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Little Brothers Of Mary Movement Celebrates 37th Anniversary In Todos Santos - The Little Brothers of Mary movement was founded on July 2 1971 in the Mexican Baja California by the Rev. Antonio Placentini Colombians and missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus travel around the world to promote and support the sisters Cecilia, Angelica and Maria del Carmen. They recently celebrated their 37th Anniversary in Todos Santos. To see photos from Saturday night's service, visit alvarobajablogspot at the following link: - Alvaro Colindres, alvarobaja [-at-],, 612-108-1030 Cel. , Todos Santos

Wine Tasting At Buena Vida Sunday July 19th - Pairing wine and appetizers go hand in hand, and for good reason. When experimenting with various wine and appetizer combinations through a planned tasting, one can start to detect the palate influence of precise foods on a particular wine. Come and enjoy Buena Vida's first wine tasting event Sunday, July 19th from 3-6 PM. Featuring Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, and Pinot Grigio from regions around the world. $200mx includes everything. Adults only. Regular restaurant business from 6-10. We hope to see you there. - Jessie Rutowski, jessierutowski [-at-], 145-0215, Todos Santos

Surf Program For Pescadero Teens Thanks Volunteers And Sponsors - On behalf of the Jovenes Ecologistas Surfing Program, I would like to thanks Marty and Joel for helping this last Saturday with the enthusiastic youth from Pescadero. Joel transported boards and Marty spent over 2 hours in the water with the kids. It was a beautiful day for all. I also want to thank Bob Dunker of the Santa Cruz State Lifeguards Association for donating rash guards, wetsuits and sandals and to SIMA, Pro Peninsula and SINADES for their continued support. You can still volunteer Saturdays from 11:00 to 1:00. - Patricia Baum, teampaty1 [-at-], 612 145-0882

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July 19 - Wine tasting at Buena Vida 3 -6 P.M.

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Comments, Questions and Answers

Another Robbery - Our house, next to Calle de los Mangos was robbed when we were away for 6 weeks. It seems to have happened the first week of our absence. Nothing broken or vandalized, we found a door open. A computer, with all cables and plugs, 2 cameras, and a dvd player went away through the fields and barbed wire fences. They took some CD's, left one of Bob Marley's open. It is a shame it has to happen. We are glad to say it was an easy and fast experience to report the robbery at the police in T.S. The ''commandante'' came to our house for investigation and gave us advice for more security . He mentioned there was no other robbery in Todos since 5 months. How strange because we just heard about some brake ins occurring around the village. - Cat Chambaret, chambaretcat [-at-], 612 102 83 93

La Cachora Break In - We received a report of a break-in in La Cachora left on an answering machine with no details. Our policy is that we do not publish anything submitted by Email or voice mail. Please submit all articles by way of the submission form on the Baja Western Onion web site at -

Looking For Maria Mead - She was a guest at The Todos Santos Inn July 7th and 8th. If you know how I can find her please contact me. Thanks. - Janet Howey, janethowey [-at-], 612-169-4252

Mexican Insurance - I have lived here for over 20 years and I've had experience with both mexican agents and US agents for insurance. From my experience, the mexican agents don't go to bat for you when there's a claim, they just turn you over to a claims adjuster, that usually doesn't speak spanish and you fight it out from there. Unfortunately, most agents just want their commission and that's it. But, if you have a US agent and you have a problem with the Mexican Insurance they sold you, you can contact the Insurance Commissioner in the state where you purchased it and they will help you. I had a Homeowners claim years ago for a very small amount of money. The mexican insurance company kept telling me for months they were going to deposit the money in my mexican bank account. It never came. Finally, I contacted the US agent for help. I did get jacked around a bit by them, but once I said I was contacting the Insurance Commissioner, I had the money deposited in my account in 3 days. Just a word of warning here. There is actually a Mexican Insurance Commission and they use to have an office in La Paz but I don't know if it's still there if you need help locally with your claim in Mexico with a Mexican agent. I also do not know how effective they are, but the US agents never want to hear the words, Insurance Commission, believe me. - Cabo San Lucas (Name withheld by request of author.)

Receive Mail - Does anyone know of a reliable way to receive mail in Todos Santos or La Paz? The mail is being sent from Mexico City. We need a permanent mailing address down here. Any advice? - Brandy Moore, trandbrandy [-at-], 6121530779, Todos Santos

Need A Letter Brought Down - Hey anyone. I have a letter in California that needs to travel to Todos Santos. Is there anyone coming down soon that can bring it? Thanks so much - Marsha Dahlquist, maraquist [-at-], 612 108 0390

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Rides or Caravans Needed/Available - New This Week

Can You Carry An Envelope For Us?? - Anyone traveling to Todos Santos, LaPaz or Cabo in the next ten days?? My husband is running out of medication. If you can carry an envelope with about 10 pills in it, we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for your help! - Shelby Branzanti, sreddick [-at-],

Airport Ride Calendar
Caravans/Ride shares North and South Calendar

July 17, Caravan South - San Diego to Todos Santos - Jeff Visger, jeffvisger [-at-], 951-378-0610

July 17, Ride or Caravan North -Room for one person and luggage, or interested in a caravan.- Jane Sipe, jasi57 [-at-], 145-0110 or 612-151-7026

July 27, Caravan North - Todos Santos to San Diego - Jeff Visger, jeffvisger [-at-], 951-378-0610

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Restaurant and Food News

Buena Vida's Now Offering 2x1 Tuesdays And Fridays And Local's Discount - We are now offering 2 for 1 pizzas, margaritas and beer, every TUESDAY and FRIDAY from 5:30- till closing. We are also offering a local's discount of 25% on all our food items (including our specials items) for all of you that are sticking it out this summer. Discounts will not apply on 2 x1 nights.
We would also like to remind you all that we are now offering the following specials everyday:
9 oz Filet Mignon with your choice of salad
Oven Roasted Chickens served with Root Vegetables
You must also try my homemade vanilla ice cream topped with sea salt and olive oil (from Baja Of coarse) We look forward to seeing you all this summer! Please call our new number at Buena Vida if you have any questions or would like to reserve a chicken - Jessie Rutowski, jessierutowski [-at-], 145-0215, Todos Santos

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Music/Entertainment News

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Pet Corner (Lost and Found pet articles will run for one week)

Could You Find A Home For One Of These Cuties? - With our local refuge now out of business (Thank you Mariposa for tending to over 1000 abandoned animals during your tenure), sightings of abandoned animals, particularly puppies, are becoming more common. One option is to take one north with you and place an ad in your local paper, Craigs List, or another bulletin board. Animal shelters can rarely keep up with the demand for puppies. While you need to take precautions in selecting a home, your chances of success are about 99%.

The two pups pictured here are already ahead of the curve: socialized, well fed, wormed, and with one vaccination each. They were abandoned along with their mother near Punta Lobos Beach. We can give you some extra support and some tips (no problem crossing the border or getting them on an airplane), and you can see the mother to get a picture of what the pups might grow to be. There are part-timers here who have been doing this for years - taking an abandoned animal north and finding it a home. Lori and Ted have at least 15 under their belt. But the need is growing. Could you join the troops? Contact me if you're considering it. - Janet Howey, janethowey [-at-], 612-169-4252


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Misc. For Sale/Wanted

Live In Trailer - I am a local house sitter in need of a used, one person live in trailer. must have a/c, electricity, stove with oven, refrigerator, hot water tank, phone/internet, capability for towing, no truck necessary. Diane - dianejoy39 [-at-], 612 145 0873, Todos Santos

Propane Refrigerator Wanted - Looking to buy a small propane fridge in good working condition, approximately 6 to 8 cubic foot. Give me a call or send an email if you have one that needs a new home. - Janning Kennedy, janningk [-at-], 612 171 2205 (cell), Todos Santos

Wanted: Concept 2 Rowing Machine - Looking for a used Concept II rowing machine in ok working condition. - Michael, MichaelMorel1973 [-at-], 612.14.77.300, Todos Santos

Moving Sale! Everything Must Go! Great Prices! - We are moving back to the mainland and leaving soon, everything must go and our prices can't be beat. Come see what we have that you need. We're selling the following: wooden book shelves, blue futon couch/bed - size double, air conditioner, large Sony television, plastic set of drawers - white with clear drawers, height chair for baby's meals, Violet glass vase, stuffed-animals/toys for children, big blue baby stroller, plastic containers, bedspreads & blankets, beige throw rug - Roberta Borghini, rborghin [-at-], 612-1339002, Todos Santos

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Vehicles/Boats for Sale

RV Trailer - Are you owner of a Baja terreno? Your plan is to build your dream home? But you don't know where to stay while building? Here is is the solution: Buy a travel trailer and stay on your property while your dream comes true. Travel trailer for sale, 28', in good condition, perfect for 1-2 people. Need more info? Please contact - , bajalife [-at-], Todos Santos

'94 Chevy Blazer For Sale - 1994 Chevy Blazer for sale. Automatic transmission. 4X4. V6 Engine. Good stereo. Baja plates. Runs well. $1,500 or best offer. - Lucas Bennett, lucasbennett [-at-], 624-117-9270, Todos Santos

1996 Toyota Tacoma For Sale By Owner - Automatic, 4 cylinders, A/C, camper shell Bedliner. $2500 Dlls. Current tags, smogged reliable. - Richard Adame, jesser1979 [-at-], 612-142-7370, Pescadero

1988 Nissan Truck Lifted For Sale By Owner - 4 cylinders, 4x4, manual trans. Mexican plates. $2500 Dlls. OBO. - Richard Adame, jesser1979 [-at-], 612-142-7370, Pescadero

1997 Toyota Rav4 For Sale By Owner - Automatic, A/C. 125 miles. $5000 Dlls. (current tags, strong engine reliable) - Richard Adame, jesser1979 [-at-], 612-142-7370, Pescadero

1984 Toyota Dolphin Motorhome For Sale By Owner - A/C, stove, zinc, bath, 12 volts converter. $3750 Dlls. OBO. (current US registration, title). - Richard Adame, jesser1979 [-at-], 612-142-7370, Pescadero

Discovery Landrover1995 - New rebuilt engine. Everything is perfect it will run another 100,000 miles easily. Great car for baja. price 49,000 USD - Nina, ninac [-at-], Todos Santos

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Employment Wanted/Available

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Sales and Services

Mission-impossible - Nada es imposible: clases de español-spanish, inglés-english, alemán-deutsch con Mateo - Mateo Pliego, lotsava [-at-], 612-1531486

Car Storage Near Airport - storage cars trucks and suvs highly recomended over 5 years, we store your car, $40 U.S. from 1 day to a month -ride to the airport and we pick you up to with no charge from Monday thru Saturday. Sundays $20 U.S. extra. Totally fenced and also I am a certified mechanic so we can fix your car when you are gone higly. We also bring your car from Tijuana or take your car up to Tijuana, previous appointment. Call for quote English spoken - Ivan Enriquez, iguilgames [-at-], 624 12 13 557, San Jose Del Cabo

Manis-pedis By Anahi - Available at Sara's by appointment only, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Please call for appointment - Sara, 612-118-3492

Spanish Lessons - Spanish lessons with Guillermo Bueron in the Cultural Center. Berlitz Total Immersion Method for all levels. Crash Course will start July 13 at 9 AM. - Guillermo Bueron Prieto, g_bueron [-at-], 612 161 4165, Todos Santos

New York Licensed Massage Therapist - New York licensed professional massage therapist accepting a few new clients. deep connective tissue, postural integration, acupressure/trigger point, therapeutic massage for pain in neck, head, shoulders, back/low back, hips. massage for lower blood pressure, increase circulation, diabetic neuropathy, edema, post surgery pain management. $50US/hr. - Diane dianejoy39 [-at-], Todos Santos

Do You Have Any Useless Appliance? Can Not Find A Part? - Electric parts, tools, plumber parts, hardware, kitchen, musical instruments parts, cellular phones accessories, batteries, etc. Get any kind of parts, weekly shipping from the mainland, cheaper and faster. Contact: - Alejandro Sierra, buscadorsjc [-at-], 123.4471, San Jose Del Cabo

Summertime Spanish Sessions For Baja Residents - Se Habla La Paz, in La Paz, is offering the summer residents of the Baja a special offer for July-August-September. Take advantage of the slower season specials to fast-track your Spanish: For new students No registration fee and a 10% discount on either group or private classes. For returning students: 20% discount OR 2 for one if studying with a friend at the same level of proficiency. (1 week minimum) Morning classes only to beat the heat and the possibility of classes in the pool if it's beastly hot! (really!) Contact us for additional information. ¡Bienvenidos a todos! - Juli Goff, info [-at-],, 122-7763

Elsa’s Cleaning Service - Quality dependable cleaning services with confidence. Contact Elsa - Elsa Rosas, elsacruzrosas [-at-] , 044 6121437784, Todos Santos

Drinking Water - Now you can drink the best water on the planet out of your tap and no more plastic bottles. For more information contact patluz1 [-at-] - Pat Light, patluz1 [-at-]

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House Sitting, Rentals Available/Wanted

Looking For Flexible House Rental In Todos Santos - Hi. We are looking for an affordable, air-conditioned small house rental in Todos Santos for about a week in early or mid August for our moms to stay in after the birth of our baby. We are hoping to find someone who can be flexible about the dates, as we won't know the exact time until a few days before. - Zoë Edmonds, dearzoe [-at-], 624-165-6085

Casa for Rent Pescadero - - Just a ten minute walk to the local beach and 2 miles from Los Cerritos. Beautiful garden area. Casa has spacious 700 square foot open floor plan, 2 queen sized beds, furniture, kitchen, full bath. Friendly Monthly Rate $250 USD - Richard Hulett, ranchodelasolas [-at-],, 044 6121348915

Rent Right On The Beach - Beautiful rental home right on the beach, steps to great surf break. Rent entire house or rent units separately. Main house is 1 Bd, 1 Bath (Queen bed) with walk-in closet and full bath (shower, no tub), with complete kitchen with all new appliances and comfy, quaint living room with TV/DVD player. Ceiling fans and whole ocean side of house is sliding doors overlooking surf. Upstairs unit is 1 bed, 1 full bath (Queen bed). Caretakers on property, just in case, in unit separate from the house. Pets welcome. Please email for rates. - Katie Thompson, ktgt1991 [-at-],, 011-521-624-127-8246, Pescadero

House For Rent - las brisas house 500/mth jmolea [-at-] - John Molea, 760 967 7608

House Sitter Needs Long Term Arrangement - I am house sitting in Todos Santos until November in la cachora. I am looking for a permanent, long term, house sitting arrangement in the Todos Santos area when my agreement term is reached in November. Doesn't have to be ritzy but must have electricity, hot water, refrigerator, full size stove/oven and internet/phone connection. dianejoy39 [-at-], Todos Santos

Beachfront Rental At San Pedrito - 4 bedroom, fully furnished home for rent overlooking the San Pedrito surf break. Great ocean views. Long term lease available. Privacy wall, wireless security system, wi-fi internet and satelite television. - Wendy,, 044 612 13 33880

Fantastic Housekeeper - Maria Salvatierra (612-152-7374) has cleaned our rental house for the last three months and does a fantastic job! She organizes stuff without asking, leaves flowers for guests, folds laundry, and goes above and beyond all expectations. She is reliable and trustworthy. We would be glad to answer questions that any potential employer might have. She is a gem!! - Steve Mahan, stevemahan5 [-at-]

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Real Estate For Sale

Elias Calles For Sale - - up and coming Elias Calles: new families and famous artists moving to the area, Business or residential, 1,500 meters, +2 small buildings, +water meter and contract with city, +fenced, dirt road access. bathroom with black-water purification system, kitchen palapa over 10,000 gallon water pila, water contract with city. Must sell. good deal $75k. Title, tax number. Also possible to expand and buy two adjacent lots, 1/3 of an acre each approx making a total of one acre all three together giving access thru 2 streets.(2 extra lots for 40k, each, one lot has sturdy concrete building, 1 boat and truck garage unfinished_) - G. Meyer, gmanflash [-at-], 624 13 77004, Elias Caies

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Quote of the Day: ": If it weren't for my lawyer, I'd still be in prison. It went a lot faster with two people digging. ": Joe Martin, Mister Boffo

Community Calendar

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July 19 - Wine tasting at Buena Vida 3 -6 P.M.


Every Week

Monday Thru Friday

The News in English - CaboMil Radio 96.3 FM, 5:30-6:00 PM. Los Cabos Now - Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 PM and click on "LIVE"

Happy Hour at the Sandbar -3PM - Sunset

Monday Thru Saturday

Zumba Exercise and Dance Classes - 8:00 - 9:00 AM Stadium across from La Arca beginning Feb. 9th. - Doctora Oliva, 612-145-0201

La Coronela, Live Mexican Music - 12 - 3 PM, Hotel California, Todos Santos

Two For One Happy Hour - 3 - 6 PM, Shut Up Frank's, Todos Santos

Two For One Happy Hour - 5 - 6 PM, La Esquina, Todos Santos


2 For 1 Sundays - At Café D'licia through August 31st. 9 am - 3 pm. Alicia , cafe.dlicia [-at-], 145-0862, Todos Santos

CaboMil Happy Hour - 6 :00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. Radio 96.3 FM, In English.

Los Cerritos Beach Club - Sunset Sessions, Live music by Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez, 3 to 6 P.M.

Tennis-- Leslie Light, leslie.light1 [-at-]

Daniel Siqueiros - Live Music noon to 3 PM, Hotel California, Todos Santos


Basilfields Organic Fruit And Vegetable Stand 10:00 to 1:00, Colegio Militar across from Telcel, Todos Santos


Manos Magicas - 10:30 DIF


Los Cabos Now - Cabomil 96.3 FM, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. in English, Host Sabrina Lear. Listen via computer,

Recycling Center Open - 1-2 pm, Pescadero - SINADAES, AC, Contact MaryLo 612 130-3172 or marylomh [-at-]

Basilfields Organic Fruit And Vegetable Stand. 10:00 to 1:00, Colegio Militar across from Telcel, Todos Santos

Live Music and All You Can Eat Pizza at The Sandbar, Pescadero

Tennis - Leslie Light, leslie.light1 [-at-]


Mario's Bar at the Hotelito open from 6 pm until 11 pm.

Steak Night at La Canada Todos Santos, 6:00 P.M. Reservations Req'd 612-14-00069


Michael's At The Gallery - Restaurant open at 6:30 pm. Michael Cope, mplcope [-at-], 145-0500, Todos Santos

Mario's Bar at the Hotelito open from 6 pm until 11 pm

Basilfields Organic Fruit And Vegetable Stand 10:00 to 1:00, Colegio Militar across from Telcel, Todos Santos

Los Cerritos Beach Club - Sunset Sessions, live music , 3 to 6 P.M.

Shawn and Cowboy - 8 to 11 PM Live Music, Hotel California, Todos Santos

Live Reggae Band at the Sandbar

Tennis - Leslie Light, leslie.light1 [-at-]


Michael's At The Gallery - Restaurant open at 6:30 pm. Michael Cope, mplcope [-at-], 145-0500, Todos Santos

Mario's Bar at the Hotelito open from 6 pm until 11 pm.

Basilfields Organic Fruit And Vegetable Stand 10:00 to 1:00, Colegio Militar across from Telcel, Todos Santos

Music by Flashback - 8 P.M., Hotel California, Todos Santos

David de la Valle at Cerritos Beach Club 2:30 to 5:30

Live Music at The Sandbar

Workshops and Meetings

Monday Through Friday

Aerobics - 8 - 9 PM, La Arca, Todos Santos


Hatha Yoga, 8 AM, La Arca, Todos Santos

Hatha Yoga, 9 AM, Mini-Super Los Arcos, Pescadero

AA Meeting, Grupo Serinidad, 5 - 6 PM, Church Courtyard, Info: 145 0265 or 0364, Todos Santos


Manos Magicas - 10:30 A.M. at DIF on Topete across from La Copa, Todos Santos

AA Meeting, Grupo Serinidad, 5 - 6 PM, Church Courtyard, Info: 145 0265 or 0364, Todos Santos

Yoga Ashtanga at La Arca 9:00 A.M., Todos Santos


Hatha Yoga, 8 AM, La Arca, Todos Santos

Hatha Yoga, 9 AM, Mini-Super Los Arcos, Pescadero

AA Meeting, Grupo Serinidad, 11 - 12 PM, Church Courtyard, Info: 145 0265 or 0364, Todos Santos


Drawing Classes - 9:00 to 10:30 AM, Todos Santos, E mail or call for info and directions - Tori Sepulveda, oscarntori [-at-], 612-136-6738

AA Meeting, Grupo Serinidad, 5 - 6 PM, Church Courtyard, Info: 145 0265 or 0364, Todos Santos


Hatha Yoga, 8 AM, La Arca, Todos Santos

Hatha Yoga, 9 AM, Mini-Super Los Arcos, Pescadero

AA Meeting, Grupo Serinidad, 5 - 6 PM, Church Courtyard, Info: 145 0265 or 0364, Todos Santos


Plein Air Painting Workshop - Marsha Dahlquist - 108 0390

AA Meeting, Grupo Serinidad, 11 - 12 PM, Church Courtyard, Info: 145 0265 or 0364, Todos Santos

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