Many of us have discovered a strong sense of community here on Banderas Bay, some for the very first time. If you're from a metropolis where technology reigns supreme and the words "next-door neighbor" and "stranger" are synonymous, you'll find this a refreshing environment where people matter.
Working side by side with our new neighbors to achieve common goals is an ideal way to learn about the culture and make friends while giving back to the community which embraces us.
On these pages you'll learn about the various local charities and how you can get involved. With a multitude of opportunities here to flex philanthropic muscles, you can find out for yourself that it truly does feel as good to give as it does to receive!
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HIV-AIDS Community Center Announces Red Ribbon Gala
SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's HIV-AIDS Community Center, has announced 'Red Ribbon Gala - A World Without AIDS for our Children,' an extraordinary fundraising event set to take place at Casa Karma Boutique Resort on Thursday, December 7, from 6 to 10 pm.
International Friendship Club: 'From a Small Acorn'
The International Friendship Club started offering Puerto Vallarta Home Tours 31 years ago as a way to raise funds to support the fledgling Cleft Palate Clinic. For the 2017-2018 season, the IFC Home Tours will run every Tuesday and Wednesday morning through March 21, 2018.
2017 Punta Mita Charity Golf Classic, Nov. 18
On Saturday, November 18, for one day only, Punta Mita will open its exclusive golf course to players from all around the bay - regardless of their membership status. Fundación Punta de Mita and PEACE Punta de Mita invite you to play for a cause at the Punta Mita Charity Golf Classic.
Vallarta Botanical Garden November News
In addition to exploring the 64 acres of native tropical plants and flowering trees, there's always something new to discover at Vallarta Botanical Garden! Founder Robert Price tells us about some of the Garden's new and ongoing projects and upcoming events you won't want to miss.
This Season's First Vallarta Garden Club Meeting
Make plans to join the Puerto Vallarta Garden Club at Incanto on Thursday, November 16 for our inaugural meeting of the 2017-2018 season. The meeting will begin with a presentation of our first project, followed by drinks and appetizers on the terrace overlooking the Rio Cuale.
Beachfront Fashion Show to Benefit Corazón de Niña
Banderas News Team
Tired of wearing the same old beachwear day in and day out? Then come to El Dorado Beach Club on Playa de Los Muertos on Saturday, November 25 for the second annual Beachfront Fashion Show to benefit Corazón de Niña, a shelter for abused and abandoned children in Puerto Vallarta.
November 15 Texas Festival Benefits Pasitos de Luz
Banderas News Team
On November 15, Hotel Secrets Vallarta Bay will be throwing a Texas Experience FUNdraiser that includes music, food, and a lot of Texas-size fun to benefit Pasitos de Luz, a Puerto Vallarta non-profit that provides free vital services to disabled children living in extreme poverty.
Sea Monkey Hosts 'Luau' in Support of PuRR Project
On Friday, December 8th at 5 pm, Sea Monkey Restaurant will be hosting the Fifth Annual Luau on the Beach to benefit the 180+ cats living at the PuRR Project shelter in Puerto Vallarta. Tickets to this fun-filled charity event always go quickly, so get yours before they sell out!
2018 Vallarta Heroes 9-1-1 Calendar is On Sale Now
Puerto Vallarta firefighters, lifeguards and police took a moment out from putting out flames to spark a few fires of their own last Thursday night at Paco's Ranch at the 'unveiling' of the 2018 Heroes 9-1-1 calendar. The 14-month calendar is on sale now for just $250 pesos.
The Jazz Foundation Hosts Democrats Abroad Nov. Events
The Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico has announced their November calender of events, which includes the return of their Weekly Film Series on November 14 and the monthly social on November 21. All of this month's events will be held at The Jazz Foundation.
Malecón Sculpture Tours Return to Puerto Vallarta
For more than a decade, Galería Pacifico owner Gary Thompson has been offering free guided Malecón Sculpture Tours every Tuesday morning. This year, he's added a Sunset Tour on Thursdays in an effort to increase donations collected for Los Mangos Library.
Dec. 8 'Illumination' Event to Support Pasitos de Luz
Are you interested in helping Banderas Bay area children with disabilities? Do you enjoy great food, fantastic sunsets, first class entertainment and amazing art? If so, make plans now to attend the Pasitos de Luz Illumination Dinner on Friday, December 8 at Casa Karma Boutique Hotel.
Huge Garage Sale to Benefit PuRR Project, Nov. 11-12
PuRR Project's 4th annual garage sale will be held in Marina Vallarta on Saturday and Sunday, November 11-12, 2017 with all proceeds benefiting the 180+ furry residents at PuRR Project, Puerto Vallarta's non-profit, no-kill feline shelter.
5th Taste of Nuevo Vallarta and 17th VYC Chili Cook-Off
On December 9th from 4-8 pm, the Marina Nuevo Vallarta Malecón will host the Vallarta Yacht Club's 5th Taste of Nuevo Vallarta and 17th Annual Chili Cook-off. Make plans now to enjoy music, competitive chili sampling, and 'tastes' from some of the Banderas Bay area's finest restaurants.
International Friendship Club Brunches and Lunches
'Tis the season to eat and be merry for members of the International Friendship Club in Puerto Vallarta. The first event on the IFC's 2017-2018 social calendar is the Opening Brunch at The River Café on November 12, followed by a Light Lunch & Fashion Show at El Dorado November 15.
12th Hook the Cure REELS in a Whopping $450,000 USD
Puerto Vallarta was a dream destination for the 12th Hook the Cure weekend. It was a star-studded event, but its chief purpose was for a greater cause... a cause that garnered a bevy of support from people coast-to-coast and netted $450,000 USD for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.