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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 to the Ameca River and including Nuevo Vallarta. BUSES:   A system of urban buses can bring you from one end of the bay to the other and all the spots in between. Current fare within Puerto Vallarta is $7.50 pesos per ticket and passengers must purchase a new ticket every time they board a bus. Hold on to your ticket. This is your proof and insurance should anything happen. Bus destinations are typically written on the front of the window. Those with a ‘centro’ sign will drive through downtown Puerto Vallarta and those with a ‘tunel’ sign will drive through the tunnel roads that go behind the city. 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 unless there are more than four passengers. Take note of the taxi number on the outside door and where it picked you up. If you lose an item this information will be vital to attempting to get it back. MONEY EXCHANGE:   To exchange money you will need your passport. Best option is to use your bankcard to withdraw funds from any ATM machine. ATM’s in the banks are the safest to use and generally charge lower fees.  USING PESOS OR USD: Businesses must their prices in pesos and they may also post the prices in any other currency they choose. They cannot refuse to accept pesos. Some service staff may appreciate being tipped in USD and others in pesos. If you are concerned, ask. TIPPING: How much and when you tip are personal choices and unless otherwise noted a 10-20%

tip on food and beverage and services is standard. Tip the kids and seniors who bag your groceries. They work exclusively for tips. Have change at the ready for musicians and clowns that ride the buses – typically tipping 5 pesos or less. Taxi drivers do not receive tips unless they go to extraordinary lengths. DRINKING WATER: Puerto Vallarta’s water (at the source) is certified pure enough to drink. For many who live here long term, we drink from our taps with no issues. For those on vacation, it may be better to stick to bottled water. EXPORTING PETS: Falling in love with a rescue animal is easy – and it’s easy to take them home with you. The process is quick and inexpensive. You need a certificate of health from a local vet with the appropriate inoculations, among other things. The time of year that pets can travel in the cargo hold of the plane may be your biggest challenge. Contact your airline to double-check their requirements. COMMON SENSE: Just as you would not walk around your hometown drunk and belligerent, it is not acceptable to do that here. While Mexicans are a forgiving bunch, basic politeness is appreciated.  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 15,000 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 a valid excuse in Mexico or anywhere. If you find yourself caught in a legal situation be aware that the system works much differently here than you are likely used to. 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. 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 (U.S. and Canada 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, the 10 digit number. 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 newsstands and in pharmacies. Pay phones do not accept coins. When buying a phone card for pay phone use, specify that you would like a tarjeta LADA. CALLING TOLL-FREE NUMBERS Some toll free numbers work from Mexico to the US and Canada, but many do not.  Those that do work are often not toll-free. 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: 911 Red Cross: 065 Fire Department: 322.223.9476 Ambulance: 322.222.1533

Ahoy Cruisers! NAME CARNIVAL MIRACLE NORWEGIAN JEWEL AZAMARA QUEST WESTERDAM RUBY PRINCESS SAGA SAFIRE CARNIVAL MIRACLE WESTERDAM RUBY PRINCESS CARNIVAL MIRACLE RUBY PRINCESS CARNIVAL MIRACLE

PASS DATE 2,980 01/02/2017 2,240 01/02/2017 603 04/02/2017 1,266 04/02/2017 2,600 07/02/2017 600 07/02/2017 2,980 08/02/2017 1,266 11/02/2017 2,600 14/02/2017 3,200 15/02/2017 2,600 21/02/2017 3,200 22/02/2017

Immigration: 322.224.7719

Consulates American Consulate Nuevo Vallarta: 322.222.0069 24 hrs Guadalajara: 333.268.2145 Canadian Consulate 322.293.0098 322.293.0099 24 hrs: 1.800.706.2900

Consumer Protection: 01.800.468.8722 Tourism Offices Jalisco: 322.221.2676 Nayarit: 322.297.1006

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n an effort to ‘get out more’ I RSVP’d to just about everything the last couple weeks. First, I went to Collette Zarry’s 50th birthday at Lagostino’s. Then I went to the Gala Vallarta cocktail soiree at the new W in Punta de Mita – catered by their restaurant Spice Market, the food was amazing. Wow! Then I got out of bed before 9 am to tour the new Casa Connor – Pasitos de Luz facilities. Double wow! Triple wow because I did it without any coffee too! I enjoyed a long and leisurely champagne brunch fundraiser for the SPCA de PV at Casa Kimberly. And yesterday, I hit up Pamela Thompson’s Medical Matters Conference at the Marriott in Marina Vallarta. And I saw a ton of you out and about too! You cannot want for things to do in the bay during this time of year. This weekend we have the Fearless Frida Art VallARTa event on Saturday - which, if you went to last year’s party you’d know, is THE party to attend. Nathalie Herling combines her intense creative energies with her superb contact list into her hugely unique home/hotel and voila! Fabulous party, fabulous people. More details in Marcia Blondin’s Comings and Goings column. The Pasitos de Luz - Casa Connor tour by all accounts was a resounding success. A couple hundred people toured the facilities, enjoyed a delicious atole and tamale lunch and learned more about the facility and how to help. Ongoing financial support is paramount. Their goal is to have 500 monthly donors giving $25 each. That’s a week of Starbucks, two packs of cigarettes or a bottle of bad tequila. You can afford it. Learn how you can help support the care and rehabilitation of some of the most vulnerable children in our local communities. Visit Pasitosdeluz.org to set up your monthly donation subscription. Coming up in March is the

now three-day Riverfest fundraiser for Pasitos being held at El Rio BBQ in Paso Ancho – mark your calendars! SPCA de PV has wrapped up their major fundraising activities for the season but you can still find them at the Olas Altas Farmers Market each Saturday where they will happily take your donations of money or products. They also continue to look for volunteers to help at the sanctuary and to transport animals to Canada and the USA. They contribute each week to the Vallarta Tribune - be sure to read Janice Gonzales’ articles to learn how you can help the animals around Vallarta. If you are looking for a great Sunday brunch – make a reservation at Casa Kimberly, the former home of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Their brunch has the best bacon I’ve had in Mexico, along with a huge pile of shrimp, eggs benedict with real hollandaise, chili relleños, a tortellini salad that was amazing, prime rib and a made fresh churro station(!!!). At the brunch was a fashion show featuring designs from Maracuya, the new boutique recently opened by Renee Perez of La Palapa fame. Beautifully styled, flowing and comfortable fashions made with such attention to detail. Offering elegant resort wear and accessories with Mexican artisan detailing, this new boutique

nestled between La Palapa and El Dorado is inspiring me to get a whole new wardrobe. If you’re in the mood to shop – definitely visit this boutique. New this week we have a Who’s Who page for local celebs; I have to have somewhere to put all my photos! And a section dedicated to Marina Vallarta that we will be expanding in the coming weeks. If you don’t go to the Marina often (or ever as was my case until last year) Thursday evenings are a great time to explore the huge artisan market along the boardwalk and grab a bite to eat at any of the dozens of excellent restaurants. It’s another filled to the palapa newspaper this week so I’ll close with my usual plea… Don’t touch the wildlife, not even that lady at Andale’s (unless of course she gives you permission). Practice saying, “Sin popote, por favor.” And find yourself contributing one less piece of plastic into the landfills. Tip generously. What is a few cents for you is a meal for another. The children and seniors who bag your groceries at ALL the grocery stores are unpaid volunteers who work for your tips. One peso or 50, it’s your call, but please tip. Mexico is a beautiful country, explore with love. Madeline

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Tribune Co-Sponsored Study Wants Your Opinion What is it Like to Live in Mexico

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he Vallarta Tribune is proud to be a co-sponsor of a research study of expats living in Mexico being conducted by Best Places in the World to Retire. To participate, you must be living in Mexico full time or part time. If you participate you will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes, including three days and two nights at a world-class resort.  Tell the world what you think of living in Mexico!   (And don’t forget to tell your friends so they can participate, too.) To get started, visit: surveygizmo.com/s3/3353861/ExpatsInMexico


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Galleria Dante presents new works by Ute Hagen, Friday, February 24, 2017

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or all the soft lines and wobbly brush strokes plumped with paint, Ute Hagen's acrylic works now showing at Galleria Dante are studies in precision and an accomplished use of color. At first look you will be drawn to the warm glow of yellows, blues and reds that she uses to capture light-filled still lives and familiar scenes. However, on second look, you will inevitably appreciate how well she renders familiar objects, even though her style is about softening definitions and infusing the whole work with light. Her expert color handling and choice of subject matter within each canvas gives us those exquisite "snapshots" of the golden moments that live in our memory of places and things long after the moment is gone. Even Hagen's remarks about her work are clear, precise statements although English is a third or fourth language behind her native German and studied French and Spanish. "My works are inner journeys and I use art to communicate. I welcome the challenge that comes with every canvas. I use color, light, and emotions as I try to express

better and more deeply what I see. My personality thus becomes a filter through which these expressions pass", she states in an well- crafted portfolio that precedes her work in the gallery. "My work is imbued with my own perception and feelings." Ute is an accomplished photographer. Her photographs, too, show us what moves her inner eye. Her photography is about people, doorways and buildings, the lake and still lives, revealing again her sense of what to leave in and what to leave out. They seem almost stark, however, next to the intense sensuality of her paintings, that which even the most novice of art viewers will be reminded of Van Gogh or Matisse. Presumably, Hagen has been honing her skills since her first exhibition at the Heinrich Olle Gallery, Oberursel, Germany (1959), at age 15. Later she studied art under the tutelage of artists: Gerda Werner & Georg Hieronymi in Germany, Gita Segerscog in Mexico City & “Emily Carr College of Art� in Vancouver, Canada. Born in 1944 in Meissen, Hagen was compelled to put aside

her passion for painting during post-war times and as a young woman, earned a Journeyman diploma in cabinet making in 1963. She used this education later to restore antique furniture, but it is also revealed in the deliberate constructions of her paintings. Two years after earning her diploma, she emigrated to Montreal, Canada where she began painting and exhibiting again while also working in the fashion industry. In 1973 she began a love affair with Mexico, leaving after ten years to settle in the Gulf Islands off Vancouver, and then returning "more or less permanently" to Ajijic. Six years ago, she moved permanently to Puerto Vallarta, where she vowed to have a view of Los Arcos, which has inspired, not only, panoramic views of the bay, but also jungle views, and in this latest series - her daily view of Banderas Bay!


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American Idol’s David Hernandez, Shawn Pelofsky Comedy and the new Piano Bar spice things up Incanto

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ncanto welcomes hunky actor, singer-songwriter and American Idol finalist David Hernandez beginning Feb. 20 at 7:00. Comedienne Shawn Pelofsky opens in ‘Making America Funny Again’ Feb. 16 - 20 at 9:30. And the new Piano Bar is a hit, with world-class entertainment nightly. Singer-songwriter David Hernandez first garnered national attention with his powerful voice and affable personality as an American Idol finalist. He began acting and singing at age six starring in musicals and performing with various theatre companies throughout Arizona. David recently moved to Hollywood where he is writing songs and working in the studio producing hits like the newly released single, ‘Beautiful’. He also has a passion for acting, having completed his first leading role in the movie Synthetic Truth. David has showcased his talents on The Ellen Show, The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, and Idol Gives Back among others. He makes his Vallarta debut accompanied by NYC’s Michael McAssey on piano beginning February 20 at 7:00 pm. As seen on Showtime, Chelsea Lately and at The World Famous Comedy Store, Los Angeles based comedienne/actor Shawn Pelofsky returns to Vallarta for a limited run in her new show ‘Making America Funny Again’. Shawn’s quick wit and legendary audience interaction are the hallmarks of her stand-up comedy. Inviting her guests to “stretch it out” with her, she delivers some hilarious one-liners and her hysterical observations on life in general. Shawn’s been busy performing all over the world for US troops and on Atlantis cruises. She also recently starred in her first non-comedic leading role in the independent film, ‘Tri’ (2016). She plays Feb. 16 - 20 with all shows at 9:30 pm. Incanto also boasts a large piano bar on the second level. Its comfortable ambiance, attentive staff and outstanding entertainment adds even more variety to Vallarta’s already teeming nightlife. Currently appearing through March is gifted pianist Jean-Guy Comeau (Jay-Gee), playing various theme nights for Happy Hour

5:00 - 7:00 with a show at 8:00. Tickets and more information are available online for all upcoming shows at Incanto’s website: www.IncantoVallarta.com. Box Office opens at 10:00 AM daily. Incanto is located at Insurgentes 109 (at the Rio Cuale) in the

5:00 - 7:00 pm. Also, NYC’s MAC Award-winning cabaret veteran Michael McAssey, who combines fun cabaret tunes and sing-alongs Tues.- Sat. at 8:00 & 10:00. Guitarist Gabriel Reyes plays Happy Hour on Wed., Fri. and select Sundays. And singer-songwriter Stolie plays Happy Hour on Monday’s

old Bianco space. Phone them at 322 223 9756 for reservations.


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Gala Vallarta highlights new projects

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he news out of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico — dubbed the world’s friendliest city — is all-positive with visitor numbers on the rise and several key tourism projects on the way. Taking place February 7 and 8, 2017 more than 450 hotels representing 90% of the hotels in the region and 70 travel agencies attended the event. Some of the major announcements include the news of the construction of a new mega cruise pier, scheduled to open in March 2018, a project that is being combined with the addition of a large “authentic”

Mexican shopping centre and a new aquarium, which will be the largest in Latin America. In another first, Puerto Magico won’t only be for cruise passengers, but also open to the public. Port official Carlos Gerard commented, “Our commitment to the cruise industry is strong and we will make history with this port. It will be one of the icons of Puerto Vallarta.” Another new infrastructure improvement is a new highway linking Puerto Vallarta with Guadalajara. Phase one is complete with the whole highway expected to be opened next year.

Agustin Alavarez, director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, said a joint marketing campaign launched between Puerto Vallarta and neighbouring Riviera Nayarit is going well and will be continued. “We’re very proud of our destination. We believe we are the most authentic Mexican beach destination in the country,” he said. “We’ve been called the friendliest city in the world and it’s true. It’s safe and it’s very authentic. I’m talking food, the people and the natural experiences.” Original: travelpress.com

Ludwig Estrada Virgen, Costalegre Tourism Board, Alvaro Garciarce, president, Puerto Vallarta Hotel Association, and PV mayor Arturo Davalos (smiling).

Messing With Mexico Is A Mistake By Kevin O’Marah, Forbes.com

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or every supply chain executive adding jobs in Mexico, 2.4 are also creating jobs in the United States. In fact, among 129 managers who said Mexico was one of their top three countries for planned hiring over the next three years, 81 said their top overall country for new job creation was the US – Mexico was second or third. As for those who are actually shifting work southward, this group is less than 5% of our total sample of 1,179 supply chain executives worldwide. Mexico is the second largest exporter to the US. It’s also the second largest importer from the US. Michigan, which shares a border with Canada, is the third-ranked state in terms of exports to Mexico. This is mostly auto parts bound for assembly into finished vehicles. A huge portion of everything the US produces and consumes – from natural gas and food to cars and computers – makes its way across the border, often more than once. The North American supply chain

ecosystem is so intertwined that simplistic efforts to force business to alter hiring plans will almost certainly end badly. Costs will go up, supply availability will suffer and companies will respond with even faster moves to robotics and automation. Staying the Course A Wall Street Journal headline this week read: “Companies Plow Ahead with Moves to Mexico, Despite Trump’s Pressure”. The reporting includes examples of companies both well-known (Caterpillar, General Motors, Ford) and obscure (Rexnord, Nucor, Manitowoc) whose plans for Mexico remain largely on track, despite uncertainty surrounding NAFTA and relations across the Rio Grande. The net effect is primarily added risk for supply network planners whose mission is all about serving customers and shareholders, not public perception. They’ll plow ahead because macroeconomic and technology trends have been driving a pullback from low-cost country sourcing for nearly a decade already. In

fact, Gartner (then AMR Research) hosted its 2008 Supply Chain Executive Conference with the theme ‘Globalization Comes Home’, featuring former Mexican President Vicente Fox as the keynote. In 2013, SCM World conducted a detailed manufacturing footprint study that flagged rising risks related to intellectual property, long transport distances and disconnects from end-customers as reasons to re-shore manufacturing. The focus at the time was on exiting China. The biggest beneficiary of re-directed investment? Mexico. Regional Strategies, National Tactics A newish trend in supply chain is the establishment of regional ‘control towers’, which combine loads of visibility, collaboration and analytical technology with people tasked to spot and solve supply-demand imbalances as they happen. The idea is to break the habit of scheduled decision-making supported with batched data, and replace it with a concurrent approach that addresses problems

This week’s featured property: Villa Amorita Turnkey villa with ocean and city views

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his landmark estate nestled in a hillside downtown Puerto Vallarta features absolutely amazing “postcard” views of the church, town and bay. Perfectly located on a charming cobblestone street, this enchanting home is a tranquil oasis within walking distance of all the great downtown attractions. The spacious and open living and dining space are fronted by

a stunning cobalt blue swimming pool. Upstairs is a truly spectacular rooftop bar with panoramic 360 degree views. This charming elegant home features a fusion of Mexican, Moroccan and Asian style and architecture and is sold completely furnished and turnkey. A great investment; this home would make a perfect upscale B&B, charming boutique hotel or great private compound for a large family.

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and opportunities while there’s still time to react. The fact that these are almost always regional should be no surprise. Real-time changes to a production schedule, delivery route or service call make sense so long as distances and market characteristics are within realistic reach. Knowing that you’re nearly sold out of something is useless unless replenishment stock can be had within days or even hours. Military strategists think in terms of ‘theaters’ for a reason: proximity matters. The typical regions seen in this construct are continental. Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Americas usually comprise the big three. As regionalization takes root, however, it’s becoming more common to see six to eight control towers based more explicitly on contiguous geographic

markets. Marc Engel of Unilever, for instance, described such a design at our recent SCM World conference in Miami. Mexico is clearly part of the North American theater of operations with obvious benefits in terms of cost, capacity balancing and market access for supply networks built to span everything from Yukon to Oaxaca. Impeding the flow of material across borders that are purely political confounds operations logic. Money and time will be wasted for sure. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Supply chain people will keep going whatever the rules. Messing with Mexico won’t create jobs. It may enhance the payback on automation. It may reduce the attractiveness of North America as a market. It will not persuade anyone to hire unskilled labor at $30/hour.

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Cruise ships sail into Puerto Vallarta F or 2017, Puerto Vallarta is forecasting 134 calls and more than 340,000 passengers, compared to 143 calls and 336,050 passengers last year, which in turn was up slightly from 2015. The port is working to rebuild its traffic level that reached a high of more than 589,000 passengers in 2008. “We are committed to creating a passenger experience like a Mexican paradise destination,” said a spokesperson for the port. Efforts underway include the construction of facilities at the port that will include tourist services, a “Hacienda Tequilera,” an aquarium, described to be the largest in Latin America, as well as public parking. The project is slated to be completed in the first half of 2018, she said. ‘Unique Identity’ “When finished, our new facilities will be an excellent way to portray the unique characteristics and identity of our state of Jalisco, not only for cruise passengers, but also for the tourists that visit annually and stay in our hotels and resorts.” The spokesperson added that Puerto Vallarta has received several awards from cruise industry associations for meeting expectations and gene-

rating high passenger satisfaction ratings. Regular callers this season feature ships from Carnival, Holland America Line, Norwegian and Princess in addition to calls by Oceania. The most unusual call may have been the Costa Luminosa in September on a 99-day roundtrip world cruise from Savona. Year-Round Carnival Cruise Line sails year-round with the Miracle and brings the largest share of passengers to the city. On her seven-day rotation, the Miracle also occasionally stays overnight in Puerto Vallarta. Next year, the 3,000-passenger Carnival Splendor will replace the 2,100-passenger Miracle, representing a 41 percent increase in capacity for the line’s week-long cruises on the West Coast, according to Carnival. According to Norwegian, which has published calls for the Norwegian Star sailing seven days through April 2018, Puerto Vallarta has retained a good deal of its small village charm along with 26 miles of beaches along the Banderas Bay. Original: www.cruiseindustrynews.com

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Will FATCA be repealed?

Orlando Gotay, Tax Attorney tax@orlandogotay.com

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, online radio at mixlr.com/orlandogotay or Facebook: GotayTaxLawyer.

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ince I have been closely following the unfolding—and somewhat constantly shifting tax policy of the Trump administration and the 115th Congress, I get asked often what will happen, if anything, to FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Recall FATCA has turned virtually every foreign country and bank into an agent of the IRS, reporting back to the US Treasury on the holdings of US “persons”. Along with a bunch of additional requirements, like the odious Foreign Bank Account Report, it presents a truly formidable fiscal challenge even for

the ‘normal’ expat. Most countries folded and signed agreements with the US where they agree to share financial information of US persons, under clear threat of punishing withholding taxes of US sourced payments to people in those countries. Even Vatican City signed up. Some countries have taken their time, and there has been more or less some pushback. The interesting thing is that there was a promise in the Republican party platform to repeal FATCA. I have been a delegate to National

Galleria Dante presents Jean Jacques Hudon, Friday February 24th, 2017 Jean Jacques Hudon: is a native of La Pocatière. He studied and completed his studies at the University of Laval in Quebec where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a certificate in higher education. After an internship in France, he taught for thirty years with different clienteles. Hudon has exhibited and participated in numerous group and solo works. He is involved in his community as he is co-founder of the "Off Gallery" in St-Jean, Quebec and also has participated in various artistic enterprises. His

stage is oriented around several themes, and the techniques used vary according to the purpose of the work: mixed, oil and / or acrylic. The new series is pictoral, fun, makes one smile… The signature of this series is “green shoes. This is his 3nd season exhibiting at Galleria Dante! Jean Jacques was introduced to the gallery by Richard Tasse – who will be fondly remembered for his generous support of many artists. Hudon paints every Tuesday and Friday, from 10 am to 2 pm in the garden of Galleria Dante

Conventions, so I can tell you the language in these much fought over platforms has often ended up in the dustbin. But the Trump administration is anything but normal. Could they try to repeal FATCA? The first hurdle is that FATCA may not be as high as we could wish on the administration’s tax priorities. Well ahead is Obamacare repeal (remember it has plenty of tax components) plus the Trump “big border tax” (in whatever way it ends up taking shape). FATCA, for all the headaches it causes, is seen

by some in the Congress, and Treasury and Justice departments as a mechanism to detect and prevent offshore tax evasion. It seems a difficult sell, even in Republican circles, to justify dismantling the very thing that was decried earlier. Plus the concept was immediately borrowed “off the shelf by about 90 other countries which have adopted their own form of mandatory financial info exchange, the Common Reporting System, CRS. We shall see. Even if FATCA as we know it

were repealed, there are plenty of other instruments the US Treasury is deploying effectively to detect whatever it wants to detect. Foreign Bank Account reports are tops on my list. Easy to “fail to file”, it joins many other requirements imposed on US persons, designed to trap the unwary. Just recently I wrote about mandatory reporting of ownership or control of foreign corporations. None would go away with a FATCA repeal. We are in this for the long haul.


Olas Altas Farmers’ Market Meet Erik Fulfer, Doctor of Chiropractic

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in Bucerias. To schedule an appointment in PV call (044) 322-182-5045 or email bahiachiro@gmail. com and in Bucerias (044) 322-180-7393 or email megachiropractic@gmail. com Website: http://www. bahiachiropractic.com The Olas Altas Farmers Market offers 90 booths of “Handmade and Homegrown” goodies as well as prepared foods such as tamales, tacos, homemade ice cream, paella, pizza, Italian sausage and pasta and baked goods, all just

steps away from the famous Los Muertos Beach. You can also find musical instruments, soaps, jewelry, meat pies, clothes, sprouts, nut butters and fermented foods. We’re open from 9:30 to 2:00 pm every Saturday from the first Saturday in November to the last Saturday in April. We’re located in the Lazaro Cárdenas Park in Vallarta’s Emiliano Zapata neighborhood. For only 14 pesos an hour, you can park in the garage directly beneath the park.

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time, in March of 2000. Erik successfully passed all four parts of the National Board of Chiropractic Exams as well as the Physiotherapy exam. He spent the next nine years in Atlanta gaining experience as an Associate DC, Clinic Director and owner. In 2010, he followed his dream to practice in a foreign country and along with his wife Michelle and their daughter Sofia, moved to Puerto Vallarta. He now operates Puerto Vallarta’s only mobile chiropractic service. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 6:00 he brings 17 years of experience into the comfort of your home, office, resort or spa. He also serves the north side of the bay on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 1 and 2 to 5 from his office conveniently located inside the Mega across from the Flamingos Golf Course

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From Here

Finding

Your Happy Rhonda Zarate

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Rhonda Zarate is a Happy Heart Lifestyle Coach. She helps people find their happiest hearts through coaching, finding their happy home and with her book Find Your Happy Planner at Amazon, Barnes & Noble. You can see what she is up to at rhondazarate.com Wishing you a happy day!

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friend called me out on something the other day; she gave me a wake-up call and called me to task! Now that I have awoken, I want to gift you the same gift she has given me. How accountable are you in your life? How on top of things are you and are you living life on purpose or just coasting along? One of the areas, I was coasting was in not tracking my finances. This is especially ironic as I am an author of a book on a happy life journey and part of being happy is knowing what is going on in your life, financially. I purposely put a money page in my book to track my finances. This page was mostly for my benefit; I know this is an area I need to work on! Let's just say it had become my doodle page… That was until my friend saw my doodling, she got real and smacked me into reality calling me out on my lame excuses as to why I was not taking care of business. We all know that happy does not pay the bills or put food on the table. Happy and money are a great team and should always work together; I had to ask myself why have I been dodging

doing this? Why was I not making this a priority in my life? If you are not overseeing your finances you may want to ask yourself the same question, why not? Let's step into this challenge and take this on together. I just found out that my Credit Card will only honor wrong charges for up to three months after the transaction has taken place. Good lord, I am embarrassed to say that I have not been checking my statements as I should be. A friend had $7000.00 wrongfully charged to her credit card. Someone had booked their vacation including airline tickets without her permission, can you believe that? What if she was a coaster and was not monitoring her finances? Ouch! That would hurt, paying for some thief's vacation on her dime. What about your will? Do you have proper medical coverage, do

you know your blood type, have you photocopied all your identifications and cards, are they all in a secure safe place with easy access for you if you should need them? These things can make all the difference in an emergency, especially in Mexico! Life can be peachy until things go sideways and when we are not prepared or plugged into our lives, it can become a dramatic nightmare. I heard a new slogan that I have adopted and am now implementing in my life; it is, "I am allergic to drama!" If we take care of things that need to be taken care of, we are not inviting drama into our world, simple as that. Let's get on this sooner than later. Cheers to you living your Happiest Life. You deserve to be happy! Homework: Set aside a day to go through every area in your life that needs your attention. Get ahead of this and get it done.

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f all the instruments in the world suddenly vanished there would still be music in every single country, town and village. The same human voice capable of lulling a baby to sleep can incite a riot – the gamut of civilization, of joy and immense sorrow – intense and full of dis-harmony then sweetness in a change of breath. Amazing. I had the opportunity to listen to a tech rehearsal of “Vallarta Vocalista Ensemble” that debuts at the Boutique Theatre this Thursday at 6 pm. The “Rhythm of Life” concert features eight foreigners who have become Vallarta residents over the past two decades, each of whom ooze music, particularly with their voices. The program – an eclectic mix

to say the least - includes songs from the 16th century to Richard Carpenter; Leadbelly to Waltzing Matilda. Certainly something for everyone. Really. I will review their Opening Night next time. On the subject of voices do go to the Palm and hear Bohemia Viva’s new show called ‘Kaleidoscope’. All new songs except for an encore performance of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” a staple for Andrea and Luis’s rendition of Roy Orbison’s “Crying” had me doing just that. Latcho and Andrea, the Blonde Gypsies, have added a show at Incanto Vallata, Tracy Parks’s new theatre on the Rio Cuale, this Saturday night. On a flamenco note, that is it, From Here.

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Metepec, local pottery hidden among suburbia

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hen I first moved to Mexico in 2003, I landed in Toluca, a fast-growing city just west of Mexico City. Not so long ago the area was rural, with an economy based on agriculture, handcrafts and trades. That all changed in the second half of the 20th century, when Mexico City began zoning out factories and other industries to try and get a handle on its infamous pollution problems. Industrial parks sprang up in and around Toluca proper to accommodate the shift, changing the economy and lifestyle of the people there. However there are areas which struggle to hold on to the old ways. The areas south and west of the city still have farms, with an area noted for its production of flowers and ornamental plants. Metepec is just southeast of Toluca and came under developmental pressure early, with the building of housing developments for those who commute to Mexico City. However, hidden among the tracts of cookie-cutter houses is Metepec center, whose streets still recall the days when this was a small village. It remains a favorite day trip for many in the Toluca Valley, who wander its streets and eat traditional homemade foods. But the main attraction here is to browse

the many shops and markets that sell local (and sometimes not-solocal) handcrafts. Metepec is best-known for its pottery, from very utilitarian cookware to sun (and moon) decorations, to mermaid statues to pottery pieces called “trees of life.” The cookware is the simplest and most original of the three. It is terra cotta in color usually with glaze only on the surface on which food will touch. The largest are called cazuelas, sort of a cross between a pot and a frying pan, with short handles on both sides. These are most often used in the preparation of rice and mole dishes, and can be large and heavy enough to need two people to lift/place. The decorative pottery developed later as the Spanish forbade the making of figures and other images during the evangelization process. When it finally returned, the imagery was distinctly European rather than indigenous. The most commonly seen of these to the casual visitor are flat representations of the sun and sometimes sun and moon, with smiling faces, very commonly seen hanging on house facades here, as well as the wall around the atrium of the parish church. Interestingly enough, the moon by itself is rarely, if ever seen. Although nowhere near the sea, there is a style of mermaid figure that is popular here, called the “tlachana.” Although hard to believe now, this area was marshy, with areas covered in springs and shallow water. The name tlachana

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is of Nahuatl origin and refers to a spirit that lived in these waters. Unable to eradicate it, the evangelists modified the image, eventually turning it into a mermaid. The modern figures are made of clay, usually topless and positioned as if they are reclining, often playing a guitar. These can be made in rather large sizes, three-dimensional, and meant to stand alone. The last of the traditional decorative pieces is called the Tree of Life, in reference to the tree in the Garden of Eden. These have their origin in the early colonial period and were originally used to teach and reinforce the Biblical story of Adam and Eve. The sculpture is based off a candelabra, although the Metepec version no longer has space for candles. The finished pieces may be left in the clay’s natural color or painted in bright tones.   Until relatively recently, most were made for self or local consumption, often as wedding gifts. However, interest in the traditional pieces has spread and artisans are now making them for collectors and institutions as well. This has led to Trees with other themes such as those depicting moments in Mexican history and

Tree of Life sculpture by Oscar Sotano on display at the Museum de Artes Populares in Mexico City (credit Alejandro Linares Garcia) aspects of Mexican culture. Artisans dedicated to this craft have attained more fame than the others,

with pieces sold and display both national and internationally. One such family is the Sotenos.

ASSOCIATION OF HOMEOWNERS IN CONCHAS CHINAS To all the members of the Association of homeowners in Conchas Chinas. according to the articles of the association and in accordance with the agreement that was approved by unanimous decision, the General Assembly will be held Thursday March 2nd 2017 at 18:30 at the palapa of the Condominio Club Alejandra on Calle Sagitario #379. First call: the meeting will be held with the homeowners attending requiring 51% of the voting members. (A voting member is a homeowner who has paid his 2017 annual fee.) If there is the need for a second call, the meeting will be held with those present, but the actions taken at the meeting will be valid only if they are approved by at least 51% of the voting members. Paid homeowners may give their proxy to a third party who must present the proxy and proof of 2015 paid fees. This assembly will have the following agenda:

ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY 02 MARCH 2017 ORDER OF THE DAY 1. LIST OF ATTENDANCE / CALL TO ORDER 2. NAME CHAIRMAN, SECRETARY AND VOTE COUNTERS FOR THE ASSEMBLY. 3. PRESENTATION OF 2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS 4. PRESIDENT’S REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR JAN. 1 TO DEC. 31, 2016 5. REPORT, DISCUSSION AND APPROVAL OF ANNUAL INCOME AND EXPENSES STATEMENTS FOR JANUARY 1st to DEC. 31 2016. 6. DISCUSSION AND APPROVAL OF BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR JANUARY 1st to DEC. 31 2017. 7. MAINTENANCE REPORT (INCLUDING GARBAGE ISSUES) – DONALD SULLIVAN. DISCUSSION AND APPROVAL OF MAINTENANCE FEES FOR FISCAL YEAR JAN. 1st TO DEC. 31, 2017. 8. REPORT ON MEMBERSHIP AND DONATION PROJECT- JONI HENRY 9. PRESENTATION AND ELECTION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR JUNTA VECINAL DE CONCHAS CHINAS 10. SELECTION AND/OR RATIFICATION OF THE SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE TO FORMALIZE MINUTES AT NOTARY PUBLIC. TARI LYNNE SIGMAN SCHOEN, PRESIDENT


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Stay Refreshed with Refresca Aguas Artesanales

You’re Invited Mercados Los Mangos is open every Saturday from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm through the last Saturday in May. It is located at Av. Francisco Villa 1001 in Colonia Los Mangos, just before the turn to Costco. Interested in becoming a Mercado Los Mangos vendor? Pick up an application at the information booth on Saturdays. You will also find plenty of copies of the Vallarta Tribune and P.V. Mirror.

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each week. Their most popular flavors include: jamaica with basil, oats with chia and vanilla, passion fruit with rose petals, beet, lemon and chia, pineapple with nopal and lemon, green apple and celery, and the most popular, lemon with cucumber and peppermint You can find Refresca Aguas Artesanales in local restaurants, at their Av. González Gallo 75 int. 16 A location and right here at Mercado Los Mangos. Stop by this Saturday, ask questions, learn about their process and scoop up as many bottles as your shopping bags can handle! Get to Know the Library While here, be sure to check out all that Biblioteca Los Mangos has to offer: books in both Spanish and English, children’s reading room, a dance studio, an audio/video library and multipurpose rooms/ classrooms for conferences, exhibitions and meetings.

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mmerse yourself in the culture of Puerto Vallarta by visiting it’s newest “buy local” market, Mercado Los Mangos. We offer a great selection of local artisan products, live entertainment and a children’s crafting tent. You’ll find one-of-a-kind fashions and accessories, and pet treats/ supplies, “made on site” foods, organic honey, artisan chocolates, Greek Style yoghurt, fermented foods, sauces and dips, sweet and savory baked goods, bread, tortillas and popsicles. And when you’re ready to quench your thirst, try the 100% natural artisan flavored waters of Refresca Aguas Artesanales. Meet Refresca Aguas Artesanales Refresca Aguas Artesanales is a Vallartense company founded by Jessica Barrios and Edson Ballesteros. Each water is handcrafted, combining locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs. They maximize their flavors while keeping their waters low in sugar and free from preservatives and artificial colorings. Refresca Aguas Artesanales features more than 50 combinations, with new, innovative combinations being added to the menu

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ARE YOU OFF TO A TIMESHARE PRESENTATION? If you’re attending a timeshare presentation while on vacation consider that not only is Puerto Vallarta and area built on timeshare but it’s also the livelihood of many - including bell boys, chambermaids and sales staff. These people are doing their job so they can support their families. Be considerate. Tip your servers. Respect that they are doing their jobs.

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Medical Matters

Que Paso at UDG CUC

Pam Thompson

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ot easy by any means, but it’s going to happen to everyone. Last week I decided to stop by my favorite French pastry shop and pick up a big assortment of pastries to take with me to a “meeting”. I arrived to the location about 30 minutes before the appointed time so that I could chat with the owners. When I gave them the pastries they said “Wow! No one EVER brings us presents! Thank you so much!” I was at Celis Funeral Home (Funeraria Celis) so you can well understand why they don’t receive gifts. No one wants to go there. Many people look the other way when they drive by. Most would like to pretend the place doesn’t exist. But they do exist and thank goodness that they do. These folks go above and beyond in their service, in their compassion, in their knowledge and in their honesty when it comes to making any and all arrangements for someone who has passed away. From the initial phone call to the final papers, the staff is there to assist. Most of the time, the surviving family are in a robot-like mode, thinking they do know what is going on but in reality they are in a fugue-like state.

That is why oftentimes I will accompany them. What is needed by the authorities and by the funeral home from the family? The deceased’s passport and the passport/ID of the person making the arrangements (spouse, family member). The decision of whether the deceased will be cremated or buried (or the body sent “home”). Payment of course. Celis will ask many questions in order to fill out and obtain the Mexican death certificate including items such as the deceased’s parent’s names, place of birth, occupation. For same sex couples, in the past it was difficult for the surviving partner to be able to make these decisions and pick up the remains but now, thankfully, with a copy of the marriage certificate all of this can be done by the surviving partner. At the funeral home, the paperwork

will be done and then, the family member will be taken by Celis to the Registrar’s office (in the main plaza) where the official death certificate is made. If the body is to be sent “home”, Celis coordinates with the receiving mortuary for transport (by plane) of the body. Of course, situations vary (if it is a crime scene or not a death from natural causes) but in general, the process itself is made as simple as possible by Celis. The appropriate consular agent is contacted as well. There are some very questionable funeral homes in the area. Since 1975, Celis has provided the care and quality that must be demanded in a funeral home. This sort of sounds like a commercial for Celis and I guess it is in a way. I am so proud of the people that I work with and their professionalism that I like to brag about them. Though I do not work with them every day, especially lately, I have spent a significant amount of time there with them. It is sort of weird when I go for a visit, sitting next to a bunch of coffins in the window and chatting about everyday things. But that is what you do with friends and people you work with. Please let me know if you have specific questions about what is involved when a death occurs here. Here’s to a bright week!

What’s Happing at the University of Guadalajara - Coastal University Campus, in Puerto Vallarta?

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would like to say ‘Thank You’ to everyone who came to the Social Service Brigade last Saturday in Boca de Tomatlan, Jalisco. The students and faculty could not believe how many people showed up. It was a total success. The next Brigade is on February 25th at Colonia 10 de Mayo. There are more planned in other communities in the next few months. I will inform you of them, as the dates get closer. This Saturday, February 18 at 10 am in the main auditorium, Dr Juan Luis Cifuentes Lemus will present a movie and talk about life and water, “La Vida y el Agua”. It is FREE and open to the public. Please come and learn more from Dr. Cifuentes. On Friday, February 24, the Peter Gray museum will open a new art exhibit of Bienal José A. Monroy. There will be an opening gala, that night at 6 pm. CINEMA CUC As many of you know every Wednesday and Friday at 1pm the UdG shows movies in the air conditioned, main auditorium. The

films on Wednesday all have music theme, and the Friday movies from around the world. On Wednesday the 15th, a music concert of Muse and showing on the 17th: For Hell or High Water by Director David Mackenzie and staring Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine. And on the 22nd Led Zeppelin. All are FREE and open to everyone. For all listings visit www.cuc.udg.mx REMEMBER: Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night. ‘Til we meet again, Michael

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s there a particular place that is special to your family and sends you into a state of permanent nostalgia until you leave it? It doesn’t have to be an exotic location, or famous, or even that remarkable at all. I’m just talking about a place where you may have made some memories. They may not have even been remarkable memories, but suddenly, when you step foot in just that one place, you’d give anything for a whirl in a Dr. Who-style time machine for a second or two. For us, that place is a little town just north of Puerto Vallarta named Sayulita. If you don’t know Sayulita, you really should. It’s a small town with a surf break and a vibe that has drawn a distinct, counter-culture kinda crowd. The locals are friendly, the food is delicious, and there’s a laid-back atmosphere that you probably wouldn’t appreciate if you were waiting for your turn at the bank, but which lends itself quite nicely to vacation mode. We started spending time in Sayulita when our children were very young. We were lying around our house during a particularly sweaty Vallarta summer and realized that if we didn’t go somewhere else, we would probably not survive. The challenge was that our children were toddlers, and in a stage where they were quite sure that their car seats were trying to kill them. So we didn’t want to go

far, because after about an hour of listening to panicked young children wrestling vigorously with their seatbelts, we would reach the conclusion that a restful vacation was not within our grasp at this time in our lives. Sayulita is close to Vallarta, but it is not Vallarta, and that was good enough for us. So I did some research on sayulitalife.com and booked five days at Casa Higuera, a beachfront suite hotel with full kitchens, A/C, a terrace, and A/C. Also, A/C. The owner, an American with a long family history of loving Sayulita in particular and Mexico in general, was one of the loveliest people we’ve ever met through email. I will tell you that if you are in Sayulita in the off-season, renting a beautiful place is very economical and very much worth a bit of legwork online.

We did the following things on this trip: Ate a lot of ice cream Helped our daughter learn to walk Realized that our son could throw a spectacular temper tantrum if motivated Played dinosaurs on the beach Kept a strict, full-family siesta regimen Picked flowers Allowed the children to run on the beach without the encumbrance of clothing Drank a glass or two of wine on the terrace when the babies fell asleep, wiped out from the running and the dinosaurs After that trip we went back, year after year, usually to a new place, sometimes with grandparents, where we did some other things with our kids like: Taught them to swim Learned to boogie board Found a place that makes the best cinnamon rolls Bought jewelry from our favorite artists Swam in the ocean Saved the lives of several butterflies Adopted a dog Ate pasta, tacos, falafel, quesadillas, pizza, etc. Slept like Robinson Crusoe Made friends with people’s dogs Watched the sunset Watched the stars Watched our babies sleep Gilberto and I just celebrated our ninth anniversary. We decided to spend two nights in Sayulita, at a brand new little hotel called Villa Los Corales, on the hill overlooking the town. It was a marvelous place, with (once again) genuinely lovely people for hosts. We sat out every night star-gazing and spent time on the rooftop in the refreshing pool during the day. But everywhere we went, we’d remember something else, like the time I shared a dripping chocolate cone with our boy, and how a certain miniature tyrant demanded to be carried everywhere we went (and how her daddy secretly enjoyed every second). We reminisced about trying to keep two babies from eating their weight in sand, and how we stuck to the nap schedule so strictly even on vacation (and what a supremely brilliant move that was). Simple memories, for sure, in a simple town along a stretch of jungly coast. But they are the ones that have nestled deep within the fabric of our family, and ones that have become the most precious of all.

Comings and Goings Marcia Blondin

marciavallarta@gmail.com Comings… Thursday, the 16th, debuts Vallarta’s professional octet at 6 pm, at the Boutique Theatre. Some of these voices are very well known about town – others are well known, just not for singing. Who knew Carl Timothy was an outstanding tenor? Join Carl, Sharon, David, Jean-Guy, Suzanne, Kathy, Judy and Steve for an evening celebrating songs from a number of countries in a variety of languages. Saturday, the 18th is so packed with things to do; it’ll be hard to pick and choose. I will be at El Rio cheering on Samira whose Tribute to Tina Turner brought the house down in Bucerias last season. Samira’s energy levels will leave you breathless and I am not exaggerating! Also Saturday night is the opening of dear friend and wonderful artist, Julio Hernan, at the Cultural Centre on the Isla Rio Cuale at 7 pm. His show – which I am sure will consist of paintings and photographs and painted photos will run for a week so I will still be able to see it. And, the Blond Gypsies are at Incanto at 7; they’ll be back in March if that helps your scheduling any! And a reprise of last season’s biggest, best Arty-Party takes place this Saturday from 6 to 9 pm at Art Vallarta at the San Franciscan Hotel on Pilitas at the top of Olas Altas Street. Come dressed as Frida, an Amazon, as Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart - any woman you can think of who is fearless! For men, come as any man who has stood behind (or beside) his woman fearlessly: think Sir Lancelot. Art on the walls exhibited by local and International artists. Over 700 people attended last year’s soiree. Find out why. Sunday has the Vallarta Chamber Orchestra at Teatro Vallarta. The theme is “An American in Vallarta” and features George Gershwin’s uber famous “Rhapsody in Blue”. Curtain is at 5 pm with tickets at the box office.

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…and Goings I have been looking forward to the Rod Stewart Tribute show all season long. In 1971, I was living in Cyprus, the same year Rod Stewart released “Maggie May”. I remember hearing it Christmas Day for the first time… it became my favourite song. It was my first Christmas without my family so the song holds a touch of melancholy. The various reasons it remains my favourite song to this day – more than 45 years later, doesn’t matter; it just is. I mentioned to Doug Varty before the concert that I have never, ever heard anyone perform “Maggie May” live (I would have hated it anyway; nobody could do it justice) but, for one of the best songs ever recorded it is a strange thing. About the fourth or fifth song into his performance, Doug started to sing and he made his way over to our table way in the back, knelt down, held my hand and, as only Rod Stewart or Doug Varty could do, sang Maggie May just for me.


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Beware One-sided Contracts Roberto Ortiz de Montellano Farias

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Roberto Ortiz de Montellano is a Mexican-Licensed Attorney at Law with over twenty years of professional legal experience. He started his own practice in Puerto Vallarta two years ago. His areas of expertise focuses primarily on Real Estate Law, Business Law and Estate Planning. www. ortizdemontellano.com Is your contract with the developer a one-sided contract? Justitia or Lady Justice is an international symbol of law and justice. She is always portrayed holding a balance that represents equality for all the parties of a transaction or dispute. Equality for all parties is a precept that applies not only in the legal field, but also in the business field - a “win-win� situation. All contracts should also be fair and balanced. However, there are some contracts that can be one-sided and this may represent a risk to one of the parties. Developers in Mexico are prone

to having one-sided contracts in their favour, though by law they are required to include certain clauses in those contracts for the protection of the buyer. What clauses is the developer required to include in the sales contract? The Mexican Consumer Protection Law states in article 73 and 73 Ter, that the developer must register the template of the sales contract before the Consumer Protection Agency, and in order to be registered the contract must include the detailed rights and obligations of both parties, equal penalties for

both parties in case of default, a specific date when the construction will be finished, a specific date for delivery of the unit, a specific date for the transfer of the title, and the technical characteristics of the construction and the finishings. And can there be an extension in case the construction is delayed? According to the Federal Consumer Protection law, the developer can only unliterally extend the delivery date if he provides proof to the Consumer Agency that this delay was caused by Acts of God (such as a hurricane or earthquake) or Force Majeure (such as a strike or a riot). Other than that, the developer will be in default. In order to have an extension they will need to sign an amendment to the sales contract. Having a balanced contract requires both negotiation and knowledge of the law. It is usually when one of the parties is kept in the dark that a contract becomes one-sided towards the other party. If you are buying property in a foreign country you should know your rights, foresee any risks and have proper legal representation, this way you will have a fair contract and you will protect your investment.

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Love Bites Slicing Through a Good Pizza in Puerto Vallarta: The Definitive List

By Matt McCue

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f you’ve spent any time in Puerto Vallarta you probably found yourself wondering where to find good pizza. Fortunately, there are lots of great pizzerias to choose from - many that also deliver. In the humble opinion of this author, a good pizza is not only judged on how it tastes and looks – but, given that delivery is an integral part of the pizza experience, delivery service was also taken into consideration (when available) of the overall ratings to compile the below list. Eat-in/Delivery The champions of Puerto Vallarta pizza delivery are Reggae Pizza (phone or Whatsapp 322 192 3279), with delivery area from Olas Altas to Aurora, including most hotels in Vallarta. Their pizzas include unlimited toppings, and the crust - which has herbs baked inside - are a medium-thickness with enough structural integrity to hold all the ingredients, sauce and cheese. Local microbrewery Los Muertos Brewing are as much known for their pizzas as they are for their micro-brews. With two locations in Puerto Vallarta (Francisco Villa 322 225 0416, Old Town 322 222 0308), their large, thin-crust pizzas have just the right amount of grease after leaving the wood-fired oven. The only downside to their delivery service is the added surcharge applied to all delivery orders - a first-ever for this seasoned dining-by-delivery patron. Eat-in/To Go Bella Napoli (Calle Morelos 128, Centro) is an authentic Italian

pizzeria, with the owner/chef originating from Italy. Molto bene!! Their pizzas include classic Italian combos such as the 4 Formaggi (white pizza with four cheeses) and the Cumm Si Bell (a pizza margherita). Be sure to ask your server what the Bella Napoli is - it’s the chef’s daily ‘surprise’ pizza. Tucked away in Colonia Buenos Aires is Cafe Mordidas (Manantial 375A), also known to serve up a mean pizza. A personal favourite is their Puttanesca, a classic Italian recipe with capers, olives, and anchovies. Mordidas, on the River Cuale about 10 minutes east of Old Town, is quickly becoming an expat favourite as more people venture out to give it a try. And finally, a ‘Pizza in Vallarta’ article wouldn’t be complete without a mention to Costco (not a typo). Their fresh-baked or ready-to-bake pizzas are bigly on flavour and toppings without taking a bite out of your wallet. Although after this self-proclaimed intrepid gourmand discovered their Ravioli Lasagne, the pizzas are staying on the shelf. Slicing through the good, and the bad, in Vallarta is all part of the job of the Vallarta Tribune food writer. And topping the pizza scene are the aforementioned reputable restaurants that either specialize or feature pizzas on their menus that will make any lover of pizzas flip out.

Matt McCue writes about cuisine, focusing primarily on dining out in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit and restaurant reviews.

Three Hens and a Rooster Market News

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hat do used books and chocolate/cherry fudge have in common? How about cooling ties and ciabatta fresh from the oven? Vintage jewels and buffalo salad? All of the above are available every Saturday at Three Hens Market. Add some terrific entertainment and friendly, smiling faces, pick up a copy of the Vallarta Tribune, sit and visit for a bit over a cappuccino and buy most of what you need for the week to entertain

company and visiting family. You can buy all your food and baked goods (especially the baked goodies!), condiments (like freshly grated make-you-cry horseradish), entrees to go from Jeanine and sister Barbara (their lasagne and/ or fettuccine – amazing). How about making some changes around your house with new throw cushions with covers you will not find anywhere else. All made here with outrageous colour schemes featuring Frida Kahlo

ADORABLE DOG IN THE SPOTLIGHT...LEO by Janice Gonzalez

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e have been blessed with an abundance of puppies and here is one now ready for adoption. Leo is a Labrador mix, just five months old and 16 pounds. He will grow to be a medium sized doggie. As one would expect, this little guy has boundless energy and loves playing with all the other dogs. He is very sweet too, and

loves cuddling with his humans. Leo is a tad afraid of cats right now but with proper introduction we think he would get used to them. Leo has been neutered, dewormed and fully vaccinated. Now we just need to find him his forever home. Being a Lab mix, he is the perfect companion for all those walks through the neighborhood. Contact us at spcapv@gmail.com for an application if you think you would like to adopt this sweet young boy.

and the odd rooster just to mention two designs. Shoes, leather coats, handbags, jewellery from the 1920’s to another dimension and in every price range. Pat Wagner says if you buy one piece of clothing from her boutique you can choose a second piece at half-price! Three Hens & a Rooster Market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 to 1 at Venustiano Carranza 466 in Old Town.


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Explore Banderas Bay

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uerto Vallarta is located in the middle of Banderas Bay, one of the largest bays in Mexico at nearly 100km in length. It is bounded in the north by Punta de Mita and in the south by Cabo Corrientes. It straddles the states of Jalisco and Nayarit, divided along the Ameca River. The bay is home to many wonderful communities and an abundance of natural wonders. In the winter and spring seasons you can witness the awe inspiring beauty of the humpback whales as they calve in the warm waters of the bay, in the summer you can experience the majesty of the sea turtles hatching and returning to their watery world. The fall brings renewed vigour to the mountains and rivers with the fresh rains and revived vegetation. No matter when you visit, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit will share their wonders with you. Here is a selection of some of the many things you can do while visiting us. Walking Tours - Take a tour through Puerto Vallarta’s Historic Downtown to learn about this city’s rich history, famous people, architecture, and cultural and ecological heritage; all this on an easy to moderate two-hour stroll led by a certified guide. Free Malecon Sculpture Walk hosted by gallery owner Gary Thompson every Tuesday morning at 9:30am from in front of the Millennium Statue at the north end of the Malecon. Learn about both the sculptures and the Huichol designs along the Malecon. Be a Tourist - Even if you’re here on vacation for a month, there is no end to the number of top-notch activities you can do. Take a tour to Isla Marietas and the Hidden Beach, or spend the day snorkelling in Majahuitas, spend an afternoon at the zoo feeding the giraffe, check out the two water parks and for the brave: parasailing, bungee jumping and even sky diving. Shopping in the Zona Romantica – this charming neighbourhood is also called Old Town and is a popular residential area for expats and Mexican families. Along the main streets you will find shops galore, filled with wonderful authentic crafts, clothing, jewelry, excellent restaurants, spas, theaters and more. Vibrant and friendly, this area offers an excellent day or two (or more!) of exploring. Close to Los Muertos beach, consider ending

your day with a sunset margarita at any of the many beachfront restaurants. Sunsets on the Malecon - Sitting on the edge of the Pacific Ocean never fails to give us a sunset each night. Grab a seat at any of the number of excellent bars and restaurants along the malecon, order your favourite cocktail and let it all slip away. Once the sun has set, the malecon comes alive with families out for a stroll, plenty of live entertainment and later in the night, the nightclubs beckon. Cooking Classes – Recognized as one of the world’s leading cuisines, there are a number of great schools in the Puerto Vallarta area that will teach you how to master tortilla soup, enchiladas, salsas and more. Fresh seafood, abundant fruit and veggies and a sophisticated community make Vallarta a foodies dream destination. Look for a school that will take you to the markets or introduce you to the farmers and fishermen for a truly cultural experience. Don’t want to cook? Try one of the Food Tours available. Eat like a local and for three hours you will enjoy everything from Tacos to Pozole. Art Galleries – It is said there are more galleries per capita in Puerto Vallarta than any other place in Mexico. Many of these galleries are along the side streets that run through Centro. Stop at the Tourism Office in the Main Plaza for a map or take advantage of their free walking tour. Many galleries carry high quality local crafts, established Mexican and international artists and more. Volunteer - There are many wonderful organizations across the Bay that can use your help. Both time or money will be appreciated. On Sundays, the Brigada de Basura does a morning clean-up with the local children and then they all head to Que Pasa restaurant for breakfast, activities and friendship. Ride the bus - Buses in Puerto Vallarta are an experience all their own. You can tell the general destination of the bus by what is written on the window. Costco, Sheraton, Centro, Mismaloya you can go just about anywhere in this city on the bus.

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Galeria June Rosen Lopez

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aleria June Rosen Lopez is a quaint jewelry gallery a block up from Olas Altas, on the same street as the new pier. June, a long time resident of Puerto Vallarta,originally from the New York - New Jersey area, studied anthropology and silver smithing in Mexico and New York.

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June’s work is known for detailed craftsmanship

and creative mix of unusual stones. It is a pleasure to go to her gallery and see the collection of alluring one of a kind pieces. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 12 to 6. If those hours are not convenient you can set up a special appointment. The location is Francisca Rodriquez #200, on the corner

of Pino Suárez, directly across from the new construction. Remember same street as the new pier! Contact numbers are U.S cell 646 338 7373 or 222-5049 or Mexican cell 322 779-6491. If you find yourself a bit lost, call any of these numbers and June will run out and find you. You will enjoy this shopping experience!


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Who’s Who in Puerto Vallarta Nayarit Feliz Cumpleaños Collette On Sunday February 5th Collette Zarry, owner of Lagostino’s Restaurant and Bar on Playa Los Muertos celebrated her 50th birthday with an over-the-top quincinera themed party. Along with a full mariachi, Kim Kuzma, Chris Kenny and Sylvie Scopazzo also performed through the evening. Photos by Kay Nash. Pasitos de Luz – Casa Connor On Thursday February 9 at the wee hours of 9am about 150 visitors were bussed to the new Casa Connor facilities where they saw the children and learned more about supporting the organization. Photos by Madeline Milne Champagne Brunch at Iguana Restaurant Friday afternoon was a sophisticated fashion show and brunch at Iguana Restaurant in Casa Kimberly in support of the SPCA de PV. Fashions by Maracuya and jewelry by Cassandra Shaw. Photos by Josef Kendoll Medical Matters Conference On Monday February 13, celebrating its seventh year, Pam Thompson has pulled off the largest Medical Matters yet. With about 4000 people in attendance the conference rooms of the Marriott were filled to standing room only. Do you have great photos from a recent event – feel free to send them to the Vallarta Tribune for publication. Please include details of the event with your photos. Editor@vallartatribune.com

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Events Calendar Have an event you want to promote? Email the details: Where, When, Who and What by Monday 5pm to Editor(at)VallartaTribune.com to be included in that week’s paper. All events can be found online at www.vallartatribune.com/events NOW ADD YOUR EVENT  ONLINE – FREE ONLINE  LISTINGS! February 17 Shabbat Services sponsored by the Puerto Vallarta Jewish Community will be held at 6:30 pm at Casa Carmen on Calle Jesus Langarica #129. Email if you can volunteer to read.  Join us for dinner following the service. RSVP by Feb 14 PVJC email: helth1@ sbcglobal.net February 18 ArtVallarta presents the Frida and all Fearless Women Exhibition 6 to 9 pm at the San Franciscan Hotel on Pilitas at the top of Olas Altas Street. Come dressed as Frida, an Amazon, as Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart - any woman you can think of who is fearless! For men, come as any man who has stood behind (or beside) his woman fearlessly: think Sir Lancelot. Art on the walls exhibited by local and International artists. February 19 Puerto Vallarta Chamber Orchestra Concert Featuring George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with virtuoso pianist Rachid Bernal. 5pm at Teatro Vallarta, next to Ley Supermarket.  February 21 Free Malecon Sculpture Tour. Meets every Tuesday morning at 9:30am in front of the Millennium Sculpture by the Hotel Rosita on the north end of the Malecon. Meet local artists, learn more about the vibrant artistic community we have in Puerto Vallarta.   February 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 February 22 Charity Bingo at Nacho Daddy Cards on sale at 3pm – Bingo starts at 4pm Live music by Stolie from 3-4pm Fundraising for

February 22 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

March 1 SEX PLEASE, WE’RE SIXTY - Dinner Theatre at Langosta Diez Restaurant, Langosta #10, La Cruz To benefit Amigos de La Cruz de Huancaxtle, A.C. Contact Linda Randall for tickets raylin1970@shaw.ca More information at www. amigosdelacruz.org

February 24 Cultural Center on the Isla Cuale – Art Exhibit. One night only Local Mexican and expat students showcase their art starting at 6:30pm. Drinks and appetizers served.

March 1 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

February 25 American Legion Chili Cook-off – At El Rio BBQ in Paso ANcho, this day of chili and fun raises funds for the many American legion projects. From 1-5pm live music, big crowd. $250 pesos gets you all the chili you can eat, an order of famous El Rio riblets and an agua fresca. Join the party! This is one of the years best events.

March 3 Pre show Riverfest Live Music El Rio BBQ Bar 2:00 pm Hard Money, 4:00 pm Bob & Gilberto 50 peso donation at the gate. Proceeds to Pasitos de Luz

Pasitos de Luz and Colina Spay and Neuter Clinic

February 28 Free Malecon Sculpture Tour Meets every Tuesday morning at 9:30am in front of the Millennium Sculpture by the Hotel Rosita on the north end of the Malecon. Meet local artists, learn more about the vibrant artistic community we have in Vallarta. February 28 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 February 28 SEX PLEASE, WE’RE SIXTY Dinner Theatre at Langosta Diez Restaurant, La Cruz To benefit Amigos de La Cruz Contact Linda raylin1970@shaw.ca  March 1 Purr Project Bingo Margarita Grill – Basilio Badillo 5pm Fundraiser for the kitties of Vallarta. 3 bingo cards $100mx March 1 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 

March 4 RIVERFEST El Rio BBQ Bar noon until 6:00 pm Music festival - 6 musicians/ bands, exhibits, bbq buffet plus paella, silent auction, 50/50 and more. $100 pesos donation at the gate or $800 pesos advance patron tickets. All proceeds to Pasitos de Luz. Patron tickets at Olas Altas Market Saturday’s in February or contact Barb at  condo211@yahoo.ca March 5 Riverfest post show - El Rio BBQ Bar Mariachis 3:00 pm  50 pesos donation at the gate Proceeds to Pasitos de Luz  March 5 SEX PLEASE, WE’RE SIXTY - Dinner Theatre at Langosta Diez Restaurant, Langosta #10, La Cruz To benefit Amigos de La Cruz de Huancaxtle, A.C. Contact Linda Randall for tickets  raylin1970@shaw.ca More information at www. amigosdelacruz.org March 7 Free Malecon Sculpture Tour. Meets every Tuesday morning at 9:30am in front of the Millennium Sculpture by the Hotel Rosita on the north end of the Malecon. Meet local artists, learn more about the vibrant artistic community we have in Puerto Vallarta.  

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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!

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Olas Altas Market Saturday 9:00 -2:00pm Runs until April 29th in Park Lazaro Cardenas Three Hens and a Rooster Market Saturday 9 – 1pm and Wednesday 9-1pm Year round at Venustiano Carranza 466 in Emiliano Zapata Bohemio Artisans Co op. Every Wednesday and Sunday 10-2 A gathering of local artisans in a magical space! 625 Lazaro Cardenas, Old Town. Marsol Friday Market by the Pier Friday 9:30 – 1:30 pm Year round at Marsol Hotel Lobby in Old Town. Los Mangos Mercado at Los Mangos Library Saturday 9-2pm Marina Vallarta Market Every Thursday evening until the end of April along the boardwalk in Marina Vallarta. 6-10pm

NUEVO VALLARTA

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

BUCERIAS

Forever Spring Wednesday 9 - 1 pm along Lazaro Cardenas

LA CRUZ

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

SAYULITA & SAN PANCHO

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

LO DE MARCOS, GUAYABITOS, CHACALA AND LA PEÑITA

The Tianguis Lo de Marcos is held on Luis Echeverría street Saturday 9-2pm The Chacala Cultural Market in the main Plaza. Saturday 9-1pm Guayabitos Market on the main plaza in town Monday 8-1pm La Peñita Market on its main plaza. Thursday 8-1pm


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Mardi Gras Festivities

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uerto Vallarta’s Annual Mardi Gras Parade hits the cobblestone streets on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 8 pm beginning at the Hotel Zone’s Sheraton Hotel, heading south along the Malecón, and ending just south of the Los Muertos Pier. CarnavalPV brings together gay, straight, light, dark, male, female, old, and young, all for a collective purpose, to get as many beaded necklaces as possible and to celebrate Puerto Vallarta’s diversity. There’s still time to enter the parade! Carnaval organizers are offering a $5,000 peso cash prize to the most inventive parade entry, so it is time to get creative. Non-profit organizations are invited to participate for free and businesses can take part for a nominal $200 peso entry fee. CarnavalPV is less than one month away, so sign-up today like these who have already registered: ACT LGBT, Alexis Roman Joya Cruz, Andales, Apaches Bistro, Bahía de Banderas Artes Escenicas, Bar Frida, Casa Karma, Cassandra Shaw Jewelry, Garbos, Hello Bike, Homes with US, Incanto, Jalisco #456-A, Linda’s Nail Lounge, LOCA, Los Guapos FoodPark, Los Veranos Canopy Tour, Margarita, Movie Picnic, Mr. Flamingo, Paco’s Ranch, La Piazzeta, PVRPV, Reinas Bar, The Property Girl, Wet Dreams and more.

For more information, visit carnavalpv.com, or the official Mardi Gras Puerto Vallarta Facebook page.

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DANNY B. Cana of the Blues Merv Buchanan, merv@uvs.com

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he Blues”, born out of out of the misery and repression experienced by African slaves in the Mississippi delta region of the U.S.A., is a uniquely American music style. By the early part of the last century, it had become the regular entertainment in southern juke joints, bars and dance halls, eventually making its way to the nightclubs, recording studios and radio stations of Chicago and other urban centres. Late at night those radio stations could be heard in Canada. Toronto's Danny Balaka, aka “Danny B”, loved what he heard and soon learned to sing the most popular blues songs himself. Danny began performing when he was three. As a youth, he played drums and was soon leading his own band. Over the years he has become an accomplished singer, songwriter, harmonica player,


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ada's Master

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Expect the Unexpected!

voice-over artist and actor, on radio and TV and in movies and live theatre. But what he still likes best is playing and singing the blues. During his lengthy career, Danny has worked with The Black Light Theatre, Famous People Players, Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara and many other well known actors and actresses. And he has shared the concert stage with popular recording artists as diverse as David Clayton Thomas and Big Mama Thornton. He has performed across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia. In addition to performing at numerous international blues festivals, he and his band; guitarist Bernie LaBarge, bassist Phil Woodward, drummer Whitey Glan and the late Doug Riley on keyboards, were a popular attraction for over a decade at the legendary Muddy York Tavern, in Toronto. He currently performs at west Toronto's Blue Goose Tavern. In 2014, Danny was awarded the title “Master Blues Artist” by The

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Blues Hall of Fame, an American Heritage International organization, joining such luminaries as Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters. This award gives much credence to his title “Canada's Master Of The Blues”. Accompanied by the outstanding Roberto Falcon Band, Danny will appear for the first time in the Banderas Bay area on

Friday, February 24th, at The Jazz Foundation in Puerto Vallarta and on Saturday, February 25th, at The Luna lounge in Bucerias. More information is available in this newspaper and on both venue web sites. *All rights reserved. No part of this material may be used in any manner without the prior written permission of the author.

Come experience something you’ve never seen or heard before! www.lunarumba.com

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DANNY B. Playing at:

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Friday, Feb 24, 2017, 9:30PM 322-113-0295

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New singing ensemble takes stage Boutique also showcases TED talks, Broadway’s best

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“This Is Tom Jones” Starring Dave Lafame Merv Buchanan merv@uvs.com

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elsh recording star Sir Thomas Woodward a.k.a Tom Jones took pop music decidedly uptown when he hit the music scene with “It's Not Unusual”, in the mid sixties. Since then, he has sold over 100,000,000 records, including 19 that reached the U.S. Top 40, winning a Grammy, 2 Brit Awards and an MTV Music Video Award in the process. Dave LaFame began his music career playing bass and singing with numerous bands in London, England. Seeking more opportunity, he emigrated to Canada, where he built a successful career as an actor, singer and musician, amassing numerous credits on TV, in film and on stage and developed a reputation as a reliable, hard working team player. In 2000, Dave launched a one-man show featuring comedic impersonations of music stars from Sinatra to Elvis to Freddie Mercury to The Bee Gees. The show was a big hit. But the rave reviews for his tribute to Tom Jones convinced him to turn it into a stand-alone show. So it's no surprise that he is now considered one of the top Tom Jones tribute

artists in the world. He has a huge and growing following and has accumulated an impressive list of awards, including the 2012 Las Vegas Celebrity Impersonators Award, for top male entertainer. With an uncompromising dedication to providing the best possible experience for every audience, he performs in theatres and casinos, on cruise ships and at corporate events around the globe. From the first note of his opening song, to the final bow at the end of each show, Dave LaFame's Tom Jones tribute captures perfectly the glamour, sizzle and excitement of one of the entertainment industry's most enduring stars. Songs in “This Is Top Jones” include “It's Not Unusual”, “Delilah”, “She's A Lady”, “What's New Pussycat”, “The Green Green Grass Of Home” and many more. Thanks to his sold out shows last season, Dave returns to The Luna Lounge in Bucerias on February 23rd and at El Rio Barbeque in Paso Ancho on February 25th . He also appears at La Pinacolada in Guyabitos on February 22nd. More info is available in this publication. *Copyright 2017. No part of this material may be used in any manner without the prior written permission of the author.

newly formed professional vocal octet, the Vallarta Vocalista Ensemble, will perform at the Boutique February 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25. “The Rhythms of Life” is the show’s theme. The singers are all Vallarta residents: Suzanne Kirkpatrick, Kathy Overly, Jean-Guy Comeau, Steve Fulmer, Judy Radke, Carl Timothy, Sharon Baughman-White, and Davíd White (left to right). Here is an unsolicited review: “I snuck into the dress rehearsal of the Vallarta Vocalista Ensemble this morning, and the world has to know something remarkable is about to happen in PV. This new vocal ensemble is eight professional, local singers, who have put together what we haven’t seen in decades here—a vocal ensemble that is truly professional quality, truly listenable concert. The theme is an open motif that allows them to cover a lot of musical ground … so professional, I thought I’d died and gone to Manhattan.” The impact of the human voice will be the topic of a TED Talk, PV-style, from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, February 21. “Own Your Own Voice” will be the subject Mark Zeller takes on. He will also identify factors that may interfere with getting your message across. Zeller has had a long career in theater, and will share his hands-on knowledge and research on what constitutes effective speech. Zeller recently directed his wife Dana Zeller-Alexis in a hit one-woman cabaret at The Boutique. The series is produced by Norma Schuh, normaschuh@ yahoo.com. Future topics are: Mar. 7: Creative Living: A Work in Progress, with Dan Grippo Mar 21: Diary of a Dairy Queen and Spicy Tales from Taco Belle, with Joanna and Chichi Rones Apr. 4: Artificial Intelligence: Opportunity and Threat, with John Wilson Bugbee Apr. 18: American Journey: Tales from a Troubadour, with Larry Long   “Where The Boys Are: A Tribute to Connie Francis” returns. Mikki Prost brings back her standing-ovation tribute

show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and March 1. Here’s what reviewer Gary Beck had to say about the show: “Mikki wrapped us around her musical finger, and we grew in awe … Mikki not only sang tremendously, as if she was indeed Miss Francis, she narrated the story of her beginnings, and the paths she took along the way … to the top of female singers.” “Wow! The Boutique Theatre is tiny, so everybody gets to sit right up front. The singer’s voice is huge, both powerful and beautiful, and she delights in sharing her extensive knowledge about Connie Francis with her audience. Everybody was singing along to ‘Who’s Sorry Now?’ and ‘Stupid Cupid’ and having a great time. I’ve not seen a better performance of this type, even in Las Vegas.” Trip Advisor. “The Best of Broadway” is a musical review, starring Puerto Vallarta performers, directed by Ralph Hyman. It performs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, March 2-11.

Blues legend Tim Williams is returning to Puerto Vallarta with his one-man storytelling and music show, which you can’t see anywhere else but The Boutique. The Canadian guitarist and singer will give two performances, February 28 and March 14.   On Monday, March 13, “SYNG!”, the Banderas Bay mixed voice chorus, presents “Feel The Love,” a “joyous boutique of choral favorites,” as a fundraiser for The Boutique Theatre.   On Mondays, enjoy Fast Eddie’s Karaoke Party at Nacho Daddy, with your hosts Fast Eddie, and Catherine Beeghly. No singing skill or experience is required. Lots of opportunities for dancing are provided, all free of charge.

The Boutique Dinner Theatre offers exciting evenings of dinner-and-a-show options. The theatre is located upstairs at Nacho Daddy, 287 Basilio Badillo. For information call 322-728-6878.


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Rosie O’Donnell Actress, Activist and Fearless Frida Persists in All-New 2017 TV Personality Exhibition @ Art VallARTa, Through R March 11th By Fred Jacobs

osie O’Donnell was born on March 21, 1962, in Long Island, New York. Her mother was your typical homemaker of the era and her father was an electrical engineer who worked in the defense industry. Her father emigrated from Ireland during his childhood, and her mother was Irish American. Just days before her 11th birthday, Rosie lost her mother to breast cancer. In High School, Rosie was voted homecoming queen, prom queen, senior class president, and of course, class clown. During high school she began exploring her interest in comedy, beginning with a skit performed in front of the school in which she imitated Gilda Radner’s “Saturday Night Live’s” character Roseanne Roseanna Danna. After graduating high school in 1980, Rosie briefly attended Dickinson College, later transferring to Boston University before dropping out of college to pursue her passion, comedy. Rosie would start the grueling 5 year life of touring as a stand-up comedian in clubs. A couple of years into her run in the clubs, a woman came over to Rosie after a show and said, “I think you’re funny. Can you give me your number? My dad is Ed McMahon.” At the time, the TV show “Star Search” was one of the biggest shows on TV and a stepping stone for future stars. Ed was the show’s host. Although Rosie doubted this woman was who she said she was, Rosie gave her the phone number. Three days later, the talent booker from Star Search called and told Rosie, they were going to fly her out to Los Angeles to appear on the show. Rosie would go on to win five weeks in a row on Star Search, and it gave her important national exposure. Rosie then moved on to TV sitcoms, making her TV series debut as Nell Carter’s neighbor on the hit “Gimme a Break!” in 1986. In 1988, Rosie joined the music video channel VH1, as a VJ. She started hosting a series for VH1, “Stand-up Spotlight”, a showcase for up-and-coming comedians. Then Rosie made her movie debut in “A League of Their Own” (1992) with A-listers Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna. Rosie would choose movie roles

that would never seem the same as her previous ones and that would be in a supporting role, rather than the main star. Rosie appeared in “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993) playing Meg Ryan’s best friend. Then Rosie appeared as Betty Rubble in the live action movie of the classic cartoon “The Flintstones” (1994) with John Goodman and Rick Moranis. That same year, Rosie also played a federal agent paired with Dan Aykroyd in the comedy Exit to Eden. In 1996, Rosie began hosting a daytime talk show, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”. The show, based in New York was very successful and ran for 6 years, winning multiple Emmy Awards. Rosie would often promote NY Broadway plays and feature those actors on her show. During this time, Rosie would also become a spokesman for the K-Mart brand. In 2000, Rosie partnered with the publishers of “McCall’s” to revamp the magazine as “Rosie” The magazine was launched as a competitor to fellow talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey’s monthly magazine “O”. In the September 2000 issue, Rosie shared that “she has struggled with depression her entire life”. With a strong start and a circulation close to 3.5 million, things looked promising, but the magazine soon conflicts emerged between Rosie and the editors. Rosie would quit the magazine in September 2002, following a dispute over

editorial control. “If I’m going to have my name on the corner of a magazine, it has to be my vision”. Rosie magazine folded in 2003. After the 9/11 attacks in New York, Rosie donated 1 million dollars to the relief efforts. Rosie chose to end her TV show in 2002 to spend more time with her girlfriend (who would later become her wife) and her children. Since coming out of the closet, Rosie would become a champion of LGBT rights. In the fall of 2006, Rosie returned to TV as a co-host and moderator of “The View”, a daytime women-oriented talk show started by Barbara Walters. Rosie would tackle controversial hard news topics of the day on The View, including the Iraq War, Catholic Church sexual abuse, and get into a very public fight with then businessman, Donald Trump over his “morality” and the Miss America pageant. Rosie would end her time on the View in 2007 “due to new contract issues”. Rosie then worked on producing a series of specials the new TV channel OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). Rosie would return as cohost on the View in 2014 but leave in 2015 for “personal reasons”. Rosie is one of the few celebrities who actually has done it all. It’s easy to forget how varied her career has been. What’s next?

Fred Jacobs is a full time resident of Puerto Vallarta and the author of 3 books.

The opening celebration with complementary beverages and a Fearless Women fashion show on the gallery’s catwalk will be held Saturday, February 18th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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n 2016, record crowds at Art VallARTa’s “Fearless Frida” art exhibition inspired an even bigger redux of the theme for this year’s redux: “Frida and All Fearless (Persistent) Women — and the Men Who Champion Them.” Featured are more than 40 original works of local and international artists on display at the Art VallARTa gallery on Calle Pilitas 213, Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta, through March 11th from 10 am to 4 pm daily, except Sundays when closed. “We’re celebrating the roles that fearless women have played in art and politics, both historically and today, in tearing down walls holding back social progress,” says

Nathalie Herling, ART VallARTa’s founder and director. “With the world’s political uncertainty growing every day, women must assert themselves as strong, caring individuals as well as bonds of community. Our art on display will reflect that.” Female guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Fearless Woman, whether Frida Kahlo or Julia Conesa, Angela Davis, Maria Felix, Dolores Huerta, Georgia O’Keefe, Sophie Scholl or any of hundreds others through the ages and around the world. Men are also encouraged to dress up as historical figures who have supported fearless women over time.


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t Organic Love it’s possible to eat both the most delicious and exciting flavours and still feel confident that you are consuming 100% natural ingredients. In this little smoothie bar and organic kitchen with big ambitions, located in the quiet fishing village of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, owner Alef has made a promise to present a tasty, healthy and nutritional choice to anyone who ventures into the village. Alef is very pleased to offer an almost 100% organic and locally grown menu, from the flour in the

bread to the milk in the coffee, everything in her kitchen is organic. This newly opened restaurant offers breakfasts, lunch and dinner with ingredients based on vegetarian principles, with a range from ovo-lacto to pure vegan, all with a high level of ingenuity and without ever compromising flavour. Perhaps most well-known for their large variety of fresh drinks, smoothies, juices and homemade kombucha, as well as a variety of coffee drinks both hot and cold, they also serve a complete breakfast. Organic eggs from a ranch close by provides the all natural ingredient for their breakfast menu, or maybe you would prefer homemade toasted bread with organic cream cheese and marmalade or organic yogurt. A little later in the day they make sandwiches with a mix of pickled and fresh vegetables, another deli-

cious dish offered is a fusion of an Italian pesto and spirals of lightly fried zucchini. This dish is a favourite among the regulars because it’s a truly vegan alternative to eating a pasta. Three nights a week they offer a special dinner, four courses with seasonal ingredients. You will be treated to an appetizer, soup or a salad, the main plate and a dessert to finish the meal. And of course the most delicious food you have ever tasted because it has been loved and cared for since it was a seed in the ground. Look no further for something to satisfy your sweet tooth. There is an ever changing selection of desserts, cakes and cookies, oftentimes vegan and gluten-free or even sugar-free. Be sure to visit this charming new dining spot to learn even more about their efforts. Easy to find they are located in La Cruz just across from Philo’s Real Estate Office Delfín #14 in La Cruz or visit them at www.facebook.com/ OrganicFoodwithLove

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he National Commission of Protected Areas (CONANP, by its acronym in Spanish) is inviting everyone to its event, ¡Conoce tu Bahía! (Get To Know Your Bay!), taking place next Saturday February 11, 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Main Plaza at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, with the purpose of raising environmental awareness. The event is open to the general public and its objective is to introduce the species that live in Banderas Bay and recognize those businesses that have supported the environment through their green practices. This effort also means for businesses and/or environmental

groups to participate in an educational roundtable, promoting the green activities of their own businesses; they can also share samples of their products and services, and offer promotions and complementary activities to the public. The space will not be for sales or for-profit activities. There will also be a photography exhibit of the regional and island species. 33rd Riviera Nayarit Beach Cleanup Meanwhile on that same Saturday, February 11, the Riviera Nayarit Beach Cleanup Network (BCN) is celebrating its 33rd cleanup event along the coast of Nayarit.


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Tribute Shows Rule the Night on the North Shore at Luna Lounge By Debbie White

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he fun season of dinner shows keeps rolling along at Luna Lounge with some of the best yet to come. Shows are selling out fast  and people just can’t get enough of these outstanding tribute performances, featuring some of the most legendary entertainers of all times.  Last week, The Rod Stewart Show  debuted on February 9 and 10 with two sold out performances.  Doug Varty presented the exciting music and persona of this popular British legend, singing all the fan favorites. The show was high energy all the way and everyone loved the pink suit, white polka dot shirt and black tie Doug wore during the second half. International headliner, Dwight Blake performed  Memories of Motown  on Saturday, February

11. Dwight has performed at Luna Lounge for several seasons and is always a favorite with his spectacular Motown sound. Joining Dwight for this sold out show was his incredible band, The Funk Brothers. On February 12, the fabulous Amberly Beatty returned with When Girls Ruled!  featuring the music and persona of stars like Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Connie Francis and more.   And on February 13,

Amberly presented an encore of her Patty Cline Tribute Show. Both shows were extraordinary! On Wednesday, February 15, Luna Lounge ventured up north to the town of Rincon de Guayabitos to present the Patsy Cline Tribute in conjunction with the Piña Colada Restaurant. More tribute shows at this location will be offered on February 22 (The Tom Jones Show); on March 1 (The Neil Diamond Show); on March 8 (The Johnny Cash);   on March 13 (The Crazy Bitches Drag Show); on March 22  (The Jerry Lee Lewis Show) and on March 29 (The Garth Brooks Show). Go to lunaloungebucerias.com to or see Linda Gibbs at Casita De La Peñita to purchase tickets.   Coming up this week at Luna Lounge in Bucerias is Samira.   She returns this season on Thursday and Friday, February 16 and 17  with her high-energy

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show, Truly Tina.  She’ll show you some action with her impressive dancing and singing of Tina Turner favorites. This is a truly superb show! The Dozen Divas Show  premieres at Luna Lounge on Saturday, February 18 with a tribute to twelve amazing musical stars presented by Dorothy Bishop. With quick costume changes and dead-on impersonations, you’ll definitely want to see this Vegas style performance! The Cher Show,  Believe, lights up the stage on Sunday and Monday, February 19 and 20, presenting Kara Chandler, who looks and sounds like the real Cher! This should be a real crowd pleaser! On Thursday, February 23, Dave LaFame returns as Tom Jones.  Last season, The Tom Jones Show was an outstanding show!  You›ll love the way Dave reminds you of this sexy star!    Dave is an incredible performer and all the swooning ladies tossing their panties at him are a kick to watch!

Danny B, Canada’s Master of the Blues, brings his entertaining show to the venue on Saturday, February 25. On Sunday, February 26th, back by popular demand, Will Chalmers returns with his The Neal Diamond Tribute show, Solitary Man.   And on Monday, February 27th, see  The Best of Bobby Darrin, starring Dave LaFame. You’ll hear all the hits and have all the fun of a Bobby Darrin concert! Don’t miss any of the exciting tribute shows each week through the end of March.   Every Tuesday and Wednesday night starting at 7 pm, Luna Lounge features the all-new Crazy Bitches (drag)  dinner show with Miss Diva Divine and her gals! These shows are in high demand, so book ahead of time. Visit lunaloungebucerias. com to book your tickets or send an email to: hugh@lunaloungebucerias.com if you have any questions. Luna Lounge is located at Av. Mexico #27, Bucerías, Nayarit. Tel. 329-298-324


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Fun on the Riviera Nayarit Cat Morgan www.rivieranayaritfun.com Cat@RivieraNayaritFun.com

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ey Everybody! I’m starting a new weekly story about the Small Businesses on the Riviera Nayarit and Banderas Bay area; specifically, a few that I have encountered along my path and usually when I am not expecting it! The “Riviera Nayarit” coastline, Nuevo Vallarta is mostly modern beachfront developments. However, not far from the beach

areas are the “colonias” where many Nationals are living. This is also where many small businesses are located. My schedule changes every day here in Mexico. Before this would have driven me crazy, now, it’s just the norm! Some days it seems like nothing can go right, and then there are those days when it all just seems to click together!

These are the days of spontaneity; the days when the magic happens. My jeep has taken a beating during the six years living here due to the corrosion from the salt in the air. I had just replaced the front arms and then shocks - thanks so much to Gecko in Bucerias! Last week I noticed a new noise… I drove over to Gecko, who were nice enough

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to check it out, discovering the back shock was bad. (No charge for this.) So, I had to get the car parts, and also oil and filter to do a much needed oil change. My friend David is with me and needs to get back to Vallarta, so we head into the Auto Zone in Vallarta for the parts. When we get there a guy in mechanic clothes with a big bag of tools is sitting out front. His name is Lolo. David talks to him and Lolo says he can change out both shocks in 25 minutes right there. 200 pesos! Sounds good to me! Then, as we both look under the car he notices I have a leak in the rear end differential. Sure enough, it needs a new seal. (Feeling grateful to find this.) Lolo says he can fix this too, but at his home; as well as change the oil for 460 pesos total. So, off we go to his colonia where it takes Lolo less than an hour to do all the work. He is quite efficient. He has all of the tools he needs, including the grinder to remove the old rusty bolts! We exchanged business cards: Servicio Mecancio Polo Express a Domicilio. (Polo Express Mechanic Service in your home.) 1700 pesos for parts and oil, 500 pesos for labor. Allowing the space in the day to create what was needed…PRICELESS! Gracias Lolo and David! I love living the spontaneous life in Mexico! FUN-RAISER REMINDERS Notice these two fun-raisers are back to back, so pace yourselves! Manos de Amor yearly fundraiser Rhythm and Ribs on Saturday,

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his new space in the Riviera Nayarit was opened to encourage community development through art, culture and education. The first phase of the Soriana del Mar Community Center in the Nuevo Corral del Risco in Punta de Mita, Riviera Nayarit, was inaugurated on Friday, February 10, 2017. Lisa Schalla and Greg Stanton, executive director and president of the Punta de Mita Foundation (FPM) Council, respectively, presided over the ceremony. Also present were José Gómez, the mayor of Bahía de Banderas; Lourdes Ibarra Chiquete, head of Culture, Sports and Education; plus a number of representatives of the Soriana and Comunalia Foundation (Alliance of Commu-

nity Foundations of Mexico). Local parents, children and teens, were present to witness the ceremony, as they will be the main beneficiaries of finished project. The first phase will include bathrooms, a kitchen and a multi-purpose room; the second phase will prepare the outdoor gardens and spaces with a roofed stage as well as offices for the FPM. Construction should be done by the end of Summer 2017 if the donations continue to come in as they have until now, as they finally have a major donor. One of the most immediate steps to be taken is the creation of a committee from among the residents of Punta de Mita so they themselves can define the priorities to be worked on in the

workshops and other activities in the new community center. When on the topic of community centers in the Riviera Nayarit and the entire region, one always comes to mind—San Pancho’s Entre Amigos—for the extraordinary work they’ve accomplished for over 10 years, which is why the Punta de Mita Foundation has been and always will be advised by Nicole Swedlow and her team.

February 18, with the Rhythm Roosters band, located just down from the Decameron Hotel. 50/50 raffle, baked goods for sale, food and drinks. This sells out every year so come early! The SOCK HOP Fundraiser for the John Ozzello Memorial Food Bank and Humanitarian Aid will be held on Sunday, February 19 at the Drunken Duck 5-8pm. Tickets 200 pesos. Cinco Elimentos (Enlace 5) for entertainment, 50/50 tequila raffle tickets, prizes for best dressed Women and Men. This is their last fundraiser for the season, so please, let’s help feed the hungry! Thank you! Book Readers Alert – Book Sale  on Wednesday, February 22  10:00 - 1:00  at Bungalows Arroyo located at Lazaro Cardenas #108.  Funds from the sale benefit Biblioteca Rey Nayar known as “The Bucerias Children’s Library”.  Information about English lessons, art class and recently added chess class can be seen on their Facebook page - Biblioteca Rey Nayar. Thanks for tuning in this week. Look for next week’s small business story! Check out our Facebook page for all the latest and give us a LIKE. www.facebook. com/allrivieranayaritfun/ Please email me with any questions you may have at Cat@ RivieraNayaritFun.com Would you like to see your business AD in the paper? Email me for an advertising quote: CatPVTribune@Gmail. com AHO!


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Road Trip: Aztlan – the Aztec birthplace, Mexcaltitán, Nayarit By Madeline Milne

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s the story goes; Aztlan, the birthplace of the Aztecs was a small island in the middle of a lagoon in northern Nayarit, and from this place they were instructed by their gods to go in search of a new homeland. They would recognize this place when they found an eagle eating a snake on top of a cactus – hence today’s emblem on the Mexican flag. In the process they were further instructed to change their names from Aztec to Mexica. In 1091 they set out on pilgrimage and after two years found Tenochtitlan which is now known as Mexico City. The birthplace of Mexico is just a few hours from our doorstep! Always up for a road trip, I have wanted to explore this little anthropological hotspot since I first heard of it. With my boyfriend’s mother’s birthday an excellent excuse to travel to Tepic we made arrangements for the whole family to head to Mexcaltitan on the weekend. Leaving Friday afternoon we headed north passing the yoga mecca of Sayulita and the world’s best quesadillas in Rincon de Guayabitos. Holding true we passed through the charming town of Compostela, driving through mist covered rolling countryside with eight-foot tall sugar cane fields and walls of wildflowers that host a hundred butterfly nectar sipping parties. We spent the night in Tepic before leaving late the next morning for the island. The trip is about 100kms from Tepic continuing north on Highway 15 like you’re heading to Mazatlan. Follow the signs for Santiago Ixcuintla, the largest town in the north western side of Nayarit, 40 kms from the boat launch for Mexcaltitan and one of the most important agricultural centres in Mexico for tobacco. The drive is natur-ific. Deep-cut valleys with soaring waterfalls, orchard upon orchard of mango and citrus, forests of palms used for building palapas, and fields of sugar cane in the most brilliant neon greens. Hundreds of lagoons, internationally acclaimed for their bio-diversity make up the majority of the costal area where two important rivers, the Río Grande de Santiago and the Río San Pedro, enter the sea. When you get to La Batanza, the boat launch, it doesn’t look like much. While in need of a

fresh coat of paint, the boats are all floating and for 90 pesos they will transport you and up to four others (additional passengers are 20 pesos each), safely to Mexcaltitan. 300 pesos gets you a guided tour through the mangroves. The boat ride is about 15 minutes long and passes through a number of waterways. A little like the movie Deliverance, you wouldn’t want to navigate these waters alone. Designated Marismas Nacionales, this protected area consists of a vast network of brackish coastal lagoons, mangrove swamps, mudflats, and marshes. I counted five Great Blue herons, a handful of Garza Blancas (egrets) and dozens of little black ducks with yellow beaks (a birder I’m not). Captain Juan told us there are plenty of crocodiles in the water but we didn’t see any - thankfully. The people who call this area home are predominately fishers, catching chiguil and shrimp using a unique netting system. The town of Mexcaltitan is about 1000m around with the longest ‘road’ stretching 400m across. A friendly population of about 800, residents sit on plastic chairs in their open doorways selling various items. There are no cars on this island. No Oxxo’s. No wifi but plenty of shrimp. Laid out on the sidewalks

to dry, bright pink shrimps block your path everywhere you turn. Interestingly, the town’s dog population seems to ignore these tasty treats. Perhaps they’re as tired of shrimp as the locals must be. You can comfortably circumnavigate the entire town in about 30 minutes. The adobe homes all look similar. Most likely brightly painted when the town was applying for Pueblo Magico status, these homes are now worse for wear with crumbling walls and chipped paint creating interesting colours and textures. There are a couple larger, new homes that cause speculation. The houses on the outer edge of the island all open out onto the lake, many with their small fishing pangas moored alongside their back doors. The centre of the island is the hub with the plaza, church and a small but interesting museum that has artefacts from ancient Meso-American cultures. Five pesos will get you in the door. Here you will see copies of the original codices (pictograms) that depict the gods mandate to search for a new land. Considering that during rainy season the town’s roads floods and the only way around is by boat, this seems like sound advice. One display shows the map of Mexcaltitan beside Tenochtitlan

(Mexico City) with obvious similarities in layout. It is here that the original stone carving of the eagle with snake in its mouth was uncovered, now residing in the history museum in Tepic. From the museum we headed over to Restaurante Alberca where we proceeded to consume a lifetime of shrimp. Not unlike Forest’s friend Bubba, there were a million ways to eat shrimp including; sun-dried and tossed in ketchup, salsa, lime and salt, deep fried and tossed with chilli, fried balls with a mayo dipping sauce, as a pate on Ritz crackers, stuffed into empanadas, served a la Diablo, in butter and garlic and encased in masa, rolled in corn husks and steamed, and the classic ensalada, soup and cocktail. We also ordered a Pescado Saraneado – fresh from the waters grilled fish, served with veggies and tortillas. Stuffed, we settled back with a couple cubetas of cervesa and a juke-box full of Banda that everyone else knew all the words to. The peaceful swaying of the waters lapping the restaurant was interrupted only by the occasionally passing fishing boat and the ducks bobbing for fish. Rush hour was a boat of women returning home with their children and some shopping crossing paths with a fishing boat. What is particularly striking is how different the lives of the people are here from our own. As usual, I was quick to imagine life on this tiny island and concluded it would be a great place for a weekend home; one of many weekend homes I have imagined across this country. An excellent day trip for amateur anthropologists, eating shrimp, and those interested in birding. It is one of the most prolific places on the planet for bird watching with over 350 species crossing these waters on their annual migration. While San Blas is the more popular jumping off point for birders, the pristine seclusion of the estuary/ lagoon definitely appeals. There is no hotel on the island, though apparently there are some rooms available. Those interested in staying overnight would do better finding a comfortable bed in Santiago.

Looking at a map of the area, it would be an interesting weekend of camping (!) to explore the outer edges of the lagoons that meet with Pacific Ocean. Our captain hinted at beautiful secluded beaches and hidden coves perfect for exploring. There are a couple small towns that dot the shore and I imagine the freshness of the shrimp would be bar none. Don’t forget your camera, bug spray and depending on the purpose of your trip, a cooler with cold beer purchased on the mainland will save you plenty of pesos.


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SEX PLEASE WE’RE SIXTY AN AMERICAN FARCE by Michael Parker & Susan Parker

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he Riviera Nayarit has more than a dozen fantastic attractions offering history, nature, magic, fun, colors, luxury, infrastructure, fiesta, culture, flora, fauna, gastronomy and much more. One of the more diverse states within Mexico, Riviera Nayarit offers a huge amount of options from quick jaunts to exciting road trips. Learn about the history, beauty and nature of this world-class destination. 10. – Isla del Coral, Compostela This little island is just 3 km (2 miles) from the beach at Guayabitos in Compostela and is home to thousands of colorful fish and coral reefs—perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling. There are also pelicans, seagulls, boobies and more for you to enjoy from under your umbrella on the beach. Its waters are calm and ideal for SUP yoga.

COMEDY DINNER THEATRE FOR CHARITY DATES: FEBRUARY 28, MARCH 1, 5, 7, 8 2017 TIMES: 4 evening performances, 1 matinee on Sunday, March 5

9. – Playa Novillero, Tecuala This virgin beach is located on the north coast of the Riviera Nayarit less than 100 miles from San Blas on the border with Sinaloa. It’s 56 miles long and it’s known as the longest beach in Mexico, the second longest in Latin America, the third longest in the Americas and the fifth longest in the world. The area belongs to the National Marshes Biosphere Reserve. 8. – Las Fábricas de San Pancho, Bahía de Banderas The Centro Cultural Las Fábricas de San Pancho A.C. is the reason the town is considered the Cultural Capital to the Riviera Nayarit. The warehouses were repur-

LOCATION: Restaurante Langosta DIEZ, La Cruz Centro DONATION TICKET PRICE: front row table reserved 800 MXN, general table 500 MXN, theatre seating 250 MXN PROCEEDS GO TO: benefit Amigos de La Cruz de Huancaxtle, A.C.

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posed and filled with culture, the arts, environmental causes and community development with the Centro Comunitario Entre Amigos at its heart, along with the Alianza Jaguar, the Colectivo San Pancho, the Bodega Teatro and the newer Bodega del Circo de los Niños established by Gilles Ste-Croix, co-founder of the Cirque Du Soleil. 7. – Marina Riviera Nayarit, Bahía de Banderas. La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is the Nautical Capital of the Riviera Nayarit thanks to this marina, considered the largest and most modern of the Mexican Pacific. It’s the only marina in Mexico that has received the Blue Flag certification for its environmental commitment. As if this weren’t enough, it also hosts a series of upscale international events. 6. – Isla de Mexcaltitán, Santiago Ixcuintla According to historians, Mexcaltitán is the birthplace of Mexican heritage and where the legend of Aztlán began, the starting point


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of the seven Náhuatl tribes’ long journey to the Valley of Mexico that ended when they founded the great city of Tenochtitlán. Today the island is home to fishermen, with beautiful scenery surrounded by mangroves and dozens of species of birds. Its gastronomy is unique, as it’s the also the birthplace of the Taxtihuile shrimp and, possibly, the famous pescado zarandeado. See page 31 for a travel story on this historical island. 5. – Isla Isabel National Park This is a Nature Preserve that allows camping, 74 km (46 miles) from the docks at San Blas. The air is filled with frigate birds, but you’ll also find bluefooted and brown boobies. It’s the perfect place for fishing, scuba diving and hiking. Its beaches, the lighthouse, the Monas islets and the long crater are all part of the grand tour. 4. – La Tovara, San Blas These freshwater canals coexist with nature in the best way possible: it’s one of the few places in the world where you can find the four different species

of mangrove: White, Red, Black and Buttonwood. It’s also home to endemic, resident and migratory birds. The Náhuatl origins of Tovara is tobara, which means “water that springs from the rocks.” 3. – Hole 3B “Tail of the Whale,” Bahía de Banderas The Punta Mita development in the is home to the Pacífico Punta Mita Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, who famously said Hole 3B—also known as “Tail of the Whale”—is the best Par 3 he has ever designed. It was recently picked as one of the “Top Ten” best Par 3 holes in the world by the UK edition of GQ for being the only green that’s located on a natural island.

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2. – Sayulita, Bahía de Banderas This is the Riviera Nayarit’s Surfing Capital: It’s hippie chic, it’s cosmopolitan, it’s party, and it’s all about good vibrations… Sayulita is this and much more and it’s currently the Mexican destination showing the biggest tourism growth within the past year. It’s a must-visit. 1. –Islas Marietas National Park This Natural Protected Area has become the signature icon of the Rivera Nayarit for its spectacular attractions including the Playa del Amor, or Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach), and the Playa La Nopalera, among others. It’s of prime importance to be informed and choose a qualified tour operator to enjoy one of the many tours to the islands. Once there, visitors can enjoy birdwatching, and also snorkeling with the colorful fish that call this area home.

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Can you help? New free clinic needs financial support

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SPCA of Puerto Vallarta by Janice Gonzalez

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ur “Beauty and the Beast” brunch was a resounding success! It was a sold out event. Everyone enjoyed a scrumptious brunch with endless mimosas and champagne in The Iguana restaurant within Casa Kimberly. Guests were treated to a couple of fashion shows with gorgeous designs and accessories. Thanks again to Cassandra Shaw Jewelry, Designs by Maracuyá, Visualize Dreams, Angela Lovett Designs and CLJ Designs. We are grateful to everyone who donated to our silent auction. A special thanks to our dear friend and incredible photographer Josef Kandoll (www.josefkandollwphotography.com) for all the wonderful photographs as well as his donated photo shoot. Special thanks to our tireless volunteers for making this such a successful event: Mel Demarchi, Corinne Eastham, Janice Gonzalez, Sandi Hatfield, Tina Kunkel, Sabrina Leyva, Robin McCaffry, Laura Miller, Wendy Urban and Luz Wong. And none of this would have happened without the support of Janice Chatterton and her wonderful staff at Casa Kimberly. Our next fundraiser, “Evening Under the Stars”, will be November 25. See you there. We got this report from Brian Twig at the farmers market: “Another busy and hot day at our SPCA booth. We sold 152 bottles of water, which was more than double that sold the previous Saturday. Not only did this keep us very busy, it also raised funds for our cause, and most important allowed us to introduce the SPCA de PV to visitors

who perhaps were not familiar with our activities in Puerto Vallarta. Amongst our several guests were a couple of people who deserve special mention: Doug from Vancouver, who attended our recent fundraiser where he won a very beautiful ring. In typical “Doug fashion” he immediately donated the ring back to be auctioned where it raised $1,000 US. Thank you Doug for your generosity. Then we had another special lady. Cindy Cohen, Chance’s Mom, who made a very generous donation of $500 US. Thank you Cindy and Chance. Mom obviously loves you lots. It is only through the efforts of people like these that the SPCA de PV is able to continue to serve our four legged friends. Our volunteers this week were, Michelle, Doreen, Pat, David, Drew and Brian.” Thanks for the report Brian. Come and spend a rewarding afternoon cuddling the animals at Puerto Vallarta’s SPCA Sanctuary. 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. To make donations via PayPal, select the “Donate” option on our Facebook page www.facebook. com/spcapv or on our website at http://spcapv.com/donate/. Get involved…rescue, adopt, foster, volunteer, donate or educate. You can learn more about the SPCA Puerto Vallarta by checking us out at www.spcapv.com/home or on Facebook.

xpats are involved in fundraising to purchase medical and dental equipment for free clinic in the Progresso neighbourhood of Puerto Vallarta. Opened on January , 2017 The community hall / non denominational church has been constructed and is owned by Vineyard Ministries of Central Mexico. The main facility is free of charge for the local residents to use for weddings, funerals, family gatherings and community events.   The non-denominational church currently provides weekly services on Thursday evenings. When the structure is 100% complete (by the end of 2017), it will include classrooms where English and home economics will be taught by volunteers.  It will also include a nursery so that young mothers can attend these classes.   Vineyard Ministries has offered the free use of two rooms to use as clinics.   Canadian Darryl Derksen, is one of several snowbirds spending this winter raising both awareness of the project and also the need to raise funds to purchase equipment for a medical and dental clinic that will provide free services to the residents of Colonia Progresso, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with over 40,000 residents. “Many of these people scrounge around the city dump in search of recyclables that can be turned into cash to buy food, while others pedal their wares to the tourists on the public beaches. These people need help and it is simply wrong of us to bask in their sun without giving something back”, advocates Derksen. Derksen works to promote the project and raise funds to purchase equipment for the clinics along with two fellow Canadians, Elizabeth McWeeny and her husband Richard Buset who started the Canadian charitable  organization,  “Compassionet Impact Development Canada” has been building homes for the poor, in Colonia Progresso, for the past eight years. The initial budget for purchasing the medical and dental equipment is $30,000.   Fundraising began in  December and they have raised $15,000 so far (mostly from Canadian donors).   The equipment has now arrived and will be installed within the next two weeks. It is the goal that both clinics will be up and

running, providing very necessary basic services, by the middle of April. “We need to raise $30,000 to purchase the equipment and fundraising efforts, since December, have brought almost $15,000,” explains Derksen. “We still need donations and every one, large or small, is very much appreciated. All donations are tax deductible and donors will be provided with appropriate charitable donation receipts.” The structure itself has been funded by Vineyard Ministries, who have built several other churches and community centers in various areas of Mexico. The equipment required to set up the clinics will be funded by individual donations, and the clinics will be manned by local volunteer dentists and doctors who are willing to volunteer on a half-day basis. As well as volunteer international doctors and dentists who visit during winter vacation. The support of volunteer professionals has been overwhelming. The medical clinic will be basically a walk-in minor emergency clinic for cuts, bruises,  colds, flus, and situations where prescription drugs are necessary, but not affordable. The clinic will also provide complete physical check-ups for adults and will include monitoring of blood pressure, heart rate, weight, height etc. The dental clinic will provide basic services of cleanings, fillings, x-rays and extractions.  This will be more of a maintenance clinic than an emergency clinic.   However, they will have necessary drugs like penicillin available for situations where an infection needs to be dealt with, before any dental work can take place.  The main objective is to promote good oral health and maintenance. Tooth paste and toothbrushes will be provided to all, free of charge, in order to promote oral health.

The clinics will be managed (as in hours of operation, schedules, re-ordering supplies etc) by one of the volunteer doctors or dentists. All clinic services, plus basic prescription drugs (e.g.: penicillin) will be free of charge. The clinics will be cleaned by a committee of local residents. Both clinics are locked up and secure when not in use. If you are interested in helping this clinic meet its fundraising goals, please go the “about” tab on the Facebook page, and click on the link provided on the “how can I donate” tab. Credit card donations are safe and secure. Tax-deductible charitable donation receipts for US and Canadian residents will be mailed to you within two weeks. For more information please contact: Darryl Derksen derk@ sasktel.net www.facebook.com/ pvmedicaldentalclinic The website address for Compassionet Impact Development Canada is: http://compassionetimpact.ca


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From Bach To Basin Street Blues

this in your calendar for, say, 1st August. Start phoning your local high schools in Canada and the USA and ask if they have any instruments that they are not using and, when you find one or two, tuck them in your suitcase for your next trip to PV. (If you manage to pick up a tuba or a sousaphone you might have to be creative!). Of course, these things also turn up in garage sales and on Kijiji. Any and all instruments are welcome, regardless of condition. Especially needed are tubas, bassoons, oboes and base clarinet but flutes, flugelhorns and fiddles will do too. (The Canadian airline, Westjet, will allow passengers to bring one suitcase without charge if you tell them that it contains supplies for charitable purposes. Other airlines might do the

same thing.) The next public performance for your enjoyment will be PVCO’s concert “An American in Puerto Vallarta” on Sunday, February 19, 5:00 PM at the Teatro Vallarta. It will include George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with virtuoso pianist Rachid Bernal as guest soloist. The works of Mexican composers Mario Kuri-Aldana and Jose Palo Moncayo will also be included. On March 26th and 27th the PVCO will perform “Dvorak and the Balkans,”  which will feature music from southeastern Europe, including Antonin Dvorak’s  Slavonic Dances  and  New World Symphony.  For several years the American School has generously provided PVCO with rehearsal space, storage space, a performance venue,

and an overall appreciation of who and what the orchestra stands for – these are immense contributions that the orchestra members deeply appreciate. As the orchestra grows, so does the need for a dedicated physical home - a space for lessons, rehearsals, performances, and meetings. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Daniel Oliveros, through Facebook or at  the PVCO Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ pvchamberorchestra . The International Friendship Club (IFC) has been supporting cultural, medical, educational and social service causes in Puerto Vallarta for 30 years and is proud to support I AM PV in its mission to be a multi-cultural agent of musical development in all segments of society in Puerto Vallarta. When you come back to PV next season with suitcases laden with instruments and sheet music, please drop them off at the IFC offices, located upstairs at the northeast corner of the bridge where Insurgentes crosses the River Cuale. Money comes to IFC from a number of sources including the sale of tickets for the IFC Home Tours – www.ifctoursforvallarta. com - and the sale of memberships. See www.ifcvallarta.com for details of all the club’s activities and the charities supported by it.

bought a few days before you go because their availability is limited by the number of seats on our buses. Tickets can be purchased at www.ifctoursforvallarta.com or between 9:00 and 1:30 Monday to Friday at the IFC office, located upstairs, above HSBC, where Insurgentes crosses the river. Tours last about three hours and require the ability to walk on cobbled streets and to climb quite a few stairs so make sure you wear appropriate shoes. Our docents accompany each bus and answer any questions on

the homes or about life in PV. The tours are made possible by the generosity of our homeowners who

believe in contributing to the lives of others in Puerto Vallarta. Thank You!

By John Warren johnwarr@shaw.ca

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re you interested in music? Then you should hear about a new organization in town which has the catchy name of “I AM PV” which lengthens out, in Spanish, to Instituto (de) Artes Musicales Puerto Vallarta. Brilliant! The PV Chamber Orchestra (PVCO) has been performing both chamber and orchestral music in town since 2005 and, since 2013, Daniel Oliveros has been its conductor. It is the most advanced orchestral ensemble in Puerto Vallarta, with expats, professionals and advanced local student musicians, bringing together people of varied ages and backgrounds from Mexico, USA, Canada, England, China, Argentina, Venezuela and Cuba. Daniel is also heading up I AM PV. This will soon be a six-part, non-profit organization that includes the PVCO, the Salty Paws Jazz Orchestra, which has about twenty kids and five adults who are learning and performing the music of New Orleans, and the Mexican Folk group, which learns and performs traditional Mexican music and has over forty young members. There are plans for other parts of the musical universe

too. I AM PV wants to create an environment that encourages all aspects of music where young people and adults can learn listen, create and perform. It’s vision is “to provide world-class musical instruction to the youth of Vallarta and surrounding areas, thus ensuring the generation of cultural offerings that allow us to position ourselves as a cultural destination that attracts local and international artists.” Like many cultural organizations in Puerto Vallarta I AM PV needs our help. Because the PVCO has been around for a while many of its members have their own instruments, but these must be shared with the members of the Salty Paws. With more instruments more music can be learned and played, so please put

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ohn L from NYC wrote this on Trip Advisor last week…”A highlight of our stay in PV was the Home Tour run by the IFC, a group which among other charitable works supports cleft palate clinics in PV. The tour features a rotating number of homes in PV and takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays though the tourist season. The tour visited 4 fascinating homes ranging from a 1700sft one

bedroom doubling as a Zen meditation center to an 8000sft modern home built on the side of the cliff overlooking the bay. The tour was well organized and all proceeds go to the clinics serving the children of the area afflicted with the disfiguring effects of cleft palate.” 316 reviews also rate the IFC Home Tours as “Excellent,” so it would be a shame if you missed it. Tickets ($600 pesos) are best

Where can I find the Vallarta Tribune?

Over the past month we have been making small changes to our distribution locations; hopefully making it easier for you to find a copy. The Tribune will be available for pick up at the tourist offices in the main plaza as well as in Park Lazaro Cardenas, in Puerto Vallarta. You can shop and pick up

a copy of the Tribune at the Friday Marsol Market, the Saturday Olas Altas Market and at the Amigo’s de La Cruz table at the La Cruz Sunday Market. In addition to all of our advertisers, look for the Vallarta 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. Marina Vallarta: Benittos, The Coffee Cup, Re/Max, San Javier Hospital Nuevo Vallarta: Eddies, Barracuda’s, Nopalitos, US Consulate,

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ark your calendars: February 21, that’s a Tuesday. From 10 to 2 our monthly bazaar is happening. If you are cleaning out closets and have things to sell, see Sherry Friday morning about setting up a table. Everything you can imagine is for sale with the main focus on furniture and household items. A new group of vendors at the Marsol Market are called “Bolsas de Esperanza” or “Bags of Hope”. These great, reversible handbags are made by women who are learning new skills that will enable them to break out of their circle of poverty. The bags are sewn by mothers who previously sorted through Vallarta’s garbage hoping to find and resell something – anything – in order to feed their families. Your support is critical – all the money made from selling the handbags goes back to the maker not just repaying them for their work, but encouraging them to carry on and possibly expand their horizons. For more information go to www.newbeginningsmexico.org The Food Court at the Marsol Friday Market is located outside between the lobby and Cuates y Cuetes Restaurant. There you will find an ever-changing array of freshly squeezed juices to oriental pot stickers, perogies, tortilla soup, roasted peanuts, croissants and much, much more. The Marsol Friday Market by the Pier is open from 9:30 to 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. You can find all of our local charities online at 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.

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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 SETACGLBT – 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.


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