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North Banderas Beat - February 01, 2020

Smile

The recent annual dental clinic co-sponsored by the Amigos de La Cruz and the Academy of LDS Dentists treated 270 children during 350 appointments.

The LDS dentists, spearheaded by Dr. Gordon Croft of Boise, Idaho, were joined by Dr. Andrea Muro from Guadalajara and Dr. Mario Alberto Luna Zurita from La Penita. Hygienists Carol Whitmer and Barb Mann are from La Cruz and were fabulous with the kids.

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Said Amy Welch of Amigos de La Cruz: “We couldn’t do this without our volunteers. Krista, who is a local dental assistant, stopped by the clinic to volunteer and worked the entire week. Many other local La Cruz residents were put to work escorting the kids to and from the Amigos de La Cruz Kids Club to the dentists, setting up, cleaning and tearing down the ‘dental office,’ serving lunch and translating.”

Falconi’s Pizza in La Cruz sponsored a pizza party. Ramones and the La Cruz Inn each supplied lunches for the crew.

Added Welch: “A special thank you to Dr. Adrian Malja of Bucerias who released his employees Lucia and Adriana to work at the clinic and provided cold sterilizing solution and other materials for the visiting dentists.”

To learn more about Amigos de La Cruz and their projects, go to facebook.com/AmigosLaCruz.

A krispy treat

The Bibilioteca Rey Nayar, also known as the Bucerias children’s library, has added a new money-making idea to its fundraising activities.

Library volunteer Debbie Appelbaum is heading up a Rice Krispies Treats sale to be held in February.

Appelbaum says the idea came from discussions with several volunteers.  “It was noted that whenever we have a bake sale at the same time as a book sale, the handmade Rice Krispies Treats are always the first item to sell out.

pg28b“We realized that Rice Krispies cereal and puffy vanilla marshmallows are not readily available in Mexico, so we have something unique to offer at the Forever Spring Market.

“The Rice Krispies treats will be handmade each week for the market. Our special recipe contains plenty of extra marshmallows and butter to make them softer and chewier.

“To make hundreds of these delicious treats, we are reaching out to all friends of the library in Canada and the United States to please bring us boxes of Rice Krispies cereal and bags of Jet-Puffed Marshmallows whenever they come down to Mexico.”

Appelbaum is asking people to bring the cereal or marshmallows to the library booth at the Wednesday Forever Spring market at La Comer, or email Appelbaum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a pickup.

For more information about the library, go to facebook.com/biblioteca.reynayar.

Street Festival/Chalk Art

The Bucerias Street Festival & Chalk Art Walk 2020 takes place over three days from Tuesday, February 4 to Wednesday, February 6.

The festival sets up on Calle Lazaro Cardenas between Galeana and Benito Juarez. The one-block-long section of street becomes a pedestrian walkway and outdoor art show, as well as areas for vendors and community service organizations.

Things get under way at 2 p.m. each day, wrapping up around 6 p.m., except on the last day when the festivities continue until 9 p.m.

This year, there are expected to be as many as 25 artists participating in the Chalk Art Walk. The theme for this year is “One Love – Celebrating Unity throughout the World.”

Each artist will create theme-inspired creations that depict a human, animal and plant living harmoniously together.  Many of the artists from last year will be returning. The 3D art the artists produce is realistic enough to make people feel like they could fall right down into the drawings.

Organizers promise a large variety of live music during the Street Festival. Musical artists, including Armi Grano, Checo Ruiz, Tatawari and others, will keep the crowd entertained each day beginning at 2 p.m.

Hungry festival attendees can be sure they will find some delicious food, as local restaurants set up booths curbside along the walkway to sell their specialties, joined by a variety of vendors and non-profit organizations.

Money raised at the festival will benefit the Nayarit Family Development Agency (DIF), the government organization that provides services for seniors, orphans and the disabled. A local dog rescue shelter, A Dog’s New Life, will also share in the proceeds.

Volunteers are still needed for a variety of tasks, including being seated in the shade selling raffle tickets or promotional items. Volunteers work three-hour shifts on February 4, 5 and 6, from noon to 6 p.m.

For more information visit Bucerias Chalk Art Walk on Facebook 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..

Clean out your closet

Organizers of the upcoming Junk to Jewlz Rummage Sale benefiting Nana’s House are still looking for gently-used quality items for the sale.

The sale will be Friday, February 21, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, at La Fuente Riviera in Bucerias.

Besides all the interesting rummage sale items, some of the kids from the children’s shelter, Nana’s House, will be there selling crafts that they make.

Nana’s House is a shelter for abused children, located in Tepic, the capital of the state of Nayarit.

More information about Nana’s House is available on Facebook at facebook.com/NanasHouseh4mx.

To arrange a pickup of items to be sold in the rummage sale, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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..

Wine raffle

The Wine Survivor raffle held recently by the Paws and Claws spay/neuter committee was an unqualified success.

After the dust settled, Paws and Claws had raised enough money to provide 205 surgeries with no charge to Bucerias area residents at its next community clinic.  The next spay/neuter clinic is at the Abuelitos de Bucerias Tercera Edad center from February 26 to 29. For more information, 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..

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