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Oregon hosts Chocolate Walk April 12

Hope you got that sweet tooth nice and shiny and those walking shoes ready, because the Oregon Chocolate Walk is next week

Thirty-nine local merchants will be open from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 and they will be ready to give you and your family some nice chocolate treats, show what their business has to offer, and to mark your map for the gift basket drawing.

Look for the colorful “Chocolate Walk Sponsor” sign at each participating business. The “FEDS”, the Festivals, Events, Dining, and Shopping committee of Oregon Together, are delighted to bring this fun event back for a second year.

Each business has donated an item for one of five gift baskets and, if the baskets from last year are any indication, they will be special.

Each family will get one map showing the location of the participating businesses with a place on the back for the merchant to put their secret symbol.

Oregon has been divided into three areas for the Chocolate Walk: Downtown, Conover Square, and the Outside, which includes the businesses on the east side of the river, the south end and the Merlin’s complex to the west.

To qualify for the drawing, walkers will need to visit businesses in each area. Five marks are needed from the Outside, five more from Conover Square, and eight from Downtown, for a total of 18.

But don’t stop there. Show these fine retailers that you thank them for being here and for their community spirit by hitting as many stores as you can.

Any individual or family that visits all 39 places can put their email address on their map before they turn it in, and they will receive a special Certificate of Appreciation.

To help you get started in the outlying areas, that is where you will pick up your maps. Choose from Kunes Country, Joanne’s Total Image, or TNT Motor Sales to the south, the Oregon Soap Shoppe, Illinois Auto & Tire, or Route 64 Vintage to the east, or one of the Merlin stores to the west to kick off your trek.

See you on the Walk!

The FEDS are part of Oregon Together, a grass roots organization that was formed to make Oregon a more enjoyable place to live, work, and play.

The organization has committees working projects to develop and promote the riverfront and all the recreation opportunities in the area, beautifying our city, and honoring the unique history and the special future of art and artists in our community.

A new committee has just been formed to work on the restoration of our most visible work of art, Blackhawk Statue.

The FEDS have just wrapped up a successful series of movie nights, and after the Chocolate Walk, will be getting ready for the second annual “Rockin’ River Fest” to be held on June 16, a collaboration with the Oregon Chamber of Commerce.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/OregonTogether to learn more about our activities and how to get involved.

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