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Andalusia news. March 23

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Andalusia news selection from the last seven days and upcoming items including fundraisers, fashion shows, free labour days, a new charity shop opening and a dog called Honey who is seeking a home. Published on Mondays.

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Almeria news

Plaza de la Constitucion - just one of the places to recive free wifi in Almería city

Plaza de la Constitucion – just one of the places to recive free wifi in Almería city ©AlmeriaPhotography

Free wifi in Almería city

Almería city council has set up a free wifi network in five of its plazas and public spaces, all located in the Old Town.

The five areas included currently are Plaza de la Constitucion, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza San Pedro, Plaza Virgen del Mar and Puerta Purchena.

The mayor of Almería, Luis Rogelio Rodriguez Comendador described the additions at “strategic approaches.” He continued: “The project is a result of the strong commitment made for the implementation of new technologies by the city. It achknowledges the observed need to benefit both out citizines and our visitors to allow free access to information through a free wifi network installed in various places in the municipality.”

The free system will allow users to browse the web from their mobile devices, phones and computers. It has been installed at a cost of €18,000.

The mayor finished: “”The next step in our commitment to new technologies will be to extend the wifi network, also free of charge, to the 34 neighbourhood centres that depend on the City of Almeria.”

AUANAUAN – new Facebook page

AUAN (Abusos Urbanisticos Almeria, No!), is an organisation that fights for home-owners that bought property in good faith who now face demolition.

They now have a brand new Facebook page which is well worth following if you have an interest in illegal properties. Click HERE and hit “Like”.

AUAN were recently instrumental in getting a change in the Penal Code. The amendment means that the courts now have more power to stop demolition of properties taking place before the owners have received compensation. The parliamentary members voted unanimously with 223 in favour of the amendment, one abstention and none against.

Gladrags Albox

Gladrags, Calle Malaga in Albox. A favourite haunt of Elle’s. Well, a lady has to look good doesn’t she eh? ©AlmeriaPhotography.com

Gladrags fashion show fundraiser (Albox)

Gladrags annual spring/summer fashion show is to be held on Sunday April 12 at 3pm at the Rosaleda bar/restaurant A334 Arboleas to Albox road.

€5 tickets including a glass of cava on arrival are available from Gladrags in Albox, Total Entertainment in Albox and Arboleas, Sophia Wellness Centre Arboleas and Ibex Insurance in Mojacar.

The event is being sponsored by Ibex Insurance.

All proceeds from the ticket sales & a raffle that will be held on the day will be donated to the Walk for Life charity, helping people & families fighting cancer in the local area

You are guaranteed a fantastic afternoon’s entertainment, ticket holders will be the first to view & purchase the new spring/summer collection as well as accessories and more importantly you will be helping to raise much needed funds for a local charity.

Indalo Players – Annual General Meeting (Mojacár)

  • Place: Hotel Puntazo, Mojacár beach
  • Hotel Location: The meeting room at the far end of the main bar
  • Day: Saturday
  • Date: 11 April 2015
  • Time: 11am

They are looking for new members…so whether it be treading the boards, mending them or lighting them…get in touch with them! There are lots of issues to discuss and new Committee Members to vote in. Join the troupe, make new friends and have lots of fun for only €10 annual membership.

Indalo players also have two humorous plays coming up, both are presented on each night. The performances will be at The Kimrick on Mojacar Playa

“Darlings, You Were Wonderful!” – The Amazon Theatre Group are to perform a little-known, passionate, Spanish drama in a festival. Amid multiple tensions and general chaos backstage, Lesley, the missing member, staggers in paralytically drunk and dressed in motorcycle gear…

“Theatrical Digs” – Theatrical Digs is a farcical battle of wits, work, agents and mobile phones between a glamorous, conceited actress and an eccentric older performer.

Performance dates and times:
Friday 30th May 8pm
Saturday 31st May 3pm and 8pm
Sunday 1st June 3pm

€10 tickets can be purchased at PC Playa in Mojacar and Connexions in Turre

For further information contact: Chrissie – 634 349 638

Honey is a podenco cross she was abandoned by a family returning to the UK she is appox 10 years old very affectionate, placid dog, gets on well with other dogs, she would make a very loyal companion she greets you by raising her paw. Can you offer this beautiful dog a forever home?

Honey is a podenco cross. She was abandoned by a family returning to the UK. She is approximately 10 years old  and is a very affectionate, placid dog who gets on well with other dogs. She would make a very loyal companion. She greets you by raising her paw. Can you offer this beautiful dog a forever home?

Doghouse news (Huercal Overa)

The Doghouse in Huercal Overa suffered terrible damage and numerous animal deaths in recent storms. We spoke to Paul at the Doghouse, who is obviously devastated, but the community has been getting behind him to help in any way they can.

The Doghouse currently cares for 58 dogs, including puppies. You can see many of them on the Doghouse website. There are also some on the Doghouse Facebook page. They are all looking for homes.

There is a free labour day planned on April 12 for people to help get the kennels up to scratch. The shelter has been donated some building materials which need putting to good use. Peter Walker is providing some free beer for the volunteers and food may be available also. The more the merrier so if you can help then please do.

If you wish to donate dog food or money, you can do so at Colin the Card in the entrance to Longo’s on the Albox / Arboleas road.

Bar Cielos in La Alfoquia is holding a fundraising event on Sunday March 29 from 3pm until 8pm to raise funds for the shelter. Olivia the manicurist will be doing nails on the day. these normally cost €20 and all she asks is that you make a donation to the shelter. Loads of local businesses have donated prizes for a raffle. More prizes are always welcomed if this is something you can help with. So far there are meals, wine, wash and blow dries, boxes of chocolates, Betterware goods and much more.

To donate extra prizes, volunteer for the free labour day, or help in any other way, please contact Annie on 634 309 590.

San Animal Santuario (San Juan de los Terreros)

San Animal Santuario will be holding their AGM at Restaurante La Venta, San Juan de los Terreros at 7.30pm / 8pm on Tuesday March 31.

For more information – visit www.sananimal.org

F.A.C.E. AGM (Arboleas)

F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) is holding their AGM on Friday April 3 from 10.30am at the Hostal Meson in Arboleas.

Everyone is welcome to attend and learn more about what this small group of dedicated volunteers does in the local area.

F.A.C.E. will also be holding a clothes sale at Los Llanos market on Saturday April 4.

For more information visit the website at www.face-charity.com

Anglican church schedule for Holy Week

Palm Sunday March 29

  • Church of San Pacual, Mojacar. 11am. Liturgy of palms and celebration of the Holy Eucharist
  • Llanos del peral. 11am. Liturgy of palms and celebration of the Holy Eucharist
  • Aljambra chapel, Albox. 6pm. Night prayer and reflection

Tuesday of Holy Week. March 31

  • Aljambra chapel, Albox. 6pm. Night prayer and reflection

Maundy Thursday. April 2

  • Llanos del Peral. 6pm. Commemoration of The Last Supper

Good Friday

  • Church of San Pascual, Mojacár. 11am. “At the foot of the cross”

Easter Day. April 5

  • Church of San Pacual, Mojacár. 11am. Celebration of the Holy Eucharist
  • Llanos del Peral. 11am. Easter praise
  • Aljambra chapel, Albox. 6pm. Celebration of the Holy Eucharist

APSA charity dog walk (Albox)

The postponed (due to weather) APSA dog walk will now take place on Sunday March 29. Everyone is to meet in Plaza Mayor at 11am (slightly later to allow all the dogs to arrive) with the walk beginning at 11.30am on the Rambla. Sponsorship forms are available from the APSA shop on Avenida Lepanto, Albox.

Sunshine and Mr Tibbs

Sunshine and Mr Tibbs – just two of the dogs heading along with their owner (Brad Swift. Organiser) on the day.

Dogs for Dogs walk, Mojacár

Fancy taking your furry pal for a nice long walk in Mojácar and raising some money for a good cause at the same time?

Meet at the Arriba (across the road from Tito’s) by 10am on Saturday April 11 whether you have a dog or not. If you can’t walk far, someone else will be able to walk your dog for you… and a dog may be provided if you don’t have one. The walk begins at the Arriba before heading down to the treasure island beach via the scenic Mojacar / Macenas coastal walk… and then comes back again.

For those that would like to but don’t think you can manage the full distance, you are welcome to walk as much as you’re comfortable with, this is going to be fun, not a challenge. Food will be available after the walk.

The cost for participation is €10 per walker. €5 goes to PAWS and €5 to cover food. Children may join the walk for free but will need to have their food paid for.

If you are able to pop your money into the Arriba beforehand, that will help to get a feel for how many will be turning up on the day.

If any serious walkers who like to go at a pace would like join them, they’d love to see you, even if it is from behind, you won’t need to wait for the crowd to arrive back to get fed.

PAWS charity bash at Scotty’s Bar (Mojacár)

Don’t forget the PAWS charity event in Mojacar on Thursday March 26. Plenty going on for everyone including live music, wine tasting, tarot readings, a fashion show and more. They are still looking for a few girls to help with the fashion show. Just a bit of fun. All shapes and sizes..dont be shy its just fun for a good cause. Call in to the shop Sunflower or Scotty’s Bar as soon as possible.

Almeria birthdays and celebrations

Happy birthday to Kevin Borman who turned 65 on March 19. Kevin is the author of Flamingos in the Desert. You can read Spain Buddy’s review of the book HERE

Happy birthday to Manuel Resina-Resina  who turned a tremendous 101 on March 18. Known as the Abuelo de Almanzora (Grandfather of Almanzora), Manuel is still strong as an ox and walks a mile every day in his town of Lucar. Go Manuel!


Granada News

Granada the economical choice for Easter

Granada offers a great choice of places to stay for travellers ©SpainPhotography.net

Granada the economical choice for Easter

According to travel website Trivago.es, Granada is the most economical place in Andalusia to stay in over the Easter period.

Andalusia in its entirety is among the favourite Easter destinations, according to Trivago, for Spanish and foreign visitors while Granada city is the most economical destination.

The study puts Sevilla third in the ranking of most popular destinations for travel on Easter, only behind Madrid and London.

Among the 20 most popular destinations more Spanish places are included, indicating the preference of Spanish nationals to enjoy their holidays within their own country despite the strong presence and apparent appeal of foreign destinations.

Among the most popular destinations are Spanish cities with a great religious tradition at Easter, such as Seville, Granada and Malága, and beach destinations such as Benidorm, Salou and Playa del Inglés.

The nationalities most seeking Spanish destinations are British, Irish, French, Italian, German, Finnish, and Swedish

And now for something completely different (Lanjarón)

Get yourselves to El Parque El Salado in Lanjarón from 11am on March 28 and 29 for the Festival Alternativo Al Andaluz.

The event was created as a place where people could come and share positive energy while enjoying some alternative treats in the process.

There will be stalls with alternative therapies and treatments available as well as workshops on raw food and Thai massage.

Ness Bosch, one the event’s organisers, said: “We’ve got into the line-up everything that we can and more, to make it as attractive as possible. We want it to be a family event for all ages and with very low prices for the conducting workshops”.

If you are a professional holistic, alternative and complementary therapist, craftsman, you engage in any activity related to ecology or welfare, or want a stall in the market area, there is still time to get involved. Email festival.alter.al.andalus@gmail.com for more information.

Valle Verde Animal Rescue - Bibi

Eight year old Bibi is a gentle lad seeking a forever home. Perhaps he could share yours?

Shiny and new 

Valle Verde Animal Rescue has a shiny new website.

Friends of Alan and Elle know how dog-mad they are, and Elle regularly trawls rescue websites looking at hundreds of photographs of dogs wishing she could give them all a home.

With three rescue boys of their own, however, it’s not likely to happen right now. But perhaps your house could be enhanced by a furry friend? Then take a look at Valle Verde Animal Rescue which has plenty of gorgeous boys and girls looking for a new forever home. whether you are looking for a little lap dog, a big burly beastie, or something in between… Valle Verde should be able to help.

The organisation has a number of events coming up too, including the following:

  • Coffee morning. 11am March 28. Bistro 31Calle Senor de la Expiracion 31, , Lanjarón
  • Coffee morning. 11am April 25. Casa NottCalle Lora Tamayo, 38-40, Órgiva

Pop along and give them some support and perhaps open your heart to adopting or fostering a set of paws that could really do with an extra break.


Costa del Sol news

New charity shop opensNew charity shop opens (Marbella)

Head along to Marbella’s Old Town tomorrow (Thursday March 26) for an opening party for the new Piel de Mariposa Butterfly Children Charity shop on Calle Caballeros (number nine).

The events begin at 7.30pm and include tapas, music and more.

The shops are part of Debra Spain’s network. Debra’s aim as an association is to improve the quality of life of people with butterfly skin and their families, and the shops play an important role.

Therefore, it would mean a lot to them to have your presence and your support. The new shop fulfills a dual function:

  • Raise funds for Butterfly Skin Association and allow it to continue its work
  • Raise awareness about the disease.

To find out more about Debra Spain – you can visit their website at Piel de Mariposa where the information is available in Spanish and English.

Butterfly Children is a term often used to describe younger sufferers because the skin is said to be as fragile as a butterfly’s wings. Patients are also known as Cotton Wool Babies, or (in South America) as Crystal Skin Children.

Malaga runnersMalága runners

More than 7,000 adult runners filled the streets of Malága on Sunday March 22 to enjoy the 25th edition of the Medía Maratón.

The course, which was measured by the Andalusian Athletics Federation (F.A.A.), was 21.097 kilometres and took the runners through the historic centre of Malága, starting at Avda. Manuel Álva and completing at the Estadio de Atletismo.

Various trophies were on offer for categories based on ages and all runners received a t-shirt commemorating the event. Additionally, all runner numbers were placed into a raffle with three cash prizes available: €500, €300 and €200.

There was also a huge cake made, covered in cream, sweet treats and strawberries for anyone who needed a sugar boost after their run, although it seemed to be very popular with the children who clamoured for a slice.

The winners were El Mouaziz and Lourdes González.

Seafood fair a success

Mayor of Benalmádena, Paloma García Gálvez (left)

Seafood fair a success (Benalmádena)

Mayor of Benalmádena, Paloma García Gálvez, visited the seventh edition of the seafood fair in the Marina in Benalmadena.

The event, organized by the Puerto Deportivo, was held in the tent of 1,400 square meters installed in the marine enclosure and attracted more than 30,000 visitors over its weekend.

The visitors were keen to experience the best seafood offered by specialized establishments from across the municipality. The fair has become a trendsetter among the gastronomic events of the Costa del Sol and is the ultimate showcase for some of the top local restaurants which show the quality and richness of its products as well as the excellence of its cuisine at a very competitive price.

Among the highlights was a cookery demonstration by  chef Ignacio Carmona, from Gastroarte.

The mayor, who was accompanied by councillor Adolfo Fernández and other members of the municipal government, expressed her pleasure at the fair and thanked the participating establishments for their commitment to the event.

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