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February 2022
News & Information
Dear friends,

There are so many exciting events, programs, and activities happening this month. We hope to see you and celebrate our community's successes.

February is Black History Month - we challenge you to mindfully support Black-owned businesses. Join us on our socials to share your local favorites and amplify their voices!

Wishing you all a month of health and love!

Let's Celebrate Our Local Heroes

The Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Vista Education Foundation present the 11th Annual Heroes of Vista Gala on Friday, March 18, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. at The Vistonian (306 S. Santa Fe Ave.). Check out more details about the event, including the finalists, using the link below!
2022 Vista Strawberry Festival
Interested in being a part of the 2022 Vista Strawberry Festival? There are many ways you can be involved!

Check our website for ongoing updates! See you all on Sunday, May 29 for the return of the berry!
Grants for Vista Small Businesses
There are still funds!

If your business suffered losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, apply to receive a grant.

Click the link below for more details.

Velocity, Vista Chamber Podcast
New episodes of Velocity are released every other week on Wednesday mornings.

This month we got to hear from Congressman Mike Levin as he shares his journey to public office.

Our other guest this month was Paige McWey Acers, Executive Director of the San Diego Brewers Guild, if you love beer then this one's for you.

Our January Rising Stars
  • Aaliyah Cortes - Guajome Park Academy
  • Edgar Valdovinos Morales - Alta Vista High School
  • Nyla Lopez - Rancho Buena Vista High School
  • Ashley Cote - Tri-City Christian School
  • Joy Wilson - Vista High School
  • Esmeralda Ortiz - Vista Visions Academy
Vista Chamber Events
'We Love Our Members' Business Mixer (February 9)
We appreciate all of our members here at the Vista Chamber!
For our February mixer all members get to attend for FREE. Don't miss out on this opportunity to mingle with fellow chamber members. If you bring a raffle prize, you get to choose the winner and tell everyone about your organization.

Coffee & Conversation (February 16)
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.

Lunch Mob (February 23)
Join us for lunch at Mikko Sushi and chat around with fellow Vista Chamber members. Non-members are also welcomed to join us and learn what the chamber is all about. This is a no-host event where everyone pays for their own lunch. Feel free to bring guests and don't forget your business cards!

State of the Community Luncheon (February 28)
The State of the Community is back on February 28. Join us for this sit-down lunch and get updates from VUSD Superintendent Dr. Matt Doyle, Tri-City Medical Center Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gene Ma; and Mayor Judy Ritter will share her final State of the City address.
Don't miss it!

Ribbon Cuttings
Join us to celebrate a dream come true!
Friday, February 18 at 12:00 p.m.
Our January Ribbon Cuttings
Members Having Their Anniversary This Month
Welcome To Our New Members for January!
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 and Community Resources
COVID-19 Relief Grant for Nonprofit Organizations

The Nonprofit Grant Program will provide grants to Vista-serving, non-profit, 501 C-3 organizations who have been affected by COVID-19. The program will provide one-time grants to nonprofit groups that target Vista youth, low-income individuals...

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Mapping Vista's Voting Districts
Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed.

Have a say on what Vista's voting districts should look like.

COVID in 2022 - San Diego Human Resources Consulting

Return to Work Guidelines, Testing, and The New Road to Compliance. We are 27 days into the new year and the evolution of workplace guidelines during the pandemic continues to be a complex and at times, exhausting journey. Breaking ...

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Board Unanimously Approves 2-year Home Kitchen Ordinance

The Board of Supervisors Wednesday unanimously approved a two-year temporary authorization of an ordinance that will ultimately allow people to legally operate "mini-restaurants" out of their homes. They could serve as many as 30 in-person,...

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Rental Assistance for Small Landlords

The County of San Diego's Rental Assistance for Small Landlords (RASL) program helps eligible small-scale, independent, property owners who are experiencing significant rental payment shortfalls from their tenants due to COVID-19 impacts. The...

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Single-Use Plastic Ordinance

The City of Vista recently approved a single-use plastics ordinance requiring food service providers to give out disposable, plasticware items only if requested by the customer.

Due to this, some local children created a mascot called, Spencer the Spork. He wants to spread the word about preventing pollution in our beautiful city.

New Student Open House and Lottery - The Classical Academies

NEW STUDENT OPEN HOUSE AND LOTTERY If you are interested in 2022-2023 enrollment, we invite you to attend an Open House at the campus of your choice. Meet the teachers, view the curriculum, tour the campus, and get enrollment information for the...

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Community Events
February 5 - Barrel and Stave Customer Appreciation Party
11 am - 11 pm

To celebrate its one-year anniversary, Barrel and Stave want to celebrate with its customers by giving away free hot dogs, a special anniversary t-shirt, and live music in the evening.
February 5, 12, 19, 26 - Vista Farmers Market
8 am - noon

Enjoy the longest running farmers market in the county.
February 11 - Bub Williamson Park Reopening Ceremony
1 pm

Please join the City of Vista in celebrating the completion of the Bub Williamson Park Improvement Project and the reopening of the park to the community.
February 12 - Alta Vista Botanical Garden's Kids in the Garden Classes
10 am - 12 pm

Bring your kids to Alta Vista Botanical Gardens to learn about veggies critters.
February 12 - Club M @ The Moonlight
6 pm house open

Join award-winning Broadway star and acclaimed recording artist David Burnham.
February 13 - Valentine's Dar Artist Bazaar
12 pm - 4 pm

Join the Backfence in their parking lot for an afternoon including some pre-Valentine's Day fun, artist market, live music and some treats.
February 19 - 41st Annual Pancake Breakfast
7 am - 11 am

Enjoy some pancakes and support Youth Basketball and other charities.
February 20 - Vista Makers Market & Bar Hop
12 pm - 5 pm

This event is FREE to attend! You only pay for the items you wish to purchase and the drinks you want to consume. Enjoy the 40+ vendors with a drink in hand!
February 24 - Come and Be Counted
11 am - 4 pm

If you are a youth experiencing homelessness, you matter & deserve to be counted.
Enjoy free food & drinks at Lifeline's House Drop-In Center location!
February 26 - Club M @ The Moonlight
6 pm house open

“Never Home Alone” will feature original and popular songs as the Hafso-Koppman’s provide a glimpse into love, marriage, and life.