The Week’s Agenda for PORTLAND, September 24- 30

Everyone is WELCOME to join our activities….. PLEASE contact the person mentioned if you are able to join us:::::::::::  General questions call Marguerite at 503-260-9880 or reply to this email.

MONDAY — Pick up Ticos from Bend folks

We will meet at Cabela’s at 9:30am (not 9:15 as we’d said in the meeting)  and then drive to meet the Ticos coming from Bend at Mongold Day Use Area at Detroit Lake.  We should get back around 3:30pm.  Gabriella will pick up Carlos (and of course, Elizabeth) and take Carlos back to Peter’s house for him.  (Gabriella has Elizabeth until she leaves on Wednesday…Amparo hosts her on Friday thru Sunday.)  Peggy needs to know how many are coming so she can buy the chicken.  Peggy says to bring your own drink and possible $5 charge for the chicken.  Please RSVP to Peggy if you want to go. (peggyaboyd@yahoo.com). 


Karen Graham suggested that on Monday, Marguerite give each Tico an envelope with the week’s worth of money for lunch and cafecito purchases.  Each envelope should have written on it the day, amount of money to spend for that day, and what to spend it on (e.g. “Tuesday $15 lunch”).


TUESDAY — Tours and Welome Party at Ecovillage

Meet at EcoVillage lodge house at 1pm.  Marilee will give a walking tour of tiny houses and a nice garden, both near EcoVillage. Then we’ll drive to Bison Coffee House for cafecito.  After we’ll go to Cully Park at 72nd and Killingsworth.


The Ecovillage lodge is reserved from 3 to 8pm.  Barb needs help with decorations and setting up tables.  She thinks happy hour will happen around 5pm and we’ll eat a light dinner around 6pm, then dancing.  The cost for EstadoUnidenses is $6 pp.  Those who want to go should RSVP to Barb at barbara3820@earthlink.net, 503-978-9475 and pay the $6 when they arrive.


Joy will pick up Peggy and Tico at Gateway Max station at 12:17pm and bring them to Ecovillage.


WEDNESDAY — City Hall, Pittock Mansion, Skyline  lunch, Audubon, Marguerite’s Party

Marilee has arranged a meeting with the Mayor’s assistant.  We meet at City Hall at 8:45am.  It sounds like we’ll have a big meeting afterwards. Paige will translate. Marilee estimates that we’ll have cafecito around 10:15am and get to Pittock Mansion by 11:00am.  Then we’ll go to lunch at the hamburger place up the road around noon, and get to Audubon around 2pm.  After the Audubon tour, we will go to Marguerite’s house and decide who wants to go to the Arboretum or to the Rose Garden (which still has roses) about 2 miles from her house.


All are invited to  a northwest theme potluck at Marguerite’s, who lives next to the Arboretum.  Marguerite’s friend Rhonda, a personal chef, will demonstrate how to prepare a special salmon dish. PLEASE bring your favorite NW theme salad or vegetable dish and a NW wine….We will also be dancing with music from Costa Rica.   Contact Marguerite, hills4@comcast.net or 503-260-9880 as we’d love for you to join us.


Peggy & Tico will take Max to City Hall and catch rides afterwards.  Karen Graham will leave early to take Elizabeth and Carlos to the airport.  They leave for Mount Rushmore on a 1:15pm flight.

THURSDAY — Peter & Katia’s, Radio Station, Peter & Katia’s, Dancing.


We’ll meet at Peter’s around 11am.  Gabriella will pick up Peggy and Tico at the Gateway Max station.  We’ll eat lunch about noon.  Price for all guests  is $5 pp.  Please contact Peter if you’re going so they’ll have enough food.  Around 1:45 we’ll drive to the All Classical Radio Station (near OMSI) for a radio station tour which starts at 2:15pm, and then the concert afterwards at 2:40 pm.  John has already sent the request to the Radio Station for tix, (joncapwin@aol.com).  After that we’ll head back to Peter’s for happy hour and then go dancing at a place near his house (see last meeting’s minutes).  Cover is $10, swing dancing class starts at 6pm.  Contact Peter at petermarfell@comast.net

FRIDAY — Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge, Pendleton, and Fort Vancouver


Meet at 9 am at the Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge on Highway 14 just east of Washougal for a special introduction to the area and a short walk on the Art Trail.  At 11:00 we will tour the Pendleton Mill in Washougal.  We’ll have lunch at Chuck’s Produce and then go to Fort Vancouver and Officer’s Row.  Please contact Marguerite at hills4@comcast.net or 503-260-9880 if you want to join us!   Marguerite picks up Peggy and Tico at the Zoo exit at 8 am.  Karen will pick up Elizabeth and Carlos at the airport from their flight which gets in at 3:51pm.  She’ll drop them off at the homes of Peter and Amparo, probably around 5:00pm or so.



Free day in the morning for shopping or whatever.  Then we meet at Karen Graham’s  Claremont Greens Club House.  Take St. Andrews street, it deadends off of Bethany.  No cost, but it’s potluck.  First third of alphabet bring dessert, second third bring main dish, last third bring veggies.  There will be meat.



Susan’s Tico flies out at 1pm, the rest at 4pm.  Perhaps your Tico would like to go to the Grotto (near the airport) for church service at 10am.  It’s up to the sponsors and Ticos.  We’ll meet at Ikea in North Portland (close to airport)  for lunch at noon and afterwards go to the airport.



Tilarán needs English Teachers for Spring 2019

Greetings All,

The students of the Tilarán English program are looking for teachers to teach English again in Tilarán from Monday, February 11 to Thursday April 11. Classes are twice- daily each class 90 minutes, one in the early afternoon and one in the evening, Monday thru Thursday. There is a possible 3 week slot to fill and 3 two week commitments. At this point I have heard from 3 people who want to do it, meaning we will need 5 more to fill out the program. We will be using the same curriculum [ called Interchange] that we used last year which was well received by the students. We finished ½ of the curriculum last year and will do the second half this coming year.  Lulu and I are doing the cultural exchange and will not be teaching this year.

Teachers will be hosted in different homes and will have their own rooms and laundry service provided. Everyone will have access to a kitchen and there will be a $13/day cost. If you travel on non teaching days you are not obligated to pay the $13, only for the nights you sleep in your provided room. Meals are not provided per se but I guarantee you will be eating in other people’s homes by invitation as those who have participated the past 2 years can vouch for. Please let me know if you are interested in participating in 2019 or know of someone who might like to do it.

Thanks for your interest!


“Pura Vida” Ceviche made in Oregon


It’s fun for me to connect to Costa Rican cuisine here in Portland.  Many of you have heard of the Portland Mercado on SE 72nd and Foster, but there are other locales that feature interesting Latin American food.  There are for instance, dozens of Farmers Markets all around Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro.  Recently, I found ceviche here in PDX through a Costa Rican-owned business called Pura Vida Ceviche.

I got a chance to talk with Natalia Dresser, who along with her American husband Kyler, have been making ceviche for several years.  On the table, there were three kinds of ceviche for sale.  A few folks came up and sampled while I asked about Natalia’s love of Ceviche and Costa Rica.  Natalia is originally from Puntarenas and she loves making food for her family and community.  Her stand features a rather large Costa Rican flag as seen below.


The Pura Vida ceviche is made with Patagonian shrimp in a style that delivers a citrusy limey wallop.  The more subdued vegan ceviche is made with heart of palms.  The fish ceviche was quite popular as well (sampling was free).  Tasting all that ceviche helped me to recall my jaunts into the open markets in downtown San José, Costa Rica back in the early 1980’s.

The ceviches (vegan, shrimp and fish) are all reasonably priced, US$7 or US$8.  If you would like to meet Natalia and Kyler, they will be at the Westmoreland Market for the duration of the market’s season which runs through October 24, 2018.  The market is in SE Portland on the corner of SE Bybee & 14th St.  The Westmoreland Farmers Market is open 2pm to 7pm in the summer.   I’m sure you’ll enjoy Natalia’s ceviche and the healthy produce you’ll find all around Westmoreland.   Está muy rico y Buen provecho!

Tico Visit Planning 2019; Meeting this Thursday, July 26, 2018

Please join us for coordinating our September 24-30 Ticos visit:

The next meeting will be on Thursday, July 26 at 4pm at Joy Brandt’s house:  2029 SE 88th Ave, Portland 97216.  Phone:  503-560-2712. 

 Here are a few notes from the previous meeting:

For day leaders, Please be prepared to present a budget for the day you are hosting, and nail down the particulars of the day (times, transportation needs, costs, etc.).

Night Hosting:

These are the people who said they would be interested in hosting. If a question mark follows their name, then we think they would be interested in hosting:

Peggy Ast

Sue Sager   (Whoever has her email, please forward this to her.)

Gabriella Maertens

Marguerite Hills

Peter and Kattia Marfell

Don and Betsy Ruff ?

Susie Garrison ?  (Whoever has her email, please forward this to her.)

Amparo ?

Dan Green and wife?

Gabriella mentioned that each night host should have a co-host who would be willing to help with driving or cooking or other things.  Gabriella volunteered to be in charge of coordinating the hosts and co-hosts.


These are the people who have vans or who are willing to help transport Ticos for the Day events.

Marguerite has a van with room for 7 people including the driver.

Peggy has an SUV with room for 7 including the driver.

Karen ?  (We think she has a big vehicle…)

Joy has a car with room for 4 including the driver

Gabriella has a car with room for 4 including the driver

Laurie ?  (we couldn’t remember her last name but she was great about transporting folks last year.  She lives near Oxbow Park.  Does anyone have her email?  I have a phone number for her and it is 503-929-1683 or 503-663-2699.)

Visa Problems for Ticos:  We had a discussion about what we might do to help resolve the extra cost of Visa’s (which we’ve heard has more than doubled to be about $300.  However, I  looked it up online and it appears to be $160 for a tourist visa (see http://www.ustraveldocs.com/cr/cr-niv-visafeeinfo.asp )  Two decisions were made in our meeting:  1)  Marilee will contact Wyden and Merkley’s offices to explain our program to them and see if there is anything they can do to make it easier for our Ticos to come to Oregon.   2) Peggy will take our suggestion to the next Board meeting that Oregon Partner’s have a scholarship fund for adult Tico travelers which would help pay for their Visa or perhaps even partially help with the cost.

Day Event Hosting:  The following rough schedule was decided for day events; the day coordinator is also listed.

Monday, Sept. 24 – Peggy Ast.  We would like to pick up the Ticos from the Bend hosts near Warm Springs, attend Warm Springs Museum together, then each night host plus helper drivers will drive Ticos back to the homes where they are being hosted.  Peggy will coordinate with the Bend leaders about this.  If not this, then possibly take them to Timberline Lodge on the way back to Portland?  Hosts should be told that they do NOT need to cook large dinners for the Ticos because they are used to eating their main meal in the afternoon and only something very light at night.

Tuesday, Sept. 25 – Barbara/Marilee/Sally (who is an EcoVillage resident and offered to help).  Tours of nearby co-housing villages and/or gardens (e.g. Cully tour).  Happy hour Welcome Party with light dinner/happy hour food, plus dancing.  Barbara will do cooking and happy hour planning; Marilee to do the tours; Sally can lead the dancing. She has old music!  Peggy will make sure everyone gets a name tag.  Someone suggested that we get Pins with “City of Roses” to give to Ticos.

Wednesday, Sept. 26 – Marilee and Joy.   Portland Day. Marilee will see if Hector is willing to give a talk in Spanish about Portland, or we could also do the City Council/International Liaison meeting at City Hall. Then we could visit Audibon Society — Marilee will see if Audibon can pick us up in their van and bring us to their Portland headquarters. We’ll get a tour, then Barbara is willing to lead folks to walk the trail to Pittock Mansion while Joy or possibly others drive there.  Can Karen get tickets in advance? We also discussed having happy hour at either Portland Grill or Alta Bira.  (No food carts!)

Thursday, Sept. 27 – John and Peter/Kattia.  Start with early lunch at Peter and Kattia’s, then take the trolley to the Classical Radio Station. Must be there before 3pm for live concert. Have an evening soiree at someone’s home with food, bingo, games, etc. or else dinner at the Spaghetti Factory?

Friday, Sept. 28 – Marguerite and Joy.  Vancouver Day to include all or some of the following: Fort Vancouver, Officers Row, Pendleton Factory, Steigerwald Refuge, Art Trail, Humane Society.  Evening soiree at someone’s home with dancing or games?

Saturday, Sept. 29 – Departure Party.  Possibly Karen or else Rosa and Sandy?  We would like to ask Karen if she would be willing to have the Departure Party at her clubhouse.  If not, I spoke to Rosa Maldonado and she said she would be willing to do it again with Sandy at her clubhouse on SE Main Street, but she needs to know soon in order to reserve it.  Before this and during the day, we discussed that hosts could take their Ticos shopping or to Saturday Market or to the Grotto.

Sunday, Sept. 30 – Ticos leave.

Other ideas we tossed around which I’ll mention (in case something falls through) are:

Portland Mercy Corps

Canoe trip

Bingo/card games at Spare Room Dive Bar

Yoga/dance with Sally @EcoVillage


Portland Art Museum

Ice Skating or Roller Skating

Country dancing at Ponderosa Lounge

Bobs Red Mill tour and restaurant plus shopping

Wine tasting – closer, within Portland

Beer Garden Brewery Tour

Night of music at Ecovillage

Shopping — smaller groups, to Goodwill and Garage Sales on a Saturday

The Grotto and Rocky Butte plus lunch at Namaste Restaurant