Thursday, January 30, 2014

Some Changes to Snowdown schedule

Corrections and Changes, as we get them, will be posted by the day that the event is on. These changes represent the most up-to-date information we have. Changes are also on our Facebook page.
Event Time Correction
Kids Follies Early Show is at 5:00PM, not 5:30
Event Time Correction
Kids Follies Early Show is at 5:00PM, not 5:30
Correction to Published text:
RAIL JAM on FRI night is co-hosted by INFERNO
Additional Event Coordinator- Jake – 259-8996 Inferno 
Event Location Change
Kids games has been moved to Santa Rita Park
10am - Noon

Event Time Correction
BROOMBALL is 3PM on SAT, NOT 10 am, with awards following at the rink.  

Event not in the schedule!
Snowdown Bouldering – Rock Lounge- 1111 Camino del Rio
Noon-2 PM – Kids aged 4 and up---register at 11:30 am
6-8PM Adults Bouldering Challenge
Your admission fee gets you entry into the 8 pm raffles for fun prizes  
Event Cost: Kids $10, Adults $20, $15 for Adult Rock Lounge Members
Event Entry: 30 mins before event (see above)
Event Coordinator: Keeton Disser - 259-7625
Event not in the schedule! 
Sunday 11 am – 8 Ball Pool Tourney - Pongas – 121 W 8th 
Classic 8 ball rules, come play and enjoy Sunday morning at Pongas. 
Up to 64 players can win event t-shirts for all players and CASH prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Event Cost: $15/player
Entry Deadline: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2
Event Coordinators: J.R. Spies – 769-0800, Bobbi Malouff – 385-8554

Saturday & Sunday
Splashdown Events-
Changes to existing published info:

Sat 1 pm for kids

Sunday morning for adults: 
Play “bones”, our version of “Spoons” and compete for prizes

Event Coordinators –

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday Snowdown Schedule

Snowdown 2014
Pine River Valley Bank – 1701 Main
So.... George of the Jungle is your hero? This is how he keeps his head cool! Decorate your own pith helmet. May be constructed of
any material, but must fit on or near your head. Deliver your creation and register it on Wed., Jan. 29 by 4 PM. Viewing and judging
will take place on Friday. Prizes awarded in each division. Awards ceremony is 4 PM Fri., Jan. 31. Open to all Safari trekkers - no
restrictions! Novice division: up to 12 years old. Junior division: 13-17, senior division 18 and up.
Event Coordinator: Mark Simon – 385-9583
Event Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: 4 PM Wed., Jan. 29
Prizes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd in all 3 divisions

Durango Doughworks - 2653 Main
Donuts! Who doesn't love donuts? You can now show your love of donuts in this donut-eating contest! Let's hope Homer (Jumbo)
Simpson doesn't show up for this contest!
Event Coordinator: Karen LaValle - 247-1610
Event Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: 15 minutes before event
Prizes: 1st place - $50 gift card, 2nd place - $25 gift card, 3rd place - $10 gift card, all participants win a T-shirt and a mug.

Elks Lodge – 901 E. 2nd Ave. (9th St. side entrance)
Teams of 4 shall search the highways, byways and hideaways of Durango for the items on the list. The list has 100 items for you to
find and all the items will fit into one City of Durango blue recycling box. The team who returns to the Elks Lodge at 10 AM on Fri.,
Jan. 31 with the most items from the list wins!
Event Coordinator: Joni Paul – 759-8305
Event Cost: $20 per team of 4
Entry Deadline: You must sign up and pick up your scavenger list at the Elks Lodge on Wed., Jan. 29, 11 AM - 5 PM. Judging
will take place at 10 AM sharp Fri., Jan. 31 at the Elks Lodge 9th St. entrance
Prizes: Cash and more for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th!

La Plata County Fairgrounds – Exhibit Hall
Hunting for Good Fashion in Durango?
Are you adventurously fashionable? A bwana of the beau monde? A haute couture creature? Fashionably adventurous? Wear your
finest SNOWDOWN Safari So Good garb, whether it’s a Do or a Don’t. Gene Pool Gaultier will exhibit his Collection featuring
the highest and lowest fashions you’ve ever seen. Once more again, our crew will prove why Durango was voted “Worst Dressed
Community“ by USA Today! For lunch you will be served the finest(?) fare! The show will begin at 12:01 sharp. Lunch will be tracked
down by noon and served at 12:12, the fashion display begins at 12:29. The show ends at 1:29, so all patrons, porters and people
can return to their dreary jobs. We’ll have prizes for the best of you. Although we have parking for some beasts of burden, please
carpool and remember – it’s ADULT ENTERTAINMENT!! Get your tickets early as this popular event sells out quickly. We will have
luncheon seating at 60 tables and a maximum of 100 standees. All monies go to SNOWDOWN, which IS a non-profit
Event Coordinator: Linda Mannix – 749-2995
Event Cost: Tickets are $14.99 each for regular lunch seating; $19.99 each for runway tables; $6.00 each for SRO holding up
the ballroom walls. No seat, no food, no drink (what did you expect for just six bucks?!). Advance tickets on sale at the
SNOWDOWN store, Magpie’s Newsstand, 707 Main, Sat., Jan. 18, NOON. Limit 4 (that’s four) tickets per person!!
Prizes: Best Dressed, Worst Dressed, Funniest costume, Best Theme and Grand Prize.

Cocktails & Creations - 858 Main, Suite 102
(see ALL WEEK for details)

Diamond Belle Saloon at the Historic Strater Hotel – 699 Main
This game is similar to the TV classic, but with a SNOWDOWN Safari So Good flavor.
Four 4-person teams will compete for the top prize. Must be 21+ to enter.
Event Coordinator: Alexa Andrews – 375-7151 or
Event Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event. First 4 teams to sign up will compete.
Prize: A Strater Hotel gift certificate prize for the winning “family”

The Palace Restaurant - 505 Main
Safari on down to the Palace in your best SNOWDOWN costume for the first ever SNOWDOWN Judged Costume Contest, a
great place to be after the Fashion Do’s and Don’ts. Enjoy your favorite prey, libations and snacks while strutting your safari stuff for
the judges who will award Best in Jungle 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes at 6 PM.
You must be 21+ to enter.
Event Coordinators: Andy Robinson, Scott Wells – 247-2018 or
Event Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: Time of event
Prizes: 1st - $100 Palace gift card; 2nd - $75 Palace gift card; 3rd - $50 Palace gift card

We love Miles!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Superbowl Party

Having a Super Bowl Party?  
Remember Chem Dry of the Southwest for your 
pre-party cleaning and post party cleaning! 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Locals Day at DMR SUnday, Jan 12

Not much going on this weekend. If anyone has an event they want shared please let me know.

Locals Benefit Days
On Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and Mar. 2, ski or ride Purgatory for only $40/adults; $32 young adults/seniors; $25 kids/super seniors with a Locals Benefit Day coupon. It's the same price as last year! A portion of the proceeds from these ticket sales will benefit designated local non-profit organizations. Purchase a Locals Benefit Day 4-day Punch Card for $99 in the DMR Bodo Office or in the Ticket Office on the mountain and ski all 4 designated Locals Days and save even more. The Locals Day Punch Card is non-transferable, available only on the designated Locals Benefit Days and is non-refundable.

For more information, contact the Ticket Office at 970.385.2168.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Tips for buying furniture

Image: Watching television (© Corbis)
 Here's how to get the best quality at the best price:

What to look for
1. Know your wood types. Wood furniture falls into three categories:
  • Solid wood furniture is typically more expensive than other types and looks great, but can be susceptible to scratches and water rings.
  • Veneers have an inexpensive wood base covered by several thin layers of better-quality wood. Because of the cheaper core, veneers aren't as expensive as solid wood pieces.
  • Particle board and composite wood pieces are made from a combination of wood pulp, plastics, and resin, basically the scraps of the furniture world. These are the cheapest type of wood furniture and can look decent, but won't hold up for decades.
2. Check drawers and cabinets. Open the drawers and cabinets. Make sure the drawer pulls all the way out, latches properly, and then shuts evenly. Make sure doors open, remain in an open position, and shut solidly. Check the handles and knobs. They should fit tightly and not jiggle or turn.

3. Avoid nails and glue. Look for wood joined at ends and corners, not glued or nailed in. Known in the manufacturing world as wood joinery, these pieces are studier and can take more weight. Check out "Basic woodworking joints"  from Wood Magazine to see examples.

4. Consider your lifestyle. Let your lifestyle determine what colors and fabrics you choose. For example, I have a large, hyper dog constantly climbing on the furniture. If I brought home a white suede couch, it would be torn apart and stained in minutes. If you have kids or pets, stick with dark colors and stain-resistant tough fabrics like linen or tweed.

5. Be realistic about colors. I once bought an orange corduroy armchair at a furniture outlet store. At the time, my house was decorated in orange, blue and white, and I thought I'd love those colors forever. As it turned out, "forever" was about a year. I got so sick of the bright orange I sold the chair for a fraction of what I paid. Learn from my mistake: Stick to neutral colors for your bigger and more expensive pieces. Save bold colors for d├ęcor pieces.

6. Inspect the legs. The legs should be heavy, made of wood, and jointed to the frame of the sofa or chair, not nailed. Plastic, rubber or metal legs don't look as nice, can tear up your floors, and won't hold up as well. Same goes for nailed-in wood legs. If you're spending more than $1,000 on a sofa, look for one with a fifth leg in the middle. It provides extra support. You won't find them on many cheaper sofas.

7. Check the springs. If you like firm sofas, look for one with traditional coiled springs. If you want a softer feel, go with zigzag coils. Before you buy, take off the cushions and press down on the base of the sofa. The coils should push down and spring back into place immediately.

8. Test the cushions. Look for firm cushions with a removable cover matching on both sides. Firm cushions hold up better over time. Fully covered cushions cost a bit more than ones with the pattern on one side and a plain white or tan backing, but they'll last longer and wear evenly if you can flip them over every few months. Find removable covers that are easily washable.
How to buy for less
9. Buy at the right time. Furniture prices fluctuate throughout the year. You'll get good deals around Memorial Day and Veterans Day, but if you want the best deal, wait until the Fourth of July or even Christmas.

10. Don't rule out used furniture. You can find great deals with secondhand furniture as long as you inspect it carefully. You'll obviously look for rips, stains, tears, water marks and scratches, but lift up cushions and look for stains on the inside of couches and chairs. Sit on it for as long as time allows to check for sturdiness and comfort.

11. Don't buy it at all. While I wouldn't recommend grabbing a stained couch from the side of the road, you'd be surprised how much good furniture is available free. For example, I recently picked up a free (and pretty awesome) kitchen table from Freecycle. Craigslist has a free section, and don't forget friends and family. When they're tired of something, they might be willing to give it to you.

12. Haggle. Some people enjoy negotiating, but I'm not a big haggler. It makes me uncomfortable and I'd rather wait for a sale than try to talk down a salesperson. But there are two purchases where haggling is essential -- cars and furniture. Furniture has a big markup, so furniture stores have a lot of wiggle room. In my experience, they’ll knock off 10% to 20% if you ask.

If that doesn't work, go for an extra: free pillows or free delivery and setup.


Friday, January 3, 2014

Things to do this weekend Jan 3-5

Ice Cream Happy Hour Friday, January 03, 2014
03:00 P.M. to 05:00 P.M. - 2 scoops for the price of one at Cream Bean Berry Ice Cream in the Smiley Building. 970-903-1300

New Year Sunrise Blessing - Enjoy free admission, refreshments and a host of activities throughout the day at the Southern Ute Cultural Center. A special ceremony celebrates positive wishes for the New Year at sunrise. Call (970) 749-1877 for more information.

Bird Walk Saturday, January 04, 2014
09:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. - Meet at For the Birds near Rotary Park for an informative walk along the river trail. 970-382-9396

Buy furniture..get it protected

January is usually a great time to buy new furniture as the stores are clearing out last year's models making room for this year's.   Before you sit in that new recliner, or enjoy a movie on your new couch  have us put a protectant on them.  Protector doesn't keep things from getting dirty, but it helps keep food, liquid and soil from settling and causing stains that can't be cleaned. 
If not looking for something new go slightly used (New to You!)
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