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Arenal Report

Websites are important this week, with several new ones of local interest wedging their way onto the World Wide Web. Ed Yurica, president of Fuentes Verdes, the tenacious environmental organization, points us to their new website at fuentes, which he hopes will better connect their efforts to both their local and international communities. 

A newer environmental entity at the lake, known by the appropriate acronym GREEN, for Global Renewable Energy Education Network, is Jean Paul Cazedessus’ thriving series of 10-day college-credit seminars for university students, who, according to their testimonials at, love the experience. The program provides “the only place in the world where you can gain exclusive access to five types of functioning renewable energy systems while enjoying adventure excursions and cultural events,” according to the website. The program centers at the Hotel Tilawa, which Jean Paul has leased for three years to Joe Walsh of Tamarindo-headquartered Witch’s Rock Surf Camp. Joe has instituted a happy hour with live music every Friday at 5 p.m. Guitarist-singer Bob Benjamin will provide the music again tonight, Dec. 9. 

Not a website but an email address that is significant again this December is lol, the address to contact for information and registration for the second annual Ladies of the Lake Christmas Bazaar, to be held Dec. 18, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will be a combination art show, yard sale, street fair and farmers market at the Plaza del Café at the foot of the Sabalito intersection. For ₡5,000 ($10), artists and artisans can set up at a table provided by the ladies. According to organizer Ruth Fontaine, the proceeds will go toward feeding families in desperate situations, the Casa de los Ancianos, feeding street dogs in Arenal and Tilarán, and spay and neuter clinics in the area.

At Fortuna, Wendy Holt has made a website for the orphanage there, the Hogarcito San Bosco de La Fortuna, so as to help people find the orphanage to make donations. The site is Wendy, owner with her husband of The Villa Hermosa bed-and-breakfast, says she searched for the rumored orphanage for a year and a half before she found it. Wendy’s own website is She also reports that holiday tourism may be picking up already, as the Holts and visiting friends found Lava Lounge and Kazan both packed on a Monday night. 

–Alex Murray

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