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Welcome to Puerto Vallarta

and Riviera Nayarit Here is some advice to make your trip a little easier and more enjoyable. TIME ZONE: The entire state of Jalisco is on Central Time, as is the southern part of the State of Nayarit starting from Guayabitos in the north. BUSES: A system of urban buses with different routes can bring you from one end of the bay to the other and all the spots in between. Current fare in Puerto Vallarta is $7.50 pesos per ticket and passengers must purchase a new ticket every time they board another bus. There are no “transfers”. TAXIS: There are set rates within defined zones of town. Do not enter a taxi without agreeing on the price with the driver first. Price is per trip not person. MONEY EXCHANGE: Although you may have to wait in line for a few minutes, banks will give you a higher rate of exchange than the exchange booths (caja de cambio). You will need your passport. Better yet, use your bank card to withdraw funds from any ATM machine. Note that ATM’s in the banks are the safest to use and generally charge lower fees. DRINKING WATER: For the 18th year in a row, Puerto Vallarta’s water has been awarded a certification of purity for human consumption. The quality of the water tested at the purification plant varies greatly from what comes out of the tap at the other end. So do be careful. If you want to be doubly sure, you can pick up bottled water just about anywhere. EXPORTING PETS: Falling love with the street dog outside your hotel or a puppy on the Malecon doesn’t mean they can’t come home with you. The process is fairly inexpensive and only takes a day or two. You need a certificate of health from a local vet among other things. The time of year that pets can travel in the cargo section of the plane may be your biggest challenge. For the most up-to-date information contact the Puerto Vallarta SPCA at spcapv@gmail.com. COMMON SENSE: Just as you wouldn’t walk around your hometown drunk and beligerent, it is not acceptable to do that here. While Mexicans are a forgiving bunch, basic politeness is appreciated. For the guys, peeing in public is a major faux pas and if you are caught, can get you tossed in jail or an expensive fine. Pay attention to your surroundings. Pay your bills. Be courteous. And have fun! DRINKING AND DRIVING: First off – just don’t. The consequences are not worth it. Taxis are cheap and plentiful. Fines are as much as 10,000 pesos. You can be taken to jail and your vehicle impounded. There are many checkstops on the weekends and you will be asked to blow if they suspect you have been drinking. LEGAL SYSTEM: Not knowing the law is not an valid excuse in Mexico or anywhere. If you find yourself caught in a legal situation be aware that guilt is presumed until your innocence can be proven. This is a very difficult lesson to learn if you are visiting from the United States or Canada in particular. Immediately contact your consulate for assistance. Director Noemi Zamora noemizamorareynoso@gmail.com Editor Lic. Madeline Milne mmilne@Vallartatribune.com Sales Team Information office ventastribuna7@yahoo.com Designer Cynthia E. Andrade G. cysandra@gmail.com cisandra@vallartatribune.com

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Calling in Mexico Calling phones in Mexico can be tricky as it is different than in the US or Canada. There are different codes you need to use depending if you are calling landlines or cellular phones and if they are local or long distance. Long-distance calls from within Mexico For national long-distance calls (within Mexico) the code is 01 plus the area code and phone number. For international long-distance calls, first dial 00, then the country code (for the U.S. and Canada the country code is 1, so you would dial 00 + 1 + area code + 7 digit number). Calling Cell Phones (from a land line) If you are calling from a landline within the area code of the Mexican cell phone number dial 044, then the 10 digit number including area code. Outside of the area code (but still within Mexico) dial 045 and then the 10 digit phone number. Cell phone to cell phone only requires the 10 digit number. Phone Cards Phone cards (“tarjetas telefonicas”) for use in pay phones can be bought at newstands and in pharmacies in denominations of 30, 50 and 100 pesos. Pay phones do not accept coins. When buying a phone card for pay phone use, specify that you would like a “tarjeta LADA,” because pre-paid cell phone cards are also sold in the same establishments. Calling Toll-Free Numbers Some toll free numbers work from Mexico to the US and Canada, but many do not. You need to dial a different prefix. To call the following toll free prefixes, dial as follows: 800 numbers Dial 001-880-then the number 866 numbers Dial 001-883-then the number 877 numbers Dial 001-882-then the number 888 numbers Dial 001-881-then the number

Emergencies: 060 Red Cross: 065 Non-Emergency Police 322.290.0507 Fire Department: 322.223.9476 Ambulance:

Consulates American Immigration: Consulate 322.224.7719 Nuevo Vallarta: 322.222.0069 Consumer Protection: 24 hrs Guadalajara: 01.800.468.8722 333.268.2145 Tourism Offices Canadian Consulate Jalisco: 322.221.2676 322.293.2894 Nayarit: 322.297.1006 24 hrs: 1.800.706.2900 322.222.1533

Ahoy Cruisers! Day Ship Passengers 6-Dec Ruby Princess 3,080 7-Dec Westerdam 1,916 7-Dec Norwegian Jewel 2,376 8-Dec Island Princess 1,975 8-Dec Veendam 1,350 13-Dec Ruby Princess 3,080 14-Dec Carnival Miracle 2,124 14-Dec Westerdam 1,916 14-Dec Norwegian Jewel 2,376 15-Dec Oceania Sirena 684 21-Dec Carnival Miracle 2,124 21-Dec Westerdam 1,916 22-Dec Norwegian Jewel 2,376

Day Ship Passengers 23-Dec Norwegian Jewel 2,376 24-Dec Amsterdam 1,380 25-Dec Grand Princess 2,600 26-Dec Ruby Princess 3,080 28-Dec Carnival Miracle 2,124 28-Dec Westerdam 1,916 29-Dec Norwegian Jewel 2,376 29-Dec Oceania Sirena 684

In port this month

In the month of December Puerto Vallarta welcomes 43,829 passengers!

Vallarta Tribune is an activity and entertainment guide and merely publishes information as it is provided by the advertiser or event host. We do not assume responsibility in errors or omissions other than to correct them as soon as they are made known to us regarding event schedules, locations and/or prices. In addition, we do not assume any responsibility for erroneous inclusion or exclusion of information except to take reasonable care to ensure accuracy, that permission has been obtained to use it, and to remove it as soon as is practical upon receiving your notification of error. We recommend you always confirm prior to attending or visiting an event or establishment. Weekly publication edited, printed and distributed by Ediciones y Publicaciones Siete Junio, SA de CV Grupo Editorial Tribuna Calle 21 de Marzo # 1174 Col. Lomas del Coapinole Del. El Pitillal, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco México CP 48290 Tel. 226-0800 editor@vallartatribune.com * www.vallartatribune.com * www.facebook.com/vallarta.tribune


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spend all week crafting these musings in my head and then in the last moments before the deadline I throw them on my computer screen and hope for the best. Sometimes it goes okay; other times there are an embarrassing number of grammatical and spelling errors. Today is no different. I have four minutes before this will just be a big white space in the newspaper. I want to tell you how I saw Avenue Q at Act II last week and was blown away. I want to share with you the elegance and sophistication of the ‘Evening under the Stars’ PV-SPCA fundraising event. Bear with me and let’s see how far I can get and how many mistakes I can make. Apologies in advance. First, my friend Stephanie Ramirez who came to Puerto Vallarta just a few short months ago, and not unlike the Tasmanian Devil, whirled her way through the city, asked if I could come see her new show Avenue Q on opening night. Family obligations got in the way of that plan but I eventually found some time and went with a friend to see it last week. I admit, I was nervous. Despite seeing the rave reviews online, I have an aversion to community theatre and - it’s a musical, with puppets… Was I ever wrong. First, the production value is the best I’ve ever seen in Vallarta,

except for maybe Equus, which was fabulous; those horse heads were works of art. Second, the casting is both hilarious and brilliant. Is Bert Ramirez the hardest working man in show business or what? The singing varied from studio quality to way better than I could ever be. The story is brilliant but of course, it’s a Tony award winning play, so it’s to be expected. I laughed. Out loud. I clapped, I cheered. I might have even wolf whistled – though that could have been the gin and tonics. Love Mexico and its open liquor laws. I want to give shout outs to everyone but honestly, they’re all so good, no one person needs to be singled out. There are a number of dates through December. Seriously – go see it. Act II doesn’t advertise with the Tribune, I have no reason to tell you any of this except it is really worth your time and money. In addition to being awesome, the show also collects for local charities. Be sure to put some extra pesos in your pocket. On a totally different kind of evening, my husband and I were guests of Janice Chatterton, proprietor of Hacienda San Angel, Casa Kimberly and founder of the PV-SPCA, to the Evening Under the Stars fundraiser that benefits the animal rescue shelter. It is a night of excellence that is rarely outdone. Everyone is decked in

their finest. Wallets are brimming with pesos. Auction paddles flicker across the room bringing in thousands of dollars. The view from the hotel’s chapel, Puerta del Cielo through the Church of Our Lady Of Guadalupe’s magnificent crown is one of the most famous Puerto Vallarta photo locations. Rightfully so. The food, the music and the company were elegant and delightful. I left that evening feeling like I was a star. Of course, the stars of the evening are the animals that Janice and the many volunteers, donors and staff have rescued, loved and rehabilitated over the past ten years. Each year over 200 animals are taken off the streets and given a chance at a new life. It’s a labour of love but one that is richly rewarded. Across the bay, there are dozens of events, shows and fundraisers happening including the River of Arte this Sunday at Oscar’s on Isla Cuale. Over 60 local artists are showcasing their work and donating proceeds to benefit the Colina Spay and Neuter program, which in its own way helps take 100’s of animals off the street as well. If you are looking for Christmas presents (I’d love a Francine Peters, hint hint) or a burgeoning art collector, this is the event of the season. Starting December 1st is the twelve days of processions through the streets of downtown Puerto

Vallarta. This cultural and religious spectacle is amazing to see. Each night, close to dusk, the devoted take to the streets on a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe. There is food, music, festivities and children in adorable costume. Don’t drive downtown. Take a bus or taxi, at least through Centro and experience this unique tradition. If you only have one day to enjoy the processions, choose one closer to the 12th as each day they tend to become more elaborate, culminating in a huge procession of 1000’s on the 12th. (Again, do not drive through Centro. Trust me.) I’m 24 minutes past the deadline. Thank goodness I’m the boss. Much appreciation to our readers, our advertisers and our contributors. The Vallarta Tribune has become such a valuable

resource in our community and I truly appreciate everyone’s efforts in making this weekly paper a part of their time here. Safe Travels, Madeline

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4th Annual Taste of Nuevo and 16th Annual Chili Cook-off This next Saturday, December 3 from 4 – 7 PM the Nuevo Vallarta malecon will be the location of the 4th year of this great event. Last year, over 400 people attended to sample the wonder tasting dishes provided by the participating restaurants and also tasting fantastic chili made by professional and non-professional contributors. Attendees may purchase

sample tickets for $30 pesos. Each ticket will allow a “sample” of chili or any of the other type of food offered. Attendees may also use tickets to purchase bottled water, soda, beer wine, and Margaritas. Music will be provided. Net proceeds will all go to charity, evenly split between the Navy League’s “Toys for Tots” program

and the International Friendship Club’s “Cleft Palate Program”. Parking will be available at Marina Nuevo Vallarta and water taxis will be available from the Vallarta Yacht Club and Paradise Village. Any questions can be directed to Rudy Trejo, Manager Vallarta Club 297-2222 (office@vallartayachtclub.org).


entertainment Luna Lounge Kicks Off The Season With New Tribute Shows and Encore Performances

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n Bucerias at the popular Luna Lounge ‘Tribute Shows’ rule the night! And this coming season, you’ll find some of the best available anywhere in the world! The new entertainment offerings are fresh, exciting and first class. What makes the experience so enjoyable is starting the evening with a scrumptious meal and ending it with a truly enjoyable and fun musical experience! This phenomenal season of tribute shows starts on December 1st, with the return of “Soul Man,” A Blues Brother’s Tribute Show starring Las Vegas performers, Ken Levine and Jeff Fairchild. Relive the awesome music and antics from one of the best-loved movies of all time. These guys blew us away last season with their tribute to

those zany and talented movie icons. Based in Las Vegas, but touring throughout North America, Jeff and Ken made their Mexican debut at Luna Lounge last season and sure put on a great show! We are delighted to see them return and open the season on Thursday, December 1st. It will be a real party as this show kicks off Luna Lounge’s Best Cabaret Season yet, with a high-energy show! Next up, on Thursday, December 8th is North America’s #1 Mick Jagger tribute, “Jagger- The Rolling Stones Tribute Show.” Based out of Toronto, Bob Wotherspoon performs as a spot-on, lookalike Mick Jagger and truly sings and “Moves Like Jagger”! He sings all of the Rolling Stones’ greatest hits, like “Paint It Black,” “Wild Horses,” “Brown Sugar,” “Angie,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Satisfaction,” “Jumping Jack Flash” and many more! In his ten-year career performing as Mick Jagger, Bob Wotherspoon has played across Canada and the U.S. and as far away as South America to audiences who say it’s the next best thing to seeing The Rolling Stones!!This will be a hot-ticket event so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment!! An encore performance of one of the best shows that has ever come to the greater Puerto Vallarta area, Luna Lounge is delighted to announce that Paul Aleman and Renee Armand will be appearing live for ONE NIGHT ONLY - Thursday, December 15th with their hit show - “Rocky Mountain High: The Music of John Denver.” Aleman and Armand - a John Denver band member who performed with John for six years and who appeared on the DVD “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” and also on Rocky Mountain High - present the incredible music and wonderful background stories of John Denver. Renee also sang the Academy Award winning song “The Morning After” from the movie, The Poseidon Adventure, and she wrote the song “One Day In Your Life” recorded by Michael Jackson.

These two exceptionally talented musicians will give you a new appreciation for the music of John Denver, one of music’s most beloved artists. They’ll perform songs like, “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Annie’s Song,” “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” “Back Home Again” and Many, Many More! This is a show that you’ll want to see. I rank it as one of the best that has ever come to our area.  Coming up on Christmas night at Luna Lounge is “A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett,” starring the impressive Brian Neale. Even if you’re not an official “Parrot Head,” you’ll love “Cheese Burger in Paradise,” “Margaritaville” and all those tropic rock favorites! Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 25th. And don’t forget to book your New Year’s Eve at Luna Lounge with “The Bryan Adams Tribute Show” on Saturday, December 31st. What a perfect way to bring in the New Year! You love hearing favorites like, “Cuts Like A Knife,” “Run to You” and “It’s Only Love,” performed to perfection by Doug Varty. The evening starts off with Luna Lounge’s special holiday dinner, followed by a cutting edge musical performance and a party all in one. Book early, for this show is guaranteed to sell out! Each Tuesday night at 7 pm, Luna Lounge is thrilled to bring back ‘The Crazy Bitches’ with their all-new show. The New Crazy Bitches Drag Show is the “Must See” show while here on the Riviera Nayarit. This hilarious evening brings a unique mix of music, dancing and outrageous, adult orientated comedy to keep you laughing from start to finish. Watch as these incredible performers bring your favorite celebrities to life. See Cher, Madonna, Tina Turner, Beyonce, Celine Dion and many more sing and dance just like the real deal. For more information on shows, go online to lunaloungebucerias.com. For questions or tickets email hugh@lunaloungebucerias.com. Luna Lounge is located at Av. Mexico #27, Bucerias, Nayarit. Telephone 329-298-3242.


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entertainment “ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH”* The Definitive John Denver Tribute

Starring Paul Aleman & Renee Armand by Merv Buchanan

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is death in a 1997 plane crash, brought an untimely end to the flourishing career of 53 year old singer, songwriter, actor and activist Henry John Deutchendorf Jr., a.k.a. “John Denver”. At the time, Denver was the undisputed king of easy going, acoustic driven music. His songs like “Take Me Home Country Roads” , “Sunshine On My Shoulder” and “Rocky Mountain High” kept him on the top 40, easy listening and country music charts, eventually selling more than 33,000,000 records. Although John Denver tribute “Rocky Mountain High” is a relatively new venture for Paul Aleman and Renee Armand, they perform it in such a polished and heartfelt way you might think they have been

performing it for years. And you would be half right. Besides being a popular backup singer for album, concert and movie soundtrack work, including the theme song for “Posideon Adventure”, Nashville resident Renee Armand also spent 7 years as a backup singer, on tour with John Denver. Her singing partner, Los Angeles based guitarist, pianist and composer Paul Aleman, also a seasoned studio and concert performer, has performed John Denver's songs in concert countless times. From the southern US, to New England, to Mexico, Renee and Paul have brought Denver's music to thousands of appreciative fans with a clarity and soulfulness that underlines both their talent as

entertainers and their love of the late star's words and music. They are regularly featured at the annual John Denver memorial concerts in Aspen Colorado. And their show at The Luna lounge, in Bucerias, last winter was such a big hit with Denver fans from all over the Banderas Bay area that they have been invited back in mid December. More information is available on the venue's web site. From “Annie's Song” to “Thank God I'm A Country Boy”, Rocky Mountain High is performed with a heartfelt enthusiasm and grace that draws audiences in and has them singing along after the first few bars. In the hands of Renee and Paul, a guitar and a pair of harmonizing voices create musical magic and do justice to the memory of an American treasure.

“JAGGER”

Robert Wotherspoon's amazing tribute to The Rolling Stones

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ince he and his band mates in The Rolling Stones hit the music charts in the early 60s, Sir Michael Jagger's place in music history has been assured. His unmistakable voice, stage swagger and anti-establishment image has become locked in the collective psyche of rock'n'roll fans throughout the world. Mick Jagger re-defined how the lead singer of a rock band could act, look and sound, on and off stage. Others have co-opted his style with varying levels of success. But none have matched his staying power. Apparently, Paul McCartney's song “When I'm 64” has no meaning in the rock'n'roll business. For Robert Wotherspoon, there are times when his uncanny resemblance to Mick Jagger seems like a cruel trick of nature. As a teenager, being mistaken for the famous rock star, especially by girls, was pretty enjoyable. But as an adult, with a growing family and a successful career as an advertising executive, the constant interruptions for pictures and autographs began to feel like an invasion of his privacy. Fortunately, Robert has a good sense of humour and learned to take it in stride. Early in the new century, as

Robert Wotherspoon's family and business life became less hectic, he began to feel that having some fun as a Mick Jagger look-alike was not such a bad idea. Since he could also sing and speak with a British accent, and tribute shows had by now become very popular, friends suggested he create a Rolling Stones tribute. So he posted an ad in a local music store and soon found four musicians, also Stones fans, who loved the idea. Thanks to his voice, appearance and plenty of enthusiasm, the popularity of the show grew at an amazing rate. He now enjoys regular bookings,

either with the band, as “Hot Rocks”, or solo, as “Jagger”, across Canada, the USA and the Caribbean. “Jagger” starring Robert Wotherspoon solo, will appear in Mexico for the first time, on December 8th, at The Luna Lounge, in Bucerias, and on December 10th, at El Rio BBQ, in Paso Ancho. More information is available on the venue web sites and elsewhere in this paper. Some songs you can expect to hear at these shows are “Satisfaction”, “Honky Tonk Woman”, “Miss You”, “It's Only Rock'n'Roll”, “Time Is On My Side” and dozens more Rolling Stones classics.

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December brings holiday cheer, and tenderness exciting new shows take the stage   By Catherine Beeghly

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he founding directors of the Boutique Dinner Theatre will star in the beloved two-person show, “Love Letters.” Karrie M. Sebryk, M.A., and her husband Ken Sebryk, will perform in this heart-warming drama, directed by Ralph Hyman, the first two weekends of December, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Tickets cost 200 pesos, or 475 pesos for the show with dinner. It’s about two people born to wealth and position, childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years—where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series

of “good schools.” Their correspondence reveals how though two people can be physically apart, they can be spiritually as close as only true lovers can be. An original twist on Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” is set to perform Dec. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24, closing Christmas Eve. T.J. Hartung has adapted the timeless holiday story, presented as a radio-style show, set in the 1970s, somewhere in Middle America.  Mikki Prost stars in her hit one-woman show, “Walkin’ After Midnight: A Tribute to Patsy Cline.” Prost is beloved to her audiences for the shows she researches, writes, and performs. Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m Prost will be launching a new show, a tribute to Brenda Lee. “Brenda Lee was one of the youngest, and most successful

female vocal artists of her time, in the 1950s and ’60,” Prost said. “She made rock and roll history in so many ways, throughout her entire career. Can you believe, she started singing in her crib as a baby! Come find out what this incredible story is all about.” “Little Miss Dynamite: The Life and Times of Brenda Lee,” performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 14 and 21; and, in 2017, on Jan. 4, 11, and 18.  A joyous program of choral seasonal favorites is planned Dec. 18, by PV’s popular choir, “SYNG!” “Joy to the World” is this year’s theme for the holiday concert of instrumentals, ensembles, and guest performers. The line-up features musicians from the Time 2 Play band, Kathy Overly, Denise Petrie, Sharon Baughman-White, and David White, raising their voices in fun and friendship. Cost

is 200 pesos; dinner and the show costs 475 pesos.     The Boutique Dinner Theatre offers exciting evenings of dinnerand-a-show options. The theatre is located upstairs at Nacho Daddy, 287 Basilio

Badillo. Delicious three-course dinners are served at 5 p.m., with the shows at 6 p.m. On Wednesdays only, the shows start at 7:30 p.m. For information call 322-192-4616.

nation never hurts. Please give generously and have a great time at River of Arte 2016. There will be live entertainment, raffles, silent auctions and admission is FREE! Last but not least CK Productions has done it again – earlier this year, in March, CK Productions had a concert on top of a mountain at a place called Terra Noble with sensational violinist Diego Mondragon. To celebrate the arrival of winter, Diego returns with Eduardo Leon and award-winning dancers to royally entertain us once again. This show was called by many last season as the finest, ever.

Expect another hit show with all the delightful additions. More as December 21st draws nearer but do get tickets for Fire on the Mountain fast.   …and Goings Thanksgiving is over but the dressing and pie and third or fourth helpings seem to persist. If there’s a better ‘food group’ than traditional turkey dinner – point me in that direction! Great thanks go out to Bill and Marcia Makley for inviting me to share their dinner with fellow artists, neighbours and friends at the San Franciscan Hotel. The food was just as it should have been. While I am thanking friends for fabulous food, here is another: To Scotty McIntyre and Allyn Dixon for including me at their luminous table of friends for the SPCA Gala Dinner last Saturday night. The conversation over and during the five course dinner was lively, fun and enlightening with new people I know I will see again and I cherish that thought. The surroundings, flowers, the view of the fireworks, beautifully set tables; Mariachi were superb, the volunteers amazing, Janice Chatterton – you are such a treasure for this city; thank you for all you do with such amazing and exquisite taste.

Comings and Goings Marcia Blondin

marciavallarta@gmail.com Comings… On Thursday, December 1st, the Boutique Theatre presents “Love Letters”. This poignant, often very funny, sometimes sad two-person play stars Ken and Karrie Sebryk, founders and directors of the Boutique Theatre. Together for the first time in their first play, on their own stage, in their own theatre; it will be an enchanting opening night. Doors open at five for dinner with the play beginning at 6 pm. On Saturday night, the 3rd, El Rio BBQ-Bar kicks off their tribute season with the return of last year’s amazing Blues Brothers smashing show from Las Vegas. The Blues Brothers thought they’d get some beach time in between Opening Night at the Luna Lounge in Bucerias and

El Rio here in town. Alas, it is not to be: The Luna Lounge has announced a complete sell out for the Blues Brothers’ show (a week ahead) and have scheduled another one. Perhaps the B.B.’s can enjoy the beach at El Rio before they hit the stage. I, for one, can’t wait to see them again…I need tube socks and didn’t get any last year. (If you have to ask, you best be at El Rio early to get the answer!). El Rio is one of Vallarta’s special places – on the river in Paso Ancho watched over by a soaring rock wall – dig your toes into the sand, watch the stars on stage and overhead and enjoy. This show sold out last year so run for tickets! This coming Sunday is the art

event of the season. More than 65 of Vallarta’s finest painters get together at gorgeous Oscar’s Restaurant on the tip of the Isla Cuale. From noon ‘til five you can talk to the artists, buy their paintings, have some drinks and food and wander around at will. Take your time and enjoy the day. This event funds the FREE Colina Spay and Neuter Clinic so feel free to give them money so that they can continue their tremendous work. Hundreds and hundreds of cats and dogs have been treated at Colina Clinic free of charge. A percentage of all sales go to the Clinic but a bit extra do-


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Medical Matters

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Marcella is a bilingual certified wellness lifestyle coach. Her mission is to help you gain more energy, adapt healthier habits, improve digestion and look and feel your best. She offers personalized coaching and group programs helping you incorporate clean eating, movement, and essential oils to support physical and emotional health. To receive health and wellness updates about natural, healthy living in Vallarta sign up for her newsletter at www.marcellacastellanos.com.

Pamela Thompson operates HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta, a multi-faceted, independent, resource network that is here for your total health and well-being. We offer assistance to help find a physician, hospital and diagnostic service for any healthcare needs. www.healthcareresourcespv.com

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his is a fun colorful salad to make that can be served warm or cold during the holiday season. Enjoy! The fresh stuff: 2 celery stalks, 1/4 red onion, or to taste, 1/2 jalapeño, or to taste, 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, 1/2 bunch fresh mint or two drops peppermint essential oil (pure, therapeutic, grade), 2 fresh lime, 1 firm apple, of your choice Seasonings: sea salt to taste, black pepper, 1/2 tsp curry powder, 1/2 garam masala Other: 1 3/4 cups stock or water, 1/2 cup raw cashew nuts, 1 tsp coconut or grapeseed oil, 1/3 cup golden raisins or regular raisins Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). For starters in a small pot, bring the stock, quinoa and salt to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover with a lid and then let cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat. Keep

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covered and let rest for about 10 minutes. Uncover, fluff with a fork and set aside to cool. Then, mix the cashews with the oil, curry powder and salt. To fully coat the nuts, toss with the curry powder. Place into the oven and roast until just lightly toasted. Next, dice the jalapeño, celery and red onion. Chop the cilantro and mint or have your essential oil handy to add one to two drops. Squeeze to remove the juice. Lastly, dice the apple and gather the raisins. To assemble the salad, place the quinoa into a large shallow bowl and add everything except the nuts. Gently toss to coat. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt, pepper, jalapeño, garam masala or lime juice as desired. Lastly, lightly fold in half all of the cashew nuts. Then garnish the top of the salad with the remaining nuts and serve. This is really versatile as a meal or a side dish. This recipe was adapted from Rouxbe Cooking Plant-based Cooking School.

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e are so very lucky to have a good amount of bi-lingual physicians of all specialties in the area. Nearly every day I receive comments from people saying “our doctors north of the border could take a lesson from the physicians here”. I think it is the culture that makes the difference. That being said, sometimes a physician consult here can be a little different than “at home”. Normally there is not too long of a wait for an appointment. This time of year though, sometimes a few days to a week, depending on the specialty. Upon arriving to your consult, the receptionist (who most likely will not speak much English) will greet you. You might be used to handing over your insurance card to her but don’t bother. Any and all consults must be paid out of pocket, regardless. Hopefully you won’t need to wait too long for the physician. Sometimes there is a wait because of an emergency, naturally, but also, most of the physicians will spend a LOT of time with the patient, regardless of how many people are sitting in the waiting room. Once you are in the room with the doctor, even though he/ she is bi-lingual, that doesn’t mean you should “talkinrapidfireenglishwithouttakingabreathbetweenwords”. In most cases, shortly after this starts (if you talk that way), you will see their eyes glaze over and they will be lost. Remember, English is their second language, so speak clearly and semi-slowly (but not LOUDLY or like you are speaking to a three year old). Some physicians will begin a file and some will not. It is a good idea to bring a very brief outline of your problem and give that to the

Francisco I. Madero # 396 (Corner of Aguacate) Tel. (322) 223 2995 eye-metrics@hotmail.com Col. Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta, Jal.

physician. This creates a good base. Take some notes as you are discussing your problem because they will not be giving you one. If he/ she orders some lab work or diagnostic studies you can contact us and we can arrange for them. In reality, it is the patient’s responsibility to take back the results of any studies to the physician to review. Not to be sent in an email or text. Most physicians will do a follow up consult to review at a minimal charge or no charge. It doesn’t matter if they say “call me” or “email me”. This requires a follow up consult OR you can contact us and we will make sure that the physician receives the reports and see what they say. Emails and texts are now abused by way too many patients especially if they expect an immediate response from the doctor. Those studies/results are for the patients to keep, not to be left with the physician. If you do that, they will be deposited in some unknown dark hole around their office. Then, after the consult, you will return to the receptionist to pay. If you need a receipt please request this now. They can write a receipt on a prescription pad. This is sufficient for an international insurance reimbursement. If you have a Mexican policy and you need a facture, you must request at this time with all of your data. Neither should be requested days or weeks later! Consult fees vary from 400 pesos upwards, depending on the specialty. We work with twenty-six board-certified, physicians who are compassionate, bi-lingual (for the most part), tops in their specialties. We are very proud of them! Have an extraordinary week!

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Comox Valley to give ambulance to those near Puerto Vallarta

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hree Comox Valley, British Columbia men will be taking a refurbished BC Ambulance for it’s longest call out to help others. They’re making a 4,600 kilometre trek to the town of El Tuito south of Puerto Vallarta. “Their need is great,” says Paramedic Ryan Thorburn. “You’ve got the ambulances that are barely running.” This will be the fourth ambulance the Comox Valley will have sent to the region in three years. It’s been the international project of the Strathcona Sunrise Rotary Club. Many private and in-kind donations have helped to make the donation possible. This year Firefighters Crossing Borders will also be supplying a bunch of equipment they’ll also be transporting. “The ambulance is going to be filled with new SUBA’s which are air packs, turn out gear, boots, helmets and communication equipment,” says Thorburn. Chris Hounsell, a volunteer firefighter and wastewater technician, is also making the trek and he’s

taking his expertise to help with a project. “They have a water tower with a very steep bank that they need to climb up every day and they’re carrying up tools and equipment,” says Hounsell. “So we’re going to assist them in building a staircase up to that water tower.” The pair says helping people in the Puerto Vallarta region makes sense as it’s a sun destination with a direct flight from the Comox Valley. And the Mexicans have been very grateful following each

donation. “Got lots of emails every time they saved someone and took them to the hospital from El Tuito,” says Thorbun, following the last donated ambulance. “Which is kind of neat.” If you would like to help there is a GOFUNDME campaign called Equip Firefighters in P.Vallarta. It will help cover traveling costs The trio will be leaving Courtenay, B.C. December 1st.

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Senate approves bill to ban dog fighting

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he law also stipulates some basic principles around caring for dogs The Mexican Senate has passed a dog-fighting bill that would prohibit the organization and staging of dog fighting events at the national level and assure all dogs are treated with dignity. The latter part of the bill, which amends the General Law of Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection, stipulates basic principles regarding the care of dogs, such as the provision of adequate food and water and providing medical attention when needed. Some states have restrictions on events such as dog fighting but some civil organizations see them as insufficient. In Aguascalientes there is an annual international dog fighting event in the spring where as many as a dozen different fights are on the bill. The dogs can be worth thousands of dollars, says Antón Aguilar, executive director of the Humane Society International in Mexico, and betting at such events

can be high. The breed of choice at the event is the pit bull. Aguilar  hailed the passing of the law in the Senate. “It’s good news in terms of getting rid of this practice. Organizers usually brutally kill dogs that lose. And the animals that emerge as ‘winners’ often die because of hemorrhages, injuries or infections caused by the fight. “These events also cause emotional damage and affect dogs’ mental states, because no animal is aggressive by nature.” One of three Senators who voted against the bill said there

were many other more important matters that the Senate should be discussing; such as dealing with the problems of migrants and Donald Trump’s presidential election win in the U.S. Victor Hermosillo of the National Action Party said Mexico has more serious needs that ought to be discussed. “Soon they’ll be calling for a stop to killing lobsters because they’re boiled alive. Oh, the poor things!” The new law will now go to the Chamber of Deputies for its analysis. Original: mexiconewsdaily.com


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olima university team testing sheets made from coconut coir From copra to piña coladas, the coconut has a wide range of uses. Now it is making an appearance as a possible roofing material. A team of students and professors at the Institute of Technology of Colima (Itec) has developed an alternative roofing product  made from the husk of the coconut. During a first stage, the team replaced the commonly used fiberglass with coconut fiber, mixing  it with a polyester resin to meld all the elements. After the  product didn’t provide  the expected results, the team decided instead to try coir, the

fiber in the coconut’s outer husk. Professor José Ricardo Moreno Peña explained that a key motivator in their research was creating a sustainable product. The coconut fiber is usually discarded as trash or burned, and is readily available throughout the state. Early tests have shown that  the uniquely-shaped sheets of roofing  are strong but  Moreno said more testing will determine their  structural tolerance  to determine if it can be used for building. The product is also something that people can make themselves. “Our purpose is to offer safe self-assembly alternatives for people who with their own work

will be able to produce this sheet roofing. Our product will provide a shelter from the elements from the get-go, but we plan in future design stages to add a thermal resistance element,” said Moreno. Once the technical feasibility and resilience of the sheets is satisfactorily tested, the team will focus on further improving the product. Architecture and design student Joel Vargas Montes said the sheets are different from any others currently available on the market. He said they  are composed of pyramid-like structures that distribute the load throughout the sheet. Original: mexiconewsdaily.com


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The Devil is in the Details

Creative hands of Mexico

Orlando Gotay, Tax Attorney

Leigh Thelmadatter

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Orlando Gotay is a California licensed tax attorney (with a Master of Laws in Taxation) admitted to practice before the IRS, the U.S. Tax Court and other taxing agencies. His love of things Mexican has led him to devote part of his practice to the tax matters of U.S. expats in Mexico. He can be reached at tax@orlandogotay.com. This is solely informational, not legal advice; consult your advisor.

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he smoke from the election is not yet dissipating, and we are trying to understand what a Trump administration will mean. Tax, of course, is near and dear to me and perhaps (!) you. This is a developing situation, and the pieces are by no means even remotely in place. There are some good starting points to intelligently speculate on what may happen and could end up affecting you. Also, there are some things that are virtually certain that will not change. I urge you to pull your calendar and mark some things down. It seems reasonable to me that the incoming Administration will attempt to pass fast track “tax relief” with provisions that will sweep in tax benefits for those in upper income brackets. I have identified repeal of the estate tax, as well as beneficial treatment of capital gains, interest, dividends and royalties. For most of us, perhaps a “flattening” of income tax rates (with special ‘caps’ for small businesses and sole proprietorships) will be presented as the centerpiece of this effort, that being palatable to the masses. Many in the worldwide U.S. expat community had pinned hopes for repeal of FATCA, the law that requires reporting specified “foreign financial assets” held by

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U.S. persons. I am willing to take bets that it will not be repealed, I hope I lose. Around the world, the “police” ship has sailed on efforts to detect unreported assets and income by individuals. Pioneered by the U.S., now taken on by close to a hundred other countries, I expect no elimination or meaningful change. Besides, it brings in needed revenue for pay for other goodies. I also would not expect proposed corporate tax modifications (to a “territorial” basis system) somehow spilling over to individual tax. The administration’s effort will be based on encouraging corporate money to come stateside, creating jobs and funding infrastructure. Unlike unreported accounts, corporate money is legitimately parked offshore. As of this writing, there is no Treasury Secretary, or an Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy. Details are still in the air. Pull your calendar: The 2017 deadline for federal individual income tax returns is April 17. The Foreign Bank Account Report deadline was moved up to April 15 from June 30. Did you notice the two-day gap? Good. I know it’s going to burn some people. There will be a new mechanism to request FBAR filing extensions, but no one knows yet what it is. Foreign trust form 3520-A is due on March 15. Stay tuned.

Leigh Thelmadatter is a profesor at Tec de Monterrey, Mexico City, Wikipedian, and semi-professional researcher on Mexican handcrafts and folk arts. She has a blog called Creative Hands of Mexico and is working on a book on Mexican paper maché.

A simple garment with a complicated name

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he name quechquemitl has various spelling variations and somewhat different pronuncations. The name originates from Nahuatl (meaning “neck garment”) as its use was originally limited to Nahua communities. In the colonial era, it was adopted by various indigenous groups such as the Otomis, Tepehuas, Totonacs, Mazahuas.  The garment looks similar to and is most often worn like a poncho, but smaller and made a bit differently. It is made from two rectangular pieces of cloth, which traditionally are hand woven on backstrap looms. The ends of one piece are sewn onto a side of the other, making a triangular shaped garment which leaves a hole for the head without cutting.   Lengths and materials vary, depending on the community that makes the garment and its purpose. Wool and heavy cotton versions can be for warmth, while thin, delicate ones are decorative. Its use is concentrated among indigenous communities in central Mexico, such as Puebla, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosi, Hidalgo, State of Mexico and Querétaro, but it can be found as far south and west as Michoacan, Morelos, Guerrero, Chiapas and Oaxaca. It is used to cover the upper body of a women, although some communities use a modified version, which may be of fine gauze, as a head covering. Its original purpose was for warmth, and at one time could be worn with only a skirt. Today however, it is most often worn over a huipil or blouse, as part of an overall outfit. Its use is fading, with only women of traditional indigenous communities in certain areas wearing them, and even then only older women on a regular basis. For younger generations, the wearing of the garment is being relegated to traditional festivals. One area that is particularly noted for the wearing of this garment is the Sierra Norte of the state of Puebla, a wet, rugged mountain area that separates northern Puebla and Hidalgo from the Veracruz coast. The area’s rugged terrain and weather have kept it relatively isolated, with the Otomi and other indigenous communities able to keep a number of old ways and handcrafts. Here the finest gauze pieces are woven, often reserving the most compli-

cated patterns for quechquemitls, rather than for the huipil. In this area, the designs of the quechquemitl can indicate the town or village of the wearer, as well as the ethnicity. All photos by Alejandro Linares Garcia or Leigh Thelmadatter 1.-Tzotzil quechquemitl and skirt from Chiapas. 2.- Gala dress with finely woven quechquemitl from 1950s of the Otomi of Toliman, Querétaro 3.- Garment from Tenango de Doria, Hidalgo


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From Here

Paradise

and Parenting

Marcia Blondin

Leza Warkentin

marciavallarta@gmail.com

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Great Expectations

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hen you move to the beach after life on a very flat, cold surface, and fall in love with a new country and a wonderful new person, it’s hard to see very far into the future. All you know is that you want to stay forever in this lovely rose-colored bubble that you have created. I believe that I am a relatively intelligent being. And yet, I love to lead with all my feelings first, because I am a true romantic at heart. In this case, it worked out pretty well. Except for the fact that I thought that I’d continue to live a block from Los Muertos Beach and would have every evening and weekend to enjoy the sand and stars with my wonderful family at my side, hand in hand with my true love. I didn’t think much about the school age children they would become after the tiny, cute part, but I had kind of sketched out the following: They would adore surfing because they live on the coast. They would have brown hair that would be streaked with blonde because. They would always be respectful and any undesirable behavior would be easily redirected thanks to their easy temperaments and my parenting skills that I had somehow acquired without needing to practice because I definitely knew a lot more than any parent I’d ever met. So you might see how I had set myself up for disappointment, especially with the hair. As it happens, all the free time I had set aside for sunset watching and star gazing has been quickly gobbled up by extra-curricular activities and reading log requirements. My husband is still my true love, but it’s hard to hold hands when I’m putting together yet another school lunch while he is trying to shout fractions into The Boy. I had always assumed that we could live close to the beach forever, because on our daily beach walks before children, we often saw a Canadian lady who screamed obscenities at all the passersby from her ocean front condo terrace. I figured if she could live ocean front, surely a softspoken, experienced educator deserved to do the same. I think we’ve all learned in the last two weeks that being soft-spoken and having experience isn’t necessarily going to get you what you deserve. More importantly, loud, vulgar, rude behavior also doesn’t get what it deserves either, unfortunately. Certainly we have a lovely home, but we

aren’t watching the sun set over the water most days, mainly because the water isn’t on the way to tae kwon do class. My daughter is part fish. She loves the water. My son is an excellent swimmer and enjoys being in the waves from time to time. But the truth is, they don’t particularly want to surf. Which isn’t really weird because I hate surfing and my husband has never tried it. So I’m not sure why I had that expectation, or why it came as a surprise that it didn’t turn out. We are told regularly that our children are very respectful and polite. I have had many comments on how kind my children are to those who need a friend. I love these comments and, while I pretend to be humble and self-deprecating about it, I wish just ONCE the person saying it was holding a live microphone or a small bullhorn by accident. But I think I speak for their father when I say that we mainly had no idea what we were doing, and all the things we thought we knew were absolutely wrong, and that all the marvelous behavior is not always on full display in our own home. Let’s just leave it at that. So, some of the expectations I held when I was in my twenties and deeply in love weren’t exactly realistic. No matter where you live, parenting is always an eye-opener, and it’s always more exhausting than you thought it would be. It involves a lot more time in a car which will be more littered with wrappers and empty water bottles than you thought possible. But the truth is, my reality far exceeds the expectations I had. And I wouldn’t give my busy, chaotic, wonderful life for all the sand on Los Muertos. Anyhow, if one day I change my mind about the whole softspoken approach, I can shout at passersby from any terrace in town.

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spent two days last week in uber-civilized Centro Guadalajara. All of the historic district of this cantera-stone metropolis is being dug up and repaired but guess what? They only work during the day! There are no jackhammers at 11 pm, no nail guns or grinders at 7 am; one can blissfully sleep until 8 in the morning! Of course, my cats didn’t go with me and they rise at 7 sharp but I’m just saying. The purpose of my 48 hours in Jalisco’s capital city was to meet up with my friend Brian Peterman who is writing an opera. Well, I should say it HAS been written; the story-line and the cast of characters are done except for a teeny bit of editing which I will get to this week. And, because Brian wants some ballet dancers included, we spent Wednesday morning watching Ballet de Jalisco under Director Dariusz Blajer and Maestro Aldo Katton, doing their warm-up at the barre for over an hour then rehearsals for Nutcracker…Christmas MUST be coming! Brian was a classical dancer years ago and toured with the Bolshoi among other luminous names in the small world that is ballet. He received permission to speak to the dancers during a break. The most poignant message he sent that struck the hearts of those who eat, sleep and breathe their craft, “You are

only one generation away from the beginnings of ballet; your teachers’ teachers taught Anna Pavlova and Vaslar Nijinsky.” The brilliant Russian ballerina died in 1931 and Nijinsky in 1950, a year before I was born. Immediately their curiosity for “Catrina de Ayotzinapa”, Brian’s opera, was piqued. The last half of the day was devoted to Opera - Brian’s and Verdi’s. We walked to the magnificent Teatro Degollado to hear “Otello” and specifically, the debut performance of Michael Chioldi – Brian’s friend - as Iago, who will take his powerful baritone voice to star as Catrina’s husband, Maximo. Sitting on my left in Teatro Degollado, was the beautiful Lydia Rendon, Mexico’s finest mezzo-soprano, who will be transformed into Catrina. For two days I was surrounded by artistic expression in its loftiest, most rarefied forms – opera and ballet. The underlying platform upon which both are built is writing. I am so proud of my friend Brian Peterman for what he has achieved so far with his Catrina opera and, I am touched to my very bones he allows me to read, comment (sometimes not so nicely) and make changes in his opus. His zeal for “Catrina de Ayotzinapa” is not simply infectious; it’s downright contagious. On a glorious note – that is it From Here.


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SPCA of Puerto Vallarta By Janice Gonzalez

This past Saturday we had the most wonderful evening with friends. Our “Evening Under The Stars” annual fundraiser, held in the special event room of Hacienda San Angel, was attended by over 100 guests. Everyone had an incredible time. The energy level was palatable and the spirit was generous and giving. Guests thoroughly enjoyed all the wonderful appetizers and dinner prepared by the staff at Hacienda San Angel. Everyone exclaimed over the size of the shrimp! Everything was just yummy. Needless to say the alcohol was flowing. During dinner we were treated to the wonderful mariachi music of La Joya de Mexico. We all viewed a special video which highlighted just a few of our little “miracles” from this year. Tears were shed when guests saw the “before” photos and there was applause when shown the “after” photos. Thanks to our

terrific volunteer Carol Martin for her hard work creating the video. You will be able to view this video on our YouTube channel (SPCA Puerto Vallarta). This being our 10th annual fundraiser, there was a special tribute to our President and founder, Janice Chatterton. Special thanks to Stephanie Dubinsky for her heartfelt praise of all that Janice does and also to our wonderful volunteer Corinne Eastham for taking on the responsibility of MC’ng the evening. Our friend and honorary board member Steve Dale and his lovely wife Robin traveled from Chicago to join in the celebration. Steve was introduced by our friend Laura Miller and she shared news about just one of the successful relationships we have developed over the years as a result of our collaboration with Steve and his access to a nationwide audience. Special recognition to our “raffle” posse (Janice Gonzalez, Robin McCaffry, Laura Miller

and Wendy Urban) for keeping it lively and selling all those raffle tickets. And thanks to all the other wonderful volunteers who worked in the background to ensure a successful evening. We had a spirited live auction thanks to our auctioneer Terry Bagley who was assisted by our own Cassandra Shaw. We also had a very successful silent action and would like to take this oppor-


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tunity to thank all those wonderful members of our community who donated generously to our organization. Thanks to everyone for your donations! RESTAURANTS: Anejo Limon, Barcelona Tapas, Café Bohemia, Café des Artistes, El Arrayan, El Dorado, Hacienda San Angel, The Iguana at Casa Kimberly, Kaiser Maximilian, La Palapa, La Piazzetta, La Terrazza di Roma, Langostinos, Litibu Grill, Nacho Daddy, Ocean Grill, River Café, Rosalinda Restaurant, Sapphire Beach Club, and Vitea. HOTELS: Casa Isabel, Four

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Seasons, Garlands del Rio, Hacienda San Angel, La Terraza Inn, Rivera del Rio, and St. Regis. OTHER: Babalu Sport Fishing, Banderas SoapBlends, Buck Mills, Cassandra Shaw, Chantel Vintage Spoon Jewelry, Cork & Bottle, Daiquiri Dicks, Elvis Tribute Dinner Show @ Zapata, Garbo Piano Bar, Hooked Sport Fishing, Mikki Prost @ The Boutique Theater, and Xocodiva. See you next year…ALWAYS the last Saturday in November. Come and spend a rewarding afternoon cuddling the animals at Puerto Vallarta’s SPCA Sanc-

tuary. Reservations to visit the sanctuary need to be made in advance.  To make a reservation, contact us at spcapv@gmail.com. We appreciate any donations you can bring for our rescues and also please feel free to bring treats for sanctuary staff as they truly appreciate it. Get involved…rescue, adopt, foster, volunteer, donate or educate. Contact us at spcapv@ gmail.com. You can learn more about the SPCA Puerto Vallarta by checking us out at www.spcapv. com/home or on Facebook.


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Michael Nolen is the host of ‘The Good Morning Wake Up Show,’ which is broadcast as part of the University of Guadalajara’s 104.3 FM radio station at the CUC campus in Puerto Vallarta. Every Saturday at 9 AM

What’s Happing at The University of Guadalajara Costal University Campus?

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nrolment opens for 2017 SUAM classes FREE CLASSES FOR SENIORS The University of Guadalajara, Costal Campus (SUAM PROGRAM) was created in 2012 and its the main objective is to integrate and educate senior citizens in the region. It was designed to offer academic, intellectual, recreational and artistic courses and the opportunity for social interaction for people over the age of 60. SUAM aims to meet the particular needs of the individual users and offers courses and workshops in a variety of different and interesting areas, such as Art and Culture, Computing and Languages, Humanities, Health and Psychology. SUAM courses and workshops: Generally courses are about 20 hours duration and are spread over two and a half months. Students can spend 2 – 4 hours each week depending on their objectives and the content of the course. Schedule: 9am to 2 pm Monday to

Friday, and 9 am to 1 pm Saturday. SUAM offers the following classes and activities. Health, Tai Chi, Yoga, Nutrition, Humanities, Family Law. Wonders of the world: art, history, literature, and nature. Regional architecture and the Western Mexico mountains. Natural richness of the Bay of Banderas Poetry and reading workshops Computing – basic and intermediate levels Languages- Basic and Intermediate level of English and Spanish Dance, Drawing and Painting, Creativity with recycled material. Cooking, and Popular culture. For more information contact the SUAM PROGRAM AT (322 226 2200 EXT. 66290 OR 66304 or Email suam@cuc.udg.mx Suam Students Art On Display Paintings and other mediums of art created by this semesters Suam students will be on display at the Puerto Vallarta Galerias Mall from December 1st to the 18th. This is the first time that you will be able to view the art in public. The UdG is very proud to present this art for everyone to see, and are very thankful to the mall for allowing the students to show off their work. Some of the works will be for sale. This week’s movies. FRIDAY 02 OF DECEMBER 2016 TIME 1:00 PM

SUAM student Lilia Barragan Ibarra and Michael Nolen

Saint 2010 Netherlands (Holland) Director: Dick Maas Cast: Caro Lenssen and Cynthia Abma According to an old tradition child, San Nicolas is presented each December 6, by way of Santa Claus, giving sweets and to all those kids who have behaved well and have left him a shoe in the fireplace the night before. However, this year a ghostly St. Nicholas will present to cause chaos and death in its wake. WEDNESDAY 7 OF DECEMBER 2016 TIME 1:00 PM André Rieu: Concert Brazil 2014 Duration: 90 min Rieu, 66, is the son of a conductor. He grew up in the Netherlands and began playing violin at the age of five. At first, he played in his father's orchestra, but didn't particularly

like the serious atmosphere in the concert halls. "They all looked so serious", he recalls. "The music was joyous and yet you weren't allowed to cough nor laugh." He found his inspiration in the evening moments that the audience clearly enjoyed, as the concert ended with waltzes that delighted the crowd. In 1987, he decided to devote his career to the Viennese music of the 19th century, Johann Strauss in particular. Just like Strauss himself, who preferred to perform in public parks rather than the salons of high society, Rieu stands in the centre of the stage at his concerts, amidst extravagant sets and a huge ensemble of musicians and chorus. Also like Strauss, Rieu conducts his orchestra with his violin bow and breaks the dusty rules of classical music by making jokes, telling stories, and occasionally even adding a dash of slapstick comedy. All the while, the audience clap enthusiastically in the aisles, sing, hum and dance.

Where Is This?

Find out on a guided walk around historic Vallarta with Puerto Vallarta Walking Tours. This mural shows an Aztec holding a cup of atole, a hot creamy cornmeal, honey, vanilla drink, as the steam becomes corn stalks in his imagination. Get immersed in the culture while you explore areas you might not find on your own. www.puertovallartawalkingtours.com


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Puerto Vallarta celebrates the Virgin of Guadalupe

For those of you lucky enough to be in town from the first to twelfth of December you are in for a treat. The Guadalupe Processions During the first twelve days of December processions take place through the centre of Puerto Vallarta with thousands walking, singing and praying through the streets each night to the Church of Our Lady Of Guadalupe that bears the name of the patron saint of both Puerto Vallarta and of Mexico. Businesses, hotels, restaurants, neighborhoods and civic associations as well as prominent local families take part in these processions to the church for a special mass they have devoted to the Virgin whose ‘birthday’ is celebrated on December 12th. The streets are lined with people watching the processions.

People come from the mountain villages to take part and bring with them crafts and traditional foods for sale. It is an excellent time to enjoy tamales and atole as well as many other wonderful treats. The Church of Our Lady Of Guadalupe is a unique structure is a famous landmark in its own right, as its elaborate crown - allegedly designed to resemble a tiara worn by one of Emperor Maximilian’s mistresses. Perfectly lit for memorable photos. Processions begin each night around nightfall and last until all have passed through the doors of the church. As the twelve days go on the processions get larger until the December 12th procession which lasts the full day and night with thousands paying their respects to the Virgin of Guadalupe. It’s a wonderful spectacle steeped in the glorious Mexican and Catholic traditions.

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Books, Please!

By John Warren

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hree weeks from today we’ll be celebrating Christmas Eve and the start of Hanukkah. This is a perfect time for each of us to give a small gift of a children’s book to a library at a shelter where the kids are in dire straits and may never have seen a book before. Susan Davalos runs the Social

Services program for the International Friendship Club (IFC), speaks fluent Spanish and is in touch with many of the churches and charities that serve the poorest of people in and around Puerto Vallarta. She wants to establish a small library of children’s books at the Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter and, if you would like to help, you could drop off your gift to the IFC

office in the next three weeks and we will see that they reach the shelter before Christmas. The books, which must be in Spanish, are sold at many grocery stores such as Costco, Mega and Leys. Even small stationary stores (Papeleria) may have them. I was in Papeleria Valdez on Hildago, a few steps north of the large church, this week and the lady had quite a good selec-

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f you are thinking about buying a place in PV, or maybe renting a villa here for a family reunion or perhaps just staying in an artfully decorated hacienda with a pool and a lovely, shaded garden you should check out the Home Tours that have been run by the International Friendship Club (IFC) for the last 30 years. Luxury, air-conditioned buses take our visitors and residents to four unique homes in different areas of Puerto Vallarta. Each one is led by two knowledgeable

docents who will answer your questions about the homes you will see and what it’s like to live here. The cost is $600 pesos ( about $30 USD) and all of the proceeds are used to fund the IFC cleft palate program and about 20 other charities and projects that improve the health, education and cultural lives of Mexicans here. The tours start at the Sea Monkey Restaurant, at the foot of Aquiles Serdan, right on the

beach and leave at 10:30 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you decide to start the day with a relaxing and delicious breakfast while wiggling your toes in the sand I suggest you arrive by 9:15. Seating on the buses is limited so it is best to buy your tickets in advance either online at www. ifctoursforvallarta.com or at the IFC clubhouse (which is at the north-east corner of the bridge where Insurgentes crosses the Rio Cuale) between, 9:00am and 1:30pm on Monday to Friday.

tion of books for small kids. Many of them cost $25 pesos. My wife bought a larger book at Mega and paid $140 pesos. So for $10CDN ($7.00USD) you could make a huge difference to the life of a child. The IFC office is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 1:30 and is located upstairs, at the northeast corner of Insurgentes where it crosses the River Cuale. David Zude, who is President of the organization that runs the Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter, told me that the shelter only accepts women and their children who are victims of extreme domestic violence. All of the women and children are referred to the shelter by the Domestic Violence Division of DIF, (a Mexican public institution for social assistance) from the Secretary of Health, from the Justice Center for Women, from the National Network of Shelters and from other shelters across the country. The shelter is able to house between seven and ten families at a time and throughout the year about 30 to 40 families find protection there, with an average stay of around three months, although, if a woman needs more time to get on her feet, she and her children can stay longer. Each family’s story is, tragically, one of violence and abuse towards women and children. When I asked David how many children were usually in the family he told me that the average is five (!) if they are indigenous and three if non-indigenous. How desperate must a woman be to flee and take five or six children with her? Why does a man do this to the woman and children he once loved? The Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter operates according to

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the guidelines set by the National Network of Shelters in Mexico. It has a 501.c.3 charitable status in the USA and is registered with SAT (Mexican equivalent of the IRS) as an organization that can provide tax-deductible receipts in Mexico. The IFC helps the shelter to a small extent now but, as the club is always searching for appropriate projects that support disadvantaged Mexicans, it expects to increase its level of assistance in the future. The IFC started in 1986 with a program to pay for surgical help for Mexican kids born with cleft palates and continues that program today. Now, however, it has expanded its help by providing free dental treatment to children and adults in Boca de Tomatlan and by starting its Patrocinio program. This program will pay up to $8000 pesos or 80% of the costs (whichever is the lower) towards expenses incurred for medical or dental costs by any Mexican of any age whose family is financially challenged. All they have to do is to contact a member of IFC who will gather the medical diagnosis and cost estimate and have payment authorized by IFC. Recently the club has paid for hearing aids to two profoundly deaf children, medical help to a man who had fallen from a truck and broken his leg and to pay for glasses for a child of parents who “live” on $400 pesos/week. IFC could do so much more if it was aware of this type of conditions. Whether it is books, shelter or medical help, IFC does what it can to make life a bit better for our Mexican friends and neighbours. Contact IFC at 322-222-5466 or at the office above.


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South Side Shuffle Block Party By Steven Miller

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even years ago a group of Puerto Vallarta merchants created something called the South Side Shuffle. The merchants were the owners of some of our finest shops and galleries, all located on a two-block stretch of Basilio Badillo on the south side of town. The South Side Shuffle quickly became a hit with locals and visitors alike. By popular demand it was scheduled twice a month, on alternating Fridays. To this day it is generally considered to be the most fun shopping extravaganza on the Mexican Riviera. On Friday, December 3 (from 6pm to 10pm), Vallarta will be celebrating the third Shuffle of the new season, and it promises to be the biggest and best yet. All of the seventeen participating businesses will be offering complimentary cocktails. As well as a few fun surprises, creating the kind of festive atmosphere everyone can enjoy. Although this two-block stretch (200’s and 300’s) of Basilio Badillo (and the half block of Constitucion Street adjoining it) has some of the finest shopping in Mexico, the new and improved South Side Shuffle has several great additions, especially in the area of entertainment. Joining the Shuffle this year are two of Vallarta’s premiere entertainment venues. The first is Nacho Daddy’s & The Boutique Theatre: a blues nightclub, Tex-Mex Restaurant and dinner theatre all under one roof. Then, up the street is Act II Stages, presenting an entire panoply of international performers of every stripe. In addition to some of the best shopping and entertainment in town, the Shuffle can also boast four fine restaurants: Di Vino Dante, with its incredible wine list; Puerto Nuevo, with its wonderful seafood; Basilio Beber y Comer, with its great blend of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine; and the aforementioned Nacho Daddy’s with its terrific Tex-Mex kitchen. One of the greatest things about the Shuffle is its compactness. All seventeen businesses are located on a two-block stretch of Basilio Badillo, and a half block of Constitution Street. Everything is close, so walking to every business is not a problem. But time is. There is so much to see, four hours is really not enough. So, for folks with specific interests, we have tried to squeeze

all seventeen businesses into a few categories to help you decide where to focus your attention: GALLERIES: Ambos Galeria, Art Vallarta II, Galleria Dante and Kathleen Carrillo Galleries. JEWELRY STORES: Cassandra Shaw Jewelry, Cerroblanco Gallery, Shazel Jewelry. FOLK ART AND COLLECTIBLES: Banderas Bay Trading Company, Lucy’s Cucu Cabaña, Peyote People. ENTERTAINMENT: Act II Stages, Boutique Theatre, Nacho Daddy’s. DINING: Basilio Beber y Comer, Di Vino Dante, Nacho Daddy´s, Roberto’s Puerto Nuevo. FASHION: Colecion La Bohemia, Tonalli Tienda. All the businesses on this magical stretch of Basilio Badillo and Constitucion streets have

something special to offer. For the opportunity to ogle, mingle, tipple and even purchase some really wonderful art, it is an event not to be missed! So don’t forget to put it on your calendar: Friday, December 3, from 6 to ten pm.


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River of Arte 2016: Art and more!

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uerto Vallarta’s premier outdoor art show is this weekend: River of Arte 2016 on Sunday, December 4th at Oscar’s Restaurant on La Isla Cuale promises to be the best yet. Join us for the best Christmas shopping of the season! More than 60 of Mexico’s most talented artists will be exhibiting from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free, with proceeds from art, food and silent auction sales to benefit the Puerto Vallarta’s Colina Spay and Neuter Clinic. The clinic is staffed by volunteers and funded by donations. By providing free sterilization for pets and street animals, it helps to prevent unwanted animals from suffering and to keep Puerto Vallarta’s streets clear of strays. “From a modest start years ago up river, this year’s River of Arte will be better than ever,” says

Carolina Archer, committee chair and event founder. “As Puerto Vallarta’s #1 art show, River of Arte 2016 on December 4th is a don’t-miss event.” People attending River of Arte 2016 will enjoy a most memorable afternoon of fantastic art, chatting with the artists, local entertainment highlighting Mexican culture, wonderful refreshments from Oscar’s, prize-winning raffles, and a silent auction of great gifts donated by Puerto Vallarta’s most generous local merchants. Entertainers include: Brittany Kingery, a tropical folk rock singer and recording artist of Puerto Vallarta Act II fame who just returned from a six-month U.S. tour Los Bailadores del Jorullo, a traditional dance troupe Los Polvitos de Jalisco, a Mariachis group

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Road Tripping South: El Cielito and Tehuamixtle, Jalisco

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ive me two hours and I’ll show you a whole new world. Something amazing about Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is just how much (or how little) you can see if you point your car in any direction (but west) and drive for two hours. In two hours you can be in an orchard of guayabas and mangos, eating fresh banana bread and spying birds, butterflies, surfers and fisherman. You can be in a farming valley, once home to indigenous people who left behind pottery, petroglyphs and cave paintings to remind us of their time here. You can be on 22kms of pristine beach, just you and the nesting turtles and migratory birds. You can be on one of the largest reservoirs in Mexico, horseback riding up to the falls, stopping at a small puebla for a rustic meal prepared by a woman who couldn’t be younger than 105. Or two hours back into the hills to a ranch owned by generations of the same family, where there is no power and running water is the stream and a bucket nearby. We have gone north and ended up in San Blas after spending the evening in Miramar. Later we went south to El Cielito in the tiny puebla of Villa del Mar and the next day we explored the Tehuamixtle (tey-wahmixt-ley) the only-slightly-larger fishing village along the Pacific coast half way between here and Manzanillo. El Cielito is nine cabins on a beautifully landscaped piece of land overlooking those 22 kilometers of pristine beach. There is also a pool and restaurant, essentially making your need to leave non-existent. Off to the side between the village and the beach is a small estuary, home to a number of species of birds. I could identify the snowy egret, night heron, great heron and the swallow but I’m sure you could do much better. A quick paddle around in the sea kayak was the perfect workout (for the person paddling). The hotel is on a hill overlooking this never-ending swath of beach that is sandwiched between the estuary and these massive awe-inducing 10 foot waves of turquoise green. Apparently there are times you can get into the ocean, but I certainly wasn’t going to. There were a handful of fishermen on the shore pulling in Gallo which would shortly be ceviche, some families at the beach for the day and one lone skim boarder, flipping in the waves. Once I briefly heard an ATV but

for the most part it was complete silence. I knew of this place for a while because a friend had booked it out entirely for a birthday party – which you can do because it’s so affordable and the perfect size. There are 9 cabins but about 25 beds in total so depending on your configuration you can squeeze 50 of your closest friends in for the party of a lifetime. If you are lucky you may be part of a turtle release. This sunset liberation of tiny turtles into the cresting waves always brings a tear of joy to my eye. If not at El Cielito, then check at Mayto as it is the

hatchlings that dictate the time and place. Be sure to stop long enough to watch them begin their journey. For a brief moment you will see hundreds of little turtle heads pop above the waves, before beginning a lifetime out at sea. Only the female turtles will come back to shore, and even then it’s seven years or longer before they’ll lay their first clutch on the same beach they were born. It’s one of nature’s mysteries and it’s a beautiful one. If you have heard of Tehuamixtle, or perhaps its popular neighbor Mayto, then you’ll likely have also heard, “oh, but the roads are so bad.” And I’m hesitant to

share this with the masses but in truth, it’s been paved most of the way and aside from a couple of huge potholes, the drive is easy; in fact so easy that I did it instead of my husband. When we left, we stopped in the town of Tehuamixtle and had a lunch of oysters and shrimp ceviche at one of the beachfront restaurants overlooking the boat launch where a mother was teaching her two young boys how to fish with a simple line attached to a coke bottle. (Nice to see the upcycling, wish we saw more of it.) All the restaurants were filled with families enjoying their Sunday

off. The beach here is excellent for swimming as evidenced by the shrieks of children splashing each other. Along the way to El Cielito you pass through beautiful country: fields of Echinacea, corn and sugar cane, river valleys, pine forests and little pueblas. Plan for a quick stop in El Tuito to pick up some locally made Raisilla (a rustic version of tequila) to keep you warm in the evenings and anything else you might need as supplies are sparse past here. Also fill-up the gas tank and check your spare tire, just in case. Pack your translator as most everyone spoke Spanish only.


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In La Cruz Cindy Bouchard

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ey everybody! One of the things I really enjoy about living in Mexico is the friendly heart centered energy of the Nationals. On the way home from work Saturday, I decided to stop for some groceries. When I came out of the store to put the heavy box of food in the jeep, I discovered I had locked my keys in the car. Not a good feeling that is for sure… and looking around for a coat hanger in the days of plastic hangers is pretty darn funny! I tried calling several friends, however no one was available. A taxi van drives up and parks across from me. The driver gets out with his lovely wife, beautiful baby daughter and mother. I ask him if he has any wire. He says no, and then asks me to wait one moment while he talks to some local guys looking for some wire. Then, he asks me where I live. I tell him just five minutes from where we are. He then says, “I will give you a ride”; he picks up my groceries and everyone gets back into the van. We head up to the ranch where I climb the huge fence, (no easy task in a small beach dress and flip-flops believe me!) and I get the hide a key for the casa and the spare keys to the car. I had just picked many limes, star fruit, bananas and cactus that day and bagged a lot of good fresh food to give them for their time and energy. We were all feeling quite grateful! They returned me safe and sound back to the jeep. What a lovely family! This experience is not out of the norm for the Banderas Bay area. The Nationals here are helpful and loving with amazing heart centered energy, never asking for anything in return; although it’s good to give back if you can. QUE BUENO! Whale Watching in the Bay! Another thing yet to be grateful for living on the Banderas Bay are the Humpback whales who come to mate and give birth here each season. Last year sightings were rare as they stayed in the deeper waters because the bay was too warm. Whales have been sighted and will be here until April, perhaps even May. There are several different ways to get out on the bay. Many pangas, which are smaller private, fishing boats, (some nicer than others) are available. The opposite would be something like the Chica Locca, which is a huge tri catamaran with paddle boards, a few kayaks and other fun gear that is all inclusive; which means a continental breakfast, lunch and snacks and all you can possibly drink for the entire day.

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Another option is a 45 foot private boat that will take a minimum of 10 people out and up to 25 for the day, partial day or a sunset tour with the toys for about the same money as the party boat. It too is all-inclusive or bring your own. It’s a FAST boat that gets you to where you’re going quickly! They also have the capability of listening to the whale songs under water. I will have the opportunity to go out next week and will fill you in on the journey. I really enjoy getting out on the bay! Anyway you choose to go whale watching… just DO it! The whales are so special and it appears they can be as curious about us as we are of them. Looking directly into a whale’s eye as they look right back into yours is a connection you will always remember. SAILOR SPLASH AT LA CRUZ MARINA... Join the crew this year on December 11th for the 4th annual “Sailor Splash” Welcome to Banderas Bay Party! Latitude 38 Magazine and Riviera Nayarit Tourism welcome the fleet with live music, appetizers, and cocktails along with cool t-shirts showing appreciation of the support the sailing fleet brings to Banderas Bay! You can find out more by connecting Katrina Liana Marina Riviera Nayarit on FBook. Thanks so much for tuning in for the read this week. Amazingly for this time of the year, I have a few rentals here and there along the Riviera Nayarit. Check out our Riviera Nayarit Fun web page and our Facebook page for the local events, news and other fun information. https://www. facebook.com/allrivieranayaritfun/ you may also email me directly for information at Cat@RivieraNayaritFun.com or for Energy Medicine Healing sessions at Cat@ NewEnergyConsciousness.com Create a super week. AHO!

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xperiencing Germany in Mexico. Four Canadians from opposite sides of the country, one couple visiting, the other lives here, dining at a German restaurant in a quaint Mexican town listening to flamenco music performed by a German who lives in Mexico and a Mexican who lives in the USA… Yes! That’s a typical night in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle at the Black Forest Restaurant. What makes it typical? People from all over the world. Music, always music in our little town. Food. Chef Winfried always pleases with his creative flare for the yummy! The Black Forest restaurant is celebrating its 18th year in business… a great feat in any town, and in La Cruz, monumental! Owned by Peter and Yvonne Demetz and Andrea and Winfried Kuffner; their kindness and passion brings people together! I asked Andrea what brought them to La Cruz and had them opening a restaurant here. “For a while we lived in the Black Forest region of Germany and we wanted to open our own restaurant, but where? It was a new challenge for us and we were looking for a place where we could start small and grow with the area.  When my brother Peter and his wife decided to move to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico to work in the hospitality industry, we were very interested. When we visited them, we knew we found our new home. At the time there had not been many ethnic restaurants in La Cruz and everybody was happy about a new choice. The restaurant has now been open since October 1998. Our birthday is always easy to remember as the restaurant is the same age as our girls.” Twin baby girls and a new restaurant that must have been an undertaking!

What do you want people to know about the restaurant? “Most people assume that as a German Restaurant we offer only ‘so called’ typical German Cuisine or heavy, hearty, food; Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, heavy cream sauces and such. At our Oktoberfest festivals we do serve these traditional dishes however; our regular menu reflects the light and healthy food choices of Germany over the last 30 years that we grew up with and that we would like to give back to our guests.” When I asked Andrea to share special memories one stood out most clear “In 2006, we traveled in our (Mexican licensed) car to Vancouver, BC to visit some friends. We explored the region. One day when traveling thru the Okanagan Valley we stopped at a fruit stand where another customer approached us as he heard us speaking in German, asking where we are from. We explained that we are originally from Germany and now live in Mexico in the little town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle where we own a German Restaurant. At that point he said, “Yep, the Black Forest Restaurant, I’ve been to your restaurant”. We never thought that by chance we´´d meet a customer in such a remote area.” December 2nd marks the first performance of the season to experience the Gypsy way of celebrating with the untamed gypsy flamenco of Latcho and Andrea. Reservations recommended; 329-295-5203 or contact@blackforestpv.com.  Every month the Beer Fest with Beer Tasting is a hit; enjoy the next one on Tuesday, December 13th. All menu items are great and  I highly recommend their margaritas, the chicken liver pate salad and the Schnitzel BadenBaden. Provecho.


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GREAT FOOD, GREAT ENTERTAINMENT & GREAT FUN Francisco I. Madero #134 Sur in Bucerias - CA/US: 780-628-5363 MEX: 329-298-1149 www.legendsbucerias.com

Friends & Neighbors, We are so excited about the upcoming season at Villas Del Sol. We are continuing our efforts to provide quality entertainment combined with good food. This year will be Bigger, Better and Bolder with a new sound system and lighting. Legends Bucerias will be offering weekly shows at Villas Del Sol. Join us for a different mixture of variety acts, local musicians, and imported Tribute Artists.

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Wait, there is more! Enjoy Breakfast or Lunch at our remodeled restaurant in Villas Del Sol. Open 7 days a week with a brand new menu - from 7am to 3pm

Entertainment at Legends Bucerias COMING IN DECEMBER December 3 - Les Smith - Garth Brooks Tribute December 10 - Bill Culp - Bill Hayley Tribute December 18 - The Gueritas followed by Mikki Prost - Patsy Cline Tribute December 31 – New Years Eve Bash Doors open @ 6:00 pm All shows start @ 7:30 pm All Regular Shows are only $300.00 pesos Buy your tickets online! www.legendsbucerias.com

ELAINE’S FINE DINING AT VILLAS DEL SOL OPENING EARLY DECEMBER

Not one but two Award Winning Chefs, who have put together a menu guaranteed to provide an incredibly unique dining experience. Signature dishes, fine wines and liquors, incredible service and even a cigar bar. If that’s not enough you will be entertained nightly with Motown, R&B by Clinton Gallagher. We will offer service 6 days a week, Sunday through Friday between 5pm and 12am. www.elainesbucerias.com

Legends Bucerias will feature an amazing dinner with Entertainment by Clinton Gallagher and The Gecko Band to rock in the New Year! Only $1500 Pesos Limited seating. Reservations required. www.legendsbucerias.com

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Top 5 Things to do in Riviera Nayarit and Vallarta

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uerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, both offer an array of endless activities and attractions for visitors. But, how do you jam-pack it all into a week or if you’re lucky a two-week break? What are the real highlights to be found here? We’ve compiled the ultimate “Mustdo’s” which will ensure you fulfill that once-in-a-lifetime experience, with ease. Adventures & Wildlife – Take a ride on the wild side Both regions offer an abundance of outdoorsy adventures, both on land and at sea and an unparalleled diversity of unique wildlife. Start off by exploring the spectrum of marine life in Banderas Bay, along the coast of Puerto Vallarta and southern Riviera Nayarit; where along with diving, water-skiing, canoeing, sailing and surfing, this is a fisherman’s paradise offering some of the best sea sport fishing around. It is not however just fish that live in these warm waters; they are joined by gentle giants including whales and dolphins who dance around the Pacific along with sweet sea turtles and even a crocodile reserve. Embark on an evening tour to the sea turtle nursery camps, enjoy an educational program on the conservation and witness these stunning creatures in reality. If, swimming with wild dolphins is on your bucket list, it can be found and enjoyed here. Vallarta’s professional biologists are on hand to provide an educational tour before introducing you to these wonderful creatures in their natural, safe habitat- no cages or man-made enclosures here! www.wildlifeconnection.com For those looking for an adrenaline fuelled force, mountain biking, jeep safaris, horseback riding and even bungee jumping over the picture-perfect slopes of the Sierra Mountains, is on offer. If you’re a surfer dude, Riviera Nayarit is the place to be. Head north to the “coolest” town of Sayulita, this colourful haven is bursting with hippy vibes and sandy toes along with the best surf around. This authentic slice of paradise is also carpeted with art galleries, quaint cafes and restaurants, including the gorgeous Don Pedro’s palapa overlooking the sandy shoreline. The state of Nayarit is also home to over 500 species of bird and has its own bird watching reserve. This

eco-region has the highest concentration of migratory birds within its habitat and is home to the popular Blue Footed Booby Bird. If you are “snap-happy” and enjoy getting those binoculars out, this really is the perfect place to engage with the rich wildlife in the region. Coastline – Beach Bums Sometimes relaxation really is best, especially when jaw-dropping beaches are involved. Along with the beauty, which can be found in Banderas Bay, the regions are home to some of the best beaches in the world. Head down to Puerto Vallarta’s Los Camarones named “Shrimp Beach” (after the abundance of crustaceans), to lap up endless stretches of powdery white sands and crystal waters. Putter around the shores where craft pop-up stores decorate the promenade and restaurants beckon for you to dine on Mexican grub. In Riviera Nayarit, water-sport fanatics will enjoy in the coastal gem of Bucerías and its breath-taking bay. Kayaking, jet skiing and Kite-surfing are among some of the activities you can do here, before settling down under a palmed lounger and swigging back an ice-cold corona. For a more laid-back experience, embark on a trip to Chacala’s beach and indulge a meal of grilled red snapper a local favourite, in a setting of complete tranquility. One of the hot spots and most spectacular beaches of the regions is the hidden beach, often named “Playa Del Amor” which only re-opened this summer from an extensive restoration program and can only be accessed swimming through a volcanic rock arch during low tide. Delectable Gastronomy – Let’s talk Tacos & Tequila The real Mexican cuisine is one of a kind and one to fall in love with. There is of course, tacos and tequila in endless supply but also other delicious delicacies including yellow fin tuna and “Pescado Sarandeado” originating on the island of Mexcaltitan, in Riviera Nayarit, and best served with Red Snapper, handmade tortillas on palm leaves and fresh spices. Embark on Vallarta Food Tour’s Mex-ology tour for a whirlwind of culinary adventure. Think tequila, cocktails, tacos, beer and an endless


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supply of fun whilst you roam around and experience the true art and sounds of the Mexican streets. Love a bit of luxury and fine dining? Riviera Nayarit’s Punta Mita is sure to impress. Enjoy an evening of melting sunsets and fine food at the established Four Seasons Resort. Here, Mexican flavours are infused with sophistication and matched with top-tier wines – compliments go to the award-winning chefs’ and their passion for perfection. Celebrity Spotting – Live like an A-lister It’s no surprise that the rich and famous flock to the regions of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, seeking

a quiet break away from the limelight. Many can be seen dotted around the areas of not only lavish Punta Mita, but also around the hidden costal towns and beaches. Famous faces include the Kardashian clan who are repeating visitors, Hilary Duff, Eva Longoria, Bella Thorne and Selena Gomez (to name a few). If, like these stars you love a little pampering then treat yourself to a stay in Riviera Nayarit’s Punta Mita zone decorated with 5-star luxury resorts including the newly opened W Punta De Mita or, enjoy a paralleled yet more “boutiquey” experience at Vallarta’s Casa Velas resort.

Nightlife – Singing and Sombreros The regions come alive at night, yes there are the sleepy costal towns where a little relaxation is preferred but there are many incredible loca-

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tions where the Mexican spirit oozes at night. Head to downtown Vallarta’s Romantic Zone to experience an array of vibrant bars and clubs, including many LGBT friendly choices that can be found on the South Side.

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about everything on our website at www.elmundoensutv.com. If you are interested in our device, that is completely portable, please contact us to offer a demonstration of the capabilities.

We offer to demonstrate the unit in your house or condo, free of charge. If You would also have almost all live you wish a demonstration in our office, sporting events, all movies and all TV that is free of charge. series. Again, with no monthly fees. The purchase price is 1800 Pesos. The most important aspect is this is If you decide to purchase it with a completely internet-based; you have to personal installation and demonstrahave 7 Mb/S of speed, more is better. tion, the additional charge is only 200 In my office, we only have 7 Mb/S and Pesos. it works fine. If you are unsatisfied after 7 days, I will With 10, it is like watching TV, Period. refund your entire amount paid. The I also offer a complete manual of how installation charge is not refundable. to truly enjoy this experience, as well as instructions on how to even make Tel. 221 0111 Local 20, it better for you. We provide YouTube Las Palmas 2, Marina Vallarta. videos, as well as written instructions todd@remaxinpv.com

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Events Calendar December 2 Breakfast For A Good Cause To benefit Corazon de Nina at the Marriott Resort CasaMagna - Marina Vallarta.  Breakfast at 10:00 am - suggested donation 250 pesos.  Tickets available at Carol›s Boutique - Basilo Badillo #250. Phone:  322-113-0073. December 3 11th Annual Pet Picnic at 11 AM at Daiquiri Dick´s - includes boxed lunch (tip included), dog treats, raffle and costume contest. Proceeds benefit PEACEAnimals.  Tix are 350 pesos in advance or 400 pesos at the door purchased at Daiquiri Dick’s on los Muertos beach December 3 4th Taste of Nuevo Vallarta and 16th Chili Cook-Off Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta. Starting at 1pm fundraising for the Families of the Dump charity. December 5 Bucerias Children’s Christmas Fundraiser Drunken Duck, Bucerias Doors open at 2pm Tickets are $200p Live music, specials, raffle and prizes. December 6 THE PREGNANT VIRGIN Regardless of whether they are Catholic or not, all Mexicans are Guadalupe fans. Discover the legends behind Our Lady of Guadalupe; the obsessive sacrifices and long marches; and the wonders of faith and architecture that take place in Tepeyac. 10:30 am to noon at ArtVallARTa. 213 Pilitas www.connectwithmexico.com December 6 IFC Home Tours - Visit 4 stunning Vallarta homes. Leave Sea Monkey Restaurant on the Malecon at 10:30am - 3 Hours. $600 pesos www.toursforvallarta.com December 6 Humanitarian Tour at Corazon de Nina Breakfast and tour of Corazon de Nina.  A perfect time to come and learn about the mission of CDN.  Doors open at 10:00 - a suggested donation of $200 pesos per person to cover the cost of the food.  Please RSVP to Melissa at 322-224-9209 or email admin@corazondenina.mx.

events December 9 Luau on the Beach -Purr Project Fundraiser Sea Monkey in Old Town, PV $400pesos December 13 SO FAR FROM GOD… SO CLOSE TO THE UNITED STATES Mexico has a love-hate relationship with its powerful northern neighbor. Let’s delve into how Mexicans view the United States and its immense influence on the Mexican story; how they feel about US territory that used to be Mexican; and whether Mexico is destined to play a greater role on the future of the United States. 10:30 am to noon at ArtVallARTa. 213 Pilitas www.connectwithmexico.com December 13 IFC Home Tours - Visit 4 stunning Vallarta homes. Leave Sea Monkey Restaurant on the Malecon at 10:30am - 3 Hours. $600 pesos www.toursforvallarta.com December 14 Charity Bingo at Nacho Daddy Cards on sale at 3pm – Bingo starts at 4pm Live music by Stolie from 3-4pm Fundraising for Pasitos de Luz and Colina Spay and Neuter Clinic December 14 IFC Home Tours - Visit 4 stunning Vallarta homes. Leave Sea Monkey Restaurant on the Malecon at 10:30am - 3 Hours. $600 pesos www.toursforvallarta.com December 16-18 11th Sinergiarte Festival Colectivo San Pancho organizes this grand artistic and cultural festival December 16-19 V World Beach Polo Cup On the beach in Nuevo Vallarta. Don your fascinator and join the party! www.poloinrivieranayarit.com/ December 20 IFC Home Tours - Visit 4 stunning Vallarta homes. Leave Sea Monkey Restaurant on the Malecon at 10:30am - 3 Hours. $600 pesos www.toursforvallarta.com December 21 Purr Project Bingo Margarita Grill – Basilio Badillo 5pm Fundraiser for the kitties of Vallarta. 3 bingo cards $100mx

December 7 Purr Project Bingo Margarita Grill – Basilio Badillo 5pm Fundraiser for the kitties of Vallarta. 3 bingo cards $100mx

December 21 IFC Home Tours - Visit 4 stunning Vallarta homes. Leave Sea Monkey Restaurant on the Malecon at 10:30am - 3 Hours. $600 pesos www.toursforvallarta.com

December 7 IFC Home Tours - Visit 4 stunning Vallarta homes. Leave Sea Monkey Restaurant on the Malecon at 10:30am - 3 Hours. $600 pesos www.toursforvallarta.com

December 27 IFC Home Tours - Visit 4 stunning Vallarta homes. Leave Sea Monkey Restaurant on the Malecon at 10:30am - 3 Hours. $600 pesos www.toursforvallarta.com

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ost Farmers Markets run from November through April, though a couple are all year round. Typically they start about 9am and end between 1 and 2pm. Each is a little different and all of them are fabulous! A not-to-be-missed experience!

PUERTO VALLARTA Saturday 9:00 -2pm Olas Altas Farmers Market November 5th to April 29th in Park Lazaro Cardenas Saturday 9 – 1pm Three Hens and a Rooster Market Year round at Venustiano Carranza 466 in Emiliano Zapata Friday 9:30 – 1:30pm Marsol Friday Market by the Pier Year round at Marsol Hotel Lobby in Old Town. Thursday 6 – 10pm Marina Vallarta Market runs every Thursday evening from November 3rd to the end of April along the boardwalk in Marina Vallarta.

NUEVO VALLARTA Tuesday 9-2pm Riviera Nayarit Farmers’ Market Parking lot at the Business Center; Saturday 9-2pm Tianguis Artesanal Nuevo Vallarta in the Marina Nuevo Vallarta

BUCERIAS Monday 9-1pm Monday Market – along Lazaro Cardenas Wednesday Forever Spring 9-1pm – along Lazaro Cardenas

LA CRUZ Sunday 10-2pm La Cruz Sunday Market - over 200 vendors. The Bay’s largest market along the Marina Riviera Nayarit

SAYULITA & SAN PANCHO Friday 10-2pm Mercado del Pueblo on Revolucion Street in Sayulita. Great market with many venders available only here. Much is organic and local. Tuesdays 10-2pm Mercado del Sol in San Pancho at the Plaza del Sol

LO DE MARCOS, GUAYABITOS, CHACALA AND LA PEÑITA Saturday 9-2pm The Tianguis Lo de Marcos is held on Luis Echeverría street Saturday 9-1pm The Chacala Cultural Market in the main Plaza. (Opening Nov.19) Monday 8-1pm Guayabitos Market on the main plaza in town Thursday 8-1pm La Peñita Market on its main plaza.


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Carol Burnett a Great Comedian By Fred Jacobs

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arol Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas, on April 26, 1933. Carol’s mother was a publicity writer for movie studios and her father was a movie theater manager. Both of her parents were alcoholics, and at a young age, Carol was sent to live with her grandmother. Carol’s parents divorced when she was 6, and she and her grandmother moved to an apartment in a “poor” area of Hollywood, California. During her years at Hollywood High School, Carol also worked as an usherette at the old Warner Brothers movie theatre. After graduating high school in 1951, Carol received an anonymous envelope containing $50 for one year’s tuition at UCLA. She initially planned on studying journalism, but during her first year of college, she switched her major to theater arts and English, with the goal of becoming a playwright. She found out she had to take an acting course to enter the playwright program. Carol’s first school play, and her comedic style brought huge laughs from the audience. Carol later said “They laughed and it felt great. All of a sudden, after so much coldness and emptiness in my life, I knew the sensation of all that warmth wrapping around me. I had always been a quiet, shy, sad sort

of girl and then everything changed for me on stage.” Carol performed in several university productions, getting recognition for her comedic and musical abilities. Carol decided to go to New York and try her hand at musical comedy on stage, but after spending her first year in New York working as a hat-check girl she failed to land any acting jobs. Carol, along with other girls living at the Rehearsal Club, a boarding house

for women pursuing an acting career, put on The Rehearsal Club Revue on March 3, 1955. They mailed invitations to agents, who actually showed up along with stars like Celeste Holm and Marlene Dietrich! Well, the stunt worked. Carol and several other girls started to get small acting roles. The small parts led Carol to eventually get a starring role opposite Buddy Hackett in the TV sitcom “Stanley” (1957). The

series only lasted one season, but Carol then became a highly popular performer on the New York circuit of cabarets and night clubs. Carol became known for a hit comedy song which she even performed on both “The Tonight Show” and “The Ed Sullivan Show”. Carol’s big break came with her role on Broadway in the 1959 musical “Once Upon a Mattress”, which earned her a Tony Award. The same year, she became a

regular player on “The Garry Moore Show”, a job that lasted until 1962 and she won an Emmy Award. Carol finally rose to headliner status and appeared in the special “Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall” (1962), co-starring with her friend Julie Andrews. The show won an Emmy Award and Carol won an Emmy for her performance. Carol then began guest-starring on a number of shows during this time, including The Twilight Zone. In 1967, CBS offered Carol a weekly comedy series called “Here’s Agnes”. But Carol put in a stipulation in her ten-year contract with CBS, on hosting thirty one-hour episodes of a music/comedy variety show. As a result, the hour-long Carol Burnett Show was born and debuted in September 1967 and would run for 11 years. “Agnes” never made it to the small screen. The Carol Burnett Show would earn 23 Emmy Awards and be nominated for multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Awards every season it was on the air. Its ensemble cast included Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner, and a teenaged Vicki Lawrence, who Carol herself discovered and mentored. The spin-off series Mama’s Family would become a hit in its own right as well. The last 20 years, Carol has been content to just do occasional guest starring roles on many big TV shows. But she always finds a way to make us smile. Fred Jacobs is a full time resident of Puerto Vallarta and the author of 3 books.

SPCA de PV ADORABLE DOG IN THE SPOTLIGHT… SANDY by Janice Gonzalez

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andy is a Lab mix, ten months old and weighing almost 16 pounds. She will remain on the smaller side when full grown. Sandy is full of puppy energy and just loves her playtime and going for long walks. Yet she is also an affectionate little

girl and loves her cuddles. Sandy is very good with other dogs and is even good with cats. She has been fully vaccinated, dewormed and spayed. If you are looking for a loving companion animal who enjoys exploring the world around her, contact us at spcapv@gmail. com for an application to adopt this sweet girl.

Where can I find the Vallarta Tribune? Starting this week, in addition to the usual locations, the Tribune will be available for pick up at the Saturday Old Town Farmer's Market at the info desk and at the Amigo’s de La Cruz table at the La Cruz Sunday Market.

Look for the Tribune in restaurants, resorts, galleries and salons around the Bay of Banderas and north into Sayulita and San Pancho. We distribute 10,000 copies in high season from Mismaloya to San Pancho

each week. If you would like to see the Tribune in a locally accessible spot – send us an email and we will be happy to see about getting it delivered (closer) to you. editor@vallartatribune.com As we finalise our new distri-

bution points we will publish them both here in the paper and online at vallartatribune.com. If you missed a copy or want to look back you can find the current edition and a link to past editions on our website as well.


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LET YOUR DONATION OF GENTLY USED FURNITURE / HOUSEHOLD ITEMS HAVE A HUGE IMPACT THROUGH US! WE MAKE DONATION AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE, PICKING IT UP AT YOUR DOOR AND ISSUING A RECEIPT ON THE SPOT. IT HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY! YOUR DONATIONS ALLOW US TO PROVIDE A SAFE, STABLE, LOVING HOME FOR 24 GIRLS - ALL FROM HIGH RISK SITUATIONS INCLUDING ABANDONMENT, ABUSE & EXPLOITATION - WHEREIN THEY NOW HAVE A SENSE OF PERMENANCE, ACCESS TO SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ALL LEVELS OF EDUCATION PLUS ONGOING COUNSELING, MEDICAL/DENTAL ATTENTION AND MORE BY DONATING, YOU ARE HELPING US CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY ONE GIRL AT A TIME!! FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: 224 9209 322 217 2401, 322 180 8086 CASAHOGARCORAZONDENINA@HOTMAIL.COM WWW.FUNDACIONCORAZON.MX

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THURSDAY-SUNDAY 5-7PM

This chic European custom arrives beachside Thursday, September 22 at 5 pm. Enjoy late afternoon sophisticated cocktails and help yourself to complimentary snacks at the bar. From 5 to 7 pm every Thursday to Sunday, nibble on delicious bites that will change daily. After work, after shopping, after a long day at the beach, indulge yourself in Sapphire Ocean Club’s casual, urbane atmosphere. www.sapphire.mx Malecon 1 Playa Los Muertos


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Three Hens and a Rooster Market News

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xtraordinary happenings at Three Hens: Gloria Sue is going to be open Wednesday to Saturday starting this week, November 30th, from 9 to 1, same hours as Saturday Market. She will be located right inside the front door and will have everything she usually offers as Jewish Comfort Food and more. She is amenable to suggest additions to her menu so help her grow and thrive and as she succinctly put it: No more excuses! So there, the guilt is evenly spread. Don is a newcomer to Three Hens and offers an eclectic mix of paintings, kitchen doo-dads, some electronics and fabulous hand-made Christmas tree ornaments from Oaxaca. Getting back to the kitchen things – he has amazing handmade padded bowl holders for the microwave. If you’ve

ever nuked a bowl of soup and struggled to get it out without spilling half of it and scalding/burning yourself in the process then go get one of these pretty, well-made, bowl ‘under-covers’. Pat Wagner is back in full swing and is having a sale on assorted wine bags. What a lovely way to take a liquid gift to a dinner party during the holidays;

bright, colourful and reusable. Pat has also been busy in the kitchen and will have  available on Saturday: Jalapeno jam; roasted corn salsa; strawberry jam; pickled zucchini slices and FRESH HORSERADISH! Three Hens and a Rooster Market is every Saturday 9 to 1 at Venustiano Carranza 466.

Marsol Friday Market by the Pier

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continuation from last week: Carla and Starla are gift-wrapping geniuses and want Vallarta to know they can and will wrap anything you bring them. It doesn’t have to be bought at Market; it just has to be brought there. For example, say you are a business owner and want to give your staff gifts and don’t want them to look identical even though they might be the same thing inside; go to Carla and Starla and ask them to show you their various styles/colours, etc. The best boss just struck again! And, for people who live here and entertain over the holidays may find they have enough going on and don’t want to deal with wrapping presents – again, head to Marsol Market, find Carla and Starla and let them work their magic so you can get on with more important things! Make sure to load up on baklava – a Turkish treat full of nuts – not too sweet but delicious and beautiful to look at (hint: gifts!). Jaime has had a love affair happening with honeybees for years. He can wax (sorry) poetic about spring honey versus winter honey and elevation of hives and types of flowers bees visit, for hours, in two languages and keep you spell-bound, really. Buy some for yourself and make sure to wrap some up as presents. As always Gabriel Reyes sings and plays guitar like an angel. His voice resounds from the high ceilings and makes us all smile. The Marsol Friday Market by the Pier is open from 9:30 to 1:30 pm.

MARSOL FRIDAY MARKET BY THE PIER CADA VIERNES 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

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Non - Profit and Charitable Organizations For visitors to Puerto Vallarta who wish to support the less privileged in our paradise, this is a list of some of the many organizations that could benefit from such kind gestures. If you would like your organization recognized here, please email details to editor@vallartatribune.com. Amigos de La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, A.C. contributing to the quality of life in La Cruz through cultural, educational, environmental and charitable assistance programs. Tax Deductible. www.amigosdelacruz.org Contact Amy Welch amywelchpdx@comcast.net Alcoholics Anonymous: In English Puerto Vallarta Alanon Club - Basilio Badillo 329 recoverpv.com Amazing Grace Missions Assisting families in Magisterio & Progreso with necessities and job training and English. slw2014nv@gmail.com American Legion Post 14: raises resources and manpower to improve facilities needing building maintenance americanlegion14.org Amigos del Magisterio - Food delivered directly to workers at the PV dump, their families and schools in Magisterio and Volcanes. Also, food to New Beginnings, Pasitos de Luz, and Caritas. 100% of donations to the people, no overhead.amigosdelmagisterio.com lysephilrioux@hotmail.com Asilo San Juan Diego Home for the Elderly Contact: Lupita Sanchez Covarrubias 222-1257 or malupita88@hotmail.com or mexonline. com\asilosanjuandiego.htm Asociación Down - Assistance to persons with Down’s Syndrome – Contact: Ana Eisenring at 224-9577. Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter - Safe shelter for women & children victims of domestic violence. compassionforthefamily.org

Becas Vallarta, A.C. – Provides scholarships to high school and university students. Tax-deductible in Mexico and USA. Polly Vicars at (322) 223-1371 or Buri Gray at (322) 221-5285. CANICA - Centre for Children with Cancer. Provides aid for treatment and services including transportation to GDL. Contact Director, Evelia Basañes 322-123-5688. Casa Hogar - A shelter for orphaned, abandoned, disadvantaged or vulnerable children. Luz Aurora Arredondo at 221 1908, casahogar_maximocornejo@hotmail.com Centro Comunitario SETAC-GLBT – Services the GLBT community, including treatment and referrals, education, English classes, HIV testing and counseling. Paco Arjona 224-1974 Clinica de Rehabilitación Santa Barbara Rehabilitation of the handicapped. Contact: Laura Lopez Portillo Rodriguez at 224-2754. COLINA Spay and Neuter Clinic - Free and by-donation sterilization clinic in Old Town. Only open Saturdays, Contact: cez@rogers. com or 322-104-6609 CompassionNet Impact – Transforming the lives of people living in chronic poverty. Job creation, education, emergency & more. Tax-deductible. Cell: (322) 133-7263 or ric@ 4compassion.org Corazon de Nina A safe, loving, home-environment for 40+ children and youth rescued from high-risk situations. Donations & volunteers always welcome! Totally self-funded. www.fundacioncorazon.mx Cruz Roja (Red Cross) - Handles hospital and emergency service in Vallarta. It is the only facility that is authorized to offer assistance to injured people on the street. Contact: 222-1533, 222-4973

Desayunos para los Niños de Vallarta A.C. Feeding programs, education programs, day care centers for single mothers. 2234311 or 22225 72 Discapacitados de Vallarta, A.C. (DIVAC) association of handicapped individuals dedicated to helping one another. Ivan Applegate at 221-5153. Ecology and Conservation of Whales, AC. National Coordination Network for the Assistance of Entangled Whales. Biol. Astrid Frisch Jordán, Arce #541. Col. La Primavera Puerto Vallarta, Jal. 48325, Mexico, Tel/Fax: (322) 29 37 851 fibbcatalogo@yahoo.com Families At The Dump: Supporting families living in the landfill or garbage dump thru education and sustainable opportunities. familiesatthedump.org Fundacion Punta de Mita LDG. Ana Lilia Medina Varas de Valdés. ana@fundacionpuntademita.org Tel. (329) 291 5053 Friends of PV Animals Volunteers working to enhance the lives of shelter animals. For info and donations visit friendsofpvanimals.com Grupo Ecológico de Puerto Vallarta: Arq. Luz del Carmen Pérez A cayro_13@hotmail.com grupoecologico.com Horizonte de Paz: Welcoming shelter for men of all ages who are troubled w/alcohol & drug addiction.In great need of cash or material resources Contact MAYNOR Tel 281 0644 horizontedepaz@live.com International Friendship Club - Provides medical, educational and social services to those in need in Puerto Vallarta. www. ifcvallarta.com La Brigada de la Basura: A weekly meeting of neighborhood children to clean Vallarta Streets. Contact Que?Pasa 223-4006 Mexico Ministries & Mission, Inc. raises funds to the poor in Vallarta. Contact Fr. Jack+ 044 322 229-1129 christchurchbythesea.org Navy League - assists in the transportation of donated medical supplies from the U.S., organizes work groups to paint and repair facilities New Life Mexico - Challenging Child Poverty with health and education programs. Philippa Vernon pvp@newlifemexico.com Paraíso Felino AC Refuge and Adoption Centre for cats and kittens in the Bay of Banderas. Luis Donaldo Cel. (322) 120-4092 Pasitos de Luz - substitute home for low income children with any type of handicap, offers rehabilitation services and more. 299-4146. pasitosdeluz.org PEACEAnimals - Free mobile spay/neuter clinic operating 48 weeks a year, primarily in Puerto Vallarta. Tax-deductible. peaceanimals.org


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