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Complete the Downtown Colorado survey

The Chamber has sent out the Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) survey, and we are asking all business owners to complete it.

This survey precedes a visit by a DCI group that will come to Pagosa Nov. 13-14. The DCI reps will take participants through an intensive, two-day focus group process that will gather a wide range of input — considering government and nonprofit agencies, as well as general business and residential aspects of the community.

If you are interested in participating in a focus group on Nov. 13, here are some of the times for the appropriate groupings: The town council, historic preservation, TTC, parks and rec commission and town department heads will meet at 12:30 p.m. Representatives of the school district, CDOT, the library, museums, PLPOA Recreation Center and local nonprofits are scheduled at 1:45 p.m. Business owners or business property owners, not just those in town, will meet at 5:30 p.m. and town and county residents are encouraged to meet with the DCI group at 6:45 p.m. All focus group meetings will take place at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

On Nov. 14, at 6 p.m., the DCI group will provide a draft presentation of their findings and make recommendations to the public. This meeting will also be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

In preparation for this visit, the Chamber has sent out a survey compiled by a group of interested citizens and CDC and Chamber members. The survey will take you about 20 minutes to complete. It is extensive and confidential. We alone will know the businesses that responded. Answers will be thrown into a mix to create graphs and grids that give information about hours of operation, concerns in the town or wider community, suggestions of businesses we may want to recruit and other general information. We encourage all business owners to complete the survey, not just owners of businesses in town.

This is an opportunity for business owners and residents to let their voice be heard, providing constructive suggestions and concerns, as well as praise for what has been done right. There have been smaller, less targeted surveys and focus groups in past years, but we hope, with this process, we will be able to come away with a clearer idea of where the community stands on issues and with concrete ways to move the community forward in small, manageable steps.

If you have any questions concerning the survey, are having trouble taking the survey, or would like to take the survey in hard copy, contact the Chamber, and we will assist you.

Capitol Christmas Tree

On Saturday morning, Nov. 10, bundle up and bring the family out to celebrate the Capitol Christmas tree, which will be traveling through town on its way from Meeker, Colo., to Washington, D.C.

We are pleased Pagosa Springs was chosen as one of the stops along the way, so the public can find out more about this year’s tree and contribute our support to the protection of our great outdoors. Representatives of Choose Outdoors, Mack Trucks, Gibson Guitar and other sponsors will be here for the presentations.

The special, energy-efficient, custom-crafted Mack truck will be driven by a regional dignitary, Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Senator Campbell had one of his own special custom trucks in Pagosa’s Car Show last May and was a winner in the Best Big Rig category.

The tree will be on display on the frontage road next to the San Juan Motel. The truck and trailer are over 100 feet long. You will be able to view part of the tree through specially designed plexiglass display windows, and the top of the tree will also be visible. The tree will be escorted into town by the Veterans for Veterans motorcycle group. Boy and Girl Scouts will be on hand, and the Chamber will be handing out complimentary hot drinks and breakfast treats. The tree will arrive at 8:30 a.m. and depart by 9:30, so there is only a brief window of opportunity for you to take part in this celebration. For more information about this national tradition, visit www.capitolchristmastree2012.com. This will be a wonderful educational experience for our children and fun for Pagosans of all ages.

Upcoming events

It is the first weekend in November, and that means it is time this Saturday for the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Ross Aragon Community Center. Get ready for over 60 vendor booths, a dining area, a bake sale, silent auction and great holiday shopping opportunities. This is the 38th year this event will be held. The bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Get your bling on for a fashion night on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. The second annual Fall Fashion Show will be held at the Ross Aragon Community, Center with a range of fashion choices from Happy Trails Ladies Boutique. Proceeds from this event will benefit the food banks at Community United Methodist Church, Pope John Paul II and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. This is a fun opportunity to gather the girlfriends, dress up a little, then head out for a night of stunning fashion and delicious food. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Happy Trails or at any of the three food bank churches. For further information, call 264-4260.

SHY RABBIT opens “The Art of it All” — an international juried exhibition — with an artists’ reception 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. This exhibition will continue until Dec. 31 and is free to the public. A variety of art works is included in the showing with 98 pieces of art work representing 18 states and Canada. The show is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SHY RABBIT is located at 333 Bastille Drive on the west side of town. For more information, contact 731-2766.

Membership

We have two new members to bring to the Chamber this week.

We welcome the new owners of White’s Family Funeral Home, located on Fourteenth Street. Owners Matthew and Lera Boyle bring over 20 years of funeral service to Pagosa Springs from the Chicago area and offer traditional and cremation burial options. They encourage you to stop by their offices and see the enhancements that they have implemented at the funeral home, as well as the new services offered, and you can speak to them about burial plans.

The next business owner has been a Chamber member in the past, but returns with his special elixir, Heironymus Life Elixir. Glenn Hieronymus offers a tasty drink with organic herbs and spices, no sugar or caffeine, that can enhance your well being. This “tea” is sold at various locations around town or you can purchase it online at www.captainglennsteas.com.

Our renewing members this week include Shang Hai Restaurant, River Pointe Coffee Cafe and Pagosa Home Inspection, with Andrew Baker. Our nonprofit renewing members include Calvary Pagosa (with services being held at the Pagosa Youth Center) and Durango’s Music in the Mountains.

If your business will be switching to winter or abbreviated hours of operation, please contact the Chamber of Commerce so we can provide correct information to our customers.

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