San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Flamingo/Potrero News

Our condolences go to Susan and Bob Smith for the passing of Susan’s mother, Jewel. She was 87 years old and had moved here from Texas over five years ago to be closer to her daughter. Jewel was a petite and gracious woman who had a reverential love for the Lord. She enjoyed watching Susan and Bob work with their horses and take care of the farm. Jewel passed away quietly at her home on Feb. 27. Those of us who had the chance to spend some time with her here in Costa Rica will miss her.

The Country Day School in Brasilito hosted a bingo night Feb. 24 at The Village, which used to be the school grounds. The students ran the bingo, served dinner, set up and cleaned up, and did all the decorating. A babysitting service gave moms a nice break. All proceeds will benefit Association of American Schools of Central America activities and will help support Country Day’s middle and upper school students as they participate in events like basketball and soccer tournaments, the Knowledge Bowl, music festival and others. 

The Village Community Center Flea Market this past Saturday was a huge success. Musicians played while kids ran through the sprinklers and learned how to drum during a “Music Together” demonstration. Food and drinks were served to more than 100 people buying and selling. This event will be held the last Saturday of every month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To participate in the next flea market March 31, email

Arizona friend Daniel Benchoff, a lawyer with Rake Law Group in Phoenix, came to visit Costa Rica for a 10-day trip. This was his first visit to the country, and he traveled from San José to Arenal to Flamingo enjoying the sights. Afterward, he flew to Ecuador for continued exploration and adventures.

–Babe Hopkins

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