Chamber accepting board nominations

Every year, many nonprofit organizations throughout Pagosa add new board members — due to the resignation of a member or the creation of a vacancies due to term limitations.

The Chamber of Commerce is no exception. Three board member positions will soon be available, each with a three-year term limit.

The Chamber board looks for business representatives with the following qualifications:

• The candidate must have been a Chamber member for one year.

• The Chamber board fills open positions on a skills set basis. To provide a full range of talents on our nine-person board, we look for skills in finance, representation of an array of businesses for business development, marketing talent, facilities management, fund-raising skill, and event coordination.

• Meetings are held every month and there are various special events that require attendance as well.

• Fresh ideas, a belief in the business community, enthusiasm and the drive to continuously improve our business climate are also necessary qualities.

The Chamber board of directors looks for a great mix of business leaders and seeks to include individuals who can work hard for the organization and the community.

Six candidates are submitted to the Chamber membership, and the members elect three board members. If you are interested in running for the Chamber board of directors, or need more information, contact me. I can provide an application. All applications need to be submitted by Nov. 3 in time for the December Chamber newsletter. The election begins then and continues to the annual meeting in January.

For more information or to obtain a packet with a list of board requirements, please call me at 264-2360.

Halloween activity for everyone

On Saturday, Oct. 25, and Friday, Oct. 31, there will be several fall festivals and Halloween activities held in town.

Junior high students with the People to People group will be host two events Saturday, Oct. 25. Beginning at 11 a.m. and lasting until 2 p.m. children from kindergarten to fourth grade can participate in a fun afternoon of games, crafts and food. The event will be held at the Church of Christ on Lewis Street. Lunch is included and the cost is $12 per child, with a discount for additional children in the same family. There are a limited number of spaces, so reserve now by calling Terri Smith at 731-0729 or Linda Stuckwish at 731-2173.

The fun continues at 3 p.m., sponsored by the same organization, but for children in grades five to eight. This time, dinner is included in the $12 fee, along with other fun activities, crafts, games and a bounce house. Have an entertaining day while helping our youth raise money for their trips to a foreign country where they will act as ambassadors not only from the United States, but Pagosa Springs as well.

For the adults, the Upper San Juan EMT Association will host Medical Mayhem, Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the community center. This 21-and-older fund-raiser will have live music by Brooks and Friends, dancing, a cash bar, a silent and brown bag auction, food catered by the Alley House Grille, and a costume contest — if dressing up is your bag. Tickets are $20 and are available from local EMTs, and at Farrago’s, Dorothy’s The Choke Cherry Tree, Higher Grounds and Summit Ski and Sport. Have a great time while supporting our local EMTs. For more information, call 903-4487.

On Friday, Oct. 31, the community center will be transformed into a hub of ghoulish and family-oriented activity for the annual Community Halloween Party. The center goes all out decorating the facility and creating various activities for children of all ages. Costumes are encouraged and the community can participate in trick or treating in a safe and festive environment. There will also be free hot dogs and hot chocolate for the participants. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the fun continues until 8. Admission is free and children, teenagers and parents are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact the community center at 264-4152.

Ski and Sport Swap

Time to get ready for winter. Winter activities provide some great reasons for why we live here — and plenty of winter activities abound in our community. The annual ski and sport swap will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Archuleta County fairgrounds. More than 10 businesses will be on hand to provide skis, boots, poles, boards, outdoor clothing, and other sporting goods, as will individuals who will sell equipment on consignment. This annual event provides an opportunity to upgrade to the next level of equipment or start out with a new sport this winter.

Since shopping takes so much energy, there will be fresh baked goods for sale at the fairgrounds. For more information, call Jim or Nancy Cole at 731-2078.

IHM Fashion Show

Gather your friends and reserve a table at the annual Immaculate Heart of Mary Fashion Show. This year, Happy Trails Ladies Boutique will provide the fashions. Victoria’s Parlor will provide the lunch, so you know that you will be in for scrumptious fare. Tickets are $35 per person and special runway tables can be reserved. The doors of the Parish Hall on Lewis Street open at 11:30 a.m. with the fashions flowing until about 2 p.m. Another great opportunity awaits the participants this year — they will have the chance to win a $1,500 gift certificate from Happy Trails. There will also be other prizes, but who wouldn’t like to go shopping with $1,500 credited to your account at one of Pagosa’s premier clothing boutiques? Funds raised from this event will support the Parish Hall, which is used by individuals and various nondenominational groups in the community. Past shows have helped fund improvements such as flooring, kitchen appliances, water heater and tables. These improvements make your event better, should you rent the hall. To purchase tickets, stop by Happy Trails or Switchback Mountain Wear on the west side of town in the Country Center Plaza, or call 264-4260.

‘Clue The Musical!’

This production takes place Oct. 23, 24 and 25. The doors at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 and the performance beginning at 7:30. Tickets are $35 for the dinner theater and they may be purchased at the Plaid Pony or online at http://springstheatrecompany.org. You can also call for information at 731-5262.

Membership

We welcome two new members to the Chamber fold this week.

The first business is Colorado Vertical, which offers scenic helicopter tours of Pagosa Country and the surrounding area. Colorado Vertical, run by Kristen Sanders and Christa Carnley, can arrange photo flights, sunset or moonlight flights or a flight for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary. Tours begin with half-hour increments. This service is great if you need to get an aerial photo of your home or business. To book that special adventure, call 731-5022.

Our other new business is Tim Sutherland and Timothy Sutherland Gallery. This new gallery is located at 250 Pagosa St. in the old Daisy Valentine Building. Tim offers fine art photographs in black and white of Colorado and the West. He also does large format printing of digital images and digital copy and printing of original work. The gallery has been renovated to show off these wonderful works of art. We’re glad to see another gallery here to enhance our visitors’ walking experiences in Pagosa.

Our renewals this week include Exit Realty (formerly Prudential Triple S); Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant; Pagosa Candy Co.; Alley House Grille; Pagosa Glass; Fanas Architecture; Saul Furnishings; and Spectrum Construction.

Our non-profit renewals this week include the Pagosa Springs Community Center and Centerpoint Church.

Our friend of the Chamber renewing this week is James Bankston.

Make sure you attend the free Maximizing Your Membership lunch at the Chamber this month — Monday, Oct. 27, at 11:30 a.m. Call Autumn to reserve your slot.

Also, don’t forget to head out to SHY RABBIT Gallery as they continue their “Dialogues” show, consisting of various works that elicit conversation or dialogue between the viewer and the piece of art. The gallery is open Thursday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and they are located at 333 Bastille Drive.