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Gayle Collins — Empowering Kids Through KKIS (Keeping Kids In School)

Posted November 8, 2016 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Podcasts

Gayle Collins

A few years back, the team at Loco Gringo published an article about the various community projects active in the Riviera Maya. A subscriber to the newsletters read the article and then created a corporate initiative to help fund a much-needed maintenance project at a local school. The organizer, Gayle Collins, lives in Playa del Carmen, and loves it. Gayle was a Minnesota High School teacher for 36 years. Upon retiring, Gayle knew she didn’t want to face another cold, Minnesota winter....

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Places that Matter in the Riviera Maya

Posted August 17, 2016 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations

Places that Matter in the Riviera Maya

I started this article with a list of places to go and things to do, cenotes, Folk Art Museums, archeological sites, eco parks, all areas that matter in the Riviera Maya. These places and things to do are what define the Riviera Maya and have put it on the map. But when thinking about what really matters, I had a very different thought. What really matters in the Riviera Maya are the people, not the places and the things to do. What makes this area different are the people who come here,...

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A Cause for Paws, Giving Back to the Local Riviera Maya Community

Posted June 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations

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Last month we attended the grand opening of Coco's Animal Welfare CAW newest facility in Playa del Carmen. It was a great evening that celebrated everything we love about the Riviera Maya; friends, community, volunteers, and animals. Some people have asked me why we choose to support animal welfare programs when there are children and families, and students who need help. Our support in Riviera Maya communities extends beyond CAW. We support various programs both locally and internationally...

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Giving Gringos – A Sweet Story of How News Travels Fast

Posted February 20, 2016 by [email protected] in Community Organizations

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So I received a nice email a few weeks back and wanted to share. The Director of KKIS (Keep Kids in School) a Playa del Carmen Not-for-Profit organization emailed us a few weeks ago with some 'Feel Good' news. This is a Giving Gringo Story. This past September we sent out a news letter to all of our LG friends. It highlighted Back to School and talked about the KKIS organization. The information resonated with a reader from the Great Lakes Seep company and motivated them into action. The...

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Christmas market in Puerto Morelos

Posted December 8, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Riviera Maya events

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Begin your celebration in Puerto Morelos. Come along to see over 30 artists from all over Riviera Maya who will be showcasing their wares next Saturday 11am-4pm Av Rojo Gomez 776, Casa Caribe Bed and Breakfast in Puerto Morelos.  Find great gifts and local artwork. The local food trucks will be there with great eats.  Get involved by donating local school, so bring some school supplies, or stop by and help out with a cash donation to the Red Cross. Click to share on Twitter: Tweet:...

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Cultural Centers in the Riviera Maya

Posted September 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations

Casa de Cultura Playa del Carmen

Cultural Centers in Mexico are similar to community centers in the US and Canada but with a cultural/arts focus. Community Centers as we understand them are a mix of sports and recreation, classes, and learning centers. In Mexico cultural centers are classes, learning centers and a large influence on the community. As Riviera Maya cities grow, and visitors become more curious about daily life, local culture, and unique local experiences, cultural centers are broadening their scope beyond...

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Libros Libre! New Book Exchange in Playa del Carmen

Posted September 9, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations

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Looking for some new books? Want to donate some books that you have read? The Libros Libre book program at Parque La Cieba in Playa del Carmen is a new concept for free books and book exchange, with multiple languages. This community project is open to everyone, not just Spanish speaking readers. Libros Libres literally means Free Books. The community program is modeled after a project that started in Cancun, The New Club of Forgotten Books, that was very successful. The concept is pretty...

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Local Profile – Laura Raikes Coco’s Cat Rescue

Posted May 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Interview with a Local

Laura Raikes - Cocos Cat Rescue

This Local Profile is a little bit different from our others. Laura Raikes has been living in Playa del Carmen for almost a decade with a very clear mission - to support local animal welfare through free spay and neuter services of feral cats and adoptions. She has worked for years supporting the ongoing care and adoption of both cats and dogs in a selfless act that is awe-inspiring. What, in your opinion, makes this part of Mexico unique and worth visiting? The amazing culture, music and...

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What’s New in the Riviera Maya?

Posted April 3, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Services

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We feel lucky that new activities and cultural events pop up throughout the year along the coast. Someone asked us the other day 'What's new in the Riviera Maya'. After sharing this information we decided to post the answer for all of our readers and visitors. I mean, who wouldn't like to know the latest and greatest things to do in the Riviera Maya? La Joya - Cirque de Soleil Show This was probably one of the most anticipated openings of the year. The soft opening was in November and the...

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The Riviera Maya Seaside Rotary Golf Classic returns

Posted March 12, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Riviera Maya events

Hard Rock golf Club hosts Rotary Golf Tournament

The Rotary Club Playa del Carmen Seaside is hosting their annual Seaside Rotary Golf Classic. This charity golf tournament at the Hard Rock Golf Club Riviera Maya in Playacar is this weekend on March 15.  All tournament proceeds will support Seaside Rotary projects that benefit disadvantaged youth and families in Playa del Carmen.  Sign up today and have fun on the green!  

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