Tuesday, September 11, 2018

*********** Traditional Dance Class in San Pedro Itzican ***********

San Pedro Itzican

Traditional Dance in San Pedro Itzican

This week our usual Monday trips to San Pedro Itzican, La Cuesta and La Pena brought some new friends:  Liz Searles, Fern Halyard and Patricia Moran.

I had come to meet the instructors of our new Traditional Dance Workshop, 
Monica and her husband Axel.

This was to be their 3rd class of traditional/pre-hispanic dance for the people of San Pedro Itzican.



 Explaining the significance of ritual objects and their use


  Practicing songs in Nahuatl

Opening Circle - 4 Directions


Procession


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 Jewelry and Knitting Programs
Sales Table at the 2018 Festival De Globos
Ajijic


This year we were allowed to have a sales table for our Jewelry and Knitting program
products at the 2018 Regatta de Globos in Ajijic


The Brigadistas arrived in style, accompanied by the Mayor himself,
and the Bomberos of the State of Jalisco.



The Mayor arriving at the Globos event


Our sales crew led by Kari Higgins

In La Cuesta we delivered a beautifully custom made jewelry cabinet 
by Peter Wakeman.  Thank you Dave for the delivery.



La Cuesta Knitting Project

At our San Pedro Itzican home office Rodrigo from Innovations Salon in Ajijic
held his weekly Hair and Make-Up class.


And to our delighted surprise we had a visit from our dear friend Jorge.

Rodrigo in action

Jorge is back!


The San Pedro Itzican home office is used for learning, eating, sharing, meeting...
pretty much as a drop-in space for any child or adult from the community.





The San Pedro Itzican home office Vivero is providing a learning garden, food 
and medicinal plants for the community.



Waiting for our ride home

We'd like to thank Liz Searles, Fern Halyard and Patricia Moran for their visit.
Dave Pike for his help with our cabinet delivery
Traditional dance instructors Monica y Axel
Rodrigo from Innovations Salon, Ajijic
Kari Higgins, Doris & Peter Wakeman
&
The good people of San Pedro Itzican and the surrounding towns


Friday, August 31, 2018

***************La Zapotera Community Center Opening**************


Community Center Opening Ceremony

Our wonderful women

Official Town Invitation

Lois and Company


Fish  Fry







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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Agapanthus Plant Sale Fundraiser - Supporting San Pedro Itzican

So we loaded up the Family Van with 190 white agapanthus plants
for our fundraising sale.  The plants were generously donated, dug up and potted
in support of our San Pedro Itzican programs.



Plant Sale

ALL WHITE AGAPANTHUS PLANTS

Friday, August 24 and Saturday August 25th, 2018
The Garden Center in Riberas (Hidalgo #352-C) - next door to the 7/11 store 
9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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READY FOR PLANTING
Easy to grow; will fill in with new plants when established; likes sun; 
can flower more than once a year;  may be grown in pots;
 flowers last a long time and look great in flower arrangements.  


Poco a Poco projects for the San Pedro Itzican area | Plant Sale!


We support local groups and offer our own projects, encourage and facilitate start up projects.


1 pot for 40 pesos, 3 for 100 pesos or 8 for 200 pesos

Note - there are only White Agapanthus plants for sale - but we will also have
some jewelry items on sale



Present for the 2 day sale were Kari Higgins, Doris Wakeman, Anita Torres Guerrero and Fco. Nava


In addition to the white agapanthus plants, the jewelry from the Women of Mezcala Jewelry Program was also featured.


Sales were brisk and plenty.



In the end, we were able to sell almost all of the plants and many pieces of jewelry.

We'd like to thank the wonderful volunteers who came out to help,
and especially the generous, supportive people who purchased
the plants and jewelry.  Especially,

Margaret and Richard Swinburne
Laura from the Garden Center, Riberas del Pilar
Jan Clayton-Miller
Peter Wakeman
Anita Torres Guerrero
Kari and Jim Higgins
Doris Wakeman




Tuesday, August 14, 2018

**** La Zapotera and San Pedro Itzican Meet ****

La Zapotera Community Center
Food Program

In Mexico we have a saying "Me acompañas?"  This is what you ask a friend when you want them to just "be" with you or to accompany you on whatever errand or adventure you are heading toward.  Today mi amigo Harvey Bernier asked me to acompañar/go with him to see the Food Program at the La Zapotera Community Center that we helped develop, along with the good people of La Zapotera.


At 10:30 a.m. we arrived at our destination to find a line of children waiting outside of the Community Center.  They seemed patient and hungry as the breakfast program was about to begin.


Indoors the tables and chairs had been set up and the children who were assigned to serve that day were laying out fruit on each table.


Shortly after 10:30 a.m. the children filed into the Community Center to sign in for the meal.




Agua fresca de Jamaica at the ready, the children filed into the dining room 
while the kitchen staff served happily.


 


Before each meal children are reminded to wash their hands.



Everything was done in an orderly manner...and the children, in the short time that they've had this program, seemed well versed in manners and politeness.


The food was appreciatively eaten with gusto.



At the end of the meal the children scrapped off their plates and placed them in bins to be taken to the kitchen to be washed.  The scraps would go to feed farm animals in the local homes. 


Then a most miraculous thing happened.  The children started to clean up the dining room and to put away the tables and chairs....all on their own!   Without anyone telling them what to do. 




We were pleasantly surprised.



The children seemed to enjoy the chores and in a lickety-split moment, all the clean up was done.


In addition to the food program, the community center will also have a functioning bazaar or store soon.  Talk of it being run as a token store was heard.  Sonia is to head up this new venture.

 The breakfast program is to feed 100 children, 3 times a week right now, 
with expansion coming next week as the children start their new school year.
The need for more food grows as the children start heading back to school.


San Pedro Itzcian
Dental Hygiene Workshop


One of my goals this trip was to share with my friend Harvey the work that we've
been doing in the San Pedro Itzican area.  As we arrived at the Brigadista home office
we were greeted by Doris Wakeman, who had brought Nikki and Henna to visit.
Nikki is a dental hygienist and she was going to talk about dental health
with the local children and Moms.


The children were both eager and shy, eventually trusting Nikki
to show them proper brushing techniques.




Our music teacher Yanin was also doing double duty as a translator for Nikki.


Moms were also shown proper brushing techniques for infants.  


While Nikki worked with the kids and moms indoors, Henna (Dutch) took pictures of the kids outdoors.
The kids loved seeing their images instantly on Henna's camera.

Harvey & Henna


San Pedro Itzican
Music Workshop


One of our on-going workshops is the music workshop.  We've moved the workshop from La Pena to San Pedro Itzican, because most of the students live in this area and it is easier for them to attend.


The Brigadista plant nursery looked so inviting that our music teacher Gil decided to have the music class in the garden.  Brigadista Xochitl was present to work on her guitar skills.



 San Pedro Itzican
Medicinal Plant Nursery

 
You truly never know how what you say and do will inspire people.  In a recent conversation with Brigadista Director, Anita Torres Guerrero, I mentioned that my Medicinal Plant Garden was also working as a food/herb garden. With this idea in mind, Anita decided to expand the San Pedro Nursery
into a medicinal plant garden as well.


When we arrived for our various workshops I saw the plants in the nursery
had been tagged and identified with their medicinal properties.


 
As it turned out a woman from the town came to us that day with need for assistance with a dental infection.  We were able to prescribe mouth rinses and local plant remedies for her, as well as a possible visit to the the Tepehua Dental Clinic on Friday.


And as always, we continue our recycling efforts throughout the towns.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
– Albert Einstein, Physicist