This week's Photo of the Week is by Andrew Tonn of Columbus, OH USA (copyright Andrew Tonn Photo). This image was taken from La Fortuna Atitlán in the bay of Pachisotz looking toward Santa Catarina/San Antonio Polopó/San Lucas. You can see and read more of Andrew's photography, writing and documentary films on his website: www.andrewtonnphoto.com.
If you have a photo to submit for the Photo of the Week series, please contact me.
View the Photos of the Week archive at: http://santacruzlalaguna.weebly.com/photos.html
- 27-30 March, Festival of Consciousness, San Marcos la Laguna (see post of 2 February for details)
- 30 March - 6 April, One Week of Fasting for One Year of Food Funds Event, (see post of 16 March for details)
Don't forget to check out the Lake Atitlan Events Calendar for regular weekly and last minute events. http://ev-cal.com/fb/106177
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There were several positive comments made, but no real solutions to the pressing problem of what to DO with the community issue of trash that we can't or shouldn't compost, reuse or recycle. Should we wait for the Muni and AMSCLAE to figure out their solution? Or should we develop an interim solution? Please weigh in with your thoughts.
Are there interested persons out there who are willing to work on a good solution for Santa Cruz? If so, please contact me through the CONTACT FORM and we will try to set up a meeting to work on solutions.
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Recently a friend asked about recycling office paper, books and VHS video tapes. There are several options around for the paper and books.
- The Centro de Acopio, the recycling center of Panajachel, will recycle all of your paper products. Apparently you can also shred it and use it for mulch in your garden or in your compost or for vermiculture (raising worms) instead of burning it.
- Books in good condition can be taken to any of the used book stores in the various towns. Some of the hotels in the area might take them for their in-house "lending libraries." Contact them first.
- VHS video tapes! Well, locally there doesn't seem to be any good solution. In the States there are several ways to recycle these old tapes, but you will have to tote them there first: thrift stores; GreenDisk (an electronics recycling company); Freecycle. I also ran across several websites which showed bags crocheted and knitted with VHS tape:
So there you go! Get out those old VHS tapes that are moldering away in your closet and start crocheting!
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Wow! What can I say?!?!? ! It was, yet, another great festival! So laid back, no checking of back packs at the gate to see if you are bringing in liquor or other substances, toting a gun or worse; mellowness abounds; good food and drink; something for people of all ages. Kudos to Roberto Luz, his family and all of the volunteers who put time and effort into making this event happen, not to mention the musicians and their crews.
I am creating an album of photos from the Festival for the website's Photo Page:
Please send me a few of your best photos from the Festival and I will post them (with credit to your name) in an album about the Festival.
Some of my favorite things from the festival (not in any particular order):
- Seeing and connecting with people I don't normally see or connect with
- Seeing and connecting with people I see a lot too!
- Listening to Carlos Funk's great Blues guitar!
- Na'ik Madera, boogie feminista band (Fantastic!)
- Remolacha Beets!
- Pana Danza's Dance Performance! Wow! Incredible!
- Munching on Pizza
- Marco Trio Electric!
- Cuba Libre!
- Dr. Nativo y Los Warriorkandel L.A.! (totally a surprise!)
And I hope it brought lots of money to ADISA!
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