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San José, Costa Rica || Friday Edition, June 23, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 124
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This Week, June 19

Fiesta de la Música concerts
The Fiesta de la Música begins today with a series of free concerts in public places all across the country from Caribbean, bolero, rock or classical music.

Concerts will be occurring throughout the next few days, representatives from the cultural ministry said. The various shows scheduled can be found by consulting the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud’s website or Facebook page.

Diversidad film series premiere

“Diversidad, created as a pilot plan to see and reflect on different approaches to the cinema about sexual diversity, rebellion and resistance to a society where the struggles of the LGBTIQ community have been diluted in memory, Amanda Castro, one of the producers for the series, said.

The series premieres begins this Saturday at 1 p.m. with the Brazilian documentary “As cores da rua” followed by a forum presided by transgender women from Puntarenas, organizers said. It will also feature two U.S. films “Paris is burning” and “Moonlight.” 
All showings will be at the Centro Costarricense de Producción Cinematográfica.

Sunday, June 25

International Yoga Day Celebration
The Costa Rica India Association is putting on a free yoga and meditation session with other groups from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will be located in the Instituto de México and organizers suggest wearing comfortable clothes and bringing a mat.

Marcha de la Diversidad
Marcha de la Diversidad along San José’s Paseo Colón will begin at noon in front of the centro colon. The event is a celebration of the LGBTIQ population and helps to close Pride Month.

Thursday, June 29

2017 Festival Internacional de las Artes

Over 135 groups, composed of 1,500 artists, are expected to fill the capital for the Festival Internacional de las Artes beginning June 29. A 1.5 kilometer stretch of the city, from the Parque Nacional to the Antigua Aduana, will be taken over by artists and visitors alike at 26 different locations, according to a statement by Casa Presidencial.

Of the groups chosen to participate in this year’s festival, over 50 represent artistic expression from 17 countries in Europe and Latin America.
It will be held from June 29 to July 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. each night, organizers said.

Tuesday, July 4

U.S. Independence Day
Today marks the U.S. Celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It is a U.S. legal holiday. The day usually includes a massive picnic by U.S. expats and Costa Rican friends with the usual U.S. trimmings of hot dogs, beer, square dancing and the raising of the U.S. Flag by United States Marines.

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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.