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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 Shop
  • Hala at Hamaca Maya
  • Jeanie Mintzmyer of Hidden Paradise Real Estate
  • Rick Helberg of Re/Max Jaltemba Bay Realty

Our Entertainers who gave freely of their talent and equipment:

  • Adan Gonzalez Cuevas
  • Carlos Mendoza
  • John Flammang
  • Manuel and Friends
  • Victor Revoredo

Our Hosts:

  • El Panorama
  • El Rodeo
  • Gigio’s Italian Pizzeria
  • Hacienda del Mar (Sue and Del Moss)
  • Paraiso del Mar Condominiums

All our volunteers who made it possible for our events to happen and be successful.

And EVERYONE who attended our events, tried their luck at 50/50 tickets, bid on Silent Auction items, or dropped tickets into Chinese Auction containers!watch full film Dumb and Dumber To online

In a nutshell, this is what all of you accomplished:

  • $13,471 pesos at the Hawaiian Sunset Luau for Community Cultural Centre projects
  • A mountain of school and craft supplies in the Christmas Stocking Campaign for after school programs at the CCC
  • $13,633 pesos at the Italian Christmas Dinner for Los Amigos Scholarship Program
  • $16,200 pesos at the Mediaeval Feast for Los Amigos de Jaltemba
  • $14,040 pesos at the Petals and Pearls Tea for Los Amigos Scholarship Program
  • $23,282 pesos at Evening in Paris for Books on Wheels

In total, $80,626 pesos will be put to great use in the Jaltemba Bay area because of you, and you managed to do it while having FUN! Well done!

We look forward to that same enthusiasm next fall and winter. You might like to save these dates for A NOVEL EXPERIENCE next season.

Wednesday, November 18:
Lewis Carroll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
We’re having a Mad Hatter Tea(quila) Party at Latitude 21! Will the Queen of Hearts be there? Who will wear the ‘maddest’ hat? Proceeds for Los Amigos de Jaltemba Scholarship Program.

Thursday, Dec. 3 – Friday Dec. 19:
Clement Clark Moore: ‘Twas the Night before Christmas 
Kick off our annual Christmas Stocking Campaign at Chasite from 9:30-11am. Donations of school supplies for KinderAide will be accepted here or at other locations until Friday Dec. 19.

Wednesday, December 16:
Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol
Held at Xaltemba Restaurant. Proceeds for Los Amigos de Jaltemba Scholarship Program.

Wednesday, January 20:
Louis L`Amour: How the West was Won
With this Wild West theme at El Rodeo, you can don your denim, checkered shirts, bandanas, cowboy hats, and bring your lariats for a fun-filled evening. Proceeds for Los Amigos de Jaltemba projects.

Wednesday, February 17:
James Clavell: Shogun
Join us for an Asian themed evening at Hanami Sushi Bar. Proceeds for Los Amigos de Jaltemba projects.

Friday, March 11:
Rudyard Kipling: The Jungle Book
We had such a great time at Sue and Del Moss’s this year with food prepared by Chef John Spry, that we wanted to go back again. You’ll be able to let your party animal out! Proceeds for Books on Wheels.

Looking forward to seeing you again next season!

by Las Tres Amigas (Helma, Maxine and Nora)

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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 to produce this truly unique offering.

The event was quite popular with tickets sold out early. Proceeds from the dinner, silent auction and donations for the bell decorations amounted to $13,633 pesos. With $3400 pesos needed to sponsor 1 CONALEP student for an academic year in the Los Amigos de Jaltemba Scholarship Program, four (yes, 4!!!!) students will be able to continue their education and develop leadership skills as a result.

Many people helped make the event successful: Rick Helberg (Re/Max Jaltemba Realty), Jeanie Mintzmyer (Hidden Paradise Real Estate); the CONALEP students who helped with food preparation, set up, hospitality and food service; Joyce Vanderstaak, Beth Predy, Adan Gonzales Cuevas and of course Gigio, Marie and all their staff. Thanks to all of you.

Las Tres Amigas Cena Scholarship Students
Las Tres Amigas Cena Gigio  Las Tres Amigas Cena Silent Auction
Las Tres Amigas Cena Appetizer

Remember: Donations of craft and school supplies can be made to our Christmas Stocking Campaign at El Rodeo in Rincón de Guayabitos, or Armando’s Joyas, Chasite Coffee House, Avanti, or El Gigio Italian Pizzeria in La Peñita until Friday, December 19. Items will be given to the Community Cultural Centre to support their many programs for young and old alike. No gift is too small and of course pesos are always appreciated.

Our next event, a Mediaeval Feast is Wednesday, January 14 at El Rodeo. Be sure to mark that date on your calendar.

We want to wish you and your families the very best of the holiday season, and sincerely thank you for all the support you have given to our events. Without you, nothing would be achieved.

by Las Tres Amigas (Helma, Maxine, Nora)

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 netted $5,053 pesos, which will help establish a ‘Kiddy Corner’ full of books, toys and equipment to provide a safe and fun environment for the little guys who accompany their moms to their classes at the CCC.

Our December Christmas Stocking Campaign brought in several bags full of school supplies which were distributed to mostly kindergartens in area schools by Gema Marquez, who runs the Books on Wheels project.

Also in December, the oh-so-popular Country Casual Pig Roast at El Rodeo raised $21,950 pesos – enough funds for the construction of two playgrounds, coordinated by the Recycling Committee of Los Amigos de Jaltemba; the El Tonino school will receive one of them. The recent refurbishing of play equipment at the Eco Park on the north side of La Peñita is a joint project with money from Las Tres Amigas and private donors as well as a lot of volunteer labour. The swings, teeter-totters, climbing bars and serpentines are going to provide a safe and entertaining playground for little guys.

January brought the Under Wraps Dinner and Mystery Auction at Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria. The $13,760 pesos will provide scholarships for four students at CONALEP next school year.

Five more scholarships will be awarded by the Los Amigos Scholarship Committee with the $16,570 pesos that were raised at our Handbags and Hankies Tea Party at El Panorama Hotel in February.

And last but not least, proceeds from the International Women’s Day Luncheon on March 8 at Latitude 21 will match a private donation of $500 US so that Cancer de Mama can continue to develop a locally manufactured alternative prosthesis. The balance will provide safety and first aid equipment for the CCC and supplies for their after school program.

None of this could have been achieved without the support of many in the community:

Where would we be without our ticket sellers? Jeanie Mintzmyer (Hidden Paradise Real Estate), Rick Helberg (Re/Max Jaltemba Bay Realty) and Hala at Hamaca Maya who helped with every event, along with assistance from Xaltemba Restaurant, Cafe Dolores, El Rodeo, Latitude 21 and El Panorama Villa Hotel B&B, and the La Peñita RV Park office.

Raffle prizes and draw items were provided at our various events by Super Maxi Alvarado, Casita de Irma, each of the restaurants involved, Marena del Mar, Cafe Peñita de Occidente, Avanti Restaurant, Terapeutica Emilia Esperanza G., Carniceria La Nayarita, Joan Hagar, Joyce Vanderstaak, and Las Tres Amigas members.

Musicians, an artist and even an auctioneer volunteered their talents too: Mimi and John Flamang, Manuel and his friend Martin, Linda Fraser and Dave Stevens deserve a great deal of thanks.

Sydney Richmond, the Los Amigos tianguis booth, Armando’s Joyas and Cafe Dolores made the Christmas Stocking Campaign possible.

An extra special thanks goes out to all of you who attended the events. It goes without saying that without you, these results would never have been achieved.

We want to pass along our congratulations to Los Amigos de Jaltemba, Vicki Robelo and the folks who work so hard at the CCC volunteering and keeping the doors open, Gema for her labour of love with the Books on Wheels project and the Cancer de Mama committee – for seeing the projects from our 2012-2013 fundraising efforts through to fruition.

AND NOW, BUCKLE YOUR SEAT BELTS AND GET READY FOR NEXT YEAR!

We’re going to whisk you away on an International Tour, starting with an Evening in Paris on Wednesday, November 19 at Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria. With the assistance of chef Lurah Magee-Newgen, you can enjoy an evening of French cuisine on the Left Bank (well, not quite, but it is close to the Avenida). Let your inner Bohemian out!

We will then head on to Italy for a Cena de Natale at El Gigio Italian Pizzeria. He is going to serve up some of his family’s traditional Christmas dishes on Sunday, December 14. And what would Christmas be without bells? Bring a bell, wear a bell, ring a bell and we’ll see you there ‘with bells on’.

On Wednesday, January 14, we’re going to step back in time to Merry Olde England. Join us for a Mediaeval Feast at El Rodeo. Polish up your armour and shine up your crowns and jewels. You never know what royalty might drop in!

We’ll stay in Britain but bring you back to modern times with a Petals and Pearls Afternoon Tea Party at El Panorama Villa Hotel B&B on Wednesday, February 18. Pack your pearls! Go wild with flowers – in your hair, on your dress, maybe even your shoes!

The very deserving and community-based programs at the CCC and CONALEP scholarship students will benefit from these fundraisers.

We will also continue the Christmas Stocking Campaign starting in early December to collect items needed for the after-school program at the CCC. A list of desired supplies will be circulated later.

And there may be more! We’ll keep you advised. Between now and then, have a happy and healthy summer and we’ll see you again in the fall.

Thanks for the community’s support!

by Las Tres Amigas (Helma, Maxine and Nora)

If you have information about an upcoming event, community group, organization or project, email us the details along with any photos and we will include it in the next issue of our newsletter. Please also add it to our online community calendar.

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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, although she has also served as a Director in this area. Of these 30 years, several were in rural schools around Guadalajara and 15 were in Ursulo Galvan. She believes in the importance of providing a good sound education in the early years, for if children develop a love of reading at this age, it will continue throughout their lives.

In 2012, she retired from teaching but not from community involvement, and it is through this capacity that we got to know her. Her current adventure is delivering the Libros sobre Ruedas (Books on Wheels) Program, a joint project of the Jaltemba Bay Rotary Club and Los Amigos de Jaltemba. The books were purchased with funds raised at the Las Tres Amigas Wine Tasting event in December of 2012.

She operates the Books on Wheels program out of the trunk of her car, and keeps a schedule that most of us would find exhausting, visiting 11 schools each week. Some of these are in La Peñita and Los Ayala, but she also travels to Chacala, El Divisadero, El Capomo, Lima de Abajo, Puerta de la Lima, El Tonino and La Joya.

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We were lucky enough to visit classes in El Capomo and El Divisadero with her recently and witnessed firsthand the enthusiastic reception she gets from both teachers and students. She doesn’t just deliver books to the schools; she also provides some form of literacy instruction geared to the age of the students. For example, at El Capomo she passed out some form of reading material to each student. Everyone got something, whether it was a story book, an informational book, a dictionary, a newspaper or a magazine. Then they played a dice game and identified examples of each type. Talk about enthusiasm! Who ever thought a dictionary could be so exciting? She then calmed things down by reading them a story about a polar bear (in honour of their Canadian visitors?), with lots of interaction between her and the students.

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In El Divisadero, the students range in age from 3 to 6 in the kinder, so she changed the activity. Each child was given a picture book, which they then ‘read’ to the other students. Her choice of story at this school was a book about brushing your teeth, which finished with singing a related action song.

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At the end of each session, we distributed school supplies which had been gathered in our Christmas Stocking Campaign, amidst exclamations of “Wow,” and “Oooh” and “Gracias”. Gema has helped us with dividing up the items, and distributing them to the schools she visits each week.

A round of applause goes out to all of you who have contributed in any way to this project, either through our Las Tres Amigas events, Rotary fundraisers or Los Amigos de Jaltemba.

Gema’s program is not confined to the classroom. If she is scheduled to visit a school first thing in the morning, she arrives early and opens the trunk of her car. Parents and older brothers and sisters descend on it and select books to read to the younger children before school even starts. The same is true if she is at a school in the late afternoon.

She admits that by the time Friday rolls around, she is a ‘little’ tired. But that doesn’t stop her from promoting literacy in other ways. Every Thursday afternoon, she opens her home to the children of Villa Morelos. In her ‘Sala de Lectura’ (Reading Room) program, she puts out books in three separate areas, one for the very young, one for kindergarten age and one for older children. Parents of the younger children come along and read to them, so family literacy is being promoted too.

Gema is so well known in literacy circles that she was invited last December by CONACULTA (Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes – National Council of Culture and Arts) as part of the Salas de Lecturas program to attend FIL, the International Book Fair in Guadalajara. It’s the largest book fair in the world. She attended four conferences, and assisted in the booth operated by CONACULTA. Children of all ages stopped by, where she read to them and helped them select books.

We asked her how she can keep up such a pace, and her answer was straightforward: she picks up energy from the children! As she says, “The Books on Wheels project gives me magical moments and makes me very happy.”

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Now you know why we call Gema a ‘Wheely’ nice lady, and a one woman wonder. She spreads happiness and a love of literacy everywhere she goes. It is indeed a privilege to know her.

by Las Tres Amigas

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, dorado in banana leaf, baked Alaska, and chocolate lava cakes. Ramon and his soft music set a perfect tone. Dave Stevens, the auctioneer, was in fine form.

Unwrapped Auctioneer hard at work!

We even had a visit from Miss La Peñita, wrapped in her sash and wearing her crown!

Unwrapped Miss La Penita

Guests brought incredible items for the mystery auction, and some people were so creative in their wrapping.

Unwrapped full auction table

Sometimes the hints were a little obtuse; others were more obvious. For instance, the hint on the silver parcel said “Your father might have used this to cut your hair.” Scissors? Razor? Lawn mower?

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No… it was a gorgeous hand painted bowl.

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There was a lot of good-natured rivalry with people trying to outbid each other for what were imagined to be highly desirable items. These included everything but the kitchen sink: towels, candies, silver platters, bar dispenser, a hummingbird feeder, storage bags, a plastic raincoat, a Xaltemba gift certificate, even a large bottle of tequila (which made a table of four ladies very happy) and MORE!

Unwrapped happy ladies

The highest bidder on any one object was rewarded with a gift certificate for a Casa Cooking Class with Debra Triplett. Thanks, Deb, for your donation.

We are continuously overwhelmed by the generosity of people who are genuinely concerned about the scholarship students and their education. There are many people who deserve recognition. Thanks to our ticket sellers: Hala at Hamaca Maya, Jeanie Mintzmyer (Hidden Paradise Real Estate), Rick Helberg (Re/Max Jaltemba Bay Realty), and the staff at Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria, Cafe Dolores and El Rodeo. We really couldn’t function without their assistance. While we are on the subject of tickets, thanks to John Zurbrigg, our faithful ticket taker. A special thank you goes to Dave for his highly energetic auctioneering and his assistant (and wife) Cathy. Zulma, Bianca and Leo, three scholarship students, were a big help too.

Also thanks to those who attended the dinner, especially those who brought gifts for the auction, as well as those who contributed items even though they weren’t ticket holders: Hala from Hamaca Maya, Roberto Gil de Montes, Xaltemba Restaurant, and an extra special donation from Linda Fraser, an artist from British Columbia, Canada. She brought with her a small original painting for the mystery auction, and a larger acrylic painting entitled ‘Searching for Sun’ which we plan to feature at future events to raise at least the equivalent of one scholarship.

Unwrapped painting

In addition to having a really great meal, an evening with friends and attending something a little bit different, we managed to raise enough pesos for FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS at CONALEP.

If you weren’t able to get tickets for this event, but would like to support the Scholarship Program, consider attending our Handbags and Hankies Tea in the afternoon on Wednesday, February 19 at El Panorama Hotel. It promises to be an afternoon of elegance and gentility. Tom and Paul are already planning what delectable dainties they will serve, and Manuel is looking forward to entertaining us with some of his gentle soothing music. Watch for notices next week.

by Las Tres Amigas (Helma, Maxine, and Nora)
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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 at Conalep through the Los Amigos de Jaltemba Scholarship Committee.

You will be treated to an elegant gourmet meal with a choice of menu (including a vegetarian option) and a complimentary beverage. This will be followed by our mystery auction, and it is just that – a mystery. We are asking everyone to bring a wrapped item, either new or used, and in good condition. Be creative in your wrapping, and maybe give a little hint as to what’s inside to tease potential bidders. Professional auctioneer Dave Stevens is bound to rev up the bidding from the minimum bid of $100 pesos, and there should be a fair amount of friendly rivalry over many of the items.

For the person who bids the highest amount on a single item, we have a special prize: a gift certificate for one of Debra Triplett’s Casa Cooking Classes. Who wouldn’t enjoy that?

“Under Wraps” Dinner and Mystery Auction

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Time: 6pm
Place: Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria, La Peñita
Tickets: Minimum donation of $300 pesos

Tickets are available from the following:

  • Hala at Hamaca Maya
  • Jeanie Mintzmyer at Hidden Paradise Real Estate (Tianguis)
  • Rick Helberg at Re/Max Jaltemba Bay Realty (Tianguis)
  • Cafe Dolores
  • Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria
  • El Rodeo
  • las3amigas@yahoo.ca

It’s only a week away, so time is running out. Get your tickets NOW before they’re all sold out, so you won’t be disappointed. Then check under your bed, in the closet, at the back of the bodega or in your secret hiding place – or make a local merchant happy and buy an item to wrap.

See you there!

Las Tres Amigas
(Helma, Maxine, and Nora)
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Las Tres Amigas Under Wraps Poster

This story was submitted by one of our readers. If you want to join in the fun and share your stories and photos of Jaltemba Bay, Mexico, please email them to Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com

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 at each event and what the organization has or will put the pesos towards. Pictures of the projects are attached.

Kick Off the Season Dinner Party – $10,410 pesos
Vista Guayabitos on Nov. 14, 2012
Beneficiary: Community Cultural Centre, Los Amigos de Jaltemba

Christmas Stocking Campaign – $15,370 pesos
Xaltemba Restaurant on Dec. 6, 2012
Beneficiary: Education Resource Centre, Los Amigos de Jaltemba

Pizza and Pasta in the Plaza – $15,180 pesos
El Gigio’s Italian Pizzeria on Jan. 9, 2013
Beneficiary: Telpochcalli Youth Group, Los Amigos de Jaltemba

Fascinator Hat Tea Party – $16,200 pesos
El Panorama Hotel on Feb. 13, 2013
Beneficiary: Scholarship Committee, Los Amigos de Jaltemba

International Women’s Day Luncheon – $18,177 pesos
Latitude 21 on Mar. 8, 2013
Beneficiary: Cancer de Mama, Jaltemba Foundation

Thomas Bartlett Luncheon – approx. $29,650 pesos
Hacienda La Peñita on Mar. 13, 2013
Beneficiary: Scholarship Committee, Los Amigos de Jaltemba

(top photo) Distributing stocking donations.


Work begins on the Community Cultural Centre entrance


New computer for the Telpochcalli Youth Group


Fascinator Hat Tea Party at El Panorama Hotel


Luncheon with Thomas Bartlett and Mrs. Margrit Mondavi


Scholarship students


Cancer de Mama alternate prosthesis

We could not have accomplished this without support from all the good people in this area.

First and foremost, we want to thank all the fine, generous, supportive, kind, encouraging, big hearted, giving, charitable people who attended our events. You know who you are! Give yourselves a pat on the back for being so community minded. We also want to thank the businesses and individuals who contributed in many ways (entertainment, auction and raffle items, restaurant services, lodging, decorations and sometimes surprises –
even to us!)

  • Anne Easby
  • Anonymous Christmas Elves
  • Arena Mar Salon-Spa
  • Armando’s Joyeria
  • Arnie’s Silver Shop
  • BONSAI Restaurant
  • Chasite Coffee Shop
  • Del Dilkie, Fitness Pad
  • Eileen Nicholls
  • El Brujo Restaurant, Bucerias
  • El Gigio’s Italian Pizzeria
  • El Panorama Hotel
  • Gallery 64, Bucerias
  • Hala Hazzi, Hamaca Maya
  • Irma, Restaurant La Casita
  • Jeanie Mintzmyer, Hidden Paradise Real Estate
  • Joel Davalos Bernal
  • Juan and Ramon (two of this year’s scholarship students who were excellent ambassadors for the program)
  • Karin Marchant
  • Latitude 21
  • LunaMar, Guayabitos
  • Manuel and Gerardo of Manuel & Friends
  • Miguel Luna Gonzales
  • Mini Super Varillas
  • Mrs. Margrit Mondavi
  • Pasteleria La Plaza
  • Peñita de Occidente Café
  • Rancho “Las Palmas”
  • Rick Helberg and Marilyn Miller, Jaltemba Bay Realty
  • Scott Webb
  • Stitching Senoras
  • Sue Moss
  • Super Alvarado
  • Super Korita
  • Sweet Bliss Desserts
  • Sweet Things, Bucerias
  • Sydney Richmond
  • Telpochcalli
  • The Bodega
  • Thomas Bartlett and his staff
  • Unica
  • Unique
  • Vinos y Wine in Puerto Vallarta
  • Vista Guayabitos Restaurant
  • Xaltemba Restaurant and Galeria

If you enjoyed our events this year, just wait til you hear what we have planned for next year!

by Las Tres Amigas (Helma, Maxine and Nora)

About Las Tres Amigas: We are three women (Helma, Maxine and Nora), who one day sat discussing fundraising and how the community needed an afternoon event when Fiesta 2012 at the Bartlett residence was no longer being offered. Two of us had already thought of an afternoon tea and we were off to the races as they say. We have all been involved in our respective communities and have the philosophy of giving back to where you live. We would be delighted to have offers of volunteers for any of the events you find particularly enticing. Our contact e-mail is las3amigas@yahoo.ca

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 this wasn’t just a social gathering. This was a very low key fundraiser organized by Las Tres Amigas to support the Scholarship Program of Las Amigos de Jaltemba. The guests had bid on the opportunity to attend either at a silent auction held at the Wine Tasting and Christmas Stocking event held in December at Xaltemba or had responded to emails sent to our mailing list and former scholarship sponsors.

And what great results the day produced. Enough money was raised to provide at least ten scholarships to CONALEP students next year. These students will become future community leaders so these scholarships are perfect examples of ‘gifts that go on giving.’

Our heartfelt thanks go out to those who attended; to Thomas Bartlett for offering this opportunity; to his staff for making it such a memorable occasion; to Mrs. Margrit Mondavi for providing the fine wines, a copy of her very beautiful autobiography for each attendee, and two large personally illustrated menus – mementos of the day – that were later auctioned; to Arnie’s Silver Shop in Rincón de Guayabitos for his donation of a lovely bracelet that was also auctioned; and to Juan and Ramon, two of this year’s scholarship students, who were excellent ambassadors for the program.

This once in a lifetime event will reap benefits for many years to come.

by Las Tres Amigas (Helma, Maxine and Nora)

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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 we got down to the whole point of the day: Maruca Dinsmore and Carole Thacker, representing the Cancer de Mama group, showed a sample of the alternative prosthesis that they hope to have manufactured locally, as it is becoming difficult to obtain synthetic prostheses in sufficient number for the Cancer de Mama clinic. The money raised at this function, more than $18,000 pesos, will be used for that purpose.

Latitude 21 outdid themselves! The decor and food were great and the service excellent. Thanks to Delma, Jeff and all their staff, and Lisa of Sweet Bliss Desserts. Sue Moss provided us with some lively cello music, and then donated her tips back to the program. She even added ‘I am Woman’ to her repertoire, just for this day!

Through the generosity of businesses and individuals:

  • Arena Mar Salon-Spa
  • Del Dilkie
  • Eileen Nicholls
  • Gallery 64, Bucerias
  • Latitude 21
  • Sweet Things, Bucerias
  • Unica
  • Unique
  • and several anonymous donors

 

The items on the Chinese and silent auction tables represented a wide spectrum of functionality (just like women!) – everything from pamper kits to practical items to pickles. Those who took home the items were very, very pleased. Those who missed out, not so… but we wish them better luck next time.

We especially want to thank three local businesses who helped us greatly with ticket sales: Hala Hazzi at Hamaca Maya, Jeanie Mintzmyer (Hidden Paradise Real Estate) and Rick Helberg (Jaltemba Bay Realty).

All in all, it was a highly successful afternoon from many perspectives:

  • We took some steps to improve the quality of life for breast cancer survivors in Mexico;
  • New acquaintances were made, including some friendly rivalries over certain auction items, and;
  • Most important: A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!

Thanks to all who attended. These are for you!

by Las Tres Amigas (Helma, Maxine and Nora)

By the way, we are busy planning next season’s events. Suggestions are always welcome. Contact us at las3amigas@yahoo.ca with your ideas.

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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 at las3amigas@yahoo.ca

Date: Friday, March 8 (International Women’s Day)
Time: 1pm
Place: Latitude 21 in Rincón de Guayabitos
Tickets: Minimum donation of $200 pesos includes lunch: (choice of chicken or shrimp, wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage, yummy dessert) and entertainment by Sue Moss.

Proceeds are going to Cancer de Mama to work on the development of an alternative prosthesis, which could develop into a local cottage industry for women in our area.

Let’s CELEBRATE OUR DAY! with food, friends, and fantastic fellowship.

About Las Tres Amigas: We are three women (Helma, Maxine and Nora), who one day sat discussing fundraising and how the community needed an afternoon event when Fiesta 2012 at the Bartlett residence was no longer being offered. Two of us had already thought of an afternoon tea and we were off to the races as they say. We have all been involved in our respective communities and have the philosophy of giving back to where you live. We would be delighted to have offers of volunteers for any of the events you find particularly enticing. Our contact e-mail is las3amigas@yahoo.ca

This story was submitted by one of our readers. If you want to join in the fun and share your stories and photos of Jaltemba Bay, Mexico, please email them to Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com

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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 the early 1900’s.

The proceeds from this event will be targeted at one of the biggest health concerns for women: breast cancer. Our local Cancer de Mama group will be able to make good use of the money raised through this event.

With recommendations from Delma and Jeffrey at Latitude 21 Restaurant, we are offering a special menu for this special luncheon with a choice of either Shrimp Verte in a creamy poblano wine reduction sauce or Pollo Parilla with a mild chileano sauce, a glass of wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage, and dessert for a minimum donation of $200 pesos. Sue Moss will provide cello music as a delightful background to the lively conversations that are sure to take place. In keeping with the International theme, we encourage you to bring along a friend of another nationality.

Tickets are available from Jeanie Mintzmyer at her Hidden Paradise Real Estate booth or Rick Helberg at his Jaltemba Bay Realty booth at the Guayabitos and La Peñita tianguis, from Hala at Hamaca Maya, from Latitude 21 or by emailing us at las3amigas@yahoo.ca.

We can’t show pictures yet of this event, but our last event, the Fascinator Hat Tea Party was sold out. With the generous support of those who attended, enough money was raised to provide five students with scholarships to CONALEP next year. As you can see from these pictures, a great time was had by all! Make sure you get in on the fun at the International Women’s Day luncheon. Mark Friday, March 8 on your calendar and be sure to get your tickets early.

The fascinators were…

 
Colorful and creative…

 
Delightful and dramatic…

 
Supersunny and very professional!


Thanks to Manuel and Gerardo for their very lovely music…


and Ramon and Juan, two CONALEP scholarship students, for their help.


The setting was elegant, as usual.


The luckiest raffle prize winners were Val and her Buddy.

About Las Tres Amigas: We are three women (Helma, Maxine and Nora), who one day sat discussing fundraising and how the community needed an afternoon event when Fiesta 2012 at the Bartlett residence was no longer being offered. Two of us had already thought of an afternoon tea and we were off to the races as they say. We have all been involved in our respective communities and have the philosophy of giving back to where you live. We would be delighted to have offers of volunteers for any of the events you find particularly enticing. Our contact e-mail is las3amigas@yahoo.ca

This story was submitted by one of our readers. If you want to join in the fun and share your stories and photos of Jaltemba Bay, Mexico, please email them to Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com

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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 pizza appetizer, salad and pasta main course, a complimentary beer or wine, and entertainment that will absolutely WOW you! The Telpochcalli Youth Group (remember them from Fiesta 2012?) will perform! It’s guaranteed to be a great show with lots of music and incredible interpretive dance.

Tickets are available from El Gigio’s Italian Pizzeria, Hamaca Maya, at both Tianguis locations from Jeanie Mintzmyer at Hidden Paradise Real Estate or Rick Helberg at Jaltemba Bay Realty, or by e-mailing us at las3amigas@yahoo.ca.

This is sure to be a night to remember.

For those of you not familiar with the Telpochcalli Youth Group, there are about 50 youth between the ages of 12 and 18 who meet regularly at the new Community Cultural Centre, under the umbrella of Los Amigos de Jaltemba. The group focuses on building “warriors for life” through creative expression in interpretive dance, music and fine arts. And boy, are they good. If you saw them at Fiesta 2012, you know what we mean. If you missed them there, here’s your chance to be wowed by their energy, enthusiasm and talent.

Las Tres Amigas (Helma, Maxine, and Nora)

About Las Tres Amigas: We are three women, who one day sat discussing fundraising and how the community needed an afternoon event when Fiesta 2012 at the Bartlett residence was no longer being offered. Two of us had already thought of an afternoon tea and we were off to the races as they say. We have all been involved in our respective communities and have the philosophy of giving back to where you live.

The Tea was a rewarding event with wonderful music, laughter, food, views and pesos for three scholarships being raised. We were dubbed “Las Tres Amigas” by a friend and now we have added the lady bug to further identify us. The Surf and Turf dinner raised enough pesos for five scholarships. People never cease to amaze us with their generosity and their giving back to our communities.

This year we are organizing five events that we hope provide something for everyone. We would be delighted to have offers of volunteers for any of the events you find particularly enticing. Our contact e-mail is las3amigas@yahoo.ca

This story was submitted by one of our readers. If you want to join in the fun and share your stories and photos of Jaltemba Bay, Mexico, please email them to Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com

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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 appreciate help with paper, colored markers, scissors, notebooks and other basic school supplies, BUT what they really would like to have is teaching aids to use in their classes.

The Las Tres Amigas Christmas Stocking Campaign will launch with a Wine Tasting and Appetizer evening at Xaltemba Restaurant on Wednesday, December 5th, from 5:30-7:30pm.

Details:

  • Tickets can be purchased for a minimum donation of $150 pesos. We are also asking everyone to bring school supplies or pesos to purchase needed items and to help us fill the stockings!
  • Tickets include 1 flight (4 tastings) of Chilean and/or Mexican wine and a sample appetizer plate. Extras are available for purchase: $50 pesos for wine and $60 pesos for appetizers.
  • Wine is being provided by Antonio of Vinos and Wine in Puerto Vallarta. If you want to take a favorite or two home with you, we have a special price of $140 pesos per bottle. Buy a case and you’ll get a bottle free.
  • Tickets are available from Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria, from Jeanie Mintzmyer at the Hidden Paradise Real Estate booth at the Tianguis, from Rick Helberg of Jaltemba Bay Realty booth at the Tianguis or by emailing Las Tres Amigas at las3amigas@yahoo.ca. MONDAY, DECEMBER 3 is the LAST CHANCE to buy your tickets at the Tianguis. Tickets may be purchased at the door, if available.
  • We encourage you to stay for dinner at Xaltemba. A fixed menu will be available (reservations are recommended).

Silent Auction includes great items AND the 4 incredible stockings shown here. Silent Auction items of special interest include:

  • Luncheon for 8 hosted by Thomas Bartlett in late February with special guest Mrs. Mondavi, along with a selection of Mondavi wines.
  • Hand carved walking stick donated by Anne Easby.
  • 4 incredible giant Christmas stockings designed and donated by Sydney Richmond.
  • More items just right for Christmas! Jewelry, Christmas decorations, wine accessories, decorative plates, dinner gift certificate.

After the Event: The stockings will then be placed at four locations until December 20, so that everyone in the community can donate to this project. Encourage your friends and neighbours to stop by Xaltemba Restaurant, Armando’s Joyeria, Vista Guayabitos Restaurant or the Fitness Pad to donate either school supplies or pesos for the project.

LET’S SEE HOW MANY TIMES WE CAN FILL THE CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS!

About Las Tres Amigas: We are three women, who one day sat discussing fundraising and how the community needed an afternoon event when Fiesta 2012 at the Bartlett residence was no longer being offered. Two of us had already thought of an afternoon tea and we were off to the races as they say. We have all been involved in our respective communities and have the philosophy of giving back to where you live.

The Tea was a rewarding event with wonderful music, laughter, food, views and pesos for three scholarships being raised. We were dubbed “Las Tres Amigas” by a friend and now we have added the lady bug to further identify us. The Surf and Turf dinner raised enough pesos for five scholarships. People never cease to amaze us with their generosity and their giving back to our communities.

This year we are organizing five events that we hope provide something for everyone. We would be delighted to have offers of volunteers for any of the events you find particularly enticing. Our contact e-mail is las3amigas@yahoo.ca

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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 need to extend a big thank you to Scott Webb and his saxophone for setting the perfect tone for the evening.

The raffle table was well appointed with bottles of wine and Scotch whiskey, gift certificates for dinners at various dining establishments, poinsettias and an original painting. We couldn’t have done it without help from the following local businesses:

  • Mini Super Varillas
  • Super Korita (offering 15% off on wine and liquors, and they want you to know they will special order items you can’t already buy there)
  • Super Alvarado
  • Rancho “Las Palmas”
  • Miguel Luna Gonzales, Pintura
  • BONSAI Restaurant (in the former Toñita III location)
  • El Brujo (newest fine dining restaurant in Bucerias)
  • Vista Guayabitos Restaurant
  • and several other donors who wish to remain anonymous

Thanks to Jeanie Mintzmyer for her help with ticket sales, and to Lisa Meewes of Sweet Bliss Desserts in Los Ayala for her surprise donation of really (and we mean really) delicious desserts. It’s community participation like this that we appreciate so much.

Our fundraising efforts were helped by generous donations from individual members of the Edmunds, Washington Rotary Club, who were in the area last week, meeting the scholarship students and helping with rejuvenating the Community Cultural Centre.

All in all we raised over $10,400 pesos for the Community Cultural Centre which is really starting to take shape. It’s going to be the “happening place” in the area, with the current focus on youth programs and teacher resource centre soon to broaden to include programming for other age and interest groups.

OUR NEXT EVENT: A Christmas Stocking Campaign for school supplies with wine tasting and appetizers at Xaltemba Galeria on Wednesday, December  5 starting at 5:30pm. Our little elf, Sydney Richmond, designed and donated giant Christmas stockings which we plan to fill to overflowing with school supplies (or dinero – we’ll do the shopping for you). The stockings are such incredible works of art that they’ll be up for bid, along with other highly desirable items in our Silent Auction. There will be other opportunities to donate supplies to the Christmas stocking campaign in the days following. Stay tuned for more details. This is one event you really don’t want to miss.

Las Tres Amigas (Helma, Maxine & Nora)

About Las Tres Amigas: We are three women, who one day sat discussing fundraising and how the community needed an afternoon event when Fiesta 2012 at the Bartlett residence was no longer being offered. Two of us had already thought of an afternoon tea and we were off to the races as they say. We have all been involved in our respective communities and have the philosophy of giving back to where you live.

The Tea was a rewarding event with wonderful music, laughter, food, views and pesos for three scholarships being raised. We were dubbed “Las Tres Amigas” by a friend and now we have added the lady bug to further identify us. The Surf and Turf dinner raised enough pesos for five scholarships. People never cease to amaze us with their generosity and their giving back to our communities.

This year we are organizing five events that we hope provide something for everyone. We would be delighted to have offers of volunteers for any of the events you find particularly enticing. Our contact e-mail is las3amigas@yahoo.ca

This story was submitted by one of our readers. If you want to join in the fun and share your stories and photos of Jaltemba Bay, Mexico, please email them to Tosia@JaltembaBayLife.com

 


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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 a Silent Auction and just maybe a guest personality. Funds raised will go to Los Amigos de Jaltemba to support the Community Cultural Centre.

December 5 – Christmas Stocking Campaign – with wine and appys at Xaltemba Restaurant. Huge stockings will be hung in various establishments in the area just waiting to be filled with donations of school supplies or pesos. If you have room to bring down supplies that is wonderful; however, you can buy locally and support our merchants. Cash donations will be used for educational supplies or projects.

January 9 – Pizza and Pasta on the Plaza – The Telpochcalli Dancers, part of the Youth Group will be performing for us that night. Their dancing is unbelievable. If you were at Fiesta 2012 you will remember the energy and joy they brought to all of us. The Youth Group is now part of Los Amigos de Jaltemba.

February 13 – Fascinator Afternoon Tea – Join us for tea and goodies. Let your imaginations run wild and make yourself a fascinator hat to wear to the tea. (Money raised will be given to Los Amigos for their Scholarship Fund.)

March 8 – International Women’s Day Luncheon – Join us to celebrate this day by having lunch with our Mexican lady friends and neighbours and you may want to treat your cleaning lady, favourite restaurant server, store clerk to lunch. Funds raised from this event will go to Cancer de Mama.

About Las Tres Amigas: We are three women, who one day sat discussing fundraising and how the community needed an afternoon event when Fiesta 2012 at the Bartlett residence was no longer being offered. Two of us had already thought of an afternoon tea and we were off to the races as they say. We have all been involved in our respective communities and have the philosophy of giving back to where you live.

The Tea was a rewarding event with wonderful music, laughter, food, views and pesos for three scholarships being raised. We were dubbed “Las Tres Amigas” by a friend and now we have added the lady bug to further identify us. The Surf and Turf dinner raised enough pesos for five scholarships. People never cease to amaze us with their generosity and their giving back to our communities.

This year we are organizing five events that we hope provide something for everyone. We would be delighted to have offers of volunteers for any of the events you find particularly enticing. Our contact e-mail is las3amigas@yahoo.ca

Helma, Maxine and Nora

This story was submitted by one of our readers. If you want to join in the fun and share your stories and photos of Jaltemba Bay, Mexico, please email them to Tosia@JaltembaBayLife.com