Flamingo/Potrero News

July 11, 2012

Recently, Riester Foundation Board member Tom Ortega and his wife, Stacia, son, Wyatt, and daughter, Reid, visited Costa Rica to see two projects the foundation sponsors. They were enthusiastic about touring the Riester Reserve, which is one mile south of Punta Islita, and the turtle conservation project on nearby Corozalito Beach.

The foundation has planted more than 1,000 flowering and fruiting trees on the reserve over the past three years. As a result, white-faced monkeys, kinkajous and coatis have returned to the reserve, along with several new species of birds. At Corozalito Beach, the foundation’s efforts to protect turtle nests have resulted in an increase in baby turtles returning to the sea. We are very happy for Tom and his family’s visit and we want them to know how much we appreciate Riester Foundation’s conservation efforts here in Costa Rica. You can read more about Riester at www.riesterfoundation.com.

Come try authentic Mexican food at The Garden Grill Restaurant, 100 meters before Kikes Place. Take-out is available starting at 4 p.m. Call 8407-8927 for more info.

Potrero/Surfside resident Jen Dalton is the new owner of finca Tierras Nativas, located near Llanito. She has made it her mission to use her farm as a resource for community activities. Recently she held a community fundraiser, 1st Annual Dog Show, at the farm.

A horse rescue center on the property provides for the care and rehabilitation of injured horses, and an equestrian school offers a Keys to Communication Horse Clinic on July 14-15. It’s open to all levels of riders, and a Kids Horse Camp on July 16-18, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. caters to beginners and experienced riders. The camp costs $50 per child per day. For more, contact Jen at 8816-2970 or visit her Facebook page.

–Babe Hopkins

tbabehopkins@gmail.com

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