Meet Your Publisher for Macaroni KID Grants Pass

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By Jessica Elwell, Publisher February 14, 2024

Welcome to Macaroni KID Grants Pass!

Here you will find a complete calendar of event listings happening across Southern Oregon. From Roseburg to Cave Junction, Brookings and beyond, we've got you covered! As we build up our local content, keep an eye out for articles featuring everything from local businesses my family loves to lists of the area's best parks. You'll also find fun crafts, family-friendly recipes, and ideas for at-home family fun.

My goal? Make Macaroni KID Grants Pass THE go-to source for you to find your family fun in Southwest Oregon!

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About me

Hello there! I'm Jessica, and I'm absolutely thrilled that you've found your way here. With a background rooted in nonprofit executive leadership and community development, I've always been passionate about connecting people and fostering vibrant communities. When I learned of the opportunity to become a publisher for Macaroni KID, it felt like the perfect fit for my family.

My husband, Evan, and I have been married for 21 years and we have an amazing (and hilarious) teenage son who keeps us busy. We grew up in the Willamette Valley and have recently moved to Southern Oregon to make the Umpqua Valley our home. Since settling in, this welcoming community has truly stolen our hearts, and becoming part of the Macaroni KID team has been a beautiful avenue to deepen our connections with local businesses and fellow residents.

Now, let me share a little about what makes me, well, me! If you catch me beaming, chances are I've got a churro in hand and mouse ears on my head, strolling down Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland. Our family is utterly obsessed with all things Disney. When I'm not planning a trip or dreaming of riding the Matterhorn, I find my greatest joy in connecting with new people and helping families discover the benefits of frugal living and homesteading.

Here's to embarking on this adventure together! I'm looking forward to getting to know you and shining a spotlight on all the incredible people, places, and things that make our corner of the state so wonderful. Welcome to our community—I can't wait to share this journey with you!

About Macaroni KID

Macaroni KID Grants Pass is part of a national organization that includes local publishers in nearly 500 towns across the United States and Canada. 

In 2020, Macaroni KID merged forces with CertifiKID, a nationally-recognized website that offers discounts on kids' activities and family experiences. This merger means that by following Macaroni KID Grants Pass you'll find not only the best local content, but also deals on family-friendly shows, getaways and more! 

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Thanks for your support and for allowing me to help you find your family fun in Grants Pass and beyond!

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