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Fundraising, Charity & Special Events for 2011-12 



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 October 10, 2011 

welcome / bienvenidos


Welcome to all 907 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.


Mexi-Go MagazineWe are absolutely thrilled to pieces. Rincon de Guayabitos and JaltembaBayLife.com received some incredible press coverage this week in the Fall issue of Mexi-Go magazine. The Canadian publication won't be on news stands until mid-October, but the online version is out now. If you haven't already seen it, you can view it here. The article, entitled "Riviera Nayarit's Rincon de Guayabitos", is on page 38-41. Click on the "Click to read" button located on the magazine thumbnail to view the article full size.


As most of you know, there are two very active storms heading our way -- Hurricane Jova and Tropical Storm Irwin. We will continue to update the situation on the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum. Remember, you can also view the current conditions on the Official Jaltemba Bay Weather Page

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 17th just in time for your morning coffee.  




Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


   Featured Articles

JBAR: Their Good Work Continues Year-Round 

by Allyson Williams


JBAR Volunteers

Most of you who live and/or vacation in the Jaltemba Bay area are familiar with the free spay and neuter clinics held here each year. You probably also know that these clinics are organized and staffed by Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) and its many dedicated volunteers. What you may not realize is that the JBAR Team works year-round to rescue and sterilize animals, treat sick and/or injured animals, and find permanent homes for street dogs and cats. 
More >

Quick Links to Recent Articles  


The following information was featured in recent issues of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter. We have included the links just in case you missed them... 


> NEW: Emergency Phone List: Printable Version -- Click to  

   print this handy directory. Everyone should have a copy  

   sitting next to their phone... just in case. 

> Travel Tips Guide to Jaltemba Bay -- Everything you need  

   for hassle-free travel: entry and exit documents, customs   

   regulations, medical and travel insurance, and information   

   about bringing a vehicle into Mexico. 

> Traveling with Pets to Mexico -- Updated guidelines for  

   bringing your pets to Mexico by land, air or sea.

> Historical Weather Data for September -- View the daily  

   high and low temps and accumulated rainfall since June. 


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


   Why We Love Jaltemba Bay

   Tell us why YOU love living or vacationing here!

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. We will feature some of your posts in upcoming issues of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter.


We want to thank Jeffrey and Lilianne 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!


To submit your story (long or short) or to view what others are saying, click here


   From Our Readers 

Spiritzito: The Come Back  

by Allyson Williams (and my friend Bert)


Last week, I shared a recipe and some history about fish tacos. The recipe included the phrase "spritzito of lime", and I commented that I had no idea what that phrase meant. Well low and behold, I got an email from my dear old friend Bert who explained it oh-so-eloquently as only Bert can do. I have a feeling you will enjoy his response as much as I did.  More > 


New Books and Videos by Alex Kerekes


Alex Kerekes is a writer and explorer who enjoys sharing his journeys through Mexico. He recently added a new book and six videos to his collection, many of which feature locations near the Jaltemba Bay area. They are free for you to download and read.  More > 


Calling All Writers and Photographers 


Do you like writing, blogging or taking photos? Then why not submit an article, story or photo for 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 -- and seeing your name in print is pretty cool, too.


   Community Corner:

    Updates on groups, organizations and other good works 

Supplies and Donations Wanted  

for Los Ayala School 

by Jane Fellows 


Last season, I was walking by the Ignacio Zaragoza kinder school and they had a poster up asking for donations of pencils, paper and other basics. At the bottom of the poster they advertised for a volunteer English teacher. So, I volunteered and that was the start of my involvement.  More > 


Casino Night in La Peņita to Benefit Banderas Bay Women's Shelter 

by Kathy Olivas


My friend, Carmen Delgado from Los Ayala, is organizing and promoting a fund raising event to help build the Banderas Bay Womenīs Shelter. This will be the first shelter in the area and will serve women in the Banderas Bay area of Jalisco and southern Nayarit.  More >

JBAR: 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 


For more information, visit the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) community webpage.


   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


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 and PV 

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




October 25-30

Butterfly Festival 

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. For more info, visit the Vallarta Botanical Gardens website.  


October 31  


Although Halloween is not a Mexican holiday, you will still find costumes, parties, tricks and treats. And don't be surprised if some goblins come knocking at your door. 


November 1-2  

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

During this 2-day holiday, relatives celebrate the lives of those who have passed on. November 1st is All Saints' Day, when Mexicans pay homage to the souls of the children who have passed. November 2nd is All Souls' Day, when the souls of those who died in adulthood are honored. Relatives of those who died, gather at cemeteries throughout Mexico, bringing bread, fruit and decorated sugar skulls, along with candles and the favorite food of the people they are remembering, to celebrate the lives of those passed on. The mood is far from morbid: it is lively, upbeat, and is a celebration of life!


November 10-20

XVII Festival Gourmet 

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit 

During this 10-day festival, 15 restaurants from Puerto Vallarta to San Blas and Tepic will participate in the prestigious International Gourmet Festival. For more information, visit the Festival Gourmet website. 


November 13 

5th Annual PEACE Race for Change

El Tigre Golf Course, Nuevo Vallarta 

Peddle for PEACE in a variety of runs, walks and bike events, plus contests, games, food and drink. From silly to serious, there's a heat for everyone who's committed to healthy bodies and healthy communities. Registration is only $200 pesos and all proceeds benefit community programming. To register, email Nicole Majewski. For more information, visit the Carrera Blog.


November 16-19 

JBAR Free Spay & Neuter Clinic

Location Needed  

The next Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) Free Spay & Neuter Clinic will be held in 5 short weeks. If you would like to volunteer your time, make a donation, bring an animal in to be sterilized or learn more about JBAR and these clinics, visit the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) community webpage. 




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 participate and/or 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.




Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays:

Guayabitos Yoga

(Oct. 31 - March 30, 2012)  Work on strength, flexibility, core power and balance during these outdoor yoga classes. Classes start at 7:30am (and 9am in January).  More Info >



Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay

(Year-Round)  Rotary Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:30am at Piņa Colada Restaurant in Guayabitos.  More Info >



Tianguis in La Peņita

(Year-Round)  The Tianguis (open-air market) is held every Thursday from 8am-1pm or so around the La Peņita Plaza (map). It is "the" place to shop for silver and handmade jewelry, tablecloths and linens, glassware, Talavera plates, Huichol Indian artwork and Oaxacan rugs. You will also find fresh fruits and veggies, homemade breads and locally-produced honey and coffee beans. This is one of the largest and most well-known markets in the area. While the Tianguis continues year-round, many of the artisans do not participate during the summer months.



Casa Cooking Classes

(Nov. 18 - March 23, 2012)  Each class focuses on a traditional Mexican meal using the freshest local foods with information on ingredients, utensils and techniques. Classes are Fridays at 2pm. Registration starts now!  More Info >



Breakfast at Tiffany's 

(Oct. 15-16 - April 21-22, 2012)  Every weekend from 8am-noon on the back terrace at El Panorama Hotel in La Peņita. 10% of the proceeds go to Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). Reservations are required.  More Info > 


You can view a full list of events and activities on the Community Calendar


   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.


The team at Jaltemba Bay Life works hard to provide you with the most up-to-date and informative site for both locals and visitors to the area.  


If you own a business, hotel or vacation rental, and/or have real estate to sell, we hope you will consider advertising on our site. You'll be listed in our directories and be seen by hundreds of locals and visitors each and every day. We stand by our product and our commitment to the community -- that's why all fees are 100% money-back guaranteed!  


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)

Founders, Jaltemba Bay Life