The art of keeping busy

By Julie Rabago

Hopefully you are not too busy to join us at Walgreens this Saturday, March 6 at 11 a.m. for their grand opening and ribbon cutting. They are located at 3001 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta and they have some fun surprises planned for this celebration. Everyone is welcome. It is a great time to see this new beautiful store and is sure to be a fun event.

We hope you join us at our monthly mixer on Wednesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at Bob Smith Toyota. It is our pre-smart mixer where we will have all the information ready for you to join a team or find a team for our upcoming Smart-a-Thon luncheon on Wednesday, March 24.

If you are still not busy enough, you can purchase tickets to our second annual Day at the Races at Santa Anita Park being held on Sunday, March 21. This fun day of races, barbecue tri-tip provided by Schreiners, drinks, silent auction, raffle and handicapping advice by Rick Dinger is a fundraiser for the CV Chamber and the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s support group. Tickets are only $25 and the gates open at 11 a.m.

Just to make sure your schedule is full enough, we also have a fun night planned at The Wine Cave for March 12. At 5 p.m. you can officially welcome The Wine Cave to the Crescenta Valley at their ribbon cutting, then stay and enjoy wines from around the world and the fantastic photography art on the walls. Please join us to welcome this new business. Plus it is a great way to make sure your social calendar is busy, busy, busy.

Do you wish you had more hours in a day? Especially if you are like me and intend to attend all these great events. Susan Ward at says that if you use these five time management techniques consistently you’ll have more time, accomplish more, and feel better: 1: Recognize you can’t do it all. Too many of us are stretched too thin. Decide what roles and activities are most important to you. 2: Prioritize. Review the list of what you have to do at the day’s start and then pick out the things that you “must do” that day. 3: Learn to say “yes” and “no” and learn to make quick decisions. 4: Unplug. Set aside particular times of day to read or listen and respond to email and phone calls. 5: Take time off. When you take time off, you return to your work refreshed and more productive, able to accomplish so much more in the amount of time available.

You are going to need these techniques to keep up with all the great things the Crescenta Valley Chamber has in store for you! See you soon.

Important Chamber dates: March 6 – Walgreens grand opening and ribbon cutting; March 10 – CV Chamber mixer at Bob Smith Toyota; March 12 – Grand opening at The Wine Cave; March 21 – Day at the Races; March 24 – Smart-a-Thon. April 17 – Hometown Country Fair. Please call our office for more details on any event. How to reach us: (818) 248-4957 / / / 3131 Foothill Blvd. Ste D.