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Pagosa Springs Youth Center to host Neighborhood Party

On Saturday, July 31, Coloradans will gather to celebrate the 12th annual Colorado Cares Day. Pagosa will get a jump on the rest of the state, celebrating on July 30.

Colorado Cares Day is a statewide day of service in honor of Colorado’s statehood on Aug. 1, 1876. This year, the Governor’s Commission on Community Services is working on making this year’s Colorado Cares Day the largest statewide day of service to date. The GCCS has incorporated AmeriCorps VISTA resources to focus on this year’s event to promote increased volunteerism and community service throughout Colorado.

“In celebrating Colorado’s statehood with a day of service, residents are encouraged to give back to their communities, promoting the importance of community service,” Lt. Gov. O’Brien stated. The governor’s commission promotes volunteerism as an effective means to address community needs.

The governor’s commission will work with community organizations throughout the state to encourage private and governmental organizations to develop and register service projects for Colorado Cares Day 2010. The service projects registered in the GCCS state registry will then be recognized in the annual State Colorado Cares Day Report, which will be released in August 2010.

On Friday, July 30, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., there will be a Neighborhood Block Party at the Pagosa Springs Youth Center (formerly the Power House across from Town Park).

Come and enjoy meeting your neighbors at the 2010 Summer Block Party.

To celebrate Colorado Cares Day, the Teen Center wants to welcome the neighborhood to a barbecue that’s filled with music, sporting games, food prizes and fun. All ages are welcome, so bring your family and friends. Feel free to bring lawn chairs.

The staff would also like to invite teens ages 13-18 to the Teen Center every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Snacks, socializing and games are always available.

For more information about Colorado Cares Day, go to www.colorado.gov/gccs.