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City Living - October 24, 2015

Zoo allows kids a break 

Children can enter the Guadalajara Zoo for just one peso this weekend. The special offer is only for Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. The regular price is 42 pesos. Adults pay 70 pesos as usual.

Polo back in town this weekend

The Copa Moranza de Polo takes place Saturday and Sunday at the  Moranza Club de Polo in Tesistan, to the north of the Guadalajara metropolitan area.

Games involving some of Mexico’s top players are scheduled Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. Saturdays’s games start at 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m., and Sunday’s contests at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m.

Played on horseback on a large field, the aim of polo is to score goals against an opposing team by driving a small white plastic or wooden ball into the opposing team’s goal using a long-handled mallet. The game consists of four to eight seven-minute “chukkas,” between or during which players change mounts. There are four players on each team.

This weekend’s event is sponsored by Porsche Guadalajara and 123 Tequila. A tequila tasting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday. 

There is no charge to attend the polo event.  Everyone is welcome. There is a family atmosphere and plenty of food will be on sale, as well as vendor’s booths to browse.

The Moranza Club is located at Calle Libertad 1390, Colonia Los Alamitos, Tesistan. 

Crafts beers at La Gourmeteria

Beer lovers will be able to taste a range of ales at this weekend’s mini festival, Octu Beer Weekend, in the esplanade of fine dining mall La Gourmeteria, on Avenida Lopez Mateos Sur, near the El Palomar subdivision entrance.

Among crafts breweries exhibiting and offering free samples (and sales) of their beers will be Cerveza 21, Cerveceria Agua Mala, Cerveza Berber, Border Psycho Brewery, Cerveza Calavera, GDL Brewing Co., Jacobinus México, Cerveceria Olas Altas, Cerveceria Paul Van Beers and Sabashka.

The mini festival runs Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, noon to 7 p.m. on both days.

The eating options at La Gourmeteria are: Avyna, Chili’s, Barezzito, La Tequila, Johnny Rockets, La Grelha, La Vaca Argentina, Nikata, Ma Como No, Outback Steakhouse, Sirloin Stockade and Peter Piper Pizza.

Autumn bullfights begin Sunday

For those who are able to stomach the spectacle, bullfighting is back in town for the next five consecutive Sundays at the Plaza de Toros Nuevo Progreso.  The fall season welcomes some of the genre’s top matadors, starting on Sunday, October 25 with Daniel Luque, Juan Pablo Sanchez and Sergio Flores.  They will be taking on six bulls in front of an always excited crowd. 

Despite a growing movement to ban the spectacle, bullfighting has a long tradition in Mexico and many fans in Guadalajara. There is no doubting the dedication of the matadors, who train long and hard to fine-tune their skills.  

The corridas on October 25, November 1, 8, 15 and 22 all begin at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate and cost from 150 pesos (general) to 700 pesos for a front row seat. 

Plaza de Toros Nuevo Progreso is at Montes Pirineos 1930 Colonia Monumental, across from the Estadio Jalisco on Calzada Independencia.

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