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This will be a Golden weekend in Pagosa Country

Not quite reminiscent of the days of panning for gold (which many people ask if they can do around the Pagosa area), but if you’re looking for gold, there will definitely be lots of golden-haired retrievers in Pagosa for the second Great Golden Retriever Roundup Friday and Saturday.

Goldens and their owners will gather for a welcoming party at the Quality Resort & Suites, formerly known as the Pagosa Lodge, on Friday, beginning with 5 p.m. registration. Greetings will continue as participants can enjoy a barbecue dinner at which the dogs will probably have more fun than the owners. Dinner is $11.95, but you can just come to the reception to gather and listen to Honeybone, enjoy the evening out and watch all the animals meet, greet and play.

Festivities will continue Saturday with the Golden Parade, which begins at The Springs Resort, continues down the River Walk and ends up in Town Park. Dogs will enjoy races, competitions and other activities and contests. The owners will enjoy the veterinary clinic and watching all the dogs play in Town Park and the San Juan River. After a full day of activities, people and dogs can rest a bit, then return to Town Park for a free movie. The whole community is invited to come out and watch “Up,” which will begin around 8 p.m. There will be food vendors and a beer and wine garden available all day for the event. It is a great time in the park; even if you are not participating, come and see all these wonderful dogs. Other breeds are also welcome at the Roundup and Pagosa opens its paws to visiting owners and residents who love to celebrate their animals.

For more information, or to register for the event, visit the Chamber website at www.pagosaspringschamber.com.

Expo follow-up

We would again like to thank all the sponsors and participants for making the second Business to Business Expo a great success.

Thank you to the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation, Bank of Colorado, Bank of the San Juans, the Springs Resort and 1st Southwest Bank.

We had some inspiring speakers, such as Marc Willson and Cinda Baxter. With Ms. Baxter’s enthusiasm, attending merchants found they would like to embrace the 3/50 Project and put their local stamp of approval on it. Due to popular demand, there will be a follow-up meeting for anyone who would like to participate in developing a stronger business community. The meeting will be held at the Quality Resort and Suites on Thursday, June 21, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be light snacks and beverages. We will discuss how we can tailor the 3/50 Project to Pagosa’s needs, utilizing a generous advertising donation from USA Communications to further the project. We’ll discuss the annual Christmas in Pagosa event and target any other projects that might come up.

If you missed the Business Expo, this meeting will catch you up on what the 3/50 Project is and how we can make it work for Pagosa.

Questions can be directed to me at 264-2360.

Strolling in Pagosa

Speaking of the business community, residents and visitors alike are encouraged to come out and “walk the streets” in downtown Pagosa on Friday evening. Main street shops, galleries and restaurants will keep their doors open past 5 p.m. and into the evening hours. There will be music on the street, special menu items at eateries, some shops will have special sales and galleries may have featured artists. This event is free to all and is specifically designed to give our local residents a fun night out while supporting and visiting our downtown businesses.

Come downtown, check out what the shops have in store for summer and catch up with friends while enjoying Pagosa Springs.

Race Across America

If you see a lot of cyclists in town next week, the riders are racing through Pagosa with the 31st Race Across America.

Solo bikers and teams of men and women will be riding from Oceanside, Calif., beginning on June 12, to finish in Annapolis, Md. The route will pass through 12 states. There are 55 time stations across the country and Pagosa Springs is again one of the time stations.

Expect riders from June 15 to 19 as over 330 cyclists compete in one of the most grueling cycling races. There will be media coverage, Outside Magazine ranked RAAM the world’s toughest endurance event. Solo riders will complete the 3,000 miles in less than nine days, covering over 300 miles per day; teams will finish the event in six days, riding over 500 miles a day. So, this will not be your typical bike race, and the riders will not be stopping in town as the clock never stops. However, please be aware of the SAG crews in town and the riders. Cheer them on as they race through town to their eventual destination and remember to share the road.

Event reminders

There are some upcoming events to mark down on your calendar, some for which you will need to purchase tickets.

Beginning June 15, Thingamajig Theatre will present the Tony award-winning musical, “Chicago.” The production will continue until Aug. 12. Interspersed with “Chicago,” will be the production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” Champagne opening for this play is Friday, June 22, and the production will continue until Aug. 5. Tickets are available now at www.pagosacenter.org

The Summer Music Booster production of “Cinderella” will begin Friday, June 29. The musical will be held at the Pagosa Springs High School beginning at 7 p.m. June 29 and 30 and July 1, 5, 6 and 7. There will be a matinee production July 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at www.bpt.com and after June 15 at the Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As a fund-raiser for Relay for Life, Music That Matters presents blues, jazz and R&B legend Hazel Miller in concert for one night only, June 19, at Pagosa Springs High School. This concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at The Pagosa Springs SUN, Bank of the San Juan, and Community United Methodist Church for only $10. The opening act will be Pagosa’s own JJ Davids Badass Blues Band. Get your tickets now.

On June 23, LASSO will host a fund-raiser for unwanted horses and equine assisted therapy by providing a fun evening out with Tim Sullivan & Narrow Gauge. Fabulous food, beverages, a silent auction and, of course, dancing will consume the evening. Tickets are $35 in advance and can be purchased at The Hideout or Home Again. Tickets will be $40 at the door. The event will be held at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse from 6:30–11 p.m.

Membership news

We would like to welcome a new member this week: Pagosa Hypnotherapy and Patsy Lindblad join the Chamber as a second business. Clear the subconscious blocks to your well-being with certified hypnotherapist Patsy Lindblad. You can overcome obstacles such as overeating, smoking and phobias, build self-confidence, relieve stress and expand creativity through the art of hypnotherapy. Call and schedule an appointment and free consultation at 799-4342. Patsy is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists and co-director and business instructor for Turning Point Hypnotherapy Academy.

Our renewals this week include A Chivalrous Shark, Wyndham Resorts, Wild Spirit Gallery and Silver Dollar Liquor Store.

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