Town Hall Meeting At US Ambassador's Residence - 26 October 2012
Friday, October 12 2012 @ 08:36 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Registration Required: Please register for this event by visiting the website panamatownhall.eventbrite.com and supplying the required information - your name, an email address, and your US passport number. Be sure to register no later than Wednesday, 24 October 2012, because there is limited space. It is important to note that after registering you will receive an email message confirming your participation. You must present a printed copy of this message along with proof of citizenship in order to be transported on the shuttle bus or to enter the grounds of the Ambassador's residence. Thank you for your cooperation.
Transportation and Parking: There will be a shuttle available from the Embassy to transport those individuals who live in or near the Clayton area.
Due to limited parking at the residence, embassy staffers are requesting those attending the Town Hall meeting to park in the parking lot behind the Hosanna Church, and from there they will provide a shuttle van service as transportation to and from the residence. (Source: US Embassy Panama Press Release)
Update: 25 October - According to US Embassy officials, you can not park at the Hossana church, and they advise you to find parking on the street nearby.
Editor's Comment: A couple of observations here. First of all, this event is clearly intended for US citizens - so you Canadians from the Great White North can stay home and watch hockey, eh. (grin) Also, the Ambassador has been holding these Town Hall type events around the country recently, in Boquete and Bocas del Toro for example, and this one is targeting those US citizens who live in the province of Panama. There's nothing on the registration process that asks where you live, so if you happen to be in town on the 26th and if you live in some other part of the country, I'm sure they won't turn you away. Do complete the preregistration process via the website, and bring the printed feedback copy with you, as well as your US passport. These are screening and security measures that protect the attendees just as much as the staff of the US Embassy.
If you've never parked behind the Hossana Church - it's located just off of Via España right before you get to the turn for Martin Sossa. Basically, up on the hill behind the gas station at the end of La Cresta. When you pass the bus stop on your right, there's the road coming down the hill from La Cresta on your right. If you make a hard right turn there you will be going up the hill towards La Cresta. You turn to the right at that intersection, but then the driveway going up the hill towards the Hossana Church will be right in front of you. There is ample parking up on top of the hill, behind the church. Suggestion: Discuss issues or themes in the comments section below, or on the Americans in Panama Yahoo email group.
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