The San Pedro Sun

Parents join children at SPRCS for family day
Involving parents in the education of their children is an integral part of a well rounded education. The San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) has set aside one day a month where parents are able to join children of the Infant I division in fun activities. Bonding, parenting and educational fun – what better way to spend quality time with the children than working on a project that promotes cleanliness and health?

Under the Sun & Stars – Celebrations Galore!
Happy Birthday Morgaine! Happy Birthday Kyna and Melanie! Congratulations Newlyweds!! Well-known lovebirds Helda Santos and Robert “Robbie” Pritchard of Roadkill Bar tied the knot on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at a beachside ceremony at Coral Bay Villas.

Prince Harry ends tour in Belize with a visit to Xunantunich
HRH Prince Henry of Wales ended his tour of Belize on Saturday March 3rd after visiting the western part of the country amongst other activities. Prince Harry was able to interact with hundreds of Belizeans at a street party in Belmopan on Friday night where he took the opportunity to dance traditional Belizean brukdung and Jankunu. After his lively Friday night, the energetic and enthusiastic Prince visited the Adjacency Zone set up by the Organization of American States Office between the Belize-Guatemala Boarder.

Ambergris Today

Prince Harry "Gets Down" In Belize
Prince Harry had a very Belizean welcome, which was the perfect start to his diamond jubilee tour. He arrived in Belize on Friday, March 2, very proper, serious, well-suited and elegant but eventually captured the essence of the country and changed his demeanor to a more casual and festive one. Belize threw HRH Prince Harry a welcome party that he will not forget in a long while as he celebrated with the multi-cultured people of the country, which included dancing alongside the Governor General of Belize the Garifuna Jankanoo, sipping down some delicious hibiscus punch with the Creole and taking back a shot of ceviche with the Meztizo. And he also sampled a cold Belikin beer.


Prince Harry Wraps Up Belize Visit
Prince Harry concluded his one-day visit to Belize with a tour of the Xunantunich Maya temple in western Belize. The prince toured the ruins of the ancient Maya civilization and climbed to the very top of the 135 foot El Castillo from whence a panoramic view of the surrounding jungle and El Peten in Guatemala can be enjoyed. The day was hot and humid and the prince came down from the summit drenched in sweat but taking the local clime in good stead as he was entertained by Maya dancers who played the marimba and performed their traditional deer hunting dance. To top off the visit to Xunantunich, a marching band complete with cheerleaders from the nearby San Jose Succotz high school livened up the morning event.

Saturday Fundraiser
Today we rode into town for a fundraiser lunch for Uziel Meza, a baby needing medical care after being born prematurely to an employee at Belize Bank. We had bought the tickets earlier in the week while we were doing our banking and had been looking forward to some authentic Belizean rice and beans and stew chicken. So after my morning yoga at Ak'Bol, we pulled out the bikes. Fortunately, the wind had died down some from the morning's peak, when it was gusting to 39 mph(!), so we enjoyed our ride into town. This is the peak tourist season in San Pedro, so town was really hopping today!

Meeting New Friends on Leap Day
This past week we had the opportunity to meet Terese and Rick from Vancouver, Washington, who are visiting Belize on vacation. I've been corresponding with Terese for awhile after she found this blog and wrote to me. They are planning to retire before too long and are starting to investigate possible retirement places. On this trip they are visiting San Pedro and Placencia. We met them at Ambergris Brewing Company on "leap day", February 29th. I'd noted that Ambergris Brewing had posted on Facebook in the morning that if you said "leap year" when you came in, you got specials on rum drinks or beer all day long. So, our rum drinks were only $4 BZD ($2 US) apiece, a great deal. We were the only folks there on this late afternoon, but that was fine with us. We had an easy, fun conversation, answered Rick and Terese's questions, and made a few recommendations.

Red Cross Belize San Pedro Branch
Good fortune is smiling on us, many people are stepping up in support of gaining a Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch and sharing the desire to make a difference. Christina Espejo of Island Galleria has donated 6 months office space to the Belize Red Cross for the San Pedro Branch. Changes in Latitudes and Legends Burger House have both offered to place donation containers at their businesses. deSEo advertising has volunteered to enhance their facebook page and do a Belize Red Cross website. 9 people registered to volunteer, we are building a solid network of people with strong skills and connections. John from Bandage international and Bonnie from the Lions den were both in support of our new San Pedro Branch and organizations joining hands to help benefit Ambergris Caye.

Caye Caulker Chronicles

Farewell Assembly for Mr. Dane Dingerson, Founder/Donor of Ocean Academy
Form IV senior students organized a heartfelt appreciation assembly for school co-founders Dane Dingerson and wife Lydie Baudry. In 2008 Dane and Lydie donated a plot of land, and the initial funds to build a three-room schoolhouse. Since 2008, they have been actively involved in the growth of Ocean Academy. Dane volunteers as a windsurfing coach, construction supervisor, group leader and all-around “handyman”. Lydie, an accountant by trade, keeps the books in order and also helps with construction projects. Form IV students sang a song, and students from each grade read poems and presented the couple with cards and speeches.

Child Stimulation Month commences on Caye Caulker 2012
Child Stimulation Month for Pre-schools is usually a countrywide month of activities held during every March each year and Caye Caulker Pre-schools also have their calendar of events for our little Belizean citizens to enjoy accompanied by their Parents. This usually is done to enhance awareness of our little young ones in their early educational life by having park days, cultural days, an art and craft day and so on. March 1st marked the beginning of Child Stimulation Month and a parade was held throughout the principals streets of Caye Caulker. This year’s theme for Child Stimulation month is: “Early Childhood Education Start Early – Aim High”

International Sources

Prince Harry Interview in Belize at Xunantunich
For the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales has traveled to Belize. After climbing to the top of El Castillo at Xunantunich, he is beaming with great things to say about Belize.

Prince Harry gets the party started in Belize
PRINCE Harry became a rum-drinking, street-dancing, crowd-pleasing royal during his first encounter with the people of Belize. The prince had come to name a street in honour of his grandmother the Queen and to sample the country’s culture as he began his Diamond Jubilee tour in tribute to the monarch. But he left protocol behind and enthusiastically bonded with the locals during a walkabout at a “block party” staged to celebrate his grandmother’s 60-year reign. The party prince knocked back shots of rum, played the fool as he sampled local dishes, danced with women and left others screaming his name as he went on a walk-about yesterday.

Can you feel the love tonight? Prince Harry's Lion King moment as he receives hugs from dancing girls and a very warm welcome from the locals
Prince Harry's visit to one of Belize's most significant national monuments turned into something of a love-in with hugs, dancing girls and a rapturous welcome from the locals. The Prince played the tourist as he strolled around he long abandoned city of Xunantunich as he continued his Diamond Jubilee tour. And among the images of delighted locals waving welcome placards - bearing slogans including 'Come back soon, we love you' - was a moment that carried a rather familiar regal air.

Diving Ambergris Caye " Belize Diving Adventures
"Five minutes from the dock. Good Sea Turtle and coral film clips in this episode. Local Diving with Belize Diving Adventures, San Pedro Ambergris Caye

Jesus on "The Reef" Ambergris Caye, Belize
Dive site "Christ of The Abyss" Watch the left eye appears to glance at the lens as I approached. Great Dive and Good video, aome nice reef photos as well. Belize Diving Adventures, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, CA

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