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Explore Glenwood . without leaving the Community Center

How many times has someone asked you, “Where’s the Hot Springs Pool?” or “How do I get to Doc Holliday’s grave?”

For the answers to those questions, and others about what to do in Glenwood Springs, plan to attend Explore Glenwood. It’s a hospitality training program set for noon to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 20, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

The program, hosted by the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, is offered free of charge for “front line” employees of area businesses that cater to tourists, said chamber spokeswoman Lori Hogan.

Hotel front desk staff, restaurant workers, retail employees and gas station attendants can benefit from the training, Hogan said.

To sweeten the deal, anyone who attends will receive free passes for whitewater rafting, the Hot Springs Pool, Glenwood Caverns and the Funland go-karts.

“The idea is for front line employees to experience these attractions so they can talk about them,” Hogan said.

Here’s how it works. The program begins on the hour and includes a half-hour training session, and another half hour of interactive learning about area activities, Hogan said.

It’s a come-and-go event that takes about an hour.

Attendees will also be eligible to win one of three grand prizes, including a weekend getaway in Denver with free tickets to a Rockies game and Elitch Gardens; passes to Sunlight Mountain Resort for a ride on the chairlift, horseback riding and free shuttle service for bike riders in Glenwood Canyon and a one-hour watsu massage in the pool at Splendor Mountain Spa.

Food and drinks will be served all day, and the Bayou restaurant will serve dinner between 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Last year, about 125 people attended the training, Hogan said.

“We hoping to have more this year. There are 250 businesses in the retail, lodging and restaurant sector that belong to the chamber,” she said.

But Hogan also pointed out that you don’t have to be a chamber member to attend the training.

Reservations are not required but are requested so the chamber can estimate how many will attend.

“Or just show up on the hour,” she said.

To make a reservation, or for more information, call Hogan or Tracey Walter at 945-6589.

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