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Coco Capsule

Coco businesses have not waited for the green season to start expanding and refurbishing. San Carlos Home Center has greatly enlarged its retail floor space by opening up a large room in the rear where all of the tools and smaller items have been better organized and relocated.

The revamp has left the main areas focused on home furnishings and lighting. Meanwhile, Vargas Tours ( has opened in the former Banco Nacional building in front of Luperon and Pacifico Realty.

The Sixth Annual International Food Festival is set for April 29 on the boardwalk.  Starting at 11 a.m. (note the earlier time) the Lions Club-sponsored event will feature the best from many of the area’s restaurants, and there is always a lot of fun and feasting with friends. It’s free to enter, and vendors determine prices with all proceeds going to benefit the community. For more information contact Sandy Hernandez at 8914-3570 or

I plan on devoting an entire column on the greatly expanded Hidden Gallery soon, but don’t miss the upcoming show, “focus,” displaying the work of Otto Apuy.

The month-long event begins April 21 with a party from 4-7 p.m. and runs through May 21. On display will be paintings, videos and a special installation to be placed outside in a garden setting symbolizing the variety of Guanacaste.

Finally, check out El Coco Connect (, a new source  of community information featuring a local online yard sale among other timely and informative content.

–Kent Carthey

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