RE/MAX Puerto Vallarta’s Latest Community Service!

 Oct 5, 2019

I am so proud to share that our RE/MAX agents did another wonderful job of helping another, local community, to clean up garbage, as well as a few other things!

Our location was Independencia, a few kilometers south of Costco.  Many of the neighbors thanked us for our efforts and Lupita may even get a listing there.

Firstly, I would like to introduce our newest agent, Andrea Thompson.  Originally from Los Angeles, Andrea  moved to Puerto Vallarta a little over 2 years ago and now calls Vallarta her forever home!

The 12 persons that assisted are:

Greg Schell, Warren Brander, their children Kiana and Justin, Gerard Allard, Dana Scapa, Lupita Montano, Martha Lievano, Alex Breceda, Patricia Zuniga and me.

As usual, we started at 930 am and were finished by 1045 am.  We collected another 47 bags, 3 chairs and a baby jacuzzi!

If you, or friends or family are ever thinking about real estate in the Puerto Vallarta area, please remember the company that really cares and works for the community.

 Gracias!

Todd Bates

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PUERTO VALLARTA PLANNING ACTIVITIES FOR ‘ANIMAL WEEK’

PUERTO VALLARTA PLANNING ACTIVITIES FOR ‘ANIMAL WEEK’

Puerto Vallarta will promote the care and protection of animals during “Animal Week” from October 4 – 11, with a series of talks and activities to commemorate World Animal Day.

Silvia Álvarez Bustos, head of the Animal Welfare Department, announced the program that has been prepared for Friday 4 at 10:00 a.m., with an exhibition in the courtyard of the Municipal Presidency, where five artists will participate. They will present their works in clay, paint, and ceramics related to animals, as well as the screening of the film “Cría Puercos” in the auditorium of the Vallartense Institute of Culture (IVC), at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, the talk “Social Journalism in Animal Welfare” will be held, which will be taught by José Luis Jiménez Castro and Laura Díaz, founder and producer of the Amigo Animal program, respectively, which has more than 25 years promoting animal rights and welfare, talk to be held in the boardroom of the UMA at 1:00 p.m.

On Sunday, Álvarez Bustos, the “Animal Bohemian” concert will take place, with an evening of music and poetry in the courtyard of the Municipal Presidency at 7:30 pm; while on Monday the Photo Walk will be carried out, on the boardwalk of the city at 10:00 am, a photographic exhibition of the animals that are held in the Animal Health and Control Center of Puerto Vallarta.

October 8 the talk “Bees, our allies” will be presented, by Imperial Bee, a group that collaborates with the Subdirectorate of Civil Protection and Firefighters, on the issue of protection of swarms, talk that will take place in the IVC auditorium at noon, in addition to a tour of the Cuale river island to know the local swarms.

Within these activities, there is a talk about the Humpback Whales and the projects in Banderas Bay, at 6:00 pm; while on Thursday, a talk about Basic Concepts of Animal Welfare will be presented at 5:00 p.m., both in the Berenice Starr room of the Los Mangos Library.

Friday the Symposium will be held: “Management of poisonings caused by animals of ponzoña”, at the UMA at 11:00 am, and at night the fifth edition of the Animal Party in Señor Frog’s, being the only event that will cost $150 pesos per person.

All events, except for the Animal Party, will have no cost; however, there will be a voluntary donation in kind, so that attendees can donate sterile gauze and gloves, polyglocolic acid sutures, cat litter, bagged food or can for cats and puppies, for the different activities carried out by the Animal Health and Control Center.

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What a Drag! A Musical Comedy Show Like No Other!

RE/MAX Puerto Vallarta is proud to sponsor the upcoming charity show, “What a drag!”
Hedda Lettuce “The Queen of Green” will be your host again at this year’s show.
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Join the Banderas Women’s Shelter as they prepare for the sixth annual What A Drag musical variety show. An evening of music, dancing, hilarious theater, and fundraising festivities to support the Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter and Compassion for the Family.

Please share with all your friends and family to support this important, local charity.

Please click here for more information.

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Navy League Announces This Years Toys for Tots Fundraisers

Navy League Announces This Years Toys for Tots Fundraisers

 

It may be a warm and steamy August, but the local Navy League Council is already hard at work preparing for the 22nd consecutive year of raising funds to distribute toys to needy kids during the Christmas holidays. They’re collaborating with their many local sponsors, importantly including the Marriott CasaMagna Resort & Spa, Vista Vallarta Golf Club, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, and others to make this the best year ever.

Over the past 21 years, the local Toys for Tots program has distributed more than 175,000 toys (and smiles!) to some of the neediest kids throughout the Bahia. This year we hope to raise enough money to hand out at least another 8,000 toys! In addition, we plan to add to the dozens of playgrounds we’ve constructed over the past 20+ years.
Our two major fundraisers will be held in early December. First up will be a charity golf scramble on Saturday, December 7 at the Vista Vallarta Golf Club. You can sign up yourself or as a Team by contacting Jerry Lafferty at LAFFJA@aol.com. This is a fun annual outing that raises loads of money for a very heartwarming and fun cause.
Next up will be the annual Toys for Tots Charity Ball at the Marriott Hotel the evening of December 8. It will be an evening of great dancing and a delicious dinner served by the award-winning Marriott chef. Again, contact Jerry Lafferty if you also plan to attend the Dinner/Dance.
Plan to attend both events, even if you’re a novice golfer (or dancer.) We have prizes for about every skill level – the idea is to have fun!
We’ll be in contact later in the year regarding plans for the distribution of toys throughout the Bahia de Banderas. It will be done in early January, when the kids return from Christmas vacation on or near Three Kings Day.
We’d love to have you join us on this heart-warming day, a day you won’t soon forget. Be prepared to shed a few tears!

Catholic Church gives half a million dollars for aid to migrants in Mexico

Pope Francis has announced aid for migrants.Pope Francis has announced aid for migrants.

Catholic Church gives half a million dollars for aid to migrants in Mexico

27 projects will provide housing, food and basic needs

Pope Francis has donated half a million dollars to assist migrants in Mexico, the Vatican announced today.

The Catholic Church said in a statement that the funds will be distributed to 27 projects in 16 dioceses and among religious congregations that have asked for help to continue providing housing, food and basic necessities to migrants, who are mainly from Central America.

The statement noted that 75,000 migrants entered Mexico in 2018 in six caravans, adding that “all these people were stranded, unable to enter the United States, without a home or livelihood.”

It also said that media coverage of the “emergency” has been decreasing and that aid from governments and private individuals has declined as a result.

“In this context, Pope Francis donated US $500,000 to assist migrants in Mexico.”

The Vatican said that a total of 13 projects have already been approved and that another 14 are being evaluated.

“A regulated and transparent use of the resources, which must be accounted for, is required before the aid is assigned,” the statement said.

The projects that have already been authorized will be undertaken in the dioceses of Cuautitlán, México state; Nogales, Sonora; Mazatlán, Sinaloa; Querétaro, Querétaro; San Andrés Tuxtla, Veracruz; Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas; and Tijuana, Baja California.

The Scalabrinians, the congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the Josefinas Sisters have also received funding.

“Thanks to these projects, and thanks to Christian charity and solidarity, the Mexican bishops hope to be able to continue helping our migrant brothers and sisters,” the statement concluded.

Meanwhile, around 600 mainly Cuban migrants who escaped from a detention center in Tapachula, Chiapas, on Thursday remained at large as of last night, immigration authorities said.

Detained migrants in Tapachula demand food and freedom.

Detained migrants in Tapachula demand food and freedom.

The National Immigration Institute (INM) said in a statement that 645 migrants fled the Siglo XXI migration center, not 1,300 as it initially reportedand that 35 have since returned. It didn’t explain why the figures had been reduced.

The center was holding 1,745 people – almost double its capacity – at the time, the INM said.

The agency said the breakout occurred after a group of Cuban men violently broke into a section of the immigration center reserved for women.

The incident caused a commotion and the migrants were able to gain access to other parts of the detention center before reaching its main entrance. INM personnel were unarmed and unable to stop the men from leaving, the statement said.

The escape was the largest from a Mexican immigration center in recent history. According to people with family members in the Siglo XXI center, the breakout occurred after a dispute about food and sleeping space, both of which are at a premium.

Laisel Gómez Cabrera, a Cuban who now lives in Texas, told the Associated Press that he was worried about his wife, Anisleidys Sosa Almeida, who has been detained at the center for weeks.

In Tapachula yesterday, he said that overcrowding in the facility provoked a fight before Thursday’s escape.

“. . . They had to fight among themselves for a place to lie down, to get a little bit of food. They couldn’t put up with it anymore, they rioted and they left,” Gómez Cabrera said.

“All the ones who left are going to get put on a red list. If they catch them again, they are going to be subject to automatic deportation,” he added.

The INM said that most of the 980 Cubans who were held in Tapachula had applied for amparos or injunctions through Tapachula lawyers who provide “false expectations” of obtaining a transit visa that will allow them to travel to the United States border.

However, “it has only delayed their assisted return to Cuba,” the agency said. A group of 148 Cubans was deported from Tapachula last week.

The INM also said that criminal charges will be filed against those who fled the detention center for the damage they caused prior to leaving, and that security measures at the facility have been bolstered.

Unprecedented numbers of migrants have entered Mexico at the southern border since late last year.

Interior Secretary Olga Sánchez said earlier this week that around 300,000 migrants traveled through Mexico en route to the United States in the first three months of this year.

Source: EFE (sp), Associated Press (sp) 

RE/MAX Puerto Vallarta Beach Clean-Up, Tomorrow!

This Saturday afternoon, tomorrow April 27, 2019, our RE/MAX team and the public is getting together at the beach in front of Grand Venetian, on the Pitillal River, to clean up remnants left from Semana Santa.  We will meet at the public parking lot on the river (north of La Isla) at 1pm and conclude at 3pm.  We will supply the trash bags, gloves, water and snacks. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen.  Please come and show your support for a clean and healthy community!

SPCA of Puerto Vallarta

SPCA of Puerto Vallarta

Only a few market days left until the end of the season. We are bracing for a lot of visitors this week and next considering the Easter holiday and guests from in-country and NOTB.

Stop by and say hello at the Olas Altas Farmers Market and while there be sure and check out the merchandise we have available for a nominal donation. Thanks so much in advance for your purchases and donations. It is a win-win for everyone! When you make a purchase you are making a donation to our organization to ensure our continued success rescuing the abused and abandoned dogs here in Vallarta.

If you are interested in visiting any of our rescues at our state of the art sanctuary outside of town, contact us at spcapv@gmail.com to schedule a tour. Tours leave from the Costco parking lot on Thursdays during low season and reservations are required.
We appreciate any donations you can bring for our rescues and if going to the sanctuary, please feel free to bring treats for the staff as they truly appreciate it. Those items we ALWAYS need include: collars, harnesses and leashes; toys and more toys! both stuffed and hard plastic (no soft plastic as they can chew off pieces and swallow); large towels; blankets; sweaters and coats; post-surgical cones (both the cone shaped and soft or inflatable donut ones). Our rescues are now fed a total raw diet so please refrain from bringing any dog food or treats.
The mission of SPCA de PV is to help fund and promote sterilization, adoption and healthcare efforts for companion animals in the Puerto Vallarta area, with the goal of eliminating the euthanasia of healthy and adoptable animals.
To make donations via PayPal, select the “Donate” option on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/spcapv or on our website at http://spcapv.com/donate/.
Get involved…rescue, adopt, foster, volunteer, donate or educate. You can learn more about the SPCA Puerto Vallarta by checking us out at www.spcapv.com/home or on Facebook.

GET YOUR HOLIDAY PET PHOTOS AND HELP FUND TREATMENT FOR SICK PUPPIES IN PUERTO VALLARTA

On Saturday, December 22, #FotoTourPerruno returns to the Malecón of Puerto Vallarta, through which, in addition to having a professional photo taken with your pet for the holidays, you can help fund medical treatment of sick animals at CCAAAM.

In its third edition, in addition to creating animal awareness, they will seek to raise funds for the treatment of chemotherapy for dogs with transmissible Tumor of the Venereal (TBT).

The #FotoTourPerruno event will have a fee of $250 pesos for your professional holiday photo with your pet, so get in the holiday spirit and dress yourself and your dog in something festive and head to the Malecón for a good cause and photo memory of you and your pets.

The event is from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

The images will be taken by the renowned photographer Daniel Álvarez, who said he would like to contribute financially to the chemotherapies, as well as to the possible construction of a rehabilitation pool in the Control Center Animal Assistance and Municipal Shelter (CCAAAM) of Puerto Vallarta.

On the other hand, Silvia Alvarez, coordinator of Animal Welfare of the City Council, announced that events like this one have as a mission to help finance and promote the sterilization, adoption, and care of animals in Puerto Vallarta.

Mexicans shower the caravan with kindness — and tarps, tortillas and medicine

Mexicans shower the caravan with kindness — and tarps, tortillas and medicine


Central American migrants rest on the steps of a Catholic church in Pijijiapan, in southern Mexico, as a thousands-strong caravan that is slowly making its way toward the U.S. border stops for the night Thursday. (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

October 26

Everything Pedro Osmin Ulloa was wearing, from the black felt shoes with the gold buckles to the shimmery blue button-down, was as new to him as he was to Mexico.

The 30-year-old Honduran corn farmer and dogged sojourner in the migrant caravan was dressed head-to-toe in donated clothes. His 3-year-old son, Alexander, played with donated toys. And the rest of the family — his wife, his two brothers and a cousin — sat on the sidewalk eating beef stew and tortillas ladled out for them by residents of this bustling market town in Mexico’s southern Chiapas state.

“These people have been beautiful,” he said. “Everyone’s helping us out.”

Who is financing the caravan? There is no sign here of George Soros or the Russians. Instead, the responsibility of feeding, clothing and sheltering several thousand migrants has been embraced by the small Mexican towns along the route, with residents jumping into charity mode as if they are responding to a natural disaster. It was hard to walk a block in this town without seeing crates of free bottled water, tables packed with ham and cheese tortas or relief stations filled with medical supplies donated by the community to help the people on this grueling march.

“We’re supporting them 100 percent,” Rafael Trinidad, a municipal employee, said as he passed out sandwiches to migrants arriving along the main road. “At least here, they can feel good.”

While President Trump is looking for ways to block the caravanat the U.S. border, Mexicans are pitching in to ease the travelers’ journey. Residents along the route say they are motivated by the Catholic tradition of charity, a shared familiarity with migration to the United States and a sense of solidarity in the face of Trump’s anti-migrant rhetoric. While they acknowledge the caravan could be a problem if it lingered, many do not seem to mind a brief stopover.

Honduran migrants taking part in the caravan gather in Pijijiapan’s main square on Thursday evening. (Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images)

Flip-flops belonging to migrants are seen with oranges stuffed into them as their owners take a dip in a river in Pijijiapan on Thursday. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

Outside her family’s hardware store, Coqui Cortez, 57, had set up a table to feed migrants lemon tea and stew, using meat from her son’s butcher shop. Down the street, her daughter was handing out fruit.

“My family has been very blessed,” Cortez said. “And we know that we are all brothers. What God gives us, we should share.

“But we do it with a lot of love,” she added.

For towns such as Pijijiapan, not far from Mexico’s border with Guatemala, migration is second nature. For decades, people have hiked the back roads and ridden trains heading north. Many here say they have relatives in the United States or have migrated themselves. Central American migration to southern Mexico has caused tensions in recent years, as numbers have grown, but people here understand the poverty and violence that migrants are fleeing.

“Today it’s them. Tomorrow it could be us,” said Lesbia Cinco Ley, 70, who was volunteering with the Catholic church in town to distribute food.

Town officials in Pijijiapan said they began readying for the caravan’s arrival on Monday, holding meetings to strategize how to attend to the migrants. Before dawn on Thursday, Cinco Ley and several others began cooking, on a mission to prepare giant vats of ham and eggs and 14,000 sandwiches. Between the municipality, churches and private citizens, town officials estimated Pijijiapan had spent nearly $8,000 for one day’s worth of food.

“This is a poor town, but we still did all this,” said Guadalupe Rodriguez, 48, a city councilwoman.

When the caravan comes to town, it brings much more than just migrants. It has become a traveling road show of humanitarian workers, U.N. refugee staff, religious volunteers, government bureaucrats, police and immigration officials, as well as a good chunk of Mexico’s foreign media corps. It is catching no one by surprise. On the radio in Tonala, a city 50 miles north of Pijijiapan, public service announcements went out on the radio Thursday ahead of the caravan’s arrival, instructing people where to donate and how to help.


Migrants rest Thursday in Pijijiapan, where the caravan has met with an outpouring of help from residents. (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

Mexican nuns who have volunteered during earthquakes, tsunamis and floods flew down from Guadalajara to join the caravan. They have been treating migrants for severe sunburns and swollen, blistered feet.

“Mexican people always unite in these types of situations,” said Virginia Hernandez, 32, one of the sisters. “Our Honduran brothers are in great need.”

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government has vacillated on the caravan. There was an initial violent clash with federal police in riot gear at Mexico’s southern border, but the group was eventually allowed to pass.

Local governments in the state of Chiapas have so far been more welcoming. The newly elected mayor of Pijijiapan, Hector Meneses Marcelino, is from the Morena party, the same as Mexico’s incoming president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who campaigned on treating migrants less as criminals and more as human beings with rights that need to be defended. Meneses said he spent one morning this week defusing a situation in which federal immigration officials wanted to arrest Mexicans who were picking up migrant hitchhikers.

As hundreds of migrants filled the town square Thursday, crowding under donated tarps for shade from the afternoon sun, municipal staffers and police bustled around attending to them and U.N. officials handed out pamphlets on Mexican asylum laws. On the town hall’s balcony, a man with a microphone called out names of migrants who had become separated from their relatives in the crush of people.


Honduran migrants traveling in the caravan board a truck near Pijijiapan on Friday. Many of the participants travel on foot, while others hitch rides in cars and trucks. (Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images)

It has been difficult to get a reliable estimate of the number of people in the caravan, for several reasons: It is now dispersed among towns along the highway in Chiapas; more than 1,000 migrants have dropped out to apply for asylum in Mexico; and new people have joined in. Meneses, Pijijiapan’s mayor, said 7,500 migrants had been in town, while the U.N. staff traveling with the caravan estimated it was 3,000.

Still, for small Mexican towns, the arrival of even a few thousand people is a major event. As migrants entered town on foot and by hitching rides in cars and trucks, town official Gabriel Gonzalez, 43, greeted them in the main street, directing them to various gathering points and aid stations.

“We’ve seen migrants here before, but never this many,” he said. “It looks like all of Honduras is coming.”

International Altruism Festival: Altruism, Fun, Food and Great Causes

International Altruism Festival: Altruism, Fun, Food and Great Causes

According to the dictionary, yes, some of us still use it, Altruism comes from latin and is related to the word autre, which means other. The full meaning is a conduct of concern for the wellbeing of other; selfless- ness. Altruism takes vision, organization, capability, hard work and a huge heart. These qualities, plus strong leadership, have been the ingredients of one of the most –maybe the most—successful charity events in the bay for more than a decade.

For 14 years Kelly Trainor and the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa, and more recently, Fundación Punta de Mita, have put together the International Altruism Festival (#FIAPV). And when we say put together we mean exactly that: they bring together restaurants, events services, entertainers, and volunteers. About 15 of Marriott’s heads of staff and their respective teams get involved. An open call to non-profits is launched in mid March to participate in the selection process, out of which twenty charities are chosen for the privilege of being part of the festival. All these pieces are precisely assembled and work to create a wonderful experience for approximately 1500 attendees and achieve the best possible fundraising effort for the selected non-profits. So yes, we are talking about months of dozens of people, personal and professional time, dedicated to make #FIAPV happen every year. That is altruism.

FIAPV will be held Sunday May 6th at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are now available for $400.- pesos pre-sale price ($500.- at the door the night of the event).You can buy them through any of the participating non-profits. To know them all visit them on Facebook.

FIAPV is a delicious food, beverage and dessert tasting. With your entrance ticket you can have all the food you want from the best restaurants, bars and pastry shops in town. You can enjoy first class entertainment and get to know 20 social projects of all natures that are working in the bay area to solve and transform the future of people, animals and the environment. These twenty non-profits are committed to use the proceeds of the festival in their core programs and services.

Los Mangos Library and Cultural Center, for example, has set a very clear goal for the money we raise through FIAPV this year: for the first time, we are making a serious investment in children’s and especially young adult’s books (which we do not have enough of and not as a collection). Our goal is to raise a minimum of 50,000 pesos to buy these books which users have repeatedly requested and much more. The donations raised at FIAPV in past years have allowed Los Mangos Library to invest in classroom improvements so that the community can use them and donate fairly for the quality of what they are getting. This has been an extraordinary help in our search of sustainability. The Library has also used the FIAPV funds to improve the kids summer camp experience.

Los Mangos Library is offering ticket delivery, free of charge, if you buy 4 tickets or more. Tickets can be bought at the Library’s front desk Monday through Saturday during business hours.

If you are not planning to attend but you want to contribute to this cause, you can also pay a ticket for a volunteer ($250.- pesos). The event raffle will take place from 6 p.m. until the last prize is given out to a winner (we have hundreds of prizes!).

By Adriana Garcia