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Get your business ready for spring break rush

The year is quickly flying by, and March is already here with more activities.

Worthy of note: March brings an influx of spring break traffic to our community. The “big” weeks right now are March 10-16 and March 17-23. Please make sure your business, front desk personnel, servers, kitchen staff and the like are ready. There is nothing worse than people having to wait, especially when there is no reason to not be staffed for the rush.

St. Patrick’s Day parade

The 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade will not be on March 17 this year.

Since the 17th falls on a Saturday, this throws some scheduling problems into the mix. The parade will be held Friday, March 16, at 4 p.m. Please note the new date and time. We must have 25 entries for the parade to take place. Registration forms are available on the Chamber website and at the Chamber. We can fax one to your organization or business. We must have confirmation by Wednesday, March 14. If you register after that time, you can enter the parade, but you will be placed at the end of the line. Please make sure you let us know if you plan to have animals in the parade and the type.

The cost to enter the parade is $5 per registration. This is a time when everyone is Irish for a day. Individuals, businesses, organizations, visitors and families are encouraged to enter. There will be cash prizes for the Best Overall Entry, Greenest Entry and Most Bizarre Entry. Assembly for the parade will take place at Yamaguchi Park on South 5th Street beginning at 3 p.m. Entries will then go up South 6th Street to their place in the formation and the parade will begin at 4 p.m. The parade route will stay the same: 6th Street on to U.S. 160, east through town to 2nd Street. The entries will then return to Yamaguchi Park via Hot Springs Boulevard and Apache Street. If you have horses, the staging area is the same as the Fourth of July Parade — on South 5th Street, near the high school.

This is a fun time to get your group out there promoting your community or school-based passion, or as a business reminder. For more information about the parade or entering the parade, give the Chamber a call at 264-2360.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Now is also the time to get your team together for the 28th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake event. The bowl-a-thon will take place at the Rolling Thunder Lanes at the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will need to gather a group of four people and they will bowl for one hour. This is a fun event to raise money for this worthy organization, not only in Archuleta County but in Southwest Colorado, as each bowler is required to raise at least $50 in pledges. The more money you raise, the more chances you have to win some great prizes. Bowling for Kids’ Sake happens only once a year, and it is a great way to have a business team-building exercise to gather the family or have a youth group support other youth. For more information, or to get your team papers, contact Maggie at 247-3720.

Movie star material

On Friday, March 23, there will be open casting for extras for the Disney western, “The Lone Ranger.” The interviews will take place at Fort Lewis College at the theater department. There are various features or types the casting group is looking for. You must be 18 years of age, have a social security number, valid ID and legal to work in the U.S. The Creede filming is looking for Asian or Native American men only. There will also be filming this summer in Moab. The casting crew for this location is looking for extreme character types for men and women: thin, tall (over 6-6), short (adults ranging from 3 feet to 4-5), skinny, odd features such as a huge nose, ears, eyes, grizzled and wrinkled faces, people with any special abilities or circus type performers.

There is no experience necessary. Bring a 3x5 current color photo (does not have to be professional) with no wigs, makeup or sunglasses in photos and shoot it from the waist up. Bring a writing utensil and pick one of the following arrival times: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 p.m. Don’t be late! They will have you fill out a registration card, attach your photo and send you on your way. There is no audition. You can check out more information for this casting call at www.SandeAllessiCasting.com or friend them on Facebook at “The Lone Ranger Casting” to see all of their call dates and locations. Who knows, the next movie star may come from Pagosa Springs.

Milestone anniversaries

If you have a business that is celebrating a special anniversary — over 15 years and in increments of 5 years (15, 20, 25 year anniversary) — please let the Chamber know by March 16. The Chamber and the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation, will co-host the March SunDowner. We would like to honor some of our businesses. The SunDowner will be held at the westside Visitor Center on Wednesday, March 28. There will be giveaways, great food and superb networking. The evening’s festivities begin at 5 p.m. Come and see the new westside center and CDC offices. We look forward to hosting and celebrating our businesses. Questions about the event should be directed to Jan Santopietro at the Chamber at 264-2360.

Business news

We have two new members to welcome this week.

Mary Barsotti-Brown owner of Healing Wings Massage joins the Chamber. Mary has years of massage practice, as well as the ability to encourage the massage recipient to experience the healing benefits spiritually, physically and emotionally, for amazing benefits. She is located at Cloud 9 Chiropractic and offers a variety of modalities. For more information, or to book an appointment, contact Mary at 946-9539.

Another new member is Dean Mize and San Juan Sky Outfitters out of Durango. They offer one or two hour rides, day pack trips or guided hunting trips. You can also experience historic downtown Durango on one of their horse-drawn carriages. We appreciate their involvement with the Pagosa Chamber. They have volunteered here already this year. For more information, contact the San Juan Sky Outfitters at 259-8590 or visit their website at www.sanjuanskyoutfitters.com.

Our renewals this week include Enchanted Valley Farm, ReSport and Region 9 Economic Development District with Ed Morlan and the knowledgeable Region 9 staff.

Don’t forget to support the following events: Business Bites with Safety and Security and Crime Stopper information on Friday, March 2; the Bob Dylan Tribute Concert on Friday, March 2; and the Seeds of Learning Little Black Dress Affair on Saturday, March 3.

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