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  1. Buenos Dias!!! Keep it simple Panama!!! We provide bilingual solutions to all types of requirements in Chiriquí. From your most basic domestic needs to advice on acquiring such important products as life and health insurance, migratory visa, accounting, etc. For all cases we are here, to be at your right hand and guarantee the expeditious and efficient satisfaction of all your requirements. We are here to help. WHY GO WRONG WHEN YOU CAN GET IT RIGHT! KISP!!! PS -- Keep It Simple Panama will be the speakers at the Tuesday BCP Talks on July 25.
  2. Thirty-seven Panamanian and expat recipes are featured in both Spanish and English and bound in a convenient design that lays flat for easy reading. The cost is $10 each and all proceeds will benefit Buenos Vecinos de Boquete and Fundacion Pro-Integration. The cookbooks are available at Tuesday Market. They can be purchased at the Fabric as Art table or at the Fundacion Por-Integracion table.
  3. JUNE 27th at the BCP MARKET - ONE DAY SALE OF HEALING AND WELLNESS PRODUCTS FROM FINCA FELIZ - EVERYTHING BELOW IS $15 Ashwagandha Tincture - Used in India’s Ayurvedic Medicine for 2500 years, this herb has been used as an anti-inflammatory, relieves stress and fatigue (making it a rejuvenating tonic), and helps with memory loss and related diseases. Western herbalists refer to Ashwaganda as “Indian ginseng”, because it is a powerful adaptogen. New studies show telomere repair for anti-aging and re-growth of hair. Boquete’s “feel good” tonic is organically grown at Finca Feliz. Tumeric/Cucumin Tincture – A powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant supporting the brain (Alzheimer’s), heart (cholesterol), emotions (depression), and protects against and fights cancer. Turkey Tail - Chaga Mushroom Combo Tincture - Used in Traditional Chinese medicine for 2500 years, these two mushrooms provide a powerful combination to stimulate the immune system and Chaga contains the highest amount of antioxidants of any natural product grown on this planet. Moringa Oleifera Tincture - Proclaimed as one of the 8 "super foods" available from a natural source, full of vitamins and minerals, it is grown and consumed around the world to alleviate malnutrition and hunger. All our Moringa is grown organically at Finca Feliz. Reishi Mushroom Tincture - Reishi is an important adaptogenic herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine helping the body maintain balance, treating fatigue, asthma, liver ailments and promotes longevity. Reishi has anti-viral and bacterial properties, and has a beneficial effect when treating cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes. It balances the immune system whether it’s over or under active, as well as blood pressure, cholesterol and energy. NANO Colloidal/Ionic Silver - A powerful natural antibiotic that is an anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial remedy. Used for wounds and infections, it is the only Silver that can be successfully used internally as it survives the passage through the digestive system to attack any "invasion" in the body. ALSO AVAILABLE, LIVE BERRY PLANTS: BLACKBERRY $3 RASPBERRY $4 STRAWBERRY $2 THE MORE YOU BUY THE CHEAPER THEY ARE PRE-ORDER FOR TUESDAY DELIVERY Lynne Van der Kar 507 6493 6947
  4. The owners/administrators of the Chiriqui.Life (CL) website are very pleased to announce the release of its twelfth podcast in the series that is called "Chiriqui Life Stories". These podcasts are produced by Michael Schwartz. Quoting from the description of the Chiriqui Life Stories category: This podcast features Frank Stegemeier. Frank, who is the owner of the resort El Rio Encantado, which is located in the Caldera area of Chiriqui Province. Frank has had a very colorful and varied life, including being a worker on the production line at Boeing Aircraft in the Pacific Northwest, a police officer, art dealer, ancient antique businessman, environmentalist and conservationist, etc. His passion is pre-Colombian artifacts. Podcasts are premium content on CL, which means that you need to be a registered member of CL and logged in. Membership on CL is free, so if you are not already a member, then register and listen to Bill tell his story. If you are NOT already a registered member of CL, then first access CL at Chiriqui.Life and click on the "Sign Up" icon at the upper right area. Then wait for your registration to be finalized (you will get an email to that effect). If you already are a registered member of CL, then and only then may you access this podcast at: If you would like to tell your story or recommend someone for an interview with the podcast producer, please send an email to Mike Schwartz at Marcelyn Jandreau and Bud Huber Owners/Administrators of Chiriqui.Life
  5. In my role as a U.S. warden, I am regularly asked about when the Embassy will return to our area so that someone can renew his or her passport. The following information has been published before, but I'm relating it again. There is no need to go the the Embassy in Panama City or to a local visit by Embassy personnel to renew one's U.S. passport. This can be accomplished by secure DHL courier. It takes two weeks, sometimes less. The DHL outlet in Boquete is Mailboxes, Etc. They also take passport photo. Just bring your passport and a certified check (cheque certificado) for $110 made out to U.S. Embassy Panama, and the staff at Mailboxes will walk you through the rest. Complete, official instructions can be found on the U.S. Embassy Panama at this address: Renewal – adults by mail | U.S. Embassy in Panama Renewal – adults by mail | U.S. Embassy in Panama You may renew your passport by mail or walk in if you meet all of the following requirements: Your most recent U... Bonnie Williams
  6. Thank you!! Donations are coming in! Let's make this the best Venta de Patio in FPI history. Donations can be dropped off at the Tuesday Morning Market. Look for the FPI BOOK TABLE! Drop off at the FPI building in Alto Boquete or contact Judy at or Mike at for pickups. Pick-up needed? or
  7. Bethel Christian Church Welcomes you. Nondenominational. Sunday Service: 10:30 am. (casual dress) The message is in both English and Spanish. Directions: Bethel is located on Volcancito road about two miles north of the main highway. It is not quite to La Estancia, the driveway has a sign on the left side of the road. Hope to see you there!
  8. A friendly, docile Male, neutered cat, 3 1/2 years old, de-clawed is for adoption. Contact Sara Hudson @
  9. 10:30 in the BCP Theater Tuesday, June 27 – Local attorney Martín Santamaria Castillo and staff (Licda. Evelyn De Leon, and licdo. Roderik Telman) will talk to us about immigration. The talk will include the various options for expats to obtain residency in Panama and the penalties for not doing so. There are several new developments in this area and the foreign community needs to understand what they are. The audience may also ask questions about other areas of the law. Tuesday, July 4 – Tom McCormack will tell us all about Panamanian legends, wives tales, myths, and superstitions. This is a very entertaining talk and will teach us all something about this place we call home. Tuesday, July 11 – Our local mad scientist, Mike Petersen presents “THE WONDERFUL, WILD, WACKY, WEIRD WORLD OF QUANTUM THEORY”. Richard Feynman, one of the world's emminent particle physicists, once said that if someone says they understand quantum theory, then they don't understand quantum theory. Well, Mike respectfully disagrees. If you've ever wondered what all the hoopla was about (the double slit experiment, Schroedinger's Cat, quantum entanglement, etc.), then this talk is for you. Mike will explain how the whole thing works, and do so without math. You'll leave this talk more informed about the strange realm of the quantums. Like science? This one's for you. Tuesday, July 18 -- DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS is a common and serious human malady: what it is, what causes it, and it's medication and cognitive therapy treatment from the perspective of a (retired) psychiatrist. Dr. Dean Hoover, a Boquete resident, received his Medical Doctor degree from the University of Miami and then served as a USN Medical Officer for eight years including three years of Psychiatric Residency training. In 1983, he left the Navy and engaged in the practice private of Psychiatry in Annapolis, MD, until retiring in 2012. He and his wife have lived in the Boquete area for over four years. Tuesday, July 25 – Irma Castillo Smith from Keep It Simple Panama (medical advocacy and assistance) will talk about the things you need to know when faced with emergency or elective hospitalization in David. Irma’s service provides bilingual solutions to all types of requirements in Chiriqui. Fom the most basic domestic needs to advice on acquiring important products such as life and health insurance, migratory visas, accounting. Ect. Aseguradora La Floresta (new insurance company in town) will introduce us to their products including those products for folks over 64. Tuesday, August 1 – ARF and other charities Tuesday, August 8 – Chef Juan Linares speaks on Market Cooking in Chiriqui. Learn to use local produce. What to do with plantains, chayotes, papayas, etc.? What are the beef cuts in Panama and how to cook them? Eat fresher, better, and cheaper. There will be tastings. Tuesday, August 15 -- Benefits the V.A. Doesn’t Tell Vets About. Shameful as it is, the V.A. does not tell veterans, or the widows of veterans, about benefits which are much needed, especially as we age! The V.A. website even misleads you about whether you can qualify! J.R. gave a wonderful talk in early June for those with service-connected disabilities. Betsy Barbeau will now provide all veterans and widows of veterans who served during any recognized war with information about a V.A. benefit that is awarded for ailments, infirmities, and/or disabilities that are or are not service-connected! If you are 65 or older, you could qualify. If you are under 65 and on Social Security Disability, you could qualify. For widows there is no age restriction. Come hear about what they are not telling you! Tuesday, August 22 Tuesday, August 29 – Hospice presents “Being Prepared”. Tuesday, September 5 – Magda Crespo, local insurance expert will talk to us be about how to use our medical plans in Panama, and the differences of how insurance is handled in Panama. She will speak on deductibles, co- payments and so on. And she will address the fact that our doctors do give us the "gringo price" and how to avoid it. To suggest a speaker or topic for these meetings please email BCP Tuesday Meeting To become a vendor at the Tuesday market, Facility Manger
  10. Join us Friday night, June 23, for a Special PIZZA NIGHT at the Garden Restaurant in Plaza San Francisco from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Enjoy live piano music while you enjoy a great pizza all made with the freshest ingredients from scratch. Top your meal with a scoop of homemade ice cream. Hope to see you there!! The Garden Restaurant Pizza Menu Size: Small, 8” Medium, 14” Large, 18” (Personal, 20cm) (Mediana, 36cm) (Familiar, 45cm) 1. Cheese $ 5.75 $ 10.95 $ 13.95 2. Ham $ 5.95 $ 11.50 $ 14.95 3. Hawaiian $ 6.25 $ 11.95 $ 15.50 4. Pepperoni $ 5.95 $ 11.50 $ 14.95 5. Pepperoni and mushroom $ 6.25 $ 11.95 $ 15.50 6. BBQ chicken $ 5.95 $ 11.50 $ 14.95 7. Vegetarian $ 5.95 $ 11.50 $ 14.95 8. Loaded combination $ 7.75 $ 14.95 $ 19.50 Toppings: Mozzarella (Queso Mozzarella), Ham (Jamon), Pepperoni, Chicken (Pollo), Mushrooms (Hongos), Onions (Cebolla), Bell Peppers (Pimientos), Pineapple (Piña), Zucchini (Calabacin), Tomato (Tomate), Black Olives (Acetunas Negras). Extra Toppings are $1.00 for meats and .50 Cents for vegetables.
  11. New Spanish Classes with Renny - Classes start July 20 & 21 , 2017 July 20 & 21 thru Aug 31st, 2017 COST: $195 As many people know, Renny had a language schoo­­­l in David, and had one in Houston also. She is now offering two levels of Spanish classes in Boquete, Basic and Intermediate. These are professional instructions with an easy, clear curriculum and the correct sequencing of material. Location of the class is IN Boquete Town ~ revealed at registration The Basic Class is called Crash Course Spanish ****Class meets Thursdays and Fridays 9:00 a.m -11:15 It will get you speaking fast! It shows how the language is organized, and teaches the tricks of the language, pronunciation, cultural notes, phrases, vocabulary, speaking; fluid conversations, how to ask and answer questions. You will practice and share tips. Workbook is included. The Crash Course Intermediate Class **Class meets Thursdays and Fridays 1:00 p.m -3:15 p.m. You will USE your acquired Spanish language! You will speak in class, get tips for learning to listen and respond in "rapid fire" exchanges, pronounce the difficult, role play, learn word order, expand your vocabulary and use the internet. The class will play games, chant, listen to songs, perform skits, conduct interviews and give short speeches. You will translate for someone. It's time to do better at understanding what Spanish speakers are saying! The class also begins to "Train your ear” and Practice Speaking" as you learn more and more Spanish fast; you build the confidence you need to converse with others. Workbook is included. Pre-requisite for the *Intermediate Class : Basic Spanish, no exceptions *Intermediate Class To enter this class the following will describe your level of speech: You respond to simple, direct questions or requests for information, can ask a few questions concerning needs and wants, and are able to express personal meaning by relying heavily on learned or re-combined phrases, repeating or rephrasing what you hear around you. You know short and sometimes incomplete sentences in the present tense. You may be hesitant or inaccurate, whereby frequent misunderstandings arise. When called upon to handle a variety of topics and perform serious functions you operate at about a 50% success range, and can sometimes respond in intelligible sentences, but cannot sustain full sentence exchanges. You know the meanings/translations (not the conjugations) of at least 75 verbs. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO THE WEBSITE: review the left border. WEBSITE EMAIL: Registration will be at the public library in Boquete, date to be announced. CHECKOUT FACEBOOK TOO. Click:
  12. Our weekly matinee films start at 1pm at The Fènix Cafe - which is a restaurant, so please, don't bring outside food and drinks to the event. Rather, support our film series by patronizing the Cafe, and be sure to say hello to Joy Alexander, the owner of the Fénix Cafe, and Ana, her cook/waitress. Breakfast, lunch, popcorn and desserts - as well as coffee, espresso drinks, herbal teas, beer, wine and mixed drinks - will be available for purchase. Early birds get the comfy sofas, but if you like, you can bring cushions for the hard restaurant chairs, or folding/camp chairs for more comfort. There is no admission charge, but we ask for voluntary donations to support the program and help pay for the video system. Upcoming films (we will send out details for each movie the week before the screening): July 2: Waking Ned Devine (Irish Comedy - (1998) ----------------------------------------------- Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Japan - 1990) Rated PG (Because the language of the film is Japanese, the subtitles will be in English.) Link to trailer Wikipedia Description: Akira Kurosawa (March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, he directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. DREAMS s a 1990 Japanese-American magical realism film of eight vignettes written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It was inspired by actual dreams that Kurosawa claimed to have had repeatedly. It was his first film in 45 years on which he was the sole author of the screenplay. It was made five years after Ran, with assistance from George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, and Steven Spielberg, and funded by Warner Bros. David Van Harn Boquete Film Club Curator More From Wikipedia: "Dreams" is a collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa, Dreams is essentially eight separate short films. There are some overlaps in terms of characters and thematic material - chiefly that of man's relationship with his environment. 'Sunshine Through The Rain': a young boy is told not to go out on the day when both weather conditions occur, because that's when the foxes hold their wedding procession, which could have fatal consequences for those who witness it. 'The Peach Orchard': the same young boy encounters the spirits of the peach trees that have been cut down by heartless humans. 'The Blizzard': a team of mountaineers are saved from a blizzard by spiritual intervention. 'The Tunnel': a man encounters the ghosts of an army platoon, whose deaths he was responsible for. 'Crows': an art student encounters 'Vincent Van Gogh' and enters the world of his paintings. 'Mount Fuji in Red': nuclear meltdown threatens the devastation of Japan. 'The Weeping Demon': a portrait of a post-nuclear world populated by human mutations. 'Village of the Watermills': a sunny portrait of a village whose population is entirely at one with nature.