Island Report: News, events, and happenings around Aruba…
By Sue Campbell for Nights Publications
Beach tennis at Red Sail Sports
This island is burning up with beach tennis fever and now you, too, can learn to play Aruba’s most unique game at Red Sail Sports Beach Tennis Club.They have their own courts and you can either just come out to play, take private lessons, or join or organize group clinics with professional instructors. They even have a beach tennis shop where you’ll find the best gear and sportswear. Look for them on Palm Beach between the Marriott Surf Club and the Holiday Inn. www.aruba-redsail.com
A jolly way to protect the reefs
Jolly Pirates, one of the island’s premier sail and snorkel operators, has implemented a unique program to help preserve Aruba’s marine treasures. When you buy a cheery trio of bracelets at their souvenir shop on MooMba Beach, 100% of the proceeds go to the Aruba Marine Park Foundation, which is charged with heading up the island’s important reef protection and preservations programs. The bracelets make great keepsakes of this happy island and are a great way for you to give back while enjoying Aruba’s pristine waters. For more details visit www.facebook.com/ArubaMarinePark.
Adopt an island pet
The island’s animal rights foundations and shelters are always seeking homes for their charges, and they make it easier than you think to take a furry new friend home with you. Another helpful option is to act as a chaperone for a dog or cat heading to a new stateside home. To view the hundreds of heartwarming success stories about island pet adoption and find out more, visit Animal Rights Aruba (ARA) online at www.animalrightsaruba.org and the Animal Relief Foundation Aruba (ARF) at www.arf-aruba.com.
Local dance troupe delights
Seek out the dynamite dance troupe Popcorn Club Aruba as they entertain with explosive dance shows featuring local, international folklore, street, carnival, Latin, and contemporary styles. Tyrone Olainka Chirino’s Michael Jackson-style solo is unreal! The troupe really is “a pleasure for your eyes, ears, heart & soul.” Established in 1989, they have always strongly encouraged Aruba’s youth to express themselves through creative pastimes. Catch them at their regular shows at Tamarijn Aruba on Monday night on the pool deck. Visit the Popcorn Club & Dancers Aruba on Facebook.
San Nicolas news
The “Sunrise City” has been getting all kinds of upgrades this past year: the new Carnival Village is now open and the new Carnival & Festival Museum and its workshop are well underway. Baby Beach has also been given a facelift with beautiful landscaping and new food and beverage services. The brand-new Joe Laveist Sport Park is another beauty and the perfect spot to catch the local talent. And don’t forget to head out to San Nicolas on Thursday nights for carnival in the streets with the Carubbian Festival.
Eco-chic for a cause
Enamora supports families in Ecuador in economic difficulty by helping talented local crafters to sell their beautiful handmade eco-chic jewelry and accessories to the world through their online portal. The artisans are especially grateful that Aruba has shown such support for this worthwhile cottage industry, and you can help, too. Some of their unique treasures can be seen at The Dutch Pancakehouse showcase, or you can make an appointment to see them. You can also order online anytime by visiting their website at www.enamoratreasures.com.