"Rosarito Rallies Round Its Renaissance"

May is the month that will energize our residents as they can choose from an incredible array of activities. Use this in-depth article to help plan your schedule so that you don't miss those that interest you the most.

May 1st: TV and Radio host Phil Friedman & his crew will be visiting us for an exceptional ‘Let’s Go Fishing’ event centered on the beach alongside of the RBH’s iconic pierbeginning at 8 AM. Activities will include free fishing instructions, a kids coloring station, educating families about the Vaquita, followed by a barbecue on the beach. This special event is being made possible thanks to the special combined efforts of the Rosarito Beach Hotel and the Boys and Girls Club of Rosarito. Check out the poster on page ??? which also features his sidekick Will Ebersman’s newest article.

May 6th:  Our local Cruz Roja’s chapter;s 4th Annual Rosarito Art, Flower and a Little Bit of Sparkle Show will take place at the conveniently located Popotla Restaurant (on the Libre at KM 34) from 11 AM to 4 PM on this first Friday of the month. A delicious lunch  including the eatery's famous chicken plate with rice and vegetables PLUS dessert is covered by the $20 cost of admission with all of the net proceeds going to the charity's Red Cross Hospital in Rosarito. Doors open at Noon and lunch will be served beginning at 1:00 PM. The festivities include the sale of beautiful flower arrangements, art & jewelry created by local artists/artisans, as well as raffles, 50/50, and a silent auction. Tickets available at the local CR Thrift Stores or by contacting Cheryl Shephard, the Chairperson for these special events via phone at (664) 631-3509 or via e-mail at: queenbee101@hotmail.com

May 7th: The first of two 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Rides (the second is scheduled for September 24th) celebrates the event’s 37th Anniversary. It’s a must for cycling aficionados. If you're planning on participating, click onto: http://www.rosaritoensenada.com/ but a word of warning: if you're reading this during the first few days of the month and are planning to ride, your window of opportunity is closing fast. Only Will Call registration is still available. The only pick-up dates are Friday May 6th from 4:00-7:00 PM or Saturday (the day of the ride) from 7:00-10:00 AM. If you're planning to be a spectator, you'll have a wide selection of choice vantage spots from which to choose but get to your preferred location early or be prepared to have lots of company.

May 14th: Everyone will love the excitement of this 1st Annual Country Fair (Kermess in Spanish) and Folk Dancing (Baile Folklorico) Competition with 100% of the net profits going to The Boys and Girls Club of Rosarito. The cost of admission is just 30 pesos (or $2.00 USD) per person. Be sure you're at Abelardo Rodriguez Park ready to enjoy all the festivities which begin at Noon and are scheduled to be competed at 6:00 PM. Three categories will be competing for your enjoyment and their shot at a championship PLUS opening for a major international event to be held later this year. Great food/drink, as well as carnival type games, will be accompanying the superior entertainment.  Juniors (ages 6-11) compete first, followed by the Intermediates (ages 11-16) and closing with the Open Division (ages 16 & up).This is one amazing multi-partite event that you won’t want to miss!

May 22nd...Are you a pet owner or a pet lover? Either way, you’ll definitely want to attend the 1st Annual Pet Beach Day which will begin at 9 AM  on the playa in front of the RBH. Event organizer Victor Loza of Baja Sand tells us that "we are inviting everyone to have a very special day on the beach with your best friend. We will have many different activities to make it a meaningful occasion for everyone involved." The bi-lingual published information on the event's poster is very catchy...and the illustrations make it clear that this will be beneficial for both the biped and quadruped participants. You can't beat the chance to Camina (Walk), Trota (Jog), and Corre (Run) with your buddy on out beautiful beach.

May 25th:Here's a rare chance to visit the new facility in our area that will be serving the before-and-after-school needs of up to 600 local children each-while, if you are an aspiring song writer, maybe leaving with an extra $1000 USD in your pockets. Dr. Jerry Lester, one of the local Boys and Girls Club’s major benefactors, decided that the Club needed its own inspirational anthem. As an incentive, he has put up the prize money to be presented to the winner.  Although the event itself will begins at 2:00 pm at the new Lucio Blanco facility,  competitors have to have their entries received by Club President Rosy Torres no later than May 18th. Entries can be on paper (sheet music & lyrics) in  English or Spanish or on a CD but the deadline is firm. Please contact her at: rosymtorres@hotmail.com or at: (661) 850-1773. The Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas will be acting as judges and choose the winner. Incidentally, famed Canadian musician Michelle Cormier arrives on May 14th offering a week's worth of guitar lessons to Club members. The Club has the guitars’ the kids, who want to learn how to read music and play the instrument, must pre-register. Finally, the new Punta Azul Tennis Center in Rosarito is providing FREE bi-weekly tennis lessons and round trip transportation (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 PM) to the first twenty Club members who sign up.  Thanks to the Club’s Tennis Pro, Roy Altamirano, for making this possible.

May 28th-29th: This year’s weekend-long 7th Annual Rosarito Art Fest, under the auspices of Founder and President Benito del Aguila, has moved to Castillos del Mar, located at KM 29.5 on the Boulevard Artesanal Popotla. The hours for the event are:

According to Senor del Aguila, an estimated 14,000 visitors are expected to view the creative output of over 100 international artists while enjoying live music and great food/drink. Potential exhibitors and attendees should contact the event organizers at: www.main.rosaritoartfest.com/RAF/artistas while more general information can be obtained by clicking onto:www.facebook.com/rosaritoartfest.
The show special of a single booth (9’ x 9’) is still available for just $100 while supplies last.

May, in Rosarito, will definitely be a month to remember.


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