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North Banderas Beat - April 10, 2015

Beach Cleanup

The volunteers who show up at the monthly beach cleanup in Bucerias on April 11 will be in for a surprise. Vallarta Bagel World has offered to supply fresh baked cinnamon rolls to the first 25 volunteers who spend their morning combing the beach for items to put in their trash bags.


City Living - March 27, 2015

Altar of sorrows

Although a practice that has repeatedly fallen in and out of favor over the centuries, the creation of symbol-filled altars dedicated to La Virgen de Dolores (the Virgin of Sorrows) has served as a traditional prelude to Semana Santa (Holy Week) for generations of families native to Guadalajara and Western Mexico. Observed exactly seven days prior to Good Friday, Viernes de Dolores falls this year on March 27. 

Visitors can view one of these elaborate, candle-lit altars in the Museo de la Ciudad de Guadalajara (City Museum) on Independencia 684, in the city center. The altar will be opened at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27 and be open for public viewing through Thursday, April 2.

Building a culture of peace

A November 11 closing ceremony at the José Maria Arreola school in Riberas del Pilar marked the end of training cycle II of the Rotary International Global Grant “Providing Teacher Training to Create Safe and Healthy Schools & Communities in Jalisco, Mexico.”

Guadalajara cops seek donations of toys

The Guadalajara municipal police force is asking for donations of toys to hand out to disadvantaged children this holiday season.  Plastic balls are especially appreciated. 

Drop off donations at the police station located at Avenida R. Michel 384 , between Cinco de February and Gonzalez Gallo before December 22.  

Police officers make a public display in handing out the toys just prior to Christmas.