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Ride the Rockies/Denver Post Community Grant available

The 2010 Ride the Rockies/Denver Post Community grants are made available to communities that host the Ride the Rockies tour. A non-profit organization in each community is eligible to receive a $5,000 grant.

Applications and guidelines are available at the chamber. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 2, at 5 p.m. Grants will be reviewed and the applicants notified of their status in May, with the award being presented during the tour. For Pagosa, the winner will be presented with a check on June 17 or 18.

Competing organizations must meet the following criteria in order to apply for the grant: a 501 (c)3 organization that has been in service for more than one year must provide services for low-income children and youth through recreation, education or the arts and/or be an agency that offers direct-service literacy programs. The grant will not fund capital programs, individual schools, individual persons or religious organizations for religious purposes.

We have many entities here in Pagosa that meet these criteria. We hope your organization will pick up an application at the Chamber. For more information, contact Elizabeth Norris at (303) 954-6703.

Remember, Ride the Rockies arrives in Pagosa Thursday, June 17. There will be activities taking place throughout town. We will have our typical “Party in the Park” that afternoon and evening and more than 2,000 participants will stay in town and eat at local establishments. Make sure your business is staffed, well stocked and ready! Then, take a quick breather, since the Bicycle Tour of Colorado will arrive the following week, June 23 and 24. If you have questions about the tours, volunteering opportunities, or food vendor space, contact Mary Jo at the Chamber.

RFP for Mural on Main Pocket Park

Bids are being accepted to construct the upcoming Mural on Main Pocket Park Project. The RFP is listed on several Web sites: The Town of Pagosa Springs, Archuleta County and the Chamber of Commerce. Hard copies can be obtained at the Chamber of Commerce. Questions about the RFP should be directed to Mary Jo Coulehan at the Chamber, either by calling 264-2360, or e-mailing director@pagosachamber.com. This is a community project and we are confident that a beautiful, quality product will soon grace our downtown district.

Census jobs

2010 Census jobs are still available. Testing is continuing at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Office on Lewis Street Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, and Thursday through Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The tests are not difficult, but are complete, and there are several sections regarding comprehension, simple mathematics, spelling and a few others. Wages for this position are above minimum wage. The census jobs are temporary, but this is a viable job for a respectable wage. Stop by the office on Lewis Street if you would like more information.

Daffodil Days

It’s hard to imagine that beautiful flowers will once again pop up out of the ground with all the snow that is still with us. But with March comes hope for flowers and beauty and the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days. Since 1973, Daffodil Days has been raising funds and awareness to help beat cancer, just by buying and giving these beautiful flowers.

The flower buds mostly come closed so they will last quite a while. Flowers are coming in bunches of 10 for $10. You can purchase your flowers at the Chamber Thursday, March 11, from 1-5 p.m.; Friday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If preordered, you can pick up your flowers here as well. Give the gift of hope — give a bunch of daffodils.

Little Black Dress Affair

Long or short, solid or decorative, everyone has something black or the wardrobe-essential “little black dress.”

Seeds of Learning will host its annual fund-raiser on Saturday, March 6, at the Ross Aragon Community Center from 5 to 8 p.m. The gentlemen get to stay home this evening as it is certainly Ladies Night Out.

Scrumptious appetizer stations hosted by various restaurants and caterers will provide the fare for the evening. The hostesses for the party will be Happy Trails Ladies Boutique and MC Mary McKeehan. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a $1,000 shopping spree at Happy Trails.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at Happy Trails or Seeds of Learning. There are a limited number of tables for 10 available. With your ticket you will received a free, chilled adult beverage and there will also be a cash bar. Some fantastic items will be on the silent auction block. From 1-3 p.m. the general public is invited to view the silent auction items — many of which are a perfect gift for the man in your life, or for you if you cannot attend the affair that evening. So, break out those black ensembles and head over to the community center for an elegant and fun evening.

Business news

For those who have been living in a cave, remember that spring break is upon us.

Make sure you are staffed, stocked and all members of your staff are smiling —if not always, at least for the next three weeks. This time of the year is a wonderful economic boon to our community and we are grateful for the snow and the business that this season brings.

This will be our last business hurrah before the mud sets in and we wait for May and the onset of summer. Not everyone skis, so businesses should be busy in town during the day and consider staying open later to accommodate those coming off the mountain. Have a great couple of spring break weeks.

Membership

No new members to welcome this week, but we do have quite a few renewals: the City Market stores, downtown and uptown; The Malt Shoppe; Edelweiss; The Outfitter Department Store; Scott Strategic Investments; Pam Slovak-Howard with Professional Insurance Resources; All About You Day Spa; Rob Keating with PQC Builders; Jim Hallock with Earth Block; and The Archuleta County Education Center.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Networking Group Initiative program. Contact the Chamber to sign up for a group of your choosing.