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Common and Curious New Year's Eve Traditions in Mexico

Whether you plan to ring in the New Year with fireworks, a big neighborhood party or a quiet dinner with family or friends, here are a few common and curious New Year's traditions in Mexico that you may want to try: 1) Eat 12 Grapes As the clock strikes midnight, eat 12 grapes to welcome the new year, making a wish while eating…

Discovery Channel Promotes Birding Adventures in Riviera Nayarit

The Riviera Nayarit is kicking off the New Year with a world-class promotion. On January 1st and 8th, the very international Discovery Channel will air two programs on birdwatching filmed on Isabel Island, declared a Mexican National Park in 1980. At precisely 7am on New Year’s Day, the second episode of Destination America consisting…

Hiking in the Nayarit Jungle amongst Naranjilla, Cacao and Flor de Jamaica

You never know what you'll discover when hiking through the jungles of Nayarit, Mexico. On this particular day, we decided to explore the towns of El Monteón and Punta Raza (by we, I am referring to my husband David and I). We were curious to see what was happening at the new Punta Raza development. The entire property was fenced off…

La Peñita Vet with a Huge Heart

I'd like to share my story of warmth and love about a local vet who helped me, a Canadian from British Columbia, to help a local street dog who I call "Si." Si started dropping by to say hi. After a few interactions, he seemed to know I wanted to help him. He started letting me pet his head and then he'd leave. Little by little he…

Geri de Moss "The Barbie Lady" is Retiring, but the Barbie Angel Project will Continue

With regret, I wish to announce that this is my last year coordinating the Barbie Angel Project. It has been such a rewarding 10 years for me - from the inception helping a friend make hand-crocheted barbie doll outfits for a dozen dolls - to this year's banner year of 1,100 dolls. Our annual average over the years has been between 400-800…

Live Theater comes to San Pancho

Mark your calendars for Live Theater in San Pancho at La Bodega Teatro, a project to build the first ever Performance Arts Center & Theater in the area. Saturday January 18 premiers "Judy... here at last!" - a one woman show about the legendary Judy Garland. Set in the 1960's, this poignant play tells a dramatic, sometimes funny-sometimes…
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Christmas Magic Comes to Lima de Abajo

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.…

Rob's Ramblings: A Christmas Gift that Keeps on Giving

Are you having trouble deciding on a Christmas gift for someone? Maybe it’s a spouse that really doesn’t need anything or a child that really loves animals? Here’s a gift idea that will keep on giving for years to come. Many people in the Jaltemba Bay area have heard of the new Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) and…
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Announcing the 1st Annual Trail Ride and 2nd Annual Pony Up! for J.E.E.P. Fundraiser

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…

In Bloom: Flor de Nochebuena (Poinsettia)

Poinsettias, or Flor de Nochebuena, are readily available beginning the first week of December. Locally, you can find them at the Tianguis market in La Peñita and at both viveros (nurseries) near La Colonia. The viveros typically have a large selection of beautiful poinsettias including the three different varieties shown below... Poinsettias…

Cultural Christmas Bazar and Art Walk in La Peñita

Junta Vecinal Bahía de Jaltemba, our neighborhood council, invites you to participate in the upcoming Bazar Cultural Navideño along the malecón in La Peñita. The event will be held on December 21, 22 and 23 and will feature a Bazar Navideño (cultural Christmas bazaar) from 5-9pm on the malecón. On Monday, December 23rd they plan…

Setting the Stage for the Malecón Dedication Ceremony in La Peñita

The Malecón in La Peñita has a fresh coat of paint and colorful decals on the street side, newly applied varnish on the benches, new stainless plaques attached to the railings, electricity for the fancy new street lights, replacement palm trees for the ailing ones and new garbage containers covered with plastic bags to temporarily…

Jaltemba Bay Holiday 2013 Dining Guide

The holidays are almost upon us and we would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers, families and friends a joyous holiday and a healthy and Happy New Year! To help you decide where to eat, drink and celebrate this season, we have once again compiled our annual Holiday Dining Guide. Happy Holidays from all…

Our Adventure Continues

We had a two week break at the end of September and wanted a bit of a change of pace, so this year we decided we would visit Jaltemba Bay during the rainy season. (above photo) One evening, after supper, as we sat at “La Avenida,” hundreds of small birds raced in overhead and just up the street. When we walked up the street,…
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JBAR "Paws for the Cause" Fundraiser was a Tail-Wagging Success

The JBAR "Paws for the Cause" fundraiser held on Sunday, December 8 in La Peñita was a tail-wagging success both in terms of attendance and financial support. Upon entering, attendees received a lei and glass of freshly made Agua de Piña to get them into the Aloha spirit. Many dogs and their owners dressed in grass skirts, flowered…

A BIG Thank You to J.E.E.P. Donors from BC and Alberta

This summer, Jack & Millie Andersen from Vernon, B.C. spent a lot of time organizing and transporting donations for the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.). Jack commented, "All the people I contacted at riding stables, tack shops and individual horse owners here in the Vernon and Alberta area, even when they did not have…

An Honest Man Who Owns an Honest Store with Honest Staff

Dear Allyson, How can I THANK this wonderful man. He saved my tablet after I lost it in his store - Super Don Pedro's in La Peñita - and when he gave it to me after many anxious searching for hours, he tells me everyone who may loose anything in my store will have it safely returned to them. I have told as many people as I can so…
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Awesome Día de la Revolución Parade in La Peñita

I love being in La Peñita again. Last year, after my first stay of six weeks, I was convinced that I would be back again. This year, my sister Carroyl and I stayed for four months. It was a wonderful experience attending the Día de la Revolución (Mexican Revolution Day) parade on Wednesday, November 20th. The beautiful…
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Fashion Show 2014 T-Shirts & Tickets Now Available

Mujeres a Mujeres Fashion Show event tickets and t-shirts are being sold at the Thursday market in front of Café Dolores from 9am-noon. T-shirts are available in women’s sizes Large through XX-Large, with a choice of two styles: scoop neck sleeveless or scoop neckline with a cap sleeve in this season’s exciting new colors of lavender…

Seeking Student Applicants for Fashion Show Scholarship Funds

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…

Pets for Life Team was Well Equipped for the Spay & Neuter Clinic in San Pancho

Thanks to donations from Dr. Malcolm Macartney at McKenzie Veterinary Services in Victoria, BC, the Pets for Life Team now has full trays of surgical instruments as well as two new stainless steel surgery tables. This equipment was put to good use during the free spay and neuter clinic in San Pancho last week. Even though there are…