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Replace your worn flags on Flag Day, June 14

With spring cleaning and sprucing up the house, office or outside area, don’t forget about your worn flags.

Flag Day is June 14 so, in preparation for the new season, think about replacing your American and Colorado flags. Flags will be burned respectfully and appropriately at the American Legion building on June 14.

You can drop off your old flags at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center by Friday, June 10, and we will make sure they are given to the American Legion for proper disposal.

Questions about dropping off your flags can be directed to the Chamber office at 264-2360.

New website

As we announced last week, the Chamber has released a new website, www.pagosaspringschamber.com.

Have you been on the site to check out your listing? Your information was taken from the description we’ve used in the past, and now you can go online yourself and modify the listing. You can highlight the latest information about your business, change the location if you’ve moved, modify your hours of operation or add some new information.

All members have their own password logins which can be obtained by contacting the Chamber or coming to one of our upcoming training sessions.

We will hold a number of Maximizing Your Membership classes focusing on our new website and what the site can do for you. The upcoming classes are Tuesday, May 31, from noon-1 p.m. (This is a brown bag lunch and we will provide the drinks and dessert.); Thursday, June 2, from 8-9 a.m.; Monday, June 6, from 8-9 a.m.; and Wednesday, June 8, from 5-6 p.m. All classes will be held at the Chamber of Commerce in the conference room.

We are trying to schedule classes that will suit you — before work, at lunchtime, or after work hours.

You can also call the Chamber and we can give you a password, but you may not know what to do once you get to the site. We want to walk you through the new information, show you what the site can offer you and illustrate some of the new benefits.

Do you know that you can now expand your marketing presence on the Chamber website? There are a number of locations throughout the site that might work for you. For example, you may want to have a banner ad on the weather page of the relocation tab. You know how everyone likes to find out about what the weather is doing in Pagosa. If you are a Realtor, perhaps you would want to have a banner ad on the “Looking to Relocate” or “Moving Your Business” pages? These banners will connect to your website and you can track the traffic you receive from the banner. We will explain the different banners at the Maximizing meeting. Members will also be able to renew online using credit card payment, and you can sign up for membership online, peruse membership benefits and find out about all the activities that are taking place.

The Maximizing Your Membership workshops are free and will pay out in spades for you. Walk-ins are welcome at any of the sessions; however, if you can R.S.V.P. so we can make sure there is enough room, we will appreciate a call at 264-2360. Let us know which session you want to attend.

Hanging baskets

On Friday, the Chamber will deliver a portion of the beautiful hanging baskets. The 12-inch baskets will arrive and staff and board members will kick off the Memorial Day weekend with lots of color. The 16-inch baskets will be delivered the following week.

Due to the cold weather and the size and weight of the larger baskets, the growers felt a little bit of a delay would be prudent.

We have some 12-inch baskets available for sale. These hanging baskets were the talk of the town last year and we even had visitors calling in to ask where everyone got their flowers. So, don’t miss out on this annual beautification program and order your flowers now for delivery on Friday.

Upcoming events

The Memorial Day weekend will be busy, with activities throughout town.

The Pagosa Fiber Festival will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The event will include workshops on Friday and the festival goes into high gear at the athletic field across from Town Park Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, the Navajo Rug Auction will be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The auction begins at 5 p.m., but there is a reception beginning at 4. Own an original rug from the masters and enjoy the fast-paced action of an auction. There will also be a number of competitions held both days including weaving, felting, knitting, crocheting, and other activities. Admission is $2 for persons 13 and older.

The first San Juan River Music Festival will be held at Yamaguchi Park on Saturday. Five musical groups will perform from 2 to 10 p.m. In addition to the live music. there will be food and activities. Tickets for the event are on sale at the Chamber for $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. For more information about the music festival, visit www.sanjuanrivermusic.com.

One more event to keep you busy on Saturday is the Kid’s Play Day at Town Park, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring games, activities and fun for the kids. The event is a fund-raiser for Relay for Life and is sponsored by Step Outdoors. The donation is $10 per child.

On Thursday, June 2, the new G.O.A.L. Academy will host an open house for you to learn more about this public online charter school coming to Pagosa. The “Dessert and Discussion” session will be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Find out if this school could work for you or your children. If you need more information, call (877) PRO-GOAL.

Also on June 2, the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program (ACVAP) will host “Some Like it Hot” at the Atrium at the EcoLuxe Hotel. This Ladies Night Out fund-raiser includes hors d’oeuvres by Alley House, a silent auction, a cash bar and fun, fun, fun. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Chamber or online at www.acvap.org. Come out and support a great cause while having fun with your girlfriends. You can also call 264-9075 for more information.

Another fund-raiser is a benefit concert and dance for LASSO (Large Animal Support Southwest Organization) on Saturday, June 11. The event will be held at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and will consist of dancing, fabulous food, a silent auction, cash bar and music by Tim Sullivan and Narrow Gauge. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the Hide Out on the west end of town and Home Again in downtown Pagosa.

Finally, the first weekend in June brings the Folk ‘N Bluegrass Festival, June 3 to 5. Friday features Free Friday, in Town Park. Three musical groups will perform: MilkDrive, the Grant Farm, and Warren Hood and the Goods Music continues on Saturday beginning at noon on Reservoir Hill. There will be music on the Main stage and on the Late Night stage, as well as kids’ activities all day long. Tickets can be purchased on the website at www.folkwest.com or by calling (877) 472-4672. You can purchase daily tickets or full weekend tickets. Don’t miss another year of flying fingers, heartfelt vocals and extraordinary talent at the Folk ‘n Bluegrass Festival.

Membership

We have quite a few new businesses to welcome aboard this week. As mentioned earlier in the column, we have G.O.A.L Academy, the new online charter school. We thank them for participating in the Business to Business Expo. G.O.A.L. offers a Colorado accredited high school diploma online. Courses are available 24 hours a day. To find out more about what G.O.A.L. can offer you or your child, visit their website at www.goalac.org.

Another new business is Weminuche Drafting, owned by George Muirhead. George can design that dream home here in Pagosa, without all of the headaches the winter elements often bring. He knows the tricks to designing a beautiful, economical and energy-efficient house. If you’re looking to renovate or redesign your current home, George can help you bring your ideas to fruition. Give him a call at 731-2675 to schedule an appointment.

Returning to the Chamber fold is the Sky View Motel, with Ray Tressler. The Sky View Motel has been sprucing up and offers clean, comfortable rooms at an economical price. We’re excited about their improvements and appreciate their membership.

Cool Pines Recreation also joins the Chamber this week. Owner Susan Spencer offers a variety of activities and tours in and around the Pagosa area. Cool Pines offers several rafting trips from a three-hour to seven-hour trip. Travel with them to see Mesa Verde or Chaco Canyon and let them do the driving while you do the sight-seeing. Other activities such as hot air ballooning or horseback riding can also be arranged. Let Cool Pines help you make the most of your vacation in Pagosa. Call 731-2228 or visit their site at www.coolpinesrecreation.com.

We also welcome back friends of the Chamber Mike and Karen Kelley.

Summer is definitely upon us with activities and events starting out at a rapid clip. Don’t forget to get your place of business in order, set some key standards to give your business the most professional appearance possible, and get ready for a busy season. We want to thank all the sponsors who helped make the third annual car show a huge success. We couldn’t have done it without the car owners, the judges and the spectators who came out to see the stunning vehicles on display. The River Festival also had a great crowd and this event looks like it holds great promise.

Congratulations to our local high school graduates. We wish you a fun and safe graduation day as you prepare for the next stage of your lives. And a happy and safe Memorial Day to all.

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