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Puerto Penasco Around Town

Puerto Peñasco Scene
by Rita Pizarro and Tom Thomas

Black Dog now has slot machines and there is a new casino-type hall a little ways east on Freemont Boulevard called "Slots of Fun." Visit them—maybe you will be one of the many lucky winners! Camel Toe Cantina is now open and is a very popular spot for bikers since you can ride your Harley right through the front door and into the courtyard. It is about two blocks to the right after turning off 13th Street on the road towards Playa Bonita.On National Conservation Day, CEDO (winners of the 2008 National Conservation Award) organized a parade.There were people riding bicycles, skates, scooters and walking—a few healthy ways to save the earth. Then the little ones headed to the beach at Playa Bonita where they flew kites.In Playa Encanto, we met Eli and John Maurx from Sedillo, NM. They had a truck full a material that we learned is called "Perform Wall." These giant blocks made out of recycled polystyrene, concrete, water and other additives have an incredibly high R factor. Congratulations to Eli and John on their new home and great choice of materials!Phyllis Lefevre of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, and well known for forming the Uncommon Women on Common Grounds and helping with too many charity and local events to try to mention, has left Puerto Peñasco and will be missed by all who know her. She rejoined her husband, Norman, in Texas. Her farewell was at Capone's Pizza and Beer with a special appearance by The Fearless Juanzitos. Rosie Glover of ProAlliance Insurance is the new organizer for Uncommon Women on Common Grounds. They meet the second Tuesday of every month. For more information, email

Xochitls Cafe in Cholla Bay will be moving. Sally tells me her new location should be open by June. It will be just down the street from the old place. Sally offers great breakfast and lunch including Mexican specialties, and pizza and salads for dinner. Portofino's Restaurant has also moved; it is just a few doors away from the old location and is still serving great Italian food.
Bikes on the Beach is now open on Calle 13 just before the turn to Playa Bonita. The owner Thure Mollerhoj is servicing all types of ATVs, golf carts and all motorcycle brands. Maru Zacatelco has also moved Castaways Vacation Rentals to Plaza Las Glorias at the end of Calle 13 under the SunSet Cantina.

Kasia's birthday party was at Swimm in Bella Sirena where Kenny Wallace, Puerto Peñasco's very own party man (and Kasia's boyfriend) had everything planned and ready. Then the party went on at Sunset Cantina and ended at Elixir, the locals' favorite nightclub. Also be on the lookout for Kasia's new clothesline "Misguided Angel" to be released this year.

Another Bella Sirena event was Anne and Chad Cloward's wedding. Who would have thought that Rocky Point's most popular bachelor would get married? The couple couldn't have looked happier.

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