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Community Services
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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'Semana Santa Brigade' Distributed 50,000 Free Condoms
BanderasNews.com

Taking the tools of HIV education and prevention directly to the people in Puerto Vallarta is the purpose of SETAC's annual Semana Santa Brigade. During this year's campaign, held March 29-31, volunteers dispensed 50,000 condoms, 155 rapid HIV & 155 syphilis tests, free of charge.

Earth Day Clean Up at El Parque de los Azulejos
Marie Callan

Every year on April 22, over a billion people celebrate Earth Day by inspiring awareness of and appreciation for earth's environment. If you are in the Banderas Bay area, consider joining in the park beautification efforts at El Parque de los Azulejos on the south side of Puerto Vallarta.

SETAC Community Center Has a New Board of Directors
Paco Ojeda

SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's LGBTQ Community Center, recently announced changes on its board of directors that will allow the organization continuity of its mission: to reduce HIV and other sexually transmitted infections through education, detection and prevention.

Francine Peters Art Show & Charity Auction at Act II
BanderasNews.com

On April 24, Act II Entertainment will host a one-night-only art show featuring local artist Francine Peters. Throughout the evening, Franny will be painting an original piece, which will be auctioned off at the end of the night. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to a Vallarta charity.

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

Since its opening in 2005, Vallarta Botanical Garden has won numerous international awards, and now they have 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 2018. Vote today!

Help ANA Finish Vallarta's New Highway 200 Sidewalk
Amapas Neighborhood Association

The 2018 edition of Mariachis, Margaritas & More celebrated the sights, sounds & tastes of Mexico, while raising $118,500 pesos for the new Highway 200 sidewalk on Puerto Vallarta's south side. ANA hopes to raise another $135,000 pesos before construction resumes in the fall.

Foto Tour Perruno to Benefit Vallarta's Animal Shelter
Banderas News Team

Grab your furry friend and head out to the Malecón on April 21 to be a part of the 'Foto Tour Perruno.' A non-profit initiative created as a means of raising funds for Vallarta's Animal Shelter, the event offers animal lovers the opportunity to have professional photos taken with their pets.

A Festival of Comedy, Circus & Street Arts, with a Cause
Yuliana García López

Vida Fest, a Festival of International Comedy, Circus and Street Arts, is set to take place April 13-15 at Los Arcos de Malecon in downtown Puerto Vallarta. The festival is a non-profit event which seeks to generate social awareness about the problem of suicide through cultural activities.

Spring Garage Sale to Benefit PuRR Project, April 21
Marilyn Khan

PuRR Project's Spring Garage Sale will be held in Marina Vallarta on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. All proceeds will help keep the 180+ furry residents at Puerto Vallarta's non-profit, no-kill, feline shelter fed and cared for through the long summer months.

14th Annual Vallarta Altruism Festival Set for May 6th
Banderas News Team

Scheduled to be held in the beachfront garden at the Marriott CasaMagna Resort on May 6, 2018, the 14th Annual International Altruism Festival promises to deliver a wonderful mix of charity, culture, entertainment, delicious food, and good energy to Vallarta residents and visitors.

Mark Your Calendars for the First-Ever Expat Info Fair
Kelly Trainor

The U.S. Consulate General of Guadalajara and the Vallarta Consular Agency invite all English speaking expats to the first-ever 'Expat Info Fair.' Come and meet with US, Mexican and Canadian authorities; ask questions and voice concerns, at Salon Paradise in Nuevo Vallarta on April 13.

Online Auction Benefits PV's Free Spay/Neuter Clinic
Gretchen DeWitt

PEACEAnimals is raising money for the continuation of our mobile free spay/neuter clinics in Puerto Vallarta via an online auction. From art and collectibles to gift certificates for hotels, restaurants, tours and salon services, approximately 50 items are being auctioned off.

Financial Forum at The Jazz Foundation on April 17
Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas

The Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico invites everyone to attend a Financial Forum on Tuesday, April 17 at The Jazz Foundation. Bryant Palma, an international financial manager for Monex here in Puerto Vallarta, will speak about investments in Mexico in the coming years.

40 Graduate from the IFC's English Outreach Program
John Warren

From January to March, the Puerto Vallarta International Friendship Club provided free English classes, twice a week for ten weeks, to any Mexican who wanted to learn English. Ten young kids and thirty teenagers/adults made up the Class of 2018, and they all graduated last week.

Puerto Vallarta Garden Club April Events & Activities
vallartagardenclub.com

The PV Garden Club's mission is to beautify and protect the environment through civic planting projects and education and horticultural programs for the enjoyment of our residents and visitors. Here's the latest PVGC news and some upcoming events you won't want to miss.

ANA's Highway 200 Sidewalk Project Nears Completion
Viviana Testón

Sponsored and organized by the Amapas Neighborhood Association in collaboration with City Hall, the new Highway 200 sidewalk that runs along Highway 200 from Conchas Chinas to the Oxxo and Subway at the corner of Pulpito on the south side of Puerto Vallarta, is nearing completion.

PV Tourism Board Responds to Shooting of Gay Man
Neal Broverman

The Puerto Vallarta tourism board and PV's ACT LGBT released a joint statement about last weekend's attack on a gay man and his husband. The organizations pointed out that PV remains one of the safest destinations for LGBTQ visitors, not only in Mexico but on an international level.

SETAC Announces Semana Santa HIV Prevention Activities
Paco Ojeda

SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's LGBTQ Community Center, will implement a prevention and education strategy during Semana Santa, Mexico's Spring Break equivalent, with the goal of reducing HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections in Jalisco's Coastal Region and Banderas Bay.

The Last PuRR Project Ranch Tour of the Season!
Marilyn Khan

You've heard many times about the 180+ cats and kittens living happily at the Purr Project Ranch. Now you can meet them! There's still room on the air-conditioned van for the Wednesday, March 28 PuRR Project Ranch Tour - the last one of the season! Tours will resume next November.

Easter Bonnet Brunch at Casa Cupula to Benefit SETAC
Marie Callan

Do you have your Easter bonnet ready? If not, HOP TO IT! Casa Cupula's Easter Bonnet Brunch is an annual tradition in Puerto Vallarta, and the fifth edition is scheduled to take place at Taste Restaurant on Sunday, April 1 from 10 am to 2 pm. A portion of proceeds will benefit SETAC.

March News from the Entreamigos Community Center
Nicole Swedlow

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

Amapas Neighborhood Association Spring Newsletter
Tom Swale

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

Vallarta Charity Chili Cook-Off Raised $101,000 Pesos
Dennis Rike & Donna Wong

February 24, 2018 was another beautiful Saturday at Kurt Sinner's El Rio BBQ along the Rio Cuale in Paso Ancho. The 6th Annual Puerto Vallarta Charity Chili Cook-Off was a roaring success, raising $101,000 pesos for local charities and community projects.

March News from Puerto Vallarta's SPCA Sanctuary
Janice Gonzalez

Here's the latest news from the Puerto Vallarta SPCA Sanctuary. Founded by a group of dedicated animal lovers, the SPCA de PV is a no-kill shelter that can house up to 130 animals at once. These volunteers rescue and find permanent homes for over 200 animals each year.

Trumpets and Trapeze Come Together in San Pancho
John Warren

A few days from now two groups of children and young adults will put on a 4-day spectacular in San Francisco, Nayarit. It will be the first time the Puerto Vallarta Orchestra School has collaborated with the San Pancho Children's Circus, an offshoot of Cirque du Soleil.

Vallarta Jewish Community Seder at The River Café
Donna Feldman

On Friday, March 30, 2018 at 6:30 pm, the Puerto Vallarta Jewish Community will celebrate our traditional Passover Seder at The 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.

Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas March 19-21 Events
Dean McIntyre

The Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico invites you to join them for a series of events - from the 3rd U.S. 2018 Election Forum & Voter Registration Assistance to Movie Night - set to take place from March 19-21, 2018 at various venues around Banderas Bay.


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