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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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 January 9, 2012 

welcome / bienvenidos


Welcome to all 1,040 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on Jaltemba Bay Life and the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum.


We have been working really hard this week trying to keep up with all the local news and upcoming events. Because of the abundance of information, this week's issue is the largest to date. We actually maxed out on the number of article blocks we can use in our newsletter. 


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, don't forget to check the current weather conditions 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 16th just in time for your morning coffee.  




Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


   In Bloom

Little Cutie in La Peņita 

by Allyson Williams   


La Penita Cutie 

While I was strolling through La Peņita the other day, I spotted this precious little girl playing with her inflatable ball near the plaza. Luckily for me, she was willing to pose with a little encouragement from her Dad. If you think she could she be any cuter, check out the rest of the photos series... See more


   Featured Articles

An Incredible Whale of a Rescue Story 

by Guille Coppel    


La Penita Cutie 

On December the 29th 2011, three friends and us went out fishing in four different boats: Jaime Barragan in his boat "Poca Madre" with his son Jaimillo and a friend of him Nahum. Humberto Mendoza in his panga "Freedom" with his wife Jani and her 8 year old nephew, Emiliano. Mario Mucharraz by himself in his boat "Makaira" and Martel and I in our boat "Vida Loca"...  Read more


Giving IS Good!
by David Thompson

We are proud to announce that because of our 2011 "Giving is Good" project, we are donating a total $660 USD to four local charities:

  • Cancer de Mama
  • Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue
  • Los Amigos Scholarship Program
  • PEACE Mexico

We would like to thank the following businesses, rentals and real estate properties who participated during this phase of the project by advertising and/or renewing their listings between October 24-December 25, 2011:

The "Giving is Good" project is our way of giving back to our community!    


We are hoping to announce the next phase of the Jaltemba Bay Life "Giving is Good" project in a few months, so stay tuned. 

Giving is Good Logo  

Quick Links to Recent Articles  

2011 Historical Weather Data is Now Available 

Jaltemba Bay Maps Added to Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum 

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

Women to Women Fashion Show Sponsorship Opportunities  

PEACE Mexico Announces 3rd Annual ArteVida Gala 

New Watercolor Class in Guayabitos 

Items Needed for Bazaar 

Funds Needed for Local Women's Second Hip Replacement Surgery 

And many more...


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. 


   Event News + Updates

Announcing the Cancer de Mama Kick-Off Party  

Cancer de Mama Kick-Off Party Logo

This year, the non-profit Cancer de Mama organization is holding a party to kick-off the upcoming 4th Annual Cancer de Mama Clinic in La Penita, Nayarit, Mexico. The party is a way to inform the public about the clinic and clinic needs, as well as to provide an opportunity for people to get involved if they cannot volunteer at the clinic.  Read more

"Suite Mexico" Exhibit Comes to Xaltemba Gallery   


Agneta's Book

Xaltemba Gallery is honored to present "Suite Mexico" the work of Abraham Lopez and Miguel Castellanos, two artists from Guadalajara. The exhibit, "Suite Mexico" is the vision of these two artists with a different approach...  Read more

Get Ready for the Most Delicious Fund-Raiser in Jaltemba Bay 

by Christina Stobbs   


Agneta's Book

The Most Delicious Fund-Raiser in Jaltemba Bay will be held on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Los Ayala's Elementary School. Tickets are just $100 pesos per person. Enjoy a HUGE selection of Canadian, Mexican & American Treats.  Read more 

Mexican Fiesta to Raise Funds  

for Los Ayala Infrastructure  

by Christina Stobbs


Agneta's Book

A "Mexican Fiesta" will be hosted at Los Delfines Bungalows & RV Park to raise funds to replace the existing infrastructure for waste in Los Ayala. The cost to replace the infrastructure is ~ $1,000,000-1,200,000 pesos and Los Ayala needs to raise $250,000 pesos; muy pronto...  Read more 

YURTS: Living in the Round Slide Presentation 

by Becky Kemery  


Agneta's Book

Come join Becky Kemery, author of YURTS: Living in the Round, as she shares her beautiful and inspiring slideshow, YURTS: Living in the Round. Originally an indigenous shelter from the plains of Central Asia, modern yurts offer...  Read more

   Restaurant + Business News

New Guayabitos Yoga Classes Added 

by Agneta Dyck  

Agneta's Book

For all of you who like to finish your morning coffee before you head out, starting January 9th Guayabitos Yoga is offering a new 9:00 a.m. class. And for those of you looking for a little more challenge, there is a new Advanced class every...  Read more

Live Artist Painting at Beso del Sol SteakHouse 

by Julio Parra


Agneta's Book

Starting this Wednesday, January 11, Beso del Sol SteakHouse in Guayabitos will feature work from Tepic Artist Fco. Javier Carrillo who used to have galleries in Mazatlan, San Blas and Cabo San Lucas. Sr. Carrillo and his son will be painting, as well as displaying some of their beautiful work.   Read more

   Why We Love Jaltemba Bay 

    Tell us why YOU love living or vacationing here! 

Tell Us Why YOU Love Jaltemba Bay

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


Thank you soulpatch and Lauralynn for sharing! 


Why I Love Jaltemba Bay
by soulpatch (from Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum)

My family loves Mexico and it constantly calls to us. We will be visiting your area in July and what you have written here really reaches that place in me where I am most alive. Saludos!

Why I Love Jaltemba Bay
by Lauralynn (from Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum)

salt of the earth people with generous hearts....living in a lovely town on the seashore. how can i help but love her?

   Community Corner:

    Updates on groups, organizations and other good works 

Donations Needed to Fund Kinder Kitchen in La Penita
by Jane Fellows

Agneta's Book

I am working to raising money to build a kitchen at Jardin de Ninos: Luis Pasteur Kinder School in La Penita. However, donations of cement, rebar, tiles, and cash donations are needed to make this happen.  Read more

Funds Needed for Local Woman's Second 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

Rotary Will Honor Jaltemba Bay  

Animal Rescue 

by Susana Connors


Agneta's Book

What would change the world? Rotary's 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self. Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Club has voted unanimously to honor Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR), for advocating humane and healthy practices for animals in our area. JBAR has done this...  Read more


Pencils Find Their Way to Needy Hands, The Rotary Way
by Susana Connors 

One of Walmart's suppliers found themselves with an over inventory situation of pencils. They contacted John Laramore from the Heart Lake Brampton Ontario Rotary Club. The club received several palettes of pencils...  Read more

Support Your Community by Attending the Third Annual Rotary Dinner Dance 

by Susana Connors


Support your community by participating in Rotary's Third Annual Dinner Dance. Los Amigos, Cambiando Vidas, Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue, Margarita Challenge, Clinica Cancer de Mama, kindergarten schools (Las Cabras, La Colmena and Las Ladrilleras) all have partnered with...  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


Monday, January 9  

Los Amigos Management Council Meeting
The Management Council oversees the operations of Los Amigos. It meets the second Monday of each month at Palapa de Guty, Circuito Libertad #4, La Penita and everyone is welcome to sit in. There is a Meet & Greet at 6:30pm with the formal meeting starting at 7pm.

Tuesday, January 10
Cancer de Mama Clinic Volunteer Meeting
This organizational meeting is for anyone who is interested in volunteering at the upcoming Cancer de Mama Clinic in February. The meeting will be held at 10am poolside at the La Penita RV Park. We expect over 300 women to attend this year's clinic, so lots of volunteers are needed. For more information, please visit www.cancerdemamaclinic.com. If you can't attend the meeting but want to volunteer, please let one of the organizers know your area of interest (contact information is on the website).

YURTS: Living in the Round Presentation
Come join Becky Kemery, author of YURTS: Living in the Round, as she shares her beautiful and inspiring slideshow, YURTS: Living in the Round at 6pm at Xaltemba Restaurant. See the article above for additional information.


Saturday, January 14  
Los Amigos Basket-Making Workshop
The Recycling Committee of Los Amigos will be holding Basket Making Workshops on the following Saturdays: January 7, 14, 21 and 28 and February 4, 11, 18. The workshops will be held from 10am-noon at 162 Calle Allende, La Peņita.  Read more

A Taste of La Cruz
Amigos de La Cruz and the Marina Riviera Nayarit are pleased to announce "A Taste of La Cruz", a FREE to the public event at the Marina Malecon & Amphitheater from 4-7pm. Enjoy a day of fun, food & music at one of the Bahia's most picturesque settings. Meet the people, merchants, restaurants and musicians of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit at this exciting expo-fair.

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


January 18-20 
3rd Annual Bucerias Street Festival 
This 3-day event takes place on January 18th, 19th & 20th, 2012 and includes: The Bucerias Chalk Art Walk, The Taste of Riviera Nayarit and The Bucerias Craft Faire. For more information, visit The Bucerias Art Walk 

January 18-21
1st Annual Jaltemba Bay Rotary Conference 
The First Annual Jaltemba Bay Rotary Conference is scheduled for January 18-21, 2012 in beautiful La Penita-Guayabitos and will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay, District 4150, Mexico. For more information, visit www.rotaryjaltemba.com 

Saturday, January 21   
3rd Annual Rotary Dinner Dance & Auction
The Rotary Dinner Dance & Auction will be held Saturday, January 21 at Tonita's III in La Penita. Tickets are 300 pesos and include dinner, a beverage, dancing and lots of fun! Buy your tickets from any Rotarian. Proceeds help fund community service projects including student scholarships in the Jaltemba Bay area. For more information, visit www.rotaryjaltemba.com 



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 


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

Annie's Watercolor Class


Annie's Watercolor Class   



Join Annie and other watercolor enthusiasts for some painting fellowship at this free weekly event.  more

Casa Contenta


Casa Contenta

Los Ayala 


Four stunningly designed and authentic Mexican suites with hand-carved wood furniture, talavera tile and more.  more

Condominios Paraiso Tropical


Condominios Paraiso Tropical    

La Penita 


These three comfortable condos are located one block from the ocean.  more

El Gigio


El Gigio Italian Pizzeria   

La Penita   


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

Vista Guayabitos


Vista Guayabitos 



Vista Guayabitos offers fabulous food, an incredible setting and the most beautiful view in miles!  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