Purchase your Pagosa Pride hanging baskets

While it’s still a little too cold to plant for the summer season, bumper crops of dandelions, weeds and the first colorful flowers of the growing season are indications that full-fledged gardening time is near.

This also means it is time to order your beautiful hanging baskets offered by the Chamber of Commerce — our Pagosa Pride baskets.

These colorful 12-inch baskets will once again be provided by Pagosa Feed and Nursery, specially ordered and made for the Chamber. The baskets include an array of varietals of various colors, with an emphasis on part- and full-sun plants. They will grace your home, deck, business entrance or anywhere else you place them. The cost of the baskets remains at $25 each and can be paid with cash, check or credit card.

The hanging baskets are scheduled to be delivered personally by Chamber staff members and directors on Friday, May 29. At this time, we encourage purchasers to bring their baskets in at night, should there be a threat of frost, and to water their baskets frequently due to wind drying out the flowers. Baskets will be delivered with fertilizer to help your baskets grow throughout the summer, as well as to send a message of thanks for growing with the Chamber.

Call the Chamber today at 264-2360 to order your hanging baskets. This year, as always, we look forward to the welcome addition of color at our businesses and the engaging atmosphere the hanging baskets represent.

Home and Garden Show

On May 16-17, the Pagosa Springs Home and Garden Show returns to the Archuleta County Fairgrounds with “Building a Better Community.”

This year’s event will have all the latest building and landscaping ideas. There will also be green building ideas, seminars and products.

New at the show this year will be the Builder’s Auction, usually held at a different time of the year. Windows, doors, paint, fixtures and many other items will be up for auction. The auction will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. At 4 p.m. on Sunday, the drawing will take place for a 32-inch TV complete with a Wii program. Your admission ticket will give you the chance to enter the drawing.

Don’t miss seeing what a few changes to your home can do to enhance its beauty and value.

For more information, visit the Builder’s Association Web site at www.pagosabuilders.com.

World-class service

Welcome national speaker Bob Ash as he presents two seminars on world-class customer service on Tuesday, May 19. Owners and employees are encouraged to attend, hone their hospitality skills and bring a renewed sense of service back to their businesses.

There will be a morning session, 9 to 11 a.m., and a session from 1 to 3 p.m., both at the community center. In today’s economic climate, we must provide an excellent product and service, and a reason for customers to return to our businesses. Find out about new customer service tips, or just refresh your skills.

As mentioned in this column before, every employee can affect the economy of our community. As employers, we should provide the best training for our staff and make sure they realize the importance in extending great service, with the skills to do so.

You can register for the seminar by calling the Chamber at 264-2360. Tickets are $20 per person, with discounts given to employers bringing five or more people. Look and listen for ways to win free tickets. Tickets will be given away at the end of the next two KWUF radio shows and via the Chamber’s Constant Contact e-mail blast. We look forward to hosting Mr. Ash and creating some great Pagosa-friendly experiences.

Treasure Mountain

Treasure Mountain Educational Cooperative, a Waldorf-inspired educational program, is offering enrollment for first and second grades. Enrollment is limited to 12 students and the early enrollment deadline is Friday, May 15.

Focusing on the development of the whole child and a multi-dimensional understanding of various subjects around them, Treasure Mountain creates inspiring and structured lessons to inspire both curiosity and active participation in the child. To learn more about enrollment or to receive an application, call Blue Lindner at 946-1877.

Membership

We have three new members to welcome to the Chamber this week.

We start with Alpenglow Insurance and owner Andrew Lotsberg. Located on South 2nd Street, Alpenglow offers a wide range of insurance opportunities: auto, home, life, general liability, contractor’s liability, health, and more. They are affiliated with some of the most respected insurance companies in the world. Being an independent broker, Andrew prides himself in working for you, not the insurance company. Call Andrew at 264-5400 to find out more about his insurance menu options and how he can package insurance options for you and your family.

Located at the base of Wolf Creek Pass on the South Fork side, Alpine Accents Vacation Chalets and Cabins also becomes a Chamber member. There are five unique rental properties sitting on eight acres and they are the closest lodging facility to the ski area. Located on the south fork of the Rio Grande River, Alpine Accents can give you a great getaway right out your Pagosa Springs back door. Call Veronica Climie at (719) 873-0228 to check out rates and availability.

William Tsonis with Four Seasons Land Co. also joins the Chamber this week. William works with a well established real estate company offering residential and commercial properties, vacant land, ranches, and horse property. You can contact William at 264-1260 if you are interested in purchasing or buying real estate.

On the renewal list are: Bank of the San Juans; a three-for renewal from the Schiros with Pagosa Pub Works, Azure Engineering and Frank Schiro and his real estate services associated with Jim Smith Realty.

One of our real estate offices will be relocating in the next few weeks. Galles Properties will be coming back downtown and consolidating to one office. They will move back into their building next to Liberty Theatre on Pagosa Street on May 15.

Thanks to all the vendors at the Archuleta Safety Expo on May 2. It was unfortunate the weather did not cooperate, but vendors and attendees were enthusiastic and there was a steady stream of participants. We look forward to next year’s attempt. Thanks also to the Town Tourism Committee for presenting our first “Wake-Up Pagosa” breakfast informational session on May 5. Bart Mitchell with Archuleta Economic Development will be the speaker on June 2 at 7:30 a.m. at Pagosa Mountain Hospital. Sign up now for another informative, networking session.