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Chino Chamber grows event, makes new ones; exciting things happening soon, director says

Lorette Brashear, executive director for the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, hard at work putting events together. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

Lorette Brashear, executive director for the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, hard at work putting events together. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

Not one to sit around and wait for things to happen, Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lorette Brashear said that there are some exciting things happening soon.

One is Wine, Bites and Brew, Brashear said. Last year, it was essentially her job interview, and this year she plans to make it a spectacular event, she said.

“We already have grown it in terms of more vendors this year,” Brashear said. “We have collaborated with Courier Cares, so we’re doing a prize … for the best wine, the best bite and the best brew.”

The event will be held on Saturday, April 27, and will see participation from more Chino Valley restaurants, such as Bonn Fire, Brashear said. It will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at Earthworks Garden Supply, 2531 Highway 89. Tickets are $25 before Wednesday, April 3 and $35 after, and they are available at the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, 175 E. Road 2 South.

Before that event, though, Brashear said a Food Truck Roundup will be held at the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13. At least seven food trucks are expected as well as vendors, she said.

The chamber also is teaming up with Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary for its first U.S. Vets Quarterly Mixer from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16,, Brashear said.

“The reason we did this is Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary has a First Responders Appreciation Day, so first responders get in free at the zoo,” she said. “We wanted to bring awareness to that and also just a really fun location where everyone from the tri-city (area) can get together and have fun, do a little bit of a mixer as well as bring their families over to see the park.”

It also is going to be a good opportunity for the zoo to showcase what it can do for businesses and involves the Chino Valley Police Foundation and Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority as cohosts, Brashear said. McGruff the Crime Dog and other interactive activities will be there, she said.

Brashear said she wanted to create this mixer because she wanted to do something in appreciation for first responders.

“I just wanted to do a big, giant thank you,” she said, noting she wanted to expand it to the tri-city area because “not just one area of town should be doing this; why don’t we all get together and do it together?”

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary is located at 1403 Heritage Park Road.

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