NORWOOD – Do you find yourself struggling to get on a budget, but don’t know where to start? Are you wondering whether or not to invest during these unpredictable economic times? Get your question answered and enjoy a meal with a friend at the same time.
Norwood’s Happy Belly Deli and Christine Odle are sponsoring a Take Your Friend to Lunch Day, Thursday, March 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A special coupon enables Happy Belly Deli patrons to buy one lunch and two beverages and get a second lunch (of equal or lesser value) for free. The hitch? You must turn in the coupon with one financial question written on the back. Sometime during or after your lunch, Odle will answer your question.
It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement, says Odle, explaining the idea came from the book Gorilla Marketing, which, as an inexpensive way to boost your clientele and exposure, recommends planning an event with a similar or complimentary business. “This is a first time deal,” says Odle. “If it’s great… we might decide to do it again, perhaps on a quarterly basis.”
Owner of Rockin’ Beeby Enterprises, Odle is a financial manager for small businesses and a certified financial counselor. She also is a Financial Peace University Facilitator, a program created by nationally syndicated radio host and financial advisor Dave Ramsey.
At Happy Belly Thursday, “I will be basing all my answers on Dave Ramsey’s principles,” says Odle. “I don’t work for anyone. I’m not selling anything.”
If there are questions Odle cannot answer, she will have resources available to refer people to. “The sky’s the limit,” she says.
For those interested in taking a 13-week Financial Peace University class, Odle will have sign up sheets at the lunch. If she gets ten families to sign up, she will schedule a course in the Norwood region, something she has facilitated several times in the past.
Odle emphasizes, “You don’t have to be financially stressed to come to lunch.” It’s also an affordable way check out what Happy Belly Deli has to offer. The popular breakfast and lunch spot provides daily specials, baked goods, coffee drinks, and special events catering. “I think there are still a lot of people in town who have never been there,” she says of Happy Belly.
But if you are feeling uneasy about the economy, Odle recommends her late mother-in-law’s philosophy, “When in doubt, take your friend to lunch.”
For information, Odle can be reached at 729-2979 or call Happy Belly Deli at 327-0208. Visit www.daveramsey.com for more information on Financial Peace University.
Cooperative Extension Offers Greenhouse Growing Workshop
Tough economic times are causing a lot of people to consider growing their own food. With its relatively mild climate and a growing season that’s substantially longer than neighboring Telluride, Norwood is the perfect place to plant a garden. But considering the area’s propensity for wind, a greenhouse is an even better place to grow food.
The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension is sponsoring a Home-scale and Small-scale Greenhouse Growing Workshop on Sunday, April 4, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Placerville Fire Station. The class will be taught by CSU Regional Specialist, Commercial Greenhouse and Nurseries, Brooke A. Edmunds, PhD.
Learn about greenhouse structures, the basics of plant growth in greenhouses, sustainable greenhouse practices, greenhouse crop ideas, pest identification and management, and producing for profit.
The registration fee is $10. To reserve a spot, call 327-4393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date, Save Your Baby Gear
In conjunction with the opening of the Norwood Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 13, the nonprofit Wright Stuff Community Foundation is planning a parking lot sale and all-day street party. The event will be a fundraiser for Prime Time Early Learning Center, which strives to keep its programs affordable by offering subsidized early childhood education and care, as well as day camp opportunities to children ages six weeks to 12 years old.
While details of the street party are still being finalized, there will plenty of fun activities for kids, such as a jumping castle, street games, and a bicycle-decorating contest and obstacle course. For adults, WSCF is considering planning a 5k run/walk/stroll to take place on the county roads surrounding Norwood. (A kid-appropriate race may take place within the town.) Live music is also planned.
The parking lot sale will allow members of the community to purchase parking lot space for a small fee to sell their goods. There also will be a Prime Time space where gently used kids’ clothing and gear will be sold, with all proceeds benefiting Prime Time. When cleaning out your garage or child’s closet this spring, consider donating your unwanted items to Prime Time for a tax deduction.
Volunteers are needed to help plan and facilitate the June 13 event. Please contact the Wright Stuff at 327-0555, ext. 11. More information on Prime Time’s programs and availability can be found at www.primetimeearlylearningcenter.com.
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