Clubs – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 19:35:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Pagosa Stitchers support the Archuleta County Fair http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/24/pagosa-stitchers-support-the-archuleta-county-fair/ Sat, 24 Aug 2019 11:00:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176003

Photo courtesy Debby Donovan
Pagosa Stitchers Annie Stone, Linda Lutomski, Kathy Fuller, Jan Starnes, Jan Golden, Dawn Farrar, Beverly Berman, Debby Donovan, Beverly Kraska, Kathy Pfister and Lynne Hazlett, not pictured, collected a total of 25 awards for their contributions to the recent Archuleta County Fair.

By Debby Donovan
Special to The PREVIEW
There’s more to the Archuleta County Fair than critters. Lots more. Entries that are submitted for judging, whether it be a craft, food item, beer, plants, photography, ceramics, paintings or numerous other offerings, each helps to sustain our local fair, which deserves our community’s full support.
Several members of the Pagosa Stitchers certainly earned some bragging rights as this year’s contributions to the fair translated into three Grand Champion, one Reserve Champion and one Honorable Mention awards, plus 10 first-, six second-, three third- and one fourth-place ribbons. The awards were in various categories including quilting, crochet, pine needle basketry, yarn dying, weaving, cross-stitch, knitting, crochet and crewel work.
In addition to supporting our fair, there’s a great deal of personal satisfaction in receiving an award for something you’ve put your time and effort into, not to mention the fun of being able to brag a wee bit among friends and family about your accomplishment. After all, it’s icing on the cake after weeks, months or even a year of laboring over a project. And, although awards are fun, if truth be told, they pale in comparison to the joy of sharing creative time with others who also have a passion for making things, which is why there are now 65 women involved in the Pagosa Stitchers group.
Whether you are an expert or just starting to learn a new craft, you will find kindred spirits and lots of camaraderie each Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Pagosa Springs Arts Council Events Center at 197 Navajo Trail Drive. There is no fee, but you must bring your own items to work on. Come join us, as it’s never too soon to start planning for next year’s submission to our great Archuleta County Fair.

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Become a community naturalist http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/21/become-a-community-naturalist/ Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:00:04 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175473 By Keith Bruno
Special to The SUN
Please join Audubon Rockies and Mountain Studies Institute on Wednesday, Aug. 28, for our ongoing adult education series at Four Mile Ranch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In this workshop, we will examine the stream ecology of Four Mile Creek, discussing the signs and symptoms of a healthy riparian zone and pulling some noxious weeds while we’re at it.
Additionally, local tree scientist Herb Grover will provide some insight into tree identification and aging onsite.
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, this is an opportunity to learn more about the plant and insect life that we find along Colorado streams. To sign up and receive further details/directions, please RSVP to Keith Bruno at kbruno@audubon.org.

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Stargazers to evaluate club activities and review lecture http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/19/stargazers-to-evaluate-club-activities-and-review-lecture/ Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:00:02 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175566 By Joan Mieritz
Special to The PREVIEW
The San Juan Stargazers will hold their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Chamber Visitor Center conference room located at 105 Hot Springs Blvd. The meeting is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. sharp.
Before the meeting, at 6 p.m., we will have a telescope clinic. Many people in Pagosa have a telescope which they were given or picked up somewhere, but have no idea how to use it or if it is even usable. The San Juan Stargazers want to help you learn how to use it or fix it.
You may call 335-8286 with a little information about what you have and what you may be needing in the form of help. We will match you with a club member who will help you. Then you can have an amazing time practicing with your telescope at our star parties and practice sessions.
It takes time and effort to do our nine star parties at Chimney Rock, so we will take special time at this meeting to appreciate each other for all we do while we enjoy a very delicious treat.
Then there will be time for an evaluation, both written and discussion, of our club and the summer star parties. Please be thinking about ways that we could improve how we do things.
The actual program is a review of Dr. Ellingson’s lecture on Aug. 8. We have her presentation to review and analyze.
It should be a good evening of enjoyment and learning.
The San Juan Stargazers are part of the Astronomical League, which includes clubs from all over the U.S. We have a new website, www.sanjuanstargazers.org, as well as an email address, sjstargazers@gmail.com, and a club phone number, 335-8286.
We welcome everyone who has an interest in learning more about our amazing universe.

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Bird of the Week http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/18/bird-of-the-week-94/ Sun, 18 Aug 2019 11:00:05 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175568

Photo courtesy Ben Bailey

This week’s Bird of the Week, compliments of the Weminuche Audubon Society and Audubon Rockies, is the black-headed grosbeak.
While in most bird species it is believed that only the male sings, with these birds, both sexes are known to sing. Although the female generally sings a shorter male song, she may trick the male back to the nest by singing a full male version. He will return to chase off the intruder only to find the female saying “It’s your turn.” In this species, both sexes incubate eggs, feed young and defend territory.
Male black-headed grosbeaks are orange colored with black heads, and black and white wings. Females and immatures are streaky brown above with orangish breasts. Buff-colored eyebrows form a football shape around the eyes. The “grosbeak” in their name refers to the large, conical bill, thick at its base.
In breeding season, while these birds are here, insects (especially beetles) and spiders are a large part of their diet. They also find sunflower seed feeders very attractive. In their winter grounds, they are one of the few predators of Monarch butterflies. They are able to tolerate the poisonous toxins of Monarchs that keep other birds away.
Soon we will say goodbye to this spring and summer resident whose song has brightened our days. By the end of August, many of our black-headed grosbeaks will have begun the long journey back to their winter homes in central Mexico.
For information on local bird-watching events, visit www.weminucheaudubon.org and www.facebook.com/weminucheaudubon/.

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Scholarship recipients to talk about Camp Colorado experience at Audubon meeting http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/18/scholarship-recipients-to-talk-about-camp-colorado-experience-at-audubon-meeting/ Sun, 18 Aug 2019 11:00:03 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175464 By Becky Herman
Special to The SUN
Join the Weminuche Audubon Society (WAS) for the regular monthly membership meeting at the Methodist Church on Lewis Street on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Setup and socializing begin at 6 p.m.
Memberships will also be available at that time. WAS offers an adult membership for $15 and one for young people for $5.
Membership carries with it an opportunity to serve on the WAS board and even to become an officer of that board. Let Jean Zirnhelt (731-2985) know if you are thinking about becoming a board member; currently there are openings.
At 6:30 p.m., there will be a short business meeting during which you will get some idea of what projects the chapter is working on now and also what is being planned for the future. Refreshments will be served.
During the program for the evening, we will have an opportunity to meet Marie Smith, Lucas Huddleston and Evan Tweedie, the three students who received scholarships to the American Birding Association’s Camp Colorado. They will relate some of their experiences which led to their applying for a scholarship and also their favorite stories about the whole camp experience, which is offered to young people every summer by the American Birding Association. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of Joan Ward in memory of her late husband, Mike, who served as the chapter secretary for several years.
Following that presentation will be a discussion about the summer bird monitoring project. We will look at our findings, share our experiences and brainstorm ways to improve the study next year. Make sure to read the article titled “Forests, Feathers and Fire” written by Audubon Rockies and published on its website, rockies.audubon.org/blog, describing our monitoring efforts.
Please bring a donation of nonperishable food for the Methodist Church Food Bank in appreciation for our use of the meeting space.

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Vegetable Garden Tour set for Aug. 21 http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/15/vegetable-garden-tour-set-for-aug-21-2/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 22:09:32 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175564 By Cecilia Haviland
Special to The PREVIEW
The Mountain High Garden Club announces its much-anticipated yearly Vegetable Garden Tour set for Wednesday, Aug. 21. The tour will begin at 9 a.m. and includes three very interesting and unique vegetable gardens.
We will begin our tour by meeting at the Pagosa Springs Community Garden at 9 a.m. The garden is located on the west end of Centennial Park near the domes. We will have two volunteer docents to tell visitors about the Pagosa Springs Community Garden and Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership Community Garden Dome, their history and purpose, and to answer questions.
Our second stop in the tour will be the Community Garden Dome. It is a very short stroll to the Community Garden Dome located in the middle of the dome complex. A docent will guide the tour there.
When we complete our tour of the dome, probably around 11 a.m., we will tour Ron Chacey’s amazing vegetable gardens. Please try to carpool to Chacey’s as parking space is at a premium. Chacey has an incredible knowledge base about gardening and loves to teach; he is also scientific about the varieties of vegetables he grows, so there is always a lot to learn. Upon completion of the tour of Chacey’s garden, we will have a time to relax, socialize and share refreshments in his lovely yard.
Please remember to wear a hat, comfortable walking shoes, wear sunscreen and bring a bottle of water. Also bring a snack or treat to share after the tour at Chacey’s home. Invite a friend and have a wonderful day amid the growing things.

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Troop 807 http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/15/troop-807/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:52:49 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175318

Photo courtesy Joe Foster

Scouts from Troop 807 successfully ascend Pagosa Peak on Saturday, Aug. 10. Pictured, left to right, are Daniel Cobden, assistant scoutmaster; Ted Cobden; and Patrick Matney. Not pictured is Scoutmaster Joe Foster.

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Vegetable Garden Tour set for Aug. 21 http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/12/vegetable-garden-tour-set-for-aug-21/ Mon, 12 Aug 2019 11:00:53 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174937

Photo courtesy Cecilia Haviland
The Mountain High Garden Club will hold its much-anticipated yearly Vegetable Garden Tour on Aug. 21, with three stops planned.

By Cecilia Haviland
Special to The PREVIEW
The Mountain High Garden Club announces its much-anticipated yearly Vegetable Garden Tour set for Wednesday, Aug. 21. The tour will begin at 9 a.m. and includes three very interesting and unique vegetable gardens.
We will begin our tour by meeting at the Pagosa Springs Community Garden at 9 a.m. The garden is located on the west end of Centennial Park near the domes. We will have two volunteer docents to tell visitors about the Pagosa Springs Community Garden and Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership Community Garden Dome, their history and purpose, and to answer questions.
Our second stop in the tour will be the Community Garden Dome. It is a very short stroll to the Community Garden Dome located in the middle of the dome complex. A docent will guide the tour there.
When we complete our tour of the dome, probably around 11 a.m., we will tour Ron Chacey’s amazing vegetable gardens. Please try to carpool to Chacey’s as parking space is at a premium. Chacey has an incredible knowledge base about gardening and loves to teach; he is also scientific about the varieties of vegetables he grows, so there is always a lot to learn. Upon completion of the tour of Chacey’s garden, we will have a time to relax, socialize and share refreshments in his lovely yard.
Please remember to wear a hat, comfortable walking shoes, wear sunscreen and bring a bottle of water. Also bring a snack or treat to share after the tour at Chacey’s home. Invite a friend and have a wonderful day amid the growing things.

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Andy Butler to present on travel photography at next Pagosa Springs Photography Club meeting http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/12/andy-butler-to-present-on-travel-photography-at-next-pagosa-springs-photography-club-meeting/ Mon, 12 Aug 2019 11:00:02 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174930

Photo courtesy Andy Butler
“Iceland’s Oxararfoss Waterfall, Pingvellir National Park” by Andy Butler. Butler will be the speaker at the Aug. 14 meeting of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club.

By Gregg Heid
Special to the Preview
The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will hold its August meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis St.
Join us for socializing at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Longtime photographers and those just starting out are welcome.
The Photography Club normally meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the fellowship room of the Methodist Church.
The speaker at the August meeting will be Andy Butler. He will give a presentation on “Travel Photogaphy: Iceland.”
In this presentation, Butler will use photographs from a trip to Iceland to illustrate travel photography planning, tips for creating more compelling travel photos, choosing your gear and keeping your images safe while traveling. Butler is current president of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club and uses his camera mainly for landscape, nature and travel photography.
The Pagosa Springs Photography Club promotes educational, social and fun interactions between all who enjoy making and viewing great photography. Membership is just $25/calendar year for individuals and $35 for families. To join or renew, fill in the application form and mail it with a check for your dues to the address shown on the form or bring it to one of our meetings. Membership applications are available on our website at https://pagosaspringsphotoclub.org/about/.
Club members may bring up to 10 photos on a thumb drive to share with the group after the presentation.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact our president, Butler, at (512) 581-1470 or visit our website, pagosaspringsphotoclub.org.

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Independence Institute speaker to be featured at ACRW meeting http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/10/independence-institute-speaker-to-be-featured-at-acrw-meeting/ Sat, 10 Aug 2019 11:00:39 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174853

Kathleen Chandler

By Sandy Artzberger
Special to The SUN
What is Proposition CC, what is the current attack on the Taxpayer Bill of Rights and what is the safety clause in most of the bills Gov. Jared Polis has recently signed?
These are issues that speaker Kathleen Chandler from the Independence Institute will address at the Tuesday, Aug. 13, Archuleta County Republican Women’s (ACRW) meeting noon at Boss Hogg’s Restaurant.
Last summer, Chandler drew a large crowd when she spoke at ACRW. Her current knowledge base and job as coalitions manager at the Independence Institute enables her to be on the forefront of current issues, thus helping us to be aware and be proactive where necessary.
Chandler has a degree in political science. She was awarded the Vern Bickel Award from the Independence Institute for her political activism in 2019.
Doors open 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13; the ACRW meeting is noon to 1 p.m. All are welcome.

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