There’s just no reason to stay home this weekend

There is no reason to stay home this weekend. There are events ranging from a concert of Spanish music to the Grecia community’s July 4 celebration.

Even though Thursday saw heavy downpours, the weather forecast is for less rain then normal through Monday.

At the very least Parque La Sabana beckons with the opportunity to stroll around the lake. At other expat enclaves, there are barbecues and house parties.

Today, Friday

Venezuela’s birthday
July 5 is Venezuelan Independence Day, a tribute to patriots in that country who threw off the reins of the Spanish empire. That was in 1811, and one of the major heroes was Simón Bolívar, who brought freedom to at least six Latin American countries. His legacy still reverberates through the hemisphere.

So a party is in order, and the Venezuelans love parties. Just follow anyone carrying a case of Cerveza Polar or a couple of bottles of Ron Cacique. And be prepared for the unique music of the llaneros, complete with harp and the joropo, the national dance. They are the cowboys of northern South America.

More July 4th celebrations
Some U.S. Independence Day festivities are continuing today at expats watering holes in the San José downtown and elsewhere.


Enamorate de tu ciudad
The weekly celebration continues all day Saturday in Parque Morazan and adjacent public areas. A special event this week is the tope de caballitos de palo, the gathering of the wooden horses, and music by the Cimarrona San Lorenzo at noon, the culture ministry said.

Those living nearby should consider being elsewhere if they are not fans of popular music blasting from the park bandstand.

Vélo Cinema Tour
Bike riders will gather at the Parque Nacional at 8 a.m. for a tour of the eastern part of San José. The bike hike ends with the showing of a French animated film at the Cine Magaly. The film is “Les Triplettes de Belleville,” which addresses love of bikes, said organizers. Those who just want to see the film can show up at the theater on Calle 23 at 10 a.m. Police have agreed to keep their eyes on the bikes. More details are available by email to

Time for a true friend
Those looking for unconditional four-legged love can drop by the Auto Mercado in Heredia from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where the Asociación Animales de Asís plan its weekly adoption fair.

Spanish music and dancers
Spanish music, zarzuela and flamenco, is the order of  the day when the Banda de Conciertos de San José takes over the Teatro Nacional at 8 p.m. The guest conductor is Francisco Javier Gutiérrez Juan, from where else but Sevilla, Spain, where he directs the municipal band.
The program lists 14 works, including performances by soprano María Marta López and tenor Ernesto Rodríguez Montero. The Grupo Al Andalus also will perform.

The show is a great deal at 5,000 colons (about $10) for adults and 2,500 colons for students and seniors.

Night with the lions
The Zoológico Simón Bolívar plans a night walk in the north San José zoo starting at 6 p.m.  Reservations are required at 2256-0012.


Grecia independence celebration
Sunday is a big day in Grecia where U.S. expats and Costa Ricans will celebrate July 4 with a fiesta to benefit three local charities.

The event begins at 10 a.m. at Quinta Real in San Isidro de Grecia. There is a small admission charge and food is available for purchase.

This is the third annual celebration, and everyone is invited regardless of nationality.

Feast in Ojochal
Down in the southern Pacific community of Ojochal, chefs at 11 local restaurants are preparing a Sunday feast.  The event from noon to 9 p,m, will present the foods of 11 participating restaurants, said the organization.
The location Sunday is the Citrus Restaurant. More information is on the sponsoring organization’s Web site.

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