San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Flamingo/Potrero News

A beach cleanup of the Playa Flamingo area took place Aug. 6 at both bays and the mangroves. The community was invited, and gloves, bags and a little snack were provided. Participants included four Tourist Police officers, volunteers from the Coast Guard, Larry Barrows, owner of the Mariner Inn, and other local residents. They collected 3 kilograms of plastic (recycling), 2 kg of aluminum and 45 kg of nonrecyclables. The next beach cleanup is set for Nov. 12.

Barbara Bennett is teaching cha-cha classes for a donation of ₡1,000 ($2) per person, with proceeds going to local schools. This opportunity is sponsored by “I Brake for Iguanas.” For more information, contact Barbara at

Sandrine Tcherniack, who has served as director of CEPIA for the past two years, has returned the nonprofit’s reins to Laetitia Deweer as of Aug. 1. Sandrine said, “It was a pleasure, an honor and a wonderful experience to spend these two years in CEPIA with you, but now life leads me in other ways.” We wish you well, Sandrine, and welcome back, Laetitia!

Mother’s Day, a revered holiday in Costa Rica, is celebrated Aug. 15 here, and local restaurants offered specials to celebrate the occasion. Mar y Sol held a special Mother’s Day weekend celebration and offered complimentary drinks with dinner. The Happy Snapper hosted a Lobster Fest Aug. 16, and Marie’s had the Leatherbacks playing at her place Aug. 12. 

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