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Nov 22 - 28, 2013 Free Issue 868

Life in México




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Photo by Madeline Milne

Don´t miss the Old Town Farmers Market at its dazzling new location.

Fresh has never tasted so local. Now at Parque Lázaro Cárdenas, Zona Romantica Saturdays 9:30 to 2:00


Friday Nov 22 - 28, 2013


Welcome to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

Photo by Madeline Milne

Here is some advice to make your trip a little easier and more enjoyable.

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 MANAGER Dora Luz Luna Community Manager Julie Mongeau DESIGNER Cynthia Estela Andrade G. distribution Oscar Villalobos - 225 4982

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 WATER: For the 17th year in a row, Puerto Vallarta’s water has been awarded a certification of purity for human consumption.

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.

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 Non-Emergency Police 322.290.0507 Fire Department: 322.223.9476 Ambulance: 322.222.1533

Consulates American Consulate Nuevo Vallarta: 322.222.0069 24 hrs Guadalajara: 333.268.2145

Immigration: 322.224.7719

Canadian Consulate 322.293.2894 24 hrs: 1.800.706.2900

Tourism Offices Jalisco: 322.221.2676 Nayarit: 322.297.1006

Consumer Protection: 01.800.468.8722


New traditions.


I found myself out of bed at the crack of dawn to take my kid to the Dia de la Revolution parade staging area in Old Town (on the bus, from Pitillal) only to find out we were two hours early. I know now not to ask why, but really…?! Then my shoe broke and I had to find a tienda to buy some new sandals. Luck (?) would have it, a huaraches store happened to be one of the very few stores open at this ungodly hour. In some cultures new shoes are good luck. I could use some of that right about now. I am starting a new ‘tradition’; new shoes on Revolution Day means good luck. And I now own a lovely pair of new leather sandals. The parade was excellent. The police put on an impressive display at the Presidencia with a

‘commando’ unit scaling the walls and ziplining from the roof to the malecon. The adorable bomberos were a crowd pleaser with their aerial ladder antics and the many sports teams, marching bands and community groups were a colourful, raucous reminder of the thriving community that Puerto Vallarta supports. If you haven’t yet, please stop to by the new seafood spot Teik Aguey (Take-Away). There wasn’t one option on the menu I didn’t want to try. The Thai Ceviche was the perfect blend of ginger and coconut with avocado and white fish in nice meaty chunks, followed by a couple of (tiny) Carnitas de Pulpo. This is heaven in a taco. Amazing. Wow. I did feel guilty about eating octopus. Really, I did. I do. This week is shaping up to be another crazy busy one. Make sure you get out and try new things, support the local shops and markets, check out a live event, rescue a shelter animal and attend a charity event (or two). I’m up for just about anything, especially if it involves margaritas. Send me an email, I’d love to hear from all of you. Madeline

Letters to the Editor


t was with interest that I read about the planned celebration and Tribute for 50th anniversary of the filming of “The Night of the Iguana” having recently spoken with my dear friend, Nelly Wulff Barquet regarding her contribution to these events. Nelly was then married to Ing. Guillermo Wulff, one Vallarta’s ‘founding fathers’ and great contributors in the design, construction and promotion of many buildings and restaurants in an emerging Vallarta, along with their four children. Thru Guillermo’s direct friendship with director John Huston, he was able to entice him to the charms of filming here, help with the construction of sets, locations, food distribution and general liason with the stars of the production who would put this then unknown small fishing village on the International map of destinations. The rest, as they say, is history..well documented.


here is still stealing and copying of credit card info from ATMs along Olas Altas. Several of my friends within the last week have been hit. CLBanco claims they have nothing to do with their ATM, and yet, it is their logo on the screen.

Why then, has the city allowed the signpost of the filming site in Mismaloya fall into such a sad and neglected state? Driving south on the Carreterra a Barra de Navidad we pass the once proud and famous Iguana perched on his large boulder, faded and nondescript, surrounded by weeds and trash, his torn leg dangling by a wire above broken and missing letters. It is quite a disgrace and inexplicable oversight to what should be a ‘cash cow’ for Vallarta. Perhaps the Centro Universitario de la Costa, private and government authorities in their pursuit of ‘historical reference and cultural development of this region’ should put the restoration of the sign and site on their agenda in the upcoming tribute. “If you build it, they will come.”


Friday Nov 22 - 28, 2013

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


Michelle Mayer


Lunch and Mojitos at Joe Jack’s - Whether it’s the nicoise salad, the grilled fish tacos, the tuna poke or anything else on the well-crafted menu, Joe Jack’s never disappoints. And Tanque (bartender) is an artist. His hand-muddled mojitos know no rival. Xiutla dancers on Fridays – During season, this group of young dancers puts on quite a show at Old Town’s Lazaro Cardenas Park. Always colorful and exceedingly professional, this show will leave you with a sense of wonderment about Mexico and its beautiful traditions. Pool Hopping Sundays – With so many pools in town, it is not difficult to get together with a group of friends at someone’s pool. Bring your ceviche and chilled “chelas”. What could be better? Become a Local in Three Hours. With four food tours under my belt, I have become quite

a food tour veteran. Vallarta Food Tours (www.vallartafoodtours. com) will take you on a culinary adventure, showcasing the best flavors and dishes of the area. All served with a side of history and culture. Tennis Year Round. With good weather for most of the year, it is hard not to want to be outside. Vallarta has many tennis courts and clubs offering a wide variety of lessons, round robins and tournaments. For example, Canto Del Sol’s pro Polo puts on a fun round robin every Wednesday. Foodie Paradise. Certainly for the size of the city, Vallarta has an inordinate amount of amazing restaurants from high end ones like Trio, Café des Artistes, La Palapa, Daiquiri Dick’s to mid-range ones like No Way José!, La Cigale, Vitea, Esquina de los Caprichos, Archie’s Wok and many more. Salud Super Foods is reinventing






healthy lunches. Try their quinoa bowls. Healthy deliciousness! Beach Days at Barracuda. With one of the most enviable spots on the beach, Barracuda is an ideal spot to have a drink, some ceviche and enjoy the gorgeous bay. Michelle Mayer-Fulfer moved to Puerto Vallarta with her husband and daughter four years ago. She has a retail business at Chicago’s Navy Pier and co-founded Provecho Vallarta. Provecho Vallarta is an incredibly fun, deliciously compact way to discover the best that Puerto Vallarta has to offer. Provecho Vallarta is a deck of cards - like playing cards. Each of the 52+ cards features an incredible business and is also a 100 peso gift certificate to that business (minimum consumption of 300 pesos).

Around town with Julie

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nergy is rising, the crowds are thickening and Puerto Vallarta is becoming a busy city. This week I had my first visitor to Puerto Vallarta, and while five days is not enough time to discover all of its charms and attractions I was impressed by how much you can discover in your city when you are the tour guide. While relaxing on the beach was on Saturday’s menu, the rain led us to other activities. I wanted to share the Farmer’s Market with my friend but that was rained out too, so we headed off to Plaza Caracol to do some indoor shopping. Of course I got us lost on the bus which was a great excuse to show her the different colonials of Vallarta. We headed out for diner and being that it is Festival Gourmet, the choices were abundant, after

walking around all day and trying to decide between Café Des Artistes or Kaiser Maximilian, at that point we were so hungry that we simply ended up eating at a local taco stand, which was also on my list of things to do. I wanted to show her the vibrant Malecon and to our surprise it was hosting the 8th Annual Vallartazo Vochero, where

it seemed like hundreds caravan of vocheros and combis were light up showcasing their pimped-out rides. It was an impressive show. Another busy weekend in Puerto Vallarta playing tour guide, but since this was a long weekend, I did get a chance to put my feet in the sand, dip in the ocean and enjoy a margarita with good friends. Salud!

Peggy Fields

The head of Vallarta tourism was contacted. The official also said nothing can be done. Vallarta continues to shoot itself in the foot. Someone has got to be responsible. Each individual should try and protect themselves. Before

coming to PV, tell you bank your withdraw profile. Give them a phone number to contact you. Check your balance before you withdraw and several times within days after. Heidi Snowden, long time Vallarta resident

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. 24-nov Legend of the Seas 27-Nov Norwegian Star 25-Nov Infinity 28-Nov Carnival Miracle 26-Nov Sapphire Princess


Friday Nov 22 - 28, 2013

Investment growth in mexican hotel sector


he regional vice president of sales and marketing of the Hyatt Hotel Chain for Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, Alvaro Valeriani, said that “ Mexico is the country where there are more projects, indicating that it favored by investors of the hotel industry.” Global hotel investors have Mexico in their sights. To wit, the Hyatt company purchased the famed Hotel Nikko in Mexico City on May 21, 2012 from the JapanMexico Hotel Investment Co. Ltd for $190 million usd. “Latin America has reported many economies as extremely stable and strong, specifically in the case of Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and other countries. These countries have shown positive economic results and have wisely implemented many tourism promotion efforts,” Valeriani said. The chief operating officer of Playa Hotels & Resorts, Alex Stadlin , said in his estimation the hotel industry had a good year. Evidence of this upward trend are the 25 different projects in Latin America scheduled during the next three years - of which five to seven will be located in Mexico. Regarding convention tourism, Valeriani said that “currently it is very strong” and is one of the biggest bets positioning in the sector. He continued that this focus is due to significant


Vallarta sees huge influx of visitors


his holiday long weekend saw an estimated 50,000 tourists in Puerto Vallarta and area with hotels averaging from 90 – 100% occupancy. “People came to Puerto Vallarta to enjoy the many events this holiday weekend”, says Director of Municipal Tourism, Carlos Gerard Guzman. This weekend saw a fishing

tournament, Motorcycle Convention, Festival Gourmet and the Vochomania among other events. In addition to the increased hotel occupancy, the Port Authority declared that over 6,000 people took small boat tours and another 6,000 took land based tours. Making up over 20% of the total visitors to Puerto Vallarta this long weekend.

Governor inaugurates drinking and driving laws increases observed and stressed that it “is an incredibly strong and important segment.” The executive added that the acquisition of Nikko Mexico has been favorable and catapulted Hyatt to expand in the region because Mexico City is widely recognized as the gateway to Latin America. He added that Hyatt will invest 50 million dollars in that complex. Beginning last September, the New York-based George Wong architectural firm, along the Mexican firm Parque Humana, began the first phase which includes remodeling the main lobby, reception, concierge and

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

hotel furniture. The second phase, expected to start in April 2014, will include the adaption of loft spaces in the boardrooms and residential areas. Finally, the third stage will begin in late 2014 and will include the refurbishment of the suites and athletic club. The Nikko hotel, renamed the Hyatt Regency Mexico City last year, has 756 rooms. This investment is a profitable one and a good harbinger for better economic times ahead for the country’s hotel and tourism industry. Translation by Michelle Mayer

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.

“There is nothing more precious than life. Nothing. And any action to preserve is more than justified. That is the spirit of the new law for Mobility and Transport of the State of Jalisco, “said the Governor of the State of Jalisco, Jorge Aristoteles Sandoval Diaz inaugurated the Centro Urbano de Retención Vial por Alcoholimetría (CURVA). This new public policy on driving under the influence, implemented by the Government of Jalisco, is aimed to reduce the end of this administration the 35 percent of road accidents caused by alcohol intake. “The Law of Mobility and Transport we have created is just that-to build a climate of safety for Jalisco. It is a modern and innovative law, the first in Mexico that includes monitoring and punishes those who do not pay attention to five risk factors, “said the Governor. These risk factors include excessive alcohol consumption, excessive speed, lack of seat belt, lack of protective equipment for motorcyclists and distractors like cell phones and listening to music with headphones. The new law on Mobility and Transport also applies to those who are operating any vehicle on the road, said the state governor, because in America, 26% of those who die in road accidents are not driving cars or trucks but rather pedestrians and cyclists. He

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. Walking Tours Take a tour through Puerto Vallarta’s Historic Downtown to learn

Jorge Aristoteles Sandoval Diaz

warned that the cost of the road accidents in Mexico amounts to 120 billion pesos a year. To ensure the legality and the strict enforcement of public policy, the government seeks to actively involve citizens. The head of the state executive claimed that the basic rights of the population will be respected at all times. “The operations will be respectful to the citizens, but will have no tolerance for those who break the law.” Jalisco has an average of 50 000 road accidents, in which approximately 400 people die per year with between 25 and 30 percent caused by alcohol. (Source: SEMOV)

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.


Friday Nov 22 - 28, 2013

Higher Quality Education is Government´s Mission


resident Enrique Pena Nieto visited the “Juventino Rosas” full-time elementary school in the municipality of Ecatepec, where he mingled with students, teachers and parents, saying, “The government’s effort to promote and achieve higher quality education is for all the country’s children and youth.” He explained that quality schools with tools to ensure better education for our children and youth are part of the aims of the Education Reform. He declared that this reform, “Ensures that education will remain free, and the state will continue to be obliged to provide free education for all Mexicans.” He added that another of the Educational Reform’s achievements is the educational model involving full-time schools, whereby campuses expand their schedules so that children can engage in artistic, sports, recreational and cultural activities, boost their skills in areas such as math, and receive meals. “This is a breakthrough for education in our country, for our children and our youth,” he said. The 2014 Education budget is four times the amount of the

previous administration and the president noted that this will allow, “Us to have 15,000 fulltime schools across the country for the next school year, and we have set the goal of achieving 40,000 full-time schools during this administration.” The president told the children at the “Juventino Rosas” full-time elementary school: “Let your imagination fly. Never stop dreaming.” Secretary of Education Emilio Chuayffet Chemor stressed that Education Reform seeks to give the children and young people in Mexico, “Better-trained teachers, schools that are better built and equipped, and the chance to study longer and more effectively.” He emphasized that this reform is achieving the first changes in the country’s education system, one of them being full-time schools which, by the end of this school year will total over 15,000 throughout the country, and 40,000 by the end of this Administration. He added that the number hours of study in a school year will increase from 800 to 1,200. Source:


Puerto Vallarta prend Vie!


’énergie est à la hausse et Puerto Vallarta devient peu à peu cette ville sans sommeil que les gens aiment retrouver. Cette semaine, j’ai eu droit à ma première visite. Une amie venue découvrir mon coin de paradis. Je réalise que cinq jours c’est bien court pour faire découvrir tous les charmes et les attraits de cette typique vile mexicaine. Toute fois, il est étonnant de voir combien vous pouvez redécouvrir votre ville en étant le guide. Au départ, la plage et le marché de l agriculture étaient à l horaire, mais la pluie de samedi nous a forcé à changer nos plans. Nous sommes alors allées à la Plaza Caracol pour faire quelques achats. Évidement, le bus est une excellente façon de lui montrer les différents quartiers de PV, surtout lorsque tu prends le mauvais bus! Achats et tour de ville accomplit, nous sommes ensuite parties découvrir l’unique Gourmet Festival. Offrant un choix abondants et variés d’exposition culinaire pour tous les goûts Après un tour de quelques heures des kiosques et une interminable indécision entre

choisir le Café Des Artistes ou Kaiser Maximilian, notre cœur à balancé pour un traditionnelle stand de tacos. Affamées mais heureuse, je raconte à mon amie combien je rêvais de ce moment depuis mon arrivee! Poursuivant ainsi notre quête, l’incontournable Malecon me paraissait l’endroit idéal pour une balade animée. Á notre grande surprise, PV était l’hôte de la 8e édition Vochero Vallartazo. Des

Banderas Bay Butterfies by Moralea Milne

Dark Kite-Swallowtail (Eurytides philolaus) I found these large (90-95mm), magnificent swallowtails mud-puddling outside my daughter’s house in Pitillal one very hot day last August, just after a rain. Often it is the male butterflies that sip at these puddles, or in muddy patches, and even on fresh dung, in order to ingest salts and amino acids, which seem to increase their chances of reproductive success. How unlike human males, sitting around drinking beers together, more than likely to end in decreased chance

of reproductive success. Females lay their eggs on members of the Annonacaea family, which includes custard apples, cherimoya and sweetsop; they have aromatic bark, leaves and flowers. The caterpillars are large and green with black markings.

Explore Banderas Bay Shopping in the Zona Romantica – this charming neighbourhood is also called Old Town and is a popular residential area for expats and Mexican families. Along the main streets you will find shops galore, filled with wonderful

authentic crafts, clothing, jewelry, excellent restaurants, spas, theaters and more. Vibrant and friendly, this area offers an excellent day or two (or more!) of exploring. Close to Los Muertos beach, consider ending your day with a sunset

margarita at any of the many beachfront restaurants. Sunsets on the Malecon - Sitting on the edge of the Pacific Ocean never fails to give us a sunset each night. Grab a seat at any of the number of excellent bars and restaurants along the malecon,

order your favourite cocktail and let it all slip away. Once the sun has set, the malecon comes alive with families out for a stroll, plenty of live entertainment and later in the night, the nightclubs beckon.

centaines de Caravanes Devochero et Combis présentaient leurs modèles aux caractéristiques uniques. L’ambiance brillait de lumières étincelantes. Une autre semaine chargée à conjuguer travail et tourisme! Le long week-end m’a toute fois permis d’enfin mettre les pieds dans le sable, de plonger dans la chaude pacifique et de profiter d’un (et deux!) Margarita avec mon amie. Santé!!


Friday Nov 22 - 28, 2013

Paradise and Parenting

This is Paradise...

By Leza Warkentin

By Marcia Blondin


Thanksgiving in Mexico


ou are probably going to wonder why a Canadian is talking about American Thanksgiving in a newspaper column in Mexico. Unlike our American neighbors, Canadians celebrate in early October, when we are still referring to the weather as “crisp” instead of “hateful”. Mexicans don’t celebrate Thanksgiving officially, but my own Mexican spokesperson, ie. my spouse, tells me that Mexicans are more than willing to participate in a holiday as delicious as Thanksgiving. He can’t keep the history straight, but he starts asking for pumpkin pie in September. I believe it’s important to celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving with my children, because they hold valid passports to a country

in which they rarely spend more than a month at a time. But it’s not easy to impart the true feeling of the holiday the way I remember it. Probably that’s because we live in Mexico. And it’s hot here. And Stovetop Stuffing tastes even more weird and fake when imported from a country thousands of miles away. And after tracking down canned cranberry sauce I realized that it’s not as good as I remembered (sure, it’s cool that it holds the shape of the can after it is coaxed out and it is sitting on the plate quivering… but that’s no reason to EAT something). For a couple of years, I thought it would be nice to make our own traditions, since it’s impossible to find a can of pumpkin under 100 pesos. So we would cook some type of intricate Mexican dish on Canadian Thanksgiving, and get all dressed up (our children’s idea of “dressing up” meant sweating through dinner in their new Halloween costumes – as a parent you pick your battles), and talk about what we were thankful for. However, while my children were always thrilled with the dinner, even when their masks got in the way of their forks, I always felt that something was missing. By Sunday afternoon of every Thanksgiving weekend, I would break down in the middle of my overheated kitchen and accuse a child or dog of something random, like purposefully trying to chew bites of food 17 times as though that’s even a thing. My husband gently pointed out to me that my yearly “episodes” might be attri-

buted to missing my own Thanksgiving traditions. We went back to the traditional dinner, except it took place on American Thanksgiving, when the food is actually available in stores. And really, while I do believe strongly in family rituals and traditions, let’s get things straight. Thankfulness is the goal, and research studies carried out by scientist Robert A. Emmons at UC Davis indicates that truly grateful people are healthier and happier. Sounds like a plan to me. Here’s the beginning of my list, and I hope it inspires you to see Thanksgiving for what it is: a chance to be grateful, and a chance to eat a great deal of pie.

Leza’s Gratitude List: 1)My family (non-negotiable) 2) That I live in a place of daily postcard sunsets 3) Strong Mexican coffee 4) Anybody in my life who is punctual (you both know who you are) 5) Babysitters that we also call “Nana and Papa” 6) The person who decided that chocolate cake and flan could successfully become “chocoflan” 7) The acoustics in my car for when it’s time to bust out the big note 8) My husband practicing jazz guitar in the house (which makes even laundry seem like a mellow, cool thing to do) 9) That my kids still let me stay with them until they fall asleep (while I pretend I’m doing it for them) 10) My kind readers, who are such fun to bump into all over Vallarta Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Explore Banderas Bay 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

ull moon, rain storms and so much going on I can hardly keep up. We were very busy at last Saturday’s Co-op Farmer’s Market here at the Paradise Community Center. Even had a couple of vendors from Parque Lazaro Cardenas join us as their Market was washed out. It NEVER rains in November. I feel badly for those tourists who came here looking for sun and ended up looking for jackets to buy instead. The fun continued into the evening with BEDAZZLED BROADWAY still going strong and getting even better. A few small tweaks here and there make stellar performances by all even more wonderful to watch and listen to and yes, to sing along with. Did you know that after any performance in town you can go to and write a comment on what you just saw? It’s very interesting reading and it serves the public well for you to go to the website and type what you think. Your opinion is important to everyone - from those who are trying to make-up their minds about a specific show to the performers who want to know everything - good or bad - so give it up and communicate! By the time this goes to press the concert on the Paradise Stage by Latcho and Andrea will be over but they are playing again next Wednesday night at 8 pm at the PCC. I will have a full report next week but I have heard this duo before and they are incredible! Reserve your seats early so you won’t have to sit in the nose

bleed section. Just kidding -there isn’t a bad seat in the house just better ones. Because the “paradise” in the name of the column I write every week refers to the Paradise Community Center I think there are a couple of things you all should know about the PCC itself. For one - and this is huge every single centavo collected by the Paradise Community Center goes to CompassioNet Impact a charity founded by Pastor Ric and his wife Joy. I don’t have space here to tell everyone everything that CompassioNet does but go to and learn. So, please remember, every time you set foot in the PCC, buy a coffee or a beer, or enjoy some flamenco music or a hit Broadway show tune, or leave a bag of used clothing with Kathleen or buy a recycled silk piece of jewelry from me or an apron from Mr Bill, know that you are contributing to the greater good of Puerto Vallarta. Thousands of meals are served every year to the poor that’s TENS of thousands. Now Pastor Ric and company are building a home for kids. Pretty heady stuff. And there’s church on Sundays at 10:30 for those so inclined. See you soon at the Paradise Community Center. Come hungry for Market and bring along a tourist. Till next week, ciao. 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.

one of the world’s leading cuisines, there are a number of great schools in the Puerto Vallarta area that will teach you how to master tortilla soup, enchiladas, salsas and more. Fresh seafood, abundant fruit and veggies and a sophisticated community make Vallarta a foodies dream destination. Look for a school

that will take you to the markets or introduce you to the farmers and fishermen for a truly cultural experience. Don’t want to cook? Try one of the Food Tours available. Eat like a local and for three hours you will enjoy everything from Tacos to Pozole at the food stands and small comidas around town.


Friday Nov 22 - 28, 2013

By Erin Staley

Featured Vendor: Maria Reyes of Maria’s Corn Flan


aturday is almost here, and it’s time to head over to the Old Town Farmers Market-Tianguis Cultural in the heart of Puerto Vallarta. Immerse yourself in the local color, feast on the flavors and peruse through the endless variety of “make it, bake it, grow it” treasures. There you can find farm-totable produce, all natural soaps, hand rolled cigars, colorful coconut pods, fashionable handbags made from traditional Mexican materials, silver jewelry, preservative-free dog and cat treats and much, much more. And while you’re enjoying the warm Mexican sun and upbeat rhythms of lively entertainers; be sure to take a moment to say “hola” to this week’s featured vendor – Maria Reyes of Maria’s Corn Flan.

Naturally, every OTFM-TC vendor is special with a story of his or her own. These stories begin with an idea which is baked up with passion and determination. The “sweet spot” comes when we help vendors achieve professional goals that will forever change their lives. Maria Reyes has one of these stories. A native of Mexico City, Reyes quit her job and moved to Puerto Vallarta to take care of her sick mother. Family friends had assured her that when the time came, they would help her jump back in the workforce. However, when Reyes’ mother passed away, the help was nowhere to be found. “I couldn’t find work because of my age, and things were getting pretty desperate,” says Reyes. “So when my Canadian neighbor told me about the market, I asked her to take me to it.” It was a spring day in 2010 when the ladies headed to the OTFMTC. Impressed, Reyes filled out an

Explore Banderas Bay Art 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

application and an interview was set. She wanted to sell specialty desserts and baked goods based on old family recipes. And to show off her skills, she offered two of her most delectable items: baked flan and corn cakes. “Charlotte Semple, the market founder, loved my baked items and invited me to be a vendor, but she kept mixing up the name,” says Reyes. “No matter how many times I corrected her, she kept calling them ‘corn flan.’ The name just stuck, and now I tell everyone that Charlotte named my corn cake!” Reyes’ corn flan was a market hit! Customers from near and far lined up to get these gluten-free, traditional Mexican gourmet mini cakes. In fact, Reyes spends hours cutting the kennels from over 120 young corn cobs grown

in the neighboring state of Nayarit. She then chops and blends the grains; cracks eggs, adds sugar and stirs in milk. When the mix is ready, she pours it into individualized molds. With one eye on the timer, Reyes carefully rotates the oven trays to achieve a signature golden brown. “I am very thankful that the OTFM-TC gave me a chance to begin something new for my life,” says Reyes. And she couldn’t be more proud as her market sales now provide the income she needs to thrive as a business owner. “Reyes’ passion and commitment are great examples of what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur,” says Semple. “It’s this entrepreneurial spirit we foster when we work with our vendors to develop their businesses.” During the summer, the market

own. You can tell the general destination of the bus by what is written on the window. Costco, Sheraton, Centro, Mismaloya you can go just about anywhere in this city on the bus. Only six and a half pesos (per bus - there are no transfers) this is a great way to explore the neighbourhoods. Head south on the bus

and get a front row seat on some spectacular scenery on your way to the Vallarta Zoo. Or hop the Bucerias bus in front of Walmart and 30 minutes later you are exploring a charming beachside town. Tip: Sit on the non-sunny side of the bus. Trust me. It gets hot.

partnered with MR Diseño owner Mariia Rosales to create a new brand for Reyes’ business. Rosales made a generous donation, and Reyes and the market covered the rest of the design fees. “I would never have been able to do this all by myself,” says Reyes as she shows off her new business cards, banners, flyers, invitations, ads and posters. “I feel different. I’m not just a vendor; I’m an entrepreneur! If it weren’t for the market, my life would be very different.” And now you can savor the flavor. Stop by the market this Saturday to try her famous corn flan, tarts, Mexican Christmas Cake or her popular “God’s Dessert”(a “no flour” chocolate cake). Join us this Saturday for a lip-smacking good time at the OTFM-TC. And don’t forget that we have other ready-to-eat foods and international cuisine for your dining pleasure. Located in Lazaro Cárdenas Park (kitty-corner to Daiquiri 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. To learn more, visit us on or Facebook. To connect with Maria Reyes, visit Facebook or call 322-128-9667. See you this Saturday at the OTFM-TC!


Fun on the Riviera Nayarit By Cat Morgan

A New Bucerias Farmers Market


here is a new farmers market in Bucerias this season. It’s a bit different due to the fact all of the vendors are Mexican Nationals. The new market is called the Bucerias Monday Mexican Gourmet Market. The Bucerias Monday Mexican Market is located at the Bucerias Art Walk Plaza, which has a very convenient location just south of Mark’s Bar and Grill at 62 Lazaro Cardenas. They open at 9am and close about 2ish. The Market is organized by Christy Ann Beguesse, a long time local of Bucerias. She states, “Our goal is to bring you the best in Mexican Cuisine made from the freshest ingredients in the kitchens of our Mexican neighbors. My hope is that with your support we can assist our neighbors financially and unite the community with a better understanding of the Mexican culture.” Christy also helps support many fundraisers for food drives during the year as well, coordinating with other nonprofit organizations like the John Ozzello Food Bank, and Tercera Edad,

the local Bucerias senior center, especially during the hardest month of September. This month is also called Septhungre, due to the starvation problems here during that time. Any time you feel like donating foods, they can be dropped off at the Art Walk Plaza. If you are a local national and would like to get into this market, contact Christy at . All of the vendors at the Monday Mexican Market are only full time Mexican residents of Bucerias. So many locals struggle through the summer to make ends meet, and of course, not just in Bucerias, but all over the Bahia de Banderas. This market will continue hopefully into the summer months if there are enough local people to come and purchase products.

Delicious Mexican Cuisine There are some very delicious foods being prepared at the Monday farmers market. All of the foods are homemade authentic Mexican cuisine. Serving up enchiladas, fruit waters, fresh frozen chickens and ducks as well, along with chicken and duck

Explore Banderas Bay 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. Volunteer - There are many wonderful organizations across the Bay that can use your help. Both

eggs too!, artisan cheeses, honey, flan, delicious juicy carnitas carved right in front of you with the tacos piled high for only 10 pesos, (delicious with all of the toppings) beef or mushroom empanadas (enjoyed the mushroom!) topped with chimichurri and salsas’ that are cooked fresh and hot at the table, and homemade tamales wrapped in banana leaves. A woman sells homemade banana muffins and other muffins. These are the largest banana bread muffins I have ever seen. I suppose they are bread loaves, in the shape of a large muffin; I cattest that they are moist and delicious. There is a medicine / herb table as well. In the corner a local Mexican artist with paintings along with the art and crafts that are spread throughout the market makes the ambiance colorful and fun. Out in front by Pacific Boutique Properties is a very nice selection of jewelry at terrific pricing, and delicious nuts…all cooked in front of you, like the delicious sweet caramelized pecans. Its nice to purchase form the nationals. Living here all year around, I do see the summer struggles. It is a long summer for everyone here on the bay, as most depend on tourists every winter. These folks do know how to live off of the land, having chicken and ducks, gardens and crafts of all kinds. They have learned how to survive (sometimes just barely) and it’s nice that they bring their delicious and authentic Mexican delights every week to the new Monday farmers market. I love all of the markets, another favorite being the huge La Cruz Sunday Market, who also supports many of the local nationals and their businesses. The products are at Mexican pricing…which means low! When you purchase from these locals, you are sure to know that your money stays here in Mexico, and trickles down to their

time or money will be appreciated. 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.

Friday Nov 22 - 28, 2013

Canadian Wedding Organizers visit Riviera Nayarit


n its efforts to develop an expanding market for romance and destination weddings in the luxury hospitality sector, the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Riviera Nayarit (OVC ) will offer a familiarization tour to five wedding planners from Canada. The tour will include visiting four and five diamond hotels, as well as boutique hotels. “In addition to getting to know the area’s luxury hotel industry, this will give them an opportunity to visit coastal villages. Although many of these are not suited to be sites for weddings, they do offer other services and products that can complement an event,” said the CEO of the CVB of Riviera Nayarit, Marc Murphy. “Nuevo Vallarta has the Sanctuary option as an alternative entertainment for parties. The Marieta Islands are always an attraction that appeals to all markets, “said Murphy The amplified interest in the region is of no surprise to Blaire Osborne, co-owner of local

families. Come on over and check out the new Bucerias Monday Mexican Gourmet Market. I for one had no problem eating my way from booth to booth…. Buen Prevecho!

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 architecturally inspiring community of Conchas Chinas. The beach cove here is excellent for snorkeling.

Plush Catering & Events. Canadian-born Osborne has been expertly putting together memorable weddings and events in the area for 5 years. “It’s great to hear that more wedding professionals are taking an interest in Vallarta-Nayarit. We have worked with several Canadian and American companies that plan destination wedding for their clients here in the Bay of Banderas. Every town along the bay has something special to offer. With, seven to eight months of fantastic weather, what’s not to love” Osborne enthusiastically states. Bucerias, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Punta de Mita, Sayulita and San Francisco will be visited by the wedding planners, who may also find independent restaurants as viable venue options. Recent statistics found that an increase of 27.16% luxury travelers from Canada between 2012 and 2013. This upward trend is expected to continue. Translation by Michelle Mayer

Cat Morgan, owns the and town websites like and Cat would love to hear from you with any Riviera Nayarit news. Please contact her at


Friday Nov 22 - 28, 2013


Las Mojoneras Part 3 By Todd Bates


his article is the third of RE/MAX Puerto Vallarta’s commitment to ensure that a local, primary school has the tools and advantages, equal to that of the private schools that exist here. 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. 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. The federal government of Mexico is extremely aware of the obesity, and subsequent diabetes epidemic, so much so that they have instituted a grant system to provide local charities and groups with funds for innovative solutions. One of our solutions is to plant fruit trees and herbs, at least 6 different types of each, which will provide our children with much needed nutrients. As I have mentioned before, I only look at force multipliers and this one is where our children will learn horticulture at the same time as receiving nutrition. Fortunately, Angie Ahumada, my partner in this project, has already found a client that is extremely proud to be able to offer us fully grown fruit trees! Now we are looking for some people with pick-up trucks that would allow us to transport these trees to our school. I can only imagine 4 - 6 trees per load, so we are looking at numerous trips, but if we had a several trucks, we could get this done in one day.


To go to our needs; volunteers are our most cherished assets and I wish to say an incredible thank you to Shelley, our latest addition, as she whole-heartedly joined our mission and has incredible expe-

rience and knowledge to bring us to the next level! We are aleways looking for some more volunteers ...


For our Canadian and American readers, there is an enormous opportunity for you to help, as many teaching aides (books) for our children, are changed every 4 to 6 years and the old ones are pulped, or thrown away. These are exactly what our children 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.


As well, school has a complete computer lab, but no teacher, so the doors are locked. I have been in contact with some of our local, private schools to ask if they have students available, but cannot assist during regular school hours, which is when we need them. So, I will be teaching computer comprehension on Fridays, but could definitely use a hand, or two.


For me, this is of special importance, as when our children are unable to express themselves through language, art is the next step, especially when they cannot conventionally share or even know how to. To clarify our children’s needs, we request: English language primers (books), Teachers (spanish not needed) Art primers (books)

Explore Banderas Bay 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 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.

Art Teachers, (Spanish may be needed) Art supplies paper, pens, pencils, brushes, water-based color paints, easels ... Physical Education Teacher; simply to illustrate the joy of the game, whatever that may be. A Teacher for the Deaf or Visually disabled. A Psychologist. More Computer Teachers (as I can only do so much!); Spanish is needed. We are requesting 2 to 3 hours, 1 day per week, on each Friday. 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 a session, their time is equally valuable for our children. From our corporate sponsors, we are starting a daily nutrition goal of 1 fruit and 1 healthy beverage (juice or milk) for each of the children; do you wish to be a part 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 be donating 10% of all earnings to this opportunity; do you wish to be part of this as well? We can, and will, make a difference in over 200 families lives, for their future. Our Volunteers: Sunshine, Marina Vallarta. Shelley, Marina Vallarta. Our Sponsors: RE/MAX Puerto Vallarta. Our Samaritans: Doris C., Grand Prairie, Canada. Brian and Peggy B., Parry Sound, 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

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

My life in Vallarta By Lois Ellison

Mornings on the Malecon Nothing beats a walk on the Malecon to start the day off right. Even though I’ve done it hundreds, if not thousands, of times, no walk is ever the same. Everything changes: the weather, the people, the morning light, the sounds and smells. During the summer, it is pretty quiet; just a few locals and the other hardy foreigners who, like us, are here year round. Some we know by name, others only by sight, but we greet each other enthusiastically, both coming and going. To pass the time, we invent names for many of them. There’s Shorty, Smiley, Tippy Toes, and Slim. There’s Thick and Thin and their matching dogs. Fuzzy’s haircut matches his dog’s fur style. When we see Mr. and Mrs. Grumpy, we speculate about what’s bothering them. One of our favorites is Judge Scalia. He’s a pretty fast runner but will he make it back to DC in time for the Supreme Court? And Green Shirt Man who wears that same shirt daily without fail. Or maybe he has a whole closet full of identical shirts. Summer mornings are hot and humid but the skies are incredibly dramatic, especially when there is a far off thunder storm, and the water generally calm. We watch the hills turn emerald green with the first rains of the season. An offshore storm and a good wind combine to blow sea spray up on the Malecon, so thick you can taste the salt. In July, the sun comes up around 7:15am but by mid-October, it’s dark until

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.

almost 8:00. At daybreak, a group of fishermen gathers along the water’s edge near the mouth of the Cuale River, casting their nets in a timeless tradition. Now the winter season is starting. A good breeze greets us and we welcome the lower humidity. Locals begin wearing vests and sweat shirts but the tourists are in tank tops. Each morning brings a few more familiar faces from seasons past. We begin to speculate: will Sad Eyes be back? Last year, we thought she’d found love but then he was gone and her smile went away. What about Robert Culp? We haven’t seen the Big Guy for a while but I think he goes out earlier than we do. More people who resemble their dogs. Do they choose these dogs on purpose or does the resemblance evolve with time? Cruise ships twinkle on the horizon heading into the harbor. The buzz around town is that it will be a busy season. Great for everyone. If you are out walking on the Malecon and see people staring out at the water, take a break and join them. You might see dolphins frolicking or whales cavorting with their young. Guaranteed to take your breath away. As winter progresses the crowd swells. Some are only here for a week or two, but the lucky ones stay for a few months. Exercisers are joined by those cleaning up from the revelry of the night before. How many brooms are worn out each week? We thank them for their hard work. When spring arrives, the hills slowly fade to brown as the winter visitors head north once again. As the crowd thins, we take note of who is gone and hope to see them again next season. Any time of year, morning on the Malecon is magic. It is that special slice of quiet that divides the excitement of the night from the routines of the day. So what are you waiting for? Put on a pair of shoes and wander the Malecon in the morning. Slow or fast, it doesn’t matter. Don’t forget to watch for whales. Oh yes, be sure to smile and say “Buenos Dias”. We’ll be looking for you.

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

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Plaza Caracol is the most established shopping centre in Puerto Vallarta with over 25 years in the community. At Plaza Caracol you will find more services, shops and events than any other shopping centre in the city.


ith businesses to serve all your needs including a major grocery store, media and design, gym, dental care, healthcare, beauty, fashion, first run English and Spanish movies, arcades for the young at heart, and international and Mexican cuisine, plus the services you need like cable, internet and telephone. It is truly a one-stop shopping centre. Plaza Caracol holds regular community oriented events including musical presentations, pet rescue, art shows and holiday festivities. There is always something exciting going on here! Visit Plaza Caracol today to experience the warmth and hospitality of a truly Vallartense destination. We welcome you to Plaza Caracol. Located across the street from Canto del Sol and the Cornerstone Hospital, Plaza Caracol is centrally located in Puerto Vallarta’s Versalles neighbourhood, only minutes from downtown, Fluvial and the hotel zone.

Located across the street from Canto del Sol and the Cornerstone Hospital, Plaza Caracol is centrally located in Puerto Vallarta’s Versalles neighbourhood, only minutes from downtown, Fluvial and the hotel zone.

Visit these excellent locations and more at Plaza Caeacol Boutique simarik: everything for the modern woman. Most current fashion trends with the best prices. Season clothing, shoes, accessories, perfumes, bikinis. We pride ourselves on offering the best personal attention. For christmas we have an excellent selection of gifts. Visit us to learn why Simarik is the best fashion boutique. We are waiting for you. TK: Original designs of necklaces, bracelets and earrings made with natural stones, pearls, crystals, gold-plated, silver-plated and aluminum. We create custom designs to your style. Optical Alvarez: is the top vision care provider serving Puerto Vallarta since 1990. We give your eyes the best care possible

using advanced equipment. Same day on-site service for most eyeglass and contact lenses. LIMAC: With 25 year of experience with all types of electronic accessories including audio, video and computers. Now offering repairs services for computer equipment and security systems. We also offer home delivery. Dr. Carlos Diaz-Medical Spa is a health and beauty medical center that offers: anti-aging treatments, Botox, facial fillers, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), micro-peels, facial rejuvenation, mesotherapy, massage, laser hair removal, vein removal, diminished sun and age spots and homeopathic medical services.


Friday Nov 22 - 28, 2013

13th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Taste of Nuevo Vallarta


ith food as a tool and charity as a reason, this delicious event will feature a variety of chili recipes in its competition. The Taste of Nuevo will highlight the cuisine of professional chefs from 40 restaurants around “Mexico’s Pacific Treasure”. They will offer samples of their menus, which attendees can taste for only $10 dollars per ticket. Tickets may also be used to buy bottled water, sodas, beer, wine and Margaritas. Live music will add to the event’s festive atmosphere. “It is important to promote the cuisine of the area, but even more important is the fact that it is a charitable event and benefits those most in need,” said the general manager and Riviera Nayarit’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, Marc Murphy . “It is an event that will attract many tourists, particularly because they can taste many flavors from different restaurants in

Festival Gourmet International Events

Garza Blanca Invites you to their special events


tion of the wine. On the menu are Red Wine Vino de Piedra vintages from 2006 - 2009. The evening is three-fold with the Vertical Wine Tasting, Wine Auction & Sale to Public, and a specially prepared four-course wine pairing dinner. Space is very limited, and reservations are recommended 176-0700 ext 3013 or

n addition to wonderful dinner specials to found around the bay and as far north as Tepic, specific events are being held each day of the Festival. Visit for more details and to make reservations.

FRIDAY, NOV. 22 one event. This is why we chose the Malecon in Nuevo Vallarta – to receive more visitors,” explained the manager of the Yacht Club, Rodolfo Trejo . Exhibitors are invited to register in advance. This is one of the first opportunities of the season to promote your business among hundreds of tourists and locals. If there are any comments or concerns, please contact Rodolfo Trejo at ( 322 ) 297 22 22 manager@vallartayachtclub. org or Event Organizer Dee Cockerham at (322) 297 50 01.



Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner


ugo D’Acosta, winemaker from Casa de Piedra visits Puerto Vallarta. On December 6, at 6:00pm Blanca Blue’s Wine Cellar will have the honour to receive Hugo D’Acosta, wine maker and enologist and owner of Casa de Piedra Wine Estate. Join Hugo in a unique vertical wine tasting. This is an opportunity to taste several vintages of a single bottling, giving you the chance to understand the evolu-

Join Garza Blanca at BocaDos STK for their US Thanksgiving celebration on November 28th, starting at 7:00pm. Dinner will be served buffetstyle with salad bar, soup, traditional turkey with cranberry sauce and a selection of desserts. Live Jazz Music. $450 pesos adults, $225 children from 4 years to 12 years old. Space is very limited, and reservations are recommended 176-0700 ext 3013 or

ADORABLE DOG IN THE SPOTLIGHT...MOLLY Molly is just over 3 months old and quite a charmer. She is one of many rescues that come to us after having been dumped in the street as a puppy. She is a healthy little girl but does need a special diet to stay that way. So, if you are willing to prepare a simple but homemade diet for this little girl you can apply to adopt her. She weighs practically nothing because she is all fluff. Molly is just too cute

and lovable and deserves her fur-ever home. Please contact us at

KEY DISTRIBUTION POINTS You should be able to find the paper at these locations. If you’ve missed this week’s paper you can always download the current copy at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Oso’s Restaurant Philos Realty Ikuai Restaurant Bucerias DeCameron Resort Global Real Estate Yo-Yo Mo’s Sports Bar Nuevo Vallarta Paradise Village La Estancia Vallarta Adventures Marina RE/MAX Marina

Café Cup Casa Velas Hotel Zone Villa del Palmar - Vallarta Weekend Markets Old Town Farmers Market Saturday Co-Op Market La Cruz Farmers Market Tourist Offices: • Rio Cuale • Main Plaza • Lazaro Cardenas Park American Consulate Canadian Consulate Old Town & Centro Paradise Community Centre Fredy Tucan Restaurant Timothy Real Estate Page in the Sun

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Friday Nov 22 - 28, 2013

New Paintings at Galeria Uno: Al Garvey Sueños de Arboles

n artist’s reception at Galería Uno on Wednesday, November 27, from 6 to 9 pm, opens Al Garvey’s fourth solo exhibition of paintings in oil, Sueños de Arboles (Tree Dreams), during the weekly Art Walk. A powerful change will be noticed by those who are familiar with Al’s work. The majestic tropical trees of Vallarta are seen in a dramatic new palette of saturated vibrant color, somewhat removed from reality. This metamorphosis stems from a longdesired return to Paris last year; the Garveys had spent the first year of their marriage living in a tiny apartment on the top of Montmartre. Here Al painted, among local artists and surrounded by tourists. In September, 2012, the Garveys exchanged their Vallarta guesthouse for another tiny apartment, this time in the St. Blaise neighborhood of the 20th arrondissement, an exuberant tourist-free zone of multiple ethnicities. During that month, Garvey spent many hours at the Pompidou Museum of Modern Art, the Musée D’Orsay and an exhibition of Expressionist painters in Luxembourg Gardens, concentrating his study on Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Paul Gauguin. Returning to his studio these intense images

permeated his vision. Garvey, a 10-year full-time resident of Puerto Vallarta, is a graduate of Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles; he lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for many decades where he explored a variety of media, from serigraphy to exotic wood mosaics, furniture and eclectic home design and one-of-a-kind entry doors. Outside of working hours, he and his wife danced. Greek and other international folk traditions preceded an elegant period of art-deco era ballroom dancing, but in 1986 all other interests were eclipsed by Argentine tango. From then until the present, and hopefully for decades to come, Al and Barbara pursue this passion, promoting and teaching the dance of mystery and miracle. Their home here, on a hill overlooking the bay, was designed by the artist entirely of traditional materials, with two dance floors to accommodate frequent tango parties. Please drop in to Galería Uno on Wednesday November 27th between 6-9 pm to meet Al Garvey or at any time during the next couple of weeks to view “dream with trees”. The gallery is located at Morelos 561 and is also open Monday –Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (322) 222-0908.

Trees Hugging the Earth in a Tropical Forest

The World According to Lencho Opening Reception at Contempo Gallery Friday, November 29

By Heather Wilson And what a quirky and playful place it is! “Lencho” – a.k.a. renowned Puerto Vallarta artist Lee Chapman – transforming the everyday things he sees into witty folkloric images with a dreamlike quality. “What I most love about living in Mexico is that when I’m walking down the street, it still feels full of wonder and surprises some two decades later. I can be driving along, and suddenly come across a circus in the middle of nowhere, or hundreds of people enjoying a swimming hole formed by our tropical rains just the night before. There’s a heart warming cheerful feeling about this country, a way of being that could never happen in the States.” As a former TV commercial director in Hollywood, California, Lee designed sets and special effects as well as directing and producing. And Ronald McDonald turned out to be his favorite client! “The sets I designed were a playful 3-D version of the artistic

style now found in my 2-D paintings.” Lee and his wife, Nancy, (with their two L.A. dogs) moved to Mexico City in 1992, to direct commercials en español. During this time, he had a show at the Museum of Natural History sponsored by the Mexico City Department of Culture. He moved to Vallarta in 1995 (now with three dogs) to become a full time-painter. Growing weary of assuming a kung fu stance whenever someone responded with confusion to his name (as in “Lee. . . como Bruce Lee”), when he came to Vallarta in 1995 he was given his Mexican apodo of Lencho by some Mexican friends. Normally the nickname given to a Larry or Lorenzo, its frisky spirited quality resonates with his whimsical painting style, while he continues to sign his own name on his more realistic figurative creations. This past summer proved exceptionally fruitful, Lencho once again completely absorbed in painting after closing his popular Puerco Azul/Blue Pig gallery and

store. “I found the retail business far too distracting, because when I do a painting I live in it. Much like tango dancers who enter a state of flow, once I get my vision, style and color palette for a piece, my intuition takes over and I enter that transcendent space so conducive to originality.” Lencho’s upcoming show offers a fresh new take on his humorous worldview. The animals he loves – his dogs Pinto and Rudy Rojo among them – move from center stage to backdrop lush tropical landscapes. And we are introduced to some bold feisty characters, a ‘typical’ Vallarta tourist and a flashily dressed con man among them. This Friday, November 29, Galeria CONTEMPO warmly invites you to meet LENCHO at an opening cocktail reception to be held from 6 to 10 pm. This airy two-story gallery is located at 252 Basilio Badillo, at the corner of Ignacio Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta’s South Side. Phone: (322) 223-1925

Friday Nov 22 - 28, 2013


Announcing a new show at Galleria Dante


uis Castellanos Valui, born in Guadalajara in 1955, is a painter who infuses his Latin American roots with the traditions of tropical jazz and cafe culture. Collected by the J. Paul Getty Institute and Capitol Records, Valui creates rhythmic images, bringing his subjects to life. His works are also in the collection of Atlas and Mambo Restaurants, Go West Productions, Televisa, Ripstein Collection and Univision. At his openings in Los Angeles, many Hollywood jet setters are among the collectors. He studied for two years at the Fine Arts University in Guadalajara. At the age of twenty he moved to Mexico City where he studied at the “Esmeralda” school. He restored Colonial and Pre-Hispanic art for four years at the request of the Mexican government. He then established himself in the Bohemian community of Tepoztlan, Morelos, a small village south of Mexico City. There he began his formal career as a painter. In 1986, he had his first individual exhibition at the prestigious OMR Gallery in Mexico City. “For me, in the beginning it was Van Gogh,” Valui says. “But, over the years, I learned

Meet artist Luis Castellanos Valui at Galleria Dante Friday, November 29th Cocktails 6 -10 pm

about the German Expressionists, pre-Hispanic art, and became influenced by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall.” Not just people, but animals are also a favorite subject; crabs, parrots, lions, tigers being some

of his most favorite to paint. Musicians and dancers recur in Mr. Valui’s paintings, and their heat and energy are palpable. You could get a charley horse in your calf just looking at his dancers’ legs. “We say in Mexico, when you are a

musician who is very ...” he rolled his hand in the air, “... very talented, very into it, we say, ‘tiene duende,’ he has it in his blood, in his soul.” Luis paints in oil, as well as water color. When you attend his shows, you will hear the friendly bantering of his collectors: “Well, I own seven of his paintings”. Another will say “But, I own eleven”. Very few people stop at purchasing only one painting by Luis. The paintings make you smile and leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Luis is a painter of our senses, what you feel looking

at his paintings: to dance, to sing, to dream, to love. And when it comes to dance, there is probably not a style that Luis has not painted: mambo, tango, salsa, cha-cha-cha, waltz. There are scenes on the beach, by the campfire, in plazas, street and market scenes. His paintings are fresh, luminous and definitely tropical. They are full of humor and saturated with color and light. Meet Luis at the opening at Galleria Dante, located at Basilio Badillo 269 in Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta.

COLORS ON CANVAS PV Art exhibition


olors on Canvas PV’s second collective art exhibition at Biblioteca Los Mangos (Los Mangos Library), Avenida Francisco Villa 1001, Puerto Vallarta is fast approaching. Over the three days we hope everyone will find a time that works to come and see our work. The exhibition will hang: Friday, Nov. 29, 6 - 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2 – 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 – 4 p.m. Our Library serves some 6,000 users each month, has over 25,000 Spanish books, 5,000 English books, internet service and a variety of workshops. AND without government funding! The Library is always in need of donations and we are very happy to be able to help. Many of the users are students who do not have access to the books and internet so vital to their studies. Colors on Canvas PV members will donate 20% of proceeds from

all sales to the Library. There will be 50/50 raffles each day and refreshments will be sold, all proceeds will go to the library. You can help and support the library doubly on Fri. Nov. 29th. First come to the exhibition to see and purchase affordable pieces of original art. Then head over to Teatro Vallarta for a one night only performance by the University of Guadalajara Ballet Folklorico to benefit Biblioteca Los Mangos. (Call the Library at 224 9966 for Ballet Folklorico ticket information.)


Friday Nov 22 - 28, 2013


Hockey Night in Vallarta Junior Sailing Program Fundraiser FIESTA CUBANA!

We are in! By Joel Hansen


rior to last week’s column while I was waiting for the opening match between El Tri and Nuevo Zealand, the whole nation was holding its breath. How quickly things change. Last week I had Mexican friends wearing All-Whites gear telling me that Mexico didn’t deserve a trip to Brazil. Late last night or early this morning (depending on how you look at it) after Mexico won again in New Zealand to secure the final berth to the World Cup, that same friend texted me from a bar in Guadalajara to tell me how he was a believer in new coach Miguel Herrera’s 5-3-2 attacking style. The trip to Brazil was basically secured last week when Mexico crushed New Zealand 5-1 in the opener, with last night proving a huge sigh of relief for the country. It is estimated that the World Cup represents a boost of $1 billion dollars to the economy. In the end El Tri proved to be too much for New Zealand, the new formation and attacking style suits the Mexican squad and it will

be interesting to see what Herrera does with his European stars, the same players he left off the team for this ‘win or go home’ series. The upper echelons of the Mexico soccer federation are a shadowy and politically motivated group whose moves and decisions often do not make sense, so there is no guarantee that Herrera and his sexy brand of football will be in Brazil. I, for one, think he deserves the chance and hope to see him there. His style of play is great to watch and he is a massively fun character to watch on the sidelines with his over-exuberant displays. Good work Mexico - now let the planning for Brazil begin.


he Vallarta Yacht Club will be sponsoring their Fall Fundraising event for the Junior Sailing Program. The theme is Fiesta Cubana and will be held Saturday, November 23rd at 6:00 PM after the first day of Races of the traditional “Regata de la Revolucion”. This event draws fantastic prizes and an auction and raffle item donated by many generous companies from the community, and is a great opportunity to socialize with friends while drinking, dancing, eating and bidding! Net proceeds from the event will go to financing scholarships and equipment to the Junior Sailing Program. One out of six children in the program is under a sailing scholarship program for which a 8.5 GPA is required, along with excellent conduct reports and a recommendation, financial need, supportive parents and above all a great a desire to sail. The Junior Sailing Program at the Vallarta Yacht Club is one of the few in the country that does not oblige youngsters to provide their own equipment. Donations and proceeds from Fundraiser dinner event allow sailing to become available. Along the way children gain self-confidence and pride in their accomplishments while learning life skills such as decision making, team work and developing character, knowledge and love for the sea. Adult ticket is $300 pesos and children 12 and under ticket is $150 pesos for authentic Cuban food and fun. Raffle tickets will be sold on-site and drink tickets are $20 pesos each or 5 for $100. Of course, the drink of the night will be Mojitos, but full bar service will be open. A Cuban salsa dance show and Cuban music

will be provided throughout the evening. This Fundraiser is open to people of all ages and is a great opportunity for those interested in the sport of sailing. Any questions

welcome and can be directed to Rudy Trejo at the Vallarta Yacht Club (322) 297 22 22 office@ Because we cannot do it without you, come to the Junior Sailing Fundraiser!


Your Puerto Vallarta Condo By Fabien Madesclaire

Tips on Being Part of a Home Owners Association


o you’re now the proud new owner of a condo here in Puerto Vallarta. You’ve rented out your house back home, and are looking to spend winters in paradise with your husband, dog, and of course, all of the excited friends and family who will be visiting, and can’t wait to see your new place here in Mexico. Much like back home when you buy a condo you are now a member of the Home Owners Association (HOA). Hopefully you’ve read the bylaws, understand your monthly fees, and are planning to attend the meetings. Here are some things to expect:

How do you know what you maintain and what the HOA maintains?

What part of your condo complex do you solely own?

This could be air conditioning or heating units, chute, flue, duct, wire, conduit, bearing wall, bearing column, other fixtures, whether located within or outside of the boundaries of your condo. Even if it is within the “boundaries” of your condo such as shutters, awnings, window boxes, doorsteps, stoops, porches, decks, balconies, entryways, patios, exterior doors and windows, these could all be included as Limited Common Elements. If the bylaws of the condominium association are unclear

You are the owner of anything throughout the inside of your walls, floors and ceilings.

What do you and your partners own (the other condo owners) collectively? Pretty much anything regarding the exterior structure (the foundation, exterior walls and roof) as well as any common areas and amenities (e.g, swimming pools, common gardens, clubhouses, tennis courts, play areas, etc.)

As a rule the HOA will take care of all of the exterior upkeep of the building(s) and grounds. This can vary from building to building, so you need to carefully read the bylaws.

What are Common Elements? These would be portions of the condo other than your unit. Such as walls, floor, and ceilings that extend outside of your condo. Think of it this way: if it is serving more than one condo it is part of the Common Elements.

What are Limited Common Elements?

about the definition of Common Elements, Unit, and/or Limited Common Elements, it is very important that you ask the HOA to establish the criteria for these three designations. So that, in the future, if changes are made to the building the responsibilities will not become confused. Make sure that your HOA updates these responsibilities when changes to the exterior are made. It is REALLY important to attend HOA meetings. I know, you just retired, swore that you would never attend another meeting in your life, but you need to protect yourself and your investment. Look at it as an opportunity to get to know your neighbors. If you are in a large complex, you may rarely see some of them, so this is a chance to say “hi”. It’s also a great chance to find out about idiosyncrasies in the complex, and even get some tips from folks who are more seasoned in the community. You can also get a clear sense of HOA finances, since you are now contributing to the fund, you should continue to be informed about where your money is currently going and of any upcoming projects in the future.

We are all human

Some people love animals and children, and others prefer plants. Some people love to be creative about their living space, and others are minimalists. In the end it takes a village, and you may not always agree with other HOA members, but by attending the meetings you will stay informed and take a role in managing your nest egg for yourself, and your family. Contact me at G3MEX anytime regarding your condo or property questions. My phone number is 322-135-0424.

Friday Nov 22 - 28, 2013

Interval International Expands Its Relationship with Grupo Vidanta in Mexico


nterval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), announced the addition of The Grand Bliss Riviera Maya and The Bliss Nuevo Vallarta, luxury shared ownership resorts in Mexico. Developed by Grupo Vidanta, these properties follow Grand Luxxe Residence Club Riviera Maya, which joined Interval’s global network in 2011. “Our affiliation with Interval will help us achieve that objective by offering them access to the same caliber properties around the world.” “We’re delighted to expand our partnership with Grupo Vidanta, a company that has been recognized for building award-winning resorts since its entry into the industry,” said Marcos Agostini, Interval’s senior vice president of resort sales and business

development for Latin America. “These spectacular properties offer visitors a host of upscale, family-friendly amenities in two of Mexico’s top vacation destinations.” The Bliss Nuevo Vallarta is located north of Puerto Vallarta in the heart of Banderas Bay. The property will be comprised of 240 suites decorated in refreshing pastel colors with kitchens, living and dining areas, and private terraces. Onsite amenities and activities that will appeal to all members of the family include several swimming pools, multiple restaurants and bars, Brio Spa and Fitness Center, a Nicklaus-designed golf course, tennis, shopping, the Kids Club, nature treks, arts and crafts, and more. Currently under construction, the Bliss Nuevo Vallarta is slated for completion in the fourth quarter of 2014.



Friday Nov 22 - 28, 2013

Non-Profit and Charitable Organizations For visitors to Puerto Vallarta who wish to do a good deed for the less privileged in our paradise, this is a list of some of the many organizations that could benefit from such kind gestures. If you would like your organization recognized here, please email details to editor 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

Bucerias Bilingual Community Center support Local families 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.

Alcoholics Anonymous:

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

AA meetings (and Al-anon, NA, CODA, OA, ARTS) in English Puerto Vallarta Alanon Club Basilio Badillo 329 - interior col. Emiliano Zapata recoverpv. com

Clinica de Rehabilitación Santa Barbara - Rehabilitation of the handicapped. Contact: Laura Lopez Portillo Rodriguez at 224-2754.

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.

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. www.peaceanimals. org Pro Biblioteca de Vallarta Raises funds for Los Mangos Public Library. Tax-deductible receipts for Mexico and USA. Contacts: Ricardo Murrieta at 224-9966 or Jimmie Ellis at 222-1478. Proyecto Pitillal, “Busca un Amigo” - Association created by underprivileged mothers of paralyzed children who need society’s help. Contact: 299-4495. Puerto Vallarta Garden Club: Beautify and protecting the environment. Open to all. Mtgs held at Paradise Community Center, third Thursday every month at 11am from October to May. 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. com The International Friendship Club (IFC) - A registered charitable organization in Mexico listed as Club Internacional de la Amistad de Puerto Vallarta A.C. The IFC supports the Cleft Palate Surgery Program & families in need. Funds are raised through Membership & Home Tours. 322-222-5466. www.ifcvallarta. com. Toys for Tots Vallarta - Is a non-profit organization that is celebrating 15 years in Puerto Vallarta. Distributes toys and constructs playgrounds for less-advantaged kids in the Puerto Vallarta area during the Christmas holiday period. Contact: Jerry Lafferty 322 221 6156 or Lourdes Bizarro lourdes.bizarro@marriotthotels. com. SPCA PV – 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

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IFC Offers Weekly Tour to Botanical Gardens and Zoo by Janie Albright Blank


he International Friendship Club (IFC) started offering tours to Puerto Vallarta’s beautiful Botanical Gardens and Zoo last season. They were so well received that this tour will be departing every Thursday morning beginning December 5 and continuing into April. The tours will be headed by volunteer, John Lockington. John is from Vancouver and has been a Home Tour docent for many seasons and also has loads of tour experience in the travel industry. John sent me this information about the tours:

“December 5th marks the start of the IFC's Botanical Garden & Zoo Tour. This weekly tour will be every Thursday. The tour will leave at 10 am from the Sea Monkey restaurant located on the beach at the end of Aquiles Serdan just south of Molina de Agua Condominiums and travel in an air-conditioned bus for an enjoyable trip to the zoo. You will then have 1 1/2 hours to visit and can even hand feed the animals if you wish to. Next we travel on to the Botanical Gardens. Here you can take a guided tour, wander on your own, swim in the clear water river or enjoy lunch in the restau-

When Dreams Come True by Marcia Blondin


n idea gets kicked around - shared by like-minded people for years, bouncing around in artistic brains and slowly, very slowly one idea leads to another, a place makes itself found and three people throw a party. In the summer, in a building in the middle of this city notoriously opposed to change and then have all the attendees IMAGINE where the walls will be, to “see” what they see: dancers here, red chairs over there, sweat, spotlights lighting up

nothing because there weren’t any but look where the actors will do their makeup! We’ll have martinis and hors d’oeurvres and champagne and we’ll ask for money. Why not? The worst they can say is no. Jump four months into the future, admire the flowers all over the staircase, have another flute of champagne, more caviar and hear Danny Maninni’s voice crack just a bit when he shouted “We did it! What should have taken a year was done here in Vallarta in just four months”. And so opens Act II Entertainment - a location

Fabulous Fosse by Marcia Blondin


he newly remodeled Boutique on Basilio Badillo is more than just a theatre; now with rehearsal space, a ‘coming soon’ bistro, meeting rooms and practice space. In short, an artistic oasis to learn in, study in, practice in. And then... perform. All under one roof with the careful guidance of Ken and Karrie Sebryk. Opening night, Friday November 8, a Fonseca Guerrero production of Fosse, All That Dance! Federico Fonseca and Paul Guerrero are no strangers to the Puerto Vallarta arts scene - they have just been away for a while. They are back in town at the Boutique collaborating -

Federico as Director and narrator, Paul as Choreographer with both dancing. Dancing Fosse. So intricate and so difficult. Bob Fosse didn’t like the look of his own hands hence the gloves. He didn’t like going bald either so hats became criterion. He admired the elegance of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly so the cane comes up on occasion as homage. The layout of the Boutique theatre itself creates instant intimacy: there is a dance floor with seats on three sides no room to spare, no space to fall or trip or slip or fail. Demanding space. Just like Fosse. Seventeen numbers on the program and no break. Non-stop movement precise and fast. I would like to go back and concen-

Friday Nov 22 - 28, 2013

rant. We return to Puerto Vallarta by 3 pm. This is a fun day for the whole family. This tour requires uphill climbing and is somewhat strenuous. The cost is 450 pesos for adults and 250 pesos for children 10 years and under. Admissions to the zoo and the Botanical Gardens are included. Profits from this tour go to the IFC charities and their Cleft Palate Program.” For more information, visit our website at You may purchase your tickets online using a credit card or paypal. To purchase with pesos you may stop by the IFC Clubhouse from 9-4 M-F or tickets are available with pesos the day of the tour at the Sea Monkey location beginning at 9:00 am.

that offers every possible type of entertainment under one roof in three different venues. veryone walked on the red carpet with old and new friends wishing Elizabeth, David and Danny a good luck wish on every star in the heavens that night. What a party. A sensational gathering; wonderful to be a part of the culmination of the extraordinary hard work and single-mindedness of three determined people and their great coworkers. Three cheers to everyone involved; all of Vallarta sends congratulations. The curtain has risen so now... let’s get on with the show.


trate on a single dancer for the entire performance. I found myself mesmerized by a movement that started in one foot, carried up through one leg morphed into back then arms and necks doing impossible things with the hats on, then blink and another leap into the air while someone else barely crept across the floor. I found myself holding my breath often, enchanted with a solitary and sexy flick of a wrist. Effortless strength, music spirited and the dancers perfectly in sync. The energy emanating from the cast was extraordinary. They laughed and sang and shouted and moved like Mr. Fosse was sitting front row, center - with a whip. It was magic; fast, furiously fast. Frenetic and fantastic. Fabulously Fosse.

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Friday Nov 22 - 28, 2013



UROLOGIST Dr. Pedro López Cueto Tel. (322) 22 5 11 83

Emergency Phone Numbers Havre No.111 Col. Versalles Fluent Englis Spoken

The police station or the fire department is 060. For Non-Emergency calls, dial (322) 290-0507 for the Police Dep & (322) 224-7701 for the Fire Department.

Ambulance Services Red Cross Ambulance: 222-1533 Global Ambulance: 226-1014

Hospitals Ameri-Med Hospital: 226-2080 Cornerstone Hospital: 224-9400 San Javier Hospital: 226-1010 Medasist Hospital: 223-0444 C.M.Q. Hospital: 223-1919 I.M.S.S. Hospital: 224-3838 Regional Hospital: 224-4000

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

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 La Palapa Pulpito#103, Playa los Muertos” 322.222.5225 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

Emergency Phone for Sayulita

Encore Lazaro Cardenas51, Bucerias 329.298.0140

Las Adelitas Av. Fluvial Vallarta 234 322.293.7778

India Gate Allende 124 Centro 322.223.2424

Beboteros Diaz Ordaz 565 Malecon 322.113.0099

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

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

El Rio BBQ Bar Felipe Angeles 245 Col Paso Ancho 322.184.1200

Murphy’s Irish Pub Morelos 484 Altos 1, Centro 322.113.0373 Nacho Daddy

180 Basilio Badillo

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

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. 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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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.


1. Olive - Orange - Fig 2. Doors - Paintings - Eye Glasses 3. Picnic - Pool - Coffee 4. Rose - Potato - Taste 5. The Olympics - Leap Year - Presidential Elections 6. Masking - Red - Duct 7. Index - Pinky - Ring 8. Ice - Sugar - Rubik’s 9. Jurors - Roses - Doughnuts 10. Seat - Whoopee – Pin

Commonym 8 Answers 1. trees 2. they have frames 3. tables 4. buds 5. happen every 4 years 6. tape 7. fingers 8. cubes 9. they come in dozens 10. cushions

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!

Wuzzle 8 Answers 1. Last Dance 2. For Crying Out Loud 3. Inground Pool 4. No TV for a Week 5. High Frequency 6. Sit Ups



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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