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The very first National DIY Skateboarding Festival will be held in Puerto Vallart from December 8 through 10, 2019.

At a press conference, the free event for participants and attendees was announced, which will be held on the track of the Agustín Flores Contreras sports unit, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

José Amador Hernández Madrigal, director of the Municipal Sports Council, highlighted the work of those who promote this sport; He also recognized the achievements of Mauricio Ruiz, who has won gold medals in national competitions. He said that the government of Puerto Vallarta works to support all sports disciplines, including skateboarding.

Meanwhile, Rebeca Scotti, who encourages children and young people to practice skateboarding, said that her dream is for this city to leave the competitors that will represent the country in international competitions, such as the Olympic Games. She invited those who want to learn this sport to attend the skate court of the Agustín Flores Contreras sports unit on Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., classes are free.

For the national festival, participants from Sonora, Guadalajara, Aguascalientes, Mexico City, State of Mexico, Yucatan, Baja California and of course from Puerto Vallarta and Jalisco will be in attendance.

Source: Vallarta Daily

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SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's LGBT Wellness Center, is celebrating 10 years of operations with a party free to the Community at Industry nightclub on Saturday, November 16, from 7:00-10:00 pm.

The SETAC team is using the occasion to not only thank its many long-time sponsors and benefactors, but also to announce several exciting new community projects under the slogan "Building a Healthy and Unified Community," including delivery of a new van that will be used to deliver important services to key populations throughout the entire city, something never possible before.

The SETAC 'Mobile HIV Detection Unit' was one of the few social assistance projects chosen to receive government funding through a competitive grant process in which numerous non profit organizations in the State of Jalisco participated.

The van, which was recently delivered, will allow SETAC to expand their Brigadas por la Vida (Brigades for Life) program, which takes the tools of education and HIV prevention - rapid tests, condoms, lubricants, brochures, prevention packages, etc. - directly to the people of Puerto Vallarta and surrounding communities in the Banderas Bay region.

Source: Banderas News

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The Vallarta Botanical Garden was recognized once again, this time the Canadian Garden Council listed it as one of the 'Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For.'

On November 5, 2019, at the North American Garden Tourism Conference, in the spirit of the conference theme: "Taking Garden Tourism to the Next Level," the recipients of the 2019 Garden Tourism Awards were announced.

The Garden Tourism Awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of garden experiences as tourism attractions and motivators. The awards are proudly supported by the Canadian Garden Council, American Public Gardens Association and Mexican Association of Botanical Gardens and sponsored by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.

"In the spirit of highlighting North America's most dynamic garden experiences, we are honoured to announce the 2019 recipients of the 'Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For' Garden Tourism Awards," said Michel Gauthier, Executive Director of the Canadian Garden Council.

Vallarta Botanical Garden (Jardín Botánico de Vallarta), Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Visit the internationally famous Vallarta Botanical Garden located just 30 minutes south of Old Town at Km. 24 on Highway 200 and easily accessible by public transportation and taxi. This 64 acre wildlife preserve and botanical garden have something fun for everyone. Over 200 species of birds have been observed on the Garden's grounds. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit for a refreshing dip in the jungle river. See plantings of vanilla, chocolate, and hundreds of other botanical delights! Authentic Mexican Cuisine is served in the Hacienda de Oro Restaurant from 10 am to 5 pm. The Garden is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm (closed Mondays from April 1 to December 1). Garden admission is just $200 pesos. For more information, call (322) 223-6182 or visit vbgardens.org.

Source: Banderas News

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Mexican startup Pronto has formally begun operations in Puerto Vallarta and Bahía de Banderas. To start using this service, you can download the app for iOS and Android.

During a presentation held at the Nuevo Vallarta Business Center, Rodrigo Pérez, Pronto’s head of government relations, announced that this mobility platform or taxi app has operations in 14 Mexican cities and is expected that by the end of this year they will be active in more than 30 locations in the country.

Pronto’s main differentiator is to offer fair prices to users looking to move safely and efficiently, integrating drivers (both independent, from other platforms and taxi service) with a monthly membership (as a subscription) and always respecting all of their income.

At a national level, Pronto’s community has more than 150,000 users and more than 1.5 million trips in the different locations where they have presence, such as Puebla, Tepatitlán, Zapotlanejo and Tlaxcala, where this app that offers ride-sharing was born.

“We are very happy to start operations in Vallarta · Nayarit, an open destination to use technology platforms. Pronto is a company valued in millions of dollars and we should be proud to be able to enjoy a service that can move us us safely, at a very low cost and to all places in the bay,” concluded Rodrigo Pérez.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

The Iguana Restaurant

The Iguana Restaurant & Tequila Bar has announced the return of Mariachi Nights and its classic Sunday Brunch, as part of the winter season.

Starting this November 1st 2019, enjoy a dinner with the most representative music of Mexico: Mariachi, with a live musical show that will be available six days a week (Sunday to Friday) and will feature two performances per night (6:30pm and 8:30pm).

The Sunday Brunch will start on November 3rd 2019, where you may savor the different culinary creations prepared by chef Jeús Suastegui, whose cuisine stands out for reinventing the traditional Mexican food with modern gastronomic influences and techniques.

The Iguana Restaurant & Tequila Bar is part of the accommodations of Casa Kimberly (Zaragoza 445, El Centro), a luxury boutique hotel that in the 60’s was the home of the Hollywood stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles