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Arenal Report

Arenal Power Gym opened Oct. 5 in Nuevo Arenal, across from the soccer field and church. The gym offers an impressive variety of weight machines, free weights, spinning bikes and cardiovascular equipment.

Spinning and aerobics classes are offered as well as instruction and program planning. Memberships cost $25 per month with a $2.50 registration fee. The drop-in price is $4 a visit. Hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the kickoff period, to be adjusted after usage times are developed. For information, call 2694-4429 or 8870-3120.

Past Nuevo Arenal’s community gym about two kilometers on the road to Venado, the 20 or so masked employees at Hacienda Río Frío Macadamia Farm will soon be into heavy nut processing for the Christmas trade. According to owner Michelle Cloutier, macadamia season is June to December with a peak in August and September.

Besides harvesting from its 20 hectares of macadamia trees, the farm buys from farmers at Tejona and Tronadora. For those who want to buy nuts for baking or eating, the farm headquarters is open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Michelle says they also sell to restaurants, but most nuts go to industrial users in San José. The shells are also on offer and make a great ground cover.

On the south side of the lake, the Ladiesof the Lake are again holding their Halloween fundraiser at the home of Christina Glass, starting at 5 p.m. Oct. 31. The entry donation is ¢5,000 (about $8.60), with proceeds going to the Tilarán library. Fine guitarist Chris Sullivan will provide the music.

There will be plenty of food (if everyone brings a boca or two), raffles, a cash bar and prizes for best costumes.

At the Arenal Volcano end of the lake, La Fortuna’s Desafío Adventure Company is again involved in community good works, this time getting local students involved in a poster contest sponsored by the nonprofit Stop Animal Cruelty Now (SASY). According to SASY’s Lili Hale, the poster contest is part of a larger strategy to teach children that “humane treatment begins with treating animals kindly, including the use of spay and neuter programs and other compassionate means of limiting the number of unwanted animals.” Christine Krishnan of Desafío says 250 dogs and cats have been spayed and neutered this year at La Fortuna in clinics involving schoolchildren to reinforce teaching against animal cruelty. The poster contest deadline is Nov. 2.

–Alex Murray

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