Upcoming Events: November 29 – December 5, 2018

NEW THIS WEEK

FESTIVAL CARAVANA  – Sundays December 2, December 9 – At 7pm at the Los Arcos Amphitheater each night there are different shows combining music, dance, and clowns. Free and open to all ages.

24TH INTERNATIONAL GOURMET FESTIVAL  – From November 23 – December 2. 27 participating restaurants take part in this year’s events. Specially invited chefs from around the world create unique menus and host cooking events. For all the details visit festivalgourmet.com

VIII PUNTA MITA GOURMET & GOLF CLASSIC 2018 – November 29 – December 2 at Punta Mita enjoy four days of gourmet food with specially invited chefs, sponsored cocktail parties, golf and spa treatments. Truly luxurious. For all the details visit: eventospuntamita.com/gourmetgolf/

CHOCOLATE MEETS WINE & TEQUILA – On November 30 from 11:30 – 3:30pm join recognized Chocolatiers in the breathtaking Sidewalk-Bistro Da Simone for a fun-filled afternoon pairing Xocodiva’s handmade artisan chocolates with selected Wine, Tequila and Coffee Liqueur. A chocolate presentation will inform you of the true tale of the life of a chocolate. After, enjoy a delicious gourmet Luncheon from award-winning chefs. There will also be a surprise liqueur and dessert. A Festival Gourmet event. Tickets are $900 pesos and available online at festivalgourmet.com

SOUTHSIDE SHUFFLE – On Friday evening along the popular Basilio Badillo street from 6-10pm, you will find art, jewelry, fashion, collectibles, dining, entertainment and fun! Come on down to the liveliest street in town and enjoy a festive evening of entertainment, dining, drinks, and the BEST shopping around.

TASTE OF NUEVO AND 18TH ANNUAL GREAT CHILI COOK-OFF  – On December 1, from 4pm – 7pm in the Marina Nuevo Vallarta at this is two events in one! Taste of Nuevo features dozens of local restaurants serving tastes of their best dishes. The Great Chili Cook-off features anyone who wants to show off their own chili recipes and their costumes! All proceeds go to Toys for Tots and the Cleft Palate Program. There will be live music, great food and drink!

THE WINE & FINE CHEESES FAIR AT RIVER CAFE- On Saturday starting at 1pm the event features tastings of more than 15 wineries, including many award-winning wines from around the world. On your arrival you get an elegant wineglass as souvenir, so you can taste all the open wines included. This is a Festival Gourmet event. Tickets $380 pesos available online at festivalgourmet.com Rivier Café is at Isla Cuale 4 in Puerto Vallarta.

VALLARTA GARDEN CLUB HOLIDAY LUNCH – On December 5th join likeminded gardeners and Vallarta enthusiasts for a festive holiday lunch at the beautiful River Café overlooking the Rio Cuale. A delicious buffet will be served and holiday entertainment will be provided by the talented Jean-Guy. Price includes food, tax and gratuity; wine and cocktails may be purchased separately. Centerpieces will be available for sale at 500 pesos each at the conclusion of the luncheon. Please RSVP by December 3rd to jimeckardt@gmail.com.

2018 RED RIBBON GALA – On December 5th the Second Annual Red Ribbon Gala event will be held at Mantamar Beach Club on Playa Los Muertos from 6:00-10:00 p.m. The Celebrity chefs have paired up to plan a number of stunning gourmet items for a four-course sit-down gala banquet served to all the guests. The evening will begin with a professional wine tasting by Nina Goodhope of the wine store Cork & Bottles. World-class performers, live entertainment all in the name of fundraising for SETAC. Tickets are $2000mxn per person.

ONGOING EVENTS

ART

ART EXHIBIT: THE IMMACULATE LOVE COLLECTION— Colorestrue, Casa con Arte, started 2016 by Leonardo Tejeda, expressionist artist, opens a new location with the Art Exhibit of Leonardo´s new collection, THE IMMACULATE LOVE COLLECTION opened November 2 and  will be open to the public, Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. at Colorestrue, Casa con Arte (Francisco I. Madero 441)

LIFE DRAWING’ ART WORKSHOP: LOCAL ARTIST ARMANDO REYES— Join us on a new night, Wednesdays at 8pm in the theater. More information and online tickets. More info at IncantoVallarta.com.

MALECON SCULPTURES 101— Enjoy a relaxed walk by the ocean while chatting about the sculptures on the Malecon and the local art scene, plus a delicious Mexican brunch or snack at a charming and very unique spot. A fantastic cultural experience with a local friend. Wed, Thu and Fri at 9:00am. Make reservations through Vallarta101 (facebook.com/welovevallarta | 01 322 100 2253)

HANDBUILDING WITH CLAY AT ART VALLARTA— This class will take the beginner student through each step of coil and slab building. The instructor will familiarize you with terms ,tools and processes, supporting your creative vision. You will build simple projects from choosing your idea, applying techniques you learn, finishing with firing and glazing. Monday and Friday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 2 pm to 5 pm. 350 pesos plus Clay Kit (462 pesos). Art Vallarta Gallery (Calle Pilitas 213 | facebook.com/artvallarta)

INTRODUCTION TO WHEEL THROWING AT ART VALLARTA— This is the next step after fundamental building with clay. You will be guided in interactive instruction on the electric potter’s wheel; learning basic techniques, necessary for progressing as an artist in clay using the potter’s wheel. Basic finishing techniques in high – fire clay, glazing, firing and loading the kiln. 350.00 pesos plus clay (462 pesos). Monday and Friday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 2 pm to 5 pm. 350 pesos plus Clay Kit (462 pesos). Art Vallarta Gallery (Calle Pilitas 213 | facebook.com/artvallarta)

OPEN CLAY STUDIO AT ART VALLARTA— Have a project you want to work on independently? Work side by side with students from all classes and artists currently in the studio. No instruction is provided, but Rob will be present and available to help you out with equipment and basic needs. 350.00 pesos plus Clay Kit (if you need one). Monday and Friday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 2 pm to 5 pm. 350 pesos plus Clay Kit (462 pesos). Art Vallarta Gallery (Calle Pilitas 213 | facebook.com/artvallarta)

HARNESS THE POWER OF PAINTING WITH DOUGLAS SIMONSON— This class is for both beginning and experienced acrylic painters. Painter Douglas Simonson has 35 years of experience painting in acrylics and he will work with you in whatever area of painting you want to focus on, or he can help you decide on your focus. Class is every Friday from 1:30 PM to 4:30PM. Cost is $350 pesos per class. Easels, paints and brushes are available but bring your own brushes if you have your preferences. Bring your own canvas or purchase one at the ART VallARTa Art Supply Store located on the first floor. Drop-ins are welcome (based on space availability) or you can attend several classes for more in-depth study, or if you’re working on a more involved project. Art Vallarta Gallery (Calle Pilitas 213 | facebook.com/artvallarta)

FOOD

MEXICAN WINE & CHEESE TASTING NIGHT— Our most popular wine tasting: a selection of five boutique Mexican wines paired with five artisan Mexican cheeses. All wines are premium bottles and the cheeses are sourced from a local producer from Atotonilco El Alto, in the state of Jalisco. All cheeses are made using European techniques (think Camembert, Morbier, and Gruyere) but produced locally with a Mexican twist. This is an intimate event capped at only 9 seats. Secure your spot(s) as soon as possible, as they sell out quickly! For more info, please email hola@uncorkmexico.com or visit our website: www.uncormexico.com. Tuesday at 6 pm at Petit Hotel Villa Mercedes (Amapas 175)

CHEF RUBEN’S MAGICAL MEXICAN SALSAS— Chef Ruben introduces a journey of different sauces of Mexico. Taking classic Mexican ingredients and by doing a variety of cooking techniques, he will show how you can get many different flavors, textures, and options for other dishes. You will help in the preparation and eat different salsas as we prepare them. Also learn how to make classic sopes with a filling and test all the salsas that we have made to have some wonderful flavors. Beer, wine, local spirits and jugos are included. $1170 pesos per person. Wed. at 6 pm at ART Vallarta (213 Calle Pilitas | artvallarta.com)

HEALTH & WELLNESS

BEACH YOGA— Bring your mat down to the beach for a gentle morning flow, every Wednesday at 9am at playa los camarones, in front of Barracuda restaurant. 70 pesos per person and children under 12 are free when accompanying an adult. Barracuda (Calle Paraguay 1290)

DANCING BODIES— Dancing bodies is a dance workshop focused on movement and body awareness aiming to improve physical mobility, creativity, body strength, balance and flexibility and overall feelings of well-being. Directed to adults with an interest in working with sensory stimulation, the creation of your own dance, creative movement, and body consciousness. Tuesdays from 10 to 10:45 at ART VallARTa (213 Calle Pilitas | artvallarta.com)

VINYASA YOGA— Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a dynamic and vigorous practice in which breathing and progressive movement lead to a meditative state. This style is focused on developing consciousness and awareness of the proper alignment for each body as we go through the different postures (asanas). Directed to people of all ages and levels. Thursdays from 9 to 9:45 am at ART VallARTa (213 Calle Pilitas | artvallarta.com)

PILATES CLASS— The Pilates Method is a physical workout method that builds strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone. It focuses on lengthening and alignment of the spine with proper engagement of core muscles. For people of all ages and levels of training, immediate benefits of the method include improvement of posture, balance and overall wellness. Tuesdays from 9 to 9:45 am at ART VallARTa (213 Calle Pilitas | artvallarta.com)

SPIRITUAL & METAPHYSICAL LECTURE— Journey of self-discovery at the Center For Spiritual Living Puerto Vallarta. Each week offers inspirational talk using spiritual tools for personal growth, along with discussion and fellowship afterward. An open and inclusive spiritual community, all are welcome. Saturdays from 12:00 – 1:00 pm at Centro Cultural Cuale (Aquiles Serdan #437)

SPIRITUAL LIVING CIRCLE— Join the Center For Spiritual Living Puerto Vallarta (www.cslpv.org) for weekly discussions based on articles in the Science of Mind magazine.  It’s a new discussion each week.  Enjoy a great cup of coffee, great discussions in the comfort of air conditioning and stay for the sunset on the beach afterwards.  Love offerings welcomed and appreciated. Tuesdays from 7 to 8 pm.

OTHER

AMIGOS HAPPY HOUR— Join the Amigos Happy Hour every second Friday November through April. The first AHHH (Amig’s Happy Hour) of the year will be Friday, Nov 9 at 5:30 at Oso’s Oyster Bar in La Cruz Marina. Next up on December 14 at 5:30 pm we’ll meet at Xoklo (former Roberto’s Restaurant). ALL volunteers, wannabe volunteers, and amigos please join us. No host bar. Not a meeting. Not a fundraiser. Just plain fun and frolic.

BINGO WITH PEARL— Saturdays at 4pm. Drink specials, gift certificates, and cash prizes. Special guests Ballet Folklorico Tradiciones will perform. Incanto Vallarta (Insurgentes 109, Old Town Puerto Vallarta |  322.223.9756 | www.incantovallarta.com)

CHARITY BINGO AT NACHO DADDY—  Win big and support local causes. A new season of Nacho Daddy Charity Bingo will be played every other Wednesday at 4:00 pm throughout the Winter/Spring to raise money for two fantastic local charities: Pasitos de Luz and the Colina Spay & Neuter Clinic. More info at nachodaddypv.com

CORAZON DE NINA HUMANITARIAN TOUR AND BRUNCH— Corazon de Nina is a non-profit, registered charity in Mexico and the U.S.  We are a sanctuary for boys and girls who have been victims of violence, exploitation and neglect.  Our mission is to provide a nurturing family environment for at-risk girls and boys of all ages.  We receive no Government support so our Humanitarian Tour and Brunch is a major fundraising event throughout the winter months.  For a donation of $250 pesos, you will receive a nice brunch, a tour of the home and interaction with the children. More info through facebook.com/CorazonDeNinaPv. Tuesdays through April from 9:30 to 11:30 am in Colonial Primera de Mayo, Calle San Luis Potosi #355, Puerto Vallarta.

FURNITURE SHOPPING TOUR— Looking for an easy way to get around Vallarta and/or Guadalajara to check out furniture offerings for your new home or condo in Mexico? Save time, money and stress with this tour. Call, email, or sign up on the “Tours” tab on our website. (044 329 298 6399 | furniture@solutionsmexico.com | solutionsmexico.com)