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Make plans for the Fourth of July — this year, and next

It seems we were just talking about the Penguin Plunge in February, and now July is right around the corner.

Summer activities reach a peak with the Fourth of July festivities and the very popular parade. Parade applications are available either online at www.pagosasun.com or at the Chamber of Commerce. Entry forms need to be turned in at the Chamber by close of business June 29 in order for you to reserve a position in line at the parade. You can still enter the parade if your forms are turned in after that date, but your entry be placed at the end of the line.

The Chamber also promotes all the activities that occur during the holiday, such as the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo, the parade, Celebrate America and, of course, the Park to Park Arts and Crafts Festival. If you are a member of an organization that is planning a public event, please contact the Chamber via phone or e-mail to let us know, so that it can be added to the announcements.

Planning ahead

Next year, July 4 lands on a Wednesday — making it difficult to plan all the holiday festivities. Following discussions with representatives of major local organizations, the decision was made to start the festivities off with the Fourth of July activities on Wednesday, then continue to the weekend of July 6 and 7. Weekend events would include the Arts and Crafts Festival, the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo, and Celebrate America. This information should help you plan ahead and also offers event opportunities to some organizations. The weekend prior to the Fourth of July is a prime time to plan an event, as there will be people in town in advance of the holiday. Please get with your groups now to plan for next year, then let the Chamber know your plans as soon as possible.

2012 calendar

The Chamber will soon release its 2012 calendar, focusing on Pagosa’s beauty and special events.

This is a perfect opportunity for your event or company to sponsor an entire month in the calendar and get some additional exposure for a very minimal cost. The calendar will be available in July 2011, offering lots of time for people to plan their 2012 vacation. Your business will be listed at the bottom of each month’s page of the calendar. You can purchase the whole bottom portion for $100 or two businesses can split the bottom for $50 each. We have lots of activities throughout the summer, so double exposure will ensure that at least several special event organizations get extra coverage.

There will also be the opportunity for businesses to purchase a greater number of calendars at a discount to give away as gifts to clients, resell in the store, or keep in the office. Contact the Chamber for information on bulk pricing and get the calendars and some Christmas shopping out of the way early. People love to receive these calendars and they make wonderful gifts for those people that you think have everything. You can also send the calendars out to clients to remind them of Pagosa, or to family and friends to remind them you are enjoying every season in our wonderful community.

To reserve a space on the calendar, contact Stacy Kirby, special events coordinator, at info@pagosachamber.com or at 264-2360.

Upcoming events

Comedy Series. We can always use a good laugh, and professional hypnotist Rusty Z will perform at the 2011 Pagosa Summer Comedy Series on Saturday, June 18. The onetime show will be performed at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Pagosa Springs High School. This is a show that can be enjoyed by everyone in the family. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and are available at the Chamber, Hart Construction on Pagosa Street, and at First Southwest Bank. Proceeds from this event and the other comedy shows benefit the Builders Association and the Pagosa Springs High School theater department.

Ride for Life. Calling all motorcycle enthusiasts! Abate D-19 of Colorado will host the third annual Ride for Life Motorcycle Poker Run Saturday to benefit the American Cancer Society. The 150-mile tour will include some beautiful areas here in southwest Colorado. The high hand will award the winner $500 and the low hand will offer up a pot of $200. The closing event will include live music, chances at other prizes and a 50/50 drawing. For more information, call Steve or Anja at 731-3701. It should be great weather and a great time of year to get out and enjoy our region.

Golden Retriever Roundup. On June 25, beautiful Golden Retrievers will parade around Pagosa Springs at the inaugural Golden Retriever Roundup.

The event kicks off on Friday, June 24, with a barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. and registration beginning at 5 p.m. at the Pagosa Lodge. On Saturday morning, June 25, there will be a golden breakfast held at The Springs Resort, which is where the parade will begin. The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. and will end in Town Park, where the festivities will occur during the rest of the day. The parade will not be held on U.S. 160. The parade will take place on the Riverwalk and Hot Springs Boulevard and there will be plenty of opportunity to show off your animal. Homer, one of Pagosa’s more visible and recognized Goldens, and companion of Springs Resort owner Bill Whittington, will be the grand marshal.

Come out and participate in the event, or watch dogs take part in an agility course, fun races, and the best trick contest. Dogs and owners will also be vying for the prestigious pet/owner look-alike award where costuming is encouraged to accentuate the look-alike component. Local veterinarians will hold an information session focusing on health issues and behavior common to Golden Retrievers. Enjoy the day in Town Park; there will be a food booth provided by the Venturing Crew and a beer garden with wines and refreshing Pagosa Brewing beer.

You can obtain registration forms online by contacting the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation at www.pagosaspringscdc.org, by calling Karin Kohake at 731-1443 or picking up a form at the Chamber. Dogs of other breeds are also welcome; however, registration is still required.

SHY RABBIT. The gallery opening of SHY RABBIT’S “Down To the Bone” exhibition will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The showing will continue until July 31. This is a two-person show highlighting the works of Colorado artists Chris Haas and Amy K. Wendland. SHY RABBIT is located at 333 Bastille Drive and continues to bring cutting edge art exhibits to our community. Take advantage of this free exhibit and enjoy the works of some very talented artists while also seeing what the rest of the gallery and studio has to offer.

Membership

We would like to remind everyone that the new owners of Wolf Creek Run Motorcoach Resort, the Curetons, will host an open house at their facility on Friday at 5:30 p.m. There will be music, beverages, food and tours of the facility, including the fantastic clubhouse and deck overlooking the San Juan River, which is also available to the public for rental. We look forward to having the public help us cut the ribbon to celebrate the new owners and updated facilities.

We would also like to remind everyone that this is the 10th anniversary for Pagosa Baking Company. They will start off the festivities with the Bakers Guild of America’s Open House. There will be 53 bakeries in 25 states participating in this event. This open house is part of the Guild’s 2011 celebration series Breadville USA: “Exploring Local Baking in America.”

We welcome two renewals this week: The Springs Resort and Spa and Colorado Land Title Company.

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