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Arenal Report

Lake area needle-and-threaders are getting together May 24 to continue work on quilts for 15 children at the San Juan Bosco orphanage in La Fortuna. The industrious group will sew and socialize from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are welcome any time during the day and do not need to know how to sew, as other tasks are involved, according to Mary Whaley, who may be called for information at 2692-2194.

Each quilt requires about 5 yards of fabric cut into 4.5- and 2.5-inch strips for piecing. Each child is to receive a colorful quilt with his or her name and birthday embroidered on the back. A yard of cotton costs approximately $6. Donations may be made of fabric or money. Anyone interested in visiting the orphanage to otherwise provide gifts or supplies can prearrange a visit by calling 2479-9500 or emailing hogarcito The orphanage is about five minutes from the center of La Fortuna.

Cindy Carroccio and Jason Elliott of Longhorn Bar and Grill at Cinco Esquinas, about four kilometers from Tilarán on the lake highway, obviously believe in planning ahead. They’ve already announced their first annual Independence Day Chili Cook-off, which, true to form, will be held a day early on Sunday, July 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The co-sponsor is Chile Town Hot Sauce, a young company from Bagaces that has already figured out how to put a lot of heat and many flavors into its colorful little bottles.

The competition is open to anyone. Chili teams will compete for a judges’ prize and a public-favorite prize. For an entry form and more information, email contact Tickets for this chili-fest cost $5. There will be live music and some unusual games involving at least one farm animal. 

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