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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, December 20, 2011: Emmy award-winning writer and singer-comedian, Chi Chi Rones (aka Peter Garcia), will make her Puerto Vallarta debut in South of My Border on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 10pm at the Palm Cabaret and Bar at Olas Altas 508 in Vallarta’s southside/zona romantica. Chi Chi has performed her hilarious show with RSVP Cruises for the past ten years and is a regular in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California.
The “Spitfire Latina from Tijuana”, will sing and dance her way into your hearts with stories and songs (both funny and touching)…live! There is no lip sync in this show. Also, watch for Chi Chi’s uncanny Judy Garland impression that has wowed her crowds in Hollywood where she performs at the Cavern Club Celebrity Theater at Casita del Campo and in Palm Springs where she recently performed alongside another Emmy-award winner and close friend, Leslie Jordan (Will and Grace, Desperate Housewives). In fact, Leslie Jordan has said of Chi Chi’s show, “I laughed until I peed my pants…Chi Chi is THAT funny!”
Chi Chi Rones show opens Dec. 22 at 10pm and will continue with performances on Dec. 24 (@8pm), 25(@10pm), 27(@8pm), 29(@10pm) and 30(@8pm). Also January dates are Jan. 2 (@10pm), 4, 6 and 7 (@8pm) and 9(@10pm). Tickets can be purchased online at www.ThePalmPV.com or at the box office starting at 6pm nightly. Check the website for more info. As Chi Chi says, “If you don’t know Chi Chi, you don’t know Chit.”
Categories: Puerto Vallarta Economy, Puerto Vallarta Local Community, Things to See in Puerto Vallarta, Things to do in Puerto Vallarta Tags: Chi Chi Rones, Community, Entertaiment, Family, Folklore, Free time, Los Muertos Beach, Old Town, The Palm, Zona Romantica
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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie
|Well, folks. To begin with, I gotta say that our first Charity Bingo event benefiting Discapacitados Visuales de la Bahia – Help to Blind People, was amazing. We had a wonderful turn-out … 84 people braved the downtown traffic jams, detours and hard to find parking. Thank you all for coming. You helped to make the evening a roaring success. And, what an interesting evening it was…am I right?|
Let’s get to it. Sean Moore of Nacho Daddy, our beloved guest caller, coined a new word for us. How’s this … ”BINGOLATION”. Love it!
The evening started out almost like any other. We ate, we drank, and we greeted friends, old and new. Tim, Carole and Robin worked the room selling Bingo cards (necessary items if one really wants to get into the game), 50/50 and BIG Raffle tickets. Several representatives from our charity arrived and sat in the front of the restaurant. It was great to have them participate. Some were visually impaired, some not. Two beautiful young women dressed in colorful, traditional garb accompanied them.
Then, Sean ramped it up. Bingolation! He started calling the letters and numbers. Game 1 was won by Rosalie Elliot. The beautiful women delivered the gift bag and posed for a picture with the lucky winner. Game 2 was won by Rhonda Angelo. Same prize delivery system. How nice is that? The famous and fabulous Bill Kelly won Game 3 and Michelle Mayer won Game 4.
Now, ordinarily, we have halftime after Game 4, cause we’re halfway through. See how that works? This was the second time that Sean decided to have halftime after Game 5, which by the way was won by our own Dennis Smith. Dennis is a lucky guy. We’d had a fake Bingo during Game 5. Like the automaton I am, I cleared one card. No way to recover. Really, I must pay better attention.
It’s halftime. A hush did not come over the crowd … not yet. We ordered more drinks and food, bought a few more raffle tickets, talked, laughed. I complained about the unlucky cards I’d drawn. Oh, well.
Now, a hush came over the crowd as a lovely young lady, Graciela Ruiz, began to play her keyboard for us. She played Cielito Lindo and Fur Elise. Graciela is extremely talented and her audience was enthralled. Then, Tim and several helpers distributed blindfolds to each of us. The idea was for us to experience how the visually impaired feel and hear the world around them. Once our blindfolds were in place, two more musicians took the stage … Edgar Gil on guitar who sang Los Laureles and El Sinaloense accompanied by Antonio Morales playing the accordion.
Listening to the beautiful music in the dark without distractions was an amazing experience, at least for me. Tim mentioned to me later that he was surprised at how many people were unable to keep their blindfolds in place throughout the performance. I can understand that some might feel just a little uncomfortable, perhaps even claustrophobic. Muchas gracias to all of the musicians and participants from Discapacitados Visuales de la Bahia. I believe that many of us learned a valuable lesson from this demonstration.
Once again … BINGOLATION. Game 6 was under way. Several numbers into the game, the street in front of Nacho Daddy erupted into an Aztec dance routine. Drums, rattles, conch … no less than eight plumbed dancers twirled and galloped up Basilio Badillo, leading a more traditional posada musical group, followed by families processing their way to Cathedral de Guadalupe. I’m thinking Sean didn’t hear the commotion, but many of us were so engrossed in watching the parade, we missed a whole bunch of numbers. Finally, Sean stopped calling, the parade passed by and we began Game 6 anew. Sean kindly summarized the numbers that had already been called. Jim Raad was the lucky winner of the game.
On to Game 7, then, which had three winners: Kerry Leathers, John McKwen, and Judy Raad. Hmmm do you think Judy is related to Jim?
It was time to announce the winners of the 50/50 raffle and the BIG Raffle, namely Patti Rock who won $1,825 and generously donated it back to the cause and Tik Thurston, who was the proud winner of the BIG Raffle Action Package including a boat trip from Pegaso Tours, a one night stay at Casa Isabele, a canopy tour compliments of, ta daa, Canopy Tours and … and (2) Cheeky Monkey T-Shirts! What an amazing prize.
Game 8, the big ol’ blackout bingo was won by none other than Dennis Schran.
Congratulations to all our winners!
An interesting coincidence … the total collected for the evening – $12,700 is the same amount collected the previous game, including the 50/50 raffle amount. Very interesting. Very interesting, indeed.
As usual, there are so many people who must be acknowledged, for without them, Charity Bingo just wouldn’t be possible. Tim from PVRPV, Charlotte and Carole from Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates, Lori from Rio Amapas-Private Luxury Residences, Sean Moore and Nacho Daddy, Oscar and Robin and any other volunteers I might have missed. Thank you all so much for all your hard work. The prize bags are just full of amazing gifts and services from so many wonderful businesses in Puerto Vallarta. Charity Bingo is truly a community project.
Okay. Don’t forget … Charity Bingo’s last event for Discapacitados Visuales will be held on Tuesday, December 20 at 6:30 at Nacho Daddy. Bring something from the wish list and/or a brand new player and you will receive a FREE bingo card. FREE.
Signing off until then.
Categories: Charity Bingo in Puerto Vallarta, Health and Nutrition in Puerto Vallarta, Organizations in Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta Economy, Puerto Vallarta Local Community, Things to See in Puerto Vallarta, Things to do in Puerto Vallarta, Uncategorized Tags: Charity Bingo, Community, Discapacitados Visuales de la Bahia, Economy, Entertaiment, Family, Folklore, Health and Nutrition, Restaurants, Zona Romantica
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Rolling in the Dough
“Our reputation is built on the freshness and high quality of our food” boasted the ambitious owners of The Dog House. “Quality fresh bread delivered daily by Panaderia Alondra raises the customer expectation bar even further.”
Old-fashioned is an appropriate term for the Panaderia Alondra which crafts its magnum opuses on equipment that is ancient by modern automation standards. Situated in a ramshackle old building on the Rio Cuale, it’s far enough off the beaten path as to be relatively inconspicuous.
The ingredients are of the highest quality and are absolutely terrific. If you love your french rolls imbued with the memory-inducing, arousing aroma of fresh bread just out of the oven, this is the for you and now delivered nightly to The Dog House. Panaderia Alondra proprietor’s have made this panaderia a Puerto Vallarta institution for almost three decades and in the process, have become part of the Southside fabric. “We are passionate about our product and look forward to a long partnership with The Dog House” enthusiastically noted the bakery staff.
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 is open seven days a week from 10pm to 6am. Visit www.thedoghousepv.com for information, map, photo gallery and links to all social networking sites. While at The Dog House, pick up our new VIP (buy ten and get one free) Card.
Categories: Health and Nutrition in Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta Economy, Puerto Vallarta Local Community, Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, The Dog House Puerto Vallarta Tags: Economy, Health and Nutrition, Hot Dogs, Old Town, Paco's Ranch, Panaderia Alondra Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Restaurants, The Dog House, Zona Romantica
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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie
Charity Bingo Night for Casa Hogar
Most of the tables were full of eager Bingo players and once we were fed and beveraged by the able staff of Nacho Daddy, we were indeed ready to get started. The still unsticky beads were distributed by Lori, Tim was selling cards, you know, of the Bingo variety, and Robin and Carole were selling Big Raffle and 50/50 raffle tickets. Oscar was back and taking pictures. Glad to see you doing better, Oscar.
It looked like a pretty good crowd. There were several visitors from Portland, Oregon this evening. It’s c-o-o-o-l-d in Oregon. Many familiar faces and many new faces as well. I expect we will be seeing new faces all the way into the season. Good. That way, we can make new friends.
The main event of the evening began practically the same way as the last time we played. Our dandy guest caller was, once again, Sean Moore of Nacho Daddy. And we were ready to BINGO-O-O-O-o-o-o, paying strict attention to the letters and numbers called
Game #1 was won quickly but it was a fake bingo. The player thought B-13 had been called. It hadn’t been. However, it soon was called and the same person, Jessie Gedary, was the winner. Yaaay! We moved on to Game #2 and three winners shouted out with enthusiasm…”BINGO!!”. Tim was busy confirming that all bingos were good bingos. The winners, Rob Morris, Jay Mortensen and Peg Egan, were thrilled with their prizes. Jay was seated at the Portland table. Game #3 was a quiet fake bingo, then a fake-out bingo because it was a good bingo after all. Silly people. Roger Mallett was the lucky winner. Game #4, took forever. I don’t know why, but it was finally won by Ross Shapiro.
Half time gave me the opportunity to check out who was in attendance. Gil Gevins and his wife Lucy, attending for the first time, were at a table behind me. Gil was named “Jalisco’s Funniest Human Being” a while back. He has written several books, “Refried Brains” among them. All are available on Amazon.com. Let’s see…Lary and his daughter, Nicole, were playing nearby. Bill Kelly was playing, too. A female impersonator/lip-sinker by the name of Dixie, another newbie, was at a table behind me. Quite a star studded night.
Halftime also gave everyone the opportunity to unfuel and refuel and purchase more raffle tickets. Sales were brisk for both raffles. Then, we were off to the Bingo Races again.
Game #5 was won by Ross Shapiro, our double-dipper of the evening. He was quick to point out that a different card won. Lucky guy. Lucky cards. Then, we had a bead spill on aisle one. Oh, no! Tim was on it immediately but, apparently the spill was quite serious as it spread to aisle two. Don’t lose any beads, guys!
Game #6 was won by a street person. Well, not really. Juliana Montagano actually won the game. I love it when people holler “Bingo!” when they pass by the restaurant. We all sit up and take notice. I was within one of winning…B-1 to be precise. Bingo is a game of chance, you know. Chances are you don’t have the number. That’s been my experience this season.
At last, it was time for the raffle drawings. Roger Mallett (the winner of Game #3) won the 50/50 raffle. When you’re hot, you’re hot. The prize came to a total of $1,825! Roger generously donated his winnings to Casa Hogar. What a lovely gesture. Thank you Roger. Mary Jacobs won the Big Raffle…the basket included a one night stay at Casa Isabel and two beautiful still-life paintings donated by the artist, Alex Sanchez. Congratulations, Mary!
Once all the photographs were taken, we began Game #7, which was won by Jeff Bemge who was sitting at the same table as Jessie Gedary, the winner of Game #1. Lucky table.
Just before Game #8 (black-out) began, I thought I heard rain. Nope. Just the sizzle of the famous Nacho Daddy fajitas cooking in the hot juices. Mmmmm. My mouth began to water. No way did it smell like rain.
Quite a ways into Game #8, my pen rolled across one of my cards pushing the beads to one side. Awwwww. No way to recover from a roll-over accident like that. Shoot! We had another accident near the front of the restaurant. I don’t know if beads and cards were involved or just drinks. Either way, bummer. It was an accident prone evening.
After a surprisingly short game, Adam Manthei was declared the winner.
Congratulations! To all our winners. Thank you for coming out and playing Bingo for Casa Hogar, our local orphanage. Many items from the wish list were donated, too earning the bringer an extra card…FREE! For the evening, $12,700 pesos were raised for the children. Thank you all so much.
Many thanks to the staff of Nacho Daddy and Sean for volunteering to call for us. You did a splendid job…all of you.
Once again, our sponsors: Tim of PVRPV, Lori of Rio Amapas-Private Luxury Residences and the lovely ladies from Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates, Charlotte and Carole, have worked very hard to make each charity bingo night a roaring success. Thanks to all of you. Additional thanks are in order for all of the amazing businesses that have donated to the prize bags. My goodness. It’s so fabulous to see the community pull together for these events.
Our next Bingo night is Tuesday, December 6th. I hope to see many more people in attendance when we play Charity Bingo for Discapacitados Visuales de la Bahia/Help for Blind People. Signing off until then.
Categories: Charity Bingo in Puerto Vallarta, Family Activities, Fundrising in Puerto Vallarta, Health and Nutrition in Puerto Vallarta, Organizations in Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta Economy, Puerto Vallarta Local Community, Things to See in Puerto Vallarta, Things to do in Puerto Vallarta, Uncategorized Tags: Casa Hogar Maximo Cornejo, Charity Bingo, Community, Economy, Entertaiment, Family, Folklore, Free time, Health and Nutrition, Jalisco, Los Muertos Beach, Old Town, Organizations, Puerto Vallarta, Restaurants, Zona Romantica