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Travel to Puerto Peñasco for Christmas!

 Now is the time to plan to go to Puerto Peñasco for late fall and the Christmas season.  Fall brings Mermaid Markets, Art in the Park in Las Conchas over Thanksgiving, stunning sunset cruises and the traditions of the Christmas season in Mexico.

Christmas Village
This is a must see at Latitude 31

Stop by Latitude 31 to see the Christmas Village and train and it is free.  While you are there have a great breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Take time to do a Sunset Cruise on the Pancho Villa or the Eco Fun or any of the other boats here that will not disappoint you.  Just getting out on the water is such a great way to unwind.  You can view the Dolphins that will entertain your boat and you can sit back and have a Margarita or cold beer.  There is something about fall and winter sunsets that are so amazing.

If you are lucky enough to be here in December, you can watch all the Posada’s or go over to City Hall and see the decorations that are set up.  Plaza de Madre is where you will find the animals from the Nativity setting.  Children love to see all the animals.

The Posadas start on December 16 and end on the 24th or as it is called “Noche Buena” Christmas Eve.  In many parts of the world they celebrate the 12 days of Christmas but in Mexico it is 9 days. Las Posada translated means in English as “the inn or the lodging”

Neighbors and family meet and go from house to house every night reenacting the travels of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem.   When they arrive at the last house, they are given passage and it is here where the party starts.  Before entering the home they recite something like this. This song is called “Canto Para Pedir Posada” which means to ask for shelter.  This is a shortened version.

Pilgrims, outside)
“Mi nombre es José,
Mi esposa es María.
y madre va ser,
del Divino Verbo.”

“My name is Joseph,
My wife is Mary.
and mother to be
of the Divine Word.”

(Inn keepers, inside)
“Posada os brindo,
Santos Peregrinos,
y disculpa os pido,
no os reconocía.”

“The inn I give you,
pilgrim saints,
and offer an apology,
for not recognizing you.”

The Christmas Pinatas

The Posada
The procession to the Inn.

The people arrive carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary and little candles as they walk from place to place.  Once admitted, they are treated to food and a drink called Ponche con Piquete, which is made fruits, cinnamon and Brandy or Rum or a beer called Noche Buena. This beer is only found in the Christmas season. After everyone has finished, the Pinata is hung and the children start to break it open.  The families spend a lot of time talking and enjoying the sounds of glee of the children.   On Christmas Eve, most families go to midnight mass.

King's Day Toy Run
Rocky Point Bike Clubs collect the toys to be distributed.

The Christmas season extends until January 6th which is known as “Kings Day” and in traditional fashion, this is when the children receive their Christmas gifts.

If you are in Puerto Peñasco on January 6th, you may want to join in the parade to one of the poorer areas of the city and see the gifts that the American community and motorcycle riders have collected for these children.

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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Barb's Dog Rescue Online Auction is calling YOU!

Let me introduce you to Barb’s Dog Rescue, if you don’t already know her. Barb has been doing this for nearly 18 years and has rescued and adopted out  1,000 dogs every year for the past several years and growing.  She gives of herself 100% everyday to these discarded little souls. The rescue center is located just north of Puerto Peñasco, look for the big yellow signs.  You can donate dog food that you can purchase here and it is the Kirkland Chicken as well as Kirkland Puppy Chow.  About the same price as buying it at COSTCO and then having to haul it down.

As a community, we are helping her to raise funds to keep up with all the hungry little mouths.  These dogs come from all over the city and in some cases communities from outside the city.  People drop off puppies at the gate or drop off the pregnant mom. Sometimes animal control calls and out she goes to get them rescued.  In winter Rocky Point is full of generous visitors, but in summer many of the visitors go for cooler weather.  Unfortunately, the hungry mouths are still here.

Look at this face!
This little lovebug is a new addition at Barb’s Dog Rescue

There are so many success stories of puppies as well as older dogs being adopted.  Every Veteran’s Day weekend we have our annual Bike Rally Festival and this year will be number 18.  These bikers and volunteers not only donate but many also adopt.  One such adoption came from of the crew that registers people for the “biggest rally this side of the border”.  Below are just a couple of the adopted puppies with their forever owners.  As you can see both puppies and older dogs are being adopted out.  Adopt.. don’t buy.  Barb charges nothing to adopt and the puppies are current on all shots and are either spayed or neutered and you will have all the paperwork to take them home.  All she asks is for a donation of food.

This sweetheart which is named Sadie was adopted by Rick Busa at the Rocky Point Rally

Sadie now. She has made herself at home

Fits right in
This little sweetheart was adopted by the Martinez family of Maricopa

Harper Martinez and Lola.

Sweet Choya a senior dog found her forever home.

The online auction has something for everyone. Please take time and go to the website and see what is waiting for you.  If you get the bid, we will get you the item and if you are out of the city, they can be shipped or pick them up when you come to visit this wonderful sea side town. We will find a way.

Helping Paw Friends is doing an auction to benefit Barb’s Dog Rescue – 100% of all funds will be given to the rescue. We have many great items to bid on! Including several donations from Rocky Point Mexico! There are Condo Rentals, Hotel Packages, Sunset Cruises, Four Rounds of Golf, Gift Certificates from some great Restaurants here in Rocky Point, local merchandise, jewelry by local artists, Dental Cetificate, Pet portraits, A Metal Cut-out of your favorite pet, Ultra Light Flights and many other wonderful items to bid on! For those of you who are Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers fans, we have a great package donated by Roger, which includes an autographed hat! The auction officially starts Aug 28th, but the bidding has already started! New Items are being added daily!  Please help support Barb’s Dog Rescue! You can join the Auction by in Facebook by clicking on the link below.

Barb's Dog Rescue online auction
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Questions about Mexico.. ask Beverly on Puerto Peñ

We at Puerto-Peñ are striving to make our blogs more useful in answering your questions that have been sent in.  I welcome your questions and will do a posting a couple of times a month to answer them.  When you send me a question please tell me if it is OK to use it along with just your first name and city you are from.  These are frequently asked questions on other forums but I will not bother you with sarcastic answers but rather try to help make your stay in Rocky Point enjoyable.

Sonoran Resorts
Beaches and Pool.

Q: First from Cherilyn

My family and I visited Puerto Peñasco at the end of June. We enjoyed ourselves. We are thinking of coming back soon. I wanted to see if you knew of the best months to come and visit Puerto Peñasco. Please do explain some down times so that I would have a better understanding on which months would be best. 🙂 I am aware that there various opinions on when it’s a good time to go and when it’s not.  Since you’re a resident of Puerto Peñasco, I thought I’d ask you! 🙂 Many thanks for responding.

A:  The weather here in summer is very much like Phoenix.  Our humidity right now is higher than June and will remain this way until usually near the 21st of September. That is when the weather seems to change.

If you don’t mind the humidity you can enjoy the summer months.  In June and July there are some Jellyfish so that is a concern, but they should be gone pretty soon. From October through June are great months with warm days and cool nights.  The Sea of Cortez starts to get cold in November and warms back up again in March/April.
Thanksgiving is a great time to be here as there are so many things going on like art festivals, Mermaid Market, etc.  Between Christmas and New Year it usually slow.  You should avoid Spring Break weeks and Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week), Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day as the town is packed.  Also the weekend of Veterans Day November 8th – 12th is packed as we have our 18th annual Bike Fest and the city is packed with motorcycles.  We don’t mind the bikers as they do contribute a lot to the economy and help support our 7 charities.
Glad you enjoyed your selves.  One other thing, there is no longer a off season and if you come you may want to consider arriving on Thursday and leaving on Mondays as even with out a holiday weekend, there have been long lines crossing back to the US.
Simple Application for getting your Passport

Q: Do I need a passport to get back in to Mexico?

A:  You do not need a passport to get into Mexico but you should have one to get back into the United States.  It is the LAW.  Also by law if you are a United States citizen, you have to be admitted back into your own country, however, immigration can make your life miserable and your wait time a little longer by putting you through the secondary check point.  Not only that, while everyone in your vehicle is fumbling around for a birth certificate, you are holding the law biding folks up behind you.  Please read our blog “PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD.. it is the LAW

Crossing from Lukeville, AZ to Sonoyta, Mexico

Q: Do I need a car permit to go to Rocky Point?

A:  Currently we are part of the FREE ZONE as is the Baja Peninsula, meaning no permit needed.  However if you are planning on traveling south of Empalme  you will  need one.  These can be gotten about 15 miles south of Sonoyta or can be gotten at the Mexican Consulate in Arizona or California.  The cost for this is about $44.00 USD.  You must have a valid US credit card to pay with and there are also some refundable temporary import fees that are refunded when you turn our permit in.  This permit is called TIP or Temporary Vehicle Permit.  Banjercito is a Military Bank that helps tourists traveling beyond the FREE ZONE to obtain a TIP.   Make 3 copies of everything as many times their printers don’t work or you have to pay to have them done at the bank there.  You will also need a credit card from the United States or cash.

You will need your Passport or passport card plus these additional items.

  1. Driver’s License issued outside of Mexico
  2. If you are not a Mexican citizen, a Mexican immigration permit-such as a tourist (FMM), business or immigrant permit/visa.
  3. Original and photocopy of Bill of Sale, Deed to Property and Vehicle Registration issued by a foreign authority in the applicant’s name. If the title of the vehicle is in the name of a spouse, child, or parent – a birth certificate or marriage license must be presented.
  4. Proof of temporary or annual Mexican auto insurance policy for your vehicle.
  5. Certificate of cancelled import permit for any prior temporary import permits.
  6. In addition, if you have a leased, financed or company car you will also need the following:
    • Leased Vehicles: Lease contract and notarized letter of permission from the leasing company.
    • Financed Vehicles: Credit contract and notarized letter of permission from the lienholder or lending institution.
    • Company Car: A notarized letter of permission confirming the employment relationship and authorizing the employee to import the vehicle into Mexico.
    • Above information from MexPro.

Q: Am I required to get a visa to go to Puerto Peñasco?

A: Only if you are planning on going farther south or staying longer that 7 days, then you need to get a 180 day temporary tourist VISA at the INM office to the right of where you get the red light/green light.

  • Easily obtained at an INM office at the border or online (online still requires a stop at INM at the border for the official stamp).
  • Requires a valid passport or passport card
  • The stamped FMM is valid for land travel throughout Mexico
  • Cost as of January 2017, $533 Pesos (appx U.S. $24) per person; FREE if the trip is 7 days or less and you cross by land
  • May be issued for up to 180 days.  This price varies due the floating peso.

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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 Peñ

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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Thanksgiving in Puerto Peñasco Re-cap

Thanksgiving 2017 proved to be one of the most beautiful weekends in a long time in Puerto Peñasco.  No wind, sunny warm skies and beautiful sunsets.  It doesn’t get any better than this!

The town was bursting with folks from all over to come and enjoy the beach with their families.  Playa Bonita RV Park, The REEF RV Park and Playa del Oro were full to the brim as well as most condo and beach home rentals.  One group that has come from Green Valley and Tucson has grown to 60 people enjoying turkey with all the trimmings on the beach at Playa Bonita.

Tahnksgivin 2017
Picture perfect turkey

The restaurants that offered Thanksgiving dinners were also filled to capacity as well as the bars in the Old Port had a great season as well despite some parking problems.

Did a little touring around on November 25th out to Las Conchas to the Annual Art in the Park and as you can see from the photos, they were also packed and sales were great.  If you are looking for the best Al Pastor tacos, look no farther than Taqueria El Guero Adobado who serves both the Carne Asada and Al Pastor tacosJose Perez and his wife serve some of the best around along with all the trimmings of salsas and slaw.  When they are not catering events you can find them on Benito Juarez y Nicolas Bravo.  They can be reached by phone 383-3939 or cell 638-386-9766.  You will not be disappointed.

Art in the Park
Tacos Al Pastor

There were vendors both American and Mexican as well as the scout troops, selling their little baby cactus and another selling popcorn. Marilyn Knox aka The Candy Lady was there selling her divine chocolate treats.  She can be found in Playa Bonita RV Park and at the Mermaid Markets every month.  Loved all the beautiful brightly colored straw Christmas decorations and baskets.  This was a great opportunity to do your Christmas shopping early…. I have mine done.

Art in the Park
Brightly colored Christmas decoration abounded.

Art in the Park
The Candy lady, Marilyn Knox

Art in the Park Festival
Art in the Park Festival

Just a reminder that spending New Year’s Eve in Rocky Point is always so much fun. Most of the hotels, restaurants and bars will run specials for New Year’s Eve, so watch here in the next couple of weeks to see what is happening.
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

Upcoming Fall Events in Rocky Point

Labor day is the last big weekend in Rocky Point before Thanksgiving. If you need a hotel or condo, better hurry as they are going fast. The weather can be a little hot, but hey, you have the Sea of Cortez to cool you off.

Chili en Nogada Mexican Dish

Many of the full time residents will be making their way back for the winter in September. If you are going to be back in Puerto Peñasco, please remember the annual Black and White Ball will be held September 30th at the Puerto Penasco Convention center. All proceeds go to DIF. For only $55.00 pp you will be treated to a wonderful dinner, dancing and the crowning of the Queen. Come see your friends and catch up. This is event is for anyone and everyone. If your hubby doesn’t have a tux, don’t worry, suits or sport coats are OK. 

Queen of the ball
Crowning of the 2016 Queen

October seems to be the start of the RV’ers who make there winter pilgrimage to Puerto Peñasco. Many of the “snow birds” make their reservations a year or 2 in advance, so don’t be left out… make yours today if you are planning on being here for a few months.
RVing in Mexico
RV’s and condos

October 30th is Halloween and in the RV parks like Playa Bonita, you will hear the children wandering around saying “trickey trickey”. No need to haul candy down unless you want as there are several places you can buy large bags of those sugary treats. As with every year, please be cautious that night as many of the children as well as the parents dress in dark clothes and it is very difficult to see them.

Another large event in October is Dia de la Muertos or Day of the Dead. The alters will be set up in the Rodeo Drive with celebrations going on all over town. This is a very special event and you can read about it in the next blog. 

Dia Los Muertos Puerto Penasco
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

day of the Dead Altar
Photo by Beverly Arrowood


The Mermaid Markets will resume in Shrimp Park in fall and is the 3rd Saturday of the month, so watch for the details. This is a great place to do your Christmas Shopping. 

Mermaid's Market Pirate Extavaganza
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The 17th Annual Bike Rally will be held November 9th – 13th which is over the Veterans Day weekend. The crowd is expected to be even larger than 2016, so get those hotel, condo or beach home reservations in now. Registration for the 17th Annual Rally will once again be held at Barklin’s Circle K just south of the overpass north of town. Stop by and register and get you official registration packet filled with goodies from local merchants. Here you will find the OFFICIAL shirts etc. The official registration is on the left side of the gas pumps, so come on over and register and say hi.  Registration is only $20.00 USD or $350 pesos.

Ride on down to Rocky Point
Get ready for 2017 Rocky Point Rally

rocky Point Bike rally 2016
Come volunteer and rescue a puppy from Barb’s Dog Rescue

rocky Point Bike rally 2016
Welcoming riders from Lake Havasu and Canada.

November brings families together to celebrate Thanksgiving. The Old Port will be bustling with people and the Playa Bonita RV Park, The Reef and Playa Del Oro will be filled to capacity. Once again, if you have not made a reservation, now is the time.

Puerto Penasco has something to offer for everyone in fall due to the beautiful climate.. warm days and cool nights. We invite you to come down and spend some time. Whether you want to golf, fish or just relax in your beach chair and watch the water go by, life does not get any better.

Boat Sunset Cruise
Sunset Cruise

Please remember we are just a short 1 hour drive from the US border and we are safe. Mi Casa es Su Casa, so come down and enjoy our piece of Paradise.  Spend some time trying our fantastic restaurants and enjoy the Sea of Cortez Shrimp.

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MTZ Cantina hosts fund raiser for Julio Carlos Meza Mendez

Enjoy MTZ
A new venue for special events

I recently went on an interview with owner of MTZMartin Martinez, who was born and raised here in Puerto Peñasco.  Martin is also a licensed Real Estate agent as well as owning the place to go to for special events as well La Galleria on the corner of the entry to the Old Port.  MTZ is on the harbor side over looking the shrimp boats and sunset cruise boats.
Wagon planter
Surround your self with a view.

He had opened Bacanora Grill but closed it while back and then recently opened MTZ.  The décor inside is unique, with the walls being decorated with pallets that have been painted, old metal barrels that now have been converted into hanging lights as well as wood from some of the old ships that make up the great back bar.  Upon entering you will find a large stage which features a really nice mural by a young local artist.  Out front, you will find seating as well, which will covered with shade screen soon.  So you can sit outside and have a drink while waiting  for your Sunset Cruise to depart or a night cap when you come back.  Inside it is air conditioned and has comfortable seating as well as a lounge type atmosphere.

Good times.
Relax at MTZ

After talking for some time about the city and the growth and things that come with growth, Martin explained that his venue is great for showcasing local bands as well as others from outside the city. They have hosted several events since it opened.  He has a passion for seeing Puerto Peñasco grow in culture and hopes to be able to help to make it better and introduce visitors to more of the Mexican culture.  We discussed what is happening in the Old Port and what is happening in our town.

Comfortable seating to enjoy the music.

The discussion then evolved around hosting a fund raiser for a Rocky Point native who at the age of 37 had a stroke.  His name is Julio Carlos Meza Mendez and he is the son of world renowned shell artist Julio Meza.  Most of you who stay in the RV Parks like Playa Bonita or reside here full time have seen Julio walking the boardwalk by Playa Bonita selling his shell art or have gone to his workshop to see how the art is created and probably own pieces of his work.  Julio has 8 pieces hanging in the Vatican as well as pieces all over the world.  Julio Carlos has his Bachelor Degree in International Affairs and is working on Bachelor Degree in  Law. His company specializes in legal advise in such matters as new and renewal of bank trusts as well as things like getting the Permanent Residency status.  He also offers bill pay service as well as being a general contractor.  His office is located on Blvd Freemont in the center where Chef Mickey’s is.  He will have a way to go to recovery but he  is in the capable hands of therapist Blanca Soto of UBR (Basic Rehab Unit).

Julio Carlos Meza

Wonderful for a gift.

If you never seen the works of Julio Meza, Senior, check out these photos.  They are one of a kind pieces of art that can not be copied or duplicated.

One of a kind.

Local artist
Charlie and Pat Buckles of Gilbert, Arizona with their one of a kind work of art.

Needless to say, his medical bill’s are staggering as he has been in the hospital in Mexicali for 2  months and just recently returned to Puerto Peñasco to get additional therapy.  His family is doing a raffle with tickets  selling at $200 pesos (they come in books of 10).  First place will receive $10,000 pesos and second place with receive $5000 pesos.  With  help from First Lady Linda Pivac Munro, the ladies from DIF are selling the tickets or you can buy them from me as well.  Proceeds from both of these events will go to defray the cost of his medical bill’s and assure  proper therapy.  The raffle will be held July 14th.

Art in the making.
Shell Art Construction

After much conversation about the plight of Julio Carlos, Martin and I decided to do the benefit for Julio and the event will be held July 28th from 4 pm to 8 pm at MTZ (across from where the Intripid Sunset Cruise departs) with music provided my “Puerto Luna” a local band that plays Mexican ballad type music.  The cost of the tickets are $250 pesos and include 3 beer or wine tickets, Bacanora Tasting, reduced pricing on drinks and food from local restaurants.  A bonus to the food, wine, Bacanora and music,  your ticket will be placed in drawing for a condo stay at the  Pinacate Condos.  We are doing a silent auction in addition to the relaxing evening. All proceeds go to defray the costs of Julio Carlos’s current medical bills as well as the on going therapy. If you have something you would like to donate, please contact me at ( and we will make sure it is added to the list.  If you want to purchase your tickets in advance, please let me know at

Corn Hole Tournament in Cholla Bay 2017

John Fowler, founder of the Santa Claus Club in Cholla Bay, recently announced that due to the success of the Corn Hole Tournament in Cholla Bay that was held in October, players didn’t want to wait another year to play. The October event raised $7,500.00 to buy school supplies and to provide Christmas for the people in the very poor areas of Puerto Peñasco.
So the next tournament will be April 28th-30th.  It will have it’s start at Baja Cantina starting at 6:00 p.m. Entry fee is $10.00 USD per person and the contest will pay back 50% of those fees in prize money.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
JJ’s Cantina in Cholla Bay will be the host of the main event  on April 29th.  Check in is at 8:30 and competition will begin at 9:00 a.m. Register on site and it will cost you $25.00 per person or you can pre-register by April 22nd and pay $20.00.  Get your team together now and be one of the top 6 teams to win prize money.  You can register early by sending the name of your team, the individual names of the players, their email addresses and phone number along with the $20.00 per person fee to Santa Claus Club, P.O. Box 5, Lukeville, AZ 85341.  You will receive an email with the confirmation and that must be brought along with you when you sign in that day. There is no doubt this will be a fun filled day, so don’t miss out.  If you don’t own a home or condo in Puerto Peñasco, make your reservations today.  Baja Hotel is offering up some great rates, so check them out and be part of the action.
Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point

The final event is April 30th at Duke’s Sports Bar and Restaurant starting at 10:00 a.m.  The registration for it is also $10.00 per person with 50% being paid out in prizes.  Duke’s is located on Plutarco Elias Calle (the street where all the quads are rented on). While you are there grab a great burger or one of their breakfast specials.

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If you need information on either the Santa Claus Club or the Corn Hole Tournament, go to or send an email to: .  This club gives so much to the less fortunate and John Fowler is to be commended for his dedication, hard work and giving of his own time to make sure the community gets the help it needs.

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On a side note come April 1st will be Corn Hole and Horseshoes and will held at the Cholla Bay Sportsman’s Club which is located in Cholla Bay. The fee for this is $20.00 and includes FREE Beer, soda, water, hot dogs and chips and popcorn. For more information on this event contact Billie at Don’t forget to buy your official shirt and raffle tickets.

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As you can see, Cholla Bay is a very active community so plan to be a part of it either as a participant or spectator.  You will be guaranteed a fun time.  As you enjoy the pictures, also look a t the fabulous Silent Auction.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point

Santa and Mrs. Claus Arrived At Rocky Point Community Center

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On Saturday December 3rd Santa and Mrs. Claus (aka Tim and Carolyn Grzecka of Gilbert, AZ) arrived from the North Pole at the Palabras de Esperanza Community Center much to the delight of about 100 children. Santa and Mrs. Claus along with several Elf helpers helped pass out Barbie Dolls and soccer balls. One thing that was for sure is that the children really appreciated being given a gift by Santa and Mrs. Claus and their helpers. They were so polite and loved having their pictures taken as did some of the adults at the clinic. A special thanks go out to Santa and Mrs. Claus for all the work in getting the toys organized.

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The Medical Clinic here in Puerto Peñasco is put on once a month. Over 200 people in need were in attendance along with doctors and nurses from the USA.

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After the medical treatment and toys were passed out, the families were treated to hot dogs, chips and other goodies. Also certificates were passed out to students who received their GSD designation by Director Ortega. This is an going program at the center to further the education of people of all ages.

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In a previous blog I gave you some insight into the clinic and what all it does for the families so much less fortunate than most of us. Since the last visit, trees have been planted that will provide food for the families that live around the center. It is hoped that they can become totally self sustainable with growing vegetables and fruits. Diabetes is something that is rampant throughout Mexico so when these families are taught proper nutrient diets, diabetes can be diminished. Being completed are the dental and physical therapy buildings. Next on the drawing boards is the plan to build 2 dorms for people that work on the center to have a place to stay.

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There was a ophthalmologist who comes on the 1st Saturday of every month from Hermosillo as well as doctors from Phoenix and nurses this trip. Some patients were receiving physical therapy while others were having blood drawn and given vitamins and medicines. Thanks to Dr. George Stavros and his wife Susie who started this project just a short time ago. They had a 5 year plan and now just 2 plus years into the plan, they have accomplished that.

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As well as the medical clinic that is put on, the center feeds 120 people daily. They were doing breakfast and lunch for a lot of the elderly and the children and in many cases this is the only hot meal they get per day. However, funds have run low, so they are currently only doing lunch. As you can see from the pictures, the shelves are getting very low. They can take any donations of food and non perishables. A partial list of what is needed would be powered milk, flour, sugar, oatmeal, cereals,Pancake mix, dried potatoes, vegetables either canned or frozen, condiments such as Caldo de Pollo (like a powdered broth) , Garlic salt, Pepper, Salt, Cumin, Onion Salt or powder, Celery salt, frozen chicken, canned Tuna, pasta and the list goes on and on. They are trying to live on a $100 per week budget for 2017, which is not very much when you have that many mouths to feed. All the plants that are on the property will provide needed fruit as they mature and were donated by a local business woman. They have a fridge/freezer and microwave that were donated. With the money given to them from the proceeds from the Toma Color Run, they were able to buy plates, glasses and forks and knives and 2 commercial grade stoves. They had a restaurant quality double door refrigerator donated to them but it will not stay cold, so if you know an appliance man that could take a look at it and donate what it would take to fix it.. that would be wonderful. They also have a restaurant quality oven to make their own bread.

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If you can supply any of the items, please feel free to contact myself at 623-298-4284 or . We can arrange for pick-up and it will be collected and taken to the center. If you would rather donate cash, please let me know and I will get in touch with the person to get it to. To all the winter visitors here, if you do not know where to shop and get the most for your money, please let me know and we can go together.

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One last thing, on Christmas Day will they be feeding around 500 people from the San Rafael north and south area a Turkey dinner. They can also use Turkey donations. If you would like to volunteer to help cook or serve to those so very much less fortunate, please call Loly Martinez at 638-112-0517 and let them know.

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