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Fundraising, Charity & Special Events for 2011-12 


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 December 26, 2011 

happy new year / feliz aņo nuevo 


Welcome to all 1,012 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on Jaltemba Bay Life and the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum.


We hope you had a wonderfully Merry Christmas wherever you are. There were so many posadas around the Bay, it was hard to tell whether the kids were coming or going. You can read about a few of them below.  


While we know you're still busy with the holidays, we want to take a minute to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. And speaking of which, you will find a complete list of where to celebrate New Year's Eve below. 


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 January 2nd just in time for your morning coffee.  




Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


   Jaltemba Bay DISH: 

   Ally's inside scoop on where to find seriously good food! 

Tequila Christmas Cookies

Thanks to "The Cisco Kid" for sharing this classic holiday recipe!

1 cup of water
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
4 large eggs
1 cup nuts
2 cups of dried fruit
1 bottle tequila

Sample the tequila in a large glass to check quality.

Take a large bowl, and check the tequila again, to be sure it is of
the highest quality. Pour one level cup and drink.  View recipe >

   Featured Articles
A BIG Thank You!

As we approach the end of the year, we at Jaltemba Bay Life would like to take a minute to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who uses both Jaltemba Bay Life and the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum, as well as all the business, hotel, vacation rental and real estate owners who have supported us by advertising this past year. We greatly appreciate your business and your continued support.

We special thank you to our fabulous advertisers.

El Capomo Christmas Party

On December 24, Carole Thacker led Santa, Mrs. Claus and a group from the La Penita RV Park via quads to El Capomo to host a children's Christmas party.  View more photos >

Nurse Vicky's Annual Children's Christmas Party

by Gail Gafuik  


Nurse Vicky's Christmas Party 

On December 16th, 2011 Nurse Vicky along with a large group of volunteers hosted a Christmas party for the children and families of the small community of San Isidro, north of Zacualapan. Over 120 people enjoyed a barbecue lunch of hamburgers and potato salad with all the fixings.  Read story > 


Where to Celebrate the Holidays in Jaltemba Bay

If you haven't already made plans for New Year's Eve, here's a list of what's going on. Make your reservations soon!

Boxing Day (Dec. 26):

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Celebrate Boxing Day with breakfast at El Panorama. Choice of Cheese, Pepper & Mushroom Quiche or Poached Eggs with Mushroom Dijon Sauce. 8:30am-1pm. $120 pesos.  Reservations

El Gigio Italian Pizzeria
Closed.  More Info

New Year's Eve (Dec. 31):

El Gigio Italian Pizzeria
Open Noon-10pm with regular menu.  Reservations

El Rodeo Mexican Bar & Grill
New Year's Eve Dance & Dinner. Dinner specials and Willie Cuban Caribbean Music. 10pm-1am. $200 pesos. RSVP at El Rodeo.

Las Brisas
Open 9am-8pm with regular menu.  Reservations

Latitude 21
New Year's Eve Dinner & Party. Entree (choice of Filet Mignon, Double Ribs, Shrimp Scampi or Chicken Picatta), salad or shrimp cocktail, glass of wine or drink, dessert, and champagne toast. 5:30pm-Midnight.  Reservations

Los Compadres
Open 4-9pm with regular menu.  Reservations

Paradise Sports Bar & Grill
(Formerly Crazy Nelly's)  New Year's Eve Party featuring the "LA Connection" Dance Band. Dinner and 3 drinks for $400 pesos. Advanced tickets available.  Reservations

New Year's Eve Party on the Highway. All you can eat & drink: BBQ ribs, fish fillet, and garlic and coconut shrimp. Mariachi music, Mexican piano and dancers. Free transportation with advanced reservation. Starts at 5pm. $340 pesos ($380 pesos after Dec. 25).  Reservations

Tonita I & II
Open 8am-6:30pm with regular Menu.  Reservations

Tonita III
New Year's Eve Dinner & Party. Pork Loin with Plum Sauce or Stuffed Chicken with Feta Cheese and Peppers and free drink. Live music. 7pm-Midnight. $300 pesos.  Reservations

Vista Guayabitos
Open 1-9pm with regular menu.  Reservations

Xaltemba Restaurant
New Year's Eve Early Supper. Dinner specials served from 5-9pm. $250 pesos. Afterwards, head to the New Year's Eve Party at El Rodeo (see above).  Reservations

New Year's Day (Jan. 1):

Las Brisas
Open 9am-8pm with regular menu.  Reservations

Los Compadres
Closed.  More Info

Teriyaki Time
Closed.  More Info

Tonita I, II & III
Open 10am-7pm with regular menu.  Reservations

Vista Guayabitos
Open 1-9pm with regular menu.  Reservations

Xaltemba Restaurant
New Year's Day Brunch & Dinner. Brunch: 10am-2pm with special brunch menu. Dinner: 5-9pm.  Reservations

Quick Links to Recent Articles  

In The Spirit of Giving 

'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Mexican Style) 

Final Barbie Update for Children's Christmas Party  

Los Amigos Open House Update 

Rotary: Municipal's Plan to Sell Guayabitos Greenbelt Area 

Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Meetings 

Rotary Dinner Dance Update 

Jaltemba Bay Life's 1st Annual Holiday Giving Guide   


You can read these and other articles featured in our newsletter on the "Archived Articles & Photos" page, which is located on Jaltemba Bay Life under the Newsletter tab.


Important Links   

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. 


   Community Corner:

    Updates on groups, organizations and other good works 

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. You can view the new JBAR Adoptee Photo Album here. 


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


Wednesday, December 28 

Dia de los Santos Inocentes

(Holy Innocent's Day)  This is the Mexican version of April Fool's Day, so don't believe everything you see or hear! 


Saturday, December 31 

Aņo Viejo  (New Year's Eve) 


Sunday, January 1 
Aņo Nuevo**  (New Year's Day)

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.

Next Week  


Tuesday, January 3
Poetry Workshop with Steve Jones
Join Steve Jones, Co-Director of the Oregon Writing Project at Willamette University, for a 2-hour workshop on writing poetry. The workshop, sponsored by Writers Who Love Mexico, is open to any level of writer. It will be held from 4-6pm in Guayabitos and is limited to 6 participants.
Cost: $300 pesos. Email Susan Cobb via the Writers Who Love Mexico webpage for more information and to make reservations.


Friday, January 6
Día de los Santos Reyes
(Three Kings Day)
  This holiday marks the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas, and commemorates the three wise men who traveled from afar bearing gifts for baby Jesus. Traditionally, Mexicans exchange gifts on this date, not on Christmas day. In addition, a special holiday cake known as "Rosca de Reyes" (Three Kings Cake) is served. This round, doughnut-shaped cake with candied fruit baked on top contains three small plastic figurines inside representing baby Jesus. By tradition, if you are served a slice that contains the figurine, you must host a party on Día de la Candelaria on February 2nd.



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 >



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 >


Afternoon Tea at Latitude 21

Enjoy a spot of tea on the upper deck including, scones and cucumber sandwiches. Wednesdays from 1-4:30pm. RSVP to (322) 192-0009.  More info > 


Manuel & Friends Play at Las Brisas Restaurant 

Eat, drink and dance to Manuel & Friends every Wednesday night at 4pm.  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 >   


Grilled Oyster Bar at Los Compadres 

All you can eat Grilled Oysters or Peel & Eat Shrimp for only $200 pesos every Friday from 4-9pm.  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. And if your event isn't listed, email us. 


   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 >

El Gigio


El Gigio Italian Pizzeria   

La Penita   


Specializing in Salads, Gourmet Pizza, Calzones, Pasta, Lasagna, Spaghetti and other Italian dishes.  more >

Glassworks Studio


Glassworks Studio    

La Colonia   


Stained glass mosaic and fused glass workshops. Plus custom stained glass windows and light fixtures.  more >

Green Parrot


Green Parrot S.A.   

La Penita


We are not real estate agents. We buy and sell interesting properties for great investments.  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.  


View more Homes & Condos here. Or let one of the local Realtors & Real-Estate Companies help find your perfect place. 


Casa Tequila


Casa Tequila  

Guayabitos, Residential
$1,350,000 USD


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 & Panchito the Rescue Dogs, too)

Founders, Jaltemba Bay Life