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PV’s Home Tour in Full Swing

Admit it or not, we all possess a bit of healthy voyeurism, delighting in the opportunity to see how others live, especially in the unique seaside ambiance of Puerto Vallarta rentals. Thanks to the efforts of Vallarta’s International Friendship Club (IFC), visitors and locals alike can stroll through some of the most beautiful homes in the bay area, experiencing first-hand life in “Paradise.”

Beginning in mid-November and running through April, the IFC’s home tours are offered every Wednesday and Thursday. This wildly popular tour, operating since 1986, begins at Andales on the Bay on the South Side, where ticket sales begin at approximately 9:30 am. The bus departs at 10:30 and if needed, a second, third and fourth busses depart shortly thereafter. For three-and-a-half hours, in the comfort of air-conditioned coaches, patrons are transported to four stellar residences, some ocean-side, others in the undulating hills of Conchas Chinas and other charming neighborhoods.

Knowledgeable and entertaining expatriate docents volunteer their time to provide interesting commentary in transit, offering patrons the chance to satisfy their curiosity about shopping, buying, driving, residing and thriving in Vallarta. Over the course of the tour, participants visit four intriguing homes, spending about 20 minutes in each, exploring the premises, taking pictures if they like and fantasizing about being the lucky proprietors. With over 50 residences available for viewing and featured homes changing each week, the tours often attract return customers.

Best of all, the home tour proceeds are used to provide assistance to the local community. A large portion helps fund a very successful cleft palate program that brings doctors to Puerto Vallarta four times a year to do corrective surgery on children who would otherwise have to live with this disfiguring birth defect. Prior to the assistance lent by the home tour revenues, the closest source for corrective surgery was Guadalajara, a financially prohibitive option for many locals. Currently, the International Friendship Club flies-in Guadalajara doctors, who donate their services. The IFC pays all other related medical costs incurred through completion of the operation, so patients receive care free of cost. Each time the surgeons visit, approximately a dozen operations are completed.

Home tour revenues also provide financial assistance to local schools and to financially compromised individuals who need eye surgery/glasses, hearing aids, medications and medical treatment, to name a few. And a portion of the $35 USD ticket price helps support various civic/service organizations, including a scholarship program for local students, a safe house for needy families, an orphanage, a day care center, the public library, a boys home and a rice and beans program that helps feed families and keep kids who might otherwise have to work in school. It should be noted that since 2008, Smile Train Inc. contributes significantly to our Cleft Palate program.

Thanks to the patronage of some 4000 locals and visitors yearly, the home tours provide a large portion of the International Friendship Club’s annual $1 million peso budget, all of which is used to serve those in need. It is the only not-for-profit tour in Vallarta and is the community’s largest fund-raiser. Over 20 docents volunteer their time, and more than four dozen residents open up their homes to assure the tour’s success.

Reservations are not taken. Just show up early (9:30 am is recommended) at Andales on the Bay, 513 Olas Altas, on the day you wish to tour and purchase your ticket. Comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Participants may be required to climb some steep hills and stairs. Call the IFC at 222-5466 for more information.

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Aunt Joanna returns to Puerto Vallarta for the season!!!

She’s baaaack.  The gal with a gazillion voices, Joanna returns for her 4th season in Vallarta at Club Manana.  10PM Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in the cabaret room.  Joanna sings live over 30 wacky voices from Judy Garland to Johnny Cash and Lady Gaga.

She has taken her act globally from Manhattan to Mexico and Toronto.  This year Joanna’s got  a private audition for America’s Got Talent… so cross your fingers… until then, come check out her show and add her on Facebook under Aunt Joanna.

(admission only 120 pesos and includes Club Manana entry)

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Supreme Dream Opening Night!!!

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Mikki Prost is ready to rock Puerto Vallarta with Supreme Dream at the Santa Barbara Theater. “Hold on to your hats ’cause you’re in for a rollicking night of fun & songs that will surely bring back some sweet memories” says Mikki.

This faboulous event will take place on November 25th, 26th and 27th at 8pm.

The 26th* will feature a special Thanksgiving dinner & show starting at 1pm!!!

Ticket Prices:

Dinner – $125.00 pesos

Show – $275.00 pesos

Dinner & Show – $400.00 pesos

And after that every Wednesdays.

Ticket Prices:

Show – $275.00 pesos

Dinner & Show – $400.00 pesos

Santa Barbara Theater

351 Olas Altas

Romantic Zone

Puerto Vallarta

322-223-2048

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PVRPV EXPANDS! NEW OFFICE ON LOS MUERTOS BEACH

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Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México. Tim Longpré, owner and President of PVRPV, Puerto Vallarta’s largest and most popular Vacation Rental and Services company, is reporting an increase in rentals for the coming season and announced today that he has just opened a new office for his company on Los Muertos Beach. The most popular beach in Puerto Vallarta, Los Muertos Beach is located in Puerto Vallarta’s south side or Zona Romántica and the new office is perfectly located between the famous Blue Chairs and Blue Seas Resorts at 166 Calle Malecón. PVRPV added the new office with the goal of providing customers and homeowner’s with more access to PVRPV’s services.

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“Convenience is key,” says PVRPV’s Tim Longpré. “We know that many of our customers want to stop in during their visit to book a condo or villa for their next trip and to ask questions about their current visit to Vallarta. We love that and have made it even easier for our customers to find us. Many of our loyal gay and lesbian clients will be better able to reach us there as well.”

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PVRPV’s inventory of over 400 of the finest Puerto Vallarta Rentals and its well-designed, easy to use website (with real time availability and online instant booking) coupled with its reputation for excellent customer service have quickly made PVRPV the industry leader in Vallarta in 5 short years of operation

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PVRPV also offers top of the line concierge services from both offices. Booking a canopy tour or trip to San Sebastian has never been more convenient. PVRPV also offers a wonderful gay boat cruise on Fridays. For more information visit PVRPV’s offices or www.gaycruisepuertovallarta.com

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With so many of it’s 400 vacation properties located in the area between these two offices, PVRPV’s staff, dressed in their easy to spot blue polos, will be poised to help with whatever questions or needs their guests may have during their stay. “With this new visibility and convenient location, we hope to help our customers have the best vacation possible”, added Tim. “Our concierge and sales professionals are excited to be on the beach too, where so many of our customers are enjoying the sun each day. The new office will make it easier for us to help them quickly and let them get back to the reason they are here!”

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Both PVRPV offices are open 10AM to 6PM, Monday thru Friday and 10AM to 2PM on Saturdays. PVRPV.COM offers great deals on all Puerto Vallarta Rentals.

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Country Chart Topper, Chris Young, Joins Fight to Cure Cystic Fibrosis in Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta was the destination for anglers and golfers who participated in this year’s BJ’s Restaurants Hook the Cure Tournament powered by IOTEC. The nearly sold-out tournament took place on November 6th and 7th and reeled in a whopping $345,000 NET for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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The IGFA-qualifier brought two dozen boats and 40 teams. The competition started on Friday morning as anglers met early at the docks and eagerly awaited the strike of six marking the start of the catch and release competition coordinated by Kim and Ed Moore of Marina-based Charter Dreams.

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Weekend festivities included a pre-tournament Mexican fiesta and fireworks show at Villa Premiere Hotel and Spa;  Friday night concert by RCA Recording Artist Chris Young who celebrated his #1 song on the country charts; golf at Vista Vallarta’s challenging Nicklaus course; a lively dockside weigh-in party with food and beverage provided by Andale Restaurant and an awards gala and auction, sponsored by American Airlines and hosted by Los Angeles radio personality Shawn Parr. For those that just wanted to relax, Villa Premiere’s world-class spa was just a few steps away. Puerto Vallarta rental agency, PVRPV, provided volunteers for the festivities.

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As excited spectators and sponsors filled the Marina, most boats made it in by five in anticipation of the results. The team of Tom Paige and Jon Louis were rewarded with a 2010 IGFA Offshore World Championship entry in Cabo San Lucas as OVERALL CHAMPIONS with five dorado and seven released sailfish. Lucille Zabel and Lydia Francis captured the coveted MOST RELEASED BILLFISH award while Craig Porpoat and David Bales garnered the BIGGEST DORADO AWARD and Anchorage’s Kris Kile took home the CHAIRMAN’S AWARD.  Awards were donated by Gray’s Taxidermy of Puerto Vallarta.

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According to Bob Huston and Jeff Jennison, 2009 event chairmen, $1.3 million NET was generated for cystic fibrosis patient care, research and education since the tournaments inception just four years ago. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting approximately 40,000 people in the United States and Mexico. A defect in the CF gene causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus that leads to chronic, life-threatening lung infections and impairs digestion. When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was established in 1955, few children lived to even attend elementary school. Today because of research and care supported by the CF Foundation with money raised through donations from families, corporations and foundations the median predicted age for people with CF is nearly 37 years.

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In addition to BJ’s Restaurants and IOTEC, significant financial support was provided by Norm Wilson and Sons, O’Connell Family Foundation, Toshiba, Watson Land Company, Ron and Ann Hallagan, Millie and Severson, William Close Family and Lee & Associates.

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Plans are underway for the Fifth Annual Hook the Cure slated for early-November 2010. Information about the ultimate fishing, golf and spa adventure benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is available by contacting Gary Green, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Director of Corporate Development, at (714) 494-4623 in the US or 322 150-7214 in Puerto Vallarta.  A new Hook the Cure website will be unveiled shortly at www.hookthecure.com and will feature an interactive photo gallery thanks to Nuevo Vallarta resident and award-winning photographer Jay Ailworth.

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Puerto Vallarta will Reign as Mexico’s Culinary Capital

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Puerto Vallarta will Reign as Mexico’s Culinary Capital with the 15th Annual Gourmet Festival November 12-22, 2009

NEW YORK – October 27, 2009 – Once again, Puerto Vallarta will reign as Mexico’s capital of culinary arts from November 12-22, 2009 with the 15th annual International Gourmet Festival. Over 25 restaurants will be participating in this year’s program with highly acclaimed guest chefs from Mexico and around the world. Foodies can enjoy special winemaker’s dinners; sample wine, cheese, and chocolate at special tastings take part in cooking demonstrations, and even partake in a culinary “safari” sampling special dishes at four restaurants in one evening.

Puerto Vallarta’s fine gastronomic scene has the ability to impress the most sophisticated palates. The city’s natural beauty is a source of inspiration for the creation of an exciting amalgam of flavors that blend traditional Mexican ingredients with contemporary tastes from around the globe.

In April 2009, the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS) awarded eight Puerto Vallarta restaurants with the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award, considered to be the most notable accolade a restaurant may receive, in recognition of their fine gastronomy, superior quality, cleanliness and service. Puerto Vallarta is considered home to the second best restaurant scene in Mexico, after Mexico City. You can also find the most exclusive and beautiful rentals in Puerto Vallarta.

Some of this year’s guest chefs include:

Enrique Olvera and Guillermo González Beristáin. Chef Olvera is owner of PUJOL, a restaurant in Mexico, City. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York State and has been recognized as “Chef of the year” by Catadores magazine, one of Mexico’s leading magazines dedicated to food and wine. He was also recognized in 2008 as one of the next 10 chef superstars by Food & Wine magazine.

Chef González Beristáin is also a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He is the owner of Pangea in Monterrey, Mexico, owns a brand of Mexican wine and was recognized by Catadores as one of the 10 best chefs in Mexico. Chefs Olvera and González Beristáin will be cooking at the avant-garde La Leche Restaurant.

Chef Casiano Reyes will be the guest chef at the more classic and award-winning Euro-Mediterranean restaurant Trio. Chef Reyes is the owner of Casianos No Menu, No Rules, often referred to as the best new restaurant in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California. A native of Oaxaca, Chef Reyes combines regional Mexican cooking with modern culinary techniques.

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Letter from Dan Grippo, Ph.D. – Announcing Fall and January Lectures at the IFC

Dear Friends and Fellow Learners,

I am happy to announce two new lecture series I will be presenting at the International Friendship Club in coming months. The details are found below. Registration will open Tuesday, November 10 at the IFC offices during office hours (generally, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Please note that this year you will have the option of purchasing tickets for the entire series (at substantial discount, especially for IFC members) or for an individual lecture.

If you have any registration questions, please call the IFC office at 222-5466 or email them at ifcvallarta@gmail.com

If you have any questions related to the lecture content or format, please email me.

Please pass the word along, and invite a friend to attend with you. All best wishes and hope to see you at the IFC!

Dan Grippo, Ph.D.

P.S. I have not yet scheduled any lectures beyond January but will be in touch with news on that front.

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Fall Friday Lecture Series:

Four Iconic Mexican Women

(all lectures begin at 10:30 a.m.)

November 20 — Frida Kahlo*

November 27 — Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

December 4 —   La Malinche

December 11 – La Virgen de Guadalupe**

*An evening presentation of the A&E Biography of Frida will also be scheduled, details on November 20.

**Just in time for her feast day December 12!

January Friday Lecture Series:

World Religions: Shared Wisdom, East and West

(all lectures begin at 10:30 a.m.)

This course will offer a very brief overview of the world’s great religious traditions. The series is based on the book The Illustrated World’s Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions by Huston Smith, acclaimed expert on comparative religions. If you plan to attend, please try to obtain a copy of the book in advance. The paperback edition from HarperOne publishers, lavishly illustrated, is a bargain at $16.49 (US) from Amazon. ISBN-13: 978-0060674403 (Please note, this is the condensed version of Smith’s classic, The World’s Religions).

January 8 — Hinduism and Buddhism

January 15 — Confucianism and Taoism

January 22 — Judaism, Christianity, Islam (part 1)

January 29 — Judaism, Christianity, Islam (part 2)

Fall or January Series Pass (4 Lectures each):

IFC Members–$300 pesos. Non Members–$350 pesos.

Individual Lectures: $100 pesos (No discounts)

Series Registrations available starting Tuesday, November 10 at the IFC office (222-5466) during IFC office hours..

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