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Potpourri Page—Short Shorts of All Sorts

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Sometimes so much is going on in our little slice of paradise by the sea that we can’t address the many short subjects with proper attention in our blog. To handle the hodgepodge of dangling subject matter, we invented the Potpourri Page to appear on our blog site and in Jim’s monthly newsletter to cover those short subjects that deserve updates, follow-ups and reminders and keep you out of trouble, make you 46% smarter, and 11% more likely to lead the conversation in a social gathering. Read on…


  1. The annual Bird Island boat trip to raise funds for Adopt-a-Classroom departed and returned on Sunday May 24th nearly full of fun loving and generous folks. This year the group were aboard the 96 foot yacht,

As it is every year, it was quite a success as noted by the heartfelt smiles from Mark and Barb Olszewski!

  1. Another annual fundraising event took place on Memorial Day morning, Monday May 25th . The annual Old Fashioned Pancake Breakfast was held this year at Mike and Cindy’s Latitude 31 Restaurant and they definitely poured on the service, pancakes and syrup (regular or light!) and bottomless cups of coffee served by a crack team of volunteers, affectionately referred to as “Celebrity Waiters and Waitresses”, so named by behind the scenes (well, that’s how they prefer it) organizers, Barb O. and Sandy Spain. This pair of creative perfectionists also had collected many valuable items donated for the silent auction that coincided with the breakfast. All 23 items sold in the auction, as well as 28 Mimosas and 83 breakfasts.

The worthy purpose of this event was to raise funds to pay the high summer electric bills for the non-profit Esperanza Para Nueva Vida Community Center in San Rafael so they can remain open and continue the adult education classes in addition to keeping the kids of f the streets. Parents learn skills such as sewing, haircutting and computer use.

Sandy announced that the event, like last year, raised enough to pay the electric bills for the entire year! In a private note, Sandy and Barb thanked Mike, Cindy and their staff for the excellent food and service; and sent a shout out to their own team of  “Celebrity” Volunteers: Barb, Mark, Sandy, Charmaine, Tammy, Frank, Dick, Joe, Tony, Sydney, Julie, Linda, Russ, Naomi and Ginger.

  1. Earlier in May, the worldwide missionary group, Youth With A Mission (YWAM) came to Puerto Peñasco for the second time with a professional golfer who conducted three golf clinics for the students of School #27, to whom they had gifted a large bag of golf clubs, accessories and special golf balls. One of their members, Debi Smith, who has worked in several capacities helping Puerto Peñasco neighborhoods and churches over the years, stayed over and conducted research for future missions by other YWAM chapters who expressed interest in helping our community.
  1. One of the Mountain View Presbyterian mission group leaders, who had accomplished numerous projects the month before, fulfilled a promise to the nonprofit Piñata Factory by bringing eight buckets of craft glue for making Piñatas. Should keep the kids sticky for years!


  1. The Rotary Clubs of Utah District #5420 are holding their annual convention  right here in Puerto Peñasco June 8-13, and as always, working with the local Rotary Club, will be very busy carrying out 49 projects during their short stay that include such major activities as the construction of 3 brand new homes and the presentation of 4 homes to needy families here. Home construction projects are, and have been, a joint effort in conjunction with Families Helping Families charitable organization that has been building homes here for nearly 20 years. Look for a detailed report on this phenomenal feat in next month’s newsletter. 
  1. During their convention the Rotary Clubs will also donate 100 computers and tablets to two schools; work with Families Helping Families to construct an additional room and a bathroom for the Piñata Factory. The Rotary will also donate two ambulances to Red Cross and to the Dialysis Center where they will also donate three pieces of precision equipment and provide cash to purchase a third dialysis machine. The Rotarians accomplish so much for our community that it is impossible to break down their project list.

JUNE 11 – 14

  1. Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers kick off our summer with CIRCUS MEXICUS, four day music festival and concert that brings in thousands of RCPM fans and the fans of 10 additional bands who join Roger for non-stop Rock and Roll, charity beach soccer and a host of jam sessions that spread from Banditos at Sandy Beach to JJ’s Cantina at Cholla Bay! More info at
  1. Saturday June 13th just outside the lobby of Sonoran Spa Resort Condominiums, the last of the Mermaids Market of the summer will take place from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. You can watch the Circus Mexicus charity beach soccer tournament also that starts at 8:00AM. 
  1. Sunday June 14th on the beach in front of Sonoran Sea Resort Condominiums; come out for the Great Rubber Ducky Race for Charity where hundreds of rubber duckies with numbers tattooed on their butts are released from the About Time fishing yacht off shore and are herded into shore by kayaking wranglers. If you’ve bet on a Ducky and yours comes in before the prizes run out, you’re a Lucky Duck! It’s all for charity—this year for Adopt-a-Classroom. Want a Ducky? All you have to do to corral your stable of Rubber Duckies is email Barb Olszewski at or Sandy Spain at If you are in the U.S., just call Barb on her Vonage number: 602-324-9529.  They will give you the details from there. 

Do you think that’s enough fun for just 14 days in June? No telling what else is coming up this month, but you can bet there will be plenty of live music, concerts, musicals, special appearances and other entertainment to keep you amused, amazed and active!

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