This article appeared in the Dec. 24 issue of the Progress Times.
The City of Palmview and the Palmview Chamber of Commerce collaborated with community businesses and local schools to celebrate their Annual Posada last Thursday.
Vendor tables lined up outside the Palmview Parks & Recreation Gym, selling food, warm drinks like coffee, accessories, and clothing.
With many local vendors bringing cheer to the community event, The Palmview Chamber of Commerce hosted a mixer inside the gym to network with local entrepreneurs. Guests talked amongst each other while sipping on warm hot chocolate.
Linda Sarabia, entrepreneur and President of Palmview’s Chamber of Commerce, said events like these ‘help promote quality of life.’
“We like for our residents to have something to look forward to in their own community and not have to go outside their city for these events,” said Sarabia. “It’s a time when they get to see their neighbors and have fellowship with the people that live in the same town.”
Now made up of 45 members, the Palmview Chamber of Commerce welcomed three new partners: Las Vegas Drive-Thru, Royal Nails, and Sip House of Coffee and Tea.
Emma Sepulveda, owner of family-owned Las Vegas Drive Thru joined the chamber the past week.
“We like to give back to the community and get involved with community events,” said Sepulveda, who said Las Vegas Drive Thru does it as a form of thanks to their customers.
“We give back to our customers, and we help each other knowing we can help our community, how we can cater to our community,” said Sepulveda. “They support local, and we help support [them].”
Outside at the front of the gymnasium building, a stage hosted performances by Chavez Middle School Officer Line, Paredes Elementary Dance Team, Irene Garcia Middle School Dance Team, Las Joyas Del Valle, Palmview High School Choir, and Folklorico.
“This is a community event for people to come out,” said City of Palmview council member Karla Flores, who also mentioned a new tradition the city adopted. “This year, we did for the first time, a Christmas tree trail.”
The Christmas Tree trail, lined with lit and decorated trees, was viewed by the entrance of the Parks & Rec. Local businesses, schools, and community members were all among the participants.
“We have a walkway lined up with trees left and right,” said Michael Leo, City Manager of Palmview. “The things people came up with to decorate their trees, they were very creative.”
Before announcing the winner of the Christmas Tree Trail, Palmview gave out three door prizes, two of which were new bicycles, one for a boy and one for a girl.
After the door prizes, the La Joya Lions Club Grinch-themed tree won the Christmas Tree Trail competition.
Leo said the annual Posada continues to be an opportunity for the city to show its appreciation over the holidays and an ‘all-around opportunity’ to allow the community to celebrate the holidays.
The City of Palmview will hold a toy distribution and caravan on December 22 throughout the city.