A new website called FlightStats offers travel information about both the Liberia and San José international airports in Costa Rica. It provides specifics about flights, airports, airlines, delays, travel planning, weather, travel deals and more. Check it out at www.flightstats.com, and search by airport codes LIR for Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia and SJO for Juan Santamaría airport in San José.
Sedona, Arizona, residents James Muir, wife Linda and sister Suzanne Johnson visited Playa Flamingo for their first Costa Rican vacation. James is a renowned, award-winning allegorical artist and author who has been sculpting for 30 years and has more than 60 life-size pieces on display throughout the United States. Linda is one of the proprietors of Sedona’s Crimson Shadows Gallery, the working studio for James’ art. To view his astonishing work, go to www.jamesmuir.com.
The June 18 Robert August Stand-up Paddle Event hosted by Pura Vida Ride at Las Catalinas, Playa Danta, was a great success. There were three categories: Elite (5 km), Sprint (3 km) and Family Fun. The Elite and Sprint races included a beach sprint start. Potrero resident Melissa Chellemi took first place in the Elite women’s category while her husband, Richard, took fourth place in the Elite men’s.
A barbecue at Haras del Mar Equestrian Center in Lomas del Mar was held June 25 to welcome Kylee Turner from Vancouver, Canada, who is the center’s new equestrian instructor. She brings more than 20 years of riding experience to the job and will offer lessons and camps in all disciplines. She has trained and competed in combined events, cross-country, dressage and show jumping. Free pony rides were offered for the kids at the barbecue, along with half-priced trail rides. For more information about the center, call Roger Chewning at 8302-4685.