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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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Fall will soon be in the air in Puerto Peñasco

The summer traffic is finally winding down and the schools are back in session, so that means that fall should be following by shortly.  With fall comes a lot of events for everyone.

September 16
The Mexican Flag is flying proudly all over the city.

If you have never been here on September 15th for the call to El Grito or the “Call for Independence”  it is quite a production.  This tradition dates back to 1810 when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla gave the call in Dolores, Guanajuato to gather all the people to revolt against the Spanish colonizers.  It is on this evening that all eyes are on City Hall at the intersection of Benito Juarez and Blvd. Freemont.  City Hall and the surrounding streets are all decorated with Mexican Flags and red, white and green streamers.  Normally they attach fireworks to the light posts.  This is the night where  the previous Mayor passes the guard to the new Mayor.  In this case Mayor Kiko Munro will be Mayor for a second term.  It is here he is surrounded by his family and friends and makes a speech starting at 11:00 p.m.  The crowds are huge so if you want to see the festivities, make sure to get there early to find a place to park.  Throughout the city there will celebrations in the streets with bands, food vendors and vendors selling Mexican Flags and apparel.  At the end of the ceremony, the crowd will sing the Mexican National Anthem and then the party  begins.

Garufa
This will be a must on your dinner list.

The long awaited Grand Opening of Garufa is  scheduled for September 28.   This restaurant chain from Zacatecas has been around for many years, but this is the 1st one opening in a tourist beach city.  While you are visiting Rocky Point make sure you add this to your place to have a great steak or seafood.  It is located next to Chango’s between the Sonoran SPA and the Sonoran SEA.

Planning ahead for a visit to Rocky Point in October  mark your calendar for the Dirty Beach RunThe event takes place  October 20th and will consist of an obstacle course and a 5K run.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
October 26th-28th is the popular Cornhole Tournament in Cholla Bay

Check out these events for October.  On the 6th is the One Club Open, on the 13th you will have the Rocky Point Beach Vollyball Tournament, also on the 13th you can view the Regatta from Sandy Beach.  One of the great cultural events will be held October 18 – 20th in the Old Port and it is the Cervantino Festival . The last  event which is held in Cholla Bay is  the Cornhole Tournament.  This event draws huge crowds so get there early for a good parking spot.  We will give you more information on each event later in September.

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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PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD.. it is the LAW

Years ago, the only time there were back ups going into Mexico at the Lukeville, Arizona crossing would be on the major United States holidays and  the return would be the same issues, long lines for hours.

Fast forward to 2018 and you will find long lines on nearly every weekend coming and going.  Tourists use to leave Sunday morning to cross back to the US, but then they found long lines, so they would leave later on Sunday.  That worked for a little while, but longer lines.  Then they started going back on Monday morning early and that also worked for awhile.  Last week there was still a back up on Tuesday morning.  We are a popular destination.

Cactus
The scenery through Organ Pipe National Monument

My suggestion to avoid long weekend lines is to come either mid week or Thursday afternoon and leave on Monday morning at 6 – 7 am or after 5 p.m. Another good reason to come mid week if possible is the hotels and condos are usually a little cheaper.  If at all possible, I would avoid traveling the week of Easter weekend and Memorial Day weekend as these seem to be the busiest of all the holidays. There is no guarantee as to the travel times, however this is a good estimate.  If you are here and have internet, go to www.USBorderWaitTimes and it will give you some idea on the day you are leaving.  As for lines coming in there really is no way to tell.  I did notice on the U.S. side, they have put out signs that say there may be slow traffic ahead.  Please remember not to speed through Organ Pipe National Park as the Park Rangers can and do ticket people and please don’t put other people’s lives in danger by passing in no passing zones on both sides of the border.

There are many factors that come into play with long lines.  There has been a strong military presence at the border on the Mexican side to help look for drugs or other contraband headed north.  As of late, however, both coming and going, they mainly just wave you on through.  This compounded with so many tourists and not all 5 lanes are open on the United States side creates a real log jam.  On busy weekends for those of you coming to Puerto Peñasco, be patient.. the Sea of Cortez will be waiting for you, so no need to speed or pass in no passing zones.  Remember all the nice people you may have met in line on the way in will probably be traveling with on the way home.  Smile and hang in there.

Passport
Simple Application for getting your Passport

One of the hold ups are that many tourists  feel they don’t need a passport or a passport card. YES YOU DO… It is the law!  Fortunately for these people it is also the law that if you are a US Citizen, they have to admit your back into your country.  However, the border people can make your life very difficult and make you go through the secondary check point, causing you both a delay and creating a hold up of law abiding folks behind you.  The law is everyone no matter what age must have a PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD.

It is a very simple process.  1)If you are an adult, fill out the form DS11, 2) Get supporting documents (citizen evidence such as birth certificate), 3) Provide photo 4) calculate fees and submit. The cost for the PASSPORT is $110 for the Application and $35 for Acceptance Fee. The cost for the card is $30.00 for the Application and $35 for the Acceptance Fee.  If you want both the book and the card the fee is $140 for the Application and $35. for the Acceptance fee.  Bear in mind these are non-refundable fees if for some reason you are denied.  Remember the adult Passport is good for 10 years.

US Passports
Choose from a Passport or Passport Card or both.

If you are renewing your passport or passport card you will need form #DS82.  Follow the steps on the form and mail in payment.  The renewal fee for the Passport is $110.00,  Passport Card is $30.00 and the combo is $140.00.  You have already been accepted so you do not have to pay the additional $35.00. For renewals you will need 1) Fill out form, 2) Submit most recent passport (make a copy of it in case it gets lost in the mail, 3) Include name changes if applicable, 4) Provide photo 5) Calculate fees, 6) Mail forms.

Passport Card
Front and Back of the US Passport Card

If you have children under 16 they also need a Passport or Passport Card.  The charges are as follows: $80.00 for the Application and $35 .00 for Acceptance Fee, Passport Card Application is $15.00 for the Passport Card and $35.00 for the Acceptance Fee or if you want both it will be $95.00 for the Application and again the $35.00 for the Acceptance Fee.  The children must appear in person and their Passports or Passport Cards are only valid for 5 years.  For the children you will also use form #DS11. 1) Fill out form, 2) Provide US Citizen evidence, 3) take a copy of the US Citizen evidence 4) Show parental relationship,  5) Present parental/guardian evidence, 6) Bring photocopy of ID, 7) Show parental consent in case of divorce bring a copy of the decree, 8) Provide photo, 9) Present fees and finish the application.

If you have additional questions or need more detailed information please go to https://travel.state.gov  Remember the wait time to get your 1st passport or renewal back will take 4 – 6 weeks. You can expedite it with additional fees.

Registration Volunteers
25 local residents volunteer for 2 days of fun.

Rocky Point Rally
The Old Port packed with bikers.

There are so many events going on currently with benefits for getting the necessary items for a child to go back to school, to new restaurant openings, fishing, golfing or just sit back and relax.  Come fall the Mermaid Markets will start up again.  Don’t forget about Bike Festival by the Sea of CORTEZ is coming up the weekend of November  8th – the 12th.  If you haven’t gotten your room reservation by now, you had better do it as many places are already full.

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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Rotary Club meets Mermaid Market

Saturday February 3rd the Rotary Club de Puerto Peñasco comes together with the Mermaids Market for a fun filled day.  The Rotary Club’s event is called Festival de Mariscos “FISH BOWL”  Seafood Festival and is an annual fundraiser for the club.  The event is the day before Super Bowl so you will have no trouble remembering the date.  It starts at 10 a.m. and goes to 4 p.m. at Camaron Park (Shrimp Park).  For those of you who have never been in Rocky Point before, it is the park across from City Hall on the corner of Benito Juarez and Blvd. Freemont.  Come sample the seafood that made Puerto Peñasco famous.

Seafood festival
1st Festival de Mariscos Seafood Festival “Fish Bowl”

This event will not only give you the opportunity to try many different seafood dishes being prepared by several of Puerto Peñasco’s great restaurants, but will also give you a chance to hear so many of our wonderful music groups as well and shop the vendors of the Mermaid Market.  Remember Valentine’s Day is just only 12 days away from the event, so it is a great way to shop for your wife or girl friend and have fun doing so.  Beside shopping “3Boys” will also being selling fresh seafood, so bring your ice chest along.  The local scout troop will be selling their adorable miniature cactus and there will also be painting demonstrations.

Shopping
Talented artists at the Mermaid Market

 
Shopping
Shopping just in time for Valentine’s Day

Local  restaurants will be serving everything from fish burgers to cerviche and if you are lucky some fabulous Paella.  Here you can try seafood from El Tapeo, Collins Cantina, Blue Marlin, Sushi Sun, Don Julio’s, Mare Blue, Coffee Point, UTTP Culinary School, CEUNO culinary students, Jerry’s Banquets, Puesta del Sol (Playa Bonita), Shark Bite, Puesto de Escabeche, El Buzo, Postres by Vero and more.  Both the Mermaid Market and the Rotary Club will be selling water, Margarita’s, wine and beer. Tickets for the food and drink are $1.00 ea.($20 pesos) and prices for the food will range from 1 to 3 tickets each.  You can buy them in groups of 10, 20 50 as well as separately (see the poster above).

Clams in Rocky Point, Mexico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

 
Shrimp in Rocky Point Mexico
by Beverly Arrowood

 

Wear your dancing shoes as there will be music starting at 10:30 a.m. by Hijos de Mauricio followed by CETMAR Baile Folklorico at 12:00 p.m.  Next is local musician like Richard Scott on the saxophone at 1:00 p.m. and Stacey Joy (from New Mexico) at 2:00 p.m. Raffle drawing is at 3:00 p.m.

Music
Great Sax player Richard Scott

They have also put some great raffle packages together from local merchants, bars and restaurants, condo stays, boat cruises, spa massages, golf, artwork from the Mermaid Market artists, gift certificates and more.  There will be 10 packages to raffle off and they are all well worth the money. The raffle tickets are $5.00 USD each or 5 for $20.00USD.  You can also pay in pesos.  The drawing will be at 3:00 p.m. and you need not be present to win.

The proceeds from the event go help the local Rotary Club’s social service activities in the community and participation in Global Grant possibilities.  For more info on the Rotary Club of Puerto Peñasco check them out on line at www.clubrotariopuertopenas.com or Club Rotario Mar de Peñasco A.C. They hold 2 main fundraising activities every year and that includes the one in October called the “World’s Greatest Meal” and this supports in the effort to rid polio across the world (this is one of Rotary International’s main focus).

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.  One more thing, Whale Watching season is about to start so plan a trip on one of our many whale watching boats.

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2017 Recaps and Resolutions for 2018

New Year's eve

WOW, soon it will be 2018! Where has 2017 gone?  Glad the internet is around to do bill pay as I recall writing checks for everything and then it would take 6 months before I would  get the new year correct. Times have changed and now I get annoyed in a store when someone writes a check and is holding up the line.

The Governors of Arizona and Sonora
The Governors of Arizona and Sonora

During 2017 we have seen a lot of good  things happening here in Puerto Peñasco and there is promise of more to come in 2018.  It was recently announced at the Arizona/Mexico Commission Meetings the construction on the Home Port will resume.  That is to the credit of Governor Doug Ducey from Arizona and Governor Claudia Pavlovich the Governor from the State of Sonora.  When this project becomes a reality,  it will be a boom for both Arizona and Puerto Peñasco.  Goods and service will come to the port from Arizona and employment for not only construction of the facilities but helping with the cruise ships, thus putting many more locals to work.  One cruise line has signed a letter of intent to do the route.

Secondly we have seen tourism really blossom.  In summer Rocky Point was full almost all of the time with families from El Paso, Juarez, Chihuahua and from the south of Mexico.  We saw an increase in traffic from New Mexico and Texas.  During USA holidays, the town is packed, thus creating lengthy delays coming into Mexico as well as the return to the USA.  But never the less tourism continues to grow.  Now that it is winter the retired folks are back in the RV Parks and they are all getting full again, even the off the beach ones are filling up.

Why do I mention these 2 items?  It is because of the economic impact tourism has on Puerto Peñasco.  The hospitality taxes increase thus allowing the city to better the infrastructure.  Many folks are now again buying condos, lots and homes so the  real estate sales are again on the rise.  Shop owners are again selling their merchandise and restaurants and bars are doing very well.

We are seeing an increase in the construction of new hotels, bars and restaurants.  All the sales tax again, helps Rocky Point grow.  All over town you can see construction and it is moving forward not stalled as in the past.

The second Wind Fan was just installed so as to provide more power to city.  There will be a total of 3 when completed.

Some of the developments that have been stalled since the economic nose dive a few years ago are now starting to rebound and have workers running around.  The Laguana del Mar golf course has been renamed and hopefully soon you will see model homes being built.  Corona del Sol in Las Conchas  is again selling and repairs are under way.  Playa Azul which is located between Playa Encanto and the Mayan Palace has once again started promoting.  All of this is great for Rocky Point.

On a personal note I have several resolutions that I am making and certainly hope to be able to keep.

  1. #)   I hope to be able to do more beach time with my husband and walks on the beach with our 2 German Shepherds Tucker and Frida.
  2. #)   I want to start to do some limited traveling again… it has been to long.
  3. #)   Praying for continued good health for myself and my husband Bill as well as family and friends.
  4. #)   Whale watching is on my radar this winter as they will soon be in the upper Sea of Cortez.
  5. #)   With any luck being able to go the Valle de Guadalupe and do some wineries
  6. #)   Hopefully go back to Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to see family.
  7. #)   To be able to keep writing blog,s as I enjoy it so much.
  8. #)   To continue to meet and make friends.
  9. #)   To be able to be a volunteer for various charity events which is something near and dear to  my heart.

#10) To try to have more patience with everything and everyone around me.

I closing I want to wish you all a healthy and Happy New Year.  Be safe no matter where your travels take you.

Come down 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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2017 Bike Festival a HUGE Success

The 17th Annual 2017 Bike Festival is now under our belts here in Puerto Peñasco.  It is estimated that we had well over 8,000 bikes in town for the 4 days event.  It is billed as the “largest bike festival south of the border” and indeed it was.  The entire Old Port was wall to wall motorcycles.  There was a group of 30 riders that came from Indonesia via California, many riders from Canada, Alaska, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Tennessee and more.  Then we had the clubs from Tijuana, Mexicali, La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta,  Mexico City and other areas.

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Registration Volunteers
25 local residents volunteer for 2 days of fun.

The group of 25 volunteers did an outstanding job of getting people to register and giving the riders directions.  This was the 2nd year, that a pre-registration was done and it was very successful. Between online registration, Sandy Beach Poker Run, Bike Show and our local registration, we raised  $541,247.00 pesos.  What that means is the 8 charities, they will each receive $2781.00 USD and $3750 pesos.

One of our volunteers who directs the bikers into register
One of our volunteers who directs the bikers into register

There is a great deal of effort that goes into making this type of event run smoothly and safely.  Remember Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) is still a small town to host this type of event.  Oscar Palacio has been the coordinator of the event since it started and has to make many trips to the US/Mexico Border to make sure that everyone is on the same page to get these riders through not only the border crossings coming and going but through the little town of Sonoyta.  Then come the trips to San Luis Rio Colorado to meet with those folks as well as the military check point that is set up at El Golfo.  We also have local, state and federal police around town for safety of the bikers.

Several years Sr. Palacio came to coffee and asked myself and Sami Keesecker  if we would help him to not only get the American community here behind it but to help with the entertainment and registration.  How could we say no?  So here we are about 6 years later and still getting folks involved.  All of the volunteers are for the most part full time residents of Rocky Point and love to be involved with charity work.  Attach the word charity to anything and they are all in to help.  We now have a waiting list of folks that want to help.  Beside being there for 2 full days to register the riders, they also spend 1 evening stuffing the bags the riders get when the register.

Volunteers
The volunteers enjoying the Thank You Party

Speaking of charity, these are the charities that benefit from the Bike registration money raised.  Red Cross (Cruz Rojo), Bomberos (Fire department) Casa Hogar Home for the elderly, DIF Penasco( the groups that helps with families in need, CAM La Montana (school for special needs children) , DIF Sonoyta and George Papanicolau Center (center for women’s cancer awareness) and DIF Scholarship.

During the rally, we also have a Toy Drive in which the bikers can either bring a toy down from the USA, purchase one here or donate money.  This was also a huge success.  The toys will be distributed on Kings Day on January 6th.  If you would still like to donate toys or cash, please let me know at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com.

Toy Run
Toys gathered and ready to be delivered on King’s Day.

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.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

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Rocky Point Rally 2017 is almost here November 9-12

If you have not been to the largest motorcycle fiesta south of the border now is the time to come on down to Puerto Peñasco.  If you don’t have a reservation, better start looking around as almost everything is full.  It is expected to bring about 8,000 bikes from all over Mexico and the United States, Canada as well as Europe.

Rocky Point Rally
The crowd waiting to register

Registeration is only $25.00 USD or $750 pesos per person and this will get you onto the “Pirate Ship” on one of 2 days for a harbor cruise as well as it show your support for the charities of Rocky Point.  This is where you get your goodie bag filled with official patch, pin, koozie cup, pens and more.  This is also where you can buy your official tee shirts etc.
Sunset Cruise Pirate Ship in rocky point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The charities that your donation go to are:
1) DIF  Puerto Peñasco and DIF Sonoyta ( this is a family service agency)
2) Cruz Rojo (Red Cross) of Puesto Peñasco
3) The Bomberos (fire department)
4) George Papanicolau Group (which teaches women’s cancer awareness)
6) CAM La Montana ( school for special needs children)
7) Casa Hogar (home for the elderly)

Registration goes from 9-5 11/9 and 11/10 at the Barklin Circle K which is just south of the overpass north of town.  Here you can also buy your Poker Run cards($10 USD) and get your pin.  Don’t just drive… by stop and say hi and register.  Don’t forget to bring a new toy or stuffed animal which will be passed out on King’s Day in January.  You can donate money and we will buy something if you don’t want to bring it down.

MAlecon Toys Rocky Point Rally Toy Drive
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Thursday:

Registration from 9-5

Southside Jillz from 6-9 enjoy The Wild Pack “Blues Against Hunger”, The “Kick Off Party” begins at Banditos  from 7 pm to 1 am listen to the music of Darci Carlson (7 -9), Black Moods(9-11) and The Summer(11-1 am).  Boo Bar will feature DDO from 8-11 and Wrecked at the Reef will have Matt Farris from 6-9

Rocky Point Rally
Great paint jobs

Friday:
Registration is from 9-5
9:30 am meet up at Barklin for the Desert Ride to the Shuk Toal Visitor Center at the Ride leave sharply at 10 am.
11:30 am if you have a wristband meet at Balboa’s Restaurant for the Rey del Mar Pirate Ship cruise. It is free with the wristband.
Entertainment continues at Playa Bonita for the Annual Beach Fiesta from 5-8 pm featuring Matt Farris.
Tekila Bar will host Los Ponchos from 1-4 and 8-11, The Satisfied Frog will have Richard Scott  from 5-8, Wrecked at the Reef will have DL Marble form 6-9 and La Merca from 9:30 until closing, Boo Bar has Moonshine Voo Doo from 6-9 and the Black Moods form 9-12, Banditos will have Darcie Carlson, Black Moods and  Summer, La Cantina at the Sonoran SKY will present Revolvente from 7-12, Southside Jillz will have Los Ponchos at 11:00

Rocky Point Rally 2017 Wrecked at the ReefThe Fiesta continues on both Calle 12 and Calle 13 featuring Los Tolerados starting after 7 pm and sponsored by Barklin Circl K and  the Rocky Point Riders.

Biker Rally Mexico
Photo By Berverly Arrowood

Saturday the 11th will start at Capone’s from 8-11, followed by the line up for the City Parade at 11:30.  The Fiesta will continue all day on the Malecon in the Old Port.  Enjoy your favorite bands at Tekila Bar (Moonshine VooDoo and Los Ponchos), Playa Bonita (Matt Farris), The Satisfied Frog (Randy-Mike and Daniel), Banditos (Darci Carlosn, Analog Outlaws, Black Moods and Summer), Wrecked at the Reef (La Merca and The Crown King, Boo Bar (Moonshine VooDoo), Southside Jillz (Los Ponchos), PK2 (Black Bottom Lighers)
Rocky Point 2015
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Biker Rocky Point Rally

The Fiesta will continue on Calle 12 and Calle 13 again with a band after 7 pm.
Sunday the 12th we bid you farewell until 2018 with the Blessing of the Bikes at Plaza de Madre which is  across from the Tiburones Baseball Stadium.  Still in town… go over to Rey del Mar cruise (Pirate Ship) free with wristband harbor tour at 11:30.  Music will continue at Boo Bar, Banditos, Southside Jillz and Wrecked at the Reef.
We hope you have a fun trip as the committee has tried to provide something for everyone.  We pray you have a safe trip home and that you come back next year.

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.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

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Never A Dull Moment in Puerto Peñasco

When you live in Puerto Peñasco, people always ask “what do you do there all the time”?  There is never a dull moment and if you are just visiting or live here and you get bored, than perhaps this is not the place to be.  Most of the bars in the area have great entertainment almost every  weekend so plan to check out one of the hot spots.  You can also walk around the Shrimp boats and take pictures or just enjoy Rocky Point Sunsets from the balcony of your condo or beach front home.  The town is pretty laid back except on busy holiday weekends such as Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

3 Ships on a calm day.
Mirror reflection in the Old Port

A Rocky Point Sunset

One thing about a community of ex pats is that for the most part everyone is charity minded.  We hold fund raisers for our friends who may have cancer or other things that change their life forever.  One such find raiser is being held at Latitude 31 for Erika Reyna Castro.  Ericka is a young woman who along with her husband have run the dive shop at the Sonoran SEA.  They have two small children to take care of beside running the business.  Now she has been diagnosed with Stage 4 inoperable breast cancer.  So on October 28th, there will be a fund raiser to help defray some of the costs of the chemo and travel.  They will be selling raffle tickets for this event with some really great prizes and you need not be present to win.  This event coincides with Latitude 31’s Annual Halloween Costume Party which starts at 5 p.m.  Check out the flyer below for all the details, but there are some FANTASTIC prizes.

Latitude 31 Flyer halloween

The end of October looks to be an exciting fun filled month.  There are Halloween parties at Wrecked at the Reef starting at 9:30 p.m.  Southside Jillz will again be hosting her Halloween bash and if you haven’t been there, do plan to attend, costumes are optional and she does know how to throw a party.  There will be other Halloween parties, so drive responsibly as the little ones will be out tricker treating and are sometimes very hard to see.

Out in Cholla Bay, on the weekend of October 28th will be the Annual Cholla Bay Santa Claus Club Corn Hole Tournament.  The Santa Claus Club raises money for the under privileged children in Rocky Point and has been headed up by John Fowler since it started.  Check out the flyer and hurry to sign up today.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point

Love oysters?  The Cholla Bay Oyster House is holding its 2nd Annual Oyster Festival on October 28th from 3 p.m – 7 p.m.  It will feature all you can eat oysters, a clam boil,live music, Margaritas and a Tequila Table.  Tickets are being sold at the restaurant  and are $20 each.  If you aren’t in town for the event, remember every Friday is 50 cent oysters.  They are open Thursday – Sunday.  Great food and views so bring your friends down.

Annual Oyster Festival

If you love oysters but just want to sit by the water where they harvest them from, drive out the road towards Playa Encanto and go off to the right at the sign that says Oysters and Restaurant.  Bring your own drinks and enjoy the day now that the weather is cooling off.  These ladies make the best ceviche, clams and oyster’s you will ever have.

Also on October 31st go down to the Malecon  to the Boo Bar’s Cornhole Tourney which is billed as TUESDAY NOONER as it starts at noon with discounted drinks at noon and is under the palapa.

Cornhole

If you are interested in seeing a Art Film outside, drop on down to Puerto Viejo Café and Coffee for CineMartes starting at 8 p.m.  This is located across from Thrifty’s and the Catholic Church in the Old Port.

If you have any questions, please email me at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com and I will answer you quickly.  Don’t forget to Like and Share us on FaceBook.com/PuertoPenascoMex and follow us on Twitter @PuertoPenascoMX . Come down and see us, once you have, you will be hooked.

2017 PERRUN …1st Annual Dog Run 2017

1st Annual Dog Run will be held October 29th starting at 9:00 am on the Malecon in the Old Port of Puerto Peñasco.  The funds from this event will go to the local Pet Rescue Centers in Rocky Point.  As with many cities in Mexico, Rocky Point, is not immune to an over population of dogs and cats.  The rescue centers are hit hard especially in summer when all the mom’s have their babies.  There are always campaigns to spay or neuter your cat or dog, but it is a very difficult task to accomplish.   Now days the children are being better educated in the schools about how to take care of your forever friend, but old habits are hard to break.

Perrun Dog Run 2017

The event will be #1 a 5K run and #2 a walk.  When you enroll to participate in the run you will be looking to win either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.  If you and your dog are not into running, sign up for the walk and this will be a short walk around the area.  The cost to register is $250.00 pesos and that is for the owner and 1 or 2 dogs.  The day of the event only cash will be accepted. If you just want to donate cash, you may take your donation to Rocky Vet before the day of the event and Dr. Adrian Sixto will make sure it goes where it is needed.  You may also donate dog or cat food, cat liter or toys at the event.

Rocky Point Bike rally 2016
Miss Sadie adopted at the Rocky Point Rally by Rick Busa November 2016

There are several ways to register for the events.  You can go directly to either Rocky Vet or Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa.  They are located about 4 blocks south of Numeros or you can take the road north of the rail road tracks left off Sinaloa and follow the signs.    Registration can also be done the day of the event on the Malecon.  It is important that you can show proof of current vaccinations in order to enter.  If you dog has anxiety or can become nervous, they ask that you have muzzles or e-collars for them.   The organizers do ask that you be on time in order to hear the schedule and you will also receive some gifts.

You can also go to the following sites to receive further information.
https://www.facebook.com/RockyPetHotelSpa
https://www.facebook.com/RockyVet
638 127 7669 (WhatsApp)
Dog Rescue Refugee in Rocky Point
Rescue puppies waiting for their forever home.

No pet… no problem.  You can still enter to walk with other pets and their owners.  This a great way to learn about the dogs and socialize with them.  There is a 2 dog limit per person as to not over run anyone.  All dogs must be on leashes and not be aggressive.  The staff will have bags for accidents and they will pick the bags up.  There will be qualified staff members and local vets on site to talk to.

Need a Pet Sitter?
Register for the PERRUN here.

This type of event is so important to bring up the level of awareness in the dog and cat over population.  When dogs and cats are taken in by the various rescue centers, they are spayed and neutered before being adopted and have their first sets of shots.  This is the only way to stop this epidemic of pets being allowed to breed day in and day out.  One of the local pet rescues will have received well over 1000 dogs this year and is working with a group that takes the puppies to Canada for adoption.  All of these puppies and “Senior” dogs have clean bill’s of health for crossing into the United States.

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.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com