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  1. Spay and Neuter Clinic in Alto Boquete
    Sunday, January 28th
    Get your appointment.
    Celular / Whatsapp: 6563-8686
    Email: boqueteanimales@gmail.com 



  2. What kind of changes can we expect to be seeing around here in 2018?  These would seem to be likely candidates.

    • Completion of the Boquete Water and Sewer Project
    • Re-Paving of Local Streets in Bajo Boquete
    • Completion of the Panamonte Bridge
    • Installation of a new Palo Alto Bridge
    • Opening of the Centro Comercial in front of Todo a Dolar
    • Opening of El Faro Kids Park
    • Start on the Green Convention Centre at El Frances
    • Continued Development of Alto Boquete
    • Completion of Federal Mall in David
    • Continuing Flow of Expat Immigrants

    Anything else come to mind ?



  3. Hil
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  4. Well it's been a busy month in Boquete with Panama's Patriotic Holidays. More is to come. Our mayor announced the last two weeks of the month including this weekend will be filled with many cultural events. Beginning this Friday or Saturday at 5 P.M. in the main park, we gringos have named Central Park located across from the Restaurante Baru. There will be of Tipico Folkloric Dancing groups from all over the country and from other Latin American countries with the women in their Polleras (traje tipico). This is not to be missed!

    Another event taking place this weekend on Sunday Boquete's own Cabalgata (horse parade) riding down main street and to top it off hundreds of bands marching in Boquete town probably happening on the 29th. which is Independence Day from Spain. Wow! How exciting is this. 

    Remember to do all your shopping in the morning before 10 A.M. as there will be much traffic going into Bajo Boquete and in town, as well driving out of Bajo Boquete early evening and later. 

    Enjoy Panama and it's culture.  





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    The best body and paint shop in Boquete, and the only shop with a fully enclosed paint booth. We can make your car look like new again. From damaged bumpers, dents, faded headlights, to complete re-finish. Located across from Plaza San Fransisco (one block east and one block north). Fast turnaround, great prices, and guaranteed results. Contact Phil Hagen at 6464-0271


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  5. Twin Wolf Technology Group
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    Technology has become so intertwined in our lives that it is hard to imagine life without it.   It makes our lives simpler in many ways yet the complexity challenges even the most well informed.  The news is full of technology stories that can be confusing, misleading and down right scary at times.   Today there is news of more hacker activity and I want to pass along what you need to know in simplest terms.

    Equifax Data Breach   

    The security breach of Equifax happened between May and July of 2017.   We are several months since this happened.   There is a lot of information available on this, so I am not going to repeat everything here.   However, there is one important piece of information and recommendation that is important to examine.   Many websites are recommending that you go to another website to check to see if you were affected by the data breach.   Testing has shown that the website is giving false results as it wants people to signup for the free credit monitoring.   Everything "free" comes with a price.   The hidden part of this is that by signing up for the free credit monitoring, you also agree not to be part of any class action lawsuit that is sure to follow in the near future.   I might also add that there is no reason to trust Equifax at this point in time, nor some free service they are trying to give away.   

    Good information on this here:  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do

    CCleaner Hacked 

    A very popular tool for cleaning PC's is software called CCleaner.   I personally use it as one of many in my toolkit for cleaning computers of malware and other nasty things.   Today it was learned that the latest versions of the software between 5.33.6162 and 5.34 were infected with  a multi-stage malware payload.   Luckily this was discovered quickly and it appears to only affect 32 bit versions of the software, not the more common 64 bit versions.   

    More details on the hack here:  https://www.howtogeek.com/326742/ccleaner-was-hacked-what-you-need-to-know/

    The point here is to be aware that any software installed on your computer could potentially contain malware.  Even legitimate software can be compromised.   The best things to do are:

    1. Backing up of your data regularly and keep it in multiple locations  (Be sure your backup does not remain connected to your computer)
    2. Regular malware scans and cleanup - this is different than just a simple virus scan
    3. Have a computer tech that knows your system before disaster happens.

    You do not need to be a pro yourself but you will need a pro at some point in time.   Technology is simply too complex these days and we are all vulnerable.  My advice is to plan ahead, just as you would look for a doctor before you need one, you should do the same for a technology pro.  


  6. Took Anouk for her physical check-up with Dra. Chely this morning. Remember when we accepted this beautiful Husky about one plus years ago, this rescue dog had some health issues including raw ears devoid of hair because of flea infestation. So bad that Dra. Chely was fearful the hair would never grow back! With the application of medicine and a lot of work on our part Anouk now has clean and "hairy" ears. Per Dra. Chely's instructions we bathed Anouk's feet daily in white vinegar and water to get rid of fungus and of course there was a problem with poor fur (matty and bad smelling).

    This morning Anouk got an A+ in all areas including her clean teeth. We give her a raw bone (preferably tan bone, pig) once a week plus dry dog food with a small amount of canned wet food morning and night. "0nly egg white" per Dra. Chely "not the egg yolk" is included at breakfast. Anouk enjoys chewing on a Nyla bone on a regular basis. "Excellent mouth, no dog breath" per the vet.

    Will admit that Anouk could lose a few pounds. Guess that means more walks and my throwing the ball for her to chase more times.

    Reckon I better get busy....rain or sunshine 😀.

    She really is a beautiful dog and a major addition to our family.





  7. I am looking for an inversion table.  If anyone in the Boquete or David area has one they would like to sell, please contact me at mic1951co@gmail.com or WhatsApp 6623 4860.


  8. Daniel and I are announcing the closure of Art Café. We thank all of our patrons who have supported us over the years, many of whom have become close friends. For us, it has been an act of love to provide a beautiful environment for the enjoyment of great food, art and music over these many years. It is time for us to move on from the restaurant life and, to that end, we're excited to introduce you to the new owner of our previous location on calle principal, restaurateur Gis...elle Young. She is the proud owner of Tre Scalini, an exquisite fine dining restaurant in Panama City. In the near future, Boquete will be fortunate to have the pleasure of hosting her new opening of Tre Scalini Bistro, which will offer a fresh international fusion cuisine for all of us to enjoy! She is in the process of renovating and remodeling so stay posted for the big changes underway. Here is a link to her restaurant website: http://trescalinipanama.com/?lang=en. We believe that we all will be very pleased to have this fine establishment right in our neighborhood!


  9. So we are busy preparing for our show next Saturday May 6, and I was thinking about the types of music one can find at an assortment of great venues here. So, I just wanted to get some feedback from you all about the types of music you prefer: when dining at a restaurant?

    When attending a concert?

    When driving down the road or At home relaxing?

    When having a drink?

    When at a party with friends?

    So far I've noticed the music scene here near Boquete seems to be composed of mainly 3 areas:

    1. Jazz & Blues

    2.  Rock: 60's, 70's & 80's and Oldies/Pop-rock

    3. Latin or Hispanic Music: Salsa/Meringue/Cumbia/Samba, Cubano, Panamanian,Tejano, Mariachi, etc.

    Have I forgotten any?

    What kind of music do you prefer to listen to? What genre of concerts or shows would you like to hear more often, or attend more of in Boquete? Who is your favorite Band or Artist? What Band or Artist would make you drive to David for a concert? What type(s) of music do you prefer to listen to at Christmas time? Traditional, jazzy, new music, latin music or Spanish, hymns/carols? Easy Listening, country, singer songwriter or folk type music? World music?

    Thanks for your time in answering. I think this could be very eye opening for the residents and the musicians in our area!

    Until next time,

    All the best MUSIC to you! DeDe & Larry :)

    (The photo is of Larry and I doing a 60's and 70's show at the ROCK in the fall of 2016, it was so fun and there were a lot of us locals singing along and dancing in the crowd...!)

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  10.                                                                                  "Off the Beaten Path Trekking" 

    Explore, Dream, Discover, on foot with the best pioneer nature trekking group in Boquete. We have explored over 40 trails in this vast and beautiful area throughout the years

    Join us every Wed. & Fri. 

    This Week - 8:30 A.M.
    WED. NATURE HIKING 3+hrs. for Intermediate to advanced hiker, nature lover, photographer. We love breathing fresh air and love being outside! 
    FRI. EZ NATURE WALK 1-1/2 HOUR for Beginners, nature lover, photographer. We enjoy nature!
    We walk at a steady comfortable pace since, our primary interest is exploring, looking, admiring nature and discovering the unusual whenever the opportunity arises, which it has many times. Each of Boquete's seasons has something new to discover and to teach us about nature.   
    What to pack: during the rainy season (this year until December) need raingear., also pack binocs if you have them, water, sun block, camera, wear hiking shoes or gym shoes with good outer sole treads and hiking sticks, I have some to loan out. 
    Requirements: As always to be in good health and able to keep up with group, though as mentioned, we do not hike at a rapid pace stopping often to take in the scenery or discover something NEW. 
    For more info email jere chica @ gmail .com (no spaces)
    Slowing down and going on a nature walks/hikes makes one more aware of their surroundings such as the different spice aromas flowing through the air or capturing a butterfly through your camera lens or looking at moss through a loupe lens in the rain forest. Nature walks are an interesting learning experience.
    For more information and to be placed on the Boquete EZ Nature Walks master list email Jere McCormick. 

    See you on the trails - Jere McCormick

    Photos from the nature trails around the boquete District. .

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    Chef Craig Jacobs has been an integral part of our team at Seasons Restaurant and his leadership and spirit of culinary innovation has been supported by the Lucero team. Craig’s efforts in the kitchen have helped Seasons achieve success.

    Craig Jacobs has advised us that he will be moving to Panama city to create a new Thai Restaurant. 

    Chef Jacobs states that he "sincerely appreciates the opportunities and friendships" developed during his time at Lucero, adding that he wishes everyone at the restaurant "the best of luck in continuing as strong as ever.

    With any such departure comes the rewarding task of promoting a worthy replacement to the coveted position of Chef & General manager. Nadine Wilson has worked side by side with chef Jacobs and our team to understand and execute the culinary concepts and dishes at Seasons that Chef Jacobs has created over the past year. 

    Nadine, born in South Africa is a Chef and manager with several years of both restaurant ownership and kitchen experience. Nadine is a graduate of the Cordon Bleu school of Culinary Arts. We look to Nadine to continue the culinary experience that Chef Jacobs has created and to bring her own style and flair to our patrons.


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    Dixie Swim Club at the BCP
    "The set is looking great, the cast is well-rehearsed, sound effects are standing by – everything in service to the amazing script by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

    The Jones Hope Wooten team specialize in writing laugh-out-loud comedies and have been dubbed "America's Playwrights" largely due to their continued support of regional theatre. When Dixie Swim Club was proposed for the BCP, it was immediately recognized as a perfect fit for the fun-loving Boquete audience.

    This story of five women who reunite their college swim team every August – in a favorite cottage in the Outer Banks of North Carolina – offers a funny and poignant look at friendship through the decades. Tickets on sale now at Tuesday market and MBE for this not-to-be-missed romp."  Gabrielle Reynolds






    The Tide of Cybercrime is Rising Fast


    While physical crime against expats here in Panama is diminishing, cybercrime is rising world wide. Losses from cybercrime may already be greater than physical robbery. It is one of the fastest growing businesses in the world.


    Cybercriminals are targeting Seniors


    Anyone over 60 did not grow up with computers or the Internet from day one. Many of us openly admit to computer illiteracy. Cybercriminals are specifically targeting this group, especially relatively rich North Americans and Europeans. The criminals include enterprising ten year olds cracking your passwords and selling you out to sophisticated multi-national mafia-like businesses.


    How to Protect Yourself From Cybercrime


    A good friend of mine in California, Larry Magid, is a top computer journalist who has made his career mission protecting children and now seniors from cybercrime. Download his free Seniors Guide to Online Safety. Yes, it is safe to download :)


    In the rest of this article, we will take apart a recent incident and show the dangers of being hacked, which hopefully will inspire you to take steps to protect yourself.


    The Anatomy of a Hacking


    In the last week many of us became aware that a member of our community was hacked and as a result all of the people in his address book were exposed to Internet scams themselves. 


    We’ll Call Him Bob


    Many of you reading this already know the identity of the person who was hacked and that’s fine. He is not shy about what happened. If you don’t know already, it isn’t important to our story. 


    It all started with an upgrade of several computers to Windows 10. 


    While the upgrade want fine, a short time later Microsoft pushed an Outlook update to all his computers. While most of them were protected by a commercial anti-virus program, one was only protected by the Microsoft-provided Defender program and this computer became infected. Although we will never know for sure, apparently the attackers were ready for this Outlook update and may even have previously installed malware in his computer waiting for it to happen.


    Lesson #1 - Some computers are safer than others


    People have personal preferences for Windows PCs vs. Apple Macs and that is fine. However it is a simple fact of life that 99.99% of computer viruses and malware infect PCs, not Macs. There are technical reasons why this is true having to do with the fundamental design of the Apple OS X operating system, which like Linux and others, is based on the fundamentally secure UNIX operating system, the oldest and most widely used for secure computing platforms. 


    The awful moment of realization


    After the update, Bob turned on his computer and noticed very strange behavior as his file folders first showed up as empty and then slowly came back to “normal.” When Bob went to his email he made the startling discovery that his entire email contact list, dating back to the early 90s, was simply gone. It was also gone on all his other computers, which had “synchronized” with the master list kept online, which had been deleted by the hackers.


    Attempts to recover his contact list from computers backed up with previous versions of Windows failed. 



    Lesson #2 - Bob’s was using a “free” email account. Free email accounts are not secure or private


    You may wonder why Google, AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc. are so magnanimous as to offer you free email accounts. It is because you are their product. Every email you send is read for salable information, every person in your contact list is sold to the highest bidder for advertising or whatever (IRS, NSA, front businesses for hackers, etc.). They own your contact list and as Bob found out, once deleted, it is gone forever. If you use a free email account, make sure you have a backup of your computer and an exported version of your contact list at all times.


    There are excellent, secure and private email services available from Godaddy and others, but they are not free. They never store your contact list, which lives on your own computer. In my view, they are well worth the extra money. 


    Bob is now manually recreating his contact list by going through every email since 1995 and recovering the email addresses. Of course, phone numbers and physical addresses are just lost. 


    This is what happened to Bob


    Once they owned his email account and armed with all of his emails, they learned about his bank accounts, which boards he sat on and much more. 


    The hackers emailed his personal banker in the US and asked to set up a wire transfer for something in excess of $17,000. Bob’s personal banker (at the bank he used to work for and who knew him personally) replied that Bob would need to confirm the transfer by phone. Promptly she received a phone call (from Indonesia as it happened) that Bob couldn’t come to the phone because he was in a board meeting, naming the organization precisely. Fortunately the banker knew Bob and insisted that the “real” Bob call personally. When “real” Bob called with a foreign accent, she hung up and immediately called the real Bob and the scam was stopped. But is was very close. 


    Meanwhile the scammers undertook to send scam emails to everyone in Bob’s contact list. Some claimed to be Bob who was stranded in an foreign city and needed money. Others, which many of us saw personally, were legitimate looking Dropbox documents with a secure PDF file that needed to be “signed for” with your email address and PASSWORD


    Since the scammers owned Bob’s email account, when people replied asking if this was for real, the scammers pretended to be Bob and assured them that it was a legitimate email. If you fell for it, they then owned your email account and you would likely meet the same fate as Bob. Very quickly, Bob deactivated his email account, but it was too late.


    How not to become Bob


        1.    If you are on the Windows platform you have to be super-vigilant about virus and malware protection, since Windows is the primary target of hackers. 

        2.    Internet and email scams affect every computer user whether Windows or Mac or Linux. Phishing, the practice of conning you into providing passwords to fake web sites, is very common. For example, if you get an email from Paypal asking you to verify your password, take a look at the actual email address of the sender - you will find it has nothing to do with Paypal.  The same goes for websites - take a look at the URL at the top of your browser - If it is not something like http://Paypal.com, you are being phished. 

        3.    Email addresses and passwords are regularly stolen from companies large and small. The only real protection is to eliminate the risk by using long, uncrackable passwords that are unique for every website you log into. Let’s face it, no one can remember all those passwords, so you need a commercial password manager to help out. This topic will be the subject of a detailed article to follow shortly. 

        4.    If you think your computer has been hacked IMMEDIATELY if not sooner, disconnect it from the Internet - pull the plug if you have to. As you are sitting there gawking, the hackers may be downloading all your email or other files, preparing to wipe your computer completely or hold it hostage for a ransom. 

        5.    MAKE SURE YOUR COMPUTER IS BACKED UP - ALWAYS. Make sure the backup system actually works.


    Next Up - Learning to Love Passwords


    Having an easy and effective password strategy is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself online. In the next article, I will talk about how to do that without pain and show an entirely new approach to generating and remembering passwords. 


    About the Author


    Dr. Sleepwell, AKA Mark Heyer, has been involved in the computer industry since the 1960s. He has designed and built computer systems, written hundreds of programs, owned a computer support company for professionals working at home in the Silicon Valley and served as executive director of customer service and tech support for a national Internet provider. 



  12. Update:  donors have gone, (4total) but have been unable to donate for various reasons.  SO, we are still looking for donors!  

    Please check out the requirements for donating at boquetehospice.org and on the left, click blood donation tab.  

    If you can donate, please call Charlotte  6693-5005






    In some ways, it's a tricky business. Just like a paying job, a volunteer needs to balance what they give with what is given back to them. If it isn't a good fit for some reason, then you start making excuses not to go. You're late one day, and then the following week you don't show up at all.

    What do the experts say about volunteering? I read a bunch of articles and took away four gems.


    To volunteer, find your passion, your talent, and go from there.

    The good folks at Amigos de Animales have been working with volunteers for a long time and most people I talk to say good things about them: their mission (spaying and neutering dogs and cats), their commitment (over 10,000 spayed so far and counting) and their attitude toward their volunteers (they think volunteers walk on water.)

    Alicia McGuigan, the Co-president and Director of Volunteers for Amigos de Animales, told me that her philosophy of providing good volunteer services is to: "Give a person a job that suits them and say Thank you."

    Ruby McKenzie, one of the founders of Amigos de Animales, noted: "Our volunteers are given options as to where they would like to work and if that is not working, we move them into other areas that might be more appealing. We put new people with people who know what they're doing. We don't let them feel neglected or confused."

    Sounds like a no brainer, but often agencies are so immersed in what their needs are that they forget about the volunteers who need to meet those needs and what they need. Because when looking at volunteers, you've got your techies/logical/practical types vs. your creative/pull a trick out of the hat types, or your extrovert vs. your introvert." A chatty people-person stuck in a small room using the copy machine is not going to stick around a long time.

    Find something that fits your talents and your personality. Then as you give, you're giving truly of yourself.


    Make sure the agency gives you training and then follows up to help you be successful.

    Alicia said that training is essential for their organization. They offer formal classes and then pair new volunteers with experienced ones so the newbies learn how to do things correctly. For Amigos de Animales, it is especially important because they don't want animals or volunteers getting hurt because they don't know they are doing, but all agencies that use volunteers should offer some sort of an inservice on their mission and how they will use your talents to accomplish it. Every organization has its own culture and value system, as well as its own way of doing things, and without training, there will be problems. I've seen agencies throw volunteers into complete chaos, and then complain when the volunteers contribute to, as oppose to minimize, the bedlam.


    Speak up, and do so with respect and consideration.

    "We are all wonderful, beautiful wrecks. That's what connects us--that we're all broken, all beautifully imperfect.” Emilio Estevez

    There is just no way that you can volunteer, or frankly do anything in life involving other people, without misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Because we're beautiful wrecks.

    "Everyone has gifts. Everyone has quirks. Our job is to give practical ideas how how to handle tricky situations, " Alicia points out.

    When someone's quirks, or maybe your own quirks, cause problems for you, speak up. An agency won't know there is a problem if you don't tell them. Keeping your mouth shut just hurts everybody, but most of all it hurts you and those you want to help. If the agency blows you off, that tells you something. But if they address the problem, and the outcome is not what you wanted, know that just because it isn't your solution doesn't mean it isn't a good solution under the circumstances.

    Just say something.


    Work with people who appreciate you.

    "Volunteers come for 4-8 hours," Ruby of Animales told me."They are fed and watered and appreciated for the work they do." This makes sense from a volunteer appreciation perspective and also from a practical viewpoint. No one wants a volunteer with low blood sugar dealing with scared or angry animals. But any agency should provide tangible proof that they appreciate what their volunteers do for them. Because it's not what you say, it's what you do.

    Animales shows appreciation and respect for their volunteers through a gala every year. They host a big thank you party with food and drink for all. A fuss is made over those lovely volunteers, all who get an "Animal Lover" pin. I know of other agencies who make a big fuss, and it makes a big difference. Parties celebrate us and what we do, and what is more cause to celebrate than humans giving of their time and talents and doing wondrous things with them? It doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to be done with love and thoughtfulness.

    It just has to say to volunteers: "Damn you're good. And we know it. And we thank you."

  14. WAPO summarizes new Neurology journal article from Mayo regarding usefulness of mental exercise for staving off symptoms, if not disease of Alzheimers.  I'm happy with the disease if I (and others) don't suffer from (my) symptoms!

  15. You’re in for a special treat at the BJBF2016 garden party at the Panamonte hotel on Friday, Feb. 27: In cooperation and with support from the Italian embassy in Panama we were able to book the Luca Ciarla Quartet for a show at the garden party! Check them out at their website www.violipiano.it/quartet
    With their unusual instrumentation of violin, accordion and double bass they are creating a unique music experience! We are very happy to present this band at the Boquete Jazz&Blues Festival 2016 and we’re sure you will love them! Their show at the garden party will be their only performance at the 2016 festival.

    Here's what the press is saying about them:
    One of the most original Italian jazz ensembles in recent years, the Luca Ciarla Quartet has performed everywhere at an international level, from Montreal Jazz Festival to Melbourne Jazz Festival. With Carmine Ioanna on accordion, Maurizio Perrone on double bass and Francesco Savoretti on percussions, jazz violinist Luca Ciarla has developed a unique sound, giving birth to charming and irresistible compositions and arrangements, natural synthesis between contemporary jazz and the familiar sounds of the Italian folk tradition and the Mediterranean area. Their latest album, ViolinAir, mostly recorded in Thailand during a long tour in Asia, presents original works and astonishing arrangements of classics such as A Night in Tunisia or Caravan. “…a gem of a record from a violinist who has clearly absorbed the history of his instrument from Joe Venuti to Michal Urbaniak to become very much his own man.” Duncan Heining, All About Jazz


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    Creating Cement Art - including Sculpture and Acid Staining
    In the Studio in Caldera at Black Rock Art Ranch


    by Chris McCall

    January 6, 7 and 8, 2016, plus four extra elective workshop days January 9, 10, 12 and 13 if you wish.*
    Class is From 10:00 till 12:30pm workshop time till 3:00pm. (Studio opens at 9:00am)
    Cost is $75 including all materials and supplies***

    Reservations: chrismccall@me.com, 6137-5602 - deposit required email and we will send Paypal invoice or you can deposit in the bank
    Directions to The Art Ranch on the web site.

    There is lots of one-on-one instruction during the workshop periods, and after class on the 3 class days. Many students work the whole time but many students just come to the class days if they don't have time in their schedule. You the student decide how much you want to do.

    Concrete is used widely in Panama for all construction. Concrete is also a great medium for crafts and artwork. In this workshop we will learn how to mix concrete and mortar, make concrete stepping stones with various designs and patterns, make concrete bowls and planters, bird baths, and any 3d shape plus acid stain concrete, and color concrete with liquid and powder dyes.

    January 6 - Working with concrete and mortar, 10:00am to noon with workshop time in the afternoon until 3:00pm — Please come a little early.

    • The tools you need for working with concrete
    • Safety procedures for concrete and acid staining
    • How to properly mix concrete and mortar including the common formulas and some of the additives used in concrete.
    • A slide show on the use of cement for counter tops and unusual house construction.
    • Adding powdered color to your concrete
    • Making molds for concrete
    • Arranging leafs for pleasing patterns
    • Planning for your 3d (sculpture project). Proper use of steel and the different types of wire that can be used for the artist. All students will make one bowl to learn techniques of working with forms. Workshop time will include one-on-one instruction in the first steps in creating your sculpture.

    January 7 - Sand Casting and Sculpture work (open at 9:00am with class at 10:00am and workshop in the afternoon)

    • Sand casting allows you to create very irregular shapes, beautiful bird baths form leaves, serving platters, bread dishes, only limited by the imagination.
    • All students in class will make a sand cast leaf.
    • Also during class students will clean up their bowl from the day before, learn to release the form, shape the "green cement" with rasps, sand paper and wire brushes.
    • Class will have discussion on the use of Ferro Cement.
    • Ferro cement is doing cement work over thin metal. Commonly used for sculptures and things like concrete counter tops. Using Ferro cement you can make almost any shape in concrete.
    • Preparing the metal, using rebar to support different shapes.
    • Scratch coating the metal and finish repello.
    • It is really easy to make wonderful pre Columbian type sculptures or anything that you can think of.
    • Workshop time will be one on one help with each persons projects.

    January 8 - Acid Staining and Finishing (open at 9:00am with class at 10:00am and workshop in the afternoon)

    • This is the day you finish all the projects you have been working on. Staining them and sealing them. Everything must be taken home at the end of this workshop day.
    • Safety precautions for working with acid.
    • Using and buying Commercial stains
    • Mixing your own stains from common chemicals used in pottery.
    • Preparing the concrete for staining
    • Working with old concrete and new concrete
    • Different methods of application
    • Making patterns with the stain
    • Using acrylic colors to fix areas that don¹t take or to add accent to the staining.
    • Sealing the concrete after staining Waxing the concrete

    Work Shop Days
    January 9, 10, 12 and 13 - Workshop Days 9:00am to 3:00pm  (you may come and leave as you desire until closing)

    During workshop days Chris will work one-on-one with each person helping them as they need it with there projects. There is no formal schedule, you may come any time between 9:00am and 3:00pm.

    The workshop fee is $75. Materials and space fee is included. ***Extra material charge for really large projects. Deposit is required and you may do so on the website via Paypal which accepts any credit card.

    The teacher for this workshop will be Chris McCall. Chris has been in the arts for many years. In 1985 he opened the Stained Glass School and Supply in Denver Colorado. Chris moved to Panama Central America in 2004, he designed and built a resort called Rancho de Caldera. In 2010 he opened his art studio in Boquete teaching cement art, stained glass, paper making, felting, and spinning and last year moved the Studio to Caldera. Caldera is beautiful, the studio is on a hill top so is cooler than Caldera itself because of the mountain breezes.

    You will leave the workshop with new knowledge, some beautiful cement art pieces and sculptures.

    Please email your reservation to Chris McCall, pay deposit on the web site - chrismccall@me.com
    For Questions call Chris at 6137-5602

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