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Jacó Happenings

It’s all about NFL football games this month, with plenty of venues showing games. Clarita’s on the north-side beachfront offers a bar setting with music and full sports coverage. In the center of Jacó, the Sky Lounge and Sports Bar in the Hotel Poseidon, upstairs, has long been a locals’ favorite for watching football. On the south side, Morgan’s Cove Bar and Restaurant offers fun football days. Jaco Taco, Los Amigos and Wahoo’s will also be featuring games. Check for an up-to-date schedule of what teams are playing and at what time.

If you are looking for something to do this morning, volunteers are needed to help with the beach cleanup in Jacó. As part of a national initiative, area residents and the Terra Nostra Association are working together to keep Jacó’s beach clean, beginning at 8 a.m. The beach will be divided into four zones: Zone 1, from the mouth of the mangrove river to Copacabana Hotel; Zone 2, from Canciones del Mar Hotel to the mouth of the Río Copey; Zone 3, from the Río Copey to Hotel and Casino Cocal; and Zone 4, from Cocal to the mouth of the Río Naranjal.

Approximately 200 children from area schools will be participating in the event, along with the municipality, the Blue Flag Committee, Más x Menos, Daystar Properties, the Red Cross, Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce and any volunteer citizens who wish to pitch in.

The chamber of commerce is headed to Expo Manuel Antonio this weekend to represent its members at the annual event. The chamber will be joining local businesses from the Central Pacific region along with the Costa Rican Tourism Board, Costa Rican Association of Tourism Professionals, National Tourism Chamber, Costa Rican Hotel Association and the Aguirre chamber of commerce. Members should make sure that Jacó representatives Gabriela Arias and Lidia Quirós have information about their businesses to take to the event. For more information about joining the chamber, stop by its office in front of Cable Tica in the PacificCenter, or call 2643-2853.

For something fun and different to bring out your creative style, try Learn to Paint Glass in Playa Hermosa, where Andrea Alvarez offers instruction on how to turn recycled glass bottles, jars and mirrors into artwork. All materials except the glass you wish to paint are included. Classes will be held tomorrow and Oct. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. on the third floor of Surf Inn. For more information, call 2643-7184 or 2643-5233.

Also, check out Escuelarte Jacó in the LeonardoBuilding, 150 meters east of Hotel Amapola. Owners Angela and John opened their dream art studio focusing on stained glass and paintings, and have been established for five years now. The studio includes a project with a quota for 15 young people from low-income and at-risk areas to learn art. If you would like to help this project, call the studio at 2643-3170, or visit or

–Christina Truitt

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