Smart House Open House – This Saturday March 13

SIP Paneles SA is constructing sips in Nicaragua and they have built one of these homes in San Juan del Sur. It will be open to the public this Saturday, March 13, from 9 am – noon & 2-5 pm.

Drop by after (or before) your stop in at the Farmers Market (Sports Park) and learn all about the new building system using SIP Panels for an affordable and faster construction solution.

Structural Insulated panels or sips are essentially a sandwich of Expanded Poly styrene (Styrofoam) glued to cemntous fiber board or plywood under extreme pressure. Using proven technology from the United States and Germany, SIP Panales claims they are capable of producing a house in a day.

The company also claims that these houses have the best R factors of any homes being built in the country today; that the construction system is environmentally friendly and will produce a home that is 30% less expensive to cool.

Check it out on Saturday and see what they have to say. The Smart House is located before the port on the left across from the blue warehouse. Look for their green and white signs.

http://www.sippaneles.com

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San Juan del Sur gaining tourist attention

An increasing number of articles and reviews of the advantages of vacationing in Nicaragua, and more specifically San Juan have been appearing in blogs and e-zines and print publications lately. Here is a recent example: Top 5 Travel Destinations in Nicaragua

This Week’s Events: March 8 – 15

Mon March 8

  • Water Aerobics @ Pelican Eyes Family Pool 10am
  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 8:30am & 6pm
  • Martial Arts Class @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 4pm
  • Live Reggae with”The Bush Doctors” 8pm @ The Pier
  • Pizza & Movie night @ Bambu Beach 8pm
  • Tues March 9

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 7:30am; 5pm and 6pm
  • Wed March 10

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 8:30 & 6pm
  • Water Aerobics @ Pelican Eyes Family Pool 10am
  • Martial Arts Class @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 4pm
  • Happy Hour @ Pelican Eyes 4-8pm
  • Thurs March 11

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 7:30am, 5pm & 6pm
  • Open Mic Night @ Pau Hana (The legendary Open Mic Night held at Coquitos, has moved next door to Pau Hana aka Kenny’s place)
  • El Timon hosts Nicaragua Cultural Night most Thursday evenings with live music and sometimes dance performances

    Fri March 12

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre  8:30am & 6pm
  • Water Aerobics @ Pelican Eyes Family Pool 10am
  • Martial Arts Class @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 4pm
  • Happy Hour @ Pelican Eyes – La Cascada Bar y Restaurant 4-8pm
  • Live music @ The Irish House 8pm (or thereabouts)
  • Live Music @ Bar Restaurant Vivian on the beach
  • Sat March 13

  • Farmer’s Market @ the Sports Park  9am-2pm
  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 10am & 6pm
  • Karaoke @ Agua Azul Bar Restaurant
  • Live Music with Don Bigote y los Pobrecitos @ The Pier 8 or 9pm
  • Sun March 14

  • Yoga @ Camino del Sol 5pm
  • Happy Hour @ Bambu Beach 4-6pm
  • Mon March 15

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre  8:30am & 6pm
  • Water Aerobics @ Pelican Eyes Family Pool 10am
  • Martial Arts Class @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 4pm
  • If you have an event you would like listed here, please email Sandy Iverson directly at sandy@sandyiverson.info

    Fifties music to rock the house – This Sat.

    Fundación A. Jean Brugger is holding a unique fundraising party this Saturday, March 6.  They are calling it the DOO-WOP SOCK HOP!  It will be held at the Galeria del Sur Art Gallery from 6-10pm.

    To gain admittance to the event, guests are asked to bring any of the following:
    • a new pair of children’s sock
    • a new outfit for a child (shirt and shorts/pants/skirt)
    • a donation to the School Uniform Program

    The event will feature tunes from the 50s, games, prizes, a fundraising auction and quintessential sock hop food:  Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Coca-Cola Floats, Soda, Beer, Rum & Coke.  Everyone is encouraged to wear 50’s style clothes!

    For more information about Fundación A. Jean Brugger, visit http://www.fundacionajbrugger.org

    This Week’s Events: March 1-8

    Mon March 1

  • Water Aerobics @ Pelican Eyes Family Pool 10am
  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 8:30am & 6pm
  • Martial Arts Class @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 4pm
  • Live Reggae with”The Bush Doctors” 8pm @ The Pier
  • Pizza & Movie night @ Bambu Beach 8pm
  • Tues March 2

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 7:30am; 5pm and 6pm
  • Wed March 3

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 8:30 & 6pm
  • Water Aerobics @ Pelican Eyes Family Pool 10am
  • Martial Arts Class @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 4pm
  • Happy Hour @ Pelican Eyes 4-8pm
  • Thurs March 4

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 7:30am, 5pm & 6pm
  • Open Mic Night @ Pau Hana (The legendary Open Mic Night held at Coquitos, has moved next door to Pau Hana aka Kenny’s place)
  • El Timon hosts Nicaragua Cultural Night most Thursday evenings with live music and sometimes dance performances

    Fri March 5

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre  8:30am & 6pm
  • Water Aerobics @ Pelican Eyes Family Pool 10am
  • Martial Arts Class @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 4pm
  • Happy Hour @ Pelican Eyes – La Cascada Bar y Restaurant 4-8pm
  • Live music @ The Irish House 8pm (or thereabouts)
  • Live Music @ Bar Restaurant Vivian on the beach
  • Sat March 6

  • Farmer’s Market @ the Sports Park  9am-2pm
  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 10am & 6pm
  • Karaoke @ Agua Azul Bar Restaurant
  • Live Music with Don Bigote y los Pobrecitos @ The Pier 8 or 9pm
  • DOO-WOP SOCK HOP Fundraiser! 6-10pm at the Galeria del Sur Art Gallery.  Procceds to the Fundacion’s school uniform project
  • Sun March 7

  • Yoga @ Camino del Sol 5pm
  • Happy Hour @ Bambu Beach 4-6pm
  • Mon March 8

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre  8:30am & 6pm
  • Water Aerobics @ Pelican Eyes Family Pool 10am
  • Martial Arts Class @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 4pm
  • If you have an event you would like listed here, please email Sandy Iverson directly at sandy@sandyiverson.info

    This Week’s Events: Feb 22-March 1

    Mon Feb 22

  • Water Aerobics @ Pelican Eyes Family Pool 10am
  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 8:30am & 6pm
  • Martial Arts Class @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 4pm
  • Live Reggae with”The Bush Doctors” 8pm @ The Pier
  • Pizza & Movie night @ Bambu Beach 8pm
  • Tues Feb 23

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 7:30am; 5pm and 6pm
  • Wed Feb 24

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 8:30 & 6pm
  • Water Aerobics @ Pelican Eyes Family Pool 10am
  • Martial Arts Class @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 4pm
  • Happy Hour @ Pelican Eyes 4-8pm
  • Thurs Feb 25

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 7:30am, 5pm & 6pm
  • Open Mic Night @ Pau Hana (The legendary Open Mic Night held at Coquitos, has moved next door to Pau Hana aka Kenny’s place)
  • El Timon hosts Nicaragua Cultural Night most Thursday evenings with live music and sometimes dance performances
  • O’ Solo Mio Italian Restaurant features dinner specials and live Italian music tonight with Marco Badioli 8pm

    Thurs Feb 25

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre  8:30am & 6pm
  • Water Aerobics @ Pelican Eyes Family Pool 10am
  • Martial Arts Class @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 4pm
  • Happy Hour @ Pelican Eyes – La Cascada Bar y Restaurant 4-8pm
  • Live music @ The Irish House 8pm (or thereabouts)
  • Live Music @ Bar Restaurant Vivian on the beach
  • Sat Feb 27

  • Farmer’s Market @ the Sports Park  9am-2pm
  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 10am & 6pm
  • Karaoke @ Agua Azul Bar Restaurant
  • Live Music with Don Bigote y los Pobrecitos @ The Pier 8 or 9pm
  • Sun Feb 28

  • Yoga @ Camino del Sol 5pm
  • Happy Hour @ Bambu Beach 4-6pm
  • Harley-Davidson Nicaragua Encuentro Centroamericano.  Parade of 300+ motorcycles through town during the day.  Party at Arribas (North end of the beach road) 8pm… DJ Johnny G
  • Mon March 1

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre  8:30am & 6pm
  • Water Aerobics @ Pelican Eyes Family Pool 10am
  • Martial Arts Class @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 4pm
  • If you have an event you would like listed here, please email Sandy Iverson directly at sandy@sandyiverson.info

    2010 Howler 2 Day Mountain Bike Race in Nicaragua

    Official Press Release – San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua – February 6, 2010

    After months of planning, San Juan del Sur “Howler” race organizers and local community businesses prepare to host athletes from Canada, the USA, neighboring Costa Rica and local participants for the largest adventure race series in the country.  The 2010 off-Road Adventure Series kicks off with the 2nd Annual 2-Day Howler Mountain Bike Race on February 20, 2010.

    Event organizers are utilizing the race series as a vehicle to raise $10,000 for local non-profit community partners, Comunidad Connect and Fundacion Tierra, two non-profit organizations devoted to helping build the local community in and around San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua with social and environmental programs.  Both organizations are contributing to the events by allocating staffing resources to ensure the events’ success.

    Community businesses have rallied in supporting the events by sponsoring services, in-kind products and financial donations.  “One of many reasons San Juan del Sur continues to be an attractive tourist destination is because the wonderful businesses in the area.  With their generosity, the pool of prizes for race winners continues to grow.” said Larry Thraen, the event organizer.

    “To sweeten the sponsorship packages, we included race entries for local businesses that donated to the Howler with financial contributions.  For each $100, businesses have the opportunity to sponsor three local riders, which helps create a sense of comradory with local business, as well as fun for local competitors.” said Thraen.  To date, local businesses, Chica Brava, Nica Fun, Grupo Max, El Encanto, El Gato Negro, Pan de Vida, Aurora Realty, and North American Sponsors Sawtooth Adventures have pledged financial contributions.  Other sponsors which have contributed in-kind products and services include; Villas de Palermo, Pan de Vida, Villa Isabella, and Ruth Orbano Translation services.

    The schedule of events for the “Howler weekend” consists of a short course criterion time-trail on Saturday, Feb 20th, beginning at 9AM, and followed by a 3PM short-course race.  Sunday Feb 21 is the main event, challenging the 3 race categories for the series title and the $500 prize money.

    “Cuban Luis” Contreas from Smoke on the Water will be catering both days’ events, and providing plenty of cool beverages during the anticipated warm race days.  Bambu Beach Club will be hosting race day wrap-up parties; showcasing racing highlights on the big screen and ocean-side drink specials.

    With two weeks until race day, the event still needs volunteers, including course marshals for water stations, certified EMTs and drivers for support vehicles. All proceeds from the race will go towards Comunidad Connect and Fundaci?n Tierra.

    Individuals interested in volunteering or sponsoring the event can visit: http://www.sanjuanhowler.com or email larry@bodhin.com for more information.

    Contact: Larry Thraen – Race Promoter

    Tel: 011-505-8680-6015