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Monday, November 30, 2009

Jibe City to Offer Full Moon Windsurfing Tonight, November 30, 2009

As the full moon comes into being, it’s time for the folks at Jibe City at Lac Bay to organize a night of full moon sailing.

Janny will prepare a wonderful bami (Indonesian) meal, so those interested in enjoying her cooking before sailing should call 717-5064 or 717-5233. 

The Jibe City shop will also be open until 10:00 PM for those wishing to pick up safety lights to attach to the mast or boom, or just do some early Christmas shopping! (Source:  Jibe City)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 30, 2009 at 12:35pm AST
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Friday, November 27, 2009

The Classical Music Board Bonaire to Host a Holiday Concert on December 19, 2009

The holidays are fast approaching, and there’s nothing like wonderful holiday music to get in the spirit of the season.  The Classical Music Board Bonaire will host a holiday concert at 7:30 PM on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at Cacique Hall.

Musicians from Bonaire will be playing for Bonaire, including vocals (solo, an a capella quartet, and a full choir with 35 singers), instrumental music (piano, violin, and also an old instrument in its first presentation in the Dutch Caribbean), old Dutch folk songs from the 16th century, as well as the classics:  Pergolesi, Bach, Haydn, Gounod, Faure, and Christmas carols and Antillean ballads.

Tickets will be available beginning December 7, 2009, and a full house is expected, so it’s best to procure tickets early.  Tickets are FL 25.00 (about USD $14.00) in advance, FL 30.00 (about USD $16.85) at the door, and children accompanied by parents are FL 10.00 each (about USD $5.60).  Tickets may be purchased at Books & Toys or Flamingo Bookstore, both on Kaya Grandi, or at the Plaza Resort’s reception desk.  Cacique Hall is located at Plaza Resort Bonaire.

And hold the dates:  On January 16th, the first concert of the 2010 season will highlight Steven on the cello and Danielle on the piano.  On February 12th, Willem Statius Muller will be on the piano with a historic concert:  This 80-year-old will be back on Bonaire after a 25-year hiatus! (Source:  Classical Music Board Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 27, 2009 at 2:24pm AST
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Year’s Final Taste of Bonaire is Sunday, November 29, 2009

To close the year’s festivities in regard to the anniversaries of Washington Slagbaai National Park and the Bonaire National Marine Park, the island will hold the final Taste of Bonaire this coming Sunday, November 29, 2009 in Wilhelmina Park.

All are invited to attend the evening’s event, when everyone can enjoy small plates of signature dishes from some of Bonaire’s eateries, which cost only FL 7.00 (about USD $4.00) each.  For visitors, it’s a time to rub elbows with the locals, as people mix and mingle enjoying their food and looking at the various items available for sale.  The Taste will be held from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. (Source:  TCB-Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 25, 2009 at 3:27pm AST
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Insel Air and US Airways Sign Interline Agreement

A ticketing and baggage agreement was signed on November 10, 2009 between US Airways and Insel Air, so that either airline is now able to issue tickets on the other carrier.  This effectively creates the ability for passengers flying to either Bonaire or Curacao on U.S. Airways to check their bags at the originating gateway and then pick up their bags in either Bonaire or Curacao, depending upon the itinerary.

An additional component of interline relationships between carriers is the ability to through-check the connecting passenger (not just bags), allowing issuance of boarding passes between carriers.  US Airways currently lacks passenger through-check with Insel Air, but it is a near-term mutual objective. 

In summary, effective immediately, bags can be checked through, while customers still need to check-in with the connecting carrier for their onwards boarding passes when transiting between US Airways and Insel Air.  The agreement between US Airways and Insel Air does not yet include a through-fare agreement, thus passengers using these connections will be ticketed on two point-to-point tickets.  (Source:  TCB-Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 24, 2009 at 2:06pm AST
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Monday, November 23, 2009

New Options for Tourists and Residents for Food Shopping and Sandwiches In Hato, Bonaire

The area of the northern “hotel row” in Hato, just north of Kralendijk, has seen an explosion of development in recent years, and now the area is providing additional services to both tourists and residents in the form of sandwich shops and grocery stores.

The new Eli Deli, which just opened a few weeks ago, is located just north of the Hato traffic rotary in the District shopping mall.  Eli Deli is open seven days a week (schedule does vary by weekday or weekend) and offers omelets and other egg dishes for breakfast and deli sandwiches for lunch or throughout the afternoon.  It’s an ideal spot for divers wanting to pick up sandwiches for between their dives, without the hassle of parking in Kralendijk.  Ana, the owner/operator, goes to great lengths to be sure her customers are happy with such signature sandwiches as her parma ham sandwich with pesto and olives, lettuce, and tomato, but Ana will also build any sandwich to order.  She has a nice assortment of deli meats and cheeses, and customers can eat in the shop, al fresco, or take away.

Two new grocery stores are also making shopping much easier for visitors without transportation who are staying in the northern “hotel row.” The Hato Mini-Market & Bakery has just opened across the street from Eli Deli in the Sand Dollar shopping mall.  This mini-mart offers many of the staples that visitors will want in their rooms for quick meals and has plans to add a bakery soon.

Just up the road a bit further north, the Zhung Kong Supermarket is located just opposite the northern entrance to Hamlet.  For the size of the store, the Zhung Kong Supermarket offers an amazing array of items for both visitors and residents.

All in all, these three new additions will make shopping for essentials much easier for those staying in the northern areas, giving more time to enjoy one’s vacation!  (Source:  Bonaire Insider reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 23, 2009 at 10:39am AST
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Flamingo Services Bonaire Now Offers Wedding Planning

For those who wish to tie the knot on Bonaire, there’s a new company on board, Flamingo Services, which can assist with total wedding planning services.

Since getting married can be a stressful time, having a local wedding planner take care of arrangements on island allows the wedding party to sit back, relax, and enjoy their special day.  Flamingo Services can arrange for a variety of marriage day services, from finding the right place to stay to finding the right hairdresser, and everything in between!  (Source:  Flamingo Services Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 20, 2009 at 10:34am AST
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

CIEE Begins Mangrove Study at Lac Bay

Recently, work has begun on the construction of “exclusion” cages that will be placed along Kaminda di Sorobon as part of a year-long study to determine the possible impacts of grazing and trampling by goats and donkeys on mangrove habitat. The cages are designed to deter grazing and trampling by fencing off small areas (1 meter square).  The cages are constructed of polyethylene mesh attached to small diameter poles and the height of the cages will be such to prevent grazing from above.

Once the cages are built, regular sampling will assess the plant density and biomass within the cages as well as invertebrate presence and sediment characteristics.

The study is being conducted by Dr. Amanda Hollebone of the CIEE Research Station Bonaire and Scott Hausmann, a retired US wetland expert, with approval of STINAPA and the government of Bonaire.  For additional information on the study please contact CIEE Research Station Bonaire.  (Source:  CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 18, 2009 at 8:58am AST
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Antillean Wine Company Holds Next Wine-Tasting

The next monthly wine-tasting event from Antillean Wine Company will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009.

At this wine-tasting, there will be a selection of six wines to taste--three reds, one rose, and two white wines.  The tasting will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at their store located at Kaya Industria #23.  Entry fee is $10.00 or FL 17.50. Snacks will be served.  All are invited!  (Source:  Antillean Wine Company)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 12, 2009 at 3:57pm AST
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Classical Music Concert on Friday, November 13, 2009 Features Violin and Piano

The Classical Music Board Bonaire will host their next piano and violin concert this coming Friday, November 13, 2009 at 7:30 PM at Cacique Hall, located at the Plaza Resort Bonaire.  The concert will feature the music of Jeroen van der Wel on violin, and Bas van Bommel on piano.

Those attending will enjoy the music of Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770), Jan Gerard Palm (1831-1906), Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) prior to the intermission.  Afterward, music from Achille-Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and George Enescu (1881-1955) will be played.  Dress for the evening is “elegant.” Tickets are FL 30.00 (about USD $16.85) per person if purchased in advance, or FL 35.00 (about USD $20.00) if purchased at the door.  Advance tickets can be purchased at Books & Toys, Flamingo Bookstore, or Plaza Resort Bonaire. (Source:  Classical Music Board Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 11, 2009 at 9:16am AST
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Saturday, November 07, 2009

The Council of Underwater Resort Operators (CURO) Elects a New Board

CURO is the official Bonairean dive operator association, recognized by the Island Government.  The association has recently elected a new board.

Serving on the board are:

President, Bart Snelder representing Wannadive Bonaire,
Vice President, Bruce Bowker representing Carib Inn,
Treasurer, Menno de Bree representing Deep Blue View,
Secretary, Edwin Wuyts representing EW Boat charters,
Board member, Augusto Montbrun representing Buddy Dive Resort,
Board member, Gerri Fokke representing Dive Friends Bonaire,
Board member, Serge de Groote representing Divi Dive Bonaire,
Board member, Karen Chalk representing Captain Don’s Habitat.

CURO strives to enhance cooperation and support within its membership, enhance cooperation with the government and other non-governmental organizations, improve the quality of diving on Bonaire in the broadest sense of the word, and support efforts to protect the environment.  Congratulations and best wishes to the new board. (Source:  CURO)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 07, 2009 at 12:13pm AST
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