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Todos Santos 5k Walk / Run For Health - Start training now for the 1st annual Todos Santos 5K Walk / Run for Health. To be held January 3rd 2009. It will Start at the Plaza across from the Church and take you thru the senic town of Todos Santos. All proceeds will benefit the Palapa Society Chino Project for children with medical needs.

There will be a 1K course for kids 10 years and under, and a 5K Walk / Run Course with a raffle and prizes.
If you would like to sponser a local child or family for the event, or help us on the day of the event, contact Mir Lund at mikeandmir[-at-] - Mir Lund, mikeandmir[-at-], 612 1345-347, Todos Santos

December 14, 2008: 2nd Annual Special Needs School Fundraiser - Save the date! Come by our little school (1st one on the right!) on La Cachora Road. We'll be posting flyers and other announcements in the near future. Volunteers and donations will be greatly appreciated! More later... - Mary Shortell, mshortell[-at-], 145-0512, Todos Santos

Baja Masters Swim Team - This is an opportunity to join the baja masters swim team starting in november! All levels accepted. We will have a swim practice in cabo san lucas-a great way to improve stroke technique, endurance, and meet new friends that love to swim! Contact Coach: Maya Padilla, mayacabomil[-at-], 541-388-1934, Cabo San Lucas

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Comments, Questions and Answers

Misplaced Surfboard - 7' Anderson Surfboard in a white DaKine boardbag, lost last weekend (8/16) somewhere between Cerritos parking lot and the highway. Sentimental value. Reward. Thanks. - Eric Engler, ericengler1[-at-], 612 102 8393, Todos Santos

San Carlos - Hola Anyone in San Carlos, if so what is the weather like at this time? - Mark Wilson, ibslverfox[-at-], 916-422-6627, United States

Senior Card (courtesy, Baja Pony Express) - The card is available to anyone 60 or over providing that they are a citizen or possess a valid FM 2 visa. Originally issued by INSEN (Instituto Nacional de la Senectud) it has now been take over by INAPAM (Instituto Nacional de Las Personas Adultas Mayores.)

The INAPAM office is in the Rehabilitation Center at the NW corner of Abasolo and Colosio. Entrance is in the middle on the east side of the building. You need two 'infantile' size photos, copies of all written pages of your FM2 or FM3, copies of all written pages of your passport, a copy of a utility bill showing your address, and a copy of your drivers license. Process takes about 1/2 hour and you leave with the card. Wait time may be quite long as there is only one agent issuing cards. Show up before 9:00 am for shortest wait.

• Property taxes – 50% discount: Each year the municipalities will offer discounts for paying the property taxes, the discount can vary up to 30%, this is because in Mexico one does not have to pay his property tax until he goes to sell, so far, but there is a movement to change this because municipal governments needs the money.
• SAPA – 50% discount: SAPA means potable water and sewer utility muncipal department and some time it is called ISAPA,
• Ferries – 50% discount mut show the card before asking for the ticket.
• Bus – 50% discount same as for ferries.
• Transito - discount on one car license: plates and driver's license.
• INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History) – free
• Cinepolis – currently 8 pesos: The price is actually 48 pesos but on wednesdays there is no discount since they only charge to the general public half price.
• Stores throughout La Paz offer varying discounts: It is not advertiser thus one ask, normally 10%, there is a list at the INSEN office.

Further Information: Web site: INAPAM Web site for list of locations offering discounts: - Directorio de Beneficios (note: The web site is in Spanish. - Cheryl

Senior Card (courtesy, Baja Pony Express) - You forgot to put in as one of the benefits of the card is that you get 50% off your water bill and you MUST register your card at the water company. Also, I think we need a clarification of the 50% off your tax bill. Many people already get a good discount if you pay your tax bill early. I don't know how this impacts the senior card holder. If you get an early discount, I doubt you will get another 50% off your bill. As a matter of fact, I still CANNOT believe that our tax bills can be reduced by %50 by just having the card. Thanks Jim -

Smart Card - I have been told that the AT&T smart card works in the Cabo area. Does anyone know if it works in the Pescadero Todo Santos area? - Martha, marthadebaja[-at-], Pescadero

Where Is Your Garbage Going? - If you're paying someone to take your garbage away, do you know where they're taking it? There's a good chance it's going half a mile above you in some arroyo or just dumped on the side of the road out in the desert...wherever it costs the least gas. It seldom goes to the public Basurero because the distance would cut into the profit. We're talking hundreds of tons that is expected to go out to sea when the next hurricane scrubs the arroyos. Tell your cleanup people you're going to follow them to the public dump to see your garbage is disposed of responsibly and you won't pay them until you see that it is!

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Rides Needed/Available

Need A Ride North. - Destination Redding but San Diego will work too - two people to share gas. Need to travel between 8/29 & 9/2. - Doug Or Diane Phillips, dandd[-at-], 615 160-1070, Baja California Sur

Envelope Needs Ride To U.S. - Are you flying up to the US within the next few days? I have an envelope that needs to be mailed in the U.S. Would be happy to deliver to your house anywhere in Todos Santos or Pescadero. - Alan Thompson, alan[-at-], 805 598 7908, Todos Santos

Any Room In Your Truck Or Trailer?? - STILL SEEKING SOMEONE......Is anyone headed south from Los Angeles or Las Vegas with some spare room in their truck or trailer? I'd love to get a few things brought down but just don't have "enough" to bring a big trailer of my own. More than happy to pay for fuel costs. Please call or email Janel at janel91436[-at-] or 624.175.9102 (cell). Muchas Gracias, Amigos!! - Janel Faraci, janel91436[-at-], 624.175.9102, Los Barriles

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Restaurant and Food News

It's Almost Ready! - The new bakery, Pan D'Les is almost ready to open. Formerly selling chiabattas, baguettes, puglieses, focaccias and other breads from the dining room of a local restaurant twice a week, the new boutique bakery and pastry shop will be open Mondays through Saturdays beginning the first week of September.

Simplicity, passion and love is the concept behind each hand-formed loaf coming out of the gas powered convection oven imported from Brazil. Having adapted traditional artesan recipes to use with domestic flour, the bread guy invites you to find him at his new location on Madero street in downtown La Paz at Ocampo. Provecho! - , lapaz.breadguy[-at-],, La Paz

Last Week Of The Season For Cafe D'licia - We will be closed for the month of September, but you still have Wednesday thru Sunday this week to get your super burro,omelet,chile relleno and other house specialties like our mango cinnamon toast or English muffins! A special thanks to all of you who have been so supportive, hope to see you this week! We will reopen in October. Alicia y Don - Alicia Dufaux, kiwimay1999[-at-], 145-0862, Todos Santos

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Music/Entertainment News

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Pet Corner

Still Missing: Jack Russell Terrier in Rancho Nuevo - Mini is a small female Jack Russell, white with a red face, only about 10 pounds. Any information would be much appreciated. If you have seen her, please call Kelly at 612 151 8276 or Shar at 624 137 3198. - Kelly Mccabe, greenbrier[-at-], 612 151 8276, Elias Calles

American Bulldog Puppies - Our Bulldogs will be having puppies within a month. If anyone, with a good home, is interested in having a great dog please come by and meet the parents. American Bulldogs are 23-27 inches tall, weight is 60-80 Lbs. Intelligent, great with kids and other animals. - Rick Plaia, rickplaia[-at-], 6121538124, Todos Santos

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Misc. For Sale/Wanted

New, In The Box Cameras, Pot Dvd - i have new, in the box, cameras. 2 Polaroids 7.0, usb cables etc, and 2 Fuji 8.3, with rechargeable batteries and charger. $ 129.00 for the Polaroids, $149.00 for the Fuji´s. Also have 2 portable dvd players, new, off brands but come with everything! $ 100.00 and $129.00. Also, new Milwaukee hammer drill and impact driver set. - Mike Johnson, zzooo9[-at-], cell 0446121523564, Todos Santos

Metal Detector For Sale - For Sale: White DFX-E Spectrum Metal Detector and Treasure Hunter. Comes with the carrying case, extra battery pack, headphones, bullseye pinpointer and extra loop. This metal detector is top of the line with digital display, deep reading and fast response. $1,000 usd. Follow this link to read more about it: - Kathy Gordon, katiejay99[-at-], 612-142-8755, Todos Santos

For Sale: - Jacuzzi pump and tank - $100 usd. Todos Santos - Kathy Gordon, katiejay99[-at-], 612-142-8755, Todos Santos

Cabover Camper Wanted - Looking for cab-over camper that will fit my 1999 GMC truckbed. Todos Santos. - Kathy Gordon, katiejay99[-at-], 612-142-8755

Antique Sale: - Chinese Art for sale. Set of 3 very old lithographs. Also 1 painting over 100 yrs old inherited from Grandmother Painted by emperors personal painter. Also 8 Liquie Crystal Cat. 97 Piece Silverware set.“ 100% Silver in original wood box. very antique. 10 gold rimmed dinner plates and 10 100% Crystal glasses. Call for appointment to view and make offer. Pescadero. - Kathy Gordon, katiejay99[-at-], 612-142-8755

Rooster Fish and Captains Chair - Original Captains chair from 1970 Bertram. $100 usd. Beautifully mounted Roosterfish for sale. Grey Taxidermy mount. 54" x 27". (137cm x 68.6 cm). $500 usd. (paid over $1,000 to mount). - Kathy Gordon, katiejay99[-at-], 612-142-8755

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Vehicles/Boats for Sale

For Sale: - 1990 Cadillac. Runs great, beautiful condition. 1 very small dent in trunk. nothing else. $3,000 usd. This would be a great vehicle for a hotel/motel or to be put in service as an upscale taxi. Todos Santos. - Kathy Gordon, katiejay99[-at-], 612-142-8755

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Rentals Available/Wanted

House Sitting Long Term - Family of 4 from Australia looking for long-term house sitting position. Currently located in La Paz for a year. Available immediately. - Mark Fechter, fechter1[-at-], 612-152-0760, La Paz

House Sitter Available - I am a professional Massage Therapist , Yoga Teacher and Bodyworker looking for a long term House sitting position. I have been in the area since Jan. 08. I am Canadian,mature,will have an fm3 in oct and have references. I am looking at the Todos Santos or Pescadero areas. I maintain gardens, water, keep house clean and pest free. Can speak some Spanish , flexiable and ejoy the area and climate.I own a house in Canada.612 119 7045. Needed Oct 1 or so. Thank- you. Diana Moore,currnetly House Sitting in San Perdrito,Pescadero.I have a 4 wheel truck. Self sufficient. - Diana Moore, tina_rayleene[-at-], 612 119 7045, Pescadero

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Real Estate For Sale

House for Sale in Todos Santos - Pacific Ocean, Punto Lobos and Todos Santos Views. This strategically located property sits on the hill in the area known as La Calera in Todos Santos. House is 1 bd, 1 bath. Electricity, Internet, Sky dish. Being sold fully furnished including washer, refrigerator (extra large), stove, 2 beds and all other furnishings. Located at the end of a quiet street, sitting on the point of the hill, this peaceful property is unbelievably close to town with magnificent views. I am very motivated to sell. Price negotiable at $80,000 usd.. 600 sq. mtr. lot. This is a great "project house" that you can finish the way you want to. Solid foundation for second story. Plenty of parking. Peaceful dead end street. - Kathy Gordon, katiejay99[-at-], 612-142-8755, Todos Santos

Property For Sale - Lot measures 1743M2, water on site, elec. ready. Large mango, mature guava, both produce fruit in season. 5 large, 50 small, well established palms, along fence line, complete with working drip irrigation system. Near beach, view of ocean and mountain range.$100,000USD, no agents. Call or e-mail for photos. dtutko1[-at-] or - , stevetutko[-at-], Pescadero

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Sales and Services

Dig/Dive/Plunge Into The Mysteries - In the Seeds Of Civilization novels, a Seattle aerospace engineer and his team of amateur investigators follow a trail of strange artifacts in a search of the truth about the age and origin of Earth’s earliest civilizations. Each new investigation reveals clues that are truly “out of this world!”

Tractrix, Tsubute and Triangle give adventure-lovers a glimpse of real life archaeological mysteries—the ancient Maya of Mexico, Japan’s submerged Yonaguni Monument and the “lost city of Cuba,” discovered in 2000 by a Canadian salvage team. Order the series in El Tecolote Libros in Todos Santos or at any online book store. Signed copies may also be ordered directly from the author’s Web site at, Martha Archer, pr[-at-], Todos Santos

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Quote of the Day: " Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative. " - Kurt Vonnegut, American Author (1922 - 2007)

Community Calendar
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Cabo Mil Happy Hour - 6 :00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. 96.3 FM, In English.
Los Cerritos Beach Club - Sunset Sessions, Live music by Dalina Jones and Diego Ramirez, 3 to 6 P.M.
Basilfields 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.Colegio Militar near Marquez de Leon
Tennis, Elias Calles, contact Leslie leslie.light1[-at-]
Dinner And A Movie Night at Buena Vida - Dinner 6:00, Movie 8:30 - 612-134-3100, Todos Santos
Basilfields 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. Colegio Militar near Marquez de Leon
Tennis, Elias Calles, contact Leslie leslie.light1[-at-]
Smoke Out Fish and Chicken, and Open Mike Night - 8 P.M., The Sandbar, Pescadero.
Zandro's Ashtanga Yoga - 9.00 A.M. Donations, La Arca , Todos Santos
Basilfields 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. Colegio Militar, near Marquez de Leon
Music by Shawn & Cowboy, Hotel California, Todos Santos
Live Reggae music from KL. 9:00 P.M. - 1:00 A.M. The Sandbar, Pescadero
Los Cerritos Beach Club - Sunset Sessions, live music by Dave Hutcheson and Dave de la Valle, 3 to 6 P.M.
Music by Flashback - 8 P.M., Hotel California, Todos Santos
Los Cerritos Beach Club - Sunset Sessions, Music by Daniel Siqueiros, 3 to 6 P.M.
Tennis, Elias Calles, contact Leslie leslie.light1[-at-]


Monday, Sept. 01- Labor Day (U.S.)
Tuesday, Sept. 16 - Mexican Independence Day (Mex.)
Sunday, Oct. 12 -Dharma Talks with Robert Hall, M.D. resume
Sunday, Oct. 12 - Día de la Raza (Mex.)
Monday, Oct. 13 - Columbus Day (U.S.)
Friday, Oct. 17-19 - ALMA Fishing tournament, Buena Vista
Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2 - Día de los Muertos (Mex.)
Sunday, Nov. 2 - Daylight Savings Time Ends (U.S.)
Tuesday, Nov 11 - Veteran's Day (U.S.)
Saturday, Nov. 15 - East Cape Guild “Gala” Fund Raising Event, Los Barriles
Sunday, Nov. 16 - Asoc. De Artes, (co-sponsor) 1st Art Festival, San Antonio
Thursday, Nov. 20: Mexican Revolution Day (Mex.)
Thursday, Nov. 27 - Thanksgiving Day (U.S.)
Saturday, Nov. 29 - 11:00 - 3:00 Palapa Society's Annual Tiangus
Saturday, Nov. 29 - East Cape Guild “Baja Ha Ha” Golf Tournament
Friday, Dec. 12 - Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Mex.)
Saturday, Dec. 13 - ALMA Rummage Sale, Los Barriles
Sunday, Dec. 14 - Asoc. De Artes – Mural Tour, Los Barriles
Tuesday, Dec. 16 - Las Posadas (Mex.)
Thursday, Dec. 25 - Christmas Day

Thursday, Jan. 1 - New Year's Day
Sunday, Jan. 18 - Asoc. De Artes “Casas de Artes” Tour, Los Barriles
Saturday, Feb. 14 - Rotary Club “Valentine Run”, Los Barriles
Sunday, Feb. 22 - 15th Annual Todos Santos Historic House Tour
Sunday, Feb. 22 - Asoc. De Artes “Artist Studio Tour”, Los Barriles
March 5-8 - Sexto Festival de Cine de Todos Santos - Leonardo
Sunday, March 22 - First Annual La Paz Arts Festival 8-5, Marina Palmira.
Thursday, Mar. 26-29 - Baja Shakespeare , “Comedy of Errors” Rancho Buena Vista
Sunday, Mar. 29 - Asoc. De Artes 16th Annual “Festival de Artes” Rancho B.V.
Wednesday, Apr. 22 - Rotary Club & UVERDE – “Earth Day” celebration
Monday, Jun. 8 - ALMA rummage Sale, Los Barriles
Sunday, Jun. 14 - ALMA Spay & Neuter Clinic, Los Barriles

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