Friends of Mexico A.C.

 Tentative Schedule of Meeting Topics

All meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Los Zarapes Restaurant (formerly El Pueblito) on Av. Camaron Sábalo.   Social hour begins at 9:00, and the meeting starts at 10:00.  There is a nominal cost of $30mn (Pesos) to attend, which covers our meeting facilities plus coffee and juice.  Breakfast is also available for an additional $20mn (Pesos). 

The following schedule may change as dates near and speakers are confirmed.

  • Raúl Llera Martínez - Sinaloa Secretary of Tourism - The changing face of tourism in Mazatlán - November 2005

  • John Carpenter - Archeologist from University of Arizona - Interesting new investigations of pre-columbian life near El Fuerte  - December 2005 

  • Video Presentation: Your FOM Foundation in Action - An overview of our accomplishments of the last year  - January 2006 - This is also the annual business meeting, including election of a new President & Secretary.  The meeting will be held in the Auditorium of the Mazatlán Aquarium.  No breakfast will be available.

Upcoming Events

Unless noted, these events are sponsored by FOM with proceeds benefiting the Friends of Mexico Foundation.  Contact an FOM officer for more information:

  • Flu Shots - November 12th - 10:00am - Solamar Inn - Cost is $280mn (pesos), payable in advance - Sign up at the November meeting or contact Nancy Blakeslee or Susan Silva - This is not a fund-raiser for FOM - the entire cost goes to the vaccination provider.

  • Day trip to Cosalá Waterfall - Tentatively scheduled for November - More details will follow

  • Tour of Angela Peralta Theater and Mazatlán Center for the Arts - November 16th - 5:30pm - Sign up at the November meeting or contact Bruce George

  • "Stars of Tomorrow" Gala - November 26th - Photo exhibit, wine & cheese at 6:30pm - Show begins at 8:00pm - $150mn (pesos) - Angela Peralta Theater - Tickets are available at the FOM meeting or the Angela Peralta box office - The show features top student performers from the Center for the Arts, plus a special performance by a nationally-recognized folkloric dance group - Proceeds benefit the Paul Kolyer Scholarship Fund for the Arts.

  • Shopping / Sightseeing Trips to Guadalajara & Tonalá - January 20th-23rd and February 3rd-6th - Cost to be determined - Plans are to have one trip catering to "die-hard shopaholics", and another geared towards sightseeing, featuring an optional Tequila Train trip to the Herradura hacienda, complete with food, beverages, and music.

  • Copper Canyon Tour - February 16th-22nd - $5600mn (pesos) per person - The initial sign-up for this tour last spring will probably fill up the 50 available seats, but if you'd like to find out more, please contact Bruce George.

  • 'Murder Mystery' Dinner - April 2006 - Cost and dates to be announced - Those who remember this event from a couple of years ago will surely be looking forward to an evening of fun, mystery, and prizes while enjoying a delicious dinner.

Please let us know if there are any activities you'd like to see - and especially if you'd like to become an FOM volunteer to help plan and organize them!

 Ongoing Activities

Here are just a few of our regularly scheduled activities and services:

  • Learn-to-Speak-Spanish classes - Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced
  • Salsa Dance classes - New for this season!
  • Blood donor list (there is no large blood bank service in Mazatlán)
  • English-language Radio program - "¿Qué Pasa, Mazatlán?"
    Wednesday & Sunday - 2:00pm - 90.5FM - Currently suspended  - looking for volunteers to help!!!

The following are for FOM members only:

  • Hospital & Shut-in Visits - Gisela Garcia, one of our FOM members, is the person to contact - Call 982-8958
  • Spanish / English Interpreters - If you are in need of assistance in communicating with medical personnel, please contact Susan Silva - Call 983-3769

 Recent Happenings

Did you miss these events?  Be sure to come to a Friends of Mexico meeting, and check back here often - don't be left out!


Representatives of the US and Canadian consulates at an FOM meeting at El Pueblito


Taking a turn at a piñata at Sor Juan School


Annual Holiday / FOM Birthday Party


Arriving for a day in the town of El Quelite


Learning about Hacienda La Labor 


Brunch get-together at the Hotel Playa Mazatlán




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