Saturday, May 17, 2008
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News and Events

Progress Of Juan And His Family - To all of you who have donated time and funds for Juan and his family, here is a recent update from their friends. "We went to see Juan yesterday. He is looking better except for his third toe on his left foot which is black and hard. Unfortunately, we suspect it may have to be amputated. Hopefully, if this is the case, they do so before gangrene can set in. Peep (Juan's son) has been released from the hospital. The surgery on both legs was successful. Due to the location of the breaks in both legs, mid thigh, he will have to remain bedridden for a while. Juan's daughter, Alondra, is still in the hospital. The titanium plate and screws are visible and her arm is in traction. Juan asked that we tell everyone he sincerely appreciates and is so grateful for all that everyone has done for him and his family. He can't tell you enough how much it is appreciated.

Should you wish to donate funds to Juan and family please do so in his full name: Jose Antonio Aviles Salvatierra at the Todos Santos Bancomer bank, account number: 1231047361. Here's the information needed to wire funds from outside of Mexico,
Branch Number:5226
Address of Branch...Benito Juarez esq. Zaragoza s/n
Todos Santos, BCS Col Centro C.P. 23300 - Elizabeth Honneyman, EHcoz( -a t- ), 650-726-1830, Pescadero

Todos Tortugueros, A.c. Recycling Center - I'd like to thank everyone for participating in the recycling program. 18 gunny sacks of plastic went to the receiving center this week, 10 sacks of glass are standing by. NEW HOURS: We'll continue Saturday 1-3 P.M. until further notice and are adding Tuesday 5-7 P.M. We can now accept green and brown glass and flattened carboard. We also acept aluminum cans to help support our education programs. - Patricia Baum, teampaty1( -a t- ),, 612 145-0882

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Comments, Questions and Answers

Tourist Card - Will be traveling to Todos Santos next week, entering at Tijuana. Where is the best place to get the Tourist Card? Any recommendations on where to stay in Guerrero Negro? - travel( -a t- ), Todos Santos

Is There A U.S. Notary Public - here in the Todos Santos / Pescadero area? - Jane, jasi57( -a t- ), 145-0110

Sewage Solution? - A few issues back, the Gringo Gazette published an article about a Pescadero resident, Kay Scorah, who funded (and helped build) a dry compost toilet (DCT) at the Pescadero skate park. No septic, no sewage, no smell, no water, and it produces compost you can use in your garden. That might be a good long-term solution for some of you folks worried about this situation and about your water in general. I can email interested parties a copy of the article, which includes contact information for Kay and the Mexico City guys she brought over to build the toilet. - lindsey( -a t- )

Another DirectTV Problem - Is anyone else having this problem with Direct? My two boxes are saying that there is a new softwear update that needs downloading, but the download can't be processed. I keep getting a message to push the re-set button and try again. These are brand new boxes, purchased just this last February. Before I try and work thru the problem with Direct, has anyone else had this problem or know how it can be resolved? Could it be that I need to try a larger dish? Any suggestions would be appreciated so I can get all of my five stations back! - Bill Kramer, bajabk( -a t- ), 145-0580

Tires - Can anyone recommend a good place to buy new tires ( preferably in La Paz) that can install and do wheel allignments? - Isabel, 612 104 6042

Anyone Heading North This Week? - I have a piece of mail that needs to get into the United States Postal Service system as soon as it can. - Jane Sipe, jasi57( -a t- ), 145-0110

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Rides Needed/Available

Ride Needed From Sjdc To Todos Santos On Sunday, May 25 - I'm flying in on Mexicana Airlines shortly after 12:00 PM. Would welcome the chance to share a ride with a fellow Santeño/Santeña, and happy to help with gas. If you're coming in later in the afternoon, I can wait. - Alan, alan( -a t- ), 530 417 1451, Todos Santos

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Restaurant and Food News

Dinner And A Movie Night At Buena Vida - Next Tuesday May 20th we will have an encore showing of "Lars and the Real Girl". Staring Ryan Gosling. It was Academy Award nominated for "Best Original Screenplay" We played it last Tuesday but due to lack of advertisement we didn't have a big turnout. The people that did come said they loved it. It is one of my favorite movies and would like to show it again. We also juiced up our surround sound system so it is louder and clearer. The dinner starts at 6:00 P.M.and the movie starts at 7:15 P.M. We will have a 10 minute intermission. We will be serving an "all you can eat" buffet for $100p. The bar will be open for purchases all through the night. We suggest bringing a small cushion so that you will be comfortable. We look forward to seeing you. We are not taking any reservations at this time. - Jessie Rutowski-spence, jessierutowski( -a t- ), 612-134-3100, Todos Santos

White Watermelon Invasion - Seriously, it's come to our attention that a watermelon customer was disappointed. We are happy to return your money or give you the equivalent in other produce. Please stop by the farmstand and talk with Kayle. As always, thank you for your continued support. If you haven't visited our new palapa, come on down. We're between the bus station and the postoffice, same side of the street. - Ben Solis, basilfields2( -a t- ), 612-147-0435

Café D'licia This Summer! - First, I'd like to thank all who made advanced reservations for our special Asian Mother's Day Brunch and though we were forced to cancel it due to insufficient advance reservations, your support is most appreciated! And thanks to all of you who were concerned that it was more than that!!! We're all fine! We will be offering our "All You Can Eat" Buffet this coming Sunday, May 18th and the following Sunday, May 25th, no reservations needed. We will discontinue the buffet during the summer, and offer our regular menu items along with new items we'll be introducing for next season, Wednesdays thru Sundays from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. through August. Don’t forget we have beautiful organic eggs available by the dozen. Also, if you’d like to order our homemade turkey/chicken chorizo by the pound and any of our salsas, breads, etc., just give us a call. Thanks!!

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Music/Entertainment News

Full Moon On The Beach - Come join us for an evening of drumming and hanging out on the beach together. This Monday May 19/08, 7pm. Bring something to sit on, what you like to drink and a drum if you have one. - Isabel, 612 133 6407

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Pet Corner

Free Adorable Kittens - Two sisters, dark calico, 7-8 weeks old, litter trained, ready for your home and love. Watch them tumble and hide. O.K. with dogs and children. They would be excellent "outside cats" Mother cat, a blend of Siamese is a wonderful hunter of bugs and spiders. - Karla Freeman, , 612-117-9520, Todos Santos

Kitten Update - We adopted an abandoned kitten in TS, found outside Shut Up Franks, and wanted to give an update. Orbit, is so happy! We nursed him with a bottle, and now he is the happiest most playful kitty, eating and growing! We will be back to TS soon, and plan to bring more kitties back to the US that need homes, for our friends and neighbors! - Maya Padilla, mayacabomil( -a t- ), 388-1934, Todos Santos

Lost Boxer - I live on town side of Pescadero and just lost an old Boxer - female - 8 or more years old - typical boxer with brown and white, tail and ears not clipped though, extremely large nipples. Details: I found her last week on the streets of downtown Todos Santos (on the same street as Charles Stewart's Gallery) The dog looked very skinny and homeless so I took her home - Anita Friend, eyeloca( -a t- )

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Misc. For Sale/Wanted

Consul Gas Refrigerator For Sale - Used gas refrigerator for sale, great condition. Call for more info. - Dominique Sawyer, dominiquesawyer( -a t- ), 6121355433, Todos Santos

Small Utility Trailer Wanted - We are looking for a small utility type trailer to haul some furniture, boxes and personal items to California. We need something that we can pull with our 6-cyl Nissan Pathfinder. We hope to leave near the end of June. - Rosalie Parker, relax( -a t- ), 612-145-0386, Todos Santos

House Sitter Wanted - I am looking for an english speeking person or couple to occasionally baby sit my house in Elias Calles. - Pat Light, patluz1( -a t- )

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Vehicles for Sale

1996 Chevy Tahoe For Sale - 1996 Chevy Tahoe for sale. 4WD - auto- air conditioning - only 117K miles. Maroon exterior/tan interior. Only needs wheel alignment. Looks great/runs great!!!! Must sell ASAP! $4500 US clams. call or email - Janel Faraci, janel91436( -a t- ), 624.175.9102, Los Barriles

31" Foot Airstream Trailer - 31' foot Airstream in good condition, stored in the Las Playitas area. $4000 or best offer - Leo Heydorff, lfheydorff( -a t- ), 626-926-2767, Todos Santos

RV/88'bounder/33'custom - RV for sale in Pesadero new fridge/washer/dryer/ 55K orig mi.. $13K kelly blue book value, asking $10,500 cell 624-117-9215 - Bill Huff, cabobill( -a t- )>

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Real Estate & Rentals Available / Needed

Lot For Sale - 1743M2 lot for sale in Pescadero. Water on site, electricity ready. Large mango and mature guava, both produce fruit in season. Five large and 50 small palms with drip irrigation already installed. Near beach with view of both mountains and the ocean. Across from "feng shuy" house. Call or e-mail for pictures. No agents, $100,000 U.S. stevetutko( -a t- ), 0446121339778, Pescadero

House Sitter Wanted - I am looking for an English speaking person or couple to occasionally baby sit my house in Elias Calles. - Pat Light, patluz1( -a t- )

House For Sale On Camino Internacional - Furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath home in Las Tunas with ejido water, electricity, beautiful landscaping, and views of La Pastora and the Sierra. $295,000 - Candace Jenkins, candace( -a t- ), 401-862-9898

Large Historic District Property For Sale By Owner - Rare and beautiful in-town property, located in the Historic District, Calle Pilar between Hidalgo and Topete. We are just around the corner from La Arca. Very private, lush oasis in Todos Santos Historic District, 2 blocks from dining and shopping. 50 foot palms, green and gold giant bamboo, ancient mango trees. Main dwelling with indoor/outdoor sitting room (with fireplace), dining area and kitchen; indoor living room, bedroom and bath. 2 private, gated casita suites (guest houses), each with sitting area and private patio/gardens. Native stone patios throughout. Circular meditation area/patio under the bamboo groves. Pebbled pool, with matching flagstone patio, surrounded by palms and banana trees. Gated vegetable garden area with stone fountain. Main residence has gated, private gardens and patios. Caretaker's cottage or additional rental with bedroom, bath, kitchen/dining room and patios. Office with massive carved wood storage cabinets, attached laundry. Two car garage. Room for further development, including guest room under construction, and foundation for commercial building facing street. For sale by owner. Realtors representing buyers are welcome. Please contact us regarding commissions offered. Photos at US phone 805-201-3170 Baja phone 011-52-612-145-0386 - Rosalie Parker, relax( -a t- ),, 612-145-0386, Todos Santos

Home In La Paz - Baja resident is looking for a private, quiet home with backyard and/or patio in La Paz to rent or buy (or longterm house sitting as well). I'm open to any interesting, fancy, cozy, challenging or just simple house (home remodeling possible). Please offer your option to Michelle Kaufmann, michelle.kaufmann16( -a t- ), La Paz

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Commercial Section (Please tell our Advertisers you saw them in the Baja Western Onion)

What's New At El Tecolote? - A Cruiser's Guidebook to the Sea of Cortez is a recently published comprehensive guide to everything boaters could want to know about traveling in the Sea of Cortez. Maps, in-depth descriptions of bays, marinas, and islands, useful resources, health tips and much more, all presented in beautiful color. Spiral bound for ease of use. The Guide to Baja Sea Kayaking is as comprehensive for kayakers as the Cruiser's Guidebook is for boats. The most complete book published yet on kayaking the Sea of Cortez and Mag Bay. Also in color, and printed on sturdy paper that could survive a good dunking. Many items in the store recently discounted up to thirty percent - New and used books, wind spinners and wind socks. Come on in and save money on high quality products. - Janet Howey, janethowey( -a t- ), Todos Santos

More Bad News. The Saga Continues - You heard of all those people that were missing their opportunities to get a chiropractic adjustment. Well, we just heard that Dr. Amir had a hernia operation in Fidepaz on Wednesday May 14th, and is now reposing in good spirits back home in Todos Santos. The adjustments will just have to wait a few more days. amirarberman (at), (044) 612-158-1895, Todos Santos

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Quote of the Day: " Every time you think television has hit its lowest ebb, a new program comes along to make you wonder where you thought the ebb was. " - Art Buchwald

Community Calendar
Denotes New or Updated Onion Item This Week
Dharma Talks and Guided Meditation with Robert K. Hall, 10:00 A.M.--11:30 A.M. - La Arca, Todos Santos
Cabo Mil Happy Hour - 6 :00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. 96.3 FM, In English.
Los Cerritos Beach Club - Sunset Sessions, Live music by Dalina Jones and Diego Ramirez, 3 to 6 P.M.

Free Pool, 3 P.M. - 10 P.M. - The Sandbar, Pescadero

Dinner And A Movie Night At Buena Vida - dinner at 6:00 movie at 7:00
5:00 to 7:00 P.M. - Todos Tortugueros, A.C., Recycling Center, two doors east of the Pemex near Miguel's restaurant, Todos Santos
Zandro's Ashtanga Yoga - 9.00 A.M. Donations, La Arca , Todos Santos

Fish truck at Secrets of the Garden at 1:00 P.M., Todos Santos
All You Can Eat Pizza - The Sandbar, Pescadero

May 22, 7:00 P.M.CSNY/Deja Vu Film and Auction at La Esquina, tickets at El Tecolote and La Esquina
Steak Night, La Cañada del Diablo, Todos Santos - Reservations 612-14-00069
Tai Chi Class - La Arca 11 A.M. to Noon.Contact Rhoda Jacobs, 044 612 157 6088, Todos Santos
All You Can Eat Spaghetti - The Sandbar, Pescadero
Zandro's Ashtanga Yoga - 9.00 A.M. Donations, La Arca , Todos Santos

Music by Shawn & Cowboy, Hotel California, Todos Santos
Live Reggae music from KL. 9:00 P.M. - 1:00 A.M. The Sandbar, Pescadero
Los Cerritos Beach Club - Sunset Sessions, live music by Dave Hutcheson and Dave de la Valle, 3 to 6 P.M.

1:00 to 3:00 P.M. - Todos Tortugueros, A.C., Recycling Center, two doors east of the Pemex near Miguel's restaurant, Todos Santos
Saturday Morning Yoga - La Arca, 9:00 - 10:45, Todos Santos
Music by Flashback - 8 P.M., Hotel California, Todos Santos
Los Cerritos Beach Club - Sunset Sessions, Music by Daniel Siqueiros, 3 to 6 P.M.

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