Milton-Freewater lights up for prizes

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Milton-Freewater residents: The local Chamber of Commerce is looking for your best illumination creations.

The Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce is running a holiday lights contest: Operation Bright Lights.

Judging takes place Dec. 15 and 16 in commercial and residential categories. Participants should leave their lights on both nights until 9 p.m. Prizes for first, second and third places will be awarded in both categories.

Business and residential participants should register with the Chamber at 938-5563 no later than Dec. 14.

Prizes for commercial entries are: First place, engraved plaque and radio advertising with the winner's name; second and third places, a framed certificate. Residential winners will all receive Community Cash gift checks for prize money. First place will get $75, sponsored by Oregon First Community Credit Union; second place will get $50, sponsored by city of Milton-Freewater; and third place will get $25, sponsored by the Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Impress Salon wraps up its "Invest" lecture series Thursday with a special focus on visual arts.

The event, in honor and celebration of the local arts community, will include a one-night-only boutique and gallery highlighting local artists. The salon will be transformed into a relaxed gallery setting for the evening. More than a dozen local artists will participate in a collaborative art project presented by Seattle company InChalk. Using chalk as the medium and a chalkboard as canvas, the artists will work individually to create an 8-foot-by-4-foot piece.

Impress Salon's lecture series has been an experiment in education, entertainment and the arts and was intended to help build community through dialogue. Topics at the Plaza Way salon have covered design, community, environment and performing arts. All events are free and open to the public. Hors d'oeuvres are served as well as local wines.

Thursday's finale begins at 7 p.m. at the salon, 1423 Plaza Way. For more details, including a list of participating artists, visit www.impresssalon.net/events . Impress Salon, owned by Jan Corn, is also on Facebook.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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