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Special Events
Here is a list of upcoming fundraising, charity and special events for this season, as well as information on how you can help (also see Community Groups & Organizations below):

Fundraising, Charity & Special Events for 2011-12 



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 October 31, 2011 

happy halloween bat 


Welcome to all 941 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on  Jaltemba Bay Life and the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum.


Today is Halloween, and although it 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.


This week is going to be a busy one with Day of the Dead and the first JBAR Spay and Neuter Clinic of the season. To find out more, read through the information below and take a peek at our online Community Calendar.    


skeletonDid you remember to set your clocks back? Daylight Saving Time ended on Sunday, October 30 at 2am for Nayarit and the surrounding states. If you are driving through Mexico, keep in mind that the ten
US border municipalities do not fall back until this coming Sunday, November 6, along with the US
and Canada.


Be sure to watch for the next issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, which will arrive in your InBox on November 7th just in time for your morning coffee.  


Saludos! Hallowwen Cat


Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


   Photo of the Week
For Adoption: Gorgeous Green-Eyed Cat and Her Beautiful Blue-Eyed Kittens
by Christina Stobbs 

Beautiful Cat

This gorgeous green-eyed cat has a sweet disposition. She and her four beautiful blue-eyed kittens (along with several other animals) will be available for adoption at the upcoming JBAR Spay and Neuter Clinic in La Penita on November 16-19. To view more photos of Momma and her kittens, click here; and if you are interested in adopting any one of these cats, please email Christina at christina.stobbs@gmail.com

To find out more about the two upcoming JBAR clinics, visit the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) community webpage.

   Featured Articles
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.

This past Monday, in celebration of our upcoming one year anniversary, we announced 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, business and real estate 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.

Because women, children and animals are near and dear to our hearts, we have selected the following charities as beneficiaries of this phase of the project: Cancer de Mama, Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR), Los Amigos Scholarship Program and PEACE Mexico. To read more about these amazing groups and organizations, please click here.

What does this mean for you, our advertisers?

If you sign up for or renew a listing during this five week period, 20% of the annual listing fee -- $100 USD for every rental and real estate listing and $60 USD for every business -- will go directly to the four local charities listed above. If your renewal date does not fall within this time-frame, you may still take part in this project. Simply renew now and we will extend your listing contract for one year from your original contract date. All rentals, businesses and real estate properties that are listed and/or renewed during this time-frame will be listed on our "Giving is Good" recognition page along with a link to your listing page.

We would like you to encourage all business and homeowners to participate in this worthwhile community giving project.

Please feel free to call or email us if you have questions or would like more information.


David Thompson and Allyson Williams

Founders, JaltembaBayLife.com


Forum Changes are Coming

Some of you have made it abundantly clear that you don't like the sub-forums on the new Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum. We have been working with a programmer for the past few months to come up with the "perfect" solution for all you JBay Folks. These modifications, along with a few other nifty changes, should be implemented in the next few days. You can watch for them here. We will go over them in detail once they are in place and working properly.

If you haven't used the forum for a while, you may want to read through the posts in the "How to Use This Forum" sub-forum to learn about a few features added over the summer, including how to add a profile photo, the new like button, using the new gallery and 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. 


   Featured Events + Activities
Xaltemba's 5th Anniversary Celebration

Xaltemba Restaurant
"Tu-Yo" 2011. Oil on canvas, 20" x 20", Roberto Gil de Montes 

Join Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria for their 5th Anniversary Opening Celebration on Wednesday, November 2nd from 6-9pm. Everyone is welcome...

» Art Exhibit by Roberto Gil de Montes
» Altar in memory of Antonio Resendiz by Mona Cavalli
» Music by Los Frixoleros, refreshments and nibbles in the
» gallery.

For more information, get directions or to make reservations,
visit the Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria webpage. 


Beso del Sol's New Hours and Specials

Starting Wednesday, November 2nd Beso del Sol Steak House in Guayabitos will be open daily from 7:30am-9:30pm and will be offering their new daily specials:


» Monday -- New York Strip  $174 pesos 

» Tuesday -- Shrimp Any Style  $124 pesos

» Wednesday -- BBQ Ribs  $124 pesos 

» Thursday -- Rib Eye Steak  $184 pesos

» Friday -- Shrimp Any Style  $124 pesos 

» Saturday -- T-Bone Steak  $174 pesos

» Sunday -- Poultry Any Style  $106 pesos

» Breakfast -- Fresh local coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice,
» fried or scrambled eggs, homemade hash browns, bacon and
» toast for only $49 pesos.

Note: Steak and Ribs specials include salad, baked potato, and glass of wine or beer. Fish and Shrimp specials include salad, rice, veggies, and glass of wine or beer.


To view their full menu and get directions, visit the Beso del Sol Steak House webpage.


   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 

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 

Local Projects Presented to the Rotary International Brotherhood in Puerto Vallarta 

by Susana Connors


Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Club presented two local projects which received 25% of the votes to review for matching funding.  The competition is crowded, forty four worthy projects in the state of Nayarit. The two projects under consideration are: One, new computers and library text books for Conalep technical school. Conalep has one computer for 500 students.  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

New "Mexi-Can Vet Project 2011" Video -- October 24

Preparations for the Riviera Casino Night in La Penita are Underway -- October 24 

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 Jaltemba 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 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 6  

Daylight Saving for US and Canada  

Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 6 at 2am in the US, Canada and the ten US border municipalities in Mexico. 


Next Week 


November 10-20

XVII Festival Gourmet 

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit 

During this 10-day festival, 29 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 Piña Colada Restaurant in Guayabitos.  More Info >



Tianguis in La Peñita

(Year-Round)  The Tianguis (open-air market) is held every Thursday from 8am-1pm or so around the Plaza in La Peñita (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 Peñita 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 Peñita


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 >

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