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North Banderas Beat - January 15, 2016

Manos de  Amor

The first of several annual fundraisers for the children’s shelter in Bucerias will be the annual cocktail party, Dancing Under The Stars, on Wednesday, January 20 at the Star Bay Hotel Resort, starting 6 p.m.

Appetizers, wine, beer and soda are included and music is provided by the Rhythm Roosters band.

1 16 16 28aTickets are 300 pesos and can be purchased at A Broken Art, Lazaro Cardenas 62. 

The next fund-raiser is the popular annual Hamburgerfest and Karaoke Night on February 2 at the Los Mangos RV Park.  Social hour starts at 4:30 p.m., supper at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the trailer park in advance at a cost of 250 pesos. They usually sell out. They can be purchased at Casa Morada (the northwest corner of Lazaro Cardenas at Benito Juarez) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or by emailing Anne Milling at 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..

Not to be missed is the gigantic annual Rhythm ‘N’ Ribs fundraiser on the evening of Saturday, February 20.

This event, which draws several thousand attendees every year, features food from dozens of area restaurants, an auction and live entertainment by Luna Rumba – back by popular demand

Also upcoming is a bazaar on Sunday, February 14.  Clothing and household items are sold inexpensively, which helps local residents, while the proceeds help the orphanage.   Please donate any items you have to this worthy cause.  

For more information or to arrange pickup, call the orphanage at 329-298-3680, Valiene at 329-298-0377, or take your items to the orphanage.

Fashion fundraiser

Gloria’s Place in La Cruz will present a fundraising Fashion Show and Luncheon at Roberto’s in La Cruz on Tuesday, January 19, starting 1 p.m.

Expect fashions, fajitas and a margarita, with music by singer/guitarist, Ivan Antillon.  

The fundraiser is for Amigos de La Cruz projects to benefit schools in La Cruz.  

The cost is 300 pesos. 

Tickets can be purchased at Gloria’s Place (across from Philo’s Bar) and at the ”Amigos booth” in La Cruz’s Sunday market. Also call 322-182-1161.

See Mexico

Ruth Hazelwood’s Experience Mex-ECO Tours have lots of options coming up.

The tours include Copper Canyon (January, February and March), Highlights of Jalisco (January 20–22), Guadalajara (January 26-28), Morelia and Monarch Butterflies (February 2-5), Guatemala (February 15-21) and Chiapas (February 23-27). 

Hazelwood is now offering day trips and overnights to San Sebastian del Oeste, as well as a trip to Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende during the Semana Santa holiday (March 21-24).

For more information or to sign-up, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  visit mex-ecotours.com.

BAD news

Bucerias resident and art gallery/studio owner Floydilou Kerr says she is always amazed at the number of people she meets that have the perception that all “the action” for shopping and eating in Bucerias takes place in el centro, north of the arroyo, which runs east/west through the center of the town.

Her Bucerias studio/gallery is in the heart of a 16-block area running southward from the arroyo to the southern town limit.

She is working to brand this area as the Bucerias Art District (BAD)

Kerr describes BAD as a collaboration of owners of high quality shops, vacation rental properties, real estate companies, hotels, art galleries, restaurants and cafes, intermixed with private residences along Av. Lazaro Cardenas and Av. Francisco I. Madero between Av. Morelos and Av. Agustin Melgar.

Kerr views this startup project as the first phase of a broader project to expand the brand.

“BAD gives an identity to an area with beautification, promotion and signage, to encourage a longer and stronger business season,” she says.

Everything related to the BAD will be worded in Spanish and English.

The slogan of BAD is “Bucerias Art District - Shop/play/Dine/Stay.” Zona de Arte de Bucerias - Comprar, Jugar, Cenar, Quedar.”

“The idea is being overwhelmingly received,” Kerr, says. “I like to work fast, so I need  hands-on help from as many people as I can get.

“We are asking vacation rental property owners, shop owners and area residents to donate 200 pesos to go forward with our first beautification project and marketing signage on the highway. 

“We also have a Facebook page where we have been promoting the district over the past two months. And it’s working. We will have a website in the next month allowing people to submit a blog post with photos to promote themselves.”

Kerr says the 200-peso donations can be made at Floydilou, Sone Galeria, Mestiza Boutique or Galeria Monarca. 

She also needs people to post on the Facebook page and five volunteers with Spanish or French language skills to be page administrators.

Other volunteers are needed to take on Instagram for the district, collect money and four people to draw up a list of participating businesses in four categories: shop, play, dine, stay.

“My goal is to make the Bucerias Art District the most talked about area in the Bahia de Banderas,” Kerr says.

“No Gracias”

The Bucerias Theater Guild is presenting its first performance of the season on Tuesday, January 26 at the David Lloyd Austin Theater in the Bucerias Artwalk Plaza, Av. Lazaro Cardenas 62 in Bucerias.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m.

 “No Gracias!” is a two-act, light comedy, written and directed by Brus Westby, about a Canadian couple who leave their hearts and more in Mexico. 

This performance will be a fund-raiser for Tercera Edad, a non-profit whose mission is to construct a full time assisted-living care home, providing quality of life for elderly Mexicans. 

Tickets are 300 pesos, which includes an appetizer with a choice of a glass of wine, beer, soda or water. Beverages will be available for purchase during intermission. 

You can purchase tickets at A Broken Art, located in the Bucerias Art Walk Plaza, Lazaro Cardenas 62. 

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nuevo Vallarta

Vallarta Cup races sponsored by the Vallarta Yacht Club continue in January, on the last three weekends of the month, from Saturday the 16th, 23rd and 30th. 

At  6 p.m. on those evenings, there will be live music and a special dinner at a cost of 165 pesos, payable at the door. January 16: Sayulita Blues Band, beer and tempura fish;  January 23: Reggae Band, beer and pasta; January 30: Jimmy Buffet recorded music, beer and fried chicken.

Vallarta Yacht Club is at Paseo de los Cocoteros 1-20.

Tapas classes

Bucerias’ Tapas del Mundo, “The Secret Garden,” is offering 2x1, three-hour cooking classes through March 31. Grab a friend and have three hours of fun making tapas. 

And check out the special lunch and dinner prices for groups of ten or more. 

Call 322-118-1795 (cell), email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit tapasdelmundo.com.  

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