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2019 Best of Banderas Bay Winners Announced

28 Glorious Years in Vallarta

IFC Supports Banderas Woman’s Shelter

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ALL-INCLUSIVE NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE FOR VALLARTA AND RIVIERA NAYARIT

Vallarta Bird and Nature Festival Vallarta Botanical Gardens from Mar 8-10 Photo by Nancy Holland

MAP OF BANDERAS BAY

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VALLARTA SHOPPING PAGES 36-37

EVENTS PAGES 34-35

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Welcome to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

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

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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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NORWEGIAN STAR 2,700 26.03.2019 GRAND PRINCESS 2,600 24.03.2019 CARNIVAL SPLENDOR 3,200 27.03.2019 ROYAL PRINCESS 3,600 27.03.2019 NIEUW AMSTERDAM 2,106 28.03.2019 VOLENDAM 1,850 31.03.2019

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The Best of Everything! Today is the day we officially share with you dear readers, the winners of the 2nd Annual Best of Banderas Bay Pata Salada Awards! Over 250 questions, and 10’s of thousands of responses and now we have the definitive guide for the best places to eat, to sleep, to get a shave, to clean your teeth and to trim Fifi’s nails from Puerto Vallarta to San Pancho. This year we have included the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners (where there is more than 3 we had

a tie!) They are listed in order. A huge CONGRATULATIONS to all the businesses that won, this was all you! And an equally large THANK YOU to everyone who voted, and those who tried and couldn’t and then tried again, thank you! Your participation and support of the Tribune over these last 22 years means the world to me and everyone who works for the newspaper including all our writers and contributors Look on our website www.vallartatribune.com for a downloadable pdf in the coming days that you can use and share with your guests. In the fall we will once again publish ALL THE WINNERS as well as helpful information for visitors to Banderas Bay in our All-inclusive guide to Banderas Bay and Riviera

Mexico- Mix Puppies for Adoption!

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hese two little ankle biters were scooped up on the side of the highway in Bucerias and are now being fostered in Vallarta. They are about 8 weeks old, boy and girl, probably a small to medium ‘mexico mix’ and are being treated now by a local and vet. They are both healthy, playful and adorable. They will be ready for their forever home by March 15. If you are interested in adopting or fostering these babies, send me a message. Editor@vallartatribune.com

Carnaval Parade (and only the parade) is Cancelled Letter to the Editor:

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t is with a great deal of anguish, that organizers announce the cancellation of CarnavalPV scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th. We wish to thank those who have supported the annual event over the past several years, especially the south side businesses and organizations. Due to the increasing number of visitors to Puerto Vallarta, the registration numbers were low. The additional time needed to properly participate is just not available at this time of year. People of Vallarta are dedicating their time to our visitors, to ensure everyone is enjoying our paradise. For those that have paid, refunds will be processed immediately. We would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support. – Organizer Gary Green

March 7 - 13, 2019 www.vallartatribune.com

Why Bees Matter Vallarta Garden Club - Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 4:30 PM At Incanto Vallarta, with Talit Leon Mantecon and David Erne

D Nayarit. A couple quick notes about events – this weekend is the What a Drag fundraiser for the Banderas Bay Woman’s Shelter – page 34 for details on how you can get tickets or search on FB events for What A Drag 2019 - read John’s article on page 30 where he talks about the staggering rates of domestic violence in this country. At least in Canada and the USA there are (some) services and facilities for women and children to turn to – here, not so much. There is ONE shelter between here and Guadalajara and NONE in the state of Nayarit. The shelter here can help approx. 30 families a year. 30. Yes, thirty. I didn’t forget to add an extra zero. It’s truly overwhelming and why every time I ask Corazon de Nina

id you know that a large percentage of the food we consume each day relies on pollination, mainly by honeybees? Avocado, squash, cucumbers, citrus fruit and so much more are completely dependent on bees. Yet, honeybees are disappearing globally at an alarming rate. Why? What can be done to save them? How are they populated? Talit Leon Mantecon is a professional beekeeper with a deep knowledge of the science of bees, particularly honeybees in Mexico. David Erne is a retired attorney from Milwaukee who has been a hobby beekeeper for almost 40 years. Last year, the two of them traveled to Tepic to secure the 2 hives that have been installed at the Vallarta Botanical Garden.

how many kids they have now, it’s always a higher number than before. Don’t even get me started on what happens to the kids at R.I.S.E. Orphanage after they turn 14. So, buy your tickets (or make a donation, buy a sponsorship), count your blessings and support what is

probably the single most important cause in Mexico, let alone Banderas Bay. Children are the future. It’s a cliché but that doesn’t make it any less true. And on that note, safe travels. Madeline


2019 Best of Banderas Bay Winners announced

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The Best of Banderas Bay This category represents the top three picks in order for general questions that apply to the entire area. Q - BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD OR TOWN Old Town La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Bucerias

Q - BEST BEACH FOR SNORKLING Los Arcos Marietas Islands Colomitos

Q - BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD FOR ALL-NIGHT PARTYING Olas Altas Emiliano Zapata Bucerías

Q - BEST BEACH FOR PRIVACY Punta Mita Conchas Chinas Playa Careyeros

Q - BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD FOR OFF THE GRID LIVING El Tuito Lo de Marcos Higuera Blanca Q - BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD FOR RELAXING Mismaloya Bucerías Conchas Chinas Q - BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD FOR HEALTHY LIVING Old Town Bucerías Sayulita Q - BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD FOR SHOPPING Downtown Puerto Vallarta Sayulita Bucerías Q - BEST BEACH FOR KIDS Playa Los Muertos Playa Camarones Conchas Chinas Q - BEST BEACH FOR EATING AND DRINKING Los Muertos Bucerías Las Ánimas

Q - BEST BEACH FOR SURFING Sayulita San Pancho Punta Mita Q - BEST BEACH FOR PADDLEBOARDING Bucerías Sayulita Punta Mita Q - BEST BEACH FOR PARTYING Los Muertos Sayulita Bucerías Q - BEST KEPT SECRET Vallarta Botanical Garden Boca de Tomatlán El Mirador de La Cruz Q - BEST TENNIS COURTS Buganvilias Club Los Tules Canto del Sol Q - BEST ARTISAN MARKET Olas Altas Farmers Market Marsol Friday Market Riviera Farmers Market Q - BEST HISTORIC LANDMARK Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Los Arcos Amphitheatre Plaza de Armas

or 12 weeks in November through January reader’s of the Vallarta Tribune cast their ballots for the Best of Reader’s Choice Awards, choosing their favorite businesses in Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, La Cruz, Punta de Mita, Sayulita, and San Pancho. Broken into three geographical sections, each with over 80 questions,

the ‘Best of ’ results are from a combined total of more than 20,000 votes. The Vallarta Tribune wishes to congratulate the winners and those who placed second and third (listed here consecutively) on their deserved recognition. Thank you to everyone who participated. In the coming weeks this information will be available online, and in the fall we will

once again publish our Best of Guide to be distributed across the bay.

Q - BEST LOCAL TOURIST ATTRACTION El Malecón Whale watching tours Isla Río Cuale

Q - BEST COOKING CLASSES My Mexican Kitchen Miriam's Mexican Kitchen Cookin Vallarta

Q - BEST LOCAL DESIGNER CLOTHING STORE Luisa’s Sucesos Boutique Ponciana

Q - BEST PUBLIC ART Malecón Sculptures Street artisans Papantla Birdmen Q - BEST MURAL Lazaro Cardenas Mosaic Mural Manuel Lepe Mural - City Hall Mural at Puerto Vallarta Airport Q - BEST LOCAL ARTIST Javier Niño Manuel Lepe Macedo Adrian Takano

Q - BEST WINE STORE Vinos América Vinoteca La Europea Q - BEST LIQUOR STORE La Playa Licorería El Coyul Vinos América Q - BEST TEQUILA STORE Agave Liquors Boutique Tequila y Arte Tequila Pancho López

Q - BEST LAWYER Félix Zarate José Luis García Mazín David W. Conell

Q - BEST PLACE FOR A MARGARITA Joe Jack’s Fish Shack Margarita Grill No Way José

Q - BEST IMMIGRATION CONSULTANT Norma Alicia Rodríguez Ibarra Claudia Georgina Cadena Luna Cenorina Gómez Suárez

Q - BEST PLACE FOR A MICHELADA Ocean Grill El Oasis del Holi Pink Cheladas

Q - BEST BANK Intercam Scotia Bank HSBC

Q - BEST PLACE FOR CHEAP BEER Sea Monkey Cervecería Chapultepec Day Off Beach Bar

Q - BEST NEW CONDO DEVELOPMENT Loft 268 Pacifica Bucerías Bolongo

Q - BEST HOTEL LOUNGE Pinnacle Resorts 180 Marriott Casamagna Hotel Insu Skybar

Q - BEST PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER Josef Kandoll Diana Flores Jorge Mercado

Q - BEST PLACE FOR COCKTAILS Twisted Palms Rooftop Lounge Blondies Loft + Slushbar 116 Pulpito

Q - BEST PRIVATE CHEF Mavi Graf Wendy Galeana Ramiro Castañeda Villa

Q - BEST TATTOO STUDIO Vallarta Ink Black Cat Papillon Family Studios

Q - BEST LOCAL DESIGNER JEWELRY STORE Cassandra Shaw Blanca's Creations Jewelry Pepe Cerroblanco Gallery Q - BEST LOCAL DESIGNER FURNITURE Studio 365 Interior Design Hector Vela Design Studio Coco Collignon Q - BEST FURNITURE STORE Solutions México Nordika Puerto Vallarta El Gran Mueble Q - BEST BIKE SHOP Velo Bike Xisco Bikes Aequilibrium Bikes Q - BEST LOCAL EVENT Festival Gourmet Internacional Historic Center Art Walk International Fishing Tournament Marlin & Sailfish Q - BEST LOCAL BAND Los Bambinos Gecko Band Vallarta Trez Curatoz Q - BEST DRAG SHOW Crazy Bitches at Luna Lounge The Palm Cabaret & Bar Dueling Drag Queens at Act II Q - BEST DANCE/DJ CLUB Mandala La Santa Strana Q - BEST PLACE FOR KARAOKE Kinky Karaoke Bar La Martina Karaoke Bar Luccas Puerto Vallarta


The Best of Banderas Bay Q - BEST PLACE TO GO DANCING La Bodeguita del Medio Mr. Flamingos J&B Dancing Club Q - BEST PLACE FOR PEOPLE WATCHING El Malecón Playa Los Muertos Marina Vallarta Boardwalk Q - BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE El Barracuda Di Vino Dante Coco's Kitchen Q - BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS El Malecón Vallarta Botanical Gardens Marietas Islands Q - BEST PARTY CRUISE Rhythms of the Night Chica Locca Marigalante Pirate Ship Q - BEST CRUISE TOUR SAILBOAT Mike's Charter and Tours Bahía Sailing Tours Rockstar Sailor

Q - BEST CRUISE TOUR POWER YACHT Ada Sailing Puerto Vallarta Jet's Private Boat Tours Kaleidoscope Q - BEST FISHING CHARTER PV Sportfishing Charly's Sport Fishing & Tours Nuevo Vallarta Fishing Charters Q - BEST PRIVATE CHARTER Seas the Day Rockstar Sailor Nautical Obsession Charters Q - BEST WHALE WATCHING CHARTER Oceanfriendly Tours Puerto Vallarta Tours Mike's Charters & Tours Q - BEST CHIROPRATOR Erik Fulfer Rachel Grosik Susan Colby Q - BEST MASSAGE The Blue Massage Venus Sunshine Spa Sayulita Holistic Bodywork

Q - BEST NUTRITIONIST Marcela Castellanos Armando Joya Daniel Sanelli

Q - BEST TRAVEL AGENCY Superior Tours Mex-ECO Tours Vallarta Explore

Q - BEST TOUR ON LAND Vallarta Food Tours Los Veranos Canopy Tour Vallarta Tequila Tastings

Q - BEST NATUROPATH Holistic Bio Spa SANA La Abelita Bucerías

Q - BEST ADVENTURE TOUR Vallarta Adventures Puerto Vallarta Tours Wild Treks Adventures

Q - BEST BEACH CLUB Mangos Beach Club Cocos Beach Club Sayulita Mantamar

Q - BEST OPTOMETRIST Eye-Metrics Óptica Americana Devlyn

Q - BEST WEDDING PLANNER Wedding Vallarta by Barbara Talbot Ross Mar Ibarra Weddings & Events

Q - BEST DAY PASS Hyatt Ziva Rancho Banderas Los Arroyos Verdes

Q - BEST COSMETIC SURGEON Alejandro Guerrero Torres Elaen Plastic Surgery Center Nashielli Torres

Q - BEST TOUR GUIDE JD Tours Tour with Roberto Chuck Medina

Q - BEST POOL Splash Waterpark Aquaventuras FIBBA

Q - BEST WEEKEND GETAWAY San Sebastián del Oeste Guadalajara Mayto

Q - BEST KIDS EXCURSION Sea Safari by Vallarta Adventures Las Animas Adventure Park Paradise Adventure Park

Q - BEST GOLF COURSE Punta Mita Pacífico Litibú Golf Course Vista Vallarta

Q - BEST ROMANTIC HIDEAWAY Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel Hotel Playa Escondida Tony's Hideaway

Q - BEST TOUR ON WATER Marietas Eco Discovery Tour River Expedition- Canopy River Adventure Tour on Pirate Island

Q - BEST CASINO Grand Odyssey Casino Emotion Casino Win Club Casino

The Best of Vallarta According to Me Then

By Marcia Blondin here is a magic about Vallarta that I have experienced only once before – in Delphi, Greece, at dawn, a long time ago. That same feeling struck me hard the second my foot hit the ground at the Vallarta airport in December 1986. It is useless trying to explain that magnetic pull to anyone who hasn’t been caught in Vallarta’s seductive and lovely web. I wept all the way back to Canada after my first two-week vacation here was over. I went back to the cold, miserable weather and my only consola-

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tion was that every morning when I got up to go to work, I was one day closer to returning to Vallarta and visiting my soul that remained here without me. Is it the people? The weather? Scenery? Food? Cheap booze? Yes and yes again. Is it perfect? In a lot of ways, it is. It is the imperfections that keep the entire world from moving here; that and the truth that the “magic” of Vallarta is very selective. If it gets you, you will have no choice but to happily surrender or be miserable for the rest of your days. The first couple of years living

here, I would cautiously open one eye every morning and glance around for a second; then with a deep exhale, get out of bed, knowing I was really and truly here and not just dreaming. Living and breathing the bloody exhaust fumes from the busses below my window, then looking through that haze into the Bay of Banderas. All real. And all mine. It’s no surprise Vallarta is overflowing with artists of all makes and models. In our own ways we seem to have to try and manifest the magic to others by painting or weaving, acting, dancing or writing

or just daydreaming at the beach watching the waves; having a drink, toes warm in the sand, sun changing the color of our skin. Moment after perfect moment. They happen to me every day. And, Vallarta has choices. Do I walk, drive, take a bus or a taxi? If I want to spend a thousand pesos for lunch I certainly can. I can also walk into Farmacia Guadalajara buy a can of tuna, a pack of crackers and a beer, go park myself on a piece of sand with a million dollar view, and call it lunch for under 50 pesos. The freedom of going on a bus and

drinking a quiet (operative word) beer is fantastic when you have a hangover. Small things that happen every single day of my life in this city. I have seen so many changes in 26 years – an eruption of building along the entire coast of the Bay of Banderas. Many people think it’s bad, that the character of Old Town is being destroyed. All I know for sure is this: there is no amount of cement capable of covering up the magic that is Vallarta. You just need to know how to look. Originally published December 2017.


The Best of Puerto Vallarta

Q - BEST COFFEE SHOP A page in the Sun Puerto Café Dee’s Coffee

Q - BEST HOTEL Hyatt Ziva Casa Velas Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa

Q - BEST BRUNCH Coco’s Kitchen La Villita at Sheraton Buganvilias La Estancia at Marriott Casa Magna

Q - BEST BAKERY Panino’s Leek & Thistle Pie Company Collins Bakery

Q - BEST TACO STAND Pancho’s Takos Tacos Revolución El Carboncito

Q - BEST GROCERY STORE Soriana Mega La Comer

Q - BEST SUSHI Sushi In House Yeo Sushi & Bar Kensao

Q - BEST BUTCHER Sonora’s Meat Obrador y Carnicería Colín Carnicería El Ramance

Q - BEST WINE LIST Café des Artistes Sonora Grill Prime Tre Piatte

Q - BEST ICE CREAM SHOP Dolcetto Il Gelato Sabores Helados Lix

Q - BEST TRADITIONAL MEXICAN RESTAURANT El Arrayán El Mole de Jovita No Way Jose

Q - BEST FLORIST Flowers to Go Eder Flores Luxury Flowers PV Florart

This category represents the top three picks (in order) for questions that apply to the city of Puerto Vallarta and surrounding area.

Q - BEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL Casa Karma Boutique Resort Hacienda San Angel Riviera del Rio Boutique Hotel Q - BEST RESORT Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa Secrets Vallarta Bay Grand Miramar Q - BEST NEW RESTAURANT Barrio Bistro Lamara Cohabana Q - BEST FINE-DINING RESTAURANT Bravos Restaurant Bar Tintoque Kaiser Maximilian Q - BEST RESTAURANT PATIO La Palapa Restaurant La Terrazza di Roma La Traviata Q - BEST KIDS FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Restaurant Café Lukumbé Outback Steakhouse Food Park Puerto Vallarta Q - BEST VIEW RESTAURANT Vallarta Botanical Garden El Barracuda Taste at Casa Cúpula Q - BEST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT River Café La Palapa La Leche Q - BEST VEGAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Planeta Vegetariano Salud Super Food Playa Detox Q - BEST BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT El Barracuda Puerto Vallarta Vitea Oceanfront Bistro Restaurant Bar El Set Q - BEST BREAKFAST Freddy’s Tucan Los Alcatraces Mr. Waffles

Q - BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Mariscos Polo’s La Langosta Feliz La Isla de Marin’s Seafood Q - BEST HAMBURGER Derby City Burgers Joe Jack’s Fish Shack Almacén Cocktail Q - BEST CEVICHE 8 Tostadas La Cevichería Marina Vallarta Lamara Q - BEST BBQ El Río BBQ Bar El Torito Sports Bar & BBQ Café Mordidas Q - BEST BREW PUB Los Muertos Brewing Monzón Brewing Co. La Cervecería Unión Q - BEST SPORTS BAR Champion’s Sports Bar Players Steve’s Sport Bar Q - BEST BARTENDER Diego Mendoza Christian Villatoro Brenda Gutiérrez Q - BEST HAPPY HOUR Cuates y Cuetes Daiquiri Dick’s Kelly’s Pour Favor

Q - BEST MECHANIC Radial Llantas Taller Porky-Pablo the Mechanico Frenos Únicos Q - BEST CLOTHING STORE Lemongrass Boutique Maria de Guadalajara Sucesos Boutique Q - BEST SWIMWARE STORE La Sirena Reina Myskova Beach Boutique Alphonse Swimware Q - BEST EYEWARE STORE Costco Eye-metrics Óptica Ópticas OCI Q - BEST SECOND HAND CLOTHING STORE Deja New! Ropero de Jovany Encore Boutique Q - BEST PIPE, BONG AND ACCESORY STORE Havana Cigar House Gold Leaf Smoke Shop The Smoking Gecko Smoke Shop & Vape Shop

Q - BEST LIVE PERFORMING-ARTS VENUE Act II Entertainment Stages Incanto The Palm Cabaret & Bar Q - BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE Nacho Daddy The Jazz Foundation Roxy Rock House Q - BEST GYM Vallarta Fitness CrossFit Vallarta The Fit Club Q - BEST YOGA STUDIO Yoga Vallarta & Pilates Studio Davannayoga Kupuri Yoga

Q - BEST PET SUPPLY STORE Petco Puerto Vallarta Central Animal Wawao Q - BEST VETERINARIAN CLINIC Sabuesos Wolfs Pethome Q - BEST DOGGY DAYCARE/ BOARDING FACILITY The Dog Father Bay View Can Veterinaria Junior

Q - BEST PILATES STUDIO Yoga Vallarta & Pilates Studio Marcelo Mico Pilates NACER Studio Pilates & Yoga

Q - BEST PET GROOMING Veterinaria y Estética Mascota’s Wao-Wao Clinica Veterinaria y Estética Canina “Gómez” Q - BEST CHARITY Pasitos de Luz International Friendship Club Corazon de Niña

Q - BEST DANCE STUDIO Zumba con Efrén Muñoz Ritmos Latinos Dance Studio Vallartas First Ballroom

Q - BEST FUNDRAISING EVENT Altruism Festival House Hunters International Riverfest - Pasitos de Luz

Q - BEST MARTIAL-ARTS STUDIO Kung Fu Vallarta Aikido Vallarta Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School

Q - BEST GAY BAR Paco’s Ranch Blondies Loft + Slushbar CC Slaughters

Q - BEST PERSONAL TRAINER Tito at The Fit Club Marcelo Mico Q - BEST MEDICAL CLINIC Hospital Medasist Hospital San Javier Marina Hospital CMQ City Center Puerto Vallarta Q - BEST DENTAL CLINIC Smile Vallarta Dental Avant Garde Just Smiles Q - BEST BARBERSHOP Barber & Booze Barberó Barbershop & Tattoos Chill Out Hair Dresser Barber Shop & Scalp Spa Q - BEST HAIR SALON Salon Malecon Thomas Simon Salon Essence Beauty Salon

Q - BEST ART STUDIO ART VallARTa Fagoaga Studio EducArte

Q - BEST SALON FOR NAILS Metamorfosis Day Spa Happy Feet PV Marina Salon Spa

Q - BEST ART GALLERY Galleria Dante Galería Contempo Tierra Huichol Olas Altas

Q - BEST SPA Artepil Spa Med + Spa Southside Spa

Q - BEST LESBIAN EVENT/BAR Apaches Her Party Pride Weekend Uncommon Grounds Chill Out Lounge Q - BEST GAY TOUR Diana’s Tours Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping Wet & Wild Gay Cruise Q - BEST PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY Puerto Vallarta Property Rentals PVConcierge PVRPV Q - BEST NOTARY Notary 5 - Carlos Castro Segundo Notary 2 - Teodoro Ramirez Valenzuela Notary 8 - Jose de Jesus Ruiz Higuera Q - BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT 1. Dana L. Scapa 2. Taniel Chemsian 3. Carl Timothy 3. Stella Leavitt 3. Julie Guerrero Q - BEST REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE Tropicasa ReMax Century 21


The Best of Riviera Nayarit Q - BEST HOTEL Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Ibero Star Playa Mita Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta

Q - BEST BRUNCH Sunday Brunch at Marival Sweet Paris Karen's Place

Q - BEST HAPPY HOUR Karen's Place Barchelata Beer Bar Sunshine Bar Bucerias Q - BEST COFFEE SHOP 1. Lateral Café & Bistro 2. Riviera Café Bucerías 3. Panino´s 3. Yah-Yah Café

Q - BEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL Villa Amor Sayulita Villa Amor del Mar MaraVilla Nayarit

Q - BEST TACO STAND Tacos Junior Bucerías Tacos on the Street, La Cruz Santo Taco Nuevo Vallarta

Q - BEST BAKERY Panino´s Delices de France Boulangerie Patisserie

Q - BEST RESORT Grand Luxxe at Vidanta Paradise Village Hotel Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta Resort & Spa

Q - BEST SUSHI La Sushita Nicksan Nuevo Vallarta Yin Yang Sushi La Cruz

Q - BEST GROCERY STORE Mega La Comer Chedrahui

Q - BEST WINE LIST Carolina at The St. Regis Punta Mita Miro Vino, Sayulita Sandzibar

Q - BEST BUTCHER Sonora al Sur Carnicería Trancos Carnes del Mundo

Q - BEST FINE-DINING RESTAURANT Mezzogiorno Tuna Blanca Toscana Mia Bucerias

Q - BEST TRADITIONAL MEXICAN RESTAURANT Si Señor Punta de Mita Fonda El Profe Serendipity Restaurant & Mezcalería

Q - BEST ICE CREAM SHOP Buonissimo Vegan Paradise Wa Kika

Q - BEST RESTAURANT PATIO Mark's Bar & Grill Encore Restaurant & Jazz Lounge Bucerías Riviera Grill

Q - BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT El Barracuda Nuevo Vallarta La Peska Original Anclote

Q - BEST KIDS FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Los Alcatraces Nuevo Vallarta Dstock Deck & Bistro Famar, Bucerias

Q - BEST HAMBURGER Las Famosas Burgers Ruben's Sayulita The Burguer Custom Made

This category represents the top three picks (in order) for questions that apply to towns between Nuevo Vallarta and San Pancho.

Q - BEST NEW RESTAURANT La Boqueria Hidalgo Lucca Restaurant Manao Cevicheria

Q - BEST VIEW RESTAURANT Insu Sky Bar The Blue Shrimp Nuevo Vallarta Mar Extea Gastro Bar Q - BEST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT Toscana Mia Bucerias La Dolce Vita Nuevo Vallarta Porto Bello Bistro and Lounge Q - BEST VEGAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Sandrina's Fresco Veggie Land Q - BEST BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT Don Pedro's Restaurant & Bar Adauto's Mar y Sol Bucerias Q - BEST BREAKFAST Mr. Cream Pancakes and Waffles La Cruz Inn Restaurant Doña Tere Nuevo Vallarta

Q - BEST CEVICHE 1. Mar y Sol Restaurant 2. Restaurant Titi's 3. El Jakal Sayulita 3. Sukha Q - BEST BBQ Sonora al Sur Mark's Bar & Grill Luna Lounge Q - BEST BREW PUB La Negra Bucerias Sayulita Public House La Condesa Nuevo Vallarta Q - BEST SPORTS BAR Yo Yo Mo's Rocky's Sports Bar Barchaletta Q - BEST BARTENDER J.P. Ramos at Yo Yo Mo’s Gladys Bova Yo Yo Mo’s Alex at Jax Bucerias

Q - BEST FLORIST Cattleya De en Flor Floreria Lirio Q - BEST MECHANIC Car Doctor Tyre Plus Michelin Auto Servicio Rivasa Q - BEST CLOTHING STORE Rosemary Sayulita Boutique Victoria Boutique Adriana Rosiles Q - BEST SWIMWARE STORE Coral Reef Surf Shop Surf N Roll Sayulita Buddha Gallery Q - BEST EYEWARE STORE Eye-Metrics Bonic Boutique Flamingos Manyana Sayulita Q - BEST SECOND HAND CLOTHING STORE La Chula Boutique El Bazar de González Recicla Shop Q - BEST PIPE, BONG AND ACCESORY STORE Cuban Tobacco Shop Surf México Smoke Shop Sayulita Q - BEST ART STUDIO A Broken Art Mosaic Gallery Mosaico Workshops Sayulita EducArte

Q - BEST ART GALLERY Jan Marie Boutique Gallery Cori Jacobs Gallery La Hamaca Q - BEST LIVE PERFORMINGARTS VENUE Luna Lounge, Bucerias Octopus Garden, La Cruz Marina La Cruz de Hunacaxtle Q - BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE Drunken Duck Encore Restaurant & Lounge Octopus Garden, La Cruz Q - BEST GYM Fitness Center Bucerias Lake Fitness Bahia Fitness Q - BEST YOGA STUDIO Shala Ananda Yoga Yoga San Pancho Moon Shala Q - BEST PILATES STUDIO Bahía Fitness Punta de Mita Yoga and Pilates MexFit Q - BEST DANCE STUDIO Quilombo Zity Dance Center Defy Gravit Pole Fitness Q - BEST MARTIAL-ARTS STUDIO Siam Do TaeKwonDo Artes Marciales Mixtas BSB Q - BEST PERSONAL TRAINER Marcelo Mico Raquel Meza Claudia Velasquez

Q - BEST PLACE TO GET A FACIAL Sunflower Massage Patty Spa Nuevo Vallarta Sayulita Holistic Bodywork Q - BEST SPA Harmony Center Natura Spa The Joy of Floating Q - BEST PET SUPPLY STORE 1. Clinica Veterinaria Animalitos 2. Animalove 3. Pet Vet and care 3. Veterinaria Itskuintlan Q - BEST ANIMAL HOSPITAL Veterinaria Valle Dorado PetMed Pet Vet & Care Q - BEST VETERINARIAN CLINIC Pet Vet & Care Veterinaria Terralta Mexican by Sabuesos Q - BEST DOGGY DAYCARE/ BOARDING FACILITY Veterinaria Valle Dorado Wawao Nuevo Vallarta Veterinaria Mr. Can Q - BEST LOCAL CHARITY Amigos de Bucerías Punta de Mita Foundation Amigos de La Cruz Q - BEST FUNDRAISING EVENT San Pancho Circo de los Niños Rotary Wine & Art Punta Mita Charity Golf Classic

Q - BEST MEDICAL CLINIC Hospital CMQ Riviera Nayarit San Javier Nuevo Vallarta Medic-Air

Q - BEST PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY Ocean Key Properties Bienvenidos Real Estate Mita Residential

Q - BEST DENTAL CLINIC Dr. Adrian Malja Just Smiles Bucerias DentoAmerica, Mezcales

Q - BEST NOTARY Notary 2, Bucerias Notary 10, Nuevo Vallarta Notary 29, Bucerias

Q - BEST BARBERSHOP Last King Barbershop Bucerias Barber Shop Plaza Bahia Cache's Barbershop

Q - BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT Andy Cabrera, Bienvenidos Real Estate Gigi Gignac,Mexico Homes and Condos John Forget, Elements Realty

Q - BEST HAIR SALON Salon Divas, Bucerias Paloma Garcia Salon Karo's Bucerías Centro Q - BEST SALON FOR NAILS Salon Divas Elements Day Spa Nirvanna Spa

Q - BEST REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE Elements Realty Bienvenidos Real Estate Riviera Partners Realty


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Welcome Home

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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.

Social Media Scares

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f you, like me, live far away from a lot of family and friends, social media can be a great tool for connecting. I love that I can watch my best friend’s son at hockey practice on Instagram, and find out on Facebook that my old high school pal got re-married. It was good to know that my college friend’s mom had passed away so I could send her a message even if I couldn’t wrap my own physical arms around her. It’s been a lifeline to an entire community of people I care about but rarely see. But, as a parent, I’ve had some serious reservations. Because, let’s face it, social media has brought a whole new facet to the parenting game. People born in the seventies or eighties, let’s all make a circle and hold hands and remember how we used to play with our friends in the street (I didn’t really do that, but I’ll hold hands anyway) and had 75% less parental supervision and had the best feathered bangs on the block. And we still survived and became the TOTALLY un-traumatized, fantastically well adjusted adults you see before you holding hands and crying a bit. After we let go of our hands and laugh self-consciously, let’s remember what year it is and understand that we are raising our kids in a whole new world with a whole new set of rules that are actually being made up as we go. Let me ask you this: has your child been cyber-bullied? Has she been DM’d by strangers on the Musical. ly app which they were just using to make cute little videos of themselves lip-synching to Cardi B? Has he had to read his grandparent’s friend’s opinions on immigration? These are just a few of the many, many ways your child can be victimized on social media without leaving the comfort of their very own bedrooms. On top of it all, now we are being warned that, during your child’s favorite YouTube video about opening

small plastic eggs with prizes in them that you will buy and then step on with your bare feet, some horribly thought up creature named Momo could jump in and try to get their personal information and also convince them to hurt themselves. Then, just when you have hidden the tablets and cell phones in your underwear/old receipts drawer, The Internet announces that it’s just a hoax and has actually affected very few people. In other words: we not only have to fear for our children’s online safety, we will NEVER KNOW WHEN THE PROBLEM IS REAL. The possibilities are literally endless (or at least in the numbers much higher than we can count). So I think what’s wanted here, in this new digital age, is a bit of common sense and a whole lot of calm, neither of which is my forte as a mother, but I’ll give it a whirl. Here’s what we do as a family. Please keep in mind that, even though we do take internet safety seriously, we have had all of the issues I listed a few paragraphs ago, except for the Momo one. We talk a lot about never giving personal information to anyone online, and to keep your contacts limited to people we know IRL (in real life. Oh, another tip, learn all the acronyms of communication) unless we talk about it first. Teens are REALLLLLY big on having privacy and that’s cool. However, it cannot be emphasized enough that we, as parents, are responsible for their safety and we expect to monitor them. We allow them to have their own devices but all have a parent control program downloaded as a prerequisite. Sorry, not at all sorry. I like the Qustodio app. I always tell them that I will not read the reports unless it is an alert of suspicious activity. I try to learn along with them, instead of making grumpy “well in my day” comments which just widen the gap. If we learn the great ways that we can use today’s technology, we’ll be able to model good social media use to our kids.

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ou have purchased your home in Mexico, and it suddenly hits you. How are you going to furnish it? You live hundreds of miles away. You are not familiar with any of the stores in Mexico. You don’t speak Spanish to converse well with salespeople. Where do you even start? No wonder new homeowners get knots in their stomachs! The purpose of this column is to help make furnishing your home in Mexico easier. I want to help you reduce stress. Based on my personal experience over the past ten years owning a furniture store in Mexico, I hope to save you time, money and frustration. “We just purchased a new condo and need to furnish it fully. Where do we even start?” This is by far, the most frequent question I am asked. All totaled, the number of items you need to purchase to outfit your new home will be in the hundreds. We are talking everything from bedroom and living room furniture to cutlery and brooms. It is, undeniably, a daunting task. To manage this scale of project, you must have a systematic plan. When I meet with a new customer for the first time, I try to do so over a relaxing cup of coffee or tea. The first thing I tell them to do is to take a deep breath and relax. I know that their stress level has been increasing since they started thinking about furnishing their home. Knowing they have someone who has experience and knowledge and can help them every step of the way immediately reduces their angst. The next step is to hear all about their new home in Mexico. I love to hear about their newest purchase and how they plan to use it. This allows me to find out relevant infor-

mation such as whether it will be primarily for their use or if they will be renting or both. It also gives me some background into who will living or visiting the home such as children, grandchildren, and pets. A good listening ear is required to pick up critical information that will help to create an inventory list as well as offer recommendations on the best materials from which

their furniture should be made. For example, a home with grandchildren and pets or one that is going to be rented out should absolutely go with performance fabric for their sofa or sectional. This revolutionary cover, which costs the same as regular covers, will not stain. Any liquid will bead up on the surface and wipe off. Next, we talk about how the new homeowner wants to feel when they open the door and walk into their home. For instance, do they want to feel the serenity of the sea or the vibrancy of Mexico? I often ask customers to send me a concept picture of interiors they like, ones they have seen on the internet or in magazines. This gives me an idea of their décor style so that I can show the customer the furniture that will achieve the look. Are you furnishing a new home in Mexico and want to reduce your stress? Email me at furniture@ solutionsmexico.com.


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Vibes & Vices:

Chulada de Cerveza @ Parque del Pitillal

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he last time I visited Parque del Pitillal, located a few blocks past Macroplaza on Francisco Villa, it was to participate in a colorful children’s craft project, because that’s the type of person I am. This go-round, I arrived at the park with the intent of becoming fairly intoxicated with cheap and delicious craft beer, because that’s the type of person I am too. What, do I have to choose or something? The Vibes: In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say the event was a bit more understated than I envisioned, but since the words “beer festival” bring to mind a huge concert with pom-pom waving beerleaders and a foaming fountain of lager three stories tall, the event planners can hardly be blamed for my overstimulated imagination. Instead, seven of the area’s top breweries brought their finest wares to the square on this beautiful Sunday afternoon, giving curious drunks a chance to discover Vallarta’s fast-growing selection of beers that are not terrible. After successfully resisting the inflatable bounce house the organizers of the event had wisely brought onsite for parents to store their children in (but only because larger children such as myself are best served by dedicated trampoline parks like the new one in town that you will hear about soon), I drained the last of my terrible street beer and breezed toward the tables. Because we share similar interests, I wasn’t surprised to see a few of my bar buddies already on the scene. Most of them sipped plastic cups of Drunk Norris, an American Pale Ale apparently formulated in the Marina Beer Lab specifically to kick one’s ass. The Vices: Tasty as it was, I had my suddenly refined palate trained on the brewery’s coffee ale, which I would have happy to provide an unnecessarily convoluted description of in this sentence had any been available at the time. I was informed that the beer wasn’t cold enough

yet--a perfectly valid reason to delay in serving it--and that I should return in 10 minutes or so. Deferred but not defeated, I returned to my friends for 10 minutes or so of conversation about our typical bar topics, this time with the pleasant backdrop of Pitillal, because a change of pace is nice sometimes and that’s why people drink craft beer in the first place. 10 minutes or so later, I returned to the booth to repeat my request... only to have my dreams dry up like a raisin in the sun as the freshly amended sign announced that the beer was somehow sold out. Now that’s cold. I was forced to drown my sorrows in a passion fruit sour, which was admittedly pretty good but received a substantial deduction on my scoring sheet because I didn’t get my way.

An hour or two went by as I continued to sample the selection...a porter here, a stout there, a cider I didn’t care for (just so nobody can say I never say anything nega-

tive in this column) but I couldn’t help but to occasionally cast a longing glance at the “sold out” sign next to my brew of first choice. As I gazed, I reflected on the inherent unfairness of life, the unpredictability of circumstance, and the relative nature of--wait, what’s this now? I looked up from our conversation circle just in time to spot a technician from the Brew Lab changing the coffee ale listing from “sold out” to “1 left.” All pretence of civility flew from my body as I knocked several people to the ground with explosive momentum, treading upon their prone bodies in a mad dash to seize the last bottle for my very own. If I needed forgiveness the church was right across the street. Okay fine, no one was actually harmed in my pursuit of hoppiness, but I did make my way over there without delay. It was the most rewarding choice possible for my final beer of the festival...I even let a few friends take a sip because that’s the

type of person I am as well. The Verdict: In the immortal words of an American Supreme Court justice, “I like beer,” and although I don’t mind drinking pretty much anything that fills a cooler with cans, I can also appreciate a well-

made product. Chulada de Cerveza shone a spotlight on some of the region’s premium offerings, exposing them to the wider populace for what is hopefully the first of many such events in the future. Maybe I’ll catch you there.

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From Here Marcia Blondin

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message to Puerto Vallarta: Twenty-eight years ago today - February 28, 1991 - I moved permanently to Puerto Vallarta. It took me five long years from my first visit in 1986, to get back here, where my soul lived without me until the 28th of February, '91. I was so excited that day and I remain the same. Every single day and there have been more than 10,000 of them, Vallarta has shown me a bit more of her secrets. I hold each one in my heart and soul with so much gratitude. Thank you, Vallarta and every single person who lives and breathes this same air. I love you. I love you.” I posted this on Facebook last

week and was rewarded with lovely comments and dozens of hearts from those expats who “get it” and have taken the same decision to not freeze for half the year, every year. And, being warm every day is a small part of the magic that lives in Vallarta. Talking about magic…the food at Barrio Bistro qualifies! I asked director Alain Perreault for his recommendations for dinner before his play premiered in the same neighborhood. His reply was instant – Barrio Bistro. I have never been because it’s not convenient to walk to. A genuinely lame excuse that’s for sure. My companions, Mark and Dana Zeller had never been either, so we were set to be amazed. Oh, my…we shared a pizza that

was so thin and crispy and topped with pesto, spinach, shrimp, caramelized onions, capers, and goat cheese, and I have likely left out some ingredients. The Zellers had red snapper that looked moist and smelled divine. My arrachera was charred on the outside and rare as could be inside – perfect, in other words. Service was prompt and easy, the atmosphere fresh, arty and comfortable. Owner Memo Wulff came over to say hi (as he did to every single table); I hadn’t seen him since he was cooking at El Dorado years and years ago. After dinner Mark, Dana and I strolled over to Plataforma 322, a performing arts theatre in Versalles featuring locally produced works in Spanish. We were attending the Perrobravo production of “el pequeño poni” starring Samantha Dueñas and Cesar Bravo. A synopsis, in English, of the play, was included in the program. For those of us who cannot track lightning-fast Spanish dialogue, it was a blessing. I know one couple who don’t speak any Spanish at all but went – and loved it – because of this extra bit of help that was provided. Thanks to Alain Perreault for making this effort on

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our behalf. I am sure Paco Ojeda helped; Paco also did terrific things with video and the soundtrack. I hope this will set a standard for other companies in Vallarta including those that perform in English. If it’s worth producing, it’s worth producing program notes. The more that can be explained beforehand leaves time and energy to enjoy the acting and the heady experience of live theatre. I have to mention, also, the stage for “The Little Pony” was horseshoe-shaped, so three sides were the audience. We were so close I could have leaned over and wiped the tears off Jaime’s (Cesar’s) face. Go and immerse yourself in a well-written and directed play, Saturdays, March 9,16 and 30, at 8 pm. You will be delighted. Incanto is reshowing all the Oscar-winning movies at 3 pm. Check their website for details. I am seeing “A Star is Born” on Thur-

sday, the 14th; join me. Folks at Coco Tropical last Sunday were treated to an extra special concert. Rodolfo, the blindfrom-birth tenor, showed up to sing with his voice/keyboard coach Jean-Guy Comeau. The audience witnessed the debut of Rodolfo playing piano and accompanying himself on a few songs. His growth in the past year has been incredible thanks to the genius of Jean-Guy’s teaching and Rodolfo's ability to absorb new material like a sponge. What a great team they have turned out to be! All of us involved with “Friends of Rodolfo” in one way or another, send love and heartfelt wishes for a complete recovery to our ‘founder’ if you will, Skip Everett in California. Hurry back, dear Skip, there are many more songs to learn. Hug one another often and hard and remember that songs are prayers set to music, From Here.


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Brain Patterns and Mindfulness Part One

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hat does it really mean to be mindful? Being mindful is about being present and noticing reality as it is in each moment as it unfolds. It’s about tuning into reality as it is, as natural state of being. Unfortunately for most of us, we are rarely in the present moment. We are caught in the concepts of the past or what we want for the future. We are texting on the phone while eating breakfast, not paying attention to your food or perhaps who you are talking with. Then later in the day, you may have a difficult time remembering what you ate for breakfast! We are literally daydreaming… Oh sure, you can say that you tasted it, but did you really? Or, you have a conversation with someone while looking at your phone. Or perhaps thinking about what you

are going to say when others are talking. You’re simply not paying attention. This behavior is actually a state of mindlessness. It has often been referred to as the “monkey mind”. If you Google Monkey Mind you will find that it comes from Chinese Xinyuan and Sino-Japanese; a Buddhist term meaning “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable”. Our minds continuously run non-stop! Neuro Science and Brain Patterns Our reality is perceived through a filter that allows us to see only what we have been conditioned to see. If you allow yourself to observe your mind and become a witness

being unique unto itself. Trillions of neural networks work together to create our creativity, along with new ideas of how we want ourselves to be and how we want to live our lives. They also serve us by keeping us alive and safe as they also recognize the patterns of our every changing environment. What can we do to change our neural pathways (of unwanted habits or beliefs) in our brains? Check in next week for Part Two! For questions or appointments please connect with me at Cat@NewEnergyConsciousness. com Have Fun creating amazing present moments! Blessing.

impulses pass by diffusion of a neurotransmitter. A neurotransmitter is a chemical substance that is released at the end of a nerve fiber by the arrival of a nerve impulse, and, by diffusing across the synapse or junction, causes the transfer of the impulse to another nerve fiber, a muscle fiber, or some other structure. This is how ”Neural Loops” are created, and is why you do or think the same thing over and over, even if it does not feel good. These neurons communicate across these synapses through the chemical transfers that blast from one cell to another with a bolt of electricity and do this throughout our brain like a crazy pinball machine. Each neuron sends and receives information to an astonishing 50,000 other neurons that are in a rapid-fire production. When you add it all up it amounts to 100 BILLION neurons X 50,000 connections. WOW! That is a staggering figure. There are more connections in a single human brain than stars in our galaxy. The result is a complex neural force of networks that form our personality, our identity, and our habits, with every single brain

to what is happening, you will discover that your mind is running continuous reactive loops over and over. We have become trapped by the neurology of our own brains without even knowing it! Every brain has an incredible unique pattern of neurons and connections. Some are learned over time and some are genetic. Every single one of us is wired differently. This neural-architecture of our brains tells us who and how we are going to act and react in the world. Every thought we have is the result of a network of billions of brain cells called neurons. Neurons are a specialized cell transmitting nerve impulses; a nerve cell. Unlike other cells in our bodies, neurons do not touch each other but are separated by microscopic spaces called synapses. A Synapse is a junction between two nerve cells, consisting of a minute gap across which

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Movement as Medicine By Via Anderson

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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.

Biohacking your feet Naboso Insoles: a “set it and forget it” biohack. For balance, posture, walking, and more.

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have been wearing Naboso insoles for six months. Now I’m ready to tell you about them. They can be an easy “biohack” to help you move better and feel your best. And reduce or end your foot pain. What is biohacking? I call it “making changes to your lifestyle to support your body’s amazing ability to heal itself.” If you are reading and enjoy this column, you are already a biohacker. Naboso insoles are a patent-pending invention by Dr. Emily Splichal, a functional podiatrist. The surface is a texture of small bumps scientifically placed and spaced. Wearing these textured insoles wake up the nerves on the bottom of your foot. This can result in immediate improvements in foot function, and a

reduction in foot pain. Using Naboso insoles is a “set it and forget it” biohack. Which is one of the things I like about them. Place them inside your shoes or socks. Start moving. The benefits occur automatically. The skin on the bottom of our feet contains thousands of small nerves which are sensitive to texture. Walking barefoot naturally stimulates these nerves. It’s a different story when we confine our feet in socks and shoes. And that is what most of us do. We are chronic sock and footwear users. All footwear, even minimal footwear, blocks stimulation of our plantar proprioceptors (nerves). The importance of proprioception is worth it’s own article. Suffice it to say, when your body is aware of where it is in space, it moves better and performs better. Poor proprioception leads to impaired muscular movements, emotional disturbances, and even learning deficits. Naboso insoles stimulate these important nerves on the bottom of

the foot. They create an environment for the foot that is almost like going barefoot. The benefits are often immediate. Plantar foot stimulation creates a gateway into the entire nervous system. It integrates with yoga, Pilates, bodyweight training, rehab exercises, and myofascial work. And daily living and moving. Athletes wearing textured insoles, including football players and dancers, perform better. They suffer fewer injuries. They recover from injuries faster. Naboso technology also helps address chronic neurological conditions. Including Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Guillian Barre, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke and peripheral neuropathy. I have noticed been wearing Naboso insoles for 6 months. I am more aware of my feet and the ground. My core engages without effort. I stand taller. I have more stamina on long-distance hikes. These insoles help one of my students walk better after a stroke. Another student has had extreme foot and back pain for 2 + years. She started wearing insoles a week ago. Her pain has dropped significantly already. Summing Up: Nabaso insoles use a new technology designed to stimulate the nerves on the bottom of your feet. They are a “set it and forget it” biohack for healthier movement. You may want to try them. Get more information at www.intelligentmovementforever.com. Click on the Naboso Technology link at the bottom of the page.

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Be The Change Marcella Castellanos

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Hola, soy Marcella Castellanos. I´m a bilingual Mexican - Californian, living in Puerto Vallarta for a decade. As a forty-something certified health educator, I’m passionate about health, consciousness and sustainability. I help people revitalize their health, vitality and mindset through plant based cooking, adventure and helping bridge communication barriers with the people, places and culture of Mexico. Search Marcella Castellanos on Youtube.com

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t's true! Your gut in recent years is being touted as your 'second brain.' According to Dr. Mark Hyman a leader in functional nutrition, this is what we should all be doing: 1. Eat whole, unprocessed, unrefined foods. One of the best ways to maintain gut health involves cutting out the sugar and refined carbs and jacking up gut-supporting fiber. 2. Make 75 percent of your plate be vegetables and plant-based foods. Your gut bugs really love these high-fiber plant foods. 3. Eat good fats and get an oil change. The good fats we mentioned earlier (like omega 3 fats and monounsaturated fats, such as extra-virgin olive oil) will help with decreasing inflammation, giving healthy gut bugs a chance to flourish. 4. Supplement smartly. Beyond the numerous benefits (including

reducing inflammation), studies find omega 3 fatty acids can support healthy gut flora. Also, take a good probiotic supplement. This helps reduce gut inflammation while cultivating health and the growth of good bacteria.⠀ 5. Add more coconut. Studies demonstrate anti-inflammatory and weight loss benefits from adding Medium Chain Triglyceride or MCT oils. One of my favorite fats, coconut oil and coconut butter, contains these fabulous fat-burning MCTs. 6. Remove inflammatory fats. Cut out bad, inflammatory omega 6 rich fats like vegetable oils. Replace these with healthier oils like extravirgin olive oil and coconut oil.⠀ 7. Add fiber-rich foods. Nuts, seeds, and special fiber called glucomannan provide prebiotics and feed our healthy bacteria. 8. Add fermented foods. Sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, and miso contain good amounts of probiotics so your healthy gut bugs can be fruitful and multiply.”


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Sustainably Yours Emily Majewski

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Emily Majewski is Co-Founder of PHYTOSTONE, a small firm based in Nayarit dedicated to creating advanced natural materials for home and garden.

Thank You Barbara Brittingham Powers: Terrenal’s Visionary Owner

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ots happening these days at the Tile Park! Hotel Posada de Roger’s bench is done, and it looks amazing! Last week we hosted yet another private workshop and completed another planter. And while that planter was getting done, our friend Judy brought plants for a couple of the others we just finished, so we had an impromptu garden party and now everything is 100% more awesome. In the blog this week we’ll be continuing our exploration of the park’s design, and talking with more people who have been integral in nurturing Parque Azulejos

to life. There are so many folks who have had a special hand in this project; we’re never short on inspiration from our friends. Choco has been making waves and people have been noticing. Rafa is skilled in design and also happy to help clean up after a hard days work. Our whole team works hard to support each other, and the fruits of our labor are the smiles we see when people stop by. Folks like Judy bring plants, and just put them in, because they see a need and they care. This project is all about community, and we love that people see what we’re doing and stop in to shake hands. The whole team loves it too… thank you! Keep doing that. It’s a huge inspiration to all of us.

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or those of you looking for scrupulously sourced organic products the organic store, Terrenal, has moved to Calle Libertad & Punta Mita Hwy, in a new home for this incredible hub of organic goodness. Sauerkraut, kombucha, oregano oil, bone broth powder, kefir, local butter, local greens and raw cacao treats are just a few of its roster of hard-to-find products that are great for people and planet. Few stores are as well stocked with helpful staff and passionate storeowners. I’ve always been struck by Terrenal’s visionary owner, Barbara Brittingham Powers: her dedication to living an integrated life helping people and planet, down to the tiniest of lifestyle decisions, is a true inspiration. Barbara founded the Monterrey based health clinic, Amayal, a clinic tackling the toughest of medical conditions through Functional Medicine principals. This school of thought focuses on the “root causes of disease based on interactions between the environment and the gastrointestinal,

endocrine and immune systems to develop “individual treatment plans” (Wikipedia). Barbara’s clinic has also assisted in the success of hundreds of natural births. I got to know Barbara when she and her husband asked me to help them create a backyard ‘garden of Eden’

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.

– a landscape rich in super foods and tropical edible rarities. Their cottage is now nestled in an oasis brimming with turmeric, lemongrass, moringa, eucalyptus and figs, to name a few. Since then they have supported the embryonic development of our new business, PHYTOSTONE, which focuses on advanced natural materials for home and garden. These materials encompass vegetable growing boxes composed of a manure-based ceramic material that slowly fertilizes its veggie contents. The home materials include cement-free interior plasters and sealants, finishes found in their new store location. I would like to thank Barbara and Terrenal for supporting both our home and garden initiatives! Barbara singularly understands that healthy people are intertwined with healthy home environments, healthy food and a healthy planet. Damage to one means damage to all but the inverse healing also effects all areas for the better. I enthusiastically encourage a visit to the new Terrenal, the local outlet for Amayal’s wellness oriented products. Their passion for making people’s lives and this world a better place is the stuff of a green-as-grassroots revival.



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5 Dazzling Days in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

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ant to enjoy sea, sand, culture and nature but short on time? Puerto Vallarta in the state of Jalisco and Riviera Nayarit in the state of Nayarit offer an abundance of activities in close proximity as well as a great climate to make the most of them all year round. Check out our guide to get a taste of real Mexican traditions and culture and find out about the nature spots you cannot miss! Day 1: Live a Day in the Life of David Attenborough Visiting Riviera Nayarit´s icon, the Islas Marietas, is like watching an entire series of Planet Earth but in real life! Since the islands remain uninhabited by people, an incredibly rich eco-system has

been able to develop. Declared a National Protected Area of Mexico in 2005, it was also named a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO. Biologists and birdwatchers travel miles to see the thousands of birds, including rare blue-footed boobys, sea turtles, giant manta rays, dolphins and endless schools of colourful fish. Kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling or scuba diving are popular ways to marvel at the beautiful landscape and rocky formations formed by underwater volcanoes. For the Planet Earth experience in Puerto Vallarta, visit El Salado Estuary, a protected natural area of 169 hectares with aquatic and subaquatic vegetation. Find out about all the diverse wildlife

unique to the area, including the enigmatic world of crocodiles and hundreds of different bird species by biologist-led, boat estuary tour through lush mangroves, forests, swamps and waterways. Book the Islas Marietas Eco Discovery Tour with Vallarta Adventures. Day 2: Get Away from the Crowds and Find Seaside Serenity A great off the-beaten-path

beach in Puerto Vallarta is Quimixto Beach. The crystal clear and shallow water makes it ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving. Many go for the local seafood and the region’s traditional dishes, but the biggest attraction is the nearby waterfall and surrounding wildlife. You can hike through the jungle or enjoy a horse ride to get there. In Riviera Nayarit, Lo de Marcos is a wonderfully quiet town with one of the last untouched beaches. Stroll around its streets or to the nearby towns and experience the local gastronomy and architecture. Or visit an independent turtle sanctuary and get up close to the amazing creatures. From December to March you can even spot humpback whales! Day 3: Step Back in Time in San Blas and San Sebastian Del Oeste A charming old colonial town, San Blas in Rivera Nayarit, dates back to the late seventeenth century, the second and lost port built by the Spanish Crown. Get lost in time and enjoy historic buildings such as La Contaduría, the majestic ruins of the 18th-century Spanish fort and church. Besides enjoying a slow pace of life just like back in the day, there are seven kilometres of fine sand beaches to relax on or go surfing. Settled by silver miners in 1605, San Sebastian del Oeste remains one of Mexico’s most well-preserved towns. Just 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, the authentic insight into traditional Mexican culture and architecture alongside beautiful landscapes make it well worth the trip. The town is in the Sierra Madre Mountains, 1,480 metres above sea level and surrounded by dense tropical vegetation. Due to the many original structures and cultural traditions that remain to this day, San Sebastian del Oeste is an extremely immersive slice of Mexican history. Day 4: Feed Your Arts and Culture Curiosity Puerto Vallarta has a vibrant art scene fuelled by the many national and international artists, sculptors and musicians that reside there. Walk along the oceanfront, El

Malecon, to see various sculptures, including Rafael Zamarripa’s symbolic seahorse sculpture, and works of art by local artists displayed on easels. Up until May make sure you catch the Art Walk when 12 galleries participate in exhibitions and remain open after hours. San Pancho, the cultural heart of Riviera Nayarit, offers rural Mexican character and the authenticity of a picturesque Mexican beach town. Enjoy various local cultural events at the Community Center, a world-class Polo Club, an Arts Collective and a thriving local music scene including an annual Music Festival in February. Day 5: Get to the Heart of Mexican Culture Through Flavours and Smells There is a reason Mexican food is famous all over the world. An important way to get to the roots of Mexican culture is through this popular gastronomy. Why not take a cooking class and learn all about these amazing traditional dishes first hand? My Mexican Kitchen offers a range of different classes in just groups of 6 students per class. You are also guaranteed a satisfied stomach by the end of the experience! A visit to Mexico isn’t complete without some quality tequila! Find out about the traditions of this blue Agave liquor and why it is more than a spirit. The family-owned Mama Lucia in Puerto Vallarta, the first Tequila factory in the Bay of Banderas, offers insightful tours on the cooking, fermenting, distilling, and ageing process. It all ends with a real treat: sampling their different grades of Tequila, including almond, coffee, and mandarin flavours! Do not miss the newest restaurant in southern Riviera Nayarit, Hectors Kitchen, located in the town of Punta de Mita. Chef Hector and his team create contemporary Mexican cuisine. Hector is from Oaxaca which you are sure to get a taste of from the menu! Visit https://www.hectorskitchen.mx/ for more info. An iconic reference for haute cuisine in Puerto Vallarta, Café des Artistes is a must-visit! With 27 years of high-quality cuisine and amazing service, it is no wonder the restaurant has picked up many awards along the way. To get a taste of this unique FrenchMexican fusion, visit https://www. cafedesartistes.com/en/.


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Medical Matters Pam Thompson

pamela@healthcareresourcespv.com

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

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e are now rolling into March! The weather is super. If I only had time to go to the beach…… Back on track now with our weekly speakers programs and if you did not receive our newsletter (you should!) you can see some of the events we have planned! For all speakers programs, we request an RSVP and you can send that to: pamela@healthcareresourcespv.com. All events are no charge and held at the new Sanmare Clinic at 9am. March 12, 2019 “How Much Do You REALLY Know About Healthcare in the Area?” This is a fun program that I have done in the past where upon arrival you will receive 20 questions to answer about health related matters in the Banderas Bay. We will then review each question to see how much people really know, or think that they know! Prizes too! For newcomers to the area, this is a great way to obtain important information! March 19, 2019 “What’s New in Pain Control?” Dr. Felipe Martinez, Anesthesiologist and Pain Control Specialist …..and believe me he does have some new information, a couple of innovative programs. Do you suffer from some type of chronic pain? This is the program for you. Dr. Felipe is bilingual, entertaining and the most knowledgeable person in the area for everything related to pain.

March 26, 2019 “Heart Attack in Women: #1 Killer” Dra. Laura Garcia and Dr. Adolfo Curiel. This is a chance for those that missed this presentation at Medical Matter to see it now.

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Dra. Laura Garcia, GYN and her husband, Dr. Adolfo Curiel, cardiologist packed the house at Medical Matters for this very important topic and feedback was wonderful! RSVP Starting Thursday, March 21, 2019 “What is Bugging You? Local Food Safety!” Learn about how to prevent yucky ‘stomach experiences’ in the area, tips and ideas. As well, on this date you can learn all about the series of programs that begins the following Thursday on March 28. A 6 week series to include Local Tropical Fruits, A shopping tour to a local market, Smoothies using local items, Mexican Herbs and Spices, Healthy Mexican Cooking and more! There will be a minimal charge to participate in the series to cover expenses. Grab a friend and let’s get going! As they say, March is coming in like a lion. I don’t know if we will be going out like a lamb though.

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V Featured Property Great investment one block from the beach! VILLA EL REGALO 1 bed / 1 bath, 850 sq.ft. $159,900 USD

illa El Regalo is in one of the last hacienda style condominium buildings available in Vallar ta! Outstanding oppor tunity to have your own oasis just ONE block away from the Blue Cer tified beach of Playa de Oro. This sandy beach can be your back yard in the hotel zone! An incredible unit in a gated community of quaint town homes right in the middle of the action. There is a nice size pool and only 16 units in the complex. Villa El Regalo is a spacious one bedroom, one bath, recently remodeled unit on the ground floor level with a lovely terrace that opens up to the outdoors and sunshine. It is a great rental and a solid investment. Make a smar t move on this unique oppor tunity. Contact information: BOARDWALK REALTY OF: 322 224 0014/ 322 223 0001 rocio@boardwalkrealtypv.com boardwalkrealtypv.com/ proper ties/villa-el-regalo-3

Making PV Your Own Christina Larson

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Christina Larson is a real estate professional at Boardwalk Realty forming part of the Swanson-Larson Broker’s team. With sharp problem-solving and bilingual negotiation skills she consistently exceeds client’s expectations. A University of Oregon, Honors graduate she moved to Vallarta over a decade ago to raise her family. Serving on the board for two schools, she proudly contributes to local education organizations. vallartaluxurylifestyles.com

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ersonalizing your lifestyle in Puerto Vallarta is now easier than ever! Whether you are here currently or coming in the near future, get ready to love this city for the diversity and wide appeal to a huge demographic. Few other cities in Mexico are top rated for weather, family travel, safety, adventure seekers, botany lovers and even easy travel with your pets! Puerto Vallarta Never. Gets. Cold. Summer temperatures average 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and winter averages 82 degrees. After living here for ten years, I have grown to enjoy the occasional winter dips to low 60’s because it allows me to don a long-sleeve shirt (that I call my “winter coat,”). For many people considering a second home destination -and especially for those preparing for retirement- the great weather is the “lock and key.” Vallarta is both friendly and Family friendly. Important for investors looking to offer rentals to families and retirement aged buyers awaiting visits by grandchildren, this city is super-fun for children, tweens and teens. For those planning to rent their property out for a few years before they are ready to make the long-term shift to retire-

ment, Vallarta is spectacular. There are activities that appeal to everyone. Puerto Vallarta offers easy access to safe swimming beaches, kid-friendly activities, water sports and adventure activities galore. For the sophisticated traveler, Puerto Vallarta is noteworthy. Fine dining, wine, art, nature and natural beauty abound. With an immense selection of great restaurants, the haute cuisine is fabulous, fun and affordable! Some of my favorite high-season activities include: the Vallarta Art Walk (puertovallartaartwalk.com), and the weekly farmers markets! The markets offer a wide selection from organic produce and sauces to jewelry and hand-made gifts. Finally, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens is a must-see for nature enthusiasts, offering an extensive collection of orchids as well as plants endemic to Mexico (vbgardens.org). Puerto Vallarta is one of those cities that just begs you to come back. With condo listings under $200,000 US within walking distance of the beach, pet friendly and in the downtown area of a safe and fun city there are a lot of reasons to pick Vallarta as your home in the sun!


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Oscar-Winning Film Series, Lobo & Latcho’s

‘Primal Groove’, Zoe Lewis and Lady Zen Return to Incanto

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ncanto and Democrats Abroad have added additional screenings of recent select Oscar-winning films, as well as the popular non-Oscar related films, ‘Active Measures’ and Fahrenheit 11/9. All shown in the comfortable theatre on a big screen with state of the art sound. Visit Incanto’s website for more details. All showings 3pm. There will be a 30 min. group discussion following the screenings of Active Measures. Reunited for an encore performance, internationally renowned flamenco artists, Wolfgang ‘Lobo’ Fink (Willie & Lobo) and Latcho Bartelson of ‘The Blond Gypsies’ with special guest, Andrea, will

present ‘Primal Groove’ on March 11 at 7pm. This will be another completely spontaneous session with the pounding rhythms of three guitars. 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. Just back from performing a series of shows in Yelapa, she is back at Incanto through March 20. These are

ticketed events in the piano bar. Poet, songwriter, and mezzo-soprano Lady Zen presents ‘The Soul Music of Lady Zen’ featuring her favorite ‘70s music as a ticketed show in the piano bar starting March 12 at 7:30pm. She will also sing the music of Bessie Smith in an all-new show in the theatre starting March 17 at 7pm. More information and online tickets available at Incanto’s website. Pianist Michael Ferreri has

joined Incanto’s piano bar line-up. He has appeared in his own critically acclaimed cabaret act at The Jermyn Street Theatre. As Musical Director, he has appeared in ‘The Happy End’ at Lincoln Center in NYC and Philadelphia’s Wilma Theatre. Now playing through March 16 at 9:30pm. On alternate nights at 9:30pm (except Thurs), see pianist Dennis Crow and sing along! Well-Strung, the singing string quartet presents ‘The Movie

Show’, now playing at Incanto through March 16. Their melding of classical strings and vocals with today’s hits is better than ever! Early reservations are recommended. Visit Incanto’s website for more information and online tickets. Dwight Blake presents ‘Memories of Motown’ accompanied by The Groove Brothers Band. Dwight’s high-energy performances are always a hit with audiences, often inspiring them to get up and dance! Now playing through early April. Incanto’s Season Tribute Series continues with all-live performances of many popular music artists. On March 6, Philip Bauer presents Johnny Cash. Doug Varty presents Rod Stewart on March 9. Jeremy Wright presents a tribute to David Bowie on March 13. And Lennon & McCartney: A Tribute to The Beatles is on March 16. Spot-on performances and all-live vocals. All one night only. Visit Incanto’s website for info. 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.

Hours 9am-11:30pm daily. 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).


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“Rod” Doug Varty's

David Bowie Tribute: The man of many faces Merv Buchanan, merv@uvs.com

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lthough he passed away in 2016, David Bowie's influence on the global entertainment scene cannot be overstated. His avant garde clothing, colourful make-up and hair styles, together with his leading edge music, exciting music videos, high tech staging concepts and energetic concert performances, set a new standard for showbiz style and flash. Born David Jones, in Manchester, England, the singer, songwriter and actor was a man of many faces, a chameleon who constantly changed and re-invented himself with fresh new music styles and looks. Ziggy Stardust, Alladin Sane, The Spiders From Mars were all part of the sounds and images that made David Bowie famous. And his music styles ranged from rock, to disco, to psychedelia, inclu-

ding a collaboration with the UK rock band Queen. As an actor, he appeared in the movies “The Man Who Fell To Earth”, “Labyrinth”, “The Last Temptation Of Christ”, “The Prestige” and others. During his lifetime, he sold more than 140 million albums, including 11 that reached number #1. His hit singles included “Space Oddity”, “Fame”, “Let's Dance” and “Under Pressure”. He was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1996. Canadian Jeremy Wright, who pays tribute to David Bowie, has been performing in tribute shows across North America and internationally for more than a decade. In the Cayman Islands, he has headlined the “Taste of The Caymans” festival twice. In addition to shows in Canada, The US and Mexico, he has headlined shows on numerous cruises for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Besides being a versatile multi-instrumentalist (including playing left-handed bass when

Exciting Tribute to Rod Stewart

performing as Paul McCartney), he is an award winning actor who brings his acting experience to his tribute performances. “David Bowie” appears at Incanto, in Puerto Vallarta, on March 13 and at The Luna Lounge, in Bucerias, on March 14. For more information, go to the venue web sites, or look for their ads here in The Tribune. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

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Merv Buchanan, merv@uvs.com anadian Doug Varty is a professional guitarist, pianist, harmonica player, singer and songwriter. When he was 17, he joined the Canadian rock band Seadog and toured North America, opening for supergroups Rush, BTO and Canned Heat. Later, he led the house band at the Old Chicago blues club in London, Ontario, backing stars like Paul James, Edgar Winter, John Lee Hooker and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. An avid R'n'B fan, his raspy voice has always displayed a remarkable similarity to Rod Stewart's. In 1998, Doug was approached by veteran Canadian blues singers Chris and Geoff Dahl, aka The Soul Brothers, who were looking for a “Rod Stewart” for a national “Soul Men” tour. The trio knew of each other's work and it seemed like a natural fit. With his raspy voice and a spikey blonde wig, Doug became an important part of the team, helping to boost sales of their concert tickets from coast to coast. The Soul Men tour was a real eye opener for Doug. It taught him that he didn't need to drag tons of equipment around, or sweat over a guitar or keyboard, in order to entertain an audience. As Rod

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Stewart, people would begin to cheer as soon as he walked up to a microphone. When the tour ended, he began to get offers from all over the the country to book “Rod” by himself. This was an opportunity he just couldn't pass up. Since launching the Rod show, Doug has performed throughout Canada, the USA, Bermuda, Germany and The Cayman Islands, for mostly sellout audiences. Calling the venture a success is putting it mildly. On March 9th , Doug appears at Incanto, in Puerto Vallarta and on March 10 & 11, he returns for the third time to The Luna Lounge, in Bucerias. More information is available on the venue web sites and here in The Tribune. *Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.


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Life in the Slow Lane

Que Paso at UDG CUC Michael Nolan

Kelly Wilson

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

Upon retiring in Ontario, Kelly and her husband finally arrived in Puerto Vallarta. Via a one way ticket during the summer of 2017, they now call Bucerias home. As avid adventurers, they enjoy exploring the entire Banderas Bay area. Kelly owns an on-line career coaching business, and spends time volunteering for various local organizations.

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uesday, March 11 will be the opening day of the 19th International Festival of Cinema Puerto Vallarta (IFCPV). This year the University will honor the country of Chile The FICPV will run from March 11 – 22, screening over 55 films in categories including: Official Selection, Maguey Award, Gourmet, Environmental, Senior Adult, Children, Musical, Crossborder, and also a selection of films from the Cork Film Festival in Ireland. The films, workshops and events will be held at the UdG CUC campus, and thirteen other locations around the bay area. All of the movies, events, and workshops are FREE and open to

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the public. For a full schedule of the festival events, visit www.cuc. udg.mx or the Festival’s official sit e FICPV@FICPV_CUCosta Also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We would like to thank all of the companies and individual spongers who help fund this year’s 19th FICPV. We hope you and your family and friends will attend this year’s festival. And be sure to tune in to The Good Morning Wake Up Show every Saturday morning at 9 am. 104.3 FM or on the web at http:// udgtv.com/radio-puerto-vallarta/ en-vivo Please “If you see someone without a smile give them yours.”

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arch 8, 2019, marks a milestone for me. I arrived to this beautiful and wacky world fifty years ago, destined to be the last, and no doubt, favourite child of my parents.   I still feel like the baby.   At seventy-five and nearly eighty years young, my loving parents are very active in travelling and socializing, and my two sisters treat me with thoughtful kindness.  Yep, I am blessed. I am however, also turning fifty. I don’t feel fifty. Though, never experiencing it before, I’m not sure what it’s supposed to feel like. A new friend that I volunteer with was born between the years of my two son’s births.  She is a lovely and brilliant young lady whom I enjoy spending my time with. A month ago I told her I have a big birthday coming up. “How big?”, she asked. I said BIG. Fifty. The sweet wee dear said, incredulously, “You’re only fifty?!”. “No”, I corrected, “I’m only forty-nine.”   I don’t feel fifty, but I must look that, at least. With so many smart women now taking good care of themselves, there are plenty of older ladies who look younger than fifty. That is, younger than me. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, middle age is: “The period between early adulthood and old age, usually considered as the years from about 45 to 65.”   Geeze. Middle age. How many people do you know who are one hundred? Let’s take a look back at some 1969 happenings: Sirhan Sirhan sentenced; Beatles’ “Get Back” is number one; Senator Ted Kennedy and the Chappaquiddick incident; Apollo 11 lands on the moon; the Manson murders; Nerf Balls and Big Wheels; Woodstock festival; Fritz the Cat; Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In, Here’s Lucy, Bonanza

and Gunsmoke; the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup, and the New York Mets were World Series champions. Big Movies included Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Midnight Cowboy and Valley of the Dolls. Price of a daily newspaper: 10 cents; Campbells Soup, 10.7 oz can: 10 cents; the world population was 3,591,000,000 (Currently 7.7 billion - United Nations, February 2019). Frank Sinatra recorded his signature song, “My Way”. I was born singing a similar tune, “From Now On We’ll All Do It My Way”. Here are two quotes from events in 1969, the second one of which you may not have heard:   Neil Armstrong, upon stepping on the moon, “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind”, and, Bill Cosby won the Man of the Year award and jokingly suggested renaming the award “the nice guy as far as we know award”. Uh-huh, as far as we knew.

Of course, being an infant at the time, I have no early recollection of many of these things. I retrieved this information from the internet, so I know it’s all accurate, right? Now, for my benefit, let’s think of some things that are older than me: fire; the wheel; Queen Elizabeth; Easy-Bake Oven (Had one. Thank you, Santa), Etch-a-Sketch, Silly Putty, and Barbie, who still looks great in a bikini. Well, I don’t look the same in a bathing suit at fifty as I did at, say, twenty-two, but after five decades I am grateful for many other things. I have happy and successful children, I am retired at a young age, I live in paradise, and my best friend/husband and I enjoy good health and a good life, while still engaging in some naughty behaviour in the fun department now and then.


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Jazz for the ages in Puerto Vallarta Christie Seeley

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hen I was young and going off to the peace corps, among the few records we took with us to Chile were of Miles Davis and Nina Simone. We were treated by a friend to a live performance by John Coltrane in Harlem on our way out of the country. Being on the cusp of the Rock revolution we were still great jazz fans. Among my heroes of jazz this year are several who played important roles in promoting and protecting jazz during their lives and are probably largely unsung even by most jazz fans. Two of them are Charles Delaunay and Ira Sabin. Jazz recordings were very hard to come by in France at the time, as the music was mostly American. In 1934 with fellow enthusiast Hugues Panassie, Charles Delaunay founded Le Club Hot de France, a group of jazz fans dedicated to listening to and promoting the acceptance of traditional jazz, swing and blues in France. He became a great friend and fan of the now super famous Django

Reinhardt and encouraged and promoted him throughout his career. Delaunay’s recording studio Swing was the first recording company ever to dedicate itself exclusively to jazz. Without Delaunay, it might be said the world would not have known the music of Django Reinhardt and many others. When Ira Sabin was 14 and already an amateur drummer, a neighbor took him to New York on an errand and left him in a club while he conducted his business. It turned out both Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker were playing. Sabin was blown away. He had his musicians union card by age 16. Sabin later established a record store in Washington DC, Sabin’s Discount Records, that became a significant meeting place for jazz fans and musicians. He began writing a handout dealing with music and new record releases and was soon joined by music writers who contributed to an expanded effort called Radio Free Jazz which became the very popular Jazz Times and to which

Dizzy Gillespie was one of the first subscribers. During the period when jazz was being edged out by the British music invasion, his efforts were instrumental in keeping the music alive. The importance of those who make an effort to spread the joy of the music they love cannot be over estimated. Here in Puerto Vallarta we have many people supporting and promoting new music and certainly Doña Esther, (Teté to her friends) owner of Cuates y Cuetes is one of those individuals. When she was 13, she was turned on to music by her teacher and mentor Don Julio Cabrera. Fifteen years later in an open patio with one palm tree (which still stands as part of the present structure) and 20 tables in the same location of the present Cuates y Cuetes, she opened her restaurant/bar where she sang the first night. Her brother also played there in the beginning. Soon she added more music including Don Julio, Beverly y Willow and other well known musicians in the Puerto Vallarta area. Not only does Doña Esther provide great talent nightly the opportunity to play at her beachside restaurant but each year on March 21, this will be the 23rd jazz festival held on the beach in front of the restaurant. This is a free and fun event lasting all day and into the evening. In weeks surrounding the celebration the groups participating are featured at the restaurant/ bar where all enjoy an intimate performance by some of the best talent around. This years lineup is yet to be announced but will most certainly include regulars like Tatewari’s fiery flamenco, Faralae’s jazz manouche from Mexico City, the big band sounds of Proyecto Jorge “Tito” Rodriguez out of Monterrey, and Puerto Vallarta’s own Julio Cabrera. Cuates y Cuetes Francisco Rodriguez 101, next to the Pier in the Zona Romántica. For more details: vallartasounds.com

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Comings and Goings Marcia Blondin

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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.

Martin Comings… Thursdays at  Cuates y Cuetes: the return of great saxophonist  Martin  Montenegro! Martin  will play again at his old haunt with various friends and fellow musicians leading up to and including the annual Jazz & Music Festival  opening Monday, March 18 and running to March 27. There will likely be some Spring Equinox goings-on by the Pier at one of the most iconic beach restaurant/bar/ musical destinations in Vallarta – Cuates y Cuetes. Friday, March 8, at the Vallarta Botanical Garden, the  Vallarta Bird & Nature Festival  opens and continues over the weekend. Closing ceremonies begin early afternoon at the Hall of Flowers at the Garden on Sunday, March 10. Saturday, March 9,  River Café  from 1 to 4 pm, one of the most important (and fun!) fundraisers of the season for  Corazon de Niña. For details, please see their ad in this issue. Saturday, March 9, Incanto at 7 pm Doug Varty stars in a tribute to Rod Stewart. I saw this performance at  El Rio  two seasons ago and loved every minute of it. (Guess what I’m doing this Saturday night?) One of my favourite songs in the world is Maggie May. I happened to mention that to Doug in our informal interview before his performance at El Rio. Somehow, in that sea of humanity in the dark, he found me, knelt down and sang Maggie May to me. The expression “moved to tears” was made for moments like that and I have cherished it since and will forever. Tuesday, March 12, at  Incanto  at 4:30, join the  Vallarta Garden Club  for drinks on the river terrace and at 5 find out why bees are important. These short lectures are always informative and entertaining. It’s an excellent time to renew or buy

a membership to the VGC  and help keep Vallarta beautiful. …and Goings An extraordinary sight to see every seat in  Teatro Vallarta filled. The occasion was the single performance of  Sleeping Beauty  presented by the  Bolshoi Ballet of Belarus. The Corps de Ballet was one of the finest I have ever seen – precision and grace with moments of sheer perfection with nary a finger out of place. The hours these ballerinas have to have spent rehearsing must be staggering to create such loveliness. Then add in travel time, language differences, our tropical heat, and sometimes vicious humidity; different surfaces to walk and dance on in an ice-cold air-conditioned theatre and to present such a classic marvel like it was no effort at all. Then take bows to a thousand people roaring their delight, pack up and move on to the next performance. I haven’t even gotten to the costume changes (Five? Six?) that were lightning fast and utterly beautiful. How do you transport these wispy, fragile pieces of clothing more than halfway around the world? To each and every person involved with this flawless performance on stage and off, including  Sher Productions  and  Salvador Luna: Bravo. Just three months after seeing Bohemian Rhapsody – the movie, I was very interested in  Johnny Zatylny’s  tribute to  Freddie Mercury and Queen at Incanto last week. He did not disappoint anyone in the nearly sold-out theatre at 3:00 in the afternoon on a sunny Sunday! The second set was full of everyone’s favourite  Queen  songs, and audience participation was encouraged although many did not need to be asked. A delicious couple of hours in the middle of the day. Thanks,  Johnny  for a stellar  Mercury; please come back next year!


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enowned flamenco group Tatewari has invited the talented and expressive vocalist Perla Alarcón to join them in their fifth concert of the season on March 11. This is not the first time Perla and Tatewari have entertained us together at the Tree House Bar and elsewhere over the years. Perla says she owes her life to music. She was already singing when she was two and at five had her debut on stage. She was 17 when she performed with her first rock band. Over her 30 years dedicated to music, she has created and sustained many successful groups including the house band for over five years at Bar Morelos, PROYECTO M. She traveled to Malaga where she recorded her CD Horizonte Azul. Simultaneously Perla has held an important position with the Municipality of Puerto Vallarta from which she just retired to focus on her music. You may have seen her last year at Mayofest where she was MC having played a major role in the entire production. Perla’s répertoire is vast. It includes the beautiful music from the movie Frida which portrayed the life of Frida Kahlo that she interprets with great feeling. A few years ago, together with Esau Galván, Dani Marquez and Alberto Ramirez of Tatewari was chosen to participate in the work Frida Kahlo by Adriana Quinto with Paolo Uccelli and Silvia Basurto of Boquita Vallarta here in Puerto Vallarta. The production was a huge success. This has been a very exciting

and productive year for the group Tatewari. They celebrated their 12th anniversary together with the release of their 4th CD in November and have performed impressive concerts both in Tree House Bar in La Cruz and Incanto’s Cabaret Theater in Puerto Vallarta. Tatewari takes an active role in community events such as Mayofest that is held in May in Puerto Vallarta and 12 years participation in the popular San Pancho Music Festival that is held the last weekend of February. Their music is made up of original compositions by Esaú Galván and other members of the group as well as their creative and beautiful renditions of classical and traditional Mexican pieces. Often their concerts include guest musicians that surprise and enhance the total production to the delight of their audiences. For more details: vallartasounds.com

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Luna Rumba plays at Los Arroyos Verde

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nd of the season party at Los Arroyos Verde on March 13 at 7pm with Luna Rumba, Media Luna and the Dancing horses of La Cruz. In the short time that the original Luna Rumba burst on the Banderas Bay music scene, they made an impact, selling out 50 consecutive shows per year for three years in a row. They also became the recipient of many international awards: "Best Latin CD" - The Independent Music Awards "Honorable Mention and 2nd place in the world" - International Songwriters Contest "Finalist, 2nd place in the world, best Latin song - The John Lennon Songwriting Awards; "Runner up - 2nd place, best band in Mexico" - Hard Rock Cafe International Battle of the Bands. Luna Rumba seems to be able to ignite the evening with a contagious enthusiasm and energy, as over 350 attendees discovered at

their first concert this season. "Whenever this group has taken the stage over the years, the audience explodes in cheering and applause. It is clear that Luna Rumba captures the hearts and soul of their audience." ~ Deb Jean On March 13, Luna Rumba will bring it home for the "End of the Season Party" and they are prepared to celebrate BIG, with

special guest artists "Media Luna" and a visit from the "Dancing Horses of La Cruz". Media Luna started professionally in 2014 and have been setting their own home of San Miguel de Allende on fire for the last several years combining gypsy rumba, flamenco, rock and huapango. It is an understatement to say they have taken Puerto Vallarta by storm with their unique original compositions and innovative arrangements of traditional pieces. Tickets: Fernanda 322-158-2716 or Arroyos Verdes 329-298-6312


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ct II, the #1 Entertainment Venue in the Bay, has become an “entertainment destination” for vacationers! Featuring four shows almost every evening (5:00, 7:00, 7:30 and 9:30), you will be delighted with their top-quality musical cabaret shows, full-length Broadway musicals and popular stage plays! March 8-15 is going to be a MARVELOUS week!   Get your tickets today at www.act2pv.com! TripAdvisor “Five Stars Only!?!? More like TEN!!     Hands down. Without a doubt. Looking for a

Shows - March 8 - 15 FABULOUS FRIDAY! 5:00 - Gabe Arciniega, former dancer/singer with “CuchiCuchi Charo, presents “The Gabest Show on Earth, 2.0,” and thrills the audience with his velvety voice and fancy footwork! 7:00 - “Hair, the Concert,” a wonderful revival of the music of the 1960’s Broadway musical, Hair, is presented on the Main Stage. 7:30 - Diana Villamonte, the #1 PV entertainer and runner-up 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!

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rious off-Broadway musical, stars in “Motown & Beyond” in Nunsense, A-Men, features 9:30 - Mama Tits ends the evening five men in the roles of nuns! with her fabulous show, “Triple D.” 7:30 - US Two (and their live band) will present a tribute to the TERRIFIC TUESDAY! music of ABBA and Elton John. 5:00 - Drag diva, Hedda Lettuce 9:30 - Emmy Award-winner, Chi stars in “Gringa in Paradise.” Chi Rones and JoAnna, present 7:00 - The heartwarming “I’ve their side-splitting show, “Dueling Got Rhythm,” a musical/dance Drag Divas,” singing hysterical revue of the fabulous music spoofs of Cher, Tina Turner, Marilyn of the Gershwin Brothers, is Monroe, Shirley Bassey, and more. featured on the Main Stage. 7:30 - (OPENING NIGHT) “Kinsey Sicks,” starring in “NAKED DRAG QUEENS SINGING!” America’s favorite Dragapella® Beautyshop Quartet, Party 6:30 pm / 7:30 pm 9:30 - “Queen of Broadway,” Sutton Lee Seymour, presents her show, “Dragflix,” a comedy spoofing TV shows, movies, and musicals!  

SENSATIONAL SATURDAY! 5:00 - “Twist & Shout,” a delightful song, dance and shtick show, full of 50’s and 60’s music, is one of Act II’s most popular shows! 7:00 - The incredible Broadway musical, Chicago, has received incredible reviews and has sold out every show so far!   MARVELOUS MONDAY! 5:00 - Gabe Arciniega, 7:30 - 12-time “Top 20” Bill  board charting singer and inter- former singer/dancer with national star, Debby Holiday, “Cuchi-Cuchi Charo,” presents Gabest Show on presents her “Queens of “The Rock” show (FINAL SHOW) Earth, 2.0.” (FINAL SHOW)    9:00 - Mama Tits ends the evening 7:00 - PV’s #1 musical, Little Shop with her much-loved “Triple D” show. of Horror is back by popular demand on Mondays and Thursdays! STIMULATING SUNDAY! 7:30 - The gal with the power7:00 Act II’s hila- house voice, Diana Villamonte,

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 “Oldies, Volume 1,” featuring music from the 80s and 90s - 7:30 pm.

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

Main Stage. 7:30 “Kinsey Sicks” America’s favorite Dragapella® Beautyshop Quartet - 7:30 pm 9:30 - Hedda Lettuce, winner of “Funniest Drag Show,” starring in “Gringa in Paradise.” Act II has been voted the #1 Entertainment Venue in Puerto Vallarta!   For more information about the venue or shows, check out the 1100+ reviews on TripAdvisor, or go to www.act2pv.com. Many shows sell out, so get your tickets now! 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

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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

or thirty-four years, since 1985, friends of the International Friendship Club (IFC) have been allowing the club to take visitors to and residents of Puerto Vallarta to see their homes. It has been an ongoing relationship that has allowed you to see fabulous homes in exchange for the price of a ticket and the owners know that all the profits from the tours are used by IFC to support medical, educational and cultural charities in this area. Travel in comfort on our air-conditioned tour bus while enjoying an entertaining narrative by our friendly tour guides. Each tour visits three or four homes around the hills and coastline of P.V. and some of them require walking on hills, cobbled streets and steps, so make sure that your hips, knees and feet are capable of handling those conditions. The tours run on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and leave the Sea Monkey Restaurant (at the foot of Aquiles Serdan on the beach) at 10:30. So come early, and enjoy coffee and breakfast on 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 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

the beach. You can buy your tickets ($700 pesos) online at www.toursforvallarta.com or at the IFC office, located at the northeast corner of the bridge where Insurgentes crosses the River Cuale. It’s open

Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 1:30. In over 600 reviews, Trip Advisor rates our tours 93% Excellent and 4% Very Good. We are confident that you will have a good time for a good cause.

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

With: Francisco Garcia Location: Hall Of Flowers

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

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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IFC Invites you In John Warren

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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.

Two Out of Three is Bad

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as your husband ever hit you? Thrown you down the stairs? Threatened to re-arrange your face with a broken bottle? If not, and you live in Mexico, you have been lucky. Spousal abuse in Mexico is endemic. The latest (2016) Survey on the Dynamics of Relationships in Households, which measures violence against women in this country found that, across the country, 66 of every 100 women with a partner has suffered some form of abuse and violence throughout their relationship. In Puerto Vallarta 75% of these women are hurt physically and financially. Because of their injuries they are not well enough to work and, in

2016, it is estimated that each woman lost 30 days a year of paid work because of violence. That’s a whole month of wages! It gets worse. Spousal abuse has left millions of Mexican women single with children. Many move in with relatives to escape the aggression but many have nowhere to go. The Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter provides a refuge in this area for a few of these families. It accepts women and children who have been referred to them from DIF (the social services department of the federal government), the Justice Centre for Women, The Women´s Institute, the Secretary of Health and from other shelters across the country. All of the women have been subject to “extreme” domestic violence and their lives are endangered.

ADORABLE DOG IN THE SPOTLIGHT BLAZE by Janice Gonzalez

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laze is a gorgeous and joyful dog. He is 5 to 6 years old, a Vizla mix weighing a tad over 50 pounds. He has a medium energy level and is good around female dogs. Mostly Blaze just wants to be with his people. He loves getting attention from his humans and prefers to play with his two-legged friends. He doesn’t get along with felines, however. He

suffers an old fracture to his hip and knee but he walks fine and without a limp. However, he will probably need glucosamine supplements on a continual basis. Blaze has been neutered, dewormed and vaccinated. He is now ready for his forever home and we are accepting applications for his adoption at spcapv@gmail.com.

Although the demand is great, the local shelter can handle only 6 – 8 families at one time or, perhaps, 24 to 32 a year. The average stay is about three months but individual families may need more than that. Typically a woman arrives with three children but, if she is indigenous, that number is likely to be five. According to David Zude, the President of the organization that runs the shelter, it provides for all of the needs of the families; food, hygiene, clothing, medical care, social worker services, professional services of psycho-

logists and legal services. While the shelter is helped by grants from the federal government it needs private funding to cover the shortfall. This is the only women’s shelter in this part of the country and a woman and her family, who cannot get in here, have to go to Guadalajara, a five-hour bus ride from here. Many times that is simply impossible and they end up back on the streets. The Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter is registered as a 501c3 charity in the USA. You can make donations through www.

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ope everyone had a festive Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, even though the Puerto Vallarta parade was cancelled. We are bracing for the influx of tourists for the Easter holiday season, including those nationals who arrive to enjoy our beautiful paradise. This is the calm before the storm! We look forward to seeing visitors to the Olas Altas Farmers Market each Saturday. Please be sure to stop by and say hello to us. We have wonderful volunteers who staff our “booth” each week and we love to hear from our friends. We are always on the lookout for angels to accompany our sweethearts to their new homes particularly in Alberta, British Columbia or Washington state. While there be sure and check out the merchandise we have available for a nominal donation. Everyone loves our t-shirts with their fun logos--“Kiss my Mutt” and “Who rescued Who’, and also ball caps (Live/Love/Bark) that are quite a hit this season. 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

compassionforthefamily.com The International Friendship Club (IFC) is proud to support the shelter with a monthly contribution towards its operating costs and the club would welcome donations of children’s books (in Spanish) so that the shelter could start a small library for the children; some of whom may never have read a book in their lives. You can drop the books off at the IFC office, located above HSBC in downtown, on Insurgentes and Libertad. We can’t help everyone but we can help someone.

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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More Marvelous March Events in the Riviera Nayarit

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arch came in like a lion to the Riviera Nayarit! The calendar is chock full of cultural, culinary, and sports activities, not to mention social gatherings perfect for locals as well as tourists and residents.

Cindy Bouchard

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Cindy Bouchard, an expat Canadian runs a Boutique Inn, Villa Amor del Mar in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. She and her husband Chris are living and lovin’ in Vallarta–Nayarit. If you want more info on La Cruz or desire… A very special vacation contact cindy@VillaAmordelMar.com

Swingbreak Festival (March 3 - 10) This exciting adventure is hosted on one of the Riviera Nayarit’s best beaches in the San Francisco community, affectionately known as San Pancho. Dance teachers and international music professionals from the Swing genre will share their knowledge and joy throughout an entire week of dancing and celebration. swingbreakmexico.com/

Inspired in La Cruz; Shari writes five books!

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njoying my latest book I decided to interview the author who was inspired to write… and then wrote and wrote and wrote right here in Vallarta! Shari Decter Hirst has a beaming smile and a heart of gold. I first met her and her wonderful husband, Derry, when they stayed at our Boutique Hotel, six years ago. They quickly fell in love with La Cruz; the people, the area, the food, the history, the music, the ocean, the weather and the cost of living. Not long after they bought a house here. Shari shared “It started out as a quick vacation somewhere warm, or at least that’s what my husband thought; I had an ulterior motive of scouting possible retirement spots and was attracted to the easy access from Canada, the ocean, and the locale. At least one of us became snowbirds… hubby still has a day job, alas.” Far from lazy Shari volunteers “The strong sense of community was one of the things that attracted us to La Cruz. Being involved whether beach clean up, helping with the Amigos de La Cruz dental clinics, or children’s Christmas festivities is part of building a strong community together.” Shari adopted two little street pups and when in La Cruz all three wander the malecon and around town. She loves movie night at the marina, the Sunday Market, watching the sun set from her rooftop patio while sipping vino blanco. At crossroads and suddenly retired Shari was casting about for what the next chapter of her life would look like. “Sitting in a great little jazz club in Bucerias the music inspired me to dream about the Roaring Twenties, flappers, bootleggers, and all that jazz. Like many voracious readers, I have always

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Econexión Environmental Fair (March 8) Learning and fun come together to create awareness for the care of the environment and to encourage a better quality of life. The event opens on Friday, March 8th at San Pancho’s Plaza del Sol with games, workshops, local products, and gastronomy, plus the presentation of the Pata de Perro Company. A parade from the Entre Amigos Community Center to the Plaza del Sol will kick off the festivities. facebook.com/entreamigossanpancho/

wanted to write a book. With great trepidation, I put fingers to keyboard and began. Thank goodness for a great writing group in the area, with their input and the skill and coaching from a great editor, the Bootleggers’ Chronicles series was born. I love telling stories. There are five novels in the Bootleggers’ Chronicles and they were planned out before I started writing. I needed to know where I was headed before I could start the journey. That’s not to say there weren’t surprises along the way, but the story always stayed true to the premise of the book. A quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Writing as Sherilyn Decter creating a good story that readers will enjoy inspires her. “Finding the right

words that let the reader escape the day-to-day, if only for a few hours.” Shari told me that this past year has been a rollercoaster. Dealing with the challenges of learning to write and finishing a compelling scene and sitting back thinking ‘yes, that’s it’. Highlights for sure are getting her books published on Amazon. ‘Innocence Lost’, book one of the Chronicles was released in February, there are two more in the series coming March 21st, and book four in April and book five in May. She was delighted seeing her books in her local public library and when the gas station attendant said he was reading ‘Innocence Lost’ and thought it was pretty good! Shari invites you to vacation in La Cruz… come for the warm sunny days and starry nights, our friendly village by the sea, the great food, the outstanding music scene and the inspiration!

XXVII International Bahía de Banderas Regatta (March 5-9) This international sailboat race takes place in Banderas Bay. Since its inception 27 years ago it has strived to offer friendly, fun races with a formal, professional format. banderasbayregatta.com/ 1st Riviera Nayarit Raicilla, Mescal, and Artisanal Beer Festival (March 8-10) The 1st Raicilla, Mescal, and Artisanal Beer Festival takes place March 8-10 at the Marina Nuevo Vallarta with the participation of 40 well-known brands of alcoholic beverages and regional cuisine. It will be a weekend full of flavor, traditional beverages, great music, and fun activities. feramece.com/

Chacala Music Festival (March 11 – 16) The Chacala Music Festival, held from March 11-16, is the most important cultural and artistic event of the year in this coastal village of the Riviera Nayarit. National and international artists will be performing free for the general public in Chacala. Bands, dancers, solo artists, fine arts, and more are all part of the celebration. chacalaculturalfoundation.org/ 8th National Cheerleading Event (March 15-17) The APEN Mexico All-Star National Championship will be back in the Riviera Nayarit for the 8th time. About 20 teams from different states will show off their abilities in the Choreography, Dance and Acrobatics divisions. facebook. com/cardenasperez1/

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Busing Banderas Bay Bruce Howells

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

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ife in Vallarta provides an abundance of afternoon music, most of it accessible via any Centro bus. The Babel Bar, located on the River Cuale provides music all week from 1 – 3 pm and then early evening music at 6:30 pm. They feature a variety of solo and duo acts performing a wide range of music. Now, for my regularly sche-

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duled rock music updates. Blake’s Restaurant and Bar, on the Centro bus route, near Los Glorias, is an awesome place for afternoon music. Wednesday and Saturday, starting around 2:30 pm, Trez Cuartoz rocks the street with jam sessions, and Fridays at 2:30 pm Soul Trip brings their funk, rock, blues, and harmonica, and hosts visiting musicians. Extensive food options, from snacks to full meals are available. Included with the music; people watching. Located on the main road into downtown, it seems every bus stops out front;

there is no shortage of sights and sounds to absorb. Tuesday, 3 pm, Captain Don’s hosts The Gecko Band to capacity crowds. The band engages the audience and staff, with dancing in aisles and tables not uncommon. Don’t be

Christ Church by the Sea Invites all to worship with us LENT, A TIME OF RENEWAL EXPERIENCE SCRIPTURE WITH FR. BOB Wednesdays 10 AM ENGLISH SERVICE & COMMUNION In the Anglican ~ Episcopalian Tradition

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shy to try the food; always tasty comfort food. Winston’s Pub on Peru Street by the Shell gas station, with new owners and name, has brightened up the location and features music from 3 – 6 pm, Thurs, Fri, Sat. I saw The Prophets on Sunday, and they are worth a second look. El Rio BBQ holds afternoon and early evening music. Check out the Tribune’s Live Music calendar online or in the paper for a list of who plays when at El Rio. Moving away from the afternoon, there is a selection of early evening music. Café Roma features music from 6 - 9 pm Thursday, with Ana and The Others and then Fridays from 6 – 9 pm with Tequila Rush. My favorite meal is the calzone. Don’t forget El Oasis de Holi, near La Isla Mall. Sunday at 5 pm, Ana and The Others rock this beachside location. Special Rock Event: All the venues above feature a mix of rock music, and styles. However, one of Vallarta’s top bands has a special event planned. They have promised there will be no “Brown Eye Girl”, or “Who is Alice”! Tequila Rush is performing a Led Zeppelin 50 th Anniversary Tribute at The Roxy Rock House, March 16, at 11 pm. It will include TWENTY wellknown LZ songs. Tickets are one hundred pesos in advance, one hundred thirty at the door, available at the Roxy, or from Tequila Rush thru their FB page. Tequila Rush, one of the top bands in the bay, commands a great stage presence, with their ability to play a large selection of songs well. Many bands have signature songs, not Tequila Rush, all their songs are “top shelf” and they are one of the few bands around who could pull off a Led Zeppelin, 50 th Anniversary Tribute. I missed Tequila Rush’s Red Hot Chili Pepper’s tribute earlier this season, but intend to not miss this tribute. I have two choices; stay at home and awake, then Uber to the Roxy. Or, go to Blake’s for 2:30 pm, for Trez Cuartoz, then to Kelly’s for 8 pm and Soul Trip, then wander the half block to Roxy’s for 11 pm. Check out the Tribune’s Live Music calendar online, or in the paper for a list of who plays where and when.|

continued from previous page Voyer. General admission: $550 MXN. Tickets for donation to the Dreamcatcher fund: $2,500 MXN. Children under two are free. All monies raised by the event will be earmarked for the San Pancho Children’s Circus youth programs. circodelosninosdesanpancho.mx/ Wesmex International Small Boat Regatta (March 21-24) The WesMex International Regatta 2019 will be held at Nuevo Vallarta’s Vallarta Yacht Club from March 5-9. The regatta is considered one of the five Mexican Circuit regattas by the Optimist, Laser, Windsurf, and 420 class associations. This year it will be the qualifying race for the 2019 World Optimist Championship, to be held in Antigua in July of this year. wesmexregatta.org

20th Guayafest 2019 (March 30-31) Rincón de Guayabitos is preparing to welcome the “bug fest” par excellence from March 30-31 during the 20th Guayafest 2019, with the participation of more than 300 Volkswagen cars from Mexico and the United States. The event is organized by the TPC Bugs Club Tepic and has the full support of the Compostela Municipal Hotel Association. facebook.com/fbtpcbugs 2nd Puerto Vallarta-Bahía de Banderas Tourist Circuit (March 30) The second edition of this Gran Fondo cycling circuit will take place on Saturday, April 28th with three distances, 21 km, 72 km, and 100 km, departing from Marina Vallarta. The Tourist Circuit is not a race but a family tour where anyone who has a bicycle is welcome to participate. The goal is to encourage sports and camaraderie, and to promote the natural beauty of Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit. rutaturisticapv.com/


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he busy season at Luna Lounge Bucerias will wrap up this month. It has truly been a phenomenal season of packed audiences and exciting shows!  Hugh and Simon and their fabulous team have once again pulled off an amazing winter of food, libations and world-class entertainment.  But it’s not over yet; so don’t miss all the incredible shows that run through the month of March. The Crazy Senoritas continue to deliver their exciting drag show on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings this season. The night begins starts at 7 pm with a delicious meal.    The Crazy Senoritas Drag Show, starring Miss Diva Divine and the gals, will entertain you with beautiful costumes, professional choreography  and  outrageous musical parodies. Philip Bauer plays ‘The Man in Black’ on Mar 7 & 8.  In this fantastic Johnny Cash tribute, you’ll hear all the hits like, “Ring of Fire,”    “Walk The Line,”    “Jackson,”    “Folsom Prison Blues” and many more! There are still tickets left for the 8th. Dwight Blake presents an encore of his ‘Memories of  Motown’  on

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The Season of Phenomenal Entertainment Continues at Luna Lounge Bucerias March 9.   Dwight is a world-class performer who returns once again backed by his stellar band.  You ’ll love  this show!    I guarantee that you will be totally entertained as Dwight and the band sing all the great hits of Barry White, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and many, many more!! Returning this season is Doug Varty, with his phenomenal Rod Stewart tribute on Mar 10 & 11. Tickets are still available for the 11th.  And on Mar 14 see the David Bowie tribute performance with all the hits of this incredible artist. Every year, the North Shore looks forward to The Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Party/Dinner Show with the Irish band, Shag Harbour scheduled this year on March 16.    This is always a wonderful evening with your real Irish hosts, Irish music and Irish food & beverages. The Beatles (Lennon & McCartney) is featured on  Mar

17 &18, with tickets still available for the 17th.   And The Bee Gees performances scheduled for  Mar 21 & 22, are sold out.  Bucerias’ favorites, ‘Us Two; featuring Danny and Noemi return on Mar 23. Don’t miss this superb, high energy, performance! Make sure to  see Matt Cage in  ‘Elvis, The Vegas Years’ on Mar 24.    Matt is one of the best tribute artists out there!    And closing out the month  is Paul Aleman in ‘Country Roads: The Music of John Denver’ on Mar 28. Paul’s performance is absolutely breathtaking, so don’t miss out! There iss still planty of fun at Luna Lounge in March, so bring your friends and enjoy the North Shore’s favorite 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 visit.  The venue is located in El Centro Bucerias at Ave. Mexico #27.


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34 Campeonato Nacional Charro Vallarta 2019 Mar 7 – Mar 10 Lienzo Charro Miguel "Prieto" Ibarria Specifics have not been released at deadline. This is a three-day long Charro event held at the arena in Mojeneras. Open to the public.

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

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.

Friday 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

Southside Shuffle Friday March 8 6-10 PM Along Basilio Badillo in Old Town ART • JEWELRY • FASHION • COLLECTABLES • DINING • ENTERTAINMENT• FUN Come on down to the liveliest street in town and enjoy a festive evening of entertainment, dining, drinks, and the BEST shopping around. What a Drag 2019 March 10, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM Teatro Vallarta Straight men standing up against violence against women. An hilarious evening of straight men competing for best drag talent contest in support of the Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter.

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MC Hedda Lettuce and guest performer Freddie Alva. Tickets from Freda Thompson at fredafish@hotmail.com 2019 Pet Picnic March 10, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM Abuelos de Bucerias Tercera Edad Centre Annual Pet Picnic to raise funds for Paws and Claws - SNIP - Spay & Neuter Initiative Program in Bucerias. Pet Contests - 50/50 - Raffle prizes - Food and drink bar - BBQ

Damajuana 2019 Festival de Raicilla Mar 16– Mar 17 from 12 PM - 9 PM Isla Cuale Cultural Centre The 3rd edition of the Raicilla Festival "Damajuana 2019" presents Master Raicilleros, producers, brands, restaurants, bars and lovers of raicilla. Free admission! With live music, food area, Raicilla tasting, cocktail bar, craft beer. An event organized by the Vallartense Institute of Culture in conjunction with Raicilla producers and brands.

“Artists for Orphans” Traditional Corazón de Niña Benefit Irish Menu for Fundraiser, Saturday, March 9th Charity!

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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 Artists for Orphans fundraiser will feature live music

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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.

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

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

Vallarta Celtfest

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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. 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 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.


35 This listing features ongoing acts and events at bars, restaurants and venues. We do not take responsibity for misinformation. Contact the venue if you have questions. Email editor@vallartatribune.com to update or add listings.

VALLARTA Bambinos Trattoria (Aguacate #314) Mon: Beatles tribute 8 pm Wed: ELV1SN 8 pm Fri: Festiva Latina 8 pm Sat: Festiva Latina 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 Bistro Teresa (Zaragoza 160 4th floor) Wed: Zoe & Leon 6-8 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 Café Roma (Encino 287 near flea market) Thurs: The Others 6 – 9 pm Sat: Tequila Rush 6 – 9 pm Captain Don’s (Honduras 126) Tue: Gecko Band 3 – 6 pm Thurs: ?? Fri: Tequila Rush 8 - 11 pm Sat: Da Crew 8 - 11 pm Cuates y Cuetes (Francisca Rodriquez  101) Wed: Tatewari 8 - 10 pm Daquiri Dick’s  Tue: Esaú Galván Flamenco Guitar 7 - 9:30 pm El Bar at Food Park PV Sat: The Black Tequila 9:00 pm El Oasis de Holi (River mouth by La Isla Mall) Tue: Dr. Groove 6 pm Sun: The Others 5 pm El Rio BBQ, (Paso Ancho) Tues: The Joker 4 p.m. Wed: The Gecko Band 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

live music Live Music Calendar Fri: Dennis Crow 9:30 pm see calendar Sat: Zarapes de Neon 7:30 pm Sun: Red Suitcase Band 7:30 pm Sun: Cheko Ruiz Gypsy Kings 9:30 pm Sun: Salsa dancing lessons 8pm Sun: Stolie Select Sundays See calendar Sun: Mike Rodriguez Select Sundays See calendar

Ernestos Sat. Easy Listening Favorites 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Kelekai’s (Liberdad 516, Col. Playa Grande ) Sun: The Bay Roots 2 - 5 pm

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

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 & Leon with Renteria Bros 7:30 pm Tue: George Gracia 5 pm Tue: Lady Zen 7:30 pm Wed: Jay-Gee, Piano 5:00 pm Wed: Salsa dancing lessons 8pm Thurs: Edgar Roxha 5:00 pm Thurs: Media Luna & Open mic 7:30 pm Thurs: Well-Strung Mar 16 see calendar Fri: Joan Houston 5:00 pm Fri: Zoe Lewis 7:30 pm

Estudio Café Mon: Easy Listening Favorites 7-9pm Thurs: Oldies 7-9pm Sun: Easy Listening Favorites 10am - noon

BUCERIAS & NORTH SHORE Encore Restaurant & Lounge (51 Lazaro Cardenas | Bucerias) Thu: Live Jazz 7 - 10 pm Fri: Live Jazz 7 - 10 pm

La Casa de La Hugo (Hamburgo 146, Versalles) Fri: Stoli 7pm Sat: Dr. Groove 10 pm

Buzzos (In front of Bungalows Princess | Bucerias)  Sat: Sweet and Sour 6 – 9pm

La Ingrata (Abasolo 169) Sun: Soul Trip 1 am – 3 am

El Chivero (Avenida Pacifico 9, Centro | Bucerias) Sat: The Gecko Band 3pm 

McCarthy’s Irish Pub (Francisco Medina) Sat: Tequila Rush 10 pm

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

Murphy’s Irish Pub (484 Morelos, Malecon) Thurs: Anna and the Others 10:30pm Fri: Trez Cuartoz 10:30pm Sat: Anna and the Others 10:30pm 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 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 Revolution Restaurant & Bar (Matamoros #235 Col. Centro) Sat: The Sunset Raiders 8 pm Roxy Rockhouse (Ignacio L Vallarta 275) Thurs: Gecko Band 8 – 11 pm Sat: Mar 16 Led Zeplin Tribute 11 pm Warique (Aquiles Serdan 280) Mon: Luis Ortega 7 – 10pm Wed: Luis Ortega 7 – 10pm Thurs: Mikki Prost 7 – 10 pm Fri: Luis Ortega 7 – 10pm Sat: Ever Hernandez 7 - 10 pm Winston’s Bar and Grill (Peru by the Shell) Fri: Paranoia 3 – 6 pm Sat: The Change 3 – 6 pm Sun: The Prophets 3 – 6 pm

Haradovs Rooftop Lounge (Lazaro Cardenas) Wed: Dr. Groove 8:30 PM Sat: Dr Groove 9:30

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NUEVO VALLARTA Sat. Morning Market Sat: Blanca de La Rosa 9:00 – 1:00 – Mexican & Latin Favorites Chasers Sports Bar (Avenida Mexico 570A) Fri: Gloria & Da Crew 5 – 7 pm Fri: Gecko Band 8 – 11 pm Sat: Cesar Medina 8 pm Dona Tere Restaurant  Wed: 6:30 - 8:30 pm - LA PATRONA - Mariachi Trio Fri:  7-9 pm - JAQUE MATE - Jazz Sat: 7-9 pm - KORSARI - Rock ‘n Roll Eddies Weekly – Live music 6:30 – 9:30 Sat.  and Sun – Live music    10 -1pm El Barracuda Sat.  - Los Disponibles 9pm – 11pm

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 Greene Tomatoe (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 OSO’s Oyster Bar ( La Cruz Marina) Thur: The Remedy, Open Mic 7 pm Sat: The Remedy 7 pm Masala (La Cruz) Thurs: Blue Knote 7 – 9pm Britannia (Coral, La Cruz) Tues: Open mic with The Turn 7pm until they close 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 Black Forest (16 Marlin, La Cruz) Fri: Gypsy Flamenco 7:30 pm

SAYULITA & SAN PANCHO El Atico Hookah (Sayulita) Tue: Soul Trip 9:30pm Jack’s 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

View these listings and more online at www.vallartatribune.com/eventos/live-music-calendar/


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Marsol Friday Market by the Pier Marcia Blondin

“Toasted”

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re you hungry? Meet Connie outside on our Food Court, and she’ll toast something fabulous to get your day started. Connie has just joined us, so please make her welcome. Add a hot cup of Chiapas coffee from Ausel and enjoy your breakfast and/or lunch! Barbara has the best pickled-beets anywhere; a secret ingredient, perhaps? Also, dill pickles, hummus, sauerkraut and an array of smoked meats and sausages to take home. A new pickled-veggie mix is gaining popularity – great to bring to your next cocktail party. The Marsol Friday Market by the Pier presents, accompanied by live music: city and country walking tours; durable cotton wine/ gift bags, and Louisiana

MURPHY’S IRISH PUB Located on the Historic Malecon across from the lighthouse statue (El Faro) beautiful sunset views every night! Delicious traditional pub menu. Live Rock Music - Wed - Sat @10:30pm Watch all sports w 2 satellites. Pool Table.

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. 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.

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

Murphys Puerto Vallarta

VOLUNTARIO / VOLUNTEERING VALLARTA THE JAY SADLER PROJECT MAKING A DIFFERENCE

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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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