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Monday, March 1, 2010

LA PAZ - Good Deeds to Good Times in La Paz

by Alexa Verdugo Morgan 

A gorgeous view from the patio of the Dinghy Dock restaurant.
Photo courtesy of Vivalapaz.net
This month's Foreign Business Owners meeting, held at the Dinghy Dock restaurant on January 12 saw a turnout of nearly 40 attendees. The meeting was led by Juli Goff, owner of the Spanish language school Se Habla . . . La Paz and a well-known face among local gringos. Lic. Herminio Corral Estrada, head of the Procuraduria Federal del Consumidor (PROFECO) La Paz office, was the guest speaker and delivered a presentation on their role as a consumer protection agency/regulator of local business practices. Following the question-and-answer session at the end of the meeting, many stayed to enjoy the Hotel Marina's tasty dinners.

Recently, the "orphans" at Baja Dogs Refuge in Comitan (a suburb of La Paz) were given a wonderful and very much needed gift: new kennels! Years of rain, wind and sun damage had previously left the kennels in shambles and the dogs exposed to the harsh conditions. Through the generous efforts of local and U.S. residents, including Russ Alba from Tampa, enough funds were collected to build four concrete shelters. Baja Dogs founder Dhorea Ryon also collaborated with La Paz's own Fern Corriani and others to plant saplings, which will provide crucial shade for the dogs during the summer. However, the "Shelter For The Shelter" project still needs to build five more cement kennels. Funds can be donated by visiting www.bajadogshelplneoflapaz.org. Volunteers to clean the kennels, walk the dogs or simply to cuddle with the "orphans" are always welcome. 

A fierce North wind didn't stop the Club Cruceros de La Paz from throwing one heck of a beach party on Sunday, January 24, at the Malecon hotspot Papas & Beer. The '60s themed bash included live music from the Baja South Band, led by local songbird Laura Lothian, a Crucero herself. With tickets at only 70 pesos a piece, Papas & Beer filled up fast! But the beach party is only one of many events the Club hosts each year. In fact, the Valentine's Day Dance, which will be held at the La Costa restaurant on February 14, is right around the corner.