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IFC Celebrates Another Successful Year of Helping Kids
John Warren

It seems that at this time of year everyone has something to celebrate. Members of the International Friendship Club have much to celebrate after another successful year of providing help to Mexican children and would like to thank everyone who contributed to its success.

A Letter of Love & Gratitude from Los Mangos Library
Gabriela García

Here at Biblioteca Los Mangos, we are convinced of the enormous value of the formula 'inspiration + education + opportunities.' We are happy for every day we open the doors to provide exactly that to the community. We can do this thanks to you, the people of Puerto Vallarta.

Friends of PV Animals Host 5th 'Paws for the Cause'
Banderas News Team

Friends of Puerto Vallarta Animals, a group of dedicated volunteers who are committed to the well-being of the homeless pets staying at the municipally run pound, will host the 5th Annual 'Paws for the Cause' Fundraiser on January 18 from 6-10 pm at BabelBar on La Isla Rio Cuale.

Concert to Benefit Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Marie Callan

On January 11, a benefit concert featuring the works of Bach, Scarlatti, Handel, Delta, Schubert, Franck and L. Cohen will be performed by local musicians at the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in downtown Puerto Vallarta. Admission is free, but donations to the church are encouraged.

Toys For Tots Vallarta Fundraisers a Roaring Success

Last weekend's Toys for Tots fundraisers were incredibly successful, with attendance up nearly 50% for both the golf tournament and the gala dinner dance. We now plan to deliver in excess of 5,000 toys and smiles to needy kids in the Banderas Bay area on Three Kings Day in early January.

Red Ribbon Gala Raises $210,158 Pesos for SETAC
Paco Ojeda

SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's HIV/AIDS Community Center, announced the outcome of the Red Ribbon Gala held at Casa Karma Boutique Resort on Dec. 7. The $210,158 pesos raised will support the non-profit organization's efforts to reduce HIV and other STDs in the Banderas Bay area.

International Friendship Club: Helping at Christmas
John Warren

Bob Hope had this to say about Christmas, 'My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?' We don't, of course, but Christmas can be a sad time for children, even in Vallarta.

Fundraising Event Raises $300,000 for Pasitos de Luz
Barb Bremner

The 'Illumination' dinner, show and art auction at Casa Karma Dec. 8th was a huge success, raising $300,000 pesos for the special needs children of Puerto Vallarta. Thanks go to many who helped make it such a success, including the chefs, musicians, donors, volunteers and attendees.

Act II Makes the Holidays a Little Brighter for Local Kids
Marie Callan

Want your holidays to be filled with good cheer? Then head over to Act II STAGES! In keeping with the holiday spirit, Act II is giving everyone a chance to see a great Christmas show while bringing joy to underpriviledged children through a special toy drive and donation program.

Vallarta Int'l Friendship Club: Happiness From Giving
John Warren

Thomas S. Monson wrote, 'Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting...' Here in Puerto Vallarta, IFC members practice those principles by raising money to help Mexicans obtain better health care, better education, improved social services and enriched cultural programs.

Mexico to Launch PrEP Pilot Program in Four Cities
Paco Ojeda

Mexican health authorities announced that an HIV profilaxis pre-exposition program (PrEP) will be launched in four cities in Mexico, during the first quarter, 2018. Puerto Vallarta is among those cities, and SETAC will bring this powerful HIV prevention tool to the Banderas Bay area.

Puerto Vallarta Garden Club December News & Events
David Muck

The PV Garden Club supports not only a more beautiful, clean and verdant city, but is making it more attractive to tourism, thus creating a vibrant economy to support all the other great causes in Puerto Vallarta. Please make plans to join us at one of our upcoming events.

Jazz Foundation Hosts Democrats Abroad Dec. Events

The Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico has announced their December calender of events, which includes their Tuesday Night Film Series and the monthly social on December 19. Most all of this month's events will be held at The Jazz Foundation in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Dental Amistad Clinic Opens in Boca de Tomatlan Dec. 5
John Warren

Join the Puerto Vallarta International Friendship Club on December 5 for the blessing of Boca de Tomatlan's new Dental Amistad clinic. Opening ceremonies will take place from 12:30 to 1:00, followed by an open house. Local dancers and other entertainment will start around 3:30 pm.

December News from Vallarta's PuRR Project Shelter
Shannon Campbell

The latest news from PuRR Project, a non-profit, no-kill 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.

Rotary Club Breakfast Supports Scholarship Programs
Aurora de La Torre

The Rotary Club of Puerto Vallarta Sur invites everyone to join us for breakfast at The River Cafe on December 6th at 9:00 am. This will be our first winter season fundraising event to support the over 600 local students who, without our help, would not be able to get an education.

World Aids Day: HIV Prevention in Latin America
Marie Callan

A new report from PAHO and UNAIDS says that expanding access to all HIV prevention options would reduce the number of new cases of HIV in Latin America. Here in Puerto Vallarta, SETAC is dedicated to HIV education, detection & prevention. Here's how you can help.

DIF Vallarta Toy Drive: 'Donate a Toy, a Gift of Love'
María Francesca

With the goal of bringing a small gift and a big smile to the faces of hundreds of underprivileged children throughout the municipality, the president of DIF Puerto Vallarta, Candelaria Tovar Davalos, invites everyone to 'Donate a Toy, a Gift of Love,' this holiday season.

FUNdraiser to Save Vallarta Animals at Casa Yvonneka
Lorena Sonrisas

Casa Yvonneka will host its Fifth Annual FUNdraiser to save the dogs and cats of Puerto Vallarta on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm. Come out and enjoy a wonderful night under the stars while supporting the locals who care for neglected animals in the Banderas Bay area.

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