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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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 November 21, 2011 

welcome / bienvenidos   


Welcome to all 965 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on Jaltemba Bay Life and the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum.


Are you looking for something fun to do today? Why not head to the Tianguis in Guayabitos to do a little shopping after you're done reading today's issue of the newsletter. The market started last week and will be open every Monday during high season.  


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


Remember, you can always check the current weather conditions and view the high and low temps and rainfall for the area on the Official Jaltemba Bay Weather Page.  


Be sure to watch for the next issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, which will arrive in your InBox on November 28th just in time for your morning coffee.  




Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


   Photo of the Week

Día de la Revoluciķn

by Christina Stobbs

Revolution Day 2011

This photo was taken during the Día de la Revoluciķn parade held yesterday in La Penita.

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 Events + Event News
JBAR Spay & Neuter Clinic Update

Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) held their second free spay and neuter clinic of the season this past week in La Penita. During the 4-day clinic, 232 dogs, cats and even a parrot came into the clinic. You can view more photos on the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum courtesy of Christina Stobbs.

Several animals were adopted out, but there are 8-10 beautiful animals still looking for good homes. We will post their photos and information by the end of the week.

A BIG thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and talents; donated dog/cat food, collars, leashes, kennels, supplies and medication; brought wonderful snacks and meals to keep the volunteers energized; the vet team who flew in from Canada to participate; and to all those who stopped by to say hello. These clinics are successful because of you!

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

Jazz comes to Xaltemba on Saturdays

Scott Webb at Xaltemba

Scott Webb, a veteran musician of 35 years experience, specializes in blending musical styles and influences while still paying proper homage to the timeless classics of Jazz. He has studied at Los Angeles' Wind College and privately with members of the Ellington Orchestra, Louis Bellson Orchestra and the Don Menza Band. Scott has performed with many "A" list artists throughout his career, including McFadden & Whitehead, the Delfonics, Major Harris, the Drifters, the Coasters, the Fortunes, the Del Vikings, the Boxtops, Billy Paul, Denny Laine and the Isley Brothers.


Scott has recently returned to his home in Rincon De Guayabitos from Reno, Nevada, where he appeared for 3 months at Harrah's Reno in the highly acclaimed production of "Piano Men" (a tribute to Billy Joel / Elton John).


When: Saturdays from 7-10pm 

Where: Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria, La Penita 


For information, menu, directions and to make reservations, visit the Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria webpage.

Margarita Challenge Tickets Sold Out 

Jim Williams, event organizer, announced that tickets for the 9th Annual Margarita Challenge are sold out. For those of you lucky enough to have tickets, the event is scheduled for:


When: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 

Where: Piņa Colada Restaurant, Guayabitos   


No doubt the margaritas will be flowing. Click here for more information and to view a list of all upcoming events in the Jaltemba Bay area. 

   Featured Articles
We're Grateful and We're Giving Back

There are only 10 days left to participate in the Jaltemba Bay Life "Giving is Good" project, so if you've been thinking about advertising, there's no better time than right now.

For every business, hotel, vacation rental and real estate property that signs up or renews their listing before November 30th, we will donate 20% of the annual listing fee -- $100 USD for every rentals and real estate; and $60 USD for every business -- to these four local charities:
  • Cancer de Mama
  • Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue
  • Los Amigos Scholarship Program
  • PEACE Mexico
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 businesses that list and/or renew during this time-frame will be listed on our "Giving is Good" recognition page along with a link to your listing page.

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. This is our way to say thank you for all your support and to give back to our wonderful community!

To participate in the "Giving is Good" project, contact us today.

Phone: (327) 274-1150
Email: Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com

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.  

Jaltemba Bay Life's "Giving is Good" Project -- From October 24-November 30, Jaltemba Bay Life is donating 20% of all revenue generated to local charitable causes. 


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, Lilianne and Barenda 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


Why I Love Jaltemba Bay
by Bea Rauch 

How do I love Jaltemba Bay, let me count the ways.

I love the sand beneath my feet and the sun on my face.

I love the soft, gentle breezes that caress my suntanned body.

I love Isla la Peņita, the area's signature feature.

I love the palm trees that stand as unobtrusive sentinels.

I love the sounds of roosters crowing in an odd harmony,

          the rhythm of the ceiling fans,

          the cacophony of birds, and

          the sound of sandals kissing cobblestone streets.

I love the energy of Semana Santa

I love the ocean waves swirling, crashing, foaming, relaxing.

I love the potholes that enforce a Mexican pace.

I love the gentle, smiling people and words lost in translation

Where else could I distance myself from the voices of the world, and hear my own thoughts?

I love you because you're you!

If I had a rose for every time I think of you, I'd walk forever in my garden.


Read other entries here >

   Community Corner:

    Updates on groups, organizations and other good works 

Barbie Update 

by Geri de Moss

HELP, Gramma Barbie will be arriving in Guayabitos on the 27th of November. We only have about 200 barbies accounted for so far this year. SOOO, we need MANY MORE or there will be a lot of disappointed little girls come holiday season. If you have dolls or wish to help get the dolls ready at a barbie dressing party please email the Barbie Lady at gd1935@wildblue.net

To read more about what Geri "The Barbie Lady" does with these Barbies, click here.

Jaltemba Bay Rotary Club News

by Susana Connors


Leadership Training -- Be a Mentor
A community without leaders will not be successful, in the present nor in the future. It will always be a victim to those who will lead from outside, private interests directed for the good of the few, at the expense of the security for all. Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary has partnered with Chacala Cambiando Vidas, La Penita Los Amigos and Kalispell Montana Rotary in the implementation of a Rotary International grant called, Learning for Life.  More >

Little Children are Just Kids Needing a School
Kinder, as it is called, is not compulsory in Mexico. One might say this could be a covert way of keeping the masses uneducated (just an assumption). No one can dispute however the scientific fact, the cognitive mind is operating at it peak only for the formative years of one to nine. If there is no channeling of information into these eager brains, everyone loses: the child, the community, the world.  More >

For more information, please contact Susana via the Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Club community webpage.

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

Dates Announced for 2012 Mujeres a Mujeres Jaltemba Bay Fashion Show -- November 11

Why I Love Jaltemba Bay  by Barenda -- November 8, 2011 

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

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

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


You will find many more articles about community groups and events here 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


Monday, November 21

Los Amigos de Jaltemba Management Council Meeting 

The Management Council Meeting is open to all. The agenda includes revision of bylaws, fundraising for 2011-2012 and preparations for officer elections, and will be held at Restaurante La Palapa de Guty (Circuito Libertad #4) in La Peņita. For more information, visit the Los Amigos de Jaltemba community webpage.   


Tuesday, November 22 

PEACE Home Tours Begin

Old Town Vallarta 

Every Tuesday from November 22 to March 27, visitors can explore traditional-style Vallarta casas to graceful haciendas and multi-million dollar ocean-front villas. The 3-hour tour ends at a small, family-owned restaurant where tour-goers can attempt to make tortillas with the owner's 88-year-old mother. Tickets are $35 USD and all proceeds support PEACE projects in the Puerto Vallarta area and PEACE community garden, the mobile classroom that accompanies the spay and neuter clinics, adult education classes, and the Work for Food program. For more information, visit the PEACE Home Tour PV website.


Thursday, November 24  

Thanksgiving (US)     

While this is a US holiday, some area restaurants will be offering Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. We have listed information for a few restaurants below, although you may also want to contact your favorite restaurant to see if they are doing anything special:
  • Xaltemba: Serving a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner from 5-10pm. Reservations needed.  More Info >  
  • Terriyaki Time: Closed.  More Info >

Friday, November 25 

2nd Annual Bucerias Chili Cook-Off 

Join famous chefs of Nayarit and infamous home kitchens to see who has the best chili. Plus chili tasting, live music and raffles. Funds will support PEACE's Work for Food Program and free spay and neuter clinics in Bucerias. Entrance is free! Lazaro Cardenas (between Galeana and Benito Juarez) from 4-7pm. Register to compete at TheBuceriasChiliCookOff@gmail.com


Saturday, November 26 - Sunday, December 4  

25th Guadalajara International Book Fair 

Exhibition Center, Expo Guadalajara    

The Guadalajara International Book Fair is the most important publishing gathering in Ibero-America. It is also an amazing cultural festival. Created 25 years ago by the University of Guadalajara, the Fair is aimed at professionals and the general public alike, a characteristic that sets it apart from other book fairs around the globe. With business as one of its main goals, it is also a cultural festival in which literature plays a major role including a program where authors from all continents and languages participate, and a forum for the academic discussion of the major issues of our time. For more information, visit http://www.fil.com.mx


If you have information about an upcoming event or activity, please email it to us at Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com so we can include it in the next edition of the newsletter.

Next Week 


Monday, November 28

Los Amigos de Jaltemba Membership Meeting 

This Membership Meeting is open to all folks interested. The agenda will include election of new officers, approval of bylaw changes, upcoming fundraising activities, looking ahead in 2012 and more. Restaurante La Palapa de Guty (Circuito Libertad #4) in La Peņita. For more information, visit the Los Amigos de Jaltemba community webpage. 


November 26 - December 4  

25th Guadalajara International Book Fair 

Exhibition Center, Expo Guadalajara    

For more information, see above or visit http://www.fil.com.mx  

December 2  

Riviera Casino Night Fundraiser

Salon Fiesta Alfred, La Penita

Proceeds from the Riviera Casino Night event will help construct the Vida Reavivida Women's Shelter. Tickets are on sale at Mateja's Bar & Grill, Hinde & Jaime's Restaurant and Petra's Restaurant. Tickets are $200 pesos per person and that entitles you to entrance, one free drink and $500 in "Casino Cash" to gamble away the evening.  More Info >

December 3-4

Ocean & Beach Cleanup Days

Jaltemba Bay Area

December 3-4 have been designated as "Clean the Ocean Days". Scuba Divers from as far away as Mexico City and Guadalajara will be cleaning the ocean around Isla Coral. Volunteers are also needed to clean the beach on the island and along the shoreline in the Jaltemba Bay area. For more information about how you can help, call Romy Mora on her cell: (322) 158-2919.



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.





Tianguis in Guayabitos 

The Tianguis (open-air market) in Guayabitos is held every Monday during high season from 8am-1pm in the Guayabitos Plaza (map). While slightly smaller than the Thursday market in La Peņita, the atmosphere is lively and the location is charming. 


Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays:

Guayabitos Yoga

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 Jaltemba Bay

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


Manuel & Friends at Las Brisas 

Eat, drink and dance to Manuel & Friends every Wednesday night at 5pm.  More info >



Tianguis in La Peņita

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. 



Casa Cooking Classes

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 >



Jazz at Xaltemba

Scott Webb jazzes things up every Saturday night from 7-10pm.  More Info >



Breakfast at Tiffany's 

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 >

Casa Erica Condo


Casa Erica  

Los Ayala   


This 2-bedroom condo is in the Villas Marena complex and is ideally situated steps from the pool and beach, and just a few minutes from town.  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. You can view more Home and Condo Listings here.


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