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Friday May 02 - 08, 2014 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 Team Fernando ayala lopez SALES manager JESUS ARENAS Rebeca Castellón Community Manager / Sales Julie Mongeau Designer Cynthia E. Andrade G. 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 * *

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 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.

Monday’s Day Sunday May 11th

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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Editor´s Note Editors note


n the last day of Semana Santa as the highway filled with departing (and returning) families, I decided to head to a quiet stretch of beach for an afternoon of relaxation and fresh grilled fish. Boca de Tomates is located beneath the airport, along the mouth of the Rio Ameca. It’s a long stretch of pristine beach with about a dozen beach shack restaurants, each lined up offering the catch of the day. Children frolick in the water, fishermen are tossing nets for bait fish while the rest of us wile away the afternoon underneath palapa’s, sipping cold beverages and munching on snacks. There are hammocks to swing in, trampolines to bounce on and if you can find the energy, a volleyball game or two to join in. The view from the beach is not one usually found in the postcard pictures of Puerto Vallarta. From this vantage point you see directly into the city and up through the valleys. With softer lighting and a little rain, it may well be one of the most striking views. It’s probably a great place to

capture storm photos. Aside from doing a whole lotta nothin’ Boca de Tomates actually has some excitement to it. Just before you arrive to the beach, there is a fenced off area of the mangrove/estuary where 15-20 HUGE crocs live. Seriously HUGE. You can safely stop and watch them sun themselves while occasionally wrestling for better position and a chance at the chicken carcass someone has kindly tossed over the fence. If you’ve never been face to face with a massive crocodile before, this is your opportunity. Bring your camera. It’s pretty cool. At the other end of the beach is the mouth of the Rio Ameca, which at this time of year isn’t very impressive but during rainy season would see you swept to sea in a heartbeat. Here the fishermen pull their boats up to shore and many live in shacks made of corrugated tin and palm branches. It’s in stark contrast to the rapidly rising hotel/condos in the not so far distance. With Starbucks firmly planted a few minutes away, development of this area can only progress more rapidly. Across the bay you can watch

Around town with Julie


hen I was a young girl in the early 80’s all my friends would confine their deep secrets and write out their daily activities in their sacred diary. While I admired their commitment and enthusiasm, I was either all too busy being a tomboy or, simply, it was my attention deficit that kept me from me committing to the daily routine of inking a white page with my thoughts. In looking back I kind of regret not engaging in such an activity. All to say that before I started writing my Around Town with Julie blog for the Tribune, I had never really shared my thoughts. For the past 7 months, I have made it a weekly habit of sharing with Puerto Vallarta my thoughts,

activities, feelings and whereabouts. Through my weekly article I have had the opportunity to meet wonderful people and I have been blessed with beautiful friendships. Unfortunately, in the past weeks, I have had to say goodbyes to many of my loyal readers but I hope that I will keep them in touch with the Tribune and of course entertained the summer months. Did you know that the Vallarta Tribune is available online all year round? So, if you can’t get your hands on a hard copy over the summer because you’re back home on vacation, you can keep up with what’s going on in Vallarta at or friend us on Facebook. I wish all of you who are returning home for the summer safe

the sailboats pass by and as you raise your eyes skyward, you’ll see the departing planes sending the legions back to where they came from. It’s a place of juxtaposition. Traditionally Mexican and yet enveloped by international tourism. Rich and poor. Lonely and vibrant. It’s a place of reflection. Or if that’s a bit too much for you, it’s a great place for grilled snapper and a cold corona. Lot’s of parking. Cash only. Come hungry.

travels, please know that Puerto Vallarta will miss you, and most importantly keep in touch! Always smiling!!! Julie

Letters to the Editor


would like to thank you for your hospitality during the port visit of U. S. Coast Guard Cutter ACTIVE during April 25-27 2014 to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. From the minute we began communication with you, your professionalism and support was unparalleled. Within ten days, you were able to coordinate a welcoming committee, community relations project and a reception for the crew of the ACTIVE which was enjoyed by the crew. To us, the warm embrace that the Navy League met ACTIVE with in a foreign port exceeded the expectations of everyone onboard. We were sad to leave but I am positive that the crewmembers aboard ACTIVE will be talking about for a long time. The reception you provided us with at Murphy’s Irish Pub went beyond expectations with the

outpouring of support from both the Navy League and American Legion as well as the excellent food and drink. We are humbled by your willingness to organize a community relations project at the Children’s Cancer Center where crewmembers spent their time assembling a playground and painting the facilities and the lunch provided after was phenomenal. Thank you to everyone who came by the ship for tours, your interest and gratitude in the job that we do was greatly appreciated by everyone onboard. Thank you for your continued support and we hope to return to Puerto Vallarta again. Very Respectfully, LTJG Harrington USCGC ACTIVE (WMEC-618)


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National Infrastructure Program 2014-2018 By President Enrique Peña Nieto


nfrastructure development is the most tangible, concrete way to transform a nation. Much of the competitiveness, economic growth and social welfare of countries is determined by having advanced facilities in airports, roads, ports, telecommunications, trains, power plants, oil complexes, pipelines, dams, hospitals, urban equipment and tourist developments. To this end, earlier today, I presented the National Infrastructure Program 2014-2018, in the terms set out in the National Development Plan 2013-2018 with a comprehensive, cross-cutting social approach. For the first time ever, six strategic sectors were included: 1) communica-

tions and transport 2) energy 3) water 4) health 5) urban development and housing and 6) tourism. Overall, the National Infrastructure Program envisages a total investment of 7.7 billion pesos. In other words, it involves an investment of 7.7 thousand million pesos. It is as if every Mexican contributed about 70 thousand dollars to build the works that the country needs. Through the works in the National Infrastructure Program, we are changing the face of Mexico and building together a better future for everyone. This is the modern, dynamic, progressive Mexico I see and the Mexico we are building together.

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Festival of Raicilla and Coffee May 3rd – 5th, San Sebastian del Oeste


his weekend sees the first Raicilla and Coffee festival in the pueblo magico of San Sebastian. Located about an hour east of Puerto Vallarta in the mountains, this charming town offers a wonderful day trip or even a weekend stay. This weekend the town celebrates two of its primary resources; coffee and Raicilla. Coffee is grown across Mexico and in the hills around San Sebastian is no different. There are a number of small local producers that grow, harvest and roast organic beans. Many restaurants in Puerto Vallarta serve these blends. For some, Raicilla might be a new experience. A distilled alcohol made from wild Magay, Raicilla is the rough and tumble older brother of Tequila. Said to pre-date the production of tequila, this potent moonshine has become more popular lately with local producers refining and

packaging the product for sale at many of the trendy restaurants and bars in town. This weekend, learn more about both of these flavours as the town of San Sebastian celebrates Raicilla and Coffee. There is a local market, games and events, musical and artistic presentations and special tastings, menus and other treats throughout the weekend. Plenty of excellent places to stay if you want to make a weekend trip out of it.

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

April 2014 Changes to INM Immigration Policies for Permanent Resident Applicants


awyer Spencer McMullen, a talented attorney serving the Chapala expat community, has reported that the Chapala INM office (and Guadalajara INM office) have changed their requirements for applying for Residente Permanente when the applicant has NOT yet completed 4 continuous prior years of Temporary Residence (FM2, FM3, Residente Temporal combined): Permanent Residency applicants who want to qualify for RP status solely using $130,000 of retirement savings are now being told that they must have also at least some ($1) of monthly pension income to qualify. Mexican Consulates in Boston and San Francisco have also used this requirement in the past, because the INM Law & Lineamientos clearly describe

the “personal fiscal solvency”Requisitos as being for “Jubilados” (retired people). We suspect more INM offices will be adopting this new interpretation of INM law. Note that RP applicants who have completed 4 years of prior

temporary residency in Mexico may or may not have to show financials – depending on their local INM office or local Mexican Consulate rules. YucaLandia/Surviving Yucatan. © Steven M. Fry

Tianguis Touristico set to begin


he Tourism Secretariat (Sectur) has announced that the 39th Mexican Tourism Fair (Tianguis Turístico México) will be held this year in one of the country’s busiest tourist destinations, Quintana Roo. The fair begins May 6 and concludes May 9. The event will be held in the Lakám Center Cancún-Riviera Maya. Tourism Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu said that the fair has become an important platform for business promotion in Mexico on a national and international level. Products and tourist destinations are offered to specialized buyers, who in turn boost tourism and the economy. Topics of the event include beaches, culture, luxury, business and adventure. One of the unique purposes of the Tianguis is to offer Mexican tourist destinations to international buyers. It is an opportunity for Mexico to present its diverse touristic offerings to a wide market. So far 26,289 buyers are expected. Sectur reported that

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.

since Tuesday of this week, 88 buying companies have registered for the event, 524 suites have been rented and 59 different countries are expected to be attending. The year’s fair is expected to bring in more than 150 million pesos, as well as surpassing all previous records in regard to the number of buying companies, suites rented, and countries attending. Tourism boards from the states of Quintana Roo,

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

Hidalgo, Guanajuato, State of Mexico, Puebla, Yucatán, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Campeche, Morelos, Coahuila, and Baja California Sur will be participating in this year’s Tianguis Turistico México in Quintana Roo. As in previous years, post-fair trips will be organized for buyers and members of the press with the goal of promoting products, services and tourist destinations in Mexico.


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Bucerias, San Pancho, Sayulita, Lo de Marcos and Punta Mita are where most American and Canadian retirees buy property

Baby boomers are seeking to reside near the beach and Riviera Nayarit meets their demand

North American retirees prefer coastal towns


uring the past six years, the economic benefit that Americans and Canadian retirees, known as “baby boomers”, leave behind has been an estimated 450 million pesos. These residents are between the ages of 50 and 60 years who have chosen a place in Riviera Nayarit to live and invest. According to Rodrigo Pérez Hernández, Secretary of Tourism of Nayarit, six years ago the brand Riviera Nayarit was established which has lead the municipality of Bahía de Banderas as a destination full of sun and beaches, in which visitors of Canada and the United States have chosen

not only for vacation but, to settle and invest. It is estimated that to date, the economic benefit is 450 million pesos. However, it is noted that by 2017, the state government believes international campaigns undertaken by the brand of Riviera Nayarit, aimed at luxury tourism and "baby boomers", the economic impact will reach 900 million pesos. Hernández reported that the generation of Americans and Canadians born between 1946 and 1964, called "baby boomers" who have retired or are in the process of doing so, find in Mexico and Nayarit, ideal places to spend their days off and invest.

the world's most exclusive areas, the square meter could have a cost exceeding eight thousand dollars. The stay of seniors to Nayarit has brought not only money, "they are very open people and relate easily to the community. They have supported schools, art galleries, training, cultural development, and are involved in environmental issues.” Pérez Hernández pointed that one of the forward thinking programs regarding "baby boomers" is the consolidation of medical tourism in the Riviera Nayarit, "Mexican investors are concluding projects of specialized clinics, and medical centers, due to increased demand." Nayarit expects to attract retired American and Canadians, "to come and spend their surge-

ries and recovery period oceanfront, also increasing the number of sites for rest and relaxation"; whereby the joint advertising campaigns, Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, in the United States and Canada will be strengthened, "he said. Just How Many Baby Boomers? Data from the Census Bureau of the United States (United States Census Bureau) show that in this country, at least 41 million people are retiring and two million are an active market for Mexico. The "Baby Boomers" generation has been identified as potential for tourism and real estate markets, by their characteristics, as they have a good economic position, are seeking sites, services and investment, that reflects their desire to remain active and youthful.

The will must clearly state your wishes for the dispersal of all your earthly possessions in Mexico • A “living will” that clearly states your wishes should you become unable to make sound decisions regarding your medical treatment and the option of prolonging life. • A notarized statement indicating your burial or cremation preference • A “power of attorney” must be in place. The person who holds this must either live in Mexico or be able to travel to Mexico on short notice, and stay until all issues are resolved • Banking procedures must be

in place that will expedite quick and seamless transfer of funds to hospitals, doctors, lawyers, funeral parlors or whoever else may require funds to carry out your wishes • If you have employees or household help, you must make provision for the termination of their employment in the event of your demise ALL OF THE ABOVE-MENTIONED DOCUMENTS MUST KEPT IN AN ACORDION FILE A FRIEND WHO LIVES WHERE YOU DO MUST KNOW WHERE THEY ARE KEPT AND MUST ALSO HAVE THE


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.

According to government records, between the months of November and March, more than 30 thousand "baby boomers" visit Nayarit for vacation, with expenditures surpassing one thousand five hundred dollars per person, per month. The greatest interest to this sector is the towns of Sayulita, San Pancho, Guayabitos, Punta Mita, Bucerias, San Blas, and Nuevo Vallarta. Regarding real estate, Rodrigo Pérez highlighted that demand in the purchase of land is presented in Bucerias, San Pancho, Sayulita, Lo de Marcos, Guayabitos and Punta Mita. The cost of land varies, depending on the site. Undeveloped pristine beaches can be as low as 200 pesos a square meter; while in places like Punta Mita, one of

Illness Or Death In Mexico M By Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado

any foreign residents in Mexico are unaware of (or refuse to think about) all the documentation their next of kin will need in the event of their illness or demise. Please don’t stop reading right now… I know it is unpleasant, but this is important. If you are a foreigner living in Mexico, you MUST have: • An official copy of your birth certificate, and a translation of the document made by an authorized translator • If you are married, you must have your official marriage certificate and again, a legal translation of this document

• A valid passport and migratory document (FM or tourist card) • If you are a home owner, the must have a readily accessible copy of the deed and bank trust • If you rent your home, your rental contract and the receipts for your rent must be saved • If you own a business in Mexico, the paperwork and documentation must be up to date • Your taxes and utilities must be paid and all the receipts (for up to 5 years) must be saved • Even if you have a last will and testament elsewhere, you need to draw up a Mexican will that has been legally filed in this country.

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

If you do not know a lawyer or official translator, or do not have a reliable person to give this information to, drop me an email and I will be happy to furnish you with names and contacts. If you are a guest in Mexico, do not leave any of this to chance, please get your affairs in order TODAY.

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Paradise and Parenting By Leza Warkentin By Leza Warkentin

Spring break.. do nothing.

Get Ready for Mother’s Day


his Mother’s Day, give Mom something truly special – a gift made, baked or grown by local vendors. Whether she likes to stay in touch with friends and family, treat herself to the finer things in life, or trot around the globe in true fashionista style, the OTFM-TC has the perfect present!

Greeting Cards by Helen – Helen Drake uses scrapbooking supplies, stickers, ribbons, fabric and glitter glue to create a diverse selection of birthday, anniversary, Mexican-themed, and yes, even Mother’s Day cards. Express your sentiments with unique designs and customized creations. Facebook Banderas SoapBlends – Nothing says “Thank you, Mom” like handcrafted, all-natural bar soaps, lotions, body butters and scrubs made with tropical oils, pure essential oils and botanicals. Owner Pat Light can also customize any order to make it truly special. Visit the Zona Romantica location (Calle Basilio Badillo 326). www.banderassoapblends. com or Facebook TY-Bikinis – Mom will look “beach-a-licious” in a customized bikini or bathing suit. Owner Teresa Moreno learned to sew from her mother and turned her hobby into a thriving business. Today she employs both her mother and sister, and together they not only customize beachwear (within one week’s time) but offer a large selection of blouses, dresses and bathing suit cover-ups. You can also find TY-Bikinis at the Buenaventura Grand Hotel boutique. Facebook New Beginnings – Of their many nonprofit initiatives, New Beginnings hosts a jewelry program for women at the dump. Participating women crochet


necklaces, each reflecting the individuality of its maker. All proceeds are given to the craftswomen, helping them reach financial independence. A Mother’s Day gift from New Beginnings could be the gift of a new beginning for someone else’s mother. Visit New Beginnings for more information and voluntourism opportunities. Check out these other Mother’s Day gift options: • Artesania de Oaxaca woven baskets • Begoña Sandalias sandals • Eder Flores Arte Floral arrangements • Erika Maree Mexican handbags • Fashions by Caroline DelMar Collective and Laura Lopez Labra Designs • Jewelry by Chelow, Liliana Arte, Heriko Joyeria, Adriana Coss Vitrofusión-Reciclado and Chantel~Vintage Spoon Jewelry Mark your calendar as next week is the Puerto Vallarta Bugambilia Festival (May 9-11). Visit their website for a complete event schedule. Impassioned by responsible food production, entrepreneu-

rial development and the “buy local” movement, our OTFM-TC is a North American style market celebrating the tradition of Mexico’s tianguis markets. Stop by for home décor, fashions, accessories, farm-fresh produce, international cuisine and readto-eat foods. 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. or Facebook.

s you all know, many places in Vallarta become rather people- saturated during these two weeks, and I had decided that I would not become one more salmon in the roiling masses, fighting my way valiantly upstream to my own car. Therefore, as we had already spent the first week of spring break in Mexico City, I had planned on doing NOTHING the second week and fully recuperate my energy for the last leg of the school year. However, now that I reflect, Doing Nothing seems to have included: 1) One Botanical Garden day trip 2) One epic waterfight, in which all of my pots and pans were engaged as defensive gear. I sat that one out, knowing full well that I would have been specifically and viciously targeted. 3) One beach day 4) Two trips to the river 5) One cheap Wednesday movie day 6) A fevered interest in classic fairy tales at bedtime, which started with a mother’s innocent desire to share her childhood stories with her children and grew wings with the children’s delight in the grisly, inappropriate details (Stephen King has nothing on The Brothers Grimm). 7) An elaborate restaurant/video game arcade set up and maintained by the children in our very own kitchen. I ate a lot of bean tacos, but I didn’t have to cook. A satisfactory trade-off. 8) One haircut for the boy, always a challenge. That child is vigorously and confoundingly anti-hair-removal, but, darn it all, I deserve to hold my head up as a mother. My husband finally told him, in a fit of pure frustration and flavorful Spanish hyperbole, that his hair looked like it had been bitten by a donkey. It was the only way. 9) One sonnet written by our family entitled “Noble Dog”, dedicated to our beloved pet Max. He sat still as we worked on it, staring gravely into the distance as the wind ruffled his fur. Truly, he looked as noble as a sorely

under-sized terrier mongrel with oddly shaped ears could look. It was a good effort on his part, and a rather excellent poem. As you can see, it’s been more than an adventure around here. The week culminated in a busy weekend at a great event in which we took part. Actually, it was a wonderful reminder of why I love working with young children so much: they represent the only demographic that appreciates, without a trace of irony, my skills in dance. Last Saturday the Facebook group, Mamas in PV, put on a great party for the families of Puerto Vallarta at El Rio BBQ. There was no charge for entrance, and free activities were offered, such as egg-painting, art activities, music and dance classes, water balloon competitions, and a Disco Hour for kiddos put on by Yours Truly, sponsored by the American School. I must mention here that, while I have had no formal dance training, I feel strongly that I re-invented The Hokey Pokey that day. It was the pinnacle of my spring break experience. Congratulations to the organizers of this great event, we look forward to the next one!


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Banderas Bay Initiative By María del Mar Zamora

10th International Altruism Festival


et ready for a day of food, fun and altruism. American Consular Agent Kelly Trainor and Casa Magna Marriot Resort invite you to the 10th Annual International Altruism Festival this Sunday, May 4th starting at 6 pm. Join 20 non-profit organizations, and over 30 restaurants and businesses for this wonderful evening that is the perfect amalgam of good will and entertainment. The sponsors’ generosity ensures 100% of the proceeds go directly to the organizations. You will also have the opportunity to find out more about each of the beneficiary associations and donate directly to the cause that you are passionate about. Altruism is an interesting word. At its core is the concept of giving without expecting anything in return. However, in practice, this apparent sacrifice often ends up benefiting everyone involved. Almost any volunteer will tell you the benefits they reap, the smiles, the learning experience, the satisfaction to be had in helping others, and even the heartache that one can feel when being confronted with harsher realities of our world. Kelly Trainor joined us at “El Foco” radio show this past Monday (join us every Monday at 4pm on 91.9

FM) and she encouraged everyone to come to the festival. In addition to your ticket contribution you can donate directly to the selected organizations. However we encourage you to donate your time as well. Kelly had a wonderful suggestion of the type of volunteerism that we don’t often think about. A hairdresser might offer his or her services free of charge for an old folk’s home or an orphanage. Your skills are needed somewhere! So much of the region we call home is picture-perfect that it can be easy to forget there are still significant challenges facing our neighbors and ways in which our community could do better. From old-folks homes, food banks, and conservation efforts, to scholarship programs, special needs support and rehabilitation centers, animal shelters and trash-clean up initiatives. Tons of people, your friends and neighbors, the waiter at your favorite restaurant, or the young lady checking you out at the grocery store and you yourself might both benefit from and benefit these organizations. So many people volunteer their time and effort to contribute to our community, to ensure we build the social capital needed to face needs head on and to improve quality of life for all Pata Saladas. So come support your community in this fun and easy way. Find out about new organizations and have some delicious food. You will also be delighted by music, fireworks and dancing. Tickets can be purchased in advance foe $350 pesos from any of the participating organizations (see the list here: http:// or at the Marriot Resort’s concierge, or for $450 pesos at the door. Tickets include food, drink, entertainment and information about community outreach.

10th Annual International Altruism Festival Sunday, May 4th starting at 6 pm Marriott Casa Magna Join 20 non-profit organizations, and over 30 restaurants in supporting local charities.

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

My Life In Vallarta By Lois Ellison

Rules of the Road


ne recent morning, we ran into a friend on the Malecon who said “Now that you have a car, remember that the traffic signs here are just a suggestion”. Well, that is certainly good advice; not just for drivers but also for pedestrians. There definitely are traffic laws here, most of which are the same as those in the US and Canada. We know because we studied enough of them before we took the Drivers Licensing exam. You can be sure all of the Nationals have studied them too but it seems like all that knowledge evaporates the minute the license is issued. If you watch traffic, take a bus, ride in a taxi, or drive you may find yourself wondering what’s going on. The reality is that the “rules of the road” often bear little resemblance to the traffic laws. When we left the State office building with our licenses in hand we took a taxi to Costco. On the way, our driver went through not one but a total of five stop signs. Straight through without even slowing down. He’s a licensed driver so I’m pretty sure he knows the meaning of “ALTO”. Maybe his sixth sense told him there were no other cars so he saw no reason to stop. That was a good lesson in the rules of the road. At the intersection of I. Vallarta and B. Badillo there are signs indicating the cars in both directions are to stop and proceed “uno y uno”. On any given day, you can stand there for as long as you want and I can pretty much guarantee you no one will stop. Unless of course a bus is turning and the way is blocked. The other morning we watched in amazement as 6 buses in a row plowed through the

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intersection, only slowing down enough to make the turn. As our friend observed, traffic signs really are just a suggestion. Traffic signals are taken a little more seriously. The green light blinks to announce that it will soon turn red. In most cases, the traffic will stop but not always. Motorcycles are notorious for running lights, and never in a straight line. Instead they weave precariously between buses and cars, as if their life depends on it. Well, maybe it does! Have you ever been on a two-lane road behind a car that has its left turn signal on but doesn’t turn? That’s because the driver is signaling you that it is safe to pass. Maybe. Or he could be planning to turn at the next opportunity. Best to be

on the safe side. When you are outside of town, away from traffic signs and signals, you might see a car on the right shoulder. He’s not having a siesta, he’s waiting for the traffic to ease up so he can make a left turn. One way streets can be tricky. There may or may not be signs and you can’t tell by the way the cars are parked. In our neighborhood, someone decided to solve the problem by painting arrows on the face of a big boulder. Does it work? Most of the time, but don’t count on it. And then there is the issue of parking. Yellow curbs? Totally ignored. “No Parking” signs; just a suggestion. Double parking while the driver picks up lunch at a food cart or goes inside a store is a common occurrence. During busy holidays you might see cars balanced almost like a see saw, straddling the very corner. When all else fails, some frustrated drivers even park on the sidewalk. So next time you’re out walking or driving, remember the rules of the road. Drivers might or might not stop for signs and signals. You can plough out into the intersection and take your chances but the best way to survive as a pedestrian or driver here is to adopt the motto Never Assume Anything.

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.

Friday May 02 - 08, 2014


Great success of the first annual get-together by Mamas in PV!

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great friendship, camaraderie and family celebration environment was enjoyed last Saturday April 26 at El Río BBQ to regale the boys and girls of Mamas in PV, a group of friends from all venues and places in the world who have come to meet in Puerto Vallarta and decided to create a fraternity of mothers with a common goal: to give their children the best of themselves. El Río BBQ hosted this event where families enjoyed, laughed, swam and had the time of their lives. The youngsters’ and not so youngsters’ guffaws spread in the air to create a unique ambient of fraternal love which infected all the visitors, who delighted in everything participants and sponsors offered to the families. The sponsors’ list included Nora Plonsky, Bonita Make Up Studio, Club Koala Care, Nana Sherry, Pitayo, Marjorie Stevenson and Aimee Jewel, Keiki Assesories, Ulises L. Guerrero Photography, Gymboree, Alison Beavis and Ana Aribe, Colegio Americano, Tatyana Haas , Piare, Los Muertos T Shirts, Joe Jacks Fish Shack , Swim Trainer, La Casa del Fido, Quiero Flores, CupoCity which donated presents for all the mamas and of course, El Río BBQ. One of the special features of this event was the fact that tickets could be downloaded from the deal site www.cupocity. com totally free. If you missed the First Annual Get-together by Mamas in PV, stay tuned for the next charity non-profit events to appear in CupoCity for Puerto Vallarta community.


Friday May 02 - 08, 2014

Mexican Orchid of the Month

Banderas Bay Butterfies

by Moralea Milne

Tiger Mimic-White (Dismorphia amphione)

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ncyclia adenocaula is found through much of western Mexico in the oak-pine forest habitat and was formerly common in the mountains just outside Puerto Vallarta. It now exists in the wild only on the most isolated mountain peaks where it is still relatively safe from orchid poachers. In addition to appreciating the delightful color and form of this exquisite flower, be sure to take the time to smell its grape-

like aroma. It typically first blooms for us here at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens during beginning of May each year. This is one of several orchids being responsibly grown by seed in the Vallarta Botanical Gardens’ orchid propagation laboratory for direct sale to the public. Remember, don’t buy orchids from street vendors! They have been illegally collected from the wild and are contributing to the loss of our native plant diversity.

photographed this butterfly in the mountains of Oaxaca but this species (actually the subspecies lupita) is recorded from the Mismaloya area. Tiger Mimic-Whites are medium sized butterflies (77mm or 3in) in the Pieridae family. Pieridaes are small to medium sized butterflies that are often referred to as whites and yellows, and most of them are, overall, white, yellow or orange, with some black marking on their top forewing tips. However, there are exceptions to every rule. The Tiger Mimic-White belong to a cohort of species whose coloration and patterning mimic other distasteful or toxic species, as a form of protection from predators. In the case of Tiger Mimic-Whites, they appear similar to the Tigerwings (Mechanitis lysimnia) which are unpalatable to birds and predators. This type of protection is called Bate-

sian mimicry. Another of the attributes of Pieridae is that they have conical shaped eggs with vertical ribs that they lay on their host plants, either legumes, or plants in the mustard family. Tiger Mimic-Whites use nitrogen-fixing legumes in the Inga genus, trees that are commonly used in coffee and cacao plantations for shade. I found this species in a forested area, so you might need to take that long delayed trip into the mountains in order to find this gem, and that’s not such a bad thing as the heat and humidity climb!

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Black Turtles return to Nayarit


t was twenty years ago that the last black turtle nest was registered at El Naranjo Turtle Camp, located in La Peñita de Jaltemba. On April 22nd, seven tiny black turtles were released in the Riviera Nayarit. Forty eggs were reportedly found at the camp 84 days ago. From that total, only half of them actually hatched and only seven hatchlings survived. Normally, this species takes between 50 and 55 days to hatch, but the local weather conditions delayed the event. “This is the second black turtle nest we were able to collect. It

was a meter and a half in size and weighed 120 kilograms. It’s not very common for these turtles to reach our shores, as they usually prefer the beaches at Colola, Michoacán,” explained Ricardo Villaseñor, Secretary of the Nayarit Ecologists Group and part of the group that operates the camp. Although it’s not a given that these turtles return to nest in the place where they hatched, it could happen: it takes 20 years for a black turtle to reach its sexual maturity and one of the previous hatchlings could have returned to lay her eggs on the shores of the

Riviera Nayarit. “It’s a very important event for us, as we have already registered several species including the leatherback, Ridley, Hawksbill and black turtles. These are four out of the seven species that usually nest on this beach, already considered a very important sea turtle hatching area,” added Villaseñor. The black turtle takes the longest to reach maturity. For example, the leatherback takes ten years and the Ridley only eight. All of the sea turtles are endangered, but only the Hawksbill, olive Ridley and leatherback are critically endangered (two of these nest in the Riviera Nayarit.) “When you see a turtle nest hatching please do not touch it and do not gather the hatchlings. What you need to do is simply observe them and ensure they make it to the water. When the turtle is actually laying her eggs the same applies: just observe and let her do her job,” recommended Richard. Therequest to not touch them is not just to avoid harming the turtles, but also because people can be at risk of being contaminated with HPV, as reptiles are occasionally carriers of this contagious virus.

Nayarit Receives its Eighth EarthCheck Certificate


he Hard Rock Hotel is the eighth hotel to receive this certificate, awarded to businesses that exemplify a commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Riviera Nayarit, which prides itself on being a destination that’s pro environment and community, recently received its eight EarthCheck certificate. This time it was the Hard Rock Hotel that recently received a 2014 Silver Certificate from EarthCheck, which it obtained once it passed all of the sustainability procedures needed to achieve accreditation. EarthCheck is the top environmental benchmarking and certification program in the world. “I think this gives us one more attribute to add to our list when it comes to selling. It also demonstrates to both the domestic and international tourist that there are hotels in the Riviera Nayarit which are sensitive to the conservation of the environment, especially since climate change is a global issue,” said Luis Entrala Fábregas, Director of the Hard Rock Hotel. In order to become certified the interested party must first conduct

a check of the environmental health of the company, undergo several benchmarking programs and evaluate its environmental and social impact. Afterwards it must follow a sustainable plan of action, implement changes in its procedures and its personnel training, verification and compensation, as well as in its monitoring and marketing. Seven hotels in the Riviera Nayarit have already obtained an EarthCheck certification; the recently inaugurated Iberostar Playa Mita is currently undergoing the procedures necessary to obtain its own certificate. The list of hotels that are already certified includes Mayan Palace, Grand Mayan, Ocean Breeze, Grand Bliss, Grand Luxxe, Grand Palladium and Hotel Cinco.

OLAS ALTAS, MALECON, AVENUE MEXICO Los Abuelos - Just like Grandma makes it


pened as a little grill serving fish on a stick some thirty-four years ago, eighty-four year old Abuela Agustina still sits out front of the little restaurant on Olas Altas grilling fish and shrimp while behind her is the bustling restaurant that serves a much larger menu under a much grander palapa. Sandwiched in between a row of beachfront restaurants, Los Abuelos has a bar, about twenty tables under

the palapa and beach chairs with umbrellas along the beach. This friendly little spot has some of the nicest waiters in town. By your second visit, manager Edward Gonzales and the rest of the staff will recognize you and make you feel like you never left. The menu is standard Mexican seafood along with hamburgers, pasta and a spectacular looking surf and turf plate. The bar is well stocked and


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offers tropical drinks at two for one every day all day long. The $100 peso bucket of beer (6 Corona or Pacifico) is the cheapest on the beach. The food is excellent quality and if there is something you want but don’t see on the menu they will do their best to accommodate you. I recently had the shrimp burger overflowing with perfectly grilled shrimp, served with french fries. We also enjoyed a chunky guaca-

mole that had the perfect bite to it and fresh tortilla chips. In the evening the restaurant is laid for more formal dining and there is a wide selection of grilled meat and seafood options. The entire place can be rented for events and occasionally you will have live music to serenade you during the evening. Friday evenings there is the cultural dance show in Lazaro Cardenas park, afterward cross

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over to Los Abuelos to enjoy a romantic beachfront dinner. Personally, this is where I stop on Saturdays after checking out the markets. They always have a cold bucket of beers ready and a couple of recliners to lie back on. A $100 pesos a cubeta for six cervesas and oceanfront seating can’t be beat. They also have a bucket and wings or ribs specials on all week that will satisfy your afternoon hunger. The prompt, friendly service and great prices make it the go-to place for a day of lazing about and an evening of good times. Open seven days a week from 9-10:30pm they serve a 70 peso breakfast until 11am each morning. For those that like to watch sports at the beach there are flat screen TV’s set up showing the day’s events on American satellite feeds.

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Friday May 9 6:00 to 8:00 PM Opening Night Cocktails on the Island Oscars Restaurant on Isla Cuale Welcome “Margavillea” Cocktail, Tastings by Dorwart Whiskey & Council of Raicilla Free Appetizers & Open Bar Floral Show by Vallarta’s Top Floral Designers Music by Piel Canela Sunday May 11th 11:00 AM. to 2:00 PM Le Bistro Jazz Café Bugambilia Brunch and Fashion Show Fashion Designs by Edoardo Rocha and Yozozky Music Los Polvitos, children’s mariachi band, & Aldo Buy tickets $350 pesos each at, Carol’s Boutique, and Mailboxes, Etc. Saturday Night 7:00 PM Parade/Desfile Begins at north end of Malecon Ends Parque Lazaro Cardenas “Babe, the Garden Club truck, Miss Vallarta Finalists, Mariachis, Bicycles, Folkloric Dancers, Charros Parque Lazaro Cardenas 7:00 to 10:00 PM every night. Free events Friday, May 9 7:00 PM Soledad Acting Company 8:00 PM Official Welcome and ribbon cutting with Miss Bugambilia. 8:30 – 10:00 PM Entertainment: Daniel Portela Show with Jorge and Beata Acosta All Evening -Artists display, Magicians, Clowns, Face Painting and Local Food Eateries Saturday May 10th 7:00-10:00 PM Celebration of Mexico Show, Mariachis, Voice of Vallarta, “Vallarta has Talent” Variety Show All Evening -Artists display, Magicians, Clowns, Face Painting and Local Food Eateries Sunday, May 11 7:00 PM Dog parade with prizes 7:30 PM Mexican Chili dog eating contest 7:00-10:00 PM Circus, Folklore Mexicano, Percussion Show, Salsa demonstration, Dancing for everyone All Evening -Artists display, Magicians, Clowns, Face Painting and Food Eateries

DISFRUTE FLORES, MÚSICA Y DIVERSIÓN Dos Eventos Especiales Viernes 9 de mayo 18:00 a 22:00  Noche Inaugural “Cocteles en el Cuale” Restaurante Oscars en la Isla del Cuale Coctel “Margavillea” de bienvenida Degustación de Raicilla y  Whiskey Dorwatt Canapes y Bar abierto Exhibición floral por los mejores diseñadores de Puerto Vallarta Música en vivo: Piel Canela Domingo 11 de mayo 11:00 a 14:00 Brunch  Dominical en Le Bistro Café Bugambilia Brunch y Desfile de moda Desfile de Modas, diseños de Edoardo Rocha y Yozozky Música en vivo:  Los Polvitos, Mariachi y Aldo Puedes comprar los boletos para estos eventos en,   Carols Boutique y Mail Boxes Etc. Precio $350.00 c/u.

Sábado en la noche 7:00 pm Desfile Comenzamos en el malecón (norte) Terminamos en el Parque Lázaro Cárdenas Nos acompañan: “Babe” - el camión de riego del club de Jardines, Los finalistas de Miss Vallarta, Vallarta en Bici, Charros y Danzantes folclóricos.

Parque Lázaro Cardenas Viernes, Sábado y Domingo de 18:00 a 22:00 hrs Eventos gratuitos Viernes 9 de mayo 19:00 hrs  Soledad Acting Company 20:00 hrs  Ceremonia Inaugural y Corte del listón 20:30 a 22:00 hrs  Daniel Portela y el show de Jorge y Beata Acosta Ademas tendremos Magos, Artistas, Payasos y Pintacaras Sábado 10 de mayo 19:00 a 22:00 hrs   Fiesta Mexicana con Mariachi “La Voz Vallarta”  y “ Vallarta tiene Talento” Show de Variedades Ademas tendremos Magos, Artistas, Payasos y Pintacaras Domingo 11 de mayo 19:00 hrs  Desfile de mascotas y concurso 19:30 hrs  Quien come mas   “chili dogs” Concurso 19:00 a 22:00 hrs  Circo, Folclore Mexicano, Show de Percusiones Salsa con XXX,  Baile abierto al público. Ademas tendremos Magos, Artistas, Payasos y Pintacaras

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Fun on the Riviera Nayarit By Cat Morgan


a Cruz de Huanacaxtle is a very quaint Mexican pueblo that carries an easy energy… one might even say (like my friend Russ) “La Cruzin” even with the big energy of the new marina and huge fish market. The new skate park is also now under way, and making amazing progress for the kids of La Cruz, and will be the first of its kind here, making the perfect place for the children to spend their summer days. Also, an FYI…The La Cruz Sunday Market, which is located at the La Cruz Marina, will be having their last Sunday market on May 11th for the season. So come on down! The La Cruz Wednesday market runs all year around. La Cruz Days La Cruz Days start on April 25th, so the Semana Santa party

pretty much continued right into La Cruz Days. What a party! May 3rd is the town’s big finale fiesta, and is also the Day of the Holy Cross, by name “Santa Cruz” who is the patron of the construction workers. La Cruz Days is a 9 day annual La Cruz community event, as are most of the town fiestas. The fair people have set up the rides and game booths for grownups and children. The town parade started the event off on Friday, the 25th, with live music in the town square. Saturday hosted the Miss La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, with five contestants from different “tribes” showing off their talents, posing and parading on stage competing for the 2014 crown. It was quite the show, with three older Queens present. The girls had several costume changes. My favorite was definitely their ethnic costumes. Amazing! The contest lasted until 12:30 pm, as they could not decide on the winner! They were all very beautiful and graceful, however, Vanessa was the final choice for Queen, and also best cultural costume; an elegant and beautiful young woman. • Vanessa Queen and best cultural costume. • Leticia was runner up for • Princess Alondra won for most photogenic • Cassandra won for most amiable (I think) • Brisa placed 5th • Edna was the beautiful Queen from last year, 2013. All in all, they were all quite beautiful, poised and had beautiful

costumes, dresses and designs. Congratulations Queen Vanessa! There are daily La Cruz community parades in the morning, and also in the evenings, and ending at the church with mass. Bottle rockets and fireworks will be going off all hours of the night and into the wee hours of the morning, I have heard both sides; that these rockets bring in the spirits, and also chase them away! Or perhaps it is in the name of celebration. The dogs go crazy barking all over town all night long. Many snowbirds that reside in the La Cruz community for six months have left before Semana Santa and La Cruz Days for these very reasons! Many do, however, enjoy and love the Mexican national culture and community spirit; celebrations of life, and join in on the La Cruz community festivities! I know I sure do, although, living out of town may certainly help in this perspective! Viva La Cruz de Huanacaxtle!!

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Puerto Vallarta Market Overview: Stagnant Real Estate Projection for 2014? Fabien Madesclaire


ell, we all made it through Semana Santa, relatively unscathed. Traditionally this is a slow time for real estate. Most visitors come here with their families and loved ones to enjoy the beaches and sites. I was just up in the U.S. and Canada for the Spring vacation and think that their policy of staggering the Spring Break dates (rather than having a national vacation on the same days for everyone) would benefit Mexico greatly, by spreading out the economic benefits, while simultaneously making everything less chaotic. Tourism is the primary fuel of the Puerto Vallarta economy. It’s really our gauge to see if we are doing better or worse, and in my opinion there has been little positive growth and evolution in the tourism realm. I continue to see the same types of businesses, and a vast number of vacant shop spaces. I think the situation on Calle Morelos is particularly grim. Especially since it is the primary entryway into our beautiful town. The buildings, even if they remain vacant, could use some serious sprucing up. A case in point, is the terrific

overhaul of the facades adjacent to the Los Arcos Hotel on Olas Altas. Great colors, and plants, have really livened up an unremarkable structure. (see photo) Another apparent sign of sluggishness is the lack of much of the taxi activity around town. Several drivers that I’ve spoken with suggested that this was a slower Semana Santa for them than in the past. On a brighter note, the real estate industry seems to be picking up quite a bit it the U.S. and Canada, which makes me hopeful that many retirees will opt to move down here, to take advantage of the lower cost of living, great services, top-of-the line medical care and convenient international airport. Our current buyers are on the hunt for properties in below the 300k USD range. Many of these clients prefer living near downtown, and having easy access to shopping, the beach and restaurants. Too, these properties tend to maintain their worth, and are a breeze as rental investments. Above 900k USD we find the buyers that are not financially

constrained and have much more flexibility. Many prefer the north coast near Punta Mita and surrounding areas. In my estimation, the Vallarta real estate market is still hanging in limbo, and until buyers feel

confident in the economy and that local security suits their needs. Too, it essential that the local government take some initiative regarding beautification, and assisting local small businesses with less restrictive and costly rental incentives.

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still pleasant and the flowers are in gorgeous bloom, yet this is the second worst tourism month for the city. Rather than resigning to

low season. Part of the activities and events are in Parque Lazaro Cardenas on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. These events are free to the public. They will have dance and musical performances, a Pet Parade and Contest, face painting for kids and a chance to celebrate Mother’s Day together. On Saturday night will be a parade from the north end of the Malecon, ending at the park. The Grand Marshall of the parade will be Babe, the Garden Club’s new watering truck followed by numerous organizations from the city including the singing school, Alas, Zumba groups, BICI en Vallarta

the slump with the drop off in snowbird visitors, we, like the Folkloric Festival and Restaurant Week organizers believe that we can turn May into a month filled with cultural activities that will draw a new flock of visitors to our city. We are a city based on tourism. If we all pull together and focus on what is magical and beautiful in this city, work to create a beautiful, healthy and culture filled environment, we will wake up one day and realize that there is no longer a high and

and special guests from the Jalisco Charro Association. Guys and girls for more information visit the official website or follow them on Facebook at Bugambilia Festival If you know someone or maybe you has an interest in helping now or next year please contact Kimberly at ziggy523@comcast. net I’m ready to enjoy are you? Guys and girls, see you around Olas Altas.

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Bugambilia or Napoleon?


he bugambilia plant has different names around the world. For example, in Honduras it is named Napoleon, Santa Rita in Argentina and Bolivia. In Puerto Vallarta we are celebrating this international plant from May 9th to May 11th at the second annual Bugambilia Festival. I had the chance to talk with Kimberly Bennet, 2014 Festival Coordinator. According to Kimberly, everything started when Bob Price from the Vallarta Botanical Gardens researched Floral Festivals around the world that are known economic and tourism generators. As an example, the 100 year old Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC generates $400 million dollars to the local economy. In Medellin, Colombia there is an annual floral festival which began in 1957 as a small local festival, much like the Bugambilia Festival. Today it attracts an array of international visitors. And, my favourite example of the benefits of floral festivals is the story of the Darwin Festival in Darwin, Australia. It began as the Bougainvillea Festival in 1978 after a devastating cyclone had hit the city. The festival began as a floral festival to promote the beautification of the city. Today, it is an 18 day festival bringing over 200,000 people to the city. Last year, the Vallarta Garden Club, whose mission is to “Beautify and protect the environment through civic planting projects, and educational and horticultural programs, for the enjoyment of the residents and visitors in Puerto Vallarta,” took up the challenge to start the festival in addition to all of the planting of trees and bougainvillea we have accomplished over the last 4 years. Why in May and not in February, for example? May is an absolutely beautiful month in Vallarta. The weather is still good, getting warmer, but

Friday May 02 - 08, 2014

Perceptions of Art By Marcia Blondin


ast week I went to a birthday party. There were quite a few people that I knew, good food, champagne, cake and candles and flowers. It was quite clearly “by invitation only” - all the chairs had name tags on them with small containers of candied popcorn as accompaniment. Also clear from the invitation was “don’t be late - doors close at 8”. Sure enough, the packed foyer of Boutique Performing Arts Centre slowly leaked into the theatre where our assigned seats awaited. As we all took our places I looked at the set: piano, guitar, music stand on the right; microphone, small platform with a few steps on the left. This was not going to be a run-of-the-mill birthday party for sure. The musicians walked in (I knew them all well so my expectations leapt higher), took their places and our host and birthday boy, Edoardo Rocha, walked into the light. He - being the ONLY person in the theatre that knew what was going on for sure - was comfortable and began to sing a song, then did a bit of narrative about himself as a boy growing up with a loving mother and father. His voice didn’t imitate any of the artists’ original recordings. He didn’t aspire to leave his audience/ guests breathless with admiration of ‘his range’ or ‘his pitch’. He just sang the songs as his memories of growing up, favorite songs of his moms’, traditional Mexican tunes he heard often enough to sing in his sleep. A lot of Edoardo’s guests didn’t

know a lot about Edoardo. Me included. Now we do. A couple of times I couldn’t see him through tears as he spoke about his papa’s death and his mother’s broken heart...and sang. He talked about wanting to become a designer, and doing it. Taking that internationally and making the cover of Vogue magazine for the first time. Edoardo had never sung or performed in front of an audience before his birthday party but it was something he spoke about doing for years... he always directed others, including his partner Michael, who urged him to celebrate this birthday exactly as he wanted to. So he did. How he managed to get Sharon Baughman-White to accompany him on piano is something I will always wonder about. She is a star! And a terrific voice coach that makes me think one lead to the other but I’ll ask. And Sharon’s husband David on the viola through some of Edoardo’s deepest and most poignant moments. Joe on guitar... another prodigy of Sharon’s. “Designing Me” by Edoardo Rocha - his life from then until now was called a ‘dress rehearsal’. Actually, all of us invitees were at the ‘World Premiere’ and perhaps subsequent chapters will emerge on Boutique’s Stage. It makes me cower to think of the enormous courage and strength it had to have taken Edoardo to bare his most intimate thoughts and realities and then set it to music. A rare kindness you have shared, dear Edoardo...thank you for including me.




Friday May 02 - 08, 2014

Random thoughts from the Tribune Sports desk By Joel Hansen


he NHL and NBA first round has been some of the best that I have ever seen. From the drama of the Pacers self-destruction, the Memphis vs. Ok City battles (4 straight overtime games) to the excitement of the young Colorado Avalanche it has been a stellar opening round for both leagues. Unfortunately, all of this took a backseat once the tape of Clippers owner Donald Sterling was released. It has been great to see the NBA act quickly and decisively and impose a lifetime ban and do everything in their power to remove the franchise from this old racist self-entitled slumlord. Listening to the tape of this fuddling 80-year-old billionaire rant to his 23-year-old money hungry mistress about her “The Instagram” account was enough to make me take a shower and wash the slime off. You just know that this old bigot is the type of guy who says that he thinks Mussolini was misunderstood and that Marge Schott got a raw deal for admiring Hitler. He is a truly terrible person and has thrown his money around for years to cover up his racist transgressions, including making enough payments to the NCAAP that they were going to award him a second “life time” achievement award; go figure. The whole Sterling affair had left such a bad taste in my mouth that I decided the best way to get rid of it would be to contact Dennis Rike at the American Legion and see if there was anything I could do to help out around town. Dennis of course, didn’t disappoint and had a task for me all ready to go. I joined up with him at La Aurora Recreation Center where, along with my son, were put to work digging holes in the hot sun. The girls from Corazon de Niña had also joined us to help plant 50 trees and shrubs that Dennis had received from the city. After a lot of hard digging by the volunteers, the girls were able to plant the trees and continue to improve the park. It was a great time and a great experience for the girls. Dennis wasn’t done with us

and the next day the boy and me joined him and the crew of the United States Coast Guard Cutter “Active” at the Centro de Apoyo a Niños con Cancer A.C. (Support Center for Children with Cancer). Along with the very able (but mucho crudo) crew we put a fresh

coat of paint on the place and built a playground for the kids to enjoy. After the hard work was completed, we treated ourselves to some pizza and beer at Café Roma and when one of the patrons, Susan, heard about our efforts and graciously picked up the tab, no small gesture considering the amount of hungry sailors were devouring pizza. The efforts of the American Legion, the Navy league, the Centro de Apoyo a Niños con Cancer A.C. and Corazon de Niña and all the volunteers that come out and help with these and many other projects helps us remember that there is good in the world, that bigots like Donald Sterling do not always prevail and that we can do

something on an individual level right here and right now to make Puerto Vallarta a better place. For more information on how you can help please contact Dennis Rike, drpost14pv@gmail.

com or look for me up at the bar. I will be the one cheering for the Clippers and the Flyers and bragging that Trevor Linden is the greatest team president in hockey.

VALLARTA WEEKLY EVENT GUIDE powered by FRIDAY MAY 2 \ VIERNES 2 DE MAYO 8:30 pm - Desperate Princesses (BT) [in Spanish] 9:00 pm - Couchin Demencial: El Musical (RR) SATURDAY MAY 3 \ SABADO 3 DE MAYO 7:00 pm - Solo Cinco: Una Agrupacion Familiar (RR) 8:00 pm - Las Anecdotas del Miembro (MS) 9:00 pm - Couchin Demencial: El Musical (RR) SUNDAY MAY 4 \ DOMINGO 4 DE MAYO 7:30 pm - Couchin Demencial: El Musical (RR)

ExPats In Vallarta May Schedule

WEDNESDAY MAY 7 \ MIERCOLES 7 DE MAYO 7:00 pm - Frida - The Stage Show (MS)

uring the month of May ExPats in Vallarta will be having two Happy Hour gatherings. On Tuesday, May 13th and Tuesday, May 27th at Langostino’s from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Langostinos is located on Los Muertos Beach just north of the new pier. Wine and Appetizer evenings are scheduled for Friday, May 2nd in the Mismaloya area and Friday, May 16th in the Marina area. Since these events are held in private homes seating is limited.

THURSDAY MAY 8 \ JUEVES 8 DE MAYO 7:30 pm - Dorys: Agua Luna Mia (RR) 8:30 pm - Desperate Princesses (BT) [in Spanish] 9:00 pm - Rockustico: Alejandro Muraira (RR)


To make reservations for all events and details go to their website The local group of Expats In Vallarta is open to all ExPat residents, visitors and investors from other countries. The purpose of the group is informal fellowship and assistance for ExPats around Vallarta for those considering the area. There is no membership fee or requirement; everyone pays for only what they use or consume.

FRIDAY MAY 9 \ VIERNES 9 DE MAYO 6:00 pm - Bugambilia Festival: Cocktails on the Island & Floral Show (Oscar’s) 8:30 pm - Desperate Princesses (BT) [in Spanish] 9:00 pm - Clowntown Blues (RR) [in Spanish] BT=Boutique Theatre • RR=Red Room • MS=Main Stage

TICKETS & INFO: Call 222-4198 (2pm - 6pm, Mon - Sat)


Friday May 02 - 08, 2014

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 Acción En La Cruz: aid residents of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle by providing provisions in exchange for community services performed. www. Alcoholics Anonymous: In English Puerto Vallarta Alanon Club - Basilio Badillo 329 www. American Legion Post 14: raises resources and manpower to improve facilities needing building maintenance Asilo San Juan Diego Home for the Elderly Contact: Lupita Sanchez Covarrubias 222-1257 or 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. 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. Bucerias Bilingual Community Center: Supporting families, seniors in Bucerias. www.

Casa Hogar - A shelter for orphaned, abandoned, disadvantaged or vulnerable children. Luz Aurora Arredondo at 221-1908, Rita Millan (322) 141-6974.

Fundacion Punta de Mita LDG. Ana Lilia Medina Varas de Valdés. ana@ Tel. (329) 291 5053

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@

Grupo Ecológico de Puerto Vallarta: Arq. Luz del Carmen Pérez Alvarez cayro_13@hotmail. com

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, Contact: 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

Proyecto Pitillal, “Busca un Amigo” - Association created by underprivileged mothers of paralyzed children. Contact: 299-4495.

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

Puerto Vallarta Garden Club: Beautify and protecting the environment. PuRR Project - A no-kill cat shelter, a natural un-caged environment.

La Brigada de la Basur:a A weekly meeting of neighborhood children to clean Vallarta Streets. Contact Que?Pasa 223-4006 Mexico Ministries & Mission, Inc. raises funds to the poor in Vallarta. Contact Fr. Jack+ 044 322 229-1129 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.

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

New Life Mexico - Challenging Child Poverty with health and education programs. Philippa Vernon

Families At The Dump: Supporting families living in the landfill or garbage dump thru education and sustainable opportunities. or 297-7425


Well we named her Sugar because she is so sweet. Sugar is about a year and a half in age, weighing 40 pounds. She was rescued by one of our volunteers who found her abandoned in a nearby village. She’s one of those “unique” breeds we encounter all the time…probably a Bull Terrier mix. She loves people and is good with other dogs as well. Sugar would make anyone a loving companion. Please contact us at

Pro Biblioteca de Vallarta - Raises funds for Los Mangos Public Library. Tax-deductible Ricardo Murrieta at 224-9966 or Jimmie Ellis at 222-1478.

Friends of PV Animals Volunteers working to enhance the lives of shelter animals. For info and donations visit

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

Discapacitados de Vallarta, A.C. (DIVAC) association of handicapped individuals dedicated to helping one another. Ivan Applegate at 221-5153.

PEACEAnimals - Free mobile spay/neuter clinic operating 48 weeks a year, primarily in Puerto Vallarta. Tax-deductible.

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.

Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza- Shelter for Children. Tax-deductible. Roma’s Kids - Educate the children of the Volcanes and surrounding area: Math, English and computer programs a priority. 100% goes to the kids. The International Friendship Club (IFC) Supports the Cleft Palate Surgery Program & families in need. 322-222-5466. Toys for Tots Vallarta - Distributes toys and constructs playgrounds for Puerto Vallarta area during the Christmas holiday period. Jerry Lafferty 322 221 6156 or Lourdes Bizarro lourdes.bizarro@ Vallarta Saludable (Healthy) – Healthy living through organics, stevias, cooking workshops, serums reversing dialysis and reality show. Suzy Chaffee


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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

You can get cash for your clothes in as little as a WEEK! Clean out your closet AND get some spending money!

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

NOW TWO LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU Deja New Old Town Jacarandas 280 between Cardenas & Carranza Mon - Sat 10-8 Deja New Plaza Marina Local F9 - Mon - Fri 10-6

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

For more info on cleaning out your closet for charity contact Kathleen at

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. Café Roma Encino 287 Centro Mon-Sun 10:pm -3:00 am Beboteros Diaz Ordaz 565 Malecon 322.113.0099 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 El Rio BBQ Bar 322.222.2510 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

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

Emergency Phone for Sayulita

Philo’s Delfin15, La Cruz de Huanacaxle”329.295.5068 Thu-Sat 8:30 pm

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

Que? Pasa Aquiles Serdan 625, Col Emiliano Zapata 322.223.4006 The River Café Isla del Rio Cuale Local4 Centro 322.223.0788 Vitea Libertad Edificio Malecon 2, Centro” 322.222.8703



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? A number block is group of numbers formed in a block. The numbers in each row add up to the totals to the right. The numbers in each column add up to the totals along the bottom. The diagonal lines also add up the totals to the right. Some of the numbers are missing. Try to fill in the missing numbers between 0 and 12.


Commonym 1 1. A Ball - A Fish - A Cold 2. A Ball - A Salad - A Coin 3. A Cork - A Question - A Balloon 4. A Bottle - A Baseball Player - A Mushroom 5. A Bell - Mouth - A Shoe 6. A Tug of War - The Nightly News - A Boat 7. Seventeen - Time - People 8. A Basketball Court - A Highway - A Bowling Alley 9. Fog A Jack - A Body Builder 10. A Hockey Game - A Restaurant - A Bank

Commonym 1 Answers 1. they are caught 2. they are tossed 3. they are popped 4. they have caps 5. they have tongues 6. they have anchors 7. they are magazines 8. they have lanes 9. they lift 10. they have checks

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 15 Answers 1. Keeping You Out of Trouble 2. Foreign Movie 3. A Little Rough Around the Edges 4. Too Little, Too Late 5. Double Your Money Back 6. Start of Something Big



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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