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Flamingo/Potrero News

October 19, 2011

Maxwell’s in Surfside is remaining open during October, so go by and enjoy some good food and fellowship with your neighbors. A Halloween party with prizes, food and drink specials and live music by the Banana Kings is set for Oct 31, 8-11 p.m. 

David Smith, head chef at Flamingo Beach Resort, is returning to the U.S. to be with his son and to take care of a rare blood disease that has become more severe in recent months. As an expression of gratitude, the community is gathering together for a bingo fundraising event to help David with moving expenses and to give him a warm send-off. The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. at the resort’s Salón Las Palmas. The ₡5,000 ($10) admission includes one bingo card, appetizers and natural juices. Extra cards and raffle tickets cost ₡2,000 ($4) each. Some really nice prizes are being offered. For information about the event or how you can help David, call Van at 2653-2505.

The Miami Herald’s Nibbles & Bits column made mention of Flamingo resident Jean-Luc Taulere, who recently participated in a visiting-chef rotation at Pied à Terre restaurant in Miami Beach. The article described specialties of the “Sarasota-born, Johnson & Wales-trained chef of French descent based at Mar y Sol Restaurant in Flamingo Beach, Costa Rica,” including “coconut bouillabaisse with lobster stock, yuca-crusted tuna stuffed with lobster mousse and white chocolate lavender ice cream served in a chocolate tulip with lemon tuile.” 

Local beach communities welcomed Dr. Paul Martin, his wife, Kristi, and their daughter, Hannah, who visited from the U.S. state of Wyoming so Paul could attend the CPI Flamingo language school. Paul has been senior pastor of Laramie Valley Chapel for 27 years and has always had a desire to learn Spanish to minister to his community’s growing Spanish-speaking population. Paul said he has enjoyed CPI immensely. “The location close to the beach was definitely attractive, the facilities and staff very professional, and the teachers are gifted in the art of teaching the Spanish language,” he said. His plan is to go home to Wyoming and use his new Spanish for a while, then return to CPI Flamingo next year.

–Babe Hopkins

tbabehopkins@gmail.com

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