San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Jacó Happenings

Many thanks go out to all of those who participated in the McKee-Jacó Fundraising Event that was held at the Beach Club Jacó Blue on Feb. 27. Many people were involved in making it such a grand success, and our heartfelt thanks goes to each and every one of you. A big thank you also goes to Los Chupacabras, the band that kept us company for this special event. The fundraiser was a big success, with more than 150 attendants.

We were able to raise $2,820 from ticket sales, the raffle and donations received during the event. $1,400 will be used to cover our outstanding bills at two clinics, $1,000 will go toward our education fund and $420 will be used in our castration program.

A special thanks also goes out to all the sponsors of this event (we will publish the list on our website and on Facebook) and, of course, to all of you who joined us at this event! If you were unable to attend and want to help out the McKee Foundation, Contact Katja Bader at

Stewart Invierno has opened the Tico Pod Art House and Gifts (located one building south of Surf Dogs Bar, across from Mandarina), a new shop offering a great selection of Costa Rican Art, jewelry and leather bags. Manager Delphine Raveau (formerly of Heliconia Gallery) brings great passion and knowledge for the art. Marcelle Bruce comes to us from Studio Metallo, an art gallery and workshop.

Come say hello and get inspired. Open daily from 10-6 or longer.  For more information, check out or call 2643-6090.

The reopening celebration of the Los Sueños Wine & Spirits was held March 12, from 3-7 p.m. Wineries from Argentina, Chile and California offered tastings, and participants also sampled micro brews from the Costa Rica Craft Beer Company and some fine spirits. The amazing Kurt Dryer, a.k.a. “The Human Juke Box,” performed, and it was great fun. Los Sueños Wine & Spirits is located inside the Marina Village, across from Dolce Vita; open 7 days a week!

The second leg of the Los Sueños Signature Billfish Series will take place from March 13–16.  Approximately 40 teams will once more compete for the title of Series Champion. After a record-breaking first leg in January, with 1,412 billfish releases by 38 boats, we are looking forward to another exciting event. 

You can follow all the action live by listening to the tournament radio by logging on to or turn your TV to the Los Sueños Resort channel (66) for updates. For more information, contact Ashley Bretecher at Los Sueños Marina, 2630-4005.

Falcon School will host its second annual 5K race on Sunday, March 17.  The entry fee is $10 per person and proceeds will benefit the Falcon School scholarship program, through which financially limited families from the community will be enabled to provide their children with an international caliber education. First prize is a round trip ticket to the U.S. on United.  For more information, call 2637-7400

The British Columbia Girls’ Choir from Canada is here in Costa Rica for the first time ever, and this weekend the choir makes a stop at Teatro Jacó. On March 17, the BC Girls’ Choir will take the stage at Teatro Jacó at 7:30 p.m. This event is public and free.

The British Columbia Girls Choir offers joyful music. The singers, who are all girls from Vancouver, go through four levels of training, sometimes starting out at age 5. They participate in concerts, recordings, festivals, camps and numerous community outreach events. Highlights of past seasons have included representing British Columbia at numerous National Music Festivals, guest appearances with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and Elektra Women’s Choir, three 2010 Winter Olympic appearances and receiving the Dr. Elmer Iseler Award for the best performance of a Canadian work at the prestigious International Choral Kathaumixw.

Performing works of Canada’s composers is an important mandate of the choir; the girls have taken our country’s music to Australia, China, Germany, the United Kingdom and America. This March, the Tour Choir will travel to Costa Rica, where they will be eager to share their music with the Costa Rican children. They will also attend an anti‐bullying event in February and the Vancouver Kiwanis Choral Festival in March, and they will welcome the Wakayama Children’s Choir from Japan in May.

Fiona Blackburn has been the Artistic Director of this organization since 2000. She holds three degrees from the University of British Columbia and has worked with conductors Jon Washburn, Bruce Pullan, Dr. Doreen Rao and Dr. Graeme Langager. As a soloist and recording artist, Fiona Blackburn has performed with some of Canada’s leading musicians, orchestras and opera companies. See:

For more information, contact John Crozman at (519) 474‐2600 or 

–Christina Truitt

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