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Saving Shells

by Janine Licare, Founder and Spokesperson KSTR

The art of shell collecting dates back thousands of years.  Over time, shells have been used as currency, treasures and game pieces to different civilizations. In present times, shell collecting has led to the birth of conchologists, malacologists, among other words rarely used in the English language. The OCD reaction some might have towards picking up shells and storing them on their balcony or in vases in their living room is leading to a shortage in adequate sized homes for small sea creatures. Shells provide shelter to invertebrate animals with no mechanism of protection or self-defense.  Every so often these creatures trade homes depending on how fast they out-grow their current homes. Those beautiful shells you keep on your shelves are actually the dead carcasses of sea creatures. When clams, oysters, starfish and mollusks die, their shells wash up on the beach with the tides and are taken as a shelter to those who do not have the mechanisms to create them themselves.Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo

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El 15 de Septiembre

tico-talk-headerEl 15 de septiembre Costa Rica celebra su  independencia de España, al igual que Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador y Nicaragua. Es por eso que septiembre es conocido como el mes de la patria y es común observar muchos adornos en las casas y negocios con el escudo de Costa Rica y  los colores de la bandera nacional: blanco, azul y rojo.

Los costarricenses celebramos de diferentes formas esta fecha tan importante. El día 14 a las 6 p.m., se canta el himno nacional y después se realiza un desfile de faroles que representa  una de las tradiciones más hermosas de la cultura costarricense.

Ese día, la antorcha de la fraternidad centroamericana (que viene desde Guatemala) llega a la ciudad de Cartago, capital de Costa Rica en aquella época.

El día 15 se realizan desfiles en las calles de todo el país; en donde las bandas de los colegios y escuelas interpretan música para la ocasión, mientras las bastoneras bailan y los abanderados desfilan llevando las banderas y otros símbolos.


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – Sept/Oct, 2009

Bienvenidos & Welcome to the heart of Green Season in our beautiful part of Paradise! We certainly hope you enjoy your stay –and don’t let a little rain slow you down – just slip – slide & slosh around with the rest of us! This is our combined issue covering Sept/Oct. to give us a short break. We plan to use it to get our long awaited website updated………so look for us at www.quepolandia.com in the very near future….. A few of our restaurants also close to give vacation time to their employees – thankfully not all at the same time so we won’t starve!…. but be sure you check before you go. We hope you will find Quepolandia interesting and helpful to your stay. While visiting our advertisers – please tell them you found them in Quepolandia! Independence Day for Costa Rica is Tues. Sept. 15th so you can expect much celebration and a BIG Parade through Quepos…… School children dressed in costume and marching bands plus the Fire Station and Police participation……so bring your camera and enjoy the fun – generally starts around 9 am in front of the seawall and meanders thru town after the speeches by officials – it’s a special time for Ticos to show their pride for their country…so come join in the celebration………Looking for a fun time on Oct.3rd come by Restaurante La Hacienda located in Plaza Yara where Tracy & Bill Maue will be hosting the 3rd Annual Green Season Chili Cook Off…………and we’re talkin’ some serious competition here!…..Contestants are vying for CASH and the coveted People’s Choice Award……..all the particulars are on page 10…………so whether you come to compete or just EAT –(be sure to taste OUR Chili) come on down at 2 PM ………Tracy tells me the Judging will come first this year…..so come early and stay for all the FUN…………..not that we ever have down time around here..but you might get a short break between the cook-off and Halloween- get that costume ready as there will be several parties around town and crazy outfits make it so much more fun ——just be safe as you enjoy yourself…..also, this month Matt Casseday is introducing his new column “Episodes” – glances into his years in Costa Rica……and as a final note……..we want to say good-bye & best wishes to our friends Mama & Papa of Sargento Garcia’s as they move on to new endeavors and maybe just a little relaxation – thanks for the fun times…… we will miss you but look forward to seeing you around town & at the Memorial Day Pig Roast ………..ciao……P


Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – Sept/Oct 2009

These Horoscopes are meant to be fun and enjoyed. They should not be taken too seriously.

virgoVIRGO – August 23-September 22

This will be a VERY happy 2 months for you. After all, it is your birthday! And you know what they’ve been saying about that for a thousand of years, don’t you? “Happy Good! Me like Happy!” Cartwheels, hand stands, head stands, single arm press ups, sit ups, and sand castles the shape of gymnasiums are well starred. Take note, perhaps you could use a little exercise?

CELEBRITY VIRGO: Ione Skye

PROS: Smart /CONS: Perfectionist


libraLIBRA – September 23-October 22

“Geronimo!”, “Yahooooooo!” but NOT “Weee!” are the best ways to show extreme enjoyment such as when catching that big fish, canopying across the jungle, or jumping suddenly into water. This month your destiny has a lisp and is determined to say MISSISSIPPI…don’t worry about it…make yourself a coffee, sit down and read the internet, hell…its what you do everyday right? While you’re at it, make yourself a birthday cake, the chocolate and fattening kind cause no one celebrates birthdays with gusto after sweet 16!

CELEBRITY LIBRA: Shaun Cassidy

PROS: Harmonious /CONS: Procrastinator
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“an incomplete guide to the live music scene in the MA, Quepos area” –Gringo Star


BARBA ROJA

2777-0331

Monday & Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Mark

Friday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Robbie Clark & Live Wire


BILLFISH BAR & CASINO BYBLOS

2777-5364

Wednesday  9:00 pm
Latin Music


DOS LOCOS

2777-1526

Wednesday  7:00 – 10:00 pm
BenJammin and the Howlers… guitar, bass, drums,  American rock ‘ n’ roll, reggae and many originals.

Saturday 12:30 – 3:30 pm
A variety of music from various artists. Blues, country, rock, Latin & originals.


EL PATIO AT CAFÉ MILAGRO

2777-0794/2272

Every night, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Latin music, mostly acoustic.


EMILIO’S CAFÉ

2777-6807

Saturday & Sunday 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Jazz, latin jazz, and more

Nights vary so call or check Facebook for schedule.


FUEGO (Dominical)

Friday & Saturday 7:30 pm
Live music


GABRIELLA’S STEAK, SEAFOOD & PASTA

2519-9300

Almost every day, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Latin Music


HAWG ‘N BILL

2777-3211/5350

Saturday  6:30 – 9:30 pm
BenJammin & Nancy Buchan

Sunday  6:30 – 9:30 pm
Robbie Clark & Live Wire

Check Facebook for special events.


LA COLINA

2777-0231

Wednesday & Saturday, 7:30 – 10:30 pm
Los Boys


MERCATO DEL PORTO

2774-9000

Wednesday 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Leo’s Latin Show.


PARADOR

2777-1414

Thursday – Tuesday 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Leo’s Latin Show.


RAPHAEL’S TERRAZAS

2777-6310

Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Jordan


ROCA VERDE (Dominical)

2787-0036

Friday 7:30 – 10:30 pm
BenJammin & the Howlers with Nancy Buchan… guitar, fiddle, & vocals. Rock, reggae & originals.


RUNAWAY GRILL

2519-9095

Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ralph Simms.

Thursday 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Live Radio show with Radio2, FM99.5


SHANA HOTEL

2777-2245

Every Night 7:00 – 10:00 pm & Sundays, Happy Hour 2:00 – 5:00 pm
A variety of live music.


SUNRICE

2519-9955

Saturday 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Robbie & Friends


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Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, & life to everything. Plato