Annual Yard Sale and Road Race coming up in Todos Santos

BY MARLA O'BRIEN

 

Volunteers with the Palapa Society in Todos Santos are busy finalizing details for two of their most popular community events coming up in the next few weeks - the Tianguis yard sale and the Carrera 5K race. 

For those unfamiliar with the Palapa Society and their work, the organization has been supporting children’s education in Todos Santos since its inception in 2003. 

“We are committed to providing a 21st-century education for local middle and high school students,” says Laurel D’Angelo, a volunteer with the organization. 

“This includes the Palapa School, scholarships for public school, university, and The Palapa School, the Bilingual Community Library, English programs for children and adults, and more.”

On Saturday, November 30, the 13th Annual Palapa Tianguis will be held. D’Angelo explains this is more than just a flea market or giant garage sale. 

“It's a community gathering that includes incredible items for sale at low prices, including clothes and shoes, toys and games, furniture, kitchenware, tools, a to-die-for bake sale, a high-end boutique and more.” 

This year the tianguis will be held in a new location. For the first time, the doors of the Palapa Learning Center on Calle Del Huerto will be opened to sale-goers. 

“It's a great opportunity to tour the new Learning Center and the largest bilingual library in southern Baja,” D’Angelo added. 

The event is being hosted by the Palapa’s Parent-Teacher Association, newly formed last year as a way for parents of Palapa students to be more involved with the school. They’ve assumed responsibility for the important task of running the tianguis from the society’s Board of Directors.

The annual yard sale also provides a worthy reason for local residents to do some home de-cluttering. Household items can be dropped off at Tesoro Segunda on Cuauhtémoc street at Manuel Marquez de Léon until November 28, or at the Palapa Learning Center on November 29.

“Please donate your gently-used items. Except for used toilet bowl brushes. We don't want any more of those,” quips Tim Doyle, a member of the Board of Directors. Apparently, someone in the past actually did contribute one towards the sale. 

The next big event on the Palapa’s calendar is their annual Carrera 5K de Todos Santos running race to be held on Saturday, December 28. Perfect timing to work off that Christmas stuffing. 

Athletic types need to start training now if they hope to beat last year’s winning time of 19 minutes and six seconds ran by 16-year-old Leonardo Lizarraga Jose.

However, the event’s focus is truly on fun and support for the Palapa Society, and walkers are welcome. The annual race is popular with local Mexican and gringo families, part-time residents and visitors.

The day starts with a Zumba class warm-up in Todos Santos’ plaza. The 3.1-mile race course winds through the central part of the town and nearby neighborhoods, finishing again at the plaza. 

Trophies will be awarded to the fastest runners and the first 300 finishers will receive commemorative medals and bandanas. 

“Come tour the barrios of Todos Santos with 300 of your new best friends,” encouraged Doyle, summing up the festival feel of the day. 

Every peso raised on both days helps the Palapa Society further its educational mission. However, events such as these only contribute a fraction to the organization’s overall annual budget, with the majority coming from private donations and grants. 

Still, volunteers are passionate about the importance of the tianguis and the Carrera. 

“These events have become annual traditions, bringing the community together for some family fun and raising awareness of the Palapa Society,” explains D’Angelo. 

To volunteer your time on the day before, or the day of each event, email us at info@palapasociety.org

To register for the 5K Carrera, visit palapasociety.org/race or register the morning of the race at the Todos Santos Plaza between 7 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. Registration fees are $350/$200 pesos for adults/children, plus tax.