Que Pasa in Cabo?

March 4, 2019 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

It’s Fiesta time! Yes, it’s fiesta time again, this is Mexico, we don’t slack off in that department. The annual fiestas of San Jose will take place this year from Friday, March 15 to the 19th, at the main park in downtown San Jose, from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. Entrance is free, and the place is usually crowded as every night different Mexican artists and live bands will be featured.

Some streets around the plaza will be closed to vehicle traffic, so it’s best to avoid going downtown unless you are attending the fiestas. Cool photo op, mingle with the locals, and enjoy some real good street food, risk your life on carny rides and risk your money on carny games. There will be lots of trinket booths, but this will be different merchandise, as this is for locals. Best we can say is, this will be interesting for you. And caution, don’t trip over all the extension cords snaking willy nilly among the foot paths, because they control the Ferris wheels and such.

The big parade, the one that stops traffic, will be Tuesday, March 19, at 5 PM to about 7:30 PM. It starts in front of the Dolphin Center in the hotel zone and shambles toward the main downtown park & city hall.

Run for a cause And make that a better cause than that you just held up an Oxxo. Locals and visitors are invited to run to help the Sarahuaro foundation to “Raise Strong Children. One Mother at a Time,” as their motto says. The foundation’s goal is to help low-income family women learn new skills and become economically independent.

In past years, actress Jennifer Aniston learned about their quest and came to visit them. She fell in love with the pretty Mexican rag dolls they were manufacturing by hand and ordered 1,000 of them to take home to her friends while promoting Sarahuaro’s cause.

Whether you are a local Los Cabos business or on the International stage, you can have the Iron Women of Los Cabos represent your brand while helping the mothers and children of Sarahuaro Foundation.

This coming Sunday, April 7, 2019, join the foundation at the Cabo San Lucas marina for their 1st Annual 3k and 5k run. Sponsors are needed to help fund the race and continue Sarahuaro's health-style programs. Sponsorship must be confirmed by March 11, 2019.

For sponsorship and participation details, phone Pam at cell 624 122 2460 or email:  pamsupyoga@gmail.com.

Theater time in Todos Santos. "The Wake' is a hilarious and interactive play of an Irish wake set in a pub. There are twists in the story, as well as jigs and jokes, stories and songs.

 It all goes down at Luna Azul theater in Todos Santos over two weekends with a dinner theater on Friday and Saturday March 8 & 9, 15 & 16. at 6:00 pm. Cost is 500 pesos in advance. Sunday matinees on March 10 & 17 - show only at 4:00 pm. Pesos in advance. Tickets available at Tecolote bookstore. Out of town? Email Luna Azul at bluemooninbaja@yahoo.com. Info: https://lunaazultodossantos.wordpress.com. This is a hoot just to see the home made theater out in the tulies called ominously, El Otra Lado. The other side. They do a good job, and it will be fun, but you will not mistake this night out at the theater with any theater evening you’ve enjoyed in the States.

Book reading announced. The annual International Reading Week is observed worldwide starting on June 29 and will begin in Cabo San Lucas on the first day of spring, March 21 at the Cultural House, not the big one, a little one located on 5 de Mayo street at the hill behind the now abandoned Aramburo supermarket. Under the big Mexican Flag.

It is an all-ages all-languages event to promote reading, starting at 7:00 pm. For one entire week.  Reading Week was stablished first in Kerala, India, as an homage to P. N. Panicker, who ignited a popular cultural movement in Kerala which resulted in the area acquiring total literacy in the 1990’s.

New hotel opens. Well, not new, it’s actually very old. The former Marbella hotel on the fourlane at km 17, was badly damaged by hurricane Odile almost five years ago and closed its doors for several years.

 In comes the Velas group, developers of the huge but very nice but over priced Velas Resort on the fourlane which took over the pretty funky and downscale Marbella, converting it into the Mar del Cabo hotel, spending big bucks in the process. Mar del Cabo looks very small from the road but it has 46 one and two bedroom suites and two penthouses. It is built into the side of the hill, so it has rooms spilling down the hillside. The new people pretty much just tossed a big bucket of white paint everywhere. Everything is white. But in a pretty way.

It is the group’s first European plan boutique hotel as the other five, located in the Mayan Riviera and Puerto Vallarta are all-inclusive properties. That’s where they chain you to the property by feeding you every meal.

More money to us. Los Cabos will be one of the only 15 municipalities that will receive federal funds this year to improve our sewage system, potable water supply, pavement, street lighting and land titles in 13 impoverished neighborhoods.

The feds have announced that a check’s in the mail for more than $27 million as part of the Whole Urban Improvement Program. We were chosen thanks to a study carried out by the IPN, Mexico’s technologies institute.

Locally, the program will employ our very own construction, architects and engineers associations to help supervise the works.

Tour de France 2019 Sort of, kind of. Dubbed La Etapa (The Leg) by the real Tour de France, a 20, 40, 70 and 125 Kilometer bicycle race will take place along the Malecon in La Paz on March 30 and 31. The organizers are holding several of these races around the world, to “let people experience the excitement of a professional Tour de France race.” And to get them all worked up over watching the real one, how, on TV? It is kind of neat to watch, you get to see a lot of the country side of France.

The race’s spokesperson said that 1,500 amateur bikers are expected to participate. The Malecon and several blocks of Abasolo avenue will be closed those days. You’ve been alerted. Do you think you’ll remember and avoid that area those days? Not likely.

For information or to sign up go to: https://laetapamexico.com/lapaz. Hey, you can do this, the shortest of the divisions is only about 12 miles and then you’ll have bragging rights to the Tour de France.