San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Tamarindo Talk

After the success of its spring production of “Peter Pan,” the Beach Nuts Theatre Company will present “Snow White” Dec. 9 to 11 at the Tamarindo amphitheater. Snow White will be played by Morgana Van Peebles, daughter of well-known actor Mario Van Peebles. Some of the other roles will be filled by actors from “Peter Pan,” including Sage Beck, who will play the prince. All the dwarves are kids. The queen will be played by Paul Bollanger, also the director.

“Snow White” will be a Christmas musical comedy with an edge of pantomime. Tickets are $10 for children and $15 for adults, and are available at Jaime Peligro Bookstore and Papaya Con Leche. In Flamingo, call Gayle Almquist at 8703-9663.

For the second year in a row, the Painted Pony Guest Ranch and Casagua Horses received recognition from Gayot, a European travel and leisure website, as a top-10 international guest ranch. The Painted Pony offers equestrian vacations and specialized tours on some of the best-trained horses in the area, with professional bilingual guides. Earlier this year, Casagua Horses was recognized in USA Today’s travel section as one of the three best horseback tours in Costa Rica. For more information, visit

Last month, the ranch started offering new riding classes for children and adults with a focus on centered riding, natural horsemanship and horse safety; e-mail casa for information.

Construction of a skateboarding park is under way inside the Villarreal high school, under the auspices of the nonprofit CEPIA and thanks to the efforts of 15 students, school staff, James Berry of Las Catalinas, Alex Cavaletti and Fundación Acción Joven. The idea is to make the school more enticing for sport during free time. CEPIA is seeking sponsors to donate blocks, steel, construction work and other equipment or materials.

CEPIA’s annual open house party, featuring performances and food, will take place tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon at the group’s headquarters in Huacas. All children are invited. For information on the skateboard park or the party, e-mail

Better late than never: Happy birthday to November babies Mark Price, Tomas King, Tara Leigh, Donny Lalonde, Alejandra Bazan, Carrie Thomas Bratton, Greg First, Antonia Benito, Rafael Sandoval, Andrea Colo Gramajo, Diana Zimmerman, Jhon Brown, Katie Meyers, Tui Frye, Ed Calderón, Laura Sibley, Henrik Bodholdt and Kelly Zak.

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