Chamber announces SunDowner 2009 schedule

It was a busy morning at the Visitor Center Monday, Oct. 6, with many an early riser coming down to the Chamber to sign up for the 2009 SunDowner schedule.

Mark your calendars now for next year’s events.

• January — Chamber annual meeting. No SunDowner.

• Feb. 25 — Humane Society of Pagosa Springs.

• March 25 — Seeds of Learning.

• April 22 — Big Brothers Big Sisters.

• May 27 — Pagosa Artisans’ Co-op.

• June 24 — Pagosa Pub Works.

• July 22 — DeClark Granite.

• Aug. 26 — Colorado Housing/Habitat.

• September — ColorFest. No SunDowner.

• Oct. 28 — Wild Spirit Gallery/Pagosa Photography/Pagosa Skin Therapy.

• Nov. 18 — Open.

• Dec. 16 — The Pagosa Springs SUN.

Our waiting list is still open.

We thank these businesses for hosting a business after-hours function and look forward to seeing their businesses and organizations in action.

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list in case one of these businesses cancels, or you want to sign up for November, call Kimberley at 264-2360.

Cross the Digital Divide

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, we tackle some of the challenges that the Internet and Web sites throw at us, as Marcy Mitchell with MTECH gives us tips on how to cross the Digital Divide.

Marcy will speak about how you can maximize your marketing dollars and will give you tips on banner and pay-per-click ads.

She’ll also show you inexpensive or no-cost ways that allow you to gather analytical information about your Web site and how customers are finding out about your business.

Have you hired someone to take care of your Web site, or are you looking for someone? Marcy can give you tips on what to look for in a designer or hosting company, and answer many of your questions about the Web site world including those about search engine optimization.

This is always a very popular session and presented by a very knowledgeable Web site designer. Marcy will talk to you in plain English about many of the issues we are faced with these days when we consider the marketing aspects of our sites.

The luncheon will be held at Boss Hogg’s Restaurant, beginning at noon. The cost of the luncheon is $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers, and includes a choice of lunch entrée, non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity. To reserve your spot at this session, call the Chamber.

IHM fashion show

Fall is in full force, the holidays are around the corner and winter fashion is waiting to unfold.

The annual Immaculate Heart of Mary Fashion Show takes place Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Parish Hall on Lewis Street. Beginning at 11 a.m., Happy Trails Ladies Boutique brings fashion to the runway, with Victoria’s Parlor catering the lunch. Tickets this year are $35 and full tables may be reserved and purchases in advance at Happy Trails or Switchback Mountain Wear.

Ladies: there will be a drawing for a $1,500 gift certificate at Happy Trails as well as some other fun offers. All proceeds from this event support the Parish Hall, which is used by all denominations and groups throughout our community.

For more information, contact Maria at Happy Trails at 264-4260. Don’t miss the fun and fashion on Nov. 8.

Lifelong Learning

With the economic status of the country in a quandary, the Lifelong Learning series takes a look at China’s economic power.

China’s economic power is considered to be much greater than the trade statistics show and the country has a considerable impact on the world economy. Find out more about this world power from Ali Sabeti, retired senior staff member of the World Bank Group, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Sisson Library.

For more information, contact the library at 264-2208.

Membership news

We have quite a number of renewals this week; however, we start off with an existing member who is bringing a new business to the Chamber.

CCC Horse Boarding joins the Chamber this week. CCC Horse Boarding offers large pastures to allow horses to be in their natural habitat. The pastures have irrigated and non-irrigated sections and turnouts that allow proper rotation. For the cost of boarding your horse, mineral blocks and hay as needed are included at no extra charge. CCC also has 1/2 to 1 acre of pastured grass paddocks with spring fed water and Electro Braid Private Paddock runs. The property is located along U.S. 160 just four miles west of Parelli Natural Horsemanship. To find out more about their facility, and to schedule an appointment to view the property, call Christa Carnley at 731-5022. We look forward to CCC’s sleigh rides this winter.

Another new member this week is the Life Expansion Center with Dr. Lauren Cohen. Lauren uses a progressive form of health care involving three areas of expertise: Network Spinal Analysis enhances the ability to heal; Somato Respiratory Integration enhances your internal awareness and assists you in connecting with the underlying causes of symptoms and disease; and Functional Endocrinology works to rebalance and restore normal physiological functions. Lauren offers a free hands-on introductory workshop, “Foundations of Health and Human Potential”. To find out more about this innovative health care, call Dr. Lauren at 731-9494. Welcome to our new members.

Our renewals this week include longtime members, former directors and a business that gives so much back to the community — Old West Press.

Joining Old West Press as renewals are: Aspen Tree Veterinary Clinic; Braxton Ponder, with Ponder Natural Health; Team Pagosa, with Laura Daniels and Chris Hachenberg; Don MacLeod, with Four Corners Frugal Realty; All Season Lake Lodge; Pagosa Vacations; Roger Behr and Amsoil Synthetic Lubricants; Call Clean; and Firefly Ranch on Snowball Road.

Our non-profit organization renewing this week is PACK — an independent grass roots group of citizens interested in promoting positive change in the county. They meet the first Wednesday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. at the Chamber. For more information, call Jim Knoll at 731-4262.

Friends of the Chamber renewing are Lisa Scott and Dr. Tim Mazzola.