The second meeting for the Festival Atitlán group met on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Soloman's Porch. About 16 people were in attendance. The Festival Atitllán which usually occurs in March is too big of an event to plan at this late date. Instead a smaller music/dance event, Danza de la Eterna Primavera, is being planned for March 16 in Panajachel. The location has not yet been confirmed, but they hope to have it nailed down this week. People are volunteering to get this event going and to raise awareness for the Festival Atitllán either later this year or in 2014. Volunteers are still sorely needed to help before and during the festival. Can you help distribute flyers and posters in your community? If you can volunteer even only a bit of time before or during the festival, please contact Roberto Luz through the Festival Atitlan Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/festivalatitlan/?fref=ts
or come to the next meeting on Friday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m., Solomon's Porch, Panajachel. Keep the music and culture alive!
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Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura (IMAP) is holding 2 taller's during February. Both taller's are priced at Q100 or Q160 with accommodation. Contact IMAP at 4549-0578 or 4631-1890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 11, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Associacion IJAT''Z, Granja Juan Ana, San Lucas Toliman
Introduccion a la Lombricultura. Restos organicos, condiciones apropriadas para lombrices, experiencia integral de lombricultura y agricultura sostenible.
February 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Associacion IJAT''Z, Granja Juan Ana, San Lucas Toliman
Introduccion al Huertos familiares. Los sistemas de producción biointensivos: diseño de pequeños espacios de producción de alimentos.
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Fiesta Azul, the project, is a series of cultural festivals designed to promote domestic tourism in Panajachel and the surrounding towns. Taking place on the shores of Atitlan in Panajachel sporadically throughout the year, Fiesta Azul aims to cultivate, disseminate and showcase the good vibes of Lake Atitlan. Fiesta Azul offers visitors and residents, families and friends, a unique way to enjoy the lake and experience it’s culture through a festive atmosphere featuring the best-of what the lake has to offer.
On stage at Fiesta Azul IV is the reggae soul music of FERXA, presenting us with her new album titled “Danger”. At sunset, as we light the campfire and enjoy a fire dance show, all are invited to pick up their drums and join in the live drum circle lead by GIOVANNI PINZON and the HERMANOS DE CUERO. As night sets, the good vibes continue with the vibrant rock music of HOT SUGAR MAMA. Finally, for those looking for a more nocturnal beet we close the show with the electronic sounds of DJ PAJARO JAGUAR, DJ AEROFUSTAN accompanied by the visual arts of VJ SINE.
In the Fiesta Azul IV space, visitors will be able to peruse the eclectic collection of artisanal products for sale in the Blue Market, and enjoy the food, natural juices, and cocktails offered in the Blue Bar. Accompanying the decorative ambient of the event will be circus performers of CAJA LUDICA and Fiesta Azul’s own BLUE FAIRIES who will be sprinkling the crowd with coupons for great deals and discounts at participating local businesses.
Lake Residents (with Solola DPI): Q40
For more information:
Facebook: Fiesta Azul (grupo, evento)
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The next Santa Cruz Community Service Award goes to Nancy Ochenschlager who repaired and improved the public path by her property that goes to and from the village making it a safer path for all who use it. Thank you Nancy!
If you know of someone(s) who have done something for the community and deserves recognition, please let me know!
A resident of Santa Cruz recently had an emergency situation and had to be helicoptered to Hererra Llerandia hospital in Guatemala City. She reported that she had excellent results in calling in Dr. Craig Sinkinson who then called AeroMedical helicopter service. The cost of the helicopter was about $2,500 U.S. and they took credit cards as indicated on our Emergency Contact list on our website: http://santacruzlalaguna.weebly.com/emergency-contact-list.html Please print it out and have it easily accessible.
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To our dismay, yesterday (Saturday, Feb. 2) my husband and I spotted quite a few clumps of cyanobacteria in the lake near Tzantizotz. Has anyone else spotted it? I haven't read anything.
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No, this is not a device to weigh your cycads….. Unfortunately…… We went away for the weekend and when we returned we noticed that our beautiful Sago Palm cycad was all of a sudden looking rather sickly. The leaves were getting brown and spotted. I went to the internet and read about the Asian cycad scale (pest) which is hitting Florida pretty hard. I read the symptoms then went to take a closer look at the plant. Sure enough, that is what it is. Bummer. Found an emergency treatment for it online, so check your plants and maybe consider using this technique. Either treat it with pesticides or burn it. http://www.ramcort.com/ms/care/emergency_care.html
Whatever you do, do something as it spreads very quickly.
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The CECAP vocational training center in Santa Cruz is looking for buttons for sewing and crafts projects. If you have any that you would like to donate, please contact me through the CONTACT FORM. All size, shapes and colors will be accepted¡ Will pick up¡ Thanks!