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Flamingo/Potrero News

A severe fire burned more than two acres of land at Flamingo’s North Ridge on Jan. 16. High winds caused the flames to burn hard and fast. Vacationing firefighter and smoke jumper Jim Dibert from the U.S. state of Alaska helped contain the fire and keep it under control, assisted by his longtime girlfriend, Stephanie Miller, and several locals. Many thanks for your hard work, and for helping to save homes!

The Gold Coast Women’s Group is hosting a special event Feb. 5 at the new El Coconut Restaurant in Surfside, across from Bahia del Sol restaurant and hotel. “Miniair Event,” or ME, will focus on YOU for the new year, with a variety of professionals emphasizing style, food, cooking, health, yoga, massage and more. Wear your workout clothes, poolside attire or beach clothes and come prepared for a full day of fun. The cost is $40 per person, and the event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information and reservations, e-mail Anne Scalf at

The Potrero and Brasilito communities will host their annual rodeo fiestas next month, Feb. 3 to 6 in Potrero and Feb. 17 to 20 in Brasilito. Mark your calendars to check out rodeo Tico-style.

Patty Thomas is leading water zumba sessions Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m. at the Laguna Pool at Flamingo Marina Resort. The one-hour classes cost just ₡1,500 ($3). Patty is a certified instructor and can be reached at 2654-4141.

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