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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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Amy Armstrong to Host Vallarta Pride Week Adult Bingo
Marilyn Khan

If you are going to be in Puerto Vallarta for Pride Week, join Amy Armstrong for an afternoon of fun and games at Nacho Daddy. On May 21, everybody's favorite 'Diva Loca' will host a special edition of Adult Bingo, to benefit two of her favorite NGOs - SETAC and PuRR Project.

Villa Premiere Art Gallery Supports PV Orchestra School

A weekly event whose main objective is to support and promote the culture of Puerto Vallarta, 'Art Gallery by Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel' is an initiative that showcases the work of local artists, while supporting the Orchestra School of Puerto Vallarta.

Join The JG Group's River Clean-Up on Sunday, April 14
Julie Guerrero

If you love Puerto Vallarta, and are going to be in town this weekend, make plans now to join The JG Group's River Clean-Up this Sunday, April 14 at 9:30 am. We supply the garbage bags and tongs. You bring your positive energy. Together we can make a difference!

River Café Hosts Benefit Concert & Dinner for Abril
Lorena Sonrisas

The River Café invites you to enjoy an incredible evening of fine dining, great music and good will at a Benefit Concert & Dinner on Friday, April 12, in support of Abril, a young Puerto Vallarta doctor who needs a third and final surgery as part of her cancer treatment.

25 Pasitos de Luz Kids Had a Blast Surfing with Nixon
Chris Jacobs

On March 14, Pasitos de Luz partnered with Arizona-Based charity Surfing With Nixon, to launch Mexico's first-ever surf day for children with disabilities. Riviera Nayarit is world-renowned for its surfing spots, so it was the natural choice for 25 kids to ride the waves.

April News from Puerto Vallarta's PuRR Project Shelter
Shannon Campbell

April news from PuRR Project, a non-profit feline shelter located just north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, that provides homeless cats and kittens a recuperative stay with the ultimate goal of adopting them out to loving homes sterilized, vaccinated and disease free.

Vote for VBG on USA Today's '10 Best Gardens' List
Lorena Sonrisas

For the second year in a row, Vallarta Botanical Garden been nominated by a panel of experts to compete against 20 of the best gardens and arboretums in North America for a spot on USA Today's '10 Best' list for 2019. Vote for this Puerto Vallarta treasure today!

2019 ASPV Sustainability & Service Fair April 9
Amanda González Moreno

Make plans now to attend the Sustainability and Service Fair at the American School of Puerto Vallarta on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Filled with fun, games and surprises this free community event that promotes sustainable practices is one you don't want to miss!

Vallarta Jewish Community Passover Seder at River Café
Donna Feldman

On Friday, April 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm, the Puerto Vallarta Jewish Community will celebrate our traditional Passover Seder at the beautiful River Café on the Isla River Cuale in El Centro. A family-style full course dinner of typical Seder food and wine will be served.

Riverfest 8 Raises $522,532 Pesos for Pasitos de Luz
Barb Bremner

The 8th Annual Riverfest fundraiser for Pasitos de Luz was an overwhelming success! This two-day charity event garnered a record-breaking $522,532 pesos for the 130 special needs children who receive care at the Pasitos de Luz @ Casa Connor day care center in Puerto Vallarta.

Democrats Abroad Voter Forum: The Electoral College
Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas

Local Electoral College expert and new member to the Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas Board of Directors, Dr. Samuel Thorn Crockett, will present a lecture and slide show on the historical, social and political context in which it was created, on March 27 at Incanto Vallarta.

Discovering Mexico on the Roads Least Travelled
JoAnn Abraham

On a recent Mexican sojourn, we found inspiration on the roads least travelled. Our guides on this excursion were from Human Connections, a tiny nonprofit that introduces travelers to indigenous people doing remarkable things using skills they learned from their ancestors.

2019 Puerto Vallarta Riverfest Weekend a Huge Success!
Barb Bremner

The March 2 and 3, 2019 Puerto Vallarta Riverfest Weekend is one that will be fondly remembered by the 1,085 people who came out to El Rio BBQ Bar to enjoy music, food and fun in support of Pasitos de Luz at Casa Connor, a center for children with disabilities.

Pasitos de Luz Kids will be Surfing with Nixon March 14
Chris Jacobs

Pasitos de Luz has partnered with Arizona-Based charity, Surfing With Nixon, to launch Mexico's first-ever surf day for children with disabilities. Everyone is invited to come out to Beach #1 in Nuevo Vallarta on March 14 from 10 am to 2 pm to watch the kids learn to surf.

2019 Chacala Music & Art Festival, March 16-17
María Francesca

Something magical and musical is coming to the heart of Riviera Nayarit, in the crown jewel village of Chacala-by-the-sea, a traditional fishing village 50 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. The Sixth Annual Chacala Music & Art Festival returns March 16-17, 2019.

Helping Kids with Cancer Focus on Beauty, Not Misery
John Warren

The Puerto Vallarta Rotary Club Sur's 'Aid To Families With Children With Cancer' program helps local families get through the tough times by raising money to buy food, clothes, shoes and to help with the costs of education. The IFC supports this worthy cause - and so can you!

Mariachis, Margaritas & More - a Real Mexican Fiesta
Viviana Testón

The beautiful stone-colonnaded interior courtyard of the Presidencia – Puerto Vallarta's historic Town Hall in the heart of Old Town – will be the site of a fabulous Mexican Fiesta sponsored by the Viejo Vallarta and Amapas Neighborhood Associations on Thursday, March 28.

March News from Vallarta's PuRR Project Shelte
Shannon Campbell

March news from PuRR Project, a non-profit feline shelter located just north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, that provides homeless cats and kittens a recuperative stay with the ultimate goal of adopting them out to loving homes sterilized, vaccinated and disease free.

Puerto Vallarta Garden Club Presents 'Why Bees Matter'
David Muck

The Vallarta Garden Club is pleased to have Talit Leon Mantecon and David Erne speaking at our next meeting, set to be held at Incanto on Tuesday, March 12. Join us at 4:30 pm for Drinks with Friends, followed by their presentation, 'Why Bees Matter,' at 5:00 pm.

'Artists for Orphans' Fundraiser at The River Café
Bill Makley

Artists from across the Banderas Bay region are coming together to support Puerto Vallarta's Corazón de Nińa children's home in an 'Artists for Orphans' fundraiser to be held on Saturday, March 9th from 1-4 pm, at The River Café on La Isla Rio Cuale in El Centro.

Murphy's Irish Pub Hosts Pre-St. Patrick's Day Benefits
Dennis Rike

Jon Murphy, of Murphy's Irish Pub, is hosting two St. Patrick's Day warm-up events in Puerto Vallarta to help raise money for the Jay Sadler Project: the 'Vallarta Celtfest' on March 10 at Lazaro Cardenas Park and a Pre-St. Patrick's feast at Murphy's Irish Pub on March 13.

'Hablemos de PrEP' Launched in Puerto Vallarta
Juan Carlos Fernández

Last week at the Almar Resort's Sky Bar, SETAC Director Francisco Javier Arjona presented the 'Let's talk about PrEP' campaign, which aims to educate the general population and promote awareness about the medical treatment available that helps prevent the transmission of HIV.

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