PVRPV.com and their staff were involved in the first Puerto Vallarta Mob Flash Dance done on April 17, 2011 at 2:35pm. We are asking all of our owners, customers, family and friends of PVRPV to help promote the You Tube Video.
In order to be successful with the You Tube Flash Mob Dance, we need all of our friends and people who love Puerto Vallarta to set up a You Tube Account, to help promote the Video. Just having views of the video will not accomplish anything for us, but reading the following questions and answers will explain why you need to have the account.
Why do you need an account with You Tube? Because once it is up on YouTube- we need you to rank it (5 stars) and to post comments. The more” conversation” and higher rank will help it to go viral.
Why is going VIRAL important? It means that millions (we hope!) of people will see the video and get a feel of how AWESOME Puerto Vallarta is! We need some GOOD press and more people discovering the place we love.
Also, once the video is ready, please SHARE it with your Facebook Friends. Tweet it on Twitter- send out an email to your contact list. Sharing is caring, Peeps!
Let’s spread the Love!
Thanks PVRPV Team
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Event Organizers Hope Video Goes Viral
There will come a day when we’ll look back on all these flash mobs that took place, and ask, “What was that all about?” But that day’s not here yet.
Just over a week ago, a flash mob broke out at Los Arcos Amphitheater on Puerto Vallarta’s famed Malecón to send a message that Puerto Vallarta is safe and to encourage new vacationers to visit the beautiful Mexican Riviera Port City and to welcome back past travelers. Despite the economic downturn up North, 22 million foreigners safely visited Mexico last year. The highly anticipated video has been uploaded to the popular Dailymotion site at http://dai.ly/k2IQHD and event organizers are encouraging everyone to share the video, leave comments and help the video go viral. Organizers, pending music content approval, anticipate posting on YouTube shortly.
The carefully orchestrated dance was choreographed by Kimberly LaRue, co-owner/director of the Bridge for Dance Studios in New York City. Organizers and sponsors of the successful event included Tim Longpré, Gary Green, Donna Davies, Kim LaRue, Antonia Lavender, Ray Dion, Willy Flores, Rocio Sanchez, Josef Kandoll, Diva Divine, Nacho Daddy, Collage Club, Ballet Xiutla, Paradise Community Center, Sal Fuentes, Bill Brooks, Cindy Ramirez, Margaret Souder and the H. Ayuntamiento de Puerto Vallarta.
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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie
How gratifying to watch as tens of tens of avid Bingo players wandered, danced, skipped into Nacho Daddy on Tuesday to play Bingo for the children one last time this season. 112 to be precise. Hard to imagine that we’ve been enjoying all this food, drink and fun since October of last year. Many were in for the long haul, some were in for their stay in Paradise, but all were enthusiastic and generous to the cause. The goal to benefit the Pasitos de Luz Day Care Center was met and then surpassed. The final tally was $206,366 pesos! I never had a doubt. Great job, everyone!
We started off the evening welcoming back our intrepid caller, Juan Carlos. His trusty side-kick, Nina “Vanna White” Goodhope of Cork & Bottle, joined him. A perfect start to our last evening. Laurie was working the bead bin, making sure that all the tables had plenty of the little devils. Mary Jane Cleveland was in the house. She remarked to me that when she first saw the little bowl of beads, she thought they were mini M & M’s. I had to laugh because that’s what I thought when I first saw them, too. SNACKS! Not.
Looking around the room before we got started, I couldn’t help but notice that PVRPV was in the house, en masse. They took up two giant tables. Almost 25% of the crowd. Serious business. Also attending, were Kim LaRue and a whole bunch of Mob Flash Dancers from Sunday. Well, shoot. I’d say a good 50% of the crowd participated in that event. What a blast!
We finally got started. Lina won the first bingo very quickly and we were off to the races. That didn’t stop Carol of Xocodiva from selling her 50/50 raffle tickets. She was selling them like there would be no tomorrow. The second winner, didn’t catch the name, would accept the prize package only if anything from Cassandra Shaw was left out. I thought that was kind of rude until I realized that Cassandra Shaw was at the winner’s table. Just kidding, right? Cassandra has been extremely generous with her support of Bingo night. Thank you Cassandra!
Our third winner just shouted “Whoo!” The correct shout is BINGO! Good grief. Well, I guess I was becoming a little testy because my order of chicken fingers was very late in getting to me. And, I wasn’t the only one at our table. We decided that the chickens were really fast and tough to catch. I’ve never understood why the dish is called “chicken fingers”. Chickens don’t have fingers. And, buffalos don’t have wings made out of chicken, either. I’m confused.
Shortly before the fourth game, Tim announced that there were only 17 50/50 raffle tickets left! They were raffled off to the highest bidder…$205 pesos.
During half-time, one of my table mates confessed that she’d brought her pajamas, just in case. I can sure understand why. I’d hate to go to a pajama party without my pajamas. But, the pajama party is next Tuesday. See you then Tuesday, Mary.
Sometime after Patty won game #5, a guitar pick was auctioned off for $130 pesos. I must have been ordering more wine because, lousy reporter that I am, I missed the whole bit. Then, the 50/50 raffle winner was announced…Veronica Jurado of PVRPV was the big winner of $2,870! That’s a BIG winner. Congratulations, Veronica. There were three prizes available in the BIG raffle…a beautiful print on canvas with hand drawn details donated by Kevin Harney, the artist. Thank you, Kevin. A beautiful ring from Cassandra Shaw Jewelry. Thank you, Cassandra. And, a certificate for an intensive! Facial with Dr. Dhelma Becerra Medical Center. Many thanks for that prize. And, the winners were…Ross Shapiro won the art AND the ring. Ross was not available so his wife accepted the print on his behalf and accepted the ring on her own behalf. Congratulations to the Shapiros. The facial was won by Kathleen “the great” Palmer of Déjà Vu. She confided that she only put “the great” on her ticket because she’s never won anything. And, look what happened! Congratulations, Kathleen, the great.
Tim announced that Casa Connor, a Canadian concern, has been working as a partner with Pasitos de Luz. The group has raised $140,000+ Canadian for Yolanda’s day care center. Kudos and many thanks to Casa Connor.
Well, after the two black-out bingo winners were verified, everyone just jumped up and left it seemed like. But, we had a great time, good food and giant margaritas. And, we reached our goal.
Many thanks, again, to our prize donors, volunteers, Nacho Daddy staff and to all the generous bingo players throughout the season. The goal couldn’t have been reached without you. Special thanks to Tim Longpre because without his hard work the event might not have even happened. You are an awesome humanitarian, Tim.
#1 Lina Longpré
Blue Massage – Bowlerama Vallarta – Cassandra Shaw Jewelry – Deja New Consignment – Dermatografista Profesional – El Andariego – Fishing with Carolina – K’Rico @ Los Mercados – PEACE MEXICO – Pure Life Spa – Rancho Charro – Rest. Andale – Rest. Fuego – Teatro Limon – Victor’s Bar & Grill – Yoga Vallarta – Rest Nacho Daddy – La Bodega de Nina – PVRPV
#2 Mark McCoy
Mikey’s Deli @ Los Mercados- Dermatografista Profesional – Encore Boutique – Yoga Vallarta – Rancho Charro – Bowlerama Vallarta – El Andariego – Pure Life Spa – Fishing with Carolina – Teatro Limon – PEACE MEXICO – Cassandra Shaw Jewelry – Rest Nacho Daddy – La Bodega de Nina – PVRPV
#3 Natalie Gordon
Archie’s Wok – Bowlerama Vallarta – Cassandra Shaw Jewelry – Cheeky Monkey – Cork + Bottle @ Los Mercados – Dental Montero – El Andariego – Fishing with Carolina – Joe Jack’s Fish Shack – K’Rico @ Los Mercados – Marilyn Kurtz – Marina Coffee Cup – Pure Life Spa – Teatro Limon – Rest Nacho Daddy – La Bodega de Nina – PVRPV
#4 Donna Davies
Bowlerama Vallarta – Cassandra Shaw Jewelry – Dermatografista Profesional – Encore Boutique – Fishing with Carolina – La Escondida Sports Bar – Marantina Lounge – Mikey’s Delicatessen @ Los Mercados – Sandwich Club Card – Olas Altas Coffee Cup – PEACE MEXICO – Rancho Charro – Restaurante Andale 1 – Teatro Limon – Yoga Vallarta – Rest Nacho Daddy – La Bodega de Nina – PVRPV
#5 Patty McLane
Andale Restaurant – Cassandra Shaw Jewelry- D’Martha Salon – Dental Montero – Dermatografista Profesional – El Andariego – Encore Boutique – Fishing with Carolina – Hotel Villa del Mar – K’Rico @ Los Mercados - PEACE MEXICO – Pure Life Spa – Restaurante Los Delfines – Restaurante Porto Novo – Susana Ochoa – Teatro Limon – Xocodiva – Rest Nacho Daddy – La Bodega de Nina – PVRPV
#6 Gustavo Contreras
Bowlerama Vallarta 1 free game – Cassandra Shaw Jewelry – Cork+Bottle @ Los Mercados 10% discount – Encore Boutique – Fishing with Carolina – Los Delfines Restaurant – Marantina – Mikey’s Delicatessen @ Los Mercados – Sandwich Club card – Porto Novo Restaurant – Pure Life Spa – Rancho Charro – Restaurante Rio Grande – Teatro Limon – Victor’s Bar & Grill – Rest Nacho Daddy – La Bodega de Nina – PVRPV
#7 Alma Salgado
Bowlerama Vallarta 1 free game – Cassandra Shaw Jewelry SILVER RING – Deja New Consignment 50 peso discount – Encore Boutique – Fishing with Carolina – K’Rico @ Los Mercados – Pam Thompson – PEACE MEXICO – Pure Life Spa – Rest. Porto Novo – Rest Nacho Daddy – La Bodega de Nina – PVRPV
#8 Wendy Feldmanis
Bar Anonimo – Bowlerama Vallarta – Cassandra Shaw Jewelry – Cheeky Monkey – Fishing with Carolina – Hotel Villa del Mar – Mikey’s Delicatessen @ Los Mercados – Pure Life Spa – Rancho Charro – El Andariego - Teatro Limon – Trattoria Michel – Tropicasa Realty – Rest Nacho Daddy – La Bodega de Nina – PVRPV
Don’t forget the pajama party next Tuesday. Everyone should have the information, but if not, it goes from 7pm to 10pm at Nacho Daddy (where else?). Prizes will be awarded for the most imaginative pajama ensemble. Good luck with that. It’s gonna be so darn much fun!! Don’t you think?
Oh, and just because we aren’t playing Bingo anymore, doesn’t mean that Pasitos de Luz does not need those items on the wish list. Any donations can be dropped off at the PVRPV offices at 210 Pino Suarez in Old Town. Thanks so much.
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April 17, 2011- Puerto Vallarta, Jal. Mexico — At precisely 2:35 Sunday afternoon, a flash mob broke out at Los Arcos Amphitheater on Puerto Vallarta’s famed Malecón to kick off Easter festivities. Over 600 people participated in the shadow of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, one of the most endearing of all Puerto Vallarta’s landmarks, and pleasingly shocked hundreds of tourists taking their afternoon stroll. The carefully orchestrated dance, designed to appear spontaneous, was choreographed by Kimberly LaRue, co-owner/director of the Bridge for Dance Studios in New York City. The volunteer instructor partnered with event organizers to draw attention that Puerto Vallarta is safe and to encourage new vacationers to visit the beautiful Mexican Riviera Port and to welcome back past travelers.
Despite the economic downturn in the U.S. and Canada as well as recent negative media attention, Mexico reported a 15% increase in visitors this season over the previous year, spurred by a strong dollar against the Mexican peso and a wave of tourists who wanted to stay close to home. 22 million foreigners visited Mexico last year, according to the Mexico Tourism Board, making tourism a $13 billion industry and one of Mexico’s highest revenue stream.
Organizers and sponsors of the successful event included Tim Longpré, Gary Green, Donna Davies, Kim LaRue, Antonia Lavender, Ray Dion, Josef Kandoll, Diva Divine, Nacho Daddy, Collage Club, Ballet Xiutla, Paradise Community Center, Sal Fuentes, Bill Brooks, Cindy Ramirez, Margaret Souder and the H. Ayuntamiento de Puerto Vallarta.
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April 12, 2011
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico -
Easter, known as Semana Santa, is the most celebrated holiday in México, and a time of national vacation and “spring break” from schools.
Tourism authorities estimate that one out of every five Mexicans – around 20 million people – will travel during Holy Week, and Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular beach destinations for nationals looking for a few days of fun-in-the-sun.
Every year thousands of exuberant Mexicans intent on having a good time will flock to Puerto Vallarta and the beaches of Banderas Bay. Area hotels are at peak capacity, streets are overrun with cars and buses, and Playa Los Muertos fills with tents and sleeping bags during the two celebratory weeks of Semana Santa and Semana de Pascua.
Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrates the last days of Jesus Christ’s life. This year, the week-long celebration begins on April 17 with Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday), the day of Christ’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. On Domingo de Ramos, vendors outside churches sell woven palm leaves, and inside the priest blesses them.
The Last Supper was held on Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday), which falls on April 21 this year, followed by Viernes Santo (Good Friday), which commemorates the day of Christ’s crucifixion.
On April 23, Mexico celebrates Sábado de Gloria (Holy Saturday), memorializing the full day Christ was in the tomb. On Sabado de Gloria, statues of Mary are covered with black dresses, because she is considered to be in mourning. April 24th is Domingo de Pascua (Easter Sunday), celebrating the Resurrection of Christ. On Jueves Santo, Viernes Santo, Sabado de Gloria, and Domingo de Pascua, there is a special mass each day.
One of the oldest traditions in México, Semana Santa is an artistic and cultural event of major importance, with everyone – young and old, children and parents, rich and poor – actively participating in the celebrations.
But Semana Santa is much more than a religious occasion. In fact, hundreds of people who come to Puerto Vallarta to celebrate Easter Week are not even Catholic. Like all holidays in Latin countries, Semana Santa is also a festive occasion, a time of celebration that lasts two weeks, when people come together to socialize and enjoy themselves.
The week following Easter Sunday is called Pascua, which is the celebration of the Resurrection. Pascua marks the release from the sacrifices of Lent . . . and Vallarta goes into full-on party mode! The beaches are bursting, the streets are jammed, and the Malecón is filled with people enjoying food, fireworks, and live entertainment.
While it may sound a bit chaotic, Semana Santa and Pascua are probably some of the most festive and exciting times to visit Puerto Vallarta. If you wish to witness the beauty of traditional Mexican culture – and enjoy the excitement of a two-week-long party in Puerto Vallarta – Semana Santa and Pascua would be well worth experiencing for yourself.
Editors Note: As we begin the Semana Santa/Semana Pascua holidays, the need for blood in Puerto Vallarta increases significantly. Please consider giving the Gift of Life, keeping in mind that donation requirements in Mexico are different than in the United States and Canada. For more information, click HERE.
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April 15, 2011 — Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) —
Superman, Spiderman, Batman – they are whom many consider heroes. But it’s firefighters and lifeguards who come to our rescue and save the lives of our loved ones by battling fires and risking their lives every day. All in all, they are the real-life heroes.
Proceeds, which totaled over $120,000 pesos, from the “Heroes” Calendar will be earmarked for special training this June here in Puerto Vallarta coordinated by world-class trainers José Palacios Aguilar from the University of Coruna Spain and Brandon Avalos Diego from the Lifeguard Corps of Argentina. The two-week advanced training session will allow for ISO 9000 certification to bring our firefighters and lifeguards to the next level in continuing education. In addition to this training, funds are also set aside to send four officers to an advanced training seminar in San Luis Potosi sponsored by the Association of Mexican Fire Chiefs. Finally, plans are also being finalized to bring in instructors from Monterrey to conduct Hazardous Materials Training.
”The most important part of my job is ensuring the safety and security of the people I represent, and that means helping provide our first responders with the tools and training they need to protect us,” said Hiram Fernández Abundis, Puerto Vallarta Fire Department Chief. “This world-class training will help ensure Puerto Vallarta and surrounding town firefighters are prepared, no matter what type of emergency occurs.”
Sponsors of the inaugural calendar included Andale Restaurant & Bar, Andales on the Bay, Apache’s Martini Bar & Bistro, Coffee Cup, Nacho Daddy’s Restaurant and Bar, PVRPV, Timothy Real Estate, Tropicasa Realty and Victors Bar & Grill. Committee members included Gary Green, Tim Longpre, Margaret Souder, Bert Ramirez, Cindy DuChateau-Ramirez, Julie Guerrero, Miguel Velazquez, Alma Salgado and James Myers. Special thanks to Josef Kandoll W Photography, John McCloud, John Stewart, Mayor Salvador González Reséndiz, Jorge Alejandro García Rojas, Patronato de Bomberos de Puerto Vallarta, US Consular Agent Kelly Trainor and the 90 men and women that proudly serve the Puerto Vallarta Fire Department.
For additional information, visit www.bomberoscalendar.com.
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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie
A Bingo! here, A Bingo! there. Bingo, Bingo! Everywhere a BINGO!! Well, not really but I’ll explain later. Wait for it.
The evening got started with the financial report via Tim. As of the last event, due to the fabulous generosity of so many wonderful participants, $181,796 pesos had been raised. That, dear friends, was our starting point.
Tim also announced that, sadly, Juan Carlos had called in sick. WHAT! Whatever would we do? Well, I’ll tell you. Shawn of Nacho Daddy volunteered to step into Juan Carlos’ big shoes and act as our substitute caller. What a guy! But first, he went home to shower. A big THANK YOU from all of us, Shawn, not only for volunteering but also for showering.
Robin and Robin began selling the BIG Raffle tickets practically right off the bat. That sort of confused me but I got over it. Carol started working the room, too, hawking her 50/50 tickets. One raffle prize was a certificate for 1 night for 2 at the delightful Casa Isabel, AND a beautiful ring from Cassandra Shaw Jewelers. The second raffle prize was a 1 year ad provided by Banderas News, AND another beautiful ring from Cassandra Shaw Jewelers. Holy smoke! I bought 3 tickets right away. Not long after, Carol was at my table hoping to sell 50/50 tickets. She was not disappointed.
Looking around the room, I was pleased to note many familiar faces from past bingo nights and the fresh faces of many newbies. Oh, we love the newbies. 66 special people came out to show their support for Yolanda and the Pasitos de Luz project.
While we waited for Mr. Shawn to return, I noticed a little pre-game warming up in the crowd. Some were eating…did you know Nacho Daddy makes Irish Nachos? Just add some potatoes and Voila! Some were sorting their beads, others were just figuring out how to place them on the cards without them rolling off (two sides are flat, you know) and one gentleman was making little flowers out of his beads. Cute. The local group of Aztec dancers passed by, their beads clicking away. Only in Mexico.
Finally, Shawn arrived and we were treated to the sound of his sonorous yet dulcet voice as we began game #1. And, before we knew it, it was half-time. The games moved right along all evening. By half-time, we had played 5 games out of 8, so I guess it was a little over half-time. Anyway, three games were won by ONE TABLE. So you see, there weren’t Bingos everywhere.
We learned that the Big raffle tickets had sold out! Glad I got mine early…not that it mattered. Before the winners were announced, Tim told us that Patty McLane showed up at Bingo, bought 3 cards and 3 raffle tickets, but had to leave as she was travelling. Then, she won the Casa de Isabel prize and a ring! Dedication to the games paid off. Thank you, Patty and congratulations! Robin Spencer, of Casa de Angel, won the Banderas news ad and a ring. Congratulations, Robin! And, Darren won the 50/50 raffle…a total of $1,400 pesos. He donated half to Pasitos de Luz. Thank you for your generosity, Darren.
Shawn began the second, well, less than half of the evening. When all was said and done, that table I mentioned earlier won a total of FOUR games. And, they were newbies. They figured out the bead situation early on it seems. No rolling beads at that table.
The evening raised an additional $8,750 pesos for our favorite day care center for a total of $191,246 pesos.
Congratulations to all the winners, many thanks to all of the fine players who joined us for the evening and also to all of the volunteers who make the whole event possible. Especially, Tim and his staff at PVRPV. The man has enormous energy. I’d also like to thank Tim for acknowledging my meager contribution. And, I would be remiss if I did not mention Oscar. Oscar took the pictures of the game winners, and will translate this article as soon as I can get it to him. Thank you, Oscar. Oh, and great job, Shawn. I’m not kidding.
#1 Roger Mallet
Adriana Garcia “Se habla espanol” – Rest. Andales – Cassandra Shaw Jewelry – Deja New Consignment – El Andariego – Encore boutique – Estetica Susy – Fishing with Carolina – Garbo Piano Bar – Hotel Villa del Mar – La Escondida Sports Bar – Rancho Charro – Teatro Limon – Nacho Daddy – La Bodega de Nina – PVRPV.
#2 Dana Scapa
Apaches Bar – Cassandra Shaw Jewelry – Blue Massage – Deja New Consignment – El Andariego – Fishing with Carolina – Hacienda Jalisco – PEACE MEXICO – Pure Life Spa – Rest. Fuego – Los Delphines – Teatro Limon – Yoga Vallarta – Nacho Daddy – La Bodega de Nina – PVRPV.
#3 Margaret Souder
Rest. Andales – Bar Anonimo – Cassandra Shaw Jewelry – Cheeky Monkey – Deja New Consignment – La Escondida Sports Bar – Mikey’s Delicatessen @ Los Mercados – PEACE MEXICO – Pure Life Spa – Susana Ochoa – Teatro Limon – Vallarta Adventures – Nacho Daddy – La Bodega de Nina – PVRPV.
#4 Manan Ladouceur
Archie’s wok – Bar Anonimo – Blue Massage – Café Bohemio – Cassandra Shaw Jewelry – Cheeky Monkey – Deja New Consignment – Dermatografista Profesional – El Andariego – Encore boutique – Fishing with Carolina – Hotel Villa del Mar – Mikey’s Delicatessen @ Los Mercados – Pure Life Spa – Rest. Fuego – Teatro Limon – Nacho Daddy – La Bodega de Nina – PVRPV.
#5 Jesus Carrera
Rest. Andales – Bowlerama Vallarta – Cassandra Shaw Jewelry – Deja New Consignment – Dermatografista Profesional – El Andariego – Encore boutique – Fishing with Carolina – Joe Jack’s Fish Shack – Los Veranos Canopy Tour – Mikey’s Delicatessen @ Los Mercados – Olas Altas Coffee Cup – Pure Life Spa – Rest. Fuego – Teatro Limon – Xocodiva – Yoga Vallarta – Nacho Daddy – La Bodega de Nina – PVRPV.
#6 Roger Mallet
Bowlerama Vallarta – Cassandra Shaw Jewelry – Deja New Consignment – Encore boutique – Hotel Villa del Mar – K’Rico @ Los Mercados – Marantina Rest./Bar – PEACE MEXICO – Pure Life Spa – Rest. Mi Querencia – Rest. Porto Novo – Yoga Vallarta – Nacho Daddy – La Bodega de Nina – PVRPV.
#7 Diane Wait
Alberto Gomez Salon – Rest. Andales – Bowlerama Vallarta – Cassandra Shaw Jewelry – Deja New Consignment – El Andariego – Estetica Susy – Fishing with Carolina – Mikey’s Delicatessen @ Los Mercados – No Borders Bar – Pure Life Spa – Rancho Charro – Rest. Porto Novo – Yoga Vallarta – Nacho Daddy – La Bodega de Nina – PVRPV.
#8 Jesus Carrera
Bowlerama Vallarta – Cassandra Shaw Jewelry – Deja New Consignment – El Andariego – Encore boutique – Fishing with Carolina – Hotel Villa del Mar – K’Rico @ Los Mercados – Nicolas Nichitor world – Pure Life Spa – Rest. Dianita – Yoga Vallarta - Nacho Daddy – La Bodega de Nina – PVRPV.
Tuesday, April 19 is the very last Bingo night for the season. We need as many of you to show up as possible. We need to make our goal of $200,000 pesos. We are so close. So close. Don’t forget to bring a friend (a new person) and you will receive a free card. If you bring something from the wish list, you will also receive a free card. And, don’t forget. All donations from the wish list or gently used items for the thrift store can be dropped off at PVRPV during business hours at 210 Pino Suarez in Old Town.
See you next week! 6:30 at Nacho Daddy! Let’s do it for the children!
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Written by Sylvie Scopazzo VisitPuertoVallarta.com
Last week I received a message/announcement asking to participate in something “big” for Puerto Vallarta. An Event with a goal to attract more tourism, the same time, helps combat the bad publicity we’re getting from the “other side” of the border. Many people were getting this message and word was getting out fast.
Wanting more information, I went directly to the source of the hype. The response I was given was, “It’s a secret, just show up 12pm on Sunday, April 3 at Collage Club”. So that’s what I did and when I arrived at the location, I was greeted with a smile, a few donuts and bottled water. I was asked to sign a form giving my name and email and I still didn’t know what to expect.
As I walked further into the place, I saw a crowd of people standing around looking at a woman on stage. She was dressed for a workout dance and it became obvious that that was what we were going to do also. We were going to dance and she was going to teach us how.
At this time, the big secret was out. We were going to be a part of a FLASH MOB. “Flash mobs are “spontaneous” gatherings that are organized by emails and text messages. Everyone from celebrities to schools have created them.” – You Tube. If you haven’t seen or know what a flash mob is, check out this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvt3chGuU8I
By showing up and taking part, I committed myself to a couple of hours for the next two Sundays. It really isn’t much to ask from someone who is equally concerned about Puerto Vallarta and having it be known that our paradise is still a safe place to vacation.
So there we all were, 118 of us trying to learn the intricate steps from our dance leader, Kim La Rue. Who by the way owns a dance studio in New York City called Bridge for Dance. Kim is here to donate her time and expertise in making this Flash Mob event work.
The music blasted, Kim La Rue showed her moves and we the people followed. During some of the dance moves, I looked around the room and began to feel I was part of the old TV series, Fame. I got goose bumps watching all the participants, some with two left feet and some showing off their hidden talent. We became one entity and maybe not all of us can be considered dancers. However, we all had one thing in common and that was to be a part of “something big”.
It was truly a fun filled day. There were people from all different walks of life, work and business. There were young children and teenagers with some being incredible dancers. The dance instructions were given in both languages and everyone worked towards one goal. That goal is to bring the people, the vacationers, to Puerto Vallarta.
Tim Longpré of PVRPV, Donna Davies, real estate specialist, Cindy Bendik DuChateau and Gary Green of Andales on the Bay, are the three masterminds behind this great project. The goal is to reach out to the thousands of people who live in Vallarta, adults and children alike, to take part in promoting Puerto Vallarta, our beautiful, beach paradise. The next rehearsal is Sunday, April 10 at Collage Club. Everyone is welcome to participate whether you can dance or not. The more people the better, children included. They are hoping to have at least 500 people to make this event work. Video of the dance steps were sent to all participants via email and F.B. This is just an example of the motivation behind this FLASH MOB project. Don’t stand on the sidelines and watch other people make it happen. You too can make a change.
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Sylvie Scopazzo is part of Power Walking Puerto Vallarta. See her facebook page at for more information http://www.facebook.com/pages/Power-Walk-the-Hidden-Streets-of-Puerto-Vallarta/113736978639716?sk=wall and also a recent Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e33OVxa9tsI
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