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Friday March 7 - 13, 2014 PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Fernando Gonzalez Corona Director Victor Falcon victorfalcon@Outlook.com Editor Lic. Madeline Milne mmilne@Vallartatribune.com Editorial Board Marcia Blondin Raymond C. Beaty Lois Ellison John & Christie Forget Landon Hollander Nancy Van Landingham Robina Oliver Sales Team Fernando ayala lopez SALES manager salestribune@outlook.com Ma. Yolanda Meza yoly@vallartatribune.com Rebeca Castellón rebeca.castellonn@gmail.com Community Manager / Sales Julie Mongeau juliemongeau@gmail.com Designer Cynthia E. Andrade G. cisandra@vallartatribune.com Vallarta Tribune is an activity and entertainment guide and merely publishes information as it is provided by the advertiser or event host. We do not assume responsibility in errors or omissions other than to correct them as soon as they are made known to us regarding event schedules, locations and/or prices. In addition, we do not assume any responsibility for erroneous inclusion or exclusion of information except to take reasonable care to ensure accuracy, that permission has been obtained to use it, and to remove it as soon as is practical upon receiving your notification of error. We recommend you always confirm prior to attending or visiting an event or establishment. Weekly publication edited, printed and distributed by Ediciones y Publicaciones Siete Junio, SA de CV Grupo Editorial Tribuna Calle 21 de Marzo # 1174 Col. Lomas del Coapinole Del. El Pitillal, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco México CP 48290 Tel. (322) 226-0829, 226-0800 editor@vallartatribune.com * www.vallartatribune.com * www.facebook.com/vallarta.tribune

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Welcome to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit Here is some advice to make your trip a little easier and more enjoyable. TIME ZONE: The entire state of Jalisco is on Central Time, as is the southern part of the State of Nayarit starting from San Blas in the north. BUSES: A system of urban buses with different routes can bring you from one end of the bay to the other and all the spots in between. Current fare is $7.50 pesos per ticket and passengers must purchase a new ticket every time they board another bus. There are no “transfers”. TAXIS: There are set rates within defined zones of town. Do not enter a taxi without agreeing on the price with the driver first. Price is per trip not person. MONEY EXCHANGE: Although you may have to wait in line for a few minutes, banks will give you a higher rate of exchange than the exchange booths (caja de cambio). You will need your passport. Better yet, use your bank card to withdraw funds from any ATM machine. Note that ATM’s in the banks are the safest to use and generally charge lower fees. DRINKING WATER: For the 17th year in a row, Puerto Vallarta’s water has been awarded a certification of purity for human consumption. The quality of the water tested at the purification plant varies greatly from what comes out of the tap at the other end. So do be careful. If you want to be doubly sure, you can pick up bottled water just about anywhere.

EXPORTING PETS: Fall in love with the street dog outside your hotel or a puppy on the Malecon doesn’t mean they can’t come home with you. The process is fairly inexpensive and only takes a day or two. You need a certificate of health from a local vet among other things. The time of year that pets can travel in the cargo section of the plane may be your biggest challenge. For the most up-to-date information contact the Puerto Vallarta SPCA at spcapv@gmail.com. COMMON SENSE: Just as you wouldn’t walk around your hometown drunk and beligerent, it is not acceptable to do that here. While Mexicans are a forgiving bunch, basic politeness is appreciated. For the guys, peeing in public is a major faux pas and if you are caught, can get you tossed in jail or an expensive fine. Pay attention to your surroundings. Pay your bills. Be courteous. And have fun! DRINKING AND DRIVING: First off – just don’t. The consequences are not worth it. Taxis are cheap and plentiful. Fines are as much as 10,000 pesos. You can be taken to jail and your vehicle impounded. There are many checkstops on the weekends and you will be asked to blow if they suspect you have been drinking. LEGAL SYSTEM: Not knowing the law is not an valid excuse in Mexico or anywhere. If you find yourself caught in a legal situation be aware that guilt is presumed until your innocence can be proven. This is a very difficult lesson to learn if you are visiting from the United States or Canada in particular. Immediately contact your consulate for assistance.

Calling in Mexico Calling phones in Mexico can be tricky as it is different than in the US or Canada. There are different codes you need to use depending if you are calling landlines or cellular phones and if they are local or long distance. Long-distance calls from within Mexico For national long-distance calls (within Mexico) the code is 01 plus the area code and phone number. For international long-distance calls, first dial 00, then the country code (for the U.S. and Canada the country code is 1, so you would dial 00 + 1 + area code + 7 digit number). Calling Cell Phones (from a land line) If you are calling from a landline within the area code of the Mexican cell phone number dial 044, then the 10 digit number including area code. Outside of the area code (but still within Mexico) dial 045 and then the 10 digit phone number. Cell phone to cell phone only requires the 10 digit number. Phone Cards Phone cards (“tarjetas telefonicas”) for use in pay phones can be bought at newstands and in pharmacies in denominations of 30, 50 and 100 pesos. Pay phones do not accept coins. When buying a phone card for pay phone use, specify that you would like a “tarjeta LADA,” because pre-paid cell phone cards are also sold in the same establishments. Calling Toll-Free Numbers Some toll free numbers work from Mexico to the US and Canada, but many do not. You need to dial a different prefix. To call the following toll free prefixes, dial as follows: 800 numbers Dial 001-880-then the number 866 numbers Dial 001-883-then the number 877 numbers Dial 001-882-then the number 888 numbers Dial 001-881-then the number

Emergencies: 060 Red Cross: 065 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 Consumer Protection: 01.800.468.8722 Tourism Offices Jalisco: 322.221.2676 Nayarit: 322.297.1006

Canadian Consulate 322.293.2894 24 hrs: 1.800.706.2900


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unday found me at the Jim Lee Events Oscar Party where a couple hundred of his closest friends celebrated the Oscars in style. So many beautiful people in this town and so many sequins. Mexico is a good place for sequins. Wonderful food, generous open bar and a spectacular sunset made the festivities picture perfect. How excited was I to wake up Tuesday morning and have my facebook feed full of PV Mardi Gras news? A little disappointed to only learn of it the day of the event but hopefully many of you found the same messages in your facebook and made an effort to support the event. In its second year, it was a small but brightly coloured caravan of fabulousness and plenty of boys with not much on, plus music, dancing and all-around joy. In a small-world sort of way I stopped to chat with one of the members

of the local chapter of the Black Sheep 69 motorcycle club who turned out to be from the even smaller town right next door to the one I grew up in. Alex and his wife regularly drive down from Greenwood, BC each year and set up in Lo de Marcos. Mardi Gras 2015 is already being planned for Tuesday, February 17th. Check out more awesome photos and keep abreast of this fun pro-vallarta event on facebook.com/ pvmardigras Next year keep an eye out for the Tribune float! This weekend must be one of the busiest of the year. There are so many wonderful events happening that it will be difficult to choose. We have Riverfest, Becas Ball, Sayulita SUP, along with all the wonderful live theater, art exhibits, live music and it’s spring break! Personally, I’m heading out of town to check out the surfers and the free G.Love and Special Sauce show in Sayulita. There is a call out from the Counsellor and Consul of Canada to Mexico, Mr. Christian Jolicoeur to attend an information session for Canadians on Monday, March 10 at the Krystal. It should be interesting in light of the recent change of management at the local office. More details are on page 14 of this week’s paper. Have an excellent weekend. Enjoy all that Puerto Vallarta, the Bay of Banderas and Mexico offers you. Best, Madeline

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ll this talk of polar vortex’s in the past few weeks made me a little homesick and somewhat nostalgic. I never thought that I would catch myself saying that I miss the snow and the cold weather; well at least I thought I did, until… I decided to go back to Montreal for Spring Break and spend time with my family, friends and most importantly my daughter. I thought to myself, what a better time of year to go for a visit, school is out for a week and snow is covering the slopes. Last Wednesday two hours before heading to the airport I went for a quick lunch at Los Abuelos and a much needed last dip in the warm Pacific, hoping that it would allow me to store some heat and sun for my northern adventure…

My. Oh. My. Was I wrong! In no way, shape or form, did my last moments in PV protect me from the harsh frozen reality that awaited me in Canada. Wow! A 60-degree difference smacked me in the face. Literally, Puerto Vallarta showed +29 and Montreal and was -29. I quickly withdrew my words about missing the winter. I can now relate with the tourists and visitors that grace us with their presence for a short period and must return to their harsh reality. This first trip back home has

made me very grateful to be living in such a magical, warm, tropical paradise and that next time around, it will be my amazing daughter who will be spending spring break discovering the beauty of Puerto Vallarta from a teenagers point a view… I shall be back home very soon, until then I’ll keep warm and as for you, my dear readers, please remember to embrace and cherish every (warm) breath taken in this endless paradise. Smiles, Julie

Obituary Letters to the Editor Dear Ms Milne, I have done the hike (Ed: Boca to Las Animas) with my 3 grandkids and it was AMAZING!! The kids shrieked with excitement almost all the way, took photos and videos of the scenery, of butterflies, lizards, all sorts of beautiful palm trees etc. We swam at four beaches and they snorkelled to see many colourful fish. We have avoided the Ocean Grill which looked as a huge tourist trap but had a great late lunch of excellent fish at the Las Animas beach. There was no way to complete your dream one-day trip (botanical gardens, zoo), we were just exhausted by the hike, swims and the shear beauty of it. Thanks again for bringing this pearl of local activities to my attention. Emil Nuevo Vallarta

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leo D. Zalk, age 87, of Minneapolis and originally from Duluth, passed away February 20th, 2014 after a brief illness. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, she was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Leo Deutsch; brothers, Jack and Jim Deutsch; and her beloved husband of 63 years, Charles Zalk. She is survived by sons, David, Stephen (Stacey Elder), and Douglas (Madison); grandchildren, Cody (Marissa), Erica, and Georgia; sister, Mary Ellen (Donald) Miller; and many nieces and nephews. She was a proud graduate of Duluth Denfeld High School,

class of 1944, and served during WW II as a civilian employee of Wright Field Army Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Following the war, while working for Oliver Iron Mining Company in Duluth, she met the love of her life, Charles Zalk, and the rest, as she liked

to say, is history. She devoted her life to raising her three sons and enjoyed extensive travel with Chuck throughout the United States and around the world. In her later years, she and Chuck made a whole new circle of good friends in their winter home for the past twenty years, Puerto Vallarta. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends and will continue to live in the hearts of those who cherish her memory. Memorials are preferred to Camp Nebagamon Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 331, East Troy, WI 53120 (to support non-profit camps serving disadvantaged children), or donor’s favourite charity.


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Things To Do While On Spring Break

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re you here on vacation and want to explore what Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas has waiting for you? From outdoor adventures to fine dining and late night high jinks, there’s something for everyone in this magical bay we are proud to call home. So, take a break from your Mai Tai, leave the resort and check out the many things there are to do.

A Day in a Traditional Mexican Ranch: Ranches offer tours on horseback, by motorbike or hikes through surrounding ecosystems. Las Caletas Beach Las Caletas is a secluded paradise, with a spectacular backdrop of the Sierra Madre Mountains, beautiful beaches, and even a tropical reef. Los Arcos National Marine Park Famous for its 1600 foot underwater cliff “Devil’s Drop,” this protected park consists of towering rock arches, caves, tunnels, and reefs full of marine animals. Yelapa & Majahuitas The small fishing villages of Yelapa and Majahuitas are two relaxing and unspoiled paradises that allow visitors to come in close contact with wildlife inhabiting the hills of the jungle. El Salado Mangrove Estuary The Estero del Salado lagoon is a paradise for birdwatchers; a beautiful expanse of white mangle, palm trees, mosses, ferns, and fauna. San Sebastian This remote village has retained the charm of colonial Mexico while offering an impressive array of modern amenities and expansive views. Swimming with Dolphins Enjoy a day full of fun and plenty of adventure, entertainment and nature.Swimming with dolphins in Vallarta. After a dolphin swim,

take advantage of the day to enjoy 10 water slides, a fresh ride along the river, and dolphin and sea lion shows. Canopy Tours: Canopy tours are an exciting way to see and learn about the varied tropical flora and fauna of the rainforest surrounding Puerto Vallarta. The adrenaline mounts as one rides from treetop to treetop, hovering over the canopy of the lush vegetation of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

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Puerto Vallarta Ready for The Return of Spring Breakers

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uerto Vallarta, one of Mexico’s most popular destinations because of its worldclass infrastructure and authentic Mexican feeling, is preparing for the arrival of this year’s Spring Break. Named the top 4th Spring Break destination in the world by US & World News Report, Puerto Vallarta’s spring break travel season starts on March 1 and

specialists estimate that about 8,000 students from the US and Canada will be visiting the Pacific coast paradise in 2014, a thousand more than in 2013. One of Mexico’s safest destinations, Puerto Vallarta, is not part of the US or Canadian Travel Alerts, instead stating that the city is safe. This is a sentiment agreed by travelers as this year the desti-

nation has received numerous consumer-awarded titles, among them “Most Romantic Mexican Destination” and “Favourite Mexican Beach” from the readers of About.com and “Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice awards have chosen Puerto Vallarta as the #9 Beach Destination and the number one overall destination in Mexico.

clubs will stay open for two more hours. The night scene usually starts around 11pm and most clubs don’t have a strict dress code. Depending on the establishment, there will be a cover charge ranging from 100-400 pesos.

live musicians and BeboTero and Paradise Burger each host live rock band performances regularly.

evening excursions. Puerto Vallarta’s gay nightlife scene congregates on the South Side Zona Romantica area. There are many gay friendly night clubs, bars, discos, cantinas, lounges and party venues located relatively close to each other. Check out www.dianastours.com and gayvallartabarhopping.com

NIGHLIFE Although Puerto Vallarta is known for its breathtaking views, gastronomy and culture, it also has a vibrant night scene. In the heart of Vallarta, along the stretch of the Malecón, there are restaurants, live music venues, bars and nightclubs offering something for everyone! Performing Arts & Cultural Events Puerto Vallarta’s gallery community gathers in the downtown area to present weekly art walks where new exhibits are presented, featured artists are in attendance, and complimentary cocktails are served. Fiesta Nights The major hotels in Puerto Vallarta feature fiestas for tourists. They consist of open bar parties, Mexican buffet dinners, and live entertainment (mariachi bands, etc). Night Clubs & Dancing Puerto Vallarta has many latenight venues and nightclubs, each offering their own unique music, drinks, ambience and décor. Most nightspots are located along Calle Ignacio L. Vallarta. Along this 3-block stretch, visitors may find a sports bar, live music and gay dance clubs. The legal drinking age in Mexico is 18. Most bars serve alcohol until 2am while dance

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

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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

Straight Bars El Malecon neighborhood is the most frequented bar and clubbing area. This area includes such hangouts as Mandala, the Zoo and La Vaquita are located near each other on Diaz Ordaz Street.

Gay Bars Vallarta has a vibrant gay community with a wide variety of clubs and nightlife options, including special bay cruises and

Live Music The restaurant-bar La Bodeguita del Medio has live Cuban and salsa music performances and La Dulce Vita Italian restaurant features a jazz band. La Chata, River Cafe and No Way Jose restaurants have

beauty of the humpback whales as they calve in the warm waters of the bay, in the summer you can experience the majesty of the sea turtles hatching and returning to their watery world. The fall brings renewed vigour to the mountains and rivers with the fresh rains and revived vegetation.

No matter when you visit, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit will share their wonders with you.

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Art For Turtles Encourages Conservation in the Riviera Nayarit

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his annual event offers an art walk for visitors in order to continue to encourage the conservation of local species, especially the marine turtle and its habitat. The Association for Environmental Unity with Mexico has celebrated its Art for Turtles on February 27th at the Bahía del Sol facilities near the Nuevo Vallarta turtle camp in the hopes of encouraging the conservation of the marine turtle and its habitat in the Riviera Nayarit. A group of some 50 volunteers headed by doctor Manuel Carlos Feliz, president of the association, collaborated in this non-profit activity with artists and visitors. “As human beings we have the responsibility of being the primary guardians of the planet, its species and all of nature. We need to act locally and think globally,” said Manuel Carlos. “People come, walk around and enjoy the music, the cuisine, the artisans and the artwork. The artists donate their work to the association so it can be sold and then apply those resources to fund our programs,” he added. The association works together with the National Commission on Protected Areas (CONANP by its acronym in Spanish) and its

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W National Program for the Protection of the Marine Turtle. They also clean up beaches, visit schools to plant the seeds of conservation early on in the children and receive about 100 people daily and give them useful information about the impact of human beings on the marine turtles’ ecosystem. Their main operations lie between the Ameca River and Bucerías. They extended an invitation to the local community as well as the local expats to be a part of this movement and add

their efforts to better our planet. To cite an example of how the conservation of the marine turtle benefits tourism, Manuel Carlos explained that jellyfish are a staple of the turtles’ diet; if the turtles are gone, the largest natural predator of these jellyfish disappears. “The jellyfish burn swimmers and if there aren’t turtles around to eat them, people won’t be able to be in the water, which is what happens in the Mediterranean,” he said. For details and contact information visit www.amamexico.org.

ith an investment of 770 million dollars, the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, and the President of Mazda Motor Corporation, Takashi Yamanouchi, officially opened the Mazda de México Vehicle Operation (MMVO) plant in Salamanca, Guanajuato. Accompanied by the State Governor, Miguel Márquez; the Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal; it was reported that the project will create more than 4,600 direct jobs and produce more than 230,000 Mazda 2 and Mazda 3 vehicles a year. According to the information, 80% of production will be exported to North, Central and South American markets and to Europe; the remaining 20% will be sold in Mexico. The MMVO plant will carry out stamping, assembly

and painting processes, this last stage with leading edge, waterbased technology for the automotive industry, as well as the final upholstery. Mazda has five manufacturing plants worldwide: two in Japan, one in Thailand, one in the United States and one in China. The Guanajuato plant will be the smallest with a surface area of 260 hectares. Mexico’s automotive industry is of great importance: figures for 2013 surpassed oil exports and exceeded 97 billion dollars, 10.8% more than in 2012. In addition, total vehicle production and exports reached record levels, accumulating 3.07 billion and 25 billion units, respectively, generating 640,000 jobs. Mexico is the 8th largest vehicle producer and 4th largest exporter of light vehicles in the world.

The Value In Mexico-Canada Relations T he CEO of ProMéxico, Francisco N. González Díaz, welcomed the mission of Canadian companies accompanying the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, during his visit to Mexico. During the meeting, more than 50 people, including representatives of Canadian firms and Mexican entrepreneurs shared their experiences and learned the advantages of strengthening relations between the two nations. “President Enrique Peña Nieto

recently called for greater integration between North American countries to make the region more competitive. Undoubtedly, an event such as this is the perfect showcase for identifying our opportunities and is an important step towards strengthening our economic ties,” said the head of ProMéxico. Speaking before the Canadian Minister of International Trade, he stressed that trade relations between Canada and Mexico

Explore Banderas Bay 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

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

exceed 30 billion dollars and that currently, Canada is the fourth largest source of foreign direct investment in Mexico. He also drew attention to the value chains that bind the countries of North America, “We are co-producers, not only marketing finished products, but building them together,” said the CEO. One example is the automotive industry where the structure might be built in Mexico, the engine in Canada and the assembly done

in the United States. A significant fact is that almost 50% of total exports among NAFTA countries are made within the region, a sure sign of the level of unity. Francisco N. González was optimistic about the future of the bilateral relationship. “I am sure that the horizon will be even brighter for Mexico and Canada if we deepen the integration of our economies. For specialists and business leaders, conditions are optimal

and it is a fact, we are more effective as a region than individually, so I invite you to work towards building a common future.” “ProMéxico is more than willing to join forces in order to reach more ambitious goals for Canadian companies in Mexico and position our country at the highest levels of production capacity and technology development,” he concluded. The meeting is part of the North American Leaders Summit.

Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. 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.


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Paradise and Parenting By Leza Warkentin

Magic Nine

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o you ever notice that most parenting advice is written for those with babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and adolescents? There doesn’t seem to be much out there for parents like me with children in what is called “middle childhood”. Of course, I certainly understand why parents in those other stages need the experts. In babyhood, you are dealing with helpless creatures (who have babies!). And toddlers are basically just miniature tyrants, determined to topple the current regime. As for preschoolers, well, I’ve dealt with this age group for more than half my life, and I’ll never understand why they never notice things like how badly they need a Kleenex but always know when their socks are ever so slightly too tight. And truthfully, I’d never deny free advice for a parent of anybody resembling me at thirteen. But that’s no problem, because I’ve finally found out the Great Secret about middle childhood. It’s like being in a life raft, tossed about for days in huge tidal waves, but then finding yourself in a calm, glassy pool, and the people sharing your raft are suddenly normal and kind of interesting. When my son turned nine, my life took an abrupt upswing. A short year ago he was given to shouting and stomping upstairs in great, but mysterious, afterschool distress. Just now he is sitting calmly at the lunch table, telling his sister how important it is to respect her parents. She’s seven, and awesome, but we’re still hitting a few whitecaps from time to time.

Yes, my friends, nine is a magical age and worthy of note. This is an overnight success story, and I plan to take the credit, just as I plan to blame hormones for any sullenness in my future teenagers. Allow me to share with you what is so fantastic about it. I hope it gives you all a little hope for your children if they are in the baby, toddler, or preschool years. If they are teens, well, you can look back and remember some of these. And then have a laugh over what I’m in for. He is: Old enough to know there’s a logical reason for most things but young enough to imagine they involve super powers anyway. Old enough to tell you he’s too mature for baby Disney Pixar movies, but young enough to be unable to hide the relief on his face when you tell him there’s no way he’s going to the Robocop movie. Old enough to have interesting conversations, but young enough to say something either innocently hilarious or innocently profound. Case in point: The other day he watched a heavily edited version of Jurassic Park with his dad. After the movie he came to me gravely and said, “Mom, I’ve been thinking. I’m not going to invent a time machine when I grow up. Who wants to travel back in time just to get eaten by a dinosaur? Lesson LEARNED.” Old enough to be too embarrassed to commit public displays of rage, but young enough not to notice (or care) that he’s galloping into the ocean with all the grace and restraint of a water buffalo. Old enough to walk by himself but young enough to still want to hold your hand sometimes.

Explore Banderas Bay Once the sun has set, the malecon comes alive with families out for a stroll, plenty of live entertainment and later in the night, the nightclubs beckon. Sayulita – A short 45 minutes

north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Sayulita is the surfers mecca of Riviera Nayarit. A funky town with a wonderful protected beach, this laid-back town has a hippie vibe with the

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The OTFM-TC Captures Your Scents-ibilities

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hile you’re enjoying sunny Puerto Vallarta – and the new Jim Demetro bronze sculpture, “Andale Bernardo,” in Lazaro Cardenas Park – be sure to stop by the OTFM-TC. Lose yourself in the scents-ibilities of farm-to-table produce, artisan foods and one-ofa-kind clothing, accessories and home décor at this make it, bake it, grow it” weekend attraction. A Citrus Rainbow Did you know that citrus aromatherapy helps with digestion and curbs stress and anxiety? Carlos Garcia Vazquez of Zumo-Fresh understands this. That’s why he selects, disinfects and bottles his own selection of 100% natural lime, orange and grapefruit juices. It’s good for the mind and the body. (322) 129-7849 Get a Little “Fruity” Mexico abounds with colorful, native fruits. Each one will capture your imagination with its refreshing aromas. And it is 20-year fruit industry veteran, Rita Valencia Diaz, who will impress you with the flavors of mangos, pineapples and watermelon picked in their prime. Frutas Frescas de Vallarta offers just-picked sweetness for an unforgettable, fruity experience. (322) 181-5520 Candle Me! If candles mesmerize you with their hypnotic glow, then you’ll love the beauty and creativity of Federico Lopez’s Velas Ivix

organic cafes and the yoga studios to prove it. Visit the Huichol Cultural Centre for some wonderful handmade beaded jewelry or grab a surf lesson from one of the many vendors on the beach. Cooking Classes – Recognized as one of the world’s leading cuisines, there

screens and lanterns. Designed to harmonize with natural light, these candles will beautifully set the mood for your home or next soiree. Facebook or (322) 228-6489 Healing Powers Long-time student of herbs, Terra Mar has championed for the healing powers of herbs in the U.S. and in Mexico. With experiences as an herbal consultant and retail entrepreneur, she honors the over thousand-year tradition of healing tinctures. Boost your immune system, prevent inflammation, claim a better night’s sleep and tap into the antianxiety power of One Planet Herbs all-natural tinctures. Facebook, oneplanetherbs.com or (322) 159-5499

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

Shake up your scents-ibilities this Saturday at the OTFM-TC! Impassioned by responsible food production, entrepreneurial development and the “buy local” movement, our OTFM-TC is a North American style market celebrating the tradition of Mexico’s tianguis markets. Located in Lazaro Cárdenas Park, the OTFM-TC is open every Saturday from 9:30 am to 2 pm from the first Saturday in November to the last Saturday in May. Visit us on www.oldtownfm. com or Facebook.

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.


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Serrano’s Meat House on the corner of Olas Altas and Lazaro Cardenas has a prime location and prime cuts of meat. Specializing in quality, Serrano’s offers its clients an excellent selection of Mexican and American beef along with Chilean salmon, local seafood, pastas and Mexican favourites.

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no’s, David Serrano, where he talked about their passion for serving top quality meats. Coming from a family in the meat packing industry, David knows about serving the best cuts. While the menu is varied enough for most diners, the carne selections are the most popular. With your choice of Top Sirloin, Arrachera, New York, Rib Eye, T-Bone, Porter House or Cowboy steak you are served a mixed salad or one side. I splurged and enjoyed both the creamed spinach (not bikini approved but sooooooo delicious) and mashed potatoes with the best gravy I’ve ever tasted (sorry mom). You can also choose from the baked potato, steamed vegetables or mushrooms in red wine sauce. Prices range from $145 pesos to $490 depending on cut and weight. The wine menu is well chosen with selections primarily from Chile, Argentina, Mexico and California. The service was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable. A little tired of the standard chips and salsa served ubiquitously in this country, I was pleasantly surprised when thin, crisp tortilla chips were served with three excellent made-fresh-everyday salsas. Both the chimichurri and the mortajada were excellent but the salsa de chile morita y de cacahuate made with peanut and morita peppers was a party in my mouth. A definite reason to return! Open at 8am for breakfast, there is a daily special served each day and dinner is served until 11pm. Reservations are accepted but not required. Serrano’s Meat House Lazaro Cardenas 155 Col. Emiliano Zapata Tel. 209 0639


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Wanderings on Olas Altas

i everyone, I hope you enjoyed the Mardi Gras parade on Tuesday. It’s always exciting to have a celebration of this magnitude in our city. You have probably heard of a town named El Tuito. According to the Aztecs the name means “the beautiful place” and the people originally from El Tuito are named “Tuiteños” In case you’re not familiar with the town, let me tell you a little bit about it. El Tuito is about 45 to 50 minutes drive from Puerto Vallarta, on the Cabo Corrientes coast and was established as a municipality in 1944. According to

history, Benito Juarez, an ex-president of Mexico stayed there in 1858, after an attack against him in Guadalajara. The town is famous for its artisanal cheeses and homemade baked goods and everyone in town knows someone who sells them. Don’t bother looking for a sign saying se vende queso o se vende pan, since not all of the shops have signs; it’s easier to just ask. Besides the food, what makes El Tuito a great place is the loation off the ocast and against the mountains, the temperature is typically 10 degrees cooler than Vallarta, making for a welcome

relief in the hot summer months. A bonus is that the famous beaches of Mayto and Tehaumixtle are just another 45 minutes from El Tuito. If you haven’t you should visit the rugged, windswept beaches of the south. (Be cautious during rainy season as the roads can be washed out.) Something important to mention, the infrastructure at El Tuito is developed, (Internet, TV, cell phones and medical services) so don’t you don’t have to feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, even though the friendly pace makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Why don’t you and your friends decide on a new adventure and take a bus ride to El Tuito today? It is very easy to do. You just need to wander to the corner of Venustiano Carranza and Aguacate Street. The first bus from Puerto Vallarta to El Tuito leaves around 7 am and if that is too early for you, the bus leaves every half hour after that. The buses move along the beautiful coastal highway until the road cuts inwards where the jungle reaches across to surround you at some points, forming a natural tunnel embracing you along your journey. Bring your camera! Why not spend your Sunday fun day wandering around El Tuito?

organizations across the Bay that can use your help. Both time or money will be appreciated. On Sundays, the Brigada de Basura does a morning clean-up with the local children and then they all head to Que Pasa restaurant for breakfast, activities and friendship.

Ride the bus - Buses in Puerto Vallarta are an experience all their own. You can tell the general destination of the bus by what is written on the window. Costco, Sheraton, Centro, Mismaloya you can go just about anywhere in this city on the bus. Only seven 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

This is Paradise... By Marcia Blondin marciavallarta@gmail.com

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hat an incredibly busy week it’s been with the Academy Award nominated movies being shown at the Paradise Community Center and the whole Gala being prepped and planned. The Gala turned out beautifully (from all reports) with food catered by Kathy Overly - always a sumptuous affair, the champagne flowed and everyone was happy. Congrats to Pastor Ric, wife Joy and a legion of volunteers who are the backbone of the PCC. This fundraiser was held specifically to raise money for the orphans’ home. I can’t use the term ‘orphanage’ as it conjures up institutional metal bunk beds bolted to the floor in long rows. No, this orphanage will be different and you can help. The idea is to raise seven kids in a house with a mom and a dad and the village that the PCC has become, backing everything up. After every event look for Ric’s Orange Money Vase and stick some pesos in it. The hope is to have these Orphan Homes all over Mexico, to raise abandoned kids as normally as possible. It’s all about the love. Two SUPERB musical offerings on the Paradise Stage are coming in March. First is the delightful Time 2 Play with two performances: March 16 at 7 pm and again on Saint Patrick’s day at 8 pm. If you weren’t Irish going into this concert you will be when you come out! Rich harmonies, glorious voices and devilishly fun Irish humour. The second is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be in the same room with a member of the Von

Trapp family that brought us THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Elisabeth Von Trapp, granddaughter of Baron and Maria Von Trapp, has followed in the footsteps of her famous forebears to sing and play for us. Accompanying her is keyboard maestro, Chas Eller from the Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars. (Chas co-produced and played on all five of Elisabeth’s C.D’s) This one time show is March 15th at 8 pm. Our most popular VIP seats are only $400 pesos and include two drinks. There aren’t many so get your tickets early. General admission is $250 and reserved seating is $350 pesos. Our wonderful Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars will shine Friday, March 7th and the Blonde Gypsies, Latcho and Andrea are back Wednesday night at 8, March 19th. Don’t forget our fabulous Market every Saturday all year round from 9 until 1 pm. You’ll find everything you need and lots more stuff you just want to have for yourself or great gifts for those freezing their tushes off up north. You can be smug; you are in Paradise! Until next time, please lend a hand to a tourist, they are what our city is all about and we need them happy! Ciao for now.

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Beyond Mismaloya another paradise exists

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The Paradise Community Center, Pulpito 127, between Olas Altas and Amapas Streets in the middle of Old Town Puerto Vallarta smack in the middle of the Romantic Zone and that I now prefer to call the New Theatre District. Spread the word.

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

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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. Volunteer - There are many wonderful


Visit these excellent locations and more at Plaza Caracol

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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. 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.

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Glimmers Of Hope - Tlajomulco By Thomas Swanson

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ften it seems that there is little hope for the Mexican people. Corruption, crime, insecurity and poverty, sometimes it can seem overwhelming. Impunity, especially within the government, is all but total. A famous Mexico State politician and mentor of our current Mexican president summed up the political attitude well...“A politician who is poor, is a poor politician”. And yet, we move forward. There is one city in particular, in our own state of Jalisco, that is actually doing it, moving forward and at an extraordinary rate. The key-word in Mexico to heal these ailments is “transparency” and the government of this city of 400,000 people is proving that the idea works. Tlajomulco de Zuñiga is a largely industrial city that incorporates part of Guadalajara’s ‘Silicon Valley’ and includes Guadalajara’s international airport, on the way south to Chapala. In the 2010 election for mayor and the appointment of new city council members, the new and liberal Citizen’s Movement party was voted in and change started immediately. In 2009, under the business

oriented PAN party, Tlajomulco was rated for accountability at 34 on a scale of 1 to 100, according to Cimtra, a NGO watchdog group, with one being horrible and 100 being very honest. A short four years later that group gave its first ever 100 score... to Tlajomulco. One of the first things the new Citizen’s Movement, or Movimiento Ciudadano (MC) did when taking over was to initiate a system of referendums that for the first time gave the citizens a way to halt government action if a majority isn’t satisfied with its performance. Pork-barrelling was also targeted. The relation between transparency and economic performance soon began to manifest itself. When the people don’t trust the government, they are loath to give it money. The MC has been working hard on this and the result is that tax revenues have increased by an average of 30% a year since 2010 when they took office. The city budget has been able to increase spending from $860 million pesos in 2009 to $1.6 billion in 2014. Much of this increase can be credited to citizens paying

taxes. MC initiated an innovative program called the “participatory budget”. At the beginning of each fiscal year, the citizenry votes on the best ways to spend the budget. Different options are proposed, and those with the most votes are then carried forward. Spending is no longer mandated by the ruling party. Citizen participation is up and so is tax collection. New parks, theatres and seventeen different sports centers have been opened so far. The government supports social events and better education. The MC started providing basic school supplies, including backpacks, to all public school children. That program proved such a success that it was adopted by the entire state of Jalisco. Tlajomulco has also vetted their police force and is currently liquidating over 100 officers who failed the evaluations, a daunting

task in this country. The administration has not found all the funds to replace these officers, but security has become so much better that the citizens have voted to spend the money elsewhere. This miraculous progress has not gone unnoticed by Tlajomulco´s neighbours. In last year’s

gubernatorial race, the MC lost by only 4 points. The MC now governs 90 municipios, or counties, in Mexico, with nine of these in our state of Jalisco, including Puerto Vallarta, where such promising results have yet to be seen. But with a little time, have reason to be optimistic.


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ur 3-hour food tasting and walking tours offer a local’s view into Mexican culture! How? We show you a taste of Vallarta, its delicious and intricate cuisine, rich history and stunning architecture, while walking through town. Choose from any of our 3 tours: Downtown/ Centro, Taste of Pitillal, and The Street--An Evening Taco Adventure. Suitable for all age groups and fitness levels, Vallarta Food Tours guides will take you on a culinary and cultural adventure. Experience off-the-beaten path eateries and their colorful owners and staff, taco stands and regional delicacies. Walk away with an enriched understanding of Puerto Vallarta and Mexico, a satisfied stomach and new insight to continue on your discovery of authentic Puerto Vallarta! More info! www.vallartafoodtours.com * Phone: 322.151.4426 or 322.181.7196 (Local) * 1.678.778.5928 (Us) Email: info@vallartafoodtours.com

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Banderas Bay Initiative By Minerva Zamora maria.zamora@bbini.org

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love going out on Sunday evenings to take a stroll in the downtown Plaza while all the families are there enjoying their time off, or waking up early to get some exercise by following the river along the Parque Lineal. I can think of few better things than walking far down a beach, away from the bustle of the main restaurants and entrance, enjoying the sand under my toes. These spaces are important, the plazas, parks, beaches, areas where we spend time relaxing or being with community, friends and family. However, many times this enjoyment is lost when we find that our favorite beach is littered with soda bottles and diapers, that the park where we go work out is overgrown with weeds and the swings for children are broken, or we find cigarette butts and sales tickets strewn across the plaza’s floor. Now, the easiest thing to say is, “Ugh, people are

gross, they should learn to pick up their garbage” or even “They really should add more government employees to pick up this mess,” but that doesn’t really change anything. While I do agree that there is animportant lack in education concerning littering and we would greatly benefit from more garbage cans and cleaning crews, I also think that it is important that we take responsibility for these spaces, after all, that it *should/could* be in someone else’s hands doesn’t mean *we* can’t do anything to improve our surroundings. There are many ways to make a difference in these problems. Of course the very first one is obviously to be more conscious of the garbage we create and where it ends up—keep that gum wrapper in your pocket or soda can in your car until you reach somewhere that has a garbage can. Others are slightly more proactive—I bring an extra bag with me during my walks on the beach to pick up all the garbage I find on my way, or pick up that styrofoam cup someone has dropped two meters from the garbage cans down at the malecón. You can always join one of the many group community efforts that have sprouted across the bay. Some notable examples of this include Que Pasa’s Garbage Brigade, Perfil Joven’s Caravana de limpieza, Fundación Punta de Mita’s road cleanup, and the various cleanup groups that pop up during September’s International Beach Clean-Up

day. Some groups have taken their commitment even a step further, with the rehabilitation of public parks and social organizations’ infrastructure; an incredibly successful example of this being the American Legion Post 14 who we have talked about in a previous column. And now, the municipal DIF is calling upon the local business owners to take this a step further and “adopt Vallarta.” through this program, the DIF is asking hotels and businesses to donate the funds and sometimes specialized worker’s time to clean-up, rehabilitate, and maintain these special placeseverything from public parks, plazas, and camellones, to the facilities of various social organizations (such as old-folks homes, disabilities attention centers, and women’s shelters). Best of all, this list of cleaning groups is not definitive, there are probably many out there that I have missed. I invite all of us to take some time out of our daily lives to join our community’s efforts to keep our surroundings clean, get involved with the programs mentioned above or start your own! Call people out on throwing garbage on the floor, and make sure you place your own in appropriate receptacles. Together we can make our little slice of paradise, the whole of the Banderas Bay, a beautiful, garbage-free zone that we can all enjoy just a little bit more.

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Banderas Bay Butterfies

by Moralea Milne

Texan Crescent (Anthanassa texana) Texan Crescents are small (approx. 1.5 in or 4 cm) butterflies found throughout Mexico, in many different types of ecosystems. They lay their eggs on low lying members of the Acanthus family which generally have colourful, tubular flowers such a wild petunias, flamingo plants, blackeyed Susan vine, shrimp plants and others. These delightful small butterflies are quite common, but information on them is not. A paucity of information on most butterflies found in Mexico is more the rule than the exception. Still, I am grateful to find out any facts, particularly their identification and their larval food plants

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he Counsellor and Consul of Canada to Mexico, Mr. Christian Jolicoeur, and consular officials, would like to invite you to an information session for Canadians on Monday, March 10, 2014, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Hotel Krystal in Puerto Vallarta. The purpose of the session is to provide an overview of the consular services offered to Canadian citizens at the Embassy of Canada in Mexico as well as at the Consular Agency of Canada in Puerto Vallarta. Hotel Krystal Puerto Vallarta Salon Krystal II Av. Francisco Medina Ascencio S/N 48333 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Tel: 52-322-226-0700 (Hotel parking fee: 35.00 pesos)

Explore Banderas Bay are exploring a charming beachside town. Tip: Sit on the non-sunny side of the bus. Trust me. It gets hot. Support Local Business - One of the most popular reasons visitors

love Puerto Vallarta is because it’s a thriving city not just geared towards tourists. A fine example of this is the many small businesses that you can find in ‘Centro’ including galleries,

restaurants, clothing stores, spas and more. Venture off the malecon to find the perfect souvenir. 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. Nogalito The first town South 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.


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The Met in HD: “WERTHER” By David J. Rohde

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ave you ever been in love and the object of your desire is not available to you? Such is the story of “Werther”, by Massenet, based on “The Sorrows of Young Werther” by Goethe. The novel is a series of letters following the emotional journey of the title character through his pursuit and loss of Charlotte and the tragedy that results. This is a new, theatrically riveting production that stars Jonas Kaufmann, currently the most in-demand, versatile and exciting tenor in opera. Mr. Kaufmann is ideal in the role. The New York Times remarks that he sings with “dark colorings, melting warmth,

virile intensity and powerful top notes. There is a trademark dusky covering to his sound that lends a veiled quality to Mr. Kaufmann´s Werther and suits the psychology of the character. “He could not have better support from the cast, especially the French mezzo-soprano, Sophie Koch, in her overdue Met debut, who brings a plush, strong voice and aching vulnerability to Charlotte. The French conductor, Alain Altinoglu, led a beautifully restrained account of the score, drawing supple, deep-textured and nuanced playing from the Met orchestra. Richard Eyre’s production, while essentially traditional, uses video imaginatively and has a look that suggests the late 19th

century. Mr. Eyre deserves unreserved credit for the detailed and involving performances he draws from his cast. The production intriguingly blurs the boundaries between nature and outdoors. A series of receding rectangular arches frame the area, suggesting the wall and roof of Bailiff´´s (Charlotte´s father) house. The arches are askew to indicate that things for this family are not quite right.” This opera is being simulcast as part of The Met in HD series that is being offered at Teatro Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta. The broadcast is on March 15th and starts at 11 a.m. The opera is sung in French and is SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH. If you are unfamiliar with these broadcasts they involve a star of the Met not performing that day introducing you to the Met

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and the opera. During intermission this host goes backstage to interview stars of the opera as they exit the stage and other “behind the scenes” personnel who are vital to the production. The broadcast ticket price

is 250 pesos and all seats are reserved. The ticket booth at the theater is open daily at 10:30 a.m. Please be a part of the growing number of opera enthusiasts in PV whose support will ensure the return of this series next season

EMERGENTE 2nd Edition Exposition of emerging artists

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ext Saturday, March 15, starting at 7:30 p.m., Los Mangos Library opens its doors to the second edition of “EMERGENTE”. This is a unique opportunity to appreciate the work of a new generation of artists from different academic backgrounds or creative practices, who are at the forefront of the cultural movement in Puerto Vallarta. “EMERGENTE” was born in 2013. It is a project coordinated by Gabriela Munguía, artist, and Adriana García, Los Mangos Library’s director. In its first edition, the response was extraordinary and confirmed the need to generate spaces to meet, connect, and exchange ideas for a mutual enrichment. In “EMERGENTE”, all of the library’s buildings, patio, walls and green areas, intervene artistically. The creators express themselves through paintings, sculptures, photography, prints, short films, mapping and digital art. “EMERGENTE” is a global art show of this generation’s highly connected creators who have started to participate in

international exchanges and contests with excellent results. Among those, Víctor Orozco stands out, an artist from Jalisco who has won, among others, the prize to the best short-film in the Slam ZeiseKinos of Hamburg in 2013 and the prize First Steps in Germany in 2013. In this edition, “La Raya” Graphic Arts Workshop and “Megáfono” editorial also participate. Music wise, Antonio de los Ríos will musicalize poems from the local writer RaúlGibrán, Phonofilia, AgaveZzounds and Diego Cont. This year, “Cento Universitario de la Costa” (CUC, local university) will participate by promoting the invitation to the students in the Visual Arts, Graphic Communication and Multimedia degrees. “EMERGENTE” will start at 7:30 p.m. and the entrance is FREE. If you are interested in a piece, the majority of the exhibited pieces will be for sale. For more information, visit the page: www.facebook.com/emergente.artealterno

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Steps for Purchasing a Property in Puerto Vallarta Pt 3: By Miguel Fernandez miguel@g3mex.com

An Update on Mexican Laws for 2014

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ideicomisos and Buying in Restricted Zones Many folks are still a bit confused about the initiative regarding foreigners purchasing property in the restricted zones of Mexico (50 km from any coast and 100 km from the border) without the need for a fideicomiso (bank trust). The amendment was rejected, which means that non-Mexican nationals will still need to set up a fideocomiso

when buying in these zones. This may change in the future, but the rules currently remain the same. Customs Temporary importation of certain goods will also start being taxed. Do your research regarding what you can and cannot bring into the country. If you are moving a lot of household items there is a lump sum fee and permit available, but there are some rules and regulations associated with how you transport these goods into the country. Also, the mandatory use of customs agents for importation of goods is no

longer necessary. The use of an agent is now optional. Check online regarding any and all customs regulations. You and Your Car There are a plethora of new regulations. But to break it down to the basics, if you are traveling with a tourist Visa (FMM) you can bring your foreign plated car into Mexico for no more than 180 days. If you have a Residente Permanente permit, you CANNOT legally drive a foreign plated car in Mexico. You may, or may not be able to have the car “nationalized” but this procedure involves a complicated set of rules, and depends upon the age, make, and VIN of your car, and may not even be possible.

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Again, DO YOUR RESEARCH. Just a note: If you are retired, and plan on making Puerto Vallarta your home, life without a car is a breeze. There are a many options for local transportation including buses, cabs, walking and biking. Too, Mexico has a number of excellent national bus companies, which offer a great way of traveling around the country and seeing the sights. Banking Banks are now required to report to Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT also referred to as the “Hacienda” which comparable to the IRS in the U.S.) on any deposit over $90,000 pesos in cash (around $6500 USD). If you have a Mexican bank account, make sure that they have your current home and email address, so you can keep tabs on what is going on with your banking. You and Your Business or Non-Profit All earnings, deductions, and facturas (invoices) will need to be reported and the tax is 35% of profit after deductions. And, as the owner of a business or the head of a non-profit, you will be faced with more paperwork, so the assistance of a knowledgeable accountant will help you immensely. Non-profits, too, are now

required authorization by the SAT to receive donations, but they will continue to receive preferential tax status. Changes in Real Estate-Capital Gains There have been many changes, especially where capital gains taxation is concerned. Exemption rules are now different for foreigners as well as for Mexican nationals. Depending upon currency fluctuations the maximum exemption is $270,000 USD for an individual, but if there are two property owners involved the exemption maximum will be up to $540,000 USD. Also, bear in mind that to qualify for exemptions from capital gains all residents are required to provide proof of permanent residency with a document entitled Constancia de Residencia Fiscal (issued by the Hacienda), indicating that Mexico is the primary fiscal residence, meaning that you receive an income in Mexico and pay taxes on that income IN MEXICO. G3MEX Real Estate group can help you find good and knowledgeable accountants, lawyers and other experts to help you traverse some of the new and confusing laws instituted. Feel free to contact us anytime at 322-209-0832 or info@g3mex.com.


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My Life In Vallarta By Lois Ellison loell87@yahoo.com

A Little Means A Lot

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was really stumped for a subject for this article until I picked up last week’s Tribune and read about the plight of Juan and his donkey “Conejo”. It seems that today’s ubiquitous camera has virtually destroyed Juan’s source of income: taking photos of tourists astride his donkey. Now people just snap their own photos and walk on by. This got me to thinking about how many people we encounter on a daily basis here in Vallarta who live on the edge of poverty, or in many cases, are completely destitute. Juan’s story brought to mind another photographer. Maybe you’ve seen him wandering through restaurants, asking diners if they’d like to have their photos taken. Nowadays, he is turned down almost 100% of the time. Worse, there are those who allow him to take the photos but refuse to purchase them after he’s paid for the printing. When this happens, he goes home with a loss for the evening. He confided in us how hard it has become to feed his family. Yet, a smile lights his face as he wanders, always hoping for a sale. Maybe you don’t need or want any photos but think about what those few dollars would mean for this dignified man. Did you know that the general minimum wage in Mexico is just over $5 per day? That’s per day, amigos, not per hour. This means

that the waiters here really rely on tips. You may read that the Mexican custom for tipping is 10-15% but seriously folks; could you live on $5 per day? Let’s look at an example. You go out for dinner on a slow night. There are 4 or 5 waiters on hand but only a few tables are occupied. Your bill comes to 600 pesos so you leave 60 pesos tip. If you’re thinking that’s about the same as his entire day’s pay, think again. Your waiter will share his tip with the other servers, any busboys and the kitchen staff. You do the math. And by the way, if you’re dining on a coupon or receiving some form of discount, remember it is customary (not to mention fair) to tip on the full value, not on the discounted amount. Of course not everyone trying to survive earns the minimum wage. Some have no wages at all. Next time you walk along the Malecon admiring the sand sculptures or marveling at the voladores, don’t just snap a picture and walk on, put some change in the basket or, better yet, a 20 peso note. Most importantly, NEVER give anyone US coins; these are completely useless here in Mexico. And try not to give US or Cdn dollars; it’s hard to stand for hours at a bank hoping to exchange them, when they need to be on the street making a living. Besides, can you think of any businesses in the US or Canada that accept pesos?

When you are at the beach, consider the life of a vendor. Each one must obtain a license, purchase and maintain an inventory, then spend countless hours roaming the sands, hoping to make a sale. This is an arduous life with few rewards beyond a pleasant exchange with foreigners and an occasional sale. It’s easy to say “No gracias” but it can be a lot of fun to engage with a vendor and ultimately buy something to take home or give as a gift. Even if you throw it away, you’ve helped someone survive and that is worth something. If you are a frequent visitor, you may even develop a relationship with a vendor and his family, just as we’ve done. This can be extremely rewarding for you as a cross-cultural experience.

Whether you are here on a vacation or live here fulltime or part-time, chances are your financial situation is infinitely better than that of many of the locals. If you don’t believe it, just take a bus to an outlying colonia and see the shacks with dirt floors that some call home. Most of these folks rely on the winter’s earnings to survive during the slow season. While a dollar may mean little to you, 10 pesos can put food on someone else’s table. We’re all here as guests in this fantastic piece of paradise. Doesn’t it make sense to improve the quality of life for those around us? Give a little and it means a lot. Try it; you’ll feel good but more importantly someone else will have a better day.

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

Farmers and Artesian Markets Galore!

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here are certainly an abundance of markets on the Riviera Nayarit. Just about every pueblo that lines the shore has some farmers and artisan market. And let’s face it, they are fun to browse around and shop; haggling for a good bargain with the vendors. I think the vendors love it and certainly expect a bit of bargaining as well! I have a couple of favorite markets, one being the huge La Cruz Sunday Market, located at the La Cruz Marina. They have at the very least 200 vendors each Sunday, with everything you can think of! And located right on the water creates a wonderful ambiance. Fresh foods, coconut oil, breads, organic coffee (Try Café Dundee, who is a local La Cruz coffee maker) and just down the way is one of my favorites, the MuyGreen stand, with Alberto Alverez Franco, creating the best Chimichurri ever! MuyGreen started with Chimichurri sauce,

a recipe from Buenos Aires, and the Sweet Dill Pickles, German Style; a delicious recipe from Hamburg. A tzatziki sauce was incorporated to the products list. This is a Greek sauce, well known in Athens. You can find Alberto in front of the fish market. Stop by for a taste! Now, when you’re hungry, go to the end of the jetty, which is where all of the delicious fresh hot foods are. The marlin empa-

nadas and steak sandwiches are a couple of my favs…from La Patagonia Restaurant. Hetcho Bakery is also on that end serving freshly baked amazing Orange Rolls…but you need to get there before noon for one of those! Cakes, banana breads, cookies…and also gluten free foods. You will know that you are at the correct booth because the chef has one of those terrific mustaches! San Pancho, Plaza del Sol , A New San Pancho Market A First for the Riviera Nayarit - a market with a roof! There is a lot of shade along with the beauty of the plaza to enjoy. Tuesdays at 9 am, in the main plaza there are about 50 vendors with a diverse selection of natural, organic, herbal and healthy products, handcrafts, art, emerging designers, farmer´s organic, prepared food, and well-being related products.

They are also having workshops for children, and live music fills the air. Easy to find, the new market is located one block away from beach and two blocks away from the main avenue in San Pancho where people can stroll around and enjoy the variety of the local businesses. Fridays are the Sayulita Mercado, and on Thursdays, another favorite market of mine is the La Penita Tianguis, every Thursday all year around. It’s a ways out, about one hour on the 200 highway, just past Guayabitos. Take a left at the 3rd light in La Penita, and all the way down to the end of the main street and to the left. The new malecon is also nice for a stroll after. Items are less expensive the farther north you go. Enjoy the weekend, and see you at the market! Cat Morgan lives year around on the Riviera Nayarit, and is owner of RivieraNayaritFun.com

Mexico Cup Regatta When: March 16-30 Where: Marina Riviera Nayarit and Vallarta Yacht Club

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iviera Nayarit will once again host the Mexico Cup Regatta for a third time during its 2014 edition. Approximately two thousand participants and 400 boats will be competing on the waters of Banderas Bay from March 16th - 30th, each looking to secure their place among the best sailors in the world. There will be three main hosts for the competitions: the Ocean Class, J24, and Windsurf will take

place at the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle; the Laser Class, Optimist, and Club 420 will take place at the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta; and the Kiteboard Class will take place in Bucerías. Mexico’s Secretary of the Navy will participate in the 2014 edition with 120 sailors distributed among different categories. There will also be continuous security by air, land, and sea during the event to guarantee the safety of both the participants and the visitors.

Network. For any questions or comments, please email Cat at Cat@RivieraNayaritFun.com

Chacala Village Music Festival When: March 24 -30 Where: Chacala

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omething Magical & Musical is happening at the heart of Riviera Nayarit, in the crown jewel village of Chacalaby-the-sea … a seven day & night celebration of music … a festival … an unforgettable bringin’-inthe-spring fling! Artists include: The Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars, Time 2 Play, Chris & Susannah Thompson, Barbara McAfee, Teresa Tudury, Payín Cejudo and more! Visit chacalavillagemusicfestival.com


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Non-Profit and Charitable Organizations For visitors to Puerto Vallarta who wish to support the less privileged in our paradise, this is a list of some of the many organizations that could benefit from such kind gestures. If you would like your organization recognized here, please email details to editor@vallartatribune.com. Acción En La Cruz: aid residents of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle by providing provisions in exchange for community services performed. www.landon5120.wix.com/accionenlacruz Alcoholics Anonymous: In English Puerto Vallarta Alanon Club - Basilio Badillo 329 www.recoverpv.com American Legion Post 14: raises resources and manpower to improve facilities needing building maintenance www.americanlegion14.org Asilo San Juan Diego Home for the Elderly - Contact: Lupita Sanchez Covarrubias 222-1257 or malupita88@hotmail.com or www.mexonline.com\asilosanjuandiego.htm Asociación Down - 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. www.compassionforthefamily.org Becas Vallarta, A.C. – Provides scholarships to high school and university students. Tax-deductible in Mexico and USA. Polly Vicars at (322) 223-1371 or Buri Gray at (322) 221-5285. www.puerto-vallarta.com/amf Bucerias Bilingual Community Center: Supporting families, seniors in Bucerias. www.buceriasbilingualcommunitycenter.org Casa Hogar - A shelter for orphaned, aban-

doned, disadvantaged or vulnerable children. Luz Aurora Arredondo at 221-1908, Rita Millan (322) 141-6974. casamaximocornejo@gmail.com Centro Comunitario SETAC-GLBT – Services the GLBT community, including treatment and referrals, education, English classes, HIV testing and counseling. Paco Arjona 224-1974 or paco@setac.com.mx Clinica de Rehabilitación Santa Barbara Rehabilitation of the handicapped. Contact: Laura Lopez Portillo Rodriguez at 224-2754. COLINA Spay and Neuter Clinic - Free and by-donation sterilization clinic in Old Town. Only open Sundays, arrive by 8am, no reservations are taken. Contact: cez@rogers.com or 322-104-6609 CompassionNet Impact – Transforming the lives of people living in chronic poverty. Job creation, education, emergency food, medicine & clothing. Tax-deductible. Cell: (322) 133-7263 or ric@4compassion.org Cruz Roja (Red Cross) - Handles hospital and emergency service in Vallarta. It is the only facility that is authorized to offer assistance to injured people on the street. Contact: 222-1533, 222-4973 Desayunos para los Niños de Vallarta A.C. Feeding programs, education programs, day care centers for single mothers. 22 343 11 or 22 225 72 FB/desayunosninosvallarta Discapacitados de Vallarta, A.C. (DIVAC) association of handicapped individuals dedicated to helping one another. Ivan Applegate at 221-5153. Families At The Dump: Supporting families living in the landfill or garbage dump thru education and sustainable opportunities.

ADORABLE DOG IN THE SPOTLIGHT...MAX Max is a gorgeous German Shepherd mix, approximately a year old. This poor guy was tied up with a rope from the time he was just a puppy. The rope was never adjusted as he grew. By the time we rescued him the rope had cut deeply into his neck. Max has healed nicely and is now ready for adoption. Max needs a home with an experienced dog handler who is a strong leader. Once the proper balance of power is established, Max will be a wonderful companion animal. If you are looking for a loyal friend who enjoys lots of exercise, Max is for you. Please contact us at spcapv@gmail.com.

www.familiesatthedump.org or 297-7425 Grupo Ecológico de Puerto Vallarta: Arq. Luz del Carmen Pérez Alvarez cayro_13@ hotmail.com grupoecologico.com Friends of PV Animals Volunteers working to enhance the lives of shelter animals. For info and donations visit www.friendsofpvanimals.com Horizonte de Paz: Shelter for men of all ages who are troubled with alcohol & drug addiction. Donato Schimizzi: 322 199 9523 or Roberto: 281 0644 dschimizzi@yahoo.com La Brigada de la Basur:a A weekly meeting of neighborhood children to clean Vallarta Streets. Contact Que?Pasa 223-4006 Navy League - assists in the transportation of donated medical supplies from the U.S., organizes work groups to paint and repair facilities, and operates the local Toys for Tots program. www.vallartanavyleague.org. New Life Mexico - Challenging Child Poverty with health and education programs. Philippa Vernon pvp@newlifemexico.com Paraíso Felino AC Refuge and Adoption Centre for cats and kittens in the Bay of Banderas. Luis Donaldo Cel. (322) 120-4092 Pasitos de Luz - substitute home for low income children with any type of handicap, offers rehabilitation services and special support to their families. 299-4146. www.pasitosdeluz.org PEACEAnimals - Free mobile spay/neuter clinic operating 48 weeks a year, primarily in Puerto Vallarta. Tax-deductible. www.peaceanimals.org Pro Biblioteca de Vallarta - Raises funds

for Los Mangos Public Library. Tax-deductible Ricardo Murrieta at 224-9966 or Jimmie Ellis at 222-1478. Proyecto Pitillal, “Busca un Amigo” - Association created by underprivileged mothers of paralyzed children. Contact: 299-4495. Puerto Vallarta Garden Club: Beautify and protecting the environment. www.vallartagardenclub.com PuRR Project - A no-kill cat shelter, a natural un-caged environment. www.purrproject.com Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza- Shelter for Children. Tax-deductible. Madre Mari at 222-7857 or Sudy Coy at 222-5765. www.ccshf.ca Roma’s Kids - Educate the children of the Volcanes and surrounding area: Math, English and computer programs a priority. 100% goes to the kids. www.kids.romamexico.com The International Friendship Club (IFC) Supports the Cleft Palate Surgery Program & families in need. 322-222-5466. www.ifcvallarta.com. ifcvallarta@gmail.com. Toys for Tots Vallarta - Distributes toys and constructs playgrounds for less-advantaged kids in the Puerto Vallarta area during the Christmas holiday period. Jerry Lafferty 322 221 6156 or Lourdes Bizarro lourdes. bizarro@marriotthotels.com. Vallarta Saludable (Healthy) – Healthy living through organics, stevias, cooking workshops, serums reversing dialysis and reality show. NAOTF.org Suzy Chaffee suzynativevoices@aol.com Mexico Ministries & Mission, Inc. raises funds to help feed and clothe the poor in Vallarta, as well as provide school supplies,


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aving had a “rehearsal” of sorts for what happened tonight should have made it easier, but it didn’t. If memory serves, he is the only contestant to have scored perfect ‘tens’ FOUR times. I could spend the rest of this space railing against the machine but, I won’t. It’s done. And, so is Juan Jose. A moment of silence... now, let’s move on. The remaining six contestants have Disney Duets with Friends coming up this Sunday, March 9th.

They can choose anyone to sing with them including past contestants, judges et al. The biggest challenge yet begins Monday the 10th in the Red Room, when Coral will take the stage and perform for an entire hour. She will be in charge of her whole show: songs, wardrobe, makeup, everything. To give you an idea of how important this show has become to people... Better said: how important the contestants have

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become....two guys who are always in the front row, dearly wanted to help Coral LOOK better on stage, thereby removing her from Judges Wrath (Alain), took her to a stylist for hair and makeup and then shopping for ‘stage clothes’. They did not know Coral before The Voice, just watched her closely, saw what could be done and did it. Thanks to Juan (who takes the awesome videos and posts them on Facebook) and Bill - what a world of difference you have made. Thank you both again. Don’t forget to vote on Facebook for your favourite contestant and we will see you all on Sunday at 8 pm, Act II’s Main Stage.

VALLARTA WEEKLY EVENT GUIDE powered by VallartaTickets.com FRIDAY March 7 10:00 am - Southside City Walk 4:30 pm - Forever Elvis Tribute w/ Rob Knight (TP) 7:30 pm - Randy Roberts (TP) 7:30 pm - Acustico w/ Kim Kuzma (RR) 8:00 pm - The Ritz (MS) 8:00 pm - Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars (PC) 8:00 pm - Mass Appeal (BT) 9:30 pm - Amy & Freddy (TP) 10:00 pm - The Dozen Divas Show (RR) SATURDAY March 8 7:30 pm - Randy Roberts (TP) 7:30 pm - The Dozen Divas (RR) 8:00 pm - The Ritz (MS) 8:00 pm - Mass Appeal (BT) 9:30 pm - Simply Barbra (TP) 10:00 pm - Dueling Drag Divas (RR) SUNDAY March 9 2:00 pm - Frida: The Stage Show (MS) 5:00 pm - 10 Great Songs & Their Stories (TP) 5:00 pm - Mass Appeal (BT)

7:30 pm - Acustico w/ Kim Kuzma (RR) 7:30 pm - Amy & Freddy (TP) 8:00 pm - The Voice of Vallarta (MS) 9:30 pm - BohemiaViva (TP) MONDAY March 10 10:00 am - Architecture and History 7:00 pm - Joseph and the Amazing (BT) 7:30 pm - Randy Roberts (TP) 7:30 pm - Best of Broadway (RR) 9:30 pm - Amy & Freddy (TP) 10:00 pm - Simply the Best (RR) TUESDAY March 11 10:30 am - Luxury Homes Tour (IFC) 4:30 pm - Forever Elvis Tribute (TP) 6:00 pm - Voice of Vallarta Cabaret Week (RR) 7:00 pm - An Evening Under the Stars w/ Jazz Allstars (Marina Riviera Nayarit) 7:30 pm - Amy & Freddy (TP) 7:30 pm - The Dozen Divas Show (RR) 8:00 pm - Los Bambinos in Concert (Roxy) 9:30 pm - Spencer Day (TP) 10:00 pm - Hollywood Legends (RR) WEDNESDAY March 12

10:30 am - Luxury Homes Tour (IFC) 6:00 pm - Voice of Vallarta Cabaret Week (RR) 7:00 pm - New York Radio Show (BT) 7:30 pm - The Dozen Divas Show (RR) 7:30 pm - Randy Roberts (TP) 8:00 pm - An Evening with Lorna Luft (MS) 9:30 pm - Amy & Freddy (TP) 10:00 pm - Dueling Drag Divas (RR) THURSDAY March 13 10:00 am - Botanical Gardens & Zoo Tour (IFC) 4:30 pm - BEDAZZLED Broadway (TP) 6:00 pm - Voice of Vallarta Cabaret (RR) 7:30 pm - One Night With You, Elvis (RR) 7:30 pm - Amy & Freddy (TP) 8:00 pm - An Evening with Lorna Luft (MS) 9:30 pm - Spencer Day (TP) 10:00 pm - Simply the Best (RR) BT=Boutique Theatre • TP=The Palm Cabaret • RR=Act II - Red Room • MS=Act II - Main Stage • PC=Paradise Stage & Community Center ALL TICKETS & INFO: 222-4198 (10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday)

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RIVERFEST: In benefit of Pasitos de Luz When: March 8th 12-7pm Where: El Rio BBQ Did you get to Riverfest last year? Don’t miss it this year! Join the fun at El Rio BBQ in

Paso Ancho on March 8th from 12 noon to 7 pm. The 3rd annual Riverfest raises funds for special needs children at Pasitos de Luz a

registered charity whose mission is to provide free rehabilitative services to severely disabled children from the most impoverished families in the region.

An Artful Event When: March 12 10 am Where: Old Town Bistro AN ARTFUL EVENT at the Old Town Bistro, Basilio Badillo 180. Fabulous breakfast buffet, art sale with famous artists by Galeria Vallarta, live music, raffle prizes—benefit of the PURR project. Artists showing are Marta Gilbert, Evelyne Boren, Peter

Max, Erte, Alfredo Garcia, Francisco Medina, Pat Haley, Jane Romanishko, Philippo Logrande, Ernesto Godinez, Cesar Cordero and more—a portion of sales for benefit of the PURR Project, caring for more than 150 cats residing at the no kill sanctuary north of Puerto Vallarta. There will be live music by Martinez, a raffle of fabulous prizes including

a one year membership to the Botanical Gardens, two tickets for whale watching tour, jewelry, dinners from local restaurants and more. Tickets $250 pesos in advance $300 pesos at the door. Get your tickets at Galeria Vallarta, Guerrero 187, 222 5125 and at the Purr Project booth at the Paradise Community Center on Saturday, 9-1

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

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Tel. (322) 225 1183 • www.anku.com.mx

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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 OWNERS *DEVELOPERS

Please be sure to contact the venue to confirm all events. Café Roma Encino 287 Centro Mon-Sun 10:pm -3:00 am

El Patio de mi Casa Guerrero 311 esq. Matamoros 322.222.0743

Beboteros Diaz Ordaz 565 Malecon 322.113.0099

El Rio BBQ Bar 322.222.2510 www.elriobbqbar.com

Benito’s Paninoteca Bar Nima Bay, Local 12, “Marina Vallarta” 322.209.0287 El Dorado Pulpito # 102, Playa los Muertos” 322.222.4124

Emergency Phone for Sayulita

Emergency Numbers for Bucerias & La Cruz DEVELOPERS or OWNERS ONLY

Encore Lazaro Cardenas51, Bucerias 329.298.0140 La Bodeguita Del Medio Paseo Diaz Ordaz 858, Malecon” 322.223.1583 Tu-Sun 9:30-2:00 am Murphy’s Irish Pub Morelos 484 Altos 1, Centro

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.

Paradise Stage Concerts Pulpito 127 at Olas Altas 322.133.7263 La Palapa Pulpito#103, Playa los Muertos” 322.222.5225

Las Adelitas Av. Fluvial Vallarta 234 322.293.7778 / 322.113.0373 Nacho Daddy

287 Basilio Badillo nachodaddymexico.com

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.

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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.

EXPLORERS Can you find the hidden explorers? They may be horizontal, vertical, diagonal, forwards or backwards. AMUNDSEN, BARBOSA, BASS, BOONE, BURKE AND WILLS, CABOT, CARTIER, COLUMBUS, COOK, CORTES, DIAS, DRAKE, ERIKSSON, FAWCETT, FLINDERS, FROBISHER, GRAY, HAWKINS, HERIOLFSSON, HUDSON, KINGSLEY, LIVINGSTONE, MAGELLAN, MARCO POLO, PARK, RALEIGH, SCOTT, SHACKLETON, STURT, TASMAN, TENZING, VANCOUVER, VASCO DA GAMA, VESPUCCI.

1. A tennis racket - A marionette - An orchestra 2. Babe Ruth - Hank Aaron - Marge Simpson 3. Line - Pie - Bar 4. Carson - Bench - Cash 5. Bird - Jordan - Magic 6. Pantyhose - Candidates - Track Stars 7. Pay - Princess - Cell 8. Cane - Brown - Powdered 9. Monkey - Box - Crescent 10. Blood - Piggy – Sperm

Commonym 13 Answers 1. all have strings 2. they have Homers 3. graphs 4. Johnnys 5. basketball players 6. they run 7. phones 8. sugars 9. wrenches 10. banks

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 13 Answers 1. Decide 2. Spaceship 3. Multiple Choice 4. Floor Model 5. Noone Knows 6. Thunderstorm

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Wuzzles

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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