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North Banderas Beat - November 19, 2016

Memorial service

A memorial service for Landon White Hollander will take place Sunday, November 20 at Restaurante Frascati in the La Cruz Marina, from 3 to 5 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend, his wife says.  There will be a no-host bar and finger foods will be served.

Yacht Club

The annual Vallarta Yacht Club “Opening Day of the Boating Season” celebration is set for Sunday, November 20.  The event starts at 11 a.m. and will be held at the clubhouse adjacent to Paradise Village Resort and Marina.

Opening Day includes a traditional flag ceremony, followed by a public open house and presentation of the 2016/2017 boating season events calendar.

At 12:30 p.m., the yacht club’s junior sailors will host youths from Guadalajara, La Cruz and La Marina for Day Two of the annual “Día de la Revolucion Regata.” Members and guests will be able to sign-up to go aboard one of the club’s motorboats to observe the kids challenging each others’ sailing skills.

For more information, contact Rudy or Daniel at 322-297-2222 or visit the yacht club website, www.vallartayachtclub.org.

Sweet classes

Local Bucerias resident Dave Stewart makes and sells crafts at the Nuevo Vallarta and Bucerias markets. At his booth, you will find etched glass artwork and t-shirts … and now home-baked goodies.

Stewart is also sharing his talent and enthusiasm for baking and decorating cookies by holding classes in his home.

Cookie classes are scheduled Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4; and Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18.

The classes are to help people learn new skills in time for holiday baking and gift giving.

The Saturday classes run from 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday.  Stewart says he will arrange a class at different times for reserved groups, if needed.

Students will learn how to bake and decorate sugar cookies, using three decorating techniques.

“I have dozens of fun cookie cutter shapes so people can make the kind of cookies they want,” Stewart says.

And as a bonus on day two, students will decorate a plate of mini cupcakes.

“Students will end up with a nice selection of decorated cookies and cupcakes to take home.”

The fun classes are limited to three people at a time and take place in Stewart’s home kitchen.

The six hours of classes and practice cost 1,200 pesos (about US$62).

Contact Stewart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Away from the beach

Ruth Hazelwood of Bucerias, the owner of Mex*Eco Tours, says she has plenty of exciting trips planned during the high season.
Coming up December 14-15 is an overnight shopping and cultural trip to Guadalajara, which includes a tour of the historic center, an optional dinner and shopping/browsing time in Tonala and Tlaquepaque.  

Hazelwood notes that her tours regularly fill up fast, due to their popularity and limited space on buses.

In particular, she mentions the Mexico City tour, January 10 to 15; the Monarch Butterfly tour, February 7 to 10 and the Copper Canyon excursion, March 3 to 8.

If you would like to sign-up for any of these trips or of their other tours, call (329) 298-1232 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also on Facebook: Experience Mex-ECO Tours.

pg26Mural on hold

A project to beautify the exteriors of the beach access bathrooms in Bucerias has hit a snag.

The bathrooms were built by the Nayarit government  at nine beach access points (street cul-de-sacs) in the southern half of Bucerias.

Lack of supervision and funding has meant the concrete structures have deteriorated in the past few years.  

Guadalajara Reporter columnist Harold Sokolove came up with a plan and the funds to paint sea-life murals on the exteriors of the bathrooms.

Ernesto and Kika, two artists who paint urban murals in Puerto Vallarta, contacted Sokolove about the project and started work on one of the bathrooms November 5.

Work came to a sudden halt three days later when a Bahia de Banderas municipal representative informed the pair that “paperwork” needed to begin the artwork had not been approved.

This was despite previous assurances  that no permission signatures would be required.

An effort is underway to get the project back on track, so residents and visitors in Bucerias will have something pleasing to look at as they pass by the buildings on their way to the beach.