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San José, Costa Rica || Weekend Edition, September 22, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 189
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Weekend of September 18

Encuentro Nacional de Teatro
The Encuentro Nacional de Teatro celebrates 10 years of offering the most select theater performances to the public, as well as formative activities aimed at the artistic theater community to reinforce and enrich their work.

This year, it will be held from Oct. 3 to Oct. 15. According to a statement from the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar, the performances are held with the fundamental purpose of facilitating a national promotion space for theater groups and Costa Rican theater institutions, fostering encounter and artistic exchange, to strengthen professional growth and quality of the theater.

Tickets, with the exception of the case of Teatro La Villa in Desamparados where it will be free, will have a price of 5,000 colones, and will be on sale in the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar box office starting Sept. 19. Purchasing three tickets for different shows allows one to get a fourth entry free, organizer said.

Opening of
Margarita Bertheau exhibit
Works in watercolor, with oil pastels, in drawing and now the unpublished pieces of Margarita Bertheau will be on display at the Museo de Arte Costarricense.

The Costa Rican artist is famous for her landscapes, portraits and watercolors. However, her geometric, surrealist and abstract work has remained outside the public eye for more than 60 years, according to a statement from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. The new exhibit at the museum reveals over 120 unpublished pieces by Ms. Bertheau as well as documents and photos related to her life and relationship with ballet. The new exhibit will be open to the public up through October, organizers said with entry free.

Screening of opera shows at the Compañía Lírica Nacional
The first opera to be screened will be Puccini’s “La Bohème” at 7:30 p.m. at the CLN building in Los Colegios, Moravia. Benjamin Gutiérrez, the culture ministry said, originally directed this in 1981 at the Teatro Nacional. The next screening will be Sept. 19 at the same time with a 2003 performance of “Carmen” and then a 2004 performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto” on Oct. 10.

Organizers said that the quota is 50 people, however admission is free and no reservation is necessary.

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.

Saturday, September 23

American Legion meeting
 The American Legion Auxiliary will have its next meeting on Saturday, Sept. 23.  They are expected to meet at the Restaurante  Criollito, near the Parque de España at 1 p.m. All wives, widows, daughters and sisters of the United Satates' war veterans are welcome. For more information call Alicia Rodriguez 2241-5746.

Tuesday, September 26

Job fair at the Universidad Latina in Santa Cruz
There is a job fair being organized by Universidad Latina's campus in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free for all attendees with no registration required to enter prior to arrival. People who attend the job fair must be of legal age and bring copies of their printed and digital resumes for employers.

The positions mainly deal in the food, commercial, maintenance, tourism and hospitality type positions. Companies participating include the Papagayo Peninsula Exclusive Resorts, the Marriot and Four Seasons hotels among others.

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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

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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