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San Juan River Rod Run Car Show, May 14-16

Start your engines — the San Juan River Rod Run Car Show is coming to Pagosa Springs May 14-16. The town will be filled with classic cars and motorcycles and will be a sight to see. There will be events held all around town, so bring out the family. Following is a list of the daily events.

Friday, May 14: Arrival day for the car show participants. We have encouraged them to arrive early to start working on their “poker hands” for the poker run, which will take place until 6 p.m. Saturday. From 6 to 8 p.m. there will be a Meet and Greet and pre-registration for the participants at Pagosa Pub Works and Pagosa Brewing on North Pagosa Boulevard. Registrants with a last name beginning A-L will register at PubWorks and registrants with the last name beginning M-Z will register at Pagosa Brewing. Thanks to both places for accommodating our registration. Also on Friday evening, there will be the Red Rod Art Show at Artisans of the Southwest from 4-7 p.m.

Saturday, May 15: The Show and Shine car show will take place primarily on Lewis Street, beginning at 9 a.m. Motorcycles will be located at the Bear Creek parking lot, with the collectable cars on Lewis Street and in the Methodist Church parking lot. New this year will be craft vendors located at the Bell Tower area. Registration for the car show will be at the Overlook parking area beginning at 8 a.m. The Show and Shine will include live music, food provided by Bear Creek and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, and a cash bar with the Pagosa Brewing Co.’s specially brewed beer, the Classic Pilsner. While downtown, don’t miss the larger vehicles such as classic trucks and 18 wheelers. Abate of Colorado D-19 will host an open house in Town Park with some delicious food.

Most of the awards will be given out around 3:30 p.m. on Lewis Street, followed by the parade of winners. The Best of Show award is saved for later, at the ’50s dance.

Car show participants will have a small break to finish up their poker hands and see some of our community. Beginning at 5 p.m., the Red Rod Art Show and Artist Reception continues at Artisans of the Southwest. Then, head over to the west side of town for the final awards and ’50s street dance. Bring the whole family out for this free event. The dance begins at 7 p.m. outside DJ’s Italian Grille. The Best of Show award and the announcement of the best poker hands, complete with cash and other prizes, will start off the fun. Enjoy a night out at DJ’s or one of our other fine restaurants, as there will be great dinner specials. Put on your bobby socks, grab your leather jackets and dig out that poodle skirt and come out “American Graffiti” style and dance to the sounds of DJ Dude.

We will have a cash bar serving wine and that great Pilsner along with other brews. There will be some outdoor seating and you can bring your own chair. The festivities will conclude around 10 p.m.

Sunday, May 16: Catch a final glimpse of these fantastic cars as everyone gathers at Artisans of the Southwest for the Rotary Club’s burrito breakfast. The proceeds from this breakfast will assist the Rotary Scholarship Fund. The breakfast is only $7 and you know the food will be good. Enjoy a wine tasting and the first ARTmarket of the season at this location. The breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 11, at which time the wine tasting and ARTmarket begins.

There will definitely be heads turning this weekend as these classic cars grace our town and cruise U.S. 160. For more information on the show, visit the Chamber website at www.pagosachamber.com or give us a call at 264-2360. Welcome, San Juan River Rod Car Show participants!

HospiTotally

I have good customer service skills, my employees smile, I provide free gift-wrapping, I offer substitutions on the menu, and I have a great location. Is this enough to keep customers coming back time and again? With businesses vying for customers because of local, regional or Internet competition, you cannot afford to be lax in your demonstration of service or in offering a niche product. Find out how you can get a business advantage by attending the HospiTotally seminar, featuring Jim and John Garcia.

The Garcia brothers will be in Pagosa Springs on Thursday, May 20. John Garcia is the former cabinet secretary in New Mexico’s Department of Tourism and Economic Development. As the manager of the New Mexico State Fair and the senior officer of cultural affairs, he and his brother shook up how business is done by government. He currently serves as the senior officer of economic development and recently accepted a presidential appointment to serve on the National Advisory Board of Historic Preservation. Jim, like John, started in the hospitality industry, working for Bennigan’s and Olive Garden. He currently oversees the operations at the El Pinto Restaurant in Albuquerque, one of the nation’s largest single restaurant operations in the country and is recognized as “Mr. Hospitality.” These twin brothers will keep you entertained and get you thinking on a basic level about how you can improve customer service in your business, adding to the overall impact for Pagosa Springs.

Since customer service starts at the top, we encourage all owners and managers to attend one of these training sessions. The cost is reasonable thanks to the sponsorship of the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation: $10 per person for one to four employees and only $5 for more than five employees from the same company. We encourage you to reserve your spot at either the 9-11 a.m. seminar or the 2-4 p.m. session. Call the Chamber at 264-2360 and pick your time slot. Businesses can mix up the time slots to accommodate those who work shifts. We encourage you to pay in advance.

No matter what your industry — retail, lodging, restaurant, government, service — you need to hear this presentation. Let’s make Thursday, May 20, Hospitality Day and carry what we learn into a very busy summer to enhance the services we provide.

Business Bites

Do you tweet? How about Facebook? Are you Linked-In? I

If you’re not familiar with these terms or would like to know more about utilizing these social marketing techniques in your business, we have a Business Bites luncheon for you. Our guest speakers will be from Buzztown.com, a company that thrives almost completely on social marketing. They will talk about building distribution, contributing timely and relevant content, tracking your successes and challenges, and continuing with what works. They’ll also go over social etiquette, how to shift your communication style and how to pick the social networks that are right for you and your business. There are quite a few businesses in Pagosa that use social media such as Facebook to promote their efforts. I am hoping these business owners will attend so they can add some personal experiences to our learning environment.

Business Bites will be held at the community center in the South Conference room on Tuesday, May 25, starting at noon. The cost is $5 and a light lunch will be served. While walk-ins are always welcome, please call the Chamber at 264-2360 to reserve a slot so we can get an approximate head count.

If you’re not using social marketing in your business or are nervous about how you can incorporate this medium into your business, come to this seminar and let’s take some of the fear out of social marketing.

Hanging baskets

The annual Hanging Basket/Pagosa Pride event is fast upon us. Baskets are going to be delivered at the end of May. The 12-inch baskets, filled with gorgeous color and a variety of green and flowering annuals, are $27. We also have 16-inch baskets for $89. We have ordered limited numbers of each size basket, so get your name on the list today. The baskets also come with some fertilizer and they are delivered to your door. Call us at the Chamber to reserve your flower basket. We accept credit cards.

Home and Garden Show

In addition to the car show this weekend, there will also be the Home and Garden Show held Saturday and Sunday at Pagosa Springs High School. The first 400 attendees will receive an eco-bag, and throughout the show there will be speakers providing tips on such topics as mold problems, weatherization, home safety, window and door replacement, or insulation. There will also be raffle items and the Humane Society will have an Adopt-a-Thon. The show runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and will be held on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With energy efficiency a hot topic, as well as building alternatives, Pagosa builders are ready and willing to show you the latest in building technology and local vendors will provide some great interior design tips. For more information on the show, contact the Builders Association at 731-3939.