge Half, 10k, & 5k
Take an opportunity to help our neighbors in Adrian. Saturday, March 23, 2019 @ 10:00 AM
Located at: Two Rivers Park
106 Owyhee St, Adrian, Oregon 97913
Half Marathon Start Time 10:00 AM
10k Start Time 10:30 AM
5k Start Time 11:00 AM
The Owyhee Off-Road Challenge (OORC) is one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the Treasure Valley! Offering small-town friendly service with big time views and challenging trails, the OORC is the event you don't want to miss. All proceeds from the Owyhee Off-Road Challenge go towards a new track facility for the Adrian community.
Check out their website: https://www.owyheeoffroadchallenge.com/ OR Facebook page for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/984554515085769/
EVER consider becoming a Chamber of Commerce Member?
Your membership does go a long way!
Supporting the chamber allows us to continue to help with community events,particularly in Homedale for the Holidays Night Light Parade as well as the community Easter Egg Hunt.
Your membership gets you some inexpensive marketing as well:
► You receive a preferred business listing on the www.cityofhomedale.com website with a direct link to your website.
► You also get your logo on the homepage scrolling banner ad.
► Additionally, we have some exciting initiatives planned for 2019! Stay tuned......
Please let us know if you have any questions!
President, Gavin Parker
Looking for a place to hold your next family reunion, graduation party, bridal or baby shower, birthday or more?
Check out these amazing local options!
THE BOWLING ALLY
The Bowling Alley Restaurant has a banquet room available for your party or large group gathering. Seating up to 60. CLICK HERE to visit their website or call (208) 337-3424
THE HOMEDALE SENIOR CENTER
For info on renting the Senior Center of Homedale. Please call 208-337-3020. The Center is open Tuesday-Thurs. 8-1:30 pm. It is a Community Center as well as a Senior Center, when thinking of reunions, graduations, funerals call us.
The cold months of winter are still upon us as we enter the month of February. Despite the cold spring is in the minds of many as Spring Sports registration is now open, the Farmer's Markets are preparing for the upcoming season, and seed swaps are happening in the treasure valley. Check it out!
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Baseball/Softball/Coach Pitch/TBall Registration is now open until February 20th. Please call or text Amy with any questions: 208.713.1638. We will also have an in person registration for those who do not have internet access on Jan 30th from 530-7pm @ the Middle School. Please share so that we can get as many kiddos as possible! We look forward to a great season!
Also, if you are interested in coaching, please make sure to volunteer at the time you register your child! We are in need of coaches! Thanks everyone!
TBall - Need to be 4 years old by May 1st.
Coach Pitch - Need to be 6 by May 1st.
Check out the details for the Homedale Boosters Crab Feed! Saturday February 9th @ the Basque Center
Homedale Youth Bowling Fundraiser!! A poker tournament will be held on February 16th. There is a barbecue, an Alexa, and a drone, a smart tv and a ruger gun so far for prizes. There is also a silent auction. All money raised goes to our local youth bowlers scholarships. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! Questions? Check out the Homedale Youth Bowling League on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/952692018192419/
St. Alphonsus Mobile Clinic in near by Nampa February 9th
Mark your Calendars for the Homedale Farmers' Market! The annual plant sale was so successful last year we have decided to offer two Saturdays of plant sales. May 4th and 11th 10-2 pm Bette Uda Park. Homedale $20.00 per day plus 5% of your sales at the end of each day. Register and pay online at www.homedalefarmersmarket.com
The quiet months of winter seem to settle in after the excitement of the holidays. Take advantage of this time to enjoy a good book from our local library, meet with friends for a round of bowling, or join one of our monthly Chamber of Commerce meetings!
► Stay active in our community. Come attend our monthly City Council Meeting 6:00 Wednesday January 9th @ City Hall
► Join in at a Chamber of Commerce meeting. This month's meeting will be held at noon Tuesday January 22nd @ the Bowling Ally
If you haven't been to the Homedale Public Library in a while stop by!
The Homedale Public Library offers a Teens & Tweens program afternoons at 4:00 Monday - Saturday. Preschool Story Time on Fridays.
For more information check out their website: http://homedale.lili.org
or Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Homedale-Public-Library-313125422103661/
December. The last month of the year brings glistening frost and sometimes snow -- it brings anticipation of the holidays -- it brings a time for reflection about the year that has passed -- and finally it brings a certain magic found in December as we take time to celebrate and reminisce with family and friends. From the City of Homedale to all of you, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
► Don't miss Voodoo Tattoo's 3rd Annual Toy Drive! Details Below!
► There will be another opportunity to Buy Local unique Christmas gifts! There is a Christmas Bazaar at the Homedale Friends Church Saturday December 8th. Details below!
► Monday, December 10, 2018 at 6 PM there will be a PaintBox party at the Homedale Bowling Alley! Check out event details at https://www.facebook.com/events/567435067059850/
November, a time for thankfulness. With the holidays fast approaching take time to appreciate what is around you for there is always something to be thankful for. There are a lot of activities going on in and around Homedale. Check it out!
(Photo Credit: Steve Kincheloe)
Open Enrollment For Health Insurance starts on November 1st and goes through December 15th for the 2019 coverage year.
Open enrollment is the term used for the time of year when all Idaho residents can shop for and change any insurance policies they have. It is also a good time for those who don’t have insurance to become insured.
Each year insurance companies change some policies and the monthly premium amount for those policies so Open Enrollment is the time to meet with a knowledgeable and honest Health Insurance Agent to go over what will be available for 2019.
Our agents are highly trained and can help you navigate through the confusing insurance market. It does not cost you anything to consult with an insurance agent. Insurers of Idaho can also help you apply with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) for something called an Advanced Premium Tax Credit (APTC). You may qualify for this based on household income. The APTC is then used to lower your monthly premium with the insurance carriers.
Contact us today! We are happy to help!
Insurers of Idaho
Brian & Kim Ashliman
5660 E. Franklin Rd, Suite 300 | Nampa, ID 83687
► Come celebrate over 60 years of Good Food & Good Times at the Bowling Alley! November 2nd & 3rd
► Harvest Auction to support FFA. November 8th @ 6:00 in the High School Old Gym. Please contact Jordann Cole for details! email@example.com
► Friday, November 9th from 4:30 - 7:30 Medical Outreach program will be in Wilder, ID
► Homedale Elementary is hosting the annual Fall Festival & Carnival November 10th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Check out the awesome raffle prizes below. Tickets are available and you do not need to be present to win!
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR VETERANS!
Veteran's Day is November 11th. Thank you to all who have served.
► Isabella Tamura is a senior at Homedale High School and for her senior project she is hosting a blood drive for the the American Red Cross on November 13th, 2018 from 8:30am till 2pm.
► Hygiene Drive thru November 17th
A member of our community is conducting a Hygiene Drive to collect items to donate to to the Homedale Police Department for domestic violence victims and the Homedale Elementary School.
They are dispersed with the boxes of canned foods around the holidays.
Over 96 kits were able to be dispersed the last time the drive was conducted in 2016. This was made possible thanks to donations from local families and businesses in our awesome community!
If you would like to donate items please contact Megan Harper call or text 208-921-4089.
Ideas for supplies: toothbrush, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash, etc. Items will be collected Now thru November 17th.
► HOMEDALE SENIOR CENTER HOLIDAY BAZAAR- FUNDRAISER Saturday, November 17th at 9 AM – 4 PM
CRAFTS, PRODUCTS, 50/50 RAFFLE , SILENT AUCTION , BAKED GOODS , LUNCH COUNTER AND OF COURSE SANTA CLAUS FROM 11-2PM
COME OUT AND JOIN US!
From the City of Homedale & Homedale Chamber of Commerce
Wishing health, happiness and success this Thanksgiving! November 22nd
► Homedale Farmers' Markets Holiday Markets will begin Saturday November 24th and will continue through December 22nd (11/24, 12/01, 12/15, & 12/22) from 10:00-2:00. Santa will becoming to town December 15th from 10:00-1:00.
► November 26th Parent Teacher Conferences Grades 5-8 & 9-12 from 4:15-8:15
Harvest season is in full swing across the fields of Owyhee County and it's surrounding area. Corn, onions, potatoes, wheat, and hops are just a few of the crops that grow here in our beautiful valley. There are a lot of activities going on in Homedale during October including a horse parade and the Safe-and-Sane Halloween trick or treat in town and even a Halloween themed carnival for the kids! Check out the list below!
Youth Bowling League begins October 6th! Check out the details below...
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Come support the Homedale Music Department. Watch the Performance of Sleepy Hollow October 11th & 13th from 6:30 - 8:30 in the High School Old Gymnasium. Marching Band Competitions are also held throughout the month! Check out their website & calendar of events at: https://homedalemusicdepartment.weebly.com/
October 14th Horse Parade
A horse parade will be held on Sunday October 14th. Dozens of decorated horses and riders will be riding through Homedale. The parade is in celebration of the good-will between Mexico and the United States.
Any community members with horses are welcome to join the parade! And all are welcome to come watch. The riders will leave from the football field (Deward Bell Stadium) parking lot at 11:00 am, go up North Main Street to West Idaho Avenue and eventually wind up at Rancho La Loma on Sipes Road for a BBQ and social gathering.
Line up begins at 10:00 am at Deward Bell Stadium. The entry fee is $30. All proceeds help fund the Homedale Lion's Club and there several community service projects.
For more information, contact Modesto Vega at (208) 631-5968 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HHS Science Club Clothing Drive
Please bring any used clothing items, coats, etc. you wish to donate to any hoome boys or girls athletic events and place them in the collection box. The clothing will be taken to Savers and the club receives money for each pound of clothing collected. Please contact one of the HHS science teachers and we can arrange to pick up items from you at your location as well! 208-337-4613
The Homedale Senior Center will be holding its annual Holiday Bazaar Arts & Crafts Fair
November 17,2018 Venders are needed, if interested please contact:
October 31st HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Safe-n-Sane Halloween Trick or Treating at participating businesses (look for a pumpkin in the window) 3:30-5:30 or when candy runs out!
Costume Contest at City Hall for a Boy, Girl and Group!
Businesses - would you like to participate? Get your pumpkin from City Hall.
Halloween Themed Carnival @ Homedale High School Old Gym. Lots of fun activities.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. A gradual shift to fall is in the air across the fields of Owyhee County and the town of Homedale. School is in full swing and echos from the announcers and cheers from cheerleaders can be heard on Friday nights. Lots to do and experience in our home town this month. Check it out!
September 3rd Labor Day
For those who have not heard, construction begins on our new library in September!
While they have received grants and donations towards construction, they will have other expenses such as furnishings, additional computers, reading material, etc. They hope to raise money towards these items through various fundraising projects.They currently have 2 handmade quilts at the library that will be raffled off in October.
Please come in and enter to win! Visit the library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Homedale-Public-Library-313125422103661/ or their Website: http://homedale.lili.org
Looking for something fun to do? Come check out the Disc Golf Course at Riverside Park in Homedale!
FOOTBALL, VOLLEYBALL, CROSS COUNTRY sports are in full swing! Check out an event and support local youth.
Homecoming week will be 9/10-9/14. Parade details soon to come!
Be sure to get your game day shirts from the Homedale Trojan Cheerleaders! Show support by wearing RED to all Home Games and WHITE to all Away Games.
Cheerleaders are asking local businesses to show their support by Painting the Town Red for Homecoming week! Businesses will be decorating their storefronts to support our Homedale Trojans. It has to be in good taste, and the HHS cheerleaders will be presenting the best decorated business with a trophy for school spirit! They will keep it displayed until the next year!
Also, cheerleaders are having the Youth Cheer Camp on Friday 9/21 against Fruitland. Flyers will be sent home with Elementary School and Middle School kids very soon!
Come support the Homedale Marching Band at several scheduled competitions and performances! Check out their website: homedalemusicdepartment.weebly.com/
CAR SHOW & Fundraiser for Homedale Assembly of God Church Saturday, September 22nd from 10 AM - 3 PM
Don't forget to stop by the Homedale Farmers' Market! Delicious Produce for Your Labor Day Weekend! Yummy Baked goods for your family gatherings and special handmade gifts! Don't be late, Thursdays 3-7 pm Bette Uda Park.
CLICK HERE to read about all the great things your purchases do for our local schools!
Its that time again! Homedale Youth Bowling League will start the 2018-2019 bowling season October 6th, 2018. Ages 6 - 18. They will start at 10:00am and weekly prices are going to remain at $8.00 per week. CLICK HERE to check out their Facebook page for details.
The City of Homedale is buzzing with excitement and anticipation for this years fair and rodeo! August has many events and happenings - Read Below!
FAIR & RODEO HIGHLIGHTS
Don't miss the Owyhee County Fair & Rodeo Parade the Saturday before! SATURDAY AUGUST 4TH @ 10:00
Stop by the Senior Center August 6th - 11th for the Buck-a-roo Breakfast! Delicious All You Can Eat Pancakes - Sausage - Eggs! Served from 7:00-10:00
August 1 - Returning Students Grades 1-4 (9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.)
August 2 - Kindergarten & New Students Grades 1-4 (9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.)
August 6 - Grades 6-8 (2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
August 6 - Seniors (10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon); Juniors (1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.)
August 7 - Grade 5 & New Students Grades 5-8 (9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon)
August 7 - Sophomores (10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon); Freshmen (1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m)
August 8 - New Students Grades 9-12 (10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon)
August 6 & 7 from 8-8 both days. Come in, meet the new counselor, and complete your paperwork. See you then!
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL AUGUST 20TH
The Homedale Football Program is looking for help in funding the yearly expenses of running a Championship level program. This includes the yearly costs of replacing aged helmets, shoulder pads, uniforms, and the general football equipment. Our Game Night Program is a great way to help with this cause and also a great way to show your appreciation and support of our home town football program!
Help continue to build on the rich tradition that is Homedale Football! Interested in being a sponsor? CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!
C.J. Strike Jackpot Shoot - Benefit shoot for the Monreal Family
Aug. 11th - One day shoot
Registration is below CJ Strike Dam in gravel parking lot from 7am-7:30am - Weigh in is there also.
You can use 4 ramps, either Cottonwood, Air Force, Loveridge Bridge, and the dirt ramp at the HWY 78 bridge these are the only 4 ramps we are permitted for. If you use another ramp you will be disqualified.
Tournament hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Entry fee for each team is $75.00 (Big 10 and big fish. For $25 more you can add additional person's, boat has to be able handle number of person's on boat per the coast guard sticker.)
Tournament Prize Pay Out – 100% of all entry fee money remaining after operation expenses will be awarded to the Monreal Family. Big Fish and the Top 30% of teams will be awarded prizes for there placement in the tournament.
Have you entered the Project Tiny House 2018 raffle yet?! It's not too late to win this gorgeous tiny house built entirely by COSSA students, all while providing crucial support to seniors across Idaho.
Help raise funds for our programs by purchasing a #ProjectTinyHouse raffle ticket at the Caldwell office (304 N. Kimball) or at our Metro Meals on Wheels office in Boise (4900 N. Rosepoint Way). The drawing will take place late August or early September, with the official date to be announced soon!
Thank you to our amazing partners Idaho Power, The Home Depot, JGT Architecture, Sherwin-Williams, Camping World, and D&B Supply for their ongoing support of this great cause for Metro Community Services and COSSA!
The first annual Helping Homedale project will kick off June 1st, 2018 and run through August 31st, 2018. Check out the amazing progress at the Bowling Ally!
The Homedale Chamber of Commerce Helping Homedale project is a summer long program created to help local Homedale businesses spruce up their storefronts! Most economic development professionals and downtown revitalization experts feel that expenditures for facelifts of their downtown businesses is money well spent and a critical part of a vital business community. Together let’s beautify our downtown corridor!
Helping Homedale sponsored by the Homedale Chamber of Commerce will provide matching funds of $0.50 for every $1.00 spent on storefront and façade improvements by local businesses up to a maximum matching contribution of $250.00 per participating business.
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!