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North Banderas Beat - January 14, 2017

Good news story

Bucerias resident Andrea Demers-Lynch shared with us this story of Christmas generosity. 

Juan, an 83-year-old Bucerias resident, travels his neighborhood by bicycle, feeding stray and abandoned cats, dogs and horses –and any other animal he happens upon.

Two months ago, Juan was hit by a car. He was not badly hurt but his bike was “totaled.” 

The doctor who checked him out then discovered that Juan had a hernia. 

After the operation, his daughter drove him around for weeks so he could continue to feed his stray animal friends.

When Demers-Lynch and her husband Marty Lynch heard of his predicament, they immediately contacted the staff at Bici Bucerias, who donated Juan a bike.

In addition, the Lynches and Kim Hall purchased a supply of dog and cat food and a Christmas gift basket for Juan. 

He was out half an hour later feeding the animals.

Open wide please

A volunteer team of 18 dentists and assistants from the Latter Day Saints (LDS) Academy of Dentists is on its way from Idaho, California and Arizona to offer free dental work for the primary school children of La Cruz who were screened for the service in November.

The team arrives on January 19 and will enjoy a period of relaxation time before the clinics start on Monday, January 23. 

The clinics run each day from 9 to 5 a.m., ending at noon on Thursday. 

Help is needed for this big undertaking.  Volunteers are asked to provide lunches and refreshments each day for the team, as well as work one or more days cleaning equipment, assisting team volunteers and walking the children to and from school to the former La Cascada restaurant location, where the clinics takes place.

One of the dentists needs an assistant. You don’t need to be a trained dental assistant. He will let you know exactly what to do.

This is the tenth year that the Academy of LDS Dentists is coming to the Banderas Bay area and the second year for Amigos de La Cruz to be included.

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Sailing event 

There’s still time to catch the last three Saturdays in January – 14th, 21st and 28th – that are dedicated to the friendly competition among boaters participating in the Vallarta Cup Race Series.

Nuevo Vallarta’s Vallarta Yacht Club is testing the 2017 winds in Banderas Bay during its Vallarta Cup Race, the first event of the year in the Riviera Nayarit.

“Most of the participants are foreigners who live in the region seasonally,” says Rodolfo Trejo, the club’s general manager.

“Some of them are preparing for a trip around the Pacific and this is their opportunityto test their sailboats and get them on point,” he says.

About 25 boats are expected to participate. As each boat has an average of ten crew members, there are opportunities for novices and adventurers want to experience the race by joining one of the registered teams in need of participants. 

The competitions begin around 10 a.m. each Saturday in January. In the afternoons, the boats return to the Yacht Club, where a theme party will greet them. The cost of participating in the competition is minimal. 

For more information, call (322) 297-2222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.vallartayachtclub.org.

Say yes to ‘No Gracias’

Bucerias resident Brus Westby has penned a musical called “No Gracias.” 

He is now producing and directing the show as a fundraiser to benefit the Bucerias Tercera Edad, an organization that provides assistance to low-income Mexican senior citizens and that is also working to establish an assisted living center.

The musical will be performed in English by the “Paradise Players” of Bucerias on Tuesday, January 17 and Wednesday, January 18, 6 p.m. and Thursday, January 19, 2 p.m. The location is the Stage and Forum Theater in the Nuevo Vallarta Marina, next to the Wine & Burger Bar and Grill. 

Tickets cost 300 pesos each. 

Drinks, tapas or dinner will be sold at the Wine & Burger Bar and Grill. Twenty percent of the bill will be donated to Bucerias Tercera Edad. The food and drinks will be available before and after the show and during the intermission.

Tickets are available through Tercera Edad (Marilyn and Jim Moxin, 329-298-6441), at the Bucerias Wednesday Market, La Cruz Sunday Market, Luna Lounge, Bucerias Art Walk Plaza and from Brus Westby, 329-298-2891

More information about the Bucerias Tercera Edad can be found on their Facebook page or by calling the Moxins.

Uniforms for students

An adhoc group of Bucerias residents, led by Royce Sager, has taken on a task of assisting students who attend Educacion Basica para Niñas y Niños Migrantes, a school located along the arroyo in Bucerias, on a small piece of donated land near the Colonia Javier Ovanda plaza.

The school is minimally funded by the state of Nayarit, which supplies three teachers and two trailer “classrooms.” 

In some cases, the students’ parents do not have the documents that allow their children to attend mainstream public schools.

The children currently do not have uniforms and attend this small school in shifts.   A number of them sell items on the beach after school to help support their families.

Sager believes having uniforms “normalizes” a child’s attitude and therefore the increases the desire to attend class.   

To raise money for the uniform project, Sager’s group is sponsoring a lasagna dinner at Esquina 22 Restaurant in Bucerias on January 18. 

The dinners cost 200 pesos, of which 50 pesos will be contributed to the uniform purchasing program.      

Tickets can be reserved through Patricia Tilley,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and can be paid for on the night of the dinner.

Esquina 22 is located at Av. Mexico 52 in Bucerias centro. 

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