Friday, June 22, 2018

Desfile * Parade - Fiestas Patronales San Pedro Itzican

Wednesday June 20th, 2018
San Pedro Itzican

Paper Flowers for the Float

This year marks the first that Poco A Poco San Pedro Itzican has participated
in the Fiestas Patronales Parade at San Pedro Itzican.

Our intent was to have a float or carro alegorico that represented the programs
we have developed and that are functioning in the community.

Hair and Make Up Program

With the assistance of Maestro Rodrigo and the students from his Hair and Make Up Class
 the parade royal court was prepared.

The princesas were ready and excited to participate.

Even Anita had her hair do done.

Laura, one of our Reinas

Las 3 Reinas

After quite a bit of work the 3 Queens were ready to be presented.

Gowns and Jewelry were prepared, borrowed and laid out for display.


Brigadistas First Aid and CPR Training

The Brigadistas were also well represented on the float.  In addition to the Royal Court the 
Brigadistas were planning a First Aid and CPR demonstration on the float.

Baby CPR was handled by one of our youngest Brigadistas, Jesus.


The Parade Starts 

If you've ever driven through San Pedro Itzican you know there is one road in and one
road out.  This makes maneuvering a bit difficult, especially for a large vehicle.

  Jorde, one of our Music Workshop students, serenaded the Royal Court.

Next Year's Queens

We'd like to thank the good people of San Pedro Itzican
for allowing us to participate in this year's parade and
to work in their community.

The Brigadistas
Anita Torres Guerrero
El Mayor, J. Trinidad Lopez Rivas

Our Maestros/Maestras:

Rodrigo Perez, Hair & Make Up
Barbara Passarello, Jewelry
Kari Higgins, Knitting
Yanin Saavedra y Gil, Music
Doris Wakeman, Gardening, Education & Coordination

And all the people who have supported our efforts
in so many ways.

Poco A Poco we make a difference.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Queen Is Coming and so is the La Zapotera Community Center

La Zapotera Community Center Update

Maria Carmen y Maria Guadalupe

Our dear friend Harvey just arrived from his travels up north, so of course we headed
to La Zapotera upon his return.

Office/Exam Room

We found the building bright and ready for the finishing touches
before our grand opening.



One of our youngest volunteers

Dinning Room

Hats off to Gerardo and our volunteers for all their work
getting the Center ready. Look for the grand opening soon.


Then we headed to San Pedro Itzican to check on Rodrigo and his beauty/makeup class.

Things were in full swing when we arrived.  Rodrigo was showing the students
how to create a "look" to be worn with a crown.

Tomorrow, Wednesday June 20th, 2018 is the San Pedro Itzican
Fiestas Patronales parade.  This will be the first year that Poco A Poco
will have a presence in the parade, along with the Brigadistas.

Everyone is excitedly preparing for the festivities.

Crowning The Queen

Up Dos

A Gown for a Queen

Anita models a possible gown for the Queen.

Jewelry Selection

Harvey, Gerardo y Doris

And finally my two worlds collided when Harvey and Gerardo met Doris.  It was a perfect
match.  We are all working in the San Pedro Itzican area on separate projects.

If we become familiar with the people working in these towns and with each other's
efforts, we could better coordinate and make more efficient our work.

Monday, June 11, 2018

**Guardianes De La Ecologia Bike Ride Sunday June 10th, 2018**

My friend Beto Serrano, who is a local business owner (Calazabien on the Ajijic Plaza) and a true supporter of youth in our area, asked me to participate in the 
Guardianes De La Ecologia Paseo Familiar En Bicicleta (bike ride).

Early Sunday morning in La Floresta the bicyclists started to arrive.

The purpose of the bike ride was to bring awareness to our community regarding
our recycling needs and our being stewards of our environment.

Jose Jaime, of Zoo Vivero in Guadalajara was our main patron.  He had arranged to have the riders bring recyclables to the location and in exchange for their contributions they were given a commemorative 
t-shirt for the ride.



Everyone prepares for the ride from La Floresta to Chapala.

Many adults were present to make sure the youth were safe and secure on the ride.

In addition to a Chapala Transito escort up front leading the way, we were also followed by the Bomberos and a Cruz Roja ambulance. 

Ready, set, go!

 Maira, age 9 was one of our youngest riders.

Slowly, safely and securely we arrived in Chapala.  I was surprised to see that
there was also a pedestrian contingency arriving as we did.

Arriving at our Meta

Our gathering place was the stage at the velas on the Chapala Malecon.

Jose Jaime gave an warm welcome and inspirational speech about the importance of taking care of our environment.  He spoke to the youth telling them that they are the future and also 
the guardians of our planet.


After a few raffle items being given away,  it was time for The Waynes to take the stage.

The Waynes are a local Chapala based band...all 14 or 15 years of age.

If you mixed Cafe Tacuba with the Doors and came up with a cover band, the Waynes would be it.

Their music is not to be missed.  Well done The Waynes!

Thank you to all the families and volunteers who participated.

We'd also like to thank all our sponsor who helped make this event possible:

Zoo Vivero
El Fogon de la Tia Rosi
Hotel Restaurant Italo
The Lake Chapala Society
Lago de Chapala Salsa Picante
Sangrita de la Casa
Hotel Villa San Francisco
Departamento de Transito, Chapala
Cruz Roja