San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Jacó Happenings

Congratulations to Jair Pérez, who won the 5th leg of the national surf circuit in his hometown, out-surfing Gilbert Brown, Maikol Torres and Jefferson Tascón.

If Jair continues winning, he will be well on his way to becoming the national champion. Chelsea Tuach from Barbados won the Open Women’s categories over Lisbeth Vindas, Danielle Ciminero and Nataly Bernold. Jacó’s own Anthony Flores took the long-boarding division and Juan Carlos Mendoza took first place over Noe Mar McGonagle in juniors.

The sixth stop on the National Tour will be held July 28-29 in Santa Teresa de Cóbano, and then it’s back to Playa Hermosa for the grand finals, slated for the weekend of August 25. For more information, visit Tomorrow, don’t miss the Hermosa Pro 2012 Surf Contest featuring $3,000 in prize money. It will be held out front of the Backyard in Playa Hermosa starting at 6 a.m.

Under the direction of Darren Lee Cole, Teatro Jacó will hold the July Comedy Festival, Jacó Ha Ha 2012, from July 5-28. The festival will feature productions from Texas, New York City and San José. First on the schedule is Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop stories for July 5-9, followed by the Upright Citizen’s Brigade from July 12-16 and Maldito Murphy from July 20-22. Finally, Qué Zambrote will perform from July 26-28.

All shows are at 8 p.m.; the first three productions will be performed in English and the last one will be in Spanish. Additionally, Upright Citizens Brigade will lead comedy workshops on July 10-11 in English, from 6-8 p.m. for $20 per session or $30 for both. Cast members of Qué Zambrote will conduct Spanish-language comedy workshops July 18-19 for $10 per session or $15 for both. For more, call 2630-9812, email or visit

The Central Pacific Women’s Group announced that its July speaker will be José Alberto Villalobos, a retired physicist who taught at the University of Costa Rica. He is passionate about astronomy and loves sharing his knowledge about calendars, especially the Maya calendar.

After a brief introduction about the solar system, astronomical events and the Milky Way, he will focus on the astronomical phenomenon of 2012 and the Maya perspective. José will be at the Hotel Cocál from 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, July 18. For more information, contact

Liana Robinson from the Jacó Library welcomes volunteer Jennifer Reinhardt from Canada. Jennifer has come down to help the library for the next five months. She’ll be planning events and fundraising for the library. If you’d like to help, email Liana at

If you are looking to take a new class, check out the Taller de Arte schedule. The school is offering taekwondo, belly dancing, kickboxing, zumba, tae bo, ritmix, ballet and pilates in the center of Jacó, on the second floor of the movie theater. For more information, call 8809-2679 or email

–Christina Truitt 

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