|PEREGRINACIÓNES EN CALLE JUAREZ – LLEVANDO SUS ALAS|
The wild and joyful ringing of church chimes announce the first twelve days of Christmas, which celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe, the mother of México. In some mornings and every evening, Juarez street is filled with costumed dancers, marching bands, and”pilgrims” dressed in white accompanied by musicians who play “La Guadalupana.” They come from different colonias, some several miles away, to pay tribute and to bring offerings of food and flowers to the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
On the sidelines are colorful food stands selling hamburgers, tacos, tostadas quesadillas, corn on the cob, tangerines and a multitude of desserts. In between the pilgrimages and performances, children run up and down the street blowing bubbles and eating cotton candy.
|COMIDA DEL RESTAURANTE JAIME – MI FAVORITA|
With the ecstatic ringing of bells, I am always reminded of the poem written by Charles Appleton Longfellow on Christmas Day, 1863. In despair over the Civil War, the enlistment of his son and the recent death of his wife, he wrote “I heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” First published in 1865, it wasn´t set to music until 1872. There are always moments throughout history when it is difficult not to feel some degree of despair. The poem written on Christmas Day so long ago ends with these lines:
“Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
´God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
- The Wrong shall fail,
- The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.´”
|PEREGRINACIÓNES – CALLE JUAREZ|
The 10th annual Pet Picnic at Daiquiri Dick´s, organized by Laura Gelezunas, was a festive and 0successful one. Supporters enjoyed the sweet guitars and voices of Jorge and Lenny, a canine fashion show, delicious roast beef or turkey sandwiches, tangerines and ginger cookies, a raffle, and a live auction. Thank you to professional auctioneer, Robert Burkheimer for donating his services and an unminted two dollar bill that he auctioned off.
|PET PICNIC – EL DOBERMAN GANÓ PARA LO MEJOR COSTUMEBRE|
Some of the high bidders were friends:
Chris Vietor – Garlands Hotel; Harriet Murray – Villa Mandarinas; Pat and Dave Dick – Rancho Primavera; Casey Lupton – coral necklace designed by Nick Walker; Pamela Evans – Casa Encantada in Patzcuaro; Suzanne French – Dinner at Casa Chickie; Linda Lestz – Hotel Lagunita in Yelapa (she´ll be able to take their dogs their via water taxi).
The day before the picnic, Linda emailed me to say:
|LINDA LESTZ WITH SANTO|
“Santo got the dreaded bath, nails cut, ears cleaned, new harness, and tomorrow I will make him a big holiday bow for his harness. He is such a great dog and deserves this big day. I hope he enjoys it and does not get nervous! Every day he lives with such disabilities and still retains his wonderful personality. He is definitely a courageous survivor. I love him so much!”
Last minute items added to the auction: Sterling silver earrings from Cassandra Shaw and a 1,000 gift certificate for Langostinos restaurant from owner Colette Zarry, who is also the owner of Colina, a free spay/neuter clinic at Carranza 491 in colonia Emiliano Zapata. This clinic opens at 9 AM and can sterilize approximately 15 cats and dogs every Saturday. Arrive early!
TOTAL NET AMOUNT RAISED TO BE NOTED IN NEXT WEEK´S BLOG.
Thank you to www.cupocity.com, the online discount coupon program for restaurants, spas, etc. etc., for sending out an e-blast on this event to their 25,933 subscribers in Spanish and in English.
FUN FUNDRAISER FOR PEACEANIMALS! MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016
6:00-8:00 pm – DRINKS AND SUPPER
8:15: pm – SCREENING OF “ELLA ES RAMONA”
A charming, intelligent romp of a romantic black comedy! Spanish with English subtitles. Filmed in Mexico.
Popcorn and candy will be served!
VILLA BALBOA – PUERTO VALLARTA – Carretera a Barra de Navidad Km 3.8 #1730, Playa Venados [email protected]
This is a beautiful villa overlooking the bay, complete with a deluxe screening room.
500 PESO DONATION
100% OF TICKET SALES MONEY WILL SUPPORT PEACEANIMALS CLINICS
SPACE LIMITED TO 38 TICKETS. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.
|“ELLA ES RAMONA”|
STERILIZATIONS – Calle Cero (national spay/neuter campaign) in Puebla – October 21-30 –
3,179 cats and dogs. FANTASTIC.
DONATIONS TO PEACEAnimals: Los Veranos Canopy Tour – Julianna Moore has advised that the company has put up a donation box at their offices in centro.
Melissa Berman – $100 USD
Betty and Jim Miller – Villa Balboa for the January 4 fundraiser. The Millers are underwriting the cost of staff, food and beverages for this event.
Brian Kines – for the Pet Picnic – energy bars and dehydrated beef liver treats for dogs and cats from his Gepetto line of pet food. (our cats and dogs say it is delicious).
Los Veranos Canopy Tour – two tickets at the live auction -PET PICNIC
Jonathan Peinado of Charly´s Fishing & Tours- two tickets for Zipline Nogalito at the live auction – PET PICNIC
David Kiebler – $200 USD
|PROGRAMA DE EDUCACIÓN DE PÈACEANIMALS|
EDUCATION PROGRAM: As PEACEAnimals clinics have not been operating in Vallarta for several weeks, there have been no education programs in the schools. I was invited to make a presentation to approximately 70 students at Friederich Frobel, a private grammar school in colonia Emiliano Zapata on Wednesday. The children were polite and curious and eager to participate. All had seen starving, sick and injured cats and dogs living on the streets. Ninety percent of the children said their families owned at least one pet. Very few of their dogs and cats had been sterilized and no one came up with the right answer as to how many times a year a cat or a dog could have babies. One fourth grader said that her dog had just given birth to eight puppies. Many of the older students do FB and said they would look at the PEACEAnimals page. If just one student gets her or his animal spayed or neutered, Wednesday morning will have been a success.
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Harold Sokolove and other locals are raising funds for this clinic.
January 20-23 – las Juntas y los Veranos – extra costs of gas and driving time to be paid for by members of the community.
|JORGE Y LENNY TOCANDO Y CANTANDO – PET PICNIC|
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