San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Jacó Happenings

Earlier this month during the National Surf Circuit finals at Terraza del Pacífico hotel in Playa Hermosa, José Ureña of the Surf Federation of Costa Rica, Gabriela Arias of the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce and members of the local municipality met with organizers of the 2009 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games, to be held in just a couple of months at the same location.

Representatives from ISA and event sponsor Billabong were on hand to see a national contest run at the site and to watch Esterillos’ Carlos Muñoz become the new national surf champion of Costa Rica.

Open registration for the World Surfing Games will begin July 28, with the contest set to start Aug. 1. For more information about the event, visit or The municipality is scheduling an extraordinary session in Playa Hermosa for business and community members May 22 at 6 p.m. at Escuela Pochotal. The meeting will be in Spanish only.

The Playa Hermosa-Punta Mala National Wildlife Refuge has been working with Costas Verdes, a legally established nonprofit whose main objective is to collaborate with government authorities, including the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), to restore degraded ecosystems. They have been working for several months now to reforest the public zone of the refuge. Many community collaborators, mostly volunteers from Costa Rican schools, have been working hard on this reforestation project.

To help this cause, monetary donations can be made to the “+ Hermosa” reforestation project, Banco Nacional account 100-01-080-005641-4. Any amount is welcome.

Also needed are shovels, leather gloves, machetes and a fumigation pump (bomba de espalda). Donations in the form of food, preferably nonperishable, are also a big help to feed the volunteers. Donations may be dropped off at the chamber of commerce office in front of CableTica in Jacó. For more information, contact Maximilian Tattenbach, president of Costas Verdes, at

Jay and Melanie Pond of Palm Coast Interiors are opening a consignment shop called The Trading Post in Jacó. The initial focus will be on furniture, but they hope to expand in the future. If you are interested in placing your furniture for sale on consignment, call the Ponds at 2643-2174. For those looking to buy, The Trading Post’s inventory is constantly changing, as it is always accepting consignments. Stop by the new store on Calle Ancha, down from Maxibodega, location 22. It’s open Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit

Since the McKee Project’s new clinic in Herradura opened three months ago, the number of animals the group has spayed or neutered has doubled, reaching about 50 a month. In addition to the regular spay days at both McKee’s clinics (

Veterinaria Plaza Boulevard

in Jacó and Veterinaria Yan in Herradura), doctors Yesenia Alpízar and Alexander Jiménez from the Yan clinic went to Playa Palo Seco April 19 and fixed 11 animals there. Marcela Madden, who contacted McKee about this project, took care of the sponsors, as all those animals were strays. The vets helped by giving a discount rate.

If you are unable to have a pet at home, you can now make a “virtual adoption,” enabling the McKee Project to take care of animals that cannot get adopted because they are too old, sick or afraid of people, or that are adoptable but haven’t been placed yet. The best candidates for virtual adoption are animals that have little or no chance of finding a home or those in the foster parent program for animals. The monthly cost of maintaining a pet is $14 to $22, depending on the animal’s size. If you are interested in adopting a pet, call Katja at 2643-4012 or go to

The comedy shows continue at Lemon Zest with U.S. comedians Ricardo Alemán and Josh Filipowski performing live tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 11 p.m. at the restaurant in downtown Jacó’s El Jardín Plaza. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 2643-2591.

–Christina Truitt


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