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Business Bites focuses on computer security

The August Business Bites focuses on protecting your computer and information.

For any business that has suffered a computer “crash,” having a backup system is imperative. If you were to lose your recent financials, how long would it take you to rebuild your system? What if you lost projects, documents, artwork, etc.? Can you replace the information, and how long would it take you to do so? Does your system have password access? What is a reasonable amount of security and backup for your business?

Perry Schjolin with PC Servant will be on hand to help answer your questions. If you have a remote back-up system, how do you know it is working properly? Perry will be giving you tips on the latest and greatest back-up systems, cost analysis, what would work for your business or personal system, and more.

Business Bites are informal educational sessions to help you build a better business, held the third Tuesday of every month. The next session will be Aug. 18, at noon, at Boss Hoggs Restaurant. The luncheon is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers and includes lunch, beverage, gratuity, and lots of information.

We like to give the restaurant a heads-up on the lunch count, so make sure you call 264-2360 to reserve your space. Anyone who has had their system crash can tell you how important this seminar is for you.

United Way golf tournament

The weather has cooled somewhat and is just perfect for a fun day of golf.

The tournament schedule at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club continues this weekend with the United Way Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 15, beginning at 9 a.m.

There will be a Championship and “Just for Fun” flights inclusive of prizes, contests and giveaways. The cost to enter the tournament is $100 for Championship and $75 for “Just for Fun.” Both entries include green fees, golf cart, lunch, and prizes.

Golfers can enter as a member of a team or as an individual by calling Teddy Adler Finney at 731-0484.

Money raised at the tournament stays in Pagosa Springs by assisting the many affiliated United Way organizations such as Seeds of Learning, Victim’s Assistance, the Education Center, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brother Big Sisters, and many other worthwhile agencies.

Have a fun day knowing your golfing fees will stay in the community and help Pagosa non-profits.

Knights of Columbus Duck Race

With the San Juan running low, we may be finding ducks in the willows for a while after the duck race Saturday, Aug. 15. The ducks will float down the river beginning at 3 p.m., but the event will start long before that. Town Park will be filled with food, activities and prizes for young and old alike, beginning at 11:30 a.m. It is a great day to enjoy the amenities at Town Park and have a chance to win $1,000, $500 or $250 with a winning duck. Duck tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at the Chamber, Silver Dollar Liquor and the Buffalo Inn. Don’t forget that each child will also get a Whacky Quacker!

Art in the Garden

After the frenetic pace of the duck race, you can slow down a little and head out to the Art in the Garden festivities at El Rancho Pinoso in the Upper Blanco. This stunning ranch will be the backdrop for 15 artists and eight groups of talented musicians. Guests can wander around, viewing the various art displays and enjoying abundant gourmet hors d’oeuvres.

The proceeds from this event benefit the Community United Methodist Church’s Assistance Fund, which helps those in our community in need, regardless of any religious affiliation. You can have a wonderful time while giving back to the community. To purchase the $30 tickets for this magnificent event, stop by the Chamber, the Plaid Pony or Community United Methodist Church.

It’s Shamrock time

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will hold their Shamrock Festival on Saturday, Aug. 22. The event is a little different this year, with festivities centering around a dinner with live music, a silent auction and a used book sale or “Book Nook.” The evening begins at 5 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, with the auction and happy hour. The dinner begins at 6. All proceeds from this event go right back into the community, assisting organizations and programs. For more information, or to donate an item to the auction, call Connie O’Donnell at 731-5849, Chantelle Kay at 264-4539, or Sabra Miller at 731-1106.

Membership

We have a new member to welcome aboard this week. Just in time for the hunting season, we have Indian Summer Outfitters with Rick and Jill House. Indian Summer Outfitters can not only set up a guided trip for you, but they can rent you the horses, if you already have your hunting area picked out. Licensed, bonded, insured and permitted in the San Juan National Forest, Indian Summer Outfitters will help you bag that big game animal. For more information about a guide or horse rental, call 731-4549.

While not new, but going under a new business name, we welcome back the Pagosa Waldorf Initiative. This learning facility for children 3-8 uses a Waldorf curriculum where emphasis is placed on academic, social and inner development. They are located on CR 139 in the west side of town. For more information, call (970) 507-0951.

Renewing this week are: the Oak Ridge Lodge; Winslow on the Shire; Squirrel’s Pub and Pantry; and Arts Perspective Magazine.

School is fast approaching and yet there are numerous events still on the schedule. For more information on any of these events, go to the chamber Web site, www.pagosaspringschamber.com.

Next week, I’ll provide information on the ColorFest activities. Tickets are already on sale for the Passport to Pagosa Wine and Food Festival! Don’t wait too long!