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Fundraising, Charity & Special Events for 2011-12 



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 October 24, 2011 

welcome / bienvenidos


Welcome to all 933 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.


Taco the Dog and I are flying to Mexico today. I am ready to escape the cool fall weather in Minnesota, exchange my socks for flip-flops, and visit with friends and neighbors. I see only one potential problem. During the past few weeks, I have been warned repeatedly about the heat and humidity. I'm not sure if it's really "that hot" or if my friends think I'm a wimp? I guess I'll find out soon enough. To view the current conditions, visit the Official Jaltemba Bay Weather Page.  


It's hard to believe, but Jaltemba Bay Life turns one year old next month. In honor of this occasion, we would like to share a very special new project. You can find out all the details below.


Daylight Saving Time ClockDon't forget to set your clocks back one hour this Sunday night. Daylight Saving Time ends October 30 at 2am in Nayarit and the surrounding states. If you are driving through Mexico, keep in mind that the ten US border municipalities do not "fall back" for three more weeks.

There's a lot going on as we approach high season. Read through the information below and take a peek at our online Community Calendar so you don't miss a thing. 


And be sure to watch for the next issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, which will arrive in your InBox on October 31st just in time for your morning coffee.  




Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


   Photo of the Week
Let's Go Dad!
by Christina Stobbs 

Christina Stobbs Photography

Life's Special Moments in Los Ayala.

Christina Stobbs is a writer and photographer and lives in Los Ayala, full time, with her husband Robert. To view more of Christina's work, click here.

   Featured Articles
Announcing the Jaltemba Bay Life "Giving is Good" Project

When we created Jaltemba Bay Life just 11 months ago, we had several goals in mind. We wanted to share our 19 years of experience visiting and living here, and to give back to help our community grow and prosper.   


Today, to celebrate our upcoming one year anniversary, we are announcing the Jaltemba Bay Life "Giving is Good" Project.


For the next five weeks (October 24-November 30), we will donate 20% of all revenue generated through new and renewing rental and business listings to local charitable causes. This is a wonderful opportunity for local businesses and homeowners to support the Jaltemba Bay community, while getting advertising on this high traffic and popular website. In the past year, more than 45 businesses and rentals increased their visibility and their revenue by advertising on Jaltemba Bay Life.   More > 


Quick Links to Recent Articles  

Emergency Phone List: Printable Version -- Everyone should have a copy of this directory 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 -- View the daily high and low temps and accumulated rainfall since June.   

Riviera Nayarit's Rincon de Guayabitos -- An article about Guayabitos recently published in Mexi-Go magazine. 


You can read these and other articles featured in the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter on the "Archived Articles & Photos" page under the Newsletter tab on Jaltemab Bay Life. 


   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


   Community Corner:

    Updates on groups, organizations and other good works 

New "Mexi-Can Vet Project 2011" Video 

Dr. Malcolm Macartney and the team at the McKenzie Vet Clinic in Victoria, BC have volunteered their time and talents at the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) spay and neuter clinics since February 2010. Karin Roslee from the MacKenzie Clinic just created another wonderful video featuring their partnership with PEACE and JBAR. The video is entitled the "Mexi-Can Vet Project 2011" and it is well worth a watch!

Karin also emailed us some photos of Frankie, the puppy she adopted at the April clinic. She says "Frankie has grown into a 22 pound ball of cuteness and is the most wonderful, loving dog. I am so happy that he came into my life!" To see more photos of Frankie taken then and now, click here.


To learn more about McKenzie Veterinary Service, visit
mckvets.com. To learn more about the upcoming JBAR clinics, visit the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) community webpage.

Preparations for the Riviera Casino Night in La Penita are Underway 

by Kathy Olivas 


Preparations are moving along for the Riviera Casino night event to benefit the Vida Reavivida Women's Shelter. All proceeds from the event will go towards the construction of the building. It's a place that will be very beneficial to women in the Riviera Nayarit area. We have already received numerous generous donations from the community and the support is overwhelming. Jeanie at Hidden Paradise Real Estate & Enrique at Aceros "Marlboro" in La Penita are two of our generous sponsors. Impresiones G3 in La Penita printed our tickets at cost for the event.  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.


Quick Links to Recent Community Corner Articles

Volunteers Needed for Upcoming JBAR Clinics -- October 7 

Supplies and Donations Wanted for La Penita Schools  by Jane Fellows -- October 10 

Casino Night in La Penita to Benefit Banderas Bay Women's Shelter  by Kathy Olivas -- October 10 

Cancer de Mama: How You Can Help  by Wendy DeBoer -- September 12 

Barbies Needed for Children's Christmas Party  by Geri de Moss -- August 22 


Additional articles about community groups and events are available on the "Archived Articles & Photos" page under the Newsletter tab on Jaltemab Bay Life. 


   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 14-31

XVI Pan American Games  

The games are taking place at 32 sports venues throughout the state of Jalisco, with the majority of them in Guadalajara. Games will also be held at provincial sub-sites located in Lagos de Moreno, Chapala, Ciudad Guzman and nearby Puerto Vallarta (including beach volleyball, sailing, open water swimming and the triathalon). For more information, visit the Guadalajara Pan American Game website or the Guadalajara Reporter's Guide to the Pan Am Games.


October 25-30

Butterfly Festival at the 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.     


Next Few Weeks  


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 2-5 

JBAR Free Spay & Neuter Clinic 

Lo de Marcos 

The regular Lo de Marcos volunteers will not have arrived yet, so they desperately need people to help with this clinic. If you are able to volunteer or you'd like to donate meals or supplies, please call Lacy at (327) 274-0102 or Ana at (327) 275-0235. For more information, visit the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) community webpage.


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, cal Gaby Roman at (322) 135-0469. For more information, visit the Carrera Blog.   



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)  Work on strength, flexibility, core power and balance during these outdoor yoga classes. Classes start at 7:30am (9am class will be added 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 Plaza in La Peņita (map). It is "the" place to shop for silver and handmade jewelry, tablecloths and linens, glassware, Talavera pottery, Huichol Indian artwork and Oaxacan rugs. You will also find fresh fruits and veggies, homemade breads and locally-produced honey and coffee. 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)  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 in Guayabitos. Registration starts now!  More Info >



Breakfast at Tiffany's 

(Now - April 21-22)  Enjoy brunch on the back terrace at El Panorama Hotel in La Peņita every weekend from 8am-noon. 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
$1,350,000 USD 


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

Casa Vista Tranquilo


Casa Vista Tranquilo 

Guayabitos, Residential  

$373,000 USD 


The construction and work- manship of this home, built by Mariano Sanches, are beyond compare. Must see!  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