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Flamingo/Potrero News

Potrero-based community development initiative Abriendo Mentes is starting a summer matching marathon. Now through July, every donation of up to $5,000 made to the local school will be matched. Abriendo Mentes empowers rural Costa Rican communities by providing educational, technological and social programs for those who need them most.

The initiative offers four innovative programs to youth and adults of Playa Potrero Costa Rica: youth development, adult education, women’s empowerment and a technology center. The ultimate goal of Abriendo Mentes is to equip each community member with the knowledge and resources needed to achieve a better standard of living and promote economic stability. Visit for info.

Our sincerest condolences go to Dennis Schmeidge, who has returned to Canada to be with his son, Kirk. Diagnosed with esophageal cancer 10 months ago, Kirk valiantly fought the disease but succumbed on his 41st birthday. Friends and family were present to memorialize his life.

Gold Coast Learning Center, a Keystone Flex Academy in Costa Rica, is hosting its 2012 graduation class at Beach Community Church on May 31, at 9 a.m. Congrats to all the seniors. We all wish you the best! 

Ristorante Pizzeria, TUBLA, has been opened at the Flamingo-based López Commercial Center. It features a covered patio with seating, a pizza oven and a service bar. The owner, Daniele Antonioli, had been located at 7th Heaven in Brasilito before moving to Flamingo. The hours of operation are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch and 4-10 p.m. (or 11 p.m., depending on the number of people) Mon.-Sat. For more info or to place orders, call 2654-4085.

–Babe Hopkins

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