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Volunteers — find the perfect organization for your talents

Have a passion and want to share it with others?

Have some time on your hands and need to fill it?

Want to take a few hours a week or even help out at a few events?

This is the time to find out what activities are going on in Pagosa and what the various organizations have to offer.

Come to Town Park on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. when over 25 nonprofit agencies will be on hand to give you information about their organizations and their work. Youth, seniors, animals, heritage, outdoors and many other interests will be represented at this first-time event.

Often, residents don’t know what groups or volunteer opportunities are available in our community. Some groups only need seasonal help, other groups want youth volunteers; some groups need business or developmental guidance; many organizations need more specialized talents (like search and rescue) but are willing to train people, and some groups need help for only one day!

While you come out to enjoy the Earth Day celebration Saturday, find out if there is an organization you would like to donate some time to.

If you’re not sure about signing up to volunteer right then and there, you will be able to take home a booklet that describes all the organizations that are participating in the event; mark off the groups that are of interest to you, and someone from that organization will get back to you with more information.

Pagosa Springs has an organization to fit almost any need. Pagosa is also filled with very talented and giving individuals — youth and adult. There are many people who volunteer with multiple organizations. However, there is always a need for assistance. If you would like to find out how you can volunteer for a couple of hours at various events to more intensive commitments, attend this fun and informational afternoon organized by numerous community agencies. Every hour of giving helps; no amount of participation is too small. Recycle your talents and volunteer!

E-Cycle cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the E-Cycle Event scheduled for Friday and Saturday has been postponed. The vendor that Archuleta County anticipated using unexpectedly informed us they no longer are able to recycle the products. The county is searching for a new vendor so we can offer the event to the public at a later date.

While we are disappointed the event will not take place with the other Earth Day activities put on by the SOS, we know it will happen later this year. Continue to save electronic equipment such as computers, monitors, laptops, TVs and the like. The community will be made aware of when the E-Cycle Event will occur in the near future.

Residents will still be able to bring their CFL light bulbs to the Chamber booth on Saturday at the Earth Day events. We will have an appropriate container to handle light bulbs — no fluorescent bulbs, please. Questions be directed to the Chamber at 264-2360.

Flower baskets on sale

The annual hanging flower basket sale seems to be early this year, but flower delivery will be here before you know it. Therefore, the Chamber has begun to accept orders for hanging baskets.

This year, we again have two basket sizes —12-inch and the larger 16-inch baskets. The 12-inch baskets will come from Ponderosa Lumber and are $28. The 16-inch baskets will come from Bayfield Gardens and will be $100.

These beautiful flowers that dress up our town, businesses and residences receive so many comments from visitors that we’ve actually had people call and wonder where they can order the beautiful and colorful flowers.

There will be a limited number of baskets ordered in each size. You can call the Chamber or stop by and order your baskets. Cash, check or charge will be accepted. Along with the baskets, fertilizer will be offered to help your plants throughout the summer. The baskets will be delivered to your business or home, or you can pick them up at the Chamber. Please place your order by Friday, May 11. Baskets will be delivered on Friday, May 25 — just in time for the Memorial Day and graduation parties.

For more information, call the chamber at 264-2360.

Business counseling

On June 6, Marc Willson, restaurant and retail consultant with the Virginia State SBDC and founder of the Virginia Small Town and Retail Merchant Program, will be one of the guest speakers at the Business to Business Expo.

Willson will also be available for private consultations for your business. His specialty is working with small businesses faced with a “big box” coming into their community. Often, we are so close to the issue we cannot take the most objective view. Willson will help you analyze your business, see what is working right or what you could possibly change, and how you can survive and thrive with a “big box” in the community.

If you are interested in having Willson conduct a confidential consultation with you, please sign up at the Chamber. The cost is $50 for a private session. There will only be a limited number of spaces available. If you would like an objective viewpoint of your business and its viability in the large-format market, this would be a great investment. Sign up at the Chamber by Friday, April 20.

Upcoming meetings

Make sure you take note of one of the many upcoming business meetings that may be of interest to you or beneficial to your business.

La Plata Electric will host a commercial lighting information workshop on Thursday, April 19, at the La Plata Electric offices in Durango from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will be an informative meeting for contractors, electricians, and business owners who have equipment that use a lot of lighting (refrigeration, fluorescent light bulbs). LPEA would also like to remind business owners they are currently offering a $10 per bulb rebate for each Energy Star-rated LED spotlight purchased by businesses or individuals and a $250 per each kilowatt of lighting load reduced (up to $20,000 total) at the facility when replacing old T-12 fluorescent bulbs with energy efficient T-5 or T-8 bulbs. Because lunch will be served during the class, an R.S.V.P. is requested. Call Ray Pierotti at 382-7770.

On Tuesday, April 17, Tammy Wilde with Nationwide Payment Solutions will be our guest speaker, informing the business community of PCI compliance and mobile credit card acceptance. Wilde will let you know what PCI compliance is, how you can ensure your business is PCI compliant, and how you can improve your credit card system. Wilde will also let people know how businesses can accept credit cards off-site. If you are producing an event or have a business where you could accept credit cards away from your brick and mortar facility, then Wilde can show you the latest technology. The luncheon class will be held at the Westside Visitor Center at noon. The cost is $7 for Chamber members and $10 for non-members and lunch is included. To register for the Business Bites class, please call the Chamber at 264-2360.

The second annual Pagosa Springs Area Tourism Conference will be held April 24- 25. The conference will have noteworthy guests speaking on tourism and marketing. Along with Al White, director of the Colorado Tourism Office, there will be representatives from the state’s marketing efforts, social media gurus and, of course, local experts such as Jennifer Green, Marci Mitchell and Morgan Murri to explain how your business can take advantage of Pagosa’s marketing efforts, the speed of today’s technology, the new lodging central reservation system and many more topics. The conference is free and you can register online at http://bit.ly/GXEIsd.

Upcoming events

Tickets for the Carson and Barnes circus are now on sale at the Chamber, Wild Spirit Gallery and Ski & Bow Rack. Adult discount coupons are also available at locations around town and online. Online ticket sales will be available next week. The circus will be held at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at a site on Hot Springs Boulevard on Wednesday, May 9. Get your tickets now and don’t wait until the last minute. There is also the opportunity to sponsor a school class to go to the circus. The cost is $150 and this allows about 23 children to go to the circus. For more information, contact Jennifer Green at sales@visitpagosasprings.com.

For all you salsa enthusiasts, 1st Southwest Bank will host a salsa contest on Friday, May 4, in honor of Cinco de Mayo. The contest will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the bank and is open to the public. There will be prizes for the first, second and third place winners, as voted on by the public.

For more information, contact 1st Southwest Bank at 731-1300.

Membership

Our new member this week is Taylor Technical Services, with Brette Locke. Brette offers professional and management consultation services for all types of construction both residential and commercial. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) serving private and government sectors. His services include pre-construction project assessment and planning, design management, procurement and bidding, construction monitoring and controls, and project closeout. Brette has 32 years of success delivering projects on time and within budget. For more information on Taylor Technical Services, contact Brette at 946-7458.

Our renewals this week include Galles Properties, the Oak Ridge Lodge, B&S Excursions and the Harman Art Museum.

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