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North Banderas Beat - February 2, 2013

Fundraiser 1
About 50 people attended the successful Bingo and Schnitzel Fest, held at the home of  Franz Painer and Joanne Walsh, to raise funds for Paraiso Felino, a no-kill cat shelter in San Juan de Abajo, located about 12 miles inland from the coast.
“Generous guests raised over 9,000 pesos,” said shelter owner Janina Erban, adding that the total represents a month’s worth of food for her 200 “residents.”

For more information on how to donate or to visit the shelter and meet the kitties, call  322-120-4092, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or log on to www.facebook.com/ParaísoFelino.
Fundraiser 2
Anne Milling, spokesperson for Manos de Amor Children’s Shelter, says the annual fundraiser cocktail party and silent auction held on January 16 was a great success, with 60 people in attendance at the sold-out event.
Milling gave special thanks to GFA, the company that owns the Decanto Condominiums, which hosted of the event.
“They paid for all the food and beverages. This was a first for us. In the past, we would have had to pay for all that. They were very gracious, providing waiters and bartenders. We were all treated like special guests.”
The Manos de Amor Children’s Shelter in Bucerias currently houses 28 children. For more information email Milling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Guitar concert
The Bucerias Children’s Library is sponsoring a classical guitar concert to honor the contributions of its founders and former library board of directors’ members.
The “Classical Guitar Concert and Social on the Green” is set for Wednesday, February 6, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., behind restaurant IXTA on Avenida Lazaro Cardenas in Bucerias.
The concert will feature Maestro Rigoberto Mora and his students from Colegio Bucerias.
Prior to the musical portion of the event, there will be an appetizer social and honorarium.  Persons attending are asked to bring an appetizer to share and whatever beverage they plan to drink.
The “green” is the garden area behind the restaurant and will have two entrances. The front entry is on Lazaro Cardenas and the second is behind the restaurant on Francisco Madero, where there is plenty of on-street parking. Balloons will mark the entrances.
The cost to attend is a donation to the library. Because seating is limited, it is necessary to RSVP as soon as possible, with full name and the number of guests in the party, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Rhythm ‘N Ribs
The 9th annual Rhythm ‘N Ribs fundraiser for the Manos de Amor Children’s Shelter will take place in the Bucerias Plaza on Saturday, February 16, from 6 p.m. to “late into the night.”
As usual, there will be live entertainment, a raffle with many prizes, a silent auction and lots and lots of food.
The food and beverage tickets are sold the day of the event, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  They cost 10 pesos each.  Food booths start serving at 6 p.m.  
Local restaurants, businesses and residents provide all the food, including BBQ ribs, chicken wings, tacos, tamales, chili, spaghetti and baked goods.  
The silent art auction features works from local artists, such as jewelry, gift baskets, ceramics and paintings.  
When participants sign up to donate their cooking expertise and their time for the evening, they know that all proceeds from the food and beverage ticket sales will go to the Casa Hogar.
This popular fundraiser now attracts around 2,000 people.
“Manos de Amor relies on donations and local community support to operate and we feel so fortunate that every year this event just gets bigger and better,” says MdA spokesperson, Nicole Youngquist.   
Youngquist says the mission of Manos de Amor is to provide love, compassion and proper education, enabling each child to heal, develop self esteem and understand the true values of life and society.
“We encourage each child to achieve their full potential while understanding that there is nothing more empowering than the feeling of having a purpose in life. In turn, therefore, helping our society to progress and prosper in the next generations to come.”
For more information or to volunteer, contact Anne Milling, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Health matters
A free annual community healthcare event will be held on Monday, February 11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Casa Magna Marriott, in Marina Vallarta.
The event is sponsored by HealthCare Resources in conjunction with the U.S. Consular Agency.
It focuses on options for the Banderas Bay community regarding day-to-day wellbeing and emergency health care needs.
Over 60 healthcare-related booths, speakers programs covering a wide variety of topics, physicians, hospitals, insurance companies and other healthcare-related professionals will be showcased.
For more information go to www.facebook.com/CasaMagnaMarriottVallarta.
The Bucerias Bilingual Community Center (BBCC) presents their annual Murder Mystery Theater at Los Arroyos Verdes Botanical Garden and Adult Retreat on Sunday, February 10, starting at 7:30 p.m.
The show is a popular interactive theatrical murder-mystery play where the audience works to solve a mysterious and sinister criminal case – “A Teddy, a Humpty and Murder!”  written and directed by Bucerias’ own David Lloyd Austin.
It all takes place in the botanical garden venue with spectacular pool, live music and a pre-theater barbecue supper from 5 p.m..  A vegetarian option is available if ordered 48 hours in advance. Seating is limited so reserve early.  
The BBCC invites you to enjoy Los Arroyos Verdes starting at 2 p.m., so that you can relax in the pool and gardens for a few hours before dining at poolside. Showers and towels will be available free of charge.
The ticket price of 500 pesos per person includes free afternoon access to the resort,  a pre-theater barbecue, bar service and 50-50 auctions
Tickets can be purchased and reservations made at Los Arroyos Verdes 329-298-0318, open from 8 a.m.to 6 p.m. daily; Elements Realty Group, Bucerias Centro, 322-135-5647 or cell 322-109- 4502, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; The Bucerias Bilingual Community Center, Calle 16 de Septiembre near Matamoros, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.,  Monday to Friday,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 329-298-3527; Alison (322-102-0382) at the Rosa Mexicano Wednesday Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.