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The Good Life Reporter

City Living - August 18, 2015

New look Via

The highly successful Sunday Via RecreActiva car-free program is getting an image makeover. More than 400 volunteers who staff the activity have been given new uniforms, color coded to represent their specific function.   “Volunteers” who control traffic at intersections will wear green waistcoats and carry whistles and “stop” signs, “first-aid” personnel green shirts and grey shorts, and “guides” orange shirts and grey shorts.

Another innovation to encourage healthy activity, will be the collection of “points for kilometers” accrued by participants, that can be exchanged for prizes. Volunteers wearing white waistcoats will be in charge of issuing the points. 

Around 180,000 citizens take part in the Via RecreActiva each Sunday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Guadalajara metropolitan area.   Many major streets and avenues are closed off to traffic to allow cyclists, runners, walkers and skateboarders free rein.

Pro-animal vegans

During the Sunday, August 16 Via RecreActiva, animal rights group Igualdad Animal Mexico will offer up bites of vegan dishes, drinks, deserts and more (no animal products used). Contributing restaurants, stores and bakeries include Sabor Vegano Mexico, Biolei, Brodbutiken and #ArteSanoPlan.  Their stall will be set up at Vallarta and Federalismo from 10 a.m.

Fiesta Brava

This fall’s action at the Plaza de Toros Nuevo Progresso begins this weekend with three Sundays of novilladas (young torreros). On Sunday, August 16, Diego Emilio from Aguascalientes, Antonio Mendoza from Morelia and Gerardo Rivera from Tlaxcala will face bulls from La Concepcion ranch. The following Sunday, the winner of this event and Mirafuentes de Anda from Aguascalientes and Spaniard Rafael Serna are on the bill.  August 27 participants will be listed next week. 

Aficionados can come as early as noon to eat lunch at restaurants within the plaza Choosing of the bulls is at 1 p.m. The novilleros take to the ring at 5 p.m. Tickets are 120, 150 and 250 pesos. The bullring is at Montes Pirineos 1930, Colonia Monumental, just off the Calzada Independencia, tel. 3651-8378. A Macrobus station is within a block of the ring.

Helping MAMA

Mama A.C. is an established private organization that helps children living and working on the streets of the metro area. The charity will soon be holding a special flea market (tianguis) and needs your donations. 

Children enrolled in MAMA’s  programs will be able to purchase donated items at the tianguis by spending “funds” they have earned by their attitude, intelligent decisions and results of those decisions. 

Items needed include school supplies (pens, notebooks, calculators), clothes and shoes (for ages 3-17), novels and children’s books, toys, food (canned tuna, oil, sugar, pastas, cereals), cleaning products (chlorine, toilet paper, cleaning fluids and soap for clothes). 

Tuesday, August 18 is the last day for donations. Items may be dropped off at Libertad 1416 in Colonia Americana or call Juliana de Anda at 3825-2576 (in English), weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. to arrange pickup.

Expo Mueble

Expo Mueble Verano, an extravaganza for those who commercialize furniture and accessories, takes place at Expo Guadalajara from August 19-22, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

About 150 wholesalers, designers and factories will present their products. Be sure to bring your business card to enter. No cost. Go to www.expomuebleverano.com.mx for more information.

Theater for Babies!

Take your baby, or grandbaby, (age 0-3) to “Where is Isabela?” – a theater production with three actors, lots of pastel colors, objects and music specifically designed to bring delight to tiny tots. Help bring out his/her curiosity while discovering this marvelous world. Limited to 20 babies and 40 adults (other adults attending must sit in an area separate from the babies). The play lasts 30 minutes. 

Schedule: Saturdays, August 22 and 29, and Sundays, August 23 and 30, 1 p.m. Salon de Ensayos (rehearsal hall) of the Auditorio Telmex, Obreros de Cananea 74. Tickets cost 100 pesos for adults,  80 pesos for babies.  Children aged over three years old are not admitted.

Photojournalism exhibit

Renowned photographer Pedro Valtierra has won multiple awards on both sides of the Atlantic and was the founder of the photo agency and magazine Cuartoscuro. He won the Premio Internacional de Periodismo Rey de España for an image taken at a camp in Chiapas jungle in 1998, where a group of Tzotziles were chastising Mexican soldiers. Valtierra, 60, has been one of Mexico’s top photojournalists for 40 years. His work is up at Museo del Periodismo Grafica through the first week of September in an exhibit titled “40+60 100 imagenes de Pedro Valtierra”. Museo del Periodismo y las Artes Graficas, Av. Alcalde 225, Centro Historico. (33) 3613-9285.





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