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Trailasana Yoga Studio to Open in Oil City

Trailasana, a new yoga studio owned by Bobbie Jones, will open in Oil City this month! The first class will be on Monday, January 6, at the studio at 211 Seneca Street.

Types of practice at Trailasana will include yoga for runners, beginner and gentle yoga, heated vinyasa, ashtanga, and more, and classes will take place in the early morning, lunch time, evenings, and weekends.

Bobbie also plans to hold “Good Karma” classes each month, with proceeds going to a local non-profit.

Join us on January 6 at 12:30 p.m. for a ribbon cutting, and look for a spotlight article in an upcoming newsletter. Learn more about the business at

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s January 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

FIRST NIGHT® Oil City 2020

The First Night® Oil City 2020 Celebration, proudly orchestrated by the Oil City Arts Council, will take place on Tuesday, December 31, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The theme of this year’s popular, non-alcoholic, family-friendly New Year’s event in Oil City is “Woodstock.”

Admission to entertainment venues requires the purchase of a button for $10. With the purchase of a button, you will receive a ticket that can be entered into a basket raffle, and a mini-flashlight. Buttons will be available for purchase at the Oil City Library, Spilling the Beans, Transit Art Gallery & Gifts, Karma Coffee, and the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce prior to New Year’s Eve, but only at Spilling the Beans (southside) and the Transit Fine Arts Gallery (northside) on December 31. 

This year’s performers include: Max Schang, Smokin’ Section, Dennis Geib, The Syndicate, Uptown Rhythm and Brass, Ron Yarman, Samantha Sears, Erie Ice Works ice sculpture, Cliff Hopkins magician/illusionist and J’s Sound and Light laser show.

Follow First Night® Oil City 2020 on Snapchat and Facebook!

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s December 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Chamber Welcomes Matt Deal to Board of Directors

Matt Deal, funeral director and owner of Morrison Funeral Home in Oil City, was appointed to the Venango Chamber’s Board of Directors at the October monthly meeting.  Matt will begin his first three-year term in January 2020. Matt will be featured in an upcoming “Meet the Board” article.

We would also like to recognize Carol Williams and Alan McBride, who are finishing up their board terms this month. Thank you, Carol and Alan, for your years of service and dedication.

Find a list of all our board members here.

Planning Underway for Oil City Career Fair – March 2020

It’s once again time to start planning for the OCHS College and Career Fair. Please complete the form at the link below if you are able to attend this year’s event on Wednesday, March 11. Set-up begins at 7:15 a.m. and students start arriving at 7:50 a.m. The event will conclude at 11:15 a.m.

There will be students available to assist with set-up/tear-down, etc. There will also be beverages and refreshments provided for all vendors. Please, feel free to forward this form to any other parties you feel may be interested in attending the 2020 OCHS College & Career Fair.

Oil City Designated as Newest Keystone Main Street Community

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) announced the designation of Oil City as the commonwealth’s newest Keystone Main Street. The designation will further enable the city to support downtown businesses and improve the quality of life for residents.

As a Keystone Main Street, Oil City will benefit from priority consideration for several DCED community development programs like the Keystone Communities program. The city will also receive technical assistance and training for local leaders and managers through the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, and networking opportunities with other designated areas.

Additionally, this designation makes Oil City eligible for consideration under the Neighborhood Assistance Program, which encourages private investment into community development projects in low-income areas.

DCED Northwest Regional Director Kimberly Thomas was joined by local officials for a formal designation presentation event in celebration of Oil City’s classification as a Keystone Main Street.

“We are excited to be officially designated by the commonwealth once again, this time as a Keystone Main Street community,” said Kathy Bailey, Main Street Manager for the Oil City Main Street Program. “It is a testament to the hard work of our volunteers, and the commitment of many partners including the City of Oil City, the Oil Region Alliance, and many local businesses and individual donors.

We’ve made some great strides over the past eight years, but still have lots of work ahead of us in our continued mission to make downtown Oil City a more attractive and vibrant place for years to come. ”

The primary goals of designated Main Street areas are to improve the quality of life in a community by making traditional downtown areas a more attractive place to live and work. The designation also strives to increase business development and create jobs in the area, improve the level of planning in the community, and ensure that public and private investments are impactful to the local economy.

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s December 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.