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Help Replant Burned Area of Buena Vista Beach
Former Malpais singer Jaime Gamboa will perform in the show

by Arianna McKinney and Christoffer Horlitz

“Plant your own tree and enjoy a special festival revolving around the source of the air in our lungs”. That is the invitation presented by Christoffer Horlitz, First Hand Volunteer who is organizing Día Del Arbol (Tree Day) for Saturday, June 2nd in the village of Esterones, located 15 minutes from Sámara.

Trees are being donated by ICE and will be planted along the soccer field behind the community hall as well as on the stretches of the beach that were burnt on January 14, 2011

Neighbors collaborated with MINAET to denounce the man responsible for the fire, Fabricio Sanchez, who at the time had been recently elected second vice mayor for the Canton of Nicoya. The neighbors of Esterones are still waiting for word on the status of the denunciation, according to Elizabeth Jenkins, one of the neighbors who spearheaded the action.  

Mayor Marcos Jimenez clarified that Sanchez’s role as second vice mayor does not have functions in the Municipality. Only the first vice mayor has functions. Sanchez is a doctor who works for the Costa Rican Social Security (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social). 

During the day, several activities are planned such as body painting, the narration of tree stories with known Costa-Rican storytellers and performances by artists from all parts of the country. Nicoyan singer and songwriter Max Goldenberg and former Malpais singer Jaime Gamboa have confirmed that they will perform that day.   

Typical food will also be sold by the junta de vecinos (neighborhood committee), and funds raised by food sales will help defray the costs of performing artists and decorations. These activities will take place in the community hall and the plaza of Esterones.


Although most activities are free, planting a tree will have a nominal fee of 1000 colones per tree for adults to finance little signs saying who planted the tree, Horlitz explained. Youth under 16 years of age can plant trees for free.

At sunset, the attention will shift to the Cultural Center Alegría that sits upon a hill overlooking the beach. Performers playing acoustic music will create a laid back atmosphere on the candlelit platform, the reward after a day of planting trees.


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Crowdfunding Helps NY Architecture Students Build Nosara Recycling Center

A group of architecture students from New York are planning to come to Nosara in July to help build the much needed recycling center for the community. They are currently raising funds on Kickstarter, an online funding platform for creative projects, to help them with their expenses while volunteering in Nosara, as well as to help fund a professional documentary film about the project in order to share this important initiative with a larger audience.

Red Tide Levels Not Toxic in April

Several hundred fish turned up dead at the Boca of Nosara on April 8th, and the suspected culprit is red tide. While that may provoke fear that the phenomenon is here in full force, the Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura (INCOPESCA- Costa Rican Institute of Fishing and Agriculture) red tide commission indicates that the danger for humans is minimal.

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