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Fundraising, Charity & Special Events for 2011-12 


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 November 28, 2011 

welcome / bienvenidos   


Welcome to all 974 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on Jaltemba Bay Life and the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum.


Thanksgiving is behind us and December is just a few days away. That means the holiday and special event season is right around the corner. To find out what is happening this week, read through the information below and take a peek at our online Community Calendar.     


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


And be sure to watch for the next issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, which will arrive in your InBox on December 5th just in time for your morning coffee.  




Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


   Photo of the Week
Meet Our Little Panchito
by Allyson Williams

Panchito el Perrito

I would like to introduce you to Panchito, our new rescue pup. I saw his photo and knew right then and there that he needed to be part of our family. To view more pics of Panchito's first meeting with Taco, our other rescue dog, click here.

And I must apologize for the delay. We will try to post photos and information about all the other animals up for adoption in next week's issue... as well as another great rescue story!

   Featured Events + Event News
Casa Cooking Classes Really "Cook"
by Allyson Williams

Casa Cooking Classes

I played hookey on Friday afternoon to attend my first Casa Cooking Class. The class focused on different types of tacos and the many salsas that accompany them. As Betty said, "Some people eat at a taco stand just because of the salsas they serve". I happen to be one of "those" people. Since I do not eat beef or pork, I will often order vegetarian tacos and slather them with salsa. I am salivating just thinking about it.  Read the full article >

Sergio Adds Day Trips
and Big City Tours

Sergio Galicia from Sergio's Tours has just added weekly day trips to Chacala, Puerto Vallara, San Sebastian del Oeste and San Blas, as well as overnight tours to Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, Guadalajara and to Morelia to see the butterfly reserve. For more information, prices, dates and times, view Sergio's Tours.
   Featured Articles
Restaurant Reviews now available on the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum

You asked and we listened. We have added a new sub-forum where residents and visitors can read and write reviews for local restaurants in the Jaltemba Bay area. Currently, the section only includes the restaurants listed on the Jaltemba Bay Life website as well as a few establishments that our readers have added. To view the restaurant reviews and/or add one of your own, go to the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum, and click on the sub-forum called "Restaurant Reviews". Happy reviewing!

Only 3 Days Left of the
"Giving is Good" Project

This is the last chance for business and homeowners 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  

Photos of New Malecon in PV -- November 24

Labor Laws for Household Employees in Mexico -- November 23

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 -- October 18 

Riviera Nayarit's Rincon de Guayabitos -- An article recently published in Mexi-Go, a Canadian magazine -- October 6   

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. 


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. 


   From Our Readers

Tell Us Why YOU Love Jaltemba Bay  


This is your chance to let the world know why YOU love living or vacationing in the Jaltemba Bay area 


We want to thank Jeffrey, Lilianne, Barenda and Bea 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


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 

Los Amigos Holds First Meeting  

of the 2010-11 Season

by Dave Easby


The first meeting of Los Amigos de Jaltemba for the 2010/11 winter season will be on Monday, November 28. The meeting will be at Restaurante La Palapa de Guty, Circuito Libertad #4. There will be a social gathering at 6:30 with the formal meeting starting at 7:00. Everyone is welcome to come out and find out what Los Amigos is all about. Key Agenda Items will be:

  • Welcome & opening comments
  • Opportunities for Los Amigos
  • Promoting education
  • Changes to operating policies
  • Election of new officers
  • 2012 Fundraising

We also have a new website: losamigosdejaltemba.com. Now you can donate to Los Amigos through PayPal. You can either make a general donation or donate to a specific program.  


For more information, you can also visit the Los Amigos de Jaltemba community webpage.


Jaltemba Bay Rotary Club News 

by Susana Connors 


Local Businesses Help Support Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Club's Annual Fundraiser by Contributing to the Silent Auction 

Local businesses, visitors and residents can make a difference! Donate a service, a gift certificate or a product to the Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Club's annual dinner dance silent auction, to be held on Saturday, January 21st. The silent auction will raise money that will go to support schools, medical programs, a recycling program, leadership training and much more. Please contact Rick Helberg at rickhelberg@hotmail.com 


The Money to Launch the Los Amigos Recycling  

Expansion Program is Here!

Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotarian, Eddie Domingenz, made the announcement at the last Rotary club Wednesday meeting. The $13,000 USD Rotary International donation has been received. Los Amigos recycling expansion program is ready to go. Los Amigos Conalep high school student scholars will begin placing recycling baskets around the area. Watch for the roll out of the litter bug publicity campaign. For information, contact Eddie Dominquez at echopak@mac.com 


A Clean and Safe Chacala Beach and Bay

Imagine visiting a beach with pristine clean white sand. Then imagine floating on the waves, looking down through the crystal clear water to the ocean floor. You have just described Chacala Bay. Chacala Bay is one of only 14 beaches and bays in all of Mexico to be federal beach certified. The standards are high. The rewards are many. Residents and visitors enjoy a clean beach and bay, provided by a extensive trash program, 24 hour beach security and daily lifeguard supervision. Congratulations to the residents of Chacala!


A Small Donation for a Post Linked Together   

Makes a Kinder Fence 

Help build a kindergarten fence, post by post. Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotarian, Johan Skana is enthusiastically accepting $150 peso donations, each of which will buy one cement post. Those donations are building a fence, literally stringing each donation together, post by post. Contact Johan and make a difference. Johan Skana at johan.skana@gmail.com 


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


Quick Links to Recent Community Corner Articles

Update: Barbies Still Needed for Children's Christmas Party -- November 21

Why I Love Jaltemba Bay  by Bea Rauch -- November 21 

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 


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 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.    


Friday, December 2  

Latitude 21 Reopens for the Season 

Head down to the water's edge in Guayabitos for some Salsa music by the Cubanos to celebrate Latitude 21's season opener.  

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. There will be card tables, roulette, raffles, an auction, great food provided by Xaltemba Restaurant, cash bar by Crazy Nelly's. and Mateja will be serving her famous shot belt tequila shots. The event will take place at Salon Fiesta Alfred, Avenida Bahia de Guaymas #10A Centro, La Penita (one block west of the main highway and two blocks south of the Avenida) from 4-9pm. Tickets are on sale at Mateja's Bar & Grill, Hinde & Jaime's Restaurant, Petra's Restaurant or contact Mattie Boznar at mboznar@gmail.com or (327) 274-3360. 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.

Saturday-Sunday, 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.


All Week: November 26 - 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. And be sure to add your event to the Community Calendar as well.



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 >



PEACE Home Tours 

Explore traditional-style Vallarta casas to graceful haciendas and multi-million dollar ocean-front villas during this 3-hour tour. Tickets are $35 USD and all proceeds support PEACE projects.  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 Play at Las Brisas Restaurant 

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 at Xaltemba Restaurant 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 >

Hotel Bahia


Hotel Bahia   

La Penita  


This 38-room hotel is situated in the heart of La Penita. It is clean, quiet, secure and ideal for budget-conscious travelers.  more >

Taxistas Unidas


Taxistas Unidos  

La Penita / Guayabitos 


Taxistas Unidos currently has 63 members and serves six towns. Each member is licensed, insured and certified.  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 & Panchito the Rescue Dogs, too)

Founders, Jaltemba Bay Life