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Holiday events & gift ideas

The holidays are quickly approaching. To help make your holiday a little bit brighter – and shopping for friends, family and neighbors a little easier – our team has compiled a list of holiday events and creative gifts ideas that give back to the community.

Xmas stocking campaign

This year’s Christmas Stocking Campaign will benefit KinderAide. All school supplies and stuffed animals collected between December 3 and 19 will be wrapped and distributed by Santa and his elves at the Navidad fiestas at needy local kinder schools in the Jaltemba Bay area. 

Dickens Christmas feast

This special Christmas dinner will be held December 16 at the) Xaltemba Restaurant in La Peñita. It will support the Los Amigos de Jaltemba scholarship program. A 300-peso minimum donation is requested. 

Coffee mugs

Proceeds from limited-edition coffee mugs will support Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) in La Peñita. Choose black, yellow, orange or navy blue. They can be purchased at the J.E.E.P. booth at the Tianguis market on Thursdays or at the Hilltop Refugio. Price: 100 pesos each. Don’t drink coffee? Consider sponsoring a rescue dog or cat until they can be adopted!

Donate or volunteer

The holidays are a perfect time to make a donation or volunteer with one of the area charities, groups, organizations or projects who work so hard to better this community. Here are just a few of the charities you can get involved with:

-The Barbie Angel Project, contact: Geri de Moss, (327) 274-0852

-Jaltemba Equine Education Project, contact: George and Loretta Leavitt, (327) 274-3263.

-KinderAide, contact: Jane Fellows (Miller), (327) 274-1258

-Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue, contact: Lin Chimes, (327) 274-0976

-Cancer de Mama Clinic, contact: Carole Thacker, (327) 274-0996

-McKibben Foundation (Nurse Vicky’s Dispensary), contact: Vicky Flores Ramirez, cel (322) 141-9012

Sayulita Wine Festival

Eight winemakers from Baja California will travel to Sayulita for this festival December 8 and 9. The main event (December 8 from 5-10 p.m.) will take place at a private oceanfront estate in Sayulita and is sure to dazzle and delight the senses. Event-goers will get a chance to interact with the winemakers, learn about their philosophy and taste their gorgeous wines. This cultural, artistic and exclusive event will include live music, DJ, a mescal maker (Mezcal Real Minero), as well as a pop-up shop featuring organic design mobiles, kalosoma jewelry and a silent auction of vintner-selected wines. On December 9, guest chefs at four local restaurants (Bistro Organico, Don Pedros, Haramara Retreat and Imanta Resort) will prepare special menus and provide an intimate experience for diners to meet and talk with the winemakers, enjoy wine pairings, jazz music and more. The festival is organized by Hotel Cielo Rojo and Bistro Organico in San Pancho and their new Sayulita Wine Shop. For more information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (remove) Tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2413084

Christmas baskets

Reserve your basket now, as they are limited. They will be ready starting December 15. They come in different shapes and prices (150-500 pesos) depending on what items you want: Biscotti, Amaretti, Cantucci, Limoncello, hot pepper olive oil and Mediterranean herbal olive oil. Offered by El Gigio Italian Pizzeria in La Peñita. Call Marie at (322) 100-7283 for more information.

Glass & ceramic gifts

Unique items are made at Glasswork’s Studio in La Peñita. Including jewelry, pillboxes, cell phone stands, night lights, rings, candleholders, crystal nail files, plates and more. Stop by the studio at Calle Reforma 25. Prices start at 100 pesos. Call owner Jo Lorimer for more information at (327) 274-3492.

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