The holiday season has arrived in the Central Pacific. On Monday, Falcon International School will hold its free annual Christmas Concert at 6 p.m. in the ballroom at the Los Sueños Marriott in Herradura. Later in the month, the new Teatro Jacó will open Dec. 20 with a production of “A Christmas Carol”; for tickets, go to www.teatrojaco.com.
The Jacó local development association is holding a tope, or horse parade, tomorrow, starting at 4 p.m. in the empty lot across from Bahía Encantada. Same-day registration starts at 11 a.m. Music and snacks will be offered. For more information, contact the Sports Committee at 2643-4020 or email@example.com.
Rainforest Portraits Gallery, showcasing the work of Costa Rican nature photographer Randall Ortega, is featured in the new Oceans Center in Jacó. Randall has a background as a naturalist guide and birder in the rain forests of Costa Rica. Over the years, the cameras he brought on his tours grew bigger, as did his talent for nature photography. He now leads groups of professional and amateur photographers on expeditions throughout the country and is a nature photography instructor for the Institute of Tropical Studies. For more information, visit www.randallortegachaves.com.
Juan Esteban Bastos, manager of Gollo, has set up the appliance store’s new location next to the liquor store on Avenida Pastor Díaz, with a nicer atmosphere and more merchandise for locals looking for electronics, furniture and appliances. It’s open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and can be reached at 2643-1839.
Ken Schaafsma of Oceanside Realty and Hannah Rico Fletcher of RE/MAX have announced the merger of the two real estate agencies. The new company, based in Jacó at the Pacific Center, will serve the central Pacific coast from Manuel Antonio to Puntarenas and inland to Santa Ana and Escazú. For information, call 2643-2545.
The Garabito Municipality has called for a public hearing to raise awareness about the Garabito Coastal Zoning Plan. The hearing is set for Dec. 20 at 9 a.m. at the Salón Multiuso in Jacó. For information, contact Roy Castellón at 2643-3038, extension 44, or firstname.lastname@example.org.