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Galería Caballito de Mar Showcases Unique, Traditional Mexican Art Every Wednesday night from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m., Galería Caballito de Mar participates in ArtWalk with 12 other galleries located in Centro Puerto Vallarta. All galleries are within easy walking distance from one another and are designated with a red ArtWalk banner. We invite you to enjoy current exhibits, good company and complimentary cocktails. Our gallery is located at Aldama 162 between Morelos and Juarez, just under Galería Pacifico. Hours are 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. weekdays (except Wednesday, 3:00 until 10:00 pm) and 11:00 until 2:00 on Saturdays. We are closed Sundays.

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n Puerto Vallarta’s Centro Historico, a unique gallery, Caballito de Mar, showcases art that is a serious reflection of México’s cultural past. Extraordinary masters of ancestral forms of art are represented in the gallery’s unusual collection of antique and contemporary Mexican jewelry, ceramics, graphics and textiles. Today, as in the past, many of México’s artists are self-trained with no formal art education. Within this group, there are two categories: the first includes folk art artisans who practice traditional, indigenous arts within communal or family settings. Often the process used for this work is handed down from generation to generation. The second group includes creative artisans who deserve the designation of “artist” because their work meets more exacting criteria such as: The work stands apart from indigenous art traditions. The work incorporates both traditional and non-traditional materials in unconventional ways. The work is created by a solitary artist, not in a communal setting. Galería Caballito de Mar is privileged to carry work from both categories, but the gallery’s focus is on art by men and women who are acknowledged as “artists” because they create pieces of great skill and beauty that rival fine art. The eclectic work in Caballito de Mar includes a variety of media – ceramics; silver; sculpted wood; lacquered gourds; woven straw; fine cotton and woolen textiles; copper; linocut, wood block and litho graphics; and pastel, acrylic and amate paintings -- from more than a dozen states in Mexico.

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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 display 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.

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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! JANUARY 2018 1 norwegian star 2 silver whisper 2 coral princess 2 ruby princess 3 carnival mirace 5 seven seas 6 grand princess 7 oosterdam 8 coral princess 8 europa 9 ruby princess

Immigration: 322.224.7719 Consumer Protection: 01.800.468.8722 Tourism Offices Jalisco: 322.221.2676 Nayarit: 322.297.1006

Consulates American Consulate 24 hrs 01-332-268-2100 Canadian Consulate 322.293.0098 322.293.0099 24 hrs: 1.800.706.2900

In port this month 10 carnival miracle 12 island princess 14 oosterdam 16 grand princess 16 ruby princess 19 amadea 19 crystal serenity 20 amadea 23 ruby princess 23 westerdam 30 ruby princess 31 carnival splendor

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One week left to vote for your favourite … everything! Happy New Years! ext up is Dia de los Reyes or Three King’s day which is the traditional gift giving day here in Mexico. There are a number of local charities that will visit local children on January 6 to hand out small toys and other gifts. Families gather for a traditional meal and break the Rosca bread to find the baby Jesus. (Yes, that’s a thing.) Who ever finds the Jesus figure is ‘obligated’ to prepare a meal of tamales on February 2, so bite with care. With the holidays wrapping up in the US and Canada we will see the final influx of snowbirds settling in for the next three months. Now is the time when the bay really starts to hum. With near daily events and perfect weather you can feel the vibrations of everyone as they eagerly participate in all that the Bay and Riviera Nayarit has to offer. This Friday, Stephen of Johnny’s Diner fame is inviting everyone for the grand opening of his dinner service with a menu themed

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around the ‘Taste of San Francisco.’ Warm comfort foods such as chowder and beef burgonione will be served with locally prepared sourdough bread. Dinner reservations can be made for Saturday and onwards. This is the last week to vote for your favourite restaurants, hotels, tour operatrs, artists, dentists and more. When you vote you are automatically entered to win one of several excellent prizes including a week long stay at Villa del Palmar Flamingos in Nuevo Vallarta and two tickets on the Marigalante -

Pirate Ship tour, as well as gift certificates for dinner and a show at Luna Lounge, a Chica Locca tour, and more! So jump on your computer and vote: www.vallartatribune.com/Vallarta-best-2018 We are short on space again because there is just so much happening. So I’ll leave you for now. Enjoy your time here. Support the local businesses. Say no to that straw and be kind to the environment. Happy new years, Madeline

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alavera pottery dates back to the 16 century when the conquistadors brought the technique from Spain. Authentic talavera must be signed by the artists who have been government certified as following the original production processes found in Puebla, Mexico. Find this on a guided walk around historic Vallarta with PuertoVallartaWalkingTours.com. Stroll the cobblestone streets, typical of Spanish Colonial architecture, while absorbing the sights, smells and sounds of daily life. Visit markets, historic buildings, and workshops. Get immersed in the culture while exploring areas you might not find on your own.


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Meet Nestor Soderguit of Don Queso By Mary Stehley

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ow does a zip line guide with a degree in gastronomy become a producer of some of the best artisan cheeses in the area? An injury. After Nestor Mauricio Soderguit Rodriguez suffered an injury to his femur, his father encouraged him to start his own business, knowing that he could no longer work as a guide. That is how Don Queso PV was born in June of 2014. While studying gastronomy, Nestor took some classes in the technology of cheese making where he learned to make panela and queso fresco. After many trials and errors and a search for the best milk in the bay Nestor succeeded in making rich and creamy

cheeses. With four years’ experience, Don Queso PV is a 100% Mexican company that is dedicated to making the best artisan cheeses of the highest quality and with the highest standards of hygiene. Today Don Queso PV produces more than eight types of cheese including traditional panela which Nestor has given a different touch by adding basil and jalapeño, mild cheddar, cheddar cheese aged for 7 months, goat cheese, parmesan and Oaxaca cheese. Don Queso PV also sells an extensive line of Mexican olive oils infused with different flavors. This season he

has added a new productdulce de leche, a delicious, creamy, sweet caramel type product. Nestor’s cheeses are available at the Olas Altas Farmers Market on Saturdays and the Tuesday market in Nuevo Vallarta. His products will soon be available in Guadalajara. You can place an order at don.quesopv@gmail.com or 322 131 1218. Delivery is available. If you’re looking for the perfect spot to enjoy traditional Mexican crafts, live music and delicious artisan food, look no further than the Olas Altas Farmers Market. We offer over 90 booths of “Handmade and Homegrown” goodies as

well as prepared foods such as tamales, tacos, homemade ice cream, paella, pozole and baked goods, all just steps away from the famous Los Muertos Beach. You can also find musical instruments, soaps, jewelry, meat pies, cheese, clothes, paper mache figures, vegan and vegetarian food 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 20 pesos an hour, you can park in the garage directly beneath the park.

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anuary the 6th is a special day in Mexico. Known as ‘El Dia de Reyes’ (Three Kings Day), this holiday represents the height of the Christmas season. The date marks the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas and commemorates the three wise men who traveled from afar, bearing gifts for the infant baby Jesus. The children of Mexico in particular look forward to this holiday as traditionally, gifts are exchanged on this date, not on Christmas day. In Mexico and many other Latin American countries, Santa Claus doesn’t hold the cachet that he does in the United States. Rather, it is the three wise men who are the bearers of gifts, who leave presents in or near the shoes of small children. The holiday is also known by the name of the Epiphany which dates back to the 4th century. A grand feast would be held on this day to honor the occasion of Jesus’ baptism and to pay homage to the three wise men. Many believe mysterious events preceded Jesus’ birth with perhaps the most notable being the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem. This new star appeared in the evening sky just prior to the arrival of Jesus. Three wise men or Magi as they were then known, whose names were Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, traveled a far distance to pay homage to the Christ child. They brought with them fine gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Three Kings Day remains an important holiday for the people of Mexico. In addition to the gift-giving aspect of the day there is also a culinary treat that is specific to the holiday. Known as ‘Rosca de

Reyes’ (King’s Cake), this holiday dessert offers much in the way of symbolism. Shaped in the round to signify a king’s crown, this sweet bread holds a special surprise. Baked inside is a small plastic figurine representing the baby Jesus. Whoever finds this token is obligated to host an upcoming party for the occasion of ‘Dia de la Candelaria’ (Candlemas Day) which occurs each year on February 2.The effigy of the baby Jesus, hidden inside the cake, represents another aspect of the holiday. The reason Jesus is ‘hidden’ inside the bread is to symbolize how in life, the Christ child’s birth location also needed to remain secret, in order that his life be spared. The ruler of Jerusalem at the time, King Herod, had been apprised of the mystical signs that indicated the new and rightful King of Jerusalem was soon to be born. Herod’s reaction to these predictions was swift and horrible. He ordered his minions to murder all male infants recently born in Bethlehem. However, as destiny would have it, Mary and Joseph found their lodgings in a manger, not an inn. Herod’s henchmen didn’t think to look for an infant in such a location. Another lovely custom associated with the Three Kings Day holiday centers around the evening meal. Traditionally, the supper served on this special day is delicious corn tamales accompanied by hot chocolate. This makes for a perfectly quintessential Mexican meal and one that is enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

ost of the abandoned dogs in Puerto Vallarta are rescued by kind people, taken to a city shelter or flown to USA and Canada to new homes by flight angels. However, right here on our own doorstop we have a dog rescue home that is different. One man is caring for over 20 dogs, single-handedly in his own home! Charlie Escobedo has been rescuing dogs since the age of six. His lifelong passion for giving them the love and care they deserve has brought him to this present day, here in Ranchito, Nayarit. Caring full-time for 36 dogs with uniquely horrific pasts, in his own home, he is unfortunately out of his depth. He desperately needs help to cover costs to feed and re-home them. You can have the opportunity to help by attending a local party, right here in Gringo Gulch, Puerto Vallarta, at a fundraiser being organized by his friends. Drink and fun will be provided at the gathering and hourve de’ oeuvres will be served by local chef, Jorge Hoil. It is hoped some local artists will

attend to sell their pieces, donating an amount to the cause. A raffle/ auction is currently being organized and one of the prizes on offer is a cooking class for 2 with chef Jorge, valued at $200. Why not come along to this fantastic event and take part in the giving of happy futures to these needy furry friends. Everyone is cordially invited; just simply RSVP as soon as possible for numbers. A small donation of 50 pesos upwards per person is respectfully suggested and will be collected on the evening. Any locals or businesses

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I am the preschool coordinator and nursery teacher at the American School of Puerto Vallarta. I am also both unsurprised and not a bit sorry that this list of my favorites is mostly about places to eat. If you can live in Vallarta without appreciating some of the good eatin’ around here, you have to be at least half Vulcan.

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hen you live in a beautiful tropical paradise, it can be really fun to pretend you are a tourist for a few days. I mean, as long as you can go without the sunburn and dehydration issues. Also without the hotel buffet, because I have already gained at least three pounds based almost entirely on my current obsession with mint chocolate cookies. We decided that during our Christmas vacation, we would enjoy some of what Vallarta has to offer our visitors. For one thing, my parents arrived on December 18th for their annual visit. To add to the fun, my brother and his wife found last minute flight deals which enabled them to come down for the first time in fifteen years and, for their three children, their first time ever. I was determined that we

would pack as much activity into one week as possible so that my nephews and niece could tell all their friends that their aunt was the coolest instead of the weirdest, which is what they normally tell people. We booked two trips ahead of time: a Vallarta Adventures tour to Las Marietas, and a zipline tour with Canopy Playa Grande. The Vallarta Adventures tour company is probably the best known company in Vallarta. They have a wide variety of tour options for absolutely every type of traveler. As locals, we can request a locals price list, which ranges from around 25% to 30% off the original price, depending on the time of year. This is not a cheap tour, but it is incredibly professional and well worth the price. We chose the Las Marietas tour because my brother’s family wanted to snorkel and experience

a boat tour on the ocean. My own family and I have experienced boat tours many times, and my son and I have experienced seasickness exactly that many times. We avoided the misery with some Dramamine and kept them handy for my prairie-dwelling relatives. The hosts of our boat were wonderfully friendly, casual and knowledgeable. We had a chance to paddle board, snorkel and kayak while we were at Las Marietas, and we had a great tour of the islands, which collectively are a national park and bird preserve. The best part was spending time as an entire family with no distractions from cell phones or outside obligations of any kind. Two days later we were bumping along in a covered truck to Playa Grande Ecopark, a beautiful natural park along the river in the Ejido Playa Grande, where they are involved in conservation projects as well as tours. We were greeted by an enthusiastic staff with a lot of energy and passion for their work. I have some personal issues with ziplines. The issue I have is that I despise being hundreds of feet off the ground, connected to a small pulley that is positively screaming along the metal cable, hanging on with knuckles so white they could probably glow in the dark. But it’s not dark, so I can see exactly at what speed I’m definitely going to hit the tree at the end of my run. I am happy to report, however, that I didn’t hit any tree, because there was always a confident staff member there to let me know when to slow down and, when I panicked slightly, to catch me before the tree abruptly interrupted my trip down the cable. I highly recommend this new little company. If you join the website xplorapv.com, you can often find a coupon there that includes a canopy tour with transportation and a tequila tasting experience at the end of your tour. They offer lunch at their picturesque little restaurant, and there’s a beautiful river beach area where you can cool off in the crystal clear water. Dear Vallartans, I’m so proud of you. Spending the week as a tourist I had the chance to understand again why our city is such a jewel. The spirit of Vallarta shines most brightly through all of her citizens. Thank you for spreading that passion, joy and goodwill to all who come to visit. Thank you for showing my family so clearly why, for so many of us, Vallarta is our cherished home.

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am writing this column on the very first day of the New Year. It is beautiful outside (and unusually quiet). My Christmas and New Year’s Eve were joyous and calm; the season was filled with warmth and peace and much love. Rodolfo, the wonderful blind tenor I told you about last week, is making his season debut at Coco Tropical this Sunday evening from 6:30 to 8:30. Coco Tropical has been my favourite restaurant for more than two decades and I can honestly say I have never, ever had anything else but brilliantly prepared food. The food, service and the setting – right on Los Muertos Beach – is always a huge treat. I will be going to support Rodolfo’s opening night and hope a bunch of people will do the same. Incidentally, Rodolfo will be joining the stellar cast of the “Guadalupe Church Benefit Concert” that takes place on Thursday, January 11 at 8 pm. This is a free classical concert in the Church; a donation will be taken up with every peso going to help the parish. Come early! Even though extra seats are added, I expect this year the crowds will fill the steps down to the street. The sound is incredible. More on the program next week. The next meet-up of the Vallarta Garden Club will be at the O.P.C. Gallery downtown on Juarez for wine and cocktails

Tuesday, January 9, at 5:30. Stop by the beautiful rooftop garden for a drink and get a sneak peek at the new exhibit at the gallery. By the way the Garden Club’s amazing annual fundraiser is 65% sold out already so bring a credit card along to O.P.C. and get your tickets to the Fiesta Azul that takes place at Oscar’s Resto on January 23. An enormous silent auction out in the garden will precede dinner. I’ll let you in on some of the auction items next time! Duende opens this weekend at Incanto: Friday night at 7 pm. That’s January 5 and five days later, Bohemia Viva open their new show called “Sound Garden” at 6:30. Tomorrow night, my good friend Wanda Grift and I are going to see Diego Mondragon at Incanto. Don’t worry! Diego has one more concert next Sunday the 7th with some super local guests. I hope to see lots of ex-pats at these opening nights, cultural events, plays and fundraisers that make the heart of Vallarta beat faster for our tourists. They are welcome too, of course, however; it is up to us, the lucky ones who live here every day to shout out to our visitors about our fine actors, singers, musicians, painters, galleries, theaters – everything that is going on. Keep spreading the love. That’s it From Here.

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he Children’s Shelter of Hope Foundation will run an eyeglass clinic for beach vendors at A Taste of Italy located on Olas Altas on the beach side of the Lazaro Cardenas Park on Saturday, January 6 from 8:30 – 10:30 am. As a result of an experience on the beach when a vendor was

trying to read something but could not see the letters, the CSHF has trained some Puerto Vallarta scholarship students to test vision and manufacture reading eyeglasses on site. Both the vision test and the eyeglasses are free to all vendors who need them. www. cshf-us.org


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Medical Matters Pam Thompson

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

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s I have mentioned before, we are so lucky to have some stellar physicians, specialists of all modalities here in the area. One of those is Dr. Luis Robles, neurosurgeon. He is meticulous, bi-lingual and one of the most brilliant people I know. Besides “brain stuff” he also focuses on spine issues. Today I am featuring an article he wrote on Piriformis Syndrome: An often overlooked cause of Sciatica. Sciatica refers to pain radiating along the course of the sciatic

nerve, which runs from the lower back to the buttock, to the back of the thigh and into the lower leg and the foot. Sciatica usually affects one side of the body. The largest number of cases involving sciatica is due to disc herniations in the lumbar spine. Sciatica is not a diagnosis! It is a symptom of an underlying condition. Piriformis syndrome is a condition that causes sciatic nerve symptoms due to compression of the sciatic nerve around the buttock and the hip. The condition is usually connected to the piriformis muscle

and its relationship to the sciatic nerve. The piriformis muscle runs from the sacrum to the hip and it is within close proximity to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve exits below and anterior to the piriformis muscle. Cause Piriformis syndrome can be caused by tightness, adhesions or spasm of the piriformis muscle that will press on the sciatic nerve. This is usually caused by overuse activities such as bicycling and other sporting activities. This pressure being placed on the nerve will cause swelling, inflammation

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and symptoms of nerve irritation. Symptoms The most common presentation is pain in the posterior gluteal region and buttock that shoots down the leg in the area of the sciatic nerve that causes symptom-like sciatica. There will be symptoms of burning, tingling and shooting pain, especially when sitting. Piriformis syndrome needs to be differentiated from sciatica caused by a lumbar disc herniation; both can have the same symptoms; however they each have different causes and different treatment. Diagnosis When the patient complains of sciatica-related pain, the doctor needs to ask themselves a question: Is this sciatica due to compression on the sciatic nerve itself? Or, is it due to compression on the roots of the sciatic nerve? Usually, an MRI is ordered to rule out the spine as a cause of compression on the nerve roots of the sciatic nerve. It is important to diagnose the source of

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sciatica, especially because many patients with sciatica may end up having spine surgery when they actually have Piriformis Syndrome, obviously these patient s do not have any improvement after a spinal surgery. Treatment Conservative treatment includes; anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and stretching of the piriformis muscle, and injection (tomography guided). Surgery is a last resort and includes the release of the piriformis muscle. Surgery is done after the physician excludes any possible spine conditions and after the patient has a positive test from injection of the piriformis muscle (they must acknowledge that they feel better after the injection). On January 30, 2018 at 9am we will have “Breakfast with a Neurosurgeon”, featuring Dr. Robles as our breakfast guest. This is your chance to ask him questions about anything and everything related to spine issues, stroke, and brain issues in a casual setting. For further information, RSVP, please email me! Here’s to a witty week!


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ohnny’s Diner is an establishment long known for their excellent breakfasts and perfectly brewed cups of joe, but did you know that Stephen (aka Johnny) is opening up in the evenings to serve home cooked San Francisco style family favorites including chowders, beef burgonione and more comfort foods from back home. Johnny's Diner presents TASTE OF SAN FRANCISCO, with old family recipes straight from the Goodfellas private kitchens of North beach. Serving local Sourdough. Grand Opening Party and you’re invited! On January 5 stop by for the grand opening to enjoy samples of the new dinner menu and free cocktails. Then book a table for dinner service starting January

6th. Across the street from Act II on Basilio Badillo 336 in Puerto Vallarta’s ‘Old Town’

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Busing Banderas Bay Bruce Howells

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Bruce is a retired Canadian, who along with his wife Velma, took a “mulligan” on life and escaped the cold of Canada and settled in the Vallarta area. Fulfilling a retirement dream of not driving anymore, Bruce will use public transportation to tour the bay and tell his tales here. Tips and itineraries welcome. Email: busbanderasbay@gmail.com

Destination: Bucerias to Destiladeras Beach The Experience:

My grandson was down so I planned a journey to my favorite beach; Destiladeras Beach, one of the best beaches in Banderas Bay. It was not our first visit to “The Walking Beach” as it is nicknamed, but it was my first since the new highway and it almost became the trip that never happened! I comment about the frequency

of the buses and colectivos, but today, while there were several colectivos, they were full, we had beach toys and stuff, so no problem we thought, the bus will arrive shortly. After twenty minutes, we thought maybe they weren’t running today? Just as we were discussing a “pool” day, the bus arrived! Boarding the bus I asked “Alto a playa Destiladeras”, he nodded yes and we boarded a crowded bus, standing room only! We secured seats but it remained standing room only. The bus took the old road leaving La Cruz, so no problem

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getting off at Destiladeras, I thought. Windows were covered, aisles blocked, and we couldn’t see out the front window. Rejoining the “new” road, I knew we were headed to Punta de Mita. First time a bus driver has ever not remembered to stop. With only positive thoughts allowed in Mexico, what a great opportunity to show Xavier Punta de Mita! He was encouraged when he saw an OXXO as it had been an hour and a half since he had last eaten. We wandered thru town to the waterfront, and checked out the beach and boats. After a brief stop at the OXXO we boarded a bus for Vallarta asking “Alto a playa Destiladeras”. Thirteen pesos each, but we were first on and sat in the front seats, eye wide open. Spotting the sign for the Nahui resort we knew we were close. Suddenly, the bus was pulling over and the driver signaling us to get off. Yeah for Mexican bus drivers, they rock! Entering a secure public parking lot, we followed the road to the beach and encountered joyful people enjoying a day at an amazing beach. At times there can be an undertow but on a calm day not so much and there is no sudden drop off, very gradual walk to the deeper water. Waves can be big and the southern end of the beach is noted for surfing with 5-foot waves at times. There were families, locals and tourists, all enjoying a memorable day at a magical isolated Mexican jewel. Whether it’s the comforts of a day pass at Nahui or “roughing it” on the beach with a cooler, renting a table and umbrella or chowing down at one of the beach side restaurants, you must visit this beach; no explanation required as to its nickname “The Walking Beach”. Time to head home! There were two people at the highway and several more joined us. We waited ten minutes for a Vallarta bus. We secured seats but it was standing room only. I enjoyed the ride thru the narrow winding jungle road with ocean views, thru the town of La Cruz and its one traffic light, along the lateral in Bucerias and a glimpse into the activities of a fishing/tourist village, back onto the highway and arrival at the Mega. Another fun day and no driving required! For additional details, photos and tips, view the online article at www.vallartatribune.com/category/ columns/busing-banderas-bay/

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Vibes & Vices: Los Guapos Food Park AJ Freeman

cosmiccapt@gmail.com

AJ Freeman is an adventurous spirit, serial friendmaker, and general enthusiast. He lives his everyday life hoping to demonstrate the nearly infinite potential for discovery and wonder on this small wet rock orbiting a dim yellow star in the backwoods of the Milky Way.

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irst things first: Happy New Year! 2017 has been an especially colorful year for yours truly, and one of the things I’m looking forward to is the New Years’ celebration in downtown Puerto Vallarta. From what I can remember of last year’s festivities, the entire central corridor is shut down in favor of a massive amorphous street party that brings locals from every corner of the city, swallows bars whole, and treats everyone lucky enough to find themselves on the Banderas Bay to kick off a new year with a fireworks display lasting several hours. Virtually no one is productive for a solid week afterward. As you can imagine, a fair amount of the drink is typically involved--particularly when you party in a professional capacity--and so countermeasures like aggressive hydration and responsible munchie management go a long way toward ensuring one greets the Sun still enjoying life. Los Guapos Food Park has been my salvation on more than a few full shifts in Centro, and while I don’t know much about what I’ll be doing New Years’ Eve since the most enjoyble evenings are almost never planned, a stop at this late night fueling station is just about written in stone. The Vibe: Sure, Los Guapos could have creatively arranged a few frieght containers in a vacant lot on one of the busiest streets in town, paved it with decorative cobbles, added a big screen and some pop art-style decor, and christened it a food park...and come to think of it, that’s pretty much what they did. That’s not at all an insult, I can dig it. Watch as I continue to dig it. This trio of streetside fast food joints, located at Ignacio L. Vallarta 278, is placed conveniently within 2 blocks of several popular bars and is open until 4am. These factors make Los Guapos a natural point of interest for experienced social drinkers, who understand that

appropriate food choices could determine whether you have a fully functioning human body in the morning. The Vices: I’m sure my more keenly observant readers can divine what would bring a overgrown fat kid like myself to a food park well after midnight...it ain’t fruit parfaits. Many of the classic late night elements including cheese, salt, crunch and spice are well represented onsite, with my personal favorites being the pepperoni and bacon-crowned 3 Quesos burger and the chili dog, which needs no introduction to those in the know. Both come with fries because Los Guapos apparently believes in a just world. Los Guapos is also home to a burrito stand, a pizza oven, and even a fully stocked bar serving up liter drafts of Modelo Negro for 50 pesos. I didn’t call home and tell my mother about the thin-crust, but I didn’t drunk dial my ex or wake up dead either, and that’s the indispensable service that proper snacking practices during a drinking binge can provide. The Verdict: Los Guapos Food Park fills an important position in a city with a vibrant nightlife scene: that of the late night junk foodery. Many a night has ended--or continued--with a visit to one of the stands, and with ample seating in a split-level street facing arrangement, it’s compelling perch for people watching as well as as the ideal outdoor space for a group to regroup. Maybe I’ll catch you there this New Years’ Eve.


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Welcome Home Sheryl Novak

sa.novak@solutionsmexico.com

Sheryl Novak is an expat Canadian who has owned a home in Mexico for over ten years. She is the owner of SOLutions Mexico and The Furniture Store by SOLutions Mexico. She is an expert on sourcing all styles of furniture for all sizes of budgets, in Mexico.

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ne of the fastest growing categories in the North American furniture industry is in outdoor living. Over the past few years, industry reports illustrate that each year outperforms the previous in gross sales and revenues for outdoor furniture. Consumers are also spending differently on outdoor than indoor. At last year’s international furniture expo in Las Vegas, whole home furniture retailers shared that customers tend to spend more on their outdoor furniture than indoor. Where the average spend on an indoor sofa comes in around $12,000.00 to $15,000.00 MXN, the average spend on an outdoor sofa comes in around $17,500.00 MXN to $20,000.00 MXN. Since consumers are spending more of their time outdoors, spending more on outdoor furniture makes sense. Why not invest in furniture that you are going to

use the most? So we are seeing a move to where homes have a sofa and coffee table inside, and an outdoor living area with an eight-seat sectional where you can stretch out around a fire pit table. But that is not the only reason why the average spend on outdoor is more than indoor. The main reason is due to the materials used to manufacture the furniture. Materials that avoid sun fade, do not rot and are insect-repellent will translate into a higher retail cost. Although outdoor furniture can be made from various materials, there is one that is still favoured – teak wood. Teak, or teca en Espanol, is a tropical hardwood. This species is native to south-east Asia. Today, you can find many teak plantations in Latin America. Teak wood has properties that make it a great option for outdoor furniture frames and tables. Teak wood is weather resistant. It is one

of few wood species in the world that has a high natural oil content. This natural oil is termite repellent. It also makes it less likely to dry out and crack or split. Teak wood has a very dense fibre with a tight grain, making it less likely to absorb water and rot. It also makes it highly resistant to fungi and mildew. No surprise then that teak wood has been used for over 2000 years in boatbuilding. Some of the most beautiful boats in the world are made from or have teak wood components. Teak wood is also used for cutting boards, countertops, indoor flooring, window frames and of course for furniture. In addition to being tough and resilient, it is also beautiful. It has a rich golden brown grain with a few natural imperfections - just enough to give character. You can choose to let your teak wood furniture age naturally, and it will transform into a beautiful weathered-grey piece. Those going for the beachy, ocean décor theme will love this natural look. Or, you can maintain the natural golden brown colour with regular teak oil treatments. Although some people opt to do treatments every 3 to 6 months, this is not necessary. Most people find that they only need to treat the wood once per year. The treatment is simple. Just apply teak oil with a soft cloth and leave to dry. Taken care of properly, teak furniture will last a lifetime. Should you tire of your furniture and want to change it for something new, it generally commands a good resale value. When shopping for teak furniture, be wary of any that are marketed as “teak-oiled” or “teak-covered”. These are alternative options that will not offer the same properties as the true teak. Since it is difficult to know just by looking whether the item is genuine teak or a teak-alternative, always buy your teak furniture from a retailer or brand who is known and trusted. Ask for warranty information to ensure the item you are purchasing is true teak wood. If you are looking for outdoor furniture that is durable, insect resistant, long lasting, with only minimal upkeep, teak is a great solution. Taking in to account all these benefits, it is well worth its additional cost. Do you have questions about furniture and décor for your home in Vallarta Nayarit? Email me at furniture@solutionsmexico.com, or post on our Welcome Home Facebook Page!

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Is The Smoke Clearing? Or is it Smoking? 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. Tah-dah! The tax bill is the law of the land. Lots of major changes, too many to go over, but I will select just a few income tax items worthy of note to those who live and play outside the United States. That’s Mexico, for us! Obamacare individual mandate has been repealed. Many expats spent endless hours trying to figure if they qualified for the “expat” category that excluded them from obligatory Obamacare coverage. Good news: The penalty has been eliminated. Bad news: Not yet! The elimination takes effect on Dec. 31, 2018. For now, you either need coverage, qualify for an exemption, or pay a penalty for each month without coverage. Something tells me the current administration may not make collection of that specific penalty a priority, but it’s still on the books. Home equity loans: After new year’s eve Dec. 31 2017, interest on these loans will no longer be deductible. This is bad news for those who would fund purchases of Mexico real property with a stateside home equity loan. Alas, you can still have deductible interest on a second home mortgage; some RVs and even boats qualify as “second homes”. Deduction of foreign real property taxes: More bad news— unlike before, these can no longer

be deducted by individuals, unless they are paid in connection with a trade or business, or in the course of production of income (think rental residential property). Speaking of---I need to “triple verify” this but if you indulge me (subject to yet more verification): The 40-year period to depreciate foreign residential real property appears to have been reduced to 30 years (know anyone who owns much of it?). If this is correct, depreciation deduction is bigger and must be recomputed going forward. Personal casualty/theft losses. Deductible only if they are in an area covered by a presidential disaster proclamation. Result? Mexico disaster or theft losses will no longer likely be deductible. Just like I anticipated, there were no changes to FATCA or FBAR reporting obligations. Also, for those that work abroad, be grateful the Congress did not choose to limit either the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion or put caps in the Foreign Tax Credit for individuals. People with higher incomes benefit right away from lower rates and many other provisions. Those that fly at lower altitudes will seem benefitted but over time, that will wear off, like new car smell. It’s all in the fine print. There is no postcard. Happy New Year!


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DUENDE Returns, Bohemia Viva’s ‘The Sound Garden’ debuts, Diego Mondragon and Tributes to Cher, Adele at Incanto

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una Rumba’s DUENDE returns to Incanto with an all-new show beginning Friday, Jan. 5 at 7pm. An eclectic blend of multiple genres, DUENDE features creativity, art, and dance with violinist/guitarist Geo Uhrich, percussionist Lilly Alcantara, and Luis Dominguez on bass/drums. Their unique style is a fusion of Flamenco, Classical, Latin, Celtic and more, with their signature exciting, high-energy, and technologically infused performance. They play on most Fridays through March (see calendar). On Sunday, Jan. 7 at 7pm, WorldClass Violinist Diego Mondragon presents Diego Mondragon & Friends. Featuring local virtuosos Zoe Wood, Emmanuel de la Rosa, and Kristian Pangeli, they will play a mix of Flamenco, Latin, and Gypsy Jazz, full of soul and fiery passion! Singer Angela Seeger presents The Best Of Adele for one night only, and performs many of her hits on Jan. 9 at 9:30pm. A backup singer for the iconic band Heart, she’s got amazing vocals and her renditions of the mega star’s music is spot-on. Bohemia Viva debuts their all-new show ‘The Sound Garden’ on Wed, Jan. 10 at 6:30pm. A fresh, lively sound with new arrangements and a new presentation, ensure that Bohemia Viva’s

shows remain fun, upbeat and exciting for the new year. They will welcome special guests throughout the season, and will make available some limited edition CD’s with their latest music, including original compositions. Thirsty Burlington (aka: Scott Townsend) is an internationally known entertainer, and the star of the recently released award-winning biopic independent film ‘Thirsty’. He performs all live vocals and is known primarily for his spot-on impersonation of entertainment icon Cher. “You do me better than I do me” - Cher. Jan. 10-27 at 9:30pm. The UK’s, Zoë Lewis appears Jan. 11-28. Zoë is literally a band in a body! She plays jazz, jump

jive, Latin grooves, swing, international folk, and funk originals on everything from the piano to the spoons! Vaudevillian, storyteller, and singer-songwriter, she has performed all over the world, touring with Judy Collins, Pat Benatar and The Indigo Girls. Her music is upbeat, amusing and perfect for everyone. Classic stage comedy ‘Greater Tuna’, starring Ron Spencer and Tracy Parks, is now playing through March. With over twenty characters played by just two actors, with forty-two costume changes, it’s a wild, fun ride to smalltown Tuna, TX, chock-full of eccentric characters with small minds and big hearts. Directed by Karen Baker. Jean-Guy Comeau plays piano

on Mondays and Thursdays 5-7pm. Joby Hernandez plays classic rock/pop on Mon. at 7:30pm and Wed. at 5pm. Stolie plays ‘Acoustic Tuesdays’ for Happy Hour at 5pm. Latcho and Andrea: The Blond Gypsies play select Tuesdays at 7pm. Tongo plays Latin/Cuban rhythms on his handmade instruments on Tuesdays at 7:30pm. The Red Suitcases band plays on Sundays and Wednesdays at 7:30pm. Open Mic is on Thursdays at 7:30pm co-hosted by Tracy Parks and Beverly Fairfax with Luis Villanueva. ‘The Joanie Show’ starring Joan Houston with Bob Bruneau plays on Fridays at 5pm. Hannah Brady sings jazz/blues Fridays 7-9pm accompanied by Adel on piano. Bingo With Pearl is held on

Saturdays at 4pm. Media Luna band plays Saturdays at 7:30pm. Pianist Dennis Crow plays standards and showtunes on Sundays at 5pm and 10pm, Wednesdays at 10pm, and on Fridays at 7:30 and Saturdays at 10pm with vocalist Luis Villanueva. Pearl’s Gurlz Drag Revue plays on select Saturdays at 9:30pm. Salsa dancing/lessons with instructor Francisco Ledezma is held on Sundays at 8pm on the upper terrace. Tickets are available at www. IncantoVallarta.com. Box Office hours are 9am to 11:30pm daily. Casual dining is always available. Happy Hour 2-6pm daily. Incanto is located at Insurgentes 109 (at the Rio Cuale). Call 322 223 9756 for reservations.

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Experience one of the world natural wonders! Monarch Butterfly Migration

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Miguel Angel Martin del Campo opens at Galleria Dante, Friday, January 12, 2018 6 to 10 pm cocktails

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xperience Mex-ECO Tours have been helping people enjoy the wonder of the monarch butterflies for the past twelve years. Their tour includes Morelia, El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Reserve, Pátzcuaro and the Copper mining town of Santa Clara del Cobre. Visiting the monarchs in Michoacán is one of the most amazing experiences nature offers; the butterflies weigh down thousands of branches as they

bundle together through the cold nights, and as soon as the sun hits, they take to the sky. There are so many of them that you can hear the sound of their wings flap as they gently flutter past, and if you’re lucky, some will even land on you. You can witness this amazing phenomenon between December and March while the monarchs are in Mexico overwintering to escape Canada’s cold weather. An added bonus on this trip

is that your entry fee to the reserve supports the conservation program. Habitat loss is a major problem for the monarchs in all three of the countries they inhabit at different life stages; this project employs locals to work as guides, ticket sellers and park rangers. Tour dates in 2018: January 30th – Feb 3rd and February 27th to March 3rd. Book your dates now: mex-ecotours.com

iguel Angel was born in 1971 in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, Mexico. He studied Fine Arts at the Cabañas Cultural Instituto from 1992 to 1995, and specialized in wood and stone carving courses in 1996. This period marks the beginning of his fascination with color in sculpture. In 1997, Miguel Angel traveled to the city of Florence, Italy, where he lived until 2007. For four years, he directed the design area of a ceramic factory (cotto) in the town of Strada in Chianti. For three years, he was a professor of sculpture at the ADA art academy, also in Florence. Between 2006 and 2011 he developed his work and participated in events in Mexico, Italy, Colombia and USA. Miguel Angel is a great admirer and lover of art nouveau, geometry, insects, animals and plants in general. “During the 10 years I was in Italy I was fortunate to work with many different artists and in many different techniques, including painting, etching, fresco, sculpture and installation. In three-dimensional art, bronze has always been my favored medium. I like to mix bronze with resins, ceramic and other materials. Each creation is the result of the past, present and future. My work revolves mainly around three elements: Metamorphosis, Change and Movement. Nothing is created and destroyed, only transformed.”. “I like to use the 4 elements motif in my work. In my bronze sculptures the direction and color

of the hair pertains to water, wind, fire and earth. Most of my pieces “move up”. This has to do with their own direction as they are looking for the light of the sun. They want to levitate, to leave the reality of the earth, to leave the ground in order to meld with the same space which contains them. Some almost touch the earth and others seem to be levitating or taking off for flight. Most of the art pieces have no arms because they are becoming beings in continual transformation. The hair is light, following in the direction of the light. The light is fire, the heat of the sun and is mythologized in the sun that gives and receives light. The eyes are closed on the face which is in a deep sleep which is where the impossible can become the possible. My main objective is to provoke in the viewer an instant of light, well-being, a thought………..a smile.”


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Kim Novak - American Actress By Fred Jacobs

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im was born in Chicago on February 13, 1933. She is the daughter of parents of Czech descent. Her father was a history teacher who took a job as a freight dispatcher on the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad during the Depression, and her mother was a factory worker. Kim’s school years were uneventful while getting good grades which led to her getting two scholarships to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During the summer break in her last semester of junior college, Kim went on a cross-country tour modeling for a refrigerator company at trade shows. While on tour, they stopped in Los Angeles, where Kim was crowned “Miss Deepfreeze” by the refrigerator company. While there, she and two other models stood in line to be extras in movies. They managed to become extras in the RKO films “The French Line” (1954), starring Jane Russell and “Son of Sinbad” (1954). It was here that Kim was discovered by an agent, who signed her to a long-term contract with Columbia Pictures. From the beginning of her career, Kim wanted to be an original and not another blond stereotype. She even fought with Columbia’s head, over the changing of her name. Kim won that battle. Columbia intended for Kim to be their successor to Rita Hayworth, their biggest star of the

40s, whose career had declined. The studio was hopeful that she would bring them the same success 20th Century-Fox was having with Marilyn Monroe at the time. Kim’s first role for the studio was in the film “Pushover” (1954). She then co-starred in the romantic comedy Phffft (1954) as a Monroetype character, opposite Jack Lemmon. Both films did reasonably well at the box office, and Kim got favorable reviews for her roles. She then got a lead role in the film “Picnic” (1955), co-starring William Holden and Rosalind Russell. The film was a resounding critical and box office hit, and Kim won a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer and was also nominated for BAFTA (British Oscar) for Best Foreign Actress. In “The Man with the Golden Arm” (1955), Kim played Frank Sinatra’s sultry ex-girlfriend and the film was a box office hit. After appearing in a series of successful movies, Kim became one of the biggest box office draws of 1957 and 1958. Columbia then cast her in the film “Pal Joey” (1957) where she again co-starred opposite Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth. The movie was a box office hit and has been considered one of Kim’s better performances. In 1958, Kim’s rising star would go to a whole new level, when director Alfred Hitchcock was working on his next film, “Vertigo.” The lead actress, Vera Miles,

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became pregnant and had to withdraw from the complicated role. Hitchcock approached Columbia to offer Kim the female lead, without even a screen test! Columbia was paid $250,000 to “loan out” Kim to make the film. Kim decided to then renegotiate her contract with Columbia which was a weekly salary of $1250.

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Greedy studios always fought actors trying to renegotiate contracts, and Kim refused to show up for work on the “Vertigo” set, to protest her low salary. After a few weeks of talks, Kim’s salary was finally raised to $3000 per week. Kim got along well with her co-star, Jimmy Stewart, but she always had the feeling that Hitchcock did not like her. After filming finished, Kim learned Hitchcock was mad, that his first choice of lead actress for the film, could not do play the role, and took it out on Kim. “Vertigo” was poorly received at the time of its release in 1958 and failed at the box office, but has since been become widely considered one of the Hitchcock’s best works and has become a classic that is still used in the teaching of dramatic acting and directing. In 1958, Kim again worked with Jimmy Stewart in “Bell, Book, and Candle”, which was a comedy and again a box office hit. In 1960, Kim starred opposite Kirk Douglas in “Strangers When We Meet”-again another hit. By the end of 1966, she was emotionally drained and no longer wanted to live the life of a Hollywood movie star, in the glare of the spot-

light with the press criticizing her every move. The final straw was when a mudslide took out her Bel Air home and cost her entire life’s savings in bulldozer fees. She moved away from Hollywood to discover herself anew and took up painting. The rest of the 1960’s and 1970’s was a Hollywood without Kim in front of the cameras. In 1980, Kim made her film comeback, in the Agatha Christie, mystery-thriller “The Mirror Crack’d”. She co-starred with Angela Lansbury, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, and Elizabeth Taylor and the film was a huge hit. The 1980’s saw Kim on the small screen in such hits as “Malibu” and Falcon Crest”, but the big screen seemed to be behind Kim now. She officially retired from acting in 1992 and has turned her time into a successful career in painting. Time has been kind to Kim, and many of her roles on the big screen have been re-evaluated in recent years. Kim has now been praised for her work, with special honors and awards, from film festivals around the globe. Fred Jacobs is a full-time resident of Puerto Vallarta and the author of three books.

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English Services with Communion Sundays 10 a.m.

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Worship with us in our NEW LOCATION

Concert for: soprano, tenor, organ, trumpet

Plaza Genovesa – Center Courtyard Palapa Avenue Francisco Medina Ascensio 2015

Works by: Bach, Scarlatti, Handel, Delta, Schubert, Franck, L. Cohen

Vanessa Amaro- Soprano Sherry Jacobs- soprano Shanti Doelger- organ

Website christchurchbythesea.org Email mypvchurch@gmail.com

Lena Bain- organ Jean- Guy Comeau- organ Astro Delta- organ Charles Baillargeon- tenor Jim Conzone- tenor David Boz- trumpet, guitar ALL PROCEEDS TO GUADALUPE!

Celebrants The Rev. Michael Schirmacher The Rev. Canon Robert Webster


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My Favorite Thing About Puerto Vallarta Is The Entertainment By Debbie White

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f all the things that  I love about PV, including the beaches, the culture and the people, what I truly love the  most is the wide variety of entertainment available here.  For those of us who have been living or wintering here for many years, we have seen a remarkable rise both in the quantity and the quality of shows and performances.  Whether it be a play, a musical, stand-up comedy, drag, a band or one of the many musical performers to take the stage, we are privileged to see some pretty fantastic talent from all over the world right here in our little piece of paradise.  We are the recipients of astonishing, first class entertainment again and again. And yes, I feel a bit spoiled, having gone from listening to garage style bands in the 90s to the many breathtaking  performances today.  The nightlife here is much more than bar hopping or exploring new restaurants.  For many  of us, it involves seeing as much entertainment as possible at venues such as El Rio BBQ, Incanto, Act II, The Palm Cabaret, The Boutique Theatre and The Jazz Foundation, along with a variety of musical entertainment offered up at local bars and restaurants.  Living on the North Shore, I’ve been thrilled to see Luna Lounge Bucerias become a top venue with their amazing dinner shows and the infamous, Crazy Bitches show.  The Octopus Garden in La Cruz is now one of the latest, up and coming venues to bring top-notch talent to the North Shore.

I started writing about the entertainment available in PV about four years ago when I realized that some of this impressive talent around us needed more recognition and promotion. For years, I have followed entertainers like Kim Kuzma  and Piel Canela, Miss Conception, Dwight Blake, Latcho and Andrea/The Blond Gypsies, Paul Fracassi,   Amy and Freddy, Bohemia Viva, Brittany Kingery, Elvis Morales, Renee Armand & Paul Aleman, Lorena Peril, Chris  Kenny, Luna Rumba, Duende and many others   and was thrilled to be able to write about these exceptional performers.  I was able to pen articles for Roslyn Kind (Barbra Streisand’s sister) along with many other special guest entertainers who have come to PV for shows.  All this has led to meeting many of the entertainers and experiencing their phenomenal performances. So my point is, don’t miss out on all  the world-class shows that are offered in PV and around the Bay.  They will enrich your experience and add some culture and excitement to your stay.  For more information about upcoming performances this season go to:    www. incantovallarta.com,    www. thepalmcabaret.com,      www.acti-

ientertainment.com,   www.btpv. org,    www.jazzpv.com, www.lunaloungebucerias.com  and  www. hikuri.com. Also when you find some entertainment that interests you, check out the artist or band on youtube for samples of their talent.   I would also like to thank visionaries like, Danny Mininni, Tracy Parks, Tammy Cuarruthers  Prust  and Hugh Gaffney & Simon Lopez(Luna Lounge Bucerias) for creating amazing venues and bringing in remarkable talent for us to enjoy.  Thanks  goes out to Madeline Milne, the editor of The Vallarta Tribune, for publishing my articles and wholeheartedly supporting entertainment in PV.  Cassandra Shaw Jewelry, Gary Beck, Nathan Frye, Allen McMullen, Amy Armstrong, Beverly Fairfax,  Merv Buchanan and Tom Bernes also have been great friends of the arts and have contributed much to PV entertainment.   If you are on facebook,  you can join Gary Beck’s  group, “Puerto Vallarta Shows:  More of Beck’s Best” where you can read his reviews and see posters of upcoming shows.  Musician, Steven Tenny has also started a Facebook group called, “Puerto Vallarta & Bay Area Music,” that you can join and stay informed

“PHENOMENAL”* Angela Seeger's Tribute To Adele Merv Buchanan merv@uvs.com

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ritish singing phenomenon Adele Adkins surprised everyone when she won the 2007 Brit Critics Choice Award. But it was no surprise to anyone when her debut album, “19” won the BBC Sound of 2008 poll, went multi-platinum in the UK and the USA and won two Grammys. Adele's second album “21” released in 2011 sold over 31 million copies. And the title song she wrote for the 2102 James Bond movie “Skyfall” earned Adele an Academy Award, a Grammy and a Golden Globe award for best original song. To date, she has sold more than 100 million records and has been Billboard Magazine's artist of the year 3 times. The world's embrace of Adele's sweeter, more thought provoking music seems to signal a major taste shift in the music buying public. Tribute artist Angela Seeger has performed in Casinos and concert venues literally all over the world. Besides her 7 years in Atlantic City, she has performed in Las Vegas, Europe, Asia and Africa. She has

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f you have an event you’d like to include here, please email editor@vallar tatr ibune.com. Non-profit/community events are listed free of charge. For a calendar of all events visit vallartatribune.com/eventos Tuesdays – Malecon Sculpture Tour from 9-11am meet the artists, learn about the sculptures that line the malecon and support the local library. Starts in front of the Millennium Sculpture (in front of MacDonalds) Wednesdays – Vallarta Artwalk

from 6-10pm through 13 galleries in Centro. See the advertisement for more details. Saturday January 6, 13, 20, 27 Vallarta Cup Race Series About 20 sailboats will participate in this series of races, which not only serve as competition but also inspire moments of camaraderie among the assistants thanks to the traditional Saturday theme parties held after every race at the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta. January 16-24 La Cruz - Patron Saint

Festivities In order to celebrate their patron saint, local citizens head out on a maritime pilgrimage on their gaily-festooned boats from La Cruz de Huanacaxtle to Bucerías. Local festivities in the town plaza nightly. January 28 – February 4 San Blas International Migratory Bird Festival San Blas is undoubtedly one of the top migratory and endemic bird watching areas on the continent. Several artistic and cultural activities revolving around the birds will

be held during the festival, as well as tours along the traditional observation routes. Sunday, January 28 “Art, Music & Dinner” - The Theta Chapter (Nuevo Vallarta) of Beta Sigma Phi will be holding a fundraiser Etxea Restaurant in Nuevo Vallarta. The net proceeds of this event will be used to provide uniforms, supplies and other school related necessities to local school children in need in the Nuevo Vallarta vicinity.

also headlined in the showrooms of numerous cruise ships. In addition to her work as a tribute artist, she frequently performs in concert as a backup singer for the popular rock group Heart. From high school choirs and plays, part time rock bands and nightclub acts, to a career as a full-time professional singer, Angela Seeger has enjoyed a wide and varied experience. But for her, the positive response of audiences across the globe to her performances as the phenomenal Adele are reward enough for her many years of hard work. Says Angela “I feel that this is what I was born to do. I can't imagine doing anything else”. Ms. Seeger brings her phenomenal Adele tribute to Mexico for the first time for shows at The Luna Lounge, in Bucerias, on January 7th and at the Incanto theatre, in Vallarta, on January 9th. Details are available at the venue web sites and here in The Vallarta Tribune. *Copyright 2017. No Part of this material may be used in any manner without the prior written permission of the author.


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“ONLY THE LONELY” Michael Danckert’s Thrilling Tribute To Roy Orbison Merv Buchanan merv@uvs.com

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ven as a young teenager, Roy Orbison knew his future would be as a rock'n'roll singer. To combat his nearsightedness and white hair, caused by childhood illness, he bought a pair of horn-rimmed glasses and dyed his hair black, giving himself the unique look later popularized by fellow Texan Buddy Holly. In 1954, he recorded his first record, called “Ooby Dooby”. It wasn't an immediate hit, but he was a patient guy. He honed his skills as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. In 1960,

his patience began to pay off and by 1964 he had placed 22 songs in the Top 40. He went on to enjoy the popular recording star's life he

had imagined as a youth, until his death in 1988. Re-creating the look, sound and mood of a Roy Orbison concert is no job for amateurs. It takes the vocal range of an opera singer and first rate guitar playing. Talented Michael Danckert, from Toronto, pulls if off amazingly well. On stage, his quiet confidence and incredible four-octave voice bring the late star back to life in a seemingly effortless way. As a teenager, Michael spent countless hours working on his playing technique. The payoff continued on page 24


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hether you like the oldies or more contemporary music, Luna Lounge has a show for you. Many of the dinner shows are tribute acts that perform the specific music of a well-known musician or band.  From Elvis to Adele, Luna Lounge is bringing in world-class talent that pays tribute to our favorite musical artists!  These shows feature top entertainment that will impress even the most discerning musical taste.  The shows have been outstanding this season and they’re just getting started! The Crazy Bitches are back on Tuesday and Wednesday nights with new music, costumes and outrageous humor.   The fantastic meal of barbecue chicken, steak and ribs along with salads and side dishes is followed by some wild fun with The Crazy Bitches Drag Show. Miss Diva Divine and the girls will entertain you with hilarious musical parodies and adult oriented comedy starring Cher, Madonna, Tina Turner, Beyoncé, Celine Dion and others!   Last Thursday, Samira returned

with “Truly Tina,” her spot-on, highenergy tribute to Tina Turner. With the look, the voice and all those great moves, she was absolutely irresistible!   Last Friday night, we enjoyed “Jimmy Buffet and his Beach Bum Party Buddies,” performed by Brian Neal.  The show truly was a “Gulf Coast Party” with those beloved Buffet songs like “Margaritaville” and  “Cheeseburger in Paradise”.  Returning for an encore performance on New Year’s Eve, Brian Neale entertained us at “The Annual New Year’s Eve Bash.”  We enjoyed a fabulous 4-course dinner and brought in the New Year with “The Jimmy Buffet Show.”  It was a

very special NYE to remember!    Luna Lounge has many more dinner shows planned for 2018.  Coming up on Thursday, Jan 4 is a musical “Tribute to Jim Morrison of The Doors” by the amazingly talented, Tony Fernandez.    His repertoire includes 60 Doors’ hits.  Tony has toured the world with his show and even jammed with 2 of the original band members. Experience the poetry and magic of this music as you listen to Doors’ favorites like, “Riders on the Storm” and  “Light My Fire.”  On Sunday, Jan 7, the “The Best of  Adele” starring Angela Seger is sold out but a Monday Jan 8 show has been added.  An experienced

musical theatre performer, Angela has skillfully created and perfected her musical tribute to Adele. See this stunning tribute and  hear all her iconic songs like, “Hello,”  “Rumor Has It” and “Rolling in the Deep”, that will leave you begging for more!  Back by popular demand is the “Roy Orbison Tribute” on Jan 11 &12. The multi-talented, Michael Danckert, with his incredible 4 octave voice will wow the audience with songs like, “Pretty Woman,”  “Only the Lonely” and “Crying,” just to name a few. With the look and smooth sound of Roy Orbison, you’ll love this show that was last season’s smash hit!   Coming up on Jan 14 is the incredible music of “The Golden Hits of The Everly Brothers” brought to life by Mike Danckert and Jeff Scott.  Enjoy music from one of the biggest acts of the 50’s and 60’s as you hear songs like,” Wake Up Little Susie,”  “All I Have to Do is Dream” and “When Will I be Loved.” These guys put on a great show and you’ll love each and every song!

More shows and tributes for January include, John Fogerty & CCR  Jan 18, Brittany Kingery  Jan 20, Queen  Jan 21, Whitney Houston  Jan 25, Amy Armstrong Jan 27 and  Elton John  Jan 28.  In February, you’ll see Elvis-The Early Years  Feb 1, Elvis-The Vegas Years  Feb 2, Jackie Bristow  Feb 3, Neil Diamond  Feb 4, Paul McCartney  Feb 8,   Memories of Motown  Feb 10, Johnny Cash Feb 11, The Blues Brothers  Feb 15, Celine Dion  Feb 18, Eric Clapton  Feb 22 , Linda Ronstadt  Feb 24 and  ZZ Top  Feb 25.   In March, don’t miss Lou Armstrong  Mar. 1, Miss Conception  Mar. 3, Patsy Cline  Mar. 4, Bon Jovi  Mar. 8,  Bryan Adams Mar. 11, Aretha Franklin  Mar. 15, St. Patrick’s Day Show Mar. 17 and Kenny Rogers  Mar. 22.   Go to www.lunaloungebucerias. com  for more information about shows and tickets. Don’t miss any of this remarkable, value priced dinner shows.  And don’t forget to bring your friends and guests to the North Shore’s best venue!


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ey Everybody! Happy New Year 2018! As I write this on the first day of this New Year 2018 I feel inspired as my mind and meditations move towards what I want to change in my life, about myself, and what I want to create. Have you decided what your goals are for this year and beyond? Setting short and long term goals are a terrific way to help you create what you want to bring into your life. Creating is more than just thinking about or visualizing (which is a big part of it) what you want to do or build. Doing something about it is the next step to take. Step it up and do something every day that brings you closer to your goals; even on a holiday. Even that one small thing;

perhaps making that phone call, or sending out an email will move you closer. There are some things that we know we need to do but don’t really like doing them; perhaps paperwork or something else. Do what you don’t like and do it first. It feels great getting those things done and out of the way! Whatever it may be that you want to create I hope it is filled with love, peace, and faith; along with a touch of altruism and grace. May all of your endeavors be win-win! I suggest being clear in your intentions and having fun with it all as I feel that this year is going to hold grand potentials for creating and change. Semana Santa is on April 1st this season, which means 3+ more

solid months of high season here around the north Banderas Bay area. There are plenty of events coming our way. The town festival in Bucerias is held every year in January from the 16th to the 24th. The Blessing of the Fleet is always on the 24th. The day begins with local horseback riders in traditional clothes, with the women in beautiful dresses. Dancers in Mayan costume usually perform at the church in Centro, “Our Lady of Peace” at 11am. Then, the Blessing of the Fleet heads to Bucerias from the La Cruz Marina, beaching their

Christ Church by the Sea Worldwide Anglican Communion

“WE HAVE NOT MOVED” Services held each Sunday 10:00 a.m. Sunday School 4 years to 12 years English-Traditional Holy Communion All faiths welcome-Casual Dress

boats on the playa to be blessed by the priest. It can be a bit crazy when the waves are high; however, the panga drivers know what they are doing (and I feel they are having a blast!) The fiesta ends on the 24th with fireworks in the main plaza at Centro, usually between 10 and 11pm. Mark your Calendars for Events: John Memorial Food Bank and Humanitarian Aid : The Beatles Tribute “Help” Wednesday Jan 10, 5-8pm Drunken Duck, Music by Que Tal / tickets at Yo’Yo Mo’s. Another event on the same evening is a fundraiser for Manos de Amor, who provides a safe, loving home for up to 30 children. These children are without homes because parents  or  extended family are unable to care for them.  All the funding comes from fundraisers and donations.    Jan 10 join in for a cocktail party at the Samba Vallarta from 6pm. 400 pesos per person

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Christ Church by the Sea has always welcomed people from all walks of life and denominations. We are open to all race creeds political and sexual orientation. Christ Church by the Sea has been serving Puerto Vallarta for 17 years supporting schools, teaching English language, serving the hospitals with layettes for the new born, serving in prison ministry and the handicapped schools Across from airport, northbound service road next to Sixt and Thrifty Car Rental Blvd. Fco. Medina 7936, Puerto Vallarta Questions? Father Jack Wehrs e mail: jackandshirley1@att.net Text 1 619 300 7377 Tel 044 322 229 1129

Web site: www.christchurchbythesea.com Complimentary parking at Sixt Rental Car

has been a successful career as an in-demand, top drawer musician and singer, at home in any situation. Over the past 15 years, Michael has wowed Canadian audiences in locations as diverse as Legions, concert halls, casino lounges and corporate venues. One of the toughest challenges facing any tribute artist is choosing the right songs. Some performers forget that their audience came to hear the songs they know and love. Not obscure, difficult songs that serve only to show off the performer's vocal prowess or musicianship. No Matter how easy a song is to perform, or how many times a performer has done it, if it was a hit, he can be pretty certain it's one the audience is expecting to hear and the old showbiz saying “give'em what they paid for” rules every time.

for appies, wine/beers, soda and water. Music/Gypsy Rumba. Hamburger Fest February 6, 2018 –in the plaza between Los Picos and Corita Hotel by the Los Mangos Trailer Park.  Social  4:30pm  Dinner  5:00pm  $250pp  BYOB Rhythm and Ribs February 21, 2018  at Las Palmas Blvd. just above the Decameron Resort. Entry $20pp – starts at  6:00pm.  Music/Rhythm Roosters. For all above event tickets cal Karen McKenzie 322-2278349 / kfmck12@gmail.com or Willi Crownhart at 322-138-9417 / wwcrownheart@yahoo.com A reminder that the Forever Spring Market has moved back to the south side of Bucerias on Lazaro Cardenas where it crosses Javier Mina (the new CMQ hospital street), opposite La Vida and close to Lujo Gallery and Ixta restaurant and bar. Open every Wednesday from 9am to 1pm with all of your favorite vendors and fresh market foods. Thanks so much for tuning in. If you have an interest in Energy Medicine Healing, or would like facilitation in clearing out the old and bringing in the new please email me at Cat@NewEnergyConsciousness.com . Blessing for your new year. AHO!

Michael Danckert knows the songs Orbison's fans want to hear. That's why his show includes dozens of hits like “Pretty Woman”, “Only The Lonely”, “Running Scared”, “Crying”, “Uptown”, “In Dreams” and “California Blue”. A seasoned entertainer, he knows his material and his audience, which is why they return to his shows time after time. Michael returns to Banderas Bay this month for a string of bookings that will include La Pina Colada, in Guayabitos, January 9th, The Luna Lounge, in Bucerias on the 11th and12th , El Rio BBQ in Paso Ancho, on January January 13th. He then flies to shows in Mazatlan. Details are available on the venue web sites and here in The Tribune. *Copyright 2017. No part of this material may be used in any manner without the prior written permission of the author.


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Mind Body Wellness

Emily Magewski

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Favorite Things in Riviera Nayarit

Sarah Johanna is a freelance writer and researcher. At the beginning of 2017, she left her typical New York City life to travel and gain insight into how we relate to the natural world. Sarah manages Haus of Healing, a travel and lifestyle blog focused on exploring the themes of nature and mysticism in connection to health and wellness.

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We are constantly surprised that even in the most mundane and municipal of offices, such as Mexican equivalents of the DMV, just how darn nice most people are

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t’s that “reckoning” time of year where we count blessings and ways to improve one’s lot in life. I’ve always been a list maker – back to when I could first clench a pencil and chronicle the names of all my future race horses, which eventually evolved into lists of the Latin names of my plant collection. It was an evolution of aspiring socialite to gardening nerd. Because lists ‘objectify’ the list items (for once a positive use of the word), it is a well recognized beneficial practice. And so here I present you a little list of Favorite Things in the Riviera Nayarit. Lightening storms and fireflies in the summer. Forget the magical surrealism of Brazil, our region has dazzling nocturnal displays once the tourists go home. Seeing the jungle lit up in purple bolts while surrounded by a paparazzi of fireflies is a truly magical experience here. The scores of master artisans, whether basket weavers, potters or coppersmiths, who quietly comingle with the rest of us. Mexico is a country that has so many skills and that really Makes

Things – how important in an age of increasing digitalization at the expense of manual art forms. That kids can so easily have a Huckleberry Finn type of childhood with the great outdoors. Whether swinging off ropes into rivers or traipsing about greenery in one form or another, the beauty of this coastline begs to be explored by the young and everyone else. The intense flavors and food culture that constantly surprises. Savory, sweet, and spicy co-exist happily on so many forks. Influences of the ‘grand-parental’ generation still permeate and influence everyday neighborhood life, scents and foods. Friendliness – we are constantly surprised that even in the most mundane and municipal of offices, such as Mexican equivalents of the DMV, just how darn nice most people are. So those are a few Favorite Things that may resonate with those wishing to live more simply, more thoughtfully, more sustainably and more humanely. I’m sure you can think of many additional pointers if you are fortunate enough to experience this area too.

A Very Successful Day at Sayulita’s Seasonal Market

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ast week, I finally had an opportunity to check out the seasonal market in Sayulita. The best way for me to describe it is a cross between a farmer’s market and an artisan’s market. There were plenty of local goods both for your home and for your belly, but a few specific vendors caught my attention. I have lived in Sayulita on and off since June, returning to the states for various commitments, but finding myself getting more and more involved in what is going on locally the longer I stay. I think it is so important for the energy of a community to be supportive of local businesses, especially when you can find such great products growing in your own backyard. On my most recent return, a friend of mine told me about the Mercado del Pueblo, which had just started its seventh season the week before. The market is held every Friday downtown near the baseball field. After a few weeks of missing it due to prior commitments, I was forced to wait again when it was closed after a rainy night washed out the lot where it takes place. I was determined to make it last week as I made my way over there, in the midst of holiday traffic, to see what they had to offer. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it until almost 2:00 PM so some of the vendors had already packed up and left or were close to it. Despite the timing, there were still a good number of tables to visit, and I was able to talk to a few people who produced products I haven’t been able to find anywhere else in town. As I mentioned in my last article, I recently began making my own dairy free ice cream. I have been working on perfecting the basic flavors but have strug-

gled to find whole vanilla beans or vanilla bean powder. Lucky for me, there is a lovely Ukrainian woman who has a table full of locally sourced herbs and spices for any recipe or tincture you may want to make. There is even a store in town who carries a few of her products, and she makes special deliveries if she is around and you have a particular need during the week. Another wonderful local business I discovered sold herbal remedies distilled into roll-on aromatherapy sticks, teas, and other products that are potent and easy to use. The aromatherapy sticks were clearly labeled with their intended result and the ingredients inside. I left with one titled “Headache Relief”, made from the essential oil of peppermint, Moroccan rosemary, spike, lavender, and grapeseed oil. They also sell a powdered tea, which I plan on buying next week, that supports gut health.

A quick stop at a table that was almost ready to leave gave me the chance to meet the couple behind my favorite hummus I buy in town. They recommended I try the turmeric flavor, gave me a taste, and I was sold. They were just about on their way so I felt grateful to catch them. Just before the exit, I spotted a table with a variety of goods that looked interesting. The incense is what caught my eye first, as my boyfriend and I have been on the hunt for citronella incense to help with the mosquitos. We have tried bug spray, the coils you can buy at the grocery store, and other natural remedies but these seem to work the best. The gentleman at the table unpacked a few bags he had already loaded into his boxes and found us exactly what we were looking for. We didn’t buy anything else this time around but will check out his table next time for some other unique natural products. I would recommend showing up a little earlier to get the full effect, but if you are in town, a visit to the market is definitely worth it!

All of the products on the Better Living table smelled so good

Your weekly schedule of

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There are regular markets called ‘tianguis’ that occur in many neighbourhoods throughout the week. You can usually buy fruits and veggies, clothing, household items. The markets and events here represent local producers, artisans and entrepreneurs. Unless noted (*) most run from the first week of November through April. FRIDAY *Marsol Friday Market by the Pier - 9:30 am -1:30 pm Open every Friday all year located on Francisca Rodriguez street Sayulita Mercado del Pueblo - 9am -2 pm SATURDAY Olas Altas Farmer’s Market - 9:30 am - 2 pm at Lazaro Cardenas Park *Three Hens & a Rooster Market 9 am - 12 pm Every Saturday all year, locate at Venustiano Carranza 466 Los Mangos Market 9:30 am -2 pm - at 1001 Francisco Villa SUNDAY Huanacaxtle Farmer’s Market - 9am -3pm - Located at La Cruz Marina TUESDAY Riviera Market 9am - 2 pm Located in Nuevo Vallarta in the parking lot behind the Casino. WEDNESDAY Bucerias Forever Spring Market - 9am - 1pm - Across from Esquina 22 *Vallarta ArtWalk - 6 pm - 10 pm See their map for locations. Bohemio Artisans Co op - 625 Lazaro Cardenas, Old Town Wednesday Friday and Sunday 10 - 2 THURSDAY Bucerias ArtWalk - 7-9pm - along Lazaro Cardenas Marina Vallarta Night Market- 6 pm -10 pm - along the marina


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wo of our vendors stand out like beacons at Three Hens! If you have a dog with you when you come into Market, he or she will haul you physically to Kim’s table where dog treats are freely given. Kim makes special liver treats and gives up the proceeds to LADRA, a local (and very busy) animal rescue operation. Kim’s other specialty is sticky buns for humans! No matter how many she makes; they sell out. A shout out to her angel food cake which is not an everyday staple because of our weather; high humidity

days are not good baking days, however; always ask you might be happily surprised. Our other beacon is Ricardo Mazcal – a fourth generation herbalist who returned to his native Mexico from the U.S. a few years ago obese and sick with cancer. He is now healthier than ever after translating his great grandmother’s notes from Nahuatl to Spanish, making her natural potions, extracts and creams and lotions and using them daily. He brings his

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r Market knowledge and products that he makes by hand to you with printed literature so you can understand and have a record of what you are taking and why. He has turned lives around in Vallarta and has a following all over the world. It’s a New Year and time for a New You. Stop by Three Hens & A Rooster Market every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm at Venustiano Carranza 466 in Old Town Puerto Vallarta.

The Marsol Friday Market by the Pier

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ith just one more day of “Christmas Celebrations” to come on January 6 it’s time to slip into vacation mode and start relaxing. Taking your time perusing the Marsol Market with questions about how things are made, what they are for and more important why is our market different from regular shopping at a local WalMart/ Sam’s Club. Nearly all our vendors create their products and what might have begun years ago as a hobby has become, over the years, a business. A business that pays rent, buys food and sends our children to school. You will never know what becomes of the money you spend at WalMart but you can be sure every peso spent at the Marsol Market goes directly back to the creator of some small treasure you have discovered. “Andrea’s Beads” table is awash in sparkling brace-

lets and necklaces you can watch being made and Paty’s crocheted covers for glasses and fruit bowls are not only beautiful but they keep all sorts of bugs away from food and drink. Each piece these two delightful ladies make is done with care and precision and you take home a unique useable piece of art. The Marsol Friday Market by the Pier is open from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Marsol Friday Market by the Pier and Three Hens & A Rooster Market on Saturday

Marsol Friday Market by the Pier and Three Hens & A Rooster Market on Saturday

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Adorable Dog In The Spotlight...Stormy

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tormy has a wonderfully “sunny” disposition! He is a Terrier around two years old, weighing almost 13 pounds. Stormy has a mediumhigh energy level and just loves to run and play. He gets along well with other dogs and is even okay with cats. Mostly he loves his humans and enjoys being cuddled. Stormy has been neutered, dewormed and vaccinated. If Stormy sounds like just what you are looking for, contact us at spcapv@gmail.com for an application to adopt.

What is Dandy –Walker? by John Warren

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he words “Dandy-Walker” sound to me like a type of trotting horse from Kentucky a newly minted rapper or, perhaps, a rugged but lightweight hiking boot. Go ahead. Give it a guess. The bad news is that you don’t want to have anything to do with it. The good news is that if a poor Mexican mother in Puerto Vallarta gives birth to a child with this syndrome there is professional

medical care, physiotherapy and daycare available to her child for absolutely no cost for five days a week. Dandy-Walker Syndrome is a rare group of brain malformations in children that affects their muscle co-ordination and results in a delay in motor skills such as crawling, walking and physical co-ordination. Some kids have a build-up of fluid in the brain ((hydrocephalus) that may cause abnormal head size. Up

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f 447 of 450 independent people say that an activity is fun to do my guess would be that it is. That’s the number of reviewers on Trip Advisor who voted the International Friendship Club Home Tours either “very good” or “excellent.” See https:// www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_ Review-g150793-d968822-Reviews-International_Friendship_ Club_Tours-Puerto_Vallarta.html The comments in the last couple of weeks include these “So well organised from registration to return. An opportunity to view some gorgeous homes you can usually only read about! Always new ones to explore. And for such a good cause. “A job well done” to all the great volunteers who give their time so generously.”

And “We saw a luxurious highrise condo, a marvellous single-family mansion, boutique Hotel which used to be a private residence, and a marvellous Mexican house in the downtown area which showed what imagination can do with a small house. You never know what is behind those magnificent Mexican Doors”. For details and tickets see www. toursforvallarta.com Tours are often fully booked so pre-booking is advisable. They

run on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from the Sea Monkey Restaurant, at the foot of Aquiles Serdan. Cost is $500 pesos. All profits are used to support the club’s cleft palate program and about twenty charities in PV. Walking stairs and cobbles means good agility is an asset. All tours are conducted by qualified docents in air-conditioned, luxury buses. There is no better way to see four spectacular homes and to meet some of their owners. Enjoy!!

to half of affected individuals have intellectual disability that ranges from mild to severe, and those with normal intelligence may have learning disabilities. In 1999 a determined group of mothers, who were desperate to have a place where their disabled children could receive decent levels care and attention, founded an organization called Pasitos De Luz , “Little Steps of Light”. Now, Pasitos is a lifeline for 112 families who rely on this non-profit organization to look after their children during the day. These children often suffer from  acute  physical and psychological illnesses and many are unable to enter the mainstream education system. Furthermore, by providing a safe place for these children during the day, both parents are able to go out to work. This extra income is essential for many families who live in a state of poverty that would be appalling to readers of this newspaper.  Pasitos offers a huge range of essential services, inclu-

ding physical rehabilitation, psychological care and much more. http:// www.pasitosdeluz.org/ Juan Paulo first came to Pasitos in February 2017 when he was only three years old, suffered from Dandy-Walker Syndrome and so had significant problems with his movements. Even though he was three he was unable to speak, crawl or walk. Now, after nearly a year of daily love, physiotherapy and rehabilitation he is taking more and more steps on his own, is working at going up and down stairs and smiles and babbles at everyone. Without Pasitos he’d be lying on the floor of his home and would be very unhappy. Pasitos has given him a life worth living. Juan Paul is just one of the kids that call Pasitos home during the day. Currently the home does not have the facilities to offer residence to their children or to give their parents long-term respite from the burdens they carry. At the end of each day the kids and their mothers return to

their humble homes. Some of the challenges they face in their home environment include unsafe living conditions, dangerous neighbourhoods, lack of clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing, lack of electricity and almost all of them are inaccessible to wheelchairs. Some of the homes are little more than shacks of plastic sheeting and plywood. Opportunities to volunteer at Pasitos and to work with the kids are available. If you are interested please email info@pasitosdeluz. org . If you don’t have the time but would like to sponsor a child for $50/month (less than $2/day) go to http://www.pasitosdeluz.org/ donate/ and find out how to make your donation deductible, whether you are Canadian or American. On of the many organizations that are proud to support Pasitos de Luz in Puerto Vallarta is the International Friendship Club (IFC). Information on the charities the club helps and the social activities it provides can be found at www. ifcvallarta.com

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