Queen’s Birthday Party leads list of weekend activities

The Queen’s Birthday Party Saturday leads the list of another full weekend for expats..

The birthday party is really a benefit for disadvantaged schools in Costa Rica sponsored by the British community. Funds last year were used to rebuild the kindergarten in Vara Blance that was destroyed in the Jan 8, 2009, earthquake, organizers said.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the residence of British Ambassador Tom Kennedy. The location is west of San Rafael de Escazú centro in the Los Laureles section.

Adults pay 2,500 colons and those under 12 pay 1,000. Children under 5 are free.

In Palmar Sur and nearby areas, the sixth Festival de las Esferas is taking place through Sunday. There are academic discussions on archaeology as well as tours of the nearby mangroves on the Río Térraba and tours of Finca 6 where there are pre-Columbian stone balls still in situ. This is where a museum is being developed.

In San José, Parque España will again be the scene Saturday of Enamorate de tu ciudad!, an effort to bring visitors back to the city. There will be stands and entertainment.

Tonight sees the first of two performances of the Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional at 8 p.m.. The program is repeated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Both performances are in the Teatro Nacional.

Daniel Nazareth is the invited conductor with German violinist Korbinian Altenberger. On the program is a composition Costa Rican Eddie Mora that is based on the Gabriel García Márquez book “100 years of Solitude.”

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