If not, it’s time for a free eye exam! Last Monday, the government program, Optima, began in the gazebo in the plaza. For the next three months, from 10 am to 2 pm every Monday, Optima will be set up in the plaza to offer free eye exams and prescriptions to anyone.
Wednesday night Grupo Pro Sayulita threw the bash of the year to raise funds to protect, clean, and serve Sayulita. The Palapa Brisa Mar was radiant with lavish tables, a sold out gathering to support our community, and an exquisite sunset followed by soft lighting, music, and dancing. Tables were filled with silent auction choices from fine art to taco dinners affording everyone the ability to bid, donate, and win. People of all ages and social backgrounds mingled and found new friends over cold drinks and a mutual cause to benefit Sayulita.
The Sayulita Ejido board, recognized by the agricultural authorities, and JH Constructores, a private company has begun with the process to regularize the area known as " Nanzal", in Sayulita, with the purpose of providing legal ownership over current Ejido land.
Once upon a time, Brian Singleton, a member of Firefighters without Borders, arrived at a Grupo Pro Sayulita (GPS) meeting and proposed that Sayulita obtain an ambulance and fire truck. This is now not a fairy tale, but a reality. GPS under the direction of our past president, Eric Rudd, along with the Zach Chambers Foundation and Firefighters without Borders supported the purchase of these emergency vehicles.
Starting on March 1st, the Mercado del Pueblo, Sayulita's Farmer's Market, will return to its home in the Casa de la Cultura. As many of you know, the Casa de la Cultura is now under the loving care of the Lily Perez . Under its new management, the Casa has gotten a wonderful facelift and has been able to again offer classes and events to the community.
This year tourism has been at a steady roll with a few stark differences from past years. The influx of foreigners is less due to a number of reasons, but nationals are travelling more. For those of us who live in Sayulita, this gives us a fresh perspective on culture and Sayulita traditions. Flag Day in the past has many traditional events like the parade, the music, and the food. This year the focus was still on all of this and more.
On Tuesday afternoon, Mark Stoneberg, a 57 year old man from Minnesota, went swimming north of La TerrazOla near Casa Blanca around 5-5:30 pm and never returned. The entire town feels the heaviness of this situation and sends heartfelt prayers and thoughts to Stoneberg’s family and friends. His wife and friends had been sitting on the beach to keep an eye on him when they realized he couldn’t get back in. When she started asking for help, she found Gigo and BamBam, two locals, sitting up on the beach.
Though we would love to bring you all the news on GIRSA, trash pick-ups, and regular schedules, that information has not presented itself yet. What we can bring you is the freshly renewed efforts of the Sayulita Recycling Center. On Wednesday, the center held a community meeting to produce a plan to get recycling back into Sayulita and help reduce the enormous amounts of trash that continually builds on our streets, around our plaza, down the beach, and along the roads.
Costa Verde International School held their 6th Annual Scholarship fundraiser at Don Pedros on Wednesday evening, and it was a smashing success.What an exquisite place we all have come to be in, and what better way to enjoy its natural beauty than on the beach, under the stars, while supportinga community endeavor to make higher education accessible to all.
The time is here Sayulita, the fair is back and so are the lights, music, rides and games!Walking past the baseball field as the sun has set low, you will see all the glowing lights of the fair filling the sky with a warm blue glow.Music is screaming through the air from various rides, booths, and game stations setting the party vibe.All the classics are back.So grab a coat, get your pitching arm warmed up, and walk over to the Sayulita fair.
The primary school held an enormous skate boarding event on Thursday, February 14, 2013 to help raise $20,000 pesos to build a new technology center at the school. Recently 15 new computers were donated, but there was not a room with enough wiring or desks to set it up. After getting the estimate, the parent association, with president Borrego leading the group, put together a day of skate boarding, food, and music for the community.
The Sayulita Surf Club is a nonprofit organization of Mexican Nationals and full-time foreign residents dedicated to the promotion of amateur and professional surfing competition and events in the Sayulita region.
Sayulita business is growing fast, and staying ahead of the curve will make all of the difference.Javier Chavez, owner of Wildmex, knows smart business equals success.Chavez is a member of AMTAVE, a Mexican association for adventure and eco-tourism, and was given the opportunity to attend a business training course with a focus on organization for small businesses.
For those who don’t know, Costa Verde International School (CVIS) is one of the finest private educations available with a focus on advanced learning and ecofriendly lifestyles. The dedicated teachers, staff, and volunteers share a passion for child education beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic. They are committed to a full life education including dance, exercise, art, and saving our planet one person at a time. If money did not dictate quality, these amazing people would never ask for it; unfortunately, it is the only way to offer higher education. For this reason, CVIS is holding their sixth annual scholarship fundraiser.
On Thursday night, the book store held an art exhibition, Making Waves, for Ed Rinas, one of the owners, and Jim Starkey. The event was a success both for those who wanted to view the amazing pieces and for those who wanted to know the processes for each type of art work. All the art was Sayulita inspired pieces from waves to plaza, land to culture. The exhibit was only for the evening but you can still find their work around town, if something catches your eye.
Some of you may know Renee Torres, a local surfing instructor and resident of Sayulita for the last fifteen years. For those of you who don’t, Renee is a quiet man with a calm and kind demeanor who is often seen riding his bike or riding a wave. A couple weeks ago Renee was in a motorcycle accident and was rushed from hospital to hospital to get the treatment he needed. He went through three surgeries within ten days to repair all the internal organ damage. He has been released, but now owes $12,000 U.S. dollars for all the medical expenses.
Casa de la Cultura offers so much to the town of Sayulita, for children and adults of all social and ethnic status. This is a place for people to learn, grow, and expand their Sayulita experience. February will be a very full month with events and projects open to the public including their regular schedule of classes.
Anyone who passes Las Gaviotas and Avenue Del Palmar will be drawn down the tiny street by dazzling tables of jewelry, accessories, and unending colors.This little beach alley has quickly become home to an amazing group of artisans from Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Canada, and around the world.Every Saturday and Sunday morning they arrive around 8:30 with friendly greetings and brooms ready to clean the street.
Sayulita is a small community surf town, and that is the idea that Marilee and Joshua have embodied in Quiverito surf shop. They offer a personalized service renting and selling collector, retro, and high performance boards. As one of their guests, they will get to know you because they believe building relationships is the key. They want people to be happy, have fun, and tell their friends. They want their guests' time in Sayulita to be memorable.