Biz buzz:
Scarecrow Days event to expand

       Although plans are still being finalized, Old Colorado City's 10th annual Scarecrow Days this fall is shaping up to be the biggest ever.
       The multi-day event is expected to again include scarecrow creations and judging and A Taste of Colorado City (where people can buy tickets to sample food from Old Town restaurants). In addition, this year's event is likely to have a sidewalk chalk art contest, an art gallery tour, a giant pumpkin weighing and live music, according to representatives of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group.
       Organizing the event this year is Lynda Dunne, whose Colorado Attractions group puts on the annual Territory Days for OCCA.
       “I believe we have a fantastic new draw to Old Colorado City for the fall,” OCCA Vice President Mazie Baalman writes in the July merchants' newsletter. “Start telling your customers NOW!”
       The sidewalk art contest, with cash prizes, is anticipated the first weekend of October. At the July 13 Old Colorado City Security & Maintenance District committee meeting, Dunne said it is being modeled somewhat after a sidewalk art contest in Denver's Larimer Square last month.
       Two side streets may be closed off for the contest.
       “It's going to be real exciting,” said OCCA President Nancy Stovall. “Think what the artists can do on the sidwalk.”
       In other OCCA news... Charlie Cagiao of Silver Moon Presents is a new member of the OCCA Board of Directors. Board member Ginny Wesley of Mountain Moppets stepped down.
       Ent Federal Credit Union, whose 19 service centers in the Pikes Peak region include the Red Rock and Uintah shopping centers, has launched a new logo and tagline: “Ent - Where you belong.” The new logo features a stylized “E” surrounded by a solid red circle.
       The credit union has had the same look and feel since its inception in 1957, but research conducted last year indicated a change was necessary to reflect the credit union's openness to all citizens of the community.
       For more information or to view Ent's new logo, go to
       Tangles Day Spa has moved down the avenue to 930 W. Colorado Ave. (next door to the firestation), and is now owned by Matthias Schweiker. The business offers the services of stylists, manicurists, massage therapists and estheticians.
       A grand opening is scheduled Sunday, July 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. The phone is 473-5506.
       Green Valley Weavers & Knitters, 2115 W. Colorado Ave., is offering free study groups in the areas of knitting, weaving and spinning. The phone is 448-9963.

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