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Semana Santa is now in the past and Sayulita prepares for it's future. Our town made it through the crowds of the Holy Week successfully. With local efforts to clean up the trash, assisted by local residents,  Pro Sayulita, and Sayulimpia, the town is looking great! Many people patrolled the streets and beaches in an outstanding beautification project organized in a grassroots sort of way.


Now many are preparing for the "end of season", however these last few days here in town have been wonderful, and I see no reason to end anything. Sitting on a bench in the plaza, or on the beach with some friends, I witnessed all of the locals emerging from their hiding spots, venturing into town, greeting others, and enjoying the company of each other. The days are still sunny and breezy, the surf is still great, and there are still many adventures to be had.


I hope you enjoy this week's El Sayulero,




What's Happening This Week

Meeting Tonight: read

Trash Clean Up: read

Bite This: read

Paradise: read

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Caring with Compassion: read

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Attention all business owners! You are invited to an informative meeting tonight at 6:30 pm, at Casa De La Cultura, Sayulita regarding the new ASOCIACIÓN DE COMERCIANTES DE SAYULITA A.C. (Business Association of Sayulita).


Some of the board members, have gone to your businesses to make a formal invitation. However any homeowner who has a business license to rent their house, and any RFC is welcome to come and join us as we try to make Sayulita a better place!


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Trash Clean Up After Semana Santa
trashBy: Stacey Elkins
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Photo:  Jan Herrin


As the throngs of people left Sayulita following Semana Santa, they left behind a wake of trash. Empty snack bags, plastic bottles, styrofoam trays, and various articles of clothing littered the streets and beaches. Cardboard boxes and bags full of garbage piled up along beach entrances and lined the streets. Fortunately, due to the combined effort of many residents in the community, this mess was tackled right away.


Through word of mouth and internet postings, members of the community joined forces to clean up the beaches. Beach clean ups were organized by residents of the north beach and residents of the Gamelas, Delfines, and Hamacas areas.


Another clean up, spearheaded by Ed Dorsett, owner of Wicked Fotos, focused on cleaning up the area from the river to La Terrazola. Valerie Vanrheen, Social Media Director of Sayulita Life, participated in this beach clean up and said, "It felt like something we should do, so we got out there and did it. Every little bit helps." Cookie Holm-Falconer also joined in, saying, "So much can be accomplished in just an hour, if people don't care to actually pick up the trash, they could donate bags. I'm new in town and for me, it was a great way to meet people who care about this great little village!"


Efforts to finish cleaning up the beach are still being made, with another group hitting the north end again on Friday.


Sayulimpia, subsidized by Pro Sayulita, fundraisers, and locals, has also made an enormous impact on how quickly the trash has been removed from our community. Despite a wrecked garbage truck, these workers have continued to work 14-16 hours a day.


These committed people, which you likely have seen hauling away the immense amounts of trash, or sweeping the streets, sport either an orange or green Sayulimpia t-shirt. The workers wearing the green t-shirts are paid workers, while the ones in orange are volunteers and work on tips. Marcos Scott, founder of Sayulimpia, stressed how important community support has been for the success of this group and how the volunteer's participation has been invaluable to cleaning up Sayulita.


"These guys depend on the town for donations and tips. We couldn't have done it without the volunteers. The more we support them, the more they support us."


The efforts of everyone involved in cleaning up Sayulita did not go unnoticed. 


"It was a quick clean up. Various groups cleaned up the plaza and the beach. I was impressed with how quick everything was cleaned up. I think they did a wonderful job," said Larry with Chica Locco. 



Bite This

pastaby: Ed Schwartz





Fettuccine Alfredo at Don Juan's


I was all prepped to go to Don Juan's to enjoy its justly famous Mexican Plate. Instead, I ordered my second favorite dish there, the Chicken piccata.  I was poised, camera and fork in hand (not so easy), to take a photo for El Sayulero when the waitress brought Bambi a plate of Fettuccine Alfredo.  It looked so appetizing; I shifted gears to highlight this superb example of Italian comfort food at its best.


Fettuccine with butter and Parmesan cheese was enjoyed in Italy from the 15th century onward.  But it was Alfredo di Lello, a Roman restaurateur, who added his name to the dish and served it to the Hollywood stars, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.  They loved it, spread the word, and the dish became world famous.


The version served at Don Juan's is spectacular and tasty in its simplicity and authentic in its taste.  Sure, it has a few calories, but it is worth it. I prefer it with just fettuccini, butter, and real Parmesan cheese.  I think the extra doodads take away from the magical combination of just three ingredients, but in matters of taste, it's always the individual who makes that call.


In any case, Don Juan's is such a top of the mark restaurant.  Lovely food, wonderful atmosphere, calm, and peaceful make it a delightful ambiance. They have a varied menu, friendly service, a caring owner, great consistency, and excellent drinks. What more could you ask for? Nada.

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Spend even one day in Sayulita and I am certain you will hear someone drop the "p" word. It's not surprising. Visually, Sayulita is stunning: a string of spectacular beaches cordoned off by lush flora that begs to be photographed or painted. Add persistently sunny skies and warm ocean breezes, and you can't help but to concur that you have indeed found paradise.


Two weeks ago I left Sayulita for New York. After landing at JFK, I slipped into the restroom to shed my sandals, don my fleece, and mentally prepare myself for the biting wind that was most certainly awaiting me. March in New York: never anyone's idea of paradise.


I went to New York because my mother had been hospitalized again. Upon entering her room, I found my mom tethered to an IV pole, gritting her teeth as a well-meaning nurse attempted to draw blood from Mom's ever-shrinking veins. This time Mom didn't express surprise when she caught sight of me. Her weary "hello" told me all I needed to know: this tough Irish gal had finally had enough.


Not long after my arrival, a fast-talking doctor graced my mom and me with his presence. His obligatory five-minute "drive-by" shed little light on what could be done for my mom. When pressed for more information it quickly became clear that the doctor was irritated; he did not like me peppering him with questions. As he had told me in the past, "She is, after all, 94." This verbal shrug enraged me.


Each day nurses and aides fawned over my tiny nonagenarian, telling her how good she looked for her age, how marvelous it was that she still had her own teeth. In hushed tones, they expressed their surprise at "how sharp she is" adding, "I hope you have her genes." I hope I do not.


Days passed, new medications were tried, blood was given, and samples were sent to the lab. But Mom looked and felt no different than she did the first day I arrived. Each day she asked me when she would feel better. I told her "give it time." I didn't know what else to say.


For far too many days, my family and I huddled together sharing overpriced junk food from the hospital "café," careful to avoid meaningful conversation and anxiously awaiting any small bone we might be tossed by my mom's ever-growing team of doctors: "white blood cell count is good; blood pressure under control; the infection appears to be subsiding." My family was hungry for each bone. We allowed ourselves to be lulled into believing mom's days of reclining in her living room chair watching Law and Order were just around the corner.


Two weeks in, a young internist dropped the "p" word into a conversation with my brothers and me. But this "p" word had nothing to do with paradise, quite the opposite. This "p" word was palliative, as in palliative care. My brothers and I were advised to meet with the hospital social worker. The hallway in which we were standing began to spin. For the past few years, palliative care and hospice workers had played starring roles in my family's world. I could not bear to think about, let alone discuss, this "p" word. The three of us nodded and fled to different parts of the hospital. We never mentioned that "p" word again.


Mom is now home. The incessant beeping of the hospital machinery has ceased, replaced with the dull hum of the oxygen machine. The 24-hour aide has once again taken up residence. The visiting nurse can be heard pecking away on her laptop, logging in the latest set of vitals.


Each of my family members has taken on different tasks: Jim arranging for the hospital bed to be delivered; Patti ensuring all pills are sorted and placed in the correct slots in the large plastic pillbox; Bill keeping the refrigerator fully stocked with Ensure; Susan locating her recently departed father's device to measure oxygen levels; Skip keeping Mom's favorite foods coming in hopes that she can be enticed to eat something, and all of us-four children, three daughter-in-laws, one son-in-law, seven granddaughters, and two grandsons-visiting Mom and doing the one thing we all seem to share a talent for, making her laugh.


Sleeping upstairs as I would normally do just didn't feel like an option. So when everyone left and Mom took her final daily dose of painkillers, I rolled out a floor mat next to her bed and settled in for the night. Within a short time, Mom was fast asleep. Throughout the night, she conversed aloud with my dad, sister, uncle, aunt, niece, and grandparents, all of whom are deceased. Each night the conversations resumed. At first this saddened me. It stirred up my own grief. But after a few nights, I realized that during that time my mom was not in pain; she was not sad. She was, in fact, in paradise.


I am now on a plane headed back to Sayulita. Before I left, my mom asked me to come back soon. She told me she sleeps much better when I am there beside her. I know it's really the painkillers and not me, but if I play even a small part in opening that door to her paradise, I will do it. 


Photo of the Week:

 Lifeguard stand at sunset 

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Recent entry in the Sayulita photo contest



SayulitAnimals with Behaviorist Marco Ojeda Caring with Compassion 

by: J.M.Tucker 

   Sayulita team  


Caring enough to: 1) pick up an emaciated, tick-covered dog,  2) remove ticks and fleas, bathe and treat ravaged skin, and 3) help "Tiki" learn something besides dizzily "chasing her tail." Tiki didn't know how to play or interact.


Enter Marco Ojeda, Dog Behavior Consultant, rehabilitator and trainer. Marco is known throughout Mexico for his ability to evaluate dogs by observing dog-human dynamics, then finding practical and effective ways to deal with problems. Marco traveled from Guadalajara to help SayulitAnimals implement a behavior modification program that would re-channel Tiki's energy in ways more positive than the whirling weirdness of going in circles. 


It was clear that Tiki never had opportunities to engage in normal canine behavior, like socializing with people and other dogs. Tail chasing can signal anxiety, a psychological issue, physical problems, parasite infestations, rashes or dry skin. After observing Tiki's habbits at length, Marco noted: 


"Tiki probably developed tail chasing because infestation made her scratch-bite-turn to get ticks off her body. For the untrained eye and heart Tiki is loco. Disconnected from the world, she waits, standing with lowered head, attentive ears, no movement of her tail, eyes fixed on the ground. She won't look into humans eyes or approach them. Tiki needs to learn that humans can be part of her life, that she can trust us, have fun, begin to enjoy life."


By rewarding her when she took a step towards the unknown, Marco provided mental and physical activities that engaged and challenged Tiki. Motivated by treats and praise, Tiki overcame some of her fear and grew confident enough to explore like "normal" dogs might do. 


As part of developing a treatment/training plan, Marco showed Shelly, Sara, and Will how to implement exercises that would minimize the obsessive-compulsive anxiety that fueled Tiki's tail chasing.  At the end of the first day, when this group photo was taken, Tiki demonstrated affection for her caretakers, something she had never done before. Tiki had probably never been touched gently, had a treat or a toy, or any medical treatment. Now she is safe and is becoming a more relaxed, responsive pet. 




Pet of The Week 


Tiki, is a medium sized, one year old, mixed breed female dog. She had a hard start at life, being abandoned living on the side of the highway, sick with mange and no hair. She was covered in ticks, living off of trash.  Tiki was so happy to be found by my friends at SayulitAnimals and now on the road to recovery.  She is very smart, love to please, enjoy a good meal, and would love to find an active family.  Tiki is so ready to find my forever home where she will be loved and looked after properly. Please let her friends at SayulitAnimals know if she sparks your interest.



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


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