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Voices of Christmas

Groups & OrganizationsVOICES OF CHRISTMAS - PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS X-MAS SPECTACULAR

The Best Musical Show for the best holidays of the year.

The Prophecies, the Characters and the History of the Child who was born in Bethlehem to be the Savior. This is a beautiful production suitable for all ages and the Premier Christmas Show of Panama. Why not buy tickets for friends and family. A show they will never forget!

VOICES OF CHRISTMAS: Unique Choral Music and Colorful Choreographies in a spectacular production for the whole family presented on December 16th at 7: 30 in the evening at The Figali Convention Center. Seats are still available if you act now.

You may purchase your tickets through Ticket Plus the pharmacies Metro and in the offices of the Crossroads Bible Church in Cardenas on the corner of Ave. Omar Torrijos and Calle Rybicki (just past the Rey Supermarket where 4 lanes turn into 2 heading to ward the Miraflores Locks)

Presented by Evangelical Association of Panama

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Traditional German Christmas Market (Benefit)

Groups & OrganizationsBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The Traditional German Christmas Market will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2nd from 10 AM to 6 PM at the Steinbock Restaurant on Via Cincuentenario in Coco del Mar.

This Third Annual Traditional German Christmas Market once again will benefit the Katherine Brown Home for the Aged in Rio Abajo (a private home receiving no support from governmental organizations). The market will have the traditional flair of a German Weihnachtsmarkt, with typical booths selling high quality crafts and foods - though not all necessarily Christmas-themed. Come and experience a small piece of German culture right here in Panama!

Treat yourself to delicious German foods and drinks, enjoy seasonal music, shop for Christmas decorations or gifts and immerse yourself in the old world charm of this event. A tombola (drawing) featuring a variety of nice items is sure to be popular. There will even be live music and a Santa Claus appearance for the little visitors, rounding out the Christmas experience.

The last two years were a great success, and even more visitors are expected this year. Entrance is free for children under 12, $2.00 for children over 12, and $3.00 for adults. At prices like these the whole family can enjoy the atmosphere!

Proceeds go to Hogar Catalina Brown; donations of the following daily-use articles are also gladly accepted on behalf of the old age home and may be deposited at the event (please do not wrap item). So, in the spirit of the season, when you visit our Christmas Market at Restaurant Steinbock, feel free to bring along a small Christmas gift for the old folks who are in need: mild bar soap & shampoo; toothbrushes & toothpaste; body lotion & powder; disposable shavers; Bay Rum; Rigar pain cream; sheets (twin size) & towels. Also much appreciated are dried goods such as rice, beans and pasta, as well as milk (in tetra packs or powdered).

The home for the elderly needs those kind of items throughout the year and the residents & staff thank you for your generosity!

The event is organized by the ladies from the Latte Macchiato Treff Panama, a meeting place for German and German-speaking women of all ages in Panama City, Panama. We are a non-profit group gets together at 10 AM on the first Wednesday of every month at the Las Hadas Café in the Sheraton Hotel near the Atlapa Convention Centre. We are a group of about 30 women of all ages in Panama City who mostly come from Germany, but also have a lot of German-speaking women from other countries in the group. We chat and socialize while enjoying the offerings of the Café; we also plan charity projects and other activities such as tours to the beaches, the interior, etc. Whenever possible, we help new women with tips for finding their way in Panama City so that they can feel at home sooner. Join us - we look forward to every new face!

Please do reply or call me at the number below should you have any questions. Warm regards and we hope to see you there,

Nicole G. Hornberger, San Francisco, CD de Panamá, 6888-7766

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Musica Viva Christmas Concert Sunday, December 2

Groups & OrganizationsMusica Viva, Panama’s international award-winning chorus under the direction of Prof. Jorge Ledezma Bradley will present a Christmas concert on Sunday, December 2, at 3 pm at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Luke in Ancon. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the Cathedral office in Ancon (tel. 262-1280, Calle Gorgas, down the hill from the Cancer Hospital) or at the door prior to the performance. Sale of arts and crafts and refreshments preceding and following the concert.
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Uruguayan Busted For Having Exactly One Coca Leaf In His Possession

Groups & OrganizationsA Uruguayan professor who was arrested this weekend by units of the State Border Service (SENAFRONT) in the Kuna Yala region because he had one coca leaf in his possession, was released on Wednesday. The teacher, identified as Victor Marcelo Andrade, will rejoin his group today, which arrived in Panama on Sunday on a walk named the "Continental Journey of Peace and Dignity for Indigenous Peoples." Meanwhile, another member of the group, a Peruvian, lost his passport and he asks for whoever has found it to please give it back, because now he cannot leave Panama. The delegation, known as the Condor of the South, will meet in mid-November in Guatemala with another delegation from North American called the "Route of the Eagle." (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: The indigenous peoples of South America have been munching on coca leaves for thousands of years. They use it as a stimulant. And this dude was locked up for having exactly one coca leaf in his possession? Obviously, a dangerous criminal from whom we all need to be protected.

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Veterans Day Ceremony At The Corozal American Cemetery in Panama

Groups & Organizations The Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at the Corozal American Cemetery on Sunday, November the 11th at 9:00 am. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Past Department Commander, Carlos Gordon, will say the opening remarks and the U.S. Ambassador, Honorable Jonathan Farrar will be present to speak about Veterans Day. As always, VFW Post 3835 and Ladies Auxiliary will provide a reception in the Visitor's Center at the cemetery immediately following the ceremony.

VFW Post 3835 and its Ladies Auxiliary will host a Veterans Appreciation BBQ on the same day (November 11th) from 1:00-4:00 at the Balboa Yacht Club on the Amador Causeway. We want to honor the veterans in Panama, as well as active duty military personnel, for their service to our country. Therefore, ALL veterans will be given a BBQ meal once they present any type of identification showing they are a veteran (military id card, VA card, DD 214, etc.).

Family members and/or guests can donate $5.00 for a BBQ meal. Proceeds will be given to our VFW Post 3835 Service Office (located in Santa Fe Hospital), where veterans, spouses, widows and other family members are assisted daily.

For more information, please contact Anita Littesy, VFW Post 3835 Ladies Auxiliary Secretary, 6616-0043 or alittesy@yahoo.com.

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Town Hall Meeting At US Ambassador's Residence - 26 October 2012

Groups & Organizations By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The Ambassador of the United States of America in Panama Jonathan D. Farrar is inviting U.S. citizens who live in the province of Panama to attend a Town Hall Meeting. The event will be held at the Ambassador's residence located in the La Cresta neighborhood of Panama City on Friday, 26 October 2012. Doors will open at 2:00 pm, and the Town Hall meeting will start at 2:30 pm.

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.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Got A Question About Panama? Use AIP To Ask 5,843 Grizzled Panama Expat Veterans...

Groups & Organizations By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I frequently receive questions via email from people who read this website about the details of living in Panama. Like, the details of obtaining some sort of visa status, weather, where to live, places to visit, etc. I always recommend that people with questions about Panama should join the Americans in Panama (AIP) Yahoo! email group. As of today the group has 5,843 members. Once you join you can send an email to one email address - americans_in_panama@yahoogroups.com, and Yahoo! automatically sends your message to all of the group's members. It's a quick and easy way to find out a specific answer to a question - like the classic "where can I buy 9" pie tins?"

Do Your Homework First: New group members are expected to have done their basic homework first. Don't expect the group's members to search the Internet for you - Google is your friend. But if you've made an honest effort to find out the information for yourself and still can't get a straight answer, then the Americans in Panama group can probably help. The rules are simple. Just try to help your fellow expat - give back once you've learned the ropes yourself. Be nice. If someone says something you disagree with, focus on the message and not the individual (refrain from personal attacks.) Bullies and trolls are not tolerated. Keep things on topic; a discussion about US politics would be off topic, while a discussion about how to vote while in Panama would be on topic, for example. With that having been said, good luck, and welcome aboard.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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American Society of Panama - Thanksgiving Brunch

Groups & Organizations The American Society of Panama will be hosting our Thanksgiving Brunch on Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 12 noon to 3:00 pm at the Holiday Inn, City of Knowledge, Clayton. Join us for a sumptuous traditional style menu and bring along a package of dry foodstuffs or canned item to donate to our sponsored Charity. Enjoy with your family and friends. Please call us for reservations and tickets at 6747-6762. Members $45.00, Non-Members $55.00, Children $20.00 (5-11 years), under 5 no charge.
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Bid 4 Boquete - Kick Off Volunteer Meeting

Groups & OrganizationsFor the sixth year of Chiriqui’s biggest charity fundraiser, Bid 4 Boquete, will kick off with a volunteer meeting in September. Volunteers representing the Panamanian, expat, and indigenous populations once again are banding together to raise money to support charitable and civic organizations in the greater Boquete area. The two-day event, supported by Major Sponsor Banco General, is scheduled for February 9-10, 2013. Corporate sponsors to date are Casa Solution and Chiriqui Storage.

The gala weekend begins on Saturday, Feb 9 with a sale of high-end clothing and household goods, as well as a fine art and jewelry sale, followed that night by an elegant wine tasting and live auction. All Saturday events will be at the Boquete Community Players building.

Sunday is the day for the annual big sale at the fairgrounds featuring a silent auction, a venta de patio of clothing and household goods The sixth year of Chiriqui’s biggest charity fundraiser, Bid 4 Boquete, has kicked off with a, children’s activities, raffles, and the sale of food, drinks, plants, and baked goods.

Event directors Penny Barrett, Anayansi Menendez, and Bonnie Williams report that work has been ongoing since the last event and that over $23,000 worth of auction items have been received to date, as well as $9800 in cash donations. All items are available for immediate sale under the “Buy It Now” feature. Items up for bids can be viewed on the Auction Gallery Album.

Items to be auctioned include jewelry, original art, professional and personal services, hotel stays, restaurant certificates, personally-prepared meals, fishing trips, household items, tourist and outdoor attractions, and many more. A list of items currently up for auction can be found on Bid 4 Boquete’s website, www.bid4boquete.com. Already over $1500 worth of items have been sold with the “Buy It Now” program.

Businesses and service providers receive advertising through Bid 4 Boquete’s web page, auction gallery, and other promotional activities. Persons with unused clothing and household goods are encouraged to donate them to Bid 4 Boquete.

Proceeds from all activities benefit five major organizations: Amigos de Animales de Boquete (spay and neuter clinics for dogs and cats), Buenos Vecinos de Boquete (food outreach for elderly, handicapped, and impoverished persons), Club de Leones de Boquete (a leading force behind the establishment and furnishing of the new Boquete library), Fundacion Pro-Integracion Handicap Center (services for area handicapped individuals), and the Rotary Club (student scholarships and support of area schools).

In February 2012 Bid 4 Boquete raised over $70,000. Sixty thousand dollars was divided among the major beneficiaries, and seven thousand dollars in mini-grants were awarded to seven other local organizations: Alto al Crimen (crime fighting), Biblioteca de Boquete (library), Knitters and Natters (handmade blankets and hats for indigenous infants), Loco por Leer (literacy), ReAl Boquete (recycling), the Santa Lucia Children’s Camp (scholarships for children from the orphanage) and the 20-30 Club of Boquete (a variety of charitable activities).

Area residents are encouraged to visit the Bid 4 Boquete website to learn more about this umbrella organization and how you can help. Contact Bid 4 Boquete at bid4boquete@gmail.com.

We welcome all newcomers at our kickoff volunteer meeting on Tuesday, September 18, 2 pm at the Oasis Hotel Restaurant.

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American Society of Panama "Welcome Back" Event

Groups & OrganizationsFood and Fun on the Amador Causeway. Not to be missed! This next month, at the beautiful Beirut restaurant on the Amador Causeway we will be hosting our first social event of the year. This September 13th, the American Society will be hosting our "Welcome Back" event. Costs are $35.00 for members and $45.00 for non members. The food will be served in the Middle Eastern tradition which is family style, and includes an array of Mediterranean selections such as roasted lamb, hummus, vegetables, salads and desserts. This will be a fantastic way to meet new members and see some of the folks you haven’t seen since the last get together, so mark your calendars now! For tickets, call Joy at 6747-6792 or email Joy_schaffer@hotmail.com.
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