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North Banderas Beat - December 04, 2021

Folks come for the sun, revel in the most delectable food and are delighted to dance the night away.

pg21aHigh season brings too many options of things to do! Whether your goal is poolside and sunshine all day long or excursions to see the whales, hiking, exploring beaches or enjoying artisans’ beautiful wares, the north bay has it all.

• The recent sold-out concert at Los Arroyos Verdes was all the buzz and has folks begging for more. I’ve been to all of Luna Rumba’s moonlight series of soul filled world music moonlight concerts and they are mesmerizing! The CD Release Party includes a market day with artisans selling their crafts, several food stands and a cash bar. Luna Rumba and Market Day concert is March 18. Doors open 4 p.m., music starts 6:30 p.m. Cover is 400 pesos.

• For something completely different, consider trivia nights for a cause at Britannia Bar and Grill in La Cruz. Exercise your mental muscles or prove how knowledgeable you are. Trivia starts at 3:30 p.m. every Thursday; teams of four compete. The cost is 50 pesos per person per entry and a portion goes to La Cruz Christmas for the kids. The owners of Britannia Bar and the Tree House Bar make sure every child in La Cruz gets a Christmas present.

Recycling in La Cruz

Tim and Mark, community warriors from the La Cruz food pantry report that the plastic and aluminum recycling program is back. “That may not sound all that exciting but we earn a little more pocket money. Aluminum is even more valuable—a kilo bag fetches 20 pesos! In addition, the municipal volunteers are picking up recycling from restaurants and resorts once a week. The effort that used to take ten hours weekly is down to three with much less wear on trucks, less gas consumed, greater community involvement and a new crew of local volunteers. The program hopes to expand into glass recycling as well.”

Senior Center

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Let’s also hear it for the folks who have come together to refurbish the Senior Center, which has been closed since Covid started. Already these go-getters have power washed, and began painting and electrical upgrades. Muchísimas gracias to the donors and volunteers of the Pickleball Club, the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and the group gathered by Fiona Nichol-Clark.

Amigos de la Cruz

On March 19, join a fun filled evening fundraising for the most important cause: our future and our children. Amigos de La Cruz is in the process of buying a building to house the Kids Club, making the mission of assisting children to be the best they can be more permanent. At the event you can:

• Bid on items at the silent auction, from excursions to hotel stays to beautiful artwork and more.

• Learn about an aquatic museum coming soon to La Cruz.

• Get a glamour photo take n of you, or you and your love, for 300 pesos, with all funds gong to the cause.

• Experience Lilly and Zoe as they perform. Zoe is a gifted local musician who plays guitar and has the voice of an angel. Lilly is a committed teacher at the Kids Club, an amazing percussionist, and a fabulous dancer.

• Listen as tennis coach Johnny Davalos explains his work with the La Cruz youth tennis and pickleball team.

• Taste the delicious dinner provided by Kids Club parents, including tamales and pozole!

• Enjoy an after dinner tequila dessert/digestif tasting generously donated by The Tequila Experience.

The incredibly generous Bill Welch has stepped forward to match all donations of US$500 or more, up to a total of US$20,000.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your seat at this intimate fundraiser, which will take place in a very large garden with the appropriate social distancing.

As always, kindness abounds around the bay! Gracias a todos.

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