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June 1st 2106

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On Saturday, May 29th, San Pancho's residents worked together to help save the Estuary by clearing out the lilies that were choking the estuary.

In April, Erik Saracho reported that San Pancho's estuary was being overrun by an invasive lily that was taking all of the oxygen out of the estuary and killing off the fish and other aquatic life and therefore making the estuary a mosquito breeding ground. 

Cayetano Vazquez Madrigal invited the town to come out and help with the clean-up and Bob Farmer helped to spread the word.  The resulting response from our beautiful community was overwhelming.  We take our hats off to all of those who came out and worked so hard to save the estuary!

 Here is the video "We are all San Pancho", posted on FB about the estuary cleanup by San Pancho's finest. This is why we love San Pancho!!!  Thanks to everyone who participated in this project! and worked so hard! All of you are what makes San Pancho great!!!
MADRUGADA Don't miss this Amazing Event!  

A spectacle of contemporary 
circo performance art!

This coming Saturday ( June 4) at 8:30PM in Bodega Circo/Danza

You are invited to see the debut of MADRUGADA Productions, a theatrical circo show performed by professional artists and teachers of Circo de los Niños de San Pancho. 

This coming Saturday (June 4) at 8:30PM in Bodega Circo/Danza.  Original concept by Gilles Ste Croix and Staging Director Ariel Sainz. 

Performances by Alberto Vallin, Ita Barona, Jorge Diaz, Sarah Kamishine, Miriam Segoviano and Ariel Sainz. 
Suggested donation at the door support the artists and space of Circo de los Niños Bodega Danza. 

Earl Miller Knows San Pancho!

Street-Wise by Earl Miller

Earl has been working to keep you informed about some of the people who you might meet out there on the streets of San Pancho.  Here's the scoop.

Josué Figueroa

Where are you from?
Down south in Mexico in "Campeche"

How did you find San Pancho?
Six years ago the Polo Club invited me here to take a job at their restaurant.

What do you do?  
I work at Las Palmas restaurant and I really enjoy the people I work with, and many of the customers become friends.

What is the best thing for you about San Pancho?
I like the people - the community is very kind and friendly. The town itself is very quiet and peaceful. I also like having a job that lasts all year round!

Glades Bibingka

Where are you from?
Originally from the Philippine Islands, moved to Northern California at a young age.

What do you do?
I do many things, but being a mom of my two young boys is what I love "to do" best! Then, I also run a Circo school in town (Circo de los Niños de San Pancho), plus co-organize a few other arts and local projects (thanks to my previous career in the non-profit and community-organizing world, I sorta need to be involved in something!), and in between all that I provide body work and massage treatments. In my dreams, I´d spend more time planting flowers and food in my garden and take dance classes every day of the week!

What is the best thing for you about San Pancho?
The best thing? I suppose it is the fact that living in San Pancho allows all of the above to exist. This is a place where many have come to live a life of creativity, community and passion, or not! And, it´s all good. It´s a trip to live here! After being in San Pancho for 13 years I've learned to expect the unexpected, as there is always something new to learn and experience! 

Geno Lamphiear

Where are you from?
Anacortes, Washington State

How did you find San Pancho?
The grace of God!

What do you do?
Play music and enjoy life!

What is the best thing for you about San Pancho?
Family and the music scene! 

Thanks Josué, Glades, Geno and of course, Earl - all of you are amazing San Pancho people!
Humpback whales a no-show this winter!

This past winter, Puerto Vallarta recorded a decline of over 50% in Humpback whale arrivals according to Deep Blue Conservancy. A chief researcher recorded less than 400 of the whales in the Bay of Banderas compared to a normal year where more than 1000 are observed.

Stumping researchers was also how much further from the coast the whales remained, and the amount of time the whales stayed under water. Typically the whales emerge every half hour on average, but this year researchers stated that they documented dives of over an hour.

The Puerto Vallarta humpback whales return from their summer feeding grounds along the Pacific coast (from California to Alaska) to the Sea of Cortez beginning in November of every year, with official season beginning December 8th each year.

Researchers are not ready to sound an alarm, citing that El Niño and warmer waters could be the cause of rare migration but they will be looking at next year to see if the trends continue.

Reports from San Francisco to Canada show an increased number of whales in the area during the late Winter and early Spring.

Source:  Puerto Vallarta Daily News
Featured Video - Bicycle ride down Tercer Mundo ending with a turtle release...
Bicycle tour of Tercer Mundo ending in a turtle release.  by jose reyes
Bicycle tour of Tercer Mundo ending in a turtle release.                                      by jose reyes

Hold on for a fun ride down Tercer Mundo!  

Hola Amigos,

Many, if not all of you, know Joaquina who has been delivering the mail and the electric bills for decades. She receives no salary from the Mexico's postal system, and squeaks by with her meagre Mexican Social Security and sporadic tips from SP residents.

Many years ago Joaquina was injured in a terrible accident which left her paralyzed on one side of her body. As well, the accident caused gross nerve damage which effects her speech, mobility and flexibility. She is no longer a candidate for corrective surgery as her muscles have become gravely atrophied over the years.

EntreAmigos was prepared to gift Joaquina a used golf cart, but it was mechanically challenged, and for all intents and purposes beyond repair.

This is where we come in. We have found a used gas-powered golf cart which can be repaired and will allow Joaquina to continue working and give her knees a rest. That's the good news. The bad news is we have to raise 16,000 pesos for the cart and all necessary repairs.  As we do not want to lose out on the cart, and are hoping to have Joaquina on wheels before we head north.

If you are still in town and would like to donate to our effort to get Joaquina on wheels, we have options. We will gladly take pesos or dollars, cash or checks and even Paypal (email barbara for PP details).

Barbara Kirkwood is taking point on this. Her contact information:
Barbara Hart
Linda Gibbs
Eileen Pierce

Photo credit Candice Fulton

A THOUSAND THANKS to the World Ventures group that visited Entreamigos this past Saturday.   They arrived with so much enthusiasm and love and with a GIANT GIFT of school supplies, backpacks to be donated to students in San Pancho and surrounding schools.  This incredibly motivated group brought in nearly 1000 pieces of used clothing to be sold in our second hand store and to directly support the sustainability of Entreamigos!  WOW! ... we can't stop saying WOW!

Coming Attractions - San Pancho Life is getting a new look!  Here's a sneak peek.

We've been working hard for quite a while now and thanks to our computer guru Robert Germain, we are almost ready to show off our new look. Here's a little sneak peek to whet your appetite!

Thoughts and memories of San Pancho - by Paul Clem

  My wife and I spent six days in San Pancho in May. We arrived late in the afternoon after spending the day on airplanes and buses. Needless to say, we arrived tired and famished. We dropped off our bags and headed out in search of food. We walked thru town doing our usual "what do you feel like eating? I don't know, what do you feel like eating?", and found that we had walked all the way to the beach and were standing in the middle of Las Palmas restaurant. Not having enough energy to go any further, we sat and asked to see a menu. The meal and the service we got were excellent.

After a good night's sleep we set out for breakfast and again found ourselves having a wonderful meal along with warm and friendly service. No matter where we stopped to eat or drink during the next five days, it was always the same - great food and warm, friendly service. Breakfast at Maria's even came with Spanish lessons. What a treat!!!

We discovered that a bad meal in San Pancho was as elusive as the lost city El Dorado. We may never find that bad meal, but we are determined to keep searching. We will return in August to pick up where we left off!

Thank you San Pancho!!!!

Thanks Paul for this humorous perspective, and the beautiful photos!  We couldn't agree more!
Featured Business - Audrey International

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Featured Vacation Rental - Casa La Bodeguita 

is a charming 2br/1ba home with a fantastic palapa rooftop patio. It is the perfect spot for a late afternoon margarita party before heading off to the beach to catch the sunset.

This house is one of the best vacation-rental bargains in San Pancho! The home features quality construction with accents of parota wood and stone.  It is utterly charming in every detail - a perfect place to call home in San Pancho!

Now's the time to start booking for next season!
We have started to notice an uptick in people looking for houses for next season. Now is the time to be booking your rental for next year, especially if you are looking for a Christmas/New Year rental. As we all know, San Pancho is a very popular place in which to ring in the New Year!

Remember, sanpancholife.com doesn't charge you a booking fee, so it is always cheaper to book through us, and you are helping us serve the community by keeping everyone informed about the latest news and community events!

Also, If  you have a vacation rental listed with us, now is the time to make sure your listing is up to date so you don't miss any of next season's rentals!
Photos of the Week - Thanks Earl Miller!

Thanks Earl, for sharing your beautiful pics with us!!

Please submit your photos!  We would love to feature them in our photos of the week.

Thanks for reading.  Please let us know your opinions, suggestions, complaints or anything else you feel will help make San Pancho a better place in which to live and vacation!




Drew & Sheri Hunt,


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