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Ave. Emiliano Zapata Reconstruction

                  Upon close examination of these two photos, you should be able to see that the backhoe is holding up the power pole. Oops!             Sidewalks are treacherous.       Undaunted by the construction, El Pollito (Martin), dug in to the dirt to level some spaces for his sidewalk…
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Each October we focus on Breast Cancer Awareness with a variety of special activities and events. This is not to raise any monies. It is all about creating AWARENESS! We hope that you will participate with us!       We kick off each October with our Pink Wave Cocktail! Join us for some sweet and savory nosh, pink lemonade…
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Sea Turtle Egg Poachers Arrested

Villagers from La Escobilla beach informed the representative in Mexico of the UN for the environment (UNDP), Dolores Barrientos, that the sale of turtle eggs has dropped in the area because there are no buyers. This official toured the coast of Oaxaca during the weekend to promote the elimination of plastic; In his activities he…
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Around Town, With No Particular Place To Go

Just in case you didn't get my innuendo, the title of this is the title of a song. In case you haven't been paying attention, there have been some disparaging remarks, on the forum, made about the prices of cerveza around here. In the past, we have enjoyed some rather inexpensive prices on our adult beverages provided by Corona and…
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Women To Women Fashion Show - January 30, 2019

Women to Women Fashion Show Gala is slated for January 30, 2019 Mark your calendars in red for the next Women to Women Fashion Show to be held Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Imagine the Guayabitos Plaza adorned with beautiful ladies dressed in powerful red. Wow! This year’s theme for the party, “Lady in Red,” begs for fashion passion. This…
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Thanks From GEMA

On behalf of GEMA, the Project For Abused and Abandoned Women and Children in our community, we would like to thank everyone for their support this season.  It is because of your caring and generosity that we are pleased to announce we are able to start construction of one of the bedrooms for a much needed shelter, and eventually realize…
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Guayafest 2018 - Guayabitos

They Volkswagens weren't here for long but they certainly were here. A fine group of folks that simply love their cars.  And their beer, I might add. They also know how to party as testified by the remains from their evening. Here are a few photos taken by numerous folks that also love volks: As you can see by…
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Electrical Fire Destroys La Colonia Home

This past Friday night, an electrical fire completely destroyed all the belongings of Maria de los Angeles Sanchez Cortez and her daughter, along with sever damage to her casa in La Colonia. Her and her 14 year old daughter are completely devastated by the fire that started in a switch box.  Fortunately, there were no injuries. If…
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The Journey of a Cancer de Mama Prosthetic

The Journey of a Cancer de Mama Prosthetic  begins when I receive an email from the owner of a lingerie store.  She tells me she has several large boxes of prosthetics that she’d like to donate to our next Cancer de Mama Clinic. I’m thrilled to get this news, but it means a two hour drive to pick up the donation!  I’m more than…
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Cancer de Mama Clinic Update

Over the next year, many more breast prosthetics will happily be making their own journeys to La Penita - in time for the 2019 Cancer de Mama Clinic on February 1st, 2nd and 3rd! This year, almost 450 women attended the CdeM Clinic at the La Penita Senior Centre. Support and care was provided to them over three days by over 100 volunteers,…
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MEXI-CAN Vet Project and JBAR Complete Another Clinic

Another joint clinic with the JBAR association and the MEXI-CAN Vet Project is completed. During the past almost 15 year tenure of JBAR, there have been 27 spay and neuter clinics. There have been 7,375 animals neutered. Can you even imagine how many stray animals we would be dealing in our area if JBAR and other clinics were not…
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A Memorable Wednesday and Week at J.E.E.P.

George and Loretta hosted another great Wednesday outing for the special needs children, this time, from Las Varas. Complete with a lunch made by Loretta and lots of time riding the rescue horses and playing with the other rescue animals (cats and dogs) at the refugio. This has become a Wednesday tradition for these very appreciative…

Amarillo’s Story by Anne and Dave Easby

Amarillo's Story It was in the winter of 2006 when he first came into our lives. Some folks from Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue had approached us to foster a dog for two weeks as he recovered from his operation at the spay and neuter clinic. They needed someone to care for him before they sent him off to Canada where they were hoping to…
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2018 El Famoso Horseshoe Tourney

The annual El Famoso Horseshoe Tournament for 2018 was moved to a different location at the last minute, but despite this adversity, was very successful, thanks to a myriad of volunteers, attendees and observers.  Here are the results: A total of $22,650 pesos was raised and donated to the Community Cultural Center in La Peñita. Horseshoe…
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Jaltemba Cancer Walk for Prevention

I am not sure of the official name to this fundraising group, but here are the fabulous results. There were over 700 people that took part in the Walk this year. The Walk culminated again at Hinde and Jaimes Restaurant in La Peñita. Burgers on the grill for everyone, and probably the most beer served in a long time. Fun was had by…
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Lo de Marcos - First Annual Chili Cook-off

Chili Cook-off in Lo de Marcos – Saturday February 24th, 2018 It has long been a desire of the team at Galvan Real Estate and Services to organize and host a Chili Cook off with the proceeds to benefit the Church in Lo de Marcos. This year, our dream will become a reality! On Saturday February 24th, from 4:00 until 7:00 pm,…
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JBAR Completes Another Successful Clinic

JBAR's November Free  Spay and Neuter Clinic had a record breaking 365 cats and dogs plus two rabbits arrive at the clinic site in La Colonia.  In total 336 animals were sterilized including 138 cats and 198  along with 17 consultations, 4 surgeries and  19 adoptions.  It was a very successful clinic due to our wonderful volunteers…
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Women to Women / Mujeres a Mujeres Fashion Show

15th Anniversary Fashion Show by Women to Women / Mujeres a Mujeres The theme this year is Las Vegas, "The Stage is Set for the Best Show Yet".   Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Doors open at 11:00 am at the Guayabitos Town Plaza.   Tickets are $400 pesos and include the fashion show, luncheon/open bar and silent…

19th Annual El Famoso Horseshoe Tournament - February 10th, 2018

The 19th Annual, 11th Memorial, El Famoso Horseshoe Tourney will be on Saturday February 10th, 2018. This is a Fundraiser for the Centro Cultural de Capacitacion de Bahia Jaltemba If you want to participate you will need to sign up at Mateja's on Thursday February 8th at 3:30 p.m. Please see the flier for more info.
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Delta Air, Aeromexico & Habitat For Humanity Team Up

Delta and Aeromexico join Habitat for Humanity to build homes in Mexico Thanks to Puerto Vallarta Daily News  November 7, 2017  Last week, Delta and Aeromexico airline workers reached a more earthly but equally high-flying goal: to build the 250th house in Mexico in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, which was delivered…
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Cancer de Mama Clinic - February 2nd-3rd-4th

The Cancer de Mama Clinic is an exciting and important event which happens each February in La Penita. Over 100 volunteers (primarily but not solely women), contribute their time, energy and financial support at our three-day Clinic, where Mexican breast cancer survivors are provided with free breast form prosthetics and bras following…
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Why Do Dogs Follow You Into The Bathroom?

Having a loyal pup... in the household certainly ensures an incredible amount of love from dog to owner, in a true “man’s best friend” fashion. Understanding your dog is fairly easy and it’s not hard to understand your pup wants to give you some delightful bits of love with kisses, but dogs can often behave in a more subtle manner…
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The Seahorses Are Back On The Malecon

Thank to Ken & Bea Rauch for this series of photos of the seahorses from the  past to the present. Please click on this link to see all their photos plus comments on the possible angels that made this possible.  Click heredownload full movie The Lego Batman Movie
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Rincon de Guayabitos Clean Beach Certification

We are very proud to announce that the beaches of Rincon de Guayabitos have been awarded the Certification of Clean Beaches by the State of Nayarit. Certification was presented on March 7, 2017 at the Costa Canuva celebration by Governor Roberto Sandoval. This was indeed a great day for not only Rincon de Guayabitos, La Peñita and…

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) – July 2015 News

What a Difference a Year Makes! The author of our newsletter joined J.E.E.P. one year ago. Valerie notes how "simply amazing it has been to watch the transition this project has undergone during this time. Much credit has to go to George and Loretta Leavitt for their donations and persistence. Generous ongoing donations can be…

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) – April-May 2015 News

J.E.E.P. is very proud of our Team. Volunteers just keep stepping up for the project. We appreciate each and every volunteer and would like to give a special thanks to some extra special people: Ron & Simone Nicholls have been caring for four of our rescues (Rusty, Joey, Jenny and Benji) at their home because they needed special…

KinderAide 2015 Wrap-Up

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

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,…

Nurse Vicky Delivers Donated Items to Schools in Las Lomas, Nayarit

Nurse Vicky Flores Ramirez, her assistant Erica Santiago Joachin and I drove to the small town of Las Lomas, near San Pancho, to deliver donated items to the poor children there. Our first stop was the preschool, Prescolar Comunitario Niños Heroes. There were 15 students and their maestro (teacher), Anselma Judith…

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) – March 2015 News

What's next, Doggie Day Care? Just kidding, but our dog and cat rescue operation has greatly expanded, so we are looking for visiting vets to volunteer their time to help spay and neuter our rescues (learn more below). Hilltop Refugio Updates Refugio Horse Rescue and Education One of our founding members, Donna Brownfield,…

KinderAide Gets Government Support and Recognition

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…

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) – February 2015 News

We never know who's going to come visit the Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita these days. Recently, a boy brought a rooster to us after hearing that we accepted rescues. Even though Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) is not a “refuge for roosters,” we were able to find the rooster a new home and he is doing well! Hilltop…

A World of Difference

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…
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Watch and Download Movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) HDDirector:David Yates.Producer:J.K. Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram.Release:November 16, 2016Country:United Kingdom, United States of America.Production Company:Heyday films, Warner Bros..Language:English.Runtime:133 minGenre:Adventure, Family, Fantasy.Movie 'Fantastic…

Watch Full Movie Whiplash (2014)

Whiplash (2014) HDDirector:Damien Chazelle.Producer:David Lancaster, Michel Litvak, Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook.Release:October 10, 2014Country:United States of America.Production Company:Bold Films, Blumhouse Productions, Right of Way Films.Language:English.Runtime:105Genre:Music, Drama.Movie 'Whiplash' was released in October 10, 2014…

Watch Full Movie Your Name. (2016)

Your Name. (2016) HDDirector:Makoto Shinkai.Writer:Makoto Shinkai.Producer:Genki Kawamura, Katsuhiro Takei, Kouichirou Itou.Release:August 26, 2016Country:Japan.Production Company:CoMix Wave Films.Language:日本語.Runtime:106 minGenre:Romance, Animation, Drama.'Your Name.' is a movie genre Romance, was released in August…
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Watch and Download Movie Black Mirror: White Christmas (2014)

Black Mirror: White Christmas (2014) HDDirector:Carl Tibbetts.Writer:Charlie Brooker.Release:December 16, 2014Language:English.Runtime:74 minGenre:Drama, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, TV Movie.'Black Mirror: White Christmas' is a movie genre Drama, was released in December 16, 2014. Carl Tibbetts was directed this movie…
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Christmas Magic Comes to Lima de Abajo 2014

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

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…
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Las Tres Amigas Italian Christmas Dinner a HUGE Success

'Tis the season to be merry, and merry we were on Sunday night, December 14 at El Gigio Italian Pizzeria on the La Peñita plaza. Guests really enjoyed the Cena di Natale, a traditional Italian Christmas Dinner prepared by Gigio, using family recipes passed down for many generations. Gigio went above and beyond his normal high quality…

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) – November 2014 News

The 3rd Annual Pony Up! for J.E.E.P. Fundraiser will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015 at the Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita. Mark your calendars and please consider a donation to the silent auction. We will be hosting a BBQ and it will be fun for all! More details to come. Special thanks for two very generous donations: Don…
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In Search of Something: My Month in La Peñita, Mexico (Part 2)

I have been struggling to write something that I feel could accurately put into words those amazing last twenty-two days in La Peñita, Nayarit, Mexico. I ended Part 1 with an excitement of new friendships, animals and humans alike, how could I wrap up the last portion of my trip with words? I kept my promise to Freckles (I later…
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Las Varas Spay & Neuter Clinic Update

Day #1 of the "Pets For Life" spay and neuter clinic in Las Varas was a great success. Dr. Mari organized this clinic in the Commisario de Ejido on the town plaza, so it was easy to find for the locals and a smoother layout/space for the team. A special thanks to Dr. Carla Bell, from Saseenos Veterinary Services in Sooke, BC, who…

Lo de Marcos' New Library Opens its Doors to Very Eager Readers

If success can be measured by the number of children sitting quietly and reading books, then El Centro de La Gente, Lo de Marco's new library, is on its way to becoming a best-seller. Eager young readers waited patiently for El Centro de La Gente to officially open its doors at 9am on Saturday, November 1 – and founders, staff…

How You Can Help Needy Seniors in Jaltemba Bay

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…

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) – October 2014 News

Start donating now for the Spring Silent Auction at the annual J.E.E.P. Fundraiser (date to be announced). Be creative! Donations can be dropped off at Los Compadres Restaurant & Bar in La Peñita. Construction The water is hooked up and being delivered now. We can now wash the horses regularly. They are quite happy about their…
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JBAR November 2014 Clinic Update

Another Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) spay and neuter clinic just wrapped up on Saturday, November 9... and what a fabulous clinic it was! The first day, we had eight tables of veterinarians working in our multi-national setting... Dr. Fernando from Lo de Marcos, Mexico Dr. Anthony Garcia Carrillo from Tepic, Mexico Dr.…
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In Search of Something: My Month in La Peñita, Mexico (Part 1)

I arrived in La Peñita the night of September 29th, having never been to Mexico before (other than when I was a toddler) and not speaking a sentence of Spanish. Many would call this a quarter life crisis. I had recently acquired some free time, last minute unforeseen circumstances forced me to enroll in online classes for this semester…
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Rob's Ramblings: Packing Donations for the Trip South

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…

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) News – September 2014

Exciting things are happening with J.E.E.P. up at the Hilltop Refugio! Last month’s article provided updates on the building project at the Hilltop Refugio complete with pictures. Click here to read more J.E.E.P. news. Construction Now completed are 10 state-of-the-art stalls, a tack room (below), feed room and bathroom. Most of…

J.E.E.P Stables and Hilltop Refugio are Being Transformed

Hi Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) friends. Many of you have been wondering about what has been happening at the Hilltop Refugio and asking what you can bring down for J.E.E.P. this season. We could use lead ropes, horse brushes and cinches (medium to large), as well as school supplies for the special needs children who come…

IMPULSARTE Program Continues to Help Local Students Thrive

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

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…

Children from Local Elementary Schools Absorb Environmental Education through Art

Art is the most holistic way to accomplish the science of communication: it’s informative, entertaining and educational. In the Riviera Nayarit, art and environmental education are coming together as local entities reach out to children. On June 28th, the El Naranjo Turtle Camp held its 2nd Marine Turtle Drawing Contest organized…

Announcing "El Centro de La Gente" Library and Community Center in Lo de Marcos

Mitch and Vicki Schilling's dream to create a library and community center in the town of Lo de Marcos, Nayarit, Mexico was born about a year ago. With high season coming to an end, and lots of free time on his hands, Mitch began actively searching for a location. He signed a 3-year lease on May 5th, and he and his team immediately…

18 Young Local Women Off to University with Jaltemba Bay Fashion Show Educational Grants

The 2014 Women to Women Fashion Show event in January is making a difference for the young women of Jaltemba Bay. Thanks to the generosity of all the supporters and guests, the Fashion Show (FS) had lots of funds to give away this year (see financial statement at end of article). The FS Grant Committee voted to use 70% of event proceeds…

The "Limpiemos Nuestro México" (Let’s Clean Up Our Mexico) Arrives in La Peñita, Riviera Nayarit

TV Azteca’s domestic campaign, "Limpiemos Nuestro México" (Let’s Clean Up Our Mexico), celebrated its sixth year on Sunday, May 25th. The Nayarit Ecologists Group requested to be part of this project, and thus participate with the cleanup of Nayarit. This civic association is dedicated exclusively to the operation of the El Naranjo…
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Community Teamwork Equals Success for 2014 Cancer Walk Initiatives

Numbers don’t lie. Since the beginning of March, 28 local low-income women have received free diagnostic mammograms and more than 40 women have been taught how to do breast self exams. These numbers illustrate how seriously the Cancer Walk Committee is working to promote early cancer detection in order to positively impact the lives…

J.E.E.P. Rescue Horses Hoping to Get Shelter from Sun and Rain

Earlier this week, I drove up to the Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita to see what was happening. While I was there, I decided to help muck-out the stalls and share some love with the horses. Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) founders, George and Loretta Leavitt, continue to provide the rescue horses with necessary medical…
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Another Successful JBAR Clinic!

We had yet another hugely, successful Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) spay and neuter clinic in Rincón de Guayabitos. Here are the final totals during the 3.5 day clinic: Female Dogs Sterilized: 134 Male Dogs Sterilized: 58 Female Cats Sterilized: 32 Male Cats Sterilized: 20 Total Animals Sterilized: 244 Total…

Cancer de Mama Clinic 2014 Annual Report

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,…
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Next JBAR Spay & Neuter Clinic: April 23-26 in Guayabitos

The last Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) spay and neuter clinic of the season will be held on April 23-26 in Rincón de Guayabitos. The two vets and vet tech from Mexico will be joined by a team of 10 medical volunteers from Canada to help spay and neuter animals from our area. We expect to have at least 5 operating tables working simultaneously.…

Las Tres Amigas say "Thanks!"

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…
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Rob's Ramblings: Helping "Pets for Life" at the San Blas Spay/Neuter Clinic

Heather and I made a pact, as well as a promise to our friends at "Pets for Life," that we would help out with their other local spay/neuter clinics as time allowed. Following this promise, we made the trip to San Blas, Nayarit last week to help with their second clinic this season held on March 19-22. San Blas is a historic, seaside…

Local Toddler Begins Long Medical Road (and Update)

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

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…

Side-Saddle Lessons at Hilltop Refugio and Calling All Gardeners!

Many of us enjoyed the Escaramuza, or Lady's Charra, event last year at the bullring, as well as recall their colourful costumes in the local parades. Many of you may also remember that local Charra, Bertha Cueva, offered side-saddle lessons as a silent auction item at last year's Jaltemba Equine Education Project's Pony UP! for J.E.E.P.…
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Cancer de Mama Clinic 2014

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…

Cement Pad at J.E.E.P.'s Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita is Complete

Some of you might recall an article I wrote before Christmas about a proposed cement pad at the Jaltemba Equine Education Project's (J.E.E.P.) Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita. Funds from various donations and other sources allowed a crew to spend four days completing the horse-wash station and approximately 90 square meters of pad in front…
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Date Change for 6th Annual La Casa de los Niños Golf Tournament

The La Casa de los Niños Golf Tournament date has been changed! It will now be held on Saturday, March 1st, 18-hole scramble format. Enter as an individual and the tournament committee will choose the teams! February 23rd is the entry deadline. Date: Saturday, March 1 Time: 8am Check-in / 9am Shotgun Start Location: Campo…
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Women to Women Fashion Show 2014: An Afternoon of Surprises

Not only did the volunteer models look mysterious and dashing in Mardi Gras masks, but many of the 400 attendees joined in the fun by donning beautiful masks.   The five designers wowed the crowd with gorgeous original outfits, hats and purses.   The surprise intermission entertainment by the Columbian dancers…
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Meet Gema Marquez: A "Wheely" Nice Lady

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,…
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6th Annual La Casa de los Niños Golf Tournament

La Casa de los Niños is an after-school enrichment program for the children in and around Lo de Marcos and was established in December 2005. On any given day, 40-50 children from the age of 6-15 participate in the variety of activities offered. It is a US based nonprofit charity dependent on financial, material and volunteer support…
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Los Amigos Fiesta 2014: 50’s-60’s Rock ‘n Roll Rerun

We had so much fun last year we are doing it again – only bigger and better. Come and party to the music of the 50’s and 60’s with the great music of Adan at the beautiful Zapata 32 on the main avenue in La Peñita. Zapata 32 gives us oodles of room to Rock ‘n Roll. You'll enjoy classic rock and oldies music – no need…
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2nd Annual Oscar Night "Great Gatsby Gala"

"Can’t repeat the past?… Why of course you can!” ? F. Scott Fitzgerald The Academy is announcing their nominations for this year's Oscars and we are getting ready! This year's theme is Great Gatsby Gala, and it will be remembered as the GREATEST Gatsby Gala! The event is at 5:00 pm Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 at Zapata 32…

It's No Mystery Now - 4 More Scholarships!

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

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)

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…
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Storage Wars is Coming to La Peñita

The owners of El Monteón Storage are getting creative. They are donating four of their abandoned lockers and a fishing boat to a local cause. The contents of each 5'w x 10'd x 12'h locker will be auctioned off to the highest bidder sometime in February and all proceeds will be donated to Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.). More…
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Las Tres Amigas "Under Wraps" Mystery Unveiled!

Las Tres Amigas indicated in an earlier article that our January event was going to involve a mystery - and it is, just not what a lot of you expected! We're having an "Under Wraps" Dinner and Mystery Auction on Wednesday, January 15 at Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria in La Peñita. The proceeds will support student scholarships…

Stitching Señoras Activities

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

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,…

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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JBAR Las Varas 2013 Spay & Neuter Clinic Update

A few JBAR team members made the trip to Las Varas this week to help with the second JBAR Spay & Neuter Clinic of the season. While this particular clinic was organized by JBAR, it was sponsored and financially funded by Dr. Carla Bell from Saseenos Veterinary Services of Sooke, BC. It was an interesting change for the northern team…

Rob's Ramblings: Bang for your Buck - JBAR Spay & Neuter Clinic

I recently read an article in my northern home's local newspaper about an animal welfare charity offering $157,920 CDN to sterilize and ear-tattoo 1,500 cats (just over $100 per cat) over the next two years. This service will be provided to low income families wanting to sterilize their pets. These figures make our statistics for sterilizing…

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

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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Las Tres Amigas "Kick off the Season with Tapas and Sangria"

Las Tres Amigas invite you to "Kick off the Season with Tapas and Sangria" on Monday, November 18 between 4:30-6:30pm at El Panorama Villa Hotel B&B in La Peñita. Celebrate Revolution Day, visit with old friends and make new ones as you sip sangria and try some tasty tapas. We might even throw in a beautiful sunset! (Not a wine…
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Donations Needed for Posada Navideña 2013 in La Peñita

Posada Navideña 2013 is a celebration for all the children of La Peñita de Jaltemba and the surrounding area. We are looking for donations of sweets, piñatas, toys and any financial support to prepare a snack and bring SANTA CLAUS. We hope you can help us. We look forward to your prompt response and we invite you to enjoy the smiles…
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Announcing the 1st Annual JBAR "Pals & Paws Beach Walk"

This will be a fun beach walk to raise funds for Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR)'s tireless efforts to improve our animal community. Participants are encouraged to bring their dogs (and baggies) along for the walk. Date: Friday, February 21, 2014 Start Time: 8:30 am Location: The walk will begin at the north end of Rincón de Guayabitos…
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Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) needs Volunteers for upcoming Spay & Neuter Clinic

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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3rd JBAR "Paws for the Cause" FUNdraiser Announces Hawaiian Theme

Our upcoming JBAR "Paws for the Cause" FUNdraiser on December 8th is going to be a wonderful event, and we now have a theme. Think pineapple drinks, grass skirts and leis, because we're getting into the Aloha spirit! Start rounding up your HAWAIIAN shirts, dresses, sarongs and other attire... the same for the DOGGIES. I can see the COCONUTS…
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Rob's Ramblings: Make Sure Your Vacation Counts

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

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

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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Volunteers Needed for December 2013 JBAR "Paws for the Cause" Fundraiser

The next JBAR "Paws for the Cause" fundraiser will take place on Sunday, December 8, 2013, so mark your calendars and get ready to spend a fun-filled afternoon with some four-legged friends - and raise funds for Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). Sarah Walker will once again be organizing and hosting the event, but needs a committee and…
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Rob's Ramblings: 2nd Annual Mexi-Can Vet Project Dog Reunion in Victoria, BC

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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"Jaltemba" the Hawksbill Returns to Guayabitos

"Jaltemba," the juvenile Hawksbill turtle that divers rescued in April 2012, made her way back to the Bay of Jaltemba and Rincón de Guayabitos this past Thursday, September 12, 2013. A fisherman happened to catch Jaltemba in his net just off Isla Coral. He immediately noticed the tracking device and contacted Vicente Peña from Red…
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George and Loretta Leavitt, J.E.E.P. Founders, are recognized in the "2013 Real Heroes of Mexico"

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…

Rotary Grant Awarded for Sustainability and Bird Conservation in Mexico

The Rotary Foundation and Rotary District 5110 of Oregon and northern California have awarded a Humanitarian Grant of $12,000 to fund an international capacity building project to be implemented in partnership with San Pancho Bird Observatory in Mexico and Ashland-based Klamath Bird Observatory. The Rotary Club of Ashland, collaborating…

Little Beans: Another JBAR Foster Failure

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

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.) Team Goes on a Trail Ride

The small towns in the state of Nayarit organize public horse riding on designated trails to celebrate different types of events. Among the events are church festivities, political support, honoring a dead person, beginning or ending of Mardi Gras and parades. The riding can go from one town to another or within the same town, from the…

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

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,…

J.E.E.P. Rescue Horses and Junior Instructors are in Training Together

The Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita has been bustling with activity the past few months. In addition to the usual morning routine of cleaning stalls, feeding, watering and grooming, the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) rescue horses and junior instructors have been doing a lot of riding and training. A few dedicated neighborhood…

The Thrill of Being a "Charra for a Day"

Horses have been a passion of Donna Brownfield's since childhood, so it was only natural that she would want to explore the horse culture here in Mexico. On her first trip to the Jaltemba Bay area in 2008, she informed her housemates that she was "going to look for a horse to ride." The valley behind her house in La Peñita was a logical…

Jaltemba Equine Education Project is Helping Local Cowboys and Word is Traveling Quickly

A few weeks ago, an elderly cowboy rode his horse up to Los Compadres Resort in La Peñita. He explained that he was out of work because of the drought and didn't have enough money to feed his horse. George Leavitt, founder of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.), is hearing this a lot lately. Fortunately, word is traveling quickly…
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JBAR April 2013 Spay and Neuter Clinic was a Great Success!

Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) just wrapped up another great Spay and Neuter Clinic, held April 10-13 at Sue and Del Moss' Hacienda del Mar in Rincón de Guayabitos. A total of 226 animals were registered, with 208 being sterilized. The total number of adopted animals hit 10 (6 cats and 4 dogs), so many families and animals will be…

Nurse Vicky's Community Donations and New Futbol Project were a Big Hit

My longtime friend and retired nurse, Vicky Flores, has for many years collected and redistributed donations and contributions to the poor of the region. Cash donations are converted to food and medical supplies. Last fall, she donated a computer to a nearby school. She is able to provide through her dispensary food, clothing, medical…
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JBAR April 2013 Spay and Neuter Clinic Photos

Today’s “Photo of the Week” is actually a series of 18 photos taken during Day 1 of the JBAR Spay and Neuter Clinic held last week. It features some of the hard-working volunteers in action, as well as a few of the four-legged clients that came through the clinic doors. Sarah is holding one of the youngest and smallest clients…

Documentary Film Crew Visits Jaltemba Equine Education Project

A documentary film crew from Victoria, BC spent yesterday morning with the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) rescue horses and volunteers. After a short interview with Rob Erickson, the team moved on to a joint interview with George Leavitt and Donna Brownfield to get the history of the project. Joining us for the morning…

Rob's Ramblings: The First Ride for J.E.E.P. Rescue Horses

Saturday was a big day for the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) rescue horses. Kathy bought a new saddle on Friday, so Billy Biscuit, Shadow and Hermosa were saddled and rode by George, Kathy and her nephew Keenan, Donna, Rob and Heather. Christian brought Flash along so Tracy, a visiting teacher from Tepic, and her son Sean…

Volunteering with KinderAide is a Rewarding Experience

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…
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JBAR "Paws for the Cause" Fundraiser April 2013

All you doggies are invited to come to the upcoming JBAR "Paws for the Cause" fundraiser on April 7, 2013. Bring your masters on leads and take this opportunity to poop and pee in this lovely garden... of course your masters will have to pick it up (tee hee)! We will have a wonderful time sniffing each other and dragging our masters around.…

Las Tres Amigas End of Season Fundraising Report

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…

J.E.E.P. Horses Move into their New Stables in La Peñita

Monday, March 18 was a special day for the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) team. During the past few weeks, George and Loretta Leavitt and their dedicated volunteers have been busy constructing stables at the new Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita. This donated 3-acre property is being developed into a permanent place for rescued…

Proceeds from Art Cards will Support KinderAide

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…
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Details for Upcoming JBAR Spay and Neuter Clinic in Guayabitos

The next Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) spay and neuter clinic will be held on April 10-13 at the home of Sue & Del Moss in the Zona Residencial in Guayabitos. Dates: Wednesday, April 10 to Saturday, April 13 Time: Doors open at 7am. We will accept the first 25 animals each day. Location: Av. del Sol Nuevo #39, Rincón de Guayabitos Look…

Luncheon in La Peñita with Thomas Bartlett and Margrit Mondavi Raises Funds for Scholarships

Twelve guests of Thomas Bartlett spent a pleasant afternoon on Wednesday, March 13 at his Hacienda in La Peñita. The group was honoured to meet Mrs. Margrit Mondavi, the matriarch of the Robert Mondavi Winery in the Napa Valley and a very talented artist and chef. The very best of Mondavi wines were paired with each course of the luncheon. But…
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Fellowship Abounded at International Women's Day Luncheon at Latitude 21

On Friday, March 8, 2013 close to 80 women ranging in age from less than a year to 92 gathered together to celebrate International Women's Day at Latitude 21 Restaurant in Rincón de Guayabitos. Good food and fellowship abounded. To start the afternoon, Las Tres Amigas invited everyone to toast each other! Why not? It was OUR DAY! Then…

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

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,…
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International Women's Day Luncheon Tickets Still Available

Ticket sales for this event will continue until Thursday afternoon. You can get your tickets from Jeanie at her Hidden Paradise Real Estate booth or Rick at his Jaltemba Bay Realty booth on Thursday at the La Peñita Tianguis. OR if you prefer... you can get them anytime from Hala at Hamaca Maya or at Latitude 21, or by e-mailing us…

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…
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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…

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…
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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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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…

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…
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Los Amigos to Host Jaltemba Hold’em Charity Poker Tournament in La Peñita

Win Big Money - $20,000 or $10,000 pesos depending on level of play! When: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 4.30-10pm. Doors open at 3.30pm for seat assignment. Games start at 4.30pm sharp Where: Futbol Rapido, La Peñita de Jaltemba There will be two levels of play: “High Roller” and "Regular." Cost is $500 pesos for the "High…

J.E.E.P. Update... The Continuing Story

More help came Friday, January 25 in the form of volunteers to assist Dr. Hilde, the veterinarian from Las Varas. He was coming to treat another symptom of the horse’s plight of starvation. The choice of food was limited, eating weeds with tough stalks and/or stickers caused a sore to form on the roof of their mouth. This sore keeps…
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We Ponied Up! First Fundraiser Gives J.E.E.P. a Strong Start

The first official fundraising event for the newly-established Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) on Wednesday, Jan. 23 was a galloping success! Coming together in less than two weeks, we weren't sure what to expect, but simply knew we had to do our best to give our rescued herd of horses a fast and fighting chance. A handful…
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Mexican Fiesta to Benefit "Justo Sierra" Primary School in La Peñita

Don’t miss this Grand Event! The Open Air Mexican Fiesta will benefit "Justo Sierra" Primary School in La Peñita. Featuring…. “CONALEP” Ballet “Justo Sierra” Dancers Local Singing Stars, Mireya, Balta, etc. Famous Las Varas Folkloric Ballet Junior Mariachi Band "Los Caporales" Juvenile Singing Groups "Los Pitufos" and…

Barbies are not Just Toys; They are also a Community Service Project!

My name is Jacklyn Iannitti and I am a 1st year occupational therapy masters student at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, Long Island. I was informed about Geri de Moss and the Barbie Angel Project from a 3rd year student, Samantha Heavner. I read about how Geri started the Barbie Angel Foundation and instantly wanted to help her…
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'Name the Filly' Live Auction Fundraiser Finale for J.E.E.P.

She’s the littlest one in the herd, and she needs a name. For the 'top dollar' finale of our first fundraising event, we would like to invite individuals or groups to bid, in person or by proxy, in our ‘Name the Filly’ Live Auction, for the special honour of giving our seventh horse her name, and a new beginning... No Mother, No…

In Memory of "Chance"

"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…

Thank You to KinderAide Volunteers from Josepha Ortiz de Dominguez School in La Peñita

Canadian, Renie Kusters, volunteers with KinderAide as an English teacher at Josepha Ortiz de Dominguez School, located in Colonia Las Rosas in La Peñita. Here, she poses with the teacher and some of their students. The entire school staff wants to thank everyone who donated all the school supplies, abacuses, paper, crafts supplies and…
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The 10th Annual International Margarita Challenge is Almost Here

In a few weeks, the Margarita Challenge will be here for this season on February 6 to be exact and do we have a doosier for you in the way of contestants. All of the contestants have been Champions in previous years of the Challenge, the contestants will perform also in the order that I have outlined below: 1st up will be Jimmie Howell,…
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Los Amigos Announces Jaltemba Hold'em Poker Tournament

Los Amigos de Jaltemba is hosting their first Annual Jaltemba Hold'em Poker Tournament. There will be only 250 players and two levels of play with a 70% pay out so get your tickets early. Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Time: Doors open 3.30pm. Play commences at 4.30pm sharp until 10pm. Place: Futbol Rapido Event Center, La Peñita…
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J.E.E.P. Announces the Pony Up! Fundraiser

‘Pony Up!’ is the kickstart fundraising event for the newly-established Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) in La Peñita de Jaltemba, Nayarit, on the central Pacific Coast of Mexico. In the late fall of 2012, a herd of seven horses was discovered starving and near death in the valley behind La Peñita. On January 12, 2013,…

Jaltemba Bay Community Center Inaugurated in La Peñita

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

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:…

Arlene Pratt's KinderAide Experience at Jardin de Niños: La Patria in Guayabitos

This is my second year in Guayabitos and after spending 4 months as a tourist last year, I made the decision to become more involved in the community. Being that I retired from the school system in Canada, it seemed like a logical step to join the KinderAide team and I am very excited! I was not sure what to expect the first day and…
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2nd Annual KinderAide Street Dance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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,…

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…

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…
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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…
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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…

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…

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…
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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…
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Rob's Ramblings: JBAR Las Varas Clinic November 2012

Rob Erickson regularly contributes stories about his daily life in Mexico in a series entitled "Rob's Ramblings," which we publish in our weekly newsletter. Rob and his wife, Heather, are dedicated volunteers at the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) spay and neuter clinics and these clinics play a large part of their lives. Rob has compiled…
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JBAR "Paws for the Cause"

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

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…
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Las Tres Amigas Christmas Stocking Campaign Launches with Wine Tasting & Appetizers

Las Tres Amigas are sponsoring a Christmas Stocking Campaign to gather school supplies, and pesos to purchase supplies, for the Teacher Resource Centre, a new initiative of Los Amigos de Jaltemba, located in the Community Cultural Centre in La Peñita. According to Gema Marquez from the Teacher Resource Centre, teachers and students really…

Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue Needs YOUR Help!

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…
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"Kick Off the Season" Dinner Party a Huge Sold-Out Success

What a view, what a group, and what a night! It was a great opportunity to get together with our winter friends, and get to meet some new ones. The newly renovated Vista Guayabitos Restaurant provided the perfect setting and the food was superb. Congratulations to Nadia Cuevas and her staff for a job well done. And of course we…
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Kittens in a Cereal Box and More!

The Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue spay and neuter clinic held in Guayabitos this past week was again a coming together of volunteers both Mexican and expats, pets and strays, friends and food. We have compiled stories and photos submitted by Donna Steensma, Tosia Archer, Rob Erickson, Nora Dixon and Nancy Wilson, who volunteered in various…

Sarah's Survivors: Frankie

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

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…
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Las Tres Amigas "Kick Off the Season" Dinner Party

Here's your chance to socialize with your winter friends and get caught up on all that's happened over the summer. Las Tres Amigas are hosting a "Kick off the Season" Dinner Party at Vista Guayabitos Restaurant on Wednesday, November 14 at 5:30pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be reserved by emailing las3amigas@yahoo.ca…

My KinderAide Experience: Part 7

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…
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JBAR's Next Free Spay & Neuter Clinics

JBAR's next free spay and neuter clinic will take place November 14-17 at the home of Sue & Del Moss on Avenida del Sol Nuevo in the Zona Residencial in Rincón de Guayabitos (located just before the Bridge of Life). We will need volunteers!! Volunteers please plan to be at the clinic site on the first day (Wednesday, November 14)…

Wanted: Barbies for Santa

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

“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

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

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…
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Mark Your Calendars: Fun and Fundraising with Las Tres Amigas

Helma, Maxine and Nora had such a great time last season working, laughing, eating and yes even drinking with so many of you to raise funds for worthwhile endeavours that we have decided to go ahead with further events this season. Complete details will be issued as they become firm. November 14 - Kick Off the Season Dinner Party - with…

Donations for Vicky's Dispensary are Desperately Needed

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

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

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

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?

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

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…
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"Jaltemba" the Hawksbill is Released in Guayabitos

Jaltemba, the juvenille Hawksbill turtle that divers rescued back in April, was successfully released this past Sunday, July 22 after surgery and months of rehabilitation. Before being released, she was fitted with a satellite transmitter. Jaltemba is the first turtle to receive a transmitter in the state of Nayarit, which will allow…

Sarah's Survivors: Her Name is Adelita

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

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

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!

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…
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"Jaltemba" the Hawksbill: One Month after Her Rescue

Jaltemba, the juvenile Hawksbill turtle, has certainly caught the attention of residents and tourists in the Jaltemba Bay area since becoming caught on a fishing line a month ago. (Note: I refer to Jaltemba as female here, however we do not know what sex the turtle is.) In the last update on Jaltemba, we had just received the permits…

JBAR Adoption Stories: Week 3

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

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

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.…
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Juvenile Hawksbill Turtle Rescued Off Shore in Rincón de Guayabitos

On Monday, April 30 divers rescued a juvenile Hawksbill turtle off the Bay of Jaltemba. Because "Jaltemba" has a hook embedded deep in her throat, Vicente Peña from Los Grupos Ecologistas de Nayarit and M. en C. Catherine Hart from Red Tortuguera A.C. had to get permission to transport her to Guasave, Sinaloa for treatment at the CIIDIR-IPN…

Project Angelina is Making Progress

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

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…

In Honor of JBAR, We Are Celebrating National Pet Month

The Jaltemba Bay Life Team would like to celebrate National Pet Month by asking our readers to send us a photo and short story of the pet(s) you have adopted from Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). By portraying these animals, we can celebrate the benefits that pets bring to people and vice versa. Perhaps by sharing with others the bond…

Project Angelina: Construction Begins

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

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…
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Los Amigos Plans Some Good Times for Next Season

As the current season quickly winds down, Los Amigos de Jaltemba is proud to announce its schedule of events designed to keep you entertained next year. And hopefully raise a little money in the process to support our wide range of programs and services. We are planning to hold a Casino Night on Friday, December 7. Come out to “Las…

Thank You California Rotary District 5130 and Middletown Rotary

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

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

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…

Rob's Ramblings: JBAR Spay and Neuter Clinic in Las Varas

We only worked two days at the Las Varas Spay and Neuter Clinic, though overall I must say the town really came out in support of their first clinic. On Wednesday morning, the Registrado or Mayor came and introduced himself in perfect English and shook everyone's hand. Local vets and families were very grateful for our efforts in showing…

Project Angelina

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

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

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

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…

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Fences (2016) HD Director : Denzel Washington. Producer : Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington. Release : December 16, 2016 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Bron Creative, MACRO. Language : English. Runtime : 139 min. Genre : Drama. ‘Fences’…

Reporting in from Jaltemba Bay

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…
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JBAR Spay & Neuter Clinic

This week’s “Photo of the Week” is actually a series of crazy beautiful shots taken by Kiersten Rowland from Prema Photographic (she also does work for Elizabeth Lloyd Photography in PV). Kiersten stopped by the Spay & Neuter Clinic in La Peñita, which was held two weeks ago. A sincere thank you for documenting…

From a Volunteer's Perspective

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

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 little…