Even the weather could not dampen the spirits of the record number of entrants who joined The Andalucía Performing Arts Society Car Treasure Hunt recently. Fifteen cars and over 50 people formed teams of Spanish, English and Dutch speakers and set off from El Cruce Restaurant in Coín through the countryside and picturesque villages of the Guadalhorce area collecting answers to clues placed along the way. TAPAS chairman Bob Stopforth said, “Our TAPAS treasure hunts are becoming more and more popular, especially with the routes and clues now printed in both English and Spanish versions. We were absolutely delighted that so many people came along to take part and helped us raise nearly 200 euros for local charities.”
Trip to Lisbon
Recently friends of Lux Mundi from Torre del Mar and Fuengirola travelled by coach to Lisbon. They stayed at the four -star Fenix Urban hotel for five nights, giving them plenty of time to take the tourist bus and see the city. A ferry took some across the river Tagus to visit the famous Cristo Rei and enjoy the views of the city and the river. Others visited various museums including the Gulbenkian Collection and the Se, the city's cathedral with its twin castellated bell towers and rose window.
Some of the group also visited the Torre de Belem, the cultural centre, the Museu Nacional dos Coches and the beautiful Mosteiro dos Jeronimos with its richly carved arches and balustrades. On the final day there was an excursion to Cascais and Sintra, and on the way back the coach went over the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the longest bridge in Europe.
La Cala de Mijas Lions Club
Three Ukulele groups, from Fuengirola, Cabopino and U3A, came together in The Times Bar for a concert for the La Cala Lions Club recently. The Lions Club also had a special Easter meal at the Restaurant Ole, Urb Los Claveles, the same venue where they hold their twice monthly meetings (every 2nd and 4th Wednesday). Owner Juan prepared a typical Spanish meal while secretary Sandie Tavendale held the quiz and raffle, raising valuable funds for the club.
The President of the Lions, Julie Barry, explained that all the money raised will go to local causes. This year the club celebrates 20 years of service to the local community. New members and volunteers are always welcome, so call in at the charity shop for more information from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm or call 677059061. Donations of clothes, bric-a-brac etc. are always appreciated. Their next event, the Spring Fayre and Fashion Show, is on May 14th at the Hotel Tamisa Golf.
Age Care Association
Easter Bonnet day
A special Easter event at the Age Care Association this year was 'Make your own Easter Hat'. Many people participated, making their hats with enthusiasm and using resources from home. The group at Calahonda, which now has over 120 members, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the International Baptist Church. They hold musical events, informative talks and other activities such as whist, dominoes, an art group which this year has produced the first Age Care Calendar, a bridge group, a book club, a Spanish group and a chair aerobics group which is extremely popular. Age Care coffee mornings are held on Monday 11am to 1pm in Tanges Sports Bar in Bonanza Square, Benalmádena; on Tuesday, 11am to 1pm at the Calahonda Day Care Centre, the International Baptist Church; on Wednesday, 11am - 12.30pm in Fuengirola's Salon Varietes Theatre Bar; on Thursday, 11am - 1pm in Coín at Pepe's Bar opposite La Trocha; on Thursday, 11am - 1pm in Calahonda at the International Baptist Church; and on Friday, 11am - 12.30pm in Los Boliches at the Hogar del Jubilado, Calle Frita, above the Fruit Market.
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