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Flamingo/Potrero News

Abriendo Mentes, a non-profit community development initiative, is excited to announce the start of two new introductory-level technology courses to benefit adults and children in Playa Potrero.

The four-session course covers basic computer skills such as desktop navigation, creating and manipulating folders, and utilizing Microsoft programs, as well as more advanced Internet skills such as using email, social media sites and search engines.

The goal of these courses is to introduce the computer as a valuable tool for research, professional use and communication. Not only do these courses teach students how to search for local employment opportunities, but also they give them an advantage in the job market, specifically the tourism industry.

For children, they offer alternative opportunities to learn and research topics outside of school. The classes are already full, and a wait-list has been started for next session. For more information on the classes and how to get involved, contact Director Lindsay Losasso at

The Happy Snapper in Brasilito celebrated Halloween with a party featuring  karaoke, prizes for the best costume, free mixed drinks for the ladies and a special menu. Marie’s Restaurant in Flamingo celebrated with live music by the Local Legend, free welcome cocktails for everyone who came in a costume and a prize for the best costume.

The music started at 7:30 p.m. Maxwell’s in Surfside/Potrero offered an early bird special along with a costume contest, and the winner received a $50 gift certificate for best couple and a $25 gift certificate for most creative. No store-bought costumes were allowed.

La Paz Community School hosted their annual Halloween party at the school gymnasium on Friday, Oct. 26, from 5-7 p.m. Lots of fabulous costumes were worn by all ages and there were plenty of fun games and activities throughout the gym. A delicious bake sale was happening in the back of the gym, where anyone could come for a sweet break.

At the end of the evening, the school performed a dance routine choreographed by Kerry McClennen, with music by Michael Jackson to close out the evening. There was a fun Halloween dance at the Country Day School in Brasilito after the La Paz event. Everyone had a great time.

An important fundraiser is being held at Marie’s Restaurant in Playa Flamingo in support of the Playa Grande Clinic. The clinic was recently broken into, and about $45,000 worth of equipment and supplies were stolen. The fundraiser is Friday, Nov. 9, and includes dinner.

There is a Taste of the Beaches event featuring local restaurants who are donating as well as folks who want to bring a pot luck dish to share. Proceeds will benefit the much-needed services of the Playa Grande Clinic. Services started up again on Oct. 29, thanks to the overwhelming support from local beach communities. Hope to see you on Nov. 9.

Babe Hopkins

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