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La Plata Electric helps to light up the community

For the past several years, La Plata Electric has provided all municipalities in its service territory with $500 worth of outdoor LED holiday lights for decorating, but this year the cooperative is helping out merchants in its service territory with more decorating incentives.

Thanks to LPEA, downtown retailers in Pagosa Springs can have dazzling holiday windows this season, decorated with strings of energy efficient, jewel-tone LED lights.

Working through community entities such as Chambers of Commerce and downtown associations, LPEA is offering merchants up to four strands of LED holiday lights (approximately 23 feet. in length) free of charge for use in their businesses.

LEDs (or light emitting diodes) save up to 98 percent of the electricity needed to power conventional painted or ceramic coated bulbs. The cost to light a holiday tree with LEDs is $0.13 to $0.17 per season, compared to $6 to $10 for incandescent bulbs.

The low energy demand means less electricity is required, and thus there are fewer carbon emissions from power plants. Also, in addition to their long “glowing” life, the LEDs are more durable. A string of LED lights is expected to last up to 10 years.

“This is a crucial retail period for merchants throughout our service territory,” says Ray Pierotti, project specialist. “Sales have been challenging all year, so if we can help our retailers save their energy and encourage more folks to shop local, then this is a win-win for everyone.”

So there should be no reason we can’t light up our town with energy efficient lights. Business owners can pick up their lights at the Chamber beginning Nov. 19. Each business will be allowed four strands or packages of lights, until we run out — so get yours early!

Another great program La Plata Electric is offering is the LED rebate program. Customers can receive $4 for each 50-bulb or more LED light string, or $2 for 49-bulb or less LED lighting. You will need to complete a rebate form and send that in with your original sales receipt to receive the credit on your LPEA bill. You can pick up rebate forms all over town including at the Chamber, Terry’s Ace, Ponderosa and La Plata Electric. The deadline for the rebate program is Dec. 31. Save money, energy and time by purchasing LED lighting.

Christmas in Pagosa

With snow on the ground, it is definitely time to get in the mood for Christmas in Pagosa.

This event will be held the first weekend in December and it is chock full of activities for residents, as well as a great reason for visitors to come to Pagosa.

Parade of Stores: This two-day event, Dec. 4-5, brings the shopping out in all of us. More than 40 stores are participating in this “no tax” shopping weekend. Pick up your punch booklet at the Chamber or any of the participating stores. You will need to have 20 stamps in order to be entered into the store giveaways, with more than 40 prizes up for grabs. No purchase is necessary at a store to get the stamp.

Another big addition to the Parade of Stores this year is the Super Pagosa Prize Package that will be given away Saturday evening. Bring your receipts from participating Parade of Store businesses to the Chamber and exchange them for tickets. For every $10 spent in a participating store, you will receive one ticket to be entered into a drawing. So, the more you spend, the more chances you have to win The prize includes ski tickets, a stay at the suite section of the Springs Resort, soaking privileges, massages, restaurant coupons, gifts and more. What a great reason to stay in Pagosa to shop, or to come and visit.

Here are some more reasons to come and visit Pagosa.

‘The Beat Goes On’

The Music Boosters are celebrating 20 years of successful performances with “The Beat Goes On.” Performances with a cast of more than 50 people will be held Dec. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the high school auditorium. Relive the great musicals and performances of classics such as “Peter Pan,” “Nunsense,” “A Christmas Carol,’ “Into the Woods” and many more. Tickets can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com, or stop by the Chamber and we will help you with your purchase.

Festival of Trees

On Friday, Dec. 4, beautifully-decorated Christmas trees go on the auction block. Whimsical, classical and elegant trees are decorated and auctioned off to assist non-profits throughout the community. All proceeds from the sale of the trees assist groups with their endeavors throughout the year. There will also be a silent auction, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and music. It is a wonderful evening, with lively bidding and great auction items, including the trees. Tickets are only $10 and may be purchased at the Ross Aragon Community Center and the Chamber of Commerce. You can view the trees in advance of the event all day Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 2 and 3 and Friday morning before the Festival auction.

Bar D Wranglers

This entertaining group will be back at the Ross Aragon Community Center for their annual Christmas Program on Saturday, Dec. 5. The center plays host to these Grand Ol’ Opry singers as they communicate the message of Christmas with beautiful music. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children, and may be purchased at the community center and the Chamber of Commerce. We will also announce the winner of the Super Pagosa Prize Package at the concert — so don’t miss out on the fun.

Santa and the holiday lighting

A favorite Christmas tradition is a stop at the Visitor Center to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus as they make their annual visit. Children can convey their Christmas wishes as well as enjoy cookies, gifts, and hot and cold drinks. Parents can take pictures at the event, or have Pagosa Photography put together a package for holiday cards. Santa starts hearing requests at 3 p.m. Dec. 5, and will continue until 5:30 when the Visitor Center lights up the downtown area. This year the Springs Resort and all its colors again join in on the annual lighting as does the Town of Pagosa Springs. With the LED special LPEA is offering, other downtown businesses can participate in the lighting event at 5:30. This is a beautiful and magical time for our community.

Local Appreciation Day

The Christmas in Pagosa weekend extravaganza concludes with a local appreciation day at Wolf Creek Ski Resort on Sunday, Dec. 6. Don’t miss out on the $31 lift ticket special. Visitors are adopted as locals during the entire weekend, as Pagosa rolls out the red carpet to prepare for the holiday season. For more information about any of the events, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 264-2360.

Operation Winter Coat

Warm clothing, coats, sweaters, hats, gloves and blankets are being collected for the annual Rotary Winter Coat Drive.

Bring your good used clothing by Nov. 19 to one of the following locations: the Chamber, the Library, Seeds of Learning, the Education Center, Mountain Eye Care, Cloud 9 Chiropractic, or ReMax Realtors. Members of the public can then come to the Extension Building on Friday, Nov. 20 from 3-5 p.m. to obtain warm winter clothing for free. This is an annual tradition that our Rotary Club provides and is a very worthy program in our community. Please search your closets for useful clothing.

A Tribute to the Beatles

On Friday, Nov. 20, the Pagosa Springs Youth Center will host a live music concert featuring a tribute to The Beatles. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Youth Center and the Skater’s Coalition for Concrete. Musicians old and young will perform Beatles’ classics at the Youth Center — the former Powerhouse building, adjacent to Town Park. Tickets are available at Higher Grounds, The Outfitter, Moonlight Books and at the door, for $10 for adults and $5 for students. Dress in appropriate Beatles attire and come out for a fun evening listening to some super musicians while supporting great causes in our community.

New on Tools

We highlight the “Tools for Tough Times” on the Tools for Business Success Web site, located on the Chamber Web site. The “Tools for Tough Times” is a main sidebar on the site. Once you go to this site, you can sign up for free workshops that give you tips on how to work through these tough times. You can also utilize a free cash flow calculator provided by BizPlans.com to help you with inventory and cash flow. Set up a customer survey form in minutes to help you identify your customer needs and perhaps identify a niche you may not have thought of for your business. This site also offers other workshops for free or low cost and provides a library of information to assist you with your business. Go to pagosaspringschamber.com and click on the Tools for Business Success button to find out how this site can help fine tune your business.

Membership

Good any time of year, we welcome our newest member, the Pagosa Ice Cream Company. At the Pagosa Ice Cream Company, they make over 250 flavors of fresh homemade ice cream, gelato, and sorbet using all natural and pure ingredients. They also make their own waffle cones in different flavors too. You can also enjoy smoothies, soft serve ice cream with swirls of flavored syrup and a variety of frozen desserts including pies, cakes, ice cream sandwiches, and malts and shakes. Karen and David Mawhorter are the new owners and we appreciate their membership through snow and sunshine.

Our renewals this week include: Alco Department Store; Mountain Home Sound and Security; Galles Properties; Cabin Fever Log Homes; and the PACK group.

Make sure your friends from neighboring areas get to Pagosa the first weekend in December to take advantage of all the great events.