Fashion Show Needs Committee Chairs for 2014

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…
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Las Tres Amigas Next Event Involves 3 P's... Pizza and Pasta in the Plaza

The next event coordinated by Las Tres Amigas involves three P's: Pizza and Pasta in the Plaza. It is a fundraiser for the Telpochcalli Youth Group, part of Los Amigos de Jaltemba. It will be held on Wednesday, January 9 at 6 pm at El Gigio's Italian Pizzeria in La Peñita. For a minimum donation of $200 pesos you will be treated to a…

JBAR Pets for Adoption

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

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…

Tequila Christmas Cookies

We thought we'd share this classic holiday cookie recipe with our readers to help us get through the holidays with a smile. A big thank you to "The Cisco Kid" for submitting this recipe to us. Tequila Christmas Cookies Ingredients 1 cup of water 1 tsp. baking soda 1 cup of sugar 1 tsp. salt 1 cup of brown sugar 1 tbsp. lemon…

Nurse Vicky Visits Huichol Village for Christmas

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,…

Hiking the Petroglyphs at Alta Vista

The petroglyphs at Alta Vista are well worth visiting. They are located about 35 minutes north of Rincón de Guayabitos and La Peñita. There, one can hike the ancient trails of the Huichol Indians at the archeological site of La Pila del Rey (The King’s Fountain) along the Las Piletas Creek and El Copo Volcano. Although it is not the…

Rob's Ramblings: A Few Things to Watch Out For

Besides "don't drink the water" and "watch out for pink drinks," there are a few other things to watch out for while enjoying the country and hospitality of Mexico. Living day to day here in paradise, you see some things you would never expect to find up-north. Let's start the series with a few common scams. I know there are many more…

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

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…

'Twas the Night Before Christmas (Mexican-Style)

We would once again like to share this fun Mexican-inspired Christmas poem with our readers, as we always get several requests for it this time of year! 'Twas the Night Before Christmas 'Twas the night before Christmas and all through la casa, Not a creature was stirring - Caramba! Que pasa? Los niños were tucked away in their…

Donuts Anyone?

On December 12th, my husband and I parked by the bus depot in La Peñita while waiting for friends to arrive. Laughing out loud, I just had to take a picture of what we saw in the rear window of a taxi parked in front of us. We guessed they must have been going to a party by the amount of donuts on the tray! We laughed again when the…

Large Animal Rescue Group Forming for Jaltemba Bay Area

Helping large animals that are in obvious distress has been a dream of George Leavitt's for quite some time. You may know George and his wife Loretta from Los Compadres Resort, Restaurant & Bar in La Peñita or seen their horses whose stalls are located at the far end of their parking lot. George's love of horses and his love of Mexico…

Jaltemba Bay Mourns the Loss of Jerry Flanders

Jerry Flanders, 59, passed away suddenly from a heart attack in La Peñita, Mexico on December 15. Jerry lived life to the fullest. His easy going nature, willingness to help others, and his quick smile will always be remembered. He was a man of integrity, always busy, always happy. He enjoyed his work for 35 years at the Campbell River…
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10th Annual Women to Women Fashion Show Tickets and T-Shirts On Sale

Your support for the 10th Annual Women to Women Fashion Show goes to projects in Jaltemba Bay to benefit women and children, scholarships for 9 university students, feed the children program at Escuela Plan de Ayala, Cancer de Mama and After School Arts Program. Music by Scott Webb & Adan with Xtreme Luz & Sonido / Catering by…
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Releasing Sea Turtles in Rincón de Guayabitos is an Experience of a Lifetime

I will never forget the first time I released a baby sea turtle. It was magical. It was back in October 2004, and we had just moved into our newly remodeled home in Rincón de Guayabitos a few weeks earlier. We had finished dinner and as we were about to leave the restaurant, the owner whom we had known for many years, showed us a styrofoam…

Our First Home on the Bay of Jaltemba

It was late March in the year 2006 and my husband Victor and I had finally made the big move to Mexico. One year earlier, having sold our business in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. and spent 3 months driving around Mexico exploring, we were at last actually out of the cold and snow and living in Nayarit, Mexico. To backtrack…
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JBAR "Paws for the Cause" Fundraiser was a Huge Success!

As Sarah Walker's big smile indicates, it was an incredible afternoon for the cause... JBAR "Paws for the Cause" that is. Sarah's fundraising event for Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue could only be described as a barking good time! Held Monday, December 10th on the manicured grounds of Thomas Bartlett's hacienda in La Peñita, it was a perfect…

Vancouverites to KinderAide's Rescue

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…

Meet Daniel Calluso & Miriam Martinez, Jaltemba Bay

Daniel and Miriam moved to La Peñita from Reno, Nevada in 2002. Miriam loves Mexico, her birth country, and wanted to move back so she could provide her children with a good life where they would grow up with a strong sense of family. Miriam grew up in Mexico City but she wished to live in a small Mexican town located near the beach……

New Toll Road from Jala to Puerto Vallarta is Well Underway

Almost 30 kilometers of the new toll highway from Jala to Puerto Vallarta have been completed, as announced by Federico Días Avalos, Nayarit’s delegate for Mexico’s Communications and Transportations Secretary, and published in an article written by Rafael Delgado for the Vallarta Opina. This new stretch of highway, that has been…

That Special Little House

Having traveled to Mexico for over 20 years and having talked about moving to Mexico for almost as many years, my husband Robert, likely because he was tiring of the same conversation, finally came up with a plan. Here is exactly what he said to me, “Alright, here is the deal, we will take one month off from work and rent a home in…

Sarah's Survivors: Her Name is Motitas

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…

In a word Chacala is…

Hmmm... one word can’t say it... not a sentence or a paragraph. It takes a few images to let you see. Chacala is rich in natural, human and ecological history. It’s a lush tropical jungle cozying up to a perfect sandy beach in a geothermic-volcanic region of a series of intensely pristine mini bays… virtually identical in latitude…

KinderAide Volunteers Return

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…

Glassworks Studio Open House Update & New Class Schedule

Glassworks Studio had a wonderful turnout for their Open House held this past Sunday, December 2 in La Colonia. In addition to several stained glass windows on display, attendees could also view samples of the beautiful handmade stepping stones, fused glass jewelry and pottery pieces that have been designed by Jo and her very creative…

Jesús Carranza Díaz, Los Ayala Native, is Recognized at Tepic Book Fair

J. Jesús Carranza Diaz, a lawyer and writer from Compostela, presented his book "Playa Los Ayala: Memorias de mi Pueblo" at the third book fair "Gran Nayar" at the Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit. Jesus was invited by City Hall to participate in this fair. He accepted with great pleasure and was proud to present the municipality with…
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VirtualVallarta.com’s Guide to Peregrinaciones

When I first moved to Guayabitos in 2007, one of the things I noticed shortly after settling in, were the loud booms that seemed to go off at all hours of the day and night during the first week or so of December. I finally learned that the local churches set off loud firecrackers during times of celebration. For example, the holiday…
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Hummingbirds Take Final Sips as Sun Sets into Jaltemba Bay

Combining my favourite view of Jaltemba Bay (which happens to be from my front deck in El Tonino) with photographing my favourite bird, has given me this unexpected though welcome photograph, taken on November 28, 2012. Lately, the days have been fairly hazy, which has resulted in sunsets that just fade away without much colour to them,…

Artist Mara Diaz is Adding a Little Color to Vista Guayabitos

Nadia Cuevas, the manager at Vista Guayabitos Restaurant in Rincón de Guayabitos, has good reason to be excited. She decided she wanted to create a fresh and more colorful atmosphere, so she went to Puerto Vallarta to interview several artists. She decided to hire Mara Diaz, a young painter and PV native. Nadia says, "Her work is the…
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"El Famoso" Horseshoe Tourney 2013 Details Announced

The 15th Annual / 6th Memorial "El Famoso" Horseshoe Tournament will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at David's Palapa in Rincón de Guayabitos. Check-in time is between 8:30-9:30am, and the games will begin at 10am. Player sign up is Thursday, February 7 at 3:30pm at Mateja's Bar & Grill. First come, first served - no sign…

Sponsorship Opportunities for 10th Annual Women to Women Fashion Show

Once again, the Women to Women Charity Fashion Show Group is offering local businesses and individuals the chance to sponsor our event on January 29, 2013. It is a wonderful opportunity to support an organization that funds many highly worthwhile projects. Sponsorships (Business or Individual) Bronze - $1,000 pesos ($74 USD) Silver…