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Party ‘Round Pagosa to benefit nonprofits

Now that we are done with Thanksgiving, our thoughts turn to Christmas.

We have some important decisions to make as we cogitate what we are going to give to our loved ones, our dear friends, a thoughtful neighbor, the always-there-babysitter, and that special teacher who gave so much to your child every day.

Shopping for gifts is a particularly challenging skill for some. It is for me. Gift certificate is king as far as I’m concerned. Many of our local businesses carry gift certificates, and even if they don’t yet, they will come up with an equivalent for you. One that has been a real winner for me is the United Way Party ‘Round Pagosa Dining Certificate to local restaurants. These $20 certificates can be redeemed at full face value at any of 27 participating restaurants in Pagosa Springs. The participating restaurants have agreed to generously donate $4 out of each redeemed certificate to United Way. This fund-raiser has been well received by the public and certificates are selling quickly.

The following is a list of local restaurants that are participating in this program: A Chivalrous Shark, Alley House Grille, Austin’s BBQ, Bacci Italian Restaurant, Bear Creek Saloon and Grill, Boss Hogg’s Restaurant and Saloon, Boulder Coffee Cafe, Buffalo Inn Restaurant and Bar, Cafe Colorado, Chavolo’s Mexican Restaurant, Chimney Rock Restaurant and Tavern, DSP Pizzeria, Pagosa Brewing and Grill, Elkhorn Cafe, Farrago Market Cafe, Higher Grounds Coffee Company, Kip’s Grill and Cantina, Nello’s Bistro, Pagosa Baking Company, Pagosa Peaks Pizza, Plaza Grill, Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant, San Juan Road House, Rose Restaurant, Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant, Thai Chilie, and The Pines Restaurant at Pagosa Springs Golf Club.

If you are ever going to eat a meal out, buy and use the Party ‘Round Pagosa dining certificates. Support and thank the restaurants that have agreed to participate. You have nothing to lose! The community has a lot to gain!

You can purchase “Party ‘Round Pagosa” gift certificates from any of the nineteen partner agencies who will receive program funding from United Way, at the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, or at the Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center.

The 19 partner agencies selling tickets are: American Red Cross Southwest Colorado Chapter, Archuleta County Education Center, Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado, Girl Scouts of Colorado, Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County, Pagosa Outreach Connection, Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center, San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging (Archuleta County Senior Center), San Juan Basin Health (Southwest Smile Makers Dental Program), Seeds of Learning, Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center, Southwest Conservation Corps, Volunteers of America (Southwest Safe House), Axis Health System, Pagosa Waldorf Initiative, Tri-County Head Start, Housing Solutions for the Southwest and the Promoting Prevention Coalition (Pagosa Springs Youth Center).

For another winner, if you are after a gift that lasts and provides a healthy experience with benefits, consider a membership to Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center.

Recreation center memberships for 2012 will go on sale Dec. 15; in just a week. The memberships available will be the single, couple and family memberships. They are valid immediately upon purchase, so you don’t have to wait until the first of the year to begin enjoying the amenities.

The recreation center will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, so staff can participate in a PLPOA Christmas party. On Christmas Eve, the recreation center will close at 3 p.m. and will be closed all day on Christmas. Regular business hours will be maintained at the recreation center on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Those two days are some of the busiest at the recreation center.

The December regular meeting of the PLPOA Board of Directors will take place tonight, at the PLPOA Clubhouse, located at 230A Port Ave. at 7 p.m. This will be the first meeting for the newest board member, Rod Proffitt. Rod brings a great deal of legal and planning experience to the board. He will be taking the seat of Tom Cruse, who most recently acted as treasurer and is a past president of the board. Rod will be filling Tom’s position as director until the next round of elections next summer. This meeting is also the one in which the board, per the bylaws of the PLPOA, will be adopting the 2012 budget and setting the annual assessment.

PLPOA offices have moved out of their makeshift home in the clubhouse to a more functional space while repairs are underway to the administration office building as a result of the Nov. 3 fire. The new temporary office is at the Cascade Plaza Building, 46 Eaton Drive. This is at the corner of Village and Eaton Drives behind City Market. Many will remember this space as being used by Wells Fargo Bank and Archuleta County. PLPOA phone numbers and e-mail addresses will be the same. The regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Thank you for your patience during this time of transition.

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