Every 10 years, by federal law, it is required for the government to do a “headcount” of its population. Earlier this month, Gov. Doug Ducey announced the launch of the AZ Census 2020 campaign, a statewide effort to ensure all Arizonans are counted in the upcoming census.

On April 1, the 2020 Census will get underway, and the importance of getting every household to fill out the form is critical to obtaining a correct count. The information collected by the census bureau is not shared by any federal agencies. The 2020 Census differs from those in the past. The census questionnaire can be filled out online, as well as over the phone, or through a paper questionnaire, according to the Census 2020 website.

Directions for filling out the form are included. Each person living in the household must be counted. There is also assistance available by phone to complete the census in different languages. It will also be available online.

Census data impacts the distribution of more than $650 billion dollars to states annually, and an accurate count of our population is critical to ensure Arizona receives a fair allocation of resources to adequately serve residents. Each person who is not counted is estimated to represent an $887 loss to Arizona in federal funding allocation.

The campaign website azcensus2020.gov includes tools and resources for individuals and organizations in both English and Spanish to share in their networks.

FIRST FRIDAY CONCERT – FEB. 7

The Town of Wickenburg is sponsoring a free concert on Friday, “Let’s Taco ‘Bout Love,” and street market on the Hassayampa River Walk bridge from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This special event will include Mexican food, margaritas and beer garden, pinatas for all ages and live music with Nashville recording artist Frank Ortega. Merchants around downtown will also be open during the evening. Shop Wickenburg!

MEMBER NEWS

Rancho Bar 7 will have live music with Hollywood Yates on Friday and Saturday during God Rush Days. Stop in for dinner, drinks, and listen and dance to the music.

Creations in Thread finished our new Chamber clothing of sweatshirts, long-sleeve tees, caps and Gold Rush Days hats. Learn about Rattlesnakes: Fact and Fiction at the Hassayampa River Preserve, on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 4-6 p.m. For more information call (928) 684-2772. Join the Desert Caballeros Western Museum on Tuesday, Feb. 18 for Desert Adventure Tour: Scenic Loop and Dutch Oven Cooking. $75 for museum members, $100 non-members. Call (928) 684-2272.

Vulture City Ghost Town is hosting a Ghost Hunt on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7:00 p.m. For more information on ticket prices, call (877) 425-9229.

VALENTINE’S DAY

Our local businesses have a variety of special merchandise for that special sweetheart. Shop for flowers, cards, sweets, gift certificates, unique gifts, and dining opportunities. Look for information on our Facebook page and in The Sun for more information.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Members and their accompanying guests are invited to attend on Wednesday, Feb. 26 our Business after Hours Mixer, hosted by the Community Action Program in their new location on Wickenburg Way across from NAPA from 5:30-7 p.m. Cost is $7.

Meet executive director Charlie Petersen and staff, tour the beautiful facility for senior services, network with chamber members, food, drink and door prize raffle drawings.

AZ FAMILY

Our community will be featured on Saturday morning, Feb. 15 with live broadcasting prior to the Gold Rush Days parade on AZ Family Channel 3 and CBS 5. Production staff met with chamber staff two weeks ago to plan the route for filming. Great exposure to thousands of television viewers.

GOLD RUSH DAYS STREET CLOSURES

Please be aware of closures during Gold Rush Days for the many activities planned. Wickenburg Police Department will have a map posted on social media and details in The Sun regarding closures in the downtown area and roads for the parade on Saturday, Feb. 15. For more information call the chamber at (928) 684-5479.

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