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Resolution for crimes at the beaches in Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Saturday, 21 July 2012 12:45

crime sceneA recent robbery of Ty’s Sports Bar in El Valle, was the catalyst that launched Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN). The group, organized by Rob Brown, known in the area as “Roberto Chocolate” came together to help expats find their way towards getting resolution for crimes that happen in their community. Many expats feel that the area crimes remain unresolved due to social/political influences that render the police ineffective.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors intends to help Expats understand and deal with what to do when they are victims of crimes. They can help with where to go and how to gain resolution. Rob Brown is also working to gain attention for the cause at higher political levels.

For news of what Neighbors Helping Neighbors is doing, visit

Linda Murdock of San Carlos was recently the victim of a professional robbery. She was targeted at El Rey in Coronado. Read her story here.

Volunteer Request for next Spay the Strays Clinic PDF Print E-mail
Panama Social - Spay the Strays
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:20


dog and catHola Volunteers,
It's that time again –we have a confirmed date for our next SPAY BLITZ, with Pat Chan and Spay Panama. The clinic will be held on Sunday July 29th,at the school in Las Lajas (in front of the Casa Communal).Directions to the site will be sent out in a separate e-mail. .There will be 2 shifts: 7:30-11:30am, and 11:30-3:30 pm. For those of you not familiar with Spay Panama, they are the largest spay/neuter organization in Panama. They usually bring around 10 vets and support staff. If you haven't experienced a blitz, you might find it quite interesting, as it is like a mash unit! 
The volunteer positions that we need to fill are: bilingual and non-bilingual receptionists, table cleaners, taxis (for carrying the animals to the various stations, recovery (to watch over the animals), and drivers (to transport the animals and owners).  Snacks will be provided.
Panama Social - Coronado Area Social Association
Friday, 06 July 2012 15:14

CASA logoIt’s that time of year again:  Time for the CASA Annual “SUMMER” Beach Party, and the CHICKEN is back!   So mark your calendars, invite your old friends and new neighbors, bring along a dish to share and your own liquid refreshment,  and come prepared to have a great time at Costa Esmeralda on Wednesday, July 18th from  2-6.   

  Reservations need to be in by Sunday July 15  early evening.  Again this year, a low cost for a great afternoon and great food: $3.00 for CASA members and $5.00 for non members.   And, if you are not presently a CASA member there will be an opportunity to join CASA at the party and receive the reduced price.

Expat Explorers Hacked! PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Panama News Wire
Friday, 13 July 2012 15:04


laura alexanderLaura Alexander of Expats in Panama / Expat Explorers group has had her online accounts hacked, “My websites, facebook, paypal account, and emails have been completely hacked and taken out of my control. I have contacted the company authorities and webhosting services, however am having a hard time proving I am who I say I am because whomever hacked in has all of the information one would need to say the same thing. I may have to go to higher authorities, but the hosting services have stated that, so far, nothing seems to have been done at this time; yet it is obvious they wanted control for some reason”.

Laura fell in love with Panama in 2002 and organized trips and events for English speaking newcomers to Panama. Her organization work has always been unpaid, from the heart and often completely voluntary. Her events ran like well oiled machines. She sent out a popular monthly events newsletter through the Expat Explorers yahoo group.
Over the last year, Laura has been planning her retirement and moved her focus to her family. As such she has not logged in to the yahoo group for sometime. She didn’t realize the seriousness of this matter until she found herself “locked completely out of all of the @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  emails, etc.”

Laptop Angel...are you one? PDF Print E-mail
Panama Social - Finca la Maya
Thursday, 12 July 2012 11:55

students at computers........and we're not talking dancing!

Students in our free community programs need laptops! We have the teacher and the students are eager to learn. Right now they need your donation of a functioning laptop (not desktop) computer.

Rich Sumwalt and Vicki Oberstadt recently donated computers. The new computer class will be taught by volunteer Rich and is due to start soon. Kids are waiting in line until there is a laptop for them to use. Students in the world today cannot get by without them. The computer class will provide FLM students with an enriching experience and a competitive edge.

Green Mango Smoothie PDF Print E-mail
Panama Life - Recipies
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 11:09


Mangos are a delicious start to the day, and so are smoothies! With such an abundance of mangos this season, freezing mangos is a great option for all those extra mangos lying around. Here is a great smoothie recipe to put all those frozen mangos to good use.

1 Mango frozen 

* It is best to pre cut your mangos into cubes and freeze each serving in an individual bag to prevent your mangos from sticking together. 

Poco Loco plays Picasso in Coronado PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Sunday, 01 July 2012 23:58

Poco Loco’s dPoco Loco bandebut performance drew a standing room only crowd to Picasso Bar & Restaurant in Coronado. The 7 member band played popular cover tunes from the 50s to the 80s. Poco Loco evolved over the last year from local musicians getting together to jam. Expect to hear more from this crew over the next few months.

Poco Loco event photos.

Support the search for Yvonne Baldelli PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Panama News Wire
Friday, 29 June 2012 21:37

yvonne baldelliFamily members still search for Yvonne Baldelli, who went missing in Bocas del Toro on November 26th, 2011. Don Winner of, is calling for attention to the family's search support page at

To learn more about the story click here.

PCIS Language Summer Camp PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 28 June 2012 15:36


pcisElementary students are invited to spend two mornings per week developing their second-language oral skills through fun activities including cooking, art, singing, and stories. Classes for students wanting to learn Spanish will be held Mondays and Wednesdays and classes for students wanting to learn English will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Mamma Mia bringing new bands every Saturday to Panama beaches PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 28 June 2012 15:24

mamma mia july-4With the population growing at the beaches in Panama, more people are looking for things to do at night. Mamma Mia, a popular Italian style near San Carlos, features live bands every Saturday night. “People hear the same bands all the time. We want to freshen up the music scene”, says Tina Wilcox, manger of Mamma Mia. To enliven things, Mamma Mia is scheduling city bands, as well as calling on the familiar beach groups, like the Gorgons and Poco Loco.

This coming Saturday, July 4th, Mamma Mia is presenting INVICTA, a classic rock band, the members of which have jamming together since childhood. “They play hit after hit”, says Tina, talking about the last time INVICTA played at Mamma Mia. “They rocked the crowd, so we are bringing them back for our big Independence Day party”.

The band starts playing on July 4th at 7:30 p.m, and will go on until 11p.m. Come early to enjoy 2 for 1 championship pizza, and Inside Panama’s networking happy hour. Fireworks at dark.

Mamma Mia is located on the Pan American Highway, on the mountain side of the road ½ mile before San Carlos. Contact 6962-1363 or 6509-3528 for more information or to make reservations.

A brief report about the new gym in Bayside Center Coronado. PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 13:52


roland's gymWell it looks like Coronado finally has its own gym, it's easy to find. On the right hand side, just after El Rey driving Eastwards on the PanAmerican highway, You'll find the new Bayside Center and in it, Roland's, Coronado's first real public Gym.The registration desk is staffed, with someone who speaks some English. Various food supplements and protein powders are for sale, behind the desk.

Costa Rica: Calling all Adventurers PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 25 June 2012 10:27
dry forest-1487 120x68Looking to get away? Is the six months visa run coming up? Costa Rica is a choice destination. Taking the bus is an economical option, and with the right planning, it could become an easy solution. Costa Rica is full of friendly people, and wonderful places to explore. There are several choice areas to check out along the Pacific coast, located on the bus route departing from Panama. The cool mountain breeze offers travellers an escape from heat and humidity.
A great night had by all at the debut performance of "Pinchin de Picasso" PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Saturday, 23 June 2012 11:47

june21-cast membersOn Thursday, June 21st - Murder Mystery Musical & Co. had their debut preformance of "Pinchin de Picasso" at Picasso Bar & Restaurante. The perforamance was a huge success, gaining a lot of support from the community. As Roberto Chocolate expressed in his interview with Playa community "It takes a community to build a theatre, and this is community theatre." It really was a community effort, as all of the cast members were infact members of the community.

The night was full of laughter and entertainment. The show was interactive allowing the audiance to partake in the mystery and help solve murder that took place right here in Coronado! To see pictures from the event visit us on facebook at:

HIM's free maintenance event PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 21 June 2012 14:26

HIMhardware-0055 120x80On Saturday June 30th, the new HIM location at Bayside Center is offering free maintenance on power tools by Black&Decker, DeWALT and TOPRO* (restrictions apply). The newest HIM location launches off the Coronado's foundation store and strives to deliver the same friendly approach that it has come to be known for. This approach is reflected in their free maintenance offer, and their effort to bring more people in community out to Bayside to meet their team. Alex Cheng, GM of the new HIM location, talks about the hands on approach to home improvement that the store offers,  in an interview with Playacommunity:  


"We wanted this store to be a little bit different says Alex, we wanted it to be a comfortable place, where you can walk in, browse, and really get creative with what you can do to your home to make it look even better." 



There is a new theatre company at the beaches in Panama! PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:49

MMMCo.-5158 120x80Murder Mystery Musical Theatre Company (MMM & Co.) is set to launch tomorrow with their debut performance "Pinchin de Picasso." The sold out world premier is set to take place at Picasso Thursday, June 21st at 6:00pm.


MMM & Co. offers a unique murder mystery experience. Their productions will be campy, interactive, comical and stocked with sexual innuendos. As the plot thickens the audience will collect clues from the characters, helping them unravel the mystery for themselves. Everyone is a suspect, every character is wildly exaggerated, and everything ends in a song.  



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