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Plan now for the upcoming holidays

SUN Columnist

Never a dull moment at the Chamber as we look forward to promoting our own and other community events from now until the end of the year — particularly through the month of December.

As a business owner or member of an organization, you should be looking forward and planning for the holidays: church services, special dinners or events at restaurants, community activities. How do you promote your event? Did you know that the Chamber can assist you whether you are a member or not?

As mentioned in previous columns, the Chamber and the Town Tourism Committee are working on a community and visitor event calendar for dates from Thanksgiving to the end of the year. We want residents and visitors alike to participate in and enjoy the many activities in our community. These activities include the lighting contests (residential and commercial), tours of residential areas with festively decorated homes, shopping events such as the Parade of Stores, theatrical and musical productions, craft classes, Santa visits and the like. The Chamber has been hosting business meetings to determine some activities we can help promote. There should be a meeting coming to your area soon. Please attend and give us your input.

We will also begin our e-mail and call-around blast to churches, lodging facilities and restaurants to determine availability, service times, holiday openings and specials to share with our visitors. Please respond to our request so we can help promote you and your services to residents and visitors.

For more information, contact Mary Jo at 264-2360.

Gift certificates

United Way dining certificates make great gifts, not only for the holidays but for an anniversary or birthday present. The dining certificates are $20 each and can be used for the full value of a meal at 32 restaurants in Pagosa. Participating restaurants donate $4 to United Way for each certificate redeemed. There is no additional cost to you. Dining certificates make great gifts, and you are helping an agency in Pagosa that assists other agencies and residents of Archuleta County. Certificates can be obtained from the Chamber of Commerce, the Ross Aragon Community Center and the PLPOA Recreation Center.

Another great gift giving idea is Pagosa Perks.

Pagosa Perks are available all year long, although we experience a surge in sales over the holiday season. The Perks spend just like cash at hundreds of businesses throughout Pagosa Springs. Not only can you use them for dining, but you can use them for lodging, retail, services and utilities — even groceries or gas. The Perks are guaranteed, so they are even safer than a personal check. Perks come in various denominations and you leave the choice of the gift up to the recipient; that in itself is a gift. Let the recipient pay a bill; let them treat themselves and their family to a special night out or purchase something they would not have ordinarily bought for themselves.

Another suggestion is to give Pagosa Perks as your year-end bonus gift. This gesture ensures that your dollars are spent in Pagosa, keeping business local and circulating the dollars locally. If you have a large number of Perks to purchase, call the Chamber in advance and we will have then ready for you at the specified time. Pagosa Perks can only be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Pagosa Perks, contact the Chamber.

Events

The annual E-Cycle event is occurring Friday and Saturday, October 25 & 26. Please see the related article in this week’s SUN for dates, times and specifics. Gather your electronic equipment and bring it to the Transfer Station on Trujillo Road.

The 10th annual Halloween Carnival will take place at the Ross Aragon Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 4-6 p.m. Prior to bringing down the kiddos, volunteer to help decorate, run a booth, or donate some candy or baked goods to the event. Cash donations are also always welcome to assist with the purchasing of goodies for the attendees. There will be a costume contest, haunted house, numerous games and activities and a scary good time for all the participants. Let the candy-gorging begin a little earlier this year and attend this festive event. For more information or to donate, contact the community center at 264-4152.

The second annual Monsters Ball will take place at the Pagosa Center for the Arts. This party will be held Oct. 31 and costumes are encouraged. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. and there will be a cash bar. You can purchase tickets for $10 at the door the night of the event.

Business news

The October Maximizing Your Membership class will be held Monday, Oct. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Chamber. Chamber members and non-members are invited to learn more about membership benefits, how you can better utilize the chamber or find out what the Chamber is all about. The class is free and lunch is provided. We ask that you R.S.V.P. just so that we can ensure enough space and food to accommodate all the attendees. To register, call 264-2360.

Our renewals this week include Alco Department Store; Voormi; Coyote Moon Cafe; Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant; Pagosa Feed and Nursery; Station; PBS Heating and Air; Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad; and Centerpoint Church.

This story was posted on October 24, 2013.