The Bucerias Farmers’ Market, called Forever Spring, opened this year’s edition in a new location – the Bucerias Chedraui parking lot.
It’s located in the section of the parking area where one would normally exit on to Avenida Las Palmas. This zone is blocked off during market hours.
The market takes place Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April of next year.
Market organizer Alison Normanton explained why the move was made.
“The previous site, on Avenida Lazaro Cardenas, was no longer available due to new ownership, which was not cooperating with us in getting the space prepared for market use.
“It is so hard finding a place that will let us be there once a week for a few hours a day.
“As everyone can see, the Bucerias area is full of lots but they are in the process of being built on.
“We need to have handwashing and bathroom facilities for our vendors as well as our customers. We are sad to be leaving the golden zone but we will create the best market we can in the space we have been given.
“The great thing is that finally, in a few weeks’ time, I will be able to expand and invite the folks on my waiting list.
“Our heartfelt thanks go to the management of our local ChedrauI store. Their generous support is invaluable and has allowed us to continue running our cherished market.”
For Forever Spring market information, go to https://web.facebook.com/foreverspringfarmersmarket/
In other area market news, the La Cruz Sunday market got off to a good start with a new, roomier, pedestrian-friendly layout.
From its once somewhat cramped vendor areas, it now stretches from the point at the “south” end of the Marina all the way to the entrance road passing the La Cruz plaza.
This allows the market to offer room for many new vendors, as well as additional parking space.
The market is now flanked at boh ends by food courts.
Shoppers can look at the offerings of the vendors and enjoy the view of the water at the same time.
The market continues every Sunday through April of next year.
Information is available at lacruzmarket.com.
Santa needs your help. Come and join in the Bucerias Santa Children’s Christmas Program on Monday, December 3, at the Drunken Duck in Bucerias, for an afternoon of fun and entertainment.
This is the ninth year the Drunken Duck has hosted the fund-raising party. The Christmas program has been bringing gifts to the children of Bucerias for more than two decades.
Doors open at 2 p.m. with live music by the Gecko Band starting at 3 p.m. There will be a cash bar and plenty of raffle items available at the event.
Bucerias Food Bank Seniors’ Christmas Basket coordinator Gillian Jones has been working hard planning for this year’s distribution.
Reports Jones: “Our goal for this year is 130 baskets and I’m hoping that the generous donations from the people of Bucerias will exceed this number as it did last year.
“At the end of week five we already have 105 baskets pledged. This community is so caring and giving. I know we can reach the goal – and maybe more.”
Jones has made suggestions of what could be placed in a basket, including soup packages, tuna, instant coffee, canned milk and personal hygiene items.
“Of course, we encourage the donors to include a few treats, perhaps some nice warm socks or hats,” she added.
Not all the items on the list need to be included. She says 20 to 25 items in each basket is perfect.
Jones suggests that the containers used should be something that the seniors can reuse throughout the year; such as a pretty carrier, a pretty box or a pretty basket.
Collection dates this year are Monday December 10 through Monday December 17.
The next Bucerias free spay/neuter animal clinic is set for Wednesday, November 28, to Saturday, December 1, sponsored by the Paws and Claws group. The clinic will take place at Calle Niño Artillero 11.
To find the clinic, turn at Gecko Rent a Car from the northbound lateral; the house is on the left about a block and a half up.
Pet registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and pet pickup at 1 p.m. Pets should not ingest food for eight hours prior to the session. They must be at least three months old and in good health. Cats must be in a carrier or box and dogs leashed.
Donations for future clinics and programs are very much appreciated.
Additional animal crates are needed. If you can lend one, contact Darlene Ell of Paws and Claws via the Spay & Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) Facebook page.
Another Paws and Claws activity has Santa arriving to pose for photos with pets during “yappy hour” at Delicias Mexicana restaurant, located at Calle Francisco I. Madero 106.
Starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, the event also features Christmas cookies for sale, yappy hour specials and a chance for dog owners to meet and socialize.
All dogs must be on leash.
Senior assisted living
After years of planning and fundraising, Bucerias Tercera Edad is ready to break ground and start building its care home for low-income Mexican seniors.
Says representative Marilyn Moxin: “The government will be setting the groundbreaking date, so as soon as the officials are ready, we are ready for it to happen.”
The location is on donated land in the town of Valle de Banderas, near the Family Development Agency (DIF) offices and the arches leading into El Valle.
“This is the moment we’ve all been working towards and fund-raising must continue to move the project forward,” Moxin said.
Toward that end, a Cuban Dance Pool Party will be hosted at Los Arroyos Verdes in Bucerias on Saturday, December 15, from noon to 5 p.m.
Admission is 450 pesos per person and includes music by a Cuban Band, Cuban food, raffles and more.