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Making plans for a busy events schedule

SUN Columnist

Contrary to popular belief, events don’t just happen.

Any event coordinator will tell you that it takes months of hard work and planning for an event to be a success. This planning also includes community participation.

This year, Pagosa will host the Ride the Rockies Bicycle Tour on Tuesday, June 11. On this day, thousands of cyclists and support crew will descend on Pagosa to enjoy our hospitality and amenities. Lodging and restaurant facilities will be especially busy. This event will also give some of Pagosa’s non-profit agencies an opportunity to get involved, raising funds through food booths in Town Park at the “Party in the Park.”

Hosting this event would not be possible without the participation of the school district. The high school will be the local registration site, providing space for hundreds of campers, for bike security and information services.

The Town of Pagosa Springs is also critical to this event, especially with the expertise of the Parks and Recreation Department staff, not only for their work at Town Park, but at the school fields and assisting with infrastructure needs such as signage and trash control. Members of the police and streets departments will have their hands full, blocking off spaces and streets, and making sure that cyclists arrive at various destinations safely.

Drivers should be especially cautious on this day and the morning of June 12. The Colorado Mounted Patrol will take responsibility for directing cycle and motor traffic in the downtown area and by the school. This duty is no small task.

Members of non-profit agencies will also assist in a variety of ways. Folks from the Pagosa Springs Youth Center will help with recycling and trash control. The San Juan Outdoor Club will once again provide bicycle security the entire time Ride the Rockies is in town, and the high school Booster Club will help feed the masses the afternoon they arrive and the morning they leave. Other non-profit groups involved will be United Way, Pagosa Mountain Morning and Noon Rotary Clubs, Victim Assistance, St. Francis Wildlife Rehabilitation, Humane Society, Chimney Rock Interpretive Association and Loaves and Fishes. There will be an important meeting for all these non-profit groups on Tuesday, May 14, at 10 a.m. It is critical that someone from each organization attend the meeting at the Chamber. Representatives of San Juan Basin Health and the Pagosa Fire Protection District will attend to communicate safety and health regulations that must be observed. We will also go over the logistics of the day and new requirements for trash and recycling efforts. We are also seeking volunteers to serve in a variety of other capacities. If you are interested in volunteering, or have any questions, contact Mary Jo Coulehan at 264-2360.

Owners of restaurants and soaking facilities should pay particular attention to the increase in visitors. Make sure you have enough food and staff on board on June 11. If you would like to open early for breakfast on June 12, let me know. There will be a number of early departures and we are looking for places that will open at 5:30 or 6 a.m. Please let me know if you would like to open early so we can alert the cyclists and promote your business.

More information will be forthcoming in the next six weeks, but start looking at your scheduling and planning efforts now. Call the Chamber for additional information.

Car Show at Pagosa

The dates for The Car Show at Pagosa, May 17-18, are just around the corner.

On Friday night, May 17, car registrants will gather at the athletic field in Town Park, beginning at 5 p.m. The public will be able to listen to live music and see some of the cars. There will also be delicious meals for purchase by Smokin’ Blue BBQ and Bangin’ Tacos, as well as a beer garden. It will be a pleasant way to kick off the show.

On Saturday, May 18, the cars will line up along Lewis Street. In addition to our great local restaurants, there will be food vendors at the event. The Colorado State Patrol will be on hand with their simulator and free car seats for qualifying families. The Show and Shine begins at 9 a.m. and awards will be given out at 3 p.m.

Running of the Roses

The 139th Kentucky Derby comes to the big screens at Keyah Grande in grand style on Saturday, May 4. The Noon Rotary Club presents this fund-raising event in the traditional southern hospitality style. Put on your best dress, ascot and hat and venture out to Keyah Grande beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Happy Trails Ladies Boutique, Goodman’s Department Store and Exit Realty.

The Purse Chronicles

Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program will host its annual Ladies Night Out with The Purse Chronicles on Friday, May 17. The festivities will take place at the Ross Aragon Community Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. This hysterical “talk show” with Coleen Hubbard will explore the depths of women’s purses — the imagination runs wild! There will be a silent and live purse auction along with fabulous food and fun. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Chamber or online at www.pagosapursechronicles.eventbrite.com/. You can also find out more by calling ACVAP at 264-9075.

Membership

We have two new businesses to welcome as Chamber members this week.

Making the 100 finalists for the Colorado Companies to Watch is Ecosphere Environmental Services. Ecosphere has an office in Pagosa at 138 Pagosa St. Ecosphere specializes in environmental compliance and permitting, natural resources consulting, public outreach and participation and environmental planning and monitoring. The firm’s areas of expertise include National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses, Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act (CWA) compliance and permitting, and Geographic Information System (GIS) services. They can assist developers, property owners associations, private landowners and a variety of other clientele. For more information about their services, visit their website at www.ecoshpere-services.com.

Our other new business this week is Drs. Glenn and Jordan Rutherford. Located at David Drive, right off Piedra Road, Pagosa Smiles offers extensive experience providing family dentistry to the Pagosa Springs community. They offer a comprehensive range of services in a comfortable, anxiety-free environment. To schedule an appointment, contact Pagosa Smiles at 731-3627.

Our renewing members this week include City Market, Galles Properties, Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant, El Rancho Pinoso, High Plains Nursery located in Arboles, The Harman Art Museum and the San Juan Water Conservancy District. From out of the area, we welcome back the Strater Hotel in Durango.

This story was posted on May 2, 2013.