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Notes From Puerto Viejo De Talamanca

A number of interesting workshops and classes are coming up in Puerto Viejo. This Sunday, Sept. 26, a hydroponics workshop will be offered at Restaurante Veronica’s Place for anybody interested in plants, recycling and community. The cost is ₡5,000 ($10). For information, contact Veronica Gordon at 2750-0132.

Professional artist Elizabeth Steinvorth of Pulpería del Arte will be giving a useful recycled art workshop Oct. 22 to 23, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. both days, at Veronica’s Place. This workshop is for adults seriously interested in making useful art out of recycled materials to sell. Participants will learn to make beads for jewelry, key chains, frames and more out of recycled paper and magazines. The ₡7,000 ($14) fee includes materials. Space is limited to 10 participants. To sign up or for information about scholarships, contact the Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation (ATEC) at 2750-0398 by Oct. 20.

Also, the Southern Caribbean Chamber of Tourism and Commerce is offering the following courses: in conjunction with the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), beginner and advanced English at Le Caméléon Hotel and Koki Beach Restaurant, etiquette and protocol for working with the handicapped, customer service, food handling safety, and guiding; and in conjunction with the National Training Institute (INA), managing costs and inventories for restaurants and sodas, customer service in tourism businesses, and crisis management in tourism. For more information, check out the Cámara de Turismo y Comerico del Caribe Sur on Facebook.

Enjoy your weekend in full swing! Salsa classes are offered every Sunday at 4 p.m. at Jhonny’s Place in Puerto Viejo. Singles and couples are welcome. The cost is ₡2,000 ($4).

Congrats to our friend Craig “Tequila” Schieber for his fifth-place finish in the Kahuna category at the 2010 International Surfing Association World Masters Championship earlier this month in Santa Catalina, Panama. Wife Marta Castro came in 10th in her division.

–Alaine Berg

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