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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - January 05, 2019

Keep Moving

There are lots of options to support healthy living in our area, including two gyms, two yoga studios and many other locations offering classes. 

Check out one (or more) of these amazing classes to get your blood flowing or heart rate up, or find a class that slowly stretches and strengthens your whole body.

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Bios Yoga weekly schedule is Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-9:10 a.m., 9:10-10:20 a.m., 6-7:10 p.m. and 7:10-8:15 p.m.; Wednesdays 8-9:10 a.m., 9:10 a.m.-10:20 a.m. and 7:10-8:15 p.m.; and Fridays 8-9:10 a.m., 9:10-10:20 a.m. and 6-7:10 p.m.  Classes resume January 7.

Buena Onda Centro de Yoga weekly schedule is Gentle Hatha Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Flow on Tuesdays and Thursdays. all starting at 11 a.m. Also, Monday Pilates at 5:15 p.m.; Wednesday Meditation at 5:15 p.m.; Thursday Restorative/Yin Yoga at 4 p.m.; Sunday Danza del Alma at noon. Contact Kalina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (315) 112-2802.

Viva Maria Restaurant has Tai Chi/Qigong starting January 7 at 8 a.m. and Gentle Groove Classes starting January 11 at 9 a.m. – both with Dawn.  Zumba with Pamela starts January 12, 9 a.m., continuing Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (a minimum 30-peso donation goes to the local special needs school).

CENAC has Yin/Yang yoga at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Chair yoga on Thursdays at 9 a.m. – both with Latika.  Latika also teaches Restorative yoga next door (Tamarindo 10) at 4 p.m.

Posada Las Gaviotas in Melaque has Gentle Yummy Yoga Mondays and Fridays, 10-11 a.m.

Goings on

Galeria Amiga presents the paintings of Russell Rosander January 7 to February 8, with an opening reception on Monday, January 7, 5-8 p.m. Contact Jeanne McGee, 360-647-8137, 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..

Cultural Awareness Classes start Thursday, January 10 at the Costalegre Community Church in Villa Obregon, and run for five consecutive Thursdays at 5 p.m. Topics will include Mexican currency and history; plans for the Costalegre and the Colima Volcano.

The “Have a Heart for the Arts” live auction fundraiser for CENAC on Friday, January 11, 6-10 p.m. at the Punta Navidad restaurant in Barra has a cost of 550 pesos per person.  This is a black-tie affair, so put on your best.

pg30bThe Bare Hot Chili Challenge 2019 is scheduled for Sunday, January 13, starting noon at the Palapa Grill in Barra de Navidad. Contact Gio at (315) 107-7291 or 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..

The local chapter of Niños con Cancer is collecting plastic bottle caps (all sizes). Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange to have your donation picked up or dropped off at my house.

United for Barra meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Sunset Bar. This meeting is in Spanish, but volunteers will help with translations at its conclusion.

The Rotary Club meets at Cabo Blanco in Barra Wednesdays, 9 a.m.

Looking ahead

The Buena Onda Yoga & Wellness Festival is scheduled Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 17. Contact Kalina for tickets.

Cruise-In Week in Barra runs February 18-25.  Contact Linda Bello Ruiz on Facebook or at 707-331-3684.

The Step into a New Version of You retreat February 18-24 is hosted by Dee Holden and Dr. Joanna Schmidt in Barra.  Contact 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..

A cultural experience trip to the Purepecha indigenous community is set for March 7-10. Cost is about US$300 per person. Contact Linda Bella Ruiz on Facebook or at 707-331-3684.

Good News

This year, The Angel Tree project received approximately 61,000 pesos in donations.  This includes the funds raised at the Thursday music sessions held at Cabo Blanco and donated in honor of Doug Pettigrew. Thank you to all who contributed! All items will be passed along on Three Kings Day.

Three Kings Day

El Día de Reyes on January 6 is the traditional day for Mexican children to receive gifts. Children write letters requesting a toy or gift that they would like; sometimes they are placed in lanterns and released into the night sky.  It is believed that on January 5 the wise men visit homes and leave the requested gift.  On this night families leave out food for the animals and join together to share warm drinks and eat rosca de reyes sweet bread.

Music Scene

Barra de Navidad

Bogavante Hotel – Av. Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. Wednesday 7-10 p.m.; Thursday 7-10 p.m.

Cabo Blanco – Av. Armada. Thursday 1 p.m.

Marlena’s Restaurant – Av. Veracruz 167. Monday 7-10 p.m.

Sr. Froy’s La Casa Mia Restaurant – Calle Filipinas 66. Saturday starting at 7 p.m.

Simona’s Restaurant – Av. Veracruz 12. Tuesday 7-10 p.m.; Saturday 6-9 p.m.

Time Out Bar – Av. Miguel Lopez de Legazpi 224. Monday 6-8 p.m., Tuesday 9 p.m.-midnight; Friday 9 p.m.-midnight; Saturday 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Melaque

Albatros Restaurant – Av. Cabanas 36. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m.

Esmeralda’s Restaurant – Av. Gomez Farlas 461. Wednesday and Thursday at 5 p.m.

Esquina Paraiso Bar (Styks) – Highway. Friday 8 p.m.

Garcias Restaurant – on the beach. Monday 7:30-10:30 p.m.

La Salamandra – Calle Abel Salgado 382. Friday 7 p.m.

Macondo Café – Jardin. Tuesday 7 p.m.; jazz music Friday and Saturday.

Poeminimo – Jardin. Friday and Saturday 9:30 p.m.

Tito’s Place Resturant Bar – Calle Las Palmas 27. Music with Chuy on Saturday 4-7 p.m.

Viva Maria 1910 – Calle Las Palmas 7. Friday 7-10 p.m.