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Together Against Cancer: February 19, 2017

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To bring focus to this important health issue, MDS Lab & Imaging is offering 2 for 1 mammograms at its Medical Diagnostic Services clinic right here in San Carlos.

Medical Tourism Mexico

If you’re looking for a wellness vacation, look into medical tourism Mexico. Mexico is the perfect place to get inexpensive medical and dental care.

INAPAM: Mexico’s Discount Card for Seniors

Inapam Card sampleWhile some people dread the march of advancing years, people in Mexico actually have something to look forward to when they turn 60 years old – the INAPAM card. Once you become a card-carrying person of the “tercera edad” (third age), you are entitled to many privileges and discounts.

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Atención Ciudadana opens in San Carlos

Atención CiudadanoTo improve service to the San Carlos community, the Guaymas government has opened an Atención Ciudadana liaison office in the Residents and Visitors Attention Office in Plaza Arrecifes, Suite 10 (in the same plaza as Seaside Realty, behind the Pemex gas station), Blvd Manlio Fabio Beltrones.

They are responsible for receiving,

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San Carlos’ Scenic Mirador Modernization

This week, the State of Sonora announced that the Federal Government will invest 13 million pesos to modernize and create more infrastructure at San Carlos’ Mirador.

The remodeling of the scenic viewpoint will begin next month, and the work will take approximately 5 months.

Click here for a video of the architect’s vision for how the Mirador and other areas in San Carlos will look.

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The Fariseos in San Carlos

The Fariseos in San CarlosEaster in Mexico is steeped with tradition. One unusual ritual in San Carlos, Mexico is the arrival of the Fariseos (in English, Pharisees), starting on Ash Wednesday. In the Christian religion, the Pharisees were the ones who brought Jesus to the cross to be crucified. The Fariseos we see today are indigenous men who make a sacrifice during Lent by traveling throughout the region for 40 days,

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Rescate de San Carlos – 2015 in Review

rescate 2016 AGMThe Annual General Meeting of Rescate de San Carlos was held on February 17, 2016, at 10:00am at the Country Club. In addition to board member elections, Rescate board members and gold card members in attendance heard reports from operations, the treasurer, human resources, the gold card sales coordinator and the auxiliary.

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The story of Jeanne Socrates’ history-making sail around the world

They say the third time’s a charm. That was definitely the case for Jeanne Socrates, a grandmother and retired math teacher from Britain. Aboard the S/V Nereida, Jeanne successfully completed a solo, non-stop, unassisted sail around the world on July 8, 2013, after leaving the harbor in Victoria, Canada in October,

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Mexican Birthday Traditions

Mexican Birthday Traditions: Mordida!, Las Mañanitas song, piñata, La Quinceañera

What’s new at MDS (Medical Diagnostics Services)

Dr. Laux at MDSMDS opened its doors in December of 2011, with an initial focus on Imaging services. After 4 years, it has grown into a full-service Medical Clinic, and Dr. Michael Laux is now practicing exclusively at MDS.

Dr. Laux (aka Dr. Mike) is welcoming all former and new patients to his practice.

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Breakfast with a View – Bring Your Friends!

Mimi's K-FecitoCome to Mimi’s K-Fecito and Full Moon Restaurant & Bar at Playa Blanca Condo Hotel on Algodones Beach for delicious food and a beautiful view of the Sea of Cortez.

Mimi’s is the perfect place for a group brunch, cards and other social groups, and business meetings.

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Effective July 1, New Tax to be added to your favorite foods

IVA on food nowIn an effort to reduce obesity in Mexico (in 2013, Mexico overtook the USA to become the most obese country in the world according to a U.N. report), effective July 1, the government is adding a tax on all processed food, which are listed in the chart on the left.

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Amazon says Hola to Mexico week, the e-commerce company Amazon opened its virtual doors in Mexico (

The Spanish-language site features millions of items including electronics, sporting goods and outdoor activities, housewares, beauty products, tools, books and music.

There is free shipping on orders over 599 pesos (about $38 USD) that are fulfilled by Amazon.

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CIBanco New Fees Introduced effective June 1 2015

cibancoEffective June 1, 2015, CIBanco is introducing new fees for their banking customers.

The Good News is that most banking transactions will continue to be FREE! There are still no in-branch withdrawal fees; no fees for taking out money from the CIBanco ATM; no fees to use your debit card at stores,

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San Carlos Honors Disabled Veterans with their own Tournament

WW IIOne of the things that makes me most proud to call San Carlos my home is all the charitable organizations that are active here. Whether you want to help people, pets or the fishes and mammals of the sea, you’ll find something here for you.

One organization I learned about last week is the Healing Waters Project –

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Mexico in Top 3 Countries to Retire

where to retireThe World’s Best Places To Retire In 2015, they rank Mexico 3rd behind Ecuador and Panama.

Using input from their correspondents all over the world, they analyze factors such as climate, health care and cost of living to determine the best bang-for-your buck retirement destinations on the planet.

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Rescate Capital Fund Drive 2015

rescate capital fund driveFor years we’ve said, “Rescate is there for YOU”! And that has certainly been true over the 37 years since Dr. Don transported ill or injured people from San Carlos to Guaymas in the bed of his pickup truck. In 2014 the annual count of people treated at the Rescate infirmary reached 1,912.

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Rescate 2016 Telephone Directory — Submit your Information

rescate_1_-300x237Rescate Auxiliary is accepting information for 2016 Telephone Directory.

Click here to dowload the form. Once you’ve filled it out, please deliver it to REMAX First Choice Realty or scan and email to  [email protected]

At present, we have no ‘Deadline’ but would like to get started over the summer,

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How did the Caracol’s Cotton Cove get its Name?

2015, San Carlos: Dancing fountain; pink-colored sidewalk along paved main street; newly constructed topes to slow traffic down; 5 OXXO’s; condos and homes lining every beach; continued development; and a 90-year old birthday celebration for one of this town’s first residents, Mrs. Jinx Cotton.

San Carlos wasn’t always like this.

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La Manga Kindergarten Spring Celebration 2015

la manga celebration of springThe La Manga Kindergarten Spring Celebration was on Friday, March 20th, 2015. It was at least the eigth or ninth event that the young kindergarten teacher, Monica Alvarez Luna de Velasquez, has organized in La Manga. Last school year was Monica’s first year of teaching. The members of her family are La Manga residents,

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RESCATE to the Rescue: March 2015

Did you know that RESCATE of San Carlos has been providing emergency first aid, medical care and ambulance services to San Carlos residents and visitors for 37 years?  It first opened in 1978 in a donated room with two volunteers using a converted personal van for an ambulance. It is now a fully operational Mexican non-profit corporation and all financial contributions are tax deductible in the United States.

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President Enrique Peña Nieto: 7 Actions for Home Economics in 2015

7 Actions: NO monthly increases in the prices of petrol; reduce electricity rates; every national call is a local call

A Happy New Year’s gift to you from Telmex

It’s not often that you get more services from a phone company without paying more for them. But we must have been very good last year, because Telmex is rewarding us with a telephone/internet package with NEW BENEFITS, for FREE.

For clients with the “Paquete Conectes en Infinitum” package,

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Mexico’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

UNESCO proclaimed the “Indigenous Festivity dedicated to the Dead”, or Día de Muertos celebration, as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2003

Pueblo Escenico Committee Meeting, Construction Update

An update meeting of the Pueblo Escenico Committee was held on Thursday, July 10 at the Marina Terra Hotel.

Four representatives of the construction projects being completed in San Carlos and the Mayor of Guaymas were present along with 20 people in the audience (4 Americans).

The Committee announced that these construction projects are being completed to promote tourism in San Carlos.

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Ordering Glasses in San Carlos

San Carlos Was Beautiful Before But Now It Is Spectacular

I always think it is fun and challenging to figure out what you can actually receive here in Mexico. There was information provided awhile back regarding ordering prescription eyeglasses from Zenni Optical ( out of Hong Kong. I just had my eyes checked and needed new glasses so I went on this site to check them out.

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Hogar Paz y Bien looking for help

Do you love kids? Are you basically fluent in Spanish and English? Castaway Kids is looking for someone who is willing and able to give some love and time, on Thursdays from approximately noon until 3:00pm next school year.

You would be leading and organizing activities for 2 age groups in learning English (with the assistance of 8-10 “seasoned”

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Incredible Home For Sale

FrontMany of you saw this home on the Rotary Home Tour a few years ago.

It has everything – including the coolest bar ever – The Thirsty Turtle Bar, swimming pool with waterfall, fire pit with cement couch, gorgeous cactus garden with trails, wine bar below stairs,

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For the Love of Art: Galeria Bellas Artes

This month’s For the Love of Art showcases San Carlos’ very own Art Gallery, Galeria Bellas Artes.

Now in its 21st season, this art gallery has a very interesting history. Its owners and San Carlos residents for the past 30 years, Burke and Pilar Rutherford, have always been lovers of art.

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US Consulate Meeting Summary: Feb 2014

us consulate65 people attended a meeting held by the US Consulate’s office last week at the Country Club. John Tavenner, the Consulate General, and members of his staff, and members of INM, were present and spoke for a little over 2 hours.

The US Consulate office in Hermosillo covers the areas south of Santa Ana through the State of Sonora and all of the State of Sinaloa.

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