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April 2022
News & Information
2022 Vista
Strawberry Run
The Vista Strawberry Festival is back this year on May 29th in Historic Downtown Vista.

The Vista Strawberry Run (5K, 1-mile and 1/4-mile Kids Run) will be taking place the morning of the festival.

All registered participants will receive:
  • Custom event t-shirt
  • Commemorative medal
  • Beer in the Beer Garden (21+ only)
  • Coupon for FREE scoop at Handel's Ice Cream Vista
  • Exclusive 1-day pass to Columbia Employee Store
  • Event cinch bag
  • Souvenir bib number
  • Fresh strawberries
  • And more!
2022 Vista Strawberry Festival
Hope you can join us on this day to celebrate everything strawberry!
Spring Issue of the Vista Magazine
The Spring Issue of the Vista Magazine is here!

Filled with interesting articles about Vista businesses and some coupons, you don't want to miss out!

Interested in advertising in the Vista Magazine? Reach out to Paula Millis,, to learn more.
Velocity, the Vista Chamber Podcast
Vista Chamber CEO Rachel Beld interviews Vista's movers and shakers in Velocity. New episodes come out every two weeks on Wednesday mornings.

In March we got to hear from Kevin Ham, recently retired Economic Development Director at the City of Vista, and Terry Woods, founder and editor of the North County Daily Star.

Both of these men have dedicated a great portion of their lives to make Vista a better place to live, play, and do business in.

We've Got a New Event!
Meet us the third Thursday of every month for an after-hours Happy Hour at one of our local breweries.

Join us for a networking event in a relaxed and fun atmosphere at Helia Brewing Company.

All Chamber members and future members are welcome, and we encourage you to bring a friend, colleague, or spouse as well! Cheers!
March Rising Star Students of the Month
  • Alyssa Crevoiserat - Guajome Park Academy
  • Ji In (Olivia) Song - Mission Vista High School
  • Macey Smith - Rancho Buena Vista High School
  • Charlotte Williams - Tri-City Christian School
  • Abi Blakesley - Vista High School

Vista Chamber Events
Business Mixer w/Oceanside Chamber at YMCA (April 13)
Join us for a joint Business Mixer with the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce at the Joe and Mary Mottino Family YMCA!

Not only will you be able to mingle with Vista Chamber Members but also with Oceanside Chamber Members for double the networking.

Must register online, no registration at the door.
Coffee & Conversation at Cat & Craft Cafe (April 20)
Join Vista Chamber CEO Rachel Beld for a morning coffee at Cat & Craft Cafe.

Enjoy the coffee and pastries while netweaving and making relationship-based referrals with fellow Chamber members. 
Member Orientation
(April 21)
If you are new to the Chamber, or the new point of contact for your company, this reception is to welcome you and your associates!

We will help you to maximize your membership, have some fun, meet the staff and established members! Bring your business cards!
Thirsty Third Thursday (April 21)
It’s Happy Hour with the Chamber! Join us for a networking event in a relaxed and fun atmosphere at Helia Brewing Company.

All Chamber members and future members are welcome, and we encourage you to bring a friend, colleague, or spouse as well! Cheers!
Lunch Mob at Lamppost Pizza (April 27)
This is a great time to focus on keeping your networking skills sharp and to meet our new members and guests.

You may bring guests to this event. This is a no-host event and guests buy their own food and beverages.

Bring your business cards!
Ribbon Cuttings
Join us to celebrate a dream come true!
Wednesday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m. (Open to the public April 14)

Thursday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m.
Members Having Their Anniversary
Welcome to Our New Members for March!
Want to Learn More About the Benefits Our Members Receive?
We welcome your inquiry to learn how we advocate for our members and market your businesses. Visit our website or contact our Membership Development Specialist, Paula Millis, at
Business & Community Resources
Small Business Stimulus Grant
Local small businesses and nonprofit entities that suffered economic losses due to COVID-19 may be eligible for grant funding from the County.
Innovate 78 Startup Series // Startup and Innovation on the 78 Corridor
This year’s series will follow the life cycle of new businesses – beginning with best practices for securing startup funding. Join us for the return of in-person Startup Innovate78 programing as we hear from a panel of founders and funders.
Individuals and Families May Be Eligible to File Taxes for Free
With one month remaining of the 2021 tax season, individuals and families may be eligible to file taxes for FREE at many convenient locations countywide and potentially qualify for federal and state tax credits!  
SDCCU Invites the Community to Attend a Free Webinar on Cyber Security 
Expert Jim Stickley provides valuable insight into current cyber attacks, including coronavirus scams and threats as part of SDCCU’s Financial Wellness Wednesdays.
Community Events
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - Open Healthy Breath at Dimensional Fitness Concepts

Join Mary at Dimensional Fitness Concepts every Friday for an amazing Breath class.
April 1-3 - Spring Gem and Mineral Show
Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

You will find everything from crystals and gems, rough slabs and cabs, and even lapidary tools.
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - Vista Farmers Market
8 a.m. - noon

Enjoy the longest running farmers market in the county.
April 2 - Celebrate World Autism Day with Free Movie Screening of Tyson's Run

Moviegoers will be treated to free popcorn and a drink to enjoy during the movie. Following the movie, there will be a special discussion panel and Q & A session.
April 2 - Meading at the Garden
General admission begins at 1 p.m.

The largest mead festival on the west coast, Meading at the Garden features over 35 meaderies, cideries, and breweries.
April 9 - FREE Kids Craft at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join us in the Museum Farmhouse for the kid's craft of the Museum!
April 15 - Vista Twilight Market at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

A new monthly food and local night market has arrived at Vista. Stop by and check out all the amazing food vendors.
April 16 - Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Brengle Terrace Park
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Fun for the whole family, easter bonnet contest, face painting, music, and more!

Ages 2 - 10 years old.
April 22 - Troubadours: The Music of Carol King & James Taylor at The Moonlight
Gates: 6 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.

Deb De Lucca and Sam Hyman have been performing together for more than 30 years in this enchanting musical celebration of the music of Carole King and James Taylor.
April 23 - Stayin' Alive: The Bee Gees Tribute at The Moonlight
Gates: 6 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.

Stayin’ Alive is the ultimate Bee Gees tribute featuring the band’s blockbuster hits Night Fever, Jive Talkin’, How Deep Is Your Love, You Should be Dancing, Nights on Broadway, Stayin’ Alive and many more!
April 23 - A Night of Comedy & Magic Presented by the Timberwolves Foundation
5:30 - 10 p.m.

A Night of Comedy and Magic will feature comedic magicians from the world famous The Magic Castle in Hollywood, including Mark Gibson (as seen on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) and Zac Swan (also seen at The Laugh Factory in Las Vegas) and more to come.
April 23 - Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala
6 p.m. - 11 p.m.

The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank will host our 10th annual Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala outside, under the stars, on the grounds of the San Diego Food Bank’s 90,000-square-foot warehouse facility in Miramar.
April 23 - Earth Day at the Gardens
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Connect with nature and go GREEN at this FREE fun event for the Community. There will be tons of activities for the kids.
April 30 - American Legion Riders Chapter Poker Run
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

A tribute to Vietnam Veterans. All bikes, all riders, and all clubs are welcome. Proceeds will benefit Vista Chamber Member Wounded Warrior Homes Inc.
Connect with local churches to learn more about their Easter events.