Finding Paradise

Oct 7, 2015 by Sandy Spain

Hanging Around

I hope that you have had and are having a great summer. I decided for the first time to hang around Peñasco for the summer with a couple of vacation breaks. Three friends and I went on a Baltic Cruise. Cruise and land tours were great, weather not so great, but nothing could really spoil our time there. We saw a lot of beautiful architecture and art.

There was sure a lot of activity here this summer. We saw construction of public works continuing. When our winter residents and visitors return, I think you will be pleased to find so many newly paved streets and some new sidewalks. The overpass construction will still be going on North of town as will the breakwater at the home port. Many tourists came to the beach from the inland towns this summer. Some of our businesses took a summer vacation and some stayed open all summer. I heard that business was good for those staying open.

When You Return

A couple of our local organizations could use some help and I would really appreciate my Rocky Point Times readers helping in any way that you can. Adopt-a-Classroom is always in need of school supplies and back packs. Amores, the child crisis center, is in need of diapers in sizes 3 and 4 and baby wipes. Hacienda del Sol furniture has graciously offered to be a drop off point for any donations. Their new location is on Benito Juarez, just before you get to Sam’s Club and on the other side of the street. This is very convenient for you when coming into town from the border. Remember that Rocky Point Times Newspaper off Calle 13 and Giuseppi’s Espresso Café on Blvd Fremont will always accept donations as well. Please be sure that you indicate the recipient on your packages so that we can be sure they get to the right place.

Newly Formed Non-Profit

There is a newly formed non-profit group, Ley 186 (named for the Sonoran Disability Act). This group has some great people that I know involved. Mark and Barbara from Adopt-a-Classroom and sports for kids with disabilities as well as Frank with the Paralympico (Special Olympics) team, Titanes Especiales. The goal of this group is to raise awareness of the needs of Peñasco’s disabled residents including transportation for special medical attention at the hospital in Hermosillo, medical equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs, therapy programs and special sports programs for kids. Watch for further information regarding fund raisers to support these very worth efforts. We will have information on a future Facebook Page, in future editions of Rocky Point 360 on-line and the Rocky Point Times Newspaper.

Coming up this month is an opportunity to support a very worthy effort conducted by Aaron and Claudia of Asociación Civil Corceles del Desierto de Sonora on October 24th at their Rancho San José where they provide an equine therapy program for physically and intellectually challenged kids. This program really brings the kids out of their shell with improved coordination and focus as they bond with the horses. There will be a dinner prepared by the parents of the participating kids and a demonstration. The cost is only one-hundred pesos. For more information call Frank 638-112-9964 or Mark 638-109-1171.

Thank You

I want to thank some local businesses for giving back to this community through helping Barbara, Mark and me raise funds for many worthy causes. Thank you to: Cindy and Mike of Latitude 31, Armando and Iva of the former Lighthouse Restaurant and Karina and Luca from FISH Restaurant. Jim Ringquist of Sonoran Resort Sales is always generous as are Boo Bar and Beach Bum restaurants on the Malecon. Roger Clyne and Mexican Moonshine as well as Tequila Peñasco have also been generous supporters of our efforts. I want to thank Mercedes of Mercedes Rusticos Shop, Mariachis and Tequila Restaurant and Tony and Lilly of Rey del Mar for always coming through with gift certificates for the pirate ship when we need prizes. We will be working with Julio of Mare Blu, Don Julio’s and El Malecon restaurants on some new efforts this fall. So when you can, please support these businesses as well as our “drop-off” locations, Giuseppi’s, Hacienda del Sol Furniture and Rocky Point Times Newspaper.

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