Theater in English: I, The Actor

For the first time in English: “I,The Actor”, a play written and directed by Haydée Pino, starring Michels Skwierinski, a Venezuelan actor recognized in Ecuador for his co-starring role in the film “Advantage”, as well as his performance in the Mariscal Sucre’s role in the film “Camino a la Libertad”. His most recent participation is in the film “Phuyu”.

The multifaceted actor is presented for the first time in English in the play “I,The Actor”, the story of an interpreter who, minutes before the performance, is left without a soul. Lost and stunned, he doesn’t know what to do.

Date: April 27 / April 28

Place: Alfonso Carrasco Room (Casa de la Cultura / Presidente Córdova and Luis Cordero)

Time: 6 PM

Cost: $10

Limited Capacity, Biosafety Protocols

Ticket reservations: https://bit.ly/3dlL7oM

Phone: 099 482 1507

April 27 (6 to 6:30 PM) / April 28 (6 to 6:30 PM), $10, Casa de la Cultura del Azuay (Presidente Córdova and Luis Cordero), Cuenca.

Felipe Cardoso: felipecardosov@gmail.com 099 482 1507

The sky and the weather – meditate with Shambhala Sunday

You’re the sky. Everything else is just the weather.

Dear Cuenca Community,

Shambhala Cuenca would like to invite you to meditate together from your home this Sunday at 10:30 AM. There are many forms and methods of meditation – the form you choose doesn’t matter, however it’s a very good thing to remember our shared humanity as we sit quietly and become mindful for a period of time.

Online meditation sessions are available at https://virtual-cushion.shambhalaonline.org
and https://shambhalaonline.org/sunday-gatherings/

To practice online regularly with a group, you can also visit https://boston.shambhala.org/getting-started/

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Volleyball – International 6 on 6: Sunday, Noon

All experienced intermediate or advanced 6 on 6 regulation volleyball players are invited to join us for fun, friendship, and exercise. We have players who represent countries from around the world. We will play Sunday, April 18, starting at Noon to 2 PM (weather permitting).

We will set up this Sunday at Parque Lineal Yanuncay just west of Av. Fray Vecente Solano on the North side of Av Primero de Mayo.

We ask all who attend to wear a mask to protect themselves and others.

Come join us!

You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set-Spike” volleyball)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Sunday, April 18, starting at Noon to 2 PM, Free, Parque Lineal Yanuncay just west of Av. Fray Vecente Solano on the North side of Av Primero de Mayo., Cuenca.

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com

You are invited ~ all are welcome

Join us this Sunday at Trinity Vineyard Church Cuenca. Come as you are. Check us out and see what we are all about. At Trinity Cuenca, we are different. We serve those in our community, our city, and our world. We take seriously Jesus’ command to love God and love people.

We come together to explore what God’s word really means and how to apply it to our lives; build strong relationships; serve each other and serve our community. We desire to be a true expression of love.

At Trinity Vineyard Cuenca, God is building a family friendly church that consists of people of all ages, countries, cultures, and backgrounds. A place where the people of Cuenca can find God, love, unity, hope and grace.

Service starts at 10 AM. Come early and have a free cup of coffee, a snack, and meet some new friends.

We are located on Ordonez Lasso in the River Side building (same building as Bank Pichincha next door to Home Vega) We are on the first floor (no stairs!) with ample parking and bus stops close by.

April 18th, from 10 to 11:30 AM, free, Ordonez Lasso in the River Side Building next door to Home Vega, Cuenca.

Weldon Edwards: weldon.edwards@trinityvineyardchurch.com

1ST OBG dance of this year!

Hello Everyone, Hope you are all well and happy. Many people have asked when we plan on resuming the Oldies But Goodies dances. We are excited to announce that we are planning our first OBG dance of the year on Wednesday, April 21st at Common Grounds Sports Bar.

Music from 7-10 PM with happy hour from 4-7 PM.

As we want everyone to be safe, temperatures will be taken at the door and wearing a mask sensibly is required.

Common Grounds is a fun place to eat, drink and dance the night away. However, the number of attendees will be limited. Please respond and let us know if you are coming and how many people will be in your party.

Attendees will be welcome on a first come response to our email gfedyna77@gmail.com so please confirm or reconfirm.

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St. Christopher YouTube – Evening Prayer online

St. Christopher Episcopal Mission is a Cuenca-based faith community formed in 2019, as the first English-language Episcopal congregation in South America.

All are welcome at St. Christopher’s regardless of their faith tradition.

We gather online via Facebook and St. Christopher’s YouTube Channel, where you will discover new Evening Prayer services posted each Sunday. Our lectors, music and homilies are global. We invite you to participate.

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Freya artisanal soap at the Gran Feria of Entrepreneurs

Each skin has its own needs. That’s why we want to bring you the best option. We work with natural ingredients that bring light, freshness and nutrients to your skin.

We, at Freya, have right what you need. Our artisanal soap is line made with 100% natural ingredients.

Come and check our products at The Gran Feria of Entrepreneurs

Friday, April 17, 10 AM – 2 PM , Simon Bolivar 1349 y Estevez de Toral, Cuenca.

Lourdes Alvarez: +593 99 801 1740. Call after: 9 AM.

April 17th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, Free, Simon bolivar 1349 y Estevez de Toral, Cuenca.

Luly Alvarez: Lourdesalvarezl@hotmail.com 099 801 1740

You are invited ~ All are welcome

Join us this Sunday at Trinity Vineyard Church Cuenca. Come as you are. Check us out and see what we are all about. At Trinity Cuenca, we are different. We serve those in our community, our city, and our world. We take seriously Jesus’ command to love God and love people.

We come together to explore what God’s word really means and how to apply it to our lives; build strong relationships; serve each other and serve our community. We desire to be a true expression of love.

At Trinity Vineyard Cuenca, God is building a family friendly church that consists of people of all ages, countries, cultures, and backgrounds. A place where the people of Cuenca can find God, love, unity, hope and grace.

Service starts at 10 AM. Come early and have a free cup of coffee, a snack, and meet some new friends.

We are located on Ordonez Lasso in the River Side building (same building as Bank Pichincha next door to Home Vega) We are on the first floor (no stairs!) with ample parking and bus stops close by.

April 18th, from 10 to 11:30 AM, free, Ordonez Lasso in the River Side Building next door to Home Vega, Cuenca.

Weldon Edwards: weldon.edwards@trinityvineyardchurch.com

Opera concert, Alex and Vanesa in Cuenca

Alex and Vanesa present a concert full of a varied repertoire of opera and Italian music, at the Kolo restaurant

Sunday, April 25, at 3 PM, $15, 5-65 Luis Cordero, Cuenca.

Uncle Ned: 093 939 8476

The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra prepares several online options for its audiences

We love our audiences, but we are in a time when we must be extremely careful to see each other again in full safety. That is why the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Augusto Carrión Rodas (Ecuador), Principal Conductor, develops various activities to disseminate them online both on the YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/sinfonicacuenca and on the institutional Facebook https : //www.facebook.com/sinfonicacuenca because art does not stop.

On Wednesday, April 14, at 7 PM the segment “Lo Nuestro” will be broadcast on this occasion with two beautiful Works by the great composer from Loja, Segundo Cueva Celi, the corridor “Nocturno” and the waltz “Tardes del Zamora”, the two compositions. They have arrangements by the renowned musician also from Lojano, Edgar Palacios. This and all the material uploaded to the Digital Room can be seen at any time because it is registered on our YouTube channel.

On Sunday, April 18, the Heritage Day is celebrated and at the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage a great program will be broadcast on public television and also on social networks, in which the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra participates, which has invited for this occasion to the musicologist Carlos Freire Soria, to the lyrical soprano Vanessa Freire Cando and to the outstanding Cuenca singer Fernando Vargas Larriva.

The Seasonal Concert will also be recorded with works by Mascagni, Haydn, Saint-Saëns and Elizondo with two soloists from the ranks of the OSC, Adriana Fernández Vizcaíno (Violoncello) and Paola Zambrano Loaiza (Flute Traversa). will announce timely.

We thank our audiences for visiting the Digital Concert Hall on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/sinfonicacuenca in which so far we have 54 concerts for all tastes that they can enjoy and share from anywhere on the planet at any time and as many times as they wish.

Find us at http://www.sinfonicacuenca.gob.ec Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Issuu

Free language exchange by YEES

A fun and relaxing environment to use your Spanish and English. Come and join us at Café Lirée (General Torres 8-20) every Saturday for a chance to practice with native English and Spanish speakers and meet new friends. This Exchange is basically a casual conversation where we switch languages every 30 minutes. This event is free, however, due to the pandemic, don’t forget to follow these directions:

– The exchange will be one on one, 2 people per table, to maintain social distance.
– The conversation will be spontaneous as usual. The only rule is switching languages every 30 minutes. You decide which language goes first.
– There are only 14 spots, so try to make it early.
– Café Lirée is not an “open cafeteria,” however they have all the biosecurity measures and excellent food.

April 17th, from noon to 2 PM, Free event, General Torres 8-20 y Mariscal Sucre, Cuenca.

Jorge Isaac Pena: jorge.isaac.pf@gmail.com

Asian decor tag sale

Amazing home decor at liquidation prices. Balinese festival parasols, teak dining table made from antique ox carts, textiles from India and Thailand, hand carved mirrors, Buddhas, colorful candle holders, vases and more. Something for the budget minded to the discerning collector.

Saturday, April 17, from 9 AM – 2 PM, free, Calle las Margaritas 1-78 y Los Cedros, Cuenca.
https://goo.gl/maps/X1R1yEE7udBdMcBz9

Kristin Anderson: 098 349 9230. Call after: 7 AM.

Saturday, April 17th, from 9 AM to 2 PM, free, Calle las Margaritas 1-78 y Los Cedros, Cuenca.

Kristin Anderson: kristinlara@gmail.com +1 802 579 8517

Freya artisanal soaps at Sunrise Cafe

Each skin has its own needs. That’s why we want to bring you the best option.

We work with natural ingredients that bring light, freshness and nutrients to your skin.

We, at Freya, have right what you need. Our artisanal soap is line made with 100% natural ingredients.

Come and check our products at Sunrise Cafe.

Lourdes Alvarez: +593 99 801 1740. Call after: 9 AM.

Friday, April 16th, 9 AM – 3 PM, Free, Calle Larga 9-40 y Benigno Malo, Cuenca.

Luly Alvarez: lourdesalvarezl@hotmail.com 099 801 1740

Latin and Pop at Common Grounds Sat. with Kike, MacTet

Come hear one of Cuenca’s best singer-songwriters, Kike Pacherres, perform with one of Cuenca’s best jazz groups, MacTet.

We play Latin standards like El Cuarto de Tula and Duraznos Sangrando, as well as Beatles hits, jazz standards and more.

Great songs and stellar musicians. What else do you need?

Don’t miss out. For reservations, you can call or text 096 361 9018.

See you on Saturday.

Saturday, April 17, from 7:30 – 9:30 PM, $5, Common Grounds, Cuenca.

Andrew McLemore: traveler1375@gmail.com 096 361 9018

Gran Feria of Entrepreneurs on Saturday April 17th

There will be several vendors and we expect a great turnout of customers. (The required health precautions will be implemented.) The feria will be held at the CosasPrep store on Simón Bolívar. There is a large room in the back of our store with many tables.

Some of the vendors will be: Artesana Family Bakery (Kelbert’s Atesianal Bread); Hacienda Chan Chan (Julie’s cheese); King Smokehouse (Felix’s meats); Cuenca Shop (Tyrone’s chocolate, coffees, liquors, essential oils, vitamins, etc.); Adicciones Saludables (Hernan’s-Gluten-free, organic deserts); Sweet and Light (Ximena-Sugar-Free, high protein pastries), Cuenca Muesli (Gabriel’s granola energy bars, cupcakes, bread); Organic Cosmetics (Lourdes); Goat Cheese (Glenda); Naná mil y deleites (Baked goods, specifically profiteroles); KKOS Chocolate y Tu (Marangel’s products made with chocolate, truffles, and cacoa); Green Art (Karina’s organic products).

Credit cards will be accepted for sales from all vendors. Try your luck for free gifts on our spinning wheel. Driving? There is a parking garage across the street. Vendors: Sorry – we are sold out of tables.

Look for future ferias at the same location the first Saturday of every month. Let’s celebrate our entrepreneurs with great local food and great local products.

Saturday April 17 from 10 AM until 2 PM, Free, Simón Bolivar 13-49 y Estévez de Toral, Cuenca.

Lorena Flores: manager1@cosasprep.com

Learn to knit at YarnLux – boutique de hilo

This week we are offering a $5 discount on the supplies for your first knitting class. Book your private class now by emailing us at YarnLuxBoutique@gmail.com

We are located at Mariscal Lamar 25-95 y Av De Las Americas and open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM or by appointment. We look forward to seeing you at Cuenca’s luxury yarn store, YarnLux – boutique de hilo.

Mariscal Lamar 25-95 y Av De Las Americas

Elizabeth Beale
YarnLuxBoutique@gmail.com
099 772 2205
YarnLuxBoutique.com

Horseback ride this Sunday; San Joaquin Riding welcomes you.

An awesome horseback ride in the Andes: Your day will begin by being picked up at Supermaxi, Las Americas at 9 AM and taken to the fields opposite the JEP Bank in San Joaquin where the horses will be saddled up and waiting for you. When you book, just let us know your level of riding so we can set you up with the appropriate horse, like us, they all have their own personalities.
Beginners are welcome this weekend…

The ride will begin at 9:30 AM for approx 2-3 hours, depending on which trail is chosen for the day, but each ride goes through different villages where the locals always get excited when we ride through, and the scenery is definitely worth the travel up into the mountains.

Lunch is around 12:30 PM and we will be served in a lovely, family owned, licensed restaurant just up from the San Joaquin Golf Course. Lunch is a la carte (and optional) and is not included in the price. Why not check out their website on facebook … “Campana Huaico ”

When lunch is finished, our private van will deliver you straight to your home.

Cost: $45 Includes the ride and transport and you can pay Jane at the beginning of the ride, gracias.

Bookings are essential by Fri 5 PM…

On booking, to make your day as pleasant an experience as we can offer, you will receive more detailed instructions.

Ph Jane: 097 879 7350
amberlee101@protonmail.com
Facebook: San Joaquin Riding

Sunday, April 18th, from 9 AM to approx 2:30 PM.., $45, San Joaquin opposite JEP Banco, Cuenca.

Jane: amberlee101@protonmail.com 097 879 7350. Call after: 8 AM

1st OBG dance for this year!

Hello Everyone. Hope you are all well and happy. Many people have asked when we plan on resuming the Oldies But Goodies dances. We are excited to announce that we are planning our first OBG dance of the year on Wednesday, April 21st, at Common Grounds Sports Bar.

Music from 7-10 PM with happy hour from 4-7 PM.

As we want everyone to be safe, temperatures will be taken at the door and wearing a mask sensibly is required.

Common Grounds is a fun place to eat, drink and dance the night away. However, the number of attendees will be limited. Please respond and let us know if you are coming and how many people will be in your party.

Attendees will be welcome on a first come response to our email gfedyna77@gmail.com so please confirm or reconfirm.

Location: Eduardo Crespo Malo y Grand Columbia
Venue: Seating re-designed to accommodate our dancers
Parking: Free parking information: Behind Common Grounds on Jose Asutillo
Bus service: Bus service to Common Grounds location: #13, #14, #19, #3 & #50
Donation: $5 per person. Exact change is helpful.
Bar service: Full-service bar at reasonable prices.
Dancing: All styles are welcome to the music provided.
Music: A variety of music styles including Oldies Rock ‘n’ Roll supplied by George, played through our own proper sound system
Smoking: Smoking of any kind (including electronic) is permitted outdoors only.
Club: This is a private party of people who just want to have fun dancing, without complications. No dues. Please do not be shy. Just get up and dance as the mood strikes you. Most of the songs invite different dance styles, so don’t worry, just do your own thing, whether alone, as a couple, or in a group, it doesn’t matter. Feel free to invite your friends and come with the intention of having fun, and you will.

We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor

We’re all here to have fun.

April 21st. Music 7-10 PM. Happy hour 4-7, $5, Eduardo Crespo Malo y Grand Columbia, Cuenca.

George: gfedyna77@gmail.com

Andean Sound Medicine Retreat at Intikamari

Join us in this incredible space of Intikamari’s Yunguilla. 3 days full of healing activities. Connect and cleanse the body and soul through art and music and so much more.

Send us your WhatsApp number and we can add you our chat where we list all our activities for the 3 days. Includes accommodation, all meals.

April 30 – May 2, 2021, $400, Intikamari, Yungilla.

Mayito: yakuwarmi28@hotmail.com 099 519 8677. Call after: 8 AM

May 1, Labor Day BBQ and weekend feria at the Jazz Society Cafe

James of Mother & Son Family Kitchen and Cesar of Pig & Cow will be hosting a BBQ party at the Jazz Society Cafe. Your favorite artisan vendors will be selling and sampling on site.
We have a few more tables available for vendors at $5 per table.
Come and join us this 1st of May from 10 AM ‘til 2 PM.

May 1, 2021 10 AM to 2 PM, free, Los Cedros y Los CLaveles (a block north from Ordonez Lasso) Oro Verde area, Cuenca.

Debby Degamo: motherandsonfamilykitchen@gmail.com 096 322 3377. Call after: 10 AM

The Mole Agent, Chilean masterpiece

El Agente Topo – “The Mole Agent” is a moving exploration of the realities of growing old, Maite Alberdi’s documentary effectively blends documentary with dramatic elements to charming, if not always transparent, effect. This Chilean masterpiece has been nominated for “Best Foreign Film” in this year’s Academy Awards. A new jewel in Latin American cinema. A must watch.

Tuesday, April 13th at 6:45 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Reservations with dinner required
Tel. 099 806 8071

Our limited capacity makes sure you are properly distanced. We care for your safety. Come dine with us and catch a fantastic film.

You make take the Tranvia to La Cuadra’s station. You can’t miss us.

La Guarida
Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta.

April 13th, from 6:45 AM to 8:30 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM

The Free & Fun Language Exchange on Zoom – all levels welcome

Please login at the Zoom link below and join an enthusiastic group of native Spanish and English speakers as we converse in each other’s language in an encouraging and supportive environment.

All levels of ability are welcome, so don’t be shy–even if you don’t speak a word of the language you want to learn, you will be helped by those that do.

To facilitate conversation, we often have fun with tongue twisters, riddles, slang, crossword puzzles, etc. Or, we just simply converse on various subjects. Anything to practice speaking.

The Zoom meeting starts promptly at 6 PM every Monday. We end at 7 PM, or shortly thereafter.

No need to confirm your attendance–just show up and enjoy (and learn!).

Zoom meeting link: https://utpl.zoom.us/my/effective
No password or meeting ID required.

See you there.

April 12th, from 6 PM to 7 PM, Free, 100 Zoom y 101 Zoom, Cuenca.

Bruce Peterson: 099 109 4835. Call after: 1 PM

Cuenca Pickleball School

Join us M-W-Friday 10:30 AM to noonish at the Coliseum. We are a group of intermediate and beginners looking to enjoy improving our skills in pickleball. We play in the north east section of tennis courts. Come join in the fun.

M, W, Friday, $1.50 a player, Coliseum, Cuenca.

Dave Johnson: lovingecuador@gmail.com 098 104 2685. Call after: 7 AM

Free art exhibit and live music, please join us,

Date: Monday, April 12, at 11 AM

Breathe Art! …How I live in Cuenca.
Experience the magic of Ceramic Art by
Cristina Urgiles Martinez

Live piano: Peter Dudar

Address:
Casa Patrimonial Municipal del Alfarero
Municipal Patrimonial House of the Potter
at the corner of
Mariscal Lamar y Concencion del 45

This Week in La Guarida

Sadly, Jerry Joe Holland cancelled this Thursday’s musical concert. We hope to have Jerry sometime soon again. We continue with our weekly film projections and our breakfast/brunch service. Come enjoy a wonderful breakfast in our quiet and beautiful colonial house. We love offering the best omelets in the city apart from an incredible French Toast, Steak and Eggs and other wonderful dishes. We used organic and local produce.

Tuesday 6:45PM: The Mole Agent – “El Agente Topo”
Sergio is a Chilean spy. Sort of. At least, he is offered the role of one after a casting session organized by Detective Romulo, a private investigator who needs a credible mole to infiltrate a retirement home. Romulo’s client, the concerned daughter of a resident, suspects her mother is being abused and hires him to find out what is really happening. However, Sergio is 83, not 007, and not an easy trainee when it comes to technology and spying techniques. While gathering intelligence, Sergio grows close to several residents and realizes that the menacing truth beneath the surface is not what anyone had suspected. A wonderful film that has been nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film.

Wednesday 6:45PM: Nomadland
A woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. This film is this year’s top choice to win the Academy Award for Best Film.

Both of these incredible titles you won’t get to see anywhere else in Cuenca. Remember that reservations are with dinner required. Please call 099 806 8071.

You may take the Tranvía right to our door. Stay in La Cuadra’s station. You can’t miss us.

April 12th, from 8 AM to 8 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM

You are invited ~ all are welcome

Join us this Sunday at Trinity Vineyard Church Cuenca. All are welcome. Come as you are. Check us out and see what we are all about.

At Trinity Cuenca, we are different. We serve those in our community, our city, and our world. We take seriously Jesus’ command to love God and love people.

We come together to explore what God’s word really means and how to apply it to our lives; build strong relationships; serve each other and serve our community. We desire to be a true expression of love.

At Trinity Vineyard Cuenca, God is building a family friendly church that consists of people of all ages, countries, cultures, and backgrounds. A place where all the people of Cuenca can find God, love, unity, hope and grace.

Service starts at 10 AM. Come early and have a free cup of coffee, a snack, and meet some new friends.

We are located on Ordonez Lasso in the River Side building (same building as Bank Pichincha next door to Home Vega)

We are on the first floor (no stairs!) with ample parking and bus stops close by.

April 11, from 10 to 11:30 AM, free, Ordonez Lasso in the River Side Building next door to Home Vega, Cuenca.

Weldon Edwards: weldon.edwards@trinityvineyardchurch.com

YouTube Evening Prayer online

St. Christopher Episcopal Mission is a Cuenca-based faith community formed in 2019, as the first English-language Episcopal congregation in South America..

All are welcome at St. Christopher’s regardless of their faith tradition.

We gather online via Facebook and St. Christopher’s YouTube Channel, where you will discover new Evening Prayer services posted each Sunday. Our lectors, music and homilies are global. We invite you to participate!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StChristopherCuenca/

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOh2a0oDL3RwEEmrxHCcPVw/videos?view=57&flow=grid

Vision statement: St. Christopher Episcopal Mission


In the future, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Mission (SCEM), in a collaborative successful partnership with Mision Sagrada Familia, will be a welcoming gathering place, a spiritual center in Cuenca and the surrounding neighborhood of a theologically humble group of believers worshipping God, meeting Jesus and demonstrating the practical love of Jesus to members, visitors and the poor.

Through action, SCEM will demonstrate what it means to be a follower of Jesus with a commitment to serve those in need by doing good works quietly, without fanfare or notice while fulfilling the question “what would Jesus do”?

SCEM will be a growing force for good in the community, known for outreach ministry.

SCEM, with the help of a Priest will offer Christian educational activities for spiritual growth through liturgical worship, group discussions, learning, and education filled with the Spirit of God’s love for us in our loving hearts and minds.

Visitors will experience Christ centered individuals within an inclusive, multi-cultural, bi-lingual, and multi-generational worshipping community of believers, with close bonds between members, committed to social justice while helping others.

SCEM offers an Episcopal liturgical worship service and experience to the community.

Sunday’s after 5 PM or anytime, free, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOh2a0oDL3RwEEmrxHCcPVw/videos?view=57&flow=grid,Cuenca.

Calvin E Hefner TSSF: calvinhefner38@gmail.com 096 795 9674. Call after: 10 AM

Volleyball – International 6 on 6: Sunday, Noon

Note: Back from Easter break and at our old Time. All experienced intermediate or advanced 6 on 6 regulation volleyball players are invited to join us for fun, friendship, and exercise. We have players who represent countries from around the world. We play Sunday, April 12, starting at Noon to 2 PM (weather permitting).

We will set up this Sunday at Parque Lineal Yanuncay just west of Av. Fray Vecente Solano on the North side of Av Primero de Mayo.

We ask all who attend to wear a mask to protect themselves and others.

Come join us. You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set-Spike” volleyball)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Sunday, April 12, starting at Noon to 2 PM, Free, Parque Lineal Yanuncay just west of Av. Fray Vecente Solano on the North side of Av Primero de Mayo, Cuenca.

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com

The Jim Gala Trio—“On Broadway”

Saturday, April 10th at the Jazz Society Café,
The Jim Gala Trio—“On Broadway”
Songs from “Porgy and Bess”, “The Sound of Music”, “My Fair Lady”, Fiddler on the Roof”, “Westside Story”, “Oklahoma”, “South Pacific” …and more.
4 thru 6 PM In person and live streamed on Facebook.
(All quarantine safety protocols observed)

PayPal : https://www.paypal.me/JazzSocietyEcuador
Support the Art of Jazz; please contribute!
Jazz Society Café

Live Streaming link https://www.facebook.com/events/742021770013875

Pizza, Sushi, Tempura and specials Mocktails!
2×3 for Sushi and Tempura

April 10 Saturday 4 to 7 PM, Free, Los Cedros y Los Claveles (corner bldg.) (one block north of Ordonez Lasso), Cuenca.

Debby Degamo: 096 322 3377. Call after: 10 AM

Meditation invitation, Sunday with Shambhala, 10:30 at home

Dear Cuenca Community,

Shambhala Cuenca would like to invite you to meditate together from your home this Sunday at 10:30 AM. There are many forms and methods of meditation – the form you choose doesn’t matter, however it’s a very good thing to remember our shared humanity as we sit quietly and become mindful for a period of time.

Online meditation sessions are available at https://virtual-cushion.shambhalaonline.org
and https://shambhalaonline.org/sunday-gatherings/

To practice online regularly with a group, you can also visit https://boston.shambhala.org/getting-started/

Contact cuenca.shambhala@gmail.com , and visit us online at cuenca.shambhala.ws and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/229033203881661

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Rainbow Bridge Dreamwork Group is waiting for you

If you’re fascinated by your dreams but are unclear as to what they are telling you, joining our Dream Work Group can help you understand them much better. Group members share their dreams and take turns exploring them in depth, leading to everyone’s dream work skills being improved with each session. The facilitator will offer tools and information to help you in your learning process. The group will meet weekly for eight weeks to learn and practice the necessary skills. Meetings will be held outdoors to enhance the safety of participants. This group will be meeting on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., making it a good opportunity for people with flexible work schedules or retirees. If you’d like to know more, write to the email address below for all the details. Sweet dreams, and we hope to hear from you soon.

Starts April 6 from 10 AM to 1 PM, $5 per session, Terrazas al Rio (Gringolandia), on Jacaranda between 3 de Noviembre and Ordonez Lasso, Cuenca.

Elizabeth Richards: faeryspy@gmail.com

You are invited ~ come as you are

Join us this Sunday at Trinity Vineyard Church Cuenca. All are welcome. Come as you are. Check us out and see what we are all about.

At Trinity Cuenca, we are different. We serve those in our community, our city, and our world. We take seriously Jesus’ command to love God and love people.

We come together to explore what God’s word really means and how to apply it to our lives; build strong relationships; serve each other and serve our community. We desire to be a true expression of love.

At Trinity Vineyard Cuenca, God is building a family friendly church that consists of people of all ages, countries, cultures, and backgrounds. A place where all the people of Cuenca can find God, love, unity, hope and grace.

Service starts at 10 AM. Come early and have a free cup of coffee, a snack, and meet some new friends.

We are located on Ordonez Lasso in the River Side building (same building as Bank Pichincha next door to Home Vega)

We are on the first floor (no stairs!) with ample parking and bus stops close by.

April 11, from 10 to 11:30 AM, free, Ordonez Lasso next door to Home Vega, Cuenca.

Weldon Edwards: weldon.edwards@trinityvineyardchurch.com

Free language exchange by YEES

A fun and relaxing environment to use your Spanish and English. Come and join us at Café Lirée (General Torres 8-20) every Saturday for a chance to practice with native English and Spanish speakers and meet new friends. This Exchange is basically a casual conversation where we switch languages every 30 minutes. This event is free. However, due to the pandemic, don’t forget to follow these directions:

– The exchange will be one on one, 2 people per table, to maintain social distance.
– The conversation will be spontaneous as usual. The only rule is switching languages every 30 minutes. You decide which language goes first.
– There are only 14 spots, so try to make it early.
– Café Lirée is not an “open cafeteria,” however they have all the biosecurity measures and excellent food.

April 10th, from noon to 2 PM, Free event, General Torres 8-20 y Mariscal Sucre, Cuenca.

Jorge Isaac Pena: jorge.isaac.pf@gmail.com

Opera concert – Alex and Vanesa in Cuenca

Baritone, Alex Rodríguez and soprano, Vanesa Regalado will present a very cheerful and romantic repertoire of opera at the Kolo restaurant,

Sunday, April 25, at 3 PM, $15, 5-65 Luis Cordero, Cuenca.

Uncle Ned: 093 939 8476. Call after: 7 AM.

Horseback riding to the Cajas this Sunday, 11th April …

Christian, from San Joaquin Riding is taking you on a new awesome trail ride this Sunday.

Come and join us on our adventure way up into the Cajas mountains…

The views are unbelievable. There’s just so much to see in this beautiful area of lakes where flora and fauna abound in abundance.

This is a once in a lifetime trip all seen while you’re riding, no walking here today…

The ride is suitable for all riders, sensible riding gear is recommended, boots, perhaps a backpack with water and snacks, ( we stop for food though.)

On booking we will send you further tips for the ride, but definite bookings are appreciated by 5 PM on Friday, gracias.

Time: 9 AM until approx 4 PM.
Cost: $45 includes pick up (at Supermaxi, Las Americas) by our private bus and drop off to your home after the ride.

Contact me for information anytime …
San Joaquin Riding has a facebookpage, so check us out: https://www.facebook.com/sanjoaquinriding

April 11th, from 9 AM to approx 4 PM, $45, San Joaquin opposite JEP Banco, Cuenca.

Jane: amberlee101@protonmail.com 097 879 7350. Call after: 8 AM.

Gentle Yoga Retreat in Vilcabamba / April 26th to April 30th

Come join us for 5 days/4 nights to reset and detox body, mind and spirit.

We have created the Gentle Retreat for anyone who is interested in yoga, meditation and wellbeing from all ages and experience. Our Gentle Retreat offers accessible yoga classes, daily meditations, nature walks and healthy food. Five days to rediscover and reconnect with ourselves, find peace of mind and shine from the inside out.

The Yoga classes will be slow paced and gentle, breath centered, focused in developing the qualities of self-exploration and introspection. We will use this space to reconnect with the body, find movement through the breath and create a practice that suits your body needs. Morning class will be a little bit more dynamic while the evening class will be a soothing, restorative practice.

Morning Meditations will be guided mindfulness practice while in the evening meditations we will explore different techniques, from chanting, to active and dynamic meditations.

The body, the mind, the environment we live in are not separate. What happens in the body affects the mind, what happens in the mind affects the body, and life events affect our mind and bodies. How are we going to deal with this? How can I stay calm in the middle of a storm? How can I develop a strong immune system if I am in fear?

Yoga asana practice boosts the immune system, improves blood circulation, heart rate, digestion, sleep quality, makes us stronger and more flexible. A meditation practice, calms the mind, improves focus and concentration, we become lighter, we breathe the present, we learn to go through emotions without getting attached to them. Being surrounded by nature helps us to connect with our real self, to understand life cycles and rhythms, to slow down and enjoy the only moment that is real: The Present.

The day starts with a guided meditation in our amazing open Yoga Shala. Meditation will be followed by a gentle yoga class. After, we will enjoy abundant healthy breakfast and then we will take a walk in nature. After walk we will enjoy delicious veggie lunch and you will have some free time to enjoy the pool, read, rest or take a massage. At 5 PM second yoga class, meditation and sound healing will take place followed by dinner at 6:30 PM.

Yoga is for everyone and anyone can benefit from the right yoga practice. Come discover Yoga with us!

April 26th to April 30th, $199, Hosteria Izhcayluma, Viclabamba.

Maria Alliaud: meryalliaud@hotmail.com

Afternoon Music in La Guarida, Son Autana

In an effort to continue supporting local artists and providing a cultural calendar we are honored to present: SonAutana who bring an incredible Latin American Concert. They will focus on different rhythms like the malagueña, the tango and the guapango. Three different genres fusioned into one incredible afternoon.

We understand that your safety is important. For this very reason, we have always kept our capacity to less than 20%. We do practice strict social distancing.

Come have an afternoon of cocktails and food with great music. 100% of your admission goes directly to the artists.

Thursday, April 8th at 4:45 PM
Doors open at 4 PM
Admission: $8
Dinner or cocktails reservations required
Tel. 099 806 8071

We are located in Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta. Take the Tranvía to La Cuadra Station. Can’t miss us.

April 8th, from 4:45 to 7:30 PM, $8, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

3-day Andean Sound Medicine retreat

Join our 3-day transformational retreat in Yunguilla. Private hacienda in Santa Isabel. Connect and cleanse the body and soul through art: music, dance, jazz medicine music, aguacolla and ayahuasca ceremony. Enjoy our temazcal with sweet bath, ceramic workshop, Ayurveda massage, cocoa ceremony and much more. Three-days of full fun. Includes meals and accommodation.

April 30 – May 2 2021, 450, Santa Isabel, Yunguilla.

Mayito: yakuwarmi28@hotmail.com 099 519 8677. Call after: 8 AM.

Movies and early dinner in La Guarida: Minari

La Guarida presents on the big screen:

Minari
a film by Lee Isaac Chung
(In English and Korean with Spanish and English Subtitles).
Nominated for the Oscars 2021.

Wednesday, April 7th, 4:30 PM
Doors open at 4 PM
Reservations with dinner required.
Tel. 099 806 8071.
Limited capacity.

Info: A Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

We are located in Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta. Take the Tranvía to La Cuadra station. Can’t miss us.

April 7th, from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

Correction: ACT Cancels “The Dog Logs” and “The Last Romance”

Caught in the throes of a senior moment, ACT’s venerable scribe completely screwed up the dates of the upcoming production of “How the Other Half Loves”. Be advised that holders of $10 tickets to the canceled “The Dog Logs” and “The Last Romance” April performances can exchange them one-to-one for $15 tickets to the June 18, 19, 20 & 25, 26, and 27 performances of “How the Other Half Loves”.

The Azuay Community Theater is cancelling its production of excerpts from C. J. Johnson’s “The Dog Logs” and Joe DiPietro’s “The Last Romance” originally scheduled for April 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17 and 18. The cancellation is due to concern for the safety of our audiences and the uncertainty regarding government restrictions of entertainment venues over the next 30 days. Unfortunately, travel conflicts among cast and crew members prevent us from rescheduling the show.

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Trekking over Portete river

This is a hike that takes us up the Portete river to challenge our skills on walking on water. First part is on a dirt road to get into the community Sombrederas Kimsacocha, where we learn about their defense of the forest and the river since people from out of the community are trying to take that area for mining.

After that, we hike on a trail that connects with the river, where we change our footwear to start our five crossings up the river, rest, do a picnic potluck in a nice spot and come back down the river.

Following, some pictures on FB (you can like them):

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=SpanishOutdoor&set=a.2445072452261467

And a video from the trip:
https://fb.watch/4FS6NT10wI/

April 9th, from 9:30 AM to 4 PM, $25, Portete, Cuenca.

Fredy Ordonez: spanishoutdoor@gmail.com

My Octopus Teacher: Movies and dinner in La Guarida.

La Guarida presents on the big screen:

My Octopus Teacher
a documentary by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed.
(In English with subtitles in Spanish).
Nominated for the Oscars 2021.

Tuesday, April 6, 4:30 PM.
Doors open at 4 PM.
Reservations with dinner required.
Tel. 099 806 8071.
Limited capacity.

Info: A couple of reasons to watch “My Octopus Teacher”:

1. This underwater documentary took 10 years to make.
2. It opens on the premise of someone who’s lost his sense of purpose and is struggling to find fulfillment in his former hobbies and existing roles and relationships.
3. The subject decides to revisit the past time of free diving in the cold-water kelp forests of South Africa. This environment is simply otherworldly with its colors and marine life.
4. In addition to changing colors, octopuses have the incredible ability to display horns, which I now inexplicably covet.
5. The subject visits his octopus every day for almost the entirety of her life.
6. The common octopus has a lifespan of only about one to two years.
7. Learn what a pijama shark is and why it’s called that.

April 6th, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM

Free dinner at the Sunrise Cafe – personal emergency button

On Wednesday, April 14, you are invited to a free dinner at the Sunrise Café and attend a brief presentation of CosasPrep’s Personal Emergency Button. Learn how a personal emergency button can benefit you.

Only $29.95 per month for 12 months or an outright purchase of $299, you can have your own help button for medical emergencies, home invasions, or for small emergencies like when you’re locked out of your home. This is an actual phone with your 8 most important numbers on a “speed dial”. A medical facilitator will also be on-hand to discuss the advantages of including a medical professional in your “speed dial” list. All of your pertinent questions will be answered about how an emergency button can enhance your sense of security. At CosasPrep, we believe that being prepared feels good!

The event starts at 4:30 PM and includes your choice of:
1) Steak with a vegetable and mashed potatoes
2) Seafood hash combination of shrimp, fish, and vegetables
3) Grilled chicken with vegetable and mashed potatoes

After the presentation, the dinner will be served and includes your choice of one drink. (Your choice of a glass of wine, beer, or non-alcoholic beverage).

Due to current seating restrictions, seating is limited to the first 40 persons who might consider a purchase and reserve in advance. (Letting us know your meal choice will also help the Sunrise Café prepare the right amount of each meal type.)

Please email: info@cosasprep.com to reserve your spot and specify your meal choice.

Hope to see you there,

Wednesday April 14 starting at 4:30 PM, Free, Calle Larga 9-40 y Benigno Malo, Cuenca.

Kent Mills: info@cosasprep.com

ACT Cancels “The Dog Logs” and “The Last Romance”

The Azuay Community Theater is cancelling its production of excerpts from C. J. Johnson’s “The Dog Logs” and Joe DiPietro’s “The Last Romance” originally scheduled for April 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17 and 18. The cancellation is due to concern for the safety of our audiences and the uncertainty regarding government restrictions of entertainment venues over the next 30 days. Unfortunately, travel conflicts among cast and crew members prevent us from rescheduling the show.

Holders of $10 tickets for this readers’ theater production can exchange them one-to-one for $15 tickets to our full production of Alan Ayckbourn’s “How the Other Half Loves” scheduled for June 16, 17, 18 and 23, 24 and 25.

Ticket holders who cannot attend our June production should contact azuaycommunitytheater@gmail.com for other accommodations.

We hope to see you at the Azuay Community Theater soon!

Ray Lewis

City: Cuenca

Real Love – Meditate with Shambhala Sunday from home

Real love is born from understanding. ~attrib. Buddha

Dear Cuenca Community,

Shambhala Cuenca would like to invite you to meditate together from your home this Sunday at 10.30 AM. There are many forms and methods of meditation – the form you choose doesn’t matter, however it’s a very good thing to remember our shared humanity as we sit quietly and become mindful for a period of time.

Online meditation sessions are available at https://virtual-cushion.shambhalaonline.org
and
https://shambhalaonline.org/sunday-gatherings/

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The Free & Fun Language Exchange on Zoom – all levels welcome

Please login at the Zoom link below and join an enthusiastic group of native Spanish and English speakers as we converse in each other’s language in an encouraging and supportive environment.

All levels of ability are welcome, so don’t be shy–even if you don’t speak a word of the language you want to learn, you will be helped by those that do.

To facilitate conversation, we often have fun with tongue twisters, riddles, slang, crossword puzzles, etc. Or, we just simply converse on various subjects. Anything to practice speaking.

The Zoom meeting starts promptly at 6 PM every Monday. We end at 7 PM, or shortly thereafter.

No need to confirm your attendance; just show up and enjoy (and learn!).

ZOOM meeting link: https://utpl.zoom.us/my/effective
No password or meeting ID required.

See you there.

No need to confirm your attendance; just show up and enjoy . . . and learn.

April 5th, from 6 to 7 PM. Free, 100 Zoom y 101 Zoom, Cuenca.

Bruce Peterson: 099 109 4835. Call after: 1 PM.

Paco’s Blues at La Yunta on April 7th canceled

Paco’s Blues at La Yunta on April 7th has been canceled due to new COVID restrictions in Ecuador. Stay safe everyone and we will see you next time.

Wednesday, April 7th, from 7 PM till later on, free, La Yunta Restaurante: 1 de Mayo between Las Americas y Fray Gaspar de Carvajal, Cuenca.

Pacos Blues

This Week in La Guarida. A change in hours but not desire

These restrictions make it hard on us to continue our regular business; however, we will comply and reinvent ourselves. We won’t stop. We need to work and we love offering our cultural events and creating new menus for you to enjoy. We have a team that depends on us and with them families. This is a reality across the country; please support your local businesses.

This week, we’ll continue our brunch service from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM. Films and music showings will also continue. Don’t forget that this month is dedicated to Academy Award nominated films. Don’t miss out.

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Gran Feria of Entrepreneurs – postponed until April 17

Sorry, but due to the new restrictions, the Feria has been postponed until Saturday, April 17. We will also resume our following ferias on the first Saturday of every month. We have 14 vendors now.

Saturday, April 17, from 10 AM until 2 PM, Free, Simón Bolívar 13-49 y Estévez de Toral, Cuenca.

Lorena Flores: manager1@CosasPrep.com

Easter Evening Prayer YouTube – online

St. Christopher Episcopal Mission is a Cuenca-based faith community formed in 2019, as the first English-language Episcopal congregation in South America.

All are welcome at St. Christopher’s regardless of their faith tradition.

We gather online via Facebook and St. Christopher’s YouTube Channel, where you will discover new Evening Prayer services posted each Sunday. Our lectors, music and homilies are global. We invite you to participate.

Facebookz: https://www.facebook.com/StChristopherCuenca/

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Opera – Alex and Vanesa in Cuenca

Alex and Vanesa will be presenting cherished opera pieces at Kolo restaurant.

Sunday, April 25, at 3 PM, $15, 5-65 Cordero, Cuenca.

Uncle Ned: 093 939 8476. Call after: 7 AM.

False friends are wolves in sheep’s clothes

Hello my friend. This week’s episode is about false friends, words you believe have a similar meaning but they do not. This time we talk about carpet and carpeta, to pretend and pretender, to assist and asistir, to discuss and discutir. Enjoy listening to native Spanish and English speakers explaining it.

https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80ODJiOTE1MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==

Today we have a language exchange 30 minutes in Spanish and 30 minutes in English. Join us. We will have fun.

https://www.meetup.com/es/amigoscuenca/

Greetings,

03/04/2021, Zoom, Cuenca.

Joffre: joffreprime@gmail.com

Cuenca Soul Show at Common Grounds cancelled

Due to the new restrictions, our show at Common Grounds has been cancelled. We will see you on the other side of the restrictions. Stay safe.

Saturday, April 3 at 5:30 PM, $5 Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Columbia, Cuenca.

Cuenca Soul: 099 251 5570. Call after: 9 AM.

Holiday hours at Commercial Center Las Americas

La Mia Mascota has the pleasure of informing you of the working hours at their stores due to the Good Friday Holiday (April 2) and Founding of Cuenca Holiday on Monday, April 12.

Both La Mia Mascota shops as well as other locales in the commercial center, including SuKasa, will be open from 10 AM until 6 PM on Good Friday and also on April 12. Supermaxi will be open from 9:30 AM until 7 PM on these holidays.

We will operate regular hours on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

We would also like to remind you to shop early and avoid crowds. There will be driving limitations this weekend, too, if you are planning to travel outside of Cuenca. For interstate highways, cars with license plates ending in even numbers will be able to drive on Thursday afternoon and all day Saturday. Those ending in odd numbers will be allowed to drive on Friday and Sunday. As of this moment, driving restrictions for Cuenca are unknown.

April 2 and April 12 holidays, Pet Shop La Mia Mascota local #27 CC Plaza de las Américas and Veterinaria La Mia Mascota Arrayán y Av de las Américas., Cuenca.

Alexandra Montano: 098 404 3395 / 099 020 683 / (07) 408 9255. Call after: 10 AM.

Shamama Magic Workshop – Yunguilla with Jaffe

Re-treat yourself … Women’s three-day retreat one hour from Cuenca with Lisa Jaffe and friends. Awaken your personal ‘inner shamamama’! Cacao ceremony, breath work, movement, storytelling. Catch your breath, recharge your spirit, relax at the remarkable Inti Kamari EcoResort. For dates, pricing and photos… please ‘click’ link to check out the flier!
https://www.docdroid.net/VI9iw2R/shamama-magic-compressed-pdf

April 21-23, $195. Inti Kamari Eco-resort, Yunguilla.

Lisa: lj@lisajaffe.com

Cuenca Soul @ Common Grounds, Saturday

Continuing with Common Grounds Saturday Night Live events Cuenca’s not so newest band, Cuenca Soul, will be performing at Common Grounds this Saturday, April 3rd at 5 PM with a $5 cover charge.

Come enjoy a meal, drink specials and Southern Soul music. Common Grounds is located at Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Columbia. We hope to see you there.

For reservations call 07 284 9162
Like Cuenca Soul Band on Facebook.

cuencasoul@gmail.com

Cuenca Soul: 099 251 5570

Saturday, April 3 at 5 PM, $5, Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Columbia, Cuenca.

Cuenca Soul: 099 251 5570. Call after: 9 AM.

Oldies but Goodies Dance

Hello Everyone, Hope you are all well and happy. Many people have asked when we plan on resuming the Oldies But Goodies dances. We are excited to announce that we are planning our first OBG dance of the year on Wednesday, April 21st at Common Grounds Sports Bar.

As we want everyone to be safe, temperatures will be taken at the door and wearing a mask sensibly is required.

Common Grounds is a fun place to eat, drink and dance the night away. However, the number of attendees will be limited. Please respond by April 7 and let us know how many will be in your party. Attendees will be welcome on a first come response to our email gfedyna77@gmail.com
Please respond by April 7th.

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You are invited ~ All are welcome

Join us this Sunday at Trinity Vineyard Church Cuenca as we celebrate Easter. Come as you are. Check us out and see what we are all about.

At Trinity Cuenca, we are different. We serve those in our community, our city, and our world. We take seriously Jesus’ command to love God and love people.

We come together to explore what God’s word really means and how to apply it to our lives; build strong relationships; serve each other and serve our community. We desire to be a true expression of love.

At Trinity Vineyard Cuenca, God is building a family friendly church that consists of people of all ages, countries, cultures, and backgrounds. A place where all the people of Cuenca can find God, love, unity, hope and grace.

Service starts at 10 AM. Come early and have a free cup of coffee, a snack, and meet some new friends.

We are located on Ordonez Lasso in the River Side building (same building as Bank Pichincha next door to Home Vega)

We are on the first floor (no stairs!) with ample parking and bus stops close by.

April 4th from 10 to 11:30 AM, free, Ordonez Lasso in the River Side Building next door to Home Vega, Cuenca.

Weldon Edwards: weldon.edwards@trinityvineyardchurch.com

Easter Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Jazz Society Café 1 — 5 PM

Special Easter Holiday Menu: Select from delicious Turkey, Ham, Filet Mignon, and Salmon entrées plus hors d’oeuvres

The Jazz Society All-Stars with singer Mariangel Mundaray

Have a memorable Easter Sunday of great food and great jazz,

Reservations: jazzsocietyofecuador@gmail.com

Horseback riding this Easter Sunday: San Joaquin

An awesome horseback ride in the Andes is always a new and exciting experience, and we are going on another one this Easter Sunday April 4th.

Your day will begin by being picked up at Supermaxi, Las Americas at 9 AM and taken to the fields opposite the JEP Bank in San Joaquin where the horses will be saddled up and waiting for you. When you book, just let us know your level of riding so we can set you up with the appropriate horse, like us, they all have their own personalities.
Beginners are welcome this weekend…

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Holiday Hours – Good Friday

Due to the Good Friday Holiday (today, April 2), La Mia Mascota Pet Shop and Veterinary services will be open from 10 AM until 6 PM today. (Supermaxi will be open from 9:30 AM until 7 PM on these holidays.) Other stores in the Las Americas shopping center will be open 10 AM – 6 PM.

We will operate regular hours on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

We would also like to remind you to shop early and avoid crowds.

Be alert to the driving restrictions this weekend.

May your Good Friday meditations be blessed.

April 2, Good Friday, CC Plaza de las Américas local #27, and Clínica Veterinaria: Arrayán y Av. De las Américas, Cuenca.

Alexandra Montano: alexandramontano_1990@hotmail.com WhatsApp 099 020 6839. Call after: 10 AM.

Catholic Easter Mass in English

Come join us this Sunday at Iglesia San Roque with an English-speaking priest.
Mass starts at 3 PM. Hope to see you there.

April 4, Free, Juan Cuesta, Cuenca.

Ricardo

Good Friday noon, Day Prayer, YouTube online

St. Christopher Episcopal Mission is a Cuenca-based faith community formed in 2019, as the first English-language Episcopal congregation in South America.

All are welcome at St. Christopher’s regardless of their faith tradition.

We gather online via Facebook and St. Christopher’s YouTube Channel, where you will discover new Evening Prayer services posted each Sunday. Our lectors, music and homilies are global. We invite you to participate!

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Magical Creatures: Learn to make your own Duendes

Cuenca artist. Magy Peña. will be conducting classes in which you will have a lot of fun learning to make Duendes, or Magical Creature, like Leprechauns and Fairies.

The class starts on Tuesday, April 6, at the Otorongo cafe (previously Magnolia Cafe) in Otorongo Plaza, and will run for 4 days total.

Classes will also be on Thursday, April 8, Tuesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 15. Hours are 2:30 to 5:30 PM.

You will learn to build your own personal Duende from scratch, including the structure, hands, feet, face, and clothing.

The cost is $60, and you will be asked to supply your own materials, a list of which will be provided: they will not cost much.

Magy is an accomplished artist who enjoys teaching people how to be creative, and you learn a new skill and make some new friends. Maybe your Duende will bring some magic into your life as well.

For more information, contact Magy at galeriaotorongo@hotmail.com or 099 514 0974

April 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th 2:30 – 5:30 PM, $60, Ordonez Lasso, Cuenca.

Magy Pena

Paco’s Blues at La Yunta on April 7th; last one for a while

Music on a Wednesday night? You bet!

Come out on Wednesday, April 7th, and dance to the blues at La Yunta (Av. 1 de Mayo near Av. Las Americas).

Please make reservations so that La Yunta can arrange tables. Parties of four or more are encouraged for the best table spacing for social distancing.

For reservations:

Email us a reservation request (please include your name and the names of any additional guests) pacosbluesband@gmail.com

-or-

Send us a Facebook message with your name and the names of any additional guests by going to the “Paco’s Blues” Facebook page and clicking on the Send Message button at the top of the page.

7 PM till later on.

It’s gonna be a great time… looking forward to seeing you there.

This event may have attendance limitations due to COVID restrictions so please make your reservations early.

Wednesday, April 7th, from 7 PM till later on, $5, La Yunta Restaurante: 1 de Mayo between Las Americas y Fray Gaspar de Carvajal, Cuenca.

Pacos Blues

Maundy Thursday Evening Prayer online

St. Christopher Episcopal Mission is a Cuenca-based faith community formed in 2019, as the first English-language Episcopal congregation in South America.

All are welcome at St. Christopher’s regardless of their faith tradition.

We gather online via Facebook and St. Christopher’s YouTube Channel, where you will discover new Evening Prayer services posted each Sunday. Our lectors, music and homilies are global. We invite you to participate.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StChristopherCuenca/

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOh2a0oDL3RwEEmrxHCcPVw/videos?view=57&flow=grid

Vision Statement, St. Christopher Episcopal Mission

In the future, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Mission (SCEM), in a collaborative successful partnership with Mision Sagrada Familia, will be a welcoming gathering place, a spiritual center in Cuenca and the surrounding neighborhood of a theologically humble group of believers worshipping God, meeting Jesus and demonstrating the practical love of Jesus to members, visitors and the poor.

Through action, SCEM will demonstrate what it means to be a follower of Jesus with a commitment to serve those in need by doing good works quietly, without fanfare or notice while fulfilling the question “what would Jesus do”?

SCEM will be a growing force for good in the community, known for outreach ministry.

SCEM, with the help of a Priest will offer Christian educational activities for spiritual growth through liturgical worship, group discussions, learning, and education filled with the Spirit of God’s love for us in our loving hearts and minds.

Visitors will experience Christ centered individuals within an inclusive, multi-cultural, bi-lingual, and multi-generational worshipping community of believers, with close bonds between members, committed to social justice while helping others.

SCEM offers an Episcopal liturgical worship service and experience to the community.

Maundy Thursday, April 1, 5 PM or anytime, free, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOh2a0oDL3RwEEmrxHCcPVw/videos?view=57&flow=grid, Cuenca.

Calvin E Hefner TSSF: calvinhefner38@gmail.com 096 795 9674. Call after: 10 AM.

Walk with dogs and support Patan Animal Rescue

Spend a morning walking the dogs of Patan Animal Rescue.

From April on, every Wednesday morning we are partnering with Patan Animal Rescue for small group dog walks. You get to walk and pet the doggies, and hear all about the Patan Animal Rescue’s efforts to rescue, foster and successfully integrate them into their adopted families. Sponsors and supporters get to see and feel how these dogs are taken care of and learn more about the organization and their efforts to spay and neuter, vaccinate and feed their growing pack of over 50 dogs.

Dog walking:

Patan Animal Rescue is located in Nabón (an hour away from Cuenca)

Your contribution of $45 for this half day dog walking trip includes:

* door to door service
* a bottle of water and a snack.
* $15 goes towards the driver
* the rest goes to Patan Animal Rescue

One big bag of food costs $30 and feeds all the dogs for just 1 day.

Your support is highly appreciated and we hope you will join us on this wonderful experience and we promise you lots of tail wags, licks and attention from our rescues. On clear days, the views are spectacular!

Difficulty level: Easy – The walk is on a dirt road, not challenging and can be as long, or short as the group wants.

What to wear: Comfortable shoes and clothes, hat, sunscreen, and a light jacket in case it rains.

CoVid 19 measures: The safety of our staff and patrons is of utmost priority to us. To ensure this, masks are to be worn at all times and spots are limited to three people per trip. So, make sure to reserve your spot quickly.

For Reservations
Email: patrickmundo593@gmail.com
WhatsApp : +593 99 001 4703

April 7th, from 8:30 AM till 1 PM, $45, Nabón, Cuenca.

Patrick Mundo: 09 901 4703. Call after: 8 AM.

The best of the southeast of Ecuador in one tour

This tour offers a great experience on the southeast of Ecuador, traveling on a private touristic van with 6 other people. All meals, lodging and transportation included.

We travel to Loja early in the morning and do a walking city tour, later in the day we travel to Zamora city in the rainforest, night stay in Copalinga Lodge.

Next day we do a full day tour at Podocarpus National Park close to Copalinga, watching birds, animals, and waterfalls. Nightstay at Copalinga Lodge.

Last day we travel back to the highlands and visit the Saraguro area for a full cultural tour, then we travel back to Cuenca.

This tour is posted late because COE restrictions were not clear as if Touristic transportation was allowed to travel, now we know it is.

Amazing Southamerican Tours is a new travel agency in town, but its founders have 20 years’ experience guiding and directing tours in Ecuador, Perú and Bolivia.

April 2nd, 3rd and 4th, $280, Cuenca, Cuenca.

Diego Maldonado: diego@amazingsatours.com 593 99 841 2450. Call after: 6 AM.

Azuay Community Theater auditions

Azuay Community Theater auditions – April 20 and 21

ACT needs three men and three women for its production of “How the Other Half Loves”.

Auditions will be held Tuesday April 10 at 10 AM, and Wednesday April 21 at 2 PM at the theater on Av. Ordonez Lasso just west of Hotel Oro Verde, and directly across the street from the Palermo Building.

The show is about love, marriage and the importance of laughter. It will open Friday June 18th, and run for two weekends.

An ensemble show, it will require every cast member to attend all rehearsals. They will be held 3 to 4 days a week beginning April 28 until the show opens in June. The schedule will be determined jointly by the director (Bob Fry) and the cast at the first read through of the script on April 26.

How the Other Half Loves
Cast of Characters

Frank Foster – Executive type. Runs his company with efficiency, but when it comes to his home life, he’s the stereotypical “clueless husband”, unaware that his wife is carrying on with one of his employees. He accepts her lame excuses about where she spends her evenings. The “light bulb” finally comes on in the last scene.

Fiona Foster – Frank’s wife. Elegant, sophisticated, smart dresser. She cleverly hides her extramarital activities from her clueless husband (see: Foster, Frank; above).

Bob Phillips – Works in Frank’s office. Carrying on with Fiona, he implicates William (below) to cover his tracks. Thoroughly fed up with his home life and his sloppy wife…

Theresa Phillips – Polar opposite of Fiona, slovenly, disorganized, overwhelmed wife, and mother of baby Benjamin. While she neglects the housework, she writes letters to the editor of the Village Voice, but never gets them published. Mostly seen in her bathrobe.

William Detweiler – Accountant in Frank’s office. Nerdy, may wear black rimmed glasses. Totally innocent of Bob’s alibi involving him. Winds up slugging Bob who he thinks is having an affair with…

Mary Detweiler – William’s wife. Nervous, nail biter. Called “mousy Mary” by Bob. By Act 2, she becomes more assertive.

Tuesday, April 20, at 10 AM and Wednesday, April 21, at 2 PM free. Av. Ordonez Lasso just west of Hotel Oro Verde across from Palermo Building, Cuenca.

Ray Lewis: azuaycommuintytheater@gmail.com

Colombian, Peruvian, Argentinian music. All in 1 night

Cinthia Ferreira, Naza Gomez and Kike Pacherres visit us together for the first time. A powerhouse trio with incredible energy and contagious rhythms.

These incredibly talented musicians will present an intimate concert focusing on the music and rhythms of Colombia, Peru and Argentina. So much talent and diversity in one night. We are sure it will be an incredible musical dinner. Perfect for the start of the holidays.

Thursday, April 1st at 7:30 PM
Doors open at 6 PM
Admission $10
Reservations with dinner requests only
Limited Capacity

Remember that 100% of your admission fee goes directly to the musicians. they have been highly affected by the current health crisis. Besides enjoying a wonderful dinner/concert you are also helping support our local artists.

We practice very strict social distancing rules.

April 1st, from 7:30 to 10 PM, 10.00, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

Gran Feria of Entrepreneurs on Saturday, April 3rd

There will be several vendors and we expect a great turnout of customers. (The required health precautions will be implemented.) The feria will be held at the CosasPrep store on Simón Bolívar. There is a large room in the back of our store with many tables. Some of the vendors will be: Artesana Family Bakery (Kelbert’s Atesianal Bread); Hacienda Chan Chan (Julie’s cheese); King Smokehouse (Felix’s meats); Cuenca Shop (Tyrone’s chocolate, coffees, liquors, essential oils, vitamins, etc.); Adicciones Saludables (Hernan’s-Gluten-free, organic deserts); Sweet and Light (Ximena-Sugar-Free, high protein pastries), Cuenca Muesli (Gabriel’s granola energy bars, cupcakes, bread); Organic Cosmetics (Lourdes); Goat Cheese (Glenda); Naná mil y deleites (Baked goods, specifically profiteroles); KKOS Chocolate y Tu (Marangel’s products made with chocolate, truffles, & cacoa); Green Art (Karina’s organic products).

Credit cards will be accepted for sales from all vendors. Try your luck for free gifts on our spinning wheel. Driving? There is a parking garage across the street. Vendors: Sorry – we are sold out of tables.

Look for future ferias at the same location the first Saturday of every month. Let’s celebrate our entrepreneurs with great local food and great local products.

Saturday April 3, 10 AM to 2 PM, Free, Simón Bolívar 13-49 y Estévez de Toral, Cuenca.

Lorena Flores: manager1@cosasprep.com

Bistro Yaku Presents

Michael Wanner and Lyndie Diamond, with a collection of songs to delight the ear and give a laugh or two.

Thursday April 1st 7pm, $5. oo, Luis Cordero 5-66 y Juan Jaramillo, Cuenca.

Karen Kennedy: 0987486890. Call after: 10 AM.

Time change for Cuenca Soul at Common Grounds

Due to impending weekend restrictions our start time is changing to 5 PM. Continuing with Common Grounds Saturday Night Live events Cuenca’s not so newest band, Cuenca Soul, will be performing at Common Grounds this Saturday, April 3rd at 5 PM with a $5 cover charge. Come enjoy a meal, drink specials and Southern Soul music. Common Grounds is located at Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Columbia. We hope to see you there.

For reservations call 07 284 9162
Like Cuenca Soul Band on Facebook.

cuencasoul@gmail.com

Cuenca Soul: 099 251 5570

Saturday, April 3 at 5 PM, $5. Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Columbia, Cuenca.

Cuenca Soul: 099 251 5570. Call after: 9 AM.

Want to learn to paint with acrylics from a Master Artist?

Learn the fundamentals of acrylic painting from artist, Alberto Soriano, one of South America’s finest artists — who was voted GringoPost’s “Best Artist” for 2021!

No art experience necessary.

April 2021 at idiomART

Starting on April 6 on Tuesdays and Thursdays
2 to 5 PM

8 sessions – 24 hours of instruction

$240 (Averages to $10 per instructional hour)

Limited spots are available. Final confirmation with payment.

Payment can be made directly via PayPal or by Cash.

Arrange for registration via email to studio@idiomart.net

Basic materials for the acrylic painting course:
Basic colors of acrylic paints: red, yellow, blue, white, black, Sienna Brown, yellow ochre. You can add more colors.
Acrilic flat brushes # 4, 8, 12 y 16.
A palette, cleaning paper, an apron or T-shirt for protection.
Pencils B, 2B, 4B.
Eraser and pencil sharpener.

April 6 through April 29 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 5 PM, $240, idiomART is located at: Presidente Córdova 1-77 between Manuel Vega and Miguel Angel Estrella, in el Centro., Cuenca.

Sara: studio@idiomart.net

Renato Albornoz, Wed, March 31st at the Jazz Society Cafe

Singer Renato Albornoz!

An extraordinary singer with an authentic baritone voice singing beautiful Latin American ballads and trova. Don’t miss it!

Wednesday, March 31st 4 to 7 PM

2×3 Special Sushi Rolls

Salmon Sushi Roll $9
Tempura Sushi Roll (Langostino/Prawn) $9
Tuna Roll $9
Vegetarian Sushi Roll $8

Shrimp Tempura $8
Mixed Shrimp & Veggie Tempura $8
Veggie Tempura $8

Steak Sandwich $7.50
Beef tenderloin, caramelized onions and green peppers au jus.
Served with fried potato wedges

Jazz Burger $6.50
Pure ground beef, cheddar cheese, caramelized onion,
red onions, lettuce and tomatoes.
Served with fried potato wedges

Filet Dinner
Filet Mignon with balsamic glaze $14
served with mashed potatoes or herb potatoes, roasted mixed veggies (cauliflower, carrots, zucchini and sweet peppers)

Salmon Dinner
Crispy-skin Salmon with dill chili mango sauce $14
served with mashed potatoes or herb potatoes, grilled asparagus, honey glazed carrots.

Pasta ala Gala $11
Fresh fettuccine w/ slices of sautéed fillet of chicken breast smothered in authentic Italian tomato sauce seasoned with fresh garlic & sweet basil sautéed in Extra Virgin olive oil served with toast.
Delicious, & heart healthy!

Garlic Butter Mushroom Stuffed Chicken $11
served with fresh fettuccine in mushroom cream sauce and a toast

Desserts
Fudgy Brownie with vanilla ice cream $3.50
Apple Strudel with vanilla cream sauce $3.50
Cinnamon Bun and Coffee $3

Full cash bar

March 31st from 4pm to 7pm, $5 cover f, Los Cedros y Los Claveles a block north of Av Ordóñez Lasso, Cuenca.

Debby Degamo: jazzsocietyofecuador@gmail.com 096 322 3377. Call after: 9 AM.

Movies and Dinner in La Guarida: M.A.S.H.

La Guarida presents on the big-screen:

M*A*S*H
a film by Robert Altman
in English with Spanish subtitles.

Wednesday, March 31st at 6:45 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Reservations with dinner requests only
Tel. 099 806 8071

About: The M*A*S*H unit makes use of humor and elaborate pranks to cope with the horrors of war and the stress that comes with performing surgeries. Black comedy at its best.

Come enjoy a wonderful dinner and film. We are few meters from La Cuadra’s Station – Tranvía.

March 31st, from 6:45 PM to 9 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

Colombian, Peruvian and Argentinian Music in La Guarida

Colombian, Peruvian and Argentinian Music (All in one night in La Guarida)

Cinthia Ferreira, Naza Gomez and Kike Pacherres visit us together for the first time. They will present an intimate concert with Latin American music focusing on Colombia, Peru and Argentina. So much talent and diversity in one night. We are sure it will be an incredible musical dinner. Perfect for the start of the holidays.

Thursday, April 1st at 7:30 PM
Doors open at 6 PM
Admission $10
Reservations with dinner requests only
Limited Capacity

Remember that 100% of your admission fee goes directly to the musicians. Besides enjoying a wonderful dinner/concert you are also helping support our local artists.

April 1st, from 7:30 to 10 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

Eastern outdoor activities

Cultural Tour in the Centro Histórico de Cuenca 

Thinking about what you could do on this weekend and in the 464 years of the Foundation of the Cuenca city? Are you searching outdoor activities that follow biosafety protocols? 

Join the theatrical walking performances that “Povocando Experiencias Project” has for you. On this occasion, the circuit “La Ronda de Todos Santos” is available in its opening season. 

This new way to enjoy tourism offers you a cultural circuit with three distinct features, during this touristic guidance, the Superior sister Amalia, who belongs to Madres Oblatas religious community describes traditions and customs in Todos Santos neighborhood. She takes you through her life experiences and with her characteristic witty personality will accompany you with typical music, gastronomic appetizers, and the performance of a legend occurred in the old Cuenca city, too. 

Make your reservations and get your tickets by visiting the project web page http://www.provocandoexperiencias.one/ and follow on Facebook @ProyectoProvicandoExperiencias or Instagram provocando.experiencias 

FYI: We guaranty social distancing through the use of technology and will provide you the necessary tools to make this experience one of the best of your life. Would you like to know more about the project? Feel free to contact us. 

We are looking forward to seeing you. 

April 2nd, 3rd, from 6 to 7:20 PM, $10, Plaza de la Merced, corner of Calle Larga and Borrero., Cuenca. 

Steeven Bermeo: provocando.experiencias@gmail.com 096 395 7427. Call after: 8 AM.

3 volcanos in 3 days

Cotopaxi, Quilotoa and Chimborazo tour starting Friday April the 2nd in a private van with only 6 people.

Price is $280 per person, sleeping at Tambopaxi (inside Cotopaxi national park) and Riobamba Hotel Bamboo.

4 spaces available.

April 2nd to April 4th., $280, Cotopaxi, Riobamba.

Felipe Neira Amazing South American Tours: felipe@amazingsatours.com 593 98 068 4577. Call after: 6 AM.

Check out the first pieces of the Ceramic Sculpture Workshop

Check out some of my student’s pieces of the March’s class. I really liked the way of creating of each one of them, they were a really good class. Do you think you would want to join us to create? Don’t miss the new course for April, that will begin the 7th of April.

Please share with a fellow that will like to create in ceramics.

April’s course will began on the 7th of April. Hope you can come and create great things.

Ceramic Sculpture Classes
Artist Dogmos (a.k.a Juan José Cobos)

This type of course is more free (no experience needed), for those who want to create their own ideas, you can tell me what you are interested in and the class will be about what each person is seeking to develop, my focus is ceramic sculpture so I teach different modeling techniques with ceramics to create objects and sculptures, without the use of wheel or molds, only with your hands.

General Goal:

Learn how to design or sketch an artifact or work of art, learn the basic building techniques for ceramic sculpting, to create whatever artifact or work of art that you plan on doing. Learn how to paint them with soil slips or glazes.
What we could create:

• Animal Mask or every type of mask.
• Incence Holders with faces, or patterns like feathers.
• Flute with animal or fruit shape
• Pipe of any animal or character possible.
• Plant Pot of any kind.
• Vases with faces, or with any pattern.
• 45cm height sculptures of any animal, plant or character.
• Ceramic dolls
• The options are infinite….

You can take four up to twelve classes per month. Each class has duration of one and a half to two hours. The number of pieces that you can make depends on the days you take. My personal recommendation is to work two classes minimum each week so you can work more freely and with contiunity.

Plan A: 4 Monthly classes – 1 per week. One Utility Ceramic, or one small Sculpture or mask.
$64.
Plan B: 8 Monthly classes 2 per week. Two masks or One large sculpture (45cm).
$112.
Plan C: 12 Monthly classes 3 per week for advanced sculptural modeling.
$156. You get an apron for free.
What does the price of the course cover:
• Materials: Black, terracota clay, slips and glazes.
• Basic tools (Part of the workshop goods).
• Apron gift (just for plan)
• Place to work with all health measures.
• Clean and cozy workshops with plants and good music, with a funny little dog. Bathroom in the workshop.
• Firing in a private kiln.
Schedule
Group 1: 8 to 10 AM
Group 2: 11 AM to 1 PM
Group 3: 6 to 8 PM
From Wedneday to Friday.
at Taller La Montaña en el Mar
Isabela St. 2-39 A, between Floreana St. and Española St.

The workshop has two main spaces to work in one indoors which has space for two persons to work and one outdoor garage with roof for the other two persons. There will be space just for 12 persons, 4 persons each schedule.

If you take 12 classes the price $13, if you take 8 classes it is $14, and if you take 4 classes it is $16 every class. Every price is for instruction, materials and firing in kiln.
You can pay cash, bank deposit or transfer, if you pay until the 5th of April you get the early bird discount and every class will be $13; it won’t matter if you take 4 or 8 classes. Plan A will cost $52 and Plan B will cost $104
Late entry (Feb 14th) will have no discount
Aprils course will began on the 7th of April. Hope you can come and create great things.

April 7th from 8 to 10 AM, 11 AM to 1 PM and 6 to 8 PM, $64, Isabela 2-39A, Cuenca.

Juan Jose: lamontanaenelmar@gmail.com 099 866 1486. Call after: 9 AM.

April Fools Show at Yaku Bistro

Come for a night of fun and funny songs for April Fools by Michael Wanner and Lyndie Diamond. Bring your sense of humor.

April 1, 2021, 7 to 9 PM, $5, Yaku Bistro, Cuenca, Ecuador, Cuenca.

Melinda Judy: melinda61558@gmail.com 098 748 6890 reservations. Call after: 8 AM.

Celebration of Martha Mays

Thank you to all who helped organize the event on Saturday, especially Tim and Cristian of Republica Sur, Cindy B. and David Z for the fabulous music. Diane Brown videoed the event, so if you were unable to attend, here is the link that you can copy and paste into your browser:

https://youtu.be/VN1V8JRivJM

Leita Hulmes: 099 194 4086. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

A Masterpiece of Latin America Cinema

La Guarida is proud to present on the big-screen:

Él
a film by Luis Buñuel
in Spanish with English subtitles

Tuesday, March 30th at 6:45 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Reservations with dinner requests required
Tel. 099 806 8071

About: A masterpiece of Latin American cinema. Buñuel is considered one of the best film directors in history. “Él” is a film that exhibits paranoia, machismo and violence against women. A film that little by little has been gaining the merit it deserves due its careful study of the macho and paranoid man. A perfect study of a situation that still very much affects us today. A crowning jewel.

We are on the Tranvia’s path (Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta); La Cuadra’s station. Check us out on TripAdvisor or Google Reviews.

March 30th, from 6:45 to 10 PM, Free, Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, Cuenca.

Andres: underalias@gmail.com 099 806 8071. Call after: 8 AM.

Easter Week at the Jazz Society Café

Wed., March 31st singer, Renato Albornoz, an extraordinary singer with an authentic baritone voice singing beautiful Latin American ballads and trova.

Easter Sunday Brunch, April 4th
The Jim Gala Jazz Quartet
Special Easter Holiday Menu
Select from Turkey, Ham, Filet Mignon, and Salmon entrées

Reservations: jazzsocietyofecuador@gmail.com

Traditional cooking classes

Do you like locro de papas? Or ceviche? What about a chumal or a tamal?

Would you like to learn how to prepare it?

My name is Marisabel Neira, I am a chef and I have my own catering business. I offer you traditional Ecuadorian cooking classes, build your group of 4 friends and enjoy a morning or afternoon, get to know the best products for the preparation of the recipes that you can choose. We will visit local markets and stores, so you can discover the best places to buy, apart from sharing a spectacular time you will get to know this beautiful city from another perspective. Then I’ll open the doors to my kitchen, my favorite place. To teach you how to prepare the most delicious and rich traditional recipes.

Call me. It would be really nice to get you at my home.
WhatsApp contact 099 930 7524

You choose the day, $45, Roberto Crespo, Cuenca.

Marisabel Neira: 099 930 7524. Call after: 9 AM.

Get ACT tickets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

A.C.T. Presents “Dog Logs” and “the Last Romance”

Laugh out loud while you discover what dog park dogs really think, and if retired widower Ralph Bellini will find love once again when Azuay Community Theater presents a readers’ theater production of excerpts from C. J. Johnson’s “The Dog Logs” followed by Joe DiPietro’s “The Last Romance” the weekends of April 9, 10, 11 & 16, 17, 18, 2021.

Showtime 4 PM. Doors open at 3:30. Only 30 seats per performance. Masks are required.

Tickets $10 and are available at:

Kolo Cafe Monday 10 AM – Noon
(2nd floor of Hotel Viejo Mansion Luis Cordero #5-65 between Honorato Vazquez y Juan Jaramillo)

Common Grounds Tuesday 5:30 – 6:30 PM (Trivia night)

A.C.T. Theater Wednesday 10 AM – noon

Sunrise Cafe Thursdays 10 AM – noon

Online email AzuayCommunityTheater@gmail.com
for instructions to pay by PayPal or bank.

What is readers’ theater? The actors perform through voice, facial expressions and gestures as they read the play.

$10, Cuenca.

Ray Lewis

Gran Feria of Entrepreneurs on Saturday, April 3rd

There will be several vendors and we expect a great turnout of customers. (The required health precautions will be implemented.) The feria will be held at the CosasPrep store on Simón Bolívar. There is a large room in the back of our store with many tables.

Some of the vendors will be: Artesana Family Bakery (Kelbert’s Atesianal Bread); Hacienda Chan Chan (Julie’s cheese); King Smokehouse (Felix’s meats); Cuenca Shop (Tyrone’s chocolate, coffees, liqsusuuors, essential oils, vitamins, etc.); Adicciones Saludables (Hernan’s-Gluten-free, organic deserts); Sweet and Light (Ximena-Sugar-Free, high protein pastries), Cuenca Muesli (Gabriel’s granola energy bars, cupcakes, bread); Organic Cosmetics (Lourdes); Goat Cheese (Glenda); Naná mil y deleites (Baked goods, specifically profiteroles); KKOS Chocolate y Tu (Marangel’s products made with chocolate, truffles, and cacoa); Green Art (Karina’s organic products).

Credit cards will be accepted for sales from all vendors. Try your luck for free gifts on our spinning wheel. Driving? There is a parking garage across the street. Vendors: Sorry – we are sold out of tables.

Look for future ferias at the same location the first Saturday of every month. Let’s celebrate our entrepreneurs with great local food and great local products.

Saturday April 3, from 10 AM to 2 PM, Free, Simón Bolívar 13-49 y Estévez de Toral, Cuenca.

Lorena Flores: manager1@cosasprep.com

The Free & Fun Language Exchange on Zoom – all levels welcome

Please login at the Zoom link below and join an enthusiastic group of native Spanish and English speakers as we converse in each other’s language in an encouraging and supportive environment.

All levels of ability are welcome, so don’t be shy–even if you don’t speak a word of the language you want to learn, you will be helped by those that do.

To facilitate conversation we often have fun with tongue twisters, riddles, slang, crossword puzzles, etc. Or, we just simply converse on various subjects. Anything to practice speaking.

The Zoom meeting starts promptly at 6 PM every Monday. We end at 7 PM, or shortly thereafter.

No need to confirm your attendance; just show up and enjoy (and learn!).

ZOOM meeting link: https://utpl.zoom.us/my/effective
No password or meeting ID required.

See you there.

March 29th, from 6 to 7 PM, Free, 100 Zoom y 101 Zoom, Cuenca.

Bruce Peterson: 099 109 4835. Call after: 1 PM.

Cuenca Soul returns to Common Grounds, Saturday

Continuing with Common Grounds Saturday Night Live events Cuenca’s not so newest band Cuenca Soul will be performing at Common Grounds this Saturday, April 3rd at 7:30 PM with a $5 cover charge. Come enjoy a meal, drink specials and Southern Soul music. Common Grounds is located at Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Columbia. We hope to see you there.

For reservations call 07 284 9162
Like Cuenca Soul Band on Facebook.

Saturday, April 3 at 7:30 PM, $5, Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Columbia, Cuenca.

Cuenca Soul: cuencasoul@gmail.com 099 251 5570. Call after: 9 AM.

OBG dance party

Hello Everyone, Hope you are all well and happy. Many people have asked when we plan on resuming the Oldies But Goodies dances. We are excited to announce that we are planning our first OBG dance of the year on Wednesday, April 21st at Common Grounds Sports Bar. As we want
everyone to be safe, temperatures will be taken at the door and wearing a mask sensibly is required.

Common Grounds is a fun place to eat, drink and dance the night away. However, the number of attendees will be limited. Please respond by April 7 and let us know how many will be in your party. Attendees will be welcome on a first come response to our email gfedyna77@gmail.com
Please respond by April 7th.

Location: Eduardo Crespo Malo y Grand Columbia
Venue: Seating re-designed to accommodate our dancers
Parking: Free parking information: Behind Common Grounds on Jose Asutillo
Bus service: Bus service to Common Grounds location: #13, #14, #19, #3 & #50
Donation: $5 per person. Exact change is helpful.
Bar service: Full-service bar at reasonable prices.
Dancing: All styles are welcome to the music provided.
Music: A variety of music styles including Oldies Rock ‘n’ Roll supplied by George, played through our own proper sound system
Smoking: Smoking of any kind (including electronic) is permitted outdoors only.
Club: This is a private party of people who just want to have fun dancing, without complications.
No dues. Please do not be shy. Just get up and dance as the mood strikes you. Most of the songs invite different dance styles, so don’t worry, just do your own thing, whether alone, as a couple, or in a group, it doesn’t matter. Feel free to invite your friends and come with the intention of having fun, and you will.

We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor

We’re all here to have fun.

April 21st Music 7-10 PM, $5, Eduardo Crespo Malo y Grand Columbia, Cuenca.

George

Need an optometrist/lab that is able to make decent progressive lenses

I must use progressive lenses and I have been unable to find a place that is able to produce decent progressives that I can wear. I don’t think the problem is the optometrist. I believe the problem are the labs that produce these progressive lenses. The prescription from the optometrist seems excellent. I am able to see far, up close and mid-range; no problem. It is when I get the glasses back from the lab who are the ones that produce the lenses that all hell breaks loose. It’s happened to me time and time again here in Ecuador and it has become a pain getting new glasses every 2 years.

Does anybody have a good tale to tell on decent progressives here in Ecuador? Please, do tell.

Thank you.

Jorge

City: Cuenca

Paco’s Blues at Common Grounds Tonight (Saturday, March 27)

Common Grounds is starting a new music series of live music on Saturday night.

First up, Paco’s Blues tonight (Saturday March 27th).

Cover charge is $5

Music kicks off at 7 PM and goes till later on.

It’s gonna be a great night… looking forward to seeing you there.

This event may have attendance limitations due to COVID restrictions. Come early to be sure to get in.

Saturday, March 27th, from 7 PM till later on, $5, Common Grounds: Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia, Cuenca.

Pacos Blues

Dream work group

Dreams work on us whether or not we work on them. I’m looking for five people who are interested in exploring their dreams in depth with the help of fellow dreamers. I have lots of experience in facilitating dream work groups over the years from a metaphysical perspective rather than a psychological one. I’ll be hosting the weekly group meeting outdoors on a terrace at my home in Gringolandia with maximum safety from the Corona virus in mind. I’ll be happy to share a full page of info with you by your request. Looking to begin right after Easter. If you’re interested and want to know more, please email me. I look forward to hearing from you.

April 6, from 10 AM to 1 PM. $5., Edificio Terrazas al Rio, Tres de Noviembre y Jacaranda, Cuenca.

Elizabeth Richards: faeryspy@gmail.com

St. Christopher YouTube – Evening Prayer online

St. Christopher Episcopal Mission is a Cuenca-based faith community formed in 2019, as the first English-language Episcopal congregation in South America.

All are welcome at St. Christopher’s regardless of their faith tradition.

We gather online via Facebook and St. Christopher’s YouTube Channel, where you will discover new Evening Prayer services posted each Sunday. Our lectors, music and homilies are global. We invite you to participate.

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/StChristopherCuenca/

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOh2a0oDL3RwEEmrxHCcPVw/videos?view=57&flow=grid

Vision statement, St. Christopher Episcopal Mission

In the future, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Mission (SCEM), in a collaborative successful partnership with Mission Sagrada Familia, will be a welcoming gathering place, a spiritual center in Cuenca and the surrounding neighborhood of a theologically humble group of believers worshipping God, meeting Jesus and demonstrating the practical love of Jesus to members, visitors and the poor.

Through action, SCEM will demonstrate what it means to be a follower of Jesus with a commitment to serve those in need by doing good works quietly, without fanfare or notice while fulfilling the question, “what would Jesus do?”

SCEM will be a growing force for good in the community, known for outreach ministry.

SCEM, with the help of a Priest will offer Christian educational activities for spiritual growth through liturgical worship, group discussions, learning, and education filled with the Spirit of God’s love for us in our loving hearts and minds.

Visitors will experience Christ centered individuals within an inclusive, multi-cultural, bi-lingual, and multi-generational worshipping community of believers, with close bonds between members, committed to social justice while helping others.

SCEM offers an Episcopal liturgical worship service and experience to the community.

Sunday’s after 5 PM or anytime, free, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOh2a0oDL3RwEEmrxHCcPVw/videos?view=57&flow=grid, Cuenca.

Calvin E Hefner TSSF: calvinhefner38@gmail.com 096 795 9674. Call after: 10 AM.

Just breathe – invitation to meditate from home Sunday

Attention to the breath is a sort of bridge that connects the mind to the body. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Cuenca Community,

Shambhala Cuenca would like to invite you to meditate together from your home this Sunday at 10:30 AM. There are many forms and methods of meditation – the form you choose doesn’t matter, however it’s a very good thing to remember our shared humanity as we sit quietly and become mindful for a period of time.

Online meditation sessions are available at https://virtual-cushion.shambhalaonline.org
and
https://shambhalaonline.org/sunday-gatherings/

To practice online regularly with a group, you can also visit https://boston.shambhala.org/getting-started/

Contact cuenca.shambhala@gmail.com , and visit us online at cuenca.shambhala.ws and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/229033203881661

If you would like to use it, the form we use at Shambhala Cuenca is outlined below, and you can search “Donna Williams Meditation” for instructions on YouTube, or contact us for instructions.

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Cuenca Shambhala Meditation Practice:

Note that times and practices noted are commonly used, but shorter or longer times are beneficial too. Do what feels right to you.

– Opening prayer or recitation.
– Seated meditation, 20 minutes.
– Walking meditation, 15 minutes.
– Seated meditation, 20 minutes.
– Closing prayer or recitation.

Start with an attitude of friendliness and loving kindness toward yourself. Then, if you’re able, take an upright posture, on a cushion on the floor or in a chair, with the spinal column vertical. Notice your body sensations and be aware of any feelings that arise (such as anxiety, tiredness, anger, passion, boredom, indifference, etc.). Begin to completely identify with your natural breathing, in and out, maintaining some awareness of your body/posture. When thoughts or emotions arise, taking you away from the present moment, you simply notice them, without any judgement. Simply label the thought/emotion as “thinking” and return to awareness of your body breathing. Sitting meditation is a practice of simply being, touching into your awareness of that being, and letting go without trying to attain anything.

For walking meditation, take the same approach, except place attention on your feet as they touch the earth, and your legs moving through space. Join the hands at waist level and walk at a speed only slightly slower than normal (see photo).

Traditionally it’s believed that merit is accrued by meditating. In Shambhala, we dedicate this merit to the benefit of all beings, using the closing text below. Feel free to use it, or any other of your choosing:

Opening:
“May basic goodness dawn;
May the confidence of goodness be eternal;
May that goodness be all-victorious;
May that goodness bring profound, brilliant glory.”

Closing:
“By this merit may all attain omniscience.
May it defeat the enemy, wrong-doing.
From the stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness, and death,
From the ocean of samsara, may I free all beings.”

Links for instructions:

Meditation instructions are available free online with Senior Teacher Donna Williams at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3sd7RCZ-Fg

Pema Chodron Guided Meditation —
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmthYcJ2FCA
and
https://shambhala.org/frequently-asked-questions/#whymeditate

Sunday March 28 10:30 AM, free – donations to relief organizations are highly encouraged, Your House – is a very, very, very fine house, Cuenca.

Paul: cuenca.shambhala@gmail.com +592 98 284 8203 with WhatsApp and Text. Call after: 9 AM.

Volleyball – International 6 on 6: Sunday, 11 AM

Note: new time and location.
All experienced intermediate or advanced 6 on 6 regulation volleyball players are invited to join us for fun, friendship, and exercise. We have players who represent countries from around the world. We play Sunday, March 28, starting at 11 AM to 1 PM (weather permitting).

We will set up this Sunday at Parque Lineal Yanuncay just west of Av. Fray Vecente Solano on the North side of Av Primero de Mayo.

We ask all who attend to wear a mask to protect themselves and others.
Come join us!

You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set-Spike” volleyball)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Sunday, March 28, starting at 11 AM and going to 1 PM, Free, Parque Lineal Yanuncay just west of Av. Fray Vecente Solano on the North side of Av Primero de Mayo., Cuenca.

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com

Chess club event at Otorongo Lounge – free – Today 3-27-2021

I’m just copy-pasting a chess event I saw in Facebook and thought some of you could consider interesting.

We invite all people who love the science game (Chess) to participate in this event at Otorongo lounge. If you are a beginner it is better since we can help you get knowledge in that game and have a good time with us and we look forward to this Saturday from 3 PM.

More info: https://fb.me/e/1ceztl7sx

March 27 from 3 PM, Plaza El Otorongo, Cuenca.

Daniel Alberto Osorio Molina
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