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t the Tribune we want you to have the best experience possible while you explore Puerto Vallarta, the Bay of Banderas and Riviera Nayarit. Here are some helpful tips for traveling. TIME ZONE: The entire state of Jalisco is on Central Time, as is the southern part of the State of Nayarit starting from San Blas in the north. BUSES: A system of urban buses with different routes can bring you from one end of the bay to the other and all the spots in between. If you’re going further than San Pancho, head to the main bus terminal to catch a ‘Pacifico’ bus. Current fare is 10.00 pesos. TAXIS: There are set rates within defined zones of town. Do not enter a taxi without agreeing on the price with the driver first. Make a note of the taxi number in case you leave something behind. Drivers typically do not carry change.

UBER: New in 2017 to Puerto Vallarta, Uber is still experiencing some growing pains particularly in the state of Nayarit. Uber is about 25-50% cheaper than a taxi, but this is subject to change. The benefits of using Uber are set fares and the ability to follow up directly with your driver if there is an incident or you leave an item behind. MONEY EXCHANGE: Typically a bank will give you a higher rate of exchange than the exchange booths (Caja de Cambio). You will need your passport. Better yet, use your bank card to withdraw funds from any ATM. Note that ATM’s in the banks are the safest to use and charge lower fees. DRINKING WATER: While Puerto Vallarta’s water has been awarded a certification of purity for the past two decades, the quality

of the water tested at the source varies greatly from what comes out of the tap at the other end. So do be careful. If you want to be doubly sure, you can pick up bottled water just about anywhere. EXPORTING PETS: Falling in love with the street dog outside your hotel is easy to do and it’s also easy to bring them home with you too. The process is inexpensive and only takes a day or two. You need a certificate of health from a local vet among other things. For the most up-to-date information contact the Puerto Vallarta SPCA at spcapv@ gmail.com. COMMON SENSE: Just as you wouldn’t walk around your hometown drunk and belligerent, it is not acceptable to do that here. While Mexico is a tolerant culture, basic politeness is appreciated. Don’t pee in the streets. Don’t flash your money or expensive gadgets. Pay attention to your surroundings. Know where you are going. Pay your bills (and don’t forget to tip). And have fun! DRINKING AND DRIVING: First off – just don’t. The consequences are not worth it. Taxis or Ubers are cheap and plentiful. Fines are as much as 12,000 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 guilt is presumed until your innocence can be proven. This is a very difficult lesson to learn if you are visiting from the United States or Canada. 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.  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

IMMIGRATION: 322.224.7719 CONSUMER PROTECTION: 01.800.468.8722

FIRE DEPARTMENT: 322.223.9476 AMBULANCE: 322.222.1533

TOURISM OFFICES Jalisco: 322.221.2676 Nayarit: 322.297.1006

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MAGELLAN 1,250 01.03.2019 VOLENDAM 1,850 01.03.2019 NORWEGIAN STAR 2,700 04.03.2019 CARNIVAL SPLENDOR 3,200 06.03.2019 DISNEY WONDER 2,400 07.03.2019 JEWEL OF THE SEAS 2,501 09.03.2019 NORWEGIAN STAR 2,700 12.03.2019 CARNIVAL SPLENDOR 3,200 13.03.2019 NIEUW AMSTERDAM 2,106 14.03.2019 CORAL PRINCESS 2,400 14.03.2019 JEWEL OF THE SEAS 2,501 17.03.2019 VOLENDAM 1,850 19.03.2019 NORWEGIAN STAR 2,700 19.03.2019 CARNIVAL SPLENDOR 3,200 20.03.2019 ROYAL PRINCESS 3,600 20.03.2019 NIEUW AMSTERDAM 2,106 21.03.2019

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Beans, Beans the Magical Fruit!

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ast weekend I was invited to judge the chili cook-off competition being held at El Rio BBQ and Bar up in Paso Ancho, in support of the Jay Sadler Project. It was a tasty task. There were 18 chilies served up in all manner of style and flavor. Now, I think I make a pretty mean chili – lots of beans, ground beef and pork and chipotle to add some heat but fellow judge and

chili connoisseur Jim Lee assured me real chili doesn’t have beans. Or at least, Texas Chili doesn’t. And it was amazing to experience 18 distinctly different variations of this comfort food. Congratulations to all the contestants for their efforts. I was full of chili by the time I rolled myself out of there. AJ Freeman has all the details and the winners in his Vibes & Vices column this week on page 11. Contributor Anita Draycott is back with another food-related

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piece on her recent tour of Mayto with Vallarta Food Tours on their latest adventure tour offering. I love me some Mayto. If you have traveled south to the ‘Costalegre’, this might be the opportunity you’re looking for. Gorgeous windswept beaches and tiny little pueblos, serving up authentic Mexican cuisine – sounds perfect to me. The Tribune is thrilled to have a couple new writers in the pages – Bronwen White, a former food columnist has joined us to

write a new column on dining out in Vallarta and visiting writer Michelle Beauregard took a recent tour to the Purr Project Ranch and reports back on all the adorable kitties they support. As usual, our pages are filled to overflowing with events happening around the bay. From puppies to parrots we got you covered. This week we’ve printed the entire schedule for the upcoming Vallarta Bird and Nature Festival being run out of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens

March 8-10. We probably won’t have space for it again next week, so snip it and save it now. And finally, I have a lovely note from a reader in Nuevo Vallarta that just wanted to remind everyone to be aware of the cyclists that use the many bike paths and to treat everyone respectfully. This weekend is the 2-day Annual Riverfest music festival at El Rio BBQ which the Vallarta Tribune once again proudly sponsors. Hopefully, I’ll see you there!

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journey during this Lenten Season ENGLISH SERVICE & COMMUNION IN THE ANGLICAN ~ EPISCOPALIAN TRADITION SUNDAYS 10 AM

Ash Wednesday March, 6, 2019 ~ 3pm ENGLISH SERVICE & COMMUNION IMPOSITION OF ASHES

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Nayarit Island Jail to Become Environmental Centre

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exico’s government will convert a penal colony on the Islas Marias archipelago 120 kms (75 miles) off the coast of Nayarit, into an environmental and cultural center, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said last week. The head of state said the new plans for the site of the Islas Marias Federal Prison – located on the Pacific archipelago’s largest island, Isla Maria Madre – would bring an end to the jail. Founded in 1905, he recalled that the prison dates to the era of dictator Porfirio Diaz, who was president of Mexico for much of the period from 1876 to 1911, and reflects a history of “punishment, torture and repression lasting more than a century.” The facility currently houses 600 low-risk prisoners. Of them, more than 200 will be released and the remainder will be relocated to faci-

lities near their homes. Workers on the island also will be reassigned to other penitentiaries. The island jail was unique in that families often joined the prisoners, living on the remote island. The decree will make the archipelago, which has been a natural protected area since 2000, a center for “the arts, culture and knowledge of the environment and nature.” For her part, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Josefa Gonzalez said the center would be named after Revueltas’ first novel, “Los muros de agua” (Walls of Water), which is based on his experiences at the island prison. Its most notable occupants have included Revueltas and Concepcion Acevedo de la Llata (known as La Madre Conchita), who was convicted of masterminding the assassination of President-elect Alvaro Obregon in 1928. Original: LAHT

3 Oscars for Roma: best director, foreign language film, cinematography

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma won three Academy Awards for best director, best foreign language film and best cinematography Superior Tours Vallarta, Vallarta´s favorite Tour Operator & Transportation Company since 2007 offers guided tours for the 2018/2019 season:

Overnight Tours with availability: Day Tours: EVERY WEEKEND (Private & Shared tours) to: San JANUARY-FEBRUARY-MARCH Sebastian, Sayulita, Mayto, Guadajalara Sightseeing Botanical Gardens, 3 days/2 nights Snorkeling trips, Whale Watching. Private driver Services in Vehicles Includes town of Tequila, Chapala, Ajijic & Guachimontones of all sizes. Most other overnight tours are fully booked right now but we can customize private packages for you & your group to: Guadalajara, Mexico City, Copper Canyon, Chiapas, Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende and more. Ask us for a quote! For all details please see our website www.superiortoursvallarta.com Or email us info@superiortoursvallarta.com New office location close to the airport: Jazmin 158, Colonia Villa las Flores Tel: (322) 222-0024 & (322) 293-7226.

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t was Cuarón’s second Oscar win for best director after winning it in 2014 for the film Gravity. Fellow Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro presented the award, along with an emotional hug. Accepting the trophy, Cuarón said, “I want to especially thank you for selecting a movie that portrays the world’s 70 million domestic workers that do not have rights, people relegated to the background. As artists, we must look where others don’t. That responsibility is even more important when others encourage us to look away.” Mexican actor Diego Luna

presented the award for cinematography, congratulating Cuarón and his team for “an honest and vital portrait of Mexico City and the director’s childhood: a story of isolated women, absent men, social class and all things found in love.” Cuarón paid homage to the foreign films that had inspired him in his childhood, like Citizen Kane  and  The Godfather,  and expressed his thanks to the country of his birth and his children. Roma had been nominated for 10 Academy Awards,  including best actress. Nominee Yalitza Aparicio, who played the role of

the film’s protagonist, was accompanied at the awards ceremony by her mother, whom the actress described as her principal role model in life, attributing her success to her mother’s example. Mexico celebrated another success last night with Spider-Man, Into the Spider-Verse,  which  won best animated feature film. Cruz Antonio Contreras Mastache, 28, originally from Iguala, Guerrero,  was part of the film’s animation team. The young animator, now living in Vancouver, Canada, created the special effects for movement.


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fter disbanding the Mexico Tourism Programs of the previous governments, the federal government presented a six-year tourism strategy this week with five key goals, including construction of the Maya Train, increasing foreign visitors’ spending and strengthening the sector across Mexico. Speaking at an event in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, President López Obrador said tourism contributed US $22 billion to the economy last year, making it Mexico’s third biggest foreign exchange earner behind the automotive sector and  remittances by Mexicans working outside the country. “That’s why it’s very important for us to maintain economic growth and continue creating jobs in the sector. We’re going to implement a plan to grow the whole country but we want to support tourism and at the same time support regions that are lagging behind in terms of growth, employment and wellbeing . . .” he said. The tendering process for  the Maya Train, a rail project that will connect cities in Mexico’s southeast, will begin soon, López Obrador said.

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Government unveils tourism strategy intended to boost revenues, create jobs “I’m very happy that the Maya Train is being well accepted, that will help a lot. It’s a very important infrastructure project. We’re going to build it with the participation of the public sector, the private sector and the social sector. It’s an investment of around 120 billion pesos [US $6.3 billion],” he said. The president pledged that the government will do all it can to enable investors to put their money into tourism-oriented projects “without bureaucracy, without corruption [and] without bribes.” López Obrador also announced future investments will be made in destinations such as Acapulco, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. He said that the secretariats of Security (SSPC), National Defense (Sedena), the Navy (Semar) and Tourism (Sectur) are working together to combat insecurity in tourism destinations, stressing that the safety of visitors is paramount in order for the sector to perform well.

In turn, federal Tourism Secretary Miguel Torruco said the goal of the new tourism strategy is to position Mexico – the world’s sixth most visited country – as a competitive and forward-thinking power in the sector. Tourism can be a means of achieving “fair and balanced development among communities and regions,” he added. In addition to strengthening the economy and development in Mexico’s southeast through the construction of the Maya Train, Torruco said the strategy aims to increase tourism earnings, develop less-visited destinations, stimulate domestic tourism and ensure that federal, state and municipal governments work together to develop the sector. To capture more tourist dollars, the government will increase its focus on attracting tourists from wealthy countries  such as the United Arab Emirates, Japan,

France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Korea. Mexico’s embassies and consulates in such countries will be responsible for promoting tourism through a program to be known as Operación Toca Puertas (Operation Door-knocking), Torruco said. The government will also strengthen its capacity to capture tourism-related statistics such as hotel occupancy rates and museum visitor numbers. Furthermore, Torruco said that Sectur is currently working with the Secretariat of Finance (SHCP) to regulate online accommodation platforms such as Airbnb. New taxes are expected to be imposed on online booking platforms with the resources collected to be used for tourism promotion. A record 41.4 million international tourists came to Mexico last year, 5.5% more than in 2017, and they spent more while they were in the country.

The Tourism Secretariat expects international tourism to continue to grow this year, and while Cancún and the Riviera Maya, along with Mexico City, account for 62% of all international tourism in Mexico, stressing that greater diversification of the sector is needed. Original: Mexico News Daily

Anglican Church Puerto Vallarta Formerly Christ Church by the Sea Worldwide Anglican Communion

“Celebrating conservative family values” Services Sunday 10:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday service 5:00 p.m. Soup and salad English-Traditional Holy Communion All faiths welcome-Casual Dress “Join us as we celebrate the love of Jesus Christ

in our beautiful palapa, excited for a new season” Fr. Jack continues to welcome people from all walks of life and denominations. Across from airport, northbound service road next to Sixt and Thrifty Car Rental Blvd Fco. Medina 7936, Puerto Vallarta Father Jack Wehrs/Lay-minister Fer Sandoval e mail: jackandshirley1@att.net Text 1 619 300 7377 Tel 044 322 229 1129

Web site: www.anglicanchurchpuertovallarta.org Complimentary parking at Sixt Rental Car


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Bronwen White, originally from London, England, has moved here from the United States where she lived in many of its great cities. Having always loved Mexico, she has now moved to Puerto Vallarta and is embarking on her journey of discovering the delights of the local culinary scene. Email: walesbw@gmail.com

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La Fuente Del Puente

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a Fuente del Puente is one of those reliable little neighborhood places just perfect for a quick bite or something a bit more lavish. Open for breakfast and lunch they close whenever all the clientele have scuttled away. The terrace overlooking the Cuale River is very pretty with lots of sconces and monstrous ferns, which lend it a nice Hanging Gardens of Babylon motif. They generally have their large-screen TV on, showing mostly Mexican musical specials, but they keep it blissfully low and unobtrusive. A trio of mariachis is often on hand if one needs one’s daily fix of Cielito Lindo. To start, totopos and salsa magically appear. Do not censor me but until I came here to live six months ago I was supremely indifferent to salsa. A kind but unkitcheny friend had once made me a dish subsisting of cilantro with additional cilantro and I have hated it ever since. But judicious doses of La F del P’s salsa have now brought me back into the cilantro camp. It is delicious and of course there are two temperatures, mild and Ay Chihuahua! The menu is somewhat on the generic side but we need comfort foods in our rapidly changing world.

We have the best, friendliest, nicest, most honest Mechanics in town. Large clean, great easy location Bring in the ad for your below cost oil change please. Watch for new specials every week, we don’t just work on cars, we like helping people be safe and have a safe, dependable car. WE WORK ON NEW AND OLD CARS OF ANY TYPE

Mexican specialities abound, ceviches, tortilla soup (very well done and not over tortilla’d), enchiladas, fajitas, our old friend and a personal favorite chile relleno, stuffed here with cheese and nada mas, there is an Aztec Plate featuring most of the above if you want a little sampling of all. A few Italian friendly dishes rear their head, pastas and minestrone and a very good Sopa Costiera Italiana, a thick bisque abounding in all manner of piscatorial delights and topped off with a half a crab. There are plenty of shrimp dishes, all good as it is nigh impossible to get a bad batch of shrimp in Puerto Vallarta, also octopus, red snapper and the proverbial catch of the day. And if you are craving something reminiscent of fare north of the border, you can partake of a pretty good hamburger, a club sandwich or BBQ pork ribs (do not wear a white t-shirt if you are ordering the latter). I straddle the American/Mexican fence and usually order a Caesar

Salad con camarones, amazingly they spell Caesar correctly. Most Mexican restaurants, in trying to translate their culinary offerings, come up with very inventive words and phrases, but more of that in another column. Caesar Salad could rightfully be called a Mexican dish as supposedly it was invented by Caesar Cardini in Tijuana in the 1920’s . Anyway here it is very good. There are two pitfalls in the making of a Caesar Salad, (a) not using enough Parmesan and (b) using far too much. La F del P may err a little on the (b) side but it is a toothful dish, accompanied with toasted bread and a glass of chilled Mexican vino, it may be the perfect Puerto Vallartan luncheon choice. Service is perfect. Jose and Alejandro are always at the ready and Jose seems to be gifted with total recall, a useful trait in a waiter! And Job in the cocina does an excellent . . .job! One caveat, the Fuente of the famed La Fuente del Puente is never turned on. If it were we might be transported to Versailles, or at the very least Versalles, and it would be most pleasant. But at the entrance for your enjoyment is a large sculpture of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, as “Gringo Gulch” is inordinately proud of its affiliation with these superstars of yesteryear. La Fuente del Puente Libertad at Miramar, Colonia Centro

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Celebrating our first year at our American Mexican Iron Horses Mechanic Shop To thank everyone, and help folks

We now OFFER for gas cars and trucks Oil Changes for $199 Pesos for 4 cylinders, and 6 or 8 cylinders, only $249 pesos, by appointment while supplies last.

Everything included BEST AND MOST AFFORDABLE OIL CHANGES IN ALL OF VALLARTA

Brasillia 649 in Cinco de Diciembre Tel. 322 223 3006 “ we are one block from cemitary, and fish market, next to oxxo”

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t occurred to me to get on my scale this week. Whoa! Up ten pounds! I expected an increase and frankly, the way I’ve been eating lately, am surprised it’s only ten pounds. It all started at the gorgeous, beyond descriptive words of The Iguana Restaurant at Casa Kimberley for the  SPCA Brunch. I went with my editor,  Madeline Milne  who did her best to keep up with my consumption of the gourmet buffet. If it had been a contest – I clearly won and have the overweight-ness to prove it! Lots of money was raised for the dogs and kitties. A lovely fashion show and a few dogs were up for adoption and were all on their best behavior. Cassandra

Shaw’s models were oozing silver bracelets, earrings, and fab necklaces. It was three hours of glorious grazing in the most opulent restaurant in Vallarta. Janice Chatterton, take a bow, your generous heart has helped countless animals in Vallarta. Thanks for having Madeline and me at your table; it was an honor. The same day I went to a birthday party up the street and ate tons of fabulous pasta and warm dessert topped with whipped cream. I didn’t have far to waddle home. Then, two days later, I went to  Eclecticos Restaurant and Bar  on Pulpito. This is  Nathalie Herling’s latest artistic adventure.


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09 As if the running of ArtVallARTa is not enough! Remember  Chef Ruben? Old-timers in Vallarta will recall Karpathos Greek Resto that was so delicious in every way. He has done it again, folks. I ate shrimp, octopus, and spanakopita, then a gigantic chunk of filet mignon with a Jamaica sauce served with teeny carrots and very young green beans barely cooked. My companion had the duck and gave me a taste. O M G. Next time. The place was packed with people being turned away in droves. Moruno played while we had dessert with an unpronounceable name, but it tasted like a blend of flan/baklava/New York cheesecake. Thank heavens it was a small piece. Rich beyond words. Go to  opentable.com  and reserve well in advance and try anything; you won’t be disappointed. I managed to fit in one non-edible event at Kevin Simpson’s Colectika Gallery  on Guadalupe Sanchez in Centro. He had Jacobo and Maria Angeles  showing how to mix plant-based paints and some of their amazing woodcarvings. Jacobo has had books written about his work, and his carvings were responsible for many of the alebrijes in the Pixar movie Coco. I was standing on hallowed ground, that’s for sure. Kevin gave a most interesting talk about the Huichol Indians (whose art his galleries promote) at Incanto for a  Vallarta Garden Club  meeting last week. So beautiful the carvings and the painstaking way to paint AFTER the paint has been made from plants and bugs! The weather has been crazy – cold/hot then cold again.  Febrero Loco, for sure. Hugs make the clouds go away so give them freely and with love. Then, enjoy the sunny skies hugging you back, From Here.

Motivation, a fundametal piece of the solution By Daniel Moreno ll people who want to achieve their goals, goals and dreams, must be motivated, encouraged and made to feel that they are part of an important world, for this, the #RetoHospiten participants provide them with the necessary tools to reach their ideal weight , such is the case of Carlos Morelos, winner of the first edition of this challenge. "I had always been overweight and it was normal for me. When something we do not know makes us feel normal, we do not see anything bad. When I saw the publicity of the challenge I was encouraged, mostly out of curiosity to know if it would actually reach my ideal weight. It was a surprise was when I had the first clinical tests where I came out with high cholesterol and sugar," says Carlos Morelos. The challenge, put on by Hospiten Puerto Valalrta helped the participants reach their health goals and lose weight by proviging consistent follow-up, confidence in themselves that they can reach their goals and make lasting changes in their health. Morales acknowledged: "My fear was the scale, when I weighed the score say 106 kilograms, at the end of the challenge I was at 90 kilos and I already lost more than 10 kilos, and only in 2 months. This is reason enough for me. My blood sugar levels had already been regulated, and it was thanks to that I stopped eating many products that hurt me, such is the case of cola drinks, flours, and sugars in excess. To complete the challenge, I signed up for a race, which I

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Where is this? By Sandra Cesca rickly pear cactus pads, called Nopal, are full of flavor and nutrition. After the spines are removed, steam them whole and serve with rice and chicken mole or eat cut up in a cactus salad or with scrambled eggs, soups or in a breakfast smoothie. 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,

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historic buildings, and workshops. Get immersed in the culture while exploring areas you might not find on your own.

thought I was not going to be able to achieve and my surprise was that I satisfactorily completed it. It gives me a lot of excitement and

that keeps me going to take care of myself.” For more information on how Hospiten can help you gain back

your health and help you lose weight, you can call (322) 226 2080 or visit the Hospiten Puerto Vallarta website.


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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.

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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sat here in front of an empty Word document for about twenty minutes, trying to get my brain to make those vital connections between my thoughts and my typing fingers. I know it’s because I’m really tired. I’m tired in spite of the great sleep I had last night, in spite of the fact that I fell asleep on a Saturday night at 10pm and didn’t wake up until 7:45 am. Those are some good sleeping statistics. And yet, I’m still feeling exhausted and brain-cloudy. I’m pretty certain I can blame it on the hours spent at the fair last night. In case you missed the giant Ferris wheel across the street from La Isla mall, there’s a fair in Puerto Vallarta going on this month and it’s a great deal. We paid 150 pesos for a bracelet which gets you on all the rides (besides the Virtual Reality booth) for the whole evening. Here are a few things you need to know: If you go on a Saturday night and arrive after 7pm, you are going to be waiting in lines that look Disneyland-esque. Just don’t. You are entitled to that smug feeling you’ll get if you go at 5pm and are almost ready to leave by 7:30, because you’ll get to ride the roller coaster six times without waiting once. If you DO arrive after 7pm, you’ll probably want to cough up the extra 100 pesos for the VIP fast pass. I know it’s not Disneyland so you think it’s silly, but just trust me. You need to try the elotes with cheese and BOTH cream and mayo, and don’t let them skimp on the lime. You also need to try the hotcakes with mermelada and La Lechera Oh and get one with Nutella too If you have ANY trouble with motion sickness you need to bring a friend to do the rides with your kids. I was actually very nauseated just watching them on the rides, so I was happy that both kids had a buddy to do that roller coaster

six times. So yes, we had a great time at the fair last night, but I have heard a few people say that they feel uncomfortable taking their children to a crowded place where it is difficult to keep an eye on them at all times. Certainly you should use your own discretion and follow your own instincts. We live in a world where not everyone is good unfortunately. So if you have your doubts, Vallarta is full of fun and interesting activities besides the yearly fair. If you want to go but would like to know how to keep your kids as safe as possible, I can tell you what I did to make sure of it. First of all, we went early to avoid crowds and confusion (and, like I said before, long lines). So, while we didn’t lose sight of the children in a crowd, we did have to walk really really fast to keep up with these excited, leggy teens. We had enough adults to follow along groups of kids wanting to do different activities. Some kids like the games (which cost extra by the way) because they “win” things like plaster of paris piggy banks (for which I actually paid about 80 pesos), while others prefer rides that will swing them around whiplash-style. We didn’t stay much past sundown because my son has low vision and his night vision isn’t great. I asked him to wear his neon colored hoodie and that, along with his above average height, helped me keep him in sight. Our kids are well-versed in what to do in case of someone trying to take them somewhere, and we have talks about what to do in a variety of circumstances. This is key, although parent supervision is also key. Enjoy the fair if you decide to go, and for my last tip I recommend a large backpack with a waist strap for the huge bottles of water, the sweaters for when the sun goes down, and the pricey Mario piggy bank that does not come with a handle.

The secret to saving money and stress furnishing your home

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ully furnishing a home is stressful. Furnishing a home in Mexico, when your Spanish is as limited as your time, takes it up to a whole new level. Over the past 10 years since I first started a retail furniture store in Mexico, I have made it my mission to find ways to make it easier for others to purchase furniture at a reasonable price. Everyone has worked hard for their money. I want to ensure we help them get the best return for their dollar. The most convenient way to furnish a home in Vallarta Nayarit is with a furniture package. Furniture packages are a turn-key approach. It is a complete solution ready for almost immediate use. Imagine ordering your furniture package and only a few weeks later when you put the key in the door…voila! Inside, everything is ready to go. Furniture all in place. Beds ready to be slept in. Food and household supplies already stocked. (Yes, there are complete packages with everything from large items to soup and nuts!) Furniture and home packages are perfect for those home owners who are planning to rent out their places when not in use. There are furniture and home packages designed especially for rental properties. In these packages

are items that are meant to withstand heavy use such as sofas with performance fabrics and glass protectors over wood tables and dressers. Good furniture packages for rental units generally includes sturdy, functional items that are lower cost. Additional décor such as pops of vibrant color on feature walls, good linens, and artwork give the rental property sizzle. As a result, the owner gets a better return on their investment. Interior decorators create furniture packages. This means that the new homeowner also gets a professionally designed look for a fraction of the price. The cost of the interior decorator’s time is spread across

all packages sold. This saves you thousands of dollars while getting a stunning, pulled together look you would see in home décor magazines. Don’t like one or two of the items in the package? Often you can switch out the piece you do not like for one that better fits your style. Make sure to ask up front if this is an option. When selecting a company with furniture packages, look for one with a show store where you can check out the quality of the items available. They may also have samples of finishes and covers in store. This gives you an opportunity to personalize your package and put your own touches to your new home. The best part of ordering a furniture package is that all logistics are taken care of. Shipping companies in Mexico do not have sophisticated tracking systems so it is difficult to know specifically where any item is at any time. Ask anyone who has had anything delivered in Mexico and you will be regaled with tales of waiting for weeks and months for an elusive item. A company that handles logistics for you is one of the best ways to avoid stress.

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Vibes & Vices: El Rio BBQ

AJ Freeman

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n imprudently scheduled dental appointment precluded my attendance of 2018’s edition, so I had been looking forward to the 7th edition of the Chili Cook-Off at El Rio BBQ for quite some time. You see, I’ve loved chili since before I left the Old Country--sure it’s more Tex than Mex, but when it comes to pure deliciousness I could really give a fork--and the setting for the competition couldn’t be better. This time around, I managed to talk my way into a press pass for the hotly anticipated annual event at this relaxed riverside retreat... lucky me. The Vibes: That morning I had resolved to arrive at the restaurant by 12 sharp in the hopes of snag-

ging some early samples, and after a short ride from downtown Vallarta into the Paso Ancho neighborhood, route R-4 pulled up directly outside the gates of El Rio. I’d certainly been to worse bus terminals. Inside, the verdant streetlevel dining area was already filling up with hungry attendees. Down a flight of stairs, a second scenic clearing offered more seating as well as a stage where the first act of the day’s music lineup ran through sound check...but what held my attention at the moment were the rows of tables near the entrance, each with the signature savory stew of local bars and restaurants entered into the competition. The area was cordoned off with a sign reading “Do Not Enter,” so

naturally, the first thing I did was enter because press pass. Once I slipped by the heavily armed chili guards that only existed in my overactive imagination, I stated to chat up the contestants, many of which I knew from previous entries into this space. I was able to leverage my rapport directly into chili, and it wasn’t until my third cup of chili that my conscience reminded me that there were other people here to enjoy chili as well, which they could not do if I had eaten it all before the contest even started. Of course, by “my conscience” I mean an event staffer who spotted my gluttony in its early stages. To quote the famed chemist Walter White, “ya got me.” The Vices: I suppose as an amateur (but experienced) evaluator of chili, I should start this section by outlining what I’m looking for in a savory meat stew. For me chili is comfort food, so my ideal bowl of chili is unapologetically rich, with meat and spice to spare. At the risk of losing friends in the long-standing debate, beans are welcome in my chili as well. Generally, if I stick my eating utensil into the bowl, it should stand upright or the chili was made wrong. Each of the 18 contestants in the Chili Cook-Off brought their own vision of chili to the table, and it was a privilege to experience them all. Some used cheese and sour cream to distinguish themselves, which is controversial in many chili competitions but all good in my book. Others were made with unique touches like imported spices and craft beer, even chocolate. Plate partners such as tortilla chips and cornbread also made appearances, although extra points went to the entry with a side of tequila. There was even a pot of vegan chili somewhere in the mix, which was labeled “not for judging” in what I consider to be an inherent admission that the vast majority of vegan foods are objectively inferior. Entry to the cook-off also included a couple of El Rio’s famous ribs, the specialty of head chef Hollis. We sipped on shots of fine tequila as he gave me a little insight on his process. “It’s my personal recipe, a different style than what people are used to. Most barbeque is either Kansas City or Memphis style, I call mine Pacific style. We use a special local wood, slow-smoke them for at least 6 hours...people love ‘em.” I may be a late addition to the club, but you can go ahead and count me as a new fan.

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As I finished off my last cups of chili, the lively sound of the Texas Embassy Blues Band helped me fight off the mild food coma. The 9 piece band juiced up the joint with jazzy jams, and one couple of eternal lovebirds in particular put on a show of their own with a performance that could almost be described as acrobatic. It was a master class in enjoying life, and I was honored to be a student on this day.

The Verdict: When the competition came to a close last year’s champion was dethroned, but the real winners were those in attendance. El Rio BBQ is one of the city’s true standouts, delivering great food and an animated atmosphere in a picturesque setting. It may require a definite decision to make the trip, but at least it’s a good one. Maybe I’ll catch you there. Info: Felipe Angeles 245, Paso Ancho facebook.com/ElRioBBQ/

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Orlando Gotay is a California licensed tax attorney (with a Master of Laws in Taxation) admitted to practice before the IRS, the U.S. Tax Court and other taxing agencies. His love of things Mexican has led him to devote part of his practice to the tax matters of U.S. expats in Mexico. He can be reached at tax@orlandogotay.com, online radio at mixlr.com/orlandogotay or Facebook: GotayTaxLawyer.

"I Paid My Income Tax Today"

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he current filing season has managed to rile many, with smaller refunds than expected, or the unthinkable… needing to write a check to cover the unexpected balance due. I keep my ear tuned to comments by tax return preparers and they are sharing stories. One received a phone call from a client: “yesterday, when you told me how much I owed, I had an out of body experience and did not hear anything after that. Could you please explain it again?” Did the good folks that write tax laws meant to give people out of body experiences? The answer has several moving parts. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made important changes to individual taxes. An example: personal exemptions were traded for a credit (a “payment coupon” if you will) after you figured your tax. For many it wasn’t a fair swap because lost exemptions were worth more than new credits. If your child turned 17 sometime in 2018, the value of the credit dropped from a potential $2500 to $500. Many other new limitations, such as caps on mortgage interest, state and local tax, and repeal of miscellaneous deductions, could

have had a big impact. One’s tax computation could likely be brand new, not at all related to previous years. To add to this, in January 2018 the IRS issued new withholding tables to reflect changes made by the new law. The idea was to have more money in people’s paychecks immediately. Remember the person who could then buy a Costco membership with the “extra money” ($1.50 weekly) on her paycheck? The new tables generally lowered the amount of withholding. But taxes are never a “one size fits all” thing. People are seeing that under withholding comes to the fore in the way of a tax bill, because expected (and much touted) tax savings did not materialize for all. The IRS confirms that refunds are about 10% smaller this year, on average. Painful indeed…and this does not even begin a conversation about state income taxes. Going forward, do “dummy” returns with your expected annual numbers, or have your preparer do them for you. I know, you would much rather have a root canal done….but if you are going to have to pay, it’s much, much better to know ahead of time. In 1942, Irving Berlin wrote a song about paying the income tax…inspiring the title for this article. What would he sing today?


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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

New Guy in Town!

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hen we were getting close to finishing Clinic Sanmare and discussing physicians to have offices there, I told Dr. Joya, “I could really use a full time orthopedic”. Never thinking that it could happen as fast as it did, Dr. Quintero contacted a friend he had attended medical school with to see if he might be interested in relocating to Puerto Vallarta and bam! We had our new orthopedic! Dr. Joel Galindo moved to Vallarta with his wife and baby daughter, hit the ground running and has remained busy ever since! We had a bit of a joke because I said wow! I have a new toy! Dr. Galindo is from a very small town south of Jalisco, Amacueca. He says you have to really zoom in on the Google maps for the name to show up! When he was 12 years old he moved to California where he lived for a year, learned English (yes, he is completely bilingual), moved back to Amacueca. He attended the University of Guadalajara, south campus in Ciudad

Guzman. He did clinical rotations at Hospital Valentin Gomez Farias in Guadalajara. Internship was at IMSS in Ciudad Guzman and he did his social service rotation in the rural communities of Atoyac, Jalisco. He did his residency for Orthopedics and Trauma in Mexico City at UMAE which is the biggest orthopedic hospital in Mexico (and the best!). Fellowship in arthros-

copic surgery at Puerto de Hierro in Zapopan. Now that is a resume! When I asked Dr. Galindo what his actual ‘specialty’ is in orthopedics, he says arthroscopic surgery and sports related injuries. He loves the shoulders and knees but also hips, feet and ankles. And fractures! I asked him if this includes golfing issues and he said yes, for sure. Baseball injuries as well. His favorite part of his work and specialty is the fact that he can give a patient their quality of life back. He says that ‘as an orthopedic surgeon I am probably not going to save a patient’s life but quality of life is almost as important.” Does he like living here in Vallarta? Since he has lived in big cities the past five years, he loves the fact that Vallarta still has that ‘small town feeling’ and he loves as well, not as much traffic here. (Really?). Feedback from patients he has seen is stellar! And finally! I can add two new clinics to our monthly screening clinics: Hip clinic and Knee clinic. Watch for info in our March newsletter! I would like to invite you to meet and get to know Dr. Galindo on March 5, 2019 at 9am as we do “Breakfast with an Orthopedic” at Clinic Sanmare. No charge event and have a casual chat with Dr. Galindo as we sit around a table and pick his brain as we do at our “breakfast with a physician’ series. RSVP please. Does this mean that I do not refer to other orthopedics? Not at all. I am still pleased to be working with two or three other orthopedics here in the area as well. I am so very proud to be working with Dr. Galindo and we are all proud having him as our orthopedic at Clinic Sanmare! Here’s to a radiant week!

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Health and Wellness

Movement as Medicine By Via Anderson

Cat Morgan cat@NewEnergyConsciousness.com

Via Anderson, E-RYT 500, is a yoga and movement coach and teaches a weekly Intelligent Movement Forever class on Thursday at 1 pm at Yoga Vallarta. She also teaches online and in private sessions at her studio. This 76-year-old grandmother practices what she preaches and teaches. She is the author of “How to Move Out of Pain: A Compendium of Intelligent Movement,” to be released in 2019.

Cat Morgan is an International Certified Energetic Healing Therapist and Life Guide, who focuses on all aspects of health and wellbeing with her clients. Cat is also the Owner of RivieraNayaritFun.com, a portal for vacation and relocation on the Riviera Nayarit. Cat@NewEnergyConsciousness.com

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Sitting too much? Try a resting squat.

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ast week, I wrote about three ways to sit on the floor instead of sitting in a chair. This week, I will describe the resting squat. Which is another great alternative for elevated (chair) sitting. For most of us, resting is synonymous with sitting in a chair. Even those of us who practice yoga or go to the gym or run or walk, usually rest in chairs. But the human body is not built to sit in chairs. It is built to squat. . In the West, people stopped squatting regularly in the mid-1800s. When elevated flush toilets became popular. The “Sitting Disease” began and grew from there. Why did we give up squatting? We decided that chair sitting was more comfortable, more convenient, and more “modern.” We were not aware of the damage we were causing to our bodies. We didn’t know that sitting in chairs is bad for our health. Critical muscles turn off. Every joint in the body needs to move through its full range of motion to stay healthy. When we are sitting in a chair, the hips and knees never go past 90 degrees. As a result, our joints start to degene-

Photo Credit: Via Anderson squatting on the trail to Las Animas. rate. It becomes harder to move. Sitting in a chair makes us more susceptible to a variety of health issues. Including diabetes, obesity, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. It is hard on our posture and our spine. It causes lower back pain. Many people across the globe still squat on a daily basis. We can learn from our Asian brothers and sisters, where it is still common to sit in a resting squat. Why is the resting squat so hard to do? It’s simple. The resting squatting is so uncomfortable because we don’t do it. Yes, we have forgotten how to squat. But it’s still in our DNA. And we can get it back with awareness and practice. Practice squatting anywhere anytime. When you are your phone, waiting for the bus, at the beach, wanting to rest anywhere, etc.

Here are the steps for a basic resting squat. SITTING ON THE GROUND WITH BENT KNEES 1. Sit on the floor or the ground and bend your knees in front of you. 2. Follow the tips below to find good posture in the position. SITTING ON THE GROUND WITH CROSSED LEGS 1. Sit on the ground and cross your legs in front of you. 2. Follow the tips below to find good posture in the position. SITTING ON THE GROUND WITH LEGS in Z 1. Sit on the ground and bend your knees in front of you. 2. Drop both knees to the right. Place your left foot against your right knee. 3. Follow the tips below to find good posture in the position. TIPS FOR FINDING GOOD POSTURE IN GROUND SITTING 1. 2. 3. 4.

Sit on a blanket or a block to bring your hips a little higher. Sit on your sitz bones, not your tailbone. Stack your straight spine over your hips. Bend your elbows and bring your arms up in cactus shape to open your chest. Then drop your arms. 5. Place your hands on your knees to help open your chest. 6. Or place your hands or fingers on the floor behind you. Don't lean back. 7. Or hold a sponge ball and bring your hands out in front of you. 

Summing Up: We are born to squat. We are not born to rest in chairs. Start to squat at least 30 minutes a day. Whenever you get tired of standing or sitting, squat. You will reverse

Creating Happiness From Within

the negative effects of sitting too much. Medical disclaimer: This article is intended for education and information only. It is not a substitute for a doctor’s opinion.

o one ever taught me about happiness when I was growing up, and I speculate that this could be the same for many of us. We are not taught to focus our attention on happiness within ourselves. Most of us have been programmed to look at what is wrong, instead of what is right, and what feels great. We end up not feeling good enough. When we think about the energy of happiness and ask ourselves what makes us happy, we usually tend to look outside ourselves for those examples of happiness. For example, we may say we are happy when we are on the beach, or snowboarding, or watching a beautiful sunset. And I agree… as we do love and enjoy these things. We also project our need for happiness upon others. For example, “When I am with you I am happy” or, “You make me happy”. Or, I could be happy only if… Being dependent by relying outside yourself for happiness can be short-lived and can create a pattern of co-dependency. If you miss that beautiful sunset does that make you feel unhappy for a moment or two? When we are feeling unhappy in our lives, it can mean that we need to make some profound life changes. This may be a different job, partner, food/diet, more exercise, etc. What we choose to surround ourselves with does have

an effect on our psyche. However, no matter what is happing outside, happiness is more about what is happening inside you. When you are feeling the energy of happiness, have you noticed how great your day goes? You feel more energetic and alive; feeling like you can achieve it all! You are actually carrying a higher vibration, which in turn attracts more of what you are resonating! However, remember all of our vibrational energies attract our experiences to us, low or high. I would say the pursuit of happiness has been searched for more than anything else. Begin by focusing inside! The Mind Body Our minds have a connection with our bodies. Our brain controls bodily functions. Our mind sends energy to our bodies. When our bodies are happy, our minds are also happy and vice-versa. Our conscious mind is extremely powerful. Most folks are not conscious of being conscious. How you choose to think and feel will make

all of the difference in your world; in every present moment. So, how do we let go of old thought patterns that are not on the positive vibe of happy? First, I would suggest reprogramming the neural pathways in your brain. This can be done with a hypnotherapist, daily meditation focusing inside and building on the vibrations of happiness, and letting go of the past.(HUGE) and what has been handed down to you. Build the energy of “Happy”! Your mind only knows what it knows, and does not know what it does not know. So, start by telling it something different! Then new neural pathways can be created and old ones disconnected. The bottom line here is that happiness is actually a CHOICE. It is up to us to create our own ‘Happy Map”. This is not to say that some events in our lives are challenging, but we can always choose to come back to the vibration of happy. I also suggest as you do this work within, be grateful, and most importantly, be pleased with yourself! Being pleased with yourself does not mean you’re better than others. It is an energy that is in alignment with happy. This is an inside job… and it’s all up to you! As one of my mentors’ states, “HOW WILL YOU CHOOSE?” Next week’s article is all about the neural pathways in the brain. For questions, comments, or if you would like to choose to have assistance in clearing old patterns please contact me at Cat@NewEnergyConsciousness.com Create a HAPPY Day!


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Vallarta in the Stars Your weekly travelscope for exploring Banderas Bay and beyond Pisces

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Scorpio

Your energy’s way up -- perfect for getting the most out of your journey. Hit the road with relish, and you’ll have an amazing effect on all those you encounter. Watch out for something that’s not what it appears to be; the counterfeit can look quite real now. This weekend, you’re loving your journey, and with your innate appreciation of beauty amped up, you’re finding much to love. Slow it down on Sunday; staying in one place is the best idea, if that’s a possibility.

Follow your nose to some interesting stuff that’s not in any guidebook -- your intuition’s strong, and your curiosity’s healthy. Watch out for getting ahead of yourself though. A dinner out with some fellow travelers is a memorable occasion, and if you’ve got a wild idea for something to do afterward, you’ll be hailed as a hero. Mind the details on Sunday for smooth traveling.

Viewing some local art spurs your creative side and also gives you a unique perspective on your destination. It’s a win-win. Watch your health - eat at crowded restaurants, drink plenty of water, wear comfortable shoes and avoid lugging a heavy bag long distances. It’s hard to enjoy a trip with food poisoning or a strained muscle. On Sunday, be sure to understand terms and conditions, and read the fine print.

Aries

Travel’s the kind of learning experience that you bring back home with you and treasure forever. Watch for a compelling personality who can provide you with a fresh point of view. Beware of overdoing it; eating or partying too much leaves you sluggish just when you want to be a dynamo. If Sunday finds you indecisive about activities, how about just relaxing? You’ve earned it.

You might encounter a major roadblock in your travel path, but don’t panic or get too frustrated. If you’re looking for a souvenir seek out an gallery for a selection of one-of-a-kind objects that’ll truly remind you of your trip’s charms. This weekend, fire off some short-and-sweet communiques -- a quick update email to family and friends takes only a moment but means a lot. Taurus Getting in touch with a friend gives you a sense of groundedness that’s invaluable on the road. This wekend are banner days for you on your journey; you’ve got an intense focus, loads of energy and an added dose of personal appeal. The latter always makes traveling a blast! Resist making that impulse buy on Sunday. Gemini A misunderstanding could trip you up; clarify times and reservations, especially if there’s a potential language barrier. If you make a wish, it just might come true. Work your magic and your journey will be charmed. The beginning of the weekend, though, requires you to sort out some fact from fiction when it comes to your destination. A good guidebook helps, especially if you cross-reference it with some fellow travelers’ experiences. Sunday may bring some fun of the flirtatious variety!

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Virgo

Sagittarius Room keys, important documents and your identification card all threaten to slip through your fingers – be careful and smart. The pleasure you find in new experiences and people sends out ripples of joy into the world, with you at the center. Don’t get too carried away though -- overindulging means you’ll have to spend valuable time recuperating. Watch your dealings with others on Sunday; something shifty may be afoot. Capricorn

A healthy respect for cultural differences and other people’s opinions is your best traveling companion. Make sure to scrutinize bills and count your change. Financial matters could be a bit funny now, and staying on top of it is your best defense. Seek out the most foreign aspects of your destination and relish the change in sight, sound and taste. Sunday could go either way, but it’s your positive attitude that’ll keep your path smooth.

An experience you have on the road spurs your compassionate side, and next thing you know, you’re helping a fellow traveler or even contributing to a local charity; it feels good to give now. And speaking of fun, this weekend has your name written all it -- including, possibly, a little romance. On Sunday, you’ll want to cut to the chase.

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Aquarius

If you encounter a delay, be a Good Samaritan and lend someone else a hand rather than stewing about lost time. Suddenly, the outlook’s not so bad! A relationship’s in the stars; could it be a new one you forge on the road? You can actualize whatever you want now. Give yourself time to absorb it all -- and to think about how it relates to your past and future. On Sunday, find a fellow traveler to share your thoughts with or make a call home.

A splurge is alluring, but your trip’s budget may appear healthier than it actually is. Check that credit card balance before you blow the nest egg. If you do need to economize, you’ll love traveling like a bohemian. Study up on your destination’s history around Friday to augment the experiences you’re enjoying. And speaking of enjoyable experiences, Sunday could bring romance!

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he New York Times named the Costalegre in its list of “52 Places to Go in 2019.” And up until about a week ago I would have asked, “where’s that?” Having spent the better part of my winters around Puerto Vallarta for the last decade, I like to think of myself as a bit of an expert on the area. But I had never heard of Costalegre, a 190-km stretch of largely unpopulated beaches, capes and bays along the Pacific coastline, between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. Mayto Beach, in the municipality of Cabo Corrientes, is part of this “happy coast” and the newest excursion offered by Vallarta Food Tours. Over the years, I have taken many Vallarta Food Tours including their Evening Taco and the Mex-ology romps. Both introduced me to places I had never visited and offered a sampling of delicious snacks and cocktails. I like their motto: “become a local in three hours.” However, the new overnight trip to Mayto immerses guests in local cuisine and experiences for 32 hours. We met our travelling companions at the Vallarta Food Tours offices. Juri, our effervescent and enthusiastic guide, packed up her life in the U.S. and moved to Mexico several years ago and has never regretted the decision. Our group piled into a comfortable Mercedes Sprinter and headed to La Chula for a traditional breakfast

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of chilaquiles which are tortillas fried and smothered in a red sauce served with some crumbled cheese and refried beans. Well fortified, we drove south to the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens where Leo, the staff biologist gave us a tour. In the Cactus House he informed us that Mexico has more than 700 kinds of cacti, including peyote, used by the and Huichol indigenous people for its hallucinogenic effects. Alas there were no peyote plants but lots of other intriguing cacti, including the

nopal (prickly pear) whose leaves are eaten as a vegetable or as part of green juice (jugo verde) and whose flowers make a nice addition to margaritas. Hiking into the Vanilla Plantation, Leo explained that vanilla is expensive because it takes two to three years for the pods to mature and this member of the orchid family requires labour-intensive cross pollination by hand. One could spend days admiring the various plants, butterflies and exotic birds at the Botanical Gardens, but it was time to move on to the roadside Panaderia Los Pinitas a few miles south where the family sells bread hot from the oven, either plain or stuffed with savoury or fruit fillings.

In the town of Tuito we visited wood carver Javier Rodiguez Barboza who sculpts beautiful objects from rosewood and offers visitors a shot of his homemade raicilla moonshine (tequila’s rougher cousin). At El Patio de Mario, Juri introduced us to birria, a traditional stew of slowly simmered goat, tomatoes, onions and spices. Next, we took a winding road south of Tuito to the Rinconcito Hotel, a slice of rustic paradise on Mayto Beach The outdoor honour bar and kitchen with handhewn perota tables and benches reminded me of a shipwreck that landed on the beach and stayed. Fernando Herrera and his family soon made guests feel like part of their family. We enjoyed grilled

vegetables and freshly caught fish cooked over a wood fire. After watching a stunning sunset on neighbouring Lover’s Beach, we knocked back a few cervezas around a roaring bonfire under a star-speckled sky. The following morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we headed to the El Mar y Sol Ranch for a visit with the goats. Americans Daniel and Holly Gair left behind their New England life and bought a ranch near Mayto Beach where they now make delicious goat cheese and have created an eco-friendly home. Daniel has written a book about their sustainable adventure entitled The Mexico Diaries. Last but not least, we enjoyed lunch on the rooftop kitchen in the home of Turin, a fisherman who lives in Tehuamixtle. He is reputed to be the best cook in town, and, after sampling his brilliantly balanced ceviche and bonito cooked Zarandeado-style, I can’t argue. Pescado Zarandeado is a style of cooking fish that is smothered in chilis and spices, and then slowly smoke-grilled while being continually basted with the marinade. “This is the real Mexico,” remarked one of the guests, while making a fish taco with Turin’s wife’s homemade warm tortillas. Yes, with Vallarta Food Tours you get an authentic slice of Mexican cuisine and culture and a chance to munch and mingle with fascinating locals. Book your tickets online at www. vallartafoodtours.com. Anita Draycott is a freelance travel journalist from Toronto who has chosen to spend her winters in the Puerto Vallarta area for the past decade.


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njoy absolutely spectacular panoramic views of the bay and town from this elegant two-level corner Penthouse. The spectacular outdoor terrace features covered dining, professional barbeque/outdoor kitchen and ‘’infinity-edge’’ swimming pool

and enormous sundeck. Marble floors, granite counters, custom windows and doors and soaring ceilings are just some of the features of this unique and elegant home. The spacious, open kitchen with bar seating includes granite counters and stainless appliances. The

lovely open dining and living rooms take in the incredible panorama and open directly to the covered terrace. The incredible master suite showcases custom ceiling, large terrace overlooking the bay; walk-in closet and spa-style bath. Some other features of this impeccable property include: 3rd bathroom upstairs, staff/storage/ laundry area and zoned air conditioning. Offered with all fixtures and appliances, this is a perfect family home for sophisticated and discerning buyers. Contact information: BOARDWALK REALTY OF: 322 224 0014/ 322 223 0001 michael@boardwalkrealtypv.com https://www.boardwalkrealtypv. com/properties/horizon-ph6/

Mardi Gras Parade Offers $10k Peso Prize Tuesday, March 5 at 8pm From the Sheraton to the Malecon

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ith Mardi Gras just three weeks away, Puerto Vallarta is gearing up for a special edition of its annual parade. This year’s three-kilometer-long carnival parade will begin at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 5th in the hotel zone and proceed on

the world-famous malecón to Los Muertos Pier. Observers should be prepared to catch some beads and revel along with incredible floats, colorful costumes, towering stilt walkers, street performers and dancers, all part of the family-friendly festivities branded as CarnavalPV. The friendly tenor of Puerto Vallarta and its yearly carnival is brought to the forefront by the diverse merrymaking crowd that is drawn and welcomed by the event: “gay, straight, light, dark, male,

female, old, and young, all for a collective purpose, to get as many beaded necklaces as possible. “Don’t miss the fun,” said CarnavalPV organizers, Gary Green and Tim Longpre. Businesses, organizations, schools and individuals

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Join Bambinos for a Fabulous Dinner & Show This Week!

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re you ready to enjoy the hottest live show in town? This week, join local favorites, Los Bambinos, for dinner and fabulous entertainment starting at 6pm at Bambinos Trattoria in Old Town. A local Puerto Vallarta sensation since 2004, the Los Bambinos are a four brother ensemble who inherited their love of music from their musician father. Originally from Morelos south of Mexico City, the Morales Brothers have been delighting the Puerto Vallarta community for more than 15 years. Los Bambinos cover a variety of classic favorite tunes that that will have you jumping out of your seat to dance and sing along. In addition to the live music that starts at 8pm, Bambinos Trattoria offers a menu of Italian inspired fare that is sure to impress. Open for lunch and dinner from 4pm to 10pm Monday through Saturday, come

in and enjoy a nice bottle of wine as you savor one of their pastas, pizzas or hearty main entrees. Los Bambinos Weekly Highlights: • Monday and Tuesday Night 8pm | Help! The Beatles • Wednesday Night 8pm | Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons • Thursday Night 8pm | Legends of Rock and Roll Friday at 8 pm and this Saturday Night at 7:30| Latin Party Bambinos Trattoria is open Monday - Saturday with a complete menu. Located at Aguacate #314, on the corner of Carranza street in Old Town, Puerto Vallarta (just before Mundo de Azulejos on Carranza). Seating for each show begins at 6:30. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Information and tickets at www.losbambinosmusic. com or call for a reservation (322) 222-4357, English spoken. Don’t miss this must-see show!

can sign up and register their floats and troupes through email at info@carnavalPV.com or join the conversation at the festival’s Facebook page. $10,000 pesos will be awarded to the most creative entry. Incanto, Andales on the Bay and Reinas Bar captured the top creative honors in 2018. Who will rein supreme in 2019? Organizers said last year’s event brought over 30,000 cheering residents and

tourists from all walks of life together on the city streets to be wowed by floats and parade participants celebrating the diversity of the city. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is best known in New Orleans but celebrated in many cities around the world. Fat Tuesday refers to the day when many people eat fattening foods and stock up before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.


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Workshops and planters and benches OH MY! By Emily Murray

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t’s an exciting time here at El Parque de los Azulejos, and the creative buzz is spreading! Lately we’ve got a lot of workshops going on in the park, a mixture of private workshops and our own public offerings, so that means new Celebration Benches and planters for you to check out! Be sure to stop by if we haven’t seen you lately, there’s so much new to show you! Our blog this week focuses on the more intricate aspects in the design of the Tile Park. It may seem like random placement of tiles, and to some degree that is accurate, but there is a lot of symbolism woven in too. If you thought you couldn’t possibly love the park any more than you already do, you’re in for a real treat! This week we also sat down with Bill, who has attended many of the workshops in the Tile Park, and become a close friend to us as well. We really like him, and he’s also quite tall, so we’ll definitely be keeping him around. No, he’s not an official member of the team but he’s getting his own “Meet the Team mini story” anyway. We want to see your smiling face, please stop by the park if you’re near! Check out the progress being made, meet the team in person, and maybe even find yourself inspired to create something beautiful too. Find us on Facebook @ parqueazulejospv and on Instagram @tileparkpv. Here we share photos and videos of the park as events are happening, and offer deeper glimpses into the people who are making history with this very special project. Let’s get social!

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Lobo presents encore shows with Esau and Latcho & Andrea plus NYC’s Michael Fererri joins Incanto’s Piano Bar

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ack by popular demand, internationally renowned flamenco artists, Wolfgang ‘Lobo’ Fink (Willie & Lobo) and Esau Galvan (Tatewari), return to Incanto for an evening of fiery guitar music with a blend of Gypsy Flamenco and more on March 2 at 7pm. Also, Lobo reunites once again with Latcho Bartelson of ‘The Blond Gypsies’ with special guest, Andrea, for an encore performance of ‘Primal Groove’ on March 11 at 7pm. Early reservations suggested. Pianist Michael Fererri joins Incanto’s piano bar line-up for a limited run starting March 2. Based in NYC, Michael has appeared in his own criti-

cally acclaimed cabaret act at London’s Pizza On The Park and The Jermyn Street Theatre. As Musical Director, he has appeared in The Happy End at Lincoln Center and Philadelphia’s Wilma Theatre. He performed in concert with

Michael Feinstein and Andrea McCardle and is featured on numerous recordings including his own recording, ‘Sweet Dreams’. Performances through March 16 at 9:30pm. (See calendar) Well-Strung, the popular

NYC-based singing string quartet is now playing at Incanto. Their enormous talent for melding classical strings with today’s pop hits and vocals is better than ever and their popularity continues to skyrocket. Early reservations are recommended as shows often sell-out. Visit Incanto’s website for more information and online tickets. Performances now through Mar. 16. Popular Vallarta entertainer, Dwight Blake, is back this season with his popular show ‘Memories of Motown’ accompanied by the Groove Brothers Band. Dwight’s high-energy performances are always a hit and audiences can’t help but to get up and dance! Now playing. (See calendar) Zoë Lewis, aptly described as ‘A band in a body’ has toured with Judy Collins, Pat Benatar, and The Indigo Girls. Her clever, heartfelt original music is upbeat, amusing and perfect

for all ages. Now playing through Mar. 20. Incanto’s popular Season Tribute Series continues with all-live performances of many popular music artists. On March 3, 4 tribute artist Johnny Zatylny presents ‘Queen’ as Freddie Mercury. On March 6, Philip Bauer presents Johnny Cash, and on March 9, Doug Varty presents Rod Stewart. See Incanto’s website for more details and online tickets. Now extended through March, Naked Boys Singing! is a fun, sassy, and witty musical comedy starring six young local Latino actors who sing and dance their way into your heart completely nude. Directed by original conceiver/director Robert Schrock, this very popular show is celebrating its twentieth anniversary off-Broadway, Presented in English. Media Luna plays intense, high-energy flamenco, huapango, rock originals, and

Schedule of Events All tours depart from the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Please RSVP to vallartabirdandnaturefestival.com

March 8, Friday Boca De Tomatlán – Yelapa Shorebird Outing Wait Listed Depart 7:00Am Return Approx. 11:30Am Guides: Francisco Garcia And Steve Shunk 8 Spaces Cost: $1000 Pesos RSVP Rancho Primavera - El Tuito Depart 7:00Am Return Approx. 11:30Am Waitlisted English And Spanish Guide: Alfonso Langle, Cristina Garridos Rojas, And Jose Luis Rosales 8 Spaces Cost: $600 Pesos RSVP The Macaw Sanctuary - Cabo Corrientes Depart 7:30Am Return Approx. 11:30Am Waitlisted Guided In English And Spanish Guides: Jorge Novoa And Mark Stackhouse 7 Spaces Cost: $600 Pesos RSVP Morning Bird Walk: Vallarta Botanical Gardens Depart 8:00Am Return Approx. 11:00Am Guides: Bill Trachtenberg And Lynnette Fairclough

The Macaw Sanctuary 11:30Am - 12:00Pm Presentation English And Spanish With: Jorge Novoa Location: Hall Of Flowers

Aves Del Paraíso And Cembab 11:30Am - 15:00Pm Presentation English And Spanish Visit With Rescued Macaws With: Rohini Suta Velazco Legarreta And Selene Asiul Barba Location: Hall Of Flowers Sketching Birds For Birders Ages 12 And Up 12:30Pm - 13:45Pm Class English And Spanish With: Christine Elder And Magda Cesareo 10 Spaces Cost: $300 Pesos Location: Hall Of Flowers RSVP Bird Feeders Restocked 13:00Pm Location: Restaurant Hacienda De Oro Observation Deck Vallarta Botanical Garden Tour Depart 13:00Pm Return Approx. 13:45Pm With: Garden Volunteer Guides Location: Hall Of Flowers


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covers. They will welcome a variety of special guest musicians throughout the season. Thursdays at 7pm. Cheko Ruiz presents ‘The Music of The Gipsy Kings and much more!’ on Sundays at 9:30pm. Special guest musicians and a new horn section. As of press date, Incanto and Democrats Abroad have added

additional showings of the Best Picture films as well as Active Measures. Visit Incanto’s website for details. New operating hours 9am-11:30pm daily. Breakfast served on the riverside terrace 9am-2pm. Lunch served 12pm11pm. Casual evening dining is available on two riverside terraces and in the air-conditioned piano bar 4-11pm. Happy

Hour features 2x1 house cocktails and beer 4-6pm. 2x1 show tickets to select shows 4-5pm daily. For more information and online tickets visit Incanto’s website www.IncantoVallarta. com. Contact them at Incantopv@gmail.com or call 322 223 9756. Located at Insurgentes 109 (at the Rio Cuale).

“On Being A Better Birder” 14:00Pm - 14:30Pm Presentation English With Spanish Available With: Mark Stackhouse Location: Hall Of Flowers

8 Spaces Cost: $600 Pesos RSVP

Sketching Birds For Birders Ages 12 And Up 12:30Pm-13:45Pm Class English And Spanish With: Christine Elder, Magda Cesareo 10 Spaces Cost: $300 Pesos Location: Hall Of Flowers RSVP

Estero El Salado: Our Green Nursery 14:30Pm - 15:00Pm Presentation English With Spanish Available With: Cristina Garrigos Rojas Location: Hall Of Flowers Monitoring Overwinter Survival Of Migratory Birds 15:00Pm – 15:30Pm Presentation English With Spanish Available With: Alfonso Langle Location: Hall Of Flowers Woodpeckers Of Jalisco: Vallarta’s Woodland Carpenters 15:30Pm – 16:00Pm Presentation English With Spanish Available With: Steve Shunk Location: Hall Of Flowers Provincia Road - Cabo Corrientes Depart 16:15Pm Return Approx. 19:30Pm Waitlisted English And Spanish Speaking Guide: Francisco Garcia And Steve Shunk 8 Spaces Cost: $600 Pesos RSVP

The Macaw Sanctuary - Cabo Corrientes Depart 7:30Am Return Approx. 11:30Am Guides: Jorge Novoa And Alfonso Langle 7 Spaces Cost: $600 Pesos RSVP Las Juntas Y Los Veranos Depart 7:30Am Return Approx. 11:30Am Wait Listed English And Spanish Speaking Guides Guides: Luis Morales And Mark Stackhouse 7 Spaces Cost: $600 Pesos RSVP Morning Bird Walk: Vallarta Botanical Gardens Depart 8:00Am Return Approx. 11:00Am English And Spanish Speaking Guides: Bill Trachtenberg And José Luis Rosales

March 9, Saturday

The Macaw Sanctuary 11:30Am - 12:00Pm Presentation English And Spanish With: Jorge Novoa Location: Hall Of Flowers

Rancho Primavera - El Tuito Depart 7:00Am Return Approx. 11:30Am English And Spanish Speaking Guides Guide: Francisco Garcia And Steve Shunk

Aves Del Paraíso And Cembab 11:30Am - 15:00Pm Presentation English And Spanish Visit With Rescued Macaws With: Rohini Suta Velazco Legarreta And Selene Asiul Barba Location: Hall Of Flowers

Vallarta Botanical Garden Tour Depart 13:00Pm Return Approx. 1:45Pm With: Garden Volunteer Guides Location: Hall Of Flowers Bird Feeders Restocked 13:00Pm Location: Restaurant Hacienda De Oro Observation Deck The Veracruz River Of Raptors Project 14:00Pm - 14:45Pm Presentation English With Spanish Available With: Ernesto Ruelas Inzunza Location: Our Lady Of The Garden Why Is Local Nature Our Greatest Asset? 14:45Pm - 15:30Pm Presentation English With Spanish Available With: Petr Myska Location: Our Lady Of The Garden San Pancho Bird Observatory 15:30Pm - 16:00Pm Presentation English With Spanish Available With: Luis Morales Location: Our Lady Of The Garden

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Birds Of The Vallarta Botanical Garden 16:00 Pm - 16:30 Pm Presentation English With Spanish Available With: Robert Price Location: Our Lady Of The Garden

March 10, Sunday Rancho Primavera - El Tuito Depart 7:00Am Return Approx. 11:30Am Guide: Mark Stackhouse 8 Spaces Cost: $600 Pesos RSVP The Macaw Sanctuary Depart 7:30Am Return Approx. 11:00Am Spanish And English Guides: Jorge Novoa And Cristina Garrigos Rojos 7 Spaces Cost: $600 Pesos RSVP Morning Bird Walk: Vallarta Botanical Gardens Depart 8:00Am Return Approx. 10:30Am English And Spanish Guides: Bill Trachtenberg, Jose Luis Rosales Family Bird Walk: Vallarta Botanical Gardens Depart 9:00Am Return Approx. 10:00Am English And Spanish Guides: Francisco Garcia And Steve Shunk Birding Basics 10:00 Am - 10:30 Am Presentation English And Spanish

With: Francisco Garcia Location: Hall Of Flowers Drawing Bird’s For Kids Ages 8 - 12 Years 10:30Am - 12:30Pm English And Spanish With: Christine Elder, Magda Cesareo, Paulina Trachtenberg Location: Hall Of Flowers Rspv CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES 10:30Am – 12:30Pm Location: Hall Of Flowers The Macaw Sanctuary 11:30 Am - 12:00 Am Presentation English And Spanish With: Jorge Novoa Location: Hall Of Flowers Aves Del Paraíso Y Cembab 11:30Am - 15:00Pm Visit With Rescued Macaws English And Spanish With: Rohini Suta Velazco Legarreta And Selene Asiul Barba Location: Hall Of Flowers Vallarta Botanical Garden Tour Depart 13:00Pm Return Approx. 13:45Pm With: Garden Volunteer Guides Location: Hall Of Flowers Bird Feeders Restocked 13:00Pm Location: Restaurant Hacienda De Oro Observation Deck Folkloric Dancers 14:00Pm Location: Hall Of Flowers Festival Closing Ceremony


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From the Mountains to the Sea — A Musical Journey Christie Seeley

vezelay@mac.com

Vallartasounds.com

From Oakland, California to Puerto Vallarta…lured by music of guitars and sounds of the sea. vallartasounds.com

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oming off a fun filled weekend of incredible music and great company and looking forward to another, I am rushing to get this little review off to the Vallarta Tribune that so generously publishes these articles so you, our readers, can stay up to date on musical happenings! Last Saturday I had the good fortune of attending a musical retreat hosted by Tree House Bar of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle in the picturesque mountain town of San Sebastian del Oeste. The program featured the exciting music of the full band

of the group Media Luna. Joining brothers Caleb and Jair Cabrera and their cousin Gibran were the Renteria brothers from Queretaro, Julio and Armando, on voice, bass and percussion, and talented guest accordionist Gilio from Colombia. The incredible concert was followed by two wonderful encores demanded by the enthusiastic crowd. Around a welcoming bonfire after the show, several of the guests played guitar and sang accompanied by the others and, to their delight, by the cheerful Caleb Cabrera of Media

Luna who joined them on guitar. Later in the evening singer/guitarist Cheko Ruiz with Daniel Barragan Navarro on trumpet arrived with more lively music. The celebration went well into the night. Guests were housed in historic hotels around the plaza of the Magical City of San Sebastian del Oeste and enjoyed a succulent dinner of Mari Chuy’s barbecued ribs and joyful conversations with the lovely people who attended the event. It was all I might have expected and more. Definitely an event to put on your calendars for next year! Sunday, rolling down the mountain and back to the beach, I visited the charming town of San Pancho just north of Sayulita for their 19th Annual Music Festival. I arrived at my airbnb room early enough to explore the town and be at the Plaza del Sol just as the music began. The event was community sponsored and entertainers were all top quality. I got there on time for local banda Ojo de Agua including one of my favorites Charly Peña on flute. They were followed by the rockabilly group the Jokers who had everyone dancing. As a finale they invited visiting bluesman Craig Caffall to join them for some real down home blues. Tatewari, the group I really came to see, lit up the evening with their fiery flamenco guitar music for the twelfth year in a row and thrilled the audience with original compositions and surprising renditions of familiar classics. Following their performance there was a tribute to the organizer of the event over the last nine years who retires this year, Chas Eller, founding member of the fusion jazz group Kilimanjaro. For me the highlight of the experience were Lobo and Jaguar (Wolfgang Fink and Esaú Galván) who had the crowd going wild with their inspired improvised flamenco guitar and to top it off they invited bluesman Craig Caffall to join them for a one of a kind performance of these three very talented performers. The interaction was formidable. Three maestros of varying generations spoke to each other in a way only they could. The audience was totally blown away. With a full weekend like that all I can think about is getting on the bus from San Pancho, arriving home and resting. Not so fast Christie. This week, like all others at this time of year in Puerto Vallarta will be filled with more and more fantastic music opportunities! For further details see my website vallartasounds.com.

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Comings and Goings Marcia Blondin

marciavallarta@gmail.com

Long-time columnist Marcia Blondin resurrects this preview/review column each season devoted to local entertainment that she has had the pleasure of seeing lately or in seasons past.

Birds & Ponies Comings… Saturday, March 2 at  Plataforma 322  on Lucerna 153 in Versalles (next to the Hospital) “el pequeño poni” opening night at 8 pm. A  Perrobravo Production  starring  Samantha Dueñas  and  Cesar Bravo. They are the dynamic duo that was established in stone during the staging of ”Equus” at  Act II  a couple of years back. Directed again by Alain Perreault, Sam  and  Cesar  have their work cut out for them in this controversial and very human play. It will be in Spanish, BUT program notes will include a full storyline in English (bless you!). A great opportunity to allow your Spanish-listening abilities to grow. ”The Little Pony”  runs Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16 and 30, at 8 pm. Starting Friday, March 8, and continuing the 9th and 10th  at the  Vallarta Botanical Garden, the “Vallarta  Bird and Nature Festival” celebrates everything that grows naturally and lives in our part of the world. The  Garden  is a birder’s paradise; if you are new at it and unsure how to go about it, you can join a tour, or you can sit in the restaurant and watch caciques (perhaps including the anomaly photographed ONLY at the  VBG  so far!), and a hummingbird might quietly sit on your finger. See this issue for an entire schedule of events and enjoy the extraordinary beauty of our Botanical Garden. Take a bus or a taxi; there is very little space to park. Saturday, March 9th at  River Café “Artists for Orphans”  from 1 to 4 pm. Sixty local artists have

donated paintings, sculptures and other works of art to raise funds for Corazon de Niña. Of the 77 children currently living “at home” at  Corazon, many of them are extremely artistic, and they will interpret some of the artworks that will also be for sale at the fundraiser. This is always interesting and great fun to look at how these kids reinterpret what they see in the original piece of art. It is money well-spent in the beautiful surroundings of the  River Café,  with tapas provided and a no-host full bar. Just a note here:  Corazon de Niña  feeds, clothes, houses and educates their 77 orphans by donations alone. The results in just seven years have been exemplary; with your help, these kids will continue on the right path in good health, good surroundings and more important, in the arms of their great big, huge family! …and Goings Soprano  Vanessa Amaro  and baritone  Juan Carlos Villalobos  presented an out-of-theordinary recital at  Incanto  last week. There were many operatic arias including  Tosca, but the one that brought the house down was Rossini’s “Cat’s Duet” simply titled “Meow.” And yes, the only word in the entire song; it was delightful! Then, pianist  Dennis Crow  joined  Vanessa and Juan Carlos  on stage for a medley of  Rogers and Hammerstein  that encouraged audience participation. I have spent the rest of the week with ‘Do, Re, Mi’ locked in my brain. I hope we will see and hear much more  Vanessa  soon. Young baritone Juan Carlos Villalobos has a super bright future.


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vezelay@mac.com

Vallartasounds.com

From Oakland, California to Puerto Vallarta…lured by music of guitars and sounds of the sea. vallartasounds.com

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hey say March always comes in like a lion and that appears to be true with the music scene here in Vallarta. Incanto will feature a wonderful “by popular demand” repeat performance of their January sold out show by the beloved flamenco guitar maestros Lobo and Esaú. World famous Lobo and his protegé and very accomplished flamenco guitarist Esaú Galván have been performing this season to full and enthusiastic houses from Puerto Vallarta to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and beyond. These two talented men met years ago when Esaú was around 12 and struggling with a certain guitar technique. Lobo helped him out and has remained a mentor and good friend. Lobo tells us that the upcoming show should not actually be called a “repeat” because their improvised flamenco music is always new. He says it is music we have “never heard before and will never hear again” as it is spontaneous like an inspired conversation between the two maestros. Beefing up the selection of wonderful places to be and music to hear, Babel Bar on the River Cuale will celebrate their 2nd anniversary on March 2 with an evening of music starting at 5:00 and going until 10:00. It will feature the vibrant music of Zoe and Leon followed by Cheko Ruiz and his New Band. It should be loads of fun. Don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes! This coming week is full of excitement with the presentation of the pilot launch of BohemiaViva’s

new Symphonica 2019 show on March 3 (two performances 6:30 and 9:30PM) at the Palm Cabaret Theater. Symphonica 2019 is the beginning of a dream to present the songs of BohemiaViva with a full 70 piece orchestra in 2020. This will be a preview of that ambitious undertaking featuring a selected small group of Orchestra Violins, Cello, Viola, Trumpet, Flute, Bass and Percussion. We are invited “for a brief moment” to close our eyes and open our hearts and souls and “imagine the harmonies of the BohemiaViva voices with a Symphony Orchestra”. More celebrations! On March 9, Babel Bar will hold a very special Spanish Dinner Show staring the fiery flamenco group Tatewari from La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and the celebrated Bavarian born flamenco guitarist Lobo, (Wolfgang Fink). This will be a full evening with a pris fixe dinner by Chef Conrado of paella and other Spanish delicacies, music by Tatewari and Lobo and delicious libations by mixologist and barman Santos. Tatewari has even more to offer, especially to Riviera Nayarit residents who can enjoy an incredible concert at Tree House Bar on March 11, at 7:00. This event will feature the lovely voice of Perla Alarcon and is bound to be a stellar performance closing out their season of concerts in La Cruz for Winter 2019. So, salud and happy listening to all! No excuse not to enjoy this beautiful music at one of these venues! For more details see my website vallartasounds.com.

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Seniors SYNG! to Raise Funds for Children

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t first blush, it wouldn’t seem like a group of fifteen seniors from Canada and the USA have much in common with children fifty years their junior who have spent their whole lives here in PV. But, through their shared love of music, and the commitment of one spunky woman from Edmonton, Alberta these two groups are finding common ground, even though most of them have never met. When she retired to PV in 2007, Lois Rogers had left a teaching career punctuated with many years as a High School choir director in Stony Plain, AB. After spending two years settling into her new life, Rogers let a friend know she was interested in getting involved in music again. Soon she found herself with a twelve-voice choir to lead, and shortly after that she joined a pop band called Time2Play. But, the choir kept growing in size and repertoire, and in 2012 the choir officially became known as SYNG! and has been performing music from a wide variety of styles and traditions ever since. “I

like it when an audience doesn’t quite know where you’re going, like when you sing something Classical next to something Country and Western,” says Rogers about how she puts a show together. “This year we’ve added a section of music from popular movies like ‘A Star is Born’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’” All choir members come from vocal backgrounds, whether they are retired music teachers like Lois, members of semi-professional choirs, folk singers, rock/

blues singers. SYNG! members are more than just keen, and Rogers delights in being able to pull a diverse group of people together as a team to create a sound uniquely its own. One benefit of being a volunteer choir made up of retirees is that no one needs the income which means admission fees can be turned back to support the local community. This year, SYNG! will donate all funds raised at its performances to two groups. Escuela de Canto which has been operating under the direction of Kharla Barragan and Escuela de Migrantes, a school for the children of migrant workers. Upcoming Performances Christ Church by-the-Sea Anglican Church Plaza Genovesa Center Courtyard Palapa Ave. Francisco Medina Ascencio 2015 Date: Saturday, March 9 Time: 7:00 pm Open to the public Proceeds to Escuela de Migrantes Suggested donation Mex$150


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Magical March Madness at Act II!

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ct II, the #1 Entertainment Venue in the Bay, Act II has become an “entertainment destination” for vacationers! Featuring four shows every evening (5:00, 7:00, 7:30 and 9:30), top-quality musical cabaret, full-length Broadway musicals and popular stage plays are available.     The week of March 1-8 is going to be MARVELOUS!   Get your tickets today at www.act2pv.com!

FABULOUS FRIDAY! 5:00 - Gabe Arciniega, former

dancer/singer with “Cuchi-Cuchi of Act II’s most popular shows! received! (The donations will be Charo, presents “The Gabest 7:00 - The incredible Broadway given to the organization during the Show on Earth, 2.0,” and thrills musical, Chicago, has received annual “What a Drag” this month!) the audience with his velvety incredible reviews and has 7:30 - US Two and their live voice and fancy footwork! sold   out every show so far!   band will present a tribute to the 7:00 - “Hair, the Concert,” a 7:30 - 12-time “Top 20” Billboard music of ABBA and Elton John. wonderful revival of the music of charting singer and international 9:30 - Emmy Award-winner, Chi the 1960’s Broadway musical, Hair, star, Debby Holiday, presents Chi Rones and JoAnna, present is presented on the Main Stage.    her “Queens of Rock” show their side-splitting show, “Dueling 7:30 - Diana Villamonte, the #1 9:00 - Mama Tits ends the evening Drag Divas,” singing hysterical PV entertainer and runner-up with her much-loved “Triple D” show. spoofs of Cher, Tina Turner, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Bassey, and more. in Voice of Mexico, presents her famous Whitney Houston Tribute, “I Will Always Love You.” 9:30 - Drag diva, Hedda Lettuce, ends the evening with her hilarious “Gringa in Paradise” show!

SENSATIONAL SATURDAY! 5:00 - “Twist & Shout,” a delightful song, dance and shtick show, full of 50’s and 60’s music, is one

STIMULATING SUNDAY! 7:00 - Act II’s hilarious off-Broadway musical, Nunsense, A-Men, features five men in the roles of nuns! Act II will be collecting donations for the Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter as a part of this show, and Act II will match all donations

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MARVELOUS MONDAY! 5:00 - Gabe Arciniega, former singer/dancer with “CuchiCuchi Charo,” presents “The Gabest Show on Earth, 2.0.” 7:00 - PV’s #1 musical, Little Shop of Horror is back by popular demand on Mondays and Thursdays! 7:30 - The gal with the powerhouse voice, Diana Villamonte, stars in “Motown & Beyond” in 9:30 - Mama Tits ends the evening with her fabulous show, “Triple D.” TERRIFIC TUESDAY! 5:00 - Drag diva, Hedda Lettuce stars in “Gringa in Paradise.” 7:00 - The heartwarming “I’ve Got Rhythm,” a musical/dance revue of the fabulous music of the Gershwin Brothers, is featured on the Main Stage. 7:30 - 12-time Top 20 Billboard Charting and international star, Debby Holiday, presents her show “Queens of Rock.”

Act II has been voted the #1 Entertainment Venue in Puerto Vallarta! For more information about   the venue or shows, check out the 1000+ reviews on TripAdvisor, or go to www.act2pv.com. Many shows sell out, so get your ticket now!

9:30 - “Queen of Broadway,” Sutton Lee Seymour, presents her show, “Dragflix,” a comedy spoofing TV

shows, movies, and musicals! WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY! 7:00 - The very popular stage play, The Foreigner, directed by Act II Managing Partner, Danny Mininni, has been playing to sold out houses every week and the reviews are incredible! 7:30 -  Us Two, the magical musical duo (and their live band) present their crowd-pleasing show, “Us Two Unplugged” featuring acoustic music from the 80’s and 90’s. 9:30 - Dueling Drag Divas, starring Emmy Award-winner, Chi Chi Rones, and JoAnna, present their hysterical spoof of Cher, Tina Turner, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Bassey, and more. TERRIFIC THURSDAY! 5:00 - Sutton Lee Seymour, stars in “Dragflix,” a comedy spoofing TV shows, movies, and musicals 7:00 - Act II’s main show this year, Little Shop of Horrors, is back by popular demand on Mondays and Thursdays on the Main Stage.   7:30 - “Queens of Rock,” featuring 12-time Top-20 Billboard Charting and international star, Debby Holiday. 9:30 - Hedda Lettuce, winner of “Funniest Drag Show,” starring in  “Gringa   in Paradise.”


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Spectacular Entertainment Continues at Luna Lounge Bucerias Through March By Debbie White

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igh season is in full swing at Luna Lounge Bucerias with Dinner Shows filling up in record time and the fun times at full throttle! Luna Lounge has an amazing array of shows coming up that will please a wide range of tastes.  These musical tribute acts feature your favorite artists past and present. From the Johnny Cash to Cher, you’ll relive the musical hits that you love in each of these fantastic shows! The Crazy Senoritas continue to deliver their exciting drag show on  Tuesday and Wednesday evenings this season.     The night begins at 7 pm with a delicious meal of barbecue chicken, steak and ribs along with salads and side dishes.  The Crazy Senoritas Drag Show, starring Miss Diva Divine and the gals, will entertain you with beautiful costumes, professional choreography and outrageous musical parodies.

.Coming up on Feb 28 & Mar 1 & 2, is the Freddy Mercury/Queen tribute with all performances sold out.   March includes many more incredible Tribute Shows!   On Mar 3 & 4 enjoy Kara Chandler as  Cher in ‘Believe.’ You’ll hear favorites like “If I Could Turn Back Time,”  “Strong Enough” and “Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves.’  The 3rdis sold out, but there are still tickets for the 4th. Philip Bauer plays ‘The Man in Black on Mar 7 & 8.  Don’t miss this fantastic Johnny Cash tribute.  There are still tickets left for the 8th. Dwight Blake returns with his ‘Memories of Motown’ on Mar 9.  Dwight is a world-class performer who will once again be backed by his stellar band.  You’ll love this show! The high-energy Rod Stewart tribute is featured on Mar 10 & 11, with tickets still available for the

11th.  And on Mar 14, see the David Bowie tribute performance with all the hits of this incredible artist. The Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Party/Dinner Show with the Irish band, Shag Harbour happens on Mar 16.  This is always a fun evening with your real Irish hosts, Irish music and Irish food.& beverages The Beatles (Lennon & McCartney) is on tap for Mar 17 &18, with tickets still available for the 17th.  And The Bee Gees performance is scheduled for Mar 21 & 22, with a few tickets left for the 22nd.  Bucerias favorites, ‘Us Two; featuring Danny and Noemi returns on Mar 23. And finishing out the season, see Matt Cage in  ‘Elvis, The Vegas Years’ on Mar 24 and Paul Aleman in ‘Country Roads: The Music of John Denver’ on Mar 28. Don’t miss these extraordinary final shows! Bring your friends and join in on the fun at the North Shore’s favo-

rite dinner show venue. Go to www. lunaloungebucerias.com  for information about shows &  tickets. Luna Lounge is open throughout

the week, so drop by for a drink and a visit.  The venue is located in El Centro Bucerias at Ave. Mexico #27.


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IFC Invites you In John Warren

john3984@me.com

John Warren is in charge of Publicity for the International Friendship Club (IFC). His articles describe the programs and charities that IFC supports, the sources of income of IFC and the social experiences, lectures and classes that members can enjoy. During the summer John writes about Puerto Vallarta.

Pennies and Pounds

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hen I was growing up in England my parents taught me that “If you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves.” Last year the International Friendship Club (IFC) donated $1.2 million pesos to the local community. It was able to do so because the treasurer, the board, the volunteers and the office administrator all look after each peso. When it comes to handling pesos they remind me of the word “anal”, which can be defined as “someone who is really uptight or particular and who always wants things a certain way.” The control on the money the club receives and spends is always

top of mind. It must be because it doesn’t belong to the club or its members. The club’s raison d’être is to give away all of its income to help the community and it is very careful about how it does that . For example, under the Patrocinio program a club member can apply on behalf of a Mexican friend or acquaintance for help with a major medical or dental expense up to $10,000 pesos or 80% of the cost. But, before the procedure is carried out, the club must receive an estimate from the medical provider and must collect the cash owing by the patient (20% or the excess over $10,000). Once approved, the procedure is carried out and the cheque for the total is sent to the health provider. The patient gets help with the procedure but never has access to the club’s money. Tight! IFC has budgeted to help about twenty five charities this year. They include the women’s shelter, a couple of orphanages, an AIDS prevention organization, three education programs, three musical groups and four community shelters that provide meals to those in dire need. The club also supports its

ADORABLE DOG IN THE SPOTLIGHT CELESTE

by Janice Gonzalez

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sn’t she just beautiful! Celeste is a Labrador mix between 2-3 years of age weighing a bit over 50 pounds. She would make a wonderful family dog as she is a joyful girl who loves her people and especially getting cuddled. She gets along well with other dogs but does not like cats. She has a medium energy level which is perfect for fun time with the family. Celeste has been spayed, dewormed and vaccinated. We are now accepting applications for her forever home. Contact us at spcapv@gmail.com.

own cleft palate program, which provides free surgery and follow-up care to kids born with cleft palates, and the Rotary Club’s “Aid to Families with Children with Cancer”. The Education Committee and the Social Services Committee are given an annual budget by the board to work with and the committees meet to allocate their budget to the various organizations. During the year, each organization must submit facturas or invoices showing the amounts spent each month. Every year, a liaison person from the club visits the charity for which they are responsible and ensures that the club’s money is being spent appropriately and that the club is making a meaningful impact on the operations of the orphanage, music group or school and that the spending of IFC’s support is in accordance with the terms that the money was provided. If these criteria are not being met, then the board is informed and a decision is made to discontinue funding. Tight! The International Friendship Club has been operation in Puerto Vallarta since 1985, has taken roughly 50,000 passengers on the Home Tours and this has enabled the club to disperse many millions of pesos and to help thousands of Mexicans with their health, education and culture. It happened because the management of IFC knows that “if we watch the pennies the pounds will look after themselves.”

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f you’d like to see behind the walls and gates of three or four fabulous homes in Puerto Vallarta take an IFC Home Tour. Tours are offered every Tuesday and Wednesday and leave the Sea Monkey Restaurant at 10:30. You’ll find the Sea Monkey on the Malecon at the foot of Aqulies Serdan and, if you come early, you’ll be able to have an excellent breakfast either on the beach or in the restaurant. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides will make sure that you are well looked after and that all your questions about the International Friendship Club (IFC), the charities we help with your money, Puerto Vallarta and life itself, will

be answered. You can get tickets online www. ifcvallarta.com or, on the day of the tour at the Sea Monkey between 9:00 and 10:15. JGo from L.A., California wrote a review on Trip Advisor last week, titled “Great Tour”: - “Yesterday we went on the house tour and loved it. The hosts (IFC volunteers) were very friendly and the homes were fantastic to view. We saw homes that we’d never have seen otherwise and knowing that we were supporting a wonderful charity made it even better. It is a great way to support the local area, meet other travelers and see some beautiful homes. Highly recommended!!” You’ll be walking on cobbled streets and climbing up and down stairs during the three hour tour, so please wear sensible shoes and be able to handle the stairs. Have fun!!

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es, we have moved again! We are now located in the Olas Altas Farmers Market each Saturday beside the gazebo close to our original location, just a bit west of the stairs. Please be sure to stop by and say hello. We have wonderful volunteers who staff our “booth” each week and we really appreciate knowing we are welcome. While there be sure and check out the merchandise we have available for a nominal donation. Thanks so much in advance for your purchases and donations. It is a win-win for everyone! When you make a purchase you are making a donation to our organization to ensure our continued success rescuing the abused and abandoned dogs here in Vallarta. Please note that our adoption fee is now $300 USD.

We have scheduled tours to our sanctuary, by reservation only, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you have your own transportation, please let us know. To reserve a spot on a tour, contact us at spcapv@gmail.com. We appreciate any donations you can bring for our rescues and if going to the sanctuary, please feel free to bring treats for the staff as they truly appreciate it. Those items we ALWAYS need include: collars, harnesses and leashes; toys and more toys! both stuffed and hard plastic (no soft plastic as they can chew off pieces and swallow); large towels; blankets; sweaters and coats; post-surgical cones (both the cone shaped and soft or inflatable donut ones). Our rescues are now fed a total raw diet so please refrain from bringing any dog food or treats. The mission of SPCA de PV

is to help fund and promote sterilization, adoption and healthcare efforts for companion animals in the Puerto Vallarta area, with the goal of eliminating the euthanasia of healthy and adoptable animals. To make donations via PayPal, select the “Donate” option on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/spcapv or on our website at http://spcapv. com/donate/. You can drop off any donations for the SPCA at Hacienda San Angel located at Calle Miramar 336, above Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Centro. Get involved…rescue, adopt, foster, volunteer, donate or educate. You can learn more about the SPCA Puerto Vallarta by checking us out at www.spcapv.com/home or on Facebook.


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Kindness in Action! By Judy Gieser, Member of Amigos del Magisterio ” You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, noted 19th century poet, philosopher, and essayist.

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or 13 years, Amigos del Magisterio has taken these words to heart with a vision and mission to supply food to the poor of Puerto Vallarta. Today this charity group is more vibrant than ever. Its focus is the people living in the poorest suburb of Puerto Vallarta, Colonia Magisterio, adjacent to the old garbage dump. Residents survive by sorting through our city’s refuse, finding items to sell for recycling, things they can use, or even something to eat; it is a bare existence. These recyclers travel about 30 kilometers by bus to the dump in El Colorado. The 50 pesos travel cost is money they cannot afford to spend. Their homes in Magisterio are shack dwellings of tarpaper, cardboard, broken pallets, metal, rags ... whatever they can find. There is a small water hose shared by all; and open pit toilets (no sewers) and a bit of electricity are the norm. Sewage always runs into Gardenia Street where children

play. It startles the mind to imagine this area following heavy rain. Few benevolent groups help them. Amigos del Magisterio brings weekly truckloads of packaged beans, rice, texturized soya (a 100% protein product), and lentils, alternately sugar or oil are included. Since November 17, more than 23 metric tonnes of food have been delivered. Recently, many volunteers packed 1,300 food bags containing I kilo each of rice and beans, soya, and lentils. These were given to students at six area schools, reinforcing education as the key to unlocking poverty. Besides donating food, the members of Amigos del Magisterio donate truckloads of clothing, shoes, toiletries, school supplies, etc. There is real hope for the future. Children no longer work as recyclers at the dump; they are in school. The number of adult recyclers has decreased from close to two hundred to less than one hundred. The impact of Amigos del Magisterio has extended food delivery to year round charity organizations: Caritas PV, Pasitos de Luz, Corazon de Nina, and La Vina, supplementing their food programs. Our ongoing corporate sponsor, Frigorizados La Huerta, sends frozen foods (800 kgs bi-weekly) to fill freezers it has donated to our adopted organizations. This marvelous donation is ongoing throughout the year. It has also donated 5 new computers to

Corazon de Nina, helping to open the world to those children. Tacho’s RV Park generously allows the use of their palapa for bagging and packaging goods, drawing dozens of volunteers. Condos la Marina lends their premises for weekly meetings. Muchas gracias! Our Thank You extends to so many who make this endeavor possible: volunteers, truck owners who cover all their truck expenses to make the pick-ups and deliveries, and many financial supporters in Canada and the US. This year, special thanks to Jack Gregory of Classic Caterers Lakewood NJ, for sponsoring a Fundraiser Buffet held last Friday … 182 tickets were sold. Gracias to Knights of Columbus St. Pierre MB and Donnacona QC, L’Ouvroire Donnacona QC, Camping Petit Lac Haha QC, Club Richelieu Vanier-Laurier Ottawa ON, Aha! Labs Inc. Menlo Park CA, Magi Ladies St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Anchorage AK, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Centro PV, Monzon Brewing Co. Zona Romantica, Bay View Grand Yoga Club, residents of Tacho’s RV Park and Condos la Marina, and families and friends of the organizers. All donate their time and treasure… knowing their donations help the poor of Puerto Vallarta. A heartfelt thank you to all! “Al ano proximo” and a brighter tomorrow! Visit our website www.amigosdelmagisterio.com

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The Cat’s Meow By Michelle Beauregard distantstar100@gmail.com

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here is one kind of tourism you will never see advertised but you can expect fully booked tours every time you visit Puerto Vallarta. The Purr Project Ranch for cats is the “cat’s meow” when it comes to lending a helping hand for hundreds of homeless cats and apparently us cat-crazed tourists can’t wait to get some hands-on time to share cuddles with the furry felines. Volunteer tourism is becoming increasingly popular and for me it’s a heart-warming way to engage with communities whenever I travel. On this sold-out tour, I met people from all over the world who wanted to connect with the local cat population and support this grassroots non-profit, no-kill feline shelter. Once inside the gates of the Purr Project Ranch I was stunned by the site of hundreds of cats of all sizes, colors and breeds. Senior cats have their own special enclosure and tiny kittens live in a special nursery zone. This is all funded by donations. All the friendly felines want is some attention and a snack. At one point there were so many cats all I could see was a sea of cattails curling around my feet. One lady had several cats sitting on her lap and all involved looked extremely pleased. I read the tour information on a local community bulletin board

in Puerto Vallarta. The organization run by volunteers offers a safe place for the local homeless cats and helps them find a forever home. The Purr Project Ranch is so much better than the over-crowded cat cafes I have visited in other countries. Here cats have the freedom to wander the grounds and choose their favourite human to interact with and perhaps be adopted. It is not a depressing experience but a very uplifting and hopeful way to help the cat population benefit from socializing with the flocks of feline-enthusiasts visiting Puerto Vallarta every year. Our tour guide says they are totally filled to capacity at the shelter with more cats arriving every month. Several families live on the ranch full time to caretake all the special cats needs and maintain the buildings. It takes so many hands to keep things rolling. Volunteering while travelling is a great way of giving back to the countries I have the privilege of visiting. Mexico has one of the most highest rates of pet ownership of anywhere in the world. With all the animals, more help is needed. I know that a visit to the Purr Project has been one of the highlights of my time here and the good memories of helping all my furry friends will stay with me long after I return home to Canada. Check out www.purrproject.com to get involved.


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Kara Chandler As Cher “Believe” Philip Bauer Merv Buchanan merv@uvs.com n every one of the last 5 decades, multi award winner Cher has had a number one song on The Billboard Chart. With more than 200 million records sold, she has been a major force on radio and television and in movies and pop culture publications of all stripes. She is known the world over for her sense of humour, sultry voice, unique appearance and outrageous fashion sense. But more than anything, Cher is an entertainer of the highest order. With her uncanny resemblance to the famous star it was only a matter of time before a clever promoter asked Kara Chandler if she could also sing like Cher. With 10 years of theatrical experience in musicals behind her, Kara easily rose to the challenge, proving to one and all that she could portray Cher, without any difficulty at all. Suddenly, Kara had a new calling. One that has served her very well. Now, after a decade performing in dinner theatres, casinos, concert halls and at corporate events, Kara

World Famous Johnny Cash Tribute To Appear Here

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has built a reputation as one of the top Cher tribute artists in the world. Her combination of boundless energy, charisma, humour and talent lets her easily morph into her alter ego, Cher, and give audiences the powerful and unforgettable experience that only a true star is capable of giving. Like Cher, Kara Chandler is an entertainer of the

highest order. “CHER....Believe” returns to The Luna Lounge, in Bucerias, for the 4th time, for shows on March 3rd and March 4th. More info is available at www.lunaloungebucerias.com and here in The Vallarta Tribune. *Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

or years, Philip Bauer worked as a salesman by day and a musician by night in his home town of Oklahoma City. He knew he was destined to be a successful entertainer, he just didn't know how. But fate, like money, has a way of changing everything. While playing in a local jazz trio, Philip began doing impersonations of famous stars. Sometimes, just for fun, he would try them out on the audience. Audiences loved them, especially his take on Johnny Cash, so they became a regular part of the show. Playing jazz, with an occasional interruption by Johnny Cash, was one thing. A career as a tribute artist wasn't part of Philip's plan, until fate intervened. One night when he was in fine Johnny Cash form, someone recorded the show and uploaded it to YouTube. The result was something akin to “country music history”. E-mails and phone calls started pouring in, offering good paying personal appearances. That was the push Philip needed. Suddenly his salesman job was out the window and he was out the door - on his way to an exciting career as a world famous Johnny Cash tribute artist. Since 2008, Philip has been constantly on the road. Branson, Las Vegas, Chicago, Los Angeles. Plus tours of Australia, Canada and Mexico. But his favourite moment was when he was invited to appear on AXS TV's “World's Greatest Tribute Bands”, where he proved his

mettle as a true world class entertainer. Johnny would have been proud. He has the steely look and gravelly voice of Johnny Cash. But more importantly, Philip Bauer performs Cash's songs in the casual, seemingly effortless way that made “the man in black” such an important musical icon. Some of the songs featured in the show are “I Walk The Line”, “A Boy Named Sue”, “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Ring Of Fire”. Every one a fitting tribute to the late J.R. Cash. On March 5th, Philip appears at The Pina Colada, in Guayabitos, on March 5th, then at Incanto for the first time on March 6th followed by shows at The Luna Lounge, in Bucerias, on March 7th and 8th. *Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

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“QUEEN OF THE DINNER SHOWS”*

Johnny Zatylny as Freddie Mercury Merv Buchanan merv@uvs.com he phenomenally successful rock band Queen was formed in London, England, in 1970. Although first rate musicians all, most of the attention and excitement centered around singer Freddie Mercury, a talented showman with an amazing vocal range and a flamboyant style. Born Farrokh Bulsara, in Zanzibar, Mercury moved to England as a youth, studied art, became interested in rock music and decided to become a singer and songwriter. After working in a series of unsuccessful bands, he struck gold with Queen. Queen's first hit was the single “Bohemian Rhapsody”, in 1975. Written by Mercury, it featured a complicated series of chord changes and time signatures reminiscent of Brian Wilson's work. Its near operatic multi-part harmonies are extraordinary,

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making the song as exciting and entertaining today as it was some 40 years ago. Although Mercury died in 1991, the group's career continued to flourish. They have sold more than 300 million records and remain popular to this day. The group has been inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and the U.K. Music Hall of Fame. In 2018, the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” chronicling the life and times of Freddie and Queen was a major success with critics and the public alike. When Montrealer Johnny Zatylny dons his flashy stage clothing, bounces across a stage and makes love to a microphone, he almost seems like Freddie Mercury re-incarnated. His vocals, like Freddie Mercury's, have the rhythm, phrasing and stamina the late star was famous for. As a tribute artist, Johnny Zatylny is a hard act to follow!

In way, Dick Clark is responsible for Zatylny's successful career as one of the world's foremost Queen tribute artists. It was his knockout performance as Freddie Mercury on Clark's ”Your Big Break” that gave him his start. As a result, he has been able to make the jump from weekend gigs in Montreal bar bands, to performing with large orchestras in Berlin, Stockholm and throughout Europe, and also front Queen tribute bands “Queen Flash” in North America and “Merqury” in Europe. And his solo “Queen” show is a big hit on the dinner show circuit in Canada, the US and Mexico. Queen returns to Mexico for shows at The Luna Lounge, in Bucerias, February 28th, March 1st & 2nd and Incanto, in Puerto Vallarta, March 3rd & 4th . *Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

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Paws for the Cause

Feb 28 from 6pm – 11pm La Hacienda De Carlota, Lazaro Cardenas 388, Emiliano Zapata The 6th annual fundraising event to assist the homeless animals of PV. Ticket price includes a wonderful buffet dinner. There will be a DJ and entertainment, Silent Auction, 50/50 and great door prizes. Please come out to support our mission and have some FUN! Tickets now available at Cassandra Shaw Jewelry, Friday Marsol Market and from Members of Friends of PV Animals.

8th Annual Riverfest Music Festival Mar 2 - Mar 3 Noon – 5pm EL Rio BBQ & Bar, Paso Ancho Riverfest 8, a two day festival featuring top bands from around the bay, local artisans, a silent auction and excellent eats, for the benefit of Pasitos de Luz children with disabilities, kicks off Saturday, March 2. Saturday’s line-up features the likes of The Gecko Band and La Trez Cuartoz. “Ritmos Latinos Sunday,” March 3, ends with a powerful double head-liner: Los Bambinos and Johanna’s Band. Held at El Rio BBQ • Bar, this signature event is not to be missed. Just choose your day or, better yet, come upriver for both days! Stay tuned for the full, two day line-up. Nos vemos al río arriba!

Vallarta Bird and Nature Festival Mar 8 – Mar 10 from 7am – 5pm Vallarta Botanical Gardens Three days of fun filled birding tours and presentations with a goal to raise money for construction and installation of Military Macaw nest boxes and with a mission to spark awareness for birds and nature and to inspire people to act to conserve birds and nature for its ability to enrich out lives.

Corazón de Niña Benefit Fundraiser, Saturday, March 9th

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rtists from across the Banderas Bay region are coming together to support Puerto Vallarta’s Corazón de Niña children’s home in an “Artists for Orphans” fundraiser Saturday, March 9th, 1:00–4:00 p.m. The event will be held at the River Café restaurant on Isla Rio Cuale, beneath the Ignacio Vallarta Bridge, in Puerto Vallarta. Their art — more than 60 paintings, watercolors, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, and more — will be available for sale, with all of the proceeds supporting the home’s nearly 80 children, from toddlers to high-schoolers. The children and young adults will create their own interpretations of the artists’ creations. Corazón de Niña children’s home opened in 2012 to offer a stable, nurturing environment for children from broken homes, dysfunctional families, and other unfortunate circumstances. Rather than housing the children in an institutional setting, Corazón de Niña provides a real home with house parents and separate residences for boys and girls. Counseling, education and long-term support are provided to help the children grow into successful adults able to support themselves and make their own contributions to

Traditional Irish Menu for Charity!

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n Wednesday March 13th Murphy’s Irish Pub will be hosting a Pre-Saint Patrick’s Day for charity (Jay Sadler Project) event. Traditional Corn Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd’s

Pie, or Guinness Beef Stew will be served for the cost of $250 pesos. Includes one premium drink (Guinness, Craft Beer, Wine, Bailey’s, Jameson, or Irish Coffee). There are two seating’s available: Noon

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he mission of Vallarta Celtfest is to promote awareness and appreciation for Celtic Heritage, and to offer an entertaining event for both the tourists and locals of Vallarta. Vallarta Celtfest is a celebration of Celtic traditional music, dance, food & beverage, and culture. This is the third year in a row for this event and is run by Jon Murphy, of Murphy’s Irish Pub. During the previous two years Vallarta Celtfest

the event was held on the Malecon in front of Murphy’s Irish Pub, but due to popular demand, the decision was made to move the venue to Lazaro Cardenas Park where larger crowds could be accommodated. Vallarta Celtfest will be held on March 10 th, from 4 to 10 pm at Parque Lazaro Cardenas in Old Town. Vallarta Celtfest is a collaboration between Murphy’s Irish Pub and the Jay Sadler Project, combining great

to 3pm and 5pm to 8pm. Reservations encouraged. Live music performed by Dave Whitty from St. Johns, Newfoundland. Reservations 322 113-0373.

entertainment with a great charity to raise money for the many worthy JSP projects all around the Bay of Banderas. Live entertainment line-up will be top notch this year including: The Guadalajara Trio (Irish Dancer with Fiddle and Uillean Pipes), La Trez Cuartoz , Dave Whitty from St. Johns Newfoundland, and Elk Run & Riot from Albert Canada. Additional sponsors for this event include: El Terrible Brewing, Los Muertos Brewing, and Los Mercados.

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habbat Services presented by the Puerto Vallarta Jewish Community will be held at 6:30 PM, March 1, 2019, in the second floor, glass

enclosed room of Gaby’s Restaurant, located at Hidalgo & Mina, Puerto Vallarta. Dinner will follow, dutch treat.  Volunteer readers are requested for Hebrew

&/or English parts. Please RSVP to helth1@sbcglobal.net for  volunteering and &/or dinner by Tuesday, February 26.  Volunteers, please arrive by 6 PM.

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“Artists for Orphans” the community. “We so appreciate the efforts by the artists to support us in giving our children opportunities to grow up in ways they most likely would not have,” says Melissa Canez, the home's Director and co-founder. “In turn, we invite everyone in the greater Puerto Vallarta area to come and support the artists at this wonderful event, while also supporting the children in our home.” The Artists for Orphans fundraiser will feature live music and entertainment. The River Café will serve tapas and provide a no-host full bar. Tickets are 500 pesos and

available by emailing Cecil Kerfont at kerfontc@yahoo.ca or at these establishments: • Cassandra Shaw Jewelry, Basilio Badillo 276 • Lucy’s Cucu Cabana, Basilio Badillo 295 • International Galleries, Marina Las Palmas 1, Local 8 Malecon, Marina Vallarta Anyone not able to attend but still interested in contributing or volunteering can do so, by contacting the Corazón de Niña children’s home via Cecil Kerfont (kerfontec@yahoo. ca) or 322 224 9209. Tours of the home are held weekly.

Artisan and Farmer’s Markets in Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

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very year at the end of October through the first week of November we welcome back the many artisan and farmer’s markets that pop-up around the bay and north through the towns of Riviera Nayarit. These markets represent local producers, artisans and entrepreneurs selling homemade food, organic products, arts and crafts, jewelry and more. They are an excellent resource for fresh baked treats, hard to find items and unique souvenirs. Here is an up to date list for most markets, if you know of another please email and we’ll add it to the list. Editor@vallartatribune.com

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Marsol Friday Market by the Pier - 9:30 am -1:30 pm Open every Friday all year located on Francisca Rodriguez Sayulita Mercado del Pueblo - 10 am -2 pm – On Calle Revolucion before the bridge Southside Shuffle every second week from 6 pm - 10 pm On Basilio Badillo, Old Town

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Olas Altas Farmer’s Market - 9:30 am - 2 pm at Lazaro Cardenas Parks, Old Town Three Hens & a Rooster Market 9 am - 1:00 pm at the Lions Club, Madero # 280 Old Town Tianguis Lo de Marcos – Located at Main plaza Nuevo Vallarta Market- 9am - 3pm Located at the gazebo on the malecon

Sunday

Huanacaxtle Farmer’s Market - 9 am -3pm Located at La Cruz Marina

Tuesday

Riviera Market 9am - 2 pm In Nuevo Vallarta in the parking lot behind the Casino.

Wednesday

Bucerias Forever Spring Market - 9 am - 1pm In the parking lot of Chedraui Bucerias Vallarta ArtWalk - 6 pm - 10 pm Various locations in downtown vallartaartwalk.com

Thursday

Bucerias ArtWalk - 7-9pm - along Lazaro Cardenas Marina Vallarta Night Market- 6 pm -10 pm along the marina boardwalk


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Riverfest 8 12 – 7pm (El Rio BBQ) Sat: Mar 2; Gecko Band, Brimstone, Anna & The Others, Texas Embassy Blues Band, The Jokers, La Trez Cuartoz Sun Mar 3; Piel Canela, The Cheko Ruiz Band, Los Bambinos, Johanna’s Band Bambinos Trattoria (Aguacate #314) Mon: Beatles tribute 8 pm Wed: Franki Valli 8 pm Thur: Legends of Rock 8pm Fri: Latin Party 8 pm Sat: Latin Party 8 pm Babel Bar (Aquiles Serdán 437, Isla del Cuale)  Mon: Dueto Tajin 1 – 3 pm Mon: Raul y Carlos 6:30 – 8:30 pm Tue: Lobo & Esau 1 – 3 pm Tue: Faralae 6:30 – 8:30 pm Wed: El Sindrome de Willy 1 - 3 pm Wed: Xalli 6:30 – 8:30 pm Thur: Moruno 1 - 3 pm Thur: Oscar y Miguel 6:30 – 8:30 pm Fri: Cesar Medina 1 – 3 pm Fri: Moruno Aisha 6:30 – 8:30 pm Sat: Oscar y Raul 1 – 3 pm Sat: Tequila Jazz 6:30 – 8:30 pm Sun: Media Luna 1 - 3 pm Sun: Steve York & Stephen O’connor 6:30 – 8:30 pm

live music Live Music Calendar Fri: Luis & Fernando 7:30 pm Fri: Dennis Crow 9:30 pm Fri: Lady Zen 9:30pm Sun: Red Suitcase Band 7:30 pm Sun: Cheko Ruiz Gypsy Kings 9:30 pm Sun: Salsa dancing lessons 8pm Kelekai’s (Liberdad 516, Col. Playa Grande ) Sun: The Bay Roots 2 - 5 pm Kelly’s Pour Favor Saloon and Cookhouse (Lazaro Cardenas 245) Mon: Hoochie Coochie Men 8 - 11 pm Tue: Trez Cuartoz 8:30 – 11:30 pm Wed: Tequila Rush 8 – 11 pm Thurs: 3Tones 8 – 11 pm Fri: The Others 8:30 – 11:30 pm Sat: Soul Trip 8 – 11 pm Sun: Dr Groove 9 - 12 am La Casa de Hugo (Hamburgo 146, Versalles) Fri: Stoli 7pm Sat: Dr. Groove 10 pm La Ingrata (Abasolo 169) Sun: Soul Trip 1 am – 3 am McCarthy’s Irish Pub (Francisco Medina) Sat: Tequila Rush 10 pm

Bistro Teresa (Zaragoza 160 4th floor) Wed: Zoe & Leon 6-8 pm

Murphy’s Irish Pub (484 Morelos, Malecon) Wed:Dave Whitty 7 pm Thurs: Dave Whitty 7 pm Thurs: Anna and the Others 10:30pm Fri: Dave Whitty 630 pm Fri: La Trez Cuartoz 10:00pm Sat: Dave Whitty 7 pm Sat: Anna and the Others 10:30pm Sunday: Dave Whitty 7 pm

Blakes Restaurant and Bar (Plaza Los Glorias #16) Tues: Tres Cuartoz jam 3 – 6 pm Fri: Soul Trip 2:30 – 5:30 pm Sat: Tres Cuartoz 2:30 – 5:30 pm

Nacho Daddy (287 Basilio Badillo) Tue: Cat Daddy’s 8:30 pm Wed: Joker Band 8:30 pm Fri: Texas Embassy Blues Band 8:30 pm

Café Roma (Encino 287 near flea market) Thurs: The Others 6 – 9 pm Sat: Tequila Rush 6 – 9 pm

Que/Pasa (625 Aquiles Serdan) Mon: Bob Tansen & Son 7 - 9 pm Tues: James Morgan 7 – 9 pm Wed: The Change 7:30 - 10:30 pm Thurs: Stolie 7 – 10 pm Fri: Gloria & Da Crew 6:30 - 9:30 pm Sat: The Hoochie Coochie Men 7 – 10 pm

Captain Don’s (Honduras 126) Tue: Gecko Band 3 – 6 pm Fri: Tequila Rush 8 - 11 pm Sat: Da Crew 8 - 11 pm

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Ernestos (Pera 17, Jarretaderas, Nay) Sat: Easy Listening 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Estudio Cafe (Paseo de la Marina 31, Nuevo Vallarta) Mon: Julie Easy Listening 7 – pm Thurs: Oldies 7 – 9 pm Sun: Julie Easy Listening 10am - noon Rincon Rumbero (Blvd. Nuevo Vallarta Norte) Fri: Tino 10pm - late Sat: Ahi Na Ma 10pm – late Riviera Grill (Paseo de los Cocoteros, Nuevo Vallarta) Wed – Sat: Blanca de la Rosa 7pm – 9 –pm

BUCERIAS & NORTH SHORE Encore Restaurant & Lounge (51 Lazaro Cardenas | Bucerias) Thu: Live Jazz 7 - 10 pm Fri: Live Jazz 7 - 10 pm Buzzos (In front of Bungalows Princess | Bucerias)  Fri: Hugh and the Mexpats 6 - 8pm  Sat: Sweet and Sour 6 – 9pm El Chivero (Avenida Pacifico 9, Centro | Bucerias)  Sat: The Gecko Band 3pm  Drunken Duck (Avenida Mexico, Centro | Bucerias)  Tue: Andra & The Crazzy Boys 9 pm Wed: The Gecko Band 9 pm  Thur: Soul Trip 9 pm Fri: Rob Cavazzini & Fede 5 pm Fri: Andra & The Crazzy Boys 9 pm Sat: Da Crew 9 pm Sun: The Gecko Band 5pm JAX Bar and Grill (Avenida Mexico 17, Bucerias) Wed: Anna and The Others 8:30 pm Thurs: Trez Cuatroz 8:30 pm Sun: Mexpats 3 pm Sun: Black Mamba 8:30 pm Punta Esmeralda Beach Club (Highway from Bucerias to La Cruz) Wed: Damaged Goods 7:30 – 9:30pm Sun: Damaged Goods 7:30 – 9:30pm Ana Bananas (Tiburón #42 | La Cruz) Mon: Soul Trip 7pm Fri: JAM 7 pm Sun: Rhythm Roosters 7 pm

Cuates y Cuetes (Francisca Rodriquez 101) Wed: Tatewari 8 - 10 pm

Revolution Restaurant & Bar (Matamoros #235 Col. Centro) Sat: The Sunset Raiders 8 pm

Daquiri Dick’s Tue: Esaú Galván Flamenco Guitar 7 - 9:30 pm

Roxy Rockhouse (Ignacio L Vallarta 275) Thurs: Gecko Band 8 – 11 pm

El Oasis de Holi (River mouth by La Isla Mall) Tue: Dr. Groove 6 pm Sun: The Others 5 pm

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Greene Tomato (Town Square La Cruz) Wed: The Traveling Band around 8 pm Thur: Ivan and Mike around 7pm Fri: Rock in Trio around 8 pm Sat: Crazy Boys 8 pm

Nuevo Farmers Market Sat: Blanca de La Rosa 9:00 – 1:00 – Mexican & Latin Favorites

OSO’s Oyster Bar ( La Cruz Marina) Thur: The Remedy, Open Mic 7 pm Sat: The Remedy 7 pm

Chasers Sports Bar (Avenida Mexico 570A | Nuevo Vallarta) Fri: Gloria & Da Crew 5 – 7 pm Fri: Gecko Band 8 – 11 pm Sat: Cesar Medina 8 pm

Masala (La Cruz) Thurs: Blue Knote 7 – 9pm

El Rio BBQ, (Paso Ancho) Tues: The Joker 4 p.m. Wed: The Zippers 4 p.m. Thurs: La Trez Cuartoz 4 p.m. Fri: Bob & Gilberto 4 p.m. Sat: Brimstone 4 p.m. Sun: Cheko Ruiz Band 4 pm Haradovs Rooftop Lounge (Lazaro Cardenas) Wed: Dr. Groove 8:30 PM Sat: Dr Groove 9:30 Gringo Loco Cantina (Francisco I Madero 403) Wed: Paranoia Band 7 - 10 pm                       Thu: Martin (solo) 7 - 10 pm                                     Sat: The Change 7 - 10 pm Incanto (Insurgentes 109) Mon:Joby & Tongo 5 pm Mon: Zoe Wood & Eduardo Leon on Mon at 7:30 pm Tue: Edgar Roxha 5 pm Tue: The Blue Knotes Duet 7:00 pm Wed: Jay-Gee, Romantic Piano 5:00 pm Wed: Salsa dancing lessons 8pm Wed: Red Suitcase Band 7:30 pm Wed: Dennis Crow 9:30 pm Thurs: Open Mic 7:30 pm Fri: Joan Houston 5:00 pm

Britannia (Coral, La Cruz) Tues: Open mic with The Turn 7pm until they close

Jardin Montenegro Restaurant – (Blvd. Nuevo Vallarta #220) Daily (except Tues) Martin Maya & Martin Montenegro (sax) 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

La Cruz Inn (36 Calle Marlin | La Cruz) Sat: Music in the Street with Matt 4 to 7:30 pm Thurs: Tres Aires 5:30 to 7:45 pm

Dona Tere Restaurant (Blvd. Nayarit, Villa 5 / Nuevo Vallarta) Wed: La Patrona Mariachi Trio 6:30 - 8:30 pm Fri: Jaque Mate Jazz 7 – 9 pm Sat: Korsari Rock ‘n Roll 7 – 9 pm

El Atico Hookah (Sayulita) Tue: Soul Trip 9:30pm

Eddies Nopal Beach Restaurant (Blvd. Nayarit 70, Nuevo Vallarta) Daily – Live music 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Sat and Sunday: Live Music from 10am to 1:00 pm El Barracuda (Blvd. Nayarit 708, Villa 5, Nuevo Vallarta) Sat: Los Disponibles Rock 9:00pm – 11:00 pm

Black Forest (16 Marlin, La Cruz) Fri: Gypsy Flamenco 7:30 pm

Jacks Cantina (Sayulita beside bus terminal) Thurs: Tequila Rush 8 pm Faro Mita (Higuera Blanca) Fri: Soul Trip 7:30pm Maria Bonita Restaurante bar (San Pancho) Sat: Stolie 7 – 10 pm

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BANDERAS BAY SHOPPING AND SERVICES

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Sherry Vallarta HOME DE’COR

Personal Shopper

Buy & Sell ~ Anything & Everything

sherryvallarta@yahoo.com 044 322 137 7063 PUERTO VALLARTA’S FAVORITE FOR OVER 19 YEARS

Find us at: Show Room @ SUCESOS BOUTIQUE Tuesday Market @ Nuevo Vallarta Thursday Market @ La Marina Vallarta Sunday Market @ La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

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20% OFF PEARL NECKLACES AUGUSTIN RODRIGUEZ 315, DOWNTOWN

Winner of the best clothing store in Vallarta

2018 Reader’s Choice Awards - lemongrasspv@gmail.com

NEW ACTS NEW UPDATED SPACE Olas Altas 508, Zona Romántica (Old Town) Puerto Vallarta, Jal. P. 322 222 0200

BELOVED RETURNING STARS FRIENDLY SERVICE Box Office open 10AM Daily Buy Tickets online at: www.thepalmcabaret.com


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Marsol Friday Market by the Pier

MURPHY’S IRISH PUB Located on the Historic Malecon across from the lighthouse statue (El Faro) beautiful sunset views every night!

Marcia Blondin

All that Glitters

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ur vendors and our hundreds of Marsol Market patrons extend heartfelt condolences to the Peña family on the recent passing of Marsol Hotel owner Jorge Peña. He was a friend to all. R.I.P. Jorge. Lalo has been buying and selling jewelry for decades and has a keen eye for unusual pieces. He also mixes and matches styles and colors that are unexpectedly wonderful, different and fabulous. Combinations that should not ‘work,’ do. His table glitters with rhinestones and semi-precious gems set in pendants, bracelets, vintage brooches, earrings, and more. If you are unwilling to settle for ordinary, find Lalo at Market and let him show you something brilliant. The Marsol Friday Market by the Pier presents, accompanied by live music: city and country walking tours;

durable cotton wine/gift bags, and Louisiana peanut brittle. Herbal extracts, creams, and potions. Organic coffee from Chiapas, ground or whole bean in medium, dark and espresso roasts. 100% cotton clothing and crocheted items. Talavera pottery, and Huichol crafts. Fabric and leather purses; Bark art; corn-husk flowers, and animal-rescue info. Home décor advice from Sherry, dog and human baked treats by Kim; Mexican nuts, candies, and fine-art paintings. Pickled beets, sauerkraut, and smoked meats; artisanal tequila and essential oils. Jewelry made with: sterling silver; faceted glass and semi-precious stones; repurposed fabrics; leather for men and women; sea glass and beach tile; estate, antique jewelry, and more.

Delicious traditional pub menu. Live Rock Music - Wed - Sat @10:30pm Watch all sports w 2 satellites. Pool Table.

484 Morelos - 2nd floor - Centro Vallarta Open daily 11 am

Murphys Puerto Vallarta

VOLUNTARIO / VOLUNTEERING VALLARTA THE JAY SADLER PROJECT MAKING A DIFFERENCE

www.jaysadlerproject.com

EL PROYECTO JAY SADLER HACIENDO LA DIFERENCIA

COMMUNITY SERVICE / SERVICIO A LA COMUNIDAD

Join us year-round at the Marsol Friday Market by the Pier. Open from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.

MARSOL FRIDAY MARKET BY THE PIER CADA VIERNES 9:30 am - 1:30 pm ART ARTE JEWELRY JOYERÍA CRAFTS ARTESANÍA CLOTHING ROPA PASTRY PASTELES HOME DECOR MUEBLES HERBALIST HERBALISTA FOOD COMIDA MUSIC MÚSICA HOTEL MARSOL 103 FRANCISCA RODRIGUEZ OLAS ALTAS

Tel. (322) 222 2675, (322) 222 5402, w Celular: 322 175 0412 mundodeazulejos@hotmail.com www.talavera-tile.com


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Vintage Spoon Jewelry & Boutique

FARMERS MARKET: Saturday: Olas Altas at the park Lázaro Cárdenas de 9:00am a 2:00pm. Sunday: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle in the Marina de 9:00am a 2:00pm. Monday: Guayabitos Nayarit de 9:00am a 2:00pm. Tuesday: Nvo Vallarta in the Paradise Village de 9:00am a 2:00pm. Jueves: Marina Vallarta de 5:00pm a 10:00pm

Fb TYBikinisYmas ty-bikinis-mas@hotmail.com (322) 137-0477 Made to size!!

Handcrafted in Puerto Vallarta, México Basilio Badillo 325, Puerto Vallarta, México www.chantelvintagespoonjewelry.com Olas Altas Farmers Market Park Lázaro Cárdenas Saturdays 9-2

La Cruz Market La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Marina Sundays 9-2


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Vallarta Tribune Issue 1143 Feb 28 - March 06, 2019  

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico The Vallarta Tribune is the longest running free English language newspaper in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We publish w...

Vallarta Tribune Issue 1143 Feb 28 - March 06, 2019  

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico The Vallarta Tribune is the longest running free English language newspaper in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We publish w...

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