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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 Season  


Jaltemba Bay Hotels  

& Vacation Rentals 

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The Jaltemba Bay Weather Page is funded and provided by JaltembaBayLife.com 

 January 2, 2012 

happy new year / feliz aņo nuevo


Welcome to all 1,030 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 and we want to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.   


We know the Christmas and New Year's parties have kept you  busy, and it appears that things aren't going to slow down anytime soon. To find out what is happening this week, read through the information below and take a peek at our online Community Calendar.     


To help plan your upcoming trip or your day in the Bay, check the current weather conditions 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 9th just in time for your morning coffee.  




Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


   Featured Articles
A BIG Thank You!

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.

A special thank you to our fabulous advertisers.

2011 Historical Weather Data is Now Available

2011 Weather Data

We have updated the weather chart to include information for the month of December. Visit the Jaltemba Bay Weather Page to view the daily highs and lows, monthly average temperatures and monthly rainfall amounts for 2011.

New and Improved Archive Page

New Archive Page

We have redesigned the way we archive news to make it easier for our readers to find articles, information, photos and recipes after our newsletters are published. To get there, go to the Newsletter tab on Jaltemba Bay Life and scroll down to "Newsletter Articles & Photos" (as shown above).   View it now

Quick Links to Recent Articles  

Where to Celebrate the Holidays in Jaltemba Bay 

El Capomo Christmas Party Photos  

Nurse Vicky's Annual Children's Christmas Party 

Tequila Christmas Cookie Recipe  

In The Spirit of Giving 

'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Mexican Style)  


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. 


   Special Event News + Updates

Fashion Show in Jaltemba Bay is a "Win-Win" for Everyone

by Becky Kemery   


Fashion Show 

Originally the brain child of a group of women golfers, the Women to Women | Mujeres a Mujeres Fashion Show (also known as the Jaltemba Bay Fashion Show) has grown into a major charity fundraiser in the Riviera Nayarit area.  Read more 


Mujeres a Mujeres Fashion Show Announces Sponsorship Opportunities

by Agneta Dyck 


This season, for the first time, the Women to Women Charity Fashion Show Group is offering local businesses and individuals the chance to sponsor our event on February 21, 2012. It's a wonderful opportunity to support an organization that funds many highly worthwhile projects in the Jaltemba Bay area.  Read more 


PEACE Mexico Announces 3rd Annual ArteVida Gala  

ArteVida Logoby Nicole Majewski  

The 3rd Annual ArteVida Gala will be a night of art and live entertainment showcasing local and international talent, with gourmet catering by Benitto's Paninoteca. The event is set to be held at the renowned Casa China Blanca in El Farallon Los Veneros, site of the recent feature film Limitless, on Friday, January 20 from 6-10pm.  Read more 

   From Our Readers

New Watercolor Class in Guayabitos 

by Annie Boldt

Annie's Watercolor Class

I am looking for water color painters of any level of expertise to join together for some painting fellowship. Personally speaking, I always seem to paint better with some outside artistic stimulus. This is a free, come-as-you-wish event.  Read more 

Items Needed for Bazaar  

Jorge Ortega Espinoza, from Unidos por Bahia de Jaltemba, is asking for support for their upcoming and ongoing Bazaar. They are looking for gently used clothing, shoes, plants, electronics, appliances and anything else people are willing to donate. These items will be sold at the Bazaar and proceeds will be used to purchase groceries, wheelchairs, medication, etc. for low-income individuals in our area.  Read more

Funds Needed for Local Woman's Hip Replacement Surgery 

by Lin Chimes  


Marianna wishes to thank everyone who donated money to help purchase her prothesis for a much needed hip operation. She especially wants to thank the generosity of the "Margarita Challenge" who donated $25,100 pesos toward the purchase of the $41,000 pesos prosthesis.  Read more

   Community Corner:

    Updates on groups, organizations and other good works 

Los Amigos Recycling Basket Making Workshops
by Dave Easby

The Recycling Committee of Los Amigos will be having Basket Making Workshops on the following Saturdays: January 7, 14, 21 and 28 and February 4, 11, 18. The workshops will start at 10:00 AM and run until noon. The workshops will be held at 162 Calle Allende, La Peņita.  Read more

Cancer de Mama's Exemplary Community Leadership is Honored by Rotary 

by Susana Connors


Jaltemba Bay La Peņita Rotary Club has voted unanimously to honor the Clinica Cancer de Mama organization for "Service Beyond Self" at their 3rd Annual Rotary Dinner Dance on January 21st.  Read more

Large Rotary Grant Funds the Los Amigos Recycling Program  

by Susana Connors


The Los Amigos Club, with money raised by the local Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Club, California Rotary clubs and Rotary International, has rolled out its recycling publicity campaign along with the 500 collection bins that will begin to appear on the streets of La Peņita and Guayabitos.  Read more

Learning for Life Scholarship Students Attend Second Workshop  

by Susana Connors


Learning for Life Scholarship students attended a second workshop conducted at the Marina Chacala Beach Club. Led by Debbie Walton and Eddie Dominquez: Sponsored by Rotary International, Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary and Kalispell Montana Rotary.  Read more

Donations Combined with Rotarians and Volunteers Make Schools Become a Reality 

by Susana Connors


Johan Skana presented an accounting of the latest school projects at the last Jaltemba Bay La Peņita Rotary Club meeting. He stated that $98,500 pesos has been received from the Canadian Ladysmith club for the bathrooms at Las Lardilleras kinder.  Read 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. 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 


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.


Saturday, January 7  
Los Amigos Recycling Basket Making Workshop
See above for detailed information.

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 


Monday, January 9
Los Amigos Management Council Meeting
More information to come.


Saturday, January 14   
Los Amigos Recycling Basket Making Workshop
See above for detailed information. 



Special Events for 2011-12 Season 

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 >


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 >


Live Music at Latutide 21

Please see the Community Calendar or the Latitude 21 webpage for their extensive music schedule. 



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