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American’s Living in Mexico Do So Much Charity Work

Over the years of being in Puerto Peñasco, I have seen so much generosity from the American community that live here. It can be something as simple as adopting a family for the Christmas Season to adopting puppies form Barb’s Dog Rescue and everything in between.  The expats living in Mexico  are such a generous bunch.

Santa Claus Club
Over 12,000 children, Photo courtesy John Fowler

Santa Claus Club
Just some of the 12,000 children in 2017

One of the oldest charities is The Santa Claus Club in Cholla Bay and it has been spearheaded since it started in 1983 by John Fowler of JJ’s. The first year they had 40 children and fast forward to 2017 when they served 12,000 children.  Throughout the year, John works tirelessly in getting donations of clothes, blankets, etc. and distributing them in the barrio (poor) areas of Rocky Point.  He starts every year gathering toys and money to provide a meal and toys and bikes to hundreds of children from the area at Christmas.

Check
Some of the volunteers and charity people.

The largest one would be the Rocky Point Rally. This year was the 18th anniversary.  The bikers make a donation when they register as well as funds from a local Poker Run and other things.  In November of 2018, the founder Oscar Palacio along with myself , Sami Rivera and Linda Plant, presented cash to our 8 local charities along with Mayor Kiko Munro.  The total funds raised came to $415,050.00 pesos.  This was a banner year for the monies collected.  We have 22 volunteers who spend 2 days registering the riders and that group of volunteers has been together for nearly 8 years.  They love to help the bikers and also are able to help them navigate the area.  The group of local riders and some from the USA also come down on King’s Day in January to pass out toys to the children in the poor areas of town.  When the registration notice goes out for the rally, there is also a note about bringing toys.  So think about this for next year.

Charity
Women Helping Women

Nancy Britos and Team, photo by Tony Ballesteros
Nancy Britos and Team, photo by Tony Ballesteros

Breakfast
Some of the guests

A new charitable group has been formed and it benefits the woman who have been abused or need a place to stay and get their lives together.  This group is called “Women Helping Women” and was formed by Nancy Britos, a resident of Puerto Peñasco for a few years.  They had a shelter, that had been falling apart but with the help of the other volunteers and donations, they have been able to fix the roof as well as pay the electric bill ahead for the winter months.  On November 27th, the held their first fund raiser breakfast in the Sonoran SKY at Cielito Lindo Restaurant.  Here 80 women gathered to support the women who are so less fortunate than they are.  The attendees were served a wonderful breakfast while enjoying a classical guitarist.  This was followed by the raffle drawing, auction and Silent auction.  The sales from tickets was $1600.00 USD, sponsorships raised aprx. $1800.00 USD and Raffle ticket sales raised $2315.00 before some expenses.  A wonderful time was had by all and a heartfelt thank you to the volunteer team who made it possible.  This won’t be the the last you hear of this group.  The committee was headed by Nancy Britos and along with Linda Plant, Sylvia Cox, Susan Sharp, Charlotte Keller and Carole Robertson put in many hours putting this together. They will be making gift bags for Christmas so if you have anything you would like to donate, please let one of these ladies know.

Although not a fund raiser, the Las Conchas homeowners group, provide candy and other goodies for the children of Rocky Point at Halloween.  The homeowners dress in costume as do the local children and the look on their faces when they see all the candy is priceless.

Blanket Drive
Blankets Donated

Blankets
Blankets Collected at the Satisfied Frog

Blanket Drive
First gifts are starting to come in.

People like Linda Plant also do a lot of buying of back to school supplies to make sure the children are off to a great start on the beginning of the school year.  Thanks to Linda and all the people who donate and bring the items down from the USA.  Another project of Linda Plant and Kris Nichols from the Satisfied Frog is to collect blankets for the needy.  This year their goal is 250 new or gently used blankets.  Also if you pass by a Dollar Store, it is amazing how much you can buy in toys for the children with very little money.  These will be passed out with the help of the Tequila Bar the weekend of Christmas.

Puppy
This little guy is adopted.

Wrecked at the Reef
Wrecked at the Reef is making Barb’s Dog Rescue their winter charity.

Barb’s Dog Rescue, please stop by.The last group I will touch base on is Barb’s Dog Rescue, which has been in operation for 17 years in Rocky Point and was started by Barb Mumaugh.  This lady works seems to work 24/7.  The rescue is funded by donation and fund raising only.  Here again there are many volunteers that go out and help socialize with the puppies and older dogs by holding them and loving them, so that they know the kindness of humans, as they have seen the worst.  Every year she adopts out over 1100 dogs of all ages.  These dogs have been abused and abandoned not only in Rocky Point but other cities near by.  To learn of the horror stories these helpless creatures have gone through makes you cry.

These are just a few of the chartable groups in Rocky Point.  We hope you will help one of them.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.
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Here come the motorcylces..2018 is the 18th Anniversary

Roclky Point Rally
Ready to Rumble in Puerto Penasco

Puerto Peñasco will once again be host to the “Largest Bike Festival this side of the border” and will be held November 7th – November 12th.  Oscar Palacio started this bike rally 18 years ago and we had  maybe had 1,000 bikes.  The main highway was blocked off to get the bikers to the right and give them some welcoming gifts as they donated to our charities.  I volunteered in one of the early years and when I see how far we have come from then, I am still amazed.  Now Rocky Point will welcome over 8,000 bikes.  The riders come from all over the United States, Mexico and even Japan.  The come in groups and many trailer their bikes and then ride them in town.  Most hotels have been booked since last year for this event.  If you don’t have a reservation, you had better hustle your bustle.
Registration Volunteers
22 local residents volunteer for 2 days of fun.

Stop by at the Rocky Point Rally and register to get you official pin, patch, koozie and more.  Spend some time with our volunteers to learn about the city and parade events.  These are full time residents of Rocky Point and love to talk about the place we call home.
 
Nov 7 -12th
One of the 100’s of motorcycles you will see while registering.

The committee has put together a star studded group of entertainers for the events that are held all over town.  Below is the list as of this writing of the entertainment locations and times.  Beside the musical part of the rally, the Bike Parade will be held on Saturday starting in front of the Cruz Roja. Line up is at  11:00   with the parade starting at  11:30 .

This year we are adding a second registration area and if you have pre-registered, you can pick up your things there as well.  It will be at Playa Bonita Hotel on Wednesday from noon until 5:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Look for the Register Here Banner.
There will also be a ride to the Pinacate Grand Biosphere Reserve on Thursday and Friday.  No charge.  Starting place is Barklin Gas Circle K.
Here is the line current line-up:
Thursday November 8th
Banditos, Kick Off Party 7 p.m.  The Black Moods, 9 p.m. Christopher Shane, 12:30 a.m. The Summer
Wrecked at the Reef , 6p.m. La Merca
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band
Friday November 9th
Islas del Mar Taco Fest, 11 a.m – 2 p.m. (those on the Pinacate tour can wind up here after visiting the Visitors Center.  Open to all!! Drink ad taco specials
Tequila Bar 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.  “Backroads”
Playa Bonita Hotel Sunset Party 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Matt Farris
Banditos 5 p.m. The Summer, 8 p.m. 50 Shades of Rock, 10:30 p.m. Christopher Shane
Wrecked, 6 p.m. La Merca, 9 p.m. Mogollon
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. the Moonshine Voodoo Band
Skullyz, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Backroads
Saturday November 10th
Tecate Main Stage in the Old Port, 1 p.m. Mogollon, 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Mr. Skynard
Tequila Bar, 1 p.m.
Playa Bonita, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Matt Farris
Banditos, 6 p.m. The Summer, 9 p.m. The Black Moods, 10:30 Christopher Shane
Wrecked 6 p.m. Crown Kings, 9:30 p.m. La Merca
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band
Skullyz, 8 p.m. Backroads
Sunday November 11th
Manny’s Beach Club 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Backroads
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. -11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band

If this is your first time here or 18th time, We encourage you to register and receive you registration package, which will have the official patch and pin, tube face coverup, Koozie’s, wrist band to get you on the Harbor Cruise aboard the Pirate Ship Rey del Mar and many other things from various businesses in town.  Registration is only $25.00 USD or $450.00 pesos.  All of money collected goes to 6 local charities. The charities are Bomberos de Penasco (fire department), DIF Puerto Penasco and Sonoyta (helps coordinate family needs in the communities), Red Cross, Jose Davalos Valdivia Casa Hogar (home for the elderly), La Montana (school for special needs children) and Women’s Cancer Awareness and Prevention, Puerto Penasco chapter of George Papanicolau Registration is held at Barklin Gas Station/Circle K just south of the over pass as you are coming into town.  If you have pre-registered, you can pick up your information here.  You can also buy your OFFICIAL BIKE RALLY apparel.  For your money you will also be treated to a fish taco and nice cold Tecate.

pups for adoption
Come out and play with some of the pups up for adoption.

 While you are there, check out Barb’s Dog Rescue and be prepared to hold a few fur babies.  We have not only volunteers for the rally but participants as well adopt from Barb’s Dog Rescue.  She is located north of Rocky Point if you want to ride out and say hi.  Barb’s Dog Rescue will be holding a raffle fund raising event with such things as condo stay, sunset cruise on the Pancho Villa and more.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.
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XLVI Cervantino Festival in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.

Cervantiono flyer

Fall is the time of festivals in Puerto Peñasco.  October 18th – 21st, Rocky Point will host the 1st class XLVI Cervantino Festival.  The event is held on the Malecon area of the city.  Here you can enjoy music, art, food and more while over looking the Sea of Cortez.  The festival is family friendly so bring everyone.

This festival features musicians from all over Mexico along with local dancers and musicians.  Below is a list of when each group will be performing and the times.  Come and enjoy the culture of the music and dance that is so well known all over Mexico and we are so lucky to have them entertain us.

Cervantino 5
Maria Ines Ochoa “La Rumurosa”

XLVI FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL CERVANTINO EXTENSIÓN PUERTO PEÑASCO 18 AL 21 DE OCTUBRE 2018
Get there early to the Plaza de Governors in the Old Port
Thursday, October 18th
7:00 Blessing by Etnia Madre Tohono O’odham
7:10 Áfrika Duste big show
7:50 Opening
8:00 Inaguration: Entrega de reconocimientos al Escritor Guillermo Munro Palacio, Universidad de Sonora Unidad Regional Norte-Caborca por su 40 Aniversario, Hermanamiento de Ciudad Cultural con Tecuala Nayarit. Palabras de autoridades.
8:30 Presentation by Ballet Folklórico Mextil de Tecuala
9:30 Concert with María Inés Ochoa “La Rumorosa”
India
Samandar Khan Mnagabiar Rajasthani

 
Friday October 19
6:00 Danza Alerta Amber by the Academy Causa y Efecto
6:10 Singer song writer Lian Fertin in concert (Argentina)
6:40 Danza de los concheros por el Ballet Folklórico Magisterial-Casa de la Cultura bajo la dirección de Adan Bautista
7:00 Concierto del Tenor Francisco J Rodríguez (Estados Unidos)
8:00 Samandar Khan Manganiar Rajashtani Folk Music & Dance Group (India)
9:15 Danzas Polinesias by Angélica Sotomayor Martínez
9:35 Banda de Marcha Municipal bajo la dirección del Maestro Rubén Barrera
10:05 Flor Amargo in concert
Callejoneadas con la Estudiantina Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (Álamos)
Dancers
Groupo Luceros Danza Toninho Ferragutti dancers

Band
Big Band Jazz

 
Saturday October 20
6:00 Orquesta de Cámara & Orfeón in concert “Unidos por la paz” (200 members)
7:00 Concert by the group 34 Puñaladas (Argentina)
8:40 Grupo Danza Folklórica “Sones de mi Tierra de Evangelina Magaña” (San Luis, R.C.)
9:00 Grupo Luceros Danza Toninho Ferragutti (Brasil)
10:00 Grupo Danza Folklórica “Sones de mi Tierra de Evangelina Magaña” (San Luis, R.C.)
10:20 Big Band Jazz de México Callejoneadas with la Estudiantina Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (Álamos)
Muscial group
Ma. Christine Plata y Musical GroupS

Sunday October 21
5:00 Ensamble y Coro Musical bajo la dirección de Germán Esquer Delgado
5:50 Intérprete Rosael Hernández Hernández (Islas Canarias, España)
6:00 Coral Luis María Valencia bajo la dirección de Aracely Lozano Herrera y Martín Ramírez Domínguez
7:00 Make a Wish de Elite Dance bajo la dirección de Pablo Fabián Jáuregui
8:00 María Cristina Plata (Colombia)
9:00 Programa especial de cierre con grupos artísticos de la Universidad de Sonora URN: Grupo Contraste y Búhos Cantores bajo la dirección de Marcela Denogean Torres; Danza bajo la dirección de Marisol Ivette Izaguirre Montaño. Sunday October 21
Vocalist
Flor Amargo Vocalist on October 19

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.
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Questions about Mexico? Ask Beverly III

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa does both fishing charters as well as sunset tours

We are continuing our  Q & A forum from our readers.  If you have any questions, please send them to us.
Question:Hi there!!!!

 It’s me again! How are you? I hope all is well! I’m just writing to ask you if you would recommend Puerto Peñasco in the month of October? My family and I are thinking of visiting this year again in the month of October. What do you think? Also, how has Puerto Peñasco been lately (safety and security wise)? Thanks so much for all of your help! Looking forward to your response soon! Take care and have a great day!!!!

Answer: Hi Susana,

October is a great month especially mid October.  The humidity should be almost gone.  There aren’t any major holidays as far as traffic goes.  There have been no safety issues or security from the time you enter Mexico until the time you head back.  The water will still be nice and morning walks on the beach are a must.  How long are you planning on being here?  Are you coming with small children?  If so, they can enjoy the tide pools looking for little creatures. A visit to CEDO in Las Conchas is a must as they will get to see a full size skeleton of a whale and it is a great learning center for them.  They have a gift shop with books about the area and it is really nice.  Most restaurants will be open everyday if you want to eat out.
Any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Boats
Heading out for a sunset.
Sunset in Rocky Point
Catch a Rocky Point Sunset.

Question: This will be the first time visit to Puerto Peñasco and we are wondering what there is to do and is it safe.
Answer: Thanks for asking. Not sure what time of the year you are planning to be here, but pretty soon, the weather will be changing, so you can enjoy walking or running on the beach.  If you are a golfer, we offer 3 golf courses for your enjoyment.  Fishing your thing, there are several fishing charters to choose from.  After a relaxing day on the beach, take a sunset cruise on one or our many sunset cruises.  You can also to ride horse back on the beach which is really fun.  We have several really great restaurants to choose from and a few with Sea of Cortez view.  This places also offer a great sunset view.

Las Palomas
A challenging beautiful golf course. Photo courtesy Plinio Riverio

I have lived here full time since 2008 and have never had a safety issue.  My children and grandchildren have also been coming here for many years with no issues.  I tell people, if you are looking for trou0ble I am sure you can find it, but otherwise you will have a wonderful stay.  Don’t forget to get Mexican auto insurance full coverage.  It may be a little more expensive for full coverage, but it will protect your vehicle.  Let me know when you plan to come and I will try to update you with events.  The main thing we have upcoming will be the Rocky Point Rally, Veteran’s Day weekend.  The town is probably already sold out.
If you are planning to buy or adopt a dog, check out Barb’s Dog Rescue.  Choose from puppies or senior dogs, you won’t be disappointed.
Look at this face!
This little lovebug is a new addition at Barb’s Dog Rescue

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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Puerto Peñasco Restaurant and Bar Scene on the Rise

Manny's Beach Club
Re-Grand Opening May 25, 2018 of Manny’s Beach Club

Back in the 1980’s there were not a lot of hot spots to go to in Puerto Peñasco.  There was JJ’s in Cholla Bay and Manny’s Beach Club in the Mirador area.  Manny catered in those days to the upper and middle class people and their first stop upon arriving in Rocky Point was Manny’s Beach Club.  Many friendships were made there over the years to the mainly 35 and over crowd.  You sat at long tables with cement stools and you always made new friends each time you were there.  The first few years that we came down, he had 50 cent Margarita’s and 75 cent ice cold beers. He served really good Mexican dishes and Bloody Mary’s at breakfast and soon was known for his food as well.

Over time he put in an outside bar and BBQ area as well as a band stand (that most of us did not like) as it blocked the beautiful sunsets.  But after a few drinks we forgot about the sunsets and just enjoyed meeting up with our friends, many of who all stay in touch with each other.  For a number of year’s the Chili Cook  Off was held in front of Manny’s and grew to the point that the  chefs set up all the way to the end of the RV Park next door.  It was ranked by Terilinga.  You could always volunteer to be a judge and for doing so given free beer.

Manny’s moto was NO SHIRT, NO SHOES, NO PROBLEM and soon he was selling everything from coffee mugs, bumper stickers, license plates, apparel and more and no matter where you were in the Phoenix or Tucson area you would run into someone wearing his shirts.  He was indeed a promoter not only of his business but of Puerto Peñasco as well.

Manny's Beach Club
Me in my younger days wearing a Manny’s Beach Club -shirt.

At Spring Break the he catered to the young people.  He also found that many Americans who came for Thanksgiving would bring their whole families over to his place after Thanksgiving to relax and listen to music and dance until the wee hours of the mornings.

Then the economy in the USA took a nose dive in the 2007 time frame and many places closed as did Manny’s.  So it sat their, vacant, but sometimes be he would open for a spring break , but that was not enough steady business to keep that many people on the payroll.

Menu
Although the menu is limited now it will be changing. Reasonable breakfast and try the Blood Mary’s

Drink Menu for Manny's Beach Club
Manny’s will have an extensive Drink Menu

Manny's Beach Club
Manny’s Drink Menu Part 1

Fast forward to 2018.  Manny’s will once again be open full time as a result of a partnership between the owners of Tekila Bar and Manny.  May 25th was the re-grand opening of this once famous place.  The new group has been busy tearing down to old palapa’s (palm branch shade covers and cleaning up.  Shanya Sargent and Jorge Gaona and Jerry Gaona, owners of the Tequila Bar and Shark Bite have done a great job creating a new drink menu as well as limited breakfast menu.  They also have the little hotel rooms for rent.  We wish them all great success in bring back the Mirador area, which also consists of Baja Cantina and The Pink Cadillac, Capones, Pitahaya and Playa del Oro RV Park (where at one time there were 7 RV Parks), just on that one road.

Amongst other new places is Boulevard 301 on Benito Juarez.  They are doing a great job with authentic Mexican style breakfast and lunch. They do have a couple of American breakfast and lunch items on the menu as well.   It is a bright and cheery place with very good service.  It is located just south of Pollo Lucas by the railroad tracks.

The next newcomer is La Cocina De Dona Rosa.  A cute little place on Sonora Blvd, next to what use to be Salmo’s.  Javier Carrera and his wife Linda are making some really great authentic Mexican dishes.  They also offer home or work delivery.  You can call ahead to 638-386-1660. Stop by and try them and help support local business.

La Cocina De Dona Rosa
Stop in and say hi to Javier and Linda and try some authentic Mexican food.

Mexican dishes
Great food and locally owned.

LaCocina de Dona rosa2

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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Mother's Day or El Dia de la Madre in Mexico



Mother's Day
The first flower of Mother’s Day was carnations.

Anne Jarvis
The woman behind Mother’s Day

A little bit of history about Mother’s Day. It was started on May 10 1908 by a woman named Anne Jarvis but it wasn’t until May 8, 1914 that the US Congress designated Mother’s Day officially be on the 2nd Sunday  of May.  It is the 3rd largest holiday in the USA for sending cards but it has been so over commercialized that many refer to it as the “Hallmark Holiday”.  It is interesting that the Carnation started out as the flower to represent Mother’s Day since 1908 when Anne Jarvis hand delivered 500 hundred of them to the 1st celebration and it was her mother’s favorite flower.  Ironically enough, Anne was arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace at a rally against the commercialization of the holiday.

In the United States, so much money is spent on cards, flowers and gifts, that one would think Anne Jarvis is spinning in her grave.

Mexican Mother's Day
Feliz El dia de la Madre in Puerto Peñaso

In Mexico, El Dia de la Madre (Mother’s Day) starts out with the small children singing songs to their mother’s.  It is followed by mass at a shrine of the Virgin de Guadalupe.  I learned the  Virgin is the symbol of motherhood.  After mass the morning meal consists of Tamales and Atole.  If it is in the middle of the week, the Mother’s often go to school with the children for more singing, telling stories and having a meal provide by a local restaurant. El Dia de la Madre is a time to reflect and rejoice on the trials and tribulations that go with motherhood.

Dia de la Madre
The Virgin de Guadalupe is the symbol of Motherhood in Mexico

El Dia de la Madre was started in Mexico in 1922 by people bringing the idea from America.  In 1940, wife of President Manuel Avilla Camacho, Soledad Orozco Garcia declared the  2nd Sunday in May to be the official holiday.  Unlike the United States of America, many business give the mothers off for the holiday.  Now days much money is spent here as well with the parents presenting their mothers with lavish gifts while the children present their mom’s with hand made cards and items.  The plant nurseries and florist shops do a brisk business.

Here in Puerto Peñasco, many times the streets will be blocked off and there will be music and dancing as well as food and adult beverages with these celebrations going on until the wee hours of the morning.  Over the years I was invited by dear friend Julio Meza to celebrate with his mom and family.  I off course showed up early and because it was warm I had on shorts and a top.  When the family showed up all the sisters were dressed to the 9’s, so I explained to Julio’s one sister that I would be back as I needed to dress up.  She laughed and said the only reason they were dressed up is because they had a family photo taken.  Sure enough in 30 minutes they were all dressed like me.  Such fond memories and I left a midnight and things were just really getting started.

Many restaurants here in Rocky Point will be featuring special brunches and/or dinners for Mother’s Day, so check with your favorite place and see what they have going.  Also if your mom is into flower’s check with the plant nursery by TelMex or the one on Blvd. Kino as well as all of the local florists.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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3rd Annual Charanga Raised Over $33,000 Pesos

Here is a list of the sponsors so make sure when you stop by thank them.
Here is a list of the sponsors so make sure when you stop by thank them.

 The 3 year old board just completed the 3rd Annual Charanga Derby and raised $33,000 pesos for Casa Hogar, the home for the elderly. I recently sat down with Santiago Ruiz , committee chairman, who explained that they were so happy with the turn out and the money raised.  This is the only fund raiser Casa Hogar does.

Charanga 2018
Spectators started lining up early to get a great seat

Charnaga Derby
Committee Chairman Santiago Ruiz and volunteers.

2018 Charanga
Team Orange Car #4 by Puerto Peñasco.com

The event which was held April 14th here in Puerto Peñasco, consisted of 33 enteries.  The event drew nearly 1200 people who watched and cheered on the home made derby cars.  This is the Mexican version of the popular “Soap Box Derby” held in the USA every year.  As you will see from the photos, they came in all shapes and sizes.  The event is held every year on the hill that leads to the Mirador area of Rocky Point.  When the 1st event was held, they had about 200 people watching and last year about 500.  It is a mix of local families and tourists that either are visiting or live here full time.  This year there were so many people, that they lined both sides of the hill and street below. Bleachers were set up along with a stage for the local bands which consisted of young musicians who  did a great job.  Prior to the race starting, they had a “car show” of all the entrants and the drivers at 2:00 p.m..  At 4:30 the team members began to push the cars up the hill and then waited for their turn to descend.  It is amazing how fast those little cars can travel.  About 3/4 of the way or near to the finish line there is a ramp that they have to go over.  Amazingly enough everyone took the ramp head on.  They did have a second ramp 1/2 way down the hill but it was removed after the 2nd driver went over it, as it was not in a good position and safety is always a factor here not only form the drivers but the spectators as well.
Charnaga Derby 2018
This year they had 3 female drivers.

Charanga Derby
One of the 33 enteries

Charanga Derby
Another one of the entries sponsored by the Rotary Club of Puerto Penasco

Soap Box Derby
Cute little grocery cart car, very creative.

In addition to the teams and spectators, the event had over 50 volunteers who had to keep the people off the street.  That job was a challenge, as everyone wants to be in front.  They lined the street on both sides with straw bales and fencing to make sure everyone is safe.  Santiago Ruiz stated that next year they will have to have more straw bales and security fencing to keep the event safe.

Charanga Derby
Over 50 volunteers helped to make this a success and accident free.

Charanga Derby 2018
When you see these hard working folks on the street, stop and say thanks.

There were trophies given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as receiving gift certificates from local merchants, condos, hotels, restaurants and bars.

2018 Charanga Derby
1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Teams

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Get your Charanga ready for April 14, 2018!

Soap Box Derby
3rd Annual Charangas Derby

We all have known someone who has been in a “Soap Box Derby” or helped to build a Soap Box car.  It has been around in the United States forever.  Well, April 14th, Puerto Peñasco Mexico will hold it’s 3rd AnnuaCharanga Derby.  The proceeds from the event will go to the Jose Davalos Casa Hogar, which the home for the elderly here in Rocky Point.

Don't miss this event.
Don’t miss this event.

The event will start on top of the hill on Calle Campeche which is the road that leads to the Mirador area.  There will be a mini car show starting at 2:00 p.m. The presentation of the teams will be at 4:00 p.m.  The first of the dare devils will take off down the hill at 4:30p.m. and the event ends at 5:30.  From the videos I have seen, this is quite a trick to come down the hill and then have to hit a “speed ramp” in order to come to a stop.

Teams consist of 6 people including the pilot and  if you have a 2 seater a co-pilot.  Team members push the car to the start line and then push it  so it goes down hill being gravity fed.  The team members must run behind the car to make certain it crosses the finish line which is a ramp or in the event it tips over, get it up and going again. Once over the ramp the car begins to slow  down.   The cars can built of anything but other than wheels they can have no motor nor pedals. It must have a steering wheel but brakes are optional.  There are several safety factors for the pilots as well as the spectators.  The pilots must wear full helmets that meet DOT motorcycle laws, no flip flops or sandals and long pants.  The spectators are protected by straw bales all the way down the hill on both sides of the street.

2018 Charanga Derby
Cute barrel coming over the finish ramp

Charanga 2018
A group of young kids with their entry.

Winners will be awarded gift certificates which are provided by the sponsors for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the fastest cars.  There will also be a  an award for the most creative car. All you need is to come on down and be prepared to be entertained. There will be food and beverages on site.  Hope you enjoy the photos and videos from last year’s event.  Video courtesy of Richard Scott and photos courtesy of Santiago Ruis and Tony Ballesteros.

Charanga 2018
Look mom.. no steering wheel!

Charanga 2018
The Charanga Rocket Man of 2017

You must sign up before April 11that the RP360 office and the cost for entering your soap box car and your team is $600 pesos or about $33.00 USD.   The event is open to all people 15 years and older.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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2nd Annual BAlloon Festival Re-Cap in Rocky Point

Only balloon that went up on Saturday morning and he went up very fast.
Only balloon that went up on Saturday morning and he went up very fast.

 

This blog will be short but it is being done so that next year you can mark your calendars far ahead and plan to be in Puerto Peñasco for the 3rd Annual Balloon Festival.  Despite the cold and windy weather, the afternoon and evening functions went very well.  Only 3 balloons went up on Friday morning and on Saturday and Sunday the wind and Mother Natural did not cooperate as they could not fly.  I spoke with one pilot who said they were as disappointed as we were and maybe even more.  This is what they love to do and come here with family and friends to help them set and be in the chase vehicle.  Hopefully next year will be better.

On the brighter side of things, the vendors who attended were very happy with the sales and results.  Due to the weather being warmer on Friday, I would say more people came out. The event was very well organized and there was lots of parking, chairs and tables for people to enjoy food and beverage.  One vendor had a vast array of miniature hot air balloons that were all brightly colored and looked like the real deal.  They could be used to hang in or outside.  There was plenty of food and drinks to be had as well as great music that everyone could enjoy. Please enjoy the video provided by Jose from the Boo Bar.

Spring is in the air so come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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Best Eats in Puerto Peñasco.. Part 2

In our previous food blog we covered the restaurants and bars in Rocky Point on the Malecon (Old Port area).  In this one we will cover the places in town and Sandy Beach.  Besides the ones mentioned you can find Taco places all over town so if you are looking for something unique, ask and you will be given another list.
Let’s start in City Central.

Pollo Lucas: This chicken place is right on Benito Juarez and is known for what else but Sonoran style roasted chicken. It is probably been around the longest and is located about 3 blocks north of Calle 13 by the railroad tracks.   Both tourists and locals alike go here and they are open for lunch and at night.  Eat in or take it to your condo or home.

Tacos Pablano’s: The original is located near the Catholic Church on Simon Morua.  They do the tacos on the spit and are both hot in heat as well as flavor, but they will keep you coming back for more.  There are several with the same name but this seems to be the original, so stop on by.  Eat outside or indoors.  Reasonable prices for the quality of the food.

Tacos Brisas: Located in Sinaloa north of Sonora on the left.  They have a variety of things to choose from and all are delicious.  Here you order and they will bring it to your table along with the relish tray and salsas.  Great food at reasonable prices.

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Southside Jillz:  Located on Calle 13 just before the Peñasco del Sol Hotel. Jill and her staff are very service oriented along with wanting to serve really good food.  She is known for her 2 for Tuesday Specials as well as her Sunday Ribs.  Everything on the menu is good, but these are 2 of what she is known for.  Last year they won 1st Place in the Taste of Peñasco for the ribs and it was the 1st time she had ever entered.  Here you can sit inside or out on the patio and play Horse Shoe or Corn Hole or any other games they have going on.

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Max’s: Located across for the Peñasco del Sol Hotel.  here you will find great breakfasts and lunch.  They also have nightly Specials and pizzas. The owners of Max’s also have Bryan’s out on Blvd. Freemont and the Sonoran Grill at the Sonoran Spa.  Both also feature weekly specials.

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Frenchy’s: They are relatively new having opened just a couple of years ago.  Sport bar atmosphere along with some hints of food from Canada.  They are open all day and almost every day.  Want to watch a sports game, they have enough TV’s for you to not miss anything.  They are located on Plutarco Elias Calle and the intersection heading to Sandy Beach.  Look for the Canadian flags flying on the right.

Puesta del Sol: They are located in the Playa Bonita Hotel and feature a really good Sunday Brunch Buffett.  The restaurant and bar have been around for a long time and many of the servers have been with them since they opened 30 years ago. Food is Mexican fare as well as fresh fish and shrimp.  They have a nightly Happy Hour with music by Rigo (who has also played there forever).  Here you can enjoy cocktails and dinner right on the beach and take in the Rocky Point sunsets.  They have the facilities for weddings or large parties as well as do catering. Credit cards accepted.

Great views, great food and great service.
Great views, great food and great service.

Picture yourself here!
Puerto Peñasco Sunset

El Tapeo: Located in the Laos Mar Hotel, here you find a large selection of wines and craft beer from the Valley de Guadalupe, Ensenada, Mexicali and Tijuana.  They serve small plates and platters the include cheese from the same region as the wines.  Thursday night is Paella Night, so if you love Paella, this is the place to go. They open at 5:00 pm and credit cards are accepted.  Check out their FaceBook page so that you can plan a trip around one of the Wine and Beer festivals they have.

El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Collins Cantina:  Collin’s is located in the Princesa Resort.  Known for their Taco Tuesday.  BBQ short rib tacos for $1.50 each.  They also have a 2 for 1 hamburger special on Mondays.  They start serving at 3:00 p.m. until they are gone.  Closed on Wednesday.  If you are staying on Sandy Beach this is a good place to go for breakfast.  Good service as well as food.

Sonoran Grill at the Sonoran Spa offers nightly specials and is only open late afternoon into the evening.  They have the only fresh pizza on Sandy Beach.  Nightly specials are Monday (Surf and Turf Kebabs), Thursday (Gourmet Burgers) Friday (Rib Dinner), Saturday (Prime Rib Dinner) and Sunday (Chicken, Steak or Shrimp Fajitas).
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Banditos: Best known for their live bands that play there, they offer American style food as well as a couple of Mexican dishes.  Sit inside or out and enjoy the nice weather and drinks.  Banditos is located at the entrance between the Sonoran SPA and Sonoran SUN.

Chango’s:  They are located across from Banditos and is a bar/restaurant.  Serving  bar type food.

Chango's
Chango’s on Sandy Beach

Mare Blu Ristorante: Located at the mouth of what will be the home port.  Quality food and service makes this a special place to dine. Known for the filets, Italian fare as well as fresh seafood. Mar Blu will not disappoint you in the food or service.  It has a good wine selection where you can enjoy the wine on the Sea of Cortes view patio or go inside for a more elegant dining atmosphere.   They also cater events and can seat large groups.

Sally’s Café in Cholla serves up good breakfasts, lunch and early dinner.  Word has it they do a very good pizza.

Cholla Bay Oyster Company.  Serving oysters several different ways along with fresh clams, shrimp and fish.  Relaxing atmosphere and good food.

There are so many places to choose rom in Rocky Point, go to different ones every time you are here.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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