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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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  1. MarieElaine, You might wish to try again using the corrected email address as shown here: radiochiriqui@radiochiriqui.com. Note that I corrected the error in Keith's posting, which was not his fault, but rather an error on the radio station website (www.radiochiriqui.com) itself. Also, their website shows other contact information under the "contact us" tab.
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  6. Festival of the Mil (1000) Polleras in Las Tablas, the capital of Los Santos Province. For more information, see http://estoestour.com/organizan-detalles-del-desfile-las-mil-polleras-2017/, among other websites and newspaper articles.
  7. As an addendum to our earlier post, in part because of the possibility of misunderstanding or implying too much: Note that, although related, there is a difference between immigration and migration. This topic is about migration, which in simple terms is the movement of people (and animals and birds) from one region to another. Immigration is about the movement to a country, and generally includes complying with the receiving country's immigration laws. Migrant trafficking became more common as a result of the US policy. Several migrants have died in Panama as a result of disease or accident (e.g., while forging a river). The sad story goes on and on. For more information about the direct impact of the migration crisis on Panama, see: http://www.chiriqui.life/topic/2147-migration-crisis-in-panama-continues. We seriously considered merging this topic with the above referenced topic, but decided against doing so for two reasons: (a) this policy change gives hope of changing an underlying problem, and (b) this policy change would get lost in the maze of misery documented in the other topic.
  8. Be advised that many of the restrictions discussed above were removed on January 12, 2017, based on a reconfiguration requested by CL's members. For additional information, please read http://www.chiriqui.life/announcement/69-reconfiguration-of-classified-ads-here-on-cl/.
  9. Classified advertisements are not one of CL's strong points; advertisements in general require considerable flexibility in managing the content of the ad as well as its lifespan. That is difficult to achieve on CL because of the data architecture that has been implemented and the software that drives CL. The best way to approach classified ad postings on CL is to think in terms of posting a static advertisement, and then all subsequent changes or deletions being handled by the CL management team. There is no cost in terms of money for this service, but there is a "cost" in terms of flexibility. If you wish to post a classified ad here on CL, then please do so, using the guidelines/rules specified in the next section after the horizontal line. Once posted, then contact management at support@chiriqui.life for all follow-up support regarding that posting. Note that the below Forum Specific Rules for classified ads are in addition to the the site-wide general Terms and Rules, not in place of. Postings in this Classified Ads forums are subject to the following additional Forum Specific Rules: Specify in the thread subject or as "tags" whether you are 'offering' (or 'for sale') or 'wanting'. Note that only topics may be posted in these classified ads forums (topics are the lead/first posting in a thread). That means that no one will be able to reply to your topic to ask questions, etc. Even you will not be able to reply to your ad to provide missing information or to correct misinformation. We strongly urge you to post the price of your goods or services. It is a common practice to add the term "obo" (meaning "or best offer") to the price if you are so motivated. Include your contact information in your posting so that interested parties may contact you. Think about the words in item 2 above. Provide your real name, home and/or mobile telephone number, FAX, email address (as a hot link, see Making Hot Links), and possibly a website (also as a hot link). Provide interested parties with at least one method to contact you. Otherwise your ad is wasted energy and resources. Once an item is sold or removed from the market (i.e., no longer available) or no longer desired, contact CL management so that your ad can be deleted. You will not be able to delete your topic yourself. Simply contact a support person at Chiriqui.Life in order to close topic. The easiest way to do that is either (a) to send a private message (here on CL) to Admin_01, or (b) to email support@chiriqui.life -- in either option specify your Display Name and the specific topic that is to be closed. Normally only the originator of a classified ad (topic) may request that their topic be closed. Except under unusual circumstances, it is strongly recommended that you advertise only one item in each posting. For instance, if you have two cars for sale or two condo units to rent, then post two separate ads, one for each item. That way, when one item has sold or rented and after you request deletion of that ad, then the other ad remains active and working for you.
  10. Admin comment: The "wet foot/dry foot" policy of the USA does have an impact on Panama in general, and specifically Chiriqui Province. The nexus is that many Cuban immigrants (as well as other nationalities as they mimic the Cubans) have traveled to South America and then through Panama on their way to try to get to the USA, only to get blocked at the border with Costa Rica, resulting in numerous health, sanitation, and security problems in Panama, specifically including Chiriqui. It is management's assessment that this posting complies with website policy and forum guidelines.
  11. Details of Cement Workshop http://blackrockartranch.com/cement-art.html Workshop dates: January 25, 26 & 27 plus four elective workshop days - January 28, 29, February 1 & 2 - if you wish* Class hours 10:00am to 12:30pm. Workshop time till 3pm. The Studio opens at 9:00am. Reservations: chrismccall@me.com 6137-5602 - Registration fee is $85 including all materials and supplies*** Contact Chris before registering to insure space available. You can pay with credit card using PayPal or deposit to my bank account or meet me in town. Directions to The Art Ranch are on the web site. http://blackrockartranch.com/Location/Google-Map.htmlFebruary You will have a lot of personalized instruction during the workshop hours as well as after class on the 3 class days. Many students elect to work the whole time, but other students just come to the class days as they don’t have time in their schedule. You decide how much you wish to participate. 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, sinks, and 3D shapes. —Plus you will be shown how to acid stain concrete and color concrete with liquid and powder dyes. January 25 - Working with concrete and mortar - Studio opens at 9am - Class hours 10am to 12:30pm with workshop time in the afternoon until 3pm — Please come a little early so you can think about a project you would like to make. The tools you need for working with concrete- All students will make one bowl to learn techniques of working with forms/molds. Workshop time will include one on one instruction in the first steps of creating your sculpture. 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. Adding powdered color to your concrete Making molds for concrete Arranging leaves to imprint 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. January 26 - Sand Casting and Sculpture work - Studio opens at 9am. Class is 10am to 12:30pm. Workshop available until 3pm. Sand casting allows you to create very irregular shapes, beautiful bird baths from leaves, serving platters, bread dishes, only limited by your imagination. All students in class will make a sand cast leaf. Also during class students will learn to release the form from the day before, clean up their bowl - 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. During workshop hours there will be will be one on one instruction with your project. January 27 - Acid Staining and Finishing Studio opens at 9am. Class begins at 10am. Workshop time available in the afternoon until 3pm. This is the day you complete any the projects you are working on. This includes staining them and sealing them. 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 Workshop Days - January 28, 29, and February 1, 2 Workshop Days 9am to 3pm. There is no formal schedule. You may come and leave as you desire until closing. During workshop days Chris will assist you - helping as needed with your projects. The workshop fee is $85. Materials and space fee is included. ***Extra material charge for really large projects. You register may on the website via PayPal which accepts any credit card. The instructor for this workshop is Chris McCall. Chris has been in the arts for many years. In 1985 he opened the Stained Glass School and Supply in Denver Colorado. He 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. About three years ago moved the Studio to Caldera. Caldera is beautiful. The studio is on a hill top With the mountain breezes it is cooler than central Caldera itself. You will leave the workshop with new knowledge, new friends and some beautiful cement art pieces and sculptures. Please email your reservation to Chris McCall - chrismccall@me.com For Questions call Chris at 6137-5602 --
  12. Only 4 days to go! Last reminder for a wonderful evening at the Oasis restaurant. Get in the mood for BJBF2017 which is just 4 weeks away! The last BJBF fundraiser before the Boquete Jazz&Blues festival is coming up at the OASIS restaurant on Friday, January 13. Come join us for another wonderful evening with a great show of Pollera dancers and Boquete’s beloved dance band YELLA FEVER! Win the new 2017 festival tile, a 4day general admission ticket, a jam session package or several other great prizes in our grand raffle! Your donation of $15 will give you access to the Pollera show and two hours of the hottest dance rhythms in Boquete! Dinner and drinks will be available for purchase at the restaurant. This event was a sell-out last time! There are only 100 tickets available! Get yours at Mailboxes ETC. in Boquete while they last! --
  13. Lots of new stuff at the Haven for 2017 The Haven Lymphatic Drainage Therapy - with the latest equipment. Helping eliminate excess accumulation of fluids & toxins, keeping the immune system happy, especially after the xmas xcesses. In addition the therapy also encourages constriction of the blood capillaries. The movement that occurs during treatment also has a calming effect, making it ideal for people suffering from fatigue, stress or anxiety. Many people find it also helps with pain. Muscles are encouraged to relax, rebalancing all the muscles, even increasing intestinal mobility. Package prices are available. The Haven's other latest equipment for facials and bodywork. The Haven Studio - New a) sports specific stretching classes b) plus Baby Boomer Stretching classes c) different yoga classes. Pilates classes that have been running for some years. The Haven Gym has had a brand new larger better vibration trainer delivered to replace one of the two vibration trainers we have in the gym. New gym coach/trainer The Haven Exercise Pool - starting this month Aqua Fit classes - classes are small so don’t wait too long to make up your mind. Best to drop in to The Haven or phone 730 9345 and ask to speak to Arelys or Brian --
  14. Greetings form Miranda and Contreras. The president of Panama has issued a Decree that modify the timeframe of the tourist visa and the temporary residency cards. Now, the tourist visa will be valid only for ninety (90) days. And the validity of the temporary immigration cards will be six (6) months. This Decree (Decreto Ejecutivo 590 del 28 de diciembre de 2016) was issued on January 10 of 2017, and it is available at the Public Gazette at: https://www.gacetaoficial.gob.pa/pdfTemp/28193_B/59469.pdf If you have questions about the immigration law of Panama, and different residency programs, you can contact us at Miranda & Contreras. Saludos! / Best regards! Juan Gabriel Contreras Sánchez Attorney at Law and Licenced Realtor / Abogado y Corredor de Bienes Raíces. Boquete: Don Vidal Building, second floor, Office #1, Boquete, Chiriquí, Panamá. Panama: Trump Ocean Club, second floor, office wing, Punta Pacifica. Tel: (507) 730-9113; Cel: (507) 6611-9678 Skype: contreraslawyer; www.lawandrealty.net This email may contain confidential information, and is intended only for the named recipient and is privileged. Distribution or copying of this email by anyone other than the named recipient is prohibited and illegal. If you are not the named recipient, please notify us immediately and permanently destroy this email and all copies of it. Internet email is not secure, or reliable. The author is not liable for any errors or omissions in the content or transmission of this email." Este correo electrónico puede contener información confidencial, sólo está dirigida al destinatario del mismo, la información es privilegiada. Está prohibido que cualquier persona distinta al destinatario copie o distribuya este correo. Si usted no es el destinatario, por favor notifique esto de inmediato y destruya el correo, lo mismo que todas las copias que existan del mismo. Los correos electrónicos en internet, no son seguros ni confiables. El autor no es responsable de los errores u omisiones en el contenido o transmisión de este correo electrónico. --
  15. For adults and children from 7 years old....at the BCP coffee shop every Thursdays from 2,30pm to 4.30pm....for more information and to reserve a seat.... please call 7204178...thank you.
  16. Eric's Picture Frames Ready made frames for your art work With one day turn around www.rambalajunglelodge.com Lots of colors and styles of frames to choose from Stretched canvas with frames Quality built with local woods Over 30 mat colors Your only full service framing studio in Boquete Email or call for apointment 6464-5090 ericinpanama@gmail.com Life is good --
  17. You call SINAPROC, of course. http://www.prensa.com/in_english/Investigan-satelite-comunidad-Bocas-Toro_21_4663993563.html
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    Martyr's Day, also known as Memorial Day.
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