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Tamarindo Talk

Looking for a clean, gluten-free meal without white sugar, refined flour, artificial colors and flavors, synthetic nutrients and vitamins, palm oil and hydrogenated transfat? Try Wild Panda Healthy Food. The store prepares a different lunch every day from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and also sells organic coffee, power bars, vegan sweets and super-food smoothies. It’s located in front of BAC San José. For delivery, call 2653-1073.

During the last month, you may have seen Coopeguanacaste putting up monkey bridges and anti-climbing cones around the area. That’s because finally, the power company and the University of Costa Rica, along with Salvemonos’ Patricia Stedman and Simone Daniele, have come to an agreement to help save monkeys.

The UCR and Coopeguanacaste are studying places where electrical lines may cause harm to the animals. These locations have been and will be sites for monkey bridges. This is the first time that Salvemonos and the UCR will have the financial support of Coopeguanacaste. To get involved, check out

The new hours of the Tamarindo Fitness Center, where you can work out with cardiovascular equipment and weights, enjoy yoga, and practice spinning and boxing, are Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and Sat. from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more info, call 2653-1423.

Speaking of gyms, there’s a new one in Haucas, 200 meters west of SuperCompro. It’s called Pacific Coast Gymnasium & Fitness Center, and it has cardiovascular and bio-mechanic equipment. The hours are Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and Sat. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The number is 2653-9026.                    

–Ellen Zoe Golden

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