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NEWS-Meteor Showers May 5-6th

May 5-6, 2011 - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Eta Aquarids are a light shower, usually producing about 10 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower's peak usually occurs on May 5 & 6, however viewing should be good on any morning from May 4 - 7. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Aquarius. Best viewing is usually to the east after midnight.

SAN FELIPE - Lions Club B-1 Convention

April 30 - May 2, 2010 B-1 Convention in San Felipe BC Mexico
All events cost $200.00 pesos per person for the WHOLE wk-end.
Food and Drinks are extra. Don't forget the party at the Beachcomer Friday 30th starting at 8pm.  Karaoke (sing out sisters) and Skits put on by all the clubs. Our San Felipe Jail Cell is there to have some fun with.
Register 1-May Saturday morning at the El Cortez
  • Meetings for start Sat. start at 9:30 am
  • Meetings are over by 2pm.
  • Lunch is at 2:30 to 4:00pm at El Cortez
  • Parade Starts at 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Begins at the Hotel Costa Azul along the Malecon and back to Hotel Costa Azul.
  • Ballroom Gala:  8pm at the Beachcomber with Music by Agave Blues Band
There has been alot of hardworking San Felipe Lions to help the District put this on so come out and Have Some Fun!

ENSENADA - Poco Cielo Hotel Trauma Care and Life Support Corse

On May 3, 2010, Poco Cielo Hotel at Km 59 will again be hosting an event to benefit the local community. Health care providers from the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Emergency Department in San Bernardino county will provide advanced instruction in trauma care and life support to local volunteer ambulance crews. The course will include basic life support, treatment of fractures and severe bleeding, as well as extrication techniques for vehicular accidents. The volunteer ambulance drivers will receive both lectures and practical experience by training aids to further their ability to respond to traumatic events and safely transport injured patients. The instructors are all currently practicing medical staff at the second busiest trauma center in California. In addition, this year, a film crew will record the process for a future documentary on the mutual cooperation between the two countries.

This is the second year that Cheryl Jimenez and Poco Cielo Hotel have graciously provided their patios for the event and their hotel and restaurant catering services to the attendees.   

MEXICO - Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican national holiday that honors the Mexican victory over the French army at Puebla de los Angeles in 1862.

The 5th of May is not Mexican Independence Day, but it should be!  And Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday, but it should be.  Mexico declared its independence from mother Spain on midnight, the 15th of September, 1810.  And it took 11 years before the first Spanish soldiers were told and forced to leave Mexico.

So, why Cinco de Mayo?  And why should Americans savor this day as well?  Because 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City on the morning of May 5, 1862.

The French had landed in Mexico (along with Spanish and English troops) five months earlier on the pretext of collecting Mexican debts from the newly elected government of democratic President (and Indian) Benito Juarez.  The English and Spanish quickly made deals and left.  The French, however, had different ideas.

Under Emperor Napoleon III, who detested the United States, the French came to stay.  They brought a Hapsburg prince with them to rule the new Mexican empire.  His name was Maximilian; his wife, Carolota.  Napoleon's French Army had not been defeated in 50 years, and it invaded Mexico with the finest modern equipment and with a newly reconstituted Foreign Legion.  The French were not afraid of anyone, especially since the United States was embroiled in its own Civil War.

The French Army left the port of Vera Cruz to attack Mexico City to the west, as the French assumed that the Mexicans would give up should their capital fall to the enemy -- as European countries traditionally did.

Under the command of Texas-born General Zaragosa, (and the cavalry under the command of Colonel Porfirio Diaz, later to be Mexico's president and dictator), the Mexicans awaited.  Brightly dressed French Dragoons led the enemy columns.  The Mexican Army was less stylish.

General Zaragosa ordered Colonel Diaz to take his cavalry, the best in the world, out to the French flanks.  In response, the French did a most stupid thing; they sent their cavalry off to chase Diaz and his men, who proceeded to butcher them.  The remaining French infantrymen charged the Mexican defenders through sloppy mud from a thunderstorm and through hundreds of head of stampeding cattle stirred up by Indians armed only with machetes.

When the battle was over, many French were killed or wounded and their cavalry was being chased by Diaz' superb horsemen miles away.  The Mexicans had won a great victory that kept Napoleon III from supplying the confederate rebels for another year, allowing the United States to build the greatest army the world had ever seen.  This grand army smashed the Confederates at Gettysburg just 14 months after the battle of Puebla, essentially ending the Civil War.

Union forces were then rushed to the Texas/Mexican border under General Phil Sheridan, who made sure that the Mexicans got all the weapons and ammunition they needed to expel the French.  American soldiers were discharged with their uniforms and rifles if they promised to join the Mexican Army to fight the French.  The American Legion of Honor marched in the Victory Parade in Mexico, City.

It might be a historical stretch to credit the survival of the United States to those brave 4,000 Mexicans who faced an army twice as large in 1862.  But who knows?

In gratitude, thousands of Mexicans crossed the border after Pearl Harbor to join the U.S. Armed Forces.  As recently as the Persian Gulf War, Mexicans flooded American consulates with phone calls, trying to join up and fight another war for America.

Mexicans, you see, never forget who their friends are, and neither do Americans.  That's why Cinco de Mayo is such a party -- A party that celebrates freedom and liberty.  There are two ideals which Mexicans and Americans have fought shoulder to shoulder to protect, ever since the 5th of May, 1862.  VIVA! el CINCO DE MAYO!!

LORETO - Animalandia has Puppies!!!

Animalandia is again in a puppy crisis!!  6 puppies were put over the fence during the night.  Also, another dog (33 lbs.) was found wandering on property behind the ice house.  He was found with a big heavy chain around his neck and he had gotten tangled up and stuck in a pile of debris with no food or water until found half dead.  He has been fed and watered for a few days and seems to be well on his way to being a healthy dog.  The larger dog is a male and the pups are of course mixed (male & female approx. 7 weeks old).  All were dewormed today.  They will be vaccinated as adopted. 

Looking for a puppy or larger dog please contact Linda Welch or call 613
-135-1747. Also, anyone going to the states (driving), can call to see if they are taking any animals from Mexico.  We would make sure you have the proper certificates to take them north.  Thank you all for your help in this matter.  Submitted by Linda Welch

CABO SAN LUCAS - Rolex Invitational IGFA Offshore Championship Release Tournament

May 7-14: Rolex Invitational IGFA Offshore Championship Release Tournament.
IGFA Offshore World Championship has qualifying events and the Offshore World Championship scheduled for More info or 1-866- LOS-CABOS.

SAN FELIPE: "Agave Blues" Band CD Release Party!

The Jolly Mon Bar will be hosting a CD release Party for the "Agave Blues"Band.

Wednesday is "Cinco de Mayo", a good reason to party, and "Agave Blues" will be performing songs from their new CD and signing autographs for all that attend.

This new CD was recorded "Live" over a four week period at the 'Jolly Mon" and includes their hot new original "What's This?". The fun starts at 6:00 pm and there will be giveaways, prizes and drink specials. Plan now to attend and party like it's May the 5th!

BAJA NEWS - 2010 Mexican 1000 Road Rally

2010 Mexican 1000 Road Rally coming through San Felipe today on its 3 day journey to La Paz. Its not an off road race but an off road hall of fame in the dirt so to speak featuring legends of the sport and vintage race vehicles. NORRA was actually one of the first off-road organizations to promote the Baja 1000, before it was eventually turned over to Sal Fish and SCORE was founded. Information provide by Hal "Paco" Clark of San Felipe BC Mexico. More inf o click here News and Updates for NORRA’s MEXICAN 1000, RALLY FOR RELIEF and general news about the event If there is any news you would like to report, please CONTACT NORRA.

SAN FELIPE - San Felipe Gift and Crafters Show

San Felipe Gift and Crafters Guild Show
Date: Sunday, May 9, 2010
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: The Lighthouse Restaurant, San Felipe, BC Mexico

Join us on Mothers Day for this creative expo of local crafters and artisans. Admission is free. Come for brunch and browse the booths. You might find just what you've been looking for! The Guild will have a show each month at various locations in San Felipe, even through the Summer. Watch the Mexico Living Calendar and our ad in the Guide for future locations of shows.

LOS BARRILES - Copper River Designs

Copper River Designs is Los Barriles local jewelry store. You can find cool new designs almost daily, beginning with eclectic beads from around the world to high quality precious gemstones, there's always something to give yourself or someone you care about. Besides designing and fabricating new jewelry, services include most jewelry repairs and watch batteries. Copper River Designs is open Monday through Saturday at 10 am. 
The April birthstone is diamond; in ancient times it was used as a talisman against cowardice. It is also known as a "stone of innocence" bringing forth purity, constancy and the loving nature with which one came into the physical realm. It has been used in the treatment to counteract poisoning, to clarify and stimulate the sight and as a metabolic balancing agent.

More info contact Chris Rogers 624-159-4780 cell phone (found!) land line 624-141-0125, US Cell 206-669-1675Please don't hesitate to call or email for an appointment.

LOS BARRILES - Cinco de Mayo Poker Run

The Annual Cinco de Mayo Poker Run - Wed. May 5, 2010. It will start at LA CAPILLA and end at the La Trinidad RV Park in La Ribera with a Great Lunch and a Pool Party. Bring your bathing suits(6 bathrooms for changing). The ride is open to Quads, Motorcycles, Buggies, Jeeps, etc. Cost: $7.00 US or $80 Pesos (Normal Jackpot Split) Volunteers requested for Checkpoints 2, 3, &4. Sign-ups begin Mon, April 19. E-mail Scott @ or call between 8:00 and 10:00 am. @ 14-10530 More details to follow!!

LORETO - What is NEW at El Caballo Blanco Bookstore

El Caballo Blanco Bookstore now has a wide range of brand new titles and and more copies of favorite books...including the Shawn and Heather's Cruising Guide (Sea of Cortez), the new Baja Almanac, many children's books in English and Spanish, Victor Villasenor's WALKING STARS: Stories of Magic and Power, and another book of Mexican Folktales; HORSE HOOVES and CHICKEN FEET!
Plus many shelves of 'almost' alphabetized used fiction and non-fiction, and many light beach-reads. 

Submitted by:  Jeannine Perez El Caballo Blanco Bookstore

NEWS & POLITICS - Same Sex Marriage Law - Mexico Living Guide April 2010

New Same-Sex Marriage Law in Mexico City
by Magnolia Velázquez

Beginning March 4, the legal modifications allowing same-sex marriage in Mexico City was implemented, despite the appeal of unconstitutionality filed by the Federal Attorney General’s Office, said the mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard.

Ebrard explained that the government of the Federal District is ready to sanction civil marriages between two persons of the same sex, and that 52 judges from the Registry Office have been fully trained to perform the civil unions.

“We have taken measures to make sure that the judges in charge of marriages are qualified and that the facilities of the Registry Office are all set. We have to respect the law and this law is valid. We will implement it,” Ebrard declared.

According to the government of Mexico City, 22 homosexual couples have expressed the intention of getting married in City Hall, although they have not presented all necessary documents to the Registry Office yet.

In order to facilitate civil unions and issue marriage contracts, the Registry Office of Mexico City has issued three different forms to fill out: one for “Marriages Between Her and Her,” another for “Mariages Between Him and Him” and a last one for “Marriages Between Her and Him.”

Homosexual couples need to have lived in Mexico City for at least six months and present such proof of residence to the Registry Office in order to get married in the Federal District.

Hallelujah! There is an RV Park in La Paz

by John Pack 

As an RV'er a stop in La Paz is almost a necessity, whether traveling north or south it's the ideal place to stock up. La Paz has some of Baja's best shopping, great mechanics, excellent restaurants, movie theater and much more. You can find just about anything you need in La Paz, except an RV park.
There used to be several nice parks, but as of 2009, the two remaining RV parks in La Paz closed. Fortunately, there still is an option for RV'ers just north of town in El Centenario at Campestre Maranatha, a 7-acre camp located 11 km north of La Paz, on the west side of the highway. Camp Maranatha is the only choice if you plan to stay in La Paz. 

Campestre Maranatha is very well maintained, clean with nice bathrooms, hot showers and laundry facilities. The grounds are meticulously groomed by very friendly staff. It also has a park area, pool, various park equipment for kids, picnic facilities and lots of shade trees. However, it is close to the main highway, so depending on your site, traffic noise can be disturbing. 

They already had about 20 full hookup sites, and recently opened an additional 24 full hookup sites to accommodate the extra travelers.

In addition to being an RV park, Campestre Maranatha is a Christian campground used by local churches, schools and families for their different activities, and is also the base for Maranatha Ministries in Mexico.

The original founder of the park was a missionary and used to fly to La Paz to do his missionary work. He owned his own airstrip, which once was where the RV park and campestre is now.  “Maranatha” means “Our Lord has come.”

Churches use the campground for youth and children’s camps, adult seminars, spiritual retreats and fellowship meetings. Their swimming pool is not only used for fun and games but also as a place where hundreds are baptized each year.

Both public and private schools are welcome to use the camp. For example, students enjoy coming to celebrate Dia del Niño, or Children’s Day. Sixth grade classes find it an exciting place to celebrate their graduation from primary school. Boy Scouts even hold meetings at Campestre Maranatha. You can expect to have activity at the camp nearly every weekend. 

Although it is outside of town, the local bus stops directly in front of the coffee shop “Exquisito” on the corner, and the ride to town is only 8 pesos. It comes by every 30 minutes. It's the El Centenerio bus, which makes it easy to identify, so you don't get on the wrong bus when returning. “Exquisito” also offers Internet Wifi and FREE phone calls to the USA or Canada with any purchase.

Campestre Maranatha is $20 per night. The camp administrators are Cindy and José Nuñez, and they can be reached by email at

GPS Location:
Latitude: 24° 5'52.62"N
Longitude: 110°23'13.13"W

LOS BARRILES - Rotary 2nd Annual "Tres Pez" Fishing Tournament

Saturday - May 2, 2010 The Los Barriles Rotary Club presents the 2nd Annual "Tres Pez" Fishing Tournament.
Basic rules:
  1. Catch 3 different species of fish (billfish, roosterfish, and sharks excluded).
  2. Fish must be a minimum of 14" inches in length.
  3. Combined weight of the 3 fish determines the winners.

The entry fee is $100 which includes 2 T-shirts & 2 meal tickets to the awards banquet that night at the Hotel Palmas De Cortez, extra tickets available. 1st Place is $500dlls, 2nd Place is $100dlls, & 3rd Place is $50dlls. Whether you fish from a 40' cruiser or a 12' "tin boat" this is the tournament for you so put this date on your calendar and participate in this fun tournament. Proceeds go to local Rotary projects including but not limited to: dengue fever mosquito abatement, support for local schools, fountain maintenance, college scholarships, disaster relief, etc. More Info contact Big Daddy Tournament Chair, 624-142-8008 or from Baja Pony Express.

ENSENADA - Cabalgata Vaquera El Alamar

May 1 & 2: Cabalgata Vaquera El Alamar
A 4-5 hour guided horseback riding adventure at Parque Nacional Constitución de 1857 in the Sierra de Juarez. Registration fee includes meals and overnight camping (bring your own tent and equipment) at Rancho El Alamar. Horse rental available or bring your own.
Registration & info: Alfredo Vizcarra, cell tel. (646)179-5074

CALENDAR - Baja California Weekly Calendar: April 22-27, 2010

Weekly Calendar: April 22-27, 2010

10am - 1pm TS-Organic Fruit And Vegetable Stand
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

12pm SF-Fandangos Lunch and a movie
Where: San Felipe BC

1pm - 4pm TS- Live Mexican Music at Hotel California
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

5pm - 8pm L-Augie's Bar & Bait Shop Happy Hour
Where: Loreto BCS

5pm - 10pm TS-Sushi Night at Mario's Bar
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

6:30pm - 9:30pm SF-La Vaquita Presents: Isaac Diaz Acoustic
Where: San Felipe BC

7pm - 10pm RB-The Joint Happy Hour
Where: Rosarito Beach BC MX

7pm - 11pm SF-Name That Tune
Where: San Felipe BC Mexico

9am - 1pm LB-BIG Spring Fling Side-Walk Sale
Where: Los Barriles BCS Mexico

10am - 1pm TS-Organic Fruit And Vegetable Stand
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

1pm SF-Fandangos Bowling at 1pm
Where: San Felipe BC

1pm - 4pm TS- Live Mexican Music at Hotel California
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

5pm - 8pm L-Augie's Bar & Bait Shop
Where: Loreto Baja California Sur

5pm - 10pm TS-Sushi Night at Mario's Bar
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

5:30pm - 7:30pm RB-Square Dancing: Costa del Sol clubhouse at 4:30 p.m
Where: Rosarito Beach Baja California Mexico

6pm - 10pm SF-La Vaquita with Baja Boys
Where: San Felipe BC

7pm - 12am Cabo-No worry's Bar & Grill Live Music
Where: Cabo San Lucas BCS Mexico

7pm - 10pm RB-The Joint Happy Hour
Where: Rosarito Beach BC MX

7:30pm - 12am SF-Agave Blues at JollyMon 6:30PM
Where: San Felipe BC Mexico

9pm - 12am RB-Rosa & Rita (Karaoke Bar)
Where: Rosarito Beach BC MX

9pm - 12am TS-Live Music
Where: Todo Santos BCS Mexico

10am - 1pm TS-Organic Fruit And Vegetable Stand
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

1pm - 4pm TS- Live Mexican Music at Hotel California
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

5pm - 10pm TS-Sushi Night at Mario's Bar
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

6pm SF-Fandangos Karoake w/ the Sing Out Sisters & Chuey
Where: San Felipe BC Mexico

6pm - 10pm SF-La Vaquita with Tavo's Revolution
Where: San Felipe BCN

7pm - 12am Cabo-No worry's Bar & Grill Live Music
Where: Cabo San Lucas BCS Mexico

7pm - 9pm M-Hotel Serenidad - Pig Rost
Where: Mulege BCS Mexico

7pm - 10pm RB-The Joint Happy Hour
Where: Rosarito Beach BC MX

7pm - 8pm SF-Alcoholics Anonymous
Where: San Felipe Baja California Mexico

7:30pm - 10:30pm RB-Fiesta Mexicana
Where: Rosarito Beach BC MX

8pm - 10pm RB-Wine Dinner
Where: Rosarito Beach BC Mexico

8:30pm - 11pm L-Fiesta Mexicana at Hacienda Suites In Loreto
Where: Loreto BCS Mexico

9pm - 12am RB-Rosa & Rita (Karaoke Bar)
Where: Rosarito Beach BC MX

10am - 11:30am TS-Dharma Talks And Guided Meditation
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

12pm - 1pm C-CaboMil Happy Hour Radio In English.
Where: Los Cabo BCS Mexico

12pm - 5pm Cabo-No Worry 's Bar and Grill Reggae Sundays
Where: Cabo San Lucas BCS Mexico

12pm - 3pm TS- Live Music at Hotel California
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

3pm - 6pm SF-Fandangos Womens Pool League
Where: San Felipe BC Mexico

3pm - 6pm C-Live music by Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez
Where: Los Cabo BCS Mexico

Mon Apr 5, 2010
8am - 9am SF-San Felipe Rotary Club Meeting
Where: San Felipe BC Mexico

10am - 1pm TS-Organic Fruit And Vegetable Stand
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

12pm - 3pm TS- Live Mexican Music at Hotel California
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

4pm - 7pm L-Augie's Bar & Bait Shop
Where: Loreto Baja California Sur

7pm - ?? SF-Fandangos 9-Ball
Where: San Felipe BC Mexico

10am - 1pm TS-Organic Fruit And Vegetable Stand
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

12pm - 3pm TS- Live Mexican Music at Hotel California
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

2pm - ?? SF-Fandangos Darts Tournament
Where: San Felipe BC Mexico

4pm - 7pm L-Augie's Bar & Bait Shop Happy Hour
Where: Loreto BCS

6pm - 12am SF-Karaoke Night with THE SISTERS AND Chuey at JOLLY MON
Where: San Felipe BC Mexico

SF-Fandangos Ladies day--all drinks 1/2 price
Where: San Felipe BC Mexico

10am - 12pm SF-SFARP Meeting
Where: San Felipe BC Mexico

10am - 1pm TS-Organic Fruit And Vegetable Stand
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

12pm - 3pm TS- Live Mexican Music at Hotel California
Where: Todos Santos BCS Mexico

1pm - 2pm TS-Recycling Center Open
Where: Todo Santos BCS Mexico

3pm - ?? SF-Fandangos Bingo
Where: San Felipe BC Mexico

4pm - 7pm L-Augie's Bar & Bait Shop Happy Hour
Where: Loreto BCS

5:30pm - 6pm C-Los Cabos Now Radio
Where: Los Cabos BCS Mexico

6pm - 7pm SF-Alcoholics Anonymous
Where: San Felipe Baja California Mexico

6pm - 10pm SF-Vatos Locos at La Vaquita
Where: San Felipe Baja California Mexico

ROSARITO BEACH: Mixed Doubles tickets now available onine!

The Rosarito Theatre Guild presents "Mixed Doubles", a play in two acts by Fred Carmichae and directed by Cheryl Shepard. 

Come enjoy the mapcap adventures of the guests at the Casa Pericolo in the quaint Mexican town of Ajijic. See what happens when a well known Hollywood couple visit this out of the way retreat...but not with each other...and find out what happens when an elderly couple discover they've been duped by crooks.

They invite you to visit their website for a peek at our upcoming production, May 14-16 and May 21-23. You can make reservations and purchase tickets thi this time. They look forward to seeing you.

LA PAZ: The Shark Conservation Network

From April 23 - 25, 2010 will be held at Hotel Bugambilias in La Paz the 4th Meeting of the Shark Conservation Network, involving more than 80 members of various communities in the Gulf of California.

Led by Jorge Ramírez González, director IEMANYA in Mexico, the purpose of the meeting is to promote collaborative efforts between researchers, community members, regional conservation organizations, public officials of environment and fisheries, as part of a program activities over the three days, including: presentations of research results and projects, workshops and roundtables, as well as the award Luis Núñez "Meli" Merit shark conservation in the region.

With more than 16 communities represented by its fishermen, academics and scientists, the meeting aims to show progress in conservation, the application of new technologies for the protection of species, the
methods for controlling fishing logbooks as well as an important component of environmental education for future fishermen.

The five most important species of shark in the Gulf of California, white, mako, hammerhead, thresher and whale need everyone's help. For further information, phone in La Paz, 612 123 54 25.

Miguel Vives
WWF Gulf of California
Tel 123 1017 ext 106
Cel 612 102 6536

NEWS & POLITICS - Help to the earthquake victims of Valle de Mexicali

Marcos Otis (of grupa 99) organized a small group with the San Felipe BC Lion's Club for an incredible day of helping people in need. The day was spent in the Valle de Mexicali, at the epicenter of the 7.2 earthquake. A stake bed truck full of food, water and supplies, thanks to the San Felipe Lions Club, Javier Batiz and the generous people of San Felipe was delivered to Valle de Mexicali. The "Delagado" of Venustiano Carranza,(local municipal government), where the "Mayor" gave us a police unit to escort to use, as our "scout", to the most needy and remote of villages.

"We were prepared for the terrain with 6 four wheel drive vehicles and we were glad to have them. We encountered the most amazing, resilient and beautiful people I have ever met. It was a truly moving and emotional day; the kind that makes you glad to be alive!" said Jim Moore.

"Most of the people are living outside their homes because the government has condemned them. They are sleeping on the ground or in tents if they have been lucky enough to acquire one. They are in need of a safe water supply and wood for cooking on a fire, tents sleeping bags, diapers, sanitary items toiletries, and rice beans tortillas and flour to make more tortillas, the list goes on and on." said Pamela Pastore

The families are farm workers with no work, no money and no food. The food and supplies were greeted with smiling faces of the mothers, the fathers and the radiant eyes of the children. This disaster was felt and affected many in need and these people are going to need help for awhile. Please visit the San Felipe BC Lions Club website for more info and the photos - coming soon. If you would like to help the victims of the Mexicali earthquake contact Marcos Otis on his cell: 011-521-686-114-5043.

Information from Jim Moore
president elect of the San Felipe Lions Club

SAN FELIPE - 8th Annual International Chili Cookoff

8th Annual International Chili Cookoff 
By Joseph Malek

Set to simmer on the afternoon of Saturday, May 1, 2010 is the 8th Annual Club De Pesca International Chili Cookoff.  This gastronomical contest is held on the ramada patio of Club De Pesca R.V. & Trailer Park from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. that Saturday afternoon. I know that you’ve heard that the Chili Cookoff is a “smokin’ hot time,” and one of the most anticipated events in San Felipe; but did you know that anyone can and should enter their chili team to compete for Judges’ trophies and town-wide bragging rights . . . Come on down and talk to us at Club De Pesca and we’ll make it easy for you to get all signed up. (Many of last year’s teams are coming back to chili-size up the new competitors and defend their own pot of bubbling hot love.)

The public is invited to be our guests and ease on down to the Chili Cookoff to sample every chili teams’ concoction. Last year, 20 teams participated and about 400 guests enjoyed the ambiance and fun. So, come on down to socialize and sample great chili at this year’s event. This year, to sample chili, you will have to purchase a “chili tasting kit” at the administration tent at a cost of $2. Your tasting kit will allow you unlimited sampling of the teams’ chili’s (just hold on to your cup and spoon). Let me turn up the heat and bring this event to a full boil. As always all beef hot dogs, grilled to perfection, will be offered with all the trimmings for only $1.25 (onions, tomatoes, cheddar cheese . . . and chili?).
Local rock-abilly-blues band, Vatos Locos, has been hired to provide sizzle for dancing all afternoon; while the full no-host bar competes to quench your thirst with hand-mixed blended margaritas, ice-cold beer, a neat selection of wine, and most mixed cocktails, effortlessly. No coolers will be allowed. Pancho and Jorge Limon have made this International Chili Cookoff the most looked-forward to event in San Felipe. Buy your “Chili Tasting Kit” for only $2 on Saturday when you arrive and that kit will provide unlimited tasting of all chili samples. Sign up to enter your chili team with Joseph Malek at Club De Pesca . View rules and responsibilities on-line at, click on accommodations, click Club De Pesca R.V. & Trailer Park.

For further information about the Chili Cookoff, call Elayne Caldwell (577-2649) or Joseph Malek (686 233-5206); or email us at



Each entrant must provide team name at the time of registration or let us know within a few of days of registering.

On the day of the Cookoff, the sponsors will provide you with a name sign which you should attach to your cooking station in a prominent place so that the public can identify their choice for the People’s Choice award. At the time of registration, please let us know whether you will need an electric hookup. COOKOFF RULES: On the Day of the Cookoff:
1. Heating of chili entries will be done on site.
2. Preparation may be done in advance.
3. Amount of chili to be served: Minimum of two gallons
4. Check-in at the Administration Tent (under the north tent next to the Ramada of Club De Pesca) for assignment of space.
5. Chefs and their teams should check in by 11:30 a.m. or earlier. Please allow enough time to heat or prepare your chili for judging.
6. Deadline for completion of all chili pots for judging is 1:30 p.m.
7. Entrants MUST provide their own cooking apparatus. This includes tables, utensils, grills, portable stoves, roaster/ovens, hot pots, extension cords, etc.
8. Electrical outlets will be provided.
9. JUDGES WILL BE SERVED FIRST. Out of courtesy to the judges, we ask that no team provide samples for public tasting until an announcement is made that the Cookoff is open for public tasting and voting for the People’s Choice award.
10. Do NOT bring tasting cups or spoons. In order to vote for People’s Choice, tasters must purchase a $2 “chili tasting kit” at the Administration tent. The kit will contain cups, spoons, napkins and one People’s Choice ballot.
11. Chili cookoff team members are not eligible to vote for the People’s Choice award. ALL JUDGES’ DECISION WILL BE FINAL BUENA SUERTE! - GOOD LUCK!

ENSENADA - 63rd Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race

63rd Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race, April 23–25
by Benjamin Eugene

After 62 years of the oldest of all races from the U.S. to Mexico, it's never the same. From year to year, the wind and sea conditions are seldom the same.

The race is open to boats from high-tech ocean racers to Mom and Pop trailerables. The minimum size limits are 18 feet for monohulls and 20 feet for multihulls.

Don't be one of those West Coast sailors still kicking yourselves for missing last spring's 62nd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race that had a moderate but steady breeze for the ages and swept the fleet all 125.5 nautical miles on a direct track to the finish, leaving most of the weekend to party.

Keep the faith. There is only hope of another dream breeze this year and, as always, the onshore fun is guaranteed.

The historic race is organized by the Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA).

Like other major sailing events in the early days of the recession last year, the usual turnout of 400 to 500 boats slipped to 270 entries and 260 starters; but only three failed to finish by 4 p.m. Saturday after a single night at sea, leaving the rest of the weekend to enjoy the hospitality of the colorful seaside pueblo.

Like last year, non-sailors also may join in the fun by opting for a Carnival Cruise ship, tour buses or personal ground transportation.

The fun picks up a beat for 2010. It will start with the pre-race fiesta at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club the Thursday night before the start, continue after the finish with a new program of musical entertainment on the Ensenada waterfront plaza Saturday night, then conclude Sunday with the Fiesta del Vino leading into the colorful awards ceremony Sunday afternoon.

Entries for the 63rd world's largest international yacht race starting Friday, April 23, opened in early January, but there is still time. Online entry is available on their website. The entry fee is $155 through March 31 and $205 afterward. Registration, including payment of entry fees, will be available online at or call U.S. (949) 644-1023.

Photo by Rachel Pack

Photo by Mary Longpre, Longpre Photography,

ROSARITO BEACH - Poetry Readings At Chacha’s Café

Poetry Readings At Chacha’s Café the last Saturday of every month - 7pm. A poetry reading (usually by two or more people). The poetry is often in various languages: japanese, german, english, spanish. All are welcome. Drive south of rosarito by the lights on the old road.  For more info contact Harald Lankisch at or 661-613-0448.

LORETO - Del Borracho Argentine Festival

Sunday - April 25, 2010 at 7:00 p.m
The Ticket includes: live entertainment such as tango and live music and dancing directly from Argentina , while guests enjoy grilled traditional Argentinean beef cuts, authentic Argentinean empanadas, and salad bar.  Children under 5 have free admission. And children 6-12 are half price.

There will also be Argentinean wine, and products available for purchase.  We would like to share with the Loreto community the typical and traditional Argentinean culture, and artisanies, and you are sure to have a fabulous time with your friend and family in this cultural event.  Advanced ticket sales  are available for purchase at Del Borracho's  ( tel: 044-613-137-0112) during regular hours or Cava Tapas and Wine (tel: 044-613-100-2349) from 12-10 p.m. Advanced ticket purchases are recommended. Tickets price: $250 pesos

SAN FELIPE - Fandango's NEW Restaurant

Fandango's NEW Restaurant - Linda Martinez

Stop by for lunch one day. You can have a great sandwich, salad, and tasty finger-foods like: meatballs, deep fried macaroni, Indian fry bread tacos, Tempura chicken, veggies, Philly cheese steak, & homemade hamburger, and much more.

New events at Fandangos:
  • Mon. 9-Ball at 7 pm
  • Tues. Darts Tournament at 2pm
  • Wed. Ladies day--all drinks 1/2 price the whole day and Bingo at 3pm
  • Thurs is Lunch and a movie
  • Fri. is Bowling at 1pm
  • Sat. is Karoake w/ the Sing Out Sisters & Chuey at 6pm
  • Sun. is starting a womens Pool League at 3pm. 

Sure hope you find a minute to stop by, relax, have fun! If you want to take your treats home with you - You can! We have take-out! Submitted by: Linda Martinez

LORETO - Loreto Fest 2010 "By the Sea"

April 30, May 1, & 2, 2010 - Three Days of fun, great food, exciting seminars, workshops and games is fast approaching. We look forward to seeing everyone.

Just south of Loreto in beautiful Puerto Escondido, this special three-day event just gets better every year.

Loreto Fest proceeds help support the higher education of students from our rural villages and mountain ranches. Our Bay clean-up has been a proud tradition since the first Loreto Fest.

Our theme this year is “By the Sea”. Come as your favorite sea creature, Mermaid or “whatever” By the Sea. at the costumed dance. Special daily events for children and youth.

A Silent Auction is also part of the fun.  All monies collected from the sale of this auction go to the education and support of our local schools in Ligui, San Javier & some University students.  There are a few items that may go to the sailing program.

We are asking for item donations to add to this year's Silent Auction.  Perhaps you will be making some snazzy jewelry, a painting, photo, shell art, boat stuff, or putting together a basket of snacks, wine, or ingredients to make a special meal.  Whatever it is, let your imagination go creative and wild!  We want to get everyone excited about participating in the Silent Auction.

Master Quilt Maker Patty Noyes has sent us this picture of her quilt that she will be donating to Loreto Fest 2010. Titled "By the sea... by the sea.." it will be entered into our silent auction for Loreto Fest 2010. Please keep in mind it is an unfinished project with a missing mystery square.  Also, the final arrangement of blocks may be slightly different than the photo.

All Loreto Fest silent auction participants have come to know Patty's superior quilt-making skill and look forward to another magnificent quilt.

Seminars:  Parks Dept., GPS Class, Diving & the Islands, Baja Weather, Blog & Website Class, Fernando/Loreto Museum Baja Sea Life, Emergency Pet Care

Workshops:  Jewelry Making, Splicing, Fishing Lures, Pressure Cooking, T-Shirt Design, Solar, Special Crochet/Recycling

Games & Contest: Saturday Night best "By the Sea" Costume (or in the sea, use your imagination), Spam Contest, Horseshoes, Over the Line, Bocci Ball, Board Games:  Minnesota Canasta, Baja Rummy, Mexican Train, Chest, Scrabble and more!

The SPAM Art Contest is an opportunity for a unique ART EXPERIENCE!
Get yourself a few cans of that “mystery meat” and let your imagination fly!
Think “out of the can”!

Kids Activities - Lot's of surprises planned here!

JUGGLING WORKSHOP...come & learn to JUGGLE.  LOUIS KRUK, of the Sailing Vessel CIRQUE, will teach YOU how to JUGGLE three balls.  If you happen to have three balls, bean bags, flat tennis balls, or oranges...bring them along.  If not...hopefully we will have enough to go around.  If you already know how to JUGGLE, please join in the fun. JUGGLE ON!

Entertainment is being planned for each evening.  If you would like to participate playing music, dancing, or ??  Contact Brenda "No Se"

Food:  Chili Cook-off - Bring your best ingredients and enter for a prize. 
Spaghetti Dinner for $7.00 & Sunday Breakfast for $3.00 (HPYC members eat for free).
Hot Dogs and other food items will be available all day.

Questions or for more information please email us at

ROAD REPORT - Brent Currier travels to Tecate

Just an update, April 16, 2010, on my travel to Tecate.....three different areas under construction close to Mulege and Santa Rosalia with short delays... The Ensenada to Tecate highway is great. No construction going on as of two days ago..nice 4 lane for a few miles and wider 2 lanes into Guadalupe Valley and a short ways north of the town..Rest of the highway North to Tecate was in good condition with no construction.
Submitted by:  Brent Currier

NEWS & POLITICS - Que Pasa San Felipe

?Que Pasa San Felipe?

This sleepy little fishing village has not been so sleepy lately! We’ve had the pleasure of having Baja race pre-runners in our midst for the last several weeks, and now we wait for all the Baja 250 Race festivities to begin!
On February 26th, Las Amigas hosted San Felipe Has Talent at the Pavilion at La Ventana del Mar (El Dorado Ranch). San Felipians came out in droves to see the amazing talents our residents have to offer. There were singers, dancers and skits, including Campo Ocotillo Group’s “A Shopping We Will Go.” What a hoot that was! For anyone who travels up to El Centro for shopping adventures, this skit would have really hit home! Las Amigas raises money for educational scholarships for San Felipe students of all ages, from Intermediate School to University.
Denny and Sandi Flannigan hosted Cheeseburger in Paradise Party on March 2 at their home in Playa de Oro to benefit the Snarlin' Cholla Racing Team. George Jackson and Belinda Eastman have been hosting these parties at different homes for the past 10 years, and this one had the largest crowd ever. Race fans enjoyed perfect San Felipe weather, great cheeseburgers and fun music. A special treat was "home brew" by the Baja Brewers Club.
March 5–7 was the Tequila Festival on the Malecon, benefiting A Child’s Garden charity to provide medical treatment to the children of San Felipe. It was hosted by the BajaMar Group, Tecate and Cotuco. For more information about the charity, visit Check this column for Baja 250 haps next month! Until then, be well, be safe and be HAPPY!

Race Pre-runners in San Felipe

NEWS-Meteor Showers Apr 21-22

April 21, 22, 2011 - Lyrids Meteor Shower.
The Lyrids are an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. These meteors can produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. The shower usually peaks on April 21 & 22, although some meteors can be visible from April 16 - 25. Look for meteors radiating from the constellation of Lyra after midnight.

NEWS & POLITICS - Changes in Immigration Procedure

Changes in Immigration Procedures
Effective May 1, 2010
by Jacob Sapochnick

Mexico’s National Migration Institute has published its Manual of Criteria and Migration Procedures. The Manual will be enforced as of May 1, 2010, throughout the 32 delegations of the National Migration Institute in Mexico. Courtesy of AILA member Enrique Arellano.

The intention of the National Migration Institute is to clarify, streamline and simplify processing requirements for each immigration category. Applications currently being processed and those filed before May 1, 2010, will be analyzed and processed based on current policies, practices and procedures.

Some of the most relevant aspects of the Manual are the following:

• All migratory forms for tourists, business visitors and technical visitors with lucrative activities, who intend to stay in Mexico for up to 180 days, will be replaced by a single “FMM” form (“Forma Migratoria Múltiple”). The FMM will serve as evidence of the foreign national’s immigration status while in Mexico;

• The business visitor criteria are clearly defined. This new FMM form has an option for choosing the purpose of the visit as business (negocios), which once the foreign national enters Mexico, the immigration officer will grant a 180 days stay.

• There are three different options that the immigration officer might mark and that will grant the foreign national 180 days: a) Business (Visitante Persona de Negocios), b) Visitor with Lucrative Activities (Visitante con Actividades Lucrativas) and c) Visitor with Non-Lucrative Activities (Visitante con Actividades No Lucrativas). Any of the previous allow the foreign national to visit Mexico for business, either for working purposes or only for meetings.

• In case the purpose of the business visit extends more than 180 days, the foreign national will have to file for a change of Immigration status to obtain the correspondent FM3.

• The ABTC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation business travel card) criteria are clearly defined;

• In the following weeks, the National Migration Institute will publish the formats of the new migration cards that will replace the FM2 and FM3 booklets. Changes of activity, domicile, marital status, etc., will no longer have to be annotated on the migratory document, thereby allowing the foreign national the ability to travel in and out of the country while a change of status/conditions application is in process without having to request an exit and re-entry permit;

• Consular Posts will no longer issue FM2 or FM3 booklets. Instead, the Consular Post will place a visa sticker on the foreign national’s passport, upon receipt of the petition’s approval from the National Migration institute. The sticker will allow entry into Mexico within 365 days of issuance. Upon entry, the foreign national must obtain the new FM2 or FM3 migration card within 30 days.

Jacob Sapochnick is recognized as one of the most innovative, up-and-coming Immigration Lawyers in the nation. He devotes 100 percent of his practice to Immigration Law, representing corporations, hotels, restaurants and other organizations, as well as entrepreneurs and individuals worldwide. He also provides legal support and representation in family-sponsored immigration matters.

Copyright Mexico Living Guide April 2010