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Memorias de México – Old Time Photo Studio – Puerto Vallarta

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An Instant In Time, A Memory For A Lifetime

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco México

15 November, 2011

Memorias de México – Old Time Photo Studio, Puerto Vallarta´s most original new business, will help you recreate Mexico´s rich history and traditions with your personal old time sepia portrait with you as the star and model.  Step back in time and take home an inexpensive, lasting and cherished photographic souvenir which captures the memory of your time México for years to come.  Each 5×7 or 8×10 sepia portrait is shot in an exquisite hacienda style studio   wardrobed with dozens of professional quality costumes, wigs, mustaches, props and accessories.   Become a  Mexican legend by dressing in full authentic attire from numerous  themes such as Mariachi, Frida and Diego, Revolutionaries and Adelitas, Bullfighters, Charros, Aztecas and more.  Memorias de México is open from Noon – 8pm, Tuesday through Sunday, and is centrally located at 293 Morelos, just off Puerto Vallarta´s downtown main square, the Plaza De Armas, and near the NEW Malecon´s arches and amphitheater.

Recognized as the ”most unique business idea of the year”, Memorias de México – Old Time Photo Studio invites you share this fun filled experience with a loved one, family or group of friends.  Give a thoughtful and original holiday, birthday or thank you present with a Memorias de México Gift Certificate.   Book a group for a festive private photo party with special discount prices.  Photo mats, specialty frames, personalized holiday cards, ecards and 2012 calendars are available.

Bret Buskrud

Memorias de México – Old Time Photo Studio

293 Morelos, Puerto Vallarta

Tel.  (322)  222 – 7053

bretbuskrud@hotmail.com

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Charity Bingo #1 for Casa Hogar – Puerto Vallarta

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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie

LET’S GET READY TO BINGO-O-O-O-O-o-o-o-o-o

That’s how guest caller, Sean Moore of Nacho Daddy, started Charity Bingo for Casa Hogar, the local children’s orphanage, once the crowd had settled in. Sean called in English and Spanish, much to everyone’s delight. It took a while for him to get the hang of the Spanish, but I shouldn’t make fun. My Spanish is horrible. Anyway, Sean began to sound more and more like a wrestling match announcer as the evening progressed. It didn’t matter as everyone loved him. Thank you, Sean.

I gotta tell ya, our wonderful sponsors are doing an awesome job of gift procurement; the prize bags are chock full of fabulous certificates for discounted meals, merchandise and services. The list of contributors grows with each event. It’s almost too long to include here, but, how wonderful to have so much interest in Charity Bingo generated in the community. A big round of applause for Charlotte and Carole, the sweet ladies of Xocodiva, Artisan Chocolates, Lori of Rio Amapas-Private Luxury Residences, and, of course, Tim from PVRPV for their efforts. Take a bow, people. Oh, and a shout out to Oscar who is suffering from knee issues. Get well soon, Oscar. You were missed. Many thanks to Lina for selling cards and snapping pics of the evening, to Robin and Carole for volunteering to sell the raffle tickets and to Tammy of Nacho Daddy for running around and making certain that everything was going smoothly.

It should be mentioned that we were playing with clean beads this week. Yours truly carted them home after our last event. I left them in the mesh basket, plunked the whole thing into the pool, swooshed the beads around (call it the spin cycle), let them soak for a few minutes (the soak cycle), then pulled them out to drain. Once most of the water was gone, with the help of my friend Gayle, the beads were placed on a nice fluffy towel to complete the drain cycle. We patted them dry and let them sit outside to dry completely before returning them to the container. Just before leaving home, I personally shook Johnson’s Baby Powder all over them puppies (the powder cycle). What a difference. I propose we do this at the end of each month. Our beads smelled as fresh as a newly powdered baby’s behind. We’ll take pictures of the process next time.

On with the games! Jack Stone was a double-dipper this week winning Game 1 and Game 6. Game 2 was won by Nicole Wallace, the Bingo Queen. Game 3 went to Keith Smith. Keith was very quiet about his win and it might have gone unnoticed except for the person near him who pointed it out. We have some shy players. Game 4 was won by Bernice Rone. Jeff Moumce took care of Game 5. Games 7 and 8 were won by Roger Mallet and Tim Upton respectively. Congratulations to all our winners! By the way, not one fake bingo this week. Practice, practice, practice. That’s what I always say. Well, not really.

I noticed during the evening that a couple playing near the front of Nacho Daddy was playing by flashlight. Rather romantic don’t you think? It’s getting dark earlier now. Break out the candles!

Mr. Sean made the decision to take the halftime break after Game 5. Game 5 – The Big T – took forever. It just went on and on and on. We needed a break at that point. Hmmm. I wonder how he knew. Anyway, the not so halftime conversations seemed to be about beads…someone should invent a bead dispenser was one suggestion. We tried a fork but that didn’t work so good. Someone else wondered if one could get carpal tunnel from Bingo. Maybe using a dauber but not with beads. We like our beads but we are not bead obsessed. Honest. Oh, I noticed that one of my tablemates designed a line of Bingo wear. Bernd had cards and beads stuck to his head. What is up with that? Can’t be boredom. Our Bingo games are anything but boring.

Before we continued, the lovely lady from Casa Hogar spoke to the 74 kind people in attendance. She explained that the orphanage is home to 65 children and that they are so honored to have been selected as one of Charity Bingo’s special causes this season. By the way, the wish list has been published on Facebook on the Bingo Event page. Please check it out. Our special group’s generosity raised $10,775!

Someone won the 50/50 raffle. $1,475 went to the lucky winner. Someone always wins the 50/50 raffle. I didn’t catch the name this time. So sorry. The Big Raffle was won by Pam Thompson. I wish I’d found out what was in the basket. I think I heard something about a bottle of tequila. Anyway, a big Woo Hoo! to both winners.

By the way, Pam’s handsome date for the evening was her grandson, Nicholas. He had a great time. Heather Wilson was also in the house. Thanks for coming by and playing with us.  What a wonderful venue to see old friends and meet and make new ones from all over the world. It’s a splendid way to spend an evening. I had the pleasure of meeting Damian and Bernd who are visiting from Vancouver. Hope to see them again soon.

As usual, the amazing Nacho Daddy staff was spot on. Beverages just miraculously appeared along with delicious chips, salsa and guacamole. And, the award winning chili was spicy, just the way some folks like it. Me, not so much. Tender tummy.

Sponsors

Gift Bags

No Way Jose

Tino’s Restaurant
Papelería Limón Cristalex
Los Veranos Canopy tour Vallarta Shores
Nacho Daddy Deja New Consignment
Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates PVRPV
Fishing with Carolina Cassandra Shaw
Daiquiri Dicks Joe Jack’s Fish Shack
The Coffee Cup America Cruise
El Andariego Gold’s Gym
Las Palomas Restaurant Sirloin Stokade
Apaches Martini Bar Barra Bar
The Dog House Hotel Tropicana
Diamonds International Curvas Peligrosas
Bubba Gump Greeting Cards by Helen
JB Dancing Club Café DesArtistes
Novelties Karina Canto del Mar
Tropical Adventures


Okay, folks. Remember that the next Bingo Night for Casa Hogar will be on Tuesday, November 22. Don’t forget that items from the wish list brought to Bingo Night will earn the bringer a free card. That’s a cool deal. So, friends, neighbors and fellow bingo lovers, let’s come out on the 22nd in record breaking numbers and raise more funds for a very worthy cause. Yaaaaay Bingo!

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CHARITY BINGO # 2 FOR ASILO SAN JUAN DIEGO PUERTO VALLARTA

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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie

Anticipation was running high when I arrived at Nacho Daddy to participate in the second and final Bingo game benefiting Asilo San Juan Diego, Puerto Vallarta’s home for seniors. Once again, the restaurant was filled with eager faces. Once again, many were unfamiliar to me but that’s a good thing. The word is out. The exceptional Nacho Daddy wait staff was serving drinks and food with alacrity. I and my guest took a seat at Tom’s table.

It was a treat to learn that Juan Carlos would be calling Bingo, assisted by the lovely Lina of PVRPV. Carole, our capable 50/50 raffle chica was working the room, but she wasn’t as exuberant as usual. No matter, everyone bought tickets. San Juan is such a worthy cause and everyone involved was determined to raise as much money as possible.

A gentleman from New Zealand carried in the cutest little dog. He was hoping to adopt the poor thing out as he was unable to return to New Zealand with an animal. I don’t know if our friend was successful. I hope so. Another dog was present in the room, though I doubt the owner would have given this beautiful Samoyed up for all the tortillas in Mexico. What an amazingly well trained animal. The brightest white fur and the sweetest face I’ve ever seen on a Samoyed. What a treat. Yes, folks. One can bring one’s well-behaved dog into many restaurants in Mexico.

Enough about dogs. Last week I promised to tell you the history of Bingo. I went to Wikipedia for the information. It’s pretty boring so I’m not going to expound on it much except to say Bingo is usually played as a gambling game or as a way to raise funds for worthy causes, churches, etc … just like we’re doing … and has been around, in the US, at least, since 1920. It actually originated as a lottery game in Italy around 1530. So, that’s kind of interesting but I think it’s the players who make our games exciting. There are very serious Bingo players out there, some playing as many as 30 cards at a time! This usually occurs in Casino Bingo where the players use daubers, not beads. Anyway, I’m never bored at our Bingo nights and I like using beads. Oh my gosh! Can you imagine using beads on 30 cards? One bump of the table and …

Robin was selling the Big Raffle tickets. What an exciting gift this time. A “Romance Basket.” Oooo, lah, lah. My whole table bought tickets…the basket contained a bottle of fine champagne and two flutes compliments of Trattoria Michel, a gift certificate for a visit for two to Metamorfosis Day Spa, delicious chocolates compliments of  Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates and a gift of 2 dozen roses from Eden Flores. Many thanks to those businesses who donated their products to this beautiful prize package.

Well, after purchasing our cards, 50/50 raffle tickets, Big Raffle tickets, food and beverages we were ready to get underway. When Juan Carlos had the group’s attention (90 in number!), he called the first letter/number…N-41. Suddenly, a parade started up the street. Music, noise-makers, marchers all in bright pink shirts. The march was to bring awareness to breast cancer. The small group only took around 60 seconds to get past us and we were able to continue. The first game was won by a rather shy person…Laarle Spiess, who raised his hand to signify his bingo. Tim almost missed it. Liz Miller won game 2 and shared the win of game 3 with Lili Velazquez. Game 4 was won by Larry Wright. Once underway, the first half went very quickly. Before we knew it, it was half-time. We all know the drill: more food and drink orders, the other break, the stretch and walk outside to check out the sunset, final raffle ticket purchases.

We began anew with game 5, won by Toby Morris. Game 6 was won by a professional Bingo player … Cheryl Sellers brought her own buttons to use as markers. That raised the discussion about our colorful beads. Over the months, they’ve gotten sticky. Yours truly volunteered to take them home and give them a good bath. I’ll probably just stick them in the pool and swoosh them around a bit. One of my table mates suggested that I grind them into squares so they won’t roll. I had another suggestion for him. Anyway, the beads are currently in my possession. Don’t worry. They’ll be back for our first game on November 8th.

The 50/50 raffle jackpot came in at $3,900 pesos with $1,950 going to Wendy Feldman, the holder of the winning ticket. Congratulations Wendy! Thank you for making the trip from Xtapa to join us. Dennis Smith was the lucky winner of the Big Raffle “Romance Basket”, valued at $4,500 pesos. Congratulations to you, Dennis! Enjoy.

Game 7 was won by Pierre Paquette and game 8, Blackout, was won by Drew Baldridge.

Congratulations to all our game winners and thank you for coming out and helping to make the event a success. Your generosity helped to raise a whopping $11,240 pesos, bringing the combined total to $22,287 for Asilo San Juan Diego. Give yourselves a big round of applause!

Sponsors

Gift Bags

No Way Jose

Margaret Souder
Coolling Ties by Bill Kelly Malcom Art
Cheeky Monkey Franc Gole
Artepil SPA Deja New Consignment
Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates PVRPV
Fishing with Carolina Cassandra Shaw
Cupo City Joe Jack’s Fish Shack
Coffe Cup Lola Covarrubias
Esther Sánchez Socorro Macías
Los Alcatraces Restaurant Flaveur City
Mail Boxes Etc. Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping
Health Care Resources Apaches Bar

Raffle

Trattoria Michel Metamorfosis Day Spa
Eden Flores Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates

None of this would be possible without the hardworking administrative committee of Charity Bingo, namely Tim of PVRPV, Lori of Rio Amapas-Private Luxury Residences, and Charlotte and Carole of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates. Our other volunteers include Robin, Lina, Juan Carlos and Oscar. Many thanks to all of you for your generosity. Charity Bingo wouldn’t happen without your tireless efforts.

Don’t forget that in November we will play Bingo for Casa Hogar, the local children’s orphanage. A wish list will be published soon. Donations for all of our causes can be made anytime at the PVRPV office, Pino Suarez #210 in Old Town, but, if you bring something from the wish list on Bingo night, you qualify for an extra card, FREE! Doesn’t get much better than that.

See you Tuesday, November 8 at 6:30 for another exciting evening of Charity Bingo!

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Casa Hogar Maximo Cornejo Quiroz A.C. – Wish List

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Come help us support Casa Hogar Maximo Cornejo Quiroz A.C. this Tuesday, November 08th and November 22nd at Nacho Daddy’s, located at 180 Basilio Badillo in Old Town.

BRING AN ITEM FROM THE WISH LIST AND GET A FREE CARD TO PLAY !!!

We look forward to seeing you at B-I-N-G-O!




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The Dog House Opens to Praise

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The Dog House Opens to Praise

Puerto Vallarta (Jalisco) — The Dog House opened up on Tuesday night with rave reviews.  The new venture pairs ambitious owners, a friendly staff, affordability and quality ingredients to bring a new food experience to Puerto Vallarta.

“These are the best hot dog and sausages that I have ever had…and I have had lots of sausages in my time” quipped Puerto Vallarta resident, Bert Ramirez. Cheryl Schrean, Margaret Souder, Cindy Du Chateaux and John Stewart echoed the positive comments as well as many others who quickly went online to post accolades on various social networking sites.

The Dog House, located in front of Paco’s Ranch on Ignacio L Vallarta, offers customers a variety of artisan sausage meats as well as traditional bacon-wrapped all-beef hot dogs.   The Dog House will be open from 10pm to 6am Tuesday through Sunday.  Check-in on Facebook, Foursquare or Twitter during your visit and receive a special treat.

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“It’s Always Sunny in Puerto Vallarta” Contest Winner

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Monica Navarro

With 789 likes on PVRPV’s Facebook Site, Monica won:

Thanks to all for your enthusiasm in participating and tell us why

It is Always Sunny in Puerto Vallarta.

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