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Jacó Happenings

Guillermo Rodríguez has opened a new restaurant next to the Catholic church in Jacó. Soda Lapas offers traditional Costa Rican food Monday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call Guillermo at 8814-7930.

Cocal Hotel and Casino is offering live music by David Cisco and His Steel Drum Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6 to 10 p.m. David has entertained audiences all over the world, from Trinidad and Bermuda to Switzerland. He plays songs by Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley, Neil Diamond, Bob Seger and the Gypsy Kings, to name just a few. Check out the poolside Tiki Bar and join David for a memorable sunset and a night of dancing.

Tonight, stop by Hotel Club del Mar for a rare night of jazz featuring artists from New York City’s Juilliard School, starting at 7 p.m. The cover charge is $10. This is also the last weekend of the 2011 Festejos Populares in Quebrada Amarilla; the featured event is the car demolition championship finals Sunday at 10 a.m. at the motocross track next to the bullring.

The second leg of the eighth annual Los Sueños Signature Billfish Series earlier this month broke all tournament records with more than 35 teams and 133 anglers releasing 1,057 billfish. First place went to Game On, captained by Tony Carrizosa; Gotcha, captained by Jimmy Kitchell, took second; and third place went to Big Oh, captained by Ronnie Fields. The top angler of the event was Gray Ingram, who was presented with an invitation to participate in the 2011 World Billfish Series Grand Championship, to be held Dec. 7 to 11 at the Los Sueños Marina in Herradura. For more information, contact Ashley Bretecher, tournament director, at 2630-4000 or

The Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce Security Commission is grateful for the following donations toward providing our local police with greater resources: Luis Garro with RE/MAX and Alfredo Mora of Mike Tango Security are donating one bicycle; Brad Sanson of Vista Las Palmas is donating four bicycles; and Jeff Fisher of CR Beach Investment Real Estate and Lisle Head of Coldwell Banker Vesta Group purchased three radio communicators, all to be used by the Jacó Municipal Police to improve security in our area.

If you would like to make a donation, contact the chamber at 2643-2853.

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