Orchids, bikes and actors are on weekend agenda

A two-day recreational bike hike, a three-day exhibition of orchids and another edition of Enamorate de tu Ciudad are on the agenda this weekend. There also are play presentations in Quepos and a feria put on by environmentalist in San Jose’s Barrio Lujan.

In San Rafael de Heredia the Asociación Humanitaria Para la Protección Animal de Costa Rica hosts a benefit event called Mutt’s Party Saturday.

Vuelta al Lago Arenal

The largest mountain biking event in Costa Rica, the Vuelta al Lago Arenal, returns for its 22nd year. This weekend’s non-competitive bike ride circles riders around the Lake Arenal in a two-day journey.

Event organizers again expect over 4,000 bikers to participate this year. This recreational cycling adventure, sponsored by the Asociación de Ciclismo Recreative de Tilarán, has grown since the inaugural 1992 ride that hosted 75 persons. Men, women, and children of all riding levels have been encouraged to join the journey along Lake Arenal and more than 2,000 have signed up early.

The roundabout route starts Saturday in Tilarán and takes riders 71 kilometers on the lake’s south side to La Fortuna. Then bikers wake up Sunday and trek 74 kilometers back to the park in Tilarán, enjoying the lake’s view from the north. The first day’s path is made on rough gravel and the second day is all on paved roads.

Participants, who usually come from all over the world, are able to stay at a variety of available hotels in La Fortuna after the first day.

Animal benefit

The Asociación Humanitaria Para la Protección Animal de Costa Rica said the rational for calling the benefit Mutt’s Party is that “we’re into the cross breeds. “We’re not into breeding purebreds and selling them when so many great dogs are looking for loving homes,” according to a spokesperson.

Tickets are $100, and all proceeds go to the organization’s spay and neuter program which sterilizes both stray dogs and cats and the pets of those who can’t afford it. “It’s all for a good cause! You can pay by cash or credit card at the door, just make a reservation.” said a spokesperson. The ticket includes a 2014 membership in the organization and lunch at Rancho de Salud Pura Vida north of Heredia

The event begins Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in SanRafael de Heredia. For directions and more information readers can contact Leigh Monahan at monahanleigh@gmail.com  or Lilian Schnog at spaycostarica@yahoo.com.

Tango night

Tango professionals Nicolas Artin and Pamela Camacho dance and Julie Masiel signs Saturday at 8 p.m, in Sofia Mediterraneo, a local restaurant in Barrio Escalante. There is an admission.


“Alevosía,” a drama that brings a bit of the Teatro Nacional to Quepos will be presented both Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 5 p.m. at the Teatro Copaza in Quepos.  The shows are part of the culture ministry’s extension efforts for areas with limited access to live theater.

Enamorate de tu Ciudad

This is the program that brings all sorts of activities to San José parks. There is a concert Saturday at 4 p.m. in Parque Morazán by the group known as Sr. Tijeras en vivo. There are dramatic presentations in the same place at 2 and 3 p.m.

Parque España is hosting living statutes, while in Parque la Merced on Avenida Segunda the Circo Malparavariar performs at 2 p.m.

At the Centro Nacional de la Cultura, the old liquor factory on Avenida 7, there are modern and urban dance workshops starting at noon. There also are many games and booths selling all sorts of craft items.

Hall full of orchids

The Asociación Costarricense de Orquideología presents its annual show starting today in the Antigua Aduana on Calle 23 in east San José. Admission is 2,400 colons, about $5.

The exhibition runs through Sunday starting at 8 a.m. each day.

Healthful feria

Ecologists are promising a feria in Barrio Lujan at  Avenida 12 and Calle 13, starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. This is the first of the year for the consortium of several organizations. They promise organic products, and there probably will not be a single genetically modified organism in sight.

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