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Friday May 09 - 15, 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 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.

i believe in LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Because i have loved my ´Mother, ever since i opened my eyes...........

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.

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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low season? I don’t think so…. Summer season? Absolutely. I am officially sweating all the time now. But I haven’t had a minute to slow down. This past weekend I zipped up to San Sebastian for the day to enjoy the Coffee and Raicilla festival. Mostly the Raicilla…. But I did enjoy a delicious lunch at El Fortin with owner Gabriel and friends. Amazing deserts – I am actually considering moving there just so I can eat the chocolate

elote cake every day. Sunday, I joined sponsors of the International Beach Polo Tournament in Nuevo Vallarta, Lemmus Real Estate, for some VIP front row treatment. Congratulations to all the teams, it was an exciting day on the … field? Yesterday I finally went on the Tuesday PV SPCA tour with Nicole Martin from Cupocity. If you love animals and would like to spend a couple hours playing with the sweetest dogs and cats, this is a great way to help out. You can take the dogs for a walk or just sit and cuddle them. There are about 30 puppies and 20 kittens if you need a cuteness fix. The PV SPCA is fully funded by donations and volunteers. They can always use more volunteers, money, foster homes in PV, BC and Alberta and of course adoptions. If you are interested in taking the free Tuesday tour it leaves at noon from Costco. Email Nicole(at) This Thursday I’ll be at the salsa mambo concert in La Cruz, working off that cake. The Salso Mambo festival is all weekend long at Marival Resorts. This weekend we have the 2nd Annual Bugambilia Festival. Hopefully you kept a copy of last week’s insert with the schedule of events. If not, Marcia has written an overview in this week’s paper. I understand the Sunday brunch is sold out, but hopefully we will see you at the opening cocktail event at Oscar’s. The following week we have a break then we have to gear up for five days of Vallarta Pride. Watch the next two issues of the Vallarta Tribune for more information and a

schedule of events. Restaurant Week with Gary R. Beck as our intrepid on the ground reporter (tough job, but someone has to do it) will be reporting almost nightly from select restaurants. We will post his reviews online immediately so you can see how the menus fare and make your reservations. For the next three issues we will also publish the reviews in the paper. Please get out and support a new restaurant. There are many excellent menus to choose from and the prices couldn’t be any better. If you’d like to join Gary for dinner look for more information on page 9 of this week’s paper. I’m actually full just thinking of all the food I’ll be eating in the coming weeks. Guess I’ll have to dance it off. As always, support our local businesses, participate and enjoy this beautiful bay we are blessed to call home. Madeline

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Cruise Ship Arrivals Ahoy! Welcome to Puerto Vallarta DISNEY WONDER 14/05/2014 NORWEGIAN SUN 09/05/2014


Around town with Julie Last Saturday, I called Flyboard PV to speak to Peter the instructor, Miles the reservation agent, answered the phone and responded “Peter is busy flying right now, can I take message?” Flying, I said to myself, that is not a usual reason not to be able come to the phone, well in this case it was purely legitimate, and he was indeed flying in the sky! I believe every one of us at some point in our lives, have dreamed or imagined ourselves flying. Sure, most of us have experienced a flight, most likely we have done on it a Airbus 320, a helicopter or maybe even skydiving, but at FlyBoard PV you will live one of the most thrilling moments in your lifetime as you actually take flight.

Don’t get me wrong you will get wet, and you will kiss the ocean, but trust me it is all worthwhile. Under the instruction of Peter you are guaranteed a safe flight. First things first, in order to take flight, a ten minute instruction on

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the beach, a helmet and lifejacket are a must. You are then guided to swim out to the raft, where Peter and the photographer are on post ready to get you up with the birds, or at least up in the air.

They will assist you in strapping on a snowboard looking platform to your feet, the board is connected to the jet ski via a fire hose, which allows the jet ski to power your take off and flight. So there I was floating on my

belly, waiting for the cue to push my legs straight down, feet flat on the board when I hear Peter telling me, “keep you whole body stiff, chest out “ and boom! next thing you know - I’m up in the air in flying, well okay maybe after a few tries and few akward landings. But, wow, what a feeling! So if you are looking for a mind blowing activity, make your way to the Lido Restaurant at Los Muertos Beach, this is where FlyBoard PV is stationed, and a little piece of advice for the ladies, bring shorts and a shirt! And of course a smile, you will be on camera. Until next week, keep airborne! Julie www.


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Mexico, Canada exchange technology

Mexican Migration To US Could Be Back On Rise, Says Financial Group

By Suzzete Alcántara

By David Iaconangelo


n order to respond quickly to the population in case of natural disasters caused by climate change, the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy, coordinated their efforts to establish better practices concerning space satellite technology. While inaugurating the seminar, “Remote Sensing of the Earth: A Vision for Mexico,” the director general of the WEA, Javier Mendieta Jiménez, said that international experience in the field provides a basis for creating a model for immediate response. He noted that the integration of scientific, business and

government components of the space sector branches promotes innovative scientific and technological development for the benefit of society. Therefore, the dual need for sending students abroad, while simultaneously bringing international experts, was born. According to WEA sources, the exchange project not only attracts qualified and competitive human capital, but the country also benefits from the shared knowledge of seasoned veterans on topics such as the use of radar and satellite remote sensing, mapping ground segments, launching mini-satellites, encryption and telemetry, among others. Originally posted on The News


ince the outbreak of the Great Recession in 2009, the flow of Mexican migrants to the United States has slowed considerably, falling to nearly a net gain of zero in 2012. But Mexico’s biggest financial institution thinks it’s been back on the rise in 2014. BBVA Bancomer writes in a new report that as sectors traditionally employing Mexican workers expanded, the net flow of Mexicans into the United States has increased too, especially in Texas, the state with the second-largest Mexican population in the country. In the first quarter of the year, according to the group’s analysis, the number of Mexican-born

workers in the US grew 1.3 percent. Carlos Serrano, the group’s director of economic studies, told La Jornada, “We see signs that the net flow of migrants, taking into account those Mexicans who leave for the United States and those who return from there, is reverting after it hit zero.” The presumed increase doesn’t apply across the board, however. The report says that while California saw no net change in the number of Mexican immigrants this year, their population increased 1.7 percent in Texas. Two other states with large Mexican populations -- Illinois and Arizona -- saw decreases of 9.7 percent and 0.2 percent, respec-

tively. “Employment is growing in sectors which employ Mexicans,” Serrano said, “especially in certain areas like Texas, especially in construction work. That’s making migration flows to the United States reactivate.” He added that the study could indicate that the past decades’ buildup in border security, or recent economic growth in Mexico, has not been as consequential to migration flows as has been speculated. “What we find is that the factor which explains migration is the job opportunities existing in the United States and the salary differential,” he said. Originally posted on

More than one million Canadians living abroad are now eligible to cast ballots in the next federal election


he voting rights have been restored to all Canadian citizens living abroad as longterm permanent residents in other countries. This court ruling could make a million additional Canadians eligible to vote in the next federal election. While mass murderers have the right to vote, long-term expats “who care deeply about Canada” do not have the right, Ontario Superior Court Justice Michael Penny said in his decision. Penny found part of the Canada Elections Act, which bars expatriates who have lived abroad for more than five years from voting, is unconstitutional. “The [government] essentially argues that allowing non-residents to vote is unfair to resident Canadians because resident Canadians live here and are, on a day-to-day basis, subject to Canada’s laws and live with the consequences of Parliament’s decisions,” Penny wrote. “I do not find this argument persuasive.” For one thing, Penny

ruled, expats may well be subject to Canadian tax and other laws. The government, the judge found, had decided some citizens are “not worthy” to vote despite their constitutional right to do so. “This is not the lawmakers’ decision to make — the Charter makes this decision for us,” Penny wrote. Citizenship, he noted, is a fundamental requirement for voting, not residency. The judge rejected the government’s request to put his decision on hold for 12 months. Gabrielle Renaud-Mattey, a

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

spokesman for Pierre Poilievre, minister of state for democratic reform, said Sunday the government would review the decision before deciding on any appeal. “The ruling did not affect the controversial proposed Fair Elections Act”, Renaud Mattey said. Strong attachment to Canada Two Canadians living in the United States launched the constitutional challenge, heard in February, arguing the fiveyear rule was arbitrary and unreasonable. Both argued they had only left

for educational and employment opportunities and still have a strong attachment to Canada and a stake in its future. One of the applicants, Montreal-born Jamie Duong, 30, of Ithaca, N.Y., said he was thrilled with Friday’s ruling. “The decision is good for me, good for democracy, and good for Canadians everywhere,” Duong said. The other applicant, Toronto-born Gillian Frank, 35, of Princeton, N.J., who served in the Canadian military and was a Governor-General’s Award winner, said the ruling had “strengthened our country’s democracy.” Both said they looked forward to voting in the next election. The rule disenfranchising Canadians abroad for more than five years was enacted in 1993 amid debate about the strength of their ties to Canada and their knowledge of domestic politics. However, the five-year clock reset for those who returned even for short visits until 2007, when

Elections Canada began enforcing the requirement for expats to “resume residency” in Canada to regain their right to vote abroad if they left again. The law exempts some longterm expats — among them members of the Armed Forces and diplomats — who can vote by way of a “special” ballot. As many as 1.4 million other Canadians fall afoul of the law, experts estimate. In all, expats pay an estimated $6 billion in income taxes to the Canadian treasury, despite using fewer resources than their in-country counterparts. Toronto lawyer Shaun O’Brien — of Cavalluzzo, Hayes, Shilton, McIntyre and Cornish — said she was delighted the court recognized a fundamental democratic right of the expats, who “care deeply about Canada.” Sources: • •

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

No matter when you visit, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit will share their wonders with you. Here is a selection of some of the many things you can do while visiting us. Walking Tours Take a tour through Puerto Vallarta’s Historic Downtown to learn about this city’s rich

history, famous people, architecture, and cultural and ecological heritage; all this on an easy to moderate two-hour stroll led by a certified guide. Tours leave from the Municipal Tourism Office every Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m and Saturdays at

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Inauguration of Aura Solar 1 Photovoltaic Power Station Global warming affects Latin America By Susmita Baral



ne of the main purposes of Energy Reform is to facilitate the use of clean energy sources, because Mexico country has enormous potential in this type of renewable energy, such as hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas and photovoltaic solar energy. On March 26, 2014 Mexico took a major step in the field of clean energy. In Baja California

Sur, they inaugurated the largest photovoltaic power station in Mexico and the second largest in Latin America, with 132,000 solar panels. The operational start-up of this complex will double the capacity for generating photovoltaic energy in Mexico since this plant increases installed capacity from 37 to 76 megawatts. In particular, these facilities will

make the electricity supply more reliable and safer, for Baja California Sur industry and households, in addition to helping mitigate climate change by preventing the emission of 60,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. This is undoubtedly a strategic investment in the infrastructure of this state, which drives economic activity, creates jobs and encourages integral development.

Jennifer Lopez, Barack Obama Perfect Couple? Ad Uses ‘Model’ of Pair of to Sell Houses!

By Susmita Baral


op culture aficionados are well aware that American recording artist Jennifer Lopez is dating Casper Smart and U.S. President Barack Obama is happily married to Michelle Obama. But in Monte-

rrey, Mexico, Lopez and Obama are being romantically paired up for one grand task: selling middle class homes. Flyers -- which are clearly photoshopped -- are being left on car hoods in the capital of Mexico’s northeastern state of Nuevo León featuring a smiling Lopez

Explore Banderas Bay 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

ince the Industrial Revolution, human activity has destroyed the natural environment and is responsible for climate change. While not everyone blames mankind’s actions, a 2013 report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded with 95 percent certainty that people are to blame for at least half the climate change in the last half-century. “Climate change is a present and growing threat to economic development, and the goals of reduction of extreme poverty and the promotion of shared prosperity,” said Erick Fernandes, the adviser for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Latin American and Caribbean region for World Bank, toLatin Times. “Unless the world takes bold action now, a warming planet threatens to put prosperity out of reach of millions, roll back decades of development gains and making it impossible to end extreme poverty by 2030.” In Latin America, global warming has already made its mark with corals being bleached by warm temperatures, glaciers melting, cities becoming vulnerable to rising sea levels, and more. And it’s not just global warming that is threatening nature in Latin America: other forms of destruction (e.g. logging in the

in casual attire and a laughing Obama in a striped polo. The “couple” have two happy young daughters around them and a two-storied home in the backdrop with a red truck in the driveway. The motive behind the exploitation of Lopez and Obama’s image is to sell homes in the San Nicolás

neighborhood of Monterrey. After all, who would not want to buy a home that is good enough for J.Lo and the POTUS? Using copyrighted photographs without permission for advertisements is not uncommon internationally, let alone in Mexico. In fact, many smaller companies often use celebrity photographs as stockphotos and in turn, make A-listers unwitting participants in endorsing specific products (or in this case, Monterrey’s housing market).

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

let it all slip away. Once the sun has set, the malecon comes alive with families out for a stroll, plenty of live entertainment and later in the night, the nightclubs beckon. Sayulita – A short 45 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Sayulita is the

Amazon) is proving to be detrimental to biodiversity. In fact, according to The World Bank, Latin America is responsible for a small portion of global carbon emissions -- 12.5 percent, to be exact--but the region is the most affected by the temperature spike. “It is imperative for Latin America to scale up low carbon development approaches that also explicitly enhance resilience to climate and associated shocks at local, national, and regional scales,” added Fernandes. “Latin American countries can contribute to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) and to enhance resilience to projected climate impacts (adaptation) by: reducing deforestation and enhancing reforestation and afforestation; ensuring the region’s infrastructure can withstand the new climatic ‘extremes’; prioritizing a landscape approach to land use as a means to effectively manage multiple threats; promoting climate smart agricultural landscapes via diversified cropping, improved livestock, agroforestry, and forestry systems for resilient and enhanced productivity and ecosystem services; implementing emergency response plans and early-warning alert systems; and developing social safety nets and insurance to protect the region’s most vulnerable groups.” Originally posted on

surfers mecca of Riviera Nayarit. A funky town with a wonderful protected beach, this laid-back town has a hippie vibe with the organic cafes and the yoga studios to prove it. Visit the Huichol Cultural Centre for some wonderful hand-made beaded jewelry or grab a surf


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First New TUI Flight Arrives From England


he first direct flight of the season arrived from Manchester to the Vallarta-Nayarit International Airport carrying 270 passengers; another direct flight from London will follow on May 3rd. The Vallarta-Nayarit International Airport welcomed the first non-stop direct flight that inaugurates the new season of weekly trips by TUI from England to the Riviera Nayarit. The inaugural flight arrived on May 1st around 3 p.m. with 270 passengers on board; on May 3rd another new flight from London will touch down as part of this estimated three-year agreement. The passengers arrived to a special welcome that included the presence of Duncan Taylor, British Ambassador to Mexico; Sharon Johnstone, TUI Area Manager for Mexico and Cuba; plus Ignacio Cadena and Fernando González Ortega, the presidents of the hotel and motel associations for

Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay, respectively. The teams from the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus were also present, along with their respective directors, Marc Murphy and Rolando Miravete. “2014 is a year filled with opportunities for Mexico’s tourism industry,” declared Milko Rivera Hope, Director of the Mexico Tourism Board office in the

UK. “Not only are the numbers of tourists to and from the UK continuing to grow, but the new direct flights from London and Manchester with Thomson to Puerto Vallarta are also opening up Mexico’s Pacific coast and its many attractions to the British tourist.” Mariachi music filled the air as the passengers arrived at the terminal; among the first in were Sue Bradley, General Manager

for Long Haul, Thalia Mitchell, Product Director for Long Haul and David Pastor, Purchasing Manager for TUI UK. “Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit are ideal for several different markets, including families, honeymoon, romantic getaways, scuba diving, epicureans and foodies. Mexico is definitely a fun in the sun destination, but there’s so much more to it,” added Rivera. These two weekly flights are

the only direct flights from England to the Pacific, thanks to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Thomson Airways, which is specially adapted for long-haul flights. “These new flights serve to add in even more seats and help us recover some of the 400 thousand seats we lost between 2008 and 2012,” commented Marc Murphy. “We hope to end the year on a high note with 100 to 120 thousand new seats.”

Mexico is one of the world leaders in Paper Recycling


exico is one of the world leaders in paper recycling, ranked sixth above nations like Germany, Spain and the UK , according to statistics from the National Chamber of Industrial cellulose and Paper. Mexico generates nearly 22 million tons of paper per year, of which over 80% comes from recycled material. The remaining 20% is obtained from both domestic and foreign trees. This means that for every ton produced, 57% is

reused. This is definitely a breakthrough, considering that in 2006 only 45% was reused. Wilfrido Rincon, head of the “Mexican Paper Chamber” declared that 40 years ago 530,000 tonnes of paper were recycled, and today the number has increased to 5 million tonnes (which is still far from ideal). Currently, we are seeking to develop new sustainable sources to extract cellulose fibers from grass instead of trees.

Explore Banderas Bay lesson from one of the many vendors on the beach. Cooking Classes – Recognized as one of the world’s leading cuisines, there are a number of great schools in the Puerto

Vallarta area that will teach you how to master tortilla soup, enchiladas, salsas and more. Fresh seafood, abundant fruit and veggies and a sophisticated community make Vallarta a

The recycling of paper in Germany is 72.4%, in the UK is 77.1% and in Spain 73%, while in countries such as France and Japan is only 62%. It is estimated that for every ton of paper recycled, 17 trees are saved from logging. In addition to the environmental benefits, recycling generates savings of up to 12 million cubic meters per year in disposal sites and this extends the life of

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. Art Galleries – It is said there are more galleries per capita in Puerto Vallarta than any other place in Mexico. Many of these galleries are along the side streets that run through Centro.

Stop at the Tourism Office in the Main Plaza for a map or take advantage of their free walking tour. Many galleries carry high quality local crafts, established Mexican and international artists and more. Volunteer - There are many wonderful organizations


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Paradise and Parenting By Leza Warkentin By Leza Warkentin

“It’s a Wrap” for this Season 5 at the OTFM


here are only 2 more shopping Saturdays this season as the market is closing on May 17th! So grab your eco-friendly bags and scoop up all your favorite “make it, bake it, grow it” products. From custommade clothing to freshly baked breads and cookies, we’re doing it up right as we wrap up our 5th and most successful season. Here are just some of this season’s highlights: The Big Move – We kicked off season #5 with a move to Vallarta’s most notable town square, Lazaro Cárdenas Park. Not only did our shoppers enjoy the wide open spaces and proximity to the ocean, but our producer-only vendors were delighted by great increases in their sales. Congrats to all of the 80+ vendors! The Young Entrepreneurs Program – This new program celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of youths between 10 and 16 years

Mother’s Love of age. Our first program member – and the one to cut our opening day ribbon – is 12-year-old Mireya Amaral Uribe. She designs and sews her own clothing line – Poder de Niña/Girl Power – for girls and their 18-inch dolls. Joining Mireya as team support was her older brother Abraham. But it didn’t take long before he caught the spirit too. Seeing a niche in the market, Abraham began making and selling doll furniture. His company is Casa de Muñeca/The Doll House. (Both businesses are open year-round for custom orders.) A Rockin’ Season – This season shoppers were “eatin’ to the beat” with lip-smackin’ international favorites and toe-tappin’ tunes from national and international musicians. And this Saturday, we’re doing it all over again. Endless “Thanks” – So many people contributed to the success of this year’s OTFM-TC, and we want to say “gracias” to our

Explore Banderas Bay 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

vendors, volunteers and entertainers for their endless support. We’d also like to extend special thanks to the City of Puerto Vallarta’s Licensing, Reglamento, Tourism and Transito Departments and the Asociacion de Vecinos de la Colonia Emiliano Zapata. We couldn’t have done it without you! And don’t forget that Sunday is Mother’s Day, the day that we express our gratitude with “make it, bake it, grow it” goodness. Highlight your celebration with just-picked produce, elegant pastries, chic hobo bags, greeting cards, whiskey, well-being services and so much more. 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 May 17, 2014. Visit us on www.oldtownfm. com or Facebook.

mother’s love is so fascinating in that its recipients are nearly unaware of its strength and intensity until (or if) they are mothers themselves. I know this because I had no idea of its force until I was staring into the blue eyes of my first newborn, feeling something like a ruptured aorta blooming in my chest. I knew that it either had to be the strongest feeling I’ve ever had or a very inconveniently timed heart attack. This love can lie dormant for awhile, getting all cozy in the cardiac region of our bodies, taking up knitting and sipping a hot beverage. Then all of a sudden it jumps to its feet, roaring like the demon mama bear it is when our children come home in tears because he didn’t get invited to The Birthday Party or her best friend is now best friends with that other kid (you know, the one who is less cute than your own adorable child). There are so many women in my life who have shown me what this love is all about. They love that mama’s love with such courage and in ways that inspire me. There’s my friend who, on bad days, listens sympathetically through my rant on why I should have raised chinchillas instead. Then she tells me stories about how her successful, now-adult daughter spent her toddler years choosing to wear nothing but rubber boots, eating only raw hotdog wieners. And guess what? She can laugh about all of that (now). There’s my courageous single mother friend, leaning tiredly on the glass door at the bank machine at midnight on payday, waiting to buy breakfast for her

kids, praying for a few hours of sleep before heading to work. There’s my best girlfriend from childhood who wouldn’t let red tape, several time zones, an ocean or two or months of rejection keep her from a little boy in an Addis Ababa orphanage. She knew she was supposed to be his mommy, and boy, was she right. There’s the woman who comes to our neighborhood trash bin every morning with her two tiny children, all three clambering over the bulging garbage bags, needing to sell or save to make it through just this day. There’s my sister-in-law who brought stay-at-home-motherhood to a new art form with her brilliance, creativity, heart and soul. In one day she can bake cinnamon rolls, start a new business and home school one kid while driving the others to hockey and choir practice. With one hand tied behind her back. There’s my beloved friend who works outside the home and who, in spite of the strained heartstrings, entrusts her husband with the job of staying home with their beautiful daughter. And he absolutely rocks that gig. And, most of all, there’s my own Mom, whose love would never allow her to tell me anything just because I wanted to hear it. She taught me the magic motherhood formula of making it all better with hot tea and the God’s honest truth. To all the new moms out there, you should know that this mothers’ love never stops. Actually, it seems to intensify as the years pass and the stakes rise on the challenges our children face. And, say it with me now, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Happy Mother’s Day to you all.

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 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



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Spend the day at the SPCA

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rdinary people come to Vallarta to vacation. Extraordinary people come to Vallarta and volunteer! Spend a rewarding afternoon cuddling with the animals at Puerto Vallarta’s SPCA Sanctuary. Our dogs and cats are awaiting “forever homes,” and your help is needed to jump start their socialization. The goal is to get these animals adjusted and ready to interact in the real world. The majority of the SPCA animals either come from extremely abusive situations or they have been abandoned. Your love and attention can make up for that lost time. During your visit, you can interact with the animals and even take a dog (or two or three) for a walk. You can also play with the animals, assist the vet or help with dinner time. There are so many positive benefits when you decide to volunteer. No matter the amount of time and effort you share, it’s always returned to you in multiple ways. Enjoy the satisfaction of helping others, increased self-esteem, lower blood pressure and meeting new people. If you have children, this is a great opportunity to teach them how to work with animals, respect others and give back to the community. Volunteering builds a child’s confidence, brings them a sense of achievement and offers a unique experience in another country making for the best “What I did on My Mexican Vacation” report.

By Sue Keevil

Summer is nearly here. Create lifelong memories by sharing just a few hours of your time with the dogs and cats of the SPCA. Your act of kindness will mean the world to these lovable, furry creatures. So, you’re ready to get involved? Every Tuesdays we get a group of people together (limit 8 persons and we travel to our SPCA Sanctuary. Please contact Nicole Martin at nicole(at) to make a reservation. Pack your bag for an amazing afternoon at the SPCA! Please bring water, a sack lunch and any treats you might enjoy during your visit. Sharing food with the animals is prohibited, but our vet and Sanctuary staff might enjoy an extra treat! We encourage you to bring your camera. Take as many photos as you’d like, and share them with us and your social media community. Your photos and videos can help these dogs and cats find their

Explore Banderas Bay 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

forever homes with people who will treat them with the love and care they deserve. Want to make a donation? The SPCA Sanctuary runs strictly on donations, and our animals are in great need of the following items: towels, leashes, collars, dog and cat toys, animal beds, carriers and sweaters. If you cannot deliver the items to the Sanctuary, please contact Nicole Martin at nicole(at) to schedule a drop off. Join our SPCA Facebook community on

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

This year has been one of the shortest winters on record for the bay with the cold water (high 50´s – low 60´s) lasting only 6 weeks and today the coldest temperature I registered was 78°, and that was down at 100 foot. Apparently we are in for really warm water this summer according to the local boat captains who are rarely wrong. The warmer water this winter meant we had a lot less whales than usual in the bay and I haven´t seen a humpback in weeks. We did see a whale last week though and my boat captain Carlos correctly identified it as a sardine whale. These are fairly uncommon in this bay, but every day we go out we see one cruising about at the surface. It´s dorsal fin is similar to a dolphins fin, but this whale is a monster. We said it might have been 40 foot long, but they can grow up to 64 feet in length. At this size, they are not hard to spot, but as they can travel at 30mph, they can shake you off really quickly, although the ones we see seem to be taking it easy. Maybe they are having a siesta. The change in water temperature either up or down brings with it a change in sea life. Over the cold weeks we have an abundance of small rays, squirrelfish and giant Argus moray eels. Now they have moved on with the cold currents and today I saw a seahorse for the first time in a few months. Sea horses are one of my favorite things to see when I am diving. They are just so pretty and they sit nice and still so I can take lots of photo´s of them. They are very cool creatures that have evolved from a straight pipe fish into this

Canopy Mundo Nogalito Tour with the only tunnel zip-line in town. If you’re feeling the heat, stop at the Punta Negra bridge and take a drip in the river. Lovely fresh water, lots of little pools to splash in and rocks to dry off on. If you’re lucky, a vendor will

very odd yet sweet looking fish. The head and neck resembles a horse, and this happened so they could strike their prey a lot quicker than with a straight neck. It can see everything coming from any angle as its eyes move independently to each other. Also, it can change its color in seconds to match its surroundings, which is a pretty neat tool to have available which enables it to hide from its victim and its enemies. The schools of small mantas have returned from their travels to enjoy the summer in the bay and they can be seen leaping out of the water all over the place, but especially down on the south coast, so keep your eyes peeled as this is a spectacular display of combined swimming and flying skills that make me very jealous. When the water temperature changes the jellies pay us a visit. These lovely jellies have been hard at work for the past month cleaning up the ocean nicely in readiness for the departure of the tourists and the snow birds. Oh, how Mother Nature must be laughing at these wonderfully mistimed conditions!

come by with snacks and drinks - otherwise pack your own. Mismaloya 15 minutes further is Mismaloya, a small town set back from the water along a river that leads to the ocean and a number of beach restaurants. This bay looks onto

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Vallarta Tribune & Gary R. Beck Celebrate Restaurant Week May 15 – 31, 2014


oin Gary R. Beck and the Vallarta Tribune as we celebrate Restaurant Week with three special issues dedicated to a selection of participating restaurants. Gary’s Groupies will be dining nearly every night at a different restaurant. Starting May 9 you can read all about the restaurant and their special menu’s online at and in the May 16, May 23 and May 30 editions of this paper. Everyone is invited to join Gary’s Groupies for dinner on any of these nights. Dinner is at 7pm. Guest are required to pay for their meal, all beverages and tip. Contact Gary for more information and to reserve at

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS • Kaiser Maximilian • Cafe des Artistes • Barcelona Tapas • The River Cafe • Archie’s Wok • Gaby’s • The Blue Shrimp • Si Señor

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OLAS ALTAS, MALECON, AVENUE MEXICO Sand Sculptures: How do they do that?! Artist Francisco Cavillo

By Madeline Milne Along the Malecon you can see many amazing sculptures made by some of the most respected Mexican and international artists. Often we say, “meet you at … the unicorn” or “…at the restaurant in front of the little girls climbing the ladder.” What often gets overlooked are the sand sculptures that line the beach in front of the Malecon. These sculptures are made by local artists and change with the weather, the crowds and the whim of its creators. This past week, the Vallarta Tribune spoke with Francisco Cavillo, the creator of the recent Bugambilia Festival sculpture and the cover of this week’s newspaper. Cavillo has been working with sand for the past five years.

Originally an art student at the University of Guadalajara studying painting, Francisco came to Vallarta seven years ago with a backpack and 200 pesos and began working with sand. Having no experience or formal training, he began working with a local sand sculpture artist named Jose. Together, they began to create some of the most impressive sculptures on the beach. Recognized for their obvious talent, they went on to do special projects including a bust of Past President Felipe Calderon during the Peter Greenburn promotional televised tour of Mexico. One of his most popular works is a three metre tall Aztec calendar with perfect minute detail. This particular piece took three months to create. Every

sculpture is an original with only the Aztec Calendar having been repeated. Made entirely of sand and water, each sculpture begins as a block of tightly packed sand and then carved from that – not unlike wood or stone. And definitely not like the sand castles you made on the beach as a child. Depending on the size and level of detail each piece can take hours to weeks to create. The sand must remain damp but not too damp. During

the day the sculptures are sprayed every 30-45 minutes and in the night 2-3 times. Barring vandalism or wild weather, a sculpture lasts 3 or 4 weeks. Francisco Cavillo is one of two permitted sand sculpture artist on the Malecon. He says he has visitors that stop by each day to see what new sculpture he is creating. It is a way of keeping the energy alive on the Malecon. His work is often disregarded as play but in reality he uses the same skills as

any sculptor. Special tools, techniques and artistic skill allow him to create these fleeting works of art. This summer Cavillo is planning a tour of Europe to hone his skills and gain international experience as an artist. Previously he has created pieces around Jalisco and in China. Future plans have him traveling to broaden his international resume and become more respected around the world for his creations. Often times competitions and invitationals require internationally recognized artists to participate. You will have noticed there are tip boxes and signs asking for you to support their work, especially if you are taking a piece of it home on your camera. The artists along the Malecon, including the sand men, the characters, the jugglers, clowns and musicians all work for tips. If you appreciate their art please consider tipping (generously).

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Puerto Vallarta: New symbol of tourism


uerto Vallarta is becoming the new symbol of tourism in Mexico. International trendy and chic visitors have long known of Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone’s charm and natural beauty. The Romantic Zone has been transformed into a thriving community of hotels, condos, restaurants, bars, and shops. The Director of Tourism, Carlos Gerard Guzman has a mission to increase tourism in Perto Vallarta which experienced a sharp decrease in 2009. However in 2012, tourism began to improve in part because people realized there was nothing to fear in Puerto Vallarta. When visitors returned, they saw the huge infrastructure investment projects which included the new Los Muertos pier and the new Malecon renovation. The sidewalks in Zona Romantica were also widened during

this period allowing for more cafe style seating. 2012 bought 3.7 million visitors to Puerto Vallarta and that number increased by 5% in 2013. As stated earlier, the international crowd which flocks to Puerto Vallarta makes up 40% of the tourists. The international tourists have realized that besides the refurbished hotels, there are a number of luxury condos available for rent, giving the international and national travelers a full range of accommodations. With 17 gay bars, 3 night clubs, 3 gay boat tour companies, 5 gay hotel, 80 restaurants, and even a bar hopping tour, Zona Romantica has the greatest diversity of gay activities worldwide. Besides being situated in a real neighborhood, Puerto Vallarta is really amazing in that there are only 18 days per calendar year

where you cannot go to the beach. Every other gay Mecca has a season. We do not. An exciting new development in Zona Romantica is the Almar Resort Luxury All Suites & Spa. This 5 star complex scheduled to take guests by January 2015 is raising the bar even higher for comfort and luxury on the beach. Their Mantamar Beach Club Bar & Grill is already open, serving food from the famous chief Thierry Blouet of Café des Artistes and receiving rave reviews from their guests. Of course, the most important part of any community is the people. Puerto Vallarta has a world-wide reputation of having extremely friendly and the most welcoming people. The warmth and smiles of the inhabitants of this Mexican enclave have won the hearts

worldwide over and account for so many people returning year after year. Once you catch the Vallarta fever, you will long to return or never leave. The expat community last counted over 30,000 and growing daily. This is why the Vallarta Pride

Committee and ACT LGBT A.C. (gay business association) are so excited to welcome international and national visitors to our 5-day event which will highlight the gay community which we lovingly call home. For more information please visit:

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Tell us Your Puer- Bugambilia Festival 2014 to Vallarta RetireBy Marcia Blondin ment Story! Fabien Madesclaire


eople will give you a variety of reasons for choosing Puerto Vallarta as a retirement destination, and we want to hear from you! Tell us about your experience as a retiree in Puerto Vallarta, for publication in an upcoming Vallarta Tribune. We’ve found that expats are usually the best resource for other expats— so share your story. Send your article, essay, bullet points or sketch on a cocktail napkin to me at: Here are some of my reasons for choosing this special spot on the Bay of Banderas: 1. Sun, Sun and More Sun. Yes, we have our overcast days, but overall you won’t run into a problem with a vitamin D deficiency here in PV. Winters are warm, and summers can be hot and humid, but you learn to acclimate, slow down, and drink your weekly coconut water, which is packed with electrolytes. 2. Cost of Living. Yes, this is one of the more costly spots in Mexico, but a couple or single can easily live a very comfortable lifestyle on a decent retirement income (around $2000 USD per person, per month). 3. Healthier and More Active

Lifestyle. If you live in and around downtown, you will spend most of your time walking. And the terrific variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and fish, ensure that you are eating well. I love the juice stands on every corner. For $15 pesos you can have a fresh OJ or yummy juice mix. Try the beet, carrot and orange combo, which is one of my personal favorites. 4. Excellent Healthcare Resources. High-quality physicians and dentists abound! If fact, many people travel here to get everything from dental implants to cosmetic surgery, at a fraction of the cost that they would pay up north. 5. An International Airport at our Doorstep. In just a few hours you can be in San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver or Mexico City. 6. Amazing Culture. Jalisco is heaven! Our superb Huichol culture, rich Catholic traditions, mariachis, world-class coastal areas, excellent cuisine and the magnificent Sierra Madre Mountain Range! I look forward to hearing from you. Our G3Mex Real Estate office number is: 322-209-0832 or you can contact us via email at: info@


aturday night entertainment in Parque Lazaro Cardenas is going to be sensational! It all starts with a great parade that begins at the Sheraton and wends its way to Old Town and ends at the park. At 8pm the stars come out....from Act II Entertainment and line the stage to act and sing and dance the night away. Singers include Coral who placed first in the Voice of Vallarta contest held on the Main Stage of Act II and was Vallarta’s first (but not last!) reality show. Many of Coral’s compañeros from Voice of Vallarta will also be appearing to entertain you including Hugo, Jose Maria, Dorys and Solo Cinco - 4 of whom were also contestants. Elizabeth Ensor, partner in Act II will sing, Kharla Barragan and her soon-to-be-famous kids will delight everyone with their great voices and super-high energy. Puerto Vallarta Men’s Choir will perform, and dancers will offer a taste of their upcoming dance

festival to be held towards the end of May. Friday evening Daniel Portela and his band will have you dancing and Jorge Acosta and beautiful Beata Stankiewicz will join him onstage. All three nights there will be artists showing their paintings, restaurants offering their best dishes, clowns and magicians, beauty queens and dressed up doggies. There will be salsa dancing onstage and off, and healthy bougainvilleas to buy from the Garden Club for your own garden. Our Sunday Brunch and Fashion Show at the BISTRO is sold out! What a lovely event it will be for the lucky ones with tickets. There MIGHT be tickets left for Friday night’s Cocktail Party at Oscar’s restaurant on the Isla Cuale. Check at the door at 6 pm. The appetizers will be great and our signature Bugambilia Cock-

tail, the MARGAVILLEA, designed by Carlos Morlett, is included in -and worth -the entire ticket price. Besides all the food and superb drinks this second annual Bugambilia Festival will be giving away - in raffles, draws and silent auctions well in excess of 70 THOUSAND PESOS worth of prizes. Thanks to everyone involved in making this Festival a reality... twice! To those who gave us prizes; helped with logistics and language barriers; to the city government that understands the importance of making Vallarta even more beautiful with every passing year; to the singers and dancers who made us smile; to the dozens of volunteers who gave countless hours of work and finally to all the Mothers and Bougainvilleas everywhere, thanks for a great party and we will see you next year, same time, same place.

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Perceptions of Art

May - Month Of Holidays By Barbara Peters

M by Marcia Blondin


er face is on Mexico’s 500 peso note. Her life story has been made into a movie. Children and bars are named after her. She made it ‘okay’ for Mexican women to paint, married one of Mexico’s pre-eminent painters and had an affair with a bona fide Russian Revolutionist who was eventually murdered here in Mexico in 1940. And now Frida comes alive on the Main Stage at Act II Entertainment every Wednesday evening at 7 pm. This retrospection of her life focuses on the pain that was her constant companion for much of her life and is as exquisitely presented onstage as it is in Frida’s often tortuous self-portraits. The musicians on stage are wonderful guitarists and the singing is so professional I would pay to see them in concert singularly or together. The specter of death hovers over Frida, wheelchairs, body casts, canes and in bottles of tequila. The sweetness of youth with all its promise begins this production

with Death waiting in the background. Dancers slip in and out of Frida’s onstage life doing things with their bodies she could only watch but never do herself after being nearly killed in an accident. Adriana Quinto, portrays Frida with stunning opposites - she is a strong dancer but brings tears showing Frida’s frustrations and frailties. Her seductiveness and sensuality are palpable and her rage at husband Diego’s constant infidelities are brilliantly danced. Every single member of this dance troupe is a consummate professional, never breaking character. The folkloric dances perfectly costumed and executed. I have seen Frida twice and will go again. I also have to say, as a reviewer I am NOT generally a ‘modern dance’ fan and had to be pushed hard to see this production. So, it was with zero expectations I sat and watched the first time. This Frida is so good it could be dropped onto any stage on the Eastern Seaboard and play to SRO audiences every single performance.

ay is a very special month and a great time to visit Puerto Vallarta due to the number of special events happening here, our beautiful blue skies with the bougainvillas in full bloom, cool breezes with little humidity and a time to enjoy our paradise with less crowds. Those who are not here now are also missing some spectacular sunsets. May 1st was Labour Day with a parade downtown, May 3rd is Day of the Cross, dedicated to construction workers, May 5th, Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of the battle in Puebla many years ago where Mexico defeated a French army. The most important day is Mother´s Day on May 10th where everyone honours their mothers with flowers, gifts or a meal in a restaurant. Día de las Madres is an unofficial holiday in Mexico, It is a really special day for children to honour and thank their mothers for raising them. At many schools, kids prepare handmade gifts and often present skits and song for their moms. According to a Mexican custom, sons and daughters go to

the family home on Mother’s Day eve and start the celebration early. Escort Mom, bring the entire family - or just treat yourself! - to a wonderful lunch or early dinner at Kaiser Maximilian, on Olas Altas Street where you can savour the flavours of Europe right here in Puerto Vallarta - and save 50% during their Mother’s Day celebration, until May 10th. Many other restaurants will have Mother´s Day specials. May is the ideal month for the annual Bougambilia Festival from May 9th through 11th because the flowers are spectacular now. Free events will be held at Lazaro Cardenas Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7-9 p.m. There will be a parade on Saturday, May 10th starting at the north end of the Malecon at 7 p.m. featuring Miss Vallarta finalists, mariachis, bicycles, the Navy Band, charros and folkloric dancers. For a schedule of festivities check the Vallarta Tribune or the tourist offices on the main plaza. The Salsa & Mambo Festival will be held May 8-11th at the Marival Resort in Nuevo Vallarta. Classes and dance workshops,

presentations by the most prestigious international dancers, contests, parties, and concerts are all part of the fun. The Salsa & Mambo Festival is open to the public with a variety of options to enjoy either the whole event or just some of the shows, workshops and parties. Another reason to visit Puerto Vallarta in May is (Restaurant Week from May 15 to 31st.) Gary Beck, author of Beck´s Best Restaurant Guide will join Vallarta Tribune with three special issues dedicated to a selection of participating restaurants with their special menus on May 16, 23 and 30th. Everyone is invited to join Gary´s Groupies for dinner on the following dates and venues at 7 p.m. Guests are required to pay for their meal, beverages and tip. Contact Gary Beck for more information and to reserve at May 31st is the anniversary of Puerto Vallarta and will be celebrated with music, festivities and fireworks in the main square. Watch the local newspapers for more information


Charming tranquility in the mountains San Sebastian del Oeste, Jalisco T his magical town was officially made a Pueblo Magico in 2012. A historic town with a rich past, this once booming mining town as the second city in Mexico to get electricity. It was also home to Hollywood celebrities and today is a haven for Guadalajarans and Puerto Vallartans looking for tranquil nature and a respite from the summer heat. The white and red buildings, cobblestone roads, stone bridges and stunning mountain vistas transport visitors to a time before iphones and flatscreen tv’s. But don’t worry, there is wifi in the town plaza and at most of the restaurants and hotels. The town continues to grow with the inauguration of the new business association. There are approximately 10 hotels and 20 restaurants. Freshly prepared meals made from mostly local ingredients, flaky French pastries and warm, rich cups of coffee will give you the energy to spend the day exploring the town and surrounding hills.

How to Get There

From Puerto Vallarta take Highway 70 north past the airport. Watch for signs but as long as you stay straight you can’t get lost. The trip takes about an hour and a half. It’s 60kms of often single lane highway that winds through the farmland of the Ameca Valley, through the jungles, to the sierras of pine and oak forests at about 1,500 meters above sea level. The air can be a little thin but it’s humidity free which is a blessing in the summer heat. Enjoy the culinary tradition of this destination, offering treats such as huitlacoche stewed with onions

guisado con cebolla (stewed corn fungus and onions) and finished it off with chocorraiz, or hot chocolate with raicilla (homemade liquor similar to tequila), a San Sebastian specialty. To make sure we slept well we had a peach, rompope (eggnog-like drink), and cinnamon desert. Although the town is warm during the day, at night the temperature drops significantly so we headed to our cabin and chimney at La Galerita.

Saturday 8:00 a.m. Waking up in Eden

and spices, or mixed platters that include a stuffed chili pepper, gordita, machaca and nance flavoured aguas frescas. And you can’t ignore the “chocorraiz”, a chocolate drink with “Raicilla” (a local moonshine) and, for desert, enjoy peaches with rompope and cinnamon. Above all, take advantage of nature’s generosity, offering guavas, lemons, plantains, oranges, peaches, arrayan and “faisan” berries. To truly enjoy the local fruits visit in May and June.

What to do

Visit this old mining city that once had up to 20,000 inhabitants, which still maintains its grandeur albeit with a tranquil charm of a village that is currently home to just 600 people. Its cobbled streets take you done tree-lined paths flanked by mossy walls and vines, all hypnotically set to music by the sound of a stream passing underneath old stone bridges.

Friday 4:00 p.m. From the sea to the mountains Puerto Vallarta’s heat behind us, the bus gained 1,480 meters in altitude and left us at La Estancia, a town where we caught a taxi to San Sebastian del Oeste. There the pavement ended and we began our way along cobbled streets flanked by trees and beautiful white houses. They led us to a flat earthen plaza with a central gazebo and archways all around. We couldn’t help but think we were in a movie: the old adobe houses and signs looked like they were straight out of a Clint Eastwood film.

7:00 p.m. The gourmet wild west As fog rolled into town, Fortin de San Sebastian lit its streetlamps. A restaurant right on the main square, we ordered huitlacoche

In the morning we went out for a walk and were astonished by the place’s beauty: just a couple of blocks from downtown San Sebastian del Oeste and we were immersed in a garden of fragrant trees, walls covered in mosses, fences cloaked in vines, and the sound of a nearby creek passing under old stone bridges. Just in front of Hacienda Esperanza de la Galera we found a garden full of fruit trees open to visitors. There we picked guavas, lemons, plantains, oranges, peaches, and faisanes, a type of blackberry.

12:00 noon. A peaceful walk about town In the afternoon we continued walking about town, going up and down cobbled streets, discovering alleyways, and admiring the stately homes where the mines’ owners once resided. In an old house next to the Presidencia Municipal we saw a sign for the Doña Conchita Encarnacion Museum, exhibiting objects that were collected by Doña Conchita, who belonged to an important mining family. Her daughter, Maria Guadalupe Berm, takes care of the place. We crossed the plaza and found Raul Bernal sitting on his porch. He makes cigars using Nayarit tobacco and his main customers are Americans and Canadians that come from Puerto Vallarta to stock up on the sweet-smelling products. Later we visited Quinta Mary where they sew and produce 100%organic highland coffee. From there we went to La Hacienda Jalisco, which is currently a museum and hotel. It’s famous for doing away

with electricity and having served as a getaway for a long list of celebrities. We went back to town and sat down at La Fonda Eva Maria where they served us a mixed plate with stuffed chiles, gorditas (fried stuffed corncakes), machaca (a type of dried beef or pork), and agua de nanche (nance juice).

5:00 p.m. A sea of clouds

After our late lunch we decided to go to Cerro de la Bufa where they say you can get a view of the ocean when it’s clear out. As we had time to spare we stopped at Real Alto where you’ll find the area’s oldest church dating back to the 17th century. There we met Señora Mariana who offered us cajeta, a local type of fruit jam; we bought quince, tecojote, and apple jams in addition to ponche, a fruit liqueur that we absolutely loved. We got to the top of Cerro de la Bufa as the sun lit the surrounding clouds a bright red and took a stroll along a path there. The setting was the most magical on our entire trip and we stayed until it was dark out, snacking on cajeta and drinking ponche.


Sunday 8:00 a.m. Exploring the surroundings We left early for Los Reyes, a community just 13 kilometers from San Sebastian del Oeste following a difficult and sinuous road. Along the way we stopped at Santiago de Los Pinos to have breakfast. There we delighted in tortas de picadillo (ground beef sandwiches), ranchero-cheese quesadillas, and a delicious type of local tuber known as tacuacines. We got to Los Reyes using a road that crosses a stone bridge. There we met up with Olga, who

would be our guide at the cave of basaltic prisms. We got to the ruins of La Hacienda La Victoria and continued using a creekside trail. The vegetation along the way is exuberant and tropical with plantain and avocado trees all over the place; we also saw old entrances to mines and the remains of walls, chimneys, and water channels.

11:00 a.m. Finding ‘La Escondida’ We crossed a hanging bridge and found the cave known as La Escondida (‘The Hidden One’), a cavern

with basaltic prisms crowded together like teeth. Olga picked fruits from a passionflower vine, similar to the sweet granadilla, which she gave us to try. We took a different trail back and saw Los Reyes from far away. To our surprise the town is built on a rock foundation out of which a waterfall flows, creating a postcard-perfect scene unlike any we had ever seen. We feel asleep on the way back and woke at the entrance to San Sebastian del Oeste: in the two hours that it took to get back we didn’t feel a single bump along the rough dirt road. The road during the best of times

is bumpy – rainy season is another story. Save your suspension and plan on driving a 4x4 or taking a local tour.

4:00 p.m. A farewell meal

We ate at Los Arcos de Sol where the specialty is beef tongue in an almond sauce. For dessert we had tamales colados (a regional type of sweet tamale). On the recommendation of the locals we stopped at El Parral on the way out. There, master raicilla-maker Eduardo Sanchez showed us how he produces his homemade liquor, distilling it from agave. Source:

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Events 18 18 RIVIERA NAYARIT / sports

Random thoughts from the Tribune Sports desk By Joel Hansen By: Joe Riddle

The Beach Polo Cup was a Resounding Success


he E! Entertainment Agua Alta team from Careyes was crowned champion after it vanquished team Elite Residences. And once again, the Riviera Nayarit showed off its versatility and ability to host choice events. The third annual Beach Polo Cup was held at the Riviera Nayarit. As always, it was a delightful and classy event. The participants and guests were hosted at the Elite Residences and the Hard Rock Hotel, and all thoroughly enjoyed this experience, which continues to be a part of the legacy of this region. The international players who visited the Riviera Nayarit said the climate was perfection itself for a game of polo. The winners were the E! Entertainment Agua Alta team from Careyes. Chicco Cassanova, Nito Uranga and Maxime Mulenshausen won by defeating the Elite Residences team with a score of 8 against 6.5. After the competition, José Antonio Amutio, Director of the event, was motivated and grateful for the excellent results. “We’re so happy: polo keeps growing! This is our third consecutive year playing on the beach. The Riviera Nayarit has always believed in us and we’re very thankful for that,” he said. “We’d also like to thank the State Government, the authorities and all of our sponsors, the media… There are so many people that have made this possible.” He promised a fourth edition of beach polo, which of course would be held in the Riviera Nayarit around the same date, since May is full of events that play off of the huge influx of visitors for Holy Week and Easter. He also mentioned the level of players present, which are among the best in the world and include names such as Argentina’s Pablo Pierre. “This has become an iconic event and we want it to keep

growing,” commented Amutio. “We hope you’ll join us next year!” Countries from Europe and North and South America sent players to compete in this tournament, which, among other things, positioned the Riviera Nayarit as one of the top luxury tourism destinations in Mexico.

Safety on the North End


ince the 2011-2012 season there have been several pushes by Pro Sayulita and Fire Fighters Without borders, to make the beaches in Sayulita safer. Several attempts were made to put signage up on the beach warning people against strong rip currents and lack of

supervision, but the weather over the off season took a heavy toll on the few signs that were posted. However despite many setbacks, people such as Janice Parker with Pro Sayulita and Brian Singleton with Firefighters Without Borders, have made much progress. Bilingual signs and warning flags have been erected on the dangerous north side and a lifeguard tower now stands in front of an especially dangerous area where MarkStoneburg tragically drowned last winter from rough seas and a rip tide. This terrible

situation is one of the primary motivations for these important safeguards to be put in place. Precautions taken include more lifeguards and patrols, the newly purchased rescue boards, and a sort of neighborhood watch over the beach. It is estimated that about 150 rescues have been made this season with the hodgepodge of safety nets, and perhaps many more were saved from putting themselves into danger because of the warning signs. And although this season draws to an end the effort to make our shores safer, will still continue. Countless more will be saved thanks to the tireless efforts of the many residents who donate their time and energy into making sure signs are posted and warnings are given. There are many plans in the works for next season so in the mean time be safe Sayulita!

VALLARTA WEEKLY EVENT GUIDE powered by 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] SATURDAY MAY 10 \ SABADO 10 DE MAYO 7:00 pm - Solo Cinco: Una Agrupacion Familiar (RR) 9:00 pm - Clowntown Blues (RR) SUNDAY MAY 11 \ DOMINGO 11 DE MAYO 11:00 am - Bugambilia Festival: Brunch & Fashion Show 9:00 pm - Clowntown Blues (RR) WEDNESDAY MAY 14 \ MIERCOLES 14 DE MAYO 7:00 pm - Frida - The Stage Show (MS) THURSDAY MAY 15 \ JUEVES 15 DE MAYO 7:30 pm - Dorys: Agua Luna Mia (RR) FRIDAY MAY 16 \ VIERNES 16 DE MAYO 8:00 pm - Los Fantastikos (BT) BT=Boutique Theatre • RR=Red Room • MS=Main Stage

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



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s we walked up to Maia restaurant (120 Pulpito in Old Town across from the Paradise Community Centre) a lady at one of the outside tables exclaimed, “If you haven’t eaten here yet, you need to. It’s excellent!” And so we did. Maia: poetica cuisine is the new conceptual restaurant by Chef Hugo Ahumada who spent sixteen years studying alongside Chef Thierry Blouet of Café des Artistes fame. He has traveled the world and competed (and placed) in international culinary competitions. Open since November, this delightfully quirky spot offers a modern sophisticated Mexican-International menu. Each week the offerings change based on what is freshest at the local markets. Every morning Chef Hugo visits the Emiliano Zapata market and every Saturday he shops at the Old Town Farmers Market in Park Lazaro Cardenas. Taking a local, organic, holistic approach to both his food and the space, Chef Hugo offers his diners rich sauces, perfectly cooked local seafood and meats, locally sourced produce, Mexican wines, music and of course Tequila, Mezcal and Raicilla. Throughout the restaurant there are items of delight to feast your senses on - the entrance is flanked by a rustic door-now-table, each table is adorned with a handpainted heart made by children in nearby El Tuito ($100 pesos each which is donated back into the program), the walls are a diverse collection of local artist Tony Collantes works spectacularly hung and specially lit, from the ceiling hangs many dream catchers crafted by another local artist and the music is a selection of Mexican bands and musicians. As someone who loves outdoor dining, I was thrilled to find the

dining area in the back which is a shared space with the always elegant Villa Mercedes. Comfortable poolside loungers and umbrella shaded tables are a great place to enjoy a Mezcal mojito or guayaba colada while catching up with friends. The space is perfect for a party and in fact Chef Hugo explained to us about an upcoming wedding that will be using the space. With access to Villa Mercedes and the roof top deck, Maia can prepare the perfect meal and service to create a truly unique event. For our meal we were served the five course tasting menu specially prepared for us. ($399) We started with a refreshing grilled citrus fruit salad, tossed in light vinaigrette and sprinkled with feta cheese. My taste buds

moaned with pleasure as I licked my grilled mushroom with octopus and shrimp in Anjillo sauce plate clean. The Red Snapper papillotte was served perfectly steamed with the cutest miniature vegetables in a white wine and bacon cream sauce. The stuffed chicken breast was crispy in wrapped bacon and tender inside stuffed with a vegetable compote served with vegetables. The table bread was rustic and yeasty and delicious. (Which is rare to say about breads in Mexico.) Dessert was a traditional Capirotada ‘bread (and tortilla) pudding’ with dried fruits and nuts. Very rich and my stuffed belly could only take a few bites before my pants threatened to burst. The presentation of the food was always artistic and enticing. The service was five-star with an extre-

mely knowledgeable waitress. The guests that stopped us on the way in were more than happy to tell us that the vegetarian burger was fantastic and made with real vegetables (not just potato like so many are) and the beef burger was the best he’d ever had. (That’s a pretty bold statement considering this guest is a retired man who has likely seen his way around

many a hamburger.) Such is the life of a newspaper editor in Vallarta, I was forced to enjoy a decadent meal in an effort to share this wonderful restaurant with our valuable readers. The effort that Chef Hugo puts in sourcing and supporting local producers alone is enough to in turn support him, yet, you also get the atmosphere, the food, the service, and the art on the walls that makes this affordable restaurant a real treasure in our city. With summer upon us, businesses need our support. For your next meal in Old Town, stop by Maia. Plenty of seating and the pool area are great places for large gatherings. With the ever changing menu there will be something deliciously fresh for you to enjoy. Pulpito 120-A, Col. Amapas Romantic Zone between Amapas & Olas Altas Puerto Vallarta (322) 222 2597 / (322)160 4804


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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 Acción En La Cruz: aid residents of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle by providing provisions in exchange for community services performed. www.landon5120. Alcoholics Anonymous: In English Puerto Vallarta Alanon Club - Basilio Badillo 329 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 malupita88@ or\ 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.

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 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. www.familiesatthedump. org or 297-7425 Fundacion Punta de Mita LDG. Ana Lilia Medina Varas de Valdés. Tel. (329) 291 5053 Grupo Ecológico de PuertoVallarta: Arq. Luz del Carmen Pérez Alvarez cayro_13@

Bucerias Bilingual Community Center: Supporting families, seniors in Bucerias.

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

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

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

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@

La Brigada de la Basur:a A weekly meeting of neighborhood children to clean Vallarta Streets. Contact Que?Pasa 223-4006

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

Mexico Ministries & Mission, Inc. raises funds to the poor in Vallarta. Contact Fr. Jack+ 044 322 229-1129 Navy League - assists in the trans-

portation 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. New Life Mexico - Challenging Child Poverty with health and education programs. Philippa Vernon 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. PEACEAnimals - Free mobile spay/ neuter clinic operating 48 weeks a year,

primarily in Puerto Vallarta. Tax-deductible. 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. PuRR Project - A no-kill cat shelter, a natural un-caged environment. www. Refugio Infantil Santa EsperanzaShelter 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. 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. 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.

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


Emergency Numbers for Bucerias & La Cruz Numbers for the Police Department in case of emergency are 291-0049 and 291-0666. Emergency number: 066 Police, Bucerias & La Cruz: 298-1020 Civil Protection (Fire, Ambulance): 291-0295 Ambulance, Santa Rosa Clinic: 298-0157


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Challenge your brain! Sudoku is easy to play and the rules are simple. Fill in the blanks so that each row, each column, and each of the nine 3x3 grids contain only one of each of the numbers 1 through 9.


Number Blocks


Word Search

What’s a number block you ask? The numbers in each row add up to the totals to the right. The numbers in each column add up to the totals along the bottom. The diagonal lines also add up the totals to the right. Some of the numbers are missing. Try to fill in the missing numbers between 0 and 12.


1. Green - Moola - Dough 2. Playing - Time - Greeting 3. Punch - Hair - A Volleyball 4. High - Balance - Laser 5. Human - Rat - Relay 6. Cat - Dog - Gold 7. Toad - Foot - Bar 8. French - Eskimo - Hershey 9. Area - Fire - Zip 10. Gray - Red – Timber

Commonym 12 Answers 1. slang for money 2. types of cards 3. they can be spiked 4. beams 5. races 6. fish 7. stools 8. kisses 9. codes 10. wolves

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 12 Answers 1. Better safe than sorry 2. Wheel of Fortune 3. Hard times ahead 4. Black eyed peas 5. Jumbo Jet 6. Minimize



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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