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Protecting Humpback Whales in Panama
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Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:36

humpback_whale_600x600.jpgTwo migrations of humpbacks whales occur in Panama annually, and the presence of these remarkable mammals draws spectators from all over the world.  The larger of the two migrations comes from the Southern hemisphere. This migration occurs between June and November. A smaller migration, coming from the Northern hemisphere, arrives in February. This year, the Southern hemisphere humpback migration has arrived almost 3 weeks early to mate and calf in the warm shallow waters in Gulf of Panama.

Rotary Club of Playa Coronado to donate over 100 wheelchairs PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 21 July 2014 12:50

rotary_header2.jpgThe Rotary Club of Playa Coronado has partnered with the Wheelchair Foundation, a worldwide organization within Rotary International, which provides wheelchairs, hope, mobility andfreedom to those in need. We here at the beaches have found a dire need in the area for wheelchairs.

Qualifying children, as well as adults, will soon be measured so that the proper chair can be provided. These chairs cost $200 - $700 each. Our rough estimate is that we will need to raise approximately $16,000 - $17,000 (within 60 days) and we are asking our community for support. If you would like to donate 1 or more chairs for $200 each, we will place your name on a plaque and permanently attach it to each wheelchair. Businesses who donate $500 will receive a beautiful framed certificate with a picture of the chair being delivered to the person to whom it was given. Anyone who contributes $1000 will receive both the plaque with your name attached to the chair as well as a certificate with the picture. If you feel you can and would like to donate a different amount, please feel free to contribute to this worthwhile effort. Your donation can be large or small. Everything you do will be appreciated.

Off the Beaten Path - El Valle Restaurants PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:19

off-the-path-lg_600x600.jpg“I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food.”  --Erma Bombeck

It’s always refreshing to escape the heat of the beaches and venture to El Valle, be it to shop in the market, experience the zip line, take a hike, or just to have lunch where it’s cooler.  We all like to frequent our favorite dining spots, but it’s fun to get out of the box once in awhile and experience some place different.

As you enter El Valle, there is a lovely Italian restaurant called L’Italiano, directly across from the Gourmet Coffee Shop.  The restaurant has several tables on the terrace, and there is a large dining area inside.  L’Italiano offers many spaghetti dishes with different sauces ranging from $10-$13, along with fettuccine, gnocchi, bruschetta, and crostini. 

New Direction for Spay the Strays PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 16:35

IMG 0740 320x240Spay the Strays (STS) is a Panamanian non-profit organization. They are dedicated to reducing the stray dog and cat populations in the beach and mountain neighborhoods along the Pacific coast of Panama. The volunteer run group has been working in conjunction with Spay Panama Since 2007, and has sterilized more than 3,000 animals. 

Through fundraising and donations STS is able to offer low-income families the opportunity to spay/neuter their pets. While the preset cost of the procedure is $15 for cats and $25 for dogs, no animal is turned away from a clinic. Pet owners are asked to donate only what they can afford. For some that donation is $100.00, for others its $1.00. 

Recently Spay the Stays introduced two new members to their team, Patrice Kumaran and her husband, Dr. Jay Kumaran.

Panama Life - Spanish Lessons
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:22

altSome Handy Uses of the Spanish Verb Quedar, its Reflexive form Quedarse, and Using Quedar like a 'Gustar' Verb.


Becoming familiar with the verb quedar, its reflexive form quedarse, and how to use quedar like a gustar verb, will improve your Spanish. Also, you will be able to understand when someone you are speaking with in Spanish uses quedar.


If you look up quedar(se) in a Spanish dictionary, you will see the common translation is to "stay", stay behind, or "remain". And it is used that way often. But as you will soon see the use of 'to stay' or 'remain' is used more in- depth in Spanish. I think you will find it interesting to see how the logic can be a little different.

Freedom TV Media Player PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Useful Information
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:26

freedom-tvTens of Thousands of Movies, TV Episodes, Live TV, News and All the Sports you can handle are now available with the new media player-Freedom TV.

There is a new media player called Freedom TV available in Panama. The Freedom TV media player is an excellent solution for English (and other languages) content for your TV… with movies, TV shows, sports, news, Live TV…US & Canadian network programming,  and Live TV stations from around the world in multiple languages. There is always something to watch and, best of all, there are no monthly fees.

Off Roading Playa Style
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Panama News - Community News
Monday, 14 July 2014 15:20

car_sand_320x240.jpg1. Know your vehicle well. A true 4x4 with selectable high and low gear ranges is the best option for any off-roading and highly recommended.  You should not attempt to drive in sand or on the beach with a 2-wheel drive vehicle and should be very careful if using an AWD (all wheel drive) vehicle.  AWD is not the same as 4x4.  

2. Be prepared and do not go at it alone.  Pack tow straps and go driving on the sand with friends in another well equip vehicle. A small shovel or trowel can be very useful for digging out a path for your tires should you get stuck. Also have a proper jack/lift and a large enough piece of wood on which to stabilize it if you should need to use it.

Alcoholics Anonymous Comes to Coronado! PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 14 July 2014 11:15


AAThe fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous has recently formed a new English speaking meeting group in Coronado.  Meetings are open to anyone who needs help to quit drinking alcohol.

Many people have been able to stop drinking successfully by attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, even more so than by attending alcohol treatment facilities.  Millions have sobered up worldwide since the program was founded in 1935.  

The members are men and women of all ages who get together regularly to share their experience, strength, and hope in recovering from an addiction to alcohol.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Birding Panama’s Pipeline Road PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Friday, 11 July 2014 10:31

yellow_tailed_oriole_320x240.jpgThe alarm is beeping, over and over and over  again “Beep, beep, beep! “is ringing in my ears while in-between the world of dream and consciousness. Snooze; sleep more, “Beep, beep, beep”, minutes later. Reaching over to the alarm I turn it off. My eyes open slowly.  It’s still dark out, which is not usually conducive to dragging yourself out of bed in the morning, but today is a different morning. No data to collect, no gear to organize, nothing to double-check, today is simply pure joy. You would think these predawn hours would be quiet, serene and motionless. Yet there, the neighborhood ruddy ground dove is  already trying to impress his mate with his low toned “Whwoot, whwoot, whwoot, whwoot”, then there is our omnipresent clay-colored thrush singing for the rain, singing for, a complex garble of flute like iterations, reminds me of the American robin indigenous to where I grew up in Massachusetts. Not long after I hear the excited call, a short series of high pitched trill notes coming from across the parking lot from a tropical kingbird. I realize the world is already moving, turning, in play and I am still in bed!

Two Washington State Wines PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Sunday, 06 July 2014 11:19

wine red and white cropA little known fact: Washington State is the 2nd largest producer of wine in the United States. And all its wine is premium or super-premium. Although the image of Washington State is based on its rainy largest city, Seattle; roughly 2/3 of the state is east of the Cascade mountain range and receives very little rain. In fact, if it weren’t for irrigation, little would grow there except sage brush and rattlesnakes.

The largest producer of wine in Washington State is Chateau Ste. Michelle Estates. They have multiple brands and labels, but their largest is Columbia Crest. It ranges from the relatively inexpensive Two Vines line to their Reserves.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Estates has 15 wine brands in Washington State and Oregon, 4 in California and 17 international partnerships. I tasted one of the international partnership wines: Col Solare, a collaboration between Ste. Michelle and the renowned Antinori family of Italy.

Stylistically, Washington State wines offer a wonderful cross between the structure of European wine and the fruit character of “new world wines”.

Terraza's Del Mar Special Menu PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 30 June 2014 10:29

gourmetTerraza del Mar restaurant in Vista Mar is once again hosting Lunch and Dinner Special Menus. From Monday to Thursday, enjoy a perfect culinary combination of dishes and wine. Check the calendar at for the day’s menu:

Puerto Armuelles, Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 08:16

puerto-1 600x600Panama’s Pacific coastline is ripe with secluded tropical beauty. While much of the coast remains hidden due to a lack of road access, destinations are reviled as new roads are built. Puerto Armuelles, located in the western province of Chiriquí has always had a road, but a new four-lane highway has recently created some hype for the region.

After years of economic depression, caused by the closure of the Chiquita Banana plantation over a decade ago, the community of Puerto Armuelles is noticing a revival. New businesses opening up, real estate developers are breaking ground, and expats are moving in.

Vegas Night at Pacific Casino PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 23 June 2014 14:27

This coming Thursday, June 26th join the Playacommunity crew for an evening of gaming at Pacific Casino in Coronado. To give people a chance to try out the games, the casino will be hosting free tournaments of Black Jack, Poker and Slots. Winners will take away prizes.

For the seasoned gamblers who like a little more excitment, paid tournaments will also be running through the evening. Table game minimums are $3, and the maximum is $100.

Finger food snacks and drinks will be available through the casino restaurant.

RSVP that you are coming and receive a $3 Slots Bonus Coupon upon your arrival. One coupon per guest.

Pacific Casino is located at Coronado Inn, next to Las Pergolas Plaza, across the highway from Coronado Mall (Super 99).
Hope to see you at the tables!  

Corpus Christi Festival: An Oral History told by Devil Dancers PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Friday, 20 June 2014 09:20

toro 800x600If you are interested in immersing yourself in some of Panama’s best folklore, Los Santos on the Azuero Peninsula is a great place to start. Each year in June, masked devils draped in elaborate colorful costumes parade through the streets. The town is celebrating the Corpus Christi festival. Traditional stories and dances, each with their own legacy are performed in the streets and parks. Yesterday, June 19 the Los Santos community once again came together to observe this Corpus Christi and keep their folklore alive.

Corpus Christi is the celebration of the Holy Communion in the Roman Catholic Faith. The tradition brought to Panama in the Spanish Colonial era, has since been transformed from a customary procession into an elaborate performance. Today the celebrations blend both religious ritual with traditional mythology in a festival loved by both locals and tourists.

CCC Art Show Review PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 16 June 2014 11:12
altThe Coronado Community Center hosted a splendid art show and reception on Saturday June 14.   Featured were the works of 4 international artists which ranged from paintings, to prints, to photos and some works which were multi-media.   It was well attended and between the art, the music, the food and wine/drinks it was very well received by all. 
The art will continue to be on display during this week until end of day Friday June 20 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Feel free to stop in and browse (except for Wednesday and Friday mornings which are booked for classes).  You might find that perfect item for your new condo or living room!
The event was a 'first' for Coronado but won't be the last.  Artists interested in participating in the next event, feel free to stop in or call.
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