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PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Fernando Gonzalez Corona DIRECTOR Victor Falcon EDITOR Lic. Madeline Milne EDITORIAL BOARD Marcia Blondin Raymond C. Beaty Lois Ellison John & Christie Forget Landon Hollander Nancy Van Landingham Robina Oliver SALES Dora Luz Luna Sales Manager Cel. 044 322 105 0183 Community Manager Julie Mongeau DESIGNER Cynthia Estela Andrade G.

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Welcome to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit Here is some advice to make your trip a little easier and more enjoyable. TIME ZONE: The entire state of Jalisco is on Central Time, as is the southern part of the State of Nayarit starting from San Blas in the north. BUSES: A system of urban buses with different routes can bring you from one end of the bay to the other and all the spots in between. Current fare is $6.50 pesos per ticket and passengers must purchase a new ticket every time they board another bus. There are no “transfers”. TAXIS: There are set rates within defined zones of town. Do not enter a taxi without agreeing on the price with the driver first. Price is per trip not person. MONEY EXCHANGE: Although you may have to wait in line for a few minutes, banks will give you a higher rate of exchange than the exchange booths (caja de cambio). You will need your passport. Better yet, use your bank card to withdraw funds from any ATM machine. Note that ATM’s in the banks are the safest to use and generally charge lower fees. DRINKING WATER: For the 17th year in a row, Puerto Vallarta’s water has been awarded a certification of purity for human consumption. The quality of the water tested at the purification plant varies greatly from what comes out of the tap at the other end. So do be careful. If you want to be doubly sure, you can pick up bottled water just about anywhere. EXPORTING PETS: Fall in



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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 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.

Calling in Mexico Calling phones in Mexico can be tricky as it is different than in the US or Canada. There are different codes you need to use depending if you are calling landlines or cellular phones and if they are local or long distance. Long-distance calls from within Mexico For national long-distance calls (within Mexico) the code is 01 plus the area code and phone number. For international long-distance calls, first dial 00, then the country code (for the U.S. and Canada the country code is 1, so you would dial 00 + 1 + area code + 7 digit number). Calling Cell Phones (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.

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

Canadian Consulate 322.293.2894 24 hrs: 1.800.706.2900


Despite living in paradise, I find myself with a very hectic schedule and not a lot of time to do nothing but as luck would have it and with a little shuffling of dogs, kids and schedules, I found myself southbound for Yelapa this past weekend. I had Sunday and Monday ‘free’ as long as I had my iphone close at hand. On Sunday morning I packed almost nothing, a swim suit and a dress for the next day, and with a friend took the bus to Old Town, then transferred to the Mismaloya bus which also takes you into Boca de Tomatlan where we caught a panga to Yelapa. All in from Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa one and a half hours and $168 pesos for two. If you don’t know, Yelapa is only accessible by boat (or perhaps burro but, that seems a bit … uncomfortable) and is about a 15 minute boat from Boca or you can catch a water taxi from Puerto Vallarta which is about a 40 minute boat ride ($120 pesos

each way). Yelapa has beachfront restaurants, rustic to luxury accommodations, a charming town of winding paths, cafes and tiendas, an impressive (small) waterfall set back about five minutes from town and much larger waterfall back along the river that you can hike to or hire a horse. There is internet and cell service for those of us who go into cold sweats without a reliable connection. We hopped off at Playa Isabel and a short 50 meters found us at the very welcoming El Jardin Eco Retreat where we would do almost nothing for the next 24 hours. Sigh….heaven. We stayed in Bamboo palapa which was set up the hillside in a bamboo forest. An open-air comfortably appointed room with attached washroom and hot showers, the highlight was the view but, I did enjoy the hanging bed as well. A bed and breakfast atmosphere had me around a dinner table eating a delicious curried prawn and rice meal with newlyweds, a journalist, some friends of the hosts, and a couple of locals. Lively conversation, a couple of beverages and a gently swaying sleep with only the sound of crickets (?) lulled me to sleep. Next week, we will have a larger article on the pueblito of Yelapa as it is a very special place and I want to make sure our readers have an opportunity to learn more and make a trip to visit this hidden oasis. In other news, Puerto Vallarta


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In the Know A local weekly guide to places, people and things

Cynthia Andrade When her family comes to visit Cynthia Andrade, Tribune designer and woman who knows all, shes spares no time in showing them the town. With six children in tow, Cynthia, her brother and his family set out on a long weekend adventure.


Rio Cuale Mercado - an excellent place to explore with knick-knacks, hidden treasures and great Mexican snacks (on the second floor) the ‘flea market’ is the place to pick up some souvenirs for those who you left back home.


Malecon – let the children run free as you stroll along the Malecon. The Malecon is the hub of Puerto Vallarta. There is always something to see and do with its myriad of sculptures, sand castles, vendors, shops and restaurants, live music, clowns and characters. Dinner - On the north end of the malecon on the second


floor is Tino’s Seafood Restaurant. A very popular restaurant for locals and visitors alike, be sure to try the grilled red snapper (Huachinango) the local seafood specialty. El Faro – The light house on Marina Vallarta’s malecon offers up a spectacular view of the bay. If you have a romantic evening planned, there are many wonderful restaurants along the Marina and a stop at El Foco will only make your night that more special. (unless there are six children crowding around you) Marigolante Boat Tour – A great day trip, perfect for families, this replica Pirate ship features pirate shows, singing, swordfights, and a 2-hour stop at Majahuitas Beach for snorkeling, beach volleyball, banana boat rides, kayaking, includes breakfast, lunch and an open bar.



celebrates Day of the Dead this weekend, the ArtWalk is now open on Wednesday evenings, the Old Town Farmers Market is having a grand opening at its new location in Lazaro Cardeñas park on Olas Altas on Saturday, the La Cruz market kicks off this Sunday

and I suppose we are officially in winter season as I see snow has fallen across Canada and in parts of the US. Welcome to Puerto Vallarta, get out and explore! I promise no snow will fall here.

carry-ons and using the blue and white busses for the two weeks, was available to purchase collectables from friends in PV who look forward to my arrival each year in their shops - again, thank you all.

Gardens and sleeepy El Tuito). My friend and I spent a 24 hour break there recently on a special offer. We arrived at around lunch time when the delightful Dulce Arguero owner, met us with a welcome cocktail then gave us a guided tour of the gardens. We picked our own vegetables for lunch, from the vast array growing organically in several large greenhouses. After a delicious 3-course lunch we lounged at the swimming pool then on the terrace overlooking the river and gardens. Dinner was again a 3-course affair, very appetizing and exquisitely presented. Afterwards, we watched movies then retired to bed in a comfortable suite overlooking the infinity pool. Morning saw us on the terrace enjoying a huge breakfast of fruit juice, fruit, eggs rancheros, coffee and pan dulce with homemade jams. In fact, everything is organic and home-made, inclu-

Aquaventuras – a day at the water park still holds memories for me thirty years later and this park is one your children are not soon to forget. With a ride called the ‘toilet bowl’ and the chance to swim with dolphins, this water park in Nuevo Vallarta is a great days adventure. Locals enjoy significant discounts. Tired and ready for dinner? – Take the kids to Peter Piper Pizza, across from the cruise ship terminal, and sit back relax and let your kids burn off the remaining sugar while you munch on decent pizza and catch your breath.


Cynthia Andrade is originally from Mexico City but has long called Puerto Vallarta home. A proud mother to three children, she also works tirelessly at the Tribune where she has been the designer of this newspaper for coming on 15 years. One of her favourite experiences is when she helped to organize a Vicente Fernandez concert that saw all the proceeds donated to the CUC (Centro Universitario de la Costa) library and at the end of the evening shared a drink with Jalisco’s most guapo mariachi legend.

Letters to the Editor In my recent vacation to Puerto Vallarta, my first contact at the PV Airport was a prior week copy of the Vallarta Tribune; there was a current copy at the check-in counter of the Canto del Sol Timeshare Resort, also at the check-in area of the Plaza Pelicano Timeshare Resort; and at Yesa Jewelry on L.L. Vallarta at Central, where I was able to obtain four prior weeks copy of the Vallarta Tribune, that I took home to San Francisco for my scrapbook.. This was impressive for any newspaper!

My second stop at the Airport was to step outside and catch a blue and white bus to my resort. Traveling alone, and with two carry-on suitcases, I was able to by-pass any inconveniences getting to my lodging. Leaving two weeks later, I caught the bus to the airport, and walked the overpass to the United check-in area. After reading all summer long on the Internet Vallarta Tribune website of rain, rain and more rain, my 14 days in PV were hot, dry and sunny - thank you. Money I had saved bringing

Frank Norton, San Francisco

I would like to share my experience at the beautiful Villa Azalea, situated on the main road south of Puerto Vallarta, (between the magnificent Vallarta Botanical

Cruise Ship Arrivals

Ahoy! Welcome to Puerto Vallarta

This week we welcome the passengers of these cruise ships in our port. Please enjoy your time here in beautiful Puerto Vallarta. VEENDAM HOLLAND 1440 06/11/2013 CARNIVAL MIRACLE CARNIVAL 07/11/2013

ding the tequila. One thing to point out - we misinterpreted or mis-heard the 15% surcharge on the room so our bill was higher than expected. This is a wonderful place; the decor is new and very tasteful and the ambience is tranquil, high in the mountains nad forest. Dulce is an excellent host and I can highly recommend a visit. We will definitely go back, probably with friends visiting PV. There are several rooms to rent, short or long-term, two suites and two apartments available, or you can just go and enjoy lunch, picking your own veggies. So check out the website LF Would you like to share your favourite things to do in Banderas Bay? Each week we feature a local resident who shares their insider tips with us. Send your 7 Things to


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Puerto Vallarta takes first steps in achieving “Blue Flag” certification


New motorized force “Lince” aims to curb crime


he Director of Environment and Ecology estimated that in the first six months of 2014, Puerto Vallarta could achieve a “Blue Flag” certification for one of the four beaches that now enjoy national recognition. During the 21st through the 26th of October, Puerto Vallarta participated in the ‘ Blue Flag International Conference Mexico 2013 ‘ - held in Cancun, Quintana Roo. This comes after the municipal government formally initiated efforts aiming to have city beaches recognized internationally with the certificate ‘Blue Flag’, the most important and prestigious certificate of beach water quality worldwide. Director Luis Gonzalez Guevara, of the Environment and Ecology Department, explained that this directive came from Mayor Ramon Guerrero Martinez earlier this month. Immediately work began to elevate the first of four area beaches that now have achieved national certification to achieving worldwide recognition – a feat estimated to be achieved in the first six months of 2014. The official said the international meeting brought together the directors responsible for some renowned programs including: Pronatura Bandera Azul ( Blue Flag ) in Mexico, the National Water Commission (Conagua ) , the Navy Department , Ministry of Tourism, the United Nation’s

Environment and Federal Maritime Zone Program, among others . During the meeting, several issues were addressed such as the meaning of this recognition, procedures, beaches sanitation, environmental education and others that could help Puerto Vallarta’s effort in gaining access to this certificate. A Blue Flag certificate is expected to make Puerto Vallarta more competitive on the world stage. Gonzalez Guevara stressed that this certification will bolster the city’s appeal particularly in international markets. “In terms of tourism, this certification repositions Puerto Vallarta as not only a municipality with more access to beaches but one

with access to cleaner, certified beaches - one with a keen eye on providing an optimal experience for visitors in terms of safety and cleanliness.” Gonzalez Guevara further explained that this certification is born in Europe and comes with social and climatic commitments. The Blue Flag certification is a voluntary eco-recognition given to more than 3500 beaches and marinas in 48 countries around the world such as Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, among others. The Blue Flag Program is managed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE ), a non-governmental and non-profit organization with international prestige.

Mexico is top 10 destination


he traveller’s guide book the Lonely Planet has released their top ten countries for 2014 with Mexico making it at number six. Recognizing that Mexico is more than bikini filled beaches and rounds of golf, they also recommend travel to such exotic destinations as Malawi, Macedonia and Malaysia. As quoted online,

“Sun-baking on a Caribbean beach after partying all night in Cancún; shopping for brightly coloured handicrafts or gorging on seven types of mole (chilli sauce) in Oaxaca; stepping back in time at a Mayan temple – it’s easy to feel optimistic when you’re kicking back in Mexico. And it’s not just the holidaymakers - many Mexicans are

happier about living in Mexico now than most can ever remember. Exciting developments on the travel scene have continued, from major new Maya museums in Cancún and Mérida to the installation of Latin America’s longest ziplines on the rim of the awe-inspiring Copper Canyon. Now Mexico’s image is on the cusp of change – it’s time to dust

• This new preventive action force begins to deploy operations in the next few days in the different neighborhoods of the city and the tourist strip The Commission of Highway Prevention and Safety of Puerto Vallarta is now trained in operating and prevention techniques. This along with the ability to handle motorcycles with dexterity despite environmental elements should define the municipal motor group ‘ Lince ‘ (Lynx in English). In the coming days, ‘Lince’ will begin operating in different colonies in the city and the tourist areas. This new motorized preventive action force will be comprised of a group of 40 police officers per shift. This force has been given training ensuring the optimal management of a motorcycle and can also act or shoot while moving the motorized unit. Each transport vehicle has a pilot and an expert in shooting,

police techniques and tactics enabling them to act effectively when a crime is in progress. There will be 40 units (20 bikes and 20 quads), which will be operating in different parts of the city, providing support patrols in the areas most needed. The creation of this group ‘ Lince ‘ aims to strengthen the response capacity of the police force, to have a group able to move more quickly through the different areas of the city and enter places that patrols cannot because of difficult road conditions. Another advantage is that in the tourist areas and those of greater affluence, officers can move more easily, especially in events such as holiday parties, parades, among others. It also enables them to develop acrobatic techniques and displays - allowing them to participate in demonstrations during civil-military events.

off your Mexican dream again and enjoy it to the max before those prices go back up and the crowds really start rolling in.” Here on the Vallarta-Nayarit coast we are seeing major infrastructure, new resorts and the restoration of old to the tune of millions of dollars investment. Travelers to our ‘little’ bay can experience the historic colonial

Mexico, the modern new Mexico and the ancient cultures. Lonely Planet is indeed correct when they suggest now is a great time to visit. Read more: http://www. ticles/lonely-planetsbest-in-travel-2014-top-10countries

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 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.

Explore Banderas Bay


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


Goldman Sachs to Open Broker-Dealer in Mexico Next Year

Mexico lawmakers firm on mining royalty plan: Canada mining lobby


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Mexico bans slot machines, limits casino licenses

The Associated Press exico has issued a decree banning slot machines, and limiting the ability of casino permit holders to rent out or cede their permits to other operators. Slot machines are known in Mexico as “tragamonedas,” Spanish for “coin swallowers.” They’ve proliferated in recent years to such an extent they crowd the sidewalks in front of corner


By Michael J. Moore

oldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) will open a local broker-dealer in Mexico early next year as part of its expansion in Latin America, said Stephen Scherr, the firm’s chief for the region. The move will allow Goldman Sachs to trade in peso-denominated securities, Scherr said today in a broadcast on the firm’s website. The New York-based investment bank won authorization for a Mexican brokerage unit last year. “We have a very bullish view on Mexico,” said Scherr, 49, who is also global head of the company’s financing group. “We have a very strong presence in Mexico City, and in fact, by the early part of next year, we’ll have a local brokerdealer in the country.” Goldman Sachs, the fifth-largest U.S. bank by assets, opened a local office in Santiago, Chile, earlier this year. Foreign companies with Mexican brokerages include Morgan Stanley (MS) and Credit Suisse Group AG, according to the Mexican Association of Brokerages. Citigroup Inc. (C)’s Banamex unit also owns a major brokerage. Reforms planned by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who was elected last year, and efforts to develop the country’s capital markets will probably attract investors, Scherr said. “Anytime a market can become larger, deeper, more liquid, like what the Mexicans are doing, it is inevitably to the benefit of the economy, because I think the market will demonstrate greater price rationality, and will attract more and more investors to that market,” he said. “It is why we’re going there in bigger size.”



anada’s top mining lobby said on Monday that Mexican lawmakers remain “firm” on approving a system of mining royalty payments, despite the industry’s best efforts to lower a levy that companies say will deter investment. Mexico’s lower house of Congress approved the new 7.5 percent mining royalty on earningsbefore interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization earlier this month as part of a plan to bolster the country’s feeble tax haul. The Senate must vote on the wider bill by the end of this week. “What I’m hearing is not what I’d like to hear,” Rosalind Wilson, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s mining task force, said in a telephone interview. “We are hearing that they are fairly firm,” added Wilson, who said she had met with “dozens”

of lawmakers since the royalty was proposed in April. The royalty proposal is part of a fiscal reform plan by President Enrique Pena Nieto that focuses on reaping more income tax from high earners, closing corporate loopholes and widening the tax base. But Wilson, whose group represents about 60 firms that dominate Mexico’s mining sector, said she was still holding out hope that lawmakers would reconsider and lower the planned royalty rate. Mining companies threatened to cut investment in Mexico after the government proposed the royalty, arguing that lower metal prices, rising running costs and higher taxes reduce the country’s investment allure. (Source Reuters: Reporting by David Alire Garcia; Editing by Simon Gardner and Kenneth Maxwell)

Defender of Mexico’s Gray Whales Dies at 72


rancisco Mayoral, a noted defender of Mexico’s gray whales and one of the country’s earliest and most-experienced whale-watching guides, died of a stroke Tuesday in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. He was 72. A longtime fisherman, Mayoral became a whale guide and for four decades took researchers out to see the whales, said Serge Dedina, executive director of the conservation group Wildcoast. Mayoral is remembered by the nicknames “Pachico” and “the grandfather of the whales.” He was reputed to be the first person in the Baja coastal lagoon of San Ignacio to get close enough to

humpback photo-identification database, their workshops and informational campaigns on the official whale-watching norm, and the work they do for the Mexico Whale Disentanglement Network (known as RABEN for its acronym in Spanish). They also gave us a quick teaser of their upcoming 1st annual Whale Festival which will be held this January 8th-11th. If you would like more information about ECOBAC, their programs and activities, or about the

whale-watching season in the Banderas Bay you can visit their website And as always, we invite you to tune in next Monday at 4:00pm on 91.9FM (4:50pm for the English summary) and follow our conversation on twitter @C7ElFoco

Don’t forget to tune in next week at 4:00 pm on C7 Jalisco Radio 91.9 FM or at 4:50 to tune into the English summary brought to you by the Vallarta Tribune.

touch a whale. In the mid-1990s, Mayoral tipped off environmentalists to a joint plan by Mexican and Japanese commercial interests to build a salt-processing facility that Dedina said would have devastated the lagoon, an important whale breeding ground. Under heavy pressure, Mexico’s government cancelled plans for the salt plant in 2000. “What characterized his life was his love for the whales,” said environmentalist Homero Aridjis, who helped lead the battle against the salt plant. Whale watching has become a popular tourist attraction along the Baja coast, and the lagoon is now a protected area. Mayoral’s son Ranulfo said the family plans to bury him in San Ignacio, near the lagoon he loved and where he lived much of his life in a humble, sand-floored fisherman’s shack. He is survived by four sons and two daughters, some of whom still lead whale-watching tours.

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

El Foco on C7 Radio: OVERVIEW This week on El Foco we had the pleasure of inviting Karel Beets and Iyari Espinoza come talk to us about the wonderful work their organization, ECOBAC, does around the Banderas Bay. ECOBAC’s work includes research, conservation and awareness campaigns of the humpback whales which visit our waters yearly from November to March. Some of the programs we discussed with them were: their

stores. Coin-operated video and fair games are still allowed. Mexico has been stung by repeated scandals involving casinos and casino permits. The new rules limit permits to 25 years, down from a previous total of as much as 40 years. Permit holders had also been able to lease out their concessions to other operators, something that is banned under the new rules, which went into effect Thursday.

Explore Banderas Bay Walking Tours Take a tour through Puerto Vallarta’s Historic Downtown to learn about this city’s rich history, famous people, architecture, and cultural and ecological heritage; all this on an easy to moderate

two-hour stroll led by a certified guide. Tours leave from the Municipal Tourism Office every Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.


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Mexico lawmakers firm on mining royalty plan: Canada mining lobby


Successful Tourism Training Concludes in Banderas Bay


he completion of the Quality Service Training Course marks the end of a training series for approximately 130 service providers in the Banderas Bay area. The successful completion of several training sessions intended for service providers is part of the 2013 Comprehensive Competitiveness Tourism Training Plan set into motion by the Tourism Secretariat for the State of Nayarit (Sectur) in coordination with the Banderas Bay Hotel and Motel Association. “Improving the tourism product is a permanent item on the agenda at the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau,” said Managing Director, Marc Murphy. “We’re convinced personal, word-of-mouth recommendations are what best promotes the destination. Putting our best foot forward with a positive image for travelers is instrumental when positioning our brand”. The training series was completed today with the conclusion of the Quality Service Training Course, created especially for taxi drivers and beach

vendors, as well as government personnel who have direct contact with tourists, such as municipal and state transit officers and the Tourism Police. There were also two cocktail courses, which included the participation of 44 trainees from 12 hotels: Marival Resort, Marival Residences, Occidental Grand, Rancho Banderas, Hard Rock, Vallarta Gardens, Vista Vallarta, Villas del Sol, Grand Velas, Vallarta Adventures, El Mesón de Mita and Palladium. This course included servers, bartenders, wait staff and their captains, who brushed up on the theory behind their daily duties. The Tourism Entertainment Training took place at the Palladium Hotel with the participation of 14 entertainers, who learned to design entertainment programs by taking into consideration different types of tourists they may encounter, as well as classifying the entertainment and its field of action. Thirty-two people attended the Hiking Course, among them students from the Universidad Tecnológica de Bahía de

Banderas and CETMAR No. 6, plus personnel from the Municipal Tourism Office, a tour guide and the owner of Rancho Vallejo. Together they learned how to ensure the enjoyment and safety of tourists both in theory and in practice. The entire training course was offered free of charge; upon completion the participants received recognitions. The company Consultores Empresariales S.C. was in charge of the different sessions, which took place from September through October. The goal of this project and of the Riviera Nayarit CVB—a partner in these sessions—is to improve the quality of local tourism services and help the destination gain a reputation for the warmth of its people and the excellence of its services. This in turn improves the quality of life of the people of Nayarit. These endeavors have been undertaken per the directives of Roberto Sandoval Castañeda, the People’s Governor.

anada’s top mining lobby said on Monday that Mexican lawmakers remain “firm” on approving a system of mining royalty payments, despite the industry’s best efforts to lower a levy that companies say will deter investment. Mexico’s lower house of Congress approved the new 7.5 percent mining royalty on earningsbefore interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization earlier this month as part of a plan to bolster the country’s feeble tax haul. The Senate must vote on the wider bill by the end of this week. “What I’m hearing is not what I’d like to hear,” Rosalind Wilson, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s mining task force, said in a telephone interview. “We are hearing that they are fairly firm,” added Wilson, who said she had met with “dozens” of

lawmakers since the royalty was proposed in April. The royalty proposal is part of a fiscal reform plan by President Enrique Pena Nieto that focuses on reaping more income tax from high earners, closing corporate loopholes and widening the tax base. But Wilson, whose group represents about 60 firms that dominate Mexico’s mining sector, said she was still holding out hope that lawmakers would reconsider and lower the planned royalty rate. Mining companies threatened to cut investment in Mexico after the government proposed the royalty, arguing that lower metal prices, rising running costs and higher taxes reduce the country’s investment allure. (Source Reuters: Reporting by David Alire Garcia; Editing by Simon Gardner and Kenneth Maxwell)

Mexican Hotel News:


exican hotel real estate investment trust Fibra Inn is reportedly near an agreement with Wyndham Hotel Group to own and operate a portfolio of Wyndham-branded properties in Mexico. Wyndham reportedly has 30 properties and more than 4,000 rooms in Mexico. Fibra Inn recently acquired the 198-room Wyndham Casa Grande Monterrey and additional properties have already been identified for acquisition and conversion to Wyndham

brands this year. Fibra Inn said it is working on an agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group to establish the terms and conditions in which Fibra Inn will develop and / or acquire around 20 hotels in Mexico through franchise agreements to brand and operate hotels under the brands Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. Fibra Inn currently owns seven Holiday Inn Express®, one Holiday Inn® & Suites and one Holiday Inn® in seven states in Mexico.

Explore Banderas Bay 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 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,


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PV Sea Dive By Erin Staley

By Sue Keevil

Kicking off the Season with Fun-filled Another great week of diving! Opening Day Festivities O


his is it! The Old Town Farmers Market-Tianguis Cultural – Puerto Vallarta’s favorite weekend attraction – is just around the corner. This go-to place for “make it, bake it, grow it” products will magically transform the heart of Vallarta into a sea of colors and textures, aromas and flavors. And now that we’re jumping into our fifth season, we’re getting the party started with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in a brand new location. Join us on Saturday, November 2, at 9:30 am for all the OTFM-TC festivities. We’ll be cutting the ribbon in our new home, Lazaro Cárdenas Park, the beautiful town square located in Vallarta’s Emiliano Zapata neighborhood. Enjoy complimentary Xocodiva sipping chocolate and sweet, buttery Pan de Muertos. Then shop the day away from over 80 OTFM-TC producer-only booths. You’ll find that our Market is a fun-filled blend – a North American style market which celebrates the tradition and culture of Mexico’s

tianguis markets. Impassioned by the “buy local” movement, entrepreneurial development and responsible food production, our vendors have been hard at work to bring you the best of this year’s farmers’ market season. You can find everything from pickled veggies and clay sculptures to painted palms and beach-ready bikinis. And don’t forget the readyto-eat prepared foods. We’ll have mouthwatering chocolate, homemade quiche, tamales, preserves, dips, nut butters, artisan breads, salsas and dressings! But it isn’t just the delicious edibles and artisan products that attracts an estimated 100,000 visitors each year. We have an array of services available on-site. Rejuvenate your muscles with a healing massage. Learn more about Puerto Vallarta’s public library, Biblioteca Los Mangos, or get involved in voluntourism opportunities provided by non-profit organizations. Of course, you’ll always welcome to stop by the Market’s information booth. There we’ll have our new line of OTFM-TC t-shirts, perfect for “fashionistas” who support the local market community. In fact, if you’d like to become a part of our team – vendors, volunteers or chef demonstrators – we’ll have applications on hand. With so much excitement, you’re bound to build up quite the appetite. Head for the eastern side of Lazaro Cárdenas Park where

you can find international cuisine ranging from Mexican traditional favorites to tasty Thai edibles. Then “eat to the beat” as the legendary Chris Kenny entertains the town square with her soulful repertoire of cover material and original hits. And don’t forget, our opening day coincides with Puerto Vallarta’s Day of the Dead celebrations (Día de Los Muertos). Decorated alters, horse demonstrations, fireworks and Mexican food can be found around town from October 31 – November 3. Visit http://www. or Facebook for a complete schedule. Come down and join us for an extraordinary market experience. Located kitty-corner to Daquari Dick’s on Olas Atlas, 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 only 10 pesos an hour, you can park in the garage directly beneath Lazaro Cárdenas Park. Or you can take a public bus or taxi which stops along Pino Suarez Street, just steps from the Market. For more information, visit www. or “like” us on Facebook.

ver the past week, I have had many magical moments that I need to talk about. The highlight of the week was, no, I am going to leave that until last! Tunnels. Yes, the tunnels at the Marieta islands were great last week. The tunnels we dove that day were between 20 to 50 foot long and 15 to 30 feet in circumference, so they are not tight and scary. They were however packed full of fish, so many fish that you could not see to the end of the larger tunnel. They opened up in front of you, and closed in behind you. I had no idea what fish they were as it was dark due to being so crowded. I took a photo with my big flash gun and it was full of Panamic Soldierfish. We came out of this big tunnel and rounded the bend. This area has 4 tunnels going off in different directions, and on days like today with a bit of swell in the ocean, it has some crazy currents. We were flying with the current to get into the open ocean when a spotted eagle ray with a 6 foot wing span flew past us using little or no effort at all. I wonder what it thought of us kicking hard and not moving very far. The next thing that has been amusing me over the past week is the frogfish. I know I have mentioned these before, but the increasing numbers I have been finding is so awesome as they are a favourite of mine, and this week I have found two more. I describe them

Explore Banderas Bay 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

to divers and I am sure they think I am making it up. They swim by perpetual motion, have an inbuilt fishing lure to catch dinner with, they walk on little feet and have mouths bigger than their bodies! Really? They are damn ugly too, which makes them kind of cute. Well, it does to me anyway. As they don´t move around too much, I have noted where they live and can find one or two on a couple of dive sites without too much trouble now. Now for the highlight of last week. Manta´s. Hundred of them. The first time I saw them last week was when I was hiking along the south shore just near Las Animas. There was a large school jumping out of the ocean for ten minutes or so. The next day on the boat we saw two schools flying out of the ocean on separate occasions. It is hard to say how many, but I would estimate there are around 100 in each school. So we had already seen twoschools when we went diving at Los Arcos. When were crossing over the sand to get to the canyon, I happened to look up, and what was there? 70+ mantas circling above our head. Wow. They were there for maybe five minutes. I was so captivated by them I nearly forgot to take a photo. I did though, and I counted over 70 in one frame. Seeing mantas when you are diving is such a special thing and a huge attraction for divers, so l for one am hoping they hang around for many years to come.



Paradise and Parenting

This is Paradise...

By Leza Warkentin

By Marcia Blondin


elcome everyone to the Paradise Community Center. I hope everyone who reads this makes it to the Saturday Co-op Farmer’s Market. We are the only Saturday Public Market open all year round. Yes, that means we don’t close. Ever. And, this weekend is unofficially the start of “High Season”. None of us like that term but it doesn’t matter as long as Vallarta is aswarm with tourists. Welcome officially to all of you! Please join us at Market for fun and great buys from 9 ‘til 1. Everybody (who’s anybody) will be there including vendors lots of us (who keep on truckin’ all summer long) haven’t seen for a few months. Welcome back to you, too. Fashions for Charity by Deja New Consignment opens officially (there’s that word again!) this Saturday at Market and will be open regular hours for the winter. Please clean out your closets and drawers (men too, listen up!) and bring them to Kathleen and help support more than a dozen local charities that need help and all you have to do is drop off things you don’t (or cannot) wear anymore. It doesn’t matter what it is - dresses, shoes, purses, shorts, anything; you have no idea of the impact you can have on a LIFE, so do it! Peter’s Bakery is also going to be at the PCC more often than just Market days. Those bagels you wait and wait for all week long? He’ll be there every day very soon, adding all his fabulous breads and the nearly dinner-plate size cinnamon buns. And more. Speaking of baking, how about gluten-free? Antonio and Sasha have made their GF chocolate/ orange cake available every week

now and have recently added a savory GF tocaccia that is really excellently good! And sometimes they have a pecan/apple/ maple-butter cake that is so pretty to look at, better to eat and (trust me) is not GF. And the PCC also offers Yoga, Zumba, Line-dancing and Spanish classes; all will resume shortly. Pick up schedules on Saturday at Market. Not only does the PCC have the finest Market in the Bay of Banderas we also have the Paradise Stage. Presenting the first production for this Tourist Season this Saturday the 2nd of November at 8 pm is BROADWAY BEDAZZLED! The best of the best show tunes from the last 50 years on Broadway will be showcased by a stellar cast including Kathy Overly, Todd and Gaye Ringness, Sharon Baughman-White and David White and will introduce Gerardo Zuniga, a very popular entertainer in Mexico City and Cancun. Tickets are $200 pesos and can be purchased from or at the PCC. Get up close and personal with VIP seating for a bit more money and come early for cocktails at the PCC Cantina. If you’ve never had one of Joy’s Margaritas you have never been to heaven. I have heard 95% of this ensemble cast sing in the past and I will tell you this show is going to be more than Bedazzling. Full report next week - I will look for you at showtime - 8 pm.BROADWAY BEDAZZLED will run every Saturday night at 8 until December 14th. I have been writing a bit lately about making sure we take good care of our tourists and to help them in any way we can. I have

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Welcome Back to Vallarta


o last Sunday morning I was out doing my usual walk routine with the dogs, sporting my Sunday Morning Signature Style of course (which consists of an inside-out tank top and, unfortunately, quite often my pajama shorts), when I heard a head-swiveling sound. It was the sound of several people speaking English. Now, to put this into context, I live in a neighborhood that is mainly Spanish-speaking. I am used to standing out around here, with people I am not sure I recognize coming to the house to ask for things like help with their daughters’ English homework. Eventually I caught on to the fact that I wasn’t actually helping with the homework so much as doing the homework, but they all still seem to be amused and pleased with my presence in the community. This may be partly due to the fact that I am prone to doing embarrassing and/or odd things in public. I suspect that I am viewed as the Local Character,

referred to simply as La Gringa. They probably won’t easily forget the time our dog Lucy decided to “have a little fun” by racing across a busy street and into the ditch, with La Gringa in hot pursuit. Lucy had the grace to look ashamed as I got on my knees, draped myself halfway into the ditch, and helped her climb back up the vertical concrete slope. The local taco stand guys were nearby, holding their knees in mirth and attempting to imitate my vocal register. I tried for a dignified return to my home in spite of my muddy, humiliated dog attempting to hide in my armpit. At any rate, there I was on Sunday morning, with two dogs firmly leashed, when I heard the English voices and I turned. There it was: a Vallarta Adventure truck, full to burstin’ with all sorts of good things; my fellow North Americans, dressed in their brand new vacation finery, several sets of binoculars, lots of wide-brimmed hats

and sunglasses, and a lightheartedness that comes back to Vallarta every year on every charter flight. I could smell the high-quality sunscreen from across the street. Along with many locals who depend on the tourist industry, our family is pretty focused on two things this time of year: 1) trying to decide if today is any cooler than it was yesterday and 2) sending the tourists telepathic messages to come back to paradise. The sight of these happy visitors on tour made me nearly tap dance in delight. I reined it in though, remembering that I was directly in front of the aforementioned taco stand, dressed in what was, if not pajamas, most likely inside out. If you are a foreign visitor, reading our great local newspaper and wondering if the locals truly do welcome your presence to our city, wonder no more. We are so very happy you are here. It’s been a long, hot summer and the locals are ready to work hard to provide for their families. Not only that, we are all ready for a good dose of the joy you spread around here just by showing up with that wide-eyed wonder we have kind of sweated out over the summer. There’s nothing like seeing our beloved Mexico through your eyes. It’s like taking it all in for the first time all over again, and that’s really quite nice. So welcome back, all of our wonderful Vallarta visitors. Please enjoy our beautiful home, and, if you are anything like the rest of us Local Characters, come back to make it your own.

also been asking for feedback and not getting a peep. However, last Saturday a tourist by the name of Gerry Stanger came by my table at Market with her arm still bandaged from a collision with a bank ATM door that gave her 20 stitches. She had read my column and asked the woman, Cheryl Schrean, that rushed to help her if she was responding to what I had

written. Of course not! Vallarta is just filled with kind, helpful neighbor-like folks. It was lovely to hear directly from a tourist who took the time to come and let me know the reverse of what I had asked for! Thanks to all of you good Samaritans out there; you know who you are, Cheryl, and keep up the good work. Thanks to Heather Wilson for giving me the name of her friend

Gerry Stanger and Gerry’s angel’s name, Cheryl Schrean. Safe journeys!

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 Volunteer - There are many wonderful organizations across the Bay that can use your help. Both time or money will be appreciated.

The Paradise Community Center Pulpito 127 between Olas Altas and Amapas Streets in Old Town Puerto Vallarta smack in the middle of the Zona Romantica and across from Coco’s Kitchen.

Explore Banderas Bay 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


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Improving Lives By Todd Bates

This article is the second of RE/MAX Puerto Vallarta’s ongoing quest, regarding our commitment to ensure that a local, primary school has the tools and advantages, equal to that of the private schools that exist in the Puerto Vallarta area. Our mission is to provide this urban school, the Las Mojoneras Primary School with; better nutrition on a daily basis; with sustainability for the future; with increased opportunities for the children that they cannot receive presently; with sport and outdoor education; and with increased education options, not available at any other public school, that shall permeate through them and their families for the years to come. Our legal charity association, Our Children; Their Future / Nuestros Niños; Su Futuro, will allow corporate sponsors to donate needed items and receive 100% of the corresponding deductions. If you are an owner or a manager of a local company that wishes to be a part of this incredible opportunity to better an entire community, receive open recognition in this extremely popular newspaper with foreigners that have immense purchasing power towards works of economic and social benefit, please contact me. Our requests will be detailed below, but even if your company does not directly work with those requests, I am sure that you can contact the likeminded companies that do ... If you shop at a certain store or business, please ask them their thoughts about joining our incredible opportunity; I know that they will, once they understand that you know your value as a customer to them. To address our needs,

volunteers are our most cherished assets and I wish to say an incredible thank you to Marylin, aka Sunshine, when she read our last article she immediately contacted me to join with our mission! Marylin has already shared with me what her requests are to begin English language classes for the school is primarily English language teaching aides for kindergarten to grade 6. The children may have experience with television, radio and movies, which are all great as a starter to English any true teaching aides would be wonderful. For our Canadian and American readers, there is an enormous opportunity for you to help. Many teaching aides (aka books) for our children, are changed every 4 to 6 years and the old ones are pulped, or thrown away. These are exactly what the children at Las Mojoneras need. If you can contact your local schools to ask what they do with their older books and if they would be willing to donate them to an extremely important part of our population, I can arrange for shipping. I wish to thank Jodi, from Sudbury, for suggesting this! As well, the school has a complete computer lab, but no teacher, so the doors are locked and the computers are unavailable to our students (which should be one of our primary focuses towards learning for future options); I will be contacting the local, private schools to ask if they have students that are available to demonstrate the awesome power of the internet and how accessible it is. In addition, we are looking for kindergarten to grade 6 art books, which could be in either English or Spanish. For me, this is of special importance; when children are unable to express themselves through language, art is often an outlet, especially for tender

feelings and emotions, that they cannot conventionally share or even know how to. In Mexico, as well as all parts of the world, many of the most dynamic and inspirational artists come from an impoverished upbringing, they see a life that few can endure, and even fewer escape from. We can only imagine that the next Jose Guadalupe Posada, also mentioned in the last edition of the Vallarta Tribune, attends our school, but may not learn how to express themselves to make an enduring impression upon our society. This is just one part of our mission; to allow the talent that exists to come into full bloom. To clarify our children’s needs, we request: English language primers (books), from kindergarten to grade 6. English Teachers and Spanish is not needed! Art primers (books), from kindergarten to any level. Art Teachers, Spanish may be needed. Art supplies; from paper, pens, pencils, brushes, water-based color paints, easels Physical Education Teacher; simply to illustrate the joy of the game, whatever that may be. Teacher for the Deaf or Visually disabled; any time you wish. Teacher with a Psychologist background; any time you wish. Computer Teachers; Spanish is needed. Again, we are only requesting three hours, one day per week, on

each Friday and starting on Friday November 16. I am requesting to meet each volunteer, beforehand, to ensure that our goals coincided with theirs. To clarify, even if a volunteer is only available for one session, their time is equally valuable for our children. From our corporate sponsors, I am starting a daily nutrition goal of one fruit and one healthy beverage (juice or milk) for each of our children; do you wish to be a part

architecturally inspiring community of Conchas Chinas. The beach cove here is excellent for snorkeling. Nogalito The first town is that of Nogalito. Set back in the jungle it is a charming

Mexican village that also is home to one of the most popular day tours - the Canopy Mundo Nogalito Tour with the only tunnel zip-line in town. If you’re feeling the heat, stop at the Punta Negra bridge and take a drip in the river. Lovely fresh

of the generation that makes a difference to your future clients? As well, getting prominent promotion at the end of each article, read by a dynamic and loyal clientele. RE/MAX Puerto Vallarta will also be donating 10% of all earnings to this opportunity; do you wish to be part of this as well? On my next article, I shall outline our progress and illustrate the Federal grants regarding organic fruit trees, to allow the school to become more self-sufficient. We can, and will, make a difference in over 200 families lives, for their future. Our Volunteers: Marylin, aka Sunshine, Marina Vallarta. Your name shall be here! Our Sponsors: RE/MAX Puerto Vallarta. Your Brand should be here. Our Samaritans: J o d i G., Sudbury, Canada. Gary and Susan A., Toronto, Canada. I shall continue this article in our next issue, and if this adventure is something you wish to be involved with, please contact me, Todd Bates, by email, at toddremax@ or my office number at 322 221 0111 or my website at

Explore Banderas Bay 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. Conchas Chinas The south of Puerto Vallarta is a thick jungle full of adventure and excitement. Head south along the 200 highway and you will find the

water, lots of little pools to splash in and rocks to dry off on. If you’re lucky a vendor will come by with snacks and drinks - otherwise pack your own.


Mexico Resort real estate update By John K. Glaab, CIPS


sually this time of year the real estate market is quiet. Following several very slow years, I am hearing about a slight recovery at this time in parts of the tourist zones. This is particularly true of more expensive properties. August saw an improvement in the U.S. real estate market (see story below) which must become more healthy before any real improvement comes to Mexico. During the quarter there have been several real estate forums. One of the largest and most successful is held annually in Guadalajara, with several others spread across the country. Two major events will take place in the next quarter. One is the annual Conference and General Meeting of the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI) and the other the Annual Conference of the national Association of Realtors® (NAR)

Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Rise in August to Six-Year High Bloomberg News (excerpt) Sales of previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly rose in August to the highest level in more than six years as buyers rushed to lock in interest rates before they

brate 70 years of diplomatic relations in 2014, as well as 40 years of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program, 20 years of the North American Free Trade Agreement and 10 years of the Alliance. In 2004, trade between the two countries was only $164 million, but as of 2011, trade exceeded $ 24 billion. Canada is the fourth largest investor in Mexico.

rise further. Purchases climbed 1.7 percent to a 5.48 million annual rate, the highest since February 2007, figures from the National Association of Realtors showed.

For Migrants, New Land of Opportunity Is Mexico:

Mexican Hotel News:

New York Times


MEXICO CITY — Mexico, whose economic woes have pushed millions of people north, is increasingly becoming an immigrant destination. The country’s documented foreign-born population nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010, and officials now say the pace is accelerating as broad changes in the global economy create new dynamics of migration. … “There is this energy here, this feeling that anything can happen,” said Lesley Téllez, a Californian whose three-year-old business running culinary tours served hundreds of clients here last year. “It’s hard to find that in the U.S.” The shift with Mexico’s northern neighbor is especially stark. Americans now make up more than three-quarters of Mexico’s roughly one million documented foreigners, up from around two-thirds in 2000, leading to a historic milestone: more Americans have been

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added to the population of Mexico over the past few years than Mexicans have been added to the population of the United States, according to government data in both nations. “Mexico is changing; all the numbers point in that direction,” said Ernesto Rodríguez Chávez, the former director of migration policy at Mexico’s Interior Ministry. He added: “There’s been an opening to the world in every way — culturally, socially and economically.” But the effect of that opening varies widely. Many economists, demographers and Mexican officials see the growing foreign

presence as an indicator that global trends have been breaking Mexico’s way — or as President Enrique Peña Nieto often puts it, “the stars are aligning”.

Mexico Canada to boost alliance: Upon the conclusion of the ninth annual meeting of the Mexico-Canada Alliance ( AMC), both countries agreed to provide more visibility to the Alliance as a flexible, and efficient strategy. AMC has both public and private participation... It promotes concrete cooperation between the two countries and aims to raise the level of competition in North America Mexico’s Foreign Relations Minister, Sergio Alcocer Martinez and William Crosbie of Canada the alliance’s presidents held talks to define a new vision for the organization in the coming years. Martinez and Crosbie said that there is an enormous dynamism in the bilateral relations between the two countries. Canada will cele-

Mexican hotel real estate investment trust Fibra Inn is reportedly near an agreement with Wyndham Hotel Group to own and operate a portfolio of Wyndham-branded properties in Mexico. Wyndham reportedly has 30 properties and more than 4,000 rooms in Mexico. Fibra Inn recently acquired the 198-room Wyndham Casa Grande Monterrey and additional properties have already been identified for acquisition and conversion to Wyndham brands this year. Fibra Inn said it is working on an agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group to establish the terms and conditions in which Fibra Inn will develop and / or acquire around 20 hotels in Mexico through franchise agreements to brand and operate hotels under the brands Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. Fibra Inn currently owns seven Holiday Inn Express®, one Holiday Inn® & Suites and one Holiday Inn® in seven states in Mexico.

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Explore Banderas Bay Mismaloya 15 minutes further is Mismaloya, a small town set back from the water along a river that leads to the ocean and a number of beach restaurants. This bay looks onto Los Arcos and is a great place to

grab a panga boat for a tour of the impressive rocks. If you have time, book a snorkel or dive trip. This is one of the deepest ocean valleys in the world and home to turtles, whales, dolphins and the blue-footed Booby. Back behind

the town, check out the Vallarta Zoo where you can play with baby monkeys, tigers and lions. Boca de Tomatlan Boca de Tomatlan is the last town along the ocean and the place to grab a boat to the small

beach communities of Quimixto, Las Animas and the very popular Yelapa. Only accessible by water, each town has fresh seafood restaurants, large clean beaches and a number of tours to keep you busy exploring.

Looking for romance - book a table at the nearby Le Kliff for spectacular views and sunsets to propose to.


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By Miguel Fernandez and

Business Etiquette in Mexico


eal estate transactions in Mexico can differ somewhat from those in the U.S. and Canada. Certainly some of the laws and procedures are not the same, that is a given, but another consideration is the etiquette of Mexican culture. Here are some ways that we differ from our Northern friends: A handshake upon greeting someone is extremely important. And, frequently, even a short embrace, if you are more familiar. Also, it is not uncommon to kiss a woman on the side of one cheek, if you have met her on a number of occasions. Mexicans don’t have the same concern for personal physical space as many U.S. and Canadian residents do. Generally, we stand and sit in in closer proximity to another person. In fact, it’s considered quite rude to move away from someone. If you are attending a meeting, or dining with a group of people, it is viewed as extremely rude to have your back facing someone in the party. Depending upon where you are in Mexico, and the level/status of the businessperson or individual that you are meeting, time and punctuality is a slightly different concept. In a relaxed town like Puerto Vallarta, thirty minutes past a scheduled meeting is not unusual if the meeting is less formal. If it is more formal, people usually are good about being on time. So, I recommend that you plan accordingly. Since I grew up in both countries, I find that I am usually on time or early, and fortunately now we have Smartphones to keep ourselves occupied while waiting. Negotiations may also tend to move more slowly, and may require some patience. Also, we Mexicans really like to build a personal relationship prior to a professional one. So always expect at least ten to fifteen minutes of small talk

before getting down to business. We also respect people who take time to consider a proposal before agreeing to anything. Quick decisiveness is viewed as hasty and imprudent in Mexico. We Mexicans love conversation, and often make a lot of suggestions and promises, as we really want to make the other party feel happy and comfortable. In light of this, it’s a very good idea to get important agreements in writing. Important negotiations and deals almost never occur over the phone or via email. Mexicans prefer to do business in person. If, for some reason you cannot be present at an important meeting, always choose your local contact person or representative VERY carefully. Also, be persistent! Don’t give up if you don’t receive a response to your phone calls or emails right away, or if your meetings are continually postponed or canceled. If you give up, your Mexican counterparts might assume that you weren’t serious in the first place. And be aware that deadlines are often little more than general target dates. Having lived in the United States, I’ve grown to appreciate the more laid-back style of business interactions. It’s not uncommon to see very casual attire at business meetings these days. Especially in the youth oriented culture. Some, but not all of this has crept down here to Mexico. Certainly the beach resort influence of Puerto Vallarta (not to mention the hot

weather) makes people dress more comfortably, but, we are still somewhat formal when it comes to important business engagements, and a dressing up in business attire is expected for both men and women. Note: If you are invited to visit the home of a Mexican business associate, it’s best to wear business attire unless specifically told otherwise (beach party, etc.). Helpful Hints: Any attempt to speak Spanish is appreciated by Mexican counterparts. Demonstrating knowledge and appreciation of Mexican culture will always win friends. We are very proud of our independence and have a very strong sense of national identity and pride. Never compare the way things are done in Mexico with the way they are done in the United States, and Canada, though sometimes, I do, having spent so much time in both the U.S. and Mexico. But I’ve really learned to switch gears, when I’m north or south of the border. Little things count. Not saying hello and good-bye, for example, may well offend and adversely affect your relationship to a much greater extent than it would in the United States.

In the end, so much cultural exchange has occurred, via immigration and the media, that some customs have fallen a little by the wayside. And, admittedly, Puerto Vallarta is such an amazing melting pot of cultures, and people, that in a lot of ways, pretty much anything goes, though, as a Mexican, I’m proud of my heritage and country, and I think our formality and graciousness are great traditions to preserve. I’m always available for real estate and business advice.

You can contact me at my office G3MEX Real Estate Group, here in the Marina Vallarta. Saludos!

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Events and holidays around Mexico

Band, Enrique Neri, and the San Miguel Jazz Cats.


Festival Internacional Gourmet - International Gourmet Festival

ravel in Mexico is fairly easy and safe. The bus system (similar to Greyhound) has excellent luxury appointed buses include recliner seating, wifi, food, movies all for very affordable prices. The national airlines are also very affordable and easy to access. Consider exploring around town and around the country to experience more of what Mexico has to offer. In Mexico, the month of November starts off with Day of the Dead celebrations; November 2nd is a public holiday. This is also the month in which the Mexican Revolution is commemorated. The official holiday

2nd Head to the main plaza in downtown Puerto Vallarta for all the festivities. Deceased relatives are remembered and honored in this unique cultural celebration. Festivities

and features a one-day Pro-Am competition followed by a fourround professional tournament contested on the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón golf course at Mayakoba.

San Miguel de Allende Jazz Festival

Courtesy by Galeria Indigena

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, November 13 to 17, 2013 Now La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is known locally for its great live music venues and plenty of live-in celebrity musicians, but the XVII International Jazz and Blues Festival in San Miguel lineup includes jazz and fusion guitarist Randy Bernsen, cuban pianist Gabriel Hernández, the Vudu Chile Blues

for the revolution is always held on the third Monday in November (this year, November 18); banks, post offices and government offices will be closed that day. Here are some of the important events you can look forward to in Mexico in November.

Dia de muertos - Days of the Dead Celebrated throughout Mexico from October 31st to November

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, November 14 to 23, 2013 Puerto Vallarta’s finest restaurants participate in this gourmet festival. Now in its 18th year, the festival has attracted some of the top names in global gastronomy. Participants attend cooking classes, learn about wine pairing, taste the newest and best in wines and tequila, and dine out in fine restaurants offering unique and tantalizing menus.

Score Baja 1000 Off-Road Desert Race Ensenada, Baja California, November 14 to 17, 2013 Nearly 200,000 spectators turn out to this annual race, off-road desert racing’s most prestigious event. Its grueling course runs along the rugged terrain of the barren desert and through villages along the peninsula over 883 miles. The Baja 1000 is with the rugged course traveling on both sides of the peninsula, the world’s most famous desert race will start and finish in Ensenada, Baja California Norte.

take place throughout the country, but are most colorful in Patzcuaro, Oaxaca, Chiapas and San Andres Mixquic (D.F.)

Mayakoba Golf Classic Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, November 11 to 17, 2013 Mexico and the Bay of Banderas has some of the best golf in the world but the only PGA tournament in Mexico is on the east coast

Experience the tradition the city of Puerto Vallarta invites you to come alive this November 2nd, with the tradition of the Day of the Dead. The events take place at the Rio Cuale Mercado (address) from 7:00 - 10:00pm Come with your whole family and celebrate the tradition.

Maestros del Arte Folk Art Festival Chapala, Jalisco, November 15 to 17, 2013 If there is one event to travel for it is this. A breathtaking collection of master artisans from around Mexico converge for a three day fair. This is the place to purchase amazing art. Come early for the best selection, great prices and a chance to own one of a kind collectibles. Lake Chapala is lovely this time of year. Consider staying for a couple extra days to really enjoy the eternal spring of the highlands outside of Guadalajara.

Dia de la Revolucion, 20 de noviembre - Revolution Day Throughout Mexico, November 20th This day marks the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Parades and celebrations take place throughout the country.

Guadalajara International Book Fair Guadalajara, Jalisco, November 30 to December 8, 2013 For the collector and book lover with over 1500 editorial houses from 39 countries gather this is the largest Spanish-language book festival in the world, now in its 27th year.



Loving the Muddy Chicken

By Joel Hansen

I am a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. At the time of this writing they are down 3-2 to the Boston Red Sox’s in a World Series that will go down as one of the weirdest in history, poor defense, stellar pitching and the obstruction call heard around the world, have made it must see TV. Adding to the intrigue of this playoff is the play of two Red Sox’s players. Every single one of Big Papi’s at-bats is can’t miss. How hot is David Ortiz right now? Let’s just say you should probably apply sunscreen before watching him hit. After a weekend in St. Louis in which he made exactly two outs in three days (comprising 12 trips to the plate), this man is now having one of the all-time hellacious individual performances in World Series history. He’s hitting .733 (11-for-15). Think about that! Five games into this World Series, he still owns 33.3 percent of all his team’s hits - a team that happened to lead the major league in runs scored this year.

He has an on-base percentage of .750 -- which is what happens when you reach base 15 times in 20 trips to the plate. And we remind you that one of those five times he made an out. Carlos Beltran had to break a few ribs robbing him of a grand slam in game one. Big Papi reached base in nine straight trips to the plate at one point! He is hands down the greatest playoff hitter of our generation and maybe one of the greatest of all time. The other is Dustin Pedroia. The Muddy Chicken, the Lasershow, the Dirtbag and leader of the weird beard brigade. I am too old to have a favourite player anymore, but if I did it would be Pedroia. I love how he plays the game, he can flat out rake at the plate and his defense is stellar. I mean the guy’s uniform is dirty before he even takes the field. He is the ultimate gamer, someone whose passion is worn on his filthy sleeve. He stands somewhere around 5’9” and isn’t much to look at physically, which makes everything he does that much more amazing. His play to the plate in game two, to throw

out Molina and start the infamous obstruction play, was so heady and smart, he is everywhere on the field. When David Ortiz hits a clutch double against the Cardinals it’s Pedroia he is always driving in. I have a serious man-crush on Dustin Pedroia. Add to this the amazing rookie pitching staff of the Cardinals, and you have the making of a classic September final, but despite my unabashed love of Ortiz and Pedroia I know the Cardinals will stretch the series to game seven. Make sure you look for me Halloween night, I will be the one dressed like Ozzie Smith and spraying the victory champagne along the Malecon. How hot is David Ortiz right now? Let’s just say you should probably apply sunscreen before watching him hit. After a weekend in St. Louis in which he made exactly two outs in three days (comprising 12 trips to the plate), this man is now having one of the all-time hellacious Ortiz could finish with one of the greatest individual performances in World Series history. He’s hitting .733 (11-for-15). Think about that! Five games into this World Series, he still owns 33.3 percent of all his team’s hits a team that happened to lead the major leagues in runs scored this year. He has an on-base percentage of .750 -- which is what happens when you reach base 15 times in 20 trips to the plate. And we remind you that one of those five times he made an out, Carlos Beltran had to splatter himself off the bullpen fence to rob him of a grand slam. Big Papi reached base in nine straight trips to the plate at one point! He is hands down the greatest playoff hitter of our generation and maybe one of the greatest of all time.

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Abraham Levy trains in Riviera Nayarit Marina


evy is the only man to travel down the more than 7,100 miles of Mexican coastline in a kayak. His new challenge is to paddle his way—alone—across the Atlantic from Spain to Mexico. Abraham Levy is a self-propelled explorer, that is to say, his expeditions don’t depend on a sail, the wind, or any motor whatsoever. He’s currently training at the Marina Riviera Nayarit, taking advantage of the bay’s geography, the gamut of places he can visit during his preparation and the support he’s receiving from local authorities. This Mexican explorer has been the only man to travel the more than 7,100 miles of Mexico’s coastline solo aboard a kayak in 2007 – 2008. His new challenge: to paddle solo across the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea from Puerto de Palos in Huelva, Spain, all the way to Cancun. In order to perform this feat, Levy will travel aboard a transoceanic rowboat named “La Cascarita”. “My first test with the boat and all its equipment perfectly installed will be when I leave the Marina at Puerto Los Cabos and arrive at Marina Rivera Nayarit,” said Levy. “It will take some 6 to 10 days to complete the over 370-mile journey. This is the trial by fire before I send the boat to Spain in order to start my voyage”. Levy began his trek from Los Cabos to the Riviera Nayarit this past October 25th; he’s expected to arrive at the Marina Riviera Nayarit on or around October 31st. The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to invite the media to stay tuned for a confirmation of his arrival date (via this medium), at which time they will hold a press conference. His major voyage across the Atlantic will begin on January 9, 2014, and will last approximately

four to six months. He’s expected to arrive back to the Marina sometime in June. Levy has been in Banderas Bay and the Marina Riviera Nayarit for the past three months, where he has been fully supported, which was key to his decision to train here. Said support, offered by the People’s Government headed by Roberto Sandoval, has always been present in all the activities that promote the destination as an ideal spot for water sports. “I like Banderas Bay very much. Its geography is great and I have several good friends here who are very knowledgeable about the ocean,” said the Mexican athlete. “Many sailors from around the world meet here, plus the shape of the bay helps me during my test runs”. He added that it offers all the different water conditions he needs to work with, including being perfectly sheltered. It also offers many places to visit during his training such as Punta de Mita and the Marietas Islands, plus other great “excuses” for a little sailing. “The Mexican Pacific is the big leagues in sailing here in Mexico,” said the 33-year-old Colima native. “This is a top spot and that’s also why I chose to make the crossing from San José del Cabo back here. The formation of the Baja California peninsula, the entire Sea of Cortez and the Banderas Bay are ideal places to execute this crossing”.

Farmer and Artisan Markets in the Bay (and beyond) For great fresh produce, baked goods, organics, crafts, jewelry, unique finds and much more, please support the local producers. There are also plenty of other tianguis around the bay that carry clothing, household supplies, tools and more.

El Tuito In the main plaza Sundays from 9-2pm Old Town Farmers Market The largest Farmers Market in Vallarta Now located at Lazaro Cardeñas Park 9-2 every Saturday from Nov 2nd

Paradise Co-op Market Local artists, food and unique items On Calle Pulpito at the Paradise Community Centre Saturdays 9am-1pm year-round Bucerias High quality crafts and food Every Wednesday 9am to 1pm Lazaro Cardenas 90b.

La Cruz de Huancaxtle La Cruz Farmers & Artisans Market Excellent market with dozens of vendors Located along the marina Every Sunday from 10-2pm starting Nov. 3rd Sayulita Local artisan, food, and household supplies Fridays from 10am-2pm

La Peñita Everything you could want and more. Huge year round market along the main street Every Thursday year round from 9am -2pm


UN To Hold Nuclear Conference in the Riviera Nayarit


he Riviera Nayarit’s top-notch hotel infrastructure attracted the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons with 700 participants from around the world. Personnel from the United Nations arrived at the Riviera Nayarit to perform a site inspection in order to assess the destination as the location for the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, set to take place February 13-16, 2014. The Riviera Nayarit was duly approved to host this important international event. On October 21st of this year, a group from Mexico’s Secretariat of Foreign Relations including Juan Sandoval Mendiolea, Director General for the UN; Karin Oechler, advisor to the Executive Management for Political Coordination; and Carlos González Cedano, the Adjunct Events General Manager, proceeded with the inspections needed to make the final decision. “There’s no doubt the Riviera Nayarit’s top-notch hotel infrastructure plus the quality and excellence in service makes it a destination worthy of this kind of international event,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of

the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It’s an honor to be considered by the UN to host a conference of this magnitude.” The CVB events staff assisted the UN personnel from the moment they arrived until the moment they left. They took the group on tours of different hotels in Nuevo Vallarta, which would accommodate the 700 attendees. They also visited the Paradise Village Hotel, site of the convention center that will host the event. Several meetings took place with hotel executives to finalize details. Reservations contracts will be signed during the first week of November. It is thanks to the investment and initiative of the People’s Government—headed by Roberto Sandoval Castañeda— that an event of this scale and with such a worldwide impact can take place in the Riviera Nayarit. This also serves to powerfully position the destination’s brand. According to the Governor’s recent second State of the Government address, Nayarit tops the list in foreign investments and certified clean beaches. Source: Riviera Nayarit CVB

Banderas Bay Initiative By María del Mar Zamora

La Laguna del Quelele takes steps towards becoming a natural protected area


ack in August we had the pleasure of telling you a bit about the concrete steps that were being taken to name Laguna El Quelele a Natural Protected Area. With support from the local, state and federal government the Banderas Bay Technological Institute (ITBB) has taken on the task of a technical justification study needed for this process. Thankfully this project seems to be moving forward, although not without some bumps on the road. This past Tuesday, October 29th, many federal, state and local government representatives, as well as private enterprise representatives, non-profit organizations and interested citizens met once again at the ITBB in an attempt to get a holistic perspective on what these actions might mean to different sectors of society. The meeting was aimed at establishing priorities, discussing potential problems and proposing solutions. This so called lagoon of El Quelele is actually an estuary with a very large central body of water/mudflat. It houses a white mangrove forrest and an incredible array of fauna. Its bird population is particularly impressive. Over monthly visits between June 1996 and May 1997 Dr. Fabio Cupul Magaña, researcher at the local Centro Universitario de la Costa, recorded 40 aquatic bird species and over 93 thousand individuals

Noemi Zamora

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. The lagoon is also part of the Pacific Flyway, a major northsouth flyway for migratory birds in America which stretches from Alaska to Patagonia. Keeping the flyway intact is a multinational priority and it means Laguna El Quelele, and other estuaries in our region are of vital importance, not just to our local community but to the entire continent. This habitat also provides shrimp, fish and crab to the people of our communities straight from its waters. It also provides for the fishermen out in the bay, as healthy estuaries serve as breeding and nursery grounds for many marine species. As with most endeavors, there are many interests and opinions to consider. In this case the ejidatarios who lay claim to the land are not convinced that a Natural Protected Area decree will be in their best interest. Proposals were put forth that ensure the area allows for economically viable options for the owners and communities who live around the lagoon, but done in such a way that the lagoon is restored and kept healthy for generations to

Spca de Pv Adorable Dog In The Spotlight... JACKSON Jackson is such a sweet, sweet dog. This tiny little guy was brought to a local adoption event here in town and when he was

not adopted there he was simply abandoned. What could we do but take him to our sanctuary!?!? This adorable and small Chihuahua is about one year old, calm and sweet and just gets

along with everyone. He loved to curl up in my lap and cuddle on recent visits to the sanctuary. Just a love! Please contact us at spcapv@

come. We know this can be done, and recently we have seen a crowning example of the changes that can be achieved with proper management. Estero El Salado, the urban estuary within Puerto Vallarta, recently announced it had observed a couple of nesting Boat-billed herons (Cochlearius cochlearius). This beautiful bird had been absent in previous ears at the estuary and Estero El Salado is currently the only known nesting site within the Banderas Bay. The work and dedication of people in restoring the habitat has made these types of triumphs possible and it should encourage all of us in working to make a difference. Part of the justification study being carried out now consists of gathering the opinions of various sectors of our community, including tourists, expats and business owners. If you would like to fill out the study’s questionnaire or find out more about the people involved in this effort please send us an email at maria.zamora@



Fun on the Riviera Nayarit By Cat Morgan

News around La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Bucerias


he 2014 season is really kicking into gear, as business open their doors for the season, and the expats are starting to arrive from their summer homes. Destiladeras Beach is back, and the sun is moving towards the Marietas Islands. I love walking on the flat beach for sunset, or sunrise…beautiful!

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle La Cruz Sunday Market La Cruz Sunday Market (Mercado Huanacaxtle) is opening for their fourth season this Sunday, November 3rd, at the La Cruz Marina on the Banderas Bay. This market is the largest and the best farmers market in the Bucerias / La Cruz area. The Mercado Huanacaxtle runs through the season ending in May. Vendors come from as far as Guadala-

jara and Tepic to sell their wares. Everything you can imagine from farmers market products to paintings, shoes, clothing and jewelry, and soaps, oils and aroma therapy is sold at this amazing waterfront market. Live music fills the air while you shop making for a lovely day on the water’s edge. You will see many friends, and is also a great way to meet new friends too. The La Cruz Sunday Market’s rental fees are used to pay it forward, such as the orphanage in Bahia de Banderas in the area of el Valle, and also funds towards the education of Mexican nationals. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Getting There It’s easy to find, take the 200 road to the la Cruz Marina exit / Punta de Mita. Travel into town and follow the signs to Oso’s Oyster Bar, which is a left turn. Head down

to the end (dirt road) or the street just before (cobblestone) and go left, which is the only way you can go! Continue to the end and go right…and head on down into the La Cruz Marina. This is also where the huge La Cruz Fish Market is located, so bring a cooler with some ice for the fresh catch of the day for supper. Come on down to the La Cruz Sunday Market this weekend. I’ll be the fun blond girl with the camera!

The First Annual La Cruz Music Festival The first annual La Cruz Music is being created this year with free music from amazing musicians at different restaurants around La Cruz the week of December 9th through the 15th. I will keep you posted with the participating restaurants and bands as this grand event comes together. Mark your calendars now. What a fun time for everyone as this event promotes the local La Cruz Community!

Amigos de La Cruz – Nonprofit Organization

It’s the first big Amigo’s event of the Season at Oso’s Oyster Bar at the La Cruz Marina on Friday, November 22, 2013. Happy Hour starts promptly at 5:30 to 7:00 with 2 x 1 drinks. Enjoy a 3 course dinner that begins at 7:00. There will be a 50/50 Raffle & Silent Auction as well as Live Music, Drinking, Dancing, This event helps the La Cruz Community in so many ways. Pick up your tickets at the

Octopus’s Garden, Philo’s Bar or at Oso’s Oyster Bar . $250 pesos The Amigos are looking for some volunteers for the event.

Bucerias News and Events / The town of Bucerias is also kicking it up this season! Some of the best entertainment is found in Bucerias with shows, live music, great food at all types of restaurants, many of which are tied in with the non-profit organizations, making it a win-win for everyone! Bucerias Music FestivalA new fiesta is in the works as well ….Viva Bucerias! November 8th starting at 3pm, live music of all types, Flamingo, Jazz, Cuban, Andino, Blues, Funk and other world music will be playing into the late evening. One of my favorite bands will be there…Luna Rumba! Woo HOO! So mark your calendars and I shall keep you posted on the event with more details.

Non Profit Organizations Amgios de Bucerias Monthly meeting is this Saturday, November 3rd at Ixta Restaurant located on Lazaro Cardenas north of the Decameron. It’s a great way to meet new people and help the Bucerias community. They handle the plastic recycling project, the spay and neuter program and much more. Tercera Edad / Bucerias Senior Center On Thursdays at 2pm the ladies gather at Tercera Edad for craft

Purr Project: Featured Feline Mr. Personality ~ that’s our Spot. He and his brother were left at a local vet’s office a few months ago. He can spend hours happily playing with a feather on a string, roughhousing with other kittens, or ‘chatting’ with anyone who comes

near. As with all our adoption candidates, he’s been neutered, dewormed, and has his vaccinations. For adoption info, email Visit one of our three adoptions booths: in the rotunda area outside Comer-

cial at Plaza Marina on Fridays from 11:00 to 2:00; at the north entrance to the Lago Real Mall in Nuevo Vallarta on Thursdays from noon to 2:00; and at the Paradise Community Center Saturday Market from 9:00 to 1:00.

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days, if you have any crafts you would like to share with the ladies please come along. Tercera Edad will be attending the Bucerias Wednesday Market at Rosa Mexicano sharing space with the Bucerias Children’s Library, Biblioteca Rey Nayar on Wednesday November 6th. They will be selling handcrafts and with their Christmas Money Tree for those who wish to contribute. Another fun project will be a pot luck November 20th with the members of Tercera Edad serving pozoli and guests are asked to bring food to serve six (if we can) and bring our own plates and cutlery. Contributions for the Christmas money tree are requested at a minimum of 20 pesos each. The festivities downtown will finish about 3pm at which time the folk will return to the center and proceed to party hardy….can you out dance, out sing and out party Mexican seniors? Now is the time to meet the challenge. For further information please contact Marilyn or Jim at 329-298-6441.

John Ozzello Memorial Food Bank The need for food never goes away regardless of the season.The NFL season is upon us. What does that mean? Tequila raffles and NFL Jersey raffles at YoYo Mo’s Pizza and Sports bar with the proceeds going to the food bank. Each bottle of tequila raffled raises approximately $1000 peso to buy food. Each jersey raffled raises approximately $2000 peso to buy food. Come on Sundays and participate in the fun! YoYo Mo’s continues to be the #1 supporter of the food bank! Whew! There is a lot going on and we are only getting this party started! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend at the La Cruz Sunday Market. Remember, pass it forward!

Cat Morgan is owner of the www.RivieraNayar Regional Network. For questions or comments, or to find out how to get your business on the weekly community news splashes on the town websites allBuceriascom and, please contact Cat at:



ExPats In Vallarta November events


he first annual “Dine OUT in Puerto Vallarta” kicks off this week with a free concert by Puerto Vallarta Men’s Chorus on Sunday, November 3 at the Los Arcos Amphitheater on the malecón. The concert begins at 7:30 PM, but get there early if you would like a seat. There will be a preview of the Chorus Holiday Concert “Mágica Navidad” scheduled for December 15 at Teatro Vallarta and information about the restaurants participating in the Dine OUT. Over two Tuesdays the following restaurants will donate proceeds from menu items purchased. These generous restaurants are located from the north end of El Centro to the south end of Old Town with varying cuisines and different prices. For detailed information and maps go to:

DINNER LUNCH AND BREAKFAST! On Tuesday, November 5, for dinner there are nine Dine OUT restaurants available including: Barcelona Tapas, Coco’s Kitchen, El Mole de Jovita, Embarcadero, Layla’s, Hacienda San Angel, La Cigale French Bistro, La Peña Andaluza and The Swedes. The four choices for lunch include: El Mole de Jovita, Embarcadero, Salud and La Peña Andaluza. Dine OUT for Breakfast at Fusion Gourmet, Salud, Vitea or The Swedes. After or before dinner stop by La Margarita Latino Bar. On Tuesday, November 12, the second Dine OUT day will feature more restaurants and a different bar. The event closes with a second free concert by PVMC on November 17.


uring the month of November ExPats in Vallarta will be having two Happy Hour gatherings. On Tuesday, November 5th and Tuesday, November 19th at Langostino’s from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Langostinos is located on Los Muertos Beach just north of the new pier. A wine and appetizer evening is scheduled for Friday, November 15th at a private home in the downtown area. To make reservations for all events go to their website The local group of Expats In Vallarta is open to all ExPat residents, visitors and investors from other countries. The purpose of the group is informal fellowship and assistance for ExPats around Vallarta for those considering the area. There is no membership fee or requirement; everyone pays for only what they use or consume.

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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 La Palapa Pulpito#103, Playa los Muertos” 322.222.5225 Mon-Sun 8:00am 1:00pm 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

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

180 Basilio Badillo

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he American Legion and Navy League have joined the Asociación Femenil Vallartense (Vallarta Women’s association) in supporting the Children’s Cancer Center by holding a traditional Oktoberfest hosted by Hacienda Alemana this November the 13th. What a better way to do it than to spend some time recreating the traditional Oktoberfest atmosphere right here in Puerto Vallarta. The event will be held at Hacienda Alemana (Basilio Badillo #378, Old Town) on November 13th, from 6:00pm until 10:30pm. The donation for this event is $400 pesos and includes and all

you can eat buffet and beer. If you would like to contribute a little bit more, please bring a gift to be auctioned off during the night. The proceeds of this evening will be distributed by the Navy League of Vallarta A.C. for Community Relations projects and the Children’s Cancer Screening Center playground. Tickets can be bought at Carol’s Boutique and Steve’s Sports Bar (both on Basilio Badillo, in Old Town), through Dennis Rike (cell. 044-322-13891), Carol Smith (322-113-0073 for inquiries in spanish) or any American Legion/Navy League member.

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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.



UROLOGIST Dr. Pedro L贸pez Cueto Tel. (322) 22 5 11 83

Havre No.111 Col. Versalles Fluent Englis Spoken

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

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 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 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

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LG frig, washer, stove, much more 222-5505


HOME TOURS BOTANICAL GARDENS & ZOO TOURS Tours operate November to April. See our web site for details. or call (322) 222 5466


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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 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 Alcoholics Anonymous:

AA meetings (and Al-anon, NA, CODA, OA, ARTS) in English Puerto Vallarta Alanon Club Basilio Badillo 329 - interior - col. Emiliano Zapata 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 Asilo San Juan Diego Home for the elderly - Contact: Lupita Sanchez Covarrubias 222-1257 or or\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. 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. Bucerias Bilingual Community Center support Local families


Non-Profit and Charitable Organizations in Bucerias. 16 de Septiembre at calle Matamoros Casa Hogar - A shelter dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned, disadvantaged or vulnerable children.- Contact: Luz Aurora Arredondo at 221-1908, Rita Millan (322) 141-6974. 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 Clinica de Rehabilitación Santa Barbara - Rehabilitation of the handicapped. Contact: Laura Lopez Portillo Rodriguez at 224-2754. 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: 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@ 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 desayunosninosvallarta Discapacitados de Vallarta, A.C. (DIVAC) association of handicapped individuals dedicated to helping one another. - Contact: Ivan Applegate at 221-5153. 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 or 297-7425 Grupo Ecológico de Puerto Vallarta, Contact: Arq. Luz del Carmen Pérez Alvarez cayro_13@ / 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 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 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. New Life Mexico - A British Charity working in Mexico. Challenging Child Poverty with Health and Education Programmes. Contact Philippa.

Vernon 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 SPCA PV – The goal of this registered charitable organization is to rescue abandoned/ abused animals, sterilize and find homes for them. For more information contact them via email at Un MañanaBrillante (A Brighter Tomorrow) - Partnership of Americans and Canadians to support the ColegioMexicoAmericano. Contact: Margi Baughman or David Bender 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 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 U.S. tax deductible, Suzy Chaffee





Communication could come to a standstill early on, but it could also be the catalyst for taking things to a new level in a relationship. After this week is over you might notice that something has shifted for good in your connection with one or more people. You’ll also sense that no matter what your decision, it’s the right one considering your circumstances. The Solar Eclipse in Scorpio may confirm that you’re on the right track by underscoring all that you’ve been mulling over.


Various factors that might seem to involve personal issues and sensitivities could come to a head this week. You might be motivated by powerful emotions to take some radical steps. You might also feel you’ve reached the end of your tether concerning one particular issue and be ready to make a move. Lifestyle and health issues could play a role in this, but once the Solar Eclipse in Scorpio takes effect you may have no choice but to move outside your comfort zone.


You could feel frustrated, either by a love relationship or the lack of an opportunity to let your creative muse out to play. This could set the stage for changes you’ve been considering for some time. You might also want to escape out from under the thumb of someone who seems to have too much of a say in your affairs and long-term goals. Some intense conversations may follow, which could result in you deciding to do your own thing anyway, no matter what others think or say.


Getting someone to hear what you’re saying could be almost impossible early this week. It’s the sheer level of frustration that could harden your determination to make a stand. You can now get a lot closer to resolving this, although you might have to make a sacrifice, too. Conversation could become very intense over the days ahead, which could either result in a breakthrough or a breakdown. The Solar Eclipse signals that you may be looking for a fresh start, whatever that entails.


Finances could be in the spotlight this week - and a source of frustration. However, this could also lead to a breakthrough later on. Current influences suggest that you feel squeezed and this could be the last straw for you. Once you set your mind to change things for the better, you could be amazed by what you can achieve. The input of a partner or adviser could be what helps you make a breakthrough.

Scorpio The week ahead could be memorable for a number of reasons, especially for encouraging major change at a number of levels. With not one but two big influences stacking up for you, including a Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio, you might be a pushed into taking a step that is long overdue. No matter what you’re holding on to, letting go is never easy, but this time it could prove very liberating and a revelation for which you’re very ready.


Your social zone could be a witch’s cauldron holding a lively brew this week. Frustration with friends or a group might cause you to rethink your loyalties. Along with this, a family matter could come to a head, and you may end up wondering exactly where you do belong. Conversations could be intense and lead you to an inevitable conclusion. A Solar Eclipse on Sunday may be the decisive factor that encourages you to move on and make a few key decisions.

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Your mood could become intense, so you’ll need to connect to your feelings and ride out the storm. Unexpected influences could rock your world this week and catapult you into making an unexpected choice. However, it might help to sit and meditate or spend time in reflection before you take action or your decisions may not be very effective. A blend of conscious thought and intuition may help you soar above any problems and come out all smiles.


Home and family affairs may have been a sticking point for some time, but this week things could reach a crescendo. Perhaps you had an inkling of this earlier, but this time you might actually put a bold plan into action or say what you need to say. You could be looking to stop all the many incursions into your time and freedom, so something will certainly need to change. This week’s Solar Eclipse might encourage you to do something as soon as possible.





This could be one week you won’t forget in a hurry. Frustration followed by a need to make decisions that have consequences could leave you bug-eyed. But that isn’t all. You could notice a strong desire to be free of problems and issues you’ve been dealing with lately. Rushing into anything might not be good for you, however. You might discover another way to make the changes you need - slowly and perhaps more profoundly, especially with the help of the Scorpio Solar Eclipse.




Friday Nov 1 - 7, 2013

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The focus is on career matters and goals this week, with the difference that this part of your life could go through a transformation. Deeply irritating circumstances could bring you to a point where you’re no longer willing to tiptoe around. You might be motivated by a determination that actually pushes you through to the next - and better - level. Problems could give way to exultation, perhaps not all at once but in the weeks or months to come.

Pisces You could go through a learning curve this week that opens new doors for you. There’s a very intense focus on your travel and adventure zone, suggesting that a journey might not be the fun picnic you hoped it would be. Try to avoid trouble spots, too. It’s more than keeping out of danger. You might find that veils to hidden knowledge are lifted, giving you an added advantage if you can apply it. Attending a growth workshop could be dynamite.

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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


Word Search

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.


Commonym 6 Answers 1. breads 2. towers 3. they have tubes 4. they all have dates 5. parts of a map 6. they have staffs 7. mustards 8. pigs 9. they have nets 10. rugs

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: thewords; A car - A tree - An elephant.. they all have trunks. These will make you think! 1. Raisin - White - Rye 2. Eiffel - Water - Watch 3. Surfing Waves - TV’s - Toothpaste 4. A popular Girl - The Dried Fruit Isle - Tombstones 5. The Scale - The Legend - The Key 6. A Shepherd - Sheet Music - The White House 7. Teddy Bear - Turkey - Christmas Stocking 8. Porkey - Wilber - Arnold 9. Volleyball - Office with Computers - Fisherman 10. Tapestry - Braided – Area

Wuzzle 6 Answers 1. No one to Blame 2. Right between the eyes 3. Jack in the Box 4. Down Payment 5. Left Overs 6. Bedspread



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.


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