Through the Web site jungle at Business Bites

The reservations are already coming in, with people booking their places for the Oct. 21 Business Bites luncheon.

This session will be conducted by Marcy Mitchell of MTECH. Marcy will assist business owners in finding their way through the Web site jungle.

Although she will make only a short presentation, Marcy will explain in simple English things like Search Engine Optimization, the pros and cons of “pay per click” advertising, common Web site pitfalls, and what to look for when designing a Web site.

Most business owners hire someone to design and run their Web sites. However, as owners, you need to know what to look for in a designer and how to know they can communicate your vision. Do you know the ways to see how people access your site? You also need to know that you are getting your money’s worth when you pay for services. Marcy can provide some analytical tools.

The luncheon will be held at Boss Hoggs’ restaurant beginning promptly at noon Oct. 21. For the price of $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers, attendees will receive a choice of lunch entrees, non-alcoholic drink, tax, gratuity and a wealth of information. Due to the size of the room, seating will be limited — and this is a very popular topic.

Call the Chamber at 264-2360 to reserve your seat. Should spaces not sell out, walk-ins will be welcome — but don’t take that chance. Get your ticket now.

Seniors Inc. Oktoberfest

The seventh annual Oktoberfest will be held Saturday at the Pagosa Springs Community Center. Archuleta Seniors, Inc. hosts this annual event and it is one of the organization’s major fund-raisers for the year.

Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue until about 8:30. There will be delicious bratwursts and German potato salad, sauerkraut, dessert and much more.

There will be specially-made micro-brewed beers and a children’s menu will be available.

Come dressed in your German garb and you may win a prize in the costume contest. Music, dancing and a silent auction will also entertain the participants.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Chamber, the community center and The Plaid Pony. Adult tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door; Archuleta Seniors are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; children 5-12 are $5 and children under 5 are free. There are also family pack tickets available for $40 in advance and $45 at the door.

Advance tickets will be available until noon Saturday. This is a fun, family event celebrating good food, lively music and a wonderful tradition.

“Dialogues” continues

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts continues its group exhibition at the gallery located at 333 Bastille Drive. The exhibit opening was Oct. 4, and the show will continue until Nov. 15. “Dialogues” was chosen for the conversations possible between artist, viewer and the artworks in the show.

Take a break on your trip to observe all the color outside, and stop into SHY RABBIT to see some wonderful color and composition inside this multifunctional art facility. SHY RABBIT Gallery is open Thursday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Theatre performance

The Springs Theatre Company will bring an entertaining fall performance to the community Thursday, Oct. 23, Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25 — the performance dates for “Clue The Musical!” The show features lively audience interaction. The dinner theater presentation will take place at the PLPOA Clubhouse. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner is served beginning at 6:30 and performances start at 7:30. Enjoy a delicious dinner and interactive theater production, all for the price of $35. Advance tickets are required and may be purchased at The Plaid Pony or online at

Membership news

As we all know, economic times are tough for everyone. With this concern in mind, we continue to thank those businesses that join or renew with the Chamber, seeing the value in the support of the business community.

The Chamber is committed to working even harder to earn the membership’s loyalty, and we will work with you to retain your membership during these trying times.

Here are the renewals that we welcome back this week: Source Gas; Century Telephone of Colorado; The Pagosa Springs SUN; Terry’s Ace Hardware; Plaza Liquor; Victoria’s Reign; Happy Trails Lady’s Boutique; Pagosa Baking Co.; Pagosa Insurance; Piedra Automotive; and Pagosa Auto Parts.

Don’t miss this week’s Lifelong Learning lecture, “Lost Cities: Petra, Machu Picchu, Mesa Verde, plus A Mystery City.” Judith Reynolds, biographer and journalist, will be the guest speaker and she will discuss current ideas on the history, beauty and mystery surrounding these unique places. The session begins at 3 p.m. at the Sisson Library at U.S. 160 and South 8th Street.