Finca La Maya, a Cultural Arts & Events Center will launch its first free family movie night at its onsite classroom and workshop facility near San Carlos, Panama. The premiere event will be on Saturday June 7, 2008. Doors open at 5pm and the film will begin at 6 pm. The event will be the first offered to the beach communities, with plans for future films to be offered continually on the first Saturday evening of every month.

The film to be shown will be the popular “March of the Penguins” – a feature film celebrated for its educational, social, geographical, and humorous content, in a beautiful story easily appreciated by both children and adults. Award-winning photographer Luc Jacquet takes his documentary film to new heights -and depths- with this film, a stunning insider’s look at the life of the emperor penguin. The film will be projected in Spanish with English subtitles.

Films for the future monthly events will also be selected for their similar family-oriented content. Popcorn and lemonade will be for sale and donations accepted. Proceeds will help purchase of materials and supplies for the free courses offered at Finca La Maya every Saturday throughout the year.

There will be a very special guest on Family Movie Night, a young hostess for the evening “Natyzoo Wabaloo”(her stage name). Natyzoo’s real name is Natasha Hinojosa, she is 13 years old, attends the Cologio Isaac Rabin, and her favorite subject is Science. Natasha’s career ambition is to be a marine biologist and conservationist. Her ambition for the world is that everyone notices how much our Beautiful Planet is at stake and that everyone must try to save it. Natasha will give a short presentation to the audience before the film begins.

The film projection will take place next to the site of a new community library, currently under construction. The library is partially completed, but donations for purchase of materials are now being sought to complete installation of windows, light fixtures, and shelving for books. The library will be located next to the new classroom facility built last year at La Maya, where free English language and Art for Kids classes are offered weekly. Finca La Maya’s goal is to enhance education and cultural opportunities for local Panamanians. Visit the website at www.fincalamaya.com for more information on cultural activities and Community Programs.

For those interested in helping the library, “Buy a Book, Build a Library” is a program where anyone can buy a book from Exedra Bookstore and donate it to the new library in San Carlos. Purchase a book to donate at their bookstore in Panama City or visit www.exedrabooks.com. All purchases over $25 on the web receive automatic discounts. La Maya will pick up donated books at Exedra Books.

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Finca La Maya is located on forty scenic acres an hour from Panama City and minutes from spectacular Pacific coast beaches.
The 500 square meter light-filled Arts Center is a comfortable and versatile place, providing numerous areas for meetings, workshops, art courses, yoga, or group activities. Outdoor studios are suitable for construction, ceramic, or sculpture projects. The facilities are available for instructors of any kind to bring small groups for deeper investigation of whatever disciplines they teach: painting, photography, yoga, holistic medicine, or other types of activities. La Maya welcomes course or session proposals from private groups and professionals.

The hacienda style lodge at La Maya provides spacious accommodations for up to eighteen individuals comfortably, with air conditioned rooms, delicious gourmet meals prepared with locally grown ingredients, beautifully landscaped gardens, swimming pool, a golf green and driving range, horses, and many other attractive amenities. A two-minute garden walk leads from the residence to the Arts Center. The entire property can be available on a weekly or weekend basis for private parties. Please inquire for details.

For more information and directions to the finca, visit: www.fincalamaya.com. Locals in Panama call Finca La Maya: (507) 240-8281. From the USA or Canada please call: (901) 414-2844