Thankful is the theme for November and so many things to be thankful for living in small town Minnesota! As Chamber director, I'm thankful to be able to do this job every day, promote our town, work on events, visit Chamber members and have my office in this gorgeous, art-filled building right along the Minnesota River. I'm thankful for the many businesses, volunteers and organizations that keep Granite Falls going. The busy shopping season is upon us with Girlfriend's Getaway Shop Hop this weekend featuring small shops in Granite Falls and Montevideo.

Then Small Business Saturday comes on November 25 with a visit from Santa and horse drawn wagon rides. Families will have two opportunities to visit Santa, from 10-12 noon at the Therapeutic Massage Center or in the afternoon from 1-3 p.m. at Thrifty White Drug. Wagon rides through downtown will happen from 1-3 p.m. And don't forget Plaid Friday which is alternative to the craziness of the malls and large box stores on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It's always the best idea to shop your local stores first!

Chamber members have an opportunity to educate themselves on the topic of dementia. As our populations ages, this is becoming more of an issue for our business owners. On November 14, a lunch and learn event will be held at the K.K. Berge building. This is aimed at business owners that may have customers or clients suffering from dementia. Tips on how to talk to them and even information on how to change your actual space is available. Lunch is provided. There is a limit of 20 people so register soon by calling 320-564-4039. 

The Riverside Voices Public Art Project will have another workshop on Sunday, Nov. 19 from 2-5 p.m. at the K.K. Berge building. This is again hosted by Brian Laidlaw, poet and musician. From your own documents, stories and poems, he plans to create a work that will go on the river walk next summer along with more visual art. Refreshments will be served, stay for a bit or the entire time. Also, bring your ideas for the entire project. It's not only public art for viewing, but the project grant includes ideas and participation from the public. More workshops will be held over the winter which will finalize the plans for next summer when it will get placed on the walls. Another reason to be thankful!