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Flamingo/Potrero News

Mar y Sol owner Bonnie Taulere invited the community to the restaurant to help her celebrate her 60th birthday May 16 at the sunset lounge. Her younger son, Alex, flew in from Maui to help celebrate with his family. Jean-Luc prepared a complimentary paella buffet, and music was provided by Green Flash. What a party!

The Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors will present the 10th annual Charity Golf Tournament June 4 at Reserva Conchal’s beautiful golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones II. Lots of surprises are in store, including an exciting raffle. Proceeds from the event will go to the Amigos de la Educación foundation of Playas del Coco and the Potrero School. The tournament is also a wonderful platform for local businesses to get to know each other while supporting a great cause. Green and tee sponsorships start at $200 each; the cost to sponsor an entire hole is $350. Sponsors are allowed to include any marketing material, including banners, tents, coolers with drinks or food, tables and brochures. For golfers who wish to play in the tournament, it is a three-person scramble with an entry fee of $150 per player. For more information, contact Britt Jacob at or call 2654-4851 or 8867-5594.

Following a 2-hectare land donation in September from local developer Alejandro Berkowitz of the Mar Vista project in Brasilito, the La Paz Community School board of directors has unanimously voted to break ground on construction of new school facilities. The completion of the 1,500-square-meter first phase of construction, including six classrooms, two fully equipped laboratories, two covered outdoor learning areas and office space, will support La Paz’s goal to become the first school in Guanacaste accredited by the world-renowned International Baccalaureate program. The new learning spaces will allow 128 secondary school students – as well as the 145 existing students – to learn and flourish in a spacious, purpose-built campus. In addition to increased enrollment, expansion of the school’s scholarship program will continue to be a top priority. In the meantime, Don Ruetz, owner of the school’s present facilities at the Jungle Gym, has offered to extend the contract at the original campus so La Paz’s preschool and primary school may continue to develop and flourish. This project is truly a community effort. Visit the La Paz construction blog at to learn more about project goals, construction progress, capital campaign contributors and the development team. Please help this community dream become a reality.

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