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Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit welcomes you!

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ere are a few handy pieces of information to make your trip a little easier.

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. Current fare is $6.50 pesos per ticket and passengers must purchase a new ticket every time they board another bus. There are no “transfers”. TAXIS: There are set rates within defined zones of town. Do not enter a taxi without agreeing on the price with the driver first. Price is per trip not person. MONEY EXCHANGE: Although you may have to wait in line for a few minutes, banks 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 machine. Note that ATM’s in the banks are the safest to use and generally charge lower fees.

DRINKING WATER: For the 17th year in a row, Puerto Vallarta’s water has been awarded a certification of purity for human consumption. The quality of the water tested at the purification plant 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 purified bottled water just about anywhere.

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Vallarta Tribune is an activity and entertainment guide and merely publishes information as it is provided by the advertiser or event host. We do not assume responsibility in errors or omissions other than to correct them as soon as they are made known to us regarding event schedules, locations and/ or prices. In addition, we do not assume any responsibility for erroneous inclusion or exclusion of information except to take reasonable care to ensure accuracy, that permission has been obtained to use it, and to remove it as soon as is practical upon receiving your notification of error. We recommend you always confirm prior to attending or visiting an event or establishment. Weekly publication edited, printed and distributed by Ediciones y Publicaciones Siete Junio, SA de CV

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EXPORTING PETS: Fall in love with the street dog outside your hotel or a puppy on the Malecon doesn’t mean they can’t come home with you. The process is fairly inexpensive and only takes a day or two. You need a certificate of health from a local vet among other things. The time of year that pets can travel in the cargo section of the plane may be your biggest challenge. For the most up-to-date information contact the Puerto Vallarta SPCA at spcapv@gmail.com.

CALLING IN MEXICO Calling phones in Mexico can be tricky as it is different than in the US or Canada. 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 (for the U.S. and Canada the country code is 1, so you would dial 00 + 1 + area code + 7 digit number). Calling Cell Phones Within the area code of the Mexican cell phone number dial 044, then the area code, then the phone number. Outside of the area code (but still within Mexico) dial 045 and then the 10 digit phone number. Phone Cards Phone cards (“tarjetas telefonicas”) for use in pay phones can be bought at newstands and in pharmacies in denominations of 30, 50 and 100 pesos. Pay phones do not accept coins. When buying a phone card for pay phone use, specify that you would like a “tarjeta LADA,” because pre-paid cell phone cards are also sold in the same establishments.

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Calling Toll-Free Numbers Some toll free numbers work from Mexico to the US and Canada, but many do not. 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

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Editor´s Note

This past week has seen me traveling around Jalisco in search of tales to tell you. I hit the road in my all black Jetta, with heated(!) black leather seats to search out some cool new places to visit – needless to say, I need to tune up my air conditioning. I decided to meet up with a friend who was returning from Guadalajara and together we explored the towns of Mascota, Yerbabuena and Navidad. While the temperature in the mountains is only slightly cooler, the lack of humidity was a welcome relief as we intrepidly wandered the streets of these charming pueblas; visiting museums, cafes, galleries and more.

In the coming weeks, I will be sharing my travels with you as I continue to explore such places as Mascota, San Sebastian del Oeste, Cabo Corrientes, Guadalajara and perhaps even destinations further afield. We are blessed to live in this beautiful bay, not only because it is such a paradise but because we are a short day (or weekend) trip away from so many fascinating mountain towns, archeological sites, pristine beaches, hot springs and a major urban (read: shopping) centre. If there is a destination or activity you would like to see featured on the pages on the Vallarta Tribune, please share your ideas with me. For now though, we have so many wonderful events coming up that I will be sitting tight in Puerto Vallarta to take in the culinary delights of Restaurant Week; joining food connoisseur Gary Beck for dinner at India Gate this Friday. We also have the start of the first Annual Bugambilia Festival and I, for one, am so excited to see the Catrinas and Diablitos on parade as well as to participate in the week long festivities. Next weekend sees the return of Gay Pride to Puerto Vallarta with a three days of fabulousness. So despite the encroaching summer heat, Puerto Vallarta is chocked full of so many cool things to do. I hope I get to see you all out enjoying yourself with the many, many exciting events we have going on. As always, I encourage your comments, suggestions and invitations to dinner. Have a cool one, Madeline mmilne@vallartatribune.com

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Travel Writers in our Midst Puerto Vallarta Tourism has invited a selection of American and Canadian travel writers to Vallarta from May 15th – 19th to showcase the culinary delights of the city among many other wonderful activities. Writers include Carolyn Worthington of Healthy Aging Magazine, Andre Crump, Producer of Taste TV and Willliam Tomiki of EntréeNews. com. All together these esteemed guests bring additional exposure to nearly 2 million readers and viewers.

Renovating Marina Vallarta

A plan is being developed to renovate Marina Vallarta so that it attracts more tourism. Currently the majority of tourists travel to Puerto Vallarta’s downtown core. Marina Vallarta has many attractions, including the popular marina, restaurants, bars, cafés, and galleries, but has seen some decline in recent years. The renovation of the Marina will upgrade the malecon to attract investors and tourist attractions. Modeled after the successful marinas around the world, such Los Cabos, the new design will offer wide, well-lit areas, and provide a variety of specialty retailers, fine dining, upscale spas and more in an attempt to attract the luxury tourists.

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New IMSS Hospital in the north of the Bay

The Mayor of Bahia de Banderas, Rafael Cervantes Padilla, announced Monday, May 13th the construction of a new regional hospital in Valle de Banderas on land donated by the Ejido. This new IMSS Hospital will provide much needed space to the residents in the north of the Bay, many of whom currently travel into Puerto Vallarta.

Distinct Worlds

Galería Vallarta invites you to the opening of “Distinct Worlds”featuring realistic oil paintings by Oswaldo orozco and contemporary abstract oils by Francisco Medina. The cocktail opening is this Friday, May 17th from 6-9 p.m. Galleria Vallarta is located on Guerrero 187, 110 between Juarez and Morelos. If you can’t make the opening event, the exposition continues through May.

Charity Pub Quiz Challenge 2013 Partners Up with Toys for Tots

If you love trivia then you won’t want to miss the Charity Pub Quiz Challenge 2013. Every Wednesday from May 15 to June 12, contestants will team up to show off their intellectual prowess, win thousands of pesos worth of prizes, and help the local Toys for Tots program. The

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one-time registration is $250 pesos per person and includes a welcome drink each night. All proceeds – minus the cost of promotional flyers – will go to the Toys for Tots charity. Weekly prizes will be awarded, but the top-ticket items will be given to the team with the most points upon the conclusion of the Charity Pub Quiz Challenge 2013. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pvpubquiz

Mexico & Japan Agree to Bolster Tourism

Mexico is Japan’s most popular Latin American travel destination. Now the Mexican and Japanese governments have inked a deal to jointly promote tourism between their two countries. This recent agreement is part of a larger economic partnership between the Mexico and Japan that dates back to 2005. As part of the agreement, Mexico and Japan will educate Japanese travel agents on Mexican cultural heritage and tourism destinations. The two nations also agreed that boosting air connectivity will increase ease of travel and ultimately increase the influx of tourists. 85,678 Japanese travelers visited Mexico in 2012, up 18.5 percent from the year before, according to official figures. Increasing tourism from Asian nations is a priority for President Enrique Peña Nieto. In a recent speech in Nayarit where he unveiled a new national tourism policy for Mexico, Peña Nieto said “We will open Mexico to the world, and the world will visit Mexico. Tourism is a fundamental component of our economy and a key driver of national development.” (Mexico Today)


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Fruit and Fashion

aturday is just around the corner, and you know what that means. The Old Town Farmers’ Market-Tianguis Cultural will once again line Basilio Badillo with locally grown produce and one-of-a-kind artisan products. And because of its immense popularity, the Market has extended its season. You can find the same great “make it, bake it, grow it” items from now until the last Saturday in July. While you’re there, visit with Rita Valencia Diaz who has been working in the fruit industry for 20 years. With just a quick look, she can tell whether a piece of fruit will be sweet or sour. Diaz brings this know-how to the Market with Frutas Frescas de Vallarta, a business which serves up the juiciest fruits native to this tropical destination. In her second season, Diaz knows that her customers deserve the best. She hand selects each piece of fruit and carefully transports it every Saturday morning. Frutas Frescas de Vallarta regulars line up to taste the refreshing goodness of mangos, pineapples, watermelon, and colorful mixes. “Thanks to the Market, hundreds of people know about our 100% Mexican fruit products,” says Diaz. “We look forward to surprising them with the quality we offer. We strive to keep our customers happy, giving them an unforgettable, fruity experience.” To sample Frutas Frescas de Vallarta for yourself, be sure to stop by Diaz’s booth in the International Food Court located in Nacho Daddy’s restaurant. Scoop up your fair share of their heart-healthy selection before making your way to other “make it, bake it, grow it” vendors. If you like jewelry, then you’re going to love Lily Medina, a collection created by Rosario Liliana Medina. Medina uses leather and semiprecious stones to create her fashion forward

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T bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings, and belts. “Fifteen years ago, a friend of mine allowed me to transform her simple leather bracelet into a brand new design that was different from anything else she had ever seen,” says Medina, a native from Tijuana. “She loved it, and before I knew it, people couldn’t wait to get their hands on my designs, even though I had never attended design school.” Medina had moved from her hometown to start her new business in Puerto Vallarta. Now in her third season at the Old Town Farmers’ Market-Tianguis Cultural, Medina buys and recycles leather strings and straps then embellishes them with trinkets and beads. Inspired by her customers, she then handcrafts each piece. When asked what she most looks forward to at the Market, Medina is quick to note the kind people she’s met in this vibrant town full of colors, tastes, and possibilities. “I appreciate being a part of the community and making lasting relationships with the other vendors and customers,” she says. “One couple – previous customers of mine – brought me a pen when they came to the Market. They asked me to sign my design, and from then on, I

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add my signature to every Lily Medina design.” To pick up your own Lily Medina fashion accessory, be sure to find her this Saturday at the Old Town Farmers’ MarketTianguis Cultural. Located along

aking a scuba trip is not just all about the diving, it´s an adventure that starts as soon as we set sail from the marina. Sailing past the luxury yachts and sailboats in the marina is very cool. Most of us can only dream about owning a yacht or sailboat like these. But when we pull up to the marina gas station with these yachts, I am pleased that we don´t have to fill their tanks up. Setting out for our destination, there is always something to amuse us. The bay is busy with schools of fish flapping at the surface. Over that past week, we have also seen everything from dolphins and giant manta´s to a mother and her baby humpback whale. We have dived every site in the bay this past week, but my favourite dive was at Majahuitas, due to its diversity. The fish here are always plentiful, and there are exotic underwater creatures including a large number of garden eels, along with huge moray eels, rays and octopus. It is the octopus that steal the show. These bizarre but highly intelligent creatures are a natural

wonder. Anything this clever does not deserve to be eaten. Before I dived, or understood how intelligent octopi are, I ate them. But now I discourage doing anything to them, apart from observing from a distance. Let’s face it. They are really chewy and taste a lot like chicken, so why not eat chicken? They are not very smart and any fool can cook them! Another great creature that I adore has returned over the past 2 weeks, in the shape of the mighty seahorses. These adorable fish have the head of a horse, the tail of a monkey and the pouch of a kangaroo and can change colour like a chameleon. The courting couple at the Los Arcos site are very sweet and always wrapped up in each other. They must be shy though, because as soon as I get my camera out, they split up. Another cool thing about these sweeties is that each of their eyes moves independently from the other. This is a useful skill to have indeed. You can look at your mate, and make sure no one is coming to eat you, all at the same time! All in all, this week has been a lot of fun in, and on, the ocean.

Basilio Badillo between Olas Altas and Ignacio Vallarta, the Market is open 9:30 am to 2 pm. And don’t forget that the Market has extended its season. You can get a heapin’ helping of Frutas Frescas de Vallarta and a Lily Medina accessory for those summertime fashions from now until the last Saturday in July. For more information, visit http://www.oldtownfm.com or “like” us on Facebook.

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This is Paradise...

They are ballerinas and singers, hippies and nurses, green gnomes, armed Vikings, halfexposed belly dancers, kings, queens and princesses, exquisite brides and whimsical faeries; and now – COVER GIRLS! Two “Original Friends” posed for camera last week and ended up on the front page of this newspaper jump-starting a new trend in an artistic tradition as old as mankind – handmade cloth dolls. Literally crafted from donated scraps of fabric, these delightful creatures are created by imprisoned women in Mexico under gentle guidance by Rebecca Roth who developed the first doll nearly a decade ago. Dozens of these divine divas can be found at the Paradise Community Center every Saturday Market Co-op from 9am to 1pm. Visit James, irrepressible son of Rebecca and learn the histories of each doll including their names. And, if you have a

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Family Road Trips to Mayto: The how-to’s and if-to’s

here was a time when I really loved going away on weekend road trips in Mexico. I adored the adventure and spontaneity of traveling to out-of -the-way, romantic new places. But let’s be honest, road trips back then meant a backpack, a change of underwear, and a passport. Now, road trips mean snacks, wet wipes, three kinds of mosquito spray, the entire contents of two underwear drawers, and stoicism left over from the pioneer days. I have the feeling that any kind of travel with children can be challenging for everyone. Oh, you know people, I’m sure, that

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Parenting and Paradise

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specific type of doll in mind and are able to wait a bit James will special order your own Original Friend. Prices are surprisingly low considering at least one week of labor is needed to create a single doll. They make wonderful gifts that will be cherished for a lifetime and passed down to the next generation to love. When you have taken your treasured Original Friend home and have her settled and you realize she needs a partner in crime, go online to www.prisondolls. com to order a suitable companion delivered straight to your door. “Art to Wear” creator Barbara Peters appears every Saturday at the Market Co-op with new hand painted/tie dyed clothes for women with matching accessories including necklaces and earrings. The lightweight cotton tops –just what we need to glide through Vallarta´s summers - look terrific over tights, shorts or skinny pants. Barbara also custom-designs pins, rings and bracelets using semi- and precious stones set in sterling silver. To view her complete collection visit Galleria Vallarta on calle Guererro in Centro. Many Co-op vendors (including yours truly) will be joining James and Barbara in Parque Lazaro Cardenas in the Romantic Zone from 11 am to 11 pm May 17 to the 25th. Please stop by often, say hi and help support this new exciting celebration: Puerto Vallarta´s First Annual Bougainvillea Festival.

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are constantly exclaiming what wonderful travelers their children are. Not to worry. They are are either bald-faced liars or they really do enjoy playing the Highway Alphabet game. Either way, these are not people you’ll want to associate with. Allow me to tell you about our trip last weekend and you can decide for yourselves whether to take the leap and embark on some family road trips. Our friends wanted to spend a weekend with us in a place called Mayto, a tiny little out-of -the-way pueblito located on a wide, beautiful, peaceful beach. There’s a little family-run hotel

there called Hotelito El Rinconcito, owned by Fernando and Maricela (322-175-5277). Given that my friend and I were both celebrating a certain landmark birthday (which will remain numberless) this month, I thought it would be great to have an adventure. They started their weekend earlier than we did, but left us with colorful, slightly worrisome directions such as “In El Tuito, you will see a guy roasting corn at the corner of the plaza.” Fervently hoping the corn-roaster had an iron bladder, we packed up our very small Dodge Atos with most of our worldly possessions and left in the late morning. I do have some advice for parents who want their children to “gain valuable experiences” by taking road trips. Allow them to gain these experiences with a few key pieces of technology on the side to bribe with once you tire of the fact that he keeps TOUCHING his sister’s LEG and he’s DOING it on PURPOSE. I guarantee you three things: One, that your air conditioning will cut out exactly at the halfway point to your beach destination. Two, that you will at this very point wish, desperately, hopelessly, that you had kept your grand ideas of adventure to yourself. The last thing I guarantee is that the first two things will not matter in the slightest when you and your family open the car doors at the hotel, two and a half hours later. Your friends have already dealt you in to their Shanghai rummy marathon and all four hammocks are empty and waiting. Your friends’ children have already run off with your kids who will play entirely unattached to any electronic device for the next 24 hours. The sun will soon be setting over 12 miles of pure, smooth sand and the transparently green ocean. And it will be worth it.

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Riviera Nayarit Promotes Destination

his May and June 2013 will see Riviera Nayarit attending 24 tourism based events around Canada, the United States and Mexico promoting the luxury and natural destinations of Nayarit. All of the events are focused on promoting Nayarit to travel agent. Last year’s numbers indicate that 51% of all travellers booked their vacations through a travel agent, making this point of contact extremely important to the success of a destination. Some of the events include tradeshows with Apple Vacations, RCI, SunWing and WestJet Vacations. Locations of the various events include Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Huston, Dallas, Portland and Salt Lake City as well as the Mexican cities of Monterrey, Saltillo, Mexico City,

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Local Sayulita Sailor to Participate in North American Championships

Local Sayulita Sailor to Participate in North American Championships

BY LINDSAY WALTER ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY SAYULITA LIFE

Tijuana, Guadalajara, Chihuahua, Queretáro and Puebla. The focus on Mexican destination allows for additional

bookings through the summer months when Canadian and American travelers generally do not travel to Mexico.

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ach year from May 1020, La Peñita de Jaltemba, about 1.5 hrs north of Puerto Vallarta, celebrates Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Talpa (the Patron Saint’s Festivities of Our Lady of the Rosary). During these 11 days, the different colonias (neighborhoods) in La Peñita organize themselves and show their devotion to Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Talpa through several activities, mass, singing, pilgrimages and fireworks. This year’s program includes artistic and cultural events all of which will be held in the plaza in La Peñita. More information and schedule of events can be found at http://jaltembabaylife.com

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hree promising Optimist sailors from the state of Nayarit have been selected to represent Mexico in international competitions during July 2013. Partially sponsored by Todo Vela Mexico, these sailors need additional help to cover their expenses. Kevin Avila, a local Sayulita secondary student is one of the participants invited to compete in Bermuda at the North American competition. Kevin has qualified for the North American Championships after participating in Cancun in January and in the West Mex competition last month. The results from these two competitions determine the top ten kids going to the North American Championships. Eugenie Russell, Kevin’s coach will be accompanying him to Bermuda in July and says that Kevin has a good chance of placing in the North American Championships and representing Mexico in the International competitions. Participants range in age from 8 to 15 and Kevin is in his final year to compete in this age group. Kevin Avila needs to raise approximately $4000 USD to go to Bermuda and compete in the North American sailing competition. On June 1st there will be a fundraiser night at Philo’s Bar in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle at 7:00 to celebrate the three Nayarit Optimist Sailors. Philo’s is providing their world famous Ribs

Three promising Optimist sailors from the state of Nayarit have been selected to represent Mexico in during July 2013. Partially sponsored by Todo Vela Mexico, these sailors need additional help to cov Avila, a local Sayulita secondary student is one of the participants invited to compete in Bermuda at th competition.

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Kevin has qualified for the North American Championships after participating in Cancun in January a competition last month. The results from these two competitions determine the top ten kids going to th Championships. Eugenie Russell, Kevin's coach will be accompanying him to Bermuda in July and sa chance of placing in the North American Championships and representing Mexico in the Internationa range in age from 8 to 15 and Kevin is in his final year to compete in this age group.

Kevin Avila needs to raise approximately $4000 USD to go to Bermuda and compete in the North Am On June 1st there will be a fundraiser night at Philo's Bar in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle at 7:00 to celebra Optimist Sailors. Philo's is providing their world famous Ribs - all you can eat - plus a night of great e Door Prizes! Lots of music by Philo's Band and Guest Musicians! Mexican Folkloric Dancing! Great Raffle items!

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Mexican Folkloric Dancing! Great Raffle items! This event is hosted by Janet and Jess Coburn, and all funds will be administered by them to pay for the costs of travel and inscriptions fees for Adrian Varela and Carlos Sainz. Please invite your friends to join us! Tickets: $250 Pesos ($150 going to the fundraising efforts) includes all you can eat Ribs, an automatic entry to the door prize drawings, and a night of FUN! If you can’t make it to the fundraiser event in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, there will be other fundraisers held in Sayulita in the upcoming month to support Kevin Avila or you can visit the Facebook page for the Optimist Sailors: www.facebook.com/OptimistNayarit

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Fun on the Riviera Nayarit By Cat Morgan www.rivieranayaritfun.com

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Destiladeras Beach

ey everybody! Riviera Nayarit is filled with great beaches. We are going to bring you first hand news on some great beaches that you can use - so cruise with the muse! Today, we’re talking about Destiladeras Beach anchoring the north shore of Bahia de Banderas, in La Cruz, Nayarit. Destiladeras Beach is about 3 minutes out of La Cruz at kilometer marker KM7 along the Punta de Mita road, as you leave La Cruz going north. The road twists and turns a bit, (so be careful driving) but is well cambered and banked, and rewards with the occasional delightful reveal of ocean vistas, side by side with jagged cliffs, dense forest, and tour buses. Slow as you approach the entrance to Destiladeras beach and the Nahui development on the left - the transition to dirt road can be a bit bumpy, and there always seems to be pedestrians in that area. Drive past the first small parking lot for free parking along the bluffs above the beach. What a great view! There is also a large parking area across the road. Mid-morning to mid-afternoon is best for Destiladeras Beach, like many of the longer beaches along the north of the Bay, Destiladeras can get a bit windy in the late afternoon - but to be honest - our favorite time to go is sunset. The wind cools you off, the surging surf wets your bare feet, and the sunset leaves you breathless with otherworldly magnificence. From the parking lot, follow the well laid out path to the concrete stairs that lead down to the beach proper. Destiladeras Beach is graced with several “beach restaurants” that offer good food, beer, soft drinks, and a table with umbrella at no extra charge. Further north along the beach, the more intrepid (or more thrifty) beachcomber will

find bountiful clean sand, gloriously clean water, crystal clear skies, and a warm sun. We usually walk the mile or so length of the beach, check out all our favorite spots along the way, and make camp on the way back. Plant an umbrella, check the cooler, go for our first swim - and it is chillaxing time in ole’Mexico, folks. Next time you’re wondering - “what should I do today?” - give Destiladeras Beach a try. By the way, if you’re a runner, I reckon it’s a pretty good run from the stairs north, up Destiladeras Beach to the distant cliffs, and back. I’m not a “runner” but my brother is and he loves it! He

says, “A sweeter beach run just doesn’t exist - this side of paradise, anyway!” See you on the beach! Cat Morgan is owner of RivieraNayaritFun.com and the 7 town websites that make up the Riviera Nayarit Regional Network.

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Golden Age Backpackers: Petroglyphs near La Luz del Mundo Church in Los Ayala works because the ancient historical site is neither government protected nor guarded in any fashion.

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wonderful day trip, Jaltemba Bay offers visitors and residents of Puerto Vallarta a look at a simpler and quieter version of Mexico. There are many wonderful activities to do in the area including visiting many archeological sites. Some are protected and well documents, but most are found through word of mouth. Visitors and snowbirds wintering in the Jaltemba Bay area have probably visited or certainly heard of Alta Vista, a fabulous Tecoxquin (“Throat Cutters”) archeological site. What most visitors do not realize is that there are numerous, but smaller ancient sites displaying petroglyphs located right in our own backyard. One such Tecoxquin site can be found just off Highway 200 and behind La Luz del Mundo Church in Los Ayala. Not having visited the goat field since the 2012 season, I decided to revisit the field and update my notes prior to publishing. Well, part of the plan fell apart when I discovered that the goat pasture con-

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taining the ancient art had been left to the goats and the ancient stone carvings were difficult to view being hidden in tall grasses and vines. Fortunately, I was able to locate most of the spirals and mysterious carvings. However, one decorative rock segment containing a beautiful spiral shape had been chiseled free and carted off. A difficult feat because the missing stone slab must have weighed well over a hundred kilos! The exact meaning of the rock carvings has never been fully explained, but the spirals have been interpreted to relate

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with the weather and the seasonal weather cycles. I’ve also noted that an article suggested a coiled snake or comet as a possible explanation. A few seasons ago a Huichal Indian convinced a friend and me that one rock shape represented an eagle in flight. At the time his explanation was convincing. You’ll have to decide what you want to see! With each visit over the last four or five seasons, I’ve noticed that homes and pastures are slowly encroaching and damaging the number of boulders inscribed with petroglyphs. Continued attrition is probably in the

If you have time, and don’t we all, take a stroll through the lower goat pasture to the top of the sloping field and you’ll find spirals and other shapes carved onto the large boulders. The small site where you’ll find goats grazing is located in a grass filled pasture within easy walking distance from your parked vehicle. As well as observing the ancient symbols you’ll be rewarded with a view of Los Ayala with the sparkling azure waters in the background. Take Highway 200 driving toward Puerto Vallarta past the Los Ayala turn off and past the Oxxo store and church on your left. Continue on about a half kilometer from the traffic light and turn off to your left just past a large steel traffic sign and park at a new palapa restaurant, La Ceiba. Walk up the gravel road passing on your left a home and goat pens until you reach a fence.

Follow the path along the fence line to an iron wire gate. Pass through the gate into the lower pasture and walk diagonally uphill to the left hand corner of the field. Once you reach the green belt of palms and scrub growth look to your left for an opening in the fence into the next or adjacent field. It’s in this pasture that you can search out the large rocks with the shapes cut into their surfaces. While this is private property the owner has never minded us visiting the site. Just make sure you close the gate coming and going and a “gracias” or two will never hurt. Running shoes, long pants, hat and water are suggested plus bring your camera! Enjoy the ancient stone carvings before they completely disappear. Returning to your vehicle stop at the new birria restaurant and enjoy a cool beverage of your choice. Possibly a snack or a cerveza! More Golden Age Backpacker stories and trip suggestions can be found at www.thegoldenagebackpackers.blogspot.ca/

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n an atmosphere of colorful glitz, the annual LIVERPOOL high fashion show was a complete success, with the catwalk right on the beach. This year, the proceeds will benefit the Bahía de Banderas RED CROSS. The guests arrived about 6:00pm to cocktails and canapés, with perfect weather and a delicious soft breeze coming off the Pacific. The fashion show presented with latest fashions from LIVERPOOL’S Spring and Summer wear. Beach, casual and formal apparel were modeled by professionals gracefully goose stepping the catwalk up and down before a cheering and delighted audience. María Fernanda Tron, President of the RED CROSS offers thanks to all of the participating businesses including; Producciones Estrella (the music, the setting, seats, coaches, catwalk), Anfitrión De México (Wines & Delicatessen), Catering by Alexandra (hors d’oeuvrés), Strana (drinks & refreshments, as well as the always efficient & courteous service staff), Diamonds International (for those $100 dollars gift certificates), Península condominiums; and of course to all the guests for their support and contributions. Among them were representatives of various prominent figures and businesses, including Karla Benitez; in representation of her husband David Palomera; Bahía de Banderas Tourism Director, Carmen Soto, Flor Castillo, and Valeria Luna of Maxwell Magazine, and Elenhka Villanueva of Diamonds International.

María Fernanda Tron RED CROSS President and Bárbara Myatt from DIF (Desarrollo Integral Familiar)

Eva Nuño, Denis Boucher, Ghislaine Bouffard from Montreal and Ria and Petr Holcak from the Czech Republic with residence in Montreal and Puerto Vallarta

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Barry & Wendy Vaisler from Vancouver, Canada

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umans can regularly be seen on Mexico’s beaches, umbrella drink in hand. But we’re not the only ones who regularly hit the country’s beautiful sandy coastline. Literally, every sea turtle species on earth nests on Mexico’s beaches, save one that is only found in Australia. That’s why we’re known as the sea turtle capital of the world, and that’s why the way Mexico protects its sea turtles matters on a global scale. Current Mexican law classifies all sea turtle species as endangered. But unfortunately this really only means turtles are protected from direct harvest — meaning they can’t be killed for their meat, skin, shell or eggs. Yet other factors pose serious dangers, including damage to and destruction of sea turtle habitat. Even nesting habitat, which is particularly important to the survival of these species, was not legally protected. But not anymore, because in February, a new Mexican law (known as Official Norm-162) took effect, and it offers a whole slate of new protections for sea turtle nesting grounds in Mexico. Previously, only the most important sea turtle nesting sites have been designated as sanctuaries and natural reserves, which allowed them some level of protection but left the majority of nesting habitat vulnerable. But now, the new regulation extends habitat protections to all turtle nesting sites. Here are just some of the things that this new and unprecedented regulation has accomplished for sea turtle nesting habitat:

Protecting Native Habitat

The new regulation forbids the removal of native vegetation in the nesting habitat. When coastal vegetation is removed, especially from sand dunes, it allows increased erosion that could eventually destroy nesting beaches. In addition, some turtles like the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle even prefer to crawl up the beach all the way up to the vegetation to nest.

Putting Out Artificial Lights

The regulation also addresses one of the main factors that disrupt nesting turtles: artificial lights from houses, hotels and roads. These light sources can not only disorient nesting females, but they can be lethal to emerging hatchlings. As they climb their way up from their sandy nest, newly-hatched turtles look for the subtle light reflecting off the surf and waves to orient themselves towards the sea. Artificial lighting can point them in the wrong direction and when you are that young, one wrong turn can force you to use up your limited energy stores, leading to an almost certain death. Even those that eventually make their way to the surf can be too exhausted to swim away, becoming easy pickings for fish and marine birds. For the first time in Mexico, this new regulation calls for moving, changing or eliminating any light sources that illuminates a nesting beach or creates a glow that could disorient the females or hatchlings. These chan-

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ges won’t happen overnight, but authorities are already informing beachside homeowners and hotels of the new rules.

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The new regulation also helps address the use of heavy vehicles on the beach. Heavy vehicles may compact sand, destroy nests and eggs, create deep ruts that can become traps for nestlings and basically tear up nesting beaches. No more. From now on, vehicles on nesting beaches have to be less than 300 kg in weight and can only be used for patrolling and management of the nesting site.

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A less obviously threatening activity also outlawed by the new regulation is the release of newly hatched sea turtles. Many hotels near nesting beaches offer guests the opportunity to be part of the release of hatchlings into the sea. The problem is that they keep the hatchlings in confinement for many days until enough people

sign up for the activity. So when they are released after being held in captivity, they are too weak to handle the surf or avoid predators. Hatchlings need to get into the water as soon as possible after hatching so they can use their limited energy to swim away. This tourism practice is now forbidden, and hatchlings have to be released immediately. Also for the first time, those who want to watch sea turtles laying their eggs during nesting season will have to follow strict rules. All of these and many more regulations will help protect beaches, nests, female sea turtles, their eggs and hatchlings from now on. I am proud to say that Defenders of Wildlife played a key role in making this happen. We worked on this regulation for many years; in fact we were the ones who proposed its creation back in 2002. It took a decade of lobbying before we got the Environment Ministry to develop it, and Defenders is one of only four non-governmental organizations credited with helping to make these new protections a reality. It

took a long time to get these regulations adopted but now when sea turtles hit Mexico’s beaches to nest, they will find it a safer place than ever.

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Now that sea turtles are protected on land, it’s time to protect them in the ocean. In the waters right off of Mexico’s beaches, more than 1,000 North Pacific loggerhead turtles die every year when they are accidentally caught up in fishermen’s nets. The bycatch toll of loggerheads in Mexican waters is one of the highest in the world – and it is jeopardizing their survival. The new Mexican law has taken a huge step forward in creating protections for sea turtle nesting land. Now it is time for them to finish the job and their commitment to the environment by extending that sanctuary into the oceans the turtles use to travel to and from their breeding grounds.

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Banderas Bay Initiative By Maria Zamora Photography by F. McCann www.bbini.org

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p until a few months ago I struggled with how to answer the question where are you from? It sounds like a silly question to fumble with; except for a lot of us, it is part of what defines our identity. I was born in Mexico City and moved to Puerto Vallarta with my family when I was five. Even at the end of high school, having lived in this beautiful city three quarters of my life, I was more likely to say I was Chilanga than that I was a Vallartense. A few months ago, I began working for the Banderas Bay Initiative, a non-profit organization devoted to protecting the natural and cultural resources of the region. Engaging with the community, working alongside people who are offering up their time, energy and money for the betterment of this bay, and hearing and reading every day about the amazing wealth this city offers us has made Vallarta a larger part of my identity and the word Vallartense spring more fluidly to my lips when asked where I am from. A local, a Vallartense, a Pata Salada isn’t defined by where they were born but by their love and engagement to the Banderas Bay. Puerto Vallarta is blessed in more ways than one. Its natural beauty and resources are enough to leave you breathless. The deep green of the mountains after a good rainstorm, the chance sighting of a manta ray leaping out of the water, the sunsets that all seem to be once-in-a-lifetime are enough to keep us coming back. Its local ethnic groups, traditions and history link us to its past and our own. Vallarta is also blessed in a third way which is often overlooked. It is blessed by the people who make up its communities. Although much is said about the government’s inaction and the population’s apathy, Vallar-

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an Online Library. It will compile freely-available resources as well as BBI –produced material in one place. We hope this makes the information more easily accessible and promotes discussion and action.

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ta has a thriving civil sector. Formally and informally organized groups work arduously to keep the region healthy and strong. Whether it is a group of birders who put on a festival, a bar which launches a litter cleanup brigade, a group of mothers starting a special-needs day care center, or a school which launches a reading advocacy program for the larger community, people throughout the region are taking action. I’m sure as you read these examples many more come to mind. It’s hard to categorize who takes action and participates in these endeavors. You will find retirees and high-school students, born and raised locals and first-time visitors, Spanish and English speakers. They are working on beautification, social assistance, ecology, art, special needs, conservation, dance and

education. And they are all in a way locals, Pata Saladas, Vallartenses. Because being a citizen isn’t limited to what your IFE or your passport say. It is an action and a choice we make every day we continue to live and visit the shores of Banderas Bay. It isn’t only our rights, but our responsibilities as members of a community which must work together to create a bright future for all of us. There are many volunteer opportunities, in all manner of organizations, and you can definitely find a way to get involved. To look at volunteer opportunities with the Banderas Bay Initiative please visit www.bbini. org/volunteer.html or email me at maria.zamora@bbini.org. You can also find out about other organizations and volunteer opportunities at www.pvangels.com

Volunteer Today! Fundraising

Work with members of our team to carry out fundraising events and strategies. Having the resources to carry out our programs is evidently vital to creating the changes we want to see. Work with a small, highly motivated team and meet some fantastic people. We need your help.

Website-Ass´t Manager

If you have experience coding in HTML and want to keep your skills sharp while helping out a worthwhile cause this position is for you! In addition to routine updates we want your help in developing

Work with members of our program development team to propose effective, results-oriented programs. Once it’s developed, help us put it into action and become a Program Leader. The Banderas Bay Initiative is growing really quickly and we can always use a helping hand. Work on education, promotion or conservation programs with an environmental or cultural focus.

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PVSPCA ADORABLE PUPPIES IN THE SPOTLIGHT...DAKOTA, DIXIE & DUCHESS Presenting the Mariachi pups! Is there anything cuter than 4 month old Labrador mix pups? Notice sweet Duchess sticking out her tongue! These babies are now available for adoption. To see more of these guys in action, check out the video done by our friend Carol Martin out on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=lBn3EU9P9YY). Please contact us at spcapv@gmail.com. Our sanctuary is preparing for the difficult summer months when Vallarta’s economy that depends on tourism is at a low and many animals become homeless. Help us continue our efforts. To use your credit card to make tax deductible donations through PayPal, go to our website www.spcapv.com/donate/.

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What Not to Feed Dogs and Cats by Janice Gonzalez, SPCA de PV

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he specific problem with persimmons, peaches, and plums are the seeds or pits. The seeds from persimmons can cause inflammation of the small intestine in dogs. They can also cause intestinal obstruction, a good possibility if a dog eats the pit from a peach or plum. Plus, peach and plum pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to both humans and dogs should the pit be broken open and consumed. According to Pet Poison Helpline, grapes and raisins have been known to cause acute renal (kidney) failure in dogs. With kidney failure, a pet’s ability to produce urine decreases, which means they are unable to filter toxins out of their system. Unfortunately, the reason for kidney failure and the amount of grapes/ raisins necessary to be toxic to pets is unknown, so all cases of ingestion have the potential to be grave. Depending on the size of the dog, as little as four grapes/raisins can have an adverse effect on your fuzzy friend.

Mushrooms Wild mushrooms — which may be found growing in your backyard or on the nature trail where you walk your dog — contain toxins that will trigger numerous organ systems, including the kidneys, liver and brain. Nervous system abnormalities, seizures, coma, vomiting, and death can all result when a dog consumes mushrooms.

Nutmeg

Nutmeg can also be stored in the pantry with other potentially hazardous substances for pets. Often used as a spice for baking, nutmeg’s rich, spicy scent is attractive to dogs. High levels can

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be fatal. Signs include tremors, seizures and nervous system abnormalities.

Nuts

Abundant in many cookies and candies, certain nuts should not be given to pets. Almonds, non-moldy walnuts and pistachios can cause an upset stomach or an obstruction of your dog’s throat and/or intestinal tract; macadamia nuts and moldy walnuts can cause toxic poisonings.

Moldy walnuts can contain toxic chemical products produced by fungi which cause seizures or neurological signs. Lethargy, vomiting and loss of muscle control are among the effects of nut ingestion.

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Onions contain an ingredient called thiosulphate which is toxic to cats and dogs. The ingestion of onions, onion powder, or even cooked onion causes a condition called hemolytic anemia, which is characterized by damage to the red blood cells. In other words, onion toxicity can cause the red blood cells circulating through your pet’s body to burst. A small amount can be toxic to your dog or cat. Garlic, chives, and leeks are also part of the Allium family, and are poisonous to both dogs and cats.

Rhubarb, a vegetable, contains oxalates which trigger abnormalities with the nervous system, kidneys and digestive tract. Rhubarb is commonly used in recipes for pies, jams, jellies, sauces and juice.

Garlic is considered to be about five times as potent as onions, causing oxidative damage to the red blood cells as well as an upset stomach (e.g., nausea, oral irritation, drooling, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea). Other clinical signs of anemia may be seen, and include lethargy, pale gums, an elevated heart rate, an increased respiratory rate, weakness, exercise intolerance, and collapse. Onion and garlic poisoning may have a delayed onset, and clinical signs may not be apparent for several days. Immediate veterinary care is recommended.

Xylitol

Xylitol is a sugar substitute commonly used in toothpastes, mouthwash, sugarless gum, certain cough medicines and children’s chewable multi-vitamins. It also used in many baked goods and candies. This product is recommended for diabetics and those following a low-carbohydrate diet. However, xylitol is extremely dangerous to your dog. Ingestion of the product will cause the rapid release of insulin in dogs and result in hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia results in vomiting, weakness, and sometimes seizures. In some cases, xylitol poisoning can result in liver failure. As little as one stick of xylitol gum could be toxic to a 20-pound dog. Our thanks to PetInsurance. com and MyPetHealthZone.com for the information.

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vent features 35 participating from May 15 - 31.Located throughout Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, participating restaurants will offer a special, three-course menu (with three choices per course) at a set price of $189 or $299 pesos. Your drinks and tips are not included. For those of us who have been enjoying these events for many years it is exciting to see seven new restaurants participate. The new restaurants include: Fusion Gourmet, Kabuki, Zanate Restaurant, Restaurante y Pizzeria Pinocchio, all in Puerto Vallarta, Raixes and Sandzibar in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Nicksan in Nuevo Vallarta. Most restaurants will have availability but some do sell out. Be sure to call ahead to confirm space. Contact information for many of these restaurants can be found in the pages of this newspaper.

UPCOMING EVENTS BUGAMBILIA FESTIVAL 2013 Beautiful Balcony Contest Decorate your balconies with awards in both residential and commercial categories. If you wish to enter the contest for valuable prizes, please submit a photo or more to suzkirk66@gmail.com. Be sure to send the name with address along with the pictures. Every day is full of fun, (mostly) free events to enjoy. Visit www.vallartaGardenClub.com for more details and events as the become available. FRIDAY, MAY 17th - OPENING PROCESSION AND CEREMONY with a candlelight procession on the Malecón to Lazaro Cardenas Park. SATURDAY, MAY 18th - CATRINA PARADE and FIESTA MEXICANA SUNDAY, MAY 19th - VALLARTA BOTANICAL GARDENS Tour and Lunch and a PET PARADE down the Malecón to Lazaro Cardenas Park

MONDAY, MAY 20th - Lazaro Cardenas Park will be filled with Artisans and activities. There will be Painting and Recycling Workshops, Children’s Performance by Escena 3, Music and Dance by Shanti TUESDAY, MAY 21st - Lazaro Cardenas Park will be filled with Artisans and activities. There will be painting and recycling workshops among other activities. WEDNESDAY, MAY 22nd - Walking Tour of El Centro and Afternoon Tea at Hacienda San Angel and finish with an Evening Bike Ride THURSDAY, MAY 23rd - Walking Tour of El Centro and a British American School Concert in the evening FRIDAY, MAY 24th - Enjoy an evening of tango dancing at the Los Arcos Amphitheater. SATURDAY, MAY 25th - The Bugambilia Festival Closing Parade

Participating Restaurants $189 pesos

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• Archie´s Wok (Puerto Vallarta) • Barcelona Tapas (Puerto Vallarta) • Bistro Orgánico – (San Pancho) • Coco´s Kitchen (Puerto Vallarta) • Coco Tropical (Puerto Vallarta) • El Arrayán (Puerto Vallarta) • Fusión Gourmet – (Puerto Vallarta) • India Gate (Puerto Vallarta) • Madison South (Puerto Vallarta) • Peking (Puerto Vallarta) • Restaurante y Pizzeria Pinocchio – (Puerto Vallarta) • Si Señor (Puerto Vallarta) • The Swedes Bar & Bistro (Puerto Vallarta) • Vitea (Puerto Vallarta)

• Café des Artistes (Puerto Vallarta) • Cilantro´s (Puerto Vallarta) • Daiquiri Dick´s (Puerto Vallarta) • De Santos (Puerto Vallarta) • Hacienda San Angel Gourmet (Puerto Vallarta) • Kabuki (Puerto Vallarta) • Kaiser Maximilian (Puerto Vallarta) • La Albufera (Puerto Vallarta) • La Cigale French Bistro (Puerto Vallarta) • La Leche (Puerto Vallarta) • Le Kliff (Puerto Vallarta) • Nicksan (Nuevo Vallarta) • No Way José! (Puerto Vallarta) • Pepper´s (Rancho Banderas) • Punto V (Puerto Vallarta) • Raixes – (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle) • Sandzibar (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle) • Taste @ Casa Cupula (Puerto Vallarta) • The Blue Shrimp (Puerto Vallarta) • The River Café (Puerto Vallarta) • Trio (Puerto Vallarta) • Zanate Restaurante (Puerto Vallarta)

Vallarta Pride 2013 The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the confirmed events for

Vallarta Pride 2013 Coming next weekend! May 24th – May 26th Opening Reception Vallarta Pride 2013 Friday May 24 at 9:00 pm Taste Restaurant at Casa Cupula Commitment Ceremony Saturday May 25 at 11:00 am Lido - Beach Club Vallarta Pride Fashion Show Saturday May 25 at 2:00 pm Blue Chairs Beach Club “HEAT” – Tea Dance Saturday May 25 from 4:00 pm Lido / Blue Chairs Vallarta Pride 2013 @Night Themed Nights at participating bars/lounges/clubs Saturday May 25 at 8:00 pm Vallarta Pride Parade 2013 Sunday May 26 from 4:00 pm Romantic Zone Vallarta Pride Festival 2013 Sunday May 26 from 5:00 pm Lazaro Cardenas Park / Romantic Zone

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{ If you would like to have your music or cultural event added to this calendar please email editor@vallartatribune.com The Tribune is published on Fridays and all events need to be submitted by the preceding Wednesday. May 17: CONCERT A special performance by one of the world’s greatest Pianists, Gergely Boganyi 8:30pm at the Teatro Vallarta. Part of the Festival Cultural de Mayo Events. www. festivaldemayo.org/fcmj2013/ boganyi_vallarta.htm May 17: LIVE JAZZ Blues Night with Rhonda and Geoff 10:00pm El Patio de mi Casa, Guerrero 311, Centro. May 17: Salsa Lessons and Live Latin Music Lessons at 6-7pm 50 pesos Band starts at 8pm Octopus Garden, La Cruz 329295-5367 May 17: XUITLA BALLET Folkloric Dance 7:30 pm in Lazaro Cardenas Park, Old Town, Puerto Vallarta. May 17: Yoga with Stability Ball 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. Vallarta Yoga / Pilates Studio PV Basilio Badillo 325 - South Side 322-2221706 / info@yogavallarta.com May 18: The Teahouse of the August Moon, Boutique Theatre, 8pm curtain, Naranjo at Basilio Badillo, 322-278-6878 May 18: SPCA Pet Adoptions, Looking for a new fur-ever friend? Los Mangos Library, Las Gaviotas, Puerto Vallrta 10 to 2 pm. May 19: The Teahouse of the August Moon, Boutique Theatre, 5pm curtain, Naranjo at Basilio Badillo, 322-278-6878 May 20: Gentle Movement & Stretching 11:00 -12:00 PM Vallarta Yoga / Pilates Studio PV Basilio Badillo 325 - South Side 322-222-1706 / info@yogavallarta.com May 21: Ashtanga Yoga - Short Form (Beginners welcomed) 6:30-7:45 AM Yoga Vallarta/Pilates Studio PV Basilio Badillo 325 - South Side 322-222-1706/ info@yogavallarta.com Drop in fee: 150 pesos Includes yoga mat & courtesy towel service May 21: Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners 9:15 to 10:30 a.m Vallarta Yoga / Pilates Studio PV Basilio Badillo 325 - South Side 322-2221706 / info@yogavallarta.com

May 21: Pilates Mat 11:15 to 12:15 p.m. Vallarta Yoga / Pilates Studio PV Basilio Badillo 325 - South Side 322-222-1706 / info@yogavallarta.com May 21: Expats in Vallarta 5-7pm Lagostina’s on Los Muertos Beach www.expatsinvallarta.com May 22: VALLARTA EN BICI 100’s of bicyclists ride from the Whale sculpture at the Marina to the Malecon. 9 pm. Bike rentals are available in Marina and around Puerto Vallarta May 22: Slow Flow Yoga 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. Vallarta Yoga / Pilates Studio PV Basilio Badillo 325 - South Side 322-222-1706 / info@yogavallarta.com May 23: Ladies Night 10pm 2am $50 pesos all you can drink $20 pesos with a short skirt - La Ingrata, Mariano Abasolo 169, Puerto Vallarta www.facebook. com/laingratapv May 23: Ashtanga Yoga - Short Form (Beginners welcomed) 6:30-7:45 AM Yoga Vallarta/Pilates Studio PV Basilio Badillo 325 - South Side 322-222-1706/ info@yogavallarta.com Drop in fee: 150 pesos Includes yoga mat & courtesy towel service May 23: Classic Hatha Yoga 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Vallarta Yoga / Pilates Studio PV Badillo 325 - South Side 322-222-1706 / info@yogavallarta.com May 24: Yoga with Stability Ball 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. Vallarta Yoga / Pilates Studio PV Basilio Badillo 325 - South Side 322-2221706 / info@yogavallarta.com May 25: SPCA Pet Adoptions, Looking for a new fur-ever friend? Los Mangos Library, Las Gaviotas, Puerto Vallarta 10 to 2 pm. May 27: Gentle Movement & Stretching 11:00 -12:00 PM Vallarta Yoga / Pilates Studio PV Basilio Badillo 325 - South Side 322-222-1706 / info@yogavallarta.com May 28: Ashtanga Yoga - Short Form (Beginners welcomed) 6:30-7:45 AM Yoga Vallarta/Pilates Studio PV Basilio Badillo 325 - South Sidev 322-222-1706/ info@yogavallarta.com Drop in fee: 150 pesos Includes yoga mat & courtesy towel service May28: Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners 9:15 to 10:30 a.m Vallarta Yoga / Pilates Studio PV Basilio Badillo 325 - South Side

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Deep Sea Fishing Tournament One of the most important Deep Sea Fishing Tournaments in the country. www.clubdepescadeportivatepic.com Closes June 2nd June 5: VALLARTA EN BICI 100’s of bicyclists ride from the Whale sculpture at the Marina to the Malecon. 9 pm. Bike rentals are available in Marina and around Puerto Vallarta June 6: Ladies Night 10pm 2am $50 pesos all you can drink $20 pesos with a short skirt - La Ingrata, Mariano Abasolo 169, Puerto Vallarta www.facebook. com/laingratapv June 12: VALLARTA EN BICI 100’s of bicyclists ride from the Whale sculpture at the Marina to the Malecon. 9 pm. Bike rentals are available in Marina and around Puerto Vallarta

June 13: Ladies Night 10pm 2am $50 pesos all you can drink $20 pesos with a short skirt - La Ingrata, Mariano Abasolo 169, Puerto Vallarta www.facebook. com/laingratapv June 14: MUSICAL Brothers in Song by the PV Men’s Choir 8pm $250p at the Boutique Theater, Naranjo 330, Old Town www.boutiquetheater.ca June 15: MUSICAL Brothers in Song by the PV Men’s Choir 8pm $250p at the Boutique Theater, Naranjo 330, Old Town www.boutiquetheater.ca June 16: MUSICAL Brothers in Song by the PV Men’s Choir 5pm $250p at the Boutique Theater, Naranjo 330, Old Town www.boutiquetheater.ca

LIVE MUSIC VENUES

Please be sure to contact the venue to confirm all events. La Bodeguita Del Medio “Paseo Diaz Ordaz 858, Malecon” 322.223.1583 Tues-Sun 9:30 2:00 am

Las Adelitas Av. Fluvial Vallarta 234 322.293.7778

El Jardin del Pulpo “Coral 66, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle” 329.295.5071 10:30 am 12.30 pm

Café‚ Roma Encino 287 Centro Mon-Sun 10:pm -3:00 am

La Palapa “Pulpito#103, Playa los Muertos” 322.222.5225 Mon-Sun 8:00am 1:00pm Oso’s Oyster Bar “Del Mar 4, Marina Riviera Nayarit, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle” 329.295.5426 Benito’s Paninoteca Bar “Nima Bay, Local 12, Marina Vallarta” 322.209.0287 El Patio de mi Casa Guerrero 311 esq. Matamoros 322.222.0743 Encore “Lazaro Cardenas51, Colonia Zona Dorada” 329.298.0140 Wed-Mon 9:00 am 10:00 pm

Bebotero Diaz Ordaz 565 Malecon 322.113.0099

Murphy’s Irish Pub “Morelos 484 Altos 1, Centro” 322.113.0373 Philo’s “Delfin15, La Cruz de Huanacaxle”329.295.5068 Thu-Sat 8:30 pm Barcelona Tapas Matamoros esq 31 de Octubre Centro 322.223.0831 Daiquiri Dick’s “Olas Altas, Playa Los Muertos” 322.222.0566 Don Pedro’s “Marlin 2, Sayulita” 329.291.3090

June 1st: 53rd Annual San Blas Deep Sea Fishing Tournament One of the most important Deep Sea Fishing Tournaments in the country. www.clubdepescadeportivatepic.com Runs until June 2nd

The River Café‚ Isla del Rio Cuale Local4 Centro 322.223.0788 Vitea “Libertad Edificio Malecon 2, Centro” 322.222.8703

El Dorado “Pulpito # 102, Playa los Muertos”322.222.4124 Que? Pasa “Aquiles Serdan 625, Col Emiliano Zapata” 322.223.4006

June 1st: SPCA Pet Adoptions, Looking for a new fur-ever friend? Los Mangos Library, Las Gaviotas, Puerto Vallarta 10 to 2 pm. June 2nd: 53rd Annual San Blas

Rl Rio BBQ Bar Felipe Angeles 245 Col Paso Ancho 322.184.1200 Tue-Sun 11:00 am 7:00pm

Trio Guerrero 264 Centro 322.222.2196 Mon-Sat 7:30 pm

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Hockey Night In Vallarta

By Joel Hansen

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What a conflicted time for me.

actually cheered for the Leafs last week in a series that had me choosing between hospital food and airline food. Of course my picking them to win the series and complete the comeback was the kiss of death as they blew a lead that only the British Columbia NDP could squander away. 4-1 with 11 minutes to play in Game 7, and the curse lives on. This week we turn to the second round, with Detroit vs. Chicago looking like it has the makings of a classic, with puck possession and skill still being at a premium in an era where teams like Boston and LA are switching to size and thuggery. With that said, I still like LA and Boston as well as Pittsburg and Chicago advancing. But if you were heading to El Torito to use the sports book based on my 2nd round locks consider I was the one who picked Vancouver, NY Islanders, Montreal and St. Louis all of whom can be found on local golf courses currently. In local sports news the Puerto Vallarta Torpedos are looking for players between 9-15 years to play American style football, if you have a son or daughter that is interested please feel free to contact me at harbourwave@ gmail.com for more information. Fri May 17, 2013

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Non-Profit and Charitable Organizations For visitors to Puerto Vallarta who wish to do a good deed for the less privileged in our paradise, this is a list of some of the many organizations that could benefit from such kind gestures. If you would like your organization recognized here, please email details to editor @vallartatribune. com Asilo San Juan Diego home for the elderly - Contact: Lupita Sanchez Covarrubias Tel. 222-1257 or malupita88@hotmail.com or visit the website www.mexonline.com\asilosanjuandiego.htm Asociación Down - The Foundation for assistance to persons with Down’s Syndrome – Contact: Ana Catalina Eisenring at 224-9577. Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter Safe shelter for women & children victims of domestic violence. Enables women to become financially independent through jobs, education and non-interest micro loans, professional counseling for them & their children. www.compassionforthefamily.org Becas Vallarta, A.C. – provides scholarships to approximately 300 high school and university students. Donations are tax-deductible in Mexico and the USA. Polly Vicars at (322) 223-1371 or Buri Gray at (322) 221-5285. www.puerto-vallarta.com/amf Bucerias Bilingual Community Center Support local families in Bucerias. 16 de Septiembre at calle Matamoros www. buceriasbilingualcommunitycenter.org Casa Hogar - a shelter dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned, disadvantaged or vulnerable children.- Contact: Luz Aurora Arredondo at 221-1908, Rita Millan (322) 141-6974. casamaximocornejo@gmail.com

Centro Comunitario SETAC-GLBT - provides essential services to the GLBT community, including physical & mental health treatment and referrals, education & recreation, free AA meetings, English classes, HIV testing and counseling. Paco Arjona 224-1974 or paco@setac.com.mx Clinica de Rehabilitación Santa Barbara - Rehabilitation of the handicapped. Contact: Laura Lopez Portillo Rodriguez at 224-2754. CompassionNet Impact - forms strategic partnerships & initiates programs that provide opportunities for people living in chronic poverty to transform their own lives. Bookmobile, homes, jobs creation, loans, English & computer classes, emergency food, medicine & clothing, etc. Tax-deductible in Canada & the U.S. Cell: (322) 133-7263. ric@4compassion. org Cruz Roja (Red Cross) - handles hospital and emergency service in Vallarta. It is the only facility that is authorized to offer assistance to injured people on the street, transport them to their facility or other ones indicated by the injured person. Contact: 222-1533, 222-4973 Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) A municipal service, part of the federal System of Family Services that assists not only in times of emergency, but also with ongoing education, health, and training programs for the whole family. Contact City Hall 222-0058 Discapacitados de Vallarta, A.C. (DIVAC) association of handicapped individuals dedicated to helping one another. Contact: Ivan Applegate at 221-5153. GrupoEcològico de Puerto Vallarta – Contact: R.C. Walker at 222-0897, rc_walkermx@yahoo.com.mx

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The International Friendship Club (IFC) - a registered charitable organization in Mexico listed as Club Internacional de la Amistad de Puerto Vallarta A.C. The IFC supports the Cleft Palate Surgery Program & families in need. Funds are raised through Membership & Home Tours. - Contact:322-222-5466. www.ifcvallarta. com. ifcvallarta@gmail.com. Navy League - Meets and greets visiting Naval vessels from all nations, assists in the transportation of donated medical supplies from the U.S., organizes work groups to paint and repair schools and other public/charitable facilities, and operates the local Toys for Tots program. Contacts: Bill Clark at 222 3616 or Jerry Lafferty at 221 6156. www.vallartanavyleague.org. New Life Mexico - a British Charity working in Mexico. Challenging Child Poverty with Health and Education Programmes. Contact: Philippa.VernonPowell@facebook.com Pasitos de Luz (Mamas Unidas por la Rehabilitación de sus Hijos) - substitute home for low income children with any type of handicap, offers rehabilitation services and special support to their families. 299-4146. www.pasitosdeluz.org Pro Biblioteca de Vallarta - raises fundsfor Los Mangos Public Library. Taxdeductible receipts for Mexico and USA. Contacts: Ricardo Murrieta at 224-9966 or Jimmie Ellis at 222-1478. Proyecto Pitillal, “Busca un Amigo” - association created by underprivileged mothers of paralyzed children who need society’s help. Contact: 299-4495. PuRR Project - a no-kill cat shelter with approx. 250 resident felines living in a natural environment, un-caged, kittens in the Kitten Nursery, on-site clinic with

daily veterinarian services. www.purrproject.com Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza Shelter for children. Donations are taxdeductible in Canada and the U.S. Contact: Madre Mari at 222-7857 or Sudy Coy at 222-5765. www.ccshf.ca Roma’s Kids - educate the children of the Volcanes and surrounding area, to provide them with the skills necessary to become employable by the major industry here in Puerto Vallarta – tourism: math, English and computer programs a priority. 100% goes to the kids. www.kids.romamexico.com Toys for Tots Vallarta - is a non-profit organization that is celebrating 15 years in Puerto Vallarta. Distributes toys and constructs playgrounds for less-advantaged kids in the Puerto Vallarta area during the Christmas holiday period. Contact: Jerry Lafferty 322 221 6156 or Lourdes Bizarro lourdes.bizarro@marriotthotels.com. SPCA PV – provides private vet costs for rescued animals, volunteers to create & maintain a data base of adoptions, to walk dogs at the foster home, Casita de Guadalupe, foster homes for dogs & cats, trap & release program for feral cats, etc. www.spcapv.com Un MañanaBrillante (A Brighter Tomorrow) - partnership of Americans and Canadians to support the ColegioMexicoAmericano. Contact: Margi Baughman mach1@prodigy.net.mx or David Bender dbender@prodigy.net.mx Vallarta Botanical Gardens - To build Mexico’s greatest botanical, rwesearch & education of plant life, city beautification programs, bird watching, etc. Donations to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens are tax deductible in the USA. Contact: 223-6182 or info@vallartabotanicalgardensac.org.

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SUDOKU easy

{Brain Teasers{ Challenge your brain! Sudoku is easy to play and the rules are simple. Fill in the blanks so that each row, each column, and each of the nine 3x3 grids contain only one of each of the numbers 1 through 9.

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HUB-WORDS How many words can you make from the letters in the wheel? Each word must contain the hub letter I. Can you find a 9-letter word and at least 20 other words of five letters or more avoiding proper nouns?

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ANN BAXTER, AUDREY HEPBURN, AVA GARDNER, BETTE DAVIS, CAROLE LOMBARD, GLORIA SWANSON, GRETA GARBO, HEDY LAMARR, INGRID BERGMAN, JANE RUSSELL, JANE WYMAN, JEAN HARLOW, JEAN SIMMONS, JOAN CRAWFORD, JUDY GARLAND, LANA TURNER, LAUREN BACALL, MARILYN MONROE, MERLE OBERON, MYRNA LOY, RITA HAYWORTH, VERONICA LAKE, VIRGINIA MAYO, VIVIEN LEIGH.

GLADIATOR Some other words of five letters or more containing the hub letter R: agora, altar, aorta, argal, argot, aroid, artal, atria, goral, grail, griot, groat, laird (Scot), largo, radio, raita, ratio, riata, taira, tiara, trail, triad, trial, adroit, aortal, argali, atrial, lariat, latria, radial, tailor.

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BEAUTIFUL Some other words of four letters or more containing the hub letter B: abet, able, abut, bail, bait, bale, bate, beat, beau, belt, beta, bile, bite, blae (Scot), blue, flab, flub, tabi, tuba, tube, beaut, befit, bleat, built, fable, table, tubal, albeit, albite, fibula, tubful, tubule.


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The Natural Beauty of OUR Mountain

Plants

2000

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Birds

300

Amphibians and Reptiles

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50% of these species are endemic to MĂŠxico. We propose the area to be designated a

Natural Preserve Because for Vallarta,

Without the Mountain...

There is no future


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