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  May 30, 2011 
welcome / bienvenidos


Welcome to all 832 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on our sponsor site, Jaltemba Bay Life, and our forum.


There's no doubt about it -- the month of May is one of the most beautiful times of the year here in Jaltemba Bay. The highs are running 82-90 degrees, the humidity is fluctuating between 81-85%, and the ocean and pools are like bath water. Several plants are at their peak (including the Huanacaxtle trees which fully leafed out a few weeks ago and are absolutely spectacular with their huge canopies of billowy bright green leaves), and there are a variety of tropical fruits in the markets that we don't often see during the winter months. See below for a few more highlights. 


The dates for the 14th Annual / 5th Memorial "El Famoso" Horseshoe Tournament have just been announced. The tourney will be held on Saturday, February 4th. For details on all upcoming events, see our 2011-12 Fundraising & Charity Events section listed below. We update it as we receive information. 


We want to remind you that the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter is now being published bi-weekly. The next issue will arrive in your InBox on June 13th just in time for your morning coffee.   


To find out what else is going on this week, read through the information below. Be sure to take a peek at our online Community Calendar for even more local happenings.   




Allyson Williams & David Thompson 

"Sweet Trail to Tepic"

by Tosia Polomski-Archer


Truck full of Sugarcane

Truck full of Sugarcane

One day in March, my husband David and I decided to take a drive on the libre road to Tepic. The scenery is very beautiful and since we would be heading back north soon, it would leave a lovely impression on our minds. As we came nearer to the edge of the city, more and more trucks stacked incredibly high with sugarcane became part of the traffic flow. The pictures I have posted show one as it was making a right hand turn in front of us and then a shot of the same truck from behind. The canes were hitting the overhead wires! There were many parts of canes laying about on the roadways into the city. I laughed because it reminded me of the tale of Hansel and Gretel leaving a trail of crumbs behind them. We decided to follow them to the processing plant, which I had recalled from a previous trip, was near the bus station. Well, to our frustration the loaded trucks are not allowed to follow the same route as the buses! They must go on a convoluted course that took a better part of an hour! The driver we were following must have thought we were some kind of loco gringos for following him for so long! We did see parts of Tepic that we had never known existed though, so it was worth it. We had a great 'tour', saw a lot of beautiful country, and totally enjoyed our outing. What a nice way to spend one of our last days in Mexico!



If you enjoy taking pictures, send us one of your favorite photos taken in the Jaltemba Bay area. Simply 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.  


View all past and present Photos of the Week here.


In Bloom: Tabachín
by Allyson Williams


During the past few weeks, I have noticed several Tabachín trees dotted throughout the Jaltemba Bay area. You cannot miss their absolutely gorgeous brilliant reddish-orange flowers. Many of the trees happen to be located along the highway making it nearly impossible for a photo opportunity. After searching high and low for one in full bloom, I finally spotted three at Vista Guayabitos Restaurant in Guayabitos (top photo). I also found a few trees with nearly half their flowers blooming and most of their seedpods still attached (bottom photo) located on the Conalep campus in La Peņita.  


The flowers start to bloom near the end of May and have five petals, one of which has distinctive white and yellow markings. During the winter, the Tabachín trees drop their delicate fern-like leaves allowing you to see their large seed pods. These non-edible pods can measure up to 24-inches and literally sound like a rattle when shaken.


Tabachínes only bloom for a month or two, so get out there and enjoy them while you can! 


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We have created a new page for Featured Articles on our sponsor site, Jaltemba Bay Life, to make it easier for you to find the information included in our weekly newsletters. This page is located under the "Newsletter" tab, and contains links to past and present featured articles including the hike to El Monteon, banking in our area, and even a few recipes. Click here to view the Featured Article Page now.


Writers and Photographers Wanted


Our website, forum, and newsletter have been up and running for just over 6 months. During that time, only a few of our readers have submitted articles and photos to be featured in our newsletter. This really surprises us, because we know there are writers and bloggers amongst you, and even a few photographers too.  


While we don't mind being your roving reporters, we think it would be a lot more fun and interesting if we included other peoples' points of view as well. Our sister sites, Sayulita Life and San Pancho Life have a slew of volunteers who write articles about everything from local hangouts, food, surf, fishing reports, birding and sea life, to interviews and personal stories. I guess what we're trying to say is that it doesn't matter "what" you write about, just that you participate in some way, shape or form. And you certainly don't have to submit something every week, although we'd be thrilled if you did. Come on folks... join us in making our community website the best it can be!



Jaltemba Bay Community Pages 


La Casa de los Ninoa  

We are excited to add "La Casa de los Niņos" to our list of Community Pages. La Casa de los Niņos is an after school enrichment center for children, for primary and middle school age, who live in and around the town of Lo de Marcos. It is a place where children can study, get help with their homework, have access to a library and computers, play games, work on art projects, take English classes, learn about personal health and environmental protection, and most importantly, have fun!  


In order to reach their goals, La Casa de los Niņos has three maestros and a student helper from the local community. They also invite volunteers from the local community to coordinate activities; have established links with US universities who have sent volunteer teachers who share their knowledge with the children and staff; and they have solicited donations of monetary funds to meet expenses, purchase supplies, materials and equipment which are needed on an on-going basis.


To view this and other Community Groups and Organizations, click on the links below or go to and scroll down the left menu bar.


Cancer de Mama Clinic 

Guayabitos Artists' Collective  

Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR)   

Jaltemba Foundation  

La Casa de los Niņos 

Los Amigos de La Peņita  

Rotary Club 

Turtle Camps 


Los Amigos 2011-12  Scholarship Students 

By Dave Easby


Los Amigos Scholarship Students


Los Amigos Logo

An orientation session was recently held for the 40 students who have been selected to receive scholarships from Los Amigos for the upcoming school year. They were selected from the 90 individuals who applied. All of these young people have committed to doing volunteer work on various community projects. In addition to providing financial support for them to study at CONALEP next year, Los Amigos will be providing leadership development training to these community leaders of tomorrow. They will be involved in "Learning for Life", a nine month program provided under a Rotary Matching Grant from Kalispell, Montana, the Jaltemba Bay Rotary Club and the Rotary Foundation. The substantial expansion of the Los Amigos Scholarship program was made possible through the generous support of the 22 individuals who stepped forward at Fiesta 2011 to each support one additional student.



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.




June 1

Dia de la Marina (Navy Day) 

Since 1942, an impressive military display takes place throughout the country to celebrate the nationalization of the Mexican Navy in 1917. Locally, it reaches its peak at the Fort of San Blas with parades on sea and land; and at the morning parade in Puerto Vallarta with navy ships followed by tour and fishing boats flying their nautical flags.


June 1-5 

San Blas 51st International Fishing Tournament

Every year, close to the celebrations of Navy Day, San Blas hosts one of the main fishing competitions in Mexico. This year's event will be hosted by Fonatur's Nautical School at the historic Port of San Blas. Record catches from previous years include: Sailfish - 34.3 kg (75.8 lbs), Dorado - 22.2 kg (49 lbs), Tuna - 40 kg (88.2 lbs) and Marlin - 182.7 kg (402.8 lbs).   


June 20

Dia de las Padres (Father's Day)

The children had their day, as did the Moms; now it's time for the Dad's to celebrate.


July 14-16 

5th Annual International Tuna and Marlin Fishing Tournament of Riviera Nayarit 

Held at the Marina in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. More information to come. 


* Indicates possible non-working holidays.

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

    are closed during these Mexican National Holidays.





Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay

Rotary Logo

Rotary Club meets every Wednesday morning 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.


2011-12 Fundraising & Charity Events 


We realize that many of you plan your vacations around the local fundraising and charity events in town, so we have emailed the event organizers to gather information. We will add additional events and dates as soon as information is announced.  

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

9th Annual International Margarita Challenge

Place: Piņa Colada Restaurant, Guayabitos 

Details: Doors open at 4:30pm


Saturday, February 4, 2012

14th Annual / 5th Memorial "El Famoso"  

Horseshoe Tournament 

Place: David's Palapa, Guayabitos.  

Details: Check in is at 8:30am. Participants must pre-register on Thursday, February 2 at 4pm at Mateja's. 



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 Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter