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SOS fund-raiser to be held this Sunday

Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS) will hold its second annual fund-raiser this Sunday, Aug. 29, from 3 to 6 p.m. at DJ’s, located at corner of Village Center and Talisman drives.

Restaurateur Don Pastin will donate a portion of the day’s ice cream sales to the cause. This is an excellent opportunity to bring the family in for a late lunch or early dinner with ice cream for dessert and support SOS.

There is more: Members and public alike are invited to participate in a Brown Bag Raffle and Silent Auction.

The list of items that one could walk away with is impressive and still growing: A Stone Massage from All About You; two dinners at Nello’s; a $25 gift certificate from Hairitage; a month’s free Aikido classes from Aikido of the San Juans; a basket of fresh veggies from Lisa Jenson and Bill Trimarco; a $100 gift basket from LPEA; fine alpaca and white mohair roving from Pauline Benetti; a $25 gift certificate from DJ’s, a horseshoe coat rack from Claudia Smith, and more.

Interested? If so, attend and put your bids in. At the same time you are supporting the organization in Pagosa that represents “sustainability” and celebrates that role every year with its Earth Day event as well as films, farm visits and speakers throughout the year. If you have used batteries, compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or used ink cartridges to dispose of, bring them with you.

SOS also brings the Farmers Market to our community, where the public can dispose of the above items for recycling each week; SOS has also supported the establishment of a recycling program in Pagosa. The organization has been successful at bringing to the county government’s attention the availability of grants for that purpose. Karin Kohake, county special projects manager, reported at a recent meeting of the BoCC that a request for a grant to establish a local recycling center had been submitted to Colorado Department of Local Affairs.