San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Jacó Happenings


Chris Mandell and Jonathan García have organized live music by Natural Dub Reggae tomorrow at Los Amigos from 10 p.m. to midnight, with no cover charge. Be on the lookout for Los Amigos’ new T-shirts coming soon, or visit

Don’t forget to vote for the final winners of Jacó’s first ArtPrize event being held in the Ureña commercial center, next to Glenn’s Bookstore. Tourists and residents are asked to stop by and determine the best art entries. Winners will be announced at the closing ceremony on Sunday at 9 p.m. at Tabacón Bar.

It’s not too late to get your ticket for next weekend’s McKee fundraiser, set for Aug. 14 at Jaco Taco. Contact Katja Bader at 2643-4012 or stop by the vet clinic in Jacó’s

Plaza Boulevard

or Herradura’s Plaza Caravan to pick up your tickets. All proceeds go toward rescue and rehabilitation of homeless animals.

Mia Gradney, news anchor for Houston’s Channel 39, was in town with Larry Savage’s Stay in Costa Rica and visited the turtle refuge in Playa Hermosa. Check out the video at To help out the refuge, contact the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce at 2643-2853.

Jim Felhofer of FalconInternationalSchool has announced that renowned jazz musician Paquito D’Rivera will be performing live Sept. 15 at the Marriott ballroom. The cost of dinner and the concert will be $90. All proceeds will benefit a student scholarship fund at Falcon school.

D’Rivera will also give concerts at the National Theater Sept. 17 and 18. For more information, call Jim at 2630-4051 or see

An important petition lobbying for better security in Costa Rica is going around town. Under the leadership of San Ramón resident Mike Styles and the umbrella of CAP (Crime Awareness and Prevention,, several community organizations are working together to create a voice for the expat community on the issue of citizen security. CAP submitted a five-point plan to POLSEPAZ, a citizen security and peace initiative, at the end of July, launching a national campaign to collect signatures to build support for better security. If you would like to support this endeavor, visit CAP’s website and sign the petition. There are versions in English and Spanish.

–Christina Truitt

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