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Many of us have discovered a strong sense of community here on Banderas Bay, some for the very first time. If you're from a metropolis where technology reigns supreme and the words "next-door neighbor" and "stranger" are synonymous, you'll find this a refreshing environment where people matter.

Working side by side with our new neighbors to achieve common goals is an ideal way to learn about the culture and make friends while giving back to the community which embraces us.

On these pages you'll learn about the various local charities and how you can get involved. With a multitude of opportunities here to flex philanthropic muscles, you can find out for yourself that it truly does feel as good to give as it does to receive!

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Heal the Planet Group Meditation at Lazaro Cardenas Park
Julie Guerrero

With the intention of healing our planet, a group of energy and light workers in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico have organized a gathering to be held at Lazaro Cardenas Park in Colonia Emiliano Zapata on September 9 at 9 pm, and everyone in the world is invited to participate.

Vallarta Abuelos School Backpack Project a Success
Anne Marie Weiss-Armush

The School Bag Project organized in June by our 'Vallarta Abuelos,' a group of local volunteers that focus on giving back to the community by helping underprivileged children, was a huge success! Thanks to your support, by August, 355 kids had received backpacks and school supplies.

September is Virtual Adoption Month at PuRR Project
Shannon Campbell

September is Virtual Adoption Month at Purr Project, a non-profit, no-kill feline shelter located just north of Puerto Vallarta, that provides homeless cats and kittens a recuperative stay with the ultimate goal of adopting them out to loving homes sterilized, vaccinated and disease free.

Vallarta's Free Spay & Neuter Clinic Needs Your Support
Glenda Bland

Since 2016, the monthly Cuale Spay and Neuter Clinic has provided over 3,000 free pet sterilizations, yet the number of animals coming in continues to grow. Additional clinics are needed to satisfy increasing demand, and a GoFundMe page makes it easy for you to help.

La Dolce Vita to Host Democrats Abroad September Social
Mike Lyman

Join the Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad for our September Summer Social, set to take place on September 18 at La Dolce Vita on Basilio Badillo. If you haven't yet visited this sleek new bistro in the heart of the Romantic Zone, come enjoy Happy Hour with us from 5-7 pm.

Muniicipality Provides School Supplies to 50,000 Students
Lorena Sonrisas

With Puerto Vallarta schools now back in session, Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña spent last Sunday supervising the organization of the backpacks filled with school supplies that, starting August 28, will be distributed to local students attending preschool, primary, and secondary public schools.

Navy League Announces 2019 Toys for Tots Fundraisers

It may be a warm and steamy August, but the Navy League Council is already hard at work preparing for the 22nd consecutive year of raising funds to distribute toys to needy kids this holiday season. The Golf Tournament is set for Dec. 7th, followed by the Charity Ball on the 8th.

Re/Max Puerto Vallarta Neighborhood Clean-up, Aug 10
Warren Brander

It's time for the monthly neighborhood clean-up hosted by Re/Max Puerto Vallarta! Set be held on Saturday, August 10, at 9:30 am, this month we will meet at the entrance to the Panteon (Cemetery) on Brasilia, and clean our way through the streets of Colonia 5 de diciembre.

Salty Paw Jazz Orchestra to Perform Free Concert Aug 18
María Francesca

The Salty Paw Jazz Orchestra, the first and only youth-based jazz orchestra in Puerto Vallarta, will be performing a free concert from 6:00-7:00 pm on Sunday, August 18 at Galerias Vallarta. Make plans now to come out, enjoy the music, and show your support of these aspiring local musicians.

August News from PV's PuRR Project Feline Shelter
Shannon Campbell

August news from Purr Project, a non-profit, no-kill feline shelter located just north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, that provides homeless cats and kittens a recuperative stay with the ultimate goal of adopting them out to loving homes sterilized, vaccinated and disease free.

Apply for US Social Security Benefits in Puerto Vallarta
U.S. Consulate General

The Federal Benefits Unit of the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara will conduct a Social Security outreach at the Consular Agency in Nuevo Vallarta on July 24. An informational meeting will be held from 9:15-10:15 am, followed by individual consultations from 10:15 am to 1:00 pm.

San Pancho Reforestation Project Needs Volunteers
Nicole Swedlow

On Friday, July 19, the Entreamigos Community Center, together with 7 other community organizations, will meet at 9 am at Plaza Del Sol to plant 500 trees in San Pancho. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of manpower to plant 500 trees in just one day, so volunteers are needed!

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