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Taxes the topic at March Business Bites on Tuesday

The March Business Bites will be held on Tuesday, March 22, at the Chamber of Commerce.

The regularly scheduled Business Bites was moved up a week due to our local accountants’ filing schedules.

Everyone is very busy getting ready for April 15, or getting ready to file a tax extension, so now is the perfect time to garner some last-minute tips or make sure that you are claiming certain items correctly.

Wayne Wilson, of Wilson, Rea, Beckel and Associates, CPAs, will lead the interactive discussion. This session is geared toward home-based, sole proprietor, and small businesses. Bring your questions to the luncheon and pick up a few pointers.

The March 22 Business Bites will begin at noon and last until 1 p.m. The cost is only $5 for Chamber members and $8 for non-members. Lunch will be served.

The Chamber wants to help educate you and help you claim the highest valid deductions possible. One way to do this is to put you in contact with some of our local tax experts. Please R.S.V.P. for the class so enough food may be provided.

We thank Wayne Wilson for taking time out of his busy schedule to help direct our businesses, especially at this time of the year.

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

Those scrumptious fried catfish meals are back at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Friday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. until April 15.

The meals consist of large portions of seasoned fried catfish, fresh-cut French fries, coleslaw, spicy hush puppies, ice cream and a drink. You are able to eat in or take out.

This annual Knights of Columbus tradition is always accompanied with great enthusiasm. The meals are $10.50 for adults, $9.50 for seniors, and $6 for children 6-12. Look for coupons around town and in The SUN for discounts on the dinners.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake

The Big Brothers Big Sisters big event, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, will take place Saturday, March 26, at the Rolling Thunder Bowling Lanes at the Sky Ute Casino.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with teams bowling for an hour.

Teams of four are needed, with each member collecting at least $50. If you collect $100 you will be entered in a drawing for $200 worth of gift certificates from Pagosa merchants.

Enjoy the drive over to Ignacio, take some time to enjoy the facilities at the casino, and help an at-risk child in Pagosa.

For more information, contact Maggie Ives at 264-5077 or register online at bbig.org.

Trees and shrubs

Time is winding down to order your seedling trees and shrubs to be planted for conservation purposes, as shelter belts, for reforestation and wildlife habitat enhancement.

Bare root trees come in multiples of 50 per species and potted trees are available in multiples of 30 per species. They can be ordered either at the SJ Conservation office at 505A Piedra Road, or at the CSU Extension office at the fair building.

Orders will be taken until Friday, March 25. The trees will be available for pickup on April 13.

For more information, call 731-3615.

Membership

We have several new members to welcome this week starting off with a former member, Studio 160. Dee and Steve Butler own Studio 160, located at 2149 Eagle Dr. Their studio offers beauty and barber services, manicures, pedicures, massages, hair removal, makeup counseling and related retail products for sale. If you’re searching for cosmetology services, stop in to see their technicians.

PagosaPulse.com is Pagosa’s newest online community website. Check out their calendar as well as their video production services. It’s the first video network and online community site made “For Pagosa, About Pagosa.” Contact Glenn Joslyn at (970) 403-5218 for more information or go online to check out their website.

We also have the 4 Core, Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency, which is a nonprofit organization helping to reduce utility bills for businesses and residents of Southwest Colorado. They provide weatherization for low income residents, sustainable building education, and collaborative community plans to reduce resource use. For more information on how you might be able to work with 4 Core as a contractor or utilize their services, call Ailleen Tracy at 259-1916.

Our renewals this week include: Canyon Crest Lodge B&B; Ole Miner’s Steakhouse; Restoration Fellowship; the San Juan Water Conservancy District; and Regional Service Area 9 Council of Durango.

Please don’t forget that the next Colorado Rural Entrepreneurship Marketplace meeting will be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center on Friday, March 25. We are creating some educational tracts, bringing in some great guest speakers, and coordinating some unique receptions. Come to the Chamber and find out how and where you can help.

We’ll see everyone at today’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, beginning at 4:30 p.m. and running from Sixth to Second streets on U.S. 160. Éirinn go brách, and wear your green!

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