KinderAide 2015 Wrap-Up

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What a season for KinderAide! My intentions were to build two shade structures at Jardin de Niños: Luis Pasteur and La Patria (above) as promised, and to continue distributing donated school supplies. I thought perhaps that KinderAide had come to a natural closing state and that I would remain open to whatever the future held. New…

UNETE and Rotary Clubs Remodel High School in Las Varas

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Over 100 volunteers from the Rotary Clubs from Jaltemba La Peñita, Mexico and Berkeley, California, USA along with 25 participating North American Rotary Clubs have arrived in Nayarit to begin a month-long project to remodel La Preparatoria 20 de Noviembre in Las Varas, Mexico. Upgrades will include three new laboratories: chemistry,…

KinderAide Gets Government Support and Recognition

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On February 18th, Jane Fellows (Miller) had the pleasure of meeting with the government official from Compostela, the mayor of La Peñita and the head of the local school district. These three gentlemen were invited and attended the inauguration of KinderAide’s first school to be built from the ground up. It is located on Calle…

A World of Difference

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Las Tres Amigas would like to say a special THANK YOU to all who supported us this season at our events which toured five exotic destinations around the globe. You have made A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE to local organizations and programs through your contributions. Special mention goes to our very necessary Ticket Sellers: Chasite Coffee…

KinderAide Donations Build Another School

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After completing KinderAide's Lauron's kinder school in La Colonia, my friend and contractor, Freddy Ruiz Sanchez, and I went out looking for kinders that may need some help and stumbled upon this one in Piedra Bola (behind La Rosas). It actually has K to Grade 3 (9 students) with 2 teachers in training. The conditions are appalling,…

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Christmas Magic Comes to Lima de Abajo 2014

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December 20th was a special day for the residents of the small town of Lima de Abajo, north of La Peñita. They patiently lined up in anticipation of a delivery of clothes brought by a small group of Canadian volunteers. Suitcases were unloaded and wheeled into the town building and the clothes were quickly organized in sizes…

Christmas Wedding in Lima de Abajo

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For the past two years, I have been invited by George and Donna Steensma to join them on their annual clothing giveaway in the small town of Lima de Abajo, Nayarit, Mexico. For me, it is one of the highlights of the entire year. The giveaway ended around 5:15pm on Saturday, December 20 (see link below for full story), and our…

How You Can Help Needy Seniors in Jaltemba Bay

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Snowbirds, high season is just around the corner. Many Mexican seniors (Tercera Edad) are very needy and would greatly appreciate your donations of gently used clothing, shoes, pots and pans, bedding, pillows, toiletries, walking canes, wheel chairs, walkers, materials, craft supplies, etc. If you are coming to Jaltemba Bay, please consider…
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Rob's Ramblings: Packing Donations for the Trip South

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We met some people at a local thrift store today who were looking at clothing and other items to donate during their first trip south, planned later this fall. Here are some ideas and comments from fellow Snowbirds who winter in Jaltemba Bay and other Mexican locations, who also donate time and resources while in Mexico. First, lets…

IMPULSARTE Program Continues to Help Local Students Thrive

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IMPULSARTE “expandiendo mentes” (expanding minds) is a social program funded by teacher JAVIER CARRILLO in order to promote culture and the arts in public school children in vulnerable communities. It is certainly a very important tool that is paying-off highly not only to promote art and make beautiful works by students through their…

Guayabitos RV Group Reaches Out to Help Local Kindergarten

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The winter guests at Paraiso del Pescador RV Park and Bunglows in Rincón de Guayabitos had been talking about doing some community outreach in a school for a couple of years, but we really didn't know where to start. In early January 2014, three of our group got serious and meet with Jamie of El Marlin Restaurant as he had some…

Cancer de Mama Clinic 2014 Annual Report

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Mexican, Canadian and American women working together – oh what we accomplished! Our 2014 La Peñita Cancer de Mama Clinic fitted 425 breast cancer survivors of all ages from all over the state of Nayarit with custom-made bras and prostheses. Many visited the wig and hat/scarf shop and the “look good-feel good” tent. We sewed bras,…

Las Tres Amigas say "Thanks!"

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With your help, the Jaltemba Bay community has benefited in many ways: we will have playground equipment, a kiddy corner, nifty and needed school supplies, alternative prostheses for breast cancer survivors, and Community Cultural Center (CCC) programs for women and children. The November Tapas and Sangria Party at El Panorama Hotel…

Local Toddler Begins Long Medical Road (and Update)

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Kaely’s mother contracted chicken pox during her 1st trimester of pregnancy so her baby was born with the Rubella virus, which causes severe birth defects such as blindness, deafness, mental retardation, heart problems and other learning disabilities. Approximately half of the children who are born with rubella-induced blindness also…
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Cancer de Mama... Three Emotion Filled Days

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As she entered the La Peñita RV Park's Clubhouse, location of the bright pink curtained dressing rooms, she peered over the top of her glasses, timidly greeting us with a wave and a smile. I responded with, "Bienvenidos... eres la primera (welcome... you are the first)." The nine dressing rooms were quickly filled with weary, anxious…
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Cancer de Mama Clinic 2014

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Dealing with cancer of any type is a horrible ordeal. Being a poor woman complicates the physical aspects due to lack of available options or assistance. For many women in Nayarit, just surviving the breast removal surgery is not enough, there is still a huge uphill battle for regaining self-esteem and feeling like a woman again. Statistics…
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Meet Gema Marquez: A "Wheely" Nice Lady

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Her name is Gema (pronounced Hemma). If you drop the 'a' from her name, you have a pretty accurate description of what she's like. She is indeed a 'gem' and a one woman wonder. Born in Guadalajara, she married Jack, her Canadian husband in 1994. Over her 30 years in teaching, she taught mostly elementary and kindergarten children,…

It's No Mystery Now - 4 More Scholarships!

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The Las Tres Amigas "Under Wraps" Dinner and Mystery Auction at Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria on Wednesday night provided a full evening, in many ways. The tables were full, our tummies were full, the auction table was full and even the moon was full. Everything on the menu was "under wraps:" samosas, shrimp crepes, beef Wellington,…

Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay is Making a Difference

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The Jaltemba Bay/La Peñita Rotary Club makes a difference in the lives of our coastal communities every day. It does so thanks to local community support and participation at the club's annual dinner dance fundraiser coming up this Saturday, January 25. What does your donation do? The Jaltemba Bay/La Peñita Rotary Club is one of…

Three Regional Special Needs Schools Travel to La Peñita as part of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P)

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Over 100 children, parents, teachers and school directors from three special needs schools visited the Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita this past Thursday. George Leavitt, founder of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.), and his team of volunteers are working hard to turn the Hilltop Refugio into a safe, fun and educational place…

Stitching Señoras Activities

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Most of you have probably never heard of us. We are a group of quilters who get together once a week throughout the winter to work on our projects and share ideas. We usually start in November with 5-6 ladies and swell to 20 or so in January and February. We come from all over Canada and the USA and the common bond is our love of stitching…
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5th Annual Jaltemba Bay Rotary Dinner Dance

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Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay is proud to announce its 5th Annual Dinner Dance to be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Salon Real de Peña’s in La Peñita. The fundraiser will include dinner, floor show, silent auction, drawings and dancing. Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014 Time: Doors open at 6pm Place: Salon Real de Peña’s,…
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Christmas Magic Comes to Lima de Abajo

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When George and Donna Steensma invite you to tag along on their annual clothing giveaway, you jump at the opportunity. Shortly after we arrived in Lima de Abajo, we began unpacking nearly a dozen large suitcases filled to the brim with donated clothing and attempted to neatly organize the items on tables to give away to the people there.…
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Announcing the 1st Annual Trail Ride and 2nd Annual Pony Up! for J.E.E.P. Fundraiser

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Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) founders, George and Loretta Leavitt, their dedicated volunteers and junior trainers work year-round to care for their rescue horses. J.E.E.P. is holding two fun events to raise funds to build a shade structure at the Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita and to pay for the ongoing cost of feed, medication…

Seeking Student Applicants for Fashion Show Scholarship Funds

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The Mujeres a Mujeres Fashion Show Committee is seeking female university student applicants for immediate assistance. Due to scholarship recipients graduating, funds are now available. Please spread the word to your employees and neighbors. Apply directly to Women to Women Group. To obtain application for funding go online at www.mujeresamujeres.com For…

J.E.E.P. Rescued Horses Get Branded

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The Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) rescue horses in La Peñita had a special visitor on Friday afternoon. Dr. David El Fego Flores Alcalde, a veterinarian from Zacatecas, came to brand the horses using a “new to the area” method. Instead of marking the animals with a red-hot branding iron like we are used to seeing in…
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Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) needs Volunteers for upcoming Spay & Neuter Clinic

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Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) needs your help at our next free spay and neuter clinic which is soon approaching on November 13-16, 2013. To date, we have sterilized over 3,300 animals in our area! So many people have commented on the incredible difference these clinics have made to the overall health of our community. There are fewer…
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Rob's Ramblings: Make Sure Your Vacation Counts

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Many of us have taken our first trip to a new country under the great deal of an all-inclusive resort. Plenty of sun, a sandy beach, and lots to eat and drink for a week. For those that don't leave the gates of the resort, you really don't get a chance to see the new country or area, or knowledge of the people and culture of this new…

Donations for Vicky’s Dispensary are Desperately Needed

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PLEASE CLEAN OUT THOSE CLOSETS AND DRAWERS!!! Then bring everything to the very, very poor here in our area of Mexico. It is needed. Did you know a comb... a comb... is a luxury in a small mountain village! How many old pairs of glasses, reading, vision, out of prescription, do you have? Don't know what to do with them? Please bring them…

Sarah's Survivors: Victor & Victoria's "Tails" of Two Cities

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It was April 13, 2013, the final day of the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) Free Spay & Neuter Clinic in Rincón de Guayabitos, Mexico. Over 200 dogs and cats had already been cared for in 3 days. I had been feeding a street dog I named Corona, waiting for my chance to get him to the clinic and hopefully adopted (which did happen),…
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Rob's Ramblings: 2nd Annual Mexi-Can Vet Project Dog Reunion in Victoria, BC

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Over 85 humans and 45 dogs enjoyed the great Mexi-Can Vet Project Dog Reunion in Victoria, BC on Sunday, September 8, 2013. This has turned into an annual event organized by Dr. Malcolm Macartney's crew from McKenzie Veterinary Service. (above) JBAR volunteers Deb Tomlinson and Sarah Walker greet Max the Dog, whom they rescued and personally…
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George and Loretta Leavitt, J.E.E.P. Founders, are recognized in the "2013 Real Heroes of Mexico"

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The MEXICO Report just announced the "2013 Real Heroes of Mexico." This year's book showcases 30 profiles of those making a difference in Mexico. We, at Jaltemba Bay Life, are thrilled to announce that George and Loretta Leavitt, founders of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) in La Peñita, are among those being recognized. The…

Little Beans: Another JBAR Foster Failure

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Beans was 4-months-old when he came into the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) spay and neuter clinic in Rincón de Guayabitos last April. He was riddled with ticks and fleas, and if we didn't find a home for him, he would be left to his own devices on the street. We decided to foster him and bring him back to Canada where the Mexi-Can…

A Reflection by Picasso

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The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. - Pablo Picasso Thankfully, I found my “gift” many years ago. At first, I reveled in the discovery of how amazing it is to express your emotions through artwork. Then there was the multitude of mediums to explore. That kept me busy for years. However,…

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P) Unites Special Horses with Special Needs Children

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When George Leavitt, founder of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.), says "mis caballos especiales están aquí para sus niños muy especiales, de mi corazon," he really means it. For those of you who don't speak Spanish, his short but meaningful introduction translates to "my special horses are here for your very special children,…

Volunteering with KinderAide is a Rewarding Experience

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Today is my last day as a volunteer teacher of 23 children ages 4-5 at Jardin de Niños: Luis Pasteur kinder school in La Peñita. I am sad to leave. I had finally learned all of the children's names, and when I return in December half of the class will be new. It has been a wonderful experience working with Jane Fellows the founder…

Las Tres Amigas End of Season Fundraising Report

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Thanks Jaltemba Bay from Las Tres Amigas! It's been quite a season of fundraising for us, sometimes very hectic, but always rewarding. We've met a lot of people, had a lot of fun and even learned a few new Spanish phrases. In total we raised over $100,000 pesos for local charitable organizations. Here's a breakdown of the funds raised…

Proceeds from Art Cards will Support KinderAide

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These original art cards will be available for sale tomorrow at the Tianguis market in La Peñita. They are $40 pesos each and are original photographs on acid-free paper with envelope. These cards capture memories of La Peñita and Rincón de Guayabitos, and are perfect for framing. 100% proceeds go towards supporting KinderAide charity. Art…

Rob's Ramblings: The Most Bang for Your Buck? Speak English!

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Many of us from up-north sign up for Spanish classes so we can live a little easier while enjoying life here. Locals appreciate our efforts, and are usually quite willing to correct anything we are having a problem with. We can also be a great source of entertainment to locals as we make mistakes while learning Spanish. Over the years,…

Chacala is... “Paradise with Purpose”

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Nothing says “We Care” like a big night of generous giving at Chacala’s Annual Cambiando Vidas Annual Fundraising Banquet held on February 15, 2013. It was Auction-&-Raffle night. It was Thank-You-Volunteers-&- Contributors night. It was Awards-to-Our-Brightest-&-Best night. And it was a Night-to-Remember! For over 100…

J.E.E.P. Stables are Taking Shape

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Earlier today, the last of the panels were transported up the hill to the new Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita. When completed, these stables will be home for the J.E.E.P. rescue horses. And as you can see we had lots of help. It was indeed an exciting day for everyone involved. It was hot and dirty, but no one complained; just a lot of…
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Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) Invites Dog Owners to Walk Against Cancer

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Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) will be helping to fight against cancer by raising money to purchase a much needed mammogram in our area. Meeting place will be at Piña Colada in Guayabitos at 11 am or at the Bridge of Life at 11:30 am. Tickets are $100 pesos. Please help us make a presence... bring your dog, your neighbour or friend’s…
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Academy Awards Party Details Announced

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See the Academy Awards live from Hollywood at the Oscar Party this Sunday, February 24, 2013 beginning at 5pm at Zapata 32, a large venue on the Avenida in La Peñita. It has seven large television screens, and is an ideal place to watch the Academy Awards. This is an opportunity for the ladies to wear that special dress, that special…
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Jaltemba Walk Against Cancer

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The Jaltemba Walk Against Cancer will be held on Monday, February 25 and everyone is invited to join in the fun and "walk together for early detection." The walk will start at 11am at Piña Colada Restaurant in Rincón de Guayabitos. Walkers will head north on the lateral, turn onto Avenida del Sol Nuevo and cross the "Bridge of Life."…

How The Filly Got Her Name

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During the Pony UP! for J.E.E.P. Fundraiser two weeks ago, event-goers got a chance to bid in the "Name the Filly" Live Auction. The lucky winner would give this little rescue horse her name, and a new beginning. My dear husband, David, bid on the filly and "won" the naming rights. And bless his heart, he passed this honor on to me. The…

Word of Mouth

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The old black jeep shutters and rattles down the pothole filled road. Even the potholes have potholes. As the jeep merrily bounces, I too am bouncing. Trying to stay in the seat but mostly airborne as I clench the roll bar with my right hand. I would use my left hand to grab onto anything, ANYTHING..., but there is nothing to be had. I…

Volunteering for KinderAide was a Highlight of Our Vacation

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Volunteering for a morning with Jane Fellows and KinderAide was a highlight of our week-long vacation in the Jaltemba Bay area. While researching our first-time trip to La Peñita, I had read about KinderAide on the wonderful Jaltemba Bay Life Blog and was able to contact Jane Fellows, who arranged for us to accompany her and Cathy Goodwin…

In Memory of "Chance"

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"Chance" was rescued a week ago by George Leavitt and his new large animal rescue group called Hilltop Refugio / Jaltemba Equine Education Program (J.E.E.P.). Chance was a 4-year-old Appaloosa who was literally starving when Donna Brownfield discovered him and the six others in their herd a few weeks back. The seven horses had no food…

Jaltemba Bay Community Center Inaugurated in La Peñita

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The Jaltemba Bay community center was inaugurated yesterday in La Peñita. Ken and Zobeida co presidents of Los Amigos de Jaltemba welcomed everyone and then gave a bit of history of the event saying that the CCC concept had its foundation in a meeting 3 years ago between Los Amigos, Ejido La Peñita and Rotary Club of Jaltemba. After…
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4th Annual Jaltemba Bay Rotary Dinner & Dance

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The Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay is holding its 4th Annual Dinner & Dance on Saturday, February 23, 2013. The event will be held at Salon Real de Peña's in La Peñita and will include: Music Dancing Show Silent Auction Prizes and Fun Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013 Time: 6pm Place: Salon Real de Peña's, La Peñita Tickets:…
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2nd Annual KinderAide Street Dance

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KinderAide's 2nd Annual Street Dance is shaping up! Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 10th. We will have live music by Manuel y Amigos, Adan, Enrique and Cole & Noble. Bring your dancing shoes... we're gonna have a blast! And 100% of the proceeds go to connecting the cistern to the tenaco at Jardin de Niños: Luis Pasteur…
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Rotary / Los Amigos Recycling Program Update

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The Los Amigos de Jaltemba recycling committee has been meeting on Tuesdays at 10am at the Community Cultural Center (CCC). The focus is completing the work began last season in compliance with the Del Norte/D-5130/TRF Matching Grant. Heading up the committee this year is Rotarian Vern Porter. Basket making workshops are scheduled every…
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Note to Fashion Show Models & Volunteers

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Attention models and volunteers for the 10th Annual Fashion Show on January 29, 2013. Please be advised that there will be a meal available for all models and volunteers after the show for those that want to stay to unwind. Tickets are available at the Fashion Show table in front of Soley Argentinean Steak House in La Peñita for the…

Hilltop Refugio to the Rescue

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Due to generous donations from many people, George Leavitt was able to purchase the 7 starving horses reported on in our previous article. This is the first step towards establishing the Hilltop Refugio / Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.). This past Saturday, January 5, the animals were picked up and transported to a property…

A Very Barbie Christmas

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This year's Barbie Angel Project outperformed all expectations. At the beginning of the season I had set a goal of 1,000 Barbie dolls, and when the final count was made we had 1,150 Barbies donated. They came from individuals living in Canada and the United States, from East to West Coasts and places in between. They were collected from…

KinderAide Thanks Santa & Friends

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KinderAide wants to thank Santa and friends... Val, Jane, Annilee, Sharon, Donna, Diane and Arlene. They visited Jardin de Niños: La Patria, Luis Pasteur and Zaragoza Ignaccio schools in La Peñita.   Chris did an OUTSTANDING JOB!!! Everyone received a small stuffy toy... some kids found it hard to wait their turn. Some…

Fashion Show Needs Committee Chairs for 2014

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Women to Women/Mujeres a Mujeres is currently looking for committee chair persons to chair and organize the fashion show for 2014. If you are outgoing and would like to give back to the community, in such a fun way, please email us. We are having meetings each week now until the 10th Annual Fashion Show on the 29th of January. You could…

JBAR Pets for Adoption

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The following animals are currently in foster care with Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) volunteers. They are all looking for loving forever homes. Canela (shown above) is a little shepherd with yellow eyes. She's under a year and fixed. She lived her short life on a meter chain in a dungeon, filthy backyard with no touching or interaction.…

Los Amigos de Jaltemba Seeks Executive Director

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Los Amigos de Jaltemba, AC, located in Jaltemba Bay, Nayarit, is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director. This is a salaried position. Five years of growth in this all volunteer civil association with 230 members requires the Executive Director to work directly with a Board of Directors, volunteers and several community…

Nurse Vicky Visits Huichol Village for Christmas

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Vicky Flores and her helpers, Joe & Mary and Gary & Jerri, delivered 400 notebooks (200 from Ken & Mariam), 800 pencils, 425 toys, 120 barbie dolls (from Geri de Moss), 200 sharpeners, 200 erasers, 25 carpets with rings for children in 7th, 8th and 9th grades, 425 rulers, 100 boxes of crayons and 45 colored pencils, jackets,…

KinderAide Volunteer Teaches in a One-Room Schoolhouse in La Peñita

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I am a returning volunteer English teacher for KinderAide. Last year I volunteered at a large, affluent school in the town of La Peñita. This year I have been assigned to a small, less advantaged rural school. Last year I taught all five-year-olds. This year we have four-year-olds. Yikes! They are active. Last year I was in a school…

Vancouverites to KinderAide's Rescue

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My daughter is a high school art teacher in BC, Canada and found herself in the fortunate position of having to donate some old supplies. To her dismay she found 100s of brand new toys, with tags, in plastic sleeves. There were giraffes, raccoons, bees, hedge hogs... you name it! She quickly sent me photos on her iPhone and texted "Do…

Sarah's Survivors: Her Name is Motitas

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The call came in at 8:30am. "Sarita, a little Chihuahua has been hit!" It was my assistant Antonia on her way to work. "Where are you?" I asked. "By the bus station." Came the reply. "I'll be there in 5 minutes!" I grabbed my keys and away I went! It had rained the night before, and the night before that and that! This was our rainy…

KinderAide Volunteers Return

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My first day back to school was great! I arrived with a car load of donations. The teacher at Jardin de Niños: Luis Pasteur in La Peñita, was thrilled with the posters, note books, paint and brushes, dry erase markers and erasers and more! Some of the children remembered me and yelled "maestra de Inglés!" and ran to me, wrapping…
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JBAR "Paws for the Cause"

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In response to Lacy Brunetti's recent article, "Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue Needs YOUR Help," I think we should have a big PARTY FOR THE DOGGIES at Thomas Bartlett's Hacienda!!! Bring your dog on a lead and let's have some fun and food and make a little... LOT of money to keep the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) GOING! For those of…

The Barbie Lady has Arrived in Guayabitos

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Geri de Moss, aka "The Barbie Lady," has just arrived. I am located at Calle Tukan #7 in the Zona Residencial of Rincón de Guayabitos. To get there, drive north on Avenida del Sol Nuevo. Go 2 streets past the tennis courts to Tukan (across the street from the park) and turn right. Please email me to let me know when you are going to…

Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue Needs YOUR Help!

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Our recent Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) spay and neuter clinics have been sponsored in part by McKenzie Veterinary Clinic of Victoria, British Columbia, thanks to Dr. Malcolm Macartney, who also brings a team of extra vets and vet techs to assist us due to the dramatic increase in the number of animals that we see at our…

Sarah's Survivors: Frankie

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I was returning from Puerto Vallarta one late afternoon. The traffic was about a normal flow. I was just entering the town of Lo de Marcos where there is a center divider in the highway. On the other side of it, to my horror, was a large dog. It clearly had been hit. It was up on its front paws and looking around totally stunned, but…

Cancer de Mama Wish List

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The Cancer de Mama clinic will be held this year in La Peñita on February 1-3, 2013. Since inception in 1996 the clinic has grown to having helped over 450 women of Mexico last year alone. Women from the State of Nayarit and parts of Jalisco fighting the disease of breast cancer are invited to attend this free clinic. While needs are…

My KinderAide Experience: Part 7

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Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jane Fellows. I live part time in Campbell River, Vancouver Island, BC, and the other part of the year, in La Peñita, Nayarit, Mexico. My father, Bill Fellows, discovered the small fishing village of La Peñita in 1979 and felt he had gone back in time to the 50s. At that time there was one telephone…

Wanted: Barbies for Santa

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Geri de Moss, aka "The Barbie Lady," will be arriving in Guayabitos on November 20th. Geri is in need of good gently used Barbie dolls, which will be reconditioned by Santa's elf volunteers. They will be given to the local children at various locations and events during the Christmas holiday. The final total of donations last year was…

My KinderAide Experience: Part 6

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“Do something good, something kind, but don’t tell anyone about it.” My Abuelito, Gentleman Bill Fellows, excelled at this. I believe everyone wants to help, in the best way they know how. I also believe more people would give back, if they had the means for doing so. Writing about my experience volunteering with KinderAide goes…

My KinderAide Experience: Part 5

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I have known Jane for quite a few years so when she posted that there was a position available to help out at KinderAide for one hour a week I thought I was (or should be!) up to the challenge. Off I went to kinder with Kate - an experienced, qualified, exuberant teacher. Now I was feeling apprehensive. As a 50 year old, childless healthcare…

Los Ayala Soccer Program Needs Equipment

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Years ago, three of us started up a soccer program here in Sicamous, British Columbia. I ended up running it for years after my kids grew up and graduated. Since I stopped, the equipment has been sitting here waiting for someone to use it. I got this idea to donate it to Los Ayala a few years ago and finally got in down there. The Los…

Donations for Vicky's Dispensary are Desperately Needed

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PLEASE CLEAN OUT THOSE CLOSETS AND DRAWERS!!! Then bring everything to the very, very poor here in our area of Mexico. It is needed. Did you know a comb... a comb... is a luxury in a small mountain village! How many old pairs of glasses, reading, vision, out of prescription, do you have? Don't know what to do with them? Please bring them…

My KinderAide Experience: Part 4

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Hi my name is Renie. My husband and I are from BC and have been coming to La Peñita for about 5 years and love it. Since the first year we came, we have always brought clothes and school supplies with us. We take them up to small villages and we can see the smiles on everyone. About 2-3 years ago, a neighbor asked us to donate some money…

My KinderAide Experience: Part 3

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The first time I went to La Peñita was in November 2011 and I was struck by how wonderful the people were there. I’ve never been around so many happy, content and grateful people. The children, especially, touched me. So much so, that I felt compelled to do something to help out. When I asked a very good friend of mine to help set…

My KinderAide Experience: Part 2

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I live in Grande Prairie, Alberta and have been visiting La Peñita for a few years. My husband and I fell in love with the people and area so much so that we bought a home there last season. I work at a dental clinic and I knew about KinderAide from my friend Jane. Last year I arrived in Mexico with my arms loaded up with toothbrushes…
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What do a Hawksbill Turtle, the Bay of Jaltemba and the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation have in common?

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You might remember our recent story about "Jaltemba" the Hawksbill turtle being released back into the Bay of Jaltemba. Well, just when you think the story couldn't get any more interesting, it does. The article below was published by George Mason University a few days ago. It explains how Alonso Aguirre, the executive director of the…

My KinderAide Experience: Part 1

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I greatly enjoyed my volunteer teaching experience with the KinderAide program in La Peñita this past winter. I had two classes of 5-year-olds once a week. Each class was about 20 minutes in length. During that time we reviewed numbers in English from 1-15, the alphabet, greetings, parts of the body, shapes, names of animals and colors. Special…

Sarah's Survivors: Her Name is Adelita

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It had been raining through the night and the creeks were all full and the water running rapidly. I was approaching a little bridge on a dirt road and something moved in front of my car. I slammed on the brakes and jumped out. There in the middle of the road was a tiny tiny kitten, the color of the road she was so dirty. I picked up this…

Rob's Ramblings: A Change in Attitude

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My wife Heather and I have been involved with the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue spay and neuter clinics since their inception in December 2006. To date, JBAR has worked on over 2,700 animals in the Jaltemba Bay area. We have volunteered with clinics in La Peñita, Los Ayala, Rincón de Guayabitos, San Pancho, Lo de Marcos, San Blas, and…

Sarah's Survivors: Muffin the Miracle

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She came to me as a little ball of fur. Celia, from our JBAR rescue facility, had a family that dropped her off. They didn't want her anymore because she was “broken." This precious little ball of fur could barely move. She could pull herself around a little with her front paws. Her back legs were stiff. The knees and ankles did not…

Project Angelina is Complete!

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Thursday was the Big Day. Bob Gill, Brian Blevings and I went shopping for the family. We purchased 4 new beds and mattresses. We bought the children bunk beds… they were so excited… quite a change from sleeping on a mattress on the dirt floor. We replaced their stove and fridge. The fridge was rusty and about to fall apart. As we…

JBAR Adoption Stories: Week 3

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May is National Pet Month. To celebrate, we have asked our readers to submit photos and short stories about the pets they have adopted from Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). We are sharing these stories during the month of May.  This issue features four more stories about well-loved adopted pets from our area. (This photo captures Taco…

Project Angelina: Angelina's House Has Walls

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Hi Everyone. Just a short update. The project slowed down a little a week ago, as the Maestro of the project, Jose, hurt himself, and ended up in the hospital. He is recuperating now... and things are moving along nicely. Angelina and her family are still living in the rental home, just around the corner from where the house is being…

JBAR Adoption Stories: Week 2

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May is National Pet Month. To celebrate, we have asked our readers to submit photos and short stories about the pets they have adopted from Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). We are sharing these stories during the month of May. This week, we are featuring two of Sarah Walker's dogs. Sarah is a familiar face to the JBAR organization.…

Project Angelina is Making Progress

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We are on our way home to Langley BC. When we left, Jose and his crew had the foundation completed and were starting the walls. No cement walls poured in Mexico. They used 5,000 bricks and blocks for this small house. Since the house is on a hill, all the bricks were carried up the hill to the house, 4 or 5 bricks at a time (see below). Our…

JBAR Adoption Stories: Week 1

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May is National Pet Month. To celebrate, we have asked our readers to submit photos and short stories about the pets they have adopted from Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). If you would like to submit your story, email it to Tosia@JaltembaBayLife.com. We will share your stories every other week during the month of May. (Note: Submissions…

Project Angelina: Construction Begins

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We made great headway this past Friday and Saturday. We prepared the footings for the walls. At one point there were 17 men working, and some volunteers. Many of the Mexicans are working on this project at reduced wages. Our nephew Andrew sent us an article from the Toronto paper. I want to share them with you... Ello Madonia…

Project Angelina: Demolition

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Hola to all from sunny and HOT Mexico. This was a successful day on the project. The backhoe spent the afternoon excavating, preparing the site for the foundation. Angelina’s father, has set himself up in a little shelter, to guard the site day and night. Still more funds are coming in, including someone who gave us cash for a new…

Thank You California Rotary District 5130 and Middletown Rotary

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California Middletown Rotary and California District Rotary 5130 have done it again! Following on the success of their Los Amigos Recycling grant and their Zacualpan high school grant (remodel including computer lab and commercial kitchen lab), CONALEP high school has received a much needed grant for computers. Eddie Dominguez made the…

Conalep Students Carry Their Leadership Training Forward

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The momentum was started in the Jaltemba Bay La Peñita Rotary Club's "Learning for Life" grant provided by Kalispell Montana Rotary Club. Forty CONALEP students learned key leadership concepts coming out of their three leading-edge leadership workshops. The local students have formed The CONALEP Community Club which will identify six…

Two Rotary Presidents Go to PET International

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Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Club's president-elect, Abraham, and president elect, Octaviano, attended the Rotary International PET officer training in Tepic last week. Rotary's theme for this coming year will be "Peace Through Service". The two incoming presidents were able to meet their counterparts and get to know about the objects…

Project Angelina

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Angelina is a young lady, who is 29 years old. She was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. She had an operation when she was 12 years old. After the operation she was paralyzed. Angelina spends many days every week sitting in her wheel chair, on the main street of La Penita with a basket on her lap. When someone drops a coin into her basket,…

Nurse Vicky's 2011 Annual Children's Christmas Party

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On December 16th, 2011 Nurse Vicky along with a large group of volunteers hosted a Christmas party for the children and families of the small community of San Isidro, north of Zacualapan. Over 120 people enjoyed a barbecue lunch of hamburgers and potato salad with all the fixings. The children – from babies to teens received a Christmas…

Meet Our Little Panchito

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I would like to introduce you to Panchito, our new rescue pup. I saw his photo online and knew right then and there that he needed to be part of our family. We lost our beloved Tucker unexpectedly over the summer, and Taco (our second rescue pup from Mexico) had made it abundantly clear that he was ready for a new companion. We rescued…

Cancer de Mama: How You Can Help

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Our Mission: Helping Women in Mexico Survive Breast Cancer with Comfort and Dignity The first weekend of February last year, I had the opportunity and extreme pleasure to be a part of the Cancer de Mama clinic in La Penita. The project is a gathering of volunteers that come together for a concentrated weekend of service with a mission…

Reporting in from Jaltemba Bay

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La Peñita life in the Jaltemba Bay summertime is good; good and hot, good and quiet. In the afternoon heat of the day, the streets are all but deserted. The dogs that we are used to seeing, laying out in the streets and across the sidewalks, are more reluctant than ever to move for the occasional passing car or pedestrian. The grand…

From a Volunteer's Perspective

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I have yet to divulge much about who I am or what I do, other than the fact that my husband David and I have lived here in the Jaltemba Bay area for 7 years, we run a Bed & Breakfast, and we operate a community website called JaltembaBayLife.com. I don’t particularly like to be the center of attention or in the public eye, but…

A Tale of Three Puppies

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About three weeks ago, our family’s Saturday afternoon took an unexpected turn when we discovered a small cardboard box sitting on the step in front of our house. It had a handwritten sign on it that said, “Se regalan perritos.” The Spanish had us Canadians guessing, so we opened the box, and here’s what we saw: Three…
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Meet The Barbie Grandma, Los Ayala

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