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Independence Day events around Costa Rica

Flamingo/Potrero: In celebration of Costa Rica’s Independence Day on Saturday, Sept. 15, the Club de Niños Committee of Potrero will be sponsoring two community events. Following a morning parade by the Potrero elementary school band, the committee will be serving typical Costa Rican dishes in the plaza.

Costa Rican historical memorabilia will also be on display. At 1 p.m., the committee is hosting a game of bingo in the Salón Comunal of Potrero. Prizes will include small household electronics, gift baskets and cash. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. The cost is ₡2,000 per game and proceeds benefit the Club de Niños of Potrero. For more information, please contact Lindsay, director of Abriendo Mentes, at 8704-3830.

Jacó: Costa Rican Independence Day Celebrations will include typical Costa Rican parades and festivities throughout the Central Pacific zone. Tonight at the Backyard Bar, the Costa Cali Tour features the band Thicker Than Thieves Fortunate Youth with special guest Ikaika Beamer.

Pachamama Indoor Farming Culture presents band members from Hawaii, Costa Rica and California featuring Jamin Hazelaar on vocals, Taen Reid and Mauricio Mora on guitar, Bucky Springmeier on keys, Victor Rojas on drums and Clay McCallum on bass. Together, they will be put out some cool sun-surf reggae rock mixes in Playa Hermosa, five minutes south of Jacó Beach. For more, see

Tomorrow, sign up for the co-ed four-person Beach Volley Ball Tournament at Bar Claritas, oceanfront on the north end of Jacó at 1 p.m. Register as an individual or a group. Cash prizes, sun and fun for those 18 and up. Contact Claritas at 2643-3327.

Puerto Viejo: Independence Day weekend is upon us. The town is plastered with red, white and blue, and the children have readied their traditional dress and practiced their dances. The annual parade will move up La Calle principal in Puerto Viejo, featuring children’s marching bands and dances they’ve been working on for the last month. The parade traditionally starts around sunset on Sept. 15.

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