Grecia expats planning independence event

Grecia hosts its second annual Independence Day Fiesta for Sunday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Th event is organized by a group of expats and their Costa Rican neighbors who said the purpose is  to celebrate U.S. independence with American foods, live music and dance, and much more, and to give back to the community.

The event again will be at the Quinta Real recreation center in San Francisco de San Isidro de Grecia. Everyone is invited, no passports needed for entry.

The day’s activities include swimming, fútbol, raffles, silent auction, along with vendors of everything from local art to baked goods to hot coffee, said organizers. Besides all-American hot dogs and hamburgers with all the trimmings and sides, the menu also includes ice cold soft drinks and beer, they said. All foods and beverages are reasonably priced. Ample free parking is provided. The U.S. Embassy is hosting a voter registration drive. Those who seek to register to vote will need their U.S. passport, the organizers said.

Admission at the gate is 1,500 colons ($3) or 500 colons ($1) for children 12 and younger. All profits benefit the Fundación de Amigos Griegos Hoy por Ti (Friends of Grecia Foundation – For You Today!), whose goal is to assist members of the Grecia community who have fallen through the cracks and need a helping hand, said organizers. For more information, those interested can call 2444-7861 or email, or visit theFacebook page.

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