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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.