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Monday, November 28, 2011

CIEE Announces Next Public Presentation

The CIEE Research Station Bonaire is pleased to invite everyone on Bonaire to their next public presentation, which will take place this Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  The topic will be, “Rehabilitation of Deteriorated Mangroves, from Hydrological Characteristics to Management Tools.”

The presenter will be Roel Dijksma from the Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group of Wageningen University.  He has chosen this subject as mangroves are unique ecosystems. In many locations the mangroves have been destroyed or are in very poor condition, due to natural threats such as storms and tsunamis, but also due to human influences. Many rehabilitation projects in the past have failed to achieve the objectives due to poor knowledge of the hydrology of mangroves. In 1928, Watson developed a hydrological classification for mangroves in the Philippines. This classification is still used by rehabilitation projects. Over the last ten years, Wageningen University has done research at mangroves in Vietnam and Indonesia to improve this hydrological classification. In the presentation the hydrological features of mangroves will be shown, the development of the classification, and what this would imply for the mangrove of Lac Bay at Bonaire.

Entry is free and all are invited.  CIEE is located at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #26. (Source:  CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 28, 2011 at 10:32am AST
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner is Here on Bonaire!

Many times, Americans who spend their Thanksgiving holiday on Bonaire wish to find a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Bonaire’s restaurants and tomorrow anyone can “give thanks” at Sunset Bar & Grill’s Thanksgiving dinner.

The prepared menu for 2011 consists of roasted, butter-basted turkey breast, turkey legs with pecan and herb stuffing, pineapple honey-glazed ham, cranberry sauce, classic turkey gravy, traditional sage and onion seasoning, spaghetti squash, sweet carrots, green beans, mushrooms, and creamy mashed potatoes.  The platter is $25.00 per person.

Those who still don’t have their fill can also enjoy pumpkin pie and ice cream ($10.00 per person).  Of course, the regular menu is also available, so the restaurant can accommodate those who wish to celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional meal, as well as those who just want a nice meal out without all the work of preparing it themselves!

For more information, call Sunset Bar & Grill at 788-2698, reservations are highly recommended.  (Source:  Sunset Bar & Grill)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 23, 2011 at 1:18pm AST
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CIEE Presents Their Fall Semester Students’ Presentations Tonight, November 23, 2011

Everyone is invited to attend CIEE’s public lecture this evening at from 7:00 PM through 9:00 PM at their lecture hall on Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #26, when their students of the fall semester will present the results of their research studies.

The following topics will be discussed:

1) “Potential for transmission of coral yellow band disease between colonies of Montastrea annularis through common research techniques"--by Dana Hergert, Oregon State University

2) “Effects of a small harbor on nutrient levels and coral reef health in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean"--by Kendall Miller, University of Virginia

3) “Fish density, species richness and diversity in natural and artificial Acropora cervicornis"--by Stephen Nelson, Oregon State University

4) “Effects of hole size in artificial reefs on coral reef fish communities"--by Tessa Code, Santa Clara University

5) “Use of trophic structure as an indicator of reef fish populations in areas open and closed to fishing"--by Ben VanDine, Cedarville University

6) “Sponge abundance and the prevalence of disease on Scleractinian coral in Bonaire"--by Luke Powell, Arizona State University

7) “Assessing coral disease prevalence and fish species richness among reefs on Bonaire"--by Ian Ster, Mount Mercy University

8) “Cephalopholis fulva, Cephalopholis cruentata, and Sphyraena barracuda populations in response to fishing protection"--by Jack Olson, University of Colorado at Boulder

Entrance is free.  (Source:  CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 23, 2011 at 9:02am AST
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Dive Friends Bonaire Announces First SDI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

Dive Friends Bonaire is pleased to announce their first SDI Instructor Development Course (IDC) will begin on December 10th and continue through December 16th, 2011. The Instructor Evaluation Course (IEC) conducted by Jeffrey Kempff will follow on 19th and 20th December.

The IDC format will focus upon workshops and interaction. SDI/TDI Instructor Trainer Chris Verstappen will conduct the program in English and Dutch. Concurrent with the IDC course, Dive Friends Bonaire will also offer Specialty Instructor training, crossovers, and an option for a post-IDC internship at the dive facility. The cost of the course is $1,995.00, including all of the following:

- Full IDC
- IEC Prep Course, FREE
- Instructor Online Training
- CPROX1st Aid AED Instructor
- TDI Understanding Nitrox Instructor
- Instructor Manuals
- Instructor Exam
- Instructor Fees

Additional programs are available for the following prices:

- Specialty Instructor, $150.00
- Instructor Crossover (with Online Training), $700.00
- Instructor Evaluation Course (IEC), $450.00

All candidates are also eligible for two days of free unlimited air for shore diving after the IDC. Dive Friends will be including Instructor Online Training as part of this IDC, which allows candidates to save time and travel expenses by taking advantage of home-study methods. They can start the academic portion of the IDC in advance, for completion of the program with Dive Friend’s Instructor Trainer. During the two days between the IDC and the Instructor Examination Course (IEC), Dive Friends Bonaire offers a free Preparation Course. These two days will be used to refresh your knowledge of the theory and practice the skills again.

Together with cooperating accommodation partners, Dive Friends Bonaire can also offer the full IDC + 14 days accommodation for $2,912 (All SDI materials, IEC and SDI fees are included).  All rates are in U.S. Dollars.

Dive Friends Bonaire can assist with on-island arrangements, including special IDC rates for accommodations and/or vehicle rentals. Those interested in participating in the IDC should contact Dive Friends Bonaire directly by email at info@dive-friends-bonaire.com or chris@dive-friends-bonaire.com (Instructor Trainer) for pricing and eligibility requirements and discounted rates for accommodations.  (Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 18, 2011 at 1:55pm AST
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Monthly Wine Tasting Offers a Special Addition

Those attending the Antillean Wine Company’s monthly wine tasting tomorrow evening will have the chance to try the new Cadushi of Bonaire liqueurs, in addition to the selection of six wines normally sampled during the wine tasting.

The monthly event always provides a good opportunity to try new wines and socialize. As a special treat, staff from Cadushi of Bonaire will be on hand to present their newest liqueurs. The fun begins at 7:00 PM on Saturday November 12 and will continue until 9:00 PM. The cost is $10 per person and includes snacks. It will be held at the Antillean Wine Company, located at Kaya Industria 23. (Source: Antillean Wine Company)

Posted by Ann Johnson on November 11, 2011 at 10:14pm AST
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Classical Music Board Announces Next Concert

Music from operas, operettas and other musical selections will be performed Saturday November 19, 2011, when Bonaire’s Classical Music Board presents soprano Nicole van Eer, pianist Armand Simon, and Deborah Helder, a young pianist and winner of the Aruba’s 2011 International Youth Competition. 

The artists will be presenting pieces from favorite operas including Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Puccini’s La Boheme and Bizet’s Carmen, in addition to other works by Beethoven, Verdi, Tosti, Chopin and Schubert. To round out the evening, there will be selections from musicals The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Send in the Clowns and Guys and Dolls.

Nicole van Eer is known for her singing talents in both operas and musicals. She studied classical voice training at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, has performed and competed internationally, and now resides in Aruba.

Armand Simon was born to Aruban parents in Amsterdam and began studying piano at age 12. He is dedicated to chamber music and studied at the Conservatory of Rotterdam and continued on to the Conservatory of Utrecht. He has performed extensively internationally and in 2004 he returned to Aruba to work with young musical talents of the island and founded the Crescendo Foundation. He is also the artistic director of the International Aruba Piano Festival.

Deborah Helder won the 2011 Aruba Crescendo Piano Competition, the youngest winner ever, at age 13. She started playing at age 7, when her parents gave her a little piano. After three years of studying, she was accepted by the Da Vinci Academy and is currently studying with Armand Simon.

This concert is followed by a buffet, where attendees will have the chance to meet the artists and enjoy a special dinner buffet, drinks and music. The concert will be held in Cacique Hall at Plaza Resort, starting at 8:00 P.M. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Addo’s Books and Toys, the Flamingo Bookstore and Plaza Resort for $20 per person or $25 at the event. Combined tickets for entrance to the concert and the buffet dinner are available for $45. (Source: Classical Music Board Bonaire)

Posted by Ann Johnson on November 11, 2011 at 9:22am AST
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Insider Review--Capriccio’s Restaurant Has Opened in Their New Location

One of Bonaire’s favorite Italian restaurants, Capriccio’s, has reopened in their new location just in time for the holidays and the upcoming busy tourism season. 

Located in an elegant, new building on the waterfront, reminiscent of chic South Beach eateries, the new location houses a small boutique, as well as a bar and indoor and outdoor eating areas.  The interior dining room has high ceilings, and is decorated with artwork by Bonaire’s own artist, Linda Richter.  Even with a dining room full of patrons, the ambiance was quiet and peaceful.


Under the keen eye of Andrea--the youngest chef in Italy to receive a Michelin star at the age of 22--the gleaming kitchen (and oh, what I wouldn’t give to have a kitchen like this at home!) still produces pieces of edible art.  Each plate is perfectly presented, visually pleasing, and, of course, tasty to even the most refined of palates.  It was comforting to see that the menu was unchanged; after all, Capriccio’s has enjoyed a successful reputation over many years based upon its unique menu, so I was particularly happy to see my own favorite, pumpkin raviolini, still available.  Our group ordered a variety of starters, with either pastas or beef tenderloins for entrees, and then dessert, coffee, and even some grappa.




It was also comforting to see the genuine smiles of the same wait staff that has served us over many years.  All in all, it was a wonderful dining experience and one that we each will look forward to again soon.  Capriccio’s is open for lunch and dinner, but advance reservations are highly recommended.  Reservations can be made by calling 717-7230, and the new location is at Kaya Hellmund #5 in Kralendijk.  We wish Lola and Andrea all the best with their new restaurant.  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 10, 2011 at 10:04am AST
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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Best Wishes and Good Luck to Miss Bonaire, Benazir Charles, at the 2011 Miss World Pageant

In October, 2010, Benazir Charles was named Miss Bonaire for the 2010 and 2011 season.  But, besides having a whirlwind year as Miss Bonaire, this lucky lady is currently in London awaiting this weekend’s (November 6th) Miss World 2011 pageant. 

With the Miss Bonaire competition, our island’s young ladies are given the opportunity to make a difference in the world by displaying their elegance, confidence, and intelligence, all essential qualities to become the island’s icon.  Benazir has certainly demonstrated her leadership qualities during the past year of her reign as Miss Bonaire, and the island is rooting for her in the upcoming Miss World Pageant.

The final show of the Miss World pageant will take place on November 6th, 2011 (from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM local time on Bonaire) and the Miss Bonaire Organization is organizing a get-together in combination with a BBQ at El Mundo Restaurant next to Wilhelmina Park (on Kaya Grandi), where there will be TV screens set up so that everyone on Bonaire can come together and support Miss Bonaire in the Miss World pageant 2011 and watch the final moments live.  Entrance is free to watch the pageant, but if the BBQ is desired, the cost is $10.00 per person, which also includes one drink.  Proceeds from the BBQ go the Miss Bonaire Organization.

Good luck, Benazir, we’re proud of you!  (Source:  Miss Bonaire Organization)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 03, 2011 at 2:44pm AST
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

CIEE Announces November Public Lectures

CIEE has announced their next three public lectures for the month of November, and a wide variety of topics are included.  Everyone is invited to attend, and entrance is always free.

Tonight, the title of the presentation is “FORCE Project: Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment” by Stacey M. Williams, PhD, Marine Biologist Consultant, FORCE.

Next Wednesday, November 9th, the presentation will be, “Dispelling Jaws: Sharks Can Be Selective Feeders” by Steve Newman, PhD, School of Marine Science and Technology, Newcastle University.

Dr. Williams and Dr. Newman are both on Bonaire conducting research on how climate change may affect the reefs on Bonaire.  FORCE (Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment) project is an integrated research project which takes an ecosystem approach, linking social and ecological aspects toward managing Caribbean coral reefs in the face of climate change.  The project is a joint research endeavor between social and natural sciences to help sustain the services provided by coral reefs on which so many people depend. The ten projects include research into ecological and social processes that affect coral reef health; linking the ecological and social processes underpinning reef health, and the creation of tools to aide practitioners, stakeholders, and governments plan for more effective coral reef management.

The third public lecture will be held on Tuesday, November 15th and is entitled, “Archaeological Research at Tanki Maraka, With Development Potentials for Bonaire” and will be presented by Jay B. Haviser, PhD.  Dr. Haviser is an archaeologist who has conducted and participated in extensive archaeological work in St. Martin. A well published expert on ancient Amerindian archeology, the USA-born Dr. Haviser has served as vice president of the International Association of Caribbean Archeology (1993-1997), editorial review board member of the Latin American Antiquity Journal, a member of the Curacao Historical Society, Society of Africanist Archeology, and Society of Professional Archaeologists. Dr. Haviser is a graduate of Florida State University, USA, and the Royal University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

All presentations will be held in the lecture hall at CIEE headquarters at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot 26 and begin promptly at 7:00 PM.  (Source:  CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 02, 2011 at 8:47am AST
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