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Arenal Report

Dr. Alan J. Sault has been appointed as a black belt instructor in Kyokushinkai karate for Costa Rica. He will be teaching karate to children at the Mata de Caña School in Nuevo Arenal at no charge.  He is also offering a class for adults that will be a mixture of basic karate and self-defense.

The adult class will meet once a week at the Mata de Caña School in Nuevo Arenal on Thursdays from 3:30-5 p.m. The cost will be  {15,000 ($30) per month. Proceeds from these classes will be donated to the Mata de Caña School for needed repairs. The adult class is open to both men and women and children 14 years of age and older.  Classes start April 5. If interested, contact Dr. Sault at

The Ladies of the Lake, in combination with the Do-It Center and The Free Wheel Chair Mission (, have been working on getting needed wheelchairs into the community.  They assembled 27 wheelchairs, which they distributed to needy recipients in the region. They have also placed some at clinics in both Nuevo Arenal and Tilarán as well as the Hogar de Ancianos in Tilarán. 

The Ladies of the Lake is also establishing a hurt locker. This is a place where people in need can borrow crutches, wheelchairs and similar types of equipment for a limited period of time. To contact the hurt locker, email Ruth Fountaine, past president of The Ladies of the Lake, coordinates the wheelchair building. 

The AA group in Nuevo Arenal is looking for a temporary group leader. If interested, please reply to Curt Priest

Recently, the smell of smoke has wafted through La Fortuna, and ash has rained down. I heard a big boom the other day, but when I ran out the top was in the clouds so I couldn’t tell if it was from the volcano or something else. Perhaps the volcano is not as sleepy as people think?

Those of us that live in La Fortuna loved when it had its daily eruptions, usually four or five times per day. The volcano has been clear most days this week and you can see the steady stream of smoke and hot gases coming out of the tip. Does this mean a big eruption is coming? Only time will tell.

–Wendy Holt & Lynn Farris

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