Chacala is... “Paradise with Purpose”

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…
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Los Amigos de Jaltemba Announces Fiesta 2013: 50's-60's Rock 'N Roll Party

Los Amigos de Jaltemba invites you to an end of the year "50's and 60's Rock 'N Roll Party" on March 19. Pull out those white t-shirts, rolled up blue jeans, poodle skirts, scarves and bobbie socks. Slick back your hair guys or girls poof up your hair because you're in for a rockin' good time at the 50's-60's Rock 'n Roll party and some…

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

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…

Guayabitos School Director Expresses Appreciation for Margarita Challenge's Support

After 10 years, Margarita Challenge organizers Jim and Bonnie Williams have decided that this year's challenge, held on February 6 at Piña Colada Restaurant in Rincón de Guayabitos, will be their last. Shortly after the event, Jim wrote "What started as a idea is now history except for the many changes in the lives of many and the…

Los Ayala Presents Mexican Fiesta and Town Party

Los Ayala residents invite you to join them at two upcoming town events. It will be much appreciated whatever support you can give. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbours. Mexican Fiesta This event is being put on by the teachers and parents for the benefit of the school. There will be traditional Mexican dishes, live entertainment,…
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Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) Invites Dog Owners to Walk Against Cancer

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…

Bird Watching with Ken & Bea Rauch (Part 2)

I soon learn that this bird watching adventure includes climbing over, or through several barbed wire fences. Rather, Bea has perfected the art of rolling under barbed wire fences, with grace. Ken gets through any way possible, and I try vainly to follow Bea’s lead. Soon we spot several Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, and indeed these…

Golden Age Backpackers: Los Toriles Archaeological Site

With roosters crowing and dogs barking our morning coffee time began early giving us extra time to reflect and plan our day’s activities. Our day’s goal that emerged from our early morning conference of two was to leave our beach paradise behind for the day and travel inland to visit a prehistoric location, Templo de Quetzalcoatl,…

Rob's Ramblings: One of Our Newer Charities (J.E.E.P.)

On one of my first trips to Mexico in the early 1980s, I was quite shocked to see the condition of some of the street animals. This prompted me to get involved with our local spay and neuter clinics for dogs and cats, through Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). I guess it was only a matter of time for this concern to move into another…

Rob's Ramblings: Sharing Spaces with Horses

The past few weeks were a real change for us. We provided post-op care for two rescue horses, namely Canelo and Shadow. As Canelo was one of the first horses to under-go palette surgery, his care was fairly easy. He enjoyed kitchen scraps such as pineapple husks, carrot peels, cucumber and lettuce. Shadow was in the second group to undergo…

KinderAide has Far-Reaching Benefits throughout the Jaltemba Bay Community

I truly enjoyed meeting you and the morning I spent with you at the preschool. It has taken me these past few days to process my thoughts and feelings regarding my experience. I commend you and the KindeAide team for the wonderful work you have done to create and support the preschools. During my visit I could also see that there are…
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Celebrate International Women's Day with Las Tres Amigas

"Make a difference, think globally and act locally!" That's what the International Women's Day website says to do, so we're going to do just that. Las Tres Amigas are gathering together as many women as we can fit into Latitude 21 on Friday, March 8 at 1 pm to celebrate the positive advancements that have been made in women's issues since…
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Academy Awards Party Details Announced

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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KinderAide’s 2nd Annual Street Dance was a HUGE Success!

On Sunday, February 10th, Petra was kind enough to host another fundraiser for KinderAide. A whopping $29,000 pesos was raised and a great time was had by all. Some of the proceeds from this event will be spent at Jardin de Niños: Luis Pasteur in the Lazarus Colonia in La Peñita. KinderAide will be able to complete a project connecting…

Tosia's View: Balanced View of Jaltemba Bay

I collect rocks. Big ones, small ones, sparkly ones, bizarre looking ones. Shapes and colours catch my eye, then something in my head says "one more, there's room for one more!" And they somehow find their way to my home. The gardens are bordered with them, the pool was built with many truck loads of them obtained from a local dry river…
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Jaltemba Walk Against Cancer

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."…
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US Consular Meeting Addresses the New Mexican Immigration and Vehicle Importation Laws

There was a special meeting held in Nuevo Vallarta on Wednesday, February 13th to explain the new Mexican immigration laws and the new Mexican laws regarding the temporary importation of foreign plated vehicles. This meeting was organized and presented by the United States Consular for Puerto Vallarta, Kelly Trainor. Also making presentations…

Gran Noche Mexicana in La Peñita Announced

Everyone is invited to attend the upcoming Gran Noche Mexicana on Thursday, February 28, 2013 in La Peñita. Tickets are only $100 pesos and all proceeds raised from this community event will help fund different needs in each colonia (neighborhood) like clean water, new water lines, drainage, street paving, and clean rivers and inlets. Gran…

Malecon Construction in La Peñita Continues

Even on a Saturday morning, there were two cement trucks, at least five backhoes and a crew of a dozen or more people steadily working on the new malecon in La Peñita... not to mention a handful of curious spectators. The first section of the seawall (shown above) currently stands about 5-feet above street level. This section, which…
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Los Amigos Jaltemba Hold’em Charity Poker Tournament CANCELLED

Due to a lack of interest and poor ticket sales, the Jaltemba Hold'em Poker Tournament scheduled for February 20th has been cancelled. If you bought a ticket, please write to us at: losamigosdejaltemba@gmail.com or attend our Tianguis booth next Thursday to receive your refund. You will need to turn in your ticket. We apologize for…

Rob's Ramblings: Reality of Life in Mexico

We have all read the travel brochures for Mexico stating there is endless sunshine, sandy beaches with great swimming, and nice cold drinks. The number of frost-free days here encourages life for both plants and animals, and provides a bird and plant watchers paradise. Sure, this sounds like the travel brochure for every resort destination…

Bird Watching with Ken & Bea Rauch (Part 1)

The other day, I had a really interesting experience, and met two extremely interesting and kind souls... Resulting in this story and a suggestion for a day trip from Los Ayala to... The Gravel Pit in La Peñita - Why? - For Bird-Watching of Course! Ken and Bea Rauch, Jaltemba Bay’s renowned bird photographers invited me to accompany…

How The Filly Got Her Name

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

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

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…

Siesta in the Sand

What a great day at the beach. You are having a wonderful time in the sand but lets face it, after you work really hard, you're going to want a siesta. This little guy had enough digging and just needed a short nap. When we walked by he was sound asleep with his family standing around smiling and watching. Fun in the sun in Guayabitos…

Blessing of the Water Festival in San Blas

In San Blas, the blessing of the water is a colorful and cheerful celebration. “By intercession of Saint Blas, may God free you of your sore throat,” is the traditional prayer for the patron saint of the historic port in Nayarit. For centuries, Saint Blas was the patron of hunters, and the colorful celebrations taking place now invite…