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Sounds from Sámara

The second annual Christmas Toy Drive was a resounding success thanks to its organizers, Sámara-Carrillo Info Center, and the people of Sámara and Carrillo, as well as many compassionate tourists who donated gifts, money and time.

This group of Santa’s helpers put smiles on the faces of hundreds of children from San Fernando through Sámara and Carrillo to Estrada. However, on Christmas Day there were gifts still remaining, so the elves jumped back in their sleigh and found other recipients; without the toy drive the kids would have received nothing.

Be sure to check the SCIC website for all information including the events calendar, opportunities to volunteer, jobs, yard sales and more. Send Brenda and Chris any pertinent information to add to the site,

2013 arrived in Sámara with a bang, literally, and it came from the many firework displays up and down the beach in Cangrejal. The pueblo was full of locals and tourists enjoying music and dancing around beach fires, in restaurants, at bars and on terraces of homes – a great start for a new year.

The Natural Health Center and Spa (2656-2346) in the center of Sámara initially featured a gym, massage, cafeteria, yoga, a spa and a play area. Now they offer a number of other services. There are also other like-minded businesses in the health center compound, the largest of which is a grocery and café, Sámara Organics, where you will find healthy, organic food, a welcome alternative to the processed foods and to “fresh” foods grown many kilometers away in chemically-fertilized soil.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch and snacks at the café Mon.-Sat. from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. If you go on a Friday afternoon, you will find the Sámara Farmers Market stocked with local foods, organically grown and made, fresh baked goods, naturally fermented sodas, fresh eggs, jams, jewelry, art and much more. The market is open from 3-6 p.m. on Fridays, but will soon add another day; the date will be announced in a future edition. If you are interested in space at the market, contact Angelina at Sámara Organics (2656-3046) or  

You can’t miss the pink Panaderia & Heladeria Princesa sign at the Patio Colonial, nor do you want to if you like baked goods or ice cream. Joanie opened in July 2012 and expected few customers initially, but found immediate popularity, perhaps due to the soup and sandwich lunch specials, which might be the best comfort food in Sámara. This redhead is an experienced caterer who stays open seven days a week, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. or later. Stop by, call 8501-5624 or email for more information.

-Ana Boleña

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