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Jacó Happenings

Sixty-eight animals were spayed or neutered last month in McKee’s Jacó and Herradura clinics. The surgeries were sponsored by Linda Look, Pat Hundley, Sylvia van Baekel, Stuart Welch and Nancy Dilbeck. McKee has been organizing additional bimonthly “small clinics” for 10 to 15 animals each – all strays, so sponsors are needed. Surgeries cost ₡8,000 ($16) per animal. If you would like to help, please contact Katja Bader at

Keep these numbers on file for veterinary emergencies: Dr. Wendy Villalobos, Clínica Jacó, Plaza Boulevard, 2643-5333 or 8930-4216; Dr. Yesenia Alpízar, Clínica Yan, Plaza Real, Herradura, 2637-7574, 2637-6008 or 8995-0742; Clínica Dr. Sergio Brenes, Jacó Sol, 2643-1256 or 8360-7317; and, in Quebrada Ganado, Hellen Porras, 8825-2995.

Check out one of Jacó’s best-kept Costa Rican secrets: Restaurante D’Mario’s (formerly El Estero), across from Tres Regalos. Owner Mario Ovares runs this open-air restaurant, serving up a variety of drinks and food, including great margaritas, delicious pepper steak and traditional Tico dishes. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For information, call 2643-1115.

Hotel Villa Caletas’ “Friends of the Forest” project invites guests to purchase a tree and plant it on the hotel property. The cost is $20 including transportation to the nursery, where the guest chooses a tree, and then to the planting area, where the sponsor may plant it personally or have it planted. The hotel makes a commemorative plaque to mark the date, guest name and name of the tree, and takes pictures at the time of planting. Proceeds are used to grow more trees in the nursery and for other environmental programs at Villa Caletas. For more information, call Giovanni Núñez at 2637-0505.

The fast-approaching holiday season will be kicked off by what promises to be one of the best parties of the year: the first ever Club Beatz Boat Bash, hosted Dec. 4 by Mr. G. Termis, Sean Gittens and DJ Chris Jofre. Capt. Kerrilee will set off from Playa Herradura at 4 p.m. and return at 10 p.m. Tickets are $80, including dinner, drinks, raffle prizes and entertainment, and may be reserved at or 8926-1920. The party will be limited to 100 guests. The boat is owned and operated by Jacó 360 and may be booked for other special events; for more information, contact Eric Holzgang or Efarith Herrera at 2643-5901.

Falcon International School is working to promote musical and cultural events for the entire community to enjoy in the spirit of the holiday season. The first concert will feature a wonderful group of 15 guitarists from the University of Costa Rica, directed by Antonio Varela. The free concert will be held tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Los Sueños Marina Village in Herradura. Next weekend, Falcon International students will perform a free concert in the Los Sueños Marriott ballroom Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

Also at Los Sueños, local artist Felix Murillo will be exhibiting his latest creations in the main lobby through Sunday.

Lastly, biologist Gerardo Herrera of local nursery Ron Ron Vivero is offering promotions on Christmas trees and poinsettias. For more information, call 2643-3880.

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