La Caleta Fiestas – Programme of events


The Adeje fiestas continue, with La Caleta ready to celebrate.

 

Tuesday 31 July
6pm, La Caleta Cultural Centre, Local artists’ exhibition
6.30pm, La Caleta Cultural Centre, Dessert competition,
9pm, Evening performance

Wednesday 1 August
12 noon, La Caleta sports pavilion, children’s games
7pm, Fiesta parade
9pm, Evening performance

Thursday 2 August
6pm, La Caleta Cultural Centre, ‘Parchís’ card competition
6.30pm, La Caleta sports pavilion, children’s activities
11pm, Evening performance

 

September activities in Adeje

The Adeje School of ‘Seguridad y Convivencia’ (security and social harmony) has already begun planning the September schedule, when they will be organising a series of walks among other things. Interested parties can find more and sign up online (www.adeje.es) or call 922 775109, or call into the school (in Las Nieves) in person.

The walks organised so far will be taking place on September 15th (includes kayaking), September 22nd and 23rd (to Teno with an overnight stay in a hostel), October 20th, November 10th (La Gomera) and December 8th.

Also in the planning are workshops on first aid in different setting – the elderly, the workplace, maritime assistance, etc.

The school is currently (during July) open from 9am to 3pm, but will be closed during August, reopening to the public on September 3rd.

 

 

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Armeñime fiestas


The local Armeñime fiestas in honour of Nuestra Señora la Virgen de Candelaria are happening this week, running from July 18to to 23rd.
Programme:
Thursday July 19th
7pm, Parade
9pm, Plaza de la Candelaria, Armeñime
Election of the junior queen of the fiestas, with performances from local children’s dance groups and Ballet Titanium

Friday July 20th
9.30pm Plaza de la Candelaria, Armeñime.
Election of Fiesta queen and Mr Armeñime 2018. Performances from Ballet Salce Dance, Matias Alonso and Yanely Hernandez from ‘En Otra Clave’ and Ainoha Aguilar.
11.-30pm, Plaza de la Candelaria, Armeñime
Street party, with live music from Relieve and Fernando Martín

Saturday July 21st
10.30am, Bouncy castles
12.30pm: Plaza de la Candelaria, Armeñime
Zumba Master Class with Patricia Chiquiar and her DJ
7pm. Armeñime church
Mass sung by the San José de Los Olivos parish choir
8.30pm. Plaza de la Candelaria, Armeñime
Humour night, with neighbours and Los Capirangos
11pm, Plaza de la Candelaria, Armeñime
Street party with music from Deliciosa and Arguayo Band

Sunday July 22nd
10.30am, Bouncy Castles
2pm, Foam party
7pm, Mass, sung by the Boleros de Armeñime, followed by a procession through the streets of the village and fireworks.

Monday July 23rd

5pm, Paella for all in the Plaza

7pm, Plaza de la Candelaria

Street party, with Deliciosa band

Adeje’s smart young women

For the second year running the Adeje awards to the borough’s best secondary school students has been won by young women, three from the El Galeón secondary school and four from the Los Olivos school.

The ‘Jóvenes Talento’ (talented youth) prizes, whose aim is to reward effort and work done during the school year , is for secondary school students in public education centres in Adeje. The winners this year are Yaiza Sánchez Mederos, Noemi Parpaiola, Tian Yao, all studying in El Galeón, and Elena León Díaz, Tracy Méndez Díaz. Leila Boukyaou Delgado and Valentina Sebestyenl, students in Los Olivos. Each young women received €500 and Adeje councillor for youth affairs, Zebenzui Chinea Linares, made the presentation.

“These awards were created to reflect the worth of studying, to encourage a culture of dedication and effort, of excellence, and above all of a willingness to learn among our young people” reflected the councillor, adding that next year they would also be taking linguistic ability into consideration, to encourage more people to study and achieve proficiency in a second or third language.

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A break for cancer patients

The Atlantic Holiday Centre hotel is giving 12 cancer families a VIP holiday

The Atlantic Holiday Centre hotel in Callao Salvaje this week donated 12 week-long holidays to individuals from Adeje who have been fighting various cancers. The cancer sufferers are all under the care of Spanish cancer association and Adeje council socio-sanitary programme.

This week the 12 individuals, who are also dealing with on-going oncological treatments, with members of their family, were invited in to receive their vouchers from Adeje’s health councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo and the hotel director Charlotte Abildtrup. Their stay in the recently reformed hotel will be all inclusive.

The councillor commented, “last year we were delighted to be part of this new initiative which was hugely beneficial to the 10 individuals who were given holidays – people who are suffering not just from cancer, but from high levels of personal stress during the palliative process”. This year the hotel has increased the number of donated holidays to 12. The councillor underlined the importance of being able to enjoy their free-time in a qualitative way, which can also help in their recovery.

Charlotte Abildtrup, hotel director, said that “we are delighted to be able to help these people and their families, to offer them a chance to relax and take a break from the stress related to dealing with their cancer. We know that these people are fighters, that they have daily challenges to overcome, which is why, during these summer months, we will be delighted to welcome them here and hope they enjoy all the hotel has to offer”:

Councillor Bencomo added, “Gestures such as these go to show that solidarity has no limits or frontiers”.

The Hotel Atlantic Holiday Centre offers guests large apartments, fresh water and salt water pools, a children’s zone, tennis courts, a park, leisure zone, a gymnasium and restaurants not to mention first class service and personal attention.

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Salt and devotion will fill the town

This weekend, from Saturday afternoon, the centre of Adeje will be taken over by one of the oldest celebrations in the borough – Corpus Christi. 445 sacks of sea salt will be coloured and used to make carpets along the full length of the town’s Calle Grande and the Calle Corpus Christi.

“For many years the making of these carpets has been a meeting point for the people of Adeje, an exercise in social harmony. Corpus Christi, as well as being a religious ceremony, allows us meet with people from other walks of life in the town, as we work together on these carpets, sharing ideas, suggestions, stories, building the creative richness of the community”, commented the councillor for culture, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera.

Over 11 thousand kilos of salt will cover 330 metres of road in the two streets. Among the groups and associations taking part will be the Hermandad del Santísimo, Cáritas, Focus international residents group, the children from first communion and confirmation classes, Adeje volunteer firefighters, Colegio Costa Adeje, Club Deportivo Águilas San Áquilino, children from activity groups in Fañabe, Los Olivos and Armeñime, the Adeje senior citizens association, the Halcones baseball school, the Comunidad Hindú Tenerife Sur, the Los Olivos occupational group, Ballet Beanky, and many more.

Why not visit the Calle Grande this Saturday afternoon from 5pm and see these carpets being made – they won’t be there for long as they will be walked over as part of the religious procession following mass the next day.

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Mum’s the word..

Celebrate Mother’s day in Spain this weekend!

Whether she’s Mama, Ma, Mum, Mutter or Mother, this Sunday is her day in Spain as we celebrate Spanish Mother’s Day on May 6th. And Adeje’s commercial zone and the town hall have designed a campaign to encourage you to shop locally, under the slogan (translated), “My Mum is the best!”

The ZAC is the Adeje Commercial Zone association and are running a series of promotional activities for shoppers, and this week it’s with mother in mind. So if you are thinking of getting her something special, or taking her out for lunch or dinner, why not stay local and promote Adeje’s economy and jobs into the bargain.

Adeje has a great selection of small and medium shops with a host of excellent products on sale, it’s closer to home too, and with the campaign there is also the chance to win prizes or even a cruise. The competition itself runs throughout the month of May and you can enter by shopping in any of the participating stores.

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Free, confidential and anonymous – the rapid HIV test

 

The service, operated by Infosex has been running for a number of years, is free, confidential and anonymous

The Adeje council’s department of health has just launched a campaign to encourage people who fall into certain groups to take advantage of the rapid HIV testing available in the borough. “According to the health councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, “we have been offering this service for a few years now through the Infosex service, in South Tenerife, in collaboration with the Canarian Health Service. Through the programme those interested in being tested can do so in a fast, confidential, free and anonymous way, with qualified personnel in attendance. We feel that perhaps there are people unaware of the service so wanted to launch this campaign to publicise it for the general public”.

Trujillo Bencomo added, “Our main objective is always the good health of the people of Adeje. Since 2014 we have been in partnership with the regional health service in offering HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted disease testing in non-clinical settings, offering early detection to ensure better health care”.

Infosex Adeje is based in the south of Tenerife with its main objective being to offer information regarding health and sexuality. They also carry rapid testing for HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis C. Infosex also, in collaboration with the Adeje Health Centre, offer the Hep A vaccine and work with the Asociación Cruz Blanca to reach vulnerable women who may be working in prostitution. The service is completely anonymous, confidential and free and can be accessed by anyone. The telephone number to call for an appointment for a rapid HIV test is 601701703.

In 2017 the Adeje department of health, with Infosex Adeje, carried out over 200 of the above mentioned tests and vaccinated over 150 people. The councillor is encouraging more people to take up the offer of the service to improve the lives and health of people in the area. “From today we are involved in a serious campaign to let people know about Infosex Adeje and the services on offer. We want to make people aware of the importance of early diagnosis in HIV/Aids cases and encourage people to take the rapid test, particularly those who are in groups more at risk of HIV, such men engaging in sexual activity with other men and transsexual women. The campaign will use all media, social platforms, posters, leaflets, etc.”

According to the National Plan in Aids, 30% of people living with Aids in Spain are still not aware that they are HIV positive, and furthermore the incidence of STIs continues to rise. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. They have a 90:90:90 strategy: By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy. By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. Adeje councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo says, “the Adeje council is committed to allocating the human, material and economic resources necessary to work with this international body to make this happen”.

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Guilda and La Gomera

Historian Juan Bethencourt Alfonso, in his work Historia del Pueblo Guanche (A history of the Guanche Town), has retrieved a myth from oral tradition that links Adeje with the island of La Gomera.

The myth concerns Guilda, a young noblewoman of Archaha, in the kingdom of Adeje. On the eve of her marriage, her fiancé died, and a short time later Guilda discovered that she was with child. Desperate, because according to the local law she would be cast, alive, into the sea, she entrusted herself to a fisherman servant, and they agreed that her only chance of salvation was to steal away to the island of La Gomera on a small raft. On a night of favourable weather she embarked, in great secrecy, from Troya beach. She promised the servant that she would light a bonfire when she arrived safely – they believed that the island of La Gomera to be uninhabited since the catastrophe, given that they never saw any fires lit over there. And for the first time the following night a fire could be seen lit on the island, confirming that she had arrived safely. The following year she returned to Tenerife on another raft, with her husband, to see her family. There ensued great celebrations and she was forgiven as she had been saved from a watery grave.

What is so curious about this Tenerife story is that it can be seen in parallel with a myth from La Gomera, more specifically from Playa de La Guancha near San Sebastián. The story goes that in remote times a young girl arrived on her own by boat, from Tenerife. So astonished were the people that she was brought before the local king, and she told her tale, explaining the misfortune that caused her to flee Tenerife, and that she had expected to find La Gomera uninhabited. She said this was so as no-one had ever seen fires lit on the island. But they didn’t, it transpired, know how. So she taught them how to light fire by rubbing two sticks together and so grateful were the indigenous people and the king that he took her for his wife and the child in her womb as his own. And after some time they returned to visit Tenerife…

 

Tradition and innovation, Easter programme

 

The Adeje council will launch their Easter programme on Saturday, March 17th with addresses by the Rev. Ismael Martín and the Director General of the Fedola Group, Maria Victoria López. Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga commented, “We are changing the presentation somewhat and asking two individuals with very distinct and different social roles, one traditional and one business based, reflecting both sides of our community, both of huge benefit, to speak. So this year Fr. Ismael will represent our traditions and Ms Lopez our international tourism side”

The Adeje municipal patron band will also perform at the event, which will mark the official presentation of the Adeje Easter programme which has some new additions this year. The event will also mark the opening of a special exhibition of photographs detailing the “devotion and history of Easter Week in Adeje”.

On March 16th a new statue will be introduced into the Adeje religious ‘family’, ‘María Santísima del Consuelo’ a work by Francisco Zafra. The statue will be blessed and brought in procession along the Calle Castillo to the Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza hermitage until the Monday March 26th procession.

“Easter week in Adeje is now recognised nationally and internationally as an important event both for the artistic and historic relevance reflected in the different processions and for the Good Friday street theatre, ‘La Pasión’. This year we are adding new elements too to underline the importance of the celebrations”, said the Adeje mayor.

The Adeje council have also, as in last year, organised a gastronomy event linked to Easter Week with the Lenten Tapas Route. Many bars and restaurants have already signed up to take part, most of them located along the route of the most popular Easter processions in the town. There are also prizes for the public who can enter by having the special leaflet, available in participating establishments, stamped and once completed (with four stamps) posted in the special boxes in the Adeje cultural centre, the youth centre or the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA). The competition closes on April 1st.

 

 

 

 

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