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Attention photographers: Send us your calendar photos

Beautiful Pagosa — all four seasons. Now is the time to celebrate our community in pictures as the Chamber prepares to develop the second Pagosa Springs community calendar. Along with a cover shot, there will be a picture representing every month — so you know that a wide variety of photos will be considered.

We offer these calendars locally, and they are a big seller at the Visitor Center to people wanting to remember Pagosa Springs from their visit.

Therefore, we are putting a call out to photographers, amateur and professional. If chosen, your picture will be featured in the calendar with photographic credit and the location the photo represents. We would love to see a variety of Pagosa scenes including fields, mountains, waterfalls, wildflowers, lakes and anything else Pagosa. We prefer the photos be sent either via e-mail or downloaded to a disc. They need to be 300 dpi and make sure you list the scene: Treasure Falls, Opal Lake, view from Eight Mile Mesa, etc.

Although the events have not really started for 2012, we need information about your events for 2013. We want the calendar to reflect the major events in the community for 2013. We anticipate having the calendar ready for July so visitors can have it early and can also plan for their return trip in 2013.

Please e-mail your pictures and event information Stacy Kirby, special events coordinator at the Chamber to Stacy Kirby, special events coordinator at the Chamber, at events@pagosachamber.com.

If you have any questions about the calendar or would like to sponsor a particular month, call Stacy at 264-2360.

Wouldn’t you like to see your photo gracing a calendar page? Send it in now. Photos are due by Friday, June 1.

Hanging baskets

With the lovely weather we’ve been having, Pagosans are champing at the bit to plant and see a bit of color. The early season flowers popping up are even more of an indication that it is time to think of hanging baskets.

The Chamber’s annual Beautify Pagosa campaign is under way with our sale of colorful 12-inch hanging baskets and, again this year, the gorgeous, show-stopping 16-inch baskets. The baskets come from Ponderosa Lumber and Bayfield Gardens.

The 12-inch baskets are planted with drought-resistant flowers and greens. The number of calls we received last year from people commenting on the 16-inch baskets were overwhelming. People would call and mention the name of the business where they saw these exceptional flowers and either comment on how beautiful they were or wonder how they could get some.

A limited number of baskets have been ordered in each size category. The 12-inch baskets will be delivered the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, and the 16-inch baskets will be delivered the next week by a Chamber staff or board member.

There will be some fertilizer included in your purchase to remind you to water your flowers regularly (the wind can beat them up) and to thank you for “Growing With the Chamber.” We are accepting cash, check or credit cards. For more information, or to place your order, call the Chamber at 264-2360.

Car raffle

The raffle for a 2001 Jeep Cherokee Laredo will only be available for the next month. The car will be awarded to a lucky winner on Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at the Car Show at Pagosa on Lewis Street. This 4-wheel drive Jeep is in excellent condition and has new tires, courtesy of Piedra Automotive and a fantastic detail job performed by Mud Shavers Car Wash.

Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased at the Chamber and from board or staff members at locations all around town.

The winning party is responsible for taxes, licensing and titling. This is a perfect car for that new, young-adult driver, or for older drivers wanting a reliable, classic Jeep vehicle.

For more information, contact the Chamber or stop by and pick up your raffle ticket. You do not need to be present to win the car.

Maximize your membership

During the month of March, 17 businesses found out how their Chamber membership could work better for them. Shouldn’t you be one of those businesses in April? This 1 1/2 hour presentation includes an overview of your membership benefits as well as a free lunch. Call Jan Santopietro at the Chamber to reserve your spot in the class and ensure enough food is provided.

Summer camps

We are requesting that community organizations that put on summer camps forward this information to the Chamber. We receive numerous phone calls about activities for children throughout the summer. Oftentimes we can pick up this information through The SUN, but we would like to develop a quick reference guide. Whether you are a religious organization, non-profit entity, governmental agency, art group or school group, let us know when, where and the span of time your camp will be offered. Please also let us know if you accept “drop-in” attendees. The Chamber will then keep a list of the various activities for the summer. You can e-mail this information to Patricia Shoffner in our offices at info@visitpagosasprings.com or fax us the information at 264-4625.

Forest health

As we drive over Wolf Creek Pass and visit the Front Range, beetle infestation is predominant. Sky Stephens, forest entomologist with the Colorado State Forest Service, will make a free presentation on “Beetles and Their Impact on Forest Health” on Tuesday, May 1, at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse from 7-8:30 p.m. Sky will discuss current forest health challenges and how we can respond to this infestation on our public and private forests with proactive forest management and individual tree protection. Light refreshments will be served and the seminar is sponsored by FireWise of Southwest Colorado and the Colorado State Forest Service as part of “May is Wildfire Prevention and Education Month.”

Smart meters

La Plata Electric Association will present “Be Smart About Meters” in Pagosa on Tuesday, May 1, at 3 and 5:30 p.m. The sessions will be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center. These meters are being installed all across the United States, and LPEA would like us to know about this new system and how it can offer cost savings, energy management capabilities and benefits. Pre-registration is not required. This is an important topic for electricians, contractors and homeowners.

Membership news

The Town of Pagosa Springs kicks off a plethora of renewals this week. We appreciate the town’s continued membership. Other renewals include Austin’s BBQ, DSP Pizza, Mountain Landing Guest Quarters, V.A. Poma Ranch, Mountain Home Sound & Security, Aspen Tree Veterinary Clinic, Restoration Fellowship, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Basin Printing in Durango, and the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado.

Don’t forget that it is prom weekend both for the high school and the seniors. The Senior Prom will be held Sunday, April 29, from 3-6 p.m. at the high school. Tickets are available at the door. Don’t forget to register for the Business to Business Expo on June 6 and pick up your circus tickets for May 9 at the Chamber.

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