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REAL ESTATE

MEDICAL MATTERS

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Getting Old...er

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t the Vallarta 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 and the southern part Nayarit are on Central time – if you’re heading further north than Lo de Marcos, Nayarit, remember the time change so you don’t miss your flight. BUSES: A system of urban buses can bring you from El Tuito in the south to San Pancho in the north and all the spots in between. Fares vary according to distances travelled, but the base fare is 10 pesos. If you’re going further than San Pancho, head to the main bus terminal to catch a ‘Pacifico’ bus. TAXIS: There are set fares within defined zones of town. Do not enter a taxi without agreeing on the price with the driver. 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 cheaper than a taxi usually. GETTING AROUND: In many places such as Centro Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta there are paths for bikes and pedestrians. Please be respectful of these designations. MONEY EXCHANGE: The most hassle-free way to exchange money is to use your debit card in the ATM to withdraw pesos. Exchange houses offer higher rates and banks are remiss to change dollars to pesos if you don’t hold an account with them. Best to use ATM’s that are affiliated with a reputable bank located in well lit secure areas. TIPPING: In general you should tip 10-20% in restaurants and bars. Taxi or Uber drivers – 10-20 pesos. The person who bags your groceries or helps load your car – 10-20 pesos. Don’t forget to tip

your maid, bell boy, masseuse, the band, the entertainment on your tour. And by all means, tip more if you want, wages are extremely low in Mexico. 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. Don’t wreck your holiday – buy bottle water. 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. The process is inexpensive and only takes a day or two. You only need a certificate of health from a local vet and check with your airline for additional requirements. 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, politeness is paramont. 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 very expensive. You can go to jail and your vehicle impounded. There are many checkstops on the weekends, and you will be asked to take a breathalizer test 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 often 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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Say no to plastic.

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tate by state, Mexico is steadily implementing bans on disposable plastic objects. The move against single-use plastic started in 2010, when the municipality of San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca officially banned the use of plastic shopping bags. There are now at least 16 states — Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Guerrero, México, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz and Yucatán — have in some shape or form started to phase out the use of single-use plastic. In July 2018 there was a proposal to enact a new law in the state Jalisco banning plastic and styrofoam, but it seems to be dead in the water. Mexico City is making news as the latest place in Mexico to ban single-use plastics. In the next few weeks, the rains will begin in earnest and the plastic and garbage in general that litter the streets will make their way to the river and ocean on the flood waters. It is imperative that we not only stop buying and using these various plastics but that we make a concerted effort to recycle them and

get them out of the waterways. If the Government won’t help, then it is up to us as citizens of the world to do our part. There are near weekly calls on the various local Facebook groups for beach cleanups as well as parks, riverbeds, and colonias. If you have the time, please help out. If not, consider putting a larger bag in your pocket and picking up trash as you walk the dog or stroll the beach. Obviously, we’re not going to eliminate all the plastic out of our lives, but there are simple steps we can take to help limit our consumption including using glass containers, reusable cloth bags, bio-degradable straws and consciously buying products with less packaging. Plastics, the planet and where we’re heading are on my mind a lot lately. I moved here from Vancouver where buying more sustainable products was easier, recycling was commonplace, and littering would

make you a social outcast, but I remember a time before all this, and I hope that Mexico will fall in line shortly as it moves towards enacting the necessary laws to enforce the bans on single-use plastic. John Warren is writing a somber series on the state of our environment, and he sent me an interesting link that calls on journalists to report on climate change as an emergency. With Government and industry inactivity, there needs to be a grassroots movement to make real changes both in how we live our lives and the policies enacted to protect our societies. To that end, I’ll continue to remind you to take an active role in the protection of your planet. Reduce, recycle, reuse. Say no to the straw. Leave the sea turtles in peace. Happy birthday 101st Vallarta! What a long way you’ve come. Safe travels, Madeline

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Puerto Vallarta Then and Now - 500 years in the making

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he Spanish discovered Banderas Bay in the early 1500s about 2500 years after the local indigenous tribes. The name Banderas originated from the native groups carring numerous flags and banners with them into battle. In the year 1525, at Punta Mita on the northernmost tip of Banderas Bay, Francisco Cortes de Buenaventura led 100 Spanish soldiers into the region to conquer the local people. When they arrived, they were carrying four big banners as well as the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe on a large pennant. It was quickly realized that they were outnumbered by the 20,000 Aztatlan who turned out to defend their lands. And as the story goes, a frightened Spanish friar went down on his knees in front of the Aztatlan, consequently exposing the large image of the Holy Virgin directly behind him. Immense rays of bright sunlight illuminated the Virgin. The sheer brilliance of the light which reflected off the image both stunned and terrified the Aztatlan and they immediately submitted to the Spanish. The Spaniards convinced themselves that this whole thing was indeed a miracle. Throughout the 16th century adventurers, sailors, and explorers used the Banderas Bay area as a pit-stop on long voyages. The region also served as a convenient hideout for pirates. Farther inland the Spanish seized native lands and enslaved the indigenous people. Horrifically, during the first 100 years of Spanish occupation, approximately 90% of the native population was wiped out due to smallpox, measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, and influenza. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, silver and gold were mined high up in the mountain towns of San Sebastian del Oeste, Talpa de Allende, and Mascota. Gradually over time agriculture became less of a focus in the area. As mining activities increased, so did the demand for salt to process the precious metals. In 1851, a 19-year-old boatman from Cihuatlan named Guadalupe Sanchez began importing large quantities of salt from the Marias Islands onto Los Muertos Beach in Banderas Bay. As business prospered, Sanchez found himself spending so much time in this beautiful, remote region that he decided to establish himself in the area along with his wife and several companions. Gradually a small town

Puerto Vallarta today

Hotel Rosita - Vallarta's oldest operating hotel

Once Elizabeth Taylor's home, today Casa Kimberly is a boutique hotel and restaurant

Although expats in Puerto Vallarta hail from all corners of the globe, it’s primarily Americans and Canadians who choose this incredible location as their retirement destination.

The Malecon in the 1950's developed that Sanchez named Las Peñas. The port created there was called Puerto Las Peñas. In the early 19th century when the United States discovered their own stores of silver, the price of this metal plummeted and so did the profitability of mining in the Puerto Vallarta area. Agriculture once again became the focus of displaced workers, specifically in the fertile valley of the Ameca River in the area now known as Nuevo Vallarta. As the region lacked a sufficient infrastructure of roads out of Las Peñas, the abundance of harvested agricultural products was shipped

by boat to other parts of the country. Because of the growing importance of Puerto Las Peñas, on May 31, 1918, a Municipality was formed, and the port was renamed Puerto Vallarta in honor of the Governor of Jalisco, Ignacio L. Vallarta. By 1963, word of the beauty of Puerto Vallarta began to spread to the United States. Most specifically as the result of gossip mills going into overdrive about big Hollywood stars Deborah Kerr, Ava Gardner, Sue Lyon and Richard Burton on location in Puerto Vallarta to film the movie Night of the Iguana which was being directed by famous

American director John Huston. During filming Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, each who were married to other people, started a lusty romantic affair that made headlines around the world. Richard Burton purchased Casa Kimberly, a hideaway, for himself and Elizabeth. Paparazzi were on hand to record every juicy detail from the extra-marital affair going on, to the rumor that famous author Tennessee Williams was often seen on set with his pampered poodle that was believed to have suffered from sunstroke. Because of the presence of A-list celebrities in Puerto Vallarta, the city received an incredible amount of international media attention. Tourism demands from the general public exploded overnight. It seemed as though everyone wanted to know more about this exciting, exotic location. In response to the heavy demands of tourism, from 1965 to 1971, Francisco Medina Ascencio, governor of the state of Jalisco, moved forward with a vision to create the development and infrastructure needed to mold Puerto Vallarta into a modern tourist destination. With

firm backing by Mexico President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, Puerto Vallarta officially became a city on May 31, 1968, and received the financial resources it needed to build bridges, roads, and an international airport, as well as bring in electrical power and telephone service. The population of Puerto Vallarta continues to increase each year dramatically as tourists become residents. Although expats in Puerto Vallarta hail from all corners of the globe, it’s primarily Americans and Canadians who choose this incredible location as their retirement destination. In addition to its residents, a steady stream of tourists fills the area year round. Today, Puerto Vallarta is Mexico’s second most popular vacation destination and host to more than 4 million visitors each year. To experience a little bit of the legacy left by Liz and Dick, enjoy dinner at the luxurious Iguana Restaurant and Tequila Bar (Calle Zaragoza 445, Centro, 6pm -11pm daily) in Casa Kimberly, their original home in Gringo Gultch, now converted into a boutique hotel (casakimberly.com).


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Surviving the Summer Heat and Humidity

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ith this week’s first seasonal sprinkle we can officially call it Rainy Season. For the next 4-5 months temperatures will average high 80’s low 90’s (mid 30’s C) but can get as high as 104’ F (40’C) and humidity will be hover around 75%. During these months we will have about 20 days rain, though often only for an hour or so in the afternoon. Rainfall can be extremely heavy and cause massive flooding of the streets but it will quickly dissipate. If you get caught in it, find a high dry spot and wait it out. There are areas of the city you should not (cannot) drive through during these storms, be careful. Many people head back to their summer homes either in Mexico’s cooler and drier highlands or north to the USA and Canada. For those of us who stick around here are some tips on getting through the heat and humidity. Air conditioning can become expensive quickly. These tips will help you cool down without added expense. Fans Fans are your best friend. If you can invest in good quality fans as the cheaper ones will often burn out. Not only do they move the air around creating a breeze, they are much cheaper than running air conditioning, and you can strategically place portable ones around the areas where you live, work and sleep. Air Conditioning DIY Make a DIY air conditioner by positioning a shallow pan or bowl (a roasting pan works nicely) full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist. Or head to YouTube and watch more elaborate DIY solutions Quickly Cool Down A cool shower, a dip in the pool or even just a wet cloth on the back of your neck is a fabulous and easy way to cool down fast. Putting ice on your wrists can work magic within seconds. Even dipping your ankles and feet in the water will refresh you substantially. Go Dark Pay attention to the sun and where it enters your house and then find ways to block it! Black out curtains will make a huge difference. Keeping the windows and doors closed during the day and opening after sunset to allow in the

evenings breezes will help keep you home much cooler. Trusty Hand Towel Shed your pride and carry a hand towel with you. You’ll see many of the locals toting them around. They’re great for wiping sweat from your brow. Dip it into cool water, and drape the towel around your neck for some temporary heat relief. Eat Salty Foods There is a reason Mexican’s sprinkle salt on everything! You are losing a lot of salt in your sweat, so, if you don’t have issues with water retention, or other health concerns, be sure to make salty foods party of your daily diet. Rehydrate! It can’t be stressed enough. Drink lots of water, and restore your electrolytes. During the summer locals drink gallons of sueros (electrolyte drinks you can purchase at any convenience store). Even better, fresh coconut water will work wonders. Not only restoring electrolytes, but also helping your tummy fight-off any unwelcome visitors (parasites or amoebas.) If you start to experience lower back pain – it might be your kidneys aching for more water! Siestas Set a hammock up in a cool shady spot and settle in for a siesta. You’ll be amazed what a difference having all of the surface airflow around your body will make. But take care with mosquitos and other biting bugs. Take it Easy Most importantly, realize that during hot summer month you need to slow down. Take frequent breaks. Sit by a window or door. Find some shade. Go to an air-conditioned café and treat yourself to a cold beverage. Have an ice cream and sit by the ocean. Make a siesta part of your daily routine.

Developers in Mexico: are they untouchable? Roberto Ortiz de Montellano Farias

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Roberto Ortiz de Montellano is a Mexican-Licensed Attorney at Law with over twenty years of professional legal experience. He started his own practice in Puerto Vallarta five years ago. His areas of expertise focus mostly on Real Estate Law, Business Law, HOAs and Estate Planning

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egal disputes can be exhausting and costly, but in many cases they are necessary. Legal action must be taken in cases where a breach of contract generates damages. In real estate transactions, the amounts for damages tend to be substantial and many times these amounts represent the lifetime savings of a person buying a property. Mexico is no exception in this regard. Damages here can represent high amounts, specially of you are buying a brand-new unit from the developer. If you bought property in Mexico and the developer fails to fulfill the contract, our legal system allows you to take certain legal actions in order to obtain a remedy. So what are the legal actions that can be taken against a developer that doesn´t fulfill a contract? If a developer refuses or is not able to fulfill his obligations under a contact, such as to deliver the unit that you paid for or failing to provide you with title over the unit, a lawsuit can be filed in court so that the contract is either terminated and the developer is ordered to return your money and pay damages, or you might obtain a ruling from the judge where the fulfillment of the contract is ordered. If the developer did deliver the unit but is not respecting the guaranty established by law, then you can start a proceeding before the Consumer Protection Agency in order to force the developer to make the guaranty valid. And what about filing charges against a developer who incurred in criminal activity? If the developer incurred in a criminal offense such as fraud, you can press charges and start a criminal proceeding that eventually will trigger a trial. These criminal proceedings can be stopped if the developer reimburses you the amounts that are the base for the charges. In order to avoid going to trial and eventually setting foot on a Mexican prison, many developers reach a

settlement with the victim during the criminal investigation. Some developers use intimidating tactics to make you believe that they are untouchable and above the law, but you should know that this is not the case.

Anglican Church Puerto Vallarta

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Our legal system here in Mexico is far from perfect, but it is still able to provide protection to someone who falls in the hands of a dishonest developer. The key element here is to find the proper legal counsel.


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Movement as Medicine

Two Expats in Mexico Paul Kurtzweil

By Via Anderson

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reat news! If you’re a U.S. citizen, you can still receive your Social Security payments while living in Mexico. You can even have the payments deposited directly into a Mexican bank account. U.S. Citizens Here’s an interesting statistic from the U.S. Social Security Administration: In the month of April alone, 58,710 payments were sent to beneficiaries in Mexico. If you do have your payments sent to a Mexican bank account, you may be required to submit an annual report to the U.S. Government. Non-U.S. Citizens When it comes to non-U.S. citizens, the answer is not as simple. Whether or not the person will be eligible to receive payments while living in Mexico will depend on several factors. You can read more about this in the Social Security Administration’s educational guide Your Payments While You Are Outside the U.S. Maintaining Your Benefits It’s very important to keep an accurate mailing address on file with the Social Security Administration. Periodically, they will send you a questionnaire to determine that you are still eligible to receive benefits. If you don’t respond, the

payments will stop. Some recipients will be required to complete a questionnaire every year between May and June. The annual requirement applies to recipients who reside outside the country and: Are age 90 or over; Have a representative payee; or Are not receiving benefits as a spouse, widow(er), parent, mother or father, or disabled widow(er) I know the wording of that last line is a little confusing, but don’t blame me. These were  taken directly  from the written guidelines provided by the Social Security Administration.  Benefits Offices in Mexico The U.S. government has federal benefits offices in Mexico to assist you including: Federal Benefits Unit United States Consulate General Progreso 175 44100 Guadalajara, Jalisco Phone: 01-800-772-6394 (within Mexico only) FBU.Guadalajara@ssa.gov Federal Benefits Unit United States Embassy Paseo de la Reforma 305 06500 Mexico D. F. Phone: 01-800-772-6394 (within Mexico only) or 052-55-1102-6300 FBU.Mexico.City@ssa.gov Mexico is a great retirement destination for Americans looking for a way to make their money go further without sacrificing their quality of life. I know several expats who live very well in Mexico on just their monthly Social Security payments.

Via Anderson, E-RYT, is a Yoga and movement coach and teaches the Intelligent Movement Forever system of healthy movement in a weekly online class, in private sessions, and at Yoga Vallarta during the high season. This 77-year-old grandmother practices what she preaches and teaches. She is the author of “How to Move Without Pain: A Compendium of Intelligent Movement”, to be released in 2019. www.intelligentmovementforever.com

How I am Healing My Compression Fractures: Part 2

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n April 25, my trip to LA took an unexpected turn. I put excessive pressure on my upper back lugging suitcases. Resulting in thoracic compression fractures at T7 and T10. Now I am in the fifth week of my 6-8 week healing journey. Compression fractures are not fun. Healing from them is a game of patience. Resting. Bracing my thoracic spine. While the bones knit themselves back together. I also get to look at the underlying cause of the fracture: my osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that increases the risk of bone fractures. In the U.S, osteoporosis affects 44 million women and men over the age of 50. If you are 55 or older, you are more likely than not to be part of this public health epidemic. Why did I not know that that I had osteoporosis? Because I was not paying attention! Osteoporosis goes unnoticed until a bone fracture occurs, usually in the spine, wrist, or hip. Loss of

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Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) is a former lieutenant from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. During his 25-year career, he received numerous commendations to include two of the agency’s top honors: a Meritorious Service Medal and a Medal of Valor. In 2015, Paul retired and moved to Mexico with his wife. He now spends his day’s blogging from the beach.

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height and hunched or stooped posture can also be signs of osteoporosis. I did not know that I had osteoporosis on April 25. In fact, I assumed that I was immune from bone density loss because of my very healthy movement practice. A bone density test would have told me otherwise. But my last bone density test was 9 years ago! No bueno! Now my journey is two-fold. First, to heal from my thoracic compression fractures. Resting.

Wearing my amazing Frieda Kahlo thoracic brace. Listening to my body. No bending, twisting, or lifting. And practicing other movement that is intelligent for my current condition. Second, and even more challenging, is to reverse my osteoporosis. The internet has a wealth of information about treating and preventing osteoporosis. If you think you might have osteoporosis, I encourage you to do your own research and make your own plan.

Here is my plan: 1. Get a DEXA scan and test my Vitamin D levels regularly. 3. Continue to exercise. Focusing on resistance training, weight-bearing and balancing moves, and strengthening my back extensors. 4. Continue to eat a plant-based diet. Including kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, swiss chard, sauerkraut, blueberries, prunes, and other foods that help. 5. Take vitamin supplements to support bone health. Calcium Citrate, Vitamin D3, and MK-7. 6. Explore bio-identical hormone therapy, whole body vibration, essential oils, Reiki, and bone breathwork. 8. Get more sun and sleep with my cat and enjoy her bone healing purrs. 9. Trust and believe in the capacity of my body to heal itself, given the right environment. PS. I have decided not to take biophosphonates because of the side-effects. This is a personal decision that will vary from one individual to another. Summing Up: The likelihood of compression fractures increases as we age. If you haven’t already done so, test your bone density and vitamin D levels. And make a plan to treat or prevent osteoporosis. Medical disclaimer: The information presented here is for educational purposes only. It is not

a substitute for a doctor’s opinion. Reference: Levy, Jillian. “Osteoporosis Treatment 7 Natural

Ways to Boost Bone Density.” Dr. Axe, 27 July 2018, draxe.com/ osteoporosis-treatment/.


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Paradise and Parenting

Medical Matters Pam Thompson

Leza Warkentin

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

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

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Getting Old…er

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ow can it be that I am XX years old? (I don’t even want to type the numbers, ha!) Where in the world does the time go? And why does it seem to be going so much faster now? I thought things were supposed to slow down as we age but time sure doesn’t. Looking closely in the mirror, sometimes I wonder who that ‘older’ woman is looking back at me! Depressing? It sure can be sometimes! At the end of the day, we are all looking for some answers, for some comfort, for significant connections and friendships. For a long time now, I have wanted to have a presentation, speakers program on these topics and finally, we are! Jean Martin is a licensed psychotherapist and after some brainstorming, we have come up with this series:

HAPPILY RETIRED? Part I June 18, 2019 at 9am at Clinic Sanmare. No charge event. RSVP please. Many of us come to the last chapter of our lives lacking the skills to relate to other people. This is fine if you are writing a book or like to imagine yourself as a Lone Ranger but most of us seek to have better communication and lasting friendships that are the qualities that make us a true community even if they are seasonal! Remember: we too have to renew our friendships! Taking this as our main theme, we are going to talk about loneliness, relating to other people, dating (no matter what age) and what to do about it besides going to the local bar! Part II How to be emotionally healthy helping our body in every way. Part III How to take care of a loved one without losing yourself. One of the biggest challenges is knowing there are plenty of lonely people out there but how to get to

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them? How to let them know there are people around them who care and how to get the information to them that these programs are available? Can you help with this? Perhaps you know someone. On the other hand, there are those who surround themselves with people, are very social but still feel a stark loneliness. We hope that you will choose to participate/ attend the programs. What have you got to lose? There is a plethora of topics that can be covered in relation to aging. Both regarding physical and mental issues. Send them on to me and we can work them into the series of subjects! As well, our group of mental health professionals has finished up the local “Mental Health Resource Guide” in both English and Spanish. If you would like a copy, just send me an email! A huge thank you to all that donate items for Regional Hospital. From adorable baby blankets to medical supplies to gently used clothing for the weekly bazaar held there to raise funds for terminally ill patients who have no funds. As we move in to a bit slower time here in the area, those items are still very much needed! Please contact me for details and/or questions. Someone flipped the humidity switch! It seems over night the summer humidity has wrapped itself around us. Stay hydrated! Here’s to a breezy week!

ast year my son went to his sixth grade camp near Guadalajara. It was only his second time at camp in his life, and he was very nervous about it, but it is a rite of passage at our school, so we signed him up anyway. Gil and I had heard good things about the camp. We were told about the incredibly professional staff, the wide range of activities, and the strong emphasis on team-building with the sixth grade groups that had previously attended the camp. While our son was not 100% certain about going, we decided that this was a case of Dad Knows Best (because I chickened out and made Gil tell him), and packed him up. When he left on the bus, I felt really guilty for not giving him much of a say in the matter. But I had a feeling that he would have a great time, and would thank us for giving him that extra little push. When the bus arrived back at the school four nights later, he gave me a brief hug and then explained that he would have preferred an additional four nights at LEAST. He was completely insufferable for several days because he was suddenly completely independent and didn’t need me to tell him what time to go to bed. And that was cute although not completely true, unless you consider 1am an appropriate school night bedtime. But I loved that he felt more mature and self-confident, and I enjoyed the stories of the horseback rides and girl/boy dance. I also really appreciated his newfound ability to separate the clean from the dirty clothes, even though he was much less interested in doing the actual laundry. So that’s why, when my daughter’s turn rolled up this school year, I didn’t hesitate to register her for her own four nights away from home with her sixth grade class. She, being an organized little person from an early age, packed her own bag and labeled all of her personal items without any reminders. When it was time

to get on the bus, she hugged us both several times, but didn’t hesitate to climb on with her seat mate, alaready giggling about something she would never tell me about. But what I didn’t count on was what it was like to be left behind with two male humans for an entire weekend. Here are some things that happened because I decided camp would be good for my daughter: No one woke me up on a Saturday morning and asked me what I wanted to do ON MY BIRTHDAY. The Boy Child just went downstairs and got on his Play Station, and didn’t say much to me even when I dropped some major hints about how today was special. Like, extra special. Like, about his favorite parent. He said happy birthday once his

dad came and told him that it was his mother’s birthday. Sure, at that point he gave me a hug and they both took me for a lovely breakfast, but, I mean, you can imagine the anti-climax. No one asked if we could make my favorite cookies or watch my favorite show, because the person who knows what those things are was not there. She was probably riding a horse or falling off her bunk bed laughing. No one made voices for our two dogs so that we could make up funny stories for them. When I tried to do it with The Men, they asked me if I felt like lying down. I did, as a matter of fact. No one draped themselves over me while we watched TV. And, as much as I usually find the draping a bit uncomfortable, I really wished someone would have done it anyway. Except The Boy because he’s a foot taller than me and a few kilos heavier. So today she’s coming back and I can’t wait. Sure, I’m glad that she had this experience. I’ll be happy to hear about how great it was and how tiresome it is to be home. I’ll do her mud-soaked laundry with a grin and a sigh. And I’ll appreciate her caring, thoughtful presence (including the draping) even more than I did before (and that was quite a lot).


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Vibes & Vices: La Palapa

AJ Freeman

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never really understood the big stigma behind dining alone. I mean, it’s true that breaking bread in the company of kindred spirits is one of life’s more fulfilling experiences, but it’s always been my belief that we should be our own best friends first. If you can mindlessly munch away at a cup o’ noodles in front of the roaring fire of Netflix alone in your room, you should also be satisfied with savoring a sumptuous solo supper in scenic surroundings, and that’s what I set out to do one recent evening at La Palapa. The Vibes: The beachfront setting of La Palapa is a particularly indulgent backdrop for an evening meal. As I strolled past the host with a jovial greeting, silky jazz wafted out onto the Malecon, loud enough to be noticed, subtle enough not to demand your attention. A diverse clientele populated tables inside and out... locals, visitors, and immigrants

such as myself intersected with folks fuelling up for the Pride celebration set for a later hour. As manager Sofia noted, what brought us together from our various worlds was an enthusiasm for unforgettable moments.

 “Every detail of this restaurant is designed to welcome you in, from the lighting to the music and of course, the food,” she elaborated over a black pomegranate margarita while not appearing to judge me for licking tajin from the rim of the glass. “The vision of La Palapa is to combine two true luxuries...fine dining and a day at the beach. People love to enjoy a delicious meal with their toes in the sand, it’s a rare opportunity, a sensory immersion.” At some point during our pleasant conversation, Sofia took a break from chatting with me to run her restaurant, and that’s when I noticed that a couple of my electronic devices were running on their last few sparks... fortunately, I’m typically prepared

for these occasions. Producing a tangle of cords from one of my utility pockets, I asked a staffer where I could find an outlet only for him to move an entire nearby liquor shelf and access a hidden socket. Apparently this didn’t surprise Sofia anywhere near as much as it flabbergasted this millennial: “This is one of Vallarta’s oldest family businesses, and has been owned by the same family for the last 60 years or so. We have even gotten some lifelong customers over the years, and so we like to be sure as many people as possible walk out of here with positive memories.” As I took another sip of the delicious yet potent cocktail and it began to take its effect, I made a mental note to only have one

more to ensure I walked out with any memories at all. The Vices: The sun was just rolling away across the Pacific as we parted ways from the interview table and I took my front row seat to the seascape. A third black pomegranate margarita appeared on the table as if by magic, followed in implausibly short order by the first course in my Restaurant Week dinner, coconut shrimp in a tasty mango sauce. Beautifully presented and coated only in sweet, crispy coconut shreds, it tasted just like being in the right place at the right time. In between courses I made a herculean effort not to fill up on the bread basket, incorporating flaky rolls, baguette slices, and savory rye with a garlic cream

cheese spread. I intentionally drank my fourth margarita faster than normal to see if anyone would notice, and before I could even set the empty vessel on the table a culinary coordinator had materialized behind me with a replacement in hand so I guess we both won that game. The main event of the evening was a red snapper filet, royally appointed with sweet potato puree and pesto as well as asparagus and chorizo in a sherry sauce. Backed by points of cosmic flame blinking into the twilight one by one, every bite of the fresh fish was a new discovery of my enchantment with this existence. I gazed out onto the Banderas Bay after retiring my fork for the evening, overcome by a feeling of immense satisfaction with myself and the life choices that had led me to this point in time... which, Restaurant Week or not, I suspect is on the full-time menu at La Palapa. The Verdict: Great meals and great times go hand in hand, and to the surprise of no one there are plenty of both to be found at La Palapa. Yes, true, it’s not exactly a secret around town, but with Restaurant Week in full swing I would have been remiss not to shine my subjective spotlight on an area favorite...indeed, La Palapa has had its doors open for over half a century in Vallarta’s most competitive district for a good reason. Maybe I’ll catch you there.


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John Warren splits his time between Puerto Vallarta and Lethbridge, Alberta. In the winter months he writes for the IFC, this summer he’s focusing his writing on the environment.

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’ve got good news, and I’ve got bad news. Because I prefer dessert to the main course, I’ll start with the bad news first. A report from the United Nations earlier this month has this news for the future of the planet. The area of urban areas around the world has doubled since 1992 and has resulted in paved roads, parking lots and millions of buildings taking away from fields and forests which, in turn, affect runoff and soil erosion. Between 2002 and 2013, over a thousand environmental activities and journalists were killed and it’s probable that their deaths were ordered by people whose bank accounts were being affected by their demands and their stories. 50% of live coral reefs have been lost since the 1870s. Coral reefs provide breeding grounds for thousands of fish species. 100% increase since 1980 in greenhouse gas emissions, raising average global temperature by at least 0.7 degrees. Now for some good news about our home, Mother Earth. There is now a movement by the young people around the world to save their future and ours too. They are disgusted with the apathy of adults, the dishonesty of politicians, and the influence of huge companies. Last Friday, hundreds of thousands of students around the world walked out of their schools and colleges demanding governments and big corporations take immediate and drastic action to solve the climate crisis. According to event organizers Fridays for Future, over 1664 cities across 125 countries participated. And this started with a fifteen-year-old student in Sweden. Always remember that one person can make a huge difference; to another person, to their village or to their world. Take Greta Thurnberg who lives in Stockholm, Sweden. Over the last nine months, she has created an inter-

national climate movement that includes hundreds of thousands of young people around the world. It began when she was eleven and studying climate change in school. Learning about the probable future of the planet, she became depressed. “I felt everything was meaningless and there was no point going to school if there was no future,” she said. But now, rather than suffer the pain, she has decided to push back at its cause, channeling her sadness into action. “I promised myself I was going to do everything I could do to make a difference.” And she has! Greta began her one-person strike outside the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm last August when she was just fifteen. She decided to continue to demand action until Sweden aligned itself with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. She attributes her determination to her diagnosis of Asperger’s, a mild form of autism spectrum disorder. “It makes me see the world differently. I see through lies more easily,” she says. “I don’t like compromising. For me, it’s either you are sustainable or not — you

can’t be a little bit sustainable.” Her openness about her diagnosis, and willingness to share about her experiences of depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, are another reason why many see Thunberg as a role model. “To be different is not a weakness. It’s a strength in many ways because you stand out from the crowd.” The world is listening. Organizers estimate that on 15 March, the first strike by the kids, a remarkable 1.6 million people  participated in a climate strike inspired by Thunberg’s solo action—mostly students who walked out of school for a few minutes, an hour or a full day of protest. Since then, the walkouts have continued, with students around the world united by the #FridaysForFuture and #YouthStrike4Climate hashtags. As well as spreading across Europe, the U.S. and Australia, students in countries south of the equator who are experiencing severe effects of climate change such as Brazil, Uganda, and India have taken action too. In the words of  Parkland student Emma González, Thunberg’s way of “inspiring steadfast students and shaming apathetic adults” has turned her single idea into a worldwide movement. Greta Thunberg has a goal to save her future and ours from a warming planet, and she has a plan of how to do it. Now is the time for all people, especially the young, to upset the current system and use a better one. The whole world depends on it. Sadly, as far as I know, the students of Puerto Vallarta were missing in action in the marches for change in three months ago and, again, last Friday. Do they not know or do they not care?

From Here Marcia Blondin

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andra Cesca and I watched a few minutes of yet another joyous Vallarta Pride parade down by Casa Ley just before the opening curtain for “Carmen” at  Teatro Vallarta.  Sher Producciones  has brought the Jalisco State Ballet  to this theatre three times in the past 18 months or so.  Don Quijote, Nutcracker and last week,  Carmen.  While we were waiting to enter the lobby, I looked over my shoulder, and there was  Dariusz Blajer, the  Artistic Director  of the  Jalisco Ballet, making his way through the crowds. Much to my surprise and delight, he remembered me from Guadalajara. A couple of years ago, my brilliantly crazy friend  Brian Peterman  from Vancouver, invited me to see “Otello” at Teatro Degollado. The other reason we were in Guadalajara in November 2016, was to scout some choreographers and dancers to appear in Brian’s opera/ ballet (likely debuting this coming fall!). That’s why we spent a glorious day at the Jalisco Ballet, watching classes, rehearsals, and hobnobbing with director Dariusz and his staff. This production of Carmen was starkly modern with edgy choreography by  Mark Godden. After all, it is a story of murder(s), betrayal, gypsies, jealousy, and corrupt military, with love, sex, and rivalry at the center of it all. While I must admit I am enamored by satin, velvet, and meters of tulle normally flowing in classical ballet; this  Carmen  leaning more towards West Side Story than Don Quijote,

was brilliantly done and there were sufficient scenes of flashing fabrics to feed my affliction. I hope next time the Jalisco Ballet  is in Vallarta, to interview  Dariusz. Well done everyone and thanks to  Salvador Luna  and  Sher Producciones  for bringing us such loveliness. On a completely different note: on the Isla Cuale last week – a peaceful protest of concerned citizens from Vallarta, Mismaloya, Boca de Tomatlan, Las Juntas y Los Veranos, El Tuito, and Cabo Corrientes to discuss the damming of the Horcones River. Different concerns were voiced about the impending hydroelectric dam and none more eloquently spoken than by 12-year-old  Valentina, a fourth generation Boca de Tomatlan resident and student. She spoke of how we are ALL the wild birds in the air and the animals on the earth, including jaguars. All of us are the fish in the rivers and in the sea. We have to love and to do no harm to our earth. Another concerned woman in attendance was my vet,  Doctora Claudia. I asked her after the event how she was and what she had been doing. “Fighting,” she said. “I fight for the cats and dogs; the horses and the macaws. Now I am fighting for the rivers… always fighting”. The sky is trying to rain even though it’s a couple of weeks early. Please pick up any garbage you see laying around on our streets and sidewalks; be aware of buying too much packaging, reuse your water bottle; they are so easy to sterilize. Spread your smiles and your hugs; they will come back to you tenfold, From Here.


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his absolutely stunning beachfront penthouse overlooks the golden sands and crystal blue waters of Vallarta’s famed south shore. The open floor plan features a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, custom cabinets and bar seating under custom pendant lighting. The elegant and tasteful living room with spectacular vaulted ceiling and gorgeous indoor dining open to the beautiful covered outdoor terrace overlooking the beach, bay and town! The spacious bedrooms are havens of restful relaxation that take full advantage of the stunning views and include private bathrooms and separate air conditioning zones. Some other features of this beautiful beachfront home include: remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, new plumbing, wiring, “mini-split” air conditioning, private storage locker and wood beamed ceilings. The

well maintained complex includes: Secured entry, professional management, laundry and storage room and lovely pool surrounded by tropical gardens. This beautiful beachfront home would be perfect for a second home, retirement villa or investment property. Elegantly furnished and offered “turn-key”

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Lady Zen and ‘Princesas Desesperadas’ Return!

ncanto once again features many local acts as the summer season begins. Three of those will be special concerts by established popular local artists Anais Belloso, Jose Carlos, and singer-songwriter Edgar Roxha. Anais Belloso’s love themes and tales of broken hearts evoke beautiful simple lyrics and lovely melodies. Her first released original song, ‘El café’, garnered more than ten-thousand online streams in its first year. This will be her first solo concert at Incanto and she will welcome some special guests to join her on June 14 at 8pm. You can also see her weekly on Tuesdays 5-7pm in the piano bar with music partner, Victor. Concert tickets are currently available at Incanto’s box office. Visit their website for more information. A Vallarta entertainment fixture, Jose Carlos, is an independent singer-songwriter and guitarist. His songs weave stories of love, heartbreak, philosophy, and social conscience with meaningful melodies that captivate audiences. His influences include New Trova, Mexican Folklore, Country, Funk, Jazz, Pop, and Bossa Nova. He composed and released his first album ‘Mirame’ in 2015. He recently released the new single,‘Tu Boca’, and is currently in the studio working on his second album. He will present a one night only solo concert featuring special guest musicians on June 21 at 8pm. Edgar Roxha is a well-known local singer and songwriter of beautiful love songs. In 2015, he recorded his first single, ‘Imaginaria’, with producer Stefano Vieni. His smooth, heartfelt vocals melt his audience’s hearts. This will be his first solo concert in the theatre on June 28 at 8pm. This performance is nearly sold-out. Check with the box office for availability. Edgar can also be seen weekly in the piano bar on Thursdays 5-7pm. The popularity of the unique and eclectic Lady Zen continues to soar with a new theater show, The Soul Of Lady Zen on June 4 at 8pm, featuring the music of Carole King, Donnie Hathaway, Sade, Marvin Gaye, and Gil Scott Heron. She’ll also return to the piano bar weekly on Tuesdays at 7:30pm beginning June 18 as a ticketed show. Early reservations are recommended.

Perro Bravo Productions returns to Incanto this summer with the Spanish adapted version of Tomas Urtusastegui stage comedy, ‘Princesas Desesperadas’. Under the clever supervision of multi-award winner, director Ramiro Daniel, and with the participation of award-winning actors Juan Pablo Hernandez, Juan Carlos Ramirez, Cesar Trujillo, and Cesar Bravo, it’s a fast-paced comedy that tells the story of four Disney Princesses who get together fifteen years after their happily ever afters. Performances begin June 15 at 8:30pm. Presented in Spanish. More weekly summer movies to be shown in the comfortable air-conditioned theatre on a big screen with state of the art sound. A special menu is also available for casual dining during the show. Visit Incanto’s website and Facebook page, Incanto Vallarta, for details. Breakfast is served until 2pm on the riverside terrace. Casual dining is available riverside and in the air-conditioned piano bar 4-11pm. Happy Hour is 4-6pm. Incanto Insurgentes 109 (at the Rio Cuale) Tues – Sun 9am-11:30pm Incantopv@gmail.com 322 223-9756 www.IncantoVallarta.com


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Up, Up and Away with Media Luna and Gato Negro!

Welcome Home

Christie Seeley

Sheryl Novak

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

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

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returned last week to Puerto Vallarta after a week with a full to do list in my Oakland, California home. As usual, I came down with a cold—seems inevitable after a flight these days. My horoscope, which I follow with limited conviction, kept telling me this was going to be an exciting week, full of energy. “Not the way I feel” I thought. But the universe knew better. The weekend of May 24, 25 was the important celebration honoring the patron saint of the Gypsies, Saint Sarah, in the south of France. There suddenly appeared on my radar screen an opportunity to see two of my favorite groups inspired by the music of the Romani people, the charming and energetic gypsy rumba band of Media Luna in beautiful San Miguel de Allende and the simpatico and super talented jazz manouche group Gato Negro in the historic city of Leon. Since the stars were propelling me, I lined up a trip.  My plan was to fly the inex-

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pensive direct Interjet flight from Puerto Vallarta to Leon airport, take a shuttle (Bajiogo) to downtown Leon where I would stay at the Hotel Leon, the location where Gato Negro would be performing the following night. The morning after their concert I would take a bus to San Miguel arriving at my airbnb with plenty of time to prepare for a wonderful evening with Media Luna. I arrived in Leon early enough to enjoy a walk around old town with its magnificent plazas, churches, lion sculptured fountain and entertaining street music and to enjoy a rich bowl of pozole followed by a frozen fresh fruit paleta before returning to my hotel situated right on the main square. The show I came to attend was not until the following night so I had plenty of time to roam and sample some of the special treats Leon has to offer including plentiful artisanal ice creams and a very hot sandwich (guacamaya) made of chicharrón on a thick bun

and smothered in an extremely hot sauce. Friday night, in the elegant restaurant of Hotel Leon, Osmar Esquivel gave a brief introduction to the uninitiated of jazz manouche, the music inspired by the Romani people of France and made famous by Django Reinhardt. In addition to the group’s marvelous music featuring Osmar on violin, guitar and accordion, Victor Quijas on double bass and Alfonso Jimenez on guitar, classically trained Osmar treated us to several jazz pieces on piano, the first instrument on which he excelled as a child performing with symphony orchestras at age six. The crowd loved the music and the group didn’t wind up until after 11:00. Saturday morning, I bused to San Miguel de Allende and made ready for Media Luna’s concert that night. My airbnb was conveniently located giving me a chance to cruise through the colorful streets of San Miguel before the show. It was such a treat to see and be welcomed again by brothers Caleb and Jaír Cabrera and cousin Gibran Monzalvo Cabrera at Paprika Restaurant where the event was held. The full band experience featured guests including an impressive Luis Badillo on bass guitar, the talented Charly Peña on flute, and San Miguel’s own Andres Perales on percussion. They put on a fantastic show for a full house on the delightful out door patio. Media Luna is currently living and performing in Mexico City where they enjoy a lively summer musical scene. Keep your eyes on my website calendar for more spectacular music from them this winter in Puerto Vallarta and surrounding communities! I was up early on Sunday to enjoy a breakfast at my favorite spot, El Correo, near the plaza principal where they never let you down with their traditional dishes and historic ambience, before being whisked off by my prearranged Bajiogo shuttle ride to the Leon airport for a comfortable flight home. Life is indeed good when music is involved. For more details, visit my website vallartasounds.com

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ithout question, we all love the beauty of solid wood furniture. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it can also last for years and years if you know what to buy. Since many people are investing in new condos in Vallarta and the Bay area, they are not necessarily familiar with the different environment and vendors here. I thought it might be helpful to write an article about wood furniture. Wood is a natural material, and as such, it is prone to contract or expand during aging or depending on the temperature and humidity of its environment. Air conditioning and our humid climate are not easy on wood furniture. The change in moisture content in the wood can quickly cause cracking and warping. To ensure that your furniture does not crack or warp, it is critical your furniture maker purchases wood from a reputable wood supplier. Most wood used in furniture making today is either kiln-dried or seasondried. Drying wood in a kiln is much quicker, and most companies use this process instead of drying their wood naturally. Kiln-dried wood can be ready in under a month. Seasondried, as the name implies, can take months or years. Unfortunately, the downside of kiln-dried lumber is that artificial heating prevents the wood from hardening as it would if it were season-dried. Kiln-dried wood is more prone to cracking and warping. The choice of drying method also depends somewhat on the type of wood. Some species dry better over time rather than in a kiln. Regardless of which method, if not dried properly, the beautiful dresser or dining table you just purchased is very likely to have problems. Even with proper drying, it is impossible for anyone to promise that a piece of wood furniture will not change. That is why it is so essential to ensure any piece of furniture you purchase comes with a solid warranty. Make sure to ask

others who have purchased whether they have had any issues with the product and if they did, what the company or carpenter did to resolve it. That is the only way you will know whether the warranty is as good as the paper on which it is written. Damage to wood furniture made from flat-sawn wood generally appears in three key places. Most often, cracking will appear either along the grain, perpendicular to the growth rings or perpendicular to the grain and parallel to the growth rings. Cracking along the grain in traditional wood types is usually


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17 minimal, as is shrinkage perpendicular to the growth rings. The highest risk is movement across the grain. Well-trained wood suppliers and carpenters should know the amount of movement to expect when selecting a wood species and the environment you will be placing the item. Furniture made from flat-sawn wood can also warp. Warp movement in wood is called cup, bow, and twist. The most common move is called cup. That is when one face of the wood shrinks more in width than the opposite one. If a piece of wood has too much moisture along the grain, it can cause a bow. Twist is when diagonal corners of a board are not the same level or plane. To reduce risk, make sure to purchase your wood furniture from qualified and knowledgeable sources that offer reliable warranties. New condo? Need furniture? Contact me at sa.novak@solutionsmexico.com with any questions. No obligation to purchase.

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Life in la Cruz

Busing Banderas Bay Bruce Howells

Cindy Bouchard

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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.

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

Who Can’t Get Satisfaction?

Ángel of Oso’s adds deliciousness to La Cruz

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or anyone fortunate to be in Vallarta at this time of the year, there are still many things to do, and the recently completed Rolling Stones Tribute at the Roxy House by Vallarta’s own “Tequila Rush” is a perfect example. The Tribute was scheduled to start at 11 pm, Mexican Musician Time (MMT). Realistically, we were looking at 11:30 pm start. I hate to admit it but, “How do we stay awake until then?” was an issue. The days of starting to drink by mid-afternoon at the beach, in the sun, and then proceeding to a concert are long gone! Replaced by common sense, and the wisdom to know ones limit, but not the desire to have fun, and think like a twenty / thirty year old. Talk about satisfaction! What better way to pass the time before the Stones Tribute than listening to our favorite Vallarta Blues/Rock band, “Soul Trip” who perform every Saturday at 8:30 pm MMT, at Kelly’s Pour Favor. We left for the Roxy and navigated the trip in about two minutes, as we headed to catch our favorite Vallarta Classic Rock / Tribute band, “Tequila Rush” honoring one of rock’s all-time greatest bands. What a challenge to attempt a tribute to a Rock Legend. Many bands can play two or three Stones songs, but to attempt to entertain a crowd for a whole evening requires balls. The “boys” leave no stone unturned in their quest for perfection. They had guest musicians accompany them on many songs, Martin Montenegro on Sax, and Miguel Rdz on keyboard provided to the mix that turned out to be “A Magical Musical Tour” for audience and staff. There was dancing in the aisles, tequila by the bottle being shared, and a whole lotta shakin’ going on, by both staff and patrons. From speaking with the band for weeks before the concert, there was a whole lotta practicing going on as well. At “Practice time”, you were expected to know the songs and

O your role, practice was not to learn, but to mesh and blend the music into a concert worthy performance. Then there is the Roxy Rock House, in all its glory, overhead fans circulating the smoke, the lights dim, and the dance floor packed with tables. An actual raised stage with lights and a great sound system complements the experience. It was crowded when we arrived and we were escorted to a table for two, up front, right beside the stage. The table actually touched the stage! We were right beside the stairs the musicians on our side climbed to the stage. They stopped and slapped hands, hugged and provided kisses, (well, at least my wife received kisses). We love our Vallarta musicians, not just strangers passing in the night providing entertainment, but potential friends embarking on a path leading to fulfillment and an enjoyable life. The musicians must still learn, then practice, then perform, and then play “five more!” for the loud guy right up front. Bravo to Tequila Rush; Steven Tenney, Carlos Urrea, Danny Hermosillo, and Irvin Edgardo Quintana Coronado, you are true professionals, excellent entertainers, and more importantly, we consider each and every one of you friends. I was “satisfied” twice that night, well, actually three times, but I am not supposed to write about the third episode! It was a Stones tribute though, and we all know “You Cant’ Always Get What you Want”, so here goes. It was so loud and noisy, that I could just listen to the music; I didn’t have to respond to idle chatter, I learned to mime, “Can’t hear you” and everyone left me alone to enjoy the Rolling Stones. It was so satisfying.

so’s opened just before our Boutique Hotel and we were pleased to know that just a hop, skip and a jump down the beach, we’d have a restaurant to send our guests. Ángel Rafael owner of the nearby Oso’s Fish Market Restaurant told me, “It was an ‘everything in the right place at the right time moment situation’ so I decided to open the fish market restaurant.” The name Oso’s is in honour of his father who was a big guy and his nickname was Oso which means bear. “La Cruz is the hidden diamond of Bahía de Banderas. The geographic location is perfect and the town has a charming atmosphere. The people are very friendly; locals and foreigners. The mix of cultures creating a positive impact in La Cruz, for the locals and the community. I see a great future in this area. The town is beautiful, the spectacular trees in the plaza, the mountains, the jungle, the ocean, the marina… we have everything making La Cruz the prettiest town on Banderas Bay.” After eight years of business and doing well Ángel still puts the customer first, taking into consideration their needs and wants. He changes the menu per guest’s requests or if you’re like me and have many allergies he’ll create something specific just for you, always-yummy… muy rico! Little has changed over the years; fish and seafood, fresh from the market every day, are still the

main features with less of a focus on oysters. Contributing to the community always top’s Ángel’s list whether donating certificates for meals or sharing his restaurant for fundraisers. To further serve the community Oso’s is one of few restaurants that stays open all summer. Ángel is considering closing for a couple of weeks at the end of September this year but hasn’t decide yet. Until then they’ll continue with dance nights with the Rock and Roll music of ‘The Remedy’ every Saturday at 7 pm. Ángel is eager to share Oso’s new take out or delivery cuisine: Don’t Worry, Eat Happy. Let Oso’s cook for your dinner party. In addition to the menu, to stay fresh Ángel changes paint colours, furniture, table settings and more. He told me “I don’t want to bore my repeat customers!” Visit where the food is great and the staff treat you like family remembering your name… all on the waterfront in La Cruz, who could ask for anything more?


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SPCA of Puerto Vallarta

Famous Mosaics - Strawberry Fields Forever

URGENT: Flyers to VANCOUVER needed! Are you flying AirTransat? We could use your help.

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ummer time means low season in Vallarta and therefore a lot less tourists and fewer available flights. This is a tough time for us, who adopt most of our dogs to Canada and the US and rely on the help of volunteers, tourists who are kind enough to take a dog or two to their home destination. Right now WESTJET has already started their heat embargo, they will not take any pets in cargo until October. So we are urgently seeking AIR TRANSAT flyers to Vancouver who can help us take our dogs to

their new families who are already anxiously waiting for their new babies. We make it very easy for you, have staff who will help you check the dogs in, at the PV airport, and you will meet up with a staff member at Vancouver customs who will clear the dog. All it will take you is a little more time on both ends to help us. If you can help,

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please email us: spcapv@ gmail.com If you are interested in visiting and giving our dogs some cuddles, walks or just receiving puppy kisses at our state of the art sanctuary outside of town, contact us at spcapv@gmail.com to schedule a tour. Tours leave from the Costco parking lot only on Thursdays during low season and reservations are required. 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.

Adorable Dog in the Spotlight: DAGGER

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hat wrinkled forehead and those ears… everyone falls in love with this little boy. Dagger is a Chihuahua puppy just 5 months old currently weighing almost 6 pounds. He is the smallest in this litter of pups rescued in February. Dagger is a social puppy and loves playing with his littermates and all his human visi-

tors. We think he will make a wonderful lap dog just like his mommy. Dagger has been neutered, dewormed and vaccinated. We know there

is the most perfect home out there for this young boy and are accepting applications for his adoption at spcapv@ gmail.com.

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his summer the Tile Park is taking the show on the road! We’re paying a virtual visit to the most famous mosaics of the world... from China to Spain to the US... tile parks, record-breaking installations, ancient murals, points of interest and so much more. Join us! On a very special plot of land in Central Park West, is where you’ll find a simple, elegant and powerful dedication to John Lennon. Over time it’s become something of a mecca, touching hearts throughout the world, and clear across the universe. The Imagine mosaic is the centerpiece of a wellloved corner of Central Park known as Strawberry Fields. It’s one big living memorial to the former Beatle, who was gunned down on the doorstep of his home, the Dakota building, in 1980. Aficionados of mosaic will quickly recognize that this piece is in the Portuguese Pavement style, originating in - you guessed it - Portugal, where it adorns many of their sidewalks, plazas, and public spaces. Designed by a collective of artists from Naples Italy, the clean lines and patterning of the Imagine mosaic are a beautiful example of Portuguese

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Strawberry Fields was dedicated on what would have been Lennon’s 45th birthday: October 9, 1985. To this day, thousands of fans still visit annually, particularly on his birthday (Oct 9) and on the anniversary of his death (Dec 8).

You can learn more about Portuguese Pavement, and see some incredible examples from around the world here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_pavement

Pavement, which is used all over the world. Yoko Ono still lives in the Dakota and has donated more than a million dollars to the preservation and upkeep of Strawberry Fields. She very specifically did not want a statue to honor John… she wanted plants, trees, life and meaning behind everything there. So the entire design of it is very purposeful, a great testament to love. The depth and the intricacy of true love. In addition to the all-important monetary support it enjoys, for almost 20 years Strawberry Fields had its very own Mayor too: Gary

dos Santos. Gary was a great fan of Lennon’s, and a performance artist as well. He took it upon himself to tend to the mosaic, ensuring it was adorned with flowers, always ready for its close up. His work was documented by world-renowned publications such as the New York Times, and he was a fixture in the park, right up until his death of leukemia in 2013. Here he is doing what he loved so much: giving a tour to visitors. If you’d like to learn more about this special place, here’s the Wiki page: https:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry_Fields_(memorial)


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Be Local Events in Vallarta Banderas Bay and Riviera Nayarit The Change Mayofest (May 31) Wrapping up the month long birthday celebration join 100’s of fans on the Malecon to listen to cumbia sensation Los Angeles Azules at 10pm in a free public concert sponsored by the City of Vallarta. After the concert enjoy fireworks as the city celebrates its 101st birthday!

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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

Honoring New Beginnings

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oday is my birthday and I probably shouldn´t be working today, but I decided to take an opportunity to express the importance of new beginnings. I´m in my forties and somewhere along the way I figured out that life doesn´t always go as planned, but we´re always presented with a choice of how we´ll react to what circumstances come our way. Sometimes we need time to grieve, be alone, be anti-social... whatever it is that our soul needs. Last year, around this time, I wasn´t in a celebratory mood. I think I piggy-backed on someone´s celebration and it was a difficult time of my life, don´t quite remember why because it´s a blur now, but well, it was. Sometimes we have these phases in life that shut us done mentally and/or emotionally. We’re just barely surviving, and that’s the best we can do. Fast forward to today, and I’m in a better space. I love the wellness work that I do, I have wonderful students that I tutor in Spanish, I’m in a wonderful relationship, I love my dogs, friends and family - I feel

truly blessed! It’s not lost on me that any of that can change - life is so delicate and ever-changing which is why today I honor a new beginning. It’s the beginning of a new cycle since I was born forty-something years ago and the fact that I’ve made it this far - breathing and trying to make some contribution to the world even if minute is a good enough reason to celebrate. I, we, don’t always feel great on our birthdays and that’s understandable, I’ve been there, but TODAY I feel great! Even thought this year didn´t start out that way. I trust that the universe has my back and I’ll be entering a new cycle of wealth, love and abundance. I decided to write this today in hopes of encouraging someone that if things are less than stellar today or life isn’t going your way, remember that “this too shall pass.” You’ll see better days. Honor your process and then honor that new beginning. Celebrate if you can whether it’s your birthday or not! Life is precious, let’s not take it for granted - nothing is guaranteed. With love, Marcella

Vive Vallarta (May 10 – June 2)

Artisan market with venders from around the country and Latin America held in the grounds of Puerto de Luna at the entrance to Fluvial in conjunction with Mayofest events.

14th Motofiesta Guayabitos (May 31– June 2)

Everything is ready for the fourteenth edition of the Motofiesta Guayabitos 2019 from May 31st through June 2nd. Hundreds of motorcyclists and thousands of attendees will come together in Rincón de Guayabitos to enjoy this event and its flashy main street parade, concerts, and contests.

Restaurant Week (May 15- June 10)

This restaurant celebration goes on for nearly a month in the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, during which over 60 local eateries offer threecourse prix fixe menus. More information: restaurantweekpv.com/

Navy Day (June 1)

A grand military parade will take over the historic Puerto de San Blas, Rincón de Guayabitos and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle by land and by sea, in order to

commemorate the armed forces that protect and serve the Mexican nation.

59th Annual San Blas International Sport Fishing Tournament (June 27 – 29) One of the Riviera Nayarit’s signature events, the San Blas International Sport Fishing Tournament celebrates its 58th year of adrenaline-pumping moments for lovers of deep-sea fishing.

Mexcaltitán Battle of the Saints (June 29)

This patron saint feast commemorating saints Peter and Paul includes one of the most iconic traditional ceremonies on the Isla de Mexcaltitán, the birthplace of Mexican heritage: a pilgrimage that emulates the Mexicas, or Aztecs, who left Aztlán to establish the great city of Tenochtitlán.


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This listing features bars and restaurants that may have live music and ongoing acts, if there are no acts listed, check with the venue as they may still have events planned. Schedules can change without notice. We do not take responsibity for misinformation. Email editor@vallartatribune.com to update or add listings.

VALLARTA Babel Bar (Aquiles Serdán 437, Isla del Cuale)  Fri: Faralae 7-9 pm Sat: Moruno 1 – 3 pm Sat: Oscar & Raul 7-9 pm Sun: Esau & Lobo 1 - 3 pm

Bistro Teresa (Zaragoza 160 4th floor) Blakes Restaurant and Bar (Plaza Los Glorias #16)

Café Roma (Encino 287 near flea market) Captain Don’s (Honduras 126) Fri: Tequila Rush 8 - 11 pm Sat: Da Crew 8 - 11 pm

Cuates y Cuetes (Francisca Rodriquez 101)

Daquiri Dick’s (Malecon and Lazaro Cardenas) El Oasis de Holi (River mouth by La Isla Mall) Sat: Dr. Groove 6 pm El Rio BBQ, (Paso Ancho) Sun: The Cheko Ruiz Band at 3 p.m.

Incanto (Insurgentes 109) Sun: Joby & Tongo at 5 pm Sun: The Red Suitcases Band at 7:30pm. Tues: Victor and Anais at 5pm. Tues: Luis Villanueva ‘80s music at 7:30pm. Wed: Jean-Guy Comeau, piano at 5pm. Wed: The Renteria Bros at 7:30pm Thurs: Edgar Roxha at 5pm. Thurs: Open Mic at 7:30pm Fri: The Joan Houston Show at 5pm Fri: Zoe & Leon with The Renteria Bros. at 7:30pm. Sat: Zarapes de Neón at 7:30pm Pianist Dennis Crow - most evenings at 9:30pm.

Kelly’s Pour Favor Saloon and Cookhouse (Lazaro Cardenas 245) Mon: Hoochie Coochie Men 8 - 11 pm Wed: Tequila Rush 8 – 11 pm Thurs: 3Tones 8 – 11 pm Fri: Dr. Groove 8 – 11 pm Sat: Soul Trip 8 – 11 pm Sun: No music during low season

La Casa de La Hugo (Hamburgo 146, Versalles)

BUCERIAS

McCarthy’s Irish Pub (Francisco Medina)

Buzzos (In front of Bungalows Princess | Bucerias) 

La Ingrata (Abasolo 169)

Encore Restaurant & Lounge (51 Lazaro Cardenas | Bucerias)

Murphy’s Irish Pub (484 Morelos, Malecon) Thur: The Others at 10 pm Fri: The Others at 10 pm Sat: The Others at 10 pm Special: Fri: June 7 La Trez Cuartoz

El Chivero (Avenida Pacifico 9, Centro | Bucerias)

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) Tues: The Change at 7-10pm Sun: Sylvie&The Zippers 7 – 10 pm Revolution Restaurant & Bar (Matamoros #235, Col. Centro)

Roxy Rockhouse (Ignacio L Vallarta 275) Nightly music after 11 pm with house band Winston’s Bar and Grill (Calle Peru) Wed: The Slassics 3 – 6 pm Fri: Paranoia 3-6 pm Sun: The Change 3 – 6 pm

NUEVO VALLARTA

Chasers Sports Bar (Avenida Mexico 570A) Fri: Gecko Band 8 – 11 pm Dona Tere Restaurant (Boulevard Nayarit) Eddies (Boulevard Nayarit 70) Weekly – Live music 6:30 – 9:30

El Barracuda (Boulevard Nayarit 70-8)

Ernestos Good Grub (Calle Perra,Jarretaderas) Estudio Café (Paseo de la Marina 31)

Drunken Duck (Avenida Mexico, Centro | Bucerias) Wed: The Gecko Band 9 pm  Sun: The Gecko Band 5pm JAX Bar and Grill (Avenida Mexico 17, Bucerias)

LA CRUZ Ana Bananas (Tiburón #42 | La Cruz) Sun: Live Music 7 pm

Greene Tomato (Town Square, La Cruz) OSO’s Oyster Bar ( La Cruz Marina) Sat: The Remedy 7 pm Britannia (Coral, La Cruz) Tues: Open mic with The Turn 7pm La Cruz Inn (36 Calle Marlin | La Cruz)

SAYULITA & SAN PANCHO El Atico Hookah (Sayulita)

Jack’s Cantina (Sayulita beside bus terminal) Faro Mita (Higuera Blanca)

Jardin Montenegro Restaurant Blvd. Nuevo Vallarta #220 – Nuevo Vallarta

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