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Fundraising, Charity & Special Events for 2011-12 



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 September 26, 2011 

welcome / bienvenidos


Welcome to all 892 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on our website, Jaltemba Bay Life, and the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum.


Fall officially arrived this past Friday which means we "should" start to see slightly cooler temps and a possibility of less rain with every passing day. This will be a welcome change, as we've had one of the hottest and wettest summers in recent history. You can see just how hot and wet it's been on the Official Jaltemba Bay Weather Page.   


Speaking of weather, lady luck was on our side this weekend when Hurricane Hilary decided to change paths. Instead of passing by, she turned west and headed out to sea. Be sure to watch the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum for all future weather updates. 


For those of you who are traveling to Mexico, check out our new "Travel Tips Guide to Jaltemba Bay" where you will find everything you need for safe and hassle-free travel... including information on entry and exit documents, customs regulations, medical and travel insurance, and information about bringing a vehicle into Mexico. If you are traveling with pets, you might also want to read "Traveling with Pets to Mexico"


To find out what else is going on, read the information below and take a peek at our online Community Calendar.     


And be sure to watch for the next issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, which will arrive in your InBox on October 3rd just in time for your morning coffee.  




Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


   Photo of the Week
Monster in the Zona
by Allyson Williams 


Green IguanaGreen Iguana 

One afternoon in June when David and I were driving through the Residential Zone in Guayabitos, we spotted an enormous male Green Iguana sunning himself along Flamingos. This big boy was the largest Iguana we had seen up close and personal in a long time. He must have measured in at a good 4-5 feet long including his tail. We have seen iguanas of this size and coloration in Sayulita before, and also a few at Backstreet Restaurant in years past, but never here in the Zona.  More > 


   Featured Articles
NEW Printable Version of the Emergency Phone List for Jaltemba Bay
by Allyson Williams


A few of you have emailed us to ask if there was a way to print the Emergency Phone List we published a few weeks ago. Since we believe everyone should have a copy of this information sitting next to their phone, I decided to put my graphic design skills to work and create a printable version.  


You can Print the Emergency Phone List here


Traveling with Pets to Mexico   

by Allyson Williams  


Due to the amount of interest in this article, we have decided to run it again this week.


I have received at least half a dozen emails this past week asking about what is needed to bring pets to Mexico. Regardless of whether you cross the border by land, air or sea, you are required to follow the same basic guidelines when bringing pets into Mexico.


For those of you who aren't aware, the requirements changed back in June 2010. Click here to view the current guidelines


You can also find (and bookmark) this information on JaltembaBayLife.com under the "Jaltemba Bay Info" tab.  


   What's NEW This Season

High season is rapidly approaching, and that means businesses will begin announcing their grand re-opening dates, new menu items and specials, new hours and/or changes in location. We will update this section as we receive information. 




El Forno: Miriam and Daniel, owners of Soley Italian Restaurant in La Peņita, opened El Forno over the summer.   

It is located in the walk-through mall, at street level, under the Equinoxio Disco. The menu includes pizza, spaghetti, lasagna, burgers and sandwiches. 


Grand Re-Openings 


Teriyaki Time will re-open their doors on October 1. They are expanding their breakfast menu, and adding Pad Thai with Rice Noodles, New York Steak Teppanyaki and "Lite" portions to the lunch and dinner menu. Mike, Wendy and their crew will be open daily from 7am-9pm so stop by for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.  More info >  


Fitness Pad: Del Dilkie, the owner of the Fitness Pad in Guayabitos, will resume her high season hours starting November 3rd. She is also looking for an experienced trainer to work 5 days a week from 6am-2pm.  More info >


Xaltemba Galeria: Celebrate their season re-opening on November 2nd with the 5th Annual Day of the Dead Opening featuring the Roberto Gil de Montes art exhibit.  More info


New Management  


Crazy Nelly's Sports Bar & Grill: Crazy Nelly's is taking the winter off. Paradise Bar & Grill will occupy the space and fill the sports bar need. They will be hosting the Mens Dart Tournament every Wednesday at 1pm as usual, and they now have 3 TVs for sports viewing. They will be serving the same great food in addition to some new Asian items as well.  


New Menus & Specials / Special Events 


Salvador's: They have just announced their daily specials for the upcoming season, as well as event details for Christmas, Valentine's Day and Super Bowl.  More Info >   


Classes & Workshops


Casa Cooking Classes: Debra Triplett and Elizabeth Nunez are bringing their ever-so-popular Casa Cooking Classes back this season. They are including new techniques and recipes, and more in-depth information. They are also adding private classes to the mix. Classes will be held on Fridays beginning November 18thMore Info >   


Guayabitos Yoga: Classes will begin October 31st at their new location: Flamingos #21. Classes will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:30am. Agneta plans to add a 9am class in January as well. Students of all levels are welcome, as are beginners.  More Info


Writers Who Love Mexico: "Writers Who Love Mexico" is a monthly showcase for writers living or visiting the Nayarit Coast. The first meeting is on November 1 at Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria in La Peņita.  More Info


   Why We Jaltemba Bay

    Let the world know why YOU love living or vacationing

    in Jaltemba Bay 

We recently added a topic called "Why We Love Jaltemba Bay" on the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum. This is your chance to let the world know why YOU love living or vacationing in Jaltemba Bay. Simply click here to submit your story (long or short). We will feature some of your posts here in upcoming issues of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter.


By the way, we want to thank Jeffrey for starting us off on the right foot.


Now let's see what the rest of you have to say... get ready, get set, get writing!


   From Our Readers 

Camille's Conjectures: Learning to Live in Mexico 

by Camille 


Camille has decided to take a hiatus for now. If you would like to hear more from Camille email us to let us know, and we will in turn pass the word on to her.


Calling All Writers and Photographers 


Do you like writing, blogging or taking photos? Then why not submit an article, story or photo to be featured in our newsletter. It doesn't matter "what" your subject matter is -- local hangouts, food, surfing, fishing reports, birding and sea life, interviews or personal stories -- what's important is that you participate. You can write one article, an article every once in a while, or an ongoing feature... the choice is yours. It's a great way to express yourself, to share your experiences here in Mexico and it's fun. (Seeing your name in print is pretty cool, too.)


   Community Corner:

    Updates on groups, organizations and other good works 

Animals for Adoption


Rescued and adopted animals make the best pets! There are always dogs and cats available for adoption in the Jaltemba Bay area that are looking for good loving homes.


> View ALL Animals for Adoption


Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) advocates humane and healthy practices for animals in the Jaltemba Bay area by promoting health, education, spay and neutering, adoptions, foster care and positive relationships with animals and their owners. JBAR also works to find homes for street dogs and cats. For more information, visit the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) community page.


Barbies Needed  

by Geri de Moss 


GeriThe holidays are rapidly approaching, and Geri "The Barbie Lady" is on the look out for Barbies. The Barbies are given out to the local children by the Guayabitos Homeowners Association on Christmas Eve each year. Next time you are down for a visit, bring a Barbie! Email Geri de Moss if you want to participate in an upcoming party or for more information. Read Geri's updates here >   


   Calender + Events

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. And don't forget to add your event... it's FREE! 


This Week


September 26 to October 4

Patron Saint's Festivities of San Francisco 

This year's 9-day celebration focuses on values and family. Each colonia has a special day of festivities. There will be  

maņanitas, church services, parades with horses, music and food, as well as a rodeo with beautiful dancing horses.


October 1-2

Surf Fishing Tournament in Lo de Marcos

This 2-day tournament will be held at Playa Lo de Marcos. The entry fee is $200 pesos, and you can register at Tlaquepaque Hotel in Lo de Marcos. For more information, click here.  




October 12

Dia de La Raza (Columbus Day)*

This day commemorates Columbus' discovery of the new world.


October 14-31    

XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara 

For more information, visit the official Guadalajara Pan American Games 2011 website.


October 25-30

Butterfly Festival at Vallarta Botanical Gardens

During the end of October, there is an abundance and diversity of butterflies in the area. The Vallarta Botanical Gardens is taking advantage of this and will be offering daily tours at 1pm. They will walk you through their favorite viewing spots of these fluttering friends, and help you identify certain species.   




Special Events for 2011-12

Click here (or on the left sidebar) to view a list of upcoming Fundraising, Charity and Special Events, as well as information on how you can help.  



* Indicates possible non-working holidays.

** Indicates Nationwide holidays -- Schools, banks, post offices, and other public government offices are closed during these Mexican National Holidays. Often times these and other major holidays include the nearest Monday to create a 3-day weekend.





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 La Peņita (map) from 8am-1pm or so. It is "the" place to be and be seen...  

and to shop for silver and hand- made one-of-a-kind jewelry, linens and tableclothes, glassware, Talavera plates, Huichol Indian artwork and Oaxacan rugs. 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, blender and stove parts, and just about anything else you can think of. The Tianguis in La Peņita is one of the largest and most well-known markets in the entire area. (While the Tianguis continues year-round, many of the artisans do not participate during the summer months.) 


   Featured Businesses + Vacation Rentals

We are proud to promote the following businesses, vacation rentals, and real estate listings on the Jaltemba Bay Life site. Please support these and the other local businesses that make our website possible through their advertising. Thank You!


Los Compadres Resort


Los Compadres Resort 

La Peņita


Beautiful resort with 7 spacious and private suites and stunning views of the entire Jaltemba Bay. Stay for a week or month.  more >

   Featured Real Estate

Listing your Real Estate By-Owner on our site is easy, affordable and it runs until you sell. Click here to find out how.  


Casa Tequila


Casa Tequila  

Guayabitos, Residential


Spectacular beachfront home with oceanfront pool, five bedrooms and immaculately maintained property.  more >

   Thank You / Gracias
We want to THANK YOU for taking the time to read this issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter.


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We value your opinions and feedback. Please email us or post on the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum if you've enjoyed this issue of our newsletter or if you have comments or suggestions about how we can make our community website even better!




David & Allyson (and Taco the Rescue Dog, too)

Owners, Jaltemba Bay Life