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San José, Costa Rica || Thursday Edition, August 24, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 168
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Week of August 21

El Bello Mundo Marino
With a creative vision full of color, figures and text, Roxana Sandí seeks to take art fans on a trip to the depths of the sea and discover its secrets and beauty.

El Bello Mundo Marino is the first independent exhibit for Ms. Sandí and will be on display at the Escuela Casa del Artista in Goicoechea until Aug. 28. The exhibit consists of 18 pieces using acrylic paint on canvas. It is an abstract style that takes the artist’s perception of the exotic beauty of the landscape of the sea, the art school said.

Interested attendees can view the exhibit from Monday thru Friday for free. Escuela Casa del Artista is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located off to the side of the cemetery in Goicoechea, organizers said.

DES-Encuentros play
DES-Encuentros was born from the lives of seven students in the Escuela de Artes Dramáticas. What makes this unique is that the group decided to not simply recreate an existing play but create a story of their own using a theater technique called collective creation. This is where people would create a collection of anecdotes and memories to make the audience, and actors alike, consider the most diverse questions that people face throughout their lives.

DES-Encuentros will be presented at the Teatro Universitario from Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 6 p.m. Tickets cost 5,000 colones for the general public and 4,000 colones for students and senior citizens. Reservations can be made by calling the university theater. The show will be ongoing until Aug. 27, organizers said.

La magia de la acuarela exhibit

La magia de la acuarela, or the Magic of Watercolor in English, will open Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Biblioteca Nacional.

It is made up of 35 watercolor paintings primarily of Bolivian themes and settings however there will also be on display Costa Rican landmarks. These include: the Teatro Nacional, the church in Coronado and the Biblioteca Nacional itself. 
This exhibit will be open during the library’s regularly-scheduled hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday. It will remain on display until August 28.

Romeo and Juliet premiere at Teatro La Aduana
 To celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the Taller Nacional de Teatro, graduates from the institution will put on a rendition of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” premiering this Thursday at Teatro La Aduana.

The play will be shown between August 10 and September 3, the cultural ministry said. Opening night will be at 7:30 p.m. and that time will remain the same for all showings from Thursday to Saturday. Sunday shows will be at 5 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by calling the theater at a cost of 5,000 colones for general audience and 2,500 colones for seniors with proper identification.

Objetos Internos exhibit at Alianza Francesa
Earth, soap, latex and cellophane are some of the materials being featured in the new art exhibition at the Alianza Francesa.

Objetos Internos by José Rosales is part of the internal search for the sensations, objects and memories of childhood, according to a statement by the organization. The exhibit opened Thursday at 7 p.m. at the group’s building located in Barrio Amón. Entrance is free and will be available to view by the public until Sept. 9.

Friday, August 25

Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional concert with U.S. citizens
The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional will, for the first time, include an organ as a solo instrument during its performance this coming Friday and a U.S. citizen will be the guest performer playing the organ. Meanwhile, another U.S. citizen will be directing.

A repertoire of French music will be ringing through the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar. Tickets for this concert will cost 10,000 colones for all seating arrangements, according to a statement from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. A fifty percent discount will apply to all those who present their student ID or senior citizen’s gold card at the sale areas. This is not available for the online purchases, gallery location and call center, the culture ministry said.

They can also be purchased the day of the concert at a special kiosk in the theater. Rehearsals began this past Tuesday with guest soloist Edward “Ned” Tipton and John Nelson directing.

Fería Internacional del Libro begins
The 2017 Feria Internacional del Libro will be housed inside San José’s Antigua Aduana building and the Casa del Cuño, according to a statement from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. The ministry added that more than 80 exhibitors will participate among the publishing houses, groups, libraries and independent writers sharing their works. 10 international guess will pay homage to nine organizations.

The festival itself will be opening on August 25 and run until September 3. The cultural ministry said it would release a more informed schedule of the fair later in the coming weeks.

Saturday, August 26

Encuentros de Genealogía
The Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría and the Costa Rican academy of genealogical sciences is hosting a series of free activities examining the roots of ordinary Costa Ricans and some of the country’s heroes.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Encuentros de Genealogía will bring together experts and amateurs in the discipline exchange their findings. It comes on the commemoration of the birth of Juan Santamaría, considered a national hero for his sacrifice during the Filibuster Campaign of 1856.

Monday, September 11

ARESEP proposal public hearing
The proposal will be submitted at a public hearing Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. At each of the Tribunales de Justicia in the seven regions of the country. This proposal is supposedly designed to promote the best use of resources, equity and sustainability, the regulatory authority said.

According to a Thursday statement from ARESEP, the proposal seeks to divide electrical consumption into five blocks with differentiated tariffs attached. These fees will be adjusted based on the peculiarities of each electric distribution companies as profiles of residential consumption vary in each one.

Friday, September 8

Día Nacional del Café
Coffee beans, coffee crafts, espresso, food trucks and all manner of café’s will be abundant during the Día Nacional del Café along the boulevard in Barrio Chino.

According to a statement from the Instituto del Café, the event will be held on Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in coordination with the agriculture ministry, the municipality of San José, the baristas association and the chamber of coffee roasters.

Johnny Araya, the mayor of San José, said the best place to celebrate will be the high-quality gastronomic walk being made along the Boulevard de Los Estudiantes in barrio Chino. Coffee is a symbol and icon of Costa Rica’s history and culture, Araya said.

Friday, September 15

Festival de Ballenas y Delfines at Marino Ballena
Whale watching, concerts, cycling, family walking and talks are expected in anticipation of the upcoming Festival de Ballenas y Delfines at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena mid-September.

This year, the festival will be held from Sept. 15 until ending on Oct. 1. Tickets to participate in the festival go on sale during the days of the event, organizers said, but pre-sale reservations can be made online at the festival website.

The cost is 15,000 colones for adults with foreigners adding about $6. The reason for this is apparently the charge attached for visiting the national park. Children between 3 and 9 years old are charged 10,000 colones and kids under 3 get in free.

The whale tours depart every two hours beginning at 7 a.m. until the last departure at 3 p.m. The cost of the tour gets a person an hour and a half travel through the national park, water and fruit. The tour operator association recommends that interested participants bring sunscreen, flip flops, light clothes, camera and plastic bag for electronics.

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Trinity Bible Church
Worship Services in English
Trinity Bible Church - offers Worship Services in English every Sunday at Vida Abudante in San Antonio, Coronado, with Country Gospel Music starting at 1:30 p.m.

Weekly Bible Studies in English
#1 - When:  Wednesdays 10:00 AM
Where: Moravia
#2 - When:  Thursday's 10:00 AM
Where: Alajuela
#3 - When:  Thursdays 7:00 PM
Where: Escazu
For more info, Google maps, Waze, directions,
visit us at www.tbccostarica.org

APDO 93-4050 • Alajuela • Costa Rica

What else is happening

More than once a week

Serenity Al Anon en Escazu. 
Meetings are in English, one hour long
Al Anon is for families and friends of alcoholics.
• Tuesdays at noon and
• Thursday's at 10:30 a.m.  each week.
Meetings are one hour and are held on the second floor of the Buena Tierra Restaurant, Escazú Centro, 25 meters south of the San Miguel Catholic Church.
• There also is a new meeting on Saturdays at 9 a.m. at the Internationsl Baptist  Church, Guachepelin, Escazu. Information:   Phone 8993-1762 (Rosemary) and/or 2228-1049 (Barbara)
Email:  rosemaryzitek@yahoo.com

Every Sunday


Trinity Bible Church - Traditional English Worship Services, every Sunday at Vida Abudante in San Antonio, Coronado, starting at 1:30 p.m.  For more info visit the Web page at www.tbccostarica.org or call Mike at 7060-6534.

Bible Study in Orosi

An inter-denominational, English language  Bible study group meets every Sunday at 9 a.m. in Orosi, Cartago.  We invite anyone living in this area or just visiting to join us.

Quaker meeting (Religious Society of Friends)

The San Jose Quaker Group meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Peace Center, off of Calle 15, between avenidas. 6 and 8.  All are welcome. Contact Jo Reinmiller, 2228-4341.

Morning Celebration Service

San Pedro Christian Fellowship
Also Opportunities for participation in outreach activities. From traffic lights in front of Muñoz y Nanne. 30 meters east, 50 meters  south and 40 meters west, second house. Phone: 2267-6038  Emails :  markpeggybloom@hotmail.com.  Postal Service Apdo 56-3015, San Rafael de Heredia. To  Mark Bloomfield.  The Web site is  here: http://www.sanpedrochristianfellowship.com/

Roman Catholic Mass

An established community of Catholic friends of all nationalities  welcomes any and all visitors, whether long-time resident of Costa Rica or just passing through. Please join us each Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. for Catholic Mass in English at St. Mary's​ Chapel, located across from Cariari Mall, Autopista General Cañas, San José Alajuela, San Antonio de Belen, at the Wyndam San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center parking lot next to Hard Rock Café. Please contact James Rivera jruriel@aol.com

Anglican community

The Parish of the Good Shepherd in San José, an Episcopal/Anglican community, celebrates Sunday Eucharist in English at 8:30 a.m. and in Spanish at 11 a.m. There is a bilingual Eucharist service on the first Sunday of the month at 9 a.m. There also is a Eucharist service Wednesday at 9 a.m. and Friday at noon. The Church of the Good Shepherd is on Avenida 4 between calles 3 and 5 opposite the Colegio Superior de Señoritas. Further information is available via e-mail to pbuenpastor@hotmail.es. or by calling 2222-1560.

Escazú Christian Fellowship

The "heart, hands, and voice of Jesus Christ in Costa Rica's English-speaking community" meets for worship in English at 5 p.m. in Guachipelín (in the building of International Baptist Church). Nursery care is available, and Sunday School for preschoolers through high schoolers follows a children's time in worship. Communion served each first Sunday. Please call 8395-9653 or browse www.ecfcr.net for more information and directions.

Unity-Costa Rica Service in English

Unity Center for Spiritual Development in Piedades, Santa Ana (now down in the Unity office - 350 meters south — up the hill from the Shang Hai Restaurant) offers its English service of singing, meditation, and message at 10 a.m.  For more information call Unity Center at 2203-4411  http://UnityCostaRica.org

First Monday

Arenal Gardeners

Arenal Gardeners meets monthly for presentations, to discuss aspects of gardening in the tropics, to plan group outings, and to exchange seeds and seedlings.  For meetings, happenings, and information on gardening, please go HERE! 

First Tuesday

VFW meeting

Costa Rica VFW Post 11207 meets at 1:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month on the second floor of the Club Colonial in downtown San José.  The Club Colonial is located on Avenida 1 between Calle 9 and 11.  Visiting and resident members and prospective members are cordially invited.  For additional information, those interested can call Post Quartermaster Ed Ramirez 2215-1208 or Commander Robert (Bob) Sempell 2588-1475. Drinks and lunch are available downstairs for early arrivals.


The English-speaking La Luz Lodge No.3, Freemasons, meets the first and third Tuesday at at the Grand Lodge in San José opposite the AM PM supermarket on Avenida Central at Calle 19. For information call Jonathan 8349-2402 or Don 8879-3780.

Newcomers Club of Costa Rica (for women) meets first Tuesday of every month, September through May. Contact:  2288-5087 NewcomersCR@gmail.com

First Wednesday

American Legion Post 10

Costa Rica's FIRST American Legion post, Post 10 in Escazú, was chartered in 1957 and has a very active membership numbering 100+.  The meetings start promptly at noon on the first Wednesday of each month and are held at the Bello Horizonte Country Club, near Escazú Center. For directions and details please contact contact Claudio Pacheco.  Veterans of a uniformed service of the United States or other countries and guests are cordially invited to attend.  Any former member whose membership may have lapsed is encouraged to rejoin.  Interested parties please contact Claudio Pacheco at phone 8876-1394 or visit our Web  site at http://www.AmLegionCR10.com.

Friends Peace Center

The Friends Peace Center has programs and group meetings on various peace topics in English and Spanish.  Calle 15, Avenida 6 bis in San Jose, just west of the court buildings.  2222-1400, www.amigosparalapaz.or

Third Tuesday


The English-speaking La Luz Lodge No.3, Freemasons, meets the first and third Tuesday at at the Grand Lodge in San José opposite the AM PM supermarket on Avenida Central at Calle 19.

For information call Jonathan 8349-2402 or Don 8879-3780.

Second Wednesday

Women's Club

Founded in 1940, the Women's Club of Costa Rica is one of the oldest, continuously operating service organizations in Costa Rica. Current programs focus on education, primarily through scholarships and development of school libraries for children.  WCCR membership numbers 300 English-speaking women from all over the world, drawn together by the motto: Friendship through Service.  Monthly meetings with guest speakers are held the second Wednesday of selected month, as well as regular luncheons, teas, and many interest groups.  Guests are welcome and further information can be found at  www.wccr.org.

Sergeant First Class Raymond Edison Jones Jr. Post 16 Costa Rica

The American Legion Post 16 holds its monthly meeting at noon at Hospital Clinica Catolica in Guadalupe. Past members as well as new members and guests are welcome. http://www.legion16cr.com/

Third Thursday

Jacó women's group

The newly formed Central Pacific Women's Group holds its meeting at 9 a.m.
in Jacó's Balcon del Mar. The bilingual group is an affiliate of the Jacó Chamber of Commerce and discusses community and business issues. The group hosts guests speakers. Community building, cultural, educational, and social activities are topics of interest. Anyone interested in attending, can make a reservation at 2643-2853 or e-mail christinatruitt@gmail.com

Third Saturday

Guanacaste Veterans Association

 Location: Coconutz  Bar & Restaurant, Playas del Coco, Main Street Time: 11 a.m. All veteran's from any country and there friends and family are invited and welcome. More information: leland.e.harris@gmail.com

Every Tuesday

Al-Anon in Grecia

The English-speaking Al-Anon group meets at the Grecia Cultural Center behind the Grecia Municipal Building and across from Banco Nacional parking at noon. The organization is for friends and family of problem drinkers who seek support with others in similar situations. More information is available at 2444-1515.

Bible study

All are invited to Bible study in San Antonio de Belén at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Escazú Christian Fellowship. Call  2293-9437 or browse www.ecfcr.net for more information and directions.

Recycling in Tamarindo
Each Tuesday morning the Municipalidad de Santa Cruz will drive through Tamarindo and Langosta picking up recyclable material at the 10 sites with collection barrels and all other businesses who have requested a pick-up. More information is availalbe at tamarindorecycles@gmail.com   

Every Wednesday

Wednesday morning Bible study

San Pedro Christian Fellowship
Bible study in Heredia/Moravia and English classes at the  Fellowship center.
Also Opportunities for participation in outreach activities. From traffic lights in front of Muñoz y Nanne. 30 meters east, 50 meters  south and 40 meters west, second house.Telephones: 2267-6038 and 2262-4165. Emails :  markpeggybloom@hotmail.com.  Postal Service Apdo 56-3015, San Rafael de Heredia. To  Mark Bloomfield. The Web site is here:

Bungee Bible study
The Bungee Jumpers Bible study of Escazú Christian Fellowship meets in Rohrmoser at 7:15. p.m. Please call 8395-9653 or browse www.ecfcr.net for more information and directions.

Every Thursday

Men's Bible breakfast
The Men's Bible Study of Escazú Christian Fellowship meets for breakfast at 7 a.m. at Restaurante Villa Sol in Santa Ana (in front of the Mas x Menos). Please call 8395-9653 or browse www.ecfcr.net for more information and directions.

Women's Bible study
An interdenominational Bible study is taking place every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The group of approximately 15 meets in member's homes. For more information, call Cheryl Soerens at 2215-2116.

Second Saturday

Marine Corps League
The Costa Rica Detachment of the Marine Corps League has been formed and is now functioning. Meetings are held at 11 a.m. on the second Saturday of every month. We are looking for a few more good men and women Marines and Navy FMF Corpsmen. Please contact Commandant Bill Enell mcleaguecr@yahoo.com

Every Friday

Friday morning Bible study

San Pedro Christian Fellowship
Bible study at the Fellowship Center. Also Opportunities for participation in outreach activities. From traffic lights in front of Muñoz y Nanne. 30 meters east, 50 meters  south and 40 meters west, second house.Telephones: 2267-6038 and 2262-4165. Emails :  markpeggybloom@hotmail.com. Postal Service Apdo 56-3015, San Rafael de Heredia. To  Mark Bloomfield. The WEb site is here:

Last Saturday

Democrats Abroad of Costa Rica meets on the last Saturday of every month (except December) at the Aur
ola Holiday Inn, downtown San Jose, 9:30 to noon. E-mail cr.democratsabroad@yahoo.com or call Nelleke Bruyn at 8614-2622 or e-mail her at bruynn@yahoo.com, for information and reservations. Register to vote absentee on www.VoteFromAbroad.org!

Last Sunday

Wine Club meeting
The Wine Club meets at 1 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month. For more information on upcoming events, please e-mail costaricawineclub21@gmail.com



Hams meet on the air
Amistad Amateur Radio Club meeting on-the-air,
is now on 75 meters, at 3785 Khz. LSB, daily at 6:00 a.m., Costa Rica time. All licensed hams in Central America are welcome and encouraged to check in. Call on 2 meters FM on 145.77 Mhz. anytime.  Contact Keko Diez, ti5kd10@gmail.com for club info or info on obtaining reciprocal operating permission for Costa Rica.


SUBUD open houses

SUBUD is practice dedicated to the awakening of the human soul — and a renewal of our connection to the Great Life Force. It is not a religion but embraces the content of all religions. Subud Costa Rica will host a series of open houses for those interested in learning more. Scheduling to be based upon interest. Please call 8-859-5851, e-mail: hkaber@hotmail.com or visit www.subud.org for more information.

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