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LVS & LVN Host Valentine’s Day Brunch

rainbow-valentine2Set your sites on  Tuesday, February 14!  The sisters of LVS and LVN will, once again, bring you a morning of good food and camaraderie to celebrate V-Day! Start time is 9:30 a.m.  Same place as always:  Crones’ Cove, EDR, Los Viajeros Norte, #31-13 off of Rd 23.  Bring yourselves and your appetite.  Lynda and Sharron will host the “Bloody Baja” table, so, if that’s not your cup of tea…bring your own tea. heart Get in touch with one of the gals from LVS or LVN if you have any questions.

PS Some gals have indicated that they want to contribute something to the feast.  If you have something special you would like to prepare, great!  But, if not, no worries!  Just bring yourself!

Donations– This year we will be taking donations to go toward the San Felipe International Hospital.  Local sources report that six women from the Los Arcos area died in childbirth last year because of insufficient local medical care.

Mark Your Calendars for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14! 




Nasty Baja Mujeres Get Together

imageThe U.S. elections were a source of great disappointment for many American women this year. We had hoped to be cheering for the first woman president in U.S. History. Instead we found ourselves confronted with the election of a man who does not share any of our values of inclusion and of equal rights for all. We were shocked and disheartened that Americans supported a man who, by his own admission, does not treat women with respect. In addition, he and his supporters are clear that LGBT citizens are not entitled to equal protection under the law. Our recent Supreme Court triumph allowing us to marry has been viewed by the president-elect, his supporters, and administrative staff as needing to be rescinded.


We had started 2016 with optimism and are now ending the year feeling afraid and concerned for the future–for ourselves and for other minorities. We found ourselves perplexed as to how all of this has come to be. Rather than becoming mired in despair, we decided to bring our community together for an event that allowed us to create a support group and vent our frustrations. In so doing, we have begun the process of moving forward.

On December 9, the “Nasty Baja Mujeres” got together to share our frustrations regarding recent events. We called our time together an “exorcism and an energizing.” We ended the reunion with a discussion of the importance of becoming involved in local Democratic party politics and volunteering with organizations devoted to civil liberties, the rights of women, children, and the elderly, and issues concerning the environment and climate change.

What follows is a photo album of our symbolic exorcism….

(Photos by Sharron C.)

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Full Calendar of Coming Events

Friends in the States often wonder how we spend our time here on the Baja.  The following is a partial list of some of the flyers for upcoming events in our area.  No bad days, and, no boring days! 🙂

First up:  The 13th annual Paella Festival– Saturday, March 14th.  

If you have never been, it is a must for your calendar.  It’s like a giant paella cook-off.  It is held at the Hotel El Cortez overlooking the beach, and, includes wonderful Mexican entertainment–from Mariachi bands to folkloric dancing.  Ticket required.  Take extra pesos for drinks and a t-shirt!  Get there early if you want to get a table. For the uninitiated, paella is a traditional Spanish dish.  It was originally developed for picnics and outings in Spain.  Each region of Spain creates its own version of paella depending on what foodstuffs are available locally.  It’s primary ingredient is a special RICE which is grown only in certain parts of Spain.  However, these days all of that has changed. Some chefs will use whatever rice is locally available.  Saffron is the second most important ingredient.  It gives the paella rice its distinctive yellow color and flavor.  A really good paella focuses primarily on the rice, the ingredients are secondary. Traditionally the most savored part was the bottom of the pan where the rice has become crispy.  Nowadays, more focus has been given to the ingredients added into the rice. This is probably due to the American influence of piling on the meat. These ingredients often include: chicken, sausage, locally available seafood, artichokes, green beans, peas, and hearts of palm.

Should you decide to go, get yourself a good table to sit at first.  Then, spend time walking around observing the different chefs apply their magic to the large paella pans!  The Hotel Cortez has by far the LARGEST paella pan I have ever seen, and, I’ve seen a lot of them!  When the paella is done, the judges will get first taste.  Then, it’s time to choose the three or so paellas you would like to sample. Old hands at the Festival can give advice on where to go.  It is often fun to split up from your friend or partner and each of you get different ones that you can share.  Then, sit back and enjoy the Sea and the beautiful setting.

If there is any interest, I would be happy to take an afternoon to do a paella cooking demo at our place.  😉

paella fest

Next:  The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mexican Naval Station hosts a monthly breakfast to which the women of San Felipe are invited.

This is a FORMAL affair, i.e. dress up.  Don’t show up in shorts and a t-shirt, or, you may feel very out of place as you are escorted by naval officers in full dress uniforms! They ask for a $100 peso donation.  If you are interested in attending, contact Lucy Torres at least five days before the event.  This month they are having a fancy hat contest. The prettiest and most original hat will win a prize. 




Next up:  March 18–Saint Patrick’s Day Casino at the EDR Pavillion from 5 until 9 p.m.

Ten dollars (or, $140p) will get you 100 tickets for the casino. Fifteen dollars or $200p will get you into the Texas Hold ‘Em tournament which starts at 6 p.m.  There is also a silent auction going on at the same time.  All proceeds go to support the San Felipe Men’s and Women’s Rowing Teams.



Next up: If you like tequila and you enjoy mariachi music, you won’t want to miss the Tequila and Mariachi Festival to be held April 10 through the 12th in San Felipe.



Next up: May 22nd and 23rd is the Seafood Festival and Brewfest to be held on the Malecon from 1 p.m. until 1 a.m.

In addition to seafood, Mexican micro brews will be available. And, there will be local music and craft demonstrations.
seafood fest


I know I’ve left off several others:  Tutti and the Girls this coming this Monday at the Pavillion, and, the Blues and Arts Festival, also at the Pavillion.  But, I didn’t happen to find any posters for those events.  If anyone has the details for those events or other events, please pass them on to, or, list them in the comment section below.  Thanks.


Saint Pat’s Day Bash

shamrock.flagsWeather permitting, Susan and Alice will host a St. Patrick’s Day get-together starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 at their place in Palos Verde South, EDR. Bring an appetizer (Preferably something “green”…. but, don’t everyone bring guacamole!), your beverage of preference, and a chair.  A bonfire is planned if winds are calm. More information pending, or, contact Susan or Alice.



*A Las Hermanas del Desierto Members Only Activity



Community V-Day Brunch Brings Out Good Group

group.small1This year’s Las Hermanas del Desierto Valentine’s Day Brunch was well attended by some 25 women from the San Felipe area.  The weather was perfect for an outdoor event: periods of overcast turning to full sunshine and temps in the mid 70’s. There were a few women friends who couldn’t make it this year—you know who you are, and, you were missed!

LVS’s Sharron and Lynda set up the bar and served their famous Canadian-style “bloody Caesars.” MUCHAS GRACIAS, gals!

lineupfoodThe brunch spread included pancakes, bacon, corn bread, fruit salad, Meg’s famous quiche, apple-walnut bread, and Lisbeth’s heart-stopping oven baked French toast. Big thank you to all the gals from LVS an LVN (and guests) for the great brunch: Liz, Kathy, Carol, Jayna, Meg, Lisbeth, Donna, Karen, and Pamelid. It is doubtful that anyone went away from the table hungry. Good job North and South LV-EDR neighborhoods!

This year’s brunch also marked the initiation of Lisbeth and Linda’s new screen room.  Great shade and a comfortable place to escape the flies!

havingadrinkSusan and Alice set up their “No-Bad-Days” T-shirt concession for all of us to peruse before brunch.  Great bargain basement prices, I might add!  Most of the proceeds will go to help the San Felipe women’s rowing team and V.I.V.A., the SF dog rescue/spay/neuter program.

Once again, our community V-day brunch was a wonderful chance to get together, relax, and catch-up as the 2014-2015 winter season begins its downward swing.

Thanks everyone, for making it so special!

Sister Dinner Planned @ P&M’s

patricia-12 Circle Thursday, February 19th at 5 p.m. on your calendars!  Kip and Nell have arranged for us to have a sisters dinner at Paco & Miguel’s.

For those of you have not had an opportunity to dine here, you are in for a special treat!  Chef Paco blends together reminiscences of his homeland of Spain, with touches of  the Baja-mainland mestizo/Indian cuisine.  A trip to P&M never fails to be a memorable experience.

If interested in joining the group, please RSVP Kip by this Monday (16th). You will be asked to choose between steak, shrimp, or chicken.  BYOB.

Directions:  Take Highway 5 south of EDR/north of SF.  Turn west at the little church (approximately kilometer marker 183).  Go straight until you pass a tree in the middle of the road.  Continue on approximately 1/2 block and turn left (south).  P&M is on the right (west) side of the road.  You will see a gated house (with a couple of stone lions on the posts).  Proceed into the gated area for parking(it is narrow opening so watch the mirrors).sharron-12

Once again:

  • Where?  Paco & Miguel’s
  • When?  Thursday, February 19
  • Time?  5 p.m.
  • RSVP?  YES.  By Monday! Call Kip: 686-147-4400

  • Do I need to bring anything?  YES!  Your own wine, or hard liquor. (They provide glasses)


LHDD-membersonly*This Activity is limited to Las Hermanas del Desierto Members.




Disclaimer:  The following poll is anonymous and informal.  It may or may not reflect accurate numbers interested in attending.


LVN & LVS Host 5th Annual Valentine’s Day Brunch

I-Love-Women-Gay-Pride-Flag-Colors_smallJust a reminder that this year’s Valentine’s Day Brunch, hosted by LVN and LVS, will be held Saturday, February 14th. As usual it will take place at EDR in Los Viajeros Norte on road 23. Our friendly, expert neighborhood bar tenders hope to be back in time to add a little salsa to the event. Please bring your own shots of coffee. Water is available. Please spread the word to new (and old) lesbians in the area. They are all welcome.

Because the Paella Festival is being held this year on V-day, we have decided to start a little earlier this year. So make sure you change the time on your calendar from the usual 10 a.m. start time to 9:00 a.m. We’d appreciate everyone getting that change out to our community, too.

This is a tradition that dates back at least a decade.  It originated in LVS hosted by Jan and Carol.  It has only recently become an LVS & LVN hosted event.

Rainbow HeartTo reiterate:

Valentine’s Day Brunch

Saturday, February 14
9:00 a.m.

EDR — LVN — RD 23


Casita Warming

Mark March 30th on your calendar, gals! Carol and Jayna are hosting a housewarming open house to celebrate the completion of their new space on The Ranch! The festivities get started around 3:00 pm. Potluck. BYOB and BYOLC (Bring your own lawn chair). See you there.    [address: EDR, LVN, end of road 23, north from Linda, Lisbeth, Liz and Kathy….if that helps for directions]



Snarlin’ Cholla Draws Big Crowd

The Snarlin’ Cholla Party, put on by Belinda Eastman, George Jackson,  and Sandy and Denny Flannigan, raises funds to cover the costs of running an off-road vehicle in the SCORE Baja 250 race.  The Snarlin’ Cholla Racing Club–in addition to being a local club– is one of the few remaining clubs that continues to drive in the amateur division.  Each year, the Flannigans share their beautiful space overlooking the Sea of Cortez in Playa de Oro to host this event.

sharron.dannaThis year, the turn out was HUGE!  Nacho was back serving his “famous” hamburgers and fries, while Denny and the Sons of Beach entertained us with tunes.  Danna’s homemade brewski was featured and served up as this year’s special pick beer.  Nice job, Danna!

The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cool. And, there was even some shade provided.  There were a few snags in the amount of food available, but, all in all, not bad considering no one ever has any idea how many people are going to show up. And, seating was at a premium.  But, other than that, people seemed to be having a great time.

The Race is this Saturday.  They will be running the course clockwise this year, so, be aware thasnarlin cholla car2t arrival times will be different and don’t get yourself standing backwards to the traffic!  Snarlin’ Cholla’s race number is 1501 this year.  Their start time is 11:40 a.m.  If you want to catch the car at Morelia Junction, be there between noon and 12:30.  If you want to try to catch them at the corner of Zoo Road and Power Line Road, be there around 5 p.m.  Assuming all goes well, if you want to catch them at the finish line, be down at Los Arcos around 6 p.m.  If you have never seen the finish for the Baja 250, you might want to put it on your list of things to do.  It’s quite….eh…entertaining.  Go team Snarlin’ Cholla!

Mark Your Calendars for V-Day

The LVS and LVN neighborhoods will host the annual Las Hermanas del Desierto Valentine’s Day Brunch again at the home of the Wandercrones (AKA Studio 31-13).  In light of how many knees and hips have been replaced this past year (no doubt as a result of last year’s flash mobbing), any and all “swag-swagging” requirements will be tossed aside. Please join us on Friday, February 14, to celebrate Valentine’s Day and to recognize One Billion Rising at 10 a.m. Brunch will feature the usual variety of heart-stopping things.  Bloody Caesars and Tequila Sunrises will also be flowing.  Should you wish anything else to drink, BYOB.  An RSVP to would be appreciated.  Or, call, 686-573-8996. See you then!


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