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Thursday, September 30, 2010

SAN FELIPE - ZAPP is Holding a Silent Auction


ZAPP Spay/Neuter Project is Holding a Silent Auction in San Felipe and we need items that we can turn into money to pay for spays and neuters....you can drop your items at SUNRUNNER Mail Service, YETMAIL Service, or at the New Spay/Neuter Street Project Center, located on Mar de Cortez in San Felipe. You can also your Items ASAP to: ZAPP SPAYS for STRAYS AUCTION  95 EAST HIGHWAY 98 CALEXICO CA 92232.

Auction Coordinator & Manager Vickie Silva will turn your donations into extremely desirable & beautiful gift baskets that will be prominently displayed with your name at our SPAYS for STRAYS SILENT AUCTION

ZAPP SPAYS for STRAYS SILENT AUCTION is Saturday November 13th, 2010 at the Pavillion at El Dorado Ranch.
More info contact Steven bajaanimalrescue@yahoo.com 
www.sfzapp.com &  Visit our ZAPP eBAY Shoe Store

TIJUANA - Give Some Life Foundation Fundraiser

Fun, Games, Surprises, Live Entertainment and much more!
Date: Saturday, October 9 – 1-5 pm
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Donation: $15 per person; $25 couples.
Includes ALL you can eat, 1 Margarita, 1 drawing ticket.
Place: Glen Larson’s home in Punta Bandera
(Exit from TJ toll road; look for signs).

Info contact Carol Hanna at MX 661-612-4903; US 602-449-8257 e-mail: gurlisfunny@yahoo.com.

We accept all major credit cards or you can pay with credit card or check via PayPal to GSLFoundation@yahoo.com. OR pay online at www.givesomelife.org. Payment accepted at the door as well.  100% of proceeds go towards spay/neuter program.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

TODOS SANTOS - 2nd annual Escuela Pacifica Halloween Fundraiser


Friday, Oct 29 at Cafe La Esquina
It will be a great party including a Haunted House, kids games,classic creepy movies,and a Best Costume Contest for Kids and Adults.
Escuela Pacifica family kitchens will be providing both kids and adult meals.
La Esquina will handle your beverage needs.

Doors open at 5:30. At 8:00 Hot Parrot will play reggae, ska, and latino rock. If you saw them play at Buena Vida before you know how good they are. If you haven't, this is the time to check out one of the hottest bands in La Paz, a six piece get you movin' dance band!
More info contact Steve Merrill rincondelcielo@seatosierra.org, www.escuelapacifica.org

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

ROSARITO BEACH - Full Season of Events!

Fall is upon us and Rosarito Beach is ready for a full season of events! The month of October is packed with activities for people of all ages. Get ready for the Mariachi Festival, the Baja Book Festival, round two of La Playa Motocross series, Salsa Congress with Machito Ruiz, Festival de la Vendimia, Puerto Nuevo Lobster Festival, Art Fest, Alex de Pue and Miguel de Hoyos in concert, and the Halloween Dance.

Rosarito Beach is a popular resort spot just 30 miles south of San Diego, where there are great activities for all ages, all interests and all budgets. Throw in some of the hottest deals and lowest prices in years, and you won’t find a cooler place anywhere than this popular Baja resort.

Below is just a sampling of why you should visit in October. Please note, this highlight calendar is compiled at least two weeks previous to the first of the month, to allow you plenty of time for planning. Always check
http://www.rosarito.org/ for any additions, changes, updates and a complete event listing prior to your visit.

Rosarito Mariachi Festival, October 2: Bring the whole family along and enjoy the Saturday evening Espectacular featuring the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas and Friends; Team Mexico vs. Team USA competing during each day (in both mariachi and folkloric dancing) for bragging rights and big cash prizes. This event takes place at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, so come and enjoy a beautiful ocean-front venue. Not only will it be a spectacular show, it also benefits the Rosarito Boys & Girls Club, so you can hear great mariachi music, have fun and help kids have a better life all at the same time. For information and prices www.rosarito.org

Baja Book Festival, October 9: Not just for the bookworm; come together at Joanna Jones Galeria y Café in Cantamar for a one-day cultural and lifestyle event showcasing authors and publishers of both English and Spanish language books and publications. The event will also include a celebration of the Baja regions food, wine and arts. For more information, visit:
http://www.bajabookfestival.com/

Salsa Congress with Machito Ruiz, October 16: Get ready to show off your dance moves at the Rosarito Beach Hotel with dance sessions being held from 1pm – 6pm. Following is the Dance and Party going all night from 9pm – 2am. Dance the night away to Caribbean music, salsa, bachata, cumbia and more. Entrance fee is $10 USD with food and drinks at an additional price. For more information, visit:
http://www.rosaritobeachhotel.com/U.S.A. call: 1.866.ROSARITO; for Mexico call: +01 (800) 265.2322.

Festival de la Vendimia, October 16: We hope you’re thirsty and hungry for wine and cheese because the Rosarito Beach Hotel is hosting an event for the best wines and cheese of Valle de Guadalupe. Activities such as grape stomping and more will be featured at the festival. Entrance fee is TBD. For more information, visit:
http://www.rosaritobeachhotel.com/ U.S.A. call: 1.866.ROSARITO; for Mexico call: +01 (800) 265.2322.

XVII Puerto Nuevo Lobster Festival, October 17: It’s fresh lobster season and Puerto Nuevo is serving up these tasty crustaceans their own special way. Come enjoy this delicious dish accompanied by an ice cold beer or a glass of white wine from the Baja Vineyards. Along with all the food and drink will be live music and the wonderful culture of Mexico. Do your part in helping consume the one million tasty crustaceans eaten each year in this lobster lovers paradise. For more information, visit:
http://www.rosarito.org/ e-mail: info@rosarito.orgcall: 1 (800) 962.2252.

Rosarito Art Fest, October 16 - 17: Grab the family and friends and join us for a celebration of all that can be found in Rosarito from art to gastronomy to hospitality. At the Art Fair, 60 artists will feature their work and we invite you to browse and purchase art and enjoy excellent cuisine! Admission is free and goes from 11am – 6pm. For more information, e-mail:
rosaritoartfest@yahoo.com

Alex de Pue & Miguel de Hoyos Concert, October 23: Come sit poolside at the beautiful new tower of the Rosarito Beach Hotel and enjoy music from Baja’s favorite artists. For only $120 MN or $10 USD with optional dinner from $75 MN you can rock the night away from 7pm – 10pm. For more information, visit:
http://www.rosaritobeachhotel.com/
USA call: 1 (866) ROSARITO; MEX call: 01 (800) 265.2322.

Halloween Dance, October 30: Start planning your costume now and get ready for a great party! Join the Rosarito Beach Hotel for a night of games, activities, prizes and dancing, all while benefiting Flying Samaritans. Admission TBD, from 7pm – 2am. For more information, visit:
http://www.rosaritobeachhotel.com/USA call: 1 (866) ROSARITO
MEX call: 01 (800) 265.2322.

Monday, September 27, 2010

SAN FELIPE - Christmas Shoebox Project and Food Drive

September 20, 2010 - December 12, 2010
Food Bank Building - San Felipe
Shoebox Project 2010

In 2007, we handed out 500 shoeboxes to needy children in the Los Arcos area of San Felipe. In 2008, we collected over 700 boxes and donated boxes to the children in Las Minitas area as well as many in San Felipe. This year we hope to increase the number of boxes collected as the need is greater than ever before.

Some suggestions for gifts to be put in the boxes…
TOYS: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, small shampoo (in a plastic bag) or anything else you can think that would help.
OTHER: T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, shake or wind up flashlights.

Please mark on your package, the sex of the child and age (infant, 2 to 4, 5 to 9, 9 to 11, teen). Please wrap the top and bottom of the box but do not tape it shut (may need access for customs). Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or ideas for this worthwhile project. My email address is : debrahmoore@yahoo.com. Packages may be dropped off at the Food Bank building on the way to San Felipe.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Organized by Debbi Moore ( debrahmoore@yahoo.ca)

SAN FELIPE -ZAPP Spay/Neuter Street Project

ZAPP Spay/Neuter Street Project will be opening its new location in San Felipe. 

On Saturday, October 16th we will holdur first no to low cost clinic, and we need some financial help to buy paint, building materials, lighting, recovery supplies, and so much more.

Bill Spradlin of San Felipe Home Builders is creating a substantial sized, well lit, well equipped surgery room for Dr. Solis and his assistants from the University. We'll have a very efficient recovery area for post surgical patients where volunteers will oversee dogs and cats as they come out of surgery. More information to follow.

www.sfzapp.com - bajaanimalrescue@yahoo.com
Visit our ZAPP eBAY Shoe Store

SAN FELIPE - XVIII Shrimp Festival

November 5-7, 2010

The Organizers of the XVIII Edition of the Shrimp Festival are committed to bring you the Best Event of it’s kind in San Felipe’s recent history.

The Festival focuses this year on the culinary aspects of the Shrimp Season and combines it’s offer with some of the most renown Baja California Wineries, Traditional Tequila Producers and Local and Regional Folk Artists.

What you will find is a new concept that focuses on the Visitor Experience and facilitates an enriched exchange between the Chef’s creations and the public, with an emphasis on Restaurants, Local Commerce and YOU our Visitors.

The organizers of the XVIII Edition are creating a network among all local Commerce , Restaurants and Hotel Owners to guarantee that your experience during your stay in San Felipe will be unforgettable and completely satisfying with an emphasis on Quality and Safety.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

ROSARITO BEACH - Four-thousand Cyclists Joined In Saturday's Rosarito-Ensenada 50-Mile Fun Bike Ride

More than four-thousand cyclists joined in Saturday's edition of the Rosarito-Ensenada Bike Ride, a popular internationally known event in its 31st year.
It took 15 minutes for all the brightly attired cyclists to pass by the reviewing stand on Boulevard Benito Juarez, in front of the Rosarito Beach Hotel, as Rosarito Beach Mayor Hugo Torres and Baja Secretary of Tourism Juan Tintos sounded the starting horns.

International cyclists of a wide variety of ages and experience levels participate in the picturesque coastal and inland ride that concludes in the port city of Ensenada. About a third of the riders are from the United States, said organizer Gary Foster.

The September race attracted several-hundred more riders than April's edition, said Foster.

"All of us are ambassadors for Baja," Foster told cyclists prior to the ride's start. "Tell all your friends, tell your family what it's really like down here."

Tourism Secretary Tintos expressed similar sentiments: "Go back and tell them how great Rosarito is, how great Ensenada is."

Mayor Torres said the three-decade-old ride is one of Baja's signature events and Rosarito is honored to host it. The next ride is scheduled for May 14 of next year.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Ron Raposa
619-948-3740
ronraposa@hotmail.com

ROSARITO BEACH - Rosarito Festival Features Grammy-Winning Mariachi Divas & Benefits Boys & Girls Club

A concert and two-day competition this weekend will be highlighted by the Grammy-award-winning Mariachi Divas in a spectacular Saturday night concert by the sea.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the construction of Rosarito's $1.3-million-dollar Boys & Girls Club.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for people to see some of the best mariachi music ever presented in this region, while helping a great cause," said Boys & Girls Club president Rosy Torres.

Gil Sperry, organizer of the event expected to attract thousands, has modeled it after similar ones held in the U.S. It also will be the first public concert in Mexico by the Los Angeles-based Mariachi Divas.

From 6 to 9 on Saturday, the Divas will headline a three-hour concert. In 2009 the internationally known 20-member group was awarded the Grammy for Best Regional Mexican Music for its album "Canciones de Amor."

"We have many fans in Mexico and are looking forward to seeing them at our first public concert there, as well as many of our friends from the U.S.," said Diva leader Cindy Shea.

Maya, Timoteo, El Charro Negro, Olga Flores, Folklorico Ixtlazihuatl, Genesis, and Beto Jimenez Maeda also will be performing. The seaside event will feature wine, food and VIP areas.

The Saturday and Sunday beachfront spectacular on the grounds of the Rosarito Beach Hotel also will feature both mariachi and folkloric ballet competitions from 10 to 3 each day with groups from junior high through college age from both countries
Junior high and high school competition is Saturday; university and open on Sunday. U.S. competitors include groups from Chula Vista, Anaheim and Tucson.

"This truly will be a spectacular event," said Sperry, author of several books including "Mariachi for Gringos."

Tickets for various portions of the event begin at $7.50 for children and $10 for adults, with complete packages priced at $25 and $45. Tickets for the concert alone range from $10 to $40 and VIP packages also are offered.

More details are available at www.clubdeninosyninasderosarito.com, www.rosarito.org and clubrosarito@hotmail.com. Advance tickets are on sale at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, the Rosarito Convention & Visitors Bureau and at the event itself.

Members of Rosarito's large expatriate community will be helping as event volunteers and the Rosarito Beach Hotel is offering special lodging packages.

"We are so grateful to Gil Sperry, the Mariachi Divas and all the participants for their help," said Rosy Torres. "As well as helping children, we know that those who attend to will have the chance to enjoy one of the best shows ever in Rosarito."

The mariachi festival has been named an official event of Mexico's bicentennial. The state department of tourism and city are among sponsors.

"We are proud to have this prestigious event in our city and look forward to it becoming an annual showcase," said Rosarito Mayor Hugo Torres.

(Writers & Assignment Editors: The Divas are available for interviews as well as limited San Diego appearances on Sept. 30)

MEDIA CONTACT:
Ron Raposa
Rosarito Residence: 661-100-6177
Cell: (619)948-3740
ronraposa@hotmail.com
U.S. Mailing Address:
2751 Lincoln Court
National City, CA 91950

Saturday, September 25, 2010

BAJA - 2011 COVER CONTEST VOTING

We are pleased to announce the COVER CONTEST VOTING HAS STARTED. Thank you to all the amazing artists and photographers that submitted your images. Of all the submission 63 images have been selected to be included in the contest.

There were many more submissions, but unfortunately, we could not include them all, not because they were not beautiful, because all of the submissions have been amazing. The images that were not included in the contest were because of their orientation relative the the book cover, content suitability or resolution.


VOTING IS A TWO STEP PROCESS:
Here is how it works.

STEP ONE - First review all the images, there are a total of 63. To review all the images click this link:
http://www.bajagoodlife.com/photo/albums/baja-cover-contest

STEP TWO - Once you have selected your favorite, simply click the "Cover Contest Poll" link at the top of the page in the blue navigation area and vote for your selection. That's it!

NOTE: Please remember there is ONLY ONE VOTE PER PERSON.
So, be sure to review the images carefully, and tell your friends to vote. Voting ENDS October 24, 2010. Top three choices will share in over $500 in cash and prizes and appear on the cover of the Baja Good Life Monthly Guide in January 2011 and on the cover of the 2011 Baja Good Life Guidebook.

Start Voting Today!
WWW.BAJAGOODLIFE.COM

Friday, September 24, 2010

BGLC DISCOUNT - San Felipe Disposal




San Felipe Disposal
San Felipe BC Mexico
Member Discount: 15% off on all new accounts.
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BGLC DISCOUNT - TO THE TOP Home Elevators


TO THE TOP Home Elevators
Rosarito Beach BC Mexico

Member Discount: 5% discount on a wheelchair lift or a residential elevator
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Whether it’s the multiple trips up and down the stairs with laundry, furniture, kids, seasonal items, or groceries you will be sure to find a residential elevator is a practical addition to your home. To The Top Home Elevators’ collection of five residential elevators provides safe, stylish choices for floor-to-floor convenience. The elevators blend in with your home's décor and are an affordable addition that you will cherish for a lifetime.
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BGLC DISCOUNT - Hotel Santa Fe



Hotel Santa Fe
Loreto BCS Mexico

Member Discount: 3 nights Special Adventure Package $354.00

Hotel Santa Fe - Charming hotel located at the entrance to downtown Loreto. At Hotel Santa Fe there is ab internet cafe with a deli-buffet style restaurant & market for small items. Every room has a kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator and hot plate. There is also room service with limited hours, free wi-fi, cable tv, outdoor pool and whirlpool. You have to see the rooms to believe how comfortable they are. We also offer multilingual staff to help you with you stay in Loreto including tour assistance. Parking is free. Located Salvatierra y Ebanistas s/n, Loreto 23880, Mexico.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

TODOS SANTOS - Hogar del Nino Visit

Todos Santos called Hogar del Nino for the first time. Here are some photos and information about the orphanage. You may contact the director Joel Hernandez directly if you care to help donate your time and energy. Go to: http://mamouna.smugmug.com/TODOS-SANTOS/Hoga-Del-Ninos-Todos-Santos/13919504_ktRY7#1021777218_WYVQv

If anyone would be interested in working together to put a meal together for the children once a month please let me know. I would be happy to organize such an event.
Best, Lisa
For more Photos Click Here --> http://mamouna.smugmug.com/TODOS-SANTOS/Hoga-Del-Ninos-Todos-Santos/13919504_ktRY7#1021777218_WYVQv

SAN FELIPE - Lions Club Fundraiser for Cruz Roja

Javier Batiz will perform a special benefit concert.
Proceeds will go to the Cruz Roja (Red Cross), the San Felipe BC Lions Club is sponsoring the event.

When: Saturday, October 16Time: 7pm - 10pm
(doors will open at 6 p.m.)
Where: Jolly Mon San Felipe BC Mexico
Tickets: $10 each (tickets may be purchased in advance at the Swap Meet at Cachanilla or at the door. It is possible the will be available elsewhere and we will let you know.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO MONITOR THE DOORS.
Please contact us as soon as possible.


ACTIVITES & TOURS - Whale Migration

Whale Migration - Starting October until mid-April, all along the peninsula you will be able to see the migrating whales.

Many whales enjoy the warm waters of Los Cabos, Bahia Magalena, & San Ignancio; you can see the Gray Whale, Blue Whale, Sperm Whale, Humpback and Fin Whale. Some of the whale activity viewable from shore includes breaching (jumping into the air), sounding (showing the tail fin as they dive) and spyhopping (where the whale lifts its head to the surface and looks around). ATTENTION: Baja Good Life Club Members Check back for Whale Tour Packages.

ENSENADA - 47th Annual San Diego-Ensenada International Yacht Race

October 1-3: Over 90 yachts in various classes participate in this 62-nautical-mile race that starts at 11am on Friday morning in San Diego and officially finishes at 2pm on Saturday in Ensenada. Award presentations are on Saturday afternoon at the Hotel San Nicolás. On Sunday, yachts have the option of competing in the 5th Annual Todos Santos International Yacht Regatta, a 20-nautical-mile sailing race around Todos Santos Island. Info: Southwestern Yacht Club, U.S. tel. (619)222-0438.

ROSARITO BEACH - 1st Annual International Mariachi and Folklorico Festival

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO – October 1-3, 2010 at the Rosarito Beach Hotel is The 1st Annual Rosarito Beach International Mariachi & Folklorico Festival to benefit the local Boys and Girls Club.

Friday evening's opening ceremonies will be held in the rooftop Salon Cielo and will welcome all the attendees from both countries with traditional Mexican hospitality. The two-day festivities to follow will be centered around a Saturday evening concert headlined by the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas in their initial south-of-the-border performance. Maya, Timoteo – El Charro Negro, Olga Flores, Folklorico Ixtlazihuatl, Genesis, and Beto Jimenez Maeda will also be performing. Saturday and Sunday's daytime activities will feature an adjudicated competition between the best young musicians and dancers from the USA and Mexico.

All the net proceeds from the Festival will contribute to the $1 million needed to construct The Boys and Girls
Club of Rosarito. Upon completion, the Club will provide a myriad of recreational and educational activities for the area's children. The organization's primary purpose is to give the local youth positive reinforcement while keeping them off of the streets and out of trouble.

The entire community of Rosarito is working in conjunction with The Boy' and Girls Club's President, Rosy
Torres, and local author Gil Sperry to make this event successful. Sperry’s first book, Mariachi for Gringos, is the inspiration for using this beloved music to create the foundations for a strong bridge between the cultures while securing the futures of their at-risk youngsters.

Individual event tickets start from $10 while an advance all-event package, if purchased before September 1st, is $40. The Mariachi Divas and Friends concert begins at 7:00 PM on Saturday, October 2nd. The daily competitions will begin at 10:00 AM.

For more information regarding tickets for this event, please contact Rosy Torres at: clubrosarito@hotmail.com. For more information about reserving rooms at The Rosarito Beach Hotel, please contact Gina at: reserva@rosaritobeachhotel.com

To phone The Rosarito Beach Hotel Toll Free from the United States, please call: 1-800-343-8582. For Mexico, please call: 011-52 (661) 612-1111.

BAJA - BEMCC's International Fundraiser Gala

BEMCC's International Fundraiser Gala & Awards Dinner
35TH ANNIVERSARY. PLEASE JOIN US TO CELEBRATE. We have been here for 35 years to serve you, and we would like you to celebrate with us! Plenty of food, entertainment, raffle, silent auction, door prizes and much more!


October 2, 2010 from 6pm to 11pm at the Chula Vista Golf Course
4475 Bonita Road, Bonita, Chula Vista, CA 91902
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LA PAZ - 2nd Annual La Paz Festival D'arte 2010

Mark your Calendars - November 28,2010.
http://www.festivaldarte.com/

Artist's Get Ready for the 2nd Annual La Paz Festival D'arte 2010

With even more help from the State of Baja Sur, City of La Paz, this year promises improvements over last year's enormously successful Festival. Maureen Ryan, Chairperson, has anticipated the holidays, the market, and the opportunity to Celebrate all forms of art in La Paz.

Location: Marina Palmira. Booth locations changed for a more contiguous setting. The audience seating & stage for the musical performances will be situated in shade and closer to the booth area than last year. As suggested by many of last years attendees, a food fair is added featuring some of our local La Paz restaurants.

All proceeds benefit FANLAP and Baja Dogs. Well known artist, Rafael Chavez states "everything about the Festival D'Arte benefits La Paz, and our hope this year is that the entire community will be involved in every aspect of the event".

If you can lend a hand, please call Kathy Bezy at (612)121-5886.
E-mail:
KathyBezy@goldrush.com.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

SAN FELIPE - ZAPP Update


by Steven Forman, aka DogMan

Just a quick status update to let you know that as of October 1st, the ZAPP Spay/Neuter Street Project will be opening its new location here in San Felipe. On Saturday, October 16th we will hold our first no to low cost clinic, and we need some financial help to buy paint, building materials, lighting, recovery supplies, and so much more.

Bill Spradlin of San Felipe Home Builders is creating a substantial sized, well lit, well equipped surgery room for Dr. Solis and his assistants from the University, and we'll have a very efficient recovery area for post surgical patients where volunteers will oversee dogs and cats as they come out of surgery.

As you know, back in December of 2009 all the supplies ZAPP had accumulated for our then existing spay/neuter project were given directly to the ZAPP Center which is now permanently closed, and we are unable to get any of our supplies back so we can continue this work. If you can make a donation of any size to help in the overall cost of opening our new center, we would be very grateful.

We plan to hold at least two clinics every month, fixing 100+ animals so we can get back on track with fertility control in San Felipe, with an overall goal of doing 200 spays and neuters each and every month.If we can just fix 75% of the stray and indigent animal population, we will ultimately see zero additional population growth and we will see the the end of roundups and euthanasia. Thanks so much in advance for your continued support and generosity, and most of all for your belief in me, and the work ZAPP is committed to doing.
Please donate whatever you can afford through this link:

You can mail your donation to ZAPP, PMB 194 / BOX 9019, CALEXICO CA 92232 or drop off a donation to Box 194 at YET MAILor at the counter at SUNRUNNER Mail Service.

www.sfzapp.com
bajaanimalrescue@yahoo.com
Visit our ZAPP eBAY Shoe Store

PUERTO NUEVO - Baja Book Festival

Words, wine, food, art and more, at the Baja Book Festival http://www.bajabookfestival.com/

Saturday, October 9, at the Joanna Jones Galeria Y Cafe, 47.6 kilometer on the free road in romantic Cantamar, 2 miles south of Puerto Nuevo (10 minutes from Rosarito Beach) and only 50 minutes south of San Diego. Free Admission!

Raffles, regional artisans, jewelry and crafts, and the chance to meet and greet outstanding authors. For more information, visit the website or email joann.joannajones@gmail.com or carla_b_white@yahoo.com

PEOPLE & VOICES - Road Warning: Bad Police in Ciudad Constitution & La Paz


Police Extortion in Ciudad Constitution & La Paz

Recently my husband and I made a trip to La Paz (Sept, 8th.). We had left about 6AM in the morning, driving south on Highway 1. as we were entering Ciudad Constitution we were followed by police, seeing this, we knew our speed had to be the speed limit. We had just past the Super Ley store and we were pulled over by the police car, which had one officer and a rookie, at least he seemed to be. The officer was only wearing a t-shirt with a look alike badge printed on it. My Husband got out of the truck and the police officer approached the truck telling us that we did not make a stop at the signal, which was out of order. We tried to explain that we did, in fact the car behind us honked at us to go as we were probably there too long? The police knew this because he had followed us through town on the frontage road.

The officer took my husbands license and said we would have to go to the station on the next day. We explained we were on our way to La Paz and that would not be able to do so. My husband said lets go to the station now, but the officer just acted like he did not know what we were saying. After much time wasted and the officer trying to say we would have to come to the station tomorrow, we finally said "how much for you to pay the ticket?". He wanted 1000 pesos, but took 400 pesos and was on his way. He appeared to be teaching the rookie how to make money off of the Americans,
NOT THE END OF THE MEXICAN POLICE - AROUND 6 PM THE SAME DAY, WE WERE IN LA PAZ
Here we had been driving for hours, pulling our boat to the Gold Cup Fishing Tournament and just wanted to get settled into our hotel. Having to deal with launching the boat and trying to get to dentist appointments and doctor appointments, we were just exhausted, so being only about one mile from our hotel, we stopped to get water, and found we had two beers in the cooler, so my husband and I decided to have a beer, since our friend was driving.

Again we were pulled over by a police on a motorcycle, and there wasn't a violation was made. The officer asked how many cervasas we've had, and our friend said only this one and this is not something we do and we were not intoxicated, in fact the hotel was just across the street. He insisted we were all drinking, so we said "okay, let's go to the station", he told us it would be very expensive, about 2500 pesos, we said okay, but we are not intoxicated and we would follow him. He didn't make a move, after much waiting the officer said we could pay 1100 pesos, again we said "let's go to the station", again he did not move, finally after knowing we were hot, very hot and very tired, my husband gave to the officer 400 pesos, he just smiled and let us go. I know we were in the wrong about paying and vowed not to do it again. Our stay in La Paz was nice, until our drive home.

YES, AGAIN WE WERE PULLED OVER.
This time my husband was really mad and asked the officer what did he do wrong. Never could the officer tell us what violation, we had committed. At this point my husband said "either take me to jail or let me go, I am not giving you any money. Let's go to the station".
The officer again held him for some time, trying to think of what to say to this angry American. Finally after more wasted time, he let us go.

We really need to do something about these people, we think the next time, we are going to try to take pictures of the officers.

Submitted by Ms. Birdy

ROSARITO BEACH - Harley Riders Donate to 300 childeren


ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO---More than 250 motorcyclists from the U.S. donated backpacks and other items for 300 Rosarito school children at this weekend's annual Harley Charity Run.

As well as the school supplies, bicycles and toys were among the items donated, said Leticia Gonzalez, director of DIF, the city's family social services agency, who helped coordinate the event.

Ride organizers Martin and Sonia Resendez said the concept was developed years ago when during a motorcycle tour to the area they learned of the needs of some of the city children. Since, the city and charity run have become part of their lives.

"We are very grateful for the donation from the Harley riders," said Rosarito Mayor Hugo Torres. "The goodwill from U.S. citizens, both those who visit and those who now live here, is deeply appreciated."

This year a convoy of motorcyclists and vehicles carrying donations rode from Otay Mesa to Rosarito with a special escort. The Harley Run also included a celebration at the popular club Papas & Beers.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Ron Raposa
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TIJUANA - Entijuanarte in Tijuana 2010


2010 Entijuanarte creative frontier reaches its sixth edition with the most comprehensive multidisciplinary art program the Northwest, offering a broad overview of the visual arts, visual, sound, performative and performing arts on October 1st thru 3rd 2010 at the Esplanade outside the CECUT Cultural Center in Tijuana from 12:00PM to 10:30PM.

From this conceptual Entijuanarte 2010 bet pays tribute to the state of Zacatecas, designating it as a State Guest. Led by the painter and sculptor Manuel Felguérez who will be our Guest of Honor.2010 Entijuanarte creative frontier reaches its sixth edition with the most comprehensive multidisciplinary art program the Northwest, offering a broad overview of the visual arts, visual, sound, performative and performing arts.

2010 Entijuanarte creative border maintains its traditional exhibition format, between the fair and art festival, with the aim of bringing the general public and specialized local and foreign, to present art in a form of exchange and direct interaction between visitors the work and artists.

The first weekend in October, Tijuana border turns your daily reality in a multicultural celebration shared exhibitions, conferences, workshops, shows, concerts and more.

For More Information Visit:

http://www.entijuanarte.com/

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

LA PAZ - Héroes de Independencia

Until Sept. 30, archival exhibit: Historical images and documents are on display at the public archives to mark the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.

Location La PAz at the Sala de Consulta at Archivo Histórico Pablo L. Martínez, next to Teatro de la Ciudad, Navarro and Héroes de Independencia. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.

MEXICO - Mexico's Bicentennial

Mexico commemorated the 200th anniversary of the beginning of its War of Independence. In September of 1810, a Mexican priest named Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla uttered a call to arms against the Spanish, later known as the Grito de Dolores ("Cry of Dolores"). Soon after began a series of battles with the Spanish that would build into a war that lasted over a decade, eventually resulting in independence. This bicentennial year, tens of thousands of Mexicans thronged the streets of Mexico City to celebrate. The celebrations took place under a somewhat subdued light though, amid the violence of a brutal nationwide drug war and vocal criticism of government spending on the lavish ceremonies. Collected here are photos of this week's celebration of 200 years of Mexican independence. (42 photos total). SEE THE PHOTOS - CLICK HERE

WEATHER - Tropical Storm Georgette

Tropical Storm Georgette brought only squalls and locally heavy rainfall as it made landfall at the southern tip of Baja California late Monday.

The storm then crossed the Gulf of California and produced further rains for Mexico's Sinaloa and Sonora states on the country's mainland.

Remnants of Georgette later triggered heavy rainfall across the Desert Southwest and Midwest.


Provided by www.earthweek.com




“SECOND ANNUAL BAJA CALIFORNIA INVESTMENT FORUM: VIVA 2010”

Due to last year’s successful event, the Baja California Secretaria of Tourism and the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce are pleased to add an additional day of activities to our now annual event. This year's forum, entitled Second Annual Baja California Investment Forum: VIVA (Viable Investments and Ventures Abroad) 2010 will reflect the changing economic environment. New trends and emerging markets in the region will be explored, while at the same time giving tribute to such an important year in Mexican history; the bicentennial and centennial anniversary of Mexican Independence and Mexican Revolution.


The two-day meeting brings together corporate executives involved in many business sectors (including tourism, real estate, medical and entertainment services) with government officials from both Mexico and the United States. The Second Annual Baja California Investment Forum will provide valuable perspectives from our panel of experts while also offering a platform for its attendees to discuss the changing issues affecting the real estate, tourism and health service industries of Mexico’s north-western region.

We welcome you to partake in this event and explore the opportunities available to you in Baja California.

Source; Discover Baja California http://www.usmcocca.org/baja/2010/index.php

Monday, September 20, 2010

ENSENADA - X International Jazz Festival 2010


Seven hours of excellent Jazz, Wine and Food.

  • When: September 26th of 2010
  • Venue: Art Plaza inside CEARTE Cultural
  • Center in Ensenada B.C.
  • Time: 12:00 PM
  • Cost: Free admission

More Information

CEARTE. Blvd. Lázaro Cárdenas y Av. Club Rotario.
Call: (01152) (646) 175.07.20 and (01) (646) 173.56.34

Sunday, September 19, 2010

ROSARITO BEACH - Baja Sand in Rosarito


Baja Sand is a pro-am sand sculpting competition September 26 of 2010 At the Beach of Rosarito B.C., this second edition promises to be much more bigger than the first one, competitors from both sides of the border.
  • Time: Pending to be confirm.
  • Cost: Pending to be confirm.

More Information

Call at : (01152) (664) 290.90.90

E- Mail: ariosto@testamarketing.com

CABO - Baja Sea Turtles, Welcome Home!


by Romana Lilic

Los Cabos, Mexico's premier resort destination, is currently preparing for one of nature's most phenomenal events; the return of the sea turtles to the tip of the Baja Peninsula. Each year, five species of sea turtles return home to the beautiful beaches of Los Cabos to lay their eggs on the exquisite sand where they were born. In order to protect and observe this instinctive tradition, guests in Los Cabos can take part in special eco-tours and hotel programs offered throughout the destination and lend a helping hand to the sea turtle conservation effort.

Travelers can participate in the conservation effort with Baja Outback by adopting a baby sea turtle from the nursery camp and releasing it back into the ocean. Through the "Turtle Release" tour in San Jose del Cabo, guests will help to preserve the sea turtles and learn about their incredible life journey and habitat. This three-hour tour additionally includes transportation via Hummer H2s, guidance from experienced naturalists, adoption certificates and healthy refreshments. For more information or to book an excursion, please visit www.bajaoutback.com.

Another popular tour operator, Baja Wild, invites visitors to experience the liberation of baby sea turtles back into the Sea of Cortes through their "Adopt a Turtle" program. Participants watch in awe as the baby turtles start their new life in the wild, and assist in protecting one of nature's most magnificent endangered species. This once in a lifetime experience includes bilingual naturalist guides, transportation and more, all within an unforgettable two-hour adventure. For more information or to book an excursion, please visit www.bajawild.com.

In addition to the turtle release tours, many hotels throughout Los Cabos participate in the conservation effort by becoming certified as Sea Turtle Watch and Rescue Sites by PROFEPA (the federally funded organization dedicated to ensuring environmental justice in Mexico). Achieving this certification is an extensive process requiring numerous applications, workshops and close supervision by PROFEPA. Once certified, the participating hotels are able to ensure the safety of the turtles by safeguarding and relocating nests, recording numbers of eggs and varieties of species, registering dates of births, and warding off sea and land predators. Guests of these hotels are encouraged to help in the sea turtle protection process – from the incubation of the eggs to the birth and release of the healthy baby turtles.

Hotels and resorts hosting certified Sea Turtle Rescue programs include: Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Crowne Plaza Los Cabos Grand Faro, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa, Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, Hotel Finisterra, Grand Mayan Los Cabos, Marquis Los Cabos, One&Only Palmilla, Presidente InterContinental Los Cabos, Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Holistic Retreat & Spa, Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort & Spa, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa, Royal Solaris Los Cabos, Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, Solmar Hotels & Resorts, Villa de Palmar, Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos and Zoetry Casa del Mar Los Cabos.

Los Cabos, located at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, is home to award-winning hotels and resorts, championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, world-class sport fishing and much more. With a unique landscape of dramatic desert and white sand beaches, Los Cabos is an exotic escape within easy reach of most U.S. cities.
With non-stop flights or convenient connections available from Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York/Newark, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, California, Seattle and more, Los Cabos is both accessible and exciting.

Conservation Tours and Certified Hotel Programs Allow Travelers to Lend a Helping Hand and Experience a Natural Phenomenon

Press release provided by www.visitloscabos.travel.

ENSENADA - 32nd Ensenada Seafood Fair & Baja Seafood Expo


September 26: 2-10pm: Enjoy fine seafood, wine, beer, live music and cultural entertainment at the Riviera Cultural Center on Blvd. Costero (Lázaro Cardenas) & Av. Club Rotario, Ensenada. Admission is free. For info about the Baja Seafood Expo, symposium, sportfishing tournament, culinary competition and other activities to be held September 24-26 in conjunction with the Seafood Fair, visit www.bajaseafoodexpo.com or contact CANIRAC Chamber of Restaurants, tel. (646)174-0448

ROSARITO / ENSENADA - 50 Mile Fun Bike Ride

Rosarito - Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bike Ride
September 25, 2010

Get your gear together and join us for an award-winning 50 mile bicycle ride along the Pacific Coast and inland through rural countryside. The fun does not end there; join us after for a Finish Line Fiesta on the Ensenada waterfront with food, drinks, and live music until sunset! 

For more information visit: www.rosaritoensenada.comemail: andres@rosaritoensenada.com
Call: +52 (646) 174.0033.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

ROSARITO / ENSENADA - 5,000 Cyclists Expected


Cyclists from Around the World Roll Into Baja for the September 25 Rosarito Ensenada Bike Ride.

The Rosarito-Ensenada ride has been called the Original Party on Wheels. Revelers in costume roll along, tossing candy to children along the course. Beach cruisers strap boom boxes to their handlebars. Parents tow children in bike trailers. And racing teams form pace lines, trying to beat the official record of 1:52:54 set in April of 2007.

"I am honored and thrilled to be part of your nation's Bicentennial celebration," said event promoter Gary Foster of San Diego, attending a press conference in Tijuana with former Baja's State Secretary of Tourism, at which his Rosarito Ensenada Bike Ride was named an official event of Mexico's 2010 celebration. "We have been warmly welcomed by the people of Baja for 31 years, and we look forward to continuing the tradition for many years to come."

Rosarito Beach Mayor Hugo Torres, whose city hosts the event said: "The ride is one of the signature events for Rosarito and this region of Baja. It attracts excellent people and creates a great atmosphere. We are greatly looking forward to it."

In addition to the tourism revenue that is generated for the local Baja California economy, the Rosarito Ensenada Bike Ride also benefits the people of Baja with its 'One Way Ride Program,'" Foster explained. "Participants have the opportunity of making a positive difference on the life of less fortunate people, by donating a gently used bicycle at the event." Many riders volunteer to bring a bike for donation to the Start Line or Finish Line Fiesta, and event organizers distribute the bicycles to charity organizations. (For more information, contact event organizers through the website at www.RosaritoEnsenada.com.)

U.S. citizens can register to ride for a reduced price of only $35 USD (available online through September 22, 2010 at www.bettersignup.com/?event_id=1005), or they can register on the day of the event at the Rosarito Beach Hotel for $40. Mexican citizens can register in advance for $300 MXN at local Baja bike shops and gyms, or on the day of the event for $350 MXN. The event also offers commemorative t-shirts, cycling jerseys, and a free finishers medal for each rider.

"Transportation packages are available from the United States for anyone who doesn't want to drive," Foster said. "Our tour partner buses riders and their bicycles, and because they return to the United State through the rapid SENTRI lane, our riders enjoy a quick trip back across the border." Round-trip bus rides from San Diego's Balboa Park are available with early online registration for $89 USD. Many hotels offer special rates and are also participating in the Border Fast Pass program which can cut border waits in half, especially on the weekends.

Shuttles are available on the event course from the finish line to the start line before and after the event. So if participants stay in Rosarito Beach, they can take the shuttle back to Rosarito after the event, or if they stay in Ensenada, they can take the shuttle to the start in Rosarito before the ride.

The Finish Line Fiesta is free for participants and spectators, overlooking the Ensenada harbor with panoramic views of the cruise ships at sunset. Live rock-n-roll, jazz and salsa plays into the night while local chefs serve their best. The Finish Line Fiesta is located at Hotel Corona, on Boulevard Lazaro Cárdenas, just south of the giant Mexican flag.
Foster continues to see an increase in event attendance compared to years past. "The media is finally reporting that crime has declined and that Northern Baja has never been as dangerous as other areas like Arizona and Texas," said Foster, who expects 5,000 cyclists this weekend. "The corridor from Rosarito Beach to Ensenada is safe for tourists, and Baja remains a beautiful and affordable destination for travel with friends and family."

More info: www.RosaritoEnsenada.com
Ron Raposa
ronraposa@hotmail.com