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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 bottled water just about anywhere.
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COMMON SENSE: Just as you wouldn’t walk around your hometown drunk and beligerent, it is not acceptable to do that here. While Mexicans are a forgiving bunch, basic politeness is appreciated. For the guys, peeing in public is a major faux pas and if you are caught, can get you tossed in jail or an expensive fine. Pay attention to your surroundings. Pay your bills. Be courteous. And have fun! DRINKING AND DRIVING: First off – just don’t. The consequences are not worth it. Taxis are cheap and plentiful. Fines are as much as 10,000 pesos. You can be taken to jail and your vehicle impounded. There are many checkstops on the weekends and you will be asked to blow if they suspect you have been drinking. LEGAL SYSTEM: Not knowing the law is not an valid excuse in Mexico or anywhere. If you find yourself caught in a legal situation be aware that guilt is presumed until your innocence can be proven. This is a very difficult lesson to learn if you are visiting from the United States or Canada in particular. Immediately contact your consulate for assistance.
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. 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 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: 060 Red Cross: 065 Municipal and Transit Police: 322.290.0507 Fire Department: 322.223.9476 Red Cross - Ambulance: 322.222.1533 Consulates American Consulate Nuevo Vallarta: 322.222.0069 24 hrs Guadalajara: 333.268.2145
Immigration: 322.224.7719 Consumer Protection: 01.800.468.8722 Tourism Offices Jalisco: 322.221.2676 Nayarit: 322.297.1006
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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”.
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 (from a land line) If you are calling from a landline within the area code of the Mexican cell phone number dial 044, then the 10 digit number including area code. 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.
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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.
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 email@example.com.
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awesome gourmet festivals, reintroducing myself to the vendors at the Old Town Farmers Market and really, just getting involved in the goings-on around town.
s a relative newbie to Vallarta, it is with eager anticipation that I (still) look forward to the rapidly approaching winter season. I saw a couple of snowbirds, pale-skinned, cart overflowing at Costco this week and if the general chatter on the street and on facebook is anything to go by this season is going to be a raging success. As editor of the Tribune, I am personally looking forward to attending the many world-class events, covering the deliciously
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uerto Vallarta is located in the middle of Banderas Bay, one of the largest bays in Mexico at nearly 100km in length. It is bounded in the north by Punta de Mita and in the south by Cabo Corrientes. It straddles the states of Jalisco and Nayarit, divided along the Ameca River. The bay is home to many wonderful communities and an abundance of natural wonders. In the winter and spring seasons you can witness the awe inspiring beauty of the humpback whales as they calve in the warm waters of the bay, in the summer you can experience the majesty of the sea turtles hatching and returning to their watery world. The fall brings renewed vigour to the mountains and rivers with the fresh rains and revived vegetation. No matter
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We have some excellent events coming up this month including the Russian Ballet at Teatro Vallarta on October 9th, with Don Quixote, Gary’s Groupies are heading to Layla’s Restaurant on October 11th, and the Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronomica from October 17-20th. Consider working off some of those extra calories by strolling through Centro and visiting the many shops and galleries that rely heavily on your support. This year’s Historic Centre ArtWalk begins on October 30th. As always, this paper is your paper and if you have events to share with our readers, or thoughts on the articles we have published or would like to contribute something yourself, please send me an email. Madeline
when you visit, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit will share their wonders with you. Here is a selection of some of the many things you can do while visiting us. Shopping in the Zona Romantica – this charming neighbourhood is also called Old Town and is a popular residential area for expats and Mexican families. Along the main streets you will find shops galore, filled with wonderful authentic crafts, clothing, jewelry, excellent restaurants, spas, theaters and more. Vibrant and friendly, this area offers an excellent day or two (or more!) of exploring. Close to Los Muertos beach, consider ending your day with a sunset margarita at any of the many beachfront restaurants. Sunsets on the Malecon Sitting on the edge of the Pacific Ocean never fails to give us a sunset each night. Grab a seat at any of the number of excellent bars and restaurants along the malecon, order your favourite cocktail and let it all slip away. Once the sun has set, the malecon comes alive with families out for a stroll, plenty of live entertainment and later in the night, the nightclubs beckon. Sayulita – A short 45 minutes
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1. Ride the Camionetas (local buses): The Puerto Vallarta bus system is not only very efficient but it can also be an outing at the theatre, as families of clowns, musicians and storytellers entertain the passengers for a small peso donation. 2. Drink dollar beverages: What a better way to escape the hustle and bustle of the Malecon than by sipping an ice cold beer or a frozen Margarita at the low cost of $1.00 usd? This deal is found in many of the restaurants and bars along the boardwalk. Sunsets are free. 3.Dance the night away: Tired of dancing with two left feet, there are many free dance classes throughout the city. Some are given in bars, or you can join in at any time at the town square or even better at the outdoor theatre while watching the sunset. 4.Take your picture with Poncho Villa: You want to impress your Facebook friends, take a picture with famous national hero Poncho
Villa. He is always ready to smile for a free picture, and at the same time you get to rest your feet, as he is sitting on a bench. 5. Climb a ladder: The “In Search of Reason” sculpture by Sergio Bustamante is quite the attraction, and one of the most popular on the malecon. You can climb the ladder facing the ocean, have your photo taken and unknowingly partake in a drinking game happening at one the $1.00 drink bars behind the ladder. 6. Shop on the beach: It’s the best of both worlds in Puerto Vallarta, for the many of us love to shop and enjoy relaxing at the beach. Vendors will gladly demonstrate and showcase their merchandise without you having to lift a finger. 7. Hike the hills and walk the streets of PV: You can get a serious workout climbing the intricate hills of PV, or
simply by walking the cobblestone roads, but if the heat gets too overbearing you can take a dip in the many potholes usually found at the intersections, just watch out for the camionetas as you take a dip. I am very proud to say that I am now part of the expat community of Puerto Vallarta. My boyfriend and I decided to take a leap, hoping a net would follow, and it did. I recently arrived from Montreal, Canada leaving behind the hustle and bustle of a big urban city, a career, friends and of course the snow. As much as I may be a winter sport girl, I am sure I will find many ways to replace my need for my winter thrills here in PV.
north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Sayulita is the surfers mecca of Riviera Nayarit. A funky town with a wonderful protected beach, this laid-back town has a hippie vibe with the organic cafes and the yoga studios to prove it. Visit the Huichol Cultural Centre for some wonderful handmade beaded jewelry or grab a surf lesson from one of the many vendors on the beach. Cooking Classes – Recognized as one of the world’s leading cuisines, there are a number of great schools in the Puerto Vallarta area that will teach you how to master tortilla soup, enchiladas, salsas and more. Fresh seafood, abundant fruit and veggies and a sophisticated community make Vallarta a foodies dream destination. Look for a school that will take you to the markets or introduce you to the farmers and fishermen for a truly cultural experience. Don’t want to cook? Try one of the Food Tours available. Eat like a local and for three hours you will enjoy everything from Tacos to Pozole at the food stands and small comidas around town. Galleries – It is said there are more galleries per capita in Puerto
Vallarta than any other place in Mexico. Many of these galleries are along the side streets that run through Centro. Stop at the Tourism Office in the Main Plaza for a map or take advantage of their free walking tour. Many galleries carry high quality local crafts, established Mexican and international artists and more. Ride the bus - Buses in Puerto Vallarta are an experience all their own. You can tell the general destination of the bus by what is written on the window. Costco, Sheraton, Centro, Mismaloya you can go just about anywhere in this city on the bus. Only six and a half pesos (per bus - there are no transfers) this is a great way to explore the neighbourhoods. Head south on the bus and get a front row seat on some spectacular scenery on your way to the Vallarta Zoo. Or hop the Bucerias bus in front of Walmart and 30 minutes later you are exploring a charming beachside town. Tip: Sit on the non-sunny side of the bus. Trust me. It gets hot. Support Local Business - One of the most popular reasons visitors love Puerto Vallarta is because it’s a thriving city not just geared towards tourists.
A fine example of this is the many small businesses that you can find in ‘Centro’ including galleries, restaurants, clothing stores, spas and more. Venture off the malecon to find the perfect souvenir. Looking for something specific check out the handy vallartashoppingdirectory.blogspot.com Volunteer - There are many wonderful organizations across the Bay that can use your help. Both time or money will be appreciated. On Tuesdays the SPCA de PV opens up to the public and you can visit with the many animals they have rescued. On Sundays the Brigada de Basura does a morning of neighbourhood clean-up with the local children and then they all head to Que Pasa restaurant for breakfast, activities and friendship. They are always looking for more help. Check out the back of this paper for many of the most deserving organizations. With all of these things to do and much much more, you’ll be wishing you had more time. Don’t despair. We will be here, awaiting your return. Enjoy your time in the beautiful bay and please come back again.
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Mexico to Host International One hundred tons of eggs and chicken donated for torrential rainfall victims Astro-nautical Congress
hrough the Mexican Space Agency, Mexico will host the 67th International Astronautical Congress in 2016, after the International Astronautical Federation ruled in favor of its candidacy during the participation of the MSA in this year’s edition in Beijing, China. Based in Guadalajara, Jalisco, this conference, which brings together the agencies and organizations of the world’s space sector, is already considered the
“Space Community Olympics.” It will strengthen the actions promoted by the government to position Mexico in the international space sector. This reflects the confidence of the international community of the space sector in Mexico and serves as an incentive to redouble efforts to ensure that science and space technology will contribute to economic development and benefit the population.
Reinforcing Mexico’s Ports
utchison Port Holdings (HPH), part of Hong Kong-based conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, is investing over 15 million usd in three mobile harbor cranes to reinforce ports on Mexico’s Pacific coast. HPH’s Lázaro Cárdenas multipurpose terminal will receive two cranes, each with a capacity of over 100 tons, while the third crane will operate at the Manzanillo International Terminal. In September
2012, HPH Mexico invested 15 million usd to upgrade the infrastructure at Manzanillo with eight rubber-tyred gantry cranes with a capacity of up to 40 tons each.
Record Setting Renewable Energy
atin Americas largest solar plant will be located in Mexico. Gauss Energía, a Mexican business development firm specialized in the energy sector, will begin operations in its $100 million usd-30 megawatt (mw) Aura Solar I photovoltaic plant in August 2013. The company closed financing on the project after signing deals with Nafin, the Mexican development bank, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) for about 75% of the cost. Mexican investment fund and project owner Corporación Aura Solar will fund the remainder. Aura Solar I is expected to be the largest photovoltaic plant in Latin America. The plant is located on a 100-hectare site in La Paz, Baja California Sur –a region where average daily global horizontal radiation tops 5.7 kilowatt-hour per square meter, one of the most suitable for solar energy generation in Mexico. It will consist of 131,800 polycrystalline modules with single-axis trackers, to produce an estimated 82 gigawatt-hour per year –enough to supply energy to 164,000 people, roughly 64% of the population of La Paz.
oultry farmers from 16 of Mexico’s states announced they were donating 50 tons of eggs and 50 tons of chicken to the families in the states affected by the recent severe climate conditions. The Management Council of the National Union of Poultry Farmers (UNA, Spanish initials) showed its solidarity with the Mexican people by responding to the call for aid by the Chief Executive, Enrique Peña Nieto for those suffering in the coun-
try’s disaster areas. The 50 tons of eggs are the equivalent of 2,380 boxes for a total of 857,142 eggs which represents 429,000 breakfast rations (two eggs per ration); the 50 tons of chicken is the equivalent of 29,411 chickens weighing 1.7 kilos per chicken, he added. The first shipments of eggs and chicken was shipped on September 30th, to be delivered to the victims in the affected areas.
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inépolis, the largest movie broadcaster in Mexico and Latin America has officially launched Cinépolis Klic, its new online streaming service, which arrives to compete against other VOD providers such as Netflix, AxtelTV, Clarovideo, Totalmovie and Vudu. With 3,100-plus screens, Cinépolis ranks among
the world’s leading exhibitors. With Cinépolis Klic, the company will be able to buy broadcasting rights to movies, shortening the time between online and theatre premiere dates. In addition, the company is planning to expand the online service to the 11 countries where it operates. www.cinepolis.com
band system, will launch operations from Mexico to the rest of Latin America in 2014. O3b will also have offices in Brazil and Colombia and will bring high speed Internet connectivity to parts of Latin America that have never been connected before. The company estimates up to 4 million usd in sales in Mexico and Central America during its first year of activities.
Zapotec Village of Talea de Castro sees its First Open-Source Cell Phone Network ByJohn Ganjei Orginally posted on MexicoToday.org
o connect with the rest of the world, the residents of the Zapotec village of Talea de Castro in Southern Mexico once endured long lines, large distances and high fees to make a phone call. Thanks to simple radio receivers, a laptop and relatively inexpensive internet technologies, the villagers now have access to their own “mini-telecom company” that reduces fees significantly and can handle 11 cell phone calls at a time. More than 720 residents have signed up to use the new system, which uses a small
antenna to capture calls with a “generic” radio. The system is similar to “a cell phone version of Skype.” Local calls are free and every subscriber has a distinct mobile number. Backers of this impactful improve-
ment, such as Rhizomatica, hope this plan can bring connections to thousands of other small, isolated villages around the world, where roughly 700 million people lack affordable cell service.
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T First Bottle of 100 Percent Agave Tequila from Mexico Arrives in China Originally posted on MexicoToday.org
agave tequila can be found in more than 100 countries. The delivery ceremony took place at rancisco N. González Bund 27, the House of Roosevelt Díaz of ProMexico, the in Shanghai, China. Thanks to a Consul General of Mexico June 2013 agreement signed by in Shanghai Rolando Garcia Mexican President Enrique Peña Alonso and Milton Alatorre of Nieto and Chinese President Xi the Tequila Regulatory Council Jinping, China will reduce trade in Asia heralded the arrival of barriers on the sale and import the first 70,000 bottles of 100 of Mexican tequila. Mexico is percent agave tequila in China. expected to export 10 million Ten different brands of 100 liters of tequila to China over the percent agave tequila have been next 5 years. ProMexico estishipped to China. González mated global Mexican tequila noted that thanks to the efforts exports last year at over $860 of the industry, 100 percent million, or 300 liters per minute.
he world of non-profits in Mexico is varied and can be a little daunting to wade through when we are trying to make a donation in our community. The non-profit world and terminology of the United States and Canada don’t translate directly to their Mexican counterparts. I hope this article helps you untangle some of the uncertainties if you are thinking about making a donation to a local organization. In Mexico we talk about “Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil.” Literally this translates Civil Society Organizations which refers to community groups which are taking collective action to have an impact on the public sphere, generally on issues that affect all citizens. Most non-profit organizations in Mexico (upwards of 80%) will constitute themselves formally under the figure of an Asociación Civil, or Civil Association. You might have noticed most philanthropic organizations in the area end their names with A.C. which identifies them as a Civil Association. However, not all A.C.s are philanthropic. The figure may
be used for any communal activities which don’t have profit as a primary aim. Many condominiums and trade associations for example are formally organized as A.C.s. Philanthropic organizations, such as those whose aim is cultural, ecological or social assistance focused, can achieve another status which will differentiate them from a standard A.C. This status is “donataria autorizada” or authorized donee which is akin to the English “tax-exempt” status. Organizations which have achieved this status generally have several years of work under their belt, have a letter of recognition from a renowned national organization relevant to their line of work, and follow strict accounting guidelines to maintain this status. The work of a cultural organization for example, needs to be recognized by the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA) or another relevant institution. This status is difficult to obtain and organizations must work diligently for many years to achieve it, so don’t let it discourage you from contributing to their cause if they do not have it, but if they do, you can have even more confidence that your donation will
be having the impact you desire. If you are paying taxes in Mexico, the donataria status shouldn’t only give you peace of mind, it can also decrease your tax burden. Donations you give to these organizations will get you a tax-deductible receipt which is deducted from your base income/ profits before calculating your tax responsibilities. Since our community has such a large contribution from Canadian and American citizens you will also find that many organizations have found a way to give the pertinent Canadian or U.S. tax-deductible receipts. They will have either incorporated a sister organization in the respective country, or will work with another organization to set up a fund for their Mexico-based organization. Whatever your philanthropic cause of choice may be, make sure to be an informed donor. Any organization will be glad to give you the information on their status, as we all strive for deeper and deeper transparency and accountability in the Mexican non-profit world. Thank you for becoming an involved member of our community and happy donating/volunteering!
El Foco on C7 Radio: OVERVIEW On Monday we had the pleasure of having Dr.Esperanza Vargas on the show with us, talking about the importance of professional physiological services in general, and of the Center for the Specialized Studies of the Family (CEEFAM for its initials in Spanish) in particular. The CEEFAM is coordinated within the Psychology Department at the Universidad de Guadalajara’s local campus- the CUC. The Center hopes to lead the region in three main areas: As an accessible mental health service, particularly for those who might not be able to afford it otherwise. As a training center for future clinical psychologists, creating a controlled and closely observed environment in which advanced students can practice the skills they have learned under a professional’s supervision and guidance. And finally, as a research institution, focusing on psychosocial studies of the region. Through their studies, publications, and conferences they seek to uncover some to the social interactions and structures unique to the Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay region, and through these findings be able to provide guidance on how to maintain a healthy and highly-functioning society. Please join us next Monday at 4:00pm on 91.9 FM C7Radio (4:50pm for the English summary) to continue exploring the actors of change in our region.
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Structural Reforms Designed to Bring Mexico Up to Date
exican President Enrique Peña Nieto declared in a September 16th speech that most Mexicans are in favor of moving Mexico towards better conditions, and said that structural reforms are designed to, “Break away from old patterns, with outdated practices and forms that are no longer useful, are obsolete and curb the development Mexico should have.” As he delivered two highways that provide support for and impact the economic development of this region, President Peña Nieto stressed the need, “To ensure that Mexico takes advantage of its status and potential, and that it impacts and improves the living conditions of all Mexicans.” He noted that his government has launched several reforms, such as the Education, Telecommunications, Economic Competition, the Energy, and Tax reforms. He mentioned that the country has already implemented, “The educational model that enabled basic level education to be provided throughout virtually the whole country, but now we are concerned with and we must address what will provide the best elements for the population and the children and youth of our country: quality education. That is what is being proposed, and that is the scope of the education reform we have promoted.” On the subject of the Telecommunications and Economic Competition reforms, the president declares that he aims for Mexicans, “To be able to have greater range of services and for there to be more competition so that people can choose from various services that compete in quality and price, and be able to eliminate monopolistic practices.” Regarding the Energy Reform, the President said that it has made it clear that oil wealth is and will continue to belong to Mexicans and that the state will maintain
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the stewardship and ownership of hydrocarbons, oil and wealth in the country’s subsoil. He noted that unless energy security is achieved in Mexico, “What will happen is that rather than settling in our country, new investments and new companies will be located where energy is cheaper.” “We are the only country in the world with such a restricted, closed legislation that it has not enabled private investment to help the Mexican government exploit its resources without thereby losing ownership of the same,” he explained. He declared that the Tax Reform proposed acknowledges that the tax system must be fair, “In other words, those who earn most should pay most and there should be more benefits for those with least.” Moreover, he continued, one of the variables of the Tax Reform, “Is the creation of a Universal Social Security system,” with which, if the proposal is approved, “All Mexicans will have this benefit, this right which we wish to be enshrined in our Constitution.” The president endorsed the government’s commitment, “To continue to push for major reforms that will allow us to address the five major national goals my
Government has set: an inclusive Mexico, a Mexico with quality education for all, a Mexico of peace and security and a prosperous Mexico, and for this Mexico to be projected onto the world with the strength, pride and vitality that is at the heart of every Mexican.” He explained that one of the works delivered today, “Was begun five years ago, providing a clear testimony that this government has not canceled any projects designed in the past that we consider will have a significant benefit for the population.” “We are a government that acts responsibly and lends continuity to those projects that undoubtedly have a high impact and benefits, and were begun in the past,” he said. He recalled that this year, the government has assigned nearly 90 billion pesos for the modernization, expansion, improvement and new construction of Mexico’s network infrastructure, not only in highways but in the railway network and ports. He added that this investment, and infrastructure works in ports, roads and rail networks, “Will undoubtedly enable Mexico to become a high-value world logistics hub, because our geographical location gives us that possibility.”
New flights from GDL to PV
n November Transportes Aéreos Regionales (TAR ) will begin operations in Guadalajara with flights to Puerto Vallarta and other key destinations. The new airline is confident in the recovery of Mexican national tourism and will begin operations with the start of the 2013 winter season. Puerto Vallarta is the first
beach destination for TAR flights from Guadalajara , with the intent to open others from Queretaro , Toluca and Mexico City.
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PV Sea Dive By Sue Keevil pvseadive.com
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cuba diving sometimes involves a lot more than simply looking at fish. Wreck diving is a specialized type of scuba diving that involves diving on shipwrecks and (sometimes) looking for sunken treasure. We do have shipwrecks in the ocean here, but unfortunately most of them are too deep for recreational divers to go and see. This is a shame as diving on shipwrecks is really interesting and wrecks, like reefs, attract many fish, who make it their “home”. Coral grows on them quickly, making them a colourful sight. It is really cool to delve into the history of the wreck and see photos and blueprints of the ship before diving around and through it. In the 1940’s, a ship sank next to Los Arcos. The ship, rumour had it, was a bit special. This Spanish galleon was called the Golden Doors as it has doors of gold! How very imaginative of them to call it that! The ship sunk in 500 feet of water, and it was impossible that someone (with the equipment they had at that time) could go that deep. As with all mysterious treasure, there was a guardian: a gigantic grouper fish with eyes as large as a plate. The best divers tried to dive down to remove the valuable doors, but they failed to return with the booty. Some returned frightened, alleging that the fish was the size of a small boat while others simply did not return at all. It is possible though, that the ship with the golden doors is still there. And, of course, the grouper. When you hear divers talking about shipwrecks, the term penetration pops up a lot! This has nothing to do with the 60ft club, scuba diving’s equivalent of the mile high club (I know of no one who has done this though, just another fun myth). Penetration, however, is the term used to describe entering a shipwreck, which requires special training as it
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M can be dangerous. Lines are used to map the route in, and hopefully, out. As silt collects inside wrecks, it only takes a misplaced fin kick to cause a blackout and conceal the exit route. Without specialised training, overhead environments should not be entered, ever, but with the training, they are a lot of fun. Swimming around a ship’s deck, going up ladders, checking out cannons and seeing who is hiding in there, is amazing. I have dived on many wrecks, but one of my favourite sites was in the Red Sea in Egypt. When the Israelis pulled out of Egypt after the 100 Year War, they did not want to take all of their equipment with them, so they dumped it off a cliff into the ocean, along with many empty oil drums. This site is spectacular now. The empty oil drums contain many surprises, from eels to nudibranchs (the pretty sea slugs), amongst many other surprises. You can also sit in the jeeps, perch on the gun turrets and go inside the tanks. It is a playground with a lot of history attached to it, and as a nerd, I love this! Back to Vallarta though, there are some lovely little wrecks along the coastline that have a lot of life living in and around them, and are fun to explore. I am also pretty sure that the photo´s I take of my guests driving one of the boats is going to be a profile photo at some point! This photo though is of the resident turtle that hangs out on the wreck, and his name is Bernard!
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any of you know, we have spent our summer on the road taking in the North American Farmers’ Market Tour. Our goal has been to gather fresh, innovative ideas for our own Old Town Farmers’ Market-Tianguis Cultural (OTFM) right here in Puerto Vallarta. But it isn’t just a notebook of “can’t wait to try’s” that keeps us zigzagging across the continent. It’s been sharing new sights, sounds and experiences with our OTFM team that makes this tour extra special. For Daniela Sanchez, a Mexico City native and our OTFM coordinator, this trip marks her first visit to Canada. “What an incredible adventure for the senses,” says Sanchez. “Canada has its own sweet smell, and the people are warm and welcoming, especially to those of us who share a passion for local production.” Yes, Canadians are passionate about their farmers’ markets. They enthusiastically support local producers, knowing that the edibles and goods they’ve purchased are healthy for their bodies and their communities. Naturally, we couldn’t wait to take Sanchez to a few of British Columbia’s thriving farmers’ markets. “I am amazed by the community’s support of local markets here
in BC,” Sanchez says. “People from all over the world come to these markets [in Victoria and Vancouver] to sample the local and exotic flavors. They know they’re going to get the best of the best.” Sanchez notes that a highlight of the trip was visiting the yearround Granville Island Public Market. Set on an island in the middle of Vancouver, this bustling indoor market overflows with booths of homemade and handcrafted items. Granville Island Public Market draws over 11 million visitors per year, making it second only to Niagara Falls as Canada’s most popular tourist attraction. Luckily we were visiting on Thursday, the day local farmers set up outside, adding to the more than 150 indoor vendors. The oldest and most established of its kind in Vancouver, this al fresco market is a “small but mighty” mix of scrumptious edibles “fresh from the ocean, the oven or the field.” “I tasted more unique flavors here than in any other place, thanks to multicultural influences,” Sanchez says between bites of her first piece of rhubarb. She and the
team continued on, scooping up the vine ripened berries, rustic artisan breads, organic coffee and shabby chic crafts. They paused only to listen to the lively rhythms of a Cuban band entertaining the crowd. Canada has been an incredible adventure for Sanchez and the rest of the OTFM team. Its passion for locally grown food and healthy living has invigorated us to continue sharing juicy, producer-only tidbits from our North American Farmers’ Market Tour. And don’t forget that the countdown to our new “make it, bake it, grow it” season has begun. We are only one month away from our opening day, Saturday, November 2. Be sure to mark your calendars as this season promises to be the best yet. Located along Basilio Badillo between Olas Altas and Ignacio Vallarta, the Old Town Farmers’ Market-Tianguis Cultural is open every Saturday from 9:30 am to 2 pm from the first Saturday in November to the last Saturday in May. For more information, visit www.oldtownfm.com or “like” us on Facebook.
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This is Paradise... By Marcia Blondin email@example.com
udging from emails and Facebook, the Paradise Community Center on Pulpito in old town Vallarta is going to be hopping even higher over the next few weeks. The Co-op Farmer’s Market, held every Saturday from 9 `til 1, will be welcoming back many fine artists and their wares to share with returning residents and tourists. What a unique and viable place our Farmer’s Market is. We have so many languages and personalities, likes and dislikes yet every weekend we converge on the PCC, set up our tables and create this rare atmosphere for only a few hours that we share with each other and...YOU. Without you there would be little point in our
gathering together. Most of us are not “friends” in the true sense of the word - we don’t see each other socially (deliberately) or phone every day or things like that but we do indeed share one thing: friendship. Our group of vendors is large enough to keep a discreet distance from one another yet small enough to create an incredible intimacy, sharing our space with our community. We go our separate ways at 1 pm every Saturday and set off for home or shopping, happy to not be “working” especially if it’s a glorious day outside. We still have time for the beach or a nap. Then, about Wednesday thoughts about our market start nigging. What do I need to make that piece of
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jeweller? Or, do I have the proper spices for that special recipe? Or, do I have enough fabric to finish a promised skirt? Saturday mornings start bright and early for many of us who live out of town and have to drive in the dark in order to be set up and ready to go by 9 am. There are cheerful greetings, hugs, non-stop babble, lots of laughter and many, many wishes of good luck for a successful day. That success comes, of course, from sales of whatever it is we sell but this time of year is so very extra special for us. The town
is moving again, rains are nearly done, shops and restaurants are spiffing up and everything is getting washed and made pretty for those in the world smart enough to make Puerto Vallarta their choice of vacation heaven! We welcome you, smart people! Many of you read the Tribune online and I remember years ago the anticipation of coming back to Vallarta for vacations. The waiting seemed endless sometimes. The days wore on and on before I could finally put my feet back on this ground that I now call home. We are waiting for YOU! The
reunions will start soon and will be happening every Saturday at our Co-op Farmer’s Market. Pencil us in, please. You can unpack later! It is going to be a fabulous season. Don’t forget to help a tourist every day and let me know the story. See you Saturday at our Co-op Farmer’s Market! I will have some new silk!
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Extreme Telecommuting in Puerto Vallarta: You, Too, Can Become a Digital Nomad
By Fabien Madesclaire Fabien@g3mex.com www.g3mex.com So you aren’t retired, but you still want to live in paradise and earn a living? Well, with current technology and more flexible workplaces this may actually be an attainable goal. Especially in a location like Puerto Vallarta, where highspeed internet access is readily available. Our town has been extremely forward thinking and now there is free internet access on the Malecon, in many local cafes, restaurants, and condo complexes. Too, with an international airport just minutes outside of the center of town, you can be sitting in the boardroom of your headquarters in Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle or San Francisco in the matter of just a few hours. And with VPN technologies, such as Witopia, no one will ever know that you’ve just submi-
tted your year-end fiscal report while reclining next to the swimming pool. G3MEX Real Estate Group is currently working with a Seattle couple. The wife is a professional writer and the husband works for a large tech company. They came to us wondering if their dream of living in Puerto Vallarta, but still maintaining a virtual schedule in their work life back in the States, could become a reality. Both are in their mid 40’s and are a part of a new generation of corporate employees who spend 80% of their year working from home. They’ve grown tired of the gray skies in Washington, and want to trade-in their screen saver pictures of a Riviera Nayarit beach for the real thing. Too, they want their 16-year-old son to spend his last year of school in Mexico improving is already excellent Spanish language skills. Our agents sought out local contacts to connect the couple with tours of several of the excellent private schools here in Vallarta, since their son’s well
being is their number one priority. Both dream of owning a traditional Mexican style house or apartment in the Old Town area. Something simple, and accessible to shopping, beaches and public transportation, as they’re both feeling out of shape and have grown tired of their reliance upon a car in Seattle. They’ve fallen in love with the Gringo Gulch area, because of its terrific views, and historic charm. And they are tired of the high-cost of living in Seattle. They’ve crunched the numbers and see themselves reducing their monthly expenses by over 50%! This family has all of the ingre-
dients to succeed as Extreme Telecommuters: 1. A sense of adventure: They are willing and open to trying new things and are unafraid of accepting a lot of change in their lifestyle. 2. Employers who are open to their choice. Both have track records with their companies, and are able to arrange schedules, which include daily Skype meetings with co-workers and staff, and periodic trips back to their Seattle headquarters. 3. They are doing their research. Exploring all of their options and finding out exactly
what is viable for their family here in Vallarta. Looking into immigration requirements and talking with other expatriates, who also have children, about their experience here in Vallarta. 4. And most importantly, they LOVE Mexico! After having spent both winters and summers here over the years, they have grown to love the culture and people. They are studying Spanish, and both can see the tremendous potential of this extraordinary country.
This investigation will report potential issues and problems. If none are found, or if the issues are solvable, a commitment will be issued and the policy will be written at the time title transfers to the buyer who ordered the investigation. If the title company reports problems that cannot be resolved, the potential buyer will at least be fully aware of the risk and can decide whether or not to proceed with the purchase. Some problems are not immediately known, however. When this happens and, if a problem arises at any time during the ownership of the party registered on the policy, it is necessary only to contact the title insurance company who is then legally bound to fight the issue and, in the event it does not win, owner is compensated up to the amount declared in the policy. Title insurance is NOT an expensive proposition. The title investigation cost will
depend upon the area where the property is located and can range from 450 USD. to 3,000. USD. Actual cost will depend upon whether or not a title data base has been created. When a new data base must be created obviously more time, and hence, greater cost, will be involved. The premium, a one time payment, will run from 6.00 USD to 7.50 USD per 1,000. USD valuation, plus tax. Thus, an insurance policy on a 200,000 USD property can cost $1,200 to 1,600 (USD), which seems to be a small amount to pay for the security afforded. The prudent buyer will always include the cost of title insurance investigation and policy in his closing budget. Two US companies have title policies approved in Mexico for use on properties located in Mexico. It is important that this option be made available to any and all considering a purchase of property in Mexico.
The Essential Protection for Mexican Real Estate By Linda Neil, Consejo Nacional de Directores, AMPI anadian newspapers carried stories recently about the eviction of land owners in an area known as La Manzanilla, located on beautiful Tenacatita Bay, between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo on the west coast of Mexico. Many owners purchased property from farmers that had previously been ejido land a tenancy not unlike Indian lands in the United States and Canada. Ostensibly the proper legal procedure had been followed and apparently many of the properties were held in fideicomisos, the Mexican bank trust that is required for foreign owners in compliance with Article 27 of the Mexican constitution. According to information published, the prior titles to the land had been signed by Vicente Fox, president of Mexico during 2000-2006. Unfortunately, however, a Jalisco state circuit judge ruled
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recently in favor of a real estate developer who had allegedly acquired the land, as private property, in 1991. Attorneys for the developer declared that it had filed the complaint in the courts in 1993. Jalisco state police officers in compliance with an eviction order, disoccupied the property and are denying access to those
in possession. This is a nightmare that could have been avoided. Title insurance is available in Mexico. A title policy, issued in conformance with Mexican law, will protect the amount of the buyer’s investment. In order to obtain a policy of title insurance, a title investigation must be carried out.
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Paradise and Parenting By Leza Warkentin firstname.lastname@example.org
Day Pass Delight I t’s been quite challenging to type while completely, bonelessly relaxed. I am feeling absolutely stress-free, wrinkle-free and irritation-free, just like my latest brand of detergent. So much so that I must say I am not even concerned about the fact that I haven’t had a moment today to buy groceries, and my children will probably be taking a sack of unpeeled carrots to school tomorrow for lunch. Why the temporary tranquility, you ask? Today, Sunday, I took my family to Casa Magna Marriott on a Cupocity day pass. I managed to surprise them all, and not only was it wonderful, but I get to be Best Mom and Wife of the Year (for the bargain price of only 140 pesos a head). This may change to only Best Mom of the Day once I flip the lights on in their room’s tomorrow morning at 6:45, but I’ll take what I can get. We arrived plenty early this
morning in order to ensure that our spread of pool chairs was far from everyone else’s, as a courtesy to those who may not necessarily enjoy a full 8 hours of unrestrained childhood enthusiasm. Anyone who wanted to choose chairs beside us after viewing a full, disorganized selection of My Little Pony toys, Bionicles, and half-eaten nachos, well, they are at least going into it with their eyes wide open. I’m sure no one will be surprised to know that spending the day at the Marriott was pure luxury and relaxation. The pool was wonderfully huge and cool, which meant that the children could swim far, far away from us while still in view. My husband and I could have entire conversations which could be completed without any of the following: “So I think we should definitely (STOP pushing her) save up for that extra
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by Moralea Milne
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) Cloudless sulphurs are beautiful, yellow, large butterflies (wingspan over 3 in or 7.5 cm) that can be found throughout Mexico, at almost any time. The eggs are laid on plants in the Pea family, Senna genus, of which there are hundreds of species, including those known as Cassia; most plants have yellow, pea-like flowers. Young caterpillars are green with a yellow stripe on each side of the length of their bodies. More mature caterpillars are yellow/orange with horizontal, thin, dark bands. During the day, they hide in a “tent” made of their host plant leaves webbed together with silk. The adult butterflies prefer to nectar on long tubular flowers such as hibiscus. If you notice that many of the postings repeat a common theme
of “found throughout Mexico or over a wide range, throughout the year” that is because I am a novice and it is far easier to spy and photograph the more common species. To a Canadian like me, just starting the exploration of Mexican butterflies, they are all unique and beautiful. I hope you will find this journey as fascinating and exhilarating as I do.
(I SAID stop pushing her) tablet so that we can (I am counting to FIVE)…. What was I saying?” I know this sounds like I am plugging the Marriott, and believe me, I have nothing but very pleasant feelings toward the hotel itself and its friendly, efficient staff. But there’s much more. You see, a day like this is usually not in the cards for families like ours in September. I wish I could tell you that we budget all year long and carefully watch our pesos while my husband is working like a madman from mid-October until May, but some sort of lightning strike would surely come down directly upon my lying tongue. So, while we have an abundance of time together, much of it is spent in the few activities in Vallarta that don’t cost a lot of money (like walking in the mall or sweating). I think that websites like Cupocity and apps like WiP (When in
Phone Puerto Vallarta), operated by friendly locals, have changed all of that. And, it seems as though Vallarta businesses are doing the smart thing by enticing those who live here year-round by offering deep discounts for products and services. It’s a smart thing to do because it brings in business during a time when there is little business to be had. It also creates loyalty in both the local crowd and in the
people who come to visit the local crowd. But you know what else? Whether it is purposeful or not, by offering these discounts and giving us all a chance to use the services that are usually reserved for foreign vacationers, the locals feel appreciated. To me, it feels more like we are all working together to get through the annual septiembre de hambre. And that, my friends, is what good community is all about.
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The pottery of Mata Ortíz By Marianne Menditto www.colibridesignvallarta.com www.galeriacolibri.blogspot.com
he pottery of Mata Ortíz has a tradition dating back almost two thousand years. The people we know as the Anasazi lived in the fertile valleys of Chihuahua at the same time as they occupied Mesa Verde in Colorado and there were strong cultural ties with the Toltec and Olmec civilizations to the south. Two hundred years after its destruction by invading tribes from the north, this region was known to the Aztecs as the Gran Chichimeca, “The great land of the wild people”. At its center was the city of Páquime, a Nahuatl word for “The Place of Big Houses”, or Casas Grandes in Spanish, near where now sits the little village of Juan Mata Ortíz. Although Paquime was destroyed in 1340 A.D., the tradition of Pueblo pottery has survived in places such as Santa Clara, New Mexico, and the Hopi villages in Arizona, highly prized by collectors world wide. In the 1950’s a potter named Juan Quezada was discovered making pots in the traditional fashion of
Casas Grandes in the little village of Juan Mata Ortíz.
Since then, he has gained world renown, his works displayed in the Smithsonian and in museums
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and galleries around the globe. His family and the family of Felix Ortíz started a colony of potters that brought back the warmth and beauty of a style of pottery that was traded across the continent over a thousand years ago. Today, in typical Mexican fashion, there are now over 400 potters in Mata Ortíz, routinely showing in galleries and museums in New York, Chicago, and across the American southwest. About 20 kms.
south of the famous archaeological site of Páquime, sits the small agricultural community of Juan Mata Ortíz, on the banks of the Casas Grandes River. Here, as a boy, Juan Quezada and his friends would often find artifacts in the fields and on the river banks, including shards of the rich and compli-
cated pottery made by the people of the Páquime culture, which was advanced enough to build a city that included 4 story houses and Mayan style ball courts. Juan had an idea. The soils in the valley contained fine clay deposits of many different colors. Using these, Juan started copying the pots he had found, studying and experimenting as he went along. Soon he was selling the pots to tourists and so it began. Now almost the entire village is dedicated to Mata Ortíz pottery, quite a number of these potters are world class. Their work rivals and often surpasses anything found in the American Southwest. Though he has since retired, most of his family, now to the fourth generation, are making pottery, continuing the ancient tradition. We have been fortunate enough to experience first hand the renaissance effect upon these wonderful people as the world recognizes, even as they continue to refine it, their skill and artistry. We’ve watched cars and trucks replacing burros and horse carts, the installation of water lines, glass in the windows, tile on the
floors and real doors replacing old blankets. But the people stay the same, simple and not wanting.
Family, community, and tradition are still the important things... and the artistry!
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The Kindness of Strangers: A love-affair with Mexico By Hana Kram
n May 2011, I bought a fancy BMW SUV. The only thing I honestly loved about it was the little emblem in the middle of my steering wheel. I drove it around in my thousand dollar shoes with the red soles to my well-paying job working for a developer and back to my two bedroom condo in Kits Point which cost more than any reasonable person would spend on such a small tiny place (but it’s in the most sought after part of town, right??). I was in an obsessively destructive relationship that ended, as these types often do, in a massively dramatic fashion in early September of the same year where the only reasonable next step was to book a next-day trip to Mexico to visit my girlfriend who had recently moved there (promises of lots of margaritas and no mean boys were major factors that influenced my decision). My expectation for my trip was simple: I will visit with my friend, I will lay by the pool, I will relax for a few days, add some colour to my fading tan, and then I will go home and start a new job I had recently accepted. Life will go on as normal. I was unprepared for how I ended up feeling about Mexico. I didn’t expect to fall head over heels in love with it as I did. I came home after my six days and was sitting in my mothers living room explaining to her my newfound infatuation: “You will not believe how it is there, Mom. Everyone is so happy. They care so much about you. They don’t need the same stuff we do to be happy. They are just content with what they have.” “Maybe you should move there,” was the response my mom gave me. I was obsessed. If only
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my new job hadn’t exceeded all my expectations I had going in, I probably would have showed up on the first day, apologized, and been on the next plane to resume this carefree, possession free, life in the sun. But as it often does real life got back on track and I continued down the expected road of my life. I went to work, I contributed to my pension, I volunteered, and I continued to travel. In the next twelve months, I visited New Zealand, London and India, plus a plethora of other destinations for work. I forgot most of Mexico and all of my infatuation and summed it up to the fact that it was the best thing for me at that time in my life. But luckily, that isn’t where the story ends. I returned earlier this year for a vacation that was planned because I needed a beach holiday and not to escape a tumultuous relationship that was shedding its skin quickly. I had gone back to school in January, and after an exhausting four months of studying, working, travelling and then (attempting to but not really succeeding at) maintaining a sense of normalcy in my life, I needed a vacation. My expectations were similar to those the first time around – but this time, I would NOT fall in love. I’d been there already – nothing would surprise me this time. My friends ask me: “Why Mexico? It is so dirty. It is unsafe. The food makes me sick. It is the land of diarrhea. Why on earth would you go there?” Let me tell you something, friends and others with the same thoughts: Puerto Vallarta is one of the cleanest cities I have ever been to. It has been granted the stamp of approval for clean drinking water 17 years in a row. Walking down the large sidewalks,
not a speck of garbage was in sight. And staying at my girlfriends house, where cooking is as regular as an eclipse of the moon (unless it is her famous homemade salsa, which is created and consumed daily), I rely on 50 cent street tacos to sustain me during my trip – and I have yet to get sick. But let me tell you what the real Mexico is about … On my second day, four of us took a drive into the mountains to find an oyster restaurant that allegedly had $10 all you can eat oysters. As we were driving through the mountains looking for a potentially non-existent address, the car slowly chugged to a stop. Turns out, the gas gauge was broken and we had run out of gas. We were just a few feet from a corner store, and the owners shuffled us in to the back room (through a kitchen, a storage room and possibly a bedroom) where Sunday night family dinner was taking place (complete with about 8 extended families, a blaring jukebox and tons of food) while the father of the family walked to the nearest town with a jerry can to get gas. There was no arguing about who would go to town – they were a warm, welcoming family who just wanted to make sure the poor people with the broken car and broken Spanish would make it back to town safely. It took an hour for the father to return with the gasoline as we played in the river with the toddlers, helped pick out songs on the jukebox with the teenagers, and drank beer with the adults. It was surreal and homey and comfortable. It was what Mexico is all about. On my third night in Puerto Vallarta, after spending the better part of the day enjoying cervezas and fancy drinks with umbrellas,
my friend and I were walking along the malecon to find somewhere for dinner. A man selling tours for boat trips stepped out at us. In the haze of my bottomless cocktail glass, the conversation is blurry, but was apparently opened with a compliment on my eyes. Flirting makes me uncomfortable and I kept walking. Two days later, I was walking along the same section of the malecon and was approached by the same man. After much persuasion, I joined him for a drink. Turns out, he had lived in New Jersey and Texas for 20 years, only recently moved back to Puerto Vallarta (because, get this, the standard of living was substantially higher) and we ended up having an wonderful conversation for the next three hours. The next day, when asked what I wanted
to do, I told him: ‘Something that the other tourists don’t do.” When I relay the next part of the story to my friends and family, they are just slightly more than worried about some of my decisions. I followed him, trustingly, to his apartment, where we listened to local music and later he cooked my girlfriend and I an amazing dinner of aguachile. We sat, playing Texas Hold-em overlooking the ocean, watching the cruise ships come and go, listening to salsa and talking about life experiences. I couldn’t be happier. Or, contrary to most media reports, safer. I am not saying everyone should walk blindly into unknown situations in foreign countries. But I am saying, don’t always believe the sensationalized news when you see it on television at home – there is often more to the story than we are being told. It isn’t the cheap beer and margaritas, the amazing food or the sunshine and beaches that have me returning to Mexico so frequently (although it helps). It is the kindness of the people. And who knows, maybe one day I will take the advice of my mother for once. At date of publishing, said BMW had been sold and the expensive shoes are on ebay. Author is getting ready to embrace a more simple style of life focused on what is important.
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Jala-Puerto Vallarta Highway Construction Progresses
ccording to Nayaritenlínea.mx, data has been obtained from the Delegación Federal de la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Ministry of Communications and Transport) in Nayarit and confirms that the highway from Jala to Puerto Vallarta is under construction and is currently in the first of three stages of the national highway infrastructure program of the Federal Government. The work, described as “essential” by President Enrique Peña Nieto in his National Tourism Policy, will connect the Riviera Nayarit and the state of Nayarit to the center of the country. According to the plan, the highway will unite the municipality of Jala to the Riviera Nayarit and will be completed in 2017. It will take an investment of more than $12,250 million pesos. Description: The Jala-Compostela-Banderas Bay Highway will have a total length of 184 km. The project involves the construction of an A4-type high traffic motorway with four lanes and an A2-type motorway with two-lanes at the branches to Compostela, Guayabitos, Ursulo Galvan and Bucerias. The highway begins at the junction of Jala and ends at the junction just west of Puerto Vallarta. The project will include construction of 8 junctions and 70 structures (including 3 tunnels).
Benefits: Reduce travel time by 1 hour 30 minutes (from 3 hours to 1 hour 30 minutes). Increase road safety by providing a better way to cross the Sierra Vallejo. Eliminate bottlenecks along the route, and avoid passing through the towns of Las Varas, La Peñita, Rincón de Guayabitos, Lo de Marcos, San Ignacio, San Francisco, Chulavista, Bucerias and Mezcales. Improve and link the Nayarit municipalities of Banderas Bay and Compostela. Overall Length: Trunk: 184 km; Branches: 166.1 kms; Pacific Corredor: 17.9 km Investment: $12,259 million pesos = $7,110 million pesos (Jala-Compostela-Las Varas) and $5,149 million pesos (Las Varas-Puerto Vallarta) Location: Nayarit Traffic Expected: 6,400 TDPA Construction Time: December 2011 to June 2017 Regional Impact: Promote the development of tourism in the Rivera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta. Preserve the ecology of the natural protected area of the Sierra de Vallejo. Go to original article in Spanish on Nayaritenlinea.mx Reprinted with permission. Originally posted on jaltembabaylife.com
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Vallarta Saludable Could Help Restore Vallarta’s Healthcare System By Suzy Chaffee
ould you like to be a part of a beacon of hope in Vallarta to prevent a meltdown of its healthcare system? Do you know Mexico just became the fattest and most diabetic country in the world? Reinforced by the wonderful reaction of planting organic fruit trees at six schools in Puerto Vallarta, Vallarta Saludable, a Mexican-Expat alliance was born in response to President Peña Nieto offering grants to groups that develop innovative solutions to the skyrocketing cost of obesity and diabetes. When eco-tourism leader Carlos Von Houske told me about the President’s grant four months ago, we assembled a team of leaders in Diabetic research (who luckily live here) including professors from the University of Guadalajara, led by Marie Elena Gonzolas Ruelles and Rosio Mesa Beceria, along with the organic vendors of Vallarta’s Farmers Markets. Many of us wanted to give back in a significant way to the people of Vallarta for living in their paradise! Puerto Vallarta leaders have endorsed our proposed cost-effective natural solutions and technologies since they could conceivably, if fully supported, save the city $12 billion pesos over three years by helping get most of Vallarta’s 6,000 diabetics off medication and dialysis and providing preventative care to the other residents. It has been said that this initiative is the “best hope” for restoring Vallarta’s healthcare system. Mexico became more obese than the U.S. partly because there is a shortage of organic fruits and vegetables. We hope to increase production through the grant. Three recent US studies, and the “Biggest Loser” reality show, found that “one month of fresh, raw, organic fruits and vegetables ends diabetes, and drops significant weight.” Fortunately for us, Peña Nieto recommended the no-carbohydrate herbal sweetener, stevia, as a solution. As founder of the Native American Olympic Team Foundation (NAOTF.org), I have helped raise awareness about stevia because those with indi-
genous blood, including most Mexicans, have less enzymes to process sugar, and are predisposed to “diobesity.” Puerto Vallarta’s Secretary of Health wisely offered to help us bring in the tastiest, healthiest stevias import-free to make them more affordable. They include: NOW Foods Stevia and Peru’s VIA liquid, plus Yucatan’s Mayan Sweet Stevia leaves, and ZEVIA stevia cola. When the grant is approved, Vallarta Saludable will do a 90-day pilot test with Chef Miguel Angel Caliz. Thirty chefs will give workshops to mothers of thirty of the city’s 2,000 catastrophic diabetics to show them how to cook healthy with coconut oil, stevia and organic foods. “Most diabetics are malnourished,” said Dr. Daniel Uribe MD. Another key part of our holistic approach is Dr. Servando Luna-Maggio’s breakthrough ‘nano serums’, which have prevented amputations, reversed dialysis and gotten hundreds of end-stage off medications within 90 days, which is the main cost of diabetes. Dr. Uribe who uses stem cells, which are too costly for national health insurance, said Dr. Servando’s serums can more affordably stimulate our own stem cells, especially when combined with Servando’s structured water. Since education and prevention are key - only one in 10 Mexicans know about stevia - Arturo Ortega is finalizing an awareness campaign and Dr. Uribe a reality show to be able to capture the heart-warming progress as we help restore the health of Vallar-
ta’s healthcare system that many of us enjoy. Other solutions as part of our 3 year plan include the preventative care of Vallarta’s people from getting diabetes by assisting students at 240 schools to plant organic orchards. To increase fitness, we are reviving the legendary Azteca trails for students and eco-tourists, and expanding our Azteca-led participatory ocean dances at sunset; a practice which helped make Tahiti the “Most Romantic Destination” and is recommended by UN Sustainability officer. Many of these innovations can also help bolster Puerto Vallarta’s economy by serving as a shining model of health and culture for Mexico and the world. US tax-free donations are most appreciated for translations, creation of a website, travel and cost of certifications on NAOTF.org. More info or volunteer via: email@example.com. Suzy Chaffee: Olympic downhill skier, World Freestyle Champion skier, sports and health activist. As the first woman on the USOC board, she united world athletes to reform the double-standard Olympic rules, and led the Title 1X March for Equal Opportunities for girls in school sports and education. The Native American Olympic Team Foundation (NAOTF.org), she founded, guided by Native Elders, has inspired ski areas across North America to invite over 10,000 tribal youth back to their ancestral lands to ski, snowboard, pursue Olympic dreams and prevent diabetes, with the use of stevia. She has also served on three President’s Fitness and Nutrition Councils.
Fun on the Riviera Nayarit By Cat Morgan www.rivieranayaritfun.com
San Pancho News
t’s currently San Pancho Days, with the 4th of October being the biggest day for events and live music. There are tons of booths, live music and fun for the entire family! Everything is free except the Rodeo, with tickets selling for 180 pesos. This storm caused many mud slides on Hwy 200 and on the jungle road to the north. The runoff from the San Pancho lagoon had snaked its way northward in front of Restaurant La Pearle. It cut a steep ten foot bank that almost threatened the restaurants above, so please watch where you’re walking! (This also happens at the Lo de Marcos estuary at the north end of the playa). The San Pancho beach is a terrible mess of floating debris and plastic, mostly from the Areca and Sayulita rivers. The surface of the beach looks like a battle scene! Just as the beginning of the monsoon season, the end can come quite suddenly! During the week of September, the humidity dropped, temps have also dropped, and the skies are clear. A little clean up and we will be back to normal tropical paradise.
Turtle News on the Riviera Nayarit
Due to the fact that there are still
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so many turtle egg poachers that come from nearby coastal towns to poach eggs, new turtle camps are in the works, and Sayulita’s Tortuga project is up and running. Poachers do not leave any eggs behind, which is why the beaches that they come from no longer have a turtle population. Some of the poachers also kill the turtles for the meat…and take the eggs. Sayulita’s turtle camps on the go! Check out their facebook page at Campamento Tortuguero Sayulita. It is written in Spanish. They launched the program last month, saving turtle eggs from being poached, walking the beaches at night (when the turtles come and lay the eggs) and having fun with many turtle releases.
Lo de Marcos Is also starting a new Turtle Program, and it’s just getting under way. The first meeting was September 29th, with about 20 town volunteers. The details are getting ironed out. There is a lot to do and know about creating a Tortuga Project! Here is a wonderful video from Great video of the Playa Chila turtle camp created by XaltembaTV and Juan Gonzalez. Showing how much work is involved, how a turtle digs a nest and lays eggs. Very
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San Pancho Tortuga Project / Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C. The San Pancho Tortuga Project has worked miracles for the turtle population there. By the end of September they had recorded over 869 nests, and placed 578 in the box nursery. The nursery, up toto day has produced over 20,025 hatchlings at a survival rate of 83 % according to founder / director Frank D. Smith. The beach nursery received 232 nests with 17 nests left on the beach, and poachers running off with 42 nests.
New Turtle Project Requirement Laws In February, Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C. received new instructions and common sense rules from the Mexican Government. Franks stated, “This ten page document contains instruction and regulations that speak of, but are not limited to, the “Protection of native habitat”, “Off-road vehicles”, “Artificial lighting”, and “Spectators.” The Mexican Government has identified the Spectator as one of the most serious problems facing the protection of the hatchlings today. The problem began when businesses catering to the tourist trade and some nurseries used the hatchlings as a way of drawing customers and/or donations, while the tourist was only an innocent spectator in this equation.” To read the entire post, please visit www.project-tortuga.org Over time, rules were bent out of enthusiasm to entertain the public and placed hatchlings at risk of survival. So, what this all means, taking new measures to
project the species has gone into effect, and only the trained staff will be able to handle hatchlings, eggs and adult turtles at the San Pancho Turtle Project. Tourists and the towns people are welcome to come join and observe, work and help with moving the nest boxes, gathering sand and taking sand back to the beach, and can join in on the buggy at night if there is an open seat available.
Help to support the turtle projects with donations, or your time and energy. Many thanks to Frank for the information and beach photo.
See you on the Riviera Nayarit! Cat Morgan owner of Riviear Nayarit Fun Regional Network can be reached atCat@RivieraNayaritFun.com with any comment, questions, or Riviera News!
October is International Breast Cancer Awareness Month A series of events are being held around the city to promote awareness.
October 17 Vallarta Garden Club Meeting Bob Price will speak on Beautification in the Current Political Climate of P.V. Paradise Community Center at 11 a.m. October 17-20 Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronomica 2013
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 Tu-Sun 9:30-2:00 am El Jardin del Pulpo Coral 66, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle” 329.295.5071 10:30 am 12.30 pm
October 4 - Hair Spray Night 2 A charity fundraiser for SETAC, Puerto Vallarta’s GLBT Community Center at Mandala Sky Bar. Top stylists will be showcasing fabulous up-dos and more at this annual charity event. October 5 – Live Opera Broadcast Opening The live opera broadcasts by New York’s Metropolitan Opera Company (The Met) in Teatro Vallarta will begin the season with the screening of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. A complete opera performance schedule is available on Teatro Vallarta’s website.
October 12 Mariana “Barbie” Juarez vs. Buakaew Onesongchaigym One of the most important boxing matches of the year in Mexico will see Mariana “Barbie” Juarez, ranked first in the World Boxing Council (WBC) face off with Thailand’s Buakaew Onesongchaigym on Saturday October 12 at Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta.
La Palapa Pulpito#103, Playa los Muertos” 322.222.5225 Mon-Sun 8:00am 1:00pm
A gourmet weekend bringing together some of the world’s best chefs, sommeliers and gastronomy experts. Held at various locations around the bay. More information is online at vallartanayaritgastronomica.com November 14 Act II kick-off with A Chorus Line Act II Entertainment’s kicks of the season with its newest production, A Chorus Line, opening November 14th. November 14-17 Engage Mexico Social Media Conference #5 Held at the Puerto Vallarta Sheraton Engage Mexico is a social media conference with experienced International Speakers. November 14-23 XIX Festival Gourmet International Thirty top level chefs arrive in Puerto Vallarta from different cities around Mexico and the world to participate. There will be special happenings all week long, including the opening at the Los Muertos Beach Pier, and the farewell at the St. Regis and Café des Artistes Punta Mita.
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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, Bucerias 329.298.0140 Wed-Mon 9:00 am 10:00 pm India Gate Allende 124 Centro 322.223.2424 Mon-Sat 3:00 pm 11:00 pm The River Café Isla del Rio Cuale Local4 Centro 322.223.0788 Vitea Libertad Edificio Malecon 2, Centro” 322.222.8703 El Rio BBQ Bar Felipe Angeles 245 Col Paso Ancho 322.184.1200 Tue-Sun 11:00 am 7:00pm Las Adelitas Av. Fluvial Vallarta 234 322.293.7778
Beboteros Diaz Ordaz 565 Malecon 322.113.0099 Café Roma Encino 287 Centro Mon-Sun 10:pm -3:00 am 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 El Dorado Pulpito # 102, Playa los Muertos”322.222.4124 Que? Pasa Aquiles Serdan 625, Col Emiliano Zapata 322.223.4006
CONFERENCES First International Congress of Psycology October 16 to 18 Riviera Nayarit, México MARIVAL RESORT III International Congress of Health October 18 to 20, 2013 Puerto Vallarta, México Hotel Holiday Inn Puerto Vallarta
ArtWalk October 30, 2013 - May 28, 2014 www.vallartaartwalk.com
KEY DISTRIBUTION POINTS You should be able to find the paper at these locations. If you’ve missed this week’s paper you can always download the current copy at vallartatribune.com
Old Town & Centro Paradise Community Centre Freddy Tucan Restaurant Los Mercados Timothy Real Estate Page in the Sun
Tourist Offices: • Rio Cuale • Main Plaza • Lazaro Cardenas Park American Consulate Canadian Consulate
Hotel Zone Villa del Palmar - Vallarta Marina RE/MAX Marina Café Cup Casa Velas
Nuevo Vallarta Paradise Village La Estancia Vallarta Adventures Bucerias DeCameron Resort Elements Realty Yo-Yo Mo’s Sports Bar La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Oso’s Restaurant Philos Realty Ikuai Restaurant
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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS Emergency Phone Numbers The police station or the fire department is 060. For Non-Emergency calls, dial (322) 290-0507 for the Police Dep & (322) 224-7701 for the Fire Department.
Ambulance Services Red Cross Ambulance: 222-1533 Global Ambulance: 226-1014
Hospitals Ameri-Med Hospital: 226-2080 Cornerstone Hospital: 224-9400 San Javier Hospital: 226-1010 Medasist Hospital: 223-0444 C.M.Q. Hospital: 223-1919 I.M.S.S. Hospital: 224-3838 Regional Hospital: 224-4000
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Other Important Phone Numbers American Consulate: (322)222-0069 or 01-333-268-2145 Canadian Consulate: (322) 293-0098 Motor Vehicle Dept: 224-8484 Consumer Protection (PROFECO): 225-0000 Immigration Office: 221-1380 National Telegraph: 224-7970 Electric Company (CFE): 071 Water Company (SEAPAL): 223-1516 Municipal Services: 223-2500 Tourist Protection: 223-2500 Ministerio Publico: 222-1762 Animal Protection: 221-0078 Wake-Up Service: 031
Emergency Phone for Sayulita Dial 066 from any standard land
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Join us in the fight against breast cancer If you are over 40 and still have not got your mammogram. Book your appointment with the most professional team! Av. Francisco Villa 1459, Los Sauces Tel. 224 8622 firstname.lastname@example.org * www.div.com.mx
line. Dial 080 from Mexican cell phones. To report suspicious activity in Sayulita, please dial 045-322-141-5994.
Emergency Numbers for Bucerias & La Cruz Numbers for the Police Department in case of emergency are
SPCA de PV ADORABLE DOG IN THE SPOTLIGHT... MAGGIE Maggie was found lying in the street near the sanctuary. We checked around the neighborhood and when no one seemed to recognize her, we brought her into the sanctuary. She was very thin, her eyes were runny and we were concerned that she might have distemper. Happily after testing we learned she did not have distemper but she did have some skin problems, was malnourished, and had a respiratory infection. We nursed her back to good health and this sweet girl is ready to find her forever home. She is one or two years old and weighs 13 kilos.
She has the sweetest temperament and gets along well with all the other dogs at the sanctuary. I can personally attest she is one of the
calmest ladies! This little survivor truly deserves a permanent home with a loving family. Please contact us at email@example.com.
291-0049 and 291-0666. General emergency number: 066 Police, Bucerias & La Cruz: 298-1020
Civil Protection (Fire, Ambulance): 291-0295 Ambulance, Santa Rosa Clinic: 298-0157
PURR PROJECT FEATURED FELINE This adorable calico (named appropriately Callie) has become a favorite of the PuRR People. She was one of four beautiful little girls that had obviously been well cared for before being abandoned at the PuRR ranch. This very special little one has soft calico colors and long silky hair and is very affectionate—she reaches out both front paws to hug passersby. At about four months old, Callie is spayed, vaccinated and ready for her Forever Home. For adoption info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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. Acción En La Cruz: aid financially burdened residents of la Cruz de Huanacaxtle by providing provisions to their families in exchange for community services performed. Originally called Work for Food, is funded through private contributions and is administered by the FUNDACIÓN PUNTA DE MITA, A.C. http://landon5120.wix. com/accionenlacruz American Legion Post 14: Contributes through fund raising resources and manpower to improve Day Cares, Senior Homes, Schools for the Disabled and Deaf, Public Schools in rural areas and other private institutions needing building maintenance www.americanlegion14.org Asilo San Juan Diego Home for the elderly - Contact: Lupita Sanchez Covarrubias 222-1257 or email@example.com or 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,
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Non-Profit and Charitable Organizations abandoned, disadvantaged or vulnerable children.- Contact: Luz Aurora Arredondo at 221-1908, Rita Millan (322) 141-6974. firstname.lastname@example.org
Discapacitados de Vallarta, A.C. (DIVAC) association of handicapped individuals dedicated to helping one another. - Contact: Ivan Applegate at 221-5153.
Centro Comunitario SETACGLBT - 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 email@example.com
Families At The Dump, Supporting the families living in the landfill or garbage dump in Puerto Vallarta thru eduation and sustainable opportunities. FAD is tax deductible in Canada, USA & Mexico. www.familiesatthedump. org firstname.lastname@example.org or 297-7425
Clinica de Rehabilitación Santa Barbara - Rehabilitation of the handicapped. Contact: Laura Lopez Portillo Rodriguez at 224-2754.
Grupo Ecológico de Puerto Vallarta, Contact: Arq. Luz del Carmen Pérez Alvarez cayro_13@ hotmail.com /grupoecologico.com
COLINA Spay and Neuter Clinic - free and by-donation sterilization clinic for cats and dogs in Old Town, Puerto Vallarta. Only open Sundays, arrive by 8am, no reservations are taken. Located at 491 Venustiano Carranza Contact: email@example.com or 322-104-6609 CompassionNet Impact - Strategic partnerships & programs that provide 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. 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 Desayunos para los Niños de Vallarta A.C. Feeding programs, education programs, day care centers for single mothers Candelaria 143 Col. Barrio Santa María Phone: 22 343 11 or 22 225 72 www.facebook.com/ desayunosninosvallarta
Friends of pv animals Volunteers workingk to enhance the lives of shelter animals. They supplement food, medications and socialization for unwanted and stray cats and dogs housed in PV´s city pound. For info and donations visit www.friendsofpvanimals.com Horizonte de Paz: Offers a safe, whealing shelter for men of all ages who are troubled with alcohol & drug addiction. Need non-perishable foods, clothing, shoes, school & art supplies, gym equipment. Contact Donato Schimizzi: 322 199 9523 or Roberto: 281 0644 firstname.lastname@example.org La Brigada de la Basura A weekly meeting of neighborhood children to clean Vallarta Streets. Contact Que?Pasa 223-4006 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. Vernon email@example.com. Paraíso Felino AC Refuge and Adoption Centre for
cats and kittens in the Bay of Banderas. Luis Donaldo Colosio #5 La Esperanza San Juan De Abajo, Nayarit Cel. (322) 120-4092 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 PEACEAnimals - Free mobile spay/neuter clinic operating 48 weeks a year, primarily in Puerto Vallarta. 90-100 cats and dogs sterilized weekly, doing the greatest good for the greatest number of animals. 501 (c) (3) status with tax-deductible status in Canada and Mexico. www.peaceanimals.org Pro Biblioteca de Vallarta Raises funds for Los Mangos Public Library. Tax-deductible 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. Puerto Vallarta Garden Club: Beautify and protecting the environment. Open to all. Mtgs held at Paradise Community Center, third Thursday every month at 11am from October to May. www.vallartagardenclub.com 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 tax-deductible 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 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. 322-222-5466. www.ifcvallarta. com. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or David Bender email@example.com Vallarta Botanical Gardens - To build Mexico’s greatest botanical, research & 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Vallarta Saludable (Healthy) - Preventing a collapse of Mexico’s healthcare system by cutting Puerto Vallarta’s diabetes costs in half through organics, stevias, cooking workshops, serums reversing dialysis and reality show. Donations NAOTF.org U.S. tax deductible, Suzy Chaffee email@example.com
Horoscope ARIES You could be torn between getting your message out to the world and reflecting on your current situation. On balance, you may opt to do more, say more, and explore ideas and options. However, Neptune in Pisces highlights your dreams and fantasies. Something you have often imagined could show signs of coming true. You might feel compelled to follow someone’s lead, but that may only make you more determined to rebel and do your own thing.
TAURUS Partners and significant others may be tetchy and expect a lot of you. Trying to discuss difficult or complex issues could be a problem. It might be better to stick to your own agenda and avoid the complications that a conversation seems to imply. Take care of your health, especially midweek when restlessness or frustration could cause a minor accident. Smooth over any rifts concerning a friend or loved one this week with attention, a compliment, or a small gift.
GEMINI Work affairs can go well, especially if you’re job hunting or you want to request a new assignment. By appealing to the ideals of someone in autho-
rity, you may stand an even better chance of getting what you want. On another note, a change in your social routine might not be such a bad thing, especially if it encourages you to move in new circles. However, concerning romance, you may be torn between keeping it light or allowing things to get more intense.
CANCER Friendly relationships could be difficult to maintain this week - certain people may be cranky. Perhaps you can play the mediator and help bring things to a satisfactory conclusion. While family affairs should proceed nicely, you may find that midweek brings disruptions due to career matters. Perhaps you’ll have to forego a get-together in order to stay late at work. You might also be tempted to make a big purchase, but right now financial affairs might need sound and capable handling.
LEO This can be your kind of week - fun and stimulating. However, everyone having a good time will mainly come down to you. You seem to the one sending out invitations or arranging get-togethers. There may also be duties and responsibilities to attend to at home. Don’t set your sights so high that you can’t possibly achieve all you want to do. You
may have a thirst for the unusual and be tempted to explore movies or literature that can satisfy this desire.
VIRGO With Saturn showing up in your communication zone, you may find yourself face to face with an as yet unresolved issue. You may be determined to see it through this time. One of the biggest problems may be overcoming your fear. Perhaps you have a mental block you can’t seem to move beyond. This is your chance to redouble your efforts. Fear can be your greatest ally if you’re willing to make it so. You might be tempted to drastically overspend. Have fun but take care.
LIBRA Don’t count on too much help this week, as someone may be uncooperative. Stressful situations could set you back, so do yourself a favor and try not to get involved. The same applies if there’s a disagreement at home or someone is trying to pull a power trip. Leave things alone as much as you can and focus on doing something positive, such as connecting with a good friend, watching a movie, or generally getting out and about. Advice from someone you trust may help, too!
SCORPIO Try to watch your
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words this week, because what starts out as a simple statement or opinion could put certain people at odds. Fortunately, harmony can be restored with the right attitude. At the same time, you may be experiencing an influx of invigorating, motivating, and enterprising energy. Making the most of this may help power career plans or encourage you to take steps toward achieving a goal. You might be feeling more determined than ever to show what you can do.
SAGITTARIUS Although someone could be rather pushy, try not to read too much into what they say or do this week. Instead of wondering about their motives, focus on what’s important to you. In romance, there is a chance that your head and heart may not be working in unison. Be sure about your feelings before you say something you might later regret. On the plus side, you can access deeper levels of insight, imagination, and intuition, all of which can help you make the right choices.
CAPRICORN Say yes to an invitation that could arrive like a bolt out of the blue, especially if it’s linked with your career. Something exciting may be in the pipeline, although you might have to move out of your comfort zone in order to take advantage of it. You might also find a change of
scene could be just what’s needed to get you out of a rut and give you a new lease on life, especially if you’ve felt stuck lately. Someone special could have some ideas on this score.
AQUARIUS Tact may be needed to help you resolve a difference of opinion with someone. However, with Mars currently active in your relationship zone, don’t let him or her take advantage of you. It might be time to stand your ground! There is also an element of luck at work, perhaps generated by your own faith and optimism. By being generous toward yourself and others, you may find it all comes back to you in wonderful ways. Don’t let doubts stop you from having an adventure.
PISCES If a private concern or worry prevents you from enjoying life, it might be best to get things out in the open where they can be resolved. Gradually, the week shifts into gear with the emphasis on going places and doing things. Try not to let financial matters stress you out. If you’re feeling under the weather because of ongoing problems, this is the time to get expert help and feel better for doing so. Romance may brighten your week if you’re open to it!
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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.
Number Blocks What’s a number block you ask? The numbers in each row add up to the totals to the right. The numbers in each column add up to the totals along the bottom. The diagonal lines also add up the totals to the right. Some of the numbers are missing. Try to fill in the missing numbers between 0 and 12.
5. A Sports Page - A Movie - A Broadway Musical 6. A Cook - A Toilet - College Football 7. A Doughnut - A Cavity - A Prescription 8. A Coal Miner - A Dentist - A Guitar Player 9. A Male Goat - A Dollar - A Male Rabbit 10. A Doctor - A Mailman - Domino’s
Wuzzle 2 Answers 1. Over my Dead Body 2. Right Under the Nose 3. See Eye to Eye 4. Looking Out for Number One 5. Be-Line 6. Home is Where the Heart Is
4. An Aquarium - An Army - A Car
Commonym 2 Answers 1. they have waves 2. they are hitched 3. they are balanced 4. they have tanks 5. they have scores 6. they have bowls 7. they are filled 8. they have picks 9. they are bucks 10. they deliver
2. A Bride & Groom - A Boat & Trailer - A Horse & Buggy
Word Search BIRDS Can you find the birds hidden in the box? They may be horizontal, vertical or diagonal, forwards or backwards. ALBATROSS, BUDGIE, BUZZARD, CANARY, CORMORANT, CRANE, CROW, DOVE, EAGLE, EMU, FINCH, FLAMINGO, HAWK, HERON, JACKDAW, KESTREL, KOOKABURRA, LAPWING, LARK, NIGHTINGALE, OSTRICH, OWL, RAVEN, ROBIN, SANDPIPER, SEAGULL, PARROT, PENGUIN, SPARROW, STORK, SWALLOW, TERN, PIGEON, QUAIL, TOUCAN, VULTURE.
What’s a wuzzle you ask? A wuzzle is a saying/phrase that is made up of a display of words, in an interesting way.The object is to try to figure out the well-known saying, person, place, or thing that each wuzzle is meant to represent.
What’s a commonym you ask? A commonyms is group of words that have a common trait in the three words/items listed. For example: the words; A car - A tree - An elephant.. they all have trunks. These will make you think!
1. Hair - A Brain - An Ocean
Commonym 3. A Scale - A Tire - A Checkbook
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