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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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Filling the Shoes of a Great Champion of Conservation
Neil Gerlowski

The passing of Panthera President and CEO Alan Rabinowitz on August 5th, 2018, leaves a big pair of shoes for us to fill as we march on in working to conserve our native fauna and flora. Staff and volunteers at the Vallarta Botanical Garden are stepping up to the challenge.

Summer News from the Entreamigos Community Center

Summer news from Entreamigos, an active community center whose primary focus is to increase educational opportunities for the children of San Pancho, Nayarit. To achieve these goals, Entreamigos runs a collection of educational and community based initiatives.

Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas August 2018 Events
Dean McIntyre

The Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico continues in their efforts to register U.S. voters for the upcoming mid-term election. This month, they're hosting a Barrio Block Party and free voter registration assistance on Wednesdays at Daiquiri Dick's on the south side of Vallarta.

Join the Community Clean-Up in Col. Emiliano Zapata
Julie Guerrero

The JG Group's Colonia Clean-ups continue throughout the summer to keep raising awareness and getting residents and visitors alike involved in keeping our colonia clean. If you are going to be in Puerto Vallarta on the first Saturday of the month, join us on August 4 and share the love.

Art Donations Needed for 2018 Pasitos de Luz Fundraiser
Barb Bremner

Given the success of last year's Illumination Dinner, Show & Art Auction, Pasitos de Luz volunteers are currently looking for donations of artwork to be auctioned off at the 2018 fundraiser. All Illumination art auction proceeds will benefit the special needs children of Puerto Vallarta.

World Dog Day 'Woof Brunch' Benefits MexiPerro A.C.
Banderas News Team

On Saturday, July 21 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, W Punta de Mita, in partnership with Foto Tour Perruno, will host a World Dog Day 'Woof Brunch' to raise funds for MexiPerro, a non-profit organization that finds loving homes in Canada for dogs rescued from the streets in Mexico.

PrEP Program Begins at PV's SETAC Community Center
Ed Walsh

Mexico took a major step aimed at HIV prevention in late June, when a profilaxis pre-exposure program (PrEP) was launched in four cities. The SETAC Community Center in Puerto Vallarta is among the four PrEP sites in Mexico that will offer this powerful HIV prevention tool free of charge.

Cheryl's Shoebox 3rd Annual Summer Bash, August 5
Marie Callan

To raise funds for shoes for Puerto Vallarta students and and supplies for local after-school programs, Cheryl's Shoebox is hosting their 3rd Annual Summer Bash on August 5 at Babel Bar on La Isla Rio Cuale. Come enjoy a great afternoon of fun, games, live music & more - for a good cause!

150 New Desks Delivered to Ignacio L. Vallarta School
Marie Callan

Last week, we reported on Oak Grove District 68 Superintendent, Lonny Lemon, who started a GoFundMe campaign to provide the students at Ignacio L. Vallarta school with 150 new desks, 30 of which were delivered on June 26. The remaining 120 desks were delivered on July 3rd.

Warique Restaurant Hosts Summer Benefit for R.I.S.E.
María Francesca

With summer here, many of our local charities are in need of extra help, so on July 19 from 6-10 pm, Warique Restaurant on the south side of Puerto Vallarta will be hosting a Summer Benefit for the Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza. All proceeds will benefit the R.I.S.E. education fund.

Ignacio L. Vallarta Elementary School Gets New Desks
Marie Callan

Thirty of 150 new desk purchased for the Ignacio L. Vallarta Elementary School, courtesy of Oak Grove Illinois District 68 Superintendent Lonny Lemon's GoFundMe campaign, were delivered on Tuesday. The remaining 120 arrive Monday and Lemon plans to be there to help assemble them.

Join the Community Clean-Up in Col. Emiliano Zapata
Julie Guerrero

The JG Group's Colonia Clean-ups continue through the summer to keep raising awareness and getting residents and visitors alike involved in keeping our colonia clean. If you are going to be in Puerto Vallarta on the first Saturday of the month, join us on July 7 and share the love.

Amapas Neighborhood Association's June Newsletter
Viviana Testón

The Amapas Neighborhood Association, a group of Puerto Vallarta residents and business owners that work together to enhance the quality of life through improvements in security, infrastructure and responsible development, brings us up to date on what's happening in Amapas.

Puerto Vallarta to Celebrate 2nd Annual Mango Festival
Dennis A. Rike

Join the Jay Sadler Project, Club Rotario Puerto Vallarta and Sister City Highland Park, Illinois, as they raise money for various charities with the juiciest event: the 2nd Puerto Vallarta Mango Festival, set to be held at Lazaro Cardenas Park on Saturday, July 7 from 4-10 pm.

Hook the Cure Returns to Puerto Vallarta November 8
Gary Green

Fishing and golfing enthusiasts are already making plans to visit Puerto Vallarta from November 8-11, 2018 for a long weekend of friendship, fun and entertainment at the 13th edition of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's premiere fishing, golf and spa outing, 'Hook the Cure Powered by IOTEC.'

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