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Tuesday’s Business Bites — change your lightbulbs!

Ray Pierotti, from La Plata Electric Association, will be on hand at Business Bites on Tuesday, Aug. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. to answer all your questions about switching your incandescent lighting to CFL or other alternative lighting.

Ray will be able to answer questions concerning switching out anything from regular light fixtures to T-12 fixtures (fluorescent lighting), to refrigerated case lighting and even outside or street lighting you may have in and around your business.

As businesses begin to budget for 2012, this is an important time to see what changing out your commercial lighting might mean to you, financially. While there will be a cost involved in switching out equipment and bulbs, there are also rebates associated with retrofitting overhead fluorescent lights, refrigerated case lighting and parking lot lights.

For example, when retrofitting a refrigeration case, you might be able to receive a rebate of $60 per door. If you replace fluorescent lighting, you could receive a rebate of up to 50 percent of the lamp material costs. Not only will you receive a rebate, but even with the more expensive cost of the bulbs, your electrical costs will come down due to long-term energy efficiency savings. However, in order to plan and have an idea of what the changes might cost your business, you need to know the facts.

Start planning now and replace your lighting either this year or early in 2012.

Pierotti will be able to explain the differences in alternative lighting systems, talk about the pros and cons, and answer questions that are arising due to this new requirement. This is a critical information session — in particular for owners of restaurants, lodging facilities, including Bed and Breakfasts, and larger commercial spaces.

The class will be held at Boss Hogg’s Restaurant on Tuesday, Aug. 16, beginning at noon, as our monthly Business Bites luncheon returns after the summer hiatus.

The cost of the session is $12 for Chamber members and $15 for non-members. In order for the restaurant to set up and staff properly, we ask that you R.S.V.P. for the session. However, walk-ins are always welcome on a space-available basis. This will be a fast-paced, informative session and we encourage as many business owners as possible to attend — it’s in your best interest.

To register, call the Chamber at 264-2360.

August events pack a punch

Pagosa Country’s visitor numbers typically go down in August as children get ready to go back to school and summer vacations taper off.

You wouldn’t know that now, though, with the number of events scheduled in Pagosa over the next couple of weeks. Take out your calendars and start allocating your time.

• Friday, Aug. 12:

The Holy Rollers concert will be held at the Pope John Paul II Catholic Church on South Pagosa Boulevard. This is a praise and worship nondenominational concert open to everyone. Refreshments will be served and a free will offering will be accepted. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

Right next door, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, the Music Boosters will present “A Cut Above the Rest,” a one-farce by Claire Demmer. The tickets are $15 and the performance begins at 7 p.m. This is a fund-raiser for the Music Booster college scholarship program.

“A Year With Frog and Toad” continues at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. The performance on this day will be held at 7 p.m. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday. Enjoy this heartwarming musical as the effervescent frog and the grumpy toad experience all four seasons, realizing life lessons and friendships found. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.pagosacenter.org.

• Saturday, Aug. 13:

The ducks return to the San Juan River for the annual Knights of Columbus Duck Race. Festivities begin in Town Park at 11:30 a.m. with games for the kids, giveaways, food and other activities. The ducks will hit the river at about 3 p.m. You can purchase tickets and, should your duck cross the finish line, you could win $1,000, $500 or $250. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce and at Pope John Paul II Church.

The Shamrock Festival will take place at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. During the day, there will be a massive garage and bake sale, from 8 a.m. to noon. In the evening, there will be a dinner and silent auction. For more information, contact St. Patrick’s at 731-5801.

SHY RABBIT announces the opening of its first-ever solo exhibit, “The Chair,” featuring paintings and drawings by Pagosa’s own Karl Isberg. The opening show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the public is welcome, at no charge. Isberg will be on hand to answer questions and to explain his thoughts and working process related to his work. I personally want to try and figure out his thought process! Along with clever writing skills, Karl is a talented artist and this show will be one not to miss. SHY RABBIT is located at 333 Bastille Drive and if you miss the opening, the exhibit will continue until Sept. 18.

The Friends of the Library will host their annual Community Book Sale at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and there will be lots of great deals on books, audio tapes, children’s books and videos. The event is open to the public, but you may want to think about attending their annual meeting the evening before and joining up as a volunteer!

Another Chimney Rock Full Moon Program takes place on this day. The gates will open from 6-6:15 p.m. with the program beginning at 7. This is a fascinating program and, if you are visiting Pagosa, it is an event not to miss. Reservations are required and tickets are $15 for just the Full Moon Program or $20 if you would like a tour of the lower area. Call the visitor cabin at 883-5359 to make reservations.

• Saturday, Aug. 20:

The RAD Memorial Concert is being held in loving memory of Ryan Lister, Austin York and Dylan Burksmith, and is a celebration of Pagosa’s youth — because?kids are the future.? This is an all-day musical festival in Town Park, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with performers such as Tim Sullivan, Eguitarblue and the Rythem Junkies, Elder Grown, Bixbey, Hi Altitude Blues, Safe in Sound and many more groups.? There will be food vendors and a beer garden.? For more information, contact CJ at 264-1770.

The 2011 Art in the Garden elegant will be held at the home of Flo and Pac Pacharzina in the?Chris Mountain Estates.? The theme for this year is “Memories of The Old West.”? Flo invites attendees to tour her home and see the many antiques?she has collected and received from family members.? ?Regional artists, live music and sumptuous,?gourmet hors d’oeuvres are all part of this year’s event.? Art in the Garden will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Proceeds from this charitable event go to the Community Assistance Fund. Tickets are available at the Chamber, Nello’s Bistro or at www.artinthegarden.com.

A fun evening, with silent and live auctions is on tap, benefitting the animals at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park — one of Pagosa’s treasures. Enjoy the relaxing outdoor atmosphere and beautiful indoor gallery. Live music will be provided by Phil Janowsky. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be served. Auction items include collectibles such as original artwork, jewelry, gift baskets and other fabulous items. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and can be purchased at the Wildlife Park and the Chamber.

Membership

We have two new members to welcome to the Chamber this week: Fish Creek Outfitters and the Pagosa Springs Nurturing Center.

Fish Creek Outfitters, owned by Brian and Melonie Peoples, offers horseback trail rides, overnight pack trips and guided hunting expeditions. Let Fish Creek Outfitters show you the beautiful backcountry of the Weminuche Wilderness. For more information, you can visit their website at www.fishcreekoutfitters.com or call 264-0982.

The Pagosa Springs Nurturing Center is located at 802 Rosita St. This nurturing center was developed to help individuals, families and communities offering coaching, consultation, mentoring, advocacy and education. Their programs currently focus on parenting, economic stability, Hispanic support, youth leadership, violence prevention, and healthy lifestyles. Stop by their facility on Rosita St. where community and confidence are key or visit their website at www.psnurturingcenter.webstarts.com.

Our renewals this week include: Pagosa Glass; Astraddle a Saddle; Susan King and the San Juan Appraisal Group; Bacci; the Aspen Moose; Winslow on the Shire; Wilderness Journeys; Mountain Eye Care; Sonrisas Spanish School; and The Kraftin’ Post. We also welcome back Jackie Schick, longtime Pagosa resident and treasured Visitor Center volunteer.

Don’t forget that the August Business Bites is important for your business and we’re here to try and save you money as you make this conversion. Take advantage of this session.

Many thanks go out to the numerous volunteers who made this year’s Archuleta County Fair a success, especially with all the changes going on at the Extension Office. Congratulations also to the youth who worked so hard raising their animals and bringing them to the show and sale. We also thank the painters with the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters for painting the scenery around Pagosa in so many different ways, and with such talent. It was a joy.

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