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welcome / bienvenidos
Welcome to all 837 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on our sponsor site, Jaltemba Bay Life, and our forum.
I was always under the impression that things quieted down during the "off season", but these past few weeks have proven that theory totally wrong -- there was a huge political rally in La Penita, the Moto Fiesta roared through Guayabitos for 4 days (literally), plus the circus was in town. I am seriously starting to wonder if this place ever really slows down?
The heat is obviously here to stay, and an extra shower or evening dip in the pool is about the only way to keep cool. The clouds have been making a presence, the crabs are starting to come out from hiding, and the majority of gardens have been cut to the ground (including ours), all of which are signs that rainy season is expected to arrive shortly.
The next Cancer de Mama Clinic will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 3-5. This incredible 3-day clinic provides free prosthesis, funds medical expenses, and helps with after surgery, counseling, and physical therapy for Mexican women with breast cancer. For details on all upcoming events, see our 2011-12 Fundraising & Charity Events section listed below. We update it as we receive information.
To find out what else is going on in the coming weeks, read through the information below. Be sure to take a peek at our online Community Calendar for even more local happenings.
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|Bienvenidos Lo de Marcos and Chacala!
We are thrilled to announce the addition of Lo de Marcos and Chacala to the Jaltemba Bay Life site. In recent issues of our newsletter, we featured La Casa de los Niņos and Taller Mecánico Villasana, both located in Lo de Marcos.
Today, we'd like to unveil our newly created interactive maps of these towns. To view them, click on the links below...
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Map of Chacala
In the upcoming issues, we will introduce you to a few more businesses and rentals in these towns (along with a surprise or two), so be sure to keep an eye on your InBox.
|Renters are Busy Searching for the Best Places to Stay
Since the last issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter was published on May 30th, the Hotel & Vacation Rental section of our site has received nearly 2,000 pageviews. This is evidence that people are actively searching for the perfect place to stay next winter in the Jaltemba Bay area.
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|Tortugueros Unite to Prepare for the 2011 Sea Turtle Nesting Season
by Catherine Hart
(top) Ing. Aarķn Esliman Salgado and Tec. Jesús Lucero use a model turtle to demonstrate measuring techniques. (bottom) Participants stop for a group photo.
Summer is on the way! For most people who visit the Pacific coast of Mexico it means long days on the beach relaxing, but not for the "tortugueros" the name given to a small group of people who dedicate their time to the protection of sea turtles in Mexico. The tortugueros include biologists, students, government officials and the general public who are willing to spend the summer patrolling beaches at night (9pm until 7am) protecting sea turtle nests. Since 2004, tortugueros have arrived in Guayabitos for the biannual training course organized by Los Grupos Ecologistas de Nayarit A.C. (GEN) and the Hotel Peņamar.
Held between the 14th and 15th of May with a turnout of more than 40 people from Nayarit and Jalisco, the course "Tecnicas de Monitoreo de Tortugas Marinas en Playas de Anidacion y en sitios de Alimentacion" (Sea turtle monitoring techniques for nesting beaches and foraging areas) was a great success.
Saturday the 14th began with an introduction by Ing. Aarķn Esliman Salgado, Executive Director of Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias A.C. (GTC), which included subjects such as the life cycle of sea turtles and laws protecting them, followed by measurement and flipper tagging methods. The morning
concluded with a look at in-water monitoring techniques given by Tec. Jesús Lucero (Field Work Coordinator for the GTC).
The afternoon session was dedicated to nesting beaches. The correct management of sea turtle protection camps was given by M. en C. Catherine E. Hart (biologist for GEN & PhD student
BEMARENA, Universidad de Guadalajara). Methods of beach and nest monitoring, species specific nest characteristics and the implementation, advantages and disadvantages of different methods of nest incubation were explained.
The second day of the course M. en C. Alan Zavala (CIDIIR-IPN) presented information on conservation medicine, the collection of blood and tissue samples, and biosecurity.
The course ended with the presentation of certificates. Participants commented that the course had supplied them with a greater knowledge and useful tools to help them continue with their important conservation work on the coast of Nayarit and Jalisco.
|Jaltemba Bay DISH|
Ally's inside scoop on where to find seriously good
by Allyson Williams
Jugo Verde (Green Juice)
Years ago when I had a little more free time on my hands, I would walk downtown after breakfast with our B&B guests to give them a tour and/or take them shopping. Often times I would stop at the little juice stand on the corner of Avenida del Sol Nuevo and Retorno Tabachines in Guayabitos and order a glass of "Jugo Verde". I must admit, I had completely forgotten about it until I drove by the stand recently. On this particular day the gal happened to be out of pineapples, so she substituted a combination of orange and grapefruit juice. It was as good, if not better than I remember.
For those of you who have never tried Jugo Verde, it is a blended drink made with pineapple juice, celery, parsley and nopale cactus. It is delicious and super healthy. A large to-go glass will set you back only a few pesos. The stand also sells other fresh squeezed juices and seasonal fruits like Jaka. This is one of only two places I know of that makes this tasty treat; the other stand is on the southbound lateral where it meets up with La Avenida in La Penita. Try it, you'll like it!
"Heermann's Gulls: Fashionistas in the World of Gulls"
by Christina Stobbs
Heerman's Gulls on Guayabitos Beach (top) and Los Ayala Beach (bottom).
Heermann's Gulls are shore birds which are easily recognizable by their bright cherry red bills culminating in a black tip. These birds are considered good-looking, in the "World of Gulls", and indeed they are! In fact they are quite fashionable, their coastal grey bodies nicely complemented by dark grey wings. The wings of these gulls are accented with striking black edging -- the perfect match for their black legs and feet, and black tipped bill. Their unique Gull Beauty is at its peak during the breeding season (March through May, and sometimes as late as June), when the Heermaan's Gull dons its breeding plumage and its head is pure white.
Heermann's Gulls also have character and are known for being beach bandits, as they are frequently seen pursuing and harassing other shore birds until they drop a coveted catch! They have no hesitation in pursuing larger birds including frigate birds and they have been known to pilfer fish directly from the pouch of brown pelicans.
Heermann's Gulls are found on the Eastern Pacific Coast of the USA, Canada and Mexico. They migrate south to Mexico in March to breed and most breeding occurs in Mexico on the Island of Isla Rasa; an island located in the Sea of Cortez. During breeding season the gulls are monogamous and both parents share the responsibility of feeding their young. By June most of the gulls have migrated north following the migratory pattern of the amiable brown pelicans, no doubt following an easy food source.
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|Another Successful Season for |
the Los Amigo Recycling Program
by Dave Easby
The Recycling Program that Los Amigos first put in place in 2008 continues to gain momentum. What began as purely a school-based program recycling plastic bottles in La Peņita has now been expanded to include other types of plastics as well as corrugated cardboard and covers the entire community of Jaltemba Bay.
The departure of most of the community's seasonal residents represents a good time to review the progress that was made this season.
Thanks to the generous support of the Jaltemba Bay Rotary Club, Los Amigos embarked on an ambitious program to build more recycling baskets. An enthusiastic group of volunteers attended the ten Saturday workshops -- many of them coming week after week to help out. The basket-making season concluded with a special session at CONALEP, where the regular basket-making team worked with a group of students, including a number of scholarship recipients, putting together baskets for the school.
A total of 334 baskets were produced. Well actually, there were 337 produced; three individuals made it into the "Order of the Double Bottomed Basket" when they accidentally put bottoms on both ends of a basket. After all, we did advertise that all you needed to bring to one of the workshops was your enthusiasm.
The Committee would like to thank Gayle and Tony Dixon and Ryan Campbell who took turns hosting the regular Saturday workshops over the winter season; and Mimi Beaupre and Zobeida Barrera who helped organize the session at CONALEP.
The Committee also made great progress over the winter getting the hotels and bungalows to participate in the program. Thanks are due to Heather Gunn and Sheila Soenen for their hard work in helping to make it happen.
Los Amigos are now collecting an average of 4,000 kilos of plastics each month -- and having a huge positive impact on the environment. The program was also expanded this year to include corrugated cardboard. Between December and April alone, almost 12,000 kilos of plastics were compacted and sold to a recycler. The program is well on its way to become self-sustaining from a financial point of view.
The Committee owes a debt of gratitude to Vern Porter, who supervises the operational side of the program, and Gustavo Cisneros Dávila who operates it on a day-to-day basis.
One of our key initiatives next year will be to develop and implement an educational program for the schools on the benefits of recycling. Marion Rogers has agreed to chair the group looking at this and would welcome volunteers to help out.
Los Amigos also had an opportunity this season to thank two silent heroes of the recycling program: Danny Milski has provided us space for our compactor operation for the last three years at a rent of $1 a year and Rodger Murphy from Green Parrot who was instrumental in helping to finance the purchase of the truck, trailer and compactor when an opportunity arose to obtain it.
All in all, it has been a busy and productive season; no small part of this is due to the work of Carol Wallace who agreed this year to take on the challenging task of chairing the Recycling Committee.
And it's not done yet. Contrary to what some people think, the recycling program will continue to operate all summer. So, if you are a permanent resident, be sure to keep putting out your plastics and cardboard. Collection is on Mondays for Guayabitos and Los Ayala and Wednesdays for La Peņita and La Colonia. Please put out the cardboard only on collection days and break down boxes if at all possible.
And last, but not least, thanks to all of you for your support of our recycling efforts.
To learn more, go to the Los Amigos de La Peņita website.
Local Rotarians attended the Rotary International Conference held in New Orleans
by Susana Connors
Local Rotarians have returned from the International Rotary Conference held in New Orleans. In order to leverage the vast amounts of multi-country, multi-cultural information, the three Rotarians chose different areas to visit. Eddie attended the House of Friendship, which presented an array of programs, generating ideas to for him to take home to his local club. Arturo and Gaby concentrated on the youth of today who will soon become Rotarians and leaders in their communities. It is imperative that Rotary be able to communicate with the leaders of tomorrow, at their multi-tasking level. It took decades for radio and television to publicize the news to millions of viewers and listeners. It took three years for Facebook to access the same amount of people. It took Twitter 9 months to reach ten-fold more. Youth, today, are global citizens looking for social projects. What a more perfect match for Rotary and our citizens of tomorrow.
The La Peņita
Rotary Club's weekly online bulletin (bi-monthly in the summer) is an excellent example of how to spread the news. Another is the partnership with our online reporting services like Jaltemba Bay Life.
For more information about Rotary Club Jaltemba Bay La Peņita and its projects and programs
, please email Susana Connors
. Register for the Rotary bulletin here
OTHER INTERESTING TIDBITS
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Writers and Photographers Wanted
Our website, forum, and newsletter have been up and running now for 5 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. You could write about anything from local hangouts, food, surfing, 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!
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.
International Surfing Day
In celebration of the 7th Anniversary of International Surfing Day on June 20 (see info below), Punta Sayulita will be hosting a morning beach clean-up at 10am and a movie night on the beach at 9pm. Movie night will feature "Castles in the Sky" from award-winning documentary and surf filmmaker Tayler Steele, and "Rumors", directed by Mark Kronemeyer, with Sayulita's Adan Hernandez, Diego Cadena and Dylan Southworth. Both events meet at Punta Sayulita Beach House.
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.
7th Anniversary of International Surfing Day
Established in 2004 by Surfing Magazine and The Surfrider Foundation, International Surfing Day is held annually on or near the date of the summer solstice, usually June 20, as an environmentally conscious, sports-centered holiday that celebrates surfing as a sport and lifestyle, as well as sustainable ocean resources. (See June 18 for list of events.)
Solsticio Verano (Summer Solstice)
Sacred Heart of Jesus Celebration
Los Ayala's Town Plaza will be busy today. Runners from Talpa will arrive at noon, and mass is scheduled at 12:30pm followed by a town meal. There will also be a special performance by Adriana Guana Ballet Dancers and Harumi Arabian Belly Dancers at 6pm.
5th Annual International Riviera Nayarit
Marlin and Tuna Fishing Tournament
Competitors strive to catch "the big one" at this annual tournament held at the Marina in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.
Dia de la Asuncion de la Virgen Guadalupe
This nationwide holiday is one of Mexico's most important religious events. The Virgin Guadalupe is extremely important and revered by Mexican Catholics -- her image, almost without exception next to a crucifix, is everywhere in Mexico. Special masses and processions take place nationwide, with a huge mass at the Basilica de Guadalupe (where the original image is hosted) in Mexico City.
* 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 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
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 and handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry, 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 include additional events and dates as soon as we are notified.
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"
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.
Friday-Sunday, February 3-5, 2012
4th Annual Cancer de Mama Clinic
Place: La Peņita RV Park, La Peņita
Clinic details to come.
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