June 30, 2015

Spare Part Art Fundraiser

spare-part-artJoin us for the first Spare Part Art fundraiser and silent art auction. Recycling old junk not only benefits the environment, it breaths new life into old objects that were once destined for the landfill.

When: September 5, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Where: 3375 Mountain View Boulevard (Behind Mountain Sports)

Roll up your sleeves and turn trash into a masterpiece of art. Everyone is invited to enter a piece of recycled art. Everyone is invited to purchase a piece of artwork! Participate in this unique art experience while listening to live music.

Proceeds benefit the Village of Angel Fire Sustainability Committee, the Moreno Valley Arts Council and the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

To enter a piece of art please call Louise at 214-437-1362 or Jo at 575-377-6353.

Book Signing & Launch With Rosalie Turner & The Juliets

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Where: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, Centro Plaza, 3407 Mountain View Boulevard

Come by to get the first peek!

Sponsored by Energy Worldnet and Angel Fire Homes Real Estate and Construction.

The book, The Winding Road, which features Angel Fire, was a group writing effort by the Juliets, a group of writers who meet for breakfast every Tuesday morning. The weekly group shifts in size, but there are 26 women in all. The main plot of the book was created and written by Juliet member and noted author, Rosalie Turner. The ladies in the Tuesday Breakfast Group came up with the characters and subplots. Any resemblance to any real person is purely coincidental. Book sale profits will be donated to local charities: Always Loving Mankind Food Pantry (ALMS), the Backpack Program thru United Church of Angel Fire and the Shuter Library.

THE WINDING ROAD focuses on a small mountain community in northern New Mexico, a resort area known for skiing, golf, hiking, and relaxation. A tragic accident on the pass leaves a man dead and a woman injured, unable to remember any details of the accident. The Tuesday Breakfast Group finds itself involved in the circumstances of the accident as well as in several mysteries that are occurring. One member of the group, who also had been dating the man killed, is the last witness to see the couple and she must testify as to which one was driving. She recalls it one way until a bizarre set of circumstances reveals that it was just the opposite – or was it?

5th Annual Angel Fire Community Flea Market

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When: Saturday June 27, 2015 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where: Cove Arts Center Parking Lot

Cost: $15.00 Chamber Members, $30.00 Non Chamber Members

10’ x 15’ spaces are available. Advanced reservations are required. You keep all the money from your sales!

To reserve your space stop by the Chamber or call Jo at 575-377-6353.

Cove Arts Center
12 Crestview Lane
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Sponsored by the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

New Mexico Chamber Executives Association

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Last week the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce proudly welcomed twenty-five Chamber Executives from all over the state of New Mexico. Many brought their spouses. These executives, who represent thousands and thousands of businesses, came to Angel Fire for a three day work conference. Lecturers included internationally known Chamber author, speaker, consultant, and founder of the Chamber Professionals Community – Frank J. Kenny, social media and digital marketing expert in the Chamber of Commerce industry – Norma Davey, Director of the Southwest/South Central Region for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – John Gonzales, President/CEO of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce – Terri Cole, Director of the Albuquerque Reads Program – Alan LaSeck and from the Angel Fire Police Department – Lieutenant J.D. Harvey.

Many of these chamber leaders had never been to Angel Fire. We wanted them to experience our beautiful valley, so I set up various activities for them. Some came in early to golf and zip-line. Others stayed over an extra night to fish. They all toured the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park, led by Mayor Pro-Tem Chuck Howe.

They all complimented Angel Fire. The views, the food, the friendly people, and the activities. Actually they all said they intend to return!

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Norma Davey and Frank J. Kenny, views from the Angel Fire Country Club

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Frank Kenny, Judy Sheen, and Bill Allen during a workshop.

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Dinner Out on the Town

Chamber News June 2015

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Angel Fire may be small and quaint, but we are big and mighty behind the scenes. Our efforts, events, and activities would not happen without the many various committees of volunteers who work tirelessly. Today I’d like to spotlight the Village of Angel Fire, Angel Fire Proud Committee. This committee works to inspire members of the community to clean-up and take pride in their properties. Chair of this committee, Lysa Hopson said, “We are a group of residents who are searching for ways to make Angel Fire more beautiful and inviting.” Not only do they now sponsor our annual spring and fall clean-ups, they are the committee responsible for raising money to bring the new Christmas lighting on Hwy 434 and North Angel Fire Road and they were the inspiration behind lighting of the big Christmas tree last year. This summer they are once again sponsoring the Angel Fire Blooms contest. It will kick-off at the AAFPO Taste of Angel Fire event on June 6, 2015. There will be three categories: Business, Civic/Non Profit Organizations, and Residential. Within these three categories are two levels: Potted Containers and Gardens. Judging and awards for this free contest will take place in early August with a desert reception. Angel Fire Proud is taking on the responsibility of the village buildings and the recycle center. Their concept will be to bring in more native drought sustaining plants, to work with the environment and help preserve our bird population and air quality. And they are teaming up with the Garden Club of Angel Fire to help maintain the village median. They welcome assistance from local businesses. Taking pride in your own area is a year round commitment. So please take a minute to survey your property, whether business or residential and become a part of the efforts to clean-up Angel Fire. Make changes that will make your property inviting and as beautiful as the surrounding natural beauty of the Moreno Valley. If you see trash, pick it up. It does take a village (pun intended) to keep our little piece of heaven beautiful.

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Other News

The Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association here in Angel Fire this week. Approximately twenty-five Chamber Executives from all over New Mexico, many of whom have never been to Angel Fire, will be spending several days with us. Most of their time will be spent in workshops and conference, but we will also showcase Angel Fire with side trips to our places of interest. Our goal is to give them the desire to come back!

Also the Chamber’s Annual Membership Meeting/Dinner is set to take place on Monday June 15, 2015 at H2 Uptown. If you are a Chamber member and haven’t yet purchased your tickets, you may do so at the Chamber office or call 575-377-6353 with your credit card information. (We had only 18 tickets left as of Monday, so make your reservations soon) This dinner is sponsored by Alpine Lumber, our gold level sponsor and silver sponsors, The Lanon Team – ReMax Mountain Realty Angel Fire, Mike Woolley – ReMax Mountain Realty Angel Fire, 24/7 Automotive Performance, and Goodnight Electronics, LLC.

And we are pleased to let you know that the Village Sustainability Committee has changed the date for the Spare Part Art Auction from June 13, 2015 to September 5, 2015. It will still be held in the shopping center area behind Mountain Sports from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The date change will allow time, for everyone who is reading this article, to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece to enter into the auction. What are the rules? There is only one. It is that your artwork must be made of used or re-cycled material. Large or small, enter it all! You don’t have to be an artist by trade to enter. All proceeds will be divided between the Village Sustainability Committee, the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, and the Moreno Valley Arts Council’s “Art Center” fund raising campaign.

To keep up with dates and times of all events the entire summer visit www.angelfirechamber.org, www.angelfireresort.com, and www.angelfirefun.com. We all keep running calendars of events. Between the three websites, hopefully we’ll cover everything that is happening. And please forgive me if I’ve missed anything. If you want your events added to our calendars, email manager@angelfirechamber.org. Send flyers in jpg format.

Angel Fire Chamber Of Commerce Annual Dinner

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When: Monday, June 15, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Where: H2 Uptown, 48 North Angel Fire Road, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Cost: $45 Per Person / $80 Per Couple

Tickets are available at Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, through any Board Member or by phone at 575-377-6353.

We accept Visa and MasterCard.

Sponsorship Opportunity

Gold Level Sponsorship Package ($500)

1. Your logo on all promotional ads for the events which include printed flyers and listed on our website for 1 month, mentioned and thanked on social media and our weekly e-blast four times.

2. Four (4) tickets to the event.

3. Brochures that you provide will be placed on each table with your advertising info and table tents that we provide with your business logo.

4. Easel advertisement at the front door.

Silver Level Sponsorship Package ($250)

1. Your logo on all promotional ads for the events which include printed flyers, mentioned and thanked on social media and our weekly e-blast four times.

2. Two (2) tickets to the event.

3. Brochures that you provide will be placed on each table with your advertising info and table tents that we provide with your business logo.

What a fun time we had in Angel Fire last week! Were you spotted at the annual Angel Fire Chamber dinner?

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Bailey’s Chimney Cleaning & Repair Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

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Justin Bailey & Jo

The morning I spent with Justin Bailey was so education I thought my head was going to burst! This guy really knows his business! His business? Your chimney and your safety. Did you know that only 3% of people with chimneys use the services of a certified chimney sweep? With my head down, my hands behind my back, looking at my shoes, I admit, I was one of the 3%. But after having spent time with Justin, never again will I fall into that category.

Included in the cost, every time Justin and his staff of CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Technicians clean a fireplace, they also scan your chimney with a video inspection system. This Smart-Scan system uses an iPad and a camera that they send up the chimney. If a problem is found, they can provide your insurance company with a power point presentation of the video. He says, “Our investment in training, certification credentials, and constant improvement represents our commitment to conducting our business in such a way that will improve the standing of the chimney service industry in the areas where we work for years to come.”

The home owner of the first appointment I tagged along on, wanted diagnostic information. They were concerned with smoke and ash coming into the house and staining their rock fireplace. A friend of theirs recommended Bailey’s Chimney Cleaning & Repair because he is the expert in diagnosing chimney problems. Justin told the homeowners when we walked inside, seeing the visible stains, that smoke on the inside rock is obviously a problem. Not only could it be a sign of danger in the chimney, it could also mean that it isn’t drafting properly and smoke and ash blowing in can poison the air quality in your home, leading to health problems. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be critical.

He then immediately went to work. I stood back as he set up his work area. He told me that he was not interested in leaving a mess, he respects his customer’s living space. He covered a large area before he brought in his equipment. He told me about common problems and issues with cracks inside chimneys as he set up his equipment and went to work. I got to see the inside of the chimney via his video scan system while he looked at each of the joints inside, where the pipes came together. He explained to me that dangers can happen when the seams are jarred loose even by unknowing chimney sweeps. In this particular chimney, he found no breaches in the seams with his scan. He continued to sweep and clean. Next he needed to inspect the outside chimney. As you well know, the homes in our mountains are usually two or three story structures. This one was no exception. I saw a steep metal roof….yikes! I wasn’t sure I could watch as he quickly started carrying ladders from his truck making preparation to climb. He secured the first ladder, then carried another ladder up that first ladder. He secured them to the roof and went back for yet another one. He expertly shimmied across the very high, very steep roof, moving ladders and hauling tools. About now, I was holding my breath and praying for his safety. He smiled at my queasiness and assured me, he and his staff follow OSHA guidelines when approaching roof work. His every movement was cautious and exact. With a past hobby in rock climbing, Justin finds this part of his job fun. He says it keeps it interesting! On the ground I thought to myself how I had expected to witness a regular chimney sweep that day. They come in without a word, clean quickly and get out, but that isn’t at all what I was witnessing. He reminded me more of a “chimney surgeon”. Communication with his customer was key. He spent extra time educating them and stressed safety issues.

I learned and I quote Justin from his website, “Chimney work is a trade, like plumbing or painting or electrical. A lot of people don’t understand that. I know the codes, I have the skills and the expertise to make sure your house doesn’t burn down.” and,”Dryer vents are one of the leading causes of house fires, so I decided we should become the experts in preventing that kind of danger. We got certified in dryer vent technology and were the first company in New Mexico with that credential.” Plus he attends the National Chimney Sweep Institute National Conferences to keep abreast of the latest technologies and issues. Justin grew up in Taos and has grown his business into the surrounding areas. He runs two trucks out of Santa Fe /505-988-2771 and one out of Taos /575-770-7769. (I suggest you book your chimney and vent cleaning and repair service at least two weeks in advance during peak seasons.)

When I asked why he decided to become a chimney sweep, he answered with an endearing story about his grandfather. I hope that you will take the time to visit his website www.baileyschimney.com and read it for yourselves! And take note that safety, value, integrity, and professionalism strongly represents, not only his company, but the character of Justin Bailey. Give him a call!

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Angel Fire Spare Part Art Auction

spare-part-artBy Jo Mixon

I am so excited to be a part of this inaugural event in Angel Fire. As a member of the Village of Angel Fire Sustainability Committee, I’d like to stress that the members of this committee work extremely hard behind the scenes to promote and educate sustainability as a lifestyle! Not only do we promote recycling but we educate about options and ways to keep Angel Fire and our majestic mountain home a healthy beautiful place to live, play and visit. The goal that it remains pristine far into the future!

We decided to have fun with it. Turn your toss out items into works of art! Think outside of the box. Recycle anything. What will you create and donate? An awesome yard-art sculpture, a planter, a fountain, a garden bench, a chandelier? Will you use tin, metal, old crates, bottles, keys, tools, car parts, or assorted old objects? Maybe material or clothing you thought were rags? Shoes, lamps, what about unusable sinks or toilets? (Don’t forget to disinfect first…hehehe!)

Anything destined for the dump is fair game for you to turn into a thing of beauty! Thank you ahead of time. Now get creative, and we also need everyone to bid and buy a one-of-a-kind unique masterpiece at the auction! Hope to see you there!

When: June 13, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: 3375 Mountain View Blvd, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Be a part of the first Spare Part Art fundraiser and art silent auction.

Recycling old junk not only benefits the environment, it breathes new life into old objects that were once destined for the landfill. Roll up your sleeves and make one person’s trash into another person’s treasure. Everyone is invited to enter a piece of recycled art. Everyone is invited to purchase a piece of artwork! Participate in this unique art auction while listening to live music. Proceeds benefit the Village of Angel Fire Sustainability Committee, The Moreno Valley Arts Council and the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

For more information call Louise at 214-437-1362 or Jo at 575-377-6353.

Sponsored by The Village of Angel Fire: Angel Fire Proud Committee, GGS Wagon Mound and Keep New Mexico Beautiful.

Business After Hours – H2 Uptown

h2-uptownEnjoy appetizers, networking, door prizes and a cash bar!

When: Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: 48 North Angel Fire Rd, Angel Fire, NM 87710

You do not have to be a Chamber member to attend this event!

What’s Happening This Summer?

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The real question should be “What’s NOT happening this summer?”

May is the month! We’ve packed away our skis and snowboards and unpacked our golf clubs, bicycles, hiking/running shoes and fishing gear. All of our favorite activities are back on the agenda, new events are planned, and even one being resurrected from the past. We cannot tell you how excited we are to be in Angel Fire!

Tonight, Wednesday May 6, 2015, Wheeler Peak Cowboy Fellowship will restart their weekly potluck and worship service at the Community Center. Thursday May 7, 2015, enjoy storytelling by the Moreno Valley High School Spanish Club at the High School or attend Business after Hours at H2 Uptown.

Are you a cyclists? Be it motorcycle or bicycle, Angel Fire is the place to be. The Bike Park opens May 14, 2015, as do all other activities on the mountain. Either bring your own bike and equipment or rent from the Bike Park Bike Shop, The Trailhead, Cottam’s of Angel Fire, or Mountain Sports of Angel Fire.

May 15, 2015, the Angel Fire Fire Department will sponsor a Kids Safety Boot Camp at Angel Fire Fire Department Station 2 then on Saturday May 16, 2015, meet at the Village of Angel Fire for the Annual Spring Clean Day.

The Angel Fire Resort Golf Course is opening May 21, 2015 with a variety of golf tournaments and clinics scheduled throughout the summer. And then May 24-25, 2015 memorial Day Ceremonies will take place at the Vietnam Veterans memorial State Park. Then on Thursday May 28, 2015, Business after Hours will be at the Shuter Library.

Hit the tennis courts, opening June 2, 2015. Check out their webpage to find a list of tennis clinics for all age levels. Maybe you just need to put on your hiking shoes and trek up the mountain. Do you want a group to walk/run with? Meet at Mountain Sports every Thursday morning at 7:30 am and join the Couch to 5k Road Runners group. (Getting into shape can be fun whether you’re a beginner or an expert.) And any of the before mentioned sports stores have the gear you need, including High Country and Winter Sports.

Our high altitude location makes for a great setting for bike races of all types. Look for the GRT Chile Challenge (June 19-20, 2015), Rough Riders 200 Double Century Race (June 27-28, 2015) and many more. You can register to participate in two big endurance races this summer in Angel Fire. On June 13-14, 2015, the Oso High Backcountry New Mexico Cup Enduro Race (bicycles) and August 28-29, 2015, The Ragnar Trail Endurance Race (running). Sign up for the first ever Angel Fire Adventure Marathon, Half Marathon or 5-K to be held on July 4, 2015.

Book a four-wheeler adventure at Angel Fire Excursions or Bobcat Pass, go horseback riding with Roadrunner Tours, or get your adrenaline pumping on the Rio Grande River whitewater rafting with Far Flung Adventures. Not enough yet? Everyone should try sailing across the mountain on the Zipline Tour. Get your body moving every Sunday night starting in June with Ball Room Dance classes taught by Diane Peterson in Elements at the Angel Fire Country Club. Summer is a time to laugh, enjoy, and have fun as you soak up the sunshine or bask in the views!

Do you want a milder adventure? Stick a worm on your hook and cast it into Monte Verde Lake, Eagle Nest Lake, or Cimarron Creek. Streit Fly Fishing will provide guides & equipment or simply book a guided fishing trip on Eagle Nest Lake with Turquoise Trout. Drive down Hwy 434 to feed the Alpacas at Victory Ranch in Mora. Book a painting class at Katherine’s Fine Art or Binford-Bell Studios. On Friday nights in July, enjoy Movies Under the Stars at the base of the mountain at Angel Fire Resort while enjoying free popcorn.Be inspired by Living Labyrinths for Peace how to create your own labyrinth.

Take a day to relax and be pampered. Have a massage at Kathy Dunbar’s Body Mechanics, get your hair and nails done at Studio 434, then wander over to Enchanted Circle Pottery to tour their wood burning kiln. Read the book you checked out at Shuter Library. And to make your summer memories last a lifetime, call Wende Woolley Photography to capture the moments!

The Annual AAFPO Welcome Home Weekend is set to kick off Friday night, June 5, 2015, then on June 13, 2015, get your recycle art on at the first ever Spare Part Art Auction. A much anticipated event is scheduled for June 19-21, 2015, Balloons Over Angel Fire is back! Once again hot air balloons will fill the skies over Angel Fire. June 20, attend 1 Nite 2 Unite Christian Music Festival, followed by the hot-air balloon glow. Habla Tamale will make its debut August 8-9, 2015, with the first ever tamale cook-off festival in New Mexico. And there is much more. This summer promises something for everyone! Don’t miss it!

To keep up with dates and times of all events the entire summer visit www.angelfirechamber.org, www.angelfireresort.com, and www.angelfirefun.com. We all keep running calendars of events. Between the three websites, hopefully we’ll cover everything that is happening. And please forgive me if I’ve missed anything. If you want your events added to our calendars, email manager@angelfirechamber.org. Send flyers in jpg format.

Whatever you choose to do, or if you choose to do everything, be safe, have fun, and breathe in the fresh mountain air! We hope to see you this summer in Angel Fire!