Plenty of events, opportunities to volunteer

Following a busy couple of weeks entertaining visiting spring breakers, folks in Pagosa now get ready to take some time off and enjoy their spring break holiday.

When you return from your break, get ready for a busy spring and summer, and plan to participate in one of our many fun events.

Antique car show

The first San Juan River Rod Run Car Show comes to Pagosa Springs May 15-17. Pre 1976 vehicles, 4x4s, trucks and motorcycles will be in Pagosa to show off their style. These vehicles will be situated on Lewis Street — Pagosa’s new festival location — around the Adobe Building and Bear Creek parking lots, and possibly in the Overlook parking area. Downtown Pagosa will be filled with color, class and style as antique cars from many states are brought to Pagosa where their owners can enjoy our great weather, warm hospitality and stunning mountain vistas.

There will be several opportunities to see these classics. The cars will be registering on the west side of town on Friday evening. The main part of the show will take place downtown on Saturday, where there will be the car display, music, and great photo opportunities. The cars will also engage in a cruise Saturday evening with various routes planned around town. On Sunday we will bid the participants farewell, and they can enjoy a special breakfast on the east side of town prior to their departure.

This event would not be possible without the help of community volunteers. There are many different opportunities for the community to help out: registration, security, traffic control, set up and break down, information and vehicle assistance. If you are interested in spending a few hours helping out with this inaugural event, so we can continue to bring the River Rod Run to our community, contact Autumn Daily at the Chamber. There are also opportunities to sponsor different facets of the event. Businesses can sponsor a T-shirt, trophy, dash plaque, or other collectibles. For a nominal fee, businesses can also be included in the coupon book being distributed to all the car show participants. Many thanks to the lodging association for working with us to bring this event to Pagosa.

We are working hard to make this first-time event a hit in our community and build it so it will be a major event for car enthusiasts and spectators in years to come.

Renaissance Festival

Step back to a time when technology was nonexistent, eating utensils were not very common, the mode of dress was different, and speech was more formal and stilted. Step into the world of a Renaissance and Pirate Festival July 17-18. The fair will be held at the athletic field in Town Park and is an event for the entire family. The day will be filled with medieval games, food, performers, exhibits and much more. This is truly an interactive event.

There will be many opportunities to volunteer for this festival and to offer great event benefits. Come immerse yourself into the world of the 15th and 16th centuries, dress the part, speak the dialects, and experience a whole new, or old, world. Call Autumn at 264-2360 to sign up as a volunteer for this event.

Volunteer opportunities

Successful events in this community are not possible without the help of the public. In addition to the events mentioned here, there will also be musical events put on by Folk West, including the Folk ’N Bluegrass Festival and the Four Corners Folk Festival. Visit their Web site, www.folkwest.com, for more information.

A new sporting event directed by GECKO is also on (or off) track. You can enter each of the three races in the series as individual events, or sign up for the series that includes a marathon and ultra race. Check out their Web site, www.joingecko.org, for race and sponsorship opportunities.

There are also other large-scale events designed to bring visitors to our community. Help is also needed for these events and others. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Chamber so we can put you in contact with the correct organizations. We appreciate everyone’s interest in making all events a popular attraction for our community.

Parade winners

I was disappointed to miss this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, especially since we had as many as 34 entries marching downtown. But, the reports coming in were that the parade was a great success, both for participants and spectators alike.

We have tallied the judging criteria and here are the results:

The Best Overall Entry went to the Red Hat Society. Decked out in red and green, these ladies never cease to amaze us with their creativity and community participation.

With a sea of children dressed in green, Our Savior Lutheran School won the Greenest Entry.

And keeping our community “green,” promoting recycling and sustainability, the Southwest Organization for Sustainability won the Most Bizarre Entry award.

Congratulations to all the entrants and thank you for making this St. Patrick’s Day Parade bigger and better. Who knows, we may be competing with the Fourth of July parade soon for greatest number of entries.

Many thanks as well to our judges: Jeff Laydon of Pagosa Photography, Markus Hughes with San Juan Sports Massage, and Maggie Greenwood of the Lunch Maiden.

March Madness

Join United Way and Pagosa Brewing Company as they celebrate March Madness and raise money for another great community non-profit organization. On Thursday, March 26, be part of the crowd at Pagosa Brewing from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be chicken wings from Farrago’s from 5 to 6 p.m., a Nerf free-throw contest, a Kids’ Basketball Coloring Contest, a Best Fan Fanatic Contest, and much more. Get the best eats in the house by purchasing a table for six for $100, or a table for four for $75. Along with the best seats in the house, you receive free wings for the entire event and help raise funds that stay in our community. Another great contribution is that proceeds from every pint of the featured beer, Fire Stoned Irish Ale, will be donated to United Way. Watch the game, wear your team colors, and help out our community, all at one fun-loving activity. Thanks to La Plata Electric for being a sponsor of this event.

9Health Fair

The 9Health Fair will be held this year on Saturday, April 4 ,from 7 a.m. to noon at Pagosa Springs High School. As usual, there will be a range of free health testing opportunities, as well as very affordable screenings. The “pay for” screenings include blood chemistry screening for $30, the blood cell count screening for $15, a PSA screening for men over 40 for $25, and a colon cancer screening for $20. If you plan to have blood drawn, you will need to fast for 12 hours (except for diabetics) but take all prescription meds as you normally would. Screening payment is in the form of either cash or check, no credit cards.

This fair is offered to assist with medical awareness, not to take the place of medical treatment. However, many times, early detection comes into play. The health fair is for adults 18 and older. We thank all the sponsors who help make this event a possibility in our community.

Don’t forget

The Lifelong Learning Series continues on Saturday with “Empowerment — One Heart at a Time,” with Ross and Ellen Park. The trend from beneficiary to benefactor and “giving back” will be the topic of conversation. The session is Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Ruby Sisson Library.

Back to Basics Gardening begins Thursday, March 26, with “The Very Basics.” Held at the Extension Building, the classes take place at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. The classes are free, but they do ask that you R.S.V.P. at 264-5931 to reserve a seat.

The Knights of Columbus Friday Fish Fry continues this week and will come to a close April 3. The hefty servings of fried catfish, cole slaw, hush puppies, french fries and ice cream are a deal at $9.50 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Eat in or take out, but get your food at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Lewis Street.

Membership

Our new member this week is Julie Knapp with The Babysitter. Need a date night, time to shop for birthdays or even grocery shop? Want to ski for the day or take just a few hours to work out? How about time for a hair appointment? Julie can help you out with her babysitting services. Uniquely qualified and trained in a number of different parenting categories, Julie is also baby sign certified. Having adopted two children herself, she has had extensive background checks and bonding and communication classes. Julie is striving to make herself available even if you have an emergency on short notice. To find out more about her services, or meet with her, call 903-9692.

Our renewals this week include: The Source for Pagosa Springs Real Estate; Lawana DeWees, with Land properties, in South Fork; Scott Strategic Investments; Wayne Wilson, CPA; the Plaza Grille; the Dining Guide; Mountain Ice Snow Cones; Blair Roofing; Mountain Landing Guest Quarters; PQC Builders; Knob Mountain Log Homes; J.P. Rappenecker and House of Muskets; Crystal Coughlin and Safer Living; Northeast Mini Storage; High Plains Nursery, located outside of Ignacio; Cathy Neill and AAA Travel and Insurance, in Durango; St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church; and the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I had a wonderful opportunity to travel to Berlin, Germany, and represent Pagosa, but it is always great to be home. I look forward to sharing some successes from the trip with various community groups and am confident that our efforts will produce dividends in the upcoming months and years. Don’t forget to get involved and volunteer for one of the new events happening in our community this spring and summer.