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      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café   01/12/2017

      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café begins Thursday, January 12th and runs until Sunday, January 22nd. For those who have not yet seen -- and experienced -- this magnificent fair, you are in for a treat, and some inconveniences. Most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  During these eleven days you also need to be extremely careful, especially while driving and in planning your activities. In recent years there have been well in excess of 100,000 visitors to Boquete. Last year that number was closer to 200,000, and some predictions for 2017's Fair are closer to 300,000 people coming to our area to see the Fair. Traffic congestion will be the norm. Getting seats in restaurants will be difficult at times. Parking spaces will essentially be nonexistent. Buying groceries may be difficult and time consuming. Busses will be parked on the side streets, making driving difficult. There will be lots (as in LOTS) of people walking, standing around the bridge and the Feria and the many tiendas (small shops and stands [kiosks]) while taking pictures, talking, viewing the scenery, etc. Please be extremely attentive while driving, and drive slowly. Some streets will be blocked and require passes to use them. Other streets will simply be blocked based on congestion. Please be careful of your personal items, such as purses and wallets. Having so many people in one area creates a prime target for pickpockets and other maliantes to do their thing. To repeat, most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  Three closing thoughts. First: enjoy. Second: be safe. Third: you might wish to post your pictures, comments, reviews, etc., here on CL (start a topic or reply to an existing topic in http://www.chiriqui.life/forum/118-boquete-feria-de-las-flores-y-del-café/).   To provide general feedback or ask for help regarding Chiriqui.Life, please leave a posting in Problems, Feedback and Suggestions or email support@chiriqui.life or private message to @Admin_01.

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    I had heard rumors of 3 hours to all day for completion of the Ecedula at the Tribunal Electoral in Panama City. Well, I'm either a lucky guy or they streamlined the process. I was in and out in 40 minutes------Totally completed and they said; they would send the Ecedula to the Boquete Tribunal Electoral. Very nice staff and very professional. Three trips up and down from the second floor (1st) to the first(PB). But the good new is the elevator worked every time. The first woman you see with your paper work is from Bouqete also. Anyway, with all of the immigration stuff going on I decided to go to another level.

  2. Boquete's First Poodle - Booca - Looking resplendent in his silver chain collar, contrasting black carabiner and new Rodny Direct hardwood custom-engraved ID tag. 

    Rodny Direct members exclusive - $10 for the first one, $5 each for additional - dog and collar not included.

    Back side can be customized to your liking

    Also works great for your keychain!

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    Anouk and I are glad The Big Bang time during the recent holidays is finally over. Just noise. To me fireworks mean rockets shot skyward and the explosion of colored star designs high above the roof tops. Pretty to watch.....not just noise that frightens animals and interrupts conversations.

    Maybe next year we could have a fireworks display in a nearby field and invite everyone in the community.  I know Anouk would be happier. Me too.

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    ... was to start teaching my fellow human beings how to"Stretch & Flex" for superb long term health...
     
    That was December 28, 2001.
     
    This December I celebrate15 years of teaching AND my 65th Birthday...
    I am continuing to share this simple and effective "Stretch & Flex" practice
     

    This is Your Invitation to

    “Get By With a Little Help From Your Friends” 

    At The Haven

     

               Back by popular demand - the "Stretching for EveryBODY" Clinic

            (Offered twice in December - see dates below)

     

    ~The methods taught are gentle and easy, conforming to individual differences in muscle tension, flexibility, and age. 

    ~You do not need to be in top physical condition or have specific athletic skills.  

    ~No matter who you are the same techniques apply.

     

    —BOB ANDERSON, author of Stretching for Everyday Fitness and worked with the Broncos, the Jets, the Dodgers, etc...

    “We can learn a lot from animals. Watch a cat or dog. They instinctively know how to stretch. 

    They do so spontaneously and responsibly, never over-stretching, 

    as they naturally and continually tune up muscles they will have to use.”

     

    Who is it for? 

    Anybody Any Age With Aches & Pains

    Golfers, Runners, Cyclers

    Hikers, Tennis Players

     Beginning Stretchers

    Weight Lifters

     

                       Why Stretch? -— Proven Benefits

    • Increase strength and flexibility in the spine, legs, wrists & fingers, elbows, shoulders, knees & hips
    • Increase range of motion and mobility in all limbs
    • Increase energy, promotes circulation, slows aging process
    • Reduce muscle tension & makes the body feel more relaxed
    • Prevent injuries such as muscle strain
    • Helps coordination by allowing for freer and easier movement
    • Look younger, fresher, and be stronger
    • It feels good 

    When? 

                                                                                  Mon       Dec 5   10:30am-12 noon

                                                                                  Wed       Dec 7   10:30am-12 noon

                                                                                  Friday     Dec 9   10:30am-12 noon

     

                                                                                                              OR

                                                                                 Mon       Dec 12   10:30am-12 noon

                                                                                 Wed       Dec 14   10:30am-12 noon

                                                                                 Friday    Dec 16   10:30am-12 noon

     

    Where?

    The Haven Hotel & Spa Yoga Center

    ~ Maximum attendance is 8 people per clinic 

    ~ Everyone deserves & gets personal attention

     

    How Much?

    Suggested donation is $60 which covers the 3 part clinic, all teaching, 

    personal instruction & demonstration, and handouts 

    of all sessions for your use at home.

     

    Why Not Sign Up?

    The only Why Not is 

    Why Not Increase your Health-Span to match your Life-Span?

    Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal! This is The Show!

     

    Be There - you'll look younger

    Be There - you'll be healthier 

    Be There -  you'll feel better

    Be There for more energy

    Just Be There! 

     

    How do I Sign Up?

    Reply to Michael at mic1951co@gmail.com to RSVP

    or Stop by The Haven reception desk with your cash donation.  

    The receptionist will take your reservation and donation if I am not available.

    RSVP soon as there are only 8 spots per clinic!

     

    Questions?

    Email Michael at mic1951co@gmail.com 

    or call on WhatsApp  +1 702 539 1479

     

    Important Note!

    If you are unsure of beginning these exercises because of physical issues, 

    please email me to schedule a 20 minute consultation. There is no fee for this consultation. 

    If for any reason this is not for you I will tell you.  mic1951co@gmail.com

     

    Yours in Health,

     

    Michael  

    Private Sessions Available 

    mic1951co@gmail.com

    WhatsApp +1 702 539 1479

    A Note From Michael...

     

    From the age 31-49 I was a die-hard runner. I started running to lose an unwanted extra 65 pounds I put on from age 30-31.  Over the years, the consequences and physical damage to my body from running were devastating. But like most of us have done at one time or another, I persisted under the false belief that I should and could "push through the pain".  

     

    The "no-pain-no-gain" theory we were taught is probably in the top 2 of the worst advice in Western civilization that was ever promoted to maintain our physical health - ESPECIALLY when we pass age 35. If you don't believe me, just look around and ask a few questions of your fellow humans over the age of 50.  These stories contribute to about 50% of why doctors are still in business. 

     

    In the summer of 1999 (at age 48) I began my stretching/yoga practice by learning the Tibetan 5 Rites. After discovering the benefits and the transformation this had on my health, my joints, flexibility, strength, healing old injuries, etc., I attended and completed a 9 week training with Bikram's Yoga College of India.  I immediately began teaching full time.  Since then I have taught various Stretching & yoga styles as well as branching out to Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga. Other trainings I have completed include a 200HR RYT with Tiffany Cruikshank of yogamedicine.com.  Then following Paul Grilley Yin techniques, I earned a certification in Yin Yoga with Debbi Atkins-Davis 1000HR RYT.

     

    June 30 of this year I moved to Boquete from Las Vegas, Nevada. For the last 8 years in Las Vegas I taught  public classes at various studios throughout the city, and to private clients.  My teachings range from Stretching and Assisted Stretching as taught by Bob Anderson and Aaron Mattes, to gentle yoga and chair yoga, and all the way up to more aggressive styles.  I have created a 60 minute yoga fusion class, combining several yoga disciplines.  For lack of an official name of this style of teaching, I am simply calling it Yoga Fusion 60. 

     

    If you are new to Stretching, I believe you will really like my "Stretching for EveryBODY" 3 part clinic.  If you are more intermediate or advanced, let me know and I'll fill you in on my other new classes here at The Haven.  If you require private sessions due to physical conditions, we can discuss that if you'd like to.

     

    Thanks for your interest and let me know if you have questions. See you in a clinic!

  4. I am seeing more and more clients with issues due to the latest Windows 10 Update.    Common issues are that printers/scanners and other devices that worked one day suddenly do not work the next day.   I also have had clients reporting their laptop will suddenly shuts down and not power back up until the laptop is plugged into the wall.   It gives every appearance that the battery is somehow bad.  It is not a bad battery at all.   The removal of the latest Microsoft update returns the laptop to normal working condition and the battery works as expected.

    What to do...
    Microsoft made a change in their policy back in June of this year.   Windows 10 users can no long block or defer any Microsoft updates.   They have taken away control of the operating system from you, the user/owner, and they dictate how your computer will operate and which updates it will receive, regardless of how it might effect you or your particular computer.

    This is a change that most people are unaware of yet most will experience these some of these issues without warning.   Keep the phone number of your computer guy/gal close at hand.   If the issues suddenly appears one day when everything worked fine the day before, it very well might be a Microsoft update.    

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    Sleepwellpanama.com

     

     

    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. 

     

     

  6. 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

     

     

     

  7. Boquete Art Café


    Art Café would like to let our community know that every Saturday night we have a wonderful pianist performing classic jazz

    standards as background music from 6 ~ 8:30pm (plus.)  No music charge.  Come enjoy our wonderful menu or just have some wine or a cocktail and be entertained, as well!

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     RSVP for events:

    Email: Lavendergirl8808@icloud.com 

     

     

    We offer BYOB every day:  $5 “Corkage Fee” (wines only.)

     

    Thank you from all of us at Art Café
    www.facebook.com/boqueteartcafe

     
  8.  

    Volunteering.

    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."

  9. BJBF & Boquete PhotoGrafia BEST OF THE FEST 2016 Photo Contest deadline this Friday, March 4, midnight

  10. 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!

  11. 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

    www.blackrockartranch.com/Cement_Art.html

    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
    www.blackrockartranch.com/Cement_Art.html
    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

  12. BNVSE welcomes all newcomers with open arms! All are invited to meet and greet at this social event taking place twice a month. 

    On Friday November 6, 2015, please join us for the evening at Art Café, Boquete's only French style cuisine for an enjoyable time.

    Time: 6:00 P.M. Social Hour to meet, greet and mingle. Join us in the bar area. 

    Dinner 7:00 P.M. in the colorful and cozy dining room.

    This is a time to ask your questions about living in Panama, to share experiences about life here and find out the scoop about life in Boquete. Old-timers, newcomers and visitors, we welcome you to join us! No fees! You pay whatever you consume that evening. 

    RSVP is necessary to join this dinner event. 

    Email your RSVP no later than 10 A.M. Friday November 6, 2015 to jere chica @ gmail.com (no spaces)

    Art Café is located 100 meters from the San Juan Bautista Church.

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    Yesterday's hike was fun as, we hiked in an area, I have not hiked on for a year or more. Palmira Abajo the area, we hiked, has many wonderful country lanes one of the reasons why, I enjoy hiking this highland area in the Boquete District as there are so many trails to choose, from easy to difficult. For the Boquete Nature Hike group on "Easy Wednesday", I choose trails easy to maneuver on for a 2-3 hour morning nature walk. Nevertheless, I do insist that you must be in good health to join this group. Hope you join us one morning! Here are a few of my photos from yesterday's hike. Explore Dream Discover

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