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Jaltemba Bay Life is a community website for Rincón de Guayabitos, La Peņita, Los Ayala, and La Colonia, which are all located in the heart of the beautiful Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.

Our goal is to provide the most up-to-date information for the entire Jaltemba Bay area. If you have news or information you want to add, or a story you'd like to share, please email us!
  April 11, 2011 
welcome / bienvenidos

Welcome to all 768 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on our sponsor site, Jaltemba Bay Life, and our forum.

As many of you know, Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) held their Free Spay & Neuter Clinic last week in La Peņita. A total of 245 animals came through the Clinic doors, of which 209 were sterilized. A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and talents; to those who kept the volunteers nourished with a wonderful assortment of goodies for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks; and to those who donated money, medication, supplies, and dog and cat food. I also need to thank Rodger Murphy for offering the use his home for the Clinic site, and to Dr. Malcolm Macartney and his team (Margie, Sandy, Terry, Lori, and Karin) who traveled from Victoria, BC to volunteer. And last but certainly not least, a sincere thank you to Lin Chimes who organizes these amazing Clinics, and to Lacy Mutch who works tirelessly tending to animals in our area every single day.

The last Breakfast Brunch at Tiffany's Cafe will be held Sunday, April 17 at El Panorama B&B Villa Hotel in La Peņita. Brunch is served at 10am and includes your choice of homemade quiche or savory omelet for $120 pesos per person. They still have a few spots left, so call (327) 274-3499 or email to make a reservation. Brunch will start back up again in mid-October.

Next weekend is the start of Semana Santa. Many people head north before it begins to avoid the influx of people that come visit our area; others stay and embrace it (I personally enjoy the craziness). If you are one of the lucky ones who gets to stick around, just remember to stock up on groceries so you don't have to travel, as the roads are jam-packed with cars and buses.


Check out the information listed below, and take a peek at our online Community Calendar for even more local happenings.  


We are always looking for people to write articles for us and/or submit photos for our banner or Photo of The Week feature. If you are interested, please email Allyson at  




Allyson Williams and David Thompson


If you enjoy taking pictures, why not send us one of your favorite photos taken in the Jaltemba Bay area? Email us a title for the photo,  

a brief description of the photo and/or where it was taken, and the photographer's name. We will feature photos as we receive them. 


"Unconditional Love"

Unconditional Love

Photo taken at the Spay & Neuter Clinic this past week

Did You Know?

By David Thompson

This week's question is for all of you wondering how many paces it is from the big island to the shore in Guayabitos.

Using an average tide level, how far is it to the big island from the closest point on shore?

Possible Answers:  

4399 feet (1341 meters)  

8110 feet (2472 meters)  

5445 feet (1660 meters)  

7013 feet (2138 meters)  

There were only 16 guesses out of the 282 views. 5 people (31%) were correct. To see the answer, go to the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum.



A Great Collaborative Effort 

By Dave Easby


Los Amigos T-Shirt Designs

T-Shirt Designs (top row): Dorados by Sheila Finzer; Tianguis by Marilyn Beaubien. (bottom row): Las Brisas by Bobbi Attwood; Bridge of Life by Nancy Milski. 


A highly successful joint project between Los Amigos de La Peņita and the Guayabitos Artists Collective proved to be beneficial to both groups over this winter season. When Los Amigos went looking for some new designs for the T-Shirts it sells at it's kiosk at the tianguis every Thursday, some wonderful artwork from the members of the Collective proved to be just the ticket. A series of four shirts were released this season and more are in the works for next year. The designs were also available on cloth panels, suitable for framing.


For the artists, it was a chance to get their works out into the community, as well as to do their part to support a great cause. For Los Amigos, the t-shirts help fund the wide range of projects that they carry out in the community. In total, the sale of t-shirts at the tianguis booth raised $101,000 pesos this season. The money will support a wide range of programs designed to improve the lives of the people of Jaltemba Bay.


It was a busy year for Los Amigos. The Recycling Program underwent a huge expansion and we are now recycling cardboard. The Education Committee was able to complete its ninth construction project in less than two years. Scholarship applications are currently being reviewed and the intention is to support as many as 40 students at CONALEP next year. And the Jaltemba Economic Development Committee launched the Buy Local Campaign.


None of this, of course, would have been possible without the hard work of the many Los Amigos volunteers, the generous donors who attended Fiesta 2011 or bought t-shirts and other items at the tianguis booth -- and the artists who comprise the Guayabitos Artists Collective.


Watch for new designs next season.


Los Amigos Meeting Update

By Dave Easby

Los Amigos Logo


Instead of a Los Amigos general meeting on Monday, April 11 (the next regularly scheduled meeting), Los Amigos will be having the first meeting of the new Management Council. The Management Council is comprised of the Executive plus the Chairs of all the Committees but the meeting is open to anyone who wants to sit in. Given that the meeting after that would normally occur on April 25 (the 4th Monday), a final decision will be made at the Management Council Meeting on whether or not to proceed with another general meeting this season.


Click here to view the Minutes of the March 28 Meeting.  


Local Rotary "Learning for Life Program" is Looking for Mentors  

By Susana Connors 


Rotary Learning for Life Program


Learning for Life is all about scholarships and leadership training for students from the areas of Chacala to La Penita. Los Amigos, Cambiando Vidas, Rotary Kalispell Montana, and Rotary Jaltemba Bay La Penita are the cooperative clubs funding and managing the program. The program will be launching for the new school year. Mentors are needed. Come and help guide the lives of local students as they go forward to explore all the possibilities of leadership from the individual to the group to their community.  


For more information, email Susana.



Events are a wonderful way to immerse yourself in, and learn about, the Mexican culture. Here is a list of upcoming holidays, festivals, events, and activities worth planning around. Also check out our Community Calendar for a complete list of what's going on in the Jaltemba Bay area. If you have information about an event, please email us so we can include it in our next issue.




*April 17-23

Semana Santa  (Holy Week)

Semana Santa is Mexico's second most important holiday season of the year next to Christmas, and runs from Palm Sunday to Easter Saturday. Semana Santa, or Holy Week, celebrates the Christian holiday of Easter. For Mexico, the Easter holiday is a combination of Semana Santa and Semana Pascua (Resurrection Sunday until the following Saturday). For most Mexicans, this 2-week period is the time of year for holiday vacations. If you are planning to visit Mexico during Semana Santa, make sure you book your reservations well in advance... and be prepared for big crowds in town and along the beach!


April 24

Easter Sunday


*April 24-30 

Semana Pascua  (Easter Week)


April 30

Día del Niņo (Children's Day)

This is not an official holiday, but it is traditional to give children small presents that day. Usually, elementary schools are closed on this day to honor the children.


**May 1

Dia del Trabajo (Labor Day)

Honors the Mexican victory over the French army at Puebla de los Angeles in 1862.


*May 5

Cinco de Mayo / Batalia de Puebla (Battle of Puebla)

The official anniversary of the country's victory over the French at Puebla. While Cinco de Mayo is a big celebration in the US, it is not a national holiday here in Mexico. 



* Indicates possible non-working holidays.

** Schools, banks, post offices, and other public government offices

    are closed during these Mexican National Holidays.





Los Amigos de La Peņita

Los Amigos Logo

Meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month Circuito Libertad #4 in La Peņita (on the street along the waterfront). There is a social gathering at 6:30pm, with the formal meeting starting at 7pm. All meetings start on time and are limited to an hour and a half. The agenda will be posted in advance on the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum. Everyone is welcome to come and find out what Los Amigos is all about.



Rotary Logo

Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay

Rotary Club meets Wednesday mornings at 7:30am at Piņa Colada Restaurant in Guayabitos. Members enjoy social time over breakfast with an official meeting beginning promptly at 8am. Various community leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, and artists are invited as guest speakers to give members a better understanding of the region they serve.



Tianguis in La Peņita

Tianguis in La Penita

The Tianguis (open-air market) is held every Thursday in and around the Plaza in La Peņita (map) from 8am-1pm or so. It is "the" place to be and be seen on Thursdays... and to shop for silver jewelry, pottery, linens and tableclothes, glassware, Talavera plates and sinks, Huichol Indian artwork, and Oaxacan rugs and black clay pottery. You can buy everything from dried chiles, fresh fruits and veggies, homemade breads, and locally-produced honey and coffee beans, to new and used clothing, kitchen accessories, blender and stove parts, and just about anything else you can think of. The market in La Peņita is one of the largest and most well-known markets in the entire area.


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