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THE PALM CABARET AND BAR KICKS OFF EXCITING NEW SEASON!

 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico:  From Broadway legend and Tony Nominee, Sharon McNight, to the hilarious Emmy-Award winning Leslie Jordan (Will and Grace, The Help) telling his “Stories I Can’t Tell My Mama” to local singer, Jorge Acosta, The Palm Cabaret has many surprises, musical treats and laughs in store for you this season.  Returning favorites like Kim Kuzma, Joanna and Sol Rose, add to the excitement.  “You won’t want to miss a single artist this season!  The line-up is the best we’ve ever had.” says Mark Rome, founder of the Palm.

     Kicking off Thanksgiving Week and the 2012/2013 season, returning for his third consecutive season, is the hilarious (and often touching) vocal impressionist, singer and comedian Mark Alan Smith.  Mark Alan opens on Friday, Nov. 16 at 10pm and runs through Thanksgiving week. “All of Mark Alan’s character voices are live. There is never any lip synch in these shows,” says Tracy Parks, entertainment coordinator for The Palm, “although people constantly ask at the door ‘was that really his voice?’ Yes, it was, I tell them.”

     Joining the Thanksgiving line-up with two special shows of her own is the charming and beautiful, Chi Chi Rones (aka Emmy Award Winning writer and singer Peter Garcia).  Chi Chi is famous for her Los Muertos beach parachute entrance to Puerto Vallarta last season and her burro serenades down Olas Altas.  Her show opens Monday, Nov. 19 at 8pm for two consecutive nights.  Chi Chi will be a frequent guest artist at The Palm, making numerous appearances as Chi Chi has decided to take a break from Hollywood and spend the winter with us in her home country of Mexico!

     Thanksgiving week also brings back the hilarious Joanna, “The Gal with a Gazillion Voices”, who always keeps the crowd coming back for more.  Joanna has many new characters (all live, no lip synch), stories, and stage games in store for her lively audiences in her newly titled show, “Joanna’s Funhouse” which will open Tuesday Nov. 20 and run each Tuesday and Saturday at 10pm thru the season.

     Vallarta’s favorite Canadian songstress, the gorgeous Kim Kuzma, is in rehearsals for her new ‘Unplugged with Spanish Guitars’ Show, the sell-out hit of last season which is scheduled to return on Nov. 25 at 7pm and run each Sunday at 7pm.  Kim’s new solo show will be at 10pm on Wednesdays thru the season.

     To make attending shows easier, follow The Palm’s website:  www.ThePalmPV.com to be sure you don’t miss upcoming headliners like Leslie Jordan, Sharon McNight, Toronto’s Miss Conception, Kelly Mantle (nephew of Mickey), Amy and Freddy, Del Shores (Sordid Lives), Sol Rose, Michael Holmes in The Judy Show and the return of the fabulous Joelle Rabu!  Theatre goers can also purchase tickets for all the Act II Entertainment shows scheduled this season including “The Rocky Horror Show” currently playing Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays thru Dec. 29.  Tickets for all shows may be purchased online and sent to ‘will call’ for pick up (no need to print) again this year with a credit card/PayPal.

     The Palm is located at Olas Altas 508.  The Box Office opens 3 hours before show time.  You can also find the Palm on Facebook at The Palm Cabaret and Bar.  You may also phone the club at 322 222 0277 starting at 5pm nightly.

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The Dog House celebrates one year in Puerto Vallarta!

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As the ghouls and goblins retire from tonight’s Halloween activities, The Dog House prepares for its first anniversary on Thursday with specials and free give-a-ways.

 Among a dizzying swath of restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, The Dog House has quickly become a favorite with locals and visitors.  The glowing finger-lickin’ good testimonials have skyrocketed on TripAdvisor and have rewarded The Dog House proprietors and friendly staff as one of  “The Top Three” eateries around the Bay.

 In celebration of the one year anniversary, both Dog House locations, Ignacio L. Vallarta 237 (in front of Paco’s Ranch) and Pino Saurez 212 (next to PVRPV), will be offering TWO-FOR-ONE mouth-watering -sweet chorizo and smoky polish sausage  to the first 100 customers.  In addition, guests “checking in” to their favorite social networking sites on Thursday will receive a limited edition tote bag bearing the popular Dog House logo.

For more information, including hours, maps and full menu, visit www.thedoghousepv.com

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Firefighters’ fundraiser surpasses expectations

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It is the quintessential romance food. It’s family food. It’s comfort food for the lonely heart. It’s party food that friends love to eat. It’s a favorite with the kids. Most importantly, the food that Marco Polo brought to Europe from the Far East in the late 13th century also serves as the foundation for a great fundraiser for the heroic men and women who put themselves in harm’s way every day…our Puerto Vallarta Firefighters and Lifeguards.

On Saturday afternoon, June 9th, the fire trucks and lifeguard equipment were moved to the street to transform the Puerto Vallarta Department in to a temporary dining hall to accommodate 250 hungry and benevolent Banderas Bay visitors and residents for the Second Annual Spaghetti Friend-Raiser which generated in excess of $50,000 pesos. Monies raised have been earmarked for the purchase of special life-saving equipment and training. In addition to the funds, event-goers contributed to “Bring-a-Thing” and donated items like bandages, disposable gloves, over-the counter medicine and array of items that are used on a daily basis.
In addition to a plethora of pastas, sumptuous salads and decadent desserts, guests enjoyed live music provided by Jaime Vegas of Paradise Plaza, Department tour, firefighter and lifeguard exhibition, live auction and raffle.Sponsors and patrons included Andale Restaurant, Barra Light, Bocon Di Vino , Candy’s Pasteleria, ChuckMallory, Costa Sur, Cupocity, Daquiri Dicks , Dreams, Ernesto Castillon, Fiesta Americana, Hotel BuenaVentura Holiday Inn , Hotel Barcelo , Hotel Costa Sur, Hotel Presidente, Irma Guzman Roblyer, Inter Continental, Isabel Olivares, Jaime Vega, Los Chatos,Marriott CasaMagna Resort & Spa, Margaret Souder, Melia, No Way Jose , Pan & Que?, Pie in the Sky, PortoBello, PVRPV, Ricotta, Salud Super Food, Sheraton, Suspiro’s Pasteleria, Vallarta Torre, VelasVallarta and Villa del Palmar. Kelly Trainor, Bert Ramirez, Cindy DuChateau Ramirez and Gary Green served as the organizing committee.

“I am in awe of the support of local businesses and the outpouring of support from residents and visitors alike.” commented Lic. Hiram Fernandez Abundis, Department Director “It was great to see so many people walking up to our firefighters and lifeguards and thank them for keeping the community safe.”

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Sausage Remains Supreme on Southside: The Dog House Opens Up Second Location in Puerto Vallarta

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Times like these call for simplicity. These are simply not the days for Beef Wellington and Baked Alaska, forks and knives. Days this hot need something reliably satisfying, something you can eat with one hand, and in a few bites. Something tried and truly delicious. Something that enters your life fully assembled, unlike absolutely anything you will ever buy at Ikea.

Look no further. Your dreams have been answered. The Dog House opened its second southside location this week at Pino Suarez 212, adjacent to the PVRPV offices. The quaint combination dine-in/take-out restaurant is open from 11am to 8pm Tuesday through Sunday. Delivery service is available.

Proprietors, Agustin Rocha and Tim Longpre, start with the best hot dogs and sausages and handle them with reverence. Whether you choose the traditional Jalisco-style hot dog — 100% beef dog wrapped in bacon, griddled until dog and bacon fuse, garnished with a kitchen sink of fresh hand-made condiments and stuffed into a Mexican bolillo roll or their piping hot faves — Italian, Chorizo, Chicken Chipotle, Bratwurst or Polish Sausages — customers will leave with a smile. Customers looking for a veggie dog that has the taste and texture of the real thing won’t be disappointed in The Dog House’s meatless offering.

For more information on The Dog House, visit www.thedoghousepv.com. The original Dog House is located in front of Paco’s Ranch in Ignacio L Vallarta 237 and open nightly at 10pm. Look for The Dog House on Facebook, Foursquare and TripAdvisor.

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Charity Bingo #1 for The Food Bank

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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie

Welcome to another edition of Charity Bingo. We’ve called it everything from Bingo-Lation to Bingo-Rama to Speedy Gonzalez Bingo. It’s all the same game. And, always great fun. More and more wonderful people are turning out to play every other week. This is super and thank you very much for your participation.

I thought I would do something different with this article. Don’t know about you, but it seems to me that they all almost sound the same. Just the names are changed to promote the winners. So, this time, I’ve decided not to write an article at all. That will really be a change. Oscar will simply publish a list of winners. How about that?

NOT. Of course, I’ll write the article. Made ya look though, didn’t it?

I arrived at Nacho Daddy early. Had no choice. I was in charge of the beads. I stopped on Basilio Badillo in front of Nacho Daddy, flashers flashing, popped the hatch and Sean raced out to collect the basket of newly washed beads. Thanks for the assist, Sean. By the way, Gayle from Portland graciously provided the laundry service. I must have been napping so we didn’t get pics of the process. I don’t know how she did it but I do know that she separated a whole bunch of beans from the beads as they floated away in the pool. We’d run out of beads during an especially crowded Bingo event and Nacho Daddy supplemented with beans. Yay, Gayle! Anyway, I powdered the beads before delivery. Yay, me! Hey, we all do what we can, right?

Once parked, I got to the restaurant just in time to meet Gayle and Alex. Alex brought her neat Alaskan Eskimo doggie, Diva. She really is a diva and a very good dog. Then, Ron Biggs strolled in with his little dog, too. I wondered if the night was going to end up going to the dogs.

Our February events will benefit the local food bank—Banco de Alamientos. All of the volunteers, new and old finally arrived. Carole immediately began hawking the 50/50 raffle tickets. She may have started before she even came through the door for all I know. The woman is tireless. Moreover, she won’t take “no” or even “no, thank you” for an answer. Her success is legendary. Rock on, Carole. Robin was back, selling the BIG Raffle tickets. Three prizes were up for grabs—10 passes to Swimming With the Dolphins, valued at $3,000, 2 nights at Casa Isabel, worth $4,000 and 2 valuable clown paintings donated by Margaret Souder. The prize bags, each valued at over $1,500, were donated by dozens of restaurants, service providers and bars throughout Puerto Vallarta. We’ve got some great donors this year. Charlotte and Lori have done a splendid job.

By the way, Banco de Alamientos is a little known charity. However, they’ve been around awhile and they help feed over 5,000 people a month. Food donations will always be cheerfully accepted.

We were entertained by a pair of brand new callers this evening—Astrid van Dam of Superior Tours and another lady assisting. I didn’t catch her name. In any case, Tim introduced them as Laverne and Shirley. Well, being Dutch, they didn’t understand the humor. So, Tim re-introduced them as Thelma and Louise. The ladies were familiar with that pair. Yikes! Any case, Astrid had never called a bingo game before but, boy oh boy, she got down to it and we were off to the races again. Another Speedy Gonzalez night, Astrid style. In English AND in Spanish. Oh, and in Dutch a couple of times. Very amusing, very fun. Kudos, Astrid and thank you for joining us. Hope to see you again.

Let the games begin. Game 1 was won by Gerry White; Game 2 by Bob Turgeon. Game 3 was a double, with Gayle Adcock (my friend from Portland) and Marsha Germaise (remember this name) sharing the honors. Actually, it’s not a share. Each winner receives a whole bag of goodies. Game 4 was another double, with Fay Sloane and Marsha Germaise (remember her?) taking home the baggies.

Break time. Half time. Whatever. Time to replenish beverages and munchies. The Nacho Daddy staff was right on target as usual. I wasn’t feeling my very best so I was drinking mineral water (gasp) instead of cerveza or vino tinto. Hey! That’s okay once in awhile. I promise it won’t happen again. Couldn’t eat either but that didn’t stop the folks at my table and the tables around me. Gosh the food smelled delicious.

Back from the break, Astrid began again. We were going to blast all previous records for early dismissal. Whew! Faster than a speeding bullet. Well, Thelma and Louise, you know. Anyway, Alex Wassermann and Diva won Game 5. Then, Margaret Grimes won Game 6. Then, Karen Danielson and Alex Wassermann won Game 7. I was beginning to wonder if anyone else was playing. I should add that Gayle, Karen and Alex were all sitting at my table. Lucky table, kind of.

Time for the raffle drawings. Okay. Guess who won the 50/50 raffle. If you said Marsha Germaise, you would be correct! $1,950 was the jackpot. I’m not kidding! Three bingo games and a raffle. Talk about luck. The BIG Raffle prizes went to Roger Leclare (Casa Isabel), Vina Vandervelde (paintings) and Gerry White (Swim with the Dolphins package).

Game 8 was won by a total stranger, namely Johanna Westhaver.

Congratulations to all our winners tonight. Well, there weren’t that many now were there. Anyway, 91 generous people played, had a bunch of fun and raised a whopping $11,050 for the food bank. How great is that! Thank you all for coming out and we hope to see you on Tuesday, February 21 at Nacho Daddy. Come early so you can get a good seat.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention as many of our sponsors and volunteers as possible. Tim and Lina of PVRPV, Lori of Rio Amapas-Private Luxury Residences, Charlotte and Carole of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates, and Robert, Bryan and Tammy helping wherever needed.

Don’t forget, folks. Bring food items to the next event and collect your free bingo card. Bring someone we’ve never seen before, collect a free bingo card. See how that works?

Until then, this is me, signing off.

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Alexander A Salon JB Dancing Club
Angelas Joe Jack’s Fish Shack
Apaches Bistro Las Palmas
Apaches Martini Bar Las Palomas
Archies Wok La Kuh
Artepil Spa Lola Covarrubias
Bella Napoli Los Alcatraces
Bellisima SPA Los Bambinos
Bills Sport Bar Los Veranos Canopy Tour
Bubba Gump Mail Boxes Etc.
Bagu Spa Malecon Art
Café DesArtistes Mimis Pancake House
Canopy River Nacho Daddy
Canto del Mar Natural Essence
Carpaccio New beginnigs
Cassandra Shaw No Way Jose Restaurant
Centro University Ocho Tostadas
Cheeky Monkey Old Time Photo Studio
Coffee Cup Ontli Spa
Cooling Ties by Bill Kelly Outback
Cristelex Page in the Sun
Curvas Peligrosas Pam Thompson
Daiquiri Dicks Pegaso Tours
Deja New Consignment Provecho
Dental Estetic PVRPV
Diamonds International PV Sleep Well
Dr. Natalie Vargas River Café
El Andariego Sabrina Bar & Grill
Esther Sanchez Socorro Macias
Fishing with Carolina Starbucks
Flaveur City The Coffee Cup
Franc Gol The Dog House
Frida Un Bar The Palm Cabaret
Gabys Tropical Adventures
Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping Unnique ATV Tours
Gold’s Gym Vallarta Adventures
Hacienda Doña Engracia Vallarta Shorex
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BINGO #2 FOR CANICA – CHILDREN WITH CANCER

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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie

GALA NIGHT for Charity Bingo! When I arrived at Nacho Daddy, had I not had a reserved table, I’d have been playing bingo on the street! I’m not kidding! It was almost standing room only.

 

The final attendance for the evening was 150 generous, children-loving people playing bingo for Canica—Centro de Apoyo a Ninos con Cancer A.C. or Children with Cancer. What an amazing crowd. Wish list items piled up near the stage. Several children comfortably ensconced at a table near the front, avidly waited for the games to begin.

The usual pre-game activities ensued — Tim on cards, Lori on beads (I feared we might run low on beads), Robin BIG raffling, Carole 50/50 raffling, Lina handling the camera duties (Tim gave Oscar the night off) and Charlotte and Tammy running around doing everything else necessary to get us started. The Nacho Daddy staff was spot on. Food and beverages ordered and delivered with their usual precision.

A special treat for the evening was our guest callers — the always lovely, Pamela Thompson! and, wearing an interesting sxxtkickin’ boot — the marvelous Gary Green! Gary started us off with a BIG BINGO RAH, RAH! That’s not been done before. Then, Pam let us know that there would be no joking around. Just bingo calling. She wanted to be finished with the event by 8:30. Then, it was off to the races … and I mean RACES!

The first winner of the evening was none other than Ross Shaping. Way to go, Ross. Then, Joann Cain shouted “BINGO”, winning Game 2. Wheee! Denise Deramee took Game 3 and Connie Kogut wiped us all out, winning Game 4. Dyn-o-mite! Our beautiful children helped to deliver the heavily laden prize bags to the winners.

Suddenly, it was halftime! The children passed out marbles to all the participants — so we will remember them in the future. I’ll keep mine close to my heart, as are these children and all children with cancer — in my heart and in my prayers. I hope I’m not the only one. The children attending this evening’s festivities introduced themselves to the crowd. I believe the youngest was three. I sort of had to keep doodling so I wouldn’t cry. It was an emotional evening at times. It’s interesting to note that the types of cancers that affect children have a very high cure probability at around 70%. Canica arranges transportation to treatment facilities in Guadalajara for the children. The charity provides other important services as well. By participating in the games this month, we are contributing to the health and welfare of these deserving children.

Raffle ticket sales were brisk during halftime, too. Not only that, I spotted author Karen Blomain at a back table. Karen’s novels, “A Trick of Light” and “Season of Lost Children” are must-reads. I highly recommend them. Thank you for playing, Karen. Hmmmm. Oh, yes. The inimitable Bill Kelly also joined us. I’m certain there were other dignitaries and celebrities in the mob. I just couldn’t see them for all the people.

Additional food and beverages delivered yet again, Pam had us off to the races once more. Bev Shaw snagged Game 5. Nice one, Bev. Kurt Lauer and Debbie Burke bagged Game 6. Whooo, hoooo! Bruce Abrahamson won Game 7. Well done, Bruce.

I think it was at this point in the evening where the raffle tickets were pulled and the winners announced. The largest 50/50 raffle pot in Charity Bingo history – $3,100! – was won by Donna Bellwood. Donna told us the story about her son, a child cancer survivor, who will turn 36 years old this month. She generously donated her winnings back to the cause making the total take for the evening — wait for it — a whopping $25,250! Can you believe it? Well, believe it. The BIG Raffle was won by Llora Weismillek. The fabulous prize was a trip to Guadalajara, including transportation and two nights lodging provided by Superior Tours.

A very special shout-out to Pamela Thompson of HealthCare Resources for her efforts to drive folks to Bingo Night. And, I’m not talking by car, either. Emails, postings on Facebook, Twitter, more emails, more postings. The woman is tireless and I believe her endeavors definitely paid off tonight. Wonderful job, Pam. I don’t know where you find the energy but I know the children are grateful as is the rest of the community

We finished up the night with the always-challenging Blackout Bingo. I love this one. It was won by Richard Law and Donna Bellwood! Yippeee!

Congratulations to all our winners! Kudos to the 150 people who made the event a huge success for the children. Thanks as usual to our energetic sponsors – Tim and Lina of PVRPV, Charlotte and Carole of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates and Lori of Rio Amapas-Private Luxury Residences. Without your hard work, Charity Bingo would not happen. And, what a wonderful list of contributors again for this event. Those prize bags are loaded! Many thanks to all.

By the way, the Bingo event was a done deal by 8:20! A Bingo Marathon! Whew!

Okay, kids. Let’s not forget that we play Bingo once more for this very worthy cause on Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30. Can anyone remember where? Oh, yes. Nacho Daddy! Until then, this is me, signing off.

SPONSORS Cheeky Monkey
Diamonds International Mail Boxes Etc.
Cassandra Shaw Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates
Fishing with Carolina Nacho Daddy
Deja New Consignment El Andariego
Joe Jack’s Fish Shack Apaches Bistro
Bubba Gump The Coffee Cup
JB Dancing Club No Way Jose Restaurant
Hotel Tropicana Cristelex
Curvas Peligrosas Gold’s Gym
The Dog House Los Veranos Canopy Tour
Café DesArtistes Page in the Sun
Canto del Mar Bellisima SPA
Daiquiri Dicks Frida Un Bar
PVRPV Natural Essence
The Palm Cabaret Cooling Ties by Bill Kelly
Socorro Macias Apaches Martini Bar
Flaveur City Sabrina Bar & Grill
Pegaso Tours Bella Napoli
Canopy River Franc Gol
Los Bambinos Los Alcatraces
La Kuh
Old Time Photo Studio
Lola Covarrubias Esther Sanchez

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ANOTHER EDITION OF BINGOLATION!

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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie

Once again, a bunch of us got together at Nacho Daddy to play Bingo to benefit Discapacitados Visuales de la Bahia—Help to Blind People. Gosh, folks. Isn’t the weather fabulous? I arrived early after spending a splendid afternoon on the beach. I recommend it.

After finding my preferred table, I discovered that I had forgotten paper for notes. Had a pen, just no paper. And, Nacho Daddy recently laminated the special Bingo menus. What to do? Napkins just don’t work for note taking. Tammy to the rescue. Thanks Tammy for providing some really nice paper. Tammy told me that she really loves paper. Who knew? By the way, she loves tires, too. She recently had a birthday. I wonder which she got … paper or tires.

Showing up at the venue early gave me the opportunity to watch the all the avid, excited Bingo players find their favorite tables and place orders for their favorite food and drink with the A-1, top drawer Nacho Daddy Staff.

Carole, our nifty 50/50 raffle chica, was all decked out in a fur trimmed Santa hat. The white fur pom-pom bounced atop her head on a red springy thingy. Words fail me from time to time. Like now. Certainly a festive hat.

The room slowly filled. Carole peddled her tickets; Tim sold the cards (I’d like a lucky one, please). The beautiful Lori was in the house doing whatever else was required to get ready for the games. Lina, Tim’s lovely sister, worked the room selling BIG Raffle tickets for an unidentified but gigantic gift basket. The 411 will follow, I promise. As soon as I learned that chocolate was involved, (Charlotte was spotted bringing in the basket) I purchased three tickets. One stop shopping for Christmas gifts was my thinking.

Oh, by the way, Charlotte had a Santa hat identical to Carole’s. Thought I was seeing double. Ka-boing, ka-boing.

Stuff from the wish-list was piling up on the stage. Good news for our cause, to be sure, but, the room was only half-full. We couldn’t wait any longer. Our now regular guest caller, Sean Moore, was ready to Bingo. Check one, check two, check, check. N-45 started us off, in English and espanol. Sean’s espanol just gets better each time we play.

Gosh the restaurant was dark tonight. But, no holiday decorations. Awwww, shucks.

Happened to notice a beautiful young couple dressed in traditional clothing strolling through the restaurant. How lovely they were. I hoped they would dance during halftime, whenever that happened. One never knows anymore. The lovely couple was our prize delivery system for the evening.

Game 1 was won by Ron Springer, Marlene Rosenberg won Game 2. Whooo hoooo! Carol Clarke walked away with the prize bag for Game 3 and Judy Raad (a winner from our last event) won Game 4.

Tim called halftime after the (gasp) fourth game. Once again, we were treated to spectacular entertainment provided by members of Discapacitados Visuales de la Bahia. First, dancing by the young couple: Luis Enrique Mendez, who is the nephew of the charity founder, Rebeca and his partner Erendira Meza. They danced to La Negra and Guadalajara. What talent! Then, we were treated to a musical serenade by Edgar Gil on guitar and Antonio Morales on accordion. They played and sang Cielito Lindo and Caminos de Guanajuato. The charity has hugely participated in the events. It has not only been entertaining but gratifying as well. No blindfolds this week—just beautiful music. Many thanks to all the entertainers. Help for the Blind is truly a worthy cause.

Something nice happened during halftime … more folks started showing up. Can’t stay away. The festive music drew them in. Welcome newbies. Hope you played with us.

No matter where I turned, there were bobbing pom-poms. Ka-boing, ka-boing. Love those hats.

The first bingo of Game 5 was not a good bingo. Instead of a right-side up “T”, the player made an upside-down “T”. Ohhhhhh! Jan Saridakis (she was at my table) and Barbara Sandino were the eventual winners. Game 6 was won by Janet Seigneuret. Wheeeee!

The raffle girls were ready to raffle after Game 7, which was won by Joann Cain and Dennis Smith. Mr. Smith was at my table. Anyway, the 50/50 ticket was drawn and $900 was won by Margaret Souder! She generously donated her winnings back to the charity. What a wonderful gesture, Margaret. Thank you. The BIG Raffle was won by our own Lori Lorenzen! Lots of chocolate compliments of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates and a gift certificate from for $1,000 US off interior design services! WOW!

Before we could get underway again with blackout bingo, we had our traditional bead spill near the stage. OH,NO! As usual, it was handled quickly and quietly. I love Bingo, don’t you?

A couple of street bingos during the final game. No one paid any attention because we were only a few numbers into the game. Anyway, we’re used to it. Game 8 was won by Dennis Schram. He won the same game the last time we played! What are the odds of that happening? Wow!

Congratulations to all the winners. You guys rock!

In spite of the holidays, we did well. 48 people came out and we collected a total of $7,190 for the evening. Thank you all for coming.

A big round of applause for all of our volunteers, especially Tim of PVRPV, Lina of PVRPV, Lori of Rio Amapas-Private Luxury Residences, Carole and Charlotte of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates. Without you, Charity Bingo would not be a reality. I would be remiss if I didn’t extend warm thanks to Sean and the Nacho Daddy staff. And to all the prize donators, we’re very grateful for your participation.

Our next Bingo event will be held at Nacho Daddy at 6:30 on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. It will benefit Canica—Ninos con Cancer (Children with Cancer). Please join us and help to raise funds for another worthy cause. Watch for the wish list. Signing off until then.

Happy Holidays to all!!

SPONSORS Cheeky Monkey
Diamonds International Mail Boxes Etc.
Cassandra Shaw Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates
Fishing with Carolina Nacho Daddy
Deja New Consignment El Andariego
Joe Jack’s Fish Shack Apaches Bistro
Bubba Gump The Coffee Cup
JB Dancing Club No Way Jose Restaurant
Hotel Tropicana Cristelex
Curvas Peligrosas Gold’s Gym
The Dog House Los Veranos Canopy Tour
Café DesArtistes Page in the Sun
Canto del Mar Bellisima SPA
Daiquiri Dicks Frida Un Bar
PVRPV Natural Essence
The Palm Cabaret Cooling Ties by Bill Kelly
Socorro Macias Apaches Martini Bar
Flaveur City Sabrina Bar & Grill
Pegaso Tours Bella Napoli
Canopy River Franc Gol
Los Bambinos Los Alcatraces
La Kuh
Old Time Photo Studio
Lola Covarrubias Esther Sanchez

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EMMY AWARD-WINNING WRITER/SINGER, CHI CHI RONES, IN “SOUTH OF MY BORDER” AT THE PALM

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Contact: Mr. Tracy Parks

Phone: (322)168-9950

Email: pvmingo@gmail.com

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.”

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Charity Bingo #1 for Discapacitados Visuales de la Bahia

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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.

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 Alexander A Salon

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.

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Charity Bingo #2 for Casa Hogar Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

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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



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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.

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


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.

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